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THOMPSONJS ISLAND 




BEACON 




Vol. 18. No. 1. Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. May, 1914 

Entered November 23. 1903, at Boston, Mass.. as Second-class matter, under Act of Congress of July 16, 1894 



Che €a$tcr Concert 

On Sunday afternoon, April 12, we had 
our usual Easter concert in the Assembly-hall. 
The subject of the exercises was "The Dawn 
of Victory." The choir sang a number of 
selections and there were twenty-three boys be- 
sides those who took part in the speaking. Mr. 
Moss, our minister, offered prayer, and spoke 
about the spiritual meaning of Easter. The 
chapel was very beautifully decorated with 
white lilies, geraniums, pink heather, and pink 
roses. The concert and decorations were en- 
joyed very much by every one. The programme 
was as follows: 



Song 


The Dawn of Victory 


Ch( 


3ir, with Violin and Cornet 


Responsive 


Reading 


Prayer 






Mr. Moss 


Song 


An Easter Prayer 




Choir 


Exercise 


Easter Greeting 




Five Boys 


Song 


Christ is Risen 


Choir, with Violin and Cornet 


Recitation 


The Music of the Bells 




George W. Casey 


Exercise 


Easter Bells 




Four Boys 


Song 


Be Glad! Tis Easter! 




Choir, with Violin 


Recitation 


The Meaning of Easter 




Norman R. V/yatt 


Song 


Risen, as He Said 




Choir 


Remarks 






Mr. Moss 



Exercise Resurrection 

Five Boys 
Song The Message of Eastertide 

Choir 
Recitation An Easter Message 

Howard F. Lochrie 
Song O Tell the Blessed Story 

Choir 
Exercise V/hat the Lilies Teach 

Four Boys 
Song Easter Bells 

Choir 
Recitation Christ's Lamp of Love 

Geoffrey E. Plunkett 
Song Song of the Morning 

Quartet 
Recitation A Lesson from the Violet 

Carl H. Collins 
Song Beautiful Eastertide 

Choir 
Song Let the Heavens Be Joyful 

Choir, with Violin and Cornet 
Remarks 

Mr. Bradley 

William J. Grant. 

Crimmitid m Old Elm 

As there were quite a number of dead 
limbs on the "Old Elm," they had to be cut off. 
I was given the work of trimming this tree. 
The dead limbs were sawed off by the use of a 
saw attached to a long pole. These limbs 
were cut off as near the live limbs as possible. 
Some of them I could reach from the ground, 
but I had to use a ladder to reach the others. 
These limbs were broken up after being cut 
off, and sent to the incinerator to be burned. 
Harold L. Carlton, 



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Cl)c minstrel Show 

On Thursday evening, April thirtieth, the 
Thompson's Island Minstrels gave an excellent 
entertainment in the Assembly-hall. Of all the 
entertainments that we have, the home talent 
always receives the heartiest welcome, as it 
shows just what the fellows are capable of doing, 
and the jokes are always apt. The entertain- 
ment began at eight o'clock and lasted fully two 
hours. The show ended with a German com- 
edy sketch given by two of the once minstrels, 
but now real (?) Germans. This comedy kept 
us in a constant roar of laughter. 1 am sure 
we all enjoyed the evening's entertainment very 
much. 

CIRCLE 

Richard W. Weston, Interlocutor 
Elwin C. Bemis Joseph L. Pendergast 

Warner E. Spear Leslie H. Barker 

William Hill Harold L. Card 



BONES 

Harold L. Carlton 
Everett W. Maynard 



TAMBOS 

Charles R. Jefferson 
Franklin E. Gunning 



PROGRAMME 

Opening Chorus Circle 

Medley of Popular Choruses 
End Song Everett W. Maynard 

Mammy Jinny's Jubilee 
Song Joseph L. Pendergast 

Won't You Let Me Call You Honey? 
End Song Franklin E. Gunning 

Our Little War at Home, Sweet Home 
Quartet Violin Accomp'nt Harold L. Card 

Daisies Won't Tell 
Topical Song End Men 

OLIO 

A GERMAN COMEDY SKETCH 
IN ONE ACT 

Maynard and Gunning 

The Wizards of Joy and Dynamiters of Sorrow 
who are off again on a roundelay of merry patter 
which is a sure cure for any kind of melancholy. 

Carl D. P. Hynes. 



J\n Tllustratca Cecture 

On the evening of April twenty-second Mr- 
Myron J. Cochrane gave an illustrated talk on 
wild flowers. He told us how he became interest- 
ed in flowers, and he thought he would try and see 
how many different varieties he could photo- 
graph. Mr. Cochrane said that he had con- 
ceived the idea of coloring the slides, which 
were made from the films. The pictures that 
he showed on the screen were very pretty. 
While each picture was being exhibited, Mr. 
Cochrane read a short paragraph from a 
manuscript which he had prepared. After the 
last of the flowers had been exhibited Mr. 
Cochrane showed us some views of the Waver- 
ly Oaks, which are nearly a thousand years 
old. The lecture was greatly enjoyed by us all. 
Raymond H. Batchelder. 

Tilling Tti Ruts 

Lately I have been filling in ruts. I got 
some sub-soil from back of the power-house. 
When I had a load I took it to the play-grounds, 
and having filled the ruts, I then spread it even- 
ly over them. I commenced at the path lead- 
ing from Cottage Row and worked to the hedge 
and also the base-lines. The stones that were 
in the ruts I would leave, but the ones that 
were on top I picked up and took them down to 
the stone-pile behind the power-house. When 
I had the ruts all filled, Mr. Beebe had some 
fellows pull the big roller over them. 

Howard F. Lochrie. 

music Ccssons 

Every Tuesday and Friday nights, Mr. 
Ellis, our band teacher, comes down and after 
seven o'clock takes out the band to the band- 
hall for practice. On Tuesdays the beginners' 
band goes out, and on Fridays the regular band 
goes out. The beginners play scales and other 
exercises which they practice through the week. 
The regular band plays marches and other 
music. Some of the pieces they play the most 
are "Connecticut March," "The Whip," and 
"Napoleon's Last Charge." 

George W. Casey. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



£boo$iiid-up for Basc-^ail 

On Saturday afternoon, April twenty-fifth, 
we chose up for base-ball. At about quarter 
past four we assembled in the gymnasium, 
where the all-school team of last year picked 
out four candidates for captains of this year's 
teams. Then the balance of the School nomi- 
nated four candidates. After all the candidates 
had been nominated, we voted for four captains. 
The four fellows who received the greatest 
number of votes were: Everett W. Maynard, 
William J. Grant, Victor H. Gordon, and Perry 
Coombs. Then we voted to see which of the 
four was considered the best captain. The 
fellow getting the largest number of votes was 
Team A, and so on down to Team D. Everett 
W. Majmard has Team A; Victor H. Gordon, 
Team B; William J. Grant, Team C; Perry 
Coombs, Team D. After supper the captains 
chose their men. The captain of Team D 
always gets first choice and the captain of Team 
A last. Perry Coombs. 

Gardens 

In the spring of the year each fellow who 
wishes a garden is given one. He must fix it 
up and keep it free from weeds, if he wishes to 
get a prize. The first thing to do is to spade and 
rake it to get all the lumps out of it. He 
makes a border of stones around it and arranges 
them as evenly as possible. The gardens are 
beginning to look pretty now. Some are nearly 
finished and others are just started. The gar- 
dens are of different shapes and sizes. There 
are large, medium, and small ones. Some 
gardens already look as if the owners were 
trying hard for a prize. Victor H. Gordon. 

**Ulantcd" 

One day when 1 came from my work 1 
saw on the bulletin-board a notice which said: 
"Wanted — Rat Inspectors, Fly Inspectors, Tree 
Inspectors, Bird Inspectors, Mosquito Inspectors. 
Make application on usual memorandum slip 
and put it in Mr. Bradley's basket." A similar 
notice was posted last year. 

William E. Kennedy. 



B Caucus 

On March thirty-first a caucus was held in 
the Assembly-hall. Three Committees were 
appointed. They were the Mayor's Committee, 
the Shareholding Committee and the Non- 
shareholding Committee. The Mayor's Com- 
mittee nominated candidates for the following 
offices: Mayor, three Shareholding Aldermen, 
Assessor, and Treasurer. The Shareholding 
Committee nominated candidates for Mayor, 
three Aldermen, Treasurer, and Assessor. 
The Non-shareholding Committee nominated 
candidates for three Non-shareholding Alder- 
men. Frederick E. VanValkenburg. 

Quarterly election 

The second quarterly election of Cottage 
Row for the year nineteen fourteen was held in 
the east basement of the main building on April 
seventh. The meeting came to order at 7.15 
p. m. The Mayor appointed Paul C. A. Swen- 
son, Ernest E. Slocomb and Perry Coombs as 
Tellers. The Shareholders voted first, voting 
for candidates for every office. The Non- 
shareholders voted next, voting for candidates 
for all offices except that of Assessor. The 
meeting adjourned at 8.00 o'clock, and the 
Mayor, Clerk, and Tellers went to the reading- 
room to count the votes. The following were 
elected: Mayor, Victor H. Gordon; Shareholding 
Aldermen, Harold L. Carlton, Chester R. 
Wood, Carlquist W. Walbourn; Non-sharehold- 
ing Aldermen, George F. Kendall, Ernest E. 
Slocomb; Treasurer, Lester E. Cowden; As- 
sessor, George W. N. Starrett. The Mayor 
then appointed: Perry Coombs, Chief of Police; 
Hubert N. -Leach, Clerk; Herbert L. Dudley, 
Janitor; Raymond H. Batchelder, Librarian; 
Llewelyn H. Lewis, Street Commissioner. 
The Chief of Police appointed the following: 
Lieutenant, Charles R. Jefferson; Sergeant, 
Warner E. Spear; Patrolmen, William Hill, 
William J. Grant, Leslie H. Barker. These 
officers were later sworn in by Mr. Bradley. 
Charles R. Jefferson. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Cbomp$on'$ Tsland Beacon 

Published Monthly by 

THE FARM AND TRADES SCHOOL 
Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor 

A PRIVATE SCHOOL FOR BOYS OF LIMITED 

MEANS, SUPPORTED BY ENDOWMENTS, 

TUITION FEES AND SUBSCRIPTIONS 



Vol. 18. No. 1. 



May, 1914 



Subscription Price - 50 Cents Per Year 



BOARD OF MANAGERS 



president 

Alfred Bowditch 

vice-president 

Charles P. Curtis 

treasurer 

Arthur Adams 

1 35 Devonshire Street 
SECRETARY 

Tucker Daland 

MANAGERS 

Melvin O. Adams 
GoRHAM Brooks 
I. Tucker Burr 
S. V. R. Crosby 

George L. DeBlois 
Malcolm Donald 
Thomas J. Evans 
Charles T. Gallagher 
Robert H. Gardiner, Jr. 
N. Penrose Hallowell 
Henry Jackson, M. D. 
Charles E. Mason 
Roger Pierce 

Richard M. Saltonstall 
Francis Shaw 

William S. Spaulding 

Moses Williams, Jr. 
Ralph B. Williams 

Charles H. Bradley, Superintendent 



Opportunity is a working asset in life which 
falls heir to every one, and we do not have to 
wait until we become of any particular age 
before we may claim this heritage, excepting 
of course the age of understanding. 



It is an element which, the more and 
oftener advantage is taken of it, the greater 
and more evident becomes its availability. 
The earlier in life advantage is taken of it, the 
greater its scope and possibilities become in 
years of maturity. It presents itself to us in 
different ways, great, small, and sometimes 
even in insignificant form. 

Each one has his peculiar opportunity to 
do some good which no one else can perform, 
and upon his failure to take advantage of such 
an occasion and to prosecute an act which he 
feels it his duty to perform, that opportunity is 
forever gone. 

The small things in life are veritable 
stepping-stones to things great, and they must 
be well performed before anything greater can 
be accomplished. 

Opportunity to do good is merely a favor- 
able condition where duty should urge us on. 
And "a wise man will make more opportunities 
than he finds." 

But there are opportunities for evil as well 
as for good. These should be scrupulously 
guarded against as being equally noxious with 
that of the serpent's bite, for the stepping-stones 
to evil are just as sure as are those which lead 
in the right direction. 

It is said of Thomas A. Edison, the great 
inventor, that when he was twenty-one years 
old he was wandering the streets of New York 
one day looking for a job, when his attention 
was attracted by a large crowd gathering in 
Wall Street, in front of the Exchange. Inquir- 
ing the cause of the excitement, he learned that 
something had gone wrong with the telegraphic 
communication. Here was his opportunity. 
He volunteered his services and in a few min- 
utes had things in working order, and within 
twenty-four hours was engaged as electrician, at 
a salary of three hundred dollars a month. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Our opportunity may not point us to fame 
or wealth, as the world considers them. We 
may not be privileged to be classed with the 
great inventors, reformers, statesmen, etc. 
But doing our duty as we see it means im- 
measurably more than this. It means a con- 
science without offence toward the Spirit of 
Truth. 

Opportunities for good are always present 
with the boys of The Farm and Trades School. 
The technical division of the subjects presented 
to the pupils by lectures and experiments in the 
class-room and on the farm, as well as the 
practical work performed in the various other 
industrial departments of the School, can not 
fail to imbue the boys with the highest ideals 
for life — honesty and fearlessness of purpose. 

notes * 

April 1. Incubated 58 eggs. 

Began re-laying stone gutters on Front 
Avenue. 

Cleared away winter protection from buck- 
thorn hedge, on west corner of main building. 

April 2. Began 1914 display of weather 
flags from Observatory. 

Took off hydrant houses and uncovered 
blue spruces. 

Mr. George W. E. Byers, '87, Rev. W. M. 
Chapin, Miss Rebecca S. Chapin and Miss 
Elizabeth E. Joyce visited the School. 

April 3. Mr. Charles Duncan, '71, tuning 
piano. 

Dr. Edward H. Forbush here on the rat 
question. 

Sowed cabbage, cauliflower and tomato 
seeds in hot-bed. 

Former Instructor Mr. Edward F. Kibby 
spent the afternoon with us. 

April 4. Edmund S. Bemis, '13, here. 

April 6. Began dancing lessons for boys. 

April 7. 100 Barred Plymouth Rock eggs 
for incubator received. 

April 8. Incubated 132 eggs. 



Sprayed orchard with lime sulphur 1-8 to 
combat scale insects. 

April 9. Admission Committee meeting. 
The following boys were admitted; Ralph G. 
Hadley, William N. King, John A. Robertson, 
Edward Malone, Roland S. Bruneau, Donald 
E. Bourbeau. 

April 10. Secretary Tucker Daland vis- 
ited the School. 

Planted radish, lettuce and pepper seeds 
in hot-bed. 

April 1 1 . Manager Charles P. Curtis here. 

Mr. Webb Robbins looking at cows. 

Mr. A. L. Curado here, setting 200 Belgian 
and Welsh basket willows in nursery. 

April 12. Sunday. Easter service in the 
afternoon. 

April 13. Killed pig weighing 250 lbs. 

Began hauling manure from compost-shed. 

Former pupil Harold D. Morse visited the 
School. 

April 14. Gift of trombone oil from Mr. 
John F. Parks. 

April 15. Began rolling lawns and play- 
ground. 

Took eight cows to Brighton, bought and 
brought back four. 

April 17. George R. Jordan, '13, here. 

Four and one half tons of chemicals ar- 
rived for mixing fertilizers. 

Former teacher Miss Elizabeth Kelley 
spent the afternoon with us. 

April 18. Did first harrowing. 

Mason finished plaster patching. 

Began setting willows along east bank. 

April 19. Mr. Archibald G. Adams from 
Newton Theological Seminary conducted Sun- 
day services. 

April 21. Dr. Dyer inspecting cattle. 

Mr. Myron J. Cochrane gave illustrated 
talk on wild flowers. 

Managers Thomas J. Evans, Charles E. 
Mason and Roger Pierce, and Dr. Winslow B. 
French visited the School. 

April 22. Pruned bush-fruits. 

Planted two rows Early Prolific Peas. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



April 23. Gift of magazines from Mrs. W. 
M. Cameron. 

Manager Francis Shaw spent the day here. 

Finished spreading ashes from ash-pit at 
incinerator, 10.7 tons in all. 

April 25. Chose players for the base-ball 
season. 

Planted two rows Alaska peas in garden. 

Transplanted large maple tree in West 
Grove. 

April 27. Removed winter protection from 
bee-hives. 

Sowed pasture mixture of grass seed on 
Oak Knoll and Lyman Grove. 

Drowned out 67 rats from under hen- 
house. 

April 28. Sowed celery in hot-beds. 

April 29. Boys sized up. 

Began mowing lawns. 

Dressed pig weighing 220 lbs. 

60 Chickens hatched in incubator. 

Removed mulch from strawberries. 

Thirteen boys and an instructor attended 
musicale at the Warren School in Auburndale, 
through the kindness of Mrs. Harriet Spooner. 

April 30. Minstrel show given by eleven 
boys. 

Pulled first radishes from hot-beds. 

Mixed fertilizers for sweet corn and pota- 
toes. 

Cbe farm and Crudes School Bank 

Cash on hand April 1, 1914 $942.03 

Deposits during the month 15.07 

957.10 
Withdrawn during the month 79.22 

Cash on hand May 1, 1914 $877.88 

Jlpril meteorology 

Maximum temperature, 86° on the 19th. 

Minimum temperature, 26° on the 4th. 

Mean temperature for the month, 45.5°. 

Total precipitation, 7.22 inches. 

Greatest precipitation in 24 hours, 1.93 
inches on the 16th. 

15 days with .01 or more inches precipita- 
tion, 9 clear days, 13 partly cloudy, 8 cloudy 
days. 

Total number of hours sunshine, 172 and 
20 minutes. 



Printiiid JInnual Reports 

The Annual Reports of the School are 
printed in our printing-office. These reports 
contain a description of the School and tell 
what it has accomplished in the past year, 
together with the treasurer's report for the year. 
We print three thousand of these. We use 
antique laid book paper for the inside, and 
French Gray Antique for covers. On the 
covers is printed in red "The Farm and Trades 
School," and the number of the year since 
which the school has been established. After 
the covers are printed they are scored. This is 
done so that they will fold easily. The inside 
pages are printed four at a time. We print 
fifteen hundred copies first on one side. Then 
they are printed on the other side with the 
same form. After they have been printed on 
both sides they are cut in halves, thus making 
three thousand copies in all, and then they are 
ready for folding and assembling. There are 
thirty pages in this year's report, besides five 
pages of illustrations. Ernest E. Slocomb. 

Dandnd Cessons 

Every Monday evening after grade reading, 
the First and Second Classes are given dancing 
lessons. The pupils are divided into two 
groups, one group taking the lady's part and 
the other group the gentleman's part. The 
"ladies" wear a white streamer. Those who 
take the lady's part one week take the gentle- 
man's part the next week. We have learned 
the Portland Fancy, Waltz, Two-step, One- 
step, and Castle-walk. Some of the fellows 
can dance very well. 

Carlquist W. Walbourn. 

J\ Relic ease 

In the reading-room is a case in which 
various relics are kept. In the lower part of 
this case are Indian arrow-heads, some of which 
were found on this island. In the top part are 
Indian tomahawks and some Indian decorations, 
and also various other articles that were found 
on the Island and elsewhere. This case and 
its contents are very interesting and instruc- 
tive. Donald M. Wilde. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



makitid a monodram 

Lately the sewing-room instructor made 
a paste-board pattern for an F. T. S. mono- 
gram. A fellow wanted one on his blue 
sweater, and 1 said I would put one on if he 
would get permission from Mr. Bradley. 
He saw Mr. Bradley about the matter, who 
said it would be all right if the boy would pay me 
for the labor. So as soon as 1 had an oppor- 
tunity I asked the sewing-room instructor if 1 
could have a piece of yellow felt, and also asked 
permission to make the monogram in the 
sewing-room. I received the material and 
. pinned the pattern onto the felt and took a 
sharp pencil and traced around it. Then 1 took 
it off and cut out the felt where I marked it. 
Then 1 pinned it on the left side of the sweater 
and showed it to the instructor to see if it 
was all right. She approved of it, and so I 
basted it on. Then I got some yellow silk and 
threaded the stitching machine and stitched the 
monogram onto the sweater. After 1 had it 
stitched I took out the bastings and showed the 
work to the instructor, who said it was all right. 
She made a record of the time 1 spent on it, 
which was two hours, and passed it in to Mr. 
Bradley, who will decide how much it is worth. 
Herbert L. Dudley. 

Binding Reports 

One afternoon when i went to work in 
the printing-office, the instructor told me to 
bind some of the Annual Reports. The pages 
and inserts are first assembled by one fellow 
and put on a table, ready to be stitched. The 
fellow who stitches them counts them in tens 
and puts them on a table for another fellow to 
cover. First 1 put some glue in a can and mixed 
it up well. The glue is applied to the backs of 
the reports before they are inserted in the 
covers. Before putting on the glue we place 
ten reports between two pieces of wood. After 
the glue has been applied, we place the reports 
in the covers and then put them on a bench, 
ready to be trimmed. After they are trimmed 
they are sent to the office. 

Llewelyn H. Lewis 



Banking 

Every fellow having money upon entering 
the School is given a bank-book, and he de- 
posits his money, making out a deposit slip for 
the same. No fellow is allowed to carry money 
around with him, but if he earns any money, 
or has it given to him, he makes out his deposit 
slip at the first opportunity. If money has to be 
drawn out, a check is used the same as in any 
bank. The necessity for drawing money occurs 
when taxes are to be paid or shares bought in 
Cottage Row, or when articles are purchased 
from the Trading Company or from the city. 
The hour for banking is from seven to eight in 
the evenng. Everett W. Maynard. 

Rolling Cawns 

One afternoon before school, Mr. Beebe 
told several other fellows and me to go down to 
the storage-barn and get the roller. This is a 
two-horse roller. The horses are not used in it, 
as they would dig up the lawns. The roller is 
used to flatten out the rough places and to level 
the ground. Two fellows take hold of the pole 
and steer the roller and the rest of the fellows 
are distributed around it. The edges of the 
lawns are rolled twice, and each strip we take 
we lap half of the roller. When the roller is 
not in use it is kept in back of the hedge, and 
after the rolling is done it is returned to the 
storage-barn. Warner E. Spear. 

taxes 

Cottage Row taxes are collected at the 
end of each term of three months. The fel- 
lows make out their checks to the Treasurer 
for the amount which they have to pay. A fel- 
low who is a shareholder in a cottage has to 
pay both poll and property taxes. A fellow 
does not have to pay taxes until he has been in 
the School six months; then he is considered 
a citizen and has the right to vote. The poll 
tax is three cents for every fellow. The money 
from these taxes is used to improve Cottage 
Row and to pay the officers. This is a very 
good idea, because it teaches us citizenship. 
John L. Sherman. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Cbe Jllumni flssociatlcit of Cbe Tariii and trades School 



Walter B. Foster, '78, President 
Hingham 

Merton p. Ellis, '99. Secretary 
79 Milk St., Boston 



Charles Duncan, '71, Vice-President 
Dorchester 



Richard Bell, '73, Treasurer 
Dorchester 



Edward L. Capaul, '05, Vice-President 
Roxbury 

William Alcott, '84, Historian 
Everett 



Dana Currier, '01, who for some time 
has been in the engineering department of the 
Pacific Great Eastern Railway, stationed at 
Lillooet, British Columbia, started about the 
middle of April for Valparaiso, Chile, where he 
is engaged with an English company. He 
expects to be back in the United States in 
December. 

John W. Greenwood, '13, is miaking 
commendable progress in the High School at 
Fairhaven, Mass. 

Claud W. Salisbury, '08, of Sherburn, 
Minn., is assistant United States manager of 
the Eureka Policy Department of the Great 



Eastern Casualty company, his father, John C. 
Salisbury, being the manager. His business, 
looking after agencies, at times takes him into 
various parts of the western country. Claud 
says he hopes the time will come when he can 
visit his old friends in the East. 

George R. Jordan, '13, who is with the 
Hill Publishing Company, 505 Pearl Street, 
New York City, called here recently. George 
enjoys his work and is looking fine. 

Arthur G. Appel, Ex '12, is on the U. S. 
S. Nebraska with the fleet at Vera Cruz, 
Mexico. 



J\ 3UI1C0 

One morning Mr. Bradley brought into the 
school-room a wire cage with a junco in it. 
The bird had been accidentally caught in a 
cage that had been set for sparrows. The 
junco is among the most common of our win- 
ter birds, easily recognized while perching, or 
on the ground, by its white or pinkish bill, and 
when flying by the white outer tail feathers 
and the gray and white plumage. Its song 
is a sweet, simple trill, which has a beautiful 
effect when given by a flock in unison. Its 
nest is of grasses on the ground, usually beside 
a stone, where it is well concealed. The three 
or four eggs are of a whitish color, sprinkled 
with reddish brown. When the bird was 
brought in it jumped around and fluttered con- 
siderably. Mr. Bradley said it was because it 
was not used to boys. Georg - ^. Kendall. 

Our mail 

The mail which we receive from our 
friends and relatives is distributed to the 
fellows while in the dining-room. The mail- 



boy goes to the post-office every day and gets 
the mail for the School. It is taken to the 
office, where it is sorted. The mail is then 
sent to the dining-room and given out while we 
are at table. If there is money in a fellow's 
letter it is put in the bank for him and he 
makes out a deposit slip for the amount. Any 
stamps or post-cards that come are left with 
the fellow's teacher, so that he can use them 
on Sundays or writing days. Packages and 
bundles are given out at the office. 

Stanley V/. Clark. 

Hiliind Rats 

One day recently Mr. Kneeland told an- 
other fellow and me to go to the house and get 
some hose. We took the hose down to the 
barn and attached it to a faucet. The hose 
was long enough to reach from the barn to 
underneath the hen-house. We turned on the 
water and put the hose down a rat-hole and 
flooded the rats out, and when they came out 
we killed them. We got fifty-seven rats that 
afternoon. Reginald L. Hunt. 



THOMPSONVS I3LAND 



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Vol. 18. No. 2. Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. June, 1914 

Entered November 23. 1903, at Boston, Mass., as Second-class matter, "under Act of Congress of July 16. 1894 



Cerm Reports 

The term reports this year are different in 
form from what they used to be. Instead of 
putting down the per cent, one gets in each study, 
a letter is given. The studies are printed in 
two columns and in them are included, besides 
the school studies, agriculture, blacksmithing, 
meteorology, music, printing, sloyd, effort, and 
also a place for the number of weeks in the first 
grade. At the top of the card is printed the 
term for which the report is given. Beneath 
this is the name of the School and the address. 
Then a place for the number of weeks in the 
term is given, followed by the date. Beneath 
this is a place for the pupil's name and then is 
written the class. At the bottom is a place for 
the teacher's and superintendent's names. 
Beneath these are explanations of the letters. 
There are five of these, H, E, G, F, and U. 
H, meaning honor, is the highest. E is 
given for work ranking between 90 and 100 
percent. G is given for work between 80 and 
90; F is for all work between 70 and 80; and U 
is given for all work below passing mark. This 
system makes a passing mark of seventy, 
instead of seventy-five, as it formerly was. 
The report cards are of four different colors. 
They are printed on "Keith's Art" paper. 
For the winter term the color is that which is 
known as Grey Onyx. The spring term is 
colored Malachite Onyx. The summer is Blue 
Onyx, and the fall is Suisse Art. The reports 
are six and one-fourth inches long and three 
and one-fourth inches wide. This size is con- 
venient for envelopes, as the reports will fit in 
without being folded. 

Geoffrey E. Plunkett. 



SPRING 
TERM REPORT 

THE FARM AND TRADES SCHOOL 

THOMPSON'S ISLAND 

BOSTON, MASS. 



.weeks, ending. 



.191 



SECOND CLASS 



Arithmetic 
Geography 


Agriculture 
Blacksmithing 


History 


Drawing 


Language 

Physiology 


Meteorology 
Music 


Reading 


Printing 


Spelling 


Sloyd 


Writing 






Effort 




Weeks in First Grade 



Teacher. 



Superintendent. 



Explanation. H isa special mark, the highest ever given. 
It means Honor and is rarely attained by a pupil; E means 
Excellent; G, Good; and F, Fair, the lowest mark on which a 
pupil may be promoted. U is a mark given forall Unsatisfactory 

work below passing mark. 

The Grade is made up from weekly conduct reports of all de- 
partments, viz.: School, Work, Play, Dining-room, and Dormitory. 
There are four grades of conduct: first highest, to fourth lowest. 



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memorial Day exercises 

On Sunday, May 24th, we held our usual 
Memorial Day exercises. These exercises 
were in charge of last year's officers of the Elks' 
Pleasure Association. In the morning about 
thirty-two fellows were enlisted, and after din- 
ner they were drilled for about an hour. The 
flowers, which had been picked early in the morn- 
ing, were placed in water to keep them from with- 
ering. At two o'clock the fellows changed their 
clothes. The band members put on their uni- 
forms, while the others put on their gray ones. 
The officers put on their shoulder-straps and 
chevrons. Charles R. Jefferson was captain; 
Everett W.Maynard, first lieutenant; William J. 
Grant, second lieutenant. The first two officers 
carried swords, while the rest of the fellows 
carried "E. P. A." guns. The two color-bear- 
ers were Harold L. Carlton and Joseph L. 
Pendergast. One of these carried the Ameri- 
can flag, while the other carried the "E. P. A." 
banner. The band played while going over 
until we neared the foot of Cemetery Hill, when 
the muffled drums played. The programme 
was as follows: 

Recitation Howard F. Lochrie 

The New Memorial Day 

Recitation Karl R. Brackett 

Memorial Day 

Song 

Rock of Ages 

Recitation Chester R. Wood 

The Bivouac of the Dead 

Recitation Benjamin L. Murphy 

Memorial Day, 1889 

Song 

A Soldier of the Cross 

Recitation Geoffrey E. Plunkett 

The Blue and the Gray 

Recitation Forrest L. Churchill 

Decoration Day at Charlestown 

Song 

Safe in the Arms of Jesus 

Recitation George W. Casey 

The Countersign 

Recitation George B. McLeod 

Warren's Address to the American Soldiers 

Song 

America 



Prayer Mr. Burkett 

Decoration of Graves E. P. A. Officers 

Taps 

On the way back from the cemetery we 
marched along the Beach Road and up the 
Rear Avenue to the house, where the uniforms 
were changed and everything taken care of. 
Charles R. Jefferson. 

maRitig Ready on 3ob Presses 

When a job comes to the printing-office to 
be printed, it is first set up by the compositor 
and then imposed and locked in a chase. It is 
then the pressman's duty to get the press ready 
to print the job. The press is first inked and 
then the form is put on. Before doing anything 
else, we place the grippers in position so that 
they will not hit the type in the form and thus 
batter it, but will just grip the edge of the paper. 
After the grippers are placed clear of the type 
we put on the tympan. This consists of four 
pieces of news or book paper with a piece of 
oiled paper on top. Then we fix the impres- 
sion, gradually, after which we gauge and print 
the job. While the job is being printed, each 
sheet as it comes out of the press is placed 
on a rack. This is done so that they will dry 
quickly and not blur. Llewelyn H. Lewis. 

Scotcb €oiiie Dod 

On Saturday, May sixteenth, four small 
Scotch Collie dogs were brought to the Island. 
The following morning seven other boys and 1 
got the four sides of a chicken-yard and 
took them up by the main building. A pen was 
then made by standing these up and driving 
stakes against the boards to hold them in place. 
The dogs were then brought up from the stock- 
barn and allowed to remain in the pen during 
the day. They seemed to enjoy their quarters 
very well and were quite lively and full of fun. 
Mr. Shaw selected one of the dogs which we 
are going to keep and the other three were re- 
turned. 1 think that the little dog will enjoy 
his new home very much and that we will en- 
joy his company. Lawrence M. Cobb. 



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Caking Care of an Incubator 

One hundred and twenty hen's eggs were 
recently incubated at the farm-house. The 
incubator is a Cyphers and is oil heated. The 
eggs were placed in rows across the tray and 
the thermometer placed in the center. The 
eggs were turned each morning until the day 
before the hatching. Enough wicks were sewed 
together to last throughout the incubation. 
The lamp was filled every morning and the 
wick trimmed. The wick was not cut, but the 
burnt part was rubbed off with a piece of cloth. 
Before the eggs were put in, the incubator was 
heated to a temperature of about 105° Fahr., 
and gradually let down to 102° Fahr. The first 
week the temperature was kept at 102° Fahr., 
the second at 103° Fahr., and the third at 104° 
Fahr. The temperature was kept even by 
means of the thermostat. Hen's eggs hatch in 
twenty to twenty-one days. After the chicks 
are hatched the temperature is let down to 100° 
or 101° Fahr., as their bodies give considerable 
heat. After remaining in the incubator about 
twenty-four hours they were transferred to a 
brooder. Warner E. Spear. 

1)arrowin9 

One afternoon Mr. Shaw told me to har- 
ness up "Dolly Gray" and go over to the 
garden and harrow. I used the smoothing 
harrow. After that was done I went over by 
the current-bushes and harrowed there. Mr. 
Shaw told me to do that piece crossways. 
When I had finished there I harrowed the 
piece on the other side of the grape-vines. 
That I did lengthways. I finished at about 
five o'clock. Eldred W. Allen. 

Spaaing Jlround Shrubs 

One afternoon Mr. Beebe told me to dig 
up around the shrubs. I got a shovel and went 
out to the rose-bushes by the hydrant and 
began to spade. There was some dressing 
around the bushes, and this was turned under. 
As there are shrubs alongside the rose-bushes, 
I spaded around those also. 

Frederick E. VanValkenburg. 



Cbe Base-ball Scbcaulcs 

The base-ball schedules were recently 
passed out. They are printed in the form of a 
folder. The opposite page from where the 
schedule is printed is ruled so that the scores 
of the teams may be kept there. On the out- 
side of the folder are the names of the cap- 
tains and their respective teams. The games 
are scheduled as follows: 



May 2 


A— B 


July 1 1 


A— B 


" 9 


C— D 


" 1 1 


C— D 


" 16 


A— C 


" 18 


. A— C 


" 23 


B— D 


" 25 


A— B 


" 30 


A— D 


Aug. 1 


C— D 


June 6 


B— C 


8 


B— D 


" 13 


A— D 


" 15 


A— C 


" 20 


B— C 


" 22 


A— D 


" 27 


B— D 


" 29 


B— C 



Walter L. Cole. 

feeding the Birds 

One afternoon Mr. Bradley asked the 
bird inspectors to step forth from the line. 
There were four fellows in all. He then told 
us to get some grain and to be careful not to 
step on the new grass. One of the fellows got 
a bucket. Then we went down to the corn- 
barn for some grain. We then went around to 
the feeding-shelters which have been distrib- 
uted about the place, to put some grain in them. 
We hunted for birds' nests. We found six 
robins' nests, which contained eggs. Then we 
went up to the house and got ready for school. 
Clarence E. Slinger. 

Cleaning the South Basement 

Some days it is my work to clean the soury 
baseme;^*^ ' t::!:^ Ja^ ...... J l,c,zh and swe 

out the gutter next to the wall. Then 1 taof 
the floor broom and sweep the floor. I arrangt 
the two benches so that they meet even with 
the corner of the west basement door. Then 
1 arrange the other benches. I dust the 
benches, tables, and tops of the drawers. If 1 
have time, I wash the windows and the looking- 
glass also. Donald S. MacPherson. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Cbomp$on'$ Island Beacon 

Published Monthly by 

THE FARM AND TRADES SCHOOL 

Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor 

A PRIVATE SCHOOL FOR BOYS OF LIMITED 

MEANS, SUPPORTED BY ENDOWMENTS, 

TUITION FEES AND SUBSCRIPTIONS 



Vol. 18. No. 2. 



June, 1914 



Subscription Price - 50 Cents Per Year 



BOARD OF MANAGERS 



president 

Alfred Bowditch 

vice-president 
Charles P. Curtis 

TREASURER 

Arthur Adams 

1 35 Devonshire Street 
SECRETARY 

Tucker Daland 

MANAGERS 

Melvin O. Adams 
GoRHAM Brooks 
I. Tucker Burr 
S. V. R. Crosby 

George L. DeBlois 
Malcolm Donald 
Thomas J. Evans 
Charles T. Gallagher 
Robert H. Gardiner, Jr. 
N. Penrose Hallowell 
Henry Jackson, M. D. 
Charles E. Mason 
Roger Pierce 

Richard M. Saltonstall 
Francis Shaw 

William S. Spaulding 
R Moses Williams, Jr. 

Ralph B. Williams 

Re 

Charles H. Bradley, Superintendent 



The grandest month of the year is with us 
again, and nature smiles her best. But of 
much more importance to the boys and all 
others concerned is the fact that our school 
year ends in June. 



At this time the consummation of the 
year's work in school decides the status of the 
boys individually and collectively. 

June twelfth marks our graduation day, and 
no doubt most of the boys have been looking 
forward with great joy and expectancy to this 
date, some trustingly, others hopefully, while 
the greatest number were fully confident of 
being ranked among the successful ones. 

It represents hard work throughout the 
year, combined with a tenacity of purpose that 
never fails. The young minds have been rest- 
ing on no flowery beds of ease, but, profiting by 
the precepts taught, have been learning through- 
out the year and preparing themselves for the 
inevitable, to be able to stand alone as integral 
parts of the great world community. 

This has been made possible by the great 
variety of work which they have been given and 
expected to perform in correlation with the 
academic course. Conscious of his work being 
thoroughly performed, the boy leaves the school 
confident that he has been prepared to meet 
the exigencies of life and to combat successfully 
all obstacles in his path. 

This confidence is shared in by the man- 
agement and the instructors. Eternal vigilance 
against the sin of lethargy is unmistakably 
showing good results in the character of The 
Farm and Trades School boy. 

To quote from Bishop Lawrence: "At 
Thompson's Island he has all his muscles de- 
veloped and he becomd^ an American boy with 
the capacity of standing on his own feet, a boy 
who can be kicked out west and can make his 
way, because he was trained to make his way. 
I commend Thompson's Island not only for the 
education of the boys, but for the education of 
its patrons." 

What better training can a boy have than 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



to know himself! And to know himself means 
that he will live the life that will be the most useful 
to himself and the community in which he 
dwells. His good qualities will radiate those 
with whom he come in contact, for nothing is 
really learned unless it is shared with others. 

The parting word we would give to the 
graduating class: Continue the simple life begun 
at The Farm and Trades School. Remember 
that anything that is worth doing is worth doing 
well. Strict attention to the small things at 
hand will open opportunities for greater good. 
And above all, forget not to invoke the aid 
supernal. With these words the Beacon bids 
you good speed and an uneventful yet useful 
career. 



CDe Tdrm and Cradcs School Bank 



Cash on hand May 1, 1914 
Deposits during the month 

Withdrawn during the month 
Cash on hand June 1, 1914 



$877.88 
43.06 

920.94 
18.39 

$902.55 



may meteorology 

Maximum temperature, 96° on the 26th. 

Minimum temperature, 35"^ on the 12th. 

Mean temperature for the month, 59.5°. 

Total precipitation, 3.05 inches. 

Greatest precipitation in 24 hours, 1.12 
inches on the 5th. 

8 days with .01 or more inches precipita- 
tion, 7 clear days, 7 partly cloudy, 17 cloudy 
days. 

Total number of hours sunshine, 260 and 
20 minutes. 

notes 

May 1. Gift of fittings from Mr. W. W. 
Beal of The Lunkenheimer Company. 

May 3. Mr. Everett S. Burkettof Newton 
Theological Seminary conducted Sunday 
services. 

May 4. Incubated 150 eggs. 

2100 tree seedlings arrived to set in 
nursery. 



Put Steamer Pilgrim on blocks, removed 
winter sheathing and copper-painted her bottom. 

May 5. Began planting tree seedlings in 
nursery. 

May 6. Mr. Ellery Clark and Capt. 
Salvadore of the Massachusetts Humane 
Society here to demonstrate life-saving gun. 

May 7. 42 fruit trees arrived. 

Varnished cabin and painted deck of 
Steamer Pilgrim. 

May 8. Repaired and painted steamer's 
life-boat. 

May II. Incubated 129 eggs. 

Sowed oats and peas in grove at Cemetery 
Hill. 

May 12. Secretary Tucker Daland here. 

William G. Cummings, '98, and Bradley 
M. Sherman, '12, here. 

Friends' Day. One hundred eighty persons 
came to the Island on the steamer "Betty 
Alden" of the Nantasket Beach Steamboat 
Company, and returned on the "Old Colony." 

May 14. Treasurer Arthur Adams here. 

Dressed hog weighing 225 pounds. 

Set twelve sugar maple trees in grove 
west of main building. 

May 15. Bernhardt Gerecke, '12, here. 

Repaired and varnished oars for all the row- 
boats. 

Sowing oats and peas, and seeding with 
grass seed. 

Removed three old trees south of stor- 
age-barn and set in twelve Lombardy poplars 

May 18. Finished 1914 map of agricul- 
tural activities. 

Planted one acre of sweet corn 

Sowed late cauliflower and cabbage seed. 

May 19. Planted beans on Observatory 
Hill. 

Planted one acre mangel-wurzels east of 
compost-shed. 

May 20. Cut first winter rye for green 
feed. 

