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Many Berry Boys earn tuition working in the Forestry Department

The Southern Highlander

Vol. 43

June 1956

No. 2

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.

Wm. McChesney Martin, Jr. Washington, D. C.
V ice-Chairman
Philip Weltner Atlanta
Dr. Harmon Caldwell Mrs. Virginia Campbell Courts Nelson Macy, Jr. Robert F. Maddox E. W. Moise John A. Sibley G. Lamar Westcott R. W. Woodruff

Published, by The Berry School, 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 hy Students on the School's Press

Our summer work program began the morning after Commencement and we have about 400 boys and girls here who are earning their education for next school year. For 56 summers the Berry Schools have provided op portunities to thousands of young people who have earned their room, board, and tuition. The result is that these men and women are today scat tered over our country, passing on to America, and the world, "the Berry way of life."
When we count our blessings, as we so often do here at Berry, we think

first of God who has never failed these Schools. Then, we think of the founder of this worthwhile work who, for more than forty years, gave her time without salary and built this worthwhile work and changed nearly 14,000 boys and girls from lives of ignorance into useful citizens.
You who have supported these Schools are high on our list when we count our blessings, for we realize without you the "Gate of Opportunity" would have closed long ago. Many of you we have never seen but we bless your names every morning and every evening, realizing that you are a real part of the Berry Schools. You have an investment here and those of us who are privileged to work with these young people feel fortunate, indeed, and we pray that we may be good stewards as we choose and train the young people in whom you have in vested.
Work, itself, is a real blessing! Our boys and girls look on it as such. For years we have cherished the dream of seeing two very special buildings erected--the Library Unit for our College and the Freezer-Lock er-Cannery. We have been penalized among Colleges because of lack of library space and we have hoped and prayed that the day might come when this need would be met. At long last, we are this summer working on this building and look forward to its com pletion before the end of the next school year. The Freezer-Cannery will meet a very practical need, and we hope that this building will be finished in time for us to preserve some of the fruits and vegetables to feed our thousand hungry boys and girls next winter.
We still desperately need staff cot tages and are still hoping that we shall find funds to build them this summer. This would truly be a blessing for some worthy teacher and his family in the school year. Perhaps someone reading these pages would like to fur nish the cash and our boys could saw the lumber and do the building. They would even wire the house for elec tricity and put in the plumbing, which would be an education for them.
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ship qualify him for the important work as Berry's leader. He holds a B.S. degree from Texas Techno logical College and a Ph,D. from Cornell University.
For some years he farmed, and later served as Associate Professor of Sociology and Acting Dean of Men at Sam Houston State Teachers' College in Texas; Research Fellow in the Univer sity of Missouri; Dean of Basic Division at Texas A and M; was several years the con sultant to approximate ly 50 junior colleges in Texas; and in charge of one of the two an nual conferences of colleges in Texas.

Dr. Bertrand comes

to Berry from the Uni

versity of Nevada

m Dr. John R. Bertrand, President

where he has, for the past three years, served as Dean and Director

of the Fleischmann

The friends of the Berry Schools College of Agriculture and Home

will be happy to know that the Board Economics. In connection with his

of Trustees have elected Dr. John R. work at the University he has spon

Bertrand, as President, and that Dr. sored a wide program throughout the

and Mrs. Bertrand will move to the State of Nevada with the Experiment

Berry campus by September 1.

Station Research and Extension

Mr. William McChesney Martin has service.

served as Acting President for the In World War II Dr. Bertrand

past year while the Board had a served in the Navy and was decorated chance to look for a permanent Presi with the Silver Star, Gold Star, Presi

dent. Mr. Martin is Chairman of the dential Unit Citation; Submarine

Board of Trustees and made the fol Combat Insignia, and Naval Unit Ci

lowing statement in announcing the tation.

appointment of Dr. Bertrand:

He has served as president of

"The trustees of Berry are delighted that Dr. Bertrand has accepted the responsibility as President of Berry Schools and College and are confident that under his leadership the Schools will carry forward the program made possible by Miss Berry."
Dr. Bertrand's years of experience as an educator and his experience in the field of practical Christian leader

many clubs, student groups and civic organizations and is a member of the Alpha Chi, American College Per sonnel Association, American Edu cational Research Association, Ameri can Psychological Association, Ameri can Sociological Society, Association of Higher Education, Phi Delta Kappa, Phi Eta Sigma, Pi Gamma Mu and
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Commencement Processional
Mr. William McChesney Martin, and Mr. John A. Sibley leading the Com mencement March of Berry Staff, Seniors and Students.

