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Lt. George H. Derby

 
 
Lt. George H. Derby Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 31, 2015
1. Lt. George H. Derby Marker
Inscription.
Dedicated to
Lt. George H. Derby U.S.A
1823 — 1861

Humorist, Engineer, and Builder of
the first dike to safeguard San
Diego Bay as a navigable harbor.
San Diego Chapter D.A.R.
San Diego Chapter S.A.R.
Nov. 3, 1962

 
Erected 1962 by The San Diego Chapter D.A.R. and the San Diego Chapter S.A.R.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Sons of the American Revolution marker series.
 
Location. 32° 45.181′ N, 117° 11.665′ W. Marker is in San Diego, California, in San Diego County. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2476 San Diego Avenue, San Diego CA 92110, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Whaley House (within shouting distance of this marker); Lloyd T. Lowrey Plaza (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Adobe Construction (about 500 feet away); Adobe Chapel of The Immaculate Conception (about 500 feet away); Old Town San Diego (about 500 feet away); 1906 Old Town Convent (about 500 feet away); Don Antonio Aguirre (about 500 feet away); Father Antonio Ubach (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in San Diego.
 
Also see . . .
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By Allen C. Browne, May 31, 2015
2. Lt. George H. Derby Marker

1. Derby-Pendleton House. The Derby-Pendleton House currently houses the offices of Save Our Heritage Organization (SOHO). (Submitted on June 14, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 

2. George Derby House. The Historic American Buildings Survey record for the George Derby House. Contains several pages of information, as well as six photos of the house. (Submitted on June 19, 2015.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Derby-Pendleton House
The forerunner of the modern-day prefab, an outstanding small Greek Revival home built in 1851 in Port­land, Maine, disassembled and shipped around the horn to San Diego, and reassembled that same year by Juan Bandini as a wedding gift to his daugh­ter Dolores and Charles Johnson. … It later served as the home of Lt. George H. Derby, Army engineer, and Capt. George Pendleton, county clerk. … — Historic Houses of America, 1971, Beverley De Costa, editor.
    — Submitted June 17, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.

 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicWaterways & Vessels
 
<i>George Derby House, 4017 Harney Street, San Diego, San Diego County, CA</i> image. Click for full size.
1960
3. George Derby House, 4017 Harney Street, San Diego, San Diego County, CA
Significance: This house was the home of Lt. George Horatio Derby, 1835-55, when, writing (during his leisure time) for the San Diego Herald under the pen names of John P. Squibb and John Pheonix, he introduced a form of Western humor which caused him to be recognized as the "father of the mid-19th century school of far Western humor and America's first wit," which greatly influenced writers such as Mark Twain and Lewis Grayland Clark...

Note that this image of the home (courtesy of the Historic American Building Survey) is at the 3877 Harney (the original) location.
Derby-Pendleton House. image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 31, 2015
4. Derby-Pendleton House.
The house was moved (again) from 3877 Harney Street to make way for U.S. 101 (Interstate 5) and was placed here on October 17, 1962.
Derby Dike image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 31, 2015
5. Derby Dike
Federal Flood Control
Project 1853
George H. Derby Builder
(John Phoenix)
Lt.U.S. Topgrapical Corps
Squibob Chapter ECV
April 24, 1966

E. Clampus Vitus (ECV) is either a historical drinking society or a drinking historical society.
George Derby image. Click for full size.
Wikipedia
6. George Derby
George Horatio Derby (April 3, 1823 – May 15, 1861) was an early California humorist. He attended West Point with Ulysses S. Grant. Derby used the pseudonym "John P. Squibob" and its variants "John Phoenix" and "Squibob." Derby served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Topographic Corps. In his spare time, he wrote humorous anecdotes and burlesques, often under the guise of his pseudonyms.

His wit as both an engineer and Twain-era-humorist spawned a fan club that still exists today: E.Clampus Vitus. -- Wikipedia
Yours Respectively,<br>John P. Squibob image. Click for full size.
By George H.Derby, 1899
7. Yours Respectively,
John P. Squibob
Derby's self portrait in the guise of John P. Squibob, forms the frontispiece of his 1889 book Phœnixiana.
 
 
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