This weeks' thoughts: Death of Walter D. Edmonds
The following is a reprint from The Associated Press(copyright held by AP; distributed here for informational purposes only) dated Jan.28, 1998:
UTICA, N.Y. (January 27, 1998 10:55 a.m. EST) -- Author Walter D. Edmonds, best known for the classic story, "Drums Along the Mohawk," died Saturday. He was 94.
The story of the settling of the Mohawk Valley during the years of the American Revolution was Edmunds' most successful book. It was a best seller for two years and second in popularity during that time only to Margaret Mitchell's "Gone With the Wind."
In 1939, it became a movie, directed by John Ford, and featuring Henry Fonda and Claudette Colbert.
Hollywood adapted two other Edmonds novels: "Rome Haul" was rewritten as the Broadway play, "The Farmer Takes a Wife"; a movie version starred Fonda and Janet Gaynor.
"Chad Hanna," originally done in installments for the Saturday Evening Post as "Red Wheels Rolling," was a circus story set in central New York and published in 1940. It, too, became a movie, starring Fonda, Dorothy Lamour and Linda Darnell.
Edmonds wrote numerous short stories and children's books, including "The Matchlock Gun," written in 1941. The story, which told of how a 10-year-old boy in Colonial New York defended his home against attacking Indians, won the Newbery Award for children's literature.
His final effort, "Tales My Father Never Told," was published in 1995.
Edmonds brought historic figures to life in "Drums"; this web site continues to explore and record the lives of the valley dwellers. Goodbye,Walter; there is peace in the valley now.
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