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The Berry Alumni Banquet always draws a large crowd of graduates and former students from every section of the country. It is thrilling to hear their enthusiastic comments of their days at Berry.

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Dean S. H. Cook presents awards on Honors' Day.


Commencement Guests Left to right: Dr. Wm. McChesney Martin Jr., Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and Commencement Speaker, Mr. Johnson Head, newly elected Alumni Association President, Mr. Erwin A. Holt, Burlington, N. C. and
the Reverend Lloyd G. Brown, Baccalaureate Speaker.
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Dr. James Gore McClure, a Berry Trustee, passed away at his home near Asheville, North Carolina, on June 10. Dr. McClure first came to Berry as the Golden Anniversary speaker in 1952 and was elected to the Board of Trustees that year. He had been very much interested in Berry and came to the school at every opportunity.
Dr. McClure received his B.A. de gree from Yale in 1906; he was award ed an honorary M.A. degree from Yale in 1939. He studied at New Col lege, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1906-07; McCormick Theological Seminary, 1908-09; and the universities of Tu bingen, Jena and Berlin, 1909-19. He received honorary degrees from Berea College, Harvard, and the University of North Carolina.
He was president of Farmer's Fed eration, Inc., which was organized to develop markets and stimulate pro duction of farmers in western North Carolina. He was the originator of the Lord's Acre movement; president, Farmers Loan Corporation; editor, Farmers Federation News; president, of Appalachian Mutual; president of American Forestry Association, 19371941; a member of the North Carolina Conservation and Development Board; president, Skyline Co-operative Dai ries; vice president, North Carolina Symphony Association; member of the Society of Mayflower Descendants (elder for State of North Carolina); and president, Asheville Civic Music Association. He headed many other movements on the local, state, and national level for the betterment of mankind.
Dr. McClure was married in 1916 to Elizabeth Skinner Crammer. Mrs. McClure preceded him in death. They had two children--James Gore King III (deceased), and Elizabeth (Mrs. James Clarke)
Dr. McClure was a minister of the Presbyterian Church.

George Winship, Berry Trustee, At lanta civic and business leader, died Wednesday night, June 20, in a private hospital.
Mr. Winship would have been 72 years old on June 30. He had been president of the Fulton Supply Co., industrial and textile supply distri butors since 1914, when he organized the business.
Surviving are his wife, the former Emily Irby; son, George Winship Jr., manager of the Fulton Supply Co.; daughter, Mrs. Harry W. Leadingham, Milwaukee, and a brother, Charles T. Winship, Atlanta; six grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
In 1905 Mr. Winship began his busi ness career by organizing the Atlanta plant of the Continental Gin Co.
He was president of the old Morris Plan Bank of Atlanta, now the Bank of Georgia, from 1931 to 1938. He was a member of the board of directors of the Fulton National Bank, the Atlanta Gas Light Co., the Interstate Bond Co., and the Continental Gin Co., of Birmingham.
Mr. Winship has been on Berry's board of trustees since March 24, 1936. He has also served since 1938 as chairman of the board of trustees of Agnes Scott College, and on the board since 1931. He was a trustee of the Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School.
Born in Atlanta, Mr. Winship was graduated from Emory-at-Oxford and and Georgia Tech. He served as a member of the board of the Atlanta YMCA more than 45 years, and was president of the board, 1916-1927.
Mr. Winship was a member of the Central Presbyterian Church. For 17 years he had been chairman of its board of deacons.
He was a member and past president of the Rotary Club, a member of the Capital City Club, the Atlanta Athletic Club, and the Phi Delta Theta frater nity. He was a Mason and Shriner.

