SOUTHWEST LAGRANGE SCHOOL (BERTA WEATHERSBEE SCHOOL)

Manuscript MS-119

1916-2001

 

SOURCE: Berta Weathersbee School and Callaway Foundation, Inc.

SIZE: .8 lf

SHELVING UNITS: 1 document boxes
2 oversized boxes
1 newspaper box
1 oversized folder

PROCESSING: BNJ, 2001

 

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Southwest LaGrange School was established in 1916 by Callaway Mills Company with Chilton W. Coleman as Superintendent (1916-1923) and Miss Fleming Ward as Principal (1916-1923). In 1919, the school became part of the LaGrange School System and, in 1953, the old building was replaced with a modern structure which stands on Forrest Avenue. Mrs. G.G. (Herberta) Weathersbee, affectionately known as "Miss Berta," was appointed Principal in 1929 and continued in this capacity until retiring in 1970. The school was renamed Berta Weathersbee School in her honor in 1974. In 2001, the building went through an extensive renovation.

 

SCOPE/CONTENT

Items in this collection reflect the history of both schools, most notably through newspaper and journal articles, school programs, student performances and work, school census reports, philosophy and schedules and teacher records. Other materials relate to the founding of the LaGrange Memorial Library by the LaGrange Woman's Club, pamphlets and advertisements related to Callaway Mills Company, articles written by Chilton W. Coleman relating to Southwest LaGrange School and community, some personal correspondence to and by "Miss Berta," and articles written by Cason J. Callaway. Local and Atlanta newspapers feature articles about the school and its importance to the mill community. Many of the items were apparently collected by "Miss Berta."

 

CONTAINER LIST

Folder

1 List of Southwest LaGrange and City of LaGrange Teachers, 1920-31
2 Textbook lists, Programs, and Announcements, 1918-1928
3 School philosophy and Teacher schedules, c. 1920s
4 Reports on visits in homes by teachers, 1916-17
5 Teacher's Records, 1930
6 School census: Elm City, Unity Spinning, Hillside Mills, 1916 (lists individual students)
7 Journal articles and history, Cotton Mill Schools, 1919-28
8 Articles by Chilton W. Coleman
9 Callaway Beacons: Articles about school
10 School Programs, 1933-1952
11 School Programs (undated)
12 Grade 6B Newsletters, 1950
13 School Plays (undated)
14 Vision Testing Results, 1951
15 News articles on former pupils
16 Southwest LaGrange Baptist Church, 1927
17 Speech Regarding Founding of Memorial Library by Mrs. L. D. Mitchell
18 Pamphlets on Callaway Mills, c. 1920s
19 Advertisements for Callaway Mills Products
20 Miscellaneous
21 Berta Weathersbee Correspondence, 1950-53
22 Articles about Fuller E. Callaway and Fuller E. Callaway, Jr., 1920-1953
23 LaGrange, Georgia, Our Present Condition, by Mayor S. H. Dunson, 1920
24 Articles about Cason J. Callaway, 1928-1940

Framed Certificate: Standard Elementary School, 1937-38

 

OVERSIZED PAPERS

Folder

1 LaGrange Reporter March 12, 1922
2 The Shuttle February 23, 1923
April 6, 1923
3 The Searchlight April 5, 1924
4 Atlanta Georgian June 19, 1924
5 Sunday Constitution Magazine March 1, 1925
Atlanta Constitution April 26, 1925
6 The Shuttle September 25, 1925
7 The Shuttle February 19, 1926
February 26, 1926
8 The Shuttle (Callaway Mills Edition) May 24, 1928
9 The Shuttle May 25, 1928
July 13, 1928
LaGrange Reporter July 14, 1928
10 LaGrange Reporter November 27, 1928
11 The Shuttle December 14, 1928
LaGrange Reporter December 18, 1928
12 The Shuttle December 28, 1928
LaGrange Reporter November 21-22, 1928
LaGrange Graphic November 23, 1928
13 Giddy Gossip published by The Shuttle December 24, 1928
14 The Shuttle January 11, 1929
15 Macon Telegraph July 7, 1929
16 LaGrange News-Shuttle (Monument Dedication) October 13, 1929
17 LaGrange News (Callaway Monument Dedication) October 15, 1929
18 Atlanta Constitution (Sunday Photo Section) September 29, 1929
LaGrange News, Bi-Centennial Supplement February 13, 1933
Passing of the Big Plantation 1924
19 National Cotton Week Posters
20 Textile Bulletin November 29, 1928
21 Callaway Mills Advertisements
Trueline Campwear July 10, 1929
Rockweave Mills September 7, 1929
Oakleaf Mills
22 The Shuttle December 14, 1928
LaGrange Daily News, Supplement c. 1950s
LaGrange Daily News April 11, 1952

 

OVERSIZE PHOTOGRAPHS

Southwest LaGrange School, 1929
Southwest LaGrange School, Pageant, 1925

 

RELATED ITEMS

TRP-32 Southwest LaGrange School Photographs, classes, plays, 1910-1950
TRP-41 Callaway Educational Association Photographs
TRP-90 Southwest LaGrange Photo Albums, 1920-1996
TRP-219 Portrait Photographs, 1960s-1970s
TRP-259 Murphy Family Photographs, School Activities

 

ITEMS SEPARATED

PCS-010 Southwest LaGrange Postcard
RB-043.23 Southwest LaGrange Yearbook, 1923

 

TRACINGS

Callaway Mills
Callaway Educational Association
Education
LaGrange Schools
LaGrange Woman's Club