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Vol. 29 No. 1 Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. May 1925 

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

Start of the Baseball Season 

A few nights ago we chose up forbase- 
ball. The captains are: Charles Claggett, 
Team A; Arthur Blackwell, Team B; 
Raymond Thomas, Team C; Marshall 
Hall, Team D. The boys practiced dili- 
gently for a while before the schedule 
games started. The practice was interrup- 
ted temporarily by the coming Memorial 
Day track meet. 

The first game was played between 
teams A and B, Team A won 14 to 12. 
It was a loose game as each team made 
at least five errors. The pitching was 
good except for a few times when they 
seemed to let up. Team B led until the 
sixth inning when A tied the score and 
eventually won the game. 

In the second game of the season the 
score was not so close. Team D defeating 
team C. 17 to 5. It was a poorly played 
game. Nobody on team C seemed able to 
deliver a hit when it was needed. Cap- 
tain Thomas was the only consistent hitter 
on the team. A large number of team 
D's scores were drives through C's infield 
which made a lot of errors. But practice 
is what is needed and we hope to have 
better games later on. We hope to 
play some outside teams soon. 

James Libby 

A Trip to WEEI 

Early one evening about ten boys be- 

longing to our radio club got ready for 
town. We went to Station WEEI of the 
Edison Illuminating Co. Mr. Emery, a 
graduate of this school, also Big Brother 
of the Big Brother Club showed us the 
sending sets and different studios. After 
we had seen everything of interest con- 
cerning radio broadcasting, we went to 
the main studios, and sat around the 
microphone. George Russell, one of our 
boys, spoke a few words about the School. 
We all joined the Big Brother Club, 
which is a Radio Fraternity made up of 
young "listeners in". It is conducted five 
evenings a week. The club has no adver- 
tising purpose. Its aim is to entertain and 
educate also to create good will among its 
members. The members are not urged to 
do greater things; they are simply inspired 
to do better, the ordinary things of life. It 
is easy to join, but membership isnot solicit- 
ed, it must be voluntary. The club pin is 
white enamel, in the shape ofan incandes- 
cent electric light bulb, with the letters 
"BEBBC" in gold, inscribed down the 
center of the bulb. Underneath is pictured 
"The Friendly Glow" and the call letters 
of the station WEEI. There is no limit to 
membership. The age limit is from 7 to 
17. We all think it is a very helpful and 
interesting club. 

James Johnson 


Firing Methods 

Boilers may be fired by hand or by 
mechanical strokes. Firing by hand is 
laborious and is usually an inefficient 
process.' There are four methods of firing, 
each of which has its advantages and faults. 
These methods are: 

1. Spreading methods 

a. Even spread 

b. Alternate side spread 

c. Alternate front and back 

Even spread firing means what its 
name signifies if the fireman spreads the 
coal evenly beginning at the back of the 
grate and working towards the door. The 
intervals between firing and the amount of 
coal used each time varies with the fireman 
or engineer, kind of coal used and amount 
of draught in use. Some coals burn better 
with a thick fire, with the coal filled in 
large quantities and at long intervals. 

Objections to Even Spread System 

1. When the coal is spread evenly 
over the whole grate the coal chokes the 
air passage through the bed of coke on the 
grate and reduces the air supply at the 
time when it is most needed to burn the 
water gas and hydrocarbon gases, distilled 
from the fresh coal. 

2. When the coal is first fired, it is 
spread evenly over the furnace, the mois- 
ture in the coal is distilled from it and a 
cooling process takes place all over the 

Alternate Side Spread Firing System 
This system seems to have all the 
advantage of the coking system without its 
disadvantages. It consists of spreading the 
coal evenly on one side of the grate over 
its whole length and also on the other 
side at equal intervals of time. That is, 
fire on^ side with fresh coal; then after a 
period of time fire the other side. Instead 

of covering the whole grate with fresh coal 
at long intervals, only-halt of the grate is 
covered and the firing intervals shortened 
to one half the time. With this system of 
firing, economical and complete combus- 
tion depends largely upon the skill of the 
fireman, also upon the combustion cham- 
ber and the opportunity it affords for thor- 
ough admixture of two currents of gas. 

Alternate Front and Back Spread Firing 
This system is the same as above ex- 
cept that fresh coal is fired alternately first 
on the front half of the grate and then on 
the back. The actions of the gases are 
practically alike and results are almost the 

The Coking Method 

In this system fresh coal is piled on 
the front of the grate, while the rear half is 
covered with practically burned coke. 
When the coal is nearly coked, it i< pushed 
back to the rear of' the furnace. Then 
fresh coal is put on the front half again 
and allowed to coke. The object is to 
keep a bed of incandescent carbon at the 
rear of the grate, in passing over the coke 
which the volatile gases from the green 
coal at the front will be burned. 

As I work in the Power House I have 
to fire in a certain way. At first I experi- 
mented with different ways and found 
that firing by the alternate side spread 
system was easier and better. It does not 
leave as many holes as the coking method 
is apt to. 

George D. Russell 

Calvin Goolidge 

A living story always interests me. 
This one especially for it is honest and 
real. The story ot the boy is the story of 
the man. 

He was a plain boy on a plain farm. 
While a boy, farming was a part of his busi- 
ness. As a man it became his avocation. 


Thus he knows the plain people. He is 
one of them, for his atmosphere is a simple 

When he became a member of the 
General Court of Northampton he and his 
family lived on his annual income of one 
thousand dollars. When he became 
governor he vetoed a bill to raise the in- 
come of legislators from $1000 to $1500 a 
year. He lives out his policies, which 
are not simply theories. He is careful of 
his official pocket as he is of his personal 
pocket. Thus as mayor he cut down the 
municipal debt, as now he sets out to cut 
down taxes and the national debts. 

The secret of his success is, and has been, 
his capacity to see and seize an opportun- 
ity. His father's words were "He's al- 
ways done well and I ■ guess he always 

His only sports have been love of ad- 
venture and walking. His teachers say 
he was a good student. His father says he 
never had to tell him what to do. He has 
always been regarded as silent. He was 
born with two ears and one mouth. 
Hence he saw that he was made first to lis- 
ten and learn. 

He was born in a sparsely settled 
country in Vermont, where there are few 
neighbors and small temptation- to talk. 
Vermonters have a reputation for silence. 
He is quick to act. 

His first statement to the American people 
went as follows 

"Reports, have reached me, which I 
fear are correct, that President Harding is 
gone. The world has lost a great and 
good man. I mourn his loss. He was 
my chief and friend. It will be my pur- 
pose to carry out his policies which he has 
begun, for the service of the American 
people and for meeting their responsibili- 
ties wherever they may arise. For this 
purpose I shall seek the cooperation of all 
those who have been associated with the 

President during his term of oiTice. 
Those who have given their efforts to as- 
sist him, I wish to remain in office, that 
they may assist me. I have faith that God 
will direct the destinies of our nation." 

This story is an inspiration. It sym- 
bolizes the force of those great words of 

"Thou hast been faithful over few 


1 will make thee ruler over many." 

Such are the characteristics of the 
man, Calvin Coolidge who was inaugurat- 
ed as President of the United States. 

March 4, 1925. Carl H. Kuphal 

My Work 

Thursday and Friday mornings I go 
down to the drawer-room to get the Boys' 
clean clothes ready for Saturday night. 
First I put the night-shirts, shirts and the 
underwear in the boxes. Then I help 
with the work in the clothing-room until 

8:30. Alan B. Scott 

Scraping the Pilgrim's Cabin 
My work is quite interesting for I am 
a steamer boy. There is quite a variety of 

During the last week we have been 
scraping- the cabin of the Pilgrim. We 
take steel scrapers three by six inches and 
file them so they have a burr on the edge. 
We then scrape off all the varnish and 
stain. It is very hard to get it off in some 

We scrape until we reach the wood. 
The cabin is made of mahogany and white 
pine. We then sandpaper it and stain it 
with Burnt Sienna which gives it a nice red 
color. We then put on two or three coats 
of varnish which makes it look very good. 
Next we shall scrape the deck which is 
more easily done. The Pilgrim will look 
nice and fresh when it is finished. We 
take pride in her appearance. 

James A. Brain 


Cbompson's Island Beacon 

Published Monthly by 


Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor 




IVERS E. WlNMlLL Editor 

James M. Libby Asso. Editor 

Vol. 29 No. 1 

May, 1925 

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Arthur Adams 


Charles E. Mason 


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Tucker Daland 


Karl Adams 

Gorham Brooks 

S. V. R. Crosby 

Charles P. Curtis 

George L. DeBlois 
Thomas J. Evans 

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

Henry Jackson, M. D. 
James H. Lowell 
Roger Pierce 

Leverett Saltonstall 
Philip S. Sears 

Charles Wiggins, 2nd 
Edward Wigglesworth 
Moses Williams 

Paul F. Swasey 
Alfred C. Malm 

Assistant Treasurer 

"Ambition is the germ from which 
the growth of all nobleness proceeds." 

In order to make life a success, ambi- 
tion is the requisite factor which spurs one 
on to his goal. Without ambition we are 

All mortals are come to this earth for 
a purpose, but that purpose may never be 
realized if we lack that power to battle re- 
sistance and plunge foward — thus making 
the Best of our lives. So long as a man 
has ambition, no limit can be placed on 
his rise in the world. And what man or 
boy has not felt the urge and prod of the 
desire to do! 

Let us as Boys at The Farm and Trades 
School cultivate the fundamentals of am- 
bition while our lives are in the plastic 
stage. Let us instill that fervor and indomi- 
table spirit into our hearts , which repeats 
itself again and again - "I can do and I 
will do"- until it becomes a part of us. 

Let us perform the various tasks as- 
signed us each day to the Best of our abil- 
ity. Before we realize, we have formed 
the habit of not only doing things , but 
doing things well. 

By allowing this little habit to creep 
gradually into our lives, we are climbing 
slowly and steadily, yet higher and higher 
up the ladder of Opportunity. Spurred 
on by Ambition, we at last reach the door 
of Success. This door, I assure you, will 
be unlatched to receive any conscientious 
boy who knows no such word as Impos- 

"Ambition is a pearl without price. 
Let no man rob you of it. It would be 
better to give him everything you own in 
the world than let him stifle your desire to 
get on. For while you hold on to that, 
you can never be completely disarmed in 
the battle of life." 



April 1 Tried out new spreader to- 
day, and finished up the dyke road at the 
South End. 

Cottage Row Government held a 
caucus this evening. 

Willard Schroeder, '24, on a vacation 
from Tilton School, is visiting here. 

April 2 The Pilgrim was beached 
this morning to be cleaned and painted. 

April 3 A number of boys were giv- 
en the opportunity this evening to visit 
Station WEEI. This courtesy was extend- 
ed by Big Brother, Claire Emery, '16. 

Butchered pig weighing 2661 2 lbs. 

Steamer Pilgrim was taken to Law- 
ley's today for general repairs. 

April 4 Roger Smith, '23, and 
Howard Sturtevant. '24, visited the School 
this afternoon. 

April 6 Scow, John Alden, was 
calked and painted today. 

A group of Harvard students came 
over this evening to entertain the Boys. 

The veterinary was here this morning. 

April 7 Cottage Row election was 
held tonight: Mayor, Clarence Hobson; 
Treasurer, William Warnock; Assessor, 
Hildreth Crosby; Chief of Police, Marshall 
Hall; Aldermen, Arthur Turner, Chair- 
man, Jack Hobson, James Brain, Ray- 
mond Thomas, Seymour McFadyen; 
Clerk, Raymond McQuesten; Street Com- 
missioner, George Poole; Librarian, 
William Long; Janitor, Carl Kuphal. 

April 9 Rhubarb uncovered today. 

April 10 Sowed oats in field by Ob- 

April n Doctor Taylor was here 
this morning to examine the Boys' teeth. 

Manager and Mrs. Robert Gardiner 
and children were here for the afternoon. 

A shoe-sewing machine was received 
to-day, the gift of Manager Thomas J, 

April 12 Our annual Easter Concert 
was given in Chapel this afternoon by the 

April 13 Painting of the walls of the 
court was completed today. 

April 14 Sowed peas. Launched 

April 15 Captains and teams were 
chosen tonight for baseball. Team A, 
Charles Claggett; B. Arthur Blackwell; C, 
Raymond Thomas; D, Marshall Hall. 

April 16 Early potatoes were plant- 
ed today and orchard seeded to oats. 

Members of the Forging Class with 
their Instructor attended an exhibit at 
Technology this afternoon. 

April 17 Thinned out in the hot 

Manager Henry Jackson visited the 
School this afternoon. 

April 18 Big Brother, Claire Emery, 
'16, with a number of his entertainers from 
Station WEEI came over to entertain the 
Boys this evening. Fine entertainment. 

April 21 John Goodhue, '21, was 
here for the afternoon and evening. 

Cottage Row Government held a 
trial in Assembly Hall this evening, Judge 
Winmill presiding. 

April 22 The shingling and paint- 
ing of the Poultry House were complet- 
ed today. 

President Arthur Adams and Mana- 
ger Moses Williams and son Moses 
Williams, Jr., were visitors this afternoon. 

April 23 Planted onion seed. 

April 24 Butchered cow weighing 
453 pounds. 

Steamer Pilgrim was brought back 
from Lawley's today where she has been 
undergoing repairs. 

Workmen came to-day to put galva- 
nized iron lining in the sink in the Boys' 

Three masons began work this morn- 


ing on the new brick lining in the fire box 
at the Power House. 

April 21 First group of boys went 
over to have teeth filled. 

April 27 Went to Charlestown after 
supply of fertilizer. 

April 28 Two new registered cows 
arrived today from the Ames Estate at 
North Easton. Mr. John Ames has given 
the School one of these cows. 

First Friends' Day, 272 friends of the 
Boys were here for the afternoon. 

April 29 Cut first asparagus. 

Calendar 50 Years Ago 1875 

As Kept by the Superintendent 

April 1 Today completes the twenty- 
fifth year of my sojourn on this Island. 
Hundreds of boys have gone out from this 
institution with influences received from 
me, either good or bad. Which have 
they been? God knows that my heart's 
desire has been to instill, such precepts into 
the hearts of all, — and to accompany those 
precepts with such examples as should 
develop true manhood and nobility of 
purpose in this life, — and an earnest de- 
sire for an inheritance in the life to come. 

April 13 Today we have had one 
of the severest snow storms of the whole 

April 26 Got new scow from Mr. 
Stearns at Neponset. 

April 27 Mr. S. G. DeBlois came 
this P. M. 

April 29 John Evans, a graduate, 
visited us. 

April Meteorology 

Maximum Temperature 73' on the 

Minimum Temperature 37 ' on the 
19th and 20th. 

MeanTemperaturefor the month 48\ 

Total Precipitation 1.63 inches. 

Greatest Precipitation in 24 hours is 
on the 19th and 20th. 

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

The Farm and Trades School Bank 

Statement May 1, 1925 

U.S. Securities S 500.00 

Other Investments 942.13 

Cash 97.49 



Surplus $ 466.39 

Deposits 1073.23 

S 1539.62 


President Cashier 


A Sloyd Model 

In our Sloyd Course, as we finish one 
model we start another until some happy 
day we find ourselves working on our last 
and best model, the tool chest. 

The other day I started another new 
model which was the nail box. First I se- 
cured a piece of white wood and planed 
its highest side to a certain level. This is 
called face one, I next planed face two, or 
the side adjacent to face one. When face 
two was square, I then gauged the width 
and thickness. We do this to the pieces 
for the nail box. After having the two 
sides, andends, bottom, and handle allplan- 
ed to the right dimensions we sandpaper 
each piece and then we nail them all 
together, after this is done sometimes we 
either varnish or shellac it. 

Charles Claggett 


A Parade 

On Friday afternoon, May \, our 
Band went to Lawrence to take part in the 
parade held that afternoon in honor of 
Boys' Week. When we arrived there, the 
streets were crowded with people, and sev- 
eral other boys' bands were marching in 
the parade also. We marched a distance of 
about two miles, stopping at the same place 
from where we started. 

After the parade was disbanded, we 
went to the Lawrence High School, where 
there was a large lunchroom in the base- 
ment. We were given some sandwiches^ 
cocoa, doughnuts, and ice cream for re- 

We had a pleasant ride on the way to 
the Island until one of the busses which 
conveyed part of our Band, had a blow- 
out. The bus I was on, turned back and 
stopped at Spot Pond, where the other 
bus was We remained there, walking 
about the pond reservations until the tire 
was repaired. We arrived home tired, but 
happy, with pleasant thoughts of the inter- 
esting aftenoon we had spent. 

Otto Kohl 

Initials on Chests 

Since last year many boys have put 
initials on the covers of their chests. It is 
quite a task. First it is necessary to cut out 
a piece of maple for the initials. We 
make the initials correctly out of paper. 

After this we glue the initials on the 
piece of maple and with a fret saw we cut 
them out. This fret saw is good for 
particular work of this kind. After we 
have these initials cut out we get a piece ot 
mahogany or walnut and trace the initials 
on this piece of wood. 

This wood is generally about four in- 
ches long and two inches wide and a quar- 

ter of an inch thick. After we have the 
initials all traced we chisel the panel out 
so that the maple initials will set even with 
the walnut. After this is all done, we 
glue them in and then decide the shape 
we shall have. Some boys have ovals 
and some have them the shape of a dia- 
mond. After we have them the shape we 
wish we trace this on the inside of the 
panel and chisel it until it sets even with 
the panel. We then glue them in. After 
this is finisHed we can either stain it or 
put linseed oil on. Both make the initials 
stand out well. They call this inlaying. 

John A Arkerson 

A Waiter 

My new work is waiting in the Instruct- 
ors' dining-room. I have the Instructors 
to wait on at early meals. I go down to 
the dining-room at 6:20 A. M. for break- 
fast, again at 11:20 A. M. for dinner, and 
at 5:20 for supper. When I get there, the 
tables are all set with food, so I put on a 
waiter's coat and wait for the gong to 
sound, which is a signal to call the Instruc- 
tors to meals. Then I serve them what- 
ever they would like, that is on the table. 
After they have finished, I give them their 
dessert if they wish any. As soon as they 
go out, I clear the tables and crumb them. 
I then set up the tables again for the late 
meals, putting two small spoons and a 
knife, with the sharp side toward the plate 
on the right, and a fork at the left of the 
plate. At each end of the table are two 
serving spoons and dishes. The large 
dishes containing food are put at the foot 
of the table in the morning and noon and 
at the head of the table during supper. I 
like this work very much. 

Ross S. Lloyd 


Che n\mn\ Association of Che farm ana trades School 

Will Frink Davis, 79. President Elwin C. Bemis, '16, Vice-President Merton P. Ellis, '97, Secretary 

llEusTis Street, Chelsea Thompson's Island 38 Spafford Road, Milton 

Augustus N. Doe, '75, Treasurer Geoffrey E. Plunkett. '14, Historian 

Wellesley Walpole 

It is the endeavor of The Farm and Trades School Alumni Association to be- 
come better and stronger each year, each week, in fact, each day. Its organization 
was for the benefit of all Farm and Trades School graduates, and the graduates 
make it a source of great strength by their support, or weaken its influence by their 
non-support. The officers of the Association, whose names and addresses appear 
at the top of this page each month, are ever ready to assist Farm and Trades 
School graduates as individuals, or as a whole, through the Alumni Association. 
Show your appreciation to your Alumni, its officers, and to your Alma Mater by 
writing them of yourself and of your classmates. Get in touch with the members 
of your class and schoolmates. Secretary Ellis will gladly send you names and 
addresses that you may desire to help in this work. 

Below you will find the name and address of YOUR Class secretary. He wants 
to hear from YOU! 





























Merton P. Ellis 
Howard B. Ellis 
Thomas R. Brown 
Alfred C. Malm 
George G. Noren 
John J. Conklin 
Charles H. Bradley, Jr. 
Walter D. Norwood 
C. James Pratt 
Don C. Clark 
Leon H. Quinby 
Frederick W. Marshall 
George J. Balch 
Alfred W. Jacobs 
Bernard F. Murdock 
C. Robert Emery 
Edmund S. Bemis 
Geoffrey E. Plunkett 
Benjamin L. Murphy 
Howard F. Lochrie 
G. George Larsson 
Frank E. Woodman 
Malcolm E. Cameron 
Daniel E. Smith 
Theodore B. Hadley 
Kenneth E. Kearns 
George D. Russell 
Howard H. Sturtevant 

38 Spafford Road. Milton 86. Mass. 
494 Broadway, South Boston 27. Mass. 
Box 401, Hollywood, Florida 

89 Malvern Street. Melrose 76, Mass. 
105Woodside Avenue. Winthrop, Mass. 
325 Main Street. Medford 55, Mass. 

294 Washington Street. Boston 9. Mass. 
1533 Beacon Street, Brookline 47, Mass. 
101 Bellevus Avenue, Roslindale 31, Mass. 
789 No. Main St., North Leominster, Mass. 

90 Mt. Vernon Street. Dover, N. H. 
43Warnock St., Lowell, Mass. 

7 Cypress Park, Melrose, Mass. 

Main Street. Hingham Centre. Mass. 

36 Bickerstaff Street, Boston 17, Mass. 

28 Greenleaf Street. Maiden 48. Mass. 

156 Morrison Avenue. Somerville 44. Mass. 

295 PHmpton Street. Walpole, Mass. 
44 Elaine Ave., East Saugus, Mass. 
85 Pinckney Street, Boston 14. Mass. 
18 Haviland Street, Boston 17, Mass. 
263 Forest Street, Arlington 75, Mass. 
242 Pleasant Street, Stoughton. Mass. 
9 Atherton Street. Somerville 42. Mass. 
32 High Street. Bridgton. Mame. 
Brewster Academy, Wolfeboro, N. H. 

6 Harwood Street, Beverly. Mass. 
Brewster Academy, Wolfeboro, N. H. 

The following instructions have been sent to each class secretary. "Keep in touch with each member of 
your class, make every class member an alumnus, put the Beacon in the hands of every class member, and 
establish a class gift." Will you help your class secretary to carry out these instructions? 

Vol. 29 No. 2 Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. June 1925 

Entered November 23. 1903. at Boston Miss., as Second-GUss 

under Act of Congress of July Ift. 1874 


Standing Left to Right. 

Ivers Winmill, Edward Floyd, George Russell, Howard Gostello, Arthur Blackwell, Raymond 
McQuesten, Herbert Gove, James Brain, Jack Hobson, Willis Drake, Clarence Hobson, Marshall Hall, 
Paul Butts, William Warnock, Bradbury Rand, William Young, Otto Kohl and Albert Cheney. 

William Reeve, James Libby, Clarence McLenna, Raymond Thomas, John Arkerson, George 
Adams, Donald McKenzie, Warren Burriss, Seymour McFadyen. Thomas Hall, Arthur Turner, Ralph 
Swan, Henry Gilchrist, Paul Turner, Carl Kuphal, Burton Dorman, George Libby and Carl Wijk. 


May Fifteenth, our Band went over 
to broadcast from Station WEEI. The 
Band had this opportunity through the 
kindness of "Bob" Emery a j^raduate of 
this School. 

We left the Island at five o'clock, ar- 
riving at the Radio Station about six o' 
clock. The members of the Band were 
told to sit in the Broadcasting Studio 
while a man was giving an imitation ot an 
aeroplane ride through the West. At a 
given signal our Bandmaster led the Band 
while it played a march, "Imperial Coun- 
cil." After that "Bob" Emery spoke a few 
words while the Band got ready to play 
"The Jolly Blacksmiths," a novelty over- 

Meanwhile graduates and friends of 
the School sent telegrams telling how 
they enjoyed the concert. The Band play- 
ed "America the Beautiful." a march, and 
that ended the program. The Boys ai 
the School went to the Assembly Hall and 
listened to the program over Mr. 
Swasey's radio set. 

Clarence H. McLenna 

Work on the Farm 

One morning I was told to get in the 
farm line. When we got down to the Barn, 
some other Boys and I were told to gtt 
some hoes. Then we went to the garden 
by the Farm House. When we got there 
we were told to weed the cabbages. I like 
the farm work very much. 

Carle Nichols 


Memorial Sunday 

When Memorial Sunday came, a 
hymn was played to wake the Boys instead 
of reveille. 

When all the Boys had dressed we 
marched downstairs to get ready for 
breakfast. After this the neccessary work 
was done. 

About half-past nine we put on our 
uniforms and the Band Boys got their in- 

When the clock struck ten, we were 
on our way to the Cemetery, marching 
with the Band. As we approached the 
cemetery the Band stopped playing and 
we marched to the beat of muffled drums. 

When we reached the Cemetery, the 
exercises began. 

The program follows: 

Hymn Onward Christian Soldiers 

Quartette and School 

Mr. Putnam 

Clarence P. Hobson, Mayor 
Recitation Gettysburg Address 

Thomas A. Hall 
Hymn Abide With Me 

Quartette and School 
Recitation Flander's Field 

Arthur Brown 
Recitation America's Answer 

Carl O. Wijk 

Recitation Spires of Oxford 

William M. Hall 
Recitation Invictus 

Fredrick Austin 
Hymn Holy, Holy, Holy 

Quartette and School 
Recitation The Blue and the Gray 

George Poole 
Recitation The Debt 

James Libby 
Roll Call 

Clarence Hobson 

Decoration of Graves 
Rolling of Muffled Drums 

Taps, three times 

Hymn Nearer, My God, To Thee \ 

Quartette and School I 

After the exercises we marched back 
and had our dinner. We spent the after- 
noon quietly as usual. 

Charles L. Wheeler 

An Auction 

One Wednesday evening Cottage 
Row Government held an auction to sell 
some shares in the Ionic Cottage as well 
as the new cottage. The new one has 
been named The Bradley in honor of Mr. 
Charles H. Bradley who instituted Cottage 

Ivers Winmill was the auctioneer. 
There are twelve shares in each cottage. 
The first set of three shares was sold for 
three dollars and sixty-five cents, the sec- 
ond set of two shares sold for two dollars 
and sixty cents, the third set of two shares 
sold at two dollars and sixty cents, and 
the fourth set of five shares sold for five 
dollars. I bought the third set. 

Francis Floyd 

My Work as Cobbler 

Most of the shoes that have to be re- 
paired need to have new heels. When put- 
ting on new heels I first spread rubber ce- 
ment on the heel of the shoe and allow it 
to dry. I then file the rubber heel, so that 
it will stick better. After this I put in the 
nails. When shoes need to have leather 
soles, I saw the leather out on the band- 
saw and then put them in water to soak. 
Some shoes get ripped in the back. These 
I repair with needle and thread. However, 
the next cobbler will have the benefit of a 
sewing machine, which has been presented 
to the School by one of its Managers. 
Since the change of work, I no longer am 
cobbler, but w^ork in the shop. 

Fredrick Austin 


Memorial Day 

Memorial Day dawned bright and 
clear and we were pleased for we enjoy 
our sports on this day. The Boys all jump- 
ed out of bed at the first note of the bugle 
which sounded at 5:45 A.M. When we 
were all dressed we passed downstairs to 
get ready for breakfast. 

This over, all the Boys worked until 
nine o'clock when we were dismissed for 
the rest of the day. 

The Boys were divided into six teams 
that were chosen the week before. They 
were all trained and ready for their work 
to help win the shield for their respective 
teams. There were three teams picked 
from the larger boys and three others from 
the smaller boys. The larger teams com- 
peted against each other and the smaller 
teams were matched against each other. 

The team that won the largest number 
of points among all six teams, won the 
shield. Each team chose a name for itself. 
They were as follows; 

Captains Teams 

M.Hall U. of California 

R. McQuesten Princeton 

E. Floyd Penn State 

G. Libby Yale 

J. Libby Dartmouth 

A. Butler Harvard 

The day began with the cross country 
run which the small boys ran first. The 
first place was taken by Harvard. 

The award was a certain number of 
points for the three leading boys and the 
team having the most number ot points 
at the close of the races won the prize. 

When the cross country had been run 
the Boys next went to the playground for 
the jumps and pole vault. These races 
were close and very good all through. 

In the pole vault the first two places 
were taken by Princeton, the first place 

was vaulted at 10 feet. After these races 
had been run, the bell rang and the Boys 
went to the house to get ready for dinner. 
After dinner, the foot races were held on 
Beach Road and were very exciting. 

When these had been run, the last of 
the races, which were the aquatic sports, 
were eagerly watched from ihe Stone 
Wharf. When these had been run oflf 
the races were finished and the Boys play- 
ed ball until supper was ready. 

When the points had been totalled, 
it was found that the University of Cali- 
fornia had won with the score of 84 
points. Yale was second with 71 points. 
Hildreth R. Crosby 

A Good Time 

May 30, we had a good supper on the 
beach. Mr. Swasey told us that we could 
build fires together on the beach and cook 
our own suppers. We had frankforts. 
rolls, pickles, lemonade, cookies, dough- 
nuts, and marshmallows. We then had a 
tug of war. The boys had even numbers 
on one side and odd numbers on the 
other side. The evens won and they 
received a bag of peanuts. We all enjoyed 
the good time and went to bed happy. 

Burton Dormdn 

My Work in the Sewing Room 

Every Tuesday it is my duty to do the 
socks and finish as many as I can. 
Wednesday, we have underwear which I 
dislike very much because of so many 
little holes. Thursday we have cord- 
uroys or khakies. Friday we have socks 
again. Saturday, we first wash windows, 
then clean up for over Sunday. I like my 
work very much, and try to take pains with 
it. I have been in the Sewing Room three 
months now and each week the work 
seems easier than last week. 

Theodore Vitty 


Cbompson's Tsland Beacon 

Published Monthly by 


Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor 





James M. Libby 

Asso. EditDT 

Vol. 29 No. 2 

June, 1925 

Subscription Price 

50 Cents Per Year 



Arthur Adams 


Charles E. Mason 


N. Penrose Hallowell 


Tucker Daland 


Karl Adams 

Gorham Brooks 

S. V. R. Crosby 

Charles P. Curtis 

George L. DeBlois 
Thomas J. Evans 

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

Henry Jackson, M. D. 
James H. Lowell 
Roger Pierce 

Leverett Saltonstall 
Philip S. Sears 

Charles Wiggins, 2nd 
Edward Wigglesworth 
Moses Williams 

Paul F. Swasey 
Alfred C. Malm 

Assistant Treasurer 

Kindness is not just being easy. 
True kindness contains iron. 

Very often when men of acquirements 
and accomplishments appear cold and un- 
responsive to appeal, they are asking of 

others merely that which they have ex- 
acted of themselves. 

We have a friend, a hotel keeper, 
down at Columbus, Ohio. 

He says that he w-as brought up in a 
very poor neighborhood in Detroit, that 
very few of his boyhood friends ever a- 
mounted to anything, and that their ideal 
seemed to be getting something for noth- 

The best of them, he says, got only as 
hi^h as some political job that cost more 
in wardheeling effort than it was worth. 

This friend of ours ran ofTfrom home 
in his early youth, got a job as a bell hop 
in a Chicago hotel, saved his money, suc- 
ceeded in one job after another, and learn- 
ed the hotel business. 

Then, with his s.-'vings and the back- 
ing of a few friends he bought this hotel in 
Columbus. He made money from the 

The news of his success found its way 
back to his boyhood freinds in Detroit. j 

One after another they came to him, ' 
all with a hard luck tale. He not only 
gave them bed and board, but very often 
clothes and money. 

He says that in the first tlush of his 
success he rather took a foolish pride in 
his ability to do all these things for his 
boyhood friends— that it was a manifest- 
ation of vanity. 

One befriended aquaintance told an- 
other, and the more he did for them the 
more they came. 

Like tramps, they marked the house 
where hand-outs were easy to get. 


He said that these fellows began to 
play return engagements about every six 
months with the same hard luck story. 
They were all believers in luck— mostly 
hard luck. 

Each of these fellows believed that his 
success was a matter of luck rather than ef- 
fort and thrift. They took what he gave 
them as a matter of course, in the belief 
that he was only supplying the results of 
what he had and they did not — luck. 

Finally our hotel friend mustered his 
courage and refused hospitality to all of 
his mendicant friends. 

They soon passed the word around 
that his money had turned his head, that 
he had grown cold, and considered him- 
self above ihem. 

He says that all his kindness had re- 
verse English in its effect. 

So long as he was doing for them 
they were doing nothing for themselves. 
By his refusal of further charity, he caused 
them to put forth effort of their own, and 
to just that extent he destroyed their be- 
lief in luck. 

He exacted of them only what he 
had exacted of himself -effort and thrift. 

That which is too freely given is 
more of a loss to the receiver than to the 


— Ilarr isso n ' s Magazin e 


May 1 The Boys' Band went to 
Lawrence today to take part in a parade 
for the observance of Boys' Week. 

