October 13, 1998 |
On his first day at LeMoyne Normal Institute, Theodore Roosevelt McLemore stood in the headmaster's office. McLemore, now 96, recalls that moment as if he were still 14 years old. It was a Monday morning in December 1916. He wore the only suit coat he owned. Tiny beads of cold sweat pooled at the base of his back. The headmaster, Earl Clippinger, sat behind a massive wood desk. Miss Mary Peebles, McLemore's eighth-grade teacher, stood beside him. She was the reason he was there.