Sowed beet, onion, lettuce, radish, and 
spinach seed in garden. 

May 21. Finished stocking down eight 
acres. 



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Planted cucumbers, melon, and summer 
squash seed. 

May 22. Charles Whitney, '07, spent the 
afternoon with us. 

May 23. Repaired and painted barge 
John Alden. 

Twenty-five boys attended Harvard- 
Princeton base-ball game, through the kindness 
of Mr. Fred Moore and Mr. Arthur Beane. 

William N. Hughes, '59, and Mr. George 
A. Tyler, after battling with the waves in 
canoes, landed on the Island and were taken to 
South Boston in the Pilgrim. 

May 24. Sunday. Memorial services at 
the cemetery. Boys in charge. 

May 25. Began planting potatoes. 

May 27. Seventy chickens were hatched 
in the incubator. 

Twenty-six hundred strawberry plants ar- 
rived. 

May 28. Sowed carrot seed. 

Transplanted cauliflower and cabbage. 

May 29. Transplanted tomatoes. 

Man repairing telephones. 

Began taking season's ice supply. 

Mr. Gustaf Larsson and graduating class 
from the Sloyd Training School visited the 
Island. 

May 30. Memorial Day. 

Ball-game between instructors and boys. 

Mr. Merton P. Ellis, '99, Mrs. Ellis, and 
Mrs. Arthur Vaughn here to spend Sunday. 

Rigged and placed barge John Alden to 
serve as judges' boat for South Boston Yacht 
Club races. 

May 31. Rev. and Mrs. James Huxtable 
here for the evening. 

Mr. B. H. Clark of Newton Theological 
Seminary conducted Sunday services. 

Starch 

While I have been working in the laundry 
I have seen a great deal of starch, and have 
often wondered what it really was composed of. 
I had an idea, however, that it was obtained 



from the potato. On investigation 1 find that 
starch is a proximate principle of plants. It 
occurs in seeds, such as wheat and other cereaU 
grains, and also in leguminous plants, in the 
tubers of potatoes, in barks and pulpy fruits. It 
will not dissolve in cold water, alcohol, or ether; I 
but when it is heated with water it is changed 
into a solution which when cool forms a stiff 
semi-opaque jelly and has the result, when put 
on collars, cuffs, etc., of making them stiff. 
Harry L. Fessenden. 

Band music Books 

We have in our band-hall a large cupboard 
in which are many small compartments, one 
for each instrument in the band. We put all 
our music books in these. We have two small 
black folios. One is numbered "one," in 
which all the new marches we get are pasted; 
in the other are pasted all the new melodies 
which we get. We have a large black folio in 
which all large sheet music is kept. We also 
have "The American Instructor" and "Ripley's 
Instructor for Beginners," in which are some 
marches and melodies that the regular band 
plays. We also have the "Ripley Band Book." 
All the popular music that we get is kept in an 
envelope by itself. John L. Sherman. 

Coening Jlctivitics 

Every evening there is something going 
on in which the fellows are interested. On 
Monday nights our grade is read to us in the 
chapel; on Tuesday nights lectures are given 
on meteorology and agriculture, alternately; on 
Wednesday nights there is a class in wood- 
working; on Thursday nights the class in print- 
ing uses the first school-room; on Friday nights 
the band goes out to the band-hall to practice 
with Mr. Ellis, the band instructor; on Satur- 
day nights the choir uses the chapel to practice 
the Sunday hymns; on Sunday nights service 
is held in the chapel. Often there are other 
things worked in with these activities, such 
as moving-pictures, stereoptican lectures, and 
other entertainments. Carl D. P. Hynes. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Semi-annual inccting 

(Continued from Page 8) 



of the anniversary fund, and an address by 
Harry A. English, '96, of Boston. 

President Foster has appointed the fol- 
lowing committees: 

Membership — Walter B. Foster, Chair- 
man; Charles Duncan, Edward Capaul, Merton 
P. Ellis, Herbert W. French, John M. Sargent, 
Elbert L. West. 

Entertainment — Merton P. Ellis, Chair- 
man; Charles H. Bridgham, Charles Duncan, 
•James H. Graham, Ernest N. Jorgensen. 

Auditing ■ — Alfred C. Malm, Chairman; 
George W. E. Byers, Augustus N. Doe. 

Finance — Walter B. Foster, Chairman; 
Richard Bell, Merton P. Ellis. 

Resolutions — William Alcott, Chairman; 
Otis M. Howard, Henry M. Stokes. 

Sick and Visiting — Richard Bell, Chair- 
man; Edward L. Davis, Charles F. Spear. 

Anniversary — Richard Bell, Chairman and 
Treasurer; Merton P. Ellis, Secretary; George 
Buchan, Charles H. Bridgham, Edward Capaul, 
Charles Duncan, Thomas J. Evans, Walter B. 
Foster, Henry A. Fox, Herbert W. French, 
Alden B. Hefler, Alfred C. Malm, Charles F. 
Spear. 

Undergraduates — William Alcott, Chair- 
man; Richard Bell, George Buchan, Thomas 
J. Evans, Herbert W. French, Alden B. Hefler, 
Clarence W. Loud, John F. Peterson. 

Alumni Notes — William Alcott, Chairman; 
Charles H. Bridgham, William G. Cummings, 
Arthur D. Fearing, William P. Morrison, 
Frank C. Simpson. 

DistriDutind Cvpc 

In the printing-office after the Beacon 
and other jobs have been printed and the forms 
are not needed any more, the type is cleaned 
with gasoline. Water is then put on the type 
to keep it from being "pied," after which the 
type is distributed into the cases, ready to be 
used again. Donald M. Wilde. 



mendind $birt$ 

When the fellows' shirts are changed, they 
are sent to the laundry to be washed, after 
which they are taken to the sewing-room to be 
mended, if they need it. First we sort them, 
putting the ones that do not need mending in 
one pile. Then we put the ones for hand-work 
in another pile and the ones for machine- 
darning in another, and we then make another 
pile of the ones that are not worth doing. Of 
the latter we cut the buttons off and then put 
the discarded shirts in a basket for scrub-cloths. 
We then take the shirts that need hand-work 
and do them. One fellow does the hand-work, 
and another does the darning on the machine. 
After all the shirts have been mended, the 
instructor looks them over, and if they are all 
right they are sent to the clothing-room. 

Herbert L. Dudley. 

Painting 

One morning I made forty-five pounds of 
buff paint by mixing together about thirty-five 
pounds of white lead, seven and three quarters 
pounds of French ochre and eight ounces of 
Venetian red. After straining out two pails of 
it, 1 carried them to the wharf. 1 began to 
paint the planks that form the flooring for the 
scow, laying one at a time across from the 
swimming-float to the beach, and after one side 
was painted, turning it over so as to paint the 
other side, after which the ends were painted. 
I finished ten planks during the morning. 

Walter 1. Tassinari 

Dipping m Tiad 

On the afternoon of May 20th the Massa- 
chusetts Nautical Training Ship "Ranger" went 
out from the Navy Yard and sailed past our 
island. On it were two of the School's 
graduates. When it could be clearly seen 
from the playground, Mr. Beebe told one of 
the fellows to dip the flag three times, after 
which the "Ranger" returned the salute. It 
went out to Boston Light, and back again. On 
the 21st it sailed on its annual trip. 

Arthur B. Gilbert. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



the Jlluitini Jl$$ociation of Cbe Tarm and trades School 



Walter B. Foster, '78, President 
Hingham 

Merton p. Ellis, '99, Secretary 
79 Milk St., Boston 



Charles Duncan, '71, Vice-President 
Dorchester 

Richard Bell, '73. Treasurer 
Dorchester 



Edward L. Capaul, '05, Vice- President 
Roxbury 

William Alcott, '84. Historian 
Everett 



Semi-annual nicctind 

The semi-annual business meeting of the 
Alumni Association was held at Hotel Bellevue, 
Boston, on May 13th. President Walter B 
Foster presided, and the following members 
were present: William Alcott, Richard Bell, 
Sherman G. Brasher, George W. E. Byers, 
William G. Cummings, Charles Duncan, How- 
ard B. EUis, Merton P. Ellis, Harry A. English, 
James H. Graham, George M. Holmes, Otis 
M. Howard, Alfred C. Malm, William P. Mor- 
rison, Frederick W. Piercey, John M. Sargent, 
Frank C. Simpson, and Charles A. Smith. 

The following applications for membership 
were favorably acted upon: Frederick J. Bar- 
ton, '09, of Farmington, Me.; Sherman G. 
Brasher, 77, of Dorchester; James R. Greg- 
ory, '10, of Cambridge; Alfred W. Jacobs, '10, 
of Hingham; Preston W. Lewis, '81, of East 
Weymouth; J. Herman Marshall, '11, of Wil- 
mington; Edward A. Moore, '79, of Jamaica 
Plain; Eliot Rowell, '12, of Dorchester; and 
Frank W. Wallace, '82, of Somerville. 

Richard Bell, treasurer of the anniversary 
fund, reported cash gifts, with interest, amount- 
ing to $969.92, while before the meeting ad- 
journed further gifts of $57 were received, 
making the total $1,026.92. On May 20th the 
fund amounted to $1,136.92. 

A resolution on the death of Joseph H. 
Kelley, Ex '73, of Everett, was adoped, and votes 
of thanks were passed to Walter E. Adams of 
Boston, for his splendid publicity work in con- 
nection with the centennial anniversary, and to 
Charles Evans, '66, of Chicago, for his able 
and gratifying representation of the Alumni at 
the religious services in the Old South Church 
on March 21st. 

The historian read an original poem, writ- 
ten by Mrs. Anna Blackstone Valiquet, wife of 



Bruce Valiquet, '80, of Stoughton, entitled 
"Memories of Thompson's Island." 

The anniversary committee reported ten- 
tative plans for the annual field day, June 17th, 
at the School, which included the presentation 

(Continued on Page 7) 



JHumni notes 

Joseph H. Kelley, '74, who had been a 
member of the Everett Police Department for 
nearly twenty-one years, died at his home, 10 
Green Street, Everett, Sunday, April 5. He 
lacked twenty-five days of being fifty-six 
years old. Mr. Kelley was born May 1, 1858, 
in South Boston, and entered the Farm School 
in June, 1867. He graduated in June, 1874. He 
had followed the sea for a time, after which he 
was employed as a horse-car driver, and upon the 
installation of electricity he ran the first elec- 
tric car from Everett to Boston. In 1893 he 
was appointed a patrolman in the Everett Police 
Department. He was treasurer of the Everett 
Police Relief Association. Funeral services 
were held at the Church of the Immaculate 
Conception in Everett, and was attended by 
nearly the entire police department member- 
ship. He left a wife and five children. 

John J. Powers, '00, is employed by the 
United Shoe Machinery Company at Beverly, 
Mass. He was married in July, 1911, and 
lives at Wenham, Mass., where he has a pleas- 
ant home with ample room for a garden and 
hens, the kind of a home he enjoys very much. 

Charles H. Whitney, '07, is shipper in 
the shoe factory of Williams & Kneeland, 
South Braintree, where he has worked since 
leaving the School. He is married and has 
one child, a boy of two years, and lives at 820 
Washington Street, South Braintree, Mass. 



THOMPSONVS I»SIyAND 




BEACON 




Vol. 18. No. 3. Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. 



July, 1914 



Entered November 23. 1903, at Boston, Mass., as Second-class matter, under Act of Congress of July 16, 1894 



Jfnnii^crsary Observance 



The month of June witnessed two notable 
events in connection with the observance of the 
one hundredth anniversary of the Farm and 
Trades School, and they rounded out in interest 
and dignity the initial century service held in the 
Old South Church in Boston on March twenty- 
first. 

On the second day of June, a company of 
friends and patrons of the School, aggregating 
nearly six hundred, and forming what is un- 
doubtedly the largest invasion that Thompson's 
Island has ever seen, inspected the School al 
work. In the school room, in the shop and on the 
farm, the daily routine of work was carried on 
under ordinary conditions, that the visitors 
might see in a few hours the variety and extent 
of the unique methods of the School. 

Then on the seventeenth of June occurred 
the annual field day of the Alumni Association 
of The Farm and Trades School, when exercises 
where held on the south lawn, and a fund of 
money was presented to their alma mater through 
the Board of Managers. In many ways this was 
the proudest event of the celebration. 



The event of June second was under the 
auspices of the Board of Managers and the fol- 
lowing patronesses: Mrs. Melvin 0. Adams, Mrs. 
Alfred Bowditch, Mrs. Charles H. Bradley, Mrs. 
Gorham Brooks, Mrs. 1. Tucker Burr, Mrs. S. 
V. R. Crosby, Mrs. Charles P. Curtis, Mrs. 
Tucker Daland, Mrs. George L. DeBlois, Mrs. 



Malcolm Donald, Mrs. Thomas J. Evans, Mrs. 
Charles T. Gallagher, Mrs. Robert H. Gardiner, 
Jr., Mrs. N. Penrose Hallowell, Mrs. Robert 
Homans, Mrs. Henry Jackson, Mrs. Charles E. 
Mason, Mrs. Roger Pierce, Mrs. Richard M. 
Saltonstall, Miss Miriam Shaw, Mrs. William L. 
Spaulding, Mrs. Moses Williams, Jr., and Mrs. 
Ralph B. Williams. 

A special steamer of the Nantasket Beach 
Steamboat Company was provided, which left 
Boston at 2.30 p. m., and was at the service of 
the party for the whole afternoon. Upon arrival 
the visitors were escorted to the south lawn, 
where brief exercises explanatory of the purpose 
of the School were held. Mr. Charles P. Curtis 
presided, and after brief remarks, presented Mr. 
Bradley, the Superintendent, who spoke of the 
historic associations of Thompson's Island, and 
told something of the educational system 
pursued. 

A route of inspection had been previously 
laid out for the occasion, to better enable the 
visitors to see the maximum of things in the 
minumun amount of time, and with a dozen 
members of the Alumni Association as ushers 
distributed at various points to direct the visitors 
along the arranged course, the great company 
moved along over an itinerary about as follows: 

From steamer to front lawn for brief re- 
marks, from front lawn to printing-office (in 
Gardner Hall), laundry, through basement, sloyd- 
room and band-room (third floor of power- 
house), machine-shop, carpenter-shop, black- 
smith-shop, engine-room, boiler-room; past east 
end of power-house and Gardner Hall, through 
boys' gardens, play-ground, exhibit shelters on 



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east side of play-ground, Cottage Row, exhibit 
shelters on west side of play-ground, to main 
building, store-room, kitchen, dining-room, south 
basement, north basement, assembly-room, sec- 
ond school-room, first school-room, assembly- 
hall, reading-room, office, dormitories, and other 
rooms of main building, to north lawn for tea 
and music. 

Then under the trees on the north lawn, 
the company gathered after the tour of inspec- 
tion, and were served with tea. There the band 
played, and later when augmented by the other 
boys, there was chorus singing. The company 
returned to Boston about 5.30 

Serving as ushers were the following gradu- 
ates: James H. Graham, '80, Leroy S. Kenfield, 
'82, William Alcott,'84, George W. E. Byers,'87, 
William G. Cummings, '98, Elbert L. West, '98, 
Howard B. Ellis, '99, Merton P. Ellis, '99, 
Alfred C. Malm, '01, George M. Holmes, '10, 
Don C. Clarke, '06, and W. P. Norwood, '05. 

The centenary exercises reached their 
climax on June seventeenth, when the Alumni 
Association held its field day. The company 
which left City Point that morning numbered 
nearly two hundred, and included alumni and 
their families and friends. It was a perfect June 
day. The south lawn, where the exercises 
were held in the open, was decorated with the 
blue and gold of the school colors. At one side 
The Farm and Trades School Band was sta- 
tioned, and behind them the boys and instructors. 
In the center were seats for the alumni and their 
friends. At the front were several members of 
the Board of Managers, including President 
Alfred Bowditch, Secretary Tucker Daland, and 
Thomas John Evans, '64. Walter B. Foster, 
'78, president of the Alumni Association, pre- 
sided, and he called upon Rev. George W. 
Russell, '86, of East Dover, Vt., to make the 
invocation. President Foster's address dealt 
with the obligation of the alumni to the School 
and expressed the hopes for the future. Harry 
A. English, '96, of Boston, a member of the 
SuUfolk bar, was orator of the day, and his effort 
not only did himself, but his school as well, 
proud. With instrumental accompaniment, the 



undergraduates sang the school song, "Cheer 
for Thompson's Island." Frank C. Simpson, '03, 
of Somerville, read an original poem, entitled' 
"Our Mother School." Richard Bell, '73, of 
Dorchester, treasurer of the the Alumni Asso- 
ciation, made the formal presentation of the 
alumni gift, a check for $1700, which was 
accepted for the School by President Alfred 
Bowditch of the Board of Managers, and who 
spoke of the significance of such a gift, and how 
much it expressed in loyalty and interest. He 
said the Alumni Association was one of the best 
assets of the School. With a few words from Mr. 
Bradley and the benediction by Rev. George W. 
Russell, the formal exercises came to an end. 

A business meeting of the association fol- 
lowed in the chapel, where an illuminated and 
framed address was presented by Richard Bell, 
declaring that "We, the undersigned graduates 
present at the culminating event at the School in 
commemmoration of the one hundredth anniver- 
sary, and with hearts filled with pride and love, 
hereby renew our vows of loyalty to our beloved 
School and its distinctive work." Then fol- 
lowed blank spaces for signatures. Before the 
day was over this was signed by all and will have 
a place on the walls of the School, memorial of 
the great occasion. 

The usual $25.00 was given Mr. Bradley 
to be used for the boys' pleasure, and the pass- 
ing of the hat brought in $106.25 additional, to 
be used as he saw fit. 

Lunch was served on the east lawn. Dur- 
ing the afternoon the usual games and sports for 
the undergraduates occurred, the alumni contri- 
buting money for cash prizes of 50, 30 and 20 
cents in each event. For the alumni the chief 
sporting event was the base-ball game between 
marrried and single men, which was won by the 
latter by a score of 19 to 16. Dancing in 
Assembly Hall occupied the late afternoon. 
Supper was served on the tennis lawn. 

Through the generosity of an alumnus there 
was a display of fire-works at night, for which 
most of the company remained, and which 
closed the celebration. 

The following were present: 



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George J. Alcott; William and Mrs. Alcott, 
Miss Marion Alcott, Miss Louise Alcott, Roger 
Alcott; George H. Appel; Henry M. Bassett, 
Mrs. Augustus Bassett, Mr. Bassett; Clarence 
W. and Mrs. Barr; George L, and Mrs. Bell; 
Richard and Mrs. Bell, Miss Alice Bell, Miss 
Frances Bell; Mr. Francis G. Libby; Albert S. 
Beetchy; Edson M. Bemis; Miss Eliot; John E. 
and Mrs Bete, Channing Bete, Raymond Bete; 
Sherman G. and Mrs. Brasher; Charles H. 
Bridgham; George E. and Mrs. Bridgham; Frank 
G. Bryant, Charles A. Blatchford; Louis C. and 
Mrs. Buettner; Edv/ard and Mrs. Capaul, Miss 
Myrtle J. Capual; Walter L. and Mrs. Car- 
penter; Ernest M. Catton; William G. Cum- 
mings; George and Mrs. Buchan, Miss Pauline 
Buchan, Chester W. Buchan, Harold B. 
Buchan; Augustus N. Doe; Horace A. Lat- 
timer; Charles and Mrs. Duncan, Miss Barbara 
Duncan; Almond H. Dutton, Miss Doris Dutton, 
Donald Dutton; Miss Grace Bassett; Howard 
B. Ellis, Howard B. Ellis, Jr.; Merton P. and 
Mrs. Ellis; Harry A. English, Mrs. Fanny 
English; John O. Enright; Thomas J. and Mrs. 
Evans; Miss L. M. Irish; Ernest B. Favier, 
Miss Alice Favier, Ernest Favier; Arthur D. 
and Mrs. Fearing, Mrs. Mary A. Fearing; Wal- 
ter B. Foster; Herbert W. and Mrs. French, 
W. and Mrs. Hobart French; Ralph L. Gordon; 
Robert Gordon; S. Tilden; Lewis Tilden; James 
H. and Mrs. Graham; A. Farley Brewer; Elwyn 
Simons; James Gregory; Robert W. Gregory; 
Frank W. and Mrs. Harris; George K. and 
Mrs. Hartmann; Alden B. Hefler; Solomon B. 
Holman; George M. Holmes; H. Champney 
and Mrs. Hughes, Miss Dorothy Hughes; Wil- 
liam N. Hughes; Alfred W. Jacobs; Harold Y. 
Jacobs; Leslie R. Jones; Miss Lillian Anderson; 
Walter J. Kirwin; Thornton B. and Mrs. Lewis; 
Frank 1. Lombard; Clarence W. and Mrs. Loud, 
Miss Edith Loud, Miss Ruth Loud, Clarence 
W. Loud, Jr.; Mrs. H. B. Stoddard; Alfred C. 
and Mrs. Malm; Edwin L. and Mrs. Marshall, 
Miss Beatrice C. Marshall, Louis C. Marshall, 
Charles W. Matthews, Miss Matthews; Louis 
E. Means; Prescott B. Merrifield; Thomas 
Milne; Edward A. Moore; Bernard F. Murdock; 



Miss B. M. Waddell; George G. Noren; Mrs. J. 
F. Mitchell; Mrs. C. H. Bridgham; Clarence O. 
Norrby; Walter D. and Mrs. Norwood; James A. 
Peak; Willard H. Perry; Frederick W. and Mrs. 
Piercy, Miss Eva Piercy, Russell Piercy; John 
J. and Mrs. Powers; Michael J. and Mrs. Pow- 
ers; Albert E. and Mrs. Pratt; 1. Banks and 
Mrs. Quimby; Eliot Rowell, Miss Alice Corey; 
Rev. George W. and Mrs. Russell; Harold N. 
Silver; Lawrence C. Silver; Frank C. and Mrs. 
Simpson; Charles A Smith, Mrs. Ella G. Keller, 
Miss Marion Keller, Miss Mabel E. Smith, John 
M. Travers; Herbert A. Souther, Miss M. F. 
Healey; Charles F. Spear; Richard W. Steen- 
bruggen; Carl Steinbrick: Henry M. Stokes; 
Harold S. and Mrs. Taylor, Miss Priscilla L. 
Taylor, Harold S. Taylor, Jr.; Frederick P. and 
Mrs. Thayer; Bruce L. and Mrs. Valiquet, Her- 
bert D. and Mrs. Rice; Charles E. Warner; 
Elbert L. West, Miss Sophie Polak; Richard W. 
Weston; William J. White; Mrs. William J. 
Wickett, Miss Ida L. Linton; Carl L. Wittig. 
William A. Alcott, '84. 

Scrubbing ana taxing ebapci Tloor 

Recently Mr. Beebe sent ten boys up to the 
chapel to scrub. The instructor in charge told 
us to get our scrubbing things ready. Then we 
started to scrub. We took small strips so that we 
could scrub them better. We scrubbed on one 
strip for about fifteen minutes with soap and 
water; then we rinsed it with clean water, it 
took about two days to scrub and wax the floor, 
and now it is almost as smooth as glass, and 
looks very well. Wilbur F. Blanchard. 

Brading 

One morning when I was in line Mr. Beebe 
told me to go down back of the power-house to 
grade. 1 took a shovel, a hoe, and a pick. 1 
started in picking off the dirt and hoeing it out 
of my way. Another boy was right behind me, 
taking the dirt with his shovel and putting it 
into a wheelbarrow and carrying it away. 1 con- 
tinued this work until quarter of nine and then I 
went to school. William N. King. 



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Cbonip$on'$ T$land Beacon 

Published Monthly by 

THE FARM AND TRADES SCHOOL 
Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor 

A PRIVATE SCHOOL FOR BOYS OF LIMITED 

MEANS, SUPPORTED BY ENDOWMENTS, 

TUITION FEES AND SUBSCRIPTIONS 



Vol. 18. No. 3. 



July, 1914 



Subscription Price - 50 Cents Per Year 



BOARD OF MANAGERS 



president 

Alfred Bowditch 

vice-president 
Charles P. Curtis 

TREASURER 

Arthur Adams 

1 35 Devonshire Street 

secretary 

Tucker Daland 

managers 

Melvin O. Adams 
Gorham Brooks 
1. Tucker Burr 
S. V. R. Crosby 

George L. DeBlois 
Malcolm Donald 
Thomas J. Evans 
Charles T. Gallagher 
Robert H. Gardiner, Jr. 
N. Penrose Hallowell 
Henry Jackson, M. D. 
Charles E. Mason 
Roger Pierce 

Richard M. Saltonstall 
Francis Shaw 

William S. Spaulding 

Moses Williams, Jr. 
Ralph B. Williams 

Charles H. Bradley, Superintendent 



The three events which the Managers de- 
cided should be the important occasions in the 
observance of the one hundredth anniversary of 
the School have taken place. 

The first, the formal, dignified, and im- 
pressive meeting which was held in the Old 



South Church, corner of Boylston and Dart- 
mouth Streets, on Saturday afternoon, March 
twenty-first, was all that the friends of the 
School had looked forward to. The size and 
quality of the audience, the order of the exer- 
cises and of those who took part, that which 
they said and the music testified strongly as to 
the character of the School and the esteem 
and regard which the community has for it. I 
We were all very proud of this occasion. 

The next, June second, which was to be 
known as Exibition Day, was also a very pleas- 
ant and gratifying occasion. It gave to our 
contributors and other friends of the School an 
opportunity to see, at first hand, the actual 
working methods employed here. It was in no 
sense a holiday with us, but every department 
was in pursuance of its daily routine of school, 
work, and play. We were privileged to have 
here on that day the largest number of persons, 
probably, that ever visited the Island at one 
time, not excepting any of the festal occasions 
held by the Indians prior to the ownership of 
the Island by David Thompson. 

It was a day marked by interest. So 
pleasantly and quickly did the time pass that 
visitors, boys, and all regretted what seemed to 
be an early departure of the special boat. 

June seventeenth. Alumni Day, the last of 
the three days, was equally as successful as the 
other two, for it gave the graduates of the 
School the opportunity for showing their love 
and affection for their Alma Mater in their own 
way, in their old home, with the freedom 
and frankness of a great family. The happy, 
good feeling, interest, loyalty and generosity 
shown on that day was gratifying to all and 
especially to the Managers and those of us 
here at the School. It was an occasion which 
will long be remembered, by those who had the 
pleasure of participation. 



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Other events of less importance but of 
interest and pleasure to the pupils and their 
friends, have been and are taking place which 
will help to mark this centennial year of the 
School as a red letter year of pleasant mem- 
ories, interest and progress, and, we trust, the 
beginning of another century of greater use- 
fulness. 

nores 

June 1. Perley W. White, '13, visited the 
School. 

June 2. Exhibition Day. Four hundred 
seventy-eight persons came here on the Nan- 
tasket Beach Steamboat Company's special 
boat. "Betty Alden." Managers present: Treas- 
urer Arthur Adams, I. Tucker Burr, Vice- 
President Charles P. Curtis, Thomas J. Evans, 
Charles E. Mason, Ralph B. Williams. 

June. 3. Blacksmith here shoeing horses. 

Gift of twenty-eight chickens from Frank 
C. Simpson, '03. 

June 4. Sprayed orchard with arsenate of 
lead and Ume sulphur, to control insect pests and 
fungus diseases. 

June 5. Set out 2,600 strawberry plants. 

June 6. Planted beans, hubbard squash 
and cucumbers. 

Sowed one acre of Japanese Millet between 
Oak Knoll and Whale's Back. 

June 8. Launched the Sachem. 

June 9. Finished planting field corn at 
North End. 

Finished lettering diplomas for graduates in 
1914 classes. 

June 10. Finished setting out 1 ,250 toma- 
to plants. 

June 12. Graduation Day. Three hun- 
dred thirty-seven persons came to the Island on 
the Nantasket Beach Steamboat "Rose Stan- 
dish." Mr. William Sayward speaker. 

Dr. Frank E. Allard presented United 
States History Prizes. 

Managers Charles T. Gallagher and 
Teasurer Arthur Adams here, also Mr. Walter 
E. Adams. 

Dancing in Assembly Hall in the evening. 



June 13. Planted 1 1-2 acres of sweet 
corn south of orchard. 

June 14. First swim of the season. 

June 15. Captain Tucket of Customs Boat 
at wharf inspecting boats. 

June 16. Planted potatoes in young or- 
chard. 

June 17. Alumni Field Day. Excercises 
on front lawn. 

Mr. Walter B. Foster, '78, President of 
the Alumni Association, presided. 

Address by Mr. Harry A. English '96. 

Original poem, "Our Mother School," by 
Mr. Frank C. Simpson, '03. 

Presentation by Mr. Richard Bell, '73, of 
$1,700 in behalf of the Alumni. 

Acceptance by President Alfred Bowditch, 
representing the Board of Managers. 

Prayer by Rev. George W. Russell, '86. 

Annual gift of $25 from Alumni for boys. 

Hat contribution of $106.25 for discretion- 
ary use. 

Sports on the playground and dancing in the 
Assembly Hall in the afternoon. 

Fireworks in the evening, the gift of an 
alumnus. 

Mr. Walter E. Adams, Miss Fanny L. 
Walton and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Feeney and 
son here. 

June 18. Lawrence M. Cobb left the 
School to live with his mother. He will enter 
Colby Acadmy in the Fall. 

June 19. Man here to demonstrate use of 
addressograph machine, gift of Manager Francis 
Shaw. 

June 21. Picked first peas. 

June 22. Planted mangel-wurzels in part 
of young orchard and in the garden. 

June 24. Painted upper part of hull and 
varnished rail of steamer Pilgrim. 

June 25. Filled wood-cellar with drift-wood 
for bakery. 

June 26. Commenced haying. 

Put in concrete foundations and erected 
outdoor gymnastic outfit, gift of Mrs. Charles E. 
Mason. 

June 29. Set five hundred pepper plants. 

June 30. Commenced transplanting celery. 

Sowed three rows of beets for winter use. 

Dressed veal weighing one hundred and 
thirty-five pounds. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



the Tarnt and trades School Bank 



Cash on hand June 1, 1914 
Deposits during the month 

Withdrawn during the month 
Cash on hand July 1, 1914 



$902.55 
128.66 

1031.21 
49.25 

$981.96 



3wnc meteorology 

Maximum temperature, 89° on the 12th 
and 25th. 

Minimum temperature, 49^ on the 9th. 

Mean temperature for the month, 64.4°. 

Total precipitation, 1.32 inches. 

Greatest precipitation in 24 hours, .50 
inches on the 27th. 

7 days with .01 or more inches precipita- 
tion, 5 clear days, 22 partly cloudy, 3 cloudy 
days. 

Total number of hours sunshine, 259 and 
10 minutes. 

eraduation Day 

The graduation exercises of the Class of 
1914 were held in the North Grove on Friday, 
June twelfth, in the presence of a large num- 
ber of visitors, who had come on the "Rose 
Standish," a special boat of the Nantasket 
Beach Steamboat Company. 

The address of the day was delivered by 
Mr. William H. Sayward, who was introduced 
by Manager Charles T. Gallagher. 

The programme was opened with music 
by the band, after which prayer was offered by 
Rev. James Huxtable. 

The programme was as follows: 
Music ...... Band 

Prayer . . . Rev. James Huxtable 
Salutatory . . George W. N. Starrett 
Essay .... Warner E. Spear 

War Vessels 
Song ...... School 

To Thee, Country 
Essay .... Ralph G. Hadley 

Lumbering 
Music ...... Band 

School Song ..... School 

F. T. S. 
Essay .... Theodore Milne 

Fishing 



Valedictory . . . Geoffrey E. Plunkett 

Introduction of Speaker 

By Manager Charles T. Gallagher 
Address . . . Mr. William H. Sayward 

Presentation of Diplomas 

Superintendent Charles H. Bradley 
Awarding of the United States History Prizes 

Given by Frank E. AUard, M. D. j 

Music Band 

The following essays were prepared, but on 
account of the length of the programme were 
omitted: 



Roy W. Bashaw 

Stanley W. Clark 

Lawrence M. Cobb 

. Perry Coombs 

Harry L. Fessenden 

Leslie S. Foster 

Francis C. Gardner 

Franklin E. Gunning 

Walter S. Hall, Jr. 

William Hill 

Carl D. P. Hynes 

Charles R. Jefferson 

John L. Sherman 

Ernest E. Slocomb 

Walter I. Tassinari 



Bees 

Mosquitoes 

Base-ball 

Agriculture 

The Panama Canal 

Poultry 

Cottage Row 

Mexican War 

Grains . 

Irrigation 

Something About Trees 

Foot-ball 

History of Our Band 

History of Our School 

The Conquest of the Air 

Dairying . Frederick E. Van Valkenburg 

The United States History prizes, given 
by Dr. Allard to the boys who stand the highest 
in recitations and examinations in the study of 
the History of the United States, were awarded 
as follows: 

Charles O. Rolfe, 1st prize, $12. 

Harold L. Card, 2nd prize, $8. 

Floyd A. Warren, 3rd prize, $5. 

After the awarding of the History prizes 
by Dr. Allard, Mr. Bradley announced the 
next Friends' Day, July 8th. He said that 
plans for a Friends' Day are being arranged 
whereby the boys, instead of their friends 
coming ashore on the Island, will visit them on 
the steamer, and together enjoy a trip down 
the bay, returning about 5 o'clock, when the 
boys will disembark at our wharf, and their 
friends will return to their homes. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Gr<)duatind Classes 



LITE 

Roy W. Bashaw 
Stanley W. Clark 
Lawrence M. Cobb 
Perry Coombs 
Harry L. Fessenden 
Leslie S. Foster 
Francis C. Gardner 
Franklin E. Gunning 
Ralph G. Hadley 
Walter S. Hall, Jr. 



RARY 

William Hill 
Carl D. P. Hynes 
Charles R. Jefferson 
Theodore Milne 
Geoffrey E. Plunkett 
John L. Sherman 
Ernest E. Slocomb 
Warner E. Spear 
George W. N Starrett 
Walter 1. Tassinari 



Frederick E. Van Valkenburg 



Harold L. Carlton 
Erwin L. Coolidge 
Herbert L. Dudley 
Harry L. Fessenden 
Franklin E. Gunning 



SLOYD 

William Hill 
Charles R. Jefferson 
Ernest E. Slocomb 
Warner E. Spear 
Walter 1. Tassinari 



Frederick E. Van Valkenburg 

FORGING 

Perry Coombs 

Donald M. Wilde. 

B Red wingca Blackbird 

One day while 1 was working in back of 
the power-house, 1 heard a noise that drew 
my attention. I looked up in the air and saw a 
bird flying back and forth. First it would fly 
into the grass, and then into a tree. Every time 
it left a tree, it would fly down into the grass 
again and then into a different tree. The bird 
came within six feet of me. I noticed that it 
was all black except a red spot on each wing. 
When flying it made a noise like a crow, but 
when it was in a tree or in the grass, it made a 
different kind of a noise. When I was through 
with my work, another fellow found the name 
of this bird in a bird guide, and showed it to me. 
It was a red-winged blackbird. These birds 
make their nests in low bushes or on the ground. 
This being the first red-winged blackbird I have 
ever seen, I was very much interested in it. 
Llewelyn H. Lewis. 



Scrubbing the Standisb 

Lately we have been scrubbing the row- 
boat Standish. A number of fellows carried it 
up from the wharf and placed it between Gard- 
ner Hall and the main building. Then two 
other fellows, besides myself, put on rubber boots 
and got a scrub-brush and pail. We put hot 
water into the buckets, as hot water will take off 
dirt easier than cold water. We commenced 
on the outside of the boat, putting a little water 
on, and plenty of soap. We scrubbed quite a 
piece and took the water that was left in the 
bucket and threw it over the part that we 
scrubbed, to rinse it. Then we got another pail 
of water and did the same thing over again 
until the outside was finished. 

William B. Cross. 

Useful Birds 

One of our most common birds is the 
robin. The robin arrives in March and leaves 
in the fall. Many persons who grow small fruits 
are prejudiced against the robin, believing it is 
destructive to the crops. But these fruits are 
only a small part of a robin's diet. An experi- 
ment proved that a robin eats mostly worms, 
and of these forty-one per cent more than its 
own weight in twelve hours. The length of these 
worms if laid end to end would reach fourteen 
feet. The wood-pecker is another useful bird. 
A live wood-pecker is said to be worth twenty 
dollars, as it eats more than twice its weight 
in worms and bugs in twenty-four hours. Such 
birds as these should be protected, for when 
they grow scarce, the insects grow more plenti- 
ful. Henry P. Holmes. 

B Bird's nest 

One day I found a nest in a maple tree. 
It was a robin's nest and had four greenish blue 
eggs in it. I kept watch of it and one day 
when 1 looked into it there were three little birds. 
I also watched the mother bird feeding them. 
All would open their mouths for something to 
eat. They grew quite fast and one day as I 
was passing by I found that they had gone. 

Byron E. Collins. 



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Cbe fliumni flssociatioit of Cbe farm ana Crades School 



Walter B. Foster, '78, President 
Hingham 

Merton p. Ellis, '99, Secretary 
79 Milk St., Boston 



Charles Duncan, '71, Vice-President 
Dorchester 

Richard Bell, '73, Treasurer 
Dorchester 



Edward L. Capaul, '05. Vice-President 
Roxbury 



William Alcott, '84, Historian 
Everett 



George K. Hartman, 75, who is with the 
American Tool & Machine Company at Hyde 
Park, remarked that he was becoming more 
impressed, each time he visited the School, 
with the educational advantages offered to the 
Farm School boy, and the benefit he had de- 
rived from his training here. He lives at 428 
Hyde Park Avenue, Roslindale, Mass, 

Edward A, Moore, '76. after leaving 
school went to work in a machine shop for a 
time and the next twenty years he spent at sea. 
For the past twelve years he has been janitor 
in the Boston Public Schools. His home is at 
10 Rodman Street, Forest Hills, Mass. 

Sherman G. Brasher, 76, at one tim.e 
was the youngest boy here, being only seven 
years old. His favorite occupation at that time 
was picking potato bugs. He now works at the 
South Station as foreman of the outward bag- 
gage room, having been there for fifteen years. 
He belongs to the Odd Fellows, and the Encamp- 
ment, and lives at 16 Elmhurst St., Dorchester. 
Mr. Brasher says, "The teaching I received in 
my younger days 1 did not realize. After one 
gets out in the world he appreciates it." 



Ernest Favier, 77, has been for the past 
two years with the Walter M. Lowney Co., 486 
Hanover Street. He has five children, three 
of whom are married. His home address is 
57 Dudley Street, Roxbury, Mass. 

Bruce L. Valiquet, '80, who made his 
first visit here on June 17th since 1881, entered 
the School in July, 1876, and left in 1880. 
After leaving the School he went to sea for a 
time, and then into the catering business. At 
present he is engaged in painting and contract 
work at Stoughton. Mrs. Valiquet has written 
a very interesting book of poems. 

Carl Steinbrick, '94, is at the Massa- 
chusetts Hospital School at Canton. He is 
very much interested in his Alma Mater and 
hopes to keep in close touch with us by taking 
the Beacon. 

Clarence W. Barr, '02, after leaving 
school worked on a farm in Vermont for a time 
and then went into a machine shop. For the 
last eight years he has been chauffeur for J. H. 
Berry of Somerville. He has three children. 
His home address is 18 Oxford Street, 
Somerville, Mass. 



On Saturdays when the fellows come out 
from the dining-room at noon, Mr. Beebe in- 
spects the shoes. If a fellow needs his shoes 
changed he takes them to the cobbler-shop. If 
they haven't any there that fit him he has to get 
a new pair from the clothing-room. When he 
gets a new pair, he attaches a tag to his old shoes 
with his number and the date written on. After 
they are repaired they are put in a cupboard, 
and the next time he changes his shoes he 
is given these. Fred J. Mandeville. 



Setting 6la$$ 

Once a week the paint shop fellow has to 
set glass wherever the instructor tells him to do 
so. He takes a screw-driver with him, which 
he uses on the window to remove it. Then he 
takes the sash to the paint-shop and puts in 
the size of glass it needs After the glass is put 
in, some glazier-points are inserted into the 
sash to keep the glass firm. After that the 
sash is puttied, and the window is then ready to 
be put back in its proper place. 

Erwin L. Coolidge. 



THOMPSONVS ISLAND 

BEAtON 



Vol. 18. No. 4. Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. August, 1914 

Entered November 23, 1903, at Boston, Mass., as Second-class matter, under Act of Congress of July 16, 1894 



Tourrb of 3Miy 

On the morning of July fourth we were 
awakened at 4.13 by the cannon salute and 
• reveille. While the bugler was doing his part, 
Capt. Dix had the brass cannon out on the 
playground and was firing away. He fired 
twenty-one shots. At 8 o'clock the supplies, 
consisting of fire-crackers, torpedoes and flags, 
were given out to the boys. Then the boys 
lined up and went down to the wharf, where 
the aquatic sports commenced at 9.30, The 
programme for the day was as follows: 

morning. 
4.13 — Flag Raising and Cannon Salute. 

