CHICAGO TRIBUNE,August 25,1901Gene Meier
Married Before Yosemite Falls:Married,with the renowned bridal veil of the Falls of the Yosemite before her face, is something to distinguish the wedding of Miss Annie Rippey to Harry C.Best.And there is a romantic story behind the event, too. Miss Rippey,early in the summer, went from Los Angeles to the Lippincott studio in the Yosemite Valley.She was to sketch there through the summer,returning home in September. But fate had decreed otherwise.Harry C.Best,a San Francisco artist and a director of the Press club in that city,also went to the Yosemite with his friends, Mr. and Mrs. Thad Welch.The Welch-Best camp was near that of the Lippincott's. Young [sic]Welch saw Miss Rippey and became a slave.Both were interested in art.Both were musicians.Both loved nature and nature's moods as demonstrated in that famous valley of the beautiful.The little chapel in the Yosemite became the end of their Sunday walks,when both sang in the chapel choir.There is only one ending to such a summer.The marriage day was set for July 28, and the Bridal Veil of the Falls was chosen as the screen for the young woman's cheeks while the ceremony would be pronounced.A motley crowd was there when the wedding party came to stand among the giant bewilders.The music was not "Lohengrin," but the thunder of falling waters. The couple went down the valley on a honey-moon trip.
Harry Cassie Best Mountain & Lake SceneJenna
I have inherited a quite large oil painting by Harry Cassie Best that features a mountain lake. Does anyone know how to identify if it might be the Sierras or Cascades, or imaginarey?
Harry Cassie BestCathy Sweetman
I have a hand tinted photograph of Yosemite Falls which is signed H C Best in the lower right corner. Is there any record of Harry Cassie Best handpainting photographs? I am aware he lived in the Yosemite Valley. Any information would be appreciated.
Oregon SubjectMatthew W. Gerber
I am looking for an Oregon subject by Harry Best to illustrate in my forthcoming book 100 Oregon Painters, 1859-1959.