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Vol. 27. No. 1 Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. .May 1923. 

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



Our Easter Concert 
It is the custom of our School to give 
an Easter Concert each year. According- 
ly, Sunday afternoon, April 1 this year we 
assembled in Chapel which was very pret- 
tily decorated. There were both singing 
and speaking. The program was carefully 
selected. The choir set in two rows back 
of a railing which represented the interior 
of a church. They were really among the 
plants and flowers which constituted a very 
pretty artificial garden. Around the room 
was placed white lattice work. The pro- 
gram follows. 

HYMN— In the Cross of Cliiist I Glory 
RESPONSIVE READING 

Leader. Kenneth Kearns 
INA'OCATION 

Mr. Batstone 
SONG— Happy Dawn Meredith 

Choir 
RECITATION— An Easter Message Abbott 

Ivers E. Winmill 
RECITATION— An Apple Orchard in Spring 

David Crystal 
SONG— Springtime Skies Tillotson 

Choir 

QUARTET— Come Ye Faithful Sullivan 

Howard Sturtevant Weutworth Chittenden 

Roger Smith .lohn Levis 

RECITATION— Easter Day Clougk 

George Langill 
EXERCISE— Spring .Selections 

C. Morse ^V. Young A. Cheney 
T. Hall B. Dornian 



SONG — Through tlie Early Light Meredith 

Choir 

RECITATION— Easter Morning Spencer 

Howard Sturtevant 

CORNET SOLO— Jerusalem Gounod 

Wald(5 Libby 

RECITATION- Easter Gilder 

William Anderson 



SOLO— Life Over Death is King 
Miss Tinkham 

SONG — Songs of V^ictory 

Choir 



Loud 



Meredith 



RECITA'TION— Easter Carol Lovejoy 

James labby 

RECITATION— Ye Happy Bells of Easter Day 
Alton Butler 

DUET — The Magdalene Wcrren 

John Arkerson James Hughes 

SOLO— The Unveiled Christ Heriel 

Mr. Batstone 

RECITATION— Risen Hosmer 

George Russell 

SONG— The Holy City Adams 

Samuel Whitehead 



SONG— Carol of Praise 

Choir 



Moot 



RECITATION— Spring Tennyson 

Roger Smith 
HYMN— Christ the Lord is Risen Today 

Stanley W. H if gins 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Repairing Tools 

Several days ago a great number of 
tools were brought from the farm to the 
shop to- be repaired. There were rakes, 
potato diggers, shovels, hoes aud dung 
forks. These tools had been broken. We 
set to work on them and now there are 
very few that are not in good condition. 

On some of the tools the handles have 
to be burnt out because they are broken 
off in the ferrule. When the new handles 
are put in they have to be riveted so they 
will stay on. 

Roger K. Smith 

A Good Concert 
On Tuesday evening, April 8th, an- 
other boy and I decided we would "listen 
in" so we went to the loft where our radio 
set is. I then tuned in. Y.N.A.C. was 
broadcasting and they had a fine pro- 
gram. The Fife and Drum Corps of 
Wakefield played many selections, a few 
of them being,"Yankee Doodle", "March- 
ing Through Georgia", and several others. 
As I am interested in drumming I enjoyed 
the program very much. 

Howard Sturtevant 

Frying Doughnuts 

The other day while I was working in 
the kitchen, I found out that they were go- 
ing to make some doughnuts. I hurried 
with my work and when I had finished, 
I asked permission to help fry doughnuts. 

The dough was rolled out and I was 
shown how to fry them. Afterwards I put 
them in the cans in the storeroom. The 
next morning was Easter and we had some 
doughnuts, hard boiled eggs, toast and 
cocoa for breakfast. We all enjoyed the 
breakfast and I enjoyed helping make the 
doughnuts. I thanked the instructor in 
charge and hope that I may have the 
privilege of frying doughnuts again. 

W. M. Hall 



Spring Band Concert 

On April 21st our Annual Spring 
Concert was held in the Assembly Hall. 
We prepared for this Concert about two 
and one half months in advance. As we 
had several other duets and solos it made 
it all the more interesting to us. The pro- 
gram consisted of many long selections. 
"Superba" (a piece of music made up of 
selections from Opera) was our most dif- 
ficult one. We had dancing afterwards. 

The program was as follows: 

INIARCH— 1st Battalion jNIarch Crosby 

OVERTU HE— First Effort Ripley 

SELECTION— Tlie Sunny Soutli Lampe 

Southern Plantation Songs 

GRAND ]MEDLEY — Supeiba Dalbey 

BARITONE SOLOS— Afterwards Muller 

Then You'll Renieniber Me Balfe 

Malcolm E. Cameron 

FAVORITE SONGS— (a) Santa Lucia 

(b) Love's Sweet Song 
REVERIE— Apple Blossoms Roberts 

DUET — Coi-n(!t and Baritone Larboard Watch 

Waldo E. Libby Malcolm E. Cameron 

WALTZ — "■Am VVundersclionen Rhein"' 
MARCH — The Connecticut March Nassantt 

STAR SPANGLED BANNER Keyes 

Waldo E. Libby 

Cleaning Cupboards 

In theboys'readingroom there is a cup- 
board where a collection of birds, speci- 
mens of stones and various other objects are 
kept. One afternoon when I came to the 
office to do my work, the office instructor 
said that we would clean the birds during 
the afternoon. First we took the birds 
out on the lawn by the tennis court. Then 
we washed the windows in the cupboards, 
swept out the cupboard and scrubbed the 
shelves. We next took a feather duster 
and cleaned of all the birds before putfing 
them back into the cupboard. I enjoyed 
looking at the birds and learning the dif- 
ferent names. 

Clarence E. Stevens 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Picking Up Driftwood 

One morning the farm instructor told 
two other boys and me to take the horses, 
"Dick" and "Doll", to pick up driftwood 
that had been raked in piles along the 
beach, and take it to the woodpile. After 
we had that finished, we got two barrels 
of sand. 

Arthur R. Turner 

The Last Basketball Game of the Season 

The last Basketball game was played by 
teams A and D. A failed to get a bas- 
ket undl nearly the end of the game when 
one of its players finally got a basket. 
Team D literally outplayed their oppo- 
nents all through the game. At the end of 
the game the score stood 48-2 in D's favor. 

Cecil Morse 

Choosing A Glass Team 

One afternoon we asked the teacher 
if we could choose a Baseball captain and 
a team for the fourth class. The teacher 
consented, so we elected a captain, and he 
picked the team. When we have had 
enough practice, we will play the third 
class team, which consists of boys a little 
larger than the boys in the fourth class. 

Howard Sturtevant was elected cap- 
tain of the fourth class Baseball team. 

Charles L. Claggett 

Mixing Gement 

One afternoon after school my in- 
structor told me to go down to the Storage 
Barn and get the box in which we mix 
cement. We carried it to the Wharf where 
the shower stands in the summer. When 
we had done this we put some stones in 
the box and then lime, water and sand 
undl it was mixed thoroughly. Then we 
put it into a square form where it hard- 
ened. This form is about a yard square 
and will be set at the base of the shower 
that we go under when we come from 
swimming. 

Howard E. Keith 



A Talk on Gows 

On Tuesday evening, April 10, Mr. 
Harper, Secretary of the Guernsey Breed- 
ers Association came to the Island to tell 
us about cows. There are three pure 
breeds of cows, the Guernsey, Holstein 
and Ayrshire. Mr. Harper showed us 
some motion pictures of different cows and 
bulls. Many of the pictures were taken of 
cattle in our central and western states. 
All of the Boys and Instructors thought 
that the lecture was very interesting and 
we hope Mr. Harper will come again. 

Albion T. Olsen 

Preparing the Ghoir for Easter 

Almost every evening from six to sev- 
en o'clock the choir goes up to Chapel to 
rehearse. They sing some of the songs 
that are to be sung at the Concert. The 
Teachers have charge of preparing the 
entertainment. They are picking out 
different pitched voices, as altos, sopranos, 
tenors and basses. I think there will be a 
very good choir this Easter. 

Clarence P. Hobson 

A New Record 

One night when I was listening in on 
my radio set. I happened to touch the 
plate variometer dial and to my astonish- 
ment I heard an announcer say. "This is 
station W. O. C, Davenport, Iowa" "Our 
next selection on the Chimes will follow 
in a few moments." I listened to Daven- 
port till the Shepards Stores of Boston 
came and on account of being much near- 
er, overwhelmed Davenport in signal 
strength and so the latter station could not 
be heard plainly. Before this station, W. 
W.J. Detroit had been my longest distance 
record having an aggregate mileage airline 
of 795 miles. But W. O. C. Davenport 
introduced a new record of 1050 miles. 
This is very good for an indoor antenna 
and a single step of amplification. 

Alexander Y. Davison 



THOMPSONS ISLAND BEACON 



Cbompson's Island Beacon 

Published Monthly by 

THE FARM AND TRADES SCHOOL 

Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor 

A PRIVATE SCHOOL FOR BOYS OF LIMITED 

MEANS, SUPPORTED BY ENDOWMENTS. 

TUITION FEES AND SUBSCRIPTIONS 



IVERS E. WiNMILL 

Clifton E. Albee 


- Asso, 


Editor 
Editor 


Vol. 27. No. 1 


May, 


. 1923 


Subscription Price ■ 


■ 50 Cents Per 


Year 



BOARD OF MANAGERS 



PRESIDENT 

Arthur Adams 

VICE-PRESIDENT 

Charles E. Mason 

TREASURER 

N. Penrose Hallowell 

SECRETARY 

Tucker Daland 

MANAGERS 

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 
Leverett Saltonstall 
Philip S. Sears 

Charles Wiggins, 2nd 
Edward Wigglesworth 
Moses Williams 



Paul F. Swasey 
Alfred C. Malm 



Superintendent 
Assistant Treasurer 



The year's at the spring, 

And day's at the morn; 

Morning's at seven: 

The hill-side's dew pearled: 



The larks on the wing; 

The snail's on the thorn: 
God's in His Heaven-- 

AU's right with the world. 

Robert Browning 

These familiar lines from a great 
English poet so well express the thrill of 
joy and happiness which possesses us, with 
the approach of May days, that we can do 
little less than quote them. The newness 
and freshness which seems to cover the 
earth each morning constantly reminds us 
of the goodness of things. 

This crispness seems to penetrate our 
walls and portals until we all feel refreshed 
and stimulated to continue our daily rou- 
tine with renewed vigor. 

It is true spring has been with us since 
March. Through April she gave us fitful 
tempests, yet occasionally revealed her 
true self to us through her sunshine. 

In May she seems to revel in this 
beauty and sunshine which she lavishly 
sheds over us. Thus she dispels thoughts 
of winter frost and chill. As these slip 
away, with them go the memories of the 
toil and difficulties of the long winter days. 
We emerge like caterpillars from their 
winter cradles and come forth to face each 
glad new day with smiles and cheer. 

We feel the enthusiasm of planting, 
the eagerness of securing seeds for gardens, 
the pride of trimming the lawns and shrub- 
bery, the keen anticipation of our first 
Friends' Day, the joy of preparing Cottage 
Row for a new season. We welcome joy- 
fully the birds and blossoms as they appear. 

Through it all runs the dignified yet in- 
tense interest of preparing for the close of 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



school. Essays to write, examinations 
and rehearsals. Work which brings such 
pleasure. 

In the background we even hear the 
anticipated furloughs mentioned. Plans 
for those days loom ahead of us. 

With all these abundant joys we duly 
regard that sacred day of May— Memorial 
Day. 

We lovingly decorate the graves in 
our little cemetery with appropriate exer- 
cises. We know we owe a debt of grati- 
tude to those whose memory we so gladly 
honor. It fills us with pride and patriot- 
ism. It makes us glad we are Americans. 

With all these activities there is never 
a time in the year, when our hearts more 
sincerely echo the words of Robert Brow- 
ning— 

"God's in His Heaven — 

All's right with the world." 

Calendar 

April 1 Easter Concert this after- 
noon by the Boys. Wyllis West, '21, 
here for the afternoon. 

April 2 Planted onions, radishes, 
lettuce and tomatoes in the hot beds. 
Cyrus Durgin, '21, spent the day here. 

April 3 Killed hog. Cleaned rub- 
bish from corral and repaired roof on 
Compost Shed. 

April 4 Repaired roof on Storage 
Barn, Hauled gravel for road and sifted 
dirt for hot beds. 

April 5 Worked on drains for roads. 
Ploughed part of field by Cottage Row. 

April 6 Staked ground for young 
apple trees. Rolled Back Road. Five 
cabinet files received, a gift of the N. E. 
Tel. & Tel. Company, through the efforts 
of Manager Jones. 

April 7 Grey team, Jim and Jerry, 



was purchased this morning. 

Alfred C. Malm, '00, Clarence Loud. 
'96, and Harold Jacobs, '10, were here for 
the afternoon. 

April 9 Harrowed ground for straw- 
berries and drew dirt for trees in Orchard. 

April 10 Harrowed ground by Root 
Cellar and cleaned farmers' room. 

Mr. Harper, Secretary of the Mass. 
Guernsey Breeders' Association, gave an 
illustrated lecture in chapel this evening. 

April 11 Killed hog weighing 338 lbs. 

April 12 Ploughed by Farm House 
and Cottage Row. 

Planted onion and melon seeds in hot 
beds and weeded rhubarb- 
April 13 Planted cabbage in hot beds 
and harrowed South End potato piece. 

April 14 Alfred C. Malm, '00, Mrs 
Malm and son are here for the week end. 

April 17 Fertilizer was brought over 
today. Worked on strawberry piece. 

April 18 Prepared ground for peas 
and repaired corral fence- 
April 19 Planted peas and cleaned 
the beach. 

April 20 Carpenter here for a few 
days. 

April 21 Annual Spring Band Con- 
cert under direction of Howard B. 
Ellis, '97, was given this evening. Among 
the guests present were President Arthur 
Adams, Manager W. B. Foster and Doctor 
Bancroft. 

April 22 President and Mrs Nathan 
R, Wood and son William, visited the 
School this afternoon. President Wood 
gave the Boys a very interesting talk. 

April 23 Cleaned Storage Barn. 
LukeW. B. Halfyard, '21, left the 
School today to go and live with his aunt 
in Everett. 

April 24 Killed one hog weighing 380 
pounds. 

Malcolm Cameron, '19, left the School 
today and will live with his mother in 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Stoughton. 

April 26 Weeded hotbeds and spread 
lime on part of garden, 

April 28 Raked roads and cleaned 
carriage room. 

April 29 Mr. and Mrs. Nugent, Mis- 
sionaries from Africa, spoke to the Boys 
this evening. 

April 30 Transplanted cabbages, tur- 
nips and tomatoes from hot beds. 

Calendar 50 Years Ago 1873 

As Kept by the Superintendent 

April 1 A lovely day. Manager S. 
G. DeBlois came to see us. 

April 10 Clear, but windy. Mr. 
Perkins came to give lessons to the band. 

April 11 Fine-light winds from south 
west. Sowed grain seeds on fields at 
South End, and went to Neponset for 
wheels and wheelbarrow in the afternoon. 
April 12 A most uncomfortable 
morning, wind east and cold. No crop- 
ing. 

April 14 Cold and blustering, wind 
northwest. Dug parsnips and fixed walks. 
April 17 Manager S. G. DeBlois 
visited us today. 

April 19 Three painters and one 
carpenter are here putting in window 
screens, painting the Lyman, etc. 

April 20 Sunday, fine day. Super- 
intendent and teachers officiated. 

April 21 Went to city to look for 
ballast for our boats. 

April 23 Two painters came and 
painted the Lyman the second coat, set 
glass, etc. Self and boys went to mill and 
to blacksmith's at Neponset, and got lum- 
ber from Pope's Wharf. Planted my first 
planting of peas. 

April 25 Captain Simpson came to 
examine the Lyman. 

April 28 Two carpenters here on 
house, barn and boats. Two men on flow- 
er garden. 



April 29 Sowed onions, men and 
boys ploughing. 

April 30 Two gardeners here. 



The Farm and Trades School Bank 

Statement, May 1, 1923 
RESOURCES 

U. S. Securities $500.00 

Other Investments 777.58 

Cash 71.55 

$1349.13 

LIABILITIES 

Surplus $414.07 

Deposits ^35.06 

$1349.13 

IVERS E. WINMILL JOHN M. LEVIS 

President Teller 

CLARENCE E. STEVENS 

Cashier 



April Meteorology 
Maximum Temperature 71° on the 



20th. 



1st. 



Minimum Temperature 22° on the 



Mean Temperature for the month 46° 

Total Precipitation 1.23 inches. 

Greatest precipitation in 24 hours .36 
inches on the 7th. 

Nine days with .01 or more inches 
precipitation, 9 clear days, 5 partly 
cloudy, 16 cloudy. 

The Hotbeds 

The hotbeds are on the south side of 
the Root Cellar There are four of them 
and they are about twenty-four feet long 
and six feet wide. There has been two 
hotbeds planted and a number of things 
are rapidly coming up. Some of the vege- 
tables that have been planted are, radishes, 
turnips, lettuce, onions, and cabbages. 

Hebert E. Noble 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Observatory Tests 

Every two months, the boys who are 
on the Observatory staff have tests. These 
are given to test our knowledge of our 
Observatory instruments, clouds, rainfall, 
etc. First the questions are put on the 
blackboard and then we write out the 
answers on composition paper. These 
tests are very helpful to us. After we 
have finished our test the observers are 
changed. That is, the boy who is chief is 
not on the staff any more, and the boy 
who was deputy is now chief, etc. This 
change every two months gives another 
boy a chance to get on the staff. There 
are seven boys on the staff. Two of them 
do not have any instruments or readings 
to take, these two are the chief and deputy. 
The other five boys take care of the fol- 
lowing instruments, Sunshine Recorder, 
Barometer, Humidity and Dew Point, 
Wind Direction and Velocity and the 
Temperatures. The boy who is in charge 
of the Temperatures, goes to the Obser- 
atory every morning at eight o'clock. 
Here he takes the Temperature, Wind 
Direction and Velocity and Humidity 
and Dew Point. After he has finished 
taking these readings he goes to the read- 
ing room in the main building. Here he 
puts down the readings on the charts. He 
also takes the readings of the Barometer. 
He then makes out the Forecast for the 
day. In short he is called the Forecaster. 
The readings are taken three times a day. 
Every month records are sent to the Gov- 
ernment Weather Bureau in t(iwn. 

George D. Russell 

How to Plant Trees 

One very useful art that I have learned 
at this School is how to plant trees proper- 
ly. A hole should be dug large enough 
to suit the size of the tree. The hard layer 
on the bottom of the hole should be 
thoroughly loosened. About three inches 



of loam should be put on for the young 
seedling to softly rest on, and also have 
plenty of nourishment. It should be set 
in such a way that the strongest roots 
will brace the tree straight against heavy 
winds. After the tree is properly placed in 
this loam, the native loam should be put in 
and packed quite firmly. Subsoil should 
then be put on the top so as to keep the 
grass from growing around the tree. This 
subsoil should be placed around the tree 
in such a way as to form a saucer, high in 
the edges and low in the middle, thus 
making a gradual slope from the edge lo 
the center. This is done so as to catch the 
rain and keep it from draining off. The 
trees should always be well watered until 
they have become sufficiently rooted to 
look after themselves. The dead branches 
should be cut off every year, and also the 
suckers that will deform the tree in any 
way. 

Joseph G. Wasson 

Cottage Row 
During the winter there is less activity 
than in summer on Cottage Row. As it is 
too cold to use the cottages in the winter 
they are boarded up in late fall before the 
winter sets in. Pennants, pictures and 
other articles hanging on the walls are taken 
down and packed away where the snow 
will not harm them. In this way they are 
left throughout the winter. As spring 
comes again, bringing signs of good weath- 
er, the cottages are opened up. Gullies 
made by the rain are filled with clay, ashes 
and gravel. Window panes are replaced 
and set, roofs shingled, and the cottages 
painted if needed. After painting and car- 
pentering is done on the cottages, pennants, 
pictures and curtains are put up and we 
await the First Friends' Day, which is so 
much looked forward to. Throughout the 
summer the cottages are used very exten- 
sively especially on Sundays. 

Raymond H. McQuesten 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Cbe Jllutiini J!$$ociation of Che farm and Crades School 



James H. Graham, 79, President 
Boston 



Will F. Davis, 79, Vice-President 
Chelsea 



Augustus N. Doe, 7S, Treasurer 
Wellesley 



Merton p. Ellis, '97, Secretary 
38 Spafford Road, Boston 86 
Geoffrey E. Plunkett, '14, Historian 
Atlantic 



Since the March issue of the Beacon 1923, this page, or a portion of it, is being 
devoted to printing the names of all Alumni beginning with the year 1850, with the 
year they left the School and their present addresses if known. 

The School and Alumni Association would greatly appreciate receiving any 
information concerning the members of the various classes. 



1853 (Continued) 
Harrington, Henry H. 
Harrington, William H. 
Haskell, Cyrus A. 
Holman, Charles B. 
Homans, William H. H. 
Lampee, Thomas M. 
Lane, John 
Lawrence, William 
Leonard, George A, 
Moore, James R. 
Morris, Samuel H, 
Morse, Alphonso 
Myles, John P. 
Nowlen, Joseph G. 
Phelan, James T. 
Simpson, Charles T, 
Sullivan, Marcus 
Tahy, Patrick 
Taylor, George W. 
Tobine, Ebenezer 
Turner, Joseph H, 
Twigg, Thomas E. 
Wentworth, Emanuel C. 
Wherin, Lewis 
White, John 



1854 



A eke rm an, Joseph W. 
Anderson, John T. W. 
Blackstock, Henry 
Campbell, Benjamin M. 
Campbell, George W. 



Campbell, Harrison C, 
Chandler, Charles H, 

Cheslyn, Richard W, 

Clark, Henry 

Crawford, Robert 

Cuthbert, William 

Dempsey, James 

Gay, Charles R. 

Grant, Melville C, 

Griffin, John F. 

Griffin, William H, 

Hall, Charles H, 

Hueberer, Frederick W. 

Hines, John 

Hollis, Franklin 

Hollis, John 

Jones, Albert 

Lincoln, William 

Miles, Robert 

Murdough, James M, 
Newmarch, Charles E, 
Nye, Charles H, 
Peyton, Thomas 
Pratt, Levi G. 
Robinson, Augustus A- 
Shepherd, Francis H, 
Strickland, Alfred H. 
Stuart, James 
Taylor, Sidney E. 
Taylor, Felix 
Taylor, John 
Taylor, William 




Vol.27. No. 2 Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. June, 1923. 

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



Memorial Sunday 

Near the southern end of our Island 
we have a small cemetery. To this spot 
we always go on the Sunday before Mem- 
orial Day to decorate the few graves. 
An appropriate program is arranged and 
rehearsed about two weeks before the day. 

We assembled in our uniforms at the 
Main Building at about ten o'clock. Here 
we lined up. The Band formed first, foll- 
owed by the colors. Then came the rest 
of the Boys, some carrying the flowers. 
We marched down through the middle of 
the Island to the cemetery where there are 
located from sixteen to eighteen graves. 
This season, as in the past, the Mayor of 
Cottage Row had charge of the program. 
This year it was an ideal day for the oc- 
casion and everybody present felt the true 
spirit of the day. After our program was 
finished we formed in line again and, with 
muffled drums, we marched from the cem- 
etery. When we had left the cemetery 
behind, the Band played several marches. 
The program follows: 

HYMN— America 

Band and School 
INVOCATION 

Mr. Swasey 



MAYOR-.S ADDRESS 

Clifton E. Albee 
RECITATION— The Solrliei-s Burial 

Kenneth E. Kcani.s 
HYMN — Onward Christian Soldiers 

Band and School 
RECITATION— Inviotus 

Seymour McFadj'en 
RECITATION— The Blue and the Gray 

Clarence E. Stevens 
SELECTION— The Wayside Chapel 

Band 
RECITATION— The Ballad of the Heroes 

Howard H. Sturtevant 
RECITATION— When War Shall Be No More 

George L. Langill 
HYMN— The Son of God Goes Forth to War 

Quartet and School 
RECITATION— American Flag 
James Libby 
RECITATION— Crossing the Bar 
William P. Anderson 

ROLL CALL— 

Edward V. Osberg 
DECORATION OF GRAVES— 

Ivers E. Winmill Waldo R. Libby 

Edward J. Robertson George A. Adams 
TAPS— 

Waldo Libby John Levis Russell Metcalf 
HYMN — Jesus Lover of My Soul 
Band and School 

Clifton E. Albee 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Award of Sears Cups and Shield 

Monday night, April 30, after grade 
reading Mr. Swasey presented the basket- 
ball cups and shield. The cups are given 
by Mr. Philip S. Sears. These cups are 
given to the best players in the different 
positions. If a boy has played well all the 
season but is unable to win a cup he may 
win a substitute cup. The shield goes to the 
team that won the most games at the end of 
the season. 

At the end of the season all teams stood 
as follows: Team D, Team B, Team C and 
Team A. Team D won the most games, 
winning Sand losing 1. Ivers Winmill was 
captain of Team D. Mr. Swasey first pre- 
sented the shield to him. His team is as 
follows: 

Left Forward; George Adams 
Right Forward; Eric Schippers 
Center; Luke Halfyard 
Left Guard; Ivers Winmill 
Right Guard; Gunnar Anderson 

Substitutes 

1st Sub. Chester Buchan 
2nd " Charles Claggett 
3rd " Edward Floyd 

The boys who won the cups were as 
follows: 

Left Forward; George Russell 
Right Forward; Leo Whitehead 
Center; Luke Halfyard 
Left Guard; Kenneth Kearns 
Right Guard; Waldo Libby 
The boys who won subsitute cups: 
Center; Edward Osberg 
Left Guard; Ivers Winmill 
Right Guard; Gunnar Anderson 

The cups are prized by the boys and 
their folks are also glad to see their sons 
winning them. 

George Russell 



The First Swim 

On Thursday evening, May 3, we had 
our first swim. We lined up the same as 
for drill and then marched down the Rear 
Avenue to the beach. The Supervisor 
blew the whisde for us to undress, then he 
blew it again and we all ran into the wate r. 

Our swims usually last from fifteen to 
twenty minutes, but as this was the first swim 
and the water was cold we stayed in the 
water only a few minutes. We have swim- 
ming almost every day in the summer time. 

We have a fine place to swim, includ- 
ing a float and diving board. 

Anton Ericsson 

Harvard Night 
Through the kindness of Mr. Tibbetts 
who is connected with the Harvard Ath- 
letic Association, six members of the Har- 
vard Glee Club, entertained the Boys and 
instructors on Wednesday Evening, May 
9. Their orche3tra, consisting of two ban- 
joes, a saxaphone, piano and drums, play- 
ed a few selections, and two members of 
the club sang college songs. We expected 
George Owen would speak to us, but he 
could not come. Mr. Crosby, Owen's 
team mate in hockey and football gave the 
boys a talk on the three requirements a boy 
must have to be popular. We had a dance 
afterwards, and then we went to bed. 

James Libby 

Working On Cottage Row 
One noon hour Street Commission- 
er Jay Vining, told me to get a shovel 
and go down to Cottage Row and to start 
digging up Cottage Row Street. He said 
to get.it the length of the spade part of the 
shovel in depth. After we had dug up a 
place about 10 feet in length and evened it 
up he told us to lay stones. 

We afterwards covered up the stones 
and rolled it leaving a good smooth path. 
We did this all the way until we finished. 

David Crystal 



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The First Friend's Day 

The first Friend's Day of the season of 
1923 was on Friday, May 4. At 1:30 P.M. 
we got into our uniforms and we stayed 
around the Old Elm for a little while. 

About two o'clock we went to the front 
lawn where Mr. Swasey showed us our 
proper places. At 2:20 P. M we went down 
to the Wharf. Soon the Betty Alden app- 
eared in sight. When all the friends had 
left the boat, we marched up the avenue. 

The Band played a few selections and 
Mr. Swasey gave a short talk. Then he 
nodded to us and we went to our friends. 

It has been a long time since we saw 
them last and we all spent a very pleasant 
afternoon. 

William Long 

Painting My Cottage 
This spring my cottage was not in very 
good condition, so I suggested to the other 
boys who own it with me that we paint it. 
It is known as the Sunshine Cottage. We 
began our work by scraping, sandpapering 
and puttying the tack holes inside After 
this was done we painted the walls and 
ceiling a gray color and the trimmings light 
blue. The floor was scrubbed, sandpapered 
and painted Batdeship Grey. After this 
we put our furniture in order and hung pic- 
tures and pennants. We have just started 
the outside and we expect to finish very 
soon. We Boys take great pride in our 
Cottages and our Government. Mr. 
Swasey has offered a prize for the Cottage 
kept the best during the summer months. 

Kenneth E. Kearns 

Trimming Trees 

One Saturday morning the Supervisor 
told me to put my sneakers on and to get a 
ladder and a cross cut saw. When I had 
these, he pointed to a branch about 25 ft. 
from the ground and asked me if I could 
get up there. I went up and sawed it off. 
Then he told me to go around the house 
cutting off all dead limbs. I like to do this 
very much. 

Gunnar E. Anderson 



Helping Prune Trees 

One afternoon, after school I was told 
by my instructor to report to Mr. Swasey 
by the Root Cellar. When I got there, he 
told me to help him with some dwarf fir 
trees, which he was working with. Some 
rats had taken the bark from the lower 
part of the trunk of the tree, and he was 
trying to keep the tree alive by making a 
fresh cut a little above the place where the 
bark was taken ofif, and then bending a 
small branch that came out of the trunk 
below the wound, up to the fresh cut. 
Then he told me to hold it there while he 
tied a rope around the branch and the trunk 
of the tree to hold the branch in place. He 
told me to soften a piece of candle which 
he had, and put some of the soft wax over 
the end of the branch that was against the 
wood under the bark, so as to keep the 
air from it. I softened the wax so as to han- 
dle it more easily and so it would stay on 
for awhile. We did this to a few trees and 
then Mr. Swasey pruned a few others. 
This was a new experiment for me and I 
liked it very much- 
Robert H. Carney 



Plastering 
One day the Supervisor told me to 
help the plasterer in the Infirmary. I put 
on a pair of overalls, and then got some 
wood fibre, plaster and sand. I mixed 
them up with water into a paste. It was 
then ready to be put on the wall. When 
we had this on and dried, we mixed some 
plaster of paris and water into a paste and 
then put some liquid glue with it. We 
put this into it so that it would not harden 
before it was put on. I like to mix plast- 
er. 

James A. Paley 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Dompson's Tsland Beacon 

Published Monthly by 

THE FARM AND TRADES SCHOOL 

Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor 

A PRIVATE SCHOOL FOR BOYS OF LIMITED 

MEANS. SUPPORTED BY ENDOWMENTS, 

TUITION FEES AND SUBSCRIPTIONS. 



IVERS E. WiNMILL 

Clifton E. Albee 



Editor 
Asso. Editor 



Vol. 27. No. 2 



June, 1923 



Subscription Price - 50 Cents Per Year 



BOARD OF MANAGERS 



PRESIDENT 

Arthur Adams 

VICE-PRESIDENT 

Charles E. Mason 

TREASURER 

N. Penrose Hallowell 

SECRETARY 

Tucker Daland 

MANAGERS 

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 
Leverett Saltonstall 
Philip S. Sears 

Charles Wiggins, 2nd 
Edward Wigglesworth 
Moses Williams 



Paul F, Swasey 
Alfred G. Malm 



Superintendent 
Assistant Treasurer 



May is the time of year which calls 
forth our best efforts to finish the year's 
work well, and we look eagerly beyond 



June to what the new year shall hold for 
us. It is the month to look about us and 
mark off the mile posts along the way. 
Many will be completing the grammar 
school course, and one goal long sought, 
will be won. Is it worth while to spend 
more time in school? That is the immed- 
iate question before us, and it is true that 
"much may be said on both sides." We 
are young and impatient and eager to try 
our wings. Concerning this same subject, 
our school superintendent never tires of 
illustrating the case for his boys and girls 
in the following manner. If one holds a 
dime quite close to the eye, and a fifty 
cent piece in line with it at a distance of 
about a foot, the dime will completely hide 
the half dollar. And so it is with things 
which we consider for the moment only, 
without regard for the future. The present 
small gain completely shadows the more 
distant one. We are offered an oppor- 
tunity of obtaining two more years of train- 
ing in the years when we can learn most 
easily and quickly, and under rather 
ideal conditions. It is as if someone off- 
ered us gold which we might enjoy five, 
ten, perhaps fifteen years, hence, shall 
we let the immediate prospect of earning 
at best, small wages, hide the more distant 
prospect? Today, when the means of ed- 
ucation are so generally available, a boy 
has urgent need of all the training he can 
acquire for competition is keen. In all 
probability the individual courses which 
we pursue here, will not keep us later. 
We may indeed never use the particular 
knowledge acquired in these years again. 
Is it then lost? No, rather it bears fruit a 
hundred fold. Our training should not 



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teach us what to think, but how to think. 
If this then is the end in view, we shall 
certainly profit by many more years, but at 
the end of two, we shall be further along 
the road and more ready to go ahead by 
ourselves. Aside from the practical 
money value of such training. Then comes 
the keener pleasure of the trained mind 
which may lead us always into new and 
delightful paths. The world will be be- 
fore us for our exploration. 

Calendar 

May 1 Harrowed piece by Farm 
House and also by Cottage Row. Plant- 
ed carrots and peas. 

Carpenter is here for a few days 
doing repair work. 

May 2 Set out asparagus bed and 
ploughed piece by root cellar. 

May 4 Friends' Day, first one of the 
season, there were 243 parents and friends 
here for the afternoon. 

Work was begun on making new bath- 
room in apartments. 

May 5 Lime sower put in condition 
for use. Cleaned grain room. Team C 
defeated Team A at baseball this afternoon 
11 to 5. 

May 7 Spread lime on garden and 
planted lettuce, radishes, turnips, beets, 
cabbages and onions. 

May 8 Killed hog weighing 370 lbs. 
Moved corral fence and planted cucumbers 
and melons in garden. 

May 9 Planted summer squash. Pre- 
pared solution for spraying orchard. 

