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Dec172011

Miller, Cincinnatus Heine "Joaquin"

1856-"Cincinnatus Heine Miller, later known to the literary world as Joaquin (Wawkeen) Miller, arrived at Deadwood, Siskiyou County, in 1856, when but fourteen years of age. Young Miller worked as a cook's helper at Deadwood, and there wrote his first poem honoring the marriage of Deadwood's cook to a Yreka woman. Joaquin recited his poem at a reception given the happy couple upon their return to Deadwood.

Mountains and mining camps of Siskiyou were an inspiration to Joaquin. This early experience and observation was basic for much he wrote in later years. Dr. Daniel Ream and Miller were good friends for a lifetime, beginning, perhaps, when the doctor treated the young poet for scurvy." - Saddle Bags in Siskiyou by J. Roy Jones, Yreka, 1953.~

1874 January 18, Cincinnati Daily Enquirer (Cincinnati, Ohio) - The house in which the great Joaquin Miller used to live at Shasta, California, is to be sold at auction. If we could buy this pilgrim shrine, this Delphian vale, this Mecca of the mind, we would have about all in this world that we particularly care to own.~

1879 May 24, Wheeling Register (Wheeling, West Virginia) - Out among the Sierras they treat the poets as through they were not divine. The Elko [Nevada] Post,speaking of Joaquin Miller says:  "The sweet singer was a passenger for the West on Wednesday. There was as much curiosity to see him as when, upon a memorable occasion long years ago, the authorities of Shasta county sought to interview him for an alleged infraction of the laws of the Commonwealth. But on this occasion,as upon that, he eluded discovery, and the train bore him - hair, boots and red necktie- onward toward the scenes of his former trials and triumphs. We presume the charge against him of horse-stealing has been squashed."~

1899 August 30, Searchlight - Despite the fact that a complication of dates will prevent Joaquin Miller from appearing on the lecture platform in this city at the time of the Teachers' Institute, the residents of Redding and vicinity will not be altogether debarred from hearing him, as the Poet of the Sierras has announced his desire to visit this city, near the scene of his former haunts and arrangements will be made to have him deliver a lecture here in the near future for either the benefit of the free reading room or the Redding school library fund.~

1899 December 9, Searchlight - Joaquin Miller was the guest Friday of J. F. Lange in a visit to the scenes of his early life at Shasta.~

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