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Museum - Authors - MARGARETTA LENA BRUCKER
most prolific of Shelby's authors would be Edward Edson Lee (September
2.1884 - September 28 1944). He wrote with the pen name of Leo
Edwards and began his writing career in Shelby, Ohio while working
at the Autocall in advertising and living at 14 Marvin Avenue
with wife Gladys Tuttle Lee and their son Eugene Edward Lee.
Edwards' books were written for children and young adolescents.
He was a Boy Scout troop leader and derived many of his main
characters from members of his scout troops that he became well
acquainted with. His first published writing "The Cruise
of the Sally Ann" was a serialized adventure published in
The Daily Globe in April, 1920. It was later republished as a
book "Jerry Todd and the Oak Island Treasure" in 1925.
Leo Edwards would publish a total of nearly 40 books.
"Retta" was the oldest child of Francis and Lena Palmer
Brucker who moved here c.1890 from Saginaw, MI. Retta's father
was a lumber dealer in Shelby and had an interest in the early
development of the Grand Boulevard. During the period 1920 -1933,
Retta spent summers with her mother operating the Marbruck Tea
Room in Ann Arbor, MI. Later she began writing short serialized
stories for newspapers.
first book "Death in the Dormitory" was published in
1937. She would write children's fiction and romance novels as
well as other fiction novels under the pen name of Margaret Howe.
She continued to write and publish novels (25) until months before
her death in 1958.
Brucker is the son of Franklin and Marian Love Brucker and the
nephew of Margaretta Brucker. He was born in 1929, attended Oberlin
College, served in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed at Wright-Patterson
Air Force Base near Dayton,Ohio. He became interested in caving
and most specifically, Mammoth Cave in Kentucky. Discoveries
that he and others made in exploring the possible connections
between the Flint Ridge Cave System and Mammoth Cave led to writing
his first book, The Longest Cave. Many cave-related books
in 1896, the second of three daughters of Elroy and Hattie Blanche
Sherman Powell, Dawn spent the first four years of her life in
Mt. Gilead, Ohio where her father was variously employed as a
miller in the area and night manager of the Globe House Hotel.
Shortly after Phyllis, the youngest daughter, was born in late
1899, the Powell family loaded their belongings and moved to
Shelby, Ohio. In 1903 Dawn's mother died and for many years the
daughters were passed around to family members until her father
married a second time. This union was not a good one for the
daughters. After spending several years with her Aunt Orpha May
Steinbrueck, Dawn graduated from Shelby High School and attended
Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio. After college, at age
21, Dawn followed her dream of living in New York, where she
would spend the rest of her life.
that time she would write poetry, many plays, numerous short
stories, and 17 novels. Dawn Powell died in 1965 in Manhattan
and is buried in New York's Potter's Field, on Hart Island.
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