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Officers of Mary Baldwin Seminary
Alumnae Association


Mrs. Lizzie Hanger-Chalenor, '91,

(Mrs. L. E. Chalenor)
Atlanta, Ga.

First Vice-President:

Kate Earle Terrell, '12, 315 Jasper Road,
Birmingham, Ala.

Second Vice-President:

Mrs. Margaret Kable-Russell, '02,

(Mrs. T. G. Russell)
Staunton, Virginia.

Corresponding Secretary:

Mrs. Mary Grattan-Stephenson, '82,

(Mrs. Judge Stephenson)
117 Forest Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia.

Assistant Corresponding Secretary:

Elizabeth Bell, '14, Staunton, Virginia.

Recording Secretary:

Mrs. Annie Hotchkiss-Howison, '76,

(Mrs. A. M. Howison)
Staunton, Virginia:


Fannie B. Strauss, '12, Staunton, Virginia.

Publication Committee:

Fannie B. Strauss, '12, (Chairman), Staunton, Va.

News Committee:

Mrs. Margaret Peale-Wright, '10, (Chairman),

(Mrs. Robert T. Wright, Jr.)
Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Scholarship ComwAttee:

Miss Nannie Tate, '66, (Chairman), M. B. S.

Auditing Committee:

Miss Nannie Tate, '66, M. B. S.
Mrs. Lizzie Wilson-Timberlake, '75,

(Mrs. R. E. Timberlake)
Staunton, Virginia.

Chairmen of Organized Chapters:

Mrs. Rosa Munger-Earle, '05, Birmingham, Ala.
Mrs. Lizzie Firor-Trimble, '84, Washington, D. C.
Mrs. Mary Andes-Dooley, '85, Knoxville, Tenn.
Mrs. Janetta Baker-Felter, '91, New York.
Mrs. Sarah Ellen Greene-Hobbs, '11, Selma, Ala.
Mrs. Lizzie Hanger-Gralenor, Norfolk, Virginia,

(resigned. )
Mrs. Nellie H. Holmes, '74, Charleston, S. C.
¥Irs. Rachel Speck-Cooksey, '08, Roanoke, Va.
Annah Ruckman, '14, {Secretary), Staunton, Va.
Katherine Woodrov/, '12, Columbia, S. C.


Another milestone in the history of the Mary Baldwin
Seminary Alumnse Association has been passed. The reports
have been encouraging, a spirit of real activity seems to have
been awakened, and more and more convincing is the assur-
ance of a deep-rooted love and firm loyalty to the dear old
Alma Mater.

If any of the old girls need a re-awakening to a sense of
her devotion to the old school— crowning the mightiest of the
noble hills in the lovely little town of Staunton— we, her sis-
ters of the Alumna, ask, aye beg of her, to make a pilgrim-
age thence, join the legion of the faithful, who every year
meet at the re-union in May, and see for herself the Mary
Baldwin as she stands today, '*A thing of beauty and a joy

If there is one thing that should make the heart of every
old girl swell with pride, it is the onward march which our
school has made and continues to make. The exterior and
interior are new every year with fresh paint and papering;
modern buildings replete with every possible sanitary im-
provement; all equipm.ent of art rooms, science halls, gymna-
sium, and swimming pool thoroughly up-to-date and efficient;
and, above all, the Faculty maintaining and even surpassing
its reputation for superior qualification and absolute devotion
to duty.

Girls, you must all see for yourselves, so come next May,
when the Classes of '67-'68, 77- '78, '87-'88, '97-'98, '07-'08,
join hands within the classic walls, and swear allegiance for-
ever to this school, which must alv/ays stand a noble and
glowing monument to the grand woman, whose courage and

faith enabled her to accomplish results of which the South,
the West, the East, and the North are justly proud.

At the helm today stands Miss Higgins, a woman whose
ability and bearing, will bring added laurels to the wreath
our grand old Alma Mater wears. This is a new venture for
her — the work is not an easy one— can we not lighten the
load by giving her our help, our hopes, our prayers? She will
always give the glad hand, as our retiring Principal has done,
to any alumnse, and what she wants most, is to know them
all. Show her, by a large and enthusiastic re-union in 1917,
your interest and loyalty; accomplish great things in your
Chapter; increase the number of members, and organize new
Chapters wherever possible.

Bear in mind that the greatest need the school now has,
is an endowment fund. Let us all v/ork for it. Secure en-
dowment gifts in both North and South from those interested
in woman's progress. Through an endowment fund the
teaching staff can be increased, larger salaries paid, thus se-
curing the best the country offers for this beautiful home of
learning. With a wide connected effort much can be accom-
plished in a year's time, and the re-union of 1917 made the
proudest and grandest in the annals of the Association.

