Series 1, Subseries 2, Folder 6:
Copies of articles from the Raleigh Christian Advocate and the North Carolina Christian Advocate, March 8, 1917 - August 5, 1926.
"The material in this binder is a continuation of the material in another binder and is in two parts. Part 1 includes articles copied from both the Raleigh Christian Advocate and the North Carolina Christian Advocate. Previous to 1919 the two North Carolina Conferences published separate periodicals. Beginning in 1919 they combined the two and published the North Carolina Christian Advocate.
The research for these articles was done by Esther Evans in the Duke University Library and is a continuation of the articles in another binder that cover the Carolina College years, 1911-1917. These articles cover the years when Mr. John was president, 1917-1922; and Mr. Green, 1922-1926.
The material in part two was obtained at Methodist College from the North Carolina Conference journals. Each year, beginning with the inception of Carolina College, in 1906, the report of the Conference Board of Education included statements about Carolina College until they closed it in 1926 and reported in 1928 that they had sold it to the Synod of the Presbyterian Church.
I am indebted to Mrs. Mullen, head librarian, and the staff of the Methodist College Library for the fine cooperation I received from them while doing the research and to Myrtle Swann Bethune who assisted me at times.
Copies of these articles will be placed in the archives of Duke, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of North Carolina at Greenville.
Rhoda Holden McMillan
Parkton, N.C. June 23, 1973"
RALEIGH CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE, March 8, 1917
Carolina College is fortunate in its commencement speakers as announced in another column. Dr. Parker, formerly of the Chair of Biblical Literature, Trinity College, and now of the Candler School of Theology, Atlanta, is easily one of the greatest preachers of the day. Hon. R. N. Page, who has just voluntarily retired from Congress, is one of the leading Methodist laymen of the State and a speaker of rare force and power.
The commencement sermon at Carolina College will be preached by Rev. Franklin N. Parker, D.D., on Sunday morning, May 20; and the literary address will be delivered on Tuesday, May 22nd, by Hon. R. N. Page.
R. B. John, President
RALEIGH CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE, May 17, 1917
We acknowledge with thanks the receipt of an invitation from the faculty and senior class of Carolina College, Maxton, to be present at its fifth annual commencement May 20-22. The baccalaureate sermon will be preached on Sunday, May 20, at 11 o'clock, by Dr. Franklin N. Parker, of the Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, Ga. The sermon to the Y.W.C.A. will be preached on the evening of the same day by Rev. Robah F. Bumpas, pastor of our church at Laurinburg. The commencement address will be delivered on Tuesday, May 22, at 11 o'clock, by Hon. R. N. Page of Biscoe.
RALEIGH CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE, June 7, 1917
Carolina College Notes
The fifth annual commencement of Carolina College occupied the 20, 21, and 22 of May.
On Sunday morning, the 20th, Dr. F. N. Parker, of Emory University, preached the annual sermon, fully elaborated and splendidly illustrated. According to custom all the churches of Maxton dispensed with services and the congregations met in the college auditorium for worship.
On Sunday evening, Rev. R.F.Bumpas preached before the Young Women's Christian Association of the college. This was another very fine sermon from Rev. 7:16: "And they shall hunger no more." Monday afternoon, May 21, the Art and Home Economics exhibits were held. These were pronounced by many to be the very best ever held by the college.
The annual concert was given on Monday evening.
On Tuesday morning the graduating exercises were held.
The address was delivered by Robert N. Page. He was greeted by a large audience and spoke to appreciative hearers, giving as his main thought that men should always strive for the things our country stands for -- the pure, the noble things of life and for free government and that these things cannot be kept unless men are willing to fight for them.
After Mr. Page's address, President R. B. John awarded certificates and diplomas to those who had attained to a certain proficiency in the various departments.
The Board of Trustees met at three o'clock on Tuesday afternoon. Rev. J. D. Bundy was added to the board.
On Friday evening before commencement a beautiful operetta was given -- "The Gypsy Queen". The outdoor setting was quite realistic among pines and hanging vines.
The operetta was under the direction of Miss Coville, teacher of voice and director of the orchestra. Much praise has come to Miss Coville for her skillful training and management.
RALEIGH CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE, July 5, 1917
Carolina College Notes
The college management introduces to patrons and friends of the institution the larger number of its faculty and officers for the year 1917-1918. A few remain to be chosen. Some of those presented have served in other years. In the selection of this faculty at least four essentials have been required -- character, scholarship, teaching power, and large social compass.
Mrs. R. B. John, B.S., becomes Dean and teacher of Psychology and Ethics.
Miss Lucille Bagwell, A.B., A.M., began to make a high record before entering Converse College, where she took her degrees. She won the scholarship from the Spartanburg High School. At Converse she maintained her same high order of work and because of her fitness was chosen laboratory assistant for the two years of her senior and graduate work. Miss Bagwell will teach Mathematics and Sciences.
Miss Sarah McAlister Redwine, A.B., is a graduate of Randolph Macon Woman's College. She comes to Carolina as teacher of English and History. Miss Redwine's training has been thorough and extensive, and this with her inheritance and gifts promise much from her as a teacher.
Miss Iris Odelle Chappelle, A.B., is a graduate of Trinity College having taken her degree in 1916. She taught at Carolina last year and proved herself a most capable teacher with large inspirational powers. She returns as head of the department of languages -- Latin, French and German.
Miss Mary Wescott, A.B., Trinity, comes as librarian and teacher in the Academy. Miss Wescott made one of Trinity's finest four-year records, having twice won the prize for best contribution to the Archive. She has had two years of very successful teaching experience, with the power to win her pupils.
Miss Clara Louise Worth, A.B., is an honor graduate of Guilford College and professors of Columbia University. Since graduation Miss Worth has taken special work in English and History at the State Normal College and Columbia University.
Her physical education has been under the gymnasium teacher of Guilford College and professors at Columbia University. She will be director of both gymnasium and outdoor exercises. She comes to Carolina after three years of very successful teaching.
The Pianoforte Department is under the direction of Miss Emma Addelle Crane. She is a graduate, with graduate courses, of Ohio Wesleyan University of Music. She had also had graduate work under Carl Faelton and at New England Conservatory. Miss Crane taught for several years at Ohio Wesleyan University and has been at Carolina for three years. She is a teacher of very great skill as well as being herself a finished musician.
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We feel that we are offering superior advantages in music when we present Miss Crane as director of Pianoforte.
Miss Mabel Clifton, graduate in piano, Carolina College, will be principal assistant to Miss Crane. Miss Clifton is a young woman of charm and of talent, and has already proved herself skillful in teaching.
Voice and violin are taught by Miss Pearl Genevieve Coville. Miss Coville is a graduate in voice and piano of Genesee Wesleyan Seminary, Syracuse University and Rochester Conservatory. Miss Coville returns to us, having taught voice and violin last year. Her reengagement is approval of her work. Her pupils attest her powers as a teacher.
The Department of Household Economics will be under the direction of Miss Lillian Cole, who is a graduate of the Georgia Normal and Industrial College. Miss Cole, in addition to the regular college course, took special advanced work in Domestic Science and Art and is highly qualified as a teacher of these branches. She will also act as dietitian for the college.
Special direction will be given to the proper balancing, preparation, and serving of the college meals.
Miss Grace Carpenter, graduate in Art of Davenport College and special student of Miss Carr, will again teach art. Miss Carpenter is during the summer further fitting herself for teaching by special study at Columbia and other New York art schools. The work of the art department for the past year produced the finest exhibit that the college has yet had.
Mrs. Pauline Manning Woodley will again be the efficient and gentle matron.
RALEIGH CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE, October 4, 1917
Carolina College Notes
The event of the week has been the faculty reception given on the afternoon of the twenty-fifth. This was attended by more than one hundred and fifty guests. Students and friends assisted in receiving and serving those who came to welcome the new teachers.
A program of piano, voice and violin music was given during the reception hours. The main building parlor and halls were made inviting by the use of pot plants and bowls of yellow daises. The occasion was one of pleasure to all, and of serious purpose too, for broad democracy.
Four of the belated students have arrived this week. It is thought that the first few days of October will see the enrollment complete. If this were a place for exhortation, one might urge the attendance at college upon the opening exercise for all pupils.
Note has already been made of the increased attendance for the year - the largest enrollment the college has had.
The college had the pleasure of having with it for its first vesper service Rev. L. S. Massey. He gave a helpful reading with appropriate comment. (Since he himself will want to tell you of Carolina we give place.) The student body and faculty heard Mr. Massey also at St. Paul's , both morning and evening of the sixteenth of September and all were impressed by the strength and scope of his sermons.
