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President :

Mrs. Annie Cobb-Toms, '17, (Mrs. C. W. Toms, Jr.)

Durham, N. C.

First Vice-President:

Mrs. Elizabeth Hanger-Chalenor, '91, (Mrs. L. E. Chalenor)

848 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta, Ga.

Second Vice-President:

Mrs. Annie Hotchkiss-Howison, '76, Staunton, Va.

Corresponding Secretary:

Miss Louise Rawlings, '10, Staunton, Va.

Recording-Secretary :

Mrs. Janet Stephenson-Roller, '05, (Mrs. Chas. Roller)

Ft. Defiance, Va.


Miss Fannie B. Strauss, '12, Staunton, Va.

Missionary Scholarship Committee:

Miss Elizabeth A. Bell, '14, (Chairman) Staunton, Va.
Mrs. Annie Hotchkiss-Howison, '76, Staunton, Va.
Miss Margaret McChesney, '79, Staunton, Va.
Mrs. Kate Nelson-Stout, '74, Staunton, Va.

Publication Committee:

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

Alumnae Scholarship Committee:

Miss Nannie Tate, '66, (Chairman) Staunton, Va.
Mrs. Annie Hotchkiss-Howison, '76, Staunton, Va.
Miss Margaret McChesney, '79, Staunton, Va.
Mrs. Bessie Adams-Caldwell, '84, (Mrs. C. R. Caldwell)

Staunton, Va.

Auditing Committee:

Miss Nannie Tate, 66, Staunton, Va.

Mrs. Lizzie Wilson-Timberlake, '75, (Mrs. R. E. Timberlake)

Staunton, Va.

Chairmen Organized Chapters:

I Birmingham, Ala. — Mrs. Rosa Munger-Earle, 400 Cotton Ave.

Washington, D. C. — Mrs. Nellie Hayden-Williams

1700 Lament St., N. W.

t Knoxville, Tenn. — Mrs. Mary Andes-Dooley,

1618 W. Clinch Ave.


ew York City — Mrs. Roselle Mercier-Montgomery,

Riverside, Conn.

Charleston, S. C. — Mrs. Nellie Hotchkiss-Holmes, 16 Legare St.

V Atlanta, Ga. — Mrs. Elizabeth Hanger-Chalenor,

848 W. Peachtree St.

Staunton, Va. — Miss Margaret McChesney.

Mrs. Bessie Adams-Caldwell.


During the year 1920-21 there has been much to do,
and there are times when we feel that some of the tasks
must go unfinished. It is hard to decide what is most
important. As our minds go back over past years we
feel very grateful for the years spent in the Seminary. They
were happy years, the most of them full of joys, a few sor-
rows which must go along with life, and, of course, the
work which means much to us now. There are girls from
East to West, North to South, whose hearts are full of
love for the Seminary. Today we are calling on the girls
from far and near to give their support to the Mary Bald-
win Seminary Alumnae Association. So amid the busy
days, spare just a few hours for the Association — time
enough to find a new member, time enough to speak a word
to a prospective student, and time enough to send in
your dues.

Let's work together and show our love and loyalty
to our Alma Mater.


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The Mary Baldwin Seminary Alumnae Association
held its annual business meeting Friday, May 27, 1921, in
the Girls' Parlor of the Seminary.

The president, Mrs. Annie Cobb-Toms presided. The
meeting was opened by a prayer by Mrs. Annie Hotchkiss-

The minutes of the last meeting were read by the
Secretary, Mrs. Janet Stephenson-RoUer, and accepted.


It gives me much pleasure to be here with you this
morning. I want to thank each one of you for the great
honor you have bestowed on me in making me your presi-
dent. I appreciate it very much, and I shall do all in my
power to carry on the work of the Association.

During the year I have sent out 300 circular letters
to the Alumnae and I am glad to report that there have
been a good number of members added to the Association.

I sent out letters several times to the Chapter Heads,
and at all times, I received very enthusiastic replies.