Reveille. 
6.30— Breakfast. 
8.00 — -Distribution of Supplies. 
9.30 — Aquatic Sports by the Landing: 
High Tide 8.13. 
Swimming, over 15. 
Swimming, under 15. 
Swimming Under Water. 
Swimming on Back. 
Somersault Race. 
Swimming for Stake, Blindfolded. 
Walking Greased Spar. 
11.30— Dinner. 
12.00— Cannon Salute. 

afternoon. 
2.00 — Sports and Races on the Playground: 
Cross Country Run. 
Obstacle Race. 
Barrel Race. 
Crab Race. 
Pie Race. 



3.30 — Sports on Beach Road: 

Tug of War. 

Mile Run. 

Five-legged Race. 

100-yard Dash, over 15. 

100-yard Dash, under 15. 

220-yard Dash. 

Wheelbarrow Race, over 15. 

Wheelbarrow Race, under 15. 

Relay Race. 
5.30 — Supper. 

evening 

7.25 — Flag Lowering and Cannon Salute. 

8.00— Bon Fire. 

9.30 — Taps. Norman R. Wyatt. 

J\ Ccdduc aatnc 

Through the kindness of the Newspaper 
Club of Boston, we saw a game of base-ball on 
July sixteenth, at Fenway Park, between the 
Red Sox and Detroit. They also furnished us 
with cars and escort. The game was very 
interesting. As we were sitting in the grand 
stand a gong sounded. Then the teams went 
out to practice. When the next gong sounded 
the game started. We were each given a 
score-card, peanuts, pop-corn and a bottle of 
tonic. 1 saw one player whom 1 wanted to 
see very much. His name is Tris Speaker. 
When he went to the bat everyone would cheer. 
He brought in the first run for Boston. The 
score was five to two in favor of Detroit. We 
wish to thank the Newspaper Club for their 
kindness, and especially Mr. Walter E, Adams, 
Mr. John Buchannan, Mr. George M. Dimond, 
Mr. Thomas J. Feeney, Mr. W. E. Webb, and 
President Lannin of the Red Sox. 

Forrest L. Churchill. 



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Starting Cows to Brigbton 

One morning recently at about half-past 
five the watchman woke me up and said, "Go 
down and help get the scow on the beach." 
At about quarter of six Capt. Dix came down to 
the beach and said we were going to make a 
trip at about half-past seven and that we would 
take over a couple of cows, which were to be 
taken to Brighton. As the water was rather 
rough, he said that I had better stay by while 
one of the other fellows went to breakfast, and 
then he would relieve me, when I could go and 
get mine. When I went down after breakfast 
they were getting the cows aboard, and a little 
later Mr. Bradley came down and told us to 
haul the scow alongside the steamer and make 
fast. After this was done we started on the 
trip. Arriving at City Point, we landed the 
cows on the beach, and then went to the Public 
Landing and got some freight. Later 1 was 
sent for the newspapers. On the return trip 
Mr. Bradley told all to come into the cabin and 
hear the war news, which everyone was anxious 
to hear, I am sure. Calvin O. Holmes. 

Plantittd Brass Seed 

One afternoon Mr. Beebe sent me over to 
the farm-house to get about two quarts of lawn 
mixture. If 1 could not get that, I was to get 
some orchard grass or some Kentucky blue 
grass. I could only get the Kentucky blue 
grass. 1 brought it up to the house and he told 
me to put a little in the places where dan- 
delions had been dug. I filled up all these 
places and then it was time to get ready for 
school. Floyd A. Warren. 

Wm Potatoes 

One afternoon after we had finished weed- 
ing the corn piece, we went over to the potato 
piece to takeout the weeds and hill the potatoes. 
To hill the potatoes we lifted up the vines that 
were hanging out in the furrow and hoed earth 
around the roots so the potatoes would have 
plenty of earth over them. We did about a 
quarter of a row apiece. 

Robert H. Peterson. 



B crip to Stoudbton 

On Saturday, August first, Mr. Shaw and 
four fellows attended the Bee-keepers' exhibit at 
Mr. Britton's in Stoughton, Mass. We left the 
Island at about eight o'clock. When we ar- 
rived at the Public Landing, City Point, we 
took a car for the South Station. Then we 
went up town to get some things for our lunch. 
As our train did not leave until six minutes past 
ten, we had ample -time to look around and see 
things. We saw a Scotch procession, and we 
were interested in watching that. Then we re- 
turned to the station and boarded our train. We 
had a good ride out to Canton Junction, where 
we changed cars for Stoughton. Arriving at 
Stoughton, we had an automobile ride to Mr. 
Britton's place. The first thing that interested 
us was a bungalow. Inside of it was some of the 
honey and wax made by the bees. The honey 
looked so good that we felt like eating some of 
it out of the case. After looking around in there 
we went outside and became interested in the 
beehives that were in a shelter beside the house. 
At about half past twelve we had our lunch in a 
small grove at the side of the bungalow. At 
about half past one the lectures began. The 
men who spoke were some of the leading bee- 
keepers and inspectors in the State. They spoke 
on how to keep bees, their food, and how to ob- 
tain the purest honey. They then brought out 
some hives and showed us the colonies of bees 
and the queen bee. Then there was a cornet 
duet by Mr. Britton and his brother. This 
ended the exhibit and we started for home. 

Hubert N. Leach. 

Digging Blucwccds 

One day recently three other boys and I 
were told to dig blueweeds along the side of the 
bank and on the side of the road leading to the 
north end. Each one of us took a strip about 
four yards wide and fifteen yards long, so that 
it would not take very long to do several strips. 
After we had quite a number of blueweeds dug 
we put them in piles along the road, and later 
carried them back of the power-house to be 
burned. Elmer W. Green. 



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Che Dormitories 

On the third floor of the main building the 
dormitories are situated. There are three 
of these dormitories. The West Dormitory 
overlooks the bay towards Boston; the other 
dormitory, which is the East, overlooks the bay 
towards Quincy and Nantasket. The smaller 
fellows sleep in the West Dormitory, in which 
are 42 beds, and the larger fellows sleep in 
the East Dormitory, in which are 46 beds. 
Beside these two, there is the North Dormitory, 
in which are twelve beds. In this room the fel- 
lows enjoy special privileges. They may stay 
up later than the other fellows and read or play 
games. Also they may keep their chests be- 
side their beds. There is a large cupboard in 
this room. The advanced class fellows and 
some of the first class fellows sleep in this 
dormitory. All the dormitories are very well 
lighted and ventilated. 

Raymond H. Batchelder. 

1)0W T Spent One Saturday jFlfternoon 

One Saturday afternoon some other fellows 
and 1 thought we would go around the beach. 
It was low tide, so we went around the South 
End first to see if we might get some pearls be- 
fore the tide came in. These pearls are not 
very valuable, but we like to get them. They 
come in mussels, and we have to look sharply 
for them. I got eleven pearls that afternoon. 
When we got around to the North End we saw 
a great many birds and a few boats. We 
reached the house at about four o'clock and 
spent the rest of the afternoon playing tag. 
Fred j. Mandeville. 

Qmnq Out magazines 

One Saturday afternoon Mr. Beebe had 
two bundles of magazines, which he gave out to 
the fellows. He would call out the name of the 
magazine and the fellows who wanted it would 
raise their hands and Mr. Beebe would call out 
somebody's name. The fellows who got them 
exchanged them for others as soon as they 
had read them. 

Carlquist W. Walbourn. 



Spadina Jlround Crees 

One day recently Mr. Beebe told me to 
get a spade, a trowel, a rake, two sacks, and a 
stick, and take them up to the playground, and 
he would send a fellow up there to show me 
what to do. I got my things ready and took 
them up to the playground and waited until the 
fellow came. First, he took the stick and 
measured off a certain distance and marked it. 
Then he placed the stick against the trunk of 
the tree, and took the trowel and dug all the 
sods on the inside of the mark. When that 
was done he put the sods in one of the sacks. 
He then spaded around the trees. Finally he 
took the rake and raked all the stones up in a 
pile and put them in the other sack. These 
stones were then taken down to the East Side 
dike. Wilbur F. Blanchard. 

Cutting and Planting Geranium Slips 

One morning, soon after coming out of the 
sewing-room, Mr. Beebe told me to. get a knife, 
which I did. Then he showed me how to cut 
geranium slips. First he found a plant that 
had a red blossom. Then he looked for a stem 
of that plant that had little leaves just starting 
to grow. He took that stem from a place where 
he could cut it off without it showing much. 
Then he took this slip and cut all the leaves 
from it, except two or three. After he had got 
quite a few of these slips, he took them over to 
another garden and showed me how to plant 
them. First he got a stick to make the holes 
with. Then he planted the slips quite a distance 
apart. Donald S. MacPherson. 

Crimming tDe l)edge 

Recently it has been my work to trim the 
hedge around the boys' gardens. I got a ladder 
from the corn-barn, and nailed two boards 
about eight feet long across the end of it, 
so it would rest on the hedge without sinking in. 
Then I got a pair of grass sheers and cut the 
new shoots that had grown up above the rest of 
the hedge. 1 trimmed this hedge until it was 
time to get ready for school. 

Harold L. Carlton. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Cboinp$on'$ Island Beacon 

Published Monthly by 

THE FARM AND TRADES SCHOOL 
Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor 

A PRIVATE SCHOOL FOR BOYS OF LIMITED 

MEANS, SUPPORTED BY ENDOWMENTS, 

TUITION FEES AND SUBSCRIPTIONS 



Vol. 18. No. 4. 



August, 1914 



Subscription Price - 50 Cents Per Year 



BOARD OF MANAGERS 



president 

Alfred Bowditch 

VICE-PRESIDENT 

Charles P. Curtis 
treasurer 

Arthur Adams 

1 35 Devonshire Street 
SECRETARY 

Tucker Daland 

managers 

Melvin O. Adams 
GoRHAM Brooks 
I. Tucker Burr 
S. V. R. Crosby 

George L. DeBlois 
Malcolm Donald 
Thomas J. Evans 
Charles T. Gallagher 
Robert H. Gardiner, Jr. 
N. Penrose Hallowell 
Henry Jackson, M. D. 
Charles E. Mason 
Roger Pierce 

Richard M. Saltonstall 
Francis Shaw 

William S. Spaulding 

Moses Williams, Jr. 
Ralph B. Williams 

Charles H. Bradley, Superintendent 



Shortly after the death of Dr. James Jack- 
son, the first President of the Farm School on 
Thompson's Island, there was published a 
memoir of his life which contained an account 
of the purpose which he had in mind in asso- 
ciating himself with the project for the School, 



and also stated the specific lines along which he 
believed the ideal school for boys should be 
conducted. 

It was Dr. Jackson who at the first meeting 
of the corporation outlined the plan for a farm 
school for boys, and he did it in these words: 
"Procure a farm, within a few miles of 
the city, and establish a school upon it, in 
which boys might be taught the common 
learning necessary to qualify them to be- 
come apprentices to husbandmen and me- 
chanics; and where they might also be 
employed in the labors of husbandry, suited 
to their ages and strength, at all times not 
devoted to study or to suitable recreation 
and rest; and where they should be sub- 
jected to a regular but mild and parental 
discipline, so as to form in them habits of 
industry and sobriety, of order and respect 
and submission to the laws; and to train 
them up to become as far as possible good 
citizens and useful members of society." 

It was decided at once to receive only boys 
of good character, mostly Boston boys, and not 
exceeding one hundred in number. They were 
to be admitted free of cost when surrendered by 
their parents, but payment was to be made by 
parents who did not wish to relinquish their 
children except for a limited time. 

More than four score years have passed 
since Dr. Jackson named the principles on which 
he believed right character should be built — 
agricultural instruction, vocational training, in- 
dustry, sobriety, suitable recreation, mild but 
parental discipline. A faithful effort has been 
made to follow these ideals. 

The farm was procured on Thompson's 
Island, and thereby was established the first 
school in America to make agriculture the basis 
of its educational course. Instruction in more 
than half a dozen trades has been added. The 
daily routine of life combines most happily work 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



in school, in shop and on farm, incorporating and 
instilling habits of industry with mild discipline. 
The discipline has become not merely parental, 
but in a very true sense fatherly and motherly. 

Part of the contribution which the School 
has made to society consists now of a list of more 
than 2,100 graduates who have been trained 
according to the practical, wise and efficient 
ideals suggested by Dr. Jackson, and adopted by 
the noble-hearted gentlemen associated with 
him, and pursued by those who have succeeded 
to their responsibilities and privileges . 

That which the seer of old wrote may well 
be applied to the founders of The Farm and 
Trades School: "They rest from their labors, and 
their works do follow them." 

nous 

July 2. The Newspaper Club of Boston 
here for outing. 

July 3. Set flying-ring apparatus in con- 
crete base on playground. 

Manager Thomas J. Evans and Mrs. Evans 
here to spend the Fourth. 

July 4. Usual celebration with races, and 
bon-fire in the evening. 

Dr. W. B. Bancroft present with his usual 
famous peanuts. 

Gift of fruit from William N. Hughes, '59. 

July 5. Commodore M. V. Scott with 
friends from the South Boston Yacht Club visited 
the Island. 

Manager Thomas J. Evans told interesting 
war stories to the boys, and gave money for fruit. 

July 7. Reset giant swing pole in con- 
crete base on playground. 

July 8. Friends' Day. Two hundred and 
seventy-six persons came to the Island at 10.15 
on the Rose Standish, a special boat of the Nan- 
tasket Beach Steamboat Company. Those who 
wished to were allowed to spend the day here. 

July 9. Man here testing scales. 

July 10. Began unloading year's coal 
supply. 



July 13. Erected galvanized iron pipe rail 
at entrance to east basement. 

July 14. Outing of the Commercial De- 
partment of the New England Telephone and 
Telegraph Company. Gift from them of base- 
balls, bats, candy, and ice cream. 

July 15. Finished unloading year's coal 
supply. 

Scow-load of spruce, oak and hard pine 
lumber from Freeport Street. 

July 16. Blacksmith shoeing horses. 

Through the kindness of the Newspaper 
Club of Boston, boys and instructors attended 
the Red Sox -Detroit game at Fenway Park. 

July 17. Manager and Mrs. Charles E. 
Mason visited the School. 

July 18. Former pupils William Barry 
Dean and Thomas H. Langton here for the 
afternoon. 

July 20. Summer term of school began. 

July 22. Boys of advanced class went to 
Nantasket Beach for outing. Kindness of 
Treasurer Arthur Adams. 

July 23. Seventy-five white Leghorn 
pullets arrived. 

Admission Committee meeting. Thirteen 
boys passed to be admitted, and the following 
entered the School that day: William Henry 
Everbeck, Clark Anderson Earl, Gordon Fred- 
erick Sudsbury, Rupert Fleming Calkin, Harold 
Edmund Francis, Charles Frederick Weymouth. 

July 24. Sprayed orchard with arsenate 
of lead for second generation of coddling moth. 

July 25. Lawrence M. Cobb, '14, and Mrs. 
Cobb here; also former pupils Clarence O. Norrby 
and Arthur R. Merrifield. 

July 26. Sunday. Boys and instructors 
enjoyed boat ride down the harbor. 

July 28. Five boys went to the dentist. 

Carl D. P. Hynes left the School. 

Dr. James Walton spent the night here. 

July 29. Visiting Day. Two hundred 
eleven persons came to the Island on the special 
boat of the Nantasket Beach Steamboat Com- 
pany, Miles Standish, at 1.15. 

July 30. Spraying potatoes with Bordeaux 
mixture for late blight 



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July 31 . Mr. Henry Stokes, 76, of Jordan- 
Marsh Company, here, putting up new window- 
shades. 

Cbe ^rm and Cradcs School Bank 

Cash on hand July 1, 1914 $981.96 

Deposits during the month 181.14 



Withdrawn during the month 
Cash on hand Aug. 1 , 1914 



1163.10 

50.04 

$1113.06 



luiy meteorology 

Maximum temperature, BS"" on the 8th, 16th 
and 17th. 

Minimum temperature, 50*^ on the 4th. 

Mean temperature for the month, 66. 1 . 

Total precipitation, 2.10 inches. 

Greatest precipitation in twenty-four hours, 
1.25 inches on the 2d. 

9 days with .01 or more inches precipi- 
tation. 

5 clear days, 24 partly cloudy, 2 cloudy 
days. 

Total number of hours sunshine, 169 and 
15 minutes. 

n. e. Cel. $ Cel. €o/$ Outing 

The Commercial Department of the New 
England Tel. & Tel. Co. visited Thompson's 
Island on July fourteenth. After a trip down 
the harbor in the steamer Nassau of the Boston 
and Nahant Line, they arrived at our wharf at 
about half past one. They went on the front 
lawn, where the President of the Company 
and others spoke. Mr. Bradley also spoke, 
telling the visitors what The Farm and Trades 
School is doing, its purpose, etc. They then 
visited the different departments of the School. 
They later played base-ball, followed by a 
few races, and dancing in the latter part of the 
afternoon. The School Band gave a concert 
in the north grove. Mr. Feeney, the Company's 
publicity manager, was chairm.an of the com- 
mittee on push. All gave a sky rocket cheer for 
the different company officials, and one each for 
Mr. and Mrs. Bradley. When it became time 
to depart Mr. Feeney had all form in columns 
of fours, and with the band at the head marched 



down to the wharf. At the wharf they gave a 
sky rocket cheer for the band, one for Mr. Bradley , 
and one for the captain of the steamer Nassau. I 
They then left us, waving handkerchiefs, hats, 
canes, and other things. 1 think they thoroughly 
enjoyed themselves. After seven o'clock we all 
had ice cream, cake and coffee, given by the 
visitors. Harold L. Card. 

Che 6rade Prizes 

On the fourth Friends' Day of the season 
of nineteen fourteen, which was on July twenty- 
ninth, the Shaw Conduct prizes and the Temple 
Consolation prizes were given out by Mr. Brad- 
ley. These prizes were the 50th series given 
out. They are offered every six months, the 
Shaw Conduct prizes by Mr. Francis Shaw, one 
of the Managers of the School, and the Temple 
Consolation prizes by Mr. Alfred Bowditch. i 
The sum of twenty-five dollars was divided into 
ten prizes among the winners of the Shaw Con- 
duct prizes. The following were the winners: 

Leslie E. Russell, first prize, $5.00. 

Harold L. Carlton, second prize, $3.25. 

Lester E. Cowden, third prize, $3.00. 

Elmer W. Green, fourth prize, $2.75. 

Kenneth C. Griswold, fifth prize, $2.50. 

Ernest E. Slocomb, sixth prize, $2.25. 

Charles R. Jefferson, seventh prize, $2.00. 

Robert H. Peterson, eighth prize, $1.75. 

Cecil E. McKeown, ninth prize, $1.50. 

Ernest F. Russell, tenth prize, $1.00 

The Temple Consolation prizes, consisting 
of books, were next given out. The awards 
were made as follows: 

William B. Cross, first. 

Wilbur F. Blanchard, second. 

Ralph H. Gilbert, third. 

Llewelyn H. Lewis, fourth. 
• Eldred W. Allen, fifth. 

Honorable mention was made of the fol- 
lowing boys: 

George F. Kendall. 
Douglas A. Hunt. 
William Hill. 
Wesley F. Adams. 
Carlquist W. Walbourn. 

Carl H. Collins. 



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excursion of m £\n$$ of 1914 

Through the kindness of Mr. Arthur Adams, 
the Class of 1914 went on an excursion to Nan- 
tasket Beach on July22t1id. In the morning the 
members of the class were asked whether they 
would rather go to Concord or Nantasket. The 
latter was decided upon by the majority. We 
went to City Point in our steamer, and then took 
a car for Rowe's Wharf, where we boarded the 
Miles Standish of the Nantasket Beach Steam- 
boat Co. The trip was a very pleasant one, as 
the day was fine. The boat made only one stop, 
which was at Pemberton. We arrived at Nan- 
tasket at about 2.15 P.M. From this time until 
3.30 we took in the various places of amuse- 
ment, including a trip in the "Old Grist Mill" 
and a ride on the roller coaster. The fellows 
were allowed to go an3nvhere they pleased, but 
had to be at a certain place at 3.30. We then 
went onto the beach, where we listened for some 
time to Carter's band. We left for home on the 
steamer "Rose Standish." We were allowed 
to go on the upper deck, which we had all to our- 
selves. On our way back we had our pictures 
taken. We arrived on the Island at about 6.45. 
We enjoyed the day thoroughly and are all 
very grateful to Mr. Adams, whom I wish to 
thank for the entire class for the very enjoyable 
time which he made it possible for us to have. 
Geoffrey E. Plunkett. 

n Barge Ride 

On Sunday, July 26th, the whole School 
enjoyed a sail down the harbor. After the fel- 
lows had had their swim, which was at about two 
o'clock, we went up to the house, got our coats and 
caps, marched down to the wharf, and got into the 
barge. We then started to go, after all the fel- 
lows and instructors were ready. We went down 
around the South End, between our Island 
and Moon Head and up near the Fore River 
Ship-yard. We then turned around and started 
back for the Island, when we were given bananas 
from a bunch which was hung up in the barge, 
and some cookies. We saw several different 
kinds of boats. Douglas A. Hunt. 



Cbe new evmnasium Jlpparatus 

It was very good news to us when Mr. 
Beebe made the announcement that we could 
use the new gymnasium apparatus while he 
was with us. After a few days we were allowed 
to go on without him being there. There is a 
"slide" upon which the boys have lots of fun, a 
"horizontal bar," two "teeter-ladders," a "climb- 
ing pole," a "flexible ladder," two sets of "flying 
rings," and "incline poles." The next part of 
the apparatus is the "traveling rings." There 
are six of them. The first pair is the lowest, 
the second a little higher, and so on to the end. 
The "giant swing" had to be moved down the 
playground in order to make room for the new 
apparatus. This apparatus is the gift of Mrs. 
Charles E. Mason, and is one of the finest 
things we ever had. Roland S. Bruneau. 

PicKJiid Squashes 

One morning I was working in the gardens. 
Mr. Shaw told me to pick a bushel of squashes 
and take them to the kitchen, and after I had 
finished that 1 was to go through the vines and 
pick off all the large ones that were white. 
When picking squashes for the kitchen, they like 
them green and about six to eight inches 
across. After I had the squashes picked and 
taken to the kitchen, I took my wheelbarrow 
back to the garden, and then went through the 
vines and cut off all the squashes and left them 
lying in rows where they were cut. Then 
I went through with my wheelbarrow and col- 
lected the squashes and put them beside the 
road, so the team could take them away. 

William J. Grant. 

f)m\\m Gravel 

One Saturday morning Mr. Beebe told an- 
other fellow and me to ask Mr. Shaw for a couple 
of horses, and to haul gravel from the South End 
bar and dump it by the gymnasium apparatus. 
So we went down to the barn, harnessed up, and 
went to the South End. It took us about twenty 
minutes to load up and about twenty-five minutes 
to haul each load up to the playground. 

Wilbur F. Blanchard. 



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Cbe B\mn\ Jlsscclation of Cbe Tarin and trades Scbcol 



Walter B. Foster, '78, President 
Hingham 



Merton p. Ellis, '99, Secretary 
79 Milk St., Boston 



Charles Duncan, '71, Vice-President 
Dorchester 



Richard Bell, '73. Treasurer 
Dorchester 



Edward L. Capaul, '05, Vice-President 
Roxbury 



William Alcott, '84, Historian 
Everett 



Walter J. Kirwin, 77. Post Office 
address, Stony Brook, Mass. (part of Wal- 
tham.) Entered the School in 1872. After 
leaving the School he served two years as a 
messenger boy for the Telegraph Company at 
Waltham. After that he worked four years for 
the Waltham Watch Company at Waltham, and 
since that time has been engaged in a general 
commission business, selling dairy products, 
fruits and hampers. He announced his inten- 
tion of presenting the School with a hamper 
and some baskets. 

Ralph L. Gordon, '97, on leaving the 
School went to work in a machine shop in 
Attleboro, Mass., and worked there until April, 
'98. At the outbreak of the Spanish War he 
enlisted in the 7th Cavalry, in which he served 
three years. He then enlisted in the Navy, 
in which he served a term of four years. He 
came out in 1905 and went to work for the Gen- 
eral Electric Co., Lynn, Mass., remaining there 
six years, and then he went with the Boston Ele- 
vated Railway Co., where he is now employed. 
He is married and has three children. He lives 
at 18 Waverly Street, Maiden, Mass. 



Michael J. Powers, '99, went to the Rub- 
ber Shop at East Watertown for five years. 
From there he went to Dr. A. P. Norris, city 
physician, to have charge of real estate, rents, 
autos, etc. At the present time he is in the 
paint and paper business at 104 Concord Ave- 
nue, Somerville, Mass., where he lives with his 
wife and child. His last visit was twelve or 
fifteen years ago, and he says there is a big 
change since that time. 

Leslie P. Jones, '06, was married on July 
seventh to Miss Lillian Elizabeth Anderson at the 
home of her parents. They went on their honey- 
moon to New York and vicinity, and since 
returning have given us a most interesting 
account of their trip. As usual "Les" was 
right on the job with his camera and took 150 
pictures, all the way from Coney Island up 
along the Hudson River. Of course, fire 
engines and fire boats were not omitted. 

Arthur G. Appel, Ex ' i 2, is on the United 
States ship Nebraska. 

Frank S. Mills, Ex '12, is on the United 
States ship Rhode Island. 



UdC4tion Cintc 

During the vacation time the fellows worked 
till nine o'clock, when they were dismissed and 
were allowed to enjoy themselves according to 
their grade. The way they could enjoy them- 
selves was by going fishing, working in the shop, 
playing ball, going around the beach, or working 
for money. If they worked for money, the big 
fellows would get twenty-five cents, the medium 
sized fellows twenty cents, and the small fellows 
fifteen cents. Quite a number worked for 
money. Byron E. Collins. 



CDC Poultry 

When the change of work came I was 
given the hen-house work, and as 1 knew how 
to take care of poultry, everything seemed 
easy to me. There are several different varie- 
ties of poultry: Barred Plymouth Rocks, White 
Plymouth Rocks, Rhode Island Reds, White 
Leghorns, Black Orpingtons and Japanese 
Silkies. There are also pigeons, ducks, geese, 
turkeys and guinea-hens. They are fed with 
mixed grain in the morning and at night, and 
mash at noon. Benjamin L. Murphy. 



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Vol. 18. No. 5. Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. September, 1914 

Entered November 23. 1903, at Boston, Mass., as Second-class matter, under Act of Congress of July 16. 1894 



Our Conduct System 

At this school we have a conduct system 
that is divided into four grades, the fourth being 
the lowest. When a fellow first comes here he 
is put in the first grade. If he gets checked 
that week he is put into a lower grade. Each 
check counts a certain number of marks. It 
takes from one to fifteen marks for a boy to get 
in the second grade, from fifteen to thirty-five 
marks for him to get in the third grade, and over 
thirty-five marks for him to be put in the fourth 
grade. A first grade fellow has all the privi- 
leges allowed, such as going in swimir.ing, 
skating, coasting and so forth. A second grade 
fellow is allowed to do such things every other 
day. A third grade fellow is allowed to do 
these things on Saturday. A fourth grade fel- 
low is allowed none of these things and also 
has no playtime. If a fellow is in the fourth 
grade and goes a week without being checked, 
he is put in the third grade, and the same with 
a fellow who is in the third or second grade. 
If he gets checked that week he stays in that 
grade another week. All checks given to a 
fellow are passed into the office at the end of 
the week. Mr. Bradley marks them and then 
the grade is written down for the next week. 
Each Monday night Mr. Bradley reads the 
grade to the fellows. Every six months con- 
duct prizes are given. Twenty-five dollars are 
divided among ten boys who rank the highest in 
conduct. This money is given by Manager 
Francis Shaw. The consolation prizes consist 
of five books which are given to the next five 
fellows who rank highest. These books are 
given by Mr. Bowditch. There are also five 
honorable mentions. Howard F. Lochrie. 



Boat Tnstructions 

One Saturday afternoon the Captain of 
the boat took nine fellows, besides himself, out 
in the row-boat "Chilton" for instructions. 
When we go out in the boat the two fellows 
highest in the crew go in first and they are cal- 
led stroke oars, that is they set the stroke and 
the rest of the fellows follow. The first order is 
to "Stand by," to put the oar-locks in the sock- 
ets. Then comes "Up oars," when you stand 
your oars upright in the boat, then "Let fall," 
to drop your oars in the locks, keeping them 
level with the side of the boat. Then "Stand 
by to give away together," that is, to put your 
oars back ready to take a stroke. "Give away 
together" and everybody pulls on his oar. 
When nearing the place where the boat is to 
stop, the Coxswain gives the order of "In bows," 
and the two fellows in the bow seat stop rowing 
and stow their oars and get ready to fend off 
the boat, make a neat landing and make the 
boat fast. The next order is "Toss and boat 
oars." There is another order often used in 
going through a narrow place that is called 
"Trail oars," to keep the oar near the side 
of the boat with the wide part of the blade 
just touching the water. 

Herbert V. Gordon. 

my Ulork in tbc Scbool-room 

Every morning after we march out of the 
dining-room, I line up in the house line. 1 then 
go up to the school-room, sweep and dust the 
desks, empty the waste-basket, dust the erasers, 
and erase the black-boards. Then 1 empty the 
water out of the flower-vase and put in some 
fresh water. Clarence E. Slinger. 



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B magneto 

One day last summer Mr. Bradley gave 
me two telephones. They were in good working 
order, with an electric bell, and a magneto to 
ring the bell, which was done by pushing a little 
button that was on the telephone. 1 tried to 
fix the telephones with the aid of some fellows 
and the power-house instructor, but it would 
require quite a lot of material to make them 
work. So 1 put them in my cottage under 
the window-seat. Recently, while I was 
cleaning under there, 1 found them and amused 
myself by making the bell ring, which I did by 
turning the magneto handle, I also found I re- 
ceived a slight shock. After I got tired of 
making the bell ring I took out the magneto and 
tried to get a shock by placing one hand on the 
point of the wheel and turning the handle. The 
faster 1 turned the handle, the more severe the 
shock was. At last 1 had to let go, the current 
was so strong. I told some of the other fellows 
about the arrangement and they wanted to try 
it. We all joined hands, one fellow hold- 
ing to the top of the magneto with one hand and 
turning the handle with the other, the next 
fellow holding a steel handle to a pin and 
joining hands with the fellow next to him, and so 
on, until the circuit was completed. The 
handle was turned slowly at first, and then 
faster and faster, until we could hold on no 
longer. 1 have tried several different schemes 
with the machine and have derived much plea- 
sure from it. Raymond H. Batchelder. 

B Band Concert 

One Sunday afternoon when Mr. Ellis, our 
band instructor, was here, Mr. Beebe told all the 
members of the band to get their instruments 
and chairs and go down to the west lawn. 
After the band was ready, the bugler blew the 
assembly-call. Some of the pieces which we 
played were, "Too Much Mustard," "Green 
Mountain March," "Lead Kindly Light," "Con- 
necticut March," "Flag Raising Melodies," and 
"Our Captain." We enjoyed playing this music 
very much, and 1 think everybody enjoyed listen- 
ing to it. Llewelyn H. Lewis. 



mork on the Dtbe 

A few days ago, when Capt. Dix was in 
charge in the sloyd-room, 1 made my first 
model on the lathe. It was the cylinder, a 
round piece of wood six inches long and one 
and one-fourth inches in diameter. Before 
starting the lathe, Capt. Dix told me to study the 
rules for starting and stopping it, which 1 did. 
Then he told me to tell him what 1 would have 
to do to start the machine going. I tried to 
repeat the rules for starting, but 1 got all mixed 
up. He told me to study them a little more 
and he would see me later about it. This 
time 1 got it right and he told me to start work. 
He told me what tools to use. That morning 1 
finished the cylinder, and started to draw the 
file-handle and hammer-handle. The file- 
handle is made out of a cylinder. 

Wesley F. Adams. 

Cleaning Presses 

It has been my work lately in the printing- 
office to clean the presses after they have been 
used, so that the ink on the rollers will not dry 
and get hard. The power is first turned on, 
and then the press is started. A little lubricat- 
ing oil is put on the rollers while they are 
revolving. After that is done some kerosene is 
put on in the same manner. Then the rollers 
are taken out and placed in a box made for that 
purpose. The rollers that remain in the press 
permanently are wiped off with a cloth. When 
the rollers in the press are clean, 1 do the same 
with those that were put in the box. This is 
always done when a change of ink is put on the 
press, and just before five o'clock in the after- 
noon, when work is stopped. 

Elwin C. Bemis. 

Cutting 6reen Teed 

One afternoon Mr. Shaw told me to go over 
to the South End and cut green feed. He said 1 
was to cut four swaths across the piece. When 1 
had it cut, 1 hauled it up to the barn. I weighed 
it first, then backed the team onto the stock 
floor, dumped the load, and put up my horse. 
Eldred W. Allen. 



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Paving 6umr$ 

For some time past I have had the job of 
re-laying the gutters on the avenues. The first 
thing I did was to get some boards to be used 
as forms. These boards are about four inches 
wide and sixteen feet in length. 1 got four 
boards of this kind. Then I needed some 
stakes. These 1 got from the carpenter-shop. 
1 procured some braces to place in the gutters 
to keep the boards spread apart. After I had 
these things, I was ready to begin the work of 
re-laying the gutter on the north side of the 
front avenue. After the stones had been taken 
out and the forms laid, I went down to the 
beach for some sand. This 1 put in the gutters 
to set the stones in. In setting the stones I was 
careful to put long, flat ones on the edges of the 
gutter, so that after the boards had been taken 
out these would be deep enough in the ground to 
stand up. I left the stones about three-quarters 
of an inch above the boards, so that when they 
were tamped they would set in the ground 
firmly. After I had filled in one form I put sand 
on top of the stones, to fill up the crevices. 
Then came the work of tamping. 1 took a 
tamper and tamped the stones, forming the gut- 
ter in such a way that the sides were higher 
than the center. After this was done, 1 took out 
the form and did another length in the same 
way. There are four gutters, each about six 
hundred feet long. Other boys have done some 
work on them and it is now finished. 

Joseph L. Pendergast. 

Packing Grain 

One day when some other fellows and I got 
out of the dining-room, Mr. Bradley said he 
wanted us to go over to the city with him. Of 
course we were pleased, and went down on the 
scow to get ready to start as soon as possible. 
When we got to the public landing Mr. Bradley 
said for the big fellows to carry the grain and 
the little fellows to pack it. This was how it 
was done. Some fellows came and left it on the 
stern of the scow and we packed it in rows. 
We arrived at our Island about four o'clock. 
William C. Gonser. 



Censorship 

One evening after line-up Mr. Bradey and 
Mr. William Alcott came and sat under the 
"Old Elm." Presently Mr. Bradley asked Mr. 
Alcott if he would speak to the boys about 
the war, as being night city editor of the 
Globe, he could say a great deal about the war. 
He explained to us about the censorship, and 
said that Germany, England and other European 
countries have adopted this measure, and that 
is the reason why some news is held back 
because the countries engaged in this war use 
strict measures in holding back all important 
facts concerning the war. Other countries en- 
force this rule more strictly by opening all mail 
and packages to see that no news leaves the 
country. Benjamin L. Murphy. 

CDe milking Utensils 

Every morning and night after the milking 
is done the milk is brought up to the house. 
The strainers are then taken off the milk- 
pails. These are washed in a press-pan and 
boiled out. Next the milk-pails are washed 
and then steamed out. After that they are 
rinsed in hot water. Then they are taken out 
to the milk-rack. There are six milk-pails 
that the cows are milked into and then the milk 
is strained into cans, which are brought up 
to the house and the milk strained into other 
cans. It is then taken to the front store-room 
and is put into a tank of water. The milk is 
strained three times; twice before it is brought 
up to the house and once afterwards. 

Ralph H. Gilbert. 

Packing Jlway Base-ball Goods 

Every year after the last baseball game, 
the baseball articles are gathered up and put away. 
The suits are brushed and sent to the laundry 
to be washed; from there to the sewing-room 
and then to the loft. The caps, sneakers, bats, 
bases and gloves are packed in a box and sent 
up to the west loft. 

Carlquist W. Walbourn. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Cbomp$on'$ Island Beacon 

Published Monthly by 

THE FARM AND TRADES SCHOOL 

Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor 

A PRIVATE SCHOOL FOR BOYS OF LIMITED 

MEANS, SUPPORTED BY ENDOWMENTS, 

TUITION FEES AND SUBSCRIPTIONS 



Vol. 18. No. 5. 



September, 1914 



Subscription, Price - 50 Cents Per Year 



BOARD OF MANAGERS 



president 

Alfred Bowditch 

VICE-PRESIDENT 

Charles P. Curtis 

TREASURER 

Arthur Adams 

1 35 Devonshire Street 
SECRETARY 

Tucker Daland 

managers 

Melvin O. Adams 
GoRHAM Brooks 
I. Tucker Burr 
S. V. R. Crosby 

George L. DeBlois 
Malcolm Donald 
Thomas J. Evans 
Charles T. Gallagher 
Robert H. Gardiner, Jr. 
N. Penrose Hallowell 
Henry Jackson, M. D. 
Charles E. Mason 
Roger Pierce 

Richard M. Saltonstall 
Francis Shaw 

William S. Spaulding 

Moses Williams, Jr. 
Ralph B. Williams 

Charles H. Bradley, Superintendent 



The playful side of our school-life reaches 
out in many directions and is full of variety. 
The national game of baseball and football are 
given prominence and they are so arranged that 
nearly every boy is able to participate in prize 
winning contests for team as well as for indi- 



vidual positions. The gymnasium apparatus 
indoor and out is ample. The holidays are 
especially observed with fitting exercises and 
amusements, according to the season. Fourth 
of July is the big day out of doors, and 
Christmas the most enjoyable within. The 
Alumni Field Day, in which all participate, is 
an eventful occasion full of sports. There 
is swimming, boating, and fishing in summer; 
skating, coasting, and sleigh-rides in win- 
ter, with the annual snowball-battle on the 
twenty-second of February, and the sugaring- 
off in spring. The husking-bee in the fall, 
with Hallowe'en, is not overlooked. 

With our own stereopticon and moving- 
picture machine, many pleasant evenings are 
spent, and in addition similar entertainments 
are brought to us by others, as well as humorous 
and instructive lectures and other entertain- 
ments, including the entertainment given an- 
nually by Harvard students. Dramatic plays 
and minstrel shows are given by pupils or 
instructors, concerts by our own band and by 
others, and there is dancing in the Assembly 
Hall. 

Our monthly Friends' Days, which partake so 
much of a holiday, are sometimes supplemented 
by a substantial number of our friends coming to 
contribute in some way to our pleasure as well as 
to their own. Harbor trips with our own steamer 
and barge, and by other harbor or excursion 
boats, are by no means infrequent. Then there 
are group trips to interesting and historic spots, 
to pleasure parks and other resorts, including 
the trip to the Brockton Fair, the circus and 
fairs in Mechanics Building. Groups attend 
special lectures and entertainments in town and 
in the suburbs. Delegations and sometimes the 
whole School have an opportunity to see one or 
more of the Harvard baseball and football 



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games and the league baseball games. Then 
there are theatre and musical parties. With 
the furloughs and trips home and the more 
common games and sports, together with the 
many pleasures peculiar to our Island home, our 
boys no doubt share in a larger variety of whole- 
some, enjoyable and instructive, as well as fun- 
making recreation than is usually found else- 
where. 

nofcs 

Aug. 2. President Alfred Bowditch, Mr. 
Emor H. Harding and Mr. Cevigs R. Harding 
passed the day here. 

Aug. 3. Began repairing wharf and break- 
water. 

Aug. 4. Harold E. Francis returned to 
his home. 

Theodore Jefferds Gould, Emerson Sereno 
Gould and Weston Sylvander Gould entered 
the School. 

Aug. 5. Began cutting salt hay. 

Took two cows to Brighton; bought and 
brought back four. 

Aug. 6. Six boys went to the dentist. 

Aug. 10. Planted peas and beans in the 
garden. 

Aug. 11. Jackson Carl Nielsen entered 
the School. 

Aug. 12. Finished transplanting celery. 

Aug. 1 3. Sowed two acres of barley. 

Began cutting millet for green feed. 

Walter 1. Tassinari, graduated, left the 
School to live with his mother. 

Aug. 14. Sowed crimson clover as a 
cover crop in the orchard, 

Aug. 15. Cecil E. McKeown returned to 
his mother. 

George W. N. Starett, graduated, returned 
to his father and will enter high school. 

Aug. 16. Sunday. Boys and instructors 
enjoyed boat-ride in upper harbor and navy- 
yard. 

Aug. 17. Mr. Ralph H. Marshall, '09, 
and Mrs. Marshall here for the afternoon. 

Warner E. Spear graduated, went to live 
with his aunt, and will enter high school. 



Aug. 18. Alfred L. Woodbridge entered 
the School. 

Aug. 20. Made a new gang-plank for the 
north side landing-float. 

Mr. William Alcott, '84, alumni historian, 
here, looking up records, and visiting. 

Aug. 21. Mr. Edward H. Forbush, state 
ornithologist, passed the night here. 

Aug. 24. Inspected all young fruit trees 
and dug out the borers. 

Aug. 25. Began plowing in marsh for 
winter rye. 

Ralph G. Hadley, graduated, returned to 
Wilder, Vt., and will enter high school. 

Aug. 26. Beached, cleaned, and repaired 
south side landing-float. 

