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Full text of "Thompson's Island beacon"

Vol 22. No. 1 



Prints; at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. 



lay, 1918. 



Entered November 23, 1903. at Boston. Mass. as S?cond-cass matter, under Act of Congress of July 16. 1894. 



Truit Cms 

One morning when we were in the School 
Room, Mr. Bradley came in and told us that he 
had something different for us that morning. 
He said that an expert had come to show us how 
to prune our fruit trees and also to advise us 
what trees to save and what ones to destroy. We 
marched down into the Assembly Room and 
Mr, Brown got some pruning shears and saws. 
When we reached the orchard the expert was 
already there with the farm instructors and 
several of the farm boys. We went around 
with him at first, and he showed us how to trim 
up the tree, and then how to cut ba;k the twigs 
that were very high. He showed us how to trim 
out the tree, leaving the center clear, and cut- 
ting off all the twigs that were inclined towards 
the center. He also told us to cut off all the 
water sprouts, and if we saw any limbs that were 
growing toward each other to cut off one of them 
so f^at when they were full grown they would not 
rub. If three branches were growing together 
in a fork, we were to cut out the middle one 
if possible, also any small limbs that were not 
branching off. If we saw any dead limbs on the 
tree they were to be removed. He said that 
breadth, not the height, would make a good 
fruit tree, so we cut off about half of the 
last year's growth if they were too tall. We .saw 
two trees that had been girdled by mice; one 
of them, was too near dead to be saved, but 
the other was healing over. He told us to do 
nothing more on the big trees except to cut off 
the dead limbs. We were told later that the leaf 
bud was long and oval in shape while the fruit 
bud was shorter and stubby. 

Gordon H. Cameron. 



Cbc Cisjcrty Eoan Parade 

On Saturday afternoon, April 6, 14 fellows 
went to town to see the Liberty Loan Parade. 
When we reached Summer Street ther? was a 
crowd, but we stayed there and saw part of thf- 
parade. 

The first thing we saw was companies cf 
soldiers. While we were watching the parade 
someone called, "Look at the airplanes!" People 
began to look up, and those that did not, saw 
their chance and moved up to the front; here we 
could see better. After that we had a better 
place from which to see the parade. 

The Home Guard, the Ambulance Corps 
and some machine guns came by us. The place 
became so crowded that we decided to move and 
we separated, with one fellow in charge of six 
others. The boys that I was with went down to 
the corner of Kingston and Summer Streets. 
We stood on the sidewalk, and as there was not 
a big crowd here we could see well. Here we 
saw many different companies, the telephone 
company, the different insurance, coal and meat 
companies such as John P. Squire Co. and Swift 
and Co. 

The thing that everybody wanted to see and 
which we saw was the tank. It locked as if it 
had seen active sevice, and ii .lad. As it was 
very near time to start back, we walked down to 
the South Station. While waiting for the car 
we met the other bur ch of boys. We came 
down to the Landing .ogether and were soon 
back at the Island. 

We had a very enjoys' le afternoon and 
thanked Mr. Bradley for it. 

Lawrenc . E. Walters. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Harney's Bath 

After the moving pictures. Thursday even- 
ing April 4th, Mr. Bradley selected three fellows 
to help prepare a bath for the dog, Barney. He 
is a handsome big St. Bernard dog. 

We went out to the north side of the Main 
Building and there we found an iron bath tub. 
Its dimensions were about six feet long and three 
feet wide. This tub we carried into the Wash 
Room. 

We then filled it half full of warm water, and 
to this we added about a pint of sulpho-napthol. 

The watchman then brought in the dog from 
the dog house outside. 

We found the water a little too hot for the 
dDg so two pails of cold water were put in. 

Then Mr. Bradley took hold of the dog's 
front paws and the watchman took the hind ones 
and together they lifted him into the tub, 
We then helped to hold him there while the 
watchman took a pail and dipped water from 
the tub and poured it over the dog's back. 
When it came to the head a towel was put over 
the dog's eyes to keep out the sulpho-napthol as 
much as possible. Barney seemed to enjoy his 
bath very much. 

When we were through Mr. Bradley told 
us to step to one side, and then he took hold of 
the chain that held the dog and let him jump 
out. Kow he did shake himself! Mr. Bradley 
fastened him to a small iron post in the Wash 
Room and then he shook himself a great deal 
more. 

We then dumped all of the water from the 
ub and took care of the tub. Mr. Bradley took 
a hose and washed part way across the floor. 
Then we finished it and cleaned out the drain. 

We put out the lights and went to bed, 
happy for doing a kindness to a dumb animal. 
Rupert F. Calkin. 

Planting Peas 

One afternoon Mr. Dow told two other boys 
and me to get rakes and go to the big garden 
and level it off. When we finished that the in- 
structor ploughed four rows. We took the loose 
dirt out, then he took some peas and put them 
in the rows, and we covered theni and patted the 
dirt down. 

When we finished that the bell rang. 

Lawrence G. Bray. 



EauKbing Boats 

Thursday, April 4, I was instructed to go 
down to the beach with some other boys and 
launch the Mary Chilton and the Life Boat. 
The Mary Chilton is kept in a house on the beach. 
We procured some rollers and rolled it down to 
the water .When we had it in the water two fel- 
lows rowed it out to the south side float where 
it was made fast. 

Then we were to launch the Life Beat. 
This boat is kept on a truck when not in use, and 
may be launched easily by backing the truck in- 
to the water until the boat is afloat. This we 
did and hauled the truck on shore again. The 
Life Boat was made fast to the Mary Chilton 
and five two inch planks v/ere laid across both. 

They were taken out near the dolphin 
where a mooring was raised. 

Frank E. Woodman. 

Kcpairing the Koad 

A part of the road that has been washed a- 
way is being repaired. 

We first dug a shallow trench into which 
we rolled big logs. Then we dug on both sides 
of these logs. 

After we finished digging the holes we start- 
ed putting posts in the holes on one side. Finish- 
ing that, we started putting on layers of logs. 
At the lowest point we placed two layers of logs 
anj the highest point four layers of logs We 
then placed pests en the other side, as it was 
not finished. 

Raymond S. Metcalf. 

masbing Ceilings 

The kitchen ceiling has just been washed. 
The rising smoke and steam has made it very 
dirty. 

The articles used are a step ladder, a pail 
of wat5r, a small pan of powderd soap and a 
cloth. 

The cloth is nipped into the wate-, most of the 
water wrung out of it, dipped in the soap, then 
the dirt washed off the ceiling. I was told to use 
a stick with a cloth on the end to get the ceiling 
clean above the pipes. 

Malcolm E. Cameron. 



THOiS^PSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Class Pins 

Each member of evei-y graduating Class 
that leaves this School Carries with him a class 
pin. Each class chooses its Own pin. These 
are of gold, with blue or gold enaniel, represent^ 
ing the School colors, on each one. The 
design is neVer like that en any previous 
class pin. The date of graduating and the 
letters F. T. S. are on each one. 

Each cla.^s is encouraged to have as small 
a pin as possible and of plain design, as a fancy 
carved pin is apt to be hard to Clean, and besides, 
a Urge pin never locks welK This pin is not 
an advertisement; it isjust a small memorial of 
the School and the members of the class and 
serves to signify both brain and manual work; 
for in order to earn the right to own and 
wear one of these pins every one of us works 
both our brains and our hands. When our 
diplomas are wcr.i out by being looked at so 
much or in some other Way, t^ese pins may be 
our proudest and most prized possessions. They 
Vill serve to remind us of the School and the boys 
and the good times We had with these same 
boys at the school on Thompson's Isle. 

Lis^iE M. Calkin. 

Oforkiiid on the Cimc 

April 26, the farm boys started spreading 
lime on a piece of plowed ground near the south 
end of the Islandv The 25 tons of R.-R> land 
lime, which came about two weekL ago and 
which was stored under the Stock Barn, was 
carried to the fieldw In order not to put too 
much lime on one place the piece was marked 
off as follows; beginning at the lower edge, the 
bags were put in rows, the first bag was placed 
20 feet in from the side and 20 feet from the end, 
the second bag was placed 20 feet from the side 
and 40 feet from the first, and so on until enough 
bags were put there to cover the piece of ground. 
There were two teams hauling the lime, and 
each canied three loads, with fror: 20 to 25 
bags in each load. Each bag weighed 100 
pounds. I worked on one of the \Vagons until we 
finished hauling lime, then I helped spread it. 
Charles F. Weymouth. 



Balind Paper 

!t is hny regular w&rk before School to bale 
W^aste paper in the basement of Gardner Hall. 

The paper is taken down from different parts 
of the house and put in barrels. My work con- 
sists of picking it over, and separating the 
different grades. I get a barrel of paper and 
set it in front of me. Then I take two empty 
barrels and set one on each side of me. 1 tf ke 
all the caidboard and put it in one barrel and 
the newspapers, letters and circulars in the 
ether banel. If 1 have enough cardboard 1 make 
a bale out of it, if I have not» I leave it in the 
barrel until 1 have enough. 

To make a bale, 1 fill the baler and press 
it down to allow room for more. More is added 
until the bale is large enough. When it is, I 
press it down as hard as I can and bind it with 
three wires. 

The bale made, it is taken to the Storage 
Barn and put up in the junk room, where there 
are many other bales. 

AlBXIS L. GulLLEMIN 

maKing a 6aracn 

As the first days of April were very nice 
some of the boys began to work on their gardens 
and 1 thought I would take one. So I asked Mr, 
Brown if I might have a garden. He said that 
I might, and 1 found one I liked and stoned it-. 
After that 1 went down to the barn and got some 
manure and put it en my garden ard turred ever 
the soil. Tb.en 1 took a rake and smoothed it 
all over and raked it. Next I took all the stones 
out and now my garden is all ready to be plant- 
ed. Jean Guillemin. 

$ortlng Potatoes 

The other day Mr. Dow told two other boys 
and me to go over to the Root Cellar and sort 
potatoes. First we went up to the Farm House 
and got a lantern. Then we got in a bin and 
began sorting potatoes. The rotten and so-ft 
ones went into one basket-, while the good ones 
went into another bin. When we had a basket 
full of bad ones we put them in a bag. At 
4:45 o'clock we came out and took ttie lantern to 
the Farm House. Theodore B. Hadleys 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Cbompson's 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. 22. No. 1, 



Mqy I91S 



Subscription Price - 50 Cents Per Year 



BOARD OF MANAGERS 



ACTING PRESIDENT 

Richard M. Saltonstall 

VICE-PRESIDENT 

Charles P. Curtis 

TREASURER 

Arthur Adams 

1 35 Devonshire Street 
SECRETARY 

Tucker Daland 

Brookline, Mass, 
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. Gardner, Jr. 
N. Penrose Hallowell 
Henry Jackson, M. D. 
Charles E. Mason 
Roger Pierce 
Philip S. Sears 
Francis Shaw 

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

Charles H. Bradley, Superintendent 

Carelessness is a habit of doing something 
with our hands -vhile our heads are somewhere 
else, it's main object is to destroy or maim; it 
takes all and gives nothing. 

The man of this day who really grows is 
the man who knows, and by knowing does things 
accurately. The more he knows and acts ac- 



curately, the faster he grows. 

One writer tells us that carelessness is more 
powerful than the combined armies of the world; 
has destroyed more men than all the wars of 
the nations and is more deadly than bullets. It 
is estimated that in our United States careless- 
ness steals over $300,000,000 each year. It 
spares none of us and lo'ms up to such propor- 
tions that it's effect is felt over every field of labor 
and in every walk of life. 

The best way to cure this habit of careless- 
ness is thought. Don't work without thinking, or 
think without working; think of your work, then 
apply the results of such thoughts later on. A 
continual neglect of the details of our work de- 
velops a willingness to let part of our opportunities 
go by us unimproved. 

The man that lead and is recognized by 
the world is the man whose head, heart and 
hands are united in his work We may not all 
possess a wonderful brain, but each one can 
have a thoughtful mind, and he who thinks most, 
lives most. 

Calendar 

April 1. New beach road leveled. 

Firsc plowing of the season at South End. 

Mr. Joseph Williams here to inspect boilers. 

Eldred W. Allen, '16, spent two days at the 
School. 

April 2. Root cellar unbanked. 

Hotbeds prepared for planting. 

Basket ball game in the evening. 

Dorniant spray used on the new orchard. 

Harold S. Curtis returned to his relatives. 

Leslie E. Russell left the School to take a 
position in Billerica, Mass. 

April 3. Filled roads with gravel at South 
End. 

Dormant spray used on the old orchard. 

Ivers R. Allen, '16, visited the School in 
the afternoon. 

April 4. New asparagus bed top-dressed. 

Spaaed the rhubarb and fertilizer put on it. 

April 5. Farm house unbanked. 

April 7. Twenty-five boys attended church 
in town. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



April 8. Mr. Johnson, representtaive of R. 
& J. FaroLirar & Co. visited the School and 
instructed the boys in the care of the orchard 

April 9, Burned meadow below the orchard 

April 11, Nine boys were admitted to the 
Schocl on trial: Gordon K. Aborn, George H. 
Barrus, John M. Ely, Jr^, Aldevin A. Lammi, 
V/illajd H. Malcolm, Fr;nk H. Mann, Edward J . 
Robertson, Joseph C. Scarborough, Wyllis A. 
West 

South End dike filled in. 

Dug out stumps at Whales Back. 

April 12. Heavy snowstorm. 

Carrots cleaned out of Root Cellar. 

1 he instructors and boys enjoyed a sugar- 
ing off in the evening. 

,^pril 13. 28 barrels of snow stored in 
Root CelUr. 

April 14. Several boys attended church in 
town. 

April 15. Grubbed blackberries. 

Stereopticcn views of Panama in the even- 
ing. 

April 16. 15 tons of lime came. 

April 17. 10 tons of lime came. 

April 21. Mr. F. Clifford Shaw visited the 
School over night. 

April 22. Incubator set. 

April 23. Sheep put in cot. 

April 24. Planted six quarts Telephone 
peas. 

April 26. Manager Arthur Adams visited 
the School. 

A horse, given to the School by Miss Mary 
Bowditch, was brought across to the Island by 
way of Squantum at low tide. 

April 27. Captain A. L. Dix visited the 
School. 

Seeds received from R. &. J. Farquhar & 
Co. 

April 29. Radish, lettuce, cabbage, cauli- 
flower and tomato seeds planted in the hotbeds. 

April 30. 100 horseradish sets planted. 

Four rows of peas planted. 

Strawberry bed uncovered. 

Emerson S. Gould, '17, left the Schocl to 
take a position in Milford, Mass. 



Jfpril mctccroiogy 

Maximum temperature 72° on the 2nd and 
30th. 

Minimum temperature 30^ on the 27th. 

Mean temperature tor the month 45.77*^ 

Total precipitation 2.66 inches. 

Greatest precipitation in 24 hours, 1.48 
inches on the 21st. 

9 days with .01 or more inches precipi- 
tation, 6 clear day, 20 partly cloudy. 4 cloudy 
days. 

Total number of hours' sunshine, 139 and 
35 minutes. 

Che Tarm ana Craacs Scbcol Bank 

Cash on hand April 1, 1918 $1063.92 

Deposited during the month $12J4 



$1076.04 
$34.25 



Withdrawn during the month 

Cash on hand May I, 1918 $1041.79 

my morning's Ulork 

One morning Mr. Dow told me to go dowi 
to the woodpile and pick up the scattered pieces 
of wood and put them in a pile. When I finish- 
ed that I went to the barn aiid was told to 
clean out the drain in the barn-yard. This work 
finished I reported and was told to help a boy 
get some coal. After we got the coal I went up 
to the barn and washed the cow m.angers. At 
10:45 o'clock I went over to the South End to 
get the boys that were sawing wood. Then I 
went up to the house for dinner. 

Osmond W. Bursiel 

mashing Ulindows 

One morning Mr. Brown told me to wash 
the windows in the Assembly Room. I waited 
until he had given out work to the remaining 
boys, and then he gave me a pail, cloth and 
some soap. I went down to the basem.ent of 
Gardner Hall and get a small ladder and a cloth. 

1 first put some soap on my smallest cloth 
and washed the window. Then I took a clean 
cloth and wiped the water and soap off. 1 washed 
as many as I could before the bell rang, then 
1 put my pail away and the ladder back in the 
basement. Josep.-; T. Gould. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BgACON 



Rowing 

Recently some of the boat crew boys have 
been going out to practice rowing in the Mary 
Chilton, a 10 oared boat. 

When we get settled the captain gives the 
commandi"stand by oars." We put in our oar- 
locks and have our oars ready for the next order. 
"Up oars'' is the next order, and we extend our 
oars into the air with the butts in the bottom oi 
the boat. "Let fall," is the next command and 
we drop our oars and feather them, get our 
grasp and are ready to "give way together", 
which is the next order. 

We row up and down in front of the wharf 
and get good practice. We like rowing and 
when the captain calls for a volunteer crew 
there are usually two or three extra fellows, so 
the captain picks the highest numbered fellows 
for the Crew and the extras can ride and take 
turns at the oars. Rowing, if done right, is good 
exercise. Lawrence A. Murphy. 

illy new worR 

One night Mr. Brown told me that I need not 
go into the kitChen any more and that I was to 
go down to the farm to work. 

I was very happy and responded with a will, 
I went down to the farm the next morning with 
the farm line. Mr. Dow told me to help Mr. 
Peterson over in the field near the Farm House 
where the ground had been ploughed some. 

1 helped him hitch the horses Dolly and 
Colonel to the plough. I drove the horses 
while Mr. Peterson ploughed. After we finish- 
ed that piece, we went over to another piece 
by the Obsei-vatory. We only had time to 
plough a little before the bell rang. 

David B. LeBrun, 

mv UlorK all Day 

My work all day is as follows; I rake the 
Avenues in the morning then go to school. In 
the afternoon I help to take care of the cows. 
We take them over to the corral. We have 
to keep walking around and watching them in 
order to keep them away from the fence, for 
they might break through. At four or half past 
we take them to the barn and put them into the 
stanchions and sweep the runway. 

Robert H. Michols 



making Sofa Pillows 

Last vacation 1 worked making sofa pillows^ 
They are made of blue felt for the foundation and 
yellow for the monogram, in order to represent 
the School colors. 

First two pieces of felt 23 inches square 
are Cut out. Then the monogram is cut cut, 
pinned on about In the middle of one of the blue 
pieces of felt, basted and then the pins taken 
out. Then it is stitched on with yellow silk. 

After that ths two pieces of blue felt are 
placed together and evened off with the shears, 
Three and a quarter inches from the edge of their 
a row of pins is put in. The two pieces are 
basted together where the row of pins is found- 
Then it is stitched together with blue silk- 
After it is stitched together the basting.?, are taken 
out and it is all finished. 

1 like to make sofa pillows very much. 
George R. Riggs. 

matcrittg Plants in the 6yttfna$iuni 

The other morning the supervisor told me 
to go into Gymnasium, dig up tlie soil around 
the plants, give them plenty of water and 
then put them outdoors so that they would get 
plenty Of sun and air, as they had not been put 
out this winter. I asked to get a little more 
soil, and put on them as there was not quite 
enough. After this work was finished it was 
almost time to get ready for school. 

Chester T. Smith. 

transplanting trees 

One day Mr. Brown told four boys and me 
to go over by the Farm House and dig out s 
tree and bring it up to the house before school. 
When we got over there we dug all around the' 
tree and cut the roots. While we were working 
Mr. Brown came over with another boy and we 
got the tree up to the house. As there were not 
not enough boys to lift the tree, more help 
was sent for, and we got the tree up to the 
house just as the bell rang. We put the tree 
in a hole and shoveled in some dirt, and watered 
it. We then got ready for school. 

Louis R. Croxtall. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



my lUorH Before School 

One day Mr. Brown told six boys to follow 
him. He took us over near the Farin House. 

The first two fellows had to work on the 
first tree, the next two on the second, and the 
last two of whom I was one, on the last. 

He told us to get about three feet away 
from the tree and rem.ove the sod that was 
there, and then dig around therocts and becare- 
ful not to injure them. 

Just before tie left he told us to be sure 
and cover up the exposed roots so that they 
would not dry up for they were going to be 
transplanted. 

We worked on them until 2:!0 P. M, and 
then we went up to the house to get ready for 
school, but before we went we covered up the 
roots. 

Raymnod S. Metcalf. 

Preparing Rbwbarb Tor Sauce 

As tlie rimbarb is taken fronl the farm to 
the kitchen, it is prepared for sauce and pre- 
serves. 

First of all it is washed in cold water. 
Next one inch of the red end is cut off and the 
skin peeled off on one side. After this is done, 
the green end is cutoff in the same way. When 
it is all cleaned it is cut up in small pieces about 
one inch long. Some sugar is added and the 
whole is put in an aluminum kettle and set on 
the stove to cook. The rooking is usually dDne 
in the morning and it is served to us for supper. 

The boys like rhubarb sauce. 

AL'-XIS L. GuiLLtMIN. 

f)m\m €oai 

One day recently Mr. Dow told Charles 
Weymouth and me to haul coal from the coal 
pile to the Power House. 

We hitched Colonel to the dump cart, and 
weighed the cart and horse, which gave us the 
tare. When we had the load on we weighed 
that also, which gave us the gross. Subtracting 
the tare from the gross we found the amount of 
coal we haa in each bad. When we got to the 
Power House we unloaded. We hauled about five 
loads and then it was time to unhitch the horse. 
Carl F. Benway. 



Drift Ulood 

One evening Mr. Brown asked for a dozen 
volunteers to go around the beach to pick up the 
drift wood. When about a dozen fellows had been 
selected, Mr. Brown put one in charge of six 
fellows and another in charge of the rest. When 
we picked up the wood we threw it up farther on 
the beach so that it would not float out again. We 
finished our work in an hour and then we went 
to bed. Walter Lind. 

UlorKing 0}i the Gardens 

One day recently the supervisor told two 
other boys and myself to go up to the gardens 
and work on the School gardens. The three of 
us started to work on the same one. The boy 
in charge told me to rake all the loose dead 
grass out. 

We worked there until the supervisor came 
up and told one of the boys to go over and sepa- 
rate the grass from the good loam. We had half 
of one side finished then. After the two of us 
finished both sides Mr. Brown came up again and 
told mie to take up the piles of dead grass and loam. 
I went down to tne toolroom and got a bag. I 
took up two piles and was told to separate the 
grass from the loam. He told me to put the 
grass in a pile and the loam in a school garden 
Arthur W. Gaunt. 

Driiiing 

For drilling the Sohocl is divided into two 
companies; Co A and Co B. Company B 
drills in the morning. Company A at night. We 
do our drilling on the playgrounds. Each boy 
carries a wooden gun in orderto have real practice. 

The officers of Co B, are as follows: 
Captain George McLecd 

1st Lieutenant Lawrence Walters 

2d " LeRoy Parsons 

1st Sergeant Rollins Furbush 

2d " James Carson 

1st Corporal Warren Noyes 

2d " Rupert Calkin 

Si-d " Gordon Martin 

4th " Leslie Calkin 

5th " Herbert Antell 

6th " Louis Croxtall 

A-eert Anderson. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Cbe Jlluninl Association of Che farm ana traaes Scbo^ 



William N. Hughes. 59. President James H. Graham. '81, Vice-President Solomon B. Holman, '50. Vice- Presiden 
Dorchester Boston Dorchester 



Mbrton p. Ellis, '97. Secretary 
2 5 Rockbale Street, Mattapan 



Richard Bell, '73. Treasurer 
Dorchester 



Alfred C. MaLM, 'CO. Historian 
Melrose 



William G. Cummings, '97, Department of 
Accounts, National Headquarters American 
Red Cross, Washington, D. C. writes a very 
interesting account of his work which consists of 
co-ordinating and supervising reports from their 
various divisions all over the country covering 
supplies used and sold in America and every- 
thing which is shipped abroad. He tells of the 
immensity of the Red Cross work and its rapid 
development in the last year. 

Harold W. Edward's, '10, writes from 
U. S. S. Delaware and tells of the life on board 
the ship. They have with them, at the Base, a 
theatre ship which is in use most of the time. 
Several fighting ships including the Delaware 
have organized theatrical parties from among 
their crew. He writes that the Delaware was 
complimented on its smart appearance and bat- 
tle efficiency. 

Perry Coombs, '14, left Boston, in 1915, 
joined an Irish Regiment, and was captured in 
Trone's Woods on August 8, 1917. He was 
believed dead until November, when a card came 
from him saying he was at first taken as a pris- 
oner of war to Dulham, Germany, where he was 
in a German prison for some months, then later 
he was transferred to Camp Munster 1 i Westf., 
mail reaching him in care of Chief Postal Cen- 
sor, Strand House, Portugal Street, London, W, 



C. England. Friends received a letter from 
him on April 18, 19 18, dated DecemberSl , 1917. 
He enclosed a card photo of himself in a German 
uniform. He was looki g healthy and fine only, 
it was thought, beginning to look like a German. 
It is supposed he is working in a coal or salt 
mine in Westphalia, east of the Rhine, in Cen- 
tral Germany, "sometimes 2000 feet below the 
surface.." He writes he is given nothing in the 
way of clothing or food by the Germans, but the 
British Goverment sends supplies. "He always 
writes cheerily only occasionally speaking of the 
long time". His last address is No. 5082 8 Irish 
K L. R. Munster 1 i Westf., Detacht., 40. 

George W. Casey, '16, sends greetings to 
the School, alsohis'photograph. His present ad- 
dress is 2d Naval District Receiving Barracks, 
Newport, R- 1. 

Charles 0. Rolfe, '15, sends his new ad- 
dress as Battery B, 81st Field Artillery, Camp 
Fremont, California. The change of camp is 
very agreeable and everything possible is being 
done by the government to make the life at camp 
healthy and pleasant. 

Forrest L. Churchill, '15, has been trans- 
ferred to Co A, 26th Machine Gun Bn., Camp 
Taylor, Louisville, Kentucky. He enlisted April 
25, 1917. 



mcndittd Uniforms 

In mending a pair of uniform pants, the 
buttons are looked over. When buttons are miss- 
ing, new ones are put on and ^the loose buttons 
are tightened. 

The buttonholes and linings are mended if 
necessary. When the stripes are ripped, they 
are backstitched down or stitched on the 
machine. When the bottom of the pants are 



turned up they are hemmed if needed and the 
torn places are darned by hand. In mending 
the uniform coat, the buttons, button holes, 
stripes and torn places are fixed in the same 
way. Hooks and eyes are sewed on where they 
are needed. 

All places on uniforms are mended by 
hand except the stripes. 1 like to mend uniforms 
George R. Riggs- 




Vol 22. No. 2 Printed AT The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. June, 1918 

Entered November 23, 1903. at Boston, Mass. as S=!cond-class nnatter. under Act of Congress of July 16. 1894. 



One Sunday Mr. Bradley suggested that 
we take a hike around the Island. 

We lined up in two companies, A and B, 
and went up to the front of- the gardens 
and took off our hats while the flag was being 
lowered and the bugler played "Retreat". One 
of the lieutenants of Company B was left at the 
house to bring the dining room and kitchen boys 
down to the Wharf to meet us. We went down 
to Willow Road and on to the beach where we 
'were told to be at ease. 

Mr. Bradley then talked to us and told us 
to try to notice everything. We walked a little 
way and Mr. Bradley told us where the willows 
came from. He told us that he got them at the 
village of Grand Pre, about v/hich we read in 
"Evangeline." 

When we reached North End ! looked 
across the water towards the end of Long Island. 
The sun was shining on it and it looked like 
a long. sheet of gold with another one on top. 

Every once in a while there was a large 
log which the fellows rolled up further on the 
beach so that the tide would not carry it out 
again. Our walk continued without interruption 
until we reached South End where we got to talk- 
ing about the ship yard across from us. Then 
beyond the Cemetery we all made a rush at the 
telephone booth as though we were rushing at a 
tribe of Germans, 

At the east side Mr. Bradley told us how 
this Island was discovered, and something of its 
history. 

At the site of David Thompson's- cabin we 
were told that he was the first cne ;f the white 



men to settle in this district, 

I think this a very interesting way to jpei d 
a Sunday afternoon. ' 

Ddnald B. Akerstroi/i. 

The new flagpole given by Lieut. Arthur 
Adams which is to take the place of our old wood- 
en one that blew down, was brought over in the 
Scow, "John Alden," May 15. About a dozen 
boys went over to City Point, where the pole 
was to be delivered by the manufacturer. As 
the pole had not arrived when we reached the 
Point, we weie compelled to wait quite a while 
for it to come. 

It camein threesections. Thelargestpiece, 
the base, was about esght inches in diameter. An- 
other, the next largest, proved to be themiddlesec- 
tion. The other, which was the top section, was 
very small in comparison with the first two pieces, 
being about four inches in diameter. The pieces 
tapered gradually so that the pole was much bigger 
at the base than at the top. It is 86 ft. 4 in, 
high. The pieces were put lengthwise en 
the scow, and brought to the Island and laid on. 
the beach on one side of the Wharf. 

There is no cross-trees to this new pole as 
there was to the other one, and it cannot be 
made taller or shorter as there is no top- mast. 
It has a small inscription on it at the base, which 
bears the name of the manufacturer. "Walworth 
Steel Flagpole, Walworth Manufacturing Co., 
Boston, Mass." 

This new pole seems to be very durable, 
and will probably last much longer than the wood- 
en ones of the past. The day of the first flag- 
raising on this pole will be celebrated by us 
with fitting exercises. Roscoe Barid. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Getting fertilizer 

"y/ednesday, MaySth, the steamer boys had 
to get the scow alongside the steamer and make 
it fast. 

- , We had to go over to City Point for fertil- 
izer.' _A few-boys who go to school in the afternoon 
came to help us load the scow. 

The scow was put along the end of the float 
and the lines made fast. The two deckhands 
had to stay in the scow and put the bags of 
fertilizer in right while the other boys had to 
fetch the bags to us. 

When we finished loading the steamer, we 
went back to the Island v/ith the fellows to go to 
school. I had to stay by the scow and see that 
it did not get aground as the tide was going. 

At 5:00 o'clock the steamer came back and 
we got the scow. We spread tarpaulin over the 
fertilizer so that it wouldn't get wet from the 
spray. A bridle was made and put on the bow 
of the scow and another line was made fast and 
taken through the stern chock of the steamer 
and made fast to one of the bits. As weneared 
the front of the Wharf I let the line that was 
hitched to the scow go as the steamer could not 
make a landing if the scow was towed behind. 
After we landed, the scow was hauled astern of 
the steamer and lYiade fast. 

After supper the steamer was strung out 
and the scow brought alongside the float where 
it was unloaded. After it was unloaded, it was' 
hauled around the front of the Wharf and down 
the south side to her mooring where she was 
made fast. Then we coiled down the lines 
and went to bed. 

Laurence A. Murphy. 

Stripping Basket Ultliows 

Wedne.sday, May 8th, we went over to 
the root cellar and stripped willows from 2:30 until 
5:00 p. m. When we got over there we found 
some instructors and Mr. Curado, who is an ex- 
pert, and who shov-ed the boys how to strip 
willows. 

First he took some pruning shears and gave 
them to the boys. Then he cut a few willows 
and told the boys to do as he did and cut them 



close to the ground. After they were all cut 
down, the boys brought them up to the willow 
brake, which is a piank about six feet long and 
has a piece of iron on the end cf it which is 
shaped like a circle with two straight pieces of 
iron running up to it. The boys pull the willows 
through it, thus stripping off the bark. Two boys 
began stripping. As soon as the willows were 
all stripped we spread them on the roof of the 
root cellar to dry, and then spread the bark all 
over the grass to dry, because the bark is used 
for medicinal purposes, such as antiseptic wash, 
etc. Arthur J. Schahfer. 

