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Vol. 24. No. 1. Printed at The Farm and Trades School Boston, Mass. May, 1920. 

Entered November 23, 1903, at Boston, Mass. as Second-class matter, under Act of Congress of July 16, 1874. ^ 

Cfte Caster Concert 

Our Easter Concert was held on Sunday, 
April 4. As usual the Chapel was very prettily 
decorated. In the front of the room there was 
a pergola under which were lilies, pinks and 
many other plants and flowers arranged so that 
they would look as if they were growing. In the 
center of this was a fountain which had water 
bubbling up in it. On the top of the pergola 
there was twisted lavender paper running from 
one side to the other and from the posts hung 

Along the side also were vines and wistaria 
woven into the lattice work. In addition to the 
regular spring chickens and our canary, we had 
two parrots and two rabbits. On both sides of 
the garden were seats for the choir boys who 
were dressed in robes, and behind the fountain 
was the piano. The choir began the concert by 
singing Hosannahs. The programme was as fol- 
SONG Sing Hosannah 


Leader, Alfred A. Pickels 

Mr. ViNNE 
SONG Welcome The Easter Morning 

READING The First Easter 

Cyrus W. Durgin 
EXERCISE At Easter Time 

George A. Adams, Ernest J. Olson 

SONG Let The Glad Bells Ring 

RECITATION Message of Easter 

Kenneth E. Kearns 
SONG Alleluia 


EXERCISE Song of Easter 

John M. Levis, Paul F. Reid 

Charles N. Robbins 

SONG O Hallowed Cross 

Samuel L. Whitehead, Paud F. Reid, 

Albert A. Peterson 

EXERCISE An Easter Carol 

Frank E. Maxcy, George E, Thompson 
SONG . Hail Bright Day 


EXERCISE An Easter Song 

Desmond Anderson, Eric 0. Schippers, 

Ralph H Swenson, Harold B. Buchan 

SONG Morn Of Wonder And Glory 

RECITATION Easter Memories 

Theodore B. Hadley 
DIALOGUE The Gardens 

Richard H. Hall, Donald B. Akerstrom 
SONG Palm Branches 

Albert A. Peterson, Samuel L. Whitehead 

Ivers E. Winmill, Raymond H. McQuesten, 

John H. Schippers 
SONG Glad Bells of Easter Ringing 

RECITATION The Message of Victory 


Samuel L. Whitehead 
EXERCISE Easter Week 

Henry P. Clifford, Barton N. Slade 
SONG Golden Gates of Glory 

RECITATION Christ is Risen To-day 

Albert A. Peterson 
SONG The King of All 


Mr. Bradley 

James A. Carson. 

B Crip in the ''Ittary CWlton" 

Saturday noon, April 10, most of the boys 
in the boat crew went to the Wharf to put the 
"Mary Chilton" in the water for the first time 
this year. 

First two rollers were put under her and we 
kept her on even keel and pushed her alqng. 
As fast as she went over one roller, two boys 
would pick it up and bring it up in front of her 
so that she would be on rollers all the time. 
We kept changing around till she reached the 
water. We then gave a bigpu§h and all Jump- 
ed in the boat. If any one was slow he was left 
out. After we washed it out the people came 
down who were going to the city. After 
every one was aboard we set off, nine boys 
rowing, with an instructor in charge. After we 
reached the Point the people landed, and we 
began our return trip. After pulling on oar for 
about fifteen minutes we soon reache,d our Whgrf . 
After we reached home some boys went to the 
house and a new crew came down to go over 
later. John E. Kervin. 

Jl Crip flrouna tbc BcacD u 

During a vacation afternoon another boy 
and myself, were given permission to go around 
South End.- We started down Willow Road and 
around by the site of David Thompson's cabin, 
around by the Telephone ^ooth and Cemetery to 
the lnciner^,tor and from the Incinerator around 

to the Old Barn. We then went up to the house- 
We enjoyed the trip very much. 

Bernard R. Morrill, 

Plastcriiid a Room 

One of the instructors' rooms in the Main 
Building needed plastering. As 1 am learning 
that work, 1 was told to prepare for the mason. 
1 was assisted by another boy. 

We first took all of the old plaster from the 
walls and ceiling and piled it in the center of 
the room to be taken away. This requires 
about half a day's work. Then the old plaster 
was all cleaned out between the laths. To do 
this we hammered on the laths until all of the 
plaster which was between them fell down in- 
side. Then three or four laths were taken off 
the bottom to let it out on the floor. Then the 
laths were all renailed for the old nails were 
rotten. New laths were put in where they were 

When the mason came we first put up the 
staging so as to reach the ceiling and the upper 
parts of the wall. Next the ceiling was dam- 
pened and made ready for the first coat. This 
is called hair mortar, which consists of slacked 
lime, hair aind ^and, and a little pulp plaster is 

The first coat which is put on is called 
scratching. This is put on about an eighth of 
an inch thick. Then another coat is put on. 
This is called browning. Pulp plaster and sand 
is used for this. After this is all floated In and 
dryed it is r,eady for finishing. 

For the finishing coat there has to be some 
white putty iTjade. This is made from lump 
lime slacked and run through a fine sieve. It 
should be free from stones and dirt of any kind 
for they would leave scratches and make it hard 
to work with. This is mixed with plaster of 
paris and put on. There is about an eighth of 
an inch of finishing put on in all. When work- 
ing with plaster one has to work quickly for plas- 
ter hardens very fast after it is mixed. 


This new plaster makes a great change in 
a room when it is all done and the work gives 
one who is interested great experience. 

Norman F. Farmer. 

niaKittd an Ink Stand 

One day in the sloyd room I got some 
wood and started an ink stand. First I planed 
one broad surface and then an edge. After that I 
made a place for the ink bottle. This was a 
very hard piece of work. First 1 gauged a line. 
Then 1 dug it out with a chisel. When that 
was done, I made a place for the pens. 
This was done by a gouge. When that was 
finished I ssndpapered it all over. I gave it one 
coat of shellac and let it dry thoroughly. 
Then I sandpapered it with very fine sandpaper, 
and when perfectly dry it was rubbed down with 
pumice and oil. This gave it a very good fin- 

Chester B. Buchan. 

J\n Tntcrcstina motion Picture 

Once every week we have motion pictures. 
Some of them are very interesting. One edu- 
cational picture I liked was about military life at 
West Point. It showed the grounds, chapel, 
war relics, campus and many other views. Then 
we were given an idea of how a day there was 
spent. First there was inspection and then 
drilling. We saw some wonderful stunts the 
soldiers did on horseback. These took place 
inside of the big riding hall. The soldiers 
marched, broke ranks and wheeled. Then they 
did some fast riding and jumping. We next 
saw them in the trenches. Here they threw 
bombs, used machine guns, went over the top 
and also did some make believe fighting. 
Also we saw some big wire entanglements made 
by the instructors. Then the soldiers were 
shown retreating with the field cannon, and in 
dress parade, and they certainly looked beautiful 
in their tall hats and on well groomed horses. 

Their course is four years with a furlough 
only once in two years. But, it surely is a 
wonderful training to be able to take and I hope 
1 can some day. Samuel L. Whitehead. 

Cleaning tbe Gymnasium 

When we clean the gymnasium, we first 
pick up all the rubbish, then we put all the 
benches in one corner, open the windows, and 
we are all ready for sweeping. 

One boy starts at each end and we sweep 
towards the center. The hardest place to 
sweep is the south end as it has the basketball 
guard there. This structure is of wire, extends 
from the roof to about a foot from the floor and 
the platform is behind it. After the dirt is 
gathered up, we place the things in their proper 
places and our work is done. 

Albert A. Peterson. 

extra PritJilcgcs 

Not long ago there was posted on the bul- 
letin board by Mr. Bradley a piece of paper with 
the days on which the different grades might 
have extra privileges. They were as follows: 
first graders every day, second graders, Tues- 
day, Thursday and Saturday, third graders, Sat- 
urday, and fourth graders none. 

These grades are made up from the week- 
ly conduct report; this conduct report is read by 
Mr. Bradley every Monday evening. 

-When a boy does something wrong, his in- 
structor may "check" him. For each check 
he receives a certain number of marks, all of 
which are reckoned up on Monday and decide 
his grade for the coming week. 

If a boy receives 35 marks or over he is 
in the fourth grade and has to work during his 
play time until he gets out. If he does not get 
checked during the next week he is put into the 
third grade and so on to the first. 

Some of the extra privileges are: going to 
the shop or sloyd room to make articles of wood, 
going over to the City to have a good time, go- 
ing to the reading room to read, or skating, 
coasting or swimming in season. 

This is a very good plan for it teaches each 
boy to be careful and thorough about his work. 
James B. Rouse. 


Cbompson's islana Beacon 

Published Monthly by 


Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor 




May. 1920 

Vol. 24. No. 1. 

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Arthur Adams 


Charles E. Mason 


N. Penrose Hallowell 


Tucker Daland 


Melvin 0. Adams 
GoRHAM Brooks 
1. Tucker Burr 
S. V. R. Crosby 
Charles P. Curtis 
George L. DeBlois 
Thomas J. Evans 
Walter B. Foster 
Robert H. Gardiner, 
Alden B. Hefler 

Henry Jackson, M. D. 
Roger Pierce 

Richard M. Saltonstall 
Philip S. Sears 
Francis Shaw 
Moses Williams 
Ralph B. Williams 

Charles H. Bradley, Superintendent 
Alfred C. Malm, Assistant Treasurer 

According to the calendar, the new year 
begins with January 1st, but to us in the North 
it may well seem to come with spring. The 
first pussy willows herald the beginning of a new 
year in the world around us, and in our interests, 
occupations and feelings as well. 

Each spring is a miracle in itself. Little 

by little the signs appear, until suddenly, along 
in May, the grass shows green, the trees leaf 
out, the birds are here, and overnight, as it were, 
the scene is changed, the setting for winter is 
replaced with that for summer, and the new act 
commences. The very air and light seem to 
possess a magic quality, a movement — a varia- 
tion, as if something were happening while we 
look, as indeed there is; as if a wizard moved 
his wand and we were privileged to see a mystic 
transformation, as indeed we are. Watch the 
water under the play of light and clouds these 
days. Not dull — not calm — not wild and bois- 
terous, but almost quiet yet restless, as if with 
a subdued excitement, showing a little silver 
ripple of movement, alive, mysterious and ever 

With so much life and magic in all around 
us, we cannot help but respond with new energy 
and desires of our own. We feel new and 
strange impulses, we long for new experiences, 
and we develop a whole new set of enthusiasms. 

Marbles come again into there own. Bas- 
ket-ball which seemed good fun so recently has 
become stupid and out-of-date. We look for- 
ward to the first base-ball game and speculate 
on team D's chances for the coming season. 
The Friends' Days, Graduation, Alumni Day, 
Fourth of July, the barge rides, all are coming, 
and as we look ahead, it seems as if life will be 
as full of color and sunshine as are our flower 
gardens with their flaunting reds and yellows and 

We are enthusiastic and it is right that we 
should be. Without enthusiasm the wonderful 
spring and summer and good times and our sur- 
roundings would lose much of their meaning for 
us. Let us appreciate and enjoy them all we can, 
and help those around us to a similiar enjoyment, 
for thereby does life become more worth while. 

We know, however, that every day cannot 
be a gay sweet song. We will work as hard as 
in the winter; there is much to be done. Some 
times an east wind must blow — things will not 
always go right, however wonderful they look 
now. But here again discriminating enthusiasm 


helps. We see the hidden wonder, the splendid 
gleam of beauty which lies in little everyday 
things and in the plain truths and facts around 
us, and which is so often overlooked. When 
all goes well, and good times are being planned 
and provided for us, enthusiasm is natural; the 
person of true discernment is he who can see 
charm in the usual, we do not mean in the com- 
mon and sordid, but in ordinary, quiet, regular ways 
of living, when there are no sky-rockets, but well 
ordered busy days of honest effort. Enthusiasm 
cannot create beauty, but it discovers and ap- 
preciates it. Where one person might pass a 
barren stretch of rock unnoticing, the enthusi- 
asm of another shines upon it, and suddenly the 
gold and purple gleam forth for all to see. The 
discriminating man not only has seen the vision 
for himself, but he has given it to others as well. 
He has developed possibilities which by the 
others were undreamed of. 

In literature, the stories we like best and 
that are most worth reading are not necessarily 
the recital of the most dramatic events — often 
a tale of quiet life is more effective. 

So we would not forget the worth and true 
beauty of our quiet busy days, although we en- 
joy — as we should — the fun and excitement that 
comes with summer and outdoor life. 


April 1 Raymond S. Metcalf,' 19, left the 
School to attend Tilton Academy. 

April 3 Last basket-ball game of the sea- 
son between teams B and C. Score: 21 to 3 
in favor of team B. 

Lester E. Cowden, '16, and Hubert N. 
Leach, '16, here for the week end. 

April 4 Easter Sunday. Concert in the 
Chapel in the afternoon. 

George Buchan, '97, and daughter here for 
over Sunday. 

Nicholas M. Suarez, Jr., '19, here. 

April 5 Mason here to begin repairs. 

April 9 Twenty-five lbs. of chicken killed. 

April 10 Dr. Bancroft here to examine 
the eyes and ears of all the boys. 

Planted lettuce and radish seeds in hotbed. 

April 1 2 Four boys sent to oculist for 
further examination. 

April 13 Three boys sent to oculist for 
further examination. 

A load of grain came. 

April 14 Blacksmith here to shoe horses. 

Five boys sent to oculist for further examin- 

Dancing lesson in the evening. 

Seven boys visited the dentist to have 
teeth filled. 

Three boys, Ralph Langille, Edward 
Robertson and Waldo Libby, attended Keith's 
Theatre in the evening. 

Motion pictures in the evening. 

April 17 Leslie E. Russell, '18, here for 
over Sunday, and Victor H. Muse, '18, here for 
the afternoon. 

April 19 Gassing rats with carbon disul- 
phide gas. 

Started plowing. 

Mr. Bradley attended the funeral of Mrs. 
Jane Norton Grew at the Arlington Street 

April 20 Planted pepper, cabbage, torn 
atoes, leek and celery in hot beds. 

Mr. E. C. Britton of the Mass. Society of 
Beekeepers here to look over bees. 

April 21 Dancing lesson in the evening. 

April 22 Two men measuring boys for 
new uniforms. 

April 23 A trip to Weymouth to get fer- 

April 24 Mrs. Charles E. Mason, and two 
sons, visited the School. 

Prof. F. C. Shaw, former agricultural in- 
structor, here making farm survey. 

Warren F. Noyes, "19, here for the week 

April 26 Manager Philip S. Sears visited 
the School. 

Plowed at South End. 

Limed field south of Farm House, using 


2200 lbs. of lime. 

April 28 Plumber here putting in dish- 

Dancing lesson in the evening. 

Plowed for potatoes and n:ianured. 

Preparing strawberry bed. 

Preparing ground for peas. 

Put 1 10 willow stakes in east-side banl<. 

Took shrubs fronn nursery to fill in around 
the building. 

Moved three young elms from nursery to 
put in along Highland Road. 

Calendar so Vcars JJgo i$7o 

(As Kept By The Superintendent) 

April 2 Went to Braintree to see Mr. 
Brackett about boys' clothes. 

April 7. Fast Day. Pleasant and a 
goodly number of graduates present. 

April 14 A lovely day. Was up early 
and out in fields. Started plowing for peas. 

Went to city with boat. Took up boys to 
be measured for patterns. Got home at 5:00 
and sowed grain seed untill 8:30 p. m. 

April 15 Went to Hull with Mr. Nathan 
Holbrook to look at oxen. Bought a pair. 

April 29 The past week or more has 
been well employed in house cleaning, farm 
work and a general putting of things to rights. 

April 30 A pleasant day. The first visit 
of parents and friends for this season. A. good- 
ly number present; of the managers, Messrs. 
S. G. Deblois and Perkins. 

jHpril meteorology 

Maximum Temperature 58° on the 27th. 

Minimum Temperature 21" on the 8th. 

Mean Temperature for the month 36. 

Total precipitation 6.25 inches. 

Greatest precipitation in 24 hours 1.50 in- 
ches on the 21st. 

Six days with .01 or more inches precip- 
itation, 14 clear days, 13 partly cloudy, 4 cloudy. 

Cbe Tarm and trades School BanR 

Cash on hand April 1. 1920 $721.62 

Deposited during the month 

Withdrawn during the month 
Cash on hand May 1, 1920 





Our l)ealtl) €bart$ 

Lately, some health charts came from the 
Child's Health Organization. 

One of these charts tell us how much a 
child should gain each month, how tall he should 
be for his age and hov/ much he should weigh 
for his age and height. 

In the banking room are some charts that 
show us the development of the human race. 
They show us the cave men and how they got 
their food and made their weapons. They tell 
how a child should be cared for and brought up; 
how to sleep and also how long a person should 

These charts are very useful and help us 
to solve the health problem. 

Alfred A. Pickels. 

School Ulork 

In school we are learning a poem callea 
"Nobility." It was written by Alice Gary. 
Sometimes our teacher has one boy stand and 
recite alone to see how well he can recite it. 
The first verse is as follows: 
"True worth is in being, not seeming, 

In doing each day that goes by 
Some little good — not in the dreaming 

Of great things to do by and by. 
For Whatever men say in blindness, 

And in spite of the fancies of youth, 
There is nothing so kingly as kindness 
And nothing so royal as truth." 
We hope to have the whole poem learned 
soon. We enjoy good poems and good stories. 
Robert J. Buchanan. 


Dancitid Cc$$on$ 

One Monday night Mr. Bradley told us 
that we would have dancing lessons Wednesday 
nights for a while. All the boys were delighted 
as a lot of us do not know how to dance. 

On the next Wednesday night we put on 
our uniforms and filed up to the chapel. We 
were then introduced to our dancing teacher 
whose name is Miss Reed. First Miss Reed 
lined half of the boys up in two lines and gave 
them some exercises. We had to learn how to 
bow correctly and how to keep our limbs relaxed 
and not stiff. After this we took other boys to 
be our partners. We then lined up and she 
showed us how to dance the one-step. Half 
of us took the part of the girls. After dancing 
for some time the other half of the boys got up 
and danced. After the dancing lesson was over 
there was more dancing. The boys danced 
with the instructors and with their friends. 

It is nice to know how to dance for when 
we get out in the world or into society, we do 
not want to be wall flowers. 

After the boys' dancing was over, Miss 
Reed taught some of the instructors different 
methods in dancing. She was very patient with 
us as we make a lot of mistakes, but we are 
rapidly improving. 

Theodore B. Hadley. 

Setting 6cc$e eggs 

A while ago I set some goose eggs under a 
hen. First 1 went up to the stock barn and got 
some chaff and fine hay and put some lice powder 
in the bottom of nest. I put the chaff in so the nest 
would be warm underneath. Then I put the hay 
around the edges. After 1 had finished making 
the nest, I put in three geese eggs because a hen 
cannot cover more than three or four geese eggs 
anyway. After I had that done, I powdered the 
hen as good as possible, so that the goslings would 
not get lousy after they are hatched. Then I put 
the hen on the nest. It will take about four 
weeks before the eggs will be hatched. 

John Goodhue, Jr, 

l)<iuling Coal 

On April 5, Mr. Slinger told me to hitch 
Dick and Dennis on to the double dump cart and 
draw coal to the Power House. 

From April 5 to April 9, 1 hauled coal to 
the Power House every afternoon, each after- 
noon, taking eight loads with. the exception of 
Friday, April 9, when 1 hauled nine loads. 

When we start to haul coal we go down to 
the pile which is on the north side of the Boat- 
House and take either screening or soft coal, 
whichever is needed. We then draw it to the 
Power House. 

> Norman Moss, 

Cbe Canary 

In the Reading Room there is a canary, 
He is very pretty and has a good cage. Every 
noon one of the instructors comes in and takes 
down the cage. She gets a little dish full of 
water and puts it in the cage. 

Then the bird takes a bath. First. he puts 
his bill in to see if the water is all right. If it is, 
he will stand in it and splash. When he is all 
done he goes up in the top of the cage and dries 
himself. Then clean paper is put in the bottom 
of the cage, with a little sand. His water and 
seed are changed and he is hung up again. , ,. 

The bird is a very good singer and he has 
a mirror in his cage in which he sees himself, 
Osmond W. Bursiel. 


April, April, 

Laugh thy girlish laughter; ; 

Then the moment after. 
Weep thy girlish tears! 
April, that mine ears 
Like a lover greetest. 
If I tell thee, sweetest. 
All my hopes and fears, 
April, April, 

Laugh thy golden laughter. 
But, the moment after, 
Weep thy golden tears! 
^ . . William Watson. 


Cbe JWmm H$$ociatiou of Cbe farm and trades School 

William Alcott, '84, President 

Merton p. Ellis. '99. Secretary 
25 Rockdale Street, Boston 26, Ma 

James H. Graham, '77, Vice-President 


Richard Bell, '73, Treasurer 


Henry A. Fox, '79, Vice-President 


Howard F. Lochrie, '16, Historian 

West Roxbury 

Alden Brooks Hefler was born in Roxbury 
on April 3, 1875. He was one of six children 
of John Charles and Sarah ( Hiltz ) Hefler. 
He attended the Boston public schools until the 
death of his mother, which occurred in 1885, 
when with a younger brother, he entered the 
Farm School on Sept. 10, of that year. He re- 
mained at the School until June 8, 1887, when 
he returned to his fam.ily home, and continuing 
his attendance at the public schools, he gradu- 
ated from the George Putman Grammar School 
in Roxbury. 

He secured employment in the printing de- 
partment of the Dennison Manufacturing Com- 
pany, in Roxbury, and after working up to the 
position of pressman, he met with a serious ac- 
cident, his right hand being crushed in a press, 
and he was forced to give up his position. 

Some time afterward he secured employ- 
ment as book-keeper and shipper with the firm 
of Hugh Wright & Company, in Boston, im- 
porters of dye-stuffs, and after a service there 
of ten years, an opportunity presented itself to 
go into the same line of business on his own ac- 
count, with two others. The Turner & Hefler 
company was organized in Hyde Park, with Mr. 
Hefler as treasurer, which in the 15 years of its 
existence has built up a profitable and success- 
ful business. Preparation for this line of work 
had been laid by Mr. Hefler in his earlier years 
by two years of study at the Roxbury Evening 
High School, supplemented by a course in chem- 
istry with the International Correspondence 

Mr. Hefler is a member of the Drysalters' 
Club, a trade organization, and he is active in a 
number of civic organizations in Hyde Park, 

where he makes his home. For some years he 
served as a trustee of the Hyde Park Unitarian 
Church, and he is active in its welfare. He is 
a member of the corporation and a trustee of the 
Hyde Park Savings Bank, a 32nd degree 
Mason, a knight templer and a noble of the 
Mystic Shrine. 

Mr. Hefler married Bertha C. Richardson 
of Ayer, and two sons have been born to them, 
now sixteen and eight years of age respectively, 
and the former is a junior in high school. 
Their home is at 75 Central Avenue, Hyde 
Park. Mr. and Mrs. Hefler also brought up and 
educated a daughter of Mr. Hefler's sister, and 
the young woman is now a nurse with the Ameri- 
an Expeditionary Forces in France and Ger- 

Mr. Hefler was one of the original mem- 
bers of the Alumni Association, and he was the 
second president of the Association. 

Howard A. Delano, '13, visited the 
School recently for the first time since his 

After he left the School, Howard went to 
work on a farm in Ludlow, Vt., for his uncle, 
W. J. Delano. He remained there for four 
years and after a year spent on another farm in 
Ludlow, he went to Cornish, Maine, where he 
has a sister. There he is employed on the 
dairy farm of W. W. & F. P. Pike. This is an 
up-to-date farm, with a line of thoroughbred 

Walter W. F. Mann, ex '21, writes us 
a short letter of good wishes. Walter is living 
at home with his mother at Sherborne, Mass. 

Vol. 24. No. 2. Printed at The Farm and Trades School Boston, Mass. June, 1920 

Entered November 23, 1903, at 

Mass. as Second-class matter, under Act of Congress of July 16, 1874. 

memorial Day 

Sunday afternoon, May 30th, at 2 P. M., 
we formed a line and marched through the 
orchard toward the cemetery at South End. 
All the way over the snare drums beat time for 
us. Occasionally the whole band played a selec- 
tion, and afterwards the drums would play again. 
As we approached the cemetery, the sound of the 
drums deadened until we reached the bank on 
the right of the cemetery. Then we sat down 
on the grass, one above the other. The ser- 
vices this year, as usually, were conducted by 
officers of Cottage Row, and Richard Hall, as 
mayor of Cottage Row, took charge. The pro- 
gramme was as follows: 

SONG America the Beautiful School 

ADDRESS Richard H. Hall 

SONG Jesus Lover of My Soul School 

POEM Loyalty 

Theodore B. Hadley (Author) 
READING Our Heroes 

Samuel L. Whitehead 


Cameron, Hall, Libby and Smith 

Flags were then placed on the graves by 
Richard H. Hall and Joseph E. Kervin, as a tri- 
bute to the dead. American flags were put on 1 6 

graves and a Swedish flag on that of a former 
instructor who came from Sweden. The drums 
sounded three rolls. Then Libby, Antell and 
David LeBrun, the latter visiting the School, 
went a little way apart, one near the cemetery, 
one down by the shore, and one back on the hill, 
and played "Taps" very slowly, one after the 
other. This was very pretty. The services 
were then concluded, and we marched back to 
the Main Building by the way of Beach Road. 
Ralph H. Swenson. 

Grading m Jivenues 

One afternoon two other boys and myself 
were sent down to the Front Avenue to work. 
When we reached there we, were told to scrape 
off the gravel for about one hundred feet. Then 
we put it in piles on one side and took rakes and 
leveled off the high places. After that we raked 
up all the stones, sticks and other things. 

When we were done, Mr. Brown sent down 
some wheel barrow loads of mixed dirt and ashes 
We were given a form that was cut out just 
the shape that the avenue was supposed to be. 
After putting this across from gutter to gutter 
we looked under it to see where dirt was needed. 

Then we put some dirt on and made the 
surface the right shape. When one place was 
done we moved on a little bit, getting the same 
shape all the way down. When the bell rang at 
five o'clock we were half way done. 

Osmond W. Bursiel. 


B naval Uictory 

In school to-dsy we had a story about John 
Paul Jones. He had a fight in his ship, the 
"Bon Homine Richard" with an English ship 
the "Serapis." Jones came vip in his ship, to 
the Serapis which turned and fled. He chased 
and came up to it and made it put to. 

"Ship Ahoy," shouted Captain Jones. 

"Aye Aye,"- shouted Captain Pearson. 

"What's your name?" came ringing over 
the water. 

"Serapis, what's yours?" 

"Bon Homme Richard, haul down your 
flag," shouted the gallant Jones. 

The Englishman's answer was the flash and 
boom of a cannon shot that whizzed through the 
rigging of the Richard. Then raged the light- 
ning and thunder of battle. Fast and furious 
canie the roar of the big guns now from this 
ship, now from that. They drifted nearer to- 
gether, now their rigging was entangled, now 
they touched, now the struggling crew fought 
hand to hand. Right and left the conflict raged, 
with pikes and pistols and cutlasses. 

Jones was now here, now there, seeing all, 
controlling all, and mixing with the bravest, now 
training some gun, now pulling some rope, now 
cheering some lagging sailor lad. His strong 
will and sturdy pluck gave new life to his men. 

The American flag was obscured with 
smoke so that Captain Pearson not seeing it, 
shouted "Are you ready to surrender?" In- 
stantly came Jones's defiant reply, "Surrender! 
I've not yet begun to fight!" Then Jones lash- 
ed the ships together while the cannon balls tore 
through the vessels, cut the masts and scatter- 
ed the wounded and dead all around. The 
Richard was leaking badly and both vessels were 
on fire three times but the pumps were at work 
and the battle still raged. 

The scene was one of appalling, indescrib- 
able grandeur. Finally at about 10:00 o'clock 
Captain Pfearson saw there was no hope against 
such a foe as this and so struck his flag. 

When the haughty English captain gave up 

his sword to the brave Yankee sailor, he said, 
"1 cannot but feel much mortification at the 
idea of surrendering my sword to a man who 
has fought me with a rope around his neck." 
Charles N. Robbins. 

maKiitd a Plant Stand 

Making a plant stand is very interesting 
work. The wood that I used was butternut, one 
inch thick, which was rough. 

The top of the stand was cut about 10 1-2 
inches square and planed on one broad face and 
then it was gauged to the thickness of 3-4 of an 
inch. When the piece was planed to the gauge 
lines it was made 10 inches square and the 
corners were cut off, which made the top an 
octagon, four and 1-8 inches on a side. 

The top being finished, four pieces were 
made 10 by 1 and 1-2 by 3-4 inches for cross 
pieces, one-half-lap joints in each of the cross- 
pieces. One of the cross-pieces was screwed 
to the top with six 1 and 3-4 inch screws. 

The legs were then made which were 81 
by I and 1-2 by 3-4 inches. There were four 
of them, one on every other edge of the top. 
The other cross-piece was put about five inches 
from the bottom of the legs. The legs werei 
then screwed on the top with eight 2 and,. 1-2 
inch No. 12 round head brass screws, and 
four screws in the bottom cross-pieces. T^e 
stand was then sandpapered with No. sand- 
paper, then oiled, shellacked and rubbed down 
with pumice and oil. Clifton H. Sears. 

Cbc Jack Plane 

The plane we use most in sloyd is the 
jack plane. The jack plane is used for planing 
straight surfaces. Some of the principal parts 
are as follows: the body, throat, knob, handle, 
frog, plane iron blade, cap, cap screw, adjusting 
screw and adjusting lever. 

There are many other different planes. 
Some are the block plane, rabbet, jointer, and 
smoothing plane. 

Bernard R. Morrill. 


mylUorkanaall JiboutTt 

I have charge of the Stock Room. I go to 
work there in the morning, also before school 
in the afternoon. The Stock Room is quite 
large. The south side and the west have shelves 
next to the wall. On the north side there are 
barrels containing tools, such as farm tools, 
brooms and brushes. In the middle of the room 
is a large table. Under the table we keep our 
bags of beans. There are barrels of food and 
other things which come in barrels under the 
shelves. We keep all things such as glue, lamps, 
lamp shades and many other utensils on the 
shelves. On the eastern half of the same shelves 
are many boxes of the same size, in which we 
keep locks, and other small articles. Or. the 
eastern and northern sides we keep our flour. 
There is a back door in the middle of the north 
side that leads out to the Avenue. Opposite 
that is the door opening into a hall which leads 
into the kitchen. The wood work is all white 
and the floor is cement. 

My work is to keep the place clean and to 
keep the tools from rusting, also to fill requisi- 
tions which 1 receive from the office. When an 
instructor wants anything for his work he writes 
a requisition for it. Then Mr. Bradley signs it 
and 1 fill it out. 1 take the things that each in- 
structor wants, put them in a pile and check 
them on the slip. I then return the slip to the 
office and take the articles to each instructor. 
Then 1 record them in the record book. 1 have 
had requisitions to fill for all departments. 1 
have to be sure that there is plenty of every- 
thing on hand, and report to the office when we 
are low in anything. It is quite a responsible 
job. Harold B. Buchan. 

Painritid a Sign 

One day a sign from the Wharf came to 
the paint shop to be painted. 

Mr. Ferguson told me to give it a thin coat 
of "'hite paint that day. The following day it 
was given another thin coat of the same paint. 
A couple of days later he told me to mix some 
lampblack and linseed oil together, and when I 

finished that to put in some crystal spar varnish. 
Then I gave the letters one coat. It took a few 
more days for this to dry. After it did dry, I 
puttied the cracks and gave it another coat of 
white. After this dried I added to the black I 
had left from the other some Spirits of Japan, so 
that it would dry more quickly. I then gave the 
letters the last coat of black. The words on the 
sign are "Mean High Water," with an arrow 
extending the whole length. 

1 like to paint signs, as it helps to steady 
the nerves in my hands for my future work. 
Henry C. Lowell. 

B Ground Ulirc 

As I am learning to be an electrician it is 
my duty to see that the lights on the Island are 
always in good condition. 

Sometimes a wire is broken, sometimes it 
may be an electric light bulb, but the thing that 
is hardest to repair is a ground wire. This is 
a wire that is bare and is resting on the metal 
pipe that forms its casing. It is very hard to 
find, for one may have to tear things down be- 
fore it can be found. It may be where the 
wires have been put together and when it was 
taped, one of the sharp ends came through and 
come in contact with metal pipe. 

I like this kind of work very much. 

Joseph E. Kervin. 


One afternoon while feeding the pigeons 1 
saw two little eggs in a nest. The next day 
there was a little pigeon lying beside the eggs. 
He was a little smaller than a baby chicken and 
looked a lot like one, although he had a very 
large bill. He could wiggle his head, but his 
eyes were closed. 

A day later the other pigeon had broken 
through the shell and both pigeons were hoppmg 
around in the nest. Not long after both of the 
pigeons had their eyes open. The little pigeons 
grew very fast and soon had darker feathers like 
their mother. 1 enjoy watching little pigeons 
grow from day to day and seeing them try to ■ 
walk and fly. John P. Davidson. 


Cbontp$on'$ Island Beacon 

Published Monthly by 


Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor 




Vol. 24. No. 2. June. 1920 

50 Cents Per Year 

Subscription Price 



Arthur Adams 

Charles E. Mason 


N. Penrose Hallowell 

Tucker Daland 


Melvin 0. Adams 
Gorham Brooks 
I. Tucker Burr 
S. V. R. Crosby 
Charles P. Curtis 
George L. DeBlois 
Thomas J. Evans 
Walter B. Foster 
Robert H. Gardiner, 
Alden B. Hefler 

Henry Jackson, M. D. 
Roger Pierce 

Richard M. Saltonstall 
Philip S. Sears 
Francis Shaw- 
Moses Williams 
Ralph B. Williams 

Charles H. Bradley, Superintendent 
Alfred C. Malm, Assistant Treasurer 

As graduation approaches, it is well to stop 
and consider if we have gained what we should 
have from our work. We all think much of get- 
ting our diplomas, and they should mean a great 
deal to us; they certify not only that we have 
completed a certain amount of school work, but 

—in this school, at least — that our life and work 
outside the schoolroom has been properly con- 
ducted. They will open for us new doors to new 
adventures, and they are rewards of which we 
well may be proud. 

But the thoughtful among us must realize 
that the aim, the real aim of our course is not 
merely to furnish us with diplomas, treasured 
though these may be. The real aim of any ed- 
ucation is more than that. 

First we must earn our living, and any ed- 
ucation that neglects to teach men and women 
something about taking care of themselves is 
lacking in an important respect. We believe it 
is the duty of every man and woman to learn 
how to do well at least one thing by means of 
which he can earn a decent living if he so wish- 
es, and here we learn the rudiments of many 
kinds of work. 

Another purpose of education is to teach us 
to enjoy the right sort of things. We learn to 
distinguish the worth while from the trivial, and 
to find the greater pleasure in the things that are 
worth while. This applies to music, art, and 
many other things. Take the question of read- 
ing, for example. At first we may prefer to read 
exciting stories whether or not they have any 
claim to merit in their style of expression. But if 
we force ourselves to read books that we know are 
worth while, even though at first they may seem 
rather stupid, the time will come when the tables 
will be turned. We will learn to appreciate the 
clever character drawing or the forceful descrip- 
tion or whatever particular characteristics the 
better written book may have,, and we will become 
really interested, whereas the formerly excit- 
ing story often has become stupid, merely a poor- 
ly told story, and usually untrue to life, imposing 
itself upon the reader as being true to facts. 


Here we have accomplished the purpose of 
education — learned to enjoy the right kind of 
things — by giving them a fair trial, and they 
have developed in us the ability to appreciate 

Education develops in us the ability to en- 
joy more fully the beautiful things of life, and it 
also teaches us to appreciate the efforts and 
achievments of others. As we study our history 
the example of great men is ever before us, and 
these should influence us to make our lives of 
more value, to do something that will make the 
world a little farther advanced because we have 
lived. Some of us have a talent which should 
be made the most of, but most of us will owe all 
we become to sheer hard work and grit-luck and 
pull help only temporarily. But by straight living 
and doing one's work well, (and whether or not it 
is done well is entirely up to the individual — if 
you don't know enough for your work, study up 
for it) one may succeed, and successes are an 
inspiration to others and an asset to a nation, 
while failures help nobody. 