Began work on new road in rear ot 
Boat House. 

May 5 Finished planting six acres 
of corn and cut a bushel of rhubarb. 

The new cottage, The Bradley, on 
Cottage Row was completed today. 

The monthly meeting of the Board of 
Managers was held at the School. Among 
those present were: President Adams and 
Managers Foster, Evans, Sears, Saltonstall 
and Lowell. 

May 6 Planted early carrots, beets, 
lettuce, radishes and parsley. Sowed field 
in rear of Farm House to oats. 

May 8 Cultivated the early potatoes 
and the peas. 

May 9 John Schippers, '21 is here 
for the week end. 

Several new oaks were transplanted 
today in the rear of the Power House. 
May n Set out 1000 tomato plants. 
May 12 Nearly 2000 cabbages were 
set out today. 

May 13 Butchered cow weighing 385 

The semi-annual meeting of the A- 
lumni Association was held at Young's 
Hotel in Boston this evening. 

May 14 Finished planting potatoes, 
53 bushels including early ones. 

Painting of the dining-rooms was be- 
gun today. 

May 15 Built new corral for the 
young stock. 

Boys' Band broadcasted a concert this 
evening from WEEI. This is their first ex- 
perience over the radio and the oppor- 
tunity was afforded by Big Brother, Bob 
Emery, '16. 

May 16 Team D defeated Team A 
this afternoon 10 to 9. 

May 18 Began practicing music for 
graduation this evening. 

May 19 Two hundred tons of coal 
screenings arrived today. 

The re-arrangement of Cottage Row 


was started today. Two cottages were Calendar 50 Years Ago 1875 

mOV-ed. As Kept by the Superintendent 

May 20 Finished fertilizing corn , , ^ -m r- ... , . , 

^ , , D • . ^ .u (■ ^/f • ^^y ^ 1 he first visiting day of this 

field. Painted north firescape on Main \^ .,, ,, t^%,, . .t 

D .,,. ^ season. Managers Weld, DeBlois. Hom- 

Building. J V 

ans and Young were present. 
May 21 Hauled nearly two tons of iv/i -7 a u ,1 . , . , 

, , , ^ n. r> ■ ^ ^ ^^y ' ^ cold rough day with wind 

baled paper to City Point. 1 wo more .1 . , . o .r 

^ , n ^. ^ v> . northeast and some rain. Self wrought in 

cottages were moved on Lottage Kow to- , 

northeast grove pruning, etc. 

^^\, ^'^ o , , . f ■ , f May 8 Planted first fodder corn on 
May 22 Seeded piece for balance of gouth End. also buckwheat and set rasp- 
sweet corn. berries. There have been discharged dur- 
May 23 Cleaned the beach. Team ing the month seven boys: Augustus Doe. 
B was victorious this afternoon defeating Francis Richards. Geo. W. Pierce. Has. 
Team C, 12 to 4. N. Williams, J. E Naron, Bryon L. Rider 
May 24 Professor William Howell and Augustus Brown. 

Reed of Tufts College was here this after- -tm r- j t^ j o , . r^ . 

, 1 . .u o J her arm and 1 rades School Bank 

noon and spoke to the Boys. 

May 25 Mixed fertilizer for vege- Statement June 1, 1925 

tables, cleaned Storage Barn. ,, ^ ^ .. ^^esoukces 

U.S. Securities % 500.00 

May 26 Blacksmith was here today. ^,, t , r^.^,-, 

^ ^ Other Investments 942 13 

May 28 Started cultivation of the Cash 97 49 

corn. Mr. Burton L. Hess, General Sec- — 

retarv of the Massachusetts Society for So- j)ioo9.o2 

. •- . , „ ^ . LIABILITIES 

cial Hygiene gave the Boys a very instruc- Surplus S 466 39 

tive talk on "Science of Life" this evening, t^ •• i^-,^ ^-. 

T.. , , . , , . ^ Deposits 1073.23 

1 he lecture was accompanied by moving 

pictures. ^ 1539.62 


May 29 finished planting the vege- President Cashier 

tables and butchered cow weighing 442 


pounds. .j,^,,^^ 

Edward Osberg, '24, a student of 

Brewster Academy, is here for the after- May Meteorology 

noon. ., . rj. ^^^ 

Maximum lemperature 80 on the 
May 3U Usual athletic and aquatic 21st. 

sports were enjoyed in observance of the 'Minimum Temperature 40^ on the 

day. 14th. 

Assistant Treasurer Alfred C. Malm. Mean Temperature for the month 56. 

00, and son are here for the week end. t- . 1 r» • • • -> t^n^ . , 

_. , - - ,-^ , Total Precipitation 3.08^^4 inches. 

Kenneth Kearns, 24, student at Brew- Greatest Precipitation in 24 hours .70 

ster Academy, came to spend the night. q^ j^e 11th. 

May 31 Memorial Day program Ten days with .01 or more inches 

was given at the cemetery at South End precipitation, clear days. 13 partly 

this morning. cloudy, 18 cloudy. 


Our History Lessons 

In the latter part of this year we have 
3een studying the World War. It is a little 
3ook written by McKinley, Coulomb and 
Gerson. These are new books and we are 
[he first class to use them. The book de- 
scribes many facts and gives its readers a 
5ood knowledge of Europe before the 
War, during the War and later. It de- 
scribes many events and facts of interest, 
Desides the general history. 

We like the manner in which we 
study it. Each boy reads a paragraph. 
Later the class discusses it. After com. 
3leting the chapter we study for a written 
lesson. We are now studying the results 
of the national problems, international 
problems and the League of Nations. An 
interesting topic we have just studied was 
President Wilson's speech to Congress, on 
Jan. 8, 1918 in which he set forth the 
aims, and peace terms of the U. S. His 
famous speech is known as "The Four- 
teen point speech". 

With a few more lessons we shall 
complete the book and then shall begin a 
review of the whole book. We have en- 
joyed the book, and have learned a great 
deal about the World War. 

William M. Hall 

A Scow Ride 

One Sunday afternoon the Band Boys 
were told to get their instruments and 
bring them down to the Wharf. The 
other Boys carried their chairs and racks. 
When we got to the Wharf we got into the 
scow, which was tied along side the 
steamer. In a little while we started in 
the direction of South End. We went as 
far as Lawley's shipyard, which is in Dor- 
chester. We saw a great many interesting 
places. The Band was playing nearly all 
the time, which added to the enjoyment 

of every one. In a little while we turned 
around and came back to the Island. We 
enjoyed the trip very much. 

James M. Libby 

Moving Cottages 

Mr. Swasey and Cottage Row Gov- 
ernment thought it would be a good plan 
to move some of the cottages back and 
have two streets. Six of them were 
moved back. 

There are now twelve cottages. A 
new one. The Bradley, being added. City 
Hall is in the center of the second row. 

After the cottages had been moved 
back we started to build new streets. We 
dug a trench about six inches deep, thirty 
inches wide and the length of Cottage 
Row. We then filled it up with stones 
and put ashes on top, rolling them in to 
form a tlrm and hard surface. 

We then seeded down the lawns in 
front of the cottages. There is a triangu- 
lar plot of grass in front of City Hall. At 
the head of this we put the flag pole. I 
think this is a very good idea. 

Ralph I. Swan, Jr. 


Every spring the boys who wish may 
have a flower garden. Seeds are given 
out and the Boys loosen the dirt and plant 
them. The different kinds of seeds are: 
Chinese pinks, zinias, asters, coxcombs, cos- 
mos candytuft, dalias and gladiola bulbs 
and other kinds. The boys who keep their 
gardens best are given prizes by Mrs S. V. 
R. Crosby, wife of one of the Managers. 

The first prize is five dollars and the last 
is one dollar. Ten boys may get a prize 
and the money altogether equals twenty- 
five dollars. About sixty boys have 
gardens and we all enjoy them. 

Thomas A. Hall 


Che JHumni dissociation of Che Tarm ana Crades School 

Will Fnnk Davis, 79. President Elwin C. Bemis, '\b. Vice-President Merton P. Ellis. '97. Secretaf 

llEusTis Street. Chelsea Thompson's Island 38 Spafford Road, Milto^ 

Augustus N. Doe. 75, Treasurer Geoffrey E. Plunkett. '14, Hi 

Wellesley Walpole 

On the front page we have a picture 
of our Band, taken this last spring wnen 
the Boys broadcasted. The ; bove picture 
may be interesting to some of you gradu- 
ates. Howard ElHs who we see standing 
on the right has always kept his interest 
in the Band and acted as leader of the 
Boys' Band from 1912 to 1924. 

Alexander McKenzie, '24, is work- 
ing as messenger at the Webster Atlas 
National Bank in Boston. 

Karl Van Deusen (Brackett) 
spent an afternoon at the School. Karl 
can be located at 621 West 189th Street, 
New York City. 

All graduates who know Franklin 
P. Miller, '18, will be pleased to know 
that he has passed examination and re- 
ceived his appointment to West Point, 
to enter the first of July. Miller is mak- 
ing a fine record for himself. At the 

pre^ent time he is completing his second 
year at Brown University. Good work 
Miller, keep it up. 

What has happened to class secretar- 
ies? Their notes are still needed for this 

Harold Buchan. '21, who will grad- 
uate from VVentworth Institute in June, 
has accepted a position with the Ver- 
mont Marble Company in Procter, Vt. 
He will go to Vermont soon after his 

David E. Long. '22, is now living 
at 49 Worthington Street, Boston, Mass. 

Bernhardt Zerick '12, has written 
that he is Chief Engineer of the steamer 
"Hera ' of the Standard Oil Company. 
He has been with that company since 1917 
with the exception of the time he spent in 
the Navy during the War. 

Vol. 29 No. 3 Pri nted at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. July 1925 

Entered November 23. 1903. at Boston Mass.. as Second Class matter, under Act of Con(ires8 ofJuly 16. 1874 

Standing Left to Right: Kenneth A. Priest, Raymond H. McQuesten, Edward L. 
Floyd, Ivers E. Winmill, Donald McKenzie, and George D. Russell. 
Center Row: Joseph G. Wasson, Clarence P. Hobson, and Warren J. Burriss. 
Front Row; Clarence E. Stevens, William F. Anderson, George A. Adams, 
Carl H.Kuphal, and Stanley W. Higgins. 


One of the most interesting days of 
the year is Graduation. For us it means 
the completion of the course at The Farm 
and Trades School. This year it occurred 
the ninth of June. The day proved to be 
pleasant and the exercises were held on 
the Front Lawn. 

The boat arrived at 1:15 bringing a 
large number of people. The Band es- 

corted them to the Front Lawn. Here they 
took seats that were reserved for them. 
The Band played a march, while the 
boys of the Graduating Class of 1925 
marched to their seats. 
The program follows: 

OVERTURE-Pastime L. P. Laurendeau 


Rev. Howard A. Morton 



George D. Russell 


Edward L. Floyd 
SELECTION-Jolly Blacksmiths S. Suckley 


Clarence E. Stevens 

Franz von Blon 

Ivers E. Winmill 

President Arthur Adams 

Rev. Vivian T. Pomeroy 

Mr. Swasey 


M ARCH'-America the Beautiful Jean Missud 


Raymond Thomas 

Classes Completing Courses 
Class of 1925 

George Adelbert Adams, William 
Fernald Anderson, Warren James Burriss, 
Edward Lee Floyd, Sranley Wendell 
Higgins, Clarence Paton Hobson, Carl 
Henry Kuphal, Donald McKenzie, Ray- 
mond Hadley McQuesten, Kenneth Austin 
Priest, George Drysdale Russell, Clarence 
Eugene Stevens, Joseph Gordon Wasson, 
and Ivers Erwin Winmill, 

James Archibald Brain and Ralph 
Merton Cheney. 


George Adelbert Adams, John Albert 
A.rkerson, Ralph Merton Cheney, Willis 
Benjamin Drake, Francis Elwin Floyd, 
Thomas Augustus Hall, William Marshall 
Hall, Jack H. Hobson, William Rollin 
Holman, James Edward Hughes, Kenneth 

Austin Priest, Ralph Irving Swan, Jr.. 
Clarence Eugene Stevens, Arthur Royal 
Turner, and Joseph Gordon Wasson. 


William Fernald Anderson, Stanley 
Wendell Higgins, Clarence Paton Hob- 
son, Donald McKenzie, Kenneth Austin 
Priest, and Joseph Gordon Wasson. 

Giving Out Basketball Cups 

Monday, June 8, we assembled for 
grade reading in the Assembly Hall. After- 
wards Mr. Swasey awarded the Sears' bas- 
ketball shield and cups. The shield went 
to Team A, which won 8 games and lost 
1. The shield team is as follows: 

George D. Russell Captain, Center 
Seymour C. McFadyen Left Forward 
James M. Libby Right Forward 

James A, Brain Right Guard 

Joseph G. Wasson Left Guard 

Alton B. Butler Left Guard 

Albert Cheney Left Forward 

Fredrick Austin Right Guard 

The boys who received cups are: 
Raymond Thomas, Team D Left Guard 
George A. Adams, Team B Left Forward 
James M. Libby, Team A Right Forward 
Raymond McQuesten, Team D Center 
James A. Brain, Team A Right Guard 
The boys who received substitute cups 

Edward L. Floyd, Team C Left Forward 
Philip H. Young, Team C Right Forward 
William M. Hall, Team D Right Guard 
Two boys, George D. Russell and 
Ivers E. Winmill, were not eligible to 
receive cups for their positions on account 
of already having won six cups. They 
each received a blue sweater with The 
Farm and Trades School monogram on 
it in place of the cup. 

Cecil A. Morse 


Constellation Ride 

Each year Mr. Herbert Sears, broth- 
er of one of our Managers, Mr. PhlHp 
Sears, invites the Boys and Instructors to 
enjoy a ride on his yacht, Constelhuion. 
This year the ride came on the day after 
graduation, June 10. 

The morning was pleasant and each 
boy was given a new pair of sneakers. We 
left the Island about half past nine. The 
launch with a row boat in tow, took the 
Boys to the Constellation. Three trips 
were made. As the Boys and Instructors 
went on board they were greeted by 
Mr. Herbert Sears, and Mr. Philip Sears 
and guests, Mrs. Sears and Mrs. Lowell. 

Soon the anchor was hoisted, and the 
sails were put up, and we were moving 
down the harbor. We sailed about three 
hours and on returning, we anchored in 
front of our Wharf. Refreshments ot 
sandwiches, lemonade, ice cream and 
cake were served. 

We were each given a box of choco- 
lates before leaving the Constellation. We 
were sorry when the time came to say 
goodbye to Mr. Sears, his brother and 

When we were all at home on our 
Wharf once more, we gave three cheers 
and a tiger for the Constellation, its owner 
and guests. We thank Mr. Sears very 
much for this pleasant time each year. 

Willis B. Drake 

Glass Ride 
Through the kindness of our 
President, Mr. Arthur Adams, the Grad- 
uating Class each year enjoys a Class Ride 
to some interesting place. This year the 
Class went to Gloucester. 

They left the Island about 12:30 
Thursday, June 11. When the Class re- 
turned, one of the boys told me what an 
interesting time he had. He said when 
the Class reached City Point a large White 

Star Line automobile met them and they 
soon started. They went along the 
North Shore passing through Swampscott, 
Prides Crossing, Beverly, and Marblehead 
where they saw the Constellation, the 
beautiful sailing yachr which takes us on a 
ride down the harbor each year. They 
went through Marblehead to Gloucester. 
In Marblehead they visited the hall where 
hangs the original painting of "Spirit of 
76". They also saw the small dory in 
which one man crossed the ocean. They 
also visited the Gordon Pew fish packirg 
factory and saw many interesting and 
beautiful homes. In Gloucester they 
i-topped for ice cream and cake. I know 
the boys of the class and the Instructors 
who accompanied them enjoyed the trip 
very much and found it inrer.^sting. 

Ralph I. Swan, Jr. 

Alumni Field Day 

Alumni Day is an annual event at 
our School. It occurs June 17, which 
happened this year to be on Wednesday 
of the week following graduation. The 
Boys worked from 7 to 9 o'clock then 
the Band boys got their instruments and 
went down to the Wharf with the other 
Boys. When the boat was coming in the 
Band began to play. The people follow- 
ed the Band until we reached the lawn. 
Here the President of the Alumni Associ- 
ation spoke about various things. The 
Band played a few numbers and then in 
about a half hour the Alumni Association 
had dinner by the tennis Court. After 
dinner thty had a few races for the Boys. 
There was a baseball game between the 
married and single men. The married 
men won. A play. Professor Pepp was 
given at four o'clock in the afternoon by 
the Boys of the F. T. S. The Alumni 
left the lawn after this and went to the 
Wharf. Everybody had a good time. 

Burton Dorman 


Cbomp$on'$ Island Beacon 

Published Monthly by 


Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor 





James M. Libby 

As30. Editor 

Vol. 29 No. 3 

July, 1925 

Subscription Price 

50 Cents Per Year 



Arthur Adams 


Charles E. Mason 


N. Penrose Hallowell 

Tucker Daland 


Karl Adams 

Gorham Brooks 

S. V. R. Crosby 

Charles P. Curtis 

George L. DeBlois 
Thomas J. Evans 

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

Henry Jackson, M. D. 
James H. Lowell 
Roger Pierce 

Leverett Saltonstall 
Philip S. Sears 

Charles Wiggins, 2nd 
Edward Wigglesworth 
Moses Williams 

Paul F. Swasey 
Alfred C. Malm 

Assistant Treasurer 

The visiting clergyman in a summer 
colony was asked to preach in the local 
church and his young son accompanied 
his father on Sunday morning. In the 
entry, the clergyman noticed the collec- 

tion box and dropped in fifty cents. At 
the conclusion of the service, the deacon 
came forward and announced that it was 
customary to give visiting clergymen the 
contents of the collection box. Accord- 
ingly, he opened the box and handed the 
minister fifty cents. Outside the church 
the little boy tugged at his father's arm 
and said, "Daddy, if you had put more 
in the box, you would have gotten 

With this apt illustration, Mr. 
Pomeroy gave us on graduation day. a 
principle we will do well to ponder. 
"What ye sow, that shall ye also reap." 

Graduation is a time of reckoning. 
We look back on the years just past, real- 
izing our successes and our failures. We ' 
look eagerly forward to days of new ex- 
periences, new challenge. Let us go for- 
ward joyfully, giving ourselves whole- 
heartedly to the things which seem worth 
while. Our ideals and visions will grow i 
as we do. We can only be true to our 
deeper selves, keeping hearts and minds 
alert for truth and beauty. "Today is 
ours, and today alone." Unstintingly let 
us give ourselves and in so giving we shall 
find not only success, but the more 
abundant life. 


June 1 Cultivated silage corn and 
measured South End for wire to enclose 
pasture land. 

June 3 Sowed out piece by Compost 

June 4 Started cultivating the pota- 

Boys slept out on Oak Knoll tonight. 

June 5 Sowed out piece on the flat 


below the Poultry House. 

June 6 Hauled boulder from North 
End for War Service memorial. 

Weather continues very hot and all 
Boys except fourth grade boys slept out 
on North Grove. 

June 7 Baccalaureate service for 
the hoys in the graduating classes was held 
at Phillips Church in South Boston this 

Towed President Adams' Yacht to 
Lawley's shipyard this afternoon. 

Severe hot spell was broken at noon 
today when a heavy squall broke upon us 
from the east. 

June 8 The Shaw Conduct Prizes, 
Temple Consolation Prizes and the Sears 
basketball shield and individual cups were 
awarded this evening after Grade Reading. 
The awarding of the prizes was followed 
by the dedication of a tree to the Class of 

June 9 Graduation exercises were 
held this afternoon. Reverend Vivian T. 
Pomeroy of Milton, Massachusetts, was 
speaker and he gave the Boys an interest' 
ing and instructive discourse. Sixteen 
boys received literary diplomas, fifteen, 
sloyd diplomas and six, forging diplomas. 
The guests included President and Mrs. 
Arthur Adams, Secretary Daland, and 
Managers Sears, Foster, and Pierce. 

In the evening a dancing party in 
honor of the Class of 1925 was given in 
the Assembly Hall. 

June 10 The Boys and Instructors 
with Mr. and Mrs. Swasey, enjoyed a sail 
on the Constellation today. This is an 
annual pleasure of graduation week, a gift 
of Manager Philip Sears and brother, 
Herbert Sears. 

An epidemic of chicken pox broke 
out among the Boys today. 

Edward Osberg '24, arrived today and 
will work here for the summer. 

June 11 The annual Class ride to 
Gloucester, a gift of President Adams, was 
enjoyed today by the Class of '25. 

Mowed first hay of the season this 

Osmond Bursiel, '22, came today and 
will be employed on the farm during the 
summer vacation. 

June 12 The firescapes and conduc- 
tors on the Main Building are being re- 

Went to Lawley's shipyard with the 
Launch Winslow to get President Adams' 
yacht the "Dolphin," which we towed 
down the harbor. 

Instructors' Day. The Instructors 
spent the day at Lake Nagog. 

June 13 The Class of 1919 of M.I.T. 
were here for an outing this afternoon. 

June 14 Manager and Mrs. Roger 
Pierce and guests visited briefly at the 
School this afternoon. 

June 15 Picked first strawberries of 
.the season today. 

The Winslow is being scraped and 

Merton P. Ellis, '97, spent the after- 
noon here. 

June 16 Moved pigs to corral. 
The rearrangement and repairing of 
the Cottages on Cottage Row were com- 
pleted today. 

June 17 Alumni Day with usual cele- 
bration; games, and contests, dinner on 
the lawn and in the afternoon the play, 
"Professor Pepp," was given by students 
of the School. There were one hundred 
and eighty-two people present. 

June 18 Graded and seeded grounds 
around the cottages and marked off lots 
on Cottage Row. 

The graduates who left the School to- 
day included: George Adams, William 
Anderson, George Russell, Carl Kuphal, 
Stanley Higgins, Edward Floyd, Clarence 


Hobson, Clarence Stevens, Raymond 
McQuesten, and Donald McKenzie. 

June 19 Ivers Winmill and Kenneth 
Priest, both of '25 and Philip Young, 
grammar course, '24, left today. 

Raymond Metcalf, '24, a student at 
Tilton Seminary, is here for the night. 

Assistant Treasurer Alfred C. Malm, 
'00, came over tonight and will audit the 
books tomorrow. 

June 20 The Daughters of Vermont 
and members of the Vermont Association 
were here for an outins this afternoon. 
They provided ice cream for the Boys. 
Ralph Cheney, grammar course. '25, 
left today to join his mother in New 

June 21 Through the efforts of 
Bandmaster Mr. Warren, the 101st Engi- 
neers' Band came over this afternoon to 
give us a concert. 

June 22 A row boat, the gift of the 
Massachusetts Humane Society, was 
brought over today. 

June 24 Began building fence a- 
round pasture at South End. 

Assisted Manager Saltonstall and his 
friends, whose boat had gone aground ofT 
Hangman's Island. 

June 25 Seymour C. McFadyen, '24, 
left today for Portland, Maine where he 
will work during the summer. 

A new Singer machine for the sewing 
room arrived this afternoon. 

Manager W. B. Foster is here for the 

June 26 Installed new aerial on 
Cottage Row. 

A cable leading to the barn is being 

June 27 Warren J. Burriss, '24, left 
the School today. 

The first peas of the season were pick- 
ed today, also the first currants. 
Painted No. 1 schoolroom. 

June 30 Boys left this morning on 
their annual furloughs of seven days. 

Calendar 50 Years Ago 1875 

As Kept by the Superintendent 

June 3 The Second Visiting Day of 
the season. Managers Young, Storer, 
Emmons, DeBlois and Homans present. 
By request left Boston this eve for New 
York to bring on the new steamboat 
which has lately been purchased. 

June 11 Went to city with boat to 
get cabbage and tomato plants. 

June 14 Were visited by twelve of 
our Managers, the Overseers of the Poor 
and others to the number of forty to whom 
we gave a collation. The day was fine 
and the occasion very pleasant. 

June 21 Our steam yacht, Jane 
McCrea arrived. 

June 24 Very warm, 88 at noon. 

June 29 The graduating class of the 
Everett School with Master Hyde, Messrs. 
Crufts, Learned, and S. G. DeBlois of the 
School Committee. Reverend Mr. 
Wright of the Berkley Street Church, Mr. 
Page of the Dwight School, all the teach- 
ers of the Everett School, and Mrs. S. G. 
DeBlois, visited us today and had a fine 
time. The whole was under the direction 
of Mr. S. G. DeBlois. Mrs. Hyde sent 
fruitcake to the Boys. 

June Meteorology 

Maximum Temperature 95' the 6th. 

Minimum Temperature 52' the 18th. 

Mean Temperature for the month 69^ 

Total Precipitation 3.30 inches. 

Greatest Precipitation in 24 hours 
.811 4 on the 16th. 

Eight days with .01 or more inches 
precipitation, 13 clear days, 5 partly 
cloudy, 12 cloudy. 


The Farm and Trades School Bank 10th Frederick Lloyd George 1.00 

George Libby 
Statement July 1, 1925 

RESOURCES The Temple Consolation Prize 

U. S. Securities ^ o???o Every year prizes are awarded to the 

Other Investments >>42.U ^^^^ ^^^ ^^^^ .^ ^^^ ^.^^^ ^^^^^ ^^^^ ^^ 

^^^" ■ the year, and have the least number of 

$1459.15 marks. There are ten money prizes 

LIABILITIES given by Mr. Francis Shaw to the ten 

Surplus 6 465.^y ^^^^^^ ^^^ ^.^ ^^^ ^j^gj pj.j^gg g^j^g 

Deposits ^ 992.76 ^^^^^ j^gj j^j^g ^j^jg jjgf^ g^ there are Conso- 

$ 1459.15 lation prizes of books, given by one of 

WILLIAM R. WARNOCK BURTON DORMAN our Mangcrs, N. Pcnrosc Hallowell. The 

P--^^'^^"* ^^^^'"^ boys who won Temple Consolation 


jg„gj. prizes are as tollows: 

_, . 11th Seymour Calvin McFadyen - 

The Shaw Conduct Prizes ^^^^ ^^ Machine Drawings. 

Through the kindness ot Mr. Francis 22th George Johnston Knott - Boys' 

Shaw, a former Manager, of our School, g^^^j^ ^^ Model Boats, 
there are ten prizes of money distributed ^3^^^ Arthur Ramsdale Blackwell - 

every six months for good conduct, g^^^' g^^j^ ^^ Machinery. 
Twenty-five dollars is divided into various ^4^1^ Ralph Henry Martis - Funda- 

amounts. These go to those boys who n^^^n^als of Baseball. 

have the best record according to the ^5^1^ Donald McKenzie - Produc- 

grade chart. tjve Farm Crops 

Mr. Swasey announced the winners Honorable Mention 

Monday evening, June 8. after Grade j^^j^ William Rollin Holman 

Reading. As each successful boy heard ^j^^ j^^^^g Everett Johnson 

his name called, he went forward to William R. Reeve 

receive his prize. The money was given t., t- • ' u j 

1 IT u u u I The Engmeers Band 

in a long envelope. Each boy shookc x c s 

hands with Mr. Swasey as he received his One Sunday afternoon the 101st 

prize. We applauded each happy win- Engineers' Band came over to give us a 

ner. We like these prizes very much band concert. The leader is Mr. Warren 

and congratulate the boys. The list of who is also our bandmaster. 

names follow: A number ot marches and overmres 

Rank Name Amount were played. A trombone solo was 

1st George Drysdale Russell $5.00 played and the piece was named Katherina. 

2nd Clarence Eugene Stevens 3.25 This was very good and was played again 

3rd Raymond Byron Chamberlain 3.00 by request. When the Engineers had an 

4th Fredrick Austin 2.75 intermission our band played a few 

5th Raymond Thomas 2.50 numbers. 

6th Ivers Erwin Winmill 2.25 This is the third time the Engineers 

7th Robert Edward Cunard 2.00 Band has come over through the kindness 

8th Jack H. Hobson 1.75 of Mr. Warren. We are thankful tor the 

9th George Adelbert Adams 1 .50 f^ne entertainment. Henry E. Gilchrist 


Che J^lumni ilssociation of Cbe farm ana Crades School 

Will Frank Davis, 79, President Elwin C. Bemis, '16, Vice-President Merton P. Ellis, "97, Secretary 

UEusTis Street, Chelsea Thompson's Island 38 Spafford Road, Milton 

Augustus N. Doe, '75, Treasurer Geoffrey E. Plunkett, '14, Historian 

Wellesley Walpole 

The Annual Alumni Field Day was 
held on the Island June 17th. There was 
a large attendance of members and their 
families, due to the glorious weather that 
prevailed, and the efforts of the new class 
secretaries. The members and their 
guests arrived at the Island shortly after 
ten o'clock, and were met on the Wharf 
by the School Band. They were escorted 
to the Front Lawn where a brief business 
meeting was held. President Will F. 
Davis, '76, presided. Mr. Davis called on 
Superintendent Paul F. Swasey who wel- 
comed the guests and extended to them the 
courtesies of the Island. Manager Walter 
B. Foster read the treasurer's report and 
announced the Alumni Fund to be $8173 
after an addition of $425 this year. Jimmie 
Graham was asked to pass the hat, which 
netted $100.00 (not so bad for Jimmie). 

Picnic lunch was eaten on the 

North Lawn where the graduating class 
were the guests of the Alumni. 

Following the lunch a ball game 
was played between the married and 
the single men, which resulted in a 
victory for the married men. Games and 
spectacular contests were run off with cash 
prizes for the winners and amusement for 
the spectators. A distinguished member 
in the person of Bob Emery, '12, director 
of the Big Brother Club, Station WEEI, 
was present and assisted greatly in the 
management of the sporting events, al- 
though the ladies' pie race ended very 
disastrously for Bob. 

An interesting feature of the day was 
the presentation of the comedy. Professor 
Pepp, by the upper class boys. The 
play was very entertaining and added 
greatly to the success of the day. 

Registrations June 17, 1925 

Roger K. Smith 
Albert H. Paterion 
Mr. & Mrs. C. W. Loud 
Cyrus W. Durgin 
Wm. J. Long 
Sherman G. Boucher 
John H. Schippers 
John Powers 
Elwin Bemis 
Ernest V. Wyatt 
Edrick B. Blakeman 
Webster S. Gould 
Charles H. Bradley, Jr. 
Ivers Allan 
Robert MacKay 
Walter D. Norwood 
Merton P. Ellis 
S. Gordon Stackpole 
Bernard Murdock 

T. J. Evans 
Mrs. W. E. Shurtlsff 
Ruth Loud 
Earl C. Marshall 
Richard H. Long 
Soloman B. Holman 
Theodore F. Miller 
G. George Larsson 
Richard Bell 
J. H. Partridge 
James A. Peak 
Alden B. Hefler 
Fred B. Thayer 
Will Frank Davis 
Luke Halfyard 
Claire R. Emery 
Glenn Furbush 
Geoffrey E. Plunkett 
Franklin E. Gunning 

H. E. Warmbold 
Mr. H. Woodbury 
Edith Loud 
Robert Giese 
Russell A. Adams 
Alice Holman 
Walter Herman 
George Bennett 
George Buchan 
William T. Marcus 
Emerson S. Gould 
James H. Graham 
Alfred W. Jacobs 
Theodore J. Gould 
Edward Robertson 
Charles C. Shaw 
William A. Morse 
Ernest M. Catton 

Edmund Bemis 
Henry Peterson 
William Loud 
David E. Long 
Walter J. Kervin 
Mr. &. Mrs. Scudder 
Ruth & Roger Scudder 
Harold Buchan 
Charles Duncan 
Mr. & Mrs. J. C. Littlefield 
George Hartman 
Chester W. Buchan 
Spencer S. Profit 
Howard E. Keith 
Malcolm E. Cameron 
Willis Smith 
Alfred C. Malm 
Wallace A. Bacon 

Vol. 29 No. 4 Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. Aug. 1925 

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

The Fourth of July 

The boys who were on the Island on 
ihe Fourth ot July had a fine time. 

We worked in the morning, until nine 
o'clock, and at ten o'clock we went for a 
swim. The water was cold, but we had a 
tine swim nevertheless. 

At eleven thirty, we had a good din- 
ner. After this, we did as we liked until 
five o'clock when the firecrackers were 
given out. We set these off until about 
five-thirty when it started to rain. 

We had our picnic in the gymnasium 
instead of on the beach as had been plan- 
ned. When the supper was over it had 
stopped raining, so we went down to the 
beach. Mr. S^vasey set off the large fire- 
works, of which there were plenty. 

We went to bed very thankful for the 
fine time the Instructors had given us. 

