When I graduated from Saker Baptist College in 1981, the college had 3 HOUSES: KING, ARMSTRONG and WITT; not the 4 it has today, which are: KING, DAIGA, WITT and BURNLEY.
At the time, certain "MAJOR PLAYERS" without whom Saker Baptist College's history would definitely be incomplete, had not yet been honored with having a DORMITORY or HOUSE named after them.
NOW, (THANKFULLY), we do have dormitories named after Miss WILMA BINDER, Miss EUNICE KERN and Dr. HAUPT.
While there's no SAKERETTE worth her salt (and kontri onions) who would not know who Miss BINDER is, fewer know who Miss KERN was, and even fewer, who Dr. W. NORMAN HAUPT is!!!
Well, he did serve as PRINCIPAL OF SAKER BAPTIST COLLEGE from 1969 to 1972 - which makes him Mr. W.N. TAYUI's immediate predecessor,(Hopefully you did not miss the fact that they have the same "W.N." initials!!!), and Mr. Donald WITT's "chop chair".
Back in 2012 when SakerPride was birthed, Ma SakerPride did start to hunt him down via GOOGLE (the best thing to have ever been invented, ah shuweh!!), and eventually found him - and his wife, Mrs. JUNE HAUPT who taught BIBLE CLASS in Saker, in SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA.
This little note from Tue, 8 Oct 2013 at 19:33:56 -0500 that still sits on SakerPride's HISTORY page is what came out of that "SEARCH & FIND" mission:
Dear Mrs. Monjimbo:
Thank you for all the work you have done to record the history of Saker Baptist College in Limbe, Cameroon. You have done much. I have looked through the links you sent me and am overwhelmed by all the good information and pictures.
Unfortunately, after 41 years it is difficult to remember any details of interest anymore. My wife and I were at Saker during a time of even development. There were not the large number of students that there are now. Nor were the buildings as extensive as there are today.
A few things that I remember is that the principal’s office had an air conditioner, which was unusual in those days. Also, the College had a good Bursar, Mr. Richard Tonga Ekema, who served the College well during the days I was there = 1969-1972. He was a big help to me in administration. The students were well-behaved. My wife, June Haupt, taught them Bible. We had some teachers helping us from the U.S. Peace Corps as well as some missionaries and Cameroonian tutors. Beyond that, our experience at Saker was well worthwhile and we enjoyed being there a great deal. We do not feel we made any sacrifices but, instead, learned much and were thankful for the opportunity to serve the Lord there.
I’m sorry that I’m not able to write more about our time at Saker. Also, I’ll not be able to send you pictures because I do not know how to do that on the computer. We older folk are not so adept on these machines. LOL
Thank you for contacting me. May the Lord bless you, your husband and family.
Dr. W.N. Haupt
He went pretty SILENT after that.
Well, this past weekend when Ma SakerPride was MIGHTILY BLESSED and HONORED to be part of the 3 WOMAN DELEGATION sent out by the SAKERETTES TRANSGLOBAL ALLIANCE sorority, to attend MA BEE WESTERMAN'S FUNERAL in ... SIOUX FALLS!!!
You can be sure she asked after him and was told by the other CAMEROON MISSIONARIES at Ma Bee's VISITATION (VIEWING), that he hadn't been around much since his wife, Mrs. JUNE HAUPT passed away last year!!!!! MAY HER SOUL REST IN PEACE!
One of them attempted to call him, but got no answer, and with Road Trips and Flights to catch we resigned ourselves to not being able to SEE 2 PRINCIPALS in that 1 trip as we would have liked.
You can therefore imagine what a PLEASANT SURPRISE it was for all 3 of us SAKERETTES to be greeted, upon our entrance into the REPAST Hall on Saturday with the GLAD TIDINGS: "Dr. HAUPT IS HERE!!!!" He had, indeed, made the effort to come out and HONOR his FELLOW-MISSIONARY and PREDECESSOR!!! GLORY HALLELUJAH!
We were seated next to him so we could CHAT, and CHAT WE SURE DID!!!!
It truly was a WONDERFULLY BLESSED HOUR from ...
- That gut-wrenching TEAR that rolled down his cheek when I presented my condolences on the passing of his wife, to ...
- The SMILE that lit up his entire face when I pulled up SakerPride Pictures of him with the graduating classes of 1970 and 1971, to ...
- His gallant comment on my "pretty nails" (Praise The Lord for my VIETNAMESE peeps at NAIL TEK!!!) to ... you GUESSED IT ...
- THE BRIEF BUT VERY TELLING RECORDED INTERVIEW in which he recounts the time he spent in CAMEROON - at CAMEROON PROTESTANT COLLEGE (C.P.C.) BALI, at JOSEPH MERRICK BAPTIST COLLEGE (J.M.B.C.) NDU, and at SAKER BAPTIST COLLEGE (S.B.C.) VICTORIA (now LIMBE)
From Greenland’s icy mountains,
From India’s coral strand,
Where Afric’s sunny fountains
Roll down their golden sand;
From many an ancient river,
From many a palmy plain,
They call us to deliver
Their land from error’s chain.
What though the spicy breezes
Blow soft on Ceylon’s isle;
Though every prospect pleases,
And only man is vile;
In vain with lavish kindness
The gifts of God are strown;
The heathen, in his blindness,
Bows down to wood and stone.
Can we, whose souls are lighted
With wisdom from on high;
Can we to men benighted
The lamp of life deny?
Salvation! O salvation!
The joyful sound proclaim,
Till each remotest nation
Has learned Messiah’s name.
Waft, waft, ye winds, His story;
And you, ye waters, roll,
Till, like a sea of glory,
It spreads from pole to pole;
Till o’er our ransomed nature,
The Lamb for sinners slain,
Redeemer, King, Creator,
In bliss returns to reign.
Beyond the Buea Mountain,
From West Coast earthquake strand,
Where Cam'roon's sunny fountains
Lay down their golden sand;
Along Victoria's Ambas Beach
Is found the Saker College
Where girls who seek for knowledge
Are all striving to reach.
On the twenty-ninth of January
In nineteen sixty-two
Thirty six Cam'roon youngsters
Were laid to Saker Hill
Their nervous trepidation
Became a joyful thrill
In the hearts of these first comers
A joy that warms them still.
The Baptist Girls' Secondary School
Was the first name for our school
The West Cam'roon Christian College
Was the name that followed next.
Today Saker Baptist College
Is the name our college bears
For God's word to our Cameroon
Alfred Saker strove to bear.
Geography and math'matics
Are subjects we employ
Domestic Science and physics
Are others we enjoy
English language and history
Music to praise the Lord,
Literature, Bible Chemistry
French Language for abroad.
With the power of God's Almighty Hand
We try to face the world
For Unity and Sisterhood
We Saker students strive,
Be we coastal, midland, upland
We Saker girls are one
With the help of tutors true we'll thrive,
And the battle will be won.
Salvation O salvation, S.B.C. girls proclaim,
For in our jubilation, no tribal rights disclaim.