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Periodical: The Golden Gate

Summary:  From Pat Deveney's database:

Golden Gate, The.
A Journal of Practical Reform Devoted to the Elevation of Humanity in this Life, and a Search for the Evidences of Life Beyond.
1885—1890 Weekly, then monthly in 1891
Sacramento and then San Francisco, CA. Publisher: Golden Gate Printing and Publishing Co.. Editor: James J. Owen, editor and proprietor, Mattie Owen, assistant, and then Mattie Owen alone. Succeeded by: The Golden Way
1/1, July 18, 1885-October 25, 1890. $1.25. Eight pp. 13 x 21. Illustrated.

J.J. Owen (1827-1895) was born in upstate New York, witnessed the exploits of the the Fox Sisters, and moved to California in 1850, where he prospered. He owned and published the San Jose Mercury, the successor of W.N. Slocum’s newspaper there (see the note under Common Sense) and then the San Jose Daily Times. He was famous at the time as the perpetrator of “J.J.’s Folly,” the "San Jose Electric Light Tower," a monumental tower built to illuminate the downtown from one central source. Evelyn Engel, "The Diffusion of Spiritual Knowledge in California." Online at http://userwww.sfsu.edu/~eengelSpiritCal.htm (with a picture of Owen).

Though strongly in favor of women’s suffrage, he was apparently not enough of a progressive and reformer for some. Macdonald, in his monumentally opinionated (but entertaining) Fifty Years of Freethought (2:479-8, now online at http://www.skepticfiles.org/think/50v1p2.htm), says of Owen and his works: "Outside these Liberals, the Spiritualist leaders in San Francisco were about as hopeless a collection of bamboozlers as could anywhere be found." He recounts at length Owen’s attempt to start (either altruistically or as a fraudulent real-estate speculation) a spiritualists’ community ("Summerland") in southern California. "Editor Owen of The Golden Gate, who was putting this thing over upon the hopeful, had no part or parcel with the Freethinkers and named them but to mispraise. He informed his readers that his editorial articles were messages from the angels, inspirational, and obtained by 'secluding himself from the world and becoming passive and receptive to those higher and better influences and thoughts which he endeavors to express through the columns of The Golden Gate.'" On the Summerland Colony, see the note under Summerland. The story of the troubled succession to The Golden Way is told in the notes under that latter journal for April 1891. Golden Gate Spiritualist Church; Huntington Library; Yale University; San Francisco PL; California State Library; Boston Athenaeum.

Volumes 1 and 4 were digitized from photographs of pristine originals held in the collection of the Golden Gate Spiritualist Church of San Francisco.

