Lester Bernard Dent

Lester Dent is the most famous of all the different authors who wrote the Doc Savage stories and considered the best by most readers. 


The Travels of Berne Dent – An examination of Lester Dent’s early life: 1904-1920


The 4J Ranch – A history of the famous 4J Ranch in Gillette, Wyoming.


Lester Dent at La Plata High School – A look at Dent’s high school years: 1920-1923


Lester Dent at Chillicothe Business College – Dent attends telegraphy school: 1924 


The Dent-Marquiss Connection – A correspondence between Dent and a childhood friend.


Lester Dent – Telegrapher – Some details about Dent’s telegraph career: 1924-1930


The Man Who Inspired Lester Dent – The day the laughter stopped and the writing began.


Lester Dent – Correspondence 1929 – 1932 – A synopsis of correspondence and newspaper articles relating to Dent writing career.


Dent’s Travels on RMS Mauretania – A look at the Dent’s 1933 Caribbean cruise.


Lester Dent spent a night with Bedford Dickerson, the prior week. Dickerson and Dent attended La Plata High School together.  Dickerson’s class was two years behind Dent.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, July 13, 1933

C. B. C. News – It appears Dent visited CBC but the article is not clear and there is an obvious error with missing text.  The Chillicothe Constitution-Tribune, Wednesday, August 9, 1933

Family Gathering – Lester and Norma Dent attended a gathering at Locust Hill.  The people in attendance appear to be relatives of Dent’s mother, Alice Norfolk Dent.  The articles mentions the Dents live in New York City.   Source La Plata Home Press, Thursday, October 18, 1934

Rescued Trio Reveal Their Identity; One is Yacht Racer – Lester Dent’s new toy, the schooner Albatross got in trouble off the Delaware Breakers and had to be towed into the harbor.  The 40-foot vessel became disabled due to engine malfunction.  Dent’s new secretary, Martin Barker was aboard as well as Captain Rentz and Michael Weber of New York.  Source: The News Journal, Thursday, October 25, 1934

Missing Schooner Object of Search  – Lester Dent and the Albatross appear in teh news once again.  The boat is overdue and the Coast Guard is searching for it.  Source: Pensacola News Journal, Tuesday, November 13, 1934

It turns out that Captain Rentz was attempting to hijack the Albatross. Will Murray discusses this in an article in The Bronze Gazette #38 from August 2003.

Lester and Norma Dent arrived in Hartford on Tuesday.  Martin Baker is also along.  They plan to spend three weeks.  Source: Hartford Courant, Sunday, January 13, 1935

There is a small article about Lester Dent and a new Doc Savage novel that includes a character from Kirksville. Dent writes the Doc Savage stories and lives in New York.  It is interesting to see the papers describe Dent as a “La Plata boy” as he is 30-years old.  Source La Plata Home Press, Thursday, January 31, 1935

Left Today for Two Weeks in Florida – Norma Dent’s sister, Victor Gerling, and a friend are headed to Daytona and Miami Beach in Florida.  They will spend time on the Albatross with Norma and Lester Dent.  Source: Jefferson City Post Tribune, Friday, February 1, 1935

The passenger list from the SS New Northland shows Lester Dent leaving Nassau, Bahamas on February 17, 1935 and arriving Miami, Florida, February 18, 1935.  It appears he was traveling alone.  The passenger list shows him as “Leslie” Dent, age 28, born October 12, 1906, LaPlata, MO.  Dent’s US address is listed as the Royalton Hotel in Miami.

A passenger list for April 8, 1935 shows Lester Dent flying from Havana, Cuba to Miami, Florida.  Martin, Baker, Dent’s secretary was also aboard.  The plane was a Sikorsky S-40.  The plane shown below is the craft Dent flew on.  It was operated by Pan American Airways and went into service in August 1932.  This craft was named the Southern Clipper with call sign NC-752-V.  

WATERFRONT – An article by Tom Olstead in the Miami Tribune, dated April 11, 1935, notes that Doc Savage author Lester Dent had returned to Miami via seaplane.  Dent had been aboard the Four Winds which participated in the St. Petersburg-to-Havana race.

A short article states Lester and Norma Dent are visiting from New York.  The will visit with relatives in La Plata and Carrollton.  Source La Plata Home Press, Thursday, July 18 1935

Will Hunt For Sunken Money, La Plata Man Plans Expedition in Search of Treasure Off Florida Coast – The article states Dent will be searching for a sunken treasure.  The prize is a  golden 3,800 pound table lost some 400 years ago.  Its current value is estimated at $1.5 million.  The Albatross has grown under Dent’s command and is now described as a 50-foot schooner.  Dent is named as the author Kenneth Robeson who writes the Doc Savage stories.  Dent may go to Honduras and search for Inca silver if his hunt for the golden table does  not pan out.  In any event, Dent says he will find new material for his adventure stories.  Source: Macon Chronicle Herald, Saturday, November 30, 1935

Gillette Boy to Hunt Treasure – The local paper has an article mentioning Lester Dent and his uncle, Bert Norfolk.  Source: Casper Star Tribune, Sunday, December 1, 1935

La Plata Men on Trip – Another article about Dent’s expedition on the Albatross to hunt the lost golden table.  Kenneth Sien will accompany Dent.  The remaining information is a rehash of the prior article.  Source: Macon Chronicle Herald, Tuesday, January 7, 1936

Nudist Ship Aground Near Mouth of Bay –  This was article about an auxiliary schooner that had sailed without a navigator and had run aground in the bay.  The vessel was carrying passengers who wanted to establish a nudist colon in the Virgin Islands.  Source: The Tampa Tribune edition dated Tuesday, February 4, 1936

The local La Plata newspaper was quick to pick up on this story and tease Lester Dent.  The article mentions Lester Dent and Kenneth Sien as well as the treasure expedition they were mounting.  The La Plata Home Press goes on to state, We wonder what Lester Dent will do for a navigator when this nudist schooner gets going again.  Source La Plata Home Press, Thursday, February 6, 1936

Ready for a Caribbean Treasure Hunt – The article includes a picture of Lester Dent and the schooner Albatross.  Lester Dent announces a writing contest for the high school boys living in northeast Missouri.  The winner will receive a ticket to Florida and join Lester Dent and Kenneth Sien on board the Albatross as they search for the lost golden table.  Source: Moberly Monitor Index, Tuesday, February 11, 1936

The following articles all contain the same essential information.  They are in effect press releases promoting Lester Dent.Great Opportunity for a High School Boy – Source: The Marion County Standard, Wednesday, February 12, 1936

