Marjorie Hill Allee, born on June 2, 1890, grew up on the farm that had been in the family since the early migration of Quakers to Indiana from the Carolinas—a resettlement of which she writes in a number of her books. After teaching all eight grades for a year in the school she herself attended, she completed her college education at the nascent University of Chicago, where she met her husband, Warder Clyde Allee, a zoologist. His profession led the family to live and work in interesting locations, some of which also became settings in her books—as did Woods Hole, Massachusetts in Jane’s Island, a Newbery Honor Book. She wrote 13 fiction books for young people, as well as a non-fiction one called Jungle Island, written with her husband, following a year’s sojourn in Panama after the tragic death of their ten-year-old son, Warder. Besides her writing, Mrs. Allee was committed to her family as wife and as mother to the couple’s two daughters, Barbara and Mary. Her religious convictions were also evident through her ongoing activity in the arena of social justice—service offered quietly and without fanfare. Upon her death in April 1945, a friend wrote, “It is rare for a person to be both intelligent and kind.”
She is author of the book Judith Lankester.