Category: Childrens

Borden, Louise

Born:  October 30, 1949 Ohio connection: Birth Cincinnati Louise Walker Borden was born in Cincinnati on October 30, 1949 to William Lee and Louise (Crutcher) Walker.  Inspired by a grandmother who loved history, Borden grew up fascinated by the stories of ordinary people and their relation to historical events. An avid reader of nonfiction and historical …

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Benson, Mildred Wirt

Born: July 10, 1905 Died: May 28, 2008 Ohio connection: Former Resident Toledo Mildred Wirt Benson, famously known as “Nancy Drew” mystery series author Carolyn Keene, was born July 10, 1905, in Ladora, Iowa, where, even as a child, she knew she would be a writer. While studying for her Master’s degree in journalism–the first woman at the University of …

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Moon, Carl

Wilmington Born: October 5, 1878 Dead: June 24, 1948 Ohio connection: Birth Karl (originally spelled with a K, later changed to Carl) Everton Moon was born in Wilmington on October 5, 1878, to Sylvester Bronson Moon, a medical doctor, and Lucy (Brunette) Moon. He attended public school and graduated from Wilmington High School, class of 1897, soon …

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Markle, Sandra

Fostoria Born: November 10, 1946 Ohio connection: Birth Sandra Markle was born in 1946 in Fostoria, Ohio, the daughter of Robert and Dorothy (Sauler) Haldeman. She received a B.A. degree from Bowling Green University in 1968. That same year, she married William Markle, with whom she had two children, Scott and Holly. Sandra Markle went on to …

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Mackall, Dandi Daley

West Salem Born: March 24, 1949 Ohio connection: Resident Dandi Daley Mackall, originally from Missouri, has published about 400 books for children and adults, with sales of 4 million in 22 countries. Her works have been published by numerous publishers that included, Simon & Schuster, Penguin, and Harper Collins. She’s a frequent guest on radio talk shows, has …

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Ayres, Katherine

Born: October 15, 1947 Ohio connection: Birth Columbus Katherine Ayres was born in Columbus to Ray and Betty Kent.  Ayres has been a lover of books since early childhood, when she began inventing stories before she could write them.  Ayres completed her undergraduate studies at the College of Wooster and earned an M.A. from Tufts University.  Her childhood home …

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