  • Caribbean Treasure Hunt – Source: New Cambria Leader, Thursday, February 20, 1936
  • La Plata Boy in the Caribbean Seas Looking For Lost Pirate Treasures – Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, February 27, 1936
  • Little Exciting Adventure Found on Lester Dent’s Albatross Yet – Source: Macon Chronicle Herald, Saturday, February 29, 1936
  • Two Planning Hunt for Legendary Gold – Source: The Racine Journal Times, Friday, March 6, 1936
  • Hunt Planned For Legendary Table of GoldThe Vidette Messenger, Saturday, March 7, 1936; Big Spring Daily Herald, Sunday, March 8, 1936; The Edwardsville Intelligencer, Monday, March 9, 1936; The Times, Wednesday, March 11, 1693
  • Adventure Story Writer on Treasure Hunt – This article is much longer and includes a lot of local flavor.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, March 12, 1936
  • Legendary Table of Gold To Be Sought – Source: The Evening Times, Friday, March 13, 1936
  • Missourians Plan Golden Table Quest in Caribbean Sea –  Source: Great Falls Tribune, Sunday, March 15, 1936
  • Gold Table Tales Starts Sea Hunt – Source: Democrat and Chronicle, Sunday, March 15, 1936
  • Hunt Planned For Legendary Table of GoldThe Vidette Messenger, Saturday, March 7, 1936; Big Spring Daily Herald, Sunday, March 8, 1936; The Edwardsville Intelligencer, Monday, March 9, 1936; The Times, Wednesday, March 11, 1936; The Hammond Times, Wednesday, March 11, 1936; Terril Record, March 19, 1936; Sioux County Index, March 20, 1936; The Lima News, March 20, 1936; The Charleston Daily Mail, March 25, 1936      
  • Legendary Treasure Is Sought By Writer – Source: The Ogden Standard Examiner, Thursday, March 19, 1936; The Republican Courier, May 8, 1936
  • Hunt Planned For Legendary Table of Gold – Source: The Terril Record, Thursday, March 1936; The Sioux County Index, Friday, March 20, 1936; Macon Chronicle Herald, Tuesday, April 21, 1936
  • JOHN YAUK – A student from Novinger won the writing contest.  Source: Moberly Monitor-Index, March 25, 1936
  • Novinger Boy Wins Free Trip – The article talks about the writing contest winner John Yauk of Novinger. Source: The Laclade Blade, Friday, April 3, 1936
  • Novinger Boy To Go On Treasure Hunt – The article talks about the writing contest winner John Yauk of Novinger. Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, March 25, 1936
  • To Hunt For Golden Table Aboard Sunken Galleon – Source: The Daily Courier, Friday, May 22, 1936; Source: The Kingston Daily Freeman, Wednesday, May 27 1936; The Daily Reporter, Friday, June 5, 1936; The Observer, Saline Michigan, May 14, 1936; The Daily Courier, Friday, May 22, 1936; The Kingston Daily Freeman, Wednesday, May 27, 1936; The Daily Reporter, Friday, June 5, 1936;

Anchors in Biscayne Bay – Jack Stark writes in his column about Lester Dent who is back in port after a recent treasure hunting cruise in his 37-foot schooner, the Albatros.  Dent had just spent the previous three weeks scouring the southern tip of Florida for treasure wrecks.  The article also mentions the essay contest Dent was sponsoring back in Missouri.  Source: The Miami Herald, Friday, March 6, 1936

DUMAS SCHOOL SCORES A WIN WHEN STUDENT RANKS AT TOP – The article highlights one of the high school students who entered Lester Dent’s writing contest.  The article features a letter written by Lester Dent to William McElroy, a student at the Dumas School.  Dent praises McElroy for his effort and says his letter was one of the last ones eliminated from the competition.  What makes this especially notable is that McElroy was a student at the “Dumas Colored School.” 

In his remarks, Dent writes: I liked your paper.  You had some sound ideas.  They dig right in at the roots of the trouble weed, as it were, instead of trying to kill the weed by picking off a leaf or two.

Dent’s remarks refer to McElroy’s essay in couched terms.  I suspect that the subject of McElroy’s essay was racism but without seeing the material it is impossible to say with certainty.  Lester Dent goes on to say that he would like to meet William McElroy during one of his frequent visits home.  Source: Macon Chronicle Herald, Wednesday, March 25, 1936

AUTHOR OUTLINES PLOT FORMULAS – Lester Dent gave a lecture on fiction writing at the Central school.  Journalism students from the Works Progress Administration of Miami and Coconut Grove were in attendance.    Source: The Miami Herald, Sunday, March 29, 1936

JOURNALISM CLASSES JOIN – Lester Dent, author of the Doc Savage stories, will give a talk at the Coconut Grove Elementary School. Journalism classes from Miami and Coconut Grove will be in attendance.  Source: The Miami News, Thursday, April 16, 1936

April 19, 1936 – Ed Bodin mentions Lester Dent in his weekly column, The Manuscript Man.  Bodin comments on Lester Dent’s article in the 1936 Writer’s Yearbook titled The Pulp Paper Master Fiction Plot.  Dent provides an outline for writing a 6,000 word story.  Source: The Birmingham News, April 19, 1936

Oklahoma Biographs – Lester Dent, the Wizard of the Pulps – This is a lengthy biographical article on Lester Dent.  It mentions his homes from Oklahoma to Wyoming and back to Missouri.   His authorship of the Doc Savage stories is notes.  Dent claims that in its second year, the magazine was the most successful pulp magazine in the world.  Source: The Daily Oklahoman, Sunday, July 19, 1936

Lester and Norma Dent are in from New York to his parents.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, September 10, 1936

La Plata To Dedicate New Highway Bridge – The dedication ceremony will be coupled with an all-night public dance.  Lester Dent will give a lecture A Treasure Hunt in the Caribbean along with a movie of his recent efforts.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, September 10, 1936

Democrats in a Big Rally; Enthusiasm At High Tide – Lester Dent was present and made some remarks but those were not quoted in the article. Source: Macon Chronicle Herald, Tuesday, September 29, 1936

Bridge Dedication A Hugh Success – The article reports on the ceremony held in September.  Lester Dent is credited with a large role in making the event a success.  It states he spent his vacation in La Plata visiting his parents.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, October 1, 1936

Young Democrats Have Big Meeting, A Man Who Does Something Appealing to Youth; Lester Dent Talks to Them – Lester Dent gave a well received speech on democracy and President Roosevelt on the prior Tuesday.  The article notes that Dent was present with his sound equipment.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, October 1, 1936

A Great Crowd At Trenton – The town was the seat of a large Democratic rally.  Lester Dent was present with his “sound truck.”  Dent was described as an irrepressible Democrat.  The article mentions that he is on vacation from new York.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, October 1, 1936

Lester Dent Helps The Public Schools – Dent will show the movie on his recent treasure expedition and give a lecture at at the La Plata High School gym on October 23.  The article includes several lines of biographical information.   The article notes that Lester Dent has written over 7 million words since he started his writing career.  The admission proceeds from these shows will be used to help school children who have been affected by the drought.  Dent has already scheduled lectures at nine schools with an estimated 20 more to follow. Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, October 8, 1936

Dent mentions drought conditions in the above article. The entire nation was suffering from severe weather conditions of heat and drought. The Dust Bowl typified the problems farmers and people in general faced during this time.  The Moberly Monitor Index edition of Wednesday, June 24, 1936 carried an article on the local drought conditions.  Local conditions are described as “very severe” with critical shortages of water for towns and livestock.  Lester Dent, in his own way, was trying to help those who had been most hurt by these events. 