A delegation from Harvard accom- 
panied by Mr. and Mrs. Tibbetts of the 
Phillips Brooks House gave the Boys an 
unusually interesting program this evening. 

Secretary Tucker Daland of the Board 
of Managers was here for the afternoon. 
Mr. and Mrs. Daland have but recently 



returned from spending the winter in the 
South. 

May 10 Sprayed orchard and set out 
apple, pear and plum trees. 

May 12 Transplanted tomatoes and 
cabbage from hot beds. Cut seed potatoes. 
About forty members of the Vocation- 
al Education Society enjoyed an outing 
here this afternoon. 

May 13 Through the efforts of our 
Sunday Assistant Mr. Batstone, a number 
of students from Gordon Bible College 
came over to give a missionary pageant 
this evening for the Boys and Instructors. 

May 14 Planted 16 bushels of pot- 
atoes by the Farm House and harrowed 
piece by Farm House. 

Carl D. P. Hynes, '14, came this after- 
noon to spend the night. 

Several pieces of new furniture arrived 
today for the Farm House. 

May 16 Planted corn at South End. 

May 17 Planted corn by Power 
House. 

Mr. Britton of Canton was here this 
morning to look over our bees. 

May 18 Sowed oats and seeded with 
grass seed on piece by root cellar. 

May 19 Team A won from Team D 
this afternoon at baseball 14 to 2. 

May 22 Weeded and pruned berry 
patch. Marked out potatoe ground. 

May 23 Hauled old paper to the 
Wharf and ploughed old corral. 

May 24 Limed piece by Compost 
Shed and rolled piece by root cellar. 

May 25 The members of the Agric- 
ultural class accompanied by a farm Inst- 
ructor visited the Hood creamery plant at 
Lynn this afternoon. 

May 26 Planted sweetcorn andbeans 
andsowed oats and millet byCompostshed. 

Team C was victorious over Team 
B this afternoon, the score was 5 to 3. 

May 27 Memorial day exercises were 
held thismorning at the Cemetery. A well 



prepared program, under the direction of 
Mayor Albee of Cottage Row was executed. 

May 28 Cultivated gardens. 

May 30 Memorial Day. A program 
of sports for the Boys with a baseball game 
between the Boys and Instructors during- 
the afternoon. 

Russell Adams, '19, here for the day. 

Calendar 50 Years Ago 1873 

As Kept by the Superintendent 

May 1 The gardners completed 
their work today. I went to city and 
purchased 500 yards of thin cloth for Boys 
clothes. 

May 4 Sunday. The Surperinten- 
dent and teachers officiated. 

May 7 Sowed barley and grass seed 
at South End. 

May 8 Ran Lyman out of the 
barn, ready to launch. Teachers filled 
boys' beds. Planted second crop of peas. 

May 13 The visiting day of the 
season. Managers Bowditch, Brackett, 
Richardson and Emmons were present. 
A very pleasant occassion. 

May 16 A lovely day. We wrought 
in lower garden. 

May 19 Cool and windy. Planted 
two and two thirds acres of potatoes, 
ploughed for carrots, etc' 

May 22 Occadonal shower. Man- 
ager S. G. DeBlois came to see us. 

May 23 Managers Bacon and Per- 
kins visited us today. 

May 27 Very warm, wind south. 
Self had forty-five boys planting potatoes, 
corn and beans. 

May 28 Very warm. Sowed carrots, 
planted fodder corn, squashes, melons and 
sweet corn. 

May 29 Planted cabbages. Attended 
the Unitarian Festival at music hall this 
evening. 

May 30 Cool and windy. Large 
fire in the city, corner Boylston and 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Washington streets. About four acres 
burned clean. Fire originated in Haley, 
Morse and Boyden Store. 



26th. 
1st. 



May Meteorology 
Maximum Temperature i. 



on the 



Minimum Temperature 40° on the 



Mean Temperature for the month 58° 

Total Precipitation 1.08 inches. 

Greatest precipitation in 24 hours .80 
inches on the 12th. 

Four days with .01 or more inches 
precipitation, 10 clear days, 10 pardy 
cloudy, 11 cloudy. 

The Farm and Trades School Bank 

Statement, June 1, 1923 
RESOURCES 

U. S. Securities $500.00 

Other Investments 777.58 

Cash 156.09 

$1433.67 

LIABILITIES 

Surplus $414.07 

Deposits 1019.60 

$1433.67 

IVERS E. WINMILL JOHN M. LEVIS 

President Teller 

CLARENCE E. STEVENS 
Cashier 

A New Corral Fence 

Several mornings lately we have been 
working and making a new corral for the 
cows. First the fences were brought from 
the old corral, mended and put in place 
for the making of the new one. Then we J 
take a crowbar and naake holes to put each ' 
end in- We tighten them with wire and 
make them good and tight and the corral 
is finished. 

Bertrand R. Easton 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



The Beginning of Track Events 
at Our School 

Around the first of this week, Mr. 
Bemis our Supervisor, suggested that we 
do as most other boys' schools, colleges, 
academies, and the like, and give some of 
our spare time to track sports. The three 
sports we have played for many years are 
Baseball, Football and Basketball. The 
Supervisor asked the Boys for suggestions 
about this and in a few days we had ar- 
ranged upon the playgrounds a row of 
hurdles, a set for pole vaulting and two 
poles with a rope between them for high 
jumping. On a level space there was sunk 
a peice of wood about 4 inches wide and 
a yard long for a mark for broad and run- 
ning jumps. We also have procured a 
shotput. The 2 mile run or "Marathon" 
of our Island is a course around the South 
End. We start at the house and follow 
the Beach Road to the very south end and 
cut up through the middle of the Island 
and finish where we began. The record 
for this so far is 10 min. 26 sec. The record 
for the shotput is 29 feet 3 inches. The 
Pole vaulting is being mastered by some. 
Altogether we are very much interested in 
our track work and are preparing for a 
"big time" on Memorial day. 

Before this time we have had numer- 
ous events in the line ot racing on holidays 
but it was not looked upon as a school 
sport until lately. 

Ivers E. Winmill 

Our Washroom 

The. Boys' washroom is a fairly large 
room where the Boys wash up before 
meals and take their baths. 

In thej.ceinter of -this room there is a 
drain about 4 inches square. The floor is 
of cement which gradually slopes to the 
drain in the center of the room. On the 
side of the room nearest the court there is a 
long tin sink which has a small brass pipe 



running next to the wall with places for 
small streams of water to come out at a- 
boutli2foot intervals. At these, one may 
get water enough to wash with. A small 
rack above the sink holds soap and 
brushes. On the opposite side of the room 
are hooks for towels. At one end of the 
room is a rack for tooth brushes. Over- 
head is a long oblong shower and a small 
round one which one or two persons may 
use. These things all help to make our 
washroom a very useful room. 

Lsander E. Dorey 

The Old South Meeting House 
On Saturday. April the twenty-eighth 
I had the pleasure of going in town and 
visiting the Old South Meeting House 
(sometimes called the Old South Church), 
the North Church, Fanuiel Hall and both 
the Old and New State House. Among 
them, the most interesting to me was the 
Old South Meeting House. 

We entered through the front door. 
Inside were brown seats arranged so that 
they made a half circle around a platform 
on which there was a pulpit. Among the 
many objects of interest in the Old South 
Church were: Joseph Warren's Christen- 
ing Cap, Warren's day-book, "Tea Party"' 
Tea. The Prophet's Bowl From Tippe- 
canoe, Musket from the Battle of Lex- 
ington, the model of "Old Iron Sides" 
(made by one of her crew). Bone's mini- 
ature of Washington, Washington's letters, 
Quilt from Martha Washington's dresses. 
Model of Boston in 1775, Old time house- 
hold furnishings, manuscripts, broadsides 
and portraits. I enjoyed the trip very 
much and hope I may go again. 

Raymond H. McQuesten 



The most useful education is the 
one you get through your efforts 
to make a living. It is not ac- 
quired at Yale or Vassar but the 
class is always in session at the 
University of Hard Knocks 



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the JWumm Jlsscciation of Che farm and Craacs School 



James H. Graham, '79, President 
Boston 



Will F. Davis, '79, Vice-President 
Chelsea 



Merton p. Ellis, '97, Secretary 
38 Spafford Road, Boston 86 



Augustus N. Doe, '75, Treasurer 
WellesleV 



Geoffrey E. Plunkett, '14, Historian 
Atlantic 



Since the March issue of the Beacon 1923, this pa^e, or a portion of it, is being 
devoted to printing the names of all Alumni beginning with the year 1850, with the 
year they left the School and their present addresses if known. 

The School and Alumni Association would greatly appreciate receiving any 
information concerning the members of the various classes. 



1854 Continued 



Thayer, William 
Thomas, James 
Thomas, Lewis 
Vose, Eugene A. 
Warner, Dwight 
Welch, Robert A. 
Wilson, Henry G. 

Ackerman, Peter A. 
Adolphus, Edward B. 
Auty, Charles H 
Auty, George 
Baker, James 
Bangs, Lewis H. 
Buffum, Ferdinand M, 
Burbank, John H. 
Bussey, Robert D, 
Carter, Florence 
Clapp, Nathan H, 
Curran, John 
Dana, Henry 
Demleck, Joseph 
Ek>ty, Benjamin W, 
Dwight, Henry G, 
Fanning, James T, 
Gill, George C. 
Hamilton, James R, 
Harvey, Otis D. 
Hewes, Alexander 
Hill, Jamet 
Holden, John Jr, 
Haghs, William 
Ingalla, Lneitrs M, 
Kindred, James E, 
Love, James 
Mace, Charles 
McWatt, James 
Mellen, Benjamin 
Moody, George H, 
Moore, James B. 



1855 



Nuckley, James 

Plummer, Charles Died Feb, 8th, 1862 Civil War 

Roper, James C. 

Rose, James F, 

Shaw, John 

Smith, Charles H. 

Stockman, Gardner 

Vinal, John D. 

Wagstaff, Eustace R. 

Weyland, Walter 

Whitney, Antonio P. 

Wilson, Charles 

Wilson, James 

1S56 
Ackerman, William 
Anderson, Samuel 
Bainaby, Frederick M, 
Barnes, Henry 
Blish, Rust H. 
Bryant, Frederick 
Church, William 
Colling, Henry 
Cremin, William H. 
Dennis, Benjamin H, 
Duncan, Carlos N. 
Dugdale, Joseph W. 
Dunahue, John 
Faulkner, John A, 
Faulkner, Thomas G- 

Fenerty, E. Lawson, Northwest Arm, Nova Scotia 
Homans, Gilbert H- 
Hughs, John R. 
Jones, Leslie C. 

King, Joseph Deceased September 28th, 1906 
Lindsay, John M. 
Marshall, John A. 
McCarty, Jeremiah 
Moore, Charles H. 
Ogden, Charles 
Parrott, Robert Deceased July 10th, 1912 




Vol.27. No. 3 Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. July, 1923 

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



Graduation 

This year graduation occurred on the 
morning of June 12. We were all hoping 
for a clear day so that our exercises could 
be held outdoors. When graduation day 
dawned it was rather cloudy, but by 8:30 
o'clock the sky had cleared. By nine o' 
clock everything was ready. When the 
boat arrived, the guests were escorted by 
the Band to the scene of the exercises on 
the front lawn. Then the graduating class 
marched from the Main Building, down 
through the trees, and across the lawn to 
their places. The exercises were a success 
and were enjoyed by all. Mr. C. F. Weed 
who is a prominent business man and 
banker in Boston, spoke very interestingly. 
His talk was mostly centered around our 
class motto which he thought was a fine 
one. The motto is, "Play the Game." 
The only thing that marred the day was 
the absence of our Salutatorian who was 
compelled to stay away on account of ill- 
ness. Graduation is a goal looked for- . 
ward to by all, and we all try to make this 
step in the ladder a success to be remem- 
bered. The program: 

GRAND MEDLEY- Superba Dalbey 

Band 
INVOCATION 

Rev. Howard A. Morton 
SALUTATORY The Practical Value of Athletics 

George Drysdale Russell 
CLASS PROPHECY Year 1950 

George Adelbert Adams 



A PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING E. Kremser 

School 
ESSAY Developing Character at The F. T. S. 

Theodore Barker Hadley 
CLASS WILL 

Samuel Leo Whitehead 
WE ARE MARCHING ON W. L. Frost 

School 
VALEDICTORY Charles Henry Bradley 

Ivers Erwin Winmill 
SELECTION 

Class of 1923 
INTRODUCTION OF SPEAKER 

President Arthur Adams 
ADDRESS 

Mr. C. F. Weed 
PRESENTATION OF DIPLOMAS 

Mr. Swasey 
MARCH--First Battalion H. J. Crosby 

Band 
SCHOOL SONG 

School 

Raymond H. McQuesten 

The Graduation Dance 
It is our custom to have a dance on 
the evening of every graduation day for 
the graduating class. The older graduates 
at the School are also invited. The or- 
chestra consisted of four former graduates 
and two Instructors. Thisyear the dance 
occured June 12. 

At eight o'clock in the evening the 
Boys who were to attend the dance went 
to the assembly hall. The room was 
decorated with gold and blue streamers. 
In the rear of the room was a large blue 
banner with the class motto on it, it read. 



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"play the game". About eight-thirty the 
music began. We danced until ten-thirty, 
when refreshments were served. These 
consisted of ice cream, cake and cookies. 
They were served by the entertainment 
committee, who were all dressed in white. 
After intermission the dance continued 
until twelve. We had a very enjoyable 
eveningand wish to thankthose who made 
it possible for us to have such a fine time. 

Stanley W. Higjgins 

A Trip To Atlantic City 

One of the most pleasant days of my 
vacation was spent at Atlantic City. Atlan- 
tic City is the largest place of its kind in 
the United States. It is famousfor its long 
boardwalk, wonderful amusement parks, 
and beautiful beach. 

The first thing that 1 did after leaving 
the excursion train was to take a car to the 
Hygeia Pool where I procured a bathing 
suit. Being accustomed to the rather cool 
waters of the Labrabor currents, the warm 
waters of the Gulf Stream seemed strange 
to me. The waves were large and the un- 
dertow strong, but to me this new exper- 
ience was delightful. 

After spending several hours on the 
beach and in the water, I took a walk a- 
long the boardwalk and enjoyed the 
sights. The large hotels, the large crowds, 
the numerous amusement parks, and the 
roaring of the surf were all new to me. As 
the afternoon was quite well along I de- 
cided to spend the rest of it in Rendevous 
Park. I took in most of the amusements 
there and enjoyed them. 

The thing that attracted me most was the 
roller coaster. Having been in only one 
before, this also seemed new to me, I 
liked the numerous thrills one receives 
when going down a steep incline. 

When it was time for me to leave I 
boarded the excursion train for Camden 
feeling that I had thoroughly enjoyed the 

day. Edward V. Osberg 



The Mohawk Trail 

During my vacation I had the pleasure 

of seeing the Mohawk Trail. The trail 

begins at Greenfield, which is a large 

town in the western part of Massachusetts. 

Tourists come from far and near to see the 

trail because the scenery is beautiful both 

summer and winter. The land is hilly and 

covered with trees that are now green. 1 

was told that there were many inns and 

hotels on the trail in which there are many 

ancient things. The Indians used this trail 

100 years ago. There is a great difference 

in the trail now from what it was 100 years 

ago, automobiles go over it now instead of 

horses. 

Willard G. Sehroeder 

Class Ride 

Each year during Graduation week 
the graduating class enjoys what is termed 
"The Class Ride," This we enjoy through 
the kindness of Mr. Arthur Adams our 
President. As I was a member of the Class 
I went on the ride, This year we had the 
ride on June 14, two days after graduation. 
At City Point we were met by an auto of the 
White Tours Line. We rode to Park 
Square where the announcer told us we 
would start to follow the path of Paul 
Revere's ride. We drove through Brook- 
line, Cambridge, Arlington and then to 
Lexington. While going through Cam- 
bridge we saw the Washington Elm and 
Harvard University. There were other 
places of minor interest during our ride to 
Lexington. 

At Lexington we stopped on the Com- 
mon and were given a very good account 
of the Battle of Lexington. We passed sev- 
eral historic taverns, among them the 
Buckman and Munroe Taverns. At the 
Hancock-Clark House we left the auto and 
went through the building. The different 
articles of furniture, decoration, etc., were 
of much interest to us. At Concord we 
crossed the bridge to where the statue of the 



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Minute Man stands. We formed in front 
of the Statue and pictures were taken of the 
Class. We saw many points of interest both 
going and coming but there is not enough 
space to describe them all here. On the 
way back we passed through Watertown, 
Weston, Waltham and onto our former 
route at Cambridge. We reached the Is- 
land about 7:30 o'clock, after a very inter- 
esting and enjoyable day. 

Russell F. Metcalf 

Coney Island 

When I was on my vacation in Pater- 
son, N. J., my Aunt said 1 was going to 
Coney Island, Saturday July 7. 

Saturday afternoon, I took a train for 
Jersey City. Here I was met by a friend of 
my Aunt's. He took me to his house in 
Brooklyn N. Y. I had supper there. 

About 7 o'clock, my cousin, a few 
other freinds, and I got into the auto and 
started towards the Island. There were 
quite a few other autos going our way so 
that we were stopped quite often by traffic. 
At last we reached the Island. The car was 
packed and we started to enjoy ourselves. 
There had been a new boardwalk built 
which we enjoyed. In one of the amuse- 
ment booths that lined the boardwalk was 
a man announcing that you could take 
three darts and if you hit two certain stars 
you were awarded a prize. I tried six 
times but failed. 

After enjoying ourselves for quite 
awhile we went to a lunch room and had 
something to eat. When we had finished 
we again got into the car and rode toward 
the house. We reached home about 1:30 
P. M. I enjoyed the trip very much. 

George D. Russell 

A Pleasant Day 

One day while I was working on the 
farm a boy came and told me to get ready 
for town. I first went to the wash room 



where I made my face and hands clean, 
I combed my hair, shined my shoes and 
changed into my uniform. The Supervisor 
then told me to go to the office I did 
so, and to my surprise I found two more 
boys waiting there. In a few minutes Mr. 
Swasey came in and told us to go down 
to the Steamer that we were going to town 
for a good time. At the Steamer we met 
one of the Instructors who was waiting 
for us. When we reached City Point we 
started for the State House. 

When we got there we viewed the dif- 
ferent rooms and statues, but the most in- 
teresting of all was the view from the 
cupola. After we stayed there for an 
hour or so we went to Franklin Park and 
looked at the animals, enjoyed an ice- 
cream and found a grassy knoll in the 
shade and laid down for a rest. After we 
had rested we started back for the Island. 
We enjoyed the trip very much. 

Joseph G. Wasson 

The Constellation Ride 

There is one time in the year that we all 
look forward to. This is Graduation week. 
One day all the Boys wait for is the day we 
go aboard the Constellation. This is a two 
masted sail and auxiliary yacht. It is the 
Flagship of the Eastern Yacht Club and is 
owned by Commodore Sears who is a 
brotherof Mr. Philip Sears, one of our Man- 
agers. This year the Consellation anchor- 
ed off our Island on June 12. On Wed- 
nesday June 13 we went aboard the ship. 
We sailed out past our Island for quite a 
distance down the harbor. When we re- 
turned to our starting point we had refresh- 
ments consisting of sandwhiches, cake, ice 
cream and lemonade. I had a fine time 
and I know the other Boys did too. 

Kenneth L. Dow 



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Published Monthly by 

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Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor 

A PRIVATE SCHOOL FOR BOYS OF LIMITED 

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Vol.27. No. 3 



July, 1923 



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BOARD OF MANAGERS 



PRESIDENT 

Arthur Adams 

VICE-PRESIDENT 

Charles E, Mason 

TREASURER 

N. Penrose Hallowell 

SECRETARY 

Tucker Daland 

MANAGERS 

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 
Leverett Saltonstall 
Philip S. Sears 

Charles Wiggins, 2nd 
Edward Wigglesworth 
Moses Williams 



Paul F. Swasey 
Alfred G. Malm 



Sup erin ten den t 
Assistant Treasurer 



One often hears quoted that familiar 
saying, "Reputation is what people say 
you are, but character is what you are." A 



man may possess wisdom, weahh, educa- 
tion and power, yet lack the fundamentals 
of strong character. "A chain is no strong- 
er than Its weakest link," so character is no 
stronger than its weakest element. We be= 
lieve that it is the only thing about us that 
is eternal, therefore the earlier we begin to 
build its foundation, the better. 

When Marcus Antonious delivered 
his funeral oration over the body of Julius 
Caeser, he spoke the following words. 

"The evil that men do, lives after 
them. The good is oft interred with their 
bones." 

This is not always so. In fact Mark 
Antony did not really mean that. More 
often it is the "good that men do," that 
out lives them. 

We deal with life not memory, hence 
it should be the aim of every Farm and 
Trades School boy to acquire the best 
possible character for life. To do this, it 
requires time, patience and care. Each 
one has his faults to overcome. Fortun- 
ately they differ in different individuals. 

There are many essentials to a good 
strong character. Each is important in it' 
self, but there are some which stand out 
most prominently. We consider honesty, 
truthfulness, righteousness, love, persever- 
ance, will power, loyalty, patriotism, thrift, 
friendship and kindness as the funda- 
mentals. 

Many influences, at this School con- 
tribute toward building a fine character 
Among them are our seclusion, intoler- 
ance of making habits such as smoking, 
late hours, etc., association with good boys 
and the standard of our School which is 
ever before us. 



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Honesty is instilled through our Bank, 
Trading Company, Messenger duties and 
other jobs. 

Truth is recognized through respon- 
sibility and trustworthiness. We are proud 
to say that our School preserves the Old 
New England conscience, with other New 
England traditions. We attend church 
three times on Sunday. Its influence is 
shown in many ways. 

We are taught to be quick and atten- 
tive. 

There is one shining quality in every 
good character. This is loyalty. It spark- 
les through personality like a diamond. 
We are taught to be loyal to our friends, 
school, and our country. This embraces 
patriotism. 

Thrift and economy are taught by ex- 
ample and precept. 

Through our fine friendships we learn 
to practice kindness. These always teach 
us to keep cheerful and happy, 

Thus these most essential qualities, 
honesty, truthfulness, righteousness, love, 
perseverance, will power, loyalty, patriot- 
ism, thrift, friendship and kindness, are 
built into a boy's character at The Farm 
and Trades School, for which we feel 
thankful and grateful. 

Bayard Taylor most fittingly places 
character in the following quotation: 

"Fame is what you have taken; 

Character is what you give. 

When to this truth you waken, 

Then you begin to live." 

Calendar 

June 1 Second Friends' Day of the 
season, 13S relatives and friends of the 



Boys were here during the afternoon. 

Cleaned the old barn and seeded 
piece by Cottage Row. 

June 2 Sowed oats and millet and 
rolled piece by Farm House path. 

Baseball game this afternoon. Team 
A won from Team B 8 to 7. 

June 3 A number of the Boys and 
a few Instructors enjoyed s ride down the 
harbor and were given an opportunity to 
view the U. S. S. Leviathian near to. 

June 4 Hauled paper to incinerator. 
Weeded potatoes and sprayed orchard. 

The monthly meeting of the Board 
of Managers was held at the School this 
afternoon. Among the Managers present 
were: President Arthur Adams, Vice-Pres- 
ident Charles E. Mason, Secretary Ti.cker 
Daland, Treasurer N. Penrose Hallowell, 
T. J. Evans, Leverett Saltonstall and 
Walter B. Foster. 

June 5 Planted squash in corn piece. 
Hauled coal to Power House. 

June 6 Planted peas and set out to- 
matoe plants. 



Started ploughing at South 

Transferred chickens to col- 
Thirteen new pigs came to- 



June 7 
End. 

June 8 
ony house, 
day. 

June 9 Hoed potatoes and planted 
mangels and lima beans. 

June 10 The Boys of the graduating 
class accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. 
Swasey and a number of the Instructors 
attended a baccalaureate service at Phillips 
church this morning. 

June 11 Cultivated corn near Power 
House and repaired horse stalls. 

June 12 Graduafion Day. Mr. C. F. 
Weed of Boston was the speaker. Among 
the guests present were Managers Arthur 
Adams and Walter B. Foster. There 
were twenty-eight boys in the graduating 
class this year. 

June 13 "Constellation" ride enjoy- 



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ed by the Boys and a number of the 
Instructors. The ride was made possible 
through the kindness of Commodore 
Herbert Sears and his brother Manager 
Philip Sears. 

.luue 14 Class ride to Lexington 
and Concord, was enjoyed by the Boys of 
the graduating class and their teachers. 

This pleasure is an annual gift of 
President Arthur Adams. 

A group of the Instructors spent the 
day on a sail to Provincetown. 

June 15 Instructors' Day, another 
group of Instructors went to Provincetown 
today. 

June 16 Alumni Day. There were 
about one hundred seventy-four members 
of the Alumni Association with their rel- 
atives and friends here for the afternoon 
A greater portion of the time was devoted 
to sports following which there was a pic- 
nic supper. 

June 17 Charles Shaw, '22, was over 
for the week end. 

June 18 Norman T. Howes, Her- 
bert Noble, Roger Smith, Leon Andrews, 
John Levis and Leo Whitehead, all from 
the class of '23 left this afternoon for their 
homes in the vicinity of Boston. Edward 
Robertson, '22 and Theodore Hadley, '21 
also left. 

Hoed potatoes near South End and 
ground knives for mowing machines. 

June 19 Cultivated and hoed beans, 
planted carrots, turnips and mangels at 
South End. 

June 20 Transplanted cabbage plants 
and cultivated garden. 

Leander Dorey, '23, left the School 
this afternoon to live with his mother at 
Welifieet, Mass. 

June 21 Blacksmith was here this 
afternoon. 

James Scott, '23, and Robert Giese, 
*21, are leaving the School to work this 
summer preparatory to entering higher 
schools in the fall. 

June 22 Picked cherries and made 



yard for chickens. 

William H. Waring. '22, visited the 
School briefly en route from New Jersey 
to a camp in New Hampshire. 

Team C defeated Team A at baseball 
8 to 4. 

June 23 Cleaned old barn and base- 
ment of new barn. 

Albert Peterson, '21, is visiting us over 
the week end. 

June 25 Repaired cow stanchions. 

June 26 Carted a load of hay and 
picked cherries. 

June 27 Osmond Bursiel, '20, is here 
for the day. 

Team B won from Team D this after- 
noon 16 to 7. 

June 28 Prepared Bordeaux mixture 
for potatoes. Moved pigs to corral and 
mowed piece by grape vine. 

June 29 Cleaned beach. 

Sixty-two boys left on their furloughs 
of a week. 

Harold Scott Ex. '27 left today to re- 
turn to his mother at South Orleans, Mass. 

June 30 Cleaned carriage room. 

Employees and executives of Oliver 
Ditson Company enjoyed an outing on 
the Island today. 

Calendar 50 Years Ago 1873 

As Kept by the Superintendent 

June 9 Two painters and three car- 
penters here working on barn. 

Lumber for floor of play room came 
today. 

Planted corn, beans and potatoes. 

June 18 Hot, mowed first hay on 
hill east of garden. 

June 19 Got in two loads of hay, 
teachers and boys hoed potatoes. Six 
painters here on barn. 

June 20 Terribly hot day, self mow- 
ed with horses all morning. The grass is 
dying fearfully and suffering to be cut. 

June 21 A comfortable hay day. 



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Arose at 3:30 this morning and went to 
mowing. Got in a good deal of hay this 
afternoon. 

June 27 The painters completed 
their work and left for good. 

June 30 Were visited by the Mass- 
achusetts Society for the Promotion of 
Agriculture, also several of the Managers, 

The Farm and Trades School Bank 

Statement, June 1, 1923 
RESOURCES 

U. S. Securities $500.00 

Other Investments 777.58 

Cash 21.44 

$1299.02 

LIABlLlTiES 

Surplus Hli?J 

Deposits 884.9^ 

S1299.02 



IVERS E. WINMILL 
President 



JOHN M. LEVIS 
Tftlier 



CLARENCE E. STEVENS 
Cashier 

June Meteorology 

Maximum Temperature 92'^ on the 



I9th. 



8th, 
62.5 



Minimum Temperature 5^0^ on the 
Mean Temperature for the month 



Total Precipitation 2T0 inches. 

Greatest precipitation in 24 hours 1.10 
inches on the 6th. 

Four days with .01 or more inches 
precipitation, 6 clear days, 12 partly 
cloudy, 12 cloudy. 

Alumni Field Day 

As Graduation week approaches the 
members of the Alumni always look for- 
ward to the day they may return lo the 
School and renew old aquaintances as 
well as see the site of their schooldays. 

This year the day chosen for this was 



Saturday June 16, 1923. It proved to be 
an ideal day as the weather was perfect. 
The morning was spent in preparing for 
the different events to be held. 

At 1:30 P. M. the School headed by 
the Band marched to the Wharf and as the 
Steamer and the barge, which brought the 
members of the Alumni over was docking, 
the Band played "The Gang s All Here", 
and, "Advance March." 

We then came up to the front lawn 

where the business meeting was held. Atter 

this the Band played a few selections, and 

Mr. Swasey spoke a few words of welcome 

and told the Alumni the Island was theirs 

for the day. 

In about half an hour the races, which 

had been planned before, were run oflf ac- 
cording to schedule. These caused great 
merriment over either a boy's tuccess or 
failure. During this, peanuts, candy kisses, 
cookies, and pennies were scrambled for 
by the undergraduates. 

Then came the ball game between the 
School team and the Alumni. The Alumni 
were not as young and spry as their rivals 
and so were beaten by the score of 15 to 6. 

Supper was next and about five o'clock 
all got aboard the boat feeling glad of the 
opportunity they had to once be students 

of this School. Kenneth E. Kearns 

Baccalaureate Sunday 

It is customary for the graduating class 
to have a Baccalaureate Sermon in town, 
the Sunday before Graduation. This year 
our class went to the Phillips Congre- 
gational Church for the occasion. We 
took a car to the Church from City Point. 
When we arrived we were ushered to the 
front of the church where several rows of 
seats were reserved for us. The Pastor, 
Rev. Howard Morton, spoke very inter- 
estingly. His text was, "How Do You 
Read?" We enjoyed the services and we 
were glad of the opportunity to attend 

Church in town. Warren J. Burriss 



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Che /flumiti /issociatioii of Che farm and Craaes School 



James H. Graham, 79, President 
Boston 



Will F. Davis, 79, Vice-President 
Chelsea 



Merton p. Ellis, '97, Secretary 
38 Spafford Road. Boston 86 



Augustus N. Doe, 75, Treasurer 
Wellesley 



Geoffrey E, Plunkett, '14, Historian 
Atlantic 



Since the March issue of the Beacon 1923, this page, or a portion of it, is being 
devoted to printing the names of all Alumni beginning with the year 1850 with the 
year they left the School and their present addresses it known 

The School and Alumni Association would greatly appreciate receiving and 
information concerning the members of the various classes. 

1856 Continued 



Peart, George H. 
Phelan, Theodore 
Porter, Joseph B. 

Pratt, James H. 

Pullen, Fredererick F. Centerville, Rhode Island 

Royal, William 

Shilton, Edward 

Taylor, Charles E. 

Thayer, Franklin E, 

Welch, George F. 

Williams, Horatio N, 

1857 

Borroughs, Thomas T. 

Bright, Winslow S. 

Cameron, John 

Comins, James H. 

Donovan, Daniel D. Deceased 1914 

Eastland, Edwin C, 

Fanning, Edward J, 

Gammon, Charles A, 

Haskell, Francis 

Haskell, William B, 

Hazelton, William 

Hews, Francis 

Kiens, Arthur 

Lee, Eugene C, 

McClure, Joseph H, 

McCaughey, William 

Morse, Charles 

Packard, Francis M. 



Pratt, Frank C. 
Ranagan, Michael 
Reardon, Daniel 

Robertson, John A. Virginia City, Nevada 

Rohard, Edward 

Smith, William!. 

Stewart, John 

Stockwell, Alvin 

Young, Winthrop J. 



1858 



Best. William A. 
Burkitt, George H. 
Collins, Edward 
Growler, Edwin J, 
Cummings, Walter E. 
Davidson, James 
Dennis, William H. 
Doherty, Bernard 
Donovan, Daniel 
Dumback, George G. 
Harris, John E. 
Harvey, Robert 
Healey, James 
Henman, Charles 
Hews, William 
Jackson, William A, 
McKennon, Addison H. 
Parker, George A. 
Parker, James 
Pratt, George B. 




Vol. 27. No. 4 Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. August, 1923 

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



Grade Prizes 

Every six months the Shaw Conduct 
Prizes and Temple Consohition Prizes are 
^iven out. The Shaw prizes are ten in 
number, from five dollars the first, to one 
dollar the tenth. The Temple Consola- 
tion prizes are five books and follow the 
Shaw prizes. These were originated by a 
former graduate who "just missed" the 
money prizes when he was a pupil here. 
Following the Consolation prizes the 
next five boys in order recieve Honor- 
able Mention. The boys who received the 
prizes for past six months (January to 
June) were as follow; 



Shaw Conduct Prizes (cash) 

Edward Osberg 
Harold Buchan 
Grover Ridlington 
John Schippers 
Archibald Beeman 
Ivers Winmill 
Kenneth Kearns 
Seymour McFadyen 
Eric Schippers 
Ralph Blake 



$5.00 
3.25 
3.00 
2.75 
2.50 
2.25 
2.00 
1.75 
1.50 
1.00 



Temple Consolation Prizes (Books) 

George D. Russell 
George W. Hartley 
Jack Hobson 
Chester W. Buchan 
William E. Ericsson 

liussell P Metcalf 



How I Spent the Fourth 

As 1 was in the tlrst group ot boys that 
went on their vacations I was home over 
the Fourth of July. There was a big cele- 
bration where I live in Melrose. During 
the day I had fun firing off firecrackers, 
torpedoes and salutes. 1 went to see a 
carnival that was going on, and took some 
chances on the dolls and other things there 
but failed to get anything. The night be- 
fore the Fourth there was a bonfire which 
lasted for four or five hours. Fourth of 
July evening a big display of fireworks 
were shot off After seeing the tlreworks 
I returned to my home and had what I 
called a midnight lunch and went to bed. 

