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Vol. 41 No. 1 Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. May 1937 

Entered November 3, 1903 at Boston. Mass., as Second Class matter, under Act of Congress, of July 6, 1874 



The Band Concert 

The Band played its annual Spring 
concert on April 23, at Faneuil Hall, 
before an audience of about six hundred. 
This was the first of this kind ever played 
ofT the Island and was a success in every 
way. The program consisted of many 
types of compositions, and all were warmly 
received. The roster of the band, and the 
music played is listed in this Beacon. 

A large number of graduates, most of 
them former band boys, were present to 
enjoy the concert. Without doubt, it was 
the largest gathering of graduates to intown 
event in many years. Nearly all the gradu- 
ates present remained after the concert to 
introduce themselves to the boys in the 
band, and to congratulate individual 
members. The splendid attendance of the 
graduates was very greatly appreciated, and 
shows once again the group spirit and 
loyalty of our Alumni which is always 
shown when opportunity offers. 

President Arthur Adams, who attends 
every school function possible, was present 
and we were very happy that he could be 
with us. 

The program was carefully prepared 
and rehearsed. Its presentation was a 
distinct credit to the Band. All the compo- 
sitions were received enthusiastically by the 
audience and encores were demanded 
steadily. Mr. Frank L. Warren, the Band 



Conductor, was in charge of the program 
and had prepared an excellently balanced 
musical entertainment. 

The choice of Faneuil Hall was a 
happy one. Last minute changes were 
made by the Trustees of the Hall and every- 
thing we needed was quickly provided. 
We thank those in charge of Faneuil Hall 
for their most excellent cooperation. 

To everyone who helped make this 
event the complete success that it was we 
say "Thank you". Our Band may well 
boast of its large number of kind and gen- 
erous friends, who are always ready to help 
make anything our Band does a complete 
success. Everyone connected with the 
Band is very grateful to those who assisted, 
and we take this method of expressing 
our appreciation. 

Programme 

March Bag ley 

National Emblem 

Overture Hiidreth 

Sir Galahad 

Cornet Solo Casey 

Flocktonian 

William Chester Parsons 

Brass Quartet 

(a) There is a Tavern in the Town 

(b) Grandfathers Clock 
Trombone Solo Fred P. Harlow 

Wanderer 
Horace E. Fader 



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Bass Trio Howard 

Song of the Deep 
Selection arr. Lake 

Yankee Rhythm 
Medley 

Victor Herbert's Favorites 
Overture Zamecnik 

Scarlet Mask 

March ^tbee 

The Farm and Trades School Band 

The Star Spangled Banner 

Roster of Band 

Mr. Frank L. Warren, Director 
Mr. Clifton E. Albee, Assistant 

Comets 

William C. Parsons 

William C. Burns 

David W. Kenvin 
Edwin L. Smith 

George F. Connors 

Thomas C. Kenvin 

William E. Brewer, Jr. 

William N. Dodge 

Warren M. Linnell 

Russell L. Letson, Jr. 

Rupert H. Gould 

Robert J. English 
Clarinets 

Francis S. Sheldon 

William M. Meacham, Jr. 

William F. Reagan 

Charles F. Averill 

Eugene Proctor 

Stephen H. Vinal 

Raymond B. Harrington 

George R. Davis 

Donald L. Rice 
Baritones 

Myron A. Pratt 

Gordon K. Goodwin 
Trombones 

Horace E. Fader 

Warren O. Filz 

Raymond L. Beck, Jr. 

John Dunn 

William D. DeLorie 

Edgar R. Aldrich 
Basses 

Russell G. Jones 

Norman H. Chausse 

George A. Krebs, Jr. 



John C. Simens 

Robert F. Durant 
Altos 

Myles Standish 

Howard M. Colpitts 

Thomas S. D'lntinosanto 

Arthur E. Mathieu 

Richard J. Nelson 

John V. Johanson 
Drums 

Raymond M. Bean 

James R. Langton 

William J. Bevans 

Weston 0. Page 

Warren A. Danner 

Boy Scout Activities 
During the past two or three weeks 
many important Boy Scout activities have 
taken place. There is a camp at the 
northern part of our Island named Camp 
Bowditch and just recently the scouts have 
been there, getting ready for the good 
times to be had there this summer. Of 
course the Scouts are not the only ones 
who use the camp and therefore others, 
who enjoy the summer fun at the camp, 
come over with us and help. Every day 
that our Scout leader can he takes us over 
to the camp and we have accomplished 
much. So far each patrol has chosen its 
area for headquarters. The council ring is 
almost ready, and will be as soon as we 
get a few more logs, which we use for seats. 
A dodge ball court has been set up and 
everyone enjoys this fine game. 

Last week we finished our second class 
tests, at least most of us did. The cook- 
ing test was the last one. To do this each 
scout had to build a fire and cook meat 
and potatoes without using any utensils. 
First we made a small fire in a hole then 
piled wood criss-cross fashion on top of 
the small fire. After awhile the hole was 
filled with coals. We scooped out half the 
coals and put in the potatoes, then cover- 
ed them up again with the coals. Finally 
a thin layer of earth was spread over the 



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fire. While the potatoes were baking we 
made another fire and heated a flat rock 
large enough to cook meat on. It takes 
about an hour for the potatoes to bake so 
we had time to get a good fiat stone, scrub 
it well, and allow it to heat. When it was 
sizzling hot we cooked our meat. Most 
of the scouts had never cooked before in 
this outdoor way and, strange as it may 
seem, everything was cooked thorougly 
and nicely. All the sconts passed the test. 
Most of the boys in the troop are now 
ready to start to become first class scouts. 

Robert J. English 

The Machine Shop 

Nearly all the boys enjoy working in 
the machine shop. It is located on the 
north side of the first floor in the power 
house building. 

The shop is equipped with two lathes, 
drill press, milling machine and a set of 
emery wheels. The most important ma- 
chines are the lathes. One is operated by 
electrical power and the other by foot. 
Lathes will turn metal into almost any 
shape desired, put threads on bolts and do 
other such work. A small model steam 
engine has been turned out on the lathe. 

The drill press is not a difficult ma- 
chine to operate, and, when used properly 
will last many years. It is used often in 
our shop. 

The milling machine is used for cutt- 
ing gears, reaming and other such work. 
, This machine is not used as often as the 

others. 

There are five grinding wheels, each 
having a different degree of coarseness. 
Nearly all the tools used on the Island are 
sharpened on these grinders. 

Two long benches and a cupboard 
for storing tools complete the equipment 
in our shop. 

William E Brewer, Jr. 



A Movie 
One morning, not long ago, I 
noticed a list posted on the bulletin board. 
It was a notice of a theatre trip, and I 
was surprised and pleased to see my name 
included. We left the island at one 
o'clock and went to the Orpheum Theatre. 
The theatre was crowded for everyone 
apparently wanted to see the picture, 
which was "Maytime". We got good 
seats in the orchestra, although we had to 
wait for awhile. The picture was very 
good, and I am sure everyone enjoyed it 
very much. 

Robert MacSwain 

My Vacation 

I have already planned what I am to 
do during vacation. In the first place I 
am going to build some model airplanes 
and model boats. When they are built I 
am going to try them out, A few yards 
from my house is a pond called "Goldfish 
Pond" and I shall sail my boats in this 
pond. 

I expect to go on a trip for two o'' 
three days to visit my friends at Bradford, 
New Hampshire. 

Also, when I go to the movies I am 
going to pick out good wild west pictures 
to see. 

Allan Woodman 

Playing Marbles 

The game of marbles isa skillful game, 
for a player must make every shot count. 
If he is careless his opponent will quickly 
take advantage and probably win. The 
game is played by all the boys, and we 
use glass marbles, called "glassies". The 
most popular competitions are called 
"chase", "poison", "bunny in the hole", 
"pops", and "ringer". Most always the 
games are played under the Old Elm, but 
when it is raining we go to the Gymnasium. 

Karl G. Hulten 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Cboitipson's island Beacon 

Published Monthly by 

THE FARM AND TRADES SCHOOL 

Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor 

A PRIVATE SCHOOL FOR BOYS OF LIMITED 

MEANS. SUPPORTED BY ENDOWMENTS. 

TUITION FEES AND SUBSCRIPTIONS 



William D. DeLorie 
Robert English 



. - Editor 
Assoc. Editor 



Vol. 41 No. 1 



May 1937 



Subscription Price 



One Dollar Per Year 



BOARD OF MANAGERS 



Arthur Adams, President 
Edward Wigglesworth, Vice-President 
Tucker Daland, Secretary 
Augustus P. Loring, Jr., Treasurer 
Philip H. Theopo\d, Assistant Secretary 
Alfred C. Malm, Assistant Treasurer 



MANAGERS 

Charles P. Curtis 

Henry Jackson, M. D. 
George L. De Blois 
S. V. R. Crosby 

Gorham Brooks 

N. Penrose Hallowell 
Charles E. Mason 
Robert H. Gardiner 
Roger Pierce 

Philip S. Sears 

Walter B. Foster 

Alden B. Hefler 
Karl Adams 
Leverett Saltonstall 

Charles Wiggins, 2nd 

Edmund Q. Sylvester 
John L. Batchelder 

Moses Williams, Jr. 
William Alcott 

William M. Meacham 

Contributions may be mailed to 

Augustus P. Loring, Jr., Treasurer 
82 Devonshire Street, Boston 



This year marks the 80th anniversary 
of our band and is of historical significance 
not only to our school but should also be 
of Nation-wide interest. Our school had 
the first boys' band in America. Like the 
spread of other great and worthwhile 
movements little did its founders suspect 
that this little brass band would be the 
pioneer of the great nation-wide adoption 
of youth musical organizations. 

We hope shortly to present a short 
but comprehensive historical article of the 
development of the band at The Farm 
and Trades School. 

The Superintendent's diary of June 
29, 1859 relates: "A pleasant, but a very 
warm day. We left the island at 11^ 
A. M. for the city in the Steamer 
"Nantasket", it being the occasion of the 
boys' annual visit to the city. After 
passing through several streets, we visited 
the Aquarial Gardens in Bromfield Street, 
thence to the office of the "Traveller" 
where our band played from the balcony, 
creating a great sensation. We then went 
to the old Cradle of Liberty, had refresh- 
ments, etc., then to the Boston Atheneum 
to view the statuary and paintings, thence 
to the Common where we were kindly re- 
ceived by Capt. Partridge of the Boston 
Light Artillery and escorted within the 
lines, and seated ourselves in the shade of 
the noble elms which grace the Mall. 
We left the city at 6 o'clock, landed at 
Spectacle Island, and arrived at our home 
at dark, without an accident of any kind." 

The same source under date of June 
14, 1860 says: "A lovely day and the day 
for our visit to the city. We left island at 
8H A.M. Met Dea. Grant and others at 
the wharf in Boston. Went first to City 
Hall, where the Band played, and we 
were addressed by Alderman Clapp in the 
absence of the Mayor. Thence to Dea. 
Grant's home in Cambridge St. to rest and 
partake of lunch. At 11 o'clock two large 



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double cars took us out on the Cambridge 
Road as far as the Colleges, returning us 
in season for dinner at Faneuil Hall. At 
2|/2 we marched up State St. with Band 
playing and banner flying. Went into the 
Merchants Exchange where after various 
exercises, and playing more in the Street, 
we went to Bumpstead Hall to pay our 
respects to Gen. Tom Thumb, treating 
him in turn to some of our music. All 
enjoyed it much. Left the city at 5 o'clock 
and arrived home before 6. We had a 
good day and everything passed as 
pleasantly as we could wish." 

A Distinct Loss 

The passing of Walter M. Smith, dis- 
tinguished musician, on May 1, was a 
distinct loss. Known to millions through 
his nationally broadcast radio concerts he 
achieved fame and distinction as America's 
premier cornet soloist. He maintained a 
deep interest in the F. T. S. Band and 
assisted materially from time to time. As 
a friend he had no peer. We regret his 
passing, and extend our sympathy to his 
family. 

Topics in Brief 

Spring activities have proceeded 
smoothly. The boys have chosen their 
plots for individual flower gardens and 
have them well underway. The tennis 
court and baseball diamond have had their 
share of attention and are now in daily 
use. Cottage Row shareholders have com- 
menced getting their property in condition 
for an enjoyable summer season. 

Our Band has been very busy during 
the month. On April 23 the boys played 
a concert in Faneuil Hall which was suc- 
cessful in every way. Next month the Band 
will take part in the Massachusetts Music 
Festival at Lowell on May 15 and in the 
New England Music Festival at Gloucester 
on May 22. 



Patriot's Day was observed in a happy 
manner. Probably the principal event 
was the baseball game, opening the season 
on the Island. Two teams were organ- 
ized in the morning, and the resultant 
contest was backed with excellent play. 
Others enjoyed the day on the tennis court. 
A large group of the boys took part in a 
dodge ball contest. 

The Boy Scout troop passed second 
class cooking tests on April 18. This con- 
sists of preparing a meal in the open 
without the aid of utensils. Although most 
country boys can do this expertly our boys 
come principally from the cities and the 
experiences of some of the Scouts will long 
be remembered. Most of the members 
of our troop have now passed Tenderfoot 
and Second Class work and have begun 
studying for the First Class work. 

Three excursions to town took place 
during the month. One group attended 
the Vermont Association of Boston Sugar 
Party; another the motion picture 
"Maytime" while another group visited the 
huge Edison Electric Illuminating Compa- 
ny's plant at South Boston. 

The baseball schedule is made up of 
contests for six teams, and the first game 
was played on April 23. Manager S. V. R. 
Crosby gives trophies to the best player in 
each position, and a silver shield to the 
winning team. 

The farm work has progressed smoothly 
and many of the crops are already in the 
ground. The range for the poultry has 
been laid out and additional pasture land 
fenced off for the cattle. Extensive repairs 
have been made on the roof of the main 
barn, and minor ones on the roof of the 
storage barn. 

Adjustments and repairs have been 
made on the steam traps throughout our 
heating system. 



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Calendar 50 Years Ago, April 1887 

As Kept by the Superintendent 

1 Monthly report. Boys in school, 
ninety-eight. Admitted during the quarter: 
Homer Frye Thatcher, Frank Patten 
Wilcox, Wm. Bird Winters, and Charles 
Lord. Discharged Stephen Grover and 
Ed. Chas. Colson. There has been no 
sickness to mention during the quarter. 

2. Another severe storm from the N. 
E., thick snow. 

12. To town. Paid many bills. Went 
to East Boston to see about sawdust for 
our ice. 

20. Went to Natick this P.M. taking 
Wm. Morse Ackers to Mr Baker, a small 
farmer who lives a mile north of the 
Depot. Quite a pleasant place, I should 
judge. 

26 Went to city to get the Dr. for 
Edna Haskins who is quite ill. Dr. 
Homans came in P. M. 

27 Two masons and tender at work on 
resetting boilers in the laundry. Two 
plumber came to fix pumps, etc. Two 
painters to work on steamer. 

29 2 masons, 1 tender, and 2 plumbers 
here. Mr. J. R. Morse came to instruct 
band. 

30 Trim took our steamer over to the 
Club Wharf where the boiler was filled 
with water and fixed so she came home 
under steam. Got some lumber for float- 
ing stage. 2 painters, 2 plumbers, and 2 
masons here. 



Calendar 90 Years Ago, April 1847 

As Kept by the Superintendent 

13. Hiram W. Ordway, by direction 
of his parents, was sent toKittredge& 
Loring's factory in Bellingham. Received 
a visit from Mrs. Pickering and Mrs. 
Penhallow (;f Portsmouth. 

16. Admitted Alfred Spaulding and 
Ephraim Phillips, both of Boston. 



25. Received a visit from Messrs. J. I. 
Bowditch and S. E. Brackett, the latter of 
whom addressed the boys. 

26. E. C. Deming cut the boys' hair. 
28. Sowed onions, parsnips and beets. 
30. Moses Grant, Esq., with the friends 

of the boys made a visit in the steamer 
Mayflower, being the first steamboat visit 
this season. Caleb Bates, Esq. of Hingham 
stopped over night and addressed the boys 
the next day. Admitted Benj. Goldman 
and Michael McMahan. 

April Meteorology 

Maximum Temperature 70° on the 
fourteenth. 

Minimum Temperature 32° on the 
first. 

Mean Temperature for the month 
46°. 

Seven clear days, six partly cloudy, 
and seventeen cloudy. 

The Farm and Trades School Bank 

Statement, April 30, 1937 
RESOURCES 

Savings Bank $1192.88 



Cash 



82.72 





$1275.60 


LIABILITIES 




Boys' Deposits .... 


. $468.91 


Trading Co. Deposits . . 


. 554.13 


Cottage Row Deposits 


4.01 


Photo Company Deposits 


36.04 


Surplus 


. . 212.51 



$1275.60 

Moonlight 

Have you ever watched the moon 
rise over a beautiful lake on a clear 
summer night? It is a very pretty sight. 

Let us imagine we are seated on the 
shore of a Jarjie lake somewhere in 
Vermont. At the further end of this lake 
large pine trees come to the water's edge. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



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A few miles back we see a large mountain 
range already turning purple as the clear 
summer night creeps into the sky. 

While we are are watching the 
shadows lengthen we notice a little speck 
of golden light begin to creep over the 
top of the mountain. We watch this light 
keep growing in intensity until the moon 
rises complete in its golden splendor. It 
shines its light down upon the waters of 
the lake, which are slightly ruffled from 
the summer breeze. Soon we notice its 
rays upon the beach, making the sand 
look like millions of tiny jewels. 

George F. Connors 

The Marathon Finish 
It was a recent April 19th, Patriot's 
Day, and the time of the B. A. A. Mara- 
thon. I was waiting at the corner of 
Exeter Street, where the finish of the race 
is located. I always like to watch mara- 
thons, and to study the expressions on 
the faces of the various runners. The 
crowd began to get restless, and I was 
tired. Someone shouted that the runners 
would never finish. Then a large auto- 
mobile came by, and a man in the car 
announced that the leader was coming 
down Commonwealth Avenue. That 
meant about ten minutes more to wait. 
In just about that time John Kelly, No. 1, 
of Arlington, was coming up Exeter 
Street. The crowd cheered enthusiastical- 
ly and noisily. One could see that he 
was making great effort to finish. It 
seemed that he barely had strength enough 
to carry him across the line. His face 
carried an exhausted expression, but one 
could see that he was happy. 

Charles Grant 

Graduating Class Banquet 
On April 15 the Graduating Class 
held a banquet, which was attended by 
President Arthur Adams, the Faculty and 



members of the Freshman and Junior 
classes. 

The Class, with the guests assembled 
in Chapel, where a program was staged 
by the members of the Graduating Class. 
There were skits, instrumental solos and 
specialties. A brief period of dancing 
followed. 

We then passed to the dining room 
where the banquet was held. The room 
was cleverly decorated and arranged by 
the entertainment committee. The menu 
was selected after many class discussions, 
and everyone felt that a very fine choice 
was made. 

A few representative members of the 
three upper classes spoke and were follow- 
ed by Headmaster Meacham aud some 
faculty members. To put a happy con- 
clusion on the event President Adams was 
asked to address the class, which he did in 
a most interesting manner. 

William D. DeLorie 



The Jester's Comments 
— Baseball being what it is, and the um- 
pires being subjected to occasional bruises, 
Charlie Pecce offers a new and decidedly 
novel idea for umpire protection. During 
the winter our hydrants are covered with 
a round wooden structure, equipped with 
holes for coupling hose. Charlie thinks 
that one of these small hydrant houses 
might be placed behind the pitcher's box 
for the protection of the umpire. The 
official could repose snugly in the structure, 
with a comfortable chair and a light lunch 
from time to time. The peepholes give a 
clear vision of each base. 

Maybe Charlie has never heard, but 
in the early days of baseball the umpire 
was provided with a soft - seated rocking 
chair placed near third base. In those days 
decisions were made by a sweep of the um- 
pire's cane. 



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Cbe fllumni Bssociation of Cbc Tarm and trades School 



Howard B. Ellis, '98 President 

Dorchester, Mass. 
Harold W. Edwards, "97, Treasurer 
Arlington, Mass. 



WiLLls M. Smith, '22, Vice-President 
Somerville, Mass. 



Mfrton p. Ellis, '97. Secretary 
77 Summrr Street. Boston 
G. George Larsson, '17. Historian 
Hyde Park, Mass. 



WiLLARD G. SCHROEDER, '24, is now 
Stationed at the Telephone Office, Fort 
George Wright, Spokane, Washington. 

John R. MacDonald '35. who has 
done so well in every way since his gradu- 
ation from F. T. S. finished 14th from a 
large field in the recent ten mile mara- 
thon. This graduate has made an excel- 
lent record at Weston High School, and 
we are proud of his achievements. Maybe 
we have another marathon champion in 
the making. 

Clarence H. DeMar '03, was ac- 
corded a tremendous reception as he gave 
another splendid exhibition in the B.A.A. 
Marathon on Patriot's Day. 

James A. Paley, '24, is a member 
of the group trained to administer First 
Aid at the many huge projects being under- 
taken by the W. P. A. administration. 

IVERS E. WiNMILL, '25, was recently 
appointed to the Boston Police De- 
partment. Competitive examinations were 
given a list of candidates and this graduate 
received a high rating. His home address 
is 67 Moreland Street, Roxbury, Mass. 
Our other two graduates, who are members 
of the Police Department, Inspector Lieut. 
William LeBlanc '97, and Franklin 
Gunning, '14, have received transfers. 
Lieut. LeBlanc is now at the Jamaica 
Plain station and Traffic Officer GUNNING 
is now stationed at Tremont and Beacon 
Streets. 

Jesse Mann, '35, visited us over the 
weekend of April 23. He lives in Norfolk, 
Mass., and is now preparing to graduate 
from Walpole High School, where he is 
a Senior. 



Allen B. Scott, '30, writes interest- 
ingly of his work at the New Colonial 
Hotel, in Washington D. C. He is acting 
as assistant to the steward. His home 
is 1116 F Street, N. E., Washington, D.C. 

One of our Florida graduates, Mr. 
Edward A. Moore recently wrote at 
some length of his activites in Florida. 
He is kept busy as Chairman of the Water 
Board and Street Committee in Inter- 
lachen, where he was formerly Mayor. 
He is also Deputy Sheriff of Putman 
County and Administrator of Estates. 
He is looking forward to coming North 
this summer and visiting the School. 

Jack Hobson '27, has recently been 
in the hospital for a serious operation. 
His home address is 31 Power St. Norton, 
Mass., and would no doubt appreciate 
letters from his schoolmates. 

William Mumford, '74, manager 
of the Shedd Farm, Hillsboro, New 
Hampshire, died in that town on January 
30. 

Mr. Mumford gave to the Shed 
Farm a period of service which is out- 
standing. In 1879 he entered the employ 
of the farm as hired man, and worked 
there countinuously until his death. 

Mr. Shedd the owner of the farm 
died in 1916 and the management of the 
farm was then given to Mr. Mumford. 
Miss Estelle Shedd and Mrs. Elmer S. 
Evans, daughters of the owner, continued 
to operate the farm. 

Mr. Mumford's parents, who were of 
English birth, were married in Boston by 
the celebrated Theodore Parker in 1856 
and their son was born there April 8, 1858. 




Vol. 41 No. 2 Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. June 1937 

Entered November 3, 1903 at Boston. Mass., as Second Class matter, nnder Act of Congress, of July 6, 1874 



In Appreciation 

The Band has enjoyed four excursions 
recently, through the kindness of our 
friends. We have undertaken to thank 
each of those who thoughtfully and gener- 
ously contributed to the Band Fund. This 
was impossible in some cases, because of 
anonymous gifts. We appreciate greatly 
the full response, and take this method of 
saying "Thank You" to all those who 
assisted in any way in making the 1937 
Band Fund a complete success. The 
spirit and helpful cooperation of our 
friends has been a source of great inspi- 
ration to the boys, and to everyone 
connected with the school. 



The Band Excursions 
The Band has enjoyed four trips to 
town recently, made possible by the 
kindness of friends of the school, whose 
contributions were ample in providing the 
necessary expenses. 

The first of these trips was to Faneuil 
Hall, where the annual spring concert was 
played on April 23. The last issue of the 
Beacon contained an article about this 
concert, and the program. Since then 
praise has been continuously heaped upon 
the Band for its very finished musicianship 
displayed at the concert. It is a privilege 
to print on page four a letter from the 
Board of Managers commending the boys. 



On May 15 the Band went to Lowell 
to participate in the Massachusetts School 
Music Festival. There were assembled in 
Lowell the finest school bands, orchestras 
and choral groups in the state. Our boys 
were rated highly by our Judge who was 
especially thrilled by the performance of 
our trombone section. On his report he 
stated that this section was "the finest 
school band section he has ever heard." 
Our solo cornet player was also highly 
praised. The various units paraded in the 
afternoon, and because of threatening 
weather, the closing features were conduct- 
ed in the very fine municipal auditorium. 
This building was thronged with spectators, 
anxious to see and hear the young mu. 
sicians. Our boys staged a drill exhibition 
which was warmly received. 

On May 22 the Band took part in the 
New England Festival, in Gloucester. 
This included the finest school bands from 
the New England states. We played in the 
splendid high school auditorium before a 
nationally known music critic. It was our 
great pleasure to receive from this critic a 
rating of Superior. This was the very 
highest rating possible, and we were happy 
that our Band was so highly successful. 
The Brass Quartet took part in the 
ensemble division playing the "Recession- 
al" of DeKoven. They were judged as 
Superior, an honor rating. The judge 

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Joyce Easter Meacham Competition 

Some ten or twelve years ago a plan 
was inaugurated to provide a regular track 
meet on Memorial Day. This proved to 
be very popular with the boys, and the 
experiences of the early years proved valu- 
able so that the meet was continually im- 
proved. The chief objection was the fact 
that it was difficult to organize two teams 
and provide good opportunity for partici- 
pation by the younger boys. This object- 
ion was overcome last year. Four groups 
were organized, the Varsity and Senior 
and the Junior and Cubs. As the names 
indicate the boys were grouped according 
to age and ability. The 1936 meet was a 
tremendous success, and proved that the 
difficulties and objections of other plans 
were at last overcome. 

This year, on Memorial Day, the 
same plan was followed. The events com- 
menced early in the morning and contin- 
ued throughout the day. Ten events were 
programmed, and each class operated in- 
dependently of the others. Points were 
awarded for the first five in each race or 
competion, and prizes were given any 
contestant finishing among the first three 
in any event. 

When the meet was over and the fig- 
ures averaged for the day it was found 
that Charles Pecce was the outstanding 
athlete of the day by winning 48.5 points 
in his class, the Cubs. 

The Varsity meet was won by Raym- 
ond L. Beck, Jr., with a total of 40 points. 
He had five first places, and finished in 
every event. William D. DeLorie finished 
second, with a total of 20 points. He 
placed in seven of the ten events. 

The Senior meet was won by Thomas 
S. D'Intinosanto who had 25 points. He 
placed in eight of the ten events. How- 
ard Colpitts was awarded second place. 
He earned a place in each event he ent- 
ered, and had a total of 14 points. 



The Junior meet was the hardest 
fought. Frederick W. Russell had 30.5 
points to lead the field. He finished first 
three times, and tied for first in another. 
In all he placed in eight of the events. 
Richard Martin finished second with 27 
points. He placed in eight of the ten 
events. 

The Cubs were led by Charles Pecce, 
who had eight first places, tied for first in 
another, and finished second in the other 
event for a total of 48.5 points. Winthrop 
Davidson with 20 points was declared sec- 
ond place winner. 

Others who did well in the track and 
field competition included: 

Randolph English 

David Kenvin 

Weston Page 

Lewis Goodwin 

Francis Sheldon 

Arthur Hammond 

William Brewer 

Charles Grant 

George Davis 

Edgar Aldrich 

Warren Danner 

Murdock Moore 

Harold Malmgren 

William Pratt 

As was stated in the opening para- 
graph, the contestants who placed in either 
of the first three places were given a prize. 
The principal objective of the boys how- 
ever, was to win a Joyce Easter Meacham 
trophy. These were given the two boys 
who earned the most points in each group. 
These trophy winners were: 

Raymond L. Beck 

Howard M. Colpitts 

Winthrop Davidson 

William D. DeLorie 

Thomas S. D'Intinosanto 

Richard A. Martin 

Charles A. Pecce 

Frederick W. Russell 

The meet was a complete success and 
all who had a part feel satisfied in every 
way. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



First Friends' Day 

The first Friends' Day of the 1937 
season was looked forward to by the boys 
for a long time and when the day finally 
came we were all very happy and excited. 
The weather was fine and it was very hard 
to keep our minds on our work during 
the morning. 

About one o'clock we went to the 
locker room and got out our best suits 
and dressed carefully and then we hurried 
to the wharf. The boat was seen coming 
and the band began to play. Everyone 
could hardly wait for it to land. 

Our time with our friends passed by 
swiftly and I never realized time could go 
so very quickly. We took our friends to 
the wharf and as the boat sailed for Boston 
we gave three cheers and a tiger. With 
much waving of hands it was swiftly out 
of our sight and we returned to the house 
happy and gay. I hope each Friends' 
Day is as nice as this one was. 

Robert J. English 

Type Was Made to Read 

By Berton Braley 
"Type," said the Foreman, "was made to read, 
And that is a maxim it's well to heed, 
For the printer frequently gets a start 
With a craze for 'beauty,' a bug for 'art,' 
Which holds him fast in a fearful gripe 
And keeps him trying mad stunts with type. 
With seventeen fonts and seventy styles 
And borders by thousands and rules by miles. 

"Type," said the Foreman, "was made to read. 
But the printer, oftentimes, in his greed 
For novel features and 'class' and 'tone,' 
Forgets this fact he has always known 
And sends out work that is fine to see 
As 'smart' and 'natty* as it can be, 
A job with a swagger and high-bred look. 
But as hard to read as a Chinese Book!" 

I have always liked this piece ever 
since I first saw it and set it up as a print- 
ing lesson. Now that I have noticed difl^er- 
ent printed matter carefull I yfind that it 



would seem that some things are printed 
to teach people something and all they do 
is puzzle them. All this because some- 
one thinks that something fancy will catch 
the eye. 

William E. Brewer, Jr. 

A Straight Tip 



When someone seems determined to 
be disagreeable and bother you — 

When you do not know which way to 
turn to avoid an argument or escape a 
quarrel, — here are some suggestions which 
may help the situation: 

Don't talk back — remain silent. 

Restraining your tongue is not only 
good self discipline, but also it effectively 
stops an argument and preserves your self 
respect. 

Two people may fall and at first only 
one be at fault, but if the quarrel keeps up, 
both become guilty. 

The real reason a quarrel continues is 
because both parties are weak. 

Put it this way: When two people 
keep up a fight, the one with the most 
sense is the most to blame. 

The Dogs on the Island 
There are six dogs on the island and 
they are all great pets of the boys. The 
oldest one has been here for eleven years 
and is now very old for a dog but she is 
liked by everyone. Her name is"Trixie." 
The largest dog on the island by far 
is "Lady," a Newfoundland which belongs 
to Mr. Meacham. She is just a pup but 
she is very large and quite full of fun. 

The other four dogs are all Rat 
Terriers and they are running everywhere 
most of the time. They are very good 
natured and their only fault is that they 
seem to have to bark all the time to keep 
their courage up. The names of these 
dogs according to age are; Trixie, Webbie, 
Judy, and Lassie. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Cbompsoit's Island Beacon 

Published Monthly by 

THE FARM AND TRADES SCHOOL 

Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor 

A PRIVATE SCHOOL FOR BOYS OF LIMITED 

MEANS. SUPPORTED BY ENDOWMENTS. 

TUITION FEES AND SUBSCRIPTIONS. 



