Almyra Gleanings: Misses Montie Hughes and Maggie Gladney, of the Almyra community, who have been attending the West Tennessee Normal the past year, returned home last week.
Miss Thelma Sage left last Monday morning for the West Tennessee Normal, where she will take the summer teachers’ course in that institution. She was accompanied to the normal by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Sage, and Miss Mertie Hughes. They went through the country in Mr. John Kelley’s car.
Mr. and Mrs. F. P. Spain spent last Thursday in Rosemark with Mr. and Mrs. Albert Moore.
Mrs. DuBose, a widow lady of Red Level, Ala., and the mother of little Lena DuBose, the baby child of the Dunlap Orphanage, came last Monday and took her little daughter home with her.
Last Sabbath was Rev. W. C. Kerr’s day at his church near Cayce, Miss. He went down Saturday afternoon in his car, returning Sabbath evening after an afternoon service. Mrs. Kerr and little son, Billie, accompanied him.
As has been announced before in the local news of the Leader a few weeks ago, Mr. and Mrs. Kerr Oates have tendered their resignations as superintendent and matron of the Dunlap Orphanage. This resignation was accepted by the executive board, and Tuesday they severed their connection with this home. They have been connected with the Home for more than nine and a half years, and have given some of the best years of their lives in faithful service to this work. We will mention some of the things that have been done under their management. When they took charge the work was small, and not much more than a dozen children in the home. During their incumbency more than six times that number have been received into the home and cared for by them. Some have passed to that home above, some have been taken out by friends who were able to care for them, others have left after reaching an age sufficient to go out into the world on their own responsibility, and they leave 45 children still in the home. Besides the above facts, under Mr. Oates’ management, with the efficient executive board, a large addition was built to the main building, all furnished with furnace heat and acetylene lights, a deep well was put in, and the building supplied with water. In addition, Mr. Oates was more largely instrumental than any other person in the organization of the Sharon congregation, which is proving a great spiritual blessing to both the orphanage and community at large. It is with sincere regret that we see him and his worthy wife depart, but we trust that what is this community’s loss will be some other deserving community’s gain.
[The Covington Leader, Covington, Tenn., 13 Jun 1918]