Cbe first Uisiting Day 

Wednesday, May 1st, Mr. Bradley announc- 
ed in the Assembly Hall that the first Visiting 
Day of this season was to be Thursday, May 16th. 
1 thought I could never wait that long, but 1 did. 
When the day dawned we thought the old saying 
"Red sky in morning, sailors take warning" 
would come true as there was a red sky. But 
it did not; it was a lovely day. The morning 
seemed as if it would never end. We had our 
dinner at the usual time and then we got ready 
to greet our friends and relatives. 

At about 2:30 the boat came and we were 
at the Wharf. When the people were off the 
boat we started to march with the beat of the 
drums. We had not gone far when the drum- 
mers were given the signal to roll off. Then 
the band played the "American Favorite" march. 
When we got to our destination they played 
other pieces. Frank E. Woodman. 

mowing Cawns 

Almost every day it is my work to mow lawns. 
The frcnt lawn is the largest although there are 
two other lawns. 

I always get the largest lawnmower and 
after getting it oiled up 1 go to work. 

When 1 am mowing I mow in a straight 
line across the lawn all the time as this makes 
it look neat. When mowing I overlap one-half 
the width of my lawnmower on every strip. 

Lawn mowing is a good job and I hope to 
continue to have it. 

Louis R. Croxtall. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Bn evening in Chapel 

Monday evening, May 6, when we marched 
up to Chapel, Mr. Bradley had candy passed 
around to the instructors and boys. He then 
read the grade for the week. Then he present- 
ed the Sears basketball shield and individual cups 
to the best team and players. Every year thece 
Cups and shield are given by Manager Philip S. 
Sears and the boys appreciate his kindness very 
much. 

The players of team D, who won the shield, 
are: 

Lawrence Walters R, G., Capt. 

Walter Cole L. G. 

Frank Woodman L. F. 

Joseph Kervin C. 

James Carson R. F. 

LeRoy Parsons Sub. 

The boys who won the cups are: 

Lawrence Walters R. G. 

John Slinger L. F. 

Emerson Gould C. 

George McLeod R. F. 

Heman Landers L. G. 

Joseph Kervin C. Sub. 

Gordon Martin R. G. Sub'. 

Rollins Furbush R. F. Sub. 

Rollins A. Furbush. 

mw\m the Tncubator 

1 was working down in the orchard when 
Mr. Dov/ told me to come along with him in the 
freight cart. We went up to the Power House 
to get the incubator. 

The first thing we did was to take all the 
things off the incubator, and then we lifted it into 
the cart. I held it while we drove over to the 
Farm House. 

When we got there Mr. Dow backed the 
cart up to the porch, ard we set the incubator in 
the corner of one of the rooms. Mr. Dow took 
a level to see if it stood even. It did not, so 1 
got some sticks and put them under the legs of 
the incubater ur?til it did. 

Then 1 was sent to the barn to get a pair 
of scissors and a small screw driver. When I 
came back 1 took the level up to the Power 
House. George J. Lennon. 



Scfting Peach Crecs 

One afternoon I went with an instructor 
and some other boys to set peach trees. The 
h.Mes had been dug before. Mr. Dow came 
over to show us how to set them. First, he 
put a tree into the middle of a hole, spread out 
the roots so they would grow well, and then he 
put in some dirt. He told us to pour in some 
water and then he shoveled in some more dirt, 
then some more water and so on until the hole 
was full, the dirt being tamped firmly in around 
the tree each time, to make it solid. The stones 
were all taken out as this would improve the tree. 
The boys and I each took turns getting the 
water. We set about 40 trees. 

Eugene S. Ramsdell. 

B Purple 6racH[« 

A few days ago as 1 was washing windows in 
the instructors' dining-room I heard a purple 
grackle. I looked out and saw him perched on 
the end of a high branch, a very good shot for 
any one with a gun. Mr. Bradley and the men 
instructors, when they see a purple grackle, a 
blackbird or any other bird that harms or destroys 
the iiests of beneficial birds, almost always try 
to shoot them. 

Mr, Brown was passing at the time and I 
called his attention to the grackle and he got 
the gun and loaded it. He took aim and fired 
but missed the bird. As soon as the gun was 
fired, the grackle flew away as if nothing had 
happened. Everett B. Leland. 

I)dulind Coal 

Not very long ago it was my task to hitch 
Colonel to No. 2 cart and draw coal from the 
coal pile to the Power House. When I got him 
harnessed up, I went to the scales and weighed 
the horse and cart, and then 1 went down to the 
coal pile and loaded on coal and ^rougnt it up to 
the scales and weighed it. It weighed 2010 
pounds. 

1 took it up to the Power House and put it 
down the man-hole where the coal is kept for 
the use of the Power House. 

I took two leads and then put up my horse 
for the morning. Norman Moss, 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Do3!i?son's Island Beacon 

-- Published Monthly by 

t'lp FARM AND TRADES SCHOOI 
Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor 

A PRIVATE SCHOOL FOR BOYS OF LIMITED 

MEANS, SUPPORTED BY ENDOWMENTS, 

TUITION FEES AND SUBSCRIPTIONS 



Vol. 22. No. 2. 



June 1918 



Subscription Price - 50 Cents Per Year 



BOARD OF MANAGERS 



ACTING PRESIDENT 

RiciiARD M. Saltonstall 

VICE-PRESIDENT 

■ Charles P. Curtis 

TREASURER 

■ Arthur Adams 

135 Devonshire Street 
SECRETARY 

Tucker Daland 

fifookline, Mass- 
MANAGERS 

Melvin 0. Adams 
GORHAM Brooks 
\ Tucker Burr 
S. V. R. Crosby 
George L. DeBlois 
Malcolm Donald 
Thomas J. Evans 

Charles T. Gallagher 
Robert H. Gardner, Jr. 
N. Penrose Hallowell 
Henry Jackson, M. D, 
Charles E. Mason 
Roger Pierce 
Philip S. Sears 
Francis Shaw 

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



Charles H. Bradley, Superintendent 

On May 5, 19 18 at 10:45 A. M. was held 
the anniversary centennial service of the Hawes 
Unitarian Congregational Church, and the obser- 
vance of the 28 year pastorate of Rev. James 
Huxtable. 

For nearly 28 years Mr. Huxtable has been 
in close touch with The Farm and Trades School, 



officiating at many of the special services and 
making many pleajant visits to Ihe Schccl, jo it 
seemed very fitting 11 at Mr. ard Mrs. Euc'ley, 
the instructors and the boys of The 'Farm and 
Trades School should attend this anniversary 
service. 

The service was opened by a well rendered 
organ prelud 3, followed by several beautiful vocal 
numbers, and a responsive reading. Following 
these, Mr. Huxtable gave the history of the 
Church, beginning Feb. 19, 1818, when it was 
incorporated under the name of Hawes Pl^ce 
Congregational Society, and later on April 3- 
1888, by an act of Legislature, he name was 
changed to the present one, Hawes Unitarian 
Congregational Church, which name it hasretain- 
ed through the years and up to the present time. 
After he finished the historical reading he made 
sbmevery complimentary remarks concerningThe 
Farm and Trades School, and expressed his appre- 
ciation for all the pleasure it had afforded both 
himself and family. His interest a.nd deep feeling 
for the School is best expressed in his own words 
when he said, "My school and my boys." 

Hon. Charles T. Gallagher, representing 
the Board of Trustees of John Hawes Fund, 
then made some interesting remarks. As he 
has been a member of the Board of Managers 
of The Farm and Trades School for 18 years it 
was very natural that he should also speak of 
the School and its work, which he did in his 
kind and effective manner. 

Rev. Samuel A. Eliot gave the closing add- 
ress, speaking in the highest terms of Mr. 
Huxtable and his work in the church and com- 
munity. 

No one lives entirely to himself — his influ- 
ence in the community may be of great service. 
Mr. Huxtable's has been very valuable. His 
associations with this School have been espec- 
ialypleasantand gratifying. He has given his ser- 
vices constantly for the love of doing for others. 
His contribution to the moral and religious 
uplift of our people in all these years is a 
monument to his name. His calm, thoughtful 
and effective talks, addresses and prayers will 
long be held in sweet remembrance by hundreds 
of our boys and their friends. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



£nUnUY 

May 1. Mr. A. L. Curado here, teaching 
the boys to strip wiiljws. 

100 bags of cement came, 

Msy 2. George Larsson, '17, visited the 
School over night. 

Dug the last of the parsnips. 

May 3. The hoi se, Jim, humanely disposed 
of. 

May 4. Plowed two acres by the Observa- 
tory. 

May 5. Entire School attended cliurch in 
Boston. 

May 6. Tiansplanted tree: in the West 
Grove. 

Basket ball cups and shield given out. 

Planted five rows of swee corn. 

Planted radish, lettuce and spinach. 

May 7. Limed land near Observatory for 
wheat and barley. 

May 8. Howard C. "Cook returned to his 
mother. 

Cut the willows at Whales Back. 

Eight tons of fertilizer came. 

May 9. Planted six acres of oats and peas 
at South End. 

Set 25 peach trees. 

Mav 10. Leslie H. Barker, '13, Charles 
R. Jefferson, ' 1 4, and Ivers R. Allen, ' 1 6. visited 
the Scfiool. 

Apple trees set out in the orchard. 

May 1 1. Herman L. Lindsay and Harry 
P. Chesmore returned to their parents. 

Incubator hatching. 

May 14. Planted three fourths of an acre 
of onions. 

12 rows of parsnips planted. 

May 15. Stesl flag pole brought over to 
the Island. 

Planted carrots, beets, leek, lettuce, cress, 
radishes, melon and cucumbers. 

May 16. First Friends' Day of the sea- 
son. 

250 visitors present. 

The launch put in the water. 

Planted peas and beans. 

Sowed one acre of oats and peas at South 
End. 

May 17, Melons, sui'iimer squash and 



cucumbers planted. 

May 18. Mr. Gustaf Larsson and his 1918 
sloyd class visited the School. 

Plants placed in the Court. 

Planted 1 -2 acre of beans, also three kinds 
of winter squash'. 

May 20. Mr. E. C. Britton here to exam- 
ine the bees. 

Planted one acre of sweet corn and 1 1-3 
acre of potatoes. 

May 2 1 . 2-3 acre of carrots planted. 

May 22. Potatoes sorted. 

Seed corn sifted. 

First radishes brought to the house. 

May 23. Mangels and field corn planted. 

May 24. Concert by the boys led by Mr. 
Howard B. Ellis, '98, and followed by a dance. 

May 25. Leslie E. Russell, '17, visited 
the School over Sunday. 

May 56. Memorial services at the cemet- 
ary, conducted by the boys. 

May 27. Nine boys and several instruct- 
ors attended the circus. 

Planted potatoes. 

May 28. Earl S. Smith returned to his 
mother. 

Tug brought a coal barge to the Wharf. 

Manager N. Penrose "Hallowell visited the 
School in the afternoon. 

May 29. Hauled coal. 

Planted potatoes. 

May 30.' Memorial Day ball game in the 
afternoon between the instructors and boys. 
Score 5-1, in favor of the boys. 

May 31. Second Friends* Day. 135 
friends visited the School. 

Itlav nictccrologv 

Maximum temperature 85° on the 7th. 

Minimum temperature 42° on the 31st. 

Mean temperature for the month 48.75° 

Total precipitation 1.81 inches. 

Greatest precipitation in 24 hours, 1.01 
inches on the 1st. 

9 days with .01 or more inches precipi- 
tation, 13 clear days, 16 partly cloudy, 2 cloudy 
days. 

Total number of hours' sunshine, 178 and 
10 minutes. 



THOMPSON'S iSLAND B£aCON 



Cbc farm and trades School Bank 

Cash on hand May 1,1918 $1041.79 

Deposited during the month $78.86 



$1 120.65 
$308.19 



Withdrawn during the month 

Cash on hand June 1, 1918 $812.46 

my UlorK One Saturday 

One iTorniiigMr. Brown told another fellow 
and me to go over to the nursery and dig a trench 
a shovel wide and a shovel deep. 1 got a 
sod cutter, a shovel, a plank, and a trowel. 1 
cut about five sods around a place where 
a tree had fallen, then filled it up part way, and 
put the sod down again. I got the plank and 
stamped down the sod level with the ground. 
Then 1 put away my tools and that finished my 
work for the morning. 

Luke W. B. Halfyard. 

J\ Pleasant Eoening 

One Wednesday night we lined up and filed 
up to Chapel and sang songs from our new books. 
After we sang a few songs we had motion pic- 
tures. Between the reels we sang more songs. 
After the motion pictures Mr. Bradley announced 
the first Friends' Day. We all enjoyed the 
motion pictures and the singing, but the an- 
nouncement of our first Friends' Day pleased 
us the most. 

Glenn R. Furbush. 

Cbe Boys' Dining Koom 

The boys' dining room is located in the 
southeast wing, on the first floor of the Main 
Building, and contains 17 tables. At the front 
of the room oii the southwest side is the dish- 
washer, in which the dishes are waslied after 
every meal. In front of it there is an iron table 
on whichthe dishes are set to be washed. The 
dish closet is near the dishwasher in which the 
dishes are kept. On the other side of the 
room is the bread closet, the sink, and bread 
table on which is the bread cutter. 

The tables are in three rows, the first row 
containing five tables, the second, six and the 
the third, six. Every table seats six boys. 
There are three radiators which heat the room. 
There are also a number of pictures hanging on 
the walls which help to make the room more 
attractive. Eugene S. Ramsdell. 



iUDat T do Before School 

Every morning after breakfast the fellows 
'ine up for work. The first line is the shop, then 
the farm, the house line and then the line 
for work before school. My work is to clean 
the tool room. First I sweep the floor and clean 
the tools and oil them. At 8:00 o'clock another 
boy and 1 put up the flag. Sometim.es 1 finish 
before the bell rings and have to do odd jobs 
such as raking gravel, shining brass or cleaning 
off the grass. As soon as the bell rings the boys 
wash up for school. John N. Burns. 

Cieantnci the Schoolrocm 

One morning the schoolroom boy was sick 
and 1 was told to go up to the first schoolroom 
and take his place. When I got there I began 
to sweep the floor under the boys' desks and 
then emptied the waste baskets. When I fin- 
ished the work assigned to me 1 was lold to re- 
port to Mr. Brown. 1 worked for him until 
it was time for school. 

Chester T. Smith. 

Picking up Cwigs 

One afternoon Mr. Brown was over to the 
city and Mr. Bradley was in charge. He gave 
out the work and saw that it was done properly. 
Four other boys and myself were sent to pick 
up twigs, stones, leaves, etc. 

We got rakes and started to work but we 
found the amount of rubbish too small to be 
raked, so we picked it up*with our hands. 

When we had gathered a pile we brought it 
down to one side of Highland Road and then 
returned for more. We did this until 2:15 
o'clock and then came up to the house and got 
ready for school. 

Osmond W. Bursiel. 

my mork in the Uegetahle €ellar 

One morning when I went down to the farm 
Mr. Dow toid me to go over to the Vegetable 
Cellar and sort potatoes. I went over there and 
sorted all the potatoes that had mold on them 
from the good ones. All that were good I put 
in a bin by themselves and put the bad ones in 
a pile by themselves. I sorted about 10 bush- 
els that morning. Henry C. Lowell. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Claming out the Boat Rouse 

One afternoon the other steamer fellows 
and n^yself u-ent to the boat house shd took out 
the two boats that were in there, and all the Hnes, 
anchors, oars and old rubbish and put them en 
the grass. Then we swept it out and put back 
everything that was iny gccd and the two boats, 
and then we closed up the boat house. We then 
tock all the old rubber hose, etc., over to the Sto 
rage Barn. Donalo W. Ellis. 

In the early spring one of tiie farm jobs is 
to saw wood. One afternoon another boy and I 
were given that job. The other boy went to the 
to! room and got a big saw. Down at the wood 
pile there is another pile of weed that came ever 
from the sorting grounds to be sawed into three 
foot lengths. While the other boy was fixing 
the saw horse I goi some wood from the pile to 
be sawed. After w.e sawed some wood we made 
a separate pile of it. 

At 4:45 o'clock a boy came down from the 
barn and told us that it was lime to stop working. 
Theodora B. Hadley. 

Blras of Our Bland 

We see a great many birds on our Island. 
1 will tell you about some of them. 

The bluebird is a small song bird very com- 
mon in the United States. !t is one of the earl- 
iest birds we have. The male is blue with a 
reddish breast. It is related to the European 
robin. As it flies it calls, "thief! thief!" 

The barn swallow hgs a blue back and is a 
brownish red on the wings, breast and above the 
beak. Its song is a continuous rapid twitter. 

The robin has a red breast, a black head 
and a brownish back. It seems to sing, "cheer- 
ily, cheerup, cheerily, cheerup!" 

We protect the birds all we can by feeding 
and providing shelters for them. 

Desmond Anderson. 

tnaking Ulindow frames 

One noon 1 asked Mr. Brown if I might go 
down to the Shop and make some new window 
frames. First 1 got a piece of wood ai d meas- 
ured the size of the frame and then sawed it. 
Then with a plane I made the grooves, and next 1 
glued the parts together, and nailed them. They 
are the first window frames 1 ever made. 

Fred H. Fleet. 



Che new Rorse 

We have a new horse at the School. It is 
a chestnut color. It is called a pacer. 

It was hard to get the horse over here. 
Mr. Bradley, the Supervisor and five boys went 
to City Point to get him in the scow but as he 
did net watit to get abojrd the scow the Super- 
visor took him around to Squantum. There a 
grope of beys helped to pull him acro.ss to the 
Island. John Goodhue, J"^. 

maKind an Gggnog 

In making an eggnog ths white of an egg 
is separated from the yoke and beaten stiff. 
Next, the yoke is well mixed in the white. 
When this is done the flavor and a teaspoonful 
of sugar are added. It is put in a glass and 
enough milk to fill the glass is well mixed with 
it. 

I like to make egg nogs as well as drink 
them. Alexis L. Guillemin. 

Setring up telephone Poles 

One morning when 1 was working in the 
corn barn a boy came and told me to report to 
the instructor in charge, who was over at the 
Barn. When I reported to him he told another 
boy and me to go with the mason. 

We went over to South End where there 
were some telephone poles to be put up. The 
tools, cement and gravel werealready over there 
for us. 

The first thing that we did was to see that 
the holes were four feet deep and in line. Then 
we started mixing the concrete. We used 40 
shovels of gravel to a bag of cement. 

When we got one batch mixed we stood 
the pole up and one of us held it while the other 
put the concrete in and filled the hole up. Then 
the mason saw that it was plumb and propped it. 

We finished two poles that day and two the 
next. When a pole was cone the mason put a 
form on, and had it extend up about a foot above 
the ground and about a foot in diameter. We 
let them stand about three hours and then took 
the forms off and smoothed them up. 

There were about 10 poles in all and it took 
us about a week and a half to finish them. 

Norman F. Farmer. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEaCCN 



Cbe J\\nmn\ J!$$ociaticii of the Tarm ana traacs School 



William N. Hughes, 59, President Jambs H. Graham. '81, Vice-President Solomon B, Holman, '50. Vice-President 
Dorchester Boston Dorchester 



MsRTON P. Ellis, '97, Secretary 
.52 Rockdale Street. Mattapan 



Richard Bell, '73, Treasurer 
Dorchester 



/iLF-RED C MaLM, 'CO, Historian 

Melrcse 



Frederick]. Barton, '09, ■writes fromhis occasionally takes his turn in the front line, 

home in Farmington, Maine, that he has been Misaddress is, Private Clarence F. Burton, Air 

ordered to Washington for "special service as Section 105, Aero Sqd , Headquarters Detach- 

bugler.'" ment, American Expeditionary Force. 

Clarence F. Burton, ' 12, has been trans- Leslie E. Russell, '17, is home with his 

fered to the aviation section of the Army, He father in Billerica, Mass,, and works at job paint 

is stationed within seven miles of the front and ing the same as he did here. 



mork In m Dining Room 

In the morning after the boys get up and 
wash for breakfast, the boys who work in the 
dining room go in and put on the breakfast. 
After breakfast the dining room and kitchen boys 
stay in. There are five d'ning room boys and five 
kitchen boys in the morning. There is a dining 
room boy who runs the dishwasher, one who wipes 
the dishes, and three each of whom have a row of 
tables to take care of. I have a row of tables to do. 
The first thing we do is to bring in the dishes 
and pitchers. After that we crumb our tables, 
sweep our floor, wash our tables and put on the 
nece,ssary dishes. After that we move our tables 
and scrub. We generally get done with our tables 
about half past eight. We scrub until about ten 
o'clock. After that we do extra work until about 
quarter of eleven when we get washed up for 
dinner. At quarter past eleven the dinner comes 
in and we put it on. 

Fredrick E, Munich. 

maKing monograms 

The Sewing Room boys have been making 
monograms to put on sofa pillows. We put the 
pattern on a piece of gold felt and trace it around 
the outside. Then we cut it out, trace the rest 
of it and cut that out also. We all like this work 
very well. After we do these we have to mske 
some for F. T. S. pennants. 

Robert L. Clark 



Sbips Passing the Tslana 

Ships passing cur Island sre very inter- 
esting. Seme are battleships, transports, cattle 
boats, mail boats, submarines, submarine 
chasers, destroyers, tugs, barges and pleasure 
crafts. 

As the battleships sail past, we sometimes 
see the jackies lined up on the deck. The trans- 
ports are interesting on account of their camou- 
flage. The cattle boats are small camouflaged 
boats. The submarines are shapedlike awhale's 
back when seen in the harbor. Some of the 
submarine chasers are about the size of our 
steamer Pilgrim and some are larger. The 
destroyers are sometimes camouflaged, others 
are plain gray. The tugs are used for hauling 
barges from one place to another. The barges 
carry mud, sand, coal and lumber to different 
places. Robert E. Nichols. 

Bnnm lUorK 

In the morning when I do not go to sloyd, 1 
sometimes clean the Front Avenue and some- 
times 1 clean the Rear Avenue. First 1 rake 
the avenue to get all the large stones, paper, 
leaves, twigs or anything else that does not 
make the avenue look clean. Then I take up 
my pile of dirt and take it down to the dike. If 
I have any time left, ! sweep the gutters. 

El-wood S. Chase. 



SUPPLEMENT TO 




The Farm and Trades School, Thompson's Island, Boston, Massachusetts. June 8, 1918 



IN THE SERVICE 

ARMY 
Eldred W. Allen, '16, March 15, 1917, 
19th Co., Coast Artillery, Fort Banks, Winthrop, 
Mass. 

Frederick]. Barton, '09, May !4, 1918, 
musician, Co. A., 62nd Eng. Fort Benjamin Har- 
rison, Indiana. 

Raymond H. Batchelder, '15, May, 1918, 
1st Replacement Eng. Reg. Co. G, Washington 
Barracks, Washington, D. C. 

Edmund S. Bemis, ' 1 3, December 3, 1917, 
104th Infantry, 26th Division, American Expe- 
ditionary Force, France. 

Edward M. Bickford, '10, Sept. 4, 1917, 

Edric B. Blakemore, '12, Sgt., reported 
from either Fort Banks or Fort Warren, Boston, 
Mass. 

Charles A. Blatchford, '04, April 1918, 
Quartermasters Division, United States Army. 

Charles H. Bradley, Jr., '03, May 15, 
1918, 3rd Officers Training Camp, Camp Devens, 
Ayer, Mass. 

Clarence F. Burton, '12, March, 1918^ 
Air Section 105, Aero Squad, Headquarters De- 
tachment, American Expeditionary Force, 
France. 

Forest L. Churchill, '15, April 4, 1918, 
Co. A, 26th Machine" Gun Bn., Camp Taylor, 
Louisville, Kentucky. 

Perry Coombs, '14, December 31, 1917, 



1-8 Irish K. L. R. Munster 1 i Westf., Detach., 
40. 

Lester E. Cowden, ' 1 6, February 2, 1918, 
11th Machine Gun Battalion, Co. A. 4th Di- 
vision, 7th Brigade, Charlotte, N. C. 

Will lAM E.Cowley, '13, Corporal, May 
11, 1918, Company A, 104th U. S. Infantry, 
Brigade Division, American Expeditonary Force, 
France. 

Louis W. Darling, '08, August, 1917, 
Aviation Corps. 

Clarence H. DeMar, '03, May 27, 1918, 
Fort Slocum, N. Y. 

Stephen E^^ton, "10, at Camp Devens, 
Ayer, Mass. 

William J. Flynn,'03, January, 1918, Co. 
F, 6th Engineers, American Expeditionaiy 
Force, France. 

William W. Foster, '10, 1st Lieut. Avi- 
ation Section, Signal Corps, United States Re- 
serves, 88th Aero Squad, American Expe- 
ditionary Force. 

Victor H. Gordon, ' 15, Corporal, Company 
M, 104th Infantry, American Expeditionary 
Force, France. 

Franklin E. Gunning, '14, Headquarters 
Troop, 26th Division, American Expeditionary 
Force, via New York, 

Charles Hill, '02, May, 1917, musician. 

George M. Holmes, '10, March 13, 1918, 
154991, Company B, 1st American Engineers, 
American Expeditonary Force. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Warren Holmes, '03, May, 1917. mu- 
sician. 

Walter R. Horsman, '13,. August, 1917, 
Corporal, Battery C. 6th Providence Regiment. 

Carl D. P. Hynes. '14. May, 1917, mu- 
sician. 

Alf.^ed W. Jacobs, '10, May, 1918, Co. 
A. 42nd Engineers. An;erican Expedit'onary 
Force. 

Charles R. Jefferson, '14, Corporal, 
March 7, 1918, Co. C, 3rd Reg., Pioneer Inf., 
Camp Wadsworth, Spartanburg, S. C. 

Cecil O. Jordan. '12, 24th Company, 6th 
Battalion, Depot Brigade, Camp Devens, Ayer, 
Mass. 

Ceorge R.Jordan, '13, July, 1917. 

Herbert H. Kenney, left Scliool ' 10, May 
10, 1918, Co. B, 5tli Pioneer Regiment. 

Daniel W. Laighton, '01, February 1, 
1918, Ordnance Dept., 6th Co., 152nd Depot 
Brigade, Camp Upton, New York. 

Fred J. Mandeville, ex ' 1 5, December 6, 
1917, Company M, 34th Infantry, American 
Expeditionary Force, Pier 1, Hoboken, N. J. 

John H. Marshall, '1 1, October 8, 1917, 
1 1 1936, R. F. A., 91 Siege Battery, R. G. A., 
France. B. E. F. 

William M. Marshall,' 10, Sept. 7, 1917, 
Co. E., 6th Eng. Regiment, Belvoir, Va., care 
of Wasliington Barracks. 

Philip S. May, '07, Sgt. 303rd Fire and 
Guard Co. 2 M. C. Port of Embarkation. Ho- 
boken, New Jersey. 

Thomas G. McCarragher, ex '07, Feb. 
20, 1918, Quartermasters Corps, Camp John- 
ston, Jacksonville, Florida. 

Henry F.McKenzie. '99.00. K, 50th In- 
fantry, East Potomac Park, Washington, D 0. 

Earle C. Miller, '14, Co. I, 101st Regi- 
ment, American Expeditionary Force, France. 
Reported severely wounded ^'une 8, 1918. 

Theodore Miller, '09, August 2, 1917, 
Barracks 0, Newport Training Station, New- 
port, R. I. 

Theodore Milne,' 1 4, November 21 , 1917, 
Aviation Signal Corps, Fort Sam Houston, Texas. 

TH0M'^s Milne, '12, January 19, 1918, 



103rd Field Hospital, 26th Div. American Ex- 
peditionary Force, France. 

Elmer E. Moore, '16, No. 3357 Co. C, 
Camp Fort Edward Windsor, Nov9 Scotia. No. 
3357 Company C, Canadian Expeditionary 
Force. 

Bernard F. Murdock,'11, December 5, 

1917, Company D, 101st Reg., 26th Division, 
U. S. Engineers, American Expeditionary Force, 
France. 

Dexter L. Noble, '13. 

Charles H. O'Conner, '04, Sgt., Feb. 10, 

1918, Asst. Band Master, Headquarters Co., 
303rd Infantry, Cimp Devens, Ayer, M^ss. 

William F. O'Conner. "07, Sgt., Feb. 10, 
1918, Headquarters Co., Band, 301st Infantry, 
Camp Devens. Ayer, Mass. 

Gkoffrey E. Plunkett, '14, April 1918, 
Post Signal Detail, Coast Artillery Corp.<^, Fort 
Standish, Mass. 

EvARisTE T. PoRCHE ,ex '07, March, 1918, 
Camp Dix, New York. 

Joseph L. Roby, ex '07, Nov. 21 , 1917. 
Quartermasters' Corps, North Eastern Depart- 
ment, American Expeditionary Force, reported 
promoted to lieutenant. 

Charles O. Rolfe.'IS, April 1918, Bat- 
tery B. 8 1 St Field Artillery, Camp F'remont, Cal- 
ifornia. 

James H. Sargent, '97, Sgt., Canadian 
Fourth Artillery , wounded September 12th, 1917. 
sent back to Canada probably disabled for life. 
Now at Boundary Creek, New Brunswick. 

Paul C. A. Swenson, '13, U. S. Ambul- 
ance Corp.^, No. 25, Camp Logan, Hou-ton, 
Texas. 

Clarence L. Taylor, '05, March 25, 
1918, 25th Regiment Engineers. Co. 0, Am- 
eric'-in Expeditionary Force, via New York. 

Levi N. Trask, '12, Corp., 1st Vermont 
Reg., Camp Wadsworth, Spartanburg, S. C. 

Roy D. Upham, '12, Feb. 10. 1918, Signal 
Platoon, Headquarters Co., Camp Devens, 
Ayer, Mass. 

Karl R. (Brackett) Van Deusen, '15, 
Apr. 2, 1918, Co. C, 107th United States Infan- 
try, Camp V/adsworth, Spartanburg, S. 0. 



THUMPSON'S ISLAND BEACO'M 



Fri-dprick E. Van Valkenburg, '14, 
Nov. 20, 1917, Co. K, 64th Iiitaiilty, Fcrt Blis?, 
El Paso, Texa5. 

Peri.&y W. White, '13, Jan. 1918, bugh r. 
C ") C. lOlst U. S. Engir:eers, American b x- 
peditionaty Force, France. 

GnoRGE P. V\ ILEY, ex '06, killed by .^hel! 
f ragmen', battle of Vimy Ridge, April 1917. 

Frederick]. Wilson, '09, Feb. 20, 1918, 
Co. A, Squad 19, Officers I'r^.ii ing Cair.p, 
Spartanburg. S. C. 

NAVY 

George J. Balch, '09, Sept. 1917, boiler - 
maker, U. S S. Delaware, care of New York 
Postmaster. 

Lesi IE H. Barker,'13. June, 1918, U. S. 
U. R. F. Woods Hole. Mas.'^. 

Edson M. Beki^, '13, December 26, 1917, 
N:-ival Resei ve. Training Cr.mp, Hiii^h un.-Ma^s. 

Ai-FRED H. Casey, '13, June, 1917, mu- 
sician, U. S. S. Geori^i'i, care of New York 
Postmaster. 

GsoHGt W. Casey, ' I 6, 2nd Naval Di.:ti ict 
Receiving Barracks, Newport, R- 1. 