As the year's work has been hampered by the incorrect
lists of the Alumnae, I have taken it as the task for the
officers of the Association to put them in correct order.

Your President needs your support and your co-opera-
tion; she is depending on you to help her make the com-
ing year a great and glorious one for the Association.
Respectfully submitted,


The vice-president reported a meeting of the executive
committee held in preparation for the business meeting.
The corresponding secretary reported the number of letters
written. Both reports were accepted.

Following is the treasurer's report which was accepted:



Balance in Bank, May 18, 1920 , $291.13

Received from Initiation Fees, Annual Dues, and Interest

on Bonds, from May 18, 1920 to May 25, 1921 509.37



May 28— W. W. King, Alumnae pupil's diploma $ 5.00

June 1 — Beverly Book Co.. Alumnae pupil's books 1..50

June 2— J. J. Prufer, Stationery 10.00

June 10— Beverly Book Co., Roll book 2.05

June 21— Augusta National Bank, for Bond 29.97

August 13 — J. J. Prufer, Printing Bulletins 141.15

August 13— Cash— Postage on Bulletins 13.00


January 31 — J. J. Prufer — Printing reunion letters 5.75

January 31 — Cash — Postage on reunion letters 18.00

February 21 — J. J, Prufer — Copy of President's letter 3.25

March 12 — E. A. Bell — Missionary Scholarship 25.00

April 12 — Walter's Produce House — Fruit for Mr. King 2.30

April 13 — J. J. Prufer — Annual meeting cards 4.60

April 13— Cash— Postage 2.76

Total Expenses $263.88

Balance in Bank $536.62


Cash in National Valley Bank (checking account) $536.62

Scholarship Bonds —

U. S. Bonds 700.00

Vanfossen Bond 100.00

Morris Bond 300.00

Endowment Fund —

[Bonds in L. G. Strauss' Safety Deposit Box, Augusta
National Bank, Staunton, Virginia]

New Members, May 23, 1920 to May 25, 1921 : 55

Respectfully submitted,


Treasurer, M. B. S. A. A.

We have examined this account and have found it

May 25, 1921 Auditing Committee.

Reports from the Atlanta and Washington chapters
were read and accepted.

The pubhcation committee reported 650 copies of the
1920 Bulletin printed.

Miss Elizabeth Bell, chairman of the Missionary
Scholarshp Committee, gave the following interesting re-
port, which was accepted:


The Missionary Scholarship Committee is thankful
to report that this — the second year of its existence — has
been a successful one. The contributions have not been
as large this year as last, due, probably to the prevailing
financial conditions, but almost as many individuals have
contributed, and from Connecticut to Nebraska and from
Illinois to Texas have come letters filled with commenda-
tion of the enterprise as a fitting memorial to Miss Baldwin.

In March, a letter telling of the Scholarship and appeal-
ing for funds was sent to all members of the Alumnae
Association and to all other Alumnae who could be reached
and the chairman has written forty-two personal letters.
Earlier in the year an appeal was made to the organized
chapters. The Staunton Chapter, largely due to the efforts
of Miss McChesney of the committee, again leads with
$143.00. Atlanta has sent $68.50, New York $50.00, and
Washington $33.00.

A letter in the interest of the Scholarship Fund was
sent to church papers by Mrs. Annie Hotchkiss-Howison
and aroused much interest among Alumnae who had been
out of touch with the Seminary for many years. A num-
ber of new memberships and life membersliips in the


Alumnae Association have been turned in by the Com-

We wish that all the Alumnae might read the letters
that have been received by the Missionary Scholarship
Committee. They have been most interesting, showing so
clearly how noble a character was Miss Baldwin's, and
how deep was the impress of it upon those with whom she
came in contact. The response from Alumnae of more
recent years has also been noteworthy, since it shows that
her principles are still taught in the Seminary.

