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Mary Baldna/in Seminary

Alumnae Association



Mary Bald\a/in Seminary

Alumnae Association




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President :

Mrs. Reba Andrews-Arnold, '10, (Mrs. D. H. Hill Arnold)

Elkins, W. Va.

Vice-President :

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

Corresponding Secretary:

Miss Elizabeth H. Timberlake, '10, Staunton, Va.

Recording Secretary:

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

Fort Defiance, Va.

Treasurer :

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

Missionary Scholarship Committee

Mrs. Annie Hotchkiss-Howison, '76, (Chairman), Staunton, Va.

Miss Margaret McChesney, '79, Staunton, Va.

Mrs. Kate Nelson Stout, '74, (Treasurer), Staunton, Va.

Miss Elizabeth A. Bell, '14, Staunton, Va.

Miss Nancy McFarland, '96, 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:

Washington, D. C. — Miss Margaret Daniel, The Cumberland.

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

1618 W. Clinch Ave.

New York City — Mrs. Margaret Cunningham-Craig,

555 Park Ave.

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

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

125 Juniper Street
Staunton, Va. — Miss Margaret McChesney.
Mrs. Bessie Adams-Caldwell.

Western Pennsylvania — Mrs. Edna Baer-Furst, Somerset, Pa.


Mary Baldwin Seminary has adopted Mary Baldwin
College and this September will receive her daughter
within her gates. Our beloved Seminary will not pass
out of existence, but the two as parent and child will work
together for broadening the mind and strengthen-
ing the character of all those who are privileged to enter
her halls to seek knowledge.

We, of the Alumnae Association, are not asked to
forget our cherished memories for our Alma Mater, but
to join them with our hopes and aspirations for a future
as glorious and far reaching as her past. The Seminary
"carries on," and now calls to each Alumna to give gener-
ously of her time and interest in helping our dear Alma
Mater to render to the girls of coming generations the
same service she has rendered us.


The annual business meeting of the Mary Baldwin
Seminary Alumnae Association was held Friday morn-
ing, May 25, 1923, at the Seminary.

The former president, Mrs. Annie Cobb-Toms, re-
signed in 1922, and Mrs. Annie Hotchkiss-Howison, vice-
president, acting as president pro tern presided at the
meeting. The meeting was called to order and opened
by a prayer.

A recent poem "Every Woman" of Mrs. Roselle
Mercier-Montgomery was read by Mrs. Howison.

The minutes of the last meeting were read and ac-

The Corresponding Secretary reported the number
of letters she had written during the past year.

The Treasurer's report was then read and accepted.


Balance in Bank, May 23, 1922 $459.37

Received from Initiation Fees, Annual dues. Interest on

Bonds, May 23, 1922 — May 22, 1923 421.42


Expenses May 23, 1922 — May 22, 1923 $285.79

Balance in Bank 595.00


Cash in National Valley Bank (checking accounts) $595.00

Bonds —

Morris ( Scholarship ) 300.00

U. S. ( Scholarship) „ 900.00

U. S. (Endowment) _.... 250.00

(Bonds in L. G. Strauss' Safety Deposit Box, Augusta Na-
tional Bank, Staunton, Va.)

New Members — May 23, 1922 — May 22, 1923 30

Respectfully submitted,
Treasurer M. B. S. A. A.

The auditing committee reported that the books of
the Association Treasurer and Treasurer of Missionary
Scholarship Committee were correct.

The report of the Alumnae Scholarship Committee
was in the form of a letter of thanks from Pauline Harris,

the Alumnae Scholarship pupil. Miss Harris has been
awarded this scholarship for the session of 1923-24, when
she will be a graduate of the Seminary.

Miss Irene HaisHp occupied the chair while Mrs.
Howison read the following reports and recommenda-
tions :


The Missionary Scholarship Committe in presenting its third
Annual Report again commends the members of the Association for
their loyal support in response to our annual letter sent out in
March, 1923; the treasurer's report will follow this one giving you
the story of our fine financial standing up to date.

The Committee has met from time to time to consider the re-
ports of our student Virginia Alby Bull and any other matters per-
tinent to our Committee.