But after all, education has done little for 
us if it has not taught us to consider the rights 
and interests of others. That you and 1 go a- 
head is of account, but it is of just as much 
account that the next person advance also, and 
it may be within our power to help. "Man is a 
social animal" and in order successfully to live 
with others, he must occasionally give up the good 
of the one — himself — for the good of the many. 
Although one person may point the way, civili- 
zation advances with the people as a whole. 

G. Stanley Hall has stated the aims of ed- 
ucation as follows: "To teach us to delight in 
what we should; to earn a living; to become a 
good neighbor: to enrich the life of our time," 
and this seems to sum up the whole story. 

If we think over for a moment our teach- 
ings here at the School, we will see that they 
pass the four tests of "the aims of education" 
as stated above, and when we have finished here, 
we should bear our lessons in mind, and make 
our lives prove that our education has not been 
in vain. 


May 1 Seven boys attended the Child- 
ren's Festival at the Masonic Temple in Boston. 

Band concert and dancing in the evening. 

May 3 Man from R. T. Adams Co. here 
to examine floors. 

Finished transplanting strawberry bed, 
2225 plants in all. Spread ashes east of Ob- 

Set out three trees along Highland Road. 

May 4 Two men here to do work on 

Spread ashes on Oak Knoll, and started 
ploughing there. Trimmed Farm House path. 
Preparing asparagus bed and cultivating rhubarb. 

May 5 Finished ploughing Oak Knoll, and 
started the North End potato piece. 

Seed for gardens came. 

Killed 25 lbs. of poultry. 

Dancing lessons in the evening. 

May 6 Seven boys went to the dentist in 
the morning. 

Motion pictures in the evening. 

May 7 Working on asparagus bed. 
Planting oats and peas and seeded South End. 

May 8 Planted 500 asparagus roots. 

Sorted potatoes for seed. Planting oats 
and peas. 

May 9 Sunday. John A. Robertson, '15, 
here for a few hours leave from the "Nantucket" 
before she started on her summer cruise. 

May 10 500 more asparagus roots in. 

May 11 Sorting potatoes. Harrowed and 
smoothed by Oak Knoll. Hoed small fruits'. 

May 12 Secretary Tucker Daland visited 
the School. 


Planting oats and peas on Oak Knoll, and 
seeding. Hoed around small fruits and trees 
by nursery. Weeded hot beds. 

Dancing lessons in the evening. 

May 13 Six boys visited the dentist. 

Motion pictures in the evening. 

May 18 Began caulking and painting 
the scow. 

Began planting 2 acres potatoes by Farm 

May 19 Dancing lesson in the evening. 

May 20 Five boys visited the dentist. 

Began planting 3 acres potatoes at North 

Nursery stock came as follows: 74 apple trees, 
34 pear, 15 cherry, 6 plum, 36 peach trees. 

Motion pictures in the evening. 

May 21 Nursery stock put in. 

May 23 Mr. Fay and Mr. Bemis showed 
stereopticon pictures and boys sang in the even- 

May 24 Trip to Lawley's to have engine 
of launch looked over. 

May 25 First Friends' Day. Two hun- 
dred forty visitors present. President Arthur 
Adams here. 

May 26 Moved linden trees from nursery 
to East Side bank. Stripped willows. 

Dancing lesson in the evening. 

May 27 Five boys visited the dentist. 
Planted three varieties of beets and second 
planting of peas in garden. Motion pictures in 
the evening. 

May 28 Treasurer N. Penrose Hallowell 
visited the School. Planted two varieties of car- 
rots, and onions. 

Killed 25 lbs. poultry. 

David B. Lebrun, ex '21, came to stay 
over Memorial Day. 

May 30 Memorial Exercises in the Cem- 
etery. Taps played by Herbert Antell, Waldo 
E. Libby and David B. LeBrun. 

May 31 Memorial Day. Baseball game 
between instructors and boys. Score 21 to 10 
in favor of the boys. 

Calendar so Vears Jfgo i$70 

(As Kept By The Superintendent) 

May 14 There have been no visitors 
during the week. We have been busy planting, 
sowing grain, etc. 

May 19 Went to the city with the Lyman. 
Bought skiff, $22.00. 

May 20 Planted field corn and prepared 
ground for potatoes. 

May 23 Planting potatoes and sweet corn. 

May 26 Received a visit from Manager 
A. D. Weld, Esq., via Squantum. Planted 
beans and hoed some crops. 

May 28 A stormy windy day from the 
east. A good deal of rain fallen. Self with the 
boys. Men pressing hay. 

May 31 The 2nd visiting day of the 
season. The "Rose Standish" came withfriends 
of boys. The only Manager present was Mr. 
S. G. Deblois. 

may meteorology 

Maximum Temperature 78° on the 19th. 

Minimum Temperature 32" on the 14th. 

Mean Temperature for the month 52. 

Total precipitation 1 .60 inches. 

Greatest precipitation in 24 hours .75 inch- 
es on the 22nd. 

Six days with .01 or more inches precip- 
itation, 12 clear days, 14 partly cloudy, 5 cloudy. 

Cbe Tartti and trades School Bank 

Cash on hand May 1, 1920 $791.90 

Deposited during the month 

Withdrawn during the month 
Cash on hand June 1, 1920 





Crcc Inspecting 

We have inspectors on the Island for sev- 
eral different kinds of work. Among them are 
tree inspectors. The work of a tree inspector is 
to cut all the dead limbs from the trees on the 
Island to get all the cocoons, nests and eggs of 
the brown tail and gypsy moths; to report all 
dead trees so that they may be cut down, and to 
pick up all limbs that are on the ground in any of 
the groves and put them in piles so that they may 
be hauled to the brush pile. 

When any tree inspectors go tree inspect- 
ing, they generally take a saw, a can of paint 
and a rope. They saw off any dead or broken 
limbs and then paint the stub that is on the tree. 
The paint used consists of lamp black and turpen- 
tine. The reason that paint is used is to keep 
the sap from running down the side of the tree. 
When we find out where there are any nests of 
brown tail or gypsy moths we take a sharp knife 
and a bag and get them. When we get all the 
nests we can find, they are burned in the power 
house. Frederick E. Munich. 


We have a dairy of grade cows which in- 
cludes these breeds, Holstein, Jersey, Guernsey 
and Durhams. There are 20 cows being 
milked. In addition we have three heifers, and 
six small calves. 

We do the milking at five o'clock morning 
and night. It requires four boys to milk and 
one to carry milk. So that no dirt can get into 
the milk the milkers wear milking aprons and 
brush their cows off before sitting down to milk. 
No feeding is done while milking, or the dust 
would get into the milk. As soon as the milker 
is done with one cow, he weighs the milk and 
puts it in the strainer pail. The milk carrier 
then puts it into the milk cans. As soon as the 
milk cans are full, the milk is taken to the 
house. One quart of grain is given to every 
three pounds of milk. In the morning the feed- 
ing is done after milking and at night the feeding 
is done before the milkers go down. Hay is 

being fed three times a day. Grain is fed twice 
a day. At present we are getting about six 
cans of milk twice a day. 

Albert Anderson. 

Uiolin Practice 

Since last March one of my greatest 
pleasures has been practicing on my violin. 
The violin was given to me by one of the boys 
who went away. Mr. K-ihIstrom, our sloyd in- 
structor, who plays the piano and knows some- 
thing about the violin, gives me lessons and 
helps me. He plays the piano while 1 play the 

Some of the hours that 1 practice are from 
12:00 to 1:00 at noon or from 6:00 to 7:00 at 
night. Sometimes I go dov(/n to the band hall 
from 7:00 until 9:00 with Mr. Kihlstrom. Sun- 
days we sometimes play in Chapel together. 
We have some very interesting hours and I 
hope to be a good player some time. 

Norman F. Farmer. 

J\ trip UlitD the mail Boy 

One noon hour as I was playing up in the 
gymnasium, Mr. Brown told me he wanted me 
to make the trip with the mail boy. 

First we (the mail boy and I) washed up 
good and clean. Then we combed our hair, 
shined our shoes, then went to the drawroom 
and put on our uniforms. Next we went to the 
office to get the mail bag and instructions con- 
cerning the errands we had to do. 

We left on the steamer about 1 :30 o'clock. 
When we reached City Point we boarded an in- 
town car After doing our errands we went to 
the Post Office and got the mail. 

Then we got on a City Point car and ar- 
rived at the Public Landing at 5:15 o'clock to 
return to the Island. I enjoyed the trip very 
much. Samuel L. Whitehead. 

"Whether people's gratitude for the good 
gifts that come to them, be wisely conceived or 
dutifully expressed, is a secondary matter, after 
all, so long as they feel gratitude." 


the Jllumni jRssociation of Cbe farm and trades School 

William Alcott, '84. President 

Merton p. Ellis. '99. Secretary 
25 Rockdale Street, Boston 26, Mass. 

James H. Graham, '77, Vice-Presi 
Richard Bell. '73, Treasurer 

Henry A. Fox, 79. Vice-President 


Howard F. Lochrie, '16, Historian 

West Roxbury 

Edward A. Moore, 79, is president of the 
Massachusetts Public School Janitors' Associ- 
ation, and is editor of "The Custodian," the 
monthly publication which the association issues 
as its official organ. 

Perry Coombs, '14, went to Liverpool in 
the fall of 1915 on the Devonian, sailing from 
Boston with a load of horses. Upon arriving 
there, he enlisted in the 8th Liverpool Irish 
King's regiment, and trained in Blackpool until 
about February, when he went to France, and 
went directly to the front, in Belgium. Later 
they went to the Somme, and he was there until 
August, 1916, when he was captured. His 
batallion went over 800 strong, and got cut off 
from the batallion on their left, after penetrating 
the German lines to the third line. The Ger- 
mans practically surrounded them and cut them 
off from any relief, about 6:00 o'clock in the 
morning, and they fought until eleven, when 148 
of those that were left, were captured. Of the 
800, only these 148, and 60 that got back to the 
English lines were left, the rest being killed. 
During the fight another batallion tried to get 
through along a sunken road, and were exposed 
to a terrific German machine gun fire from 
both sides. Perry went over with about 50 
men, and cleaned out the German machine 
guns, giving the other batallion a chance to get 
through, but only 15 of the original 50 came 

When he was first captured, he was sent to 
Dulman, in Germany, and put to work in a stone 
quarry. A number of the prisoners went on 
strike, because the Germans wanted them to 
work on Sunday, and about 20 of them, Perry 
included, were picked out as leaders, and made 
to stand at attention out on a hill outside the 
camp for three days, when they were sent to 

Muenster, and put to work in a coal mine. 
This was a punishment, but was really easier 
than the stone quarry, as there were large num- 
bers there, and the guards could not keep track 
of them all. On one occasion he and another 
man managed to get a supply of civilian clothes, 
and planned to get away, by jumping under some 
freight cars that they passed going from work to 
their quarters, and riding on the trucks, but one 
of the Russian prisoners gave the plan away, and 
they were caught before they had a chance to 
start. For this they were punished by being 
made to stay under some coke ovens for seven 
days. For the first seven months they had to 
live on German prison food and got so weak 
they could hardly work, but after that the British 
government sent them food and asupply of cloth- 
ing, and they fared better. He stayed in 
Muenster until a week after the armistice was 
signed, and then returned to England through 
Holland. In England he receiveda two months' 
furlough, and was released from military service 
on April 10th, 1919. He was in the German 
camp for two years and four months, and had 
been at the front for eight months prior to that 
time. He received four shrapnel wounds, but 
none of them were very serious. 

Since returning to the United States. Perry 
has gone to Canada, with the intention of taking 
up a government claim of 320 acres of land at 
Nepawin in Saskatchewan, about 90 miles 
northwest by north from Prince Albert. 

Lawrence M. Cobb, '14, is now with 
Drake Brothers Company, bakers, of Roxbury, 
and is taking a course on salesmanship, which 
the firm is furnishing through the Sheldon 
School of Business. 

Vol. 24. No. 3. Printed at The Farm and Trades School Boston, Mass. July, 1920 

Entered November 23, 1903, at Boston, Mass. as Second-class matter, under Act of Congress of July 16, 1874. 

Graauatioit Day 

The one day of the year which means most 
to members of the first class is graduation. 
This year it occured on June 16. As the weath- 
er was unsettled the exercises were held in 
the Assembly Hall, instead of on the Front 
Lawn as usual. The room was prettily decor- 
ated with the school colors, gold and blue, and 
flowers. The class motto "Step by step to the 
heights beyond," was mounted in gold letters on 
a large blue banner, in the rear of the room. 

Mr. Bradley and a number of th? Board of 
Managers sat in the front of the room on the 
right side of the entrance, with the 22 mem- 
bers of the graduating class sitting opposite. 

The speaker of day was the Rev. Thomas 
M. Mark who was introduced by Vice President 
Charles E. Mason. He in turn was introduced 
by Mr. Bradley. Mr. Mark spoke of our motto 
and made it his general theme. 

The exercises were as follows: 

Class Prophecy 

John Edward Kervin 

School Song 


Valedictory and Essay 

West Point 
James Albert Carson 
Brass Quartette 

Hall, Libby, Cameron, Smith 
Introduction of Speaker 

Vice President, Charles E. Mason 


Rev. Thomas M. Mark 

Presentation of Diplomas 
Mr. Bradley 

Song America 

March N. C. 4 F. E. 


F. T. S. 


Overture Determination Beyer 


Rev. Thomas M. Mark 

Salutatory and Essay 

The Rise of a Genius 

Bernard Ross Morrill 

Song Anchored M. Watson 


After the exercises we went about the 
grounds showing our friends the places of inter- 

At 5:30 as the steamer cast off, and left the 
Wharf, we gave three rousing cheers and a tiger 
for our friends, and returned to the house. In 
the evening we held a dance in honor of our 

Alfred A. Pickels 




Albert Anderson Henry Carpenter Lowell 

Osmond Wolcott Bursiel William Theodore Marcus 

James Albert Carson Bernard Ross Morrill 

Albert Ellis Norman Moss 

Donald Wilbur Ellis Frederick Eldridge Munich 

Harold Ellis Alfred Augustus Pickels 
Norman Frederick Farmer Arthur John Schaefer 

Richard Homer Hall Clifton Howes Sears 

John Edward Kervin Daniel Emery Smith 

Joseph Kervin Thomas Lawrence Unwin 

Aldevin Adolph Lammi George Wainwright Vincent 

Albert Anderson Richard Homer Hall 

Donald Wilbur Ellis John Edward Kervin 

John Goodhue. Jr. Arthur John Schaefer 

Luke Wilson B. Halfyard Clifton Howes Sears 
George Wamwright Vincent 

CLASS OF 1920 

Agriculture Albert Anderson 

A Great American . . . Osmond Wolcott Bursiel 

Sloyd Albert Ellis 

Development of the Rifles . Donald Wilbur Ellis 

Our Neighbor— Canada Harold Ellis 

Concrete Norman Frederick Farmer 

A Few Facts of the World War Richard Homer Hall 
Electricity in the Home .... Joseph Kervin 

Gold Aldevin Adolph Lammi 

House Painting .... Henry Carpenter Lowell 

Football William Theodore Marcus 

Horses Norman Moss 

Dairy Farming . . . Frederick Eldridge Munich 
History of Our Band . . Alfred Augustus Pickels 
The Art of Printing .... Arthur John Schaefer 
Wood Used in Cabinet Making Clifton Howes Sears 
The American Red Cross . . Daniel Emery Smith 

Wheat Thomas Lawrence Unwin 

Locomotives .... George Wainwright Vincent 


"Step by step to the heights beyond." 


President Joseph Kervin 

Vice President .... James A. Carson 

Secretary and Treasurer . . John E. Kervin 

Entertainment Committee . Richard H. Hall 

Albert Anderson . William T. Marcus 

Clifton H. Sears 

Alumni Tield Day 

On June 17, we had our Annual Alumni 
Day. As all the people of the Alumni did not 
come in the morning, the games and sports did 
not begin until the afternoon. 

After dinner all the people went to the 
gymnasium as it was a rainy day. The boys 
were there too. 

Some of our Alumni friends threw candy 
for which we scrambled. Some boys succeeded 
in getting a lot of candy, peanuts and money. 

When everybody was there the games 
were begun. There was an obstacle race. It 
was very funny as some of the boys had a hard 
time getting through the race. There was a 
potato race, a three legged race and a spar con- 
test. Besides these they had a crab race and 
some other interesting races. Three prizes 
were given out for the three winners in each 

When it came supper time everybody dis- 
appeared to eat supper. When this was over 
the Alumni and all the graduates went up in 
the Assembly Hall and danced. Everybody 
could not go as it would have made too large a 
crowd in the Assembly Hall. About nine o'clock 
the Alumni and their friends left for their homes. 
Theodore B. Hadley 

Instructor's Day 

Through the kindness of President Arthur 
Adams Saturday, June 19, was set apart as"In- 
structor's Day." Each instructor was given 
the privilege of inviting friends to visit. 

The visitors arrived at 1:15 p. m.and were 
met at the Wharf by the instructors and our band. 
Dinner was served on the side lawn. The 
tables were arranged in a hollow square. The 
caterers were from T. D. Cook Company. An 
entertainment immediately followed, to which 
the instructors invited the boys. This consis- 
ted of songs and humorous readings and was 
one of the best of the year. The day ended 
with a theatre boat for the instructors. 

Cyrus W. Durgin 


Outing of Dorcbcster Boy's Band 

On June 5, 1920, Mr. Bradley invited the 
Dorchester Boy's Band here for a field day. 
Although it rained we had a good time. We 
made three trips with our Steamer, "Pilgrim," 
to get the people to the Island. After all the 
people had arrived, they left their wraps and 
bundles in the West Basement. 

Later the visiting band and our band 
assembled together in Gardner Hall and gave 
a short concert. We enjoyed this very much. 
After this we had some sports. Among them 
were the three legged race, blind boxing, pie 
race and potato race. At the close of the sports 
we had a few speeches by Mr. Bradley, Rev. 
Mr. Pierce and Mr. H. B. Ellis, the latter being 
our band instructor. After lunch we had dancing 
in the Assembly Hall. 

Thus the day passed quickly and pleasant- 
ly, although we were kept indoors by rain. We 
all hope Mr. Ellis can bring his band here again 
next year. 

Albert Ellis 

B VacM Ride 

On June 15, the School was invited for a 
ride in the Constellation, flagship of the Eastern 
Yacht Club, by Cfimmodore Herbert M. Sears, 
brother of our Manager. The "Constellation" is 
a two masted auxiliary yacht. At ten o'clock we 
were ready at the Wharf. The launch with the 
"Mary Chilton" in tow took us to the yacht in 
two trips. As we went aboard the yacht we all 
shook hands with the Commodore and his broth- 
er, Mr. Philip S. Sears. Soon we began to move. 
We all were interested in seeing the sailors do 
their work. Among the Islands we passed were 
Long Island. Deer Island and George's Island. 

About 'one o'clock we anchored off our Island 
for lunch. We had sandwiches, lemonade, 
icecream, cake, and candy, besides other things. 
We returned about three o'clock to the Island. 

We all appreciated the trip very much. 


B Crip to Concord 

Through the kindness of Mr. Arthur Adams, 
President of the Board of Managers, the gradu- 
ating class, the remaining members of the '18 
and ' 1 9 class and a few instructors were given an 
auto ride to Concord. 

On Sunday, June 20, 1920, we were taken 
to the South Boston Yacht Club landing. We 
waited a short while in front of the Yacht Club 
for the sight seeing busses. We went over the 
rout of Paul Revere, through Cambridge first, 
and saw Washington Elm, Harvard and Radcliffe 
Colleges and a few other interesting places. 

The next place of interest was Lexington 
where we saw Lexington Green. It was here 
that Capt. John Parker said, "Stand your ground, 
don't fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to 
have a war let it begin here " We were told 
many more interesting facts about Lexington 

We stopped at the Hancock-Clarke house 
where John Hancock and Samuel Adams were 
sleeping when Paul Revere rode through the 
country spreading the alarm that the British 
were coming. We saw a lot of old relics and 
mementos. At the house next to the Hancock 
-Clarke house we were served refreshments. 
We then went to Concord and stopped at the Old 
North Bridge and had our pictures taken by the 
statue of the Minute Man. 

Coming back we went past the two col- 
leges, past Longfellow's Home and up to 
Young's Hotel. Here Mr. Bradley left us with 
good-byes and hand shakes, as he was going 
on a short trip. We returned to the South 
Boston Yacht Club where our steamer "Pilgrim" 
took us to the Island. 

We all want to thank Mr. Adams for our 
very pleasant time and good ride. 

William T. Marcus 

'The world is so full of a number of things; 
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Arthur Adams 


Charles E. Mason 


N. Penrose Hallowell 


Tucker Daland 


Melvin O. Adams 
Gorham Brooks 
I. Tucker Burr 
S. V. R. Crosby 
Charles P. Curtis 
George L. DeBlois 
Thomas J. Evans 
Walter B. Foster 
Robert H. Gardiher, 
Alden B. Hefler 

Henry Jackson, M. D. 
Roger Pierce 

Richard M. Saltonstall 
Philip S. Sears 
Francis Shaw 
Moses Williams 
Ralph B. Williams 

Charles H. Bradley, Superintendent 
Alfred C. Malm, Assistant Treasurer 

Another year has passed and again a class 
is ready to graduate, twenty-two this time, to 
wear the gold and blue emblem and to have 
their names added to the list of alumni. All are 
proud to graduate, but we think that only an 
"old" boy, who has been here several years en- 

tirely knows the true meaning of graduation, 
this occasion that but crowns former efforts and 

Let us follow the career of an average Farm 
and Trades School boy who has just entered 
the School. Perhaps life hasn't seemed very 
serious to him. He comes, quite excited about 
going to a new school, asking, "Do the boys ride 
bicycles? May 1 go swimming whenever I like? 
Do we have ponies to ride? May I work on the 
farm?" and so on. He enters, say, the fourth 
class of school, and half the day he works, or he 
begins to learn to work — perhaps on the farm or 
in the kitchen. Gradually the newness wears 
off and life begins to look a little less exciting. 
Working steadily for a forenoon is a new game 
for him. He cannot run around anywhere as 
he did at home. When he came, he announced 
with assurance that he had come to learn to be 
an electrician or perhaps a printer, but strange 
to say, his wishes are not given proper consider- 
ation; older boys are in the Printing Office and 
Power House, while he scrubs the dining-room 
floor. On the farm other boys drive the horses 
while he goes out to pull wee'ds. One night at 
grade reading his name is read in the fourth 
grade and he has received the largest number 
of marks. Not that he has done anything 
especially bad, but he has been careless — and 
too many checks are the result. He was noisy 
when the bell rang for silence, he fooled with 
other boys when he should have been hustling 
to get his part done, and everything has count- 
ed against him. Secretly he is a little proud as 
well as ashamed of his distinction. Not every 
boy received the greatest number of marks! 

A vacancy occurs in the Power House, and 
Smith, an older boy, is placed there, partly be- 
cause he shows an aptitude for such work, and 


partly because he is becoming increasingly care- 
ful and reliable, and his work looks more and 
more like a man's work, and less like a boy's 
job. There is a trip to town for three boys, 
and Black, Brown and White go because they 
have seemed to their instructors to have tried 
to do the right thing, and to deserve a little re- 

As time goes on, gradually it becomes 
plain to our boy, if he is a thoughtful boy (and 
we assume that like most of our boys he really 
is thoughtful), that he is being watched — he is 
being "sized up," his habits and interests noted, 
and his improvement perceived. He sees that 
as the old Bible prophets preached, here at least 
to the deserving comes reward, but to the un- 
deserving comes punishment, and he begins to 
realize that boys who do their work well and at- 
tend to their own affairs are to be respected. 
From that time his tactics begin to change. 

At last the day comes when he is promot- 
ed to the first class. By this time, if he is the 
thoughtful boy that we assumed, he is given 
some responsibility, and while his work is more 
interesting, he finds that the period of apprentice- 
ship as a scrubber and a weeder has helped. 
He has learned to work, and he has learned a 
little about doing a number of different things 
and how to take hold of new work, a knowledge 
which again and again will come in useful. He 
is interested in a much larger number of things 
than he formerly was, and he now looks with a 
little feeling of amusement at the new boy who 
has so much ahead of him to learn. 

This first class is quite different from the 
little fourth class which he entered so long ago. 
A few members are the same, but some have 
gone, and many have come in. But more mar- 
vellous is the feeling of unity, the class spirit 
that has developed since those early days. In 

the beginning each boy stood for himself and for 
nothing else. Now it is no longer "mine" but 
"our class" and "our president" and "our teach- 
er." The class are proud or ashamed of him 
as he may deserve. His wrong doing disgraces 
them all. The graduation exercises are look- 
ed forward to with much anxiety lest they be 
poorer than those of other classes. The class 
speakers learn their parts carefully, not only in 
order to do well before their families and other 
visitors, but in order to do their class credit. 

So our course is finished, and for some of 
us, our days at the School are nearly over. We 
have had many pleasant experiences together to 
remember. But we are not parting from the 
School as much as at first we may think. Our 
training here may be over, but our connection 
has not ended. Our teachings have impressed 
themselves upon us so thoroughly that we shall 
never entirely forget them, and our School will 
remain in our thoughts after we leave. As 
members of the Alumni Association, we can and 
should keep in touch with the School, and by 
our interest and active help give back to her, as 
many, many of our graduates are doing, a small 
part of what she has given to us. 


June 1 Planted parsley, cress, and three 
varieties of beans. 

June 2 Manager Walter B, Foster visited 
the School. 

Blacksmith here to shoe horses. 

Planting field corn, peas and oats, and 
seeding back of cottages. 

Hoeing the small fruit and the strawberries. 

Dancing lesson in the evening. Miss Fer- 
guson, former instructor, with five other mem- 
bers of the Girls City Club, here for the danc- 
ing and over night. 

June 3 Seven boys visited the dentist. 


Planting field corn back of cottages. 

Hoeing in garden, also hoeing the small 
fruit and the strawberries. 

June 4 Six heifers sent to pasture, through 
the kindness of Manager Francis Shaw. 

Steamer "Pilgrim" hauled up to be paint- 

Planting peas and oats, also alfalfa seed by 
Farm House and by Power House. 

June 5 The Band of the Second Church 
of Dorchester, of which Howard B. Ellis, '97, is 
the instructor, and their friends, held their Field 
Day here. Present 79, including George 
Buchan, '97, Herbert Dudley, '16, and Wesley 
Angell, '17. As it was rainy, sports were held 
in the gymnasium, followed by dancing in the 
Assembly Hall. 

June 6 Began to practice music for grad- 

June 7 Plowing at South End and trans- 
planting tomatoes. 

June 8 The launch "Winslow" taken to 
Lawley's to be looked over. 

Transplanting tomatoes, cauliflower and 

Pigs put in South End pens. 

June 9 Second Friends' Day. 175 guests 

June 10 Motion pictures in the evening. 

June 1 1 Last day of school before sum- 
mer vacation. 

June 12 Louis R. Croxtall, '19, discharg- 
ed to his mother. 

June 13 The graduating class attended 
the Hawe's Church in South Boston, where a 
Baccalaureate sermon was preached for them 
by Rev. Thomas M. Mark. 

June 14 Yacht "Constellation" Commo- 
dore Herbert M. Sears, lying off Wharf. Man- 
ager Philip S. Sears and Commodore Herbert 
M. Sears visited the School. The Band seren- 
aded the "Constellation," in the evening. 

June 15 All the boys, with Mr. Bradley, 
Mr. Fay and Mr. Ferguson, went for a trip on 
the "Constellation." 

June 16 Graduation. James A. Carson, 

valedictorian, Bernard R. Morrill, salutatorian, 
and John E. Kervin, class prophet. Present 
Vice-President Charles E. Mason, Secretary 
Tucker Daland, and Managers Thomas J. Evans 
and Walter B. Foster, also 57 friends of the 
graduating class. The speaker Rev. Thomas 
M. Mark, of the Hawe's Church was introduced 
by Vice-President Charles E. Mason. 

Graduation Dance in the evening. Guests, 
Miss Reid, William G. Cummings, '97, Warren 
F. Noyes, '19, and Russell A. Adams, '19. 

June 17 Alumni Field Day. Rainy, so 
sports were held in the gymnasium. Motion 
pictures on Candy Making by The Walter M. 
Lowney Co., were shown by Howard F. 
Lochrie, '16, employed by that company. 

Dancing until 9.30 p. m. 

June 19 Instructors Day. 19 guests of 
instructors present. Dinner served on the 
lawn by the T. D. Cook Company, and enter- 
tainment afterwards in Assembly Hall by White's 
Entertainment Bureau. Dinner and entertain- 
ment provided for by President Arthur Adams. 

June 20 Through the kindness of Presi- 
dent Arthur Adams, the graduating class, the six 
members of the advanced class, Mr. Bradley and 
eight instructors went on a automobile excursion 
to Concord and Lexington. 

June 21 James A. Carson '20, left the 
School to live with his sister at 246 Shaw St., 
Lowell, Mass. James expects to go to school 
in the fall. 

Norman F. Farmer, '20, went to live with 
his grandmother at Shirley, Mass., and to work 
in the suspender factory in Shirley. 

Richard H. Hall, '20, went to visit his 
grandparents at Quonochontaug, R. I. for the 
summer. In the fall he expects to go to his 
mother in Panama where he will attend high 
school. His address will be Box 66, Cristobal, 
C. Z., Panama. 

Bernard R. Morrill, '20, left the School to 
work for the summer and go to high school in 
the fall. His address is 701 Merrimac St., 
Lowell, Mass. 


June 22 Planting corn at South End. 

Picked 16 quarts of strawberries. 

Albert Anderson, '20, went to live with 
his father and mother in Wilmington, Mass., 
1 12 Lowell Street. 

Donald W. Ellis, '20, went to live with his 
parents and probably attend high school in the 
fall. His address is 175 Springvale Avenue. 
Everett, Mass. 

Joseph C. Scarborough, ex '22, went home 
to live with his mother at 736 Harrison Ave., 

June 23 Frederick E. Munich, '20, went 
to live with his parents at 182 Black Rock 
Avenue, Bridgeport, Conn. 

Joseph Kervin and John E. Kervin both 
1920, left the School, both to go to Philadelphia 
with their mother and to work there. They will 
attend evening school. 

Arthur J. Schaefer. '20, went to live with 
his mother at 47 Essex, St. Cambridge. Mass. 
Arthur will work and attend evening high school. 

Clifton H. Sears, '20, went home to live 
with his aunt in Dennis, Mass. He will go to 
work soon. 

June 24 Picked 30 quarts of strawberries. 
Killed 30 pounds of poultry. 

June 26 Mowing in orchard. Picked 60 
quarts strawberries. 

June 28 Mowing clover by Power House. 
Planting sweet corn and soy beans at South 
End. Picked 57 quarts of strawberries. Hived 
a swarm of bees. 

June 29 Finished planting corn at South 
End. Cultivated and hoed potatoes at North 
End, strawberries, cabbage, peas and cauliflower. 
Two loads of hay from orchard. 

June 30. One load of hay from orchard. 
Picked 62 quarts of strawberries. Set 5 rows 
of celery. Finished mowing clover by Power 

Calendar so Vcars Jlgo i$70 

(As Kept By The Superintendent) 

June 9 Men engaged in planting peas, 
turnips, etc. Sold two cows to Mr. Marshall of 
Neponset for $120.00. 

June 18 Went with Mrs. Morse to look 
at carpets. While in Pray's store witnessed a 
tremendous hail storm. Had it cold and wet 
coming home. 

June 23 Mowed clover at South End. 

Mr S. C. Parkins, music teacher, left. 
Paid him in full $ 9.00. 

June 24. Very warm. Sloop General 
Grant — Capt. Packard — came and carried away 
a load of hay to South Boston. Men haying. 

June 30 Picked 50 boxes strawberries. 
Mowed. Got in hay. Hoed potatoes, beans, 

3unc mctcorolodv 

Maximum Temperature 91° on the 23rd. 

Minimum Temperature 44" on the 18th. 

Mean Temperature for the month .64 

Total precipitation 3.02 inches. 

Greatest precipitation in 24 hours .75 inch- 
es on the 22nd. 

Seven days with .01 or more inches precip- 
itation, 11 clear days, 11 partly cloudy, 8 cloudy. 

Cbc Tarm and Cradcs Scbool Bank 

Cash on hand June 1, 1920 $874.36 

Deposited during the month 

Withdrawn during the month 
Cash on hand July 1, 1920 




"We must all set our pocket watches by 
the clock of fate. There is a headlong, forth- 
right tide, that bears away man with his fancies 
like straw, and runs fast in time and space." 
Robert Louis Stevenson 


Che Jllumni }i$$ociation of the farm and trades School 

William Alcott, '84. President 

Merton p. Ellis. '99. Secretary 
25 Rockdale Street, Boston 26, Mass. 

James H. Graham. 77, Vice-President 


Richard Bell, '73, Treasurer 


Henry A. Fox. '79, Vice-President 


Howard F. Lochrie, '16, Historian 

West Roxbury 

Names of Alumni present on the Field 
Day, June 17. follows. An account of the 
days' happenings will appear in a later number 
of the Beacon. 

Adams, Russell A. 
Akerstrom, Donald B. 
Alcott, George J. 
Alcott, William and Mrs. 

Miss Louise Alcott 

Miss Marion Alcott 

William J. Alcott, Jr. 

Roger Alcott 

Miss Helen McAndrews 

Miss Irene Varrell 
Angell, Wesley C. 

Miss E. Wood 
Babcock, Lorin L. 
Bell, Richard and Mrs. 

Miss Alice Bell 

Mrs. E. W. French 
Bemis, Elwin C. 
Brasher, Sherman G. 

Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Brasher 

Mrs. I. M. Bennett 

Mrs. C. L. Murch 
Buchan, George and Mrs, 

Miss Pauline Buchan 
Calkin, Leslie M, 
Calkin, Rupert F. 
Cameron, Malcolm E. 
Capaul, Edward and Mrs, 

Miss Myrtle Capaul 

Mrs, Lena Burrows 
Casey, George W, 
Catton. Ernest M, and Mrs. 
Clarke, William S. 

Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Clarke 

Miss Evelyn Clarke 

Miss Ruth Roberts 
Cobb, Lawrence M. 
Collins, Carl H. 
Conklin, John J. and Mrs. 

John J, Conklin, Jr. 
Cummings, William G. 
Darling, Norman W. 

Mrs, R, E. Darling 
Davis, William F. 

Dudley, Herbert L. 

Duncan, Charles 

Dutton, Almond H. and Mrs. 

Donald Dutton 

Mr. and Mrs. W. 0. St. Couer 
Ellis, Howard B., Sr, and Jr. 

Ruth Thoresen 
Ellis, Merton P. and Mrs. 

Irving Ellis Jennings 
Evans, Thomas J. 
Foster, Walter B, 
Gould, Webster S. 
Graham, James H. and Mrs. 

Miss Edith Robinson 

Mrs, John Pettis 
Guillemin, Alexis L. 
Guillemin, Jean 
Hartmann, George K. and Mrs. 

Mrs. M. L. Hill 

Miss Krinski 

Mr. Charles Honigbaum 
Haskins, Mrs. M. D, 

Miss Esther Haskins 

Miss Ruth Haskins 
Herman, Walter and Mrs. 

Carl Herman 
Holman, Solomon B. 
Jacobs. Alfred W. 

Miss Helen M. Foster 
Kirwin, Walter J. 
Larsson, G, George 
Leland, Everett B, 
Lochrie, Howard F, 
Lombard, Frank I, and Mrs. 

Ernest Lombard 
McLeod, George B, 

Mrs. M. McLeod 

Mr. Thomas Fitzgerald 
Noyes, Warren F, 

Mrs, G, L. Noyes 

Miss Blanche Houlahan 
Sherman, John L, 
Simmons, Samuel J, 
Suarez, Nicholas M., Jr. 
Wallace, Frank W. 
Washburn, Frank L. and Mrs. 
Wilkins. Ellsworth S, 
Wyatt. Norman R, 

Vol. 24. No. 4. Printed at The Farm and Trades School Boston, Mass. August, 1920 

Entered November 23, 1903, at 

s. as Second-class matter, under Act of Congress of July 16, 1874. 

