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Adair County authors: Albert C. Wyckoff

A chance to learn more about Adair's rich literary heritage before attending the big book fair.
Adair County Book Fair, 2013, Second Annual sale and show, on June 1, 2013, 10am-3pmCT/11am-4pmETat the Historic Courthouse, 500 Public Square, Columbia, KY.

By Mike Watson

Rev. A.C. Wyckoff wrote books, primarily for the young readers of America, from the late 1920s through the early 1950s.

Boys all across the nation waited with anticipation for the next installment of the adventures of the courageous Mercer Boys, the mystery hunters.

These wonderful books were reprinted at least into the 1960s. Collectors still seek some of the more elusive volumes, particularly those that were not reprinted in the years after World War II, though most of the Mercer Boys series did have a new wave of readers in the 1950s.

Brother Wyckoff pastored the Presbyterian Church in Columbia from 1943 until his untimely death in 1953.


His last three books were penned in Columbia. He also wrote plays for his church groups and had several articles printed in Boys Life and Open Road for Boys as well as other periodicals.

His works included, in alphabetical order:
  • Bright Harvest: A Christian Novel, 1944; Bright Horizons, 1949, written in Columbia
  • In The Camp of the Black Rider, 1931
  • Look to the Hills
  • Sounding Brass: A Christian Novel, 1943
  • The Bells Are Ringing, 1950, written in Columbia
  • The Challenge of the Hills, 1931
  • The Mercer Boys and the Indian Gold, 1932
  • The Mercer Boys and the Steamboat Riddle, 1933
  • The Mercer Boys as First Classmen, 1930
  • The Mercer Boys at Woodcrest, 1929
  • The Mercer Boys Cruise in the Lassie, 1948
  • The Mercer Boys in Summer Camp, 1929
  • The Mercer Boys Mystery Case, 1929
  • The Mercer Boys on a Treasure Hunt, 1929
  • The Mercer Boys on the Beach Patrol, 1929
  • The Mercer Boys on the Ghost Patrol, (1951)
  • The Mercer Boys with the Air Cadets, 1932
  • The Mercer Boys with the Coast Guard, 1949
  • The Mystery at Lake Retreat, 1931
  • The Mystery Hunters at Lakeside Camp, 1934
  • The Mystery Hunters at Old Frontier, 1934
  • The Mystery Hunters at The Haunted Lodge, 1934
  • The Mystery Hunters on Special Detail, 1936
  • The Mystery of Gaither Cove, 1932
  • The North Point Cabin Mystery, 1932
  • The Sea Runners' Cache, 1935
  • The Search for the City of Ghosts, 1936
  • The Secret of the Armor Room, 1930
  • The Singing Heart, 1947
  • The Winning of Kay Slade, 1951, written in Columbia
  • Victory at Daybreak: A Christian Novel, 1945

  • He and his wife were interred in the Columbia City Cemetery.


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