LUCY MADISON DIES; POPULAR AUTHOR
Was Widely Known for "Peggy Owen" Books Which had Host of Girl Readers.
ALSO WROTE THREE NOVELS
Author of 200 Short Stories -- Honored by a Paris Society for Her "Joan of Arc."
Special to the New York Times
HUDSON FALLS, NY -- March 16
Lucy Foster Madison, author of novels and articles of historical interest, died tonight at her home here from an apoplectic stroke suffered a few nights ago.She was nearing her 67th birthday.
Mrs. Madison, wife of Winfield S. Madison, was widely know in the literary world for her works, in which many of the plots were laid in midieval or colonial times.Some of her works have been translated into French.
Hudson Falls had been the home of Mrs. Madison since 1924, when she moved from Glens Falls in the interest of her husband's health.Previously they had resided on a Fort Ann Road farm, leaving there for Glens Falls in 1918.
Besides her husband, Mrs. Madison is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Celia S. Olmstead of Miami, Fla., and Mrs. John K. Hislop of Seattle.
Funeral services will be held in the house on Friday afternoon by the Rev. John E. Thompson, Methodist pastor.Burial will be in North Granville Cemetery.
Mrs. Madison, author of the "Peggy Owen" books that were popular with girl readers in the early 1900's was born in Kirksville, Mo., April 8, 1865, the daughet of Judge George W. Foster and the former Almira Parker.Left an orphan in her early 'teens, she attended the public schools in Louisiana, Mo., graduating from the Louisiana High School in 1881 with highest honors.Then she followed a term at the State Normal School of Kirksville, Mo., after she studied Latin, French, and music under private tutelage.
In 1890 she married Winfield S. Madison in Kansas City, Mo. and a few years later they moved to New York City.Shortly after they came East the couple went to a farm near Hudson Falls because of Mr. Madison's poor health.
Among the outstanding books written by Mrs. Madison between 1899 and 1928 are "A Maid of the First Century," "A Maid at King Alfred's Court," "A Colonial Maid," "A Daughter of the Union," "In Doublets and Hose," "A Maid of Salem Towne," "Peggy Owen," "Patriot," "Peggy Owen at Yorktown," "Peggy Owen and Liberty," "Bee and Butterfly," "Joan of Arc," "Lafayette," "Captain Kitty, Colonia," "A Life of Washington for Young People" and "Lincoln."
The Historical Society of Paris asked and obtained permission to have "Joan of Arc" translated into French, and at the same time made Mrs. Madison a member of the society."Lafayette" was translated into French at the request of a descendant of the famous Marquis.
In addition to her books, Mrs. Madison was the author of more than 200 short stories, many magazine articles and three novels published in serial form.