1908 was a big year for Curwood. He published his first and second novel The Courage of Captain Plum and The Wolf Hunter in the same year with Bobbs-Merrill publishing company and got a divorce from Cora Leon after 8 years of marriage. Their marriage had been one constructed out the romantic mind of Curwood, which produced two children, Carlotta and Viola, and ended in the non-fiction realties of life.
After the divorce, Curwood moved back to Owosso to start a new chapter in his life. He built a home in 1909 at 508 West Williams Street. The house was originally built as a duplex with the idea that half the house could be rented out if his writing career never became successful. The front porch was blown off in the tornado that struck Owosso on 11-11-1911 at 11:11 pm. According to city folklore Curwood's family home was built on a Chippewa Indian burial ground that Chief Wasso, from whom Owosso gained its name, was buried.