George Libby 

My Vacation 

Tuesday morning, June 30, some of 
the boys went home on their vacations. 
We dressed in our uniforms, went down 
to the Wharf, and boarded the Steamer. 
At City Point our friends were waiting to 
take us home. Mr. Swasey called out our 
names in alphabetical order. 

My sister was waiting for me and she 
took me to see my father. Then we went 
to Nantasket Beach and spent a pleasant 

day. The next day I visited anothersister 
in Dedham. I went in swimming that 
morning and in the afternoon we went 
automobile riding. In this manner each 
day of my vacation passed quickly. 

I know the other boys had a good 
time also. 

Thomas J. Kennty 

Friends' Day 

The Friends' Day for July was on 
Friday the 26th. After dinner the Boys 
washed and dressed in their uniforms. 
When it was nearly time for the 
Nantasket boat to arrive, the Boys es- 
corted by the Band marched to the Wharf. 
It seemed a long time that we waited for 
the boat, although it was only a few min- 

After the friends had left the boat, we 
marched up to the front lawn where the 
Band played and Mr. Swasey made a few 
remarks. Then we were dismissed. We 
went with our friends and showed 
them around the school, inside bounds. 
Some boys were without friends and they 

When the bell rang we went down to 
the Wharf to see the friends off. At sup- 
per time all of the bundles and packages 
of food were on the tables. Every boy 
had something, as those who received the 
bundles shared with those who didn't. 
On the whole we spent a happy day. 

Douglas D. Holton 


Our Quarterly Election 

Tuesday evening, July 21, our quar- 
terly election of Cottage Row was held. 
First the shareholders voted and then the 
non-shareholders. The non-shareholders 
did not vote for Assessor. The officers 
for the coming term are as follows: 

William Holman Judge of Superior 

Marshall Hall Judge of Lower Court 
Raymond Thomas Mayor 

Arthur Turner Chairman of Alder- 

Charles Claggett Shareholder 

William Warnock Shareholder 

Willis Drake Non-Shareholder 

Gilman Day Assessor 

William Long Treasurer 

Jack Hobson Chief of Police 

George Poole Lieut, of Police 

Alton Butler Sargt. of Police 

John Arkerson, Albert Cheney, Henry 
Gilchrist, and William Kenning. 

James Libby Clerk 

Herbert Gove Street Commissioner 
George Libby Librarian 

Bradbury Rand Janitor 

The Mayor chooses his Chief of 
Police, Clerk, St. Cf)mmissioner, Librari- 
an, and Janitor. The Chief of Police 
chooses his officers and Patrolmen. 

George O. Poole 

Working on the Coal Pile 

Last Monday, the coal barge came 

and the farm boys helped to unload the 

coal and keep the coal pile level. We 

worked quite hard at times, but we had a 

rest once in awhile. We had to work 

until twelve o'clock at noon, but I didn't 

mind because it gave me a larger appetite 

for dinner, and we probably enjoyed it 


Theodore L. Vitty 

My Bakery Work 

After I finish my dinner, I go in the 
bakery for my work. I first go to the 
stockroom with another boy and get a bag 
of flour. I then bring it to the bakery 
and sift it into the bread mixer. After 
that I sweep the floor and scrub it. I next 
grease the bread tins and report to the 
Kitchen Instructor who dismisses me. It is 
then about two o'clock, I have the rest of 
the afternoon off until quarter of five 
when I go in to mix the bread. 1 put in a 
half pound of soaked j'east, two quarts of 
grease, two and a half cups of salt, and two 
and a quarter pails of water. I mix all 
this with the flour. I then take the bread 
that the morning boy has baked, into the 
dining room. After that I get the wood 
up from the woodcellar and go to supper. 
I come from supper, take the dough that 
has been mixing by use of the electric 
mixer and put it into the trough so that it 
can rise until the next morning. The 
morning baker and I take turns getting up 
in the morning at a quarter of five to 
weigh and put the dough in the tins. 
After breakfast it is baked by the morning 
boy. It usually comes out good. 

William N. West 

Mosquito Inspecting 

One Monday, I asked the Supervisor 
if some boys could go mosquito inspect- 
ing. First we made out a slip to notify 
him what boys wished to go. We went 
down to the tool-room and got hoes and 
pails. Then we got some crude oil at 
the Compost Shed and went over to 
South End. We spread the oil on the 
ditches. Then we went around the beach 
tipping over and removing tin cans, filled 
with stagnant water, to prevent the mos- 
quitoes from breeding in them. Wlien we 
got up to the house, it was 8:45 P. M. 

WiHiam C. Kenning 


My Daily Routine 

In the early dawn, when the sun is 
just peeping over the horizon, at quarter 
of six, the bugle sounds reveille a^d I 
jump from my slumber ready to start ofif 
the day with good humor. The first thing 
1 do aft^r getting dressed is to go down to 
the washroom and wash for breakfast. , 

After washing and combing my hair, 
brushing my teeth and shoes, 1 have a few 
rninutes to walk around or read a book. 

At twenty-five minutes past six, Mess 
Call sounds which means to get ready for 
breakfast. :At half past six, the bugle 
sounds Assembly,, and I get into line for 
breakfast. After reporting the absent 
ones, 1 face with the other boys and file 
into the dining room, where breakfast is 
ready for us. After we have repeated 
Grace we sit down to eat. 

At seven o'clock, we are through 
breakfast and file out of tht^ dining room 
for work. Some of the boys work and 
others go to the sloyd room. I am one 
of those who goes to the sloyd room. 
When the bell rings at half past eight, I go 
to the Main Building with the others and 
get ready for school. At quarter of nine 
I fall into line and march to the school 
room where we study and recite until 
quarter past eleven when we are dismissed 
and have 15 minuets to get ready for din- 
ner at half past eleven. 

At this time we report again, face and 
file into the dining room for dinner. 

At twelve o' clock we file out and fall 
into line for dismissal. When we are 
dismissed we have a whole hour to play 
and do anything we wish. 

At one o'clock the bell rings and we 
get ready again either to work or to go to 
school. I go to work in the afternoon, so 
at this time I report for work at the Steam- 
er. Here 1 do several duties such as 

scrubbing the decks, shinning brass, wash- 
ing windows, etc. 1 work the whole after- 
noon, from one o'clock until five o'clock. 
At this hour the bell rings and I go up to 
the Main Building to get washed for sup- 
per. At twenty-five minutes past five the 
Mess Call sounds and we get ready for 

At half past five the Assembly sounds 
and we fall into line. After reporting we 
face and file into the dining room. At 
six o'clock we file out and are dismissed. 
We have another whole hour in which to 
play. At seven o'clock the bell rings ancj 
we get washed for bed. At half past seven 
the Assembly sounds and we fall into line 
again. After reporting we face and march 
to the dormitory for bed. We stand still 
as Taps is sounded. When it is over we 
undress and get into bed far we are tired 
from a hard day's work. Next morning 
we start the daily routine again. 

Carl A. Carlson 

New Johnnies 

Friday, July 10. fourteen new boys 
came to the School. We had been look- 
ing forward to this day. The new boys 
did not arrive until nearly nine o' clock 
that evening. By that time we were all in 
bed so we did not see them until next 

When they were ready for breakfast we 
showed them around the Island and told 
them about the grade system and what 
they may be checked for. 

They were treated like visitors, until 
they got used to the routine. After this, 
they were given regular work and were 
treated the same as the other Boys. The 
new boys like the School very much and 
we are glad to have them here. 

William H. Van Meter 


Cbompson's Island Beacon 

Published Monthly by 


Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor 




James M. Libby 
Jack H. Hobson 

- Asso. Editor 

Vol. 29 No. 4 

August, 1925 

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Arthur Adams 


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Gorham Brooks 

S. V. R. Crosby 

Charles P. Curtis 

George L. DeBlois 
Thomas J. Evans 

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

Henry Jackson, M. D. 
James H. Lowell 
Roger Pierce 

Leverett Saltonstall 
Philip S. Sears 

Charles Wiggins, 2nd 
Edward WiggJesworth 
Moses Williams 

Paul F. Swasey 
Alfred C. Malm 

Assistant Treasurer 

A favorite quotation of a favorite 
author reads — 

"The world is so full of a number of 

I'm sure we all should be as happy as 

We feel this especially true as July 
approaches. She brings Independence 
Day, with its joyous celebration. We are 
not unmindful of the great significance of 
this glorious day, but like boys every- 
where, we thrill with the booming of the 
cannon, the cracking of the torpedoes, 
and the explosion of the fire crackers. We 
celebrate the day in typical American 
fashion. We love our country and know 
it is the best on earth. As our flag is 
raised each morning and lowered at sun- 
set, we are proud to pause and stand at at- 
tention whether at work or play. We 
know patriotism is a fundamental virtue 
of strong character. 

July also brings those long anticipated 
furloughs. Eight days we are away from 
our School visiting home and friends. 
These days are for fun and pleasure. Of- 
ten they are planned through sacrifice of 
someone. We enjoy them and enjoy 
thinking about them later. 

We also welcome new boys this 
month. Admission day is always a red 
letter day with us. We are eager to see 
the new boys. We know just how they 
feel. Perhaps we shall find a new friend. 

After vacation, furloughs and admis- 
sion day are over, the bell sounds which 
calls us to our class rooms. This happens 
on a July morning, too. Here we be^in 
another year of study. We find different 
tasks set for us. Often they are very in- 
teresting and challenge our best efforts. 

Activities of various kinds, thoughts 
and many interests fill our days, weeks, 
and months. 


Truly we find our world full of many 
things and each a king of his own life, if 
he so chooses. 


July 3 First Grade boys are camping 
out tonight at Bowditch Grove. 

July 4 Usual celebration today with 
sports on the beach in the afternoon and 
beach supper and fireworks in the even- 

July 5 The few boys remaining here 
and Instructors enjoyed a ride up the 
Neponset river to Milton this afternoon. 

July 6 Joseph Wasson,'25, left today 
and will work this summer at his home in 
Suncook, N. H. 

July 7 Forty-one boys returned this 
afternoon from their annual fiirlough of 
seven days. Twelve other boys left this 
morning to begin their week's vacation. 

There was a severe thunder storm 
in the early evening during which the 
lightening struck a tree in the grove 
between the Avenues. 

July 8 Finished weeding cabbages. 

Painted schoolroom number two. 

July 9 Telephone man came over 
this morning to repair line. 

Excavations are in progress for a new 
drain by Gardner Hall. 

James Johnson, Ex '28, left this after- 
noon and will return to his home in South 
Weymouth to help his mother. 

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

July 10 Finished haying at the 
South End today. 

Ivers E. Winmill, '25, was here for 
the afternoon. 

Fourteen new boys were admitted 
today: Karl Adams, Royl Augustine, 
Gordon Baxter, John Hallewell, Carl 
Herman, Douglas and Roger Holton, 
Bertrand Newell, Arthur Sherry, Horace 

and John Taylor, John Walter, Waldo 
Waters, and Almon Whitmore. 

July n The painting of schoolroom 
number three was started today. 

Clarence Hobson, '25, came tonight 
to spend Sunday. 

July 12 Band played on the Wharf 
this morning during the assembly of the 
yachts from the Dorchester Bay Yacht 
Clubs for their annual outing at Paddocks. 
July 13 Haying at the North End 
was begun today. 

School teachers returned today pre- 
paratory to the opening of school to- 

July 14 School work was resumed 
today after the annual summer vacation of 
one month. 

The Steamer "Pilgrim" was beached 
and given a new coat of paint today. 

Twelve boys returned this afternoon 
from their vacations. 

July 15 Second crop of beets, pars- 
nips and carrots were planted todav. 

July 17 Painted firescapes and con- 
ductors on Power House. 

July 18 Exciting game of baseball 
this afternoon running into thirteen in- 
nings. Team C defeated Team D 12 to 

Warren Burriss, '25, is here for the 
week end. 

July 20 Laid new floor on Farm 
House porch. 

Barge arrived this morning with four 
hundred and seventy-five tons of coal. 

July 22 Finished hauling coal this 

July 23 Finished haying at North 

Managers Edward Wigglesworth and 
Henry Jackson, M. D.. visited the School 
this afternoon. 

July 24 Dug first ot early potatoes. 
July 25 Harvested early cabbages. 


Edward Floyd, '25, and Howard The Farm and Trades School Bank 

Siurtevant, '24, are here for the week end. Statement August 1, 1925 

July 26 Cleaned beach. resources 

July 27 Picked first of the summer U. S. Securities S 500.00 

squash. Other Investments 761.45 

July 29 Turned young stock to pas- Cash 1 74.15 

ture at South End. $1435.60 

The launch, Winslow, was taken to li.^bilities 

Lawley's for new ^uard rail and corner Surplus S 452.39 

plates. Deposits 983.21 

July 30 Cleaned Old Barn and 3 1435.60 

Root Cellar. william r. warnock burton dorman 

July 31 Cut second crop on field President Cashier 


by Observatory. Teller 

Went to Pemberton with the Pilgrim 
to get Managers Charles E. Mason and -'^ Fig'it With a Pig 

Walter B. Foster and Mrs. Mason and One day I was told to take some sour 

two sons, who spent theday atlhe School, milk down, to the pigs. Being a "New 

Johnny" I did not know how to put the 

Calendar 50 Years Ago 1875 "lilk into the trough, so I unlatched an 

iron door which was in front of the 

As Kept by the Superintendent trough. A pig saw the door open and 

July 5 We celebrated the 4th today. "^^^1^ ^ ^'1^ rush for it. He pushed so 
Quite a number of graduates here. hard that I could not hold him in. Icalled 
Gave the Boys rides in boats in the ^^''^^ for someone to help me, but no one 
A. M. All had a good time and enjoyed ^ame. I was afraid if the pig got out. he 
tne splendid regata of the Boston Y«cht ^'0"'<^ ^o a lot of damage. ; As the man- 
Club which took place just oflf the Point. "r^ spreader was in front of the door, I 

July 6 Boys in School, eighty-five. ^,''^^^^, "^f ^'^ ^^/'"?^ ''' '" «" ^^""'^ to 

,' • ' -, - o /^ 1^ i.i - close the door of the pig-pen. The pig 

Ju y 11 Manager S. G. DeB 01s u- u 1 • . *u \^ • ,u u 

,../,. ^, raji back into the pen. My weight on the 

ficiated at services today. 1 * •» • . .u 1 t-l -^ 

^ door sent it into the pen also. The pig 

- , ., , came back and pushed again. Finallv I 

July Meteorology managed t, lock the door. 1 still had ihe 

... .,, at^c , n , SOU r iiii 1 k . SO I climbed on top of t he pen 

Maximum 1 eiiiperature 89 the 7th. „„ j ^^,,^.a :, :„ ,u ♦ -u t i i j 

* and poured it in the trough. 1 hope 1 do 

Minimum Temperature 52' the 1st. not have to fight a pig again. 

Mean Temperature for the month 72\ Horace A. Taylor 

Total Precipitation 3.13 inches. A Grade Party 

Greatest Precipitation in 24 hours A first graders' party was held in the 

one inch on the 27th. gymnasium. Wednesday evening. July 22. 

c^. ., , • u ni 1 V\'e had a very enjovable time and several 

Eight days with .01 or more inches . • . . n r i e 

interesting games. Retreshments of cook- 
precipitation, 11 clear days. 8 partly -^^^ lemonade, and candy kisses were 
cloudy, 12 cloudy. served. Rogor L. Holten 


How Trouble Came Into the World 

Long ago in the Golden Age when 
iron and gold were buried deep in the 
ground, every one was happy. No one 
had to work hard or do anything unpleas- 
ant. Peace reigned over the world. Dur- 
ing this age there lived Prometheus and 
Epimetheus, two brothers. One day Pro- 
metheus stole fire for man. He thought 
that Jupiter, the ruler of gods and men 
would be angry, so he went on a long 
journey. He had told his brother not to 
accept any gift from the gods. 

After he had gone, Epimetheus saw 
Mercury coming in the distance, leading 
a beautiful maiden, whose name was Pan- 
dora. She was so lovely that Epimetheus 
took her into his cottage, and he was no 
longer lonely. After that a heavy box was 
brought to them by the satyrs, as a gift 
from the gods, and Epimetheus was told 
not to open it. One day while he was out 
hunting. Pandora opened the box just a 
little, and a whole swarm of Trouble tlew 
out. They bit and stung her badly. Just 
then Epimetheus happened to be in the 
doorway, when he was stung by them too. 
After this people began to have headaches, 
rheumatism, and many other illnesses. 
They became unfriendly and quarrelsome. 
They began to grow old too. But there 
was one more beelike creature in the box 
and when they let her out. she went 
around undoing all the evils that the 
troubles had done, as fast as one good 
fairy could undo the evil work of a 
swarm. No matter what evil thing hap- 
pened to the poor mortals, she always 
found some way to comfort them. 

William Thompson 

A Launch Ride 

During vacation week, some boys 
who had stayed here and were in the 
first grade, enjoyed a launch ride up the 

Neponset River. Before we started 
Mr. Swasey wanted to take some cans of 
milk out to the Boston Floating Hospital, 
which had anchored near our wharf. 
The hospital boat pulled out before we 
could signal them, but Mr. Swasey ran 
alongside in the launch and gave the 
people the cans of milk. After that the 
launch returned and the boys were taken 
up the Neponset as far as the falls. We 
passed Lawley's Shipyards and saw some 
line boats. I enjoyed the trip very much 
and was glad I was in the first grade. 

Ross S. Lloyd 

A Baseball Game 

Saturday, July 11, 1925, was my first 
day at the Island. In the morning all of 
the new boys worked on the Farm. After 
dinner we played until two o'clock and 
then there was a baseball game. I asked 
the captain of Team A if he v^^ould let me 
play and he consented. Team A had a 
good start at the beginning. The score was 
6 to 1 in our favor. But in the last part 
of the sixth inning our team lost 11 to 10. 
I had a very nice time for my first day. I 
like it here very much, and I hope all of 
the other boys do also. 

Almon H. \^ hitmore, Jr. 

Cleaning Out the Root Cellar 

Every year when the time comes to 
harvest vegetables, the Root Cellar is 
cleaned. I helped this year. First we 
took out all of the decayed vegetables and 
sand. We then brought in two loads of 
fresh sand and spread it around. Then 
we cleaned the shelves and bins. After 
this we brought in some cabbages and 
hung them up. It was then time to 
go to the Barn to get ready for milking. 
This finished the day's work. 

Herbert E. Gove 


Che fllumni Association of Che ?arm and trades School 

Will Frank Davis, 79. President 
llEusTis Street, Chelsea 

Augustus N. Doe, 75, Tr 

Elwin C. Bemis, '16, Vice-President 

Thompson's Island 

jrer Geoffr 

Merton p. Ellis, '97, Secretary 
38 Spafford Road, Milton 
E. Plunkett. '14, Historian 

It is the desire of the Committee on War Service Records to complete the list of 
Boys who were in the service. On Alumni Day a false bronze tablet was prepared 
with the names of the Boys who were in the service as far as records show. There are 
still a number of corrections to be made. A list of these names are printed below and 
the committee urgently requests you to carefully look over the names and make any 
corrections or additions that you may know. Send any imformation to Merton P. 
Ellis, Gen. Sec, 38 SpafTord Road, Milton 38, Mass., or direct to the School. 

Allen, Eldied W. '16 
Balch, George J. "09 
Barker, Leslie H. '13 
Barnaby. Irving M. '16 
Barton Frederick J. '09 
Batchelder, Raymond H. 
Bemis. Edmund S. '13 
Bemis, Edson M. '13 
Bemis, Kenneth A. '17 
Bickford, Edward M. '10 
Blakemore, Edric B. "12 
Bla.<emore, James A. '12 
rtlancnard, Preston M. '1 
Blatcnford. Charles H 
Bradley. Charles H. Ji 
Buottner. Louis C '91 
Burton. C'arence F. '12 
Casey. Alfred H. '13 
Casey, George W. '16 
Cisey, John J. '1 1 
Cdsey. Robert '13 
Churchill, Forrest L. '15 
Cleary, Henry '89 
Coolidge. Erwin L. '15 
Collins, Byron E. '15 
Colson. Frederick J. '81 
Coombs, Perry '14 
Cowden, Lester E. '16 
Cowley, William E. '13 
Darling, Louis W. '08 
Deane, 'William B. '03 
DeMar, Clarence H. '03 
Dierkes, Herbert A. '06 
Eaton. Stephen '10 
Edwards, Harold W. '10 
Enright. John O. '12 
Fessenden, Harry D. '14 
Flynn, William J. '03 
Foster, William F. '97 

Freudenberger, Franklin F, 
Gerecke, Bernhardt '12 
Gordon, Ralph L. '97 
Gordon. Victor H. '15 
Gregory, James R. '10 
Gregory. Robert W. '09 
Gunning, Franklin E. '14 
Hadley, Ralph G. '14 
Hill, Charles '02 
Holmes, Gecrge M. '10 
Holmes, Ra ph "03 
2 Holmes, Warren '03 

12 Horsman. Walter R. ' 13 

04 Hynes, Carl D. '14 

'03 Hynes, Frederick '12 

Jacobs, Alfred W. 'lO 
Jacobs, Haro d Y. "10 
Jefferson, Charles R. '14 
Jordan. Cecil O. '13 
Jordan, George R. '13 
Kenney. Herbert H. '1 1 
King, William N. '15 
Laighton. Daniel W. 01 
Leach. Hubert N. '16 
LeStrange, John '1 1 
Lewis Llewlyn H. '14 
MacKenzie, George A. '06 
MacKenzie, Henry E. '99 
MacKeown, Cecil E. '11 
Mandeville, Frederick J. '15 
Marshall, Frederick W. '08 
Marshall. J. Herman '11 
Marshall, William M. '10 
Maynard, Everett W. '14 
May. Philip S. '17 
McCarragher. Thomas G. '07 
Miller, Earle C. '14 
Miller. Theodore '09 
Milne, Theodore "09 

12 Milne, Thomas "12 

Moore, Elmer E. '16 
Morse, Harold D. '12 
Murdock, Bernard E. '11 
Murphy, Benjamin L. '15 
Nelson, Jackson C. "16 
Nichols, Charles E. '06 
Noble, Dexter L. "13 
O'Conner, Charles H. '04 
O'Conner, William E. 07 
Paul, Bruce L. '07 
Paul, Mathews H. '06 
Perdergast. Jcs;ph L. '16 
Phillips. Wiliiam N. "94 
Plunkett, Geoffrey E. '14 
Porchi, Evariste '07 
Pratt, C. James '04 
Roby, Joseph L. '07 
Rolfe, Charles O. "15 
Sargent, James H. '97 
Sowers, Henry W. '14 
Starrett. George W. M. '!4 
Swenscn. Paul C. P. "lo 
Tabbell. Frank H. '13 
Taylor, Clarence L. 05 
Trask. Levi M. '12 
Upham, Roy D. '12 
VanDeusen, Karl k. "15 
VanValkenburg. Frederick E. "14 
Walbourn. Cariquist W. '15 
Watson. Herbert F. '08 
Weston, Samuel "07 
White, PerleyW. '09 
White. William J. '09 
Wittemore, Ralph A "11 
Wi:ey, George P. "06 
Wilson Charles W. '83 
Wilson. Frederick J. "09 
Wittig, Carl L. "04 

Vol. 29 No. 5 Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. Sept. 1925 

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

Going to The Movies 

On August 21, a few boys went to see the 
moving picture of "Abraham Lincoln" 
hrough the kindness of Mr. Warren, our 
Band Instructor. At twelve fifteen the 
boys who were in the first grade were told 
to get ready for town. They were ready 
at one o ' clock. We then went down to 
the Steamer and went to City Point. At 
first we were going to see a baseball game 
at Fenway Park. On account of rain 
they called the game off. so Mr, Warren 
took us to the moving pictures at 
Tremont Temple. The picture was about 
Abraham Lincoln. It began when he was 
born and continued till he was assassinated 
by Booth. The picture was very good. 
We returned to the Island at five 
o'clock very glad and thankful for the 
opportunity Mr. Warren had given us. 

Raymond Thomas 

A Steamer Ride 

Sunday afternoon, August 23, all the 
first grade boys were called to the old Elm. 
We lined up and went down to the Steam- 
er. As the "Pilgrim" went out into the 
main channel, the "Cedric" of the White 
Star Line was steaming into the harbor, 
and the "Northland," had just started on 
a voyage to Nova Scotia. Our Steamer 
was very close to these boats, and we had 
to hold on fast, as great swells came in the 
channel after these ships had passed. We 

passed the "Constitution" in the Charles- 
town Navy Yard. Then we came to nu- 
merous drawbridges which were opened 
to let our Steamer through. We finally 
reached a lock, and remained in there for 
a few minutes. Then we proceeded up 
the Charles River, passing under several 
bridges. When we came to Cottage Farm 
Bridge, we could go no farther, as no one 
was there to open the draw. We turned 
and came back. 

Raymond B. Chamberlain 

An Interesting Evening 

One Thursday evening we had special 
moving pictures. There were six reels. A 
man from Boston came over to run the 
machine which was a new one and smaller 
than the one we have. 

It is called the Kodascope. We had 
two comedies. We also saw how some of 
the most famous players in the big league, 

First they would show how the player 
swung in an actual game, and then they 
would show the same thing in slow motion. 
We greatly enjoyed a Tom Mix picture 
and a picture of a logging scene in Canada. 
They were very interesting pictures and 
pleased us very much. 

Robert F. Van Meter 


Instructors vs. Boys 

A short time ago the Instructors and 
Boys phiyed their annual baseball game. 
This game is never played like a cham. 
pionshipgame but is played just for the 
enjoyment of the game. As is usually the 
case the Boys won 15 to 8. This is the 
closest, I think, the Instructors have come 
to winning from the Boys for a long time. 
But their younger rivals play everyday 
and are prepared to play. It was close at 
the start of the game, each team playing 
about even. But the Boys started rallies in 
the middle of the game that put the game 
safely away. We enjoy playing the In- 
structors very much. The lineup was as 

Instructors Pos. School 

Mr. Beebe P. W. Drake 

Mr. Bursiel C. R. Thomas 

Mr. Day S. S. C. Claggett 

Mr. Osberg 1st B. M. Hall 

Mr. Tibbetts 2nd B. J. Libby 

Mr. Bemis 3rd B. W. Long 

Mr. Babb L. F. G. Libby 

Mr. Swasey C. F. F. Austin 

Mr. Jupilatt R. F. H. Crosby 

James M. Libby 

My Work in the Office 

Another boy and I work in the office. 
He works in the morning, and I in the 
afternoon, and we each work one hour ot 
our playtime. We also take turns doing 
night duty until 9:00 o'clock, when we go 
to bed. We learn to do banking and 
bookkeeping, and run the adding machine, 
etc. We keep the office clean, run errands 
and do work in the lofts and attic. The 
work is quite interesting. When we are 
needed we have bells to call us to the 
office and apartments. 

Ralph H. Martis 

A Beach Party 

On August eighteenth the first grader> 
were given a party on the Beach near the 
Wharf. There were about thirty-six boys 
present and most of the Instructors. 

We had four fires, three for the Boys 
and one for the Instructors. The Boys 
were divided into tfiree groups with 
Hughes, Day, and Holman as captains of 
the groups. 

We fried bacon and eggs and roasted 
corn. We put the bacon and eggs 
between slices of bread. Baked potatoes 
w^ere served to those who wished them. 
We also had punch and two cookies for 
each boy. 

After supper we held races and talked, 
sang, and had a pleasant evening. We 
returned to the house about 8.45 P. M. 
We all are thankful to the Instructors for 
the pleasant time we had. 

Douglas D. Holton 

The Observatory 

We have seven boys whose regular 
duty is to go to the Observatory at seven 
o' clock each evening. Other boys go in 
the morning and at noon. Each boy has 
his regular duty to perform there. One 
boy takes the readings of the barometer, 
another the temperatures, another the 
wind direction and velocity and so on with 
the humidity and sunshine. There also is 
deputy and a chief. A boy stays on each 
instrument two- months, and then moves 
up until he is chief. Once a week we 
have meetings and the Instructor talks to 
us about other observatories in other 
places and we compare our records with 
theirs, or study out of a book. I like the 
Observatory and find it instructive. 

Arthur R. Turner 


Putting up a Corral Fence 

In the past we have not had a large, 
serviceable, permanent, corral for our 
cows and have usually built a small make- 
shift corral each year. This year instead 
of repeating this experience, the School 
ordered 6 or 7 rolls of five-foot corral 
wire to be used to enclose a large space at 
the South End of our Island. This was 
done so that a boy would not need to 
watch the cows, and yet they might have 
plenty of room to roam and feed. 

We first collected a great many posts, 
dug holes for every third post which w^as 
larger than the others and was used to 
connect a block and tackle for stretching 
the wire. After this was done we put in 
the posts, the smaller ones were put in by 
making a hole with a crowbar, and 
driving the post in with a mall, the head 
of this mall weighing about twenty-five 
pounds, making it rather strenuous work. 

The wire was then unwound a small 
amount at a time. After being stretched 
tightly by a clamp, made of two pieces of 
wood five feet long bolted together and a 
block and tackle attached to a large post, 
it was stapled to the post. It took us five 
days to put up about one mile of fence. 
This vvas very interesting although some 
times hard work. 

Howard S. Costello 


Several of the boys have made kites. 
These kites are all sorts of shapes and sizes. 
The largest one made is about eight feet 
tall and six feet wide. One kite had the 
School colors tied to it. Most of the 
bovs thought that if you were over at City 
Point, you would be able to see the Blue 
and Gold colors on the banner, as the kite 
was much higher in air than the flagpole. 
The Boys had some very good fun flying 
kites for a few days. 

Harold E. Floyd 

Cottage Row^ Flag Pole 
One afternoon, 1 was told to dig a 
hole in the ground in front of the triangle 
on Cottage Row which was in front of 
City Hall. I was to dig this about four 
feet. deep. After that we put a block and 
tackle on the flagpole and tree. We pulled 
the pole up and set it in the hole. We 
then set three stakes in the ground and 
tied them. When the pole was straight in 
all ways we mixed some cement and put 
it around the base. After it hardens I will 
take down the ropes, then the task is all 

Willis B. Drake 

Filling Our Silo 

Every morning now when I report 
to the farm I take a pair of horses and 
hitch them to the hayrack and ^o out to 
the corn piece for a load of corn. This 
has been cut by hand and put in piles that 
a person might well lift and put on the rack. 
After getting a load 1 drive up to the silo, 
and unload it. An Instructor and other 
boys feed it into a cutter and blower, which 
cuts and blows it into the silo. 

This ensilage is fed out to the cattle 
during the winter and the following sum- 
mer, before the corn is cut again. A boy 
with a team brings in two or three loads 
each morning. 

John A. Arkerson 

A Stray Cat 
One day last week, when the steamer 
boys went down to the Wharf, they notic- 
ed a cat walking around. It looked very 
hungry, and a little frightened. The color 
of it is gray with little streaks of black run- 
ning down its sides. The last few days it 
has been around the barn catching mice in 
the hay. I think somebody threw it off a 
boat near the Island to drown it, but it 
managed to get on the Wharf. They say 
a cat has nine lives. 

William J. Long 


Cbompson's island Beacon 

Published Monthly bv 


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September, 1925 

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Arthur Adams 


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Assistant Treasurer 

Through the shining summer days, 
we have all come to love and listen for the 
call ot our cheerful friend "Bob White." 
Whether we were weeding in the garden. 
working in the paint shop, busy in the 
schoolroom, even above the whir of the 

sewing-machines, his persistent call reische 
us, "Bob White," and occasiora-ly a pre 
liminary note which sounded likf "P'oor 
Bob White." Many times lie seemed 
very near, but no matter how long I 
waited and watched for a glimpse of him, 
I never saw him. He is a tiny friend to 
have brought so much joy to us all, r.nd it 
makes me wonder if any persistently cheei- 
ful effort of ours can brighten the day.s 
and bring as much happineps to other 
folks. It hfls been fun to listen and 
answer his call and we hope that another 
season will bring him to his island nest 
again. Edgar Guest has apparently share(l 
our own experiences and, with h;if; happ\ 
gift of expressing such joys in verse, h; 
written the following poem, "Pr bWhitt: 

"Out near the links where I go to p'sy 
r/y favorite gsme from day to day. 
There's a friend cf mine that I've rever met 
Walked with or broken bread wi'h yet 
I've 'alked to h'm oft and he's ta!ked to me 
Whenever I've been where he's chjnced to be: 
He's a cheery old chap who keeps out of sight. 
A gay little fellow whose name is Bob White. 

