4th March, 1914 – Barbara Newhall Follett born.
Who? I hear you ask. Well todays KYH fact is just a little bit wacky so I couldn’t resist putting it in.
Barbara Newhall Follett was an American child prodigy novelist. Her first novel, The House Without Windows, was published in January, 1927, when she was twelve years old!! Her next novel, The Voyage of the Norman D. was published in 1928 and received great critical acclaim, the author now fourteen.
While still a teenager, she married Nickerson Rogers. Follett believed that Rogers was unfaithful, and became depressed. According to Rogers, she left her apartment after a quarrel on December 7, 1939, with thirty dollars in her pocket, and was never seen again. She was twenty-five years old.
Rogers did not contact the police until two weeks later, and requested a missing persons bulletin four months after that; no serious effort to find her was ever made by anyone. Her body was never found, no evidence either indicating or excluding foul play was ever produced, and the date and circumstances of her death were never established.