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Today April 18, 1907 Evelyn Maude Sibley was born in Dallas, Oregon to Harriet (Bronson) and Joseph Elmer “Joe” Sibley. She was the granddaughter of Oregon pioneers who crossed the nation in a covered wagon. Evelyn’s father was District Attorney and later Judge. On May 30, 1925 Evelyn graduated from Dallas High School. On June 3, 1929 Evelyn Sibley graduated from Oregon State Agricultural College, with a degree in Vocational Education.
On November 8, 1931 it was announced Evelyn Sibley was now KEX Continuity Writer. At the time KEX was owned by the National Broadcasting Co. – NBC. On November 10, 1931 Evelyn prepared her first continuity script for the KEX “Armistice Day” program at 8:30pm. On May 26, 1932 the “Arabian Nights” series written by Evelyn Sibley began its broadcasts by KEX at 8:45pm and was picked up by the NBC Pacific “Gold” Network.
On December 29, 1932 Evelyn resigned from KEX and left for San Francisco. She had written not only for radio but for magazines and sold many stories to publishers, so she decided to quit radio. On September 14, 1934 Evelyn returned to Portland, picking up where she left, becoming Continuity Writer again, this time at The Oregonian’s KGW. They had purchased KEX in 1933 as well.
On May 12, 1935 Evelyn Maude Sibley, 28, married 28 year old Herbert Sheldon Lampman, at Evelyns’ parents house in Dallas. Herbert was the son of writer Ben Hur Lampman. Herbert was The Oregonian’s wildlife editor & naturalist. They lived at 1242 N.E. 47th Ave.
On July 17, 1936 Evelyn announced her retirement from Radio, she was pregnant. On October 5, 1936 Evelyn’s father Judge Joe Elmer Sibley died at age 72 in Dallas. On November 10, 1936 Evelyn & Herb welcomed their first daughter Linda Sibley Lampman.
By May 1938 now known as Evelyn Lampman, she had returned to KGW-KEX as Director of The Young Oregonians’ Dramatics & Little Actress clubs. Lampman also wrote all the scripts. On June 29, 1938 The Young Oregonian drama series, radio version of “Little Red Riding Hood” written by Evelyn Lampman was broadcast on KEX at 5:30pm. There were many other radio plays that followed. On April 20, 1940 Evelyn’s mother Harriet Sibley died at age 67 in Portland.
On June 3, 1940 Evelyn & Herb welcomed their second daughter Anne Hathaway Lampman. By this time the Lampman family were living on Mt. Tabor at: 6810 S.E. Yamhill St., for the next 20 years. On July 24, 1941 the KGW program “So You Want To Go To College” debuted at 4:45pm with Evelyn Lampman & Peggy Williams visiting Oregon colleges and reporting what they found. On November 5, 1942 Evelyn began writing scripts for the new KEX series A.P.O. (Army Post Office) 11:15am Thursdays.
On June 9, 1943 it was announced Evelyn Sibley Lampman’s script had been accepted for the CBS Radio drama series “Dr. Christian.” The episode Lampman titled “Them Tituses” fetched $250 for the wriiter. On June 30, 1943 Evelyn’s husband, Herbert Sheldon Lampman, 36 years old, died after an illness he had for two months. On August 18, 1943 Evelyn’s winning script was broadcast Coast-To-Coast on CBS Radio’s “Dr. Christian” 8:30pm (KOIN). It was the 9th in a series of program plays competing for awards.
On January 30, 1944 the new KEX series “This Man Is Guilty” began at 7:45pm. Written by Evelyn Lampman “actual war crimes of German war criminals, military governors and quislings in various invaded countries.” On March 19, 1944 Evelyn was writing another new KEX series called “Appointment For Life” 7:15pm, “The dramatic reason why you should be a blood donor.”
On January 6, 1946 it was announced Evelyn Lampman was now KGW Chief Continuity Writer. KEX now purchased by Westinghouse, no longer owned by The Oregonian. On June 19, 1946 Evelyn Lampman won another $500 in the nationwide “Dr. Christian” script contest. In September 1946 Evelyn Lampman became KGW Educational Director. She wrote most of the scripts for the children programs produced at KGW studios, broadcast over KBPS weekdays:
Monday’s: “Great Moments In Oregon History” (11:15am to 11:45an) for 8th grade.
Tuesday’s: “Builders of Oregon” (11:15am to 11:45an) for 2nd, 3rd & 4th grade.
Wednesday’s: “Science Byways” (11:15am to 11:45an) for 6th, 7th & 8th grade.