Bob Vhite! Bob White! I can hear him call 
As I follow the trail to my little ball- 
Bob V/hite! Bob White! with a note of cheer 
That was just designed for mortal ear. 
Then I drift far off from the world of men 
And 1 send an answer right back to him then: 
An" we whistle away to each other there. 
Glad of the life which is ours to share. 

Bob White! Bcb White! May you live to be 

The head of a numerous fam.ily! 

May you boldly call your friends out hers 

With never an enemy's gun to fear. 

I'm a better man as I pass along. 

For your cheery call and your bit of song. 

May your food be plenty and skies be bright 

To the end of your days, good friend Bob White." 



August 1 Team B defeated Team A 
at baseball this afternoon with a score of 
18 to 11. 

Eric Schippers, '21, is here for the 
week end. 

August 2 The Boys and Instructors 
enjoyed a scow ride down the Harbor this 

August 4 Howard B. Ellis, '98, and 
one of his workmen are making repairs to 
the roofs and conductors. 

August 5 Began fall ploughing on 
field beyond Cottage Row. 

August 7 Blacksmith is here today. 

August 8 Finished digging potatoes 
at South End. 

Team D won from Team P this after- 
noon with the close score of 10 to 9. 

August 10 Started harvesting second 
crop of alfalfa today. 

August 11 Assistant Treasurer Alfred 
C. Malm, '00. came to spend the night. 

August 12 Mowed asparagus bed in 
preparation i'dv renovating. 

Battery man here to examine and 
recharge the batteries at the Povvtr House. 

August 13 Set out new strawberry 
bed today, 1500 plants were reset. 

August 15 One sided game in base- 
ball this afternoon but nevertheless inter- 
esting, Team C defeated Team B, 5 to 0. 
Teams A and D also crossed bats this 
afternoon. Team D won 19 to 16. 

Edward Floyd, '25, was here for the 

August 17 Finished haying second 
crop today. 

August 18 Carpenter here to make 
repairs to the stairways. 

August 19 William B. Cross, '17. first 
musician, U. S. N., visited the School this 
afternoon. He is stationed at Charleston, 

s. c. 

Cottage Row flagpole was erected in 

its new site today. 

August 20 Trimmed trees al(;ng 
Cottage Row. 

Clock repair man is here for the day. 

Merton P. Ellis, '97. visited us this 

Team C vs Team A, Team C took 
away the honors 8 to 4. 

August 21 Boiler inspector mac-e 
annual inspection of Power House and 
Steamer boilers this morning. 

Carpenter completed laying new 
treads and risers on front hall stairs today. 

Loaned scow this afternoon for boys' 
races at "L" Street Baths. 

Seventeen boys had the opportunity 
of seeing the picture "Abraham Lincoln" 
at Tremont Temple this afternoon. 

Manager Walter B. Foster, '78, spent 
the afternoon at the School. 

August 22 The 101st Engineers 
Band, through the efforts of Bandmaster 
Frank Warren, came over this afternoon 
and gave a concert for the Boys. 

Hauled bricks to South End to repair 

August 23 Thirty-two first grade boys 
enjoyed a ride up the Charles River today 
as far as Cottage Farm Bridge. 

August 25 Fifth Friends' Day. there 
were 248 people here for the afternoon 

August 26 Hauled gravel from 
South End to barnyard and drivts 
around the Barn. 

August 27 Telephone man is here to 
repair line. 

August 29 Built a new base for corn 
cutter and set up machine in preparation 
for cutting silage. 

August 31 Herbert A. Souther, '12, 
spent the afternoon here. 

Calendar 50 Years Ago 1875 

As Kept by the Superintendent 

August 1 Mr. George Beals came 


and talked very finely to the Boys. 

August 2 Anumber of the Boys were 
taken ill today. 

August 14 James D. Smith who has 
served in the U. S. cavalry during the past 
five years came today from the west, Mon- 
tana, Texas, " Fort Ellis." 

August 16 Doctor Homans here this 
morning. The boys are all better. 

August 17 Visiting Day, present of 
Managers, Messrs. Storer, Homans, and 
S. G. DeBlois. 

August 20 Went to city with steamer 
carrying wool to Rowland & Luce. 

August 30 Col. Theodore Lyman, 
Vice President of this School, visited us 

August Meteorology 

Maximum Temperature 95° the 10th. 

Minimum Temperature 55'' the 27st. 

Mean Temperature for the month 7V. 

Total Precipitation 2.13 inches. 

Greatest Precipitation in 24 hours 
.60 inch on the 5th. 

Six days with .01 or more inches 
precipitation, 14 clear days, 4 partly 
cloudy, 13 cloudy. 

The Farm and Trades School Bank 

Statement September 1, 1925 

U.S. Securities $ 500.00 

Other Investments 761.45 

Cash _218.13 



Surplus $ 452.39 

Deposits 10 27.19 

$ 1479.58 


President Cashier 



Uniform Inspection 

One Saturday afternoon we had an 
inspection of uniforms, shirts, shoes, hair, 
face, hands, ears, and neck. We had two 
days to prepare for the inspection. 

We cleaned our uniforms and had 
them pressed. At three o'clock we lined 
up and marched up by the Boys' gardens 
on the croquet lavv-n. Mr. Swasey 
inspected the Boys' appearances. Each 
fault found counted one mark against a 
boy. The inspection ended at five o'clock, 
and the highest number of marks received 
by a boy, were eight. 

\N illiam R. Warnock 

My Work at the Farmhouse 
There is a Farmhouse on our Island 
where some of the men Instructors stay 
during the summer. My work over 
there, each morning, is to make the fire in 
the kitchen stove, and to make the beds in 
the five rooms which are occupied. 

I clean one room a day. I first take 
out the rugs, sweep them off, then sweep 
and wipe up the floor with a damp cloth. 
I bring in the rugs and place them on the 
floor. I also dust everything in the room. 
About three times a week I wash the 
lamp chimneys and fill the lamps with 

Henry A. Schramm 

A Band Rehearsal 

On Sundays, during the last month, 
our Band has played in the afternoon for 
Mr. Swasey and the Instructors. 

One Sunday we played some marches 
and an overture "Paradise of the North." 
Then we were dismissed for ten minutes. 
Assembly sounded and we took our seats 
again. We played another overture, and 
a snappy march which closed ourprogram. 

Otto Kohl 

Setting Out Strawberry Plants 
The other day another boy and I 
were told to take some trowels and go 


with the Farm Instructor to the Farm- 
house. When we arrived we found a sack 
of strawberr)' plants waiting for us. 

We marl^ed out a line from one end of 
the bed to the other. Then we made 
about fifty holes about three inches deep 
with a span of seven or eight inches 
apart. We then put a plant in each hole 
and filled it in. We put in about four 
rows in all. There were about five 'hun- 
dred plants in each row. 

John W. Baxter 


Several of the boys here have radios 
which they have installed in their cottages. 
There is also one large set in a little 
hallway on the top floor of the Main 
Building between the lofts where some of 
the boys "listen in." 

I have a small crystal set, and I can get 
the different local stations quite clearly. 

Sometimes I can get WEEl but the 
WNAC wave length is much stronger 
so I get that the clearest. I like to "listen 
in" very much. 

Bradbury A. Rand 

My Work in the Kitchen 

One week during the month I get up 
at 4:45 A. M. Four boys work in the 
kitchen during the morning, and the pan- 
try boy gets up early. These boys change 
work once every week. First I empty the 
ashes, and then I get the milk cans and the 
strainers ready for the milk, which is 
brought in from the barn. At six o'clock 
1 start making toast for breakfast. At seven 
o'clock I put coal on the kitchen stove, 
and then I have my breakfast. After 
breakfast I work in the pantry helping my 
Instructor make puddings, cakes, pies, 
doughnuts, cookies, etc. 

Paul E. Adams 


There was a nymph named Echo 
who always wanted to say the last word. 
One day she spoke rudely to Juno, and 
Juno said, "Since you are fond of havi-ng 
the last word, from now on you may re- 
peat only the last words of other people." 
Echo felt ashamed of herself and hid in 
the woods. 

Day after day Echo would see Nar- 
cissus, a young man with golden hair and 
eyes as blue as the sky. One day Nar- 
cissus who became separated from all his 
friends heard a rustle in the leaves. Nar- 
cissus said " Who is here ? " and Echo 
answered, " Here. " 

" I am Come, " said Narcissus, and 
Echo repeated, " I am come." When 
Narcissus saw Echo he was surprised not 
to see one of his friends and walked away. 

After that Echo was never seen again, 
and she faded away until she became only 
a voice. This voice mocked the barking 
of the dogs and repeated peoples' own 
last words. It always had a weird and 
mournful sound and seemed to make 
lonely places more lonely still. 

Carle A. Nichols 

Gathering Vegetables 

Yesterday afternoon, when I went to 
the farm I was told to go with an Instruct- 
or and some other boys to get vegetables. 
First we pulled a bushel of beets, cut the 
tops off and put them in a box. We then 
picked a bushel and one half of shell 
beans, three bushels of turnips, and six 
summer squash, these were put in boxes 
which were put in the wagon and brought 
to the kitchen. 

William H. Van Meter 


the JHIumni Esscciation of ZU farm and trades School 

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II EusTis Street, Chelsea Thompson's Island 38 Spafford Road, Milton 

Augustus N. Doe, '75, Treasurer Geoffrey E. Plunkett, '14, Historian 

Wellesley Walpole 

Group on Alumni Field Day 
Harold w. Edwards, '10, is em- 
ployed as Assistant Purchasing Agent for 
the Lever Bros. Co., manufacturers of 
soap, at Cambridge, Mass. His home 
address is 78 Gordon St., Somerville, Mass. 

Ernest V. WyatT, '12, is at present 
time stationed a cress the Bay from the Is- 
land on the Coast Guard Boat No. 225. 
He is in command of this cutter, which is 
doing coast patrol work. Ernest has 
made us a number of visits to the School. 

William B. Cross, '17, was a recent 
visitor at the School. William is a first 

at the School, June 17, 1908. 

cla?s musician stationed at the Naval Base at 
Charleston, South Carolina. William ex- 
pects to finish his enlistment period short- 
ly and will enter private business in South 

G. George Larsson, '17, after com- 
pleting the course in the Sloyd Training 
School has taken a position as teacher in 
the Prince School, Boston, Mass. Our 
best wishes go to George in bis new work. 
His new address is 18 Haviland Street. 
Suite 9, Boston, Mass. 

Vol. 29 No. 6 Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. Oct. 1925 

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

View of the Flower Garden 

A New Flower Garden 

Among the many things which espe- 
cially interest us is our flower gardens. 

Last fall, Kenneth Priest, one of the 
Boys, started a large flower garden. It is 
located off Back Road near the Power 
House. Its area is about one-fourth of 
an acre. 

The purpose of the garden is to supply 
flowers for all. Also to start plants in the 
hot bed for the Boys' gardens. 

The garden consists of nine beds sep- 
arated by paths about two feet wide. 
There is a hot bed near the road, in which 
to grow plants in the spring. At one en- 

trance is a rose arbor near which two ram- 
blers were started this year. The other 
entrance is shaded by hawthorne trees that 
are a mass of bloom in spring. The gar- 
den is surrounded by many shrubs. 

This year we had many diff^erent 
flowers. I liked the asters best. The fol- 
lowing are some of the many kinds of 
flowers we had in bloom. Gladiolus, 
stock, dalhias, zinnia, lilies, calendulas, 
carnations, calliopsis, selosia, clarkiaelag- 
ans, cosmos, dianthus, hollyhocks, sweet 
peas, marigold, mignonette, pansies, phlox, 
drommondia, petunias, salvia and many 


I have been its Gardner since gradua- 
tion when Priest, who started the garden, 
left. I work there four hours each after- 
noon. 1 greatly enjoy the work. 

The garden is now being prepared for 
winter and nearly all the flowers have 
gone by. 

Charles L. Wheeler 

A Corn Roast 

Last Labor Day the Supervisor told 
six boys to choose boys whom they wanted 
at their table for the supper. Each boy 
chose about the same number. 

We all lined up, were dismissed to 
get our sweaters and then we followed our 
leader down to the beach. We marched 
around to the bulkhead and some were 
sent for boxes, logs, kindling wood, and 

Then we marched around to the front 
of the refrigerator room and got the punch 
and food which we carried down to the 
tables on the beach. 

After the fires were lighted and burn- 
ing briskly we all lined up to get frank- 
forts, pickles, biscuits, mustard, butter, corn, 
and punch. We roasted the corn and it 
tasted delicious. 

Our desert was in the form of two five 
pound bo:Jes of marshmallows which we 
roasted and some lovely stick candy was 
given out to the Boys. There were three 
sticks for each boy, and we were all so 
pleased with it. 

The Bays all had a good time and they 
enjoyed the beach supper very much, and 
at about half past seven we gave three 
cheers and a loud "Tiger'' for the corn 
roast. At nine o'clock, a happy day end- 
ed by the sounding of taps. 

Charles L. Keller 

Making a Tackling Dummy 

The other day with the help of an In- 
structor we made a tackling dummy. We 
have been talking about having one for 

some time. Our football games at the 
Island are interesting but lack the proper 
methods of playing. We are trying to 
correct this and by making this tackling 
dummy we can learn to tackle low and 

I got two grain sacks and put one 
inside of the other and filled them with 
shavings and sawdust and put the whole 
into a canvas sack. I then attached a 
strong piece of half inch rope to the top 
of the bag and tied two puUies about eight 
feet apart on the top of the apparatus. 
Then I strung the rope through these pul- 
lies and attached a weight on the end and 
the dummy was suspended in the air. 
When the tackier let go of the dummy, 
after the tackle, it would resume its former 
position. I think we will enjoy it especial- 
ly as it is our first one. 

William M. Hall 

Making a Microphone Stand 

One day we received a letter from 
"Big Brother," Bob Emery asking if some 
wood-worker would make a microphone 
stand for him. We started one immedi- 

We first made the base of two layers 
of four pieces in a layer, and one layer ot 
six pieces of three-fourths inch mahog- 
any. We then built a layer of eight blocks 
of the same stock. Then we made a piece 
to fit in between the base and fop. 
This was made of eight pieces of three- 
fourth inch mahogany glued lengthwise. 
When this was trued down it was glued 
into the base with a short tenon joint. 
On top of this was built one more layer of 
six pieces. The stand is ten inches high, 
eight inches in diameter at the base and six 
inches at the top. At the thinnest part it 
is about four inches in diameter. Felt was 
put on the top and the base. It was made 
of thirty-eight pieces. 

Fredrick Austin 


A Day at Brockton Fair 

On September 25 three other boys 
and I were told to get ready to go to 
Brockton Fair. Two Instructors took us. 
We left our Wharf about 8:4S A. M. We 
arrived at the South Station five minutes 
late for a train, having taken a surface car 
from City Point. We waited until 9:15 
for a train. 

After arriving at Brockton we took an 
electric car to the fair grounds, a distance 
of about one mile from the station. After 
we went through the gate we went 
to the Agricultural Building. The main 
feature of interest to me here was a large 
shoe made of vegetables such as beets, car- 
rots, onions, and radishes. After visiting 
njost of the cattle, horses and other farm 
animals of interest, we went to a tent and 
had dinner. 

After this, we made our way to the 
grandstand. There, we saw the governor 
and his procession, also several horse 
races and sulky races. We saw a chariot 
race. There were two chariots with four 
horses abreast, with one man in each 
chariot. We saw a Highlanders' Band 
give a perfomance. We also saw a roller 
skating exhibition. There were several 
other features. The best of all I think was 
auto Polo. Several times the cars turned 
turtle, only to be righted again. There 
were two men in each car, one to drive 
and the other to hit the ball and to crank 
it when it stopped. They changed into 
fresh cars at the end of a half. We enjoy- 
ed it very much. 

We started for home about 5:50 P.M. 
We thank the Instructors and Mr. Swasey 
for the good time we had. 

Douglas D. Holton 

Equalizing the Batteries 

One Monday afternoon, when I went 
to the Power House at 1 o'clock the Instruc- 

tor told me to equalize the batteries which 
are in the basement of Gardner Hall. 

First I put them on charging and let 
them charge until the specific gravity read- 
ing wasthesame at three half hour readings 
or about 1205° and then 1 took them off 
charging. The next thing to do was to 
read the specific gravity of each individual 
cell. When this was done and I had 
marked down all the readings I took the 
sheet of paper which is called a battery re- 
port and went over to the engine room 
and made a copy of the report which is 
turned into the Office before eight o'clock 
Tuesday mornings. The batteries have to 
be examined every half hour during the 
equalizing charge. 

At 3:30 I again went to the battery 
room and took the readings. They were 
the same as at three o'clock which was 
1250° and at four o'clock they were the 
same as at three o'clock and the equal- 
izing charge was over. 

This is done to the batteries every 
other week to keep them charged proper- 
ly. The batteries are used each noon for 
about one hour and at night the lights in 
the Main Building are kept going from 
eleven o'clock to four thirty the next 
morning by these batteries. 

Hildreth R. Crosby 

Taking Care of the Horses 

Every night at five o'clock I have to 
go to rhe barn and clean three horses. 
I clean Jim, Jerry, and Dick; first I curry 
them and then I brush them all off. After 
that I feed the horses either oats or hay. 
Another barn boy and I take turns doing 
it. After the horses are all fed we sweep 
the floor. Then we carry the milk up to 
the kitchen, I like this work very much. 

Christopher McFadyen 


Cbompson's Island Beacon 

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October, 1925 

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George L. DeBlois 
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Walter B. Foster 
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Henry Jackson, M. D. 
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Roger Pierce 

Leverett Saltonstall 
Philip S. Sears 

Charles Wiggins, 2nd 
Edward Wigglesworth 
Moses Williams 

Paul F. Swasey 
Alfred C. Malm 

Assistant Treasurer 

In recalling the pleasures of the sum- 
mer months, we must reckon not the least 
of these the enjoyment we have found in 
growing things, — flowers, trees, vegetables. 
The picture on the first page shows our 
most recent venture in raising flowers. 

Those of us who spent hours in plowing, 
planning, planting, weeding, watering, and 
caring for gardens can most appreciate the 
final results. And yet all the world is 
brightt-ned and made beautiful by the 
beauty of flowers. The whole atmos- 
phere of a room can be changed by the 
presence of flowers. And it is more than 
miraculous to consider the process by 
which all this growth takes place beneath 
our eyes and is accepted as part of the 
commonplace. In reality it is far from 

Let us trace the growth and struggle 
which must take place in order that thi 
perfection of form and color may exist! 
for even a short time. First comes the* 
seed, which is collected in the fall and lies 
dormant through the winter months, hold- 
ing all the potentialities for growth and 
beauty. But the seed must be placed in 
soil suitable for its needs, it must find 
warmth, moisture, and sunlight, and then 
it must work for a living. Its life is made 
up of struggle, work, and play just like 
yours and mine. And what is the reward? 
A perfect flower, beauty of form and 
color, — truly a life of service showing us 
one of the most beautiful works of God. 

As the flower represents the highest 
development of the plant kingdom, so 
man stands at the pinnacle of develop- 
ment in the animal kingdom. In our 
early life we have within us potentialities 
for growth and development inherited 
from many generations of ancestors. 
How do our lives compare with the 
growth of a flower? Placed in an atmos- 
phere where there is opportunity for 


j^rowth, in warmth and sunlight, v/e must 
struggle and work and play. There is no 
development for a lazy person. A lazy 
flower cannot grow. It withers and dies. 
And what is our reward? It is most truly 
found in a life of service. If we can make 
our lives show forth the beauty of a true 
work of God, then we shall not have lived 
in vain. A life of beauty and of service is 
a goal worth striving for. Let us think of 
that when we see beauty in any form, 
either in the life of a flower or in an 
example of splendid manhood. 


Sept. 1 Edward Osberg, '24, who 
has been working at the School during 
the summer months, left tpday to return 
to Wolfeboro, N. H. He is a student at 
Brewster Academy. 

Sept. 2 Started cutting corn into the 
silo this morning. A new cement walk 
from the Power House to Gardner Hall is 
being made. 

Winter's supply of flour came today. 

Sept. 3 A dredge is off the south 
end of the Island getting gravel for the 
new road which is under construction at 
Savin Hill. 

Ernest Wyatt, '13, of the U. S. Navy 
and who is located at the Coast Guard in 
the Harbor, visited here briefly this morn- 

Sept. 4 New lining is being placed 
in one section of the kitchen range. 

Osmond Bursiel, '20, who has been 
employed here during vacation, left to- 
day and will resume his studies at Lyndon 
Institute, Lyndonville, Vermont. 

Sept 6 Raymond McQuesten, '25, 
came tonight to visit over the holiday. 

Sept. 7 Labor Day, Boys have hol- 
iday. Two football games; smaller boys 
in the morning and older boys in the 
afternoon. Instructors and Boys enjoyed 

supper on the beach. 

• Row-boat, Barnstable, was beached 
for the winter. 

Sept. 8 School orchestra has been 
reorganized and rehearsals have been re- 

Boys are finding much pleasure in 
making and flying kites. 

Sept. 10 Cleaned Old Barn thorough- 
ly and hauled away worn out machinery. 

Flagpole at playground is being re- 

Sept. 12 The first scheduled game 
of football for the season was played to- 
day. Team C-37,Team A-0. 

Sept. 14 The Launch Winslow was 
beached and cleaned and repainted to- 

Sept. 15 Towed President Adams's 
boat the "Dolphin" to Lawleys this 

Sept. 16 Rained all day, cold and 
damp. Finished cutting corn into silo. 

Sept. 17 Reset strawberry plants in 
strips on new bed. 

Sept. 18 Finished laying new floor 
in cow run. 

Sept. 19 Close game in football this 
afternoon Team B lost to Team A 19 to 20. 

Sept. 20 Began digging late potatoes. 

Sept. 23 Friends' Day. 178 friends 
were here for the afternoon. 

Sept. 25 Finished digging potatoes 
this afternoon with a total of 600 bushels. 

Sept. 26 Harvested 3580 pounds of 

Football this afternoon between D 
and C. Team D won 20-14 

Sept. 28 Harvested 1400 pounds of 
squashes and 7250 pounds of pumpkins, 

Clarence Hobson, '25, left today after 
having been here for the week end. 

Sept. 29 Swimming float was 
beached today for the winter. 

Sept. 30 Finished fall seeding. 


Two crates of new pullets came today, boat, for which I received $20. I to pay 
The construction of a new west end the freij^ht. 
on basement of stockbarn was completed Sept. 28 Went to city with 10 bar- 
today, rels of potatoes. 

Sept. 30 Carried 10 barrels of po- 

Calendar 50 Years Ago 1875 tatoes to city and returned with Mr. and 

As Kept by the Superintendent jy^^.^ g q DgBloig ^^^ ^-^^^ ^^ f^^ ^^ 

o 1 A* 1 • . u hour or two. 
Sept. 1 Men working on marsh. 

Sept. 2 Much fog in the A. M. September Meteorology 

The annual regatta of the Boston Yacht Maximum Temperature 93^ the 8th 

Club took place at mid-day. j in u 

o /^ iv/r 11-. J u and 10th. 

Sept. 6 Men thrashmg and marsh- 

j^ Minimum Temperature 40*^ the 25th, 

Sept. 7 Report day. Number of 26th, and 27th. 

boys in school, 93. MeanTemperaturefor the month 63^ 

Took 10 barrels of potatoes to market. Total Precipitation 3.00 inches. 

Sept. 10 To city carrying 11 barrels Greatest Precipitation in 24 hours 

potatoes. ^ ^ ^ 1.60 inch on the 4th. 

Sept. 11 Took Steamer to Boston ^ , . , m • , 

V u. /^i u -ixru en-. t> • ^ *^ u ;„ rour days with .01 or more inches 

Yacht Club Wharf, City Point, to be in- ... 

spected precipitation, 7 clear days. 6 partly 

Sept. 12 Doctor Codman came and cloudy, 17 cloudy. 

officiated for us today. He is of the firm r^^, t- j t- j o . . t^ , 

f ^ J o cu <i «• T f Cf Jher'armand 1 rades School Bank 

of Codman & Shurlleir, Iremont St., 

r. , Statement October 1, 1925 


o ir IT- • • r\ £ xU RESOURCES 

Sept. 15 Visiting Day for the y. g. Securities S 500.00 

month. Present of the Managers, Messrs. ^, , -7^-, .- 

n^ \i7 ij D J-. u T-i ^^A Other Investments 761. 4^ 

Emmons, Weld, Bowditch, Homans, and 

Storer. Collector Simmons came in his ^^^" _19L65 

boat accompanied by a number of his off- $1453.11 

icers to visit the School. The Band play- liabilities 

ed for him and he made a very pleasant Surplus 6 452.39 

speech, alluding to the time of his stay Deposits JD0072 

here many years ago. $ 1453.11 

Sept. 23 Doctor Homans here. william r. warnock burton dorman 

Sep.. 26 The boa, "VVhi.e Win^ '""""";„uam k. holm.n ""'"" 

capsized off the red buoy. It fortunately Teller 

did not sink and its occupants, a Mr. Cum- a i- • • -r- 

mingham of Milton, with three children ^" Exciting Time 

succeeded in getting on the side where all Early one evening I went over in the 

were kept safe until taken off. All were Steamer to the Marine Landing. We 

taken in here and kept until dried when met the doctor there, and he took me into 

they left via Squantum. our locker at the Landing. While the 

Sept. 27 Very windy, went with doctor was lancing an abscess on my 

Steamer to carry three sheep to Portland arm, a coast guard power boat caught on 


fire, while returning from the Landing to 
the Coast Guard Station. The three men 
in it jumped into the water and swam for 
shore. Mr. Swasey, who was in charge 
of our Steamer was afraid that the gasoHne 
tank in the boat would explode and dam- 
age the "Pilgrim." The burning boat was 
drifting in near the stone wall at the Point. 
In the meanwhile the doctor rang the iire 
alarm and the fire apparatus from South 
Boston came and put the fire out. 

John A. Hallewell 


Practically all of the Boys have from 
12 to 1 o'clock and from 6 to 7:15 o'clock 
in the evening for recreation. On Sat- 
urday we have the whole afternoon 
besides our noon and night hours for 
recreation. Some boys, go to the Band 
Hall and practice on their instruments, 
others go to the Sloyd Room, and a few 
go to the Cottages to read or to "listen in," 
on the radio. Every Saturday afternoon 
a scheduled game in either baseball, foot- 
ball, or basketball is played, depending 
on the season of the year. 

Harold E. Floyd 

How I Spent Friends' Day 

On Friends' Day a friend came to see 
me who had never visited Thompson's 
Island. When we met I asked her if she 
wished to walk around and see my daily 
work. She was interested and I first took 
her to the school-room, the reading room, 
and chapel. After she was told about 
these, I took her to the Boys' dinning 
room and showed her where my table 
was located. I also showed her the Boys' 
assembly room and pointed out my num- 
ber and box. We then went across the 
walk to the printing office and laundry. 
Later we went to the Power House where 
she saw the machines and the boiler. We 
then went to the forging room where she 
could see the models I made and then we 

went to the sloyd room, here I showed 
her my chest which was finished. Then 
we went to the barn to see the horses and 
cows, etc. From here we went to the 
Poultry House. Then went on the other 
side of the barn and sat down for awhile 
till the boat came when we said, "Good- 

Willis B. Drake 

Potato Crop 

Early in the Spring I wrote an article 
for the Beacon which told the readers 
about a potato project. Two of us planted 
a crop of potatoes that in the fall we 
should be paid a certain percent of the 
market price minus the running expense 
and cost of seed. 

The crop has been harvested. Out of 
nearly three and a half acres we produced 
about 600 bushels of potatoes. After cost 
of seed and running expenses have been 
deducted we shall recieve an increase in 
our bank account. But really money is 
not the point in the project. The 
experience we gained in raising and caring 
for them is far more valuable. We have 
liked and I believe benefited by this 
experiment. It has furnished a great deal 
of interest to both of us. 

Howard S. Costello 

Gathering Pumkins 

One Monday during September we 
started for the peice of land on which the 
pumkins are planted. This is over by 
the Farm House. This year they are put- 
ting the pumkins in the Corn Crib, 
where they will be kept in better condition. 
In the afternoon we took over four loads 
to the Corn Crib. Last year there were 
quite a few that decayed during the winter. 
These will now last nearly all winter. 
They are used for pumkin pie for the In- 
structors and Boys. It was a lot of fun 
taking them in, 

George J. Knott 


Che J^lumni Association of Cbe farm ana Cradcs School 

Will Frank Davis, 79, President Elwin C. Bemis, 

llEusTis Street, Chelsea Thompson 

Augustus N. Doe, "75, Treasurer 

'16, Vice-President Merton P. Ellis, '97, Secretary 

s Island 38 Spafford Road, Milton 

Geoffrey E. Plunkett, '14, Historian 

George A. Adams, Adv. Course '25, 
is working in Dennisons' Mfg. Plant in 
Framingham, Mass. GeorgE is taking 
cornet lessons and hopes to join an or- 
chestra soon. 

William F. Anderson, Adv. Course 
'25. enters Brewster in his Junior year. 
"BlLLIE"has spent his summer months on 
the John Endicott, a steamer on Lake 

Warren J. Burriss, Adv. Course 
'25, enters the Junior year of study at 

Clarence P. Hobson, Adv. Course 
'25, enters Mechanic Arts High School as 
a Junior. CLARENCE has been working 
this summer at pattern making in which he 
found his shop training at the School a 
great help. 

Karl H. Kuphal, Adv. Course '25, 
will enter Hyde Park High School as a 

Course '24, is working in West End Hotel, 
Portland, Me., as bell boy and is attending 
night school there. 

George D. Russell. Adv. Course 
'25, enters Colby Academy as a Junior. 
George has been v^orking this summer 
on an estate on the North Shore doing 
general w^ork about the grounds. 

Clarence E. Stevens, Adv. Course 
'25, enters Marlboro High School, as a 
Junior. CLARENCE has been working on 
a farm in Vermont this summer. 

IVERS E.WlNMILL, Adv. Course '25, 
enters Mt. Herman. IVERS has spent his 
summer months profitably at Whalem 
Park, Fitchburgh, Mass., where he had 
charge of a refreshment booth. 

Howard E. Keith, Edward V. 
Osberg, and Kenneth E Kearns. 
Adv. Course '24, enter their senior year at 

Howard H. Sturtevant, '24. en- 
ters his Sophomore year at Brewster He 
took a trip South to Virginia during his 
summer vacation to visit relatives. 

Clifton E. Albee. Adv. Class '23, is 
taking a Post Graduate course at Brewster 
Academy, preparatory to entering New 
Hampshire University. "Al" is the first 
boy to attend Brewster from F. T. S. and 
was honored with the University Schol- 
arship prize. 

Theodore Milne. '14, is employed 
with the Babcock and Wilcox Boiler Mtg 
Co. at Bayonne, New Jersey. "Ted" fin- 
ished his course at Mass, Inst. Tech. in June 
and received a S. B. Degree. 

Herbert A. Souther, '12, made us 
a visit a short while ago. This is the first 
time Herbert has been to the School fora 
long period. He enjoyed his visit very 
mjch and noticed quite a few changes. 
He has been employed with the New 
England Telephone and Telegraph Co. 
and is living at 18 Asticor Road, Jamaica 
Plain, Mass. 

Charles Howe, '82, surprised us with a 
visit this month. He came all the way 
from San Antonio Texas, for medical 
treatment in a Boston Hospital. He is 
engaged as a construction foreman at San 
Antonio, and will soon return there. His 
home address is San Antonio, Texas. 

Walter Herman. '79, has placed his 
son Carl at the School, and is a frequent 
visitor. Father and son can be seen walk- 
ing about the campus, "talking it over." 

Vol. 29 No. 7 Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. Nov. 1925 

Entered November 23. 1903. ft Boston Mass.. as Second Class matter, under Act o{ Congress of July 16. 1874 

Columbus Day 

Monday, October 12th, was Columbus 
Day. When I got up I washed and had 
breakfast. Then I went to the Printing 
Office and worked all morning. 

After dinner we chose up for football. 
We played until two thirty o'clock when 
the game started with Drake and Thomas 
as captains. It was good weather for a 
football game. Drake, Thomas, Costello. 
and Blackwell played very well. The 
score was twenty-one to seven in favor of 
Drake's team. 

That evening we had a dance. We 
put on our uniforms and went to Chapel. 
The orchestra played most of the time 
but once in a while an Instructor played 
the piano while the Boys in the orchestra 
danced. The danced lasted until about 
ten thirty. We then went to the drawer 
room and took off our uniforms, and put 
on our kahki clothes. We went to bed 
happy. We thank Mr. Swasey for the 
privilege of dancing. 