Story Writer Will Lecture at CBC – Lester Dent will be at the college to lecture on October 23. He will show the movies he filmed on his recent treasure hunt in the Caribbean.  The article states that Dent was a student in 1925 and worked for Western Union in Chillicothe.  Source: The Chillicothe Constitution Tribune, Friday, October 9, 1936

WILL SHOW MOVIE PICTURES AND GIVE LECTURE AT HIGH SCHOOL – Lester Dent will give a lecture and show movies at the high school on Tuesday, October 20.  The article mentions that C. C. Norfolk of New Cambria is Lester Dent’s uncle.  Admission will be charged with the proceeds going to help needy school children.  Source: New Cabria Leader, Thursday, October 15, 1936

Lester Dent In Big Demand – The article goes over Dent’s efforts to provide aid for school children through his lectures and movies.  Dent will appear at Chillicothe Business College tomorrow.  This evening he will lecture before the Kirksville Kiwanis as well as several schools over the following days.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, October 22, 1936

The Carnival, October 24Lester Dent’s EntertainmentA Student’s Impression of Lester Dent – There are three distinct articles on Lester Dent and his drought relief aid efforts.  The main item is the Carnival at which Lester Dent lectured on Tuesday night.  Perhaps the most interesting aspect of these short articles is the one on the student’s impressions of Lester Dent.  One student described him as A human dynamo with unruly gray hair, sparkling blue, gray eyes, radiating his love of life.  Source: New Cambria Leader, Thursday, October 33, 1936.

Lester Dent Gives Story of His Travels – The articles mentions that Dent lectures at Chillicothe Business College last night.  The article is mostly biographical material on Dent.  Source: The Chillicothe Constitution Tribune, Saturday, October 24, 1936

HIGH SCHOOL NOTES – Lester Dent, Eminent Lecturer and Writer, to be Here – The articles notes Lester Dent will be at the school to give a lecture with movie on October 29.  The event will be at 8 pm.  Lester Dent will also demonstrate his electronic gold detection device along with his diving apparatus.  Source: The Palmyra Spectator, Wednesday, October 21, 1936; The Marion County Standard, Wednesday, October 28, 1936; The Palmyra Spectator, Wednesday, October 28, 1936

Large Crowd Enjoys Dent’s Lecture – The article writes about Dent’s lecture the prior night.  Kenneth Sien and John Yauk were both in attendance.  Lester Dent is spending his vacation this year lecturing in this area.  Source: The Marion County Standard, Wednesday, November 4, 1936

Lester Dent gave a lecture at the Bucklin High School auditorium on Wednesday, November 4.  Source: Bucklin Herald, Bucklin, Missouri, Friday, November 13, 1936


The Explorers Club – Lester Dent joins the  Explorers Club


Author Dent to New York –  The article notes that the Dents left for New York on Sunday morning after spending the last two months in the area on vacation.  The schooner Albatross is in dry dock.  Dent’s novel, Angelfish, is the feature story in this month’s issue of Black Mask.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, November 26, 1936

LA PLATA BOY WEDS – Former Secretary of Lester Dent is in Washington – Kenneth Sien of Washington, DC married Geneva Reynolds on January 6.  The couple were married in Baltimore, Maryland at the First Methodist Church.  They will live in Washington, DC.  Source: Macon Chronicle Herald, Monday, February 8, 1937

Book Offers Guide To Writer Markets – The article is about The Writer’s Market for 1937 by Aaron Mathieu.  The book is published by Writer’s Digest and features an article by Lester Dent, The Pulp Paper Master Fiction Plot.  Source: The Ogden Standard Examiner, Sunday, May 16, 1937

Judge and Mrs. George Newton Here From California – The Newtons, of Los Angeles, California were in town.  A gathering was held in their honor at the old Newton homestead near La Plata.  A large crowd was entertained by Lester Dent who performed slight of hand tricks.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, July 22, 1937

Noted Writer Opens La Plata Headquarters – Lester Dent plans to spend the summer in La Plata writing adventure stories.  He will work out of an office in the old Farmers and Merchants Bank Building.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, July 22, 1937

La Plata To Celebrate Sante Fe’s 50th Year – The Community Commerce Club is sponsoring a one-day celebration to celebrate the railroad’s 50th anniversary.  Lester Dent is chairman of the Program Committee.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, July 22, 1937

LESTER DENT IS IN LA PLATA –  The article mostly repeats the same information about Dent staying in La Plata for the summer.  Arletta Bragg will be working for Dent as his secretary.  Source: Macon Chronicle Herald, Saturday, July 24, 1937

C. B. C. Student to Secretarial Position – Evelyn Coulson will be working for Lester Dent as secretary.  She will continue her employment and travel to New York with the Dents in the fall.  Source: The Chillicothe Constitution Tribune, Saturday, August 28, 1937

La Plata to Celebrate Coming of Sante Fe –  Several contests are mentioned.  Applications should be submitted to Lester Dent, Program Committee Chairman.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, September 2, 1937; Macon Chronicle Herald, Thursday, September 2, 1937

SUE CITY – Two thousand people attended the homecoming celebration held hereon Saturday.  Lester Dent provided the sound equipment for the event.  Source: Macon Chronicle Herald, Wednesday, September 15, 1937

La Plata Township’s Buffalo Herd – Gomer Evans bought five buffalo for his ranch.  Lester Dent is mentioned in association with some photographs. Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, October 7, 1937

CALLAO MAN IS FIRST IN CORN SHUCKING MEET YESTERDAY – The contest was held on the Star Valley Farm near Callao.  Lester Dent provided the sound equipment used at the event.  Source: Macon Chronicle Herald, Thursday, October 21, 1937

Town Should Appreciate School Band – The article is in favor of a school tax.  Lester Dent is mentioned as a community-spirited person who is always helping and has provided the sound equipment used at many public gatherings of late. Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, November 4, 1937

Red Cross Roll Call –  A membership drive is underway.  Lester Dent’s office is one of the places donations may be made.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, November 18, 1937

La Plata’s Post Office Dedicated Monday – Dedication ceremonies were held Monday at the Green Theater.  Lester Dent was Master of Ceremonies.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, November 25, 1937


The Dent’s 1938 European Vacation


A short article notes the Dents drove to Carrollton to visit family.  Nora Dent will visit the week.  Lester Dent will be in La Plata tomorrow.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, July 14, 1938

Noted Fiction Writer Visited Chillicothe –  Lester Dent visited the college on the prior day.  His recent European trip is mentioned.  Dent plans to stay in La Plata through part of November.  Source: The Chillicothe Constitution Tribune, Thursday, September 8, 1938

We Spent a Pleasant Day –  Lester Dent is mentioned in passing in an article about John Barker.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, September 8, 1938

A short article about the Dents moving into their new residence in south La Plata.  The location is described as the property in which the Lewis Main family was staying.  Dent plans to run his office out of his new home.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, September 29, 1938

THINKS HITLER WILL BLUFF TO “LAST INCH” – Dent talks about his European trip. He predicts there will not be a war.  Source: Macon Chronicle Herald, Saturday, October 1, 1938

BRILLIANT EVENING FOR COLLEGE SAVANTS FROM NEIGHBORING SCHOOL –  The La Plata Fortnightly Club hosted visitors from the Kirksville Teachers College.  Lester Dent was the guest speaker.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, October 13, 1938

Secretary Brown Pleases –  Secretary of State Dwight H. Brown was in town to speak.  Lester Dent and Dink’s Electric Shop were present with sound equipment.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, November 3, 1938

Dal Dalrimple was in town and visited with Lester Dent.  Dalrimple worked with Dent at the Tulsa Tribune.  Source: Macon Chronicle Herald, Saturday, November 3, 1938

