Noel Loomis

Noel Loomis (April 3, 1905 – September 7, 1969) was a writer, principally of western, mystery and science-fiction, in the middle of the 20th century. Born and raised in the American West, he was sufficiently familiar with that territory to write a useful history of the Wells Fargo company.[2][3]

Noel Loomis
Noel Miller Loomis

(1905-04-03)April 3, 1905
DiedSeptember 7, 1969(1969-09-07) (aged 64)[1]
San Diego, California
Alma materUniversity of Oklahoma
OccupationWriter, editor, teacher
Spouse(s)Elizabeth Moore Green

Personal life

Noel Loomis was born Noel Miller Loomis on April 3, 1905 in the Oklahoma Territory town of Wakita, in the Cherokee Strip, and raised in Texico, in the New Mexico Territory, and in the West Texas town of Slaton. In later life he lived in Decanso, in the San Diego, California, Back Country from 1956.

He married Dorothy Moore Green,[3] who was also a writer,[4] in 1945. There is evidence that he had a first wife named Johnie or Jonie, who was the mother of his children.[5]

Career and honors

He also worked variously as a printer, newspaperman and editor.


Selected works.


  • Murder Goes to Press (1937)
  • City of Glass (1942, Startling Stories, exp. 1955 by Columbia Publications)
  • Iron Men (1945,(1945, Startling Stories)
  • Electron Eat Electron (1946, Planet Stories)
  • Turnover Time (1949, Startling Stories)
  • Rim of the Caprock (1952)
  • We Breathe For You (1953, Startling Stories)
  • The Ultimate Planet (1949, Thrilling Wonder Stories)
  • The Man With the Absolute Motion (1955, as by Silas Water)
  • Short Cut to Red River (1958)
  • Grandfather Out of the Past (1959)


Media work[4]

This production, starring Frank Sinatra and other well-known actors, by accounts an unusual production, has to date (2014) never been released on any of the usual portable media, e.g. VHS or DVD.





  1. "California, Death Index, 1940–1997". FamilySearch. Retrieved April 7, 2014.
  2. Loomis, Noel M. (1965). Wells Fargo. New York: Clarkson N. Potter. As an indicator of its utility, this work has been cited by well over a dozen Wikipedia pages.
  3. "Noel M(iller) Loomis". Contemporary Authors Online. Gale. 2003. Retrieved April 7, 2014. Access to this collection may be available through a local public library.
  4. "Guide to the Noel Loomis papers (Coll 165)". Special Collections & University Archives. University of Oregon Libraries.
  5. "United States Census, 1940". FamilySearch. Retrieved April 10, 2014. Noel Loomis, Ward 10, Minneapolis, Minneapolis City, Hennepin, Minnesota, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 89–288, sheet 18A, family 438, NARA digital publication of T627, roll 1987.
  6. "About « Western Writers". Western Writers of America. WWA. Retrieved April 12, 2014.
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