RALEIGH CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE, December 13, 1917
Carolina College Notes
Thanksgiving is a holiday to be spent at the College, and very few of the students were absent. The spirit of the day was manifest in a measure perhaps above the usual. Teachers and student-body attended service at the Presbyterian Church to hear Rev. William Black who was at the time conducting a special meeting for his people.
As becometh the time, our celebration at home was modest. Nevertheless, we were not denied the turkey dinner.
The Young Women's Christian Association has been very active this fall and is extending its influence among the girls in a good degree. Under the auspices of this organization has just been held a Japanese Bazaar. The receipts therefrom have enabled the association to clear itself from the debt incurred in furnishing the "Y.W." room, and leaves a balance in the treasury.
Two numbers of the Lyceum course have already been given. The first was Mrs. Henry B. Paulsen, the wonderful lecturer on child life and its development. Mrs. Paulsen both charmed and thrilled her large audience at the same time she was driving home life-giving truths.
The morning after the lecture Mrs. Paulsen gave a most interesting talk to the students, illustrating her talk and stories with a great array of dolls representing the "Mother Goose" characters. Mrs. Paulsen regards "Mother Goose" as one of the greatest child psychologists that has lived.
Every college or community that can do so should secure Mrs. Paulsen for at least two of her lectures -- "Thumbs" and "Community Righteousness."
The second Lyceum number was in a lighter vein. It was an evening by Mr. Arthur P. Erwin, versatile entertainer. His impersonations ran all the way from the funny side of life to the stirringly pathetic. His magical performance was a surprise to all. He combines personality with rare ability.
The next number will not come until some time in January. In the meantime the students themselves furnish entertainment at intervals, and they are now preparing a Christmas Cantata to be given on December the nineteenth.
RALEIGH CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE, December 13, 1917
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The college has just had a visit from Miss Edith Feuss, a deaconess of our church. Miss Feuss is a young woman of native charm and high development. Her presence has been a blessing to the girls, as she has mingled among them and met them in groups or committee rooms.
The department of Piano at Carolina has always been strong. Especially is this true of the past four years since the department has been under the direction of Miss Emma A. Crane.
Fine testimony of Miss Crane's ability as a teacher and director has just come from the Faelton School of Piano in Boston. Miss Lucy Fussell, who was graduated in piano and the literary course of Carolina, entered the Faelton School last September. No student entering there is permitted to graduate under two years. It is a rare thing for a first year student to become a student of Mr. Carl Faelton himself. After hearing Miss Fussell play, however, Mr. Faelton accepted her as his half-time pupil. Mr. Price, who stands next to Mr. Faelton, has Miss Fussell for the other half of her instruction. He has written to Miss Crane that the teaching that she has done is so superior that Miss Fussell can graduate at the Faelton School in two years -- and they do no more than this for graduates of the New England Conservatory.
The College is pardonably proud of the threefold honor that has come in this way.
RALEIGH CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE, April 4, 1918
Carolina College Notes
The call of the springtime is strong just now, and the College is to suspend work for four days in order that the teachers and students may enjoy the Easter season. Very few of the teachers expect to leave the campus, and only those students who can reach home easily are planning to go.
The work of the past three-quarters has been steady and full, and this relaxation is given as a time of rest that is to prepare for the "last stretch" of the year.
On Friday evening, March 22, the college and community enjoyed a concert of high artistic ability by Madame Francesca Zarad, of the Chicago Opera Company. Madame Zarad has been making a tour of Southern colleges. She says she loves college girls above all other folks, and that she always sings her best for them. She is a singer of great charm and power.
The College has been fortunate this year in the quality of entertainments that it has been able to give the student body and to the community. It is the purpose of the College to bring, as much as it may be able, those who can interpret interesting and desirable phases of life.
It is gratifying to be able to announce that Carolina has been placed in the list of colleges in the State whose graduates are entitled to receive certificates without examination for teaching in the elementary schools of the State.
The most pressing need of the College is money. Until the material equipment of the institution is increased it cannot be rated higher than it is now rated. The teaching force and the quality of the work done will rank with that of our A grade colleges, but the measure of the material is not up to standard.
Plans are now being matured for raising the $100,000 that the last Conference approved. This amount is needed at once. When our people understand that money alone -- stands between this, their college, and proper rating according to the standard for colleges, then to be sure the appeal is already made.
The work of the Young Women's Christian Association this year has been colored by the needs of the day. A per capita contribution of about $5.00 has been made to the war funds of the organization. Red Cross work in a limited way has been undertaken by the students and the teachers. Mrs. R. B. John has been appointed a member of the Robeson County branch of the Women's Council for National Defense.
"The Carolinian" has not been published this year because the expense thereof would have been greater than the students felt justified in assuming. The more urgent calls took precedence.
The catalog for 1917-1918, with announcements for 1918-1919, is just going to press.
Mrs. R. B. John
RALEIGH CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE, April 25, 1918
We wish to call the attention of our readers to this young and growing institution on the southern border of our conference. It is situated in one of the most prosperous sections of our State and in the midst of a citizenship of the highest type. The young ladies who go there for their education will not only be surrounded with wholesome influences, but they will have before them the inspiration of high ideals of life.
This institution has now been listed among the colleges of the State whose graduates are entitled to receive certificates without examination for teaching in the high schools of the State, which is an important recognition of its merit. It is rapidly laying the foundations of a college of high grade for our girls, and is doing a splendid work in the field of Christian Education. Like nearly all of our schools, it is in imperative need of more money. They need a new dormitory to take care of their increasing patronage. and this will call for money. At the last session of our Conference the movement to raise $100,000 to payoff the indebtedness of this institution and to build a dormitory was endorsed. The indebtedness we understand is about $25,000. This claim should be given right of way by our people, and the response to this appeal should be hearty and liberal. There is nothing else now quite as cheap as money. It is a good time to payoff the indebtedness of our churches and the institutions of our Church. It is likewise a time in which it is exceedingly important that we look to the strengthening of all of Christian institutions of learning. Let our people not forget Carolina College.
RALEIGH CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE, May 9, 1918
Carolina College Notes
Monday, April 29 was Junior-Senior Day. The junior class, which numbers fourteen, entertained the seniors at a formal reception in the college parlor. Wit, music, and prophecy filled a large part of the evening. A salad course, and cream and cake were served.
May Day exercises were held on Wednesday afternoon the first of May. The finely wooded campus immediately in the rear of the main building was made the setting. There the throne was prepared, and the May Pole set up. When the hour appointed had come, Misses Gladys Dixon and Nell Walker, ran in advance and called for the "Queen", Miss Esther Geddie, a senior, had been chosen queen, and at the call she advanced in all her stateliness gowned in soft white. Her train was carried by little Miss Margaret Stanton of Maxton. Following the queen were Miss Mary Ella McCall, first maid, and in pairs, Misses Jeddie May Bristow, Juanita Cameron, Tina Fussell, Callie Pridgen, Pearl Adams and Virginia Wellons. These were in pink, yellow, and green costumes. They gave the shadow figures before the queen and were then seated around her throne. Following the seating of the maids others wound the May Pole in the patriotic red, white and blue.
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Again the trumpets sounded and, like a fairy, from "somewhere" came Miss Louise Townsend to express in aesthetic movement her adoration of the queen. She elicited most enthusiastic applause from the large company of spectators.
A wee jinrisksha with red, white and blue decorations was drawn up by Misses Sallie Hart and Mary Gladys Judd. In it sat Miss Mattie Ward in Japanese costume, with parasol and fan. She alighted and tripped lightly to the center and sang well a Japanese ballad. Miss Mary Woodley, a skillful student-performer, was at the piano throughout the exercises.
All the town is full of praise for this most beautiful interpretation of the spirit of May. The exercises were under the direction of Miss Worth, physical director.
President John has been called on for frequent Liberty Loan addresses and has gone out to a number of nearby places to speak to the people in behalf of the third loan. Sometimes a choir of young ladies from the college has gone out with Mr. John to help the cause by singing the patriotic songs.
Mr. John is scheduled to preach the commencement sermon for the Smithfield High School at Smithfield on Sunday the 19th of May. He goes also to Tatum, S.C., for the commencement address on May the 31st.
The baccalaureate sermon for the college will be preached by Dr. R. C. Beaman of Lumberton. The time falls on the second of June, and will be at eleven o'clock in the morning. Dr. Beaman is so well known that many already find themselves in anticipation of the treat that is ahead.