Aug. 27. Visiting Day. Two hundred 
twenty-five persons came to the Island on the 
Nantasket Beach Steamboat Company's boat, 
Myles Standish, and returned on the Mayflower. 

Howard B. Ellis, '99, band instructor, 
Walter J. Kirwin, '77, and Edmund S. Bemis, 
'13, here. 

Aug. 28. William H. Everbeck returned 
to his parents. 

Aug. 29. James Watt returned to his 
mother. 

Finished repairing the wharf and break- 
water. 

CDe Jum and trades School Bank 



Cash on hand Aug. 1 , 1914 
Deposits during the month 

Withdrawn during the month 
Cash on hand Sept. 1. 1914 



$1 113.06 
51.89 



1164.95 

228.00 

$936.95 



Jfugust meteorology 

Maximum temperature, 88° on the 8th. 

Minimum temperature, 53° on the 25th. 

Mean temperature for the month, 63.4°. 

Total precipitation, 3.82 inches. 

Greatest precipitation in twenty-four hours, 
1.25 inches on the 20th. 

10 days with .01 or more inches precipi- 
tation. 

5 clear days, 22 partly cloudy, 4 cloudy 
days. 

Total number of hours sunshine, 173, and 
20 minutes. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Hit :Hmrnooii*$ Tun 

One Saturday afternoon, it being too damp 
to play ball, two other fellows and I decided to 
go out in the boat. We got permission to take 
the dory which is kept in the boat-house, 
and three other fellows took a punt. We 
put on oil-skins so we wouldn't get wet. Then 
we launched our boat and rowed around 
awhile. We asked the other fellows if they 
would play tag and they said they would; 
so we told them we would be "it" first. We 
began to chase them, and when the bow of our 
boat touched theirs or one of our oars touched 
their boat they were "it" and had to chase us. 
Two fellows rowed while the other fellow steered, 
using an oar. The other fellows were handi- 
capped as they did not know how to steer with 
an oar very well, but we enjoyed the afternoon 
very much. William J. Grant. 

m Jlftcrnoon's Ulork 

One Saturday afternoon it was my work to 
haul gravel. 1 first went down to the barn and 
asked Mr. Shaw if 1 could have a horse and 
cart. I hitched the horse to the cart and put a 
shovel in it, and drove over to the South End, 
where I loaded my cart with gravel. I drove 
up to the playground where I dumped my load. 
Then 1 was told to go over to get some sods 
that had been cut at the South End. When I 
had those loaded, 1 drove up to the playground 
and took them off. Then I went for a load of 
ashes that were near the wharf. 

Hubert N. Leach. 

Spreading Jlshes 

One Saturday morning Mr. Beebe told me 
that there was a load of ashes to spread under 
the gymnasium apparatus. 1 first took a shovel 
and rake from the east basement, went up to 
the apparatus and took a wheelbarrow to carry 
the ashes to the low places. After I had them 
carried away 1 raked out the cinders and 
smoothed the ashes. Then 1 carried the cin- 
ders behind the power-house and shoveled 
them into an ash can. Each load filled a can. 
William E. Kennedy. 



Pulltnd SpiRcs 

As the wharf is being repaired there is a 
lot of old planks being taken up, and new ones 
put in their places. These old planks have 
rusty spikes in them, which have to be removed 
before the planks are put away. It has been 
my work lately to help remove these spikes. 
They can be removed with the use of a 
block of wood and a hammer, also with a spike 
bar. We have three kinds of spike bars. 
One is a small one and the other two much 
larger, one about the size of a crow-bar. I used 
one of the larger ones as it was much easier to 
pull out the spikes with that one. These old 
planks are separated; the rotten ones are used 
for fuel, and the others are saved for future use. 
Harold L. Carlton. 

Tisbing 

Every boy who can swim out to the float 
may go fishing on Saturday, or in vacation 
time, if he is in the right grade. There are 
many kinds of fish that are caught. Flounders 
are caught mostly, and in the autumn quite a ^ 
few smelt and pollock are caught. Other 
kinds of fish that are caught are eels, crabs, 
perch, frost-fish, mud-hake, sculpins, and chan- 
nel bass. In the early summer some tom- 
cod were seen. The fellows enjoy fishing very 
much. Floyd A. Warren. 

Picking Beans 

One afternoon the dormitory instructor was 
over in the city, so I was sent to work on the 
farm. A lot of the fellows were sent to pick beans 
and 1 was sent with them. First some of the 
fellows went over the rows and picked the best 
beans for seed, and then the other fellows fol- 
lowed, picking all but the green ones. On 
some of the pods were brown spots. The 
instructor said it was a disease on them 
called anthrax. We picked two kinds of beans, 
red beans and large wax beans. 1 did two 
rows in that afternoon. 

Carl H. Collins. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Sloyd 

In the sloyd-room there are sixteen benches 
and two turning lathes. The benches are 
equipped with a ruler, compass, gauge, small 
back saw, T-square, triangle, block plane board, 
and plane. There are other tools in a cupboard 
that we can use if we need them. Three classes 
use these benches, two in the morning and one 
in the afternoon. Those in the morning go every 
other morning, and those in the afternoon go 
every day. There is a course of different 
models which are as follows: wedge, planting pin, 
plant-support, bread-board, plant-stand, coat- 
hanger, cylinder, file-handle, hammer-handle, 
butter-paddle, paper-knife, small picture-frame, 
pen-tray, nail-box, cake-spoon, mallet, diploma- 
frame, sugar-scoop, book-support, dumbbell, tray, 
chest. Four of these models have to be made 
on the lathe; these are the cylinder, file-handle, 
mallet, and dumbbell. 

Carl H. Collins. 

Going >lrouii(l tbe Beacb 

On a Saturday afternoon recently as we 
had nothing to do, another fellow and 1 went 
around the beach. We started on the east side 
of the Island from in back of the power-house 
and went toward the South End. We noticed 
the different kinds of things which had drifted 
in with the tide. We turned all the tin cans 
and bottles upside down so the mosquitoes will 
not have a chance to breed in them. We 
took our time, in order that we might observe 
more and have more pleasure out of the trip. 
After our return we made out a report of what 
we saw. Forrest L. Churchill. 

Clean BandKcrcbkfs 

Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 
evenings handkerchiefs are given out. One fel- 
low gets an empty basket while the other gets a 
box in which all the clean handkerchiefs are kept. 
The fellow who has the basket collects all the 
soiled ones, while the fellow with the clean ones 
gives one to each boy. The soiled handker- 
chiefs are then taken to the laundry where they 
are washed. Chester R. Wood. 



Prisoner's Base 

A game which the fellows play quite often 
is "prisoner's base." Two fellows are captains 
and they choose from among the other fellows 
who want to play. One captain takes one goal 
and the other captain the other. The goal may 
be a tree, post, or anything like that. Between 
each goal is a half-way line. On each goal are 
two flags, and it is the object of each side to 
get all the flags. If a fellow is caught on the 
opposite side from his own he is taken prisoner. 
In order to be released, a fellow on his side- has 
to cross to the opposite side from his own, touch 
the prisoner and say, "Relievo." If the fellow 
who has been released is caught before he 
crosses the half-way line he has to go back 
again to the goal. The side that gets all the 
flags first wins. George B. McLeod. 

B m Order 

Recently the Printing-office had a big 
order to fill. It was for twenty thousand six- 
page folders for the Dorchester Flower Day 
Committee. After the type had been set, the 
stock, which was S. & C. white paper, was next 
cut for the job. This was printed "six pages 
and turned." Bronze blue ink was used on 
this form. Then the picture of a carnation was 
printed in red on the front page, making forty 
thousand impressions in all. After the job had 
been printed, it was next folded, and put up in 
lots of five hundred. Then the folders were 
packed and shipped. Donald M. Wilde. 

morklng on tbe Dike Road 

Before school in the afternoon some other 
fellows and I have been working on the Dike 
Road. Mr. Beebe told us to tear down the 
bank so it would be even. Four of us went 
down. Two of us got wheelbarrows from the 
storage-barn, while the others went down and 
started work. When the fellows with the 
wheelbarrows returned, they wheeled the dirt 
away and dumped it in the low places in the 
road. Afterwards we smoothed it over. When 
it was quarter past two we put our tools away to 
get ready for school. Dudley B. Breed. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Cbe fliumni J!$$ocmtion of ZU farm ana Craae$ School 



Walter B. Foster, '78, President 
Hingham 



Merton p. Ellis, '99, Secretary 
79 Milk St., Boston 



Charles Duncan, '71, Vice-President 
Dorchester 



Richard Bell, '73, Treasurer 
Dorchester 



Edward L. Capaul, '05, Vice-President 
Roxbury 



William Alcott, '84, Historian 
Everett 



Mr. H. W. Bassett, '60, who was present 
at the Alumni Field Day on June seventeenth, 
entered the School in 1857. In 1868 he 
went around Cape Horn to San Francisco, 
leaving on March 9th, and reaching San 
Francisco August 13th. Mr. Bassett was en- 
gaged in mining enterprises in California and 
Oregon, and this is his second visit to Boston 
since he left here in 1868. His present address 
is 48 Copeland Street, Roxbury, Mass., which 
is the home of his sister. He intimated that 
he might remain permanently in Boston. 

Thornton B. Louis, '80, a few years after 
leaving school went to Westford Academy, just 
outside of Lowell, Mass., and was graduated. He 
is now in La Gloria, Cuba, in the fruit and cattle 
business, having been there for six years. He 
was formerly in the shoe business in Weymouth. 
He says, 'This place is revolutionized, and the 
boys never had such advantages as now. 1 
intend to send up some oranges and grape-fruit 
next winter." 

Frank I. Lombard, '94, first went to work 
with John Evans & Co., wood-workers, Hunt- 
ington Avenue, Boston, Mass. Then with 
Robert Burlin, bookbinder, 156 Pearl Street, 
Boston, Mass., and was there twelve years. 



From there he went to George Lawley & Son, 
Neponset, and at the present time is with H. 
Dangel, banknote printer, as superintendent, 
and lives at 750 Tremont Street. He belongs 
to the Boston and Wallester Yacht Club. 

John E. Bete, '96, is with the O. A. 
Miller Co. at Stoughton, Mass., making shoe 
trees, which he patented several years ago. 
He and his family occupied their summer 
home at Onset this season. 

Hiram C. Hughes, '98, since graduating 
has been with the Irving & Casson Co., 
interior decorators, at East Cambridge. His 
work at present is modeling, mostly, and he 
advises any one who is artistically inclined to 
take up the work, because of the demand for 
such workmanship and the salary paid for 
efficiency. He has a wife, and a daughter seven 
years old. His home is at 3 Capen Street, 
Medford Hillside, Mass. 

Harold N. Jacobs, '10, who has been 
with the George H. Morrill Company, printers' 
ink manufacturers, since 1910, has recently been 
transferred to the firm's new office in Chicago, 
157 West Harrison Street, where he has charge 
of all the inks. He lives at 934 Irving Park 
Block, Apartment 1. 



Setting Up a Song 

One afternoon the printing-office instructor 
told me to get my stick and set up the type for 
a song. This took me about one hour and a 
half. After it was set up 1 read it over to find 
what mistakes 1 could and then I took a proof 
of it. There were a few mistakes, which I cor- 



rected. 1 then took another proof; this one I 
took up to the office. It was signed and sent 
back. The next day it was printed and a few 
days after that copies were given out to the 
fellows to learn. The name of it is "I'm on 
My Way To Mandalay." 

Arthur B. Gilbert. 



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Vol.18. No. 6. Printed AT The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. October, 1914 

Entered November 23. 1903, at Boston, Mass., as Second-class matter, under Act of Congress of July 16, 1894 

FARM SCHOOL BOYS IN THE CIVIL WAR 

By William Alcott, '84, 
Historian of the Alumni Association of Tiie Farm and Trades Sciiool 



One of the tasks to which the late John R. 
Morse devoted much time during the closing 
years of his life, was the compilation of a list of 
graduates of the Farm School who served in 
the war for union in 1861-5. 

Having surrendered his own position as 
principal of the Farm School to answer the call 
of his country, and having accompanied one of 
the boys of the school to the front, in the same 
regiment and company, he took more than an 
ordinary interest in his self-imposed task of 
discovering and compiling the names of gradu- 
ates of the school who had been his comrades 
in arms, and among whom were not a few of 
his own pupils. 

Much correspondence and research were 
necessarily involved, and before the work was 
finished, death intervened. He had collected 
nearly forty names of graduates who were re- 
ported to have seen military service between 
1861 and 1865. Subsequently some of the 
names were eliminated because their military 
service occurred after the war, and others were 
eliminated because no military record could be 
found. 

However, in the list left by him, were 
thirty names which were entitled to a place on 
the honor roll of the school on account of mil- 
itary service in the civil war. The correspond- 
ence of Mr. Morse was placed in the hands of 
the historian of the alumni association by his 
daughter. Miss Ruth J. Morse, who, in her note 



of transmission, said, "We have found some of 
father's papers containing names and items re- 
lating to those Farm School graduates who 
served in the civil war, and we shall be glad if 
they are of use to you." 

A further search of the records at the 
school, and correspondence with the adjutant 
general of Massachusetts and of some other 
states, revealed other names, so that the list 
now comprises forty graduates. To this has 
been added, for obvious reasons, the names of 
four instructors during or immediately preceding 
the war, who also enlisted in the Union Army. 

Possibly the most striking thing about the 
graduates who enlisted for service is the large 
number who joined as musicians. At least fif- 
teen of them, or about thirty-seven per cent., 
went into this branch of the service, a direct 
result, undoubtedly, cf the Farm School Band, 
which was organized four years before the out- 
break of the war. 

Four graduates were killed in action or 
died from wounds, and five others were wounded. 
The deaths were as follows: Charles M. Plumer, 
'55, died Feb. 8, 1862; Alphonse Arlin, '59, 
killed in action at Fredericksburg, Dec 11, 
1862; Franklin J. Cremin, '61, killed at Fred- 
ericksburg by accidental discharge of gun. May 
8, 1864; Edward E. Moore, '63, died of wounds, 
Aug. 27, 1864. 

The wounded were: George W. Campbell, 
'54, at Yorktown, Va., April 26, 1862; Michael 



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Ford, '61, at Fredericksburg, Dec. 13, 1862; 
Fred B. Pullen, '58, at Sabine Cross Roads, 
La., April 8, 1864; John A. Robertson, '57, in 
front of Petersburg, 'Va., May 18, 1864; Joseph 
King, '56, at Darbytown Road, Va., Oct. 13, 
1864. 

Six graduates re-enlisted, as follows: Will- 
iam Ackerman, '56, John H. Armstrong, '61, 
Thomas W. Burroughs, '57, George W. Camp- 
bell, '54, Solomon B. Holman, '50, Joseph B. 
Porter, '58. 

Three advanced above the rank of private: 
John W. Faulkner, '56, and John A. Robertson, 
'57, became corporals. The highest rank 
reached by any graduate was that of first lieu- 
tenant, attained by Solomon B. Holman. '50. 
In addition, Lieut. Holman was acting quarter- 
master of the 6th Winconsin Infantry for a 
period of six weeks. 

The graduates of '62 contributed the larg- 
est number to the army — seven. The classes of 
'56, '58 and '61 each gave five; the class of '57 
gave four, the classes of '59 and '60 each three, 
and the classes of '63 and '64 each four. 

Four enlistments were at the age of 14. 
They were John H. Armstrong, '61, Franklin J. 
Cremin. '61. Robert B. Hasty, '62, and Rufus 
King, '60. Two others, at the age of 15, were 
Thomas J. Evans, '64, and Thomas J. Mac- 
Namee, '62, both of whom are living today. 

Other survivors, so far as known, include 
Solomon B. Holman, '50, George W. Campbell, 
'54, John A. Robertson, '57, Franklin F. Pul- 
len, '58, 'William J. Clarke, '62, and Samuel C. 
Denton, '62. 

The first graduate to enlist appears to 
have been William T. Gibson, '52, who vol- 
unteered on April 19, 1861. Solomon B. Hol- 
man was second, dating from May 10, while 
before the year 1861 closed there were 14 
others in the service. 

Of the 40 graduate enlistments, 18 were 
made in 1861, seven in 1862, six in 1863, and 
seven in 1864, while two are unknown. 

Seven graduates left the school for the pur- 
pose of enlisting and immediately entered the 
service. They were John H.Armstrong, '61, 



Robert B. Hasty, '62, George E. Sherburne, 
'62, George W. Sargent, '63, Edward E. 
Moore. '63, Thomas J. Evans, '64, and William 
F. Hanaford, '64. 

So far as the record shows, only one 
graduate, George W. Sargent, '63, served in 
the Navy. 

The largest number of graduates in any 
one organization was six in the 24th Massa- I 
chusetts Infantry. John A. Robertson, '57, 
joined the regiment on Sept. 4, 1861, and was 
followed on Sept. 16 by John H. Armstrong, 
'61, Edward A. Finnigan, '60, and George N. 
Seaman, '60. On Sept. 17, William Aker- 
man, '56, joined the regiment, and on Oct. 30, 
Joseph King, '56, completed the sextet of grad- 
uates in that one organization. It so hap- 
pened that this regiment, which was largely 
recruited in Boston, had as its regimental band, 
the famous Gilmore's Band, which the historian 
of the regiment describes as "the most famous 
musical aggregation in the United States." 
The colonel was Thomas G. Stevenson, whose 
services are commemorated by a bronze 
statue at the State House. A Grand Army 
Post at Roxbury, which bears his name, has 
for many years maintained intimate relations 
with the Farm and Trades School. On a 
number of occasions the school band has 
accepted the invitation of the post to play at 
their memorial exercises, and the post has 
reciprocated with many courtesies, not the 
least of which was in presenting to the school 
the tall flag-staff which now adorns the summit 
of Thompson's Island, and from which Old Glory 
floats on festal occasions. 

Enclosed within a frame of gold, on the 
walls of the Senate reading-room in the Massa- 
chusetts State House, a fit companion piece 
there to the musket and drum carried at Balti- 
more, the scene of the first bloodshed of the 
war, is a torn ensign of Squadron H, of the 4th 
Massachusetts Cavalry, whose unique and 
glorious history is told in the following inscrip- 
tion: 

"Guidon of H Squadron, 4th Massa- 
chusetts Cavalry, the first colors placed upon 



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the Capitol at Richmond, Virginia, April 3, 
1865, flying for about two hours until replaced 
by a garrison flag." 

Two graduates, Thomas W. Burroughs, 
'57, and Thomas J. Evans, '64, saw service in 
this very regiment and squadron, and the latter 
was also present on the occasion of presenting 
the memento to the State. 

Three graduates served together in the 
11th U. S. Infantry, all as musicians. They 
were William J. Clarke, '62, Thomas J. Mac- 
Namee, '62, and Augustin W. Wood, '61. 
The former two enlisted on the same day, July 
20, 1863, and the latter a month earlier, and 
all served throughout the rest of the war. 

Two graduates served in the 1st Massa- 
chusetts Heavy Artillery, but not together. 
Edward E. Moore, '63, enlisted in the regiment 
Dec. 11, 1863, and died of wounds Aug. 27, 
1864. William F. Hanaford, '64, joined the 
regiment Oct. 25. 1864. 

The two Cremin brothers, William H., 
'56, and Franklin J., '61, both joined the 58th 
Massachusetts Infantry, while the two Pullen 
brothers, Franklin F., '58, and Fred B., '58, 
were together in the 3rd Massachusetts Cav- 
alry. 

Two instructors. Napoleon B. Stockbridge 
and Virgil D. Stockbridge, served together in 
the 2nd District of Columbia Volunteers, and 
both won commissions. The former was 
wounded during the Fort Fisher operations and 
was removed to the hospital in Washington. 
In connection with that event, the following 
incident, related by Henry Gould, who was 
watchman at the school from October, 1865, 
to October, 1878, and who at the age of 87, is 
now living at Marlboro, N. H., is told in Mr. 
Gould's own words, under date of Sept. 2, 1914; 

"1 never was in the army, but 1 spent the 
winter of 1864-5 at McDougall Hospital, where 
I was employed as a nurse. While I was there, 
Napoleon Stockbridge came there from the 
battle of Fort Fisher. Mr. William Morse 
wrote me in relation to him, and I looked him 
up." Mr. Gould does not mention the faithful 
and tender care which he bestowed upon Mr. 



Stockbridge, but others speak cf it even to 
this day. 

Two other instructors served in regiments 
with two graduates, John R. Morse resigned 
his position as principal, and with Robert B. 
Hasty, '62, enlisted Sept. 16, 1862, in the 
45th Massachusetts Infantry. Both served as 
musicians. 

Joseph E. Porter, '58, enlisted in the 9th 
Maine Infantry, Sept. 4, 1861, and re-enlisted 
on the field Jan. 1, 1864, for another period of 
three years. In the following September he 
was joined in the regiment by George Douglas, 
Jr., who had been farmer at the school. 

Regiments v/hich were represented by a 
single graduate were as follows: Massachu- 
setts— 1st, 2d, 5th, 9th, 1 Ith, 17th, 20th, 21st, 
23d, 38th, 47th, 50th, 56th, and 60th Infantry 
Regiments, 2d Heavy Artillery, 12th and 15th 
Batteries, the Sharpshooters; New Hamp- 
shire — 6th Infantry; New York — 99th Infantry; 
Wisconsin — 6th Infantry. 

In the records of the school occurs an 
interesting entry about a graduate who served, 
not in the Union Army, but in the Confederate 
service, although apparently against his will. 
The entry is as follows: 

"Fontaine Jones, '64, born in Portland, 
Me., Aug. 31, 1850; admited to the school Jan. 
23, 1864; discharged Sept. 19, 1864, to his 
father, and with him went to Nashville, Tenn. 
They were refugees from Eufala, Ala. The boy 
for a while was in the rebel army and the father 
worked on bridges and railroads. They made 
their escape the first opportunity to the Union 
lines." 

Following is the list of graduates who 
served in the civil war, together with their mili- 
tary record: 

ROLL OF HONOR. 
William Akerman, '56, enlisted at Boston, 
Sept. 17, 1861, as drummer in Company K, 
24th Massachusetts Infantry, at the age of 18; 
re-enlisted Dec. 29, 1863; mustered out Jan. 
20, 1866. 



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Richard M. Saltonstall 
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Charles H. Bradley, Superintendent 



The article on "Farm School Boys in the 
Civil War," which is printed in the current 
issue of The Beacon, for the first time makes 
public the names and the number of Farm 
School boys who rallied to the defense of the 
flag in the great civil war of fifty years ago. 



The work of research was begun by the late 
John R. Morse, for many years an honored 
principal of this school, and who resigned that 
position in 1862 to enlist, and accompanied to 
the front one of his own pupils, a lad of fourteen 
years. The work was carried to completion by 
the historian of the Alumni Association. 

Perhaps it is only natural that a school 
which had its beginnings at a time when the 
country was engaged in a great foreign war 
should have had many of its sons participate in 
a conflict which threatened the nation's exist- 
ence. And in more recent years, other gradu- 
ates served their country in the war with Spain 
on both land and sea. But apart from its 
strictly historical value, which in this year of 
the School's centennial is most timely, the 
article by its long roll of enlistments, shows that 
the teachings here of citizenship and patriotism 
have not been in vain. 

From 1850 to 1864, the period covered by 
the record of enlistments, approximately 325 
boys passed from the School to the world of 
action, and of this number at least forty, or 
more than twelve per cent., are known to have 
enlisted in the Union Army. The record, of 
course, is not complete. Graduates, in those 
days, as now, went to all parts of New England 
and to the Far West, and after a lapse of half a 
century the task of discovering new names is 
beset with many difficulties. For instance, 
only nine of the forty now survive, and not one 
of them was able to add another name to the 
list as now published. 

Perhaps at some future date further re- 
search may yield other names for the list, but 
in the meantime the two score names, with the 
record of four killed and five wounded, is 
indeed a roll of honor of which all alike may be 
proud, and for the Farm and Trades School 
may well be its "Forty Immortals." 



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notes 

Sept. 1 . Roland Stanley Bruneau returned 
to his mother. 

Sept. 2. Lawrence M. Cobb, '14, here 
for the afternoon. 

Steamer Pilgrim taken to Lawley's for 
annual overhauling. 

Sept. 3. Blacksmith came to shoe horses. 

Sept. 5. Roy Willard Bashaw, '14, left to 
attend the Worcester Trades School and to live 
with his mother. 

Sept. 7. Began gathering and drying sea- 
weed for bedding. 

Sept. 8. Finished hauling in salt hay. 

Sept. 9. Set up horse-power and feed- 
cutter to cut corn-stocks for cows. 

Sept. 10. Began cleaning out east side 
tide ditches. 

Beached, cleaned and repaired north side 
landing float. 

Sept. 12. Mr. Walter Adams passed the 
night with us. 

Stanley Weston Clark, '14, went to work 
for William F. Mayo Co., 286 Summer St., 
and to live with his mother. 

Sept. 15. Repairing farm-house path. 

Sept. 17. Harvested beans for seed. 

Sept. 19. Rudolph Kermit Glines re- 
turned to his father. 

Sept. 21. Began digging potatoes. 

Sowed winter rye in marsh. 

Perry Coombs,' 14, left to attend the Went- 
worth Institute and live with his aunt. 

Sept. 23. Col. Joseph F. Scott here for 
a few days. 

Sept. 24. Dressed thirty pounds of fowl. 

Sept. 25. Summer term of school closed. 

Visiting Day. Two hundred and seventy- 
eight persons came on the Nantasket Beach 
Steamboat Company's boat "South Shore." 

Sept. 26. First football game of the sea- 
son. 

Walter Scott Hall, Jr., '14, left to attend the 
East Jaffrey, N. H., High School and to live 
with his sister. 

Sept. 27. Treasurer Arthur Adams visited 
us. 



Sept. 30. Banked celery. 

Shipped 49 bushels sweet corn and 68 
bushels tomatoes to town this month. 

Mr. Theodore Rafter, assistant superinten- 
dent of Boston schools, visited here. 

Through the kindness of Mr. Arthur Adams, 
a squad of boys attended Brockton Fair. 

CDe Tartti and Cradcs School Bank 

Cash on hand Sept. 1, 1914 $936.95 

Deposits during the month 58.05 



Withdrawn during the month 
Cash on hand Oct. 1, 1914 



995.00 
20.21 

$974.79 



ScptcniDcr iDctcoroiOdV 

Maximum temperature, 92'^ on the 23rd. 

Minimum temperature, 37° on the 29th. 

Mean temperature for the month, 61.5°. 

Total precipitation, .41 inches. 

Greatest precipitation in twenty-four hours, 
.30 inches on the 29th. 

2 days with .01 or more inches precipi- 
tation. 

19 clear days, 10 partly cloudy, 1 cloudy 
day. 

Total number of hours sunshine, 217. 

Grew Garden Prizes 

On Friends' Day, September twenty-fifth, 
Mr. Bradley gave out the Grew garden prizes to 
those whose gardens showed the best general 
results. There were ten prizes, which were 
awarded as follows: 

First, Antonio V. Maciel, $5.00. 

Second, Donald M. Wilde, $4.00. 

Third, Elmer W. Greene, $3.50. 

Fourth, Robert H. Peterson, $3.00. ■ 

Fifth, Norman R. Wyatt, $2.50. 

Sixth, Norman W. Darling, $2.00. 

Seventh, George W. Casey, $1.25. 

Eighth, Truman G. Cannon, $1.25. 

Ninth, George F. Kendall, $1.00. 

Tenth, Henry P. Holmes, $1.00. 

The judges were Mrs. Bradley, Miss Sil- 
ver, and Mr. Beebe. Antonio V. Maciel. 



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Brockton fair 

On September thirtieth, fourteen fellows, 
accompanied by two instructors, went to the 
Brockton Fair. We left our Island at nine 
o'clock in the launch and the rowboat "Mary 
Chilton." We arrived at the South Station at 
nine forty-five o'clock. We took the special 
train for Brockton, starting at ten o'clock and 
arriving at Brockton at ten minutes of eleven. 
We took a car for the fair grounds, and then 
walked around, looking at the fruit, vegetables, 
horses, cows, hens, etc., getting souvenirs from 
different places. At twelve o'clock we had our 
dinner. Then we looked about at the side 
shows, entering some and looking at the side 
attractions. We went into the center of the 
race track, where they were having a basket 
ball game and other amusements. About half- 
past three we started toward home, and we just 
got on the outside of the race track when we 
heard a band playing and witnessed some other 
attractions. On looking at the track we saw 
some men bringing Beechy's aeroplane along. 
They took it to the lower end of the race track 
and the field was cleared. They wound up his 
propeller, but the machine failed to go up at first. 
The next time, however, it went up nicely. He 
got way up and took a few dives and then flew 
upside down and waved his hands back and forth, 
and then he landed. Every one was clapping for 
him. We left the fair grounds at four-fifteen 
o'clock, went to the station, and took a train for 
Boston, reaching our Island at about five-thirty 
o'clock. 1 enjoyed the day very much and I am 
sure every one else did, and we all wish to thank 
Mr. Arthur Adams, who made it possible for 
us to attend the fair. Victor H. Gordon. 

£^Um Row Crtal 

On Sunday, September sixth, nine fellows 
were arrested, five for trespassing on Cottage 
Row and four for playing ball on Sunday. 
On Monday night there was a trial for these 
fellows. Seven of the boys pleaded guilty to , 
the respective charges against them, and were 
each fined thirty-five cents. The remaining 
two pleaded not guilty. The witnesses told 



how they had seen one of the -defendants on 
Cottage Row. Mr. Bradley was attorney for 
the government, and Harry L. Fessenden was 
attorney for the defense. At last, after the 
jury had heard the witnesses, the judge told 
them that they might retire. After a few min- 
utes of consultation, the jury came in. The 
foreman of the jury handed the clerk a sealed 
envelope containing the verdict. He handed it 
to the judge, who read it silently. The judge 
then passed it back to the clerk, who stood up 
and read that the defendant had been found 
guilty of trespassing on Cottage Row. Then 
the prisoner arose and stood before the judge, 
who pronounced upon him a fine of seventy-five 
cents. He appealed to a higher court. The 
other defendant was found not guilty of tres- 
passing on Cottage Row, and the case was dis- 
missed. Emerson S. Gould. 

J\ Sunday Jimrnoon treat 

On Sunday, September sixth, in the after- 
noon about five minutes of four, all the cottage 
owners and officers were asked to go dov/n to 
their cottages and wait. After waiting about 
five minutes in my cottage with two other boys, 
two officers of Cottage Row stepped up to the 
door and asked how many of us there were. 
One of us anserwed "Three." One officer 
handed us a bottle of ginger ale apiece, and the 
other some crackers. We greatly enjoyed this, 
and then returned the bottles with thanks. 
I then went out on the playground, feeling 
much refreshed. 

George F. Kendall. 

matcring Spinach 

One afternoon after I had finished picking 
tomatoes, Mr. Shaw told me to water the 
spinach. I v/ent to the root-cellar, got two 
pots, and then went into the back room of the 
farm-house and got a hose that was there. 
I took the hose outside, screwed it onto the fau- 
cet, then turned on the water, filled the pots 
and carried them over to the place where the 
spinach was, and put the water on it. 

Donald S. MacPherson. 



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Bouquet Prizes 

On Sunday, September thirteenth, Mr. 
Bradley said he would give five prizes to the 
monitors who had the best looking bouquets on 
their tables. He said the fellows who sit at the 
table could also help if they wanted to. After 
dinner everybody was busy getting bouquets for 
their tables. I was given permission to get 
some golden-rod. I picked one stalk that was 
just about large enough for a bouquet. I put it 
on the table at which I sit. In the evening 
Mrs. Bradley and Mr. Walter Adams, as 
judges, decided which were the best bouquets. 
The next day Mr. Bradley came into the dining- 
room at dinner time and awarded the prizes. 
They were as follows: 

First prize, Ernest V. Wyatt, 75c. 

Second prize, Wesley F. Adams, 50c. 

Third prize, Elwin C. Bemis, 25c. 

Fourth prize, Benjamin L. Murphy, 15c. 

Fifth prize, Arthur B. Gilbert, 10c. 

The monitor of my table won the fourth 
prize. Howard F. Lochrie. 

Scttiitg Glass 

One day recently while 1 was playing ball 
I broke a pane of glass in the "Sunshine" 
cottage. 1 took the frame down to the paint- 
shop and scraped all the old putty off. I took 
the measurements of the glass I wanted and 
gave them to Mr. Kneeland, who cut the glass 
for me. He told me I might come down some 
noon hour with a paint-shop fellow and set the 
glass. Monday I went down, took the putty and 
set the glass. Frederick A. Smith. 

Cbe Playground 

Our playground is situated northwest of the 
main building. At the upper end is a hedge. 
On the left side going down are two rows of 
trees about five yards apart. On the right hand 
side near the hedge is an out-door gymnasium. 
A little father down is a giant swing. At the 
lower end are the boys' cottages. In the center 
is a baseball diamond, and in the fall the field 
is marked off for football. 

Carl H. Collins. 



Cbooslng Up for Tooiuall 

On Saturday afternoon, September 19th, 
we chose up for football. The all-school team 
of last year chose four candidates for captains, 
and the rest of the fellows chose two. Then 
the whole school elected four captains from 
these six candidates. After the captains had 
been elected, we voted to see which of the four 
was considered the best captain. The fellow 
receiving the largest number of votes was to be 
captain of team A, the next largest, captain of 
team B, and so on down to team D. The one 
who received the greatest number of votes had 
last choice in the selection of players for his 
team, and the one who received the least num- 
ber of votes had first choice. The captains are: 
Leroy S. Heinlin, team A; Calvin 0. Holmes, 
team B; Chester R. Wood, team C; Forrest 
L. Churchill, team D. I am glad that I am 
elected captain, and I will make a big effort to 
have my team come out a winner at the end of 
the season. Forrest L. Churchill. 

Corn ClotDcs 

Every day before school is the time to 
have our clothes changed. If a fellow's clothes 
are torn he first gets permission to go to the sew- 
ing-room. There the instructor tells him whether 
his clothes will be sewed or changed. If they 
are to be changed the boy goes to the clothing- 
room and tells the boy who is in charge. The 
change is recorded in a day book telling whe- 
ther it was of pants, coat, shoes, or suspenders, 
and whether it was old or new. Then at night 
it is put in a book in which are recorded all the 
changes for each fellow. Chester R. Wood. 

Picking Up 1)orse Chestnuts 

One morning during vacation Mr. Beebetold 
some other boys and me to rake leaves on the 
front lawn. I had the upper strip under two 
chestnut trees. Mr. Beebe told me after I had 
raked to the end of the trees to pick up all the 
chestnuts that I had raked. I took three buck- 
ets from the east basement and picked up two 
and a half bucketfuls that morning. 

William E. Kennedy. 



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Rooter Pipes ana Schedules 

On September twenty-sixth, the first foot- 
ball game was played between teams A and B. 
After the game was started Mr. Bradley came 
out and gave each fellow a rooter pipe and a 
football schedule. All the fellows enjoyed the 
pipes very much and made a lot of noise with 
them. The game was won by team A, the 
score being thirteen to six. The schedule is 
as follows: 



September 26 . 


A— B 


October 


3 . 


C— D 


" 


10 . 


A— C 


" 


10 . 


B— D 


" 


17 . 


A— D 


" 


17 . 


B— C 


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ER R. Wood. 



Cakittd Care of the maste Paper 

Every Saturday 1 take the waste paper 
from the printing-office to the storage-barn. 
Before I do this it has to be sorted and put in 
bags. There are five kinds of waste paper: 
ledger, magazine, news, craft and waste. These 
are bagged and tagged. Before the bags are 
put away the date is written on the tag. 

Arthur B. Gilbert. 



Blocktnd Paper 

Sometimes after a job is printed in our 
printing-office, it has to be blocked. The first 
thing we do in blocking the paper is to get two 
boards. One of these boards is placed on the 
table. The paper which is to be blocked is 
then placed on this board, and the other board 
is placed on top of the paper. This is weighted 
down to keep it firm. Then a thin coat of pad 
cement is applied to the top or side of the 
block, as desired. When the first coat is dry, 
another is put on and a piece of cheese-cloth is 
applied on this, with a little cement spread over 
it. When all this is dry, the blocks are cut 
apart, so as to make as many as desired. 

Donald M. Wilde. 

B Curious Uessel 

One morning as 1 was going to work I 
happened to look out in the direction of the 
main channel and saw a vessel that looked like 
the one in which Columbus came over. It 
had two masts and had large flags flying. It 
had a few of its sails set. It came to my mind 
that, if Columbus could see his old "cockle- 
shell" alongside of one of our modern ocean 
liners, he would prefer one of the latter. I 
understood, by reading the paper a few days 
later, that the curious looking vessel which I 
had seen was made to the exact dimensions of 
Columbus's boat. It had the original anchor, 
charts, and mariner's compass. 

Harold L. Card. 



Pickind Corn 

As soon as the farm line gets down to the 
barn, Mr. Kneeland tells us what to do. Lately 
another fellow and 1 have been picking corn. 
First we go down to the storage-barn and get 
wheelbarrows and bushel boxes. We next 
go over to the corn-field. Each of us takes a 
row. We strip the corn down a little. If the 
kernels are close together, we pick the corn. If 
not, we leave them on the stocks. After we pick 
them they are put in boxes and taken to the 
kitchen. Dudley B. Breed. 



Cutting Bandages 

Another boy and I have lately been cut- 
ting bandages. First we washed our hands in 
sulpho-napthol and also washed the table with 
it. Then we took the cloth and first 1 cut 
strips one inch and a half wide. The other 
fellow cut one inch bandages. When we had 
the bandages cut we rolled them on the bandage 
roller. There are three widths of bandages, 
one inch, one inch and a half, and two inches. 
I like to do this work very well. 

Norman W. Darling. 



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Jim School Bov$ in the £m\ UJnr 

(Continued froni Page 3) 



Alphonse Arlin (Alonzo Arling), '59, en- 
listed at Boston, Dec. 7, 1861, in Company 1, 
20th Massachusetts Infantry, at the age of 18; 
killed in action at Fredericksburg, Dec. 11, 1862. 

John H. Armstrong,'61, enlisted at Boston, 
Sept. 16, 1861, as drummer in Company B, 24th 
Massachusetts Infantry, at the age of 14; re- 
enlisted Dec. 19, 1863; mustered out Jan. 20, 
1866. Died in California in 1884. 

George H. Burkitt, '58, enlisted at Boston, 
July 12, 1864, in Company I, 60th Massa- 
chusetts Infantry, for 100 days; mustered out 
Nov. 30, 1864. 

Thomas W. Burroughs, '57, enlisted at Bos- 
ton, Oct. 31, 1861, in Company E, 17tn Massa- 
chusetts Infantry, at the age of 18; discharged 
Jan. 30, 1863; re-enlisted in Squadron H, 4th 
Massachusetts Cavalry, Jan. 28, 1864; dis- 
charged Nov. 14, 1865. 

George W. Campbell, '54, enlisted Sept. 
10, 1861, in Company H, 1st Massachusetts 
Infantry, at the age of 17; wounded at York- 
town, Va., April 26, 1862; discharged Sept. 25, 

1862, for disability; re-enlisted Sept. 28, 1863, 
in Company M, 2d Massachusetts Heavy Artil- 
lery; discharged Sept. 3, 1865. 

William Church, '57, enlisted at Boston, 
June 13, 1861, in Company K, 11th Massa- 
chusetts Infantry, for three years, at the age of 
21; discharged June 24, 1864. 

William J. Clarke, '62, enlisted July 20, 

1863, in the 11th United States Infantry, at 
the age of 18, and assigned to the band; trans- 
ferred to the post band, Oct. 22, 1866; honor- 
ably discharged as corporal cf the post band, at 
Camp Grant, Richmond, Va., July 20, 1868: 
re-enlisted July 20, 1868, and discharged as 
sergeant of the post band, March 17, 1869. 
Now living in Boston. 

Franklin J. Cremin,'61 , enlisted March 14, 

1864, as musician in Company A, 58th Massa- 
chusetts Infantry, at the age of 14; killed May 
8, 1864, at Fredericksburg, by accidental dis- 
charge of gun. 



William H. Cremin, '56, enlisted April 5, 
1864, as musician in Company H, 58th Massa- 
chusetts Infantry, at the age of 19; transferred 
May I, 1865, to Veteran Relief Corps; dis- 
charged Aug. 4, 1865. 

Samuel C. Denton, '62, enlisted Feb. 24, 
1864, in Company A, 56th Massachusetts In- 
fantry, as bugler, at the age of 17; discharged 
June 6, 1865. Now living at East Weymouth, 
Mass. 

George Duffy, '51, said to have enlisted in 
the 22d Massachusetts Infantry. (Department 
records show that a George Duffy enlisted Oct. 
9, 1861, in Company G, 99th New York Infan- 
try, at the age of 33.) 

Thomas John Evans, '64, enlisted at Bos- 
ton, April 22, 1864, in Squadron H, 4th Massa- 
chusetts Cavalry, as musician, at the age of 15; 
discharged Nov. 14, 1865. Now living at 
East Weymouth. 

John W. Faulkner, '56, enlisted as a cor- 
poral, Sept. 16, 1861, in 2d Company, Massa- 
chusetts Sharpshooters, at the age of 20; dis- 
charged March 24, 1863, on account of dis- 
ability. 