William D. DeLorie 
Robert English 



• • Editor 
Assoc. Editor 



Vol.41 No. 2 



lune 



1937 



Subscription Price 



One Dollar Per Year 



BOARD OF MANAGERS 



Arthur Adams, President 
Edward Wigglesworth, Vice-President 
Tucker Daland, Secretary 
Augustus P. Loring, Jr., Treasuret 
Philip H. Thcox>o\<i, Assistant Secretary 
Alfred C. Malm, Assistant Treasurer 

MANAGERS 

Charles P. Curtis 

Henry Jackson, M. D. 
George L. De Blois 
S. V. R. Crosby 

Gorham Brooks 

N. Penrose Hallowell 
Charles E. Mason 
Robert H. Gardiner 
Roger Pierce 

Philip S. Sears 

Walter B. Foster 

Alden B. Hefler 
Karl Adams 
Leverett Saltonstall 

Charles Wiggins, 2nd 

Edmund Q. Sylvester 
John L. Batchelder 

Moses Williams, Jr. 
William Alcott 

William M. Meacham 

Contributions may be mailed to 

Augustus P. Loring, Jr., Treasurer 

82 Devonshire Street, Boston 



At the meeting of the Board of Man- 
agers held on May 4 the work of the Band 
at the Spring Concert given in Faneuil 
Hall on April 23 was highly praised. As 
the result of this discussion it was voted 
that the Board write Headmaster Meacham 
offering congratulations. The letter speaks 
for itself and we are happy to print it. 

The letter, printed in its entirety, 
follows: 

Mr. William M. Meacham, Headmaster 
The Farm and Trades School 

My dear Mr. Meacham: 

At the meeting of the Board of 
Managers held this day, and on motion 
of Mr. Saltonstall, it was voted that the 
secretary write a letter to the school, 
complimenting the band on the splendid 
success of the concert given in Faneuil 
Hall, Boston, on April 23, and congratu- 
lating Mr. Frank L. Warren, director, 
and Mr. Clifton E. Albee, assistant di- 
rector upon the proficiency shown by the 
band in this department of school work. 

The members of the Board of 
Managers are proud of the Band and of 
its accomplishments. 

And in sending this message to you 
for the members of the band and the 
directors, may 1 take the opportunity to 
add my own personal congratulations as 
a former member of the band, and to 
express the opinion that not in the eighty 
years of the history of the band has it ever 
reached a higher plane of excellence than 
it occupies today. 

Very truly yours, 
William Alcott, 

Secretary protem 

Board of Managers 

The Farm and Trades School 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Topics in Brief 

Cottage Row Government has of- 
ficially commenced upon its summer 
season, and the cottages are being put into 
good condition. This unique feature of 
our school is most interesting to visitors, 
giving as it does, practical lessons in 
government policies. 

Seeds have been distributed and the 
annual competition for the individual 
flower gardens is well underway. Each 
boy selects a flower bed, plants what he 
likes, cares for the garden throughout the 
summer and at periodic times his work is 
noted. Prizes are given to those who do 
best in this splendid hobby. 

It was our pleasure to have Mr. John 
McNamara, manager of Station WBZ, as 
our guest on May 11. Upon learning 
that the eighth grade was engaged in a 
radio project he kindly volunteered to 
come to the island and assist. A series of 
thirty questions was prepared which Mr. 
McNamara answered. Nearly a hundred 
other queries were answered during the 
evening. We thank Mr. McNamara for 
a very pleasant and most instructive 
evening. 

Our annual war on mosquitoes has 
begun. These pests have been well con- 
trolled on the island but it is a continual 
eff"()rt to prevent the breeding of millions 
of them. We are annoyed mostly by the 
swarms which come to the island with 
every high breeze. We have taken care 
to see that there are no breeding places on 
the island. 

The Island is particularly beautiful at 
this time of year, and much has been ac- 
complished in the way of landscape garden- 
ing. A rock garden is being made at the 



north end of the front lawn. The Adams 
House grounds have been given attention. 
The gravelled areas and lawns about the 
buildings, and the innumerable flowerbeds 
have never appeared to such advantage. 

Major changes have taken place in 
the Main Building. The Ofiices are now 
located in the lower apartments, formerly 
occupied by the Headmaster and his 
family. The upper rooms are used for 
instructors' living quarters. The old 
ofiice makes an admirable sitting room. 
Altogether the erection of the Adams 
house has given us much needed room 
in the Main Building, eliminating the 
cramped conditions formerly experienced. 

A group of boys had the privilege of 
attending the circus at the Boston Garden 
on May 7. The performance, as usual, 
was especially good and greatly enjoyed. 
This was another in the series of recrea- 
tional excursions. 

The baseball season has progressed 
smoothly, and this grand game is played 
by nearly all the boys. Manager S. V. R. 
Crosby gives individual trophies to the 
best player in each position, and a silver 
shield to the team winning the champion- 
ship. The older boys have played three 
games, all closely contested and featured 
principally by good pitching. 

The young stock has been put to 
pasture for the summer. About fourteen 
head of cattle will remain pastured until 
cold weather sets in this fall. 

The Pilgrim III has been given its 
annual spring overhauling. The hull has 
been beached, scraped and painted. The 
decks have also been painted, as was the 
cabin interior. The original white paint 
in the cabin has been removed and the 
interior given a mahogany stain and 
varnished. The engine has been over- 
hauled where necessary. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Calendar 50 Years Ago, May 1887 

As Kept by the Superintendent 

2. Fine and calm. Two masons 
whitewashing and jobbing. Two plumbers 
on pumps and their connections. Two 
painters on desks, and drawers in clothes 
room. Two farmers came to work on 
farm. 

3. Monthly report. Discharged dur- 
ing the month of April: Fred'k Wm. 
Mason, Edward Fisher Teague and Wm. 
Morse Ackers. The same number of 
workmen as yesterday. 

7. The first Visitors Day of season. 
Managers Lyman, S. G, DeBlois, and 
Grew present. Had a lot of supplies 
come down on the boat. 

27. Mr. and Mrs. Merrill went to city 
in A.M. and back at 1 o'clock. Rev. 
Edward Osborne came at eve., and gave 
a very interesting entertainment of the 
life of our Saviour from stereoptical views. 
Very fine. 

28. A cold wet day. Mr. Osborne 
left this A. M. A bad time crossing. Went 
in the P. M. for lime and hair for new 
plastering of school room. 

31. Met Managers about painting 
and general repairs. Got oil, flour, etc. 

This has been a month of repairs be- 
ginning with laying up the boilers in the 
laundry, new cesspools or water drains 
were put in the laundry and boys' wash 
room, also 2 iron bath tubs, pumps fixed, 
new pipes put in, etc. The schoolroom 
completely renovated, seats newly varn- 
ished and marked. Drawers in clothes 
room newly marked and varnished. And 
much more is already laid out to be done 
in various places. It seems to be a year 
for general repairs. 

Calendar 90 Years Ago, May 1847 

As Kept by the Superintendent 

4. Six boys were discharged to-day: 



Joseph B. Rodriques, Domingos 
Rodriques, Charles S. Flanders, Lewis B. 
Soule, Horatio P. Newell, and Chris. 
Worster. The last named came back with 
the boat and left the next day. He has 
been a well behaved and efficient boy and 
during the year past had the charge of the 
boats and frequently been intrusted with 
business which has always been done 
correctly. 

7. Planted muskmellons. Today Ann 
Morrison came home from her school in 
Boston. 

20. Sowed carrots. 

22. Took up the drain through the 
flower garden. 

23. Received a visit from Mr. DeBlois, 
also Austin and John Kimanjo Wesley. 
Mr. DeBlois addressed the school and 
Wesley who is a native of Western Africa 
gave some account of the people of that 
country. 

24. Ann Morrison went to Mrs. 
Burrill's School, S. Boston, and the next 
day Augusta went to the game. 

36. Messrs. Belser & Houghton took 
a part of the hay sold to them. 

31. Moses Grant, Geo. H. Kuhn, B. 
A. Gould, and Francis Bacon, Esqrs., 
with the friends of the boys, made a visit 
to this island in the steamboat. 

The Farm and Trades School Bank 

Statement, May 31, 1937 
RESOURCES 

Savings Bank $1192.88 



Cash 



80.55 



LIABILITIES 

Boys' Deposits . . . . 
Trading Co. Deposits . . 
Cottage Row Deposits 
Photo Company Deposits 
Surplus 



$1273.43 

$479.46 

538.36 

4.01 

44.09 

207.51 

$1273.43 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



May Meteorology 

Maximum Temperature 92° on the 
thirty-first. 

Minimum Temperature 44° on the 
twelfth. 

Mean Temperature for the month 
61°. 

Nine clear days, eight partly cloudy, 
and fourteen cloudy. 

Working in the Dining Room 
Every boy takes his turn working in 
the dining room. I am working there 
now. There are five different jobs to do, 
and we each spend a week on each one. 
I am now dishwiper, and I do this work 
after dinner and also after supper. Alto- 
gether there are five of us who help in the 
dining room. 

Winthrop Davidson 

Tennis 

Tennis is a good sport after a player 
has practiced so he can play well. When 
a boy first begins to play he is liable to hit 
the ball most anywhere. 

Last year in the tournament I played 
Linwood Meacham, and came out ahead 
in the set. This year we are going to 
play again. We were well matched last 
year and we should have good sets this 
summer. 

John V. Johanson 

The Coronation 
Most of the boys listened to the 
crowning of King George VI and Queen 
Elizabeth. The broadcast was very clear. 
Such an event occurs so seldom, and is of 
such importance, that it is a great privilege 
to listen to one. All of the classes in the 
school were suspended so we could hear 
the clear description. 

Richard J. Nelson 



Outdoor sports 

About two weeks ago the equipment 
for outdoor spring sports was made ready 
for the track meet. The most used is the 
shot put. There are two of these, one 
for the older boys, and one for the 
smaller. 

Pole vaulting is another popular track 
sport. This takes much skill and practice 
before it can be done well. The boys in 
the upper classes are good at this, and the 
smaller boys are learning. 

Many are training for the cross 
country run, and the other shorter runs 
and dashes. 

Charles A. Pecce 

My First Day 
I am a boy who just came to this 
school. Some of the boys showed me 
around the island. I saw the pigs, cows, 
chickens, horses, bees and all the shops 
and other places. The school looks very 
interesting and I think I shall enjoy being 

here very much. Robert Ryerson 

The Jester's Comments 

— Just because "Ozzie" Page knows 
Lincoln's Gettysburg address is no reason 
why he should write him a letter. 

— Bill DeLorie and Ray Beck are open 
to challenges for a hopscotch contest. Both 
practice most diligently. We suggest that 
"Red" Chausse and Ray Hadfield accept 
the challenge. 

— "Fat" Simens, having returned from 
the wars at the City Hospital has already 
proceeded to enliven things a bit in the 
Senior Dormitory. 

— Charlie Averill and Ed Willey, those 
dignified members of the Graduating Class 
prepared speeches for presentation in a 
recent English class. The first named 
spoke on "Doorknobs" while the latter 
chose "The Ideal Root Beer" for his 
subject. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Cbe Jllttitini J1$$ociation of tbe Tarm and trades School 



Howard B. Ellis, '98 President 

Dorchester, Mass. 
Harold W. Edwards, '10, Treasurer 
Arlington, Mass. 



Willis M. Smith, '22, Vice-President 
Somerville, Mass. 



Merton p. Ellis. '97, Secretary 
77 Summer Street. Boston 
G. George Larsson, '17. HistoriaD 
Hyde Park, Mass. 



The Annual Meeting 

The annual meeting of the Alumni 
Association was held at 40 Court Street, 
on Wedensday May 12. President Howard 
B. Ellis was in the chair. Secretary Merton 
P. Ellis read the minutes of the last 
meeting, and later the reports of the 
Treasurer, Richard Bell Candy Fund 
Committee and the Historian's Report. 
These various reports were of unusual 
interest. 

Present from the school was Clifton E. 
Albee, who was requested to speak, 
particularly about the Band. Most of 
those present were present at the Faneuil 
Hall Concert and spoke highly of the 
splendid concert. 

Discussion was held pertaining to the 
Alumni Field Day and various problems 
were solved. 

Motion pictures of Florida were ex- 
hibited by Malcolm E. Cameron, who 
has entertained in that state during the 
past winter. 

The Band Excursions 

Concluded from Page 1 

added to his written report "Worthy of 
first rating. Very fine quartette. I want 
to say that the music work at this school 
is of a very high calibre and worthy of the 
highest commendation." In the soloist 
division, our cornet soloist, William C. 
Parsons, played the "Remembrance of 
Liberati" selection. He earned high praise 
from his Judge, who said, "Very good 



work technically and musically. Worthy 
of the first rank." 

It is especially important to note that 
we were the only band in our class which 
received a rating of "Superior". Bands 
are classed according to the size and age 
of the pupils, running from Class A for 
the large city high schools to Class E for ^ 

the smaller and younger schools. We are J 
in Class CC. *| 

The street parade and field exhibition 
were held as scheduled, in spite of weather 
which threatened to cancel some of the 
activities. We took part in these events, 
and the boys did their usual very fine work. 
The Gloucester festival, as well as the one 
held a week previously in Lowell, were 
carefully planned and both festivals were 
highly successful in every way. 

On May 28, through the invitation of 
Mr. Thomas Yawkey, the band attended 
the baseball game between Boston and i 

Washington, at Fenway Park. A concert i 

was played from two until three o'clock, y 1 
which was warmly received by the thous- 
ands assembled. The boys played occa- 
sionally during the game and drew praise 
from the crowd. Mr. Fred Hoey an- ^ 
nounced the Band over the network dur- ^ 
ing his description of the game, and we ^ 
thank him for his kind words. Needless ^ 
to say, the game was thoroughly enjoyed 
and we thank Mr. Yawkey of the Red Sox 
for the kind invitation. 

It is apparent that the spring has been 
a busy one for the Band. These fine trips 
would not have been possible except for 
the generosity of our friends. Everyone 
connected with the School is deeply grate- 
ful for the kindness shown. 




Vol. 41 No. 3 Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. July 1937 

Entered November 3. 1903 at Boston. Mass.. as Second Class matter, under Act of Congress, of Jaly 6. 1874 



Graduation 

Rev. Dana McLean Greeley, pastor 
of the Arlington Street Church, in Boston, 
gave the address of the day at the oc- 
casion of the Graduation Exercises on 
June 10. His address was the outstanding 
part of the program, and will be long re- 
membered, not only by the Graduating 
Class, but by the audience of about three 
hundred. 

In the purpose of achieving success in 
life, Mr. Greeley declared, the prime 
requisite was a good start, the right kind 
of a start. He paid tribute to the excel- 
lent training the class had received at this 
School. The theory that chance possibly 
has much to do with ultimate success was 
dispelled by Mr. Greeley who gave apt 
and compelling illustrations to prove his 
points. The desire to succeed depends 
primarily on the individual, and there are 
no limitations where the desire is present. 
Perseverance and concentration conquer 
all things, and where the will is present 
true success is assured, declared Mr. 
Greeley. The keynote of his address 
was reached when he spoke briefly about 
the class motto "We are the architects of 
our future." He praised this excellent 
mottp/and urged the class members to re- 
member it always. He closed his address 
by stating that the light of faith disperses 
all darkness, and that true success comes 



by fortitude and preparedness and not 
by chance. 

The diplomas were presented by 
President Arthur Adams. Fourteen boys 
were graduated. Six boys received sloyd 
diplomas, six forging, one received an 
agriculture diploma and certificates were 
awarded the seven members who com- 
pleted the Junior year of high school work. 

The Charles P. Curtis Mathematics 
Prizes were then awarded. Charles F. 
Averill, '37, and Eugene Proctor, '38 re- 
ceived them, they having earned the 
highest averages in this subject during the 
school year. These prizes of ten dollars 
each are to be awarded annually to the 
members of each of the two highest classes 
who has the highest average in mathe- 
matics. 

President Arthur Adams spoke con- 
cerning the progress of the school, and 
paid special tribute to Mr. Frank L. 
Warren, who has been Bandmaster since 
1923, and under whose direction the band 
has won high honors. 

At the conclusion one diploma re- 
mained unpresented and Mr. Adams an- 
nounced to the assemblage that it was his 
happy privilege to call Headmaster 
William M. Meacham to the stand so 
that the Headmaster's son, William, Jr., 
might receive the diploma from the hands 
of his father. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



The Class Banner ceremony was 
prettily enacted. This banner is symbolic 
of what the School represents, and was, in 
1925, given the school by Manager Waler 

B. Foster, 78. Each year at Graduation 
the banner is entrusted to to the president 
of the incoming class to hold and cherish. 
William D. DeLorie, the President of the 
Graijating Class presented it to George 
A. Krebs, Jr., who received it for the 
Class of 1938, of which he is President. 
The presentation speech and the speech 
of acceptance were very well given, and 
it is to be regretted that Manager Foster 
was unable to be present, for we are sure 
he would have been deeply impressed by 
the ceremony, even as all who were 
present. 

The program opened by the Class 
Processional, the music by Clifton E. 
Albee, '21 and the Class Marshall being 
Thomas C. Kenvin, '38. The Band 
followed by playing the overture "Scarlet 
Mask", by Zamecnik. Rev. William P. 
Green, who delivered the Bacalleaurate 
Sermon on June 6, then gave the Invo- 
cation. 

The Salutatory, was given by William 
F. Reagan, and was followed by an essay 
entitled, "Modern Washington," which 
contained a description of the principal 
buildings and plans for the newer ones. 
Following this William C. Burns gave a 
clever prophecy, in which only best and 
happy futures awaited the class members. 

William C. Burns, '37 and William 

C. Parsons, '36 then played a trumpet 
duet with the accompanient by the band. 
This piece was in the form of a polka, 
well played and enjoyed by everyone. 

The Class Will, in which the indivi- 
dual members of the class donated what- 
ever they wished was given by William 
M. Meacham, Jr. This gave a touch of 
humor to the proceedings. 

The Valedictory was given by William 



D. DeLorie. His essay was entitled "How 
the Printer Prints." The processes of or- 
dinary job printing were told clearly in a 
most interesting way. 

The exercises were held on the south 
lawn, a beautiful setting. All those who 
took part deserve great praise for their 
fine work. 

The members of the Graduating Class 
were: 

Charles Francis Averill 
Hudson David Brenner 
William Charters Burns 
William Daniel DeLorie 
Randolph St. Clair English 
Horace Evans Fader 
Russell Gilbert Jones 
Leonard Markley 
Arthur Elbridge Mathieu 
William Maxfield Meacham, Jr. 
William Francis Reagan 
John Christian Simens 
Edwin Lincoln Smith 
Edwin Cleve Willey 

Those receiving Sloyd Diplomas were: 

Raymond Marland Bean 
William Daniel DeLorie 
Thomas Charles Kenvin 
Leonard Markley 
Myron Alvin Pratt 

Those receiving Forging Diplomas 
were: 

Charles Francis Averill 
William Charters Burns 
Russell Gilbert Jones 
Leonard Markley 
Myles Standish 
Edwin Cleve Willey 

Those receiving Junior Year Certifi- 
cates were: " •- '■■ 

Raymond Lee Beck 
Norman Howard Chausse 
Lewis Chester Goodwin 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Francis Daniel McAulifFe 
William Chester Parsons 
Myles Standish 
Ralph Talbot 

Russell Gilbert Jones received a dip- 
loma for the four year agricultural course. 

The Officers of the Class of 1937 are: 
President: William D. DeLorie 
Vice President: William F. Reagan 
Secretary and Treasurer: William C. Burns 
Entertainment Committee 

Horace E. Fader: Chairman 
William M. Meacham, Jr. 
Charles F. Averill 
Randolph St. C. English 

The complete program was as follows: 

CLASS PROCESSIONAL Clifton E. Albee 

Thomas C. Kenvin, '38, Class Marshall 
OVERTURE— Scarlet Mask Zamecnik 

INVOCATION 

Rev. William P. Green 

SALUTATORY Modern Washington 

William F. Reagan 

CLASS PROPHECY 

William C. Burns 

CORNET DUET— Polka Caprice 

William C. Parsons William C. Burns 

CLASS WILL 

William M. Meacham, Jr. 

PRESENTATION OF SCHOOL BANNER 
William D. DeLorie, '37 George A. Krebs, '38 
VALEDICTORY How the Printer Prints 

William D. DeLorie 
INTRODUCTION OF SPEAKER 

Headmaster William M. Meacham 

ADDRESS 

Rev. Dana McLean Greeley 
PRESENTATION OF DIPLOMAS 
President Arthur Adams 
MARCH— Natianal Emblem E. E. Bagley 



Vacation Time at F. T. S. 

During the last few weeks the boys 
have been looking forward to vacation 
very much. Vacation time starts Gradu- 
ation Day and ends July 12, which is 
about 32 days. The boys do not go to 
school during this time and instead of 
going to school we work all morning and 
have all afternoon off. This is a new plan 
and I think it works very well. 

Certain boys leave to go on their va- 
cation Graduation Day and have as long 
a vacation as they have earned. Other 
boys leave on different dates and come 
back at different times. There are always 
enough boys left here to get the work 
done properly. 

The longest vacation this year is 23 
days which Weston Page has earned by 
being on the Headmasters List. Raymond 
Bean also has 21 days which is the second 
longest vacation. Boys with demerits have 
one week and boys that have under seven 
credits or no credits at all have nine days. 
Other boys have more days according to 
the amount of credits they have earned. 
The boys go home and see who they want 
and do what they please on their vacation 
but when they come back they must settle 
down to the rules and regulations of the 
school. 

The reason for such short vacation is 
that the boys only go to school half a 
day and we have to start school earlier 
than the public schools because of this. 

The boys usually all have a fine va- 
cation and I am looking forward to my 
vacation which is yet to come. 

Robert J. English 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Cbompson's island Beacon 

Published Monthly by 

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Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor 

A PRIVATE SCHOOL FOR BOYS OF LIMITED 

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Vol.41 No. 3 



July 1937 



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BOARD OF MANAGERS 



Arthur Adams, President 
Edward Wigglesworth, Vice-President 
Tucker Daland, Secretary 
Augustus P. Loring, Jr., Treasurer 
Philip H. Theopold, Assistant Secretary 
Alfred C. Malm, Assistant Treasurer 

MANAGERS 

Charles P. Curtis 

Henry Jackson, M. D. 
George L. De Blois 
S. V, R. Crosby 

Gorham Brooks 

N. Penrose Hallowell 
Charles E. Mason 
Robert H. Gardiner 
Roger Pierce 

Philip S. Sears 

Walter B. Foster 

Alden B. Hefler 
Karl Adams 
Leverett Saltonstall 

Charles Wiggins, 2nd 

Edmund Q. Sylvester 
John L. Batchelder 

Moses Williams, Jr. 
William Alcott 

William M. Meacham 



Contributions may be mailed to 

Augustus P. Loring, Jr., Treasurer 

82 Devonshire Street, Boston 



A Notable Trip 

Our Band has recently returned from 
a trip to Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, 
where it participated in the Fourth of July 
observance. Twenty-five of our youthful 
musicians made the trip. 

Arrangements for the trip were made 
by Dr. Leon Barrow, Commander of the 
Wolfeboro American Legion Post, the 
sponsor of the celebration. He was as- 
sisted by Mr. Roy Foster, chairman of the 
holiday program committee. Our band- 
master, Mr. Frank L. Warren, a personal 
friend of these gentlemen, supervised the j 
details of the excursion and he in turn was ^ 
aided by Clifton E. Albee, assistant director 
of the band. 

Our School is known to the Wolfe- 
boro townsfolk through association with 
many of our graduates who have attended 
school at Brewster Academy. One of our 
graduates operates a farm near Wolfeboro 
and another is in charge of Brewster Acad- 
emy buildings, equipment and grounds. 

The boys passed a very busy three 
days in the town. A fine modern bus 
was provided for transportation, and when 
the outskirts of the town was reached a 
delegation welcomed the Band. The boys 
then went swimming at a private beach. 
Proceeding into the town the boys were 
taken to the splendid Carpenter School 
building, which was their home during 
the tenure of the visit. i 

Meals were served in a restaurant and ^ 
were wholesome, well cooked and fine in ( 
every way, and the boys were delighted ' 
by the appetizing and nicely served food. 

During the afternoon the boys went 
on a tour of Lake Winnipesaukee via the 
fastest speedboat on the lake. To many, 
this was the high spot of the trip from the 
viewpoint of pure entertainment. 

Being located only a few minutes 
from the lake it was natural that swimming 



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should be of great popularity. And so it 
was. Most of the spare time was passed 
at the swimming beach. 

On Sunday evening the boys played 
a characteristic concert, including the two 
compositions which were studied during 
the winter for presentation at the school 
music festivals. The entire concert was an 
unqualified success. Soloists on the pro- 
gram were William Parsons, cornet; Hor- 
ace Fader, trombone; Charles Averill, 
Francis Sheldon and William Reagan, 
clarinetists. 

On Monday morning the band led 
the parade, which commenced at ten 
o'clock. At its conclusion Governor 
Murphy of New Hampshire was told 
briefly of the school and the boys played 
a selection for him. The Governor then 
gave a patriotic address which was partic- 
ularly effective. 

"A Day at the Races" with the Marx 
Brothers was the movie attraction and to 
which the boys were invited. This comedy 
was greatly enjoyed. 

At three o'clock a field drill was 
staged on the ball field. This was par- 
ticularly effective and such was the effect 
upon the audience that the drill was re- 
peated in the evening, this time in the 
town square. 

A baseball game was played in the 
afternoon between the town team and 
our boys. The town team, as is the case 
with many small town nines, proved to 
be a fine team. Our boys failed to do 
much with the opposing pitcher in the 
early innings. The crowds in the stands 
begged and pleaded for hits and finally 
the boys came through with some well 
placed blows. The final score was H-S 
with Wolfeboro in front. The boys did 
remarkably well when consideration is 
given to the fact that the Wolfeboro team 
was organized of much older players, and 
that our team was limited in ability to 



the boys who went on this band trip. 

The square was jammed that evening 
at 7:30 when the boys repeated their exhi- 
bition drill. The work of the boys was 
enthusiastically received and the crowd 
voiced its appreciation. 

The final concert and appearance of 
the band took place immediately following 
the drill. Here a program somewhat 
similar to that presented the previous night 
was given. In addition to some of the 
popular medleys some of the boys were 
brought up for individual presentation. 
Norman Chausse, tuba: William DeLorie, 
trombone; Myron Pratt, baritone; 
William Burns, cornet, and Warren 
Danner, perched high above the band 
with his cymbals all made a decided hit. 

The Band was most capably handled 
in its street work, drills and so forth by 
our youthful drum major, Thomas Kenvin. 
This lad has worked hard in striving to 
master the rudiments of drum majoring, 
and is making decided progress. 

A magnificent display of fireworks 
was given following the band concert, 
and all the boys had ideal seats. This 
was a pretty sight as Wolfeboro bay was 
crowded with boats from all over the lake 
and the many thousands of spectators 
were in holiday mood and attire. 

The Band was treated most generous- 
ly by the American Legion Post, and 
were in reality adopted by the town. 
Invitations to other activities were receiv- 
ed but it seemed best to terminate the 
trip on the following day, July 6. The 
boys were given an hour or two for a 
farewell swim in Winnipesaukee and then 
began the tour back to Thompson's Island. 

It was a splendid excursion for our 
boys. We feel proud of the excellent im- 
pression our Band made, and always 
makes. We are grateful to the Legionaires 
who conceived the excursion and so care- 
fully worked out the plan in our behalf. 



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Topics in Brief 

Graduation, proved as usual, to be 
of great interest. The Class of 1937 
was fortunate in having the Rev. Dana 
McLean Greeley, Pastor of the Arlington 
Street Church as the Speaker of the day. 
Fourteen boys were graduated. Academic 
honors went to William D. DeLorie, Vale- 
dictorian and William F. Reagan, Saluta- 
torian. 

Commodore Herbert M. Sears invited 
the School to a harbor sail on his beautiful 
yacht ''Constellation" on June 9. This 
excursion is an annual occurence, made 
possible because of the interest in the 
School of Commodore Sears and of his 
brother, Mr. Phillip S. Sears, who is a 
member of our Board of Managers. 

Headmaster and Mrs. Meacham invited 
the Graduating Class to a dinner party on 
June 15. For some years now this event 
has taken place annually and is an eagerly 
anticipated part of our Graduation Week. 
The Junior Class, comprised of seven 
post-graduates had a reception at the 
Headmaster's home on the following 
evening. 

Rev. William P. Green delivered 
the Baccalaureate Sermon to the Class of 
1937 at the Philips Congregational Church 
on June 6. The service was quiet and 
dignified and we thank the pastor for his 
inspiring address. The school brass 
quartet assisted with musical selections 

The summer vacation began on June 
fourth. From this date, through the next 
six weeks or so the boys will be home on 
vacations. These vacations range from a 
week to six weeks, depending entirely on 
the conduct, effort and class of the indivi- 
dual student. 



President Arthur Adams invited the 
Graduating Class to make an excursion to 
the Benson Animal Farm in Nashua, 
New Hampshire. The trip was made by 
bus, and proved to be highly interesting. 
A similar excursion is provided each grad- 
uating class as the personal gift of President 
Adams. The boys anticipate the trip for 
months and it is without doubt the most 
enjoyable part of our graduation calendar 
to the members of the graduating class. 

Last year a small group was selected 
to comprise the the Headmaster's List. 
These boys were given additional privil- 
eges and responsibilities. The plan was 
tried in the nature of an experiment and 
after a year of practice it is unanimously 
agreed that it is worthy of permanent in- 
stallation. The members of the Head- 
master's List for this year will be named 
soon, and will be selected according to 
age and previous conduct and effort 
achievments. This plan of giving the 
more responsible boys added privileges 
will prove a fine method of adjusting the 
students to accept more and greater re- 
sponsibilities which they are certain to 
encounter as they proceed to college age. 

The Recreational trip program which 
was inaugurated last year will be carried 
out even more fully this year. It is hoped 
that these excursions may be scheduled 
far enough in advance so that the boys' 
friends may participate in so far as poss- 
ible. Many parents and relatives of the 
boys enjoyed some of the outings last year 
with the boys and this year it is hoped 
that even more may be able to take part. 

The Alumni Association has supplied 
the Thompson's Island Boy Scout troop 
with six army tents, admirably suited to 
assist with our Scout work. We are grate- 
ful to the Alumni for the interest shown 
in this newly developed work. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Calendar 90 Years Ago, June 1847 

As Kept by the Superintendent 

7 Messr8. Marsh and Nottage came to 
see the buildings at the request of J. D. 
Williams, Esq. George H. Dennis and 
John W. Smith had permission to visit 
their friends in the city. John Hennery 
was admitted. 

12 James S. Kennedy, a former pupil, 
made us a visit. His manners and ap- 
pearance were such as to reflect credit on 
himself and the family with whom he re- 
sides. Dennis and Smith returned from 
their visit. 

14 Benj. A. Gould and Francis Bacon 
Esqrs., made a visit to the School and ex- 
amined the wharf with a view of extending 
it. 

24 The U. S. Surveyors took an obser- 
vation from the roof of the house. 

29 B. A. Gould, J. I. Bowditch, and 
R. W. Bayley, Esqrs., with a few of the 
friends of the boys visited the school in 
the steamer Mayflower. On account of 
the reception of the President of the United 
States by the authorities of Boston to-day 
but few of the boys' friends came to see 
them. 

30 The boys were allowed this as a 
holiday and supplied with figs and pine- 
apples. 

Calendar 50 Years Ago, June 1887 

As Kept by the Superintendent 

2 Rainy and foggy. Went to get meat, 
fish, potatoes, pictures, glass, paints, oils, 
etc. 

4 Mr. J. R. Morse came to give band 
lessons. 

7 The 2nd visiting day of the season. 
Managers Lyman, DeBlois, Bowditch, 
Eliot, and Parker present. 



8 Let Alden Brooks and Clarence 
Sidney Hefler return to their father, John 
C. Hefler, City. They are two nice little 
boys. 

29 Very warm indeed. Remained home. 
Mr. Chapman went to attend the exhi- 
bition of the Sherwin School of which my 
brothers Mr. Frank Appelton Morse is 
master, and Mr. John Ripley Morse is 
sub-master. Mr. C. enjoyed it much. 

30 Mr. and Mrs. Merrill went to city 
in A. M. Let boy Lind go to see his 
brother at Church Home. This has been 
another month of repairs: on new floor 
in lower playroom, new floors in two 
closets, repairs on new and old barn, etc. 
Tradesmen have had to be boated over 
every night and morning and waited upon 
continually. It is very tiresome. 



June Meteorology 

Maximum Temperature 74° on the 
thirty-first. 

Minimum Temperature 59° on the 
twelfth. 

Mean Temperature for the month 
66°. 

Five clear days, nine partly cloudy, 
and sixteen cloudy. 