Dr. Clarence Poe has consented to make the baccelaureate address. He will speak at 10:30 o'clock the morning of June 4.
RALEIGH CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE, June 13, 1918
Carolina College Commencement
The finals at Carolina College this year have been marked by some features of particular worth. The first evening of the commencement proper was Friday, May 31. On that evening, an operette, "The Feast of the Little Lanterns", was presented. The costuming in the Chinese kimonas was most effective. Both the voice training and the interpretation of the play showed skill and understanding on the part of the teacher and students.
Sunday brought good congregations to hear Dr. Beaman in the college chapel at the morning service and in the Church at the evening service. Dr. Beaman's morning service was unusually strong in thought and of fine diction. He addressed himself, of course, more particularly to the young women just going out from the institution, and he held up to them a high standard for the service that the time demands of womanhood. The evening sermon was before the college Y.W.C.A. and was appropriate to the occasion. The college feels fortunate in that it could secure Dr. Beaman for the commencement Sunday.
On Monday evening, June 3, the music department gave the final concert. The following program was rendered:
Sweet Miss Mary .................. Neidinger Choral Class
Allegro (From Fifth Symphony) .............. Beethoven Tina Fussell, Elva Harrington, Callie Pridgen, Madie Bell Hay
Waltz Brilliante .................... Chopin Lelia Yarboro
Intermezzo .................... Friml Iris Chappelle
Carmena .................... Wilson Mattie Ward
Tarantelle .................... Moszkowski Estelle Steed
L'audalusienne Op. 26 .................... Kronke Annie Belle Jones, Annie Laurie Walker
Grass Hopper, a Tragic Cantata ............. Misses Coville, Bristow, Ormond and Mccall
Gigueire G Major.................... Watson Gladys Sanders
Andante (From Haydn's Surprise Symphony)..... Saint Saens Jeddie Mae Bristow
Concerto Op. 11 No.1 Presto .................... Weber Edith Ormond; Second Pianoforte, Emma A.Crane
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(a) Japanese Cradle Song ...................... Salter (b) Absence (Chinese Lyric) ...................... Rogers (c) War ...................... Rogers Myra Ormond
Waltz in B Major ...................... Moszkowski Mary Woodley
Polonaise in A flat Major ...................... Chopin Esther Geddie
The Miller's Wooing ...................... Fanning Choral Class
Tuesday morning in the auditorium, the baccalaureate address by Dr. Clarence Poe, and the graduating exercises were held.
Dr. Poe made a very timely and valuable address. He emphasized what he thinks to be the three great needs of the commonwealth. First, "The Liberation of the Individual Through Education"; second, "The Loss of Individuality in Community Service"; and third, "Faith in Humanity -Faith in the Boys and Girls of the Land". Each of these divisions was discussed at length and the very vital part of woman in them all was clearly brought out.
After the address Mr. John announced the honor students. All those whose grades had averaged 90 or more for the year were thus due the honorable mention.
Certificates were awarded in stenography and typewriting to Katie Lee McKinnon; in home economics to Una Doris Williams, Venie Jackson, and Laura Wescott Coggins. Diplomas in piano were granted to Jeddie Mae Bristow, Edith S. Ormond, and Rachel Estelle Steed.
The degree of bachelor of arts was conferred on Lillian Britt, Mary Ella McCall, and Esther Pearl Geddie.
The exercises were marked by a simplicity that was beautiful, and a spirit that was elevated.
RALEIGH CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE, September 5, 1918
Additions to Faculty at Carolina College
Nearing the close of the summer's work finds Carolina College almost in readiness for the opening on Thursday, September the 12th.
Coming to the college as new members of the faculty are the following: For the Department of Mathematics, Miss John M. Steele, of New Bern, Tenn., has been elected. Miss Steele after having spent two years in general preparation at the West Tennessee State Normal, entered Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Ind., from which institution she was graduated in June, 1917, with the degree of Ph.B. During her university course she made mathematics her major study. She has taught successfully for one year, and has special gifts in imparting knowledge. Miss Steele comes to the college unqualifiedly endorsed for her work. She possesses withal exemplary character, and pleasing and forceful personality.
It was nothing more serious than Cupid himself that made necessary a change in the department of voice and violin.
The management thinks itself fortunate again, however, in the acquisition of Miss Elizabeth Stewert White of Charlottesville, VA. Miss White has had most excellent training, and having combined piano, violin, and voice study, she has gained a broad understanding of music. She studied four years at Rawlings Institute, Charlottesville, Va., and later four years at Miss Chapin's School, New York City, and then at the Mehan Studios, New York City. Mr. and Mrs. Mehan say of Miss White, "She is to be trusted absolutely with whatever she undertakes to do. We can speak of her in the very highest terms. She has a beautiful voice, is an artist, good musician, well educated, dependable, careful as to detail, and is a well born Southern lady."
From Miss Chapin's School the testimony is that "Miss White has stability of purpose and a genuine love of her art. Her voice has beautiful qualities and she commands them well. As a woman her influence would always be for the highest and best possible -- a positive factor for good in any school." Her four years work in violin study were under Miss Wynn of Boston.
The continued serious illness of a father and the need for her presence in the home, caused the teacher of Home Economics to resign after the close of last year.
For the work in this department, the college has secured Miss Kathleen Doster, of Greenfield, Ohio. Miss Doster is well educated besides her special training for the work in Home Economics. She is a graduate of the School of Home Economics in Battle Creek, Michigan.
In character and refinement Miss Doster is counted far above the average. She comes of a family of educators of high Christian character. One of Miss Doster's teachers says of her, "She is of unusual refinement, always cheerful, tactful and capable. Her influence, I am sure, you will be glad to have in your college." The following word from her pastor helps also, to place her. "I was her pastor for four years and can speak without qualification of her moral qualities, and her womanly manner of life. The place she seeks, she will fill with grace and ability. She is most worthy. You will make no mistake to grant her the position she seeks."
RALEIGH CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE, September 5, 1918
The Departments of Arts and Expression will be under the direction of Miss Eugenia Sullivan, of Christianburg, Va. Miss Sullivan is a teacher of large and very successful experience. She has such decided gifts in both Art and Expression that it is difficult to say in which she is the greater. In impartation of knowledge she is most skillful, and is a great favorite with her pupils, though very strict in her discipline.
As a woman, Miss Sullivan is highly intelligent, of much force of character, and of pleasing presence. She possesses administrative ability. The president of Tuscaloosa College, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, at which institution Miss Sullivan taught for seven years, writes of her that "She is thoroughly prepared for her work both by education and experience, and her classes grow and prosper under her management. Miss Sullivan's pupils soon learn to love her and work with an enthusiasm that is remarkable. As a teacher of Art and Expression she ranks among the very best. As an officer of a school she cannot be excelled."
Miss Sullivan has gifts as a platform entertainer. Her recitals have received very flattering press comment.
Miss May Seabolt, A.B., Carolina College, June, 1916, has been added to the college academy. Miss Seabolt has taught in the Lumberton High School for two years, and has proved herself a teacher of fine ability. She attended the Summer School at Chapel Hill this past session and made an excellent record there. She has love for the college and will be a valuable addition to the force at Carolina.
Miss Worth who was Principal of the Academy last year and taught English and History, will be at the head of the department of Science this year. She has had special preparation for the work and possesses a natural aptitude for the subjects.
RALEIGH CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE, September 26, 1918
Carolina College opened on the 12th with a fine attendance. The formal opening and the annual faculty reception will be held on the afternoon of the 25th. A full account will be given later.
RALEIGH CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE, October 17, 1918
Carolina College Notes
Carolina College opened for work September the 14th, but the formal opening was not until the 25th. The postponement was because of work that was going on inside the Main Building, and that could not be finished before this time.
At four o'clock on the afternoon of September 26, the students and faculty, with the visitors, gathered in the auditorium for a brief program of exercises. Miss Crane, of the Department of Piano, opened the program with two numbers. Miss Sullivan, of the Department of Elocution, gave a reading, and Miss White, teacher of Voice, sang. After this Mr. John spoke to the students and to the towns people. He emphasized the fact of the great good fortune that is to the girl who can go to college, and spoke of the things that Carolina offers. Then to the people of Maxton he spoke in terms of appreciation for their recent activity in behalf of the college.
Upon the conclusion of the program the faculty received in the parlor until six o'clock. Simple refreshments prepared by the Home Economics director and students were served. It was an occasion of much good fellowship and enjoyment.
