The Prophet of Florence




Kincaid Street

Originally named Osburn Street, the name change happened in 1913 and was done to honor Harrison R. Kincaid. Kincaid came to Oregon in 1853, attended Eugene’s short-lived Columbia College and became editor of Eugene’s ”Oregon State Journal” newspaper in 1864, a position he held for many years.

Elizabeth Maude “Lischen” or “Lizzie” Cogswell married George Miller. Lizzie was the foremost literary woman in Oregon. On Feb. 6, 1897, Idaho Cogswell, married Feb. 6, 1897, Ira L. Campbell, who was editor, publisher and co-owner (with his brother John) of the Daily Eugene Guard newspaper. The Campbell Center is named after Ira.

The Wedding of John Cogswell to Mary Frances Gay, was the first recorded in Lane County where I registered my newspaper, Royal Rosamond Press. Idaho Campbell was a charter member of the Fortnightly Club that raised funds for the first Eugene Library.

George Melvin Miller was a frequent visitor to ‘The Hights’ his brothers visionary utopia where gathered famous artists and writers in the hills above my great grandfather’s farm. The Miller brothers promoted Arts and Literature, as well as Civic Celebrations. Joaquin’s contact with the Pre-Raphaelites in England, lent credence to the notion that George and Joaquin were Oregon’s Cultural Shamans, verses, he-men with big saw cutting down trees.

A year ago I received in the mail a book I ordered on E-Bay. I quickly scanned it to see if their were any illustrations or photographs. Then, I found it, what amounts to my personal Holy Grail. Joaquin Miller dedicated his book of poems ‘Songs of The Sun-Land’ to the Rossetti family that includes Gabriel, Michael, and, Christine. Gabriel was a artist and poet, Michael, a publisher, and Christine, a poet.


Gabriel, who had Joaquin over to his house for dinner, where he met several members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Miller sends Michael a photograph of himself, and is sent a photo. This photo may be the famous one taken by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, who is better known as Lewis Carrol the author of ‘Alice in Wonderland’. If Joaquin had glued this portrait to a piece of paper, then we might have seen it on the dedication page.

What is going on here is extremely profound. Miller has exported his vision and lifestyle to the England, where he wrote Song of the Sierras, and now he is importing to America a cultural brand that contains Grail and Arthurian subject matter that was at the epicenter of the work of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.

Lewis Carrol posed two children as Fair Rosamond and Queen Eleanore. I associate Fairmount with Rosamond. Johnnny Depp is starring in another Alice in Wonderland movie. Eugene can celebrate our Land of Make Believe, our White Rabbit made famous by the Jefferson Airplane. I stood before the Mayor of Eugene and suggested a Newspaper Museum at Kesey Square wherein is a model of Miller’s Fantastic Flying Machine. We could build a parade around this contraptions, a world contest that would bring creative people to our Fair City.  Children would love this! They too would be in costume for the White Rabbit Run!

Here is what amounts to MY FANTASTIC MOVIE shot in Eugene. What an Amazing Journey is has been!

Finding Fair Venus – The Movie


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1 Response to The Prophet of Florence

  1. Reblogged this on rosamondpress and commented:

    I will be letting Eric Richardson know about my connection to the Founder of the NAACP – as well as the main headquarters! Here is Kathy Vzrar excluding white people.” We strive to bring about unity among various racial and ethnic constituents of our community through the performance of African – American Gospel Music,”
    Here is Mary White Ovington, a co-founder of the NAACP. She was inspired by William Morris and Jack London, who were socialists.  Both these men had connections to the to the Pre-Raphaelites, as did Joaquin Miller. I declared myself a New Pre-Raphaelite in 1969 in order to express my spiritual awaking and bond with Avatar, Meher Baba.  I told Eric Richardson about them, and suggested we have a public talk. I posted them on Marilyn and Kathy’s facebook, and talked to Jerry Vrzar about the Turners. When Marilyn told me about the Hult show, I asked her if I could get on stage and talk about the Turners and Forty-Eighters who were Socialists who fled Europe. None of these people were happy with me, because, it negates their theory, being, Black Slaves became free via singing gospel music – and dancing!
    This is not true. The German Socialists joined the Union Army – and killed white folks in order to set slaves free.  What does the Socialist-based NAACP have to do with Gospel Music that has its roots in the Christian church? For Kathy and Marilyn to reject my input, and accept Eric’s input, and help in promoting the Inspirational Sounds Gospel Choir’s -NOW VAGUE AGENDA – is beyond being hypocritical, and beyond being reverse discrimination.  Black People, and their plight, is being EXPLOITED by a group of ambitious wanna-bes, who are violating my Rights, my Freedom of Religions\, and my Freedom of the Press. 
    I will post every photograph i ever took, and every video i took, of this CULT! We are dealing with a cult that did try to isolate me, silence me, and segregrate me from their closed circle of friends.
    Jon Presco
    Presdient: Royal Rosamond Press Co.



    Jul 17 at 11:51 AM

    I composed this with Ben Toney, and the Sinclair family in mind. My friend, Robert Sinclair, has come under attack for being the messenger of a great debauchery and scandal. Perhaps you heard, the Wicked Witch of the North has launched her flying monkeys at me again? But, do not despair. At the end of the Monkey Ark in the Sky – is a smashing good movie! I just put Springfield on the map in regards to famous genealogies – that Dan Brown glommed onto. Just follow the flying monkeys!

    John Presco

    ‘Modern Day Desperate Romantics’

    Influenced by the ideas of William Morris, Ovington joined the Socialist Party of America in 1905, where she met people including A. Philip Randolph, Floyd Dell, Max Eastman and Jack London, who argued that racial problems were as much a matter of class as of race.

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