Louise, an Atlantic Union College nursing graduate, wanted to continue her legacy
of giving after discovering that her alma mater was no longer in operation.
"I was looking for a school that upholds the standards and teachings of the Seventh-day Adventist church...Southern's
mission, values, and the campus were beyond my imagination," Louise said.
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John H. Talge, president of Talge Mahogany Co. toured the campus and pledged to provide
furniture for the girls. Not only did he send beds, dressers, tables, chairs, and
bathroom fixtures, he also provided oak flooring for the halls. When the boys’ dorm
was built, he furnished it as well, in addition to providing laundry and kitchen equipment.
In 1919 he donated $3,000 toward a new barn, along with the financing for several
school industries. He also gave money for the purchase of additional land, and helped
some of the students with their expenses.
In 1927 the students dedicated their yearbook to him, with the words: “The future
success of the college must always be due in no small measure to his generous gifts.”