The college has entered upon a year that promises to be one of its best. The students who matriculated this fall have largely been those of high grade. There is a large freshman class of able students.
Almost at the outbreak of influenza the college began preventive measures and so far no symptom has developed among the faculty or student body. Plenty of outdoor exercise is taken but it is away from and not toward the center of population. No visitors are permitted in the buildings -- all business being transacted in the open. Vitality is kept fully at par. Thus it is hoped to continue to be spared an invasion of the disease.
The girls of Carolina are "in the fashion" when it comes to picking cotton. They go at certain times to the nearby fields and work with a will to help save the crop, and win for their contribution to some worthy cause a sum not to be despised. Further than this they are organized in squads for work inside the house to relieve the shortage of labor which is felt in the cotton sections in keen degree.
Some of the exercises of the college of a public nature that were scheduled to take place now soon have had to be postponed on account of the fear of influenza.
RALEIGH CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE, April 3, 1919
Carolina College Notes
Days that are full of the same tasks, even though they go most pleasantly, are not the kind to furnish material for the press. We have kept ourselves so closely "hewing to the line" that we have not taken time to let the friends and patrons of the college know of the recent happenings and situations of the day.
The Christmas holidays opened the way to us for a few cases of "flu." One of the teachers who had spent the vacation in New York came back with the disease, and one of the students arriving the same day from Wilmington brought a case. From these there developed fourteen other cases. The seventh day from the first development, the last to be taken was up. There was no really sick girl of all the sixteen. Recitations were not suspended for an entire day during the time. Examinations were postponed for a week, so the actual work of the spring term was not begun until February 8. Since that day the work has gone with speed and regularity.
The Lyceum course of four numbers gave its last entertainment on the evening of March 10. This was an evening of music furnished by the Hawaiian Quintette. None who have heard these musicians need assurance that it was an interesting and delightful entertainment. A large audience made the entertainers feel up to their best, so that they were not too sparing of their encores.
Student recitals in piano, voice and expression are being held each Monday evening. These attest both excellent training and application.
President John is at home again after his trip to Memphis, Tenn., where he attended the Educational Council of the Church. Mr. John is filling the pulpit of St. Paul's Church during the absence of the pastor, Mr. Hornaday.
RALEIGH CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE, May 29, 1919
We acknowledge receipt of an invitation to attend the commencement exercises at Carolina College June 1-3. The baccalaureate sermon will be preached June 1st, 11:00 o'clock a.m., by Rev. H. M. North, presiding elder of the Rockingham District. The baccalaureate address will be delivered by Gov. T. W. Bickett, Tuesday, June 3, 11:00 a.m.
NORTH CAROLINA CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE, August 7, 1919
Maxton, N. C.
Eighth year begins September 17, 1919. Standard course leading to A.B. degree. Preparatory department fits for college entrance. Piano, Voice, Violin, Art, Expression, Home Economics, Business. Fine Climate, Good Water, Health record unsurpassed. Rates moderate. Write for catalog.
Roderick B. John, President
NORTH CAROLINA CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE, September 25, 1919
Carolina College Opens
The college opened for work the morning of the 18. The attendance is the largest for the date that the college has had. Every room in both the Main Building and Ormond Hall is filled. Had it been provided there would have been no difficulty in filling a large dormitory. The college has come to the time of imperative need for added accommodation in room and equipment.
On the evening of the twenty-fourth Bishop U. V. W. Darlington, Hon. R. N. Page, Rev. H. M. North and others are to visit the college and discuss with the citizens and interested men from nearby places, the place and possibilities of the college in the community and conference.
Invitations have gone out to about three hundred men. Dinner will be given in the college dining room, and a get-together meeting is to follow. The immediate purpose of the gathering is not one of money raising, but of creating fuller understanding and opening newer interest in this institution of learning.
Practically the entire faculty of last year has returned. The new teachers are Miss Eleanor B. Lynds, of New Brunswick, N.S., who comes to teach English and History. Miss Lynds has had wide experience added to her thorough preparation. She has spent four years in graduate work at Ann Arbor, and has done several summers' work there besides.
The Voice Department has added Miss Josephine Dameron, of Warrenton. Miss Dameron is a graduate of the North Carolina College for Women, and has had voice training at Converse, and under specialists in New York studios. She is well qualified for the work and the college rejoices to add one of its own state and church daughters to the faculty.
NORTH CAROLINA CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE, May 6, 1920
Notes and Correspondence
We acknowledge with thanks the following invitation: "The faculty and senior class of Carolina College request the honor of your presence at their annual commencement May twenty-third to twenty-fifth, nineteen twenty, Maxton, North Carolina." The sermon will be preached on Sunday, May 23rd, by Rev. W. W. Peele, pastor of Edenton Street Church, Raleigh, N.C.; and the address will be delivered on Tuesday, May 25th, by Hon. E. C. Brooks, Superintendent of Public Instruction for North Carolina. The sermon before the Y.W.C.A. will be preached on Sunday evening, May 23rd, by Rev. W. V. McRae, of Fayetteville.
NORTH CAROLINA CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE, December 16, 1920
Miss Gladys West Dixon, daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Francis E. Dixon. and Mr. Eldon Shockley Adams, who were married at Carthage on the 25th of November, will be "at home" in Aberdeen after the first of January.
NORTH CAROLINA CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE, MAY 5, 1921
People and Things
The commencement at Carolina College begins on Sunday, May 29th, with the sermon by Rev. G. T. Rowe, D.D., editor of the North Carolina Christian Advocate. Bishop Collins Denny will be the commencement speaker on Wednesday, June 1. Brother John has provided something worth while for those who will attend. No stronger array of speakers can be found anywhere than Brother Rowe and Bishop Denny.
NORTH CAROLINA CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE, May 12, 1921
Carolina College has enrolled for 1920-1921 its largest number of boarding students. Every available room is filled. Sewing and storage rooms have had to be converted into space for girls. The Domestic Art Department has been moved into one end of the gymnasium. This is a well lighted and heated space, but not adequate for the needs.
The laboratory has been provided with some much needed equipment, and the work of that department is very efficiently done. Additional courses have been put in, and a larger number of students than usual are taking science. A new health course has been added, required of all students. The student body meets weekly for the lectures and conferences conducted by the director of Home Economics.
The college is this year making its first trial of Student Government. The organization has taken definite form, and is begetting in the whole body of students a sense of responsibility, both personal and for the institution, that promises higher levels of character. Greater poise is evident, and a new pride for the good name of the college has been manifest since the students themselves determine so largely the what and how of their conduct.
The demand for a dormitory is imperative. There can be no expansion until it is built. Four of the eight years the college has been open have been war years. Conditions therefore have been unfavorable to building. Now that there seems to be a veritable passion for education among the people, we need to provide for the demand. In addition to the dormitory there should be a science building. A third immediate need is a home for the college president. All of these are provided for in the program of the Christian Education Movement. Methodists of the North Carolina Conference have now an opportunity to invest in a Christian school that has kept the faith and that has done a work that gives it the right to ask for an opportunity for larger service.
NORTH CAROLINA CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE, June 2, 1921
Carolina College Commencement
Situated in what Dr. John claims to be the best farming section of the state, Maxton is favored with the presence of Carolina College, which has just closed the ninth year of its history. Sunday morning dawned bright and clear, and although the weather was unusually warm, the large auditorium was perfectly comfortable at 11 o'clock, when the congregation assembled for the annual sermon. Gentle breezes playing through the windows, birds chirping in the spacious grove outside and school girls dressed in fresh white apparel furnished the surroundings for an ideal service.
All of the churches of the town closed for the occasion, and Brother Siler of the Presbyterian Church participated in the service, which was conducted by Dr. John, the president of the college. The intelligent faces of the audience encouraged the editor to undertake a discussion of education, as the process of imparting to the oncoming generation the racial inheritance, and the congregation responded to the flattery by contributing the best of attention. If their ability to follow a somewhat difficult line of thought is a test of the training the girls at Carolina are getting, they are certainly being fashioned by capable hands.
The sermon before the Y.W.C.A. was preached at the Methodist church in the evening, the service being conducted by the pastor, Rev. J. A. Hornaday, who had accommodated Rev. C. I. Hinson by filling his pulpit at Red Springs in the morning. The many friends of Brother Hornaday are rejoicing with him over his recovery from a long and painful siege of rheumatism, which held him in its grip for several months. While he is not as free in his movements as he once was, he preaches without inconvenience and discharges the duties of the pastorate to the entire satisfaction of the congregation. When the editor saw the evident affection in which Brother Hornaday is held by the people of Maxton, he did not wonder at his decision to take up his abode with them for the remainder of his natural life.
