All the Seckatary Hawkins books as first published
The original work, "The Snow Fort" was the first Seck Hawkins story printed in the Cincinnati Enquirer Sunday Magazine, February 3, 1918 in the Little Corner for Little People page - titled "Johnny's Snow Fortress". In 1922 it was reprinted in Volume 1, number 1 of the weekly Seckatary Hawkins magazine serials published by Pogue's department stores. It was not titled The Snow Fort, but simply "The First Hawkins Story".
Seck first wrote a Christmas story for the Sunday children's page illustrated by Edward Grueninger, then contributed about every fortnight a series with animal characters titled Animal-land Tales, stories of children of Biblical times, (several on four boys that foreshadowed the Seck series). Boathouse Boys and Mile-a-Minute Milo endeavors added fuel to the imaginative fires.
The Enquirer's publisher, WF Wiley, dared Robert Schulkers to do a story on the gang every Sunday - Which he did. The title "The Rejiment" was adopted and the stories ran 17 years - only till 1935 in the Enquirer. The Cleveland Plain Dealer ran them 1923 till 1942. Combined circulation is reported at over 10 million. Quite a run on a dare.
The story circumstances are sometimes true, sometimes imagined. The Seckatary spirit is still contagious.
Who wants to read a Seckatary Hawkins Story?
If you wonder what the excitement and interest is all about, and
would like to read a Seckatary Hawkins adventure for yourself, now
you can. The club has been working hard to make small print runs of
these famous stories. This is a club group effort made possible by
the volunteer work of many, and group participation of all club
members in all aspects of creating new, top quality books that do
not cost huge amounts as some antique editions do. Early 1900's
Seckatary Hawkins stories that have never been in book form before
are available for purchase by club members only.
As of now, all the series stories that have been printed in book form are as follows:
READ THE CONDENSED STORY SUMMARIES WRITTEN BY CLUB MEMBERS
Just click the book title below -
The Red Runners II
Seckatary Hawkins in Cuba
The Red Runners
The Gray Ghost
Stormie the Dog Stealer
Knights of the Square Table
The Chinese Coin
Herman the Fiddler
The Red Castle
The Lavender Light Mystery
The Mystery of the Red Hand
The Lacquer Fan
Stydle the Strong
Hackbury or “The Mystery of the Underground Room”
The Return of the Skinny Guy
Gander or “The Cave of the Eagle Owl”
The Rejiment Stories Vol I of II
The Rejiment Stories Vol II of II
|THE GRAY GHOST II UNABRIDGED||Knights||
|Chinese Coin||Yellow Y|
|Herman Unabridged||Treasure in the Tropics||
THE ORIGINAL ELEVEN BOOKS PRINTED 1918 THROUGH 1932 WERE AS FOLLOWS:
CLICK ON THE TITLES BELOW, OR THE BOOK REPORTS BUTTON AT TOP FOR A GREAT BOOK REPORT SUMMARY OF THE STORY LINE. THESE BOOK REPORTS WERE WRITTEN BY OUR CURRENT CLUB MEMBERS AND REALLY LET YOU KNOW WHAT THE STORY IS ALL ABOUT.
|1. Stoner's Boy - "The Mystery of the Gray Ghost" - Published by Robert F. Schulkers - 1926. Navy Blue cloth binding with white printing. Cream colored paper dustjacket with blue lettering. Dedicated to "JBD - my valentine" (Mrs RFS). Illustrations by Carll B.Williams. *Note – this was the fourth book published due to the publisher's decision that the Cuba story was the most appealing to readers. But time proved them wrong and Stoners Boy was the more famous one. The book most often quoted in the novel - To Kill a Mockingbird"|
|1a. Second Publication by RFS -1948. Beige cloth binding with a multi-colored dustcover. Marked 1926 copyright with no indication of being a second printing.|
|2. Seckatary Hawkins in Cuba or The Mystery of the Cazanova Treasure – Published by Stewart Kidd Co., 1921. Yellow cloth binding with gold leaf embossed lettering. Cream colored paper dustjacket with brown lettering. First book published.|
2a. Second edition - Seckatary Hawkins in Cuba or The Mystery of the Cazanova Treasure - Publisher - Appleton – 1925 Yellow-biege cloth binding with “Robert F. Schulkers” embossed on lower front cover in black letters. Dark Bluish green DJ with red lettering. (There is no indication that this is a later printing)
2b. Third edition - Seckatary Hawkins in Cuba –
Published by D. Appleton Co – 1925. Bright orange cloth
binding. No DJ. (There is no indication that this is a
*NOTE – an additional printing with no Appleton book ads in the back may be called 2bb.