As announced in the Bulletin last year, Virginia Alby
Bull, daughter of Mrs. Libby Alby-BuU, an honor graduate
of the class of 1888 and a missionary in Korea, was chosen
as the Alumnae Association's first Missionary Scholarship
pupil. She entered the Seminary in September 1920. The
Committee has kept closely in touch with her and with
her work throughout the year and believes that she will
prove a credit to the Association. Two of our most inter-
ested Alumnae, who, as members of the faculty, were
closely associated with Virginia, recommended that she
be given the Scholarshop another year. The Missionary
Scholarship Committee meeting with the Executive Com-
mittee, acted favorably upon this recommendation, so
Virginia Bull will return in September to undertake her
second year's work.

The following extract from a letter from Mrs. Libby
Alby-Bull will be of interest:

"Perhaps never in this world will you understand
how the scholarship came to us just at a critical time. My
one prayer is that, v/hen our dear children are educated,
we may be able to pay back in God's own time and way,
all that is done for us now. The education of children
is the hard problem for missionaries. Mr. Bull and I have
had many problems to face but this has been the only one
which it seemed we could not solve. So we felt as if the
scholarship had come directly from our Heavenly Father."

The following letter of appreciation has been received
by the Committee:


M. B. S., Staunton, Va., May 26, 1921.
Dear Miss Bell: —

Through you I wish to extend to the Alumnae Associa-
tion my utmost appreciation and thanks for the scholar-
ship which I have held during this year and also for the
privilege of holding it for the coming year.

This year has been a year of great help to me in many
ways and I feel that I owe it all to the Alumnae Association
which has been so generous in the scholarship. It is most
impossible to express my true feelings and gratitude for
al that has been done and is being done for me.

I beg to remain yours inost thankfully,

The financial report is as follows:


May 23, 1920— Balance in Bank $ 23.00

March 14, 1921— Received of F .B. Strauss, Treas.

M. B. S. A. A._ 25.00

March 8, 1921— To J. J. Prufer for printing $ 14.00

To postage 10.00

April 18, 1921— To Anna Tribbett for typing 50 24.50

May 23, 1921 — To balance of Expense Account in

Augusta National Bank $ 23.50

August 1, 1920 — Receipts to date as acknowleded in

1920 Bulletin $806.03

July 1, 1920— Interest on deposit ^ 6.70

January 1, 1920 — Interest on deposit 12.30


Nov. 1, 1920— To personal expenses of Virginia Bun..$ 10.00
Feb. 19, 1920— To M. B. S. for tuition of Virginia Bull 312.50
May 20, 1921 — To books, stationery, etc., of Virginia

Bull 36.74 $359.24

May 25, 1921 — To balance in Augusta National Bank

of 1919-20 funds $465.79

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RECEIPTS OF 1920-21 TO JUNE 10, 1921

Staunton Chapter $143.00

Washington Chapter 33.00

New York Chapter 50.00

Atlanta Chapter 68.50

Alumnae at larae „ 316.00

June 10, 1921 — Balance in Augusta National Bank,

Staunton, Va $610.50

We have examined this account and have found it


Auditing Committee.

We wish to acknowledge contributions from the fol-
lowing individual members.

Staunton Chapter:

Ast. Mrs. Hattie Timberlake McFarl&nd, Miss Abbie

Bear, Mrs. Bessie Stickley McFarland, Miss Nancy

BBit, Elizabeth A. Rawlings, Miss Louise

Bickle, Miss Mattie Robertson, Mrs. Margaret Stuart

Bumgardner, Miss Minnie .H. Roller, Mrs. Janet Stephenson

Caldwell, Mrs. Bessie Adams Rutherford, Miss Lottie

Clanton, Mrs. Margie Hardie Slaanhelteop , Miss E. Blanche

Coiner, Mrs. Viola Lor\g Smith, Mrs. Emily Pancake

Crawford, Mrs. Lytic Paj-kins Sternett, Mrs. Janet Willson
Eakle, Miss Margaret- C. Ste«t, Mrs. Kate Nelson

Holt, Mrs. Lizzie Heller Strauss, Miss Fannie B.

