1850 – An American writer was born on the 2nd day of September this year in St. Louis, Missouri. After the death of his mother, a cousin in Amherst, Massachusetts raised him.
1875 – He went to Knox College in Illinois but dropped out of college after a year. Then he went to the University of Missouri. He tried acting, and studied law with little result. Then, he works as a journalist for the Gazette in Saint Joseph, Missouri in this year.
1876 – From this year until 1880, he lived in St. Louis, where he was editorial writer first for that city’s Morning Journal and then for the Times-Journal. He then took a job as managing editor of the Kansas City Times.
1881 – He began two years as managing editor of the Tribune of Denver, Colorado, where he lived in the Washington Park neighborhood.
1883 – He moved to Chicago, Illinois where he wrote a humorous newspaper column called Sharps & Flats for the Chicago Daily News. His home in Chicago was near the intersection of N. Clarendon and W. Hutchinson in the neighborhood now known as Buena Park.
1879 – He first started publishing poetry on the side in this year.
1895 – He died in Chicago at the age of 45. He was buried at Church of the Holy Comforter in Kenilworth, Illinois.