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Vol.43 No. 1 Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Miass. May 1939 

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

The Annual Spring Concert 

An enthusiastic audience of more 
than 500 heard the annual spring concert 
given by our Band on April 28, Mr. Frank 
L. Warren, conducting. This concert was 
given in Faneuil Hall. It was the third 
successive year that the boys have given a 
spring concert in this historic hall. The 
band this year is composed of 55 members, 
the largest band we have ever had. 

Several prominent musicians attended 
the concert, and two were introduced to 
the audience. Mr. George Lawrence 
Stone, nationally known percussionist and 
Mr. Archie Smith, one of New England's 
finer trombonists heard our band for the 
first time and both were visibly impressed 
with the musicianship shown by our fifty- 
five piece band. 

The concert opened by Bagley's 
famous "National Emblem" March which 
was followed by the Weidt Overture, 
"Glorianna". These were played with 
sparkle and zest, and were particularly en- 
joyed. They are feature numbers on our 
spring program, and we were happy that 
Mr. Walter Jacobs, head of the publishing 
house which publishes these pieces, was a 
member of the audience. 

Our former bandmaster, Howard B. 
Ellis, '97, was given a fine reception as he 
led the band in a rendition of Bigelow's 
"Our Director" March. Mr. Ellis had 
many fine bands at F. T. S., and his inter- 
est in the boys never wanes, although 
business interests have demanded that he 
relinquish much of his music work. 

A splendid tribute was given the band 
by Mr. George Lawrence Stone, as he 
spoke of the manliness and musical ability 
of our band, and the drum players in 
particular. Mr. Stone, generally conceded 
by musicians everwhere to be America's 
premier drum instructor, has weekly in- 
structed our drum class of eight pupils 
during the winter months. Mr. Stone has 
done this voluntarily, because he enjoys 
teaching our boys. His very kind remarks 
in the interest of the drum class and the 
band are indeed very much appreciated. 
The drum section is of tremendous im- 
portance to any band, and the success of 
our band at this concert is due in a large 
measure to the excellence of the in- 
struction given by Mr. Stone. An exhi- 
bition of drumming, such as few in the 
audience have ever heard, was given by 
Mr. Stone and he received tremendous 


applause for his artistry. 

Four boys rendered solos, and were 
warmly applauded, Robert J. English 
played the cornet solo"Wanderer", and 
William N. Dodge also played a cornet 
solo, the "Flocktonian" polka. Myron A. 
Pratt played a trombone solo "Naukeag" 
and Francis S. Sheldon played a fantasia 
for clarinet entitled "Delecta." 

Four enserfible groups presented a 
series of short compositions. These groups 
included a clarinet trio, trombone quartet, 
brass quartet and junior brass quartet made 
up of four of the younger players. 

The song so popular here four decades 
ago called "The School of Jolly Roys," 
was given with a zest. The singing and 
playing of the boys during this piece 
brought home to all the great pleasure 
which every member of the band gets 
from his participation with the group. 

The program was nicely balanced 
with feature overtures, selections, novelty 
numbers, military marches, and popular 
melodies of the day. The audience was 
generous with applause and every effort 
of the boys was warmly greeted. 

Following the concert the conductor, 
Mr. Warren, was surrounded by members 
of the audience who wished to congratu- 
late him and the Band. We are deeply 
indebted to all who so kindly thus per 
sonally paid their compliments. We are 
proud of our boys, and proud that the 
concert was such a grand success. 

Dancing Lessons 

During the past few months the high 
school classes and eighth graders have 
been fortunate in having dancing lessons, 
given by Miss Helen Gresty, who is a 
Social Secretary of the First Church of 
Maiden. There are two classes, each 
class session being held for three quarters 
of an hour. Miss Gresty brings several 

girls from her young peoples' groups in 
her Church, who assist her in teaching. 

As most of the boys had done little or 
no dancing Miss Gresty commenced with 
fundamental instruction. Now we can do 
the fox-trot, waltz, two step, one step, 
Lambeth Walk, Corrigan Hop, and the 
Virginia Reel. 

After the classes there is a social 
period and each of the boys has his turn 
at being an escort to one of the girls. 

We all look forward to Tuesday 
evenings, and the dancing lesson. 

Muidock C. Moore 

The International Friendship League 
During this school year we have joined 
the International Friendship League. Mrs. 
Ronka, one of our teachers, realizing the 
benefits to be obtained from our asso- 
ciation with the League arranged for the 
boys of the upper four classes to become 
members. Those who joined the League 
each were given the privilege of writing 
to six girls and boys of high school age 
who live in foreign lands. It is a very good 
way to learn about the customs of foreign 
countries. The "pen pals" are very 
prompt with their correspondence, and 
every major country in the world is rep- 
resented in the League. Seme young 
people in European countries write in 
their native language and we or one of 
the teachers translate the letters into 
English. However, they have the same 
difficulty, as we write all our letters in 

Those who belong to the League are 
greatly enthused over it, and it will con- 
tinue year after year with even increased 

William J. Eevans, Jr. 



I like to play baseball, because to 
play the game well demands much practice 
before very much skill is acquired. Practice 
is fun, and a player can readily see that 
he is improving. I am on Charles Pecce's 
team, and 1 play centerfield. Thev^eather 
has been so bad that we have not played 
any games yet, but hope to very soon. I 
play baseball during my spare time, as do 
most of the boys in my class. After a few 
years I hope to be able to play a very 
good game. As soon as the schedule is 
begun our teams will be playing evenings 
and on Saturday afternoons. 

Walter W, Smith 

Opening Our Cottage 
Last Saturday I purchased a share in 
the Crescent Cottage for $.25. Five other 
boys own in the cottage. We gave the 
cottage a good spring cleaning by scrubbing 
and cleaning it, inside and out, and by 
raking the area around it. 

There is repairing which must be 
done, and we are going to do this just as 
soon as we can. We are going to have a 
flower garden in front of the cottage. We 
hope to have one of the best cottages on 
Cottage Row. 

James J. Macdonald 


Frances Sheldon and I have recently 
made a model airplane called the 
'"Jitterbug." It will take off the ground 
under its own power. It flies better than 
one would think it could. This model is 
mine, but Sheldon has begun putting one 
together for himself. We have experi- 
mented with this model, and it is the best 
we have had. The propeller breaks once 
in a while, but we can repair it. I like 
airplanes, and I hope to pilot one when 
I become old enough. 

David A. Wilson 

Glass Election 

The members of the eighth grade held 
an election the other day and officers were 
elected. After many speeches ballots were 
passed out, and we voted for our class 
leaders. Ralph Pratt was chosen president, 
William Klaila was elected vice-president, 
Frank Anderson Secretary, and Kenneth 
Walley, Treasurer. The new officers as- 
sumed their duties that day. 

William C. Bassett 


During this year we have had 
programs in which we have re-dedicated 
ourselves to the principles of Americaniza- 
tion. This is a national movement, 
sponsored by the many large national 
organizations. The "American's Creed'' 
which follows, states vividly many of the 
benefits which we all enjoy, and our duty 
relative to the support of these benefits. 
It was written by Mr. William Tyler Page 
when he was Chief Clerk of the House of 

"I believe in the United States o 
America as a government of the people, 
by the people, for the people; whose just 
powers are derived from the consent of 
the governed; a democracy in a republic; 
a sovereign nation of many sovereign 
states; a perfect union, one and insepar- 
able; established upon those principles of 
freedom, equality, justice and humanity, 
for which American patriots sacrificed 
their lives and fortunes. 

"I therefore believe it is my duty to 
my country to love it, to support its consti- 
tution; to obey its laws, to respect its flag, 
and to defend it against all enemies." 

When the Flag goes by those in uni- 
form salute; if not in uniform hold hat in 
right hand over heart and stand at at- 


Cbompson's Island Beacon 

Published Monthly by 


Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor 




Robert J. English 
MuRDocK C. Moore 

- - • Editor 
' Assoc. Editor 

Vol.43 No. 1 

May 1939 

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82 Devonhsire Street, Boston 

Mr. George L. DeBlois 

Manager Since 1906 

Mr. George L. DeBlois died Thurs- 
day morning, May 4, at the Phillips 
House, Massachusetts General Hospital. 
He was 72 years old. He lived at 62 
Chestnut Street, Boston and in Ipswich. 

Mr. DeBlois was born at Newton on 
August 17, 1867, son of George L. and 
Amanda Fuller DeBlois. He graduated 
from Harvard College in 1885. 

He soon became active in the manage- 
ment of real estate and a member of many 
boards of directors. 

Mr. DeBlois was best known to us as 
an able and kindly member of our Board 
of Managers. He served in this capacity 
over thirty-three years. His keenest in- 
terest seemed to be in the selection of boys 
for admission. He was active in the 
duties of this work for many years. If he 
appeared stern this was only in appearance 
because there was always a warmth of 
kindness and frequent expression of 
human sympathy. He was always inter- 
ested in the boys of the School and their 
welfare and pleasures. 

Mr. DeBlois' father, George L. 
DeBlois was secretary of the Board of 
Managers from 1851 to 1890. His uncle, 
Stephen G. DeBlois was a member of the 
Board from 1850 to 1889. 

On November 25, 1889, Mr.DeBlois 
was married to Mary Bartlett Brooks of 
Boston, who survives him, with one 
daughter, Doctor Elizabeth DeBlois. 

Topics in Brief 

An especially fine program was given 
on Easter Sunday. A play "The Burden 
Bearers" by Dorothy Clark Wilson was the 
feature of the program. Several of the boys 
gave recitations and others gave musical 
selections. The Choir was excellent. 


A valuable activity which has been 
inaugurated during the school year has 
been the membership in the International 
Friendship League of many of our boys. 
This membership, sponsored by Mrs. 
George R. Ronka, enables our boys to 
write to young people in foreign countries. 
The purpose of this personal correspond- 
ence is to promote better understanding 
among the youth of the world. On April 
29 our boys, who were members of the 
League, attended a showing of "Denmark 
in Color", the prize winning motion 
picture made by John V. Hansen. Mr. 
Hansen lectured as the picture was pro- 

On Tuesday evenings sixty of our boys 
are organized in classes and are given 
dancing instruction by Miss Helen Gresty. 
Miss Gresty brings several girls from her 
church in Maiden who aid in the in- 
struction. The boys have found the classes 
most enjoyable, and it is a pleasure to note 
how quickly the various dance steps are 

Our Church Services have been con- 
ducted all winter on a high plane of excel- 
lence. Mr. Lloyd Perrigo, a member of 
the graduating class at Gordon College, 
provides us with inspirational messages 
and members of the faculty assist with 
special musical selections. Very often 
student soloists aid, and groups comprised 
of band members perform special religious 

The weather has been cold and wet, 
retarding much of our work. It has been 
impossible to use any of the playgrounds, 
and the boys have had to cofine most of 
their recreation to games in the gymnasi- 
um. This is the first year that we can 
recall when our baseball season has not 
been underway in April. Teams have 

been chosen and the sport will begin as 
soon as the baseball field is ready for use. 

On April 28 our Band gave its annual 
concert in Faneuil Hall. The event was 
most successful in every way. Among the 
guests present were George Lawrence 
Stone, outstanding drummer, and our 
former band director, Howard B. Ellis. 

The boys have had several showings 
of moving pictures during the month. 
These films have dealt with a variety of 
subjects, most of which have proven most 

The Class of 1939 conducted an Arbor 
Day observance on April 29. A sugar 
maple tree was planted as two class 
members read appropriate selections in- 
cluding Governor Saltonstall's Procla- 
mation and Joyce Kilmer's "Trees". 

On April 24 the seventh grade gave a 
program at our Assembly meeting. The 
boys illustrated the fundamentals of 
arithmetic. There was music by a band 
of seventh grade pupils. 

On April 19 a Court of Honor was 
held for our Scout troop. A number of 
the boys were awarded Merit Badge cert- 

On April 20 Mr, Allan Gunning of 
the U.S. Navy visited us with a program 
of sound motion pictures. This is the 
first time we have had sound pictures at 
the school. The program was interesting 
and worth-while. Each of the boys 
received a book listing the important his- 
torical events in American history and a 
leaflet giving the history and forms of 
respect to be shown our Flag. 

Nine of our boys were privileged to see 
the motion picture "Huck Finn" at a 
Boston Theatre on April 15. Many of 
the boys have attended other events in 
town during the month. 



April Meteorology 

Maximum Temperature 69° on the 

Minimum Temperature 26" on tlie 

Mean Temperature for the month 44°. 

Two clear days, seven partly cloudy, 
and twenty-one cloudy. 

The Farm and Trades School Bank 

Statement, April 30, 1939 

Savings Bank $1216.67 

Cash 69.20 



Boys' Deposits $521.70 

Trading Co. Deposits .... 631.10 
Cottage Row Deposits ... 1.49 

Photo Company Deposits . . 34.45 

Surplus 97.13 


Calendar 90 Years Ago, April, 1849 

As Kept by the Superintendent 

7. Barnum Field. Esq., accompanied 
by J. I. Bowditch, Esq., visited the insti- 
tution and addressed the school. 

12. Being the day appointed for 
Annual Fast, a short religious exercise 
was read, after which the boys were per- 
mitted to go round the beach and play. 

24. Moses Grant, G. H. Kuhn, B.A. 
Gould and Jesse Bird, Esqs., with the 
friends of the boys visited the school in 
the steamer Mayflower being the first 
visit of the season. The boys were ad- 
dressed by Rev. Mr. Copely, an Indian. 

30. Abner A. Ackerman went to live 
with Hiram Nash, Esq., in Williamsburg, 
a farmer. 

The First Aid class gave a program 
on April 17. Various first aid practices 
were shown. A motion picture also aided 
in teaching the correct first aid principles. 

Each member of the class was pre- 
sented with a certificate for completing 
the prescribed course of study of the 
American Red Cross. 

Alumni Jottings 
Leander E. Dorey, '23, has written 
a fine letter from St. Thomas, Virgin 
Islands where he is stationed with the Base 
Air Detachment. In writing he spoke of 
the forthcoming concert by the band, and 
requested that invitations be sent to certain 
of his friends who live in suburban Boston. 
Mr. Dorey spoke of the many compli- 
ments which he has heard regarding the 
band in its Faneuil Hall concerts. He 
hopes to be home at Wellfleet, Mass., 
next spring, so that he may attend the 
1940 concert. 

There were in tlie audience at Faneuil 
Hall on April 28 a large number of gradu- 
ates, and the interest they showed as our 
Band was giving its annual spring concert 
was most gratifying. We hope that more 
and more of our former pupils will find 
it poi^sible to attend this and other Band 
activiti'es which take place during the 
year. It is surely a great pleasure to have 
young and old F. T. S. boys in attendance. 

Raymond M. Bean, '38, has com- 
menced work at the Fore River Shipyard. 
His home address is 34 Lisle Street, East 
Braintree. Our sincere best wishes go to 
this graduate, who will, during June, 
marry Miss Mabel F. Pratt of Braintree. 
Miss Pratt is a sister of Myron, William 
and Ralph Pratt, all members of our 
present student body. 

New telephone wires are being laid 
underground from the south end to the 
Main Building. 


Band Notes 
The Band has taken part in many 
functions during the school year. It as- 
sisted at the pageant of the Community 
Federation Agencies, at a Boy Scout 
Music Festival, at a meeting of the 
Women's Republican Club, and at the 
Massachusetts and New England School 
Music Festivals. A brass quartet from the 
Band has entertained at various other func- 

Roster of the Band, May, 1939 
Frank L, Warren, Director 
Clifton E. Albee, Assistant 


Robert J. English 
William N. Dodge 
Charles A. Pecce 
Warren M. Linnell 
Robert G. Ryerson 
Russell L. Letson 
Percie R. Berry- 
Ernest Burns 
Wesley C Gustafson 
George W. Hardy 
Arthur L. Thibodeau 
Malcolm G. Huston 
William F. Etheridge 
Donald L. Davis 


Francis S. Sheldon 
Eugene Proctor 
Raymond L. Perry 
Linwood L. Meacham 
Raymond B. Harrington 
Donald L. Rice 
Calvin L. Wilder 
David A. Wilson 
Albert E. Wilder 
Allan K. MacLean 
David G. Haeger 
William H. Britton 


George F. Connors 
Douglas M. Bashaw 


Myron A. Pratt 
Kenneth M.Walley 
Arthur W. Chase 
John Dunn 
Weston O. Page 
James J. Macdonald 
James E. McCarthy 
Axel R. Hallberg 


Winthrop Davidson 
William B. Pratt 
William L. Schlegel 
Karl G. Hulten 
Charles H. Grant 


Richard A. Martin 
Dennis C. Reardon 
Howard M. Colpitts 
Stanley C. Morton 
Richard J. Nelson 
John H. Bonsey 
Ralph E. Pratt 


William J. Bevans, 
Murdock C. Moore 
Eugene S. Emerson 
Leonard I. Scott 
George J. Zevitas 
Roger E. Hardy 
Warren A. Danner 


The Jester's Comments 

—The Senior Dorm boys are an in- 
dustrious lot, and throughout the year they 
have kept their dormitory very neat and 

orderly. Credit be to them. Yet, neat- 
ness which would gladden the heart of a 
New England housekeeper was not 
enough when it was whispered about that a 
group of Maiden mesdemoiselles were to 
to visit the School. How the boys scrubbed 
and shined, stra ightened this and that. 
Never did Senior glisten so. No doubt 
the girls expressed their admiration for 
such sterling work, but if so, remarks were 
unheard by adult ears. Ah, in Spring, 
'tis strange that young men's attention 
turns to houscleaning. 'Tis so. 

— Our little man, Roland "Pee-Wee" 
Hallberg is the envy of all because of his 
prowess as a drummer. Someday we 
expect he'll be marching the band all over 
the Island with his stickbeats. 

— Our snappy drum major, resplendent 
in his colorful uniform, was the center of 
attraction at a recent band festival. He 
approached a tintype operator and the 
girls for miles around hastened to get their 
picture taken with him. Ralph, (he of 
the Pratt brothers), was not disconcerted, 
but posed with one girl after another. His 
only fee was a free picture. He had quite 
a. collection before he could break away. 

— William Joseph Bevans, Jr., the 3rd, 
(Bill Bevans to you), 1939's contribution 
to the spirit of youth, has his troubles. His 
garden isn't finished, he is behind in his 
school work, he doesn't have time to 
practice his music, graduation and class 
activites have to be passed by. Why, 
WJB Jr. has hardly time to listen to his 
favorite radio swing bands. But youth 
will find a way. 