George L. Langill 

My Vacation 

On my vacation while my father was 
working, he allowed me to go to the Golf 
links in Hingham where I got a job as a 
caddie. The first party that 1 caddied for 
were good players and we got around the 
course in about three quarters of an hour. 
The next party consisted of three people 
and it took about an hour and a half. 

I was paid fifty cents which made one 
dollar that I had earned. 

The next party paid me thirty cents 
and the next fifty. 1 earned in all one 
dollar and eighty cents, which I spent for 
the Fourth of July. 

Wentworth A . Chittenden 



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Hauling Goal 

Each year our coalis brought by a 
big coal barge which anchors beside our 
Wharf. It brings the coal for the Power 
House. We haul this coal in dump-carts 
to the coal pile. There is a big shovel 
which is run by a steam engine that lifts 
the coal into the hopper. We drive under 
this hopper and a man opens a slide so 
that the coal can go into the carts. It re- 
quired three days to unload all this coal. 
Hauling coal is hard work. 

Russell Scott 

An Interesting Noon Hour 

While I was on my vacation my uncle 
took my brother and me through the jew- 
elry factory where he works. He took us 
to the place where the jewelry was begun, 
and showed us how the machines were run 
and what part of the process they did. 
There were machines that made buffers, 
chains, machine lathes, drills and automat- 
ic hammers. He took us into his depart- 
ment which is the burnishing department. 
There were men at machines burnishing 
designs on many articles. We went into 
the offices and into the packing room. As 
we were about to leave, Mr. Donald Bar- 
rows gave us each a very attractive watch 
chain. The factory was H. F. Barrows Co. 
There are many other interesting things 

about the factory. Clarence P. Hobson 

Painting the Steamer Pilgrim 
Last week the Steamer was put up on 
the beach to be painted and scraped. 

^ First she was scraped and sandpaperd 
until smooth. When this was done we 
started painting. Two or three boys work- 
ed with white paint and two or three more 
worked with copperpaint which is the color 
below the water line. Two or three coats 
were put on so as to preserve the wood. 

When she is finished she looks very 
nice. The Pilgrim is generally painted two 
or three times a year. 

Alexaader McKenzie 



Alumni Meeting 
The semi-annual meeting of the 
Alumni Association was held at the Parker 
House, Wednesday evening. May 9th with 
President Graham in the chair. The fol- 
lowing applicants, having been favorably 
passed by the Membership Committee, 
were admitted as members. 

Roscoe Baird, '19, Archibald V. N. 
Beeman, '22, Robert J. Buchanan, '22, 
Henry P. Clifford, '22, Clarence DeMar, 
'04. John M. Ely, Jr., '22, Arthur W. 
Gaunt, '22, Edward L. McAllister, '21, 
Seymour C. McFadyen, '22, Alexander 
McKenzie, '22, Mahlon H. Montieth, '22, 
Jackson C. Nielsen, '16, Edward V. Osberg 
'22, Albert A. Peterson, '21, Frank A. 
Robbins, '22, Ralph M. Rogers, '21, Bar- 
ton N. Slade, '22, Charles C. Shaw, '22. 
Willis M. Smith, '22, Randall G. Thornton 
'22, William E. Walker, '92, William H. 
Warmg, '22, Wyllis A. West, '22. 

The entertai-iment committee report- 
ed on the plans for the Annual Field Day 
and announced the day would be changed 
this year from June 17 to June 16th. 

Announcement was also made of the 
recent gifts to the School from the wills of 
Frank Ferdinand and Charles M. Green. 
The following were among those pre- 
sent: William Alcott, Norman W. Darl- 
ing, Will F. Davis, Harold W. Edwards, 
Charles Duncan, Merton P. Ellis, James 
H. Graham, G. Melville Holmes, Howard 
F. Lochrie, Alfred C. Malm, Norman 
Moss, Walter D. Norwood, Geoffrey E. 
Plunkett, John M. Sargent, Ernest E. 
Slocomb and Frank L. Washburn. 

Merton P. Ellis, Secretary 
Painting 

One day the Supervisor told another 
boy and me to report to the Paint Shop 
Instructor. We did. He told us to start 
paintmg wmdows. I got a brush and a pail 
with some white paint andstarted painting. 

I first started on the window sill. { 
then did theframework on them. If I spilt 
any pamt on the glass I wiped it off quick- 
ly. I like to paint. Arthur Paley 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



A Correction 
We regret to say that in the May 
number of the "Beacon"' we overlook- 
ed an error. An article entitled "A 
Talk on Cows," contained a sentence — 
"There are three pure breeds of cows, the 
Guernsey, Holstein and Ayrshire." — This 
sentence should have read — Three of the 
pure breeds of American dairy cows were 
spoken of and pictures were shown of the 
Guernsey, Holstein and Ayrshire. The 
Jersey breed was not described or pictured. 
We wish to add that we are always glad 
to receive helpful criticism. 

The Editor 



My First Letter 
When I came here July 12, 1 felt rather 
lonesome because I did not know any boys 

Two days later I received a letter from 
home. It cheered me up a lot. When I 
tlnished my work I went to the reading- 
room and wrote along letter tomy mother 
and several other friends. 

Carl Wijk 

A Seaplane 

One day as I was weeding in the gar- 
den I saw a seaplane. It was coming 
pretty fast right over our heads. As it 
came nearer I saw it was painted gray with 
a star on each wing. 

It kept on circling around over our 
heads. All of a sudden the motor stopped 
and it glided down into the water right 
near where we were. After awhile the 
motor was started and flew away. 

This seaplane belongs to the new 
aviation school which has opened at Vic- 
tory Plant. We see it over our Island al- 
most daily. 

Stanley B. Will more 



Making a Medicine Cabixiet 

One day the Sloyd Instructor asked 
me to make a medicine cabinet. I first 
got a white pine board from the basement 
and sandpapered and planed it to the right 
dimensions. I next sawed two ends and 
two sides off and nut them together with 
screws. I then put in two shelves and the 
back. These were made of ^2 inch three 
ply whitewood. The cover was made 
something like the chest cover in the 
sloyd course. I got four strips of white 
pine 3 inches wide and then made a groove 
on the inside rest. I made the joints, 
which were mates and tenon joints, and 
then fitted on the hinges and catch. It 
was next sandpapered, a knob put on, and 
sent to the paint shop to be painted a light 
grey color. 

William F. Anderson 

Arrival of New Boys at the School 

On July 13. 1923, sixteen new b'^ys 
came W hen they first arrived they were 
given their dinner and a bath. They were 
then given khaki clothing. After this it 
seemed that they were no longer new boys. 
Six of these boys already had brothers 
dowm here. In all there are about seven 
sets of brothers. 

Harold E. L. Hutchinson 

Hoeing Asparagus 

One afternoon I went to the farm to 
work. I was told to get a hoe and report 
to the Instructor in charge. 

We went over to Sonth End and be- 
gan hoeing asparagus. At three thirty we 
had some more boys to help us. We fin- 
ished all the asparagus that afternoon. 

We finished at four thirty and we be- 
gan to walk toward the barn. When we 
reached it we formed a line by two's ready 
to go the house when the bell rang. 

Charles Claggett 



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IVERS E. WiNMILL 

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Vol. 27. No. 4 



August, 1923 



Subscription, Price.- 50 Cents Per Year 
BOARD OF MANAGERS 



PRESIDENT 

Arthur Adams 

VICE-PRESIDENT 

Charles E. Mason 

TREASURER 

N. Penrose Hallowell 

SECRETARY 

Tucker Daland 

MANAGERS 

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 
Leverett Saltonstall 
Philip S. Sears 

Charles Wiggins, 2nd 
Edward Wigglesworth 
Moses Williams 



Paul F. Swasey 
Alfred G. Malm 



Superintendent 
Assistant Treasurer 



Now, as the new term begins and we 
enter upon the varied activities of the 
school year, is the logical time to put forth 



our best efforts toward acquiring habits of 
study. The desire to procrastinate, to put 
otf till tomorrow any task that involves 
work, is a common failure of mankind. 
Our measure of success lies, not so much 
in our ability to comprehend the essential 
value of a well-trained and disciplined 
mind, as in our consistent endeavor to 
translate that knowledge in terms of study. 
We realize that life is a training school, 
that the secret of success is for a man to be 
ready tor his opportunity when it comes; 
that the boy who would win must h;ive, 
not only a good general education, but 
a special knowledge of his particular line. 
How, then, can we account for our failure 
to study when we know the benefits of the 
education offered to us? The explanation 
is simple. We mean to study, to work 

hard tomorrow. 

Our Lord, when He taught us to pray 
said, "Give us this day our daily bread." 
He didn't suggest that we ask for enough 
to satisfy all our needs for the remainder 
of our days. We were to pray daily, to 
seek daily for the fulfillment of our wants. 
We might follow his example and. 
instead of making vague plans for the dis- 
tant and roseate future, give our unflag- 
ging energy to to-day. To-morrow is only 
to-day all over again. The future is not 
so far away as we think; it lies right around 
the corner. Let us study now! Our con- 
cern should be our daily work, our daily 
tasks, our daily lessons. To them we 
should give our consistent efforts and our 
sustained enthusiasm. Why wait to study? 
Why not begin now to be a good student? 
Only by overcoming each daily obstacle, 
by facing squarely each daily problem, by 



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meeting our daily responsibilities, will we 
ever be able to realize our high hopes for 
ourselves. Not to-morrow and its needs! 
To-day and its problems! Our daily les- 
sons determine our success or failure as a 
student. 

Calendar 

July 2 Mowed grove by Main Build- 
ing and piece by grapevines. 

July 3 Cleaned Old and New Barns 
and cultivated potatoes. 

July 4 Annual celebration of land 
and water races with fire-works in the eve- 
ning. Manager W. B. Foster was over tor 
the day. Mr. M. P. Ellis w^as also here 
tor the day. 

July 5 Mowed piece by Farm House 
and hauled one load. Work was begun 
on laying new brick lining in boiler of fire 
box at Power House. 

July 6 The twelve remaining boys 
left to-day on their furlough of seven days. 
Waldo Libby '22, left the School to live 
with his aunt in Dorchester. 

Fifty-five of the boys returned from 
furloughs this afternoon. 

July 7 Carted hay from Farm House 
piece and picked currants. 

Alexander Y. Davison, '23 left the 
School to live with a brother in Boston. 
He will attend Mechanic Arts High School 
in the Fall. 

David Crystal, '23 left today to live 
with his mother. 

July 9 Hauled two loadsof hay, weed- 
ed gardenand hoed potatoes by Souih End. 

The blacksmith was here this after- 
noon. 

July 10 Hauled two loads of hay, 
sprayed and hoed potatoes, and repaired 
mower. 

July n Weeded onion bed. 

July 12 Finished mowing by Power 



House and planted mangels. 

Admission Meeting, Sixteen new boys 
were admitted: Paul Adams. Christopher 
McFadyen, George Anderson, \\'illiam 
Blake, Carl Carlson. John Dow. Harold 
Floyd, James Johnson, Carl Kuphal, Carl 
Wijk, George Libby, Henry Sh^-amm, 
Hollis Macomber, Willam Reeve Paul 
Turner, William Warnock. 

First barge of winter supply of coiil 
arrived today 

July 13 Hoed beans and repaired 
dump cart. 

Remaining boys returned this nfier- 
noon trom their furloughs. 

July 14 Weeded gardens and worked 
in hay field. 

Team D defeated Team A, 9 to 6 ihi^ 
afternoon at baseball. 

July 17 Mowed piece by corral and 
finished hauling winter's supply of coal. 

Summer term of School was begun 
to-day with an enrollment of 88 boys. 

July 18 Weeded strawberry bed 
and North End corn piece. 

Manager, Henry Jackson, M. D., 
visited the School this afternoon. 

July 19 Finished mowing North End 
and hauled five loads of hay. 

July 20 Team B won from Team C 
this afternoon. The score was 20 to 4. 

Disinfected the Barn and mowed one 
piece by Bowditch Grove. 

July 21 Boilers at the Power House 
and of the Steamer Pilgrim were inspected 
to-day and found to be in good condition. 

July 23 Repaired horse stall and re- 
painted corral fence. 

July 24 Whitewashed interior of tht 
Barn. 

July 25 Towed President Adams's 
boat, the Dolpin, from Lawley'^ down 
the harbor. 

Took the old herd, which has been 
sold to the New England Dressed Beef and 
Wool Company, to the Public Landing. 



6 THOMPSON'S ISLAN D BEACON 

Jul)' 26 Cleaned basement of the „ 

new barn. Calendar 50 Years Ago 1873 

July 27 Raked hay at North End a* Kept by the Superintendent 

and wen. after thirteen new cows. j„|y 4 ^s usual we suspended our 

Manager Chades W,gg,n 2nd usual labors and devoted the day to pleas- 

of the Noble and Greenough School nre anrl nQfri-r^tJcrr, ir. tu • ^.u 

. . J . T , , , . , U'6 ana patriotism. In the evening there 

visited the Island this afternoon wasa very good display of fireworks. The 

Juy 28 Cleaned barnyard and haul, bay and harbor were well lighted with 

edcoal. Harold and Chester Buchan, steamers and yachts, 
both of the class of '21, having finished t i 7 d . , . . , 

their advanced work in June, left the , J^ly 7 Received visit from graduating 

School to live with their father. They t^'' °/ '^l ^^"^"" ^,^,^°«^ ^'J^ Mr. Hyde 

will enter Mechanic Arts high school this '!l''' '"'f f/' ^"^ ^'''''' Le^^"^^ ^"^ 

pgjj Mason of the Committee. The day and 

July 29 Team A defeated Team B °^;^^f " ^^^f Pleasant^ This day isnotice- 
with the interesting score of 6 to 4 this ^^'' ^°7 ^f "^"";; ^""^ ^^JP^^^e^ Man- 
afternoon. 'tl^'Z^^ f'^}^'^' Treasurer Mr. Stephen 

D • J X T u /^ 1 .-rr* ^- Bullard, died today. 

President James H. Graham, 79, , 00 t- 

of the Alumni Associafion and Mrs. , *'"^^ ^^ ^^^ ^^'^^ Visiting Day of 

Graham and Secretary Merton P. Ellis, ^^^ season. A very large number were 

'97, and Mrs. Ellis were here for the day! P^'^^ent. 

The Farm and Trades School Bank « « « 

Statement, August 1, 1923 

RESOURCES Towing Mr. Adams's Yacht 

U. S. Securities $500.00 n c. 

Other Investments ..... 777.58 atternoon after we returned from 

Cash 65.77 ^^^ city with a scow load of flour we were 

$1343 35 ^°^^ ^^ ^^^^ ^^^ ^^^^ ^'"es off the scow 

LIABILITIES ■ and put them on the Steamer. We started 

g'^'P^^P^g ^qoqoQ ^""^ Lawley's shipyards. We went under 

^^°^' ^ ^^^-^^ the drawbridge and tied up alongside one 

rvRB« p «,,«.,„, ^ $1343.35 of the wharfs. There was a man towing a 

IVERS E. WINMILL CLARENCE E. STEVENS oollU^^i- * • ^ ^u • t , t^ , 

President Cashier sailboat out into the Hver. It was the Dol- 

T , .^ ^ , phin, Mr. Adams's yacht. I put the line 

July Meteorology through the stern chalk and threw the line 

Maximum Temperature 92° on the to the man on the deck of the Dolphin. 
20th and 27th. Westarted with ourtow down the river. 

Mmimum Temperature 51° on the We kept the channel until we were off 

\. ^ the Island, then we headed for the South 

Mean Temperature for the month Boston Yacht Club. Mr. Adams put up 

■ , „ . . his sails and let go the towline and started 

lotal Precipitation 1.93 inches. down the harbor. The Dolphin is a fine 

Greatest precipitafion in 24 hours .50 sloop, white with a green water line, 
inches on the 3rd and 5th. After we left it we went to the Public 

bix days with .01 or more inches Landing at City Point to meet some of the 

precipitation, 8 clear days, 10 partly Instructors, 
cloudy, 13 cloudy. ^ ^ ^ r.. . 

' Arthur R. Blackwell 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



An Automobile Trip 

After the furloughs had expired and 
the other Boys had returned, Mr. and Mrs. 
Swasey invited another boy and me. who 
had not had a vacation, to go with them on 
an automobile trip. Of course we were 
full of eagerness. We started from City 
Point on July 7 at about 10 o clock in the 
morning. We had with us two tents, 
blankets, cooking utensils, and other nec- 
essary articles. We started off through 
Cambridge, Somerville, Chelsea, Lynn 
and on through Salem and Beverly to 
Ipswitch. Here we stopped for dinner at 
a little tea-house beside the Ipswitch stock- 
ing mills. We continued after our meal 
to Newburyport, crossing into New Hamp- 
shire at Seabrook. We reached Ports- 
mouth next and started on the road to 
Dover. On the way we crossed an arm of 
the sea called Great Bay. Here T wa<5 i'^- 
terested in seeing one of the old-fashir>ned 
toll bridges still in operation. At Dover 
we stopped to purchase provisions, as we 
were to camp out at night. We followed 
the State road as far as Rochester, and then 
took a side road which led us to Alton 
Bay, Lake Winnepeasauke. Here we 
found a fine camp-site and put up our 2 
"pup" tents. We had a fine supper which 
was prepared by Mrs Swasey. After the 
dishes were washed we retired to our tents. 
After breakfast we continued around the 
Lake in the direction of the White Mts. 
We went through Conway, North Conway, 
Bartlett and several other towns and enter- 
ed Crawford Notch. For several miles 
the road led through dense woods which 
prevented us from seeing the mountains. 
All of a sudden we came out into the open. 
Behind us was a mountain. In front of us 
rose another, and on each side towered 
two more. In this place, so prettily sur- 
rounded, we found a building called, "The 
Willy House," where we had our dinner. 
It was a truly wonderful little valley among 



the mountains hemming it in. It was one 
of the prettiest places of our trip and I 
will always remember it for its location 
and beauty. We climbed out of the Notch 
after dinner, and looking back from Beth- 
lehem, we could see the White Mountains 
spread out behind us. We journeyed on 
toward Waterbury, Vermont, where Mr, 
Swasey's home is located. On account of 
a broken spring we did not reach hishome 
until about midnight. We stayed there 
about a day and a half and were treated 
finely by our hosts. The car was over- 
hauled by this time, so by Tuesday noon 
we had started back. We started back 
through Barre, Randolph, Royalston, and 
White River Junction. Just over the line 
between Vermont and New Hampshire 
we entered Enfield. Here we stopped for 
the night. In the morning we found a 
heavy dew covering us as we had slept 
without the tents. At Bristol we stopped 
at some friends of Mr. Swasey's only to 
find them gone. Our route from there 
led through Boscawan, Penacook, and 
then Manchester, Nashua, Lowell and 
thence to Boston. 

We certainly are thankful Mr. and 
Mrs. Swasey took us with them. We 
travelled 600 miles altogether and we went 
thro three very beautiful states. We saw 
autos from nearly all the states and one c 
two from Canada. I think, however, that 
Massachusetts had the best roads. 

Ivers E. Winmill 

Making A Hammer Handle 
One day after I had finished a sloyd 
model my instructor told me the next 
model would be the hammer handle. He 
gave me a piece of cross-grained wood and 
I had to set my plane for it. After I had 
four faces planed and the ends scored off 
I had to "spoke shave" it a little and then 
whittle the concave curves. After this I 
planed it to an ellipse and sandpapered it. 

Jack Hobson 



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THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Che Jlluitiiti Jlssociatioii of Che Jam and Crades School 



James H. Graham, 79, President 
Boston 



Will F. Davis, 79, Vice-Presider 
Chelsea 



Merton P, Ellis, '97, Secretary 
38 Spafford Road, Boston 86 



Augustus N. Doe, 75, Treasurer 
Wellesley 



Geoffrey E. Plunkett, '14, Historian 
Atlantic 



At the 15th annual Field Day of the Association, which was held at the School 

""" ^00 on ' T . ' '' ™r "«""f,d ^hat the annual contribution to the Alumni Fund 
was $500.00, making a grand total of $7243.00. 

The sum of $102.00 was also contributed to the. School for the use of the Boys. 
Among those who were present to enjoy the annual celebration were- 



Alcott, George .J. 
Alcott, Williuiu 

Louise M. Alcott 
.Mnrioii Alcott 
Marion Moore 
Andt'ison, Desmond 

Erie .Jansoii 
Aibcc, ( lifton E. 

Eberc Ali;ee 
Bacon, Wallace A. 
Kleuior Dodd 
Maijoiie Dodd 
Baird. hoscoe 
Bell. George f.. and Mrs. 

Mr. and Mrs. E, V. Savage 
Bell. Kichard and Mrs. 

Alice M. Bell 
Bemis, Kdnjund S, 
Beiiii-;, El win C. 
Bennett, George E. and Mrs- 
George E Ji( nnett. Jr. 
Bete, .John PI and Mrs. 
Channing Bete 
Kavniond Hete 
K.L. Willis 
Bradh-y, Mrs. (;iiarles H. 
Brewster, Miss Nellie P. 
Bridgliain. Mi-s. George E. 
Bryant. Frank G. 
Buc;han, Chester W. 
Buclian. (^eorge 
Buclian. Harold B, 
Buchanan, iiobert ,\. 
Clifford. Henrv P, 

Mr and mVs. H. C. Clifford 
Edward Cavanaugh 
Cobb. Lawiencc M. 
Calkin. L. Martin 
Oarling, Norman W. 
Mrs. K, E. i^arling 
Lillian Goldsmith 
Gladys Goodwin 
Davis. WiJIF. and Mrs. 

Mrs. George H. Crowell 
Mrs. .». c. F. Strout 
Mrs. Eva Gordon 
Duncan, (Jharlns and Mrs. 
Ellis. Donald VV. 
Lillian Ellis 



Eilis. Merton P. and Mrs. 

Alice B. iJarker 
Evans, Thomas ./. 

Mis. M. E. t5hurtlcff 
Fearing, .vrthur i>. and Mrs. 
Fearing, Fred P. and Mrs. 

Herbert l-earing 
Gilbert, IJalphH. 
Gould. Websrer S. 
Graham, .lames H. and Mrs. 
Mrs. Edith M. Kobertson 
Ed, 111 IJobertson 
]>ouise IJobertson 
Mrs. Marie Morgenstern 
Hansen, Kich.nd 11. 

J. Pennv 
Haskins. laith 

Elba Hurtle 
Holin;in, Solomon B- 

Mis. <arter 
Holmes. G, Melville 

Peggy Phillips 
Howard. Otis M. 
Hines, Carl D. P. 
Hines, Fied and Mrs, 
Joyce Hvns 
KoDert H\nes 
Jacobs, A If led W. 
Keith. Howartl E.' 
Kearns, Kejineth E. 
Mrs. B. Fuller 

E. VV. Allen 
Larson, G. Georo^e 

Eleanor Nelson 
Leary. Philip F. 
LeBrun, l>avidB. 

F. ('otniors 
Libby, Waldo E. 

Noia >nnth 

Florence Smith 

Mrs. Emma Jones 
Long, David E. 

Florence L. Wilkes 

William J. Lono- 

Kichard H, Long 
Loud, Clarence W. and Mrs 

Ldirh Loud 

Euth Loud 

Clarence W. Loud Jr. - 



Mahn. AllredC. iind Mrs. 

Elizabeth A. Malm 

Susan W. Malm 

Jolm W. Malm 

>irs .lohn .Anderson 
JIarcus. WiU.iim T. 
Moss, .\orman 

Mrs. K. ,]. Moss 

Edna Jloss 

Elsie Moss 
Muidock, Bernard F. and Mrs*. 

Beiiiai-d F. Murdoidc, Jr. 
Murphy. Laurence A 
Muse, \ ictor H. 
Norwood. WjilterD. and Mrs, 

Maijorie .NOrvvood 
O'Connor. William F. 
Osberg. Edward V. 

Mrs. Freida Osberg 
Pendergast. Josepb L. 

D. Podliwedder 

A. F. Allen 
\\ . D. Allen 

Plunkett. G. E. :ind Mrs, 

Margaret Plunkett 
Eamsdale. Eugene .>^. 
Robertson. Edward J 

Mrs. G. Kobertson 

B. Kobert.«on 
Kutb Kobertson 
Gordon Kobeitson 
iMs. L. Guiheim 
Mavjorie 'Tutheira 

Rouse, JainesB. 
Shaw. CliarleS' " 

Gertrude ("alder 
Simpson, John J, 
Slocomb. Ernest E. and Mr.<?, 

Edirli iiilron 

<:iair Hilton 
Schippers, Eric O. 
Schippei-9. Jolin H. 

Grace Schippers 
Smith, Daniel E. 
Smitli, \\ ijlj^ M. 
Thompson. Roliert L. 
Walton, Fanny L. 
Woodman. Frank F, and Mrs, 
VVinte!iend, Mrs. A. S. 




Vol. 27. No. 5 Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. Sept. 1923 

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



Our Daily Routine 

Our daily routine varies for different 
boys. For some it begins at 5:00 o'clock, 
which is the time for the boys who milk 
the cows, and those who do the kitchen 
work, to rise. 

At 5:45 Reville is sounded and all 
get up and pass to the washroom where 
they get ready for the exercises which occur 
at 6:00. Drill call is sounded and all of us 
get into military formation for either a 
run or calisthenics. At 6:25 Mess Call 
sounds and we get ready for breakfast. 

At 6:30 Assembly is played which 
means to get in line and pass into the 
diningroom. 

At 7:00 o'clock we leave the dining- 
room and form in line for our morning 
work. Some goto the Farm, some go to the 
Shop, while others go to study bookkeeping 
and typewriting. Those who do none of 
these things do the work around the 
buildings until 8:30 when the school bell 
rings and we prepare for school. At 8:45 
we are in line again and pass up to the 
school rooms. Here we study and recite 
until 11:15 when the bell rings again and 
all the Boys assemble and prepare for 
their dinner which is ready at 11:30. 

At 12:00 o'clock we pass from the din- 
ing room and have a recreation period. 
We play football or go to the sloyd 
room or band hall. At 1:00 o'clock we 
again line up when the boys who were in 



school in the morning are dismissed to 
work and the others pass to the school- 
rooms. At 3:30 the bell is rung and the 
boys who have been in school pass to the 
assembly room where one class passes to 
the sloyd room, and the remaining ones 
are assigned work about the buildings. At 
5:00 o'clock the bell again rings and all 
Boys stop work. The milkers, dining 
room and kitchen boys who have been 
playing the last part of the afternoon now 
report for work. At 5:30 we march into 
supper. From 6:00 to 7:15 we have for 
recreation. At 7:15 the bell rings and we 
all prepare for bed or those who are in the 
right grade may go to the reading room 
schoolrooms and other places. At 7:30 
we pass to the dormitories unless there are 
movies or an entertainment and then we 
pass to Chapel. All Boys are in bed at 
nine o'clock and lights are put out. 

Alexander McKenzie 

The Baseball Season of 1923 
The season of 1923 has been one of the 
most successful ever played at this School. 
There were many surprises, the biggest 
one was the winner of the shield which 
was Team D, captained by Archibald 
Beeman. At the start of the season they 
were handicapped by the loss of their star 
pitcher and later, after Graduation, they 
lost several others. Most all the teams were 
pretty well thinned out which left many 
positions vacant. As was proved D had a 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



very valuable sub-pitcher in Earl Ericsson 
and he carried his team through to a grand 
finish. Their success can be laid to his su- 
preme box work and the heavy attack of 
the team as a whole. Two teams were tied 
for second place. Team A, captained by 
Sturtevant, who replaced Hadley after 
Graduation and team C, captained by 
Osberg who replaced Alexander Davison. 

C made a great spurt in the beginning 
of the season by winning 4 straight games 
but they also lost by Graduation. They 
held up valiantly and were only beaten by 
the lack of a dependable pitcher. Team 
A lost their captain and pitcher but were in 
the thick of the fight all the time. 

Team B, which occupied the lower berth 
was captained by the writer of this article, 
sunk to the cellar and stayed there all the 
year. The turning point of the season was 
on Sat. August 24, when A and D met. 
The day was an ideal baseball day and a 
very close game was played, of which D 
returned the victor. The score was 
4 to 3. Both pitchers were at top form 
and did their share of stickwork. McFad- 
yen drove in two runs while pitching for 
A by a timely single in a late inning and 
Ericsson twirling for D did the same. 
Until the last of the ninth D was leading. 
A put across a run by a series of 
siiigles and had a man on second with 
a dependable man up. But the chances for 
a tie went glimmering when the good right 
arm of Schippers, who was catching for D, 
threw that man out trying to steal third. 

Having such a season has put sports 
on a still higher level and we feel now 
ready for football. 

We wish to thank all who were interest- 
ed and who helped us and we are eagerly 
looking forward to finding who the ones 
are who will receive the cups. 

Kenneth E. Reams 



Haying 

One afternoon when I went down to 
the Farm to work, I was told to hitch Tom 
and Jean, two of our horses, to the big 
hayrack. When I had this done we drove 
up to North End where some other boys 
were piling up the hay for us to take. The 
instructor said I should pitch on the hay 
and he would load it on the wagon. After 
we had the wagon loaded, we started for 
the Barn. When we reached there we un- 
hooked our horses and hitched them to 
the small hay rack. After this was done 
we went out for another load of hay. 

While we were getting this other load 
of hay, some other boys were unloading 
the hay we had just brought in. 

The loads sometimes weigh 4415; 
2995 pounds at the lowest. That afternoon 
we got in four loads of hay. I like to hay 
very much. 

Charles L. Claggett 

A Sunday Afternoon 
One Sunday Mr. Swasey gathered the 
Boys in the gymnasium. We were given 
some candy. Mrs. Swasey read about some 
of the pranks done by the cadets at Anna- 
polis Naval Academy. The young men 
have to have their eyes tested to see if they 
are color blind. One boy was given a 
piece of yarn, and the examiner asked him 
a question about it. The boy's answer was 
"Green." The other boys started laughing 
for the question was, "What is your name?" 
The boy thought he asked the color of the 
yarn. We spent an interesting afternoon. 

George W. Hartley 

Departure of Cows 

One morning the Supervisor told me 
to report to the Farm. When I arrived the 
instructor told me to lead some cows to 
the scow. After we had twelve aboard we 
were told that they would be enough. 

The scow was then lashed to the Pil- 
grim. We soon started for City Point. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Just as we left the Wharf it be^an to rain. 
When we reached the Point it was still 
raining. We led the cows out of the scow. 
Some of them were loaded into big 
wagons and the rest into trucks. We re- 
turned to take over fourteen more. After 
we saw them safely over we returned to 
the Island. When we reached the house 
we put on dry clothes and had dinner. 

Russell C. Scott 

A Trip to Tremont Temple 

On Sunday, August 19, eighteen boys 
with ten Instructors went to church. The 
Instructors could go to any church they 
wished. All except one instructor and two 
boys went to Tremont Temple. It was 
my first visit. The Temple is quite large 
and can seat a great many people. We 
heard a fine preacher. He told us of a 
race, where a sail boat was sailing by the 
wind, and just at that moment the fide 
was stronger than the wMud and so the 
sailor on the farthest boat behind, cast 
his anchor while the other sailboats drifted 
back. Soon the fide turned and the sailor 
weighed anchor and sailed on and won 
the race. His sermon was very good and 
I enjoyed this trip very much. 

Raymond H. McQuesten 

The Clam Bake 

On Tuesday, August 21, the Boys 
went down on the Beach at five o'clock in 
the afternoon. We played until about 
six o'clock. Then we put a large strip of 
wire over the glowing embers of a fire. 
The Boys spread a thin layer of sea- 
weed on the wire and two boys empfied 
two barrels of clams over the fire. Then 
we spread another layer of seaweed put- 
fing lobsters and potatoes on top. The 
Boys put a large piece of canvas over all. 
We had a tug of war while we wei"e wait- 
ing for the things to cook. The losing 
side was to pick out the clams. Beside 



the clams, lobsters and potatoes, we had 
frankfurts, pickles and ginger ale. We all 
enjoyed the clam bake very much. 

Harold Floyd 

A Radio Service 
The afternoon of the burial of Presi- 
dent Harding I went to the loft where our 
radio is installed and found two boys al- 
ready up there. We found the radio sec- 
tion in the paper and were soon looking 
for a program. The only program to be 
broadcasted was from St. Pauls Cathed- 
ral of Boston. At five o'clock we tuned 
in on our small sets and heard the solemn 
services which we will always remember. 

Howard H. Sturtevant 

Memorial Service 

On Friday, August 10, at ten o'clock 
the Boys and Instructors gathered in the 
Assembly Hall to hold a service in mem- 
ory of our late President, Warren Gamaliel 
Harding. In the front of the room was a 
picture of President Harding around which 
were placed flags and flowers. When the 
services were over we marched in front of 
the picture. The program follows; 

Funeral March ChoDin 

Prayer 

Mr. Swasey 

Hymn - Lead Kindly Light 

Recessional Rudyard Kipling 

Kenneth Kearns 
My Brother Corinne Roosevelt Robinson 

Clarence Stevens 
Hymn - Nearer my God to Thee 
Scripture Reading - Psalm 23, Rev. 22:1-5 Micah6:8 

Miss Winslow 
Our God, our Help in Ages Past Isaac Watts 

George Langill 
Crossing the Bar Alfred Tennyson 

William Anderson 
Prayer 

Howard Sturtevant 

Hymn - Abide With Me 

Taps 

William F. Anderson 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Cboitipson's Tsland Beacon 

Published Monthly by 

THE FARM AND TRADES SCHOOL 

Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor 

A PRIVATE SCHOOL FOR BOYS OF LIMITED 

MEANS. SUPPORTED BY ENDOWMENTS, 

TUITION FEES AND SUBSCRIPTIONS. 

