John Tate Appleby
1908 - 1974
Arkansas Gazette Newspaper
Friday, 20 December 1974
J. T. Appleby, 66, was Author
Fayetteville. John T. Appleby, aged 66 of Washington, DC, formerly of Fayetteville, died
He was acting editor of the American Historical Society and the Author of several Books on
Born at Fayetteville, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. George Appleby, he graduated cum laude
from Harvard University and traveled in Europe as a newspaper reporter and author.
His first book, Suffolk Summer, described his travels in Suffold, England, during World War II.
Royalties from the book went to the restoration of the Bury St. Edmunds Abby Rose Garden in Suffolk.
His other books include, "Henry the 2nd", "England Without Richard", "The Troubled Reign of King
Stephen", "John, King of England", and a Latin Texbook.
He lived and farmed for a time at Fayetteville before moving to Washington about 25 years ago.
He was a contributor to the book review section of the Washington Post.
Survivors include 4 sisters, Mrs. John A. Fogelman of Little Rock, Mrs. Paul Young, jr. and
Mrs. Joe D. Mitchell, both of Fayetteville, and Mrs. A. W. Manlove of Joplin, Missouri.
Funeral will be Saturday at Fayetteville by Watson Funeral Service. In Lieu of flowers, memorials
may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Obit Courtesy of John Tate Mitchell
John Tate Appleby's first book, "Suffolk Summer" is an interesting small book. (I am tempted
to use the word "delightful" in describing it.) It is not a biographical book, but describes his bicycle
tours around Suffolk County. Interested in doing rubbings at ancient abbeys and cemeteries,
John T. Appleby remained in England after the close of the War, before returning home to Arkansas.
The book remains in print, with the sales still providing for the care of the John Appleby Rose
Gardens on the grounds of the abbey in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk County. The book is a best seller
among visitors to Suffolk County, and can be found in some public libraries and purchased through
book dealers. Appleby Heritage obtained a copy through Barnes and Noble, Used & Out of Print
11 January 2004
revised: 16 October 2005