John H. Clark IV is the great-grandson of George Cheever Hazelet an 1898 Alaska Gold Rush pioneer and adventurer. He founded Old Stone Press in 2012 to publish HAZELET'S JOURNAL and to help others that had similar books or extraordinary stories to tell. Prior to that John Clark owned and operated a custom manufacturing and commercial printing company for 27 years. Midland communications Packaging, Inc. was a national award winning innovator in the presentation-packaging field. Midland designed, printed and built custom loose-leaf ring binders, high impact point-of-purchase retail packaging and presentation packaging for business and industry. Midland was sold in March of 2006 so John could pursue other interests and explore the book publishing industry. After publishing the award-winning coffee-table book, HISTORY IN THE MAKING: The Story of the American Printing House for the Blind in 2008 through the late Bill Butler and Butler Books, he soon launched Old Stone Press to meet the needs of author-publishers like himself who needed help navigating the often overwhelming wilderness of the self-publishing and the book packaging industry. He received a BA in Fine Arts degree from the University of New Mexico.
As his great-grandfather did, John has fallen in love with Alaska, "the last real American Frontier." He currently is working on other related Alaska genre books, however HAZELET'S JOURNAL has so captured his imagination that he is actively seeking a partnership in writing a screenplay for this true 19th/20th century American story. Besides Old Stone Press, Clark is the president of The Port Valdez Company, which traces its land holdings to George Cheever Hazelet and his partner Andrew Jackson Meals original scripting of 720 acres in Valdez, AK. He and his wife Gretchen live in Louisville, Kentucky. hazeletsjournal.com
“An engaging piece of nonfiction...”
– Kirkus Reviews
An introspective collection of journal entries from a traveler in the Alaskan Gold Rush.
George Cheever Hazelet was born in Senecaville, Ohio, in 1861, and when it was time for him to attend college, he, like many others at that time, migrated west, receiving his college degree in Iowa. He began a career as a schoolteacher, but eventually, he became the principal of his local school district. He was well on his way to becoming a town leader in Atkinson, Neb., but before the age of 40, he dedicated his life to a different venture: securing a fortune in the Klondike Gold Rush. Along with his partner, Andrew Jackson “Jack” Meals, a Nebraska farmer with no formal education, Hazelet traveled to Alaska in 1898 to attempt gold prospecting. This intriguing collection of journal entries includes small details that allow readers to get to know Hazelet more intimately: the type of dessert he’s eating on a particular night or how he’s noticed his face is puffier and older when he looks in the mirror. Editor/publisher Clark, Hazelet’s great-grandson, has successfully encapsulated his ancestor’s expedition in literary form. The entries engagingly reflect on the hardships of a life digging for gold: “The weather has been extremely cold the past few days / Am quite sure it must be down to forty degrees below zero / The water drove us out of the shaft and we are in hopes that these cold days will freeze it down.” Readers may find Hazelet’s journal to be captivating reading, as it promises more excitement at every turn. At one point, Hazelet provides a lucid description of encountering a glacier, and a sight of nature’s beauty and bounty that he’s never seen before. At another, he describes racing down the rapids in his boat at “breakneck” speed, waves crashing into his vessel.
An engaging piece of nonfiction about one man’s prospecting adventures.
Pub Date: Nov. 26, 2012
Page count: 277pp
Publisher: Old Stone Press
Review Posted Online: May 4, 2013
Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2013
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