Meeting of the A lumnae A ssociation

I, 26, 1916

The twenty-second annual business meeting of the Mary
Baldwin Seminary Alumnae Association was held Friday
morning, May 26, 1916, in the Girls' Parlor of the Seminary.

In the absence of the President, Miss Terrell, the Vice-
President, Mrs. A. M. Howison, presided, and the opening
prayer was given by her.

The regular order of the meeting was somewhat changed,
and the pleasant, though in a way sad, part came first.

Miss Weimar, for a number of years the efficient Princi-
pal of our Alma Mater, has resigned. An appreciation of
her, written by Mrs. Margaret Peale Wright, was read by
Miss Abbie McFarland:

An Appreciation of Miss E. C. Weimar :

Forty-three years ago there came to Mary Baldwin Semi-
nary (then known as A. F. S. ) a very young and charming girl,
who had been chosen as one of the new teachers. The school
was small then and poorly equipped, according to modem require-
ments and standards. Miss Baldwin had struggled bravely since
the Civil War and was gradually forging ahead, gaining fame for
her school throughout the South. Miss Baldwin's success was
due to her own charming personality, and her wonderful foresight
in choosing as her assistants ladies who would add charm, cul-
ture, and efficiency to the Seminary.

For two years this young girl (none other than Miss Ella
Clair Weimar) taught at A. F. S., and during that time won the
dear friendship and deep admiration of Miss Baldwin. So lasting

was the impression made, that in 1889 she was chosen by Miss
Baldv/in as her Assistant Principal, and she held this position un-
til the death of Miss Baldv/in in 1897. By vote of the Board of
Trustees, she was then appointed Principal, and has continued to
hold this trying and difficult position, with matchless ability, up
to the present time.

Think of what our Alma Mater owes to her for her twenty-
nine long years of actual service — service in which she devoted
unstintingly her time, her brain, her very self. None know so
well as I of her devotion, her untiring energy, her continual sacri-
fices. She took only a short time in the summer months for her
vacation, but even then she was thinking of and planning for her
coming year's work. It has been said by one who knows, chat
the finest, grandest, and most-to-be-admired type of woman is
not one without emotion; nor yet one who is emotional; but, one
who has emotion well controlled. I can think of no one who
answers this description so well as Miss Weimar.

Those who have been fortunate enough to have been ad-
mitted into her inner life, know of her great generosity— her
many gifts to friends and to those in need. They know of her
tender heart, of her exacting conscience, of her v/onderful will-
power—how she would lie awake, night after night, pondering
over the difficult problems in her administration, or grieving over
the thoughtless act of some careless school girl. She never hesi-
tated to do that which she thought was right, no matter how ad-
verse was the criticism v/hich she received, nor to administer dis-
cipline where it was needed. Life is a school full of discipline,
therefore, it is only reasonable to conclude that, one who has
learned to know the meaning of the word, is better prepared for
life than one who has had as a guide only the eternal ego. Who
of us will not look back and be thankful for the lessons learned
at Baldwin's. "She who would command must first learn to
obey," is a fact now and will remain a fact till the end of time.

There are few of us who remember the Seminary in 1873,
when Miss Weimar first came as a teacher. There are not many
who even remember it when she returned to become the Assist-
ant Principal. I wish that all could take a look at some of the
old pictures, and could contrast them with the present beautiful
and stately buildings. To be sure, the material improvements
may have not belonged directly to Miss Weimar's domain, still,

v/ithout Miss Weimar's capable and economical management in
the Literary, Music, and Art Departments, the Trustees would
have been sorely pressed for funds. The wonderful part is that
while she exercised this rigid economy in every particular, she,
at the same time, raised the standard and advanced each depart-
ment. Now, we have a Seminary not only registered as a Junior
College, but giving, in addition and in advance, almost an entire
year of college work.

Miss V/eimar righted an error of long standing when she
balanced the curriculum, giving to each subject its due. In addi-
tion she has created two entire nev\r departments, Art and Domes-
tic Science. Under her regime the library has been greatly in-
creased, and it now affords am.ple opportunity for research work
and parallel reading.

I could go on indefinitely pointing out to you other changes
and developments which she achieved and perfected, but your
time is limited.

Think what a wonderful work she has done, and how her in-
fluence spreads into circle after circle over the sea of life. Think
of the hundreds of women who have been educated and benefited
under her directions; and think what a power for good each
properly educated woman is.