Hearing the announcements concerning the remainder of the commencement exercises and knowing that Bishop Collins Denny would deliver the graduating address on Wednesday, the writer felt many regrets at being compelled to return to the office on Monday. The finals promised to be in keeping with the quality of the college year, which has been one of the best of the nine. Under the solid business sense of the president and the alert and sympathetic touch of his wife, Carolina College provides as good a place for the education of our girls as can be found.
NORTH CAROLINA CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE, January 12, 1922
People and Things
Mr. and Mrs. Robert B. Redwine announce the marriage of their daughter, Sarah McAlister, to Mr. Gilbert Patterson McKinnon, on Wednesday, December twenty-first, one thousand nine hundred and twenty-one, Monroe, North Carolina. At home after January the eighth, Maxton, North Carolina. The Advocate extends good wishes and congratulations to these splendid young people. They are among the best.
NORTH CAROLINA CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE, May 25, 1922
People and Things
With appreciation the Advocate acknowledges the following invitation: "The faculty and senior class of Carolina College request your presence at the annual commencement exercises May 28th, 29th, 30th, nineteen hundred and twenty-two. Auditorium, Maxton, North Carolina." The program is an attractive one and is as follows: "Sunday, May 28, 11 a.m., commencement sermon, by Rev. W. A. Stanbury; 8 p.m., sermon before Young Women's Christian Association, by Rev. W. A. Stanbury. Monday, May 29, 8:30 p.m., annual concert. Tuesday, May 30, 11 a.m., commencement address, by Hon. Josephus Daniels. Awarding of diplomas and certificates.
The Advocate learns that Rev. R. B. John has tendered his resignation to the board of trustees as president of Carolina College, Maxton. The resignation was reluctantly accepted. A committee was appointed to secure a new president.
NORTH CAROLINA CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE, June 8, 1922
Commencement at Carolina College
Last week was commencement at Carolina College, Maxton, N.C. The editor of the Laurinburg Exchange in writing of the occasion says:
"At Carolina College Tuesday we saw President John present diplomas to the fine young women, members of the graduating class, and then he presented each member of the class with a copy of the Bible, and as he did so he spoke, 'Because of this Book this day has been made possible for you.' It does one good to breathe, even for a short time, the fine atmosphere that radiates from college walls. 'Because of this book this day has been made possible for you.' That statement kept ringing in my ears. And that ought to be sufficient justification for all time for college education. If because of the Bible, colleges and college training for young people have been made actualities, that in itself is very good evidence that the college is worth while for all the people."
The Exchange did well to call attention to those words so fitly spoken by President R. B. John. We are glad to pass them on to another circle of readers.
Those receiving diplomas in the literary department were: Dora Bell Blue, Ida Marie Fowler, Sallie Catherine Harrison, Bessie Hays, Lucy Ermine Sawyer, and Wilhelmina Swindell; in the music department: Emma Fyne, Mildred Griffin, Grace Pridgeon, and Edith Smith.
Those receiving certificates for the commercial course were: Sidney G. Weston, Bessie Gray, Eleanor Haywood, Rebecca Haywood, Louise Summers; in stenography, Annie Melvin; in domestic science, Mary Bertha Jones; in domestic art, Alda Sasser.
Honorable Josephus Daniels delivered the commencement address. His subject was woman's part in politics. There shall be no attempt here even to give quotations from the address so well adapted to the occasion and the times in which we live, when woman enjoys equal political rights with men. Mr. Daniels is not afraid of the new, but he at the same time appreciates all the fine things that belonged to a former civilization.
NORTH CAROLINA CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE, June 29, 1922
Prof. Ernest J. Green, the new president of Carolina College at Maxton, made a great impression upon the Rockingham District Conference last week. His very appearance shows him to be a student and a scholar and his speech indicated that he is a very devout man and deeply consecrated to the task in hand. His record in the Durham city schools as principal and superintendent and as a Christian worker in Durham prove beyond question that the trustees of the college were exceedingly fortunate to secure Prof. Green to succeed Dr. John, the retiring president.
... We trust that the pastors and leading laymen will employ their far-reaching influence to make this year one of unparalleled success at Carolina College.
NORTH CAROLINA CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE, September 28, 1922
Opening of Carolina College
The opening exercises which were held at Carolina College, Maxton, on Thursday evening were the most impressive witnessed in years. The magnetic personality of President Green seemed to radiate everywhere. His indomitable courage, his idealism, combined with his splendid executive ability and training in educational fields have made everyone convinced of the splendid future ahead of Carolina College.
The words of welcome which were extended the students and faculty by Mayor J. E. Carpenter left no one in doubt as to the loyalty and backing which the citizens of Maxton were giving their college. The opening address of the evening was delivered by Dr. R. C. Beaman of Lumberton, N.C., who left with his audience a splendid message. Representatives of the different churches of the community extended a cordial welcome to the students and faculty. These were followed by a few words from the principal of the Maxton High School. Special music was arranged for the occasion by Miss Lawrence, the head of the Voice department.
A most attractive feature of the opening was the art exhibit given by the head of the Art department, Miss Sarah Louise Hyatt. The exhibit was composed entirely of work done by Miss Hyatt, and displayed splendid talent and training.
E. M. Knauth
NORTH CAROLINA CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE, June 7, 1923
Carolina College Closes with Interesting Program
To one who entered the Carolina College grounds last week for the year's finals, it was very evident that the spirit of progress was there guiding and furthering some worth-while operations. On every hand vast improvements were noted. Ormond showed half of its rambling porches converted into cozy sun parlors, the work of the teachers themselves. The interior finished anew in old ivory and fitted with fresh dainty furnishings made an ideal home atmosphere. It is certain that many delightful evenings have been enjoyed there by the college family. Rustic benches, attractive flower beds and a hedge of roses and evergreens made the campus intensely inviting - a sight pleasing to look upon.
Mr. E. J. Green, the new president, who with exceptional zeal and faith, entered last fall into the task of building a "Bigger, Better Carolina", is making a fine headway towards this goal. Under his inspiration, and with his aid, the Maxton people went into a campaign in April to raise funds for a new dormitory. In two days $25,000 was pledged, and with this as a beginning the other half will be forthcoming from North Carolina Methodists, so the new dormitory is to be a reality.
On Wednesday afternoon, May 30th, The students entered into the college finals with their characteristic vim, and entertained a large number of visitors on the campus with a spring fantasie. This was especially well rendered and enjoyed.
The art exhibit was open at 5 p.m., as was the work of the home economics department. The work of these departments was even more appreciated that night when an informal reception at the college brought most of the townspeople together in a most delightful way. The faculty and students entertained, and the degree of pleasure experienced by their guests was in a way estimated by the large number who availed themselves of this privilege. Delicious cream and cake and punch were served. One of the triumphs of the art department was the beautiful collection of hand painted china. Many ladies in town enrolled for this course, and a dinner set painted in forget-me-nots was the center of attraction, the work of Mrs. E. J. Green. There were many other sets as dainty as flowers in spring, though not so striking in appearance.
Taking his text, Philippians, 4th chapter, 8th verse, Dr. E. J. Abernethy, pastor of Trinity Church, Charlotte, N.C., preached the baccalaureate sermon at Carolina College Thursday morning at 11 o'clock. Dr. Abernethy delivered one of the most eloquent and spiritual sermons ever heard in Maxton. After the text, "Think on these things", the speaker told of the wonderful power of thought, God's greatest gift to man. With this as a beginning Dr. Abernethy preached a wonderful sermon on the five laws of character: First, as we think, we are. Second, as we are, we see. Third, as we see, we enjoy. Fourth, as we enjoy, we live. Fifth, as we live, so shall we live hereafter. Previous to the sermon, Miss Eva J. Lawrence, head of the voice department, sang most beautifully, "O Divine Redeemer", by Gounod.
NORTH CAROLINA CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE, June 7, 1923
On Thursday evening the music department of Carolina College gave its annual recital, showing the work and progress of the students during the year. Both students of piano and voice departments made a splendid showing, and were an eloquent tribute to the teachers under whose training they had developed. On Friday morning Dr. W. B. McIlwaine, so well known as a former Maxton pastor, delivered the closing address. Mr. McIlwain's central thought was "Building on the Ages". If one would build wisely, one must build on the laws of God. Character must be the outcome of our constructive efforts. Too, truly, he said, America suffers two curses today, a disrespect of law, and individualism -- thought for self alone. We are too much a nation of bargain hunters, he said, and character is not built on the bargain plan. It is a plant of slow growth. Bit by bit as it is built up. As the ocean isles grow the skeletons of tiny animals so we grow, and so our nation grows strong and fine from the deeds we do, or else we are dragged down to disgrace by our indifference and self-seeking.