Robert F. VanMeter 


As usual we had a fine party on Hal- 
lowe'en. To open the festivities of the 
evening, we had a ghost walk which was 
greatly enjoyed. 

After this we went to the gymnasium 
which was decorated to resemble a barn. 
Hay was hanging from the beams. It was 
also strewn around on the floor near the 

walls. Pumpkins were also placed around 
the room. There was a haunted chamber 
and different signs to tell you where the 
various games and contests were being 
held. The food booth was very pretty 
and attracted us with many good things lo 
eat. We had apples, pie, pickles, cider, 
doughnuts, marshmallows, kisses, and 
peanuts. A short program was given 
which included a poem by Robert Van 
Meter entitled, "When The Woodchuck 
Chuckles," and Mr. Adams recited a 
poem entitled, "The Creamation of Sam 
Magee," next a little play, "Why I Never 
Married," by several boys, half of them 
were dressed as girls. The next was a one 
act farce called, "The Rickety Rackety 
Radio," by six boys dressed as negroes and 
a mysterious voice over the radio. 

We had games such as bobbing for 
apples, the dart game, digging for marsh- 
mallows in a dish of flour with your 
hands behind your back, eating doughnuts 
off a string, tossing balls into some cans, 
and palmistry, these we all enjoyed very 

The evening's fun closed with a ghost 
story, told in darkness, then we went to 
the house and to bed tired but very 

Ralph H. Martis 


We held a Cottage Row election in 
the Assembly Hall, October 6th. The 
boys who were elected or appointed to 


the various officers are as follows: 

Alonzo G. Day Mayor 

Raymond Thomas Chairman of 


Howard S. Costello Shareholder 

Francis E. Floyd Shareholder 

Ross S. Lloyd Non-Shareholder 

Carl A. Carlson Non-Shareholder 
Jack H. Hobson Assessor 

Howitt R. Warren Treasurer 

William R. Warnock Chief of Police 
Fredrick Austin Lieut, of Police 

Willis B. Drake Sargt. of Police 

William J. Long, Henry E. Gilchrist, 
Thomas A. Hall, and Arthur R. Blackwell. 
Arthur R. Turner Clerk 

Carle A. Nichols Street Commissioner 
Gilbert M. Collins Librarian 

Raymond B. Chamberlain Janitor 
The Mayor chooses his Chief of 
Police, Clerk, St. Commissioner, Librari- 
an, and Janitor. The Chief of Police 
chooses his officers and Patrolmen. 

William R. Warnock 

A Motion Picture Camera 

Mr. Swasey has received a camera 
which takes moving pictures. It was 
given to The Farm and Trades School by 
the Alumni Association. It takes one 
hundred feet of film which is started by 
pressing a small lever on the side of the 
camera. This releases a spring. The 
camera is stopped by taking the pressure 
from the lever. 

This camera was made by the East- 
man Co. and it resembles a folding kodak, 
only it is slightly longer. A short time 
ago Mr Swasey took some pictures of a 
football game which will be shown on the 
screen when they are developed. They 
will be sent to Rochester for this purpose. 
The reels that this film fits on, can be used 

in our moving picture machine, which was 
presented to the School by Mr Hallowell. 
We are very enthusiastic about these 
gifts as they give us great pleasure. 

Fredrick Austin 

The Ghost Walk 

We celebrated Hallowe'en Friday 
evening, October 30. The first event we 
had was the Ghost Walk. We assembled 
by the Old Elm at eight o'clock P. M. 
With one of the men Instructors leading 
we started down back road. When we 
had gone a little way a ghost jumped out 
of the bushes and began throwing waterat 
us, also hitting us with cornstalks. W^hen 
we reached the barn and started down 
stairs the lights suddenly went out and 
we couldn't see a thing. 

We followed the leader by holding 
on to each other's shoulder. When we 
were downstairs all kinds of sounds were 
made by ghosts and a hose was turned on 
us. We then v/ent up Rear Avenue to 
the west basement. When we started 
through the last door of the basement, 
we each received a glass of water in the 
face and a mop over the head. This fin- 
ished the walk which we all enjoyed very 

Thomas A. Hall 

Repairing a Cart 

As I work in the shop, the Instructor 
told me to make four iron braces for a 
broken dump cart. First, I went down in 
the forging room and took a hack saw, 
with which I cut out the pieces. I then 
started a fire and heated the iron, so I 
could bend it into a right angle. I next 
took it to the machine shop, and drilled 
four holes in each piece with the big ma- 
chine drill, and counter sunk them. I 
then took them and fastened them in place 
on the cart. 

Arthur R. Turner 


Old Ironsides 

The Constitution was built at Hartt's 
shipyard, in Boston in 1797. It was de- 
signed by Joshua Humphries after some 
of the fast French frigates. It carried a 
very heavy battery of twenty-four pound- 
ers on the gun deck which was unusually 
high above the water line, so that the guns 
could be fired when fighting on rough sea. 

She was built of very heavy timber. 
The copper bolts and sheathing were 
made by Paul Revere. Her first flag was 
made by Betsy Ross with fifteen stars and 
fifteen stripes, which the Constitution car- 

It carried four hundred officers and 
men. They were all of iron will and cour- 
age. The Constitution's weight was 1,500 
tons and carried forty-four cannon, firing 
cannon balls weighing twenty-four to thir- 
ty-two pounds each. The capacity of our 
modern war vessels is three hundred times 
greater than the Constitution when it was 
new and fully equipped. In the three 
years' fighting she was never defeated. 
She was first commanded by Captain Isaac 
Hull who was a great sailor as well as a 
fighter. You may wonder how the Con- 
stitution received the name Old Ironsides. 
In the battle with the British ship Guerriere 
in 1812 some of the largest cannon balls 
from the Guerriere hit the sides and fell off 
into the sea. The men seeing this, cried, 
"Hussa, her sides are made of iron." 
From that time on she was called Old 

From 1821 to 1858 she was suppress- 
ing the slave trade on the African coast. 
During this time she was rebuilt. From 
1861 to 1871 she was used as a naval 
training ship. In 1878 she made her last 
cruise carrying the U. S. exhibit to the 
Paris exhibition. Later she was used as a 
receiving ship at Portsmouth navy yard. 
In 1897 she was towed to Boston on her 

one hundredth anniversary of her launch- 
ing where she was reconditioned and plac- 
ed in the Boston Navy Yard to be kept as 
a relic and an inspira;ion to the youth 
of America. 

Raymond Thomas 

A Snake 

One bright sunny afternoon when I 
had finished with my work in the dining 
room, I was going down to the basement 
of Gardner Hall. On the cement was 
something that looked like a small gray 
twig. I stooped to pick it up, but before I 
could, it wiggled away. It was a small 
snake. This was the first snake I had seen 
on the Island. I pointed it out to a boy, 
and he tried to pick it up with two sticks. 
One of the Instructors told us to kill it, and 
we did. I hope I never see any more 
here. This was a great surprise to me. 

Arthur H. Sherry 

Seeing a Football Game 

Through the kindness of Mr. Walter 
Tibbetts of the Phillips Brooks Association 
at Harvard, the Boys again had the privi- 
lege of attending the football game at Har- 
vard Stadium. All of the first graders 
went over to see the game between 
Harvard and Dartmouth, October 24th. 

Everyone enjoyed the game and it 
was very interesting. Harvard at the be- 
ginning of the game did very well. It 
seemed at first Harvard would win the 
game as they made the first score which 
was a field goal. 

After a while Dartmouth seemed to 
get stronger and they began to start for 
their first touchdown. Oberlander of 
Dartmouth was the star of the game, mak- 
ing some very good runs and throwing 
forward passes to his speedy ends which 
resulted in many touchdowns. We en- 
joyed the game very much and are grate- 
ful to Mr. Tibbetts. Henry E. Gilchrist 


Cbomp$on'$ Island Beacon 

Published Monthly by 


Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor 




James M. Libby 
Jack H. Hobson 

As30. Editor 

Vol. 29 No. 7 

November, 1925 

Subscription Price 

50 Cents Per Year 



Arthur Adams 


Charles E. Mason 


N. Penrose Hallowell 


Tucker Daland 


Karl Adams 

Gorham Brooks 

S. V. R. Crosby 

Charles P. Curtis 

George L. DeBIois 
Thomas J. Evans 

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

Henry Jackson, M. D. 
James H. Lowell 
Roger Pierce 

Leverett Saltonstall 
Philip S. Sears 

Charles Wiggins, 2nd 
Edward Wigglesworth 
Moses Williams 

Paul F. Swasey 
Alfred C, Malm 

Assistant Treasurer 

October brings the birthday of one of 
America's most beloved statesmen — 
Theodore Roosevelt. He lives still in 
our memories as an example of the high- 
est type of American manhood with his 

undaunted courage, keen insight and 
quick sympathies. He is still the ideal of 
American boyhood and it seems fitting 
to quote here from an article written by 
him in "The American Boy." 

He says in part: "Of course what we 
have a right to expect of the American 
boy is that he shall turn out to be a good 
American man. He must not be a cow- 
ard or a weakling, a bully, a shirk, or a 
prig. He must work hard and play hard. 
He must be clean-minded and clean-lived, 
and able to hold his own under all cir- 
cumstances and against all comers. It is 
only on these conditions that he will grow 
into the kind of American man of whom 
America can be really proud. 

"The boy can best become a good 
man by being a good boy — not a goody- 
goody boy, but just a plain good boy. 
I do not mean that he must love only the 
negative virtues; I mean he must love the 
positive virtues also. 'Good', in the larg- 
est sense, should include whatever is fine, 
straightforward, clean, brave, and manly. 
The best boys I know — the best men I 
know — are good at their studies or their 
business, fearless and stalwart, hated and 
feared by all that is wicked and depraved, 
incapable of submitting to wrong-doing, 
and equally incapable of being aught but 
tender to the w^eak and helpless. 

"In short, in life, as in a foot-ball 
game, the principle to follow is: 

Hit the line hard; don't foul and 
don't shirk, but hit the line hard!" 

Oct. 1 Cleaned beach and harvested 


29 bushels of beets. 

Five boys attended the Brockton Fair 
with Mr. Swasey this afternoon. 

Oct. 2 Four boys, accompanied by 
two Instructors, enjoyed the fair at Brock- 
ton this afternoon. 

Oct. 3 Raked and burned weeds on 
ten acre corn peice at South End of the 

Oct. 4 Mr. Merton P. Ellis, '98, and 
Mrs. Ellis were here for the afternoon. 
Leon G. Andrews, '23, James Brain, '25, 
and Edward Floyd, Advanced Course, '25, 
also visited the School this afternoon. 

Oct. 5 Twenty-three boys left today 
on their furloughs which had been post- 
poned from summer because of the Chick- 
en Pox epidemic. 

Started whitewashing and painting the 
west basement, drawer room, and clothing 

Oct. 7 Worked on roads and hauled 
several loads of gravel to barnyard. 

New herd sire, Meredith Squire, a 
gift of Manager Wigglesworth. arrived this 

Nine new boys, Russell Bent, Alfred 
Bryant, Keith Gray, Kenneth James, Ray 
and Roy Towne, Ralph Milliken, Ernest 
Overton, and Kenneth Van Meter, were 
addmited today. 

Oct. 8 Built new calf pen in barn 
cellar this afternoon. 

A new moving picture projector, a 
gift of Manager Hallowell, was tried out 
in the gymnasium this evening, with great 

A very enjoyable dancing party was 
given in the Assembly Hall this evening by 
the of^cials of Cottage Row. 

Oct. 9 Built new cover for cesspool 
in barnyard. 

Oct. 10 First frost and snowstorm of 
season, wind blowing sixty milesper hour. 

Dragged roads. 

Rollin Holman, Grammar Course '24. 
left today to enter Bryant Stratton. Bert- 
rand Newell, Ex. '31, left this noon to live 
with his mother. 

Oct. 11 Robert Giese, '23, Edward 
Floyd and Raymond McQuesten, the lat- 
ter two of the Advanced Course '25, are 
here for the week end. 

Oct. 12 Columbus Day, half holiday 
with choose-up football game in after- 
noon. A dance was held in the Assem- 
bly Hall during the evening. 

Boys returned from their furloughs 

Oct. 13 Picked the last of the grapes 
this afternoon. 

Oct. 15 Classes in Agriculture began 
in-door sessions today. 

The Boys' gardens were judged today 
preparatory to the awarding of prizes. 

Oct. 16 Began harrowing six acre 
piece this side of Bowditch Grove. 

Beached, cleaned, and tarred north 
side float. 

Sweaters, mittens, and caps were given 
out to the Boys today. 

Oct. 17 Repairs to the dike just be- 
low the Power House were begun today. 

Eric Schippers, '22, is here for the 
week end. 

Double-header football game this 
afternoon, Teams C 31-B 6; Teams A 19- 

Pictures were taken of the game with 
the new moving picture camera, a gift of 
the Alumni Association. 

Oct. 18 Hauled planks and gathered 
drift wood. 

Oct. 19 Exercises, promoting the 
restoration of Old Iron Sides, were held 
in the Assembly Hall this evening after 
Grade Reading. 

Oct. 21 A seaplane took a nose dive 
ofifthe Island near Oak Knoll. Machine 
was damaged but no serious injuries 



Took steamer "Pilgrim" to Lawley's 
for minor repairs. 

Commenced ploughing the ten acre 
corn piece at South End. 

Oct. 22 Team A defeated Team B 
34 to 6 this afternoon. 

Planted new buoy at City Point. 

Oct. 23 Last Friends' Day of the 
season. There were 225 relatives and 
friends here for the afternoon. The S. 
V. R. Crosby baseball cups and shield 
were awarded, also the Grew Garden 

Oct. 24 Twenty-seven boys attended 
the Harvard-Dartmouth game this after- 
noon through the courtesy of Mr. Walter 
I. Tihbetts. 

Oct. 26 The McKenzie Garden 
prizes were awarded this evening after 
Grade Reading. 

Oct. 27 Secretary Tucker Daland 
visited the School this afternoon. 

Oct. 29 Blacksmith here. 

Oct. 30 Last order of grain arrived 
for the winter. 

New furniture was brought over this 
morning including four large tables and 
forty chairs for the library in Chapel. 

President Adams was here for the 

Hallowe'en was celebrated with the 
usual entertainment in the gymnasium 
which was preceded by a ghost walk. 

Oct. 31 Beached launch "Winslow" 
for the winter. 

Double header football game. Team 
C won from team D 49 to 0; and C also 
won from B, 39 to 6. 

Carl Kuphal and Clarence Hobson, 
both of the Adv. Course '25, are here for 
the week end. 

Calendar 50 Years Ago 1875 

As Kept by the Superintendent 

Oct. 1 Dull rainy day. 

Went to Readville to attend the 
annual exhibition of the Norfolk Co .Agri- 
cultural Society. I had the pleasure of 
listening to Col. Lyman' s address and of 
seeing the famous horse " Smuggler. " 

Oct. 5 Monthly report. Number 
of Boys in School 98. 

Oct. 7 Went to City this afternoon 
to carry onions, tomatoes, squash, etc. 

Oct. 10 Mr. A. S. Wheeler of our 
Board was here and officiated all day. 

Oct, 11 Carried up eight bbls. on- 
ions, four of squash and three of green 

Oct. 13 Carried up three bbls. 
onions to Portland boat to go to Steep 
Falls, Maine. 

Oct. 14 Visiting Day and a very 
pleasant one too. Messrs. Emmons, 
Weld, Lyman, Homans, Storerand S. G. 
DeBlois were present. Mr. Lyman re- 
mained and took his cup of coffee after 
which I carried him to Squantum in the 

Oct. 16 Went with steamer and 
scow and got 12 tons of coal from the 
wharf of Bosworth and Hamlin. 

Oct. 19 Went for Mr. and Mrs. S. 
G. DeBlois, Col. Shepard, Superintendent 
of Reform School, Westboro, and Mr. 
Hubbard, one of the Trustees. Took 
them back in good style in thirty minutes. 

Oct, 22 Lovely weather, men har- 
vesting beets, unloading coal, etc. 

Oct. 25 Went to East Boston for 
Mr. Bowditch, 

Oct. 27 Carried fourteen bbls. on- 
ions to Hill and Tibbetts. 

How I Spent My Vacation 

My vacation came in October this 
year, instead of July. I left the Public 
Landing at 10:00 o'clock and was met by 
a friend who took me to the South 
Station. Here 1 had my lunch and 
bought my ticket for New Haven, Conn. 


I boarded the train at 11:30 and arrived summer birds have gone south, 

at New Haven at 3:30 P. M. When we think about winter it makes 

I played with some boys that I knew, us teel sad and happy. We seem to wish 

and went to the movies. I also saw a the summer back again, yet there is so 

football game and went roller skating, much fun in the winter, we forget about 

I had a good time for a week and came the swims and ball games and think there 

back to start school again. is nothing so pleasant as winter sports. 

Burton Dorman George J. Knott 

The Farm and Trades School Bank An Extraordinary Job 

Statement November 1, 1925 Recently we received an extraordin- 

RESOURCES ary big job at the Printing Office. It 

U. S. Securities $500.00 was an order for 1000 pads of store receipts 

Other Investments ..... 761.45 for Thomas F. Coogan of South Boston., 

Cash 260.34 Nearly every phase of printing was used in 

$1521~79 n^'s^^in^ the job. 

After we had set it up, the stock was 


c, , m Arc ^^ cut. As two forms Were going to be uscd, 

Surplus $ 465.15 , ,, .u • (7 x- • u j 

we cut the paper the size ot two finished 

^^Pomts 1056.64 receipts. In one of these blocks there is 

$ 1521.79 first one sheet printed in black ink and 

WILLIAM R. WARNOCK RALPH H. MARTis then ouc printed in red ink. The purpc se 

^'■*'^'''^"* Cashier ^f ^j^jg jg jj^gj carbon paper is put between 

HENRY A. SCHRAMM , j . i i i i , 

jeller the red and black papers, and when you 

write on the black printed paper, the same 

October Meteorology thing is written on the red printed paper. 

Maximum Temperature 80° the 18th. So we cut 25,000 double sheets of bond 

Minimum Temperature 32° the 31st. P^P^i" ^o^ the black receipts, and 25,000 

Mean Temperature for the month 49°. double sheets of manila paper for the red 

Total Precipitation 4.30 inches. ones. It took two weeks to run the whole 

Greatest Precipitation in 24 hours i^b ofT. While they were being printed 

1.00 inch on the 8th. some of the boys were collating. That is. 

Six days with .01 or more inches they counted up the stock in numbers of 

precipitation, 11 clear days, 5 partly one hundred and put one black and 

cloudy, 15 cloudy. then one red piece of paper on another. 

After this they went on the stitcher, two 
stitches were put in at the top of each 

When we look at the trees and see block. They were then trimmed on the 

their leaves turning different colors and p^pgr cutter and cut in twain. Then one 

falling we know that frost has been in the of the boys inserted a sheet of carbon 

air. Then the fruit is ready for gathering p^pgr, the same size as the receipt inside 

and we sometimes shiver in the morning, of each pad. When this was done to all ot 

The pumpkins turn yellow and makes us them the job was finished. They were put 

think of Hallowe'en. Other signs of in boxes and shipped away. It was a great 

approaching Fall, are seen, also. Flocks relief when the job was completed, 

of ducks and geese move, and we notice the James M. Libby 


Cbe fllumni Association of Che ?arm ana trades School 

Will Frank Davis, 79, President Elwin C. Bemis, '16, Vice-President Merton P. Ellis, "97, Secretary 

11 Eusris Street, Chelsea Thompson's Island 38 Spafford Road, Milton 

Augustus N. Doe, '75, Treasurer Geoffrey E. Plunkett, "14, Historian 

Wellesley Walpole 

Edward L. Floyd, Adv. Class '25, 
is employed as bookkeeper for the Sin. 
clair Sales Company. He finds his course 
he took at the School in bookkeeping, a 
great help to him. His home address is 
73 Perkins Street, Somerville, Mass. 

Robert L. Carney, '24. is attend, 
'ing high School at Noble, Ohio. ROBERT 
is a junior and recently won prizes that 
were ottered for literary work. He is 
much interested in the School and writes 
quite often. 

Waldo E. Libby, '22, who is attend- 
ing Keene. New Hampshire, High 
School, received an injury to his back, 
while playing on the football team, that 
will keep him out of the game for the rest 
of the year. Our best wishes go out to 
him for a quick recovery. He is at the 
present time at the Elliot Community 
Hospital, Keene, N. H. 

Nicholas M. Suarez, '19, who is 

in the advertising business, writes that he 
has just accepted a position as District 
Advertising Supervisor for the Pillsbury 
Flour Company. He has charge of five 
branches, namely, Pittsburg, Scranton, 
Philadelphia. Baltimore, and New York. 
It is his hope that he will be advanced 
later to Eastern District Advertising Man- 
ager. "Nick" has asked for addresses of 
his classmates and they have been sent. 
He adds that he would like to hear from 
some of the "old gang". His address is 
1414 North 6th. Street, Philadelphia, 

Howard F. Lochrie, '16, has sent 
us the announcement of his marriage on 

Wednesday evening, October 28th, to 
Miss Harriet Foster, daughter of Walter 
L. Foster of Brookline. HOWARD has 
been employed since leaving the School 
with the Walter Lowney Company, Com- 
mercial Street, Boston, in their advertising 
and sales department. 

Richard W. Weston, '13, since 
leaving the School has been engaged in 
farming. His home is in Amherst, N. H. 
He is also Road Agent for that town. 
"Chick" is married and has two children. 

Edric Blakemore, '12, is em- 
ployed as a machinist at Newton Upper 
Falls and is living at 20 Bowen Street, 
Newton Center, Mass. 

Chauncey Page, '00, writes that he 
would like to hear from members of his 
class. He is Manager of the Gennell 
Brothers Music House, Hillsdale, Michi- 
gan. Get busy class of 1900! 

William G. Cummings, '98, we are 
pleased to announce, has just published his 
second novel, "Passion and Glory," a tale 
composed of dramatic episodes in the 
lives of simple people, primarily the story 
of simple man's search for love and God. 
"Passion and Glory," CummiNG's second 
book, according to critics develops splen- 
didly all the qualities that made his first 
novel, "An Island Chronicle," so fine a 
piece of fiction. 

Will Frank Davis, '79, has moved 
his business quarters to 6 Alden Court. 
Boston, Mass. Will is a member of 
Baalbec Lodge, A. F. & A. M., East 
Boston, Mass. 

VoL 29 No. 8 Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. Dec. 1925 

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

A School Banner 

On November 11th, which was Arm- 
istice Day, Mr. Foster, a Manager, a grad- 
uate and a very kind friend of the School, 
presented the First Class with a banner. 

This banner is made of silk, half blue 
and half gold, the School colors, and has 
the School seal in one corner. The boys 
of the First Class are very grateful for such 
a fine gift. 

As this was Armistice Day, a short 
formal service, appropriate for such a day 
was held in chapel. After a few boys had 
given recitations Mr. Swasey explained to 
us the meaning of the School seal. In 
the center of the seal, which is a symbol 
of the spirit which has animated our 
School since its foundation, are three fig- 
ures grouped together to represent fellow- 
ship, equality, and teamwork. These 
three fisures also represent different ele- 
ments that make up the life of a boy here 
at The Farm and Trades School. The 
left hand figure represents the training or 
discipline, respect for law, obedience and 
self-control. The central figure signifies 
training in crafts or trades, ability to 
co-ordinate hand and mind. The figure 
in the right hand corner offering fruits of 
the soil, represents the basis of life every- 
where — agriculture. These three figures 
show the boy as a student of the Book of 
Life with the emblem, a Greek torch sym- 
bolizing Education or the search for Truth. 

In the background of the seal is the School, 
our Alma Mater, offering home and shel- 
ter to us while preparing us for life. 

Mr. Foster then gave us a talk in 
vv;hich he said that he wished not to talk 
to us but to talk with us. He wished to 
be a boy with us. He told us about the 
School as it was when he was a boy here, 
and how it has changed since that time. 
He told about the first time the School 
banner was hoisted to the top of our flag 
staff, of the cheering and clapping of the 
Boys. The School colors he wished us to 
remember as signifying "The hope and 
prayer of our School Mother that each of 
her boys will become a man whose char- 
acter will be true blue, that is, of rigid 
honesty in principle, fidelity, unyielding 
loyality and good as gold, that is, of ster- 
ling value, genuine, conforming to the 
highest standard." It was his hope and 
desire in giving this banner to our Class 
that we might live up to the meaning 
these colors symbolize. 

This banner is greatly appreciated by 
all the Boys and we will strive to be true 
blue and good as gold, or c»f strong and 
honest principles and of sterling value. 



Henry Gilchrist 



RECITATION Clifton Chapel Hriiry Newhnlt 

Laurence Wheeler 

RECITATION Breathes There a Man With 

Soul So Dead Sir W. Scott 
Horace Taylor 

BRASS QUARTET Faith of Our Fathers 

Arkerson, Rand, McLenna, Hall 

RECITATION Spires of Oxford W. Jl. Letts 

Alton Butier 

SONG America the Beautiful J. S. Fearis 




Mr. Swasey 

Mr. Foster 


Raymond Thomas 

L'ENVOI rnKJijard Kipling 

Thomas Hall 


School Song 

Henry E. Gilchrist 

Our Thanks 

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


At Thanksgiving time there are many 
things for which 1 am thankful. When 
we compare our situation with the boys in 
the city, who have not the fresh air, some 
one to show them what is right and what 
is wrong, also some one to tell them about 
God. When we think of the fresh air that 
we breathe each day the helpful lessons we 
learn every day and the wholesome food 
that we eat, and many other things, we 
can readily appreciate these blessings. 

When we sit down at the large Thanks- 
giving dinner this year, with the fruits of 
the year's hard work before us on the table, 
we shall give a thankful prayer, to our 

Heavenly Father that we can enjoy His 
wonderful gifts that surround us each day. 

James Vt. Libby 

I am thankful I have a mother, father, 
and sister. I also am thankful for good 
health. I am thankful that I am at The 
Farm and Trades School, where I can 
learn everything any man requires to 
make a living. I am thankful for the 
many things nature has given us. I am 
thankful that I know there is a God to 
whom I may bring all my troubles and He 
will help me to the right path. I am 
thankful for my friends. 

Charles L. Claggett 

I am thankful for my friends and rel- 
atives. I am thankful to this School for 
what it has done and is doing for me. 1 
am thankful for the sunshine and other 
wonderful works of God, as well as the 
fellowship of other boys and beautiful sur- 

I am also grateful for the opportunity 
of playing in the Band, participation in 
sports and games. 1 am not only thank- 
ful for this, but appreciate all that is being 
done for me. 

Ross S. Lloyd 

T am thankful that our forefathers set 
aside a day on which we may thank God 
for the many blessings He has bestowed 
upon us. I am grateful to my friends and 
parents. I am thankful that I was fortu- 
nate enough to come to such a School, as 
The Farm and Trades School. I am 
thankful that I have a healthy body, so I 
can play in sports. I am thankful to my 
mother who has tried to bring me up well 
and who has sacrificed things she would 
like to have, to please me. I am thankful 
for the Board of Managers and Alumni 
who help in everyway to give me a 
pleasant school home in which to live. 1 


am thiinkful to the Instructors who help 
me do right. 

George O. Poole 


I am thankful for my father, brother 
and sisters. I am thankful that I own a 
cottage on Cottage Row and have a chance 
to play in the sports. I am glad to be in 
the Band. I am thankful for our Superin- 
tendent, Managers, and Instructors. I am 
grateful for the help they are giving me. 

Anton C. Ericsson 

About this time every year it comes 
to the minds of many boys here at this 
School to look to God for the many things 
and advantages we have for which we are 
thankful. I am thankful that He gave the 
life of His Son that we might live in peace, 
contentment, and happiness. We cannot 
explain how thankful we are that God has 
given us good, kind, loving mothers, 
fathers, and friends whom we can never 
repay for what they have gone through 
for us. We are thankful we have had 
given to us the Bible which is written of 
the perfect life He led while here on earth 
that we might follow His example and be 
true men of God. 

We are thankful for the good educa- 
tion we are receiving while here at this 
School. We realize that many boys do 
not have these opportunities. We are 
grateful to the Managers, Superintendent, 
and Instructors who are always willing to 
help and encourage us in time of trouble. 
I think that the best way we can show our 
appreciation to all is to be true Farm and 
Trades School Boys and live up to our 
School Banner which has just lately been 
given to us by one of our Managers. The 
colors on it are Blue which means to be 
"True Blue" and the other color is Gold, 
meaning to be as "Good as Gold." 

William L.Young 


Most of our thanks are beyond ex- 
pression yet all of us are thankful we are 
here at this School. 

I am thankful that I have a father, 
mother, a brother, and three sisters. I 
am also thankful to our loving God who 
keeps watch over us and helps us to do 
right. 1 am thankful to our Managers, 
Superintendent, and Instructors for the 
help they have given me during the 
past year. 

Howitt R. Warren 

There are many things for which I am 
thankful. I am thankful for the line 
School in which my mother placed me. I 
am thankful to Mr. and Mrs. Swasey and 
the Instructors for what they do for ns. I 
am also thankful to the Board of Mana- 
gers for the interest they take in us. I am 
thankful for God and His Son who came 
to save the world. I am thankful for our 
minister and what he teaches us about the 
Word of God. I am thankful for my 
mother, brothers, and sisters, and all they 
do for me. I am thankful that I live in a 
wonderful country. I am also thankful for 
the sports that we have here and for the 
Boys with whom we make friends. 

William C. Kenning 


I am thankful that I am in such a good 
School and that my mother put me here 
to be a member of the School. I am 
thankful that we have such good Instruct- 
ors to help us to be fine, strong men. 

Earle C. Nichols 

I am thankful I have some people to 
take care of me. I am thankful that I am 
in a fine School and can receive such a 
fine education. I am very thankful for all 
that is being done for me. 

Christopher McFadyen 
Continued on page 7 


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Arthur Adams 


Charles E. Mason 


N. Penrose Hallowell 


Tucker Daland 


Karl Adams 

Gorham Brooks 

S. V. R. Crosby 

Charles P. Curtis 

George L. DeBlois 
Thomas J. Evans 

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

Henry Jackson, M. D. 
James H. Lowell 
Roger Pierce 

Leverett Saltonstall 
Philip S. Sears 

Charles Wiggins, 2nd 
Edward Wigglesworth 
Moses Williams 

Paul F. Swasey 
Alfred C. Malm 

Assistant Treasurer 

Gottage IRow Government 





In accordance with our usual custom, 
Cottage Row Government sets apart a day 
for Thanksgiving. 

We thus follow^ the example of our 
Nation and Commonwealth. On' this 
day, we shall suspend our usual activities 
that we may more fittingly observe this 
time in the manner of our forefathers. 

Thus there shall be feasting, festivities, 
and prayer. With grateful hearts we shall 
give thanks on that day for the blessings 
we enjoy. We are thankful for our 
friends, health, and happiness. We are 
grateful to those who maintain this School. 
We are thankful for our strong and pros- 
perous nation. 

Therefore I, Alonzo G. Day, Mayor 
of Cottage Row, with the advice and 
consent of the Board of Aldermen, set 
apart Thursday, the twenty-sixth day of 
November, as a day of 


to the Almighty for the blessings He be- 
stows upon us. 

Given at The Farm and Trades 
School this eighteenth day of November, 
in the year of our Lord, one thousand 
nine hundred and twenty-five, and the one 
hundred and eleventh year of our School, 
and the thirty-seventh year of Cottage 

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

Arthur R. Turner, Clerk 

0O& Save the ©overntnent of Cottaiic "Kow 



Nov. 1 Screens are bein^ removed 
today and will be replaced by storm win- 

James H. Graham, '79, and Mrs. 
Graham were here for the day. 

Clarence Hobson and Carl Kuphal, 
both of '25, returned today, having been 
here for the week end. 

Nov. 3 Cleaned cesspool in barn- 

Nov. 5 Began painting farm wagons 
this morning. 

Mr. Britton was here this morning to 
inspect our bees. 

A pianola attachment with records, 
a gift of Manager Karl Adams, arrived 

Mr. Rogers, President of the Ameri- 
can Bible Class, gave the Boys an interest- 
ing talk this evening on his trip to Guam. 

Beached scow for the winter. 

Nov. 6 Cleaned Poulrry House and 
put covering on strawberry bed. 

Gymnasium floor is being re-oiled 
and waxed. 

Nov. 7 Hydrant houses were put on 

Assistant Treasurer Alfred C. Malm, 
'00, Mrs. Malm and son John, visited the 
School today. 

Double header this afternoon. Team 
D beat Team B, 20 to 3 and Team C 
defeated Team A, 22 to 12. 

