Calvin W. Enders Michigan Ku Klux Klan Research Papers,   1917-1997, and undated
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History

Biography:

Calvin W. Enders was born April 20, 1926, the son of Leonard and Louise (Reinhart) Enders, in Adrian, Michigan. On November 17, 1946 he married Betty Hilts at the First Methodist Church in Adrian. They moved to Mount Pleasant, Michigan, in 1966.

During World War II, Cal served on a Destroyer Escort. In 1949 he received his B.A. from Adrian College. Cal then spent several years teaching in public schools. By 1952 he earned a M.A. in history from the University of Michigan. Cal received his Ph.D. from Michigan State in 1970.

Cal joined the Central Michigan University History Department in 1965. He taught there until his retirement in 1993. Cal taught military history and surveys in American and Michigan history. His “The Roaring Twenties” course was famous. Frequently, Cal would receive a standing ovation at the end of a semester. Also, he was the co-founder and sponsor of the Phi Alpha Theta CMU chapter with Professor Dennis Thavenet.

Cal joined the Central Michigan University History Department in 1965. He taught there until his retirement in 1993. Cal taught military history and surveys in American and Michigan history. His “The Roaring Twenties” course was famous. Frequently, Cal would receive a standing ovation at the end of a semester. Also, he was the co-founder and sponsor of the Phi Alpha Theta CMU chapter with Professor Dennis Thavenet.Towards the end of his life Cal began to research the Ku Klux Klan in Michigan. He published an article on the Mecosta Klan entitled, “White Sheets in Mecosta: The Anatomy of a Michigan Klan.” Cal was writing a book on the Klan in Michigan when he died on August 21, 1997. He was survived by his wife of 50 years, Betty, and four children, Laura Mikus, Robert, James, and Maurice Enders, five grandchildren, and three sisters. (This information is from the collection.)