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Stewart H. Holbrook (1893–1964)

Author of The Swamp Fox of the Revolution

41+ Works 2,413 Members 25 Reviews 4 Favorited

About the Author

Stewart Hall Holbrook (1893-1964) worked as a lumberjack, actor, cartoonist, artillery man, and editor. His lively books on American history cover topics as diverse as the timber industry, the Wobblies, Ethan Allen, and eccentrics of the Pacific Northwest. Murder Out Yonder ranges from coast to show more coast to offer a fascinating variety of real-life crime stories. show less
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Works by Stewart H. Holbrook

Wyatt Earp, U. S. Marshal (1952) 215 copies
The Golden Age of Railroads (1960) 175 copies
The Age of the Moguls (1953) 163 copies
America's Ethan Allen (1949) 161 copies
Davy Crockett (1880) 138 copies
The Columbia (1956) 79 copies

Associated Works

America's Historylands: Touring Our Landmarks of Liberty (1962) — Contributor — 152 copies
Great True Stories of Crime, Mystery, and Detection (1965) — Contributor — 95 copies
The Portable Murder Book (1945) — Contributor — 31 copies
Winter Harvest (1955) — Introduction, some editions — 31 copies
American Heritage Magazine Vol 09 No 4 1958 June (1958) — Contributor — 20 copies
Great Stories of American Businessmen (1972) — Contributor — 15 copies
Law in Action: An Anthology of the Law in Literature (1947) — Contributor — 13 copies
The Lady and the Lumberjack (1952) — Introduction — 12 copies
Murder Without Tears (1946) — Contributor — 9 copies

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Legal name
Holbrook, Stewart Hall
Birthdate
1893
Date of death
1964
Burial location
Willamette National Cemetery, Portland, Oregon, USA
Gender
male
Nationality
USA
Occupations
lumberjack
journalist
Organizations
The Oregonian

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Includes Chapter X, "War Comes to a 'Neutral' Line" covering the Louisville & Nashville during the Civil War. Also of note, Chapter XXV "The Rise of the Railway Express."
 
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LaGrangeRRMuseum | May 17, 2023 |
Short, lively summaries of 10 true-crime incidents, most from the early 1900s, that occurred in rural settings from remote Oregon homesteads to isolated Maine fishing villages.

The lead story is probably the standout, dealing as it does with the trifecta of sex, religious mania, and murder. Close behind that is the tale of a homicidal Indiana widow whose long-distance suitors showed up with cash to help her lift a non-existent morgage, and were never seen again. (And you thought romance scams were an invention of the internet age!) Most of the others deal with such mundanities as money, property, sex (there it is again), and revenge.

Holbrook sums it up with the perfect ending paragraph: "My research has also convinced me that the most interesting crimes in the United States have been committed by persons with rural and backwoods, or at least small-town, backgrounds. I don't think this proves anything in particular, or if it does that it is very important; but it does amuse me when I hear city people wonder, as I often do, what on earth the folks at the forks of the creek can find to talk about."
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LyndaInOregon | Sep 25, 2022 |

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