Nov. 8 Boys enjoyed the privilege 
of the chapel as a reading room for the 
first time tonight. 

Nov. 9 Killed hog, dressed to weigh 
320 pounds. 

Joe Lorraine, Y. M. C. A. entertain- 
er, made his annual visit to the School 
and entertained the Boys during the even- 

Nov. 10 Finished ploughing head- 
land on South End. 

Put sheathing on the "Pilgrim" and 
painted her. 

Nov. 11 Repaired track to door on 
stock barn. 

Armistice Day, half holiday. Appro- 
priate exercises were held in chapel. 
Manager Foster was present and presented 
to the Senior Class a School banner, made 
of the School colors, blue and gold, with 
the School seal in the corner. 

Annual Alumni meeting was held this 
evening at Young's Hotel. New officers 
elected are printed at top of Alumni page 
of the Beacon. 

Teams A and D played during the 
noon hour. The score was a tie 19 to 19. 

Nov. 12 Finished ploughing piece 
by Farm House and began ploughing by 
Power House. 

Nov. 13 John Goodhue, '21, is here 
for the afternoon. 

Nov. 14 Last scheduled football 
game of the season. Team D won from 
Team B, 21-12. 

Team C, Howard Costello, Captain, 
won the Crosby shield. Team C won five 
of the six games it played. 

Nov. 16 Cleaned gutter on New 
Barn and also cleaned the cellar in the 
New Barn. Began putting on storm win- 

Nov. 17 Put in brace supporter in 
cellar of Old Barn. Killed hog weighing 
310 lbs. when dressed- 

Nov. 18 Commenced work on dike 
at South End. 

Nov. 19 Hauled gravel to finish re- 
pair on wall in rear of the Power House. 

Nov. 20 The fall ploughing was com- 
pleted today. Cattle inspector was here. 

Nov. 21 Fifteen boys attended the 
Harvard — Yale game, acting as ushers. 

External inspection of the boilers at the 
Power House and in the Steamer 
"Pilgrim" was made today. 


Clarence Stevens, '25, is here for over 
the week end. 

Nov. 24 Completed painting and 
repairing farm wagons today. 

Nov. 24 Oiled harness. 

Thirty-five members of the Pierian 
Sodality Orchestra of Harvard, accompa- 
nied by Mr. Walter I. Tibbetts, gave the 
Boys an unusually fine concert in Chapel 
this evening. Mr, Stanton, the leader, 
gave a very interesting account of the 
orchestra since its organization in 1808. 

Nov. 26 Thanksgiving Day. Two 
big football games today. The smaller 
boys representing the University of Illinois 
and Yale played in the morning. Illinois, 
won 6 to 0. In the afternoon the Harvard 
and Yale game resulted in a tie 6 to 6. 

Nov. 27 Clifton Albee, '23, came to 
spend the night. 

Nov. 28 Warren Burriss, '25, is vis- 
iting the School for the afternoon. 

Manager Thomas J. Evans, '64, came 
this afternoon to spend Sunday. 

Nov. 30 Killed hog which dressed 
406 pounds. 

Calendar 50 Years Ago 1875 

As Kept by the Superintendent 

Nov. 8 James Frank Frazier died 
today. While here at the School he was 
one of our best boys, 

Nov. 10 Went to City, the boat 
leaving me at the Point. It became so 
rough and stormy from the East that I 
came home via Squantum thinking it too 
bad for the Boys to cross. After rowing 
myself home from Mr. Reed's found that 
the Boys had gone over to South Boston, 
the wind being fair, but were unable to 
return tonight. 

Nov. 11 Awfully rough. The Boys 
came all right this morning having stayed 
at Church Home last night. 

Nov. 12 Carried fourteen bbls. on- 

ions to city, the last for this season. 

Nov. 15 Went for flour and also 
brought home 850 bricks for the cistern. 

Nov, 16 Mason came to lay cistern 
in Farm House and a carpenter came to 
do repair work. 

Nov. 17 One of the very worst days 
I ever knew. It has blown a perfect gale 
from the N. W. all day without the least 
let up. The Emma boat sunk at her 
moorings. The steamer labored hard and 
the floating wharf is badly injured. 

Nov. 22 Cold. Dressed thirty-two 
turkeys and two hogs. 

Put on double windows and threshed 

Nov. 23 To city with steamer. 
Carried up 150 lbs. of turkey to Mr. Bird 
at Faneuil Hall Market. 

Nov, 25 Thanksgiving Day. Pres- 
ent of graduates, William Follansbee, Joe 
Kelley, Frank Crehore, Donald Hatch, 
George Hartman, Augustus Doe, Henry 
Lobes, Arley Dudley, Joe McCabe, Geo. 
Clune, and Eugene Roucarty. 

Nov. 26 Men here to make cradle 
for the Steamer. Placed the cradle, but 
too windy to get boat on. 

Nov. 29 Another fearfully windy 
day and cold. 

The funeral services of Vice President 
Wilson took place today and his remains 
were interned in Natick, his home. 

Nov, 30 Very cold, one degree below 
zero, with plenty of ice and more making. 

Continued from Page 3 

There are many things for which I 
am thankful, I am thankful I have a 
mother and that she does not have to 
worry over me. I am thankful I am here 
with my two brothers on Thompson's 


Island. I am thankful we have a minister Thanksgiving Day 

who teaches us to live nearer to God. I -ru i x- • ^ t^ u ^ -.u u 

, , , , , 1 hanks^iving Day be^an with a cold 

am thankful we have teachers so we may , ... ^ , • i ,, 

, , , r , c and biting west wind, so the prospects 

get a good education. 1 am thankful tor ^ - j x i r .u n 

,, , , . ^ , , r 1 were not good for our annual football 

all the things God does for us. I . • ^u • ., u . .u 

, \. , , , , , ^ames; one in the morning between the 

am thankful for the Instructors who n u u • .i r. 

. , , smaller boys, another in the afternoon 

teach us right from wrong. , ^ ^u i ^ u 

, ,_ n ,, . . between the larger boys 

Kenneth P. Van Meter *^ ., r> nrv » i i 

We worked until 9:00 o clock and 

I am thankful that we worship a good then were dismissed for the rest of the day. 

Lord, and that we have a good minister, The game between the smaller boys began 

who helps us to live closer to Him. 1 at 9:30 sharp. The two teams, Illinois vs. 

am thankful for my dear mother and Yale, played very good football. At the 

grandmother. I am thankful for the In- close of the game the score stood Illinois 

structors, who teach us right from wrong. 6 — Yale 0. 

I am thankful that we have a day set aside Then came the thing which to every 

for Thanksgiving. boy in these states, where we observe 

Karl R. Adarrs Thanksgiving, is the happiest ti me of the 

November Meteorology yf.^'' except Christmas,-his"Thanksgiving 

Dinner. We had for dinner: turkey, sweet 

Maximum Temperature 70° the 13th. potatoes, gravy, squash, cranberry sauce. 

Minimum Temperature 14^ the 29ih. celery, bread and butter, mince pie, apples, 

. Mean Temperature for the month 45' . oranges, bananas, grapes, raisins, and nuts. 

Total Precipitation 2.13 inches. After dinner the wind had gone down 

Greatest Precipitation in 24 hours considerably and the sun was welcomed 

.60 inch on the 16th. ^-^^ -^^ warmth. At two-thirty the ball 

Five days with .01 or more inches ^^^ kicked off for our annual game be- 

precipitation, 13 clear days, 5 partly tween two teams under the assumed names 

cloudy, 12 cloudy. of Harvard and Yale. This game being 

The Farm and Trades School Bank t^^ big event cheering squads yelled their 

Statement December 1, 1925 '^^d^^^' ^^"^^ P'^^^^' ^^He penuantS and 

tags with witty remarks on them were dis- 


U. S. Securities $ 500 00 P'^^^"^" ^^'' ^^^.^ P''^^^^ ^° ^' ^"'^ °^ 

^, , ^^ , ,^ life and very exciting. The teams tied the 

Other Investments 761.45 r ^ 

score — 6. 

^^^" JJ,b.oo jp, t|-jg evening we enjoyed moving 

$1486.81 pictures and some stereoptican slides of 

LIABILITIES ^^^ School and its surroundings. This 

^ , n. .^i ,^ ended a happy day. After taps we all 

Surp us S 454.15 I J ■ . u J u 1 f I f »u 

^ «^ w . w crawled into bed very thankful for the 

^^Po^'^^ 1032.66 events of the day and with thoughts turn- 

$ 1486.81 ed toward Christmas. 

WILLIAM R.WARNocK RALPH HMARTis We are, I am sure, all very thankful 

President Cashier and grateful to those Managers. Instruct- 

HENRY A. SCHRAMM ors, and fHeiids, who made the day and 

Teller dinner what it was. Howard S. Costello 


Che fliumni JlssocUtion of Cbe Jam ana trades School 

Merton p. Ellis, '97. President Alfred C. Malm. '00, Vice-President Elwin C. Bemis, '16, Secretary 

4 Martin Road. Milton Melrose, Thompson's Island 

Augustus N. Doe. '75. Treasurer Geoffrey E. Plunkett, '14. Historian 

Wellesley Walpole 

The twenty-sixth annual meeting of 
the Alumni Association was held on 
Wednesday evening, November 11th, at 
Young's Hotel, Boston, with President 
Davis in charge. 

Reports were read. The Alumni 
Fund report showed that $8173.00 had 
been contributed to date. Ten new mem- 
bers were added during the year and the 
attendance at the gatherings were as fol- 
lows: - Annual dinner 70, semi-annual 
meeting 14, field day 182, and annual 
meeting 24. 

The following were elected to office 
for the ensuing year: 

President, Merton P. Ellis, '97, Milton, 
Mass.; Vice-President, Alfred C. Malm, 
'00, Melrose, Mass.; Secretary, Elwin C. 
Bemis, '16, Thompson's Island; Treasurer, 
Augustus N. Doe, '75, Wellesley, Mass.; 
Historian, Geoffrey E. Plunkett, '14, Wal- 
pole, Mass. 

We were next favored with remarks 
by Supt. Swasey of the School. He re- 
ferred to the composite picture of the 
Curtis Club on the walls of the meeting 
room which included former Managers, 
Melvin O. Adams, Fred P. Field, Charles 
T. Gallagher, and Richard M. Saltonstall. 
Recent happenings at the School have 
been the Armistice Day exercises, at which 
a Farm and Trades School banner was 
presented by Walter B. Foster, '79. Four 
large tables with chairs have been placed 
in the chapel for the convenience of the 
boys wishing to read in the evening, the 
present reading room being too small. A 
letter was read from Solomon B. Holman, 
'50, now in his 88th year, regretting his in- 

ability to be present. The annual dinner 
was announced for Wednesday evening, 
January 13th, 1926, at the Hotel Bellevue, 
Boston, at 6:30 o'clock. The meeting 
adjourned at 9:45 o'clock. Those present 
included: William Alcott, '84, Elwin C. 
Bemis, '16, George Buchan, '97, Will F. 
Davis, '79, Augustus N. Doe, '75, Merton 
P. Ellis, '97, Walter B. Foster, '79, Ralph 
H. Gilbert, '16, James H. Graham, '79. 
Clarence P. Hobson, '25, Leroy S. Ken- 
field, '82, G. George Larsson, T7, David 
E. Long, '22, Alfred C. Malm, '00. 
William A, Morse, '76, Samuel L. White- 
head, '23, and Ernest V. Wyatt, '12. 

Committees for 1926 


Merton P. Ellis, Chairman 
William Alcott 
Elwin C. Bemis . 
David E. Long 
Alfred C. Malm 


James H. Graham, Chairman 
Elwin C. Bemis 
Edward Capaul 
Merton P. Ellis 
G.George Larsson 


President. Secretary, Treasurer 

Alumni Fund • 

Walter B. Foster, Chairman 
Augustus N. Doe 
Will F. Davis 
James A. Graham 
Alfred C. Malm 


Will F. Davis, Chairman 
Harold W. Edwards 
Clarence W. Loud 


William A. Morse, Chairman 
George W. E. Bvers 
Ralph H. Gilbert 

Vol. 29 No. 9 Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. Jan. 1926 

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


Christmas was a happy day for all of 
us at The Farm and Trades School. The 
night before Christmas, the Instructors 
tried to get "Merry Christmas" on us, but 
did not succeed. When we awoke the 
next morning, our stockings were filled 
with good things to eat, such as chocolates, 
fruit, peanuts, candy, nuts, and apples. 

After breakfast we were told by the 
Supervisor that we would be dismissed 
from our work at nine o'clock. When 
the time came, the Band boys dressed in 
cloaks, marched with the other Boys of 
the School down to the barn, where the 
Supervisor stationed certain boys at dif- 
ferent places. We did this to wish Dr. 
Bancroft a "Merry Christmas" as he went 
by. We all thought he would be our 
Santa Claus this year, but were mistaken. 
When the Steamer landed. Dr. Bancroft 
got ofT first and Santa Claus followed. 

Then all of the Boys helped to pull 
them in the carriage to the house. At ten 
o'clock we went to the assembly hall, and 
waited for our presents to be distributed. 
Soon Santa took of!" his mask. Behold! 
it was Captain Peterson. All the Boys 
were pleased with their presents. From 
the School each boy received a gift that 
was greatly appreciated. 

The trees were all lighted with bright 
colored lights. The big tree was loaded 
and had all our presents around it. It 
looked very beautiful to us. 

William N. West 

The Christmas Concert 

Each year a Christmas concert is 
given by the Boys. It is held in chapel 
the Sunday before Christmas. 

About two or three weeks before, we 
began rehearsing. A choir of about 
twenty voices was selected from the Boys. 
The program consisted of songs by the 
choir, recitations, and special musical 
numbers. One thing interested us partic- 
ularly. It was a vocal solo rendered by 
Leslie Brown, accompanied by a brass 

Chapel was decorated very prettily 
this year, which helped us to enjoy our 
Christmas concert and other festivities. 
Everyone enjoyed the program as it was 
a very pleasing one. The program was as 
follows: — 





Mr. Quine 

Albert Cheney 

Hail Your King 

The Song of Love 




Visit of the Wise Men 
George Hamilton 

The Christmas Flowers 
Eleven Boys 

At Starlight Time 

Waldo Waters 


Arthur Turner, Ralph Swan. Jr., Thomas Hall, 

Alton Butler 




Almon Whitmore 
RECITATION The Modern Miracle 

Waldo Waters 
SONG Let the Bells Ring Out 

RECITATION Christmas in France 

Douglas Holton 
SOLO The Holy Child 

John Taylor 
EXERCISE The Message Old 

Horace Taylor, George Taylor, Carl Wijk 
SONG Tht Story of the Morn 

RECITATION The Christmas Snow 

Kenneth James 

Mi'rry, Merry Christmas Bells 
Leslie Brown 
Raynnond Thomas, Marshall Hall, William Reeve. 
Bradbury Rand 
RECITATION J Christmas Legend 

William Young 
SONG From Far Away 

RECITATION ' Twas the Night Before Christmas 

Kenneth Van Meter 
DUET Night of Nights 

Marshall Hall. Carl Carlson 
RECITATION A Russian Legend 

George Poole 

SONG Hail to Thee 


George O. Poole 

Making a Christmas Present 

One Saturday afternoon I went down 
to the sloyd room with several other 
Boys to make presents for my friends. 

Every year it is a custom of all the 
Boys who have had sloyd or who are tak- 
ing the course to make presents for their 
friends at home. 

I started a reed tray first. I cut the 
spokes for the sides and handles. When 
this was done I soaked them in water for 
fifteen minutes before I started to weave. 
When I had them all in the bottom of the 
tray, I started to bend them over. Taking 
any spoke first and by skipping the next 
one, I put it in back of the third one. I 
kept going around in this order until I had 

all the spokes turned down and the tray 
then sat evenly on a table. I then began 
to weave the reed around these spokes 
making the sides and handles. I finished 
my tray that afternoon and shellaced it, 
leaving it to dry. 

I enjoy making presents for my friends 
because I know they will enjoy them more 
if they are hand made. It is a very happy 
boy who sends presents of his own making 
to his friends and folks at home. 

Hildreth R. Crosby 

Greeting Doctor Bancroft 

Doctor Bancroft has been our School 
doctor and freind for a number of years. 
He generally comes each Christmas morn- 
ing to spend the day with us. We try to 
give him the best time possible. 

Thisyear the Band marched down to 
the Wharf to meet him, as he came across 
on the Steamer. Ten boys drew the car- 
riage in which he was to ride. The rest 
of the Boys were hidden around the Boat 
House, Back Road, Power House, and 
Gardner Hall so that when the Band and 
carriage came along they could jump out 
and call "Merry Christmas" to him. W$ 
enjoyed doing this very much. 

William H. Van Meter 

Plucking a Duck 

One Saturday while I was working in 
the barn, a boy came in and asked if any 
boy knew how to pluck the feathers from 
a duck. I raised my hand and told him 
that I knew how. The Instructor let me 
go up to the basement of Gardner Hall, 
where the duck was. 

It was a wild duck that Mr. Swasey 
had shot a few days before. The duck 
looked nice and plump with its feathers 
on, but when they were taken otT he looked 
very small. After the duck was roasted, 
I had a piece of the wing, which was very 
tender and good. 

Thomas J. Kenney, Jr. 


Grade Prizes 

Each half year money prizes are giv- 
en out to the ten boys whose conduct has 
been the best for that period of time. 
These prizes are given by Francis Shaw, a 
former manager and friend of the School. 
On Monday, December 14, 1925, the 
semi-annual grade prizes were given out. 
The total amount of money is $25.00; first 
prize being $5.00, down to 10th prize 
of $1.00. We are always interested to 
know who wins the grade prizes and as 
each boy steps up to get his prize, he is 
given good applause by the other boys. 
The happy winners are as follows: 
Rank Name Amount 

1st William Ronald Warnock $5.00 
2nd Raymond Thomas 3.25 

3rd Jack H. Hobson 3.00 

4th Fredrick Austin 2.75 

5th Ross Summers Lloyd 2.50 

6th George Johnston Knott 2.25 

7th Raymond B. Chamberlain 2.00 
8th Theodore Lee Vitty 1.75 

9th Thomas Augustus Hall 1.50 

10th William Marshall Hall 1.00 

There are also the Temple Consola- 
tion prizes given by Mr. Hallowell, our 
treasurer, given to the five boys who just 
miss getting a grade prize. These prizes 
used to be given by Thomas Temple, a 
Manager. When he died, Mr. Hallowell 
consented to keep giving them. These 
books are always of interest. The five 
boys to receive prizes are: 

11th Arthur Royal Turner - The 
American Boys' Handy Book. 

12th PVancis Elwin Floyd - Friends 
and Rivals. 

13th Howard Salisbury Costello - 
The Boy Scientest. 

14th Alton Bassett Butler - The 
Book of Athletics. 

15th James McCall Libby 


James M. Libby 

The Harvard Orchestra 
During grade reading one evening, 
Mr. Swasey announced that a part of the 
Harvard Orchestra was coming here the 
evening of November 24th, to entertain us. 
All the Boys were happy when they heard 
this. We all looked forward to this hap- 
py time. This was brought about through 
the kindness of our good friend, Mr. 
Walter I. Tibbetts. 

The Orchestra has an interesting 
history. It was organized in 1808. Its 
purpose then was to entertain friends in 
the surrounding community. Later, it 
adopted a more serious mission, and 
decided to play only classical music. In 
this way it helped to educate the musical 
taste of the general public. It is known 
as the Pierian Sodality. 

Thirty-five members came. They 
gave a wonderful program under the di- 
rection of their conductor, Mr. Stanton. 
It was he who told us about its beginning. 
We greatly appreciated this rare treat. 

Herbert E. Gove 


Every year on Christmas Eve, carols 
are sung outside the windows, this year I 
was a caroler. We started to practice about 
a week before Christmas. On Christmas 
Eve, after the other boys went to bed, the 
carolers started to sing. We sung our first 
song up by the Gardens and the next one 
in the Court, we went to the different cor- 
ners of the house when we sang the 
others. Money was thrown to us by Mr. 
Swasey, our Superintendent, and Instruct- 
ors. We thanked them for it. 

Then we went up to the apartments 
where we had lunch and saw some moving 
pictures of the School. We also counted 
our money and had $12.35. We put $5.00 
aside for charity. When the rest of the 
money was divided among us, we each had 

39 cents. Ralph I. Swan, Jr. 


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Jack H. Hobson 

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January, 1926 

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Arthur Adams 


Charles E. Mason 


N. Penrose Hallowell 


Tucker Daland 


Karl Adams 

Gorham Brooks 

S. V. R. Crosby 

Charles P. Curtis 

George L. DeBlois 
Thomas J. Evans 

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

Henry Jackson, M. D. 
James H. Lowell 
Roger Pierce 

Leverett Saltonstall 
Philip S. Sears 

Charles Wiggins, 2nd 
Edward Wigglesworth 
Moses Williams 

Paul P. Swasey 
Alfred C. Malm 

Assistant Treasurer 

{Oriyinally printed September 21, 1897.) 

Is There a Santa Glaus? 

We take pleasure in answering at once and thus 
prominently the communication below, expressing at 
the same time our great gratification that its faithful 
author is numbered among the friends of The Sun: 

"Dear Editor 1 am 8 years old. 

Some of my little friends say there is no 
Santa Claus. 

"Papa says If you see it in The Sun it's so." 
"Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa 

'Virginia O'Hanlon. 
"115 West Ninety-fifth street." 

Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They 
have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical 
age. They do not believe except they see. They 
think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible 
by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether 
they be men's or children's, are little. In this great 
universe of ours, man is a mere insect, an ant, in his 
intellect, as compared with the boundless world about 
him, as measured by the intelligence capable of 
grasping the whole of truth and knowledge. 

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists 
as certainly as love and generosity and devotion 
exist, and you know that they abound and give to 
your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how 
dreary would be the world if there were no Santa 
Claus! It would be as dreary as if there were no 
Virginias. There would be no childlike faith then, 
no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this exist- 
ence. We should have no enjoyment, except in 
sense and sight. The eternal light with which child- 
hood fills the world would be extinguished. 

Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well 
not believe in fairies! You might get your papa to 
hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas 
eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if they did not 
see Santa Claus coming down, what would that 
prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no 
sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real 
things in the world are those that neither children nor 
men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on 
the lawn? Of course not, but that's no proof that 
they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imag- 
ine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in 
the world. 

You tear apart the baby's rattle and see what 
makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering 
the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor 
even the united strength of all the strongest men 
that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, 


fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that 
curtain and view, and picture the supernal beauty and 
glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this 
world there is nothing else so real and abiding. 

No Santa Glaus! Thank God! he lives, and 
he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Vir- 
ginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, 
he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood. 
— Gourti^syof The Xt-w York Sioi 


Dec. 2 Dragged Beach Road, work- 
ed on dike and ploughed corn field. 

Repaired door to Root Cellar and 
began whitewashing the basement of New 

Dec. 4 Repaired horse stall. 

Assistant Treasurer Alfred C. Malm, 
'00, was here for the afternoon. 

Dec. 5 President Arthur Adams, 
Managers Leverett Saltonstall, George L. 
DeBlois and James H. Lowell, were here 
this afternoon to consider proposed im- 

John Schippers, '21, and Clarence 
Hobson, Advanced Course '25, are here 
for the week end. 

Dec. 7 Repaired door to Old Barn. 

Dec. 9 Dragged Highland Road to 
Compost Shed. 

Alton Butler, Manager of Trading 
Company, Assistant Manager Thomas 
Hall, and Clerk Ross Lloyd, went in town 
this afternoon to purchase goods for their 
holiday opening. 

Dec. 12 Cleaned beach. 

Barton N. Slade, '22, came this after- 
noon to spend Sunday. 

Dec. 14 Completed painting bakery. 

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

Dec. 16 Gathered drift wood and 
built winter covering for the bees. 

Dec. 17 Trees and holly arrived to- 
day for Christmas decoration. 

Dec. 18 George D. Russell, '25, is 
visiting here briefly during the holiday re- 
cess at Colby Academy. 

Dec. 19 Hauled seaweed. 

Manager Philip S. Sears is here for 
the afternoon. 

Howard Sturtevant, Grammar Course, 
'24. came over for the afternoon. He is 
spending the Christmas vacation with his 
mother in Brookline. 

Kenneth Kearns, Advanced Course '24, 
is here for the week end, having come 
from Brewster Academy to spend Christ- 
mas with his sister in Boston. 

Finished the painting of the printing 
office today. 

Dec. 20 Christmas Concert this even- 
ing. Unusually fine program by the 

Dec. 21 Cleaned Poultry House. 

Managers Charles Wiggins, 2nd, and 
Mr. John G. Wiggins of Pomfret, Conn., 
visited the School this afternoon. 

Clarence Stevens, Advanced Course'25 
spent the afternoon here. 

Dec. 22 Sorted potatoes and butch- 
ered hog. 

Dec. 23 Boys began sending out their 
presents today which they have made in 
the sloyd room. 

Dec. 24 Harold Buchan, '23, em- 
ployed by the Vermont Marble Company 
in Proctor, Vermont, is here for the after- 

Everyone busy finishing preparations 
for Christmas. 

This evening the carol singers instilled 
the spirit of Christmas with their songs as 
they walked around about the buildings. 

Dec. 25 Christmas day. The Boys 
enjoyed their tree at 10:30 this morning 
and Santa Claus accompanied by Doctor 
Bancroft came over early to help make 


things "Merry." 

In the afternoon there was an enter- 
tainment in the assembly hall by Pearsal 
and Eccles of the White Entertainment 

Dec. 26 Veterinary was here this 

Dec. 27 Ivers E. Winmill, '25, and 
Kenneth A. Priest, '25, Advanced Course, 
spent the week end here. 

Dec. 29 Warren Burriss,'25, Advan- 
ced Course, and Robert Giese, '21, were 
here today. 

Dec. 30 Worked on woodpile. 

Moved everything from the west loft. 

Waldo Libby, '22, a junior at Keene 
High School, Keene, N. H., came to 
spend the night. 

Basketball choose-up tonight. Team 
A, Raymond Thomas, Captain; Team B, 
James Libby, Captain: Team C, George 
Libby, Captain; Team D, Howard Costello, 

Dec. 31 Clifton Albee, Advanced 
Course, '23, and R. McQuesten, Advanc- 
ed Course '25, came tonight to spend 
New Years'. 

Dancing party in the assembly hall 
tonight to welcome in the New Year, 

Twenty-six boys accompanied by two 
Instructors attended a Christmas party at 
the Metropolitan Theatre this morning. 
This opportunity was made possible by 
Miss Robertson, a social worker at the 
North End Mission. 

Calendar 50 Years Ago 1875 

As Kept by the Superintendent 

Dec. 6 Messrs. S. E. Brackett and 
S. G. DeBlois visited us today. 

Dec. 7 Mr. Bibber and man came 
and assisted me in hauling the Steamer 

I arose at 3:30 this morn to place her 
on the cradle by lantern light, and had 

splendid luck. We got her up without 

Dec. 13 Carried 12 pigs to Mr. Reeds', 
Squantum, for Mr. A. D. Weld. Had 
very good going over but very hard com- 
ing back as the wind blew very rapidly. 

Dec. 15 Went to city via Squantum, 
taking George L. Nichols to Mr. Edward 
C. Rand who has a place for him with 
Lawrence Weld & Co., upholsters. 

Dec. 28 Was visited by Messrs. 
Eliot, DeBlois, Homans and Storer of the 
Committee on School. 

The year closes with ninety-nine boys 
in school at an average of 12 yrs. 10 mos. 
Twenty-two have been admitted during 
the year and fourteen have been discharg- 
ed. Whole number for the year, 113. 

The farm has produced well: hay, 95 
tons; corn, 70 bu.; rye, 20; barley, 25; 
oats, 20; beans, 8; potatoes, 700; mangles, 
300; table beets, 200; carrots, 150; onions, 
175; cabbage, 700 heads; apples, very light 
crop, 16 bbls; pears, 5 bbls; veal, 583 lbs.; 
fowl, 361 lbs.; lamb and mutton 409 lbs.; 
pork, 2200 lbs. 

The stock consists of one horse, two 
oxen, fifteen cows, two heifers, IS months 
old, one Jersey bull, 3 years old. one bull, 
8 months old, 27 sheep, 75 fowls. 

December Meteorology 

Maximum Temperature 55° the 8th. 

Minimum Temperature 6"^ the 27th, 
29th, and 30th. 

Mean Temperature for the month 31 . 

Total Precipitation 4.60 inches. 

Greatest Precipitation in 24 hours 
1.79 inch on the 3rd. 

Six days with .01 or more inches 
precipitation, 20 clear days, 1 partly 
cloudy, 10 cloudy. 


The Farm and Trades School Bank tors and said, "Good Night." 

Statement January 1, 1926 We thank Mr. Swasey very much for 

RESOURCES giving us the chance to dance. We all 

U. S. Securities $ 500.00 enjoyed the dance and hope to have more 

Other Investments 761.45 in the future. 

„ , o^T nn Willis B. Drake 

Cash 242.99 

$1504.44 Oiling the Tower Bell 

One day the Supervisor asked me if I 

'^•^^'^''^'^^ would like to oil the tower bell. Of course 

Surplus $ 453.65 I wanted to, because this would be a new 

Deposits 1050.79 experience for me. He told me to go 

$ 1504.44 down to the drawer-room and put on my 
sneakers. Then he told me to go up to 


„ ., „ ^. the east-loft and wait for him. 

rresident Cashier .. i i -i i i • • 

HENRY A. SCHRAMM I" ^ ''"le while he Came up, bringing 
jgjjg^ a long rope. Then he tied the rope 
around my waist and let me sit on the win- 
New^ Year's Dance dow-sill. My brother and the Supervisor 

New Year's Eve all the Boys in the held the rope while I slid down the roof 

first three grades who wished to dance until I came to the gutter. Then I moved 

the Old Year out and a New year in were along the gutter, and climbed up along the 

told to get washed, put on their uniforms roof until 1 came to the bell. The Super- 

and wait in the assembly room until visor threw me an oilcan. Then I started 

everyone was ready. to oil the bell, which was very rusty. 

We then marched to chapel at eight Then the bell was tried to see if 

o'clock. The Instructors and Mr. and it rang more clearly, and it did. I like to 

Mrs. Swasey came in, and the orchestra oil the bell very much, 
played for a grand march. Leslie W. Brown 

The orchestra consisted of Mr. Making A Type Book 

Kihlstrom, piano; Thomas and McLenna, Recently in the printing office we 

cornets; Mr. Ayer and Jack Hobson, vi- have been making a type book. We first 

olins; M. Hall, trombone; C. Albee, bar- set up the Recut Caslon type, then the 

itone; R. McQuesten and Gove, bass; Gothic and so forth. The type was next 

A. Turner, clarinet; Drake, drum. locked in a chase and put on the small 

It was a very good orchestra and we press. It was run off by one of the boys, 

danced until ten o' clock when we had Next we arranged them in order, and we 

intermission. Mr. Swasey gave each one began making the cover. The cover was 

a box of candy. We then danced till five of heavy brown stock with two halftones 

minutes of twelve. The piano began to on the front, representing pine cones, 

play a note that sounded like a bell. It The book is very helpful in finding type 

was lowered and went almost away. Then that puzzles us and we appreciate it very 

it came back again and gave a loud bang. ^uch. We are now planning to make a 

Everybody called out, "Happy New book of cuts, halftones, and ornaments 

^^^'"- which will also be very helpful. 

We then shook hands with the Instruc- Chester P. Lindgren 


the JHumiti Association of Cbe farm ana trades School 

Merton p. Ellis, '97, President Alfred C. Malm, '00, Vice-President Elwin C. Bemis. '16, Secretary 

4 Martin Road, Milton Melrose Thompson's Island 

Augustus N. Doe. '75, Treasurer Geoffrey E. Plunkett, '14, Historian 

Wellesley Walpole 

J. H. Partridge, '55, has sent us the 
ollowin^ letter on request, of his record 
S. Army, from '62 


as a soldier in the 
to '65. 

"I enlisted in the spring of '62 in the 
2nd Massachusetts Cavalry. At the time 
I enlisted there were about thirty members 
who were in barracks on Beach Street, 
I'oston, in what was originally a meat mar- 
kit. We had to use the stalls as bedrooms. 

"The 2nd after I enlisted, the Colonel 
' f the regiment came in and made him- 
s If known to me by tapping me on the 
s loulder and asking me my name. He 
nsked me if I had ever done any military 
service before. I told him I served two 
> :?ars as Corporal in the Home Guard and 
i.iat I was now sweet 16 years of age. 