ANOTHER NATIVE SON ENTERS RANKS OF LA PLATA BUSINESSMENT – The article is about the opening of Dink’s Electric Shop.  Lester Dent was present and showed his movies.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, November 24, 1938

ALL SCHOOL DISTRICTS ARE INVITED TO SHARE IN CHRISTMAS FESTIVITY – The Community Commerce Club is sponsoring a Christmas event.  Lester Dent is Chairman of the Entertainment Committee.  He is also on the Advertising Committee.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, December 1, 1938

Oil Test Interests Many Local People – The article concerns local oil exploration efforts. Lester Dent is the author of article.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, December 15, 1938

The Dents were in Tulsa, Oklahoma visiting friends.  They were back in La Plata on Monday.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, December 22, 1938

Lester Dent Presides – Dent was master of ceremonies at the Community Commerce Club Christmas event.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, December 29, 1938

Lester Dent Goes To New York City – The Dents left for New York on Wednesday. Dent’s secretary, Evelyn Coulson was with them.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, December 29, 1938

Television Will Sweep County – The article revolves around a letter Dent wrote to Paul Smith about television.  Dent is in New York.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, February 2, 1939

7 Million Words – This is a very short article about Lester Dent’s writing output.  It reads like a press release and was printed in several papers.  Source: Moberly Montor Index, Tuesday, February 7, 1939; Marion County Standard, Wednesday, February 8, 1939; The Bland Courier, Thursday, February 9, 1939; Bland Courier, Thursday, February 9, 1939; Warrenton Banner, Friday, February 10, 1939; Washington Citizen, Friday, February 10, 1939

DENTS VACATIONING AT LAKE PLACID –  The Dents are in Lake Placid, New York on vacation.  Dent plans to spend another month in New York and return to La Plata in April.  Source: The Chillicothe Constitution Tribune, Thursday, February 11, 1939

Wright is Re-Elected Head of Business Men –  The Community Commerce Club had an election and made committee assignments.  Lester Dent is Entertainment Committee Chairman.  He is also on the Advertising Committee.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, March 9, 1939

Dents To Come Home –  The Dents will be returning to La Plata from New York this week.  Dent’s secretary Evelyn Coulson will also be returning.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, March 30, 1939; Macon County Herald, Saturday, April 1, 1939

Lester Dent Comments About Current Topics Of Interest –  Dent mentions the World’s Fair preparations.  Dent speaks about the political situation in Europe. in New York.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, April 6, 1939

Visit At Carrollton –  The Dents visited Mrs Lois Gerling in Carrollton on Sunday.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, April 13, 1939

The paper carried several articles on the La Plata High School Class of 1923.  Lester Dent’s success was noted.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, May 11, 1939

Four Fights Will Be Held Saturday – The article talks about the upcoming fight.  Lester Dent was one of the volunteers who helped build the fighting ring and paint it.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, May 11, 1939, page 8

La Plata Band Will Play Each Wednesday –  The band will play at the boxing exhibitions organized by Lester Dent.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, May 18, 1939

MRS W. O. DANIEL IS HOSTESS TO P. E. O. –  Lester Dent was a guest at the meeting.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, May 18, 1939

Four Bouts Will Be Held Saturday –  Lester Dent is mentioned as having arranged the exhibitions.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, May 25, 1939

Membership Record Of Club Is Broken –  The Community Commerce Club broke its membership record.  Lester Dent is named as a member.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, May 25, 1939

LA PLATA IS FORTUNATE –  Lester Dent and C. A. Nelson are recognized for their civic service.  Source: La Plata Home Press,  Thursday, May 25, 1939

LA PLATA IS FORTUNATE –  Lester Dent and C. A. Nelson are recognized for their civic service.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, May 25, 1939

GENIUS JONES –  The paper is promoting its upcoming serialization of Dent’s story, Genius Jones.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, June 1, 1939; Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, June 8, 1939

Mr. and Mrs. Ray Hostess –  The Dents were guests of the Contract Club.  A picnic supper has held at Santa Fe LakeSource: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, June 8, 1939


Lester Dent, Master Mason – Lester Dent joins the Masonic Lodge at Kirksville, Missouri.


GENIUS JONES TO START IN HOME PRESS, JUNE 29 –  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, June 15, 1939

LAST RITES FRIDAY –  Lester Dent was one of the pallbearers at the funeral of Miss Effie Bowen on Friday.  Source: The Chillicothe Constitution Tribune, Saturday, June 17, 1939

COMMERCE CLUB PLANS TO CONTINUE FREE FIGHTS –  Lester Dent made report on the fights at last night’s meeting.  He said he will be leaving to travel out west soon.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, June 22, 1939

Oklahoma Biographs Lester Dent, The Wizard Of The Pulps –  The article is a biographical sketch on Dent.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, June 29, 1939; Originally published in The Daily Oklahoman, Sunday, July 19, 1936

Jerry Thomas Wins Hole-In-One Contest –  Lester Dent was one of the contestants.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, June 29, 1939

Lester Dent Leaves For Hollywood, Calif. –  Lester Dent is headed to Hollywood on business.  His wife, Norma, and secretary Evelyn Coulson are also going.  Dent said he will stop in Colorado for a week to finish a story he is writing.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, July 6, 1939

Lester Dent and Wife Return From Trip –  The Dents returned from their trip to Hollywood.  One of the places visited was Mesa Verde Park.  The Dent’s caped in Yosemite National Park and attended the Golden Gate International Exposition in San Francisco, California.  The Dents traveled through Wyoming on the return trip with Dent visiting the ranch he lived on as a youth.  The article goes on to say that Lester Dent and Onie Story are planning to go to Wyoming in September to hunt antelope.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, August 10, 1939; Macon Chronicle Herald, Saturday, August 12, 1939

Great Britain and France declare war on Germany on September 3, 1939

The Guardian, Monday, September 4, 1939

To Wyoming –  Lester Dent and Onie Story plan to spend two weeks in Wyoming hunting.  The two men are leaving tomorrow.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, September 7, 1939

To Return From West –  Lester Dent and Onie Story completed their Wyoming hunting trip.  The pair are due in town tonight.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, September 21, 1939

Returns From Carrollton –  Norma Dent returned to La Plata after visiting her mother in CarrolltonLa Plata Home Press, Thursday, September 21, 1939

BIG GAME HUNTERS RETURN TO LA PLATA –  Lester Dent and Onie Story are back from their Wyoming trip.  The men hunted in the area around Jackson Hole.  The men were hunting antelope and elk.  Source: Macon Chronicle Herald, Monday, September 25, 1939

Lester Dent and Onie Story Back From Trip –  The article repeats much of what has been previously printed.  Both men agreed it was cold and they had not brought enough cold weather gear.  There was snow at the higher elevations that froze to ice every night.  Lester Dent and Onie Story spent some time at a ranch in Gillette, Wyoming.  This was likely the home of Dent’s uncle, Bert Norfolk.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, September 28, 1939

Guests In Dent Home –  Norma Dent’s brother and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Gerling of Wichita, Kansas were guests at the Dent home.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, October 5, 1939

Kris Kringle With C. Tinney –   Lester Dent will be one of the guest on Cal Tinney’s Youth vs. Age program tonight.  Dent is advertised as the creator of Doc Savage. Source: Democrat and Chronicle, Saturday, December 23, 1939