The Farm and Trades School Bank 

Statement, May 31, 1937 
RESOURCES 

Savings Bank $1192.81 



Cash 



49.17 



LIABILITIES 

Boys' Deposits . . . . 
Trading Co. Deposits . . 
Cottage Row Deposits 
Photo Company Deposits 
Surplus 



$1242.05 

$435.37 

546.19 

4.01 

48.97 

207J1 

$1242.05 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Cbe Jllunini JlssocUtion of Che farm and trades School 



Howard B. Ellis, *98 Preeident 

Dorchester, Mass. 
Harold W. Edwards, '10, Treasurer 
Arlington, Mass. 



Willis M. S.viith, '22, Vice-President 
Somerville, Mass. 



Alumni Field Day 

"What is so rare as a day in June?" 
was the apt query of everyone who gath- 
ered at the Island on June 12 for the 
annual Alumni Field Day. The weather 
was ideal, one of those rare June days, 
which set the beauty of the Island off ad- 
mirably. The committee had endeavored 
to reach all the graduates, and the attend- 
ance was gratifying. 

Previous to the day, arrangements 
had been made to engage a boat for tran- 
sportation, rather than bother the school 
with this work. The "Francis" was hired 
and made the trips throughout the day. 

Although Graduation had preceded 
the Field Day, and most of the more ac- 
complished band boys were away from 
the Island the Alumni were met by the 
remainder of the band, which certainly 
made a good impression with its music. 
The graduates, with their friends were 
escorted to the Adams House, where 
Headmaster and Mrs. Meacham held 
open house, so that all might see this fine 
new building. Most of the graduates recall- 
ed that their signatures were imbedded 
into the cornerstone of this building. All 
were happy that this splendid building had 
been possible of erection. 

The group then assembled on the 
front lawn where short addresses were 
made by President Howard B. Ellis, Sec- 
retary Merton P. Ellis, and Will F. Davis, 
Chairman of the Committee. Headmaster 
Meacham spoke briefly and welcomed 
old and new alumni. Chairman Davis 
then spoke of the Scout troop on the 
Island and the Association promptly raised 
funds to provide the boys with six tents, a 
gift which is certainly appreciated by the 
Thompson's Island scout*. 



Merton P. Ellis. '97. Secretary 
77 Summer Street. Boston 
G. George Larsson, "17. Historian 
Hyde Park, Mass. 

Lunch was served on the North Lawn. 
Although nearly everyone had brought a 
generous box lunch, few could resist the 
temptation to have a serving of Thomp- 
son's Island beans, "best in the world" 
as one graduate remarked. Gallons of 
milk were served, also coffee. 

The baseball game provided much 
merriment. The married men evidently 
had been too long out of practice, or else 
the single men were too professional with 
the bat and ball. After an hour or so the 
single men became so weary of running 
around the bases that they were finally put 
out. Much fun was in evidence, both by 
the contestants as well as the spectators. 

The principal feature of the afternoon 
was the program of sports, games and 
races staged by the undergraduates. There 
were a wide variety including potato, crab, 
obstacle, three legged and other types of 
races. An impromptu amateur program 
was staged and some of the boys showed 
much talent. This included hill-billy mus- 
ic, baton twirling exhibition, tumbling and 
other entertaining features. The closing 
event was the pie race, without doubt the 
funniest feature of the day. Choice juicy 
blueberry pies were devoured without the 
use of hands or any kind of tools. The 
boys simply put their faces into the pies 
and went to work. A generous and ample 
list of prizes were awarded, and it is dou- 
btful if any entry failed to receive a prize. 

The presentation to Headmaster 
Meacham of funds to equip the scouts 
with tents was then made. Mr. Meacham 
thanked the group, and expressed his 
appreciation of the loyalty and devotion 
which the Alumni continually show to 
F. T. S. 

Regretfully the group then began 
leaving for the wharf, and the journey 
home. All agreed that the day could not 
have been improved upon, and all voted 
much deserved thanks to the committee 
in charge, which had made the excellent 
preparations which insured the happy 
occasion. 




Vol. 41 No. 4 Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. August 1937 

Entered November 3, 1903 at Boston. Mass.. as Second Class matter, under Act of Congress, of July 6, 1874 



Camping Out 

One day last week our Scoutmaster 
got all of the tents out and inspected each 
one. After they had all been fixed and 
made ready they were given out to the 
members of the scout troop. Each tent 
was for the use of three boys and we all 
were permitted to have a tent with our 
friends. These tents are just the right 
size to enable three boys to sleep in them 
comfortably and we were all excited over 
having a tent to call our own. 

That night at seven o'clock we each 
took our tent and set it up on the lawn by 
the laundry. Each group had their own 
to put up and as this was the first time 
many of us had ever erected one of them 
there were a number of mistakes made. 
We were all helped by those who knew 
how to put them up properly and it was 
only a short time befor they were all up. 
The tents were put up an even eight paces 
from each other and they made a pretty 
picture all standing along the lawn with 
the ocean for a background. 

At first we were to just put the tents 
up for practice but after we had them up 
we all wanted to sleep in them for the 
night. We formed a committee and 



asked our Scoutmaster if we could sleep 
in them for the night. Finally it was de- 
cided that we might and we all went to 
the dormitory and took the necessary 
blankets and other things that would be 
necessary. In about ten minutes we were 
all prepared to turn in and as first call 
sounded we entered our tents and got 
ready for sleep. By the time taps sounded 
we were all half asleep. 

About one o'clock we were all awak- 
ened by a yell from one of the tents and 
most of us went out to see what it was all 
about. Down the line of tents we were 
all surprised to see a break and no tent 
where we had seen one before we retired 
for the night. Another yell came and we 
could just make out where one of the tents 
had fallen down and it had fallen in such 
a way that those inside were having a hard 
job getting out from under it. We all 
pitched in and soon had it up again and 
all went to bed again to sleep until morn- 
ing. 

This was a fine experience for us and 
the next time we go out camping it will be 
much easier as we know now just what 
will be needed and all about the tents. 

The scouts on the island are all very 
grateful to the Alumni of the school for 
their help and cooperation in getting these 
tents for our use. 

Robert J. English 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Haying 

Haying is considered one of the hard- 
est jobs on the farm as it has to be done in 
the hot weather and right out in the sun. 
Usually the boys dislike this work very 
much, but this year for some unknown 
reason this work went off much better and 
easierthen ever before and all of the farm 
boys are very proud of their work. 

We have put in a little over one hun- 
dred tons of hay, and thanks to the tractor 
and other appliances for making it 
much easier for us to accomplish and 
in such a short time. This year we have 
the largest crop of hay that we have had 
for quite a number of years. One reason 
for this I think is the fact that with the 
tractor the loads are easily taken into the 
barn and the danger of their tipping over 
is very slight. When a team of horses are 
used the time taken in bringing the hay 
into the barn is much longer and even 
with the most careful care a few loads are 
always tipped over and much extra work 
is involved. 

Haying was started about June 8, and 
as this is the time that the boys begin to 
go on vacation we were rather short of 
help at times. However we finished July 
28, and this is considered good time when 
the haying weather has been taken into 
consideration. 

After reading this short article you 
will agree with me in saying that we have 
had a very successful haying season. 

Robert W. Woodman 

Making a Two Tube Radio 

The first step in making a radio is the 
construction plan. When this is finished 
you know what the radio will look like 
when you have it finished and also the 
parts you are going to need. 

After the plans are drawn you make 
the cabinet, then the work begins. On 
the front you have a tunning knob for 



your condenser, a switch to turn the radio 
on and off with, and a volume control to 
make it possible to get just the right power 
for tuning in a station. 

The parts needed for this type of 
radio are as follows; One tuning 
condenser, one volume control, a switch, 
two fixed condensers, a gridleake an audio ^ 
transformer, a coil and two lubes with |l 
sockets. After these are all installed in I 
the cabinet you connect the different parts. 
Then you are ready to connect the batteries 
and begin to test your set and make a few 
adjustments. You can usually get about 
ten stations on a radio of this size. 

Allan Woodman 

Baseball New^s 

Baseball is in full swing now and most 
of the boys are enjoying the games. The 
Club teams have played five games with 
Club A the victor four times and Club B 
once. These games have been very close 
and three of them have been decided by 
one run. It seems that Club A has been 
closing with a rush in the last few innings 
and have managed to score the winning 
run near the end of the game. 

We have played a number of choose 
up games and also one with the faculty. 
All in all I think that we are having one ^ 
of our better baseball years and that is the ™ 
way we like them. 

Weston O. Page 

Swimming 

Not very long ago the boy's swimming 
float was fixed and put into the water. The 
boys spend much of their time while 
swimming on this float as there is a spring 
board on it and most of the boys like to 
dive. We also have two ladders attached 
to the wharf and this makes it very easy 
to get back on the wharf after diving from 
it. 

Arthur M. Hammond 



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Ancient History 
Ancient History is the subject I like 
best of all. It seems to me interesting and 
exciting. In a way it is like a storybook. 
It is so interesting to me that I would like 
very much to go back into the year 4000 
B. C. to see just what life really was in 
those days. Their living conditions 
must have been a bit strange but it has all 
had a large part in the development of 
our present day standards. I should like 
very much to learn more concerning the 
Pharaohs in Egypt. These men were 
more than kings it seems and yet to really 
understand all about them it would take a 
lifetime of study and research. Without 
doubt the outstanding building feats were 
the building of the pyramids. It is esti- 
mated that it took 20,000 men 2000 years 
to build a pyramid. The greatest builder 
of these was Khufu who constructed the 
Great Pyramid at Gizeh. This is called 
"the greatest mass of masonry that has ever 
been put together by mortal man." Yes 
I can think of nothing better than to be 
permitted to study more about all of these 
ancient wonders of the world. 

Charles H. Grant 

Kittens 

There are a number of kittens on the 
Island and the boys have been having a 
great deal of fun with them. They have 
all received a name, and some of the 
names are: Garbo, Mike, Amos, Punch, 
and Blackie. They are all full of fun and 
are playing all the time. They all eat a 
great deal and they never seem to fill up. 
We all hope that they will stay small for a 
long time but each day they grow larger. 

Lionel Willey 



My Vacation 
One day I took a trip to Nantasket 
Beach on one of the boats that run from 
Boston to the beach. While there I went 
in swimming and also went on many of 
the amusements. I had a very fine time 
and I hope to go again next year on my 
vacation. 

William Schlegel 

A Trombone Solo 
Our bandmaster recently purchased a 
few trombone solos and so I decided to 
ask him if I might take one of them and 
learn to play it. The name of the piece 
that he gave me is, "Nellie Gray", with 
two variations. I have been practicing it 
for two weeks and hope to play it with 

the band soon. Warren O. Filz 

The Jester's Comments 

Percie Berry invites all to witness his 

exhibition of butterfly diving. Johnny 
Simens is his latest pupil. Both are get- 
ting ready for the water carnival, to be 
held soon. 

Thomas C. Kenvin receives so much 

mail from admirers that he tears many 
letters to shreds with one reading. We 
wonder whether or not Tommy answers 
all his mail. 

Eugene Emerson attempting to pro- 
nounce early French vocabularies sounds 
like a broken record. He who laughs 
last laughs best, though, and the fact is 
that Eugene has eclipsed many of his 
classmates in this subject, even though his 
attempts at French, as it should be spoken, 
provoke much fun. 

We congratulate Tom D'Intinosanto 

who, it seems is about to wrestle the 
beginners' swimming championship from 
Dave Moseley and Red Morton. 

"Today I am a man," said Johnny 

Dunn, as he left the laundry to help on 
the farm. Well, maybe! 



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Cbomp$on'$ Tsland Beacon 

Published Monthly by 

THE FARM AND TRADES SCHOOL 

Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor 

A PRIVATE SCHOOL FOR BOYS OF LIMITED 

MEANS. SUPPORTED BY ENDOWMENTS. 

TUITION FEES AND SUBSCRIPTIONS. 



William D. DeLorie 
Robert English 



- . Editor 
Assoc. Editor 



Vol.41 No. 4 



August 1937 



Subscription Price 



One Dollar Per Year 



BOARD OF MANAGERS 



Arthur Adams, President 
Edward Wiggles worth, Vice-President 
Tucker Daland, Secretary 
Augustus P. Loring, Jr., Treasurer 
Philip H. Theopold, Assistant Secretary 
Alfred C. Malm, Assistant Treasurer 

MANAGERS 

Charles P. Curtis 

Henry Jackson, M. D. 
George L. De Blois 
S. V. R. Crosby 

Gorham Brooks 

N. Penrose Hailowell 
Charles E. Mason 
Robert H. Gardiner 
Roger Pierce 

Philip S. Sears 

Walter B. Foster 
Alden B. Hefler 
Karl Adams 
Leverett Saltonstall 

Charles Wiggins, 2nd 

Edmund Q. Sylvester 
John L. Batchelder 

Moses Williams, Jr. 
William Alcott 

William M. Meacham 



Contributions may be mailed to 

Augustus P. Loring, Jr., Treasurer 

82 Devonshire Street, Boston 



We take considerable pride in re- 
lating certain facts concerning the addition 
of the third year of High School work 
which we added to our course of study a 
year ago. 

This change, of course, necessitated 
considerable thought and planning. It 
was a major change destined for great sue- ^ 
cess or a very mediocre failure. It was \ 
difficult to foresee just what the results 
would be. 

The addition to our course of this 
third year of high school work was made 
because more and more of our boys were 
demanding further education. Our gradu- 
ating class averages about twelve to four- 
teen members and it has been a consider- 
able problem for the boys to continue 
school. 

We have found that about half of 
each of our graduating classes wish to re- 
main here for the post-graduate work. 
To make this possible the curriculum has 
been rearranged. The boys who have 
developed strong liking for agriculture or 
some trade are given additional opportu- 
nity to specialize in these fields. Those fl| 
definitely preparing for college are guided 
towards this end. 

Definitely, we are proud to state that 
this addition to our course of study has 
been a decided success. Time will prove, 
we feel, the wisdom of our making this 
change. Everyone will agree, without 
qualifications of any kind, that this oppor- 
tunity will prove of great benefit to our 
graduating class members, who will be 
thus enabled to go on with further educa- 
tion which would not otherwise be 
possible. 



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Topics in Brief 

The third Friends' Day of the season 
took place on July 30. The visitors arr- 
ived on a steamer of the Nantasket 
Boston Steamboat Company shortly after 
two o'clock, leaving at about five o'clock. 
These days are of course very happy ones 
for the boys. 

Tennis has grown to tremendous po- 
pularity with the boys during the last five 
or six years. It was in 1933 that Ernest 
B. Walston, Principal of the School, in- 
augurated the policy of having annual 
tennis tournaments. These have con- 
tinued with great enthusiasm year after 
year. We have two meets, one for the 
boys fourteen years of age and younger 
and another for the older boys. More 
than fifty boys are participating this year, 
and the tournaments are well started and 
providing a great deal of interest. 

The American Red Cross series of 
Life Saving and First Aid lessons are being 
taught the boys by Raymond Thomas '26. 
Mr. Thomas passed the Senior Life Saving 
tests some years ago and his further study 
culminated with an intensive course of in- 
struction at the Red Cross Aquatic Camp 
last month. He is now a qualified exam- 
' iner and instructor in this subject. Most 
of the boys are taking this course and at 
its conclusion a pageant will be presented, 
staged entirely in the water. 

This has been a busy month for our 
farm, and much has been accomplished. 
Haying has taken much of the time, and 
ideal weather prevailed so that we com- 
pleted the haying on July 24, much sooner 
than other New England farms. More 
than 100 tons of hay has been taken into 
the barn. Our gardens have supplied us 
with peas, string beans, spinach, cucumbers 
and summer squash with other vegetables 
in ample quantities. 



We thank the Granite State News of 
Wolfeboro, N. H. for its fine articles per- 
taining to the recent trip of our band to 
Wolfeboro. Extra copies of the paper 
were sent so that the boys in the band 
might have them for their scrapbooks. 

The School year commenced on July 
13. The teaching staff remains the same 
with the exception of our principal, Ernest 
B. Walston, who is on a year's leave of 
absence doing graduate work at Harvard 
University. Mr. George Ronka will act 
as principal for this year, and Mrs. Ronka 
has been engaged to take Mr. Walston's 
place. With few exceptions, all of the 
boys were promoted, and the class work 
is now progressing smoothly and very 
efficiently. 

The Steamer Pilgrim has been sold, 
and was floated from her cradle on our 
beach on July 3. She has since been paint- 
ed and her new berth is at the South 
Boston Yacht Club. 

Our visitors are always impressed 
with the various flower gardens which add 
so much to the beauty of the Island. 
Most interesting, probably, is the section 
devoted to the individual gardens cared 
for by the boys. Each of the boys cultivate, 
plant and care for a small plot in which 
the entire project is dependent upon the 
initiative shown by the boys. A little later 
we shall print a list of those earning prizes 
for excellence in flower gardening. 

During the summer informal parties 
and games add to the enjoyment of our 
school life. Picnics on the beach are held 
often, and are generally followed by a 
swimming party. Occasionally baseball 
games are played in the evening by teams 
informally chosen. On July 28 one of 
these games was played between a boys' 
team and faculty team, and resulted in an 
8-7 victory for the latter. 



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Algebra 
The first subject that we have in 
school in the morning is Algebra which 
starts at 7:30 and ends at 8:15. This is my 
favorite subject and is taught by Mr. Ronka 
one of our teachers. Thus far I am doing 
fairly well in the subject and I hope to 
continue doing as well or even better, in 
order that I may have a chance to win the 
ten dollar prize which is given at the end 
of the year to the boy with the highest 
Algebra average. This money is given 
by Manager Charles P. Curtis who takes 
a great deal of interest in mathematics him- 
self and who wants the boys to become 
good mathematicians. The reason I find 
Algebra quite easy is because our teacher 
explains it to us very slowly and carefully 
then if we don't understand it he re- 
peats it again very slowly and clearly until 
it is understood by everyone in the class. 
I think that any boy that listens and pays 
good attention will find that learning 
Algebra is quite easy. 

Fredrick W. Russell 

Going to School 
I started to go to the Farm and Trades 
School this year. I study Arithmetic, 
English, History, Geography, Nature 
Study and Spelling. I think that I shall 
like to go to school here very much. 

Darwin C. Baird 

The Sewing Room 

As my first work on the Island I was 
sent to the Sewing Room and I like this 
work very much. The work here is very 
interesting and I am kept busy repairing 
all kinds of clothes. 

The jobs I do most of all are, to sew 
on buttons, fold mended clothes and take 
them to the Clothing Room where they 
are sorted and put in the boys numbers as 
they are needed. 

James St. Coeur 



Life Saving 

During the latter part of Jime Mr. 
Thomas our Supervisor went to a camp 
to get his examiners license for Life Saving. 
Shortly after he returned he started two 
Life Saving Classes. One of these classes 
is composed of the boys who have already 
taken Life Saving but are renewing it. 
The other class is made up of the boys 
who are taking this course for the first 
time. 

In Life Saving there are many holds 
and carries which must be learned. Some 
of these may never be used in rescue work 
but they must be learned in case of emer- 
gency. The main thing to remember 
when going after a victim is to keep your 
eyes on the person all the time and to be 
very careful in your approach that they do 
not have a chance to get hold of you. 

At the end of the classes Mr. Thomas 
hopes to hold a water carnival and all the 
boys are very excited about it as this is 
our first chance to be in any thing of this 
kind. 

George F. Connors 

A New Job 
Recently I was given the position of 
Clothing Room boy. My job is to handle 
all the clothes that come in and go out 
of the clothing room. I also fit each boy 
in the school twice a week with clean 
clothes. I am also in charge of the locker 
room and this means that I have to open 
it after each meal so the boys may get 
things from their lockers that they want, 
I also must see that the boys are out of 
the room in time for all lineups. At 
present I am rather busy getting the suit- 
cases all tagged and put into the proper 
place for their storage. 

Stephen Yinal 



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Calendar 50 Years Ago, July 1887 

As Kept by the Superintendent 

4. We had the usual Independence 
pow-wow to- Jay and a very fine display 
of fireworks in the evening. Mr. Willie 
Morse was with us. 

21. Visiting Day. Mr. and Mrs. 
Lyman, Managers G. L. DeBlois, Dexter 
and Grew were present. 

29. Very rainy in A.M. Mr. Merrill 
went away in P.M. Mr. Brown went over. 
Mr. Mitchell went over. Miss Carrie 
Hammond commenced work as chamber 
girl. Mr. AUard cut boys' hair. 

27. Went for box of blueberries for 
boys. This has been just as busy a month 
as any that preceded it. Plenty of work- 
men and repairs. 

Calendar 90 Years Ago, July 1847 

As Kept by the Superintendent 

4. William W. Fowler came to pass 
Independence with us. 

5. The boys of the school with 
Roskell and Fowler, two former pupils, 
made an excursion to a grove in Quincy, 
where they made themselves happy and 
amused themselves until the afternoon, 
when they returned to the Island where 
a good dinner was provided for them. 
Suitable refreshments were furnished them 
in the grove. William H. Frain another 
pupil was at the house on our return and 
on the next day George McDufT called to 
see us. He was a member of the school 
about five years since and is now learning 
a trade in Haverhill. 

11. The religious services were con- 
ducted by Moses Grant, Esq. 

18. B. A. Gould, Esq. and Rev. Mr. 
Carswell of Boston visited, the latter of 
whom addressed the School. George 
Lane was admitted. 

25. Mr. Ayer of Harvard University 
spoke to the boys. 

27. Jesse Bird, Esq. visited. 



July Meteorology 

Maximum Temperature 93° on the 
twenty-fourth. 

Minimum Temperature 62° on the 
thirteenth. 

Mean Temperature for the month 
69°. 

Eighteen clear days, six partly cloudy 
and seven cloudy. 



The Farm and Trades School Bank 

Statement, July 31, 1937 
RESOURCES 

Savings Bank $1192.8J 



Cash 



18.29 



LIABILITIES 

Boys' Deposits . . . . 
Trading Co. Deposits . . 
Cottage Row Deposits 
Photo Company Deposits 
Surplus 



$1211.17 

$427.42 

536.52 

4.01 

36.71 

206.51 

$1211.17 



The Gardens 
Many of the boys have the oppor- 
tunity of being able to grow and take care 
of a garden of their own. There are 
many different varieties of flowers used 
for boarders. Many of the boys have 
firebush for their border, while others 
use marigolds. When all the gardens are 
in bloom, they are very pretty with the 
many varied colors. Most of the boys 
water and cultivate their gardens before 
breakfast and also in the evening. Later 
in the year many prizes are awarded to 
the boys who have the best designed and 
best cared for gardens. When the boys 
receive the money for these prizes, they 
deposit it in the bank. 

Richard Martin 



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Cbc Jiluitinl Hssociation of Che farm and trades School 



Howard B. Ellis, '98 President 

Dorchester, Mass. 
Harold W. Edwards, '10, Treasurer 
Arlington, Mass. 

William E.Brown, '89 has written 
from Philadelphia. Most of his life has 
been spent on the sea. His shore leave in 
Boston has been very limited. Although 
he has passed by the Island numerous 
times he has not been able to visit us. 
He writes of hearing the band play as 
he came up the harbor. 

Clarence H. Colburn, '21 after 
having graduated from Alton N. H. high 
school and later the Uuiversity of New 
Hampshire where he specialized in Agri- 
culture, has been operating a farm at 
Alton for some years. He was an inter- 
ested spectator at Wolfeboro when the 
band made its excursion there last month. 

Albert A. Peterson, '21 has been 
recently appointed an umpire in a Boston 
twihght baseball league. He umpires a 
game each evening and enjoys this work. 

Robert W. Mitchell, '32 has ac- 
cepted a position with a very prominent 
Chicago television corporation, and will 
shortly leave for that city. For some 
years this graduate has been employed by 
the Norwood Press. He used his salary 
to further his education and has completed 
a number of advanced courses in radio- 
television so satisfactorily that this fine 
position was offered him. We extend our 
congratulations. 

Horace A. Taylor, '30 has recently 
begun work at Saco, Maine where he is 
employed on dam construction work. 

Russell G. Jones, '37 went to work 
shortly after graduation from here last 
June at Sutton, Mass., where he is em- 
ployed on a farm. 



Willis M. Smith, '22, Vice-President 
Somerville, Mass. 



Merton p. Ellis, '97, Secretary 
77 Summer Street. Boston 
G. George Larsson, '17. HistoriaD 
Hyde Park, Mass. 

Kenneth M. Caswell, '33 writes 
of his interesting experiences at the 
Massachusetts Army Reservation on Cape ^H 
Cod, where he is on a tour of camp duty ^ 
with the 101st Medical Regiment. Many I 

of our graduates enjoy the touch of military " 

life which the National Guard brings, and 
are enlisted with the various regiments. 

Francis D. McAuliffe, '36 is 
working for the summer at 11 Storer St. 
Kennebunk, Maine. 

Jack Hobson, '27 is recovering 
from a serious operation. His address is 
31 Power Street, Norton, Mass. It would 
be fine if a few of his classmates would 
write him, for a few cheerful letters would 
aid him greatly on the road back to health. 

John A. Paley, '29 is employed by 
the Cundy-Bettoney Company, Boston. 
This is a nationally known company 
manufacturing musical instruments. This 
graduate is doing carpentry work in the 
plant. 

Fredrick S. Very, '33 is employed ^ 
by the Buck Printing Company, and has ^ 
held this position for the past year. He 
enjoys his work, and is making a decided 
progress. He is one of the leaders in 
young people's work at the Ruggles Street 
Baptist Church. 

George Gerard, '86of Stoughton, 
advertising photographer, visited the 
school recently and took additional pic- 
tures for his Thompson's Island collection. 
He has a line album of F. T. S. pictures, 
and visits us each summer to take photo- 
graphs which will add interest to his col- 
lection. 




Vol. 41 No. 5 Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. Sept. 1937 

Entered November 3, 1903 at Boston, Mass.. as Second Class matter, under Act of Congress, of July 6, 1874 



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View From Observatory Hill 



Many of our readers have not had 
the opportunity to visit our School, and 
this picture gives an excellent conception 
of the size of the Island. About a third 
of the 157 acres which comprise Thomp- 
son's Island are shown. The shore line 
pictured is the West beach. 

The buildings in the illustrations are 
mainly farm structures, although the Main 



Building with its stately Bulfinch columns possible. 



may be seen on Mansion Hill. Most of 
the buildings are hidden in the foliage of 
the numerous groves of trees which dot 
the Island. 

The spaciousness of our Island gives 
us opportunity to develop many projects 
which would be impossible in less space. 
Every bit of our Isla nd campus is devoted 
to a worth-while educational project de- 
signed to give our boys the best training 



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2nd and 3rd Team Baseball Games 

After the first team games were played 
the second and third team games started. 
The boys were glad that the opportunity 
to play these games had come. The sec- 
ond team played its first game Tuesday 
August 17, in the evening. This was a 
hard fought contest in which Club B won 
by the score of 15-8. 

The third teams first game was played 
Thursday August 19. in the evening. 
This was a very closely contested game 
which found Club A winning by a late 
rally. 

The second game played by the 
second teams was played on Saturday 
August 21 in the afternoon. This game 
was a complete failure as far as Club B 
was concerned. We could not seem to 
get started and the final score was Club A 
25 and Club B 0. We have been practic- 
ing hard for the next game and we hope 
the Club A pitchers won't be as good as 
they were the last game. 

A great deal of interest is shown in 

these games and a number of the boys on 

these teams will be on the first teams next 

year. The batters seem to be ahead of 

the pitchers and the fielding is very bad at 

times but with practice we expect to have 

some excellent averages at the end of our 

season. 

Robert J. English 

Power House Notes 
We have been very busy repairing 
all month and now have things running 
well again. The pumps have all been 
packed and are now in first class order. 
New faucets have been installed where 
needed and now little if any water is lost. 
The coal in the bunker has lasted well 
this summer and is of a good grade. As 
a result the ash pile has not increased very 
rapidly. 

Thomas D'Intinosanto 



School 

I have been going to school for nine 
years now and each year I seem to like it 
better. Before I came to the Farm and 
Trades School I attended grammar school 
in Hanover, Massachusetts. When I grad- 
uated from there I came here. I have 
been at this school for three years now 
and hope to be here three more years. 

I like the school life here and also the 
fine home that it makes. Here I know 
that everything possible is being done for 
me and the folks here are all fine. The 
boys are lots of fun to play with and I 
would not be as happy anywhere else as I 
am here. 

Maxwell M. Clark 

Playing Ball-Tag 

Yesterday as I went up the gym stairs 
I heard boys laughing and shouting. Sud- 
denly I heard a bang. I looked up and saw 
that it was a screen that had fallen on the 
floor. Then a ball whizzed over my head. 
A boy came over and told me I would be 
it if 1 wanted to play tag with them. I 
said that I would like to play very much 
and I had to stand in a circle and try and 
hit the boys as they ran around the gym 
hiding anywhere they could. After a 
very trying time I managed to hit some- 
one else and then I had a chance to try 
and dodge the ball. Then after a time I 
was it again but just then another boy 
came up and he was it instead of me. 
We played (his game most of the after- 
noon and it was a great deal of fun. 

Robert A. MacSwain 

Fall 

It is becoming very obvious that fall 
is near as the leaves on the trees are be- 
ginning to turn and fall to the ground. It 
is always very pretty in the fall and I like 
this the best of any season of the year. 
The leaves and flowers are all turning 



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many different colors and there are a 
number of different shades of the same 
color and the contrasts are better than any 
man can make I think. Fall is just the 
opposite to the spring, as then all of the 
plants are coming up but in the fall they 
are starting to rest for the springtime. 
When fall comes winter can't be far be- 
hind and so you had better be getting all 
ready for old man winter with his chilling 
winds and snow. 

Eugene S. Emerson 

Hi-Li 

A number of the boys have a ball tied 
to a paddle with an elastic string. The 
object of this game is to see how many 
times you can have the ball hit the paddle 
without a miss. The boys are all interest- 
ed in this game and a number of them 
have become quite proficient in the game. 
The record to date is 500 times without a 
miss. All the boys are trying to better 
this mark and we hope to raise it to 1000. 

Warren A. Danner 

A Book I Have Read 
I have finished reading a book which 
1 borrowed from the Boston Public Library 
and the title of this book is "Beneath the 
Shadows of the Skyscrapers" which gives 
one the impression that the scene is laid 
in a large city, and this is true. 

The story tells of a brother and sister, 
who with their mother, are reduced to 
poverty by the death of their father. A 
gruff old lawyer proves his friendship by 
arranging for them to have rooms, even 
though these living accomodations were 
in the slums. The children soon become 
fast friends with an Italian family next 
door. They soon formed a club and 
helped capture a gang of smugglers. 

The book also gives a good description 
of life in the slums. 

Murdock C. Moore 



Hill Dill 

This is a game that all the boys like 
to play as the cool weather comes. This 
is a game that has a number of the same 
plays that football has. To start the game 
the players all race to a given line and the 
one that gets there last is it. He has to 
catch the boys as they run from one end 
of the field to the other. As the boys are 
caught they have to help catch the others. 
As soon as everyone is caught the game is 
over, 

Gerald J. Connor 

Our Horses 

Horses are not so important to our 
farm since we had an automobile and a 
tractor. Yet there is work which horses 
can do better than any of the machines. 

We have three horses, and a pony. 
They are named Frank, Tom and Ned. 
Ned is a western animal. The pony's 
name is Blackie. The boys all like to 
work with horses. 

Stanley C. Morton 

Scouting 
1 belong to Troop 1, Thompson's 
Island, B. S. A. What I like most about 
Scouting is that you are given an opportu- 
nity to learn about so many interesting 
things. We learn how to tie many kinds 
of knots, to build several different kinds of 
fires out-of-doors, how to set up tents, and 
nature study. I am working hard to pass 
my different tests so I will be able to do ad- 
vanced Merit Badge work. I am very in- 
terested in drawing, and I am going to 
try to earn a Merit Badge in this subject. 
Then I am going to study for one on 
Insect Life. My next goal will be a 
Merit Badge on Astronomy. 

William N. Dodge 



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Cboitipson's Island Beacon 



A Thought 

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volumes could be written, and the truth of 

which has been proved countless times 

much to our great satisfaction. This line, 

"For we have been prepared in many 

ways to face the world," has been sung by 

our boys with all the enthusiasm of youth 



Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor 

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One Dollar Per Year training they are receiving really prepares 
them to "Face the world". Truly the 
author, inspired by the valuable prepara- 
tion which our boys receive for a full life, 
had little difficulty in visioning the true 
worth of an F. T. S. training. 

