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Florence Lupton Smith collection

 Collection — Folder: S1202
Identifier: S1202

Scope and Contents

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."


  • 1974


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

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.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This article is paginated from 1 through 19.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Florence Lupton Smith on 1974/12/3.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed 2016/10/13 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield.
Florence Lupton Smith collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.