Margaret Smith Cobb was born in San Jose, CA in 1871. Margaret Smith spent her first six years at the old mission until her parents bought a ranch on the Eel River. While teaching in the public schools in Mendocino County, she met Oliver Cobb whom she married in 1902 and settled nearby on 1,600 acres. Although busy with running a home, she pursued a literary career. She authored a romance entitled, Blaxine, Half-Breed Girl (1913) and often had her poems and stories published in Overland magazine As well as writing, she also painted landscapes of Humboldt and Mendocino counties. She died there on Sept. 22, 1933. Her paintings are rare.
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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