Category Archives: Inside Eliada Orphanage

“Concerning The Fiery Trial” – The State of North Carolina vs. Lucius Bunyan Compton

(This posting was edited from a series of four articles which appeared in The Asheville Times from Oct. 20-23, 1943.) Asheville, N.C.—A Buncombe County jury on Thursday afternoon cleared the Reverend Lucius Bunyan Compton, former head of Eliada Orphanage, of … Continue reading

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“Things as They Were at Eliada Orphanage” – as written by Reverend Lucius Bunyan Compton

“My mind is directed today to look back upon the earlier days of my life. I was born in Haywood County, North Carolina, on April 21, 1875, in a one room log cabin, with a clap-board roof and a slab … Continue reading

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“Another Glorious Eliada Camp!” – by Lucius Bunyan Compton

“Another glorious Camp Meeting has come and gone. We convened on the evening of August 11th with a grand opening Rally and a record-breaking audience, and closed Sunday night, August 20th, with another wondrous victory. At no time in our … Continue reading

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“Ruby Cogburn Fullbright: An Eliada Orphanage Tragedy” – by Clifford B. Davids

I only spoke with Gladys Murray a handful of times, mostly at the Eliada Orphanage reunions. I knew that she supported my oral history project, but I never convinced her to sit down for an interview. Her orphanage sisters told … Continue reading

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“The Prodigal Son of Eliada Orphanage” – the interview with John David Carter

I was fortunate to know John David Carter for well over a decade before he passed away in 2013. His friendship was fully entertaining, and the many stories he told me about his life made for a fascinating tale of … Continue reading

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“They Call Me Lillie Peaches” – a Conversation with Maye Westmoreland Wiggins about Eliada Orphanage

My name is Maye Wiggins, and I was born in July 8, 1945. My Mom had me at a place called Faith Cottage in Asheville, North Carolina. I found out later it was a home for unwed mothers. I didn’t … Continue reading

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“A Clean, Beautiful Life” – the June Saylor interview

June Edith Saylor passed away in April of 2009 at the Hillcrest Nursing Home, Knoxville, TN. Her enthusiasm for life’s small victories, eternal optimism, and daily devotions are sorely missed by her church family at Sevier Heights Baptist Church, her … Continue reading

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