Pulpeteers –   The article talks about various high-output writers.  Lester Dent is mentioned as writing 2,500,000 words per year. Source: The Los Angels Times, Friday, March 29, 1940

MR. AND MRS. LESTER DENT RETURN TO LA PLATA – The Dents are back in La Plata after spending several months in New York.  Evelyn Coulson, Dent’s secretary, elected to remain in New York to work for American Airlines.  The Dents drove from New York via Pennsylvania and encountered cold weather and deep snow.  Dent says the folks back east are against a war.  The Dents plan to stay in La Plata most of the summer.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, April 18, 1940; Macon Chronicle Herald, Saturday, April 20, 1940

Boxing Exhibitions Start Saturday Night –  Boxing returns to La Plata on Saturday night.  The events will he held in the town square.  The event is sponsored by the La Plata Commerce Club.  Lester Dent is on the entertainment committee organizing the fights.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, June 6, 1940

Victoria Gerling was in town visiting her sister, Norma Dent on Sunday.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, June 20, 1940

Lester Dent will be the speaker at the Macon Rotary Club meeting. Source: Macon Chronicle Herald, Tuesday, June 25, 1940

LESTER DENT SPEAKS BEFORE MACON PEOPLE – Lester Dent was present at the Macon Rotary Club meeting at the Jefferson Hotel.  He provided entertainment to the group with his movie pictures of Europe.  Dent’s narrative o the film was said to be very interesting.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, June 27, 1940

The Dents left La Plata for New York on Monday.  They plan to spend six weeks in the city.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, July 25, 1940

Robert Wilson Writes From California – The item is a letter dated July 29, 1940.  Robert Wilson is serving on board the USS Maryland.  The letter is long and one of the items he wonders about is Lester Dent and the Saturday night boxing exhibitions.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, August 1, 1940

The USS Maryland was one of the battleships moored at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.  The ship was struck by two bombs but did not sink.  Four sailors were killed in the attack.  The ship traveled to the Puget Sound Naval Yard to repair battle damage and refit.  USS Maryland was back in action in June 1942.

Lester Dent Has Arrived To Serve At Vacation School – Lester Dent arrived Thursday night from New York.  He is one of the instructors at the vacation school.  His wife is traveling with him.  Source: Escanaba Daily Press, Friday, August 9, 1940

Prolific Writer – Lester Dent is featured in an article describing his biography.  He will be teaching one of the classes at the Nahma Summer Vacation Conference.  Source: Escanaba Daily Press, Sunday, August 11, 1940

Nahma School Offers Backwoods Chautauqua – The article gives an overview of the evening classes at the Nahma Summer Vacation Conference.  Lester Dent will give the lecture on Wednesday, August 14.  Source: Escanaba Daily Press, Sunday, August 11, 1940

Vacation School Opens Its Second Week Today – New students will be enrolled in the second week of the summer school classes.  Two of the art instructors, Robert Von Neumann and Reeda Seldon are sponsoring an exhibit of their individual works.  Lester Dent is one of the instructors and will teach a course on the short story.  Source: Escanaba Daily Press, Sunday, August 18, 1940

Mr. and Mrs. Dent Return From East –  In addition to being in New York, the Dent also traveled to Canada and the northern peninsula of Michigan.  Dent was a lecturer at the Nahma Summer Vacation Conference in Nahma, Michigan.  Dent remarked that during their travels through Canada they saw active construction on army fields.  Women were assigned to many of the jobs typically filled by men as they are away at war.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, September 12, 1940

Photograph: There is a photograph of the football team attributed to Lester Dent.  La Plata Home Press, Thursday, September 19, 1940 – Page 1

LIONS CLUB PARTY – Lester Dent gave a talk on Europe along with some motion picture view to the La Plata Lions Club at the Cottage Club Hotel on Tuesday evening.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, October 3, 1940 – Page 1

They’re coming in! – Picture of Dent duck hunting.  La Plata Home Press,  Thursday, October 24, 1940 – Page 1

Attends Lions Club Banquet At Chillicothe – Mr. and Mrs. Dent attended the banquet held at the Strand Hotel Wednesday night.  Source: La Plata Home Press,  Thursday, October 31, 1940 – Page 1

Neighbors Cut Wood For Mrs. Dickerson – Some 64 of Mrs. Dickerson came Wednesday a week ago and cut sixteen cords of wood (November 6). Lester Dent was one of the participants.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, November 14, 1940

Elmer – This article talks about the second annual school carnival for the Elmer High School. Lester Dent gave a talk accompanied by a movie on his travel activities.  He was sponsored by the Fortnightly Club.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, November 7, 1940

BANNER P. T. A – Mr. and Mrs. Dent were present at the Banner PTA meeting on Friday, November 15.  Lester talked about his European trip and showed motion pictures.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, November 28, 1940 – Page 10

Dent To Talk Before Independence Grange – Dent will be giving a talk and showing motion pictures Friday evening, November 22, at the Steele school house. Source: Macon Chronicle-Herald, Wednesday, November 20, 1940 – Page 1; La Plata Home Press, Thursday, November 28, 1940

Seven Clubs Represented At Lions Zone Meeting – The meeting was held in the basement of the La Plata Methodist Church.  Dent talked on the current situation in Europe last night.  Source: Macon Chronicle-Herald, Macon, Missouri, Thursday, December 5, 1940 – Page 1

Mrs. Dent was in Carrollton visiting her mother.  She returned to La Plata on Monday.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, February 6, 1941 – Page 8

La Plata Lions Club Holds Visitors’ Night – Dent was at the Tuesday night meeting and showed interesting pictures.  The meeting was held at Onie Story’s restaurant.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, February 13, 1941 – Page 1

Mr. And Mrs. Dent Home From Trip East – The article states the Dents have returned after a two month visit in New York where Dent was renewing contracts with Street & Smith for the Doc Savage Magazine. Dent talks about defense contracts and the European war.  He also remarks that his Great Dane, Johnny, has inspired Frank Gruber to write a story titled The Hungry Dog.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, April 17, 1941 – Page 1

EXPLORER TO TALK AT LIONS’ PARTY – Lester Dent, LaPlata Writer and Traveler, to be Ladies’ Night Speaker – The article notes that Dent is president of the LaPlata Lions Club.  He will be the guest speaker at the Moberly Lions Club.  The meeting will be held at the Alamo restaurant with dinner being served at 6:45pm.  The talk will be about his trip to Europe and states Dent was in Austria when it was annexed by Germany.  There was a follow-up article about the meeting on May 20.  Source: Missouri Moberly Monitor-Index, Moberly, Missouri, Saturday, May 17, 1941 – Page 4; Missouri Moberly Monitor-Index, Moberly, Missouri, Saturday, May 20, 1941

Commerce Club Meets – Dent was at the Wednesday night meeting and presented some information about publicizing the town.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, May 22, 1941 – Page 1

Stone Speaker At Lions Club – Dent was a speaker at the Wednesday night meeting.  Source: Moberly Monitor-Index, Moberly, Missouri, Friday, May 30, 1941 – Page 3

VARIED PROGRAM FOR MICHIGAN – The 3rd Annual Vacation School will be held in Nahma, Michigan August 10 – 23.  Course offered include poetry, photography, and writing.  Lester Dent will be one of the instructors. Source: St. Louis Post Dispatch, Sunday, May 25, 1941

