About John Taintor Foote
John Taintor Foote spent his adult life writing stories about the things he loved, especially horses, dogs, hunting, and fishing. He was born in Leadville, Colorado, in 1881, the son of George and Margaret (Moore) Foote. In 1887 the family moved to Gambier, Ohio. Here John attended Kenyon Military Academy and in 1905, married Ada Curtis, daughter of Henry and Lucia Curtis. The couple lived in Knox County until about 1920, when they moved to New York and later to California. John died in Los Angeles in 1950.
He was a popular writer in the early 1900’s, and still today many of his books are in print and all are collectible. He wrote an undetermined number of short stories, at least 20 of which were published as books, containing single stories (novellas) or collections. He also wrote seven movie scripts and two Broadway plays. Some of the dramatic productions were adaptations of his own stories and some were from stories written by other people. One of these very successful dramatizations was The Mark of Zorro, which he adapted from the story The Curse of Capistrano by Johnston McCulley.
Many of Foote’s writings first appeared in periodicals such as Saturday Evening Post and Field and Stream, later to appear in book form. Many of his short stories are found only in periodicals or editions of collected stories. John’s son Timothy, also a writer, has been involved in some recent editions of his father’s work.