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The Southern Highlander

Vol. 43

March 1956

No. 1

Founded by Miss Martha Berry January 13, 1902
Mount Berry, Floyd County, Georgia
Berry Schools are eleemosynary institutions. Gifts are tax exempt according to federal law.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES Wm. McChesney Martin, Jr.
Washington, D. C. _ Chairman Philip Weltner, Atlanta .. Vice-Chairman
Dr. Harmon Caldwell, Mrs. Virginia Camp bell Courts, Dr. James G. K. McClure, Nel son Macy, Jr., Robert F. Maddox, E. W. Moise, John A. Sibley, G. Lamar Westcott, George Winship, R. W. Woodruff.

Published by The Berry Schools, Inc.,
at Mount Berry, Georgia
Printed and Published quarterly at Mount Berry, Georgia. Entered as Second Class Mail Matter at Mount Berry, Georgia, Act of Congress, March 3, 1879. Acceptance for mail ing at special rates of postage provided for by section 1103, Act of October 3, 1917. Author ized July 24, 1918.
Printed by Students on the School's Press

"Except The Lord Build
the House . . . "
"Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it; except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.
"Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
"As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man, so are children of the youth.
"Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them."
These passages from Psalm 127 seem particularly applicable to Berry. No one here has ever doubted that the Lord did build this house. Miss Martha Berry, who started Berry as a Sunday School in a one-room log cabin, often explained, "I am only the earthly

founder. God has built these Schools. I only walked out on a plank of faith, and let the Lord lead me."
In trying to express what Berry meant to them, several of the seniors who finished their work in January said, "Berry is the answer to my prayers."
Although all of us have firmly be lieved in prayers, we have also believed in hard work. Some of the early stu dents at Berry say that after each prayer service, which was held in the dining hall just after the evening meal, Miss Berry would rise from her knees and say, "Now we will put this prayer to task."
While praying for guidance and help, our hands have been willing to work to make the prayer a reality. And on the Berry campus are evidences of thousands of answered prayers of the teachers, workers, and young people.
"Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord . . . Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them."
The young people at Berry are "an heritage of the Lord", and Berry is a happy place because we have a "quiver
full of them."
While material things are necessary, and it is mandatory that we have pro per buildings and equipment to give these young people proper training for our complex world, we have never lost sight of the real values, which are the young people themselves.
"Buildings are only worth what they are used for," Miss Berry once explain ed to a friend who had asked her what a certain building had cost, and what it was worth. "If we can house 100 boys in a dormitory, it is worth the lives of those hundred boys. If we can train a thousand boys and girls in our reci tation halls, those buildings are worth the service to the country which our boys and girls will give when they leave Berry. If a building is mis-used, it is better not to have it; but if it is used for a good purpose, such as train ing boys and girls for a bright future of service, the value cannot be mea sured in dollars and cents."
The most rewarding aspect of life at Berry is working with the earnest, ambitious young people. There are so
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Betty Ann Rouse, Dr. S. H. Cook, and William Grantham watch as Dr. Louie Newton places a basket of flowers on Martha Berry's grave on Founder's Day.


Dr. Louie D. Newton, prominent Atlanta minister, and a friend of Berry since 1913, told of his first visit to Berry, and meeting the founder, Miss Martha Berry, and using Psalm 121, which is the Schools' Psalm, urged the large congregation of students, alumni, faculty members and friends who at tended the special chapel service to lift up their eyes "unto the hills from whence cometh my help."
As a student in New York City, and a reporter for the NEW YORK TIMES, Dr. Newton first visited Berry in 1913. He told of meeting Miss Berry, who drove with him over the grounds in her buggy drawn by Roany, the Sunday School pony. Dr.

Newton told of meeting some of the early-day students, and of his enthu siasm for the ideals and purpose of Berry.
As they drove over the campus, he noticed a very quiet spot, where the horse stopped. Miss Berry explain ed to Dr. Newton, "This quiet place is where I come to pray. I have come so often, Roany automatically stops here. It's on the campus, yet apart, and is a real inspiration to me; in fact I
don't think I would have the faith and
courage to keep going if it weren't
for this place and the privilege of
prayer. Won't you pray for the Schools
with me?" she asked.

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Through the years, Dr. Newton has kept in touch with Berry. He invited Miss Berry to speak in his church many times, and remembered the large, standing room only congre gations which came to hear her. "It was always a great privilege to hear Miss Berry," Dr. Newton said. "You were able to absorb some of her faith, her courage, and her inspiration just by being near her and hearing her speak." Thanks be unto God for every remembrance of Martha Berry."
Each year since Miss Berry's death in 1924, Dr. Newton has held a me morial service in his church.
Using the first verse of Psalm 121, "I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills from whence cometh my help," Dr. Newton named three hills which should guide and inspire one.
"I will lift up mine eyes unto the hill called Sinai from which God speaks His everlasting law. I will lift up mine eyes unto the hill called Calvary, where the same God who speaks with au thority speaks with love. I will lift up mine eyes unto the hill of Olivet which is the hill of hope from which God speaks His everlasting message of hope and peace."
"My prayer for you is that today and all days you will be saying quietly, `I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills from whence cometh my help.'"
Following his visit and message at Berry, Dr. Newton wrote the following article in his weekly column in the
Christian Index:
"BERRY: Last week I attended the 54th anniversary of the founding of The Berry Schools. It was January 13, 1902 when Miss Martha Berry officially opened the Gates of Oppor tunity across the road from the beau tiful home where she was born. The idea and ideal had been at work for sometime prior to 1902- the idea and ideal of doing something for the boys and girls up and down the hills round about Rome. Miss Berry had organized a chain of Sunday Schools and day schools at Possum Trot, Foster's Bend, Mt. Alto, and other communities.
"LOG CABIN: And in the grove of majestic trees in front of the Berry home, she had built a log cabin in