Our courses in agriculture and trades, 
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occupations in which the pupils participate 
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value of which is proved day after day by 
our Alumni. Academically, our graduates 
are given full credit by other secondary 
schools and colleges and in many cases 
are considered superior because of the 
practical training they have received. 

How well The Farm and Trades 
School has prepared its boys "in many 
ways to face the world" may best be 
shown by the records of its graduates. 
Our Alumni are leaders in the fields of 
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In truth our graduates achieve such 
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Topics in Brief 

The Headmaster's List has been an- 
nounced, and is composed of seventeen 
boys. The Junior Class has six members 
on the list, the Sophomore Class has seven, 
the Freshman Class three , and the Eighth 
Grade one. The complete list of the boys 
so honored follows: 

Junior Class 

Charles Francis Averill 
William Daniel DeLorie 
Leonard Markley 
Arthur Elbridge Mathieu 
William Francis Reagan 
John Christian Simens 

Sophomore Class 

Raymond Marland Bean 
Eliot Bernard 
David William Kenvin 
Thomas Charles Kenvin 
Myron Alvin Pratt 
Weston Osgood Page 
Eugene Proctor 

Freshman Class 

William Joseph Bevans 
Howard Merrill Colpitts 
Murdock Clayton Moore 

Eighth Grade 

Raymond Beedle Harrington 

The Crosby baseball competition has 
come to its conclusion, with Club A win- 
ning the silver shield awarded annually by 
Manager S. V. R. Crosby. This team was 
captained by Weston O. Page and won 
five of the seven games played. Several 
of the games were of much interest. The 
other teams are still playing their series 
and the complete schedule will not be 
completed until Labor Day. 

We are installing a tank for fuel oil 
on the north lawn. It will be under- 
ground and oil will be pumped to it from 
the wharf . Oil used in our kitchen range 
and bakery oven will flow from the tank 



by gravity. The tank weighs 5000 pounds, 
is 18 feet long with a seven foot diameter. 
It will hold 5000 gallons. It was transport- 
ed to the Island on our freight barge. 

Rather an unusual occurence took 
place on August 12, the day when we had 
scheduled the Fourth Friend's Day of this 
season. On the evening preceding this 
date, a strike tied up the sailing schedule 
of the Nantasket-Boston Steamboat Com- 
pany, preventing the steamer from bring- 
ing the boys' friends to the Island. Head- 
master Meacham went to Rowe's Wharf 
and many of the boys' friends who had 
arrived there went to City Point where 
another boat had been engaged to trans- 
port them to the Island. Of course many 
of those who were planning to attend 
heard the news broadcasts regarding the 
strike and did not go to Rowe's Wharf, 
which is the Boston dock of the steamer 
line. The labor difficulties have been 
settled, and we hope that the season's 
schedule of visiting days will not be again 
disrupted. 

The course in Life Saving and First 
Aid has been completed. Most of the 
boys participated and satisfactorily passed 
the American Red Cross requirements. 
The tests included both Senior and Junior 
Life Saving requirements, as well as the 
various swimmers' tests. 

Our weekly assemblies commenced 
with the beginning of the summer term, 
and some fine programs have been pre- 
sented. One of the classes gave the story 
of Shakespeare's life and told of the meth- 
ods used in staging plays during that era. 
Another class dramatized the life of 
Christopher Columbus. Another program 
was based upon famous episodes in 
English Literature. 



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Work has begun on the changing of 
our heating system from high pressure to 
low pressure. This will be a big job. but 
when completed will be a distinct advant- 
age in many ways. The entire job is being 
done by contract with a Boston concern. 

Calendar 50 Years Ago, August 1887 

As Kept by the Superintendent 

2. Monthly Report. Number of 
boys in school ninety-four. Discharged 
during July Wm. Byrnes and Horatio 
Alphonus Colby. 

8. Mr. Merrill took charge of boys 
on turnip, cabbage pieces at south end 
today. 

11. The carpenters who have been 
here steadily for many weeks past left to- 
day for good, and we are glad. The 
painters and roofers are still here. 

12. Mr. John R. Morse came to drill 
the band. 

13. Sent Harold Brenton to Exeter 
to visit his mother. 

16. Mr. Merrill went to city to meet 
the managers. Boy came. Roy Robinson 
admitted. Mr. J. R. Morse came to drill 
the band. 

19. Visiting day. Manager Grew pres- 
ent. The boys sang "Sweeping Through 
the Gate" with fine effect and wiih band 
accompaniment. They also had a song 
with organ played by Mr. Merrill, -very 
good. 

27. The 60th anniversary of Mr. 
Morse's birth. Several friends visited us 
and we had a fine time all around. 

29. A girl came to instruct on our new 
Singer sewing machine. 

30. Fine day. Went up with the 
steamer for Messrs. Bowditch and Grew 
who took lunch and returned to city again 
at 1:45. Still the repairs go on. Painters 
and roofers still at work. 



Calendar 90 Years Ago, August 1847 

As Kept by the Superintendent 

1. John Bull, Esq. of Salem, ac- 
companied by his son, came and ad- 
dressed the school. 

2. Mr. Holmes of Plymouth came 
to see his brother. 

Hon. Theodore Lyman made a 
visit to the school. 

Sent the wool, the produce of the 
present year, to Royal H. Clafflin to be 
manufactured into cloth for the boys' use. 

10. Messrs. Grant, Gould and Bayley 
with the friends of the boys visited the 
school in the steamboat. Charles H. 
Stearns returned home with his grand- 
mother to Roxbury. Admitted Wm. J. 
Moulton and Charles Chadwick. Edward 
E. Souther visited his friends in Boston. 

14. Caleb Bates, Esq., of Hingham, 
brought his annual present of whortle- 
berries to the family and boys and on 
Sunday, the 15th, addressed the school. 

16. Mary Duffy was temporarily em- 
ployed in making bedding for the new 
bunks. 

19. Commenced digging a cellar at 
the hog house. 

20. B. A. Gould and Francis Bacon, 
Esqrs., visited the school. 

John Couch Esq., Lady, and 
Mrs. Yale from Connecticut made us a 
visit. 

Mr. S. E. Brackett with Mr. Cal- 
endar made us a visit and addressed the 
boys. 

August Meteorology 

Maximum Temperature 94° on the 
fourteenth. 

Minimum Temperature 62° on the 
first. 

Mean Temperature for the month 
71°. 

Fourteen clear days, eight partly clou- 
dy and eleven cloudy. 



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Repairing Band Music 

Recently we have gone over two sets 
of the band books and have repaired 
where necessary and also where the music 
has been torn beyond repair new music 
has been inserted. This must be done 
each year as the books are used a great 
deal both for individual practice and band 
rehearsals. We have three sets of march 
books and three sets of overture books. 
These books are played through at least 
once each year and in addition we use a 
large amount of music which is placed in 
folios for different concerts. It is quite a 
job to keep all of this music in repair and 
a great deal of time is involved doing this 
work. We have a band librarian who is 
responsible for the music and it is his job 
to have all the music that will be needed 
in the band hall for every practice session 
and for each concert. 

William D. DeLorie 

Weather 

During the past month the weather 
has been very changeable and quite diffi- 
cult to forecast. The first few days of the 
month were very hot and from this hot 
spell we were immediately given a rather 
cold spell. The cooler weather was wel- 
come except that it was also a wet spell 
and very raw and uncomfortable a large 
percentage of the time. A great deal of 
rain has fallen and it has done little good 
as far as the crops are concerned as we 
got it just a little too late in the season. 
We are now expecting a change in 
weather most any day now and it will be 
nice to be able to go swimming again. 
This has been quite the most changeable 
month this summer I think. 

Eugene Proctor 

When I Was Seasick 

My most painful recollection is the 
harbor cruise we had last summer. On 



that trip I got very seasick. There were 
long swells which made my head whirl 
like a top. It seemed as though I never 
would survive long enough to get on 
good earth again. The other boys laugh- 
ed and had a good time, but I certainly 
didn't. Afterbeing in this awful condition 
for hours and hours, it seemed to me, the 
cruise was over and we were tied up at 
our wharf. The boys tell me that most 
everyone gets seasick once, and since then 
I have been on several other trips without 
having anything but an enjoyable time. 

Leonard I. Scott 

A Comet 
One night not long ago the boys were 
looking up at the sky hunting for the 
comet which the newspapers had printed 
so many articles about. All of a sudden 
one of the boys said he could see it; we 
gathered around him and asked him to 
show us where it was. It was located just 
above the second star in the big dipper. 
After much discussion we were finally 
convinced. We were glad to see it, for 
it is a very rare sight. 

Winthrop Davidson 

Pilgrim III 

The Pilgrim III has recently had her 
engine rewired with a special wire made 
for marine engines. This wiring has been 
a big help and the engine has caused little 
trouble since having this done. 

The decks have had a new coat of 
paint and the hull has been scrubbed each 
day. The windows are washed with fresh 
water before each trip. 

New lines have been cut and bumpers, 
have been made from the old lines. 
These new lines are good to handle and 
we are glad that we have them now so 
that they will be well broken in before the 
cold weather comes. Several logs have 
been towed from south end for a new float. 

Leonard Markley 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Cbe Jflumni }1$$ociation of the Tarm and trades School 



Howard B. Ellis, "98 President 

Dorchester,. Mass. 
Harold W. Edwards, '10, Treasurer 

Arlington, Mass. 

We have received a fine letter from 
John P. Davis '36. During his vacation 
from school he is working at the Weirs, 
New Hampshire. With his earnings he 
has purchased a clarinet and is actively 
engaged in amateur musical work. Very 
shortly he will return to his studies at 
Laconia High School. 

Franklin M. Pierce '35, has com- 
pleted his high school work at Melrose, 
Massachusetts. He has had a busy time 
in school, being engaged in as much 
extra-curricular work as possible. His 
plans for the fall are uncertain. He lives 
at 71 W. Wyoming Avenue, Melrose. 

John R. MaCDONALD '35, is another 
of our high school graduates who received 
his diploma this year. He was busily 
engaged in all the activities which Weston 
High School ofTered. During his Senior 
year he had the leading part in "The 
Mikado", the music department's annua 
operetta. Known for his ability in ath 
letics, for he was a member of every var 
sity team, he decided to specialize in dist 
ance running last spring and finished wel 
in the Amateur Athletic Association's re 
cent ten mile race. 

Chester P. Lindgren '28 continues 
his work with a prominent Boston food 
concern, where he has been employed 
for about eight years. He visited us on 
the Alumni Field Day and had a happy 
time. He regrets his work keeps him 
from more frequent visits. 

Herbert A. Rokes, '34 is doing 
carpentry work in Framingham Mass. His 



Willis M. Smith, '22, Vice-President 
Somerville, Mass. 



Merton p. Ellis. '97. Secretary 
77 Summer Street. Boston 
G. George Larsson, '17, Historian 
Hyde Park, Mass. 

address is Edgell Rd., General Delivery, 
Framingham. 

Richard Hanson, '21, has been a 
member of the First Corps Cadet band 
for many years. He enjoys this touch of 
army life, and particularly the summer 
camp period. His address is 11 Rogers 
Avenue, Somerville. 

Russell G. Bartholomew, '36, 
is assisting his parents on their poultry 
farm at East Lempster, N. H. Mail 
addressed to that town will reach him. 

Carl A. Carlson, '28, is working 
at the Fore River Shipyard. Occasionally 
he has idle periods of a week or two and 
this time he devotes to the painting of 
buildings. He certainly keeps busy and 
enjoys it. His address is 63 Euston Road, 
Brighton, Mass. 

Theodore L, Vitty, '28, is em- 
ployed by a Boston insurance concern. 
He has built himself a private business in 
this line, devoting his spare time to study 
and practice of insurance methods. His 
home address is 28 Sweetster Street, 
Wakefield, Mass. 

Lewis C. Goodwin, '36, is working 
in Wellesley, This fall he is to attend 
high school. His home address is 90 
Lewis Street, Needham, Mass. 

James T. Ritchie, '36, and Norman 
H. Chausse, '36, were visitors at the 
school on a recent Friends' Day. Both 
have spent an excellent summer vacation 
according to their reports. 




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Entered November 3, 1903 at Boston. Mass., as Second Class matter, under Act of Congress, of July 6, 1874 



At Camp 

Our Boy Scout troop went over to 
Camp Bowditch recently. We camped 
out for nearly a week. We returned to 
the house each morning to do our regular 
chores. 

We have five patrols and each patrol 
had its own camp site. Each scout had 
certain responsible jobs to do and his 
patrol leader acted as guide or leader. 
Each camp site was nicely raked and 
cleaned each day. Different members of 
the troop took turns in keeping the area 
around the Council Fire neat and tidy. 

Every afternoon a check was made to 
see that we had all necessary things. The 
troop got these things and we began our 
evening program shortly after supper. 
Every night, at sunset, the bugler played 
"Retreat" and we stood at attention as the 
flag was lowered. Then we played games, 
went swimming and did other stunts until 
about 8:15. 

At this hour we gathered at the Council 
Fire site. Murdock Moore, leader of the 
Eagle Patrol was the fire-lighter and soon 
the Council Fire was burning merrily. 
Council Fires are always lighted with 
ceremony. Around the fire we told 



stories, sang and had a grand time. 
Most always we had refreshments. The 
council fire closed a little after nine 
o'clock and we sang "Taps" and went to 
our tents. 

When all were in their tents and 
all was quiet the bugler played Taps, and 
all went to sleep. 

We all had a grand time. 

William L. Schlegel 

Mai Cameron's Visit 
Mai Cameron is a graduate of F.T.S. 
and returns every fall to give a show. 
After being introduced Mr. Cameron was 
welcomed gladly. He began by doing some 
magic tricks. Then some more involved 
magical stunts were presented. He did 
such things as taking a rabbit out of a hat. 
doing a trick according to directions from 
a phonograph record and producing a 
magic soda fountain from which all kinds 
of pop was made. 

The last part of his program was given 
over to the showing of moving pictures 
which he took during the past year. To 
close he showed a reel of Alumni Field 
Day stunts and races taken last June 
as the boys did them. 

Everyone was glad to see Mr Cameron's 
show. 

Maxwell M. Clark 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Honor Roll — Summer Term 

Junior Class: Charles F. Averill, 
89.8; William F. Reagan, 87.7. 

Sophomore Class: Weston O. Page, 
94.4; Warren O. Filz, 94.0. 

Freshman Class: James R. Langton, 
88.8; Wesley C. Gustafson. 87.3. 

Eighth Grade: Warren A. Banner, 
86.9; Winthrop Davidson, 86.3; Richard 
J. Nelson, 86.3. 

Seventh Grade: William L. Schlegel, 
90.9; John V. Johanson, 84.8. 

Sixth Grade: James F. St. Coeur, 
93.0. 

The following boys have received a 
mark of 90 or over in scholastic effort for 
the past term: 

Junior Class: Charles F. Averill; 
William D. DeLorie. 

Sophomore Class: Warren O. Filz; 
Thomas C. Kenvin; George A. Krebs; 
Weston O. Page; Eugene Proctor. 

Freshman Class: William J. Bevans; 
Wesley C. Gustafson; James R. Langton; 
Leonard I. Scott. 

Eighth Grade: Warren A. Danner; 
Winthrop Davidson; Henry S. Dixon: 
Charles A. Pecce; Robert G. Ryerson. 

Sixth Grade: James F. St. Coeur. 

My Avocation 

My avocation is to be a great speed 
swimmer, and to be proficient enough to 
become a member of an Olympic team. 
Ever since I can remember I have liked 
swimming and water sports. My mother 
gave me my first lessons when I was five 
years old. She taught me how to use my 
arms and legs, how to breathe and other 
necessary swimming requirements. I 
learned very much in Lexington a few years 
ago, when a swimming pool was erected 
there. 

My time now for the twenty-five 
straight-way swim is twenty seconds. 



This is slow compared with champion 
swimmers. I have a long way to go to be 
a speed swimmer, but 1 am going to keep 
trying. 

George F. Connors 

Printing 

The seventh grade, which consists of 
Gerald Connor, Donald Griswold, David 
Mosely, John Johanson, William Schlegel, 
Ralph Pratt, and myself have begun to 
take Printing. 

The first thing we had was to learn 
what the following were, and how they 
were used; Composing stick, pica, lead, 
news case, em-space, line gauge, type and 
the nicks. 

We are now learning where the letters 
are located in the type case. 

Linwood L. Meacham 

First Aid Glass 

The First Aid Class, of which I am a 
member, is getting along fine. It started 
three weeks ago, and we have two lessons 
a week. When we first come into class 
we have a test on the previous lesson. 
A new lesson is given us after each test. 
The last twenty minutes are devoted to 
bandaging and we learn a few new ones 
each lesson. 

I took this course because I am a Boy 
Scout, and it is important for every Scout 
to know First Aid. There are Merit 
Badges awarded for excellence in this 
subject. 

Leonard I. Scott 

Organizing for Football 
Because of the longer football schedule 
for the School team Mr. Meacham decided 
to alter somewhat our intra-mural football 
program. To do this he first asked the 
opinions and ideas of the boys' supervisors. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Then he announced the change, which ex- 
cluded the varsity from the intra-mural 
program. The squad consists of twenty-two 
and they play a six game schedule. 

The other boys then met in the 
Assembly Hall and the change was ex- 
plained and questions answered. Then 
the boys chose three of the best players 
for captains of the intra-mural teams. These 
captains then proceeded to select their 
teams. Each team has eighteen players. 
After the teams were chosen each group 
selected its name. They are the All-Stars, 
Shamrocks and Crusaders. A member of 
the varsity squad is coach and sponsor for 
each of these teams. 

Manager S. V. R. Crosby gives the 
player judged the best in each position a 
trophy; he also gives a silver shield to the 
championship team. The shield has the 
names of the players on the team inscribed 
upon it. Naturally we are very proud of 
these athletic trophies. 

The squads of the three teams are as 
follows: 

All-Stars 
William D. DeLorie — Coach 
Frederick W. Russell, Captain 
Richard A. Martin 
Francis S. Sheldon 
Charles H. Grant 
Arthur A. Roulston 
William J. Bevans 
Winthrop Davidson 
Donald F. Griswold 
Russell L. Letson, Jr. 
Axel R. Hallberg 
Edgar R. Aldrich 
Raymond L. Perry 
Eugene S. Emerson 
Calvin L. Wilder 
William B. Pratt 
Linwood L. Meacham 
Franklyn S. Harris 
Dennis C. Reardon 



Shamrocks 

Weston O. Page — Coach 

George F. Connors, Captain 
Warren M. Linnell 
Warren A. Danner 
Karl G. Hulten 
George R. Davis 
Robert J. English 
Richard G. Bemis 
Robert A. MacSwain 
Wesley C. Gustafson 
George W. Jefferson 
John H. Bonsey 
Murdock C, Moore 
James F. St. Coeur 
John V. Johanson 
William F. Etheridge 
William H. Britton 
Albert E. Wilder 
James H. Rolston 
George W. Harris 



Crusaders 

David W. Kenvin — Coach 

Thomas S. D'Intinosanto, Captain 

Maxwell M. Clark 

Charles A. Pecce 

Harold K. Malmgren 

Henry S. Dixon 

Raymond B. Harrington 

William L. Schlegel 

Gordon K. Goodwin 

Robert G. Ryerson 

William N. Dodge 

James G. Connor 

Donald L. Rice 

Theodore R. Davidson 

Ernest Burns 

John J. McGraw 

Richard J. Nelson 

Ralph E. Pratt 

Stanley C. Morton 

William C. Morse 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



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Vol.41 No. 6 



October 1937 



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MANAGERS 

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A check of the brief articles written 
by the boys and printed in Volume 40 of 
the Beacon (May 1936-April 1937 inclu- 
sive) shows 122 stories on 52 different sub- 
jects. In each case the writer of the arti- 
cle selected the topic of one of his im- 
mediate interests, an event in which he was 
participating at the time or in which he 
had recently been engaged. 

There were 20 articles in 8 different 
branches of sports, basketball and baseball 
leading with five articles each. Trips away 
from the School took next place with 16 
articles. The band and the farm show 
great interest with 12 articles each. Tabu- 
lation indicates the diversity of interests 
and the number of articles each. This 
list does not show all of the interests of 
the boys nor does it show the exact relative 
interest in each subject. 



Sports 20 

Trips 16 

Band 13 

Farm 13 

Printing 7 

Department Changes 5 

Scenic Beauty 3 



Boats 2 

Boy Scouts 2 

Graduation 2 

Movies 2 

School Program 2 

Thanksgiving 2 

Wood Work 2 



The following subjects had one article 
each in the BEACON, Volume 40. 



A Grand Time 

Academic 

Art 

Assembly Program 

Automobile 

Birds 

Burning Marsh 

Class Election 

Cottage Row 

Dancing Lessons 

Debating 

Dining Room Plan 

Entertainment 

Flower Gardens 

Francis Shaw Scholarship 



Future of our School 

Halloween 

Headmaster's List 

King Philip's War 

Laundry 

Library 

Moving Tel. Poles 

New Boys 

New House 

Painting 

Patriot's Day 

Photography 

Radio 

Senior Dormitory 

Thinking 

Viewing Searchlight 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Topics in Brief 

The month of September has been 
one of much activity. The fall term of 
school commenced on September 13, 
nearly all of the boys completing the 
summer term with excellent results. The 
usual work at the school has been ac- 
complished satisfactorily and many new 
projects completed. Our farm crews have 
been especially active with the harvesting 
of the crops. 

Football, as usual, commands the 
interest of the boys at this time of year. 
The Varsity has played two games, one 
with Manning High School of Ipswich 
which resulted in a 7-7 tie and another 
with Punchad High School of Andover 
which resulted in a 40-0 loss. This game 
was played on September 25. Four more 
contests are scheduled tentatively for the 
Varsity. Our squad consists of 22 boys 
and the smaller boys play an intra-mural 
schedule. 

Our Boy Scout troop has had the 
pleasure of an extended camping-out 
period during the month. Bowditch 
Grove, called Camp Bowditch by the 
troop is used for the camping site. Thirty 
boys are members of the troop and the 
c^mping-out experiences will be more 
fully described in the boys' articles on 
other pages. 

Our athletic program, revised in 1930, 
has again been modified, so as to give even 
more boys an opportunity to participate 
in regularly scheduled and properly super- 
vised games. This revision was made be- 
cause of the increasing growth of interest 
in the games played by the varsity and be- 
cause the varsity has rather full schedules 
in football and basketball. The change 
was also influenced by other factors which 
tended to unbalance the club teams. Our 



new program retains the excellent ad- 
vantages offered under our well known 
club system and yet we believe adds other 
greatly to be desired benefits. 

Briefly the varsity now plays its own 
contests and members are thus permitted 
to earn their athletic letters, which will be 
presented with a certificate. The other 
boys organize teams to compete for the 
Shield and individual trophies given by 
Manager S. V. R. Crosby in football and 
baseball, and by Manager Philip Sears for 
basketball. 

To date this plan has worked with 
much success, and we are confident that a 
step forv^ard in the athletic program has 
been reached. 

The tennis tournaments are completed 
the matches being played on Labor Day. 
The senior tournament was won by 
William DeLorie, and Weston Page was 
the runner-up. The junior tournament 
was won by Harold Malmgren and 
Richard Martin was the runner-up. 

Thirteen of the older boys, who are 
members of the Headmaster's List have 
been granted the Senior Dormitory privi- 
lege. 

Fifteen boys, who were accepted for 
admission to the School at the meeting 
of the Admission Committee on Sept. 2, 
arrived at the school during the month. 

Rev. Clyde Taylor will again have 
charge of our Sunday Services and the 
general religious instructions of the boys. 
The very fine Bible Study group which 
was organized last year will be continued. 
The winter term of Sunday School will 
begin soon. A number of the boys have 
been helping in the Sunday Evening 
Services. We have also been favored 
with special music each Sunday. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Calendar 50 Years Ago, September 1887 

As Kept by the Superintendent 

3 At home but boated a good deal. 
Acting as engineer for five round trips. 

6 Admitted in August, Joseph Curtis 
Robinson. Discharged Chester H. Smart, 
Bertie E, Holmes. In school at date 
ninety'three. 

8 Went to get a freight of slate, salt, etc. 
Sweetzer and Marden ran the boat. Both 
had been engineers on her. 

9 Went for another freight of slate, 
and lumber for corn barn. The slate for 
the roof of house. 

10 Let Fred B. Turner go to Mr. Wm. 
Parker, North Reading. 

17 Visiting day. 

Calendar 90 Years Ago, September 1847 

As Kept by the Superintendent 

8 The steamer Mayflower made her 
fifth visit to this island to-day with the 
boys' friends, and Moses Grant and J. I. 
Bowditch, Esq. of the Board of Managers. 
Number of boys present, seventy-four. 

28 Rec'd a horse from Mr. Bird. 

29 The boys visited the city in the 
"Vision" and went to the State House 
and Museum. 

September Meteorology 

Maximum Temperature 92° on the 
third. 

Minimum Temperature 46^ on the 
twenty-second. 

Mean Temperature for the month 
63°. 

Fifteen clear days, eight partly clou- 
dy and seven cloudy. 



The Farm and Trades School Bank 

Statement, Sept. 30, 1937 
RESOURCES 

Savings Bank $1192.81 



Cash 



55.40 



LIABILITIES 

Boys' Deposits . . . . 
Trading Co. Deposits . . 
Cottage Row Deposits 
Photo Company Deposits 
Surplus 



$1248.28 

$467.32 

538.89 

4.01 

45.55 

192.51 

$1248.28 



Football 

Saturday September 14, our school 
team played Manning High School in 
Ipswich, Massachusetts. The boys played 
a hard game and in the last quarter a 
touchdown was made via the air from 
a pass DeLorie to Pratt. The extra point 
was scored by a pass Krebs to DeLorie. 

We are all looking forward to a game 
with Cohasset, which we hope will be in 
October. 

James R. Langton 

Strange As It Seems 
It seems strange that most of the well 
known games are played with a ball. 
There are different shapes, sizes and 
weights to these. I believe the hardest is 
the golf ball; the softest the sponge ball; 
the largest a pushball; the smallest the 
golf ball and the lightest is the ping pong 
ball. Here are some of the games balls 
are used in: baseball, football, basketball, 
tennis, lacrosse, soccer, Jai Jai Ali (a 
game played in Latin American countries 
mostly) and a host of others. Some of 
the materials balls are made of are wood, 
leather, felt, cellophane, rubber, steel 
and many others. 

Murdock C. Moore 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Friends' Day 

We have Friends' Day at least once 
a month beginning in May until late in 
the fall. Our folks come on a Nantasket 
steamer most of the time. Sometimes 
another smaller boat brings our friends. 

The last Friends' Day we had was on 
September 28. It was a cold, rainy day. 
About 250 people came and we had a 
short program in the gymnasium. The 
boat made two trips and while we were 
waiting for the second trip the band gave 
a concert. 

Some visiting days many people are 
here to see me. On this one only my 
father came. My brother and I had a 
fine time showing our father around the 
school. Among the things my father 
brought us was a radio, which we are 
enjoying very much. 

My father always likes to visit the 
difTerent departments and talk with the 
instructors. First he always calls on Mr, 
Meacham, then he goes to the sloyd room, 
classrooms and other places. In this way 
he discovers what progress my brother 
and I are making. 

After awhile it was time to leave for 
the boat. Most everyone went to the 
wharf in a group and said goodby until 
the next Friends' Day. Even though the 
day was rainy I am sure everyone had a 
good time. Albert E. Wilder 

A Surprise 

When walking around the West side 
of North end awhile ago I happened to 
see a small tree on the bank. I went to 
examine it and when I got about two feet 
from the tree five birds flew out. They 
looked like partridges or quail. I then 
found out the tree was a sumach. After 
that I continued on my walk, keeping 
this tree in mind for another visit when I 
will again surprise the birds. 

Harold K. Malmgren 



Working with the Bees 

Around the first of September is the 
time to take the surplus honey out of the 
bee hives. That is the honey which the 
bees have stored up in the super and which 
they do not need to carry them through 
the winter. 

The first thing to do when working 
with bees is to get ample protection from 
getting stung by the bees. This consists of 
a veil over your head and gloves that reach 
up over your elbows. To calm the bees 
a small amount of smoke is blown into 
the hive through the entrance and later 
on after the hive is open from the top. 

In order to get the bees out of the su- 
per a bee escape is put in the center of a 
wooden partition which is placed below 
the super. This escape allows the bees to 
go down into the body of the hive but not 
to return up into the super. In a few days 
all the bees will be out of the super so it 
can easily be removed on a warm day. 

Bees are very interesting creatures and 
easy to take care of if a person knows just 
how to do it. A bee hive contains only 
one queen, several hundred drones, and 
many thousand workers. 

Wesley C. Gustafson 

My Hobby 

My hobby is Sloyd. Almost every 
afternoon I work down at the Sloyd Room 
after my Dining Room work is done. 

The Sloyd Room is one of the busiest 
places on the island. There are boys in 
it from 7:30 in the morning until 9:00 at 
night. 

At the present I am working on my 
book ends. I like Sloyd very much. 

William B. Pratt 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Che ifiumni J)$$ociation of Cbe farm and trades School 



Howard B. Ellis, '98 President 

Dorchester, Mass. 
Harold W. Edwards, '10, Treasurer 

Arlington, Mass. ___^_^__ 

Irving R. Davis. '89, visited the 
School on September 28. After leaving 
Thompson's Island he spent a year at the 
Isle of Shoals working in a hotel there. 
Then he returned to Cambridge, where 
he assisted his grandfather in the gas fitting 
trade. After a period he left this work, 
going to Marlboro where he learned the 
shoe manufacturing business. While in 
Marlboro he studied music, specializing 
in vocal training. He became a member 
of the Schlegio Male Quartet, which, at 
that time, was an outstanding musical 
organization. 

He married in 1903 and engaged in 
the book binding business with his father- 
in-law. This work appealed to him greatly 
and he left his small business to enter the 
employ of the Boston Bookbinding Com- 
pany, where he has held a position for the 
past twenty-three years. Mrs. Davis died 
in 1917. He has one adopted son. now 

28. 

Mr. Davis is a Sunday School teacher 
at the First Church of Christ Scientist in 
Cambridge. He is a member of the 
Mother Church, having joined in 1902. 

He has always taken an active interest 
in the Masonic Lodge, and is a member 
of the Meridan Lodge of Natick. He 
also belongs to the Natick Royal Arch 
Chapter and the Natick Commandery. 

Mr. Davis has always been tremen- 
dously interested in the School, even 
though his contacts have been infrequent 
with us, and with our graduates. His 
work has entailed considerable traveling 
making frequent visits here out of the 
question. 

Two members of recent classes are 
attending Montpelier Seminary at 



Willis M. Smith, '22, Vice-President 
Somerville, Mass. 



Merton p. Ellis. '97. Secretary 
77 Summer Street. Boston 
G. George Larsson, '17. Historian 
Hyde Park, Mass. 

Montpelier Vermont. They are Raymond 
L. Beck Jr. and William M. Meacham, 
Jr. Both were here for a short visit 
recently. They have many interests in 
common and both are members of the 
Varsity football team. 

Myles StandISH, '36 is attending 
Canton High School. Another class- 
mate Ralph Talbot is attending New 
Bedford High School. 

Frank J. Dow, '30 visited the 
School recently. He lives in Burlington, 
Vermont, at 290 College Street. 

George Jefferson, Jr., '39 has in- 
formed us of the death of his uncle, 
Charles R. Jefferson, '14. in 
Charlotte, North Carolina. 

Claire R. (Big Brother Bob) 
Emery, '16 has been featured for some 
weeks now over the coast to coast Mutual 
Broadcasting System on his programs en- 
titled "Rainbow House" and "Old Time 
Spelling Bee". The former program is 
heard every Sunday morning, and the 
latter each Sunday evening. The Boston 
station is WAAB. 

Kenneth C. Kearns, '25 continues 
in the employ of the Manchester Union. 
He has been with this New Hampshire 
paper since his graduation from the Uni- 
versity of New Hampshire some years 
ago. Those interested in football will 
enjoy his analysis of the games which he 
broadcasts over some of the New England 
stations. 