Tourtl) of 3ttly 

As July 4th came on Sunday, we celebrated 
it on Monday, July 5th. At 5. 13 A. M. the flag 
was raised with a cannon salute, and "To the 
Colors." Nearly three quarters of an hour later, 
reveille was sounded. Half an hour later, an 
excited group of boys were gathered around the 
Old Elm, and went into breakfast. After break- 
fast the regular work was done. A little before 
nine Dr. Bancroft arrived. He played several 
games of marbles with the boys. At nine o'clock 
we assembled by the Stock Room door and were 
given flags, torpedoes, horns, candy, and pro- 
grams; from here we went to the playground 
where the morning sports began. Cash prizes were 
awarded at the finish of each event. The glori- 
ous day passed quickly. A five pound box of 
chocolates was given to the winning side inthetug 
of war, by Howard F. Lochrie, '16. About 
eight o'clock in the evening we went to the bon- 
fire, where redlights and sparklers were given 
to us. Of the day's fun, 1 liked the water sports 
best because 1 am fon,d of swimming. I feel 
sure every one enjoyed the celebration. 

The program was as follows: 

Daylight Saving Time 

5.13 Flag Raising and Cannon Salute 

6.30 Breakfast 

9.00 Distribution of Supplies 
9.30 Sports and Races on the Playground 





Cross Country Run 

Obstacle Race 

Sack Race 

Blind Race 

Spider Race 

Pony Boxing 
Cannon Salute 
Sports and Races on Beach Road 

100-Yard Dash over 15 

100 -Yard Dash under 15 

220-Yard Dash 

Wheelbarrow race over 15 

Wheelbarrow race under 15 

Three Legged Race 

Tug of war 
Aquatic Sports by the Landing 

High Tide 3:06 

Swimming Race 
Swimming on back 
Swimming under water 
Standing Dive 
Running Dive 
Push the Barrel 
Chase the Ball 
V/alking Greased Spar 
Get-away Race 


Flag Lowering and Cannon Salute 


Cyrus W, Durgin 


CDange of mork 

Thursday the work was changed and 1 was 
put in the office. Every afternoon at one 
o'clock I go there and change my shoes and put 
on a pair of house shoes. Then I am ready 
for work. I sweep Mr. Bradley's office, then 
the boys' reading room, and last, the main 
office. When this is finished I dust all three 
rooms. Then the office instructor gives me ex- 
tra work such as cleaning the attic, cleaning 
the lofts, and waxing floors. There are cer- 
tain bells by which the instructor calls me. 
Every other Saturday 1 take duty. I do errands 
which take me to different places on the Island. 

Chester W. Buchan 

(Uaste Paper 

We do not throw our waste paper away as 
a good many people do. We save it. It is 
taken to the Storage Barn, where it is pressed 
very tightly and wires are put around it, and it is 
put up on the first landing with the other bales. 
When there are enough bales they are sold to 
someone in the city. 

Frederick R. Metcalf 

making a Box 

Lately a lot of boys have been making box- 
es in their playtime, so 1 made one. I got some 
wood and started to work by planing all the wood 
smooth. 1 then cut joints; when that was done I 
glued the parts together. 1 left it that night to 
dry, and next noon hour 1 worked on the bottom 
and top, planing these two until smooth. Then 
1 beveled the edges to 3-16 of an inch in thick- 
ness. Then I put the top and bottom on and 
glued them. 1 set in some fancy inlaying a 
quarter of an inch, around the top of the box. 
and let it dry. 1 then planed the top, sides, ends, 
and bottom, and sandpapered them. What was 
to be the cover of the box was cut open on the 
circular saw. The hinges and the clasp were 
next put on. I oiled and shellacked it, and my 
box was done. Luke W. B. Halfyard 

Swarms of Bees 

One day when 1 was mowing hay in the or- 
chard, I heard a loud humming noise near by and 
it kept growing louder and louder, I looked up 
and saw a swarm of bees, swarmmg in a tree near 
by. 1 got Mr. Brown and showed them to him. 
He told me to stay there while he got a hive. 
After they had swarmed, I still heard the noise 
and 1 found another swarm, and also told him 
about these We got one of the swarms. 

John Goodhue, Jr. 

B Crip to Revjere Beacb 

On my vacation 1 went to Revere Beach. 
As I only had a dollar I had to spend my money 
wisley because a dollar does not last long at Rev- 
ere. 1 first went on a roller coaster called the 
"Dragons Gorge." After I went into the place 
1 got into one of the cars. After the cars were 
quite well filled we started. The first thing we 
did was to go up a big incline. When we got to 
the top we went around a curve and shot down 
through the tunnel. The incline was so steep 
it almost took my breath away. After 1 came 
out I went into various other amusements that 
they have. I enjoyed the day and had quite a 
lot of fun out of my dollar. 

Robert J. Giese 

mv Ulork in the Sewing Room 

Five afternoons a week 1 go into the sewing 
room. Sometimes 1 mate stockings or draw 
them together for darning. Other days I do 
hand sewing on the old clothes or on the under- 
wear and shirts. 

The work 1 like best is hand sewing. 1 
take the black thread, a needle and a pair of 
scissors and begin on a pair of pants. First 1 
look at the fly and tighten the buttons and button 
holes, then I look at the pockets and so on a- 
round the whole pair. Then I look at the legs 
and if there is a patch to be put on, I put the 
garment on the patch pile. Or if there is darn- 
ing 1 put it in the darning basket. I do not re- 
pair many clothes but 1 do as many as I can. 
Charles N. Robbins 


n trip to see tbc $. $. Qcorge masbington 

One Sunday afternoon, Mr. Bradley an- 
nounced that we would go for a barge ride. 
We each had a bag of peanuts and a little skull 
cap, made of stripes of different colors. We 
marched down to the Wharf and got on the boat 
and went over to the South Boston Yacht Club 
where some people got off. We started on 
again (still eating our peanuts) and went over 
to the "George Washington." The President 
went to France and returned on that boat. She 
is a very large boat, with two large smoke 
stacks. While we were looking at the ship, I 
saw three destroyers. The "George Washington" 
was lying near the Army Supply Base. We 
went further on, and saw another big boat named 
the "City of Lincoln." It was a foreign ship. 
Then we started back. On our way back, we 
saw "The Guardian," a police boat. It whistled 
three times as a salute, and our steamer an- 
swered the salute. Soon we came to our 
Wharf. We marched up to the house and 
changed our clothes, and had our supper. 1 
had a fine time and I hope all the others did. 
After supper we began to change hats to get the 
the colors we wanted, that is, the boys on each 
base-ball team wanted the same color. 

Howard E. Keith 

my Ulork in tbc Printing Office 

In the afternoon when 1 go out to the print- 
ing office there are many things for me to do. 
First 1 get a pail of warm water. After this is 
done I usually ask the instructor what 1 shall do. 
Sometimes he tells me to "set up" some articles 
tor the "Beacon," which is our School paper. 
First I get a stick which is a steel frame 
about six inches long and two inches wide, i 
then get an article and set it up. This work I 
like very much as it teaches me to be quick and 
accurate. Other times I "throw in" type, that 
is, 1 distribute type that has been used into the 
different type cases. Often, after we have been 
using the printing presses, I take the gasoline 
can and a cloth and clean the ink off the type 
and rollers. 

Another job that I like is that of running the 
printing press. 1 like it very much, but as lam 
a new boy in the printing office 1 don't get it 
very often. Some other work I do is to run er- 
rands, keep the benches and floor clean, to 
straighten out the lead cases and other miscell- 
aneous work. 

1 like my work very much as it teaches me 
to be careful and to see mistakes that other- 
wise 1 might not notice. But most of all 1 like 
it because it is preparing me for a good position 
when I get out in the world. 

Theodore B. Hadley 

Quarterly Election 

On the evening of July 6 Cottage Row 
Government held its quarterly election. First 
the share-holders of Cottage Row voted, and 
then the non-share holders. The ballots were 
then taken up to the Reading Room and sorted. 
The results were listed and put up on the bulletin 
board the next morning. The officers are as 

Judge, John Goodhue Jr., Mayor, Waldo E. 
Libby; Share Holding Aldermen, Kenneth E. 
Kearns, Ralph M. Rogers, Richard H. Hanson; 
Non Share Holding Aldermen, Willis M. Smith, 
Samuel L. Whitehead; Treasurer, Theodore B. 
Hadley: Assessor, Philip F. Leary; Clerk, Daniel 
E. Smith; Chief of Police, James B. Rouse; 
Lieutenant, John M. Ely; Sergeant, Ralph L. 
Langille; Patrolmen, John E. Robertson, 
Adolph A. Lammi, William H. Waring, Albert 
Ellis, Malcolm E. Cameron; Librarian, Charles 
D. Smith, Street Commissioner, Kenneth L. 
Drown. Janitor, Paul F. Reid. 

Waldo E. Libby 


Somebody did a golden deed; 

Somebody proved a friend in need; 
Somebody sang a beautiful song; 

Somebody "smiled the whole day long; 
Somebody thought, 'Tis sweet to live"; 

Somebody said, Tin glad to give'; 
Somebody fought a valiant fight; 

Somebody lived to shield the right; 
Was that "somebody" you? — Berton Braley 


Dompson's Island Beacon 

Published Monthly by 


Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor 




Vol. 24. No. 4. August. 1920 

Subscription Price - 50 Cents Per Year 



Arthur Adams 


Charles E. Mason 


N. Penrose Hallowell 


Tucker Daland 


Melvin 0. Adams 
GoRHAM Brooks 
1. Tucker Burr 
S. V. R. Crosby 
Charles P. Curtis 
George L. DeBlois 
Thomas J. Evans 
Walter B. Foster 

Robert H. Gardiner, Jr. 
Alden B. Heeler 

Henry Jackson, M. D. 
Roger Pierce 

Richard M. Saltonstall 
Philip S. Sears 
Francis Shaw 
Moses Williams 
Ralph B. Williams 

Charles H. Bradley, Superintendent 
Alfred C. Malm, Assistant Treasurer 

This month our nation celebrates its 144th 

The successful ending of the struggle which 
resulted in the birth of a republic in 1776 was 
due very largely to the marked leadership of one 

who had won the admiration and respect of the 
colonists during experiences th^t had greatly 
shaken their faith in men, and tried their souls 
almost beyond endurance. That man was 
George Washington. 

Why should Washington have been singled 
out for this honor over others? What training 
had this brilliant and resourceful young man? 
What warranted such trust in him that he 
should be chosen the head of a new nation in a 
time of great crisis? What equipment did he 
possess that should enable him to steer the ship 
of state safely? A good home? Yes, and that 
means much. Helpful environment, — books, 
friends, social life? Unquestionably. School- 
ing, study of books, money, etc? Maybe, to some 
degree. But these were by no means all. There 
v/ere within himself certain qualities without 
which all these external influences would be 
useless. One of these qualities is best illustrat- 
ed in the following incident. 

When Washington was quite young there 
lived near him a very wealthy man who owned 
so much land he did not know where it began 
or left off. One day he told Washington, who 
had studied surveying, to mark off his bound- 
aries. So over the hills and into the woods the 
young surveyor went on his lonely and danger- 
ous task. After some weeks he brought out a 
map of the boundary lines which he presented to 
his wealthy employer. 

Many years went by. The wood lands were 
cut down and roads put through. The men then 
owning the land wanted new maps drawn of 
their property, so experts were employed to do 
the work. When it was finished they found 
that the lines made years before by young 
George Washington were exactly right and not 
a line had to be changed. 


Alone in the woods with no one to see, 
working for a man to whom a few acres more 
or less would mean nothing, the future leader 
might have gotten by with less effort on his 
part. But no! He did his work straight. He 
had set for himself a 100 per cent standard and 
would not lower it, whether he were working 
alone or in the sight of the whole world. It was 
this spirit in all his life that gave the people 
their confidence in George Washington. It was 
this which, in no small degree, made it possible 
for him to succeed in the seemingly impossible 
task that was his. 

So it has been that other lives, minus many 
of the so-called advantages, cramped in finances 
and schooling, and apparently lacking opportun- 
ities, have made good in their place just as truly 
as did Washington in his, because they did all 
their work as carefully and conscientiously as 
though the whole world saw. 

In this spirit the nation was born, and all 
the great things that she has accomplished since 
have been made possible because of an army of 
noble men and women who always made it a 
practice to do the best that was in them wheth- 
er the immediate task was small or great, in the 
lime-light or in obscurity. 

We are living in the greatest period of the 
world's history. With the great work of recon- 
struction before us, men who stand for som.ething 
worth while and who can be counted on to do 
things will be at a premium. Every life has 
something it can contribute. What that contri- 
bution shall be will vary according to the gifts 
and abilities of each, but let us be very sure of 
this: there can be no better preparation for our 
work than to acquire the habit of doing every- 
thing as though it were to be seen of all men. 


July 1 George W. Vincent, '20, left the 
School to live with his mother. 

Mowing clover below orchard. Hoeing 
potatoes at North End. Two loads of hay put 
in barn. 

Motion pictures at night. 

July 2 Put in four loads of clover from 
near Power House. Picked 30 quarts straw- 

July 3 One load of hay put in. 

July 5 Independence Day Celebration. 
Cannon salute at 5:13 A.M. Sports on the 
playground in the morning, and water sports 
and races on Beach Road in the afternoon. 
Bonfire at South End in the evening. 

Dr. Bancroft here, also Graduates Sherman 
G. Brasher, 77, Edwin F. Brasher, 77, Walter 
Carpenter, '99, Howard F. Lochrie, '16, and 

Four puppies bcrn to "Babe,"' the fox terrier 

July 7 Sixty-three boys went on an eight 
day furlough. 

July 8 Thomas L. Unwin, '20, left the 
School to go to work and to live with his mother 
at 154 Belmont Street, Maiden. 

A yearling Guernsey bull came. 

Picking cherries and wild strawberries. 

July 9 Mrs. White — formerly Miss 
Longley — former instructor, visited the School. 

Mr. Charles M. Green of the General 
Electric Co., and man from Frank Ridlon Co., 
here to look at generator. 

July 1 1 Launch ride for instructors and 
boys not on furlough to see the Japanese and 
the Danish warships at Commonwealth Pier. 

July 14 Admission Committee Meeting. 
The following boys were admitted on trial: 
Gunnar Emmanuel Anderson. James Hudson 
Beattie, Walter Hammond Curtis, Henry Elwin 
Gilchrist, Eugene Crian Horsey, Howard Edwin 
Keith, Edward Lovelace McAlister, Robert 
Lawrence McAlister, Herbert Edward Noble, 
Edward Valdemar Osberg, Harry Nelson Perkins, 
George Harry Rose, and Herbert Eldridge Wright. 


July 15 Manager Ralph B. Williams 
visited the School. 

Boys returned from their furloughs at 4:00 
P. M. 

July 16 Manager Walter B. Foster here 
examining wharf piling. 

Spraying potatoes and hoeing corn. Two 
cads of hay in. 

July 17 Five loads of hay in. 

Mr. Ferris took the five boys who had no 
furlough to Revere Beach. 

July 20 Two loads of hay brought in. 

July 21 School opened. 

Two loads of hay and buckwheat by orchard 
put in. 

July 22 Eugene C. Horsey and Harry N. 
Perkins returned to their people. 

Four loads of hay put in barn. 

Motion pictures in the evening. 

July 23 An automobile trip along the 
North Shore for those of the instructors who did 
not go on the Concord and Lexington trip. 
Visited the "House of Seven Gables"in Salem. 
This trip provided for by our President, Arthur 

Two loads of hay put in. 

July 24 Two loads of hay put in. 

July 25 Sunday. Mr. Arthur Beane, 
former instructor, with family, visited the School. 

A barge ride to the navy-yard for instructors 
and boys. Saw the "George Washington" at 
Commonwealth Pier. 

July 26 Three loads of hay in. 

July 27 Manager Walter B. Foster here, 
with Mr. WilHam H. Ellis, of the W. H. Ellis 
Co. here to consult about the Wharf. 

No school, boys weeding in gardens, also 
seven instructors who volunteered. 

Blacksmith here in the morning, and the 
veterinary in the afternoon, who operated on 
horse "Dennis," and snipped puppies tails. 

Three loads of hay put in. 

July 28 No school, and weeding continued. 
Spraying potatoes. 

Three loads of hay brought in. 

Man here to measure for new window shades 
as needed. 

July 29 Three loads of hay brought in. 

Motion pictures in the evening, "The Battle 
of Elderbush Gulch." 

July 30 Painting rooms. 

Two loads of hay brought in. 

July 31 Mowing oats at South End. 

Four loads of hay brought in. 

Frank A. Crowe, ex '21, returned to his 

' Leslie H. Barker, '13, visited the School 
in the afternoon. 

Calendar so Vcars Jfgo i$70 

(As Kept By The Superintendent) 

July 4 Ushers in the " Glorious Fourth." 
Boys called at 5 1-2. Breakfast of rolls and 
cake. Dinner, roast veal, green peas, etc. 
Swims — sails — lemonade. Supper of cakes, 
followed by antiques and horribles and fireworks. 
The day passed very pleasantly and happily to 
all concerned. 

July 6 Morn fine. Commenced mowing 
good grass. Wind changed to east. Signs of 
rain. Poor hay weather. 

July 9 Fine, and we have improved it, 
too, by getting in a large lot of hay. 

July 10 A perfect day. Mr. S. G. 
Deblois and Father Cleaveland visited us. Mr. 
C. though in his 98th or 99th year was remarkably 
clear and entertaining, and seemed to enjoy his 
visit very much. 

July 14 This has been a splendid hay day. 
Got in 1 1 loads froui sheep hill and near house. 

July 15 Secured 10 loads of hay. Cut 

July 17 Sunday. A lovely day. All 
passed a quiet day. We rested. 

July 21 Mowed the last of our English grass. 
We have been successful in securing our crops 
notwithstanding the weather. 


July metcorolodv 

Maximum Temperature 88° on the 31st. 

Minimum Temperature 58^ on the 3rd and 

Mean Temperature for the month 71.° 

Total precipitation .01 inches. 

Greatest precipitation in 24 hours .01 inch- 
es on the 3rd. 

Seven days with .01 or more inches precip- 
itation, 12 clear days, 17 partly cloudy, 2 cloudy. 

Cbe Tartti and trades School Bank 

Cash on hand July 1, 1920 $731.60 

Deposited during the month 

Withdrawn during the month 
Cash on hand August 1, 1920 





B Pleasant time 

While most of the boys were on their vaca- 
tions Mr. and Mrs. Brown gave a party to the 
boys who did not go on vacations. The party 
was given in the evening of July 13. When all 
was ready the boys carried the food and water to 
the north end of the Island where a fire was 
made. When the fire started to go down, we 
were given bread to toast, bacon to fry, and buns. 
When these were eaten we were given marsh- 
mallows. We sharpened some sticks on which 
to put the bacon and marshmallows, and then 
we toasted and ate them. Before we started 
back we were given sticks to burn to keep the 
mosquitoes away. We had a very pleasant 
evening. Eric 0. Schippers 

J\ 6ood Triend 

1 work on the farm in the afternoon and 
whenever 1 have time 1 go down to pat my 
favorite horse, Dolly Gray. 

When I got my bundle Christmas, I gave 
Dolly Gray some Christmas candy. She liked 
it very much, and when 1 pat her, she chews a 
button on my coat. She will shake hands with 
me and put her head over my shoulder. 

I think she is a very good friend, and we 
like each other very much.' The next time I 
have candy I am going to put it in my pocket 
and see if she can find it. 

John P. Davidson 

Grade Reading 

Every Monday night there is grade read- 
ing, in winter the grade is read in Chapel, in the 
summer time out under the Old Elm or in the 
Assembly Room. If a boy is in the fourth grade 
without being checked he gets into the third 
grade. It is the same from third to second and 
and second to first. The boys in the first grade 
get privileges, such as swimming or coasting, 
every day in the week. The boys in the second 
grade have these special privileges on Tuesdays, 
Thursdays and Saturdays and the boys in the 
third grade on Saturdays. The fourth graders 
have to work in their playtime and have no privi- 

After the grade reading Mr. Bradley tells 
us some of the news of the week. Grade read- 
ing night is often very interesting to us. 


mowing Urns 

The lawns have to be kept mowed on our 
Island. Everyone has a share in mowing lawns. 
We have three large lawn mowers and two small 
ones. One day, there was no school and I was 
told to mow lawns. 1 took the lawn mower that 
I thought was the best. I started to mow on the 
front lawn. The way we mow is to take strips 
across the lawn and lap over half each time. 
This way no ragged edges can be seen as each 
grass strip is left and it makes the lawn look 
smooth. 1 mowed until the bell rang. 

Donald McKenzie 

'We build the ladder by which we rise. 
And we mount to the summit round by 



Cbe B\mm J!$$ociation of the Tartu and trades School 

WrLLiAM Alcott, '84, President 

Merton p. Ellis, '99, Secretary 
25 Rockdale Street, Boston 26, Mass. 

James H. Graham, 77, 'Vice-President 
Richard Bell, '73, Treasurer 

Henry A. Fox. 79. Vice-President 


Howard F. Lochrie, '16, Historian 

■West Roxbury 

:Rnnual Tield Bay 

Again this year unfavorable weather pre- 
vailed for the annual field day of the Alumni 
Association en June 17, but despite that cir- 
cumstance the old reliable School management 
proved equal to the occasion, and the program 
arranged for the day made it one of the most 
enjoyable in the history of these events. 

The attendance was slightly over 100, of 
whom 52 were graduates, and 55 were guests. 
The Pilgrim was used to convey the visitors 
from City Point to the Island, and although 
several trips were necessary, everybody was 
transported comfortably through the easterly 

The business meeting of the association 
was brief, and was held in the Assembly Hall. 
William Alcott, the president, presided; 
Richard Bell, the treasurer, presented to Mr. 
Bradley, for the Board of Managers, the sum of 
$350 to be added to the Alumni Fund, which 
brought the total up to $3475. Walter B. 
Foster, chairman of the Alumni Fund 
Committee, and graduate representative on the 
Board of Managers, spoke earnestly of the pur- 
pose of the fund. Samuel J. Simmons, a grad- 
uate of 1 852, spoke of boyhood recollections, and 
Superintendent Bradley told of the progress of 
the year. A collection among the graduates for 
the purpose of providing Mr. Bradley with a fund 
for special and emergency uses of the boys, 
netted $78.00. 

Being unable to picnic on the lawns, tables 
were spread in the southwest basement, lovingly 
nicknamed "The Rathskeller, "and there both at 
noon and at the supper hour the company 
brought their baskets and boxes and spent two 
very pleasant sessions. Hot coffee, cold milk 

and tonics were supplied for all, while for those 
who had not brought their own picnic lunch, 
sandwiches were served. 

The athletic contests and sporting events, 
participated in by the undergraduates, were held 
in Gardner Hall, and for more than an hour e- 
voked hilarious laughter for the spectators. Cash 
prizes furnished by the alumni, were awarded in 
every event. Then nearly everybody went over 
to the Assembly Hall, where movie films were 
shown by Howard F. Lochrie, ')6, and this was 
followed by a band concert and dancing. After 
supper there was more dancing and community 
singing, and it was hard indeed to break off the 
festivities and take departure. 

Joseph J. Colson, '85, one of the earli- 
est members of the Boston Musicians Union, 
and a well known cornetist, died May 21, at his 
home, 76 Sunnyside Ave., Winthrop, after an 
illness of many months, aged 51. 

Born in Boston, he entered The Farm and 
Trades School in 1879 and upon graduation in 
1 885, took up music as a profession. For more 
than 25 years he was cornet soloist at Keith's 
Theatre and Gordon's Olympia in Boston. Dur- 
ing the war he was employed at the Charlestown 
Navy yard, until his health failed. 

He is survived by a wife, who was Edith 
Ball of East Boston, and by three children, the 
eldest of whom is Melvin E. Colson, who went 
overseas with the 101st Infantry, and in France 
was commissioned a first lieutenant, and served 
with the 146th Infantry. He is also survived 
by two brothers, Fred, who is a musician on the 
U. S. S. Connecticut, and Charles of Whitman, 
also a musician, both graduates of this School. 

Vol. 24. No. 5. Printed at The Farm and Trades School Boston, Mass. September, 1920. 

Entered November 23, 1903, at Boston, Mass. as Second-class matter, under Act of Congress of July 16, 1874. 

Printitid tbc Beacon 

The Beacon is made up of articles which 
the boys write during their school hours. They 
write about their work, play and various other 
things concerning the School and this is part of 
their English and spelling lessons. After the 
teachers correct the articles, they are sent to 
the Office where they are looked over and 
the best ones picked out and sent to the 
Printing Office. Here they are again looked 
over and made ready for composing. The 
heading is set in 10 point Bradley, caps and 
lower case and the body in 10 point Gushing 
caps and lower case. Proofs are then taken on 
the proof press and are proof read, and errors and 
changes to be made are marked. After these er- 
rors have been corrected, another proof is taken 
and sent to the Office, where they are again 
proof read and sent back to the Printing Office 
and the corrections are made according to the 
corrected proof. 

The type is now ready to be put into pages. 
This is one of the most important and interest- 
ing features. The pages are 50 ems long and 
33 ems wide. It is planned to put in as many in- 
teresting articles as there is room for, and to re- 
present as many different boys as possible. Be- 
sides boys' articles there are the managers' list, 
editorial, calendar, meteorology, bank statement 
and alumni notes. A verse or quotation 
is usually put in on the lower right hand corner 
of page seven or page three. As soon as the 
paging is done comes the imposing or locking 

the pages into a chase. Two pages are "locked 
up" at a time, making four forms in all. The 
type is now ready for the press. The large 
press which is a Colts Armory Universal is used 
for this and takes a form 14 by 22 inches. 
Power is furnished by a two horse power electric 
motor which gives the press 1500 impressions an 
hour on high speed, 1 ,000 at half and 600 at low. 
Pages 1 and 8 are printed first then 4 and 
5, then 2 and 7, and 3 and 6, this giving time 
for each form to dry, before printing the next 
one. About 1050 Beacons are printed, making 
2100 sheets to handle. When they are dry, 
the folding and inserting is started; this is quick 
work as there is only one fold on each sheet. 
As soon as there is a good pile folded, they are 
stitched. A Boston Wire Stitcher using num- 
ber 25 wire does the stitching. This machine 
is run by the same motor by which the presses are 
run. It is a very serviceable machine, easy to 
operate and does very good work. 

After the stitching is finished, the Beacons 
are counted out in piles of 25, and are put through 
the cutter which takes a quarter of an inch off the 
top and bottom, and an eighth of an inch off 
the side. 

The Beacons are now finished and sent to 
the Office where they are again folded in the 
middle and wrapped, addressed and stamped, 
ready to be sent out in the mail, given to the 
boys and instuctors and a few put on file. 

James B. Rouse 


mr. jidam's Tuncral 

Mr. Melvin O. Adams, a well known mem- 
ber of the Board of Managers, died suddenly 
Monday evening, Aug. 9, 1920. His funeral 
was arranged for Thursday. The services were 
held at King's Chapel Boston, and a group of boys 
to represent The Farm and Trades School, was 
chosen to attend the services. At 7. 1 5 A. M. we 
put on our uniforms, shined our shoes, etc, and 
went to the Reading Room to wait till all was 
ready. We were soon at City Point where we 
boarded a Boston car. We arrived at the church 
at about 10:15 A. M. where we were assigned 
seats in a pew situated on the right hand balcony. 
The services began at 10:30 A. M. They were 
brief, but impressive. There was no music save 
the organ preceeding and following the services. 
At the close, we started for City Point reaching 
there about 11: 15. A.M. Mr. Adams was a 
well known man of Boston and was president of 
the Boston, Revere Beach & Lynn Railroad. 
He was one of the best managers of our time and 
was a great friend to this School. Our flag was at 
half mast in honor of his memory, for three days. 
Ralph H. Swenson 

B Baseball Game 

One of the best ball games we have had 
this year was played on Sept. 4, 1920. This 
game was between teams A and C. When the 
game started team A was the first to bat. 

Neither side scored for the first four inn- 
ings. In the fifth inning team A scored two runs 
and we, team C, scored two runs. In their half of 
the sixth they scored four runs and in our half we 
scored one run. With the score 6-3 against 
us the outlook was very gloomy. At the begin- 
ingofthe seventh they scored one run, — 7-3, 
against our team! Nevertheless we fought 
and scored two runs. Then the game ended 
as it was only a seven inning game and they won 
7-5. It was a hard fought game. The capt- 
tains were Luke W. B. Halfyard and myself. 
Waldo E. Libby 

€oai Supply 

Aug. 1 2, the barge Pocasset of the Maritime 
Coal Co. came here with some screenings and 
hard coal. They made fast to the south side 
of the Wharf and by the aid of a boom they 
hoisted on to the Wharf a hopper. The boom 
which had a grab on the end of it would go into 
the barge and fill up with coal. Then the engin- 
eer would push a lever and the grab would rise 
into the hopper and return for more. There were 
four one horse tipcarts and one two horse tip- 
cart brought into action. A boy would lead a 
horse down to the Wharf and under the shute 
and the coal would come from the hopper into 
the shute and then into the cart. We would 
fill the one horse tipcarts about three quarters full 
and the two horse cart full. We would then go 
up to the scales by the barn and have , it 
weighed. The weight would be from eight hun- 
dred to eighteen hundred pounds. We would 
then take the coal to the coal pile by the Boat 
House or to the Power House or woodceller. 
After the barge was emptied which took a few 
days it returned for a load of soft coal. The 
second load of 400 tons reached here Friday, 
Aug. 20. It was emptied Monday afternoon. 
The mein except the fireman, went home every 
night while working here. When dinner or sup- 
per came the boys who worked on the coal came 
up black. They would take a bath and put on 
clean clothes. Ralph M. Rogers 

Cbc Crescent Cottage 

The Crescent Cottage is the third cottage 
from the lower end of Cottage Row. I own a 
share in it with two other boys. We decorate 
the cottage with pennants, vases, or any other 
pretty things. At the north side we have a wall 
seat with a cupboard. We can invite our friends 
down there on Friend's Days. Most of the cot- 
tages look like real houses. We have wmdows, 
rugs, telephones, pictures, tables, chairs, and all 
the things of a regular house. 1 like our cottage 
very much. 

Desmond Anderson 


my new mork 

One day some new boys came to the School. 
About a week after that, one of them was put in 
the dining-room to work in my place. 1 had 
been in there almost a year, so 1 was glad to go 
somewhere else. 

I hoped my next job was to be carpentry, 
but evidently there was no place for me, for 1 
found myself on the farm. Some days 1 hoe 
weeds, but when the coal came 1 helped to un- 
load it. The first day I helped push the coal 
into the manholes; the next day I drove a horse 
which carried coal to the coal pile. 

When the coal was unloaded we had other 
things to do, such as gathering vegetables or 
getting millet for the cows. My outdoor job 
makes me feel more tired, but I know 1 have 
done my bit. I like to work outside. 

Barton N. Slade 


Swimming is one of the boys' best sports. 
The first graders can go in every day, the sec- 
ond on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, 
the third on Saturday and Sunday only, and the 
fourth can't go in at all. 

When we are going to have a swim we 
form in line and go down to the shore. We 
undress on the grass facing the beach. As 
soon as we get down there Mr. Brown blows a 
whistle for us to undress and then one for us to 
go in. The boys that can swim usually dive off 
the Wharf and swim out to the float. On the 
float is a diving board on which the boys have 
great times. After we have been in a while 
Mr. Brown blows four long blasts on the whistle. 
This means that our time is up and to come in 
and dress. 

William F. Anderson 

Cl)c Band Practice 

Each boy is supposed to practise at least 
three hours during each week. Our time for 
each day is put down on a list which is posted. 
At the beginning of each week a new list is put 

up, and the week's record is put on a larger list. 
The fourth graders have a chance to practice 
every day. 

Any boy who does not have at least three 
hours' practice probably would be checked. 

Arthur W. Gaunt 

morniitd Routine in the Caundrv 

At the laundry in the morning, there are 
three regular boys, and one extra boy to help 
until school time. 

On Monday morning when the boys enter 
the laundry the three regular boys go to the 
wash tubs, and wash parts of the instructors' 
clothing while the other boy sorts the boys' 
clothes. When this is done the instructors' 
sheets and flatwork are washed quite enough, so 
the washer is stopped and the clothes are taken 
out and put in the extractor, or wringer, where 
they stay 10 minutes or over. When 10 min- 
utes is up, they are put into the tumbler, or drier, 
and shaken out; then they are put through the 
press ironer, and folded. The boys' sheets are 
then put through the process and that ends our 
work for Monday. 

Tuesday, two boys who can iron best, iron 
instructors' clothing while 1 run the machinery, 
and do the boys' clothes. 

Wednesday is cleaning day. The brass is 
polished, the machinery and shafting cleaned, 
the tables and washers scrubbed, the floor swept 
and other things done. When that is accom- 
plished we "Start up," and begin on the waiters' 
coats, and aprons. I run the collar press 
which irons the collars, and fronts of the coats, 
while another boy runs the body iron, and irons 
the body part of the coat, and the third 
boy does the finishing up and the sleeves. If 
there is time after this, the instructor has us 
deliver the instructors' clothes. 

Thursday, we do the boys towels, handker- 
chiefs and socks. There are also some instruc- 
tors' things left to be done. 

Cyrus W. Durgin. 


Cbompson's island Beacon 

Published Monthly by 


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September, 1920 

Vol. 24. No. 5. 

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Arthur Adams 


Charles E. Mason 


N. Penrose Hallowell 


Tucker Daland 


GoRHAM Brooks 
1. Tucker Burr 
S. V. R. Crosby 
Charles P. Curtis 
George L. DeBlois 
Thomas J. Evans 
Walter B. Foster 

Robert H. Gardiner, Jr. 
Alden B. Hefler 

Henry Jackson, M. D. 
Roger Pierce 

Richard M. Saltonstall 
Philip S. Sears 
Francis Shaw 
Moses Williams 
Ralph B. Williams 

Charles H. Bradley, Superintendent 
Alfred C. Malm, Assistant Treasurer 

Mr. Melvin Ohio Adams, for 20 years a 
member of the Board of Managers of The 
Farm and Trades School, died at his home in 
Boston on August 9, in his 70th year. 

Born on November 7, 1850, the son of a 

farmer, in Ashburnham, Mass., he attended the 
common schools of his native town and an 
academy at New Ipswich, N. H., a few miles 
away. At the age of 17 he entered Dartmouth 
College and graduated four years later, with an 
ambition to become a lawyer. In order to 
obtain money for the purpose of study, he took 
up school teaching, and was able at the same 
time to read law in an office in Fitchburg. 
In three years he was ready for the law school, 
and went to Boston, where he entered Boston 
University, and was graduated in 1875. He 
was admitted to the bar the same year, and 
within a short time was invited to become an 
assistant district attorney for Suffolk County, 
a position he accepted and held for 10 years, 
retiring to enter private practice with the late 
Augustus Russ. Mr. Adams early made a 
reputation as a ready and effective speaker, and 
he was considered one of the best jury lawyers 
at the bar. In 1904 he accepted an appoint- 
ment from President Roosevelt as United 
States District Attorney for Massachusetts. 

Since 1891 he had been president of the 
Boston, Revere Beach & Lynn Railroad, and 
he made the little system not only successful fi- 
nancially, but popular with the public because of 
its efficient and satisfactory service. 

Yet these facts of biography do not portray 
the worth of the character of Mr. Adams. 
He was intensely loyal in his devotions. He 
was a lover of humanity. He found deepest joy 
in helping his fellow men. Few men have as- 
serted their loyalty as he did. In his railroad 
enterprise, whose good name was on everybody's 
lips, he found opportunity to develop ideas long 
cherished. Every summer he was able to give 
employment to scores of students working their 
way through college (and a preponderance from 
his own Dartmouth College), and every young 
man so employed who made good gave him a 
satisfaction which he delighted to express. He 
showed his loyalty to his native town of 
Ashburnham and his college alma mater by giv- 
ing their names to two of the ferryboats of the 
railroad company. 


His interest in The Farm and Trades 
School and in its graduates was deep and con- 
stant. Often it was his advice and his help 
which relieved an emergency, and he was ever 
ready to help. In his professional capacity as 
attorney he was able with tact and sincerity 
to present the moral claims of this school upon 
persons of wealth. In the gatherings of the 
alumni no one was more welcome than he, and 
his addresses, especially at the recent annual 
dinners, were sources of inspiration. At the last 
annual dinner of the Alumni Association he 
spoke with emphatic indorsment of the sugges- 
tion, broached earlier by another speaker, to 
have a larger representation of the alumni on 
the Board of Managers, a suggestion which later 
received his approval in the meeting of the 
Board, when two alumni representatives were 
elected thereto. 

Mr. Adams will be missed in many circles, 
but in none will the loss be more seriously felt 
than in the circle of interests centering in The 
Farm and Trades School. 


August 1 Mr. and Mrs. F. C. Shaw, form- 
er instructors, here for over Sunday. 

