DANE, George Ezra

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George Ezra Dane

DANE, George Ezra (1904-1941), California-born lawyer, artist, author (Ghost Town), historian and founding member, in the 1930s, of the California Folklore Society. He was also an avid bibliophile and member of both the Book Club of California and Roxburghe Club. Dane published extensively in the fields of folklore, western history and humor. Dane was born in Pasadena, graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1928, and moved to San Francisco to join the firm of McCutcheon, Olney, Mannon & Green.

Given Dane’s many interests and literary pursuits, it is not surprising that he was a suitor of Helen Caire (1905-2001), grand-daughter of Justinian Caire, who also lived in San Francisco. In 1932 Dane did pencil portraits of island employees:

In 1934 Dane married Yvonne Harley. Dane committed suicide as a relatively young man, in 1941. Dane’s posthumous claim to fame is his involvement in the so-called Drake's Plate of Brass, a forgery that was purported to be the brass plaque that Francis Drake posted upon landing in Northern California in 1579. The hoax was successful for forty years after the plate came to public attention in 1936.