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Indiana authors and their books 1917-1966.



A native of Fairmount, Ind., Mary Jane Ward was born on Aug. 27, 1905, the daughter of Claude Arthur and Marion Lockridge Ward. The family moved to Evanston, Ill., in 1915 and she attended Northwestern University and the Lyceum of Arts Conservatory. She worked at various jobs including selling dresses and china, writing mail-order advertising, designing and decorating glass novelties, and teaching art at a summer camp. She married Edward Quayle on March 7, 1928, and also began her career as a writer in that year. Mrs. Quayle moved to New York in 1939 and became a resident of Elgin, Ill., in 1946. The Snake Pit was selected by the Book-of-the-Month Club and was reprinted in HARPER'S BAZAAR and the REAPER'S DIGEST.

Information from Current Biography.

QUINN, DEFRENCH: 1872-1948.

DeFrench Quinn was born on Jan. 31, 1872, in Decatur, Ind., the son of John P. and Uritta J. Long Quinn. His name was sometimes written D. French, but the letters D or De were generally omitted after the early 1900s. He was educated in the Decatur public schools and began his business career as a bookkeeper and teller at the old Adams County Bank. On July 29, 1893, he married Eva M. Patterson and they had two children, Reba and Robert. Quinn was associated in various capacities with the Paragould Lumber Company ( Ark. ) and later devoted his time to the real estate, loan, and abstract business. He served as president of the first Chamber of Commerce in Decatur , 1902, and was active in bringing industry to that community. He was known locally as a leading speaker and delivered the annual Lincoln Day address to high school students for twenty years. During both world wars Quinn served as chairman of the county speaker's committee for bond drives. He died in Decatur on Feb. 5, 1948.

Information from Dick D. Heller, Jr.