which she held Sunday School, bring ing the children in a buggy. The log cabin still stands. And on January 13, 1902, she moved across the highway to launch her great venture of faitha venture with humble beginning to a role of greatness in American ed ucation. The Boys' School was opened in 1902, the Girls' School in 1909. When Mrs. Newton and I drove through the Gate of Opportunity last Friday for the 54th Anniversary, we drove onto a campus of more than 30,000 acres, largest in the United States.
"SPIRIT: The greatest thing about Berry Schools is spirit-atmosphere., Reverence for life, for beauty, for truth, for God. After placing flowers on Miss Berry's grave, beneath a beautiful tree beside the Chapel, we went inside for the anniversary ser vice. They sang, "O God our help in ages past," and then a student read Psalm 121, after which another student led us in prayer. Then the choir: "Bless the Lord, O my soul." All the while I was remembering the inscrip tion on her grave: `Even as the Son of Man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister.' Georgia's greatest woman."
"Except the Lord ..."
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many boys and girls, each an individ ual with his own problems, hopes, and aims. To watch them solve their prob lems, work out their own solutions, study, play and work toward their goals, and to see them sucessful in their fields after they are graduated is indeed a rich reward.
Truly, the Lord has built this house. On the Schools' shield, the Bible is foremost among the symbols, which include the plow, the lamp of learning, and the cabin for simplicity.
Nor. was it without study, prayer, and faith that the Schools have taken and believe the promise, found in Isaiah 27:3 "I the Lord do keep it; I will water it every moment lest any hurt it; I will keep it night and day."

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Many of our friends and alumni have responded to our appeal for funds to replace the recitation hall at the Mount Berry School for Boys which burned in November, and some of the letters have been heart-warming. The faith our friends have in The Berry Schools is inspiring, and encouraging.
Since our last HIGHLANDER, one of our friends has agreed to contribute, anonymously, the funds necessary to complete the utility building which will house the freezing and canning plant and the laundry. Many of our friends have contributed generously toward this building, and these gifts inspired our anonymous friend to com plete the building.
The utility building will be con structed of native stone, and will have a cannery and food preparation work room, with equipment for canning vegetables and fruits produced in the Schools' gardens. Steam kettles will be used in preserving jams and jellies, and vegetable and fruit peelers, wash ers, juice extractors, and other fa cilities will make it possible to prepare and process more fruits and vegetables than ever before.
The freezer-locker and cold storage facility will make it possible to utilize and store quantities of our own vege tables and meats and dairy products. Dining halls will be able to plan and balance meals more effectively, since quantities of foodstuffs can be kept on hand. It has been difficult to butch er and store enough meats for the dining halls, for there was no place to store the parts which were not used at once. If a beef were butchered, there was not enough of the same kind of meat to serve at one meal. This meant that several beeves had to be butchered, and this made the storage problem difficult.
Not only the girls who worked in the laundry, but many of us who knew the conditions under which they worked, will be delighted that they will have as good a laundry as possible. Located in the basement of one of our buildings, the old laundry was extremely hot during the summer. The temperature

sometimes ran as high as 115 degrees, and the girls' clothing was as wet from perspiration as if it had been in the washing machines. They knew it was a job that had to be done, for cleanliness is next to godliness, and they knew they were earning their education. Without complaining, they did their work, but it is good to know that this hard work will be done under much better conditions.
Even though this great need has been met, there is still the urgent need of the recitation hall. In Berry's well- rounded program, all the needs of the boys and girls - educational, spiritual, physical, and inspirational must be met.
One of our boys who attended classes in the recitation hall has written: "I can remember several fires that have occured on the campus, but I do not see any burned-out ruins when I return there now, and I can't see why a good location like the one where the reci tation hall stood should not have a modern building on it. Can you? I realize that making this an accomp lished fact will require that a lot of people brace their shoulders and add a little weight to their present loads, but, to be honest would there be any excuse for not doing this? That's the Berry spirit--not to mourn, but to shoulder the load and build!"
Fred H. Loveday, principal at the Mount Berry School for Boys, and a Berry graduate himself, has written the following article, which gives an idea of what the old recitation hall has meant to the Berry boys, and how much the new one will mean when it is built.
"In the early morning hours of Sun day November 27, the old recitation hall at the Boys High School burned. The fire had such a head start when it was discovered that it was impossible for the building to be saved. It has been judged that the stone walls and the foundations can be used in re building, and several items were saved from the biology laboratory.
"The disaster was indeed a shock for those currently at the school, and

