1848–1910

February 14, 1848, Eas­ton, Penn­syl­van­ia.

January 30, 1910, Hunt­ing­ton, In­di­a­na.

Mount Hope Cemetery, Hunt­ing­ton, In­di­a­na.

Curtis was the son of Ja­cob Strick­land and Isa­bel­la Beers. He married twice, to Ma­ry Pem­broke (1868) and Cla­ra E. Mil­ler (1908).

At age 14, he enlisted for civil war service as a drummer boy in the 153rd Regiment of the Penn­syl­van­ia Volunteer Infantry. He was wounded in the battle of Chan­cel­lors­ville and remained for some time in a Con­fed­er­ate hospital. He was later captured again, and stayed for four months in the infamous Lib­by Prison in Rich­mond, Vir­gin­ia.

Completing military service in 1863, Strick­land returned home. At age 19, he moved west to Mish­a­wa­ka, In­di­a­na, where he married Ma­ry Pem­broke. They had three children, including hymnist Fred G. Strick­land. /p>

Cur­tis was painter by trade, and for years taught singing school. But, feeling the call to ministry, he became a li­cen­ti­ate with the Eel River Chris­tian conference in 1877, and was ordained at the next conference session in 1878. With the exception of a single pastorate and membership in an Io­wa Christian conference, Strickland’s work was all within the Eel River and Northwestern In­di­a­na Christian Conferences. He served pastorates in Hunt­ing­ton, War­ren, Bluf­fton, Six Mile, Plum Tree, Sal­a­mo­nie, Clear Creek and probably other locations in the Eel River Conference. He also served churches in Bur­rows, Buf­fa­lo, Shi­lo, Ar­gos, Eel River and probably elsewhere in the Northwestern In­di­a­na Conference.

Strickland published a number of Gospel songs books, anthem books, solos, Children’s Day programs, Eas­ter programs, and music for Grand Army of the Republic, Memorial Day, and other venues. The last few years of his life were devoted to the musical field.

  1. Angels’ Song, The
  2. In the Footsteps of My Lord and Savior King
  3. Sir, We Would See Jesus
  4. There’ll Be Joy at the Coming of My Savior
  5. This Is the Birthday of Jesus Our King
  6. We’re Nearing the Golden Shore
  1. Take Hold the Life-Line
  2. Waiting
  3. Will You Come to the Feast?