Know Your Peninsula – Lester Dent will be one of the instructors at the Nahma Summer School. Other writing instructors listed include Frank Bunce, Warren Beck, Arnold Mulder, and Frederick Nelson Litten.  Source: The Escanaba Daily Press, May 30, 1941

Stone Speaker At Lions Club – Lester Dent will appear at the Municipal Auditor on June 11.  He will be the featured speaker and will talk about Europe and the Caribbean. Source: Moberly Monitor Index, Friday, May 30, 1941

Lester Dent will give a talk on his travels Friday evening on June 13. The talk is sponsored by Independence Grange.  Source: Macon Chronicle Herald, Macon, Missouri, Wednesday, June 4, 1941 – Page 3

Dent Travel Talk Tomorrow Night – The article states that the Mobley Lions club will present Lester Dent who will give a talk on his treasure hunting cruises and European visit at the Municipal Auditorium. Source: Moberly Monitor Index, Moberly, Missouri, Tuesday, June 10, 1941 – Page 2

Author – Traveler Speaks Tonight – The article states Dent’s lecture is titled Europe and the South Seas.  Source: Moberly Monitor Index, Moberly, Missouri, Wednesday, June 11, 1941 – Page 6

Dent Talk Heard By Small Crowd – Dent gives a talk on his treasure hunting cruises at the Municipal Auditorium. The article states that the turnout was disappointing with about 50 people attending.  Source: Moberly Monitor Index, Moberly, Missouri, Thursday, June 12, 1941 – Page 2

This is a short one paragraph story about Dent’s presentation on June 13 at the Steele school house.  Source:  Macon Chronicle Herald, Macon, Missouri, Tuesday, June 17, 1941 – Page 3

Article: Mrs. Dent will visit her mother in Carrollton this weekend.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, July 3, 1941 – Page 8

Article: The Dents visited Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Long earlier in the week.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, July 10, 1941 – Page 2

‘Backwoods College’ to Enroll 100 – Lester Dent is listed as one of the instructors for the Nahma Vacation School.  Source: Detroit Free Press, Sunday, July 13, 1941

Two New Houses Now Under Construction – Short blurb about the construction of Dent’s new home in La Plata.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, July 31, 1941 – Page 1

Article: The Dents were in Jefferson City on Wednesday.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, August 7, 1941 – Page 5

GUESTS HONORED –   Lester Dent attended a social gathering and showed one of his films.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, August 21, 1941

Article: The Dents are in New York on business.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, October 23, 1941 – Page 5

December 7, 1941 – The United States enters World War II

COMMITTEE TO ORGANIZE WORK ON CIVILIAN DEFENSE – Lester Dent is a member of the committee. An organizational meeting is scheduled for next Tuesday.  Source: Macon Chronicle-Herald, Macon, Missouri, Thursday, January 15, 1942 – Page 1

COMMITTEE TO ORGANIZE FOR REGISTRATION BY DISTRICTS – Lester Dent is a member of the executive committee.  Source: Macon Chronicle-Herald, Macon, Missouri, Wednesday, January 21, 1942 – Page 1

Article: The Dents were in Kansas City Monday.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, February 5, 1942 – Page 8

Lester Dent’s draft card is dated February 16, 1942.  His residence is La Plata, Missouri.  He is 37 years old, six feet and two inches tall, and wights 220 pounds.  His complexion is light with brown hair and his eyes are blue.  Norma Dent is listed as his next of kin.

Article: Lester Dent was in Macon on Monday for the meeting of the Macon County Volunteer Defense Committee.  Source: Macon Chronicle-Herald, Macon, Missouri, Tuesday, March 10, 1942 – Page 4

Draft Board Lists Serial Numbers For Registrants – Lester Dent’s serial number is T6 and is based on men who registered on February 16.  Source: Macon Chronicle Herald, Macon, Missouri, Thursday, March 12, 1942 – Page 5

Madison Belt to be C. C. President – Lester Dent is elected to two committees on the Tuesday night meeting of the La Plata Commerce Club: advertising and entertainment.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, April 23, 1942 – Page 1

Final List in 3RD Draft – Lester Dent is number 10,898.  Source: Macon Chronicle Herald, Macon, Missouri, Thursday, April 23, 1942 – Page 3

Prizes Are Awarded Writers – Dent was one of the featured writers at the 33rd annual journalism week at the University of Missouri in Columbia which opened Wednesday.  Source: The Sedalia Democrat, Sedalia, Missouri, Thursday, May 14, 1942 – Page 5

K. C. Woman Heads The Writers Guild – The Missouri Writers Guild met in Columbia yesterday and elected officers. Lester Dent was chosen to be a director. Source: The Chillicothe Constitution-Tribune, Chillicothe, Missouri, Thursday, May 14, 1942 – Page 27

Article: Norma Dent was admitted to the Grim-Smith Hospital in Kirksville for an appendix operation.  Source; La Plata Home Press, Thursday, May 21, 1942 – Page 5

Article: Norma’s nieces from Carrollton visited the Dents last week.  Source; La Plata Home Press, Thursday, July 30, 1942 – Page 12

Article: Dent headed to New York for business on Tuesday. He expects to be a week.  On Wednesday, Norma Dent went to visit her mother in Carrollton.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, July 2, 1942 – Page 1

Article: The Dents were in Carrollton for the weekend.  They also joined the Missouri Writers Guild for a trip to Arrow Rock.  The Dents also visited Kansas City.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, October 8, 1942 – Page 6

The Dents entertained Norma’s sister, Victoria Gerling, over the weekend.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, October 22, 1942 – Page 3

Article: On Sunday, Mrs. Lester Dent accompanied some friends to Des Moines to visit Lt. and Mrs. J. M. Reavley.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, November 12, 1942 – Page 5

Article: Norma’s sister, Victoria Gerling, came from Jefferson City and spent the weekend.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, November 19, 1942 – Page 1

He’s A One-Man Word Factory –  Lester Dent is featured in a lengthy article.  The Doc Savage stories are the main subject discussed. Source: St. Louis Post Dispatch, Wednesday, November 25, 1942

Article: The Dents have returned from a trip to New York.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, January 21, 1943 – Page 1

A Send-Off Party – Party at Dent’s home for Onie Story who is leaving for Army examination.  In a separate article, Norma was visiting her mother in Carrollton.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, February 11, 1943 – Page 5

P. E. O. Met Thursday – Mrs. Dent was present at the meeting.  She was elected to the position of guard.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, March 11, 1943 – Page 6

Fortnightly Club – Lester Dent lectured on the Technique of Modern Fiction.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, March 25, 1943 – Page 6

Article: The Dents visited were in Kansas City on Sunday and Monday.  Norma Dent stayed and visited with her sister.  She plans to return via Carrollton and visit her mother.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, April 8, 1943 – Page 8

Advertisement: Mrs. Dent has an advertisement for someone to do housework.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, May 6, 1943 – Page 2

Commerce Club Meets; Elects Executive Board – Lester Dent was elected to the board.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, June 3, 1943 – Page 6

Lester Dent was in New York. Norma went to Carrollton to visit her mother.  Source: La Plata Home Press, June 3, 1943

Commerce Club Met And Elected Officers – Lester Dent was elected president.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, August 26, 1943 – Page 1

Westminster Gleaners Sunday School Class – The Presbyterian Sunday School class held a covered dish supper Tuesday evening for Rodney Collins who was leaving for the army.  Mr. and Mrs. Lester Dent are mentioned among the honored guests.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, October 7, 1943 – Page 8


Lester Dent and Pete Coughlin – Who was Pete Coughlin and why was Lester Dent so interested in writing about him?