At our meeting in March we again gave the Scholarship for
1923-24 to Virginia Bull having had most satisfactory reports of her
work, conduct and interest in school activities from the Principal,
Miss Higgins and those members of the faculty giving her instruc-
tion — the Committee feels that to make this scholarship of real worth
to the beneficiary she should, if her work and standing merit it, be-
given the advantage of the full Seminary course of study. We re-
ceived a most appreciative letter from Virginia when she was noti-
fied of her re-appointment and Mrs. Bull under date of March 31st
writes us from Kunsan Chosen, Japan, 'Mr. Bull is just back
from an itinerating trip and joins v/ith me in again thanking you
and your Committee and the Alumnae Association for the great
kindness of re-appointing Virginia for 1923-24. I have tried to
express the gratitude that is in my heart in former letters, but each
year as we have seen Virginia's development we appreciate more and
more, if that is possible, what this scholarship has meant to her as
we.l as to us; Virginia expresses the deepest appreciation of the great
advantages you kind friends have made possible for her — we left
her and our son William childi-en and I cannot realize that when
we go to the U. S. on our regular furlough in 1924 we shall find them
fully grown young man and woman. That verse about "those who
have left children" Luke 18-29-30 has a new meaning to us and we
count this help from the M. B. S. A. A. as part of "the 100 fold."

We again have in hand funds over and above the Scholarship
fees for the annual investment toward permanent endowment of this
Scholarship and feel confident of the same loyal support and in-
terest from the members of the Association for the coming year.

Respectfully submitted,

Mrs. Kate Nelson-Stout, Treasurer

Miss Margaret McChesney

Miss Elizabeth A. Bell

Miss Nancy W. McFarland

Mrs. Annie Hotchkiss-Howison, Chairman




Balance in Bank, May 24, 1922 $830.62

Received from interest on Deposits, Bonds, and receipts for

1922-23 599.98

Expenses— May 1922— May 1923—

For printing, postage, tuition and books for Virgiina Bull $946.59

Balance in Bank $484.01


Atlanta Chapter (8 members) $ 40.00


Staunton Chapter (33 members) 94.00

New York Chapter 51.00

Washington Chapter (15 members) 28.00

West Pennsylvania Chapter (2 members) 15.00

Knoxville Chapter (4 members) 8.00

Alumnae at large (47 members) 250.50

Number members contributing, 101 _ $446.50

$500 Liberty Bond.
$500 University Bond.

Respectfully submitted,




Alumnae at Large

Miss M. E. Bryan Miss Julia Aunspaugh

Mrs. Fannie Smith Cooper Mrs. Musette Newsome Ketchum

Miss Elizabeth Hodge Mrs. Permele Elliott Francis

Mrs. Margaret Robinson Higgins Miss Fannie Somervi.le

Miss Annie Fishburne Mrs. EiRe Brown Divine

Miss Mary C. Stribling Miss Leila Bauknight

Mrs. Nannie Owen Easley Miss Mary McClintic

Mrs. Mary Waddell Myers Miss E. K. Bell

Mrs. Clara Kennedy Burney Mrs. Fannie Simonton McElwee

Miss Margaret Vance Mrs. Annie Hoover Holmes

Miss Mabel Lee Mackoy Miss Blanche Finks

Miss Mary M. Holmes Mrs. Ida Smith Austin

Mrs .Agnes Montgomery Taylor Mrs. Cornelia Switzer Burkholder

Mrs. Nettie Pratt Barrett Mrs. Mila Criss Bash

Mrs. Fannie Royster Cooke Mrs. L. E. Bartow

Mrs. Mattie Frazier Baldwin Mrs. Reba Andrews Arnold

Mrs. Eva Rowe Sterne Miss Josephine Brown

Mrs. Sallie Barclay Railey Mrs. Mattie Wayt Lee

Miss Fan Lee Mrs. Gertrude Garden Throp

Mrs. Nelle Crowe Henderlite Mrs. Margaret Epes Dillard

Mrs. Sue Stribling Snodgrass Mrs. Nina Ravenscroft Smith

Mrs. Jennie McElwee Bartholomew Miss Ora E. Miller

Miss Mary Alice Craig Mrs. Maria Abert Gary

Mrs, May Walton Kent

New York Chapter

Washington Chapter

Miss Margaret Daniel Miss Ella Mehurin

Mrs. Nealie Trice Daniel Mrs. Sallie Miller Giddings

Miss Lena Daniel Mrs. Kate Herr Leftwich

Miss Evelyn Daniel Miss Katie Leftwich

Miss M. Ella Moore Mrs. Hettie McKennie Drane

Mrs. Lizzie Firor Trimble Mrs. Chas. J. Keppler

Miss Flora Firor Mrs. Nellie Hayden Wi.liams

Mrs. Keightley Timberlake Wilson

Knoxville Chapter

Mrs. Blanche Dempster Moffett Mrs. Mary Andes Dooley
Mrs. Ellie McClung Green Mrs. Anna Gay McClung

