• Lifelong friends are last two members of THS class of ‘38
By Amanda Newsome

In the days of movie theater tickets costing a dime and no sound going along with the movie, a pack of cigarettes being only 15 cents and the only two cars sitting in the school parking lot belonging to the principal and one teacher, Adelle Adams and Margaret Stevens became the best of friends.
Adams and Stevens are the last two survivors of Thomson High School’s class of 1938, which is the last class to graduate from Thomson High School before it burned in the summer of 1938. It was believed that lightening struck the building. Stevens said that after all the days of going to school and wishing for a catastrophe like that to happen, she looked upon the burning building with tears and thought “what’s so happy about that?”
Adams was born in December 1920 and Stevens was born in September 1921. They became friends at the age of four when Adams’ family moved across the street from Stevens’ home and now they share a lifetime of memories. After only an hour of talking with them, the listener is left with a strong impression of what Thomson was like nearly 100 years ago.
“Everything was so different then. Main Street had stores in every building,” said Stevens when reminiscing on the changes the city of Thomson has gone through. “Railroad Street on Saturday, you couldn’t walk down the street because it was filled with people.”

To read more on this story, pick up the Thursday, August 7, edition of The McDuffie Progress.





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