A SCHOOL PRINCIPAL’S STOR Y
BY W ILLIAM H. HOLTZCLA W
I WAS born in Randolph County, Ala., near the
little town of Roanoke. The house in which I first
saw the light-or that part of it which streamed
through the cracks, for there were no windowswas
a little log cabin 12 by 16 feet. I know
very little of my ancestry, except that my mother
was the daughter of her mother’s master, born
in the days of slavery, and up to 1864 herself
the slave of her half-brother. She was born in
the State of Georgia. My father was born in
Elmore County, Ala. He never knew his father,
but remembered his mother and eleven brothers.
My mother was married twice before she married
my father. She married first at the age of fifteen.
I am the fifth of fifteen children, and my father’s
oldest child. Neither my father nor my mother
could read or write; mother could get a little out
of some pages of the Bible by spelling each word
as she came to it.