Edward A. Finnigan, '60, enlisted at 
Boston, Sept. 16, 1861, in Company F, 24th 
Massachusetts Infantry, as musician, at the 
age of 16; discharged Sept. 18, 1864. 

Michael Ford,'61, enlisted at Boston, Aug. 
13, 1862, in Company C, 9th Massachusetts 
Infantry, at the age of 21; wounded at Freder- 
icksburg, Dec. 13, 1862; mustered out June 21, 
1864. 

William T. Gibson, '52, enlisted in Cam- 
bridge, April 19, 1861, in Company I, 5th 
Massachusetts Infantry, for three inonths, at the 
age of 20; discharged July 31, 1861. Died at 
Cambridge, Jan. 14, 1904. 

Charles Hammond, '62, enlisted Feb. 13, 
1863, in the 15th Massachusetts Battery, as 
bugler, at the age of 16; discharged Aug. 4, 
1865. 

William Franklin Hanaford, '64, enlisted 
Oct. 25, 1864, in an unassigned company of the 
1st Massachusetts Heavy Artillery, at the age of 
18. No date of discharge given. 



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William H. Harris, '62. (Massachusetts 
records contain 12 such names.) 

Robert B. Hasty, '62, enlisted at Boston, 
Sept. 16, 1862, in Company A, 45th Massa- 
chusetts Infantry, as musician, at the age of 
14; discharged July 7, 1863. 

James Healey, '58, applied for enlistment 
in the 20th Massachusetts Infantry, in 1864. 

Solomon B. Holman, '50, enlisted May 
10, 1861, at Prescott, Wis., in Company B, 6th 
Wisconsin Infantry (part of the Iron Brigade), 
at the age of 24; re-enlisted Dec. 31, 1863; 
appointed corporal, June 6, 1864; promoted to 
sergeant Aug. 1, 1864; made first sergeant, 
Sept. 15, 1864; commissioned first lieutenant, 
Dec. 21, 1864; acting quartermaster from 
April 1, 1865, to June 14, 1865. Now living 
at Dorchester. 

Joseph King, '56, enlisted at Boston, Oct. 

30, 1861, in Company F, 24th Massachusetts 
Infantry, at the age of 18; wounded at Darby- 
town Road, Va.,Oct. 13, 1864; discharged Oct. 

31, 1864; died at Wilmington, Mass., Sept. 28, 
1906. 

Rufus King, '60, enlisted at Somerville, 
Oct. 18, 1861, in Company F, 23d Massachu- 
setts Infantry, as musician, at the age of 14; 
discharged Sept. 22, 1862. 

Thomas J. MacNamee, '62, enlisted at 
Boston, July 20, 1863, in the band of the 1 1th 
U. S. Infantry, for the full term of five years, 
at the age of 15; and discharged at expiration 
of term. Now living at Washington, D. C. 

Edward E. Moore, '63, enlisted at Boston, 
Dec. 11, 1863, in Company D, 1st Massa- 
chusetts Heavy Artillery, at the age of 15; died 
of wounds, Aug. 27, 1864. 

Robert Parrott, '56, enlisted Oct. 25, 
1861, at- North Hampton, N. H., in Company 
H, 6th New Hampshire Infantry, at the age of 
21; discharged July 17, 1865; died July 10, 
1912, at Mountain Branch, N. H. D. V. S., 
Johnson City, Tenn. 

Charles M. Plumer, '55, enlisted July 19, 
1861, in Company K, 21st Massachusetts In- 
fantry, at the age of 19; died Feb 8, 1862. 

Joseph B. Porter, '58, enlisted at Machias, 



Me., Sept. 4, 1861, in Company H-, 9th Maine 
Infantry, at the age of 18; re-enlisted on the 
field Jan. 1, 1864, for three years; discharged 
July 13, 1865. 

Franklin F. Pullen, '58, enlisted as bugler, 
Aug. 1, 1862, in Company A, 38th Massa- 
chusetts Infantry, at the age of 19; transferred 
July 4, 1863, to the 3rd Massachusetts Cavalry; 
discharged May 20, 1865. Now living at Cen- 
terville, R. I. 

Fred B. Pullen, '58, enlisted Aug. 13, 
1862, in Company F, 3rd Massachusetts Cavalry, 
at the age of 16; wounded April 8, 1864, at Sa- 
bine Cross Roads, La.; discharged May 20, 
1865. Died at Cambridge, where he was chief 
of police, June 4, 1913. 

Walter Restarick, '61, enlisted at South 
Reading, Nov. 15, 1862, in Company E, 50th 
Massachusetts Infantry, for nine months, at the 
age of 17; discharged Aug. 24, 1863. 

Fred A. Ramseyer, '59, enlisted at Cam- 
bridge, Sept. 19, 1862, in Company A, 47th 
Massachusetts Infantry, for nine months, at the 
age of 19; discharged Sept. 1, 1863. Died 
Sept. 24, 1912. 

John A. Robertson, '57, enlisted as a cor- 
poral at Boston, Sept. 4, 1861, in Company G, 
24th Massachusetts Infantry, at the age of 18; 
wounded in front of Petersburg May 18, 1864; 
discharged Sept. 22, 1864. Now living at Vir- 
ginia City, Nev. 

George W. Sargent, '63, enlisted at Bos- 
ton, June 30, 1863, at the age of 15, in the 
U. S. Navy, and served on the ships "Ohio" 
and "Queen"; discharged July 13, 1865. 

George N. Seaman, '60, enlisted at Bos- 
ton, Sept. 16, 1861, as musician in Com- 
pany F, 24th Massachusetts Infantry, at the 
age of 16; discharged Sept. 18, 1864. Died 
at St. Croix, Danish West Indies, April, 1905. 

George E. Sherburne, '62, enlisted Oct. 
28, 1862, as bugler in the 12th Massachusetts 
Battery, at the age of 17; discharged July 28, 
1865. 

George L. Smith, '59, "enlisted in the 
2d Massachusetts Infantry." No other record 
available. 



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Augustin W. Wood, Jr., '61, enlisted June 

18, 1863, in the 11th United States Infantry, 
at the age of 17, and assigned to the band; re- 
enlisted June 17, 1868; placed on the retired 
list June 18, 1893; died Oct. 2, 1899. 

Instructors. 

George Douglas, Jr., farmer, enlisted in 
Company D, 9th Maine Infantry, Sept. 19, 
1864; discharged June 30, 1865. 

John R. Morse, school principal, enlisted 
at Boston, Sept. 16, 1862, in Company A, 
45th Massachusetts Infantry; discharged July 
7, 1863. Died Dec. 9, 1912. 

Walter S. Parker, instructor, enlisted July 

19, 1864, in Company E, 8th Massachusetts In- 
fantry, for three months; discharged on expiration 
of service. 

Napoleon B. Stockbridge, instructor, en- 
listed Feb. 27, 1862, in Company G, 2d Dis- 
trict of Columbia Volunteers; wounded at Fort 
Fisher; promoted to commissary sergeant, 
Aug. 23, 1862; to sergeant. Sept. 9, 1862; 
commissioned second lieutenant, Nov. 11, 
1862; discharged Sept. 7, 1864. 

Virgil D. Stockbridge, instructor, enlisted 
Jan. 14, 1862, in Company G, 2d District of 
Columbia Volunteers; appointed adjutant of 
regiment, v/ith rank of first lieutenant, June 26, 
1862; discharged Jan. 13, 1864. 

J\ Baseball Game 

On Wednesday, September sixteenth, four 
other fellows and I attended a ball game be- 
tween Boston and St. Louis. We went over to 
City Point in the "Mary Chilton," and from 
there we went on the electrics to Fenway 
Park. When we arrived there we were all 
given score cards. We got seats back of the 
catcher, which we thought was the best place. 
We first saw St. Louis practicing; then Boston 
practised for a while. Just before the game 
commenced, John Evers, captain of the Boston 
Braves, was presented with a silver cup. St. 
Louis was at the bat first. I liked very much 
to see Evers play. The score was six to three, 
in favor of Boston. Floyd B. Warren. 



BaseDall Cups 

On last Friends' Day, September twenty- 
fifth, the baseball cups were given out. These 
are silver cups, each with the fellow's name 
and the position which he played engraved on it. 
Fourteen cups were given to the best players in 
their respective positions. Besides the indi- 
vidual prizes, a shield was given to the winning 
team of the season. Team C received the 
shield, and the cups were awarded as follows: 

LeRoy S. Heinlein, catcher. 

Eldred W. Allen, pitcher. 

Wilbur F. Blanchard, first base. 

Paul C. A. Swenson, second base. 

Joseph L. Pendergast, third base. 

Forrest L. Churchill, short stop. 

Harold L. Card, left field. 

Herbert L. Dudley, center field. 

Harold L. Carlton, right field. 

Warner E. Spear, sub. pitcher. 

William J. Grant, sub. catcher. 

Charles R. Jefferson, sub. catcher. 

Victor H. Gordon, sub. catcher. 

Joseph L. Pendergast. 

making a Picture-frame 

Recently I have been working on model 
number twelve, which is the small picture-frame. 
About the hardest thing about it is to make the 
joints just right. I first measure out the right 
size, take the saw which hangs on the bench 
and cut down to the line. Then 1 get a piece 
of scrap-wood, lay it on the bench and cut the 
joints out. If I do not have a piece of wood 
there, I am liable to cut into my bench. 1 
hope to make a good picture-frame. 

George G. Larsson. 

Ulorkiiid in the Shop 

The boys who wish to work in the shop 
must first get permission from Mr. Beebe and 
the sloyd instructor. They are allowed to use 
the tools which are for that purpose. The boys 
who work in the shop must be careful of their 
tools. They have the privilege of making 
picture-frames, boats, and other things which 
are useful. Kenneth A. Bemis. 



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Cbe Hlumni Hssociatioit of tbe farm and Crades Scbool 



Walter B. Foster, '78, President Charles Duncan, '71, Vice-President Edward L. Capaul, '05. Vice-President 

Hineham Dorchester Roxbury 



Merton p. Ellis, '99, Secretary 
79 Milk St., Boston 



Richard Bell, '73, Treasurer 
Dorchester 



William Alcott, '84, Historian 
Everett 



Leonard C. Ripley, '10, is in Miami, 
Fla., 318 Fith Street. He writes: "I am mow 
working as foreman for the city under my 
uncle. Miami is a city of about 15,000 in- 
habitants during the summer, and about doubles 
during the winter. It is beautifully situated on 
Bay Biscayne and is a city of palms. Cocoa- 
nut, banana, and royal palms are scattered 
throughout the city. Miami boasts of having 
the longest wagon bridge in the world, it being 
a little over two and a quarter miles in length. 
It connects the mainland with the beach, where 
all the bathing beaches are located. The 
beach is a reef of coral about ten miles long, 
one mile wide. One end for about three miles 



is built up, but the rest is "the forest primeval," 
so thick with palms and under-brush that it is 
impossible to walk through it. 1 certainly do 
want the Beacon to be sent to me here, as the 
first thing 1 do after 1 get it is to sit down and 
read it. 

Bradley Martin Sherman, '12, while 
returning to his home on the evening of Sept. 
29, dropped on the street from heart failure. 
The funeral services were held at St. John's 
Episcopal Church, where he and his brother 
John, who is still a pupil of this School, used 
to attend church, and where both boys had many 
friends. 



CaKitid Over the maste 

It is my work every other morning before 
school to take the waste over to the incinerator. 
I first go down to the barn and get a horse and 
cart. Then I drive up back of the power-house, 
where I take the soft coal ashes that are there 
and put them in my cart. Next I drive down 
on the Willow Road and spread the ashes around. 
When that is done, I drive back and empty the 
cans of waste into the cart. I then drive over 
to the incinerator, where I put in the waste. 
After this 1 drive back to the barn and put up 
the horse. Hubert N. Leach. 

mMwQ 4 Bait-trap 

One day as 1 was walking along the beach 
I saw a box with some inch-holes bored in it. 
There was a piece of wood fastened by hinges 
so as to form a cover. It had a latch made of 
rawhide. I asked Mr. Beebe if 1 could take it 



up tothashop and make a bait-trap of it. He 
said, "Yes." I got some screening from Mr. 
Kneeland and some tacks from the sloyd in- 
structor. I then borrowed a hammer and set to 
work. I soon had the screening all over the 
holes. It is now ready for bait. 

John A. Robertson. 

I^arrowing 

One Saturday afternoon I asked Mr. Shaw 
if he would let me harrow, and he told me that 
I might. 1 harnessed the horses and took 
them the to South End, where I hitched them 
to the harrow. It is a disc harrow and there is 
a seat for the driver. Harrowing is done to 
break up the lumps of earth and to make the 
land smooth and even after ploughing. I first 
went over the ground lengthwise and then went 
over it crosswise; in this way all the low places 
are filled. William J. Grant. 



THOMPSOT^ I^SIyAND 




BEACON 




Vol. 18. No. 7. Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. November, 1914 



Entered November 23. 1903, at Boston, Mass.. as Second-class matter, under Act of Congress of July 16. 1894 



Hallowe'en was celebrated on Saturday 
evening, Oct. 31. At eight o'clock the fellows 
went down around the Back Road. There 
were fellows dressed up as ghosts and devils 
around everywhere in the orchard and on the 
lawn. There were also lighted jack-o-lanterns 
around the barn and on the front lawn. We 
went into the barn and husked some corn. 
When this was done, we started a Virginia 
Reel. One of the boys played the violin while 
the others danced. After this was finished, at 
one end of the barn there was a game of pinning 
the tail on the cat blindfolded. In the middle 
of the barn ducking for apples was going on. 
At the other end of the barn in the carriage 
room some went through the ghosts' den. 1 
ducked for apples and got one, and then went 
down to the end of the barn and succeeded in 
pinning the tail on the cat. After that I went 
through the ghosts' den. There were a lot of 
ghosts in there and we had our fortunes told. 
When I came out of there I saw some fellows 
that were blindfolded sitting down at a table, 
One of the instructors told them to blow at a 
piece of paper to see how long they could keep 
it on the table. As soon as they got to blowing 
good, an instructor put some flour on the table, 
and they blew this all around. Some got flour 
in their mouths, but all of them got it all over 
their clothes. Down by the end of the barn 
there were fellows cutting some flour that was 
shaped like a pie. 1 asked what the stunt was 
and somebody told me that there was money 
hidden in the flour. I cut a slice off but I did 
not get any money. Soon we were called 
together and were given some cider. After we 



had drank this we each had a pumpkin pie. 
Then we were given some marshmallows and a 
a stick to toast them on, after which we went 
to bed. We all enjoyed the evening very much 
Howard F. Lochrie. 

Surcoptlcon Pictures 

One Sunday night, for the pleasure of the 
boys and instructors, Mr. Bradley announced 
that we would have either moving pictures or 
stereopticon pictures on Wednesday night. 
When the time came we saw we would have the 
latter. The pictures he showed us were some 
that he or his friends had taken while he and 
Mrs. Bradley were on a trip south. Some of 
the pictures were of the Bahama Islands. One 
of these which I remember was the chief 
sponge market of the world, Nassau. He told 
us that these boats go to the cuter island and 
divers go down with a knife in their hands 
and cut the sponge. He then showed the yard 
where they sorted the sponges and told how all 
persons who went out were searched to see if 
they had taken any. If they had they were 
arrested because it is said they have no use for 
them except to sell them. Another interesting 
thing about the Bahamas was the Sea Gardens. 
There were small houses and things made of 
coral, a work of nature. Through this place the 
different colored fishes kept swimming in and 
out. Then he showed us some pictures of 
Porto Rico. One interesting view was growing 
tobacco. The tobacco field is covered with a 
sort of cheese cloth and when it gets old this 
tobacco cloth is washed, baled something like 
cotton waste, and sold for wiping machines. 
Douglas A. Haskins. 



THorvrpsoiH's island beacon 



B Bird Cccturc 

On October eighth, Mr. Edward H. Forbush 
came to the Island and gave us an interesting 
lecture onbirds. He told us the names of the 
birds, their habits, ways, and how to attract 
them. He told us how to make bird-houses 
and said that birds would live in almost any- 
thing. Different kinds of houses are used. 
Some are made out of tin cans and some are 
boxes especially made so that one can 
observe the birds and see how they progress. 
A little grain spread in some particular spot 
each day will attract some birds. If a bird is 
taken care of during his young days he will 
come to the same place each year. He also 
told us of his experiences and what others were 
doing to protect the birds and how much birds 
were doing for the farmer. 1 am sure we all 
enjoyed this interesting lecture. 

Donald M. Wilde. 

making a Job ready to Print 

In the printing office after the type for 
any job has been set up and locked up in a chase, 
the next thing to be done is to make the job 
ready on the press. First the press is inked 
then the form put in and a new tympan put on. 
This tympan is composed of six sheets of im- 
pression, four draw sheets, press board, and a 
piece of tympan paper. The impression paper 
is first put on and then the draw sheets and 
the tympan. On each of the draw sheets 
an impression is taken; after that, two sheets 
of impression are taken out to make up for the 
tympan paper, because that is thicker than the 
draw sheets and the type would punch through. 
Then the press board is placed between the 
draw sheets which gives a hard impression. 
The paper is gauged, by means of quads glued 
onto the tympan so that the paper will be secure 
and will not slide while the impression is being 
taken. Then a proof is taken of the type to 
see if there are. any bad letters or heavy rules 
to be changed. A proof is sent to the office, 
and when it has been looked over it is ready to 
print. Raymond H. Batchelder. 



J\ Crip down m I^arbof 

The last Friend's Day of nineteen fourteen 
was a trip on the Nantasket boat down to Nantas- 
ket Beach and back to our Island. On the way 
we saw many beautiful Islands and houses. The 
boys went on the boat from the Island and met 
their friends aboard. The first stop was at Pem- 
berton and several people got off there. The 
boys who did not have any friends went on the 
main deck forward where Mr. Beebe was. We 
were allowed to look all over the boat and the 
most interesting thing was to watch the ma- 
chines start and go. We reached Nantasket 
about half-past eleven, and then we had our 
lunch which had been put up for us at the 
School. Mr. Kneeland passed out the fruit. 
George G. Larsson. 

the Barn Dance 

One Thursday evening recently, the ad- 
vanced class gave a barn dance. It was held 
up in the gymnasium. We had apples and 
cookies. The programme was as follows: 
Music Husking Bee 

Jokes, Songs, etc. Refreshments 

Music 
Games and amusements 
Dancing 

1 Grand March 6 Polka 

2 Two Step 7 Waltz 

3 Waltz 8 Two Step 

4 Barn Dance 9 Barn Dance 

5 Duchess 

1 danced with three fellows and liked it 
very much. Norman R. Wyatt. 

Plowing 

One Saturday afternoon Mr. Shaw asked ine if 
my brother was going to work on the farm with 
me. 1 told him "Yes." He told me that I 
might plow with "Topsy" and "Colonel" on the 
west side of the playground. After we had har- 
nessed we went to the old barn, hitched en to 
the dray, put the plow on it, and started for the 
field. When we arrived there we started on 
the upper side. My brother drove and I held 
the plow. Eldred W. Allen. 



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1)droard Us. Pcntt. State 

Saturday, October twenty-fourth, all the 
fellows were invited to see a football game be- 
tween Harvard and Penn. State. We went over 
to City Point on our barge and there we boarded 
a special car which took us to the Stadium. 
When we arrived at the stadium we went in and 
found Harvard practicing. We saw them prac- 
tice about ten minutes. Then the game was 
started. At the end of the first quarter Penn. 
State was ahead 10 to 0. In the second half 
Harvard made a touchdown but failed to kick 
the goal. That made the score 10 to 6. Be- 
tween the halves there were some students who 
came out and gave a farce on the war. In the 
third quarter Penn. State made another field 
goal. In three minutes of the last quarter one 
of Harvard's men made a long end run and got 
another touchdown. The goal was kicked and 
the score was tied, being 13 to 13. It was a 
very good game and I am sure we all enjoyed it. 
We wish to thank Mr. Roger Pierce for giving 
us the privilege to attend such a good game. 
Joseph L. Pendergast. 

Duties of Cottage Row Officers 

The Street Commissioner cleans Cottage 
Row, the Janitor keeps City Hall and surround- 
ings clean, the Curator takes care of the rabbits, 
and the Librarian takes care of Cottage Row- 
Library. George B. McLeod. 

my Tirst Day on Cbompsoirs Tsiand 

When I arrived, I was I'aturally inquisitive 
and wanted to get out and look around. Mr. 
Beebe had to fix up our things and he told us 
that in a little while we could go out and watch 
the boys play football, but when he got through 
with us it was dark. I like the Lslsnd. The 
work is the same as I have been doing for the 
last year and a half. I like the gymnasium 
apparatus best though. The thing I like best is 
the wooden slide. We can't slide on it now 
because Mr. Beebe has just vsrnished it. 
1 hope 1 shall like, and shall be liked as long as I 
am here. George J. Odom. 



Sloyd 

In thesloyd room there are sixteen benches 
with a back saw, benchhook, rule, marking gauge 
pencil, eraser, knife, try-square, T square and 
triangle. 

The models are wedge, planting-pin, plant- 
support, breadboard, plant-stand, coat hanger, 
cylinder, file handle, hammer handle, butter 
paddle, paper knife, small frame, pen tray, nail 
box, cake spoon, mallet, large frame, sugar 
scoop, book support, dumbbell, tray and chest. 

After we finish making each model cor- 
rectly we get a diploma. David L. Nice. 

Cbe l)allowe'en Tni^itations 

The Hallowe'en Invitations were printed 
on onyx paper, and were five and seven-eighths 
inches long and four and seven-eighths inches 
wide. On the inside was a small poem as 
follows: 

"Here is an Invitation; 

Come to a conclave grave. 
Ye who are lion-hearted. 

Join us who are brave. 

"Join us who are valiant 

And bold let's try to be 
When those fearful Hallowe'en Bogies 

Come to visit me. 

"Come to visit at my house 
With stories, games and such. 

The man or girl that doesn't accept 
Is apt to get in Dutch." 

"Will you try it? 
October 31, 1914, 8 o'clock. 
The Barn" 

On the opposite page from this was a witch 
that represented fortune telling. On the back 
cover was a black cat. On the frontcover there 
was printed in large black letters: "Hallowe'en 
1914;" a picture of an owl, and then followed: 
"The Farm and Trades School, Thompson's 
Island, Boston Mass." They were very prettily 
arranged. Elwin C.Bemis. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Cbompson's Island Beacon 

Published Monthly by 

THE FARM AND TRADES SCHOOL 
Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor 

A PRIVATE SCHOOL FOR BOYS OF LIMITED 

MEANS, SUPPORTED BY ENDOWMENTS, 

TUITION FEES AND SUBSCRIPTIONS 



Vol. 18. No. 7. 



November, 1914 



Subscription Price - 50 Cents Per Year 



BOARD OF MANAGERS 



president 

Alfred Bowditch 
vice-president 

Charles P. Curtis 

TREASURER 

Arthur Adams 

1 35 Devonshire Street 
SECRETARY 

Tucker Daland 

MANAGERS 

Melvin O. Adams 
GoRHAM Brooks 
I. Tucker Burr 
S. V. R. Crosby 

George L. DeBlois 
Malcolm Donald 
Thomas J. Evans 
Charles T. Gallagher 
Robert H. Gardiner, Jr. 
N. Penrose Hallowell 
Henry Jackson, M. D. 
Charles E. Mason 
Roger Pierce 

Richard M. Saltonstall 
Francis Shaw 

William S. Spaulding 

Moses Williams, Jr. 
Ralph B. Williams 

Charles H. Bradley, Superintendent 



It is a lack of a definite purpose in the 
minds of many boys of to-day, and the failure 
of the school to set that definite purpose plainly 
before them, that is responsible in a large 
measure for their lack of interest in study and 
in work. 



The purpose of this School is. to give the 
pupil an opportunity to find himself and to train 
him in the definite tasks in which the com- 
munity needs efficient workmen. The pupil is 
surrounded by a great variety of interesting and 
practical, activities, and by observation and by 
practical experience and elimination the boy is 
early finding out the things which he is really 
interested in and likely to succeed in doing. 

Whether he be in the school-room, in the 
office, in the shop, or on the farm, he has his 
own particular work to accomplish, that which 
is to be done in a definite manner and for a 
specific purpose. He does not wander aim- 
lessly through a list of chosen subjects wonder- 
ing what it is all about and why his mind is 
burdened with unpractical things. His studies 
and his work are planned with an idea as to 
what he is best adapted, not overlooking his 
own choice in the matter, and with the idea of 
making him useful in whatever the community 
demands and in whatever he is capable of ac- 
complishing. He is taught to be prompt, to be 
accurate, to be thorough in doing whatever is 
assigned to him with the knowledge that he is 
.an important part upon which the success of the 
whole depends. 

The location of The Farm and Trades 
School surrounded by the sea with its inspiring 
and broadening influence, and in plain view of 
many of the great activities of life, yet away 
from the constant din and distraction of the city, 
again enables the boy at the particular receptive 
period in his life to determine thoughtfully and 
carefully the particular things which he wants 
and is fitted to do; and with that free and happy 
life which comes from such surroundings he 
cheerfully goes about his task with a seriousness 
of responsibility and community interest. 
Dickens said "Whatever I have tried to do in 



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^^ 



my life I have tried to do well. What I have 
devoted myself to I have devoted myself to 
completely." We are striving to assist the boy 
in finding out the things which he can do well, 
cheerfully, and devotedly, and to teach him to 
press toward the goal of definite purpose with 
the will and energy of a man. 

notes 

Oct. 1. Mr. Edward H. Forbush investi- 
gating rat problem. 

Wilbur Franklin Blanchard returned to his 
aunt. 

LeRoy Smith Heinlein returned to his 
mother. 

Oct. 2. Edward Malone returned to his 
mother. 

Winter supply of flour and eight tons of 
wheat bran came. 

Oct. 4. Peace Sunday. About 60 boys 
attended Hawe's Church in the morning, Rev, 
James Huxtable, Minister. Rev. Miles W. 
Smith of Newton Theological Institution con- 
ducted services in the afternoon. And Rev. 
Samuel H. Hilliard spoke to the boys. 

Oct. 5. Fall term of school began. 

Gift of magazines from Mr. Thomas Har- 
rison. 

Oct. 7. Francis Carlisle Gardner, '14, left 
to attend High School in Salem. 

Oct. 8. Dr. Theodore Chamberlain spent 
the afternoon with us. 

Mr. Edward H. Forbush gave an interesting 
illustrated lecture on birds. 

Oct. 9. Finished digging potatoes, 704 
bushels in all, averaging 190 bushels to the 
acre. 

Oct. 10. Perry Coombs,' 14, here. 

Admission Committee Meeting; 17 beys 
out of 37 passed. The following boys were ad- 
mitted on trial, Ernest Craig, George Join 
Odom, Newton Henry Hodgson, Stephen 
Raymond Moses, Cyril Strafford Ames, 
Gordon Stewart Martin, Ralph Harry Ber.way, 
Irving Morse Barnaby, David Bruno LeBrun. 

Oct. 11. Arthur Lawrence Reed and 
Charles Leslie Reed, admitted on trial. 



Oct. 12. Began harvesting corn. 

Oct. 13. Dr. Bancroft here. 

Motor for service in stock-barn came. 

Ellsworth Smith Wilkins admitted on trial. 

Eight boys with Capt. Dix attended funeral 
of Stanley Weston Clark, '14. 

Oct. 14. Boys of first class gave dance 
in Assembly Hall. 

Twenty-nine boys husked one hundred and 
five bushels of corn in the evening. 

Oct. 15. Clifford Henry Taylor admitted 
on trial. 

Perley Ward White, '13, here for the 
afternoon. 

Thirty boys husked one hundred and 
twenty bushels of corn in the evening. 

Oct. 16. Paul Carl Andrew Swenson, '13, 
left to attend High School in Worcester, Mass. 

Raymond W. Packard, '94, Mrs. Packard 
and friends visited the School. 

Oct. 17. Alfred H. Casey, Ex.' 14, here. 

Oct. 19. Made up seven iron telephone 
poles from pipe stock. 

Oct. 20. Edmund Shirley Bemis,' 13, here 
for the afternoon. 

Friends' Day. Boys with friends went on 
the Nantasket Beach Steamboat "Betty Alden" 
to Nantasket and return. 

Oct. 21. Leroy Alvin Parsons admitted 
on trial. 

Load of spruce and cypress lumber and 
forty bags of cement came from Freeport 
Street. 

Oct. 22. Scow load of gluten meal and 
bran received. 

Barn Party given by advanced class in 
Gardner Hall. 

Thirty boys husked one hundred and one 
bushels of corn in the evening. 

Oct. 23. Harvested 150 bushels of celery. 

Harvested 225 heads of cabbage. 

Pulled and stored pepper plants. 

William F. O'Conner, '08, passed the after- 
noon with us. 

Mr. Augustine C. Naville, city wire in- 
spector, here. 



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Oct. 24. John O. Enright, '12, visited the 
School. 

Through the kindness of Manager Roger 
Pierce the boys attended the Harvard-Pennsyl- 
vania State game at Harvard Stadium. 

Oct. 25. Manager Dr. Henry Jackson visit- 
ed us. 

Oct. 26. Harvested fifteen bushels of tur- 
nips. 

Through the kindness of Mr. Alden J. Rowe, 
the manager, the boys and instructors attended 
the Food Fair at Mechanics Building. 

Oct. 27. Picked last of tomatoes. 

Blacksmith here shoeing horses. 

Began pulling Mangel-wurtzels. 

Former instructor Mr. Erik Ekegren spent 
the night here. 

Oct. 28. Took three cows to Brighton 
and brought back three. 

Oct. 29. Wesley Clinton Angell admitted 
on trial. 

Manager N. Penrose Hallowell visited the 
School. 

Replaced channel marker off Head House. 

Harry Lincoln Fessenden, '14, went to 
work for the Walker & Pratt Mfg. Co.. 
Watertown, and is to live with his mother. 

Charles R. Jefferson, '14, left the School to 
work for Boston Milling Company, 488 Harrison 
Avenue, Boston, and live with his mother in 
Newton. 

Oct. 30. Claire R. Emery, '12, here. 

Finished picking field corn. 

Renewed riding cables for the Steamer 
Pilgrim. 

No school. Teachers attended the Mid- 
dlesex County Teachers' Convention. 

Mrs. M. McRostie, Mrs. Thomas Lacey 
and Rev. Carl G. Horst visited the School. 

Miss Fanny L. Walton here to spend 
Sunday. 

Oct. 31. Hallowe'en Party at the Barn. 

Llewelyn Hughes Lewis left the school to 
attend School in New Bedford. 

Small load of gum wood and hickory 
came. 

George Edward Morse admitted on trial. 



John Herman Marshall, '11, Bernhardt 
Gerecke, '12, and Edson M. Bemis, '13, passed 
the afternoon here. 

Husked 101 bushels of corn, making a 
total of 602 bushels, averaging 120 bushels to 
the acre. 



Che T^rm and trades School Bank 



Cash on hand Oct.l, 1914 
Deposits during the month 

Withdrawn during the month 
Cash on hand Nov. 1, 1914 



$974.79 
40.06 

1014.85 
95.48 

$919.37 



October meteorology 

Maximum temperature, 77° on the 3rd. 

Minimum temperature, 25° on the 25th. 

Mean temperature for the month, 54.5°. 

Total precipitation, 1.63 inches. 

Greatest precipitation in twenty-four hours, 
75 inches on the 17th. 

4 days with .01 or more inches precipi- 
tation. 

4 clear days, 23 partly cloudy, 4 cloudy 
days. 

Total number of hours sunshine, 169 and 
10 minutes. 

First killing frost on the 25th. 

Bn Tnterestitid time with IHr. Torbusb 

On Thursday evening after Mr. Forbush had 
given his illustrated lecture, Mr. Rawding, the 
watchman, asked five fellows and me, if we 
would like to take a walk with Mr. Forbush, and 
see if we could get some rats. After we were 
ready we went tothe barn, took the dog, and 
started down to the storage barn. We did not get 
any there but the dog dug out two by the west 
side tide gate, and two got away. We then started 
to go to the South End, but as there were not 
very many over there, we returned and went to 
bed having enjoyed the evening very much. 

Elwin C. Bemis. 



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Cutting Corn 

One day Mr. Shaw told ine to get two corn 
knives, go into the corn field and begin to cut 
corn. I had been cutting corn for twenty minutes 
when WiUiam Grant drove up with the wagon. 
Between us we cut all the corn before 10 A. M. 
We then loaded the corn on the wagon. When 
it was loaded on we went down to the scales 
and found how much it weighed. We had that 
done and then drove up to the barn with the load. 
Theodore J. Gould. 

B Cccture on ilppk Cms 

Monday afternoon, October 12, Mr. Shaw, 
the farm instructor, gave a lecture to the first 
class on apple trees. The first apple of which 
he spoke was the Northern Spy. There are 
many trees of this variety here. In some places 
they are so loaded with apples that the branches 
have to be propped up. They are propped by a 
board and a sack so as not to scrape off the bark. 
The other apple trees were Rhode Island 
Greenings, Baldwin, Tolman Sweets, King, 
Pewaakee, Sweet Bow and the Hubbardscn. 
He showed us how he had grafted a tree. He 
took his knife and made a slit in the bark; then 
he got limbs of the same variety and put a level 
on them so they would lay flat. He fitted them 
underneath the bark and put grafting-wax on 
them. This was done because the tree had 
been injured and these new limbs will carry 
the sap past this poor place and the ttee uill 
be all right. Forrest L. Churchill. 

Driving Out Rats 

One afternoon when 1 cam.e from the din- 
ing-room Mr. Beebe told me to give a fellow a 
lift on a bucket of chloride of lime. When 1 got 
there he told me to Icok for rat holes. I saw one 
and he put some lime in it. When the rat comes 
out he burns his feet on the lime and goes to build 
another nest some where else. I saw another 
rat hole and looked in to see if it was used and 
I saw a rat. I put a stick in and hit the rat and 
he ran up the hill. So 1 went up and reported to 
Mr. Beebe. Ci arence Adams. 



milk Carriers' Ulork 

The duties of the fellow who carries milk 
are not exactly easy. He gets up at five 
o'clock in the morning and gets the strainers 
for the six milkers from the kitchen. He then 
goes with them to the barn. He gets the 
milk chart and scales ready, and then sees 
that the towel is up, hoes down the manure, 
sweeps the mangers, fills the grain basket, feeds 
the two calves, and gets the corn fodder ready 
to feed the cows. When the milk is ready, he 
carries it up to the kitchen, two cans at a time. 
After the cows are fed he sprinkles and sweeps 
the floor. Some of the milkers help after they 
are through milking. At five at night he does 
the same. Charles O. Rolfe. 

Biancbiud Celery 

One day 1 had to blanch celery. 1 took my 
hoe in one hand and held the branches off the 
ground with the other while I hoed dirt around 
the bottoms on both sides. This is done with a 
hoe first so when the plough is used to bank it 
up that it will not cover all the leaves up. The 
reason for banking in this way is to whiten 
and form the celery in bunches. 

William J. Grant. 

Darning tbc Cypc case 

When 1 came down from school one 
morning, Mr. Beebe said that I was to go to 
the printing-office at one o'clock. When it was 
time for us to go, 1 went in the shop squad 
When I went in the printing-office, the printer 
told me to fold "Beacons." After I had them 
all folded, he showed me a case and lettered 
the different boxes where the type is. After he 
had them all lettered he told me to learn them, 
I studied them till five o'clock and then went 
and washed up for supper. The next afternoon 
he told me to set up "The cow jumped over the 
moon" five times. He then asked rrie if I could 
set up a Beacon article, and 1 said "yes." When 
I had it all done, he told me to watch another 
fellow wash the press. 1 also learned how to take 
a proof. Robert H. Peterson. 



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Cbe Hlumni Hssociatioit of Cbe Tarm and trades School 



Walter B. Foster, '78, President 
Hingham 



Merton p. Ellis, '99. Secretary 
79 Milk St.. Boston 



Charles Duncan, '71, Vice-Prjsident 
Dorchester 



Richard Bell,' '73. Treasurer 
Dorchester 



Edward L. Capaul, '05. Vice-President 
Roxbury 



William Alcott. '84. Historian 
Everett 



Richard Bell, 73, gave his daughter 
Mabel Frances in marriage, October twenty- 
first, to Mr. Frederick Greydon Libbey. The 
wedding took place at the home of Mr. and 
Mrs. Bell, 53 Richfield Street, Dorchester. 
Merton P. Ellis, '99, was one of the ushers. 

George E. Bridgham, '85, became the 
proud father of a son October second. 

John 0. Enright, '12, on leaving the 
School went to work for the Boston and Albany 
Railroad Company in their machine shop where 



Polishiiid Sloyd modcH 

In our sloyd work we have many dif- 
ferent ways to polish models. One way which is 
very good to get a bright polish is to shellac the 
model and leave it to dry. The next day sand- 
paper it lightly and then give it another coat of 
shellac. The next day give the model the same 
treatment. When it is dry, take a piece of waste 
put some shellac on it and then put a piece of 
cloth over it. Take some linseed oil on your 
finger and putting just a little in a few places 
rub it with the waste and cloth. This will give 
a good polish. Another way for a dull polish is 
to take some floor-wax and rub it on the model 
giving it a smooth coat. Then take a small 
soft brush and brush it and it will give a dull 
polish. Another way we do is to varnish the 
model two or three times. We also sometimes 
stain some of our models with mahogany stain 
or some other kind, and tnen shellac them. 
This is a very good method. 

Howard F. Lochrie. 



he has been until recently when he joined 
the U. S. Navy. He is at present on the 
"Chester" at the Boston Navy Yard. 

Stanley Weston Clark, '14, in some 
unknown way was hit, by a counter weight of 
the elevator at his place of employment, in the 
back of the head which resulted in paralysis and 
death October 10th. The funeral was held at 
26 Washburn St., Dorchester, October 13th. The 
School was represented by his Classmates and 
the pupils contributed flowers. 



Jin Entertainment 

One Saturday Mr. Bradley asked the fel- 
lows to get up an entertainment for the afternoon. 
One of the fellows got some of the others to 
join in. One fellow introduced the others. 
Two fellows sang and told jokes. An orchestra 
played some selections. Some stories were told. 
One of the fellows swung the Indian Clubs and 
swung them well too. After this we had a 
dance. We had cocoanuts for refreshments. 
We enjoyed the entertainment very much. 

Floyd A. Warren. 

lUork in tbe Sewind-room 

One morning Mr. Beebe told one of the 
boys to take me to the sewing-room. We 
first went to the west basement and took the 
lantern globes out of the lanterns and washed 
them. Then I went to the sewing-room, sorted 
and folded towels. The sewing-room instruct- 
or taught me to darn stockings. The bell rang 
and 1 came out and washed up for dinner. 
Charles F. Weymouth. 



THOMPSON^ I3IyA]SrD 




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Vol. 18. No. 8. Printed AT The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. December, 1914 

Entered November 23. 1903, at Boston, Mass., as Second-class matter, under Act of Congress of July 16. 1894 



COTTAGE ROW GOVERNMENT 



By His Honor 

Benjamin L. Murphy 

mayor 



A PROCLAMATION 

FOR A DAY OF 
THANKSGIVING AND PRAISE 



It is the custom of our Cottage Row Government 
to set apart a day of each year to be observed by the 
citizens in thanking God for the blessings he has 
bestowed upon us. 

On that day all should join in praising God for 
the blessings and conditions that surround us here at 
the School: the good the Managers have done ar.d 
always strive to do for us; for the good health which 
we have; also for the abundance of products from the 
harvest field, and the good that our citizens receive 
from Cottage Row Government, and to strive to do 
the best we can. 

Therefore 1, Benjamin L. Murphy, Mayor of 
Cottage Row, with the advice and consent of the 
Board of Aldermen, set apart Thursday, the twenty- 
sixth day of November, as a day of thanksgiving and 
praise to the Almighty for the blessings that he bestows 
upon us. 

Given at The Farm and Trades School this 
twelfth day of November, in the year of our Lord one 
thousand nine hundred and fourteen, the one hundredth 
year of the School and the twenty-sixth year of Cot- 
tage Row Government. 

BENJAMIN L. MURPHY. 

By his Honor, the Mayor of Cottage Row, with 
the advice and consent of the Board of Aldermen. 

ERNEST E. SLOCOMB, 

CLERK. 
God save the Government of Cottage Row. 



Thanksgiving Day dawned clear and warm. 
The bugle blew at quarter of six and everyone 
jumped out of bed ready for the fun which was 
to come. We had breakfast and then the nec- 
essary work was done. About nine o'clock a 
gams of foot-ball between the smaller boys was 
played. The teams were named Harvard and 
Yale. Harvard won with a score of twenty-two 
to twenty. Then came dinner. What a dinner 
it was ! 

ROAST TURKEY 

Dressing 

Gravy 

Turnip Cranberry Sauce 

Sweet Potatoes 

Celery Nuts Raisins 

Apples Figs 

After dinner the boys played until the 
second game. This was between two other 
teams named Harvard and Yale. These teams 
were made up of the best players in the school. 
Yale won with a score of thirty-six to twelve. 
After supper Mr. Bradley showed us some 
stereopticon pictures on the war. We went to 
bed tired but happy. 

Truman G. Cannon. 