After the awarding of diplomas to the following young ladies, Misses Gladys Phillips, Gladys Wright, and Ikie Brock in the college department, Misses Pearl Jackson, Zelda Brooks and Myrtle Galloway in the preparatory department, Misses Alda Sasser, Marie Karnegay and Georgia Bethea from the home economics department, and Miss Alice McNair from the art department, the American Legion under their able representative, Mayor J. E. Carpenter, invited the audience to the campus at the close of the exercises, and there in very graceful style a fine American flag was raised. This flag was a gift to the college from the Legion.
A meeting of the Board of Trustees was held on Friday afternoon, and many interesting issues came up for discussion. Mr. Green gave in his report of the year's work, and this was received with much approbation by the board. Mr. Green was unanimously re-elected and the Rev. R. B. John's resignation as a member of the board was read and accepted. Mr. M. E. Newsome of Durham was chosen to fill the vacancy made by Dr. John. Mr. McKay McKinnon as chairman of the central committee on raising dormitory funds gave in his report from the Maxton campaign. This was received with applause, and a vote of thanks was given to him for marshalling the forces which made the raising of $25,000 possible. All were anxious that the work on the dormitory should proceed steadily, and the executive committee was authorized by the board of trustees to begin operations immediately.
NORTH CAROLINA CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE, September 20, 1923
Opening of Carolina College
Rev. Julian L. Rumley writes as follows of our younger junior college at Maxton where he is pastor: "President Green believes in the college and has brought the people to the same viewpoint. The attendance at the opening of the fall term is most gratifying. Quite a large increase over the former attendance, money has been subscribed and partly paid in for the erection of a dormitory, and the future of the institution looks bright."
NORTH CAROLINA CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE, October 4, 1923
And with the fall Comes the return of school days. The streets are made bright again with the laughter and prattle of childhood. Trains filled with the glad joys of boys and girls on their way to the higher seats of learning, and with the coming of the season Carolina College has opened her doors to the largest body of students for some years. A great student body. Girls fine in their simplicity, splendid in the ideals leading them on to the fulfillment of their lovely young womanhood. Judged by this standard, the real test, Carolina ranks at the top.
The new year has brought only a few changes in faculty. Miss Ruth Merritt has gone to Scarritt, preparing for the mission field. Miss Sue Sprott is wintering in Florida. Mrs. Stanton is at home in Bennettsville. Mrs. Pruett has changed her name and is at home in Alabama. Miss Kate Goodman Umstead, head of the Latin department, has been made dean. Miss Kate Bigham, A.B. and M.A. of Atlanta, Georgia will teach Bible and serve as hostess matron. Miss Cora Sydenstricker, A.B., West Virginia, is in charge of Math and Science. Miss Helen Tolson, A~B., of Washington, D.C., is head of the English department and will teach expression. Miss Annie Terrell will serve as dietitian for the dining room as well as instructor of Home Economics. Miss Eleanor Haywood is secretary to the president. Miss Alda Sasser, steward. Miss Pearl Jackson, librarian and manager of the book room. Miss Viola Hurley, accompanist. Miss Mary Garrett, head assistant to the dietitian. Misses Jack Smith, Bertha Sith, Viola Hurley, Valaria Dowless, Lydia Isley, Ruth McWhite, assistants.
Mr. Green this year serves as director of physical culture and has charge of the department of education. Miss Crane, Miss Hyatt, Miss Lawrence, Miss Price and Miss Knauth have their same work.
The organization of the college is being worked out in every detail for the highest degree of efficiency, and a year of the highest grade of work has already begun. One of the best features of the new year is the Junior class with an enrollment of over twenty-five already, which means another year the largest graduating class in the history of the school. And then?
NORTH CAROLINA CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE, October 4, 1923 (Continued)
The dream of the fine people of Maxton is taking shape now and several cars of brick have been hauled to the north wing of the campus, where soon will go up the new home of the girls who will come here in ever larger numbers for training.
NORTH CAROLINA CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE, February 14, 1924
Prof. Green, president of Carolina College says:
"In taking stock at the close of the fall term we find that our failures in all subjects were only 2.7 per cent. This means on the basis of work we have tested out 97.3 efficient. The few failures we had were on continuous subjects and therefore by hard work can be overcome, and it is our ambition at the close of the year to be 11 per cent.
"We give this out with some degree of modest pride, that the public may know where we are placing emphasis, and the writer feels that this record reflects credit upon the faculty and student body."
Prof. Green has reason to rejoice in this record. Credit is given by him to the faculty and student body, but we are inclined to think that the president's leadership should also be taken into the count.
NORTH CAROLINA CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE, May 8, 1924
Carolina College Commencement
Carolina College has secured Dr. T. A. Smoot of Main Street Methodist Church, Danville, Virginia, to preach the commencement sermon on Sunday, May 25th, in the college auditorium, and Rev. W. A. Lambeth, pastor of Mr. Vernon Place Church, Washington, D.C., to deliver the commencement address on Tuesday, May 27th. Monday, May 26th, will be given over to the alumnae. The cornerstone for the new dormitory now nearing completion will be laid by the masons at the conclusion of the exercises Tuesday morning. The administration congratulates itself on the splendid program which it offers the public.
NORTH CAROLINA CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE, May 15, 1924
Carolina College, Maxton, N.C.
A Junior College for Girls
An Accredited Preparatory Department Two Years College Course
Controlled by the North Carolina Conference
Departments of Art, Music, Business, Education, Home Economics, Religious Education
Fine Environment of Cultured Scotch Folks
Percentage Failures this Year Less than 3 Per Cent
"The School With the Personal Touch"
For Catalog, address
Ernest J. Green, President
NORTH CAROLINA CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE, May 29, 1924
People and Things
Drs. T. A. Smoot and W. A. Lambeth were the speakers this week at Carolina College. Dr. Smoot preached the baccalaureate sermon last Sunday at 11 a.m. and spoke to the Y.W.C.A. in the evening. Mr. Lambeth delivered the commencement address Tuesday.
NORTH CAROLINA CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE, June 12, 1924
Carolina College Commencement a Great Occasion
The closing of a year's work of any institution is always a time of great moment for those interested in that institution. For some time the friends of Carolina College had been looking forward to the commencement this year, for it was the close of a great year for this institution; and they gathered there in great crowds with hearts full of gratitude for what God had done, and with faces lighted with hope, toward the dawn of the new day into which the college has so triumphantly entered.
On Sunday morning, May 25th, the people of the community, all denominations united, filled the large auditorium to hear the commencement sermon by Dr. Thomas A. Smoot, pastor of Main Street Methodist Church of Danville. Va. And they were not disappointed, for this truly great preacher, both in the morning to the graduates and at night to the members of the Y.W.C.A. at the Presbyterian Church, touched life with the fine touch of his Christlike personality -- and character was dignified, service exalted, and life, like the burning bush of old, was aglow with the glory of the divine. This was a day that will always be rich in memory, and many will be more able to follow the trail of God because of the kindly light of his powerful message.
Monday, alumnae day, was a red-letter day; for many of the girls trained here years ago returned and renewed the fires of love on the altar of their cherished mother. Spending the day on the campus, now blossoming like a rose, they lived over again the happy days of the past, and inspired by what had been done for the college they so much love, they dreamed for her great things for the future.
The trustees, in greater numbers than ever before, gathered for their meeting in the afternoon. Sitting on stone seats under the shade of the front lawn, with faces telling their delight at the wonderful transformation that had taken place through the spirit working here, they too had dreams midst the curling smoke. And when they came together in the president's office, with much enthusiasm they planned mightily for the future.
At six o'clock in the beautiful grove the faculty, student body, trustees and alumnae found their places around the spacious tables and enjoyed the feast of Brunswick stew, prepared by our good friend, Mrs. Billie Green, after which the alumnae went into a business session. At nine o'clock, honoring the senior class and the alumnae, many came together in an informal reception.
Tuesday, the day for which all else was set, found the college filled with people from allover the Rockingham District. And when the large number of preachers took their places on the rostrum together with the trustees, those responsible for the destiny of the college knew that it was safe at Maxton. Trustees, ministers, students all, had met in the common cause of an educational ideal.