— "Alas, alas, "cried the fair young maid 
who lives on the second floor, third 
house up on P Street, as she raced to the 
landing to get Eugene's autograph. The 
boat had left a trifle early. 

— Greetings, Freshmen. May you find 
your names often in this column. The 


Cbc JHumni dissociation of Cbe farm and trades School 

Howard B. Ellis, "98 PreBident Frank L. Washburn 

Dorchester, Mass. Roxbury, 

Harold W. Eowakds, 10, Treasurer 
Arlington, M.iss. 

'83, Vice-President 

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

Edward E. Davis, '81, died at his 
home 63 Upland road, Cambridge, on 
March 31, in his 72d year. He was a twin, 
and with his brother James entered the 
school in 1877. For most of his life he 
worked at his trade of machinist and brass 
founder. For 30 years he was with the 
Crosby Steam Gage Valve Company, and 
for a few years afterward he was with the 
Wells Memorial and People's Institute in 
Boston. On Nov. 14, 1886, he was married 
to Gertrude L. Gould, a twinsister of John 
E. Gould '81. In 1936 the couple observed 
their golden wedding anniversary. Seven 
children were born to them, and all of 
them are now married. Mr. and Mrs. Davis 
were members of the Church of the Good 
Shepherd (Episcopal,) of Boston, and at 
the time of his death he was the oldest 
member. He was married in that church, 
as were all seven children, and they and 
their children, of whom there are seven, 
and four great grand children were bap- 
tized there. His wife and all the children 

An interesting letter has been received 
from Frederic R. and Charles W. 
Hafley, both members of the class of 
1888, which said in part: 

"Your interesting letter relative to the 
activities of the band was received. Please 
accept our thanks.. We will be unable to 
attend the concert at Faneuil Hall, but 
wish to contribute a small amount for the 
Band Fund. 

"The prosperity and well-being of the 
school will always be close to our hearts. 

"We read with delight the many fine 
things the boys are engaged in, and with 
what enthusiasm they write about them. It 

must be a great satisfaction to know that 
so many boys are being made happy and 

"We read with dismay of the fire on 
March 1st, and were glad to learn that it 
was handled so efficiently. 

"We are proud to sign as the old 

Frederic R. Hafley 
Charley W. Hafley 

One of our oldest graduates has 
written the following account which will 
be of interest to our readers. James D. 
Smith, now 90 years young, makes his 
permanent home in Florida, although he 
has nieces and nephews living in New 
England. His father was a member of the 
crew of "Old Ironsides" when she fought 
the English ship "Guerriere." His letter 
is as follows: 

"Your very pleasant letter was re- 
ceived several days ago, but we old folks 
grow lazier, and the younger generations 
increase so fast that it becomes quite a task 
to keep up with the correspondence, I 
have several letters which I must answer, 
and some business letters which must be 
answered prompdy. I have started my 
90th year, and likely good for a few more. 
1 enclose my check to help the Band, and 
for the Beacon. I would like to keep up 
with the progress of the School." 

James D. Smith 
Route 2, Box 223C 
Plant City. Florida. 

We note in the Boston papers that 
Eliot Bernard, '38 is a member of the 
Natick High School baseball team, and 
pitched his first game on April 28. His 
team won. 

Vol.43 No. 2 Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. June 1939 

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

Memorial Sunday Services 

As is our custom every year, we held 
our Memorial Service on Sunday, May 28, 
at our little cemetery at the southern tip of 
our island. The program was in charge 
of Eugene Proctor, Mayor of Cottage Row 

The boys and instructors left the main 
building in the morning, shortly before 
ten o'clock. A quiet walk of about ten 
minutes brought all to the cemetery and the 
services were opened by the singing of 
"America the Beautiful." 

Mayor Proctor spoke briefly of those 
who are buried in the cemetery. Each 
grave was decorated with an American 
Flag and a bouquet of flowers. 

The complete program was as follows: 


Hymn School 

"America the Beautiful" 

Salute to the Flag 


Rev, Lloyd M. Perrigo 

Selection Brass Quartet 

Robert J. English William N. Dodge 

John Dunn George F. Connors 

Recitation "Raising the Flag" 

Arthur Brosseau 

Recitation "The Blue and the Gray" 

Milton W. McNamara 

Hymn School 

"Nearer My God To Thee" 

Recitation "Our Own Country" 

William Britton 

Recitation "The Soldier's Dream" 
Ralph E. Pratt 

Selection Brass Quartet 

Recitation "The American Flag" 

David Wilson 

Mayor's Address 

Eugene Proctor 

Decorating of Graves 

Rolling of Drums and Taps 

Hymn School 

"God of Our Fathers" 

The Memorial Service was simple and 
impressive. The weather was beautiful, 
and the singing of the old hymns in the 
sunshine of a Sunday in May gave added 
dignity. The selection of the recitations 
given was fine, and the boys presented 
them ably. The sober rolling of the drum 
and the call of Taps left a lasting impression 
upon everyone. It was a fitting program 
to be held on Memorial Sunday. 


The Music Festivals 
On May 13 our band went to Belmont 
to be a part of the Massachusetts School 
Music Festival. There were in attendance 
nearly a hundred musical organizations of 
the private and public schools of the state. 
Each orchestra, band and choral group 
was placed in a class depending upon 
certain factors. Our school, having a 
student enrollment of less than 250 (we 
have 97 pupils), was automatically placed 
in Class CC. The larger city high school 
bands are in Class A. 

There is no competition at these festi- 
vals, the purpose being to bring together 
hundreds of children of high school age 
to receive the inspiration and joy of play- 
ing together. The music is carefully chosen, 
and competent musicians listen to each 
group giving instruction and advice so that 
each group may make their best better. 

A feature of the Belmont festival was 
the massed choral program. Patriotic songs 
were presented by glee clubs and choruses 
accompanied by band music. 

Our band was given the honor, along 
with the Gloucester R. O. T. C. band, of 
performing for the spectators while the 
parade was being concluded, and during 
those periods when no event was definitely 
scheduled. This kept our boys, and the 
Gloucester boys, before the public continu- 

The weather wascool, almost too cool, 
but every event was executed according to 

A week later, May 20, the boys went 
to Worcester where they took part in the 
New England school festival. Here were 
assembled bands from all over New Eng- 
land, as well as choral groups, orchestras, 
glee clubs and other school music per- 
formers. It was a gala festival. 

Our band played in the Mechanics 

Building auditorium and the music per- 
formed included Weidt's "Glorianna" 
overture, and Taylor's "Prince and Jester" 

The boys had opportunity to listen 
to other bands, and it was interesting to 
note the whispered comments by represen- 
tatives of various bands as the units per- 
formed. Young people are frank and 
honest, and their criticism reflected the 
value of the music appreciation courses be- 
ing given in the schools. 

The street parade in the afternoon 
was very orderly, as all music festival 
events are, although the streets were jam- 
med with admiring throngs. The parade 
was a riot of color as bands from all the 
New England states passed. 

At the conclusion of the parade at the 
athletic field, several units gave exhibitions 
of marching excellence. These drills, 
which lasted from eight to ten minutes for 
each band, were excellent, and showed 
results of hours of attentive practice. 

Dr. Ernest Williams conducted three 
compositions and it was inspiring to hear 
the multitude of young high school mu- 
sicans playing the works of Bagley, Gold- 
man and Sousa. 

The festival was concluded by a 
marching exhibition by our fifty-five 
piece band. The drill was well executed 
and climaxed a Festival which certainly 
was a grand exhibition by the young 
people of New England. 

Our boys received many favorable 
comments from the judges. It would seem 
like boastng to list the superior ratings of 
our group, but most of our readers are 
aware of the excellence of our group. Our 
only fault, and that one we cannot correct 
at this time, is the lack of instrumentation. 
We are lacking flutes, oboes, saxophones, 
and other woodwind instruments. The 


ideal is constantly being sought after, and 
we may sometime achieve it. 

We have but one regret, and that is 
that ail of those who made it possible for 
our boys to attend these festivals were not 
present to watch the boys perform. The 
band did splendidly, and indicated again 
why it is held in such high repute. 

Thank You 

On behalf of the Junior Class I wish 
to thank the Board of Managers and Mr. 
and Mrs.Meacham for making it possible 
for us to take this last year at F.T.S. We 
have greatly profited and enjoyed this 
final year. 

To Mr. and Mrs. Meacham we have 
only deep appreciation and gratitude for 
helping us in our everyday life and solv- 
ing our personal problems. Never will 
we be able to express our full appreciation. 

To our teachers, Mr. and Mrs. Ronka, 
we owe a great indebtedness. Day after day 
they have worked patiently guiding us. 
Our courses have been made doubly inter- 
esting because of their personal interest. 
We have both enjoyed and profited from 
our academic work. May there be many 
classes to follow who will enjoy the work 
as we have. 

To all the faculty we express our 
sincere thanks. Everyone has worked 
unceasingly to make our final year most 

Post Graduates 

By Calvin L. Wilder 

Basketball Awards 
On May 15 awards which were earned 
for proficiency in basketball were made. 
The school certificate was awarded to 
nine players. They were: 
Myron A. Pratt, Captain 
Weston O. Page 

Charles A. Pecce 
Richard A. Martin 
Eugene Proctor 
Howard M. Colpitts 
Charles H. Grant 
John Dunn 
Harold K. Malmgren 

Manager Philip Sears annually gives 
to the outstanding player in each po- 
sition in the intra-mural league a trophy. 
Those who received this distinction this 
year were: 
Robert J. English 
Wesley C. Gustafson 
Henry S, Dixon 
Percie R. Berry 
George W. Jefiferson 
Francis S. Sheldon 

The Tigers, captained by Francis S. 
Sheldon, won the Sears League champi- 
onship, and the silver shield was inscribed 
with the names of the team members, as 

James J. Macdonald 
Wesley C. Gustafson 
Raymond L. Perry 
Raymond B. Harrington 
Francis S. Sheldon, Capt. 
Richard J. Nelson 

A. Robert Hallberg 

Charles A. Pecce was given an indi- 
vidual prize, for excellence in foul 
shooting, it being in the form of a gold cup. 
This fine award was given by Mr. Walter 
Bramin, of the Boy's Division, Y. M. C. A., 
Boston, Mass. Mr. Bramin has been inter- 
ested in our school for years, and we ap- 
preciate his thoughtfulness. 

— During the latter part of the month, 
workmen have been making minor repairs 
on the roofs of the buildings. Howard 

B. Ellis '98, supervised the work. 


Cbompsoti's Tsland Beacon 

Published Monthly by 


Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor 




Robert J. English 
MuRDOCK C. Moore 

- - Editor 
Assoc. Editor 

Vol.43 No. 2 

June 1939 

Subscription Price 

One Dollar Per Year 


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 


Henry Jackson, M. D. 
S. V. R. Crosby 
Gorham Brooks 

N. Penrose Hallowell 
Charles E. Mason 
Robert H. Gardiner 
Philip S. Sears 
Walter B. Foster 
Karl Adams 
Leverett Saltonstall 
Charles Wiggins, 2nd 
Edmund Q. Sylvester 
John L. Batchelder 
Moses Williams, Jr. 
William Alcott 

William M. Meacham 

George S. Mumford, Jr. 
Merton P. Ellis 
Frederic Winthrop 

Contributions may be mailed to 

Augustus P. Loring, Jr., Treasurer 

82 Devonhsire Street, Boston 

Anoiher milestone in the history of 
this school is approached as we complete 
this year a century and a quarter of service 
to youth. 

Recently a Boston newspaper had an 
editorial urging boys to prepare themselves 
to do something before seeking a job. At 
our school this preparation is being made 
by every boy and here each boy learns by 
practical experience how to do things well. 

Employers are demanding exper- 
ienced young men. There is definitely a 
great shortage of able, responsible exper- 
ienced young men in most lines of activity. 
There is a vast army of unemployed men, 
mostly young men, with the potential 
energy to raise this great Country to pros- 
perity and general happiness. 

We live in a land of plenty. There 
is an abundance of food supply and other 
materials sufficient for the needs of all. 
There is hardly a necessary commodity or 
service of which there is a shortage in 
this Country — except possibly experienced 
and responsible, unselfish manpower. 

We blame the President, the govern- 
ment, the politicians, the men of wealth, the 
schools, and even our own associates but 
each of us is really the one to blame for 
most of the faults that exist. 

By use of government funds (which 
you and I furnish) CCC camps foryoung 
men have been developed. According to 
the 1939 World Almanac, the fifth year 
showed an employment of 2,260,000 
persons and cash allowances to their 
dependents of $446,000,000. This report 
does not give the total expenditures of 
this branch of government service. 


This vast number of young men, and 
other miHions not enrolled in CCC camps 
should be provided opportunity to gain 
experience in useful work by which they 
may earn their living. In general, the 
youth of today have lost that privilege of 
doing farm chores and learning to do 
many other things such as our fathers were 
privileged to do. We must through home 
or school or CCC or by some other means 
restore to youth the opportunity to learn 
by experience how to do things. 

Topics in Brief 

Nearly all the boys have completed 
early work on the flower gardens and all 
are expectantly watching for results. A 
great variety of flowers will be in evidence 
this summer, judging from the seeds used. 
Flower gardening is a very popular hobby 
with the boys, and each pupil strives for 
individuality in his garden. Prizes are a- 
warded at the close of the season to those 
who have shown excellence in this most 
worth-while hobby. 

Cold weather has retarded our farm 
crews in their spring work, but at this time 
everything points to a very favorable 
season. The gardens and field crops have 
all been showing the result of careful work, 
and we anticipate another successful year 
with our farm harvest. 

The series of dancing lessons closed 
on May 16. Miss Helen Gresty, the in- 
structor, planned a semi-formal dance for 
the last evening, which resulted in a very 
pleasant evening. The boys have learned 
the fundamental dancing steps, as well as 
several novelty dances. 

The boys who have not enjoyed trips 
with the band visited in town with their 
parents on May 6. The early Friends' 

Days at the school have been held more 
or less infrequently during the past few 
years because of the inability to secure 
suitable transportation to the school. The 
Nantasket boats, which formerly operated 
from April 19 through a long season do 
not commence their schedule now until 
nearly the first of June. All the boys en- 
joyed a visit with their friends on either 
May 26 or May 27. Approximately half 
the boys went in town on each day. 

The summer season of Cottage Row 
was formally opened on May 6. The boys 
have been very busy getting their cottages 
in shape for the summer months. Cottage 
Row is always a fascinating place for visi- 
tors to roam about, and the many 
ingenious methods used by the boys are 
always of interest. All of the boys are 
citizens of the government, and nearly all 
own property at one time or another. 

A shipment of coal was delivered to 
the school on May 24. The annual supply 
was unloaded in less than three days, with 
the use of three large trucks. We formerly 
used our equipment in unloading the 
barge and two weeks would ordinarily be 

Dorchester Bay, usually well tenanted 
with pleasure craft at this time of year, is 
almost deserted. This is the result of the 
tremendous hurricane damage of last fall, 
and the very tardy appearance of spring 

The Class of 1939 held its banquet on 
May 4. This is an annual event given by 
the graduating class, and a party which is 
always thoroughly enjoyed. 

The Assembly programs this month 
have been very novel, and as usual, well 
prepared and presented. On May 1 the 
sixth graders used for their subject "The 



Turner, all free. Joseph L. Fuller left to 
live with Martin Peterson, a shoemaker 
in Duxbury. 

May Meteorology 

Maximum Temperature 90° on the 

Minimum Temperature 39° on the 

Mean Temperature for the month 54°. 

Ten clear days, ten partly cloudy- 
and eleven cloudy. 

The Farm and Trades School Bank 

Statement, May 31 1939 

Savings Bank ...... $1216.67 

Cash 125.38 



Roys' Deposits $547.40 

Trading Co. Deposits .... 644.51 
Cottage Row Deposits . . . 2.99 

Photo Company Deposits . . 50.02 

Surplus 97.13 


New Telephone Lines 
New telephone wires are being laid 
underground from the south end to the 
Main Building. The new underground 
lines consist of two pairs of wires buried 
about eight inches. They join the sub- 
marine cable at the south end of the Island 
in the telephone booth south of the ceme- 
tery. The line then goes westward between 
the two rows of oaks to the road, crosses 
the road and then goes north in the pas- 
ture, along the west side of the road, by 
the front of the root cellar where a test 
post is located. The line continues along 
the west side of the road, then along the 
west side of the path to the front avenue, 
near the center of the avenue to the main 
building, entering the building at the south- 
west corner of the west wing. 

Dominion of Canada" and the important 
features of our neighbor to the north 
were given. The Junior class gave a radio 
adaptation of Shakespeare's "Taming of 
the Shrew" which was very entertaining. 
The class presented the play in a highly 
commendable manner. The eighth 
graders exhibited and then read many of 
the letters they have received from young 
people in foreign lands. The sophomores, 
as their last program of the year, gave a 
summary of their achievements individu- 
ally and as a class. 

The Band has attended both the 
Massachusetts School Music Festival at 
Belmont and the New England School 
Music Festival at Worcester during the 
month. Both events were highly suc- 
cessful, and the boys enjoyed themselves 
thoroughly. The inspiration received 
meeting and participating with thousands 
of other school children in these great 
music festivals is tremendous. A detailed 
account of the festivals will be found on 
another page. 

Calendar 90 Years Ago, May, 1849 

As Kept by the Superintendent 

2. Geo. T. Penney left to live with S. 
Kellog, a farmer in Chicopee( Springfield). 
A new cooking Range was set in the 
kitchen to-day. Barnum Field, Esq., 
visited the School. 

7. Francis John Adolphus and Geo. 
T. White were received into the School, 
brought by Messrs. Rhoades of Boston. 

24. The Mayflower made another 
visit to the island with the boys friends 
and with Messrs. Grant, Kuhn, Gould 
and Brackelt of the Board of Managers. 

The boys received to-day were Charles 
Wm. McLellan, Gilbert W. Homan, 
William H. H. Homan, and Joseph H. 


This eliminates the pole line which 
has been in use for forty years and brings 
the line directly to the main building with- 
out going through other buildings as 
previously routed. This is a definite 

The under ground electric line in- 
stalled in 1929 follows the same general 
route but is at the other side of the road. 
The terminal ends are not at the same 

Memorial Day Track Meet 

Each year, on Memorial Day, the 
boys have a track meet. Four groups, 
each under the direction of a faculty 
member, compete for the Joyce Easter 
Meacham trophies. The events begin 
shortly after nine o'clock, when the cross 
country race takes place. 

