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The Lost Towns and Roads of America

Book was local favorite when published in 1961

January 20, 2013
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

The late December, 2012, death of Peggy Frink Humphreys, brought to mind the local stir over the publication of her husband, J. R. Humphrey's 1961 book, The Lost Towns and Roads of America.

Frink-Humphrey's obituary recounts how the couple travelled across the United States compiling information and photos for inclusion in the book.

They stopped in Tama where Frink and her family had lived on North McClellan and included photos of her family home and the fountain in Oak Park in the book.

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Her obituary says she taught one year in the Tama public schools before moving to New York City.

J.?R. Humphreys taught at Columbia University and was the author of six books.

Although no longer available at local libraries, The Lost Towns and Roads of America. is readily available on the internet.



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