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Students Clearing Ground for Freezer-Plant

for all who in years past have been here and have sentiments for this audi torium and classroom building. Many cherished the learning experiences and associations with many friends, teach ers, and visitors who walked its halls. Indeed, none of us could ever measure the vastness nor the value of the know ledge that was imparted in this quaint and lovely old structure. If the for lorn, saw-toothed, haggered and smokestained walls that now gape on the site where once sprawling building stood could speak of the secrets that they have quietly encompassed since 1923, they could certainly give the answers to many questions: How many boys have experienced the thrill of newly gained knowledge? How many have received the necessary enlightenment for discovering themselves? Who, with in these walls, received the call of dedicated service to their fellow men? How many chapel speakers passed on a spark of inspiration? And, how many young men on this spot made decisions that gave shape and form to their entire lives? Yes, so long as any who ever inhabited this old building shall live, fond and cherished memories shall abound.

"What of the present and of the future? On Monday morning following the fire on Sunday, classes continued on schedule at 8:00 o'clock, and have continued without one class being missed on account of the fire. Available spaces at the shop and gym nasium building are now being used for classes and offices. Chapel is being held in the drawing room. The co operation and adaptation of the staff and of the students has been com mendable.
"The boys have put into effect plans for help in rebuilding with work and assistance in raising funds. They are cleaning up the charred ruins, and getting ready to rebuild the recitation hall. They have just contributed a gift of fifty dollars.
"A friend of Berry from south Geo rgia, who sent a check for one hundred dollars, said, `I will ever be grateful to that School for what it has done and is doing for the future generations of our Nation.'"
As Berry boys and girls contribute their gifts--pennies, silver and dollars --and as other friends catch their eager
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M. Gordon Keown, treasurer of the Berry Schools, a member of the Board of Trustees, and adviser of Miss Martha Berry, died at his home here Sunday afternoon, January 22.
Mr. Keown came to Berry as a stu dent in 1902, and was graduated as valedictorian of his class in the famous tent commencement in 1905. Following his graduation, he was manager of the store, and later postmaster and a close adviser and personal friend of Miss Berry.
Through his efforts, thousands of acres of forest land were acquired for Berry. Both Mr. Keown and Miss Berry believed in the value of the land, and trees, and Mr. Keown bought worn out farms and mountain land which was almost valueless because of its inaccessability. By planting trees, and by good forestry practices, these lands and trees which were acquired through the years, have become a living endowment for Berry. Many business men who visited Berry have said it was the wisest investment which could have been made at the time with the funds which the Schools had.
At Miss Berry's request in her will, and last message to the Trustees, Mr. Keown was named director of the Schools following Miss Berry's death in 1942. He served until 1945, when his wife, the former Miss Frances Olmstead, an early teacher at Berry, died. Mr. Keown asked the Board of Trus tees to name his successor, as he felt he should be relieved of some of his duties.
Mr. Keown never really retired. He served on the Board of Trustees, and lived on the campus, keeping up with every phase of the Berry pro gram. His knowledge of Berry, his common sense, and his devotion made him a very valuable member of the Board of Trustees.
One of the most prominent alumni, he represented the Schools on nu merous occasions, speaking at the 35th anniversary dinner given by Mrs. John Henry Hammond -in New York. In his role as adviser to Miss Berry, Mr. Keown met thousands of visitors to

the campus, and many of the readers of the HIGHLANDER will remember him and regret to know of his death.
Funeral services for Mr. Keown were held in the Mount Berry Chapel on Tuesday at 4: 00 p. m., the Rev. Dr. L. R. Scott, pastor of the First Presby terian Church, Rome, and Rev. Dr. R. C. Gresham, chaplain of Berry, officiated. Interment was beside the grave of his wife on the north lawn of the Mount Berry Chapel.
Mr. Keown was famous as a story teller, and often entertained friends and guests with his experiences. Whether visiting in the mountains, working on his farm, or trading with various people, Mr. Keown did every thing with a zest for living, and en joyed his experiences.
Once when he was traveling in the mountains, he saw a mountain cabin, with water piped down from a spring higher on the hill. Thinking that the owner of this cabin must be a progres sive man with advanced ideas in other fields, Mr. Keown stopped to visit with him. After talking about crops, land, and other matters, Mr. Keown told him how much he admired his progressiveness in piping the water down to the cabin, and guessed that the man's wife found it a great con venience.
"Oh, that water ain't for the old woman. Hit's fer the dogs. She totes her'n from the spring," he said.
Often in talking to the students at Berry, he would advise them. "Too many people cut their trees before they are ripe. They are wasting money by cutting the timber before it reaches its prime. Now my advice to you is, if your trees are not mature, and you are cold, tear a room off your house and burn it for firewood. The house is getting older and more rotten all the time, but the timber is growing. Burn the house and save the trees."
Telling of his decision to come to Berry, Mr. Keown described his efforts at farming, as a boy, to save enough money to get an education. He worked a patch of sorghum all one summer, and when it was ripe, he cut it, ground