The four groups who participate are 
the Varsity, Seniors, Juniors and Cubs. 
The boys are placed in one of these groups 
according to age and ability. The cross 
country course, as well as all the other 
events, is modified for the younger boys. 

The varsity meet, underthe direction 
of Mr. Thomas, was won by Myron A. 
Pratt, and Weston O. Page was second. 
Pratt won the cross country race, also the 
pole vault, shot put, mile run, and placed 
well in the dashes. 

The Senior meet, under the direction 
of Mr. Albee, was won by Richard A. 
Martin. Leonard I. Scott was second. 
Martin finished either first or second in 
five events and placed in two others. 

In the Junior meet, which was super- 
vised by Mr. Pickard, James H. Rolston 
finished in first place barely ahead of 
William H. Britton and Donald F. 
Griswold who were tied for second. A 
slim two points separated the three leaders. 
Donald Davis finished right behind these 
leaders. The keenest competition was 
evident in this meet. 

The Cub meet, under the direction of 
Mr. Ronka, was won easily by Donald 
Lowery, although James McCarthy was 
not far behind in second place. Lowery 
was the only winner not to place first in 
at least one event. He finished second 
in five events and placed in all. 

Fifty three of the boys won a place in 
at least one event. This large number 
shows somewhat conclusively how popular 
track and field events are with our boys. 

The Joyce Easter Meacham medals 
are awarded the winner and runner-up in 
each group. Candy prizes are given to 
all who place. 

The track meet ended late in the after- 
noon and was followed by a picnic on 
the beach. The holiday was concluded 
with a baseball game, the faculty team 
winning over the boys' nine. 

The program was carefully planned 
and the events were of considerable in- 
terest to spectators and participants alike. 
Ideal weather contributed to the happiness 
of the day. 


On Monday evening, May 22, it 
was our great privilege to have Carl W. 
Buchheister, Secretary-Treasurer of the 
Massachusetts Audubon Society visit us 
and present an illustrated lecture. We 
were treated to a showing of exceptional 
pictures of familar New England birds. 
Many of the boys have been very "bird 
conscious" since the lecture, and the hobby 
of bird study has taken a definite root 
with many of our students. 

The 1939 marble tournaments have 
provided real enjoyment and pleasure. 
Eugene S. Emerson won the Junior match 
and Wesley C. Gustafson the Senior 


Cbe J^lumni Association of the farm and trades School 

Howard B. Ellis, "98 President Frank L. Washburn 

Dorchester. Mass. Roxbury, 

Harold W. Edwards, '10, Treasurer 
Arlington, Muss. 

'83, Vice-President 

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

The Annual Spring Meeting 

The annual spring meeting of the As- 
sociation was held at 40 Court Street, on 
Wednesday evening, May 10. Howard B. 
Ellis, '98, the association President, called 
the meeting to order at 7:30. The reading 
of the Secretary's minutes was next in 
order and Merton P. Ellis, '97 gave an 
interesting account of the fall meeting and 
the annual dinner. 

The recent fire at the school was an 
interesting topic and Secretary Ellis told 
of his visit to the school on the day follow- 
ing the fire, the fire damage and other 
interesting facts concerning the blaze. 
Great credit was given the school staff for 
holding the damage to an almost unbe- 
lievable minimum. Graduates visiting the 
school will be pleased to note the fine work 
which has been accomplished in rebuilding 
the damaged wing. 

There was some talk also, in a general 
way, of the hurricane of last fall. The 
damage done our groves and orchards was 
commented upon. Some of the members 
present told of their experiences during the 
hurricane, and certainly Thompson's 
Island fared better than many other lo- 

The Association expressed regret at 
the death of Manager George L. DeBlois 
on May 4. He had been a member of 
the Board for 33 years. 

The entertainment committee was un- 
able to present concrete plans for the annu- 
al field day at the school because of the 
lack of transportation facilities. Although 
every possible source had been checked it 
was found that no boat in the harbor suita- 
ble for the purpose could be secured for 

the day. The association was in favor of 
holding the day during June al a time 
found most convenient for all concerned. 
The wish of the members present was that 
the commitee do its utmost to solve the 
vexing problem of transportation and to 
complete plans for the day. Definite in- 
formation should be received by members 
within a few days. 

The financial condition of the treasury 
of the association has not been in too 
healthy a condition during these years of 
depression. There are no dues of any 
kind and each member is urged to con- 
tribute annually to the support of the 
association. It was decided to continue 
the present policy after discussion of 
various fund raising plans. 

The recent concert given by the Band 
in Faneuil Hall was commented upon, 
and the splendid showing by the boys was 
gratifying to the graduates, many of whom 
were in attendance. 

The meeting was interesting and 
helpful to all present. It is hoped that 
more and more graduates, particularly the 
younger ones, will avail themselves of the 
invitation to attend. There are two 
annual meetings, in November and May, 
an annual dinner in mid-winter and a field 
day in June. At all of these events there 
is always room for more, and the associ- 
ation does desire the presence, as well as 
the interest, of all its members. 

It was voted to reserve publicity on 
another very important matter until the 
Field Day in June, when announcement 
will be made. 

The meeting lasted about two hours, 
during which time minor happenings 
received comment. 

Vol.43 No. 3 Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. July 1939 

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


On June 7, at two o'clock, the gradu- 
ation exercises of the Class of 1939 took 
place. The weather, as it is on almost all 
of these occasions, was ideal. During the 
morning there was much excitement as 
last minute details were taken care of. 
The outdoor stage was prettily decorated 
with the school colors and everything was 
put in readiness. 

Those who were taking part in the 
program, and several members of the 
Board of Managers, came on the Pilgrim 
III. The Charlesbank transported the 
parents and friends of the boys. Soon 
the processional began and another class 
was to be graduated. The Invocation was 
by Rev. Cecil Plumb. 

For a century and a quarter the ideals 
of our school have been upheld by our 
boys as they complete their studies here 
and go into the world. The honor and 
glory of F.T.S. is represented in our 
school banner. This year Howard M. 
Colpitts, '39 delivered the banner to 
Charles A. Pecce, '40. This inspiring, 
traditional part of our program is an 
annual feature of the ceremonies. 

Rev. Phillips E. Osgood, D. D.. Pastor 
of Emmanuel Church, gave the address. 
He urged the graduates to reserve lime and 
place for communion with God, and his 

hope that each would develop his "inner 
self" so that he might, with the help of 
God, solve the vexing problems which 
will surely arise from time to time. Rev. 
Dr. Osgood was introduced by Robert H. 
Gardiner. Mr. Gardiner is a memberof 
the Board of Managers and he and Rev. 
Dr. Osgood were classmates at Harvard. 

President Arthur Adams presented 
diplomas to the sixteen members of the 
graduating class. Eight boys who com- 
pleted the post graduate year were given 
certificates. Ten received sloyd diplomas, 
six forging, and three were given agri- 
culture diplomas. 

Headmaster William M. Meacham 
awarded commencement prizes. These 
included the Guy Lowell Cups, the Charles 
P. Curtis Mathematics Prizes and the 
Francis Shaw Conduct Prizes among 

The speeches and other parts played 
by the members of the class were of high 
excellence. Wesley C. Gustafson, the 
Salutatorian, gave a fine address entitled, 
"I Am Glad that I Am an American". 
The Valedictory, by Murdock C. Moore 
was followed by his essay entitled, "The 
Power of Written and Spoken English". 
George F. Connors delivered the prophecy 
and William J. Bevans, Jr., the class will. 

Music was furnished by the school 
band. A trombone solo, the "Wanderer" 


by Myron A. Pratt was the feature. 

The complete program was as follows: 


Class Processional Clifton E. Albee 

Axel R. Hallberg, '40, Class Marshall 
Overture-Glorianna Weidt 


Rev. Cecil Plumb 


I Am Glad that I Am an American 
Wesley C. Gustafson 

Class Prophecy 

George F. Connors 

Trombone Solo-Wanderer Harlow 

Myron A. Pratt 

Class Will 

William J. Bevans, Jr. 
Presentation of School Banner 

Howard M. Colpitts, Class '39 
Charles A. Pecce, Class '40 
The Power of Written and Spoken English 

Murdock C. Moore 
Introduction of Speaker 

Manager Robert H. Gardiner 


Rev. PhiUips E. Osgood, D.D. 
Presentation of Diplomas 

President Arthur Adams 
Presentation of Prizes 

Headmaster William M. Meacham 
March-National Emblem E.E. Bagley 

William Joseph Bevans, Jr. 
Maxwell Merton Clark 

Howard Merrill Colpitts 
George Francis Connors 
George Robert Davis 
John Dunn 

Eugene Simmons Emerson 
Wesley Carlton Gustafson 

James Russell Langion 

Harold Kenneth Malmgren 
Richard Allen Martin 

Murdock Clayton Moore 
William Bradford Pratt 
Donald Lester Rice 

Leonard Irving Scott 
, Albert Edward Wilder 

Sloyd diplomas were awarded to the 

Howard Merrill Colpitts 
John Dunn 

Wesley Carlton Gustafson 

Harold Kenneth Malmgren 
Richard Allen Martin 

Murdock Clayton Moore 
William Bradford Pratt 
Leonard Irving Scott 
Percie Rutherford Berry 
William Nutter Dodge 

The six pupils who completed the 
Forging Course were: 

George Francis Connors 
Richard Allen Martin 

Murdock Clayton Moore 
William Bradford Pratt 
Leonard Irving Scott 

Albert Edward Wilder 

Three students completed the four 
year course in Agriculture. They were: 

Maxwell Merton Clark 

Howard Merrill Colpitts 
James Russell Langton 

Howard M. Colpitts was class pres- 
ident; John Dunn vice-president; William 
J. Bevans, Jr., secretary and Wesley C. 
Gustafson treasurer. Murdock C. Moore 
headed the entertainment committee of 
seven members. 


The Farewell Dance 
A traditional part of the Graduation 
Week is the farewell dance. This year 
the Class of 1940 held this dance in honor 
of the Class of 1939, on the evening of 
June 6. The Assembly Hall was prettily 
decorated and the entertainment com- 
mittee arranged a party that was enjoyed 
by all. 

The music was furnished by an orches- 
tra led by Myron A. Pratt. There were 
many special dances, such as the 400, Fox- 
trot, Waltz, Lambeth Walk, Corrigan 
Hop, and the Virginia Reel. The Grand 
March was led by Mr. and Mrs. Meacham. 

Richard John Nelson 

Calendar 90 Years Ago, June, 1849 

As Kept by the Superintendent 

4. Moses Grant, Esq., Rev. Mr, 
Bronson, a missionary in India, and two 
of Mr. Bronson's pupils from his school 
in Assam spent a few hours with us and 
made some good remarks about the school. 

12. Mr. Charles Sears, a farmer at 
Yarmouth, came to the Island for a boy 
and took James Holland to live with him. 

14. This and the three previous days 
of the week have been mostly spent in 
sending away our surplus hay, about 33 
tons, sold to Messrs. Belser, Pope and 

16. Charles H.Tigh was sent home 
to his mother in Boston. 

21. The steamboat made her third 
visit to the island for this season, with the 
boys' friends. Present Moses Grant, Geo. 
H. Kuhn, and Francis Bacon, Esqrs. of 
the Board of Managers. Admitted Henry 
H. Howe, Chas. Flynn, Wm. Flynn and 
John W. Duncan. 

The New^ Building 

Just as this issue of the BEACON is 
being printed workmen are busy digging 
the foundation for a new building. The 
succeeding issues will keep our readers 
informed of the progress being made in 
this great and important work. There is 
a great and indescribable thrill being re- 
alized by everyone at the School over 
this great accomplishment, and we know 
that the graduates and friends of F. T. S. 
will share our joy. 

The primary purpose of this Colonial 
type, two story brick building, will be to 
provide comfortable, adequate dining 
room and kitchen facilities, and the first 
floor of the 60x80 structure will be so used . 
The second floor will provide dormitory 
accommodations for 26 pupils. The base- 
ment will house the refrigeration plant 
and provide rooms for storage. 

June Meteorology 

Maximum Temperature 88° on the 

Minimum Temperature 52" on the 

Mean Temperature for the month 67°. 

Six clear days, fourteen partly cloudy, 
and ten cloudy. 

The Farm and Trades School Bank 

Statement, June 30. 1939^ 

Savings Bank $1216.67 

Cash 77.93 









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


Cbompson's Island Beacon 

Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor 




MURDOCK C. Moore Editor 

Richard J. Nelson .... Assoc. Editor 

Vol.43 No. 3 

July 1939 

Subscription Price 

One Dollar Per Year 


The writer recently heard a business 
Published Monthly by "1^" who is successful In 8 big Way vividly 

THE FARM AND TRADES SCHOOL ^"^ forcefully explain his achievement. 

It seems all so simple. There are only 
three rules to follow. 

The speaker said that every individual 
or organization to be really successful must 

(1) Excellent goods 

(2) Superior service 

(3) "It" or heart or love of the work 
He said that thisthird element, which 

he chose to call "The Third Commodity", 
was practically always the decisive factor 
between success and failure. 

It is always helpful to pause and con- 
sider the reasons for success, to think of in- 
dividuals who are successful and to find 
why they are forging ahead. We can 
point to a long string of successes and in 
each case of real success the individual 
loves the work he is doing and devotes 
himself whole-heartedly to it. 

The writer has always "hammered 
away" at the slogan "Give Service and you 
will get jobs, get promotions, get increased 
salary, get recognition, get happiness." 

To youth, as well as older folks, I 
would say. "Use every available source to 
find things you love to do and devote 
yourself to developing those interests. 
There will be small failures and many dis- 
appointments but there can be no real 
failure in the good things we love to 

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


Henry Jackson, M. D. 
S. V. R. Crosby 
Gorham Brooks 

N. Penrose Haliowell 
Charlc« E. Mason 
Robert H. Gardiner 
Philip S. Scars 
Walter B. Foster 
Karl Adams 
Leverett Saltonstall 
Charles Wiggins, 2nd 
Edmund Q. Sylvester 
John L. Batchelder 
Moses Williams, Jr. 
William Alcott 

William M. Meacham 

George S. Mumford, Jr. 
Merton P. Ellis 
Frederic Winthrop 

Contributions may be mailed to 

Augustus P. Loring, Jr., Treasurer 

82 Devonhsire Street, Boston 

Topics in Brief 

Graduation Exercises for the class of 
1939 took place on June 7, at two P.M. 


A large number of parents and friends of 
the boys were here. The program in de- 
tail is printed on another page. The 
exercises were excellent in every way, and 
we were especially fortunate in having 
Rev. Phillips E. Osgood, D.D. as gradu- 
ation speaker. 

The Graduating Class had its Bacca- 
laureate Service at Philips Congregational 
Church on June 4. Rev. R. Ernest Bayes 
preached on the essential qualities of 
manhood, and his message was of great 
interest and value. Special music was 
furnished by our brass quartet. 

President Arthur Adams invited the 
Graduating Class on an excursion on June 
5. The boys started for Benson's Animal 
Farm at Nashua, but finding Canobie Lake 
so attractive the group remained th'erefor 
the duration of the trip. It was the in- 
tention of the group to lunch at this favor- 
ite New Hampshire resort, but the many 
attractions caused their visit to become 
prolonged. A very happy time was had 
by everyone. President Adams has for 
years provided this annual toar for the 
graduating classes, and it is an event which 
the boys look forward to with keen antici- 

The game of Softball has taken a 
strong hold on the boys' interest. This 
game, remarkable because of the retention 
of the skill and strategy of baseball, is 
played with no equipment excepting bat 
and ball. It is an excellent game to de- 
velop baseball skill, especially for the 
younger boys. The rules are practically 
the same as regulation baseball. There 
have been three or four games played 
each day on our two diamonds. 

On June 6 the regular monthly 
meeting of the Board of Managers was 

held at the School. The group left the 
South Boston Yacht Club on our boat, 
the Pilgrim III, at two P.M. An in- 
spection of the various departments was 
followed by a business meeting. Those 
present included: 
Arthur Adams, President 

Augustus P. Loring, Jr., Treasurer 
Philip H. Theopold, Ass. Secretary 
Alfred C. Malm, Ass. Treasurer 
Henry Jackson, M.D. 
Gorham Brooks 
Philip S. Sears 

Charles Wiggins, 2nd 
Moses Williams, Jr. 
William Alcott 
William M. Meacham 
Merton P. Ellis 
Frederic Winthrop 

The annual dance and reception to 
the graduating class was given on June 6. 
This year the Class of 1940 was host. A 
happy evening was passed, including vari- 
ous forms of entertainment 

Following the close of the academic 
year on June 7 the summer vacations for 
the boys began. The boys are home for 
a period of one week to a month, depend- 
ing entirely upon each boys' effort, con- 
duct and achievment. 

Alfred C. Malm, '00, a member of 
the Board of Managers, was a visitor at 
the School on Sunday, June 25. 

Our boat "Ilybius" has been pur- 
chased by William F. Anderson, '25. It 
will be fitted out at Goodhue's Boat Yard, 
Braintree. This yard is owned and oper- 
ated by John Goodhue, '21. 

Our gardens are supplying us with 
plenty of greens, radishes, peas and 
strawberries. Haying is proceeding stead- 
ily. We harvest about 100 tons of this 
product annually. 


The Band Trip to Wolfeboro 

For the third successive year our Band 
enjoyed an excursion t o Wolfeboro, 
N. H. to assist the American Legion Post 
of that town sta^e the celebration of our 
national birthday. Twenty-one boys made 
the trip this year. This included seventeen 
boys who are pupils at the school and four 
boys who completed their school work 
here last month. Rehearsals for the group 
were held on July 1 and on the morning 
of July 2. On Sunday afternoon July 2, 
the boys left for Wolfeboro in a bus of the 
Rawding Line. 

The ride to Wolfeboro, which is about 
110 miles from Boston, was very pleasant, 
the day being especially fine for a tour to 
the lake and mountain area of New 
Hampshire. The boys went by way of 
Portsmouth, Dover and Rochester. Upon 
arriving at Wolfeboro it took but a few 
minutes to prepare for the first concert, at 
5:30. This was a brief concert, about a 
half hour in length, and opened the three 
day celebration. 

Later in the evening the Wolfeboro 
band save a program and our boys were 
part of the audience. Some members of 
our band sat in with the Wolfeboro group 
and played part of the concert. 

