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The original Portland railroad station, mentioned in many Kelland books and magazine stories. His last glimpse of  "the Golden Age", as he left Portland at the age of ten, to move to Detroit, "so he could have advantages".

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Tessa said:   July 6, 2015 6:20 pm PST
If you would like to promote this great author in this age of information, first read his works. Then go to websites like Barnes & Noble’s (bn.com) and Goodreads.com and leave a review. Books are “promoted” on the various websites by frequency of downloads and reviews. I read the first two chapters of the free book Mark Tidd’s citadel and went back to check on any reviews. I found none but will be leaving one when I finish the remaining chapters. Please support worthwhile author’s by keeping their works from slipping into obscurity.

Douglas Kleinhans said:   July 6, 2015 11:18 am PST
When I was a kid [1962] I would sneak into the basement of our local library across the street from my school during recess. I would park myself in a corner and read old Reader's Digests and Saturday Evening Posts that were stored there. Kelland was one of my favorite authors. I loved his use of language. I have about a half dozen of his books. My favorites are 'This Is My Son' and 'Where There's Smoke' and 'Murder Makes An Entrance'.

Marilyn Danielson said:   November 21, 2012 6:08 pm PST
it's very exciting to learn more and more about CBK. it was interesting to see his name on the back of the disk cover for the movie "mr. Deeds". I feel more should be done in our town to acknowledge our local heroes, and he certainly is one!

AJ said:   October 31, 2012 5:54 pm PST
Great site. As a FYI, the pic you have labeled the Warren House is actually the Webber House.

Jim Moses said:   June 18, 2012 4:54 pm PST
Hi Mike, Thanks for hosting the Kelland site. I have learned a lot while reading all the material. I hope my article will spark a new level of interest in one of the important people who came from Ionia County. I read "The Steadfast Heart" shortly after we met. It was an interesting portrayal of Portland. Thanks for letting us know more about him.

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  Email Comments:

"I'm a fond reader of the "Mark Tidd" and "Catty Atkins" series. We're planning a trip to Portland this week and will visit some of the Kelland sites. I hope the museum becomes a reality." Howie S. 10/10/2010

"CBK is on my favorites list because it was reading him as a kid that turned me in to a Reader (capital R)." Darrol, 12/1/08.

"It's true that Clarence Kelland is sadly overlooked as a writer; I am very fond of the Mark Tidd books as my father read them as a boy. "  Mike D. 2/17/09.

"Hi Michael.  I have read all of the Mark Tidd books (once as a kid and again in my second childhood) and I believe all the Scattergood books (I have three).  I have always enjoyed them.  " Asa K. 11/27/06.

"I was reading a book tonight--Techniques of the Selling Writer by Dwight V. Swain--that mentioned Clarence Budington Kelland's character Scattergood Baines. The Swain book, written in 1965, is a how-to on storytelling and writing popular fiction. Swain brings up Scattergood Baines to show that the main character in a novel need not be physcially attractive, though he doesn't say why Baines is not. ...So half an hour later I'm reading the first chapter of Scattergood Baines on the internet, courtesy of the Guttenberg Project. I like it! I'll probably finish it. So I start Googling CBK and end up with mention of your store.
Just another trip down the internet rabbithole, but a pleasant one. I won't waste your time further. Just wanted to tell my fascinating-to-me story and say hi. 
I live in Southern California. However, if I ever come anywhere near Portland, I will definitely be stopping in for some Kelland memorabilia." Bill M. 5/28/07,

"Kelland was a good writer.   Thinking about him makes me reflect on how transitory fame is.  I mean, the guy was one of the best-known writers in the country and today very few people have even heard of him, much less read him.  "  Chuck A. 7/1/07.

"I just found the Web site - how I managed not to know about CBK is beyond me, especially as I'm a huge fan of Frank Capra!"  Matt K. 1/21/08.

"Hi, I'm interested in Mark Tidd books and copies of the Mark Tidd's that were not published in book form (i.e. those published in American Boy magazine only)." Stephen R. 1/28/08.

"Thank you very much for stopping in. I really appreciate you clueing me in to such an overlooked major figure in our area." David V. 4/17/08.


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