Southern Highlander, 1963 September, Volume 50, Issue 4

THE BERRY SCHOOLS BULLETIH
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The arrival of autumn at Berry College brought a
record enrollment of 870 students to the campus
for the fall quarter. The school for boys also has
a capacity enrollment-- 220--for the fall semester.

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THE BERRY SCHOOLS BOARD OF TRUSTEES

WILLIAM MC CHESNEY MARTIN, jr.chairman WILLIAM R. BOWDOIN. .vice chairman

HARMON W. CALDWELL RICHARD EDGERTON INEZ HENRY A. W. LEDBETTER JOHN MADDOX JOHN A. SIBLEY JOHN C. WARR R. W. WOODRUFF

VIRGINIA CAMPBELL COURTS JOHNSON HEAD HOWELL HOLLIS
NELSON MACY, JR. ARTHUR N. MORRIS
HAL SMITH G. L. WESTCOTT

THE BERRY SCHOOLS BULLETIN



September 1963



Vol. 50 No. 4

The Berry Schools Bulletin is published five times yearly--in March, April, June, Sep tember and December--by The Berry Schools, Inc., Mount Berry, Georgia. Second-class postage paid at Mount Berry, Georgia. This publication was printed by the students at the Berry Printing Services.

ABOUT THE COVER For the cover photograph of one of the giants of Berry's tall timber, photographer Robert McCullough spent a few minutes "flat on his back." McCullough also receives the credit for the forestry photographs on pages 4 through 6, for the portrait of Dr. Bertrand, the photos of the spires on pages 7 and 8 and the shot of Dr. Henry on the inside back cover.

Trees, Spires and People

In this issue of the Southern High lander, we place special emphasis on three very important aspects of Berry --the forests, the spires and the people.
The forests, thanks to the foresight of Martha Berry, have been instru mental in assuring annual funds to as sist the continuation of Berry's three fold educational program of study, work and worship.
At the same time, the acres of lush timberland provide an open-air for estry and biology laboratory as well as adding a particular beauty to the campuses of Berry College and Mount Berry School for Boys.
As the article which begins on page 4 points out, the Berry forest lands have benefited--and will continue to benefit--generations of Berry students.
The towering spires which top near ly every building on the Berry cam puses -- from the early day chicken houses to the impressive Gothic Ford Buildings -- are visible reminders of Berry's dedication to the Christian tradition.
That tradition, one of the hallmarks of a Berry education, has been main tained in an atmosphere of inspiration at Berry since the founding of the institution.
Through it, Berry students are en couraged to seek and to develop their highest spiritual potentialities.
What better symbol of inspiration could be found than the lofty steeples that can be seen from any point on the campus? A pictorial review of

some of the Berry spires which have appeared in past issues of the Southern Highlander appears on pages 7 and 8.
The importance of books and build ings and grounds sometimes tends to make us overlook one element of Berry that is of perhaps paramount impor tance: the people who make up the faculty and staff.
Alice Barnes, who first came to Berry as a girl of 17 to enroll in the Martha Berry School for Girls in 1915, is one of many who "came for an edu cation and stayed on as a member of the staff."
In her position as hostess at the guest cottages and supervisor of the work experience in Elizabeth Cottage on the Log Cabin campus, Miss Barnes has made a distinct contribution to her Alma Mater.
In all some 50 Berry alumni now hold positions on the faculty and staff of the college and the school for boys.
Within the past year, Dr. Thomas W. Gandy returned to the campus as vice president, Frank Campbell was named director of admissions and Tom Glover became dean of men.
Four of their fellow alumni--Dr. Inez Henry, who also is a staff mem ber, Johnson Head, John Warr and Hal Smith--currently serve on the Board of Trustees.
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Mount Berry School for Boys

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Profile of a Hostess

A member of the faculty and staff at Berry from 1929 to 1942, Tracy Byers
returned to spend a six-week "work vacation" early this year. The story on these pages is taken
from Byers' interviews of persons who had worked with the late Martha Berry.
- by Tracy Byers

On more occasions than she can re member, Alice Barnes has turned out a sumptuous banquet--complete with flowers and candlelight--for anywhere from 15 to 20 people on an hour's notice.
"Miss Berry loved to invite people to the campus for a meal, and many times, a dinner we'd planned for six would have to be stretched to feed two or three times that number!" Miss Barnes said.
In her 45 years of working at Berry, the hostess of the guest cottages on the Log Cabin campus has fed and housed thousands of visitors to the campus, and in the process she and the college coeds she supervises have done their share to win friends for Berry.
Experience has taught her to pre pare for the unexpected, and she re calls only two or three occasions that have caught her up short. On each of them, her ability to improvise averted culinary disaster.
Miss Barnes still remembers the day Bruce Barton, the well known author, arrived for lunch.
Guests had been swarming in and out of the guest cottage dining room, and "only one head of lettuce could be found on the whole campus."
Various salads were served on the precious leaves, and the lettuce was carefully washed and `refreshed' after each use.
"Mr. Barton never knew it, but he shared some of the most well-traveled lettuce in Berry history," Miss Barnes chuckled.

