National Geographic : 1942 Jul
Kentucky, Boone's Great Meadow Such an experience is all in a night's work, Mrs. Breckinridge says. The Service averages a baby a day. From the mountain country we returned to Lexington feeling that we had been in another world. Berea, Free College for Mountain Folk One morning my wife and I drove down to Berea, the town oper ated by Berea College, a coeducational insti tution founded by John G. Fee in 1855 for boys and girls of the south ern highlands. I talked with the young president, Dr. Francis Stephenson Hutchins, who suc ceeded his distin guished father, Dr. Wil liam J. Hutchins, in 1939. In a few words he explained the aims and ideals of the college. "Ninety percent of the 2,000 students each year come from the southern mountains. ''No tuition is charged. The sum of $150 covers board, lodging, and incidental fees. Meals cost the student 13 cents each: room rent is 65 cents a week. A large part of this amount may be earned through labor in industries (Color Plate Staff Photographer B. Anthony Stewart Bat Racks at the Louisville Slugger Factory Present a Baseball Hall of Fame In the Hillerich and Bradsby workrooms baseball bats are hand-turned for famous players. What a thrill to the lover of the national sport to see the war clubs of the late Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth, Joe Di Maggio, Hank Greenberg, and scores of other big-league stars. Berea College student VII). Berea receives no subsidy from State or denomination, but is dependent upon income from endowment funds and gifts from friends." Young President Hutchins showed me pic tures of four young people of one mountain family who had all been graduated with honors. They had paid their way to bachelor's de grees, and their outlay of cash brought from home had been only $24. At midday we went to Boone Tavern for luncheon. In a delightful dining room we were served one of the best meals we had in Kentucky. Pleased with the service, I wished to give the waitress a modest tip, but the lady in charge politely but firmly forbade me. "The college operates this inn," she said, "and the girls who wait on guests do their work as part of their labor program. All students are granted a fair hourly wage. That is all we wish them to receive." Berea graduates have demonstrated that they are as well-trained and as thoroughly edu cated in academic subjects as graduates of larger and much more expensive schools. Many of them go back into the mountains after graduation to teach or to make other unselfish use of their training for the better ment of their less-favored fellows.