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Homer Croy, Sr
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Birth: Mar. 3, 1883
Clark County
Missouri, USA
Death: May, 1965
New York
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA

Homer Croy, Sr married Mae Belle Savell
on February 7, 1915 in New York, NY

Homer Croy, Noted Missouri Novelist, Dies in New York

NEW YORK Homer Croy, 87, screenwriter and novelist of the American frontier Southwest, died Monday of a heart attack. Croy wrote several scenarious for movies starring the late Will Rogers.

Croy is survived by his widow and a daughter, Mrs. Carol Ebert.

He was credited with writing more books about Missouri than any other author. He drew much of the material from his early life in Maryville for characters. His first success was his novel, "West of the Water Tower," in 1923. Then followed biographies of Jesse James and Judge Isaac Parker, the western judge who sent 88 men to the gallows.

Among his productions were several movie scenarios, starring the late Will Rogers. The first was "They Had to See Paris," Rogers' first talking picture.

The world premier of his radio, was presented at the Central City opera house in Central City last July.

Croy was chipper and lively. He always had an answer. Back from the Central City premiere, he told a St. Joseph newsman: "I am no longer the simple country boy or the simple soul I once was. This opera has gone to me head. I have tasted of glory. Neither must you be afraid that I will ask you for a loan."

His favorite tie was bright red one. Once at a Kansas City reception, a well wisher told him: "Homer, I sure like that tie."

"You like my ties," he quipped, "but do you buy my books."

During his student days at the University of Missouri he was correspondent for Kansas City Star and a Joplin newspaper.

He often told of how he spent so much time writing news articles for these and other papers that he flunked classical English and failed graduate.

In addition to working for several Midwestern newspapers, he made a trip around the world taking motion pictures.

His books included "Coney Island," "Headed for Hollywood," "Fancy Lady," "Caught," "Sixteen Hands," "Mr. Meek Marches On," "Family Honeymoon," "Wonderful Neighbor," "Corn Country," and "Jesse James Was My Neighbor."

Printed in The Nevada Daily Mail-May 23, 1965
Family links: 
  Mae Belle Savell Croy (1883 - 1981)*
  Creighton Croy (1916 - 1920)*
  Homer Croy (1921 - 1924)*
*Calculated relationship
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Created by: Henerietta Jones Foust
Record added: Oct 20, 2012
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Homer Croy, Sr
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