IvERS E. WiNMiLL Editor 

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Vol.27. No. 5 



September, 1923 



Subscription Price - 50 Cents Per Year 



BOARD OF MANAGERS 



PRESIDENT 

Arthur Adams 

VICE-PRESIDENT 

Charles E. Mason 

TREASURER 

N. Penrose Hallowell 

SECRETARY 

Tucker Daland 

MANAGERS 

Karl Adams 

Gorham Brooks 
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 
Leverett Saltonstall 
Philip S. Sears 
Charles Wiggin, 2nd 
Edward Wigglesworth 
Moses Williams 



Paul F. Swasey 
Alfred C. Malm 



Superintendent 
Assistant Treasurer 



In this country of ours, every man, 
woman, boy and girl has the same oppor- 
tunity to be either a success or a failure. 



What a person makes of his life is up to 
the individual. What a person puts into 
his life, that shall he take out. If he builds 
honesty, character, hard work, and all the 
other essentials necessary to success into 
his life, he will reap a just harvest. 

One of the biggest things in a success- 
ful life is the feeling that your stay in this 
world has made it just a little better, 
brighter, and worthwhile for your fellow- 
men. He who works for the dollar will 
find, sometimes too late, that money is not 
the biggest essential in a successful life. 

Many men have regretted wasted 
opportunities. Our stay here is short and 
we must make the most of all our chances 
in life. Opportunity does not just knock 
once, but it knocks many times, and it is 
up to us to open our doors when oppor- 
tunity calls. 

Some men will tell you that they 
"never had a chance." How often have 
they repeated that same phrase? And 
while they are thinking of their bitter lot, 
do they ever realize that if they want suc- 
cess they must go after it? It will not come 
to the beck and call of anyone. If you 
want success you must climb the ladder of 
hard work. Work is man's greatest pas- 
time. Work is the big essential in reaching 
success. 

Have you ever observed closely the 
workmen and laborers of the factories in 
your town or city, young men twenty 
years old, older men of fortyyears, solemn, 
already bent and with lined faces, and 
lastly the silent stooping men of sixty sum- ^B 
mers. They come by two's and three's in- ^^ 
to the hall about three minutes before the 



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closing whistle blows. They line up, 
twenty or thirty of them, beside the wall 
and wait for the whistle to blow, so that 
they can "ring out" and leave the shop 
behind as quickly as possible. 

In trying to get out and away without 
wasting any of their precious time they 
are taking three to five minutes of their 
employer's time. They are in the class 
known as the "clock watchers and whistle 
jumpers." Until a man in this class real- 
izes he is getting nowhere by this method 
he will stand still at the foot of the ladder. 
In this Hne we find the young and the old. 
They are not working for success. They 
are working for the dollar and enough to 
live on. To step up onto the first rung in 
the ladder of success we must first learn to 
do a litde more than we are obliged to do. 
These men have never realized this. They 
get by probably, but they always remain 
at the foot of the ladder. There they stay 
until they realize that success is something 
to go after with work for a weapon. 

Success comes not to the call of any. 
You must find it yourself, and hard work 
is the one thing to keep you on the right 
path. 

Calendar 

Aug. 1 Weeded mangels, asparagus 
and strawberries. Whitewashed barn. 

Aug. 2 Mowed piece by Observa- 
tory. 

Cleaned and tarred Northside float. 

Aug. 3 Hauled in four loads of hay. 

Aug. 4 Raked roads, hauled gravel 
to South End and got in two loads of hay. 

Team D defeated Team C this after- 
noon, 18 to 1. 

Aug. 6 Finished mowing Observa- 



tory hill. 

The Shaw and Temple Conduct 
prizes were awarded this evening after 
Grade Reading to those boys excelling 
in conduct during the past six months. 

Aug. 7 Cleaned basement of New 
Barn and ground knives for mower. 

Aug. 8 Finished mowing piece by 
Root Cellar and mowed Oak Knoll. 
Hauled in three loads of hay. 

Aug. 9 Carted hay from Oak Knoll 
and Observatory Hill. 

Aug. 10 Observance in memory of 
the late President Harding whose burial 
took place today. 

The Steamer Pilgrim was placed on 
blocks to be cleaned and painted. 

Aug. 11 Shook out the oats, picked 
blackberries and drew in hay. Team A 
was victorious this afternoon in a game of 
baseball with Team C. The score was 16 
to 3. 

Aug. 13 Carted hay, raked grove, 
and whitewashed runway. 

Clifton E. Albee, '21, having complet- 
ed the Advanced Course, left the School 
today in preparation to entering Brewster 
Academy, Wolfeboro, N. H. 
Aug. 14 Weeded gardens 
Boys and Instructors enjoyed the 
annual clam bake this evening on the 
Northside Beach. 

Aug. 15 Mowed piece by Cottage 
Row. 

Aug. 16 Turned the oats and put 
two loads in. 

The score today was 14 to 7, Team 
C winning from Team B. 

Mr. Britton, the bee man was here to 
inspect our two hives. 

Aug 17 Mowed second crop by the 
Power House and mowed oats by Farm 
House. 

Aug. 18 Cleaned grain room and 
barn floors. The blacksmith was here this 
morning. 



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Close score this afternoon, Team D, 17, 
Team B, 19. Robert Thompson, '22 was 
here for the afternoon. 

"Claude", a goat from New York 
which has been given to the School 
arrived today. 

Aug. 19 A number of Instructors 
and Boys attended church in town this 
morning. 

Aug. 20 Repaired horse stalls and 
weeded in garden. Sold four barrels of 
squash today. 

Aug. 22 Unloaded oats and white- 
washed shed to Barn. 

Aug. 23 Mowed millet by Compost 
Shed. 

A gift of a set of Harvard Classics, was 
received today from Mrs. S. V. R. 
Crosby. 

Aug. 24 Picked tomatoes and repair- 
ed corral fence. 

Team C was defeated today, 8 to 3, 
by Team D. 

The officials of Cottage Row ac- 
companied by Mr. Swasey and an in- 
structor visited the Suffolk County 
Court house today to observe court 
routine. The courtesy was extended 
through the efforts of Inspector William 
LeBlanc, a former graduate of the School, 

Aug. 25 Team A lost to Team C to- 
day, 16 to 3. 

Assistant Treasurer, Alfred C. Malm, 
'00, and Clarence Loud, '96, visited the 
School this afternoon. 

Aug. 27 Superintendent Zappey of 
the Hillside School, Greenwich Village, 
Mass., visited the School in the afternoon 
and evening. He spoke briefly to the 
Boys after Grade Reading. 

Aug. 28 Harold L. Hutchinson, Ex. 
'25, left the School today to live with his 
mother in Cambridge. 

Aug. 29 Started work on fence from 
road to Old Barn. 

Aug. 30 Fifth Friends' Day of the 



season. 

Raked hay and got in one load from 
piece by Farm House. 

William C. Rowe, Ex. '25, left to- 
day to go west with his parents. 

Calendar 50 Years Ago 1873 

As Kept by the Superintendent 

Aug. 1 Number of boysin the school, 
eighty-eight. 

Aug. 2 Overcast — still very warm — 
to city via Point. 

Aug. 3 Blacksmith here to instruct 
Boys. 

Men working on strawberry beds 
and weeds. 

Aug. 7 All hands at work on drain 
to South End marsh lowering it 1^ feet, 
'tis a hard job but necessary for the benefit 
of the basin. 

Aug. 8 Carried turnips to market. 

Aug. 9 Took another load of turnips 
to town today. 

Aug. 16 Cloudy, showery and dense 
fog. Cleared up during the afternoon. 

Went over the sewer with the engin- 
eer. 

Aug. 18 The first class gave a very 
interesting entertainment this evening. 
The programme is too lengthy to write 
here, but was very fine. Nearly every 
member of the class had a part to perform. 

Aug. 21 Pleasant, but wind East. 

Had a call from Bainbridge. 2nd, Mr. 
Alfred Bowditch and Mr. Rice. 

Got supplies and coal for forge; six 
loads of thatch gotten in. 

Aug. 26 Celebrated the 55th birthday 
of Mrs. Morse in a fitting manner — din- 
ner on the lawn. Mrs. Morse received 
a beautiful chair from Boys and others. 

Aug. 28 Cooler. Getting ready for 
visiting day. 

Aug. 31 Beautiful day. Managers 
Bacon, Alfred Bowditch, Dexter and Gard- 
ner and a large number of the Boys' 



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friends were here for the afternoon. Boiler Inspection 

The members of the Band presented Every year, usually in July or August, 

Mr. J. R. Morse with a baton in honor the boiler of the Steamer Pilgrim is in- 

of his 48th birthday. spected and new gaskets are put on the 

hand hole plates. 
August Meteorology j^^ jj^^ ^^^ p^t ^^^ ^^^ the ashes re- 
Maximum Temperature 91° on the moved. When the boiler had cooled 
3rd and 4th. sufficiendy the water was drawn off. We 
Minimum Temperature 52° on the took out the hand hole plates and gaskets 
19th. and the City Inspector examined the inside 
Mean Temperature for the month 51°. of the boiler to see if there was any scale 
11 clear days, 11 partly cloudy, 9 inside of it. This scale comes from im- 
cloudy. pure water and it weakens the boiler if it is 

not removed. There was none. He next 

The Farm and Trades School Bank examined it for leaks. The hand hole 

Statement, September 1, 1923 plates were replaced with new gaskets and 

RESOURCES a hose was attached to a pipe on the boiler. 

U. S. Securities $500.00 The boiler was filled with water this way 

Other Investments 777.58 and a pressure of sixty pounds, which is 

Q^^\i 146.20 the city water pressure, was obtained and 

$1423 78 °"^ small leak was seen but this was quickly 

LIABILITIES ' stopped. Later the stack on top of the 

Surplus $334.24 boiler was taken off and the water pressure 

Deposits 1089.54 applied again to see if any tubes leaked on 

$1423.78 top. The stack was then replaced and a 

ivERS E. wiNMiLL CLAT^ENCE E. STEVENS ^ery low fire was built beneath the boiler. 

President Cashier Archibald V. N. Beeman 

^ T T ^ J t) * Our New Radio Set 
Our Unexpected ret 

Two other boys, my brother and I are 

One night as some other boys and I ^^^^^^^^ .^ ^ ^^^.^ ^^^^ ^.^ p,^^^^^ ^^^^^ 

were playing ball I noticed a group of ^^ ^^^j^ ^^^^ ^^^ ^^ ^^^ vacation. We 

boys around the apparatus. I ran over ^ni be able to have two steps of amplifica- 

to see what the excitement was. I saw ^.^^ At present we are using one tube 

that it was a young goat about six months ^^ ^ detector. The set consists of two vari- 

old. It had come from New York by ^^^^^^^^^ ^^^ variocoupler, one vernier 

express. I went back and played ball. condenser, two switch levers, two sets of 

The next day, Mr. Swasey asked ^^p^ ^f ^i^ each, three dials, three rheostats 

me if I would like to take care of the goat ^nd three sockets, two B batteries and three 

for him. I said yes I took him to the a batteries and two amplifiers. So far 

cottages and around the playground. He ^^ ^^^^ ^^^^.^^^ ^ ^^^ programs from 

likes to eat leaves, grass and other green ^yNAC, Boston, and WGI, Medford. 

objects. When five o clock came I had to ^^ ^^^ ^^^.^^ ^ j^^p ^^^^^^^ ^^ ^ j^^p^ 

report to the Barn for work. Mr. Swasey ^^ ^^^ ^^^^ ^^^^,^^ ^^^^ ^^ ^^^ -^ looked 

allowed another boy to take him. 

up. 

Clarence E. Stevens Clarence P. Hobson 



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Cbe Jllumni Jlssociation of Cbe farm and Craacs Scbool 



James H. Graham, '79, President 
Boston 



Will F. Davis, 79, Vice-President 
11 EusTis Street, Chelsea 50, Mass. 



Merton p. Ellis, '97, Secretary 
38 Spafford Road, Boston 86 



Augustus N. Doe, '75, Treasurer 
Wellesley 



Geoffrey E. Plunkett, '14, Historian 
Atlantic 



Since the March issue of the Beacon 1923, this page, or a portion of it, is being 
devoted to printing the names of all Alumni beginning with the year 1850, with the 
year they left the School and their present addresses it known. 

The School and Alumni Association would greatly appreciate receiving any 
information concerning the members of the various classes. 



Pullen, Frederick B. 
Reagan, John 
Sargent, George W. 
Stacy, George H. 
Stevens, Emery 
Worthing, John H. 
Worthing, Lewis J, 



Deceased June 4th, 1913 



1859 



Arlin, Charles 

Arlin, Alphonso Deceased Civil War Dec. 11, 1862 

Bartlett, Charles H. 

Boyle, Charles 

Boyle, James W. 

Boyle, Richard 

Byington, Eugene M. 

Crafts, William 

Cummings, Thomas M, 

Doherty, John 

Duffett, George L. 

Felton, Erastus 

Hassavern, William H. 

Johnson, John R. 

Lophiam, Charles H. 

Martin, Francis 

Minard, Elisha G, 

Monagan, Jamei A, 

Monagan, William 

Parks, Charles T. 

Ramseyer, Frederick A. Deceased Sept. 24, 1912 

Rooney, James 

Smith, George 

Sweeney, Charles N. 



1860 



Ackers, Algernon S. 
Anderson, Edward E. 
Bassett, Augustus 
Bassett, Henry M. 



Burkitt, John 
Burton, Thomas 
Collins, Patrick 
Cranston, John W. 
Dean, George 
Dietrich, Alfred 
Dow, George 
Ellis, Roland D. 
Erlacker, Edward T. 
Finnegan, Edward 
Finnegan, Coleman 
Grimes, Michael 
Gurney, Hamlet D. 
Howard, William 
King, Rufus 
Lincoln, Jesse T. 
Lindsey, Thomas 
McTeer, James 
Miller, George 
Partridge, James H. 
Partridge, Joseph 
Philips, Edward E, 
Powers, Charles E, 
Remilly, Ferdinand 
Scanlan, George N. 
Smith, Edward F. 
Viles, William W. 
White, James W. 



1861 
Deceased 1884 



Armstrong, John H, 

Cook, William A. 

Cremin, Franklin Deceased Civil War May 8, 1864 

Ford, George T. 

Ford, Michael 

Ford, Thomas 

Foster, Charles O. 




Vol. 27, No. 6 Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. Oct. 1923 

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



New Studies 

Since the addition of two years to our 
regular four year course, new studies have 
been added and correlated with the for- 
mer studies. This is necessary to broaden 
our educational curriculum that we may 
keep abreast with other high schools. 

Boys who leave our School after com- 
pleting the course are eligible to enter the 
third year of high school. The studies 
that have been added this year are; French, 
Typewriting, Geometry, and Biology. 

For our Biology text book we use 
Hunter's Elements of Biology. It is com. 
posed of Botany, Zoology, and Human 
Physiology. Although we have not an 
elaborate equipment for our biology labo- 
ratory, new things are added gradually and 
even now we do not find it difficult to 
understand the fundamentals. 

The touch method is taught for type- 
writing and Remington machines are used. 
A system of lessons is used including 
difficult types of words and sentences that 
must be mastered with speed and accuracy. 

Another of our new subjects is French, 
Our text book is The Frazer and Squair 
French Grammar. It is a revised edition 
of the original book, containing new direct 
method exercises, with special lesson vo- 
cabularies, exercises in pronunciation, 
formal review exercises, selected anecdotes 



for reading and systematic grammar and 
exercises. 

The text book used for Geometry is 
Smith's Essentials of Plane Geometry. 
It is divided into tlve parts as follows: 
rectilinear figures, the circle, proportion 
and similarity, area of polygons, and reg- 
ular polygons and the circle. 

We like these new studies very much 
as they are very interesting and most of 
them can be pratically applied. The 
School's purpose is two fold. One is 
preparing the Boys for continutation of 
School outside. The other is for prepar- 
ing those who cannot attend school when 
they leave, for some practical form of work. 
Therefore, three of these new studies may 
be pradcally applied to a good advantage 
especially Geometry and Typewriting. 
Geometry can be used in almost any kind 
of industry, while Typewriting is essential 
in most any kind of business. 

We feel glad that we have the benefit 
of these studies and hope more may be 
added at some future time, 

Edward V. Osberg 

Getting Flour 

One afternoon, at one o'clock the 
Supervisor told some other boys and me 
to report to the Captain of the Steamer. 
We did so. He told us to get ready to go 
on the Barge which was lashed to the 



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Steamer, as we were going over to the city 
after flour. When we arrived there, we 
began loading the flour. We put on 62 
bags of flour. After we finished we were 
told to sit on the Barge or Steamer, as we 
had to wait for an Instructor. We saw 
many people in swimming. We returned 
safely and hauled the flour up to the house. 
There were twokindsof flour, pastry flour, 
and bread flour. I Hke to make trips for 
supplies very much. 

James A. Paley 

The Corn Roast 

Tuesday, Sept 11, we had our annual 
Corn Roast. About 7:30 P.M. we went to 
the beach where there were three large 
bonfires. We all had a pointed stick to 
roast our corn on, and also salt and butter 
to flavor it. We had marshmallows to 
roast, and lime juice. After the Boys 
had eaten all they wanted, we went up to 
the Main Building. It was about nine 
o'clock when we went to bed, and we all 
had an enjoyable time. 

Thomas A. Hall 

Machine Shop Practice 

On Tuesday and Thursday mornings 
from 7.00 o'clock to 8.30 the boys of the 
first class are taught machine shop work, by 
one of our Instructors. There are two 
lathes, one which is run by power and the 
other which can be run by either foot 
power or electricity. These lathes are 
used to grind metal down to the right 
demensions. There is a power drill that 
can be used to bore holes in either wood 
or metals. Near the drill stands a saw for 
cutting through metals. There are two 
emery wheels which are used for grinding 
tools. Two grindstones are used for this 
purpose also. During our practice time 
we make bolts, grind tools etc. We 
enjoy this very much as it is interesting 
work and helpful at times. 

Seymour C. McFayden 



Football Practice 

As the end of baseball season drew 
near many of the boys grew impatient to 
play football. Our Supervisor told them 
not to play until the close of baseball 
season. When the last game had been 
played we began to practice for the School 
Team. 

First we practiced falling on the ball. 
After a few minutes of this, we passed the 
ball to one another, as we stood in a half 
circle. If one should miss, then he has to 
to fall on it, pick it up and pass it to another 
boy. After this we ran around the field 
three times. This completes the practice 
for the day. As we do not have as much 
time as many schools, we probably do not 
get all the rudiments of football practice. 
Many of the Boys are trying for a place in 
the line. There are a few boys trying for 
the backfield positions. 

We hope to have a good School Team 

this year. 

George D. Russell 

Digging Potatoes 
One day I was told to help dig potatoes. 
I pulled the leaves and stems from the plants 
and then pulled weeds around them. 
Then I dug away the earth around the 
potatoes with a hoe. After that I picked 
up the potatoes and put them in the 
Vegetable Celler to be sorted. 

Paul Turner 

Hauling Waste 

Saturday morning the Supervisor told 
me to go down to the Farm and get a horse 
and team to take waste. First I go to the 
stock-room, then the wood-cellar, shop. 
Power House and Gardner Hall. I take 
all the waste to the South End of the Island. 

All that will burn I put in the Inciner- 
ator. The rest I throw into a low spot near 
the beach that we are filling with rubbish 
and ashes. 

Howard S. Costello 



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My Work as Editor 

After the June days have passed and 
we resume school again, we find many 
familiar faces absent. Several new ones 
are seen. As the former editor of the 
Beacon left with the others, I was given his 
work. 

When the articles for the Beacon are 
written, they are given to the teacher to 
correct. We write these articles as a part 
of our English work during our school 
hours. When the articles are corrected 
and copied they are given to me. When 
I have the articles from all the six classes 
I begin my part of the work. I first pick 
out all the best ones. I select a few from 
each class, making the contribution from 
each class as even as possible. If a boy 
has an article in the July Beacon for 
instance, I try to give some other boy an 
article in the August number. I keep a 
record of articles written by all the Boys 
and try to give each one an equal chance. 
This however, is sometimes difficult, owing 
to the fact that some boys write more 
easily than others. When I have about 
twenty articles selected I give them to Mr. 
Swasey, who in turn sends them to the 
printing office. I then see the Office 
Instructors and get from them the calendars, 
editorial, alumni notes, bank statement and 
meteorology statement. All these things 
are necessary before the Beacon can be put 
on the press. We hope soon to be printing 
the Beacon according to schedule. We 
were unable to do this last winter as we 
printed the School Report and Calendars. 

Ivers E. Winmill 

Hauling Seaw^eed 

One day the Supervisor told me to 
ask the Farm instructor if I could take a 
horse. He gave me "Dick", one of the 
seven horses we have. Then I hitched 
him to the box-cart, and the Supervisor 
told me to haul seaweed from the Beach. 



I worked from 3:30 until 5 P, M. haul- 
ing two loads. This seaweed was used for 
the clambake. 

James A. Brain 

Booth Tarkington 

On Friends' Day, I recieved as a gift, 
Booth Tarkington's book, Seventeen. It 
is a delightful book. 

Booth Tarkington was born in 
Indianapolis in 1869 and began to dictate 
stories to his sister before he could write 
himself. Two inspirations seized him at 
the same time, one for Jesse James the 
oudaw, the other for G. P. R. James 
the novelist. 

After attending Phillips Exeter Acad- 
emy he went to Purdue and Princeton 
Universites. Every year was bringing 
more success as a writer. With the death 
of Mark Twain and Mr. Howells, Booth 
Tarkington remains our formost American 
writer. 

Edward L. Floyd 

Ancient and Honorable 
Artillery Armory 

One Thursday an Instructor took an- 
other boy and me to the Ancient and 
Honorable Artillery Armory in Fanueil 
Hall. We saw many oil paintings of 
various generals of our country, during 
certain wars. There were all the flags of 
our nation, starting with the flag, "Don't 
Tread On Me." This flag had on it a 
coiled rattlesnake and was adopted by the 
Colonist to show their independent spirit 
to the English. There were many other 
flags, including our modern American flag. 
There were many old guns and weapons 
that were used in past wars. These old 
time flags, uniforms, etc., were of much 
interest to us and make us think of the 
great progress our nation has made since 
the Revolutionary War. 

William D, Warnock 



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BOARD OF MANAGERS 



PRESIDENT 

Arthur Adams 

VICE-PRESIDENT 

Charles E. Mason 

TREASURER 

N. Penrose Hallowell 

SECRETARY 

Tucker Daland 

MANAGERS 

Karl Adams 

Gorham Brooks 
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 

Leverett Saltonstall 
Philip S. Sears 

Charles Wiggin, 2nd 
Edward Wigglesworth 
Moses Williams 



Paul F. Swasey 
Alfred C. Malm 



Superintendent 
Assistant Treasurer 



A short time ago a newspaper report- 
er interviewed the Captain of a football 
team. It happened that the team had lost 



by an unusually large score. When asked 
what he thought of the game he replied, 
"We lost our last game because we were 
out classed, but will come back in our re- 
turn game". It might be well to add here 
that they did by a comfortable margin. 

In this player's statement there is one 
thing we can all take for ourselves. "We 
will come back." It is no disgrace to fail 
when you have given your best. If the 
world loves a winner, it certainly keeps its 
respect and interests for one who can meet 
defeat and come back. Failure does not 
always seem so hard as imagined. In 
many cases it has literally changed the 
character and career of the defeated one. 

Right at The Farm and Trades 
School this can be practiced with great suc- 
cess. The fourth grade is not an honor- 
able position to be in, yet one profits by 
the experience. As a former instructor 
once said, "I hate to see any boy in the 
fourth grade, but I believe that if a boy 
does end there, and then works up the 
ladder again, he profits immeasureably by 
the same". In other words they can come 
back. 

It is a hard and dreary task to pursue 
what seems to be an endless, monotonous 
job and do it well. Boys in the different 
departments are sometimes critical of their 
surroundings. But I urge you to do your 
best. If you do find yourself doing your 
work in a careless hap-hazard way, turn 
about and say, "I will do my best where- 
ever I may be." 

Defeat is a tremendously hard thing to 
stare in the face. No one likes to be left 



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behind. But one thing is sure. If the 
failure has come after a long fight, then it is 
not so bad. One feels that they have ac- 
complished something at least. 

If you are down and are beginning to 
climb again there are several things to keep 
in mind. First, be sure not to repeat any 
of your former misgivings. As one captain 
of industry said, "If one of my men makes 
a mistake, I correct him and hope and ex- 
pect him to profit by it. If he repeats it, I 
feel he may have misunderstood or that it 
was inevitable. But if he does it a third 
time, I feel the only way to be fair to the 
concern is to remove him entirely, as too 
many mistakes cannot be endured." 

Secondly, try to do everything better 
each time and meet everything as it comes. 
Obstacles can best be removed as they 
come instead of waiting until they form an 
impregnable mass. In the end, they will 
not be so domineering as imagined. 

Lastly, remember life is full of success- 
es, failures and comebacks. No one can 
expect to remain ontop by shirking, dream- 
ing or waiting. One must work and work 
to the best of his ability. Honest, hard- 
working, energetic boys or men will find 
the chance of defeat or failure lessened. 

But if the inevitable does happen, 
grin, work harder and sail right along back 
up to the top. 

Calendar 

Sept. 1 Repaired fence and horse 
stalls and raked roads. 

Team D defeated Team B at baseball 
25 to 5. 

Sept. 3 Labor Day — half holiday. 

Cleaned barn. 

Dancing party in Assembly Hall in 



the evening. 

Sept. 4 Hauled one load of millet 
from piece by Compost Shed. 
Sept. 5 Painted flagpole. 
Manager Walter B. Foster visited the 
School this afternoon. 

Sept. 6 Howard B. Ellis, '98 and two 
workmen came over this morning to begin 
work on new roof for Root Cellar. 

Sept. 7 Sold eleven bushel of toma- 
toes. 

Sept 8 Trimmed apple trees and, 
mowed part of second crop near Farm 
House. 

Sept. 9 A number of the boys, ac- 
companied by Instructors, attended church 
in town this morning. 

Sept. 10 Weeded lima beans and 
millet by Farm House. 

Sept. n Picked beans and made 
bushel boxes. Picked corn for corn roast. 
Boys and Instructors enjoyed the 
annual corn roast on Northside Beach to- 
night. 

Sept. 12 Cleaned Root Cellar and 
Old Barn and fertilized piece by Farm 
House. 

President Arthur Adams, Treasurer 
N. Penrose Hallowell and Miss. Ellen S. 
Bacon and friends were guests of the 
School this afternoon. 

Sept. 13 Weeded asparagus, washed 
harness and shelled beans. Finished 
painting Observatory. 

Steamer Pilgrim was taken to Lawley's 
shipyard today for repairs. 

Sept. 14 Raked millet and worked 
on orchard. Cleaned and tarred Southside 
Float. 

Sept. 15 Hauled in one load of hay. 
Assistant Treasurer, Alfred C. Malm, 
'00, spent the afternoon here. 

Sept. 17 Weeded strawberry bed 
and put in one load of millet. 

Sept. 18 Oiled and put harness to- 



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gether. 

Sept. 19 Picked grapes and beans. 

Sept. 20 Fertilized piece by Com- 
post Shed. 

Two representatives of the Ratine 
Laboratory were here today to help in the 
distribution of Ratine to poison rats. 

Last swim of season for the Boys. 

Sept. 21 Weeded rhubarb bed and 
set out new strawberry plants. 

Sept. 22 Boys' Band took part in 
celebration at South Boston Yacht Club. 

Sept. 24 Started digging potatoes on 
piece near Farm House. Worked in 
Root Cellar. 

Sept. 25 Dug potatoes and picked 
pears. 

William Earl Ericsson, '23, left the 
School today to begin work as a cabinet 
maker in Cheshire, Conn. 

Sept. 27 Manager Gorham Brooks 
visited the School this afternoon. 

Sept. 28 Sixth Friends' Day of the 
season. One hundred eighty-two relatives 
and friends of the Boys were here for the 
afternoon. 

Sept. 29 Bertrand Easton, Ex. '27, 
and George Anderson, Ex. '29, left today 
to live with their mothers. 

David Long, '22, and S. Leo White- 
head, '23, were here for the afternoon. 

Gymnasium floor was scrubbed and 
re-oiled. 

Calendar 50 Years Ago 1873 

As Kept by the Superintendent 



Sept. 4 Dull and warm with some 
rain. Took Boys and put wood from 
lumber yard under barn. Men working 
on dike and plowing marsh. 

Sept. 7 A lovely day and one which 
our Boys will long remember. By invi- 
tation from Captain Philips our whole 
School went on a trip on the Empire 
State down the harbor — North shore 
trip. Our Band won for itself fresh laur- 



els and the School was invited to take the 
trip again next year. 

Sept. 10 Reverend Mr. Stearns and 
daughter of East Watertown, came this 
P. M. He addressed us and his daughter 
sang and played. 

Sept. 13 Pleasant — wind East. 

A lighter with 100 tons of coal came. 

Contractor came over to see further 
about steam heating, etc. 

Received a visit from William Hutch- 
inson who left this School about 19 years 
since, to go to Wisconsin. He is a printer 
and has charge of an olTice in Racine. 
He is a fine specimen of manhood. 

Sept. 14 Coal all unloaded and light- 
er gone — 75 tons of egg coal and 25 tons 
of stove. In winter we keep nine fires in 
stoves and three in furnaces. 

Sept. 19 Went to town to meet Com- 
mittee. Manager Gardiner returned with 
me. 

Sept. 20 Band went to West Roxbury 
this evening to take part in a Concert. 

Sept. 23 Another showery, disagree- 
able day. 

Went for fruit which had been on ex- 
hibition at Horticultural Hall. 

Sept. 29 Visiting Day. Very rough, 
tides over Wharf. Great trouble in get- 
ting passengers on board boat. Had to 
lay planks to floating stage and walk on 
that to head of Wharf. 

Managers Lyman, Bowditch, Deblois, 
Dexter, Gardiner and Storer were present, 

A Dance 

On Monday evening, Sept. 3, (Labor 
Day) the Supervisor announced that there 
would be a dance at eight o'clock. The 
boys who wanted to go went down to the 
drawer-room and put on their uniforms. 
We then went to the Chapel and danced 
until ten o'clock. I like dances very much. 

Albert Cheney 



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The Farm and Trades School Bank 

Statement, October 1, 1923 
RESOURCES 

U. S. Securities $ 500.00 

Other Investments 777.58 

Cash 172.88 

$1450.46 

LIABILITIES 

Surplus $ 334.24 

Deposits 1116.22 

$1450.46 

IVERS E. WINMILL CLARENCE E. STEVENS 

President Cashier 

September Meteorology 

Maximum Temperature 91° on the 
4th and 5th. 

Minimum Temperature 32° on the 
32nd. 

Mean Temperature for the month 
63°. 

Total Precipitation 2.12 inches. 

Greatest precipitation in 24 hours 1. 
inch on the 23rd. 

Three days with .01 or more inches 
precipitation, 12 clear days, 8 partly 
cloudy, 10 cloudy. 

Ploughing 

This year I had the opportunity to 
learn to plough with a sulky plow and 
a walking plow. Each of these uses a 
pair of horses to draw them. The sulky 
plow has two plows or shares. One of 
these is used going up a furrow and the 
other in returning. In the case of the 
walking plow (which has only one share) 
one has to throw all of the furrows in 
toward the center, so you have to go up 
one side, across the end and down the 
other side. 

The plowshares on the sulky plow are 
operated by levers. You move these back 



and regulate the depth of the furrow. 

We try when ploughing to get a fur- 
row about a foot wide and as straight as 
possible. The Farm Instructors teach us 
how to plough and we all like it. 

Howard E. Keith 

The Cottage Contest 

Early in the Spring Mr. Swasey 
announced that he would award a prize to 
the best kept cottage for the season. 

My brother, two other boys and 
myself decided to try for it. At once we 
set to painting the inside. First we got 
the white paint then we brushed the 
codwebs and dirt off the walls and where 
we were to paint. When this was done 
we started to paint. It took two noon 
hours to do the white, one day to dry. 
When the white was dry we got some 
light blue for trimmings. We went over 
the trimmings very carefully so they would 
not be streaked and uneven, as this did 
not take long we went over the outside 
trimmings at the same time with dark 
green paint. 

When this was dry we got our 
material such as pictures, pennants, chairs, 
table and seat covers, etc. After these 
were hung up and in place the hardest 
part was over. 

During the season there were a few 
minor things to be done as trim the lawn 
and rake the gravel at intervals. Sweeping 
and cleaning was done in general once a 
week. This prize was awarded and to 
our dismay we were unsuccessful. This 
prize was a large oak frame with three 
photographs of the Island. If there is a 
prize awarded next year we will try again. 

Clarence P. Hobson 

Show me a man who never made a mistake and 
I will show you a man who never did anything. 

— Roosevelt 



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Cbe mmn\ Jlssociation of Cbe farm and Craaes School 



James H. Graham, '79, President 
Boston 



Will F. Davis, 79, Vice-President 
11 EusTis Street, Chelsea 50, Mass. 



Merton p. Ellis, *97, Secretary 
38 Spafford Road, Boston 86 



Augustus N. Doe, '75, Treasurer 
Wellesley 



Geoffrey E. Plunkett, '14, Historian 
Atlantic 



Since the March issue of the Beacon 1923, this page, or a portion of it, is being 
devoted to printing the names of all Alumni beginning with the year 1850, with the 
year they left the School and their present addresses if known. 

The School and Alumni Association would gready appreciate receiving any 
information concerning the members of the various classes. 



1861 (continued) 
Fowler, William 
Hadley, James L. 
Kenney, George W. 
Leonard, Timothy 
McLellan, William H. 

Moore, David H. 3 Kingsdale St. Dorchester. 
Morrill, Jeremiah A. 
Morris, William H. 
Phelan, William C. B. 
Prentiss, George H. 
Restarrick, Walter 
Rogers, Charles W. 
Rogers, Joseph L. 
Warwick, George 

1862 
Armstrong, William C. 
Clark, William J. 

Denton, Samuel C. Deceased December 17th, 1915 
Dill, John 
Hammond, Charles 



Harriman, Robert 

Harris, William H. 

Hasty, Robert B. 

Kimball, Frank R. 

Lambert, Daniel 

Little, James 

Marsden, William 

McNamee, Thomas J. 3034 R St. Washington, D. C. 

Reed, Edwin W. 

Ricker, William 

Robinson, George A. 

Sherbourne, George E. 