August 2 Putting in hay from South End. 

Weeding in garden. 

August 3 Howard F. Lochrie, '16, here 
to spend his vacation and help as needed. 

August 4 Veterinary here in the after- 

Cutting out by Farm House corn stalks in- 
fested by European corn borer. 

August 5 Assistant Treasurer Alfred C. 
Malm, '97, with Mr. George D. Bourcy visited 
the School, also Erwin L. Coolidge, ex '16. 

Motion pictures in the evening. 

August 6 Third Friends' Day. Present, 
200 guests. 

Mowing by east side meadow with machine; 
boys mowing by hand. 

August 7 Theodore Miller, '09, here for 
the afternoon. 

August 9 Manager Melvin O. Adams died 

Mowing oats on Oak Knoll. 

August 10 200 tons screenings came, 
also 50 tons stove coal. 

August 11 Admission Day. Seven boys 
were admitted as follows: Clifton Ellsworth 
Albee, Robert Harlan Carney, William Earl 
Ericsson, William Rollin Holman, James Edward 
Hughes, Roger Kinsman Smith, and Raymond 
Thomas. Five came directly to the School. 

August 12 Funeral of Manager Melvin O. 
Adams. Mr. Bradley, with Miss Winslow, 
Elwin C. Bemis, '16, and Howard F. Lochrie, 
'16, and nine boys attended • from the School. 
The managers were represented by President 
Arthur Adams and Walter B. Foster, Mr. Foster 
being also an alumnus. The Alumni also were 
represented by William Alcott, '84, Merton P. 
Ellis, '97, Richard Bell, '73, Soloman B. Holman, 
'50, Edward A. Moore, '79, and John F. 
Peterson, '95. 

Two boys admitted on August 1 1 th, William 
Rollin Holman and Roger Kinsman Smith, came 
to the School. 

Motion pictures in the evening, 

August 13 New boys measured for new 

August 14 Howard F. Lochrie, '16, left. 

Chester T. Smith, ex '21, here to spend 

Mowing oats in back of Cottages and by 
Back Road. 

August 16 Clarence W. Loud, '96, with 
his wife and three children, spent the day at the 

Boys out of school, and weeding for a few 

August 18 President Arthur Adams visit- 
ed the School. 

August 19 Second barge containing 400 
tons of soft coal came. 

Motion pictures in the evening. 

August 20 Franklin P. Miller, '18, came 
to visit for a few days and help as needed. 

August 21 Manager, Dr. Henry Jackson 
visited the School. 

August 24 Man from Mutual Boiler In- 
surance Company here to inspect the "Pilgrim's" 


Drawing in oats. 

Walter I.Tassinari, '14,here for overnight. 

August 25 Dr. Bancroft here, and vac- 
cinated 15 boys. 

Drawing in oats. 

August 26 Motion pictures in the even- 

August 28 Ralph H. Swenson, Ex '21, 
left the School to help his father. Ralph will 
work for the Hood Rubber Company, and attend 
continuation school. He lives at 194 Dudley 
Street, Roxbury, Mass. 

August 30 Mr. Beadle, of the Electric 
Storage Battery Company here to examine stor- 
age battery. 

Man from S. H. Couch Company here to 
put in order the local telephones. 

Calcnaar so years M^ i$7o 

(As Kept By The Superintendent) 

August 8. 'Tis trying weather. My men 
are threshing barley. 

August 10. Joseph went to get oxen and 
horses shod at Quincy. The School continues 
about the same every day. As many boys as 
can be employed to advantage on the farm and 
about the house, are so employed every day. 
The remainder are in School. 

August 27. Gave all of the boys play. 
Went to South End and had a game of ball. 

Bnmt meteorology 

Maximum Temperature 93° on the 9th. 
Minimum Temperature 59° on the 1st. 
Mean Temperature for the month 69.° 
Total precipitation .10 inches. 
Greatest precipitation in 2 hours . 10 inches. 
One days with .01 or more inches precip- 
itation, 2 clear days, 29 partly cloudy, cloudy. 

Cbe Tarm and trades School Bank 

Cashonhand Aug. 1, 1920 $827.45 

Deposited during the month 32.42 

Withdrawn during the month 31.29 

Cashonhand Sept. I, 1920 $828.58 

OurCanguage Pledge 

The boys of my class made a language 
pledge on September 15, 1920; the pledge is: 

"1 pledge allegiance to my flag and to the 
language for which it stands, the English lan- 
guage, which I pledge myself to speak and write 
more correctly and a little better each day." 

I think it is a very good pledge. We all 
said we would try to remember the pledge and 
correct ourselves every time we made a mistake 
in writing or speaking. We are trying to write 
better each day. We will stick to the pledge 
and so improve our English. 

William R. Holman 

Rowing Practice 

One day the captain of the boat crew asked 
how many of the crew wanted to go out in the 
"Chilton;" many of the fellows wanted to, but the 
captain picked out nine. We went down to the 
Boat House and got the rollers in place. We 
then launched the boat and pulled away. We 
rowed around until eight o'clock. We had some 
fine practice. The captain took charge of the 
crew but gave the other three officers a turn at 
the tiller. We made very good progress and 
hope to go out again soon. John M. Ely 


A mosquito lays its eggs on the surface of 
the water, in ditches, old tin cans and in low 
places in the ground where water settles. To 
stop their breeding, gas oil is sprinkled on. This 
forms a coating on the surface of the water 
stopping the larvae from getting air which of 
course kills them. There are five boys who 
have charge of the oiling of these breeding 
places, and I am one. Charles D. Smith 



B Corn Roa$r 

Wednesday evening, September 15, a no- 
tice was posted on the bulletin board reading: 
"There will be a corn roast tonight at eight 
o'clock." Everybody was excited. 1 went 
down and helped get wood for the fires, putting 
it in two piles. At eight o'clock we marched 
down to the beach where Mr. Bradley was. 
Benches were brought down and we sat and 
sang until the fires were ready. 

Soon somebody said, "Line up for corn." 
There was a dash for a line. When we got 
our corn we stuck the end of our stick into it 
and held it in the fire till it was roasted good; 
then we put some butter and salt on it. Oh! 
but wasn't it dandy! 1 ate quite a few ears and 
1 couldn't eat any more. Roasting one ear I 
burnt my hand and it stung. 1 enjoyed the corn 
roast very much and 1 think all the other boys 
did. Howard E. Keith 

Our Bce$ 

The other day a man came to look at our 
bees. I was given the privilege of watching 
him. He took a smoker and put it near the 
hive, and began smoking the bees. We have 
two hives of bees; the first had no bees in it. 
He told us that when a hive of bees died it was 
best to lock the hive, because there were rob- 
bers among bees as well as people. 

We then opened the second hive. He 
found the comb had plenty of honey, but the 
bees needed pollen. When the dandelions 
come they will be able to get some. 

The third comb had the queen in it. There 
is one queen in each hive, also a number of 
kings or drones. The drones do no work, and 
have larger cells than the workers. The 
queen does the hardest work of the hive for she 
lays 3000 to 5000 eggs a day. 

The workers or citizens of the hive are 

smaller than the drones or queen. These bees 

gather all the honey, wax and pollen. I enjoyed 

listening and watching the bee man very much. 

John P. Davidson 

l)OW Dell caught a Hat 

One of our dogs, Del, is a very fine fox terri- 
er. One morning I saw him going along a bank. 
He took a sniff of every hole he passed. At last 
he came to the hole he was looking for. He 
sniffed and sniffed. He then began to dig, 
so I helped him to dig his hole. After awhile 
he took another sniff and went on with his digging. 
He dug in so far that you could not see him 
if you stood on the top of the hill or on the road. 
The hole was about 1 -2 a foot in diameter.about 
two feet along the bank and about a foot into the 
bank. At last he got to the end of the hole and 
out he jumped with a rat in his mouth. Del likes 
to dig rats. It is very comical to watch him. 
1 like to dig rats too. 

Raymond H. McQuesten 

CDc Tourtb Grade 

When a boy gets in the fourth grade he has 
no time to do the things he would like to do. He 
works his play time except on Sunday, and is 
liable to be called on anytime to do a small job. 
He has to sit on a bench all by himself when he 
is not at work. He loses all the pleasures the 
other grades enjoy, and has to go to bed early. 
I do not think it pays to be a fourth grader. 

Alexander McKenzie 

mixind Paint 

This morning the paint shop instructor and 
I mixed paint to use on the barn. We first took 
a keg that holds about 15 gallons and put into it 
100 pounds of "Dutch boy" white lead, 3 gallons 
of linseed oil and 1 1-2 gallons of turpentine 
and mixed them all together, it will take about 
six hundred pounds of white lead to paint the 
barn. First we will put on a priming coat and 
then a finishing coat. 

Stanley W. Higgins 

"To live is sometimes very difficult, but it 
is never meritorious in itself; and we must have 
a reason to allege to our own conscience why we 
should continue to exist upon the crowded earth." 



Cbe Jllutnni Jfssociatlon of Cbe farm and trades School 

William Alcott, '84. President 

Merton p. Ellis, '97, Secretary 
25 Rockdale Street, Boston 26 

James H. Graham, 77, Vice-President 


Richard Bell. '73, Treasurer 


Henry A. Fox, '79, Vice-President 


Howard F Lochrie, '16, Historian 

West Roxbury 

Samuel J. Simmons, '51, one of the two 
oldest living graduates of the School, both of 
whom were present at the annual dinner of Jan- 
uary last, has a Civil War record as follows: 

His name is upon the Muster-out-Roll of 
Co. K, 15th Regt. Mass. Vounteer Infantry- 
Col. Devens; he enlisted on the 1st day of July, 
1 86 1 , and mustered into the service of the United 
States on the 12th day of July, 1861, where he 
served for three years. He was mustered out 
on the 28th day of July, 1864. 

He received his first promotion after his 
first battle of Balls Bluff, and was promoted to 
Corporal-Sergeant after the battle of Antietam 
where the 15th Regiment lost more killed and 
mortally wounded than any other regiment on 
the field. He was made 1st sergeant after the 
battle of Gettysburg, when on the 3rd of July he 
was wounded while leading his company against 
Pickett's charge. He commanded his company 
at Bristoe Station, Wilderness, Spottsylvania, 
where at the Bloody Angle, he was wounded, 
losing part of his left hand. He served in all the 
battles of the Army of the Potomac from 1861 
to May 12, 1864. He was never sick for an 
hour or off duty except when wounded, 

Joseph J. Colson, '85, a well-known 
cornetist died on May 20th at his home in Win- 
throp. Mr. Colson studied instrumental music 
here at the School, and after his graduation took 
up music as a profession. For over 25 years he 
was cornet soloist at Keith's Theatre and Gor- 
don's Olympia in Boston. During the war he 
was employed at the Charlestown Navy-yard un- 
til his health failed. He was one of the earliest 
members of the Boston Musicians' Union. He 
is survived by a wife, three children and two 

Elkanah D. LeBlanc, '97, recently has 
been transferred from Division 14 of the Police 
Force to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation. 

Howard A. Delano, ' 1 3, visited the School 
this year for the first time since his graduation. 
After he left the School, Howard went to work 
on a farm in Ludlow, Vt., for his uncle, W, J. 
Delano. He remained there for four years and 
after a year spent on another farm in Ludlow, he 
went to Cornish, Maine, where he has a sister. 
He is now employed on a large dairy farm in 

Lester E. Cowden, '16, left us in the 
summer of 1916, and went to work as a me- 
chanic for the Taft Pierce Mfg. Co., and has 
remained there up to the present time, with the 
exception of two and one half years when he was 
in the service. He was in the 1 1 th Machine 
Gun Battalion, 4th Division, 7th Brigade, and 
ranked as a mechanic. He had 15 months over 
seas' service. 

Lester visited the School on April 3rd. 
He is now leaving the Taft Pierce Mfg. Co. and 
is going to the Michigan State Auto School, 
His home address is 54 Snow Street, Woon- 
socket, R, I. 

Hubert N. Leach. '16, upon leaving the 
School, went to work upon a farm, where he re- 
mained until he entered the service. He was in 
the Headquarters Co., 11th Infantry, 5th Di- 
vision, 9th Brigade, and was in the service for 
18 months. He is now employed as machinist 
by the Merrimac Chemical Company. His ad- 
dress is 7 Hubbard Road, Dorchester. 

Sidney C. Varney, '16, who is in the 
Navy, sends us a card from Colon. He had re- 
cently arrived at Barbados from Gibraltar. 

Vol. 24. No. 6, Printed at The Farm and Trades School Boston, Mass. October, 1920. 

Entered November 23. 1903. at Boston. Mass. as Second-class matter, under Act of Congress of July 16. 1874. 

CDe Craaittd Company 

All boys want things of which they can make 
good use and they like to buy these things them- 
selves. The Trading Company was started so 
the boys could buy articles that they wanted, 
also to teach the boys to spend their money 
wisely, and not beyond their means. 

The Trading Company is situated in the 
East Basement. It is a small cage, 8 feet 6 
inches in length, and seven feet one inch in 
width. It is enclosed part way by a wooden par- 
tition with a wire grill above that. A 
counter runs along the front, with shelves under- 
neath. The Trading Company is separated 
from the Banking Department by this grill. 
Inside there is a table and a chair. There are 
also three wooden chests in which we keep 
some of our goods. 

The Trading Company is open every 
Tuesday evening from six to seven o'clock in 
the summer time and on Mondays, Tuesdays 
and Fridays in the winter time. When a boy 
wants to buy anything he comes to the counter 
and states his wants. He is then asked how 
much money he has and in what grade he is. 
If the customer is in the fourth grade or if he 
hasn't over a dollar in the bank he usually goes 
away disappointed. But if he has around two 
dollars his name goes down on a slip, and he gets 
his need supplied. The customer then goes to 
the Bank and makes out a check to The Farm 
and Trades School Trading Company. Boys 

who have more money may buy more articles 
and more expensive ones. 

Some of the things that are sold are knives, 
watch fobs, carpenter's tools, pennants, ties, 
razor blades, pencils, scrapbooks and many 
other things. When the store closes the names 
of the boys who traded are taken to an in- 
structer in charge. Then some time before the 
next opening of the Company the clerk has to 
go to the office and fix his books. In the sales 
book the names of the boys and what they bought 
are put down with the amount. At the end of a 
month it is added up to find out how much has 
been sold in that month. In another book the 
name of each boy is written and an account of 
what each individual boys buys. If a boy spends 
his money wastefully he is stepped from buying 
for about one month, or if the boy is in the din- 
ing room and breaks dishes he can't buy for a 
certain length of time. There is kept also a 
Cash Book, a Ledger, an Invoice Book, show- 
ing all goods purchased and a Stock Book for 

Every Saturday morning the Trading Com- 
pany is cleaned. The floor is swept, the 
counters dusted, and many other things have to 
be done to keep the place looking clean. At 
the end of each month an inventory is taken. 
When an inventory is taken all the goods have 
to be counted. When the supplies begin to get 
low the instructor in charge goes over to the 
city and buys some new goods. On the first 


night that they are on sale, a good part of the 
School boys troop down to the Trading Com- 
pany to see the new goods and buy some. If 
the Trading Company boy doesn't watch out he 
will find himself selling goods to a fourth grader 
or some other boy who has no right to buy. 
The boys make out checks when they buy any- 
thing, but when instructors buy they usually pay 
cash. Therefore there must always be some 
money kept in the Trading Company. 

The Trading Company is very valuable for 
the boys. They not only get a chance to buy 
things for themselves, but they learn the use of 
the pass book, check and deposit slips. They 
also learn to spend their money in a thrifty way. 
The Trading Company is a pretty responsible 
job. As I am the clerk of the Trading Com- 
pany, I have a little of the responsibility resting 
on me. 1 like my work very much, as it teaches 
me book keeping. It also gives me an idea of 
the stores in our large cities. Besides learning 
things through the Trading Company, I also get 
a lot of fun out of it. 1 have had my job for 
about ten months now and 1 hope that 1 can keep 
it the rest of the time that I am in this School. 
Theodore B. Hadley 

Football season is now on and as at the be- 
ginning of every sporting season everybody is full 
of enthusiasm over it. After grade reading 
September 27, 1920 the captains and men were 
chosen. There are four school teams. The 
best player of the undergraduates is captain of 
team A. The next B, C and D. The fourth 
or team D has first choice of the boys, then C, 
B and A. The next day all of the men were 
on the gridiron. The captain put the men 
where he thought they fitted. He would pick 
his backfield out, one who could run fast, tackle 
and on whom he could rely. The captain would 
then have his men practice at tackling, upset- 
ting, signals, etc. Then comes kicking off and 
receiving, kicking goals and punts, drop kicks 
and field goals. The captains also teaches his 

men to be quick about getting down in the line. 
Ralph M. Rogers 

^mm tbe Beach 

One Saturday morning another boy and I 
were told to rake up the beach, each side of the 
Wharf. We each had a curved tooth rake and 
a long tooth rake. The corn roast had been 
held three days before and the fire was still 
smouldering. 1 began to rake at one end of the 
beach and the other boy came after me, raking 
it down still farther. We did this till we got 
the rubbish into several large piles. Afterv/ards 
two other boys with a team came and got the 
rubbish. Philip F. Leary 

mmm a Rowboar trip 

Sometimes when it isn't very rough, the 
trips are made in a rowboat. Mr. Brown se- 
lects two boys from the boat crew to make the 
trip. One boy goes to the office for the Boat 
House key. In the Boat House two pairs of oars 
and oarlocks are selected, also a rudder and 
tiller and the backboard. Generally the Standish 
or the Brewster is used to go across. The boat 
is taken from its shelter on the Wharf and slid 
over to the derrick. The oars, oarlocks, tiller, 
and back board are laid in the boat. Then a 
sling is fastened at the bow and stern, and is 
hooked on to the derrick, and lowered to the wa- 
ter. Then the rudder is put in place and the back 
board and oarlocks are fastened securely. The 
boat also is wiped out, and we are ready for the 
trip. When the passengers come down to the 
float to board the boat, one boy holds it off from 
bumping while the other assists the passen- 
gers aboard. Then the boys take their places, 
one forward and one aft; the boy highest in the 
crew is stroke oar. He also keeps track of the 
time of leaving the Island and the landing on 
the other side so as to enter that on the boat 
report, which is made after every trip. 

When the boat returns to the Island she is 
put under the shelter on the Wharf and the oars 
oarlocks, etc. are put back in the Boat House. 
Samuel L. Whitehead 


Ulbile Paintiitd m Barn 

One morning last week, Higgins and I were 
working down at the barn. The Paint Shop in- 
structor was working on the staging. Suddenly 
the staging moved with a jerk and down came a 
can of paint. It spilled all over the window sill 
and on a coil of rope and in the window pocket. 
My workwaspaintingwindow sashes, and Higgins 
had odd jobs. But we both worked the rest of 
that morning cleaning up. 

Ralph S. Blake, Jr. 

Burning 6ra$$ 

A while ago I was burning grass with an- 
other boy on the north end of the Island. Be- 
fore lighting the fire we studied the wind direc- 
tion by watching the smoke which comes from 
the chimney on Spectacle Island. We found it 
was blowing from the east, so we lighted the 
grass on the east side of the Island. When it 
had burned over the space we wanted cleared, 
we took a hay fork apiece and put the fire out, 
by running the fork over the ground where the 
flame was. That afternoon we burned about an 
acre and a half and a few piles of weeds. 

John Goodhue, Jr. 


Lately we have been studying about Indians 
in our history. The Indians are interesting to 
read about, especially in their habits and ways 
and mode of living. 

The other day Mr. Bradley .brought four 
Indian dolls into the first school room. They 
were made by the Cheyenne Indians. The 
dolls represent a warrior, an Indian girl, a chief 
and squaw with a papoose on her back. They 
represent the same features of an Indian, with 
high cheekbones, copper colored skin and 
coal black hair. They are made of wood and 
are wrapped with a blanket made by the Indians. 
On their feet are small drops of paint to represent 
the different colored beads on an Indian's mocca- 
sins. They show skill and patience and are very 


Robert J. Giese 

Bn Tncidcnt 

Before I came to this School I had heard 
many times about the wreck on Thompson's 
Island, in 1 898. My grandfather and uncle were 
in the wreck. My grandfather was captain of 
the "Virginia" and my uncle was just a sailor. 
After I came to the School I found in an old 
Beacon all about the wreck and how Captain 
John S. Stanley was drowned. My uncle swam 
ashore but was unconscious. After a time he 
went back to Center, Maine, where my home is. 
Stanley W. Higgins 

Printers Rollers 

When printing first began men did not use 
rollers. Instead balls of wool covered with un- 
tanned sheepskin or buckskin made hard and firm 
were used. They were then fastened to wood- 
en handles. Making the inking balls was a very 
hard job. The ball had to be hard, evenly pack- 
ed, and the right shape. The inking balls were 
used in pairs. A dab of ink was put on one 
ball and by rocking them together hard the ink 
was distributed over the surface of the balls. 
The ink was then spread on the form. The first 
rollers were covered with buckskin like the balls, 
but where the seam came together there was a 
break in the surface. It was also hard to make 
it "tacky" enough to carry and distribute the ink. 
Sometimes, too, the buckskin would crack and it 
would make the roller worse. Cloth very tightly 
woven together was sometimes used for a cover- 
ing, but it cost very much more. Next the glue 
and molasses roller came into use. New Orleans 
molasses was used for this purpose for when 
gluecose and molasses are mixed they form a 
substance like glue. But these rollers could last 
only a few weeks on account of the weather. 
Glycerine was added soon after. Glycerine nev- 
er freezes except at a very low temperature so 
the weather hurts it little. The modern inking 
roller is made of glue, glycerine, and sugar syrup. 
The highest grade of roller is made of glue and 
glycerine alone. The absence of sugar syrup is 
made up for by the more costly glycerine, which 
makes them more expensive. 

Ivers E. Winmill 


Cbompson's T$land Beacon 

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October, 1920 

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Arthur Adams 


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Tucker Daland 


GoRHAM Brooks 
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S. V. R. Crosby 
Charles P. Curtis 
George L. DeBlois 
Thomas J. Evans 
Walter B. Foster 

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Henry Jackson, M. D. 
Roger Pierce 

Richard M. Saltonstall 
Philip S. Sears 
Francis Shaw 
Moses Williams 
Ralph B. Williams 

Charles H. Bradley, Superintendent 
Alfred C. Malm, Assistant Treasurer 

On September 19, 1899 the Alumni As- 
sociation of The Farm and Trades School was 
formally organized. The 21st anniversary of 
that event fell this year on Sunday, but on the 

following Tuesday, September 21, a group of 
about 40 graduates met together and happily 
observed the anniversary of an event which has 
meant so much both for the School and the 

No claim is made that the wonderful de- 
velopment of the School during the past 21 years 
has been because of the Alumni Association, yet 
the history of the Association has been co-incid- 
ent with these developments, and in some of the 
advances the Association had a part, while in 
every such step of progress the alumni has re- 

More space than is available here would be 
necessary to give a complete list of the develop- 
ments of this period. Furthermore, some of the 
achievements cannot be catalogued, as for in- 
stance, the close and enthusiastic spirit of co- 
operation between the alumni and the School, 
a co-operation that is both individualistic and 
associational. Also, it should be stated, many 
of the things listed here were wholly or largely 
initiated and consummated by the Superin- 
tendent, Charles H. Bradley, who is especially 
responsible for the present friendly spirit of co- 
operation, as well as for the existence of the 
Alumni Association. Here is a list of some of 
the notable points in the School's development 
during the past 21 years. 

1903 Steam heat installed in Main 

Infirmary furnished by Alumni Association. 
1905 Course in Meteorology started. 

1907 Change in name of the School to its 
present title (The Farm and Trades School) in 
order more clearly to express its purpose. 

Establishment of an annual alumni dinner 
at a Boston hotel on the second Wednesday of 
January, when graduates and members of the 
Board of Managers meet. 

Observatory built, 

1908 Establishment of an Annual Field 
day on June 17 at the School for a reunion of 
graduates and their families. 

1909 Power House built. 


1910 Incinerator built. 

1912 Election of the first graduate of the 
school, nominated by the Alumni Association to 
the Board of Managers. 

1913 Steam Laundry installed in Gardner 

1914 Observance of the 100th anniver- 
sary of the School, with rhe alumni having an 
active and prominent part in the event. 

Establishment of an alumni fund, with 
$1750, as a part of the centennial celebra- 
tion, which has since been increased by fts 
to $3400. 

1915 Refrigerating Plant installed. 

1916 Bequest of $150,000 by James 
Longley of Boston, the largest gift ever made 
to the School. 

1917 Removal of Williams pea-green 
paint from Main Building, and beginning to 
paint wooden buildings white. 

East Basement excavated for Clothing 
Room, Banking Room and Trading Company. 

1919 Election of a graduate of the School 
to be assistant treasurer of the Board of Man- 

1920 Election of two more graduates, 
nominated by the Alumni Association, to the 
Board of Managers. 

These are all things that furnish cause for 
gratitude to the friends of the School, now in its 
107th year. For most of this long time the 
affairs of the School have been carried on by the 
Board of Managers, with the generous support 
and full confidence of the public, but with little 
help or co-operation apparent on the part of the 
alumni. Happily for everybody recent years 
have shown a change in this respect. The gen- 
eral progress of the past two decades has been 
equalled in no other period in the history of 
the School and it gives promise of even greater 
things in the years to come, through the con- 
tinued co-operation of alumni and school officials. 
The things that may be accomplished with the 
help of an enthusiastic and loyal body of alumni 
can hardly be limited or forecasted. 


Sept. 1 Weeding corn at South End. 

Picked up wind-falls in orchard. 

Built yard by colony house for pups. 

James A. Carson, '20, came to the school 
to study and work. 

Mowing rowen back of Power House and in 
Grove by Rear Avenue. 

Bees beginning to fill super from buckwheat 

Sept. 2 Motion pictures in the evening. 

Cocked rowen by Power House. 

Sept. 3 Fourth Friends' Day. 

John Simpson, '92, here. 

Dancing in the evening. 

Weeding potatoes at North End. 

Drawing hay from North End, and drawing 

Glenn R. Furbush, '19, came to spend a 
few days. 

Sept. 4 Cutting millet green feed. 

Pulling beans in garden. 

Sept. 6 Repairing fence. 

Dancing in the evening. 

Drew in 3760 lbs. rowen by Power House. 

Weeding and drawing weeds at North End. 

George R. Jordan, '13, and Charles W. 
Russell, ex '02, here over night. 

Frank E. Maxcy, ex '23, left the school to 
live with his mother. 

Sept. 7 Killed two calves. 

The Steamer "Pilgrim," taken to Lawleys' 
shipyard to be overhauled and repaired as need- 

Sept. 8 Albert and Harold Ellis, '20, left 
the School. They will attend school and live 
with their mother at 107 Beech Street, Lowell, 

Sept. 9 Motion pictures in the evening. 

Sept. 10 William H. Sowers, ex '14, 
here for the night. 

Sept. 14 Donald B. Akerstrom, '19, left 
the School. He probably will attend high school 
this fall. 

Sept 15 Began plowing at South End. 


Corn roast in the evening. 

Began cutting buckwheat for green feed. 

Clifton H. Sears, '20, here for the night. 

Sept. 16 Piano tuner here. 

Water Department Inspector here to look 
over water pipes. 

Sept. 20 Finished pulling beans and haul- 
ed weeds. 

Sept. 21 Began digging potatoes at North 

The Alumni outing at Thomas R. Brown's 
hotel, "The Brenton," in Nahant. 

Sept. 22 Pulled cabbages. 

Finished cutting buckwheat and began cut- 
ting corn for cows. 

Party for first grade boys in Assembly Hall 
in evening. 

Sept. 23 Cutting corn at North End. 

Motion pictures in the evening. 

President Arthur Adams visited the School. 

Mr. Halliday of the American Laundry 
Machinery Company here to do work on the 
laundry machinery. 

Sept. 26 Sunday. Entertainment by 
boys in gymnasium in the afternoon. 

Sept. 29 Manager Thomas J. Evans 
here for two days. 

Party for first grade boys in the evening. 

Sept. 30 Donald P. Noyes, ex '23, was 
returned to his home. 

Motion pictures in the evening. 

Calendar so Vcars Bq^ i$7o 

(As Kept By The Superintendent) 

September 8 By invitation from the 
Hingham Steamboat Co. went with the boys to 
Nantasket Beach and had a glorious time. The 
day was perfect. 

September 19 Prepared fruit for the N. E. 

September 20 Went to Horticultural Hall 
with 10 varieties of apples and 15 pears. 

September 3! Mr. Lyman here and lec- 
tured to the boys. 

September meteorology 

Maximum Temperature 81° on the 24th. 

Minimum Temperature 49° on the 20th. 

Mean Temperature for the month 66.° 

Total precipitation 2.05 inches. 

Greatest precipitation in 24 hours .6 inches 
on the 20th. 

Nine days with .01 or more inches precip- 
itation, 6 clear days, 15 partly cloudy, 9 cloudy. 

Cbe farm and trades School BanK 

Cash on hand Sept. 1, 1920 $828.58 

Deposited during the month 

Withdrawn during the month 
Cash on hand Oct. 1, 1920 




"$86 1 .04 

Bn Experiment 

One day while I was playing on the 
gymnasium apparatus, 1 heard three boys argu- 
ing about shining brass. One boy was talking 
about shining brass with paper. Then I began 
to get interested so I joined them. He said 
something about the Navy using paper to shine 
brass. When 1 went to work I said I guessed I 
would try it. I took the can of brass polish and 
shook it so as to get it mixed well. Then 
I took a piece of newspaper and put some brass 
polish on it. I began to shine a large tank 
made of brass. After rubbing a few times in 
one place to see how it would come out, I took 
a piece of clean newspaper and rubbed off the 
brass polish. Behold! I found a very bright 
spot with a good shine. Then I tried it 
again. I crumbled the newspaper and found it 
was easier. It is very easy to use paper on 
brass that has been cleaned every other day or 
once a week. But it is best to use cotton waste 
or cloth on brass that has not been cleaned for 
a long time. If you do it with paper it takes a 
long, long time to do it. 

Harold B. Buchan 


Cbc Books of Knowledge 

Every evening when we go from the 
school-room we ask if we may take out a Book 
of Knowledge, to look up some point we are 

The books tell a great deal about ancient 
history, of Napoleon, and of war. There are 
also many stories which are called, "The Book 
of Golden Deeds," including some other stories. 
The books are returned every morning so that 
they will not be damaged. 

Some of the things 1 am interested in are 
the making of Russia, when Napoleon was de- 
feated, how men became great, and bull fights. 
Eric O. Schippers 

Che CaDor Day Dance 

Monday, Sept. 6, being Labor Day, we had 
a dance in the evening in the Assembly Hall. 
We had an orchestra of two clarinets, a baritone, 
cornet, drums, and piano. The instructors and 
boys attended. We danced until eleven o'clock. 
Then there was 15 minutes' intermission. 
Favors were distributed during the time. Re- 
freshments also were served. After that we 
danced until 12 o'clock. During the evening 
we had a grand march. Then we retired. 
We had a good time, and everyone enjoyed it. 
Cyrus W. Durgin 


One Sunday afternoon the office boy came 
down from the Reading Room carrying a large 
pile of magazines. Among these there are sev- 
eral that all boys like. A few were the 
American Boy, Browning's Magazine and the 
llustrated London News. In the Ilustrated 
News there were many war pictures and pictures 
of countries, presidents, kings, rulers and pic- 
ures of the Palace of Versailles. Of course 
most of the boys wanted those but there were 
not enough to go around so we changed often 
with each other. Everybody had a fine time I 
am sure. Philip F. Leary 

Cbe Old eim 

The Old Elm is the largest and oldest tree 
on the Island. It is situated between the Main 
Building and Gardner Hall. 

Around the Old Elm is a seat which is wide 
with a high back. At this time of year there 
are two lights above the seat so that when it 
gets dark early we can see to read without strain- 
ing our eyes. 

The Old Elm reminds us of the poem 
"Under the Spreading Chestnut Tree," only this 
is an elm tree. As the branches spread out it 
makes a large shady spot which is very pleasant 
to sit under. We enjoy the Old Elm, and we 
would miss it very much if it were cut down. 
John P. Davidson 

the Compact 

In school we are studying about the 
Mayflower and the compact that was signed in 
its cabin in 1620. About three hundred years 
ago when the Mayflower came to Plymouth, some 
of the men said, "We are free now and we can do 
as we please." So the Pilgrims gathered in the 
cabin and wrote a compact by which they agreed 
that they would stay together, have town meet- 
ings, and other gatherings in certain places and 
cabins. They also declared themselves loyal 
subjects of the King. They elected John Carver 
for their first governor. Thus was the Common- 
wealth of Massachusetts started. 

Charles N. Robbins 

Civilization depends not only upon the 
knowledge of the people; but upon the use they 
make of it. 

Money will not purchase character or good 

Let us look to the service rather than to 
the reward. 

Calvin Coolidge 


Cbe Jllunini Jlssociation of Cbe farm and trades School 

William Alcott, '84, President 

Merton p. Ellis, '97, Secretary 
25 Rockdale Street, Boston 26 

James H. Graham, 77, Vice-President 


RiCHARn Bell, '73, Treasurer 


Henry A. Fox, '79. Vice-President 


Howard F Lochrte, '16, Historian 

West Roxbury 

Celebrating the 21st anniversary of the 
formation of the Alumni Association, members 
gathered on the evening of Tuesday, September 
21, at the Parker House in Boston, where auto- 
mobiles were boarded for the Hotel Brenton, 
Nahant, for a shore dinner. Several members 
furnished their own automobiles and carried oth- 
er members with them, but the larger number 
went in autobus. Those who furnished autos 
were Richard Bell of Dorchester, George J. 
Alcott of Bridgewater, William F. King of 
Chelsea and Edward Capaul of Roxbury. The 
evening was clear and comfortable, and the hour's 
ride along the Revere Beach Boulevard and the 
Lynn shore gave everybody a sharp appetite for 
the delicious fish dinner. The fact that Thomas 
R. Brown, '00, is one of the proprietors of the ho- 
tel, and that he laid himself out to do something 
pretty nice for his fellow members of the Alumni 
Association, resulted in a bounteous and well 
served repast. 

A colored trio of musicians, vocalists, in- 
strumentalists and dancers, kept things lively 
during the serving of the dinner, and occasionally 
they started some of the popular songs in which 
everybody joined. There was almost no formal- 
ity about the affair. The company sat at small 
tables on two sides of the large diningroom, 
leaving a wide space in the center which the 
musicians and dancers occupied. At one of the 
end tables sat President William Alcctt, wiih 
Superintendent Charles H.Bradley and Manager 
Thomas J. Evans. 

After dinner President Alcott briefly extend- 
ed greetings on "the 21st anniversary of the as- 
sociation, and he read the record of the first 
meeting of the organization on September 19, 
1899. He expressed the hope that the next 21 
years would see a period of progress and a de- 
velopment of co-operation even greater than in 
the past. Here the meeting was turned over to 
Howard F. Lochrie, who had been the chief or- 
ganizer of the anniversary celebration, and who 
was received with three cheers. He spoke 
briefly of the eagerness of the members for the 
affair and for the opportunity of getting together 
once more. He called first upon Superintendent 

Charles H. Bradley, who spoke interestingly of 
recent events at the School, and of the constant- 
ly increasing spirit of helpfulness toward the 
School which is manifesting itself on the part of 
the Alumni in many ways. 

Brief speeches followed from Thomas R. 
Brown, Richard Bell, Samuel J. Simmons, 
Lawrence Cobb and Alfred C. Malm. 

The company present was as follows: 

Alcott, George J., '79 
Alcott, William. "84 
Angell, Wesley C, '17 
Bell, George L., '82 
Bell, Richard, '73 
Bemis, Elwin C, '16 
Bradley, Charles H. Jr.. '03 
Bennett. W. R., Jr. (Guest) 
Brown, Thomas R., '99 
Capaul, Edward, '07 
Cobb. Lawrence M., "14 
Darling, Norman W.. '16 
Davis. William F.. 79 
Dudley, Herbert L.. '16 
Ellis, Merton P., '97 
Emery, Claire R., "13 
Evans, Thomas J., '64 
Gilbert, Ralph H., "16 
Graham, James H., '81 ■ 
Hoffman, Edward. F. '16 
Holman, Solomon B., '50 
Hughes, William N., '55 
Jones. Leslie R.. '06 
King. William F.. '84 
Lochrie, Howard F., '16 
Lombard, Frank 1., '95 
Malm. Alfred C, '00 
McKenzie, George A. C, '05 
Means, Louis E., '02 
Norwood. Walter D.. '04 
Russell. Charles W., ex '02 
Simmons, Samuel J., '51 
Thayer, Frederick P., '03 
Washburn, Francis L., '85 
Wittig. Carl L., '04 

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Vol. 24. No. 7. Printed at The Farm and Trades School Boston, Mass. November. 1920 

Entered November 23. 1903, at Boston, Mass. as Second-class matter, under Act of Congress of July 16, 1874. 