2c. Fourth edition - The Mystery of the Cazanova
Treasure – 1948. Beige cloth binding with line
drawings of boys on multi-colored dust-jacket. Marked
1921 copyright. Publisher - Robert F. Schulkers. (There
is no indication that this is a later printing)
Dedicated to "The Mother of Seckatary Hawkins - and to the mothers of all boys and girls who like to read his stories".
|3. The Red Runners - "The Mystery of the Hypnotizing Eyes" pub. Stewart Kidd Co - 1922. Dedicated to “My old teacher one fine fella”. Biege cloth binding, black lettering. Dark Spruce-Green DJ with cream lettering. “Which We Did” on spine of DJ.|
|3a. Second edition, publisher - RFS – 1925 - bright orange (marked copyright 1922). No DJ.|
3b. Third edition, publisher - RFS – 1954 – beige cloth
binding (marked 1948 copyright). Mint-Green DJ with
Orange-red lettering. (There is no
indication that this is a later printing)
The Gray Ghost - "The Return of Stoner's Boy" - Published by Robert F.
Schulkers 1926. Navy Blue cloth binding with white
printing. Dedicated to "FLS - pal of my boyhood days" -
(His brother Franc) – Light Gray paper dustcover with
black lettering. Also quoted in the novel -
To Kill a Mockingbird"
4a. Second edition pub. RFS – 1954 – biege cloth binding – Ivory dustjacket with Green lettering. (There is no indication that this is a later printing)
|5. Stormie the Dog Stealer - "The Mystery of the Baying Hounds" - Publisher – D. Appleton Co - 1925 - Beige cloth binding, black embossed lettering – Greenish / brown dust jacket with cream lettering. The spine is a cream background with black lettering. No dedication.|
|6. Knights of the Square Table - "The Mystery of the Lonely House" - Published by Robert F. Schulkers 1926. Blue cloth binding, pastel green colored paper dust jacket with dark blue lettering. Dedicated to "Junior - who is always fair and square". Illustrations by Carll B. Williams.|
|7. Ching Toy - "The Mystery of the Magic Triangle" - Published by Robert F. Schulkers, 1926. Navy cloth binding, white lettering. Dedicated to "To Ruth Darnell - Fair as a Fairy". Illustrations by Carll B.Williams. Pink paper dustjacket with maroon lettering.|
|8. The Chinese Coin - "The Mystery of the Cave of Wonders" - Published by Robert F. Schulkers, 1926. Blue cloth binding, white lettering. Medium pastel green paper dustjacket with brown lettering. Dedicated to "Julia Beatrice - a little flower girl". Illustrations by Carll B.Williams.|
|9. The Yellow Y - "The Mystery of the Boy With the Longbow" - Published by Robert F. Schulkers, 1926. Blue cloth binding, white lettering. Bright pastel yellow paper dustjacket with black lettering. Dedicated to "John Randolph - such a little fellow, but he's Daddy's big boy". Illustrations by Carll B.Williams.|
|10. Herman the Fiddler or "The Mystery of the Three-eyed Ape" - Published by Robert F. Schulkers - 1930. No dedication; however, he must have been thinking of his father and grandfather: Henry Herman and Herman Henry Schulkers. Joe Ebertz artwork. *note = An aftermarket pastel biege DJ has been seen with blue letters, but not official.|
The Ghost of Lake Tapaho - The Mystery of the Lake – 11th book was printed in 1932.
Published by Robert F. Schulkers - 1932. No dedication. This is a red and white square checkerboard paperback by Ralston-Purina, given away free with 2 cereal box tops sent in by boys and girls who listened to the Chicago NBC radio shows.
Complete List of books printed by the club:
Here is the total list of all Seckatary Hawkins Stories.