Wilson, Robert D. 



Ackers, Webster 
Barham, Robert H. 
Bridges, Edward 
Clash, Theodore B. 
Cornell, William H. 
Cutter, James H. 
Edgworth, William D. 



1863 



French, Herbert W. 78. The 

funeral of Mr. French was held on Sun- 
day afternoon, September 23rd at All 
Saints' Church, Ashmont, Mass. He was 
born in 1861 and entered The Farm and 
Trades School in May 1874, leaving in 
June 1878. He was the first president of its 
Alumni Association and was its treasurer 
for twelve years. For over twenty years 
he was connected with the United States 
Appraisers' Department at Boston. He 



was a veteran of Indian Wars and a mem- 
ber of the 7th Cavalry regiment, which 
was reorganized after the Custer Massacre; 
a member of Joseph Webb Lodge of 
Masons; past patron of Keystone Chapter, 
Order of the Eastern Star; past Sachem of 
the Powhaten tribe, I. O. R. M., and past 
commander of the Regular Army and 
Navy Union of Boston. He is survived by 
his widow, a son, Hobert W. French of 
Erie, Pa., and a grandson, Hobert W. 
French, Jr. 




Vol. 27. No. 7 Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. Nov. 1923 

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



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Hallowe'en 

It is a custom of our School to plan a 
celebration each year for Hallowe'en. Of 
course this day is greatly anticipated. 
When it arrives everybody is excited. 

This year the celebration was held in 
the assembly hall and the gymnasium. 
At eight o'clock in the evening the Boys 
formed a line and were told they would go 
for a ghost walk. This took them to the 
drawer room first; through the west base- 
ment, up a flight of stairs to the bakery, 
next to the kitchen and assembly room. 
All along this walk were ghosts, everything 
was dark and one did not know what 
might happen. After this was over we 
passed to the assembly hall where the 
Instructors gave a play entitled, "The 
Country School". We then went to the 
gymnasium where we were given tickets 
for food and games. The food consisted 
of doughnuts, pickles, cider, pumpkin pie 
and apples. There were several games in 
which each person could take part. 

When everybody was in the gymna- 
sium the lights were snapped out and a 
witch read us the legend of Hallowe'en. 
Then the "ball of fate" was rolled around 
to each person and one would take from 
it a piece of paper on which was a verse 
regarding one's future. 

We were then allowed to do anything 
we wanted to. The booths and contests 



around the room were; The Fly Family 
of Dorchester, marshmallow race, ten 
scent show, popcorn race, peanut race, 
ruins of China, raisin race, bobbing for 
apples, etc. 

The decorations were very fine. 
There were orange and black streamers 
around the room, Hallowe'en pictures 
over the lights, pumpkins and corn husks 
arranged here and there and every little 
thing to make it look in accordance with 
the occasion. 

We all had a good time and went to 
bed happy. 

Russell Metcalf 

The Caucus 

Last night the clerk of Cottage Row 
put a notice on the bulletin board saying 
that there would be a caucus in the east 
basement at 7:30 P. M. At that time we 
went down to the east basement and pro- 
ceeded with the caucus. First the Boys 
nominated six share holders of Cottage 
RowGovernment also six non-share hold- 
ers. Then we voted for three out of each 
group. Those six boys chosen formed 
two committees, the Citizen and the Non- 
Share Holding, whose duty it was to find 
candidates for the coming election. There 
was also chosen by the Mayor a committee 
called, the Mayor's Committee, which have 
the same duty as the others to perform. 

Albert Cheney 



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A Tie Game 
On Oct. 12th, Teams B and D played 
a hard fought football game, ending with 
the score of 25 to 25. In the first quarter 
Team D received the ball and on the first 
down made a touchdown by a forward 
pass to the left end. This was done at the 
very beginning. For the remainder of the 
quarter neither side scored again. In the 
second quarter team B evened up the score 
so that when the half came the score was 
tied. The second half was a hard tussle 
for both sides. Each team, through hard 
playing, made two touchdowns apiece and 
one of the kickovers as if mocking each 
other. In the third quarter, Kearns, Team 
B's quarterback, got clear around the end 
for a long run and came within ten yards 
of the goal line. He was brought down 
by a hard tackle which held up the game 
for a few minutes. Team B's fullback, with 
about ten yards to go, made litde pieces of 
Team D and secured the touchdown. The 
score stood 25 to 19 in Team B's favor. 
Team D received and advanced to within 
thirty yards of the goal. On the fourth 
down and ten yards to go a forward was 
thrown to the left end again. It was 
caught and netted D the necessary yards. 
This seemed to put new vim into the team 
and the ball was put across the line before 
the time was up. The kickover after the 
touchdown was a failure. The game end- 
ed 25 to 25. The features of the game were 
two long runs by Kearns of B and Reid's 
fine work on the end for D. 

Ivers E. Winmill 

An Interesting Visit 

Thursday before last, during vacation 
week, one of the instructors took another 
boy and myself through the Sunshine or 
Takhoma Biscuit Company's plant at 
Causeway and Washington Sts. (North). 

First we went to the office, and one 
of the men oflfered to show us through 



the factory. Then we went to the bak- 
ing-room where the cookies and crackers 
were baked in twenty-seven revolving 
ovens. They use daily thirty-five barrels 
of flour, twenty-eight barrels of sugar and 
one and one-halt tons of lard. There are 
some straight ovens. It takes eight 
minutes to bake crackers. One of these 
ovens will produce one thousand pounds 
per day. The company employs one 
thousand people and supplies twenty- 
eight agencies by automobile trucks and 
freight cars. 

The visit was very interesting and we 
learned very much about that kind of 
work. 

Russell Long 

Poisoning Rats 

One day as we were lined up for din- 
ner, our Supervisor asked who the ratters 
were. We raised our hands so he should 
know. After going to school for about 
half an hour, he called us down to the 
West Basement. 

We found that some men were com- 
ing over to poison the rats. In the mean- 
time we cut thirty pounds of bread into 94 
inch cubes. 

The Steamer came over about 2:10 P. 
M., bringing with it two men. We 
went down to the Wharf and helped bring 
up their things. Next we got eight pails 
and filled them equally with the cubes of 
bread. One of the men opened a box 
and took out eight, one quart bottles of 
Ratine. He poured one bottle over the 
bread in the eight pails. After the bread 
was all soaked, we procured some small H 
pound paper bags and put about four 
cubes in each. The tops of the bags were 
twisted and we put them into flour bags. 
The boys then returned to their school 
studies till five o'clock. 

At five o'clock we returned and half 
of us went around North End with one 



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man; the other man and the rest of the 
boys went around South End. We tried 
to cover as much ground as possible, and 
we put a bait (or bag) in almost every hole 
and trail. We set out 1300 bait. 

The poison is imported from Copen- 
hagen, Denmark, and is very costly. It 
does not kill the rats instantly, but as long 
as a rat does live it is contagious to others. 
The poison is harmless to all domestic 
animals however. 

Three weeks later another dose was 
put out. This was prepared the same way 
except that only four pails were used and 
a much more powerful poison called Rat- 
inine was put out. This kills the rats in 24 
to 48 hours. This time 800 baits were put 
out. Next day the boys saw many dead 
and dying rats. 

George A. Adams 

My Duty as an Officer 

Last term I was elected treasurer of 
Cottage Row. After the election my first 
duty was to make out a tax list of the 
amount each boy was to pay. I first got a 
name list and ruled off a place for poll 
taxes and a place next to this for property 
taxes. Next I secured a list of owners of 
cottages with the number of shares they 
owned. Then I figured how much each 
should pay. A boy does not pay taxes 
until he has been at the School six months 
or in other words, he is not a citizen of 
Cottage Row. The poll tax of all citizens 
is three cents, and the ownership tax is 
made according to the number of shares 
owned by a citizen. The list completed, 
was put on the bulletin board in the assem- 
bly room. A boy looks up the amount he 
is to pay. Then he makes out his check 
for that amount. If a boy lets his debts 
continue he usually appears in court. 
But there is only one or two such cases. 
When the checks come through the Bank 
to me I enter them into the Cottage Row 



accounts. And during the term I take care 
of fines from trials, and keep the books up 
to date. I like to be treasurer very much. 

Clarence P. Hobson 

Choosing Football Teams 

One evening the Supervisor had all 
the Boys march up to chapel. After we 
were seated he said that we were going to 
choose up for football, so he asked for 
nominations. After he had eight boys' 
names, we voted for the four who would 
make the best captains. The four boys 
who were chosen are: Archibald Beeman, 
Team A; Kenneth Kearns, Team B; 
George Russell, Team C; Ivers Winmill, 
Team D. 

After the captains were chosen the 
Supervisor told them to choose their men. 

Team D had first choice, Team C 
second. Team C third and Team A last. 

The captains each went to separate 
corners of the room and took their choice 
of Boys in turn. Each captain has about 
twenty boys from which to form his team. 

James A. Paley 

My First Hallowe'en 
When I first came to The Farm and 
Trades School, I thought that I would want 
to go home again but I soon found out my 
mistake. It was on the night of Hallowe'en 
that I changed my mind. The Boys of the 
School had a great time, and I don't think 
anything could have cheered me up as 
much as that did. 

Raymond Re^an 

My Costume 

This Hallowe'en I was dressed in 
costume for the first time. I wore a 
Buster Brown suit. The color was pink 
with white trimmings and it had big white 
buttons. I carried a toy monkey. 
Another boy was dressed as a girl and 
represented Mary Jane. I enjoyed going 
to our Hallowe'en party in costume. 

Herbert E. Wright 



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Cbompson's Island Beacon 

Published Monthly by 

THE FARM AND TRADES SCHOOL 

Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor 

A PRIVATE SCHOOL FOR BOYS OF LIMITED 

MEANS. SUPPORTED BY ENDOWMENTS, 

TUITION FEES AND SUBSCRIPTIONS. 

IvERS E. WiNMiLL ------ Editor 

Kenneth E. Kearns ----- Asso. Editor 



Vol.27. No. 7 



November, 1923 



Subscription Price - 50 Cents Per Year 



BOARD OF MANAGERS 



PRESIDENT 

Arthur Adams 

VICE-PRESIDENT 

Charles E. Mason 

TREASURER 

N. Penrose Hallowell 

SECRETARY 

Tucker Daland 

MANAGERS 

Karl Adams 

Gorham Brooks 
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 

Leverett Saltonstall 
Philip S. Sears 

Charles Wiggin, 2nd 
Edward Wigglesworth 
Moses Williams 



Paul F. Sw^asey 
Alfred C. Malm 



Superintendent 
Assistant Treasurer 



Doctor W. Wellington Massee, Head- 
master of the Massee School for Boys, 
has written a very attractive booklet on 



"Self-Measurement for Boys". In read- 
ing through this we find a number of 
questions, which if we were to answer for 
ourselves we could determine how we 
rank as boys in every way - we can meas- 
ure ourselves. 

Under one of his main headings we 
find these questions: Are you, Mr. 
Johnnie Brown, only interested in Mr. 
Johnnie Brown? Are you always looking 
out for only Mr. Johnnie Brown 
regardless of your parents, brothers or 
sisters? Do you assume that it is better for 
another person to wait on you, rather 
than for you to wait on them? Are you 
always looking for the easiest chair in a 
room, the most advantageous seat in a 
car or in a show? In school do you 
see that you are not left out of what 
you want to do? After you have had 
what you want, is your mind free from 
care about others? Do you want for 
yourself all that you can get, even if it 
means taking it from others? Do you 
quarrel over small points in a game. Do 
you try to encourage others to do mean, 
selfish acts? 

These questions are serious ones and 
are worth a great deal of attenfion and 
thought. Is our purpose in life to be purely 
a selfish purpose, doing nothing or caring 
nothing for the people about us, their 
needs and the sacrifices they are making? 
Who are the people that count, who are 
our real heroes, the people that we are 
going to remember tomorrow'and who are 
carving their names in stone? Are they 
people whose answer would be "Yes" to 



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the previous questions, or whose answer 
would be "No"? 

Would your answer be "yes" to all the 
above questions? We should strive to 
attain that end when we may conscientious- 
ly and truthfully say "no" without question, 
and by so doing we are bound to feel that 
we are climbing up the ladder of life with 
one strong round upon which we may 
securely rest while reaching for other 
rounds of honesty, clean mindedness, 
loyalty, gentlemanliness, bodily health 
and good habits. 

Summe up at night what thou hast done by day; 
And in the morning what thou hast to do. 
Dresse and undresse thy soul; mark the decay 
And growth of it; if, with thy watch, that too 
Be down then winde up both; since we shall be 
Most surely judg'd, make thy accounts agree; 

Herbert — The Temple 

5^* fl^W ^* 

Calendar 

Oct. 1 Dug potatoes, picked pears 
and peaches. 

Manager and Mrs. Leverett Saltonstall 
and son, accompanied by Mr. W. B. 
Watson, visited the School this afternoon. 

Oct. 2 Flour for winter arrived to- 
day. 

Oct. 3 Picked grapes. 

Oct. 4 Finished digging potatoes by 
Farm House. Gathered pumpkins and 
stored them in Root Cellar. 

Oct. 5 Weeded strawberries, dug 
potatoes at South End and carried vines 
to the Incinerator. 

Oct. 6 Pulled weeds and took 
squashes from hot beds. 

Waldo Libby, '22, Alexander Dav- 
ison, '23, Herbert Noble, '23, Chester 
Buchan, '21, and Ralph Langille, '19, 



were here for the afternoon. 

Team D defeated Team C at football, 
13 to 31. 

Oct. 7 Sunday services were resum- 
ed today. Mr. Burhoe, a student at Gor- 
don Bible College, is Sunday Assistant. 

Oct. 8 Worked on tide ditches, 
gathered carrots and carted brick from 
Power House to Old Barn. Completed 
surfacing tennis court with clay. 

Oct. 9 Blacksmith was here for the 
morning. 

Second distribution of Ratine about 
the Island for the purpose of exterminat- 
ing rats. 

Mr. Hass, general secretary of the 
Massachusetts Society for Social Hygiene, 
spoke to the Boys this evening. 

Oct. 10 Gathered beets and worked 
on ensilage cutter. 

Team C won from Team A this after- 
noon at football 7 to 6. 

Admisson meeting today. Eighteen 
new boys were admittted: Edward Albee, 
Richard Cameron, Gilbert Collins, 
Alonzo Day, Willis Drake, Albert 
Gardner, Herbert Gove, William 
Kenning, George Knott, Ross Lloyd, 
Ralph Martis, George Poole, William 
Van Meter, Charles Wheeler, Raymond 
Regan, William West, Howitt Warren 
and Stanley Withrow. 

Oct. 11 Thirty new pullets arrived 
today. 

Oct. 12 Worked on ditches, weeded 
in asparagus bed and raked roads. 

Twenty boys, accompanied by three 
Instructors, attended the Health Show at 
Mechanics Building today. 

Oct. 12 Manager Thomas J. Evans 
and friends were here for the afternoon. 
Mr. Evans will remain over the weekend. 

Clifton Albee, '21, a student at Brew- 
ster Academy, came today to spend the 
week end. 



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Oct. 15 Team D defeated Team A, 
39 to this afternoon. 

Oct. 16 Worked on Farm House 
Path and fertilized millet piece. 

Fall term of School was begun today. 

Went after the Launch Winslow which 
has been undergoing repairs at Lawley's 
Shipyard, 

Oct, 18 Set out asparagus plants and 
started ploughing piece by Farm House 
Path. 

Assistant Treasurer Alfred C. Malm, 
'00, and Mr. Bourcy were here for the 
afternoon. 

Oct. 18 Cleaned grain rooms, the 
Old Barn and pig pens. 

Oct. 20 Football this afternoon, 
Team B defeated Team A, 38 to 14. 

Oct. 22 Two new cows arrived to- 
day. 

Oct. 24 Worked on Observatory 
Path, hauled gravel for roads and gathered 
vegetables. 

Ralph Langill, '19, is here to make 
minor repairs on the Steamer Pilgrim. 

Score in football this afternoon 31 to 13 
in favor of Team D, Team C lost. 

Oct. 27 Hauled gravel, cleaned base- 
ment of Old Barn and worked on drive- 
ways. 

Leo Whitehead, '23, student at 
Mechanic Arts High School, was here for 
the afternoon. 

Oct. 29 Worked on roads, gathered 
parsnips and put sand on vegetables. 

Oct. 30 Last Friends' Day of the 
season. There were two hundred and 
thirty friends and relatives here for the 
afternoon. 

The Grew and McKenzie Garden 
prizes were awarded this afternoon as were 
also the Crosby Baseball shield and indi- 
vidual cups. 

Oct. 31 Manager Tucker Daland 
visited the School today staying for the. 
afternoon. 



Calendar 50 Years Ago 1873 

As Kept by the Superintendent 

Oct. 3 Dug potatoes, cut corn and 
ploughed all day. 

Oct. 4 Dull wind, very changeable; 
put in potatoes, stocked fodder corn, 
gathered squashes, apples etc. . 

Oct. 6 A severe storm from north 
east, could not go over with my monthly 
report. 

Oct. 14 Manager DeBlois visited 
us and we fished all the afternoon and 
caught three smelts. I sailed Mr. DeBlois 
to Central Wharf. Was late home, the 
wind being light. 

Oct. 15 The schooner "Ontario" 
arrived with coal, having been two weeks 
from Hoboken, N.Y. Was obliged to lie 
in Holmes Hole a week on account of 
heavy weather. Took eight tons from 
her deck on our floating wharf. 

Oct. 16 Wrought on coal in A.M. 
and dug potatoes in P.M. Took off 
twelve tons of coal. 

Oct. 17 Took out twenty tons of 
coal and still the vessel cannot get up to 
our Wharf. The tides are falling. The 
delay caused by the weather made us a 
great deal of work. 

Oct 21 The coal out and vessel 
away at 10 o'clock A.M. Paid the Captain 
freight $345.00 less $13.16 in advance, 
vegetables and horse to haul. 

Oct. 22 A fine day, and our last 
Visiting Day for this season. There were 
present of the Managers, Messrs Weld, 
and G. L. DeBlois. Gave the party a 
sail up the harbor. 

Oct. 24 Went to city to get a 
quantity of galvanized iron funnel for 
furnace, and other articles. 

Oct. 25 Put in our furnace. We 
finished putting in 385 bushels of carrots. 

Oct. 27 Put away crops in cellar 
and Corn Barn. 



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October Meteorology Giving Out the Baseball Cups 

Maximum Temperature 78° on the Each year through the kindness of 

14th Mr. S. V. R. Crosby, one of our Mana- 

Minimum Temperature 36° on the 6th. gers, the winning team in Baseball is pre- 

Mean Temperature for the month 49°. sented with a silver shield on which are 

Total Precipitation 3.34 inches. inscribed the names of the players and 

Greatest Precipitation in 24 hours their respective positions. He also gives 

1.03 inch on the 24th. cups to the best players out of the four 

Five days with ,01 or more inches teams, for the position in which they play. 

precipitation, 19 clear days, 6 partly This year Team D won the shield, 

.cloudy, 6 cloudy. and was presented with it on Friends' Day 

™, „ , T- , o. 1 1 Ti 1 October 31, 1923. The cups were also 

Iherarmand 1 rades school Bank ^. . ^u- j * t^u u u 

-, . , ,„.- given out on this date. 1 he boys who re- 
Statement, November 1, 1923 . i i r n 

RESOURCES cieved the cups are as follows; 

U. S. Securities $ 500.00 ^ame Position Team 

Other Investments 777.58 William Ericcson Pitcher D 

Cggjj 274.65 Howard Sturtevant Catcher A 

S1SS2 2^ Howard Keith 1st Base D 

LIABILITIES Raymond Thomas 2nd Base A 

Surplus $ 414.07 Charles Claggett 3rd Base D 

Deposits 1138.16 Ivers Winmill Short Stop A 

$1552.23 Edward Floyd Left Field D 

IVERS E. WINMILL CLARENCE E. STEVENS Seymour McFadyeu Center Field A 

President Cashier RuSSell ScOtt Right Field B 

y", ,, ^. Substitutes 

Collections t- • o i • r^ i t^ 

Eric bchippers Catcher D 

One of the most interesting things the Archibald Beeman Short Stop D 

Boys do when they cannot play out-of- Edward Osberg 1st Base C 

doors, is to work on their collections. ttt ,i . i . i , , 

1W1 u u 11 .• We all en]oy playing hard, but we 

Practically all the boys have collections ... *•_ _, -^u ^ u 

, . , . , . . . , enjoy it many times more with a trophy 

which consist of pictures concerning either, ,., ^ ., . . , , f_^„,^^j ._ i 

, , ,, , 1 r hke this to look torward to, and we can- 

boxing, baseball, horses, poems, boats, root- . • ^.. \/f 

, „ ^' ' oil 1 not express our appreciation to Mr. 

ball or aeroplanes. Scrap books may be ^^^^^^ ^^^ ^.^ ^.^^^^^^ .^ ^.^.^^ ^^.^ ^^^_ 

obtained at the Trading Company, and in ^^^ ^^ ^^^ ^.^^.^^ ^^^^^ 

these the Boys collect their pictures. Base- ^ ^ », t^ . 

, ,, 1 /- 1 11 . , f . Seymour C Mctadyen 

ball and foot-ball pictures form most 

of the collections as far as sport is concern- Hauling Waste 

ed. Some Boys have four or five books Every Saturday morning the Super- 

filled with pictures on a favorite subject. ^isor tells me to go to the farm and get a 

Altho' sport collections are numerous horse and team to take waste. First I go 
some boys save articles and pictures con- to the stock room, then the wood cellar, 
cerning work they are interested in. Shop, Power House, and Gardner Hall. 

Our collections are an interesting and I take all the waste over to the South End 
enjoyable pastime. of our Island. 

Thomas A. Hall Howard S. Costeilo 



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Cbe JllumnI Hssociatton of Cbe farm and Craaes School 



James H. Graham, '79, President 
Boston 



Will F. Davis, '79, Vice-President 
11 EusTis Street, Chelsea 50, Mass. 



Merton p. Ellis, '97, Secretary 
38 Spafford Road, Boston 86 



Augustus N. Doe, '75, Treasurer 
Wellesley 



Geoffrey E. Plunkett, '14, Historian 
Atlantic 



Since the March issue of the Beacon 1923, this page, or a portion of it, is being 
devoted to printing the names of all Alumni beginning with the year 1850, with the 
year they left the School and their present addresses if known. 

The School and Alumni Association would greatly appreciate receiving any 
information concerning the members of the various classes. 



1863 (continued) 
Floyd, George F. 
Floyd, Thomas A. 
Hendrickson, F. B. 
Hendrickson, W. T. 
Huston, Charles H. 
Kerns, Charles T. 
Kerns, John M. 
Lufkin, Albert 
McTeer, Hugh 
Moore, Edward L. Deceased, Civil War, August 

27th, 1864 
Perkins, Seth 
Pillow, Charles H. 
Reed, George L. 
Reed, Jonas L. 
Soule, William H. 
Sylvester, Edwin C. 
White, David L. Deceased, June 17th, 1918 

1864 
Barrey, Franklin 
Berry, John F. 
Brewer, Leonard 
Burdine, Andrew J. 
Choate, James R. 
Christian, James 
Cosgrove, Charles J. 
Donahue, Patrick 
Evans, Thomas, 504 Kennedy Bldg. , Brockton, Mass. 



Gorham, Herbert 
Hammond, John F. 
Hannaford, Franklin 
Harvey, Abram 
Hodges, Samuel O. 
Hutchinson, William W. 
Johnson, John W. 
Jones, Fontain 
Knox, David 
Lynn, William A. 
McGowan, Thomas 
Minott, Thomas A. 
Morris, Francis 
Nichols, Aaron O. 
Peck, George W. 
Smith, Sheldon L. 
Wilks, John R. 



Adams, Edward L. 
Durling, Charles B. 
Goodwin, William H. 
Hutchinson, Peter J. 

Mass. 
McAdams, James 
McAdams, Thomas 
McCarty, Simon P. 
Moody, Charles A. 
Morgan, Joseph S. 
Parazina, William B. 



1865 



24 Stetson Street, Brookline, 



In connection with the observance of 
the 75th anniversary of DeMolay Com- 
mandery. Knights Templars, on Sunday 
afternoon, October 21st, the following 
were noted in the parade. 

Leroy S. Kenfield, '82, Nuss's Band; 
George E. Stevenson, '83, Beauseant Com- 



mandery of Maiden; Louis C. Buettner, 
'91, DeMolay Commandery; Howard B. 
Ellis, '98, Nuss's Band; Warren Homes, 
'03, Nuss's Band; S. Gordon Stackpole, 
'06, Aleppo Temple Band; Franklin E. 
Gunning, '14, Boston Police Band. 




Vol. 27. No. 8 Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. Dec. 1923 

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



Our Thanksgiving 

Our Cottage Row Government, set 
apart the twenty-ninth day of November 
as a day in which to give thanks to God 
for our many blessings. Throughout the 
whole United States this day was set apart 
for Thanksgiving, and we, Superintendent 
Instructors and Boys, took notice of it. 
The preceding Sunday we gave our thanks 
in prayer, but Thanksgiving day was the 
time to give our thanks in deeds and 
actions. We did not have any school and 
were dismissed from work at nine o'clock. 
In the morning there was a game of foot- 
ball between the small boys. At eleven- 
thirty dinner was served. I was a monitor 
and had to carve the turkey which was not 
easy, though a success for which was I very 
thankful. There were nuts, apples, pie, 
celery, squash, sweet potatoes and other 
good things all of which we were thankful 
for. In the afternoon we had a game 
between the larger boys. We called the 
teams Harvard and Yale. Following the 
example set in the stadium, Yale won; 
much to my disgust as I was cheering for 
Harvard. The day closed with a dance 
which lasted until eleven o'clock. Great 
was this day and long will I remember it 

and be thankful for it. 

Carl Kuphal 

Etiquette 

One Monday evening, before Grade 
reading Mr. Swasey announced that Mrs. 



Swasey had a few words to say to us. 
Her subject was "Etiquette." 

Of course, manners are of great value 
to any person and Mrs. Swasey thought it 
would be a good idea if we reviewed some 
rules concerning our manners, and to 
think over what we might have forgotten 
about them, and what we still had to learn 
and practice. She mentioned many 
different courtesies which would always 
come in handy. These included street 
manners and table manners. We have 
plenty of chance to practice both of these 
on the Island, and she impressed it on us 
to do so. The boy who has good 
manners and uses them, is shown more 
consideration from the world in general 
than the boy who does not. 

William M. Hall 

The Education of the Roman Boy 

There were no public schools under 
the Republic of Rome, they were all private 
affairs. At the beginning of the early 
empire there were a few public schools 
and later it became all public schools. The 
boys were first required to learn the 
language of Athens, the twelve tables, and 
several other things. A boy of the wealthy 
class having finished school, completed 
his education by going to some foreign 
country. Between the ages of fourteen 
and eighteen he became a Roman citizen. 

Warren Burriss 



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Our Thanks 

In accordance with our custom, each 
boy at Thanksgiving time writes his 
particular reason for being thankful. The 
articles are varied in thought and are 
selected with the idea of having each class 
represented: — 

FIRST CLASS 

This year there are many things that I 
am thankful for. First I am thankful that 
we are in a peaceful country, where people 
are not in want as are people in other 
parts of the world. I am thankful that I 
am in a good School were a good edu- 
cation may be obtained, and where many 
things are always being done for me. I 
am thankful that I have a good father, sis- 
ter, brother, and friends, who take an 
interest in me and are always ready to 
help me. I am thankful that there are a 
good Superintendent and Instructors in 
the School who are always ready to give 
help and advice to me when I need it. I 
am thankful for the sports which we have, 
because from them we become stronger 
and better fitted for the coming years of 
our lives. 

Alexander McKenzie 

I am thankful for the religion that 
Jesus gave us because it gives us something 
to live for and to constantly think about. 
I am thankful for our great country and 
for its leaders, and that we select our own 
leaders. I am thankful that we have a 
flag and that we have a chance to make it 
stand for more in the sight of others. I 
am thankful that we are in a position to 
help the survivors of the earthquake that 
destoyed parts of Japan. I am thankful 
that we have a chance to study and pre- 
pare for later life. I am thankful that we 
have sports that build young men and 
boys up and give them a sense of fairness, 
and teach them to treat their opponent as 
they would like to be treated themselves. 

Howard E. Keith 



SECOND CLASS 
I am thankful for Jesus Christ who 
has helped me in the past year. I am 
thankful to have a mother, brothers and a 
sister who write to me and send me things. 
I am thankful for the education I am re- 
ceiving, and for the work I have. I am 
thankful for the health Jesus has given me. 
I am thankful for the good teachers and 
Instructors which we have at the F. T. S. 

Joseph G. Wasson 

Every year as Thanksgiving comes, 
all the Boys write Beacons telling what 
they are thankful for. I am thankful 
that I have two brothers in this School with 
me, and a mother and sister at home. I 
am very thankful that I live in a free 
country. I am grateful that I can go 
to school and learn more about the 
world every day. I am also thankful for 
the Superintendent and the Instructors of 
this School who teach me to do the right 
wherever I go. 

Edward L. Floyd 

I am thankful that I am in a good 
School where I can learn things about 
everyday life and about God. I am also 
thankful that I have a good aunt and 
uncle who take care of me. I am glad 
that I live in a peaceful country where I 
can live happily and not have to think 
where my next meal is coming from, as 
they do in Russia and Japan. I am 
grateful and thankful that I am in the best 
of health. 

Clarence E. Stevens 
THIRD CLASS 
I am thankful that I have my mother 
to look after me. 1 am thankful that I 
am in this School so that my mother 
won't have to worry about me. I am 
thankful that the School has good In- 
structors and teachers to help us and 
to correct our mistakes. 

Raymond Thomas 



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I am thankful for a good mother and 
sister and for the good education and 
training I am getting from the School. 
I am thankful for my teacher and for what 
she does for me. I am also thankful to be 
Clerk of the Boys' Trading Company with 
a kind instructor to tell me what to do, 
and to learn how to keep an interest in the 
work which will teach me a trade. 

Hildreth R. Crosby 

I am very thankful for the dear friends 
whom I have at home and who are always 
thinking of me. I am also grateful for the 
line Board of Managers who look out for 
us to see that we have entertainments and 
plenty to do to keep our minds occupied. 
I am grateful that I have a warm bed to 
sleep in and good food to eat, and to be 
in such a wonderful country. 

Paul Reid 

I am thankful that I have friends who 
care for me. I am thankful for the educa- 
tion I am receiving at this School. I am 
thankful that I am an American boy and 
live in a fine country. I am thankful for 
life and health. 

Thomas Hall 
FOURTH CLASS 
I am thankful to be in this School 
where I will get a good education. I am 
thankful that I have a good mother, 
brother and sister. I am thankful to be 
in the Beginners' Band. I am thankful 
for the good management here. I am 
thankful to live in a free country. 

Albert H. Gardiner 

I am thankful for the opportunity to 
be able to go to church on Sunday and to 
learn more about our Father who gives 
to us so freely. I am thankful for my 
mother and all my friends. I am thankful 
for the education which I am receiving. 

Jack Hobson 

I am very thankful that I am at a 
good School where I can get a good 
education, also that I have a good 



mother and sister. I am thankful for the 
Instructors who help me in my work and 
who teach me to do things right. 

William L. Young 

I am thankful that I have a good 
home, an opportunity for an education, 
and a chance to play in the games and 
sports. I am thankful for my many privi- 
leges. I am also thankful for my friends, 
for my mother and grandmother. 

S. Ross Lloyd 

I am thankful for my father, brother 
and sisters. I am grateful for the education 
I am receiving, the opportunity to play 
sports, and that I am in the Band. I am 
thankfulfor our Superintendent, Managers 
and Instructors, and grateful to them for 
the help they are giving me. 

Anton Ericsson 

I am thankful that God gave us such 
a big, wonderful world, and for all the- 
schools there are in it. I am thankful that 
I am able to go to school and learn some- 
thing worthwhile. I am thankful that I 
have a mother, brothers and sisters. I am 
thankful also for the God we worship, for 
He gave us everything. 

Richard M. Cameron 

I am thankful for my mother, my 
sister, and my God. I am thankful for 
this School, its Superintendent and Board 
of Managers. I am thankful for the 
wonderful summer time, when we can 
play out-of-doors. I am most thankful 
for our Saviour who gave his life to for- 
give our sins. Carl O. G. Wijk 

I am thankful that I have a mother 
and two sisters who are good to me. I 
am thankful that God has been so good 
to me, and is guiding me through life. I 
am very thankful that my mother used 
such good judgment and put me in a good 
School, where I shall get a good education. 
I am thankful that we have a good Super- 
intendent to help the School. 

Raymond Regan 



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December, 1923 



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BOARD OF MANAGERS 



Pr^E^/oiNf 
Arthur Adam^ 

VICE-PReS(DiNf 
Charles E. Mason 

TREASURER 

N. Penrose Hallovrell 

SECRETARY 

Tuckef Daland 

MANAGER^ 

Karl Adams 

Gorham Brooks 
S. V. R. Crosby 
Charles P. Curtis 

George L. DeBlois 
Thomas J. Evahs 
Fred T. Field 

Walter B. Foster 
Alden B. Hefler Robert H. Gardiner, Jr. 

Henry Jackson, M, D. 
Matt B. Jones 
Roger Pierce 

Leverett Saltonstall 
Philip S. Sears 

Charles Wiggin, 2nd 

Edward Wigglesworth 
Moses Williams 



Paul F. Swasey 
Alfred C. Malm 



Superintendent 
Assistant Treasurer 



eotta^e IRovv Government 

BY His HONOR 

feowARD L, Floyd 
Mayor 

A PROCLAMATION 

For ^ D^y of 

THANRSGIVJNa AN© PM^?® 

In perfect accord with the time-honored 

custom, Cottage Row Government, as well 



p the Commonwealth, sets apart a day 
known as Thanksgiving. 

On this day it is fitting that we re- 
member our many blessings. We enjoy 
health, progress, comfort and happiness. 
We love the ideals of our free country. 
We constantly pledge her our enduring 
loyalty. 