Robert Casey, "13, August, 1917. 

Wii I lAM B. DEANE,'13,Sept. 1917, U.S. S. 
Nebraska, care of New York Postmaster. 

Nerbert a. DiERKES, "06, Ociober 26, 

1917, U. S. S. Celtic, care cf New York Poit- 
master. 

Harold W. Edwards, ' 10, U. S. S. Dtla- 
w^re. Signaler, Division 10, Overseas. 

JoHiJ O. Enright, '12. October 6, 1917, 
U . S. S. Drayton, care of New York Po:itmaster. 

Bernhardt Gerecke, '12, Ensign, Feb. 

1918, U. S. S.Celtic, care of New York Post- 
master. 

Robert W. Gregory, '09, St. Julian 
Creek Detail, 5th Naval District, Co. A, Nor- 



folk, Va. 

Ralph G. Hadley,'!4, July. 1917, U.S.S. 
Delaware, c^rc of Neu- Yoik Pi .^tira.sttr. 

Frederick Hynes, '12. March 1918, Tor- 
pedo Boat Fireman. Lives ?t 499 Thames 
Street, Newport, R. 1 

Harold Y.Jacobs, '10, January 13, 1918, 
musician, U. S. S. Mis;ouri. rare (f Po-M- 
master. Fortress Monroe, Va. 

WiLLi.^M N. King, '15, Ap.il 29, 1918. 
2:id cla.^s seaman. Newpcrt, R. L 

FiuBERT N. Leach, '16, Febiuaiy, 1918, 
Depot Co. F', Signal Corps, University cf 
Vermont, Burlington, Vermcnf. 

John LeStrakge, '11, May 12, 1918, 
U. S. S. New Ycrk, Over.^eas. ■' 

Llewelyn H. Lewis, '14, June 6, 1917, 
bugler. 

Cecil E. MacKeown, ex '11, January, 
1918, U. S. S. Richmond, care of New York 
Postm ^ster. 

Frederick W. Mar£HAll, "08, October 8. 

1917, eleclriciMi, U. S. S. America, U. S. 
N. R. F., care cf Ntw York Postmaster. 

EvtRETT W. Maynard, ex '14, Febiuary, 

1918, Barracks 233. Navy Yard, BoJcn. 
Jackson C. Nielson, ex '16, Decen ber 

17, 1917. Naval Reserve, Comnissary Scliccl, 
DivLLn I, Section 3, Receiving Ship, Con mon- 
wealth Pier, Boston, Mass. 

Bkuce L. Paul, '07, Augist 10, 1S17, 
U. S. S. Kearsarge, care of Ntw Yi rk [-osi- 
master. 

Jos^-PH L Pendergast,'16, June 1, 1918, 
U. S. S. S. C. 70 New London C nin. 

Frank A. Farbeli ,'13. January 23, 191 8. 
U. S S. Celtic, care of New York Postmaster. 

Herbert F". Watscn,'08, Radio Cpera'or, 
went down on the U. S. S. A.ntilles, October 
17, 1917. 



Please help us to make this list as crnplete and as a:curate as possible. 




Vol 22. No. 3 Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. July, 1918 

Entered November 23. 1903. at Boston. Mass. as S'-cord-^lass matter, under Act of Congress of July 16. 1894. 



Graduation Day 

Graduation day came on June 14. Prep- 
arations were made for the day which was a good 
one. The boat arrived at 2:15 P. M. and the 
guests came to the Front Lawn where we awaited 
them. They were seated in front of us, the Man- 
agers of the School and their friends sitting near 
the graduating class. 

The lawns were decorated with School ban- 
ners flying from poles. We were fortunate in 
having with us on our graduation day a number 
of the Managersof the School, President Richard 
M. Saltonstall, Managers I. Tucker Burr, Thomas 
j. Evans, Charles T. Gallagher, N. Penrose 
Hallowell, Henry Jackscn, M. D., and Francis 
Shaw. 

President Richard M. Saltonstall introduc- 
ed the speaker of the day, Mr. Charles Evans, a 
graduate of '66. 

Mr. Evans spoke of the service which Mr. 
Bowditch, our late president, and his family have 
done for the School, and in many other ways. 

After the exercises we were dismissed and 
went about with our people until 4:45 P. M. 
when the boat came. 

In the evening the class of 1918 gave a 
dance in the Assembly Hall which was beauti- 
fully decorated for the occasion. The dance was 
attended by Mr. and Mrs. Bradley, instructors- 
graduates and friends. Thanks to all who helped 
in making it a successful and happy graduation. 

The exercises were as follows: 



Salutatory Our Weather Bureau 

Lawrence Earl Walters 
American Hymn Keller 

Schoo 
Class Prophecy 

Leslie Martin Calkin 
School Song F. T. S. 

School 
Valedictory The Farm and Trades School 

Gordon Herdman Cameron 
To Thee, Country ! Eichburg 

School 
Remarks, Richard M. Saltonstall 

Acting President of the Board of Managers 
Address 
"The Indebtedness of The Farm and Trades School 
to its Board of Managers as exemplified in the 
service of its late President. Alfred Bowditch." 
Mr. Charles Evans, '66, Chicago, Illinois 
Presentation of Diplomas 

Charles H. Bradley, Superintendent 

The American Soldier Band Myers 

The Star Spangled Banner 

ESSAYS PREPARED BY OTHERS 
OF THE CLASS 



Aida 
Prayer 



Band 



Rev. James Huxtable 



Verdi 



The Laundry .... Alton Parker Bray 
The Sports of the School Rupert Fleming Calkin 
Th^ Power House Rollins Augustus Furbush 
The Birds .... Joseph Tyleston Gould 
Agriculture on the Island WebsterSylvanusGouId 
The Trees of the Island Frederick Vernon Heald 
The Flower Gardens Franklin Pierce Miller 
Boats of the Island Laurence Arnold Murphy 
The Printing Office . LeRoy Alvin Parsons 
Places of Interest on the Island 

Eugene Smith Ramsdell 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



The Art of Drawing George Raymond Riggs 
Sloyd Frank Elery Woodman 

GRADUATING CLASS 

Alton Parker Bray 
Leslie Martin Calkin 
Rupert Fleming Calkin 

Gordon Herdman Cameron 
Rollins Augustus Furbush 
Joseph Tyleston Gould 
Webster Sylvanus Gould 
Frederick Vernon Heald 
Franklin Pierce Miller 
Laurence Arnold Murphy 
LeRoy Alvin Parsons 
Eugene Smith Ramsdell 
George Raymond Riggs 
Lawrence Earl Walters 
Frank Elery Woodman 



Frank E. Woodman. 

Concord and Cexindton Excursion 

The annual excursion which our Treasurer, 
Lieut. Arthur Adams, gives the graduating class 
tookplacethisyear onjune 15. We first put onour 
uniformsandwent to the office, and Mr. Bradley 
told us if we went to the front of the house he 
would take our pictures. Then we started for 
City Point on the Steamer Pilgrim. 

We had with us Mr. T. J. Evans, our 
Manager, his brother, Mr. Charles Evans, who 
spoke at Graduation, Mr. and Mrs. Bradley, Miss 
Dale, Miss Ferguson and Mr. Brown. The 
driver of the car is also manager of the Town 
Taxi Company and a graduate of the School and 
had a man to tell us about the historical places 
that we passed. We went into Boston where 
we met Lieut. Arthur Adams, who went with 
us. We then started on our way to Cambridge, 
passing over the Charles River. From there 
we went to the old Washington Elm in Cam- 
bridge, where Washington took command of 
the American troops, then to Harvard Square, 
around Harvard College, the speaker telling us 
about the different buildings, among them the 
Phillips Brooks House. We then started on the 
route that Paul Revere took on his famous ride 
and saw houses at which he stopped. 



We went through Somerville and Arlington, 
picking out the historical places and from there 
we went to Lexington, stopping at Lexington 
Center, where the minutemen stood in the field 
in the year of 1775. The place where the old 
North Church stood was shown to us. We 
passed the house where the first shot of the Re- 
volutionary War was fired. We passed the 
Monroe Tavern which was standing during the 
Revolution and inside of the walls are still 
bullets and bullet holes. We then rode along 
singing and cheering everybody and having a 
jolly time. We passed a place where they sold 
strawberries and Mr. Evans bought some straw- 
berries and onions with long green tops known 
as Iowa lilies. We stopped at Concord Bridge, 
where we saw the statue of the minute man 
as he left his plow in the field and took his gun 
to join the other minute men. The statue was 
posed for by five different mien. There is also 
a tablet telling about a fewBritish soldiers, who 
were shot and buried there. We were treated 
with candy and had our pictures taken again. 
From there we went to the Concord Reform- 
atory and were shown about. 

We then started on our way home, stop- 
ping at Concord Center where we had ice cream, 
candy, oranges and bananas and gave three 
cheers and a tiger for Mr. Evans. We passed 
through Lexington and other places singing and 
having a jolly time. We came along Common- 
wealth Avenue where we saw the Blue Devils from 
France, in autos. From Commonwealth Avenue 
we went up Beacon Street where Mr. Adams left 
us. Our next stop was the South Station where our 
teacher left us, and we gave three cheers and a 
tiger for her, then we started for City Point 
where we took the boat to the Island. 

When we arrived at the Island we had our 
supper and went to bed, feeling that we had had a 
splendid time. We wish to thank Mr. Adams for 
his kindness in giving us this excursion and Mr. 
Bradley for helping give us such a good time. 
Rollins A. Furbush. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Jllumni Day 

June I 7, this year as usual was observed 
as a field day and a day of recreation for the 
boys as well as the members of the Alumni. 

At about 10 o'clock the members of the 
band marched to the Wharf, where they await- 
ed the arrival of the steamer and the John Alden, 
which had a short time before gone to City 
Point to bring the visitors to the Island. 

As the boats neared the Wharf the band 
greeted them with a march which the graduates 
who had been in our band must'hsve recognized 
as, "Our Director". 

After all were safely landed they marched 
up the Avenue to the front of the Main Building 
where they either gathered under the awning or 
sat upon the lawn. The band then played a few 
selections and they were seated, to listen to the 
remarks of Mr. Bradley, Mr. Evans, Mr. Hughes, 
who is the Alumni President, and others. 
After listening to some very interesting as well as 
humorous remarks, all the boys were excused to 
mingle and talk with old friends, many of w^'om 
they had once known as boys at the School. 

/.ft'?r dinner the afternoon's fun began. It 
started with a sack race, which was both comical 
and exciting. During the course of the after- 
noon the boys had a good time either by taking 
active part in a i 00 yard dash, a shoe race, pony 
express, snake race, barrel duel, spar contest or 
in one of the other sports which had been pro- 
vided for the pleasure of the day. The winners 
in these were awarded suitable prizes. To end 
the sports of the day, the u.sual baseball game 
between the married and single men of the 
Alumni was played. This game as it generally 
is, proved to be very interesting, as most of 
the graduates had not lost much of their old time 
skill at playing which they had learned here. 

Most of the Alumni spent the last of the 
afternoon in visiting the Cottages, Band Hall, 
and the different departments where they had 
worked when boys here Some stayed on the 
playground and played catch or knocked out flies. 
Also, some new sports were added to the already 
large list, one of which was a shoe shining con- 



test, the winners being given their brushes as 
prizes. 

The Old Elm was not forgotten and 
some of the older of the Alumni sat around it 
and talked and thought of the pleasant times they 
had had when they were boys here at the School. 

Pinally warning was given to the tired but 
happy graduates, that it was time to leave, 
and soon they were all aboard the boats and 
bound for their homes. 

This day is looked forward to by the 
boys every year, as they know that they are sure 
to have a good time. 

RoscoE Baird. 

Cm Inspecting 

One night after the boys came out from sup- 
per Mr. Brown asked who would like to be tree, 
rat. bird, fly or mosquito inspectors: Alexis 
Guillemin, Arthur Schaefer. Alfred Pickles and I 
were chosen out of about six boys to be tree in- 
spectors. 

We look for the eggs of gypsy moths and 
the moths themselves, also borers or bugs that 
eat into a tree and kill it. We also saw off dead 
limbs and branches. If the tree is infected 
with gypsy moths, on the under part of a limb, 
where it joins the tree, there is generally a small 
hollow where a kind of black matter something 
like cotton is found. Under the black is a white, 
in which are the eggs. The eggs are a yellowish 
orange and are about as large as a pinhead. 
There are about 100 in a cluster. 

We can tell where the borers are by saw- 
dust on the tree which they have thrown out. 
They are about 1 l-l6thsof an inch long, 5-16tlis 
of an inch wide and about l-^thof an inch thick 
when full grown. We take a straight piece of 
wire about six inches long and for the boring. 
We find holes in the bark of a tree and run our 
wires in. It the tree is not badly infected we 
take off the dead bark up to where they are and 
then kill them. 

We keep a record of how many hours we 
go out inspecting. We can go out noon or night 
hours or Saturday afternoons, with permission. 
Frederick E. Munich. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Cbomp$on'$ Island Beacon 

Published Monthly by 

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Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor 

A PRIVATE SCHOOL FOR BOYS OF LIMITED 

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Vol 22, No. 3. 



July, 1918 



Subscription Price - 50 Cents Per Year 



BOARD OF MANAGERS 



ACTING PRESIDENT 

Richard M. Saltonstall 

VICE-PRESIDENT 

Charles P. Curtis 

TREASURER 

Arthur Adams 

135 Devonshire Street 
SECRETARY 

Tucker Daland 

Brookline, Mass. 

managei^s 

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. Gardner, Jr. 
N. Penrose Hallowell 
Henry Jackson, M. D. 
Charles E. Mason 
Roger Pierce 
Philip S. Sears 
Francis Shaw 

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

Charles H. Bradley, Superintendent 

Very fitting tribute was paid to the memory 
of Alfred Bowditch, late president of The Farm 
and Trades School, on the afternoon of Friday, 
June 14. It was graduation day. Thompson's 
Island was at its zenith of verdant beauty. The 
Island and the School upon which Mr. Bowditch 
had devoted so much of his life, as had also his 



brother, contemporaneously, and their father be- 
fore them, stood as proud monuments to all those 
who by their counsel, co-operation, time and 
means, brought it to that hour. 

The Board of Managers had already spread 
upon their records their appreciation and esti- 
mate of his character and work. Now ths 
School itself was to pay tribute. Seated on the 
South lawn, under a sunlit sky, flanked on either 
side by large leafy trees, with the historic Bul- 
finch front of the Main Building as a background, 
the company assembled for the service. 

It was also Flag Day, and Flag Day in the 
midst of a great war, and the flag of the Nation, 
with the flags of the State and of the School, 
floated proudly in the afternoon breeze. 

Included in the company were the hundred 
undergraduates of the School, the instructors, 
many graduates and their families, members of 
the Board of Managers, and members of Mr. 
Bowditch's immediate family. The gathering 
itself was a tribute to the appreciated and grate- 
ful service of the late president. Yet there were 
some things that surely should be spoken. His 
life to the undergraduates and the graduates was 
the synonym of integrity and his service was an 
inspiration. To those who knew him in official 
relations, he was considerate and honorable in 
the finest sense. Of a family bearing a name 
great in American history, he had added unto it. 
The president of the Board of Man- 
agers, Mr. Richard M. Saltonstall, spoke of the 
vision and wisdom of Mr. Bowditch in his rela- 
tion to the corporation. The superintendent, Mr. 
Charles H. Bradley, spoke of an association 
of 30 years, a relation that had developed into 
something much more than formality. 

To deliver the eulogy, the Board of Man- 
agers had selected one who was fitted for the 
occasion by a rare combination of circumstances. 
A graduate of the School of half a century ago, 
he had began his life work in the Boston Athen- 
aeum (of which Mr. Bowditch had been for many 
years the treasurer and which shared with The 
Farm and Trades School his devotion and inter- 
est), he had since become one of the leading li- 
brarians and bibliographers in America, and had 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



retained a close association with his boyhood 
school. Not only that, but his own brother had 
been honored as the first graduate of the School 
to have a membership on the Board of Man- 
agers. 

Mr. Charles Evans, '66, of Chicago, was 
one among a thousand, to be the orator at this 
memorial service, and the high expectations of 
the day were finely fulfilled. 

What Mr. Evans said is given herewith, 
and his words were eloquent with simplicity, 
sincerity and dignity. 

Calendar 

June 1. Treasurer, Lieutenant Arthur 
Adams, visited the School in the evening. 

June 2. Several boys attende church in 
town. 

June 3. Hauled new submarine telephone 
cable across from Squantum to the Island. 

June 4. Our band assisted the band of the 
Second Congregational Church, Dorchester, in a 
concert for the benefit of the Red Cross Work. 

800 cabbage plants transplanted. 

June 5. Commenced putting up awning 
in front of the house. 

June 6. Ivers R. Allen, '16, visited the 
School. 

500 tomato plants set out. 

June 7. 5,000 celery, 500 tomato and 
100 pepper plants set out. 

June 8. Finished planting potatoes. 

6,000 celery plants set out. 

Mr. Charles Duncan, 7 1 , visited the School, 
as usual tuning and putting our pianos in good 
shape. 

June 9. Rev. and Mrs. James Huxtable 
were guests during the day. 

Several boys attended church in town. 

Commenced decorating chapel for gradu- 
ation dance. 

Plowed south end bar for submarine tele- 
phone cable. 

June 14. Graduation day. Mr. Charles 
Evans, '66, of Chicago, was the chief speaker. 
President Richard M. Saltonstall also made 
an address. 



June 15. The graduating class had their 
annual automobile trip over the historical route 
to Concord and Lexington. Mr. Charles Evans 
and Thomas J. Evans, '64, and Lieutenant 
Arthur Adams were among the party. 

June 17. Alumni Field Day with about 
100 present. 

June 18. William B. Cross, '17, left the 
School to take a position with The Boston Woven 
Hose and Rubber Co. Cambridge, Mass. 

Last of marsh hay drawn to barn. 

June 19. Mr. Josef Sandberg here to in- 
struct the boys in sloyd. 

June 20. Planted Oak Knoll with beans 
and sweet corn. 

June 22. Rupert F .Calkin, '18, left the 
School to work with his father in Bellingham, 
Mass. 

June 24. Herbert L. Dudley, '16, left the 
School to take a position as fireman on the New 
Haven Railroad and is stationed at Taunton, Mass. 

Mowed young orchard. 

June 25. Plowed young orchard. 

June 26. First hay in barn. 

June 28. First turnips from gardens. 

Last picking of strawberries. 

Blacksmith here to shoe horses. 

June 29. First peas from gardens. 

nunc mctccroiogy 

Maximum temperature 88° on the 1st. 

Minimum temperature 50° on the 21st. 

Mean temperature for the month 63.13° 

Total precipitation 1.57 inches. 

Greatest precipitation in 24 hours, 1.18 
inches on the 22nd. 

6 days with .01 or more mches precipi- 
tation, 12 clear days, 16 partly cloudy, 2 cloudy 
days. 

Total number of hours' sunshine, 180 and 
20 minutes. 

CDc Tarm and Cradcs School Bank 

Cash on hand June 1, 1918 $812.46 

Deposited during the month $82.40 



Withdrawn during the month 
Cash on hand June I, 1918 



$894.86 
$65.27 

$829.59 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Kattind 

A little over a month ago Mr. Bradley ask- 
ed who would like to be rat inspectors this year. 
Three other fellows and myself were chosen for 
the job. After about a week had passed we were 
given about 50 official rat traps. We then went 
to the kitchen and got some bacon rind and old 
cheese to bait them. After they were baited we 
got the dog we use to find rats with and started 
out to find out where they lived. Wherever 
the dog thought there were rats we set traps. 
Every morning we go around and look at the 
traps, take out the rats and rebait all of the traps. 

After seven o'clock at night we take the 
dog and some sticks and hunt for rats v/hich come 
out to lookforfood. In the daytime we take shov- 
els and the dog anddig them out. So far we have 
caught about 200. 

Charles F. Weymouth. 

Bird Inspecting 

One day Mr. Brown asksd who would like 
to be a bird inspector, I was in the dining room 
and could not step out, but as 1 had been an in- 
spector before he let me become one again. 

The work we have to do is to protect the 
birds which do good, and find the nests of birds 
which do harm such as English sparrows, grack- 
les, starlings, crows and blackbirds. We take 
the eggs of these birds and break or blow them. 

We put up bird houses in the spring and take 
them down in the autumn. It is very interesting 
to watch the mother birds feed their young. 1 
like the work. William T. Marcus. 

Spraying tbe 1)cn Pens 

Before we spray the hen pen, we clean out the 
straw, and then sweep the pen clean Wiien it 
is clean, we take the hand sprayer and fill it with 
kerosene and spray the hen pen inside and outside. 
After spraying it all over, we take some instant 
lies killing powder and sprinkle some of it into 
the nest and conersr. When it is sprayed and 
powdered, we put clean straw in the pen and clean 
shavings into the nest. Now it is ready for 
the hens. 

John Goodhue, Jr. 



Cbe Graduation Dance 

The graduation dance was held the evening 
of graduation day in the Assembly Hall. The 
dance began at eight o'clock and lasted until 
twelve. 

The hall was decorated v/ith red, white and 
blue crepe paper which came from different points 
in the room and met in the center. In the back 
of the room was a large piece of blue felt with 
our motto, "All for our Country," in large gold 
letters upon it. 

In about the middle of the dance the grad- 
uates threw rolls of blue and gold crepe paper all 
over the hall. 

Refreshments were served throughout the 
dance. Music was furnished by a colored 
orchestra from town. 

Laurence A. Murphy. 

Banking 

Banking is carried on in the East Base- 
ment. Every evening from 6:30 tc 7;00 o'clock 
the boys can buy thrift stamps, deposit money, 
make out checks and also request slips. A 
record of the daily sales and the boys' accounts, 
telling how many thrift stam.ps the boys bought 
or racsi/ad fro n thsir friends, is kept by the 
Secretary. 

About 12 of the fellows have pledged 
themselves to sell thrift stamps until December 
31, \?\?. ir.il new laws have been made. 
There is a receiving teller and a paying teller 
who sells the thrift stamps, receives the money, 
makos an account of it and puts it in the book. 

The Banking Room is on the plan of a bank 
in the City, all enclosed. A table is in the room 
where writing is done and checks are made out, 
Rollins A. Furbush. 

Scrubbing Day in tbe Caundry 

Monday, in the laundry, is always known as 
scrubbing day. When we first go in we start to 
scrub the aprons and jumpers, then the ladies' 
clothes, next the mens' clothes and last of all 
the stockings and underwear. 

After everything is scrubbed they are put 
in bags and put in the washer to be rinsed. 
After they are rinsed they are put in the extrac- 
tor. Then they are ready to be ironed. 

Everett B. Leland 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Jllunual Ticid Day 

(continued from page 8) 
those present is as follows: 
Alcott, William and Mrs. 

Miss Louise Alcott 

Roger Alcott 
Allen, Ivers R. 
Angel), Wesley C. 
Austin, Ernest W. 

Mrs. M. A. Austin 

Miss M. Austin 

Mr. and Mrs. Riesinger 

Mr. and Mrs. H. A, Austin 

Miss Irene Austin 

Miss Ruth Austir 

Mr. and Mrs. Phelps 

Master Phe"ps 

Mrs. Ccupard 

Mr. Jack Austin 
Babcock, Lorin L. 
Bemis, Elwin C. 
Bell, Richard and Mrs. 

Alice M. Bell 

Mr. and Mrs. George Downing 
Bete, John E. and Mrs. 

Channing Bete 

John Bete 

Raymond Bete 

Miss Ora Ward 
Brasher, Sherman G. 

Mrs. J. H. Brasher 

Mrs. Elizabeth Bartlett 
Bridgham, Charles H. 

Mrs. Lillian F. Marden 
Bryant, Frank G. 

George Bryant 
Capaul, Mrs. Edward 

Miss Myrtle J. Capaul 

Miss Emma Brooke 
Catton, Ernest M. and Mrs. 
Clarke, Joseph and Mrs. 
Dudley, Robert E. 
Duncan, Charles and Mrs. 

Miss Barbara Duncan 

Mrs. F. S. Currier 

Charlotte Currier 

Helen Currier 



Dutton, Almond H. 
Ellis, Howard B. 

Howard B. Ellis, Jr. 

Helen I. Ellis 
Ellis, Merton P. and Mrs, 
Evans, Charles 
Evans, Thomas J. 
Fearing, Arthur D. and Mrs. 
Fearing, Frederick P. 
Graham, James H. and Mrs. 

A. Farley Brewer 
Green, Elmer W. 

Gregory, James G. and Mrs. 
Mrs. E. M. Fuller 

Hartmann, George K. and Mrs. 
Charles Honigbaum 
Miss Krinski 

Haskins, Douglas A. 

Mrs. M. D. Haskins 
Miss Esther Haskins 
Miss Ruth Haskins 

Holman, Solomon B. 
Mrs. W R. Holman 
W. R. Holman, Jr. 
Miss Alice Holman 

Hughes, William N. 

Ingalls, Richmond P. 

Kirwin, Walter J. 

Larsson, G. George 

Lochrie, Howard F. 

Morrison, William P. 

Mrs. H. C. McBride 
Miss Dorothy Bevens 
Miss Elaine Bevens 

Pratt, Albert E. and Mrs. 

Russell, Charles W. and Mrs. 

Sherman, John L. 

Souther, Herbert A. 

Stokes, Henry M. 

Wallace, Edward A. 

Wallace, Frank W. 

West, Elbert L. 

Wilkins, Ellsworth S. 

Wyatt, Ernest V. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



CD J Jllumni Jlsscciation of Cbe farm and Crades School 



William Alcott '84, President James H. Graham, 79, Vice-President Henry A. Fox, '79. Vice-President 

Everett Boston Allston 



Merton p. Ellis, '99, Secretary 
25 Rockdale Street. Mattapan 



Richard Bell, '73, Treasurer 
Dorchester 



Alfred C MaLM, '00, Historian 
Melrose 



Tn memoridtti 

Alfred Bowditch, died in Boston, Massa- 
chusetts, February 22nd, 1918. 

The above is a simple statement of fact 
but what a world of meaning it holds for gradu- 
ates and members of The Farm and Trades 
School. 

Our friend, the sincere, quiet, unassuming 
friend of everyone connected with our School. 

The regret we have at his passing is allevi- 
ated somewhat when we think of the perpetual 



monument he leaves to his memory, the School, 
the young men who have gone from it and those 
who are yet to come, all receiving and to receive 
the great benefit of this sterling character and 
life. 

A priceless treasure to us is the memory of 
him. 

We, the Alumni Association of The Farm and 
Trades School desire to place on our records our 
tribute to our friend, Alfred Bowditch, with grate- 
ful hearts for having had the privilege of know- 
ing him. 



BmM Ticid Day 

The Tenth Annual Field Day of the Asso- 
ciation was held on June 17th at the School. 
Members with families and others gathered at 
City Point and left at 9:30 by the steamer Pilgrim 
and the scow. The band met us at the Wharf 
and we gathered on the Front Lawn. Gradu- 
ate Charles Evans of Chicago, who delivered an 
able tribute to Mr. Alfred Bowditch on gradu- 
ation day was with us and spoke, as well as his 
brother. Graduate Manager John Evans, and 
Mr. Bradley. On behalf of the As.sociation a 
check for $250 was presented to Mr. Bradley 
by Treasurer Richard Bell to be added to the 
Alumni Fund, making a total of $2850.00. The 
usual gift of $25.00 for the benefit of the boys 
and a hat collection of $40.00 was given to Mr. 
Bradley. "Jim" Graham as usual had charge 
of the collection department. Pictures were 
taken of the gathering after which a short inspec- 
tion was made of the main buildings. H. C. L. 
being abroad in the land, the Entertainment Com- 
mittee changed the programme this year and 
had each member bring a basket lunch, liquid 
refreshment being furnished by the School. This 
change was voted to be a success, no one run- 



ning the risk of going home hungry as Jimmy 
Graham brought a large(?) basket with him to 
take care of the bachelors. Races of all sorts 
were held by the boys after which the ball game 
between the married and single of the graduates 
was held with the same old story for the score. 
Those wishing to know this will confer with 
Arthur Fearing. President Hughes was busy 
during the afternoon gathering in applicationsfor 
membership and received 16. This day might 
be termed Alumni Inspection Day as every part 
is well inspected although no report is turned in. 
The weather on the field day is generally made 
to order and those who remain across the bay 
miss a lot. Changes for the better are being 
made all the time and one needs to pay at least 
an annual visit to keep up with the times. 
The renewal of old aquaintances at the School 
and among school-mates and the bringing of 
one's family to his boy-hood home are pleas- 
ures that can only happen at one place, and when 
the other pleasures are added, the good-by can 
be said to be the end of a perfect day. The 
return boat left soon after five with the usual 
cheers for Mr. and Mrs. Bradley. A list of 
(Continued on Page 7) 



-Mc ji memoTR *^ 



SU PPLEMENT TO 




The Farm and Trades School, Thompson's Island, Boston, Mass. July 14, 1918 



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When 1 left The Farm School, as these 
young men are doing to-day, 1 began, through 
the influence of Dr. Samuel Eliot, what was to 
be my life-work in the Boston Athenaeum; and, 
for the next seven never-to-be-forgotten years 
of my life, 1 had the daily privilege of meeting, 
in the freedom of a great Library, the men and 
women who made the decade succeeding the civil 
war the goldsn age of scholarship and literary 
accomplishment in this country. Nearly every 
name famous in American literary history of 
that period passed through its doors during this 
time, often accompanied by European celebri- 
ties; and some of the greatest names were 
among its almost daily visitors. Through its 
eyes it was given me to see, to know, the true 
Boston — the Boston of the fathers, and the fore- 
fathers of New England. Is it any wonder then 
that when the claim of distinction for any Boston- 
ian is made Ihat 1 should put it to the test of a 
proprietorship in the Boston Athenaeum. 

Put to this test, the name of Bowditch 
shines in the clear white light which beats upon 
the throne Bostoniae. From the year 1826 
there has never been a time when a Bowditch 
was not on the directorate of the Boston Ath- 
enaeum. Just as there has never been a year 
for over three quarters of a century when the 
name of Bowditch has not appeared upon the 
directorate of The Farm School. 

The life of the late Mr. Bowditch's grand- 



father, Nathaniel Bowditch, should always be 
an inspiration and stimulus to the ambition of 
American youth who desire to supply the 
defects of earlier years. 

He came of an ancestry of seamen, a voca- 
tion which his father abandoned to engage in the 
business of a cooper. He was the fourth in a 
family of seven children and, at the age of ten 
years, — the minimum age when boys are ad- 
mitted to The Farm and Trades School — his 
school education ceased, as the family necessi- 
ties compelled his assisting his father in the shop. 
Soon after he was apprenticed to a ship-chandler. 
So great was his thirst for knowledge, so accu- 
rate his powers of observation, and aptness for 
mathematics, that he arranged an Almanac, 
complete in all its parts, at the age of fifteen. 
Finding a copy of Newton's "Principia", when 
he was sixteen he began the study of Latin that 
he might read it. And he afterwards taught 
himself French, Italian, Spanish and German so 
that he might study the valuable mathematical 
works in those languages. For a course of 
reading in English he read the two folio volumes 
of E. Chambers' "Cyclopaedia" through from 
beginning to end. 

