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GRANT WRIGHT, FAMOUS ARTIST DIES: ONCE LIVED IN HENRY

Grant Wright, famous artist, who died at his home in Weehawken, New Jersey, Sunday morning of pneumonia, is recalled by many of the older residence of this community, having been born on a farm in Whitefield Township [born in Decatur, Michigan]. He lived in Henry with his parents in the house at the corner of Second and Wirt Streets, now occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Johnson.

Mr. Wright attended the public schools in Henry and also worked for a time in the Hanna Wagon factory, later moving to Peoria, where he worked on various newspapers. Mr. Wright won considerable success as a commercial artist, drawing the sketches and illustrations for the catalog of the St. Louis Exposition in 1904. He was also credited with having originated the famous trade mark the ‘Gold Dust Twins’ and many others. He also served as a cartoonist for the New York City Times. It will be recalled by the older residents Mr. Wright’s father was killed in the famous train disaster at Chatsworth in 1886 or 1887.

Mr. Wright was a cousin of Merton Swift, Mrs. Callie Clawson and Mrs. Henry Mattison of this city.

Published 24 Oct 1935 in the Henry News Republican
Contributed 04 April 2011 by Louis Paul Hennefeld


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