Contributed by Charlene Holland

Biographical & Historical Memoirs of Western Arkansas
The Southern Publishing Company, Chicago and Nashville, 1891.


      Prof. Calvin Henderson has been wonderfully successful as an instructor of the young, and as principal of the high school of Waldron he has won the praise and commendation of friend and foe alike. He was born in North Carolina November 19, 1859, to William and Lydia (Gwilliams) Henderson, the former a worthy and fairly successful tiller of the soil. Calvin's early educational advantages were very poor, but at the age of eighteen years he determined to remedy this defect, and accordingly entered an academy in which he remained for about one year, fitting himself to enter college, which he did in 1878 at Dahlonega, Ga. This institution was the North Georgia Agricultural College, and from it he was graduated in 1882, after leaving which he took up the study of law at Dallas, Ga., and was admitted to the bar in 1885. Preferring school work to the practice of his profession, he, in 1886, came to Yell County, Ark., and after being engaged in teaching in that county for about three years he went to Hartford, in the schools of which place he acted as principal. He then came to Waldron, and here and Prof. S.B. Goddard have established a high school, with normal, commercial and musical departments, which are well attended and in a prosperous condition. It is the design of the teachers and board of directors to make the high school of Waldron second to none in the western part of the State and to say that they have already succeeded would be but a simple statement of the facts. The school has already a good reputation abroad, and is liberally patronized by those at a distance. The course of study, while not complete, is very thorough, and on finishing a course in this institution the students are well fitted to make their own way in the world. Prof. Henderson is an active member of the Baptist Church and an efficient teacher in the Sunday school. He is a member of the Kappa Chapter of the Sigma Nu fraternity, Dahlonega, Ga.

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