West Pennsylvania Chapter
Miss Mary Black Mrs. Edna Baer Furst

Atlanta Chapter

Mrs. Elizabeth Hanger Chalenor Miss Sue McQueen

Mrs. Mary Grattan Stephenson Mrs. Passie McCabe Ottley

Mrs. Minnie Bohun Raine Mvs. Kate White Hope

Mrs. Mary Murphy Sciple Mrs. Cora Steele Libby

Staunton Chapter

Miss Fannie Strauss Mrs. Lizzie Wilson Timberlake

Miss Virginia Switzer Miss Josephine Timberlake

Miss Irene Haislip Miss Elizabeth Timberlake

Miss Margaret Eak e Mis^ Lottie Rutherford

Mrs. Nannie Walker Turk Mrs. Viola Long Koiner
Mrs. Sallie Hamilton McCormick Mrs. Mary McChesney Yarbrough

Mrs. Bessie Adams Caldwell Mrs. Louise Rawlings Wilson

Miss Jane Allen Mrs. Jennie Mays V/ilson

Miss Elizabeth Bell Miss Lillian Eisenberg

Mrs. Annie Hotchkiss Howison Miss Winifred Eisenberg

Mrs. Ellen Howison Christian Miss Louise Eisenberg

Mrs. Kate Nelson Stout Miss Margaret McChesney

Mrs. Bessie Stick ey Bear Miss Nancy McFarland

Miss Helen Williamson Miss Abbie McFarland

Mrs. Lytle Parkins Crawford Miss Minnie Bumgardner

Miss Bessie Landes Mrs. Margie Hardie-Clenton
Miss Nora Fraser


Members of the M. B. S. A. A.

The past year has been filled with problems and surprises both
in our Association work and in the great forward step of our Alma
Mater in the setting-up of a Mary Baldwin College.

Soon after the 1922 meeting of our Association the local vice
president was notified by the Corresponding Secretary that neither
the newly-elected president nor the first vice-president could ac-
cept office; an Executive Committee meeting was called and three
Alumnae in succession were importuned to accept the presidency,


but our efforts to fill this office were fruitless and the executive com-
mittee decided the one remaining vice-president should act as presi-
dent until such time as this office could be filled.

Nothing of outstanding importance was accomplished until Feb-
ruary, 1922, when the acting president called an Executive Com-
mittee meeting and presented the draft of a circular letter for
consideration and approval ; this was accepted and sent out to a 1
Association members to give them the initial report of the definite
establishment of a Mary Baldwin College.

The president personally sent out 700 of these circulars to all
association members and other Mary Baldwin girls.

This annoimcement received the hearty endorsement of Dr.
Fraser, ijresident, and other members of the Board of Trustees, num-
erous letters were received in response to this circular etter, from
the New York, the Atlanta, the Knoxville, the V/estern Pennsylvania
Chapters and from alumnae and former students heartily endorsing
this forward step for the higher education of women, pledging their
loyal co-ODeration ; many questions were asked which we could not
at this time answer, having given out in the circular letter al au-
thentic information oossible, but thru Dr. A. M. Fraser, acting presi-
dent of Marv Baldwin College, up to date data will be given in
the 1923 Bulletin.

We are glad to report the organization of a Western Pennsyl-
vania Chapter with Edna Baer-Furst president, and Mary Black, sec-
retary. Your executive committee met in March to consider that
most important business, the securing of a president for the Asso-
ciation, the happy and successful resu t of this meeting will be em-
bodied in the recommendations to be presented for your considera-
tion at the close of this report.

Members of the Association are urged to carefully read the
annual "Bulletin" especially Chapter Presidents previous to their
annual meetings for it gives in full the report of our annual meeting
and correct up to date information as to our activities and progress.