Hogshead, Mrs. Annabelle Tim-Switzer, Miss Virginia W.

berlake Timberlake, Mrs. Lizzie Wilson

Howirinn- fiTr"; Annie Hotchkiss Timberlake, Miss Elizabeth
Leftwich, Miss Katie Bi Timberlake, Miss Josephine

Morris, Miss Evelyn A. Tribbett, Mrs. Sallie Ott

McChesney, Miss Margaret Williamson, Miss Helen S. P.

McCormick, Mrs. Sallie Hamilton Wilson, Mrs. Jennie Mayes
Yarbrough, Mrs. May McChesney

Washington Chapter:

Daniel, Miss Evelyn Drane, Mrs. Hettie McKinnie

Daniel, Miss Lina Firor, Miss Flora C.

Daniel, Miss Margaret Fisher, Mrs. Sophie Gilmer

DuBose, Mrs. Katie Bibb Giddings, Mrs. SalHe Miller



Kappler, Mrs. Catherine Shuey Timberlake, Miss Minnie
Mahood, Mrs. Katherine Banner Trimble, Mrs. Lizzie Firor
Moore, Miss Ella M. Williams, Mrs. Nellie Hayden

Wilson, Mrs. Kneightly Timberlake

Alumnae at Large:

Alexander, Mrs. Nellie Craig
Armentrout, Miss Margaret
Arnold, Mrs. Reba Andrews
Aunspaugh, Miss Julia
Austin, Mrs. Ida Smith
Baker, Mrs. Julia Simkins
Baker, Miss Katherine S.
Baldwin, Mrs. Mattie Frazier
Bauknight, Miss Leila
Bell, Miss Bess K.
Black, Miss Mary
Brown, Miss Josephine
Bryan, Miss Mary E.
Buckner, Miss Mary Harding
Buchanan, Mrs. Julia McCoy

Lee, Miss Fan
Lee, Mrs. Mattie Wayt
Lockridge, Mrs. Ethel Gibbs
Mackoy, Miss Mabel Lee
Miller, Miss Ora E.
Murray, Mrs. Anne Apgar
Myers, Mrs. Mary W^addell
McClintic, Miss Mary
McCorkle, Mrs. Annah Ruckman
McElwee, Mrs. Fannie Simonton
McQueen, Miss Sue Moore
Noel, Miss Mary Virginia
Pollard, Mrs. Helen Gray Watson
Railey, Mrs. Sallie Barclay
Robeson, Mrs. Jennie Thomas

Burkholder, Mrs. Cornelia SwitzerRobinson, Miss Margaret S.
Burney, Mrs. Clara Kennedy Rogers, Miss Jessie H.

Cooke, Mrs. Fannie Royster
Cooper, Mrs. Fannie Smith
Dechert, IMrs. Laura Wise
Dillard, Mrs. Margaret Epes
Easley, Mrs. Nannie Owens
Finks, Miss Blanche
Fishburne, Mrs. Annie

Sampson, Mrs. Anne E. Wood
Scheuer, Mrs. Carrie Ney
Shackleford, Mrs. Caledonia

Smith, Mrs. Nina Ravenscroft
Snodgrass, Mrs. Sue Stribling
Somerville, Miss Fannie T.

Heard, Mrs. Elizazbeth McDowell Sprinkel, Mrs. Fannie Peck

Henderlite, Mrs. Nelle Crowe
Herscher, Miss Grace
Holmes, Mrs. Annie Hoover
Hodge, Miss Elizabeth P.
Holmes, Mrs. Nellie Hotchkiss
Holms, Miss Mary Moore
Inglesby, Miss Mary Powel

Taylor, Mrs. Agnes Montgomery
Thorp, Mrs. Gertrude Garden
Vance, Miss Margaret
Van Meter, Mrs. Fannie

Vedder, Miss Virginia
Walton, Miss Mildred B. ,

Kennedy, Mrs. Elizabeth McCue W^ard, Mrs. Annabel Wyse
Ketchum, Mrs. Muselle Newsom Weil, Mrs. Liby Bell Fox
Lancaister, Mrs. Ola HollingsworthWysor, Mrs. Sarah James Bell

Respectfully submitted,

Elizabeth A. Bell, Chairman and Treasurer.