The name derived from "Hallow-Eve," is 
a word meaning ghosts, fun, spirits, and autumn, 
to the youthful American. 

This holiday was first inaugurated by Pope 
Boniface IV, on the occasion of changing the 
Roman heathen temple Pantheon to a Christian 
church. As centuries have passed less and 
less have people thought of the origin of Hallow- 
e'en. As the centuries passed the long cumber- 
some name "Hallow Eve" was shortened to 
"Hallowe'en." It now to most people means an 
evening of revelry. 

Our celebration this year was a vast suc- 
cess. It was different from the celebration of 
past years, and as everyone likes different things, 
everybody enjoyed it this year. It was held in 
the West Basement, and Assembly Hall. The 
West Basement was divided into booths, like a 
regular fair. Cornstalks and the usual para- 
phernalia was generously distributed throughout 
the room making it quite pretty, and quite un- 
recognizable from the original West Basement. 
As the boys passed out from supper, an invit- 
ation was given to each one. 

In the West Basement were the features 
of the occasion. The Hula-Hula dancer, 
Mostadogg and Madam.e Tickdollareux were 
some of them. After an hour of fun we re- 
moved to the Assembly Hall. The Crazyola 
Victrola, Military Revue, Motion Pictures, and 
others furnished a gocd hour's entertainment. 
The boys, and instructors were dressed up, as 

usual. One instructor dressed as a woman, the 
part of which he portrayed finely in the Story 

The Motion Pictures, "Wild Nell, the Pet 
of the Plains," was exceptionally pleasing, the 
tragic ending drawing tears from many. Danc- 
ing followed. This continued for an hour. Then 
we retired. Everybody had a wonderfully good 
time. Cyrus W. Durgin 

Puttind a Ulinrer Shelter on the Bees 

A while ago I was told to put a winter shelter 
on the bees. The shelter that was on them last 
year had to be repaired. I took all of the old 
roofing paper off the frame and put on some new 
pieces. I got them in the Basement of Gardner 
Hall where all such things are kept. When I 
put the shelter over the hives, 1 put it on so the 
front would be open to the South. We have 
three hives of bees. 

John Goodhue, Jr. 

T\ TIdg in tbe Ulind 

Langill puts the flag up every morning. 
Tuesday morning the wind was very strong. 
He couldn't put it up himself so he asked me to 
help him, and I said, "Yes". When we got to 
the flagpole the wind almost knocked me down. 
My hands were very cold from holding the hal- 
yard. We at last fastened the flag to the halyard 
and tried to hoist it. Mr. Brown came along 
just then and he hoisted it for us. But it went 
up good and hard. 

Henry E. Gilchrist 


Drawittd €orn 

One afternoon my work was to draw corn 
from the piece by the Farm House to the Barn. 
I hitched Dolly Gray to the jigger and drove over 
to the piece. When I was loading the corn, 
Del, oneof our fox terriers came over and hunted 
for rats. After awhile he caught two small 
mice and ate them. After 1 had a load 1 drove 
to the Barn and dumped it on the floor. The 
corn will next be put through the corn cutter 
and will be fed to the cows. 

John H. Schippers 

Kcading Old Beacons 

In the reading room and school rooms are 
kept volumes of old Beacons that the boys find 
very interesting to read. As we read we like to 
note improvements which have taken place on our 
Island, for instance, electricity taking the place of 
kerosene lamps and the machine taking the 
place of hand power. We also like to read 
articles of historical interest, such as the ones 
written on David Thompson's cabin, the wreck 
in 1898, and the cyclone which passed over 
the Island in 1918. 

Clifton E. Albee 


Autumn is here with us again, and brings 
with it the harvesting of crops, preparations for 
winter and football. The first signs of autumn 
are shown by the way the once green leaves of 
our different trees begin to turn yellow and 
brown. On the farm everybody is busy as they 
must harvest all our crops. Day by day it gets 
colder and makes the boys want to play football. 
The birds, such as the wild ducks and others, 
are to be seen flying to the .south in flocks. 
Soon the School will make itself ready for win- 
ter by banking the root cellar, putting on storm 
windows and in many other ways. Autumn is 
always welcomed by the boys as it brings many 
holidays, such as Hallowe'en, Thanksgiving and 
Christmas. Theodore B. Hadley 

Cbc Current Events 

The "Current Events" is a paper published 
once a week in Springfield, Mass. 

It is an interesting paper and tells about the 
public news such as "The League of Nations," 
The Presidential Campaign, also European news 
about the Reds, the Sein Feiners, and Italy's 
troubles with strikes and earthquakes. 

' It is neither a Republican or Democratic 
paper, and it gives fair views of both sides. It 
is a wholesome paper and should be read by all 
the people. We enjoy it in our school where 
we read it and discuss the questions. 

Robert J. Giese 


Today the wind is blowing and it is raining. 
If you look out at sea you cannot see anything 
but a little boat tossing among the waves, and a 
big piece of a wreck drifting ashore. The rain 
is pouring into the roof gutter opposite the school- 
room window and shoots out like a spray. I like 
the v/ind and the rain very much. 

James H. Beattie 

B Queer Rat 

A short while ago while 1 was around look- 
ing at my rat traps, 1 found a queer looking rat. 
It was very fat and was sitting on its hind legs. 
When I came up close to, it remained still in the 
same position. I thought there was something 
the matter with the rat. When I tried to pick 
it up by the tail the rat gave a squeal, so I took 
it for granted that it had been poisoned some way. 
I took a stick and hit the rat over the head and 
threw it over the dike into the water. 

John Goodhue, Jr. 

l^usKind €orn 

Recently 1 have been husking corn. 1 take 
an ear and strip the leaves from it, putting the 
leaves in a pile on the floor and the ears of corn 
in a basket. When the basket is full, 1 empty it 
into a large pile. This corn will be fed to the 
horses. Hildreth R. Crosby 


Forging is heating and hammering iron and 
steel into shape. There are six boys who go to 
the forging lessons which come every Friday 
afternoon. Each boy has a pigeon hole in which 
his models and tools are kept. There are two 
boys to a forge, and an anvil for each boy. The 
tools that we use are the forge which has a trough 
at the side filled with water and a rack for the 
tongs. The anvil is the next; it is used to ham' 
mer the metal on. One half of it is round and 
tapers from six inches to a point. The other half 
is flat. There are a number of different tongs 
such as flat tongs, '-pick up" tongs, tongs for 
holding round iron, large and small tongs. The 
leather aprons are kept in the pigeon holes, also 
the steel squares and hammers. 

The first model is a forming exercise. A 
round section is to be drawn to a square, a 
square to an octagon and an octagon to a point. 
The finished piece must agree with the drawing 
in form and dimensions. The next models are 
bending exercises such as S-hook, round iron 
ring and flat iron ring. These models are heat- 
ed to a red heat and then bent. 

We next take up welding; • we take two 
pieces of iron and upset one end of each piece 
or make the end larger. Then the ends are 
tapered to a point. The iron is put in the fire 
and heated slowly till you can see the spark 
which indicates welding heat. We then take 
the iron out very quickly, put both ends together 
and hammer quickly. We next heat it again 
and finish it up. 

After having learned to make a good weld, 
which takes quite a while, we make the links. 
We get a bar of 3-8 round iron, cut off three 
lengths of five inches and bend each piece to 
the shape of a link. We then scarf the ends 
and weld them together. 

After a boy finishes this course he shculd 
know most of the things a blacksmith does. 
Luke W. B. Halfyard 

Ckanitid i) Carriage 

Sunday morning I helped another boy clean 
a carriage. We took the cushions out, beat and 
swept them and left them out in the open. The 
next thing we did was to grease the wheels. 
We took them off and ran a rag through them. 
Before we put them on, grease was put on the 
axle. Then they were put on and spun around 
so the grease would cover the whole of the axle. 
After this operation was over we took some har- 
ness oil and went all over the carriage rubbing it 
in. Later on we shined it and it made the car- 
riage look something like new. At nine o'clock 
I went up with the rest of the farm boys and the 
other boy finished up the work on the carriage. 
Albert A. Peterson 

Che Cool Koom 

Before school Mr. Brown assigns work for 
the boys. He gave me the care of the tool 
room for a regular job. First I go to the tool 
room and hang the tools up straight. Then 1 
sweep the floor, stairs and landing. The tool 
room is where all the shovels, picks, hoes rakes 
and various other implements that are 'used 
about the grounds are kept. 

Russell F. Metcalf 


Out of the night that covers me. 

Black as the pit from pole to pole, 

r thank whatever gods may be 
For my unconquerable soul. 

In the fell clutch of circumstance 

I have not winced nor cried aloud: 

Under the bludgeonings of chance 
My head is bloody, but unbow'd. 

It matters not how strait the gate, 

How charged with punishments the scrol 
1 am the master of my fate: 

I am the captain of my soul. 

W. E. Henley 


tbompson's Island Beacon 

Published Monthly by 

Thompson's island, Boston Harbor 




Vol. 24. No. 7. 

November, 1920 

Subscription Pfhce - 50 Cents Per Year 



Arthur Adams 


Charles E. Mason 


N. Penrose Hallowelh. 


Tucker Daland 


Gorham Brooks 
I. Tucker Burr 
S. V. R. Crosby 
Charles P. Curtis 
George L. DeBlois 
Thomas J. Evans 
Walter B. Foster 

Robert H. Gardiner,. Jr. 
Alden B. Heeler 

Henry Jackson, M. D. 
Roger Pierce 

Richard M. Saltonstall 
Philip S. Sears 
Francis Shaw 
Moses Williams 

Ralph B. Williams 

Charles H. Bradley, Superintendent 
Alfred C. Malm, Assistant Treasurer 

It is very natural for young people — and some- 
times for older people as well — to be extremely 
critical of their surroundings, and of the people 

with whom they have to do. A certain^ amount 
of adverse criticism is desirable, no doubt. 
Until faults are realized, they cannot be correct- 
ed, if a structure is wrongly built, it has to be- 
torn down before it can be rebuilt. A wide a-- 
wake mind sees what is wrong as well as what is: 

But this rule works both ways — a wide-awake 
mind sees what is right as well as what is wrong,, 
and often it seems as if the fault finders are the 
least likely to see good points. They criticize 
unfairly because they speak only of the things 
that seem to them wrong or unpleasant. 

It is unfortunately true that a few of us love 
to fuss, and to find an excuse for complaints we 
exaggerate, and if a perfectly logical reason is, 
presented explaining the unpleasant circum- 
stance, whatever it is, for being as it is, we: 
calmly disregard the explanation, and go on 
complaining as before!; Of course the outsider 
who has to listen can console himself with a sup- 
erior smile, well knowing that the perpetual 
fusser is enjoying himself very well. He is,, 
nevertheless, a tiresome member of society, an 
unhelpful and even a harmful one, because he 
may start a totally wrong idea and by his in-, 
fluence, especially with those younger than him- 
self , and create a general feeling which is not just- 
ified and but hinders endeavor. 

One kind of fussing that seems the silliest 
is to stand back and criticize the one who is try- 
ing to do something, while we don't even make 
an attempt to produce a better result ourselves. 
Not only boys, but grown-ups as well, are prone 
to think best of the lively, jolly person (and live- 
liness and jollity have their value as well as more 
serious characteristics) regardless of whether or 
not he contributes much in the line of actual 
effort and mental activity. He is pleasant tg 


have around; he does not find fault with us over- 
much or jar upon our sensibilities, and we are 
perhaps contented to take him at his face value 
without bothering to consider whether he is 
actually doing much of importance, or making 
effort that way, whether his n^pral oujtlook is 
wholesome, if he is trying to imprpye conditions, 
or if we are benefitted in any way by being in 
his company, in fact we a^e quite willing to 
live in a state of mental coma so long, as it be 
pleasant and undisturbed-. 

Sometimes it happens that the person who 
rasps most on our nerves is the person making 
the biggest effort for iiTiprovement, and perhaps 
our improvement in p^articular. The very fact 
that his mind is engrossed with serious con- 
siderations leaves him little time or incHn^tion 
to be merely amusing. It may not be easy for 
him to adapt himself to the moods of others, 
and consequently he seems to us unsympathetic, 
and we do not go into th,e q,uestion deeply 
enough to know what ha may be trying to ac- 
complish, what is really o^ his mind. We who 
so like to blame ethers for this and that lack of 
consideration or wh|at not, in our turn do no,t 
show consideration in our judgment. 

It has been said of another: 

"He may not be smooth or politic, but he 
has the energy and intellect to move something. 
It is such men wi^h such energies, not those 
who sit around and watch and criticize, who 
accomplish things in the world." 

This is true of more people than the one 
here spoken of, and in judging others as well as 
in choosing our friends, it would be well to think 
a second and third time before we speak harshly. 
What is that person really accomplishing? Are 
we ourselves doing more than he is? Are we 
even so much more tactful and companionable 

that we can afford to maintain our critical alt- 

All are not gifted with a like ability or like 
mental perspicacity, but we all have the power 
to try, and whether we infdividually have done so 
or. not, at le_ast we show, more chivalry and dig- 
nity if we. are npt too free in criticizing those 
around us. Even if our worst criticisms were 
trup. that would be. no excuse for our making 
pests of ourselves and adding to trouble instead 
of relieving it. If any criticisms are to be made, 
they should be made directly to the ones we 
think responsible — there they may do some 
good. They, certainly concern no one else. 

Let us m,entally ally ourselves with theanti- 
fussers' league, vote for prohibition and see that 
it is en£or,ced!i 

« * ^ 


Oct. I Five boys went to the dentist. 

OiCt. 2 Fifth Friends' Day. Managers 
Alden B, Heeler here, also William Alcott, '84, 
and 122 friends of the boys. 

0,ct. 5, Steamer Pilgrim afte.r a thorough 
overhauling again ready to be used. 

Party for first grade boys in Assembly Hall 
\n evenin^g. 

Qct. 6 Six boys with two ir^structors, Mr. 
FergiisQn and Mr. Patten, attended Brockton 
Fair, through the courtesy of President Arthur 

Oct. 7 Motion pictures in the evening. 

Oct. 8 Man here to Iqok over stoves. 

Close of sumqer term of schooj. 

Oct. 9, Tl^ree graduates, Alfred H. Casey, 
ex '14, John A. Robertsqn, '1^, ancj George B. 
McLeod, '17, here for the afternoon. 

First football ganie of the season, between 
teams A aqdC. 

Oct. 11 Everett B. Leland. "19, here to 
spend a few days. 

Oct. 12 Columbus Day. A half holiday. 

Party for first grade boys in Assembly Hall. 


in evening. 

A football game in the afternoon. 

Gordon W. Favier, ex '22, returned to his 

Motion pictures in the evening. William 
Hart in "Every Inch a Man." 

Oct. 15 45 bbls. and 80 sacks of flour 
came, also 8 bags of cement. 

Oct. 19 Plumber here to find stoppage in 
water pipe to Wharf. 

Party for first grade boys in Assembly Hall 
in evening. 

Burning weeds and clearing ground at 
North End. 

Five boys, Durgin, Hadley, Lammi, Daniel 
Smith and Osberg went on theatre boat in the 

Oct. 21 Admission Meeting. Six new 
boys admitted and came directly to the School: 
Alton Bassett Butler, Ralph Merton Cheney, 
Hildreth Rounds Crosby, Leander Elmore 
Dorey. Kenneth Austin Priest, and Robert 
Franklin Thompson. 

Started plowing at South End near tide gate 
with walking plow. Burning weeds near Farm 

Man here again to work on stoves, also man 
from Electric Storage Battery Co. here to work 
on storage batteries. 

Mr. Halliday of the American Laundry 
Machinery Co. here to do work on machinery in 

Motion pictures in the evening. 

Oct. 22 Plowing at South End. Pulling 
onions and beets. 

Oct. 25 Blacksmith here to shoe horses. 
Harrowed potato ground near Farm House, and 
gathered 15 bu. potatoes there. Picked one 
half bu. quinces. 

Oct. 26 Hauled in corn from near Farm 
House. Pulled 19 bu. beets. 

Party for first grade boys in the Assembly 
Hall in evening. 

Oct. 27 Hauled corn from North End. 
Pulled carrots and turnips. 

Oct. 28 Sorting potatoes in Farm House 
cellar. Cleaned Storage Barn, and stored and 
repaired farm machinery. 

Oct. 29 Sixth Friends' Day. Boys with 
their friends, Mr. Bradley and five instructors, 
went to Nantasket in the forenoon, returning in 
the afternoon. 

Dehorned the young bull, also three cows. 
Killed and dressed veal calf. 

Hallowe'en party in the evening. 

George Buchan, '97, and Mrs. Buchan 
here for the night and Sunday. 

Calendar so Vcars JIgo i$70 

(As Kept By The Superintendent) 

Oct. 5 Dull changeable weather. Even- 
ing rainy. Picking pears, plowing, etc. Re- 
ceived from Mr. Weld one Jersey cow. 

Oct. 6 Mr. Ed. Deming here to cut boys' 

Oct. 9 Sunday. Were addressed by Mr. 
Moses Rice from city in forenoon and Mr. 
Sawyer in afternoon. 

Oct. 10 Paid Frank Morgan for socks 
$13.50. Went to city with G. W. Heath, who 
goes to Dakota Territory with Col. G. A. 
Eatchelder, Sec'y of the Territory. 

Oct. 15 Mrs. Morse, Mr. Heney & Mr. 
Sawyer went to concert. Self alone with boys. 

Oct. 17 A plumber here repairing pipes, 
etc. Men carting and picking fruit. 

Oct. 18 Went to city with a lead of cab- 
bages for Hill-Tibbetts & Co. 

Oct. 27 A quanity of drift lumber came 
on shore, which was secured. Rearranged 
stones at graves in cemetery. 

Oct. 28 John Homans came to see boy 


October mcfcorolodv 

Maximum Temperature 83° on the 24th 
and 25th. 

Minimum Temperature 44° on the 29th. 

Mean Temperature for the month 62.° 

Total precipitation 1.60 inches. 

Greatest precipitation in 24 hours .8 inches 
on the 20th. 

Three days with .01 or more inches precip- 
itation, 15 clear days, 15 partly cloudy, 1 cloudy. 

Cbe Tartn ana trades School Bank 

Cash on hand Oct. 1, 1920 
Deposited during the month 

Withdrawn during the month 
Cash on hand Nov. 1, 1920 

84.1 1 



J\ Crip to nantaskct Beacb 

On the sixth and last Friend's Day of this 
year, there was a trip to Nantasket Beach with 
our friends. The boat left Rowe's Wharf at 
10:15 A. M. It then came to our Wharf and 
we went aboard. On our way down we saw our 
Island and others. We arrived at the Beach 
about 11:30. Most of the places were closed. 
The most of our friends brought basket lunches. 
For those that did not have friends, lunch was 
carried from the School. The boat came back 
ac 3:45 and arrived at our Island at about 4:45. I 
think all of the boys had a good time, and I hope 
we can all go again some time. 

Luke W. B. Halfyard 

feeding tbe Dogs 

I have fifteen minutes a day in which to 
feed the dogs. They are fed the scraps from 
the table. The scraps are put in a tin and fed 
to them. There are 3 puppies, Del, a fox ter- 
rier. Babe, a fox terrier, and Reliance, a collie. 
William E. Ericsson 

mbat Use are Cows Rorns? 

Some cows have to have their horns cut 
off, or they are liable to do injury to the rest of 
the herd. Recently six heifers were brought here 
and it was thought best to have their horns cut 

Some of the boys ask for these horns of which 
to make useful things such as necktie racks, pin 
cushions, napkin rings and ornaments. We 
first soak the horn in hot water and remove 
the inside. When it is cleaned out well, it is 
made into any desired model. 

One model that is made a lot is a necktie 
rack. A piece of wood is first cut out the shape 
of a shield; this may be finished with a fancy 
border of inlaying or perhaps a carved design. 
The horn is then plugged with a piece of wood, 
and by putting 2 or 3 screws through the shield 
into the plug, the horn is fastened securely. It is 
then rubbed down with sandpaper and shellacked 
which gives it a very lustrous finish. If a boy 
gets a horn he is lucky. 

Desmond 0. Anderson 

€atcbing a Kat 

One day as I came down from school two 
boys ran up to me and asked me to help them 
catch a rat, so I agreed. After twenty minutes' 
work pouring four pails of hot water into the hole, 
the rat ran out. Then I chased it and stepped 
on it just as it was going into another hole. 

George A. Adams 

Our Spelling Cesson 

After our history lesson was over, our teacher 
gave us 10 words that she took from the history 
book. They were about the Indians whom we 
were studying. They were pretty hard, but I tried 
to get 100. George E. Thompson 


tbe Jllutnni J1$$ociation of tbe farm and trades School 

William Alcott, '84, President 

Merton p. Ellis, '97, Secretary 
25 Rockdale Street, Boston 26 

James H. Graham, '77, Vice-President 

Richard Bell. '73, Treasurer 

Henry A. Fox, '79. Vice-President 


Howard F Lochrie, '16, Historian 

West Roxbury 

Alfred Carl Malm, assistant treasurer of the 
Board of Managers, has been continuously ident- 
ified with The Farm and Trades School ever since 
he entered as a boy in his ninth year, on Jan. 3 1 • 
1894. He was born in Cambridge on October 
3, 1885, and on Christmas Day in 1892, suffered 
the loss of his father by death. He left the 
School on July 11, 1901, to enter the office of 
Alfred Bowditch, trustee, who later became 
President of the Board of Managers of the 
School, in whose office the meetings of the 
Managers were held for many years. At the 
School he had played in the band and for three 
years worked in the printing office, serving for a 
short time as foreman of the latter department. 
When he entered the office of Mr. Bowditch he 
pursued studies for four years in the Boston Even- 
ing High School. In 1907 he entered the Y. M. 
C. A. Law School, and took another four-year 
course in evening work, graduating in 1911 with 
the degree of LL.B. In the same year he was 
admitted to the Suffolk bar. 

As a graduate, Mr. Malm mantained an 
active interest in the affairs of the School. He 
was one of the early members of the alumni 
association. He was one of the most active 
members in pushing the alumni fund, and served 
as one of the original members of the alumni fund 
committee. He has also served as historian of 
the alumni association, as auditor and as vice- 

When the United States entered the world 
war, Mr. Arthur Adams, then treasurer, enlisted 
in the Naval service, and then the duties of his 
position were assumed by Mr. Bowditch's office. 
The death of Mr. Bowditch on the following Jan- 
uary, and the election of a new treasurer, made 
it seem desirable to have an assistant treasurer, 
and Mr. Malm was invited to accept the place 
which he did. 

On June 12, 191 1, Mr. Malm was married 
to Susan Williams of Dorchester, and three 
children have been born to them: Elizabeth A., 
aged eight; Susan W., aged five, and John W., 
aged two. Their home for the past seven years 
has been at 89 Malvern Street, Melrose. In 
that city Mr. Malm is active in many things. 
He served on various social committees of the 
Melrose Y. M.C.A. He is a member of the First 
Methodist Church, and is president of the men's 
class. He is a member of Wyoming Lodge and 
Waverly Chapter of Masons, both of Melrose. 
For two years he was a member of the State 
Guards serving in Company E, 12th Regiment, 
and he saw active duty for six weeks during the 
Boston police strike in 1919. 

Richard Bell, 73, and Mrs. Bell, on 
November 18, 1920, celebrated their 35th wed- 
ding anniversary. 

Henry A. Fox, 79 has been made a De- 
puty Chief of the Boston Fire Department and is 
stationed at Fort Hill Square, Boston. 

George W. E. Byers, '86, has accepted a 
responsible position at Thompson's Spa, Boston. 

Herbert A. Hart, '99, died of pneumonia 
on March 26, 1920. 

Bruce L. Paul, ex '10, in the Boston 
Globe of September 30th announced his inten- 
tions of marriage to Miss Elizabeth R. Ferrie of 
Dorchester. Bruce lives at 35 Wilbur St., 

Thomas Milne, '12, was married on June 
9th to Miss Gecrgie Clara Esther Sullivan of 
Jamaica Plain. 

Vol. 24. No. 8. Printed at The Farm and Trades School Boston, Mass. December, 1920 

Entered November 23. 1903, at Boston, Mass. as Second-class matter, under Act of Congress of July 16, 1874. 

Cottage Row Government 






In accordance ^ with our usual annual custom, 
Cottage Row Government as well as the Common- 
wealth sets aside a day known as Thanksgiving. 

On this day we pause from our regular routine to 
observe the day in feasting and merriment, yet with 
thankful hearts toward God for the many blessings he 
has bestowed upon us. Thus we honor and follow 
the custom of our forefathers who first observed the 
day on the shores of Massachusetts. 

Recently our attention has been called with great 
emphasis to the life, ideals and experiences of these 
brave pioneers as this year marks the tercentenary of 
their landing. We are thankful that we live in the 
free country they founded. We believe the influence 
of their courage, loyalty and religious observance has 
helped us to be a great nation. We hope to become 
citizens worthy of their endeavor. 

We are thankful, too for abundant crops gather- 
ed, for health and friends. We are especially grateful 
for our School life, the knowledge acquired, and the 
pleasures enjoyed. 

So on this day we join in praise to God for the 
principles we are taught here; the opportunities we 
have to learn to- be good citizens, who in the future 
mark the progress of our country. In our heart we 

feel the spirit of a continual Thanksgiving for the daily 
comforts provided for us at this time of unrest and 
stress in the world. 

Therefore I, Waldo E. Libby, Mayor of Cottage 
Row, with the advice and consent of the Board of 
Alderman set apart Thursday, the twenty-fifth of 
November, as a day of Thanksgiving and praise to 
God for the many blessings He has given us. 

Given at The Farm and Trades School this twenty- 
fifth of November, in the year of our Lord one thous- 
and nine hundred twenty, the one hundred and sixth 
year of our School, and the thirty-second year of 
Cottage Row. 


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


God Save the Government of Cottage Row 

CbanKs^ii^ind Day 

One of the days that the boys enjoy the 
most is the grand old holiday of Thanksgiving. 
When reveille was sounded on Thanksgiving 
morning there was a rustling of clothes and shoes 
that showed how eager the boys were to be out- 
side. Before breakfast we played cards and 
other games. After breakfast time until nine 
o'clock we did the necessary work. When this 
was done two of the teams played a football game. 
The final score was A 19, D 41. This was a 
hard game and it gave the players on both teams 
very sharp appetites. A short time afterwards 
we lined up to go in to dinner. We stood in 
line about five minutes before the door opened 


but it seemed as if it were a week. The minute 
the boys got in the dining room there was a 
whispered chorus of, "Look at our turkey!" "I 
get a leg," and so on. After saying grace we 
sat down to our bountiful feast. This consisted 



Giblet Gravy 

Sweet Potatoes 

Squash Cranberry Sauce 


Pumpkin Pie 

Oranges Raisins Apples 

For an hour all that could be heard was 
the jingle of knives and forks, and occasionally 
some would stop to pay a compliment to the turk- 
or the pumpkin pie. When we left the dining 
room we were a happy and well filled lot. 

At two o'clock two picked teams represent- 
ing Princeton and Harvard had a battle on the 
Gridiron. The result was Princeton 52- Harvard 
6. From the end of the game till supper time the 
boys read books or practiced in the band hall, etc. 
Supper time came but none of the boys ate very 
much. At about half past seven we all went to 
the Assembly Hall to enjoy an entertainment 
which was provided for by Mr. Bradley. It was 
fine. Dancing for those who wished followed 
the entertainment. Finally as the boys all filed 
to bed more than one tired but happy boy said 
"Well, this is the end of a perfect day," and 
about everybody agreed with him. 

Theodore B. Hadley 

Cbanksgi^Jiitg Day entertainment 

When the evening of Thanksgiving day 
came the boys all passed to the Assembly Hall. 
As soon as everybody was seated, Mr. Bradley 
spoke briefly of the proclamation of Governor 
Coolidge, our own Cottage Row Government 
proclamation and of other facts of the day. 
Next there was an entertainment provided by 
Mr. Bradley and given by Miss Crosby assisted 

by Miss Shevron. This was one of the best 
entertainments of the year; Miss Crosby in the 
baseball song made a great hit. 

James B. Rouse 

Getting Ready for CbanKsgiv^ind 

My work is in the Bakery. At Thanks- 
giving 1 helped to clean and stuff the turkeys. 
It was rather steady work for there were 23 of 
them. I had made dressing before so that was 
easy. About 20 quarts of cranberries were 
made into sauce. It was all fun for I kept 
thinking of the good time ahead, when we 
should all be sitting at our tables Thanksgiving 
day. Frank A. Robbins 

Our CbanKs 

Each year the boys are given an opportun- 
ity just before Thanksgiving to state their spe- 
cial reasons for being thankful. The following 
are some of their expressions: — 

first Class 

I am thankful I have a mother and father 
and that they love me. I am thankful that I 
am at a good School where 1 get good food and 
clothing as well as many pleasures. I am 
thankful that Christmas is coming and for the 
privilege of going to the sloyd room to make 
presents for my friends. I have a reason for 
being thankful that 1 am in such a good country 
under such a good flag, and that I am in such a 
good school and in the Class of 1921. 

Desmond 0. Anderson 

I am thankful for food, clothing, shelter and 
that all personal needs are supplied; for the good 
government and the election of the Republican 
party to power; also for the great blessings God 
has bestowed upon us, for Nature, in all its 
beauty and the numerous chances we have to 
improve ourselves. I am thankful, too, for loving 
friends, and watchful instructors. Last but by 
no means least, for the good times given by Mr. 
Bradley and the instructors. 

Cyrus W. Durgin 


Among the many things for which I am 
thankful, are this School, where I am receiving 
an education, food, clothing, shelter and pleasant 
times. 1 am also thankful for the use of the 
Cottages, books from the library, sloyd, for our 
band and for the gardens for which we care. 1 
am very thankful for the different kinds of sports 
we have. Eric 0. Schippers 

This article is too small to express the 
many things for which 1 am thankful. However, 
a few of them are, food, clothing and good 
health besides our sports. 

1 am thankful for knowledge gained in the 
school room and sloyd. 1 am very thankful 
that 1 have a mother, brothers and sisters. 1 
am thankful for our Board of Managers, Super- 
intendent and instructors who care for us with 
great interest throughout the year. 

Ralph M. Rogers 

I am thankful that 1 have a mother, father, 
brother, and sister, who are well. 1 am thank- 
ful for the benefits of this School. 1 am thank- 
ful that 1 can go to the sloyd room and make 
Christmas presents. I am also thankful that I 
have a good teacher. 

Chester W. Buchan 

There are m.any things for which I am 
thankful, among them many loving friends and 
a fine teacher who instructs us in things we will 
need later in life. 

I am especially thankful for my dear father, 
sisters and brothers, and that 1 am a member of 
the first class. John Goodhue, Jr. 

Second €ld$$ 

I am thankful that I have good friends to 
care for me. 1 am thankful I have a good bed 
to sleep in and nice warm blankets. I am thank- 
ful that I can play football and that I have an 
opportunity to play in the band. I am thankful 
I am an officer of Cottage Row, and that I am 

in the second class. I am also thankful for my 
health and strength and for the good Thanksgiv- 
ing we had. I am thankful for everything 1 
have. Kenneth E. Kearns 

1 am thankful because 1 have a good father, 
sister, brother and friends. 1 am thankful be- 
cause 1 am in a good place where 1 can learn 
something useful. 1 am thankful because of 
what the School does for me. I am thankful 
that 1 have good health and can enjoy the plea- 
sures of the other boys. 

Alexander McKenzie 

1 am thankful that all my friends are well. 
I am thankful that I am in such a good School 
where I am getting a good training and that 1 
have, here, an opportunity to become a useful 
citizen of the United States. I am also thank- 
ful that I am in the band and that 1 have almost 
finished my sloyd course. 

Robert J. Buchanan 

1 am thankful that 1 have a good father, 
mother and brothers. 1 am thankful that we 
are soon going to have a Republican President 
and Vice President. 1 am thankful we have a 
country where freedom is enjoyed and that our 
nation is not like some of the European nations. 
I am thankful that we have a good Superinten- 
dent and a Board of Managers who do all they 
can for us. David E. Long 

1 am thankful that we have a fine Board of 
Managers and that I have a good instructor over 
me. 1 am thankful that our country is not at 
war and that we will soon have a new party in 
power. 1 am glad that 1 am where 1 can see 
the ships and liners passing in and out of the 
harbor. I am thankful that we have a place to 
play and that we have a band. I am thankful 
that 1 got a leg of the turkey. 

Howard E. Keith 

Continued on page 5 


Domp$on'$ Island Beacon 

Published Monthly by 


Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor 




Vol. 24. No. 8. 

December, 1920 

Subscription Price 

50 Cents Per Year 



Arthur Adams 


Charles E. Mason 


N. Penrose Hallowell 


Tucker Daland 


GoRHAM Brooks 
I. Tucker Burr 
S. V. R. Crosby 
Charles P. Curtis 
George L. DeBlois 
Thomas J. Evans 
Walter B. Foster 

Robert H. Gardiner, Jr. 
Alden B. Hefler 

Henry Jackson, M. D. 
Roger Pierce 

Richard M. Saltonstall 
Philip S. Sears 
Francis Shaw 
Moses Williams 
Ralph B. Williams 

Charles H. Bradley, Superintendent 
Alfred C. Malm, Assistant Treasurer 

The Day of Thanksgiving should be not 
merely a holiday authorized by the Governor 
and filled with games and enjoyment, but it 
should retain a little of the spirit of that first 

New England Thanksgiving. In our merry- 
making we may know, for a moment at least, the 
seriousness of our Pilgrim ancestors, who with 
no material advantages to gain, hazarded their 
all for an ideal. We may feel again a small part 
of their deep sense of thankfulness, when, in the 
midst of great hardships and with a second win- 
ter close upon them, they were impelled, not to 
count their troubles and complaint about them, 
but to thank God for their many blessings. And 
while their great effort to succeed may have 
tinged their thanksgiving with a special earnest- 
ness, we should never forget that what they had 
gained — freedom to worship as they wished and 
a new home in the new country — has come to 
us as our heritage, our America, the country of 

As we review briefly our many blessings, 
thereby emulating the example of our forefathers, 
our contemplation leads us to think of that be- 
ginning of all Thanksgivings, and we remember 
the debt we owe, the Pilgrims' cause for giv- 
ing thanks becomes ours, and a little of their 
staunch spirit must pass down to us. 



1 Husking corn; plowing at North 


Nov. 2 Pulling tomato vines and weeds. 

Banking celery. 

Nov. 3 Finished pulling carrots, 54 bu. 
in all. 

Nov. 4 Five heifers returned from pas- 
ture where through the kindness of Manager 
Francis Shaw they have spent the summer 

Nov. 5 Plowing garden, sorting potatoes 
burning weeds. 

Donald W. Ellis, '20, here for over Sunday. 

Nov. 6 Harvested 8 bu. of onions. 

Nov. 8 Drawing corn; Took 24 lbs. of 
honey from supers to bee-hives. 


Nov. 9 Finished plowing at North End 

Nov. 10 Pulling beans, tomato vines and 
weeds in garden. Plowing at South End. 

Nov. 1 1 Husking corn. Pulled 7 bu. 

Nov. 12 Dressed hens for the house. 

Nov. 16 Cleaned and repaired machin- 
ery at Old Barn. 

Nov. 18 Dressed big sow, weight 450 

Nov. 19 Nine boys visited the dentist. 

Nov. 20 Harvested celery. 

Clifton H. Sears, '20, spent the night at 
the School. 

Nov. 23 Very high wind. Telephone out 
of order. 

Banked Farm House. 

First grade party at night. 

Nov. 24 Telephone man here working on 
the telephones. Telephones working again about 

Plowing near Root Cellar. 

Nov. 25 Thanksgiving Day. Schedule 
game of football in the morning between teams 
A and D. Another game in the afternoon be- 
tween two picked teams. 

Entertainment of songs and stories in the 
evening, by Miss Crosby and Miss Shevlin, pro- 
vided for by Mr. Bradley The entertainment 
was followed by dancing. 