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Entered November 3, 1903 at Boston. Mass., as Second Class matter, under Act of Congress, of July 6, 1874 




Learning by Practical Experience 



Development of a Herdsman 

One of the most interesting parts of 
our school life is the enthusiasm of the boys 
for the work about the farm, and in par- 
ticular, the barn. These boys are selected 
from a large list of volunteers who have 
proven their trustworthiness and general 
ability. There is a certain mark for the 
boys to reach and they look forward and 
work for the time when they will be de- 



he has asked repeatedly for the job and 
he has had to wait for his opportunity. 
He is given two or three horses to feed, 
water and care for twice daily. Little 
difference does it make that he must arise 
before the other boys and remain on the 
job longer to do his chores. 

After he has proven his responsibilty 
in this chore he becomes a "calf boy". 
He attends to the feeding and other duties 



pended upon to oversee and accept re- necessary to the rearing of calves. He 

sponsibility for the accomplishment of the has been promoted from the horse barn to 

chores about the barn. the newer and more modernly equipped 

When one of the younger boys is catdebarn. In working with the calves he 

finally granted permission to take care of acquires a general knowledge of cattle, 

the horses he takes great pride in telling which, after all, has been his objective, 
everyone he is a "horse barn boy". True, After doing his chores as "calf boy" 



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he is promoted to milker. Thisis nearing 
the height of his ambition for it is only to 
the most dependable and trustworthy boys 
that this work is assigned. He spends a 
period of time learning to milk and is then 
given complete charge of a certain number 
of cows, including the weighing of grain 
for feed. He milks twice daily and takes 
great pride in his work. Yet there is 
another goal for him to reach. 

After being horse boy, calf boy and 
twice-a-day milker this "chore boy" is 
given opportunity to be a "test milker". 
He now milks selected cattle three times 
daily and his cows are on an official test, 
conducted by the American Guernsey 
Cattle Club. He does all the work in- 
cidental to his cattle and is under the 
supervision of not only the farm instructors 
but also the Examiner who scrutinizes his 
work carefully as he prepares his official 
test papers. It is a great honor to be 
chosen as a "test milker" as the boys 
realize, for the test milkers, of which there 
are three, are the herdsmen of our herd 
of 40 registered Guernseys. 

It may be seen then, that this work is 
most excellent preparation for the life 
ahead. All these duties are accomplished 
by the boys in their spare time which 
proves conclusively that the boy is learning 
the true value of industry and that a task 
well done reaps its own rewards. 

The Costume Parade 
We had a Halloween party on 
October 29, which was on Friday. One 
of the nicest parts of the party was the 
Costume Parade. There were 23 boys in 
various costumes. All the costumes were 
fine, and some were very funny. I was 
fortunate to win first prize and was in the 
costume of a negro mammy. Robert 
MacSwain and Richard Martin, dressed as 
future co-eds of F.T.S., won second prize. 
Weston Page won third prize for his 



act showing the dream of a boy visiting 
Dr. Timmins for the first time. 

Other awards were won by Darwin 
Baird as a cowboy, and Joyce Meacham 
as a Little Old Lady. Charles Grant, 
dressed as a chinaman won much applause. 

The parade was very interesting and 
many could not distinguish the identity of 
the performers for some minutes. Some 
said it was the best parade ever on 
Halloween. 

William L. Schlegel 

A Trip to Town 

On Saturday, October 23, the Boy 
Scout troop numbering 30, and the 22 
members of the varsity football team at- 
tended the contest between Boston Uni- 
versity and Western Reserve University 
football teams. We had known for a 
week that we were going to the game, 
and we looked forward to the contest. 

We left the Island after dinner and 
had excellent busses which transported us 
to Fenway Park. Rain had fallen during 
the morning and we were fortunate to 
have seats under cover, which were not 
wet. The game was won by Western 
Reserves 7-0. Andrews ran a punt back 
for a touchdown towards the end of the 
game. This seventy-yard run featured 
the game. It was very exciting, with 
plenty of blocking, tackling, passing, 
kicking and running which was excellently 
performed from the opening whistle. 

During the second half it rained very 
hard and it became difficult to distinguish 
the players of the two teams, even though 
Western Reserve used white jerseys. 
Players sometimes skidded for ten or 
twelve feet when tackled. 

The entire group enjoyed the trip 
very much and we want to thank the 
Athletic Association of Boston University 
for giving us tickets. 

William D. DeLorie 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



The Jester's Comments 
— Bill Meacham. Jr.'s famous query 
"What will my father say?" shows power 
of cautious restraint. Linwood throws 
caution to the winds and becomes very 
aggressive. At a recent class meeting an 
Assembly program was being planned. 
"It might be too long" suggested someone. 
"Well", said Linwood, "If it isn't very 



Joining the Band 

Every year, in the fall, all the new 
boys are invited to join the teacher-pupil 
contest. Mr. Warren, our bandmaster, 
gives a prize to the pupil who makes the 
most advancement and another prize to 
the teacher who instructed the beginner. 
When the older band boys have chosen 
their pupils the beginners are organized 



long my father will make a speech to take '"^o ^ band, and they learn scales and 

easy pieces. Soon a few of the more 



up the time. 

— Various and sundry letters to many 
young lady friends are found in the most 
unusual places. It seems that Bill DeLorie 
writes on the installment plan and goes 
from one letter to the other as inspiration 
warrants. The letters pop up in cup- 
boards, drawers, type cases, and other 
such places, all ready for completion. 

— The meetings of the Eagle Patrol, it 
is said, are confined to discussions by 
Edgar Aldrich, Murdock Moore and 
Robert English. The latter can't quite 
keep up in the train of thought and is 
getting tired of the brilliant minds of the 
former two. Recent periods of studj' with 
the Scout manual, English hopes, will 
catch him up in his ability to discuss. 

—In the First Aid Class Karl Hulten 
was writing answers to a test. He said, 
"I get a pain answering these questions." 
Not to be outdone the teacher replied, 
"Yes, and I get a pain correcting them." 

— Charlie Averill certainly choses excel- 
lent company when he visits the movies. 



musical become quite good players and as 
soon as enough progress is made they are 
given the opportunity of joining the school 
band. Around Graduation time Mr. 
Warren invites a prominent musician to 
come to the school and hear the pupils 
perform. Then the best teacher and best 
pupil are selected and announcement 
of the prize winners is made. When the 
fall season arrives the pupils then are able 
to join the contest, but this time they be- 
come teachers and select a younger boy to 
teach. Thus the Band always has the 
smaller boys learning and awaiting their 
chance to become members of the Band. 

Stephen H. Vinal 

Being Sick 

I have been sick for the past few days, 
and have been in the Infirmary. On 
Friends' Day my friends all came to see 
me, and instead of walking about the 
Island we stayed in the Infirmary. I was 
glad when I could get up and run around 
with the other boys. It is not very good 
fun to be sick. Most of the time I read 



The other dav he was pleasantly greeted and many of the Instructors brought me 



with "Hello" in an intown theatre. Un- 
fortunately Charlie had neglected to se- 
cure permission to go to the movies and 
his cordial friend was Mr. Meacham, 
who chanced to occupy the next seat. 
Charlie assures everyone that permission 
will hereafter be secured. 

— Boys, this is your column. Help by 
reporting true humorous incidents. 



books and magazines. Sometimes I listen- 
ed to the radio. Wesley C. Gustafson 

Radio Programs 
All the boys like to listen to radio 
programs. Some of them follow the 
serial stories which are heard every day, 
or nearly every day. Jack Armstrong 
and Tom Mix are listened to each night. 

George W. Harris 



THOMPSON-S ISLAND BEACON 



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Robert English 



• - Editor 
Assoc. Editor 



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November 1937 



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MANAGERS 

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One hundred years ago railroads 
were practically unknown. In 1917 there 
were 254,000 miles of railroad in this 
Country. The swing has now started the 
other way at the rate of about a thousand 
miles per year decrease. 

In Denver 75 years ago there were 13 
children in school, to-day the enrollment 
is 65,000. 

Fifty years ago telephones were practi- 
cally non-existent. To-day in the U. S. 
there are over 87 million miles of tele- 
phone lines carrying over 30 billion calls 
each year. 

Thirty-five years ago the annual manu- 
facture of automobiles in the U. S. had 
reached 9,000. Ten years later there were 
a million cars registered in the U. S. and 
in 25 years that number has increased to 
25 millions. 

Twenty years ago radios were un- 
known. To-day the world has about 50 
million sets. 

Fifteen years ago travel by air was 
most uncommon. During the past year 
600,000 passengers in the U.S. travelled 
about 50 million miles by air. 

Ten years ago television was discov- 
ered. It is generally supposed that its 
practical use is "just around the corner". 

A new telescope 200 inches in diame- 
ter is now being made ready for use at 
Mount Wilson Observatory. It will have 
four times the power of the present large- 
est in the world. "A half billion stars 
that cannot now be seen by any telescope 
will be revealed." 

The really great job of adults is to 
help develop youth to "carry on" in 
this changing world. Character, with a 
wholesome respect for divine guidance, 
good judgment, hard work, pleasing 
personality, and as many of the tools ot 
learning as possible, form the basic foun- 
dation of this great development. 



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Topics in Brief Halloween was celebrated in a happy, 

gay manner. A tasty supper, served in the 
On October 23 the varsity football spirit of the occasion opened the festivities, 
squad and the Scout Troop enjoyed a trip Then followed a costume parade, which 
to P'enway Park to witness the Boston was second to none; in which nearly half 
University and Western Reserve football of the boys took part. The costume par- 
game. This was a fine trip for the boys and ade was followed by a series of stunts and 
we appreciate the kindness of the Boston contests featuring such time-honored feats 



University Athletic Association. 

Columbus Day was observed as a holi- 
day with various sporting events taking a 
principal part in the holiday program. 
Those not engaged in athletics used the 
day advantageously working on various 
hobbies. 

The seventh Friends' Day of the 
season was held on October 26. Among 
those present was President Arthur Adams 
of the Board of Managers. About 225 
visited the school. The boat "Francis" 
transported the guests from City Point. 

The Junior Class was the guest of Mr. 
and Mrs. George Ronka, its academic 
teachers, on the occasion of an excursion 
to town on October 30. The excellent 
moving picture "The Prisoner of Zenda" 
was of much interest to the boys. 

Our Scout troop was very active 
during the month with re-registration and 
other preparations incidental to the be- 
ginning of a new year. Our troop is now 
one year old. A two day camping period 
was the outstanding event of the month. 

The boys are enjoying a very fine 
football season. The intra-mural teams 
are very well balanced and each of the 
three teams has an excellent opportunity 
to win the championship and the Crosby 
Shield. The All-Stars, captained by 
Frederick Russell, seem to have the edge 
and are now in first place. 



as bobbing for apples and ducking for 
marshmallows in flour. The celebration 
concluded by an entertainment in the As- 
sembly Hall which consisted of a most en- 
joyable program of one act plays and 
musical selections. 

Our fuel oil tank is now in service 
and a job has been completed for which 
our farm crew should receive much praise. 
Pipe has been laid from the wharf to 
the tank through which the oil is pump- 
ed from the tanker, thus removing the 
task of transporting oil about the school. 
From the tank it runs by gravity feed to 
smaller depositories in the Main Building 
and the Adams House. The only work 
remaining is to fill in the various trenches 
in which the pipes were laid. 

A most worth-while activity has been 
inaugurated this month. The course of 
Junior First Aid instruction is being taught 
to a class of sixteen of the younger boys, 
who are members of the Boy Scout Troop. 
Raymond Thomas, our Supervisor, is di- 
recting the course, he having attended the 
summer Red Cross Camp where he took 
the teacher's course of instruction. It is 
hoped that time will permit all of the 
boys to take this course, and another class 
will be organized late in December, when 
this first group will have completed the 
course. This is under the auspices of the 
American Red Cross. Certificates are a- 
warded those who satisfactorily complete 
the course. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Calendar 90 Years Ago, October 1847 

As Kept by the Superintendent 

8. The Steamboat May-flower made her 
sixth and last visit for this season with the 
friends of the boys. Present — Moses 
Grant and George H. Kuhn, Esqrs. John 
H. Schwarman went to live with William 
Hilton, a shoemaker in Holliston. James 
W. Cooper went with a Mr. Lapham, a 
farmer in E. Bridgewater. 

15. Mrs. Morrison and children went 
on a visit to Manchester, N. H. 

17. Mr. A. J. Coolidge of Cambridge 
addressed the boys. 

27. The carpenters brought four more 
bunks which including 32 brought on the 
8th inst, make 36, for the new sleeping 
room. 

Calendar 50 Years Ago, October 1887 

As Kept by the Superintendent 

22. Cool and windy. Went up to get 
stove pipes and man to come and fix fur- 
naces all around. Had them put in order 
also stove for girls room. Went over at 
night and went down to East Weymouth 
to visit T. J. Evans. Mr. AUard and Miss 
Hammond went to the city. Called on 
Sam'l Denton and Preston Lewis while 
there. Also on James Speare — all of 
them are my boys. 

31. The last visiting day for this season. 

The Farm and Trades School Bank 

Statement, Sept. 30, 1937 
RESOURCES 

Savings Bank $1192.88 



Cash 



22.57 



LIABILITIES 

Boys' Deposits . . . . 
Trading Co. Deposits . . 
Cottage Row Deposits 
Photo Company Deposits 
Surplus 



$1215.45 

$458.34 

523.85 

4.01 

37.74 

191.51 

$1215.45 



October Meteorology 

Maximum Temperature 74° on the 
fifth. 

Minimum Temperature 32' on the 
seventeenth. 

Mean Temperature for the month 
54°. 

Six clear days, twelve partly cloudy 
and thirteen cloudy. 

My New Trumpet 
I have been in the Band for three 
years, first on the trombone and next on 
the baritone. I could not seem to make 
much progress on either of these instru- 
ments and decided to learn how to play . ii 
trumpet. After practicing for a few months ':/ 
I was invited to join the band last January 
as a member of the cornet section. I 
practiced hard and enjoyed cornet playing 
very much. 

After graduation several of the best 
players left the section and I was appoint- 
ed solo cornetist, which was a great honor. 
I used an old cornet, which my grand- 
father gave me. Although it played all 
right it was not as good an instrument as I 
needed and finally to my great surprise, I 
learned that my grandfather was going to 
get me a new trumpet. He was very 
much interested in my progress in music 
and was surprised I could play so much 
on the old cornet he had at first given 
me. 

About a month ago I received my 
new trumpet. It is all silver plated and it j 
plays much easier than I thought a 
trumpet could play. It is a beautiful in- 
strument and I am going to take the best 
care of it possible. Also I am going to 
practice as much as possible so that 1 can 
show my grandfather how much I ap- 
preciate his wonderful gift. 

Robert J. English 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



A Halloween Entertainment 
One of the best parts of our Hallow- 
een was the program given in the As- 
sembly Hall, It began with some of the 
favorite songs which the boys like to sing 
and some pictures of the School shown on 
the screen. 

Dennis C. Reardon gave a sketch en- 
titled "The Bad Man". He tried to be 
very brave, but was not very successful. 
Ralph E. Pratt then gave a reading which 
showed how a boy acts when he goes on 
the stage for the first time. He was as- 
sisted by his brothers, Myron A. Pratt 
and William B. Pratt. These two sketches 
were followed by more pictures shown on 
[^ the screen. 

^' David and Thomas Kenvin then gave 

^ a play entitled "Joshing the Janitor" 
which was very well acted and very 
funny. Everyone enjoyed it. David was 
a colored janitor while his brother was a 
business man, spending his time "joshing 
the janitor". 

According to many the hit of the 
evening came next. This was a skit by 
six boys, headed by Walter R. Nelson, 
called "When Boys Become Instructors." 
This play showed some of the possibilities 
if the boys were told to run the school. 
It was filled with various suggestions which 
were all very funny. Walter Nelson was 
very competent as the "Headmaster". 

A dramatic sketch based on the 
words: "The Mills of the Gods grind 
slowly, but they grind exceedingly fine" 
was next on the program. Charles F. 
Averill did a fine job in the leading part. 
William D. Delorie was his assistant. As 
an encore the boys did a very funny stunt, 
and very appropriate for Halloween. 

Hollis R. Gould then entertained with 
two tenor solos. Most everyone was 
surprised that we had such a good singer 
among us. He sang especially well and 
we enjoyed it very much. His songs were 



"For You" and "Dear Old Girl". 

The football squad was given a place 
on the program and some of the F.T.S. 
football songs were sung and dedicated to 
the squad. Pictures of the boys practicing 
were shown. 

"The School of Rhythm" a very 
clever schoolroom play was next on the 
program. This was done very capably by 
the cast of seven boys. Edgar R. Aldrich 
acted the part of the schoolmarm. Some 
very novel and distinctive features in class- 
room conduct were displayed to the 
great amusement of everyone. 

The program closed with the singing 
of the F.T.S. Pep Song, sung with much 
enthusiasm. It was a fitting close to a 
fine evening of entertainment. 

Edgar R. Aldrich 



Beachw^alks 

Nearly every Sunday we have a 
beachwalk, and often on holidays. Some- 
times large groups of boys go, and other 
times a few. One of the Instructors usual- 
ly suggests a beachwalk and everyone goes 
who wants to. Sometimes the instructor 
tells us stories and sometimes we play 
games. Once in a while we just walk and 
talk about things we see. 

The most popular games with the 
boys are Capture the Flag, Duck on the 
Rock, and Relievo. Usually there are 
enough boys to make good sized groups 
for the team games. Nearly all the boys 
like to join and play, although there are 
two or three who would rather watch. 
Then the boys who watch settle the argu- 
ments if there are any. 

We see all sorts of odd things on 
beachwalks, which have floated up onto 
the beach. Sometimes the boys bring 
souvenirs to the house. 

Ernest Burns 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Che Jflumni Jissociation of the farm and trades School 



Howard B. Ellis, '98 President 

Dorchester, Mass. 
Harold W. Edwards, '10, Treasurer 
Arlinfiton, Mass. 

Richard Bolingbroke, '32 and 
Mrs. Bolingbroke have a son born August 
5th. Congratulations. Their other son, 
Richard, Jr., is about 15 months old. 
Mrs. Bolingbroke was Emily M. Randall, 
sister of Reginald Randall *32. 

William S. Wilson, '34 continues 
his studies at Northeastern University, 
where he is a Sophomore. 

John A. Bailey, '36 is a Senior at 
Kents Hill School in Maine. He was in 
Boston recently with the Kents Hill foot- 
ball squad for a game with a Boston school 
which the boys from Maine won easily. 
Playing center on the football squad is but 
one of the many school activities in which 
this graduate participates. 

Secretary MerTON P. Ellis '97 of 
the Alumni Association visited the School 
on Oct. 26. He is most actively interested 
in the School and its work and makes 
frequent visits. 

The editorial columns on the sporting 
pages of the Boston Herald have once 
again referred to the brilliant athletic pro- 
gress of George G. Hamilton "31. 
Besides being an excellent student, he is 
making a name for himself in collegiate 
athletic circles by his outstanding ability, 
particularly in football. He attends 
Miami University. 

Robert J. Dunshee, '27 is an artist 
with the Buck Printing Company. He 
has earned high honors in his profession. 
His schoolmates will recall his great interest 
in drawing and the Tine work he ac- 
complished while at the School. 



Willis M. Smith, '22, Vice-President 
Somerville, Mass. 



Mfrtom p. Ellis. '97. Secretary 
77 Summer Street. Boston 
G. George Laksson, '17. Historian 
Hyde Park, Mass. 

William W. Fish '34 recendy visit- 
ed the school. He maintains his residence 
59 Alden Street, Whitman, Mass. 

Harold B. DeLorie, '35 is at 

Kimball Union Academy where he is com- 
pleting the preparatory school course. He 
is earning his way by working as assistant 
chef. During the summer he was a counci- 
lor at Lincoln Hill Camp. 

Malcolm E. Cameron, '19 our 
genial Alumni-Entertainer has been very 
busy making a series of appearances in 
schools in the Greater Boston area. A 
recent photograph tells of his perform- 
ance with a huge children's program, 
staged by a Boston business concern. 

Ernest F. Peterson, '36 was a 
recent visitor at the School. He has been 
busy doing such kinds of work as painting 
and general repairing. His home address 
is 2789 Washington Street, Roxbury, 
Massachusetts. 

Elvin C. Bean. '36 is employed at 
a Melrose bakery. He is an ardent and 
staunch rooter for our football team and 
seldom misses a game. 

John E. Magee, '34 is working for 
a Boston milk concern. He is a frequent 
visitor at the School. His home address 
is 36 Atlantic Street, Winthrop, Mass. 

Lewis C. Goodwin, '36 is enrolled 

in the senior class of the Wellesley High 
School. His home address is 130 Oak- 
land Street, Wellesley Hills. 




Vol. 41 No. 8 Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. Dec. 1937 

Entered November 3, 1903 at Boston. Mass., as Second Class matter, under Act of Congress, of July 6, 1874 t 




Varsity Football Squad 1937 

Left to right, rear row: Coach Raymond Thomas, Arthur E. Mathieu, Percy R. Berry, Hollis R. Gould, 
William, E. Brewer, John C. Simens. Leonard Markley, David W- Kenvin, Myron A. Pratt. Center row: 
George A. Krebs Jr., Robert W. Woodman, Charles F. Averill, Captain William D. DeLorie, Howard M. 
Colpitis, Weston O. Page, Walter R. Nelson. Front Row: Eliot Bernard. John Dunn, Eugene Proctor, 
Thomas C. Kenvin, James R. Langton, William F. Reagan, and Leonard I. Scott. 



Football Season 1937 

The football season was not as success- 
ful as we would have wished, but every 
member of the squad knows that the team 



played as good sports should and that we 
lost to better teams. We defeated the 
Weymouth High School second team and 
tied Manning High of Ipswich. We lost 



"ifiH' ■''''".' •"•'*' 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



three other contests, one to Punchard 
High 40-0, another to Cohasset High 18- 
0, and the other loss was by Story High, 
which defeated us 13-0. 

The season opened on September 
18, when we played Manning High at 
Ipswich. It was a hard-fought tense game 
throughout. There was no scoring in the 
first half. Shortly after the third period 
opened, our oponents scored a touchdown 
and converted the extra point. We did 
not yield the victory but kept plugging, 
and finally with but three minutes to play 
Myron Pratt scored a touchdown on a 
pass from William DeLorie. George 
Krebs then passed to DeLorie for the 
point, making the score 7-7. 

On the following Saturday, Septem- 
ber 25 we went to Andover where we 
played Punchard High School of that 
town. Not very much can be said about 
this game, excepting that we were com- 
pletely outclassed and outplayed, losing 
40-0. 

We had a long wait before we played 
the third game. We did not play from 
September 25 until November 6 and we 
all realized that this long layof!"would not 
do us much good. So it proved in the 
Cohasset game. Cohasset had a team 
which had been undefeated and was 
striving desperately for a perfect season. 
We opened up and actually outplayed 
our opponents during the first half; but 
failed to score. In the third period we 
held them scoreless until the end of the 
period when they scored a lucky touch- 
down. By this time the strain of the 
game was telling on our team and we 
were weakening. Robert Woodman was 
injured, and he is an important part of 
our line. Finally the Cohasset team 
showed its greater strength by scoring two 
touchdowns in the final quarter, making 
the final score 18-0. We were not such a 



good team that is all I can say. After the 
game we had sandwiches and cocoa at 
the high school cafeteria. 

Our next game was with the 
Weymouth High second team, which we 
played on the Island on November 11. 
This was also a Friends' Day, and a good 
crowd was present. We started the game 
with our regular first team, with the ex- 
ception of Robert Woodman and David 
Kenvin. The latter, one of our good 
backfield men hurt himself during practice. 
In this game, which ended 13-0 in our 
favor we played good ball and really be- 
gan to play as we had earlier in the season, 
before our long layoff. Late in the third 
period an end sweep by DeLorie, plus 
some excellent blocking scored a touch- 
down and Myron Pratt immediatly con- 
verted the extra point by a line rush. As 
the second half opened DeLorie again 
scored a touchdown by a 65 yard run, on 
the first play after the kickoflf. Weymouth 
had opportunities to score but we held. 
Everyone played good football, and had 
to, for Weymouth had a very deceptive 
team and it was not any too easy to gain 
the victory. 

Our last game of the season was with 
the Story High team of Manchester. Mass. 
This game was scheduled for Nov. 20, but 
was postponed a week, because of unfavor- 
able weather, so it was actually played on 
November 27. The score was 13-0 in 
favor of Story. In the second period our 
opponents scored a touchdown by gaining 
ground a little at a time. At the close of 
the third period a pass scored another 
touchdown and the extra point was con- 
verted. We had many opportunities to 
score but could not capitalize. 

On behalf of the squad I want to 
thank Coach Raymond Thomas '26, who 
worked hard all season drilh'ng us. In all 
our games we made a good impression 



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and all the fine things which were said 
about our team were the direct results of 
his deep interest. The squad takes this 
means of expressing its deep appreciation. 

William D. DeLorie, Captain 

Our Football Rand 

Last year, for the first time in many 
years, we played an interscholastic game 
on Thompson's Island. Hingham High 
second team was our opponent, and we 
tied them 0-0. For this game we had a 
big football rally, organized a football 
band and had a cheering section. I think 
the reason our team did so well was be- 
cause of the support it received. 

This year another game was arranged 
and we played Weymouth High second 
team on Armistice Day. We organized 
another football band and even went to 
the ball field during practice and played 
football songs. The night before the 
game we had a big rally and sang all the 
football songs, had cheers, and some im- 
promptu speeches. 

On the day of the game, which was 
a Friends' Day, the football band met the 
guests and escorted them to the house. 
The game started at about 2:30 and the 
cheers and music of the band attracted 
everyone to the field. F.T.S. won this 
game by the score of 13-0. We have a 
fine team this year, but we are sure the 
band and cheering by the boys helped 
our team to victory. 

Some of the songs the football band 
played were "There's a Red Light on the 
Wharf," "F.T.S. Victory Song," F.T.S. 
Pep Song," and "Down the Field." 

Robert J. English 

Thanksgiving Day 

Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 
was celebrated by the boys by one of the 
best football days of the season. At about 



9:30 we had a six-man football game, the 
first one to be held on the Island with 
regular officials and rules. Following this 
game pictures were taken of the School 
Varsity squad. Then the school team had 
a practice session, and ran through a few 
plays. 

At noon the main event of the day 
took place, the Dinner. We repeated 
Grace in unison and then Eugene Proctor, 
Mayor of Cottage Row, read his Procla- 
mation. Then we began. There was 
Roasted Stuffed Turkey, celery, gravy, 
sweet potatoes, white potatoes, squash, 
onions, cranberries, and other things. 
For desert there was pumpkin pie, mince 
pie, plum pudding with hard sauce, dates, 
candy, and nuts. 

The big event of the day was the fine 
dinner, but the football game between 
the All-Stars and the Crusaders had every- 
one interested as the Crusaders expected 
to win, and the victory would earn the 
Crosby Shield for that team. The 
Crusaders did win, 12-6, but it was a bitter- 
ly fought game. 

In the evening about fifty of the boys 
who were not too tired went to Chapel, 
where there was sort of an entertainment. 
We had various phonograph records as 
well as the recording of the " Our 
Neighbors " program which was broad- 
cast from here last winter. 

We all had a good time Thanksgiving. 
Edgar R. Aldrich 

Notes 

The boys in the sixth grade gave a 
program of readings pertaining to Ameri- 
can History at our weekly assembly on 
Nov. 15. Many of the familiar historical 
poems were given. 

The Assemblies are held on Monday 
evenings, and our Band takes a prom- 
inent part in each program. 



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Faculty 



AND YEAR OF APPOINTMENT 

WILLIAM M. MEACHAM, B. S., Headmaster, 1926 

Farm Instructors 

MARK C. BAIRD. Head Farm Instructor, 1928 
ROBERT R. KITCHING, Poultry, 1928 
CARLTON W. STILES, Crops ; 1936 
EDWARD E. ANDREW. General, 1937 

Academic 

GEORGE R. RONKA, B. S., Principal, 1936 
R. CARROLL JONES. B. S.. Agriculture, 1937 
MARJORIE F. RONKA, B. A., High School, 1937 
ETTA CHRISTIANSEN, B. S., Upper Grades, 1937 

Supervisors 

CLIFTON E. ALBEE, Recreation Director, 1926 
RAYMOND THOMAS, Supervisor and Coach, 1930 
JOHN R. MACDONALD. Night Supervisor, 1937 

Trades Instructors 

B. Y. KIHLSTROM, Sloyd, Forging. 1919 
EDWARD H. HAYNES, Engineer, 1930 
JAMES H. JARDINE, Boats, 1933 
ARTHUR H. PICKARD, Printing, 1936 
BENJAMIN A. WEBB, Painting, 1937 

Executive Office 

WILHELMINA B. THOMAS, Secretary, 1931 
ISABEL L. STILES, Bookeeper, 1937 

Household Departments 

MARION L. NICHOLS, Head of Kitchen. 1913 
HENRIETTA COFFILL, Kitchen Instructor, 1929 
MAY B. VARNEY, Head of Dining Room, 1929 
MARY F. MATHEWSON, Kitchen Instructor. 1931 
GRACE WILLIAMS, Sewing Instructor, 1934 
MA-RY C. B. JONES, Laundry Instructor, 1934 
MAY MITCHELL, Dormitory Instructor, 1935 
LAURA L. FISHER, Dining Room Instructor. 1937 



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Topics in Brief 

Thanksgiving Day was observed in 
our usual happy way, with the holiday 
activities including plenty of football. An 
experiment in the morning was made of 
the newer type of game called "six-man 
football" which has become extremely 
popular in the West. The varsity squad 
had its photograph taken and then follow- 
ed with a drill. Our very fine turkey 
dinner delighted everyone. In the after- 
noon a hard fought football game was 
played and which was won 12-6 by the 
Crusaders. In the evening an informal 
party in the Chapel was held. 

The recreational program for the 
boys was, as one might imagine, centered 
on football during the fall months. Our 
modified club plan proved to be highly 
successful and of great interest to the boys. 
Three teams played a schedule of nine 
games and the winner of the Crosby 
Shield was not decided until the last game. 
The Crusaders defeated the All-Stars 12-6 
on Thanksgiving Day to win the Shield. 
This final game was replete with fine foot- 
ball and no one will forget the second 
half, with every moment filled with tense 
excitement and great enthusiasm for the 
followers of both teams. 

On Armistice Day we held our eighth 
Friends' Day of the season, it being one 
of the most pleasant and happiest days 
which we have had for a long time. The 
main attraction was a football game played 
with Weymouth High School second team 
which our boys won 13-0. The boat 
"Francis" transported the guests to the 
Island. Among those present was Manag- 
er William Alcott. '87. 

The game was well played and either 
team might have won, for the competition 
was close. Our points were scored by two 



fine touchdown runs by Captain DeLorie 
and the point afterthe first touchdown was 
scored by Myron Pratt who went through 
the line. Excellent sportsmanship was in 
evidence at all times. 

The Community Federation of Boston 
invited all participating agencies to hold 
"Open House" so that the general public 
might be given an opportunity to witness 
the actual work of these agencies. We 
held "Open House" here on Nov, 12. 
The guests arrived on our boat and were 
welcomed by President Arthur Adams of 
the Board of Managers, and Headmaster 
William M. Meacham. A concert by 
the band preceded the tour of inspection. 
All of those present expressed their ap- 
preciation of the opportunity of visiting 
the School and all were most favorably 
impressed with the work we are doing. 

Our Sunday Evening services are 
conducted by Rev. Harold Taylor, who 
is assisted by two boys each Sunday. The 
boys are chosen from a list of volunteers. 
Our religious work is conducted on a dig- 
nified plane and we have been fortunate 
in having fine men directing and guiding 
the boys in religious study. Members of 
the regular staflf assist with classes in Bible 
study in our regular Sunday School. The 
boys volunteer to help lead the evening 
service, and it is gratifying to find them 
willing and eager to so participate. 

Our football game with Cohasset High 
resulted in a loss to our boys. Cohasset 
has a fine team this year, losing but one 
game. Our boys held them scoreless for 
three-quarters of the game but tired near 
the end and the Cohasset eleven scored 
three touchdowns, making the score 
Cohasset 18 F.T.S. 0. The game was 
played on November 6. 



THOMPSON'S 



ISLAND BEACON 

The Farm and Trades School Bank 

Statement, Nov. 30, 1937 
RESOURCES 

Savings Bank $1192.88 

Cash 100.42 

$1293.30 

LIABILITIES 

Boys' Deposits $505.75 

Trading Co. Deposits .... 542.91 
Cottage Row Deposits . . . 7.06 

Photo Company Deposits . . 46 07 

Surplus 191.51 

$1293.30 

November Meteorology 

Maximum Temperature 67° on the 
ninth. 

