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NOTED AUTHOR DIES "r. - , S . - ';...,- ';...,- - - 4. a : t .' 'i- 'i- y ALBERT PAYSON TERHUNE, well-known well-known well-known novelist on dog life, who died today at his home in Pompton Lakes, N.J. He was 69. Noted U.S. Writer Dog Stories Dead POMPTON LAKES, N.J., Feb, 18. Albert Payson Terhune, whose stories about dogs won him international fame, died today at the age of 69. He had been in ill-health ill-health ill-health two years. Once a robust character, six feet two inches tall aad weighing 230 pounds, Terhune drove him self relentlessly unUl he was 64. Then he retired. Death came at Terhune's estate, "Sunnybank", where he lived with the collies which he made famous and which in turn brought him fame. Terhune won the nickname "Iron Man" by working for years 12 hours a day the week around. At the height of his -writing -writing career his annual income was estimated estimated as high as $90,000. On Jan. 1, 1937, he announced his retirement, declaring that he believed with his late father, the Rev. Edward P. Terhune. that a man who reached 64 should relax. He cut his Working schedule to two days a week. Strangely, he did not begin writing the stories of ' dogs that won him fame until he was 42. For years he sought to interest editors in animal tales, but it was not until 1914 that one of them, Ray Long, asked him to do a piece because one of the "Sunnybank" collies wet friendly and interesting. interesting. . That collie was "Lad", later the hero of two books, "Lad: A Dog" and "Further Adventures of Lad". He traversed the wilds of Syria on horseback, lived with a tribe of Bedouins, visited leper colonies, and then travelled across Egypt An outstanding amateur boxer, he entered the ring for exhibition matches with such old-time old-time old-time fistic greats as "Gentleman Jim" Cor? bett, Bob Fitzsimmons, Kid Mc Coy and Jim Jeffries. Since 1916 he and his wife spent eight or nine months a year at "Sunnybank , raising prize col lies and living out of doors. He cherished the 44-acre 44-acre 44-acre estate and rambling 16-room 16-room 16-room home which his father built many years before. He said his greatest fear was, that the property would become a' real estate development or a road' house. Sometimes he and his wife took trips to Bermuda and the West Indies. But in late years he re fused to travel in the old world. Among his books were "Bruce", "Buff, a Collie", "The Amateur Inn", "Lochinvar Luck", "Wolf", "The Runaway Bag", "My Friend, the Dog".' "The Luck of the Laird", "A Dog Named Chips", "The Way of a Dog", and his autobiography, "To the Best of My Memory", oublished in 1930. He also wrote 30 motion picture plays, poems and short stories for magazines.

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal18 Feb 1942, WedPage 2

The Ottawa Journal (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)18 Feb 1942, WedPage 2
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