Do you have them all? Only sold to Club Members. Join today!
1. Stoner’s Boy or “The Mystery of the Gray Ghost”
2. Seckatary Hawkins in Cuba or “The Cazanova Treasure”
3. The Red Runners or “The Mystery of the Hypnotizing Eye”
4. The Gray Ghost or “The Return of Stoner’s Boy”
5. Stormie, the Dog Stealer or “Mystery of the Baying Hounds”
6. Knights of the Square Table or “Mystery of the Lonely House”
7. Ching Toy or “The Mystery of the Magic Triangle”
8. The Chinese Coin or “The Mystery of the Cave of Wonders”
9. The Yellow Y or “The Mystery of the Boy with the Longbow”
10. Herman the Fiddler or “The Mystery of the Three-eyed Ape”
11. The Red Castle or “Bones’ Great Club of the River”
12. Mystery of the Stonewall House or “Dr. Drago and the Giant”
13. Little Gil or “The Rabbit Mystery”
14. The Lavender Light Mystery or “Stephan the Strange”
15. The Ghost of Lake Tapaho or “The Mystery of the Lake”
16. The Emperor’s Sword or “The Mystery of the Silent Watcher”
17. Little Flower of the Sun or “Never Fail Friend”
18. The Mystery of the Red Hand or “The New Lucky Coin”
19. The Lacquer Fan or “The Sundial Mystery” or “Bob Longlegs”
20. Gideon or “The Grotto of the Silent Pets”
21. Stydle the Strong or “The Mystery of the Cave of Icicles”
22. Trilogy I: The Stattenham Manor Mystery; The River Pirates; and The Green Light Mystery
23. Gander or “The Cave of the Eagle Owl”
24. Trilogy II: The Dog Snatchers; The Dugout Trailer; and Jericho
25. Hackbury or “The Mystery of the Underground Room”
26. Trilogy III: The White Bat; The Backwater Pool; and The Nip and Tuck Gang and Related Stories
27. The Return of the Skinny Guy or “The Boy with the Eagle”
28. Trilogy IV :The Gang of Usher or “The Far Away Voice”; and Related Stories.
29. Stoner’s Boy UNABRIDGED - or “The Mystery of the Gray Ghost” – (with 11 missing chapters)
30. The Rejiment I 1918 Never in book form before!
31. Rejiment II 1919 / 1920 –(The Rejiment serial stories ran in newspapers were not books till now!)
32. The Red Runners UNABRIDGED; Special Limited Edition, 2012
33. Stormie The Dog Stealer UNABRIDGED; Special Limited Edition, 2012
34. The Gray Ghost UNABRIDGED; Special Limited Edition, 2012
35. Comics I – All the favorite stories in comic strips from newspapers in 2 big coffee table books
36. Comics II – About twice the size of regular books, 2012
37. Knights of the Square Table Unabridged
38. Ching Toy Unabridged
39. The Chinese Coin Unabridged
40. The Yellow Y Unabridged
41. Herman the Fiddler unabridged
42. Cuba unabridged -
43. Treasure in the Tropics + Boathouse Boys - (1933).
44. The Ghost of Lake Tapaho Unabridged
More in the works!
*One word of warning: #3 -The Red Runners, has never been officially printed in paperback, or soft cover.
Many book dealers, online and offline, are selling an unauthorized, paperback reprint of The Red Runners, that is just a poor photocopy of a well-worn original book. It's pages are poorly copied - often darkened and hard to read - and is even missing pages, including the ending of the story and last page. I have asked the publisher to stop printing these, but he refused. So be forewarned about these yellow cover paperbacks from any book store. They are sometimes advertised as "official" Seckatary Hawkins books; but they are not. There has never been an official paperback of The Red Runners printed.