Toot-ball on Cbanksgiv^lng Day 

Quite a while before Thanksgiving we voted 
for captains to manage several foot-ball teams 
and they chose other fellows to play in two 
games on that day. We practiced from then 
until Thanksgiving Day. At nine o'clock that 
morning the fellows that were to play in the 
morning game got ready, and at half past nine 
the game started. Our side represented 



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Harvard and the other side was called Yale. 
Yale kicked off to Harvard first. The score 
ended twanty-two to twenty in Harvard's favor. 

After our Thanksgiving dinner we played 
around for some time and then the fellows who 
were to play in the afternoon got ready. 1 hap- 
pened to be on Yale's side in the afternoon. 
The afternoon game is considered the big game 
for some of our largest and best players are in 
it. The game started at three o'clock. Har- 
vard kicked off to Yale first. The score ended 
thirty-six to twelve in Yale's favor. 

The players on the winning team received 
fifty cents and the captain one dollar. I was on 
the winning team in the morning and in the 
afternoon so I received one dollar. 

William B. Cross. 



Some Cbings Ulc JTrc CDankful Tor 



Tlrsf Class 

I am thankful for a good place to sleep and 
the fresh air here, also for the wholesome 
food and exercise and the good friends and 
relatives. I am thankful for the good health and 
strength I have and the pleasant island >^here 
everything is quiet so that 1 can get a good 
night's rest after a day's work. 

I am interested and thankful for the train- 
ing in sloyd and the various other branches of 
work in which I am instructed. I am also thank- 
ful that the Island is open and not closed like the 
city streets. Also for the gcod, honest, and 
clean companions with whom I associate every 
day. John A. Robertson. 

I am thankful for the opportunilies I have 
at this school. I am glad that 1 work on the 
farm and have an opportunity to learn how to 
run the different farm implements, 1 am 
thankful that 1 have finished sloyd, that I am 
a citizen of Cottage Row and have a chance 
to learn how to become a good citizen. 

I am thankful for what the school has 
done for me. I am thankful for a good mother. 



I am also thankful that I can enjoy the game.'' 
that we play here. 

I am thankful that I live in a country thai 
is not at war as other countries are. I am 
thankful for a day of thanksgiving and praise 
William J. Grant. 

I am thankful that I am living in such a 
wondrous age, when the power of steam and 
electricity are put to so many uses. 1 am 
thankful that I have had a chance to study and 
learn about these powers while at the school. 
1 am thankful for the machines we have here 
which we may learn about. 

Harold L. Carlton 

It is not a light task to think of all the 
things for which one might be thankful, but of 
all things I am thankful for life and good health, 
for a dear mother, and the affection of my 
friends. 1 am thankful for the tender love of 
God, who has been so good and kind to others 
and me in the past, and who I know will give 
me help and strength to do the best I can in 
the future. Clifford H. Taylor. 

First of all I am thankful for all of my 
friends and the good 1 have received from them, I 
also for the thought of a Thanksgiving which 
meant so much to our forefathers, and for the 
good which 1 have received from this school. 
Raymond H. Batchelder. 

This is the time of the year that every- 
body has something to be thsnkful for. At this 
school it is the custom that every pupil write an 
article about the things he is thankful for, I 
am thankful for the health of my mother, sisters, 
and relatives, also for the health of my school- 
mates, and for the advantages of education and 
the practical working out of problems here. I am 
grateful for the health of Mr. and Mrs. Bradley 
and hope their health will continue with their 
good work. I am thankful for the opportunity 
that the members of the band have to learn 
music. Charles O. Rolfe. 



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I am thankful that I have a good mother 
and a good home to live in. I am thankful for 
the pleasures of my daily life and my good 
health. 1 am also thankful for the opportunity 
to learn a trade and so many different things. 
Donald M. Wilde. 

1 am thankful that 1 have a dear kind 
Grandmother. 1 am thankful that 1 have a 
friend that is very kind to me. 1 am thankful 
that I have two brothers to love. 1 am thank- 
ful that the Superintendent, Mr. Bradley, snd 
the instructors are kind to me. 

Theodore J. Gould. 

1 am thankful that I am well and strong 
and that my surroundings here at the school are 
pleasant to me. 

1 am thankful that my grandmother is well 
and strong. I am thankful I am in the first 
class, and 1 try to do the best 1 can. 

1 am thankful that 1 am away from the city 
and that I can breathe pure fresh air and that 1 
can have wholesome things to eat. 

I appreciate what Mr. and Mrs. Bradley and 
the managers do for us, and 1 think that every 
fellow ought to be thankful that he is a "Farm 
School" fellow. Benjamin L. Murphy. 

Second €1(1$$ 

I am thankful that 1 have a good mother 
and so many friends. 1 am thankful that 1 am 
at a school where I can learn to be a man and 
also learn a trade to support myself. 1 am 
thankful that we have a good Superintendent 
and wise managers. Gordon F. Sudsbury. 

I am thankful for so many things that 1 
cannot write them all on this paper. I will 
write some of the things that I am most thank- 
ful for. 1 am thankful, first of all, that I have a 
good mother and that she is alive. 1 am thankful 
that 1 have a good place to stay and that 1 am 
learning to be a good man. 1 am also thankful 
for the privileges that the school gives me. 1 
am thankful that we have a good President and 
that we are not at war as most of Europe is. 
George W. Casey. 



1 am very thankful that we have a good 
Cottage Row Government, a fine school, and 
nice instructors. We have many privileges that 
the boys over to the city never have. 

We are all thankful that the Puritans had 
a good harvest so that they said: " Let us set 
apart a day of thanksgiving for good luck in 
growing our crops." They set apart the day 
that is still kept. Ralph H. Benway. 

1 am thankful for a day of thanksgiving set 
apart for us to enjoy. 1 am thankful for true 
friends, and that 1 have the privilege of playing 
foot-ball, base-ball, and other games which are 
provided for us. I am glad to have the oppor- 
tunity of playing in the Thanksgiving foot-ball 
game. 1 am thankful that 1 have an opportunity 
of learning to work skilfully in this school, which 
helps me to start a true and manly life, knowing 
how to do the work which is set forth for 
me to do. Antonio V. Maciel. 

The first thing 1 am thankful for is that 1 
am well and happy. 1 think we are all glad that 
our nation is not at war at this time. I am 
thankful for what this school has done for me 
and for what the instructors have taught me. 
1 am thankful that 1 have good friends to asso- 
ciate with. Eldred W. Allen. 

1 am thankful because we have such good 
apportunities to learn and for the exercise we 
have both indoors and out, and for the good 
influence exercised by the teachers. 1 am 
thankful that we have the many privileges given 
us and for the good which the religious services 
do. 1 am thankful because while we are in 
school we are kept from the many temptations 
that are found in the city. Ernest Craig. 

1, Stephen R. Moses, am thankful for life, 
for my good health, my mother, brothers, 
sisters, relatives and friends; for the chance of 
g3tting into this school; for the friendship of 
instructors and many privileges, and for this 
year's abundant harvest, and for our Father 
in heaven, in whom we all believe. 

Stephen R. Moses. 

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THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Ci)Otnp$on'$ Island Beacon 

Published Monthly by 

THE FARM AND TRADES SCHOOL 
Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor 

A PRIVATE SCHOOL FOR BOYS OF LIMITED 

MEANS, SUPPORTED BY ENDOWMENTS, 

TUITION FEES AND SUBSCRIPTIONS 



Vol. 18. No. 8. 



December', 1914 



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BOARD-OF MANAGERS 



PRESIDENT 

Alfred Bowditch 

vice-president 

Charles P. Curtis 

treasurer 

Arthur Adams 

135 Devonshire-Street 
SECRETARY 

Tucker Daland 

managers 

Melvin O. Adams 
GoRHAM Brooks 
I. Tucker Burr 
S. V. R. Crosby 

George L. DfBlois 
■' Malcolm Donald 
Thomas J. Evans 
Charles T. Gallagher 
' i Robert H. Gardiner, Jr. 
N. Penrose Hallowell 
Henry Jackson, M. D. 
Charles E. Mason 
Roger Pierce 

Richard M, Saltonstall 
Francis Shaw 

William S. Spaulding 

MoSes Williams, Jr. 
Ralph B, Williams 



Charles H.- Bradley, Superintendent 

The bleak chilliness :of November comes 
to us with every autumn, but with its touch of 
pathos comes a thoughtfulness as we gather 
about our hearthside, and a feeling creeps into 



our hearts that prepares us for the spiritual 
quickening of Thanksgiving Day. It is a time 
pregnant with memories of years past, of former 
gladsome gatherings and of the experiences of 
the fast fleeting year. Perhaps it brings a 
realization of comfort, of pride in the bounteous 
harvest which is the fruit of the summer's toil 
and sunshine; a mutual "home" feeling for our 
comrades in School who at work or at play grow 
dear by association; or joy in the power to do 
the little things that help to bring others happi- 
ness, and a real delight in knowing there is an 
opportunity for us to grow. 

We are glad for the cheering outlook be- 
fore us. And as we gather about our well-laden 
tables we are not without a thought for those 
who are in want — the unemployed of our great 
country and the thousands of people who are 
suffering because of the great war abroad. 

"We are overwhelmed," as one boy says, 
"With the impossibility of expression." There are 
big things we are thankful for and little personal 
gratitudes. We are glad our President wants 
peace and proclaims prosperity; we are glad for 
the breadth of human sympathy that makes our 
Island home possible, and for what it brings to 
us. 

-Each individual feels his gratefulness fcr 
various things, and expresses them in his own 
way; but each does not fail to perceive the add- 
ed joy in having one day of this year proclaimed 
as a day of thanksgiving to God. 

notes 

!■ Nov. 3. Gift of magazines from Mrs, 
Thomas Cameron. 

Varnished outside of cabin and pilot house 
on steamer Pilgrim. 

Nov. 4. Finished harvesting 23.7 tons of 
mangeJ-wurzels. 

Manager Richard M. Saltonstall and Prof. 
C. S. Sargent here. 



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Nov. 5. Finished cutting and setting up 



corn. 



Hall. 



Relaid two sections. of flooring in Gardner 



Nov. 6. Theodore Milne, '14, left school 
to attend High school in Medford. 

Cut down lone oak, and started filling in 
marsh beyond root cellar with gravel from 
oak knoll. 

Nov. 7. Finished harvesting garden beefs. 

Nov. 8. Capt. K. W. Perry spoke to the 
boys in Chapel. 

Nov. 9. Finished ipainting top of break- 
water. 

Nov. 10. Mr. A. H. Jenkins, former in- 
structor, and Mrs. Jenkins spent the forenoon 
with us. 

Nov. 1 1. Moving pictures in the evening. 

Stopping up and marking rat holes, in prep- 
aration for using carbon disulphide gas later. 

Nov. 12. Steamer Pilgrim on the blocks, 
having hull painted and winter sheathing put on. 

Nov. 14. Covered three poultry houses 
with prepared roofing material. 

Gift of candy from Mr. Carroll J. Darling. 

Nov. 15. Dr. George E. Horr gave an 
interesting account of his experiences abroad 
while a delegate to the National Peace Conven- 
tion. 

Capt. K. W. Perry gave an interesting talk 
to the boys in the evening. 

Nov. 18. Mr. H. Addington Bruce in- 
spected the school. 

Nov. 20 . Finished harvesting 160 bushels 
of carrots. 

Nov. 21. Gift of pictures from Mrs. S. V. 
R. Crosby. 

Nov. 24. Cyril S. Ames returned to his 
father. 

Dr. Edward H. Forbush here investigating 
the rat question. 

Began using carbon disulphide gas in rat 
holes to exterminate the rats. 

Gift of raisins, nuts and: figs from Mr. 
Wm. M. Flanders for Tharksgiving. 



Nov. 25. Made and hung a rolling door 
for cow-shed at Stock Barn. 

Nov. 26. Thanksgiving Day. 

Manager I, Tucker Burr visited the school. 

Stereopticon pictures in the evening; war 
and European views. 

Foot-ball games morning and afternoon. 

Nov. 27. Harvested half the crop of 
parsnips amounting to 22 bushels. 

Nov. 28. Painted derrick on wharf. 

Charles R. Jefferson, '14, here. 

Vice-President Charles P. Curtis and Mr. 
William C Endicott passed the afternoon here. 

Last foot-ball game of the season. Crosby 
Shield won by Team D; Forrest L. Churchill, 
Captain. 

Nov. 30. Continuing fall plowing. 

Mr. A. L. Curado, basket willow specialist, 
here. 



Cbc Tarm and trades School Bank 



Cash oa hand Nov. 1 , 1914 
Deposits during the month 

Withdrawn during the month 
Cash on hand Dec. 1, 1914 



$919.37 
64.49 

983.86 

30.09 

$953.77 



noucmber meteorology 

Maximum temperature, 62° on the 4th. 

Minimum temperature, 19° on the 24th. 

Mean temperature for the month, 40.7°. 

Total precipitation, 2.92 inches. 

Greatest precipitation in twenty-four hours, 
1.00 inch on the 20th. 

8 days with .01 or more inches precipi- 
tation. ' 

5 clear days, 18 partly cloudy, 7 cloudy 
days. 

Total number of hours sunshine, 132 and 
50 minutes. 

Wind attained a velocity of 42 miles per 
hour on the 20th. 



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Cbird €l(i$$ 

I am really thankful for so many things that 
I do not think I could write them in the whole 
Beacon. But here are a few of them. I am 
thankful most of all that my friends are well, 
and that 1 myself am in good health. I am 
thankful that 1 go to this school where so 
much is taught that will be of benefit to me in 
later years. 1 am thankful that we have many 
privileges regulated by a good fair conduct 
system. I am especialy thankful that we have 
a kind Superintendent, and good managers who 
give us many things for our benefit. These are 
a very few of the many things for which 1 am 
thankful. William B. Cross. 

1 am thankful that 1 am in this school 
1 am thankful I have a good father and good 
friends. I am thankful that 1 am living here 
and not in the countries that are having war. 
I am thankful that Mr. and Mrs. Bradley are 
in good health. Leslie E. Russell. 

I am thankful for the pleasures and good 
times 1 have here, and for so many good fel- 
lows 1 have to play with. 1 am thankful that 
I have an aunt and sister, and that they are well. 
I am thankful for the things 1 am learning and 
look forward to learn. 1 am thankful I have a 
brother here, and that he is well and h^ppy. 
1 am also thankful that 1 have a place to stay 
in winter when it is cold, and that I do not 
have to wander around streets in the city like 
some poor children. Douglas A. Hunt. 

I am thankful that 1 have a good warm home 
all the time. 1 have had a nice time all sum- 
mer, for which 1 am very grateful. 1 have been 
given very nice things all along, and have had lots 
of good things to eat, for which I am very thankful. 

1 am very glad and thankful for all the good 
clothes and pleasures that 1 have had, and that my 
parents have given me. 1 have had very good 



health and have had only two diseases in my 
life. I am thankful for good food, for all the 
opportunities I have had, and am glad 1 came to 
Thompson's Island. 

Wesley C. Angell. 

Tourtb £la$$ 

1 am thankful I have a mother and that 1 
have food, shelter, shoes, and that I am well. 1 
am glad that we have a gymnasium and other 
things at this school, that 1 have friends and a 
good place to live in. 1 am thankful for a 
beautiful world, and that there are birds and 
other animals to eat poisonous insects. I am 
thankful that I am learning many kinds of work 
at this school. Donald E. Bourbeau. 

1 am thankful for the food 1 have, for the 
clothing 1 wear, for the life God gave me, for 
the senses, strength, and pleasures 1 have, for 
the schooling I am getting, the money 1 save, 
and the books 1 read, for the mother, father, 
sisters, and friends 1 have. 

Charles F. Weymouth. 

I am thankful 1 have a father and mother 
and thankful to live in such a good school where 
1 may prepare myself for the world. 1 am glad 
to have such a good Superintendent as Mr. 
Bradley. 1 am thankful for the good teacher I 
have who can tell me things 1 wish to know. 
I am thankful for the health of the managers 
who have been so good to us. 

1 ^m thankful for the good health cf my 
family. 1 am thankful for the good dinner we 
have on Thanksgiving. 1 am thankful for the 
warm clothes 1 have in winter. 

Jackson C. Nielsen. 

I am thankful for the food that I get, for 
my mother and father and other relations. 1 
am thankful for the warm clothes we have to wear 
and the good school, the teachers, and the other 
instructors. I am glad that I have a chance to 
see the ocean and its wonderful things. 1 am 
thankful that we have time to sleep. 

LeRoy a. Parsons. 



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I am thankful that I am living and having a 
good time. I am thankful that I have a good 
mother. I am thankful that 1 can go to school 
and learn about the world. 1 am thankful that 
I have a place to sleep. There are also many 
other things for which I am thankful. 

Dudley B. Breed. 

The first thing that 1 am thankful for is the 
way God has taken care of my mother. I am 
also thankful for the pure food 1 get and a place 
to sleep. I am thankful for the clothes which 
I wear. I am thankful for the kindness of Mr. 
and Mrs. Bradley and the help of the instruc- 
tors. 1 am thankful for the happy times we 
have very often, and for the education and 
training 1 am getting at this school. 1 am 
thankful that my mother, sisters, uncles, aunts, 
and friends are in good health. 

Henry W. Provost. 

Dr. Rorr's Calk 

On Sunday, November 15. Dr. Horr of the 
Newton Theological Institution gave us a very 
interesting talk on the beginning of the Euro- 
pean war. He said that a few days after he 
arrived in Europe he heard much talk on the war. 
After Dr. Horr had visited some of the beauti- 
ful places in Paris he thought that he would 
visit Germany. 

There was much excitement about war in 
Germany, and the German soldiers were posted 
at ev3ry station. Everybody in each train were 
interviewed to see if they were spies. If any 
were found they were shot. After an exciting 
trip he returned to France and obtained tickets 
for passage to America. 

Dr. Horr went to see the American Consul 
in Paris. The Consul had applications from 
over a thousand teachers who were there on 
vacations and could rot get back to America. 
Dr. Horr told the Consul he would help them. 
He did help very many teachers by getting 
them passages. 

Dr. Horr waited in Paris until the day 
came for sailing. While there he saw many 



French and English soldiers. He said when 
the French saw the English soldiers coming 
they ran to meet them, and kissed them first on 
one cheek and then on the other. 

Sunday, on the way back to America, Dr. 
Horr preached to the people on the ship. He 
said that he never spoke to people that so re- 
sponded to his words. After they came in 
sight of New York they saw a battle-ship; their 
hearts were in their throats, but they were 
relieved to find it was a ship flying the Union 
Jack. After they had passed the Statue of 
Liberty, one of the men said; "If that lady wants 
to see me again she will have to turn around." 

We enjoyed Dr. Horr's talk very much. 
Antonio V. Maciel. 

Cbc Obscroarory Starr 

Each month there are a set of fellows 
chosen for the staff on the weather bureau. 
There are five fellows besides the Chief and Dep- 
uty. First is the Sunshine Recorder. He 
takes a record of the number of hours the sun 
shines each day. The next fellow looks after 
the Barometer. This instrument registers the 
pressure of the air. Another fellow records 
the Thermometer readings; these tell the high- 
est and lowest temperature of each day. 
Then there is the fellow who is on the An- 
emometer and Weather Vane; the first ofthese 
two gives the velocity of the wind each hour, 
and the whole number of miles during the day 
and night, and the Weather Vane tells the di- 
rection of the wind. Another fellow takes read- 
ings of the Rain Gauge and Polymeter. The 
Rain Gauge is for measuring the number of 
inches of rain-fall each twenty-four hours. The 
Polymeter gives the relative humidity and dew 
point. The readings of these instruments are 
taken every night and morning. The whole staff 
goes over each night and the chief goes over 
each morning and reads the instruments and in- 
dicates the weather for the day by flags hoisted 
on the flag staff. The deputy takes the place 
of the chief when he is away. 

Donald M. Wilde. 



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Cbc Jlluitini Association of Cbe farm ana trades School 



Walter B. Foster, '78, President 
Hingham 

Merton p. Ellis, '99, Secretary 
79 Milk St., Boston 



Charles Duncan, '71, Vice-President 
Dorchester 



Richard Bell, '73, Treasurer 
Dorchester 



Edward L. Capaul, '05, Vice-President 
Roxbury ^ 

William Alcott, '84. Historian 
Everett 



William D. Hart, '97, machinest, died at 
East Boston, November 30, 1914, of Bright's 
disease. 

Matthew H. Paul, '06, was married Sept- 
ember 14, 1912. Both Paul and his wife are 
engaged in posing for Art Schools, painters, and 
illustrators in and around Boston, particularly at 
the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School, Massa- 
chusetts Institute of Technology, School of Fine 
Arts Crafts and Decorative Designing, and the 
Fenway School of Illustration. They find this 



a fairly profitable employment while Matthew is 
studying business law and both are taking 
Spanish. They live at 37 Falmouth Street, 
Boston. 

William B. Laing, '12, writes from Los 
Angeles, Cal., where he has gone for the special 
purpose of cultivating his voice. His father 
was a good singer and William says his friends 
think he has good possibilities. He is amid 
beautiful surroundings as shown by the photo- 
graphs which he sends us and is happy, although 
he says the mosquitoes trouble him some. 



Sunday Scn^iccs 

Each Sunday, from September until June, 
we go to Sunday School at ten in the morning. 
Church is at three o'clock in the afternoon and 
chapel at seven in the evening, A minister 
comes to the Island every Saturday night and 
stays until Monday morning. In Sunday School 
we sing from the hymn books and read respon- 
sively from the Bible. We also repeat the 
books of the New and Old Testament and the 
Beatitudes. We have learned the ten com- 
mandments. 

In the afternoon we sing from the hymn 
books and the minister preaches and talks to us. 
For the afternoon service we put on our cadet 
suits. The evening service is devoted to sing- 
ing, reading from the Bible, short remarks, 
prayer. After the service is over, Mr. Bradley 
talks to us. He announces the things we are go- 
ing to have during the week, such as moving pic- 
tures, stereopticon -views, lectures, entertain- 



ments, etc., or the going to a base-ball or foot- 
ball game. If any of Mr. Bradley's friends are 
visiting here they usually give a short talk. 

We like to hear such men as Dr. Horr of 
Newton Theological Institution, Capt. Perry of 
the U. S. Life Saving Service, and Dr. Forbush, 
the State Ornithologist. We also have a 
chance to hear well known ministers speak who 
come here for Sunday. Sometimes we go to 
church in town. 

Arthur B. Gilbert. 

Our flag 

In the school room for the second class 
we have a silk flag. It is forty-five inches long 
and thirty-two inches wide; the base of the stand 
is in the shape of a maltose cross. On it is: 
"Stand by the Flag." The flag is fastened to 
the staff by red ribbons. The top of the staff is 
shaped like a spear ar.d is gilded. I think it is 
a very pretty flag. George W. Casey. 



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Cbe Cbrlstmas Concert 

On Sunday evening, December twenty- 
first, our Christmas concert was held in 
Assembly-hall. The stage and the hall proper 
had been tastily decorated for the occasion 
with vari-colored paper, mistletoe, holly and 
evergreen, which made a fine setting for the 
concert. The programme, which was greatly 
enjoyed by all, was as follows: 

Prayer 

Mr. Pixley 

Responsive Reading 

Leader, Carlquist W. Walbourn 



Song 



The Name of Jesus 



Choir 

Recitation - A Star! A Song! A Child! 

Donald M. Wilde 

Song The Starlight Still Gleams O'er Us 

Choir 

Exercise - - _ fhe Evergreen 

Six Boys 

Song - - Bells of Christmas 

Choir 

Recitation - - - The Best Tree 

Howard F. Lochrie 

Exercise - .- Borrowed Presents 

Eight Boys 

Song - Hail, Thee, Royal Redeemer 

Choir 

Recitation - - - I'm So Glad 

Herbert L. Dudley 

Song - - - Blessed Morn 

Choir 

Exercise - - Cities of the Bible 

Seven Boys 



Song 


Jesus the Saviour 




Choir 


Recitation 


A Christinas Carol 




George W. N. Starrett 


Song 


Bethlehem's Lullaby 




Choir 


Recitation 


Jesus the Royal Stranger 




Floyd A. Warren 


Song 


The Day-star 




Choir 


Remarks 


Mr. Bradley 




Llewelyn H. Lewis. 



£bri$tttid$ Caroliitd 

The night before Christmas the waits in 
England make it a practice of stopping under 
the windows and singing their carols. They 
often obtain much clothing, food and money in 
this way. This year ten of us fellows learned 
four carols to sing on Christmas eve. We went 
into the court at half-past seven and sang. 
Money was thrown from the windows, which 
we secured. We sang in different places, and 
received a reward in every place. Mr. Bradley 
then invited us into his apartments, and we 
spent a very pleasant evening. Mr. Bradley 
played the piano for us and Mrs. Bradley served 
the refreshments. Carl D. P. Hynes. 

€bri$tmd$ Day 

Christmas Day at our school is enjoyed 
more than any other holiday. After breakfast 
we did all of the necessary work and then went 
and played until about nine o'clock, when the 
fellows got ready to meet Mr. Adams and Dr. 
Bancroft. The fellows who played the drums 



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and a few who played the cornets took their in- 
struments to the wharf and waited for the 
steamer to arrive. The rest of the fellows hid in 
different places along the route. When the 
steamer landed, the fellows shouted, "A Merry 
Christmas!" Mr. Adams took the cymbals and 
Dr. Bancroft the bass drum. Then we started 
for the house. We marched around the house 
a couple of times. After that we got ready for 
the Christmas tree in Assembly-hall, which 
we all enjoyed. After the presents were dis- 
tributed we went down and got ready for dinner. 
After dinner the fellows showed each other what 
they received. At three o'clock we had an 
entertainment, provided for by Mr. Adams. 
The entertainment was given by Herbert A. 
Clark and Company. The programme was as 
follows: 

Piano Solo 

Signer Pietro Mordelia 

Character Songs and Impersonations 

Herbert A. Clark • 

Chalk-talk 

Clarence C. Bartlett 

Rube Monologue 

Ernest Wright 

Pianologue 

Edward P. Gaffney 

A Little Fun 

Herbert A. Clark 

One-man Orchestra 

Signer Mordelia 

German Monologue 

Ernest Wright 
Musical Sketch 

Bartlett & Gaffney 

We all enjoyed the entertainment, and wish 
to thank Mr. Adams and Dr. Bancroft for help- 
ing to make the day so pleasant for us. 

Ernest E. Slocomb. 

CDe Christmas Decorations 

The Christmas decorations in the chapel 
were very pretty. The stage was arranged to 
represent a room. There was a fire-place in 
the center of the back, with a doll, representing 



a child, sitting beside it. The back wall was 
adorned with red, green and gold paper. There 
were Christmas trees on the right and left wings 
of the stage. Evergreen was put on the pic- 
tures and in corners of the room. Bunches of 
holly were hung in the windows, and a wreath 
of it around the clock. Hung in a conspicuous 
place was a large bunch of mistletoe, and 
bunches of English box leaves were placed on 
the wall. Charles R. Jefferson. 

B Picture 

There is a picture of the "Parthenon" in 
the first school-room. It shows the ruins with 
most of the pillars standing. The original 
Parthenon was built of Pentelic marble. It 
stands on a base approached by three steps, 
each one foot nine inches high, two feet and 
about four inches wide. Its breadth on the 
upper step is one hundred feet; its length is two 
hundred twenty-eight feet; the height of the top 
of the pediment from the upper step of the 
stylobate is fifty-four feet; and with the stylobate 
sixty-four feet. The temple is Doric, with fif- 
teen columns on each side. The body of the 
temple is one hundred ninety-three feet long, and 
its breadth seventy-one feet. Besides the inter- 
nal decorations, the outside of the temple was 
ornamented with three classes of sculpture. 
George W. N. Starrett. 

PlougWng 

Lately there has been a great deal of 
ploughing done here, and I had to do a part of 
it. In the morning at seven o'clock I hitched up 
my horses and brought them in at eleven. When 
ploughing in the corn-field, there are usually 
a few large stones, and unless the one who is 
ploughing is quick enough, and is keeping his 
handle to the land, the plough will run out of 
furrow. When the end of the furrow is reached, 
the horses will turn without being spoken to. 
The ploughman has only to push back a brace 
on the bottom of the plough with his foot, and 
the mole-board will swing under the plough on 
a steel rod and come up on the other side, 
ready to start back. Everett W. Maynard. 



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Cccturc on Bid Game 

On Thursday evening, December fourth, 
Mr. Gorham Brooks, one of the managers of 
the School, gave us a talk on "Hunting Big 
Game." The lecture was accompanied with 
pictures of the animals hunted in British East 
Africa, Mr. Brooks having brought many slides 
along with him for the occasion. Mr. Brooks 
and his party started from New York. After 
landing in Africa, they engaged some of the 
natives to act as their guides and gun-bearers. 
They took a train for a city near the jungle in 
which they were to hunt. They soon started 
on their expedition. They, met many herds of 
antelope, also lions, llamas, giraffes, zebras, 
elephants, hyenas and tigers. Pictures of all 
of these were thrown on the screen. A large 
number of animals were shown to have been 
shot by the party, among them elephants, lions 
and a rhinoceros. We all liked the lecture 
very much. Howard F. Lochrie. 

Cftc Boy Scouts 

On Wednesday evening, December tenth, 
Rev. H. B. Thompson, D. D., assisted by Dr. 
S. L. Ginsburg, gave a very interesting lecture 
on "The Boy Scouts," illustrated by moving 
pictures. The pictures began with some of the 
Scouts doing stunts with ropes, such as tying 
knots, etc. They were also building houses out 
of limbs of trees and grass. We saw them 
rescuing some drowning boys. Another inter- 
esting part was where several Boy Scouts, 
representing a certain troop, were congratulated 
by President Wilson. The pictures ended 
where Mr. Temple, one-time enemy of the 
Boy Scout movement, but who had been 
converted to their cause, presented the Boy 
Scouts a club house near a lake and his home 
on Long Island. It was all very interesting. 
Kenneth C. Griswold. 

mnnm €bri$tma$ 6if($ 

A few weeks before Christmas any of the 
fellows who want to may make gifts for their 
friends or relatives. Whenever one wants to 



make anything, he writes out a requisition for 
the wood. Then he may work in the shop any 
noon hour or Saturday afternoon, providing he 
is in the right grade. Some of the most com- 
mon things the fellows make are glove-boxes, 
handkerchief-boxes, fruit-trays, pen-trays, and 
paper-knives. William Hill. 

maKing 6iiidcrmad 

Every Tuesday and Saturday the fellows 
have gingerbread for supper, and it is my duty 
to make it. The way 1 do this is to get six 
quarts of buttermilk and three quarts of mo- 
lasses. 1 leave a little milk in the measure, in 
which one half cup of salt and two-thirds cup 
of soda are dissolved. After this is thoroughly 
stirred 1 put in the flour and ginger and mix it. 
After it is all mixed 1 grease seventeen 
cake tins, into which the batter is distributed. 
These are then allowed to bake for about an 
hour. Frederick E. VanValkenburg. 

Our Uacation 

We all had a very pleasent Christmas 
vacation. We had from Wednesday, Decem- 
ber twenty-fourth, to Monday, January fifth. I 
worked on the farm some, and played "Boy 
Scout" with some of the patrol the rest of the 
time. We were tracking and signaling. Mr. 
Bradley supplies us with Boy Scout articles. 
There are two troops, including three patrols, 
which are the "Wood Pigeon," "Diamond" 
and the "Eagle." 1 belong to the latter. 

James D. Watt. 

/i Piece of folded Rock 

Among the collection of curios in our school- 
room is a piece of folded rock. We studied 
about folded rocks in our geography lesson. In 
some places the sea bottom is gradually rising, 
forming layers of rock. Sometimes these folds 
crack lengthwise, and an earthquake takes place. 
Perhaps this rock was broken off from one of 
these large layers. Dudley B. Breed. 



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BOARD OF MANAGERS 



president 

Alfred Bowditch 

vice-president 

Charles P. Curtis 

TREASURER 

Arthur Adams 

1 35 Devonshire Street 
SECRETARY 

Tucker Daland 

MANAGERS 

Melvin O. Adams 
Gorham Brooks 
I. Tucker Burr 
S. V. R. Crosby 

George L. DeBlois 
Thomas J. Evans 
Charles T. Gallagher 
N. Penrose Hallowell 
Henry Jackson, M. D. 
Charles E. Mason 

Richard M. Saltonstall 
Francis Shaw 

William S. Spaulding 
Moses Williams, Jr. 
Ralph B. Williams 

Charles H. Bradley, Superintendent 



What more appropriate season for good 
resolutions than this, the beginning of the New 
Year! 

The old year having gone beyond recalling, 
except as a matter of history, we now look to 
the future in anticipation of further life and 
happiness, a great factor in which, indeed, is 
the mental attitude of the individual himself. 



Our school life during the year nineteen 
thirteen has been attended with a generous 
measure of physical, moral and spiritual health, 
and with due regard to the conservatism which 
is characteristic of The Farm and Trades School, 
we still find ourselves in the foreground with 
progressive methods for educating the youth. 

We have had our season of special thank- 
fulness for the temporal blessings of the year; 
then the season of special rejoicing on the anni- 
versary of the birth of our Saviour; and now it 
is very proper — indeed, a matter of incumbency 
— that we resolve or renew our convenant to 
still improve on our work of the past, to benefit 
by experience, and to mutually share the bene- 
fit of that experience with all those with whom 
we come in contact, by having a "conscience 
void of offence toward God and man." For, 
along with being one of the greatest educators 
of mankind, is not Christmas one of the 
greatest softeners of the human heart! As the 
poet has written, "The social atmosphere 
would be a little colder all through the year, if 
it were not for the glow that is shed over it by 
Christmas." 

Truly grateful should we who have assumed 
work in the various departments of the School 
be for the grand opportunity and duty which is 
ours to influence for good the youth in our 
charge; for the well laid system which not only 
checks error, but commends the right; for the 
benefit the expression of our experience may be 
to the boy by way of bridging him over the gulf 
of adolescence, to the end that he may form the 
character which will stand the test of time; and 
for the positive evidence that today, as in the 
past, our labors are bearing fruit and the boys 
are developing into young men of whom the 
School is justly proud. 



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With these certainties before us, and 
evidence that the future has in store still greater 
opportunities, the Beacon goes to press full of 
hope that the boys by their articles throughout 
the year will demonstrate the materialization of 
our best resolve — to go onward, upward. 

We wish our readers a Happy New Year, 
and our students and alumni a large measure 
of success. 

notes 

Dec. 1 . Stratified 400 horse chestnuts 
and 95 peach pits. 

Dec. 2. Six boys went to the dentist. 

Dec. 3. Varnished pilot-house on steamer 
Pilgrim. 

Secretary Tucker Daland passed the day 
here. 

Moving picture entertainment in Assembly- 
hall in the evening. 

Dec. 4. William Alcott, '84, spent the 
night with us. 

Shipped load of iron, copper, brass, rags 
and paper junk. 

William Edward Cowley, '13, left the 
School to live with his mother in Chelsea. 

Manager Gorham Brooks gave an illus- 
trated lecture on hunting big game in British 
East Africa. 

Dec. 6. Dance in Assembly-hall. 

Dexter LeGrand Noble, '13, left the 
School to live with his aunt in Brighton. 

Dec. 8. Boys put on flannel shirts. 

Dec. 9. Banked farm-house. 

Dec. 10. Mulched strawberries. 

Seven hen turkeys came from Northern 
New York. 

Mr. H. B. Thompson, D. D., assisted by 
Dr. S. L. Ginsburg, gave an interesting lecture 
on the Boy Scouts of America, illustrated by 
moving pictures. 

Dec. 1 1. Six boys went to the dentist. 

Dec. 12. Frederick J. Wilson, '09, here. 

Alfred C. Malm, '01, and Mrs. Malm 
passed the night here. 

Dec. 13. First skating of the season. 



Edward M. Powers, Ex '13, visited the 
School. 

Began shelling corn for feed. 

Dec. 14. Dr. George E. Horr, D. D., 
president of Newton Theological Seminary, 
spoke to the boys in the chapel. 

Dec. 16. Six boys went to the dentist. 

Finished putting in sea-weed. 

Built winter protection for bees. 

Dec. 18. Grading east of power-house. 

Painted cow-run at stock-barn. 

Howard Albion Delano, '13, left the School 
to live with his uncle in Ludlow, Vt. 

Dec. 19. Cutting dead trees in Lyman 
Grove. 

Dec. 20. Finished Christmas decorations 
in chapel. 

Dec. 21. Christmas concert. 

Dec. 22. Dressed hog weighing 355 
pounds. 

Dec. 25. Christmas Day. 

Distribution of presents in Assembly-hall 
in the morning. 

Entertainment given by Herbert A. Clark 
and Company in the afternoon, provided for by 
Mr. Arthur Adams. 

Moving picture entertainment in the 
evening. 

Gift of fruit from Secretary Tucker Daland. 

Usual gift of chocolates from Mr. Richard 
Bell, '73. 

Gift for outdoor gymnastic apparatus from 
Mrs. Charles E. Mason. 

Treasurer Arthur Adams, Dr. W. B. Ban- 
croft and former teacher Miss Fanny L. Walton 
spent the day with us. 

Dec. 26. Sorting potatoes at root-cellar. 

Dec. 27. William Barry Deane, Ex '14, 
here. 

Took out stones and dirt and put in coal 
ashes in basement of stock-barn. 

Dance in Assembly-hall in the evening, 
given by the members of the first class. 

Replaced gang-planks at north landing 
float and at City Point, they having been un- 
shipped in storm and high tide. 

Dec. 30. Cutting wood. 



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John William Greenwood, '13, left the 
School to live with his mother in Fairhaven, 
and attend high school. 

Dec. 31. Filled wood-cellar with bakery 
wood. 

December meteorology 

Maximum temperature, 58° on the 7th 
and 14th. 

Minimum temperature, 18° on the 12th 
and 19th. 

Mean temperature for the month, 34.8°. 

Total precipitation, 2.21 inches. 

Greatest precipitation in 24 hours, .97 
inches on the 26th. 

5 days with .01 or more inches precipita- 
tion, 5 clear days, 22 partly cloudy, 4 cloudy 
days. 

Total number of hours sunshine, 117 and 
20 minutes. 

Thunder-storm on the 8th. 

Cbe Turn and Crades School BanR 

Cash on hand Dec. 1, 1913 $947.58 

Deposits for the month 73.50 

$1,021.08 
76.64 

$944.44 



Withdrawn during the month 
Cash on hand Jan. 1, 1914 



ScrubDiiid a Dormitory 

It is the work of the four dormitory fellows 
to scrub the dormitories. The beds are all 
moved to one side. Then we get the scrub- 
bing articles, consisting of pad, bucket, brush, 
cloth, and soap. The water is obtained at a 
sink near the north dormitory. Half a dormi- 
tory is scrubbed at a time. There are two rows 
of beds in each half, and two fellows take a row 
of beds. When two strips are scrubbed, the 
water is changed. While a couple of fellows 
are drawing water, the other two are arranging 
the pillows. There are about fifteen strips, and 
it takes about one and a half hours to scrub the 
strips. When we have finished scrubbing, the 
beds are replaced and the scrubbing things put 
away. Theodore Milne. 



In tbe Infirmary 

One morning recently before breakfast Mr. 
Beebe told three other fellows and me not to go 
to breakfast. After breakfast time we went 
up to the reading-room. Mr. Bradley took 
us to the infirmary and then we knew that we 
were going to have our tonsils cut out. While 
one fellow was taking ether, the others stayed 
in another room. After two had taken ether, 
my turn came. After 1 had taken the ether I 
went to sleep. When I awoke I thought it 
was Saturday, but it was only Thursday, 
the same day. My throat was very sore, 
and that night I did not sleep at all. As soon 
as I was well enough, I had some fellows come 
up to see me. When I first got up, my head 
would whirl and everything looked blurred. 
After the nurse had gone away 1 felt lonely, but 
1 had enough books to read, so 1 got along quite 
well. Reginald L. Hunt. 

Cutting Out trees 

Most of the work of the farm fellows lately 
has been cutting out trees in Bowditch Grove 
and the orchard. One morning a few weeks 
ago another fellow and I cut out two spruce 
trees at the lower end of the orchard. The 
first thing we did was to remove all the sod 
within a radius of two feet of the trees. We 
then climbed the trees and put ropes around 
them as high as we could. The next thing to 
do was to get out all the loam from around the 
roots. After this was done we cut all the roots 
and pulled down the tree. We then cut off the 
roots and limbs and cut the tree into two lengths. 
Geoffrey E. Plunkett. 

Cbe BlacRing Box 

In our assembly-room there is a boot- 
blacking box. It is four feet long, one foot 
wide, and eighteen inches high. There are 
three places to rest the feet on while shining 
the shoes. It is kept well supplied with brushes 
and blacking. There is a place inside the box 
to keep the brushes and blacking when not in 
use. The box is scrubbed once a week. 

Stanley W. Clark. 



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7s 



Che Annual meeting 

(Continued from Page Eight) 



honor to us all, and has caused the bond of 
fellowship between the Alumni and the School 
and the esteemed Board of Managers to increase 
in strength and sincere regard. 