"He gave me a few orders as to taking 
the names of those men who had arrived, 
:■. id ordered some straw for the beds. He 
i\ ive me a key to close up the barracks at 
<) o'clock and ordered me to call the roll 
■A 9 o'clock, and to also give him the re- 
p )rt in the morning. There were men 
old enough to be my Pa but nevertheless I 
(i )ne the job. In the morning I reported 
t . the Colonel whose name was Charles 
Pv. Lowell of Boston, a graduate from 
\\ est Point. 

"He read my report and told me to 
f^r jer the men into line. I did so. He 
i! en stood up in front of the men and 
s lid, T, as your Regimental Commander, 
a 'point James H. Partridge as Coporalin 
1 'e 2nd Massachusetts Cavalry.' My re- 
(• rd shows that I served only one day as 
;i Private in the Army. When I was dis- 
c sarged July 1865, I was Commanding 

Sergeant, Quartermaster Sergeant, and 
Acting Orderly Sergeant. 

"I was captured June 16, 1864, and was 
released February 22nd, 1865, after all 
that time in a prison pen and eating corn 
meal and drinking brook water. I was 
given a month's rest to regain my strength 
after which I took up my former duties 
until discharged July 1865. 

"When I was discharged I was not 
quite twenty years old. My Regiment 
was in twenty one engagements, the last 
one was at Lee's surrender." 

Partridge's address is 103 Vernon 
St. Norwood, Mass. 

Charles E. Colson, '80, who will 
be better remembered as "Pop" Colson. 
is finishing 30 years' service in the U. S. 
Navy Band at Charleston, N. C. He has 
been playing alto and bass violin and 
has a rating of first musician. 

Merton P. Ellis, '97, who has been 
elected president of the Alumni Associ- 
ation, has completed a notable term as 
secretary of the Association. He has been 
active in the organization from its begin- 
ning, when he was elected a vice president. 
The next year he was made secretary. 
That was twenty-three years ago. He has 
served under every president of theAssoci- 
ation, and has acquired a knowledge of the 
Association and its personnel equalled by 
no other person. Now he has been elect- 
ed president, and is certain to fill the 
office with the same fidelity and efficiency 
that has marked all his work, both with 
the Association and in the business world, 
through-out his career. 

Vol. 29 No. 10 Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. Feb. 1926 

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

The First Basketball Game of the Season 

Friday, January 1, was New Year's 
day. Teams A and B were scheduled to 
play the first basketball game of the season 
of 1926. 

At nine o' clock in the morning the 
Boys were dismissed from their work and 
were allowed the rest of the day to them- 

In the afternoon at 2 P. M. the game 
started. It was a clean, fast game all the 
way through, although it was rather one- 
sided. Claggett was the outstanding player 
for team A. Captain James Libby played 
well for team B. The lineup was as follows; 

Team A. 

Position Player 

Left Foward Raymond Thomas. (Capt.) 
Right Foward Charles Claggett. 

Center Arthur Blackwell. 

Left Guard Clarence McLenna. 

Right Guard Jack Hobson. 

Substitute William Warnock. 

Substitute Ralph Swan. 

Team B. 

Position Player 

Right Guard Marshall Hall. 
Left Guard Henry Gilchrist. 

Center George Poole. 

Right Forward James Libby. (Capt.) 
Left Foward Cecil Morse. 

Substitute Herbert Gove. 

Substitute Christopher McFayden. 

Score, Team A 41 - Team B 14. 

Cecil A. Morse III 

The Election 

We have just begun a new term by 
electing new Cottage Row Officers. We 
held the election in the East Basement on 
Tuesday night, January fifth. We used 
the pigeon holes in the big rack for elec- 
tion booths. The Officers for the coming 
term are as follows: 
William Warnock, Mayor 

George Poole, Chief of Police 

Arthur Turner, Clerk 
Oilman Day, Assessor 

Albert Cheney, Treasurer 

Henry Schramm, Librarian 
Theodore Vitty, Janitor 
William Reeve, Street Commissioner 
Charles Claggett, Lieutenant 

Howard Costello, Sergeant 

James Hughes 
Willis Drake 

John Arkerson 

Hildreth Crosby 
Jack Hobson, Chairman, S. H, 
Francis Floyd, S. H. 

Howitt Warren, S. H. 
Ralph Swan, N. S. H. 

William Long, N. S. H. 

Ralph L Swan Jr., II 


Instructors vs. Boys 

Tuesday night, January 19th, the 
Instructors played the Boys in a game of 
basketball. At seven o'clock the School 
team changed into their basketball suits. 
We then went to the gymnasium and prac- 
tised for about fifteen minutes. Then the 
game started. At the end of the first 
quarter the boys were leading by quite a 
big score. The game was called in the 
third quarter on account of one of the In- 
structors wrenching his shoulder. The 
boys won by a score of 29-3. The lineup 
is as follows: 

Raymond Fitch 
Charles Clagget 
Raymond Thomas 
Marshall Hall 
Willis Drake 

Right Foward 
Left Foward 
Right Guard 
Left Guard 

James Libby 
James Hughes 
John Arkerson 
George Libby 


Mr. Tibbetts Right Foward 

Mr. Walbridge Left Foward 

Mr. Ayer Center 

Mr. Swasey Right Guard 

Mr. Jupillatt Left Guard 

Raymond Thomas I 


One of the winter sports which the 
boys like is skiing. When it snows a track 
is made on one of the hills with a little 
jump at the bottom. The boys try to 
keep in the same track as much as possi- 
ble to make it smooth and hard. A num- 
ber of the boys have skiis which they 
enjoy very much. 

Thomas A. Hall II 

Feeding Calves 

Every morning when the Boys go 
down to the Farm each one is thinking 
what work will be assigned him to do. 

One of the jobs that I like is feeding 
the little calves. There are four of these in 
one pen. When we go in to feed them 
they all crowd around to get their meal. 
It is fun for the one who feeds them because 
he has to keep three of them away while 
he feeds one at a time. 

These four calves are very playful and 
if one goes to the Barn he will generally 
see them jumping around after each other. 
Some times they are all lying together 
asleep. I think calves are very interesting 
and I like to feed them. 

John A. Arkerson II 

Feathered Friends 

During the summer we see many 
kinds of birds and insects. When the win- 
ter comes most of them go away, but oth- 
ers take their places. They are the pheas- 
ants, ducks, and a few quail. The barn 
swallows can be seen occasionally, but are 
not as evident. In the fall the ducks be- 
gin to come and they huddle upon the 
shore on the East Side of our Island. 
They often go on the end of the mud flats 
to feed on the shell fish and refuse. A 
few hunters often bagged several. Al- 
though some of them were quite small 
they make a good meal. After winter set 
in their numbers increased and now there 
are a great many of them. 

The pheasants are funny birds to watch 
with their quick movements, stately walk 
and funny noises. They are to be seen in 
the groves and plowed pieces feeding in 
flocks of two or three, sometimes as many 
as twenty or twenty-five. They often fight 
against each other and seem to be stopped 
by the approach of another one, perhaps 
their leader. They are very timid and 


hurry away at a run and launch themselves 
into the air amid a loud squauking if dis- 
turbed. They often come near the build- 
ings and afford a queer sight. 

There is also a black and white bird 
that can be seen swimming in the harbor 
near the shore that is amusing to watch. 
He dives down to the bottom and feeds 
and stays down about twenty seconds at 
each time. He stays on top long enough 
to get his breath and then goes down again. 

William M.Hall II 

A New Book 

The Linc&ln Library 

One morning, Mr. Swasey brought 
into each schoolroom a book which he 
had purchased entitled, "The Lincoln Li- 
brary." It is very hejpful and contains 
information about a multitude of things. 

It contains pictures of noted authors, 
inventors, artists, sculptors, etc. It also 
gives true facts on botany, geology, history, 
geography, and many other sciences. 
When one wishes to know about the World 
War he can open this book to a certain 
place and get an interesting account of it 
with illustrations. It has two thousand, 
one hundred and seventy two pages. We 
are very thankful for this book as we shall 
be able to learn many facts from it. It is 
very well bound with red covers. 

William N. West III 

Putting on Sheetrock 

We are putting sheetrock on the walls 
and ceiling in the West Loft. It is neces- 
sary to handle the sheetrock very carefully 
because the corners and edges chip easily. 

It is a very interesting job, and requires 
careful work. After the sheetrock is put 
on, the cracks and nail holes with which it 
is fastened on are covered with sheetrock 
cement. This comes in cans with the 
sheetrock. The sheetrock is cut to the 
right dimensions by sawing it with an old 

hand saw. We are making good progress 
and doing a good job in the West Loft. 
It will later be used for a dormitory. 

Arthur R. Blackwell I 

A Grade Party 

One night at the seven o'clock line-up, 
the Supervisor told all the first-graders to 
stay in the assembly-room while the rest 
filed to bed. We dressed warmly and got 
our skates for a skating party. When we 
arrived at the East Side of the Island, we 
began to put on our skates. While we 
were doing that, some of the other boys 
kindled a bonfire. Then we skated, play- 
ed games on the ice such as, "Crack-the- 
Whip," tag, etc. Some of the boys began 
to pop corn, which they had brought down. 
They put melted butter and salt on the 
corn, and it tasted very good to us. We 
put out the fire and came up to the house. 
We took care of our skates, then we had 
doughnuts and cocoa for refreshments. 
We lined up afterwards and went to bed, 

Kenneth James VI 


The Boys have had a fine time skating 
on the Tennis Court and East Side. 
Many Boys received skates for Christmas 
from their dear friends at home. I re- 
ceived a pair of tubular skates for Christ- 
mas and I think a great deal of them. I 
go skating quite often and I like it very 

The Boys play hockey most of the 
time. Sometimes we form a line, hold- 
ing on to each other, and skate as fast as 
we can. The leader turns, stops, and the 
boys on the end snap around at a fast rate. 
The boy on the end releases his hold and 
goes "whizzing" down to the other end 
of the court. It is great fun "Snapping 
the whip." 

William R. Reeve III 


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Paul F. Swasey 
Alfred C. Malm 

Assistant Treasurer 

"I would know a great deal more if I 
could forget a lot I should never have 
learned" is a bit of philosophy handed 
down to us by our Indian brothers. And 
how much time we spend trying to forget. 

"Al" Smith, governor of New York 
state, stands as a person who seems to 

have made the most of his time and 
opportunities in accumulating worth while 
knowledge. He was born and grew up on 
the lower East Side of New York and re- 
ceived no formal schooling after thirteen. 
To say that he is a student would be mis- 
leading for he has done little general read- 
ing. But he has devoted his life to 
studying human nature and human prob- 
lems. Under the kindly but rigorous 
schooling of Tom Foley, the Democratic 
Tammany boss in his neighborhood, he 
studied politics, and, in a larger sense, 
statemanship. For Governor Smith 
believes that the government ought to 
solve the problems of the people and di- 
rectly serve them. By his sense of fair 
play and common sense in dealing with 
problems, he commands even the respect 
and attention of his enemies. He studies 
his problem, insists on facts and figures 
and carves away useless details. His mem- 
ory is remarkable. He never has to guess 
or draw vague conclusions. To an unusual 
degree, this poor boy with few so-called 
educational and social advantages, seems 
to have acquired the faculty of distinguish- 
ing between the wheat and the chatY. He 
does not have to "forget a lot he should 
never have learned", as the Redskin would 


Jan. 1 Skating on East Side, In the 
evening the boys enjoyed F. T. S. movies 
taken with the camera presented by the 
Alumni Association. The film represents 
different phases of a boy's life here at the 
School. It is called "Dodger the Story of 
a Boy and his Dog". Assistant Treasurer 


Alfred C. Malm, '00, with son, John, visit- 
ed the School this morning. 

Jan. 2 Clifton E. Albee, Advanced 
Course '23, George Adams, '25, and Clar- 
ence Hobson, '25, are here for a visit over 
the holiday. Team D won from Team C 
in basketball this afternoon 19-14. 

Good skating on tennis court. 

Jan. 5 The third term of school be- 
gan today, following the Christmas recess. 
Cottage Row Government elected officers 
tonight for the ensuing term. 

Jan. 7 Five new boys were admitted 
today: John Belham, Richard LeRoy Bol- 
ingbroke, Joseph Diamond, Eugene Ray- 
mond Lurchin, Gordon Lewis Whalen. 

Jan. 8 Started to build retaining wall 
in front of site of David Thompson's cabin 
to keep sea from washing, 

Jan. 9 Hard northeast blizzard. 

Jan. 10 Dr. Delano here. 

Cleaned out hen house and pig pens. 

Jan. 11 Frank A. Robbins '21, spent 
the afternoon at the School. 

Jan. 12 Began putting sheetrock on 
walls of the West Loft today, preparatory 
to using it as a dormitory. 

Team D won from Team B tonight, 

Jan. 13 Annual Alumni Dinner held 
at the Hotel Bellevue in Boston. George 
Libby, '26, Head Proctor, and Raymond 
Thomas, '26, President of the First Class, 
represented the School. 

Charles L. Wheeler, '26, who has 
been ill with pneumonia for several weeks, 
was removed to the City Hospital this 

Walter Herman, '79, and Robert H. 
May, '12, visisted us today. 

Jan. 14 Dr. Delano here. 

First graders had a skating party on 
East Side tonight. 

Jan. 16 Winter sports are holding 
full sway. Conditions ideal. 

Basketball game resulted in Team D 
defeating Team A, 24-11. 

Jan. 17 Alfred W. Jacobs. '10, with 
Mrs. Jacobs and Stephen, spent the day 

Jan. 18 Hard rain took ofT most of 
the snow. 

Dr. Delano here. 

Started to reinforce the brick arches 
in Wood Cellar. 

Jau. 19 Killed hog which weighed 
331 pounds dressed. 

The Instructors played the Boys in 
basketball this evening, the latter winning 

Jan. 20 Boys had size up tonight, 
new numbers were given out and new 
monitors appointed. 

Jan. 21 Hauled gravel on Highland 
Road today. 

Jan. 22 Salted down pork and sort- 
ed potatoes at the Root Cellar. 

Jan. 23 Stanley W. Higgins.'25,and 
David Long, '22, are here for the afternoon, 

Jan. 25 Two crates containing 52 
hens received today. 

Jan. 26 First ice of season in harbor 
this morning. 

New sash put in kitchen window. 
Cottage Row trial this evening. 

Jan. 27 Manager Walter B. Foster, 
'78, was here for the afternoon. 

Jan. 28 General Achievement Tests 
are being given to the Boys of all Classes 
this week. 

Extremely cold tonight, ice forming. 

Jan. 29 Continues cold. 

Busy today keeping water pipes in 
barn from freezing. 

Put trucks on barn door. 

Mr. Williams came to go over the 
proposed changes in plumbing for the new 
Donald McKenzie, '25, spent the 
afternoon at the School. 


Calendar 50 Years Ago 1876 MeanTemperaturefor the month 25. 

As Kept by the Superintendent ^qj^j Precipitation .82 inches. 

Jan. 1 The year ushered in by a day Greatest Precipitation in 24 hours 

so warm and spring Hke - so out of season AO inch on the 10th. 

that it is almost uncomfortable, and yet Six days with .01 or more inches 

delightful. precipitation, 8 clear days, 12 partly 

Jan. 2 Warm, 62 degrees at noon. , , ., , , 

, ^ ^ , . , . J cloudy, 11 cloudy. 

Jan. o Lialm in the morning and 

until 3:30 P. M. when a gale commenced j^ie Forging Class 

from the west. Four men were blown a- 

shore from off City Point. Each Friday afternoon some of the 

Jan. 8 To city with annual report boys of the First Class have forging. In 

and to settle with the treasurer. ^'^^ Forging Room are seven anvils and 

Jan. 13 Windy. Self and one boy f"^'' Gorges. The class consists of eight 

went for Dr. Shaw who is connected with boys under Mr. K.hlstrom, the Sloyd In- 

the Overseers of the Poor who came to structor. 

see what boys were here who would be for '^^^ere is a set of models for us to do 

aid from the Boylstone Fund. before we finish. These models include 

Jan. 27 Carried thirty pairs of boots bending, twisting, welding, etc. During 

over to be tapped ^^^ ^^^^ lessons, our Instructor showed us 

Jan. 31 A comfortable day. To city ^bout starting the fire of the forge and 

with boat and got seats and other fixings bow to keep it supplied with coke. He 

for the schoolroom. ^^^° showed us the difference between iron 

and steel, by their different rings. All the 

The Farm and Trades School Bank boys of the Forging Class enjoy this work, 

c» * * c u 1 iQo^ and are thankful to the Instructor who 

Statement rebruary 1, 1926 

teaches us. After a boy has finished his 

RESOURCES 1 , . , , 

U. S. Securities ..... .$500.00 course he may make a bridge lamp or 

^, J OA'^ ^'^ something for himself. 

Other Investments 942.13 Alonzo G. Dav I 

Cash 1 99.53 

$1641.66 Cottage Row 

During the winter there is less activity 

LIABILITIES _ ^„ A • • ,j 

on Cottage Row. As it is too cold to use 
^^''P'"^ ^ 466.39 jj^g cottages in the winter they are board- 
Deposits 1175.27 ed up in the late fall before the winter sets 

$ 1641.66 in. Pennants, pictures, and other articles 

are taken from the walls and are all pack- 


„ ., ^ „ . . ed away where the snow will not harm 

rresident Cashier ■■ 

HENRY A. SCHRAMM them. In this way they are left throughout 

Teller tbe winter. 

As spring comes again, bringing signs 
January Meteorology °f good weather, the cottages are opened 

up. The little paths are all relaid with 
Maximum Temperature 54° the 18th clay and ashes. Window-panes are re- 
Minimum Temperature 3" the 29tht placed and set, roofs shingled, and the 



cottages painted if necessary. Then the 
pennants, pictures, and curtains are put up 
• and we wait for the first Friends' Day 
which is so much looked forward to by all 
the boys. The cottages are used contin- 
ually throughout the summer. 

Christopher McFadyen V 

The Knight's Toast 

(To a Mother) 

The other day for our English lesson, 
we had to learn a poem entitled "The 
Knight's Toast". The story tells of a ban- 
quet held for the nobles at a certain castle 
in England. St. Leon, a knight, is the 
chief character of the poem. After Stan- 
ley, the host, had said that each noble was 
to stand on his feet and give a toast to the 
lady of his heart, St. Leon arose and said 
that his toast meant more than any pledg- 
ed by other guests at the banquet. At this 
all the other nobles jumped to their feet 
and handled their swords, with their eyes 
flashing angrily: 

And Stanley said "We crave the name, 

Proud knight, ot this most proud and peerless dame, 

Whose love you count so high." 

St. Leon paused as if he would 

Not betray her name in careless mood, thus lightly to 

Then bent his noble head as though 
To give that word the reverence due 
And gently said, "MY MOTHER". 

It is thought that Sir Walter Scott 
wrote this poem. It shows St. Leon's loy- 
alty to his mother. Every Farm and 
Trades School boy feels more or less the 
way this knight did. Carl O. G. Wijk IV 

The Three Kinds of People 

There are three kinds of people in the 

The wills, the won'ts and the can'ts. 
The first accomplish everything. 
The second oppose everything. 
The third fail in everything. 
What kind of a person are you? 

Thomas J. Kenney VI 

The Milker's Routine 

P'ive o'clock in the morning the 
watchman awakens me. I get dressed and 
go down to the barn with the other 
milkers. After we finish we bring up the 
milk to the kitchen. Then we get washed 
for breakfast, and have the rest of the time 
until breakfast lineup, to read, play 
marbles, etc. 

We take a magazine or a book in the 
dining room to read after we finish eating. 
We come out from breakfast at seven 
o'clock. Some of us go to School and 
others to dilTerent departments. At quarter 
past eleven, the bell rings and we come 
from our different departments to get 
washed for dinner. We line up at half 
past eleven and file into the dining room. 
We come out from dinner at twelve 
o'clock then we have an hour to play, go 
to the sloyd room or band hall and do 
many other things, if we are in the right 
grade. Then the bell rings for us to get 
ready to go to school or to our different 

The boys that went to school in the 
morning, go to difTerentdepartments in the 
afternoon. The bell rings again at five 
o'clock and we line up (the milkers) and 
we give a report. Then we get our pails 
and milk cans and march down to the 
Barn. We finish our work, about quarter 
of six. We clean up, and bring up the 
milk to the Kitchen. Then we get washed 
and go in to supper. We come out as 
soon as we have finished eating. Then we 
have the same privileges that we have at 
noon. We line up at quarter past seven 
and most of the boys go to bed. Some 
boys with good conduct go to various 
places until nine o' clock, such as 
schoolroom, loft, readingroom etc. We 
are all in the domitories at nine o' clock. 
Saturday and Sunday our routine differs a 

little. Raymond W. Fitch I 


Cbe JWnmrn J1$$oclation of the farm and trades School 

Merton p. Ellis, '97, President Alfred C. Malm, '00, Vice-President Elwin C. Bemis, "16, Secretary 

4 Martin Road, Milton Melrose Thompson's Island 

Augustus N. Doe, 75, Treasurer Geoffrey E. Plunkett, '14, Historian 

Wellesley Walpole 

The 20th Annual Dinner of the 
Alumni Association was held at the Hotel 
Bellevue, Wednesday evening, January 
13. There were 58 members and guests 
in attendance. Merton P. Ellis, '97, 
President, presided, Mr. Arthur Adams, 
President Board of Managers, gave an 
interesting account of the financial 
condition of the School. He paid tribute 
to Mr. Solomon B. Homan, '50, oldest 
living graduate who is always present at 
the gatherings. 

Mr. Paul F. Swasey, Superintendent 
of the School was next called on and told 
in detail the events of the year. He men- 
tioned the changes that are being made in 
the Building to create more room for the 
Instructors. He charged each Alumni 
member with the duty of keeping in 
close touch with the School and being a 
subscriber to the Beacon which is the real 
connecting link between Association and 
School. He made special mention of 
Howard B.Ellis, '98 who conducted our 
Band for so many years and is always, 
with his son, a conspicuous figure at our 

We were very fortunate this year in 
having as the speaker of the evening a 
Manager of the School. Mr. Charles 
Wiggins, 2nd, Head-Master of the Noble 
and Greenough School, Dedham, Mass. 
Mr. Wiggins, paid a high tribute to the 
work of the School and to the principles 
of education that are in vogue here and 
have been for the past century. He re- 
minded us of our indebtedness to our 

Mother School. Through this page the 
Association wishes to thank Mr. Wiggins 
for so kindly addressing the members. 

The presence of three native sons of 
the Island had a significant bearing on the 
gathering. The sons in the person of Mr. 
William A. Morse '92, Mr. Norman 
Morse '77, and Charles H. Bradley, Jr. 
03 were born on Thompson's Island. 

The Senior Class of the School was 
represented by Raymond Thomas, Presi- 
dent of the Senior Class and George 
Libby, Head Proctor of the School. 
They carried their Class Banner which 
is a gift of Manager Walter B. Foster. '78, 
and which will be handed down to each 
succeeding class. 

Other remarks were made by Mr. 
Littletield, former Instructor at the School, 
who commented on many happy periods 
spent at the School. Mention should be 
made of Arthur Fearing's annual joke, 
which made a hit, but came rather hard 
on Walter Herman, '79, whom Arthur 
demonstrated on. Other remarks were 
made by Mr. Howard Ellis, '98, George 
Larsson. '17 and Mr. William Alcott^ 
'84. Mr. Alcott complimented the enter- 
tainment Committee, which is headed 
by no other person than our good friend 
Jimmie Graham, on their splendid form 
of entertainment. 

It was a splendid Dinner and now 
lets get started on our next big event which 
comes on The Field Day in June. We 
want a larger attendance at our gatherings. 
Every member must cooperate with this 
in mind. 

Names of those present will be printed in next months BEACON. 

Vol. 29 No. 11 Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. Mar. 1926 

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

King Philip's War 

On February 22nd, Washington's 
Birthday, we celebrated our annual King 
Philip's War. 

This year we had a combination of 
King Philip's and a Snow Ball Battle. 
The first quarter of the game the Indians 
got in their fort and the Settlers in theirs. 
All the bags were in the Settlers' fort. 
Two bags were red and counted 25 points 
apiece. Ten black bags count ten points 
apiece. All the others counted five and 
one point depending on whether they 
were all white or white with black stripes 
respectively. The object was to get the 
bags for one side and the other side tries 
to defend. 

When the whistle blew the Indians 
led by Charles Claggett (King Philip) 
charged on the Settlers' fort. There was a 
little fierce struggling at first but the Indians 
finally broke their way over. It was hard 
to get a bag at first, but as a number of the 
larger boys were on the Indians side the 
bags were taken out rather freely. When 
the whistle blew to end the quarter it was 
found that the Indians had all but eight 
bags. The next quarter the Settlers were 
the offending side. The Indians had built 
an enormous fort about 10 or 12 feet high 
which was hard to get up on. The Settlers 
made a game try however to scale the 
breastworks. The quarter ended without 
the Settlers getting a single bag. All the 

bags the Indians had, counted for them. 

The next half was given over to Kin^ 
Philip's War. This is played on all 
around the island. The bags were put on 
the ground halfway between the two forts. 
When the whistle sounded to begin, both 
sides ran for the bags. They then hid 
them in the place they had chosen for 
there camp. This mad scramble lasted 
the rest of the game with the fighting about 
even. The game ended with the Indians 
the overwelming victors. 

The boys in the band got their instru- 
ments and led the victorious Indians to the 
stockroom, where the trohpy was. They 
then had an "Indian War Dance" for the 
benefit of the camera men. The victors 
then marched to the gym where the spoils 
of war were divided. 

The day was a huge success. A great 
many newspaper men, photographers, 
moving-picture men and others were here 
for the day. The game was probably the 
most exciting King Philip's War for a 
number of years, in spite of the one sided 

James M. Libby I 

Student Council 

The student council has been re- 
organized and has started its work. There 
are ten members. Each member is at the 
head of some department or activity, such 
as Mayor of Cottage Row and Judges. 
President of the Bank, Manager of 


Trading Company, Chief of the Observa- 
tory staff, President of the First Class, 
Secretary of the Band, President of the 
Radio Club, and Head Proctor. 

The duty of the Student Council 
is to promote fair play between different 
Boys, also between Boys and Instructors, 
and to help Boys do right. 

Alton B. Butler I 

Fixing the Gymnasium Rings 

One morning after breakfast the 
Supervisor told another boy and me to fix 
and put up the swinging rings in the Gym. 
The tirst thing we did was to put a 
plank across the beams on which to walk. 
We then got some pulleys and some I4 
inch rope and started to fix the traveling 
rings at the north end of the gym. 

These were easy to fix as they only 
needed a rope for hoisting them up. 
Next came the climbing rope which we 
had to hitch on to a ring bolt in the roof 
before we could put up the hoisting ropes 
and pulleys. 

When this was done and the pulleys 
and rope fixed, we then put up a swinging 
ring but did not have time to finish 
putting up the pulleys and hoisting ropes, 
as the bell rang. We went to the washroom 
to get cleaned up for our school work. I 
like to do jobs like this. 

Hildreth R. Crosby I 

Horse Boy 

Two other boys and I get up at five a. 
m. and go down to the Barn to clean off 
the horses, feed them and bed them. 

After we get that done, we sweep the 
floor and help fee"d the cows. When that 
is finished, we take up the milk cans, and I 
have to strain the milk. I like the farm 
work very much. 

Carle A. Nichols VI 

A Talk on David Livingston 

One Sunday evening we had an inter- 
esting talk on the great missionary and 
explorer, David Livingston. We enjoyed 
it very much. It was given by our 
minister, Mr. Adams. It was illustrated by 
stereoptican slides, which showed all about 
the African jungle and natives. He spent 
his life in Africa, preaching and teaching. 
It showed the falls of the Zambesie River 
which he found and named after Queen 

He was finally lost but was later 
found by Henry W. Stanley who was sent 
out to find him. One picture showed 
them shaking hands and greeting each 

During a journey in Africa the death 
of Livingston happened. The last picture 
showed the faithful natives carrying his 
body back to the coast where it was finally 
taken to England. 

George J. Knott I 


Every morning I go to the carpenter 
shop, where we make necessary things or 
repairs old things. Some things we repair 
are chairs, tools for the farm, wagons and 
other things. One of the jobs I have 
been doing is interesting. I have been 
weaving a cane seat and a back of a chair. 
I have also been cleaning it. 

A few weeks ago a desk was brought 
down to the shop. We have scraped off 
the old stain and varnish from it and sand- 
papered it. We then stained it anew and 
gave it a couple coats of shellac. When it 
was all finished it looked like new. At 
Christmas we had a number of presents to 
make. Among them were two smoking 
stands, a lamp, two bowls, a wood basket 
for a fire place, a pair of book ends and 
two foot stools. 

James E. Hughes II 


An Enjoyable Evening 
During the evening of an eventful 
day February 22, the first graders went to 
Mr. Swasey's apartments "to listen in" 
over the radio. When all were seated 
around the radio set, Mr. Swasey tuned in 
and we heard an orchestra from station 

Mr. Emery, who is a graduate of the 
School and had been spending the after- 
noon here, spoke. We heard him tell of 
his three days' vacation. The last day of 
his vacation having the privilege of watch- 
ing our annual King Philip's War. He 
told about the battle which he had enjoyed 

When the Big Brother Club had sign- 
ed off, we listened to some more music. 
A large piece of candy was given to the 
boys. A little after eight President 
Coolidge spoke. We went to bed tired 
but happy after such a pleasant evening. 

Henry E. Gilchrist I 

Helping the Plumber 
One day when I was getting ready to 
go down to the farm, the Supervisor called 
me to him and asked me if I would like to 
help the plumber. Of course I was pleased 
with this oportunity to learn something 
new. I reported to the plumber and helped 
him with his work. He is here lo change 
some plumbing in different places, I have 
now helped him for two weeks and I like 
the work very much. 

Herbert E. Gove I 

Grade Reading 

There has been quite a change made 
in grade reading and it is more interesting 
for both Boys and Instructors. 

First, Mr. Swasey reads the boys' 
grades and then he explains what certain 
boys did in the past week, whether good 
or otherwise. He also announces import- 
ant events with our school life. 

After this we sing several songs out of 
our new song books. Then the band plays 
a selection. When the band has finished, 
the class who has charge of the program 
gives a short talk or composition, on 
some good topic. These programs vary. 
So far we have had programs on Abraham 
Lincoln, and George Washington. After 
the program we sing several more songs. 
The band then plays a closing number. 
We march out of chapel to the music of 
the piano and climb the stairs to the dor- 
mitory and bed. 

Charles L. Claggett I 

Reward of King Philip's War 

After the King Philip's War was over, 
it was found the Indians had won by a 
large score. The Indians formed in line, 
also the Band Boys and marched around 
the Building. 

At the stockroom door they stopped 
for some of the boys to get the trophy box. 
This was a long oblong box and we carried 
it to the Gymnasium. 

The officers of the Settlers were invi- 
ted to join us. Then Philip who was 
Charles Claggett gave out the trophy, 
which consisted of hard candy, oranges, 
bananas and cookies. We then went 
down and, some of us divided with the 
boys on the losing side. 

Robert Van Meter I 

My Regular Work 

Every day after the boys go in the 
dining room, I stay outside to clean up 
the washroom. I pick up the soap, 
brushes, paper, and other articles which 
have been scattered about, and I put them 
in their places. 

On Saturday and Wednesday nights 
I get a supply of soap for foot wash and 
bath. I have been washroom boy for 
three months. 

Chester P. Lindgren III 


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There is one word, the importance 
of which is seldom realized, and that is 
the word "loyalty." How many of us 
could be happy without a home or a 
mother or a principle to be loyal to! 
Ninety-nine times out of a hundred, when 

a man fails in life, it is because he no 
longer finds anything or anyone to which 
he considers it worth being loyal. He is 
usually led to this conclusion by having 
chosen the wrong object to give his loyal- 

For true loyalty we must choose a 
worthy object or cause. Many of us are 
never loyal to our "Alma Mater" until we 
graduate and go out into the world. Then 
we look back and appreciate what our 
school has done for us. Some of us never 
appreciate our families and friends until 
we are separated from them and then we 
look back and wish we had been loyal. 

For every cause that succeeds, whether 
it be a baseball game or the establishing of 
a nation, there are loyalties behind it which 
"put across" the victory. Nothing ever 
succeeded without loyalty, the banishment 
of minor disagreements, the putting aside 
of petty desires and the uniting of all 
efforts in making the enterprise a grand 
and glorious success. 

