Berry High School - Torch Yearbook (Mount Berry, GA)

 - Class of 1929

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SILVER AND BLUE 21 the world of science, even outside the Berry Schools. Qfffthe faculty sees fit, they are hereby authorized to give out such knowledge to the world as they feel the world is ready to receive. We trust that they will also feel at liberty to make use of all such bits of wisdom and en- lightment for the education of the classes to come after us. This is, of course, left entirely to their per- sonal direction. Item: We give and bequeath to our beloved Founder and to our Principal our sincere affection, our deepest reverence, our heartiest gratitude, and the whole unlimited wealth of our eternal memory. In attempt at partial payment for all that they have done for us during our stay at Berry, we make over to them, here and now, a heavy mort- gage on our future in the Great Un- knoum beyond. It shall be theirs to watch every step of our upward and onward flinting-to note each trial, each attempt, each victory, each suc- cess and honor that we may achieve in the arena of the world-and to accept for themselves, as interest on our deathless debt, every ounce of the praise, every iota of the honor, knowing that it is all due to their faithful instructions. Item: The following may seem but trifling bequests, but we hope they may be acccepted, not as worth- less things lavishly thrown away be- cause we can no longer keep them, but as valuable assets to those who may receive them and a continual re- minder of the generosity of heart displayed in our free and full bestowal: 1. To the most worthry girl in the :lass of 1930, Charlotte Reynold'5 ability of acting dignified. 2. To Albert Hudgens, Ralph Manley's straw hat which he has want- ed these many months. 3. To any two girls in the 1930 class, Lucy Field's and Amilee Chas- tain's beauty parlor, provided they can run the said establishment with- out water. 4. To Garland Bagley, Claud River's ability to comprehend math. 5. To Georgia Conger and Brewster Manning, Anna Maude Smith's love nest povided all class meetings be held at a late hour. 6. To the basketball team of next year, Ralph Manly's and John Mann's ability. Glenn Driver could not be induced to part with his. 7. To Mildred Williams, Amilee Chastain's ability to keep all girls in the dormitory after the 6:45 bell. 8. To anyone who might need it, Gordon Fo1y's bluff. 9. To Eleanor Hamm, Mildred Royal's ability of parallel diving, if she is sure she won't drown. 10. To Wesley Foy, Elmer Harris' knife, to be used only in severe cases, as Elmer uses it. Last of all comes the one hard thing to part with. To our successors we must leave our places in the hearts and thoughts of our teachers., They will love them, even as they have loved us, unworthy as we feel they are, they will show them all the same tender kindness and attention that they have shown usg they will feel the same interest in their attempts and successesg the same sorrow when they fail. We trust that the class of 1930 will appreciate all this as we have done, that it may be their most precious possession, as it has been ours, and the one we are most loath to hand over to them.

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20 SILVER AND BLUE WILL Upon behalf of my client, the class of 1929 of, Berry Junior College, Mount Berry, Floyd County, Georgia, U. S. A., I have called you together upon this solemn and serious occasion to listen to her last will and testa- ment, and to receive from her dying hands the few gifts she has to bestow in her last moments. Cutting so rapidly loose from life, and finding so many things of such gigantic pro- portions to be attended to before the end should come upon her, realizing at the same time that she had no longer anfy time left to spend in the cultivation of her own virtues, she did, collectively, and individually deem it best to distribute these vir- tues with her own hands to those friends to whose needs they seem best suited. As a result of this announce- ment, a wild scene took place amidst most frantic pleading and scrambling among her friends for this or that long coveted glory, but she has tried to be just, as well as generous and impartial, and distribute wisely unto those who will make the best use of such gifts as she has in her power to bestow, the talents that have served her so faithfully these two years. These are her decisions, as at last definitely arrived at through very deliberate consideration. Owing to the flighty condition of her brain and the unusual disturbance inlits gray matter, she begs of me to state that she may have been mistaken in her inventoryg but such things as she thinks she has, she hereby gives into your possession, praying that you will accept them as a sacred trust from one who has gone before. Listen, then, one and all, while I read the document as duly drawn up and sworn to: We, the class of 1929, in twenty- six individual and distinct parts, being about to pass out of this sphere of education, in full possession of cram- med mind, well-trained memory and almost super-human understanding, do make and publish this, our last will and testament, hereby revoking and making void all former wills or prom- ises by us at any time hitherto made, or mayhap, carelessly spoken, one to the other, as the thoughless wish of an idle moment. First, we do direct that our funer- al shall be conducted by our friends and well-wishers, our Principal and his all-wise and ever-competent faculty, who have been our guardians for so long only asking, as the last injunction of the dying, that the funeral be carried on with all the dig- nity and pomp that our worth, our merit, our attainments, and our position as Sophs of grave and rever- end mien must certainly have deserv- ed. As to such estate as it has pleased the Fates and our own strong hands and brains to win for us, we do dis- pose of the same as follows: Item: We give and bequeth to the dear faculty, who have been our instructors in all the wisdom of the ages, all the amazing knowledge and startling information that we have furnished them from time to time in various exam papers. We know that much which we have imparted in this way must have been entirely new to them, as well as to teachers and students elsewhere, and would throw much light on many a hitherto familiar line of thought, throughout

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22 SILVER AND BLUE Besides these enforced gifts, we leave, not of necessity, but of our own free will, our blessings, tender memories of our pleasant associations together, and our forgiveness for any- thing that we may have not exactly appreciated in the demonstrations of the past, and a pledge of friendship from henceforth and forever. All the rest and residue of our property, whatsoever and whereso- ever, of what nature, kind and qua- lity, whatsoever it may be, and not herein being disposed of, we give and bequeath to our Principal, for his use and benefit, and to be disposed of for the benefit of the coming classes, as he may choose. And we do hereby constitute the said Principal sole executor of this, our last will and testament. In witness whereof, we, the class of 1929, the testators, have to this our will, set our hands and seal this the sixth of May, Anno Domini, one thousand nine hundred and twenty- nine. ,i.l1.1..i1l-. SALUTATORY It is my great privilege today, in behalf of my classmates, to extend to you our most cordial and sincere welcome. We are truly glad that it becomes our pleasure to entertain you for a short time at this turn in the road of life, and we trust that you may have every cause to long remember the association of this hour. To you this may be indeed a pleasant occasion, for we shall cer- tainly do our best to make it so: but at best, it will be only one of many, many such occasions in your life, which, enjoyable as they may be at the time, will be but fleeting in their influence. To us, it is especially significant, and it is bound to live forever in our memories as one of the most important events of our whole lives. Today marks the goal toward which we have persistently striven for the past two years of work and study. It stands forth as the climax of our happy, busy lives here, which have been filled with countless op- portunities for the broadening, up- lifting development that has helped to fit us for the new world upon which we are to turn our faces to- morrow. As we stand on the thres- hold of the strange and unknown future that stretches before us, and pause to consider the full signifi- cance of this occasion, there is a touch of sadness and regret mingled with the joy in our hearts on this our day of days. As we think of severing our dear class ties and fond companionships, and of the many familiar scenes that must be left behind, we realize that the stream of life runs swiftly, and that many and varied are the scenes that must pass before us as we make our way upon its surging waves. As our minds review the experien- ces, the opportunities, and the joys that have been ours during this im- portant period in our lives, we are made to feel as never before the great responsibility that these privi- leges have placed on our shoulders. It is enough, indeed, to call forth the resolve that, whatever the mis- takes of the past, we shall face with unflinching valor the beckoning future that calls us from these scenes into new experiences. It is our hope that we may apply faith like that of our beloved Founder in our share

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