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The Life and Legend of Sheridan R. Jones
America's Pioneering Outdoor Writer & His Search for the Perfect Fishing Lure

Joseph Hilko

NOTE: The hardcover for this book has sold out. This is the softcover version of the book

NOTABLE REVIEWS

REVIEWER'S CHOICE SELECTION: "Profusely illustrated throughout with color photography, The Life and Legend of Sheridan Jones is deftly written and thoroughly 'reader friendly,' making it an ideal acquisition for personal, academic, and community library collections." --The Midwest Book Review

BOOK DETAILS

Softcover, 126 Pages, 7" x 10", 60+ Full Color Images

ABOUT THE BOOK

Few historical figures have led as exciting a life as Sheridan R. Jones. The son of an American pioneer who helped found the state of North Dakota, through hard work and education he became a college professor as a young man. But his first love was the outdoors, a passion that began when he won a new fishing reel in a popular outdoor magazine's writing contest. This set him on a course to become one of America's most prolific outdoor fishing writers and eventually the editor of the magazine Outer's Book. His fishing articles about techniques, strategies, lures, species, and preservation drew acclaim across America and even from soldiers overseas during World War I who received the magazine for free. However, Sheridan's daytime was as a professor at Ellsworth College in Iowa Falls and his stuents only knew and admired him as Prof. Jones.

His book Black Bass & Bass Craft was the best selling fishing book for 1924 and a landmark event in the history of bass fishing. because his expertise in fishing know-how was second to none, almost all of the early fishing lure companies sent Sheridan their newest lures for analysis and possible endorsement in his fishing articles. Illustrated in this book for the first time are these same lures which have been preserved in their original mint condition. They are important examples of the unique fishing culture in a turbulent period in American history that included World War I, the Roaring '20s, and the Great Depression. These events shaped Sheridan's life significantly, and brought major changes to America's pioneering outdoor writer and his search for the perfect fishing lure.

This life story of Sheridan R. Jones was written with all boys and girls in mind for their school biography reading requirement of 100 pages or more. It is a story of one man�s lifetime of dedication to his work and endeavors as a role model for people of all ages to admire.

Students of the sciences, technology, and social studies will welcome the intriguing real life story of Sheridan R. Jones, educator, outdoorsmen, and outdoor writer. His story is framed by the tumultuous change of the early decades of American twentieth century history.

This Sheridan R. Jones biography supports many national social studies curriculum thematic strands that form standards for the study of: people, places, and environments; individual development and identity; interactions among individuals, groups and institutions; production, distribution, and consumption of goods; global connections; and ideals, principals, and practices of citizenship in a democratic republic. In addition, the text has a multitude of primary documents in support of the national standards for social studies primary source documents.

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE BOOK

"The Life & Legend of Sheridan Jones may be intended for young adult reading but it is reviewed here for its unique interest to any collection strong in fishing lore. It tells of Sheridan Jones and his quest for the perfect fishing lure: a journey that resulted in expertise, fishing articles, and a blossoming career. At the height of his popularity he retired as a writer to dedicate his life to education. Any sports or biography collection will find this a vivid document, packed with color illustrations and photos throughout."

-- California Bookwatch, January 2010

"Sheridan R. Jones (1881-1956) was to fishing lures what Henry Ford was to automobile production. The Fishing Editor of Outer's Recreation Magazine in the 1910s through the 1920s, Jones helped to create a fishing and camping culture for America's growing middle class. His endorsement was avidly sought by manufactures of fishing and camping equipment, his articles extolling the joys and challenges of fishing were exceedingly popular with the public. Upon his death he had the largest collection of fishing lures in private hands. "The Life And Legend Of Sheridan R. Jones: America's Pioneering Outdoor Writer & His Search For The Perfect Fishing Lure" is the story of this leading figure of earlier twentieth-century American fishing, including his pioneering contributions and enduring legacy to recreational fishing that continue to this very day. Profusely illustrated throughout with color photography, "The Life And Legend Of Sheridan R. Jones" is deftly written and thoroughly 'reader friendly' making it an ideal acquisition choice for personal, academic, and community library collections."

-- Midwest Book Review

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The Life and Legend of Sheridan R. Jones
July 2009, Hardcover
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