We are thankful for our friends. We 
are especially thankful for The Farm and 
Trades School which provides home, 
khobl dnd city for us; 

Wn6n w^ fead oi earthquake, faming 
krid Utirest iri various parts of the worlds 
we keep a continual Thanksgsving in our 
hearts. For all these things we paiis^ to 
give thanks, once a year. 

Therefore I, Edward L. Floyd^ Mayor 
of Cottage Row, with the advice and cori-^ 
sent of the Board of Aldermen, set apart 
Thursday, the twenty-ninth day of No- 
vember, 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 nineteenth day of November, 
in the year of our Lord one thousand nine 
hundred and twenty-three, the on^ 
hundred and ninth year of our School} 
and the thirtyrfifth year of Cottage Row, 

Edward L. Floyd 
ply His Horior the Mayor pf Cottage 

William M. Hall, Clerk 
(5oD Save tbe government of Cottage IRow 



TH0MPS0N*S ISLAND BEAtOH 



, -Calendar 

/ Nov, 1 . Worked on tide ditch^ and 
tilling in the roads. 

Nov. 2 Fertilizing piece by Powfer 
House was started today: ploughed garden 
and old corral. 

Planted new spar buoy at City Point. 

Joe Lorraine, well known Y. M. C. A. 
entertainer, made his annual visit to the 
Boys tonight. 

Nov. 3 Made bees ready for the 
winter, finished ploughing old corral, 
transferred chickens to Old Barn arid 
fcleaned Hen Housfe; 

Beached the launch Winslow for the 
wintef. 

Nov. 4 Through the efforts of Mr. 
Howard B. Ellis, '98. Reverend A. F- 
Pierce spoke to the Boys this afternoon. 
Musical numbers were also given by Mr. 
Kenfield. '82. Mt, Brenton, Mr. 
Whittredge and Mr. Warren. 

Nov. 5 Hauled gravel for back road, 
cut com by farm house path and started 
ploughing South End. 

Nov. 6 Gathered drift wood and 
beached swimming float. 

Nov. 6 Cleaned Root Cellar and 
Worked on wheel harrow. Hauled gravel 
and coal ashes and fixed shelter for the 
bees. 

Nov. 10 Ploughed piece by east side. 

Doctor Davis was here to examine 
the Boys' eyes this morning. 

Team D defeated Team B at foot- 
ball this afternoon, 39 to 32. 

John Levis, '23, who is a student at 
"Woburn High School, is here for the 
week end, Desmond Anderson, '21, and 
Waldo Libby. '22, also capie t^is nopp 
to spend Supday. 

J^Joy. 12 Painted hydrant houses 
and put them on for winter. 

Result of football game this afternoon 
^as Teanj C, 25, Team A, 0. 

Eric Q. Schippers, '21, left the School 



today to live with his mother in Dorchester. 

Nov. 13 Dug corn roots from South 
End: . 

Nov. 14 Mayor Child of Newton 
spoke to the Boys this evening. He was 
accompanied by Manager Leverett Salton- 
stall who assisted with Cottage Row trial. 

Nov. 15 Worked on corn piece and 
carted ashes from Farm House. 

A gift of two boxes of plants and bulbs 
were received today from R. & J. 
Farquhar Company. 

Boilers of roWer House arid Steamef 
wfere inspected and found to be in 
good condition. 

Nov. 16 Screened and hauled ashes 
for roads and finished digging corn stubbles 
from South End. 

Manager Henry Jackson visited the 
School briefly today. 

Nov. 17 Cleaned the beacH: 

Football game this afternoon was 
a tie between Teams A and D. 

Alexander Davison, '23, and David 
Long, '22, both students at Mechanic 
Arts, spent the afternooja here. 

Nov. 19 Painting in the Instructors' 
dining room, was started today. 

Nov, 20 Steamer Pilgrim was on 
blocks today to be cleaned and repainted. 

A lecture was given this evening on 
"Radio" by Mr. Shepherd of the Globe 
Office. 

Nov. 21 Cleaned basement of New 
Barn, and ploughed on piece near gardens- 
Manager W. B. Foster was a visitor 
at the School today. 

Nov. 24 Washed and oiled harness 
and greased wagons. 

Twenty-six boys had the opportunity 
to usher ^t the Harvard-Yale game this 
afternoon. 

Nov. 26 Mr. Gregg, Principal of 
Hampton Institute, visited the School this 
afternoon, 

Nov. 29 Thanksgiving Day. Football 



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game in the morning by younger boys. 
Dartmouth defeated Harvard 13 to 6. In 
the afternoon the older boys, Harvard and 
Yale, played, Yale winning 25 to 0. The 
evening was devoted to dancing. The 
turkeys for the dinner were a gift of Mana- 
ger Leverett Saltonstall. 

Calendar 50 Years Ago 1873 

As Kept by the Superintendent 

Nov. 1 Windy. Went over at 
night to hear Charles Bradlough lecture on 
English policies. 

Nov, 3 Terribly windy day from 
west. Engaged all day in harvesting beets, 
put in 90 bushels. 

Nov. 4 Went to town with my 
monthly report and called on several of 
my old boys. 

Nov. 11 Messrs. DeBlois and 
Brackett visited us in the afternoon. 

Nov. 14 Snow storm from the east. 

Nov. 17 Comfortable cropping. 
Went to Neponset carrying grist. Even- 
ing very rainy with high wind and tide. 

Nov. 19 A furious blow this morn- 
ing, after which the wind backed around 
to the west and grew cold. 

Nov. 21 Went up early to aid in 
loading my winter's supplies which come 
down on the "Henry Morrison". Man- 
ager Emmons came with them. The boat 
arrived at 11.25 and left at 12.20. We 
got everything nicely into place. A 
splendid day for us and a good day's 
work. 

Nov. 22 A calm morning. Went to 
city with bags, etc., and got nuts and pro- 
visions for Thanksgiving. Went to Nep- 
onset for grist. Just reached home when 
the wind came up from the west. 

Nov. 24 A rainy forenoon. Self 
and Boys dressed turkeys and chickens for 
Thanksgiving. 



Nov. 27 Thanksgiving Day. A 
goodly number present and all had a 
good time. 



November Meteorology 
Maximum Temperature 63° 



6th. 



Minimum Temperature 24" 



on the 
on the 



20th. 



Mean Temperature for the month 41°. 

Total Precipitation 1.32 inches. 

Greatest Precipitation in 24 hours 
1.00 inch on the 25th. 

Three days with .01 or more inches, 
precipitation, 11 clear days, 3 partly 
cloudy, 13 cloudy. 

The Farm and Trades School Bank 

Statement, December 1, 1923 
RESOURCES 

U. S. Securities $ 500.00 

Other Investments 777.58 

Cash 50.15 

$1327.73 

LIABILITIES 

Surplus $ 413.76 

Deposits 913.97 

$1327.73 



CLARENCE E. STEVENS 
President 



GROVER A. RIDLINGTON 
Cashier 



WILLIAM R. HOLMAN 
Clerk 

Harvard vs. Yale 

It has been the custom in past years to 
have a Harvard and Yale game on Thanks- 
giving afternoon. This is considered 
the "Big Game" and naturaly causes some 
excitement. We are glad to say there was 
no lack of it this year. 

About a week before Thanksgiving 
we elected our captians who were Edward 
Osberg and Ralph Blake. They chose 
their teams. Blake won the toss and chose 
Harvard for his team. Osberg then took 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Yale and got his team ready. 

There were two cheering squads. The 
Harvard cheering squad had crimsonpieces 
of ribbon with a white "H" and the Yale 
rooters had blue ribbons with a white "Y". 
The night before Thanksgiving we had 
what is considered a meeting such as is 
called a smoker in college and some of the 
members of both teams made it plain that 
their team was going to win. This smoker 
decided who was to cheer for Harvard 
and who for Yale. The Instructors had 
received ribbons from the captains and 
were for the captain who had given them 
the ribbon. After the sides were chosen the 
cheering squads and teams went out to 
practice. Mrs. Swasey led the Yale rooters 
and Mr. Swasey the Havard cheering 
squad. Harvard had more cheerers but 
no more spirit. Harvard also had a band. 

Thanksgiving Day was one of the best 
football days we have had for a long time 
and after a turkey dinner the players 
changed up in their football clothes. The 
Harvard players had red sweaters with a 
white "H" sewed on them while Yale had 
a white "Y" on a blue sweater. 

The game was very interesting altho' 
as can be seen by the score (25 — 0) it was 
one-sided. Yale won. Yale had the best 
team, as the game proved, altho at first 
both sides were considered even by most 
of our boy critics. 

Our Thanksgiving game is modeled 
after the real H-Y game and a stranger 
would see a miniature duplicate were he 
to come to our Island some Thanksgiving. 

Howard E. Keith 

An Entertainment 

On November 2, 1923 a well-known 
entertainer, Joe Lorraine was here to give 
us an entertainment. 



He first gave us some stories. The 
funniest one was: — He was in the Museum 
in New York when he noticed two little 
boys watching him and laughing at him. 
He went out. A few days later he was 
looking at some mummies and he noticed 
the same two boys watching him, he said, 
"You know what these are?" One of the 
fellows said, "Sure those is wood." "No" 
said Mr. Lorraine, "Do you know what 
that is, pointing to reading at the foot of 
the mummy?" "No," replied the boy. 
"Well, this man was a king 900 years ago. 
They call them mummies". "Well," said 
the boy, "ThiU is the number of the auto 
that killed him." He also told other stor- 
ies and he played selections on the Banjo 
and the bells. We all enjoy Mr. 
Lorraine and hope he will come again. 

Seymour C. McFadyen 



Signs Of Winter 

When the football season nears its 
end most of us begin to realize that the 
long cold winter will soon be here, with 
its many pleasures as well as severe cold. 
No doubt all of us also realize the work 
done by Mother Nature too, when the 
leaves begin to turn golden brown and 
the farm boys begin to gather the vege- 
tables etc. 

We observe many signs of this 
approaching season, among these being 
falling of the leaves, the crisp air, and 
indoors the removal of screens for storm 
windows and the removal of electric fans. 

We must confess that while not all of 
us are glad when this time of year rolls 
around, we try to feel optomistic and 
enjoy the skating, coasting, snow-fights 
and other winter sports which hold sway 
at this time. 

Kenneth E. Kearns 



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Che fliumni Hssociation of the farm ana Craaes School 



Will F. Davis, '79, President 
11 EusTis Street, Chelsea 50 



Elwin C. Bemis, '16, Vice-President 

Wakefield 



Merton p. Ellis, '97, Secretary 
38 Spafford Road, Boston 8 



Augustus N. Doe, '75, Treasurer 
Wellesley 



Geoffrey E. Plunkett, '14, Historian 
Atlantic 



The twenty - fourth annual meeting of the Alumni Association was held on 
November 14, 1923, at Young's Hotel. The Membership Committee reported twenty- 
nine new members admitted during the year, and Treasurer Augustus N. Doe gave the 
total of the Alumni Fund as $7,308.00 

The election of officers resulted as follows: President, Will Frank Davis, 79; 
Vice-President, Elwin C. Bemis; '16, Secretary, Merton P. Ellis, '97; Treasurer, 
Augustus N. Doe, 75, Historian; Geoffrey E. Plunkett, '14. 

The following committees were appointed by the President. 



MEMBERSHIP 

NV"!!! Frank Davis. Chair, 
Merton P. Ellis 
Harold VV. Edwards 
Ralph H. Gilbert 
G. George Larsson 

AUDITING 



ALUMNI 

Walter B. Foster, Chair. 
Elwin C. Bemis 
Augustus N. Doe 
James H. Graham 
Alfred C. Malm 



ENTERTAINMENT 

Elwin C. Bemis, Chair. 
Norman W. Darling 
Howard B. Ellis 
C. Robert Emery 
James H. Graham 



Alfred C. Malm. Chair. 
Clarence W. Loud 
William A. Morse 



NOMINATING 

William Alcott, Chair. 
Charles Dunt-aii 
Alden B. Hefler 



MEMORIAL 

Will Frank Davis, Chair. 
William Alcott 
Merton P. Ellis 



SPECIAL 

Howard F. Lochrie, Chair. 
John E. Kervin 
Samuel L. Whitehead 



The attendance was the largest of any meetirig of the Association and those present 
included: 



Alcott, Willam '84 
Bacon, Wallace A. '19 
Bemis. El win C. '16 
Bennett, Georoje '95 
Buchan, Chester VV. "21 
Buchan, Harold B. '21 
Byi'rs. George W.E. '87 
Carson, .lames A. '20 
Davidson. .lohn P. '22 
Davis, Will Frank "79 
DeMar, Clarence H. "04 
Doe, Augustus N. '71 



Duncan, Charles "71 
Edwards, Harold W. '10 
Ellis, Merton P. '97 
Foster, Walter B. '78 
Graham, James H. '79 
Hanson, Ricliard H. '21 
Holmes, G. Melville '10 
Kenfield, Leroy S. '82 
Kervin, John E. '20 
Larsson. G. George "17 
Lochrie, Howard F. 'l(i 
Long. David E. '22 
Moore, Edward A. "79 



Moss, Norman '20 
Noble, Herbert E. "23 
Nelson, Jackson C. '16 
Pendcrgast, Joseph L. '16 
Peteisou. Albert A. "21 
Sargent, John M. '97 
Scott, James B. "23 
Slocomb, Ernest E, 14 
Smith, Roger K. '23 
Robertson. Edward J. '22 
Thayer, Frederick P. '04 
Whitehead, Samuel L. '23 




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




Christmas Decorations in Assembly Hall 



Christmas Day 

About five seconds after 12:00 o'clock 
midnight, Christmas Eve, the Instructors 
came creeping up the stairs to get "Merry 
Christmas" on us, but they were disap- 
pointed, for we got it on them first. After 
the Instructors had gone downstairs we 
took a long time getting to sleep, but 
finally it was all quiet. 

When each boy woke up, the first 
thing he did was to go for the stocking at 
the foot of his bed. The stockings con- 
tained peanuts, candy, popcorn, oranges, 
nuts and notebooks or diaries. At 5:45 
we all got up and went to breakfast. 



After breakfast we lined up for work. 
We worked until nine o'clock and then 
were excused for the day. 

About 9:30 part of the Band marched 
down to the Wharf to meet Doctor Ban- 
croft who comes every Christmas and 
makes Christmas happier for us. 

At 10:00 o'clock we lined up and went 
to the Assembly Hall for our presents on 
the tree. When everybody was in the 
Hall, the snowman, part of the decorations, 
came walking out on the stage. He told 
us how Santa had fooled us and came 
a different way this year. He was dressed 
in cotton batting to resemble snow and we 



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were all very much surprised. Santa Claus 
was our former Supervisor, Mr. Elwin 
Bemis. 

After the presents were given out we 
went downstairs for dinner. After a good 
Christmas dinner we played until 2:30 and 
again went to the Assembly Hall for our 
annual Christmas entertainment. After we 
were all present a man and two ladies 
came in. The man did most of the talk- 
ing and acting. He started off with a 
piano selection. He did card tricks and 
drew pictures. One of the ladies played 
the xylophones and sang several pieces. 
The man asked some of the boys to give 
him a letter, and he drew pictures from 
them. He ended by drawing a picture 
from the words, "Good Night". 

After the show several boys passed 
around half pound boxes of chocolates to 
everyone. They were a Christmas pres- 
ent from the Alumni Association. Then 
we went down to supper. That ended a 
day I will never forget. 

Edward L. Floyd 

Harvesting Vegetables 

The farm boys have been harvesting 
all kinds of vegetables, but principally the 
cabbages which we store away for winter. 

The boys pull the cabbages and then 
carry them to the Root Cellar. We hang 
them up on the walls, or pack them so 
they will not freeze and so the rats and 
mice cannot eat them. Cabbages are not 
the only vegetable put in the Root Cellar; 
there are also turnips, carrots, beets and 
potatoes. The little storeroom is nearly 
full and will not hold many more 
vegetables. 

Ralph Martis 

My Work as Street Commissioner 

On October 3rd we had an election 
and I was made Street Commisoner. 



My duty is to keep Cottage Row in 
good condition all the time. I have 
plenty of help because there are quite a 
few boys to work off their tines imposed 
at the last trial. They work at various 
things such as raking, cleaning the lawns, 
emptying waste barrels, picking up twigs, 
etc. 

This gives good training for some day 
I maybe able to be Street Commissioner of 
some city. The officers receive their pay 
at the close of each term. 

I have been Street Commissioner two 
terms and I like the work very much. 

Russell Metcalf 

Taking Pictures 

One Sunday as I was sitting in the 
assembly room, a crowd of boys came in 
and asked the Supervisor if they could go 
down to the beach and take pictures of a 
seaplane which had alighted there. The 
Supervisor allowed some of them to go 
and soon they were all running toward 
the beach. They had almost reached it 
when the seaplane flew away leaving one 
of their men behind. The boys stayed 
and talked to the man, and pretty soon 
the plane came back and the man climbed 
in. Several of the boys got line pictures 
of the plane. 

Richard M. Cameron 

Making Christmas Presents 

Before Christmas the boys in the sloyd 
classes have the privilege of making 
Christmas presents. Boys in the first and 
second grades of conduct can go to the 
sloyd room everyday, and the third 
graders every other day. Some of the 
boys are making lamp bases, pen trays, 
book supports, bowls, and other models. 
The boys like to make them very much 
and are anxious to send somthing to their 
friends at Christmas time. 

Burton Dorman 



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Harvard and Radcliffe 
Carol Singers 

One Wednesday afternoon the boys 
who were going to take part in the Christ- 
mas concert, and who were in the first and 
second grades also, went over to hear the 
Harvard and Radcliffe carol singers. 

After arriving at City Point we took a 
car for Harvard Square; and from there we 
walked up to Harvard University. When 
we got there, we were disappointed to 
know that the carol singers were not going 
to sing that afternoon, but they would sing 
at 8:15 P.M. We thought we would have 
to go back to the Island without hearing 
them. Then Mrs. Swasey said we were 
going to stay and hear them in the evening. 

We then went to the Widener Library 
to pass away the time. This beautiful 
library was erected in honor of Harold 
Elkins Widener who perished on the 
Titanic. Many students were very busily 
studying in the various rooms. Then we 
stopped for awhile at the Phillips Brooks 
House. 

After eating supper in a nearby res- 
taurant we went to Appleton Chapel to 
here the carol singers conducted by Dr. 
Archibald T. Davison. Many beautiful 
carols were sung including "Silent Night", 
"The First Noel", and one carol in 
French and one in Latin. One carol was 
based on a negro spiritual, and as the 
accompaniment was hummed it sounded 
like the organ playing softly. 

We enjoyed the carol singing, and 
hope that we may have the opportunity 
to hear them next Christmas. 

Francis Floyd 

Gathering Cornstalks 

One Tuesday, I was told to help 
gather the cornstalks in the cornfield. 
Another boy and I harnessed one of the 
horses to the box cart and hauled corn 
stubbles to the incinerator to be burned. 



The cornstalks were carried to the barn 
to be fed to the cows. The reason why 
the roots were dug up and burned, is on 
account of the corn borer. A law was 
passed in our State that all cornfields be 
cleared of stubbles by Dec. 1, 1923 so as to 
stop the corn borer from spreading. By 
burning the fields, the eggs of the corn 
borer will not hatch next year. 

Paul A. Turner 

Current Events 

One afternoon a week our History 
period is given over to Current Events. 
It is a condensed newspaper, used in 
many public and private schools through- 
out the United States. 

It is said to have the largest circulation 
of any school paper in the world. It is 
printed once a week and contains many 
interesting subjects and photographs of 
different events. It keeps us posted on 
many things which are going on in the 
world about us. 

It contains a question box that covers 
two columns on the second page so that 
the boys, girls and teachers of the different 
schools which subscribe to the Current 
Events may have the privilege of writing 
and asking about puzzling questions. It is 
an interesting period when we read 

Current Events. Kenneth A. Priest 

My Work on the Farm 
At seven o' clock every morning the 
farm line goes down to the farm. The 
work generally assigned to me is feeding 
pigs. Another boy and I take two pails of 
water, and we first clean out the troughs. 
Then we start to feed the pigs, each pig 
getting a quarter of a pail full of grain and 
a half a pail full of water. When the pigs 
are fat enough they are killed. After 
feeding the pigs, I go up to the farm and 
report to the instructor. He gives me 
more work to do fill 11:15. We then go 
to the house and have dinner. 

William N. West 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



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BOARD OF MANAGERS 



PRESIDENT 

Arthur Adams 

VICE-PRESIDENT 

Charles E. Mason 

TREASURER 

N. Penrose Hallowell 

SECRETARY 

Tucker Daland 

MANAGERS 

Karl Adams 

Gorham Brooks 
S. V. R. Crosby 
Charles P. Curtis 

George L. DeBlois 
Thomas J. Evans 
Fred T. Field 

Walter B. Foster 
Alden B. Hefler Robert H. Gardiner, Jr. 

Henry Jackson, M. D. 
Matt B. Jones 

Roger Pierce 

Leverett Saltonstall 
Philip S. Sears 

Charles Wiggins, 2nd 

Edward Wigglesworth 
Moses Williams 



Paul F. Swasey 
Alfred C. Malm 



Superintendent 
Assistant Treasurer 



Henry Van Dyke has published a 
small book on, "The Spirit of Christmas", 
which does very truly express the real 
spirit of Christmas. Let us take from him 
the thought of Christmas — Living. 

The custom of exchanging gifts is 
much older than Christmas, but two 
thousand years ago the birth of Christ 



gave a new meaning to this custom and 
brought to it a new vision of unselfish 
giving. Christ gave Himself to mankind— 
the supreme gift of His life. And in His 
work among men, in everything He gave 
Himself unstintingly. All true Christmas- 
giving must be of this kind. The gift 
must carry love and joy to another, must 
be in reality a part of ourselves to truly 
fit the season. The feeling must be more 
than the gift. 

And shall this be the whole of Christ- 
mas? Shall we limit Christmas-giving to 
one short day of the year? Or shall we 
carry the spirit along into Christmas- 
living? The feeling may remain and 
show itself in unselfish thought and inter- 
est, a friendly feeling of good will toward 
all. To feel this spirit and to act it out 
will mean Christmas-living throughout 
the year. Let us not only observe Christ- 
mas, let us keep it always. 

Calendar 

Dec. 1 Team B defeated Team C 
in the last game of football for the season. 
The score was 32 to 19. 

Dec. 2 Ploughed piece on left of 
Farm House path, worked on tide ditch, 
cleaned beach and raked roads. 

Luke W. B. Halfyard, '21, was here 
for the week end. 

Dec. 3 Hauled gravel for barn-yard. 

Dec. 4 Cleaned hen house. 

Two masons were here to do repair 
work on the bakery ovens. 

Mr. A. J. Philpott, Art Editor of the 
Boston Globe, entertained the Boys this 
evening with a talk on "Aviation". He 
was accompanied by Mr. William C. 
Alcott, '84. 

Dec. 5 Cleaned grain room, oiled 



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harness, greased wagons and cleaned tool 
room. 

Dec. 6 Cleaned Old Barn, repair- 
ed horse stalls and mended horse blankets. 
Definite arrangements were made to- 
day as to the location, etc., of the new silo, 
the foundation for which is to be laid 
right away. 

Dec. 7 Cleaned Compost Shed. 
Dec. 8 Completed mowing of North 
End corn piece. 

A number of the boys accompanied by 
the Supervisor attended the radio show in 
Horticultural Hall this morning. 

A concert was given this evening by 
the Boys' Band under the direction of Mr. 
Howard B. Ellis, '98. Among those 
in attendance were Mr. James H. Graham, 
'73, and Mrs. Graham, Mr. Merlon P. 
Ellis, '97, and Mrs. Ellis, and Mrs. 
Howard B. Ellis. 

Dec. 10 Cleaned basement of Barn, 
washed windows and repaired wall. 

Dec. U Worked on Willow Road 
and made goat pen. 

Dec. 12 Ploughed the orchard and 
pruned apple trees. 

Dec. 13 Worked at Incinerator and 
on drain for horse stalls. 

Dec. 15 Finished work on tide ditch. 
Completed painting boys' dining 
room. 

Assistant Treasurer Alfred C. Malm. 
'00, Mrs. Malm and son were here for 
the afternoon. 

Dec. 17 William E. Ericsson, '23, is 
here for the day. 

Dec. 18 Worked on foundation for 
silo and hauled stone for road. 

Dec. 19 Worked on roads and 
at Incinerator. 

Holly and Christmas trees arrived this 
afternoon. 

A number of the boys accompanied 
by a few Instructors and Mrs. Swasey 
attended the carol singing by the Harvard 



and Radcliffe Glee Clubs today in 
Appleton chapel. 

Dec. 20 Dug dirt for silo. 

Manager Philip S. Sears was here for 
the afternoon. 

Dec. 21 Killed a pig this afternoon. 

Dec. 24 Put leaves in pig pens and 
fertilized the piece by the garden. 

Dec. 25 Christmas. Usual festivities 
with Christmas tree in chapel in the 
morning, an entertainment provided by 
President Arthur Adams in the afternoon, 
and a Cantata by the Boys in the evening. 

Dec. 28 Shoveled dirt from hot beds 
and worked at Incinerator. 

Dec. 29 Cleaned basement in Old 
Barn. 

Blacksmith here today. 

First game of the basketball season 
w^as played this afternoon. Team B de- 
feating Team A, 30 to 10. 

Dec. 31 Winter sheathing was put 
on the Steamer Pilgrim today. 



^ 






Calendar 50 Years Ago 1873 

As Kept by the Superintendent 

Dec. 2 Went to city with monthly 
report. 

Dec. 3 Fitted and oiled Boys' boots. 

Dec. 4 Very windy from Southwest, 
almost a gale with some rain. Took up 
floating wharf. 

Dec. 16 Went to city and remained 
in town to attend the "Tea Party" at 
Tremont Temple in commemoration of 
the great Boston Tea Party one hundred 
years since. 

Dec. 17 Manager S. G. DeBlois 
visited us. 

Dec. 25 Christmas, a nice day, and 
we all had a good time. 

Dec. 31 The month and year closes 
cold and blustering. A in all, the year 
has been a very pleasant one. 



6 THOMPSON'S 

The Farm and Trades School Bank 

Statement, January 1, 1924 
RESOURCES 

U. S. Securities $ 500.00 

Other Investments 777.58 

Cash ; . . 170.31 

$1447.89 

LIABILITIES 

Surplus $ 421.34 

Deposits 1026.55 

$1447.89 

CLARENCE E.STEVENS GROVER A. RIDLINGTON 
President Cashier 

WILLIAM R. HOLMAN 
Clerk 

December Meteorology 

Maximum Temperature 60° on the 
1st. 

Minimum Temperature 18° on the 
18th. 

Mean Temperature for the month 
37.2°. 

Choosing up for Basketball 

On December 26, all of the Boys 
were assembled at 7:30 P. M. in the east 
basement for the purpose of choosing 
captains and boys for the basketball teams. 
First the All-school team, which consists of 
boys who won cups last year, nominated 
tour captains. Then the other boys nom- 
inated four more, making eight candidates 
in all. Then it was necessary to see who 
would be elected for the four captains. 
The one who received the largest number 
of votes was captain of team A, the next 
B, and so on. Archibald Beeman was elec- 
ted captain of team A; James Paley, team 
B; Ralph Blake, team C and Charles 
Claggett, team D. To even the sides up, 
team D, was given first choice of players, 
team C, and so on, each captain in turn 
choosing a boy until they were all chosen. 

The captains then pick their regular 
team from the men they have chosen. 

Donald McKenzie 



ISLAND BEACON 



William Gullen Bryant 

This author was called the "Pet of 
Nature". He was a native of Massachu- 
setts and was educated at Williams 
College where he studied law. He was 
admitted to the bar and later became 
editor of the New York Evening Post, a 
position which he held for over fifty years. 

Some of his best works are 
"Thanatopsis", "Ode to a Water Fowl", 
"The Forest Hymn" and "The Planting 
of the Apple Tree". He died at the age 
of 84 in 1878. I learned the poem of "The 
planting of the Apple Tree", which I 
liked very much. Carl Kuphal 

Mechanical Drawing 

Before we can make a sloyd model, we 
have to draw a plan of it. The way we 
draw a plan is to get a piece of drawing 
paper, a drawing board a little larger than 
the drawing paper, four thumb tacks to put 
into the four corners, an eraser, pencil, 
and sometimes a compass. A T square 
and triangle are needed, and also the 
model you are going to draw. First we 
draw a half inch margin around the pa- 
per. Every drawing is called a plate. We 
print the plate number in the upper left- 
hand corner, and under that the scale. 
In the right hand corner we print The 
Farm ane Trades School, and below that 
we print the date. In the middle we print 
the name of the model, the kind ot wood 
it is made of, and the thickness. In the 
left hand corner (in the margin) we print 
our name. When this is done, as many 
faces of the model as are necessary to 
make it legible, are drawn. We have to 
space them out so they will be drawn in 
the center of the paper. When we have 
the model all drawn, we give it to the 
sloyd instructor. If it is all right he takes it 
and marks it according to the rank we 

have earned. Russell C. Scott 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Our Sloyd Course 

Our sloyd course consists ot twenty- 
two models which are as follows: pencil 
sharpener, pen holder, pants hanger, coat 
hanger, plant stand, hammer handle, file 
handle, key rack, paper knife, pen tray, 
nail box, cake spoon, large picture frame, 
small picture frame, sugar scoop, mallet, 
book ends, bread board, box, tray, lamp 
or Indian club and tool chest. 

There are two sloyd classes, the morn- 
ing class and the afternoon class; each 
containing 18 boys. The boys who go to 
sloyd in the morning are the boys who go 
to school in the morning. The class that 
goes in the afternoon is made up of the 
boys who go to school at 1:00 P. M. each 
class having one and one-half hours to 
work in the sloyd room. 

When sloyd first started the Instructor 
and the boys made the benches at which 
we now work. 

Each bench has a vice atone end ^nd 
the following tools: back saw, jack plane, 
try-square, dividers, knife, rule and pencil. 
Each bench is also equipped with a T 
square and a triangle for mechanical draw- 
ing. The rest of the tools are kept in the 
cupboards. 

When a boy first enters sloyd he is 
assigned a bench- He then draws a plan 
of his first model. After this is done he 
makes out a lumber bill for the wood he 
needs for the model. The lumber is then 
given to him and he makes the model. 
This method continues until he has finish- 
ed the course. 

Most boys finish the course in a year 
and a half. Upon completing the course 
each boy receives a diploma. 

Joseph G. Wasson 

The First Basketball Game 

The first basketball game this season 
was played Dec. 29, and it was very 
exciting. The game was between teams 



A and B. Team B won by a score of 30 to 
10. This year each team has nine games. 
This means three games with each team. 
I am on team B and I like to play basket- 
ball very much. 

Russell F. Metcalf 

The Annual Fall Concert 

Saturday, December 8, we had a band 
concert and all of the regular band played. 
They were led by Mr. Ellis, our Band- 
master. Mr. Kittredge, a friend of Mr. 
Ellis's, also a very fine pianist, rendered a 
few selections which the Boys appreciated 
very much. 

The program of the evening was as 
follows: 

Commander March P. B. Hall 

Sunny South J. B. Lampe 

(Selection of Southern Plantation Songs) 
War Songs of the Boys in Blue Laurendean 

Raise Me, Jesus To Thy Bosom W. A. Huntley 

Imperial Council March F. Jewell 

Waltz — Am Wunderschonen Rhein L. Gartner 

The Passing of John Brown B. B. Keyes, '81 

Christmas Carols 

(a) O Come All Ye Faithful 

(b) Silent Night 

Winning Colors March J. E. Wells 

Star Spangled Banner 

After the closing number, Mr. Swasey 
thanked Mr. Ellis for the fine service he 
has given us for the past twelve years, that 
he has held the position of Bandmaster. 

As it read on the program: 

We wish to take this opportunity to express 
our grateful thanks and appreciation to Mr. 
Ellis for his sincere devotion and great 
assistance to our Band. It is with deep regret 
that he is leaving us. He has worked hard 
and against many obstacles and had many suc- 
cessful bands that we have all been proud of. 

Mr. Ellis was given a small remem- 
brance in token of our esteem and thanks. 

Dancing and refreshments followed 
the concert, and we all enjoyed the even- 
ing. 

William Van Meter 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Cbe mmn\ Essociation of Che Tarm and Craaes School 



Will F. Davis, 79, President 
11 EusTis Street, Chelsea 50 



Elwin C. Bemis, '16, Vice-President 
Wakefield 



Merton p. Ellis, '97, Secretary 
38 Spafi'ord Road, Boston 86 



Augustus N. Doe, '75, Treasurer 
Wellesley 



Geoffrey E. Plunkett, '14, Historian 
Atlantic 



Since the March issue of the Beacon 1923, this page, or a portion of it, is being 
devoted to printing the names of all Alumni beginning with the year 1850, with the 
years they left the School and their present addresses if known. 

The School and Alumni Association would greatly appreciate receiving any 
information concerning the members of the various classes. 



1865 (Continued) 
Rogers, Edwin F. 
Stevens, Sewell F. P. 
Wells, George E. 

1866 
Agnew, Andrew J. 1280 Dorchester Ave., Dor. 
Blair, John M. 
Cram, John W. 

Dearborn, Edward A. Chicago, Illinois 
Dugan, George F. 
Evans, Charles Chicago, Illinois 
Garrity, John 
1-xjok, George L. 
Moore, Thomas 
Norton, Albert D. 
Pillow, Lewis H. 
Shadduck, Charles B. 
Smith, James D. 
Stewart, Charles. 
Stone, Stephen F, 
Thorne, Clarence M. 
Wells, William 

1867 
Anderson, William H, 
Arnold, James L. 
Baker, James 
Chadwick, William E. 
Copeland, Alfred K. 
Copeland, Albert R, 
Cotter, John 
Eaton, Henry 
Ewing, Thomas J. 
Ewing, William A. 
French, Nelson G. 
Falls, John H. Oakland, California 
Gannien, James H. 
Hinkell, George A. 
Howard, Otis M. 22 Moreland Street, Roxbury 



Munkley, Henrico G. 
Quinn. Peter 
Reed, John T. 
Reese, John M. 
Rice, Charles 
Sherbourne, Alonzo 
Wilson, Thomas H. 



