Noted Turf and Fiction Writer Dies, Daily Racing Form, 1919-03-05


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NOTED TURF AND FICTION WRITER DIES NEW YORK, X. Y.. March 4. The death of Charles E. Van Loan, which occurred on Sunday iu Philadelphia, will be a shock to those who knew him in the racing world. It was iu Los Angeles some twelve years ago that Mr. Van Loan, then associated witli the sporting department of the Los Angeles Examiner, became known as a turf writer. While he knew little of the sport when he entered the ranks, it took little time for him to get acquainted witli it. His reports of events were eagerly read, not for their critical value as much the genuine humor they contained, and the terse and interesting way they were treated. His literary work was too big for racing to hold him and he soon advanced, until he became one of the best short story writers in this country. He was a beloved man by all who knew him. Sadder, still, is the fact that his father died in Los Angeles a few hours after he had been apprised of the death of his son. "Hey, Bo Charley," as he was known among his more intimate associates, was but forty-three years old and leaves a widow and two children.

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