Unsolicited testimonials for these new books
In reflecting a little bit about why your Grandpa's stories were special to me --- I think it's because his stories always seemed so real and because I sensed that he understood what was important in life and put that in his stories. It was so different and real compared to the other choices of the day --- and especially today. I suspect the musings of Seckatary Hawkins came straight from your Grandpa's heart. He had a way of getting those ideas across without shoving it in the reader's face. The ideas came from the Seckatary, and the reader could always take them or leave them, but I always took them. He had great faith in all people and believed that everyone had good in them, if they were given the chance. He had a great faith in God yet he was never preachy about it. The boys didn't have prayer meetings all the time down in the clubhouse --- but the reader always knew where they stood and that God always came first --- well, maybe not in the Rejiment days, but a little later :-)
DK; Loveland, OH
.... I know that many members have contributed above and beyond their required amounts (for books) for the sake of the club and the legacy of RFS. ... I personally have paid MUCH more than what the club is asking for collectible books and as a collector for over twenty years can only see these books as a sound investment almost at any price.
TS, Fairfax, VT.
... many members are on fixed incomes or otherwise unable to
afford to pay more for these books. They are expensive. Once
we get them
we'll feel happy to have them with quality printing and nice covers, which they certainly deserve, but quality isn't cheap. I know the price is
fair and square--I'm just acknowledging that it is a significant amount for many of us to spend. However, by comparison I paid $375.00 in
March for a signed, limited Jack Vance book and it hasn't even been printed yet. They are fair and square, too, but the major difference between them and Randy is they expect a profit on their books. Even at their price, I'll be happy when the book arrives, I see how nice it is and what a quality print job they did, and I'll be grateful I got to own one. That's for ONE book--two for $130.00 is a great price considering the quality and small print run.
CC, Cincinnati, OH
I also was intrigued by those “Next Book in the Series” teasers and my mother tried to find any beyond the four reprinted in the 50’s with no luck. In our case, the store that sold the Seck reprints was Rikes in Dayton, OH. When I made a new friend in the 8th grade we found a common interest in the wonderful stories of the F&S Club and I asked if he had any more of the books mentioned as “next”. .. Now, the recreation of the original text in the [new book printings of the club] limited editions has made it all new again and I feel like that kid I was in the 8th grade having found a friend who could loan me one of the “missing ones”. He may have had more, likely from his father’s collection, but he moved away before I had a chance to find out.
So, for me, it was through Randy and F&S that I was finally able to acquire and read Stormie. It took over 50 years but, my, was it worth the wait! Thanks so much Randy.
JH, Ridgeway, CO
We all want to do our little bit to show appreciation for all the hard work put into these wonderful books. Mine arrived today and they are simply fabulous. I can't wait for more!
TS, Wilmington, MA
The books are beautiful!! thank you so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
RB, Hamilton, OH
I just wanted to add my comments on these two new beautiful books. Wow! These two books are thick and crammed with all sorts of never before seen (by most club members, anyway) illustrations. Plus George has added in lots of extras, like the little heading illustrations from the original newspaper columns and other illustrations from other Seck sources, etc.
DK, Loveland, OH
My books came today as well. They look beautiful. It's better than Christmas.
TK, Murietta, CA
I received the new books today and they look great. They have joined the others on the shelf. Your Grandfather would be very proud of you and what you and George have been able to do to reprint so much of his life’s works. I think that he would also be very pleased that there were still people who really enjoyed what he had done in his life. There aren’t very many of us who can say that.
Thanks again to both you and George for all of the hard work and hours invested in this enterprise. I am already looking forward to the next set of books. I have already sent you my check.
Yours fair and square,
BZ, Laurel, MD
I don't think any of us can really capture in words the joy
of having these
wonderful new books in our hands or the magnitude of our
thanks to those who
worked so hard to get them there!
Can't wait to see the next two, but for now intend to enjoy
these two to the fullest.
Many, many thanks!
DR, North Bend, OH
The books arrived today and they are beauties! Everything you promised and then some.