NORTH CAROLINA CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE, June 12, 1924
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Rev. W. A. Lambeth, pastor Mount Vernon Place Church, Washington, D.C., spoke the final word for the college. His address was humorously serious and wherever we see the little white Victor dog talking to his master we will be reminded to be good, do good and make good. A master of the platform this genius was at his best, and he together with Dr. Smoot will always live in our memory.
After the presentation of diplomas and honors, the new dormitory was formally presented by Rev. E. F. Sullivan, pastor of the Baptist church of Maxton. It was fitting that he should have the honor, for no one had worked harder for it than had this live, broad Baptist minister. On the afternoon before the trustees had named the building Mercer Hall, founder of the college. After the building was accepted by Rev. J. H. Shore for the trustees, Mr. Mercer made a report for the year for the trustees. And it was a fine report. The following are the outstanding facts of the year:
Sixty-six enrolled in the Robeson County summer school. One hundred and sixty enrolled in Rockingham District training school. Enrollment more than doubled in the past two years. Failures for the year less than two per cent. All students members of some church. Rising senior class of twenty-five. New dormitory, Mercer Hall, capacity 96 students -- two to a room; given by the people of Maxton and vicinity. Dormitory to be furnished by the students and the trustees. Alumnae pledged to raise indebtedness of $20,000 created at the founding of the college.
The year came to a close with an old-fashioned picnic in charge of Mrs. Rufus Williams, president of the Carolina Club, and Maxton was never more lavish in its hospitality.
A working president, a faithful faculty, a studious and loyal student body, an enthusiastic board of trustees, the Rockingham and other districts of the east solidly back of its every effort. Surely all, even the old Thomases, can join in the chorus: "Praise God from whom all blessings flow."
A Friend of Carolina College
NORTH CAROLINA CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE, May 21, 1925
People and Things
"The faculty and graduates of Carolina College request the honor of your presence at their twelfth annual commencement, May twenty-fourth to twenty-sixth, nineteen hundred and twenty-five, Maxton, North Carolina. Sunday, May 24, 11 a.m., Baccalaureate sermon, Rev. C. L. Reed, presiding elder of the Rockingham district, Carolina College auditorium. Monday, May 25, 6 p.m., Alumnae dinner; 8;15 p.m., operetta, Carolina College auditorium. Tuesday, May 26, 10:30 a.m., commencement address, Dr. W. P. Few, president of Duke University. Presentation of diplomas, Carolina College auditorium."
NORTH CAROLINA CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE, August 20, 1925
Carolina College By E. J. Green, President
Carolina College is our youngest school, located at Maxton, N.C. Her history has been the usual record of heroic struggle on the part of its presidents and friends. It closed the twelfth year of its life in May with the largest graduating class in its history. Nineteen splendid young women received their diplomas in the literary department.
The work done by the student body of this school justifies the growing faith of its patrons, and confirms their belief in the junior college for young girls away from home the first two years of college life. With strict grading the percentage of failures was less than two per cent. This splendid record is attributed to individual training and careful supervised study, together with a close check up on the work. The young women who finish here are well prepared to enter the junior class of our four year colleges and Duke University with well defined purposes and can find themselves easily in the larger college community.
Many improvements were made during the past year in physical equipment. The new dormitory, Mercer Hall, was occupied by the students. This adds much to the comfort of the students and to the efficiency of the school. It was built by the people of Maxton and vicinity. The third floor of the Administration building has been put in thorough repair and the following departments now occupy this floor: The Science department, with new and complete laboratories; the Home Economics department with service room; voice and piano studios with practice rooms; a beauty parlor equipped by Mr. A. E. White of Lumberton; and a large society hall, used also for a chapel*; class rooms, study hall, library; auditorium and offices of dean and counselor of women occupy the second floor of this building. The administrative offices and dining room are on the first floor.
[*Typist's note: "I think this sentence should have been divided here into two sentences."]
NORTH CAROLINA CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE, August 20, 1925
The trustees, at their annual meeting, authorized the department of physical education and dramatics, and placed the proper emphasis on home economics by making it a regular course with credit.
The greatest needs now of this institution are money to finish paying for the improvements made; money to complete in full the dormitory without debt; and endowment. If the educational pledges are paid in full this fall it will aid greatly in helping to take care of some of its pressing needs, and the trustees feel then that some men of means will invest of their wealth in this coming institution.
NORTH CAROLINA CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE, October 29, 1925
The organization of the college work for the session of 1925-26, and the classification of the students are practically completed.
The additions to the faculty have been of a notable nature. Miss Lucy Cobb, a scholar and a writer of enviable reputation, is head of the English department. One of her dramas, Gaius and Gaius, Jr., has been played forty or more times to large audiences by the Carolina Playmakers. The organization in the college of the Kuekeel Club for dramatic study is in keeping with one of the popular advance movements in the literary life of the state.
Miss Bigham, former head of the department of English becomes dean of the faculty and head of the department of Bible study. Miss McMahan, A.B., graduate of the University of Tennessee, is head of the home economics department. A number of the students are taking the special home economics course, which includes two years of college work of a literary and professional nature, enabling them to secure a state teacher's certificate of the subject. Miss Frank, a graduate of Flora McDonald College, is head of the physical education department. The students are enthusiastic over the game of hockey which has been added to basket ball, tennis and other outdoor sports.
Mr. E. J. Green, the president of the college, knows how to assemble a faculty, which is fundamental to the progress of an educational institution. A strict adherence by the administration to the regulations governing a standard high school and junior college is being insisted upon, which adds materially also to the growing reputation of a college.
NORTH CAROLINA CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE, March 25, 1926
What might have been one of our "best yet meetings" closed last Friday night. Bad weather and influenza crippled the whole of the last week of the Maxton meeting. Over 25 families, including Pastor Munns', took sick within a period of three days and broke the crowd all the last week. Pastor Munns and his people had made special preparation -- closed all stores for the morning services, the other pastors, Drs. Sullivan of the Baptist Church and Siler of the Presbyterian had called off services and come in with the meeting. One of the finest prospects for a great meeting I've had was seen on Sunday, March 7. Included with the above was Carolina College. All the young ladies attended in a body and rendered fine service throughout the meeting. A large number reconsecrated their lives to God and several professed faith in Christ.
Brother Munns and his church are well pleased with each other and he is, I learned, having fine congregations every Sunday. Then, too, his fine work in Carolina College, where he is assisting President Green and the college work, will count for larger things for Carolina. It was fine to be associated with this pastor, people, and college and to have the privilege of being with the elder and preachers of the Rockingham district at a luncheon given by Carolina.
Judging from the actions of President Green and the preachers of the Rockingham district a new day is dawning for Carolina, of which they will speak later. Here's wishing for that fine college and all those interested the very best of success in their efforts.
J. Vincent Knight
NORTH CAROLINA CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE, April 8, 1926
A Great Spiritual Awakening for Maxton Community and Carolina College
What is the relation between the church college and the community? Often it is the relation of antagonism. Many times there is a strained relation between the two that makes a spirit of love and co-operation almost impossible. The church sehool is a child of the church and a most vital relation should exist between the two. One should be an asset to the other.
Carolina College has been brought into a closer relation with St. Paul's Methodist Church at Maxton. Many things have brought this about. The pastor, Rev. R. F. Munns, is the college chaplain, and has a big place in the heart of the student body. There is no more loyal and enthusiastic worker for the making of a "Greater Carolina" than Mr. Munns. Christ is doing a great work for both the College and the community through our pastor.
Recently a revival was conducted at the Methodist Church. The college joined with the community in trying to make it mean much to the people. Many colleges have a separate revival, but in Maxton the college joins with the church and one revival serves both. Rev. J. Vincent Knight of Edenton was the visiting pastor. No one can estimate the good that may come from the earnest messages of Mr. Knight. Many souls were brought closer to Christ, and the whole community was made better because of his earnest work.
The effect on the college is very noticeable. Every student thought very earnestly about the things of the spirit. Many consecrated their lives to Christ to be used as he would have them used. No one can know the depths of the human heart, and it may be that some seed sown by Mr. Knight will in time bring forth fruit in abundance for the Master. May God use him for His glory.
The student body at the college has been thinking this year. At the chapel services splendid messages have been received with thought. The church services have meant much to all, and the splendid influence of the missionary secretary, Miss Lillian Lehnhoff, who visited us recently, will long remain with us.
We believe that God has blessed us richly this year by bringing to us such a splendid pastor and such fine friends and visitors.
