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Transcribed biography of Harold L. Strickland

HAROLD L. STRICKLAND was born in Livingston County, near Gridley. Illinois, on November 12, 1896, the son of Frank W. and Nettie (Watson) Strickland, both of whom were natives of Illinois. The former was well known as an auctioneer in that section of Illinois. To the parents were born seven children: Frank W., Jr.; Harold; Mary Ellen, now the wife of Harold McCann; Velda, who is now Mrs. John Ross; and three daughters, who died in infancy. The parents and family removed to Illinois in 1900, where they engaged in farming, and where the father continued his auctioneering business.

Harold Strickland entered the schools of this place, and also attended the schools in Lowell. Indiana, after the family had removed to that city. He completed the high school course at Lowell, and then became associated in 1912 with his father as an auctioneer. In the same year his mother met with a fatal accident at Dwight, Illinois. Harold Strickland remained with his father until 1918, when he enlisted in the Three Hundred and Thirteenth Cavalry at Hammond, Indiana, and subsequently served at Del Rio, Texas. In September, 1918, he was transferred to the Sixty-ninth Field Artillery in the motorized division and was stationed at Camp Knox. He was mustered out December 20, 1918, with the rank of sergeant.

Returning to Lowell he engaged in farming and auctioneering, and on September 20, 1920, he entered Valparaiso University and received his degree of LL. B, in 1926. He was admitted to the Porter County bar and also to practice in the district and Supreme Courts of Indiana. He is widely recognized as an eloquent orator, and was chosen to deliver the address on Decoration Day in 1926 at Lowell, Indiana. In appreciation of this he was made an honorary member of the American Legion and was also admitted to the Kappa Iota Pi fraternity. Mr. Strickland served the Redpath and Mutual Morgan Chautauquas for four years as advance representative and platform superintendent.

He first entered the practice of law in association with John J. McGuire, of Valparaiso, and on October 1, 1926, he opened offices in Hammond, where he has met with splendid success. He is a member of the Colfax Lodge No. 378 of Masons, Lowell Chapter No. 360 Order of Eastern Star, Lowell Post 101 American Legion, and other bodies.

Source: Cannon, Thomas H., H. H. Loring, and Charles J. Robb. 1927. History of the Lake and Calumet Region of Indiana Embracing the Counties of Lake, Porter and Laporte. Volume II. Indianapolis, Indiana: Historians' Association. 827 p.
Page(s) in Source: 227-228

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Biography transcribed by Steven R. Shook


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