As a body, we of the Alumnse Association, feel that we
are better for having known her; stronger in character, for her
influence; and we, each and all, wish to extend our congratula-
tions to tier for a life so well lived, so full of achievements, and
to say that our thoughts and our love are hers for all time to

Immediately following this reading, Mrs. Howison made
some very appropriate remarks, and presented Miss V/eimar
with a silver pitcher, the gift of the Association, to shov/ ap-
preciation of her interest in and services rendered us.

Miss Weimar, in a few words, thanked the Association,
and withdrew with the well-wishes of all. The silver service
presented to Miss Weimar by the Faculty and students of
1915-1916, as well as the pitcher, were placed on the table,
so the members of the Association could enjoy their beauty.

Miss Nannie Tate, the first graduate of the Seminary, the
first President of the Alumnse Association, and, for a nurn-


ber of years, the head of the Primary Department of the
Seminary, was graduated from M. B. S. just fifty years ago.
The good wishes of the Association were fittingly expressed
by Mrs. Howison, and Miss Ida Smith, one of this year's
graduates, presented Miss Nannie, in the name of the Asso-
ciation and the Class of 1916, fifty golden roses.

Following Miss Nannie's thanks, Mrs. Howison intro-
duced the incoming Principal, Miss Higgins, who made a few
remarks to the members present.

The Report of the Scholarship Committee was given by
Miss Nannie Tate, and a note read from our pupil. Miss Ger-
trude Wilson. All her teachers spoke of her in a most com-
plimentary way. A motion was made and carried, that the
scholarship be awarded to Miss Wilson until she shall have
finished the prescribed course at the Seminary.

The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved,
Miss Strauss acting as Recording Secretary pro tern., owing
to the absence of Mrs. Marshall, who, not living in Staunton
at the present, and because her plans for the future are un-
settled, has resigned, after serving in that office very ef-
ficiently for several years.

The President's Report was read by Mrs. Howison and

Report of the President for 1915-1916

Members of the Alumnx Association:

Though I cannot be with you in person for our Annual
Meeting this year, I shall be there in thought; and I trust
that the meeting will be a most satisfactory one in many

Last year, just after Commencement, we had a meeting
of the Executive Committee, and discussed the work for the
year, but since that time I have been unable to attend the
meetings. During the year I have often had to call upon the
members of the Executive Committee in Staunton, especially
Mrs. Howison and Miss Strauss; and I wish to thank them
for the assistance they have given.

I have written about one hundred and twenty-five letters


and cards, and have tried in every way to interest old Semi-
nary girls to the Alumnae Association.

Report of money spent for stationery and postage has
been sent to our Treasurer.

Much of my time has been spent in working for an en-
dowment fund, and although we haven't succeeded in raising
any large amount, I believe we have at least made a begin-
ning. Through the annual letter to the members of the
Graduates' Council, the matter was again brought to their
attention, and several interesting suggestions were made.

Though Mary Baldwin has been made a Junior College,
we should strive to go forward one step more, and make it a
college of "A" rank. For the accomphshment of this an
endowment fund is necessary. Surely all will work to-
gether—and in the near future make our dreams a reality.
Respectfully submitted,

Kate Earle Terrell, '12.
May 23, 1916.

A number of Class Vice-Presidents were present and
gave their reports in person.

Class Vice-Presidents

'64 Mrs. W. H. Weller.

'65 Mrs. Geo. Eyster.

'66 Miss Nannie Tate,

'67 Mrs. Peter See.

'68 Mrs. John Pancake.



'71 Mrs. Cornelia S. Burkholder.

'72 Miss Annie Fishburne.


'74 Mrs. Geo. S. Holmes.

'75 Mrs. Kate Stout.

'76 Mrs. A. M. Howison.

'77 Mrs. W. S. Rodes.


'79 Miss Ruth Allen.


'80 Miss Janet Woods.
'81 Mrs. Liia R. Barnwell:
'82 Mrs. Lawson' Stapleton.


'85 Mrs. Mary A. Dooley.

'88 Mrs. M. J. Payne.

'87 Mrs. Kate D. Mahood.

'88 Mrs. Nettie Brantley Langley.

'89 Miss Mary Stribling.

'90 Mrs. R. F. Dillard.

'91 Mrs. M. A. Snodgrass.

'92 Mrs. 0. F. Hadra.

'93 Mrs. S. B. Gary.


'95 Miss Anne Riddle.


'97 Miss M. Fultz.

'98 Miss Abbie McFarland.



'01 Mrs. Geo. Sprinkel.

'02 Mrs. M. P. Johnson.

'03 Mrs. Thos. Moore.




