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    • Free Press Volume III Number 88

    • Neighbors, Snohomish (Wash.) -- History, Tobacco, Tobacco--Taxation, Political satire, American, Political candidates, Political ballads and songs,
    • John Patric discusses his relationship with his neighbor, Patrick Moore, who is an avid gardener. While Patric was in the Snohomish County Jail, Moore grew tobacco for Patric's use. Upon release, Patric attempted to get himself arrested again by...
    • "Hobo Years" Chapter 08

    • Snohomish (Wash.) -- History
    • In chapter eight Patric and his friends go fishing for trout in a nearby creek. After finishing for the day, the group goes to a 'cave' under Second Street to cook their fish. Patric tells of the group's initial discovery the cave. Patric also...
    • "Hobo Years" Chapter 09

    • Snohomish (Wash.) -- History
    • In chapter nine Patric tells about what a scam the Content turned out to be for the Lord Chesterfield school. Patric also relates the end of his dealings with the tobacco company's coupons. Confusingly, this draft offers two completely different...
    • "Hobo Years" Chapter 15

    • Vancouver (Wash.) -- History, Homeless persons
    • In chapter fifteen Patric leaves his train in Vancouver, Washington, on the advice of the train's fireman. Patric heads south through Portland, hitchhiking away from the city. He is picked up, and gets into a conversation about homesteading; from...
    • "Hobo Years" Chapter 12

    • Snohomish (Wash.) -- History, Homeless persons, Migrant labor
    • In chapter twelve Patric talks about how he prepared for his departure to ride the rails. He talks about the importance of traveling light versus the importance of planning ahead. Patric interacts with more hobos on the train. Upon reaching Tacoma,...
    • John Patric's Headstone

    • Cemeteries, Gravestones
    • This photograph shows the headstone for John Patric, whose remains are buried in the Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery in Snohomish. The inscription, "A Little Eccentric, But Justified," is a printer's pun that refers to Patric's life-long...
    • "Hobo Years" Chapter 06

    • Snohomish (Wash.) -- History, Love
    • In chapter six Patric describes falling in love, and scavenging coupons from gum and tobacco packages to exchange for a camera. Patric also writes about his early work with the Snohomish County Tribune. At the end of the chapter Patric encounters...
    • "Hobo Years" Chapter 10

    • Snohomish (Wash.) -- History, Homeless persons
    • In chapter ten Patric decides to run away to become a hobo after suffering disappointment in love coupled with his bad experience with the camera promotion. Patric describes his reasons for believing his parents wouldn't worry about him leaving.
    • "Hobo Years" Chapter 05

    • Snohomish (Wash.) -- History, Child labor--United States
    • In chapter five Patric talks about the various summer jobs he and his friends held. Patric relates an incident he witnessed while working at his father's general store when a Seattle restaurateur is scammed by a potato farmer.
    • Autumn Porch

    • Snohomish (Wash.) -- History
    • John Patric stands on a porch talking to a young woman. This possibly depicts Franchon, Patric's love interest described in chapter six of "Hobo Years."
    • Nocturnal Rail Yard Scene

    • Snohomish (Wash.) -- History, Homeless persons
    • This illustration possibly depicts a young John Patric attempting to allude a rail yard "bull," or railroad police. It is likely that this illustration was intended to be included in Patric's memoir, "Hobo Years."
    • Free Press Volume III Number 53

    • Snohomish (Wash.) -- History, Law enforcement, Authors
    • Patric alleges that he was beaten twice by Snohomish Police officers; no charges were filed. On the occasion of the second beating, Patric's writing and printing equipment is vandalized.
    • Free Press Volume III Number 74

    • Satire, Local government, Snohomish (Wash.) -- History, Political cartoons
    • John Patric writes about getting his Free Press print shop back up and running with the aid of some allies. Patric continues to lambaste local law enforcement, and provides updates on some job changes within Snohomish City government. The opposite...
    • John Patric Found Sane

    • Mental health, Mental health courts, Mental health laws--United States, Mentally ill--Commitment and detention
    • Newspaper clipping from the Everett Herald covering the verdict in John Patric's sanity trial.
    • "Hobo Years" Chapter 01

    • Snohomish (Wash.) -- History
    • In chapter one Patric describes his home town of Snohomish, as seen from Fiddler's Bluff. Patric also describes a little bit about the presence of the railroad in his town.
    • "Hobo Years" Chapter 14

    • Tacoma (Wash.) -- History, Homeless persons
    • In chapter fourteen Patric talks about the hobo tradition of 'riding the blinds,' and how it would soon be a thing of the past. Patric returns to the rails and continues to travel south.

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