Larkin Lewis Beeman was a member of the Class of 1897 at Indiana State Normal School. Born in 1870, he was from Marion Township in Boone County, Indiana. A graduate of Indiana University in 1903, Beeman did graduate work at Indiana, Wisconsin, and California. He taught history and political science for forty-eight years, last teaching at Santa Ana California College in 1942.
When he donated this collection of photographs and classnotes to Indiana State University in July of 1955, he was living in Santa Ana and was almost eighty-five years old. He remembered Normal School teachers Elwood Kemp, John B. Wisely, William W. Wood, John J. Schlicher, Oscar Kelso, Louis Rettger, Charles Curry, and Mary Anderson.
Another letter from Beeman in 1957 states that one of his hobbies was writing letters: "My greatest pleasure is meeting former students and teachers, meeting and talking with them. I correspond with two who were in the first grade in a country school I taught in Boone County, Indiana in 1893 or 64 years ago, and with three who were in the first high school I taught at in Michigantown, Indiana 60 years ago and others all down the years since. Their remembrances of me and their kind words today are `better than riches, better than gold'."
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