Mrs. Elisabeth Davis was honored Tuesday (Aug. 29) when Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb came to Culver Academies and personally presented her with the Sagamore of the Wabash. The award is one of the highest civilian honor that can be bestowed by the Governor of Indiana.
The Sagamore is a personal tribute usually given to those who have rendered distinguished service to the state or governor. The award was presented to Mrs. Davis during a brief ceremony in Head of Schools Jim Powers’ office.
Mrs. Davis, who is recovering from a short health setback, celebrated her 100th birthday on July 21. She is now celebrating her 81st “work-a-versary,” having started at Culver Academies in 1936 as a secretary. Last fall, as she celebrated 80 years at the Academies, her remarkable longevity “went viral” via social media.
More than a million people viewed, commented on, or shared her story via media venues ranging from Today to The New York Times to People magazine to the Huffington Post to Inside Edition, and as far away as China, Austrailia, and Norway.
This is the second time in two years that Culver Academies has hosted a Sagamore of the Wabash presentation. John and Pam Buxton were each presented with honor when they retired in June, 2016. They are among the few husband-and-wife teams believed to receive a Saganore of the Wabash individually at the same time.
Those still wishing to send their best birthday wishes to Mrs. Davis are encouraged to do so via Box 156, 1300 Academy Rd., Culver, IN 46511.