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Indiana authors and their books 1917-1966.


A native of Hobart, Ind., Calvin Rutstrum [sic] was born on Oct. 26, 1895, the son of Tiofil and Emily Carlson Rudstroem. He attended public schools to the page: [531][View Page [531]] seventh grade in Minneapolis, Minn., and worked at odd jobs until he was sixteen. He "rode fence," in Montana and became a cowboy. Returning to Minneapolis in 1913, he learned the baker's trade. He married Florence M. Merth.

Rutstrum served in the Navy Medical Corps during World War I; sold real estate, then automobiles; and began a fifteen-year period of investigating crime in the United States and Canada . He began writing for magazines; started youth conservation work in 1945; and did research on equipment and living methods in wilderness field, setting up wilderness trips and organizing expedition materials and methods. He bought and sold real estate in Minneapolis and developed subdivisions. Rutstrum established a canoe outfitting and a trading post and resort which he sold to their respective managers before turning to writing as a profession. A frequent lecturer, he has made radio and television appearances.

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