Geneva was proud of their hometown author Gene Stratton-Porter. In the November 3 1904 issue of The Geneva Herald was a bold front page banner of “Gene Stratton Porter: The Author of “Freckles” a New Book, Wins Place Among Popular Authors.”
In June of the same year, The Geneva Herald carried a story on E. Stetson Crawford and Aimee Lenalie, both of New York City and were guests of Gene’s at the Limberlost Cabin. They were involved in a new book that Gene was working on at the time. Crawford was a well-known illustrator and Lenalie was an author and French translator. The book they were working on was “Freckles.” Crawford’s illustrations would bring the Limberlost to life and Lenalie would translate the book into French.
This was just one of several positive editorials written in The Geneva Herald on one of Gene’s books.
The Editorial is as follows:
“Freckles” is the name of the new book written by Gene Stratton Porter, of this place. This makes her second attempt. The first was “The Song of the Cardinal” a bird story which was a leader among book sellers, but we are safe in saying that “Freckles” will far excel that of the former. It is a very interesting book from beginning to end and holds the read fascinated throughout.
Freckles is a nameless waif, but the way he carries himself through life and carries on his love affairs is simply grand. Angel, is a young girl who meets “Freckles” for the first time in his room or “cathedral” which was in the wood or Limberlost. Freckles came to the Limberlost lumber camp a poor, forlorn boy (a cripple) and by his pluck and courage manly straight forward way McClain hired him to keep guard over his mighty forest trees. Up to a few days before he had never seen such sights as met his gaze, and now he was sole guard and the birds and the insects and venomous snakes were his sole companions for hours at a time.
It was a very trying ordeal to him but his constancy of purpose was strong and he came out victorious in the end, his parent’s names were restored to him but not before he had a great accident befall him in saving the life of the beautiful girl who saved his life from “Black Joe” and his confederates who were a band of thieves and were feared for many miles around, but who lost his life in the swamps and to whom thought of repentance comes too late. Freckles and the Swamp Angel’s dreams materialize and leaves the reader with a feeling better for having read “Freckles” written by our own authoress, Mrs. Gene Stratton Porter.