School 1930 Yearbook Memories
Ada B. Whitmore ( Feb. 9, 1891 - Sep. 11, 1976 )
From Martha Jane Becker's book on historic Bramwell, Miss. Ada Blair Whitmore was teaching at Bramwell in 1933 when the orignal Bramwell High School was destroyed by fire. It is recorded that her salary for 1931 was $1080.00.
Miss Whitmore received her B.A. degree from William and Mary College and her masters degree was received from the University of Virginia. It is believed that she may have started teaching at BHS at the beginning of the 1927/1928 school year, however there are no clear records on this starting date. She taught English and Social Studies at Bramwell for over 25 years with a heavy emphasis on "English". She is known as possibably the best teacher to have taught at Bramwell High School in the first one hundred years. Her students remember her as stressing dicipline in the classroom. She demanded the most from every student and did a wonderful job in preparing her students for college.
Miss Whitmore left Bramwell after the 1956/1957 school year and it is believed that she taught in a Virginia school for several more years before retiring. Following her retirement in about 1970 she resided in Staunton, Virginia where she died in September 11, 1976.
Ada Blair Whitmore was the daughter of Wilson Blair Whitmore (1860-1918) and Mary Josephine Baylor Whitmore (1860-1926). She was the sister of Laura Josephine Whitmor Spitler (1895 -1979) and Lucille Virginia Whitmore Miller (1902-1975).
( Birth/Death records confirmed through Social Security Death Index. )
( Photograph and yearbook material furnished by Mr. Edmund Woody )
A BRAMWELL LEGEND
ADA BLAIR WHITMORE - 1930
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