Since early in the year a committee of the 
Board of Managers has worked together with a 
committee of our association on a plan for the 
observance next year of the hundredth anni- 
versary of our school. Thus during this year a 
record of co-operation has been made that was 
never before equalled. 

The annual banquet of the association at 
the Hotel Westminster last January was the 
most fraternal and enjoyable ever held. And 
the comment of Mr. Bowditch, president of the 
Board of Managers, that the dining-room in 
which we were meeting ought to have been too 
small for our gathering, started a train of thought 
that has been stimulating throughout the year 
to make the association more effective and 
larger. Certain it is that during the present 
year the attendance at all our functions has 
been larger than ever before. 

The annual field day at Thompson's Island 
on June 17 was notable for the number of 
graduates and the members of their families 
who attended. Never was there a more so- 
ciable gathering of members, and never before 
did the members respond so generously to the 
gift for the School. The amount given is still 
small, but it is the largest yet to our credit. 

Of individual accomplishment much could 
be recorded. It has been a good year for our 
members. Some have achieved a certain de- 
gree of greatness, and others have had it thrust 
upon them. 

When the state convention of firenaen met in Fall 
River this fall it was presided over by its president, 
Henry A. Fox, '79, district chief of the Boston Fire 
Department. And a few weeks later he was one of 
the delegates from the Boston Fire Department 
officially representing this great city at the national 
convention on fire prevention in New York. 

And in October, when the musicians of Boston 
laid the corner stone of their handsome new home 



on St. Botolph Street, and organized a band of over 
300 musicians for the accompanying parade, 
three graduates of the Farm School Band were in 
the aggregation, and the chairman of the day was 
Harold E. Brenton, '90. Since then he has been 
honored with re-election as president of the Musi- 
cians' Protective Association. 

At the sixth annual dinner of the Sampson & 
Murdock Club, composed of the employes of the 
great directory publishers, the toastmaster was 
William F. Davis, '79. 

Out on the frontier of the great Canadian North- 
west, Dana Currier, '01, has been engaged in sur- 
veying for a new railroad through that land of 
promise. 

In a more distant place, John W. Robblee. '02, in 
the Philippines, has held an important position in 
the automobile transportation service. 

In our own city, Harry A. English, '96, who was 
admitted to the Massachusetts bar a few years ago, 
has put out his shingle as a practicing attorney. 

The Farm School Band continues to hold its 
representation in America's greatest musical organ- 
ization, the Boston Symphony Orchestra. David H. 
Moore, "59, was a member of the first orchestra, 
and continued there for many years, while the 
representative this year is LeRoy S. Kenfield, '82. 

Tomorrow, Capt. James T. McCabe, '75, com- 
pletes 25 years of active and meritorious service in 
the Cambridge Fire Department. A Cambridge 
newspaper man speaks of him as the fire fighter 
■'par excellence." 

These are a few of the items which have 
come under my notice in the past few months. 
I know they inadequately represent the activities 
and accomplishments of graduates of The Farm 
and Trades School during the current year, and 
one purpose of mentioning them is to make 
them the basis of an appeal for co-operation. 

Early in the year, at the suggestion of the 
president of the association and Mr. Bradley, 
the historian undertook to furnish graduate notes 
for the alinnni page of the Beacon, which issues 
monthly. Once or twice a page has been filled, 
but on other occasions few items have been 
furnished. Within a few days 1 have had a 
request from Mr. Bradley for a definite com- 
mittee of several members whose duty it should 
be to undertake to keep the eighth page of the 
Beacon filled with alumni news. 1 respectfully 
recommend that such a committee be appointed 
to co-operate with the historian in the matter. 



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Cbe Jllutnni Jlssocmtlon of Cbe farm ana trades School 



Walter B. Foster, '78, Hingham 
President 

Merton p. Ellis, '99, Dorchester 
Secretary 



Charles Duncan, '71, Dorchester 
Vice-President 

Richard Bell, '73, Dorchester 
Treasurer 



Edward L. Capaul, '05, Roxbury 
Vice-President 



William Alcott, '84, Everett 
Historian 



Bnmn\ meeting 

At the annual meeting of the Alumni Asso- 
ciation at the Parker House in Boston, Decem- 
ber tenth, the historian presented the following 
summary of the year's events: 

The year which ends with this meeting to- 
night, completing the fourteenth of our associa- 
tion and the ninety-ninth in the history of our 
school, has been in many respects the best 
year of all for each. For our own association it 
has been superlative. Our membership is at 
its highest mark. Our activities have been 
the greatest and the most effective. 

One serious loss, however, is to be record- 
ed in the death on June 4, 1913, of Frederick 
B. Pullen. a graduate of 1858, a soldier in the 
war for the Union and who bore to his grave 
the scar of a wound received in the Port Hud- 
son Campaign in 1864; who served his city in 
peace as he served his country in war, with 
fideltity and loyalty, and who made a record of 
forty-two years as a member of the Cambridge 
PoHce Department. Rising through successive 
appointments from patrolman to chief of police, 
he reflected honor by his whole life upon our 
school and our association. 

Last March occurred the twenty-fifth anni- 
versary of service at the School of Mr. and Mrs. 
Charles H. Bradley as superintendent and 
matron; an event that was recognized both by our 
association and by the Board of Managers. The 
Managers, by formal vote and by other substan- 
tial means, expressed their sincere appreciation. 
The members of our association presented a 
gift for their home sitting-room — an electric lamp 
with indirect or invisible lighting^ — symbolic, may 
we not say, of our desire to lighten their hours 
and their way. Then together, a committee of 
the Board of Managers, consisting of the presi- 
dent and treasurer, with a member of our 



association, prepared and signed a tribute of 
appreciation of the faithful and valuable services 
of Mr. and Mrs. Bradley, which appeared in the 
April number of the Beacon. 

These proceedings gave to the newspapers 
of Boston an opportunity to call public attention 
to our school, and to speak of it in a way to set 
forth its true character. Probably the very 
best things ever written and printed about The 
Farm and Trades School have appeared during 
the current year. 

The year also marked the first full twelve- 
month in which a graduate of the School, nom- 
inated by the Alumni Association, has served on 
the Board of Managers. Needless to say that 
our representative has acquitted himself with 
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:Rlumni Dinner 

The eighth annual dinner of the Alumni 
Association will be held at Hotel Westmin- 
ster, Copley Square, Boston, on Wednesday 
evening, January 14th, at 7 o'clock. The 
dinner will be preceded by a social at 6.30. 

This year marking the centenary of the 
School; every graduate has been urgently 
requested to make an extra effort to be present 
and help the committee to make the dinner an 
unusual success. 



Leslie R. Jones, '06, who is getting to be 
a well-known amateur photographer, occasion- 
ally has some unique pictures in the newspapers. 
A recent one was the burning of an automobile 
on Tremont Street, where Leslie, as usual, hap- 
pened to be on the spot at the right moment. 
His room is a veritable art gallery of pictures, 
from recent date back to his early days in the 
School with a little Brownie No. 2. 



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BEACON 




Vol. 17. No. 10. Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. February, 1914 

Entered November 23. 1903. at Boston, Mass., as Second-class matter, under Act of Congress of July 16, 1894 



€otrdgc f{m Election 

The first quarterly election of Cottage Row 
for the year 1914 was held in the basement on 
January seventh. The meeting was called to 
order at 7.15 P. M. The Mayor appointed 
William Hill, Leslie H. Barker and Charles R. 
Jefferson as tellers. The Shareholders voted 
first, voting for candidates for all offices. The 
Non-shareholders voted next, voting for candi- 
dates for all offices except that of Assessor. 
The meeting was adjourned at 8.00 o'clock, and 
the Mayor, Clerk and tellers went to the 
reading-room to count the votes. The follow- 
ing were elected: Mayor, Victor H. Gordon; 
Shareholding Aldermen, Harold L. Carlton, 
Chester R. V/ood, V/alter S. Hall; Non-Share- 
holding Aldermen, Ernest E. Slocomb, Paul C. 
A. Swenson; Treasurer, Lester E. Cowden; 
Assessor, George W. N. Starrett. The Mayor 
then appointed: Perry Coombs, Chief of Police; 
Carlquist W. V/albourn, Clerk; Frederick E. 
VanValkenburg, Janitor; Byrcn E. Collins, Li- 
brarian; Llewelyn H. Lewis, Street Commis- 
sioner. The Chief of Police appointed the 
following: Lieutenant, Charles R. Jefferson; 
Sergeant, Warner E. Spear; Patrolmen, 
William Hill, William J. Grant, Hubert N. 
Leach. These officers were later sworn in by 
Mr. Bradley. Charles R. Jefferson. 

Sioya Course 

Sixteen boys attend sloyd each morning 
from 7.00 o'clock until 8.45, and in the after- 
noon from 1.00 to 2.15 another class attends. 
When a fellow first gets in sloyd he is shown a 
special hook on which to hang his coat and 
cap, and is then assigned to a bench, at which 



he is to work. Then he is set to work drawing 
his first three models, which are the wedge, 
the planting-pin, and the plant-support. After 
these are drawn, he fills out a lumber order 
blank. When the order has been approved by 
the instructor, the boy selects the wood and 
makes his first model. The same plan is car- 
ried out through the whole course. The sloyd 
models consist of wedge, planting-pin, plant- 
support, bread-board, flower-pot stand, coat- 
hanger, cylinder, file-handle, hammer-handle, 
butter-paddle, small picture-frame, paper-knife, 
pen-tray, nail-box, cake-spoon, mallet, diploma- 
frame, sugar-scoop, book-support, dumb-bell, 
tray, chest, and an extra model, the sail-boat. 
Hubert N. Leach. 

j\ Crip witb the mail-bov 

One morning during vacation 1 was work- 
ing on the wharf, when the office-boy came 
down and told Mr. Beebe that Mr. Bradley 
wanted the mail-boy and another boy to go over 
to the city to get the mail and do some other 
errands. Mr. Beebe selected me for the trip. 
He sent for the mail-boy, who was working in 
the shop. We washed up, polished our shoes, 
and put on our uniforms. Then we went to the 
office and got the mail-bag and the parcels that 
were to be mailed. We went over to the city 
on the steamer Pilgrim. We did most of our 
miscellaneous errands and then went into the 
post-office and got the mail. After doing the 
remainder of our errands we took a car for City 
Point and arrived at the Public Landing at 
about 1.45, and at 2.00 o'clock boarded the 
Pilgrim and returned to the Island. I enjoyed 
the trip very much. William E. Kennedy. 



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my mork at m Obscn^atory 

Lately I have been acting as chief, and it 
was my duty to go to the observatory and take 
the readings. I first take the humidity and 
dew-point, and then look at the barometer to 
see whether it is rising or falling, and take the 
reading. 1 then go on the roof of the observa- 
tory to take the readings of the anemometer and 
the thermometers. After I have all the read- 
ings taken I make out two copies of the record, 
one for the observatory and one for the office. 
At about a quarter of eight Capt. Dix telephones 
over and asks whether the barometer is rising 
or falling, the direction of the wind, relative 
humidity, the dew-point, and sometimes the 
temperature, so he can predict the weather for 
the day. After that I clean up and return to 
the house. William J. Grant. 

eicaniitd m mood-cellar 

One day Miss Gilpin told me to clean the 
wood-cellar. 1 turned on the lights and swept 
the chips into a pile and put them in a barrel. 
I got some of the wood and put it on the kitchen 
fire. I went down again and got a plank and 
laid it on the floor. Then 1 got some wood and 
began chopping it. 1 filled two small fish- 
barrels and a box with the wood that 1 had 
chopped. 1 was filling another box when Miss 
Gilpin called and told me to help take the waste 
to the swill-room in the storage-barn. 

Wesley F. Adams. 

Sbcllittd €orn 

Once a week some members of the farm 
squad have to go down to the corn-barn and 
shell corn. They shell it through a machine. 
One fellow feeds, while the other cranks. The 
ears of corn are dropped in and the corn comes 
out separated from the cob. There is a chute 
protruding out of the machine. The kernels 
come out at the side into a half-bushel measure, 
and the cobs come out at the end into a bushel 
box. After a measure is filled we empty it into 
a barrel. We usually have to fill two barrels. 
Dudley B. Breed 



Tixing a Sled 

One day while 1 was coasting, I noticed 
that the headgear of the sled was broken and 
I was unable to steer very well on that account. 
1 got permission to go down to the shop to fix it. 
1 got a piece of oak fifteen inches long, three 
inches wide, and seven-eighths of an inch thick. 
1 planed the broad surface and then gauged the 
thickness from that. Then I marked out a 
headgear big enough for the sled. After doing 
this 1 took a turning-saw and sawed out the 
shape, and then took a spoke-shave and rounded 
the front part of the headgear. 1 got a three- 
eighths-inch bit and bored a hole in the center 
of the headgear. Then 1 took a quarter-inch 
bit and bored a hole an inch from the end. 
Next I bolted it onto the sled with a monkey- 
wrench. The sled was then ready for use again. 
Hov/ard F. Lochrie. 

Cbc Printing Class 

Every Thursday night Mr. Lewis gives a 
lecture on printing. Each fellow takes notes in 
a book provided for that purpose. The lecture 
usually lasts until eight o'clock. One night 
each fellow was given a little book containing 
the list of names of the members of the class. 
The book is three inches long and two inches 
wide. On the outside in bold letters is the 
word "Printing." Inside are the names of the 
fellows of the first, second, third and fourth 
classes who are in the printing class. We like 
this idea of printing very much, and hope that 
the knowledge we gain from it will come in 
handy some day. George B. McLeod. 

maKlng Pen-wipers 

It was our work in the sewing-room one 
day to make pen-wipers. We used three dif- 
ferent size cutters with which to cut out the 
cloth. The office-boy brought us a mallet and 
a block of wood. Then one fellow cut out a lot 
of large, medium, and small size pieces of cloth 
of many different colors. Buttons were sewed 
on the pen-wipers and they were sent to the 
office. Chester R. Wood. 



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Conduct Prizes 

On Monday evening, January 26th, the 
Shaw Conduct prizes and the Temple Consola- 
tion prizes were given out by Mr. Bradley. 
These prizes are awarded every six nionths to 
the boys who have made the best record for 
conduct during the period. The following were 
the winners: 

Shaw Prizes 

Llewelyn Hughes Lewis, first, $5.00. 

Thomas Howard Langton, second, $3.25. 

Cecil Edward McKeown, third, $3.00. 

Charles Robert Jefferson, fourth, $2.75. 

George Gustaf Larsson, fifth, $2.50. 

Arthur Belden Gilbert, sixth, $2.25. 

Hubert Niles Leach, seventh, $2.00. 

Donald Marsden Wilde, eighth, $1.75. 

William Hill, ninth, $1.50. 

Ernest Elton Slocomb, tenth, $1.00 
Temple Consolation Prizes 

After the Shaw prizes had been distributed, 
the Temple Consolation prizes, consisting of 
books, were awarded to the following: 

Carl Dewey Phillip Hynes, first. 

William Joseph Grant, second. 

William Burton Cross, third. 

Harold Leon Carlton, fourth. 

Howard Ferguson Lochrie, fifth. 
Honorable Mention 

The following boys received honorable 
mention: 

Floyd Albert Warren. 

Herbert Lester Dudley. 

Warner Eugene Spear. 

Everett William Maynard. 

Douglas Abbot Haskins. 

Robert H. Peterson. 



B $lcigb-ridc 

In the afternoon, on January twenty-second, 
the dining-room and kitchen fellows, with some 
others, went for a sleigh-ride half way round the 
Island. We started at about half-past two and 
went down the Back Road, by the storage-barn, 
along Beach Road, around the farther side of 
Lyman Grove to Whale's Back, then back on 
Beach Road to the house. This ended our 
sleigh-ride, and we went back to coasting, it 
was a fine ride and we all enjoyed it. 

George F. Kendall. 

Cftc Pcncll-Boxcs 

A pencil-box is given to each boy in the 
School to keep his school things in, such as pen, 
pen-wiper, and eraser. The first and fourth 
classes have green ones, and the second and 
third have red ones. They are eight inches 
long, two and a half inches wide, and an inch 
and a quarter high. There are three divisions 
in the box, one being full length of the box, 
another six and a half inches long, and the third 
an inch and a half long. Each box has a lock 
and key. Walter L. Cole. 

School Prizes 

On Monday, January 26th, Mr. Bradley 
came into the school-room while the third class 
was having a geography lesson, and said that 
three prizes — first, second, and third — would 
be given to the boys who made the best effort, 
presented the best appearance and showed the 
best school spirit. The boy who tries the hard- 
est gets the first prize, and so on. 1 think the 
classes are trying very hard for them. 

Frederick A. Smith. 



Cicdtting tbc Instructors' Rooms 

It is my work every other afternoon to clean 
the instructors' rooms. I first clean the rugs and 
take the furniture, such as tables and chairs, 
and put them outside the room. Then 1 sweep 
and wash the floor. When that is done, 1 dust 
and replace the things I took out. 

Elwin C. Bemis 



Cutting Browntail moths 

Lately we have been cutting browntail 
moths. One fellow gets up in the tree with a 
cutter and cuts off the nests. A small fellow 
stays on the ground and picks them up. One 
afternoon another fellow and I gathered two 
hundred and sixty-two nests. 

Truman G. Cannon. 



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Vol. 17. No. 10. 



February, 1914 



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BOARD OF MANAGERS 



president 

Alfred Bowditch 

vice-president 

Charles P. Curtis 

TREASURER 

Arthur Adams 

1 35 Devonshire Street 
SECRETARY 

Tucker Daland 

managers 

Melvin O. Adams 
GoRHAM Brooks 
1. Tucker Burr 
S. V. R. Crosby 

George L. DeBlois 
Macolm Donald 
Thomas J. Evans 
Charles T. Gallagher 
Robert H. Gardiner, Jr. 
N. Penrose Hallowell 
Henry Jackson, M. D. 
Charles E. Mason 
Roger Pierce 

Richard M. Saltonstall 
Francis Shaw 

William S. Spaulding 

Moses Williams, Jr. 
Ralph B. Williams 

Charles H. Bradley, Superintendent 



The act of incorporation creating what is 
now The Farm and Trades School was passed 
February twenty-fourth, 1914, but the first 
meeting to elect officers and perfect the organ- 
ization was held on March twenty-first in 1814, 



and this later day has been decided upon as 
the day on which to have the more formal 
and public exercises commemorating the one 
hundredth anniversary of the School. 

The use of the Old South Church, corner 
of Boylston and Dartmouth Streets, has been 
very kindly reserved for this purpose, and most 
fittingly so, for in the very early history of the 
School this was one of the churches where the 
School's anniversary exercises were held. It 
shared in this way and in rotation with King's 
Chapel, St. Paul's Church and the Old North 
Church in contributing its service, which was 
most helpful, to the School and to the com- 
munity, for in those early days ours was the 
only school or place where a boy of unfortunate 
surroundings of whatever nature could be edu- 
cated and cared for, and thus the whole com- 
munity was interested in its welfare, main- 
tenance and advancement. 

In the days of the smaller Boston, prob- 
ably nearly the whole population knew of the 
School and its work, but with the growth of the 
city and the advancement in all educational 
and social methods, attention and interest have 
been divided, for a great many other schools, 
societies and organizations have come into ex- 
istence, which have constantly been relieving 
the ever pressing demand upon this School, and 
the work has been divided and sub-divided 
for greater usefulness and efficiency for all; 
but still we find that the original purpose of the 
School has been very closely adhered to and 
the work is being carried on in general as first 
introduced, but in harmony with the most 
advanced ideas in practical education. 

So when this public meeting is held on the 
twenty-first day of March it will be very much 
in keeping with the early custom of the School, 
both in programme and in purpose, in bringing 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



together the people who are interested and who 
appreciate the long service which the School 
has rendered to the community, in keeping 
alive a knowledge of the work it is doing and 
informing the newer population and creating in 
it new interests in this venerable institution. It 
is expected that the observance will be an 
occasion long to be remembered by graduates 
and friends generally and all those who may 
become interested in as at this time. 

Early in the summer there will be a 
Gala-day at the Island, which will include a 
reunion of graduates and old friends and an 
opportunity for any and all to see the actual 
work going on here. Graduates and others 
interested will be informed as to the details of 
the celebration by notices sent out from the 
School, and by the daily papers. 

We are extremely gratified with the in- 
terest which the Alumni Association and its 
members are taking in these observances, and 
we are looking forward to red letter days. 

notes 

Jan. 1. Blacksmith here shoeing horses. 

Jan. 2. Repaired road around Lyman 
Grove. 

Jan. 3. Copper water-heater installed in 
laundry in place of one of cast-iron. 

Jan. 5. Winter term of school began. 

Instructors' first dancing lesson. 

Manager Charles T. Gallagher visited the 
School. 

Jan. 6. Finished cutting up wood at 
storage-barn. 

Jan. 7. Began gathering browntail moth 
nests. 

Jan. 8. Dressed hog weighing 280 
pounds. 

Twin electric-light cable run from stock- 
barn to telephone-house on wharf. 

Admission Committee Meeting. Five 
boys were admitted: Elmer Wilfred Green, 



Henry William Provost, Norman Reul Wyatt, 
Roy William Bashaw, David Lee Nice. 

Jan. 9. Scow-load of spruce and pine 
lumber came from Freeport Street. 

Thomas R. Melville of the Water Depart- 
ment was here and advised about methods to 
prevent pipes from freezing. 

Jan. 10. Repaired picket-fence between 
road and storage-barn. 

Jan 12. Cutting trees in Lyman Grove. 

Veterinary surgeon. Dr. Delano, here. 

Jan. 14. Alumni Dinner at Hotel West- 
minster. 

Former instructor Elwin F. Miller visited 
the Island. 

Dorchester Bay partially frozen over, 
necessitating ice-cutting with Steamer Pilgrim. 

Jan. 15. Frederick J. Barton, '09, passed 
the day here. 

Secretary Tucker Daland and Dr. J. W. 
Eliot lunched at the School. 

Jan. 17. Lorin Lees Babcock entered 
the School. 

Jan. 20. Boys of the first class judging 
cows. 

Jan. 21. First coasting of the season. 

Renewed worn-out planks in floor of stock- 
barn. 

Jan. 22. Everybody on the Island given 
a sleigh-ride. 

Jan. 27. Dressed hog weighing 260 
pounds. 

Jan. 28. Put a small door in locker at 
City Point for parcel post delivery. 

Jan. 29. Two Japanese silkie cockerels 
arrived. 

Mr. E. H. Forbush, State Ornithologist, 
visited the Island with the object of studying 
the rat problem. 

First half of a carload of Colorado alfalfa 
hay arrived 

Jan. 31. 15,109 browntail moth nests 
were gathered during the month. 

Earle Clifton Miller, Ex '13, left the 
School to work in Stoughton, Mass. 



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January meteorologv 

Maximun temperature, 64° on the 30th. 

Minimum temperature, 6° pn the 13th. 

Mean temperature for the month, 28.9°. 

Total precipitation, 3.24 inches. 

Greatest precipitatian in twenty-four hours, 
.96 inches on the 31st. 

9 days with .01 or more inches precipita- 
tion, 5 clear days, 20 partly cloudy, 6 cloudy 
days. 

Total number of hours sunshine, 93 and 
50 minutes. 

The wind attained a velocity of 60 miles 
per hour on the 12th. 

Monthly snow-fall, 9.85 inches. 

Cbc Tarm and Cradcs School Bank 

Cash on hand Jan. 1, 1914 $944.44 

Deposits for the month 54.98 

$999,42 
Withdrawn during the month 50.35 

Cash on hand Feb. 1, 1914 $949.07 

l)Htt\m Gravel 

One Saturday 1 was told to take a horse 
and cart and go over on the East Side and get 
some gravel. After hitching the horse to a 
cart 1 went up stairs in the barn and got a 
shovel from the tool-room, and ttien went over 
to the East Side and loaded the gravel, 
which was in barrels, into the cart. 1 brought 
the barrels back with the gravel and backed the 
cart under the barn, where the gravel is stored. 
Then 1 unloaded the gravel and put the horse 
back in the stall, and went up to the house. 
Erwin L. Collidge. 

Street Commissioner 

On the morning following the election of 
Cottage Row, which occurred on Wednesday 
evening, January seventh, the Mayor-elect, 
Victor H. Gordon, appointed me Street Com- 
missioner. Some of the work which the Street 
Commissioner has to do is as follows: Empty 
the waste-barrels, keep the street clear of 
twigs, keep plenty of gravel in the street, and 
rake it. Llewelyn H. Lewis. 



Che Bana ball 

There are thirty fellows in our band. 
When one wants to practice he goes down to 
the band-hall. The hall is on the second floor 
of the power-house. There are a number of 
chairs arranged in a double semi-circle, with a 
music-rack in front of each chair. In the 
middle of the semi-circle of chairs is a little 
raised platform, with a chair and a music rack 
on it. This is for the band-leader. The 
instruments are kept in a cupboard, which 
occupies a whole side of the band-hall. The 
cupboard is divided into sections, one section 
being for the music, the others for the musical 
instruments, which consist of cornets, trom- 
bones, tenors, basses, clarinets, altos, drums, 
cymbals, etc. At one end of the band-hall is a 
piano. There are two parts to our band, the 
old members or the regular band, and the new 
members or beginners. When an old member 
goes away, the best player on his instrument 
takes his place. William B. Cross. 

Che lUrlnger 

The wringer is one of the most useful 
pieces of machinery in the laundry. The part 
in which the clothes are put is shaped like a 
bowl with holes in the sides. The clothes 
are placed all around the sides, leaving a small 
space in the middle. Then the power is turned 
on. The force of the revolving wringer throws 
the clothes against the sides, and the water is 
driven out through the small holes. The 
wringer makes about twelve hundred revolutions 
a minute. Wilbur F. Blanchard. 

Plav time 

Just as soon as 1 finish my work in the 
dining-room I go to the gymnasium, where I 
swing on the rings and do stunts on the parallel 
bars. After 1 have had all the fun 1 want here, 
I go down to the band-hall and practice on my 
instrument. When .there is good sliding or 
skating, I ask permission to do whichever of 
these 1 wish to. When the bell rings at five 
o'clock, 1 go into the dining-room to help get 
supper on the tables. Antonio V. Maciel. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Jtnnual Dinner 

(Continued from page 8) 



Mr. Curtis, chairman of the Admission 
Committee, asked for the co-operation of the 
alumni in getting hold of the right kind of boy 
to whom might be given the exceptional advan- 
tages which the School offers. 

Mr. Adams, the treasurer, said that he 
looked forward with anticipation to two events 
in connection with the school interests, one 
being the Christmas visit with Dr. Bancroft 
to the School, and the other was the annual 
dinner. 

Mr. Daland heartily endorsed the sugges- 
tion of Mr. Curtis regarding co-operation in 
securing the very best boys for the School. 

William Alcott, '84, night city editor of 
the Boston Globe, spoke in appreciation of the 
work of the Board of Managers, and of the im- 
provements observed at the School on a recent 
visit. 

Henry A. Fox, 79, district chief of the 
Boston fire department, spoke of the benefit 
which his school training has been to him in 
his present position. 

Solomon B. Holman, '50, the oldest 
alumnus present, and as far as known the oldest 
living alumnus, said that the principle of hon- 
esty, which he remembered as foremost among 
the teachings at the School in his day, had 
been the guiding star of his whole life, and he 
had tried to faithfully follow it. 

Frederick J. Barton, '09, of Farmington, 
Me., was presented as the alumnus who had 
come the greatest distance in order to attend 
the reunion. He was given a hearty ovation. 

William A. Morse, son of Superintendent 
Bradley's predecessor in the office of superin- 
tendent, spoke reminiscently and interestingly 
of the old days, and expressed his gratification 
at the progress of the School. 

Alfred C. Malm, '00, spoke with gratitude 
of the great help the School had been to him 
and his mother at a critical time in their lives. 

Harry A. English, '96, who, with Mr. 
Malm, have been admitted as members of the 



Massachusetts bar, said that in all his work and 
all his study he had always had as an incentive 
the thought that the Farm School, its graduates 
and its officers, were interested in him and his 
progress. 

Merton P. Ellis, '99, Secretary of the 
Association, was another who received a great 
ovation when he was presented. He read let- 
ters of regret from Messrs. Melvin O. Adams 
and Charles T. Gallagher of the Board of Man- 
agers, and from Harold E. Brenton, '90, and 
Leroy S. Kenfield, '82, both of whom enclosed 
checks for the alumni fund. The closing speaker 
was Mr. E. A. Miller. 

Following is the list of those present: 



Artiiur Adams 
Alfred Bowditch 



W. B. Bancroft 



Managers 

Charles P. Curtis 
Tucker Daland 
Henry Jackson 

School 

Charles H. Bradley 
E. L. Miller 



Graduates 

George J. Alcott. '80 George M. Holmes, '10 

William Alcott. '84 Otis M. Howard. '67 

Frederick J. Barton. '09 William N. Hughes. '55 

Richard Bell, '73 Alfred W. Jacobs. '10 

John E. Bete, '96 Harold Y. Jacobs. '10 

Charles A. Blatchford.'04 Leslie R. Jones. '06 

Sherman G. Brasher, '77 Joseph H. Kelly, '74 

Charles H. Bridgham,'85 Elkanah D. LeBlanc, '97 

George E. Bridgham,'85 Preston W. Lewis, '81 

George Buchan. '97 Clarence W. Loud. '96 

George W. E. Byers, '87 Alfred C. Malm, '01 

Edward Capaul. '05 Louis E. Means, '04 

William G.Cummings, '98 William P.Morrison. '77 

Edward L. Davis, '02 William A. Morse 

William F. Davis, '79 Bernard F. Murdock. '11 

Augustus N. Doe. '79 Robert McKay. '05 

Charles Duncan, '71 George G. Noren, '02 

Merton P. Ellis, '99 Walter D. Norwood. '04 

Harry A. English. '96 Willard H. Perry, '10 

Ernest B. Favier, '77 Frederick W. Piercey. '86 

Arthur D. Fearing. '84 Albert A. Probert. '06 

Walter B. Foster, '78 Eliot W. Rowell, '12 

Henry A. Fox, '79 Charles A. Smith, '69 

James H. Graham. '73 Charles F. Spear. '03 

Leslie W. Graves. '04 Roy D. Upham, '12 

Alden B. Hefler, '87 Bruce L. "Valiquet. '80 

Solomon B. Holman. "50 Carl L. Wittig. '05 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Cbe Jllumni fl$$ociaticit of Cbe farm and trades School 



Walter B. Foster, '78, Hingham 
President 

Merton p. Ellis, '99, Dorchester 
Secretary 



Charles Duncan, '71. Dorchester 
Vice-President 

Richard Bell, '73, Dorchester 
Treasurer 



Edward L. Capaul, '05. Roxbury 
Vice-President 

William Alcott, '84, Everett 
Historian 



ilnnual Dinner 

The annual dinner of the Alumni Associa- 
tion of The Farm and Trades School was held 
at Hotel Westminster on the evening of Wed- 
nesday, January fourteenth, with an attendance 
of members and guests numbering sixty-three. 
The reception preceding the dinner was held 
in the rooms of the Vermont Association of 
Boston, on the second floor of the hotel, and 
afforded a delightful opportunity for renewing 
old acquaintances and making new ones. A 
fine spirit of fraternity and good fellowship pre- 
vailed. Dinner was served at 7.30. At the 
head tables were the guests, including Messrs. 
Alfred Bowditch, Charles P. Curtis, Tucker 
Daland, Arthur Adams, and Dr. Henry Jackson 
of the Board of Managers; and Superintendent 
Charles H. Bradley. Dr. W. B. Bancroft, the 
school physician, and Mr. E. L. Miller of 
Waterbury, Conn., former instructor in print- 
ing, chose seats with the graduates at the other 
tables. President Walter E. Foster presided 
and asked a blessing. 

The after-dinner programme included brief 
remarks by the members of the Board of Man- 
agers, the school representatives, and half a 
dozen graduates. President Foster spoke with 
much feeling of the tender memories of school 
days recalled by such a gathering, and urged 
greater co-operation on the part of the alumni 
to make the Association of more value to the 
School. 

President Alfred Bowditch, of the Board 
of Managers, bespoke his pleasure at seeing the 
increased attendance at the dinner. He told 
of some of the plans for observing the hun- 
dredth anniversary of the School during the 
current year. 

Superintendent Charles H. Bradley brought 



an interesting recital of the events of the year 
at the School, and discussed some of the prob- 
lems created by changed conditions. 
(Continued on page 7) 



Jllunini notes 



Ernest W. Austin, '99, and Mrs. Austin 
announce the birth of a boy, Ernest Charles 
Austin, January 28th, 1914. Mother and baby 
doing well. 

Bernard F. Murdock, '11, was probably 
the youngest graduate present at the annual 
dinner. Bernard has made a fine showing. 
He is in his junior year at the Mechanics Art 
High School, Boston, and works all the spare 
time possible in a florist shop, where he earns 
money to assist in paying his way. 

William B. Laing, Ex '14, writes from 
146 Latrobe Avenue, Austin, Chicago, Illinois. 
He is still with the Western Electric Company, 
and although he enjoys his work and is making 
progress, he evidently has a longing for the East 
and his old surroundings. He says he has a 
pupil in drumming and expects another soon. 
He has also started an orchestra, and after a 
concert which is in preparation he hopes to in- 
crease its numbers. 

Richard Bell, '71, and Mrs. Bell have 
announced the engagement of their daughter, 
Mabel Frances, to Frederick Greydon Libbey of 
Newton. 



The retirement of Herbert W. French, '78, 
as treasurer of the Alumni Association, after 12 
years of service in that position, was marked by 
a gift to him of a mantle clock, accompanied 
by a letter of appreciation of his long and 
valued services. 



THOMPSONS ISLAND 

b£M;on 



Vol. 17. No. 1 1. Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. March, 1914 

Entered November 23. 1903. at Boston. Mass.. as Second-class matter, under Act of Congress of July 16. 1894 




GEN. MAYNARD S SIDE 



THE SNOW-BALL BATTLE 



GEN. COOMBS SIDE 



Snow ball Battk 

It is our custom on Washington's Birthday 
to have a snow-ball battle. Some weeks before 
that date two Generals are chosen by the boys. 
This year the honor came to Everett W. May- 
nard and Perry Coombs. After the Generals 
were chosen they selected their officers and 
men. Under the direction of its officers, each 
army constructed the snow breastworks. The 
fortifications were 50 ft. long, 4 ft. high, 4 ft. 



thick, and one hundred feet apart, having em- 
brasures in the walls at suitable places, serving 
as openings where snow-balls could be hurled 
at the enemy, and also as sallyrports. Back of 
the breastworks in each fort were placed 
bags filled with ground cork. The capture of 
these bags from the opponents was an important 
part of the battle. About ten days were spent 
in constructing the fortifications, there being 
plenty of material on hand, thanks to the generous 



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THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



snowfall. The morning of the twenty-second 
was spent in final preparation for the battle, 
which took place at 2.30 P. M. At that time 
both armies were in their respective forts ready 
for the battle. The engagement was divided 
into four ten-minute periods with five-minutes 
rest between. General Maynard having won the 
choice of flags, selected the yellow, leaving the 
blue flag for General Coombs. All being in 
readiness, General Coombs, leaving a few men 
to guard his fort, made a flying attack on Gen- 
eral Maynard. General Maynard had his army 
divided into squads with an officer at the head 
of each. Half of the squads were stationed 
behind the breastworks, using snow ammunition, 
while the remaining squads were guarding the 
bags. We could not push an opponent off the 
breastworks or use our hands in fending them 
off, but as soon as they scaled the wall we could 
make them prisoners and hold them from 
getting the bags. If any bags were captured 
they were thrown over the breastworks, and the 
men who were guarding General Coombs' fort 
took the bags and put them behind their own 
breastworks. We could not bury the bags or 
hold them. When the whistle was blown at the 
end of the fighting period the umpires counted 
the captured bags, and the number of men 
having entered the enemy's fort, etc., and deter- 
mined the number of points scored by the 
attacking force. The second attack was made 
by General Maynard, who divided his army into 
squads and attacked the fort in different places 
and threw out the bags, and a couple of squads 
stayed outside of the breastworks and took the 
bags and put them behind their own fort. When 
this period was ended General Maynard was 
ahead. The third and fourth periods were joint 
attacks. Each general left men in the forts 
and took some for the attack. One side would 
throw bags from behind the enemy's fort and 
the two sides would be between the two forts 
and each side would try to capture the bags and 
they were kept flying through the air. General 
Maynard was still ahead at the end of the third 
period. The fourth period was fought in the 
same way and there was no time during the 



battle when it was at all certain who would win, 
but after a stubborn resistance in which there 
was considerable bloodshed on both sides the 
victory banner was fairly won by General 
Coombs. His side scored 1370 points against 
General Maynard's 1355 points. After giving 
three cheers the victors marched to the kitchen 
porch, to the lively accompaniment played by 
their bugler and drummers, where the banner 
of victory was received, also the trophy, consis- 
ting of cookies, cakes, oranges, bananas, can- 
dies, etc. Then they went up into the gym- 
nasium, where the good things were divided 
among the winning army and the officers of the 
losing army. 

RULES AND POINTS 

10-minute quarters. 

Three 5-minute periods. 

First and third quarters — single attacks. 

Second and fourth quarters — joint attacks. 

First and third quarters — all bags behind breast- 
works attacked. 

Second and fourth quarters — bags divided equally be- 
hind breastworks. 



Entrance to breastworks through embrasure^S points. 
Over the breastworks — 15 " 

Each bag captured — 25 " 

Capturing the colors — 50 " 

Each man not having been behind breast 
works at end of each quarter counts 
for the defender — 5 

The side having largest number of points at end of 
fourth quarter is winner of the battle. 

Ernest E. Slocomb. 

During a couple of weeks in February we 
had some excellent coasting. The Front Avenue 
was used for this purpose this year. Down at 
the foot of the avenue the two granite pillars 
which mark the entrance to the Front and Rear 
Avenues had been well padded with bags of 
straw so that there was no danger of being hurt. 
On going down on sleds or double runners we 
had to keep to the inner edge until we rounded 
the curve and then gradually work into the 
middle of the avenue. We went about half 
way out on the wharf. There were besides the 
flexible flyers, three double runners in use. 

Franklin E. Gunning. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 




COASTING ON FRONT AVENUE 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Cbomp$on'$ Island Beacon 

Published Monthly by 

THE FARM AND TRADES SCHOOL 

Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor 

DEPENDENT UPON DONATIONS AND BEQUESTS 

A PRIVATE SCHOOL FOR WORTHY BOYS 

OF LIMITED MEANS 



Vol. 17. No. 11, 



March, 1914 



Subscription Price - 50 Cents Per Year 



BOARD OF MANAGERS 



president 

Alfred Bowditch 

vice-president 

Charles P. Curtis 
treasurer 

Arthur Adams 

! 35 Devonshire Street 

secretary 

Tucker Daland 

managers 

Melvin 0. Adams 
Gorham Brooks 
I. Tucker Burr 
S. V. R. Crosby 

George L. DeBlois 
Malcolm Donald 
Thomas J. Evans 
Charles T. Gallagher 
Robert H. Gardiner, Jr. 
N. Penrose Hallowell 
Henry Jackson, M. D. 
Charles E. Mason 
Roger Pierce 

Richard M. Saltonstall 
Francis Shaw 

William S. Spaulding 

Moses Williams, Jr. 
Ralph B. Williams 

Charles H. Bradley, Superintendent 



At first thought, one would hardly associate 
nearly all the country sports of winter with an 
island in Boston Harbor, yet this is possible at 
Thompson's Island to a very large extent, for 
upon the artificial ponds made usually from the 



storage of surface water, we have excellent op- 
portunity for skating and playing the various 
games and sports upon ice. 

By the gentler and steeper slopes from an 
elevation of seventy-one feet above mean low 
water, we have coasting on toboggans, single 
sleds and double- runners, and at times we can 
also indulge in sleigh-rides over the five miles 
or more of road which we have, or through the 
fields. Some of the boys also find places for 
skiing, and occasionally snow-shoes are seen 
going over the drifts and through the meadows. 
In earlier numbers of the Beacon we have 
illustrated skating and some of the other winter 
sports. In this number is shown in two views 
the coast which the boys have enjoyed this 
season, a coast extending from the main building 
down the front avenue, past the barn and well 
out onto the wharf, and four views of the snow- 
ball battle. This is really the out-of-door 
event of the season. It originated some 
twenty odd years ago when we were trying to 
think of some game or sport which would be 
somewhat appropriate to indulge in on February 
22nd, Washington's Birthday. 

We think of Washington as a military man, 
a general, with a purpose and a plan, leading to 
victory, so we conceived the idea which has 
since been annually carried out, of a game in 
which all of the boys could take part and 
exercise generalship, make plans, go into battle 
and win a victory. The whole School, weeks 
before this day, chooses two generals, and they 
select their officers and privates, building such 
forts, breastworks or trenches as each year may 
be decided upon, and then, after planning and 
scheming, fight a snow-ball battle for points 
under definite rules, the winning side having the 
privilege and honor of carrying the silk banner 
designed for the purpose, and carried each year 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



in triumphant march, together with a trophy, or, 
as the Romans termed it, the "spoils of victory," 
the spoils consisting of fruits, cakes, candy, and 
other sweets of various kinds in ample quantities, 
borne on their shoulders to the gymnasium and 
there divided amongthe victors and theirfriends. 
We have our historic exercises appropriate 
to the day, but perhaps nowhere else is this 
mid-winter holiday observed by boys indulging 
"in an exhilarating, out-of-door game which 
calls for keen, mental and physical activity, for 
skill, fairness and courage. 

notes 

Feb. 2. Sorting potatoes at farm-house 
cellar. 

