Authors to converge at Ross Mansion Saturday

By Jane Watson

Roger Allen Martin, Roger E. Nathan, and Jack Jurden, political cartoonist for the Wilmington “News-Journal,” will join nine other authors at a book signing party sponsored by the Seaford Historical Society on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 1-4 p.m. at the Ross Mansion, 1101 North Pine Street Ext. Martin is the author of several books about Delaware, including “Tales of Delaware,” “Delaware Medal of Honor Winners,” and biographies of Gov. Elbert N. Carvel of Laurel and Gov. Sherman W. Tribbitt. Martin was born in Delmar and grew up in Laurel. He has a bachelor of arts degree in German and political science, and a a master of arts degree in German, both from the University of Delaware. He is a retired teacher of history, Latin, German, French, and Spanish at Middletown High School, and had a distinguished career as a member of the Delaware Senate for 22 years. He served with the United States Army Counter-Intelligence Corps for three years in Munich, Germany. Martin is married to the former Adelaide Naylor of Millville, N.J., and they have two daughters, Lisa Raubemuller of Williamsburg, Va., and Susan Johnson of Odessa. Martin is a past board member of the Historical Society of Delaware and Presentation Delaware, and is at present a member of the Board of the Friends of Delaware. He is also a member of the American legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Fort Delaware Society. His hobbies include classical music, reading, writing local history, and travel. He has visited all 50 states, and has been to Europe twice. Roger E. Nathan, author of “East of the Mason-Dixon Line: A History of the Delaware Boundaries,” was born in Brandywine Hundred. He joined the Army Specialized Reserve Training Program in 1945, enlisted in the United States Army in 1946, and served for two years. He has a bachelor of science degree in secondary education from Temple University, and a master of science degree from Rutgers University. He has held several positions in the field of education, including teacher, supervisor, director, vocational director, president of the Salem County Vocational Board, director of special services, and director of the Tri-District Project. Nathan also has a distinguished career in community service, as president, trustee, board member, or chairman of the Rotary Club, Kiwanis Club, Fellowship Club, Salem Community College, Salem County Historical Society, Historic Preservation Commission, Woodstown-Pilesgrove Library, and Woodstown Beautification Committee, and has long been a volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America. His honors include the Good Scout Award from the Boy Scouts of America and the Community Service Award from Salem Community College. Nathan is married to the former Barbara Buzbee of Woodstown and they have four children, Mark, Ann, Carol Lee Peevey, and David, and three grandchildren. Nathan’s other books include “Collectibles of the National Geographic Society,” “The First Seventy-Five Years,” a history of Mannington Mills, “Woodstown-Pilesgrove Community Guide,” and “Seventy-Five Years of History: a History of Woodstown National Bank.” His hobbies include community service, collecting National Geographic material, the boundaries of Delaware, the Lindbergh case, and reading histories and biographies. Jack Jurden will sign copies of his new book of cartoons, “Jack Jurden Draws Delaware.” He has been a political cartoonist for the Wilmington “news-Journal” for almost 50 years. He was born in Westchester, Pa., and studied art in high school. After graduation he studied at the Famous Artists’ School in Westport, Conn. He spent two years in the South Pacific with the 77th Division of the United States Army during World War II. In 1952 he went to work as a political cartoonist for the “News-Journal,” and has been there ever since. Jurden is married to the former Faye Elaine Wurley, of Allentown, Pa., and they have two daughters. Jennifer is a vice president of MBNA, and Jan is a judge in the Superior Court in Wilmington, and the mother of Caroline, who is two years old. Jurden is the recipient of the Freedom Foundation Award, and has won several first place awards in newspaper cartoon competition. His cartoons have appeared in the Best Editorial Cartoons annual collection for several years. Jurden has a very distinctive style, characterized by figures with large round heads, short bodies, shorter legs, and brief satirical comments. His figures of famous people are instantly recognized. Jurden’s hobbies are gardening and reading political material. He now lives in Wilmington. Other authors who will autograph their books at the book signing party include Joseph Bernstein (“The Legend of the Ghost Pony”), Richard Carter (“Clearing New Ground: The Life of John G. Townsend”), Joseph Dulany (“Once a Soldier: A Chaplain’s Story”), James Hanna (“Tales From Delaware Bay”), Nancy E. Lynch (“The Beaches of Delaware and Sussex County”), Ed and Kathleen Okonowicz (“Disappearing Delmarva”), Tom Robinson (“Deal”), Hal Roth (“The Monster’s Handsome Face: Patty Cannon in Fiction and Fact”), and Dr. Bill Williams (“Slavery and Freedom in Delaware”). Their books include a children’s book, a novel, several biographies, and several books of history. All profits from the party benefit the Seaford Historical Society and its projects, the old Seaford Post Office, now being converted into the Seaford Museum, and the Ross Mansion, except for Jurden’s book. Part of those profits will benefit the “News Journal’s” Neediest Family Fund.

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