From the December 30, 1909 issue of the Robesonian, newspaper of Lumberton, NC
Prof. W.C. Chance, colored, principal of Higgs Industrial Institute at Parmele, Martin county, is in Lumberton canvassing for his school. He has a letter from Congressman Jno. H. Small highly recommending him. Prof. Chance got his training at the A. and M. College at Greensboro. His school was started last October, employs three teachers and emphasizes industrial work, especially agriculture. J.G. Goddard, cashier of the Martin County Bank at Williamston, is treasurer of the institution and R.J. Peele, superintendent of public instruction is secretary. Congressman Small says that Prof. Chance is doing a good work and is worthy of any assistance that may be given him.