Lester Dent was in Jefferson City attending a meeting of the Missouri Writers during the weekend.  Norma was in Carrollton visiting her mother.  Source: La Plata Home Press, October 14, 1943

Johnny Poisoned – Dent’s Great Dane, Johnny, was poisoned and died.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, November 4, 1943 – Page 1

P. E. O. – The club met at the Dent home Thursday. The B. L. L. party will be at the Dent home on December 2. Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, November 25, 1943 – Page 6

Attended Commerce Meeting in Macon Monday – Dent attended a meeting of the Macon Chamber of Commerce on Monday.  Source; La Plata Home Press, Thursday, December 9, 1943 – Page 1

Boy Scouts To Hold Charter Night Next Wednesday – The article announces a banquet at the Presbyterian Church on February 9.  Dent is listed as assistant Scoutmaster.  It is also mentioned that he is on the executive board.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, February 3, 1944 – Page 1

Girl and Boy Scouts Guests at Banquet Wednesday – Dent received his scouters commission at this meeting.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, February 10, 1944 – Page 1

The Dents headed out on Tuesday for Chicago.  Mrs. Dent will remain in Chicago while Mr. Dent travels on to New York.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, February 17, 1944; Macon Chronicle Herald, Thursday, February 17, 1944

Article: Mrs. Dent was in Carrollton the prior weekend visiting her mother.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, March 2, 1944 – Page 1

Fortnightly Club – Mrs. Dent was elected 2nd vice-president.   Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, March 9, 1944 – Page 6

Fortnightly ClubLester Dent was a speaker at the meeting.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, March 23, 1944 – Page 6

The first installment of Take Away the Lady by Lester Dent is printed.  Source: The Chillicothe Constitution Tribune, Friday, April 21, 1944

Lester Dent, Author of ‘Take Away the Lady,’ Is Former C. B. C. Student – Dent is featured in an article.  Source: The Chillicothe Constitution Tribune, Friday, Publication, April 28, 1944.

75 AT OPENING OF CAMPOREE –  Lester Dent is chairman of the La Plata Scouting Committee.  Source: Macon Chronicle Herald, Saturday, May 20, 1944

SCOUTS WILL HOLD RALLY –  Lester Dent will be lecturing and showing movies at the rally.  Source: Macon Chronicle Herald, Thursday, September 7, 1944

DENT GIVES ACCOUNT OF TREASURE HUNT –  Lester Dent entertained the scouts with movies of his Caribbean treasure hunt.  Source: Macon Chronicle Herald, Saturday, September 9, 1944

The Dents entertained guests from Kansas City.  Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Arnold were guests on Monday night.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, November 9, 1944 – Page 6

71 BOY SCOUTS ATTEND CAMPOREE – Dent is listed as committee chairman for the La Plata troop.   Source: Macon Chronicle Herald, Saturday, Mary 5, 1945

MRS. LUCILLE UPTON HEADS WRITERS’ GUILD – Lester Dent was elected first vice-president.  Source: Macon Chronicle Herald, Wednesday, Mary 23, 1945

The Missouri Blue Book for 1945-1946 included an article on the Missouri Writers’ Guild in which Lester Dent was mentioned.  Source: State of Missouri Official Manual 1945-1946 pages 1025-1026.

June 1945 – Cal Tinney interview with Lester Dent, The Cowboy with Five Typewriters (unplublished).  Source: National Register of Historic Places – Dent Home

Former CBC Grad Is Now a Writer – Dent is featured in another article.  His work history mentions that he began work with Western Union Telegraph Company before moving to an Oklahoma oil company.  From there he went to work as an Associate Press Correspondent for the Tulsa Daily World.  This article states that his writing career started while he was working at the Tulsa Daily World.  The article mentions that the Missouri Writers’ Guild made him Vice President at its recent meeting in Columbia, Missouri.  Source: The Chillicothe Constitution Tribune, Monday, June 18, 1945

Macon County Fair & Fall Festival – The La Plata Commerce Club is planning a fall fair. Dent is chairman of the Carnival committee.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, July 26, 1945 – Page 1

La Plata Scouts Win District Championship – Dent is listed as committee chairman for the La Plata troop.   Source: Macon Chronicle Herald,  Thursday, October 4, 1945

Taylor Day Is Elected To Head Scouts – The Macon District Boy Scout committee met at Lester Dent’s home last night. Dent was elected a member-at-large.  Source: Macon Chronicle-Herald, Macon, Missouri, Wednesday, October 31, 1945 – Page 1

Scout Executives Met Here Monday – This is another article about the October 30 meeting at Lester Dent’s home. The meal was an oyster fry.  Source; La Plata Home Press, Thursday, November 1, 1945 – Page 1

200 Are In Attendance At Merit Badge Show – There was a meeting at the Elks Club last night for the Macon District. Dent assisted in the ceremonies.  Source: Macon Chronicle Herald, Macon, Missouri, Tuesday, November 6, 1945 – Page 1

Court of Honor Awards To 18 Macon Boy Scouts – This is another article on the November 5 scout meeting.  Source: Macon Chronicle Herald, Macon, Missouri, Wednesday, November 7, 1945 – Page 1

Boy Scout Committee Outlines Activities – The district committee on Boy Scouts met earlier this week.  The October 30 meeting at Dent’s home is mention.  Source: Macon Chronicle Herald, Macon, Missouri, Thursday, December 6, 1945 – Page 1

Boy Scout Party – The scouts had a Christmas party Friday night.  Mr. and Mrs. Dent were in attendance.  Source: La Plata Home Press, Thursday, December 27, 1945 – Page 1

They Deduce Crime Doesn’t Pay — Enough! – Lengthy article on The Crime Writers of America chapter in Chicago, Illinois.  Lester Dent is featured in a prominent photograph and described as the creator of Doc Savage.  Source: St. Louis Post Dispatch, Thursday, December 18, 1947

Scouters Discuss Camping Activities – Lester Dent is listed as a La Plata scout leader.  Source: Macon Chronicle Herald, Macon, Missouri, Friday, April 2, 1948 – Page 1

Committee Named For Fair Activities – Dent is named to the Entertainment Committee for the July fair.  Source: Macon Chronicle Herald, Macon, Missouri, Monday, May 17, 1948 – Page 1

Officials Name Pilot Of Low-Flying Plane – Lester Dent’s new company, Airviews, was in the news but not in a good way.  Local farmers had filed complaints about a low flying plane.  The pilot was identified as P. L. Baitty of Airviews.  The Civil Aeronautic Authorities reported the pilot had no permit to engage in low flying. Source: The Decatur Daily Review, Friday, March 18, 1949

Dent’s pilot was Perley Lind Baitty (1921-1977).  Baitty enlisted in the United States Army Air Corp on June 12, 1941.  His enlistment papers state he was a photographer in civilian life.  The 1940 United States Census shows Baitty living about 60 miles northwest of La Plata in Putnam, Missouri.  His burial marker indicates he was a Staff Sergeant.

