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The following article appeared on page 4 of the 7 Jan 1915 issue of The Simcoe Reformer  

Was A Noted Woman
Former Norfolk County Lady of Genius
died December 24th

In the death of Mrs. Isabel Gordon Curtis, in Binghamton, N.Y., on December 24, 1914, her mother, Mrs. E. Gordon, of Vittoria, lost a kind and affectionate daughter, and the literary world a genius of much merit.

She was born on April 24th, 1862, in Huntly, Scotland, and early developed marked ability for composition, both prose and verse. As early as eleven years of age she had the pleasure of seeing one of her poems published in the Huntly Express. She received her education at the famous Gordon schools of Huntly, and with the family she came to Port Dover in 1880.

After developing her talent at water and oil painting under a Hamilton professor, she formed and successfully taught a class of pupils in Port Dover.

In 1886 Mrs. Curtis removed to Springfield, Mass., where she opened an artist's studio, and was very successful. In 1890 she became associated with the Phelps Publishing Co. of Springfield as Literary editor of the New England Homestead and Farms and Home magazine, a position which she held until 1896. In 1895 she was the dramatic editor of the Homestead and her reviews of plays and stories of players attracted much favor because of their unusual individuality and understanding. In 1896 she married Mr. Francis Curtis, of Derby, Conn.

Mrs. Curtis cooperated with her husband in literary work, and when he was editor of the Binghamton (N.Y.) Chronicle, she was dramatic editor. In 1900 Mrs. Curtis returned to Springfield as associate editor of Good Housekeeping. It was while an editor of Good Housekeeping that Mrs. Curtis wrote one of her best stories, which afterward appeared as The Woman From Wolverton, a novel.

In 1903 Mrs. Curtis resigned from Good Housekeeping to become women's editor of Success, and made her home in Washington, D.C., her husband being editor of the Congressional Record. She gave up her position with Success in 1911.

Her most recent works of fiction were The Making of a Housewife, The  Lapse of Enoch Wentworth, and The Congresswoman.

Mrs. Curtis leaves to mourn her loss her husband, Mr. Francis Curtis, editor of the Erie (Pa.) Recorder; and daughter Janet; also her mother, Mrs. E. Gordon of Vittoria; a sister, Mrs. A. Gross of Flushing, New York City; and brothers Peter of Lynn, Mass.; James of Springfield, Mass.; John of the British Canadian staff, Simcoe; and William of Port Dover.

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