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it and boiled it long hours to make syr up. He bought the barrels to put it in, and hauled it over the mountains to Rome to sell it. When he got to Rome, he found that the price of syrup was down, but rather than haul it back and not have money enough to pay for the barrels, he sold it. When he had paid for the barrels, he had $23.47 for his summer's work. He decided he needed more education so his work would be worth more.
He and a friend were living in a small shack, "batching it", and attend ing a so-called academy when Miss Berry found them. She talked to them about Berry where they could work for their expenses, but they were both suspicious of a school which of fered so much for so little. Finally Clayton Henson, Mr. Keown's friend, asked Miss Berry, "How high can you take us?"
"How high can we take you?" Miss Berry exclaimed. "Why we can take you through high school, through the roof and right up to the skies!" They both enrolled in Berry forthwith.
Mr. Keown was known as a shrewd trader, but he was unpredictable. Once when he began to mechanize his own farm (he loved to explain that the first three tractors in Floyd county were owned by Berry graduates), he wanted to sell his mules, and horsedrawn equipment. One young boy came to him to ask what he wanted for a team of mules and a wagon.
"For the wagon, I want $50. But if you want one mule and the wagon, I'll let you have both for $25. If you will take two mules and the wagon, you can have them all free!"
"Sir?" asked the boy.
Mr. Keown explained his offer again. The boy went off shaking his head, promising to tell his widowed mother about it. The next day she came.
"You told the boy yesterday what you wanted for the mules and wagon, but the boy didn't get it right. He says you offer the wagon for $50, or one mule and the wagon for $25, or the two mules and the wagon for free."
"The boy heard right," Mr. Keown said, chuckling to himself. He watched the woman's face, which was a study

in unbelief. "I'd advise you to take the two mules and the wagon, they're so much cheaper. You want to start farming, and this ought to help. You send the boy over and pick up the mules and wagon."
After the woman walked down the road, out of hearing distance, Mr. Keown laughed aloud at his joke. Ex plaining his offer, Mr. Keown often said, "That was the best kind of trade. Everybody got what he wanted. They wanted to farm, and had no mules. I had the mules, which were eating their heads off and doing no work, since tractors were used. We both got what we wanted, and I had a good laugh besides."
He also told several stories about the man who lived on his farm, and worked it. He said "Uncle Bud" taught him many things that couldn't be learned from books. When water-mel ons began disappearing from their field Mr. Keown asked Uncle Bud about it.
"That's one thing I can't understand," Uncle Bud said. "People know hit ain't right, but they steals. I learned a long time ago, that if I'd just be honest, people would give me more than I could steal."
Another time Uncle Bud came to Mr. Keown to borrow some money to take his daughter to the doctor.
"Uncle Bud, I thought we agreed that you were going to save for a rainy day," Mr. Keown said.
"Mr. Keown, I know we said that. But you know hit look like ever time I start saving, hit thunder 'fo night."
And Mr. Keown sometimes said that having lived at Berry so many years, he could understand that.
One of the long-time friends of Berry has written that she would like to contribute toward an endowed scholarship in Mr. Keown's memory. Although there is always many things at Berry to remind us of him, it is in spiring to think that boys and girls will be given, in perpetuity, the same opportunity that Mr. Keown had as a boy, and that their lives may be as use ful and full of service as was his, be cause of this friend's interest in en dowing a scholarship in his memory.

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What has Berry meant to you?
This question was answered by Sen iors who completed their work this month.
Mary Lou Arnold--"To me, Berry has been the answer to a prayer; through this prayer I have not only gained my education but many friend ships. I have seen how love for others is essential for a happy life."
Betty Arrington---"The high Chris tian ideals on which Berry was found ed, the Christian atmosphere and beauty of the campus, and the friend liness of the students here are the things I'll always treasure. May God bless and keep you all."
John Kent Baker--"To me Berry has not only meant a place where I might gain an education but also a home where I have been known as an individual with a start toward in dependence. I cherish deeply in my heart the friends here I feel are mine."
Delores Boatwright--"Berry has meant an answer to a prayer--a col lege education. It has provided lasting friendships, higher Christian ideals, a better personality, good times, and memories that will last."
Kemper Kelly--"Within these cher ished hills is the school where many have come and studied, and in return have made contributions to life. I hope that we, and those who come after us, will do likewise. Berry has been a place of challenging experiences for me."
James Moore--"I started long ago searching for the things that satisfy. In this friendly environment on this beautiful campus I have found them. Now when I see the grass, birds, trees, and flowers I am aware that they are masterpieces of art. When I observe a great architectural structure, I know who furnished the materials. Now I know that truth, beauty, and happi ness come with the realization and appreciation of God's blessings."
Jeannine Purcell--"Berry has given me a purpose for life by instilling in my heart a desire to make the best better through simplicity, spiritual living, physical growth, and love for my fellowmen."

