Helen Fulton Orton

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Helen Fulton Orton (November 01, 1872 - February 16, 1955) began writing at 48 when her children had grown. She lived much of her life in the New York City area, including Jackson Heights.

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Orton's love of history and historical research informed many of her 25 books, written with children in mind.[1] Orton sought to include history and the lives of ordinary people in her books, which often featured historical mysteries.


Orton's love of history and historical research resulted in her writing an essay, Jackson Heights - Its History and Growth, read before the Newtown Historical Society in 1950. It recounted the triumphant British troops move to Jackson Heights' soil, as follows: [78]

 When the British army marched up to Newtown on August 31st and September 1, 1776, one contingent of 4,000 men, under the command of Sir Henry Clinton, marched along Trains Meadow Road, to a point about 2 blocks beyond Northern Boulevard and encamped there. General Clinton made his headquarters in the house of  Nathaniel Moore, which stood just north of the present Northern Boulevard on the Bowery Bay Road.
 They stayed there for two weeks. Then on Sunday morning September 15th, General Clinton marched his men back to Newtown and down to Newtown Dock, wee they took boat and went down Newtown Creek too the East River and became part of the army that attacked the continentals at Kip's Bay.
 Another  contingent of General Howe's army marched to a place in Jackson Heights, at about 37th Avenue and 73rd Street and there pitched their tents. They were the Royal Highlanders. There they stayed for two weeks, until in the early morning of Sunday September 15th, they also broke camp and marched to Newtown Dock for the battle of Kip's Bay.

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