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Taken just after the signing of a contract for Nomads of the North, from left: E. B. Johnson, author James Oliver Curwood, secretary and treasurer for First National Pictures H. O. Schwalbe, and film director David Hartford, on page 36 of the April 17, 1920 Exhibitors Herald./Apeda studio, N.Y. [Public domain]

James Oliver Curwood

James Oliver Curwood, born June 12th, 1878, was an American action-adventure writer and conservationist. His books ranked among Publishers Weekly top-ten best sellers in the United States in the early 1920s. At least eighteen motion pictures have been based on or directly inspired by his novels and short stories.
At the time of his death, he was the highest paid (per word) author in the world. In 1922, Curwood built a replica of a Norman chateau along the banks of the Shiawassee River near his home in Owosso. Construction on the building began in 1922 and was completed in 1923. Curwood moved in and used one of the turrets as a writing studio.

Curwood Castle seen under construction, 1922-1923

National Register of Historic Places nomination form, received May 18th 1971