On the following day the boys were 
the guests of Captain Leander Lavallee of 
the Steamer Mt. Washington, and en- 
joyed the regular tour of Lake Winnipe- 
saukee. The "Mt. Washington" is the 
fastest side wheel steamer in the country 
today, averpging about 16 land miles per 
hour. The seventy mile cruise was greatly 
enjoyed, and the high spots of this trip 
were pointed out to the boys. Lake 
Winnipesaukee is the largest inland lake 
lying within any one state. Situated in the 
mountain region, it i^ossesses unlimited 
beauty and charm. Thousands of visi- 
tors from all over the world journey to 

New Hampshire for the wonderful scenery 
provided in this Winnipesaukee area. 

Upon returning from the lake cruise 
late in the afternoon the boys gave an- 
other concert. This was attended by a 
large audience and the boys played some 
of their special pieces, much to the pleas- 
ure of the audience. In addition to the long- 
er selections, several shorter popular 
numbers were given, including such 
favorites of the day as "Little Sir Echo", 
"God Bless America", and the "Beer 
Barrel Polka". This program lasted an 
hour and a half. 

Following this concert the boys were 
the guests of Ansel Sanborn, who in ad- 
dition to operating several theatres in this 
area, is also Speaker of the House in the 
New Hampshire Legislature. He had a 
fine program of motion pictures for the 
holiday which the boys enjoyed. 

On the next day, which was the holi- 
day, the Band led the parade. This par- 
ade was notable because of its excellence. 
Four musical organizations provided 
martial airs. Wolfeboro is one town 
which starts a parade at the announced 
time and this was done, even though a 
few tardy entries had to hurry to get into 
place. The parade took one hour, and 
our boys were generously applauded all 
along the route. 

Another band which came from out- 
of-town was the McClure Student Band 
from Groton. This very excellent organ- 
ization had just completed a two weeks 
trip to the Worlds' Fair. Our boys were 
interested to hear the concert this band 
gave and were pleased to hear the 
Vermont group perform "The Farm and 
Trades School Band March" as the 
opening number. 

The final appearance of our group 
was from seven until eight o'clock during 
the evening. Brewster Academy, which 


is located in Wolfeboro, has had several 
F.T.S. boys as former pupils, and as tri- 
bute to Brewster our band played some 
of the popular songs of that New Hamp- 
shire school. Many Brewster students 
were in the audience, particularly the 
members of the girls' glee club, and they 
sang while the boys played. 

Following this last concert the Band 
gave a ten minute marching exhibition. 
The audience could not be estimated, 
but the town square was jammed with 
spectators who were most generous with 
applause. The boys went through their 
drill in expert fashion, and their blue and 
gold uniforms made a pretty picture as 
they snappily executed the maneuvers 
called for by the drum major, Ralph E. 

After this drill the boys packed their 
equipment so as to get an early start for 
Boston and Thompson's Island on the 
following morning. Then they visited 
the bandstand again to hear the McClure 
Band in some excellent performances of 
marches and concert pieces. 

When darkness fell the Brewster 
Academy campus was crowded with holi- 
day sightseers who had come to town for 
the fireworks display. The fireworks 
were very good, and several very spec- 
tacular pieces were surely of superlative 

Following breakfast the boys had a 
few minutes in which to bid adieu to their 
many Wolfeboro friends. The excursion 
was about the finest that our boys had en- 
joyed, and it was with deep regret that 
the return trip had to come. The four 
days certainly were outstanding and long 
to be remembered. 

The Wolfeboro townsfolk were especi- 
ally kind and gracious to our boys, and the 
American Legion Post, which sponsored 
the trip, made certain that our boys were 

well taken care of. We take this oppor- 
tunity of expressing our sincere appreci- 

This account would not be complete 
without noting the fact that our bus broke 
down near Salem, N. H. and it was 
nearly ten hours before another bus ar- 
rived so that we could continue our 
homeward way. However, the grand trip 
the boys had overshadowed this un- 
pleasant circumstance. 

Honor Roll— Spring Term 

Junior Class: Weston O. Page, 91.8; 
Eugene Proctor, 89. 

Sophomore Class: Wesley Gustafson, 
91.8; Murdock C. Moore, 91.8; Eugene 
Emerson, 86. 

Freshman Class: Arthur W. Chase, 
91.7; William J. Lawson, 91.7; Winthrop 
Davidson, 90; Charles A. Pecce, 90. 

Eighth Grade: William J. Klaila, 93 4- 
Ralph E. Pratt, 92.8. 

Seventh Grade:Authur L. Thibodeau 
90.2; Walter H. Johansson, 87.3. 

Sixth Grade: Milton W. McNamara, 
90.8; Malcolm C. Huston, 84.7. 

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

Junior Class: Warren M. Linnell, 
Weston O. Page, Myron A. Pratt, Eugene 

Sophomore Class: William J. Bevans, 
Howard M. Colpitts, Eugene S. Emerson,' 
Wesley C. Gustafson, Murdock C. Moore! 

PVeshman Class: Winthrop Davidson, 
William N. Dodge, Charles A. Pecce! 

Eighth Grade: Charles Gilbert, Jr.,' 
Roland Hallberg, William J. Klaila! 
Donald W. Lowery, Ralph E. Pratt! 
William L, Schlegel, David A. Wilson. 

Seventh Grade: Ernest Burns, David 
Haeger, Walter Johansson. 

Sixth Grade: Milton McNamara. 


Che /tiuK;ni J^ssocUtion of Cbe Tarm ana trades School 

Frank L. Washburn 

Howard B. Ellis, '98 President 

Dorchester, MoSS. 

Harold W. Eowakus. 10. Treasurer 

Arlington, M^ss. 

Alumni Field Day 

Alumni Day was observed on June 3, 
when a large gathering of graduates and 
their friends "took over" the Island for 
the day. Nearly 200 were present. The 
"Charlesbank" made several trips from 
City Point, the first being at ten A.M. 

President Howard B. Ellis, '98, of the 
Alumni Association, gave the address of 
welcome. The School Band had escorted 
the guests from the wharf and President 
Ellis invited the boys to entertain with a 
few of their feature selections, which they 
did underthe direction of our Bandmaster, 
Frank L. Warren. 

Headmaster William M. Meacham 
spoke regarding plans for the future, par- 
ticularly the building program which is 
being studied. Several drawings were 
shown of buildings which may possibly be 
erected in the not too distant future. This 
suggested plan for the improvement of 
F.T.S. naturally was of utmost importance 
to the alumni. Mr. Meacham spoke on 
other current topics regarding everyday 
life at the school, and bis short address 
was of much interest to everyone. 

An announcement was made by Pres. 
Ellis that Mr. B. Y. Kihlstrom, for 20 
years instructor of Sloyd, Forging and 
Mechanical Drawing, had been voted an 
honorary membership in the Alumni 
Association. Mr. Kihlstrom was given 
hearty and prolonged applause upon his 
introduction to the audience. 

Other officers of the Association and 
guests were presented to the gathering and 
some spoke briefly. Everyone then pro- 
ceeded to the playground for a marching 
exhibition by the Band. Many were the 

'83, Vice-President 

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

words of commendation as the boys execut- 
ed their well drilled maneuvers. Neat and 
trim, in their new uniforms of gold and 
blue, the band made a pretty picture as it 
performed its drill in snappy fashion. 

Time for lunch had approached and 
the picnic packages were brought forth. 
Our North Lawn was dotted with groups, ' 
large and small, enjoying lunch and 
talking over old times. This luncheon 
hour was perhaps the happiest for those 
who like reminiscences of boyhood days. 

In the afternoon there was the usual 
program of sports and games. The base- 
ball game held its usual quota of devotees. 
It appears that the single men always win 
this time-honored contest, and such was 
the case this year, although the married 
men gave a good account of themselves. 

Meanwhile the undergraduates were 
staging a field and track meet of the time 
honored picnic games. There were the 
sack race, three-legged race, crab race, 
foot races of various distances and other 
events. Cash prizes were awarded the 

The grand contest was the pie-eating 
race. Twenty boys knelt before twenty 
lucious, juicy blueberry pies. Without the 
use of hands the boys ate the pies. Prizes 
were given to the first boy finished, the 
boy with the dirtiest face, and the boy 
with the cleanest face. Roars of applause 
greeted the efforts of the contestants as the 
race progressed. 

Ideal weather held forth during the 
day, the program was excellently prepared 
and an extremely happy reunion and field 
day resulted. The entertainment com- 
mittee certainly did a fine job in planning 
the event. 

Vol.43 No. 4 Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. August 1939 

Entered November 3. 1903 at Boiion. Mai*., at Second Clati matter, under Act of Congreaa. of July 6. 1874 

Group Present at Turning of First Sod 

Our New Building 
Sod was turned Thursday, July 13, 
1939 at 2:30 P. M. for the second building 
in the group being planned. Thefirst unit, 
the Adams House, was completed in 1937. 
Other construction is planned whenever 
fundsaremade available, and our century- 
and-a-quarter old boys' school will be 
completely modernized. The photograph 
reproduced above includes those present 
when President Arthur Adams, of the 

Board of Managers, turned the first sod. 
They are, left to right, Merton P. Ellis, 
Headmaster William M. Meacham, 
President Arthur Adams, George S. 
Mumford, Jr., Mrs. John L. Batchelder, 
Alfred C. Malm, John L. Batchelder, 
Philip S. Sears, Vice-President Edward 
Wigglesworth, William Alcott, William 
Bailey and Waller H. Kilham. All are 
members of the Board of Managers ex- 
cepting Mrs. Batchelder, Mr. Bailey, the 

Please turn to Page 5 


An F. T. S. Adaption of the Athenian 

We will never bring disgrace to this 
school by being dishonest or cowardly, 
nor will we abuse our comrades who are 
in trouble. 

We will fight for the ideals of the 
school singly and together. We will respect 
and obey the school laws and do our best 
to arouse a like respect in those about us 
who have let this respect die. 

We will strive constanUy to awaken 
the public sense of civic duty among the 
personnel of the school. In this way we 
will transmit to our followers a finer and 
greater school than that transmitted to us. 

George F. Connors 

Social Problems 

If every pupil lived up to the Athenian 
oath, the discipline problems of the 
school life would disappear. Each pupil 
would try to uphold the ideals and sacred 
trusts of the school and keep them always 
before him as a goal. The laws of the 
school would be obeyed, and those who 
did not obey them would be taught to 
hold a respect for them. All classrooms, 
corridors, grounds and shops would be 
kept clean through a sense of civic duty. 
Every individual would attempt to leave 
the school in a better state than when he 
found it. Thus when all are citizens of our 
great country the following things would be 
indelibly imprinted on their minds: pride, 
cleanliness, loyalty, respect, obedience, 
honesty and cooperation, 

Murdock C. Moore 

Social Pr oblems 


At the school here most all of the boys 
are very athletic. At this time we are 
having baseball games. There are three 
club teams; every week two of these teams 

play. I am on a team which is called the 

We may have a Horseshoe tourna- 
ment this year; however, a few accidents 
have delayed this occurrence. 

Last week there was a bulletin on the 
board to organize the boys for a tennis 
tournament. I signed up and I am in the 
Junior tournament. There are two tourna- 
ments, the Senior tournament for the 
older boys and the Junior tournament 
for the younger boys. 

Swimming is a very popular sport 
here, and we go nearly every day. We 
are now having Life Saving. 

Donald W. Lowery 

School Days 

When vacation was over, we started 
back to school. I was very glad to go 
back to school. 

The subjects that were oflfered to the 
the freshman class this year were as 
follows: French, Latin, English, sloyd, 
agriculture, algebra and ancient history. 

The subjects I chose were French, 
English, sloyd, algebra and ancient 
history. I like algebra very much because 
it shows different and easier methods of 
solving difficult problems. 

This year we had an election for class 
officers. I was fortunate to be elected class 

treasurer. Kenneth M. Walley 

I am on a softball team where! play 
third base. It is fun to play because I like 
action. There are two groups on each 
team, the first group consists of the larger 
boys who play with a hard ball. The 
second group consists of the other boys 
who play Softball. The hard ball groups 
play every Saturday afternoon, while the 
Softball teams play every Monday and 
Wednesday after supper. 

William C. Bassett 


Vacation Days 

Vacation days are pleasant to the boys 
at the School. I myself was very happy 
on my vacation. I had a chance to think 
about something else besides school. 

On my vacation I was invited to the 
Worlds Fair. I think that every boy should 
visit the Fair. It has a lot of interesting 
things about it. In my opinion the General 
Motors Exhibit was the best. There I saw 
the model cities of 1960. 

To me, the Ford Exhibit was the next 
best place. There I was given a free ride 
in a Ford car. Also I saw the making of 
Ford parts. 

There were many other wonderful 
things which v^ere of great interest. 

I also went to Radio City Music Hall. 
There I saw a movie which was very good. 

Raymond L. Perry 

Scout Notes 

After graduation many hoys belonging 
to the Scout Troop left. Therefore Mr. 
Albee, our scoutmaster reorganized the 
troop. He did this by bringing in some 
new boys, and making a new group of 
five patrols which have approximately six 
boys in each. 

All the scouts are looking forward to 
camping which will begin soon. 

Stanley C. Morton 

A Giant Visitor to the School 

While carrying materials down to the 
old barn I noticed a large lighter coming 
towards our wharf. Correctly I surmised 
that it was transporting materials for our 
new building. I watched intently its every 
move. It came slowly to the wharf with 
the help of a tug. To my amazement the 
derrick on our wharf which I had always 
thought so large looked like a dwarf 
alongside the derrick on the lighter. A 
few moments later the fast workers on it 
had a truck swinging in midair about to be 
laid upon our wharf. Within four hours 
the lighter was emptied and half the 
materials had been trucked to the site of 
the new building. In my opinion the 
laborers worked quite fast to get this done 
in such a short time. William J. Klaila 

About Vacation 

Vacation Days come once a year and 
everybody looks forward to them. Some 
boys were even fortunate enough to go to 
the World's Fair. The boys have 
received cards sent by other boys at the 
Fair. Each card received was better than 
its predecessor. 

The boys who went to the Fair were 
not the only ones to have a good time. 
The boys who didn't go went to other 
places such as camps, beaches, and so 
forth, always making new friends. 

William L. Schlegel 

Band Interests 
The Band has a very good start to- 
wards the coming year, even though many 
of the better players have graduated. 
Losing these fine players does not worry 
us so much, for there are younger boys 
happy to join the Band. After a few re- 
hearsals the Band will be playing very ac- 
ceptably. Just now we have thirty-five 

Alan K. MacLean 

Using the Ring Buoy 

There are twenty-five boys taking life 
saving lessons. One lesson was the proper 
use of the ringbuoy. Our instructor let me 
be the victim for the lesson. The members 
took turns throwirg the rirg buoy lo n:e. 
The water was about seven feet deep and 
very cold. After we finished the lesson we 
took a hot shower. The entire course for 
Red Cross certificates takes about an hour a 
day for four weeks. Charles Gilbert, Jr. 


Cbompson's Island Beacon 

Published Monthly by 


Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor 




MuRDocK C. Moore Editor 

Richard J. Nelson .... Assoc. Editor 

Vol.43 No. 4 

August 1939 

Subscription Price 

One Dollar Per Year 


Arthur Adams, President 
Edward Wi^glesworth, Vice-President 
Tucker Daland, Secretary 
Aufiustus P. Loring, Jr., Treasurer 
Philip H. Theopold, Assistant Secretary 
Alfred C. Malm, Assistant Treasurer 


Henry Jackson, M. U. 
S. V. R. Crosby 
Gorham Brookk 

N. Penrose Hallowell 
Charlco H. Mason 
Robert H. Gardiner 
Philip S. Sears 
Walter B. Foster 
Karl Adams 
Lcverett Saltonstall 
Charles Wiggins, 2nd 
Edmund Q. Sylvester 
John L. Batchelder 
Moses Williams, Jr. 
William Alcott 

William M. Meacham 

George S. Mumford, Jr. 
Merton P. Ellis 
Frederic Winthrop 

Contributions may be mailed to 

Augustus P. Loring, Jr., Treasurer 

82 Devonshire Street, Boston 

One hundred twenty-five years de- 
voted to the service of youth deserves 
recognition. We have a little notice in 
the Boston Transcript each week with 
that statement. Our large circle of friends 
know the work that is being accomplished 
here day after day and year after year. 
These thousands of people know that our 
boys are being developed to the age of 
manhood in such a way as to continue to 
be definite assets to their communities. 
There is little of the meaningless "fluff" 
that is so apt to "creep in" wherever there 
is praiseworthy effort. There is none of 
the expansive publicity which popularizes 
many well meaning institutions. True, 
the Boston papers are kindly toward our 
school— and rightly so-but there is none of 
the spectacular for publicity's sake. 

Now we are starting the construction 
of a new building. This building plan has 
been carefully thought out step by step. 
We have worked over the plans several 
years. We are now confident that the 
two story, approximately 60 by 80-foot 
brick building is the type of building which 
most nearly accomplishes our purpose. 
This will provide a dining room and 
kitchen for our entire present enrollment 
and staff, and a dormitory for twenty-six 
boys. The rooms vacated in the main 
Bulfinch building will be utilized for the 
further necessary comforts of the boys. 

We still need some financial help on 
this project. What better use could 
possibly be made of funds than to put the 
money to work where for a century and a 
quarter the youth of each generation have 
continued to be developed? There is no 
more positive, constructive, immortal 
work possible. Such work stands as a 
memorial to every individual who has 
given it a lihing hand. 


Artist's Drawing of Present and Proposed New Buildings 

Continued from Page 1 
contractor, and Mr. Kilham, the architect. 

The newest building is of colonial 
design in harmony with the architecture of 
the other buildings. It is to be a two story 
and basement brick, fireproof construction 
building approximately 60x80 feet in area. 
Its primary use will be to provide modern, 
comfortable dining room and kitchen 
facilities on the first floor. The second 
floor will be used for dormitory accommo- 
dations for 26 boys. This will remove 
the boys from the fourth floor dormitory 
of the main building and a few of the boys 
from the third floor. The basement will 
house the refrigeration plant and provide 
room for storage. The new building will 
be in line with Gardiner Hall and eighty 
feet from that building, just beyond the 
boys' flower gardens. 

Building plans call for the making 
over of the present dining room into a 

recreational room. The present kitchen, 
bakery and storage rooms are to be utilized 
for shower and locker rooms. Re- 
modelling of these rooms, all located in 
the main building, will be undertaken as 
soon as the new building is ready for use. 

The architect is Kilham, Hopkins and 
Greeley of Boston, and the contractor is 
William M. Bailey Co., also of Boston. 

