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FALL 1957
The Berry Schools

Mt. Berry, Georgia

Speaking of Berry
with John R. Bertrand Pres., The Berry Schools
Friends of Berry need hardly be reminded that from 1902 this institution was, with the help of many persons, built on the faith, vision, and genius of one woman. And today at Berry, we continue to unify into one meaningful and stable whole our academic program, our religious program, and our work program.
Well over eight hundred students in our coeducational college and in our high school for boys seek approximately the same academic objectives as students at other educa tional institutions. Berry's academic program provides the essentials of a broad general education, and simultane ously it aims at giving each student special competence in some particular area. We believe wholeheartedly that study with an occupational objective has vocational and cultural value. We also believe that having an occupa tional goal--whether it is work as a forester, banker, ag ricultural technician, lawyer, librarian, or teacher of English--helps the student attain maximum development.
Our religious program is vitally concerned with the building of Christian character. Our efforts are designed to create an atmosphere whereby our students will have the opportunity and the desire to grow spiritually, as well as mentally, and to cultivate ideals strong enough to become beacons in their lives.
We believe that our work program is a vital element in the achievement of good work habits and attitudes of respect for work, a spirit of cooperation with others, and a feeling of self-reliance and accomplishment. Therefore, we stress and believe in the dignity of work well done.
Through the years, it has been possible, with the assistance of friends, to carry on Berry's unusual program of education. Friends are essential to the continuation of a dynamic and unique educational program here at Berry. May we count on you?
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Vol. 44

Fall 1957

No. 3

Published by The Berry Schools, inc. --Founded by Miss Martha Berry Jan. 13, 1902--at Mount Berry, Georgia Printed by students on the schools' press.

Above is a part of the new Sarah Hamilton Fleischmann addition to the Berry College Memorial Library. More photographs are on pages four and five.
New Fleischmann Addition to the College Library

BOARD OF TRUSTEES: William McChesney Martin, Jr., chairman; John A. Sibley, vice chairman; Dr. Har mon Caldwell; Mrs. Virginia Campbell Courts; Mrs. Inez Henry; Nelson Macy, Jr.; E. W. Moise; Pollard Turman; G. Lamar Westcott, and R. W. Woodruff.
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 mailing at special rates of postage provided for by section 1103, Act of October 3, 1917. Authorized July 24, 1918.
The Cover. Fall semester always means study-time for Berry students, and this Fall students have the advantages of the new, modern addition and facilities of the college Memorial library.

The new Sarah Hamilton Fleisch mann addition to the college Memorial library at The Berry Schools was for mally dedicated and opened October 6.
This climaxed an effort to add to the college library facilities which the school's development required. A gift of the Max C. Fleischmann Founda tion, the addition was named in honor of Mrs. Fleischmann, the widow of Major Fleischmann. Both were long time friends of the school.
Introduced by Dr. John R. Bertrand, president of The Berry Schools, Mr. William McChesney Martin, Jr., chair man of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System represented the schools' Board of Trustees as its chairman. Mr. Martin acknowledged:
"It is with a sense of responsibility for service that The Berry Schools re ceive the Sarah Hamilton Fleischmann addition to our Memorial library today. In accepting this addition, we rededi cate our institution in its entirety to

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Standing before the plaque

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tion ceremonies in the li brary addition are (left to


right) Miss Florrie Jackson,

head librarian; Donald Nor

man, a senior and president

of Men's Student Govern

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senior and president of Wo

men's Student Government;

William McChesney Martin, chairman of Board of Trus tees, and Dr. John R. Ber trand, Berry Schools presi

will serve, to be sure, to help him gather details and facts, but it will also equip him to use these facts as foun


dations for higher and wider truths...

A large crowd of guests, alumni, and

students thronged both the special

chapel services preceding the dedica

tion and the dedication ceremonies

the high principles on which it was founded and pledge ourselves anew to keep our sights always on higher goals for the future. . . .
"It will help the student grow in tellectually--not by merely furnishing him with an accumulation of informa tion, but by building up within him a force of thought which may be turned at will on any subject upon which he may be called to pass judgment. It

in the new addition. Total stack space for the library
now permits storage of 90,000 volumes --providing space for acquisition of books needed by the schools. Reading room area on the first and mezzanine floors has study facilities for 304 stu dents. Basement space includes rooms for audio-visual equipment, book bind ing and repairs, and storage.
New furnishings in a natural finish birch include card catalogs, circulation

desk, magazine and newspaper racks,

study tables, chairs, and carels. The

library is fire-proof; and flooring, heat

ing, and ventilation are designed es

11 pecially for protection of books and papers.