During the years of the annual springtime "pilgrimages to Berry" of Mrs. Emily Vanderbilt Hammond and her friends, Miss Barnes and her girls had an excellent opportunity to get to know the gracious, energetic New Yorker who gave so freely of her time and resources to Berry.
"Mrs. Hammond wasn't satisfied just to be interested in Berry herself," Miss Barnes recalled. "She made it a point to interest all her friends, too. She stands out in my mind as the best organizer I've ever known. When Mrs. Hammond planned an outing or a party, nothing was left to chance . . . and she always got results."
For one visitor a dinner was begun in the guest cottage, moved to the girls' dining hall and moved again to Oak Hill with Miss Berry smiling hap pily at the dining table in her home --confident that Miss Barnes' genius would prevail over the much-traveled dinner.
On another occasion Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ford's train was scheduled to stop over a few minutes at a station near Berry on the Fords' way north. Miss Berry determined to serve dinner to them in their private car.
Almost before the train had stopped the girls dashed on frantically, placed the linen and dishes on the table and served the food. The Berry quartet sang for the automobile tycoon and his wife, and the Berry band played outside the train. Henry Ford was delighted with Miss Barnes' famous lemon pie, and he promised Miss Berry

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he and Mrs. Ford would visit the cam pus on their next trip.
Miss Barnes remembers Mr. Ford's last visit to the schools years after Miss Berry's death. His special train was side-tracked near Victory Lake on the campus, and Ford said Berry had first won his heart when the girls sang to him under the trees at the Log Cabin campus.
That last night the students gathered to give the customary candlelight fare well. In the deepening twilight they stood near the train to sing old-fash ioned songs of long ago, ending with the traditional "God Be With You 'Til We Meet Again."
Ford died two weeks later in Dear born, and among his most beautiful monuments are the lofty towers of the Ford Buildings, which serve as the home and classrooms of hundreds of Berry College women.
Among other campus guests who have been part of the passing scene in Miss Barnes' busy life were Mrs. Thomas Edison, newspaper publisher Adolph Ochs, Sir Wilfred and Lady Grenfell, the famous aviatrix Amelia Earhart and Sara Delano Roosevelt.
"We had prepared supper for Amelia Earhart on top of Lavendar Mountain," Miss Barnes reminisced, "and as we

waited for her to arrive, we all got out on the mountain top to watch the loveliest sunset I've ever seen."
The stately walk of Mrs. Edison and Mrs. Roosevelt--"They stood so straight"--made an impression on Alice Barnes, and she recalls that Lady Grenfell taught everyone how to ad dress an English nobleman.
The rustic charm of the log cabin cottages and the smiling welcome of Alice Barnes brought many visitors back to the campus several times. Her mother, who lived with her the last 18 years of Mrs. Barnes' life, added much to Alice Barnes' gracious South Carolina heritage.
Generations of girls have come and gone at Berry since Alice Barnes ar rived as a student in the fall of 1915. Two of her brothers had preceded her at Berry, and three were to follow her here.
Miss Barnes was closely associated with Miss Berry during 27 years of her 48 years here and with the caval cade of beloved friends of the schools.
Alice Barnes carries on a wide cor respondence with many of Berry's famous guests who cling fondly to the memory of her sunny laughter and appearance from the kitchen to extend her hand and affectionate greetings.

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27,000
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Herbicide sprays are used to kill destructive vines
and undesirable undergrowth in the Berry forests.

Below, former student Raymond Noblet plants a loblolly
seedling where the timber has been harvested.


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--along with endowment funds and solicitations--has played a key role for years in meeting the cost of every

Berry student's education.

Prior to the ice storm of 1960, the forests were responsible for some $80,000 in revenue each year. Since

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lower because of the ravages of the storm.

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able source of income originally vis ualized by Martha Berry, the forests provide a source of work experience

for Berry College men, afford excel

lent watershed protection, serve as a habitat for wildlife and as a living laboratory for forestry and biology students.

The planting of 146,000 seedlings from the state nursery near Macon

this past spring adds up to a total of

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some 500,000 trees planted on Berry land over the past five years. Approxi mately 1,000 seedlings are planted in an acre of land.
The variety currently in favor, ac cording to W. S. Black, head forester and assistant professor of forestry, is loblolly pine because of its rapid growth and high lumber potential.
Black's student crews plant the seed lings throughout the 27,000 acres of Berry's forest lands, 3,000 acres of which are located near Albany in south Georgia. The crews make annual ex cursions to the south Georgia prop erty for the purposes of planting, clear ing and burning brush.
The forestry crews also sow seeds in addition to planting seedlings. The seeds are gathered from Berry timberland, sent to a private concern where they are treated against num erous plant diseases and returned to Berry for sowing.
Along with reforestation by seed lings and sowing seeds, the forestry department also is engaged in a re search project with the University of Georgia on natural regeneration.

