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Name: Currens, Earl

Historical Note:

Earl Currens, according to our 1931 General Register..., p. 77, attended Lake Forest College during the academic year 1910-11.  His extensive illustrated scrapbook collection for that year -- containing scores of pages of documents, photographs, clippings, and signatures (including Charles Mather) and listings of/by friends, etc. -- reveals Currens to be a sociable, gregarious, all-around talented and popular young man.  He was active in the [Mens'] Glee Club, going on a trip over the Santa Fe and singing in stations, etc. using a private car.  A photo of this trip and a poster were reproduced in the College's 2000-published history, "30 Miles North..." by Franz Schulze et. al.  Currens also was a member of Garrick, the campus theater group, and acted in several plays.  He was a member of Phi Pi Epsilon, a local fraternity founded in 1895. 

Other subjects treated include the 1911 Lake Forest Day, held on campus, with several images; the Lake Forest beach and Forest Park; campus buildings; many students identified by name; etc. 

For the Glee Club trip there is at the end of the book a complete set of handbills for each stop where the group sang.  There are also perhaps a score or more of photos of towns, trains and stations along the way (Las Vegas, N.M., Needles, CA, Grand Canyon, AZ, etc.). 

Not present is a report card, suggesting that his success may have been in extra-curricular and social areas, not academics. 

Google searches leading to Rotary periodicals in GoogleBooks show that by the early 1920s Curren was in business in Shanghai and ever the joiner was in charge music for the Rotary club at Shanghai and had created with another an international song book (not on OCLC).

For information contact Arthur H. Miller, Archivist and Librarian for Special Collections, amiller@lakeforest.edu


Currens, Earl.  Scrapbook, Lake Forest College, 1910-11.

Pagoda.  Rotary International, Shanghai club.  July 1922.

Schulze, Franz, Rosemary Cowler, and Arthur H. Miller.  30 Miles North: A History of Lake Forest College, Its Town, and Its City of Chicago.  Lake Forest, 2000.

Note Author: Arthur H. Miller, amiller@lakeforest.edu

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