Betty Ann Rouse--"It was here I found my God, walked with Him hand in hand, and learned of things not known before. Berry has opened my eyes to beauty, my mind to truth, and my heart to love. I will not forget."
Leila Sue Thornton--"To me, Berry has meant the fulfillment of a heart's desire and the gaining of many Christain friendships."
Bobby Gene Walker--"A striving for maturity--that's what Berry has been. That's what it has instilled in my heart--a desire to grow and to give."
Elsie Williams--"Berry, to me, is a
beautiful portion of God's world where I stored treasured memories, bright ened the future, and found priceless friends."
Ruth Woody--"Berry means to me a world of beauty--beauty that is in terwoven with love and lasting friend ships."
Dr. Green Wins Poetry Contest
Dr. G. Leland Green, President Emeritus of Berry Schools and College, won first place in a statewide teacher appreciation poetry contest sponsored by the State Chamber of Commerce.
The three-stanza poem was selected from some 50 entries. The contest was part of a campaign by the Cham ber's education committee to aid teach er recruitment.
Dr. Green, who was president of Berry from 1920 to 1942, retired from the teaching profession in 1954. He was head of the Division of Teacher Education just prior to his retirement.
Dr. Green is from Vermont, moving to Georgia in 1920. He received his education at the University of Ver mont, the University of Georgia and Columbia University. He holds hon orary degrees from both the Univer sities of Vermont and Georgia.
Dr. Green's poems have appeared in many anthologies, newspapers and magazines in America and England. His two published volumes are "The Upward Quest" and "These Will Re main."

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"To See Young People Grow is the Great Reward"
By Dr. R. C. Gresham, Chaplain

From the Appalachian mountains came a sixteen year old boy to Berry High School with a story that tells how Berry is continuing to serve the type of eager, ambitious, needy youth for which the Schools were built.
The step-father told this lad that he could not stay at home and continue in school. And, furthermore, that he had no patience with the boy's inter est in religion.
A lady, whose husband recently passed away, knew of the boy's prob lem, and offered him a home and a chance to go to school, for the help he could give on the farm. For two years this boy lived under this ar rangement, walking two miles to catch the school bus, and on Sundays he walked five miles up a mountain to a little church that had preaching once a month. He was elected superinten dent of the Sunday School before he was fifteen, and made that journey on foot every Sunday.

This lad finished elementary school, and the lady who had given him a home for two years was forced to sell her farm. She got in touch with her step-son, a merchant in the county seat town, who had heard of Berry. He investigated, and found that Berry was founded for young people like this needy, ambitious boy. He wrote to Berry, and interested the civic club in that town in outfitting the boy, and sent him to Berry, where he worked a semester for a year's tuition. He is now on his way to becoming a min ister for he feels God has called him into service.
To see young people like this one grow in mind, body and spirit is the great reward we, of the staff at Berry, get. And the years to come alone will reveal the worth to the world of young people, like this lad, who walk through the Gate of Opportunity, to prepare themselves for service to their day and generation.

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Johnson Names Mrs. Hardin For Teacher Award
Mrs. Eva B. Hardin, science and home economics teacher, has been named "The Teacher of the Year" at Johnson School. She is a native of Fayette County where she attended Fayette high school. Since receiving her B. S. degree from Berry College in 1951, she has taught at Johnson where her activities have been many and varied.
She organized the FHA four years ago and has since sponsored it. For the past two years she has been spon sor of the Tri-Hi-Y club and has been faculty advisor for the annual all of her five years at Johnson. Also at various times she has coached senior, junior, and elementary girls' basket ball and softball.
Mrs. Hardin is a member of the Floyd County Education Assn., Geor gia Vocational Assn., and National Vocational Assn.
She is a member of the Mizpah Church where she is president of the WCSC, a Sunday School teacher, secretary of the finance committee of the church building.
Mrs. Terrell, Year's Teacher At McHenry
Mrs. Paul Terrell, who has been named Teacher of the Year at the Mc Henry School, and other teachers of the school were honored Wednesday at a tea in recognition of the award.
Mrs. Terrell, a native of Whitfield County, was graduated from the West Side High School, and later received her Bachelor of Science degree from Berry College. She has been engaged in teaching 11 years, including three years at McHenry.
Mrs. Terrell is active in church work, attending the First Methodist Church of Rome, where she is a coun selor for the Intermediate Methodist Youth fellowship. She is a member of the Floyd County Education Assn., the Georgia Education Assn., and the National Education Assn.

In announcing the selection, the McHenry faculty paid tribute to Mrs. Terrell as "a conscientious teacher who loves her profession and the children love her in return." Mrs. Terrell's husband is the principal of the Celanese school.
Berry Alumna Elected "Teacher of the Year"
Mrs. Samuel Hill has been chosen "Teacher of the Year" for the Garden Lakes School in Rome. She will rep resent her school in the Floyd County "Teacher of the Year" event.
Mrs. Hill, the former Lucille Hall, teaches the third grade at Garden Lakes. She graduated from Berry Col lege in 1948 and is the sister of Mr. J. Battle Hall, part time teacher at Berry. She and her husband have a daughter, Sylvia, six. Mrs. Hill is the superintendent of children's work in the First Christian Church of Rome.
The honor of being "Teacher of the Year" was given to Mrs. Hill by her fellow teachers.
Recitation Hall Fund
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ness and determination, the fund grows, and the recitation hall comes closer to being a reality. If you would like to help, a gift of any amount will give them renewed courage, and will help buy something for the building, wheth er it is a nail, a sack of cement, roofing materials, plumbing fixtures, electrical supplies, blackboards- any of the much needed materials which are necessary in rebuilding. If you possibly can, won't you follow the Berry boy's ex ample and advice?
"I realize that making this an ac complished fact will require a lot of people brace their shoulders and add a little weight to their present loads, but, to be honest, would there be any excuse for not doing this? That's the Berry spirit--not to mourn, but to shoulder the load, and build!"