Minimum Temperature 24^ on the 
twenty-third. 

Mean Temperature for the month 
44°. 

Eight clear days, eleven partlycloudy 
and eleven cloudy. 



The Crusaders' Triumph 
At the beginning of the football season 
all the boys not on the Varsity were or- 
ganized into three teams. A schedule of 
nine games was arranged and the team 
winning the most games thereby earned 
the title of "Champions" and the Crosby 
Shield. 

The three teams were the Crusaders, 
All-Stars, and Shamrocks. The All-Stars 
first took the lead. Then they lost two 
hard fought games and the Shamrocks 
moved into first place. The Crusaders 
began creeping up on the leaders and by 
winning the final four contests won the 
Shield. 

We did not play so well at the begin- 
ning of the season, and not many of the 



Calendar 50 Years Ago, November 1887 

As Kept by the Superintendent 

3. Mr. DeBlois came to-day. I went 
for him and returned him again and got 
articles for house. Mr. Allard, Miss Barnes 
and several boys went to the Fair in the 
evening. 

8. At home all day, sent Smeaton 
for mail. Sumner Parker from Natick 
was admitted to the School. 

24. Thanksgiving Day. About forty 
present, had a very pleasant time. The 
young men all greatly enjoyed these 
gatherings and I think them very pro- 
ductive of good and no harm whatever. 

29. Met the Managers. Bought the 
dory, etc. The month has been pleasant 
as a whole but going out with a blizzard. 
Cold and windy. 



Calendar 90 Years Ago, November 1847 

As Kept by the Superintendent 

2. John M'Guire of Boston was 
admitted. 

13. Julia and Bridget Fahy left. 
John Greer returned to his mother in the 
city. Timothy Donovan was admitted. 

25. This being the day appointed for 
the Annual Thanksgiving the boys were 
furnished with a good dinner consisting of 
turkies, chickens, mince, apple and pump- 
kin pies, sweet potatoes, squash, etc. The 
poultry was supplied, as heretofore, by 
the liberality of the Hon. Theodore 
Lyman, President of the institution. They 
were also supplied with nuts and closed 
the amusements of the evening with play 
of blindman's bufT. Thomas Mills and 
Domingoes Rodrigues came and spent 
the day and evening. 

30. The teacher, Mr. Holmes, went 
to Plymouth on a visit. Mr. Moses T. 
Brown of Manchester, N. H., came to 
the Island as teacher. 



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boys thought we could win the Shield. 
Then we got some good coaching and 
fought hard for victories. We were glad 
when the Shield was won. 

Thomas D. D'Intinosanto 

Scout Meetings 

Every Wednesday we have a Scout 
meeting. The patrols take turns in direct- 
ing. Plans for each week are made on 
Sunday when we have our Troop Leaders 
Council assembly. 

I am leader of the Eagle patrol and 
last week my patrol had charge of the 
meeting. We opened by listening to re- 
marks by the Junior Assistant Scoutmaster, 
who then turned the meeting over to our 
Patrol. We first saluted the Flag. Then 
the Troop Scribe gave a report of the last 
meeting. The troop then went to their 
patrol formation, where each patrol lead- 
er worked with his scouts. After this 
we reassembled and played some games. 
The most popular game was Punch 
Soccer. When the time was nearly up 
we fell into troop formation and our 
Scoutmaster spoke to us for a few minutes. 
Then we recited the Scout Oath and the 
Junior Assistant Scoutmaster dismissed the 
troop. Murdock C. Moore 

The Jester's Comments 

"Should auld acquaintance be forgot " 

The fact that boys attending school 
here become fast friends is evidenced 
always at the various alumni gatherings. 
Indeed, it might well be said that they be- 
come brothers, for in reality we are one 
large family. Following graduation the 
boys meet informally for various trips and 
recreation of one kind or another. We 
have boasted of fine alumni ball teams, 
dramatic groups and even alumni bands. 

This story concerns six of our younger 
graduates. Elven C. Bean, '36 not long 
ago purchased a car and called upon 
Lewis C. Goodwin, '36. The two then 



decided the schedule for the day and then 
John R. Macdonald, '35 joined the party. 
Harold B. Delorie, '35 was visited as was 
Raymond L. Beck '36 and James T. 
Ritchie, '36. These three boys were en- 
joying Thanksgiving recess from school. 

After a slight delay here and there, 
because some of the latter trio had decided 
to spend their vacation days by late slum- 
bering, the sextette visited the public land- 
ing at City Point for a view across the biy 
to Thompson's Island. Then they pro- 
ceeded to a South Boston ball field where 
a football team was drilling. It was not 
long before everyone was introduced to 
everyone else and a game was started. 
The official scorer could not keep up with 
theF.T.S. "T" formation, which resulted 
in a great many scores. However the 
South Boston boys scored once in a 
while so everyone was happy. 

Following the game the sextette 
visited a doughnut factory where five 
doughnuts and several overstuffed crullers 
were loaded into the car. Then onward 
to the Story High-F.T.S. game proceeded 
the group. While repairing a flat tire one 
of the boys felt a blow upon his extreme- 
ties, but, believe it or not, the other five 
insisted it was a passing five ton truck. 

At the game a cheering section was 
organized, and although there were more 
cheerleaders than cheerers, the volume 
was tremendous. During the second half 
most of the townsfolk joined the sextette, 
giving F. T. S. a grand cheering section. 

Following the game the sextette visit- 
ed one of the boy's homes and there 
enjoyed a "feed", which according to the 
boys could not be improved upon. The 
head of the household agreed that the 
volume consumed could not, regardless 
of the ability of the sextette of chefs. 

We agree that this was the most 
unusual informal F. T. S. alumni gather- 
ing undertaken in some time. 



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Cbe Jllunini JI$$ocUtion of the farm and trades School 



Willis M. Smith, '22, Vice-President 
Somerville, Mass. 



Howard B. Ellis, "98 President 

Dorchester, Mass. 
Harold W. Edwards, '10, Treasurer 

Arlington, Mass. _^^____^^^_ 

George T. Ford, '60, is our oldest 
living graduate. He lives at 502 West 
Granada, Phoenix, Arizona. Mr, Ford, 
although well along in years is in good 
health. He appreciates hearing news of 
Thompson's Island, where he spent happy 
boyhood days more than three quarters 
of a century ago. His father was lessee of 
one of Boston's earliest fine houses of the 
drama. Mr. Ford has a nephew residing 
in Somerville. 

John D. MacGregor, '31, has 
followed the sea since he graduated six 
years ago. He first took a course of in- 
struction at the Franklin Union Technical 
Institute. His home port is San Francisco 
and he is sailing from that port to China 
and Japan. He occasionally sends odd 
and unusual items from the East, and we 
are always glad to hear from him. 

Charles Russell, '04, Federal 
Inspector of steam boilers is now located 
in Portland, Maine. His office is in the 
Federal Building, that city. 

Rev. Clifford H. Taylor, '15, 
is Pastor of a church in South Berwick, 
Maine. He is a fine singer and appears 
o''ten as soloist at religious gatherings. 

Ralph Talbot, '36, is attending 
New Bedford High School. In a recent 
letter he enclosed a picture of the high 
school band in a parade. He plays drums 
in the band; as a matter of fact he plays 
three sets of drums. He lives at 307 
Pleasant Street, New Bedford, Mass. 

The Annual Get-Together of the 
Alumni Association will be held on Wed- 
nesday, February 9th. Details later. 



Merton p. Ellis. '97, Secretary 
77 Summer Street. Boston 
G. George Larsson, '17. Historian 
Hyde Park, Mass. 

Edward F. West, '34 after complet- 
ing his high school work entered the 
employ of a Cambridge printer. He en- 
joys this work and is making good prog- 
ress. 

Albert H. Thompson, '31 and 
Darwin Chapdelaine, '31 are working 
at Wellesley in the Community Playhouse. 

Harold F. Bent, '35 having gradua- 
ted from Parsonfield Seminary in Maine 
last June, is now attending the Gorham 
Normal School, preparing himself for the 
teaching profession. 

Horace E. Fader, '37 is living at 
27 Grove Road, Overbrook Station, 
Wellesley and attending Natick High 
School. 

Leslie E. Aldrich, '29 became a 
proud father on October 29, Barbara 
Jean having arrived on that date. 

William C. Burns, '37, is attending 
North Quincy High School. He is taking 
an active part in school activities, and is 
solo cornetist in the high school band. 

The following members of the Class 
of 1937 are taking post graduate work at 
F. T. S. This covers the third year college 
preparatory course. 

Charles F. Averill 

William D. DeLorie 

Leonard Markley 

Arthur C. Mathieu 

William F. Reagan 

John C. Simens 

News pertaining to our graduates will 
be appreciated. — Editor 



Member of Community Federation 




Vol. 41 No. 9 Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. Jan. 1938 

Entered November 3, 1903 at Boston. Mass.. as Second Class matter, under Act of Congress, of July 6, 1874 



Christmas Morning 

The brass quartet opened Christmas 
Day by playing "Joy to the World". Al- 
though this hymn was me^nt to arouse 
the boys it was hardlj' necessary, for the 
boys had been awake for some time ex- 
amining the contents ""Sf^^the stocking 
which had been found at the foot of each 
bed. Each boy was thus given candy, 
fruit, peanuts, novelties, and games of one 
kind or another. 

After breakfast all the necessary 
chores were accomplished very speedily 
and at 9:30 the boys went to the wharf to 
greet Santa Claus. Meanwhile the pre- 
sents had been placed in our Assembly 
Hall, which was nicely decorated'.'" Santa 
was given a hearty welcome and escorted 
to the Main Building by means of a small 
carriage pulled by as many of the boys as 
could get a grip on some partjof then^ehi- 
cle. 

The boys and instructors assembled 
and were greeted by Mr. Meacham, who 
then asked the boys' opinions regarding 
the identity of Santa Claus. Most of 
the boys were of the opinion that Santa 
was John A. Paley, '29, and after un- 
masking we found this to be true. 

Santa, assisted by some of the boys, 
then began distributing the presents. 
There were so many of them that it took 
a long time to do it. Then there were 
gifts for groups of boys to be distributed 



and many cards to be announced. Finally 
the trees were bare and everyone agreed 
Santa had done his work well, for which 
he was cheered lustily. 

We then left the Assembly Hall and 
took our presents to various places where***' 
"^ iwe^^rijG yed examining them. I laehmre 
all the boys had a very happy Christmas 
morning. * 

William D. DeLorie 

Singing Carols. , .,. 

On the night befo're Christmas a group 
of boys and some of the Instructors go 
around Mansion Hill singing Christmas 
carojs, . As- a great many, of the boys 
wish to do this those who participate are 
^j^o^fjLirom tfie boys taking part in the 
Christmas Concert. Sixteen of the boys 
made up the carol choir, and the acqom- 
paniment to the singers was fufnished by 
Myron Pratt who played a set of bell- 
chimes. 

We began singing shortly after half 
past seven. The first carols were sung in 
the courtyard of the Main Building. 
Then we proceeded to the north wing 
where more carols were sung. Our next 
location was at the west dormitory, where 
the boys listened to us. Then we pro- 
ceeded to the Adams House where we 
made history by singing there for the first 
time. This is the first Christmas that Mr. 
Meacham and his family have occupied 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



the new Headmaster's residence. 

After leaving here, we sang more 
carols about the building and closed our 
program by singing in the front hall. 

Mr. and Mrs. Meacham invited us for 
refreshments after we had finished singing, 
so we went to their home where we 
plaj'ed games and had cocoa, cookies and 
cake. At various places the boys and 
instructors gave us coins and the money 
was counted. It amounted to about six 
dollars and we decided to send it to the 
Salvation Army. 

We all had an enjoyable time singing 
the carols. 

Robert J. English 

The Scouts' Christmas Party 
The Scout troop thought it would be 
a good idea to have its regular weekly 
meeting be a Christmas party so plans 
were made for this. First the names of 
all the scouts were written on individual 
slips of paper and each scout drew a name. 
Then he was to present that scout with a 
gift. This plan insured gifts for all. The 
party was held in the scout room, which 
was gaily decorated. In the center of the 
room was a Christmas tree. Committees 
of scouts had charge of plans for the party. 
The scoutmaster's job was to select an im- 
personator for Santa Claus and he fooled 
nearly everyone. 

We assembled in the gymnasium 
where we were met by the troop com- 
mittee. After a brief introductory cere- 
mony we did a round-about snake dance 
to the scout room. Upon arrival there 
Santa shook hands with each scout. After 
being seated we guessed at the identity of 
Santa. It proved to be William DeLorie, 
but most of us thought it was Mrs. Ronka, 
wife of the chairman of the Troop Com- 
mittee. 

Santa Claus. after being given cheers 
and greetings, then began distributing the 



gifts. There was one for everyone. After 
the gifts were given out each member of 
the Troop Committee was given three loud 
cheers. The patrols were then awarded 
gifts. There were guests of the troop pre- 
sent and they were presented with gifts. 

Following this refreshments were 
served by patrol leaders and grubmasters. 
There were cookies, punch, sandwiches, 
and candy. After this we talked for a 
while and then closed the meeting. 

Murdock C. Moore 

President Adams' Gift 

Every year President Arthur Adams, 
of the Board of Managers, provides an 
entertainment on Christmas Day, as his 
gift to the school. 

This year the story of Robin Hood 
was presented by Mr. Clemens and his 
company of marionettes. The story was 
given in five acts. Most of the boys could 
understand the mechanical part of the 
performers, but were surprised at the many 
diflferent voices Mr. Clemens had as he 
caused the marionettes to "speak." There 
were at least twelve different voices and 
sounds produced, no two of which were 
alike. 

During the last act Mr. Clemens re- 
moved the stage curtain and showed how 
he manipulated his marionettes. 

At the beginning of the performance 
each boy was given a pound box of candy, 
the annual gift of the Alumni Association. 

We all enjoyed the afternoon very 
much. 

Edgar R. Aldrich 

The Ayrshire Breed 

My choice of a breed of dairy cattle 
would be the Ayrshire. Ayrshires are the 
best of rustlers and grazers, and will make 
the most of pasture land. 

This breed makes good beef, and has 



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a carcass value that enables breeders to 
secure very satisfactory returns for cows 
that have outlived their usefulness, or 
from the sale of surplus males as steers. 
Ayrshires may be depended upon to pro- 
duce annually from 8,000 to 10,500 pounds 
of milk per animal. Individual cows have 
produced as much as 1,000 pounds of 
butter fat in a year, 

Ayrshire calves are not difficult to raise, 
are good feeders and unusually thrifty and 
active. They make good under almost 
any conditions and may be developed 
with the minimum amount of labor and 
shelter. They are particularly noted for 
their long period of usefulness and free- 
dom from ordinary cow ailments. 

The Ayrshire bull will cross well with 
grade cows, especially those, of beef-breed- 
ing. The results of this are big capacious 
animals of attractive type and the ability 
to produce four percent milk. 

The Ayrshire Breed ranks second 
among the four major breeds of cattle in 
size and weight. Most Ayshires weigh 
from about 1,100 pounds to 1,400 pounds 
depending on the period of lactation. 

This breed is very rugged and have 
excellent constitutions. Individuals of 
this breed are often still producing milk, 
and in good health, at the age of fifteen 
years and over. More Ayrshires have pro- 
duced lifetime records of over 100,000 
pounds of milk than individuals of any 
other breed. 

Considering all these facts I think the 
Ayrshire breed is a very desirable one for 
any breeder to select. 

Gordon K. Goodwin 

Winter Sports 

One of the sports the boys best enjoy 
is skating. We went skating practically all 
of the Christmas Vacation Week. 



the rest just skate around or play tag on 
the ice. 

There have been two or three hockey 
games in which the Instructors have taken 
part. 

There have been approximately five 
days a week of skating. 

It is a lot of fun to just glide around, 
you feel like you have wings. 

Sliding and skiing came next. It's the 
first time since 1935 that there has been 
enough snow for this. 

We use the front avenue for the slid- 
ing, you can coast practically all the way 
down to the wharf. One day last week 
the avenue was all icy and you could go 
farther than before. Some of the boys 
took their sleds and decorated them like 
fancy cars. 

The tobogganing was very good too, 
the boys made jumps and good hills for 
this sport. 

Skiing is the most fun of all, the boys 
like to ski because it is a great sport for 
developing your sense of balance. 

We have a Scout Troop on the Island 
so we have many scouting activities com- 
bined with our winter sports. 

We have had a great deal of enjoy- 
ment so far this winter, we hope that the 
snow and ice will stay for a long time. 

Winthrop Davidson 

The Jester's Comments 
— The story of Frankly n "Peewee" 
Harris and his wanting to serve the foot- 
ball squad still is causing many laughs. It 
seems that "Peewee" asked our Coach, 
Raymond Thomas, if he could go on the 
school team trips and "clean the cleats of 
the players" between the halfs. "Peewee's" 
innocence was respected but he suspected 
something when it was suggested he take a 
brush to dust off the player's football 



The larger boys play hockey while armor. 



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Cbompson's Tsland Beacou 

Published Monthly by 

THE FARM AND TRADES SCHOOL 

Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor 

A PRIVATE SCHOOL FOR BOYS OF LIMITED 

MEANS. SUPPORTED BY ENDOWMENTS. 

TUITION FEES AND SUBSCRIPTIONS 



William D. DeLorie 
Robert English 



- - Editor 
Assoc. Editor 



Vol. 41 No. 9 



January 1938 



Subscription Price 



One Dollar Per Year 



BOARD OF MANAGERS 



Arthur Adams, President 
Edward Wigglesworth, Vice-President 
Tucker Daland, Secretary 
Augustus P. Loring, Jr., Treasurer 
Philip H. Theopold, Assistant Secretary 
Alfred C. Malm. Assistant Treasurer 

MANAGERS 

Cbnrles P. Curtis 

Henry Jackson, M. D. 
George L. De Blois 
S. V. R. Crosby 

Gorham Brooks 

N. Penrose Hailowell 
Charles E. Mason 
Robert H. Gardiner 
Philip S. Sears 

Walter B. Foster 

Alden B. Hefler 
Karl Adams 
Leverett Saltonstall 

Charles Wiggins, 2nd 

Edmund Q. Sylvester 
John L. Batchelder 

Moses Williams, Jr. 
William Alcott 

William M. Meacham 



Contributions may be mailed to 

Augustus P. LorING, Jr., Treasurer 

82 Devonshire Street, Boston 



December 17, 1937 at 11:15 P. M. a 
Boston Globe reporter telephoned the 
Headmaster of our school asking what we 
planned to do with the $5,000.00 given by 
the Charles Hayden Fund. In a few days 
we received official confirmation of this 
gift. This contribution is the beginning 
of a building fund. 

The late Charles Hayden indicated 
very clearly in his Will that he foresaw 
the great need and advantage of providing 
for the development of youth. One pro- 
vision in his Will states: 

To aid and assist in charitable 
and public educational uses and 
purposes for the moral, mental, 
intellectual and physical well- 
being, uplifting, upbuilding, and 
development of boys and young 
men of this country. 

The late Mr. Hayden's gift of the 
beautiful bronze statue to youth at the 
Boston English High School indicated his 
interest in youth. At another time 
speaking of the needs of M. I. T., his 
alma mater, he said, "The boys need 
better housing." 

From an article by Louis M. Lyons 
in the Boston Globe we find futher indi- 
cation of Mr. Hayden's high ideals and 
advice to youth. 

"Severe in the demands he made up- 
on himself, he was rigorous also with 
others. Almost the only published views 
of his life in his life-time are little sermons 
to young men on the old-fashioned virtues 
of hard work and right living." 

"The text of his will is quite largely 
a sermon to youth on the principles of 
right living and the importance of shunning 
evil influences. His best advice to youth 
was, 'Industrious application to one 
steadfast purpose invariably wins out.' It 
is a recipe for success that he proved him- 
self." 

The purposes of our school are in 
complete harmony with Mr. Hayden's 
ideals, and in building additional facili- 
ties for the boys here, we know that the 
trustees of this fund are fulfilling his wishes. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Topics in Brief Another group went to another theatre. 

Christmas was observed in our tradi- ^^^ members of the Junior class have had 
tional manner. On the Sunday preceding ^ ''"'P ^^ t^^"' ^"^ some of the boys have 
the holiday the boys gave a beautiful pro- ^^^" ^"^^^^ o^ instructors on other ex- 
cursions. On many of these trips the boys 
were met by their parents who joined 
the theatre parties. 



Fifteen of the boys were privileged to 
attend the Boston-New York hockey 
game at the Boston Garden on December 
28. 

We have made much progress with 
our usual winter work of painting and 
general repairing. The dormitories are 
being refinished at this time. 

Mr. William L. Barnard, world travel- 
er and photographer, came to the Island 
on December 16 and showed several reels 
of life on the Balinese Islands. A musical 



gram in our Chapel. Featured at this 
concert was the Christmas play "Three 
Wise Men" by Dorothy E. Allen, which 
told the message of Christmas in an in- 
spiring manner. Other parts of the pro- 
gram included selections by our well train- 
ed choir, readings and musical solos and 
quartets. The Christmas concert was a 
distinct credit to all those who had a part 
in its preparation. 

The holiday itself was ushered in by 
the singing of carols by sixteen of the boys. 
The boys went to the various places about 
the buildings and sang the lovely Christmas 
melodies, thus beginning a period of great 
joy and happiness to all the boys. 

"Santa Claus", in the person of John 

A. Paley, '29 arrived early Christmas accompaniment to the pictures was much 

morning to begin the distribution of gifts, enjoyed. President Arthur Adams arranged 

of which there were the usual large amount, for the visit and was present with Mr. 

In the afternoon, through the kindness of Barnard. We appreciate Mr. Barnard's 

President Arthur Adams of the Board of interest and thank him for bringing his 

Managers, we were privileged to watch a pictures here, 
distinctly superior marionette performance 

of "Robin Hood". During the month most of the boys' 

interests were centered on Christmas. The 

The holiday season was one of great Sloyd Room was particularly active as 
activity to everyone on the Island, and for m,ost of the boys sent handiwork to their 
nearly a month preceding the event we folks for gifts. There was little time for 
were all very busy. Nothing occurred to anything else excepting Christmas. Skat- 
mar the beauty of the season, nor was the ing was enjoyed, this being the principal 
true spirit of Christmas allowed to be for- outdoor sport while indoor games in the 
gotten. All in all, it was a very Merry gymnasium were played when the boys 
Christmas to everyone at the School. wished. Our regular winter basketball 

program begins on January 1. 

During the month most of the boys The weather promises excellent out- 
have enjoyed a performance at an intown door sports during the winter. So far the 
theatre. The three competing football skating, tobogganing, sliding, skiing and 
teams for the Crosby Shield each enjoyed and other ice and snow activities have 
attending the Metropolitan Theatre, been greatly enjoyed. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Calendar 90 Years Ago, December 1847 

As Kept by the Superintendent 

7. John Ball, Esq. of Salem came 
with William D. Balch and Lewis K. 
Plummer from that city. 

8. Charles H. Mann was sent to Mr. 
Ezra Curtin, a shoemaker in Lynn; and 
Jabez J. Lewis, to a farmer, in Brewster. 
James Cloney was admitted. 

16. Went to Dr. John C. Warren's 
with Geo. H. Savage who had injured 
his elbow. The Dr. made an extension 
of the arm while he was under the influ- 
ence of ether which he had inhaled and 
which made him unconscious of the oper- 
ation. 

22. Mr. Ahira Holmes, the former 
teacher, left. 

Calendar 50 Years Ago, December 1887 

As Kept by the Superintendent 

6. Carried corn to the city to be 
ground. Got 4 webs for sheets. 

26. **Christmas"-As it was to be our 
last tree we were anxious to have it a good 
one. This makes my 31st Christmas and 
29th tree. How many pleasant associ- 
ations cluster round these trees, and how 
many fond recollections revert to our 
past pleasant Christmas times. 

31. We close up with ninety-three 
boys. 

We have admitted during the year 
Homer Frye Thatcher; Frank Patten 
Wilcox; Chas. Ford; Wm. Bird Winters; 
Wm. Albert Goss; Richard Francis Goss; 
Wm. Franklin Galuecia; Harry Ed. Loud; 
Clarence Wm. Loud; Samuel Henry 
McKewen; Wm. Phillips; Sumner 
Wyman Parker; Fred Lynden Crawford 
Powers; Fred ^rancis Roberts; Joseph 
Curtis Robinson; Ed vard Steinbrick; 
Carl Steinbrick; Geo. Maynard Taylor; 
and Edward Mason Parker. 

Those discharged were: Alden Brooks 



and Clarence Sidney Hefler; Joseph 
Henry and Chester Havelock Smart; Fred. 
Wm. Mason; Wm. Ed. McNally; Wm. 
Perkins Colby; Horatio Alphonzo Colby; 
Wm. Marlin Byrnes; Wm. Morse Akers; 
Geo. Albert Skinner; George Gerard; 
Ed. Chas. Colson; Ed. Fisher Teague; 
Edward Dunham; Jas. Henry Speare; 
Sylvester Brown; Stephen Grover; and 
Edward Mason Parker. 

The Farm and Trades School Bank 

Statement, Dec. 31, 1937 
RESOURCES 

Savings Bank $1192.88 

Cash 100.42 



LIABILITIES 

Boys' Deposits . . . . 
Trading Co. Deposits . . 
Cottage Row Deposits 
Photo Company Deposits 
Surplus 



$1293.30 

$505.75 

542.91 

7.06 

46.07 

191.51 



$1293.30 

December Meteorology 

Maximum Temperature 51° on the 
eleventh. 

Minimum Temperature 17° on the 
fourteenth. 

Mean Temperature for the month 
33°. 

Eleven clear days, ten pardy cloudy 
and ten cloudy. 

Books 

There are always a number of fine 
books in our library for the boys to use 
Each month we have a new set from the 
Boston Public Library and this makes it 
possible for us to read a number of differ, 
ent books each month. 

Robert J. English 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Honor Roll— Fall Term 

Junior Class: Charles F. Averill,86.5: 
William F. Reagan, 86.0. 

Sophomore Class: Warren O. Filz, 
93.7; Thomas C. Kenvin, 91.6. 

Freshman Class: Murdock C. Moore, 
91.2; Wesley C. Gustafson, 90.2. 

Eighth Grade: Axel R. Hallberg, 
90.6; Warren A. Danner, 88.8. 

Seventh Grade: Ralph E. Pratt, 92.0; 
John V. Johanson, 86.0. 

Sixth Grade: James F. St. Coeur, 
90.0; William H. Britton, 85.0. 

The following boys have received a 
mark of 90 or over in scholastic effort for 
the past term: 

Junior Class: Charles F. Averill, 
William D. DeLorie. 

Sophomore Class: Warren O. Filz, 
Thomas C. Kenvin, Weston O. Page, 
Myron A. Pratt, Eugene Proctor. 

Freshman Class: William J. Bevans, 
Wesley C. Gustafson, Murdock C. Moore, 
William B. Pratt. 

Eighth Grade: Warren A. Danner, 
Winthrop Davidson, Axel R. Hallberg, 
Russell L. Letson, Jr., William C. Morse, 
Robert G. Ryerson. 

Seventh Grade: Ralph E. Pratt. 

Sixth Grade: William H. Britton. 
Ernest Burns. 

Christmas Concert 

On Sunday evening December 19, 
1937 our annual Christmas Play was staged. 
This year the play was presented in an ex- 
ceptional manner and everyone was favor- 
ably impressed with the entire program. 
Following is the program as presented: 

Program 
Hymn 219 O Little Town of Bethlehem 

Congregation 
Invocation Mr. Taylor 

Selection by the Choir Joy to the World 



Recitation Kriss Kringle 

Ralph E. Pratt 
Trombone Solo Warren O. Filz 

Accompaniment by Myron A. Pratt 
Recitation A Christmas Greeting 

Darwin C. Baird 
Choir Selection We Three Kings 

Recitation The Shepherds 

William H. Britton 
Clarinet Solo O Come All Ye Faithful 

Francis S. Sheldon 
Recitation Christmas 

Linwood L. Meacham 

Selection by the Quartet 

Robert J. English William N. Dodge 

William D. DeLorie Myron A. Pratt 

Christmas Play Three Wise Men 

Closing Hymn 215 Silent Night 

Congregation 
Benediction Mr. Taylor 

Play Cast 

The Three Magi 

Gasper R. Hollis Gould 

Melchior Eugene Proctor 

Balthasar Thomas C. Kenvin 

The Three Brothers 
Hal David W. Kenvin 

Don Theodore R. Davidson 

Phil Wesley C. Gustafson 

A woman Edgar R. Aldrich 

Members of the Choir 

Sopranos 

Wesley C. Gustafson John V. Johanson 

Linwood L. Meacham Richard A. Martin 

Altos 

Winthrop Davidson Richard J. Nelson 

Ralph E. Pratt 

Tpnors 

Robert J. English William F. Reagan 

Thomas S. D'Intinosanto 

Basses 

Warren O. Filz Myron A. Pratt 

George F. Connors 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Cbe /iiumiti ifssociation of Cbe Tarm and trades $cbooi 



Howard B. Ellis, '98 President 

Dorcjiester, Mass. 
Harold W. towAWDS, '10, Treasurer 

ArlinfiCOD, M.d88. 

Clarence H. McLenna, '27 was 
married on New Year's Day to Miss 
Eleanor Bailey, daugiiter of Mr. and 
Mrs. Edward C. Bailey of South Lan- 
casten*, Mass. The ceremony was per- 
formed at the bride's home, which was 
beautifully decorated with a variety of 
floral displays. 

i Mrs. McLenna is a very popular 
member of the younger social set and has 
a wide circle of friends. She is a graduate 
of the Hanover high school and the 
Faulkner School of Nursing. Mr. Mc- 
LenNA, after graduating from F. T. S. in 
1927 attended Mechanics Arts high school 
and the Worcester Trade School from 
which institutions he graduated. He is 
employed by the Heald Manufacturing 
Company as an experimental engineer. 

On September 19, 1937 Miss LoR- 
RAiNE Bertha Ronsing became the 
bride of SAMUEL Olney Hall, '30. 
We have received a fine letter telling of 
this couple's first Christmas together, which 
was celebrated at the home of Mrs. Hall's 
parents in South Deerfield, Mass. The 
couple reside at 53 Heath St. Somerville. 
Mr. Hall is with Swifi and Company in 
Boston, where he has been located for 
some time. 

Robert W. Mitchell, '32 has been 
employed by the Norwood Messenger 
since 1933. During this period he has 

n studying Television and he has ac- 
cepted^'^^^'p-^tion in this field with a 
Chicago conceri!!^^4ijS„Jeft for his new 
work recently. The NorwS^^^g^nger 
comments in part: "We've sad ne^ 
reiate. ..one of our boys is leaving to head 



Willis M. Smith, '22, Vice-President 
Somerville, Mass. 



Merton p. Ellis. '97, Secretary 
77 Summer Street. Boston 
G. George Larsson, '17. Historian 
Hyde Park, Mass. 

West. Bob Mitchell, at last, after years of 
downright plugging, SMcrifice and heart- 
breaking endeavor will swing into the 
last leg of the course which he hopes and 
we KNOW, will take him over the finish- 
line into his field of chosen endeavor. Tele- 
vision. We wish for him all those things 
which the world knows as success. We 
shall miss him very much, yet if our loss is 
his gain then we say, 'On your way Bob 
to better, finer, and greater thiniis, for your 
success will bring us all much joy.' 

May we add our wishes for his con- 
tinued success. 

Charles A. Blatchford, '04 writes 
from Cleveland, Ohio, where he is em- 
ployed by the River Terminal Railroad 
Company. He has subscribed for the 
Beacon. His home address is 11508 Miles 
Avenue, Cleveland. 

John D. MacGregor, '31 sent his 
Christmas greetings from the S.S. Presi- 
dent Polk, which was at sea from Kobe to 
Hong Kong. He went to sea soon after 
his graduation from here and has spent 
most of his time in crossing the Pacific 
ocean. 

Do not forget the Annual Alumni 
Get-Together at the Hotel Bradford on 
February 9. A fine program has been 
prepared and the committee in charge 
hopes for a large attendance. 