There is a community which seemed 
destined to become great. It was located 
on a good harbor, and a railroad was to 
be put through the town. But some of 
the families wanted the railroad to go 
through the west end of the town and the 
others wanted it to go through the east 
end. So they squabbled among them- 
selves and each side declared it would re- 
fuse to use the railway if it were put 
through the other side of town. So the 
railway company decided to put the rail- 
road through a neighboring town, and the 
latter became a big city, while the squabb- 


ling village is still a petty squabbling vill- 
age- They established a church but the 
members quarreled and it broke up. A 
community center was also established, 
but they couldn't agree and each member 
found fault with the other. So it also 
broke up, and they never will accompish 
anything until they learn the lesson of 

Loyalty does not mean the ignoring 
of faults of the person or organization to 
which we are loyal. It means working 
with all our might for our "pal", our 
school, or our country. If we can abolish 
any fault or defect we will do so. But if 
we really give our loyalty to a person we 
will never slander him. We will stand up 
for him through "thick and thin". We 
will believe in him and he will not disa- 
point us. 

Let us give this kind of loyalty to our 
school. It is worth it. One of the boys 
said, with pride, a few days ago, "This is a 
real mans school!" So "here goes" for 
making it the very best school in the 


Feb. 1 Plumber started alterations 
to bathroom. New bathroom is being put 
on the second floor. 

Feb. 2 Cleaned hen house and hog 

Killed registered cow no. 23. Old age. 

Feb. 3 Took moving pictures of 
snow storm this morning. 

Strong northwest wind accompanied 
by snow. 

Feb. 4 Heavy blizzard from north- 

First Graders played games in the 

gym., followed by a Sugar Party in the 
Boy's Dining Room in the evening. 

Feb. 5 Dr. Delano here to see one 
of the horses. 

Feb. 6 Beautiful day. Cancelled 
Basketball game so that Boys could enjoy 
out door sports. 

Feb. 9 Basket Ball game A 29-C 

Feb. 10 Another big blizzard today. 
Chose sides for King Philip's War on the 
22nd. Ice forming in the Bay. 

Feb. 12 Boys busy shovelling out 
Front Avenue. Drifts over six feet deep. 

Feb. 15 Songs and entertainment 
features added to our regular Grade 
Reading Program. 

Feb. 11 Basket Ball Game A 11-D 

Feb. 18 Horses shod. Cleaned 

Hen house and Hog pens. Hauled coal, 

Feb. 20 Salted new pork. Basket 
ball game C46-B26. 

Feb. 21 Two boys conducted even- 
ing services. Topic "Manners". 

Feb. 22 Annual King Philip's War. 
Indians won by a large score. "Bob" 
Emery '12, Mrs. Emery, Leslie Jones '06, 
Moving Picture men and Newspaper 
Reporters were here for the battle. 

Feb. 24 Cottage Row Dance. 

Feb. 27 Forrest Haskell who was 
considered at the Admission Meeting in 
January was admitted to the school. 

A number of blue and gold sweat shirts 
were given to the boys with the highest 

Mr- Sanborn of Ames Agriculture 
implement Co., was here looking over 
the Farm equipment and making a list of 
new parts needed. 

Feb. 28 Evening Service conducted 
by two boys. Topic "Success" . 

Feb. 29 Mr. Tropp here to assem- 
ble Acmeflex radio set. Gift of Mr. Frank 



Calendar 50 Years Ago 1876 

As Kept by the Superintendent 

Feb. 1 99 Boys in the School to-day. 

Feb. 2 Gale throughout the country. 
Much damage done on land and sea. 

Feb. 9 5 bbls. salted pickels to Will 
Tibbets & Co. 

Feb. 10 My 52nd birthday. Gave 
the boys play all day and a good entertain- 
ment in the evening. 

Feb. 21 All hands wrought in North 
End Grove cutting down trees. 

Feb. 25 Very cold. Managed to get 
to the city by way of Squantum taking our 
small boat across the island to open water 
and rowing to Mr. Reed's whence we take 
his car to Neponset -thence by car. 

Willie went to school and Milton Day 
to Exeter, N. H. 

The Farm and Trades School Bank 

Statement March 1, 1926 

U. S. Securities $ 500.00 

Other Investments 761.45 

Cash 297.81 



Surplus $ 433.20 

Deposits 11 26.06 

$ 1559.26 





February Meteorology 

Maximum Temperature 52° the 18th 
Minimum Temperature 12° the 29th. 
Mean Temperature for the month 27. 
Total Precipitation 3.58 inches. 

Greatest Precipitation in 24 hours 
1.28 inch on the 4th. 

Five days with .01 or more inches 
precipitation, 9 clear days, 11 partly 
cloudy, 8 cloudy. 

My Regular Work 

In the afternoon, I go to the laundry, 
where I work until five o'clock. On Mon- 
day afternoons we wash nightshirts, socks, 
khaki shirts, towels, napkins, handker- 
chiefs, and put the sheets, pillow cases, 
napkins, handkerchiefs, laundry bags, and 
towels through the mangle and fold them. 
We then put the things we have in the 
extractor, later putting them in the dryer. 
On Tuesdays we fold the night shirts and 
iron the Instructors' shirts and handker- 
chiefs. Wednesday we iron the waiters' 
coats and sew buttons on the night shirts 
if neccessary and deliver the Instructors' 
laundry. Thursday we scrub the laundry 
and wash windows and finish up the work 
that is left. Sunday morning we collect 
the Instructors' laundry bags and sort the 
boys soiled clothing. 

Anton Ericsson III 

A Basketball Game 

On Tuesday, February 16, at 7:30, 
teams A and C played a game of basket- 
ball. At the beginning of the game team 
A took the lead and held it the rest of the 
game. At the end of the first half, the 
score stood 22-16 in favor of team A. 
Team C came back in the last half and 
was only 2 points behind team A when the 
final whistle blew. 

This is the closest game, so far this 
season but we hope to have more like it 
later. The final score was team A-29 
team C-27. 

Cecil Morse III 


The Guernsey Cow 

The most useful domestic animal is 
the cow. At the School we have one 
breed of cows which are Guernseys. 

An island in the English Channel 
with an area of only 24 square miles and 
only about 10,000 acres of productive soil; 
inhabited by a thrifty race of people of 
French descent, is noted for its mild 
climate, its gardens its greenhouses, and 
its granite quarries, and above all, for its 
cattle. Such is the seagirt home of the 
golden Guernsey cow. 

Guernsey cattle are fawn colored, 
marked with white, and are larger than 
their widely distributed sister breed of 
Jersey. The School has about twenty 
cows and two bulls, all of which are 
Guernsey breed. 

Carl A. Carlson III 

Putting Initials in my Chest 

When I had finished my tool chest in 
sloyd, I asked the Instructor if I could cut 
my initials in it. He gave his consent. 

First, I found the type of letters I 
wanted in a paper. These I pasted on a 
piece of white maple. I then took a fret 
saw and cut around the letters. This being 
done, I filed the edges smooth and shaped 
them. Next, I took a piece of black wal- 
nut, and planed one surface, so I could put 
them on and trace them. Having done 
this I cut out the place I had traced and 
glued in the letters. Next, I took a piece 
of oval shaped paper and traced it, placing 
it over the initials,which I had planed 
down even with the black walnut. I cut 
around the oval with a fret saw. Next, I 
put the wood on the chest cover and 
scored around it with a knife. This I cut 
out with a chisel. Later, I glued the piece 
of wood into the chest cover. When it 
was dry I planed the wood even with the 

panel and then sandpapered the initials 
and panel. 

Arthur R. Turner I 

Band Practice 

Every Saturday morning the regular 
band goes out to practice. We play 
overtures, marches, and hymns. Some- 
times we stay out all morning, other 
times we stay out until nine o'clock. 
There are two bands. The regular band 
share their instruments with the boys in 
the beginners band. I play the snare 
drum in the regular band. I am second 
drummer. I like the band very much, 
and I am glad that I have the privilege 
to be in it, 

Thomas J. Kenney VI 

A Coasting Party 

February 3rd, the coast guard 225 
tied up at our Wharf in the afternoon. 
Mr, Wyatt, the captain of the boat, who 
is a graduate of the School decided to 
drop in and pay us a little visit, while off 
guard duty. They made the evening trip 
for us. 

After supper, about 7:45 the first grad- 
ers were allowed to go coasting on Front 
Avenue, We had lots of fun with a few 

Douglas D. Holton III 

Cottage Row Dance 

Last evening, February 24, the 
Cottage Row Government gave a dance. 
At eight o'clock the dance started with a 
grand march led by the mayor and one 
of the teachers. 

We danced until ten o'clock, when 
the refreshments were served. These 
consisted of lemon sherbert and cookies. 
After the refreshments had been enjoyed, 
the dance continued until ten thirty. The 
school orchestra furnished the music. 

Raymond Thomas I 


Che Jllumni Jlssociatioti of Cbe farm and trades School 

Merton p. Ellis, '97, JPresident Alfred C. Malm, '00, Vice-President Elwin C. Bemis, '16, Secretary 

4 Martin Road, Milton Melrose Thompson's Island 

Augustus N. Doe, '75, Treasurer Geoffrey E. Plunkett, '14, Historian 

Wellesley Walpole 

Continued from February Beacon 
Those Present at the Annual Dinner, January 13th, 1926 

Arthur Adams 
George L. DeBlois 

Walter B. Foster 
Alden B. Hefler 
Charles Wiggins 
Paul F. Swasey 
Charles E. Littlefield 

Alcott, George J. '80 
Alcott, William '84 
Barton, Fredrick J. '09 
Bell, Richard '73 
Bemis, Elwin C. '16 
Bennett, George '95 
Blakeraore, Edric B. '12 
Bradley, Charles H. Jr. 75. 
Brain, James A. '25 
Buchan, George '97 
Capaul, Edward '02 





Carr, Joseph A. 
Collins, Carl H. 
Clark, Robert L. 
Conklin, John J. 

Conklin, Don 
Davis, Will F. '79 
Dudley, Herbert L. '16 
Dudley, Robert E. 16 
Ellis, Howard B. '98 

Ellis, Howard B. Jr. 
Ellis, Merton P. '97 
Fearing, Arthur D. '84 
Fearing, Fredrick P. '82 
Floyd, Edward L. '25 
Giese, Robert J. '21 
Gilbert, Ralph H. '16 
Graham, James H. '79 
Hanson, Richard H. '21 
Herman, Walter '79 
Hobson, Clarence P. '25 
Holman, Solomon B. '50 

Jacobs, Alfred W. 10 
Larsson, G. George 17 
Libby, George "26 
Marshall, Earle C. '10 
Morrison, William P. '76 
Morse, William A. '76 
Morse, Norman F. '85 
Moss, Norman '20 
Nelson, Jackson C. '16 
Peterson, Albert A. '21 
Powers, Michael J. '00 
Shippers, Eric O. '21 
Shippers, John H. ,21 
Silver, Lawence '11 
Smith, Daniel E. '20 
Smith, Willis M. '22 
Thomas, Raymond '26 
Weston, Richard W. '13 
Whitehead, Samuel L. '23 
Wyatt, Ernest V. '13 

33 Pearl St., Dorchester, Mass. 
January 11, 1929 
Dear Mr. Swasey: 

In reply to your request, I wish to 
say excuse my personality. It seems to me 
I ought to refer to my entrance to the 
Boston Farm School. 

At the time I was only 8 years old 
and did not enjoy the privileges of the F. 
& T. S. of today. We did not have the 
gymnasium, the sloyd, blacksmith, print- 
ing and other privileges they do at present. 
Instead of this we worked a week at a time 
on the farm and then a few weeks at school 
and enjoyed a few simple games, then our 
time was again to work on the farm. This 
would seem quite monotonous to the 
present doings of The Farm and Trades 
School, but I have laid all the success I 

have had to this kind of training. I am 
not wealthy yet, but have enjoyed a degree 
of success; the foundation of which I think 
was the training received at the Boston 
Farm School. Success in about all the 
transactions I have entered (and they are 
numbered) I have been enabled to give 
something over ten thousand dollars away, 
all owing to my training at the Boston 
Farm School. 

Perhaps this statement might induJe 
the Boys of The Farm and Trades School 
to be earnest and studious, not that they 
may do as well, but better than I have. 

With these few and wandering 
thoughts, hoping they may be of use to 
the Boys of F. T. S. 

Very truly yours, 

(Signed) S. B. Holman 

Vol. 29 No. 12 Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. April 1926 

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

Our Easter Concert 


The First Crocus 
Kenneth James 
BRASS QUARTETTE There is a Green Hill 

On Palm Sunday afternoon, March 28, Far away 

we had our annual Easter Concert, which Raymond Thomas George Libby 

I thought was very good. The front of Otto Kohl IVIarshall Hall 

the Chapel was transformed into an arbor RECITATION Things We Get by Giving 

underneath which the members of the 
choir sat, and where the speakers stood. 
There were potted plants and cultivated RECITATION 
flowers, including tulips, jonquils, rambler George Hamilton 

roses, Easter lilies and hyacinths placed DUET The Magdalene 

about the room. These flowers helped John Taylor, Russell Bent 

greatly to make the room look real attrac- I>IALOGUE 
live and spring-like. 


Paul Butts 

Still Was the Night 
Wonderful Jov 

Thomas Hall 

George Poole 

The program was as follows: 
SONG Life Eternal 


Hovvitt Warren 

Mr. Swasey 
SONG Day of Days 

RECITATION Welcome Easter 

Almon Whitmore 
R:|CITATI0N The Date of Easter 

Gordon Whalen 
SOLO Life Over Death is King 

Waldo Waters 
RECI TA ITON The Thorn Crowned Christ 

Otto Kolil 
EXERCISE When the Bells of Easter Chime 

Joseph Diamond, Ralph Milliken, Hoger Holton RECITATION 
SONG Rejoice 

An Easter Hike 
Marshall Hall 
Francis Floyd 
RECITATION Four Little Seeds 

Kenneth Van Meter 
SONG Seek Ye the Garden 

RECITA'J'ION I Find No Fault with Him 

Harold Goulding 


Henry Gilchrist Clarence McLenna 

Bradbury Rand Marshall Hall 

Herbert Gove 

RECITATION The Crowning of Spring 

Russell Bent 
SOLO The Holy City 

Carl Carlson 
SONG Jesus is Risen 

RECITATION The Glad New Day 

Robert Van Meter 

The Garden of Easier 
Carl Wijk 

Choir SONG Lo, He is Risen 

RECITATION The Glint of Springtide Sunshine 


William "West 

Theodore L. Vitty IV 


Our Trip to Weymouth 

Last Saturday, March 13th, Mr, 
Svvasey told some of the First Class Boys 
and two boys from the Second Class to 
change into their uniforms. We knew at 
once that we were ^oing to Weymouth to 
visit the Edison Electric Piant. Mr. 
Swasey had previously told us of the pro- 
posed trip. 

When we were ready we all went to 
the steamer. We enjoyed the scenery 
on the way down very much, but it is 
more pleasanter in the summer. 

When we reached the dock of the 
Edison Plant, there was a collier unload- 
inji coal for the plant. The coal was 
dumped into a crusher on one side of the 
road and all the lumps were broken. After 
it is thoroughly crushed it falls on a 
moving belt that weighs it. Then itfollowed 
this belt under the main road up a very 
long incline and at last was dumped into 
the bunkers at the top of the building. 

iVfter the man who guided us through 
the Piant finished explaining the coal 
process we went into the main building. 
As we went through the door he gave us a 
picture of the plant of today and the plant 
they hope to build. 

After this we visited the feed pump 
room. One of the pumps is the only one 
of its kind in the world. It pumps against 
a pressure of 1200 lbs. per sq. inch. Then 
we went up to the turbines. They have 
two. Only one was running when we 
were there. It takes about two hours 
to warm them up before running. You 
cannot see any motion. Everything is 
100 percent casing. 

Then we went into the boiler room. 
We looked at the fire through a blue glass 
shield. At the back of the boiler was a big 
ash pit and we could see the molten 
material running like lava into the pit. 
All the boilers ( four in all ) are 

automatically stoked. The coal comes 
down a big shute into a bunker, and their 
big rames push it into the fire. One of 
the boilers is specially made. Its shell is 
4^2 inches thick and it causes a pressure of 
1200 lbs. persq. inch. The best place we 
visited was the control room. Weall thank 
Mr. Emery for making it possible for us 
to visit this plant. 

Arthur R. Blackwell I 

Working on the Gravel 

We have been having good weather 
and the snow has been melting fast, so our 
Supervisor started boys on the gravel and 
some with teams to brin^ it up from the 

After it is brought up from the beach 
it is sifted through a fine screen to get the 
sand out. 

After that has been done, it is sifted 
through a coarse screen, it is again sifted to 
get the small stones all about the same size 
which are used for the avenue. What does 
not go through the coarse screen is still 
put in a coarser screen and is sifted. 
What is sifted is called large gravel which 
is used around the building. The process 
of making and sifting the gravel is interes- 
ting. We get large quantities of it. We 
are thankful to have an Island where we 
can get gravel without cost. 

Otto Kohl III 

Our New Dog 

One afternoon I went down to the 
drawer-room to watch some boys put the 
new lockers in place. I just opened the 
door when a great dog ran up to me. 
Mr. Swasey called her back and I found 
out that she was to be the Boys' dog. 
She is a German Police dog and her name 
is "Freida". She likes all the Boys and 
the Boys like her too. We have two other 
dogs also. They are "Ace" a fox terrier 
and "Dodger" a wixe haired terrier. 

Thomas J. Kenney V 


The Glass Dance 

The class of '26 held their annual 
Class Dance on March 12, 1926. 

The dance opened with a Grand 
March, each boy taking his partner. 

The guests were Mr. Ellis(our form- 
er band instructor) and his family, Waldo 
E. Libby '22, and Mr. and Mrs. Coulter, 
former instructors, were here. A number 
of boys and Instructors attended, besides 
the Senior Class. 

The music was furnished by the School 
orchestra assisted by Mr. Ellis and Waldo 
Libby. During the intermission we had 
ice-cream and cake for refreshments. 

The programs were blue and gold and 
could be opened in the shape of a fan. 
There were blue strings attached and the 
boys had pencils on the ends of the string 
and their partners had tassels on the ends 
of theirs. 

The dance was a huge success and we 
all enjoyed it. 

George Libby I 

Mr. Swasey's Birthday Party 

On Monday evening March 15, all 
the Boys assembled in chapel to celebrate 
Mr. Swasey's birthday, which was the day 
previous. Before we went to chapel, we 
were requested not to make any unneces- 
sary noise, so that Mr. Swasey would not 
investigate into the matter. 

When we were all there, a small table 
was set in the middle of the room. The 
table cloth was strewn with flowers, and in 
the center was a huge birthday cake orna- 
mented with 30 candles. One of the 
the Instructors lit the candles when the 
lights were put out. 

Finally, when all was ready, two 
boys acting as policemen, were sent to 
arrest Mr. Swasey. He was led in, 
blind folded and one of the boys acting as 

judge, asked him if he was guilty or not 
guilty of having a birthday. To this of 
course he pleaded guilty, and was sent- 
enced to the hard and laborious task of 
cutting the birthday cake. After the 
candles had been blown out, varicolored 
streamers (which had been passed around 
previously) flew over his head in what 
seemed like a great dome-shaped en- 
tanglement of many colors. After this, 
refreshments of ice cream and cake were 
served to the Instructors and Boys. 

After the mass of streamers was 
cleared up, and the benches put in place, 
Mr. Swasey had a birthday surprise for 
us. An entertainer was present and he 
told us many jokes and played for us on 
the violin and piano. 

We spent a splendid evening, and 
the entertainment was one of the best we 
have ever had. 

Carl O. G. Wijk IV 

A Talk On Wild Flowers 

On March twenty-second, the Boys 
heard a very interesting lecture on Wild 
Flowers. This was given by Mrs. S. V. R. 
Crosby the wife of one of our managers 
and a good friend of The Farm and 
Trades School. 

The bell rang at three o'clock in the 
afternoon. We cleaned up and went to 
the Assembly Hall. 

The lecture was given to show us the 
need of caring for and protecting our 
native wild flowers. The lecture was ac- 
companied by stereoptican slides showing 
numerous kinds of wildflowers. The talk 
was very instructive and worthwhile. 

We feel very grateful to Mrs. Crosby 
for her kindness to us, as well as her 
interest in us. Through her generosity we 
receive the Grew Garden prizes each year. 

James M. Libby I 


Cbompson's Tsland Beacon 

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Vol.29 No. 12 

April 1926 

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S. V. R. Crosby 

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Assistant Treasurer 

In God We Trust 
If I want to be a Happy useful citizen: 

I must be brave-^This means I must 
be brave enough and strong enough to 
control what I think, and what I say and 
what I do, and I must always be hopeful 

because hope is power for improvement. 

I must act wisely — In school, at home, 
playing, working, reading or talking. I 
must learn how to choose the good and 
how to avoid the bad. 

I must make my character strong — My 
character is what I am, if not in the eyes 
of my own conscience. Good thoughts 
in my mind will keep out bad thoughts. 
When I am busy doing good I shall 
have no time to do evil. I can build my 
character by training myself in good habits. 

I must make my mind strong — ■ The 
better I know myself, my fellows and the 
world about me, the happier and more 
useful I shall be. I must always welcome 
useful knowledge in school, at home, 

I must be truthful and honest — I 
must know what is true in order to do 
what is right. I must tell the truth without 
fear. I must be honest in all my dealings 
and in all my thoughts. Unless I am hon- 
est I cannot have self respect. 

(The remainder of this Code will be printed in the 
next issue.) 


March 1 "West Loft" opened as a 
new Dormitory to take the place of North 

March 3 Pictures of the Snowball 
Battle shown at the Metropolitan Theatre 
in Boston. 

March 4 No School. Teachers visit- 
ing the schools in Boston. 

March 5 Fire Insurance Inspector 

March 6 Basketballgame.C-18.D-20. 

March 8 Fire Drills started. 

March 12 Ten Boys went to the 
Auto Show through thekindnessof Walter 


Norwood '05. 

Class Dance. Waldo Libby, '22, here 
for the night. Howard Ellis, '98 and 
family here for the Class Dance. 

March 13 Twelve Boys went to 
Weymouth to visit Edgar Station of the 
Edison Electric Illuminating Co., through 
the kindness of Bob Emery, '12. 

Basketball game. A— 21, C— 35. 

March 15 Birthday party for Mr. 
Swasey, followed by an entertainment by 
Mr. Taggard. 

Gilman Day sent to City Hospital for 

March 18 Twelve Boys went to an 
exhibition at Wentworth Institute. 

March 20 Dr. Taylor examined 
Boys' teeth in the morning. 

Doubleheader Basketball game. A — 
10, D— 24; B— 21, C— 26. 

Eric Schippers here over Sunday. 

March 22 Mrs. S. V. R. Crosby gave 
us a most interesting lecture on Wild N. E. 

March 24 New lockers arrived and 
started setting them up in the Drawer 

Mrs. James H, Graham's funeral 
this P. M. Mrs. Graham was loved by 
all the Boys and has been a fine friend to 
the School. 

March 25 Alfred C. Malm '00 and 
Merton Ellis '99 were here for the day. 

March 26 Band Concert directed by 
Mr. Warren. 

End of Winter Term of the School. 

March 27 Last Basketabll game D 
-20, B— 8. 

March 28 Easter Concert. 

March 29 Making "John Alden" 
ready for water. 

"Frieda" a German Police dog was 
given to the School by Harold Morse '12. 
March 31 Painting Boy's washroom 
and toilet. 

Calendar 50 Years Ago 1876 

As Kept by the Superintendent 

March 4 Dr. Gould visited Willie 
who is getting on very well. Has scarlet 

March 6 Very mild and spring like. 
Wind southwest. 

March 7 Monthly report day. 
Boys in school one hundred. 

March 13 Went in P. M., for Dr. 
Gould for Willie who is pretty sick. 
About four o'clock the wind changed to 
N.W., and blew very hard. We had a 
severe time getting the Dr. over. Were 
nearly an hour crossing. Kept one boy 
baling water from the boat. 

March 14 Cold and windy. No 

March 15 Cold, windy and rough. 

Capt. Bibber with two men came to 
work on our steamboat which is in the 
Old Barn. 

March 17 Snowstorm from the East. 

March 21 A very heavy storm from 
the S. E. Snow and rain with dreadful 

March 24 David Moore visited us. 
We are always glad to welcome him. he 
is such a nice man. 

March 30 Windy and several snow 
squalls. Sent boat to city for meal and 
was glad when it returned as it was so 
squally and bad. 

Launched scow. 

March 31 Launched the Steamer 
and put her to her moorings. Cold and 
windy, and hard working in the water. 

Calendar 90 Years Ago 1836 

As Kept by the Superintendent 

March 2 In the evening the grades 
for February were read to the boys. Be- 
sides other privations, the fourth graders 
were deprived of the privilege of going 
near the Barn for the term of one moath. 
All those who gain a place in the firstgrade 


during this month have a promise of hav- had to get the steamer's rudder rope 

ing a letter written for them to their friends repaired, also the engine of the launch, 

approving their conduct. which refused to run. 

March 10 Boys often change their Some men came down and worked 

sports— as coasting and skating fails they on the launch. Later, a man came to fix 

resort to jumping the rope and flying the the rudder rope. 

j^jfg Around one thirty the Instructor 

brought some sandwiches to us. 

March Meteorology Later in the afternoon, the Steamer 

Maximum Temperature 54° on the made a trip to the lumber yards, a short 

25th^ distance up the bay. On the v/ay we saw a 

Minimum Temperature 38° the 25th large boat being made, 
and 22nd. When we returned, the men were 
Mean Temperature for the month 48". still working on the launch. While we 
Total Precipitation 1.65 inches. were standing around we looked over 
Greatest Precipitation in 24 hours the many boats in storage. Among 
50 inch on the 2nd. them we saw the Constellation, Wander- 
Five days with .01 or more inches er, and Seyon. We also saw a submarine 
precipitation, 15 clear days, 9 partly chaser. 

cloudy, 7 cloudy. We started for the Island about four 

fifteen P. M, We ate our dinner and 

The Farm and Trades School Bank supper combined, and were hungry 

Statement April 1, 1926 enough. 

RESOURCES On the whole the trip was very 

U. S. Securities $ 500.00 interesting and 1 hope to go again. 

Other Investments 761.45 Douglas D. HoUon II 

Cash 2S3M ji^g Coming of Spring 

^ Winter has passed and spring is with 

LIABILITIES yg again. Perhaps the first real signs of 

Surplus $ 433.20 spring are heralded by the robin, the first 

Deposits 1111.31 bird to return to its northern haunts. On 

$ 11:44 51 April 1st we saw the first robin. 

As we walk beneath the trees we can 


President Cashier ^^^ ^^1^"^ ^^^^" '^"^^ P"^^'"^ their way 

HENRY A. SCHRAMM out. 1 he crocuses around the building are 

Teller in bloom also. 

Saturday the Supervisor announced 

A Trip to Lawley's ^^^^ all j^g ^^y^ ^^^ wanted to start 

Tuesday March 30th, Mr. Swasey painting their cottages would be allowed 

took four first graders to Lawley's with the to do so. Many of the cottages are nearly 

launch and steamer, also an Instructor and ready for the first Friends' Day. 

the Steamer crew of three. We arrived at The grass has begun to appear green 

the shipyard about ten thirty. We tied up once more. These signs are enough to 

on some posts. Soon a man came out in convince most of us that spring is here, 

a scull to see what we wanted done. We Howitt R. Warren IV 


The House by the Side of the Road 

Our class has been studying many 
interesting poems. The one which I like 
best is "The House By the Side of the 
Road," by Sam Walter Foss. Mr. Foss 
was Somerville's beloved poet. He was 
librarian of the Somerville Public Library 
for many years, where he spent the 
greater part of his life, reading books and 
writing poems. 

The poem is as follows: 

There are hermit souls that live with- 

In the peace of their self-content; 
There are souls like stars, that dwell apart, 

In a fellowless firmament; 
There are pioneer souls that blaze their 

Where highways never ran. 
But let me live by the side of the road 

And be a friend to man. 

Let me live in a house by the side of the 
Where the race of men go by- 
The men who are good and the men who 
are bad. 
As good and as bad as I. 
I would not sit in the scorner's seat 

Or hurl the cynics ban — 
Let me live in my house by the side of the 
And be a friend to man. 

I see from my house by the side of the 
By the side of the highway of life. 
The men who press with the ardor of 
The men who are faint with the strife. 
But I turn not away from their smiles and 
their tears 
Both parts of a infinite plan — 
Let me live in my house by the side of the 
And be a friend to man. 

I know there are brook — gladdened 
meadows ahead. 
And mountains of wearisome height; 
That the road passes on though the long 
And stretches away to the night. 
And still I rejoice when the travellers 
And weep with the strangers that 
Nor live in my house by the side of the 
Like a man who dwells alone. 

Let me live in my house by the side of 

the road. 

Where the race of men go by- 

They are good, they are bad, they are 

weak, they are strong. 

Wise foolish — so am I. 

Then why should I sit in the scorner's seat, 

Or hurl the cynic's ban? 
Let me live in my house by the side of 
the road 
And be a friend to man. 

William R. Warnock IV 

Launching the Scovv^ 

Every fall the John Alden, is taken 
out of the water and put by the Sachen. 
In the spring after it is calked and painted 
it is put in the water. This is done by 
placing planks from the scow to the water. 
Rollers are put under her and she is pulled 
by the boys to the water. 

The rollers have to be put in front as 
fast as they come out the back. When the 
scow gains enough momentum to roll to 
the water some boys have to hold it back 
so that it will not come off the rollers. 
After it is launched it is anchored by the 

Clarence H. McLenna II 

A man should not be praised for do- 
ing right. It is only what the world ex- 
pects of him. What he should expect of 
the world is censure for wrong doing. 


Che Jlluttini ilssociation of the farm and Craaes School 

Merton p. Ellis, '97, President Alfred C. Malm, '00, Vice-President Elwin C. Bemis, 'lb. Secretary 

4 Martin Road, Milton Melrose Thompson's Island 

Augustus N. Doe, '75, Treasurer Geoffrey E. Plunkett, '14, Historian 

Wellesley Walpole 

Mr. Frank L. Warren, Bandmaster 
of the 101st Engineers Band and Instructor 
of our School Band, is recruiting a Bugle 
and Drum Corps, and he would like to get 
as many F. T. S. Boys as possible to sign 
up with him. If you are interested get in 
touch with Mr. Warren at the Cambridge 
Armory any Sunday morning between 10 
and 12 A. M. This is a real live proposi- 
tion with remuneration and a period at 
Camp during the summer, which is equiv- 
alent to a two weeks vacation. 

The time for our Annual Field Day 
is drawing near. We all had a most happy 
time last year and there is no reason why 
we should not do even better, this year. 
Mark down the date on the calendar. 

which is the 17th of June, and tell the 
family to be ready for a joyous day on this 
beautiful Island. 

Have you sent in your contribution 
for this year? Remember there are no an- 
nual dues, and we rely on each member 
to do his part in financing the Association. 
Send contributions to the Treasurer, 
Augustus N. Doe, 111 Devonshire Street, 
Boston, Mass. 

Kenneth E. Kearns, '24, who is 
attending Brewster Acadamy in Wolfeboro 
N. H., visited the school this past month, 
He stayed one week working on the Farm 
and in the Paint Shop. Kearns has a fine 
record at both the School and Brewster. 

A New Pump 
A short while ago, we received a new 
pump for the Power House. It is a 
Worthington Duplex Pump, used for 
pumping water into the boiler, from both 
city and return supply. 

One morning when I was on duty, 
my Instructor decided we should set up 
the pump. It stands on a cement founda- 
tion which sets about eighteen inches off 
the floor and is fastened by four ■'y 
inch bolts embedded in the cement. The 
old pump which has been discarded was 
made by the Dean Pump Co. and has 
different piping, therefore it was necessary 
to change the piping. This resulted in a 
very strenuous, but a very interesting and 
instructive task. 

After the pipes had all been "tied in," 
we packed the rods and valve stems and 
started the pump. It started off rather 

slowly and stiffly. This is always the case 
with a new pump or in fact most any piece 
of machinery. After it has run for a while 
this stiffness wears off. It now runs very 
smoothly and does it's duty very well. 

Howard S. Costello II 


On our Island we have many pleas- 
ing views. On the north we see the big 
liners going out, and all kinds of other 
boats. We notice the busy little tug boat 
which is always coming in or going out of 
the harbor. 

On the east we see Moon Head and 
Squantum on the south. We see some of 
the biggest ships in the world. In the 
distance we can see the Blue Hills and 
historic Dorchester. We also see many 
aeroplanes which fly over our Island. 

Ralph I. Swan II