The “Ideal” FTS Student

Berta Thompson

Berta Thompson, Ferrum Training School’s first graduate, circa 1917.

The 1917–18 handbook described the type of student Ferrum was seeking as:

  • Rural and likely to continue living in the country
  • Financially challenged
  • Morally upright
  • Physically capable
  • Mentally capable
  • Willing to work
  • Non-smoker
  • Non-drinker
  • At least 14 years old
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