Any news of graduates would be great- 
ly appreciated. Such items will apear on 
this"'^i^5eT»*v, 




Vol. 41 No. 10 Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. Feb. 1938 

Entered November 3, 1903 at Boston. Mass., as Second Class matter, under Act of Congress, of July 6, 1874 







This group has been entertained by our Band. Since 1857 the concerts 
by the boys have been warmly applauded. 



News of the Band 
The Band has been very busy this 
winter and has performed three times in 
town. A concert was given for the Ladies' 
Auxiliary of the Morgan Memorial in 
the Church of all Nations on January 14. 
On January 24 the band took part in the 
pageant of the Community Federation 
agencies at Mechanics Building. Later 
that same week the Band gave a concert 
for the solicitors of the Community Feder- 
ation at the Boston City Club. At all of 
these events nothing but the most favor- 



able praise was given the boys upon their 
fine performance. 

Our readers will be happy to know 
that already friends of the Band are con- 
ducting a campaign to outfit the boys with 
new uniforms. The present uniforms 
have been used for nearly two decades 
and have given excellent service. It is 
hoped that the campaign will be success- 
ful, and that the boys will have a 
colorful, neat dress for their spring ap- 
pearances. 

The Band has four concerts already 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



scheduled. It will appear in a Boy Scout 
Music Festival in South Boston on Feb. 
23 at the Phillips Congregational Church. 
Late in April the boys will present their 
Annual Spring Concert in Faneuil 
Hall. In May they will join with hundreds 
of other school boys and girls in two 
Festivals, one at Fall River and the other 
at Burlington, Vermont. 

Our many friends are cordially in- 
vited to attend any of these concerts. 

The Library 

In our Assembly Hall we have a 
small branch of the Boston Public Library 
in which we have many books that have 
been loaned to us from there. The 
school has also its own library of fiction, 
facts, and fancy. 

Many magazine subscriptions give us 
added enjoyment. A few of these are 
Popular Mechanics, Popular Science, 
Boys' Life, American Boy, American 
Forests, and many others. 

The Boston Public Library books are 
being used most commonly now and are 
going to be changed it is believed at the 
end of each month. 

Many of the boys donate their books 
to the library to be used for the en- 
joyment of the other boys. 

There are also a great number of 
volumes in our new study room for refer- 
ence in our school work. 

Murdock C. Moore 

Our Study Hall 

The boys' reading room has been 
completely renovated and refurnished. 
It is now used as a study hall. Three 
large tables with chairs are used for study. 
Two large bookcases accommodate the 
volumes, most of which are for refer- 



ence work. Here theboys who particularly 
need study go for assistance from their 
teachers. The study hall is very quiet and 
furnished so that the boys enjoy using it. 

Richard G. Bemis 

Tank Trouble 

The oil tank which is situated near 
the flagpole has risen from the excavation 
in which it has been lying for the last few 
months. The rising of the tank was caused 
by the water from the melting snow and 
ice settling in the cavity. The soil is 
largely clay and the water could not seep 
out. The first attempt to make it settle 
was to place large rocks on the exposed 
part of the tank. This did not help. 
The water was then pumped out and the 
farm crews are now digging around the 
tank. The proposed plan is to lay cables 
over the tank and fasten them with granite 
blocks. According to mathematics it will 
take about 35,000 pounds to hold the tank 
firm. 

Arthur A. Roulston 

Winter Activities 

We enjoy the winter sports very much . 
Some of the boys own sleds, and some of 
the others have made good ones from old 
ones. Coasting is always very popular 
and good fun. Other snow sports are 
skiing and tobogganing. Many of the 
boys received skis for presents and they 
have learned to use them well. 

The Scoutmaster takes all the Scouts, 
and others who want to go, on skating 
parties quite often. We go after supper. 
We build a fire and have a good time. 

The boys all enjoy the wintertime. 

Albert Wilder 



THOMPSON'S FSLAND BEACON 



A Word Picture the life of his king. The adventures of 

Imagine that you were sitting in our Quentin Durward took place in France, 



about the time when Louis XI was ruling. 

Howard M. Colpitis 



Gymnasium on most any Thursday even 

ing. The boys' team and instructors' team 

are practicing for the basketball game 

which is to begin in a very few moments. 

The Instructors are just tossing the ball 

around, while the boys are lined up taking , ~ . rr 

shots from passes in rotation. There's ^^^^"0" ^^s in ofifice the early pioneers 

the whistle! The game is on, and already Zl'^ ^^^ P^°P^^ ^h° ^°""^ ^'^^ ^'^^"'t. 

the Instructors have advanced the ball up ^ h^se Pioneers were mostly young, and 

the court and scored a field goal. The ^^^ ^^^ 'P""'^ and desire to succeed. They 



Kentucky and Tennessee Pioneer Days 

During the time that President 



boys take the ball. The guards pass it 
to a forward who passes it to the center. 
A shot, and the ball rolls around the rim 
of the basket and finally goes through the 
netting. The score is tied. Basket after 
basket is made by the teams, and the score 
is nearly even throughout the game. 
With but one minute to play the Instruc- 
tors gain possession of the ball. It is 
passed from player to player until a clear 
shot is obtained. The goal is made and 
the Instructors are ahead by one basket. 
The boys now have the ball. They are 
closely guarded. Just as the Instructors' 
defense is being broken the timekeepers' 
horn sounds the end of the game, and the 
Instructors have won. 

Linwood L. Meacham 

My Book Report 
In a few days book reports will be due 
from the members of the Freshman Class. 
My report will be on Scott's "Quentin 



were brave, being willing to give their life 
for a comrade. 

The clothing worn consisted mostly 
of animal skins for the men, and simple 
house dresses for the women. The living 
accommodations consisted of a rude cabin 
with simple furniture. While the men 
worked hard clearing the land, the women 
took care of the cabin and made clothing 
for the children. 

Celebrations were held once in a- 
while. The men would accomplish feats 
of strength to gain honor. A feast was 
prepared by the women. 

Schools and teachers were not very 
numerous, and the children did not receive 
a very good education. The principle 
subjects taught were reading, writing and 
arithmetic. 

Winthrop Davidson 

Ice Skating 

This winter we have had some very 



Durward." One of the most interesting good skating. The cold weather froze 
parts of the story is the opening, when the pond in back of the storage barn as 



Quentin proves his bravery by remaining 
to meet a large group of people, while 
the others ran away. Quentin was made 
a prisoner and was sentenced to be hung. 
An archer of the Royal Guard intervened 
and Quentin was saved. He became a 
member of the Royal Guard. He had 
many exciting adventures, and once saved 



smooth as glass. There is about an acre 
of ice. There are two or three hockey 
rinks besides areas for the boys that don't 
like hockey to have some fun playing tag, 
snap the whip or some similar game. All 
in all we had a pretty good year for the 
boys that like ice skating. 

Leonard I. Scott 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Cbompson's Island Beacon 

Published Monthly by 

THE FARM AND TRADES SCHOOL 

Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor 

A PRIVATE SCHOOL FOR BOYS OF LIMITED 

MEANS. SUPPORTED BY ENDOWMENTS. 

TUITION FEES AND SUBSCRIPTIONS. 



William D. DeLorie 
Robert English 



- - Editor 
Assoc. Editor 



Vol. 41 No. 10 



February 1938 



Subscription Price 



One Dollar Per Year 



BOARD OF MANAGERS 



Arthur Adams, President 
Edward Wigglesworth, Vice-President 
Tucker Daland, Secretary 
Augustus P. Loring, Jr., Treasurer 
Philip H. Theopold, Assistant Secretary 
Alfred C. Malm, Assistant Treasurer 

MANAGERS 

Charles P. Curtis 

Henry Jackson, M. D. 
George L. De Blois 
S. V. R. Crosby 

Gorham Brooks 

N. Penrose Hailowell 
Charles E. Mason 
Robert H. Gardiner 
Philip S. Sears 

Walter B. Foster 

Alden B. Hefler 
Karl Adams 
Leverett Saltonstall 

Charles Wiggins, 2nd 

Edmund Q. Sylvester 
John L. Batchelder 

Moses Williams, Jr. 
William Alcott 

William M. Meacbam 



Contributions may be mailed to 

Augustus P. Loring, Jr., Treasurer 

82 Devonshire Street, Boston 



The following letter came to our at- 
tention and as it seems to be indicative of 
Farm and Trades School training we pass 
it along to our readers. It was not written 
for publication but the writer has granted 
our request for permission to print it. The 
letter was written to Mr. Howard B. Ellis 
'98, President of the Alumni Association 
by Mr. Frederic F. Burchsted '01. ^ 

"I will be unable to attend the F. T. 
S. Alumni Banquet as I am attending a 
lecture on Metallurgy at the Massachusetts 
Institute of Technology. I feel that this 
lecture is very important to me. as I am 
doing a good deal of research work on 
metals for the Beverly Hospital. 

"Little did I dream as I stood by the 
forge in the blacksmith shop at the old 
school of ours, that that very training was 
some day going to lead me to invent new 
surgical instruments and devices which 
have saved human lives, made cripples 
able to walk again and reduced pain and 
suffering, but I must not lose sight of the 
fact, that after all, this inventing and re- 
search work would be utterly useless if it 
wasn't for the skilled surgeons who are 
using it. 

"The financial rewards have been 
small up to date, but there is a wonderful 
satisfaction which I cannot express in 
words, in knowing that through this work 
some of the misery has been taken from 
this world, and I want to share it with the 
school which gave me my first training. 
So when you think of the farm, the print- 
ing office, the schoolroom, the band, the 
sloyd and many other useful vocations 
taught at the F. T. S. don't forget the 
blacksmith shop which has helped to save 
human lives and bring health and comfort 
into this old world of ours. Now just a 
good word for the hospital where through 
months of pain, I learned the need of new 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



surgical instruments and surgical ap- 
pliances. Where they fought for me, 
night and day until finally they saved my 
life and leg and I learned to love them 
all. 

" Wishing you all a very 

pleasant evening, I remain as ever . . . ." 
Fred Burchsted 

Topics in Brief 

Winter activities have progressed ex- 
cellently during the past month. There 
has been considerable cleaning, painting 
and refinishing various parts of the Main 
Building. Necessary repairs upon our 
stock barn have been accomplished. Much 
work has been accomplished upon farm 
equipment in anticipation of spring. 

The basketball tournaments are pro- 
gressing nicely. We have eleven teams 
playing regularly scheduled games. Six 
or more games are being played each 
week. The Varsity squad won all of its 
games during the month. The Juniors, 
composed of smaller boys, have met and 
conquered other teams of similar age. The 
Sears' Trophy competition is providing a 
maximum of interest. The other league, 
composed of the smaller boys, is having 
a very successful season. Our gymnasium 
has been greatly improved with modern 
heating devices, all of which have helped 
in making basketball gain greater populari- 
ty with the boys. 

Our weekly assemblies have been 
featured with excellent programs by the 
various classes. These programs, which 
occur weekly on Monday evening, are 
based exclusively on some phase of class- 
room work and show in an interesting 
manner the progress the boys are making. 

The boys always enjoy reading, and 
our library is very busy during the winter 
months. Much has been accomplished in 



assisting the boys to cultivate good reading 
habits. Each pupil is now preparing a 
book report on standard authors. Our 
collection of books is supplemented by 
shipments of volumes from the Boston 
Public Library and we are thus privileged 
in securing books on nearly any subject. 

A meeting of the Admission Com- 
mittee was held on January 5, at which 
time five boys were admitted to the school. 
These boys are members of the sixth 
and seventh grades. 

The Crosby Football Shield and 
Trophies were awarded on Jan. 17. This 
is the twenty-seventh year that these have 
been given. The Shield is given to 
the championship team, and individual 
trophies are given to the best player in 
each position. Needless to say, the boys 
value these awards very highly and the 
kindness of Mr. Crosby is very greatly 
appreciated. 

The annual corporation meeting of 
the School was held on January 25, The 
outstanding achievement of the year was 
the completion of the Adams House, the 
first unit in a building program which 
will be carried to completion as soon 
as funds are available. The certification 
of seven members of the Junior Class, 
the first boys to complete the third year 
of high school work here, was a very 
important event during the year. 

Our Printing department has received 
a fine letter from the Secretary of The 
New England Home for Deaf Mutes. 
We have printed 2,000 reports for this 
association, a twelve page job with cover. 
The directors of the Home were pleased 
so much by the quality of the printing that 
the Secretary sent a note congratulating 
the printing department. We appreciate 
this kindness very much. 



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With one exception, ail who tooli 
the course in First Aid have passed the 
requirements and have been awarded cer- 
tificates. Another class with nearly twice 
as many boys, is now taking the course. 

The current issues of the Orchestra 
Monthly and the Band Monthly, pub- 
lished by the Walter Jacobs Company 
contain an article giving the historical 
background of our School Band. It is 
far more complete than anything yet pub- 
lished and the manuscript has been care- 
fully scrutinized to insure a most complete 
and accurate history of our band. It is 
illustrated by three photographs, and 
contains the description by Nathaniel 
Hawthorne written after his visit to the 
School over a century ago, in 1837. 

Calendar 90 Years Ago, January 1848 

As Kept by the Superintendent 

1. Pupils belonging to school -72. 

2. David Paige, Esq., of Boston 
visited the school, addressed the boys 
and presented each with a book. 

10. The cold increases. The wind 
strong from the West — Thermometer at 
10 P.M. 2° above zero, barometer at ten 
P.M. 30.16 inches. 

11. Thermometer at 8 A.M. 5° below 
zero, barometer at 8 A.M. 30.32 inches. 
Thermometer at 10 A.M. 2below, barome- 
ter at 10 A.M. 30.35 inches after which it 
began to fail. Catherine Cleary came 
back from the city this evening, as washer. 

24. The boys commenced their 
writing lessons. 

Calendar 50 Years Ago, January 1888 

As Kept by the Superintendent 

21. A very cold rough day. Mr. 
Partridge and Smeaton crossed and when 
they came home the snow ice had formed 
along our shore so that it was impossible 



for them to get through. We ran boards 
out on the ice far enough to throw a line 
to them and they were drawn to the shore. 

22. The Supt. officiated all day. The 
harbor full of ice. Could cross on it to 
point if desired. 

23. 2° above zero. Boys skating on ice 
east of the island. There are 50 pairs of 
skates on the isle, also 1^ doz. sleds and 
4 toboggans so that our boys can have 
great fun on the ice when not too cold. 

24. A fine, clear day though cold. 
Crossed on the ice to the "point" and got 
meat, fish, beans, etc. 

25. Gave the boys and family rides 
with the horses and sleds. Had a jolly 
time and made all happy. Mr. Partridge 
went to city in P. M. and Mr. Spencer in 
in eve. Some rain in the night. 

28. People all around us on the ice. 
Chas. and George Bridgham and Arthur 
Fearing skated over to see us. Chas. 
Young also came, and Chas. Wallace. 
Sent Mr. Brown for mail. 

30. Went over with horse and pung, 
carrying a lot of trunks, boxes, etc. to 
send to Natick, and to get articles for 
house. Meat, rice, oil, etc. Drove west 
from our wharf until across the 
channel, there straight to Club Wharf. 



The Farm and Trades School Bank 

Statement, Jan. 31, 1938 
RESOURCES 

Savings Bank $1192.08 



Cash 



60.90 



LIABILITIES 

Boys' Deposits . . . . 
Trading Co. Deposits . . 
Cottage Row Deposits 
Photo Company Deposits 
Surplus 



$1252.98 

$444.97 

592.80 

7.26 

56.57 

151.38 

$1252.98 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



January Meteorology 

Maximum Temperature 57° on the 
seventh. 

Minimum Temperature 5° on the 
nineteenth. 

Mean Temperature for the month 
29°. 

Eight clear days, twelve partly cloudy 
and eleven cloudy. 

Basketball 
The boys chose up teams January 6. 
' We have five teams playing in the Nut 
League. These teams are called the Wal- 
nuts, Chestnuts, Beechnuts, Doughnuts, 
and Peanuts. I enjoy playing in this 
league very much. 

Theodore R. Davidson 

Going to School 

I came to the School last month, and 
am in the seventh grade. Our class then 
had only seven members but some other 
boys have come since then, and now we 
have ten boys in our grade. We go to 
school every morning. One of our 
classes each day is printing. We have 
learned the case and other things about 
printing well. Now we are learning the 
point system. 

Of course we don't go to school on 
Sunday. On that day we have Sunday 
School in the morning. In the afternoon 
we go on beach walks, or do other things. 

I am sure that I like being at F. T. S. 
very much. 

Roland Hallberg 

Basketball and the Junior Team 

Last year Mr. Thomas organized a 
Junior team from among the smaller boys. 
We played two games and won both. 
This year he is coaching a similar team. 



None of the players are over fourteen 
years of age. We have played three 
games this season, defeating the Trinity 
Church Juniors and the Buker team of 
the Ruggles Street Baptist Church. The 
Y.M.C.A. Pioneer defeated us in a hard- 
fought contest 28-26. 

Edgar R. Aldrich 

Learning to Play Cornet 

A number of the boys are learning 
how to play cornet, so they may become 
members of the Band. Sometimes boys 
start and get discouraged and drop from 
the Beginners' Band. Then after awhile 
they begin again. I have been practicing 
often and hope to get in the Band soon. 

Most of the boys enjoy music, and the 
cornet is one of the most popular instru- 
ments. Many learn to play especially well. 
Wesley C. Gustafson 

First Lessons in First Aid 

In our first lesson we studied the 
reasons why First Aid is necessary, and 
the most important things to do, and not 
to do. We learned the pressure points. 
In the second steps we were taught the 
general steps in the control of breathing. 
In the next lesson we were taught how to 
give first aid to wounds. Now we are 
studying shock. 

Ralph E. Pratt 

Looking Back 
I have been at the School for almost 
four years, and can look back and see 
how much the School has done for me. 
The first thing about the Island that I can 
remember was the steamer Pilgrirp, which 
was tied up near the wharf. It had not 
been taken out of the water, but was being 
used for hauling freight and other work. I 
came here on July 27, 1934. 

Maxwell M. Clark 



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Cbe /Dumnl }1$$ociation of the farm and trades School 



Howard B. Ellis, "98 President 

Dorchester, Mass. 
Harold W. Ldwahus, '10, TreaBurer 

ArlicgtOD, MaSB. 



Willis M. Smith, '22, Vice-President 
Somerville, Mass. 



Merton p. Ellis. '97, Secretary 
77 Summer Street, Boston 
G. George Larsson, '17. Historian 
Hyde Park, Mass. 



We regret deeply to report the death 
of Edward, infant son of RICHARD L. 
BOLINGBROKE, '32. Funeral Services 
were held from the parents home, One 
Longmeadow Street, Upham's Corner 

John E. Magee, '34, has been em- 
ployed by the H. P. Hood & Sons milk 
company for several years. He takes an 
active part in his community and Church 
life. Recently he brought his Christian 
Endeavor class and Pastor, Rev. Meserve, 
to the Island where the group had charge 
of our Sunday Service. The program 
offered was fine in every way. This 
graduate lives at 30 Atlantic St., Winthrop. 

William C. Burns, '37, is attending 
the Quincy Trade School. He lives in 
Wollaston, at 222 Arlington Street. 

William C. Parsons, '36, is suc- 
ceeding admirably in his work at 
Plymouth. He earns his living accomoda- 
tions by being "man of the house" for a 
Plymouth kdy, whose son is engaged in 
business in Boston. This graduate attends 
Plymouth high school and has taken a 
most active part in all of the school's 
extra-curricular activities. 

We are happy to report that JACK 
Hobson, '27 has recovered from a rather 
serious illness to the extent that he was dis- 
missed from a hospital recently. He is 
at home recuperating and would be glad 
to hear from his F. T. S. friends. His 
address is 31 Power Street, Norton, 
Massachusetts. 



W. Marshall Hall, '27 has been 
for some time in the employ of a large 
oil company. His spare time is spent in 
the music profession, he having been a 
member of the 101st Engineers' Band 
since his graduation from F. T. S. His 
home address is 7 Brogan Rd., Medford, 
Mass. 

Thomas W. Eastty, '31, was a 
recent visitor. He is married, has two 4 
children and makes his home in South * 
Boston. He is employed at the Edison 
Electric power station on Summer Street 
in South Boston. His hobby continues to 
be music, at which he is especially adept. 

Edward L. Very, '36, has mc ved 
to 94 Lincoln Street, Winthrop. He is 
attending Winthrop High School, and 
plays Tuba in various amateur organ- 
izations in that city. He is working after 
school hours on an express route. 

Walter Bishop, '35, was a recent 
visitor at the School. His address is 196 
Warren Avenue, Roxbury, Mass. 

Robert Dudley, '16 has been 
actively engaged as a salesman for the 
confectionery trade for many years. He 
lives at 25 Clyde Street, Belmont, Mass. 

C. Wilbur Durgin, '21 is living at 
21A Pinckney Street in the Beacon Hill 
section of Boston. He has one son, Cyrus 
Peter, born last November 8. Mr Durgin 
writes much of the music material which 
appears in the Boston Globe. Particularly 
noteworthy are his comments upon the 
Boston Symphony Orchestra concerts. 
His writings may be identified by his 
initials which follow most of his work. 




Vol. 41 No. 11 Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. Mar. 1938 

Entered November 3, 1903 at Boston. Mass.. as Second Class matter, under Act of Congress, of July 6, 1874 



The Snow Fight 

Each year, on February 22, it is the 
custom for the boys to have a snowball 
battle. Two teams are chosen and ordi- 
narily the boys spend two or three weeks 
building snow forts. This year the snow 
melted and the ground was bare until two 
or three days before the battle. Just when 
we thought we could not have a snow fight 
we had a snowstorm of a few inches. 
By changing the rules a little we made 
this small amount of snow serve the pur- 
pose and we had our usual game. 

The two armies were led by Lionel 
Willey of the Settlers, and William E. 
Brewer of the Indians. The Indians used 
plenty of paint and feathers to make their 
appearance more realistic. 

The battle began shortly after two 
o'clock and took place near the East beach . 
There was an attack by each army, and 
a general free period when both armies 
were on the offensive. Each army had 
an area in which supplies were stored 
that were to be defended. The other 
army attacked and whatever supplies were 
captured were credited to its score. 

The Indians attacked the Settlers to 
open the battle and earned 140 points. 



The Setders counter-attacked and earned 
122 points, thus failing by eighteen points 
to equal the Indians. In the third and 
final period all supplies were placed equi- 
distance from both forts, then when the 
whistle blew both sides rushed out and 
tried to gain possession of them. This 
period was filled with hard fighting, as 
both sides knew that the result depended 
upon a few minutes of hard work. 

As the signal for the close of the war 
sounded the scorers began counting points. 
It was found that the Indians had won, by 
the close score of 228 to 214 points. The 
Indians joyfully went to the Main Building 
and began preparing to receive the trophy 
of war, which consisted of good things to 
eat. 

The winning team received, as the 
"trophy of war", bananas, doughnuts, 
candy, oranges, and peanuts. The happy 
members of the army generously divided 
with the boys on the losing side. Although 
I have been in these battles for four suc- 
cessive years, this is the first time I have 
been on the winning side. Everyone en- 
joyed the battle and wish to thank the 
instructors who organized the game. 

Edgar R. Aldrich 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Photo Company 

Each year two boys from the upper 
class are selected and trained in photo- 
graphic technic. All the work of taking 
pictures, developing the negatives and 
making the prints are done by these boys. 
Although every step in photography must 
be done carefully and with utmost care, 
perhaps the most difficult is the proper 
mixing of chemical solutions. We do 
not use any ready-made solutions, but 
mix all our developing and printing solu- 
tions. 

This work is in the nature of a hobby, 
as the time used is the leisure time of the 
boys. Those who enjoy photography 
could imagine no better way to spend 
their playtime than in our darkroom. 

Many of the instructors and boys give 
our darkroom all their picture work, and 
we are busy most of the lime. We have 
several fine cameras, enlarging apparatus 
and good equipment for developing and 
printing all the more popular sizes of 

pictures.* William D. DeLorie 

Essays 

Each year, about this time, each 
member of the graduating class writes an 
essay of about two thousand words in 
length. The subjects are chosen by the 
boys. The essays must be written in cor- 
rect grammatical form. 

Most of the winter term is spent 
gathering material for the essays. The 
boys use reference books of all kinds, and 
usually some of the papers are written 
from practical experience, when the essay 
has to do with some of the school courses. 

The essays are corrected by the 
teacher of the English class and the mark 
the boy receives is very important. The 
essay is copied, with ail corrections made, 
and delivered to the office about the first 
of May. It is placed in the school files, 
where it is kept permanently. 



On Graduation Day the essays pre- 
pared by the Valedictorian and Saluta- 
torian are delivered as part of the Gradu- 
ation Day program. 

Robert J. English 

The Jester's Comments 
— Charles Averill, who is learning the 
printing trade, is evidently looked upon 
with suspicion b)^ some of the other 
printers. When advancing towards the 
type cases he picked out one from which 
to set Beacon articles. Imagine his great 
surprise, which turned to indignation, 
when he found the following message; 
"Averill Keep Out." Of course it is easy 
to mix up a type case, but probably one 
of the other boys (Bob English perhaps) 
may know something about it. Whoever 
thought Averill could get a case mixed? 

— Leonard Markley did a stunt quite 
similar to the man who built a boat in his 
cellar, and then couldn't take it out be- 
cause the door was too small. Anyway 
Carpenter Markley made a mirror frame 
and searched for a good flat surface to 
glue the joints. He found it. 'Twas the 
bed of the handsaw he used and his frame 
was nicely glued. Then, sad to say, he 
found the handsaw blade running through 
the middle of his frame. This blade, about 
one-half inch in width is continuous and 
the problem was to remove the frame. 
He, like the the man who built the boat 
in his cellar, had to take his work apart 
and assemble it in another place. 

— Bobby MacSwain of the freshman 
class waits on table for the Junior Class. 
He is not awed by these peers of wisdom. 
As far as the Juniors appetites go the 
following was heard: "More potatoes 
please, " to which the young freshman 
replied, "You've had enough". Look 
out frosh, you're treading on dangerous 
ground. (Inserted by the Juniors). 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



The Glass Play 

The seventh grade put on a play re- 
cently. It was to remind the boys to use 
better English. All the seventh grade and 
some of the sixth grade boys were in it. 
The boys like to put on plays because it 
is fun. Roland Hallberg 

Printing 
Printing is taught to the Sixth and 
Seventh grades. We are taught how to 
lock up chases, run presses, set up type 
and other things. Printing is very interest- 
ing and educational. David N. Moseley 

Marble Season 
We have just begun playing marbles, 
and this is a sure sign of spring. The most 
popular games are: poison, bunny in the 
hole, ringer, chase, and popsies. 

John V. Johanson 

Sewing Buttons 
I work in the sewing room and we 
have a great many clothes that need 
buttons sewed on. It is not hard to sew 
buttons on white shirts, but on work clothes 
there is usually a hole where the button is 
supposed to be. So we have to mend the 
hole before we put the button on. 

James E. McCarthy 

Scout Sunday Program 
On February 6, which was Boy Scout 
Sunday, our troop had a special service. 
It was in charge of our minister, Reverend 
Harold Taylor. The Scout Troop sat in 
front in Chapel and all those who had uni- 
forms wore them. The service was mostly 
patriotic, and Mr. Taylor told about 
George Washington and Abraham 
Lincoln. It was a fine service. 

Ralph E. Pratt 

Pop Corn on the Beach 

Several times our Scoutmaster has 
taken the scouts to the camp and we have 
popped corn. We made some poppers 



out of tin cans. The corn pops fine if a 
bed of real hot coals is made. After we 
hyve popped all the corn we want, the 
grubmaster gives us marshmallows which 
we roast. This is lots of fun. 

Donald F. Griswold 

Horse Barn Work 
Two other boys and I do the chores 
in the horse barn every morning and also 
in the evening. There are four horses 
and a pony and it is our duty to feed and 
clean them. We first brush the horses and 
clean off any dirt that is caked. Then we 
give them grain and hay. Usually we 
have to go in the haymow and get down 
hay for ihem. The horses are given all 
the water they want to drink. 

William L. Schlegel 

Working on the Farm 
I find working on the farm very inter- 
esting. Most of the farm boys are very 
strong, because they work outdoors. All 
the boys have their own work to do. Now 
we are getting the fields ready for spring 
planting. 

Ralph E. Hunnewell 

Summer is Coming 
We have already had some warm 
sunny days and nearly all the boys are 
looking forward to summer. Swimming 
is the chief summer sport and I think all 
the boys want to pass the Red Cross 
swimming and life-saving tests. We shall 
all be glad when summer comes. 

Gerald J. Connor 

Surveying 
The other day some men came to 
the Island to survey. They measured the 
land around all the buildings and then 
measured some of the fields. It seems to 
me that surveying must be very interesting 
work, and a surveyor needs a good edu- 
cation to do his work well. 

Linwood L. Meacham 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Cbompson's Island Beacon 

Published Monthly by 

THE FARM AND TRADES SCHOOL 

Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor 

A PRIVATE SCHOOL FOR BOYS OF LIMITED 

MEANS. SUPPORTED BY ENDOWMENTS. 

TUITION FEES AND SUBSCRIPTIONS. 



William D. DeLorie 
Robert English 



Assoc. 



Editor 
Editor 



Vol. 41 No. 11 



March 1938 



SubBcription Price 



One Dollar Per Year 



BOARD OF MANAGERS 



Arthur Adams, President 
Edward Wigglesworth, Vice-President 
Tucker Daland, Secretary 
Augustus P. Loring, Jr., Treasurer 
Philip H. Theopold, Assistant Secretary 
Alfred C. Malm, Assistant Treasurer 

MANAGERS 

Charles P. Curtis 

Henry Jackson, M. D. 
George L. De Blois 
S. V. R. Crosby 
Gorham Brooks 

N. Penrose Hallowell 
Charles E. Mason 
Robert H. Gardiner 
Philip S. Sears 

Walter B. Foster 

Alden B. Hefler 
Karl Adams 
Leverett Saltonitall 

Charles Wiggins, 2nd 

Edmund Q. Sylvester 
John L. Batchelder 

Moses Williams, Jr. 
William Alcott 

William M. Meacham 

Contributions may be mailed to 

Augustus P. Loring, Jr., Treasurer 

82 Devonshire Street, Boston 



The following poem was printed in 
the South Boston Gazette of February 25, 
and was written by the brilliant young 
pianist, Ernest Weidner. The excellent 
appearance, deportment and spirit of the 
Band, as it participated in a Boy Scout 
musical festival on February 23, prompted 
Mr. Weidner to pen this tribute. 

A TRIBUTE 

(To the boys of Thompson's Island, and 
especially to the boys of the band who par- 
ticipated in the Music Festival Wed. night.) 

The spirit that all schools once had 
Has slowly died away. 
It's left the college campus, and 
The place where fellows play. 

It's found no more in High School. 
And true! It seems quite sad 
To think they've lost the grandeur 
Of the spirit that they had. 

But from a harbor island came 
A band of happy lads 
Whose taste for art and culture, far 
Out run this world of fads. 

They live apart from jazz and noise 
And crashing trolley cars. 
They love God's hills and meadows green. 
His seas and sky of stars. 

The words both peace and quietness mean 
Much more to them than us, 
For we are ever trapped by noise, 
And swamped in mires of fuss. 

They seldom know the feeling of 
A life that's broke and blue. 
They only know the splendor of 
A friend that's tried and true. 

The spirit that these lads possess 
I hope will never die, 
Because, it is the truest thing 
I've found beneath the sky. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



These friendly boys, both live and learn 
And struggle side by side; 
A band of lads all pure of heart, 
They're "Boston Harbor's Pride" 

A bow I make, unto you all. 
Believe me this is true, 
I'd like to visit some fine day 
Your teachers, school, and you. 

But now let's hail the band that came 
To cheer us for a while, 
And say, "God, in thy mercy bless 
The boys of Thompson's Isle." 

—Ernest Weidner. 

Topics in Brief 

The Alumni Association held its annu- 
al Get-Together on February 9, at the 
Hotel Bradford. A large number of 
graduates were present, and the meeting 
was presided over by President of the 
Association, Howard B. Ellis, '98. Presi- 
dent Arthur Adams, of the Board of 
Managers, was present and spoke inter- 
estingly of the School and the progress 
made in 1937. 

Three members of the School staff, 
and the Brass Quartet attended the 
meeting. William M. Meacham, Head- 
master, told of the constructive changes 
being made and others under consider- 
ation. 