'07 Miss Annie Van Devanter,

'08 Miss Thalia Giilett.


'10 Miss Louise Rawlings.

'11 Miss Florida Booth.

'12 Miss Josephine Mansfield.

'13 Miss Alice Graham.

'14 Miss Elizabeth Bell.

'15 Miss Agnes Slemmons.


The Treasurer's Report, which follows, was accepted:

Treasurer's Report M. B, S. A. A,


Received from former Treasurer, June 5,

1915 1 $350 11

Received from Initiation Fees, Annual Dues

and Interest on Bonds, from June 5, '15, 235 85

$ 585


June 7 Miss McGuinnity, for typewriting, $ 125

June 9 Cash (to be invested for Endow-
ment Fund) 20 00

June 11 Woodward & Son (banquet ex-
penses) 1 25

July 2 Postage, 1 54

Aug. 9 Mr. Herbert Taylor, bond 100 00

Aug. 13 Stoneburner & Prufer, Bulletins, 105 93

Aug. 13 Cash, Postage on Bulletins 7 51

Oct. 15 Miss Kate Earle Terrell, member-
ship com. expenses, '12-'14__ 2 75

Oct, 15 Miss McGuinnity, typewrting 2 70

Oct. 18 Mrs. V/m. F. Bull (M. B. School

in Korea) 20 00

Dec. 2 Cash (Postage and Alumna pu-
pil's books) 1 16


Jan. 10 Stoneburner & Prufer, stationery, 2 25

Jan. 17 Stoneburner & Prufer, applica-
tion blanks 2 00

Jan. 27 Stoneburner & Prufer, stationery, 2 25

Jan. 27 Cash, postage 60

Feb. 1 Miss Smithey, Alumnse pupil's

book 1 20

Feb. 23 Miss Barbour, Alumnse pupil's

books 4 90

Mar. 8 J. J. Prufer, application blanks. _ 2 00


Mar. 13 Miss Pdddle, AlumriEe pupil's book 1 75
Mar. 13 Beverley Book Co., Alumnse pu-
pil's books 2 55

Apr. 12 Cash, postage 3 50

May 22 Lily Morris, Postage.. 80 289 39'

Balance in Bank ._._ $ 296 57


Cash in National Valley Bank, $ 296 57

H.. S. Shuey Bond 600 00

Vanfossen Bond 100 00

Interest Account in Augusta Nat. Bank 80 00^

New members May 1915 to May 1916, ninety-one.

Respectfully submitted,

Fannie B. Strauss,
May 2k, 1916, Treasurer M. B. S. A. A.

The Auditing Committee reported the Treasurer's books

The Treasurer was authorized to set aside the yearly in-
terest from invested bonds, to be used for increase of the
Scholarship Fund. She was also given instruction to put
$100.00, or less (to be decided by her after the 1916 meeting"
expenses were paid) to the Scholarship Fund.

The Report of the Corresponding Secretary was heard,
and accepted:

Report of the Corresponding Secretary

I was sick for about three months, during the winter,
just at the time when I had planned to do my Alumnae work,
but Misses Fannie Strauss and Elizabeth Bell came to my as-
sistance, and have a fine report to make for them.

About seventy letters have been written since May, 1915,
most of them trying to secure Vice-Presidents for each year*
and as a result we obtained representatives for twenty-seven
classes. A number of splendidly revised hsts have been sent


:m, and alDOut one-third of the new members of the Associa-
tion are secured by the Ctass Officers.

Three of the Vice-Presidents deserve special mention on
•account of the splendid work they have done:

Mrs. Laura Gilmer Hadra, '92, wrote ninety let-
ters; sent in an almost perfect list; and, reported
two applicants for membership.

Miss Marg-aretta Fultz, '97, wrote sixty letters
and reported three members, and sent a fine new list.

Miss Thalia Gillett, '08, wrote an hundred and
eighteen letters, and secured twelve new members,
so she shoaid be awarded the star medal for ex-

We members of the Class of 'IZ, however, still contend
that we head the list, for forty of our g'irls have joined the
Alumnse Association, and this number, we believe, is the
largest from any single class.

I have used $2.00 for postage and still have on hand $2.00
from the $10.00 given me by the Treasurer last year.
Respectfully submitted,

Sarah James Bell, '12,

The Publication Committee reported six hundred Bulle-
tins printed in 1915, and several supplies of stationery and
application blanks.

The Report of the Graduates' Council, sent by Miss Ter-
rell, was read by Miss Elizabeth Bell. This report was ac-
cepted with appreciation and all members promised to do all
in their power to help with an endowment fund.