Thanks again and YF&S,
CC, Cincinnati, OH
I got my copy of "Stormie" from my uncle. Last year he discovered that he [a serious illness], and decided to work quickly to carry out a goal of his, to give a full set of Seckatary Hawkins books to each of his sons, and to me, his nephew. Many years ago, he had begun giving me some for Christmas, each of them from the early original set. I also have some of my dad's, but I did not have Stormie until my uncle sent some books to me last year. This shipment even included copies of all the club reprinted books from the photocopy version of "Ghost of Lake Tapaho" to "Trilogy IV." Of all these, I still did not get a Stormie, or a Knights of the Square Table or Herman the Fiddler. I emailed him on this, and he sent me a Stormie. I later got Knights and Herman from online sellers. I have not read Stormie yet, I am on "The Gray Ghost." I did not read the Seckatary books that were given to me for Christmas all those years ago right away as a kid. I only remembered them last August and that's how I began reading them and what led to me joining this online club. I do wish now that I had started reading earlier, but I enjoyed getting to know Seckatary Hawkins as an 18/19 year old just as much as I would have ten years ago. According to the book spine, the publisher is Appleton. It's also interesting to note that the "the next volume in this series is entitled" does not appear at the end of Stormie, for its sequel Knights of the Square Table. I would like to get the reprinted copies of Stormie and Gray Ghost, as long as I can get time to figure out where the money will come from, as well as for the 2 comic books…
Yours fair and square, CH, Eau Claire, WI
… Just wanted to echo the sentiment of everyone else who has gotten their new books. Mine arrived today and they are simply stunning. Thanks sooooo much for all the effort and hard work that went into them and RFS must be grinning ear to ear from up above. Take care and I look forward to the next two.
YF&S, TS, Fairfax, VT
"...Thanks for bringing back that great excitement that helps kids become well-rounded adults too. Seckatary Hawkins stories about the riverbank boys were more detailed and kept the reader's interest much longer than other boys and girls detective type stories written for youth. They were written with an honest regard for the character building elements effect on child readers. The genuine, believable natures of the characters made them come alive for my grandparents who happily shared that with my Dad and he with me; and is now being discovered by my own children. Someday someone with influence in Hollywood will "discover" these realistic and wholesome tales of excitement and adventure and bring them to the whole country. We need this type of positive influence made readily available for our next generations, to help get us back on the honorable track that built our great country into what it was not so long ago."
DL - Frankfort, KY
Mine came today, and I can't tell you how beautiful they are! Yet another quality job. I got so excited I forgot the check to see if my dvd was in the box--which I'm sure it is.
I haven't read those Regiment stories since I studied the reverse image microfiche copies of the Enquirer in the Cincinnati Public library back in the 70's. It will be interesting to see what I still remember.
Thanks again, Randy and George.
CC - Cincinnati. OH
I received my books today...I agree with Randy that these books can become collector's items. Probably not so much as the original 1926 editions, but at least they are likely to double in value in a few years. Only fifteen years ago I bought 1926 versions of Stoners Boy, Ching Toy and others for $32.50 each from a used bookseller. He knew nothing about the Seckatary Hawkins series. Now those days are long past. As Randy said, you can check eBay and other places to see their greatly increased value now.
I know most club members would not sell their prized Seckatary Hawkins books for anything, but things change and people pass on and relatives may not know their value. Put a note in each of your books to let your heirs know their worth to you and them...
LA- Houston, TX
The books and DVD arrived today, in perfect condition. I have not had a chance to examine them thoroughly, of course, but in leafing through them I see many wonderful illustrations in Rejiment of the cave entrance, that looks just like present day Clifton Cave, and of course all the great new material in Stoner's Boy.
I feel like a kid in a candy shop. I don't know where to start. I wanted to read the Rejiment stories first, but also could not wait to check out Stoner's Boy, so I read the first chapter of Stoner first. So different from the original book! A little grittier, actually, which I think is better. I couldn't stop, so read chapter 2 also. I am going to have to summon some iron will and put Stoner's Boy down and turn to the Rejiment book.
GB - Chesterfield, MO.
The new Seck books arrived here in Kalamazoo this morning and as the title of the email states: "They are Magnificent." Many thanks to you and your team for allowing all the club members to have these wonderful additions. They will be treasured in my family.
TS - Kalamazoo, MI
The 2 new books along with the DVD were just delivered. They look wonderful. Now I don't know what to read next. Herman The Fiddler Or one of the books received today. It is a nice problem to have. Thanks to all those who helped in any way to make these books possible.
JG - Cold Spring, KY
Just to let you know, the books and video have safely arrived. I opened the box here at work - couldn't wait until I got home! They look fabulous....
