A Student's View*

by Annie Celeste Broughton (Clapp) Adams('18)
and Jerri Beck

I went to Camp Hill as a child of six and stayed until I graduated with a diploma form high school in the class of 1918. My father had been killed in an accident while working on the Roosevelt Dam in Roosevelt, Arizona. My mother and I were living at my grandmother's home and my grandfather heard Dr. Ward preach and gave plans for a school. My mother had very little education, but she was quite smart. She and I were both accepted at Camp Hill. I was placed in the first grade, and my mother was to assist the head of the girl's dormitory. She was to act as nurse and chaperone, help the girls with clothes, take them to town, and go for walks. So we settled in. I started to school while Mama worked. She also took some courses.

I had courses in Botany and English history with Dr. Ward. His methods of teaching were simple, concise, and always clear. Classes were a combination of lectures, questions, answers and field trips. We had field trips in botany, and magazines and reference books for history. Our life at S.I.I. was good, clean, wholesome, fulfilling, happy, good fellowship. Any number of school romances culminated into happy marriages and lovely families.

Halley's Comet in 1910

Halley's Comet streams a 50 million mile tail
as it passes between Earth and Venus
(large white dot - upper right).
May 13, 1910 (NASA/JPL Photo)

Among my favorite memories are the night we saw Halley's Comet. The bells rang at 3:30 am, we all dressed and went down to join the boys, Dr. Ward, and Miss Clapp. We walked down to the big barn and climbed over a stile to the pasture to view the comet. We viewed the comet and listened to Mrs. Clapp tell us about the comet. She told us to remember this for some of us would see it again when we were old. I enjoyed seeing Halley's Comet for the second time in recent years.

Another memorable time, but a sad one, came with the war. In the spring of 1918, our boys left to join the military. We had to say good byes to our classmates.

After she graduated for S.I.I., she went to Montevallo University (then known as Alabama College for Women) for four years and received her B.S. in home economics. After working for four years as a teacher in Alabama high schools, she went to Auburn University to prepare as a home economist with the Alabama Agricultural Extension Service.

Later, she went to Teacher's College, Columbia University (New York City) for further study. She worked with the Extension Service in North Carolina for six years and married the director of the North Carolina Agricultural Experiment Station near Asheville. She gained three children by this marriage and spent many years in western North Carolina.

After her husband's death, she married J. B. Adams, who had retired from Illinois, where he worked with the Illinois Department of Education as State Supervisor of Agricultural Teachers.

Later, they traveled extensively and settled in a Retirement Home for Quakers in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Annie Broughton Adams('18) in 1990

Annie Broughton Adams('18)
at the 1990 S.I.I. reunion.*

Note: From her birthday Mrs. Adams must have arrived at S.I.I. around 1907. When the S.I.I. alumni had their big reunion in 1990, Mrs. Adams received a nice coffee mug because she was from the oldest class to be at the reunion. No one could believe it when she said she was from "The class of 1918"!

Remember that S.I.I. stands for the Southern Industrial Institute.

Sentinel Alumni News January, 1999


Annie Broughton Adams('18), resides at Friends Home Whittier Center in Greensboro, North Carolina. At 96 years of age, she is the oldest member of our Alumni Association. Through the years, she has been devoted to the school and the Alumni Association. We wish her well."

Read the frist part of this story as Story # 24 - I Remember S.I.I. - (1907 - 1918).

Sentinel News December, 2002


Annie C. Broughton Adams 1918
Annie C. Broughton Adams on her
100th Birthday. June 27, 2002

(Photo by Dorothy G. Moore '54)

Oldest Alumni Honored -
Annie C. Broughton Adams, Class of 1918 -

;The oldest living graduate of the Southern Industrial Institute, Annie Broughton Clapp Adams, SII Class of 1918, celebrated her l00th birthday on June 27, 2002, at her home in Greensboro, North Carolina.

At her birthday celebration, Mrs. Dorothy Moore, executive secretary of the SII/LWMA Alumni Association presented a resolution honoring her birthday. The resolution was given on behalf of the Alumni board of directors, officers, and membership.

;Mrs. Adams has always been a devoted supporter of the school. She lived most of her younger years as both a student and resident at the Southern Industrial Institute, which later became Lyman Ward Military Academy. She was a close friend of the Lyman Ward family as well as other families who lived in Camp Hill. "When Dr. Ward spoke, we jumped. There were no ifs, or buts about it," said Mrs. Adams. "He was a second father to me. I loved him that much. You always knew where you stood with him. He taught me that life was too short."

;Her son, who himself is 75 years old stated, "When my mother spoke, we jumped." Obviously, Mrs. Adams learned the power of speech from Dr. Ward!

*Story and photograph from "Their Country's Pride"
The Centennial History of L. W. M. A.
by Jerri Beck
Pages 45-49
Copyright 1997 - LWMA Board of Trustees
Camp Hill, Alabama

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