Numerous original manuscripts and

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letters of famous authors of the 19th and 20th centuries, and other first hand

materials of historical significance were



displayed. Also exhibited were an ori ginal leaf from the Gutenberg Bible and the well-worn and marked Bible used by Martha Berry in her Sunday

schools in the very early days at Berry



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Berry students worked to landscape the grounds around the new library addition.


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Students rapidly be gan using all the new
facilities which were
quickly opened for
their research
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Mrs. Inez Henry, assistant to the president, glances up from a manuscript display prepared for the formal open ing of the addition. The Berry Schools were presented two noteworthy original letters for their permanent col lection in connection with the opening of the new addition.
The first section of the college Me morial library was endowed in memory of Edith Carpenter Macy by Mrs. Kate Macy Ladd. Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ford included a library as a part of the Ford Quadrangle at the girls' school. The Barstow library at the Mount Berry School for Boys was a contri bution of Mrs. George Barstow.
Pointing Toward the Future
Excerpts from Mr. Martin's accep tance:
. . .We realize that now a greater responsibility is ours to fill the shelves of this library with great and useful books, to solicit collections, to equip and maintain it on a high level with the records, films, and instructional materials which will keep it a modern, developing storehouse of knowledge. . . .
. . .We have determined deliberately and solemnly to make the most and the best of the things which are given to us. Our aim for our library is that it may do some thing broad and good for the welfare of all who use it. . . ."
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Berry Works To Help Itself
students build a

CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW COTTAGE, as pictured, is a student project begun during the Summer and scheduled for Fall completion. It will house the principal of the Mount Berry School for Boys and his family.
One of the uses of timber from the schools' forests is in building cottages needed at the schools. The program provides student participation in plant ing and harvesting of trees and using the lumber in school construction.
In a perennial cycle one generation of students uses the timber resulting from an earlier group's forestry de velopment. Yet every group is active in re-forestation.
With emphasis on conservation, students plant annually on Berry's acreage approximately 125,000 pine seedlings. Today the schools' 25,000acre forests serve as an educational project for a large number of students interested in forestry development. The remainder of the annual growth of timber is sold to help support the schools' program.


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October 8, 1910--(Special)--Former President Theodore Roosevelt and his party visited The Berry School today. . . FT'
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"Seeing the Berry School" are William B. Howland, Miss Martha Berry, Gifford Pinchot, and Theodore Roosevelt. At far right is Emory Alexander, a Berry student.

A slow, chilling Georgia rain was falling as former President Theodore Roosevelt and his party arrived at the Berry School station at 8:30 a.m. His visit fulfilled an earlier promise to Miss Martha Berry to visit the Berry School.
Roosevelt's group was welcomed by Miss Berry and the students with speeches, yells, special songs, and pa triotic airs. Percy M. Pentecost, a senior, formally greeted the former President for the students. Senior class president George A. Chatfield pre sented Roosevelt with a "big stick."
In spite of weather a tour of the school was underway, and a banner

across the front of Recitation Hall caught everyone's eye:
We've been waiting for you, Teddy, And we're mighty glad you've come. Lunch was served in what is today the Roosevelt cabin--and Walter John son, now alumni secretary with offices in the cabin, as a student served the important guest. Students, faculty, alumni,, and guests overflowed th,e school's largest room to hear Roose velt's straight-forward, friendly ad dress. Departing, "the Colonel" turned to the rain-soaked crowd and boomed, "Well, boys, if you've enjoyed the day half as much as I have, you've had a bully time."

Before the recent disasterous fire, the famous white Berry barns stretched across the green hillside at the schools in northwest Georgia.

Portion of Famous Berry Barns Burns

AT NOON on September 2--Berry's opening day of school--a fire sprang
Beginnings of the fire raced through a sec tion of the barns, as Berry boys with fire fighting equipment and the Rome, Ga., fire crew worked rapidly combatting the fire. Hay within the barn fueled the blaze.

from hay in a dairy barn. Within minutes flames enveloped a portion of the barns causing destruction esti mated at $70,000.
Berry boys, and firemen from near by Rome, Ga., fought the blaze. After wards the remains of fallen and blackened white walls disfigured the

adjacent standing, clean structures and green permanent pasture development.
The schools were temporarily stun ned, but promptly began clearing the ruins. (They were proud that students made all the brick and tile, sawed the lumber, and constructed the buildings during the 1930's, with completion in 1936.)

