James E Pless | Mount Berry Schools Long Ago

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Mount Berry Schools Long Ago

by James E Pless

In-depth and explicit accounts of the struggles and the giggles of a teenager who tried to live away from home.
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1. About My Story
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2. A Most Significant Increment of My Life
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3. From Whence I Came to Berry
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4. Burdensome Ailment
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5. Three Months Preceding Departure
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6. The Flowing Spring
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7. The Dry Well
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8. Mites
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9. To Georgia
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10. Enter Mount Berry Schools
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11. Mount Berry Schools For Boys and More
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12. Arrival At Mount Berry
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13. The Dispensary
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14. The Chores Begin
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15. Dairy Assighment Activities
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16. The Dairy Complex
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17. Mr. Nunn and Mr. Clifton Russell
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18. The Bull Pen Excursions
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19. They Are Not Bulls!
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20. The Yearlings
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21. Dairy Work Hours
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22. My First Witness of Flying Fortress
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23. Cow Maintenance
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24. The Bumble Bee
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25. The Pasture
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26. Our Lovely Cows
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27. The Records
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28. Pampered Cows
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29. Cow Tails
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30. Cow Is Down
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31. New Assignment
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32. Creamery Operation
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33. The Creamery
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34. Galaxy of Stars
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35. Mr. Nunn's Inquisitive Goat
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36. Diminishing Manpower
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37. The Power Plant to Dairy Complex
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38. Dining Hall
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39. Dining Hall Activity
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40. Servered Finger
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41. The Squirell
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42. Special Event At Henry Ford Complex
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43. Reflections of Home
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44. Swiming At the Girls' School
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45. Swiming At the College
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46. Special Milk Deliveries
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47. The Campus Activist
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48. Old Piano in Old Decaying Building
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49. Possum Trot Church
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50. Hand Picked
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51. The Hay Barn
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52. The Cannery
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53. The Turkey Farm
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54. The Forest Fires
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55. The Silk Mills
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56. The Old Grist Mill
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57. The Movie Projector Operator
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58. Naughty Boys
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59. The Gathering Party
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60. Creaky Crawlers / We Got'em
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61. The Fraternities
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62. Academic Letter
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63. Ailments of My Earlier Years
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64. The Initiation Begins
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65. Stage Fright
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66. Finishing It Off
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67. The Night Of
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68. The Ham Radio Operator
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69. My First Haircut - Since
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70. The Laundry
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71. The Post Office / General Store Cabin
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72. Philosophical Commentaries
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73. Trust and Stewardship
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74. Onward Christian Soldiers
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75. Her Lonely Passing - Farewell
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76. Martha's Little Cabin
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77. Henry Ford and His Wife
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78. Mrs. Hammond
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79. The Pilgrims
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80. The Pilgrims Route
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81. There Was Another Pilgrim
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82. From the Mountain Sides
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83. The Promised Land
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84. Martha's Fundamentals Laid Bare
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85. More of Her Vision and Character
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86. A Deeper Side of Her Vision
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87. They Who Kept It Going
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88. Fall 1943 Events
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89. My Story For the Night
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90. A Future Relationship Lay Dormant
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91. A Blue Bus For Us
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92. Heading Back to Berry
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93. Closeness Prevails
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94. Class Schedules
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95. Class Adjustments
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96. The Classes
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97. Woodwork Class
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98. Lonely Hours
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99. Justin Free / the Acquisition
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100. My Last Visit With Justin
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101. Final Weeks At Berry
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102. The Little Footlocker
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103. Mr. Grady Hamrick Says Goodbye
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104. Benediction
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105. Don't Let It Die
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106. Homeward
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107. Fayette, Alabama
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108. Belk, Alabama
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109. Kennedy, Alabama
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110. The Porch
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Autobiography



Order of birth; James Elmer Pless – born August 08, 1928, followed by twin sister Alyce in East Lake Birmingham, Alabama. I was number six of eleven children born unto Reverend and Mrs. David Clifton Pless, who was a student minister of Howard College; now Sanford University. Several years after graduating, he accepted a circuit church charge of the North Alabama Methodist Conference and moved his family to Green Hill, Alabama. That was in the fall of 1932. Ministers of that church were required to take new assignments at two-year intervals. Consequently, the family was uprooted to move to another town; usually that would be some distance away. The loss of neighbors, church friends, school pals and many other disadvantaged facets to that system made adjusting to life more harsh, especially to the children.

Almost immediately the country went into the Great Depression and from that time life did not get better. Our frequent moving, and the accompanying poverty with us and around us, was hard to endure. Parents were perpetually saddened because of the denial of daily necessities for their children. Getting ahead was a struggle.

From Green Hill we moved to Phil Campbell, Meridianville, Mount Hope, Gordo and in the fall of 1940 the parsonage of the Cambridge Methodist Church, which is four miles to the east of Athens and towards Huntsville, Alabama. It was from this place that I went on to Mount Berry Schools for Boys near Rome, Georgia.

Inexperienced and undereducated, I entered into a great opportunity of a better environment to being prepared for adult life. To a great extent that was established and my time spent at Berry was indeed a positive factor of my life. However, as my story unfolds it reflects, like a mirror, my earlier years in which I saw and endured an existence without luxuries. All my wealth and strength was bound in family ties – I was used to the same stewardship that Martha Berry exhibited to her chosen heirs. My childhood was protected in the sanctuary of a Christian home. All evils of abusiveness and prejudice were shone.

Jesus said, “My sheep know my voice”. Perhaps I heard the voice of Martha Berry calling to me. I went.


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