But the unresting fever of his sea-loving 
ancestry was in his blood. He had been taught, 
by a retired sailor, the elements of navigatiou; 
and, after attaining his majority, he made fonr 
voyages to the East Indies, and one to Europe. 
He took such interest in instructing the sailors 
in navigation, that it became a strong recommen- 
dation for a sailor to have sailed with him, and 
often the cause of his promotion. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



During this period of his life, he published 
his "New American Practical Navigator" which 
had an immediate success, passing through 
some thirty editions, and becoming the stand- 
ard work on this subject in this country, and to 
a large extent in England and France. 

Happening to be detained in Bos'on, by a 
contrary wind, on the Commencement Day 
of Harvard, he strolled to the church where the ex- 
ercises were held, and this self-educated man 
had the surprise and gratification of hearing his 
name called as a recipient of the degree of 
Master of Arts! It was the first and most wel- 
cotne of a series of similar public recognitions 
from learned bodies. 

After he had passed his fortieth year, he be- 
gan what was to become his life-work, and the one 
with which his name will be forever, insepara- 
bly connected. This was the translation from 
the French, with emendations, of Laplace's 
great work, "Mecanique Celeste". So well did 
he succeed in doing this that he drew from the 
distinguished Frenchman the remark: "I am 
sure that Dr. Bowditch comprehends my work, 
for he has not only detected my errors, but has 
shown me how 1 came to faH into them". 

When the work was ready for the press, 
Dr, Bowditch realized that the expenses of 
publication would make heavy demands upon the 
family income, and that its sale promised only 
pecuniary loss; but his noble wife, to whom the 
work is dedicated, and without whose encourage- 
ment, he often declared, his work would never 
have seen the light, urged him to publish it, 
and promised to make any sacrifice necessary 
to accomplish it. His children also urged him 
to go on, saying: "We value your reputation 
more than your money". And sustained by 
their unfaltering faith and courage, this scientific 
achievement of an American scholar was given 
to the world, in four quarto volumes, of nearly 
a thousand pages each, after a labor of nearly a 
quarter of a century from its inception. In it, 
he charted the Heavens, as he had before charted 
the Oceans; and, in allusion to this, as well as to 
his moral qualities, he was familiarly known as 
"The Great Pilot." 



At the time Dr. Bowditch began this work, 
it is said that there were only three persons in the 
country capable of reading the original work 
critically. In forty years spent in libraries, 
among scholars, 1 have never known but one 
person to ask for it for purposes of study. This 
single exception was the late Francis Blake, of 
Boston and Weston, whose invention of a 
transmitter of speech perfected the telephone 
invention of Alexander Graham Bell. Mr. Blake 
at the time, was engaged by the United States, 
Coast Survey, in determining differences of lon- 
gitude between the different Observatories in 
the world. And 1 well remember his expressions 
of gratification when his calculations were verified, 
and the hours of study he found necessary to de- 
tect his error when his conclusions varied from 
the tables of logarithms in tliis authoritative work. 
Dr. Bowditch's mother's maiden name was 
Mary lngersoll,andher name must have been dear 
to him as all four of his sons bear her family name 
of Ingersoll as a middle name. A practice of 
continuing the distaff connection in family 
names which has now almost become a custom 
in New England. 

His eldest son, Nathaniel Ingersoll Bowditch, 
was his father's biographer. As a conveyancer, 
he was noted for his accuracy and industry. It 
is said that scarcely a transfer of real estate 
was made in Boston without his examination 
and approval of title. Through thiswoik he be- 
came interested in the many curious names he 
met with, and his sprightly and ingenious work on 
"Suffolk Surnames," passed through three 
editions. In common with all the members of 
this family, he gave much attention to public 
institutions, and wrote and published a "Histoiy 
of the Massachusetts General Hospital". To 
Harvard University he made the then munificent 
gift of seventy thousand dollars, as a foundation 
for sixteen scholarships. Dr Lottirop, his biogra- 
pher, estimated that this gift would add, in a 
century, fotjr hundred men of character and ability 
to the liberally educated workers in the communi 
ty. The Bowditch Fund for the purchase of books 
for the Boston Athenaeum, and a similar fund for 
the purchase of books for Harvard College, 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Library will also perpetuate the memory of this 
public spirited citizen. 

Another son, Henry Ingersoll Bowditch, was 
distinguished as a physician, as a writer on 
scientific subjects, and as a philanthropist. The 
sight of William Lloyd Garrison being dragged 
by a rope through the streets of Boston, in 1835, 
made abolitionists of the whole family, and both 
he, and his brother, William Ingersoll Bowditch, 
worked earnestly, and wrote fearlessly for the 
anti-slavery cause. In speaking of Dr. Henry 
Bowditch, Frederick Douglas once said: "He 
was the first in Boston to treat me as a man." 
And, as a family they not only showed an ab- 
horrence of slavery, but when the struggle finally 
came their sons, inspired by the faith of their 
fathers, fought bravely on many a well-contested 
field, even to the extent of the supreme sac- 
rifice. 

Another son, Jonathan Ingersoll Bowditch, 
followed in the footsteps of his father's business 
career, as an actuary of insurance companies, 
and is especially entitled to remembrance, on this 
occasion, for his distinguished services to The 
Farm School, as its fourteenth Treasurer, and its 
eighth President, and as the father of Henry 
Pickering Bowditch, distinguished as a physiolo- 
gist, and for a number of years a Trustee of the 
Boston Public Library; of Charles Pickering 
Bowditch, distinguished as an archaeologist, 
and the eighteenth Treasurer, and tenth Presi- 
dent of The Farm School, whom, while we honor 
the dead, we also hold in living remembrance; and 
of the late Alfred Bowditch, whose eminent 
services and enthusiastic devotion to the inter- 
ests of The Farm School, as the nineteenth Trea- 
surer, the thirteenth President, and for thirty-six 
years a member of the Board of Managers, is 
commemorated here to-day. 

This, in brief, is Mr. Bowditch's ancestry. 
And this, in brief, the heritage of an unbroken 
line of high literary activity, untiring and system- 
atic industry, conspicuous ability, great civic vir- 
tues, spotless humanity, devotion to duty, with 
which he dowered The Farm School by his con- 
nection with it. For institutions seem to take 
on, in the estimation of the people, the person- 



ality of their governments, and become for the 
time, the embodiments of their spirit. 

Judge Daniel Appleton White, of Salem, in 
his Eulogy of Dr. Nathaniel Bowditch, relates 
this anecdote: "A late venerable lady, as remark- 
able for her sagacity, as for her love of goodness, 
after her first interview with Dr. Bowditch ob- 
served, "1 admire that man, for he is a live man." 
"And," continued Judge White, "he was truly a 
live man in his whole nature and ccnstitulicn, 
in his mind, conscience, soul and body. Life 
was in his every thought, feeling and action." 
And, so wonderfully true is the transmission of 
hereditary traits, that the same characterization 
can, with equal force, be said of his grandion 
here to-day. He was truly a live man! 

Regarding the details of the various changes 
and improvements made at The Farm and 
Trades School, during the administration of Mr. 
Bowditch. 1 hesitate to speak before those who 
know them so much better than 1 can know 
them; but it is only fair to his memory to say, 
that he would be the first, modestly to disclaim 
personal credit, for what could not have been 
accomplished without the earnest co-operation 
of his associates on the Board of Management, 
and without the direction, supervision, and often 
the initiative, of their executive officer at the 
School, Superintendent Charles H. Bradley, to 
whom no one was quicker to express his obliga- 
tion than Mr. Bowditch. 

The increased resources of the School, are 
an indication of confidence in the manage- 
ment, and in the value of their work to the com- 
munity. The erection of new buildings as the 
work of the School enlarged; the providing quick- 
er means of communication to conserve time 
and labor; the provision of a supply of pure 
wholesome water for all time, ate a few only of the 
varied activities. The sound, practical good 
sense, for which Mr. Bowditch was noted among 
his business associates, is shown in each accom- 
plishment. Everything is permanent, durable, 
useful, and all tending to the greater ccnfort, 
and efficiency of the School, as an education- 
al force. There has been, also, it would seem, 
greater concentration in its aims, more definite- 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



ness in its purposes, while it appears to have 
taken on more of the idea of a school and less 
that of a home. 

Of the old Boston-the Boston of the fathers- 
almost the only thing now remaining to us, im- 
pervious, alike, to the mutations of time, and a 
changing population "who know not Israel", are 
its institutions; which, through the wise fore- 
thought of their founders, were saved to us by 
the self-elective principle in their constitutions, 
against which the waves of self-interest, and 
political patronage, beat and break, in many 
instances the management of these institutions 
descends from father to son, and to grandson, 
and becomes as much a matter of family duty, 
and family honor, as their religion. Their an- 
cestry, personal character, ecucalicn, ability, 
wealth, social standing, friendships, family con- 
nections, in a widely increasing circle, are free- 
ly given for the benefit of this work. These 
are all things that cannot be bought. They are 
not for sale. Any offer to purchase this interest 
would be spurned. There can be no personal 
gain, for the position of the giver is already 
assured, and there is no desire, or wish for re- 
ward. Why they give their time and energies 
to the philanthropies of the city, perhaps they 
do not know themselves. God and good Angels, 
only, know the motives that inspire the human- 
itarian. Fortunate, indeed, is the institution 
which can show so solid an array of sponsors as 
The Farm and Trades School can boast. 

Plato, in his fabled Atlantis; Sir Thomas 
More, in his "Utopia"; both agreed that the con- 
ditions for an ideal Commonwealth could only be 
found upon an island. And, by this same token, 
all islanders should be Utopians — believers in a 
better, a truer, a holier, and a happier life fcr 
all the people. And it was with this relief, that 
those men of vision — the Founders of the Farm 
School — wisely chose, as a location for their ex- 
periment in the government of youth, an island. 
They chose an island rich in historical associa- 
tions: the landfall — the first spot pressed by the 
civilizing footsteps of the white man, in what is 
now the city of Boston; an island dedicated, 
by the forefathers, to the cause of education. 



And there their infant colony has grown and 
flourished, through many vicissitudes, for over 
a century, always guided by the same principles 
of ideal citizenship; industrial thrift; useful occu- 
pation; the co-education of mind and body; and 
the inculcation of those traits of sturdy manhood 
which distinguish the New England character. 

It was an axiom of Sir Thomas More that, 
in an ideal Comnnonwealth every child would be 
taught the principles of agriculture, and every 
boy would learn a trade. There we have the 
germ of the fundamental principles upon which 
TheFarmand Trades School, on Thompson's Is- 
land, is being conducted to-day. But it took our 
slow-moving world just three hundred years to put 
in practice what the clear vision of Sir Thomas 
More saw, in the year 1516, and a half century 
more, before the philosopher's dream was fully 
realized. 

There are supreme moments in all our lives. 
They may be, they well may be, God's test of 
our souls. Let us contemplate for a moment 
how Sir Thomas More met this supreme test. 
He lived in an age when the line cf thought, 
along which the mind of man must travel, was 
marked so narrowly as to be almost unbelievable 
to us who live under the freedom of republic- 
an institutions. He was a scholar, a states- 
man, a philosopher, and he looked beyond, and 
spoke, and wrote of what his mental vision had 
seen. The legal penalty was death; the form of 
punishment, the block. As he knelt to receive 
the blow, he motioned for pause, and. bending 
over him, the executioner saw him carefully re- 
moving from the path of the axe, the strands of 
his long white beard— the badge in every land, 
among a\\ peoples, of wisdom, and reverence— 
and heard him gently utter, "It has not commit- 
ted treason." In this scene Sir' Thomas Mere 
touched, he nearly reached the height of philo- 
sophic calm, and peace, of our Saviour, at his 
crucifixion. 

In the early half of the last century, it pleased 
our little world to smile, and make merry, at 
what it was pleased tocall Boston notions. But if 
you will trace the history of many of these 
Boston notions, you will find them now firmly mi- 



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bedded as fundamental principles, in the social and 
political life of our people. 

It was a Boston notion, that you could take 
fatherless, motherless boys who, in the nature 
of life in large cities, might become public charges 
upon the community, place them in healthful, 
happy surroundings, train their hearts and hands, 
their minds and bodies, in useful, homelike duties 
of farm life, under competent instruction, and 
fit them to take their places in the world, as 
loyal supporters of Republican institutions, skill- 
ed in the industries which benefit the Common- 
wealth. And this Boston notion, so success- 
fully carried out, for over a century, by philan- 
thropic effort, has now become part of the system 
of state education, by the establishment of Agri- 
cultural and Mechanical Colleges, which differ 
only in degree, from the germ of the idea, in 
the mind of Sir Thomas More, and its fulfill- 
ment, in The Farm and Trades School. 

It is this fact, of state supported colleges, 
for the higher study of agriculture and the 
mechanic arts, which arrests attention in con- 
sidering what place, in this new scheme of state 
education, will The Farm and Trades School 
occupy. Will it go on its present way, useful 
and admirable as it is, or will it reach out, and 
grasp this opportunity, to so co-ordinate its own 
scheme of education, as to fit its pupils for en- 
trance into these colleges. Educators areagreed 
that it is a waste of time and energy for institu- 
tions of higher education to undertake to give 
primary instruction. And this would seem to 
make this opportunity The Farm and Trades 
School's own. To do this, it may be necessary 
to modify at both ends the good old rule of, "Not 
too young to be dependent; not too old to be 
independent", which has governed the ages of 
pupils; but, 1 believe that the time is not far dis- 
tant, if it is not already here, when a diploma 
from The Farm and Trades School, will open 
the doors of Amherst, Orono, Durham, Burling- 



ton, Kingston, and Storrs, or anyone of the 
forty-three other State Agricultural and Mechan- 
ical Colleges, to its graduates. The tendency of 
our times, emphasized in the present crisis, is for 
intensive, rather than extensive training — the 
ability to do one thing well, and not a number of 
things fairly well. 

When the Centennial exercises of The 
Farm and Trades School were held, four years 
ago, the one notable absence, regretted alike by 
his associates, and other friends of the School 
gathered there, was that of President Bowditch 
who had been such a power in its progress for 
over a quarter of a century. We had hoped 
that he would tell us something of the labors to 
give the School an enlarged life; and something 
of the plans and hopes for its future. 1 think 
that the one thing that touched me deepest, on 
that occasion, was the reference which the 
distinguished President of Harvard University 
made to The Farm School graduate, in whose 
business ability his father had placed so much 
trust and confidence. And it was characteristic 
of Mr. Bowditch, that he should show his belief 
in the integrity and ability of its graduates, as 
to take them into confidential relations in his 
own business. These two instances, have been I 
many times multiplied, to the mutual benefit of 
employer and employed. Employers of labor all 
tell, how difficult it is to find an active intelli- 
gence, adaptable, faithful, of good moral charac- 
ter, honest and dependable — the qualities taught 
at The Farm School — combined in any youth, 
seeking an opening for a business career. And, 
knowing the care in selection, the thoroughness 
in preparation, the code of school boy honor 
which exists, and the many who have justified 
their school training, I can say, with confidence, 
that anyone who secures the services of a Farm 
andTrades School graduate, in any line of work, 
is fortunate. 




Vol 22. No. 4 Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. August, 1918 

Entered November 23. 1903. at Boston. M^ss. as 5 'copi-class matter, under Act of Congress of July 16. 1894. 



Cur Tcurtb of 3uly Celebration 

The Fourth of July dawned bright and clear. 
At 5:00 o'clock reveille sounded. All of the 
fellows leaped out of bed and quickly got dress- 
ed. Everybody was happy for they knew that 
they were to have a good time. 

We had our breakfast at the usual time, 
and then we did the necessary work. At 9:00 
o'clock all of the fellows were free and the 
swimming races were in order. Then we 
went down to the Wharf where we received a 
programme and a small American flag. We 
all went in for a swim after the races were over. 

When dinner time came we marched up tc 
the House. We had a fine dinner. At 12:30 
o'clock we went up to the playground, and played 
around the apparatus until about 1 ;30 o'clock. 

Then we all lined up and went around to 
the stock room, where we received peanuts, 
horns and caps. 

At 2:00 o'clock in the afternoon we had 
our playground races, which lasted until 3:00 
o'clock. Then we had the Beach Road sports. 

At 5:00 o'clock we came up to the House. 
After supper We had motion pictures, and ginger 
ale. The motion pictures were of the Island 
and the sports we have. We all went to bed 
after the pictures, tired but happy. 

PROGRAMME 



5:12 



Morning 
Flag Raising 

Reveille 
6:30 BREAKFAST 
9:00 Aquatic Sports by the Landing 

High Tide 8:28 



1 1 :30 



2:00 



3:30 



5:30 

8:24 
8:30 



Diving 

Swimming, under 15 

Swimming, over 15 

Swimming on back 

Swimming under water 

Chasing the ball 

Pushing the barrel 

Walking the greased spar 

All swim 
DINNER 

Afternoon 
Sports and Races on the Playground 

Cross Country Run 

Obstacle Race 

Sack Race 

Crab Race 

Shoe Race 

Snake Race 

Pony Express 
Races on the Beach Road 

Mile Run 

1 00 -Yard Dash, over 15 

i 00 -Yard Dash, under 15 

220 -Yard Dash 

Wheelbarrow Race, over 15 

Wheelbarrow Race, under 15 

Relay Race 

Three -Legged Race 

SUPPER 

EveninC 

Retreat 
Taps 

Robert E. Nichols. 



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Gardner ^all 

To the east of the Main Building is the build- 
ing called Gardner Hall. It is two stories high 
with a basement. The painter's supplies are in 
the basement and also the storage batteries. 

On the first floor is the Printing Office and 
the Laundry. In the Printing Offi:;e there are 
six machines and many kinds of type. All the 
School jobs and also outside jobs are done here. 
The Laundry has five machines and three iron- 
ing boards. Here all the washing is done for 
the School. 

On the second floor is the Gymnasium where 
the boys play in the winter time or when it is 
raining. The Gymnasium has parallel bars, 
a climibing rope, swinging rings, traveling rings, 
ladder, guns, dumb-bells, and Indian clubs. In 
winter basketball is played in the Gymnasium. 
Gordon S. Martin. 

Capping Sbocs 

The first thing you do in tapping shoes is to 
take off the worn piece of leather and then pull 
out all the nails and hammer down all the nails 
you can not pull so they won't make a hole 
through the leather. 

Then you take a piece of leather for the 
soles and hammer about two nails around the 
center and then cut around the leather, so it will 
be shaped something like the shoes. 

Next you put nails all around it. After all 
the nails are in it you spoke shave it and then 
file so as to make it smooth. 

In fixing the heels you take off all the worn 
parts and take out the nails. Then you take a 
piece of leather and put on the heel and cut and 
shave it. Then you file arcnnd it and black 
the shoes. Daniel E. Smith. 

Che Old Elm 

The Old Elm grows near the east side of 
the Main Building. It is the largest and oldest 
tree on the Island. 

There is a seat built around the tree 
where the boys take great delight in sitting. 
Many good times have been enjoyed around this 
tree in the summer time. 

Joseph C. Scarborough. 



Drills 

During the summer months the fellows are 
divided up into two different military companies, 
Co. A and Co. B. These companies are taught 
the regulation army drills and calisthenics, and 
every morning before breakfast, Co. A may be 
seen going through these drills under the super- 
vision of its general and the supervisor. At 
night about 6:30 Co. B receives its drilling. 
This company is composed mostly of the milk- 
ers, steamer, dining-room and kitchen fellows 
who are unable to be on time for the morning 
exercises. Often this company has the drums 
and bugle, with which to keep step, thus enabling 
the boys to keep in better marching order. There 
is a little rivalry felt between these two compan- 
ies and each tries to excel the other in the per- 
formance of the drills. 

Besides the calisthenics and marching drills, 
gun drills are practiced, and these gun drills are 
liked better than either of the other two exercises. 

In winter, the snow and ice prevent us from 
using the playground as our drilling ground, and 
the gymnasium is used for this purpose. As 
the gymnasium is not very large, our space is 
somewhat limited, and the exercises have to be 
practiced on a smaller scale. These drills are 
very helpful to us as physical exercises, and al- 
so help us to give a better appearance on Friends' 
Days, as we march to the Wharf to receive our 
visitors. 

On special occasions such as Alumni Day, 
and sometimes on a Friends' Day, we give a 
dress parade. The exhibitions are always well 
received, and we feel that- our time has not 
been wasted in the practice of these drills. 

RoscoE Baird. 

Cbc Beacon Chart 

Every Friday each boy writes on some 
topic for the "Beacon." The best articles are 
sent to the office. 

In each schoolroom there is a Beacon chart 

with the names of all the boys in the room. If 

a boy gets his article printed in the "Beacon" 

he has a star placed after his name on the chart. 

Arthur W. Gaunt. 



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C^c Ouscrwtory 

Near the southwest corner of our Island 
Is the Observatory which was damaged by the 
cyclone which passed over the Island August 
7. 1918. 

The deck of the Observatory was injured, 
also the following instruments : an anemome- 
ter which records the wind velocity, two wind 
vanes, a zero setting rain gage, the thermome- 
ter box , thermoscope , hypo-thermoscope , a 
sunshine recorder , and aUo a maximum and 
minimum thermometer. 

The inside of the Observatory was not harm- 
ed at all nor was the outside, except for the 
above named. 

The deck was built very strong and 
rested on the roof. It has been through a 60 
mile an hour gale without stirring in the least. 

Had the storm lasted much longer the 
danger might have been worse. The storm 
lasted about 15 minutes, and was a typical west- 
ern cyclone. 

Some of the instruments h^ve been replac- 
ed and the others will be as soon as possible. 
Russell A. Adams. 

morKing at tbe Scrfina Grounds 

One day I was told to help another fellow 
to pile wood over at the sorting grounds. We 
went over and began to pile logs. First we got 
the small ones and put them in one pile and 
the larger ones in another pile. When we got 
the logs piled we began piling blocking. 

When we finished piling wood we were told 
to get rakes and rake the large stones from the 
gravel. When we finished we took a wheel- 
barrow and wheeled all the large stones up to 
the dike where we dumped them along the side 
of it. Robert J. Giesf. 

my Ddy'$ Ulork 

In the morning at 7;00 o'clock Mr. Brown 
gives me the job of doing the wash room, toilet 
and assembly room. The first thing I do is to 
■ sweepthefloor of the wash room and take care of 
the dirt. Then I turn the hot water on in the sink 
for about two minutes so as to scald it out good 
and clean and next 1 wipe it down good and dry 



and oil it. After that I empty the waste basket 
and get a step ladder so I can prick the shower 
and shine the brass. I get this done about 8:00 
o'clock. 

Then I sweep the floor of the toilet. After 
that I take a pail of water with a little sulpho- 
napthol and a broom and pour the water on the 
floor and sweep it down into the drain. When 
1 have this done I get a cioth and oil and wipe 
down the slate slabs and shine the brass if it 
needs it. 1 get this done about 10 o'clock. 

I then sweep the Assembly room floor. 
When I get it swept clean, I scrub the wash sink, 
pick up the book cupboard and shoe blacking box. 
Desmond Anderson. 

Playing Tor the Red Cross 

One day the band had the chance to play for 
the Red Cross. Mr. Ellis, our leader, is the 
leader of a boy's band of the Second Congrega- 
tional church in Dorchester. They have an aud- 
itorium where we played. We left here after 
supper in the steamer and landed at the South 
Boston Yacht Club. In front were six auto- 
mobiles which carried us to our destination. 

The concert opened by the Dorchester band 
playing a few pieces, then Mr. Ellis and another 
man played a cornet duet and our band played 
a few pieces. We ended by both bands play- 
ing a march and "The Star Spangled Banner." 
Then the Dorchester boys escorted us to the base- 
ment of their church where we had ice cream 
and cake. Then we went back to the Point in 
automobiles and then to the School feeling very 
thankful for the fine time we had had. 

Richard H. Hall. 

Dismissal of the Cines 

The boys form in line for work every morn 
ing and noon. There are lines for the different 
branches of work. There are shop, farm, sloyd, 
house and dormitory lines. Each line is dis- 
missed separately. Fellows who work in no par- 
ticular place are assigned to work where needed. 
The fellows pass to their work in an orderly way. 

Waldo E. Libby. 



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Charles H. Bradley, Superintendent 



The annual excursion of the graduating 
class, over the historical route made famous by 
Paul Revere, must bring a thrill to every gradu- 
ate who is privileged to make this trip. Know- 
ing, as we do, the unselfish impulse which 
prompted this patriot to perform so great a service 



for his country, we feel that the same lofty pur- 
pose is again given living expression in the re' 
sponse our boys have made in this great world war. 
When the records of these boys have been 
written they will stand in splendid testimony, 
and serve to remind other pupils who will come 
here, of their dedication to this just cause to 
which our country is pledged. As the name, 
Paul Revere, is a living vital memory, so shall 
thoughts of our boys who are taking part in this 
titanic struggle, inspire other graduates yet to be, 
to vigorous allegiance with the sound principles 
of right and justice. 

But few years have passed since they were 
here as boys; now they are "over there" and the 
places they have left are filled by others here. 
These, our students, are now travelling the same 
paths over which others have passed. The same 
struggles, the same achievements, the same plea- 
sures, the same disappointments, have in turn 
been experienced by those who have gone before, 
and in those experiences, boys have become 
men : men prepared to meet life's difficulties and 
surmount them : men who did not flinch when the 
final summons came, but with dauntless spirit 
went on, putting their souls, minds and bodies in 
one grand triune and contributed a full measure 
in bringing freedom and hope to mankind. 

Other schools have miade a splendid record 
in this worlds' war and The Farm and Trades 
School has given living testimony to its great 
worth in the struggle: may the gifts she has 
given and the sacrifices she has made be not in 
vain, but may they stand forth in the full light of 
a new day coming, as her contribution which 
shall help to bring a just and lasting peace to 
the nations of the 'earth. 

Calendar 

July 1. Third Friends' Day of the season. 

Lieutenant W. H. Dickson, four years in 
France, with Mr. W. H. Porter, visited the 
School over night. Lieutenant Dickson gave 
an interesting talk on his experiences. 

July 2. George H. Barrus, ex '19, re- 
turned to his mother. 

Finished the drinking fountain between the 



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Main Building and Gardner Hall, 

July 3. The steamer "Pilgrim" hauled up 
on blocks to have her winter sheathing taken off. 
Sidney C. Varney, '17, left the School to work 
as pressman in the job department of Courier 
Citizen in Lowell, Mass. His address is 41 
Humphrey Street, Lowell. 

Mr. A. L. Dix, former instructor here, 
visited the School. 

July 4. Dr. W. B. Bancroft present with 
his famous peanuts. 

Usual celebration with water sports in the 
forenoon, ard races en the playgrctrd ?nd en 
Beach Road after dinner. 

July 8. Eldred W. Allen, "16, training at 
Fort Banks, Winlhrop, here for the afternoon. 

Leslie M. Calkin, '18, left the School to 
enter high school and to live with his parents at 
154 Main Street, Milford, Mass. 

July 10. A load of grain from Sumner 
Crosby & Son, Inc., containing 1000 lbs cracked 
corn and 20 bu. oats. 

July 11 Mutual Boiler Insurance Co. 
man here to examine steamer. 

July 14. Appropriate exercises for the 
holiday. 

July 15. Began unloading year's coal 
supply. 

July 16. Load of cement and lime came. 

Load of shaving came. 

Veterinary here to see sick horse. 

July 17. The court marked for tennis. 

July 18. Launching of first submarine 
chaser, the Delphy, from the Victory Plant. 
A party from the School in the Pilgrim to see 
same. Rest of School watched the launching 
from South End. 

July 19. LeRoy A. Parsons, '18, left to 
live with his uncle in Washington, where he 
will study with the intention of trying for An- 
napolis. His address is Hotel Logan, Iowa 
Circle, Washington, D. C. 

July 20. Our manager. Dr. Henry Jackson, 
visited the School. 

Eldred W. Allen, '16, Howard F. 
Lochrie, '16,. and Ellsworth F. Wilkins, '17, 



here for over Sunday. 

Mr. Arthur Bean, secretary of Phillips 
Brooks House, Cambridge, and former instruc- 
tor here, visited us over Sunday. 

July 23. New cable booth at Squantum 
being put up. 

July 25. Blacksmith here to shoe horses. 

Present of clams from one of our instruc- 
tors in Maine. 

July 27. Lawrence Cobb, '14, with his 
mother here for the afternoon. 

July 29. Fourth Friends' Day. 154 
people visited the Island. 

The Shaw Conduct and Temple Consolation 
Prizes given out. 

July 31. Man here from Walworth Mfg. 
Co. in regard to the new steel flag pole. 

Cbe ?drm and trades School Bank 

Cash on hand July 1, 1918 $829.59 

Deposited during the month $87.82 

$917.41 
$169.88 



$747.53 



Withdrawn during the month 
Cash on hand August 1, 1918 

July meteorology 

Maximum temperature 94° on the 28th. 

Minimum temperature 51° on the 10th. 

Mean temperature for the month 67.16°. 

Total precipitation 1.98 inches. 

Greatest precipitation in 24 hours, . 1 1 inches 
on the 14th and 18th. 

9 days with .01 or more inches precipitat- 
ion, 10 clear days, 18 partly cloudy; 2 cloudy 
days. 

Total number of hours sunshine, 1 60 and 
15 minutes. 

Cbe Tirst School Room 

The first school room is situated in the 
Main Building on the second floor. 

It contains 34 seats, a teacher's desk, five 
blackboards and a number of good pictures. The 
room has 10 windows and five doors. 

In the back of the room there is a book 
case and one radiator. In the front of the room 
there is a stand and fern, three plants on a shelf 
near the window, a table and a radiator. 

William T. Ma.rcus. 



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Care of Plants 

The plants are placed in the court in the 
summer, and are brought into the schoolroom 
just as soon as cool weather comes. Most of 
them are southern plants and they have to be 
where it is warm. 

Different fellows are appointed to take care 
of the plants. Their duties are to keep them 
well watered, dirt loosened around the plants, 
and to keep them clean. That is, we have to 
take off the dead leaves and blossoms. 

Charles D. Smith. 

Drift Ulooa 

Drift wood comes to our Island from wharves, 
vessels, saw mills, and other places. Almost 
all of it is good to use. 

We pick it up in wagons, and take it to the 
South End where it is sorted. Some of the 
wood is good enough to make things of. We 
often find planks, logs, barrels, and boxes 
Sometimes boats and rafts are washed ashore. 

Wood that cannot be used for any other 
purpose is sawed up and used in the bakery 
oven. George J. Lennon. 

lUftcrc the flag U Seen On Our Island 

At a time like this the American Flag 
should be visible in all parts of the United 
States. The American Flag is always visible 
on our Island. 

On our Island the flag is seen on the main 
flagpole, on Cottage Row, and in the Cottages. 

In the chapel there are eight flags, the 
American, English. French and Italian Flags, the 
Massachusetts State Flag, the Union Jack, the 
School Flag and cur Service Flag. 

The American Flag may also be seen on the 
steamer, launch, and in the two school rooms- 
Donald B. Akerstrom. 

I)OW T Clean a Room 

The first thing I do when I clean a room 
is to get the vacuum cleaner and then plug it in 
a socket. I clean the mats, pictures, chairs and 
radiators. When that is finished I pick up the 
mats and put them in the next room. 



Then I sweep the floor with a soft brush and 
wash the floor, windows and white paint. After 
that I put the mats down on the floor, put the 
chairs in the right places, dust, and then my 
work is all done. 

Fred H. Fleet, 

Kepairing Roads 

Places in our roads have been washed away 
and it is my work to repair them. 

1 brush out these places and wet the bottom 
so the clay will stick. Then 1 take clay and put 
it in all the washed out places and tamp it hard, 
I finish it with a shovel to give it a smooth sur- 
face. 