Nov. 26 Mr. Beane, former instructor, 
here for the night. 

The band played for dancing in the even- 

Nov. 27 The blacksmith here to shoe 

Mr. Julius Zinn, the florist, passed the night 

John A. Robertson, '15, here for the after- 

Nov. 29 Extra carpenter come to work 
for a short time. 

Nov. 30 Desmond Anderson attended 
the theatre. 

Calendar so Vcar$ Jtgo i$70 

(As Kept By The Superintendent) 

Nov. 1 Went to city with my monthly re- 
ports — was late — saw many of the Managers. 

Nov. 14 Sent a grist of corn and rye to 
mill at Neponset. 

Nov. 15 Mr. S. G. Deblois here to pass 
the day. 

Nov. 24 As usual on this day a goodly 
number of graduates present. The day passed 
in pleasant intercourse, and amusements. Over 
20 visitors here. 

Nov. 25 The steamer Rose Standish 
came with our winter supplies. 

noi^ember meteorology 

Maximum Temperature 73° on the 2nd. 

Minimum Temperature 38° on the 26th. 

Mean Temperature for the month 44°. 

Total precipitation 1 .55 inches. 

Greatest precipitation in 24 hours 1.41 in- 
ches from the 16th to the 17th. 

Three days with .01 or more inches precip- 
itation, 10 clear days, 1 1 partly cloudy, 9 cloudy. 

Cbe Tartti ana Crades School Bank 

Cash on hand Nov. 1, 1920 
Deposited during the month 

Withdrawn during the month 
Cash on hand Dec. 1, 1920 




Our tbanks 

Continued from Page 3 

1 am thankful that I live in a peaceful coun- 
try that has a good President, and where there 
is plenty of food, and where you may worship 


God in your own way. 1 am thankful that I am 
where I am not getting into mischief all the lime 
and that I can grow strong in body and in 
mind. I am thankful 1 have such a good mother 
and for the letters she sends me. 1 am thank- 
ful for a good teacher, a good school and a good 
minister. I am thankful that my mother and 1 
are not sick and for the many friends I have 
and they, too, are well. I am thankful for the 
work that has been assigned to me and that 1 
am living in an age of invention. 

Robert F. Thompson 

I am thankful that 1 have a father and 
mother, and that 1 have a good school to go to, 
where 1 can learn to do woodwork and play an 
instrument. I am thankful for what Mr. Bradley 
and the instructors are doing for me. I am 
thankful that I am not going hungry as some of 
the poor people are. 1 am thankful that the 
world war is over in which so many young men 
were killed. Arthur W. Gaunt 

I am thankful for a good place in which to 
work. I am also thankful for my instructor. 1 
am thankful for my school teacher. I am 
thankful for a place to get my education. 1 am 
thankful for my band instructor who helps me to 
learn my music. George D. Russell 

1 am thankful that I have a good mother. 
I am thankful for living in such a good school 
and that 1 have good health. 1 am thankful for 
our sports and that I have a good teacher. I 
1 am thankful that I have good' instructors over 
me. 1 am thankful that 1 have many good 
friends. George A. Adams 

Tourtb €!a$s 

1 am thankful for a mother and that she 
isn't sick. 1 am thankful that I am an American. 
I am thankful that the United States has such 
good soil and crops and that this is a prosperous 

William J. Hayden 

Cbird €la$$ 

1 am thankful for my mother, for my health 
and friends. 1 am thankful that 1 have a chance 
to be at this school and have a chance to learn 
different things. 1 am thankful that I have a 
chance to be educated. 

Herbert E. Noble 

I am thankful for a great many things but 
most of all my mother, brother and sister. 1 
am thankful to be at a School where 1 am 
learning so much that is useful to me. 1 am 
thankful for our good Superintendent and in- 
structors. IVERS E. WiNMILL 

1 am thankful for the home I have here and 
its opportunities. 1 am thankful that I have 
friends. I am thankful that I can have plenty of 
time for study and work and play. I am thank- 
ful for the good times 1 have at different times 
in the year. I am thankful for good friends. 
Leandor E. Dorey 

I'm thankful for the rain and snow, 
And for the things they help to grow, 

For fruits to eat. 

For flowers so sweet. 
For leaves and grass about my feet. 

Robert H. Carney 

I am thankful that 1 live in a religious 
country with peaceful people. 1 am thankful for 
a mother and father. 1 am thankful for a good 
Thanksgiving dinner. I am thankful that I have 
plenty of warm clothing. 

Robert L. MgAlister 

1 am thankful for a father, sister, grand- 
parents, and aunts and uncles. I am thankful 
they are all well. I am thankful I have a place 
to live and learn my lessons. 1 am thankful I 
am in the first grade. 

Alton B. Butler 

"Yes, the sun has spots, but don't think of 
the spots: think of the light." 



Rcpairind the fire Box 

Recently it was discovered that the brick 
wall of the furnace needed repairing. About 
10:30 in the evening of November 19, the fur- 
nace fires of the Power House were allowed to die 
out, and I cleaned the ashes from the grates. 
This cut off heat from the buildings, but we built a 
fire in the Stockroom stove, where there is a boil- 
er to supply hot water. At seven o'clock a ma- 
son came to work on the brick wall in the fur- 
nace. About ten-thirty o'clock we had the 
Nash Gas engine running. We then started to 
work on the water column; we packed the nuts 
on the water glass, and put a new gasket on the 
top of the column. All the valves on the col- 
umn were packed. About five o'clock we built 
fires in the furnace. About six o'clock we start- 
ed the Ames Steam engine. By this time the 
steam was on in the buildings. At nine o'clock 
the service which heats the hot water tanks was 
turned on. Everything was then cleaned and 
put in order. 

Luke W. B. Halfyard 

Good Click Hi Halting 

One Saturday afternoon three other boys 
and I took a shovel and two of our dogs Babe 
and Del and walked around the beach. The two 
dogs ran ahead to see if they could see or smell 
any rats. At last they caught the scent of a 
rat so they nosed around until they found the 
hole. We dug a few minutes and we caught 
three rats in that hole. Then we went on un- 
til we found another one. Here we caught five 
rats. We next went over to a group of small 
trees and we caught 10 rats among them. We 
started to go home along the beach when we 
heard a bark, looking around we saw Del. He 
had caught one big rat and was after another. 
When we reached the house the boys asked us 
how many we caught and we told them. Then 
Mr. Brown came and we showed them to him. 
He told us to take them and throw them out in 
the field so the owls could get them. 

Frederick R. Metcalf 

J\ tm up Coin 

One of the intructors gave m.e a large 
round coin about as big as a fifty cent piece. 
This coin is miade of brass, and is a toss up 
piece. On one side is the picture of a dog's 
head and the words, "Heads you win." Under 
this is written, "We will meet you in 'Frisco in 
1915." On the other side is a picture of a dog's 
tail, and beside it is written "Tails you lose." 
Under this is written "J. Moyce, and C. Powers, 
Northampton, Mass. to San Francisco, Cal. 
1914." This is is a very nice toss up coin and 
I use it quite often. 

John P. Davidson 


Almost all our floors are wooden so it is 
necessary to do a lot of scrubbing to keep them 
clean. First they are scrubbed with soap and 
water and then washed and wiped. After two 
squares are scrubbed the water is changed. 
With clean water two squares are scrubbed again. 
This is done repeatedly till the floor is clean. A 
scrubbing outfit consists of a pail, a scrub brush, a 
scrub cloth, kneeling pad and piece of soap. 
Philip F. Leary 


There are about eight owls on our Island. 
One day another boy and I were digging up an 
apple tree near the orchard. We happened to be 
talking about the owls, when 1 turned around and 
saw a big one following a rat trail. He was 
flying along very slowly and straight up about two 
feet from the ground when he turned toward me 
and flew about five feet over my head. 1 had a 
pretty good look at him. He was brown and his 
head was as flat as a board. 

Herbert E. Wright ' 

'These three things are useless: to think 
without working, to speak without doing, to wish 
without willing." 


tbe JHutnni Jfssociation of tbe farm and trades School 

William Alcott, 'S^. President 

Merton p. Ellis, '97, Secretary 
25 Rockdale Street, Boston 26 

Jamss H. Graham, "77, Vice-President 


Richard Bell. '73, Treasurer 


Henry A. Fox. '79. Vice-President 


Howard F Lochrie, M6, Historian 

West Roxbury 

John M. Sargent, ex '98, while working in 
Everett met with an accident that laid him up 
for a time. He nows works for James H. 
Graham, 77, janitor of the Fiske Building, and is 
living at 49 Norwood St., Everett. 

Axel E. Renquist, ex '03, has come 
across with the true School spirit. We wrote 
to him concerning money which had accumu- 
lated in the Farm School Bank from a small 
sum which he left here. He responded by ac- 
cepting half, but returning the rest to the School 
as follows: one half to the Alumni Fund, and 
the remainder for six years' payment ahead for 
the Beacon, and seven years' advance payment 
for Alumni dues! 

Axel is employed by The Crompton Co., in 
the cutting department (velvets and corduroys). 
Since leaving the School, he has worked in a 
print shop and six years as an iron molder. 
He says his musical training here has helped 
him quite a bit, and he is still making use of it. 
His address is No. 96, Crompton, R. 1. 

William C. J. Frueh, '05. is employed as 
machinist at the Package Paper & Supply Co., 
Springfield, makers of machinery for filling and 
wrapping groceries in package form. William 
is married, and has two sons and a daughter. 

Foster B. Hoye, ex '07, hoped to visit 
Boston this January, and to attend the Alumni 
Dinner while here, but on account of a serious 
injury to his right knee, he was obliged to post- 
pone his trip. Foster lives at 505 Stone Street, 
Watertown, N. Y. He has a family of five, and, 
as he says, makes enough to break even with 
the world. 

George R. Jordan, '13, spent the night of 
September 6th at the School. 

When he left the School he went to work 
for the McGraw-Hill Co., New York City, an 
electrical concern, and has remained with them 
ever since. Recently he has been made an ad- 
vertising represenative, a position which has good 
possibilities ahead. 

George enlisted ten days after the United 
States declared war, and was sent to Canada 
for training in the aviation section, and soon 
after to San Antonio, Texas. He began to 
train to be a military observer, studying wireless 
and military map reading, bombing, etc., but 
did not finish his training in this study as he was 
sent to France the latter part of 1917, and saw 
immediate service. He had one rather bad 
accident in the Belgium sector, and was in the 
hospital for six months altogether, but was back 
in time for the Chateau Thierry battle, serving 
as an anti-aircraft machine gunner then and un- 
til the end of the war. His total service in 
France was about one and a half years. 

His address is 3495 Broadway, New York 

Walter 1. Tassinari, '14, was a recent 
visitor at the School. After his graduation 
he went to work for the Pennsylvania Railroad 
in New York, at first as air brake inspector in 
the Long Island City yards, and later in the 
Pennsylvania Station Terminal, as a brakeman, 
meeting all trains about to leave, cutting off ex- 
tra cars, etc. He came back to the School 
from there for the 1916 reunion, being the grad- 
uate who returned from the greatest distance. 
Since then Walter has worked as electrician for 
various concerns, including the Fidelity Trust 
Company, the Edison Plant on L Street and a 
hospital in Dover, N. H., where the electric wir- 
ing was being replaced. Recently he has been 
doing electrical work in Lexington, Mass. 

Vol. 24. No. 9. Printed at The Farm and Trades School Boston, Mass. January, 1921 

Entered November 23, 1903, at Boston, Mass. as Second-class matter, under Act of Congress of July 16. 1874. 

Cbc €bristmas Concert 

Every Christmas we have a concert which 
takes place on the Sunday following Christmas. 
This year, Christmas Day being Saturday, it 
was thought best to have it occur on the Sunday 
following Christmas Day. Chapel was prettily 
decorated having a Christmas scene in the back- 
ground which represented a brick house with a 
snow covered roof, in the center of which there 
was an open doorway. In back of this there 
was an imitation fireplace with stockings hung 
up. In front of the house on each side were 
evergreens strung with tiny colored electric lights 
which made it very attractive. The program 
was as follows: 



Hail The 




Mr. Bonny 
Scripture Reading 

Eight Boys 


Song IV 


usic of the Bells 
Christmas Bells 

Baritone S 

Howard E. Keith 

Violin Duet Silent Night 

Clifton E. Albee, Ralph S. Blake, 

Randall G. Thornton 

Recitation The Sparrows 

Ivers E. Winmill 

Song Babe of Bethlehem 


Recitation A Christmas Song 

V/illiam J. Hayden 
Song Merry Christmas 

Recitation Different Views of Christmas 

Alexander McKenzie, Wyllis A. West 
Cornet Duet Little Town of Bethlehem 

Waldo E. Libby, Eric O. Schippers 
Recitation 1 Remember, 1 Remember 

Kenneth A. Priest 

Trio The Christmas Story 

Walter H. Curtis, Kenneth E. Kearns, 

John M. Levis 

Recitation Little Town of Bethlehem 

James H. Beattie, Henry E. Gilchrist 

Raymond Thomas 

The Gift Day is Here 
The Landing of the Pilgrims 
George L. Langill 

Echo the Beautiful Song 

A Name in the Sand 
John M. Ely, Jr. 

Christmas Carol 
Malcolm E. Cameron 
Recitation Babouska 

Theodore B. Hadley 
Song Where is Jesus 


Recitation Ring Out Wild Bells 

Barton N. Slade 



Starlight and Song 



Mr. Bradley 

Clifton E. Albee 

€bri$tmd$ Day 

Christmas morning dawned cold and snow- 
less but with the sun shining brightly. Those 
who hung up their stocking awoke to find candy, 
nuts and money in them. The necessary work 
was finished at 8.30. A company of boys dress- 
ed in blue army overcoats marched down to the 
Wharf to meet President Arthur Adams, who 
was to spend the day with us. 

The procession returned by way of Back 
Road with the drums beating, the national and 
School colors flying. When they came by 
Gardner Hall the other boys who grouped them- 
selves for the purpose in front of the building 
jumped cut and shouted "Merry Christmas" to 
our guest. The procession marched around in 
front of the Main Building where there were 
many cheers given for Mr. Adams, Mr. Bradley 
and Christmas Day. At 10 o'clock we went to 
the Assembly Hall which was brilliantly decorat- 
ed for the occasion; Santa Claus came in and 
greeted us, explaining that owing to the lack of 
snow he was late and that next year he would 
come by aeroplane. Mr. Bradley then threw 
horns, whistles and rattlers out to every one and 
instantly there was a jovial noise. Mr. Bradley 
and three instructors assisted in giving out the 
gifts. When an instructor's name was called 
everybody applauded. The boys gave Mr. 
Bradley a bouquet of flowers. After all the oth- 
er presents were given out, a box of chocolates 
was given to each instructor and boy from Mr. 
Richard Bell, Treasurer of the Alumni Associa- 
tion. Mr. Bradley then read names of various 
friends of the School who wished us a Merry 

After dinner some of the boys read the 
books they received or played with the games 
they received. About 2:30 we went to the 

entertainment in the Assembly Hall which was 
very good. In the evening we had our bath as 
it was Saturday night. And then everybody 
went to bed feeling happy and with hearts full of 
thankfulness for those who had given and pro- 
vided for them. Ralph M. Rogers 

Cbc €bri$tma$ Entertainment 

As usual we had an entertainment Christ- 
mas afternoon provided for by President Arthur 
Adams It was very good and had quite a var- 
iety of things. There were four people besides 
a pianist. The only woman among them v/as 
Mohala, a mind reader. She was quite clever, 
we thought. She was blindfolded. Then Floyd, 
her assistant, went up and down the aisles taking 
little things that we gave him and she would tell 
him what they were. Then Floyd got a black 
board and a piece of chalk, and went to a boy 
asking the boy to write some numbers on it. 
Mohala told what they were. Floyd also did 
some puzzling tricks. Another member repeat- 
ed poems and stories in French-Canadian dia- 

Then Joe Lorraine, who was best of all be- 
cause he was so full of life, played the banjo, 
bells and xylophones and made noises with his 
mouth like aeroplanes and auto races and many 
others. We all enjoyed it exceedingly. 

Clarence H. Colburn 

my Part in m Concert 

A week before Christmas Mr. Kihlstrom 
asked me if 1 would practice a Christmas song 
on my violin and get ready to play in the Christ- 
mas Concert. The name of the piece was 
"Holy Night." He also gave a copy to 
Thornton, the other violinist, and to Albee, the 
pianist. After practicing all the week we could 
play it fairly well. When the night of the con- 
cert came we marched into Chapel. After three 
boys had recited, it was our turn. Albee played 
the piano and Thornton and 1 the violin. That 
was my first experience as a violinist in front of 
an audience. Ralph S. Blake, J.-^. 



Itlcctitid mr. Jfdattts 

A week before Christinas, Rogers organiz- 
ed two squads of boys to meet Mr. Adams at 
the Wharf on Christmas morning. The corporal 
of the first squad was Robertson and the corpor- 
al of the second squad was Pickels. Each squad 
consisted of eight boys including the corporal. 
There was also a color bearer and two color 
guards. Every morning Rogers, the captain, 
drilled us in the gymnasium. Some mornings 
we marched down the Rear Avenue to the 
Wharf and returned by way of Back Road. 

On Christmas morning at nine o'clock, we 
went down into the Banking Room and put on 
blue uniforms that were used in the Civil War. 
When we were all ready, we assembled in front 
of the Old Elm. We drilled around the hedge 
until the boat came in sight. We then march- 
ed down to the Wharf accompanied by snare 
drums, bass drum and cymbals, and stood at 
attention until Mr. Adams got off the Pilgrim. 
We then gave three rousing cheers for Mr. 
Adams and shouted, "Merry Christmas," until 
we were nearly out of breath. Marching up the 
road we looked fine. At the head was the cap- 
tain with his sword, followed by the color guards 
and color bearer with a large silk American 
flag which the wind blew straight out. Then 
came a column of blue soldiers followed by the 
drummers, Mr. Buchan beating the bass drum. 
We marched around Gardner Hall where the 
rest of the boys were waiting for us. What a 
noise! It seemed as if the air was filled with 
"Merry Christmas!" After marching around 
the Main Building followed by the School, we 
stopped at a window at which Mr. Bradley was 
leaning out. Mr. Bradley suggested that we 
give Mr. Adams three cheers which were given 
heartily. Then Mr. Adams suggested that we 
give Mr. Bradley three cheers. After giving our 
Superintendent three reusing cheers we were 
dismissed. Edward V. Osberg 

Cbrlsttnas Carols 

In England a great many years ago they 
had a custom of singing carols the night before 
Christmas. A few days before that time this 
year, sixteen boys rehearsed singing four carols. 
Christmas eve we went down to the clothing 
room and put on some blue army overcoats 
with capes which had been worn in the Civil 

We then assembled by the corner of the 
Main Building nearest the Old Elm and sang, 
"Joy to The World." After we were nearly 
through the other boys came out and stood 
around us. Then we went into the Court and 
sang other pieces. Then Mr. Bradley and the 
instructors threw out money to us. 

After we had sung in front of all the win- 
dows lighted by candles we were invited to Mr. 
Bradley's apartments and had a good time. 
The piano was played for us and we had re- 
freshments. Then some of the boys looked at 
photographs of the School. 

John M. Levis 

l)OW Our Cbapei Cooked 

On December 25, at ten A. M. all of us 
passed to the Chapel to receive our presents. 
When we were seated and were waiting for 
Santa Claus I began to observe the room. In 
front there was a house apparently made of 
brick. There was a door in the center, a fire 
place in back with stockings hanging from the 
shelf. They were filled with toys. There were 
five windows in the house, also a small chim- 
ney. The roof was covered with artificial snow. 
There were' about a dozen trees filled with pres- 
ents, also many on the floor. In among the 
trees was a sign which read 90° longitude, and 
0° latitude. The Chapel lights were covered 
with twigs and artificial icicles, also holly cover- 
ed chains. The windows were decorated with 
crepe paper and bells. It was a wonder- 
fully pretty picture and added much to our 

Harold B. Buchan 


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GoRHAM Brooks 
I. Tucker Burr 
S. V. R. Crosby 
Charles P. Curtis 
George L. DeBlois 
Thomas J. Evans 
Walter B. Foster 

Robert H. Gardiner, Jr. 
Alden B. Hefler 

Henry Jackson, M. D. 
Roger Pierce 

Richard M. Saltonstall 
Philip S. Sears 
Francis Shaw 
Moses Williams 
Ralph B. Williams 

Charles H. Bradley, Superintendent 
Alfred C. Malm, Assistant Treasurer 

Christinas is with us again, and once more 
we hear "Joy to the World" sung by candlelit 
windows; again we meet our visitors with drums 
and cheers, and again we shout as the gifts are 

distributed from the twinkling trees. The green, 
the red, and the white of Christmas reveal 
themselves for us, as in a kaleidoscope, in a 
new form — our Christmas house of yesterday 
becomes a dim fir forest of today. 

Each year it seems as if we never before 
had had such a Merry Christmas, and between 
tiines we discuss the day and compare it with 
those of other years. "Do you remember the 
Santa Claus workshop two years ago?" "That 
was a good show we had last year," and so on. 

Perhaps in the minds of some, this review 
goes back further still, and we picture groups of 
long ago. Farm School boys like ourselves, who 
year by year have thrilled as we do today with 
the thought of a holiday, Christmas associations, 
and the possibilities that are hung on that tree. 
For Christmas must always have been a day of 
days even though the entertainment provided in 
the early years may seem to us, now, painfully 

Let us recall briefly what we know con- 
cerning a few of those by-gone Christmases. 
The first mention we find in 1848, fifteen years 
after the School moved to Thompson's Island. 
The record says: 

"This being Christmas day, the boys have the 
same dinner and dessert as on Thanksgiving. 
They appeared very happy, had several kinds of 
games of amusement, and in the evening play- 
ed blind man's bluff." 

A year later: 

"A good dinner of roast, pies, etc., was 
furnished the boys. They spent the day mostly 
in skating and the evening in playing blind man's 
bluff, hunt the squirrel, etc., and retired to rest 
gratified and weary with sport." 

In 1849 appears the first mention of a 
Christmas tree, "a handsome Christmas tree 
was loaded with presents for each person on the 

In 1856, five years before the beginning of 
the Civil War, we read that Christmas Day was 
was "one long to be remembered . . . Rev. L. 
E. Caswell had obtained ... a large quantity 


of cake, figs, candy and apples as a feast for the 
boys . . . and a fine time we had of it." 

In 1875, we read "everybody happy. The 
boys have enjoyed their presents today, skates, 
sleds, tippets, mittens, etc. Our tree was 
splendid and all had something on it." 

In 1881, "everything was done that could 
be to make a happy day for all concerned. In 
the evening a very beautiful tree, laden with 
much to make glad the eye and heart, was un- 
veiled and soon stripped of all its artificial 
beauties, which were bestowed upon the expec- 
tant scholars." 

In 1884, "the drama "My Brother's Keep- 
er" was well enacted. A fine tree, as fine as 
we ever had. When the curtain was removed 
from before it, it was most rapturously cheered." 

And in 1885, we "had a pleasant time in 
the Hall, and a tree set in a dory with sail set 
representing the bringing of bundles home from 
the city." 

As we read these short descriptions, we 
cannot but realize how many pleasures we have 
now, at Christmas, and through the year, of 
which those boys of an earlier time had no idea. 
By 1898 the School had acquired its Christmas 
concert on Sunday eve, and in 1904 came the 
first Christmas afternoon entertainment provid- 
ed by our Manager, which today has become an 
important part in our fun, and gradually have 
been added other pleasures which help to make 
the Christmas season pleasant. 

Much of the fun we ourselves help to bring 
about. Much of it means good hard work on 
the part of instructors and boys. The Christ- 
mas concert and the carol singing represent 
painstaking preparation; in the Chapel an elabo- 
rate Christmas scene does not come overnight. 
This work of getting ready may be a pleasure in 
itself, and cannot, we believe, but make us ap- 
preciate the actual festivities all the more. As 
we hear boy after boy remark that "he has had 
more fun than he would have had at home" (a 
decided compliment, for what bey is there who 

hasn't a longing for home at Christmas time?) 
we feel that our effort and the gifts of individuals 
has not been in vain. Perhaps for most boys 
the power of appreciation does not come till 
later in life, but we believe that later this ap- 
preciation does come, and our boy looks back to 
his Christmases here as to some of the pleas- 
antest times of his life. The fun and liveliness 
of the day, the lesson he has had in doing his 
part with the rest, the series of beautiful pictures 
that come as a part of the season, all these will 
remain in his mind, and color for him his asso- 
ciations of Christmas. 

Yes, we have much undreamed of by 
those boys who on Christmas Day "played blind 
man's buff and retired to rest gratified and weary 
with sport. Theirs was a simpler, quieter age 
than ours; what we have come to expect, al- 
most as a matter of course, would have seemed 
to them too good to be true. 

In imagination we can see those rows of 
"expectant scholars" with their quaint clothes 
and with hair plastered on forehead, yet, we 
know, they were boys not unlike ourselves. 
And while we may appreciate ' the added 
pleasures and improvements that have come 
with time, to this, as to any growing organization, 
we cannot but like and respect those boys of 
long ago. They lived without luxuries, but 
what kind of men they became, and what the 
School teachings did for them, the annals of our 
Alumni show. 

It is said that the graduates of any School 
are its best advertisement, and we trust that 
when our turn comes and we have our chance 
to prove ourselves, we may give the Farm School 
boys of a future generation no reason to hear our 
names spoken otherwise than with pride. For 
by us will our School be judged; through our use- 
ful and straightforward lives and by our loyal co- 
operation will she advance; by our efforts will be 
obtained, for our brothers of tomorrow, far great- 
er opportunities than we have known. 



Dec. 1 Dentist here to examine boys' 

Plowed corn-field back of Cottage Row. 

Dec. 2 Cleaned Storage Barn. 

Motion pictures in the evening. 

Dec. 3 Drawing gravel at South End. 

Four little pigs, three Berkshires and one 
Chester White received from Manager Richard 
M. Saltonstall. 

Band concert and dancing in the evening. 

Dec. 8 Business meeting of the Alumni 
Association. New officers elected as follows: 
President: James H. Graham, '97 
Vice Presidents: Chief, Henry A. Fox, 79 

Lawrence A. Cobb, '14 
Secretary: Merton P. Ellis, '99 
Treasurer: Richard Bell, '73 
Historian: Howard F. Lochrie, '16. 

The First Class held a dance in the even- 

George Buchan, '97, here for the night. 

Dec. 9 Motion pictures in the evening. 

Dec. 10 President Arthur Adams visited 
the School. 

Baseball shield and cups given by Manager 
S. V. R. Crosby, given out to the boys. 

Two horses humanely disposed of. 

Finished plowing corn-field north of Cot- 
tage Row. Finished sorting potatoes. 

Herbert Antell, '19, here for the night. 

Dec. 13 Repaired East Side Dike. 

Dec. 14 Junk taken in barge to Cow 

Dec. 15 Three cows and a boar sold. 

Dec. 16 Six boys went to the dentist. 

Motion pictures in evening. 

Beginning to put winter sheathing on the 

Dec. 17 Pruning trees. 

Finished putting sheathing on the "Pil- 

Dec. 20 Dressed pig weighing 320 lbs. 

Dec. 22 Killed two geese. 

Dec. 23 Six boys went to the dentist. 

Dec. 24 Carols sung around the house 
at lighted windows by Miss Winslow, Mr. Bemis 
and sixteen boys. 

Dec. 25 Christmas. Distribution of pre- 
sents from the Christmas tree in the morning. 
Entertainment in the afternoon, provided for by 
President Arthur Adams. 

Joe Lorraine, Y. M. C. A. Minstrel. 
Floyd, Slight of hand performer. 
Mohala, Mind reader. 
J. B. Thrasher, Story teller. 

Gift of chocolates from Mr. Richard Bell, 

Gift of peanuts from Mr. Edward Capaul. 
ex '07. 

Gift of fruit from Manager Tucker Daland. 

President Arthur Adams here for the day. 
Met at Wharf by a squad of boys with drums 
and cymbals. 

Dec. 26. Christmas Concert in the even- 

Dec. 27 John A. Robertson, '15, came 
to spend a part of his vacation here, and help as 

William B. Cross, '18, here for over night. 

Dec. 29 Finished husking corn. 

Dec. 30 Seven boys went to the dentist. 

Albert Anderson, '20, and Philip M. 
Landry, ex '20, here to spend a few days. 

Motion pictures in the evening. 

Dec. 31 Bull, John of the Abbey, killed 
and dressed. Weight, 987 lbs. 

Manager Philip S. Sears visited the School. 

Graduates, Clifford G. Leonard, ' 1 6, Gordon 
H. Cameron, '18, and Everett B. Leland, '19, 
came to spend New Years' at the School. 

Calendar so Vears Jlgo i$70 

(As Kept By The Superintendent) 

Dec. 2 Mr. and Mrs. S. G. Deblois 
came at noon — rowing over themselves. 

Dec. 3 Self very busy putting up stoves 
and making all comfortable. 

Dec. 13 Wrote boys' letters for Christ- 


mas. Took charge of it myself. Completed 
them all. Mrs. M. went to Qulncy via Squant- 
um. One man plowing. 

Dec. 14 Went to town today carrying the 
boys' letters, nearly one hundred of them. 

Dec. 15 Cold day, — a great contrast to 
yesterday. No crossing. Engaged in fitting 
boys' boots. 

Dec. 18 The Supt. and teachers officiat- 
ed. It would be a treat indeed to listen to some 
strange voice, to hear new ideas advanced, but 
such is not our privilege. Day after day we 
must take the general care of the boys disci 
plining where necessary, and on Sundays turn 
our School-room into a chapel and supply the 
place of pastor as best we can. We feel that 
instead of being pastor, we need ministering 

Dec. 23 Went to city to get boys' Christ- 
mas bundles. Had a full boat load of them. 
Had an uncomfortable time getting them. 

Dec. 24 We had our Christmas tree this 
eve, and a fine time we had. The boys have 
been busy enough with their bundles all day. 
The bundles ranged .... in size, and were 
well filled and packed. Truly 'twas a "Merry 
Christmas" indeed for the boys. May we have 
many such. 

Dec. 31 Carried in accounts and settled 
with the Treasurer. Thus closes the year, 
which has been one of health and prosperity, 
worthy to be placed on record with the many 
v/hich have passed before. 

December meteorology 

Maximum Temperature 59° on the 14th. 

Minimum Temperature 1 8° on the 26th. 

Mean Temperature for the month 35°. 

Total precipitation .52 inches. 

Greatest precipitation in 24 hours .30 in- 
ches on the 22nd. 

Four days with .01 or more inches precip- 
itation, 13 clear days. 12 partly cloudy, 6 cloudy. 

Cbe Tarm and trades School Bank 

Cash on hand Dec. 1, 1920 
Deposited during the m.onth 

Withdrawn during the month 
Cash on hand Jan. 1, 1921 






Cooking in Our Stocking 

When we went to bed Christmas Eve we 
hung up our stockings. 1 hung up another boy's 
because mine had a hole in it and I wanted to 
be on the safe side. About three o'clock I got 
up and looked in my stocking and I found five 
chocolates and a nickel. I woke up the boy be- 
side me and told him to look in his stocking and 
he found something in his, too. In about five 
minutes everybody was awake, talking, and the 
watchman had to tell us to stop. 

Howard E. Keith 

B Contest 

One day our Printing Office instructor told 
the boys of the Printing Office that the one who 
made the best cover design for the Christmas 
Program would be given a prize. He gave us 
three days in which to make our covers. 
The design would have to be an original idea and 
within a certain size. Henry Clifford won the 
the prize which was a Waterman fountain pen. 
We always like a contest and we can probably 
have another one at Easter. We all enjoyed 
working out our designs. Ivers E. Winmill 

B Useful Christmas Present 

Christmas brought me at least one present 
for which I was very anxious. It was a "Chem- 
craft" chemistry set. It contains 43 different 
chemicals, test tubes, funnel, gas delivery and 
other apparatus used in chemistry. All harm- 
ful and deadly poisonous substances are ex- 
cluded. With it I can do chemical magic, man- 
ufacture colored and sympathetic inks, dye tests 
for alkalis and acids, food tests, prepare chlorine 
gas and many other things. It is useful, in- 
structive and amusing. Cyrus W. Durgin 


Cbe JllumnI Jfssoclatlon of Che farm and trades School 

William Alcott, '84, President 

Merton p. Ellis. '97, Secretary 
25 Rockdale Street, Boston 26 

James H. Graham, '77, Vice-President 


Richard Bell, '73, Treasurer 


Henry A. Fox. '79. Vice-President 


Howard F Lochrie. '15, Historian 

West Roxbury 

John M. Sargent, '97, has returned to 
Boston after a year in New Brunswick, and is 
now employed in the painting department of the 
Town Taxi Company. 

Henry W. Sowers, ex '14, visited the 
School September 10, 1920. 

When he left the School in 1910, he went 
to Enosburgh Falls, Vermont, and attended high 
school for two years. He remained there on a 
fariTi for about two years afterwards. He next 
went to Burlington Business College for a while, 
and from there into the service. He was in the 
Quartermasters Corps, and was in the service 
for three years, and 28 months overseas. He 
was in France for the first eighteen months, 
and later in Belgium, and Holland, and back to 
France. He was discharged on August 14, 
1919. From Septeinber 8th until January 15th 
last year, he worked for the New York Edison 
Company^ and since then he has been connected 
with the reorganization department of the 
Bankers Trust Company, 16 Wall Street, New 
York City. His address is 375 West 55th 
Street, New York City. 

Henry is engaged to Miss Gladys E. Young 
and hopes to be married within a year. Miss 
Young is a district nurse in Belmont, Mass., and 
is a graduate of the Mary Fletcher Hospital in 
Burlington, Vermont. 

To Geoffrey E. Plunkett, '14, a daugh- 
ter, Margaret Evelyn, 6 lbs. 2 oz., March 30, 

Earl C. Miller, ex '15 and Mrs. Miller 
announce the birth of a daughter. Pearl Agnes 
Miller, on October 23, 1920, weighing 7 lbs. 1 1 

IvERS R. Allen, '16, is working in a lunch 
room in Oklahoma City, Okla. He has gone 
there to work for his uncle who has a sinall but 
reliable business. Ivers wished he might be pre- 
sent at the Alumni dinner, but he was too fara- 
way. His address is 314 West Grand Ave., 

To Eldred W. Allen, '16, a son, Malcolm 
Mitchell Allen, born on Saturday, Nov. 27th, 
weighing eight pounds. Eldred is still in 
Meredith, N. H. 

Clarence E. Slinger, '17, is now working 
for the EiTierson Shoe Company, being in 
charge of inspection in the lining department in 
their factory in Rockland, Mass. Before going 
to work for this company, Clarence was for some 
months in the upper leather department of Rice 
& Hutchins, (shoes), also located in Rockland. 
His address is 66 Williams Street, Rockland, 

Laurence A. Murphy, '18, writes con- 
cerning joining the Alumni Association and oth- 
er matters. Laurence is working in an apron 
factory in Boston. He says that while he isn't 
very busy, he feels rather fortunate to have 
work, with conditions as they are at present 
Laurence has taken cornet^ lessons ever since 
he left the School. His address is 1 24 High St. 
East Weymouth, Mass. 

Warren F. Noyes, '19, is planning to take 
an agricultural course in the New Hampshire 
College. This is a course open during the fall 
and winter months only. 

Vol. 24. No. 10. Printed at The Farm and Trades School Boston, Mass. February, 1921 

Entered November 23. 1903, at Boston, Mass. as Second-class matter, under Act of Congress of July 16. 1874. 

Jilt Tntmsting Lecture 

Mr. Curtis, one of our managers, visited us 
January 29, 1921. In the evening he told us 
all about his recent hunting trip in Africa. It 
was illustrated by stereoptican views, which 
were nnade from pictures taken on his trip. He 
went out there to hunt lions, hyenas, zebras, and 
other big game. He told us first about his 
party. He had about 50 men in all, and the 
only white man besides himself was his guide, 
a man named Percival. He was a very brave 
man and a well known guide in Africa. The 
two things which white men who go there have 
to look out for are, the sun which shines directly 
overhead and the tsetse fly. They wear heavy 
helmets so they will not get a sun stroke. They 
carry medicine to protect themselves against the 
tsetse fly. He had three boys who were his 
guards. Two carried ammunition and one al- 
ways followed him. They were Mohammedans 
of the Massi tribe and would not eat any of the 
meat unless they killed it themselves. Some- 
times Mr. Curtis would let the Mohammedans 
kill the lion that he wounded. He had porters 
to carry the tents and other luggage. There was 
a wagon full of corn and meal for the servants 
which was drawn by 20 oxen. He paid the 
Massis about six dollars a month in English 
money. They could get it changed into their kind 
of money. 