In answer to the New York Chapter report in which
several changes were suggested, Miss Latane of the Semi-
nary Faculty, gave the following talk showing that a
number of the changes had already been made and the
impracticability of the others.

(It was moved and seconded that a copy of Miss
Latine's reply be sent to the New York Chapter and also
printed in the Bulletin.)

Madam President and Members of the Alumnae Associa-

In appearing before you I am embarrassed by recollec-
tions of alumnae meetings at my own Aim.a Mater. I
remember only too well certain feelings towards the newer
inembers of the faculty — people that have sprung up since
the good old golden days, the nevv' people who presume to
stand in (I do not say fill) the places of the dear old teach-
ers and friends. We resented their notion that things had
been rather primitive in our tiine, and we were rather
sceptical of the modern improvements. But when we be-
came better acquainted with these newcomers, realized
their ambitions and their labors for our Alma Mater, and
heard their plans and their problems, we felt as if we had
been regarding our Alma Mater as a sainted memory while
they saw her marching on in lusty life.

And so I beg your kind indulgence toward me as a
representative of the present faculty. My seven years in
the school cover the last two years of Miss Weimar's ad-
ministration and the five years under Miss Higgins. Before
Miss Higgins had completed her first year as principal, the
nation went to war. War, with its unrest, its excitement,
its abnormality, even its epidemics of disease, found its
way into the schools and brought new difficulties and new
dangers. We would like you to keep this in mind when
you estimate the achievement of the last five years.

You have just heard the report of the New York
Chapter and the suggestions it offered for improving the
school. Let us take up these suggestions one by one, so
that we may clearly see where we stand, you of the alumnae


and we of the faculty. We want your constructive criti-
cism and your suggestions, but we also want you to have
exact knowledge of what is going on here, and if we should
sometime differ from you in opinion, we would like you to
know why we dissent.

The first suggestion then, is for "enlarged grounds."
Amen and amen, echo the faculty. It is a serious matter.
I believe that Miss Higgins rarely ever walks up the Green
Hill or New Street v/ithout breaking the tenth command-
ment and coveting her neighbor's house or lot for the
Seminary. How can such good men as our trustees re-
frain from buying those lots and saving us from the sin of
covetousness !

"More athletics for the girls." Again we say amen.
But do you realize how much has been achieved in the
recent years? Do you recall that in 1919 Miss Higgins
succeeded in dividing the old Department of Expression
and Physical Training, and acquired a Physical Director to
devote her whole time and strength to developing athletics ?
Did you read in last year's Alumnae Bulletin that a new
event at commencement was the awarding of cups in tennis,
baseball, basket-ball, and hockey? Do you know about
the athletic association, whose membership comprises most
of the student body, and which demands a strict standard
of scholarship and character for all the members of the
various teams? Did you ever see our hikers go out on a
Saturday morning, sixty strong, to walk five or ten miles,
have dinner in the country, and get home in the late
afternoon, tired and happy? It is incredible now, but
literally true, that on this campus six or seven years ago
basket-ball was looked upon as rather rough, school cheers
as unladylike, and bloomers were never seen outside of the
gymnasium. We are still shockingly conservative, how-
ever. We do like bloomers and stockings to meet in public !

