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BHS graduate publishes novel about boy captured by Native Americans

Janet Rupert, formerly of Bellefontaine, recently published her second book Howling Wilderness, The Indian Captivity of Ollie Spencer, a true story of a boy captured by Native Americans on the Ohio River in 1792. The story follows him as he lives in the village, is eventually rescued, and tries to make his way back home.

Her interest in Native Americans can be traced to her Bellefontaine roots.

“I loved the landscape around Bellefontaine and had an idea that Native Americans used to live there. When I was a teenager, I wanted to know more about the local natives, but didn’t know how to pursue it,” said Mrs. Rupert, who lives in Columbus.

She attributes her wanting to be a writer to the shyness she experienced as a child. Being shy, she would rehearse conversations that she was going to have with people beforehand, eventually expanding into telling entire stories. However, Mrs. Rupert instead choose to major in biology at The Ohio State University after graduating from Bellefontaine High School in 1972.

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