In the latter process, several trees are left standing in a given area for seeding purposes.
The trees are thinned after 20 years of growth, and pulpwood and some saw timber are removed in the thinning process. The final cut usually comes when the trees are about 70 years old.
Two sawmills, both privately owned concerns, buzz continuously year 'round, sawing approximately three million board feet annually. In addi tion, an estimated one million feet of pulpwood are harvested each year.
The total cut, Black explained, is seldom in excess of the total growth and usually equals it, an essential fac tor in maintaining a productive forest.
After harvesting, the land must be prepared for further planting by gir dling the hardwoods and eventually clearing the land with heavy equip ment.
Once the clearing is completed, the forestry crew--usually made up of 18 to 20 college men--converges on the land with planting bars, puncturing the turf every six feet or so and plant ing new trees.

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The markets for forest products are changing a great deal, Black said. Al though the population has increased tremendously in the last 20 years, lumber consumption has shown almost no increase because of the large num ber of synthetics now being used as wood substitutes.
"Some experts in the field feel there's no future for timber products as we now think of them," Black said. "Their thought is that all wood will be ground up and pressed into usable forms rather than cut into boards and logs.
"Our goal is to improve the Berry forests by growing trees that would be saleable on any market we can pos sibly foresee in the future. Our feeling is that if we've got a good, high quality wood, we'll be able to sell it whatever the future of lumber is."
The forestry operations at Berry are part of the agricultural and forest resources directed by Dr. T. R. Moyer. Dr. Moyer is also head of the college agriculture department, and Black is responsible for teaching the farm forestry course within the department.
"All the agriculture majors take the course," Black said, "and the students who have worked on the forestry crew before they take the course have usual ly learned enough to come out with top grades."
The forestry staff, in addition to Black, includes Edward Wilson, super visor, and M. L. Rhinehart, forestry equipment operator.

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This majestic Gothic tower raises its spire over Clara Hall, residence for freshman women at the Ford Buildings.
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The soaring steeple on Mount Berry Chapel is patterned after the spire on
the famous Christ Church of Alexandria, Va.
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Dr. Inez Henry
Assistant Vice President Berry College and Mount Berry School for Boys

Birthday

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Observance

Dear Friends,
This is the time of year when our thoughts turn to getting acquainted with new students and acquainting them with the "Berry way of life." This means more than the usual class room and social activities in college. It means more than the Berry plan of work, study and worship, for there are many traditional values to be pre served.
Although the writer has seen num erous changes during the years of Berry's growth and development, the traditional Mountain Day, which was held on October 5, remains an activity with an interest undimmed by time and change. It is an observance with a character and atmosphere of its own. Originating in the early years of the institution when the students wanted to give a party honoring the founder, Martha Berry, on her birthday, she tactfully changed the event into a party for the students.
This occasion has become so signi ficant that Homecoming for the alumni is held on the same day. Many parents of the students, and many friends-- even from considerable distance--make a special effort to visit the campus on this day. All go away thrilled and

inspired by what they have seen and felt.
Classes are dismissed at ten o'clock and a very impressive joint chapel service gets Mountain Day activities off to a good start. The speaker is usually a Berry alumnus or a long time friend. The student choir, with carefully chosen selections, adds much to the spirit and inspiration of the occasion.
"Lest we forget," we pause at the graveside of the founder to pay a brief tribute and to place flowers, symbo lizing her ever-living spirit.
From the graveside ceremony, the students gather at the Mount Berry School for Boys at the foot of Mount Lavendar for a picnic lunch under the trees and a well-planned afternoon program of sports, social time and music.
Then comes the climax of Moun tain Day, the unique pageant known as the "Grand March." The march is heralded by flag bearers, the Ameri can flag leading, followed by the Schools' banner; then come the stu dents more than a thousand strong. They come down the slope, first in single-file, then in two's--on and on-- and finally they come 16 abreast, their

voices raised in singing the Alma Mater. On this day the girls happily don the traditional and colorful pink and blue costumes while the boys keep to harmonious attire, making the green hillside alive with human blossoms of blending hues. When the march is over, the student representatives from the senior class present the birthday bas ket, containing contributions from stu dents, staff, trustees, alumni and friends, to the president for the Martha Berry Memorial Endowment, in mem ory of the founder on this, her birth day observance.
There is a brief prayer of gratitude for the founder, her dream, her vision of yesterday, today and tomorrow; for you for your share in this dream, and to Him who is the Founder and Cre ator of all worthwhile dreams and ac complishments. And this is Mountain Day, a thrilling experience.
We invite you to join us in this beau tiful observance. If distance and cir cumstances prevented your being here in person, please join us in thoughts and spirit. Your contribution, no mat ter what amount, will be gratefully received and added to those in the Birthday Basket. Please do join our observance.
And now, my deep appreciation for your friendship, my warm greetings to you and your dear ones and my hope that our paths may cross in the near future.
Faithfully yours,

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Enclosed is my contribution of $_ in honor of the Martha Berry Birthday Observance.
Name___ Street and Number_.___ City (zone) and State _`_
Please make checks payable to The Berry Schools and mail to Mount Berry, Georgia 30149. Contributions are deductible in accordance with Federal Income Tax provisions.

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