Class ring from 1899 donated to Elon

Katie Nash
Nov. 18, 2009

Class ring from 1899. Photo courtesy of University Relations.

An 1899 class ring worn by Everett Doggett Summers was recently donated to the Archives and Special Collections.   Anna Lois Bulla (the niece of E.D. Summers) remembers wearing the small gold ring as a child, with the inscription “99” on the outside of the ring and her uncle’s initials on the inside.  Bulla, 90, of Concord, N.C.,  said,  “I liked to wear it to school because I didn’t have any rings, and the other kids thought it was special.”

Members of the class of 1899. Photo courtesy of University Relations.

The class of 1899 had 12 members, and the class photograph shows the male students wearing the ring on their pinky fingers.  The graduating class of 1899 included: Walter Monroe Brown, John Turrentine Cobb, Jennie Pretlow Holland, David Jennings Sipe, Anna Elizabeth Pierce, David Palmer Barrett, Charles Everett Newman, Ada DeWitt Michael, Estelle Walker, Ned Faucette Brannock, and William Allen Harper.

The ring will be on display in Johnston Hall so the Elon community, alumni, and friends of Elon can enjoy this unique piece of Elon’s history.

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