- Laurel N. Tanner
DeGarmo, Charles (17 January 1849–14 May 1934), college president and professor of education, was born in Muckwonago, Wisconsin, the son of Rufus DeGarmo and Laura Wilbur, farmers. His parents were members of the Society of Friends, as was DeGarmo throughout his life. In the Civil War, he served in the 149th Illinois Volunteers (1865–1866) but never saw battle. With the bounty that Illinois paid for his enlistment, he was able to buy prairie land, which he sowed to wheat. The yield brought him enough money to send him to Illinois State Normal University at Normal, Illinois, from which he graduated in 1873. After serving for a year as a school principal in Naples, Illinois (1873–1874), DeGarmo returned to the Illinois State Normal University, where from 1876 to 1883 he was head of the grammar department of the university’s model school. In 1875 he married Ida Witbeck of Belvidere, Illinois; they had no children....