Grace Carpenter Rose Collection, circa 1933

Collection Title:

Grace Carpenter Rose Collection, circa 1933


The Holloway Archives at Milligan University
P. H. Welshimer Memorial Library
200 Blowers Blvd.
Milligan, TN 37682


Grace Carpenter Rose and Dr. Winfield Rose


Grace Carpenter Rose Collection

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The Grace Carpenter Rose Collection contains three hand-colored photographs of the Milligan College campus and one oil painting of the school’s buffalo mascot from Grace Carpenter Rose, an alumna of Milligan College (now Milligan University).

Biographical Note:

Grace Estelle Carpenter Rose was born on April 28, 1912 in Wilkes County, North Carolina. She was the only daughter of Alonzo Harrison and Della Stone Carpenter. Grace attended Norton High school in Norton, Virginia, and was valedictorian of the class of 1929. At Milligan, Mrs. Rose majored in English with minors in history, Latin, and French. She graduated with honors from Milligan in 1933 and returned to Virginia to teach in the Wise County School System. Between 1933 and her retirement in 1975, Mrs. Rose taught English at Big Stone Gap, Wise, St. Paul, East Stone Gap and Powell Valley High School. Her students remember that she expected, and usually received, excellence from her pupils.

Mrs. Rose married Roland Witt Rose on June 8, 1939. The couple had one son, Dr. Winfield Rose. Mrs. Rose was also known to be very active as a Sunday School teacher and member of the Women’s Missionary Society at First Baptist Church in Big Stone Gap. She held memberships in several organizations including the Dogwood Garden Club, Big Stone Gap Rose Society, Big Stone Gap Music Study Club, and Lonesome Pine Hospital Ladies Auxiliary, and was former president of the Big Stone Gap chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

Roland Rose died July 21, 1995. Four years later, Mrs. Rose moved to Murray, KY, to be nearer to her son and daughter-in-law (Judith). Grace Carpenter Rose died May 25, 2005. The funeral and burial were held in Big Stone Gap, VA.


Collection is not arranged.

Scope and Content Note:

This collection contains three hand-colored photographs of the Milligan College (now Milligan University) campus and one oil painting of the school’s buffalo mascot. These pictures date from Grace Rose Carpenter’s time as a student at Milligan, 1929-1933. Because there are only four items in the collection it has not been broken up into series. Due to mold on the original frames, the three photographs have been removed from their frames and placed in mylar.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information:

Following the death of his mother, Grace Carpenter Rose, Dr. Winfield Rose sent these pictures to Milligan College’s President Don Jeans on an unknown date (possibly late 2005 or early 2006). Vicki Warkoczeski cleaned the frames and brought the pictures to the Archives on May 17, 2006.


The collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation:

[Item], Grace Carpenter Rose Collection, Collection 21, The Holloway Archives at Milligan University, Milligan, TN.

Processing Information:

Ginger Dillon finished processing the collection on May 19, 2006. The finding aid was updated with biographical information on June 7, 2006.

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