(Transcribed from the Adair County News, Wednesday, May 22, 1907.)



At The Lindsay-Wilson College Covering a Period of Several Days.


The closing of the Lindsay-Wilson, extending through a period of several days, and embracing entertainments, debate and graduation exercises closing out last Monday, scored the most prosperous school year in the history of Columbia. The school opened last fall, with an increased enrollment, and kept up a good ratio of gain over any preceding year. Not only has advancement been made in increased numbers of students, but in good solid work and finish, it has recorded its best period.

The Recital last Friday evening, by the students of Miss Penland assisted by the pupils of Miss Meek, drew a good audience, who enjoyed the rendition of the entire programme, showing marked improvement over the preceding year. The programme was short, well selected and perfectly rendered.

On Saturday evening the students of Miss Meek's class were assisted by the pupils of Miss Penland. On that occasion the large hall was crowded, and many could not get standing room and returned to their homes somewhat disappointed. The readings by the young ladies proved that they possess not only rare talent, but that they have had efficient training. This was as true in the music as well as in the elocution department.

On Sunday the Baccalaureate sermon was preached by Rev. A.R. Kasey, and it was a masterful address, appropriate and stimulating. On Monday the graduating exercises began at 9 o'clock. The class consisted of eight--five young ladies and three young gentlemen, the ladies reading essays, and the young men delivering orations, all acquitting themselves in a highly satisfactory manner to the faculty and the audience.

After a short recess, Rev. A.R. Kasey delivered the commencement address, the subject being, "Increase of Knowledge and Evolution of Mind." A short address was made by Prof. Nielson, after which he presented the diplomas.

Not eulogizing, but speaking the plain truth, we can state that this community takes pride in the good work done by the instructors in every department. There is not a doubt that the school is much stronger to-day, and more thoroughly appreciated than at any other time.

The graduating class is composed of Misses Mary Cartwright, Nina Marcum, Lura Smith, Mary Williams, Mabel Willingham. Messrs. Raymond Evans, Arnie Glasgow and Robert Todd. 

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One hundred years later, "the Lindsey-Wilson," as the school was known for several years after it opened in 1903, will graduate some 440 students for the 2006-2007 school year.