Thanks for your prompt reply. Though somewhat disappointed that the book I have is not worth hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars, I will treasure it. I was also interested in reading a biography of W. W. Riley but could find none on the internet. I don't know if the book I have was my mother's or if I obtained it from a garage sale. Knowing something about your Uncle could perhaps throw light on this. Because of the date of the signature, if the book was my mother's then she probably got it from her parents since she would have been 6 years old when it was signed. Her parents, Theodore Sylvester and Marguerite Higley lived in Colorado, Missouri, and California. My mother was Ruth Viola (Higley) Culp. I've been in Arcata, CA 16 yrs and have lived in CA all my life. I am 82. Jean
Jean, you can email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. His first book of poems has his life story in it. He is from Missouri. I can tell you about him.
After more research, I found my dad's uncle's obit. (Walter Riley) he is my great (only times 1) grandfather. I would still appreciate any info. Thanks
I would appreciate an email as well, as W.W.Riley id my great (x5?) grandfather. I have some clippings as well of him "walking" accross the San Francisco bay on some sort of ski he invented. All info would be appreciated. I also have the book in question, but I think it may have been his, thus, no autograph.