1868 



Berry, Albert L. 
Burke, Charles H. 
Campsey, Robert 
Colbe'rt, Andrew 
Cremmins, Morris E. 
Delany, Edward 
Foster, Wiliiam W. 
Gardner, William F. 
Johnson, Joseph G. 
Klinghammer, Ferdinand 
Roncarty, Eugene B. 
Roper, John W. 
Stone, William J. 



1869 
105 Templeton St., Dorchester 



Bell, William E. 

Bird, Charles 

Callahan, John H. 

Crosby, James N. 

Falls, George F. 

Fisher, William 

Foster, Alvah A. 

Hall, Albert 

Mooney, Frank 

Osgood, Edward C. 

Pugh, Richard 

Roberts, George 

Rust, Channing 

Rust, James 

Smith, Charles A. Deceased March 3rd, 1921 

Williams, Orlando 




Vol. 27. No. 10 Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. Feb. 1924 

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




Class in 



Our Forging Course 



One of the practical subjects taught 
at this School is forging. Forging classes 
are held every Friday afternoon. 

When a boy begins the forging course 
he is first taught how to draw out and 
shape iron. For the first model he is 
given a piece of nine-sixteenths round iron, 
part of which is hammered square, then 
octagonal, and finally down to a round 
point. The next few models, as the staple 
and gate hook, give practice in bending 
and twisfing. Next he makes a series of 
nuts and bolts by which he learns upsetfing 
and punching iron. The following models 
require welding, which is one of the most 



Forging 

important and difificult parts of forging. 
When welding there are many things to 
be careful of. Some of them are: to have 
a good clean fire, to have the proper weld- 
ing heat, to act quickly and strike in the 
right places. Some of the models that 
require welding are the clamp-ring, tongs, 
and ring-bolt. In making the ring-boh 
there is also practice in threading and in 
tapping. 

The last six or seven models of our 
course are made of steel and give us 
practice in drawing, punching, hardening 
and tempering. Some of these models are 
the nail set, ratchet drill, cape chisel, cold 
chisel and hammer head. 

Howard E. Keith 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Student Council 

On January 21, 1924, Mr. Swasey 
picked from the student body five boys 
to form a Student Council. His motive 
in doing this was to make it possible for 
him to know the boys' point of view 
about different things that come up from 
time to time. There are always two sides 
to a question and it is evident that often 
only the one side is considered and often 
it is impossible to see the other side until 
it is brought to light. The younger boys 
are influenced to a great extent by the old- 
er boys. The older boys know the right 
from the wrong and if a young boy sees an 
older boy doing that which he should not, 
he might think that was right and repeat 
the action. The same is true in case a 
younger boy sees an older boy doing 
right he will be likely to do right also. 

A word of advice will often prevent 
a wrong from being done and a boy with 
a sense of loyalty to his School will do 
this. How often boys become discourag- 
ed over some trivial matter which will be 
torgotten with a word of encourage- 
ment. 

It is essential that every boy strive to 
attain for our School a high standard of 
honor because the morality of the School 
will influence those boys who will be stu- 
dents here later. The only way to do this 
is to put Christian principles into practice 
and use in our everyday life. 

The live purposes of the Student 
Council are; 

1. To put Christian principles into prac- 
tice and use in our everyday life. 

2. To put loyalty to our School above 
all else, and to work for the name and 
honor of The Farm and Trades School. 

3. To advise and prevent Boys from do- 



ing wrong. 

4. To promote good spirit among the 
Boys. 

5. To encourage and work for fair play 
between boy and boy. and boy and In- 
structor. 

Edward V. Osberg 

Putting the Steamer on Blocks 

Monday morning, the steamer boys 
were awakened to go down to the Wharf 
and get the lines ready for the steamer. 
A light north wind was blowing and hail 
was falling. A line was put on the stern 
bit and one on the nigger head. These 
lines were given to the boys on the Wharf. 
The captain and another boy and I stayed 
on the boat to fend off. She started easily 
and we had no trouble getting her around 
the Wharf to the Beach. The lines were 
made fast to a post and three planks were 
pressed against her to keep her away from 
the stones and also so we could get around 
her. The other boys and the captain 
went to the house to eat breakfast while I 
stayed down to slack off the lines as the 
tide went down. 

George D. Russell 

Morning Work at the Observatory 

Every morning at 8:00 o'clock I goto 
the Observatory. On the top of the Ob- 
servatory are instruments that register the 
maximum, minimum and mean temper- 
atures, humidity and dew point. Down- 
stairs are recorded the wind direction and 
its velocity, which I take after those up- 
stairs are taken. Then I find what kind of 
clouds are in the sky, and the per cent of 
the sky they cover. At the office I take 
the barometer reading. Then I go to the 
Boys' reading room and make out my re- 
ports and charts. 

Donald McKenzie 



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The Alumni Dinner 

On January 9th seven boys at the 
School who are members of the Alumni 
Association, went to the Alumni Dinner 
at the Hotel Bellevue. 

We arrived there before dinner and 
spent the time meeting old graduates and 
recalling incidents of their life at the School 
and at about 6:45 we went into the dining 
hall. In one corner was a large camera 
and around the room were three flashes. 
The photographer asked us all to face the 
camera and as we did so the flashes went 
off and took the picture. The pictures 
were offered for sale later. There were 
six courses. The orchestra, composed 
of piano, trumpet, drums and violin, play- 
ed between the courses. 

After the last course, speeches were 
in order. The financial standing of the 
School was spoken about and past ex- 
periences were recalled among other 
things. One thing especially appropriate 
was said by Mr. Foster: "I enjoy the annual 
dinner, as it brings us all together again to 
renew our old aquaintances and pledge 
again our allegiance to our School". 

Archibald V. N. Beeman 

Scraping and Blowing Tubes 

It is necessary to clean the tubes in 
the Power House boiler every week. This 
is done by taking a long iron rod with a 
scraper and wire brush on the end and push- 
ing it through each tube. After this has been 
done a hose with a nozzle on the end is 
connected to a steam pipe and each tube 
is blown out with steam. They are also 
blown, but not scraped on Tuesdays and 
Thursdays. This is done so that the draft 
will not be lessened by dirt and waste 
collections. There are ninety-eight tubes 
each one being three inches in diameter. 

Jay S. Vining 



Janitor of Cottage Row^ 
I was given my badge, on January 15, 
for the position of Janitor of Cottage Row. 
My work is to keep City Hall dusted and 
clean, and to rake leaves in front of the 
Cottages. The Janitor is responsible for 
snow or leaves which are in the Cottages 
for it is his business to keep the doors and 
windows securely fastened. 

George W. Hartley 

The Shenandoah 
The American built dirigible (The 
Shenandoah) is considered the largest in 
the world. It cost about $6,500,000 and 
is about 680 feet long and 78 feet in diame- 
ter. It has six engines of 300 horsepower 

each. 

It is built of duraluminum, an alloy 

stronger and lighter than any other. It is 
filled with non-inflamable helium, of which 
the United States has a monopoly in her 
southern oil fields. It has a gas capacity 
of 2,400,000 cubic feet; about the same as 
a trans-Atlantic steamer. 

The Shenandoah uses gasoline for 
fuel but it cannot fall unless some unlikely 
accident sets her fuel on fire. The cost of 
fuel is less than that of an express train 
going the same distance. 

Equipped with propellers l?!? feet 
long, this monstrous airship can make- 
(with all engines running) about 80 miles 
per hour. It was designed as a war aux- 
iliary; a long distance scout for the fleet. 
The headquarters are at Lakehurst, 
New Jersey; an air station approximately 
962 feet long and 384 feet wide. 

The crew and officers total 44 men, 
under Commanders, Frank R. McCrary 
and Ralph D. Weyerbacher. 

The Shenandoah was first called the 
ZR-1. When it was christened by Mrs. 
Denby, the wife of the Secretary of the 
Navy, she gave it the name Shenandoah. 
It is an Indian name meaning, "Daughter 

of the Stars". Seymour C. McFadyen 



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Cbomp$on'$ Tsland Beacon 

Published Monthly by 

THE FARM AND TRADES SCHOOL 

Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor 

A PRIVATE SCHOOL FOR BOYS OF LIMITED 

MEANS, SUPPORTED BY ENDOWMENTS, 

TUITION FEES AND SUBSCRIPTIONS. 

IvERS E. WiNMiLL Editor 

Kenneth E. Kearns ----- Asso. Editor 



Vol. 27. No. 10 



February, 1924 



Subscription Price 



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BOARD OF MANAGERS 



■ PRESIDENT 

Arthur Adams 

VICE-PRESIDENT 

Charles E. Mason 

TREASURER 

N. Penrose Hallowell 

SECRETARY 

Tucker Daland 

MANAGERS 

Karl Adams 

Gorham Brooks 
S. V. R. Crosby 
Charles P. Curtis 

George L. DeBlois 
Thomas J. Evans 
Fred T. Field 

Walter B. Foster 
Alden B. Hefler Robert H. Gardiner, Jr. 

Henry Jackson, M. D. 
Matt B. Jones 

Roger Pierce 

Leverett Saltonstall 
Philip S. Sears 

Charles Wiggins, 2nd 

Edward Wigglesworth 
Moses Williams 



Paul F. Swasey 
Alfred C. Malm 



Superintendent 
Assistant Treasurer 



In looking for a key-word for the 
coming year, let us take "Loyalty" and 
consider what part it has to play in our 
lives. Our lives are, in reality, a pro- 
gression of loyalties. We early learn to 
stand by the homes and the people who 
have cared for us. Loyalty to our mothers 
and fathers is a part of ourselves earlier 
than we can remember. And then, as our 
world widens, comes loyalty to friends, 



to school, and, gradually realizing our 
citizenship, loyalty to our country, or 
patriotism, is born in us. But this is not 
all, for, in our work in the world, no 
matter what it may be, loyalty to the 
principles of honesty, justice, and unselfish 
service determine what kind of men we 
are. 

And how may we know what loyalty 
means and where we are on the road of 
loyalties? 

Certainly our families need our loyal 
support and all that we can do to make 
them happy. Certainly our friends need 
us to stand by them. Never has our 
country needed the loyal, intelligent 
co-operation of its citizens more than at 
the present time. But during these years 
of preparation while we are in school, the 
truest expression of all these loyalties 
comes through our loyalty to our school. 
Our parents want us to stay in school 
and make the most of our time; our ser- 
vice to our country later on will be deter- 
mined by what use we make of our edu- 
cational oppurtunities now. And so our 
School, above all, deserves our loyalty at 
this time. 

This does not mean blind, unreason- 
ing loyalty. It means belief in our School 
and the principles upon which it is founded, 
in the service which it is rendering and 
has rendered to boys for over a hundred 
years, and it means most of all, our un- 
selfish devotion and determination to make 
it the finest school in the world. We must 
all work together for this ideal. Each 
day's tasks done cheerfully, each small act 
of unselfish service for the other fellow, 



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each effort to get the other fellow's point 
of view, these all build constructively to- 
ward a fine type of school life. And grad- 
ually there is built up in us individually a 
spirit of co-operation and a desire to serve 
which will make our lives count in the 
larger field of manhood. 

Shall we take it, the word "Loyalty", 
and make it the key-note of the new year? 
It will show us how to "play the game". 

Calendar 

Jan. 1 Preparing hot beds. 

Team C was defeated in basketball by 
Team D this afternoon. Score was 34 to 20. 

Celebrating today with half holiday. 

Jan. 2 Sawed lumber for new silo 
and took logs from beach. 

Jan. 3 Worked on silo and repaired 
horse stalls. 

Holiday decorations were removed 
from Chapel. 

Winter term of school was begun this 
morning. 

Jan. 4 Cleaned basement of new barn 
and harness room. Worked on Back Road 
and finished hauling dirt from hot beds. 

Jan. 5 Worked on Beach Road and 
greased wagons. 

This afternoon Team A defeated 
Team C in basketball. Score 30 to 26. 

Ralph Langille, '19, and Roger K. 
Smith, '23, were here for the afternoon. 

Jan. 7 Made saw-horses and began 
work on wood pile. 

Rollins Furbush, '19, freshman at 
Dartmouth College, was here for over 
night. 

Jan. 8 Quarterly election of Cottage 
Row Government took place this evening. 
The new officers are: Mayor, Archibald 
V. N. Beeman; Treasurer, W. Marshall 
Hall; Clerk, Paul F. Reid; Assessor, Hild- 
reth R. Crosby; Chief of Police, Edward 



L. Floyd; Aldermen, Howard H. Sturt- 
evant, chairman, Clarence E. Stevens, 
George L. Langill, George D. Russell, 
and Charles L. Claggett; Street Com- 
missioner, Willard G.Schroeder; Librarian, 
Jack H. Hobson; Janitor, George W. 
Hartley. 

Jan. 9 Seven boys accompanied by 
Mr. Swasey attended the annual Alumni 
dinner at the Hotel Bellevue this evening. 

Jan. 10 Repaired fence, killed pig 
and went over after new^ Craine silo. 

Jan. 11 Cleaned basement of New 
Barn and cleaned north grain room. 

Jan. 12 Team D defeated Team B in 
basketball tonight 33 to 32. 

Harold Buchan, '21, a student at 
Wentworth Institute, is here for the week 
end. 

Jan. 14 Cleaned south grain room 
and finished repairing horse stalls. 

Jan. 15 Ploughed in orchard and 
fertilized piece by garden. 

Elwin C. Bemis, '16, is here for over 
night. 

Jan. 19 Basketball game this after- 
noon, Team D defeated Team A by a 58 
to 15 score. 

Leo S. Whitehead, '23, and David E. 
Long, '22, both students at Mechanic Arts 
high school were here for the afternoon. 

Jan. 23 Movedbrick from Old Barn. 

Thirty four boys and Instructors 
enjoyed first skating party of the season at 
South End tonight. 

Jan. 24 Clarence DeMar, '04, 
accompanied by Assistant Treasurer, 
Alfred C. Malm, '00, were over for the 
evening, Mr. DeMar gave the Boys an 
interesting talk on Marathon racing. 

Jan. 26 Worked in Root Cellar and 
repaired barn doors. 

Completed scrubbing and waxing 
Assembly Hall floor. 

Team B won from Team C in basket- 
ball this afternoon, score 24 to 14. 



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Norman T. Howes, '23, is here for 
the week end. 

Jan, 28 Worked in Compost Shed 
and put windows in basement of New Barn. 

Completed painting kitchen today. 

Jan. 29 Cleaned seed house and oil- 
ed harness, 

Jan, 30 Cleaned farmers' room. 
Killed one hog this afternoon. 

Calendar 50 Years Ago 1873 

As Kept by the Superintendent 

Jan. 1 Through the mercies of a kind 
Providence we have been spared to 
commence another year. The past has 
been generally a pleasant year. 

The Boys were given the day for play. 

Jan. 4 Wind, west, mild. No frost 
in the ground. 

Jan. 5 Carried two hogs to market 
this afternoon. 

Jan. 6 Cold rain storm, not very 
severe. The bay is as open as in summer 
and the ground is bare. 

Boys wrote for the first time this 
winter. 

Jan. 7 Rowed over in the "Willie" 
in the fog, by compass. 

Jan. 8 Morning rainy from south, 
afternoon cleared away with freshness 
from southwest. Thermometer at 48°. 

Jan. 9 Unusually fine day. Man- 
ager S. G. DeBlois came over to visit. 

Jan. 13 Went early to city with 
annual report. Settled account with 
treasurer. 

Went to Chelsea to attend reception 
of Charles S. Bardett, a former pupil and 
graduate. Arrived home at midnight 
rowing home in the "Willie". 

Jan. 14 Very severe snow storm 
from east. 

Jan. 16 Very cold and windy. 
Dressed the last of our hogs. 

Jan. 17 Got out sleigh and gave boys 



and girls a ride. 

Jan. 26 Very windy and cold. 
Mecury at two degrees above zero. 

Jan. 31 Went over to get freight. 
Had much difficulty in landing home on 
account of ice and snow. Was obliged 
to land at North End and draw the boat 
up through slush and snow. 

January Meteorology 



Maximum Temperature 60° on the 



11th. 



21st. 



30°. 



Minimum Temperature 9° on the 
Mean Temperature for the month 



Total Precipitation 3.12. 

Greatest precipitation in 24 hours 1.52 
inches on the 3rd. 

Six days with .01 or more inches 
precipitation, 18 clear days, 13 cloudy. 

The Farm and Trades School Bank 

Statement, Febuary 1, 1924 
RESOURCES 

U. S. Securities $ 500.00 

Other Investments 777.58 

Cash 221.94 

$1499.52 

LIABILITIES 

Surplus $ 416.99 

Deposits 1082.53 

$1499.52 

CLARENCE E. STEVENS GROVER A. RIDLINGTON 
President Cashier 

WILLIAM R. HOLMAN 
Clerk 

Changes in Our Poultry House 

Recently we have been making some 
interesting changes in our Poultry House. 
There are three large pens, instead of six 
small ones. Electric lights have been 
installed in each pen. We have been 
using only two pens, but just recendy we 



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have purchased fifteen Barred Plymouth 
Rock hens and one rooster. 

The door has been put in the 'center 
of the north side. It had been at one 
end. The three large pens in which the 
hens are kept, are on the first floor. 
Upstairs there is a room for two rabbits, 
the grain room and the pigeon pen. We 
have sixty pigeons. The stairs that lead 
to these rooms have been changed so that 
now as one opens the door, he may walk 
direcdy upstairs without going through 
several pens as before. 

The roosts, nests, and dropboards are 

up against the north side of the Poultry 

House, while on the south side are the 

windows. The Poultry House looks very 

much neater, and it is very much easier to 

get around. I like it much better. This 

spring we expect to make a few changes in 

the yards so that the hens may have more 

range. 

Clarence E. Stevens 

Cottage Row Election 

At the end of every term of three 
months, the Cottage Row officers are re- 
elected. A week before the election, a 
caucus is held for the purpose of choosing 
three nominating committees. The 

Mayor chooses his own committee, then 
the non-share holders vote for a non- 
share holding committee, and the share 
holders vote for their committee. The 
three different committees nominate can- 
didates to run for the different offices. 

At the election, the Mayor calls his 
committee to take care of giving out the 
ballots while one man stands at the box to 
see that the voters put the ballots in 
correcdy. The police keep order during 
the election. 

The new officers are as follows: 
Mayor, Archibald V. N. Beeman 
Share Holding Aldermen, Howard H. 



Sturtevant, George D. Russell, Charles L. 

Claggett. 

Non-share Holding Aldermen, Clarence 

E. Stevens, George L. Langill. 

Treasurer W. Marshall Hall 

Assessor Hildreth R. Crosby 

The Mayor appointed: 

Chief of Police Edward L. Floyd 



Clerk 

Librarian 

St. Commissioner 

Janitor 



Paul F. Reid 
Jack H. Hobson 
Willard Schroeder 
George Hartley 



The Chief of Police appointed: 

Lieutenant Edward V. Osberg 
Sargent Stanley Higgins 
Patrolmen, Raymond McQuesten, Ivers 
VVinmill, Donald McKenzie, George 
Adams, Frederick Metcalf. 

Jack Hobson 

My Favorite Study in School 

. The subject 1 like best of all in School 
is Arithmetic. Arithmetic is a subject 
which is used in everyday life. Every 
person must have a knowledge of Arith- 
metic to transact business affairs of any 
kind, where money is involved. It you 
wish to enter business of your own, when 
you are older, you are liable to be cheated 
if you don't know anything about 
mathematics. If you have money in the 
bank and you know something about 
interest you can tell how much your 
money will earn for you. If you are 
selling land for so much an acre and know 
something about figures you are not so 
liable to make mistakes which would prove 
serious to yourself as well as others. 
Arithmetic teaches us to be accurate and to 
reason out problems quickly. Every 
person ought to know the applications of 
Arithmetic in order to make a financial 
success in life. 

Albert Gardner 



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Cbe mmm Jls^ociation of Cbe farm and Craaes School 



Will F. Davis, 79, President 
11 EusTis Street, Chelsea 50 



Elwin C. Bemis, '16, Vice-President 

Wakefield 



Merton p. Ellis, '97, Secretary 
38 Spafford Road, Boston 86 



Augustus N. Doe, 75, Treasurer 
Wellesley 



Geoffrey E. Plunkett, '14, Historian 
Atlantic 



Seventy-five members and guests were present at the eighteenth annual Alumni 
dinner held on Wednesday evening, January 9th. 

President Will F. Davis. 79, presided. He introduced President Arthur Adams 
of the Board of Managers who gave an interesting account of the past school year 
including a report of the financial condition of the School and comment on the various 
improvements that had been made. Mr. Adams also paid tribute to Mr. Howard 
B. Ellis,'98, who has completed twelve years' service conducting the Band at the School. 

Superintendent Swasey was next called upon. He spoke in detail of the 
more important improvements placing emphasis on a new silo and a change in the 
herd. He expressed his personal desire to see a new school building instead of the 
much talked of building for the Instructors. This would provide ample room for the 
classes, and also give space for an assembly hall, and would in the end give the Boys 
more room in the Main Building. The present assembly hall could then be used for 
the Boys' library and reading room. 

Other interesting remarks were made by Managers Walter B. Foster, '78, 
Thomas J. Evans, '64, former President James H. Graham, '73, Mr. William Alcott' 
'84, Mr. Howard B. Ellis, '98, Mr. Alfred Jacobs, '10, Mr. Charles Duncan, '71, and 
Mr. Howard F. Lochrie, '16. 

Last, but not least. Secretary Merton P. Ellls,'97, was called upon for a few 
remarks. He read a brief historian's report, and letters, etc., pertaining to his office. 

The dinner was a complete success and it is hoped that the annual Field 
Day in June will be equally successful. Much credit is due all committees who helped 
with the arrangements. 



Those present at the dinner included: 



S^ianagers 

Adams. Arthur 
Daland, Tucker 
Evans, Thomas J. '64 
Foster, Walter B. 78 
Hefler, Alden B. '87 
Pierce, Roger 

School 
Swasey, Paul F. 

Alumni 
Adams, Russell A. '19 
Alcott, George J. '80 
A cott, William '84 
Bemis, Elwin C. "16 
Beeman. Archibald V. N. '22 
Blakeley, Frederick F. '98 
Bradley, Charles H. Jr. "03 
Buchan, Chester W. '21 
Buchan, George '97 
Buchan. Harold B. '21 
Buettner. Louis C. '91 
Byers, George W. E. '87 
Chase. Harry M. '04 
Clark, Robert L. '19 
Cobb, Lawrence M. '14 
Conklin, John J. '03 



Davis, Will Frank '79 
Doe. Augustus N. '75 
Duncan. Charles '71 
Edwards. Harold W. '10 
Ellis. Donald W. '20 
Ellis, Howard B. '98 
Ellis. Merton P. '97 
Fearing, Frederick P. '82 
Gilbert. Ralph H. '16 
Graham, Jarr,es H. '79 
Halfyard, Luke W. B. '21 
Hanson. Richard H. '21 
Holman, Solomon B. '50 
Holmes. Henry P. '16 
Jacobs. Alfred W. '10 
Kervin. John E. '20 
Kearns, Kenneth E. '22 
Keith, Howard E. '22 
Kerwin, Walter J. '77 
Langille, Ralph L. '19 
Lewis. Preston W. "81 
Libby, Waldo E. '22 
Lochrie, Howard F. '16 
Long, David E. '22 
Loud. Clarence W. '96 
MacPherson, Donald S. '17 



McFadyen, Seymour C. '22 
McKenzie, Alexander '22 
Morrison, William P. '76 
Morse, William A. '76 
Nelson, Jackson C. '16 
Noble, Herbert E. '23 
Noren, George G. '02 
Norwood. Waiter D "05 
Osberg. Edward V. '22 
Pendergast, Joseph L. '16 
Pickles, Alfred A. '20 
Powers. Michael J. '00 
Robertson, Edward J, '22 
Russell, Charles W. '05 
Schippers. Eric 0. '21 
Schippers. John H. '21 
Sargent, John M. '97 
Slade, Barton N. '22 
Scott, James B. '23 
Smith. Daniel E. '20 
Smith. Roger K. '23 
Smith. Willis M. '22 
Thayer, Frederick P. '04 
Wallace. Frank W. '82 
Washburn, Frank L. "83 
Whitehead, Samuel L. '23 




Vol.27. No. 11 Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass., Mar. 1924 

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




Wharf io Winter 



The Wharf and Boats 

Our Wharf which isT shaped, extends 
out toward the main channel 400 feet. On 
Friends' Day. a Nantasket Steamboat stops 
here for our friends. Near the end of the 
Wharf in the two corners formed by the 
T are two floats, the north and south 
side floats. 

The Steamer Pilgrim, which is a sev- 
enteen ton steamboat, is used more than 
any of our other boats. In the winter it 
has an ice cutter on the bow with which it 
breaks the ice. The Steamer is moored 
at the northside float and is protected by 
a breakwater. 

The launch Winslow which is a 
gasoline launch is tied up at the southside 



float when not in use. During the 
summer it makes many of the trips to the 
mainland. 

On the Wharf, under two boat shelters 
are two large rowboats, the Brewster and 
the Standish, in which many rowboat 
trips are made. They are also used for 
practice in rowing. The large derrick on 
the Wharf is used for launching them 
besides raising any heavy freight from the 
float to the Wharf. 

The Mary Chilton has a shelter on the 
Beach. It is a ten-oared boat and the 
first ten boys in the boat crew are the Chil- 
ton crew. 

A flat bottom boat called the punt 
is used while the Boys are in swimming so 



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as to be ready in case of an accident. It 
is kept in the Boat House when not in use. 
In the Boat House are also kept supplies of 
rope, oars, life preservers, anchors, lights, 
and the rudders of the Standish, Brewster 
and the Chilton. 

Archibald V. N. Beeman 

King Philip's War 

We celebrate Washington's birthday, 
February 22, each year by having a Snow- 
ball Batde or a King Philip's War. This 
year lack of snow decided us in favor of a 
King Philip's War. 

February 22, was a perfect day for a 
King Philip's War, and all the Boys awoke 
with the thoughts of a good exciting game 
before them. At 2:30 we all formed aline 
by the gym. Indians on one side and 
Settlers on the other. At a given signal 
the Settlers, headed by Captain Beeman, 
went to their camp which was located at 
French Grove. The Indians under the 
leadership of Kenneth Kearns, who was 
King Philip, headed for theirs. When 
we were all in our camps, a lone Settler 
wandered across the field and immediately 
two Indians sprang from somewhere and 
he was captured. His fellow partner from 
a far off hill saw this and with thoughts of 
revenge in his mind, ran to arouse the 
camp. Immediately Captain Beeman 
gathered a few men and started off to cap- 
ture the two Indians who got his man. 
He was not too soon for King Philip who 
by this time had secretly put his army from 
the camp at farther South End to the 
South side of Observatory Hill. Captain 
Beeman and his men came on and when 
they were nearly over to the Observatory 
they stopped as if puzzled what next to do. 
We stayed like this about an hour, neither 
side attempting to charge. A squad of 
Indians under the command of Little Chief 
who was Ivers Winmill, went to the East 



Side to get a better view of the enemy. 
About the time he reached there he saw a 
mad army rushing like wind through the 
orchard. He immediately reported to 
King Philip the circumstances. King 
Philip was by this time in an open field 
by the Farm House. By this time the en- 
emy was about a hundred yards away 
never slackening speed. King Philip 
pushed his army on until the two armies 
were twenty yards apart then both halted, 
but only for a minute or two. Then both 
armies charged at each other. There was 
scalping and fighting, such a war as Thomp- 
son's Island has never before seen. 
Many men were captured on each side 
but more on the Settlers. Both sides took 
their prisoners to camp as they were cap- 
tured. Rescue parties started out from 
both sides, but the bell sounding the end 
of the game, obliged them to stop. 

The mighty war was over King 
Philip had won. He, his warriors and 
braves, went to the stock room door where 
they received boxes, and baskets of good 
things such as cookies, bananas, oranges, 
candy. Hey Eddie bars, etc., as the prize 
for winning. We marched around the 
building headed by a band made up of 
kind hearted Settlers and Indians and 
then went to the gym., and took care of the 
eats. We invited the officers of the losing 
side to share with us. 

We had a very pleasant time. The 
day was a perfect success and everybody 
enjoyed it. 

Stanley W. Higgins 

F. T. S. vs. Beaver Club 

Saturday, Feb. 16, the School Team 
defeated the Beaver Club of the Wakefield 
Y. M. C. A. on our own floor. 

We had heard quite a bit as to how 
good this team was, so at the start of the 



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game it was rather doubtful who would win. 

The end of the first period found the 
School Team leading by the score of 6-2. 

During the next quarter the Wakefield 
Team became more accustomed to the 
floor and brought their total up, but the 
School Team was also scoring and so we 
were not in danger. 

The final score was 26-12 but by no 
means indicates the kind of game it was. 
It was exceptionally fast and clean. 

Finney excelled for the Beavers and 
Russell for the School. 

The Lineup 
F. T. S. Beavers 

Kearns, Capt. L. F. Loubris, Capt. R G. 
Russell - - R. F. Anderson - L. G. 
Osberg - - C. Crosby - - C. 
Winmill- - L.G. Finney - - R. F. 
Claggett - - R. G. Dade - - - L. F. 

Goals from the floor: Russell 5, Kearns 
4, Osberg 3, Winmill 1, Dade 3, Finney 2. 
Crosby 1. 

Personal fouls: Finney, Winmill, and 
Osberg. 

This game secured through kindness of 
Mr. Bemis, who is Boys' Secretary at the 
Wakefield Y. M. C. A. 

Kenneth E. Kearns 

Progress of The F. T. S. Radio Club 

One of the many activities which are 
progressing in our School is the recently 
organized Radio Club. It was planned 
and started in the beginning by the Boys 
and an interested instructor, who is no 
longer here. His interest in the Club is 
now being taken up by another instructor 
who is working hard to help make it a 
success. At our first meeting, we chose 
officers for the Club, and at the same time 
the constitution of the Club was formed. 



We plan to have a meeting every other 
Monday and we go about our business in 
the same manner as most business clubs. 
We have note books, given by Mr. 
Swasey, in which we copy a list of radio 
questions which are asked at every 
meeting. We learn the answers, and in 
that way we learn many minor details 
concerning radio. Tuesday, Jan. 22, we 
demonstrated different radio parts, such 
as the tuning coil, crystal detector, phone 
condensers, etc. There is a club set under 
construction, and an aerial in the 
gymnasium, where the club set will be 
installed. Some membership cards were 
also printed. We hope to progress 
rapidly and make our Club a success. 

William M. Hall 



A Valentine Party 

February 14 was Valentine's Day. 
We celebrated the evening by a dance 
under the direction of the Chamber of 
Commerce. After the orchestra had 
played a piece, we started to dance. The 
players who made up the orchestra were; 
a drummer, violinist, banjoist, and pianist. 
About 10:15 we had refreshments, consist- 
ing of banana ice cream and heart-shaped 
cookies. The decorations were very 
pretty. All the chandeliers had white 
streamers hanging from them, with red 
hearts on the ends. In the center was a 
large red heart. About the fifth dance 
we had a favor dance. We were given 
red bands with gold hearts and arrows on 
them. On each heart and arrow was a 
number. The ladies got the hearts and 
the Boys got the arrows. When they 
were passed out, everybody went around 
trying to match numbers. After we had 
found our partners, the dance began. At 
11:30 we went to bed tired and happy. 

George O. Poole 



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PRESIDENT 

Arthur Adams 

VICE-PRESIDENT 

Charles E. Mason 

TREASURER 

N. Penrose Hallowell 

SECRETARY 

Tucker Daland 

MANAGERS 

Karl Adams 

Gorham Brooks 
S. V. R. Crosby 
Charles P. Curtis 

George L. DeBlois 
Thomas J. Evans 
Fred T. Field 

Walter B. Foster 
Alden B. Hefler Robert H. Gardiner, Jr. 

Henry Jackson, M. D. 
Matt B. Jones 
Roger Pierce 

Leverett Saltonstall 
Philip S. Sears 

Charles Wiggins, 2nd 

Edward Wigglesworth 
Moses Williams 



Paul F. Swasey 
Alfred C. Malm 



Superintendent 
Assistant Treasurer 



A problem thoroughly understood is 
fairly simple. 

The life of each individual is a prob- 
lem. A problem first to our mothers 
and fathers, then as we grow older, to those 
people whose work or occupation it is to 
teach and guide others, and to all people 
who become intimately and sincerely in- 
terested in our growth and welfare. 



As we become older the responsibility 
for the solution of this problem of our 
lives must be taken by each individual unto 
himself. He is his own problem and with 
him rests a good or bad solution: a man 
who is loved and respected and an honest 
example to others, or a man of little 
use to society, a man centered within 
himself. 

How well do we understand ourselves, 
how well do we know our capabilities, our 
faults and our assets? How well do we 
understand the problem of ourselves? 
Our life as a problem must be solved 
whether we wish it or not. Do we wish a 
correct solution, or do we rely on luck for 
a right solution? 

As we progress with our lives or our 
problem, the decisions we make each day 
are to have a lasting efTect on the kind of 
a solution we reach. As it is wrong to 
cheat in our work to obtain results, so is it 
wrong in our lives to cheat others or our- 
selves in solving our problem. How we 
reach the solution, how well we under- 
stand ourselves, determines the correct- 
ness of our answer. If we have played 
the game fairly and squarely with all our 
might, we will win, but if we have cheat- 
ed or mounted to a position of prominence 
at the expense of others our problem will 
be judged wrong. 

In a mathematical problem we add, 
subtract, multiply and divide; so must we 
add new experience, new friends and new 
ideas to our lives. We must subtract those 
habits, faults and experiences that are not 
of help to us. We must forget them. In 
growing mentally and physically, and in- 



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creasing in good habits, we multiply. So 
also must we divide ourselves among 
other?, so that they may benefit by our 
being and share with us in our happiness 
and growth. 

Our problem then, to be simply and 
easily understood, is to study ourselves to 
determine our essentials and non-essentials, 
our talents and our faults, to know and 
to understand ourselves for our true value 
that we may make the solution or result of 
our lives correct, worthwhile, and a value 
to others. 