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Mail Carrier Honored At Coosa School
The Coosa rural mail carrier, Wil liam Emmett Bridges, was honored last night at a gathering at the Coosa High School Auditorium.
He was presented, on behalf of the Post Office Department and the National Safety Council, a citation for 25 years professional driving without an accident.
The citation, presented by Mrs. Agnes McArver, postmaster at Coosa, was signed by Arthur E. Summerfield, postmaster general, and Ned H. Dear born, of the National Safety Council.
Sgt. John Goodwin, of the Georgia State Patrol, was the guest speaker at the special meeting. Refreshments were served afterwards.
Some 75 patrons and friends of the carrier were present for the occasion.
Mr. Bridges has been with the Post Office for 35 years. With the exception of eight years in the Rome Post Office as a clerk, all of this time has been as the Coosa rural carrier. He was with the Rome office from 1940 to 1948 and lived in Rome about four years of that time.
Coosa has only one rural route, therefore Mr. Bridges is that office's only rural carrier.
Mr. Bridges was one of the early day students of Berry. He was in school here 1912-1913.
Excerpts From Recent Letter to
the Rome News-Tribune
613 4th Avenue Sidney, Ohio February 15, 1956 Editor, Rome Tribune Rome, Georgia I would like to commit myself, re garding the Berry Schools. I have been in Rome three or four times. I like Rome; I think it is an extremely nice town, but the Berry Schools stand out most vividly in my mind, the buildings and surroundings are magnificent in splendor. The Campus being the largest in the world, one could drive all day long and not see all of the buildings and surroundings.

If I were a boy again, I would rather be educated in the Berry Schools than any school of which I know.
In Martha Berry's Bible, Job 33:8, it says, "But there is a spirit in man; and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding." I believe that God moves in mysterious ways his wonders to perform, I believe that Martha was inspired from on high to be down at the little cabin on that Sunday and was making music on the melodeon which attracted the attention of the three boys who came to the cabin to see what it was all about. Miss Berry had them come in and sit down and she told them stories from the Bible. That was her first class to teach.
Miss Berry persuaded these boys to come back the next Sunday and bring others with them; they came back the next Sunday, and there were five of them. The Schools started with five enrollment, in the little Log Cabin a long time ago.
I would like to say in closing, it is through the good Spirit of God that Miss Berry maintained, because she sought first the Kingdom of God that all things were added to her success in building a great school for the poor and underprivileged boys and girls.
I would have rather been the found er of this school than to be the Presi dent of the whole United States.
My prayer, is that God will keep this school going on the same principle as Martha Berry left it.
A friend in His service.
William R. Smith



is an investment in


the future of deserv- (


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For You and These Boys and Girls


24 "building" or "fixing" machinery

Dear Sir: Louise has made application for en
trance to Berry. I hope you can help her in getting in, for, I believe, she is one of the finest young women I have known in years.
Her mother is dead and her father is a semi-invalid. Her aunt is the sup port for the family which includes a grandmother, great grandmother, and a younger sister. Louise works at part time jobs and last summer she was employed as a junior counsellor in the town's recreation program.
So, you can see her worth. I believe you will be proud of her in the years

and things like that. I have had this boy about seven years, his mother is in the hospital and his daddy assumes no responsibility what-so-ever--he drinks and doesn't hold a job. My husband died about 3 months ago and I'll have to give up house-keeping. I will have to place this boy and his sis ter who is 11 years old, somewhere, and he wants to go to your school very much. He has worked this summer and saved some of his money.
Please let me hear from you at once as he wants to get up there as soon as he can, if you can take him.
Mrs. C. V. R.

to come. Do what you can for her.

Robert has been reared in a fine

Yours truly,

home by a woman whom I cannot

J. M. A.

praise too highly. He does not seem

to have many steady companions and


has a slight inferiority complex due to the limited resources at his disposal in

Dear Sir: Virginia, a girl who attends our
school, has applied for entrance to Berry. She comes from a poor but good family. She has proven herself to be worthy and ambitious, and de serves the best. She has been very helpful in our church.
She is now riding a bus 30 miles per day to complete her school work here. You will find her an excellent pupil.
Her work is above average, and

comparison to other children. He has demonstrated to me in conversation considerable ambition.
Morally I can recommend him high ly. He has developed a character which is almost impeccable. In my opinion Bob would make a reliable student.
You will find him obedient and loyal. I have heard splendid reports of your school and its labors with the under privileged and I have faith that you can develop him into a citizen of whom you will not be ashamed.