The photograph used on page 1 was 
taken by Clifton E. Albee; the one above 
by Leslie R. Jones. The Boston Evening 
Transcript used both pictures on July 14, 
and kindly loaned us the "cuts". 
Topics in Brief 

Our academic year commenced on 
July 11 and nearly all the boys were pro- 
moted. The teaching stafT remains as it 
was. Principal and Mrs. George R. Ronka 
teaching the high school classes and Miss 
Kathleen Graham the upper grades. Mr. 
R. Carroll Jones continues as teacher of 


The Crosby baseball series is well 
under way. Three teams are playing a 
championship series, and much interest is 
shown at the outcome of each game. The 
schedule ends on September 5, and the 
winning team will be awarded the Crosby 
silver shield as its championship emblem. 
The outstanding player in each position 
will be given a trophy. 

The younger boys are playing a soft- 
ball tournament. This popular sport is 
especially good for the younger players and 
the boys take much pleasure from the 
game . Three teams are playing a twelve 
game schedule. 

Another very popular summer sport 
is tennis, and this game is played by 
nearly all the boys. Two tournaments, 
one for the older and one forthe younger 
boys, are held each summer. The winner 
in each tournament has his name inscribed 
upon the Guy Lowell tennis cups. 

The Band is being organized for the 
new school year. Our Bandmaster Mr. 
Frank L. Warren, has conducted weekly 
rehearsals since July 14. We lost some 
fine players at Graduation, but have the 
nucleus of a very good band. The Band 
now is composed of35 members, and in 
September a beginners class will be organ- 
ized so that the new boys may be given 
musical instruction and become prepared 
for a place in tlie band. The awards for 
the 1938-1939 band were won by Myron 
A. Pratt, ouist-inding musician, for which 
he won the Guy Lowell band cup; Myron 
A. Pratt for being the most successful 
teacher of a beginner, for which he won 
the Frank L. Warren prize and James J. 
Macdonald who won the Frank L. Warren 
prize as the outstanding pupil on a band 

The Band has played for several events 
since the summer term begun on July 11. 

Part of the hedge which borders the 
north and east boundaries of the flower 
gardens has been removed to make way 
for the construction of the new building. 
The boys' gardens, however, have been 
disturbed but very little, and they are al- 
ways of much interest to visitors at the 
school. Each pupil plans his garden as 
his interests dictates and the individual 
plots reflect the ability of the boys in this 
hobby. The Grew Garden prizes are 
awarded annually to those who achieve 
the best results. 

Some of the boys have done fine 
work on Cottage Row Government, and 
the cottages show the result of the work. 
Some have been shingled, others have 
had repairs of a minor nature, but all the 
work has been done by the individual 
owners in each cottage. Many have been 
repainted. Cottage Row is decidedly the 
business of the boys, and faculty members 
do little but supervise. The individual 
results attained by the pupils most always 
are fine. 

Graduation created several vacancies 
in our Scout Troop and eleven younger 
boys were selected to complete the roster. 
As a constructive, helpful hobby, Scouting 
has much to ofTer, and it is very popular 
with our boys. Bowditch Grove is uti- 
lized as a camping site and much time 
every summer is spent there. The troop 
numbers 32 members. 

July Meteorology 

Maximum Temperature 92" on the 

Minimum Temperature 54" on the 

Mean Temperature forthe month 72°. 

Ten clear days, thirteen partly cloudy, 
and sevt n cloudy. 


Calendar 90 Years Ago, July, 1849 

As Kept by the Superintendent 

4. This being the national anniversa- 
ry the boys were allowed a holiday and 
furnished with a good dinner and with 
oranges, figs, plumcake and lemonade. 

19. Went to the city with the boys, 
eighty-three in number, in the Mayflower, 
visited the City Hall where they were ad- 
dressed by his Honor the Mayor, J. L. 
Bigelow; thence to the Reading Room in 
Merchants Exchange, from there to 
Alderman Grant's, thence to the Common 
where they partook of some refreshment 
under a pavilion near the fountain. Here 
they were joined by their friends and re- 
mained some time, after which they sung, 
and one of the boys delivered an address 
"To the Fountain", a poem, written for 
the occasion by the Matron of the insti- 
tution. We returned in the same steamer 
to Spectacle from which place we reached 
home in boats, the boys gratified and the 
Superintendent (who was unwell in the 
morning) exhausted. 

20. The Superintendent was taken 
sick with typhoid fever which confined 
him to the house for about five weeks. Dr. 
Townsend visited Stephen L. Douglas, 
hired man, who was conveyed to the 
Hospital, having the same disease. Mary 
Ann McLaughlin left. Francis Wm. 
Potridge returned to his parents in Boston. 
Michael Saunders returned to his father 
in New York. 

26. The mowers Morris & Newcomb 

31. Mrs. Fader came as nurse for 
the Superintendent. 

The Sunday Morning Quartet 
Three other boys and myself after 
taking our refreshing bath Saturday night. 

go to the band hall to practise for the 
awakening hymn which takes the place of 
reveille on Sunday morning. 

We usually arrive at the band hall 
without our music. So one of us has to 
find Mr. Albee who is in charge of the 
music and get it from him. 

When we finally get settled to the 
point of choosing a hymn everyone has 
his own opinion as to what should be 
played. After attempting to play each 
hymn, we make our decision and take the 
one that sounds best. 

We awake at 6:45 the next morning 
and again go down and practise. No, the 
hymn we played last night doesn't sound 
right this morning. Many different 
selections come up for choice but only to 
end up with the one we started with. 

Sometimes we are on time and start 
at the 7:00 gong of the clock, but many 
times we are a few minutes late. 

James J. Macdonald 

The Farm and Trades School Bank 

Statement, July 31, 1939 

Savings Bank $1216.67 

Cash 24.15 









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

As this issue goes to the press much has 
been accomplished on our new building. 
The foundation has been dug, trenches for 
the various drains dug, and work is well 
along on the cement forms. The building 
will be ready for occupancy by Christmas. 


Che JHumni }1$$octatton of the farm and trades School 

Howard B. Ellis, "98 Preiident 

Dorchester, Masi. 

Harold W. EnwAKDS, '10, Traaturer 

ArlioCton, Mum. 

We are printing in full the following 
interesting letter from FRANCIS D. 
McAuliffe' '36. 

Marine Band 
Marine Barracks 
Pearl Harbor, T. H. 
Dear Mr. Meacham: 

Just a few lines to let you know I am 
enjoying my life in the Marine Corps. 

After finishing recruit training I 
entered band school and was stationed 
with the Post Band at Parris Is., S.C. I 
sailed from Norfolk, Virginia, last Feb. by 
order of transfer for duty here in Hawaii. 
The trip was most interesting; Cuba, 
Panama and several ports in Cal., includ- 
ing San Francisco, where I visited the 
World's Fair. 

Hawaii is truly a very interesting 
place. The population is made up of 
Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Hawaiian and 
Phillipino, such a variety gives anybody 
interested a real opportunity to learn some- 
thing of these people. 

Needless to say the scenery has an at- 
mosphere all of its own. But just between 
you and I: give me New England. 

We have a fine band here, and I have 
to work real hard to keep up the standard. 
The experience 1 got at the school was the 
deciding thing. And only now can I ap- 
preciate the time that was spent on me. 
The band broadcasts over station KGU 
every month, and greets the ships coming 
into Honolulu and of course guardmounts 
and parades all go to keeping us busy. 

On the rifle range I made sharp- 
shooter with the 45 calibre auto-pistol and 
expert with the 30 calibre rifle. My 

Frank L. Washburn '83, Vice-Pretident 
Rozbury, Matt. 

Merton p. Ellis. '97. Secretary 
77 Summer Street. Boston 
G. George Larsson, '17. Hittorian 
Hyde Park, Ma**. 

reward for my work was a raise in pay of 
$5.00, which I am very proud of. 

I have no definite plans for the future; 
but if they should be out of the service, 
my experience in the Marine Corps will 
certainly follow me through life. 

Sincerely yours, 
Francis McAuliffe '36 
Pearl Harbor, T. H. 

Will Frank Davis '79 has recently 
sent the School Library a copy of Davis* 
Blue Book of Brookline, Wellesley, and 
Weston. This is Mr. Davis' latest of many 
publications. The volume is well done 
and attractive. It is a valuable record and 
reference book. The School and Alumni 
can justly feel a sense of pride in the a- 
chievements of our fellow alumnus, WiLL 
Frank Davis. 

Our readers will be happy to know 
that Walter B. Foster, '78, is enjoying 
comparatively good health at his home in 
Hingham. Mr. Foster graduated from 
F.T.S. sixty-one years ago and during these 
years has been deeply concerned with 
everything at the School. In 1914 he was 
elected to the Board of Managers, which 
post he continues to hold. 

He has been interested in the Masonic 
Lodge for years and last January 10 he was 
presented the Veteran's Medal of the Old 
Colony Lodge, A. F. & A. M. Several 
graduates were present at the ceremony. 
Norman F. Morse, '85, gave a program 
of F.T.S. pictures and Alfred Jacobs, '10. 
the Senior Deacon of the Lodge, assisted 
in the ceremony. 

Vol. 43 No. 5 Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. Sept. 1939 

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

Artist's Drawing of New Building 

This picture is a copy of the artist's 
drawing of our new dining room and 
kitchen building, and is reproduced from 
a photograph taken by Leslie Jones, '06. 
A similar illustration appeared in many 
of the Boston papers on July 12. The 
first sod was turned on July 13. About 
five months will be needed for our con- 
struction purposes. 

We have been some time studying 
our building problem and have reached 
the conclusion that this particular building 
is our most urgent need. The modern- 
ization of our 125 year old school calls for 

three additional dormitory buildings, 
which we earnestly hope may be erected 
in the near future. 

This dining room-kitchen building is 
77 feet and 6 inches by 65 feet and 8 inches, 
exact dimensions. Thoroughly modern 
in every respect, it will provide dining 
room and kitchen facilities on the entire 
first floor, and this is the principal purpose 
of this building. The basement will be 
utilized for food storage, refrigeration 
plant and other kitchen storage needs. 
The second floor has dormitory accommo- 
dations for 26 boys. 


The use of this colonial type structure 
will give us much needed room in the 
Bulfinch building. This building has 
been so crowded that the fourth floor loft 
has been used as a dormitory and in the 
future this particular dormitory will be 
used as a storeroom. The present dining 
room will be remodelled into a living 
room, and it is not diflficult to realize the 
pleasant quarters this large room will pro- 
vide for the boys' recreational interests. 

The rooms now used by the kitchen 
departments will be utilized for locker 
space, shower facilities and other needs 
of the boys. 

These changes will take time, and 
will necessitate the expenditure of a large 
sum. We may not be able immediately 
to accomplish all that we hope, but we 
shall progress as much as possible con- 
sistent with the funds which become 
available. With 125 years of a glorious 
past, our school looks forward to an even 
greater future. 

Removing Hurricane Debris 

During the past few days James E. 
McCarthy and I have been at work re- 
moving tree stumps left by the hurricane. 
These are located on the west side of the 
playground. Before we began work seven 
stumps had already been taken out. The 
hurricane badly damaged the row of trees, 
although some are left standing and we 
hope they will be all right. 

Stumps which must be removed are 
dug out bv picking, digging, chopping 
roots and then jacking the stump so that 
the tractor can hitch a chain and remove 
the stump. 

All stumps are being put on the dump- 
ing grounds at South End. 

Williain J. Klaila 

Dairy Work 

My work is taking care of four cows. 
They are milked three times every day, 
at 5:00 A.M., 11:30 A.M., and 7:30 P.M. 
Two of the cows I milk. Blossom and 
Blanche, are on Advanced Register Tests 
and the other two, Dianna and Beth are 
first class heifers. Blossom is the only 
cow I milk who has produced more than 
two calves. Animals on Advanced 
Register Tests are supervised by the 
American Guernsey Cattle Club, and 
must achieve certain minimum re- 
quirements as to milk and butter fat pro- 

Blossom is the largest cow in the 
herd. She is a very light, fawn colored 
cow and is friendly with all. As a result 
she is sometimes fed "between meals" 
by the boys, but not to an extent which 
causes trouble. She is just six years old. 

Dora is going to have a calf very 
soon. She is one of the oldest cows in the 
barn, born in 1930 and has a very fine 

The herd has been on pasture since 
May 30. The grass isn't very plentiful at 
present because of the drought. It will 
not be long before the herd is put in the 
barn permanently for the winter. 

Now the cows are being fed silage, 
which is to them what ice cream is to 
most people. This is a fine milk-pro- 
ducing food. Grains and beet pulp make 
up the greater part of the cow's rations. 
The cows I milk are fed three times daily, 
before each milking period. 

The milk production from my four 
cows averages about 60 quarts each day. 
I have been milking for one year now, 
the first six months animals that are 
milked twice a day and the last six months 
those that are milked three times daily. 

Charles A. Pecce 


Printing Office Notes 

Amonii the many activities ot the 
printing office is the printing of various 
small jobs for the School. When work 
is needed the school office sends an order 
envelope to the printing office stating the 
printing job needed, quantity, paper and 
other details. If the job is a re-order a 
copy of the original order is sent. From 
this "copy" the job is set in type. Then 
it is proofed, imposed on the stone, and 
locked in a chase for the press. 

When the job is placed in the press it 
is made ready. This makes every type 
character print firmly and evenly. A final 
proof is scrutinized and the work of 
printing follows. 

It takes about an hour to print a 
thousand copies of an average job. We 
have some printing orders for a few copies, 
and some for large quantities. 10,000 
copies is as many as we have had lately. 

The jobs now being done include the 
current issue of the Beacon, wrappers for 
the Beacon, daily assignment charts for 
schoolroom use, and the preliminary work 
on the 1940 Bulletin. Murdock C. Moore 

A Lathe Project 
One of the most interesting models 
that is made as a part of our Sloyd course 
is the mallet. It is a project which re- 
quires the use of the lathe. The head is 
made of maple and the handle of hickory. 
The first tool used on this, as on most lathe 
projects, is the roughing gouge. This tool 
is used, as its name implies, to takeofTthe 
rough corners and round the work. The 
next tool used is the skew chisel. It is 
shaped like a chip-carving tool, but it is 
larger in size. This implement smooths 
off the roughness left by the roughing 
gouge. Beads, and all sorts of knobs, are 
made on the lathe by skew chisels. 
Another tool used in wood turning is the 
cutting ofTtool. This is used to divide the 

work into sections. After these tools have 
been used properly the mallet takes shape. 
While on the lathe the last operation is 
done. This is the sandpapering of the 
work, thus making it ready for the finish. 
Shellac and then varnish is applied, both 
to give the model a good appearance and 
to protect the wood. The model is lastly 
rubbed with pumice, to give the mallet 
the final smooth finish. Axel R. Hallberg 

On our poultry farm we have about 
1300 hens. Some are left over from 
last year's flock, but many were hatched 
last spring. The old birds are not laying 
many eggs just now, and the pullets are 
just beginning to lay. We use the best 
quality grain. This summer the poultry 
house has supplied to date 425 broilers for 
use on our table, and there are more to 
be dressed off. The birds' average weight 

is four pounds. Carleton D. Reardon 

The following boys came to the 
school on September 5. 

Lewis F. Bearse, Belmont 
Francis H. Daniel, Saugus 
Robert P. Donnelly, Barre 
Clifton M. Dunn, Dorchester 
Robert W. Duquet, South Braintree 
Roland E. Fischer, Boston 
Gerard W. Harrington, Dorchester 
Joseph F. Harrington, Dorchester 
Earl W. Hooper, Medway 
William J. Mara, Jr., Melrose 
Alfred A. McFarland, Allston 
Curtis J. Nelson, Beachmont 
James Patterson, Medford 
Robert L. Pecce, W. Roxbury 
Henry J. Porter, Hingham 
Mark C. Risser, Marlboro 
William J. Robelen, Framingham 
Alan P. Stewart, Quincy 
Robert H. Stone, Watertown 
Charles E. Thompson, Hyde Park 
James S. Tremblay, Jamaica Plain 


Cbompson's Island Beacon 

Published Monthly by 


Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor 


Richard J. Nelson 

- - Editor 
Assoc. Editor 

Vol.43 No. 5 

September 1939 

Subscription Price 

One Dollar Per Year 


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 


Henry Jackson, M. D. 
S. V. R. Crosby 
Gorham Brooks 

N. Penrose Hallowell 
Charlci E. Mason 
Robert H. Gardiner 
Philip S. Sears 
Walter B. Foster 
Karl Adams 
Leverett Saltonstall 
Charles Wiggins, 2nd 
Edmund Q. Sylvester 
John L. Batchelder 
Moses Williams, Jr. 
William Alcott 

William M. Meacham 

George S. Mumford, Jr. 
Merton P. Ellis 
Frederic Winthrop 

Contributions may be mailed to 

Augustus P. Loring, Jr., Treasurer 

82 Devonshire Street, Boston 

The new building is the big item of 
news and thought at the School. This is 
the second biggest unit constructed by this 
School in its one hundred twenty-five years 
of operaiion. The only bigger unit was 
the construction of the main building in 

It is planned that this new building 
will provide rooms for 26 boys and two 
instructors, and dining room and kitchen 
accommodations for the school. The 
first sod was turned by President Arthur 
Adams July 13, 1939. The corner stone 
will be laid September 14th. The building 
should be ready for occupancy in 

As a matter of record for future refer- 
ence it might be noted that some City of 
Boston items of interest are: the high tax 
rate, the good work ot the youthful Mayor 
Maurice J. Tobin, the sixty thousand 
Veterans of Foreign Wars convening in 
Boston, and the struggle of the Red Sox 
lo win the pennant. The State items of 
wide interest are the political and financial 
situations with our Governor Leverett 
Saltonstall, the first Republican Governor 
since 1931, leading the first biennial session 
of legislature in Massachusetts to a rather 
satisfactory close. In National politics we 
are beginning to think about the 1940 
election. Possible Presidential candidates 
include Governor Saltonstall, U. S. Sena- 
tor Lodge, several New England Gover- 
nors, and New Yorks City's Dewey who 
comes from New England heritage. The 
World's Fair in New York attracts much 
attention and to a lesser extent in this 
section, the San Francisco World's Fair. 

In World affairs Adolph Hitler, the 
Dictator of Germany, is causing a tense 
situation by his demands on Danzig and 
Poland. We are receiving radio com- 
munications almost every hour direct 
from London, Paris, Berlin, Warsaw, 


Rome and other European centers de- 
scribing the situation and progress of 
negotiations for peace. It is the most 
world-wide war menace since the World 
War of 1914-18. 

Topics in Brief 

The work on our new building has 
progressed rapidly. The brickwork has 
been started and the first floor is almost 
laid. The contractor states that the 
building will be ready in December. We 
observe the day to day building operations 
with keen interest. 