The women of today are steadily forging ahead along all lines
of worth while endeavor in the affairs of our country and are being
recognized more and more as a power to be duly recognized and
considered; no later than May 24th the General Assembly of the
Southern Presbyterian Church convened at Montreat, N. C, gave
its women the right of representation on its four Executive Com-
mittees by the overwhelming vote of 140 to 49; by this action of the
highest court of our church we may naturally infer that similar
actions will pass on down the line of our lesser church courts, and
as the Mary Ba.dwin system is under the control of the Virginia
Sjmod, may we not hope, yes even expect, in the course of years
to see our Association represented on the board of the M. B. S. and
M. B. C. — however this advancement and power, spells for us in
big letters RESPONSIBILITY and if we v/omen are to do our part
we must meet this responsibility; today your loyalty and love for
our Alma Mater is challenged as never before and in the biggest
way; she is counting on you. Will you answer to roll-caL "present"
and do your part in the making of a greater Mary Baldwin?

Respectfully submitted

Acting President



Approved by Executive Committee and presented for your con-
sideration —

No. 1 "That the Association approve the action of its Execu-
tive Committee in appointing Reba Andrews-Arnold, alumna of 1911,
as president for the coming year. Mrs. Arnold is peculiarly fitted to
take the helm at this critical period in the life of our Association
and our Alma Mater; give her your loyal, unstinted support and co-

(This recommendation was heartily adopted by a rising vote,
Mrs. Arnold, after being introduced by the acting president, thanked
the Association for its action, and pledging to give of her best in
filling this office and asking for the co-operation of all the members).

No. 2 That Article I of our Constitution reading "the name of
our Association shall be The A.umnae Association of the Mary Bald-
win Seminary" be ameijded, as per Article III of Constitution, at
Annual meeting in 1924 to read as follows — "The name of this As-
sociation shall be Association of Alumnae and Former Students of
the M. B. S."

This reading gives the literary graduates their due priority of
membership and standing for all time. We have the precedent of
this established by Mt. Holyoke, WeLesley and many other seminar-
ies who changed to colleges but retained all former Alumnae and
students as members of their Association.

No. 3. That we consider the action of the Association at the
annual meeting in 1912 when life membership was established with
a fee of $10.00 and same be amended to read as follows: "Life mem-
bership in the Association sha 1 be continued with a fee of $25.00."

No. 4. "That the outstanding work of the Executive Committee
and the Association for the coming year be the organizing of new

No. 5. That the funds in hand left after purchasing the floral
pall for Miss Strickler be added to from treasury, making the amount
$50.00 this to be invested at 6 per cent for an annual prize knovm
as "The V. M. Strickler Latin prize" to be given each "year in the
fourth year Latin Class of the Mary Baldwin Seminary, for best
metrical translation of a given portion of Ovid or Virgil. The act-
ing treasurer to have this matter in charge from year to year."

These recommendations are presented with motion that same
be considered seriatim, with discussion and then voted upon.

Respectfully submitted,

Acting President

These recommendations were duly presented, con-
sidered on motion and adopted according to the above
motion — i. e. seriatim, with discussion, adopted singly,
then as a whole.

(Since the business meeting several members have
expressed a desire to make individual contributions to-
ward the "V. M. Strickler Latin prize." If any readers
of the Bulletin wish to do this, please send check to the
Association Treasurer. It would be fine if the amount of
$50.00 could be raised to $100.00 by next May.)



Madam President, Members of the Alumnae Association of the Mary
Baldwin Seminary, and members of the Reunion Classes:

As this may be called "The End of an Era," I incorporated in
my annual report to the Board of Trustees not only the record for
the session 1922-23, but also a statement of the present condition of
the school and suggestions for the future development of the College.
I am using a pare of that material in this report.

I was elected Principal of Mary Bak!v»^in Seminary May 1, 1916.
I wish to express my deep appreciation of the honor conferred upon
me, and also to tell you of the joy that has come to me in devoting
my best efforts to the continuation of the work so nobly begun by
Miss Baldwin and so ably carried on by P^iss Weimar.