The guns the natives use are very heavy 
but the Massi Indians have a long lance which 
they throw at their victims when they wish to 

kill them. They are very skillful in throwing 
these. They also have a long knife for another 
weapon. Some of them still have bows and 
arrows. We were glad to hear that the British 
did not interfere with their habits of life. They 
can do anything they wish except kill their own 
people or anyone else. They have odd dances 
and many other queer customs. They wear but 
little clothing which consists of a blanket around 
themselves. The warriors have queer hats made 
of bird skin or of an animal. 

Another interesting thing is the way mail 
is brought into camp. A man comes running 
into camp with a long stick in one hand with a 
paper at one end. He is called a runner but 
carries mail the same as a mail man. He also 
has a revolver in the other hand for his protection. 
One day a boy came running into camp and told 
Mr Curtis there were some lions out in a dried 
stream bed near by. Mr Curtis and his guard 
went out in front of the lions and some other 
servants went in back of them. The ser- 
vants drove the lions in sight so Mr. Curtis 
could shoot them. He said he was afraid to 
shoot them because if he missed them he^ 
would be liable to kill one of his servants, 
though he fired and hit one of the lions and 
killed it. That was his first lion. He killed 
many other animals of different kinds during 
his stay in Africa. Some of his specimens will 
be given to Harvard University. 

We all enjoyed hearing about this expedi- 
tion and learned many things from the lecture 


and from the fine pictures. We thanked Mr. 
Curtis for his visit to us. 

John M. Levis 

eoittd Hftcr erain 

One day last week Mr. Brown picked out 
seven other boys and myself to go to City 
Point to help bring over a load of grain. We re- 
ported to Mr. Ferguson on the steamer and 
started for City Point. 

We got there before the team had come. 
When it did arrive it did not take long to load 
the grain because there were only 34 bags. But 
there was still another team coming with 80 bags. 
We loaded the bow, inside the cabin, and the 
stern deck. All of it could not be taken in one 
load, so some was left in the locker to be taken 
in another trip. 

We crossed the harbor and when about 50 
feet from the Wharf the signal was blown for 
freight, one long blast and one short. 

We landed at the stone dock. After the 
grain was all off we started back to City Point. 
There was not quite so much this time so it 
was loaded just on the decks. Returning the 
second time we unloaded at the same place. 
Then the steamer was put at the north side float 
where it usually lies and we went to school. 
Alexander McKenzie 

Risforlcal Anecdote 

Lately we have been studying about Ex- 
President Andrew Jackson. History tells us 
one interesting incident about his boyhood. 
During the Revolution, Jackson, then fourteen, 
was a prisoner in a British camp. One of the 
commanding officers ordered him to clean his 
boots. Young Jackson refused, saying that he 
was prisoner of war and therefore he was not to 
perform such acts of drudgery. The officer in 
a great rage lifted his sword and hit him on the 
forehead and arm. Jackson carried these scars 
to his grave. 

George E. Russell 

Base Ball €up$ 

One Thursday evening recently, before 
motion pictures, Mr. Bradley came into the 
Assembly Hall with a big box under his arm. 
The boys all knew that it contained the base- 
ball shield and cups given by one of our mana- 
gers, Mr. S. V. R. Crosby. Mr. Crosby has 
given these cups for a long time and says, "1 
will keep it up." 

The cups and shield are quite expensive. 
The boys that receive a cup are made quite 
happy for these are given as a reward for fair 
play, good spirit, and square dealing. 

The boys who received the cups are as 

Luke W. B. Halfyard, Pitcher 
Daniel E. Smith, Catcher 
Edward J. Robertson, First Base 
James B. Rouse, Second Base 
Ralph MacC. Rogers, Third Base 
Kenneth E. Kearns, Short Stop 
George A. Adams, Left Field 
Willis M. Smith, Center Field 
Ivers E. Winmill, Right Field 
Theodore B. Hadley, Sub. Pitcher 
Waldo E. Libby, Sub. Catcher 
William T. Marcus, Sub. Short Stop 
Team A won the shield. Luke W. B. 
Halfyard was the captain of team A. 

Russell F. Metcalf 

B Queer Ulbistle 

A few days ago I heard a queer whistle. 
At first 1 thought it was a stray cow, so I asked 
a boy and he told me it was a whistle over in 
Boston. I listened a minute and I heard it again. 
He listened too. "It sounds like a cow, does'nt 
it?" He agreed it did. It fools many people. 
Charles N. Robbins 


About two years ago there was only one 
owl on our Island, now there are from four to 


five. We are glad to have so many because they 
catch the rats. These owls are gray and brown. 
We see them flying around in the day time esp- 
ecially on a dark day because the owls can see 
better in the dark. When we come across a rat 
half eaten we know that an owl has killed it. 
We see the owls on the South End of the Island 
more often. With our five dogs and the owls 
many rats meet their death. 

John Goodhue, Jr. 

m\m out m €up$ 

Monday night we went up to the Assembly 
Hall to listen to grade reading. The boys grades 
were annouced for the week. Then the Shaw 
Conduct prizes and Temple Consolation prizes 
were given out and later the Crosby Football 
Cups and Shield, so called because they are 
presented by Mr. S. V. R. Crosby, one of our 
Managers. A shield is given to the winning 
team in baseball, football and basketball. The 
shield was won by team C whose captain was 
James B. Rouse. A cup is given to the best 
player in that position in which he plays. Boys 
who received cups are as follows: 

Ernest J. Olson Right End 
Eric O. Schippers Right Tackle 
Mahlon H. Montieth Right Guard 
Theodore B. Hadley Center 
Desmond Anderson Left Guard 
John H. Schippers Left tackle 
George D. Russell Left End 
Luke W. B. Halfyard Quarter Back 
John M. Ely Left Half Back 
James B. Rouse Full Back 
Ralph M. Rogers Right Half Back 
Kenneth E. Kearns Sub. Right End 
Ivers E. Winmill Sub. Center 
Kenneth L Drown S. Left Half Back 

Philip F. Leary 

Decoratiitd m Jlsscmbly f)H\\ 

As we were to celebrate Mr. Bradley's birth- 
day the evening before, on February 12, we v/ish- 
ed to have the Assembly Hall appropriately de- 
corated. So Friday afternoon the first class 
officers began decorating. As Lincoln's Birth- 

day is one day before Mr. Bradley's we thought 
we would use the patriotic colors red, white and 
blue, as well as the blue and gold School colors. 
We got flags and crepe paper from the loft and 
pennants from the clothing room. Three flags 
were attached to each light, and red, white and 
blue crepe paper was strung across from light to 
light. Most of the large pictures were decorated 
with flags, and blue and gold scarfs. The win- 
dows also were decorated with blue and gold 
pennants and in the middle of the lower part of 
each window there was put an eagle. Abraham 
Lincoln's picture was taken from the wall and 
put on a large easel, and a large American flag 
was wrapped around it. At the further end of 
the hall were three flags in a group, on one side 
was the School colors on the other side was the 
Massachusetts flag and in the center was the 
American flag. There were various kinds of 
plants on the window sills, and a tall rubber plant 
on each side of the entrance. The decorations 
fitted the occasion very well and added much to 
a pleasant occasion. James B. Rouse 

PolisDing a Tloor 

Some times when I finish my regular work 
I polish one of the floors I have to keep clean. 
I usually do this on Tuesdays. The first thing 
I do is to get a pail of water and wipe the floor. 
Then 1 put some wax on the floor after it is dry. 
When that is done I take a weight and polish it. 
After 15 minutes I put a cloth under the weight 
and go over the floor for another 15 minutes. 
When this is done I put my things away and I 
am all finished. Chester W. Buchan 

B Queer Iiappcnins 

One day two other boys and myself were 
walking along the beach. I noticed an extra 
large billow coming in. I did not say anything 
to the other boys about it, but they noticed it 
also. When about 20 feet out in the water it 
broke. At first I was surprised for a wave as big 
as an ocean wave broke on our beach. I looked 
for more but could see none. 

George A. Adams 


Cbompson's Tsland Beacon 

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February, 192: 

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Arthur Adams 

Charles E. Mason 


N. Penrose Hallowell 


Tucker Daland 


Karl Adams 

Gorham Brooks 
I. Tucker Burr 
S. V. R. Crosby 
Charles P. Curtis 
George L. DeBlois 
Thomas J. Evans 
Fred T. Field 
Walter B. Foster 
Robert H. Gardiner, Jr. 
Alden B. Heeler 

Henry Jackson, M. D. 
Matt B. Jones 
Roger Pierce 

Richard M. Saltonstall 
Philip S. Sears 
Francis Shaw 

Richard B. Wigglesworth 
Moses Williams 
Ralph B. Williams 

Charles H. Bradley, Superintendent 
Alfred C. Malm, Assistant Treasurer 

There are many not suffering from sleep- 
ing sickness who can be said to be sleeping 
their lives away. Their true selves are asleep, 
because of the lack of a vital vision. They have 
never yet had a living, definite aim in life, that 
would spur them and call them into action. 

Without a fixed purpose, the man is like a 
horse that is tied to a tree; he moves but never 
advances to fresh fields and new attainments. 

Let us note the difference between a wish 
and an aim in life. The person who wishes 
merely taps with a cane the rock that blocks 
his progress, while he who has a vital purpose 
drills the rock, then blasts it, and goes on to his 

The basketball team, whose members have 
made it a real, definite aim to get the shield, 
will be the winning team. The reason is that 
their determination, which comes as a result of 
their purpose, carries them through the games. 
The captain suggests that they have some prac- 
tice work, and so the whole team lays aside the 
little things they are doing intheir free time, and 
takes up the big thing. There is no complaint 
because they feel the vision, they see their goal, 
the shield and the cup. 

Value of the aim in school life is that it 
organizes our forces. We know that the mob 
life in the mental area is useless against an or- 
ganized mind. The steam in the boiler of the 
Pilgrim is of no use until it is directed to the en- 
gine. It is then the engine has the chance 
to do its work. So our aim in life is a force 
which organizes the steam of our energies, 
and by it we are driven toward cur goal. Our 
brains, hand and heart will unite in the for- 
ward drive. 

Let not the fear of failure cause us to aim 
low. To aim low is a 'crime. To-day the 


world is calling out for leaders, and will continue 
to need them for many years to come. The 
men must have strong, noble aims, with a clear 
vision, and a willingness to serve their God and 
their Country. 

Mark those in school who have an aim in 
life, for they are the ones who will be respected, 
loved and remembered long after they have left 
the School. 

The bell finishes calling the boys into the 
class room. We wonder how many of them, 
as they enter the room, know that they are in a 
place that is lovingly remembered by many an 
"old boy," because the class room has been the 
birth place of many a life's vision. Life took on 
a new meaning to them then, and they no long- 
er drifted. The Island School became an object 
of love, because it was the mother of their ideal 
and aim. 

We do love thee. Island School, 

For thou did'st give our vision bright. 

May thy class rooms ever be 

The source of wisdom, strength and light. 

Now let us look at this matter squarely; are 
we getting the most out of our classes or our 
work? In a word have we an aim? If not, why 
not acquire one? This does not mean to adopt 
an aim for a fad, half-heartedly or for the mo- 
ment, because it may seem the correct thing to 
do. Being convinced that to have an aim is 
necessary to a healthy attitude of mind, and in 
order to accomplish worth-while results, let us 
consider what we really would like to aim for — 
not forgetting what our special abilities may be. 
Then, no matter how high the aim we have dis- 
covered for ourselves . — the higher the better — 
we may begin at once to mold our lives along 
this new line. At first it may seem our results 
are poor, but if we keep our purpose in mind and 

work for its accomplishment, an improvement 
must be achieved, perhaps more noticable to 
those around us than to ourselves. Looking 
back, we see that happy as we formerly might 
have been, now with an object in mind for 
which to work, life has acquired a new meaning 
for us; it became enriched by new interests; 
through the dull or the brightly woven cloth of 
our daily life runs the silver threads of our shin- 
ing dreams. 


Jan. I Norman F. Farmer, '20, here for 
New Year's and over Sunday. 

Alfred A. Pickets, '19, left the School, and 
went to work with his father. His address is 
64 Robbins St., Waltham, Mass. 

Jan. 3 Running manure spreader, draw- 
ing gravel and wood. 

Jan. 4 Dancing m the evening to take 
the place of a New Year's Eve party. 

Jan. 6 Seven boys to the dentist. 

Motion pictures in the evening. 

Jan. 8 Working on wood-pile. 

Jan. 1 1 First grade party in the evening. 

Jan. 12 Annual Dinner of the Alumni 
Association held at the Bsllevue Hotel. Pre- 
sent from the School, Mr. Bradley with Mr. 
Brown, and graduates Elwin C. Bemis, '16, 
Malcolm E. Cameron, '19, and James A. 
Carson, '20. 

Jan. 13 Seven boys went to see the den- 

Motion pictures in the evening. 

Jan. 15 Basket-ball games for 1920-1921 

Pruning in young orchard. 

Jan. 18 First grade party in the evening. 

Jan. 1 9 Three boys sent to see the oculist. 


Jan. 20 Four boys, the last group need- 
ing attention, sent to the dentist's. 

Motion pictures in the evening. 

Dressed pig, weighing 246 lbs. 

Jan. 21 Two boys sent second time to 
see the oculist. 

Jan. 25 Annual meeting of the Board of 

Three new managers elected, Mr. Fred T. 
Field, Mr. M. B. Jones and Mr. Richard B. 

Mr. Karl Adams, elected at December 
meeting, present for first time. 

First grade party in the evening. 

Jan. 27 Motion pictures in the evening. 

Jan. 28 Drawing gravel, and sawing wood; 
pruning apple trees. 

Jan. 29 Manager Charles P. Curtis here, 
and spoke to boys about his African hunting trip. 

Jan. 31 The Shaw Conduct Prizes, and 
the Temple Consolation Prizes, also the Crosby 
Football Shield and Cups given out after grade 

Calcnaar so Vcars Jlgo i$70 

(As Kept By The Superintendent) 

Jan. 1 Ushers in another year. May it 
prove what we term it, a "Happy New Year." 
May we strive to make it profitable to ourselves 
and others in all respects. May we ask and 
strive for that wisdom which is profitable to di- 
rect, especially in the way of goodness. 

Jan. 2 Still cold. Ice all around us. 

Jan. 10 Started at 8:00 o'clock to carry 
annual report to city. Went across the ice to 
North Quincy, taking cars at Atlantic station, at 
8:45. Returning, arrived home at 12:30 same 

Jan. l5 The ice nearly all out of harbor. 

Jan. 20 Lovely day. Three girls and one 
teacher went to city returning at 8:00 o'clock 

Jan. 22 Weather changing to cold very 

Jan. 24 Cold, remained at heme and 

tried to make everybody comfortable. 

Jan. 26 Went straight across the ice 
to Mr. Reed's, (Squantum) got his horse 
and went to Neponset and took cars for town. 
Came out at 1 o'clock in a real snow storm. 

Jan. 27 Still very cold and windy with a 
heavy body of snow on the ground. Snowed in 
all round. 

Jan. 29 More snow nearly all day. 

Jan. A beautiful day overhead, thawing in 
sun. No one over today — to much ice and 
snow in the way. 

January meteorology 

Maximum Temperature 56° on the 5th. 

Minimum Temperature 1^ on the 25th. 

Mean Temperature for the month 13°. 

Total precipitation 1.78 inches. 

Greatest precipitation in 24 hours .83 in- 
ches on the 1 4th and 15th. 

Five days with .01 or more inches precip- 
atition, 15 clear days. 9 partly cloudy, 7 cloudy. 

Cbe Tarm and trades School Bank 

Cash on hand Jan. 1, 1921 $856.39 

Deposited during the month 99.74 

Withdrawn during the month 97.70 

Cash on hand Feb. 1, 1921 $858.43 

my eift from rbe School 

As a gift from the School last Christmas 
several of the boys received a year's subscrip- 
tion to either of these magazines, the American 
Boy. Boys' Life, and Popular Mechanics. As 1 
like the American Boy best 1 chose that maga- 
zine. It is full of stories of adventure and hu- 
mor When 1 finish mine I usually trade it for 
a Boys' Life, which is also a very good maga- 
zine. In this way I have the advantage of read 
ing two good magazines each month. 

Clifton E. Ai.bee 


Continued from page 8 


boys who are next in grade receive honor- 

Adams. Arthur 

Ellis, Merton P. 



Adams. Karl 

Emery, Claire R. 

The money prizes are given by Manager 

DeBlois. George L. 

er. Ernest B. 


Shaw, and the consolation prizes are 

Evans, Thomas J. 

Fearing, Arthur D. 


n by 

Manager N. Penrose Hailowell. 

Foster. Walter B. 

Fearing, Frederick P. 

Gardiner, Robert H.. Jr. 

Graham. James H. 

Shaw Prizes 

Hefler. Alden B. 

Graves. Leslie W. 


John M. Ely, Jr. 

Jackson, Henry- 

Herman, Walter 


James B. Rouse 

Mason, Charles E, 

Holman, Solomon B. 


Edward J. Robertson 

Sears, Philip S. 
Williams, Ralph B. 

Howard, Otis M. 
Jefferson. R. Cha'-les 


Theodore B. Hadley 

Bradley, Charles H. 

Lochrie, Howard F. 


Cyrus W. Durgin 

Brown, Clyde F. 

Lombad, Frank L 


David E. Long 

Dix, Almah L. 

Loud, Clarence W. 


Luke W. B. Halfyard 

Alcott, George J. 

MacPherson, Donald S. 


Harold B. Buchan 

Alcott, Roger E 

Malm, Alfred C. 


Malcolm E, Cameron 

Angell, Wesley C. 

Matthews, Charles W. 


Arthur W. Gaunt 

Adams. Russell A. 

Moore, Edward A. 

Bell, George L. 

Morrison, William P. 

Temple Consolation Prizes 

Bell, Richard 

Morse. William A. 


Clarence H. Colburn 

Bemis. Elwin C. 

Moss. Norman 


William T. Marcus 

Blakeley, Frederick F. 

Norwood. Walter D. 


John Goodhue, Jr. 

Bridgham, Charles H. 
Brown, Thomas R. 

Noyes. Warren F. 
Oberlander, James 


Ivers E. Winmill 

Buchan. George 

Pendergast, Joseph L. 


Ernest J. Olson 

Buettner, Louis C. 

Piercy, Frederick W. 

Honorable Mention 

Carson, James A. 

Robinson, Joseph C. 


Eric 0. Schippers 

Cameron, Malcolm E. 

Sargent. John M. 


Kenneth E. Kearns 

Capaul, Edward 

Sears. Clifton H. 

Clarke, William S. 

Simpson. John J. 


Osmond W. Bursiel 

Cobb, Lawrence M. 

Slmger. John L. 


Frank A. Robbins 

Conklin, John J. 

Spear. Charles F. 


Ralph M. Rogers 

Darling, Norman W. 

Stackpole. S. Gordon 

Chester W. Buchan 

Davis, William F. 

Thayer, Frederick P. 

Duncan, Charles 

Wallace. Frank W. 

CDC new Boys 

Ellis, Donald W. 

Washburn, Francis L. 

Conduct Prizes 

On Monday evening, January 31, we 
marched to the Assembly Hall where the grade 
for the last week was read. Then the grade 
and consolation prizes were given out. Other 
boys received honorable mention. These prizes 
are given out every six months to the boys who 
have stood highest in their conduct. 

The boy that has had the fewest marks 
against his name get first prize and so on down 
to the tenth prize. These prizes consist of 
money. The Consolation prizes are books and 
are the 1 1th to the 15th prizes inclusive. The 

When a group of new boys come to our 
Island the boys here are always somewhat ex- 
cited. First we wonder who will go to Boston 
to help escort them here. We call the new 
boys, "New Johnnies" until they have been here 
six months. After they have arrived, eaten 
their dinner, had their bath, etc., the boys crowd 
around asking; "Can you play football? What 
class are you in? Where did you come from?" 
A group of new boys came February 17. Of 
course they were asked all these questions. 
After a while the newness will wear off and we 
will forget they are "New Johnnies." 

IvERs E. Winmill 


tbe JllutnnI J1$$ociation of Cbe farm and trades School 

James H. Graham, "77, President 


Merton p. Ellis, '97, Secretary 

25 Rockdale Street, Boston 26 

Henry A. Fox, '79. Vice-President 
Richard Bell, '73, Treasurer 

Lawrence M. Cobb, '14, Vice-President 

Howard F Lochrie, '16, Historian 
West Roxbury 

The annual meeting of the Alumni Asso- 
ciation was held on Dec. 8, at the New Hotel 
Richwood. Reports of officers and committees 
were presented, showing a busy and progressive 
year. The membership was reported to be 182, 
a gain of 27 for the year. Fifteen new mem- 
bers were elected as follows: Harry W. Gould^ 
ex '22, Tilton N. H., Leonard M. Langton, ex 
'18, of Greenfield, David B. LeBrun ex '19, of 
Salem, Frank I. Lombard, '97, of Boston, 
Norman Moss, '20, of Cambridge, Frederick E. 
Munich, '20, of Bridgeport, Conn., Arthur J. 
Schaefer, ' 20, of Cambridge, A. Edward Ren- 
quist, '03, of Rhode Island, Clifton H. Sears, '20 
of Dennis, Ellsworth S. Wiikins, '17, of Dor- 
chester, and Thomas L. Unwin, '20, of Maiden. 

The Alumni Fund was reported to be 
$3475, a gain of $350 for the year. A resolu- 
tion on the death of Melvin O. Adams, a mem- 
ber of the Board of Managers, was adopted. 

Officers for the new year were elected as 
follows: President, 'James H. Graham, '77, of 
Boston, Vice President, Henry A. Fox, '79, of 
Allston, Vice President, Lawrence M. Cobb, 
'14, of Cambridge, Secretary, Merton P. Ellis, 
'99, of Mattapan, Treasurer, Richard Bell '73, 
Historian, Howard F. Lochrie, '16, West Rox- 

Mr. Bradley was present and the following 
members attended: 
Alcott, William Emery, Claire R. 

Bell, Richard Foster, Walter B. 

Blakeley, Frederick F. Gilbert, Ralph H. 
Buchan, George Graham, James H. 

Capaul, Edward Howard, Otis M. 

Cobb, Lawrence M. Lochrie, Howard F. 

Darling, Norman W. Loud, Clarence W. 

Davis, William F. Malm, Alfred C. 

Duncan, Charles Milne, Theodore 

Ellis, Merton P. Moore, Edward A. 

Morrison, William P. Robinson, Joseph C. 

Moss. Norman Sargent, John M. 

Pendergast, Joseph L. Schaefer, Arthur J. 

Riggs, George R. Unwin, Thomas L. 

The 15th annual dinner of the Alumni As- 
sociation was held on Jan. 12, at the Hotel 
Bellevue, and in point of attendance, both of 
members of the Association and of the Board of 
Managers, and in general sociability, it proved to 
be one of the happiest occasions in the history 
of the Association. President James H.Graham 
escorted President Arthur Adams of the Board 
of Managers to the dinner, and gave him the 
place of honor at his right and Secretary Merton 
P. Ellis escorted Superintendent Charles H. 
Bradley. Other members of the Board of Man- 
agers were escorted by members of the Alumni 
Association as follows: 

Karl Adams by Alfred C. Malm, George 
L. DeBlois by Clarence W. Loud, Robert H. 
Gardiner, Jr., by Charles Duncan, Dr. Henry 
Jackson by Solomon B. Holman, Charles E. 
Mason by Walter B. Foster, Philip S. Sears by 
Alden B. Hefler, and Ralph B. Williams by 
Thomas J. Evans. 

With the exception of the head table, which 
was quite large, the party was set around a num- 
ber of small tables, which greatly added to the 
social spirit of the hour. President Graham 
spoke interestingly of the progress of the school 
since his school days in the '70s. President 
Adams and Superintendent Bradley spoke of 
school needs and purposes. Others who were 
called upon for reiTiarks were Arthur D. Fearing, 
Alden B. Hefler and William F. Davis. 

Following is the list of those who attended 
the dinner: 

Continued on page 7 

Vol. 24. No. 11. Printed at The Farm and Trades School Boston, Mass. March, 1921 

Entered November 23, 1903. at Boston, Mass. as Second-class matter, under Act of Congress of July 16. 1874. 

Printiitd Office Equipment 

Among the various educational advantages 
offered here at the School, is our well equipped 
printing office. The printing office is in the first 
floor of Gardner Hall and is 34 feet 7 inches 
long, 13 feet 6 inches wide, and 10 feet high. 
At one end of the room are two presses. One 
of them is a Colts Armory Universal, this is the 
largest press and the one on which the Beacon 
is printed, and other jobs that are too large in size 
for the small press. This press takes a form 
14 X 22 inches and will print 1500 impressions 
an hour at full speed, 1000 on half, and 600 on 
low. The other press is a Ben Franklin Gordon 
job press and is much smaller, handling small 
jobs such as cards, envelopes, etc. This press 
takes a form 8x12 inches and will print 2500 
impressions an hour at full speed, 1500 an hour 
on middle, and 1200 on low. These two presses 
are run from a shaft, the power being supplied 
by a two horse power electric motor. Should 
an emergency arise there is a five horse power 
gasoline engine that could take the place of the 
electric motor. 

in the center of the room is a proof press. 
This is used to take proofs of the Beacon before 
it is "locked up." The type is laid on the press 
in a galley and inked by a brayer. The pa- 
per is then dampened and laid over the type. 
A heavy iron roller with a piece of felt around it 
is rolled over the paper, thus taking the im- 

Also in the center of the room next to the 
proof press is the stitcher. This machine can 
do both saddle and fiat work. The thickness of 
the stitch is regulated by turning awheel in the 
back of the machine until a clamp strikes the 
work. By stepping on a lever with the foot the 
machine is set in motion and will take one stitch 
at short intervals. 

The paper cutter plays an important part in 
our work. It is a 26 inch Oswego cutter. The 
paper when placed under the knife is clamped 
down by a wheel that is operated from the top of 
the machine, this being necessary so that the 
paper will not move while being cut. A lever 
which carries the blade is drawn downwards and 
cuts the paper. We buy most of our paper cut 
to 17 x 22 inches as this is a convenient size 
to handle. 

Another interesting machine is the Sterl- 
ing. This machine is operated by pressing on 
a treadle with the foot. There are different sets 
that can be attached to the Sterling, making it 
a very useful machine. One of the most used 
attachments is the puncher. It can punch holes 
from one eighth of an inch to three eighths of an 
inch. Eyeleting can also be done with this at- 
tachment. Another attachment is for round 
cornering cards, etc., and still another for per- 

We have a good assortment of type faces. 
The most used is the 10 point Gushing, which 
is the body of the Beacon and the 10 point 


Bradley used for the headings. There are many 
other faces such as the Copperplate Gothic series 
running from six point number 21 to 24 point 
number 30, the Jenson Series, DeVinne Series 
and others. Running along the center of the 
room are four single stands with compartments 
for 12 cases in each stand. The Gushing cases 
and a few others are kept in this stand. The 
rest of the type is kept in Yankee job cases in a 
special bench at the end of the room. 

A good supply of paper is kept on hand. 
This is kept in racks running along the side of 
the room. We have a good assortment of 
paper; the most used is Warrens Library Text, 
on which the Beacon is piinted. Among oth- 
er kinds we have Old Hampshire Bond, Mun- 
icipal Ledger, Excelsior Mills, etc. 

With this equipment we are able to do the 
School's printing, including the Beacon, and 
some outside work. 

1 think that the Printing Office is the best 
place on our Island to learn to be quick and ac- 
curate. I like this work very much and 1 know 
it will help me to know about it. 


(Ua$bington'$ Birtbday 

February 22, this year came on Tuesday. 
The boys did the regular work. When it was 
finished, some started shoveling snow by the 
flagpole, where there was to be a snow fight in 
the afternoon. There were two trenches dug 
about 10 feet wide and 160 feet long and run 
parallel with each other about 120 feet apart; 
these trenches were to be the forts. Bags 
were placed half way between the two forts. 
The object of the game was for one side to rush 
out and capture the bags and bring them 
into their opponents' fort and keep them there 
till the end of the period. There was plenty 
of face washing and throwing snowballs so it 
was no easy task to keep a bag in the fort 
after you got it there. There were four 
periods of ten minutes each, with about two 
minutes' rest in between. The game was very 

lively and ended with the Blues ahead, the score 
being 360 to 200. 

The victors then formed in line and with 
part of the band in the lead, marched around to 
the Stock Room where the trophy was presented, 
which consisted of bananas, and mixed cookies. 
The procession then marched around the building 
and after giving three cheers for the losing side 
we went up to the Gymnasium where the trophy 
was divided. The officers of the losing side 
were invited. After disposing of the eatables, 
cheers were given for Manager George L. 
DeBlois, who was visiting; and for Mr, Bradley. 
In the evening there was dancing for those that 
wished to go. This ended a very successful day. 
Robert F. Thompson 

Cleaning Grain Rooms 

One morning 1 was told to straighten up 
the north and south grain rooms in the Stock 
Barn. First 1 got a broom and went up in the 
north grain room, and after arranging the bags 
of grain, 1 swept the floor and then I worked in 
the south grain room for the rest of the morn- 
ing. In the south grain room 1 sorted some 
empty bags. I took the bags of grain that were 
behind the door out into the middle of the 
room. Next, I swept behind the door where 
the grain was and then put the grain back there. 
1 gathered up the good grain and put it in a bag. 
After that I swept the floor. 

Leander E. Dorey 

Hn Entertainment 

On March 8 when we came out from dinner, 
Mr. Brown told us there was to be an entertain- 
ment that evening. He told us the band would 
play, so everybody in the regular band went down 
to the band hall to prepare for ^yhat selections we 
were to play. After supper we shined our instru- 
ments and took them to the Assembly Hall where 
the entertainment was to be given. At 7:30 we 
changed our clothes and went to the hall. The 
band started the programme by playing a few 


selections. Then Mrs. Jackson, Mr. Bradley's 
niece, sang. We enjoyed her singing very 
much especially the song entitled "Some little 
bug willgetyou, if you don't watch out." It was 
very funny. Then she recited some poetry and 
told some stories, after which she sang "The 
Americans have come." This concluded the 
programme. Afterwards dancing was enjoyed 
by all those that wanted to stay. 

Clarence H. Colburn 

mr. Braaicfs BirtDday 

Sunday, February 13, was Mr. Bradley's 
birthday but we celebrated it on Saturday. The 
banquet was held in the boys' dining-room . Long 
tables were erected along the sides, and eastern 
end of the room. In the middle was a table for 
Mr. Bradley, and his friends. There were beau- 
tiful bouquets of flowers on the tables, and a 
souvenir beside each place. Three boys acted 
as waiters. The instructors had various places 
at the tables. At 6:30 P. M we marched into 
the dining room and sat down, and after Mr. 
Bradley had said a few words we began to eat. 

About the middle of the meal, the lights 
were switched off, and Mr. Bradley's birthday 
cake, lighted by candles, was brought in. After 
Mr. Bradley had thanked us for the cake, Howard 
B. Ellis a graduate, and band instructor, arose, 
and presented Mr. Bradley with a handsome 
bouquet of flowers in a cut glass vase from the 
instructors. About 8:00 we arose and marched 
out. The dinner consisted of: 

Cold Ham 


Potato Salad 
Ice Cream 

After the banquet, 48 boys took kerosene 
torches, and had a torchlight procession, after- 
wards serenading Mr. Bradley. At about 9:00 
P. M. we filed to the Assembly Hall where an 
entertainment from town, provided by Mr. 
Bradley, was given. This consisted of musi- 
cal numbers by Signer Pietro Mordeglia who 
played a piano accordian which we liked very 
much, also humorous pieces by Mr. Clark, and 
a piano accompanist. 

Before the dancing began a boy dressed as 
a messenger boy came in calling for Mr. Bradley, 
and presented him with a gift. Messenger boy 
followed messenger boy, and Mr. Bradley had 
quite an accumulation of presents, including two 
mahogany tabourets presented him by the sloyd 
room and shop. The musicians played for danc- 
ing afterwards, and hebed made a good ending 
for a very merry evening. 

We had a fine time and wish Mr. Bradley 
many more happy birthdays. 

Cyrus W. Durgin 

B memory Selection 

The members of the first class have mem- 
orized a portion of a speech made by Vice- 
President elect Calvin Coolidge at Plymouth, 
Massachusetts, September 1, 1919. The selec- 
tion is as follows: 

"Happily the day of the call to fight or die 
is now past. But the day when it is the duty of 
all Americans to work will remain forever. 
Our great need now is more of everything, for 
everybody. It is not money that the nation or 
the world needs today, but the products of 
labor. These products are to be secured only 
through the united efforts of the entire people. 
The trained business man and the humblest 
workman must each contribute. All of us must 
work and in that work there should be no inter- 

"There must be more food, more clothing, 
more shelter. The directors of industry must 
direct it more efficiently, the workers of industry 
must work in it more efficiently. Such a 
course saved us in war, only such a course can 
preserve us in peace. The power to preserve 
America, with all that it now means to the 
world, all the great hope that it holds for 
humanity, lies in the hands of the people. 
Talents and opportunity exist. Application only, 
is uncertain. May Labor Day declare with an 
increased emphasis the resolution of all Ameri- 
cans to work for America." 

Ralph MacC. Rogers 


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Arthur Adams 


Charles E. Mason 


N. Penrose Hallowell 


Tucker Daland 


Karl Adams 

Gorham Brooks 
1. Tucker Burr 
S. V. R. Crosby 
Charles P. Curtis 
George L. DeBlois 
Thomas J. Evans 
Fred T. Field 
Walter B. Foster 
Robert H. Gardiner, Jr. 

Alden B. Hefler 

Henry Jackson, M. D. 
Matt B. Jones 
Roger Pierce 

Richard M. Saltonstall 
Philip S. Sears 
Francis Shaw 

Richard B. Wigglesworth 
Moses Williams 
Ralph B. Williams 

Charles H. Bradley, Superintendent 
Alfred C. Malm, Assistant Treasurer 

Mr. Thomas A. Edison has said that the 
average person's brain does not observe one 
thousandth part of what the eye observes. The 
brain simply does not register the things which 
come before the eye. The brain, like any other 
member of the body, will become useless by 
disuse, and the only exercise for it is thinking 
or reasoning. Mr. Edison goes further and 
places the blame for this tragic lack in education 
on the teachers and authorities of schools and 
colleges. There is too much rote learning and 
theory without the practical work. 

Mr. Edison has voiced the opinion which 
seems to be becoming generally felt by educa- 
tors, and, in fact, it was to overcome just such 
a lack that the founders of The Farm and Trades 
School arranged a system which has proved ef- 
ficient for so many years. Here the practical 
goes hand in hand with the text-book and school 
room work. Yet, any system however perfect 
must have forethought and push back of it. 
With a half day in the school-room and a half 
day of work we find many problems to solve 
outside of mathematics. Every problem care- 
fully thought out and successfully solved, every 
difficulty cheerfully surmounted, adds so much 
brain power. 

Whether it is painting a cottage, feeding 
wild ducks, planing a piece of wood, forging a 
bolt, baking bread, scrubbing a floor, or mending 
a coat, judgment must be exercised if it is to 
be well done. Good judgment is acquired by 
experience in thinking and doing things. 

We do not long remain acquainted with 
physical laziness at The Farm and Trades 
School, and we equally dislike its boon com- 
panion, mental laziness. It is work to think, to 
reason or puzzle out knotty problems, which 
arise each day. The temporary reward is their 
perfect solution, but we agree with Mr. Edison 


that the great reward lies in development of 
brain power. A keen mind trained in right 
thinking is the greatest gift any man can bestow 
on his generation. In fact, it is all that distin- 
guishes one person from his fellows. But for 
concentration of mind, this generation would 
never have known Thomas Edison, Alexander 
G. Bell, or Marconi. In that case we might be 
without electric lights, phonographs, telephones, 
wireless and other inventions which have revolu- 
tionized our world. What progress the world 
might make if every individual trained himself 
to use his brain to its fullest capacity! 

The aim of education is to produce a self- 
reliant person whose three-fold nature, mental, 
moral and physical, is well-balanced with self 
control. True the means employed lie in the 
hands of educators to a large extent. The root 
word of education, educo, means to draw out. 
Sometimes we think leaders a better word for 
educators than teachers, for we really develop 
the embryo man rather than fill him with facts. 
To use the words of another, we aim to reveal 
him to himself, that he may become adapted 
to live in his particular world. 