Report of the Graduates' Council for 1915-16

An endowment fund for Mary Baldwin was the subject
discussed by the Graduates' Council this year. Various ways
of raising such a fund were suggested last year, but since
the Alumnae Association did not feel that anything couid be
done at that time, the matter was again brought before the

Over fifty letters were sent out; ten answers were re-
ceived, and three letters were returned unclaimed.


Among the suggestions offered were the following: That
each lady who has attended Mary Baldwin be asked to pledge
one dollar a year for five years, or five dollars in a lump sum,
toward the endowment fund. That each girl who graduates
in the future, or who leaves Mary Baldwin not to return, be
asked to do the same. That the present students give a play
or entertainment of some sort, the proceeds of which should
go to this fund.

Another suggestion was, that each graduating class should
make a donation to this cause as its parting gift to the Semi-
nary; and, as a class, pledge themselves to contribute a cer-
tain sum by the time of their first re-union.

Still another suggestion was, that an Endowment Fund
Committee be appointed; that each Chapter should have a
representative on this committee; and, that the members of
this committee should try to locate those of the Alumna3 who
are sufficiently independent in a financial way to make large
donations, and should, if possible, arouse their interest in the

The following suggestion was submitted by several of
the graduates: That a chain letter, asking for a small
amount of money, be started by an Endowment Fund Com-
mittee; that such a committee should be invested with the
authority to work out all details, such as the amount asked of
each person, and the number of letters required.

Memorials Were Read

On the death of Mrs. Mattie Beggs-Spratt, written by
Mrs. Nelhe Hotchkiss-Holmes; Mrs. Ella Inman-Dubose, v/rit-
tenby Mrs. Annie Hotchkiss-Howison; Mrs. Berta Hogshead-
Sanford, written by Miss Julia Aunspaugh.


The Chapter Reports

All of our Chapters sent reports; some were given by a
representative member in person, and each one thoroughly
enjoyed. We regret that we have not all the Reports in a
form to be here printed.

Report of New York Chapter

Madam President and Members of the Mary Baldwin Semi-
nary Alumna Association :

The New York Chapter held its fall meeting on Miss
Baldwin's birthday, October 4, 1915, at the Hotel Martinique.
Owing to the fact that many do not return to their homes
until late, we had a very small gathering, but in spite of that
the voluntary silver offering amounted to $54.50.

It was the pleasure of the Chairman, during the fall, to
send out about five hundred letters to Alumnae, telling them
of Miss Strickler's resignation and asking for a small contri-
bution tovv^ards a loving cup. Many were never heard from,
but enough reported to make our object possible, and just
before Christmas a very handsome loving cup was shipped
to Miss Strickler at Tuscaloosa, Ala. On one side was the
inscription composed by our own Dr. Fraser :

' 'Presented to Miss Virginia Margaret Strickler,
by her former pupils in Latin. A tribute of love,
admiration, and gratitude, for nearly fifty years of
instruction in the Mary Baldwin Seminary, where,
by rare teaching, lofty example, and faithful friend-


ship, she molded strong womanhood, and did a great
deal to make for our Alma Mater its splendid repu-

In acknowledging this cup for Miss Strickler, Dr. Denny
said, in part:

"I wish that you and all who have participated
in this handsome tribute might know something of
the real joy that you have brought into the closing
days of Miss Strickler' s life. This cup is the thing
that she treasures above all other possessions. She
keeps it constantly at her side. It is really a hene-
diction to her.

"I know that Miss Strickler deeply regrets the
fact that her physical condition does not penriit her
to wTite letters; otherwise she would write to each
one who has had a share in rendering possible this
great tribute."

Many of the letters received from "old girls" (dating
from the sixties up to the present time) were so full of grati-
tude and affection, that I forwarded as many as possible to
Miss Strickler, knowing that such expressions v/ould be most
gratifying to her, assuring her that her labors had not been
in vain.

On April 15th our Annual Luncheon was held at the
Hotel Martinique, preceded by a business meeting. The sub-
ject of the Endowment Fund was freely discussed, and since
our desire has already been accomplished and the Seminary
is now a Junior College, it was thought that the original pur-
pose of the Endowm.ent Fund seemed lost. Many of our mem-
bers expressed them.selves as being loathe to see the Primary
Department abolished and the school made a full College,
it being their opinion that those desiring to take a more ad-
vanced course than the Seminary offers, would prefer to
spend those two years at a Northern College. It was,
therefore, voted to hold in abeyance what small sums our
young Chapter has been able to raise, and await further


Thirty-five members and guests were present at the

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