When gravel is put over this, it is impos- 
ible to tell that any repairs have been made. 
Franklin P. Miller. 

School Gardens 

The Gardens are situated northeast of the 
Main Building, with a hedge on two sides. 

Every fellow in the School who wants a 
garden has one. Besides the fellows' gardens 
there are 22 gardens called "School Gardens." 

The School Gardens are under charge of 
the supervisor. There are 90 gardens and all 
the gardens together form a square. Every fell- 
ow has a chance to have a garden and seeds to 
put into it. Flowers are planted in the summer 
time which make the place look very nice. The 
boys who have the 10 best gardens receive prizes 
for them. 

Jean Guillemin. 

Screening Jlsbes 

One day the farm instructor told another boy 
and me to go over to the Incinerator and screen 
some hard coal ashes. 

First we took some ashes and threw them 
as far up towards the top of the screen as we 
could. The fine ashes went down through the 
screen on the ground. The coarse ashes slid 
down on the other side. After we had a large 
pile of coarse ashes we put them in a separate 
pile. At about 4:50 o'clock we stopped and 
got ready for supper. 

Theodore B. Hadley. 



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Che Cayiiid of the new Cement lUalK 

A new cement walk is being laid down 
by the Wharf. 

The first thing done was to dig a trench 
about three feet wide, two and a half feet deep, 
and the length of the Stone Wharf. 

Then a mason and helper came. The 
mason and the helper built some forms for the 
concrete. One of the sides was straight and 
the other slanting inward. They then filled them 
with concrete, with stones sticking out of the 
top. They put these form's on lop of the stones 
so to make the cement finish level, for the 
stones were lower than the ground. 

There is a place between these forms that 
is about two feet wide, and they had to fill it with 
cinders. They used cinders because cinders do 
not take the frost as easily as the dirt would. 
The cinders had to be tamped down hard. 

The carpenter then made some forms for 
the cement finish. These forms were about 
half a foot deep and made in the shape of an ob- 
long. They then put in the cement and leveled 
it off. 

After the cement was hardened we had to 
finish putting cinders into a space three quarters 
of a foot wide, which we tamped down hard. 

Raymond S. Metcalf. 

Ulorklnd us Cow Cender 

In the morning when 1 go down to the farm 
Arthur Schaefer and I go out with the cows. 

The first thing we do is to let the cows out 
into the barnyard to drink. When they are 
through drinking, we take them over to the corral. 

About a half an hour afterwards a load of 
corn stocks is brought to the cows. At half 
past nine another load is brought. 

At 10:30 we take the cows back to the 
barnyard to drink and and wait until 1 :00 o'clock 
when we take them out again to the corral and 
wait until two o'clock, when another load comes 
over for the cows. At 4:00 we take them back 
to the barn, and at half .past four we stanchion 
them, and sweep the floor and mangers. When 
that is done, it is time for us to go up to the 
house. John H Schippers. 



mrum on the Corral Tencc 

One afternoon at 1 :00 o'clock Mr. Brown 
told Alfred Pickles and me to go down to the Shop 
and report to Mr. Robertson. When we got 
down there he gave Pickles the hammer and 
nail box and he gave me a saw. He told us we 
were going to work over at the corral, fixing the 
fence. 

When we got over there he looked the fence 
over. It was in pretty bad shape near the gate. 

First he sent Pickles over to the Shop to 
get a sledge hammer While he was gone we 
started to work on the gate. The gate was 
broken so we had to fix it. We fixed the fence 
as we went along. 

Then at about 4:40 we started up to the 
house. I like this work very much and hope 
to be able to do it again. 

Walter W. F. Mann. 

mauing mallets 

Recently 1 have been miking mallets on 
the lathe. We make our mallets of maple with 
oak handles. Our maple is 4 x 4 inches so we 
make most of our mallets 3 and 1-2 inches indiam- 
eter at the largest part, and 3 inches at the end 
which is the smallest part. The hanalesare 13 
inches in length and 1 inch in diameter at the 
largest part. I am making six mallets of that 
size and four smaller ones. The smaller ones 
are 2 and 3-4 inches in diameter, tapering down 
at the ends to 2 and 1-2 inches. These are 3 
inches long with a handle in proportion. 

Frank E. Woodman. 

Crimmiug Cawns 

One morning Mr. Ferguson assigned me to 
work at trimming lawns. 

We had already marked out with a line 
where he wanted me to trim. After I had cut 
the lawn, I had to rake all the grass into a pile, 
separate the dirt from the grass, spread the dirt 
around and put the grass into a bag and take it 
down over the bank. After I had finished that 
lawn I had to do another the same way. 

Chester T. Smith 



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Cbe fliumni flssociation of Cbe farm and trades School 



William Alcott '84. President James H. Graham, 79, Vice-President 

Everett Boston 



Mbrton p. Ellis. '99. Secretary 
■25 Rockdale Street, Mattapan 



Richard Bell, '73, Treasurer 
Dorchester 



Henry A. Fox. '79. Vice-President 
Allston 



Alfred C Mslm. '00, Historian 
Melrose 



Edric B. Blakemore, '12, July 8, 1918, 
Battery D, 71st Reg., C. A. C, Fort Andrews. 
Mass. 

Fred J. Colson, '81, July, 1918, U.S.S. 
Connecticut, care of New York Postmaster. 

Charles A. Blatchford, '04, July 8, 1 9 1 8, 
City Sales Commissary Depot at 12th E. 5. W. 
Washington, D. C, Quartermasters Division, 
U. S. Army. 

Harry L. Fessenden, '14, July 2, 1918, 



Co C, 33 1st Brigade.Tank Corps, Gettysburg, Pa, 
Daniel W. Laighton, '01, July 2, 1918, 
4th H. M. 0. R. S., 2nd Regiment, Camp Han- 
cock, Augusta, Ga. 

Carl D. P. Hynes, '14, Chief Yeoman, 
U. S. S. Torpedo Testing Barge, No 2, Newport, 
R. 1. 

Benjamin L. Murphy, '15, July 10, 1918, 
Casual Co 1 , Tank Corps, Camp Colt, Gettys- 
burg, Pa. 



Rats On Our Island 

There are many rats on our Island. They 
are generally brown in color. Their fur is very 
soft and their tails are scaly. They have bright 
eyes and large ears. 

Rats find their way everywhere. They 
gnaw and burrow through almost all obstacles. 
They can run, jump, climb, and swim. They 
live on anything they can get, in the line of 
food. They are very fond of corn. Their 
sense of smell and hearing are well developed. 

Rats do much damage by their burrrowing, 
by gnawing things and by eating food which they 
are not supposed to touch. They sometimes 
kill poultry. 

Rats dig holes large enough for them to 
get into. Sometimes the holes are three or 
more feet long and have two entrances. 

It is fun to go "ratting". The rats are 
sometimes driven out of their holes by water, 
smoke or gas. Rats usually die in the holes 
when gas is forced into them. 

Luke W. B. HaifyarDv 



Baling Paper 

in the morning before school I go down to 
the basement of Gardner Hall and bale oaper. 

I put the cardboard in one barrel and the 
paper in another. Then 1 make a bale of paper. 
When I have a full bale I put wires around it to 
keep it together and put it to one side. Then 1 
put all the cardboard in the baler and bale that. 
Then 1 sweep the floor, put the barrels in order 
and go to school. Osmond W. Bursiel, 

my Ufork in the Dining Koom 

In the morning before breakfast 1 go into 
the dining room and cut the bread and help to 
put on either the milk or cocoa. After break- 
fast I run the boys' dishes through the dish 
washer. After I have finished that and taken 
care of the dishes, I go ahead with the instruc- 
tors' dishes, as they are up by that time. After { 
have run the instructors' dishes through I am 
ready to scrub the floor. 

Some days I scrub all the morning. Other 
days after 1 have scrubbed a while I do such work 
as washing windows, lights, scrubbing pails, etc- 
Heman a. Landers-. 




Vol. 22. -! ^°" f Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. September \ ^jg 
( " 6 October \ 

Entered November 23. 1903. at Boston. Mass. as S^cond-c'ass matter, under Act of Congress of July 16, 1894. 



B mw Cable 

One afternoon Mr. Bradley came out at 
1:00 o'clock to speak to the fellows and he said 
that he was going to have a new submarine cable 
laid between the South End of the Island and 
Squantum. 

He then told us to go over to the South 
End and wait for him. When he got there, he 
went over to Squantum to talk with the elec- 
tricians. A small wire was passed over to the 
Island and strung through a pulley, which was 
hitched to a telephone pole. One end was 
hitched to an auto truck which was at Squantum 
and the other end was hitched to the cable 
which was also at Squantum. The cable was 
then slowly pulled across the channel and up to 
the cable booth. The tide which was coming 
in became so high that the work had to stop. 

The next afternoon we went again and the 
fellows pulled the cable over further until there 
was enough cable to reach the new cable booth. 
Then some of the fellows went over to Squantum 
with picks and shovels and dug a ditch about two 
feet wideand one and onehalf feet deep, into which 
the cable was put and covered over with sand. 
Then the fellows came back and we all started 
digging another ditch from the water up to the 
cable booth on our side, and then it was cover- 
ed over. It took about two afternoons to bury 
the cable. After it was buried, stakes were 
driven into the ground about one hundred feet 
apart so as to show where the cable was buried. 
The ends were then put into the new cable 
booths on both sides and attached to the tele- 
phones, Charles F. Weymouth. 



Our 6amc$ 

In the afternoon, when I am excused from 
my work in the dining room, my play time begins. 
In the summer we play baseball, tag, run a mile, 
and many other games. 

In the fall we play foot ball and play tag on the 
rings in the gymnasium. Generally, there are not 
enough fellows to make two whole teams for foot 
ball, so we choose up sides. One fellow tosses up 
a coin of some kind, while one fellow calls "heads 
or tails." The fellow that gets two out of three 
gets first pick of the men. There is a center and 
two back fielders on each team. The rest are 
in the line. 

Playing tag on the rings is a good game. 
There are three rings, the middle ring is for the 
one that is "it," the other two are for two other 
fellows who are trying to keep away from him, 
yet they have to swing. If the middle fellow 
tags or catches the other fellow or the ring, the 
boy that had the ring is "it." 

In the winter we play basketball, skate, 
coast, have snowball battles and play "Fox and 
Geese. Robert E. Nichols. 

Screening 6ravcl 

One day Mr. Brown told some other boys 
and me to go over to North End and screen 
gravel. When we got over there we found the 
tide was low enough for us to get the gravel. 
We had four barrels by 10 o'clock and as 
there were no more barrels over there, we came 
up to the House. 

That was my morning's work and I liked it 
very much. Joseph C. Scarborough. 



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CaKing out Library Books 

Every Wednesday and Sunday the boys who 
want Hbrary books go up to the Chapel. One of the 
instructors has charge of the books. The in- 
structor has two boys at her desk to help her. 
First she takes the books that were taken out and 
writes the number in a small book and crosses 
out the number on the boy's card and gives it 
back to him. Then he goes over to the book 
cupboard and picks out the book he wants, shows 
it to the boy in charge and then to the instructor 
who writes the number in her book. 

Daniel E. Smith. 

my Ulork for m Jirrcrnoon 

One afternoon another fellow and I were 
assigned to haul gravel. 

We first went down to the barn, got a horse, 
harnessed her, took her down into the barnyard 
and hitched her to a cart. We then went down 
on the beach and started shoveling in gravel. 

The middle of Back Road had been washed 
out, and every time we got a load of gravel shovel- 
ed in. the other fellow took the team up there 
and dumped it. 

After we had about four loads shovel- 
ed on, taken up and dumped, a boy came 
down and told us to get a dozen bags of cement 
and take them up to the flag pole. After we 
finished that, we put up the team and the other 
fellow went to play baseball, and I went into 
the Laundry. Raymond S. Metcalf. 

mild DUCKS 

There are many wild ducks on our shore 
all the year round. There are more of them 
than usual this year because there has been a 
law passed forbidding the shooting of wild ducks. 

Sometimes the east shore is almost black 
with them. We feed the ducks in the winter 
time when it is hard for them to get food. Corn 
is scattered along the shore for them. 

Sometimes they make much noise, espec- 
ially when they are frightened. They sound 
something like hens cackling. 

Chester T. Smith. 



Cbe Band 

Mr. Ellis is our band leader and comes over 
from the city almost every Friday night to drill 
the boys. 

Usually on Frioay night and Saturday 
morning the old band goes out to practice. 

There are cornets, clarinets, trombones, 
baritone, alto, tenor horns, basses, drums, and 
cymbals. 

When a fellow makes a mistake in playing 
a piece, Mr Ellis stops the band and plays with 
him until he gets his part learned. 

Robert J. Giese. 

my UlorR Tn Cbc Poultry l)Ou$c 

1 think the poultry house is the best place 
to work. In the morning I feed and water the 
hens. At night I feed the hens ag^in and 
collect the eggs. 

There are six pens. Some are allowed a 
half a quart, some pens one quart, according to 
the number of hens they contain. When 1 finish 
my work I bring the eggs to the house. 

Charles D. Smith. 

Cicaning Carriages 

September 24 Mr. Brown told me to help 
Wallace Bacon. He told me to go down to the 
Barn. When I got down there 1 was told to get 
a brush to clean the cushions on the buggy. 
When I finished that he told me to get some 
cloths and do the wood work. When I finished 
that he looked it over and by that time we were 
all through for the morning for the bell was ring- 
ing. Harry W. Gould. 

maRing Carrot marmalade 

To make carrot marmalade you take about 
three pounds of carrots, scrape them clean and 
grind them. Then you get a few lemons, take 
the seeds out and cook the lemons and carrots. 
When that is ready you put seven pounds of 
sugar in with the carrots and put the lemons, 
carrots and sugar together. Next you let them 
boil. When it is cooked, you put it in cans and 
the carrot marmalade is ready. 

Willis M. Smith. 



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milking 

We get up at five o'clock in the morning 
to milk the cows. When we come down 
stairs we wash up, get our milk pails and go 
down to the barn. 

There are five of us fellows who do the 
milking, and there is also one milk carrier. 

There are 19 cows that we have to milk 
now. We have them divided up, three cows 
apiece for four of us and four cows for the fifth 
fellow. 

We weigh the milk and write the weight 
down on a milk sheet which has the number 
of the cow, name of the milker and the date. 

We have to milk at 5:00 o'clock at night as 
well as in the morning. It takes about 35 min- 
utes to milk all the ccws. Then we feed the 
cows and sweep the barn floor. 1 like to milk 
and have three good cows to milk. 

Wallace A. Bacon. 

making 1)a$b 

One morning Miss Longley said we were to 
have hash for dinner the next day. So we had 
to pare enough potatoes for it. 

The next morning when 1 came out from 
breakfast 1 was told to put the potatoes in the 
perforated baskets and then put them in the 
steam cooker. 

While the potatoes were cooking, 1 had to 
grind some meat for the hash. When I got 
that done, the potatoes were cooked. 1 got a 
tank and a masher. Then 1 took a basket of 
potatoes and mashed them in the tank, sprinkling 
in a little meat now and then. 

After all the meat yas put in and the 
potatoes mashed, 1 began to mix it. 1 put in 
a half a cup of salt and a little milk to moisten 
it. Then it was put in pans to be baked. 

At 11:15 it was taken into the Dining 
Room. Hhnry C. Lowell. 

mv UlorK Before Scbool 

Every day before school 1 clean the 

Assembly room. 1 pick up the clothes around the 

room, sweep the floor and the tower and tidy the 

book cupboard, the shoe box and clean out the sink. 

Arthur W. Gaunt. 



Doctorind a €ow 

One day a cow got a nail in one of her 
feet. After the doctor had taken it out, 1 had 
to help Mr. Brown fix her up each day for about 
a week. 

The way we did this was first to put on a 
halter, then a rope from the halter with two half 
hitches around her body. Upon pulling the other 
end of the rope the cow would fall down. Then 1 
would hold on to her head and hold her down 
while Mr. Brown bathed the foot and put on a 
flaxseed poultice. Often Mr. Brown would strike 
a tender spot and the cow would try to get 
up. In this way 1 had many a good fight. 

Warren F. Noyes. 

KaUiitd tbe front JlVJenwe 

There are two avenues on our Island, the 
Front and the Rear Avenues. It was my work 
one afternoon before school to rake the Front 
Avenue. While raking it, 1 took care to keep 
the gravel out of the gutters on both sides of the 
avenue. Then 1 got a bag and picked up all the 
stones that could not go through a quarter inch 
gravel screen. As 1 had plenty of time, 1 dug 
the weeds and various other things out of the 
gutters which improved the looks of the avenue. 
I liked this work very much. 

Glenn R. Furbush. 

CDe Old 6ray Owl 

A large gray owl lives all alone on our Island. 
He stays with us all the year around. 

In color he is light gray with black spots 
and is about three feet wide with his wings out- 
stretched. His body is about two feet long and 
his head is about as large as a cocoanut. His 
eyes are dark yellow, and his beak is short, 
hooked and sharp. He flies lightly with very 
little noise. 

The owl is very quiet in the day time be- 
cause he cannot see very well. He hunts for 
his food in the dark. 

His food consists of rats, dead fish which 
he finds on the beach, and smaller birds. 

John Goodhue, Jr. 



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Cboi!tp$on'$ Tsiand 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. 22. No. 5 & 6, September, October, 1918 



Subscription Price 



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BOARD OF MANAGERS 



ACTING PRESIDENT 

Richard M. Saltonstall 

vice president 

Charles P. Curtis 

TREASURER 

Arthur Adams 

135 Devonshire Street 
SECRETARY 

Tucker Daland 

Brookline, Mass. 

managers 

MeuV'n O. Adams 
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 
Philip S. Sears 
Francis Shaw 
William S. Spaulding 
Moses Williams, Jr. 
Ralph B. Williams 

Charles H. Bradley, Superintendent 



How often have we admired the quiet ease 
with which a team of well broken horses moves 
a heavily loaded wagon. What strength, what 
suppleness, what purposeful endeavor is there 
represented. In them the joy of accomplishment 
finds expression in an harmonious unison of ef- 
fort till the task is finished. Then consider the 



wasted strength and mis- directed effort of the 
badly broken animal : here we have no defin- 
ite aim, no concentration of effort, nothing but 
a display of wilful inefficiency. 

The animals first mentioned, trained and 
able, inspire a feeling of confidence, while the 
latter bring only a feeling of contempt, scarce 
tempered with pity. There is a lesson to be 
learned in the preceeding comparison, a lesson 
which should demand the careful attention of 
educators and those being educated. The world 
is a vast storehouse of knowledge: much that 
is good, some that is bad: it is the function of 
the educator to select and present in classified 
order the essential information needed by the 
student. With the body well nourished and the 
mind stored with useful knowledge, the way to 
success is open. 

The boy at The Farm and Trades School 
finds an environment filled with opportunity to 
learn about many useful activities that will have 
a vital influence upon him. Here he can acquire 
the training and knowledge which will serve him 
well ; here are taught, among many other useful 
subjects, the sound principles of good citizenship, 
and the foundation is laid for a life of worthy 
achievement. Each day brings some new idea, 
some valued experience, some lesson learned, 
and as the days pass by, each bringing its useful 
lesson, the time soon arrives when the boy will 
claim his right to complete citizenship. 

The measure of his success is indicated by 
the manner in which he accomplishes each task 
in life's journey. His training has taught him 
to avoid wasting efforts in an aimless manner. 
The joy of accomplishment should be his and 
the goal of life attained through persistent appli- 
cation of the lessons he has learned. In traveling 
this road his interests must be consistent with the 
interests of others: a journey along which all 
are seeking the universal good, and at the com- 
pletion of the journey, he has left a highway more 
clearly defined and easier for travel by the citi- 
zens of the world. 



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Calendar 

August 2. Treasurer Arthur Adams visit- 
ed the School. 

August 3. Mr. F. Clifford Shaw visited 
the Island. 

August 6. Ernest V. Wyatt, '13, left to 
take a position as second officer on a ship. 

August 7. Managers, George L. DeBlcis 
and Ralph L. '^illian'iS visited the School. 

Plumber here. 

A. L. Curado here to instruct in basketry. 

Terrific cyclone which did considerable 
damage. 

Mr. Arthur Jacobs passed the night here. 

August 8. Captain A. L. Dix visited the 
School in afternoon. 

Gordon H. Cameron, '18, left the School to 
attend high school. 

August 9, Clifford G. Leonard, ' 1 6, visited 
the School over Sunday. 

August 10. William Barry Dean, '13, 
visited the School. 

Twenty-five white leghorn pullets came. 

Emerson S. Gould, '16, and Theodore J. 
Gould, '15, visited the School. 

Weston S. Gould, '18, left the School to 
attend high school. 

Hoisted new flag pole, 

August 11. Mr. Eben W. Gaynor and 
Mr. James A. Glass spent the day at the School. 

August 13. George -B. McLeod, '17, left 
to take a position in a machine shop. 

Tested cows for tuberculosis. 

Howard B. Ellis, '98, here with three men 
repairing roof. 

Set up cable booth at South End, weight 
1 175 pounds 

August 16. George Buchan, "97, visited 
the School over Sunday. 

August 17. Leslie E. Russell, "17, and 
Carl H. Collins, '17, visited the School. 

August 18. Mr. Bradley took a trip to 
Beverley to see Major P. S. Sears, our manager. 

August 19. Four cows and a bull sold to 
Sturtevant and Haley, Beef & Supply Co., 
Somerville, Mass. 

August 20. Launch taken to George 



Lawley & Co. for repairs. 

August 21. Norman R Wyatt, ' 16, visit- 
ed the School. 

August 23. Walter Lind, ex '19, left the 
School. 

August 27. Fifth Friend's Day. 190 
present. 

August 31. Leslie M. Calkin, '18, Rupert 
F. Calkin, '18, William B. Cross, '17, Donald 
S. MacPherson, '17, and Wesley C. Angell, 
'17, visited the School over Sunday and Labor 
Day. 

September 6. Veterinarian and black- 
smith here. 

September 6. Tested out telephone cable 
and connected instruments in cable booths. 

Septem.ber 6. Mr. E. C. Britton here to 
inspect bees. 

September 7. Gordon K. Aborn, ex '21, 
left the School. 

September 10. Naval men inspected the 
Island for a possible camp site. 

Located Island telephone lines both New 
England and private. New wiring fur private 
line. 

September 11. Mr. Arthur Jacobs spent 
night here. 

September 12. Byron E. Collins, '15. 
visited the School. 

September 14. Herbert L. Dudley, '16, 
and Robert E. Dudley, '16, visited the School in 
the afternoon. 

Joseph T. Gould, '18, left the School to at- 
tend Tilton Academy. 

September 19. Alton P. Bray, '18, and 
Lawrence G. Bray, ex '21 , left the School, Alton 
to attend high school. * 

H. R. Farwell, '82, visited the School. 

September 23. Notice postponing Visiting 
Day on account of the Spanish Influenza sent 
out. 

September 25. A load of shavings came. 

Victor H. Muse, '17, left the School to take 
a position. 

Herbert S .Tibbetts, ex '2 1 . left the School. 

September 28. Captain A. L. Dix here 



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for the day. 

James R. Gregory, '10, died of the Spanish 
Influenza. 

September 30. Load of lumber came. 

Cbc Jum and trades School Bank 

Cash on hand August 1, 1918 $747.53 

Deposited during the month $38.73 

$786.26 
Withdrawn during the month $64.97 

Cash on hand September 1, 1918 $721.29 

Deposited during the month $37.34 

$758.63 
\Vithdrawn during the month $21.13 

Cash on hand October 1, 1918 $737.50 

mmt lUcteorolcgv 

Maximum temperature 96° on the 14th 

Minimui.i temperature 54° on the 22nd. 
28th, and 29th. 

Mean temperature for the month 71.22°. 

Total precipitation 1.11 inches. 

Greatest precipitation in 24 hours, .56 inches 
on "the 9th 

Four days with .01 or more inches precip- 
itation, 15 clear days, 16 partly cloudy, cloudy 
days. 

Total number of hours sunshine, 175. 

September meteorology 

Maximum temperature 98° on the 3rd. 

Minimum temperature 43° on the 24th, 
26th, and 30th. 

Mean temperature for the month 59.67°. 

Total precipitaion 1.74 inches. 

Greatest precipitation in 24 hours .50 on 
the 13th. 

Six days with .01 or more inches precipi- 
tation, 6 clear days, 20 partly cloudy, 4 cloudy 
days. 

Total number of hours sunshine, 153 and 
15 minutes. 

Caring Tor Cbe dorses 

There are seven horses here and they 
require two of us boys to care for them. 

The work to be done is as follows : clean 
the stalls, put down fresh bedding, water the 
horses and feed them hay and grain. If some 



horses come in after 5:00 o'clock it is our duty 
to take care of the harness, and let the other 
fello.v go to supper. 

Both fellows try to see who can clean his 
horses the better. At 5:45 P. M. the grain is 
fed and then we get ready to go up to the house 
for supper. 

If there is any freight at the Wharf the in- 
structor tells us what horse to take and we get 
the freight and put it where it belongs. If we do 
not get this done early enough for supper, a fellcw 
who has had supper takes care of the team. 

At 7:15 P. M. I go down to the barn and 
water the horses and shut off the water. 

Russell A. Adams. 

Cuttind 6la$$ for the Corner Cigbts 

One morning I was assigned to fix the cor- 
ner lights. I went down to the paint shop, put 
on my jumper and took a ruler and a step ladder 
with me. Then I went around the Main Build- 
ing to find the broken panes of glass. 

The first light 1 stopped at had a piece 
broken out of the door. I took the dimensions, 
then I went back into the paint shop, and cut a 
piece of glass to fit it. It was in the shape of a 
trapezoid, the wide part going to the top of 
the door. 

I went around the next corner and found 
that the bottom piece was gone. 

I fitted 12 panes of glass that morning and 
did some other work in the paint shop. 

Alexis L. Guillemin. 

Kitchen Ulork 

At 5:00 o'clock in the morning I get up 
and work in the kitchen. I usually grind coffee, 
make the cocoa and take the milk into the 
dining room. 

When I make cocoa, I get a big pan and 
put in one and a half quarts of cocoa and three 
and a half quarts of sugar. Then I put in one 
quart of hot water and stir it. Then I take this 
and two or three cans of milk into the dining 
room where the cocoa is made. Next I wash 
the milk cans and sterilize them. 

Eric O. Schippers. 



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Our new flag Pole 

Just lately a new steel flag pole has been 
erected. It is 75 feet high. 

The way the new flag pole was put up is 
as follows. A wooden pole was erected beside 
the temporary flag pole and a block and tackle 
were fastened to these two poles and to the new 
flag pole. Then all the fellows got hold of the 
rope and pulled the flag pole up. The new flag 
pole was then lashed to the two wooden poles 
while it was being straightened. After this was 
done there was a form made, so there could be 
a concrete base put in. The base was made 
about four feet high. 

James A. Carson. 

the Down Stairs Dinind Room 

Every morning after 1 get up and wash 1 go 
into the dining room and ask the instructor what 
the breakfast is to be so I can take the dishes 
that I need, up into the kitchen. After 1 take 
up the dishes 1 go in the dining room and have 
some breakfast and then 1 go out into the wash- 
room and wash my hands. 

Then I go into the kitchen and take down 
the food and wait on table. When the people 
get through eating, 1 take what food there is left 
up to the kitchen and the soiled dishes up to the 
boys' dining room to be washed. The dishes 
that have no handles go through the dishwasher. 
The dishes that have handles and the glasses 
and silver ware 1 have to wash by hand. 

After the dishes are all washed up stairs I 
go down stairs and crumb the table, sweep 
the floor and set the table for dinner. Then 
1 sueep the halls and scrub the floor matting 
and then 1 am through down stairs. 1 next 
scrub in the boys' dining room until it is time 
to take up dishes for dinner, and then [ have 
my dinner. 

Arthur J. Schaefer. 

trees On Our Island 

We have many different kinds of trees on 
our Island. 

In French Grove there are pine and birch 
trees. In Bowditch Grove there are pine, spruce, 
cak, maple and elm trees. 



On the Front Lawn there are elm, maple 
birch, acacia and horse-chestnut trees. 

The Old Elm in the back yard is a favorite 
tree. It is about 77 years old. The boys have 
a great many good times around it in the sum- 
mer time. Two lights are attached to it so 
that the boys can read there in warm weather. 
George J. Lennon. 

Crimmins trees 

One afternoon Mr Bradley came into the 
back store room and told me to get a pruning 
saw and hatchet. 

We went to the tree opposite the hitching 
post and Mr. Bradley marked with the hatchet 
the limbs which he wished cut, He left me 
and came back about 4:00 o'clock and told me 
to saw off all the limbs he marked with the 
hatchet. 1 did quite a few that afternoon. The 
next afternoon, with the same implements I fin- 
ished what I did not do the afternoon before. 
When I had all the limbs cut off I got some 
black paint and painted over the wounds. 

1 liked the work very much because it gave 
me good climbing exercise. 

Nicholas M. Suarez, Jr. 

tbe Trame Ulork of the Corn Barn 

The first thing to do was to build forms for 
cement posts and then make the posts. After 
that was done the floor timbers were put up 
which were of hard pine, four by eight, 30 feet 
long. 

When the floor timbers were all in, the side 
posts were put up, one in each corner and two in 
between on the side. The sides are not straight 
but are a foot wider at the top than at the bot- 
tom. The next thing to do was to put up a stag- 
ing and put the timbers on the top of the side 
posts. After that was done the corners were all 
braced. 

The next thing was to put up the roof. 
The rafters were all cut the length and bevel 
wanted and were put about two feet apart and 
nailed. The next thing o do was to put on the 
boards. 

Clifton H, Sears. 



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Cbe fllumni flssoclation of Che farm and Cradcs School 



William Alcdtt '84, President 
Everett 



Merton p. Ellis, '99, Secretary 
2.5 Rockdale Street, Mattapan 



James H. Graham, 79, Vice-President 
Boston 



Richard Bell, '73, Treasurer 
Dorchester 



Henry A. Fox, '79, Vice-President 
Allston 

Alfred C MaLM, '00, Historian 
Melrose 



Joseph A. Colscn, '83, who lives at 80 
Bellevue Ave., Winthrop, and is one of our best 
graduate musicians, has received word from 
France that his son, Melvin E. Colson, has 
been commissioned a second lieutenant. He is' 
with the Machine Gun Battalion of the 101st 
Infantry. 

August 4, 1918. 

On Active Service. 
Mr Charles H. Bradley, 
My Dear Friend : - 
Surely it will interest you to know that one 
of your boys led a platoon in this last drive in 
the Chateau Thierry sector and the pace was 
sure fast for it seemed as though we'd never 
catch up to Jerry. His "To the rear march" 
must have been done on the double time, how- 
ever, Hun machine gun and shrapnel raised hell 
in the ranks and took not a few officers. How- 
ever, the advance was wonderful and being with 
the regulars I sure saw the results of wonderful 
discipline. We've got it and the Boche haven't 
a chance. As a result of my platoon's work I 
understand that I am on the list for promotion. 
Not so bad a record. Private last August 9th, 
Corporal in November, Sergeant in December, 
Officer's Training School from January 5th to 
April 22nd. Two months. May and June, on 
the front in Belgium asa Sergeant, commission- 
ed on the front and sent to fill a vacancy on the 
attacking front with our shock troops, the best 
division in France, the Third. 

Our Mottos "Never Retreat" "Hold at any 
cost" "Ask no quarter, give none," Our boys 
have a host of thrilling stories and I have not a 
few myself, for I more than emptied my auto- 
matic in the air. Wonderful lads. Uncle Sam's 
and 1 love 'em. 