The baseball season ended on Sep- 
tember 2nd. The Eagles, captained by 
Robert MacWha, won the silver shield 
awarded each year by Manager S. V. R. 
Crosby to the championship nine. The 
series provided much interest during the 
nine weeks of its continuance. Baseball 
has been played all summer by nearly all 
of the boys, and many have developed 
into fine players. 

Whereas the older boys have been 
busy with baseball, the younger lads have 
had a twelve game schedule of softball 
matches. Jarties McCarthy's team won 
the championship in this sport. This is 
the first season we have played a schedule 
in this game. Softball is similar to baseball, 
and has grown in popularity by leaps and 
bounds, particularly in summer camp 

The tennis tournaments proved to be 
more popular than ever this season. The 
Guy Lowell cup for the juniors was won 
by Roger E. Hardy while Charles A. 
Pecce won the Senior cup. Our tennis 
court is in constant use, such is the popu- 
larity of this sport. Many faculty members 
enjoy the game. 

Swimming and other water sports, 
recreational and instructional, have been 
given their share of attention. The compre- 
hensive course by the American Red Cross 
in Life Saving and Water Safety was 
studied, and twenty boys successfully passed 
the rather strict examinations. These 
twenty boys are privileged to wear the 
regulation Life Saving emblem and their 
excellent training greatly assists in our 
efforts to provide complete safety to our 
boys while they are enjoying water sports. 

Our boat has been very busy during 
the month transporting materials to be 
used in the construction of our new 
building. Most of the building supplies 
arebeingcarried by our boat, two or three 
trips being made each day to Commercial 
Point, Dorchester, where the material is 
loaded. 180,000 bricks will be used in the 
building, all of which are being transported 
by the Pilgrim IIL 

Our Scout Troop had an impressive 
investiture ceremony on August 17, at 
which time nine new boys joined the 
troop as of Tenderfoot Rank. Two others 
were transferred from their home troop. 
The troop is now composed of thirty 
members. Summer activities include 
many nights of "camping out", an experi- 
ence greatly enjoyed by the scouts. The 
boy leaders of the troop are George 
F. Connors, Albert E. Wilder, Wesley 
C. Gustafson, William B. Pratt, Richard 
J. Nelson, Axel R. Hallberg and Ernest 

In addition to the boys' flower gardens 
several other beds about the buildings are 
especially attractive. Marigolds, balsams, 
zinnias, hollyhocks, Chinese pinks, 
petunias and many other flowers make up 
several garden plots. Flower gardening 


is popular with the boys and instructors 
alike, and the beauty of the gardens is 
always noted by summer visitors. 

A new ensilage cutter has been pur- 
chased and is now installed and in use on 
our farm. 

Calendar 90 Years Ago, August, 1849 

As Kept by the Superintendent 

5. Dr. Durkee came down with Dr. 
Townsend. The teacher officiated to-day. 

15. Dr. Townsend made his last visit, 
having been to the island nearly every 
day since the 27th ultimo. Chas. H. 
Mann sent to the Hospital, having an 
abscess on his side. 

26. Rev. Chas. Cleaveland officiated. 
Received a visit from J. C. M. Long, a 
former pupil. 

The Farm and Trades School Bank 

Statement, August 31, 1939 

Savings Bank $1216.67 

Cash 32.92 








August Meteorology 

Maximum Temperature 90° on the 

Minimum Temperature 58" on the 

Mean Temperature for the month 71°. 

Seven clear days, fifteen partly cloudy, 
and nine cloudy. 


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

Teaching a Calf to Drink 

Great patience is needed if one wishes 
to teach a calf to drink. First approach 
the calf quietly, and put its head between 
your legs. Then, from a pail of milk, 
cup your hands and give the calf some. 
Possibly the calf may have to be fed two 
or three times this way. Then the calf 
will begin to put its head in the bucket, 
and will begin getting the milk all over its 
face. However, in a few days the average 
calf will need no help, because three or 
four days are all that are required to teach 
a calf to drink. Ralph E. Pratt 

About This Year's Crop 
The farm delivered 100 bushels of 
peas and 137 bushels of beans to the 
kitchen. Some of the beans were canned 
for winter use. What was not canned 
was used on our table. The sweet corn 
crop was not as large as we would have 
liked, only 20 bushels arriving at the 
kitchen. The dry weather slowed up the 
crops very much. Otherwise we had no 
great trouble. 

The dry weather made good haying, 
and about 90 tons was stored in our barn. 
This will be just about enough to last the 
winter. The silage corn and potato crops 
are not expected to yield as well as in 
the past few seasons, because the long dry 
summer will have some effect. 

The tomato crop is excellent, and 
we are using as many as possible on the 
table and canning a plentiful supply for 

winter. John J. McGraw 

The summer term ended on Sep- 
tember 1. A week of vacation followed 
during which a number of boys went home 
for vacation. Football drills took place, 
and the school team, which has a full 
schedule this year, was organized. 


Boiler Tubes 

There are two kinds of boiler tubes 
named Water and Fire tubes. They do 
most of the work in producing the steam 
used in the many industries of today. 

Fire tubes are used in the boiler in 
our school plant so it is of this kind that 
I am writing. 

These fire tubes are hollow pipes which 
run through a body of water which ex- 
tends the length of the boiler. Inside 
these tubes go the heat and smoke from 
the fire. Thus the water in the boiler is 
heated and steam results. 

In the process of use a layer of soot 
forms on the inside of these tubes which is 
necessary to remove every few days. 
This is done with the help of steam blown 
through the tubes, and a good brush. If 
the tubes were not kept clean it would be 
necessary to use more and more fuel to 
keep up the steam pressure. 

William J. Lawson 

My Bug 
On Graduation day, I was presented 
with an airplane model of a Taylor Cub. 
When I was building it I found it was in- 
complete. I managed to build it with what 
I had and a little that was given me. I 
now call it the "Bug" because it is so 
small and flies and lands so well. 

David A. Wilson 

Sunday Song Services 
During the summer term Mr. 
Meacham conducts a Sunday evening song 
service each week. We usually begin 
about 7:30, and the service ends around 
8:15. We are first asked for favorite hymns 
and from around thirty requests Mr. 
Meacham chooses several hymns which 
we sing. After singing some of the hymns 
we are read a passage from the Bible and 
we have a prayer. Then the service is 
closed by two or three more hymns. 

Walter W. Smith 

The Jester's Comments 

— Undergraduates never change, and 
children remain children, according to 
a noied professor in a recently published 
article. The professor would be in- 
terested to observe our boys making the 
nicest tunnels, houses, forts, et cetera, 
from the sand piled up for use on our new 
building. Inasmuch as this novel practice 
is so much enjoyed, particularly by the 
high school boys, perchance the shop 
crews might build a few sand boxes for our 
ball field. Davie Wilson, Ralph "Bud" 
Pratt, Wes Gustafson, Gerry Connor and 
others too numerous to mention enjoy 
this pleasant pastime. 

— It has been observed that the members 
of the Junior Class are not receiving the 
mail they believe they should. Every 
mail finds hopeful Juniors become greatly 
saddened. Cheer up. Juniors, absence 
makes the heart grow fonder for some- 
body else. 

— The radio engineers, Al Wilder and 
Mai Huston have not given up trying to 
get WNAC for Dave Moseley. Dave's 
set is a little erratic. 

— Bill Bevans and Johnny Dunn visited 
last Saturday and had choice news for all. 
Bill has decided on another school, after 
rejecting the dozen or so he talked about 
last year. Johnny is master-minding the 
local laundry in Hingham. 

— Dave Haeger is the Chinese Checker 
champ. He plays Miami style. 

— Seen about the school: "Jocko" Burns' 
diving: Bob MacWha's anxiety over his 
school marks; Axel Hallberg's chest 
comments; Dick Martin trying to argue 
with George Connors; Bob Ryerson's 
black eye, (the door is all right); Lin 
Meacham's swan boat; Thibodeau, the 
G-Man; Murdock Moore's appetite and 
Dick Martin's tales of the Sadie Kelly 


Che /ilumni Association of Che farm and trades School 

Howard B. Ellis, '98 President Frank L. Wa«hburn 

Dorchesicr, Mass. Roxbury, 

Hakold W. Ei)WAHL>s, 10, Ireasurer 
Arlington, M .ss. 

"83, Vice-President 

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

Silas Snow, '94, of Williamsburg, not 
only prominent in the life of that town, 
but of all Hampshire County, is serving 
another term asselectman. Upon gradu- 
ating from this school Mr. Snow went to 
workfor Dwight Clary. Later he worked 
in New York as a private secretary. When 
Miss Francis Ward Clary graduated from 
Smith College she became Mrs. Silas Snow 
and the couple have made the Clary farm 
their permament home since 1908. Mrs. 
Snow was recently chosen by a magazine 
to demonstrate the art of Ne w England 
cookery with two hundred food experts 
as connoisseurs. 

Cyrus W. Durgin, '21 is fast be- 
coming recognized as a leader in the field 
of music criticism. He has a column 
nearly every day in the Boston Globe, in 
which he reviews performances of out- 
standing orchestras and concerts given by 
individual artists. He gives very many 
lectures on music appreciation, and is 
also associated with the Massachusetts 
University Extension in this work. 

Norman Ernest Keith and Charles 
Oilman Keith arrived Saturday evening 
August 19, at the Huggins Hospital, 
Wolfeboro, N. H. Their mother and 
dad, Mr. and Mrs. Howard E. Keith are 
receiving numerous congratulations. The 
twins have a brother and two sisters. 

Mr. Keith, who graduated from 
F.T.S. in 1924 has been for some time in 
charge of the buildings and grounds of 
Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro. Both 
he and Mrs. Keith are Brewster graduates. 

Charles F. Averill, '37 and Eugene 
Proctor, '38 have been employed this 
summer on the staff of Sandy Island, Lake 
Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire. This 
camp is operated by the Y. M. C. A. 
Averill, through his knowledge of boats 
acquired here was able to secure a pilot's 
license for New Hampshire waters and 
did the camp's boating upon occasion. 
Proctor made himself generally useful in 
a variety of ways. The line work of these 
two young graduates has prompted many 
excellent reports, all of which please us 
very much, 

Edwin E. Andrew, '35 is employed 
at the Champion Lamp Company of 
Lynn. On a recent visit to the school he 
spoke of the interesting processes through 
which an electric light bulb passes in its 
manufacture. Mr. Andrew lives in 

Chester?. LiNDGREN, '28, we are 
happy to report has fully recovered from 
an appendix operation. His address is 87 
Richmond Street, Dorchester Lower 
Mills, Mass. 

John Dunn, '39 hasbeen employed 
this summer at a laundry in Hingham. He 
helped in our laundry, and the change to 
a commercial establishment was not diffi- 
cult, as he was acquainted with the care 
and operation of various machines used in 
the modern steam laundry. 

Leander E. Dorey, '23, is now at 
VMB-1, Quantico, Virginia, having been 
transferred from Bourne Field, V. I. 

Vol. 43 No. 6 Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. Oct. 1939 

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

Moses Williams, Jr., at left, and Merton P. Ellis, at right assisting our 
President, Arthur Adams, at corner stone ceremony. 

Laying the Corner Stone 

President Arthur Adams, assisted by 
two other members of the Board of Man- 
agers, Moses WilHams, Jr. and Merton P. 
Ellis, laid the corner stone for our new 
dormitory on September 21. 

It is fitting that this building is being 
erected during ttiis year, for 1939 marks 
the 125th anniversary of our School. The 
corner stone ceremony was impressive 
without being strictly formal, and was at- 
tended by Board members. Alumni, other 

guests, faculty, and student body. 

The exerci<5es were conducted by 
Headmaster William M. Meacham, as- 
sisted by his daughter, Joyce Easter. The 
latter was custodian of a copper box into 
which was placed signatures, personal 
messages, school papers, articles which it 
is hoped will be of interest a century or 
so hence, and newspapers. 

When the box had been filled it was 
given to President Adams, who placed it 
in the opening and placed mortar about 


it. Then Mr. Williams and Mr. Ellis, 
both building committee members, as- 
sisted Mr. Adams and placed the corner 
stone in position. It was then cemented 
into position where it is expected it will 
remain until 2039 or thereabouts. Other 
members of the Board, who observed the 
the ceremonies with great interest included 
Alfred C. Malm, S. V. R. Crosby, John L. 
Batchelder, Phillip S. Sears, and William 

Several members of the Alumni 
Association proudly observed the corner 
stone laying. They were headed by their 
president, Howard B. Ellis. 

The School Band greeted the visitors 
at the wharf and escorted the group to the 
building site. The boys played several 
compositions as a part of the program. 

One of the extremely interested 
visitors was Mrs. Richard M. Saltonstall, 
mother of our Manager, Gov, Leverett 
Saltonstall. Executive duties kept Mr. 
Saltonstall from attending. Following 
the corner stone program Mrs. Saltonstall 
inspected the school, being escorted about 
the buildings by President Arthur Adams. 
She greatly enjoyed her visit. 

A Day's Work on the Boat 

The boat crews have been busy with 
work connected with our new building. 
Every morning, Saturdays and Sundays 
excepted, the boat goes to the Public 
Landing to get the workmen. Usually 
there are from 35 to 40 men, and they 
arrive at our school at about 7:30. Our 
barge is then towed to Commercial Point 
in Dorchester. Five of the men employed 
on the building project load the barge. 
About fifteen tons can be towed on a calm 
day. The trip to Commercial Point takes 
about a half hour and the return trip some- 
what longer. The workmen require an 
hour and a half to load the barge. We 

usually make two trips each day to 
Commercial Point. The final daily trip is 
nearly always made at 4:45 P. M., when 
the workmen return to City Point. 

Robert W. MacWha 

A Sioyd Model 

One of the last models in our Sloyd 
course, which consists of 22 projects, we 
make is a pair of book ends. Usually gum- 
wood is used for the book ends. This is 
not a difficult model if care is taken in the 

It formerly was necessary to make but 
a single book end for the purpose of the 
course, but the boys often made two, and 
now a pair is required. The base is made 
of ^2 inch stock while the upright piece 
is made of ''4 inch wood. The two pieces 
are joined with a half blind dove-tail joint. 
This is done because it is not desirable to 
have the joints show on the front of the 
book ends. The upright usually has a de- 
sign consisting of one or more initials or 
a picture of some sort carved into it. 

The design is first traced onto the 
wood. The veining tool is then used to 
take out the background of the design to 
a depth of one-sixteenth of an inch. After 
the background has been leveled with a 
tool known as the flat gouge it is stamped 
with a carver's punch to make contrast 
with the design which is smooth. 

At this point the model is thoroughly 
sandpapered and given an application of 
linseed oil. This oil darkens the wood 
somewhat, and brings out the beauty of 
the grain. Finally it is shellacked and 
rubbed with pumice to make it smooth 
and give it a good finish. 

Axel R. Hallberg 


The Headmaster's List 

Nineteen students from hi^h school 
classes have been chosen as members of 
the Headmaster's List. These boys have 
earned this honor by excellent conduct and 
effort over a period of many months. By 
being selected eachof the boys realizes that 
his school life must be of a high caliber, 
and that the other pupils will expect an 
excellent example to be set by each of 
those on the Headmaster's List. 

There is no time limit as to member- 
ship on the Headmaster's List. One or 
two will fall by the wayside, and the 
opportunity will be lost. The great 
majority, however, will remain on the list 
as long as they are students here. 

The boys on the Headmaster's List 
are put on their own, so to speak, and 
they accept more and more responsib- 
ilities. They have little of the day by day 

For the most part they govern their 
own school life, doing pretty nearly as they 
please, and their training is such that they 
should, and do, please to do that which 
is right. 

Those who have been selected for the 
Headmaster's List for this time are: . 

George F. Connors 
Wesley C. Gustafson 
Harold K. Malmgren 
Richard A. Martin 
Murdock C. Moore 
William B. Pratt 
Albert E. Wilder 

Douglas M. Bashaw 
Donald G. Brown 
John F. Close 
William N. Dodge 
Axel R. Hallberg 
William J. Lawson 

Charles A. Pecce 
Robert G. Ryerson 

Roland Hallberg 
William J. Klaila 
Ralph E. Pratt 
David A. Wilson 

Printing Office Work 

About a month ago I was assigned 
regular work in the Printing Office. This 
is very interesting, and I like it very 
much. We print the Beacon every 
month, and all the type is set by hand. 
The Beacon, and the other jobs which we 
do, gives the five printing office boys 
plenty of experience in setting type. 

Besides setting type I have done some 
work on the presses. Today I finished a 
job of 10.000 memorandum slips for the 
office. The last jobs we have done were 
postcards about the football game, stickers 
for packages, envelope corners and notices 
for the Vermont Association of Boston. 

We are ready to begin the presswork 
on the 1940 School Bulletin. 

Roland Hallberg 

Rev. Lloyd Perrigo, a graduate 
student at Gordon College, has returned 
to take charge of the religious work at the 
school. Mr. Perrigo speaks interestingly 
of his Maine pastorate this past summer, 
and of his hopes for a happy winter with 
us. His sincerity of purpose, splendid 
Christian training and ability as a Christian 
leader assures us of an inspiring, profitable 
leadership for our religious work this 
winter. Welcome back, Mr. Perrigo. 

The football team plays two more 
home games. On October 21 the boys play 
Hanover, while on November 4 F. T. S. 
meets the Weymouth 2nds. 


Cbompson's Tsland Beacon 

Published Monthly by 


Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor 




Richard J. Nelson 

- - Editor 
Assoc. Editor 

Vol. 43 No. 6 

October 1939 

Subscription Price 

One Dollar Per Year 


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 


Henry Jackson, M. U. 
S. V. R. Crosby 
Gnrham Brooks 

N. Penrose Hallowell 
Charle* H. Mason 
Robert H. Gardiner 
Philip S. Sears 
Walter B. Foster 
Karl Adams 
Leverett Saltonstall 
Charles Wiggins, 2nd 
Edmund Q. Sylvester 
John L. Batchelder 
Moses Williams, Jr. 
William Alcott 

William M. Meacham 

George S. Mumford, Jr. 
Merton P. Ellis 
Frederic Winthrop 

Contributions may be mailed to 

Augustus P. Loring, Jr., Treasurer 

82 Devonshire Street, Boston 

Someone said, "You are getting old 
if you are satisfied." That person proba- 
bly meant that if people had been satis- 
fied with tallow candles or the kerosene 
lamp we would not have electric lights. 
If we had been satisfied with the horse 
and buggy we would not have railroads 
nor automobiles. 