Thursday’s: “Pan-America” (11:15am to 11:45an) for 6th grade.
Thursday’s: “How Are You Feeling” (2:15pm to 4:00pm) for 5th, 6th grade.
Friday’s: “Current Events of The Week” (11:15am to 11:45an) for 7th & 8th grade.
On June 18, 1947 Evelyn Sibley Lampman won another $500 in the nationwide “Dr. Christian” script contest. On June 10, 1947 Evelyn Sibley Lampman, the name she would now adopt, was notified by telegram that her first book “Crazy Creek” had been “accepted with cheers” by Doubleday, Doran & Co., publishers. The book was a children’s story. Evelyn wrote a chapter a day, discarding those chapters that her daughter Linda, disapproved.
On August 20, 1948 “Crazy Creek” was officially released in Portland and nationally on August 26th. On September 1, 1948 Evelyn Sibley Lampman autographed copies of her book at J.K. Gills for $2.50. On August 22, 1949 “Treasure Mountain” by Evelyn Sibley Lampman, her second book, Doubleday & Co. $2.50, was released. On October 6, 1949 it was announced that her third book “The Bounces of Cynthiann” was accepted for publication.
On February 9, 1950 the National Art of Democratic Living, endowed a $500 literary award and certificate to author Evelyn Sibley Lampman for “Treasure Mountain” best children’s book (first prize) in addition to contributing to racial understanding. The award was presented at Freedom House in Lake Success, New York.
On September 27, 1950 “The Bounces of Cynthiann” was officially released by Doubleday & Co. Doubleday felt they didn’t want more than two books a year from Evelyn, so she began writing occasional books as “Lynn Bronson.” The name Bronson was Evelyn’s mother’s maiden name. On October 1, 1950 it was announced Lynn Bronson had written the new book “Timberland Adventure” published by Lippincott. Followed by “Coyote Kid” in 1951.
Also in 1951 Evelyn Sibley Lampman decided to give up her title as KGW Educational Director and devote her full-time efforts to her children’s books. In her time at KGW-KEX Evelyn had written radio copy for Chet Huntley, Mel Blanc, Dallas McKinnon and others of radio note. She would write a total of 51 children’s books, except for one title. In May 1951 she penned under the name Jane Woodfin the book “Of Mikes and Men” published by McGraw-Hill, the funny fictionalized account of her early experiences in Portland Radio at KGW-KEX, dubbed in the book as KUKU (coo coo).
In January 1952 Evelyn’s next book was “His Elder Brother” published by Doubleday. On July 1, 1952 Evelyn Sibley Lampman became a KEX Advisor-consultant for educational activities. In September 1952 the penned Lynn Bronson release of “Rogue’s Valley” from Lippincott. On November 15, 1952 Evelyn’s new book “Captain Apple’s Ghost” was released from Doubleday. Two book titles later of particular note were: “The Shy Stegosaurus of Cricket Creek” (1955), and “Rusty’s Space Ship” (1957).
On May 21, 1962 Evelyn Sibley Lampman won the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award for her children’s fantasy “City Under The Backsteps” published by Doubleday in June 1960. In 1968 Evelyn was honored with a Brotherhood Award from the National Conference of Christians and Jews. In 1972 she won the Western Writers of America, Golden Spur award for her book “Cayuse Courage” published in January 1970. Later a second Golden Spur award was conferred.
On June 13, 1980 Evelyn Sibley Lampman passed away at age 73 in West Linn. Almost all her books were reprinted by the Junior Literary Guild and most were translated and published in many languages. Of all the honors Evelyn received, the one that delighted her most was being chosen as Grand Marshal of “The Fairy Tale Parade” which occurred on November 28, 1958. She wore a red wool coat and many youngsters thought she was Mrs. Santa Claus.
Special Thanks to Joel Miller who helped make this biography more complete.
References: The Lewiston Evening Journal, The Oregon Statesman, The Oregonian, Truman Price of Old Children’s Books.com.January 21, 2018 at 10:01 am #34267
What a wonderful tribute to Evelyn Sibley Lampman.
One of my most favorite books from my childhood was “Rusty’s Spaceship”. Sitting here today, January 21, 2018, I pulled my old First Edition hardbound copy of it off the bookshelf. Looking through the writing brought a smile to my face so I jumped onto the internet to see what was available on Ms. Lampman.
I only wished I could have told her how much I appreciated her gift and what it has meant to me.January 22, 2018 at 12:19 am #34275
Thank You for posting those nice words. Really enjoyed researching Evelyn’s history.
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