On February 23 our Band assisted in 
a Musical Festival sponsored by Boy 
Scout troop 6, of South Boston, at the 
Phillips Congregational Church. The 
boys played excellently and received 
high tribute from the audience of nearly 
600. The program was of a very high 
order, and we were happy to have a part 
in its presentation. 

The High School classes have pre- 
pared excellent book reports, a feature 



of the English Department. The boys 
have enjoyed reading more and more as 
the winter has progressed and they have 
been encouraged to read real works of 
merit. The School has recently added a 
number ot standard volumes to its library 
of schoolroom classics. 

Sufficient snow arrived two days be- 
fore Washington's birthday to enable the 
boys to enjoy the traditional snow fight on 
February 22. William E. Brewer led the 
winning army, although the losing side, 
captained by Lionel Willey lost by such a 
small margin that the fight might well 
have ended in a tie. The trophy of war, 
consisting of a variety of good things to 
eat was presented the winning army, and 
the boys on that side cordially invited the 
losers to join in the victors' party. 

Manager Alfred C. Malm, and Mrs. 
Malm were here for the day and witness- 
ed the battle. 

A number of boys enjoyed a visit to 
the Sportsman Show at Mechanics Build- 
ing during the week. The exhibitions of 
all the latest in "how to enjoy the out- 
doors" was very much enjoyed. Of course 
the outstanding part of the trip was the 
log-rolling, canoeing, and other contests. 

Cottage Row Government gave a 
Valentine Party on February 14, which 
was very ably directed by Mayor Eugene 
Proctor and his staff. The principal event 
was dancing, the boys* orchestra furnish- 
ing the music. There were other events, 
all of which helped to make a very 
pleasant evening's entertainment. 

The favorite winter sport continues 
to be basketball, and the boys have 
enjoyed a fine season. Three groups are 
playing a rather full schedule. The Varsity 
have won most of their games, and have 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



played several Church and Y.M.C.A. 
teams. The Sears Trophy League, com- 
posed of four teams have had very fine 
competition, neither of the four teams 
having yet definitely won the Silver Shield 
awarded annually by Manager Philip S. 
Sears. The smaller boys have another 
league^ composed of five teams called the 
"Nut League" and these teams also have 
enjoyed a season of high competitive 
order. 

From our Poultry Department has 
come an egg, weighing nearly six ounces, 
which is perhaps a little more than three 
times the size of a normal egg. Although 
we have had a great many eggs of 
unusually large size, this one is the largest 
of which we have any record. The egg 
measured nine inches around the shell. 

Calendar 90 Years Ago, February 1848 

As Kept by the Superintendent 

6. The Superintendent read from 
Abbott's School Boy on the "Other 
Worlds." 

20. The religious exercises were con- 
ducted by the Superintendent on this and 
the preceding Sabbath. 

23. John Quincy Adams died this 
day in the city of Washington. 

Calendar 50 Years Ago, February 1888 

As Kept by the Superintendent 

1. Went to the city taking horse and 
pung and getting another load of articles 
from Laughlin's store to the door of which 
I drove. 

10. The 64th birthday of the Sup't, 
37 of which have been spent on this Island. 

13. Warm. Slushy on the ice. Self 
went over in dory. Got caught in the 
drift ice. Delayed an hour. Was sur- 
prised on my return to find Willie Morse 
had driven on the ice from Neponset. 



Coming from Natick. 

16. 2° below this morning. A drop 
of 40° in 36 hours. 

20. Manager Grew with Mr. & Mrs. 
Bradley came to see the School. 

21. Went to town and met the 
Managers, and Mr. & Mrs. Bradley. 

22. Were visited by Chas. Wallace, 
who goes west to-night at 9 o'clock, via B. 
& A. R, R. He goes to Colorado 
ranching. 

24. Went to city in P. M. with Chas. 
Hafley, who goes to try the position as 
messenger for Col. Whiton at Deer Island. 

28. Managers in executive session. 

February Meteorology 

Maximum Temperature 52° on the 
seventh. 

Minimum Temperature 9° on the 
nineteenth. 

Mean Temperature for the month 
31°. 

Six clear days, seven partly cloudy 
and fifteen cloudy. 

The Farm and Trades School Bank 

Statement, Jan. 31, 193 8 
RESOURCES 

Savings Bank $1192.08 

Cash 85.29 

$1277.37 

$465.36 
595.30 
4.01 
62.32 
150.38 
$1277.37 

A French Program 

Recently at a Monday evening 
Assembly, the combined Sophomore and 



LIABILITIES 

Boys' Deposits . . . . 
Trading Co. Deposits . . 
Cottage Row Deposits 
Photo Company Deposits 
Surplus 



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Freshman classes gave a very fine program 
entirely in French. 

A French play was first given. The 
cast consisted of fifteen boys. The entire 
dialog was in French. It was necessary 
for an English interpretation to insure the 
audience's understanding of the script. 

One of the best numbers on the 
program was a solo sung in French by a 
member of the Sophomore Class. We 
were amazed at the ease in which the en- 
tire song was sung. 

Another song was presented in the 
form of a duet by two members of the 
Junior Class. This was most excellently 
given. 

This program was arranged by Mrs. 
Ronka, our French teacher, in order to 
give the French Classes an opportunity 
to demonstrate their knowledge of the 
French language. This they did very 
efTectively. 

Robert A. MacSwain 



Mother Nature 

Some people don't realize what 
Mother Nature does for them, but I think 
that she is as good as the most wonderful 
person in the world to us. She provides 
us with all the green grass, the white snow 
and trees to climb or for the birds to 
frolic in. 

If it wasn't for her I think this world 
would be a very gloomy place in which 
to live. The people would always be in 
complete darkness, with no food to eat. 

I think that we should all appreciate 
what Mother Nature does for us. 

Winthrop Davidson 

Copying a Picture 

A few years ago a very unusual 

picture was taken of the Island. A small 

box camera was used and six different 



"snaps" were made of the west side of 
the Island. When printed the result wa8 
an unusually fine panoramic view. Many 
of the boys framed the picture. 

This year one of the negatives became 
scratched, and it was feared that the six 
negatives might become useless. The 
picture could not be taken again, as the 
sky, tide, season and so forth never would 
be exactly duplicated. 

Although I had never done it before^ 
I tried to copy one of the prints. I used 
a 5x7 view camera, with a focusing screen. 
After some experimenting with lights, 
distance and exposure I made another 
negative. I was very much surprised to 
find, that after developing the negative, 
it was sharp and clear. 

Since then I have copied several 
pictures which the instructors wanted. 
This is a valuable method of preserving 
old prints, for a new negative is relatively 
inexpensive and as many prints as are 
wanted can be made at little cost. 

Charles F. Averill 

The sportsman Show 
A group of the boys had the oppor- 
tunity to visit the Sportsman Show last 
month. We left the Island on the one 
o'clock boat and arrived at the Mechanics 
Building without delay. We immediately 
began examining the various exhibits, of 
which there were a great number. About 
everything that is used by sportsmen was 
on display. There were airplanes, boats, 
guns, tents and sleeping equipment, out- 
fits for cooking, and everything essential 
to outdoor life. 

There was an exhibition of log-rolling, 
canoe handling and fishing by experts who 
showed the proper manner of doing these 
rather difficult things. 

We all greatly appreciate the oppor- 
tunity of visiting the Sportsman Show. 
Murdock C. Moore 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Cbe Jllunini J)$$ociation of the Tarm and trades Scbool 



Howard B. Ellis, "98 President 

Dorchester, Mass. 
Harold W. Edwahds, '10, Treasurer 

Arlinetoo, Mass. 

Annual Alumni Dinner 

The Annual Alumni Reunion and 
dinner was held on February 9, at the 
Hotel Bradford. Graduates were present 
from 1874 to 1937, as were also under- 
graduates from the class of 1938. The 
Association was proud to have President 
Arthur Adams, of the Board of Managers, 
present as guest of honor. 

Howard B. Ellis, '98, President of the 
Association presided and Will Frank 
Davis, '79, was master of ceremonies. 
Entertainment was provided by communi- 
ty singing, and a brass quartet from the 
school played several selections. A pro- 
fessional entertainer gave an excellent 
program on several unique types of musi- 
cal instruments. Several reels of pictures 
were shown by Norman Morse, who 
lives in Hingham. 

The speakers included, first of all. 
President Arthur Adams who expressed 
his happiness at being present and told of 
the steady progress the school is making. 
He was followed by Headmaster William 
M. Meacham who spoke of tentative plans 
for new buildings. 

Other speakers were Managers 
William Alcott, '84, and Alfred C. Malm 
'00. Greetings were given from several 
other graduates, among them being 
former Chief Henry A. Fox '79, of the 
Boston Fire Department and the Associ- 
ation historian, G. Geo. Larrson, '17. 

Band Uniforms 

For some time the graduates ot the 
School who live in and around Boston 
have wished that the Band could have a 
more modern dress. The School discon- 
tinued the practice of providing uniforms 



Frank L. Washburn '83, Vice-President 
Roxbury, Mass. 



Merton p. Ellis. '97. Secretary 
77 Summer Street. Boston 
G. George Larsson, '17. Historian 
Hyde Park, Mass. 

for the boys three years ago. The Band 
has continued to use the same set, how- 
ever, and has used them for nearly two 
decades. 

The present uniform was excellently 
tailored and was in every way a splendid 
dress for the school. However the years 
have taken their toll, and naturally the 
boys do not appear to their best ad- 
vantage. 

A committee was appointed to look 
into this uniform problem and it was the 
decided opinion that the necessary amount 
($2000)could be raised if the friends of 
the school were acquainted with the facts. 

The Band has achieved high honors 
all over New England and is worthy of 
all the assistance which can be given. 
Although the School has managed to 
maintain all of its fine services during this 
prolonged depression-recession it cannot 
provide for items not essential to the edu- 
cation of the boys. 

However, there is nothing to prevent 
the graduates, — most of them former band 
boys, and other thoughtful, kind friends 
of the school to accepi this opportunity of 
providing the band with the colorful, 
modern uniform so neccessary to the 
school band of today. 

Everyone is invited to contribi^te to 
the Fund, and it is suggested that all the 
donations be sent directly to Headmaster 
William M. Meacham, Thompson's 
Island, Boston. 

The Committee earnestly desires your 
sincere cooperation, and hopes that you 
will endeavor to do everything possible, 
so that our Band will continue to maintain 
its high place. 



Vol.41 No. 12 Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. April 1938 

Entered November 3, 1903 at Boston. Mass.. as Second Class matter, under Act of Congress, of July 6, 1874 




Varsity Basketball Squad 1938 

Back Row, left to right: Myron A. Pratt, Eliot Bernard, Leonard Markley, 
David W. Kenvin, William F. Reagan, Coach Raymond Thomas. 

Front Row, left to right: Eugene Proctor, Thomas C. Kenvin, Capt. 
William D. DeLorie, Stephen H. Vinal, Raymond M. Bean. 

Summary of School Team Basketball C. Kenvin, and William F. Reagan, 

The 1938 basketball season saw the forwards; and Eugene Proctor, and 

varsity win seven games and lose four Stephen H. Vinal, guards, 
games. It was coached by Raymond The season opened on January 8 

Thomas. with a contest with the Quincy Baptist 

The starting lineup was composed of team which we won 42-30 in a fast and 

the following: Leonard Markley, center; hard fought game which we were fortunate 

Eliot Bernard, right forward; Myron A. to win. We won our second game on 

Pratt, left forward; William D. DeLorie, January 22 defeating a Y. M. C. A. five 

right guard; and Raymond M. Bean, left 39-25, Our third game was won on 

guard. The second team, most of whom January 29 when we defeated a team 

played in a considerable part of the from the Ruggles Street Baptist Church 

games was: David W. Kenvin, Thomas 41-23. Another win, the fourth in sue- 



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cession was registered on February 5 
when we won 40-20 over another Y. M. 
C. A. quintet. 

The team went into a slump on 
February 12, losing to the Trinity Church 
live 34-18. We could not get going in the 
second half, but should have won the 
game easily. 

By the score of 32-25 we beat the 
Ruggles Street Church team on February 
18. We followed this fifth win with an- 
other loss, this time to the Shawmuts, the 
Y.M.C.A. champions. This game was 
played on Februay 26 and we lost by a 
score of 48-28. Our third loss was given 
us by Gordon College on March 1, when 
we were conquered 28-14. 

On March 5 we had a return game 
with the Shawmut team which had 
previously beaten us. We were de- 
termined to even things up, which we 
did 54-30. Gordon College had defeated 
us and the return game with this fine team 
was played on March 10. Not until the 
last few seconds of play was the issue de- 
cided and we were fortunate to eke out 
a 28-25 victory in the best played game of 
the season. 

Our final game of the season was 
with the Village Five, a Y. M. C. A. 
quintet. We played our best, but could 
not seem to get the results we should have 
and lost 30-27. This game was played on 
March 12. 

We had a very successful season and 
all the credit goes to our coach, Mr. 
Thomas. Also the team showed excellent 
cooperation and good sportsmanship 
throughout the season making the 1938 
season one long to be remembered. 

William D. DeLorie, Captain 

Basketball Averages Season 1938 
Team Won Lost Percentage 
Varsity 7 4 .636 

Juniors 4 2 .666 



Sears Trophy League 

Coyotes 7 2 .777 

Panthers 6 3 .666 

Tigers 4 5 .444 

Wildcats 1 8 .111 

Nut League 

Beechnuts 8 2 .800 

Peanuts 7 3 .700 

Doughnuts 5 4 .555 

Walnuts 2 7 .222 

Chestnuts 1 8 .111 

The Jester's Comments 

What Would F. T. S. Be Like? 

If Raymond were an "onion" instead 
of a Bean? 

If Percie were a "prune" instead of a 
Berry? 

If Weston were a "book" instead of a 
Page? 

If Robert were "geography" instead 
of English? 

If John were "finished" instead of 
Dunn? 

If Robert were a "fireman" instead of 
a Woodman? 

If William were "duck" instead of 
Dodge? 

If Ernest were "cold" instead of 
Burns? 

If Lionel were "Chile" instead of 
Willey? 

If Gordon were a "bad one" instead 
of a Goodwin? 

If Donald were "barley" instead of 
Rice? 

If George were "square" instead of 
Connors? 

If Murdock were "less" instead of 
Moore? 

If Charles were "refuse" instead of 
Grant? 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Honor Roll — Winter Term 

Junior Class: William F. Reagan, 89.3; 
Charles F. Averill, 86.5. 

Sophomore Class: Weston O. Page, 
93.0; Warren O. Filz, 92.0. 

Freshman Class: Wesley C. Gustafson, 
92.3; Murdock C. Moore, 89.5. 

Eighth Grade: Warren A. Banner, 
91.4; Axel R. Hallberg, 89.4. 

Seventh Grade: Ralph E. Pratt,93.9; 
James E. McCarthy, 90.7. 

Sixth Grade: William H. Britton, 
92.4; James F. St. Coeur, 91.7. 

The following boys have received a 
mark of 90 or over in scholastic effort for 
the past term: 

Junior Class: Charles F. Averill, 
William D. DeLorie, Arthur E. Mathieu, 
William F. Reagan. 

Sophomore Class: Warren O. Filz, 
Thomas C. Kenvin, George A. Krebs, Jr. 
Weston O. Page, Myron A. Pratt, Eugene 
Proctor, Stephen H. Vinal, Calvin L. 
Wilder. 

Freshman Class: Howard M. Colpitts, 
Wesley C. Gustafson, Murdock C. Moore. 

Eighth Grade: Warren A. Banner, 
Winthrop Bavidson, Axel R. Hallberg, 
William C. Morse. 

Seventh Grade: Charles Gilbert, Jr. 
Roland Hallberg, James E. McCarthy, 
Ralph E. Pratt. 

Sixth Grade: William H. Britton, 
Ernest Burns, Bonald L. Bavis. 

Spring Work 

Each year, about this time of year, 
there is much work needed to be done in 
beautifying our school for the summer 
months. Buring the winter, because of 
snow and ice, not much can be accom- 
plished out-of-doors so in the spring we 
have a general cleaning campaign. 

The lawns are raked, cleaned and 
fertilized. Then they are rolled with a 



heavy machine. All this tends to make 
the lawns grow better. Woodwork has to 
be washed and painted. The garden 
plots are all made ready for planting. 
Shrubs are trimmed, trees pruned and 
hedges spruced up. A quantity of gravel 
is screened and used on the walks and 
avenues. The roads, avenues and other 
places are being put into proper condition 
after the heavy winter storms. The base- 
ball field has to be made ready for the 
summer schedule, as does the tennis court. 
We have already accomplished much 
of this work, but there is a great deal left 
to do. 

Robert J. English 

A Birthday Party 

Each year, on March 2, which is Mr. 
Meacham's birthday, we have some type 
of special entertainment. The program 
begins at about six o'clock when we have 
supper in the gymnasium, at which time 
Mr. Meacham cuts his birthday cake. 

After the supper many of the boys 
and instructors began preparing to take 
part in an entertainment in the Assembly 
Hall. The show was a complete success. 
There were skits, novelties, instrumental 
solos and duets and various tricks. Every- 
one enjoyed it very much. 

Near the end of the program Stephen 
Vinal was called foward and presented 
with a birthday gift, for March 2 is his 
anniversary. Then he presented Mr. 
Meacham with remembrances of the day. 
Mr. Meacham spoke briefly and thanked 
everyone for arranging such an evening 
of pleasant diversion. 

Edgar R. Aldrich 

Fifteen of our boys had the pleasure 
of assisting at the Annual Sugar Party, 
conducted each year by the Vermont 
Association of Boston. The party took 
place on April 9, at the Hotel Vendome. 



THOMPSONS ISLAND BEACON 



Cbompson's Island Beacon 

Published Monthly by 

THE FARM AND TRADES SCHOOL 

Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor 

A PRIVATE SCHOOL FOR BOYS OF LIMITED 

MEANS. SUPPORTED BY ENDOWMENTS. 

TUITION FEES AND SUBSCRIPTIONS. 



William D, DeLorie 
Edgar R. Aldrich - 



• - Editor 
Assoc. Editor 



Vol. 41 No. 12 



April 1938 



Subscription Price 



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BOARD OF MANAGERS 



Arthur Adams, President 
Edward Wigglesworth, Vice-President 
Tucker Daland, Secretary 
Augustus P. Loring, Jr., Treasurer 
Philip H. Theopold, Assistant Secretary 
Alfred C. Malm, Assistant Treasurer 

MANAGERS 

Charles P. Curtis 

Henry Jackson, M. D. 
George L. De Blois 
S. V. R. Crosby 

Gorham Brooks 

N. Penrose Hallowell 
Charles E. Mason 
Robert H. Gardiner 
Philip S. Sears 

Walter B. Foster 

Alden B. Hefler 
Karl Adams 
Leverett Saltonstall 

Charles Wiggins, 2nd 

Edmund Q. Sylvester 
John L. Batchelder 

Moses Williams, Jr. 
William Alcott 

William M. Meacbam 



Contributions may be mailed to 

Augustus P. Loring, Jr., Treasurer 

82 Devonshire Street, Boston 



We regret the tragedy which occurr- 
ed Sunday afternoon, March 27, when 
five boys, ages fourteen to seventeen, from 
South Boston, capsized in Dorchester Bay. 
The boys set out from City Point in a 
rowboat. When about a mile from the 
Point, about 300 yards northwest of 
channel buoys numbers three and four, 
they decided to change seats. This act, in 
a choppy sea, caused the boat to capsize. 

The Steward of the South Boston 
Yacht Club telephoned the School that 
some boys in a rowboat were capsized off 
Half-tide Rock and he asked that our boat 
be sent. 

James H. Jardine, Boat Captain, and 
his crew of two boys, Leonard I. Scott, 
16, and William J. Bevans, Jr., 15, im- 
mediately took the School boat PiLGRIM 
III and started for Half-tide Rock which 
lies between Thompson's Island and 
Squantum, about a mile and a half south 
of our wharf. After covering nearly half 
the distance they sighted the overturned 
rowboat to the west of the Neponset 
channel towards "Cow Pasture". 

Upon approaching the overturned 
craft, the crew of the PILGRIM III dis- 
covered four boys clinging to the sides. 
The fifth member of the group did not 
have the strength and endurance to 
maintain his hold. 

Captain Jardine and his two boat- 
boys quickly hauled the four nearly ex- 
hausted lads to the deck of the PiLGRIM 
III. They were unable to recover the 
body of the fifth member, James Barry, 16. 
The crew of the School boat worked over 
John McDonald, 15, who had water in his 
lungs, was exhausted, and had become 
unconscious. The boat cruised around 
the area about five minutes searching for 
the body of the other lad, then after the 
police boat, the William H. McShane, 
appeared at the scene of the disaster, our 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



boat headed for City Point with the other 
four boys. Soon afterwards another police 
boat, Coast Guard boats and seaplanes 
joined the search for the missing body. 
The four boys were taken from the school 
boat Pilgrim III to hospitals by ambu- 
lances which were waiting at the Public 
Landing. 

The alertness of the South Boston 
Yacht Club Steward, Robert Wallace, the 
quick response of our crew, the initiative 
and ability of James H. Jardine, the 
judgment and skill of the two boys, 
Leonard Scott and William Bevans, and 
upon arrival at City Point the efficiency 
of the police department and ambulance 
service, were all links in the rescue which 
doubtless saved some lives. 

There were others who directly and 
indirectly played a part in this rescue work, 
including Clifton E. Albee, Scout Master 
at Thompson's Island, through whose 
efforts Bevans and Scott became Scouts, 
and especially the teaching of First Aid 
and the prone method of resuscitation by 
Raymond Thomas, Supervisor of Boys at 
the School, as a part of the Red Cross 
Life Saving and First Aid work. 

The rescued boys were: John Mc- 
Donald, 15, Vincent Zandi, 14, Harold 
Haywood, 16, and Joseph Oldsworth, 17, 
all of South Boston. 

We extend our sympathy to the boys 
involved in the tragedy and especially to 
the bereaved family. 

We are happy that members of our 
School could be helpful in this emergency 
and we are proud of the individuals who 
rendered this service. The Boston papers 
of Monday, March 28, were Tery gener- 
ous in their commendation. 

Topics in Brief 

The Band will give its annual Spring 
Concert at Faneuil Hall on April 29. 



Invitations may be obtained by writing 
the School. 

The boys use every possible means 
for staging parties of one kind or another, 
and we have had several entertaining 
evenings during the winter. At one of 
these events the entire program was in 
charge of the faculty. Another, given on 
March 2, was composed of a variety of 
musical, dramatic and comedy stunts 
given by both boys and faculty. Cottage 
Row Government has sponsored parties 
during the winter months. 

Our older Boy Scouts have reached 
the stage where they may begin earning 
Merit Badges, and several have qualified 
for these honors during the month. 
Excellent opportunities abound for pro- 
ficiency in this work, which results in 
honor ratings for Boy Scouts. 

This month has been one of great 
activity and we have accomplished much 
of the necessary spring work. Our many 
lawns have been given careful attention, 
fertilizer being applied, sections chosen 
for resodding and all have been rolled. 
The numerous flower beds have been 
made ready for planting. The tulip areas 
give promise of eclipsing even the excel- 
lence gained in other years. 

We are continually painting, cleaning 
and repairing the various buildings and 
have concentrated during the month upon 
the stairways, halls and exterior wood- 
work of the Main Building. The farm 
crew has done an excellent job of re- 
pairing needed portions of our stock barn. 

The basketball season closed this 
month. The Coyotes, captained by 
Charles Pecce, won the Sears Trophy 
League championship and will soon be 



THOMPSONS ISLAND BEACON 



awarded the Sears Silver Shield, awarded 
annually by Manager Philip S. Sears. 
The Nut League, composed of five teams 
made up of the smaller boys closed its 
season with two teams tied for first place 
and a post season contest was played, the 
Beechnuts, captained by Warren Banner 
defeating the Peanuts, captained by 
Gerald Connor. The Varsity won seven 
and lost four games. This is one of the 
best basketball seasons we have had in 
years. 

A group of the boys was privileged to 
witness the unusual motion picture"Snow 
White and the Seven Dwarfs" during the 
month. 

The winter term of school ended on 
March 25, and the ensuing week was given 
over to our regular spring vacation for the 
boys. This week ordinarily heralds the 
beginning of the baseball season here, and 
it was so this year. 

Calendar 50 Years Ago, March 1888 

As Kept by the Superintendent 

15. The Superintendent and Matron 
— Mr. & Mrs. William A. Morse — retire 
from this institution this day and will be 
succeeded by Mr. & Mrs. Charles H. 
Bradley who have our most hearty good 
wishes for their success and happiness in 
their work. 

I came to this island April 1st, 1850. 
I became Superintendent July 1st, 1856. 
Mrs. Morse came here in January 1855. 
We have admitted and sent out to the 
work of life eight hundred and fifty-four 
boys. 

There have been three marriages 
here, viz., Mr. Thomas M. Thompson 
and Miss Annie E. Morrison, Mr. Frank 
Marshall and Miss Julia Barker, Mr. 
Gibson and Miss Mary A. McClellan. 

There have been three births. The 



first was the child of Mr. and Mrs. 
Thompson. The second was Willie 
Austin Morse, child of the Superintendent 
and Matron, and the third Norman Foster 
Morse, child of Mr. and Mrs. John R. 
Morse. 

Improvements have been made on the 
farm of an extensive nature — About thirty 
acres of salt marsh have been reclaimed 
and made fresh land which bears good 
crops. Sea walls have been built. Trees 
both fruit and ornamental set out, etc. 

Large additions have been made to 
the main house, an industrial building, a 
barn, a cow-barn, a hennery, etc., been 
built. 

Of the teachers longest here I might 
mention Mr. J. R. Morse, two terms, 
sixteen years; Mr. F. A. Morse, eight years; 
Mr. Lewis L. Hobbs, six years. 

Calendar 90 Years Ago, March 1848 

As Kept by the Superintendent 

5. A sermon accompanied by the 
usual religious exercises was read by the 
Superintendent. 

6. Chas. H. Phillips went to live 
with Mr. Nathaniel Wilson, an apothe- 
cary, in Lawrence. 

10. The remains of J. Q. Adams 
arrived in Boston and were interred in 
Quincy on the next day. 

11. Received a visit from Dr. John 
Morrison of Alton, N. H. 

20. Eugene C. Lincoln from Rox- 
bury was admitted. 

March Meteorology 

Maximum Temperature 78° on the 
twenty-third. 

Minimum Temperature 7° on the 

first. 

Mean Temperature for the month 40°, 
Seven clear days, eight partly cloudy, and 
sixteen cloudy. 



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RESOLUTION 

This resolution was adopted by the 
Board of Managers Tuesday, April 5, 1938, 
and placed on record. 

Whereas, The Board of Managers 
of The Farm and Trades School has 
learned of the rescue in Dorchester Bay 
on Sunday afternoon, March 27, 1938, 
by two pupils and an instructor of said 
School, of a capsized boat-load of South 
Boston youths, four of whom were safely 
pulled on board the School's launch 
where approved methods of first-aid were 
immediately applied and continued for 
their resuscitation until other aid could be 
given to them, be it 

Resolved, That this prompt demon- 
stration of intelligent and effective work 
on the part of the two pupils, William J. 
Bevans, Jr., aged 15, and Leonard Scott, 
aged 16, together with the action of the 
instructor, James H. Jardine, captain of 
the launch, fills us with pride in their 
achievement, and typifies in high degree 
the sort of training which is given at The 
Farm and Trades School. 

We sympathize with the family of 
that other youth who, exhausted in the 
icy waters, lost his hold on the overturned 
boat and sank from sight before aid could 
reach him. 

With the families and friends of the 
four rescued youths we rejoice in their 
deliverance from a similar fate and in 
their recovery. 

Therefore, we desire to place on 
record our appreciation of the valuable 
aid rendered in that emergency by and 
through The Farm and Trades School. 
Boston 
April 5, 1938 

Marching Drill 

During the past month the band has 
been preparing its marching drills for the 



coming spring contests. Mr. Warren, our 
bandmaster, is supervising these drills. At 
first our marching was very poor, but now 
we are improving greatly. Some of the 
maneuvers we have been taught are left 
and right flank, to the rear, counter- 
marching, and others. 

All of these are to be used in our 
marching drill at the Contests. The band 
plays five numbers from memory and the 
boys can thus concentrate on marching 
instead of reading music. 

Murdock C. Moore 

A Troop Leaders' Meeting 

Last night the Troop Leaders' 
Council had a special meeting to begin 
organizing for our summer camp. This 
council is made up of the patrol leaders, 
with the Junior Assistant Scoutmaster in 
charge. 

It was decided to operate on a strictly 
patrol basis. Each patrol will have its 
own camping area and will keep it through- 
out the summer. 

The troop has grown from 17 to 35 
scouts so we have the job of getting more 
material, such as tents and so forth. 

We expect to have a fine camping 
season. Bowditch Grove, where we have 
our camp, is a very good location. 

Eugene Proctor 

The Farm and Trades School Bank 

Statement, April 1, 1938 
RESOURCES 

Savings Bank $1192.08 

Cash 106.65 

$1298.73 

LIABILITIES 

Boys' Deposits $484.48 

Trading Co. Deposits .... 595.50 
Cottage Row Deposits . . . 4.01 

Photo Company Deposits . . 64.36 

Surplus 150.38 

$1298.73 



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Che Hlumni Jlssociation of Che Tarm and trades School 



Howard B. Ellis, "Qs Picsident 

Dorchester, Mass. 
Harold W. bDWAKL>s, lU, Treasurer 
ArliuetOD, M .ss. 



Frank L. Washburn '83, Vice-President 
Roxbury, Mass. 



Merton p. Ellis. '97. Secretary 
77 Summer Street. Boston 
G. George Laksson, '17. HistoriaD 
Hyde Park, Mass. 



We are happy to print the following 
letter, written by one of our older gradu- 
ates. It will undoubtedly prove of great 
interest. 

Plant City, Fla. 3-31-38. 
Mr. Wm. M. Meacham, Headmaster, 
Farm and Trades School, 
Thompson's Island, 
Boston Harbor, 
Boston Mass. P. O. Box 1486. 
Dear Sir: 

Some time ago I received a re- 
quest for assistance in providing a uniform 
for the band-boys, and today I received 
a request for assistance in defraying 
the prospective expenses of some trips 
that the band expects to have this year, 
so I enclose my check for five dollars for 
you to use as your judgement decides, I 
regret that I cannot make it much more; 
but I probably am the oldest, or at least 
one of the older boys, as I am now eighty 
eight years of age, and my earning days 
are past, and I am alone down here. I 
don't dare to go farther north because of 
the climates of different portions of the 
country. 

I will give you some facts that I 
doubt anyone else can duplicate. 

My father was born in the Kennebec 
Settlement, which was under the Bay 
Colony of what is now Massachusetts, and 
he was on the "Old Ironsides" the Consti- 
tution when she fought the English Ship 
Guerriere, and he was seventy years of 
age when 1 was born in 1850, so our lives 
are longer than the life of the United 
States (162 years). (One hundred sixty 
two years). 

The Kennebec Settlement was on the 
Kennebec river in what is now the state 



of Maine, and except relatives of my de- 
ceased wife I know of no relatives; but 
she left me a lot of nieces and nephews 
who seem to care a great deal for me, but 
they are well supplied with families and I 
have none, so I think it best to live at 
home here. 

Yours truly, 
James D. Smith 
Route 2 Box 223 C 
Plant City, Florida. 

"The Craftsman Shop" operated by 
three of our young graduates commenced 
business this month. The shop located 
in Brighton, is the venture of Harold 
E. Floyd, '29, John A. Paley, '29, and 
Warren N. Pratt. '29. 

We are happy to report that JaMES 
H. Graham, '79, has returned to his 
home after treatment at the Whidden 
Memorial Hospital, in Everett. He was 
the recipient of numerous messages while 
at the hospital, all of which tend to show 
the esteem in which he is held by all who 
know him. 

Harold E. Floyd, '29, has been 
engaged at the School for the past few 
Saturdays renewing upholstery. He does 
a fine job. 

Uniforms for the Band 
We take this opportunity of informing 
our friends how we are progressing in our 
attempt to outfit the band with new 
uniforms. Contributions are coming in 
almost every day. At present we are 
facing a deficit of $150.00, but we trust this 
will be met by our generous contributors.