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James Brown, Clay Kennemer, Penn Camp, and Dot Register representing Berry Clubs receiving awards at Commencement.




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Herbert Williams placing flowers on Miss Berry's grave for the Rome Berry Club on Commencement Sunday.
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For You and These Boys and Girls

Dear Sir:
Since I first heard of Berry College, everyone I ask about it says it is the most respectful, wonderful, religious and beautiful college in the states.
During my school years I have gone to several different schools, as my fam ily and I have moved many times. When I was in the 4th grade I was se lected as the best reader in my class, and I was chosen as queen of the school play. Those two incidents meant quite a bit to me. When I was in the eleventh grade I won fifth place in a National contest on an essay.
When I was nine my father died. I had three older brothers but one of them married shortly afterward. One of my brothers had infantile pa ralysis and we had to keep medicine for him all of the time, and as we only had one member of the family (my other brother) to work it was hard for us to have a living, as he worked for $3.00 per day. After a couple of years my mother was successful in getting the welfare organization to send us a small check once a month until I was sixteen.
I now live on the farm with my brother and my mother. My brother who had infantile paralysis died a few years ago. My brother is a share crop per and our income is very small.
One of the reasons why I want to come to Berry is because I am finan cially unable to attend another college, and will have to work my way through as my family is unable to send me through college. If I were able to pay my tuition I would still want to go to Berry. I want a good education and get a good job and help my mother, as she has worked hard to send me through high school.
I love to work for something which I know is going to be useful to me in

my future, and I am willing to do anything which you tell me to do, as 1 do not feel too good to do any kind of work.
I hope and pray that I may be able to enter, and promise to do my part in anything you ask of me. God bless you.
Dear Sir:
I want to enter Berry College and major in Business Administration. I want to be a commercial teacher and cannot afford to go to college unless I can pay my way entirely, myself.
I choose Berry because I have been told of the Christian atmosphere there, and of the willingness of the teachers to help the students, and also because I will be able to work for my expenses there.
At the time of my birth my parents were farming on shares, but later my father made a down payment on a farm. My brothers had to go into the service and my father was left to carry on. I was the oldest one at home and I began helping, and later my other sisters. We have been driving the tractor, hoeing and harvesting. We harrow, break the land, hoe peanuts and cotton, combine oats and wheat, pick cotton, stack peanuts and pull corn. My father's health is failing and he is unable to do strenuous work. He has now converted his farm into pas tures and is raising stock, however it is not paying off very well at the present time.

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cares for the small children while his wife works. Her intense interest and

"Enclosed is an application form being submitted by Keith.
"I have been keeping Keith since spring so he might finish his last school year here without interruption. His home life has been torn up by a drinking father and marital troubles. As he finishes this last year of school,

energy, I believe, account for the home being well kept and clean, how ever, it is a very poor home, mater ially, with few advantages.
"My words do not adequately ex plain why I want George to enter Berry. I do hope you may be able to accept him."

with no help from parents, his school ing will end unless he can enter a

(Mrs. L. H.)

school such as Berry so he can work

his way through. He has a standard
rating in school, and is a good worker Dr. Bertrand

around the place, willing to under

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take any job laid out for him.

Rural Sociological Society.

"I believe he has the making of a Dr. and Mrs. Bertrand have four

fine, young man if given a chance. children between the ages of four and

Berry has this chance to offer him, eleven years old. Dr. Bertrand has

for I attended Berry two years and known Berry for a number of years

received more than I can ever be able and is thoroughly sympathetic with

to repay."

the Schools' program. He and Mrs.

Sincerely, M. M. K.

Bertrand spent several days on the campus this spring, and he was a guest of the Schools some years ago. He is

originally from Texas and his wife


is from Alabama. Before their marri age she, also, was in school work and

"When Elon was just an infant his taught in Alabama and Mississippi.

mother deserted him. Since that time

he has been passed from one family to
another. He, now, is at a crucial age Summer Work

and when he finds something that in

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terests him he becomes quite in dustrious. For instance, he has been interested in the band in school and works extremely hard in that area. The person with whom Elon now lives is heavily in debt."

