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Balcom, Henry C. (Henry Clarke), 1887-1956



  • Existence: February 2, 1887 - June 21, 1956

Biographical Information

Henry C. Balcom attended Purdue University from 1905 to 1907 as a student in the School of Agriculture. Balcom left Purdue after his second year and finished his degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1910. After his graduation, Balcom moved back to Indiana and worked as both a botanist and a high school teacher (Botany) in Kokomo, Indiana. Balcom was engaged in various community organizations, including the YMCA where he taught an adult night class on Practical Gardening, and the Kokomo Archery Club where he served as the Secretary/Treasurer.


Purdue Exponent. 19 January 1906, p. 19-20.

The Kokomo Daily Tribune. 3 April 1919, p. 2.

The Kokomo Daily Tribune. 14 February 1945, p. 20

The Kokomo Tribune. 22 June 1956, p. 2.

"Purdue Students' Directory, 1905-1906." Purdue University Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries.

"Purdue Students' Directory, 1906-1907." Purdue University Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries.

"Henry C. Balcom Scrapbook, 1907-1910" collection description. University of Illinois Archives.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Henry C. Balcom collection

 Collection — Box: Communal Collections 59, Placement: 03
Identifier: MSA 325
Scope and Contents The Henry C. Balcom collection documents the student life of Henry C. Balcom, mostly as a Purdue University freshman in 1905. The collection includes several photographs and clippings related to the 1905 Tank Scrap and Chain Gang, as well as various campus scenes and buildings. Also included are two newspaper clippings detailing controversies surrounding University President Winthrop Stone's wife Victoria. The collection also contains one later photograph of Balcom from 1946.
Dates: 1905 - 1946; Majority of material found within 1905 - 1909; Other: Date acquired: 07/08/2014