Hoping to hear from you soon, I am 
Sincerely, 
Lieut. Frederick J. Wilson. 
Co G, 7th Reg A. E. F., France. 



Frank S. Mills, ex '12, is working for the 
Mohawk Cadillac Garage, 38 Hope Street, 
Greenfield, Mass. His mother and sister both 
live in Westfield, Mass. 

France, August 1, 1918. 
Dear Mr. Bradley: 

It has been quite a long time since 1 last 
wrote to you. We have been so busy lately that 
writing has been out of the question altogether. 
I am always on the watch for the Beacon when 
the nnail comes in but it hasn't come lately. 
We have had only one lot of mail in nearly tuo 
months. 

By the time this letter reaches you, 1 guess 
you will have read all about the fighting in the 
papers. There has been some hard fighting, 
too, but there is not a German alive that can 
break the spirit of the American troops. When 
one of our comrades falls the rest only fight all 
the harder, and the F. T. S. is right in the 
middle of all the scraps. The first three days 
we went over the top four times and after we 
were going for a few minutes "Fritz" didn't stop 
to shake hands. I lost all of my squad the first 
time we went over. They were a fine lot of fellows 
and 1 hated to lose them. I got mine the fourth 
time that we went over and I am thankful that 
1 am still alive. When I got to the hospital the 
first person I met was Edmund Bemis. He is 
just as full of fun as ever. He told me that 
Victor Gordon was in the band. He is playing 
the same instrument that he played in the school 
band, the clarinet. I hope he makes good. 

Well, I think I have written enough for just 
now. Please remember me to all the fellows and 
instructors. Wishing you and Mrs. Bradley the. 
best of luck and hoping to hear from you soon 
I remain 

Your old pupil 

Corp. William Cowley, 
Co A, 104th Inf. Brig. Div. A. E, F., France, 




Vol. 22 



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No. 7 



^ ^ -no r-> »jr November) ,_,,o 

Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. Q^^g^ggj^ r 1918 



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



ChanR$9ii)in9 Day 

Thanksgiving morning for breakfast we had 
coffee, biscuits and butter. After breakfast 
when all the necessary work was done, everybody 
was allowed to go to play anything they wished. 

It had been the custom every year to have 
two games of football, one in the morning be- 
tween the smaller fellows, the two teams being 
called Harvard and Yale and another in the after- 
noon between ihe bigger fellows, the two teams 
being called Harvard and Yale. This year there 
were no games on account of fellows just getting 
over the Influenza. 

For dinner each table had a turkey, (six 
fellows at a table) mashed potatoes, gravy, 
squash, dressing, nuts, raisins, apples, oranges, 
mince pie and cranberry sauce. We all en- 
joyed the dinner very much. 

In the afternoon there was two games of 
basketball, two fellows choosing up each time, and 
the fellows who did not play in the first game 
played in the second game, if they wished to. 
In the evening we had motion pictures and we 
were all given chocolates. After the pictures 
we went to bed after having a good time. 

Heman a. Landers. 

1>aulin9 up tbc Swimmind Tloat 

After the swimming season is over, it is the 
job of the steamer fellows to haul up the swimming 
float. The swimming season being over, I asked 
Mr. Bradley's permission to haul up the float and 
he said it was all right to begin as soon as we 
could. 

Then at high tide we towed the float around 
the Wharf with one of the row boats and fastened 



it with lines in the position we wished to have it. 
We then blocked up the end that was in the 
water, so that when the tide fell we should not 
have to jack up the float. 

The beach was cleaned and made as true 
as possible for some planks to rest upon. These 
planks were laid in double rows on both sides of 
the float. Rolls were then fetched from the 
Storage Barn and placed under the float across 
the planks. 

A bridle was made from a rope and a block 
and tackle attached to it. The other end of the 
rope was fastened to the winch and the float was 
lowered to the rolls. When this was done a bey 
began to turn the winch: the rope tightened, the 
float quivered and began to move slowly, i^sit 
was moving forward we kept replacing the rolls 
and planks. After the float was up in the position 
wanted, it was blocked up, so the ice and snow 
would not cause the timbers to rot. When we 
had taken care of the planks and rolls we cleaned 
up around the float. We were then through 
with it till next spring when it will be put in the 
water for another swimming season, which I hope 
comes very soon. John A. Robertson. 

Usually I feed the pigs. The pigs at th? 
old barn are fed swill, and if there is no swill we 
feed them grain. There are eight large pigs and 
eight small ones over at the South End pig pens. 
I feed the large pigs grain in the morning and 
corn at noon and night. 1 feed the small pigs grair 
in the morning and at night. 1 like to fefc 
the pigs. George J. Lennon. 



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1)allowc'en 

A short time before Hallowe'en I was 
asked to take part in the entertainment, which 
was to be that evening. 1 said I should like to, 
so I was told that another fellow and 1 were to 
represent the "Gold Dust Twins." We were 
made skirts of gold colored cloth and little black 
tights to wear. 

Hallowe'en we went up to the Office to 
dress for the entertainment. ^Vhen dressed, we 
were blacked with burnt cork. Then, while the 
other fellows were lined up in the Assembly 
Room, we took a round-about way to the Gymna- 
sium where the entertainment was to be held and 
took our places. When the other fellows came 
the "Sleepy Hollow Orchestra" played a few 
selections. This orchestra, which was com- 
posed of about 10 fellows dressed as Charlie 
Chaplin, Huckleberry Finn, Italians, a Jew, 
a farmer, a Mexican and a colored station agent, 
played upon combs, tin pans, drums, etc. 

There was also one fellow who took the 
part of a clown and another was dressed up as a 
girl. Two of the instructors told fortunes, one 
was dressed up as an Indian the other was a 
Gypsy. 

The Gymnasium was decorated with stream- 
ers of black and orange crepe paper, jack o'lan- 
terns, black cats and witches, There was a 
booth where the following refreshment were for 
sale : 

PIE OF MYSTERY $5.00 

DRINK OF EVIL SPIRIT 1.00 

PEANUTS, ROASTED WITH THE KAISZR .25 

CIRCLES OF SATAN .10 

FRUIT OF FATE .05 

PICK'-ES, NOT ALFRED .01 

The fellows had all been supplied with toy 
money sufficient to purchase any refreshments 
they might desire. We all had a pleasant time 
and wish to thank the instructors who made it 
possible for us to spend such a pleasant evening. 
William T. Marcus. 

Oetting I)ay 

One morning we were told that we were to 



go over to City Point to get a load of hay. We got 
the scow, John Alden, alongside the steamer and 
made her fast. Then some fellows came down 
from the farm and we left the 'Island about 9:00 
o'clock and went to City Point. When we got 
there the hay had not arrived. We had to wait 
about 15 minutes when two double team loads 
came. We loaded the hay on the scow but 
before we got it all loaded, three single loads 
came. It was quite easy work loading the hay, 
because we had a skid to slide the bales from 
the wagons down to the scow. 

In about an hour and a half we had loaded 
the 214 bales which weighed 15 tons all to- 
gether. The bales were piled up and about ten 
put above the deck of the scow. We had 
about eighteen inches freeboard on the scow on 
the way back to the Island. When we got back 
it was about 10:45 o'clock. We then started 
to unload it and kept up unloading until the 
bell rang at 11:15. Then we went up to the 
House for dinner. It was the largest load that I 
have ever seen on the scow. We finished un- 
loading that afternoon. 

Ralph L. Langille. 

makiitd Christmas Presents 

Every noon and night during our play time 
some fellows go down to the Sloyd Room and 
make Christmas presents. 1 am making a paper 
knife for my mother. I am making it out of 
maple and the piece of wood is about 10 and one 
half inches long, one and a half inches wide and 
three eights of an inch thick. First I planed it 
down until it was a quarter of an inch thick and 
one inch wide. Next I cut the length to len 
inches. Then at one end of the piece of wood 
I measured one sixteenth of an inch down on 
both sides and drew a curve up to the center. 
This formed one end of the handle. I sawed 
along the line, then 1 took a round file and filed two 
little grooves, one on each side of the wood, three 
and a half inches from the top. This marks the 
other end of the handle. The rest of the wood 
is planed and shaped for the blade. When this 
is done the paper knife is ready to be sand- 
papered and shellacked. 

Frank H. H. Mann. 



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Cbc Potato Digger 

This year the School was given a new ma- 
chine, a potato digger, which is a great saving 
as it does not cut any of the potatoes. 

The potato digger is drawn by four horses. 
At first we tried them four abreast, then, as they 
stepped on the hills of potatoes, we put them two 
abreast and used two pairs. 

1 have been driving ihe leading pair while 
the instructor drives the other pair and attends 
to the levers and gears. 

The potato digger hasTour wheels, two main 
wheels, which are about three feet in diameter^ 
and two smaller ones about one foot in diameter 
down by the eveners. 

The way the potatoes are dug is by a large 
piece of solid steel shaped like an arro\v which 
runs under the hills and throws all the potatoes, 
dirt and weeds, on to a revolving bottom which 
sifts all the dirt out and carries the potatoes 
and weeds along. The potatoes drop off behind and 
the weeds are thrown off to one side. 1 think this is 
the most interesting farm machine we have and 
1 like very much to run it. 

Warren F. Noyes. 

makind Bins for the £orn Barn 

The first thing 1 did in making bins for the 
corn barn was to cut and nail 18 pieces, 2 by 3 
spruce for floor pieces, as there v/as to be a space 
of a foot between the floor and the bottom of the 
bin. 

The boards were then placed on the two by ■ 
three pieces at the bottom of the bin and spaced 
about three quarters cf an inch apart, the boards 
being seven inches wide and seven eights of an 
inch thick, planed on one side. 

The iDottom of the bin is about two feet 
wide and' the top .about three feet. Three 
boards were laid on the floor and eight boards 
on the side of the bin, spaced about three quart- 
ers of ah inch. The back side of the bin was 
the outside wall of the corn barn.,_ 

There are' two of these, bins. They are 
lengthwise with the barn,- .which is about '30 
feet long.-' ■=?■; ,,. .|,., 

In the middle of each bin, is an op'ening so 



that anybody can get inside of the bin by remov- 
ing the boards. The opening is about four feet 
wide and the boards can be moved up and down. 
Clifton H. Sears. 

making €ake 

One morning in the kitchen I had the 
privilege of making a cake. The cake was 
named Boston Favorite. 

The first thing I did was to cream two 
thirds of a cup cf butter and add two thirds of a 
cup of sugar. After that was stirred, 1 added 
one cupl^i milk and stirred again. Next I sepa- 
rated four\ggs and beat up the yolks and added 
them to the milk, sugar and butter. Then I 
added three cups and a half of flour, five spoons- 
ful of baking powder and one half of a teaspoon 
of salt and mixed it all together. Next 1 beat 
up the whites of the eggs and added them. I 
put the mixture in a pan and then in the oven to 
bake. After the cake was baked 1 frosted it. 

John E. Kervin. 

Raking 6ra\>cl 

One afternoon Mr. Brown told me to rake 
gravel around the Main Building. First 1 raked 
around by the kitchen door. After 1 had finish- 
ed that I raked the triangle by the Old Elm. I 
also had time to rake up by the gardens. Then 
1 saw that if I didn't take up my piles scon, I 
should be late for school. 

I got a bag and took up all the piles. I 
then took them down to the dike. 

I had just put my bag away when the bell 
rang for school. 

Thfodore B. Hadley. 

my lUork in the Barn 

Every afternoon it is my duty to work in 
the barn. First I put the hay into the mangers 
for the cows. Then 1 clean 12 cows, a calf 
pen and part of another pen. After that is done 
the cows are let out into the barn yard for water. 
While the cows are out I shake out alfalfa for 
the next feeding time. There is one bale taken 
down each day. I bed the ralf pens witn salt 
-hay which. IS also k^pt upstairs. Then the cows 
are let in and the barn is cleaned up for the 



afternoon. 



"VStUrir 



Norman Moss. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Dontpson'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. 22. No. 7 & 8, November, December, 1918 



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BOARD OF MANAGERS 



PRESIDENT 

Richard M. Saltonstall 

vice-president 

Charles P. Curtis 

treasurer 

Arthur Adams 

SECRETARY 

Tucker Daland 

MANAGERS 

Melv'n O. Adams 
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 
Philip S. Sears 
Francis Shaw 

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

Charles H. Bradley, Superintendent 

The greatest war of history is ended. It 
was the greatest war because it involved so 
many things and so much of each of them; be- 
cause the decision which it was fought to estab- 
lish was fraught with such enormous consequences 
to the entire human race; and because of the 
personal and intimate interest which so many 
millions of men, in all civilized lands, had in the 
struggle. The "sport of kings" is obsolete, for 



war has become the affair of the peoples. 

Now this greatest of wars is ended. The 
armed forces of the United States are returning 
to their homes, and Americans everywhere, 
content for the present with the decision of arms, 
are watching in hopefulness the development of 
the greatest peace. 

As the war was a matter of vital importance 
to every human being, so the peace which is to 
be built upon it is of vital importance to every 
man; and as tne war was each man's business 
while it was in progress, so the terms and con- 
ditions ana the actual establishment of peace 
become the duty of the individual. 

During the months of struggle we heard 
much of morale, that indefinite spiritua^l power, 
a power made up of many elements, including 
the "Will to victory", the cheerful sacrifice of 
everything to the great end, and a high faith in 
the rightness of the cause of America and the 
Allies. Morale was the determiningfactor which 
won the war at last. 

And morale will be the determining factor 
in the peace which will emerge from the recon- 
struction period through which we are now pass- 
ing. These are stupendous times, times that 
demand of the individual that he look beyond the 
horizon of his personal affairs and think in larg- 
er terms of life and the development of the race. 
We shall miss the effective stimulants of physical 
contest. The elements of our present service 
are less spectacular than those of war. But we 
must still over-subscribe every endeavor for right 
development and for the establishment of right 
as we over-subscribed the Liberty Loans. 
There must be no "flatting" from the perfect key 
of our intent. And there will be none, of course, 
if we all succeed m attaining the true pitch. 

For the present, then, the attainment of 
this true pitch, under the changed conditions, is 
the duty and the privilege of each one of us, 
according to his lights. Let us remember our 
enthusiasms and endeavors of the past months 
and continue to strive, confidently and with faith, 
as we have striven during the great conflict, that 
the victory of peace may be no less renowned 
than the victory of war. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Calendar 

Oct. 1. Chose up for football. 

Finished pulling onions. 

Played last game of baseball. 

Oct. 2. Motion pictures in the evening. 

Oct. 3. Steamer Pilgrim taken to Lawley's 
for repairs. 

Oct. 4. Load of lumber from E. G. Pond 
Co. for new corn barn. 

Oct. 5. Marked out football field. 

Oct. 7. Banked celery. 

Removed partition about meat cellar. 

Oct. 8. Flag pole painted. 

Oct. 9. Stereopticon pictures on Yellow- 
stone Park. 

First frost of the season. 

Commenced digging potatoes. 

Oct. 10. Completed the cement founda- 
tion of the flag pole and commenced grading. 

Oct. 1 1. Husked corn in the barn in the 
evening. 

Oct. 12. Two games of football. 

Oct. 14. Veterinarian and blacksmith 
here. 

Oak lumber came. 

Oct. 16. Stereopticon pictures on Sweden 
and Norway. 

Commenced cementing north side of West 
Basement. 

Oct. 17. 100 bags of cement and some 
lumber brought over. 

Oct. 19. Played two games of football. 

Oct. 21. Blacksmith here. 

80 bags of grain came. 

Painted hydrants and cannon balls. 

Oct. 22. Potato digger came. 

Oct. 23. Telephone men here putting in 
new local telephones. 

Oct. 25. Man here to demonstrate potato 
digger. 

Oct. 26. One hundred bales alfalfa came. 

One game of football. 

Oct. 30. Put in concrete step at Observa- 
tory. 

Oct. 31. Hallowe'en party in the Gym- 
nasium. Some boys and instructors in costume. 



Dancing and refreshments. 

Nov. 6. Digging potatoes near Power 
House. 

Nov. 7. Digging potatoes near Root 
Cellar. 

Nov. 8. Picked the last sweet corn. 

Nov. 9. Two football games. 

Load of lumber came. 

Walter L. Cole, '17, left the School to take 
a position with the Boston Belting Co., Boston, 
Mass. 

Nov. 11. Dedication of new flag pole and 
raising of new flag on pole. 

Nov. 12. Victory Day. Entertainment 
from town. Dance in the evening. 

Nov, 14. Lieutenant Colonel William A. 
Brooks, acting chief surgeon of the Massachus- 
etts State Guard, came down to look over con- 
ciiioiii: and suggest methods of prevention and 
of treatment of Spanish Influenza cases. 

Nov. 15. Twenty light cases of Influenza 
among the boys and three instructors ill. 

Load of lumber came. 

Nov. 16. Load of grain came. 

Building six shacks for outdoor patients. 

Nov. 18. Manager Dr. Henry Jackson 
visited the School. 

Nov. 19. Fifty-eight boys with light cases 
of Influenza. Eighteen recuperating. 

Nov. 20. Drew pumpkins to barn. 

Nov. 25. Shipped some vegetables. 

Five tons of grain came. 

Sorting potatoes and drawing corn. 

Nov. 28. Thanksgiving Day. All boys 
and instructors out and recuperating from 
influenza. 

Two basket ball games in the afternoon. 
Motion pictures at night. 

Nov. 29. Frederick V, Hall, '13, with a 
friend visited the School. 

OctoDer ItUteorology 

Maximum temperature 72" on the 1 1th. 
Minimum temperature 38° on the 9th, 20th 
and 25th. 

Mean temperature for the month, 53.23°. 
Total precipitation .59 inches. 



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Greatest precipitation in 24 hours .20 on 
the 6th, 6 clear days, 24 partly cloudy, 1 cloudy 
day. 

Total number of hours sunshine, 134 and 
25 minutes. 

noveitibcr meteorology 

Maximum temperature 63° on the 22nd. 

Minimum temperature 25° on the 28th. 

Mean temperature for the month 62.63°. 

Total precipitation .26 inches. 

Greatest precipitation in 24 hours . 1 4 inches 
on the 14th. 

Four days with .01 or more inches precipi- 
tation, 1 1 clear days, 10 partly and nine cloudy 
days. 

Total number of hours sunshine, 73 and 32 
minutes. 

Cbc Tarra and trades School Bank 

Cash on hand October 1, 1918 $737.50 

Deposited during the month 27.66 

$765.16 
Withdrawn during the month 55.50 

Cash on hand November 1, 1918 $709.66 

Deposited during the month 36.46 

$746.12 
Withdrawn during the month 2.22 

Cash on hand December 1, 1919 $743.90 

Sea eulls 

We see sea gulls in great numbers around 
our Island most of the year. They have webbed 
feet and can swim and dive like ducks. 

They are very greedy and will eat almost 

everything. '^They feed chiefly on fish and mol- 

' lusks. They sometimes carry a clam high inthe 

air and let it fall on the rocks to break the shell. 

There has been a law passed forbidding the 
shooting of sea gulls. • The patrol boat is always 
on the lookout for people who insist upon shoot- 
ing them. 'i 

During the war the sea gulls were of great 
help to our riavy. When our ships were patrolling 
in European waters a submarine could sometimes 
be located by the flocks of sea gulls hovering over 
it, Robert E. Nichols. 



my new lUork 

One night the boys went up to the Assembly 
Hall where the work scheduled for the coming 
year was read. 

My new work is in the Laundry. My first 
week in there was sort of hard, but now that I 
am accustomed to it, I am getting along fine. 

The first work 1 did was to help put the 
boys' sheets through the flatworker. When 
these were done they were folded and taken up 
to the dormitory. Then the handkerchiefs and 
towels were put through. When this was done 
the handkerchiefs were folded and taken down 
to the clothing room and the towels into the sew-, 
ing room. Sometimes I iron the instructors' 
things, such as shirts, aprons, dresses, hand- 
kerchiefs, etc. 

On Thursday morning we are generally 

through with our work, so we clean the machinery, 

scrub the clothes tubs, shine the brass and scrub 

the floor. After that we report to the supervisor. 

Alfred A. Pickels. 

Baseball at tbe School 

Baseball is one of our favorite sports. Our 
baseball series began May 25, 1913, and ended 
Sept. 3L 1918. 

There were four teams A, B, C and D, 
We chose our own captains and the captains 
chose their men, team D having first choice, C 
next, then B and A. 

Most of our games were played on Saturday 
afternoons but in order to finish the eighteen 
scheduled games. Mr. Bradley let us play on week 
days. D has won all her games and will get the 
shield. Philip M. Landry. 

my mork In the Bakery 

Every afternoon I work in the bakery. 
The first thing 1 do is to scrub two square boards 
which coyer the flour. 

Then 1 scrub the table, sweep the floor and 
scrub it. If there is any' bread! it. is taken into 
the Dining Room'. ' At night if there is bread to 
mix, I, mix it. 

In the morning another boy and myself get 
up at 5:00 o'clock and put the bread in the tins. 
Malcolm E. Cameron. 



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(Continued from page 8) 
submarine. Erwin Coolidge, '15, is in the 
N ivy and was at the Naval Training Station at 
Newport, R. 1. 1 don't believe he is there now 
Jibe or Harold Carlton is not in the Navy or 
was not when I met him in Newport. He was 
working at some ship yard and I don't think 
he has enlisted at all. 

1 see by your list that you have Carl in the 
Army as a musician. • He is in the Navy and is 
a Chief Yeoman (Carl D. Hynes, U. S. S. 
Torpedo Testing Barge, No. 2. Newport, R. 1.. 
is hisaddrejs) He v/ill te paid off Jan. 4, 1919, 
and as that is but a little more than a month from 
njw, he will soon be a civilian again. It doesn't 
seem as though he had served four years. 

I thirik you must have made a mistake 
about Theodore Miller. If he was at Barracks 
2, Newport Training Station, he must have been 
a sailor instead of a soldier. They have no 
Army men at that Training Station. It is all 
Navy. 

I have just returned from spending five days 
in Vermont with my wife. I had a fine time 
but five days passes so quickly that one doesn't 
realize that he has had a furlough. 

Well, Mr. Bradley, I have made five trips 
to France and the sixth one will come in a few 
days and will be a matter of history. We are 
going to carry the President and his party to 
Europe and I am glad that I am to be one of 
those that go with him. It will be something to 
remem'oer and brag of, always. 

Yours sincerely, 

Frederick S, Hynes. '12. 

my lUork in the Jiftcrnoott 

After the boys go out from dinner I stay in 
and go to the kitchen. The first thing I do is 
to go to the wood cellar, take off my coat and put 
on my apron. 

Then I come up and go to washing dishes, 
as I am dish washer. When I get the dishes 
washed, 1 get my scrubbing things and start in 
scrubbing. When I get my scrubbing done, I 
take down the garbage and then 1 am through. I 
like to work in the kitchen pretty well. 

Joseph C. Scarborough. 



f)U$kin9 Corn 

One evening after seven o'clock as the 
fellovs lined up, Mr. Bradley tol.i us that he 
would like to have us go down to the Barn to 
husk some corn. A few benches were brought 
down to the Barn from the Gymnasium and As- 
sembly Room and placed in front of the corn 
which was piled up on each side of the main 
flooi'. As it was husked, the corn was put in 
bushel boxes and taken to one end of the Barn 
v/here it was sorted. The soft and blackened ears 
would not last very long and were put in barrels to 
be used right away, while the harder and better 
ears were saved for future use. The very best 
were saved for seed. As the fellows husked, 
some began to sing different songs which added 
greatly to the fun of the evening. 

When all the corn was husked, the fellows 
returned to the House and prepared for bed. 
First Mr Bradley had refreshments distributed 
and soon afterward taps was sounded. 

RoscoE Baird. 

Trying Cii)cr 

One morning in the kitchen I had the job 
of frying liver. 

We use both cow's and pig's liver. The 
liver, before it is cooked, is in large wide strips. 
It is cut off into smaller strips about half an inch 
thick, covered with flour and put into the frying 
pan. As soon as the pan becomes free from 
greese it is buttered so that the liver will fry 
easier. When it is done thoroughly on one side 
it is turned over with the assistance of a two- 
tined fork. It takes about three minutes to cook. 
It i^ necessary to fry a pan full to supply the boys. 
Richard H. Hall. 

"Tox and 6ecse" 

One morning when we were dressing, we 
looked out of the window and saw snow en the 
ground. 

In a few seconds, one of the fellows said. 
"Who wants to play 'Fox and Geese'?" The 
fellows who wanted to play went up by the gard- 
ens and formed in line. We made a large 
circle and divided it into halves and then into 
quarters. It takes five fellows to play and one 
of the fellows has to be "it". Then there are 
bases. The fellow who is "it" tries to get a 
base, while the rest of the fellows are running 
around. Willis M. Smith. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Cbe Jllumni J1$$ociaticn oT tbe farm and Cradcs School 



William Alcott '84, Prasident 
Everett 

M8RT0N P. Ellis. '99, Secretary 
25 Rockdale Street, Mattapan 



James H. Graham, '79, Vice-President 
Boston 



Richard Bell, '73, Treasurer 
Dorchester 



Henry A. Fox, '79. Vice-President 
Allston 



Alfred C Mslm, '00, Historian 
Melrose 



Harold W. Edwards, '10, who has been 
signaler on the U. S. S. Delaware, is now in the 
supply office on the same ship, with a desire to 
become a yeoman. 

Edson M. Bemis, '13. is now a 1st Class 
Quartermaster on the U. S. S. Submarine 
Chaser 151, U. S. Naval Force in Europe. 

Carl L. Wittig, ex '05, has just written 
the School from North Eastern Co. 2, Camp 
Joseph E. Johnston, Florida. 

Camp Sevier, Greenville, S. C, 
October 8, 1918. 

My dear Mr. Bradley : 

This letter no doubt, will be somewhat of 
a surprise to you. 1 have just received the sup- 
plement to the Beacon, forwarded to me from 
Washington, D. C, where 1 was stationed when 
with the 50th Infantry, as an enlisted man. 

While there I had the pleasure of running 
across Charles Blatchford at the Commissary 
where 1 happened to be detailed on guard that 
night. We had not seen each other for some- 
thing like 1 8 years and were brought together 
through a previous issue or rather a previous 
supplement of the Beacon which he had. 

1 enlisted in Boston, March 31, 1918, was 
made a Corporal on June 27th and on September 
5th I was commissioned Second Lieutenant and 
assigned to my present regiment and company. 
My brother George is Sergeant in Head- 
quarters Co., 33rd Inf., Camp Catun, Canal Zone. 
He is still playing the trombone or was when 1 
last heard from him five or six weeks sgo. 

I don't see many of the boys' names in the 
supplement, who were there on the Island with 
me, but there are no doubt many in the service 
who are difficult to locate, for if my memory 
serves me well they never dodged anything 



which looked like a good fight. 

For the past twelve >ears previous to my 
coming into the service, rhy time has been spent 
as a travelling salesman throughout the eastern 
part of the country. 

I used to see Tom Brown once in a while 
when he was at the Parker House and about three 
years ago I saw Alfred Malm, and later still, 
when I stop to think, I used to see Charlie Spear 
occasionally. 

I have often had a desire to visit the School 
in recent years, but it has rarely been possible 
for me to do so, however, after our present work 
is finished, I hope for the pleasure of renewing 
some old acquaintances there on the Island. 

With kind regards I am 

Sincerely, 
Harry MacKenzie 

2nd Lt., Co I, 89th Inf. 

On Board the U. S. S. George Washington 

Nov, 26, 1918. 
Dear Mr. Bradley: 

I have just received >our letter of Oct. 29th, 
and am much pleased to hear from you. I saw 
by the capers that the influenza had taken quite 
a hold at the School. I hope every one will get 
well and that no lives will be lost. It is too bad 
that it had to find its way to the Island after you 
had withstood it so long. We had nearly 200 
deaths aboard ship, mostly among the soldiers, 
and I can't tell how many hundred were buried 
at sea from the other ships that were with us. 
That was the trip before last and we never had 
a case last trip. 

Harold Morse, ex '12, is a First Class 

Machinist on the L. 9 which is a submarine. 

I don't know where he is now but he was at 

Newport when I met him and I went all over his 

(Continued on page 7) 




Vol. 22. -I °^ Printed AT The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. ^'^ V 1919 

{ " ^^ February ) 

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



€i)ri$tttia$ Day on the Tsland 

Christmas Day is regarded as the best 
holiday for the boys on the Island. Beside the 
many greetings and good wishes, Christmas 
brings us many presents of all kinds from our 
friends. The School also gives us a small but 
appreciated gift. 

After breakfast, a few fellows did necessary 
work while other fellows were gathering a com- 
pany to meet the guests. 

The company being formed, we marched 
down to the Wharf with a band composed 
of a cornet, snare drum, bass drum, clarinet, 
trombone, and a pair of cymbals. 

The remainder of the boys carried guns 
and were dressed in army coats used in the 
Civil War. When we reached the Wharf, the 
steamer could not be seen on account of a thick 
fog, but we knew it was coming for we could 
hear the whistle. When the steamer hove in 
sight we all shouted "Merry Christmas" and 
Dr. Bancroft answered by blowing the whistle. 
We waited for him to land and then he took the 
bass drum and all marched up and around the 
house twice. Everybody was happy and shout- 
ing "Merry Christmas" as we passed. 

The company halted in front of the House; 
the doctor and Capt. Dix went in and the com- 
pany was dismissed. 

.^t 10:00 o'clock we went up to the Chapel 
for the Christmas concert and to receive our 
presents. The Chapel was decorated to repre- 
sent a pine grove; on the trees were hanging all 
sorts of packages, large and small. Capt. Dix 



came in and gave us a little explanation about 
Santa Claus being delayed. While he was 
talking we heard the sound of bells and Santa 
came in and told us an adventurous story as to 
how he happened to land on the Island which 
made everyone laugh. He then distributed the 
presents. When the trees were relieved of 
their heavy burden, the chocolates, which are 
given by Mr. Bell of the class of 73, were pass- 
ed. At the end we gave three cheers and a 
tiger for all good friends and managers of the 
School. 

Just before we left the room Capt. Dix told 
us that Lieut. Arthur Adams had provided an 
entertainment for the afternoon. 

Shortly after, we went to dinner everybody 
being happy to have so many gifts from their 
friends. 

Dinner being over we went to the gymnasi- 
um and played games we had received, until it 
was time for the entertainment. 

At about 2:30 we dressed in our uniforms 
and went to the Chapel. . The entertainment 
was very good. In the evening we had movies, 
which were very interesting and chocolate was 
given out after each reel. We had five reels 
and at the close we went to bed feeling very 
happy over the good time we had had but very 
sorry that Mr. and Mrs. Bradley and Lieut. 
Arthur Adams could not be with us. 

Every one wishes to express his thanks to 
those who made it possible to make the day a 
perfect one. Alexis L Guillemin. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Our Christmas Concert 

Every year a Christmas concert is given 
by the boys of the School. *Ve enjoyed it very 
much this year, both the speaking and singing 
being good. The following was the programme: 

SONG - - - - Glory to God 

School 

PRAYER 

Mr. Starbird 

RESPONSIVE READING 

Leader, John A. Robertson 

SONG Once More Awakes a Joyous Strain 
School 

RECITATION - The Christmas Spirit 

Norman F. Farmer 



SOLO 
SONG 



The New Born King 
Osmond W. Bursiel 



- Wonderful Joy 
School 

RECITATION - The Adoration of the Wise Men 

Everett B. Leland 

SONG ----- Long Ago 

School 

RECITATION - Christmas Carol 

Louis R. Croxtall 

SONG - - - - Oft in the Night 

School 

RECITATION - The Night After Christmas 
William T. Marcus 

SOLO - - The Babe of Bethlehem 

Malcolm E. Cameron 

Accompanied by Warren F. Noyes, Violin 

RECITATION - The Same Old Story 

Theodore B. Hadley 



SONG 



DUET 



Heralds of Mercy and Light 
School 



The Christmas Tree 
Malcolm E. CAMERon 
Nicholas M. Suarez, Jr. 

