Born: Feb­ru­a­ry 14, 1848, Eas­ton, Penn­syl­van­ia.

Died: Jan­u­a­ry 30, 1910, Hunt­ing­ton, In­di­a­na.

Buried: Mount Hope Ce­me­te­ry, Hunt­ing­ton, In­di­a­na.


Curtis was the son of Ja­cob Strick­land and Isa­bel­la Beers, and fa­ther of hym­nist Fred G. Strick­land. He mar­ried twice, to Ma­ry Al­ice Pem­broke (1868, Mish­a­wa­ka, In­di­a­na) and Cla­ra E. Mil­ler (Au­gust 18, 1908).

At age 14, he en­list­ed for ci­vil war ser­vice as a drum­mer boy in the 153rd Re­gi­ment, Penn­syl­van­ia Vol­un­teer In­fan­try. He was wound­ed in the bat­tle of Chan­cel­lors­ville and was in a Con­fed­er­ate hos­pi­tal for some time.

He was lat­er cap­tured again, and spent 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.

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





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