Someone has said there is no expedient to 
which a man will not resort to avoid the real 
labor of thinking. We shall be happy indeed 
when, instead, we hear the majority say there is 
no greater joy to be found in the world than the 
labor of thinking. True, we can't all think the 
thoughts of an Edison, Bell, or a Marconi, but 
we can give our best effort and concentration to 
our line of work, thus helping the progress of the 


Feb. 1 Man from insurance company 
here inspecting boilers. 

Feb. 2 Killed cow number 150, weighing 
463 lbs. 

Feb. 7 Man heie putting addressograph 
in order. 

Feb. 9 Set up horse power to exercise 
the bull. Golden Secret's Memento. 

Twenty-two boys and six instructors went 
to White Church, in Dorchester to hear a con- 
cert given by the band there, conducted by 
graduate Howard B. Ellis. 

Feb. 12 Birthday party for Mr. Bradley 
in the evening. 

Supper for all in boys' dining-room. 
Torchlight procession by 50 boys. Entertain- 
ment afterwards, in the Assembly Hall, by 
Herbert A. Clark, impersonator; Signo Pietro 
Mordeglia, piano accordian, player, with piano 
accompanist. A number of gifts presented to 
Mr. Bradley. The evening ended with dancing. 
Feb. 13 Mr. Bemis showed slides he 
had made from pictures of the activities on the 

Feb. 16 Putting wire around young trees. 
Feb. 17 Admission Meeting. The fol- 
lowing boys were admitted: John Albert Ark- 
erson, Alexander Young Davison, Norman Tobey 
Howes, Seymour Calvin McFadyen, Ralph. 
Irving Swan, Irving Eugene Thomas, and Stan- 
ley Barker Willmore. 

Donald W. Ellis, '20, came to spend a few 
days at the School. 

Pruning young oaks. 

Feb. 18 Cleaning beach. Finished prun- 
ing oaks. 

Feb. 19 ■ Drawing seaweed to the inciner- 

Feb. 22 Snow-ball battle between the 
Blue, with captain Daniel E. Smith, and the Gold, 
with captain, Luke W. B. Halfyard. The battle 
won by the Blue. 

Manager George L. DeBlois here, also grad- 
uates Merton P. Ellis, '97. George Buchan, '97, 
John M. Marshall, '98, and wife, and Fred H. 
Fleet, ex '21. 

Feb. 24 Entertainment in the evening 
given by Gordon Bible students, through the 


kindness of Mr. Bonny. 

Dressed hog weighing 270 pounds. 

Feb. 25 Dr. Dyer, from the Board of 
Health, here to examine animals and their hous- 
ing conditions. He pronounced all to be in good 

Sorting potatoes and carrots at Root Cellar. 

Calendar so Vcars H90 1$70 

(As Kept By The Superintendent) 

Feb. 10 It being my 46 birthday, gave the 
boys play and a general good time. Gave them 
roast veal, pumpkin pie, cakes and corn balls. 

Feb. 17 Mr. (E. W.) Kinsley gave a very 
interesting account of his recent trip to California 
over the Pacific R. R., illustrating his narrative 
with numerous and beautiful views. 

February meteorology 

Maximum Temperature 57° on the 5th. 

Minimum Temperature T on the 2 1st. 

Mean Temperature for the month 37°. 

Total precipitation 2.26 inches. 

Greatest precipitation in 24 hours 1.18 
inches on the 21st. 

Four days with .01 or more inches precip- 
itation, 1 1 clear days. 1 1 partly cloudy. 6 cloudy. 

Cfte Tarm and trades ScDool BanR 

Cash on hand Feb. 1. 1921 $858.43 

Deposited during the month 


Withdrawn during the month 
Cash on hand Mar. 1, 1921 



Cbe Dorchester Band 

On February 9, twenty-two of the boys who 
play in our band were invited to attend a band 
concert in Dorchester. The concert was given 
by the Boys' Band of the Second Congregational 
Church. Mr. Ellis, our band instructor, is also 
instructor of this band. The programme opened 
with the march Alamo. When the band was rest- 

ing, one of the boys presented a baton to Mr. Ellis 
in behalf of the boys who had just been playing. 
The concert closed with the Star Spangled Ban- 
ner. We enjoyed the trip and music very much. 
Eric 0. Schippers 

Hn Entertainment 

On Thursday, February 24, Mr. Bonny, our 
minister, brought some of his friends here who 
entertained us in the Assembly Hall. They were 
students from the Gordon Bible College, where 
he attends school. The programme consisted of 
solos, quartettes and speaking. One of the 
students played some pieces on the piano and the 
boys joined in and sang pieces. 

We went to bed after enjoying a very 
pleasant evening, and we thank the students and 
Mr. Bonny for giving us such a good time. 

Theodore B. Hadley 

pictures of Cincoln 

In the first school room there are four pict- 
ures about Lincoln. One of them is a picture 
of his birthplace. It is a little log cabin with a 
great wide chimney, a small window, and a door. 
The next two are of himself. One was taken 
when he was a lawyer and the other when he 
was President. The last one is entitled, "The 
First Reading of the Emancipation Proclama- 
tion." In this he was seated with his cabinet. 
These pictures help us to learn about this great 
man and 1 like them very much. 

Charles N. Robbins 

mr. VMCide 

One Saturday Mr. Bonny our minister, 
brought Mr. Yucide, one of his friends with him. 
Mr. Yucide was born in Central India, and was 
brought up a Mohammedan. He came to this 
country a short time ago and is studying the 
Gospel. The story of his life was very inter- 
esting. He was dressed in the garb that is worn 
by the Indians of Central India. We enjoyed 
his visit and hope he may come again. 

Frank N. Robbins 



When the afternoon dining room and kit- 
chen boys get their work done they play basket 
ball. There are two captains and they chose 
for their men. After all the men are chosen we 
start to play. In real games we play accord- 
ing to time, but in the little make up games we 
don't. When there is enough snow we go coast- 
ing. Sometimes we go skating over on the 
west side. First graders may go on any day, on 
Monday, Wednesday and Friday second graders 
cannot go, third graders can only go on Satur- 
day and fourth graders cannot go at all. When 
five o'clock comes we return to the kitchen or 
dining room to work. James H. Beattie 


One afternoon when I finished my work in 
the dining room, another boy and myself went rat- 
ting with the dogs. We went over to the North 
End where we got three rats, two out of one 
hole and one out of another. The one that was 
by himself was a big one. It took us quite a 
while to dig him out. The dogs fought to see 
which one would catch it. Del won anyway. 
In the scrimmage Del bit Deuce and Deuce 
went around the field barking; finally 1 caught 
Deuce and the other boy caught Del and we 
got them back to friendship again. Then we 
went up to the house. 

GuNNAR E. Anderson 

Cbc Disbwasbcr 

Our dishwasher is a Blakeslee washer. It 
has two compartments, one for the washing and 
one for rinsing. There are seven baskets that 
the dishes are put into while being washed. 
There is a one horse power motor that makes a 
paddle wheel go around which throws the water 
over on the dishes. The baskets are left in the 
soapy water about two minutes; they are then 
hoisted out and lowered into the boiling hot rins- 
ing water. After they are well rinsed they are 
hoisted out and wiped dry. 1 like to run the 
dishwasher better than washing the dishes by 
hand. George L. Langill 

Wimm Cantcrn Slides 

Tuesday night 1 had the privilege of helping 
to make some lantern slides. The developing 
solution was first mixed; this consisted of 
hydrochinon powders. Then a fixing bath was 
prepared of Eastman granulated hypo. When 
the trays containing the formulas were ready, 
they were laid in a row in this order: first the de- 
veloper, then a tray of clear water for rinsing and 
then the fixing bath. 

When all was ready the negatives to be 
made into a slide were first put into a frame un- 
der a mask, this mask giving the desired size of 
picture. It was then exposed to a forty watt 
mazda lamp at the distance of six feet, the length 
of time varying with the density of the negative. 
It was then taken out of the frame and put into 
the developer; we slide it in vfery quickly so as to 
start the developer equally over all parts of the 
plates. After a few seconds the faintest outline 
was visible, and gradually increased until the 
plate was sufficiently developed. It was quickly 
taken out of this solution and washed in clear 
water and then immersed in the fixing bath which 
turned the emulsion from a milky shade to black. 
After remaining in the fixing bath for five or ten 
minutes, it was put in still another tray where 
clear water was running. This was to wash the 
plate. It was sponged with a piece of cotton 
and put it in a cool place to dry. 

When the plates were dry they were mask- 
ed and bound with a piece of clear glass on the 
emulsion siae of the plate, so as to prevent 
scratches or finger marks marring the picture. 
These pictures are shown to the boys, who enjoy 
them. Charles D. Smith 

1)card in m School Room 

A denominate number is a concrete num- 
ber that expresses action. 

A compound number is a denominate 
number that expresses thought. 

An archipelago is some kind of an animal. 


Cbe fllumni J!$$ociation of the Jam and Crade$ School 

James H. Graham, '77, President 


Merton p. Ellis. '97. Secretary 

25 Rockdale Street, Boston 26 

Henry A. Fox. '79. Vice-President 
Richard Bell. '73, Treasurer 

Lawrence M. Cobb, '14, Vice-President 

Howard F Lochrie, '16, Historian 
West Roxbury 

President Graham of the Alumni Associa- 
tion has made the following committee appoint- 

Alumni Notes — William Alcott '84, Elwin 

C. Bemis '16, William A. Morse '76, Edward 
Capaul '05, Joseph C. Robinson '94. 

Auditing — Augustus N. Doe '77, George 
W. E. Byers '87, Alfred C. Malm '01. 

Entertainment — William F. Davis "79, 
Norman W. Darling '16, Arthur D. Fearing '84, 
Claire R, Emery '13, Clarence W. Loud '96. 

Membership — Lawrence W. Cobb '14, 
George J. Alcott '80. Louis C. Buettner '91 
Ralph H. Gilbert '16, Walter Herman '79. E. 

D. W.' LeBlanc '97, Geoffrey E. Plunkett '14. 

Nominating — Thomas J. Evens '64, Walter 
B. Foster '78, Otis M. Howard '67. 

Resolutions — Alden B. Hefler '87, Charles 
Duncan '71, Preston W. Lewis '81. 

Sick and Visiting— George Buchan '97, 
Leslie R. Jones '06, Louis E. Means '01. 

Undergraduates— John F. Peterson '96, 
Harold W. Edwards '10, George K. Hartmann 
'75, Woodman C. Hill '94, Alfred W. Jacobs 

Methods of Financing the Association 
(Special) — James H. Graham 79, William 
Alcott '84, Merton P. Ellis '97, William F. 
Davis '79, Alden B. Hefler '87. 

The Alumni Fund Committee, under date 
of Feb. 12. 1921, sent out a circular appeal to 
all members of the association, asking for gifts 
to the alumni fund, payable to Richard Bell, 
Treasurer, 53 Richfield Street, Dorchester, be- 
fore June 13 next. 

Richard Bell, '73, for many years general 
superintendent of the Boston factory of the 
Walter M. Lowney Company, was honored at 

the Lowney Forum on Jan. 10, in recognition of 
his faithful service with the company, which 
began in 1883. The decorations were of bells, 
the menu card was in the form' of a bell, and an 
original song on "Bells," was sung by the entire 
gathering. On Friday evening, Jan. 28, Mr. ■ 
Bell was again the guest of more than 100 of 
his fellow employees, at a farewell dinner. As a 
tribute to his many years of faithful service he 
was presented with a handsome mahogany desk 
and chair. Walter H. Belcher, vice president 
of the Walter M. Lowney Company, was toast- 
master, and paid high tribute to Mr. Bell's many 
years of faithful service. Mr. Bell entered the 
employ of the Walter M. Lowney Company as 
an engineer in 1883, and became successively 
superintendent and general superintendent of the 
great factory on Commercial and Hanover 
streets, Boston. 

Charles T. Simpson '53, a veteran of the 
Civil War, died at the Soldiers Home in Chel- 
sea, on Nov. 17, at the age of 81 years. He 
had lived most of his life, since leaving the 
school, in Dorchester, where he was engaged in 
the teaming business. He had been at the Sol- 
diers Home about 18 months. He had planned 
to attend the reception to the returned war vet- 
erans at the School in July, 1919, but ill health 

Royal R. Ellison, '11, has written re- 
cently, giving a few facts concerning himself. 
Roy is working at printing, for the McGrath 
Sherrill Press, 270 Congress Street, the same 
people he went to work for when he left the 
School. He has two children, a girl five years 
old, and a boy two. Roy's address is 62 Wal- 
nut Street, Everett, Mass. 

Vol. 24. No. 12. Printed at The Farm and Trades School Boston; Mass. April, 1921 

Entered November 23. 1903, at Boston, Mass. as Second-class matter, under Act of Congress of July 16, 1874. 

Caster Concert 

Easter at The Farm and Trades School is 
never forgotten. This year as usual we had an 
Easter Concert in which a number of boys took 
part. The decorations were different than we 
have had before and made the Chapel beautiful. 
Flowers, plants and birds, together with the 
singing and speaking, made the time pleasant 
and cheerful. 

The choir consisted of 26 boys. Some 
boys recited pieces and exercises, while others 
sang and played on instruments. It took about 
an hour and a half to go through the programme, 
but the minutes went too fast, because the room 
was full of fragrant odors and with the birds 
singing we could not help thinking of the glor- 
ious springtime. The programme is as fol- 
Song Happy Dawn 

Responsive Reading 

Kenneth E. Kearns 

Mr. Bonny 

Quartette Easter Is His Sign 

Robert J. Buchanan, Walter H. Curtis, 

Wa'do E. Libby, Paul F. Reid 

Recitation An Easter Carol 

Gunnar E. Anderson 
Song Springtime Skies 


Recitation At Easter Time 

James H. Beattie, William R. Holman, 

James E. 

Hughes, Raymond Thomas . 


Why the Robins' Breast is Red 

Robert L. McAlister 

Cornet Duet 


Waldo E. Libby, Eric 0. Schippers. 

Clifton E. Albee 


There Is a Green Hill Far Away 

Alton B. Butler 


Through the Early Light 



Night before the Dawn 



Kenneth E. Kearns 


Come with a Song 



School Days 

George L. Langill 


Songs of Victory 



The Chambered Nautilus 

Howard E. Keith 


The Palms 

Malcolm E 

. Cameron, Waldo E. Libby 


Polonius' Advice to His Son 

David E. Long 


The Meaning of Easter 

John M. Levis 


Life, I know not what thou art 

Clifton E. Albee 


Jesus, Tender Shepard 

Henry E. Gilchrist 





Trombone Duet Spring is Here 

Daniel E. Smith and John Goodhue, Jr. 
Recitation Crossing the Bar 

Barton N. Slade 

Quartette I am He that Liveth 

John M. Levis, Waldo E. Libby, 

Albert A. Peterson, Samuel L. Whitehead 

Recitation Recessional 

Ralph S. Blake, Seymour C. McFadyen, 

Kenneth A. Priest, Robert F. Thompson 

Song A Carol of Praise 


Mr. Bradley 

Richard H. Hanson 

Cbc €a$ter £bickcn$ 

After Easter, the chickens, which were in 
the front of the chapel on Easter Sunday, were 
sent to my care in the East Basement, where 
they are warm and comfortable. 

Every morning as soon as 1 come down 1 
get fresh water for them and give them some 
more feed. Once every week 1 change the 
sand and chaff in the box. The sand helps to 
strengthen their legs, and the chaff makes a 
comfortable bed. 

The little things like to doze in the sun; so, 
when the sun pours in the door, I put the chick- 
ens in the light where they huddle together and 

The chicks are growing fast and soon they 
will go down to the poultry house with the older 
chickens. They need hard ground to scratch 
in and will grow fast and strong there, and, 
some day, when I go to the poultry house, I 
shall see them as hens. Barton N. Slade 

Drawind Stones 

Lately I have been drawing stones from the 
ground that is being harrowed at North End. 1 
draw them to the South End and dump them in 
the road, to fill up the holes. This puts the 
ground in better condition for planting. 

John H. Schippers 

Playiitd marbles 

Most of the boys play marbles. We call 
marbles dogs for short. This year each boy re- 
ceived ten dogs and a glassie. At the end of 
the season the best players have a lot of dogs. 
The game we play the most is ringsies; some 
times we pop at a glassie. Once in a while 
there will be a few boys in partnership, and there 
are times when the partners will have most of 
the marbles in the School. Then they will 
scramble them. If we are seen playing marbles 
down on our knees the privilege of playing is 
taken away. 

Herbert E. Wright 


Most of my play time 1 use for drawing 
which 1 enjoy very much. 

One day when 1 was going down town with 
my mother, when 1 was about five years old, I 
saw a canvas covering over a window. 1 asked 
her why the canvas was there, and she told me 
it was there because the artist did not want 
everyone to see his drawing. When I found 
there was an artist there, 1 asked her to take 
me in so 1 could watch him draw a few pictures. 
After awhile she did so, and 1 watched him with 
eager eyes. My mother came back and took 
me home. After supper I got some paper and 
a pencil and tried to do the same with some 
pictures. Since then I have been drawing every 
minute 1 can get. 1 have learned many things 
by keeping at it and I hope to spend my life in 
some field where 1 can make pictures with pen 
or pencil. 

Raymond H. McQuesten 

Ulaxing tbe Office Tloor 

After we scrub the office floor we put on 
wax. 1 put this wax on with a cloth. After this 
is dry 1 take a weight which is made of a good 
sized brush with apiece of iron on it, to which is 
attached a long handle. 1 rub the floor with 
the weight across the grain of the wood, then 1 
polish the floor with a cloth. John M. Levis 


B minstrel $bow 

On Friday March 25, a sign was put on 
the bulletin board in the assembly room, on 
which was a big question mark and under it was 
printed in big letters, "Who are these Midnight 

That night everybody was happy. We put 
on our uniforms and went to the Assembly Hall. 
There was a red curtain all the way across the 
room and there were foot-lights in front of it. 
After the programmes were given out, the lights 
were all turned out except the foot- lights.. 
When the curtain began to rise everybody in 
the show began to sing. 

First we saw their feet dressed in white 
shoes and brown stockings and finally their black 
faces and their hands in white gloves. 

The programme was in two parts. The first 
part consisted of singing by the circle and solos 
by its members. Jokes were given too. Mr. 
Brown in an evening suit was the interlocutor. 
Part two consisted of dances, magic tricks and 
impersonations. It was very enjoyable and we all 
liked it. 

The programme was as follows: 

Opening with a medley Overture by Entire Company 

Mr. C. P. 
Kenneth L. Drown 
Richard H. Hanson 
Barton N. Siade 
John M. Levis 
Waldo E. Libby 

Osmond W. Bursiel 

Mr. E. C. Bemis 

Brown - Interlocutor 
Aldevin A. Lammi 
Malcolm E. Cameron 
Albert A. Peterson 
Kenneth E. Kearns 
Stanley W. Higgens 

Leo S. Whitehead 

Mr. C. W. Roundy 

Musical Numbers 

Now I lay me Down to Sleep "Lightning" 

Missin' Mammie's Kissin' "Snowball" 
Honey, yo' stay in yo' own Back Yard "Anthracite'' 

Wonderful Boy "Snowball'' 

Don't take away those Blues "Lightning" 

I Like the Fat Boys "Liza Jane" 

FINALE Entire Company 

MONOLOGUE "Dark Stuff" A Midnight Roundy" 
BLACK MAGIC Kishi Kahib 

THE JIM JAM JIG The Chocolate Jiggers 

COMEDY Bernstein and Firestein 

A Sketch from the West End 

•LASSES CAKE WALK Cinda Black and Sam 



Entire Company 

Clarence H. Colburn 

''€inda BlacK" 

Samuel Whitehead and I were chosen to 
do a Cakewalk in the Minstrel Show. Mrs. 
Jackson drilled us in the Assembly Hall every 
noon and night hour. She told us to step high 
and be sort of fancy. 1 was to puff myself up 
and bow very low by bringing my right foot away 
back and bending down on my left knee. 

Whitehead's name was to be "Sam Moon- 
shine" and mine was to be "Cinda Black". At 
the rehearsal Whitehead carried a derby and 
cane and was very solemn and comical. The 
music was a fox trot and and a snappy one. 

The night before the show we had a dress 
rehearsal. The next night we were blacked and 
had the finishing touches put on to our customs. 
Whitehead had a dress suit and he looked pretty 
good. I had a pink dress with a blue sash, blue 
stockings and a wig with curls tied with blue 
bows. Poor Waldo E. Libby was now a girl. 
Waldo E. Libby 

Brusblitd Uniforms 

One day during vacation another boy and 
I were told to get all the old uniforms out and 
brush them, so the moths wouldn't eat them. 
Some were very dusty. We took tables from 
the east basement and put them in a sunny spot 
yet keeping them out of the wind. Next, two 
loads of uniforms were brought out. The other 
boy brushed while I folded. Then they were 
put away. The next load I brushed while the 
other boy folded. We were doing the last 
uniform when the bell rang. 

George A. Adams 


Cboittp$on'$ Island Beacon 

Published Monthly by 


Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor 




Vol 24. No. 12. 

April, 1921 

Subscription Price - 50 Cents Per Year 



Arthur Adams 


Charles E. Mason 


N. Penrose Hallowell 


Tucker Daland 


Karl Adams 
Gorham Brooks 
I. Tucker Burr 
S. V. R. Crosby 
Charles P. Curtis 
George L. DeBlois 
Thomas J. Evans 
Fred T. Field 
Walter B. Foster 
Robert H. Gardiner, Jr. 

Alden B. Hefler 

Henry Jackson, M. D. 
Matt B. Jones 
Roger Pierce 

Richard M. Saltonstall 
Philip S. Sears 
Francis Shaw 

Richard B. Wigglesworth 
Moses Williams 
Ralph B. Williams 

Charles H. Bradley, Superintendent 
Alfred C. Malm, Assistant Treasurer 

The Easter Concert has come and gone, 
but the memory of it remains firmly fixed in 
our minds. The message of Easter Sunday 
was vividly given to us in song, recitation, mus- 
ic, and in the fragrance of beautiful flowers and 
the chirping of young birds. It was the mess- 
age of hope, cheer and of life. 

What a dark world it would be if there were 
no Easter, for it would mean no Christianity, the 
light of which has cheered millions of souls. 
However, we may brush aside that thought, and 
rejoice that we have Easter, and that it comes 
at the time when nature is budding forth into 
leaves and flowers, and the very air we breathe 
is filled with the whisperings of new life. 

If, however, our island home suddenly were 
planted in Sydney, Australia, nature would pre- 
sent a very different outlook. The leaves 
would be falling, instead of budding at Easter- 
tide. The grain would be yellow, ready for the 
harvester, instead of just green little shoots. 
Yet no matter hov/ changed the aspects of na- 
ture, the message of Easter would remain the 
same happy and hopeful one. 

At this season of the year there comes to 
us a feeling of happiness and contentment that 
is due not only to the message of Easter, but to 
the season of awakening which it represents. 
Spring brings us new interests and we look for- 
ward eagerly to the pleasures and activities of 
the summer to come. Many remember see- 
ing the bees, that were out the Sunday before 
Easter, how they flew in and out of the open 
windows, and into the cottages of Cottage Row. 
They reminded us that the winter has passed and 
that soon would come the long warm days, with 
their lingering twilight that makes a glorious 
close to a perfect summer's day. Some of us 
are looking forward to Friends' Day, and to 


games of baseball, and so we have among us the 
happy spirit of contentment. But. when we 
think of it, the roots of our present contentment 
lie in the pleasant times we have had all through 
the winter. True contentment is a priceless 
jewel that adds to the dignity of any boy or man. 
Because it is something worth while, there are 
many imitations. Beware of them. There is 
no such thing as inactivity, laziness, or loafing 
in real contentment. 

The Apostle Paul was a very ardent worker, 
and one of the great thinkers of his day. He 
said "I have learned, in whatsoever I am, there- 
with to be content." According to his experi- 
ence in life, he found that contentment does not 
depend upon what we have. Remember this, a 
tub was large enough for Diogenes, but a v/orld 
was too little for Alexander. 

1 do not think we shall make any mistakes, 
such as taking an imitation for honest content- 
ment, if we hold to what Dr. Davison told us 
a few Sundays ago. He said this in brief: "To 
be the very best we can, is a duty we owe to 
ourselves, to others, and to our Maker." 


March 1 Cleaning up sorting ground and 

March 4 Dressed hog weighing 287 lbs. 

March 5 Manager Walter B. Foster with 
Mr. Lester M. Lane of Hingham visited the 

Received two leghorn roosters. 

March 6 An entertainment consisting of 
songs and readings by Mrs. Ila Niles Jackson of 
Morrisville, Vermont, with selections by the band, 
given in the evening. 

March 7 Butchered cow number 116 for 
beef; weight 429 lbs. 

Cleaned by beach. 

March 9 Digging up old apple trees. 

An oil painting "Flying Fish" presented to 

the School by Vice-President Charles E. Mason. 
March 10 Sawed posts for grape vines. 
Worked on strawberry bed. 

March 1 1 Burning grass west from Main 

Working on East Side tide gate. 

March 12 Blacksmith here shoeing the 

March 13 Sunday. William A. Davison, 
D. D.,of Burlington, Vermont, visited the School 
and spoke to the boys in the afternoon, also spoke 
briefly in the evening. 

Mr. Bonney in the evening showed slides 
illustrating "Pilgrim's Progress" and told the 
story of same. 

March 14 Charles W. Russell, ex '02, 
here working on "Pilgrim". 

Plowed southwest of Farm House. Sow- 
ed lettuce and radish in hot bed. Set posts for 
grape vines. Dug ditch at East Side tide gate. 

March 1 5 Man here to examine and put 
in repair the steam engine in Power House. 

Drew banking from Farm House; sorting 
seed potatoes. Dressed pig, weighing 182 lbs. 
Cleaning ditches at South End; raking straw- 
berry beds; pruning trees in nursery. 

March 16 President Arthur Adams visit- 
ed the School. 

Man here to finish work on the engine in 
Power House. 

Charles W. Russell, ex. '02, here for a 
short time. 

March 17 Ditching at South End. Re- 
pairing roads and pruning grape vines. 

March 18 Plowed southwest of Farm 
House. Burned grass at South End. Worked 
on East Side tide gate. Cultivated asparagus. 

Minstrel show in the evening given by sev- 
eral instructors and twelve boys. 

March 19 Burned grass on East Side, 
near tide gate. Culled weeds in corn field. 
Plowed southwest of Farm House. 

March 21 Sowed tomatoes in hot bed. 
Digging ditches at South End. Cleaned ditches 
near East Side tide gate. 



March 22 Killed a pig weighing 252 lbs. 
Plowing southwest of Farm House. Cultivated 

March 23 Supply of soft coal for the year 
arrived, and unloading began. 

March 25 Finished unloading coal. 

Prof. Raynnond McFarland of Saxton River 
Academy, Vermont, and Mr. Wallace S. Fowler 
of Roslindale visited the School. 

March 27 Easter Concert held in the 

March 28 Butchered cow number 147 
for beef, weighing 396 lbs. Sowed tomatoes 
and celery in hot bed. 

March 29 Cultivated the raspberries and 

March 30 Two men here taking notes 
and pictures of School activities for an article to 
appear in the Sunday Herald. 

Rolled field south of strawberry bed. 

Calendar so Vcars J\q<i i$70 

(As Kept By The Superintendent) 

March 13 The worst snow-storm of the 
season, continuing all day and until midnight, 
the wind blowing furiously. 

March 14 A lovely day after the furious 

March 16 A severe storm of sleet all day. 

March 18 Another snow-storm all day, 
clearing off at night. 

March 20 A mild beautiful day. 

March 27 Wind east and blowing hard 
all day with rain in P. M. 

March 30 A very fine day. The School 
Committee came to examine the School. A 
most satisfactory examination. 

march meteorology 

Maximum Temperature 80° on the 21st. 

Minimum Temperature 23° on the 4th. 

Mean Temperature for the month 45°. 

Total precipitation .89 inches. 

Greatest precipitation in 24 hours .34 
inches on the 24th and 25th. 

Three days with .01 or more inches precip- 
itation, 15 clear days, 12 partly cloudy, 4 cloudy. 

cue farm and Crades School Bank 

Cash on hand Mar. 1, 1921 $887.33 

Deposited during the month 51.13 

Withdrawn during the month 88.51 

Cash on hand April 1 , 1921 $849.95 

Bird Inspecting 

Every year inspectors for the Cottage Row 
sanitary division are appointed. This year I 
was chosen as a bird inspector. The duty of a 
bird inspector is to clean out all the bird boxes 
about the Island and repair those that need it. 
A bird inspector also has to destroy the eggs and 
nests of the sparrows, crows, purple grackles, 
and other harmful birds. This is done to keep 
the harmful birds from living on the Island. 
All this is to be done in the inspectors playtime. 
At the end of the year he hands in his record of 
time and results to the superivisor and is paid 
accordingly. Robert J. Buchanan 

B Baseball Game 

The baseball season has not yet begun but 
one Saturday afternoon some of the boys de- 
cided to have a game of baseball. Two of the 
boys chose up and all the boys who wanted to 
play were allowed to do so. When it came 
time to start the game it was found that there 
was nobody to umpire, so Mr. Bonney, our 
minister who was here offered to fill that position. 
Then the game started and it did not lack ex- 
citement for both pitchers were hit hard and 
only fast fielding held the score down. After 
playing about seven innings it became time to 
stop and get ready for supper. So, when the 
side last at bat had been put out, the score was 
counted and it was found that the side last at 
bat had won by the score of 1 1 to 9. We all 
went into supper feeling very hungry after a 
very enjoyable game. Theodore B. Hadley 
« « « 

"The true materialism is to be ashamed 
of what we are. To detect the flavor of an 
olive is no less a piece of human perfection, than 
to find beauty in the colors of the sunset." 


GoodDuc and M$ Kite 

John Goodhue made a box kite covered 
with brown paper. It stood about five feet high 
and two feet square. He had a large ball of 
string to fly it with and one Saturday afternoon 
he took it up to the playgrounds to fly it. When 
it was quite high it began to come down. It 
went up and came down four times. Then he 
flew it once more: and when it was very high in 
the air, the string broke and it glided out to sea 
and landed near the bouy that marks the channel. 
Howard E. Keith 

J\ l)i$torical Oration 

In the First Class we are learning histori- 
cal orations. Each boy has been given one. 
When he has it learned so he can recite it be- 
fore the class he gets one hundred percent for 
the whole week in English. 

I have an oration to learn that was deliver- 
ed by Samuel Adams at the State House, in 
Philadelphia in 1776; it is entitled American 
Independence. Samuel Adams was born in 
Boston in 1772. He was a student at Harvard 
College. After graduating he entered upon a 
business career. He was a delegate to the 
First Continental Congress, and the first man 
publicly to advocate American Independence. 
He was one of theframers of the State Constitu- 
tion of Massachusetts. He afterward served for 
three terms as Governor of the State. He died 
in Boston in 1803. Samuel Adams was some- 
times called "The Father of the Revolution." 
Robert J. Giese 

Caking a Crip to €burcb 

Last Sunday, about nine o'clock I was told 
to get washed and go to the drawer room and 
change into my uniform. There also were a 
few more boys changing theirs. After that, we 
went to the the boys reading room and there 
were joined by an instructor and went down to 
the Wharf. We got aboard the steamer and rode 
to City Point. I had heard by this time that we 
were going to church. We went to Hawes 

Unitarian Congregational Church, near Sixth 
Street on Broadway. The minister. Rev. 
Thomas M. Mark, gave a fine talk especially for 
us besides his sermon. The music was fine. I 
am sure we all enjoyed it very much. After 
church was over we went back to the Island on 
the steamer. Leander E. Dorey 

my Pet Cow 

There are 26 cows in the barn. I took 
one of these for a pet. She is number 89 and 
stands sixth up from the end of the barn. She 
is brown and white and her horns are cut off. 
She is the oldest cow among them all and has 
had three calves; one was killed, two are living. 
They are brown and white just like their mother; 
we call them Daisy and Brownie. Neither give 
milk but their mother is the best milker in the 
barn. Every morning when I come in the barn 
she looks to see if I am coming to her. If I am, 
she holds her head down so I can scratch it. I 
have other pets but I like her best of all. 

Kenneth L. Drown 

Getting Cowels Ready 

Every Saturday and Wednesday evenings 
the boys' towels are changed. The towels are 
taken off the hooks and are carried to the laun- 
dry by the washroom boys. They are placed in 
a washer, where they soak over night. In the 
morning, after being washed they are taken to 
the extractor which is a machine which extracts 
the water from them. It serves the same pur- 
pose as the wringer. They remain in this ten 
minutes. Next they are put in the dryer or 
tumbler for ten minutes where they are partly 
dried. When taken out they are shaken out on 
one of the tables. Then they are all ready for 
the flat worker which is a machine that irons and 
finishes drying them. From the laundry they 
go to the sewing room where they are mended, 
and renumbered if necessary. They are then 
delivered to the washroom boys who hang them on 
their respective hooks. 

Clifton E. Albee 


tbe Jllutnni Hssocldtion of the Tartu and trades School 

James H. Graham, '77, President 


Merton p. Ellis, '97, Secretary 

25 Rockdale Street, Boston 26 

Henry A. Fox. 79, Vice-President 
Richard Bell, '73, Treasurer 

Cobb, '14, Vice-President 

Howard F Lochrie, '16, Historian 
West Roxbury 

Leon H. Quimby, '07, was written recent- 
ly in regard to money which he had left in care 
of the School, and he has answered, giving a 
few details in regard to his doings since he went 
away. First, he went to work for his brother- 
in-law in Sanbornville, N. H., and went to high 
school in Milton. After one year in high school 
he went to work all the time in his brother-in- 
law's store. In the fall of 1911 he went to 
Dover, to work in the engine house and in June 
he began as fireman on the Boston and Maine 
railroad, and has continued in that work since. 
Leon is married and lives in Dover. He has a 
boy six years old. He has bought a house lot 
and this summer expects to build. He says he 
will use his money which the School is forward- 
ing to him to help build his house "in memory 
of the four years 1 spent at the School." 

Samuel Weston, ex '07, writes us from 
Danville, Virginia. Sam says he has been do- 
ing concrete construction work for the past 
eight years and has been in a number of differ- 
ent places. He was m.arried three years ago, 
and has been able to save quite a bit of money. 
He was in the army during the war, and was 
five months in France in the Ordnance Depart- 
ment. During the past year he has been in 
Danville, engaged in helping build a large con- 
crete cotton mill, which has just been finished. 

His address is 312 Floyd St., Danville, 

Alfred W. Jacobs, '10. was married to 
Miss Helen Miller at The Old Meeting House 
in Hingham, Mass. on October 18, 1920, at 
7:30 p. m. 

Howard A. Delano, '13, is now at 
Whitefield, Maine, address, care of Mrs. S. S. 

Ernest V. Wyatt, '13, may be reached 
by the following address: 

S. S. West Mahomet, Barber S. S. Lines, 
1 7 Battery Place, New York City. 

Carl D. P. Hynes, '14, since leaving, has 
served six years in the navy. He says he has 
travelled almost around the world. In Feburary 
he wrote from on board the U. S. S. Hancock 
where he was private secretary to Captain J. G. 
Church, but owing to illness of his wife, he has 
since then been transferred to shore duty, and 
is now teaching shorthand and typewriting at 
the U. S. Naval Training Station Yeoman 
School in Norfolk, Virginia. His address is 
840— 49th Street, Norfolk. 

Forrest L. Churchill, '15, has enlisted 
for three years in the Infantry Band. His ad- 
dress is 18th Infantry, Camp Dix, New Jersey. 

Webster S. Gould, '19, is working for 
the Home National Bank in Milford, Mass. 
He says that he enjoys the work, and that he is 
getting on satisfactorily is evidenced by two in- 
creases in wages in the last year. 

Joseph Kervin, '20, is in the 5th Regiment 
6th Company of Marines, now stationed at 
Quantico, Virginia, 42 miles from Washington, 
D. C. Joe expects his regiment will leave for 
Cuba in a few months, and go from there to 
California, also that he will be in the Parade 
on March 4, 1921. 

Robert L. Clark, ex '20, is in his second 
year in the Milton High School. This is the 
same school as that attended by Wesley C. 
Angell, '16, who is now a senior there. Robert 
lives with his mother on hiillside Street, Milton,