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.