TS - Wilmington, MA
I received the first book set today. They are just great. I can’t wait to read the “rest of the story” and will be cracking Stoner’s Boy today. My grandson will receive one of the additional sets as his first “chapter” books. Stoner’s Boy was my first “chapter” book back in 1953 when my mother gave it to me for Christmas. What a great start that was.
JH - Ridgeway, CO
The new books and movie arrived today. Tremendous. Absolutely tremendous. Thank you.
KF - Lexington, KY
Just wanted to let you know I received my books today.
look great as usual. Can't wait to dig in.
All the best,
DR - North Bend, OH
I am thoroughly enjoying The Rejiment Stories. It's not what I expected, half reading and half laughing. The stories are hilarious-if your Grandpa was relying on memory, his Mother sure had her hands full! Thank you for getting this book into print. I think the spelling and grammar are a great style for the stories, and not hard to get used to at all. I'm so glad I don't have to wait a week between chapters.
P.S. I AM still trying to figure out what a "koko" is.
FN - Alexandria, KY
I received mine and they are grand!
In looking over “Stoner’s Boy, I was thinking that your Grandfather must have been disappointed to have the book, as written, shortened from the original.
I am sure he is looking down from heaven and is very pleased on what he sees.
BB - Frederick, MD
Mine came Friday also and I'm in California – hurrah for the Post Office and Priority Mail!
The books, as always, look great and are a pleasure to have – I'm torn as to which one to start on, but I think it will be Rejiment…
Thanks again to everyone involved – these are real treasures and worth far more than the cost. Yes, they are a bit more expensive than your usual book, but they are exclusive and limited. And I'm sure they will be worth more than we paid quite soon! (Not that I would ever sell mine!!)
DC - San Carlos, CA
As a long time book collector and book seller, I have to
agree with Randy that these books being printed now will
very likely become the most sought after titles and so the
most expensive. This is because of simple supply and demand.
With print runs of 100 to 150 copies these books have far
fewer copies produced than any of the older titles. I have
heard figures of 750 to 800 copies as the print run for
“Stormie the Dog Stealer” but even if these figures are not
correct, I would think those numbers would be too low rather
than too high (so say perhaps 1000 to 1500 copies). The
other very expensive title “The Ghost of Lake Tapaho” was
probably produced in fairly large numbers (perhaps the
highest of any title) but as a paperback and as a give away
item the survival rate was probably very low. The paper
covers would not hold up well to the handling of the child
readers, and the fact that it did not cost anything would
make it easier to throw away when it became damaged. As for
the rest of the titles, it seems to me from buying and
selling these books for many years that the book with the
most printings “Seckatary Hawkins in
RB - Covington, KY
Thank you for your kind words, Randy. Greatly
appreciated.... I am very proud to be involved
in this project in my own limited way....
The 4 "reprints" were handed down to me by a distant cousin when I was around 10 yrs old. I was a huge Hardy Boys fan, but these books had something different, something special. Have always wanted to read more of the books, but life somehow got in the way (that and the difficulty in getting the other books. Looking forward to belonging to a club I always wished I could have been a part of as a kid! Yours Fair & Square
JM, Cincinnati, OH
I grew up in Mt Washington and Stanbury park was our closest thing to Seck Hawkins. We formed a club and used to look for excitement. Originally one of my sisters had a boyfriend and he gave me five books. That is how I got into it all. I was home sick one day and picked up the Red Runners. That was all she wrote. I was hooked. Your grandfather is still in my estimation great. There is no comparison. My favorite print and chapter is "A Rainy Night in the Grey Ghost with Androfski, Seck, Simon Bleaker and of course Stoners Boy. What a chapter! I am glad the books did not die. How could they? I am 73 and still a kid at heart.
JW, Menifee, CA
I reread "Stoners Boy unabridged", (and the new) "The Red Runners" and read for the first time "The Regiment 1". The Regiment are stories that are as alive today as they were in 1918.
I always felt that there was a lack of coherency (in the original books) and by you adding the extra pages into Stoner's Boy....... Wow! It turned into a cohesive writing.
I can't imagine what will happen when I read "Stormie The Dog Stealer"
(unabridged with all that missing text added in).
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