The total number of students enrolled for the session of 1922-23
is three hundred and forty-four, showing an increase in the enroll-
ment of nearly thirty-three and one-third per cent since the close of
the session of 1915-16. Exclusive of the Graded Department, about
one third of the new students registered for the session of 1922-23
are high school graduates. The above statements indicate the en-
larging influence of the school. Many of the high school graduates
are poorly prepared in Latin and the Modern Languages, and for
this reason they are making up conditions in preparatory work at
the same time that they are doing collegiate work. Other high school
graduates did not apply for the Junior College diploma, but came
here for the specific purpose of taking courses in Music, Art, Ex-
pression, Physical Education or Domestic Science. A big percentage
of the students enrolled for this year are taking a preponderance
of college work. The collegiate students in English number ninety-
eight; collegiate history, sixty-seven; the Latin Department num-
bers one hundred and twenty-six, twenty-four taking collegiate Latin;
the French Department, one hundred and fifty-three; the Spanish
and Italian Departments total twenty-six; the Mathematics Depart-
ment includes one hundred and twenty-four, thirty-one taking col-
lege mathematics; the Science Department, consisting of Physics and
Chemistry, is filled, many students having been refused admission to
that department on account of limited space ; the Domestic Science,
Voice, and Commercial Departments have a capacity enrollment; the
Piano Department shows a distinct loss. As the number enrolled for
literary work increases, the number for special work naturally de-
creases. Gymnastics, swimming, and outdoor sports continue to re-
ceive due attention^ and the Athletic Association is a recognized
force for general development. The indoor gymnasium work is far
from satisfactory on account of limited space and inadequate gym-
nasium equipment. We use the courc, upper terraces, and porches as
an open-air gymnasium for setting-up exercises before breakfast.
Physical examinations and mental tests are given during the year.

Covering a period of the past five j'ears the Mary Baldwin has
been presented by forty or more students at various universities and
colleges. Many other students have attended conservatories, art
schools, and Bible training schools, etc. Many of these students
and also many Mary Baldwin students who have taken no additional
training ha^'e been engaged in teaching, executive work in large
schools, hospitals, social service, journalism, Y. W. C. A. work, home
and foreign missions, Chautauquas, and war work. Those who at-
tended the Mary Baldwin more than five years ago are established
in many occupations and professions. On account of the impossibility


of obtaining' a complete record of each student, I am not able to give
the above report in exact numbers. We have a record of three hun-
dred and ten Mary Baldwin girls who have been married since 1916,
of this number one hundred and thirty have been in attendance since
1916. Some of these^ who have married ministers, have become liter-
ally pastor's assistants. We point with great pride to the contribu-
tion which the Mary Baldwin Seminar^/ has made to the home life of
America as well as to its achievements in other avenues of usefulness.

The number of graduates from the Literary Department of the
Mary Baldwin from May, 1866, to May, 1923, will be one hundred
and fifty-seven. Graduation from the Special Departments was not
recognized until 1874. From that date to May, 1923, the number of
Piano graduates is one hundred and sixty-six; Voice graduates from
1891 to May, 1923, will number thirty-nine; postgraduates in Piano,
Organ, Voice, and Expression number twenty-two. The number en-
tered for graduation in 1924 in the Literary Department is five, and
the number of specials eighteen. Notwithstanding the fact that since
1916 rigid entrance requirements have been met by all students who
have completed the Junior College Course, the number of literary
graduates has steadily increased. By reference to the catalogue you
will find these interesting and encouraging figures; From 1883 to
1893 we had fourteen gradviates: from 1893 to 1903, twenty-two;
from 1903 to 1913, twenty-four; from 1913 to 1923, thirty-one;
making a total of ninety-one during the past forty years. On the
other hand while that course represents fiterary subjects only, the
special diploma in such subjects as Art, Expression, or Music repre-
sents a fair knowledge of certain literary subjects. Certificates have
been awarded to those completing the College-preparatory Course
and the prescribed work in Domestic Science, Shorthand, Typewrit-
ing, Bookkeeping, Harmony and History of Music, Physical Educa-
tion, and for the completion of certain subjects from the prescribed
literary course. On account of thorough work and careful attention
to detail, the Mary Baldwin has received gratifying recognition from
a number of well-established colleges and universities.

A well-selected Library consisting of 6,532 volumes has been
catalogued according to the Library of Congress system. The work
of cataloguing was begun September 1, 1919, by a trained librarian,
who has succeeded in doing this work at the same time that she pre-
sided over the library. Nine hundred and forty-eight volumes have
been added during these three years. This amount includes the gift
of the Waddell collection of one hundred and thirty-three vohimes.
Twenty-five of the leading magazines and newspapers are regularly
subscribed for. The Library is presided over by the librarian or her
assistant from nine o'clock in the morning until nine at night. The
reserve shelves are open to students at all times.

Faculty government has been maintained. Great attention has
been paid to the development of the students in initiative and self-
government within the school. The intra-mural liberties and privi-
leges are many, but without the walls the protection of the students
has been carefully supervised. The location of the dormitories is
such that constant care has been exercised to shield the student
from yielding to the temptations that come from without. All regula-
tions are explained carefully at the opening of the session, and from

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