Macon Chronicle Herald, Thursday, May 12, 1949

Article: Photo showing Dent talking to Airviews pilot P. L. Baitty.  Source: The Daily Standard, Sikeston, Missouri, Friday, January 13, 1950 – Page 2

Daily Standard Begins New Mystery Farm Picture Series –  The paper is showing an aerial photograph of various farms.  Owners who identify their own farm will win a prize.  Photographs are by Airviews of La Plata, Missouri. P. L. Baitty is chief pilot for the company.  Source: The Daily Standard, Sikeston, Missouri, Friday, January 20, 1950

Airviews, Inc., File Incorporation Papers – Directors of the new company are Lester Dent, Norma E. Dent, and Eva Pash. (Eva B. Webber was a year behind Dent at LHS.)  Source: Macon Chronicle Herald, Monday, February 6, 1950

He Took Press Farm Photos –The article features a photo of Lester Dent and his chief pilot P. L. Baitty.  Source: Logansport Press, Sunday, February 19, 1950, Logansport, Indiana

April 5, 1950 – Berne Dent dies.  Source: Missouri Digital Heritage

Bern Dent’s Funeral to Be Friday in La Plata – Lester Dent’s father died the previous day. The funeral services will be held at the Lester Dent home.  Source: Macon Chronicle Herald, Thursday, April 6, 1950 – Page 4

Balanced Farm Ring Organized For 1952 – Lester Dent was awarded a certificate for balanced farming by the Balanced Farmers Association.  Source: Macon Chronicle Herald, Thursday, February 28, 1952 – Page 1

August 14, 1952 – Alice Norfolk Dent, Lester Dent’s mother,dies.  She was 79 years old.  Source: Missouri Digital Heritage

Surveys Made For Five Grade A Milk Installations – An inspector from St. Louis was checking farms that wished to sell milk in St. Louis.  Lester Dent’s dairy farm was one of those inspected.  Source: Macon Chronicle Herald, Saturday, April 25, 1953

Surveys Made For Five Grade A Milk Installations – An inspector from St. Louis was checking farms that wished to sell milk in St. Louis.  Lester Dent’s dairy farm was one of those inspected.  Source: Macon Chronicle Herald, Saturday, April 25, 1953

Diamond Briefs – The Dents visited with Mr. and Mrs. John Williams.  Source: Macon Chronicle Herald, Tuesday, October 13, 1953 – Page 6

American Dairy Association Meeting – Dent is elected as an alternate Director at the meeting.  Source: New Cambria Leader, Thursday, October 29, 1953 – Page 1

Macon County Milk Producers Discuss Grade A Marketing Plan at Meet – Lester Dent attended the meeting as president of the newly established Adair County Dairy Association.  Source: Macon Chronicle Herald, Wednesday, January 20, 1954 – Page 1

Rural La Plata Starts Drive For Own Fire Truck – Farmers are raising money to purchase a fire truck. Lester Dent is treasurer.  Source: Macon Chronicle Herald, Tuesday, March 9, 1954 – Page 1

Fire Truck Not To Serve Non-Members Committee Decides – Lester Dent was appointed to the purchasing committee. Dent was appointed to a three-year term as a director.  Source: Macon Chronicle Herald, Saturday, April 10, 1954 – Page 1

Attended County Meeting of Historical Society – Dent attended and was appointed to a committee to establish a constitution and by-laws. Dent invited the committee to hold the charter meeting in La Plata as part of the La Plata Centennial scheduled for July.  Source: New Cambria Leader, Thursday, March 17, 1955 – Page 1

County Historical Society to Adopt Constitution Soon – Lester Dent is on the organizing committee. Source: Macon Chronicle Herald, Monday, May 2, 1955 – Page 1

Plans for La Plata Centennial Event Outlined to Rotary – Dent presented an outline on the upcoming even and spoke on the local history.  Source: Source: Macon Chronicle Herald, Wednesday, May 25, 1955 – Page 1

Historical Society To Hold A Charter Dinner on June 16 – The cost of the dinner is reported at $1.50 per plate. Source: Macon Chronicle Herald, Thursday, May 26, 1955 – Page 1

Issue Invitation To La Plata Centennial – Lester Dent was one of the speakers at the Macon Rotary Club luncheon on Wednesday.  Dent is one three people featured in a large photo.  Source: Macon Chronicle Herald, Thursday, May 26, 1955 – Page 1

Advertisement: Dent is listed in a classified advertisement for the upcoming Macon County Historical Society Charter dinner.  The event will be held at Louie’s.  Source: Macon Chronicle Herald, Saturday, June 11, 1955 – Page 5 (repeated on June 14)

La Plata Group Attends Historical Society Charter Meeting – Page 1 picture of Dent and other leaders.  Source: Macon Chronicle Herald, Friday, June 17, 1955 – Page 1

County Historical Society Plans ’56 Program Last Night – The Macon County Historical Society met Tuesday night to plan events for the coming year.  The April meeting will be held in La Plata with Lester Dent being the program chairman.  Source: Macon Chronicle Herald, Wednesday, January 11, 1956

January 8, 1957 – Norma Dent’s mother, Dora Weber Gerling, dies.  She 85 years old.  Source: Missouri Digital Heritage

MEADVILLE – Lester Dent was the guest speaker at the Callao Centennial Committee meeting on Monday.  Source: Macon Chronicle Herald, Thursday, March 27, 1958

The paper had a feature photograph of Lester Dent as he spoke to the Callao Centennial Committee.  Source: New Cambria Leader, Friday, April 4, 1958

Larry On His Way – Fellow Hams Pay, Doctor Hopes He Will Walk Again – Larry Syferd of Leesburg, Ohio has been paralyzed since 1949 due to an accident.  Syferd, a ham radio operator for the last two years, became aquainted with other opeators via the radio waves.  Learning of his medical condition,his fellow ham radio enthusiast put up $1,200 to have Syferd check by a doctor in Kansas City, Kansas.  Lester Dent of La Plata, Missouri and Kenneth Arnold of Kansas City arrived today in a plane to carry Syferd to Kanas City.  Source: The Cincinnati Inquirer, Tuesday, August 19, 1958

Lester Dent visited the Chillicothe Business College.  Source: The Chillicothe Constitution Tribune, September 8, 1958

March 11, 1959 – Lester Dent dies after a three-week illness.  He died at Grim-Smith Hospital in Kirksville, Missouri.  Source: Missouri Digital Heritage

January 8, 1985 – Norma Dent donates the papers and manuscripts of Lester Dent to the University of Missouri.  The documents form the Lester B. Dent Collection (C3071) of the Western Historic Manuscript Collection at the University of Missouri at Columbia.  Mrs. Dent made an additional donation to the collection on February 18, 1985.

March 30, 1990 – National Register of Historic Places Registration Form for the Lester and Norma Dent House.

May 18, 1980 – The Lester and Norma Dent House is listed to the National Register of Historic Places.  Source: National Register Information System ID: 90000763

Dent Home in La Plata Added To National Register Of Historic Places – Source: Macon Chronicle Herald, Wednesday, June 27, 1990

January 23, 1991 – W. Ryerson Johnson made a donation to the Lester B. Dent collection at the University of Missouri at Columbia.