Rare footage offers ‘moving’ glimpse of Stratton-Porter
ROME CITY, Ind. (AP) – A home movie discovered in California is offering a rare glimpse of Indiana author and naturalist Gene Stratton-Porter.
Dave Fox manages the Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site near Rome City. He tells The News-Sentinel that descendants of the author found the short film showing Stratton-Porter checking on construction of a fountain at her home on Santa Catalina Island in California. It also depicts her in her backyard with family members and taking a boat ride to select rocks for the fountain.
Fox says the footage was shot in the early 1920s by Stratton-Porter’s nephew-in-law.
Stratton-Porter was born near Wabash and gained fame for nature studies and novels written while she and her husband lived in a cabin in Geneva near the Limberlost Swamp.
She died in 1924.