Friends have initiated a fund, which Berry hopes will grow, to rebuild after the hardfelt loss.
Smoking ruins of the burned-out portion give mute testimony of the costly fire for The Berry Schools. The fire raged before it was brought under control by the fire fighters, but the brick walls toppled.

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A 13-year-old Jersey cow at The Berry Schools is selected for her

production by the American Jersey Cattle club as a representative cow of

the breed for group showings at the Southeastern Fair for the southeast

ern U. S.

Selection of Bright Torono Rose was for milk production during 305

days totalling ten times her body weight. During that period the 905-pound

Jersey produced 11,509 pounds of butterfat, according to Joe W. Stone,

associate professor and head of Berry's

Agriculture department.

Eight different high school students

who milked the cow during the

record-making period, when she was

seven years and one month old, prob

ably can vouch for her contentment.



Cow, This is the first exhibit for the cow, but she has won a gold medal for her



Winner, production and is judged excellent by experts of the American Jersey Cattle

Is Going to the Fair

club. Rose will be joined by nine cows

from other herds for the Jersey group

exhibit at the Southeastern Fair

grounds in Atlanta, Ga.

A Berry student who is a friend

of Rose stands by her for the photo

graph (above) taken on her 13th birth



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what do friends forsee?
jlyfAIN METHODS of long-range bequests--in addition to direct donation--usually are wills, annuities, life insurance, and
living trusts.
Nearly any type of gift for any purpose can be included in a will. And for a donor's consideration a school may easily supply information on what type of bequest will probably best serve the students' well-being and development.
A life insurance policy with a school as beneficiary simply underwrites a desire to bestow a stated amount on a school. Upon contacting an insurance agent or company, a policy can be secured. No special insurance policy is required, but fre quently they are twenty-payment or endowment policies.
4 NNUITIES may be somewhat more complicated. Usually
' the two kinds are the immediate and refund annuities. Though useful, a brief discussion of them could result in over simplification or inadequate information. A reputable financial counselor can be an excellent source of information and proper guarantees for giving.
The living trust can be just that between a friend and a school. In one manner, a donor can establish a certain sum with a school, and he accepts an agreed income from it during his life.
Other means, of course, may be used in contributing to educational institutions. A donor should be satisfied with the rewards of his contributions. And it is the school's responsi bility to answer specifically his queries and purposefully apply his contributions.

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WHEREAS, Mr. Robert F. Maddox has ask ed to be relieved of his duties as an active Trustee of The Berry Schools, having reached the time of life that he desires to lessen his responsibilities,
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That this Board accepts his resig nation with reluctance and deep regret.
Mr. Maddox is a distinguished citizen of Atlanta whose business caeer has been identified with banking. He served as President of the Atlanta National Bank (1916-1924), as Chairman of the Atlanta and Lowry National Bank (1924-1929), and as Chairman of the First National Bank of Atlanta (1934), which institution he continues to serve as Director. He also has served as President of the American Bankers Association (1918-1919).
He was Mayor of the City of Atlanta (1909-1910) and was Fulton County Commissioner of Roads and Revenues (1907-1908), and he has played a leading role in the development of the cultural and civic life of the city and community.
In 1911 he was elected to the Board of Trustees of The Berry Schools, and since that time he has served The Schools in many different capacities.
He was Treasurer from 1911 through 1945, was appointed to the Buildings and Ground Committee in 1915, was appointed to the Special Endowment Committee in 1915, to the Executive Committee in 1928, and to the Investment Committee in 1928, which Committee he has served as Chair man since 1943.
He was a very active member of the Ochs Campaign Committee in 1924 and played a great part, through his personal gifts and his influence in secur ing donations from his friends throughout Georgia, in adding $100,000 to the fund raised for The Schools by Adolph Ochs of the New York Times.
Mr. Maddox has taken a very personal interest in The Schools and has visited the campus on many occasions, including the one in 1922 when Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ford were guests of The Schools for the first time.
Mr. Maddox has given of himself faithfully and untiringly to The Schools for the past forty-six years, a longer period of service than any other Trustee, including Miss Berry.
BE IT RESOLVED, That Mr. Maddox be elected as an Honorary Trustee of The Berry Schools for life, with the hope that we may continue to benefit from his presence at our meetings from time to time.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That a copy of this resolution be sent to Mr. Maddox as an expression of gratitude and appreciation, and that a copy be placed in the permanent Minutes Book.