Berry is her chance to succeed.



Mrs. A. K. M. Teacher

Dear Sir: Anything you may do for Joel will

be a real act of love for the unfortu


nate. He is one of the most hungry young fellows I know for the better

Dear Sir:

things in life and facing poverty as he

I have a grand-son who will be 14 does, it doesn't seem to bother him at

years old with-in the next few days all. I observed him closely last sum

who is very desirous of going to your mer in faded dungarees, and shirt, no

school. He has a bright mind but shoes, but clean. He stood and led the

doesn't care too much about books, but singing. I gave him his first pair of

would spend almost 18 hours out of the shoes last Fall, when he was 15.

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A recent test of his reasoning ability shows 98%.
May God guide you and direct you and may His Blessings be upon you in this case.
Please let us know whether you can take Joel.
Sincerely, Mrs. V. W. D.
Gentlemen: I am just a plain country boy seek
ing admission to the Berry Schools. My reasons are my family is short on funds and always has been. I just barely do get to attend school because of this. (I do miss school more than I should.)
Sometimes I have to do without lunch. My fees never get paid by the first of the term unless I pay them, which I often do.
Another reason is I've heard so much about the Schools. I plan to be a teacher, but I probably won't get to be one unless I get to come down there. I will stay until I fulfill my plans. I would have to work all my fees, etc. I know several friends who have been down there. They give the Schools a wonderful recommendation.
I can follow rules and orders pretty good. I would like it very much to at tend church services regularly. (I don't get to now.)
I would appreciate it very much if I could attend the Berry Schools.
Cordially yours, Charles
Dear Sirs, I am interested in entering Martha
Berry this fall. My father farms a one horse farm
and will be unable to pay any of my expenses. However, by the fall I ex pect to have saved enough to pay my way through the first semester. For the second semester I have to work to pay part of my expences which my relations will not be able to pay.

I am eager to learn and I am espec ially interested in sports. For my ca reer I have chosen journalism and your many papers and books in which I might put forth my ability inspire an even greater interest for entering your school.
I am a member of the church and I have recently taught the primary class. The children there loved me and often I would write stories my self and read them to them. They liked them but I never told them who wrote them.
I have many friends here whom you may write for references.
My home life has never been such a happy one. My father while I was young, drank all his crops up. Now he is in ill health and has been sapped of interest and understanding of young people, leaving him really grumpy. My Mother has been through the years very helpful to me and my ten brothers and sisters who are now employed.
You see by now, perhaps, that whether or not I go to college depends largely on you.
Another very important reason to me for entering Berry is to get in a school of high character. I have had to change schools here and my books became mixed. But I am getting along nicely in my books.
Please let me know how soon I may enter Berry.
Yours Truly Betty
Dear Sir: Please consider my application for
entrance into the Berry Schools. I am very interested in obtaining a College education, but it will be nec essary for me to get a worker's place.
I would like to begin work as soon as possible. My choice is Agriculture. I enjoy every type of farm labor, es pecially since I have been reared on the farm.
Thank you very much for your kindness and consideration.
Sincerely, Howard

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Recommendation: Howard is a sup erior boy in his ability to think and in moral trustworthiness. He also is above average in persistance, and in leadership. He is a good farm boy, who has done well with his opportu nities, and he cannot go to College unless he is in a position to earn most of his own way. He is the oldest in a family of eight children, and has al ways known what it is to be a hard worker. His family does not own any property.
Howard is big and strong, six feet tall, has a fine friendly personality, and makes friends very readily. He is one of the finest boys I have ever taught, and I take pleasure in recom mending him to your fine school.
Although he has had to be absent often in order to assist his father on the farm, he is industrious and has made above average grades.
Mrs. P. C. Teacher
Dear Sirs, I wish to enter Berry College be
cause only with Berry's work plan, will I be able to work my way through college, because I could not afford to attend another college.
I believe at Berry I will receive training in leadership and Christian citizenship as well as a suitable edu

cation. This, I feel, will help me to have a richer life and be a better person.
I wish to attend college for four years and major in Home Economics. After I complete my education, I wish to continue work in the Home Eco nomics field.
Sincerely yours, Rose
Dear Sir:
Florence, who has applied to enter Berry, has worked for us for about 2 years on week-ends and anytime she was on vacation. Her father runs a peach orchard for a local man and is a good honest hard worker. I think Florence deserves a chance and will prove worthy of the opportunity. She is way above average as far as desire to work is concerned. Her best virtue is she is dependable. I can never re member her being absent from work.
She definitely deserves a good chance. I do not know of her religious faith or her church, but she is a Christian and has the traits. I do not believe she has ever had any or very little social life due to the work-fi nances. Her mother and father look after her like a mother and father should as best I have observed.
Yours Truly, K. L.




Please find enclosed $. to be used as a working


scholarship for some needy Berry boy or girl.






All Gifts To Berry Are Tax Exempt Under Federal Law.


Please make checks payable to The Berry Schools,


and mail to Mount Berry, Georgia.