Obviously this does not mean that 
we should become so dissatisfied as to 
throw away nor abandon the best we 
have, whether it be a tallow candle, a 
kerosene lamp or a two wheel cart. The 
saying apparently does mean we should 
constantly try to improve upon present 
facilities and present methods. 

Whatever unsatisfactory conditions 
prevail should be improved by careful 
thought and constructive action. Europe 
is passing through a period of extreme dis- 
satisfaction. It is terribly unfortunate that 
this dissatisfaction and unrest is taking such 
a destructive turn. There is no good in 
war. It is too bad that men of ability, 
judgement and Christ-like principles 
cannot always be leaders of peoples. 

The greatest stimulus to life seems to 
be in having work to do, objectives in life, 
unfinished business to do, an unattained 
goal, an achievement to make. 

Our school is celebrating its fifth 
quarter century of service to youth this 
year and yet it is not an aged school. It 
has had a long and honorable history but 
its work has hardly begun. We are confi- 
dent that this, our school, has a long 
beneficial life ahead to render for the 
community and its youth. 

We have just laid the cornerstone for 


a new building, a dormitory-dininfi room- 
kitchen. Tiiis marks the beginning, we 
hope and expect, of an era of service to 
youth even greater than that of the first 
century and a quarter years of this great 

Topics in Brief 

Our new dormitory is fast nearing 
completion. Thirty to forty men are em- 
ployed on the project each day, and rapid 
gains have been made in the construction 
work. Our readers are probably aware 
that this new dormitory is the largest 
building on the Island to be constructed 
since the Bulfinch building was erected in 
1833. We have all been greatly interested 
to note the day by day work on the new 
building, and many of the boys spend con- 
siderable time at the site. As we go to 
press the walls have been completed, the 
roof nearly finished, the first floor laid 
and most of the second. The next two 
months will be devoted almost entirely to 
inside work, so that inclement weather 
will not retard the progress to any great 

The fall season and the game of foot- 
ball go hand in hand with boys, and this 
month saw the beginning of our football 
season. The school team has a six game 
schedule, three of the contests being 
played at the School. The Crosby series 
got under way on September 23. The 
School team squad numbers 22 and three 
other teams play for the Crosby champi- 
onship. The other boys, who are the 
youngest, have a modified six-man game 
and three teams are in this league. Our 
enrollment is 95 students, and more than 
80 are active members on a football team. 

Labor day was observed by the boys 
in many various ways. Some chose to 

play baseball or football. Many played 
tennis, and the tournament matches were 
concluded on this day. The boys in the 
band used part of the day for practise. 
Our sloyd room was busy from morn until 
evening, and a number of the boys were 
busily engaged in numerous Sloyd projects. 
Most of these articles will be used as 
Christmas gifts from the boys to their 
parents and friends. 

There have been three Assembly 
programs held this month. At one of 
these programs the Juniors demonstrated 
some of the experiments which they 
undertake in the physics labratory. The 
science of the material world was shown 
in several experiments, all of which 
were ably performed. The Sophomore 
class gave a question and answer period 
in English History. These weekly gather- 
ings are presided over by the Headmaster, 
and announcements for the coming week 
are made. There is singing, instrumental 
music by the band, and a demonstration 
by one of the six classes at each Assembly. 

We have had a quantity of farm 
products on our table during the summer. 
Our melon crop was quite good, and we 
had a plentiful supply. Nearly 2,000 
pounds of chicken was served in our dining 
room. We have every reason to be 
satisfied with our farm crops this year, 
even though the weather was not ideal for 
plant growth. 

The junior horseshoe tournament has 
been won by James F. St. Coeur. Thirty of 
the younger boys took part in this grand 
sport. The older boys have not completed 
their matches as yet. Horseshoe pitching 
is one of our most pleasant summer di- 


Calendar 90 Years Ago, September, 1849 

As Kept by the Superintendent 

2. The pleasure boat "Taglionia" of 
Charlestown was capsized and towed to 
this island, all hands, ten in number, 

4. Messrs. Grant, Kuhn, Bowditch 
and Bird with the friends of the boys 
visited the school in the steamboat. 

20. Stephen P. Douglas having re- 
covered his health returned to work and 
John Crowley who had been employed 
in his absence left. 

21. The Superintendent and his 
children left on a visit to New Hampshire. 

22. Moses Grant, Esq., and son 
visited the school and the former addressed 
the boys. 

The Farm and Trades School Bank 

Statement, September 30, 1939 

Savings Bank 

. $1216.67 





Boys' Deposits 

. $S61.22 

Trading Co. Deposits . . . 

. 611.69 

Cottage Row Deposits . . 


Photo Company Deposits 

. 37.70 


., 76.13 


September Meteorology 

Maximum Temperature 96" on the 

Minimum Temperature 45'' on the 

Mean Temperature for the month 65°. 

Ten clear days, eight partly cloudy, 
and twelve cloudy. 

Aw^arding Grew Garden Prizes 
The Grew Garden prizes were 
awarded on Friends' Day, Sept. 28. This 

is the 51st year the prizes have been given. 

They were first given by Manager 
Henry S. Grew and following his death 
they have been continued by his daughter, 
Mrs. S. V. R. Crosby. 

Those who won the prizes, and the 
order in which they were won, the first 
name being that of the pupil who received 
first prize were: 

James J. Macdonald 
Harold K. Malmgren 
William N. Dodge 
George W. Harris 
George J. Zevitas 
William J. Klaila 
James E. McCarthy 
Wellman E. Bonsey 
Douglas M. Bashaw 
David G. Haeger 

Honorable Mention 

David A. Wilson 
Donald G. Brown 
John H. Bonsey 
William L. Schlegel 
Arthur B. Stilphen 

School Chapel Service 

On Wednesday of each week the 
classes hold an assembly in Chapel. Our 
Principal, Mr. Ronka, is in charge of the 
program. He speaks on some subject 
that usually has to do with the problems 
of youth. Then follows a reading from 
the Bible. A prayer follows this, in which 
everyone joins. Announcements as to 
schoolroom work are made and discussed 
as necessary. 

The program, which takes a quarter 
of an hour, is concluded with the pledge 
of allegiance to the Flag. 

As the school year progresses many 
of the boys will take part in this Chapel 
service. This will give the boys good 
practice in speaking before a group. 

Murdock C. Moore 


Honor Roll — Summer Term 

Junior Class: Wesley C. Gustafson, 
91.2; Murdock C. Moore. 87.2. 

Sophomore Class: Winthrop David- 
son, 93.4; Arthur W. Chase, 92.8. 

Freshman Class: William J, Klaila, 
92.8; Donald W. Lowery, 88.2. 

Eighth Grade: James F. St. Coeur, 
92.5; G. Wallace Hardy. 91.8. 

Seventh Grade: Malcolm C. Huston, 
85.7; Walter W. Smith, 84.5. 

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

Junior Class: Wesley C. Gustafson. 

Sophomore Class: Warren Danner, 
William N. Dodge. 

Freshman Class: Charles Gilbert, Jr., 
William J. Klaila, Donald Lowery, James 
McCarthy, William Schlegel. 

Eighth Grade: Wallace O. Folkins, 
G. Wallace Hardy, Walter H. Johansson, 
James F. St. Coeur, Arthur L. Thibodeau. 

Seventh Grade: Walter W. Smith. 

Camping Out 

During the summer months the boys 
in the scout troop spent many nights 
camping. We use Bowditch Grove as our 
camping site and each patrol of six scouts 
has its own area. The hurricane blew 
down many trees, so that there was an 
abundance of wood for campfires. 

Most of the scouts went to the wharf 
to fish sometime during the day and we had 
plenty of mackerel to cook at the camp. 
The fish tasted very good. 

Usually we went swimming, as there 
is a good beach by the camp. Sometimes 
the patrols would have "sings" and all 
the favorite songs would be sung. Each 
patrol arranged a program of different 

Revielle sounded at 6:15, and we were 
at the Main Building in time for breakfast 

at 7:00. Richard J. Nelson 

The Jester's Comments 
— One of the Managers who attended 
the recent corner stone laying ceremony 
at the School very carefully composed a 
letter to put into the copper box to be 
opened perhaps a hundred years hence. 
This Manager also had in his pocket when 
he arrived at Thompson's Island, his 
wife's tax bill in an envelope similar in 
size to his letter. When the copper box 
was passed our Manager completed his 
duty in this event by placing his epistle 
in the box-he thought. Upon arrival 
home he dutifully handed the Mrs. her 
tax bill, so he thought, but to his utter 
astonishment discovered that the letter he 
had brought home was his own message 
to posterity. Anyway our successor in 
some future generation upon opening the 
box will have a glimpse of American tax 
problems of 1939. In the meantime our 
kindly and jovial Board member is the 
cause of many chuckles by his friends. 

— Our younger boys, led by Generals 
Darwin Baird and Clifton Dunn, have 
been waging a war for the past month. 
Since the arrival of the new boys on Sep- 
tember 5 there has been a succession of 
battles held on any area which boasted a 
mound or a cave. It cannot be proven 
that the carpenters at work on the new 
building deliberately use their machine 
saws for manufacturing machine guns; 
nevertheless a dozen or moreof the smaller 
boys have acquired personal models. Al- 
though a bit startling at first, we have be- 
come accustomed to having our walks 
interrupted by the sound of rapid machine 
gun fire. There is a trick to making this 
sound. First the tongue must he twisted 
out of shape and a coughing, gutteral noise 
emitted with lips nearly closed. At any 
rate, we have all been mortally wounded 
a dozen or so times every day, but still 
the battle wages. Aggressor nations beware. 


Cbe fliumni Jlssociation of tbe Tarm and trades School 

Howard B. Ellis. '98 President 

Dorchester, Mass. 

Harold W. Ehwahds, '10, Treasurer 

Arlington, Muss. 

Frank L. Washburn 

'83, Vice- Preside 

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

Clarence Colburn, '21, is man- 
aging a farm at Alton, N. H. He took 
his present position in 1925, following his 
training at the University of New 
Hampshire. He is married and has sever- 
al children. On the band trips to 
Wolfeboro Mr. Colburn visits with the 
band and inquires about his friends here. 

Claire R. Emery, '16. our gradu- 
ate of radio fame, is a leading announcer 
and master of ceremonies with the Mutual 
Broadcasting System. He is heard often 
over the master station of that network, 
WOR, at Newark, N. J., and most of his 
programs are broadcast over a coast to 
coast network. Mr. Emery was an early 
pioneer in radio, having commenced his 
work with the old Medford Hillside station 
WGI, then with WEEI. From here he 
advanced to the Yankee Network and 
finally to his coast to coast work. 
He still retains that personality which led 
him to fame under his first and very popu- 
lar program, the "Big Brother Club." 

Ramsey C. Allen, '30. is doing 
private studying reviewing in preparation 
for taking college work very shortly. He 
plans to earn his collegiate honors by niilht 
work, which is entirely possible. We 
learned of this ambitious and very credit- 
able effort through connection with his 
tutor, Mr. James P. Farnsworth of the 
Mechanics Arts High School faculty. 

Arthur H. Pickard '34. has 
entered the freshman class at Tufts College. 
He graduated from Montpelier Seminary 
in 1936 and has since that time assisted at 
the school as a supervisor and printing 

instructor. We know he will lead an 
active and very profitable college life. j \ 

William S. Wilson, '34, has been i | 
employed by a Boston Wool Co. for ' ^ 
some time, where he is making good 
progress. He is making a thorough study 
of the business, and eventually will merit 
a fine position. He lives in Wellesley. 

Elvin C. Bean, '36, has been em- 
ployed for the past three years at a Melrose 
bakery. He is one of our most faithful 
followers of the football team, and seldom 
misses a game. 

William M. Meacham, Jr., '37, 
has returned to Montpelier Seminary for 
an additional year of work before entering 
Middlebury College next year. He gradu- 
ated from Montpelier Seminary last June, 
and spent much of his summer vacation 
at F. T. S. 

Eugene Proctor, '38, has com- 
menced his studies at Thayer Academy, 
at Braintree. He is living at the home of 
John A. Bailey, '36. At a recent visit 
Proctor was very enthused over the possi- 
bilities his new school has opened, and 
undoubtedly he will make the most of his 

Myron A. Pratt, '38, who com- ] 
pleted the post-graduate Junior high school 
work here last June, has begun his Senior 
work at Braintree High School. He leads 
a very busy life, and besides taking the 
prescribed course for college entrance, he 
is taking advantage of the music course at 
Braintree to study Harmony and other 
m.usic subjects. 

Vol. 43 No. 7 Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, M ass. Nov. 1939 

Entered November 3. 1903 at Boston. Mass.. as Second Class matter, under Act of Congres§. of Ju'.y 6, 1874 


Hallowe'en is one of our major party 
occasions, and this year it seemed as 
though the entire program was more 
successful than ever before. Hallowe'en 
is a time for fun, frolic, and costumes, and 
everyone quickly caught the party spirit. 

The party began at six o'clock with a 
Hallowe'en supper in the Gymnasium. 
The menu consisted of several kinds of 
sandwiches, cider, apples, pie, doughnuts, 
pickles and cheese. After supper the hall 
became a scene of gaiety as the Hallowe'en 
games and stunts began. Everyone had 
a strip of tickets entitling him to an ad- 
mission to each feature. The time- 
honored "Ducking for Apples" was, as 
usual, one of the most popular stunts. 
Then there were other events, all designed 
to provide fun for all. The "Professor I. 
Q." labratory was the place of continual 
surprises. This booth, presided over by 
three faculty members, had many odd, 
unusual and decidedly surprising Hallo- 
we'en stunts. The "Games and Stunts" 
program in the Gym had to be stopped 
after an hour an a half duration, because 
the big part of the evening was yet to 

An intermission followed so that fifty- 
four boys could be given time to change 
into costume for the gala parade and enter- 
tainment that was to follow. This began 
at 8:30, in the Assembly Hall. Page 
after page could be written in describing 
the various costumes and sketches which 
were given during this program. It was a 
costume parade, and each boy in costume, 
or group in costume, did a novelty stunt 
on the stage. We cannot describe all the 
costumes in detail, as that would take 
columns of type. The opening number 
was Joyce Meacham in a ballet, and she 
certainly made a pretty picture doing her 
dance. The final number was by William 
Mara, Jr., who gave a rube monologue, 
in a very creditable manner. Between 
these opening and closing numbers were a 
host of clever and splendidly presented 
costumed features. Who will ever forget 
"Professor Magic and his Wonderful 
Box?" Or the "Wizard of Oz," or "Little 
Boy Blue?" "The Tragedy of the Apple 
Orchard" was another novel presentation, 
as was "Hallowe'en Joys." 

The party was surely a great success. 
The evening will long be remembered by 
every one for its grand Hallowe'en enter- 


Shaw Scholarship Awarded 
Miss Miriam Shaw established in 1936 
a scholarship which would supply suf- 
ficient funds for the expense of one boy 
at the school for a year. The scholarship 
is in memory of her father, Mr. Francis 
Shaw, who was a member of the Board 
of Managers from 1889 until 1923. 

Our school always was of deep inter- 
est to Mr. Shaw, and it is fitting that this 
scholarship has been awarded in his 
memory. He graduated from Harvard 
in 1875 and studied agricultural subjects 
extensively. He gave the Shaw Conduct 
Prizes, and provided for the permanence 
of these awards, so that they are to be 
given perhaps forever. 

William C. Parsons received the 
scholarship in 1936, William D. DeLorie 
in 1937, and Eugene Proctor in 1938. 
Murdock C. Moore has been given the 
award for this year. The annual award 
is given to a member of the Junior Class 
and the selection of the student is based 
upon the pupil's school record over a term 
of years and the judgment of the Faculty 
and Junior Class. 

Murdock C. Moore, who receives 
the scholarship this year is the youngest 
student to merit the honor. He is com- 
pleting his fourth year at the school. 
Some of his achievements include: high 
ranking Boy Scout, member of the Band, 
student editor of the Beacon, varsity 
football player, and completing the pre- 
scribed courses of the American Red Cross 
in Life Saving and First Aid. 

Needless to say, those who earn this 
scholarship have a high academic standing. 
Murdock Moore has had a high rank 
since he came to F. T. S. He was the 
Valedictorian of his class. He has received 
other class honors. At present he is Judge 
of Municipal Court, Cottage Row Gov- 

Armistice Day Morning 

On the morning of the holiday the 
younger boys chose two of their members 
to be captains of football teams. Winthrop 
Davidson and I were chosen. I won first 
pick of the players and then we chose al- 
ternately until full squads were selected. 
At half past nine the Navy, which was 
Davidson's team and the Shamrocks, my 
team, awaited the opening whistle of the 

The referee called the two captains 
together and a coin was tossed to decide 
choice of goal, or to kick or receive. Then 
the game began. 

During the first half George Zevitas 
broke through guard for a 30 yard run and 
a touchdown, making the score 6-0. In 
the second half the Shamrocks had the 
much better of the argument and scored 
three touchdowns. This made the final 
score 24-0. 

The game was hard-fought, and both 
teams tried hard to win. But the Sham- 
rocks had the better backfield and could 
gain ground more easily than the oppo- 

Richard J. Nelson 

Guy Lowell Memorial Gup Winners 
Mrs. Guy Lowell very kindly pro- 
vided sixsilver cups for Agriculture, Band, 
Printing, Sloyd, Senior Tennis Tourna- 
ment and Junior Tennis Tournament. 
Each year the name of the most able boy , 
in these departments is engraved upon 
these perpetual cups. 

These so honored this year were: 
Agriculture: Howard M. Colpitis 
Band: Myron A. Pratt 
Printing: Murdock C. Moore 
Sloyd: Myron A. Pratt 
Senior Tennis: Weston O. Page 
Junior Tennis: Charles A. Pecce 



Most of the boys are kept busy during 
spare momentsby working on a hobby of 
one kind or another. 

Some hobbies are very different than 
others. For instance, some of the smaller 
boys who help in the dining room in the 
afternoon spend their play time kicking 
and passing a football, attempting to a- 
chieve greater distances day by day. Other 
boys, in this same group, take piano lessons 
and use the time for practice. 

Studying a band instument is a very 
popular hobby, and the band hall is al- 
ways a busy place. Besides practicing indi- 
vidually the boys have quartets, trios and 
other groups which practice together. 

Woodworking is a hobby in which 
most of the boys take an active interest. 
At this time of year thirty or more boys 
may be found in the woodworking shops 
making articles for use as Christmas gifts. 