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Dear Friends,
This issue of The Highlander goes to thousands of old friends of Berry and to thousands of new people whom we hope will become friends.
As the Thanksgiving Season approaches I cannot help but think, with deepest gratitude, of the multitude of friends who have supported Berry through the fifty-five years since its beginning. My thoughts turn back to my years of association with (Miss Martha Berry and the Thanksgiving Seasons we spent together, traveling for The Schools in search of "friends and funds."
We are grateful today for each one who has a part in our great program and. we re-dedicate our lives in this hour of our country's and our world's greatest need for the kind of training offered at Berry. There is no stop ping a work of this kind, and new friends are needed yearly to help enlarge and extend the scope of our activities.
Christian character-building is our primary aim. Graduates of Berry are making enviable records in life as farmers, teachers, nurses, ministers, doctors, farm agents, in business life, as homemakers and many other professions.
All the work in operating Berry is done by students. They build the roads, cook the meals, sew, bake, scrub, wash windows, polish floors, milk cows, plant orchards and crops, harvest them, make furniture, and do a multitude of other necessary tasks. From three o'clock in the morning until ten at night there is work going on by some student.
Tomorrow, I leave our glorious campus, with its autumn coloring and its earnest youth, for New England where I am invited to meetings in churches and clubs to try to tell the story of Berry. I hope to meet some of you and thank you face to face for your share in Berry's growth. I go with the fervent prayer that I may find new friends who will want to share in Berry's growth. After thirty-eight years at Berry as a student and as a worker, I am more con vinced than ever that the training offered here is what our world needs to strengthen the fabric of life in this dark hour.
May God bless you and renew your faith and vision that we may walk into the future on the lives of our young people who are committed to this School's motto: "Not to be ministered unto, but to minister."
Faithfully yours,

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Students marching in the early phases later combine with others to form the massive final "Grand March" procession.

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The spirit of Mountain Day rever berated from The Berry Schools in early October as throngs of alumni and guests joined students in the annual observance.
Traditional Mountain Day cere monies shared the active weekend with the formal dedication and opening of the Sarah Hamilton Fleischmann Ad dition to the college Memorial library and with the ninth annual alumni homecoming.
On the ninety-first anniversary of Martha Berry's birth, Mountain Day ceremonies were one more factor re newing the faith and purpose in the schools that Martha Berry steadfastly maintained. It all began when students in the school's early years wanted to give Miss Berry a birthday present and party.
Characteristically she turned it into a party for the school. Highlighting the holiday activities, students passed a basket and dropped in a penny for each year of their age--and their con-

tributions became a student fund for student needs. Then they formed into a "Grand March," and the breadth of the lines grew until the students marched 16 in a row, hand-in-hand down the sloping hillside to stand before the symbolic basket and Miss Berry.
This year the observance began in the Mount Berry chapel. Services in cluded a reading of scripture and prayer, a hymn and anthem, a welcome by school President Bertrand, and the introduction of the alumni association president and alumni speakers. The five alumni speakers pointed out the influence of Berry in education, church and religious work, business, military service, and government.
After the benediction the audience, which overflowed the chapel, grouped outside to observe the formal placing of flowers on Martha Berry's grave.
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still prepared by students. Later the guests gathered for the traditional "Grand March." And again, in their yearly tribute, students dropped their contributions into a basket. They marched and maneuvered into the large group as a finale; and student leaders presented to President Bertrand the basket of student contributions.
The well-known organ recital at Frost Memorial chapel followed, and a football game concluded the day at the boys' school campus.
Earlier in the day alumni had reg istered and many of them and visitors had briefly seen the new library addi tion. Many returned the next day to swell the large crowd present for the formal library dedication ceremonies.

Presenting the traditional basket of student monies to Dr. John R. Bertrand (right), president of The Berry Schools, are Joyce Taylor, vice president of the college senior class, and Buford Jennings, college senior class president.


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The Mount Berry Chapel
to see the famous Berry Schools on the Martha Berry Highway (U. S. Highway 27) mid-way between Chattanooga and Atlanta, just outside Rome, Georgia.
It will be a special pleasure to have you and your friends visit Mount Berry, Georgia.