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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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Judy Chabra said:   November 6, 2011 11:30 am PST
Trivia: I have a few pages from American Magazine that my grandmother saved because her mother (my great-grandmother) was a model for the heavy woman in the Scattergood stories. I haven't read them yet, as they are in bad condition and I need to make copies first.

Bill Priestley said:   September 6, 2011 3:04 pm PST
I believe that when young I read in SEP (1940 -- 1950) a story by CBK which was a story later filmed as "The Big Country"; but the film's credits say it was from a novel by Donald Hamilton. Did CBK write the foundation story?

Brian Donelson said:   January 7, 2011 6:56 am PST
I am an author writing the history of the Hoosac Tunnel & Wilmington Railroad and the industries it served in the upper Deerfield River valley. I am currently working on volume 2 of the history whic includes the time that Mr. Kelland was corporate secretary of the Ludington Woodenware Company in Wilmington. When that company burned in 1915 he saved the life of the company bookeeper, B. B. Gibson. I wiould like your permission to use the picture of Mr. Kelland on your home page in my book. You can see volume 1 of the history, which also has a small amount of material about Mr. Kelland at www.HTandW.com Thank you Brian Donelson 43 Potter Rd. Rowe, MA 01367

MaryAnn Reid said:   December 20, 2010 6:04 pm PST
I am so fortunate to have at my disposal thousands of pages of CBK's written words. I must confess to regaining my sense of balance emotionally by filling my mind with wholesome, thoughtful and tender stories, though the characters be fictitious.....I like to believe that they represent a better time of living.....in the not quite so fast lane....in Portland, Michigan. Thanks Michael!

David Fields said:   October 24, 2010 9:16 pm PST
At 66 years of age, when I need a pick me up, which is getting oftener, I pick out one of my Kelland collection and let the world flow by. Even the Mark Tidd series, my favorites of the collection still bring a chuckle. His adult novels are just as good. I keep hoping another of his talent will come forth, but so far no luck.

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"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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