John Davis Merwin, the son of Miles and Marguerite L Merwin (nee Fleming), was born on St. Croix 9/26/1921. Spending his early childhood on St. Croix, he attended the Antigua Grammar School from which he graduated in 1937.
The Virgin Islands were given an extra touch of beauty on 11/11/1950 when Cherri Creque was born to her parents, James and Lavida (nee Blyden) Creque. At the early age of 3 Cherri started school, beccoming a member of the National Honor Society during her sophomore year at Sts. Peter and Paul High School.
2/22/1909-7/23/2002 ~ Ariel Melchior Sr., the son of Victoria Rogers and Ephraim Melchoir, demonstrated leadership qualities from the beginning: hard working, thrifty, and dedicated. One of Ms Edith Williams' brightest students, he attended the Moravian Day School in downtown Charlotte Amalie. Interestingly, years later The Daily News of the Virgin Islands, which he & J. Antonio Jarvis co-founded on 8/1/1930, was located in the building that once housed the school.
Dr. Hugo Bornn, musician, professor, aesthete, was born the second child to David and Edith Bornn, both natives of St. Thomas. During his early musical training he attended the Convent School of the Sacred Heart.
Alton A. Adams, musician, journalist, organizer, proprietor, was born on St. Thomas 11/4/1889. He received his education from the schools of the day, namely: Moravian School; Mrs. Vialet School; and was fortunate to have been a student of pioneers of the local system. As was the custom of the period, Mr. Adams continued studies by correspondence courses.
While the Virgin Islands have produced great men whose physical or mental attributes have merited them recognition in our hall of fame, few women have been thus honored. Mildred Verona Nee Watlington Anduze whose achievements as a wife, mother, educator, alturist, was a lady who has contributed to her islands in an area that touches human feelings deeper than many great names can claim. Born 11/9/1891, her parents were Arthur Leopold & Elizabeth D. Watlington (nee Corbiere). (Read more at UVI.)