Douglas Malloch

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Douglas Malloch
Born (1877-05-05)May 5, 1877
Died July 2, 1938(1938-07-02) (aged 61)

Douglas Malloch (May 5, 1877 – July 2, 1938) was an American poet, short-story writer and Associate Editor of American Lumberman, a trade paper in Chicago. He became known as a "Lumberman's poet" both locally and nationally. He is noted for writing Round River Drive and "Be the Best of Whatever You Are" in addition to many other creations. He was commissioned to write the Michigan State Song.

Life and work[edit]

Brother Malloch, as he was called, was born in Muskegon, Michigan which was known as a center of the lumbering industry. He grew up amidst the forest, logging camps, sawmills and lumber yards. He became famous among the people of twentieth century involved in the lumbering industry.[1] He married Helen Miller, a newswoman who was founder of the National Federation of Press Women.[2][3]

Poems
  • "A Man"
  • "Ain't It Fine Today?"
  • "Always A Mason"
  • "Be the Best of Whatever You Are" (also cited as "If")
  • "Building"
  • "Chaudière"
  • "Christmas"
  • "Connecticut Drive"
  • "Echoes"
  • "Father's Lodge"
  • "Good Timber"
  • "The Little Lodge Of Long Ago"
  • "The Love of a Botanist"
  • "Make Me Mellow"
  • "The Masonry Of Spring"
  • "Members Or Masons"
  • "The Road of Masonry"
  • "To-day" (also cited as
  • "You have to believe in happiness"
  • "The Love of a Man for a Man"

References[edit]

  1. ^ American Forestry, August 1913, Vol. 19(8):544–546
  2. ^ "Be the best of whatever you are".
  3. ^ Weddon, Willah (1996). Michigan press women: today and yesterday. Stockbridge, MI: Weddon Press. pp. 155–158. Retrieved 6 August 2018.