SONG - - - Star of Bethlehem 

School 

RECITATION - The Flag of the Future 

Robert E. Nichols 
SONG - Ring Out Sweet Bells of Peace 

Osmond W. Bursiel and School 
CORNET DUET - - Silent Night 

Richard H. Hall and David B. LeBrun 
REMARKS - - - - Capt. Dix 



Return of President lUiison 

On Sunday night January 23rd., some 
of the fellows saw a ship lying in Presidents' 
Roads and wondered what it was. The next 
day we saw destroyers and scout patrol boats. 
Then we knew that the President was here. 
Just before we had our dinner we saw the boats 
moving about. The President went from the 
George Washington to the destroyer Ossipee. 

All the boats in the harbor had their flags 
flying. Salutes were given in the morning by 
the cannons, flags were dipped, whistles were 
blown and people cheered. 

When the Ossipee went up the harbor with 
her escort of other destroyers, submarine 
chasers and patrol boats, some areoplanes came 
over head and flew in Boston above them. 

When the boats went by the Island the flag 
salute was given. The Ossipee went to Com- 
monwealth Pier and the starboard gang plank 
was lowered. The President, Mrs. Wilson and 
officers walked ucon a green carpet which was 
spread upon the gang plank. 

All around were men, women and children 
cheering. The President entered an automo- 
bile and rode slowly away to the hotel, guarded 
by secret service men. 

Mr. Wilson is the 13th. President who has 

visited Boston. 

William T. MacDonald 

Our Canary 

Every morning when I go upstairs to do 
my work as office boy I take care of the canary. 
The first thing I do is to take out the bottom 
of the cage and wash it. Then I fill the dish 
with new bird seed and put some water in the 
glass. 

One day I put a small mirror in his cage 
and sat down to watch him. He didn't quite 
understand it. He looked at himself in the mir- 
ror and then he would look around to see where 
the other bird was. 

Every time he hears anyone whistle or the 
piano plays he starts to sing. He has a very 
sweet voice. Waldo E. Libby. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



mn^u €barta 

On the wall in our school-room there are 
several pictures and one of them is the Magna 
Charta. 

This picture is about two feet wide and 
about three feet high. The border is white and 
the center which is closely written on is yellow 
and about one foot square. At the top rnd sides 
of this yellow center there are 29 small shields 
of different colors. They were formerly the dif- 
ferent coats of arms of England. At the bottom 
there are 23 seals of the English government. 

The original Magna Charta, of which this 
picture is a copy, was signed in the year 1215, 
by the wicked King John of England and estab- 
lished justice for the common people. It is this 
which created the democratic freedom of the 
English-speaking races. 

Arthur J. Schafer. 

Bcgimiins of School 

As our country has been at war and all 
the available ground has been planted to help 
raise food for our own use and for others 
during this coming winter, more felloWs than 
usual were needed to work on the farm last 
summer. As this would take many fellows from 
the school-room, it was decided that school 
should not be opened until the planting and har- 
vesting seasons were over. 

Now the winter has come and all farm 
work is over and as we have no more Spanish 
influenza to stop us, school has once more 
commenced. 

One evening as we went to the Assembly 
Hall to hear the grade read, the Superintendent 
also read the change of work, giving almost 
every fellow a new job and told us of which 
class we were to be members. 

He also talked to us and explained, that as 
we have a much shorter school term than usual 
it would be necessary for each one of us to do 
our best, in order to complete a successful year. 

RoscoE Baird. 

eetting Ready for Tlour 

One morning as I was working in the stock- 
room, the supervisor came in. He told me to 
move all the things out of the northeast part 
of the room. 



When I had moved all the things I could 
move alone, a boy came in to help me. The 
supervisor, after making a platform of half inch 
boards to keep the flour from absorbing moisture, 
told us to put some bags of flour that were en 
hand on the platform. There was some sugar 
which had been in the stock-room for quite a 
while which was moved into the front store-room. 
About eight o'clock we had all the things in the 
fore part of the room except a stove and boiler 
that were stationary and the bags of flour which 
were at one side. 

At 12 o'clock, after dinner, the supervisor 
had the two carpenters and 1 go into the stock- 
room. About 12:30 the instructing carpenter 
came in. He had 12 two-inch by four-inch 
boards placed at even distances apart. Then 
he had some half inch boards put on top of the 
two by four boards. The boards that were too 
long were sawed off and the short ones pieced. 

Later I found out that this preparation was 
for the flour which was expected 'the following 
afternoon. About 9:30 o'clock some fellows 
went over to City Point in the scow. When 
they got over there they found cut it was too 
rough and the flour would get wet and hardened. 
The next day it was also too rough. Saturday 
brought a good day and a crew of fellows went 
over and got the flour. In the afternoon it was 
stored in the stock-room. 

Monday afternoon a fellow helped me 

straighten up things. We put the old flour in 

front of the new and then replaced the things 

which we had moved the preceding Thursday. 

Nicholas M. Suarez, Jr. 

Cibrary Boors 

One Sunday afternoon the Superintendent 
asked the boys if they wanted any library books 
given out. We all said we did, so he 
took us up to Chapel and gave us our library 
cards. We got the books we wanted and wrote 
the numbers of other books we wished to have 
later. The books are very interesting as there 
are some new ones which have just been put in- 
to the library. Erik O. Schippers. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Cbompson's 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. 22. No. 8 & 9, January. February, 1919 



Subscription Price 



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BOARD OF MANAGERS 



PRESIDENT 

Richard M. Saltonstall 

VICE-PRESIDENT 

Charles P. Curtis 

TREASURER 

N. Penrose Hallowell 

SECRETARY 

Tucker Daland 

MANAGERS 

Arthur Adams 
Melvin O. Adams 
1. Tucker Burr 
S. V. R. Crosby 
George L. DeBlois 
Malcolm Donald 
Thomas J. Evans 

Charles T. Gallagher 
Robert H. Gardiner, Jr. 
Henry Jackson, M. D. 
Charles E. Mason 
Roger Pierce 
Philip S. Sears 
Francis Shaw 

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

Charles H. Bradley, Superintendent 

One of the big world jobs has passed thru the 
initial stage. The work of destruction began 
among the fair cities and towns of Europe. 
This cutting, tearing, slashing war has shaken 
the nations of the earth, till reeling from the 
shock, they have gathered themselves for the 
conflict. 



Men have gone forth to take part in this 
work and millions have dedicated it with their 
lives. Those who have emerged from the con- 
flict were ready to carry on till they in turn 
should give all in this great struggle. 

On European fields met the living vital 
expression of two ideas. One idea was that of 
world domination, an idea born of oppression 
and injustice. The offspring of such parents 
can assert itself by force and spend a brief life 
of violence, a life in u^hich death makes early 
promise In the minds of other nations the 
antithesis of this idea sprung into being; a 
creation of the spirit of humanity, clothed in 
love and devotion for the races of men. 

As we believe the universe to be founded 
upon the principles of harmonious truth and 
justice, and that the jangling discord sounded 
by the Central Empires must be silenced, so 
there went forth from our Country the flower 
of its manhood, pledged to fight this "Made in 
Germany" idea, until it should have no place 
among the nations. 

Success in our achievements at arms, 
glory in the womanhood of our country, who by 
their devotion to the cause gave inspiration to 
our defenders and made victory more quickly 
assured, shall now carry us on to complete the 
great task we have thus far advanced. 

Now the work of reconstruction must begin; 
and the time has arrived when the specifications, 
written ages ago by the great Architect of the 
universe should be studied, that there may be 
in this new structure no faulty or mis-shapen 
material. Though humanity is facing a mighty 
task, may we still hope that the sacrifices already 
made, this great destruction wrought, shall not 
have been made in vain, but rather shall we 
hope that the idea which won shall so dominate 
the nations, that that which has gone before 
may be a preparation for the foundation of the 
temple of humanity which shall be reared in the 
souls of men, majestically beautiful, an inspira- 
tion to all and a symbol of unity in a brotherhood 
of nations. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Calendar 

December 1. Began practicing music for 
Christmas. 

December 2. Commenced school after 
long vacation on account of the epidemic. 

Concert in Chapel by the boys' band. 

December 3. Hauled gravel to East Side 
dike. 

December 5. Grain and flour were brought 
to the School. 

Rehearsal for Christmas Concert. 

December 6. First heavy snowstorm. 

December 7. Butchered a hog weighing 
225 pounds. 

December 9 Hauled more gravel for 
East Side dike. 

Sorted onions. 

December 10. Sorted apples. 

December 12. Sorted potatoes. 

December 13. Load of grain and lumber 
arrived. 

December 16. Disposed of two cows. 

December 18. Load of lumber arrived. 

Veterinarian here. 

December 19. Sorted turnips. 

Hauled beach wood. 

December 21. Twenty - five hoys and 
several instructors went to see the French paint- 
ings at Horticultural Hall. 

December 22. Christmas concert. 
Miss Eleanor Baker a guest of the School. 

December 23. Butchered two hogs, 
weighing 586 pounds. 

Hauled gravel and beach wood. 

December 24. Carols were sung and re- 
freshments served to carolers. 

December 25. Usual Christmas celebra- 
tion. 

December 28. Continued drawing gravel. 

January 1. New Year's dance in the 
Assembly Hall. 

January 2. Sorted apples and squashes. 

Jaruary 3. Sorted potatoes and turnips. 

January 7. First good skating of the 
season. 

Janury 8. Annual Alumni dinner at Copley 
Hotel. 

Load of brick arrived from Parry Brick Co. 

January 9. Load of grain arrived from 
Sumner Crosby Sons. 



January 10. Boys gave a band concert 
in the Assembly Hall. 

January 13. Cleaned the root cellar. 

Killed a pig which weighed 235 pounds. 

January 16. Sorted onions. 

January 18. Several boys attended the 
Poultry Show. 

January 20. Hauled gravel for new road. 

January 24. Killed a calf. 

January 28. Sorted carrots. 

January 30. Pruned apple trees. 

January 31. Killed a pig which weighed 
140 pounds. 

December IlleteorolodV 

Maximum temperature 59" on the 15th. 

Minimum temperature 13° on the 7th. 

Mean temperature for the month 33.5°. 

Total precipitation 2.295 inches. 

Greatest precipitation in 24 hours .77 on 
the 1 1th. 

Seven days with .0 1 or more inches precipi- 
tation, 10 clear days, 12 partly cloudy and nine 
cloudy days. 

Total number of hours sunshine 86 and 
25 minutes. 

January meteoroiodv 

Maximum temperature 53^ on the 2nd. 

Minimum temperature 7° on the 1 1th. 

Mean temperature for the month 17.7°. 

Total precipitation 2.19 inches. 

Greatest precipitation in 24 hours 1.18 
inches on the 24th. 

Three days with .01 or more inches precipi- 
tation, 12 clear days, 13 partly cloudy and six 
cloudy days. 

Total number of hours sunshine, 63 and 25 
minutes. 



Che Tarn and trades School 

Cash on hand December 1, 1918 
Deposited during the month 

Withdrawn during the month 
Cash on hand January 1, 1919 
Deposited during the month 

Withdrawn during the month 
Cash on hand February 1, 1919 



Bank 

$743.90 
35.80 

$779.70 
36.23 

$743.47 
46.13 



$789.60 

158.35 

^1^25 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Jin Entmaiiimcnt 

One day last week we were told there was 
to be an entertainment in the evening. All the 
fellows were happy and expecting to have a lot 
of fun. 

When 7:00 o'clock came we put on our 
uniforms and went to the Chapel. A few min- 
utes later some one began playing the piano and 
the curtain rose as six colored boys walked in 
and sat down in a row. One began to play a 
snare drum and then all began to sing. They 
sang several songs, cracked jokes and said witty 
things about each other, the boys in general and 
the instructors in the audience. After that one 
of boys gave a few tricks with cards, another 
sang a solo and all sang again. 

When the show was over there was a dance 
and everybody went to bed happy. 

It is the best entertainment the fellows of 
our School have given for some time. We 
hope to have others just as good. 

Charles F. Weymouth. 

CDe Craaind Company 

There are no stores on Thompson's Island, 
but there is something as good as a store. It is 
known as "The Farm and Trades School Trading 
Company". 

When the Trading Company first started 
it occupied a room now used as the instructors' 
sitting room. It was then moved to a room 
adjoining the boys' clothing rooni. Lately a 
part of the room has been partitioned off for the 
Farm and Trades School Bank and a part on 
the right for the Trading Company. 

The Trading Company is open evenings 
between six and seven o'clock and Saturdays 
between 2:30 and five o'clock. 

The Trading Company sells scrap books, 
mucilage, glue, paste, harmonicas, clappers, jews' 
harps, shaving soap, Farm and Trades School 
pencils, watch fobs, pillows, pennants, etc. 

When a boy wishes to make a purchase at 
the Trading Company, he shows the clerk what 
he wants and makes out a check. The clerk 
looks it over and if it is all right he gives the 
purchaser his goods. 

Donald B. Akerstrom 



mr. Torbusb's Uisit 

One day I was asked to meet Mr. Bradley 
at the Wharf with horse and buggy. When Mr. 
Bradley came up the gangplank, another gentle- 
man was with him. This was Mr. Forbush. 
Mr. Bradley introduced him to me and told him 
that 1 was one of tne boys who look after the 
rats here. 

We went over by the garden where Mr. 
Bradley told ms to show Mr. Forbush the best 
places to get the rats. We went along by the 
corn field to the bank and up by the East Side 
dike and up Willow Road. We got four rats by 
digging them out of their holes. 

After dinner Mr. Bradley told five of us 
fellows to go with Mr. Forbush and the super- 
visor to learn how to use carbon- bisulphate gas 
for killing rats. We went around North End 
that afternoon and dug out and gassed two or 
three holes. The way Mr. Forbush showed us 
to use the gas was to take a bee smoker and 
force some smoke into one of the holes. Then, 
if there were more then one hole, we could see 
where to put in the gas: we selected the highest 
hole (as the gas is very heavy) and put dirt into 
all the other holes. 

Mr. Forbush also went down to the barn 
and gave directions where to put the grain, so the 
rats would not eat it. At 4:00 o'clock Mr. 
Forbush had to leave for the city, so we came 
up to the Main Building We were very glad to 
have him come down to show us all the interest- 
ing things about rats and we wish to thank 
him very much for doing so. 

Wallace A. Bacon. 

Sorting Potatoes 

One night the supervisor sent some boys 
down to help finish sorting the potatoes. 

First we took baskets and picked up all the 
good potatoes and put them into bushel bags. 
Then we picked up all the ones that were speared 
and put them into bags separate from the others. 
Next we took up the small ones and put 
them in bags by themselves. After we had 
them all in bags they were takenoverto the root 
cellar. Frederick V. Heald. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



(Continued from page 8) 
N. Y., 1905; Arthur Bean of Saltersville, R. I., 
1910- ; fyiiss Fanny L. Walton of Newburyport, 
1907-1914. Also there were messages from 
Dr. W. B. Bancroft and Rev. James Huxtable, 
both of South Boston, who have each had pro- 
fessional relations with the School for more 
than a quarter of a century. 

The greetings from representatives of the 
superintendents comprise a letter from Mrs. 
Augustus E. Fuller of New York, daughter of 
Robert Morrison, who was the superintendent 
from 1841 to 1856; remarks by the following: 
William Austin Morse of Melrose, son of 
William Appleton Morse, superintendent from 
1856 to 1888; Lieut. Charles Henry Bradley, 
Jr., son of the present superintendent, and by 
Capt. A. L. Dix, who is in charge of the School 
in Mr. Bradley's absence. 

On the program for responses from repre- 
sentatives of various classes were the following: 
Soloman B. Holman, '50, of Dorchester, the 
oldest living graduate of the School; William N. 
Hughes, '59, of Dorchester; T. John Evans of 
East Weymouth; Charles A. Smith, '69, of 
Cambridge; Henry A, Fox, '79, of Brighton; 
Arthur D. Fearing, '84, of Wollaston; Silas 
Snow, '94, of Williamsburg; Thomas R. Brown, 
'99, of Belmont; Frederick P. Thsyer, '04. 
of Dorchester; Frederick J. Barton, '09, Com- 
pany A, 62d. Regiment T. C, A. E. F.; 
Lawrence M. Cobb, '14, of Cambridge. 

The memory of the four classmates who 
had made the supreme sacrifice was honored at 
the beginning of the dinner, when at the toast- 
master's request, all rose to their feet, remained 
in silence for a few moments, and then joined in 
repeating the blessing which for many years had 
been said at the School before meals, and which 
is as follows: 

"We praise, O Lord, Thy gracious care. 
Who doth our daily bread prepare; 

Come bless this earthly food we take, 
And feed our souls for Jesus' sake." 

The dinner was in charge of the entertain- 
ment committee, composed as follows: Thomas 



R. Brown, '99; James H. Graham, '81, Merton 
P. Ellis, '99, George J. Alcott, '80, and George 
B. McLeod, '18, 

The members of the Board of Managers 
present, in addition to Messrs. Saltcnstall and 
Adams, above mentioned, included I. Tucker 
Burr. Tucker Daland, Thomas J. Evans, Hon. 
Charles T. Gallagher, Dr. Henry Jackson and 
Maj. Philip S. Sears. 

The following alumni were present: George 
J. Alcott, William Alcott, Wesley C. Angell. 
Lorin L. Babcock, George L. Bell, Richard 
Bell, John E. Bete, Frederick F. Blakeley, 
Charles H. Bradley, Jr., Sherman G. Brasher, 
George E. Bridgman, Thomas R. Brown, 
Edward Capaul, George W. Casey, Lawrence 
M. Cobb, Walter L. Cole, William B. Cross, 
Herbert L. Darling. Robert E. Dudley, Charles 
Duncan, Howard B. Ellis, Merton P. Ellis, 
Harry A. English, Arthur D. Fearing, Frederick 
P. Fearing, Walter B. Foster, Henry A. Fox, 
Rollins A. Furbush, James H. Graham, Douglas 
A. Haskins, Alden B. Hefler, Soloman B. 
Holman, Otis M. Howard, William N. Hughes, 
Walter J Kirwin, G. George Larsson, Howard 
F. Lochrie, Clarence W. Loud, Alfred C. Malm, 
Edwin L. Marshall, Louis E. Means, George B. 
McLeod, Edward A. Moore, William P. 
Morrison, William A. Morse, Walter D. 
Norwood, John F. Peterson. Frederick W. 
Piercy, Albert A. Probert, John A. Robertson, 
John L. Sherman, Clarence E. Slinger, John 
L. Slinger, Charles A. Smith, Charles F. Spear, 
Frederick P. Thayer, Edward A Wallace, Frank 
W. Wallace, F. Chester Welch, Frank E. 
Woodman. 

Beacon Proofs 

When the boys write Beacon articles in 
the s':hool-room they are first corrected by the 
teacher, then sent to the office where they are 
looked over. From the office they are sent to 
the printing office, where they are set up in a 
composing stick. After a stick is filled, the type 
is put on a galley, a metal tray, open at one end. 
After a galley is full it is taken over to the proof 
press, where ink and a piece of paper is put on 
the type. A large roller is then rolled over the 
type and the result is a proof. 

Gordon S. Martin. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Cbe Jllumni dissociation of Cbe farm and Crades School 



William Alcdtt '84, President 
Everett 

Merton p. Ellis. '99, Secretary 
2.5 Rockdale Street, Mattapan 



James H. Graham, '79, Vice-President 

Boston 

Richard Bell, '73, Treasurer 
Dorchester 



Henry A. Fox. '79. Vice-President 

Allston 

Alfred C MaLM, '00, Historisn 
Melrose 



Charles H. Bradley, Jr., '03, is now a 
second Lieutenant. Camp Intelligence Office, 
Camp Devens, Mass. 

Matthew H. Paul, '06, is in Camp Dix, 
N. J. He is a Corporal of the 24th. Co., sixth 
Training Battalion, 153rd. Depot Brigade. 

William F. O'Connsr, '07, is a Sergeant 
in Headquarters Co. Band, 30ist. lnf?ntry. 
Camp Devens, Mass. 

A card has been received from Alfred 
W. Jacobs, '10. Alfred is in Co. A, 42nd. En- 
gineers, A. E. F., and wrote from Paris where 
he was for a fev/ hours enjoying the sights of 
the city. 

Jllunini J1$$ociation'$ JInnual Dinner 

The annual dinner of the Alumni Associa- 
tion of the Farm and Trades School was held 
on Wednesday evening, January 8, at the 
Copley Square Hotel, Boston. It was marked 
by the largest attendance of graduates in the 20 
years' history of the association, and likewise 
by the largest attendance of members of the 
Board of Managers as guests. Enthusiasm ran 
high, and the spirit of good fellowship pervaded 
everything. Yet there was one check in the 
general gayety, and that was the first absence 
from an alumni dinner of Superintendent Charles 
H. Bradley, who was detained by serious illness. 
During the evening a message of greeting was 
sent to him, the vote to send it being taken by 
a rising vote. 

By a happy combination of circumstances 
the association found itself in the same hotel 
where the first alumni dinner was held, in 1906, 
and by another coincidence the same person 
held the office of president of the Board of 
Managers as when the association was formed 
on September 19, 1899 — Richard M. Saltonstall, 
and he was present to bring the greetings of the 



Board he represented, and to congratulate the 
association on 20 years of achievement. 

Dinner was served at seven o'clock. The 
room was decorated with flags of Nation, State 
and School, while the service flagVf the School, 
bearing 104 stars, of which four were gold, hung 
at the head of the room. William Alcott, '84, 
president of the Alumni Association, escorting 
Mr. Saltonstall, led the procession to dinner, the 
guests following escorted by former presidents of 
the association. 

Instruinental music and community singing 
were prominent features of the affair. Howard 
B. Ellis, '99, was in charge and the brass quar- 
tet a-nd piano gave a number of beautiful selec- 
tions and led the singing of war camp songs and 
old time melodies. The orchestra was com- 
posed of Wesley C. Angell. '17, William B. 
Cross, '17, F. Chester Welch, '04, and Mr. Ellis. 

The after-dinner exercises comprised four 
features: Greetings from the Board of Managers, 
which Mr. Saltonstall brought, from former in- 
structors, which comprise a bunch of very inter- 
esting letters read by the secretary; greetings 
from representatives of the superintendents; an 
address on "Some School Assets," by Melvin 
O. Adams of the Board of Managers; and re- 
sponses by word and by letter from graduates of 
quinquennial classes. 

Messages came from the following former 
instructors: Henry C. Harden of Newton, 1848-9 
Lewis F. Hobbs of West Medford. 1859-64 
Francis A. Morse of West Roxbury, 1864-73 
Walter S. Parker of Reading, 1871-2; Harvey 
L. Boutwell of Maiden, 1884; Mrs. Mary 
Winslow Hazen of Boston, 1890- ; John 
Anthony of Melrose, 1897-99; A M. Vaughn of 
Shelburne, Vt ; 1901-4; Charles E. Littlefield of 
Cambridge, 19 - ; Albert M. Mann of Ithaca, 
(Continued on page 7) 



SUPPLEMENT TO 




The Farm and Trades School, Thompson's Island, Boston, Mass. January 1, 1919 



IN THE SERVICE 

ARMY 

Eldred W. Allen,' 16, No. 576733, Nov. 
10, 1918, Units, Separate Automatic Replace- 
ment Draft. Boston Coast Artillery Corps, 
American Expeditionary Force, France. 

Frederick J. Barton, '09, Oct. 5, 1918, 
bugler, Co A, 62d Reg. T. C. Camp de Grasse, 
American Expeditionary Force, France. A. P. O 
717. 

Raymond H . Batchelder, ' 1 5, No. 407 181. 
Co L, 115 Eng., A. P. O. 733 American Expe- 
ditionary Force, France. Oct. 12, 1918, report- 
ed, "Died of wounds, Sept. 12, 1918." 

Edmund S. Bemis, '13, Aug., 1918, Co E. 
104th Infantry, 26th Div, American Expe- 
ditionary Force, France. In hospital in France, 
wounded. 

Edric B. Blakemore, '12, July 8, 1918, 
Battery D, 71st Reg., C. A. C, Fort Andrews. 
Mass. 

Charles A. Blatchford, '04, July 8, 1918, 
City Sales Commissary Depot at i2th E. S. W. 
Washington, D. C, Quartermasters Division, 
U. S. Army. 

Charles H. Bradley, Jr., '03, Dec. 4, 
1918, 2nd Lieutenant, Camp Intelligence Office, 
Camp Devens, Mass. 

Louis C. Buettnhr, '91, Nov. 1, 1918, 
Quartermastars Corps, Cambridge, Mass. 

Clarence F. Burton,' 12, March, 1918, 
Air Section 105, Aero Squad, Headquarters De- 
tachment, American Expeditionary Force, 
France. 



Forest L. Churchill, '15, Aug., 1918, 
Co A, 26th Machine Gun Battalion, American 
Expeditionary Force, France. 

Henry Cleary, '89, Oct. 1918, Captain, 
Engineers, U. S. Army. 

Perry Coombs, '14, Dec. 31, 1917, 1-8 
K. L. R. Munster I i Detach., 40. Wrote from 
England in Nov., 1918. 

Lester E. Cov/den, '16, Aug. 26, 1918, 
chief bugler, Co A, 1 Ith Machine Gun Battalion, 
4th Div., 7th Brigade, American Expeditionary 
Force, France. 

William E. Cowley, '13, Corporal, Aug., 
1918, Co A, 104th U.S. Inf., Brigade Division, 
American Expeditonary Force, France. Wound- 
ed. Now back in service. 

Louis W. Darling, '08, Aug., 1917, 
Aviation Corps. 

Clarence H. DeMar, '03, May 27, 1918, 
Fort Slocum, N. Y. 

Stephen Eaton, '10, at Camp Devens, 
Mass. 

Harry L. Fessenden, '14, July 2, 1918, 
Co C, 33 IstBrigade, Tank Corps, Gettysburg, Pa. 

William J. Flynn, '03, Jan., f918, Co 
F, 6th Engineers, American Expeditionaty 
Force, France. 

William W. Foster, '10, 1st Lieutenant 
Aviation Section, Signal Corps, United States 
Reserves, 88th Aero Squad, American 
Expeditionary Force. 

Ralph L. Gordon, '97, 1st Sergeant. 
Sept. 9, 1918, Co C, U. S. Guard, Paris 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Street Gymnasium, East Boston, Mass. 

Victor H. Gordon, '15, Corporal, Co M. 
1 04th Inf., American ExpeditionaryForce, France. 

Franklin E. Gunning, '14, June 23, 1918, 
Headquarters Troop, 26th Div., American Ex- 
peditionary Force, France. 

Charles Hill, '02, May, 1917, musician. 

George M. Holmes, ' 1 0, No. 1 5499 1 , March 
13, 1918, Co B, 1st American Eng., American 
Expeditionary Force, France. 

Warren Holmes, '03, May, 1917, mu- 
sician. 

Walter R. Horsman, '13, Corporal, Oct. 
4, 1918, Battery C, 6th Providence Regiment, 
American Expeditionary Force, France. 

Alfred W.Jacobs, '10, Oct. 27, 1918, Co 
A, 42nd Engineers, American Expeditionary 
Force. A. P. O. 705. 

Charles R. Jefferson, '14, Corporal, 
March 7, 1918. Co C, 3d Reg., Pioneer Inf., 
Camp Wadsworth, Spartanburg, S. C. 

Cecil O. Jordan. '13. Nov. 13. 1918, 
Central Officers Training School, Camp Grant, 
111. 

George R. Jordan, '13, July, 1917. 

Herbert H. Kenney, ex '11, Aug. 31. 
1918, Sergeant, Co B, 5th Pioneer Inf.. Camp 
Wadsworth. Spartanburg. S. C. 

Daniel W. Laighton, '01, July 2. 1918. 
4th H. M. O. R. S. 2nd Regiment, Camp Han- 
cock, Augusta. Ga. 

Hubert N. Leach. '16, Sept. 8. 1918. 
Headquarters Co, 1 63d Inf., Signal Platoon, 
American Expeditionary Force, France. 

Harry Mackenzie (Henry F. McKenzie,) 
'99, Oct. 8. 1918, 2nd Lieutenant, Co I, 80th 
Inf., Camp Sevier, Greenville. S. C. 

Fred J. Mandeville, ex '15. Dec. 6. 

1917, Co M. 34th Inf., American Expeditionary 
Force, France. 

John H. Marshall, '11, Oct. 30, 1918, 
187135. Ftr. 91 Siege Battery. R. G. A. British 
Expeditionary Force, France. 

William M. Marshall. '10, Sept. 7, 

1918. Co E, 6th Eng. Reg.. Belvoir. Va., 
care of Washington Barracks. 



Philip S. May. '07, Sergeant, 303rd Fire and 
Guard Co, 2 M. C. Port of Embarkation, Ho- 
Doken, N.J. 

Thomas G. McCarragher, ex '07,780103, 
July 31, 1918, Advance Spare Parts Co, M. T. 
C. A. S., S. O. S. American Expeditionary 
Force, France, A. P. O. 741. 

Benjamin L. Murphy, '15, July 10, 1918, 
Casual Co 1 , Tank Corps, Camp Colt, Gettys- 
burg, Pa. 

Earle C. Miller, '14, Co L, 101st Reg., 
American Expeditionary Force, France. Re- 
ported severely wounded June 8. 1918. Now 
back in active service. 

Theodore Milne, '14. Nov. 21, 1917, 
Aviation Signal Corps, Fort Sam Houston, Tex. 

Thomas Milne, '12, Oct. 4, 1918. wagon- 
er. Truck Co, 101st Son. Train, American Ex- 
peditionary Force, France. 

Elmer E. Moore, '16, No. 3357, Co C. 
Camp Fort Edward Windsor. Nova Scotia, 
Canadian Expeditionary Force. 

Bernard F. Murdock, '11, Dec. 5, 1917, 
Co D, 101st Reg,, 26th Div.. American Expe- 
ditionary Force, France. 

Charles E. Nichols. "06, Aug.. 1918. No. 
591896, Medical Dept. U. S. A. Base Hospital 
44, A. P. O. 708. American Expeditionary 
Force. France. 

Charles H. O'Conner. '04. Sergeant. Ncv. 
1. 1918. Asst. Band Master, Headquarters Co, 
303rd Inf., 76th Div.. American Expeditionary 
Force, France. 

William F. O'Conner. '07, Sergeant, 
Dec. 1918, Headquarters Co, Band, 301st Inf., 
Camp Devens, Mass. 

Matthew H. Paul, '06, Dec. 13, 1918, 
Corporal, 24th Co, 6th Training Battalion, 153d 
D. B. Camp Dix, N. Y. 

Geoffrey E. Plunkett. '14, Nov. 1918. 
1 9th Anti Aircraft Battery, American Expedition- 
ary Force, France. 

Evariste T. Porche, ex '07, Oct., 1918, 
No. 59 1 90 1 , U. S. A. Base Hospital 44. A. P. O. 
708. American Expeditionary Force. France. 

