|Warden/Wardon Allen Curtis|
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|Birth: ||Feb. 1, 1867|
New Mexico, USA
|Death: ||Jan. 21, 1940|
New Hampshire, USA
It appears that Warden changed the spelling of his first name. In the previous letter his name is spelled Warden, a spelling that he used in his earlier authorships. Later on he uses Wardon, and that spelling is also on his gravestone. >BLH.
Following is a copy of a letter written by Lucy Ashland Hughes. It is in the Hughes Family Bible. >BLH.
February 11, 1940
Dear Mr. Plummer:
Please permit me to express my appreciation of your fine tribute to Warden Curtis published in the Ashland Citizen of February third.
Perhaps you did not know my father, Barnet Hughes who died fifty four years ago and was buried on the late Easter Day of April 25th.
My father possessed unusual brainpower and other mental qualities which Warden inherited. My father ''knew everything'' so to speak and Warden followed in his mental footsteps and became another ''walking encyclopedia'' as sister Hattie used to say.
Warden and I were agreeable friends, more or less, since childhood. I appreciate his many fine qualities and shall miss him.
I have not heard anything about his affairs but I assume that you are the Administrator of his estate. In any event I want to express a wish in behalf of Martha Lane Hughes only daughter of John Hughes and the only Hughes girl in her generation.
Martha Lane was named for her grandmother Martha Lane Clark first wife of my grandfather. Grandmother Martha Lane had a bible which became the possession of Francis M. and later came to me. There is also a Chippendale looking-glass. Francis M. told me to keep both or do as I liked about them. I felt Hattie should have her mother's looking glass and I gave it to her and have always been most happy that I did so.
For a long time I figured what I should do about the Family Bible. I did not know Martha Lane at that time but I know now that I should have given the Bible to her being the namesake of her grandmother. At any rate I did not feel I should keep it altho given to me in good faith.
At the time Warden was possessed with that indomitable spirit of antagonism, peculiar to himself, against me. Later I did up the Bible enclosed a courteous note and gave it to Mabel Sullivan to hand to Warden when he should call. The courtesy was never acknowledged by Warden. I regret my misplaced judgment.
It was my intention to write to Warden and ask him to consider Martha Lane as an heir to the Bible or perhaps give it to her and I believe he would have done so if I had written him. We have been on writing terms since Tom's defeat. There is also a History of Windham containing the Hughes Family history which may not be valued by the Curtis side of young people.
I am writing this on the assumption that you will have authority that you will favor Martha Lane, if permissible, in the matter of final distribution of one or both books. And furthermore I do not know one thing about Warden's estate but I do know I wish I could own the old home. As you are my long time friend, and a ''Friend to Man'' I shall nut make excuse in writing. I trust you are well and that you are well and that you and Ada are enjoying the winter, ___.
With kind, personal regards, I am sincerely yours,
Lucy A. Cheney
Curtis, Wardon Allan, 1867-
The Strange Adventures of Mr. Middleton, by Wardon Allan Curtis. Chicago: Herbert S. Stone & Company, MCMIII. 311p.
Mr. Edward Middleton, a simple law clerk much influenced by his rural background, his extreme admiration of material wealth and those who have it, and his devout Methodism, one evening encounters Achmed Ben Daoud, Emir of Al-Yam, while strolling on Chicago's South Clark Street, and under the Emir's influence, begins a series of adventures that shakes to the core his twenty-five years of Middleton banality and lackluster conventionalism. The Emir, having come to Chicago in search of new material with which to amuse his royal master, the Shahriyar of Al-Yam, has accumulated a fascinating collection of stories which he wishes to test for quality before telling them to his master. The stories how an aging spinster finds a man under her bed; how a doctor outwits a band of murderers and thieves; how a chicken farmer grows elephant-sized guinea pigs and lives to regret it; and other tales just as imaginative--are told with a flair reminiscent of the Thousand and One Nights. Following each tale, Mr. Middleton is presented with a gift which leads him into an adventure as imaginative as any the Emir tells. The tales are as strange as the storyteller, and range from ironic to gruesome; but one thing is sure they cannot fail to hold the reader enthralled.
Contents: The Manner in Which Mr. Edward Middleton Encounters the Emir Achmed Ben Daoud. The Adventure of the Virtuous Spinster. What Befell Mr. Middleton Because of the Second Gift of the Emir. The Adventure of William Hicks.--What Befell Mr. Middleton Because of the Third Gift of the Emir. The Adventure of Norah Sullivan and the Student of Heredity. What Befell Mr. Middleton Because of the Fourth Gift of the Emir. The Pleasant Adventures of Dr. McDill.--What Befell Mr. Middleton Because of the Fifth Gift of the Emir. The Adventure of Miss Clarissa Dawson.--What Befell Mr. Middleton Because of the Sixth Gift of the Emir. The Unpleasant Adventure of the Faithless Woman. What Befell Mr. Middleton Because of the Seventh Gift of the Emir. The Adventure of Achmed Ben Daoud.What Befell Mr. Middleton Because of the Eighth and Last Gift of the Emir.
Curtis, Wardon Allan (1867-1940); born in New Mexico; lived in Ashland, NH; journalist; author of The Strange Adventures of Mr. Middleton.
Wardon Curtis' The Strange Adventures of Mr Middleton (Chicago: Stone, 1903). This handsomely embossed pictorial binding depicts Mr. Middleton & his Moslem buddy Achmed getting stoned off two stems of a hookah. Every even chapter consists of modern fantasy shorts while every odd chapter continues the relationship of the emir & Mr. Middleton, spoofing Arabian Nights fantasies. >Violet Books, Internet.
Charles Albert Curtis (1835 - 1907)
Harriette Louise Hughes Curtis (1846 - 1924)
Wardon A. Curtis | Feb 1 1867 Jan 21 1940
Green Grove Cemetery
New Hampshire, USA
Plot: Lot 375
Created by: BL Hughes
Record added: Oct 22, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 16284825
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