Calendar 

Feb. 1 Worked on wood pile. 
Oiled harness, took brush to incinerator 
and worked in seed house. 

Feb. 2 Repaired windows in barns. 

School Team played Gordon Bible 
College this afternoon at the Ruggles 
Street Y. M. C. A. in Boston. School 
Team won 38-31. 

Feb. 4 Worked on horse stalls, and 
put wire cable in yard for exercising the 
bull. 

Put south side gang plank on Wharf, 
and float on beach for the rest of the 
winter. 

Feb. 5 Beached the scow, John 
Alden, for the v/inter. 

Feb. 6 Re-bedded pig pens and got 
sleighs out. 

Team D defeated Team C in basket- 
ball 32-22. 

Boys enjoyed their first coasting party 
tonight, down Front Avenue. 

Feb. 7 Washed walls in Barn. 

Feb. 9 Banked boundary of tennis 
court with snow and flooded it for skating. 

Team C won from Team A tonight 
35-16. 

New printing press arrived today. 



Feb. 12 Team B won from Team D 
tonight 29-9. 

Feb. 13 Finished cleaning pig pens 
and worked on Compost Shed. 

Feb. 14 Cleaned basement of Barn 
and worked on drain pipe. 

The Boys and Instructors were enter- 
tained at a dance given by the Chamber 
of Commerce. 

Feb. 15 Cleaned farmers' room and 
tool room. 

Feb. 16 A Team from the Wake- 
field Y. M. C. A. came over this after- 
noon and played our School Team. The 
latter won 26-12. 

Feb. 17 Elwin C. Bemis, '16 was 
here for the week end. 

Feb 18 Took windows to hot beds 
and worked on ensilage cutter. 

Feb. 19 Worked on drag and 
fertilized hot beds. 

Feb. 20 Cleaned carriage room and 
Old Barn. 

Team B defeated Team A, -22-11 

tonight. 

Fed. 21 Killed one hog and worked 
on wood pile. 

Wallace A. Bacon, Ex. '19, is here for 
Washington's birthday. 

Feb. 22 Usual celebration this after- 
noon. Indians captured and defeated the 
Colonists in the King Philip's War, the 
points were 35-9. 

Team B won from Team C in the 
morning, 57-15. 

Edward J. Robertson, '22, and Elwin 
C. Bemis, '16 were among those present 
for the afternoon. 

Feb. 23 Thawed out drain pipe. 

Tean A won from Team B this after- 
noon, score 48-20. 

Eric O. Schippers, '21, was here for 
the afternoon. 

Willis Smith, '22, came over to spend 
Sunday. 



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Feb. 25 Worked on harness and 
cleaned basement of New Barn. 

Herd was given tuberculin test this 
morning by a government cattle inspector, 

Feb. 27 Piled bricks near Old Barn 
and drew ashes on roads. 

Transferred incubator from Root 
Celler to New Barn. 

Feb. 28 Piled brick by Old Barn and 
started to put dirt in hot beds. Oiled 
harness. 

Feb. 29 Cut trees in Bowditch Grove. 

The women Instructors gave a Leap 
Year entertainment, followed by dancing 
this evening. 

Elwin C. Bemis, '16, returned today to 
resume work as Boys' Supervisor. 

Calendar 50 Years Ago 1874 

As Kept by the Superintendent 

Feb. 1 A cold cheerless day. All 
obliged to keep house. The Superintend- 
ent and Teacher officiated. 

Feb. 2 5° above zero this morning. 

Feb. 3 Snowed hard all day from 
northeast. Snow more than a foot deep 
on a level. 

Feb. 5 Much ice in harbor. 

Feb. 6 Went to city via Neponset 
to get mail, etc. Have not heard from 
the post office since the 31st of January. 

Feb. 10 The 50th anniversary of my 
birth. Manager S. G. DeBlois came home 
with us last night, walking on the ice from 
the foot of "R" Street nearly straight, and 
is here today to help make all happy. The 
Boys all had play. Later in the day the 
Boys presented me with a chest of silver 
and the Girls with an inkstand. Mr. De- 
Blois gave me a pair of fur lined gloves. 
The evening was spent in a variety of ex- 
ercises and the Boys had corn balls, etc. 

Feb. 13 Went over this morning to 
get our Band instruments which have been 
repaired. 



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At noon, gave all the Boys, Girls and 
Teachers a sleigh ride on the ice along the 
shore and the Wharf. 

Feb. 14 Alas for snow and ice now. 
Last night it rained and the wind blew 
from the southwest and this morning the 
snow had nearly all disappeared. Before 
nine o'clock the ice in the channel had 
nearly disappeared. 

Feb. 17 Very cold and windy. The 
carpenter is at work on the Boys' play- 
rooms. 

Feb. 21 Good day. Self, all Boys 
and all teams at work. 

Feb. 27 Went to town rowing self 
over in the "Willie" and got articles for 
the School. 

February Meteorology 

Maximum Temperature 45° on the 
20th. 

Minimum Temperature 12° on the 
16th. 

Mean Temperature for the month 
29°. 

Total Precipitation 1.15. 

Greatest precipitation in 24 hours .80 
inches on the 20th. 

Four days with .01 or more inches 
precipitation, 14 clear days, 3 partly 
cloudy, 12 cloudy. 

The Farm and Trades School Bank 

Statement, March 1, 1924 
RESOURCES 

U. S. Securities $ 500.00 

Other Investments 777.58 

Cash 200.41 

$1477.99 

LIABILITIES 

Surplus $ 416.74 

Deposits 1061.25 

$1477.99 

CLARENCE E. STEVENS GROVER A. RIDLINGTON 
President Cashier 

WILLIAM R. HOLMAN 
Clerk 



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Choosing Sides for King Philip's War 

On Tuesday evening, February 12, as 
we lined up for bed, the Supervisor told us 
to march to the Assembly Hall instead. 
We did so, and he told us we were to 
choose up for our annual February 22nd 
holiday. On this day we annually hold 
either a King PhiHp's War or a Snowball 
Battle. Several nominations for leaders 
were made. We then voted for the two 
boys we thought would make the best 
leaders. The captains who were finally 
chosen, were; Kenneth Kearns and Archi- 
bald Beeman. The two captains soon 
chose their men. As Kearns had the larg- 
er number of votes, Beeman had the first 
choice of boys. After the choosing sides 
was done, the two captains, "tossed up" to 
see which side would be Indians, and 
which side would represent the Settlers. 
Kearns won the toss and chose to lead the 
Indians, so Beeman took the Settlers. 
After this we all went to bed. 

I was chosen one of the Settlers, and 



Mess call for supper 5:25 

Assembly for supper 5:30 

Retreat (flag lowering) Sunset 

Assembly for bed 7:30 
Taps — last call of day 

Church call is played on Sundays be- 
fore all services. In the summer we play 
swimming call to assemble the Boys for 
swims. 

It is very easy for a bugler to become 
unpopular, especially if he plays reveille, 
which is a call nobody likes to hear. 

Howard H. Sturtevant 



Letter Writing Day 

On the tenth of every month we 
write letters to our friends. We write 
about our work, our play, entertainments 
we have, and news concerning the Island 
in general. I wrote to my mother, last 
letter writing day, to let her know that I 
was well. I think my mother will be 
sincerel7hope"the" war' will be as good this glad to hear from me. All the Boys like 
year as it was last year. to hear from their friends and relatives. 

Joseph G.Wasson Harold E. Floyd 



Bugle Calls 

Bugle calls at our School correspond 
in many ways to the calls used by the 
Army, Navy and the Boy Scouts. There 
are five boys who play the various calls 
throughout the day. Following are a list 
of the calls: 

Reveille 5:45 A.M. 

Drill call 6:00 

Assembly for drill 6:05 

Mess call for breakfast 6:25 
Assembly for breakfast 6:30 
To the Colors 8:00 

Mess call for dinner 11:25 

Assembly for dinner 11:30 

•' for school and work 1:00 P.M. 



Listening to the Radio 

Last Saturday afternoon when there 
was no school, 1 wanted to play basket- 
ball but all the balls had been taken, and 
all the places filled. I could not play and 
I was very disappointed. As I was think- 
ing about what I could do next, a friend 
of mine asked me if I wanted to listen to 
the radio. I was delighted because I had 
never listened to a radio concert. After 
attaching the ear phones, I was surprised 
to hear a voice singing very plainly. 

When I finished Hstening I thought 
that I had spent my afternoon as well as 
I could have if I had played basketball. 

Raymond E. Regan 



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Che }\\mn\ dissociation of Cbe farm and Craaes School 



Will F. Davis, 79, President 
11 EusTis Street, Chelsea 50 



Elwin C. Bemis, '16, Vice-President 
Thompson's Island 



Merton p. Ellis, '97, Secretary 
38 Spafford Road, Boston 86 



Augustus N. Doe, 75. Treasurer 
Wellesley 



Geoffrey E. Plunkett, '14, Historian 
Atlantic 



Since the March issue of the Beacon 1923, this page, or a portion of it, is being 
devoted to printing the names of all Alumni beginning with the year 1850, with the 
years they left the School and their present addresses if known. 

The School and Alumni Association would greatly appreciate receiving any 
information concerning the members of the various classes. 



1870 
Bridges, John 
Brown, William R, 
Bryan, David 

Clark, Joseph Blue Island, Illinois 
Cowing, Charles H. 
Dunn, John T. 
Easterbrooks, William 
Harrod, Thomas 
Klinghammer, Lewis 
Lankton, Allen 
Lyman, Edwin 
Pitts, John F. 
Scarlet, George T. 
Smith, Adrian N. 
Smith, Ward E. 

1871 
Beals, George 

Bennett, Edward D. 

Conn. 
Brown, Theodore L. 
Crehore, Franklin J, 
Daniels, William T. 
Dunbar, Frank S. Deceased 
Duncan, Charles 35 Gleason St. Dorchester 
Forbes, George H. 
Friend, John 
Griffin, Michael 
Lawrence, Henry 
Marsden, George E. 

Meader, Frank F. A. 17 Eleventh Ave., 
Murray, William F. Deceased 1922 
Smith, Walter S. 
Stearns, Edward A. 
Stone, Joseph J. 

Trimm, William J. Deceased Jan. 4, 1907 
Wardwell, Howard C. 
Wilder, Marshall L. 



480 So. Main St., Waterbury, 
2157 Dorchester Ave., Dor. 



Haverhill 



1872 
Bryan, William H. 
Crook, Stephen A. 
Dadd, Alfred 
Dietruch, Charles J. 
Dietruch, Rudolph 
Follansbee, William C. 
Hingley, Clarence B. 
Hudson, Bradford H. 
Hutchinson, James 
Leonard, William 

Murray, Benjamin F. Deceased 1883 
Murray, Charles S. 
Murray, Henry Deceased 1922 
Nutting, Daniel 
Parsons, Augustus 
Parsons, James H. 
Roper, William P. 
Street, John T. 
Thompson, Levi W. 

Vinto, Lyman F. Vineyard Haven, Mass. 
Whittaker, Daniel L. 

1873 
Bell, Richard 35 Raleigh Road, Belmont 
Bennett, Clarence 

Bunten, Frederick R. 60 India Street, Boston 
Chambers, George W. 

Clarke, William S. 21 Windsor Rd., Somerville 
Dame, Charles H. 
Early, Francis 
Fish, Ottawa B. 
Fish, William . 
Keys, James H. 
Merritt, Edward L. 
Merritt, Richard H. 
Punchard, Jesse 
Purcey, George 




Vol. 27. No. 12 Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass., April 1924 

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



School Team Basketball Season 

This year, in addition to our four 
teams that played for the Crosby Shield 
and Cups, we organized an "All School 
Team" which played four games. 

The team was organized in January 
under the direction of our assistant super- 
visor. Each day a squad of fifteen or 
twenty boys reported to him and were put 
through the practicing and conditioning 
necessary to make a winning team. Later 
the squad was reduced to eight, a captain 
elected, and the team supplied with uni- 
forms. 

Our first game, played February 2 at 
the Ruggles Street Gymnasium, was with 
Gordon Bible College. The School was 
victorious by the score of 38-31. It was a 
game long to be remembered by those 
who witnessed it. The squad left the 
School at noon along with twenty-five or 
thirty supporters. After arriving at the 
gym, the team practiced and became used 
to the floor. 

At the start of the game our followers 
had but little to cheer over as Gordon 
built up quite a lead. But we didn't stop 
plugging and before the half ended we 
were leading. This lead was maintained, 
although at times we were hard pressed. 
Osberg led in the School team's scoring, 
and Fish for Gordon. The lineups: 



G. B. C. Position Pts 
Fish L F 17 

Woodbury R F 12 

Schurman C 
Holton R G 2 

Yphantes L G 
Sub: Lawson 



F. T. S. Position Pts. 
Russell R G 8 

Winmill L G 
Osberg C 12 

Kearn8(Capt.)L F 12 
Claggett R F 6 

Subs: Paley, Keith, 
McKenzie 

Our next game was February 16, and 
we found the Wakefield Beaver Club as our 
opponents. It was really only part of the 
team formerly known as the Beavers, but 
for lack of another name we kept the same. 
We have printed an account of this game 
in an earlier issue of the Beacon, and so 
will not dwell on it here. The final score 
was 28-12 in the School team's favor. 

On March 1, the Apaches of the 
Boston Y. M. C. A., were defeated 29-18. 
This team finished the season with a rec- 
ord of 17 wins and 2 losses. Their other 
defeat was at the hands of the Everett High 
School team. 

When the first period ended we were 
leading 10-0. They made a game fight 
and as the game progressed became strong- 
er. At the end of the game it was an even 
go, but the damage had been done in that 
hectic first period. The summary: 

Apaches Position Pts. F. T. S. Position Pts. 
Nicholson L F Claggett R G 

Thomas R F Winmill L G 2 

Meyers C 2 Osberg C 12 

Long R G 4 Kearns(Capt.) L F 

Beatty(Capt.)L G 12 Russell R F 13 

Subs: Paley 2, Keith 
McKenzie, Adams 



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The last game, April 9, was a return 
game on our own floor with Gordon Bible 
College. It was by far the best game of 
the year and we were forced to play our 
hardest to gain the verdict. Gordon had 
all her first string team, being minus their 
captain and a regular guard when we play- 
ed them before. Their team-work was 
fine and they gave us a hard go for it. 

The score see-sawed back and forth. 
First one side led and then the other. It 
was this way until the last few minutes when 
two baskets in succession gave us our final 
score — F. T. S. 20 Gordon 15. 

G. B. C. Position Pts. F. T. S. Position Pts. 

Fish L. F. 5 Claggett R. G. 

Batstone(Capt.) R. F. 8 Winmill L. G. 

Woodbury C. 2 Osberg C. 6 

Holton R. G. Kearns(Capt.)L. F. 4 

McCuUy L. G. Russell R. F. 10 

Subs: Yphantes, Schurman 

As this is the first year since 1911 that 
we have had an, "All School Team" it 
was quite an event and did a lot toward 
building up a School spirit as was mani- 
fested by the cheering section which 
Sturtevant, Burriss and Floyd so success- 
fully led. 

We played not to win in score but to 
win by proving our playing and team 
work superior to our apponents. We like 
to feel that the score is a record of their 
skill and team work compared to ours. 

Kenneth E. Kearns 

Repairing Lawn Settees 
Every Fall the lawn settees are taken 
inside for the Winter. They were taken in 
as usual, last Fall, and they are being 
scraped and varnished. First, the settees 
are taken all apart and the nuts and bolts 
are put in a can of kerosene, to prevent 
them from rusting. The slats of all 
of the settees are then scraped clean of all 
varnish and dirt. Those which are 
broken are replaced by new ones. Then 



they are varnished, and the two iron 
supports, which are at each end of the 
settees, are painted with black paint and 
put to dry. The settees are put together 
again and are taken to the stock barn. 
In the Spring they are put around the 
grounds for the Instructors and our friends 
on Friends' Days. They look very good 
after they are painted and varnished 

William M. Hall 

Minstrel Show 

On March 18, fifteen boys and four 
Instructors gave a Minstrel Show. They 
had been practicing and rehearsing for 
some time and we expected a good show. 
We were not disappointed. A red drop, 
curtain divided us from the actors. A 
row of footlights ran across the floor in 
front of the curtain. At the given signal 
all the lights were extinguished. The 
minstrels began to sing. In the darkness 
we could not see the curtain go up and 
the effect was very good when the 
footlights flashed on all of a sudden. 

The minstrels stood before us in circle 
formation. Mr. Swasey, the interlocutor, 
stood in the back center. On both sides 
were the chorus in white ducks and blue 
uniform coats. Of course all the actors 
were blacked and wore wigs. The end 
men, instead of wearing uniform coats, 
had blue and red swallow tails, topped by 
flaring white paper collars and jazz ties. 

The show was in two parts. The first 
part was circle jokes between end men and 
interlocutor and solos and monologues at 
intervals. The second part covered two 
sketches, a cakewalk and one or two mon- 
ologues. Two men from Boston assisted 
by a sketch which made a great hit. 

We had a fine time and the success 
of the show more than paid for the work 
of preparation. 

Seymour C. McFadyen 



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Awarding the Football Shield 
and Cups 

One night after Grade Reading, the 
Crosby cups and shield were awarded. 
The Shield was won by Team D. They 
won four games and tied the other two. 
All the Boys were very glad. These cups 
are made of pewter and silver, with the 
name of the School and year, and the 
name of boy and the position which he 
played engraved on them. 

Mr. Crosby has given cups for fifteen 

years. 

The Shield team players were as 

follows: 

L. E. Paul F. Reid 

L. T. Clarence E. Stevens 

L. G. WiUisB. Drake 

C. Clarence P. Hobson 

R. G. Charles L. Claggett 
R. T. Warren J. Burriss 
R. E. Raymond Thomas 
Q. B. Alton B. Butler 
L. H. B. Ivers E. Winmill (Capt.) 
R. H. B. Eric O. Schippers 
F. B. Howard E. Keith 
Substitutes: 

Philip H. Young 
Willard G. Schroeder 
The Cups were awarded as follows: 
L. E. Paul F. Reid 
L. T. Clarence E. Stevens 
L. G. Jay S. Vining 

C. Alexander McKenzie 

R. G. Kenneth A. Priest 
R. T. Howard S. Costello 
R. E. George Libby 
Q. B. Kenneth E. Kearns 
L. H. B. Raymond H. McQuesten 
R. H. B. John H. Schippers 
F. B. Edward V. Osberg 

Substitute Cups 
Q. B. Seymour McFadyen 
F. B. Howard E. Keith 

F B George D. Russell 

■ * Paul F. Reid 



The Class Dance 

The annual Class Dance was given 
by the Third Class on the evening of 
March the 21st. As was customary in 
other years, the Assembly Hall was deco- 
rated. This year the decorations were 
Japanese. All around the room were 
Japanese lanterns and parasols. From 
each window draped streamers with a 
colored paper chrysanthemum at the end 
of each streamer. The lights were semi- 
darkened which added to the effect. 

Before the dancing began programs 
and head bands were distributed. On the 
programs the names of the different dances 
were printed; there were twenty in all. 

The programs were book-like and 
they looked very attractive. The dance 
started off with a Grand March after which 
Fox Trots, Waltzes and Favor Dances 
followed. The orchestra, which provided 
excellent music consisted of, piano, violin, 
banjo, trumpet, trombone and drums. 

During the intermission ice cream 
and cake were served by the boys on the 
entertainment committee. We danced 
until twelve o'clock. We went to bed 
feeling that the Class Dance of 1924 had 
been a success. 

Howard H. Sturtevant 

Painting the Steamer 

The paint shop instructor, told 
another boy and me to take some sand- 
paper down to the Wharf. When we got 
there, he told us to sandpaper the wood- 
work' of the Steamer. After we had it 
done, we smoothed it up and went to the 
paint shop and got two cans of burnt sienna 
to put on the woodwork. Next we put 
varnish on. Then we rubbed it down. 
The Steamer looks very good now. 

James Johnson 



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BOARD OF MANAGERS 



PRESIDENT 

Arthur Adams 

VICE-PRESIDENT 

Charles E. Mason 

TREASURER 

N. Penrose Hallowell 

SECRETARY 

Tucker Daland 

MANAGERS 

Karl Adams 

Gorham Brooks 
S. V. R. Crosby 
Charles P. Curtis 

George L. DeBlois 
Thomas J. Evans 
Fred T. Field 

Walter B. Foster 
Alden B. Hefler Robert H. Gardiner, Jr. 

Henry Jackson, M. D. 
Matt B. Jones 

Roger Pierce 

Leverett Saltonstall 
Philip S. Sears 

Charles Wiggins, 2nd 

Edward Wigglesworth 
Moses Williams 



Paul F. Swasey 
Alfred C. Malm 



Superintendent 
Assistant Treasurer 



This season in basketball has in- 
troduced a new feature in the form of 
games with outside teams, and it has been 
interesting and instructive at the same 
time. In the first place, it gives a stand- 
ard of comparison which we can not get 
in playing among ourselves. The team 
is made up of the older boys, picked 
players, and it does not test their mettle 



to play with other teams of the School, 
or to match skill with the Instructors, as a 
game this spring showed by a score of 28- 
4 in favor of the boys. To play teams of 
selected players from other schools is a 
much fairer test of their ability. 

So far this season has been successful 
in giving us the victories. We hope that 
we would have accepted defeat with as 
good grace because that is the real test of 
sportsmanship. Not a little of the credit 
for the good work of the team is due to 
their excellent physical condition. The 
healthy atmosphere of our Island, the 
routine of work and play, regular hours of 
sleep, and substantial food, with a mini- 
mum of sweets, explains their strength and 
endurance. It agrees perfectly with the 
theory of simple, straight living which 
Clarence DeMar, '04, discussed when he 
talked to us in February. Furthermore, 
faithful practice developed skill in shoot- 
ing balls and good pass-work, and all the 
games were characterized by clean fair 
playing. 

But the most important feature of the 
season was the team-play which we de- 
veloped. A boy who makes a spectacular 
shot from the middle ot the floor instead 
of passing it to a boy nearer the basket who 
has a surer chance of getting the ball in, is 
playing "to the galleries" for individual 
glory. To sacrifice one's own desire to score 
and pass it on to a better player is real team 
work. To work with the others to win, 
no matter where the credit may fall, is to 
really play the game. 

And if we develop team-play in basket 
ball, can we not develop it in other things 



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We are all working for the good of the 
F. T. S. Instructors and Boys alike have 
the same ideal. Let's have team-work, 
let's pull together and make personal 
sacrifices if necessary, and we shall prove 
ourselves worthy of winning greater things 
than basketball games. 



Calendar 



Mar. 1 Cut trees in Bowditch Grove, 
worked on wood pile and oiled harness. 

The School basketball team defeated 
the Apache team from Boston this after- 
noon on the School floor with a score of 
29 to 18. 

Earl Ericsson, '23, Leo S. Whitehead, 
'23, and David Long, '22, were here for 
the afternoon. 

Mar. 3 Worked in orchard and took 
measurements for pipe for drinking foun- 
tains in Barn. 

The Crosby football shield and indi- 
vidual cups were given out this evening 
after Grade Reading. 

Mar. 4 Repaired harness and put it 
together. 

Mar. 5 Cleaned grain room, hauled 
lumber to the Old Barn and put sleighs 
away for another season. 

Mar. 9 Killed a hog this afternoon. 
Mar. 7 Put dirt in hot bed and 
hauled ashes to fill in the roads. 

Recharging of storage batteries was 
begun today. 

Mar. 8 Finished work on drags. 
Ralph Langille, '19, was here for the 
afternoon. 

Mar. 9 The members of the first 
and second grades accompanied by a 
number of Instructors enjoyed a ride to 
the dry dock to see the Leviathan. 

Mar. 10 Planted lettuce in hot beds, 
cleaned basement of New Barn and 



repaired fence. 

Mar. 11 Cleaned Old Barn and 
started to whitewash interior of New Barn. 
Repaired door of Root Cellar. 

Mar. 12 Cleaned farmers' room. 
Mar. 13 Gathered driftwood from 
beach and continued to whitewash in Barn. 
Twenty-four boys were given the 
opportunity of attending the Automobile 
Show in the Mechanics Building, through 
the kindness of Mr. Walter B. Norwood, 
'04, and Mr. George I. Campbell. 
Seventy new hens came today. 
Mar. 15 Worked in orchard. 
Mr. Ernest H.Baynes of The Meriden 
Bird Club, Meriden, N. H. gave the Boys 
an interesting talk on "The Language of 
the Trails". 

Mar. 17 Repaired wagons. Seeds 
for the Farm were received today. 

Mar. 18 A number of Boys and 
Instructors gave a minstrel show this even- 
ing. Those who took part did well and 
it was greatly enjoyed. 

Mar. 19 Planted onions, radishes, 
cabbages and tomatoes in hot beds. 
Mar. 20 Cleaned Beach. 
Mar. 21 Raked roads, the blacksmith 
here. Assistant Treasurer Alfred C. Malm, 
'00, was here to look over Cash Books. 

Manager Walter B. Foster '78, visited 
the School this afternoon and remained 
during the evening. 

The annual dance given by the mem- 
bers of the Third Class took place this 
evening. 

Mar. 22 Washed windows in Barn 
and took storm door to Old Barn. 

Eric O. Schippers, '21, was here for 
the afternoon. 

Robert Thompson, '22, came to spend 
Sunday. 

Mar. 24 Moved Colony houses, 
fertilized Observatory Hill and hauled 
brush from orchard. 

Clifton E. Albee, '21, a student at 



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Brewster Academy, returned this morning 
having been here for the week end. 

The launch Winslow was painted this 
morning. 

Mar. 25 Used drag on roads, and 
repaired fence near the Old Barn. 

The members of the Observatory 
Staff with their Instructor went to 
the U. S. Weather Bureau at the Post 
Office and Custom House this morning. 

Mar. 26 Hauled brush from North 
End of the Island. 

Minor repairs are under way in the 
Power House. 

Ralph L. Langille, "19, graduated to- 
day from the Massachusetts Nautical 
Training School. Exercises took place 
aboard the U. S S. Nantucket. 

A group of Harvard students 
entertained the Boys this evening with 
instrumental and vocal selections and 
dialogues. The entertainment was pro- 
vided through the efforts of Mr. Tibbetts 
of the Philips Brooks House. 

Mar. 27 Killed one hog weighing 
240 pounds and hauled brick to Willow 
Road. 

Mar. 28 Put the Pilgrim on blocks 
and took off winter sheathing and painted 
her. 

Mar. 29 Set up new Buckeye incu- 
bator and brooder and worked on manure 
spreader. 

Planted more tomatoes, lettuce and 
cabbage in hot beds. 

Boilers in Power House and Steamer 
Pilgrim were inspected today and found 
to be in good condition. 

Chester Buchan, '21, a student at 
Mechanic Arts High School, was here for 
the afternoon. 

Mar. 31 Worked on silo. 



Calendar 50 Years Ago 1874 

As Kept by the Superintendent 

Mar. 2 A beautiful calm sunny day. 

Mar. 3 Wenttocity with my month- 
ly report and to do other business for the 
School. 

Mar. 5 Manager S. G. DeBlois visit- 
ed us today. Mr. S. C. Perkins came to 
drill the band. 

Mar. 6 Mr. Perkins gave lessons to 
the school on the rudiments of music, and 
left at noon. 

Mar. 7 Dull, stormy day. Rain and 
sleet. 

Mar. 11 The carpenter is at work 
making a sink for the dining room. 

Mar. 18 Damp and foggy. Went 
to get lumber to repair boats. 

Mar. 23 A terribly rough, uncomfort- 
able day. Could do nothing out of doors 
because of the cold. 

Mar. 24 Thermometer at 8 degrees 
above zero. Very cold and windy. 

Mar. 26 Were visited by our new 
Treasurer, C. P. Bowditch and S. G. De- 
Blois. 

Mar. 31 Went to city with boat to 
get articles for the house. 

March Meteorology 

Maximum Temperature 55° on the 
28th. 

Minimum Temperature 24° on the 
1st and 17th. 



Mean Temperature for the month 



35°. 



Total Precipitation .8 inches. 

Greatest precipitation in 24 hours .5 
inches from the 11th to 13th. 

Five days with .01 or more inches 
precipitation, 21 clear days, 5 partly 
cloudy, 5 cloudy. 



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The Farm and Trades School Bank 

Statement, April 1, 1924 
RESOURCES 

U. S. Securities $ 500.00 

Other Investments 777.58 

Cash _204J2 

$1482.30 

LIABILITIES 

Surplus $ 412.92 

Deposits ±069JS 

$1482.30 

CLARENCE E. STEVENS GROVER \. RIDLING TON 
President Cashier 

WILLIAM R. HOLM AN 
Clerk 

Harvard Night 

One evening some members of the 
Harvard Glee Club came down to give us 
an entertainment. 

One of the men was a wellknown 
Harvard football player named George 
Owen The first number was a saoxphone 
solo Then two of the men sang some 
snappy college songs. George Owen 
spoke awhile on "How To Play the 
Game". There were a few more 
selections played, and sung. Then there 
were two Japanese students who 
demonstrated the method of fencing. 

After the entertainment Mr. Swasey 
told us there would be dancing for a- 
while. While the dance was going on, 
several boys where asking George Owen 
what sport he liked best. He told us that 
hockey was his favorite sport. 

I think that the entertainment was one 
of the best times I have had since I have 
been here. 

We enjoyed this entertainment through 
the kindness of Mr. Tibbetts who is 
connected with Harvard apd who is a 
close friend of our School. 

Burton Dorman 



A Lecture on Wild Animals 

Mr. Baynes, a naturalist, came to the 
Island one evening, and gave a sterioptican 
lecture on wild animals and his experiences 
with them. He told us about squirrels, 
rabbits, mice and rats, skunks, deer, wild 
boars, buffaloes, wolves and foxes. 

Once he caught a baby fox and tamed 

him. He told us many interesting things 

about this little red fox. After the fox 

had grown older, Mr. Baynes thought that 

he should be let loose and not be kept in 

captivity any longer. One day he tried to 

lose him in the woods a few miles from 

his home. That very night while he was 

ill his study, he heard a scratching noise 

outside, and when he opened the door 

his little fox ran in. After a while his fox 

went to the woods more often and very 

soon it never came back. 

We all spent a very pleasant evening 

listening to Mr. Baynes and seeing his 

slides. 

Ralph I. Swan 

Mr. Miller's Lecture on Bees 

One night our Power House Instruc- 
tor gave us a lecture on bees. He told us 
about the queen bee, the drones and the 
workers. The queen bee lays all the eggs 
while the drones, who are the lazy males 
do nothing. The workers go out and 
gather the honey. He showed us how to 
distinguish the queen from the others. 
They leave about three queens in a hive 
and the one that awakens first kills the 
others. It was a fine lecture. I learned 
a great deal about bees. 

Gilman Day 

Mr. Swasey's Birthday Surprise 

At five o'clock March 14. the Boys 
were assembled in the gymnasium to 
practice songs for a surprise that nobody 
except those preparing it, knew anything 

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Cbe Jllumni Bssociation of Cbe farm and trades School 



Will F. Davis, 79, President 
11 EusTis Street, Chelsea 50 



Elwin C. Bemis, '16, Vice-President 
Thompson's Island 



Merton p. Ellis, '97, Secretary 
38 Spafford Road, Boston 86 



Augustus N. Doe, '75, Treasurer 
Wellesley 



Geoffrey E. Plunkett, '14, Historian 
Atlantic 



Since the March issue of the Beacon 1923, this page, or a portion of it, is being 
devoted to printing the names of all Alumni beginning with the year 1850, with the 
years they left the School and their present addresses if known. 

The School and Alumni Association would greatly appreciate receiving any 
information concerning the members of the various classes. 

1873 Continued 
Sissic, John 
Thomas, Harry 
Williams, William F. 

Woodman, Charles O. Deceased Feb. 12, 1920 
York, Edward F. 



1874 

Bailey, Frederick A. 
Baird, William 
Brooks, James H. 
Blaisdell, Edwin D. 
Blanchard, Fredrick C. 
Burroughs, John I. 60 Summer St. Boston 
Dudley, Arley N. 
Follansbee, Thomas U. Chelsea, Mass. 



Goodnough, Fayette C. 

Graves, Charles H. 

Hall, Daniel W. 

Hatch, Donnel 

Hayward, William J. 

Hodges, Alfred A. 

Kelley, Joseph H. Deceased April 5, 1914 

Lambert, John H. 

Mumford, William G. 

Redmarth, John 

Rooke, John 

Smith, Elijah 

Tucker, Frederick 



about. We practiced singing four or five 
different songs, then we filed downstairs 
again and had supper. After supper we 
passed very quietly to the Assembly Hall 
and sat in a circle about a table on which 
was a large birthday cake with several 
candles on it. After everybody was seated, 
serpentine crepe was passed around to be 
used later on in the evening. Then 
the gong was struck two or three times 
and after waiting a little while, Mr. 
Swasey came up from eating supper and 
entered his apartments. Then the gong 
was struck again and this made Mr. 
Swasey come out of the apartments and 
upstairs, wondering what the gong had 
rung for. Just as he was about to pass the 
Assembly Hall doorway, we all began to 
sing, "Happy Birthday to You". He 
then entered the room with Mr. Warren 
and Mrs. Swasey. Mr. Swasey spoke to 
us a for few minutes and the rear door 



opened and one of the boys brought in a 
large box on a truck. He wheeled it up 
to Mr. Swasey and said, "This is a little 
present from the Boys". Mr. Swasey told 
the boy he could have the privilege of 
opening it, as the boy's birthday was the 
next day. The boy took off the outside 
cover, when one of our teachers suggested 
that Mr. Swasey open the rest of it. So 
Mr. Swasey took out one box then 
another and another until he reached 
the middle box. In the last small box he 
found a very good fountain pen. He 
thanked us for it, and stepped forward to 
cut the cake. After he had blown out the 
candles and started to cut the cake every- 
body threw their serpentine crepe at him 
and it looked very pretty. We had ice 
cream with the cake. After everybody 
had finished eating we filed out of chapel, 
very happy. 

George L. Langill 




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