C. James Pratt, '04. Aug. 23. 1918, 
Tank Corps, Camp Colt, Gettysburg. Pa. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Joseph L. Roby, ex '07, Sergeant, No. 
17693, Sept., 1918, American Evacuation 
Hospital No 1 , American Expeditionary Force, 
France. 

Charles O. Rolfe, '15. Aug. 9, 1918, 
Battery B, 81st Field Artillery. Fort Sill, 
Okla. 

James H . Sargent, '97, Sergeant, Canadian 
Fourth Artillery, wounded Sept. 12th, 1917, 
sent back to Canada probably disabled for life. 
Now at Boundary Creek, N. B. 

George W. N. Starrett, '14, Nov. 1918, 
U. S. Army. 

Paul C. A. Swenson; '13, U. S. Ambul- 
ance Corps, No. 25, Camp Logan, Houston, 
Tex. 

Clarence L. Taylor, '05, March 25, 
1918, 25th Reg. Eng., Co C. American 
Expeditionary Force, France. 

Levi N. Trask, '12, Corporal, 1st Vermont 
Reg., Camp Wadsworth, Spartanburg, S. C. 

Roy D. Upham, '12. Aug. 9, 1918. 
Headquarters Co, 301st Inf.. American Exped- 
itionary Force. France. 

Karl R. (Brackett) Van Deusen, '15. 
Apr. 2. 19 18. Co C, 107th United States Infan- 
try, Camp Vv'adsworth, Spartanburg, S. C. 

Frederick E. Van Valkenburg, '14, 
Nov. 20. 1917. Co K. 64th Inf., Fort Bliss, El 
Paso, Tex. 

Carlquist W. Walbourn, '15, Nov. 5' 
1918. Corporal. Co E, 420 Telg. Bn. S. C. 
American Expeditionary Force. France. 

Perley W. White. '13, Jan. 1918, bugler, 
Co C, 101st U. S. Engineers. American Ex- 
peditionary Force, France. 

Ralph A. Whittemore, '11. Army. 
George P. Wiley, ex '06, killed by shell 
fragment, battle of Vimy Ridge, Apr., 1917. 
1918. Co C. 30ist Inf.. American Expeditionary 
Force. France. 

Frederick J. Wilson. '09, Aug., 4, 1918, 
Promoted to Lieutenant through bravery in lead- 
ing his platoon in the last drive in the Chateau 
Thierry sector, Co G; 7th Reg. Inf. 27th Div., 
American Expeditionary Force, France. 

Carl L. Wittig. '04, Oct. 8. 1918, N. E. 



Co 2, Camp Joseph E. Johnston, Jacksonville, 
Fla. 

NAVY 

George J. Balch, '09, Sept. 1917, boiler- 
maker, U. S. S. Delaware, care of New York 
Postmaster. 

Leslie H. Barker, '13, June, 1918, car- 
penter, U. S. U. R. F., Woods Hole. Mass. 

Irving M. Barnaby, '16, Sept. 1918, U.S. 
Navy. 

Edson M. Bemis, '13, Oct. 13, 1918, 1st. 
Class Quartermaster, U. S. S. C. 151, U. S. 
Naval Force in Europe, care of New York 
Postmaster. 

Kenneth A. Bemis, '17, Nov. 9, 1918^ 
U. S. Navy. 

Alfred H. Casey, '13, Aug. 21, 1918, 
U. S. Naval Band, U. S. Naval Base 13, care 
of New York Postmaster. 

George W. Casey, '16, 2nd Naval District, 
Receiving Barracks, Newport, R. I. 

John J. Casey, '1 1, Aug., 1918, Newport, 
R. I. 

Robert Casey, "13, Aug., 1917. 

Byron E.Collins, '15, Nov. 9, 1918, U.S. 
Navy. 

Fred J. Colson, '81, July, 1918, U. S.S. 
Connecticut, care of New York Postmaster. 

WilliamB. Deane, '13, Sept., 1918,U.S.S 
Nebraska, care of New York Postmaster. 

Herbert A, Dierkes, '06, Oct. 26, 1917, 
U. S. S. Celtic, care of New York Postmaster. 

Harold W. Edwards, '10. S. 2 C. Divis- 
ion 17. U. S. S. Delaware, care of Postmaster. 
Fortress Munroe. Va. 

John 0. Enright. '12. Aug., 1918, U. S.S. 
Drayton, care of New York Postmaster. 

Bernhardt Gerecke, '12, Ensign, Feb., 
1918. U. S. S.Celtic, care of New York Post- 
master. 

James R. Gregory, '10, Baker in Navy. 
Died Sept. 28. 1918. of Spanish Influenza. 

Robert W. Gregory, '09, St. Julian 
Creek Detail, 5th Naval District, Co A, Nor- 
folk, Va. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Ralph G. Hadley, ' 14, July, 1917,U.S.S. 
Delaware, care of New York Postmaster. 

Carl D. P. Hynes, '14, Chief Yeoman, 
U. S. S. Torpedo Testing Barge, No 2, Newport, 
R. 1. 

Frederick Hynes, '12, Aug. 25, 1918, 
1st Class Fireman, U. S. S. Washington, care 
of New York Postmaster. 

Harold Y. Jacobs, '10, Jar^. 13, 1918, 
musician, U. S. S. Missouri, care of New 
York Postmaster. 

William N. King, '15, Apr. 29, 1918, 
2nd class seaman. Newport, R. I. 

John LeStrange, '11, May 12, 1918, 
U. S. S. New York, care of New York Post- 
master. 

Llewelyn H. Lewis, '14, June 6, 1917, 
bugler. Navy. 

Cecil E. MacKeown, ex '1 1 , Jan., 1918, 

U. S. S. Richmond, care of New York Post 
master. 



Frederick Marshall, '08, Oct. 8, 1917, 
electrician, U. S. S. America, care of New 
York Postmaster. 

Everett W. Maynard, ex '14, Feb., 1918, 
Barracks 233, Navy Yard. 

Theodore Miller, '09, 'Aug. 2. 1917, 
Barracks C, Newport Training Station, New- 
port, R. 1. 

Harold D. Morse, '12, Nov. 26, 1918, 
1st Machinist, L, 9, care of New York Postmaster 

Jackson C. Nielson, ex '16, Sept., 1918, 
Chief Petty Officer, Commissary Department, 
U. S. S. C. 54, care of New York Postmaster. 

Bruce L. Paul, '07, Aug. 10, 1917, 
U. S. S. Kearsarge, care of New York Post- 
master. 

Joseph L. Pendergast, '16, Aug. 10, 
1918, S. C. 70, care of New York Postmaster. 

Frank A. Tarbell, '13, Jan. 23, 1918, 
U.S. S. Celtic, care of New York Postmaster. 

Herbert F. Watson, '08, Radio Operator, 
went down on the U. S. S. Antilles, Oct. 17, 1917. 



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



King Philip's Ufar 

Every year on Washington's Birthday we 
have either a snowball battle or King Philip's War 
game. This year as there was but little snow 
we had the latter. All the fellows met in the 
Assembly Hall to appoint the squads and squad 
leaders. 1 was chosen to be a young buck. 
After this was settled we tossed up for the lo- 
cation of forces. The settlers under the com- 
mand of General Joseph Kervin secured the 
South End and he was given ten minutes to get 
his headquarters located. King Philip, that is 
Warren Noyes, divided his forces into different 
companies, and the excitement began when we 
started our march to the South End. 

Suddenly we saw a head bob out from one 
of the settlers' forts. Then we joined hands 
to dash upon the enemy, while the settlers did 
the same thing. We reached the top of the hill 
where the Observatory is located, and the set- 
tlers were on the road below us. We met at the 
foot of the hill and tried to surround each other. 

King Philip was captured, also Little Chief 
and seven young bucks, myself included. We 
were taken to one of the settlers' fcrts where we 
were kept as prisoners until the game ended at 
four o'clock. 

The settlers being victorious marched 
around the Main Building to the storeroom 
where they received the trophy. This consisted 
of fruit, cookies and candies, which were taken 
to the gymnasium where they were enjoyed by 
the victors and the officers of the losing side. 
William T. Marcus. 



J^irplancs 

About a week ago four airplanes were seen 
flying around Boston, flying very high. Some- 
times they went behind the clouds so that we 
could not see them. The next minute they 
would be out again in plain view. They did 
many daring stunts. They turned the loop the 
loop and made many dives; it seemed as if 
they were dropping to the ground. The aviator 
is strapped in his .seat very securely so that 
he can't possibly fall out, no matter what 
position his plane is in. He has to be dressed 
very warmly because it is cold high in the air. 
Frank H. H. Mann. 

making a Cable 

All summer long we had been planning to 
make a table for the Sunshine Cottage. So 
one day this winter we started the drawing for 
it. We looked in many books to see if we could 
get some idea of how to make it. We soon 
found a good drawing of a table which we went 

by. 

First we cut out the legs and made the 
joints. Next we made the side pieces and then 
the top. When it was put together we thought 
it would look well with a shelf upon which to 
keep books so we added the shelf. It did not 
take us long to make the table. When it was 
put together we sand papered, stained and shel- 
lacked it. Albert Anderson. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Setting mice tvm 

As there are many mice in the barn, Poultrj' 
House and Corn Crib, Mr. Brcwn asked me 
to set some mice traps down there. He got two 
dozen traps and gave me directions as to where 
to set them. I went to the kitchen and got some 
old cheese, set and baited only nine of my traps 
that afternoon, and set the remainder the next 
afternoon. 

I put 10 traps in the grain rooms, four in 
thjs Corn Crib, four In the seedhouse and six in 
the Poultry House. I have caught 100 rats and 
81 mice so far. Philip M. Landry. 

maRIng a Cbrec-fold Screen 

In making a three-fold screen six pieces cf 
oak which were five feet eight inches long, one 
and one-fourth inches wide by seven-eighths 
of an inch thick were cut on the circular saw; 
also nine pieces 19 inches long. In one part 
one piece is one inch from the top and the other 
is two inches from the top. 

The pieces on the top and bottom are fas- 
tened to the side pieces by blind mortise and ten- 
non joints. In the inside of the frame a quarter- 
inch groove was made by the circular saw. 
The pieces were then planed by the power planer 
and made smooth by a hand plane When the 
outside frame was finished a frame of white pine 
was made which was five feet long, one foot five 
inches wide and one-eighth of an inch thick. 
This was made to fit inside of the groove in the 
oak frame. When this frame was done some 
burlap a yard wide was put around the white 
pine frame and tacked to one edge. Next, the 
burlapped frame was fitted into the groove in 
the oak frame and the joints glued. The oak 
frame was then squared and clamped together so 
the joints were tight, and left to dry. 

The parts being dry, they were planed 
smooth, sand-papered and stained with burnt tur- 
key umber stain; after that they were varnished 
and six double hinges put on and the screen was 
complete. Clifton H. Sears. 



Our Band 

A number of years ago our School had an 
orchestra composed of stringed instruments. 
We had this kind of music for a few years and 
then Mr. Morse, the music instructor, thought he 
would start a band. So the School bought a set 
of band instruments and a number of boys vol- 
unteered to play. Mr. Morse instructed the 
band for many years until his death. Then Mr. 
Ellis took the position and he is our present in- 
structor. 

Our band was the first boys' band in this 
country. As soon as people heard about our 
band many started to follow our example. 

We have band instruction once every week 

in the Band Hall. Our band is composed of 

cornets, trombones, alto and baritone horns, 

clarinets, snare drums, bass drum and cymbals. 

Charles D. Smith. 

Garden Prizes 

Prizes are given every year to the fellows 
who have the best gardens through the summer. 
These prizes had been given by our form.er man- 
ager, Mr. Henry S. Grew, and are now given by 
his daughter, Mrs. S. V. R. Crosby, and are 
called the Grew Garden Prizes. Captain Dix 
presented them to us. 

1. Elwood S. Chase $5.00 

2. Luke V/. B. Halfyard 4.00 

3. Warren F. Noyes 3.50 

4. Alexis L. Guillemin 3.00 

5. Jean Guillemin 2.50 

6. Nicholas M. Suarez, Jr. 2.00 

7. Louis R. Croxtall 1.75 

8. Everett B. Leland 1.25 

9. George R. Riggs l.CO 
10. Harry W. Gould 1. 00 

The first four prize winners specialized in 
cockscomb and Chinese pinks and all the gar- 
dens showed thought and care in choice and 
arrangement of flowers. The fellows appreciate 
the prizes and work hard for them. 

Louis R. Croxtall. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Spring }?ctiv>ity 

Now that spring is coming everywhere there 
is activity on the farm; plowing has begun, the trees 
in the orchard are receiving attention and the 
tree inspectors are out and gathering and kilHng 
moths. The gypsy and the brown tail moths are 
having the most attention. Around the Main 
Building new shrubs are being planted or the old 
ones being transplanted. 

The fellows are practicing baseball. As the 
playground is too soft and muddy we aren't able 
to have any batting practice but a lot of fellows 
are playing catch and some of- the catchers and 
pitchers are getting practice together. 

Spring cleaning around the house has also 
begun, and walls are being washed, windows 
cleaned and clothes closets put in condition. 
Ralph L. Langille. 

B United States Carrier Figeon 

A few days ago a carrier pigeon was found 
in cur barn and it was brought up to the office. 
It was all tired out from flying against the wind. 
The bird was very pretty. It was grayish blue 
in color and had a long neck and a four-inch tail. 
On one of its legs it had a small aluminum cap- 
sule which contained a message. It also had 
an aluminum band on its other leg giving its 
number. 

We kept the bird all night in the basement 
of Gardner Hall and gave it some cracked corn 
and water. The next morning it was strong 
again and able to go on its journey. Captain Dix 
let it out of the basement and away it flew to 
deliver its message. Chester T. Smith. 

Baiing Paper 

Every afternoon before school I go down 
to the basement of Gardner Hall and bale paper. 
Sometimes when there is not enough paper to 
make a bale I go down to the Storage Barn and 
bring some broken bales to bale over. Other 
times I straighten wire and clean up around the 
bales. Usually I put three wires on each bale 
unless there is not enough wire. It is then taken 
to the Storage Barn and put in the paper room. 
Eric O. Schippers. 



Cups and Shields 

In baseball, football and basketball thei e are 
cups given to the fellows and a silver shield to 
the best team. Mr. Crosby, one of our mana- 
gers, gives the shield and cups in baseball and 
football and Mr. Sears, another manager, gives 
them in basketball. There are tour teams in 
each sport: A, B, C and D. 

The cups are given to the best player of 
each position. There are also two or three sub- 
stitute cups given. They are given to the players 
having the highest number of points after the 
regular cups have been awarded. The shield 
is given to the team that has wen the largest 
number of games during the season. It is made 
of silver with a glass bottom and on the side is 
the name of the sport, the player's name and 
his position, also the name of the giver of the cup. 
Heman a Landers. 

Getting J!sbes 

One morning another fellow and I wheeled 
ashes from the power house to a pile near the 
old elm tree. The ashes were in the bottom of 
the furnace. Water was put on them and then 
they were shoveled into a wheel-barrow. 

The next morning we screened the ashes 
and took the large cinders down to Willow Road. 
The screened ashes were then raked and leveled. 
Harry W. Gould, 

Kemoving Storm Doors 

One day before school the supervisor told 
me to get a screw-driver and take off two storm 
doors. One was the outside door of the back 
store room and the other was the outside door of 
the kitchen. I got the keys and unlocked the 
inside door and then unhooked the storm door. 
I unscrewed the half of the hinge on the casing 
and left the hinge on the door. I did the same 
to the other door. When they were off I dusted 
them and the supervisor took them up to the loft 
where they will be kept for further use next winter. 
Nicholas M. Suarez, Jr. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Cbonip$on'$ 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. 22. Nos. 10 & 11. March, April, 1919 



Subscription Price 



50 Cents Per Year 



BOARD OF MANAGERS 



PRESIDENT 

Richard M. Saltonstall 

vice-president 

Charles P. Curtis 

TREASURER 

N. Penrose Hallowell 

SECRETARY 

Tucker Daland 

MANAGERS 

Arthur Adams 
MeuV'n O. Adams 
1. Tucker Burr 
S. V. R. Crosby 
George L. DeBlois 
Malcolm Donald 
Thomas J. Evans 

Charles T. Gallagher 
Robert H. Gardiner, Jr. 
Henry Jackson, M. D. 
Charles E. Mason 
Roger Pierce 
Philip S. Sears 
Francis Shaw 

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

Charles H. Bradley, Superintendent 

In March when the hail beat upon the win- 
dows, we longed for the change from the frosts 
and snows of winter to the freshness of spring. 
Now in Nature's calm succession of events the 
warm days have arrived. The fields are a misty 



green, sparkling with the color of wild flowers' 
and fruit trees and shrubs are masses of fragrant 
blossoms. 

From my window 1 see squads of our boy 
farmers plowing, harrowing and, under careful in- 
struction, planting the early vegetable seeds. 
There may be killing frosts and other setbacks, 
but we have the faith that looks beyond these 
hindrances to the progress that makes the attain- 
ment of a full harvest possible. 

We live in a moving, progressive world. 
There may be lurking cowardices of will and 
thought or selfishness which, like the deadening 
frosts make us think that the tender growth of 
good is not flourishing. Yet we can see that just 
as the frosty hours grow fewer and fewer, so 
there comes a better growth and greater strength. 

Situated as we are in touch with the refin- 
ing influences of the best things of city life, yet 
having the advantages of pure country living, our 
boys are building up clean, strong bodies and 
sound minds, and there is advancing here to the 
students of The Farm and Trades School the 
spirit that counts in the making of the right kind 
of American boys, the kind that Theodore 
Roosevelt so ably explained when he said: — 

What we have a right to expect from the 
American boy is that he shall turn out to be a 
good American man. Now the chances are 
strong that he won't be much of a man unless he 
is a good deal of a boy. He must not be a coward 
or a weakling, a bully, a shirk or a prig. He 
must work hard and play hard. He must be 
clean-minded and clean-lived and be able to hold 
his own under all circumstances. In life, as in 
a football game, the principle to follow is: Hit 
the line hard; don't foul and don't shirk, but hit 
the line hard. 

Cdlctidar 

February 1. Sorted carrots. 

February 3. Crosby cups and shield 
awarded to best football players. 

February 5. Pruned apple trees. 

February 7. Sorted cabbages. 

February 9. Held a memorial service in 
honor of Col. Theodore Roosevelt. 



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February 10. Sorted potatoes and squashes. 

February 12. Hauled gravel for East Side 
dike. 

February 13. Birthday party in honor of 
Mr. Bradley. 

February 18. Sorted onions. 

February 21. butchered four hogs which 
dressed 940 pounds. 

Manager Charles E. Mason visited the 
School for the afternoon. 

February 22. No snow. King Philip, war 
game, played in the afternoon. 

February 26. Worked on East Side tide- 
gate. Hauled coal. 

Manager George L. DeBlois visited the 
School. 

March 1. Manager Francis Shaw visited 
the School. 

March 3. Sorted squashes. 

March 4. Butchered a beef which dressed 
450 pounds. 

March 5. Load of phosphate arrived. 

March 7. Destroyed moth nests in or- 
chard. 

March 12. Began plowing. Sorted pota- 
toes. 

March 15. Pruned berry bushes. 

Manager Francis Shaw visited the School. 

March 17. Boys of first class gave a dance. 

March 21. Butchered a pig weighing 140 
pounds. 

March 24. Sorted onions. 

March 25. Planted lettuce, cabbages, rad- 
ishes, turnips and tomatoes in hot bed. 

March 28. Continued plowing. Sorted on- 
ions and potatoes. 

Admission Committee Meeting. 1 1 boys 
were admitted. 

Manager Ralph B. Williams visited the 
School. 

Tcbruary meteorology 

Maximum temperature 48" on the 28th. 
Minimum temperature 14° on the 1st. 
Mean temperature for the month .27 plus. 
Total precipitation 1.72 inches. 
Greatest precipitation in 24 hours .75 on 
the 25th and 26th. 



Five days with .01 or more inches precip- 
itation, 5 clear days, 17 partly cloudy, 5 cloudy 
days. 

Total number of hours sunshine 139 and 
31 minutes. 

march meteorology 

Maximum temperature 56" on the 9th and 



27th. 



29th. 



linimum temperature 15° on the 18th and 



Mean temperature for the month .49 plus. 

Total precipitation 1.73. 

Greatest precipitation in 24 hours .80 on 
the 9th. 

Three days with .01 or more inches pre- 
cipitation, 8 clear days, 12 partly cloudy, 11 
cloudy days. 

Total number of hours sunshine 140 and 
1 1 minutes. 

Cbe Tarm and trades School Bank 

Cash on hand Feb. 1, 1919 $631.25 

Deposited during the mionth 18.91 



$650.16 
Withdrawn during the month 9 24 

Cash on hand March 1, 1919 $640.92 

Deposited during the month 37.99 



$678.91 
Withdrawn during the month 36.59 

Cash on hand April 1,1919 $642.32 

Ulork Jffter a Snow Storm 

We have been having snow lately. The 
snow melts and runs all over the walks and 
washes off the gravel. Mr. Brown told me 
to make some gutters so that the water would 
drain off. 

i went down to the tool room and got a shovel 
and a hoe and started making gutters. Every 
gutter was supposed to end in the catch basin. 
After 1 had the gutters made the water started 
to run into the catch basin and flowed down to the 
ocean. When I was all through with that the 
bell rang, and 1 put away my tools and got ready 
for school. Jean Guillemin. 



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B Game of Basket Ball 

On Wednesday, February 26, a basket- 
ball game was played between the graduates and 
the other boys. The graduates who played were 
as follows: John Slinger, Laurence Murphy, John 
Robertson, Rollins Furbushand Frederick Heald. 
The boys on the opposite side were: Gordon 
Martin, Edward Kervin, Herbert Antell, Luke 
Halfyard, Joseph Kervin and Everett Leland; the 
latter as substitute. 

The game was very exciting. The grad- 
uates had their hands full to Keep ahead of the 
smaller fellows. The first half ended with the 
score of seven to five in favor of the boys' team. 
In the last half the graduates got ah-ead and won 
the game. 

Most of the fellows that weren't playing 
cheered for the boys' team, but a few cheered 
for the graduates. When the game ended it 
was found that the graduates had won by the 

score of 16 to 10. 

Theodore B. Hadley. 

mmm Breaa 

Bread for the instructors is made in a pail 
called a mixer, about 20 inches tall, 14 inches 
in diameter at the top and 10 inches in diam- 
eter at the bottom. There is an S-shaped 
piece of steel with a detachable handle, and a 
cross-piece in the middle as a support to turn the 
crank. 

In making the bread I first put 10 level tea- 
spoonsful of salt and half a cup of granulated 
sugar into the mixer. I have to wait for a 
piece of butter to melt and for a quart of milk 
to heat; when it is heated a quart of luke-warm 
water and the yeast dissolved in a measuring 
cup is added, then six quarts of flour is put in. 
It is then ready to be mixed and 1 keep turning 
it till it forms a large plump ball which is left to 
rise until morning. 

When baked it makes five good-sized 

loaves of bread. 

Donald B. Akerstrom. 



Jin Tnciaent 

One afternoon while working down in the 
Storage Barn I heard a great deal of squealing. I 
stopped working for a while and listened. The 
noise came from under the seeder. I tiptoed 
noislessly over to it and watched. Very soon 
four fat little mice came running out of a hole, 
one after the other. They started fighting 
amongst themselves over a pile of seeds. They 
were squealing and running around like cats. 1 
coughed loudly and they scampered away like 
lightning. Davjd B. LeBrun. 

ZU Tirst RoDin 

One day while 1 was raking the Farm 
House path 1 heard a chirping sound up in a 
tree; 1 locked up and saw a robin fluttering in 
the branches. This was the first robin 1 had 
seen this spring. He was very pretty. He had 
a brown body, a black head and a bright red 
breast. 

Pretty soon I went down to the other end 
of the path and the robin seemed to fly after 
me. I whistled to him and he answered me 
with a few notes. Joseph C. Scarborough. 

Cftc Tirst €la$s Dance 

Monday night, March 17, the pupils of the 
first class gave a dance, each boy inviting one 
boy friend. The Chapel was decorated with 
green crepe paper around the lights and red, 
white and blue crepe paper around the room 
and there were pictures of the American Eagle 
and other decorations. 

The instructors and boys danced for a 
while and then there were some refreshments, 
such as ginger ale, cookies, cake, and sand- 
wiches. After two or three dances, Baird, the 
class president, took the American Flag from a 
box in which there was a present for Miss 
Chapel; it was her birthday. The present was a 
locket. 

After a while the boys went to bed, feeling 
tired but happy, for we had a very good time. 
Arthur J. Schaefer. 



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Eayina Sod JJrouna m flag Pole 

One noon hour Mr. Bradley sent for 
another fellow and me and assigned us to put 
sod around the flag pole. 

First we had to slope the earth so that it 
would look well. We used a straight-edge 
so as to have the slope even. Then we began to 
lay the sod around the cement square. It was 
a hard job at first and we had a little trouble for 
the sod squares were not all cut the same size. 
The boys who had cut the sod did not know 
that the pieces were to be the same size. They 
were supposed to be a foot long, six inches 
wide and two and a half inches thick. The sod 
had to be tamped after it was placed. Then we 
took a hose from the tool-room and put it on the 
faucet in the boy's prize gardens. We watered 
the sod well and tamped it again. 

CHt-sTER T. Smith. 

Setting Glass 

When a window is broken in some part of 
the house it is my job to set the glass. 

First I get some putty ready. In prepar- 
ing putty, white lead and whiting are used. 
It is worked with the hands until it is suffi- 
ciently soft. 

I took the sash out, took it down to the 
paint shop and chiseled off the old putty. Then 
I measured to find the size of the glass needed 
and cut it out accordingly. 

Putty is put around the sash to make a bed 
for the glass and then the glass is put in place. 
After the pane is firmly pressed into the bed of 
putty glaziers' points are driven into the sash to 
hold the glass in place. 

A beveled finish of putty is pressed in 
place around the sash with the putty knife. Then 
the glass is cleaned and the sash put in place. 

Jean Guillemin. 

fixing tDe l)Ot Beds 

There are four hot beds which are situated 
south of the root cellar. They are 28 feet long 
and six feet wide. They have v/indows to keep 
the heat in and to let in the light and sunshine. 



To prepare them for seed we have to take 
almost all of the old dirt out. Then new dress- 
ing is put in and the old dirt on top of that. 
About five or six inches of loam is then added. 
This is raked over and all the stones and grass- 
roots are taken out. Then the windo'.vs are put 
on (there are eight windows on each bed). In 
the summer a boy is assigned to water the plants 
and weed them out. When they are large 
enough they are transplanted. 

George W. Vincent. 

Planting J?corn$ 

One day I worked down in the West Base- 
ment stratifying acorns. The first thing 1 
did was to put about two inches of cinders 
into the boxes for drainage, then an inch 
of good sand on top of the cinders. I 
did only three boxes because another fellow 
had done the rest before, me, but he had not 
covered them so I put on an inch and a half of 
sand. When stratifying acorns we plant them 
about half an inch to an inch apart. The boxes 
are eighteen inches long, thirteen inches 
wide and four inches deep. 

1 stratified three boxes and covered twenty 
that morning. Raymond S. Metcalf. 

Putting in Bolts 

When the new cement walk was made 
down at the Wharf, holes were made about every 
15 feet for bolts which were to hold posts 
which were to be put in later. The holes were 
one foot deep and four inches square. I was 
given the job of putting in the bolts, which were 
about 18 inches long and one inch in diameter. 

First 1 made some cement mortar by mix- 
ing one pail of sand with one-half pail of cement. 
The holes were well cleaned out and then filled 
with mortar in which the bolts were driven, so that 
about eight inches were left on the outside of the 
hole. Then there was a form made so as to 
hold the bolts in place and keep the cement in. 

The next day I took off the forms and 
smoothed up the holes and that finished my work 
of putting in the bolts. 

Norman F. Farmer. 



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Cbe Jllumni Association of Cbe farm and trades School 



William Alcott '84, President 
Everett 

Merton p. Ellis, '99, Secretary 
25 Rockdale Street, Mattapan 



James H. Graham, '79, Vice-President 
Boston 

RiCHARtj Bell, '73, Treasurer 
Dorchester 



Henry A. Fox. '79. Vice-President 
Allston 

Alfred C. Malm, '00, Historian 
Melrose 



Herbert N. Leach, '16, has written 
from France. He has visited Luxemburg and 
during action was with a trench-mortar platoon. 

Henry P. Holmes, '16, writing Feb. 
4, says that he has joined the merchant 
marine. He trained for a few weeks in 
Boston, took several tripsalong the Maine Coast, 
and then shipped as a fireman on the Lake 
Fostoria, a 3,000-ton freighter carrying coal and 
s'dgar between New York and Cuba. 

He writes: "This is my first trip and a very 
interesting one, too. 1 have had several days 
here at Havana, and I found it interesing look- 
ing over the old forts that are at the harbor en- 
trance." In closing he wishes to be remem- 
bered to everybody- and speaks of Boston in 
affectionate terms. 



Joseph L. Penderga.st, '16, who joined 
the Navy some months ago says he is still sta- 
tioned at Key West, much as he wished to go 
to France. He wishes to be remembered to 
all. 

Ralph H. Benway, '16, who joined the 
merchant marine in March, writes of his train- 
ing in the barracks. He says: "We did about 
the same sort of work while we were in the 
barracks as we used to do down at the School. 
■ . . . I enlisted as a fireman as that was 
what they needed men the most at. I think 1 
will like it as some of my friends that are serv- 
ing here and aboard ship say that it is a good 
job if you will work and I don't think I am 
afraid of work." 



my Duties at nidbt 

After I get out of school, I go into the kit- 
chen and get my milk pail, then I go down to 
the barn with the rest of the milkers. After I 
get down there I put on my milker's apron, get 
my stool and go to milking; I have three cows 
to milk. It takes about half an hour to milk 
them. 

When I have finished I help some of the 
other milkers if they are not done in time. 

Sometimes I do r.t get done in time my- 
self, if I am the only milker, then the rest of 
the milkers feed the hay, sweep the floor and 
we are finished for the night. 

Carl F. Benway. 

Cb« Tncincrator 

The incinerator is a large square cement 
form. It is eight feet square at the bottom 
with two small doors where the ashes are taken 
out. Facing the water there are two large 
doors where the rubbish is thrown in. A little 
way up it begins to slant and becomes smaller 
at the top. The ashes are put into a place 



joined to the chimney at the bottom and there 
is a ladder leading up to the top. All of the 
old rubbish from the beach and house are 
burned there and this makes ashes for the farm. 
I was assigned the duty of keeping the fire 
going and cleaning out the ashes, and this 
takes part of my time each day. 

Norman F. Farmer. 

Cb^ 6vtniid$iuin Jlpparatus 

We have an outdoor gymnasium apparatus 
as well as one inside. The one out of doors is 
situated on the playground; there are two parts 
to it. It was given to us by Mrs. Charles E. Mason. 

On one part of it there is a slide, horizon- 
tal bar, two swinging ladders that go up and 
down, a swinging pole and a slide that has two 
poles. On the other part there are six traveling 
rings. The boys enjoy this outdoor apparatus 
very much in the summer time. 

In the gymnasium there are three travel- 
ing rings, a climbing rope and two swinging 
rings and r things. The fellows play basket- 
ball in the ^, nasium. Walter W. F. Mann. 









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