Clarke Benedict Williams was a professor of mathematics as well as a dean at Kalamazoo College between 1894 and 1923. While travelling abroad, Prof. Williams and his wife fell victim to the great earthquake of 1923 that hit Yokohama and Tokyo, Japan on September 1, 1923. This collection includes the last letters he and his wife sent home.
Professor C.B. Williams writes to retired Kalamazoo College president Herbert Lee Stetson about travel conditions on the S.S. President Lincoln. He focuses on the typhoon they sailed through but also mentions other travelers and the cabins.
Clarke Benedict Williams writes to his brother Frank and sister-in-law Mary about his time in Hawaii and the typhoon he and his wife Hittie sailed through en route to Japan. The former student that Prof. Williams met with in Hawaii was most likely Edna K. Schutter, Class of 1918.