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This 19-page typed article is about Frank McKinney "Kin" Hubbard (1868-1930), creator of Abe Martin, by Florence Lupton Smith, whose parents bought the Hubbard house in 1928. That house was located on a high hill bounded by Pleasant Run Parkway, New York Street, and Emerson Avenue. Kin and his wife Josephine Jackson moved there in 1909 with son Tom (born 1907) and baby daughter Virginia. Two other sons died in 1919 in a car accident at age one, and in 1921 at birth. Florence wrote about Kin's early life before he settled down at the Indianapolis News to write and draw the daily cartoon of Abe Martin with his folksy sayings. When his friend George Ade, in an article in the American Magazine, said "Abe Martin is as quaint and droll as Josh Billings and Artemus Ward ever dared to be," Kin received and accepted offers for syndication. Ms. Smith wrote: "No other writer ever took in so much money week after week, year after year, for so few words. Incidentally, Kin did not forget how much of his success he owed to George Ade, and more than once he wrote him expressing gratitude." Mr. Hubbard also sold books of his sayings and drawings. He became wealthy. Fred Kelly wrote a biography of Kin Hubbard, who claimed Abe Martin was from Brown County, although Kin never traveled there until his column became famous. Ms. Smith quotes many of Abe Martin's sayings. The final one, on page 19, is: "There's some folks standin' behind th' President that ought t' git around where he kin watch 'em."
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Florence Lupton Smith came with her parents to Indiana from Ohio, and moved into a house in Irvington. Some time later, her parents purchased the Kin Hubbard home bounded by Pleasant Run Parkway, New York Street, and Emerson Avenue, on a high hill.
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