Issues:Golden Gate V1 N1 Jul 18 1885
Golden Gate V1 N26 Jan 16 1886
Golden Gate V1 N2 Jul 25 1885
Golden Gate V1 N3 Aug 1 1885
Golden Gate V1 N4 Aug 8 1885
Golden Gate V1 N5 Aug 15 1885
Golden Gate V1 N6 Aug 22 1885
Golden Gate V1 N7 Aug 29 1885 Partial
Golden Gate V1 N8 Sep 5 1885
Golden Gate V1 N9 Sep 12 1885
Golden Gate V1 N10 Sep 19 1885
Golden Gate V1 N11 Sep 26 1885
Golden Gate V1 N12 Oct 3 1885
Golden Gate V1 N13 Oct 10 1885
Golden Gate V1 N14 Oct 17 1885
Golden Gate V1 N15 Oct 24 1885
Golden Gate V1 N16 Oct 31 1885
Golden Gate V1 N17 Nov 7 1885
Golden Gate V1 N18 Nov 14 1885
Golden Gate V1 N19 Nov 28 1885
Golden Gate V1 N20 Dec 5 1885
Golden Gate V1 N21 Dec 12 1885
Golden Gate V1 N22 Dec 19 1885
Golden Gate V1 N23 Dec 26 1885
Golden Gate V1 N24 Jan 2 1886
Golden Gate V1 N25 Jan 9 1886
Golden Gate V2 N1 Jan 23 1886
Golden Gate V2 N2 Jan 30 1886
Golden Gate V2 N3 Feb 6 1886
Golden Gate V2 N4 Feb 13 1886
Golden Gate V2 N5 Feb 20 1886
Golden Gate V2 N6 Feb 27 1886
Golden Gate V2 N7 Mar 6 1886
Golden Gate V2 N8 Mar 13 1886
Golden Gate V2 N9 Mar 20 1886
Golden Gate V2 N10 Mar 27 1886
Golden Gate V2 N11 Apr 3 1886
Golden Gate V2 N12 Apr 10 1886
Golden Gate V2 N13 Apr 17 1886
Golden Gate V2 N14 Apr 24 1886
Golden Gate V2 N15 May 1 1886
Golden Gate V2 N16 May 8 1886
Golden Gate V2 N17 May 15 1886
Golden Gate V2 N18 May 22 1886
Golden Gate V2 N19 May 29 1886
Golden Gate V2 N20 Jun 5 1886
Golden Gate V2 N21 Jun 12 1886
Golden Gate V2 N22 Jun 19 1886
Golden Gate V2 N23 Jun 26 1886
Golden Gate V2 N24 Jul 3 1886
Golden Gate V2 N25 Jul 10 1886
Golden Gate V2 N26 Jul 17 1886
Golden Gate V3 N1 Jul 24 1886
Golden Gate V3 N2 Jul 31 1886
Golden Gate V3 N3 Aug 7 1886
Golden Gate V3 N4 Aug 14 1886 Partial
Golden Gate V3 N5 Aug 21 1886
Golden Gate V3 N6 Aug 28 1886
Golden Gate V3 N7 Sep 4 1886
Golden Gate V3 N8 Sep 11 1886
Golden Gate V3 N9 Sep 18 1886
Golden Gate V3 N10 Sep 25 1886
Golden Gate V3 N11 Oct 2 1886
Golden Gate V3 N12 Oct 9 1886
Golden Gate V3 N13 Oct 16 1886
Golden Gate V3 N14 Oct 23 1886
Golden Gate V3 N15 Oct 30 1886 Partial
Golden Gate V3 N16 Nov 6 1886 Partial
Golden Gate V3 N17 Nov 13 1886
Golden Gate V3 N18 Nov 20 1886
Golden Gate V3 N19 Nov 27 1886
Golden Gate V3 N20 Dec 4 1886
Golden Gate V3 N21 Dec 11 1886
Golden Gate V3 N22 Dec 18 1886 Double
Golden Gate V3 N23 Dec 25 1886
Golden Gate V3 N24 Jan 1 1887
Golden Gate V3 N25 Jan 8 1887
Golden Gate V3 N26 Jan 15 1887
Golden Gate V4 N1 Jan 22 1887
Golden Gate V4 N2 Jan 29 1887
Golden Gate V4 N3 Feb 5 1887
Golden Gate V4 N4 Feb 12 1887
Golden Gate V4 N5 Feb 19 1887
Golden Gate V4 N6 Feb 26 1887
Golden Gate V4 N7 Mar 5 1887
Golden Gate V4 N8 Mar 12 1887
Golden Gate V4 N9 Mar 19 1887
Golden Gate V4 N10 Mar 26 1887
Golden Gate V4 N11 Apr 2 1887
Golden Gate V4 N12 Apr 9 1887
Golden Gate V4 N13 Apr 16 1887
Golden Gate V4 N14 Apr 23 1887
Golden Gate V4 N15 Apr 30 1887
Golden Gate V4 N16 May 7 1887
Golden Gate V4 N17 May 14 1887
Golden Gate V4 N18 May 21 1887
Golden Gate V4 N19 May 28 1887
Golden Gate V4 N20 Jun 4 1887
Golden Gate V4 N21 Jun 11 1887
Golden Gate V4 N22 Jun 18 1887
Golden Gate V4 N23 Jun 25 1887
Golden Gate V4 N24 Jul 2 1887
Golden Gate V4 N25 Jul 9 1887
Golden Gate V4 N26 Jul 16 1887

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