The remaining portion of a car-load of 
Alfalfa arrived. 

Feb. 3. Mr. E. H. Forbush, state orni- 
thologist, and his man here to investigate the 
rat problem. 

Feb. 7. Bernhardt Gerecke, '12, and 
friend from Massachusetts Nautical Training 
Ship Ranger passed the afternoon on the 
Island. 

Feb. 8. Sunday. Mr. Fred Derwacter of 
Newton Theological Seminary conducted the 
Sunday services. 

Mr. Clarence J. Ferguson spent Sunday 
here. Spoke to the boys in the evening. 

Several boys attended church at Field's 
Corner, through the invitation of Charles 
Blatchford, '04. 

Feb. 14. Made forms for casting con- 
crete fence-posts. 

Feb. 17. Started sprouting oats for hens. 

Entertainment by Harvard students. Pre- 
sentation of Crosby foot-ball shield and cups by 
Charles E. Brickley. of the Harvard foot-ball 
eleven. Thanks due, as usual, to Mr. Arthur 
Beane. 

Feb. 18. Coasting on Front Avenue. 

Dressed hog weighing 275 pounds. 

Gift of lantern from Peter Gray & Sons. 

Feb. 19. Blacksmith shoeing horses. 



Feb. 20. Dance in Assembly-hall. Music 
furnished by Cadet Orchestra from Massachu- 
setts Nautical Training Ship Ranger, through 
the kindness of Bernhardt Gerecke, ' 12, who 
played the piccolo. 

Feb. 21. Charles A. Graves. '07, and 
Perley W. White, '12, visited the School. 

Charles A. Graves, '07, presented a set of 
encyclopedias to the winning general of the 
snow-ball battle. 

Feb. 22. Services appropriate to Wash- 
ington's Birthday, boys taking part. 

Bernhardt Gerecke, '12, here. 

Feb. 23. Annual snow-ball battle. Vice- 
President Charles P. Curtis, Treasurer Arthur 
Adams and Manager George E. DeBlois here. 
Also Elizabeth DeBlois, Winifred Johnson, 
Merton Ellis, '99, and Mrs. Ellis. Leslie R. 
Jones, '06, and Miss Lillian Anderson. 

Feb. 24. One hundred years ago today 
the Act incorporating this School was passed 
by the Legislature and signed by Governor 
Caleb Strong. 

Feb. 25. Finished bins in Gardner-hall 
basement for holding pipe fittings. 

Feb. 26. Took last of celery from celery- 
room. 

Feb. 27. Mr. Walter Adams passed the 
night here. 

Feb. 28. Stored 250 barrels of snow in 
celery-room for sugaring-off. 

Vice-President Charles P. Curtis, Mr. E. 
H. Forbush, Mr. Edward L. Parker and Mr. 
James G. Parker here. 

Tcbruary meteorology 

Maximum temperature, 55° on the 4th. 

Minimum temperature, ■ — 13° on the 12th. 

Mean temperature for the month, 24.7'' 

Total precipitation, 2.39 inches. 

Greatest precipitation in twenty-four hours, 
.60 inches on the 13th. 

8 days with .01 or more inches precipita- 
tion, 10 clear days, 17 partly cloudy, 1 cloudy 
day. 

Total number of hours sunshine, 162 and 
40 minutes. 

Monthly snowfall, 16 inches. 

Ice went out of Dorchester Bay as far up 
as our wharf on the 27th. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Cbc Tdrm and Crades School Bank 

Cash on hand February 1, 1914 $949.07 

Deposits during the month 12 47 

961.54 
38.33 

$923.21 



Withdrawn during the month 
Cash on hand March 1, 1914 



mcreoroiogy and Jtgriculturc 

Every Tuesday night the boys in the first, 
second and third classes go to the Assembly- 
hall to hear lectures on agriculture or meteor- 
ology. Capt. Dix, the meteorology teacher, 
and Mr. Shaw, the agriculture teacher, take 
turns and each has a Tuesday night every other 
week to deliver a lecture. The last two lec- 
tures that Capt. Dix gave were about Isobars, 
which are lines drawn on weather maps through 
the different places in the United States having 
the same barometric pressure. Mr. Shaw's 
talks are about poultry, farming, and the most 
used vegetables, such as corn and potatoes. He 
has also given a talk on cattle. The two most 
common classes of cattle are the dairy and beef 
type. At the end of each term we have 
questions on agriculture and meteorology. If 
we have learned our lessons in these studies, 
some day this information will be very useful to 
us. Frederick A. Smith. 

Cbe mcatbcr Bureau Staff 

Each month five fellows are selected to 
assist the Chief and Deputy at the observatory. 
Observations are taken twice a day — at eight 
o'clock in the morning and eight o'clock at 
night. In the morning either the Chief or 
the Deputy goes to the observatory, but at night 
the whole staff goes over The fellows selected 
for March are as follows: Lawrence M. Cobb, 
Chief; William J. Grant, Deputy; Everett W. 
Maynard, Sunshine Recorder; Warner E. Spear, 
Barometer; Joseph L. Pendergast, Thermome- 
ters; Frederick A. Smith, Anemometer and 
Weather Vane; and Charles R. Jefferson, Rain 
Gage and Polymeter. 

Everett W. Maynard. 



Our magazines 

In the boys' reading-room there are fifty- 
five magazines. The first-graders have the 
privilege of going to the reading-room every 
evening, except Sunday evening, after seven 
o'clock. The other boys go according to grades. 
The magazines on file are as follows: 

American Blacksmith Illustrated London News 

American Boy, The Industrial Enterprise 

American Cultivator Inland Printer. The 

American Forestry Literary Digest, The J 

American Industries Lyman School Enterprise 1 

American Machinist Machinery 

Beacon, The (published by Manual Training . 

the American Unitarian New England Kurn Hat- I 



Assoc.) 
Berkshire Industrial Farm 

Record 
Blue and White, The 



tin Homes 
Our Dumb Anim.als 
Our Fourfooted Friends 
Our Paper 



Boston Evening Transcript Popular Electricity 

Boys' Industrial School Popular Mechanics 

Journal Power 

Children's Herald Record. The 

Child's Hour Riverside, The 

Christian Endeavor World Saint Nicholas, 

Christian Science Monitor Scientific American. The 

Collier's Weekly Southern Letter 

Current Events Suburban Life 

Dawn, The Summary, The 

Disston Crucible Technical World 

Dorchester Beacon, The Tuskegee Student 

Early Trainer, The Union Signal 

Farm, and Poultry Voice, The 

Garden Magazine, The Week, The 

Gimlet, The World's Work 

Gleaner. The Young Crusader, The 

Hoard's Dairyman Youth's Companion, The 

Thomas H. Lancton. 

Some Small holders 

Lately some small folders were given out. 
On them are the names of the fellows and the 
class to which they belong. In the first class 
there are twenty-one members; in the second 
class there are twenty members; in the third 
class there are twenty-five members; and in the 
fourth class there are twenty-five members. 
There are some fellows in the advanced class 
whose names are not on this folder. 

. _. Carl H. Collins. 



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Cbc l^arvard €nrcrtainmcnt 

We are indebted to Mr. Arthur Beane, at 
one time supervisor at this School, for the 
excellent entertainment which he and several 
students from Harvard College gave us on Tues- 
day evening, February seventeenth. When 
assembly-call was sounded it found all of 
us in the halt, where Mr. Beane, in his usual 
happy manner, introduced us to our guests and 
entertainers. The following programme was 
enjoyed by all present: 

Piano and Violin Duet — Osgood Perkins 
and Horace W. Frost. 

Reading, "Uncle Remus" — James C. 
Manry. 

Clog Dancing — Henry DeFord, Jr. 

Reading, "Italian Account of a Base-ball 
Game" — Osgood Perkins. 

Singing — Harvard Glee Club. 

Reading — Mrs. Richard Ohler. 

Trio — S. Manlius Sargent accompanying 
on the piano. 

Reading — James C. Manry. 

Clog Dancing — Henry DeFord, Jr. 

Reading — Mrs. Richard Ohler. 

Singing — Harvard Glee Club. 

After the applause for the last number, 
Mr. Charles E. Brickley, the famous foot-ball 
player, was introduced by Mr. Beane. Mr. 
Brickley spoke to the fellows for a few minutes, 
telling the boys to win in a fair, clean and 
manly way, and then presented the Crosby 
shield and silver cups to the winners. 

Winners of the Crosby Shield. 

Everett W. Maynard, Capt. 
Walter 1. Tassinari. 
Ernest V. Wyatt. 
Antonio V. Maciel. 
Stanley W. Clark. 
Leroy S. Heinlein. 
Theodore Milne. 
John L. Sherman. 
Dexter L. Noble. 
William B. Cross. 



Paul C. A. Swenson. 
Thomas H. Langton. 
Raymond H. Batchelder. 
Kenneth A. Bemis. 
William C. Gonser. 

Winners of the Crosby Cups. 

Walter 1. Tassinari, L. E. 
Erwin L. Coolidge, L. T. 
Robert E. Dudley, L. G. 
Chester R. Wood, C. 
Benjamin L. Murphy, R. G. 
Stanley W. Clark, R. T. 
Warner E. Spear, R. E. 
Lawrence M. Cobb, L. H. B. 
Charles R. Jefferson, R. H. B. 
Paul C. A. Swenson, Q. B. 
Everett W. Maynard, F. B. 
Ernest V. Wyatt, Sub. L. H. B. 
William J. Grant, Sub. R. H. B. 
Perry Coombs, Sub. F. B. 

George B. McLeod. 

Cleaning Our Pig pens 

Lately it has been my work to clean out 
the pig-pens. 1 first harness up a horse to a 
cart and then go down to the pig-pens and back 
up to the side of them. Next 1 get a fork and 
take all the bedding and other stuff out, after 
which I take a hoe and scrape it thoroughly so 
as to make it look clean. When the cart is full 
1 take it over to the compost-shed and empty it 
Then I come back and get another load. After 
1 have cleaned out the pens there is usually 
new bedding put in. Hubert N. Leach. 

Clbrarv Cards 

In the cupboard in the Assembly-room is 
a box that is used for the library cards. It 
is seven inches long, three inches wide, and 
five and three quarters high. It is divided into 
two parts. One part is for the cards of the 
boys who want books, and the other part is for 
the cards of the boys who are not using them. 
The cards are arranged alphabetically, with an 
index. Walter L. Cole. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Cbe JHumni Association of Cbe farm ana Craaes School 



Walter B. Foster, '78, Hingham 
President 

Merton p. Ellis, '99, Dorchester 
Secretary 



Charles Duncan, '71, Dorchester 
Vice-President 

Richard Bell, '73, Dorchester 
Treasurer 



Edward L. Capaul, '05. Roxbury 
Vice-President 



William Alcott. '84, Everett 
Historian 



Joseph H. Kelley, 74, 'who for more than 
a score of years has been a patrohnan in the 
Everett poHce department, has been granted a 
leave of absence on account of iUness. 

George J. Hartman, '75, we occasionally 
hear from in person or through friends. He is 
counted on as one of the old reliables in the 
American Tool & Machine Company works at 
428 Hyde Park Avenue, Roslindale. Mass. 

Harry A. English, '96, of Jamaica Plain, 
was a member of the Y. M. C. A. team which 
met the Y. M. C. U. team in a joint debate on 
"Immigration," on January 19. 

Fred F. Burchsted, Jr., '02, working at 
Pales in Walpole, writes that his wife has 
recently had a serious illness, but is now getting 
on finely. 

Charles A. Blatchford, '04, works for 
the Beacon Steam Laundry and lives at 48 
Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester. Charles is 
always very much interested in his work and in 
the Church and its various activities. 

George A. Matthews, '09, writes from 
Lowell that he has passed two examinations 
and is preparing for the final one to become 
a locomotive fireman on the Boston & Maine 
Railroad. He thinks that if he had not had the 
training of The Farm and Trades School he 
would have had to give up the work because it 
was so hard at the beginning. 

Harold Y. Jacobs, '10, is now second 
man in the chemical department of the George 
H. Morrill Co., printing ink manufacturers, and 
lives with his mother, Alfred, and sister at 
Hingham. 

George M. Holmes, '10, is now living at 
8 Silver Street, Quincy, Mass., and is establish- 
ing a subscription agency. 



Alfred W. Jacobs, '10, who has been i 
employed by the New England Telephone Com- ^ 
pany since leaving this School, has been 
steadily advanced until now he has charge of 
the switchboard tests in the Hingham office. 
This gives him an opportunity to live at home, 
which he enjoys very much with his mother, 
brother, and sister. 

James L. Joyce, '10, is assistant manager 
in the Inter-Insurance exchange of the Auto- 
inobile Club of Southern California, San Diego 
Headquarters, 240 Spreckels Building, San 
Diego, California. For some time James has 
been on the road for the same company, but is 
now permanently situated at the San Diego 
office. He enjoys the work very much, coming 
in contact with a nice class of people. While 
on the road he had an unusual opportunity to 
see the country and the various conditions 
along the Pacific Coast, occasionally meeting 
graduates, and once a former teacher. James 
will be directly in the center of activities in the 
coming Pacific Exposition, and no doubt will be 
glad to see any of his old friends who happen to 
be visiting the Exposition. 

John Hermann Marshall, '11, writes 
that he is ever thankful for the instruction in 
the different lines of work at this SchTDol, as it 
always enables him to go ahead in almost any- 
thing he turns his hand to. He expects to 
graduate from a three years' course in the 
Lowell Evening High School this year. His 
permanent address is in care of Capt. H. W. 
Folger, Chestnut Street, Wilmington, Mass. 

Clarence Burton, '12. We have just re- 
ceived a line from Clarence written on the type- 
writer, which his brother has recently pur- 
chased. He writes just to show his skill on the 
machine and to express his good wishes. 



THOMPSONVS ISLAND 

BEAtON 



Vol. 17. No. 12. Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. April, 1914 

Entered November 23. 1903, at Boston, Mass., as Second-class matter, under Act of Congress of July 16, 1894 



Our Centennial 

On Saturday, March 21st, exercises in 
commemoration of the one hundredth anniver- 
sary of The Farm and Trades School were held 
at the Old South Church, corner of Boylston 
and Dartmouth Streets. We had been making 
preparations for the occasion for some time. 
We had our uniforms nicely pressed and caps 
sponged, which kept the laundry squad busy. 
We started from the house at half-past one, 
leaving the wharf at one forty-five on the 
Loretta, which had been chartered for the occa- 
sion, not using our own steamer Pilgrim, which 
has a crew of four, in order that every boy might 
have an opportunity to attend the exercises. 
Only four persons remained on the Island, Mr. 
Alexander, Mr. Karl Kneeland, Mrs. Dix, and 
Police Officer Shea, to be present in case of 
emergency. We arrived at the landing at City 
Point at five minutes past two, and found two 
special cars waiting to take us to the church, 
which we reached in thirty minutes. At two 
forty-five we entered the church, waiting in an 
ante-room until three-thirty, when it was time 
for us to take our places in the north gallery, 
which had been reserved for us. Four boys, 
Paul C. A. Swenson, Victor H. Gordon, F. 
Carlisle Gardner, and 1, were chosen to assist in 
giving out programmes to the people as they 
entered the church, and to help in any way in 
which we were most needed. In a short while 
the boys marched to their places in the gallery, 
which overlooked the whole audience. There 
was a very large congregation, in it being many 
of the friends and relatives of the boys, and also 
m.any graduates. The programmes were very 
handsome, and gave historical data from the 



discovery of the Island by Myles Standish in 
1621, to the present time. They were tied 
with silk cord representing the School's colors. 
The addresses were all very interesting and 
instructive. After the exercises we went out 
of the church, and boarded the cars which were 
waiting for us in front of the Public Library, 
feeling that we were fully repaid for our weeks 
of anticipation in what we had seen and heard 
on this most memorable day. 

Raymond H. Batchelder. 

Cinsccd Oil 

One morning before we started in on our 
sloyd v/ork, Mr. Lawrence read to us about 
linseed oil from a magazine. Linseed oil is 
obtained from the flax plant. In the early 
days of the industry the seed was crushed and 
ground to a pulp, then pressed and the oil ex- 
tracted at ordinary temperature. This gave 
an oil which contained very little foots, was 
quite light in color, and was of excellent 
quality for immediate use. The percentage of 
oil extracted, however, was not very high, so at 
the present time no cold pressed oil is made, 
but the seed after being once crushed and 
ground is cooked or tempered with steam, 
which breaks up the plant cells, and allows a 
more complete extraction of oil. This hot- 
pressed oil as it comes from the presses is 
unfit for most commercial uses as it contains 
considerable water and gummy substances. It 
is therefore filtered and stored in tanks and 
finally submitted to various processes which 
remove the harmful elements and at the same 
time improve and bring out the various kinds of 
paint and varnish oils that are needed in the 
markets. George F. Kendall. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



M Tittcmting DlR 

One night recently Capt. Otis Clark spoke 
to us in the Assembly-hall about the time when 
he and his crew of fourteen nearly lost their 
lives. It was on the fifteenth of January, nine- 
teen hundred and fourteen, that the Fuller 
Palmer was struck by a blizzard when about 
fifteen miles from Cape Ann. The water came 
in over the decks and washed the coal down into 
the scuttles and blocked them up so that the 
water could not get into the pumps to be 
pumped out. Finally the vessel turned over on 
its beam ends and the water began to freeze. 
The Fuller Palmer drifted about with fifty 
thousand tons of ice on it until the fifteenth. 
About four o'clock in the morning a steamer 
was sighted off their port bow. This steamer 
was supposed to have passed the day before, 
but was delayed by the storm. The steamer 
plied between St. John, N. B., and Baltimore. 
It came about and sent a boat over to the Fuller 
Palmer. The first boat was smashed, but the 
second boat took them off safely. At this time 
they were about a hundred and fifty miles from 
Baltimore. After getting on board the steamer 
Capt. Clark saw his own boat sink. The Ful- 
ler Palmer, a five-master, was built in Bath, 
Me., and was the best of the fifteen vessels that 
made up the Palmer fleet. 

Carl H. Collins. 



makitid a Diabolo 

One day recently 1 asked permission of Mr. 
Lawrence to make a diabolo on the lathe. He 
said I could, so I got a piece of maple, four 
inches long, two inches wide, and two inches I 
thick. 1 marked out the center on each end of 
the wood by drawing a line from each corner to 
the opposite one. Then 1 chopped off the cor- 
ners and took the live center out of the lathe, 
and pounded it in one end of the wood and put 
it back in the lathe. Then 1 fastened the wood 
to the live and dead centers. 1 oiled the end 
where the dead center was, and then oiled cer- 
tain other parts of the lathe. 1 started up the 
power and began working. 1 took the big gauge 
and cut the wood down to one and seven eighths 
inches in diameter. Then I took a chisel and 
smoothed it up. 1 marked off the length, which 
was two and one half inches. Then 1 took the 
parting chisel and cut this down to three eighths J 
on each end. I took a chisel and used the point ' 
cutting towards the center in a "V" shape. 
Then I sandpapered it, took it off the lathe, 
and sawed the ends off. I went over to the 
basement and got a dowel. 1 sawed this in half, 
and then got some string about three and one 
half feet long and tied this on to the sticks. 
This was now all ready to use. I did not know 
how to run it at first, but learned after a while. 
Howard F. Lochire. 



scttiitd Out ztm 

One afternoon Mr. Shaw told me he would 
like to have me take care of some traps. 
There were twenty in all. I baited them with 
smoked herring, which he cut. I first baited 
one trap and then another, the bait is put on 
the prongs and then they are set. After the 
traps were baited I put them around in different 
places, such as the pig-pens, the storage-barn, 
and back of the hen-house. 1 have been hav- 
ing considerable success with them lately. 1 
enjoy doing this work. 

Benjamin L. Murphy. 



Our Cibrary 

In the Assembly-hall are two large book- 
cases in which the library books are kept. 
Any member of the School may take these 
books, if he wishes. The system of the library 
is much the same as those of the city libraries, 
We are allowed to change the books twice a 
week, but are not allowed to keep them over a 
week without special permission. These books 
are all neatly covered and numbered. Many 
of them were given to the School by its friends. 
Donald M. Wilde. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Dew Ulcdtbcr maps 

Recently Capt. Dix gave each fellow who 
takes the meteorology lectures a new weather 
map of the United States. After telling us the 
definition of an isobaric line, he had us make 
one through the different places he named. 
After this we marked on the line the baromet- 
ric pressure indicated on his map. This 
shows that all places touching the line have the 
same amount of barometric pressure as is 
recorded. He then gave us the definiton of an 
isothermal line, all points of which have the 
same temperature, being shown by a broken and 
not a full line. These maps are given us to 
have us become accustomed to the way the 
weather is predicted and set down on a map. 
Walter I. Tassinari. 

Pmsiitd and eicanitid Suits 

When pressing a suit, 1 first lay the coat 
on the ironing-board and then take a stiff corn- 
brush and brush it thoroughly. If there should 
be any stains on it I take a soft piece of cloth, 
on which I have put some gasoline, and rub 
over the stains. This will take them out very 
nicely. 1 then flatten the sleeve out on the 
board, and taking my cloth which 1 have wrung 
out over a pail of water 1 lay the cloth over the 
sleeve and press it with a hot iron. After the 
coat is all finished, 1 take the trousers and go 
through the same process. 

Lester E. Cowden. 

Catbc Ulork 

Recently I made a napkin ring as a sloyd 
model. This ring was made of mahogany. 
After putting the piece of wood on the lathe, 1 
got a blue-print and worked according to that. 
After turning the outside shape, 1 cut into the 
center from one end, so as to make an opening 
for the napkin to be inserted into. Then I cut 
the ring clear of the moving piece, and cut the 
moving piece down to the inside dimensions of 
the ring, so as to cut into the other end and 
complete the incision. I then sandpapered, 
shellacked, and passed it in to be marked. 

Harold L. Carlton. 



oia ciotDcs 

About the middle of every week the old 
clothes are brought into the sewing-room to be 
mended. These are the clothes that the fellows 
have had changed during the preceding week. 
They are first sent to the laundry to be washed, 
and then to the sewing-room to be mended. 
After the regular work is done, the old clothes 
are mended. ^ They are first sorted — that is, 
they are looked over and put into different piles, 
the odd colored pants being put in one pile, and 
the ones of the same color in separate piles. 
The coats are put in another pile. Any that 
are not considered worth mending are cut up 
and put in the rag-bag. After they are mended 
they are sent to the clothing-room, where the 
fellows go to get their clothes changed. 

Stanley W. Clark. 

folding Tnoitations 

One morning Mr. Bradley came in the 
reading-room and told me to clean off the tables. 
After doing that 1 put some clean papers on 
them. Then some boxes of invitations were 
brought in. They were invitations to the one 
hundredth anniversary exercises of the School 
held at the Old South Church on March 21. 
First I folded the tissue paper, which was placed 
on the engraved side of the invitation. Then the 
invitations were folded very evenly. I had to 
be very careful not to get them dirty. 

Robert H. Peterson. 

Sorring Potatoes 

One morning three other fellows and I went 
to the root-cellar to sort potatoes. There were 
two bins with potatoes and two fellows went into 
each bin to sort. The good potatoes we put in 
bushel boxes and when the boxes were full we 
emptied them in one corner. There were some 
potatoes that were good enough to use if used 
immediately, so we put them in a separate pile. 
The ones that were not good we put into a barrel 
and left them in one corner. We sorted seventy- 
seven bushels of good potatoes, three partly bad 
and two of bad. Geoffrey E. Plunkett. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



CI)oitip$on'$ Island Beacon 

Published Monthly by 

THE FARM AND TRADES SCHOOL 

Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor 

DEPENDENT UPON DONATIONS AND BEQUESTS 

A PRIVATE SCHOOL FOR WORTHY BOYS 

OF LIMITED MEANS 



Vol. 17. No. 12. 



April, 1914 



Subscription Price - 50 Cents Per Year 



BOARD OF MANAGERS 



president 

Alfred Bowditch 

vice-president 

Charles P. Curtis 

treasurer 

Arthur Adams 

135 Devonshire Street 

secretary 

Tucker Daland 

managers 

Melvin O. Adams 
GoRHAM Brooks 
I. Tucker Burr 
S. V. R. Crosby 

George L. DeBlois 
Malcolm Donald 
Thomas J. Evans 
Charles T. Gallagher 
Robert H. Gardiner, Jr. 
N. Penrose Hallowell 
Henry Jackson, M. D. 
Charles E. Mason 
Roger Pierce 

Richard M. Saltonstall 
Francis Shaw 

William S. Spaulding 

Moses Williams, Jr. 
Ralph B. Williams 

Charles H. Bradley, Superintendent 



CDc School's €entctintdl 

The one hundredth anniversary of The 
Farm and Trades School was commemorated 
by a religious service in the Old South Church, 
Boston, on Saturday afternoon, March 2 1 . The 



date was exactly a full century from that day 
on which the first meeting was held for the 
purpose of organization and the election of offi- 
cers, March 21, 1814, and the exercises were 
in keeping with the occasion it commemorated, 
a century of service for boyhood. 

In the great edifice were assembled nearly 
a thousand persons. The members of the Board 
of Managers occupied seats in the front center. 
Back of them, and extending clear to the rear 
pews, were their friends and friends of the 
venerable School; on the right side were the 
alumni of the School and their friends; on the 
opposite side sat present and former instructors 
and their friends; while in the right gallery, 
where all might most easily see them, were the 
hundred Farm and Trades School boys, neat, 
bright faced, manly in appearance, and gentle- 
manly in deportment. 

On the platform were the six gentlemen 
who had a place on the programme: Mr. Charles 
P. Curtis, vice-president of the Board of Man- 
agers, who presided in the absence of Mr. Alfred 
Bowditch, president; Rev. Willis H. Butler, 
assistant pastor of the church, who made the 
opening prayer; Right Rev. William Lawrence, 
Bishop of Massachusetts; President A. Lawrence 
Lowell, of Harvard University; Mr. Charles 
Evans of Chicago, a graduate of 1866, who 
represented the alumni; and Mr. Charles H. 
Bradley, superintendent of The Farm and Trades 
School. 

Serving as ushers were Messrs. Stephen 
V. R, Crosby and Arthur Adams of the Board 
of Managers, and the following graduates: 
Messers. James H. Graham, 78, of Boston; 
William Alcott, '84, of Everett; Arthur D. 
Fearing, '84, of Boston; Alden B. Hefler, '87, 
of Hyde Park; Harry A. English, '96, of Jamaica 
Plain; Clarence W. Loud, '96, of Newton; 
Merton P. Ellis, '99, of Dorchester; Thomas R. 
. Brown, '00, of Belmont; Alfred C. Malm, '01, 
of Melrose; and Willard H. Perry, '10, of Dor- 
chester. 

The programme was one of beauty and 
dignity. The musical portions included Men- 
delssohn's exquisite anthem, "How Lovely Are 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



the Messengers that Preach us the Gospel of 
Peace," which was sung by the church quartet, 
and the hymns, "O God, Our Help in Ages 
Past," and "Awake, My Soul, Stretch Every 
Nerve," sung by the congregation. 

The selections were symbolic of the whole 
history and spirit of the School. The anthem 
suggested the century of deeds of love and mercy, 
the opening hymn acknowledged the place of 
God in the work of the School, and the closing 
hymn sounded a clarion call for greater zeal 
and sacrifice in the years to come. 

The addresses were brief, appropriate and 
inspiring. Later they are to be published in full. 
so that merely a suggestion of their purport may 
be given here. Mr. Curtis told the aim of the 
School: To educate one hundred boys at a time, 
to give them a home, and finally to aid them in 
getting and keeping self-supporting occupations. 
In the century 2,169 boys had been educated. 

Bishop Lawrence spoke of the location of 
the School as one which helped not only to healthy 
bodies, but to healthy minds. He compared 
it to the larger schools where of necessity much 
of individuality is lost, and then compared it to 
some of the smaller and richer schools, where 
individuality is maintained, but where the boy 
is unable to do chores — "is only one-third 
trained. The boy here gains the right attitude 
toward life," he said. 

President Lowell compared the School to 
a mother with one hundred children at her knee 
all the time. And he paid this pretty compli- 
ment: "1 shall never forget the words of appre- 
ciation my father spoke of his senior partner, 
who taught him the East India business, because 
he was trained at the Farm School." Then 
he pointed out that in many schools education 
is at cross purposes, while at The Farm and 
Trades School it is possible to adopt a wise 
educational policy and to pursue it to the end. 
"1 know of no other school in the vicinity of Bos- 
ton, or indeed within the limits of any large 
city, which has been able to do so well what 
you have done at the Farm and Trades School." 

Charles Evans, a graduate of 1866, spoke 
as a product of the School, and he did himself 



and his School proud. He compared The Farm 
and Trades School with some of the famous 
English schools— Charter House and Christ's 
Hospital — which are on a similar charity found- 
ation, and recalled the names of Addison, Steele, 
John Wesley, Blackstone, Thackeray, Coleridge, 
Charles Lamb, Leigh Hunt and Gen. Havelock 
as among their famous graduates. He pro- 
claimed his belief that when this School had 
attained the age of its British counterparts, it 
would also give to the nation men eminent in 
letters, art, statesmanship or war. The fame 
attained by The Farm School he attributed to 
the fact that the School had been managed by a 
body of men who were keepers of the New 
England conscience." With a tender touch of 
sentiment he closed his address with this 
peroration: 

"To the boys at the School, for the alumni, 
1 would say: Always keep alive the spark of 
interest in the School, whatever your fortunes in 
life may be. You may travel far, and into 
many strange lands, but nowhere will you see 
a more beautiful sight than when the lengthen- 
ing shadows fall on Thompson's Island, you see 
the sun resting like a golden crown over the 
fair city of Boston. Drink in this beautiful 
sight while you may. Fill your mind and soul 
with the brilliant coloring of the Great Master 
Painter. God gave this privilege to you when 
he gave you the privilege of being a Farm 
School boy." 

Then came Mr. Bradley, superintendent, 
under whose administration the School has made 
its greatest progress. He gave full credit for 
whatever progress the School has made in re- 
cent years to those who have been in daily as- 
sociation with the pupils, the loyal instructors 
and teachers, and to "my devoted and capable 
life partner." He spoke of conditions in the 
matter of education when he first became su- 
perintendent, when the School was almost alone 
in the matter of teaching agriculture and some 
of the manual arts. The wisdom of the found- 
ers in establishing the course of education, he 
said, had been justified by the success of the 
alumni. 



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"The pioneer work accredited to us has been 
made possible by continuity of management, and 
by team play on the part of all interested. We 
have not been hampered by a change of boards 
or changes of administration, or by interference 
of any nature. 

"Our aim and our purpose today is the same 
as a century ago, starting boys for a broad ed- 
ucation, with the rudiments of a trade, and the 
trade which they are likely to follow. They are 
taught to do real things in a natural way, the 
things which are to be done in after life. They 
are taught obedience, respect for their superiors, 
and the rights of others; to be honest, to be loyal, 
in fact to be good citizens." 

Then followed the final hymn; "Awake, 
My Soul, Stretch Every Nerve, and Press with 
Vigor on;" and with a benediction by Bishop 
Lawrence the service ended. 

Then as the venerable school faced its sec- 
ond century of service, it was with a truer con- 
ception of its aim and spirit on the part of the pub- 
lic, a stronger attachment on the part of its 
friends, and with a body of alumni prouder than 
ever of their old and beloved mother. 

W. A. Alcott, '84. 

notes 

March 2. Began painting gypsy moth 
nests with Cabot's creosote. 

March 3. Sold two hen turkeys. 

March 4. Manager Francis Shaw passed 
the afternoon on the Island. 

Mr. Leonard Small of the Boston Globe 
here to take pictures. 

Illustrated talk on "The Grosser Kurfurst" 
and Cuba given by Mr. Bradley. 

March 6. Dressed beef 113, weighing 
490 lbs 

March 7. Bernhardt Gerecke,' 1 2, here to 
spend Sunday. 

March 9. Mr. F. A. Saunderson here to 
take pictures. 

First parcel post package delivered at City 
Point locker. 

March 1 1 . Dressed hog weighing 325 lbs. 
March 12. Repairing road at South End. 



March 13. Began pruning orchard. 

March 16. Frederick J. Wilson, '09, 
visited the School. 

March 20. Incubated 42 eggs. 

Edric Blakemore, '12, visited the School. 

March 21. Allen Bennett Cooke, '13, and 
Claire R. Emery, '12, passed the night here. 

Celebration of the one hundredth Anni- 
versary of the organization of the School held at 
the Old South Church, Vice-President Charles 
P. Curtis presiding. Speakers: Rt. Rev. 
Wm. Lawrence, D. D., Bishop of Massa- 
chusetts; A. Lawrence Lowell, LL. D., 
President of Harvard University; Mr. Charles 
Evans of Chicago, representing the Alumni; 
and Mr. Charles H. Bradley, Superintendent. 

March 23. Filled hot-beds. 

Beginning of spring vacation. 

Gift of chicken brooder from Frank 
Simpson, '03. 

Scow load of plank for East bulk-head 
from Freeport St. 

March 24 Built spray tower for spraying 
machine. 

Illustrated talk on Jamaica, Panama, and 
Venezuela by Mr. Bradley. 

Capt. Otis Clark told the boys of his ex- 
periences and the loss of his ship, the "Fuller 
Palmer." 

March 25. Shipped second hand water 
heater. 

Barred Plymouth Rock cockerel arrived. 

March 26. Incubated 40 eggs. 

Dance in Assembly Hall. 

Sowed lettuce and radish seeds in hot bed. 

Bernhardt Gerecke,' 12, visited the School. 

Load of maple, gum-wood, butter-nut, and 
chestnut from Public Landing. 

March 28. Supply of garden seeds 
arrived. 

Maple sugar on snow in the evening. 

Treasurer Arthur Adams spent the after- 
noon with us. 

March 30. Spring term of School began. 

Dressed hog weighing 325 lbs. 

March 30. Pruned the grape-vines. 

Painted 1 ,445 gypsy moth nests this 
month. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Cl)c Tarm and trades School Bank 



Cash on hand March 1, 1914 
Deposits during the month 

Withdrawn during the month 
Cash on hand April 1, 1914 



$923.21 
39-86 

963.07 
21.04 

$942.03 



march mcrcorologv 

Maximum temperature, 72° on the 27th. 

Minimum temperature, 1 1° on the 10th. 

Mean temperature for the month, 36.5°. 

Total precipitation, 3.16 inches. 

Greatest precipitation in 24 hours, .85 
inches on the 1st. 

12 days with .01 or more inches precipita- 
tion, 7 clear days, 16 partly cloudy, 8 cloudy 
days. 

Total number of hours sunshine, 145 and 
10 minutes. 

Monthly snow-fall, 4.88 inches. 

Aurora observed on evening of the 1 1th. 

M Unexpected Caller 

Recently when I was in the shop, a little 
bird flew in the window. It was pretty cold out- 
side and I guess the little bird was cold too. 
First it lit on the steam-pipe, but that was a 
little too hot for it. It then flew down and 
hopped about on the nail-kegs, buzz-saw, planer, 
working-benches and other such things. He 
enjoyed himself hopping around for about a quar- 
ter of an hour. Then he got up and flew out of 
the window. It was interesting to see it hopping 
around. George W. Casey. 

Drilling 

One morning before school Mr. Beebe told 
three other fellows and me to step down into 
the basement and wait until he followed. 
When he came down he showed me a hole 
which had been started in the granite wall and 
told me to drill there. I got a heavy hammer 
and commenced work. Every time I hit the 
drill I turned it with my left hand so that it 
would not get stuck. I drilled the hole an inch 
and a quarter deep before school and enjoyed 
the work very much. Llewelyn H. Lewis. 



maple Sugar 

On Saturday evening, March 23, Mr. 
Bradley told us that we were going to have some 
new maple sugar. While we were waiting for the 
syrup to be boiled down to sugar Mr. Bradley 
explained to us how the sap is obtained. Maple 
sap runs the best when it freezes nights and 
thaws day times. In olden times wooden 
buckets were used in tapping the trees, but the 
wood could be tasted, so in the up to date 
methods they use tin buckets. When the 
buckets are full a man comes around with a neck- 
yoke having places to hang the pails on and 
takes the sap to the camp or sugar-house where 
they boil it down to syrup. After Mr. Bradley 
had finished talking we went into the din- 
ing-room and sat at the tables. We had some 
snow in a dish and the hot maple sugar was 
poured out onto it. It tasted very good. Mr. 
Bradley told us we were the first ones to get any 
this year. John L. Slinger. 

Election of Councilors 

One evening Mr. Bradley had the fellows 
vote for three members of the school to serve 
on the council. There were eleven nominated 
and the following three were elected: Charles 
R. Jefferson, twenty-two votes; Ernest V. 
Wyatt, thirty-three votes; and Everett W. May- 
nard, had twenty-four votes. The council is 
made up of the Judge, Mayor, and the Chief of 
Police of Cottage Row; three members of the 
whole school, with Mr. Bradley. The idea is 
to have the fellows see those on the council 
about such cases as may come up, and help 
decide them. Charles R. Jefferson. 

Pen Cray 

I am now working on my pen tray in sloyd. 
After I had finished my drawing of it, the in- 
structor told me to get out my stock. I got out 
a piece of cherry, eleven and one half inches 
long and two and one quarter inches wide. I 
have the groove all done and sandpapered, 
and now I have to do my carving. After 
the carving is finished I will sandpaper the tray 
all over, and then I will shellac it. 

Joseph L. Pendergast. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Cbe Hlumni Jlssociatlon of Cbe farm ana Cradc$ School 



Walter B. Foster, '78, Hingham 
President 

Merton p. Ellis, '99, Dorchester 
Secretary 



Charles Duncan, '71, Dorchester 
Vice-President 

Richard Bell, '73, Dorchester 
Treasurer 



Edward L. Capaul, '05, Roxbury 
Vice-President 

William Alcott, '84, Everett 
Historian 



Walter L. Carpenter, '93, writes that 
he is working at the Boston Blacking Company 
in East Cambridge as night watchman and Ukes 
it very well. He is living at 84 Coleman Street, 
Dorchester. 

William G. Cummings, '98, of the Plant 
Department of the New England Telephone & 
Telegraph Company in Somerville, and Charles 
Spear, '03, of the Walter M. Lowney Chocolate 
Company, recently spent a few days in New 
York. Their intention was to see the whole 
town, but finally gave up the attempt to do it all 
at once, and left some things for another time. 

Howard B. Ellis, '99, has just been 
taking his first vacation in 15 years, having 
worked for Thomas J, Hind, the roofer, since 
he left the School, and this was rather forced 
upon him, he having met with an accident by 
breaking his arm while cranking an automobile. 
He spent a little more than a week at Tilton, 
N. H., and with nothing to do but to eat and 
sleep, felt lost. He is now back on the job 
again and with our Band as usual. 



C. James Pratt, '05, writes from 478 
Brush Street, Detroit, Mich., that he is now 
married and happy and that his health was 
never better. He likes out that way, but it does 
not come up to Massachusetts, in his opinion. 

Frederick W. Marshall, '08, writes that 
his hand, which he hurt in January, and in 
which blood poisoning set in, is almost well. 

James R. Gregory, '10, lives at 78 Rich- 
dale Avenue, Cambridge, and works for C. T. 
Hathaway & Sons, Bakers, Cambridge. He 
likes the work and the firm very much, and is 
still increasing in weight, which at present is 185 
pounds. 

William Sowers, Ex ' 1 1 , our young friend 
who left School before graduating, is working 
for a doctor in Enosburg Falls, Vermont, and 
attending High School. He writes a cheerful, 
interesting letter and we were pleased to hear 
from him. 

Robert H. May, '11, is at present on a' 
farm at Wethersfield, Conn. 



Drawittd a Cbecker-board 

On Wednesday nights there is an evening 
sloyd class consisting of eight fellows picked 
cut by the sloyd instructor. We all have the 
choice of choosing our own models, so I chose 
the checker-board for my model. We first 
have to make a working drawing of the model 
we are going to make. As the drawing paper 
was not large enough to draw it full size, 1 had 
to draw it one-fourth of the full size. I first 
drew a plan of the checker-board itself with the 
trimmings and then drew a side elevation. 
Then I drew a section showing the thickness 
and width of the trimmings, and how the screws 



are to be put through the trimmings so as to 
attach the trimmings to the checker-board. 
William J. Grant. 



STATEMENT OF THE OWNERSHIP, 

MANAGEMENT, ETC., 

of Thompson's Island Beacon, published monthly 

at Thompson's Island, Boston, Mass., required by the 

Act of August 24, 1912. 

Editor, Managing Editor, Business Manager, and 
Publisher— Charles H. Bradley, Supt., Box 1486, 
Boston, Mass. 
Owners — Charitable Corporation. 

CHARLES H. BRADLEY, Supt. 



Sworn to and subscribed before me this Thirty-first 

day of March, 1914. 
[seal] Alfred C Malm, 

Notary Public. 
[My Commission Expires June 22, 1917.]