"Athletic contests with other schools." We are not
so sure of our ground here, for we plunge into a tremendous
controversy that is agitating the educational world. Col-
leges and schools famous for athletics say that a few stu-
dents are overtrained, to the detriment of both body and


mind, while the others suffer for lack of the training and
zest that athletics give. Many of the wise ones say that
the intercollegiate and interscholastic games are the dif-
ficulty — Everything is sacrificed for the teams which rep-
resent the institution outside, the time and strain of such
contests seriously hamper the scholastic work of the com-
petitors, while the money for the teams is taken from
funds needed for the general athletic development. We hear
that many good schools are beginning to discard inter-
scholastic games. There is a rumor that our neighbor,
the Staunton Military Academy, has recently announced
its decision to give them up for next year. Why should
we adopt a policy that leading schools have found unsatis-
factory and are discarding? But we believe with all our
hearts that girls need athletics for their moral as well as
for their phj^sical training. We want our girls to be good
sports, good winners and good losers, to love life, to love
fair play, and games help this.

Our Athletic Association has a device for getting "pep"
into games. In the fall all the members are divided into
two classes for the year, Avhites and yellows, and they are
rivals for the year. Instead of one team playing outsiders,
we have two teams who play each other, and so each game
includes twice as many of our girls.

"Greater freedom and more fun for the girls." Free-
dom, that is a word to conjure with. But freedom to do
what? I honestly think that the feeling of restraint among
our girls is keenest at two points — there are two delights
that are characteristic of American youth and only scantily
permitted to our young charges — running the streets and
going to the movies. Many parents tell us that at home
they do not want their daughters to do all the things that
"all the girls" do, and yet it is hard to be forever restrain-
ing them and saying no. As a friend of mine put it, "The
girl rebels after a while and does what she pleases, or
else she becomes a perfect stick and never wants to do
anything." Some parents bring their children here hoping
that they will be happy in the companionship of other
girls and be sheltered from the very things from which


their parents find it hard to protect them at home. There
it is! We are honestly old-fashioned, but we think we
have a mission to the elect. Rlore fun! That is another
matter. To my mind the greatest improvement that has
come to the school is in the last years has been one that it
is difficult to appreciate without residence among us, a
difference of spirit. It is the increased happiness and
contentment of the girls, and their greater loyalty to their
school. How has it come about? Not by accident, I as-
sure you. The administration has faced the needs of the
girls and tried to meet them, the need of physical exercise,
which we have mentioned before, the need of play, of
social life, of organized activities. Seven years ago there
were three organizations for the girls, the Y. W. C. A., and
the Senior and Junior Literary Societies. We now boast
ten such. This means ten sets of officers who get some
training in the conduct of meetings and business and many,
many committees in which other girls are trained to some
efficiency and responsibility. We found a ten,dency to
overwork the girl of proven efficiency and to overlook
the shy one who needed bringing out. So at Miss Higgins'
succestion the faculty made a ruling that scatters offices
and brings a greater number of girls into play. For social
life we have parties galore, from the Y. W. C. A. party to
the new girls just after school opens, to birthday parties
at Miss Trout's. In May we had a succession of picnics,
gay afternoons in Highland Park, if you please. As I re-
marked, we are not habitues of the movies, but we go to
them now and then and to the theatre when there is some-
thing especially good. We really have broken past records.
During the war the Mary Baldwin Seminary walked in
a body in three patriotic parades through the streets of
Staunton ! Of course the war has brought to us, as it
has to all the world, a new notion of giving. We have
had our drives for many, many causes. These have been
occasions of new interest and deeper than selfish joys.

The next suggestion is an alluring one, "Occasional
dances at which properly introduced young men should
be allowed to come two or three times a year." We, the


faculty, do not go to many dances, but if half is true of
what we read in newspapers and if what you ladies at
large in the world tell us about present day dances, they
present serious problems to many mothers. Is it really
necessary to add this whole set of problems to those we
already have? Two hundred daughters of other people,
whose previous training we did not control — two hundred
young men for us to feel responsible for introducing prop-
erly! If these girls belonged to us all the year, we would
feel more responsibility about introducing young men.
But when the parents have three summer months and the
Christmas holidays for such social activities, we think it
safer to leave this matter to them. Some strange and cruel
parents tell us that they send their daughters here to keep
them from going into company too young! Our primary
object is to educate these girls, and we do not feel that we
have proper facilities for bringing them out socially. And

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