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Lawrence C. Earle,
Distinguished Artist,
Dies at Friend's Door

Garfield Gives
Reminiscence of
Artist L. C. Earle

Dutch Boy Painter
Vol. XV Number 2
March 1922




Garfield Gives        
   Reminiscence of
       Artist L. C. Earle

Lawrence C. Earle, the artist who died suddenly Sunday, and Charles W. Garfield were friends from boyhood, and Mr. Garfield relates the circumstances of their first meeting.

"I was about 10 years old and attending the Seymour school in Paris township. During the recess hour we were playing around the school when a man and a boy stopped to look on. The boy, a little older than I, was Lawrence Earle and the man was his father. They were out squirrel hunting and carried beautifully made small calibre rifles. The rifles of course interested us immensely and we gathered around to look at them and to discuss their relative merits as compared with shotguns for squirrel hunting.

"The senior Earle seemed to like our looks and finally he called us around him and said he had a proposition to make. He said he would give a rifle exactly like his own to the boy in school who stood the highest in his classes at the end of the school year. We called to Miss McBain, who was our teacher, and he repeated his promise and put it in definite form. This was a great incentive to hard study that winter for all the boys.

"At the end of the school year four of us had exactly the same markings. They were Will Parsons, Marcellus Alger, Frank Seymour and myself. How to break the tie was something of a puzzle and we solved the problem by three of us withdrawing in favor of Will Parson, because he was a cripple, and he received the prize."


*Thanks to Dr. J. Gray Sweeney for permission to use material from
Artists of Grand Rapids 1840-1980, J. Gray Sweeney; Grand Rapids, 1981:
The Grand Rapids Art Museum, The Grand Rapids Public Museum

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