In the old Goodwill Hall (later called Russell Hall), there was a beautiful plaque with a brass lettering "God is Love", on the mantel. I believe this motto set the tone and attitude for the students. There was a wonderful feeling of love, appreciation, desire to learn and consideration of others by all students. Students came from all the southern states and they appreciated the opportunity for getting an education. A wonderful attitude prevailed over the student body.
I went to S.I.I. with my mother at the age of seven years old. Mother had not finished high school, so Dr. Ward gave her a job as assistant to Miss Amelia Blasdell, an older woman. Mother took some classes and her job was to look after the sick, homesick girls, work with the girls, help them with their clothes, and many other ways. One of her assignments was to walk with the girls to the spring, which was across the county road, to get water. Every afternoon they took pictures and went to the spring.
I was put in the primary room, taught by a Miss Falvey and later by Mrs. Yawney came to teach. I loved school and had a good time with my classmates. I can remember Irma Conine('18), Mary Ward('17), Lyda Langley, Ruth Kernodle, Guy Heard('18), Leon Langley, Sarah White('20), then later Martha Langley('22), Hubert Conine, Felton Heard. We studied, we played games, and we played in the woods behind Ross Hall. School was a happy time for each of us. We went up to the auditorium with the high school students and we all loved that for they had devotions, plays, speakers, musicals and Dr. Ward always spoke. We were in Chapel on Washington's birthday and Dr. Ward asked whose birthday is this? Felton Heard stood up and said, "My Birthday".
I loved the high school girls and they tolerated me. Among the girls there were Madeline and Esther McGowin, Kate Boland, Sally and many others. I learned to dance and the boys would condescend to dance with me. I loved the boys too. Among them were Leonard Biggs('10), Raymond Helton('15), and Willard Fitzgerald('16). Cronly Hanchey was the mail boy. He took his big blue bag and went to the post office after the 11:00 o'clock and 6:00 o'clock trains ran.
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)
Dr. Ward planned a trip to see Halley's Comet (in 1910). We all lined up and walked down to the Domain and climbed over the stile into the pasture to view the comet. He told us to remember this for many of us would be living when if re-appeared in seventy-five years. I was one of those who were lucky enough to see it a second time (in 1986).
If we had our lessons prepared, we were permitted to go to the Print Shop (the building, still, nearest the front gate) and fold the "Student", a school publication. ("The Industrial Student" - the school's newspaper.) One day, a group of us were working when Dr. Ward appeared. We all were trying to catch Mr. Rapter's pet squirrel, "Jeanette Rankin", named for an early congresswoman. Dr. Ward scolded us and said, "Get Jeanette out of here.".
When Mrs. Sanders arrived, she took over and tried to make ladies of us. She taught us how to walk, to stand, table manners, good grammar and she stressed the rules of etiquette. She expected us to wear a hat and gloves to town. If I had a quarter, I would buy a ten-cent tablet, a penny pencil and a five-cent chocolate milk at Chester's Drug Store. Mrs. Sanders expected us to go to the Universalist Church. I liked that for I was in Mrs. Bob Trimble's Sunday School class. Miss Maggie was a good, kind, and loving teacher. We got acquainted with Mr. & Mrs. Trimble, Mr. & Mrs. John Smith, the Simeon Smiths, the John Heards and Dr. & Mrs. Theodore Langley.
The dances on Saturday nights were great. If there was no other program scheduled, Mary Ward('17) would beg "Pappie", her father(Dr. Ward), to let us have a dance.
When I think back on the past, I realize that my life was a good one. I had excellent teachers, with wonderful training in morals. I was taught to make good use of my time, I learned to consider my fellowman and to keep faith and trust in God.
One of the saddest days of my life came on Graduation Day in May of 1918 when I realized that I was not coming back to S.I.I. as a student. I shall have my 90th birthday in June (1992) and I have loved S.I.I. since I was seven years old. Words cannot express my appreciation for the institution and for those who influenced my life, making it a better one.
*From the February 1992 issue of the "Sentinel"
The L. W. M. A. School Newspaper
Lyman Ward Military Academy
Camp Hill, Alabama
Copyright 1992 - LWMA
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.
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 rest of this story as Story # 115 - A Student's View - (1907 - 1918).
Sentinel News December, 2002
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!
*Photograph from "Their Country's Pride"
The Centennial History of L. W. M. A.
by Jerri Beck
Copyright 1997 - LWMA Board of Trustees
Camp Hill, Alabama
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