In addition to the building program for the summer the boys and girls are busy in the fields and forests, gardens and orchards, poultry plant and dairy, laundry and kitchens, shops and saw mill, print shop and

"T. W. H."

craft shops, sewing rooms and can

nery, eager boys and girls who are


grateful for the privilege of work. At this time when young people,

"I believe George to be the type of young man Berry could take con siderable pride in having as a member of your student body.
"His mother is employed in a home

by the thousands, are out of school and college and planning vacation trips, there are hundreds of boys and girls who are asking for "just a chance to work" at Berry. Before you plan your own vacation won't you please

and they have a small income. I am sure that her income does not begin to cover the needs of a family of nine. She is intelligent and ambitious for her children, qualities which George, himself, possesses.

remember these boys and girls? In the midst of a world of confusion we know that the only hope for Peace in the future is in the continued training of young people to meet responsi bilities and problems with loyalty to

"Her husband is completely dis right, devotion to service and love for

abled so far as earning capacity and humanity.

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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, masonary, 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 belive 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 place 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; ironer; 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.



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From Atlanta Journal, March 2, 1942

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Miracle in the Mountains
A "warm and wonderful biography" of Martha Berry by Harnett T. Kane and Inez Henry will be published on Octo ber 21 by Doubleday and Company.
Price $3.95
Fill in and return the attached order form now to secure your copies of the first edition. If you would like your copies autographed by the authors, please check.
Please send me_copy(ies) of
By Harnett T. Kane With Inez Henry
at $3.95. Please add 3 per cent tax. U Payment enclosed. Make checks payable to The Berry Schools. ]] I would like autographed copies.
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What Your Dollar Can Do
'J'HE HIGHLANDER, as usual, reflects our most press ing needs. The academic work in our Boys' School
will be seriously hampered next fall unless we can com plete the rebuilding of Recitation Hall, which was destroy ed by fire last winter. We have kept a group of boys to help with work on this building and we have appealed for funds to go forward with the building program.
Several small gifts have been received and today a kind-hearted friend sent $500 for this purpose. We have one conditional grant of $15,000 if we can raise the remainder of the necessary amount to complete this building, debt free, by next summer.
In order to do this we still need $60,000 which seems an enormous amount, however, when we think of how much good can be accomplished with every dollar toward this fund we feel that Berry is still living up to its reputa tion of "Spending both sides of the dollar."
In this case, your dollar will not only be meeting a two-fold need, it will be rendering a three-fold service. 1. giving opportunity to some worthy boy to earn his tuition; 2. providing a place for the training of hundreds of boys in the years ahead; 3. helping to make good the conditional grant of $15,000.
May We Count on YOU? Any Amount Will Help
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Board of Trustees

THE BERRY SCHOOLS (Incorporated)

William McChesney Martin, Chairman

Dr. Philip Weltner, Atlanta

E. W. Moise, Atlanta

Dr. Harmon Caldwell, Atlanta

John A. Sibley, Atlanta

Mrs. Virginia Campbell Courts, Atlanta G. Lamar Westcott, Dalton

Nelson Macy, New York

Robert W. Woodruff, Atlanta

Robert F. Maddox, Atlanta

Form of Bequest
I give and bequeath to The Berry Schools (Incorporated) the sum
of_Dollars to be appropriated by the Trustees for the benefit of the Schools in such manner as they shall think will be most useful.
I give and bequeath to The Berry Schools (Incorporated) the sum
to be safely invested by them and called the_ Scholarship.
I give and bequeath to The Berry Schools (Incorporated) the sum
to be safely invested by them and called the_ Endowment Fund. The Interest of this fund shall be applied toward the general expenses.
$5000 Endows a Permanent Working Scholarship $ 150 Provides a Working Scholarship for one year Make checks payable to The Berry Schools and mail to
The Berry Schools, Mount Berry, Ga.



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