Virginia Bowen, Senior Class
NORTH CAROLINA CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE, April 22, 1926
Below is an excerpt from an article called Rockingham District Conference
Carolina College Hour at Rockingham District Conference
Rev. C. L. Read, presiding elder of the district, has loyally and lovingly cooperated in every way with our president, and very graciously gave an hour of the conference over to the representatives of the college. Rev. T. McM. Grant of Lumberton, chairman of the movement of the preachers for a Greater Carolina, presided over the program devoted to the college.
In a very fine way Mr. Grant told the result of their investigation of the college, which was made following Mr. Green's request. He said that the ministers had not only gone into every detail at Carolina, but had not spared its president. That he was happy to report that they found the work carried on there of high order, meeting their approval in every respect, and that the college was exceedingly fortunate in having for its leader not only a fine spirited man, but a leading educator and a Christian gentleman.
Mr. Green, being called upon, gave some of the vital facts concerning the school and rejoiced in that the Christian training which was given at Carolina was found worthy of the approval of the godly ministers of the district.
Mr. K. N. Barnes, prominent business man of Lumberton, speaking for the trustees, told briefly of the great strides Carolina had made and what a Herculean task Mr. Green had accomplished. Mr. Barnes' faith in the college was shown recently in a gift of one thousand dollars toward the heating plant in Mercer Hall.
Rev. T. G. Vickers of Laurinburg in a stirring and thoughtful way brought out the fact that Carolina College was an asset and not a liability to the conference, and that the Methodist people especially of this district should appreciate the privilege they have in such an institution for the training of their daughters.
Rev. R. F. Munns of Maxton told in a brief way of the fine spiritual life he had found at Carolina, which he had been able to observe in a very close way as chaplain and teacher of Bible in the school. He spoke also of the fine spirit of confidence that existed between Mr. Green and the student body; and especially had he been impressed with the inspiring and stimulating chapel services held by Mr. Green.
During the program two selections were rendered by the college quartet, which was favorably commented on by those present.
Rev. Mr. Read fittingly closed the hour by giving his commendation of the work at Carolina, mentioning not only the excellent work of the president but in a lighter vein he spoke of his striking pulchritude.
During the delicious picnic dinner served on the lawn of the church it was the comment of all that Carolina College had made a fine impression and that through the clouds that have hovered over the institution during its process of struggle and growth was seen the dawn of a new day.
NORTH CAROLINA CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE, May 13, 1926
Carolina College Commencement Program
Sunday, May 16, 11 a.m., St. Paul's M.B. Church, Carolina College Day. Sermon to Y.W.C.A., Rev. W. V. McRae of Aberdeen, N.C.
Sunday, May 23, 11 a.m., College auditorium, Sermon to graduates, Rev. T. McM. Grant of Lumberton, N.C.
Monday, May 24, 6 p.m., alumnae dinner; 8:15 p.m., senior recital; 9: 30, ,senior reception.
Tuesday, May 25, 10:30 a.m., Graduating exercises. Address to graduates, Rev.E. C. Few of Hamlet, N.C. Presentation of diplomas.
NORTH CAROLINA CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE, June 3, 1926
Carolina College Commencement
The commencement program of Carolina College began with Carolina College Day at St. Paul's Methodist Church in Maxton on May 16. At the 11 o'clock hour Rev. W. V. McRae of Aberdeen preached a very thoughtful sermon to the Y.W.C.A. This service was the beginning of what proved to be the greatest commencement in the history of Carolina.
The following Sunday, May 23, the college auditorium was filled by the people of Maxton of all denominations together with many friends from Lumberton. The sermon to the graduating class was delivered by Rev. T. McM. Grant of Lumberton. His sermon was both forceful and inspiring. On Monday afternoon the college gave a fish fry complimentary to the alumnae, after which the alumnae had a very enthusiastic meeting and pledged themselves to some definite work for the college. At 8:15 p.m. the graduates of the music department gave a recital which was enjoyed by a host of friends. Immediately following this a reception was given by the college to the 24 graduates. This was in charge of the patronesses, friends of the college in town.
Tuesday was graduation day. The exercises were short, beautiful and impressive. Rev. E. C. Few of Hamlet said the final words for the college to the graduates. There was no mistake made in selecting him for the service. His talk was well thought out, forcefully delivered and well received. Mr. E. J. Green made a brief report for the trustees. He told of the standardization of Carolina College as a junior college, stating that a graduate of Carolina could now obtain a Class C teacher's certificate, also that on completing the two years course here that a graduate could graduate in two years in a four year college. He told of the splendid work of the student body this year, which resulted in only three subjects failed on, or to express it in terms of percentage only a little over one per cent. This record was made with very close grading. He then presented Rev. T. McM. Grant, who told very enthusiastically of the interest of the preachers of the Rockingham district and of their determination to place one hundred students in the college for the fall term and also to raise an endowment.
At one p.m. a barbecue, for which Maxton is famous, was given by the college to the trustees, preachers of the Rockingham district, college family and visiting friends. At two p.m. the trustees met. There were present a large number of the trustees. From 2 to 6 p.m. the trustees worked laying many plans for the future of Carolina College. Mr. A. E. White of Lumberton, as chairman, is very enthusiastic for the college and under his able leadership things will come to pass. Rev. T. McM. Grant of Lumberton was elected as trustee to fill the vacancy made by the death of the beloved Dr. R. C. Beamon. Rev. C. L. Read, presiding elder of the Rockingham district, was elected in Brother Hall's place.
President Ernest J. Green made his report of the year's work. Following this the board took some very definite action regarding the work of the college, relieving Mr. Green of some of his work as president, to which position he was elected for another year.
NORTH CAROLINA CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE, June 3,1926 (Continued)
Keep your eye on Carolina, for something is going to happen, and this institution will take its place among the outstanding junior colleges of the South.
Twenty-four young women received diplomas as follows:
Literary-College: Misses Virginia Bowen, Greenville, S.C.; Margaret Capes, Raleigh; Mary Biggs, Goldston; Betty Fussell, Rose Hill; Lena Maxwell, Laurinburg; Margaret Purcell, Maxton; Muriel Jones, Laurinburg; Bertha Walston, Walstonburg; Dorothy Carnes, Whiteville; Willie Mae Donahue, Mt. Gilead; Annie Kinlaw, Lumberton; Pauline McDonald, St. Pauls Effie Wilkinson, Maxton; Eunice Wilkes, Maxton.
Piano: Betty Fussell, Rose Hill; Lena Maxwell, Laurinburg; Anna Hester, Laurinburg; Lela Woodard, Old Hundred; Eunice Wilkes, Maxton.
Home Economics: Hazel Davis, McDonald; Bertha Walston, Walstonburg.
Preparatory; Katie Lee Andrews, Lumberton; Betty Barker, Lumberton; Frances Brooks, Shallotte; Hattie Mae Carter, Hoffman; Amanda Davis, McDonald; Anna Mae Hester, Laurinburg; Florence Mercer, Marston.
The following prizes were awarded in the chapel on Saturday, May 22:
Best all round student: Frances Brooks, Willie Mae Donahue. The prize was a $5.00 gold piece given by the honor society.
Best student preparatory: Frances Brooks. The prize was a gold medal given by Mr. A. J. Holmes of Lumberton.
Best housekeepers: Margaret Capes and Bertha Walston. The prize was $5.00 given by the college.
NORTH CAROLINA CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE, August 5, 1926
Dr. J. Allen Hunter New President of Carolina College
Dr. J. Allen Hunter of Bessemer College, Va., became the new president of Carolina College, Maxton, N.C., and takes the place of Prof. E. J. Green, who resigned to accept a position with Columbia College. S.C.
The Robesonian carries the following story of his election and acceptance:
"Prof. J. Allen Hunter. Ph. D., has accepted the presidency of Carolina College and is expected to enter upon his new duties at Maxton at once. His family consists of his wife and three children.
"Dr. Hunter has been a member of the faculty of Bessemer College, Virginia. He comes highly recommended by the head of the Duke University summer school, where he has taught for four years, also by the secretary of Duke. He was elected from a number of applicants by the executive committee of the board of trustees, of which Mr. A. E. White of Lumberton is chairman. The board will meet at the college Friday of this week to confirm the choice of the committee and to launch an enthusiastic campaign for the college, which has bright prospects for the opening this fall.
"Dr. Hunter succeeds Prof. Ernest J. Green, who has done excellent work as president of the college for the past four years and has resigned to become a member of the faculty of Columbia College at Columbia, S.C."
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