Richmond Pearson Hobson Jr. was an American-Canadian author known for his memoirs about life as a rancher in British Columbia. Born in Washington, D.C., in 1907, he was the son of Grizelda Houston Hull Hobson and Richmond Pearson Hobson, a congressman, U.S. Navy admiral, and a Spanish–American War veteran. Hobson Jr. attended Stanford University before moving to Wyoming, where he formed a partnership with Panhandle “Pan” Phillips.

In the early 1930s, Hobson and Phillips ventured north to British Columbia, establishing the Frontier Cattle Company and setting up Home Ranch north of Anahim Lake in the Chilcotin region. Their ranching journey, marked by numerous challenges and adventures, became the central theme of Hobson’s later memoirs. The partnership ended in the 1940s, and Hobson relocated to the Vanderhoof area to continue his ranching endeavors. He married Gloria and lived on River Ranch, south of Vanderhoof.

Hobson’s literary contributions include three notable books: “Grass Beyond the Mountains” (1951), “Nothing Too Good for a Cowboy” (1955), and “The Rancher Takes a Wife” (1961). These works chronicle his experiences from the early days of establishing a ranch in a remote area, through the struggles of World War II, to his life as a married rancher. His first book was initially serialized in Maclean’s magazine, gaining significant attention.

Richmond Pearson Hobson Jr. passed away on August 8, 1966, due to a coronary attack. His life and works have had a lasting impact, inspiring the CBC drama series “Nothing Too Good for a Cowboy,” and leaving a vivid account of the ranching lifestyle in mid-20th century British Columbia.

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