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Recitation Hall--Our most urgent need is a recitation hall at the Mount Berry School for boys, to replace the building which burned. The boys and the staff have gone ahead with their classes and work, not missing a single period. They are "making do" with crowded and cramped quarters, and have contributed their gifts of work and cash cheerfully. Much of the original stone work, and some material on the campus can be used. The boys are cleaning up debris, and going as far as they can with the work until more funds become available. Will you help them? A check to pay for a bag of cement, or a bundle of roofing shin gles will help them realize their dream of a new recitation hall.
Cottages--Our boys could build several much needed faculty cot tages, if we only had funds. The boys cut timber, and saw it in our sawmill. We have gone as far as we can without funds to buy the nails, cement, roofing, fixtures, and other things we can not make at Berry. We desperately need about six cottages which will not only furnish places for our staff members to live, but will give our industrial arts boys practical experience in carpen try, plumbing, electrical work, masonry, roofing and all other building skills. We would be happy to name the cottage for any friend or loved one.
Working Scholarships--Each year we walk further on the "plank of Faith," and accept boys and girls who are anxious to get an ed ucation. They come to Berry and work to earn their tuition, room and board. But, we must find friends who believe that these boys and girls will be worth an investment of $150 a year to their country when they are graduated from Berry. The records of our graduates show the value of our training. We hope that you will believe in these young people and help them with as much as you can afford towards a working scholarship.
Endowment--Berry has built up a small endowment through the years largely through bequest and Endowed Scholarships. You may endow a Scholarship for $5,000, or a Day at Berry for $2,500, and you may name them in honor of anyone you wish. A gift to the Endowment Fund will help perpetuate the work Berry does through the years to come, and will also perpetuate the name of someone dear to you.
Retirement--In these days when people everywhere stress security it is hard to realize that Berry workers continue to "stand by" giving their best years of youth and strength for barely a living wage and no promise of retirement funds when they can no longer work. Any amount for the retirement fund would be a godsend.
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Academic Costumes--Many of our friends have sent academic robes and hoods to be worn by our seniors and faculty members, and they were a great addition to our commencement exercises. We can still use more robes of all kinds, bachelors, masters, and doc tors, and any kind of hood, as well as caps. If you have any academic costumes stored, we can put them to good use.
Books--Our young people would enjoy magazines, books, and other materials to read this summer, and we hope that we will be able to have good, interesting literature for them. Many of our friends are sending magazines weekly, monthly, and at other regular intervals, but we can always use more. We love to use them in the library, in the sitting rooms, and other places where students can easily find them.
Typewriters--We need typewriters in the offices and in the typing room. There are many calls for trained typists and secretaries, and business firms particularly like Berry-trained boys and girls. We need typewriters and business machines on which to give them the necessary training.
Dishes and Silverware--We always need additional dishes and ad ditional silverware. We try to teach our students to make the dining room as attractive as possible and it adds a great deal when they have the right dishes and silver to set the tables pro perly.
Electrical Equipment--All kinds of electrical equipment can be used at Berry. We have started a laboratory to teach our girls the proper use of all kinds of appliances, and any gift would be most useful. Electric mixers; sewing machines; irons; washing mach ines; ironers; toasters; waffle irons; vacuum cleaners, or other equipment will be very helpful.
Cameras, Projectors--Some of our young people are very much in terested in photography, and a course is given in picture making and developing. We also need a camera to record scenes on the campus for use in the Southern Highlander and to record the history of Berry. We would be delighted to have movie and still cameras, and any kind of projectors, either movie, slide or strip. These will be most helpful in our classes.
Tools--All kinds of tools, garden, carpentry, drawing, mechanical, and anything you have that you are not using, can be used at Berry to a good advantage.
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Musical Instruments--If you have any band instruments no longer used by members of your family, or a piano, or any type of mus ical instruments, we would love to have them for the boys and girls. Our young people love to sing, and to play instruments of all kinds, and we want them to have the opportunity to develop their talents.
Fans--During the hot summers at Berry, our boys and girls work long and hard hours. While we cannot cool all the buildings, if we could have a few electric fans or air conditioning units, we would be able to have a few cool spots where the young people could work through the long summer days.
Sheets, Pillow Slips, Towels, Dish Cloths are always in demand. Our "family" is so large, it is hard to have a large enough supply.
-- Gifts are deductible for income tax purposes --
Anything sent to The Berry Schools is deeply appreciated, and a good use is found for everything contributed.



Street City .

I enclose my check for $ . to help the Berry boys rebuild their much needed recitation hall, or other purposes.

Please make checks payable to The Berry Schools, and mail to Mount Berry, Georgia.

What Will You Bequeath?
JN YOUR last will and testament, you R sum up your philosophy of life. You
express more clearly than ever your beliefs, your hopes, and your ideals.
Some years ago, a man who had no worldly goods left the world en riched by his last will and testament. He remembered us all, and to us he left his appreciation of the glorious sunsets, the joy of listening to the sing ing birds, the magnificence of bloom ing flowers. He made us all happier, more appreciative, and blessed by his last will.
Will you give joy, hope, encour agement, and bless others by your last testament? You could do this, express your faith in education, work, prayer, the young people and the future of our great country, if you