Among the least-known form of Edward Stratemeyer’s writings are his short stories for newspapers, especially the Newark Sunday Call. This weekly from his home town ran a group of stories by Stratemeyer that were timed and themed to the holidays of the year. With only a local audience in mind, locations known to Newark-area readers were included. When some of the stories were republished as filler material in other story papers, they were edited to removed the regional details.
“Davy’s Christmas” is a Christmas story from 1891 shows Stratemeyer’s interest in themes common in Horatio Alger, Jr., stories.
On occasion we will publish other scarce Stratemeyer stories of this type. More than a dozen examples of his newspaper short stories, with variant texts, found illustrations, introductions and annotations may be seen in our Holiday Stories for Boys, volume 1.