Born out of wedlock on 12 January in San Francisco to Flora|
Wellman, music teacher and spiritualist; father is almost cer-
tainly William Henry Chaney, an astrologer and former lawyer
and journalist; in September Wellman marries John London,
names son John Griffith London.
|1878||Londons move to Oakland; John London runs grocery store.|
|1881||Grocery business fails; Londons move to farm in Alameda.|
Londons move to small ranch in San Mateo County, south of|
Londons move to small ranch in Livermore Valley east of San|
Francisco Bay; John London's efforts to raise chickens are
Londons move back to Oakland; Flora London runs board-|
ing-house; Jack delivers newspapers, works on ice wagon and
in bowling alley, begins reading at Oakland Public Library.
Graduates from Cole Grammar School, works in cannery,|
buys sailboat and begins sailing on Bay; becomes oyster
|1892||Serves as deputy with California Fish Patrol.|
Sails for seven months on seal-hunting schooner Sophia Suth-|
erland to Japan and Bering Sea; works in jute mill; wins first
prize in newspaper contest for story 'Typhoon Off the Coast
Shovels coal in power plant; begins eight-month cross-|
country tramping journey as member of Kelly's Army (west-
ern contingent of Coxey's Army of Unemployed). Arrested
for vagrancy near Niagara Falls, New York; serves thirty-day
sentence in Erie County Penitentiary.
Attends Oakland High School, contributes stories and articles|
to school paper; falls in love with Mabel Applegarth.
Drops out of high school; joins Socialist Labor Party, be-|
comes frequent soap-box speaker for socialist cause; crams
for entrance exams for University of California at Berkeley,
enrolls for Fall semester.
Withdraws from Berkeley after one semester; works on writ-|
ing; works in Belmont Academy laundry; joins Klondike gold
rush, spends six weeks in Dawson City, stakes claim on Hender-