Reading is another popular hobby 
which many of the boys enjoy. There 
are all kinds of books, and new volumes 
are being added from time to time. 

On Saturday there are some boys who 
would rather work on the farm than do 
most anything else. In addition to doing 
something they like, the boys receive a 
small sum for their efforts. 

The new building being constructed 
is of special interest to some of the boys. 
Some watch the carpenters, others the tile 
layers, or the plumbers or electricians. 

Radio is my favorite hobby. I like to 
work with other boys and build short 
wave receivers, then we see how many 
amateur and police calls can be tuned in. 
We have already tuned in nearly ninety 
amateur and many police calls. One of 
the smaller boys is just beginning on this 
hobby. Troubles do not discourage him 
and he will build a receiver which works 
before very much time has passed. 

A full list of hobbies would be very 
long. Stamp collecting, drawing, sports, 
gardening and scouting are other very 
popular spare time activities. An inter- 
esting thing about hobbies is the fact that 
nearly every hobby proves successful. 

Albert E. Wilder 

Dark Room Work 

During the past few months Axel 
Hallberg and I have been doing photo- 
graphic work. The dark room is on the 
top floor of the Main Building. 

Thus far we have learned how to de- 
velop films and make prints. We also do 
enlarging. We have learned how to use 
a camera. Many of the boys own cam- 
eras and we develop all the films, ex- 
cepting the small 35mm size. 

This work is very interesting and 
worthwhile. The small charge we make 
for our work pays the expenses of the 

dark room. Murdock C. Moore 

My Interest in the Piano 
When I first came to the school I 
wanted to learn to play a musical instru- 
ment. I thought of trumpet, but decided 
that the piano would be the instrument 
for me. So far in my lessons I have 
learned quite a little. Now 1 am practic- 
ing lesson 14. James Patterson 

The Farm and Trades School Bank 

Statement, October 31, 1939 


50 95 



Boys' Deposits 


Trading Co. Deposits . . . 


Cottage Row Deposits . . 


Photo Company Deposits 

. 42.67 





Cbompson's Island Beacon 

Published Monthly by 


Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor 




Richard J. Nelson 

- - - Editor 
• Assoc. Editor 

Vol.43 No. 7 

November 1939 

Subscription Price 

One Dollar Per Year 


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 


Henry Jackson, M. D. 
S. V. R. Crosby 
Gorham Brooks 

N. Penrose Hallowell 
Charle<i H. Mason 
Robert H. Gardiner 
Philip S. Sears 
Walter B. Foster 
Karl Adams 
Leverett Saltonstall 
Charles Wiggins, 2nd 
Edmund Q. Sylvester 
John L. Batcheldcr 
Moses Williams, Jr. 
William Alcott 

William M. Meacbam 

George S. Mumford, Jr. 
Merton P. Ellis 
Frederic Winthrop 

George P. Denny, M, D, 

Contributions may be mailed to 

Augustus P. Loring, Jr., Treasurer 

82 Devonshire Street, Boston 

The world has plenty of natural re- 
sources, plenty of man power, plenty of 
brain power, plenty of developed e- 
quipment and yet nations war, factions 
argue, individuals disagree, equipment 
and men are idle and thousands of human 
beings have not the ordinary comforts of 

Individually we seem to be much like 
the two calves tied together with a short 
rope between two pails ot milk, each 
pulling to get at its pail of milk and the 
rope too short to permit both calves to 
reach the two pails of milk at the same 
time, so neither could get its dinner. Final- 
ly after much struggling and pulling the 
calves came together and decided to per- 
mit one to approach its pail and get its fill 
of milk and then they would both go to- 
gether to the other pail and permit the 
second calf to get its fill of milk. 

The followers of various "isms" 
would say, "Yes, that is just what we want 
but the other fellow won't give." The 
other fellow knows from sad experience 
the frailities of human nature and is con- 
vinced that if given a chance the "isms" 
will, figuratively speaking, take both pails 
of milk. Thus the struggle for "rights" 
goes on. 

What will the answer be? We can 
believe that a thoroughly Christian world 
or at least a definite following of the spirit 
of God would forever solve this intricate 
problem. Our real hope lies in the prac- 
tice of such principles by adults and the 
teaching of these tenets to youth. Adults 
agree generally that youth should be 
taught in this direction but too many adults 


refuse to follow in that line. We are 
constantly demanding our "rights" in spite 
of all else. 

School boy talk, indefinite, impracti- 
cal, lacks vigor? Well maybe, but the 
idea is no less workable than present cha- 
otic plans. Plenty of hard work and appli- 
cation of the Golden Rule could produce 
wonders beyond all conception. 

Topics in Brief 

The School team has played three 
games this month. On October 7 the 
boys were defeated by Marshfield High 
School 130 and on October 21 the 
Hanover High team won 7-6. Both games 
were played on our gridiron. Our team 
was not outclassed in either game, and 
might easily have won. On October 14 
Scituate High had no trouble winning over 
our team, the final score being 32-2. In 
these games good sportsmanship has been 
evident at all times, and the boys have 
enjoyed playing the games. 

Columbus Day was observed as a holi- 
day. The usual fall sports were enjoyed, 
including two Crosby league football 
games. The last beach picnic of the 
season was held. Suppers on the beach are 
very popular with the boys, and are held 
quite often during the summer months. 

There were four Assemblies held this 
month on Monday evenings. On October 
2 the freshman presented a humorous play 
having to do with the conduct of class 
meetings. On the ninth the eighth grade 
gave a play in observance of Columbus 
Day. On October 16 the seventh grade 
gave a program which included de- 
scriptions of the outstanding national parks 
of the United States. The sixth grade 
followed on October 23 with readings 
and music. 

"Hallowe'en is the one time, for 
simply fun time." We had a gala party 
which lasted for nearly four hours. More 
than half of the boys were in costumes of 
almost every conceivable type. Favorite 
Hallowe'en games and stunts were en- 
joyed. It certainly was a happy, pleasant 
evening of Hallowe'en diversion. 

The Crosby football league has pro- 
vided a great deal of interest for the boys. 
The Redskins have a lead just now, which 
is being challenged by the Crusaders. In 
the modified six man league, organized 
for the younger players, the Redskins ap- 
pear to have the better team, but either of 
the other teams may easily win the champi- 

As we go to press the work on our 
new building has reached the stage where 
we can see exactly how the building and 
its furnishings will look when the structure 
is completed. The plastering has practi- 
cally been completed and the kitchen e- 
quipment is being installed. The work 
remaining is nearly all that of finishing 
the project. There is much painting, 
glazing and other operations which are 
the last to be done with any new building. 
In all probability the work will be com- 
pleted in about another month. 

The farm crew has been hard at work 
this month hauling topsoil for our new 
athletic field. Our five ton truck is being 
used for this hauling job. There have 
been many tons hauled from south end 
for the project. The job will continue while 
we have good weather. Substantial pro- 
gress has been made on our new ball field, 
and we hope to have it ready for use in 
another year, or two at the most. 

An interesting item appeared in the 
"Observant Citizen" column of the Boston 



Post on Nov. 7, congratulatini^ the printing 
ofifice crew on the work done in printing 
our new Bulletin. We appreciate the 
kindness of the "Observant Citizen", very 

Several new volumes have just been 
added to our library. They are biogra- 
phies and autobiographies selected for 
us by a consultant of the Boston Public 
Library. This set of books is an excellent 
addition to our library. 

The freshman class sponsored a 
motion picture program on November 2. 
A travel picture, cartoon and comedies 
made up the program. 

Calendar 90 Years Ago, October, 1849 

As Kept by the Superintendent 

1. A heavy gale of wind from the 

7. A severe N. E. storm which 
commenced last night continued through 
the day. The schooners Donnegal of 
Halifax and Pharos of Sedgwick were 
driven ashore on the island. 

8. The steamer Mayflower brought 
supplies to the institution. 

10. Mrs. Morrison today went to 

12. The schooners Donegal and 
Pharos were floated and left the Island. 

16. The steamer Mayflower made 
her last trip with the boys' friends for the 
season and Capt. Beal gave the boys a 
gratuitous excursion in the harbor. M. 
Grant, Esq., of the Board of Managers 
being present. 

24. Finished digging carrots having 
harvested from about an acre of ground, 
790 bushels. 

28. Mr. J. Hawkins, temperance 
lecturer, addressed the boys. 

31. Harvested a fine lot of squashes. 

Awarding Baseball Trophies 
Manager S. V. R. Crosby annually 
gives to the outstanding player in each po- 
sition a trophy. Those who received this 
distinction for the 1939 baseball season 

Warren A. Danner, Catcher 
Robert W. MacWha, Pitcher 
Richard A. Martin, First Base 
Winthrop Davidson, Second Base 
A. Robert Hallberg, Third Base 
Douglas M. Bashaw, Shortstop 
Harold C. Malmgren, Left Field 
Charles H. Grant, Center Field 
Murdock C. Moore, Right Field 

The Eagles, captained by Robert W. 
MacWha, won the Crosby League champi- 
onship, and thesilver shield was inscribed 
with the names of the team members, as 

Warren A. Danner, Catcher 
Robert W. MacWha, Capt., Pitcher 
James F. St. Coeur, First Base 
Arthur W. Chase, Second Base 
George F. Connors, Third Base 
Arthur L. Thibodeau, Shortstop 
John F. Close, Left Field 
Murdock C. Moore, Center Field 
Wesley C. Gustafson, Right Field 

William L. Schlegel 
Donald L. Davis 

October Meteorology 

Maximum Temperature 87" on the 

Minimum Temperature 31" on the 

Mean Temperature for the month 53°. 

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


Building a Crystal Set 

It is not too hard to build a crystal set. 
First get a form for a coil about one half 
inch thick and wind ninety turns of size 28 
wire on it. One end of the wire leads 
from the coil into the crystal cup. The 
antenna lead begins at the crystal cup also. 
The "cat's whisker" is a short wire which 
goes from one of the earphone jacks to the 
crystal, and there is moved about until a 
sensitive spot is located. The other ear- 
phone jack goes to thescratcher, which is 
slid up and down the coil. A .00025 fixed 
condenser is placed between the earphone 
jacks. The ground is attached to the 
scratcher. If the set is put together right 
nearby stations will be heard clearly. 

Malcolm C. Huston 

Dining Room Work 

I wait on table for dinner and supper, 
and help clear the tables after meals. 
There are five other boys who work with 
me in the dining room. I can remember 
that when I first began working I had to 
be told everything that I should do, but 
now 1 go right ahead and do things without 
being told. 

Robert p. Donnelly 

A Beach Walk 

Usually on Sundays we go for a hike 
around the beach. Last Sunday I thought 
I would be too late for it, but I was Justin 
time. We went around south end. We 
did not go all the way around the beach, 
but came back on the road from south end. 
We went by the farmhouse. One of my 
friends, Mr. Norman Morse, was born in 
the farmhouse. When we arrived at the 
house some wanted to goto north end, so 
we hiked there. We always have a good 
time on beachwalks, and there is always 
something interesting to see. 

Henry J. Porter, Jr. 

Poultry House Work 

Every afternoon I work in the Poultry 
House. My first job is to trapnest. There 
are three pens, each having a row of trap- 
nests. Each hen has a band on her leg 
upon which is stamped a number. 1 look 
through the nests and if a hen has laid an 
egg 1 write down the hen's number. In 
this way we can tell which hens are good 
layers. In the middle of the afternoon I 
feed and water the hens. At four o'clock 
I lower the drop boards and roost and 
put up the screens. 

Wellman E. Bonsey 

Our Six Man Game 

I play for the Navy six man team, and 
our team is leading the league. On last 
Saturday we played the Crusaders. They 
are in last place. We kept pushing the 
Crusaders back until Robelen made a 50 
yard run. Porter, the Crusader's star 
player, did not do Navy any harm. 
For the Navy, Wilson and Huston made 
good runs. I caught a pass. The score 
ended 0-0, as neither team could score. 
We would have won excepting for Billy 
Robelen's fifty yard run. 

Robert W. Duquet 

New Playground Work 
The boys on the farm have been 
helping get loam for the new playground. 
" Old Betsy, " the big dump truck, is 
loaded at south end. Then the truck 
is driven to the new field at the northern 
part of the island. While the truck makes 
the trip the boys play football or some 
other game. We are going to haul loam 
and spread it evenly. Then it will be 
planted with seed so that a good firm sod 
will result. 

Walter W. Smith, Jr. 


Cbe mmni Association of Che farm and trades School 

Howard B. Ellis, "98 President 

Dorchester, Mass. 

Harold W. Eowards, '10, Treasurer 

Arlington, Muss. 

Frank L. Washburn 

'83, Vice-President 
, Mass. 

An 1852 Newspaper Article 

Our readers will be interested in the 
following account, printed in the Boston 
Traveler, and reprinted in a Maine paper 
on September 30, 1852. 

We have read, in the Superintendent's 
diary, of the annual visits to Boston by 
the boys in the early years of our school. 
This account gives some interesting side- 
lights on these excursions. 

We are indebted to our minister. Rev. 
Lloyd Perrigo for the article. The clipping 
was found and given him by a fellow 

It is noted that many graduates joined 
in the festivities on Boston Common. No 
doubt they were members of the "Farm 
School Club", an alumni association of 
that time. 

The article follows: 

The Farm School 

On Thompson 's Island, in Boston Harbor. 

The boys of the Farm School, ninety- 
eight in number, made their annual visit 
to the city yesterday. The weather was 
perfect for the occasion. They formed in 
files of two, with their banners; that at the 
head with the motto, "Farm School Boys," 
with implements of husbandry, and 
"Speed the Plough." The second banner 
had a Bible beautifully painted on it, with 
the words, "Thy Word is a lamp to my 
feet." The third banner had, "Washington 
a name dear to all." The last banner, 
carried by the youngest boy, had on it, 
"Just as the twig is bent the tree will 
incline." They had on white pants and 

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

dark jackets, and looked well; and, under 
their own marshals, marched orderly 
through the city. They called on the Hon. 
Charles Jackson, the projector and patron 
of the institution; also on Amos Lawrence, 
Esq., the friend of all good works. They 
were introduced to the Mayor, at the City 
Hall, who gave them excellent counsel; 
which was followed by remarks from J. B. 
Curtis, Esq. At the Merchant's Exchange, 
in the presence of many interested spec- 
tators, they sung, and two boys gave speci- 
mens of elocution, which caused much 

They visited the Charles street jail to 
receive a lesson of admonition, and to 
impress the truth of the Bible, "That the 
way of transgressor is hard." At 2 o'clock 
they partook of a collation at the "Eye 
and Ear Infimary," Charles street, and 
thenspenttwo hoursin company with rela- 
tives and friends on the Common, and 
were joined by a number of young men, 
past graduates of the F. S. A more inter- 
esting scene is not often witnessed. At half 
past 5 they left in the Mayflower for their 
own healthy, happy home, where they 
are secure from city temptations; and we 
may add, happy would it be for themselves 
and the city if many more, morally ex- 
posed boys were as well off. They were 
accompanied by their beloved Superin- 
tendent, R. Morrison, Esq., and Mr. 
Lampee, a faithful Instructor of the 
School, — (Boston Traveler. 

Vol. 43 No. 8 Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. Dec. 1939 

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


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Our old brick oven. James McCarthy, right, baker, with Henry Porter assisting. 


Another Chapter is Written 

Nearly all of the boys, at some time 
or other, become bakers while at F. T. S. 
Some help for just a fevv days, but many 
spend a much longer period and acquire 
much baking skill. There surely is a 
certain joy in taking from our brick oven 
some sixty to one hundred loaves of 
golden-brown bread, which has been 
mixed, kneaded and baked by the boys 

Bread is the principal food for which 
this oven is used, but cookies, pies, and 
other pastries are baked from time to time. 
Chicken, turkey and all kinds of meat 

may be so roasted as to please the most 
exacting chef. 

For years the heat for the oven was 
supplied by logs and wood found on the 
beach. Recently the heating unit was 
modernized by the installation of a fuel 
oil burner. 

Keeping in step with modern times 
is necessary and essential at F, T. S. Our 
new building is not equipped with a brick 
oven. Instead, there is a tier baker, in 
every way superior to the old oven. Yet, 
as in many other appurtenances of years 
gone by, this brick oven will remain a 
pleasant memory to countless F.T, S.boys. 


Thanksgiving Day 

Thanksgiving Day is anticipated 
pleasantly by the boys for a long period of 
time. This year the celebration took 
place on November 30. The day dawned 
clear and bright, and we were happy that 
we were to have such fine weather for our 
holiday activities. 

After breakfast we went to our various 
departments to do what cleaning there was 
to be done, and certain other tasks. This 
took about an hour. 

At 9:30 a six-man football game was 
held. Following this contest the champi- 
onship Crosby league game between the 
Redskins and Navy took place. The 
Redskins won and became the champs of 

As the time for dinner drew near the 
boys began assembling near the dining 
room. All about were eager eyes viewing 
the clock, the hands of which very slowly 
moved towards the magic dinner hour, 
twelve o'clock. 

After everyone gathered in the dining 
room Mayor Charles A. Pecce read his 
Thanksgiving Day proclamation. In his 
message the mayor made special mention 
of the hardships which our forefathers en- 
countered, and even in spite of them, the 
deep gratitude the settlers felt in the early 
colonial days. After the Mayor had given 
his proclamation we recited our school 
Grace in unison. 

The Thanksgiving feast was centered 
about a plump, well dressed turkey. With 
the turkey was served celery, onions, 
potatoes, lettuce, gibltt gravy, cranberry 
sauce, squash, nuts, candy and cider. 
There were two kinds of pie and plum 
pudding for desert. Everyone thought 
the Thanksgiving feast was the best ever. 

Mr. Meacham made our holiday 
perfect by the grand announcement that 

a friend of the school had provided funds 
to furnish our new building; to build our 
new athletic field; and to erect and equip 
a new milk room for the dairy. 

In the afternoon there was another 
six-man football game between the smaller 
boys. This was followed by the annual 
Harvard-Yale game, the teams having been 
chosen a few days before. The Marvard- 
Yale game was quite a battle, Harvard 
winning 14-0, even though most of us 
expected Yale to win. 

In the evening several of the Instructors 
furnished a moving picture show which 
was certainly very much enjoyed by all. 

All in all Thanksgiving Day, 1939, 
will be remembered for a long time by all 
as a most happy holiday. 

Murdoclc C. Moore 

Thanksgiving Day Game 

On the morning of November 30, the 
football game which decided the champi- 
onship team and winner of the Crosby 
Shield was played. Douglas Bashaw, 
captain of the Redskins led his team figainst 
the Navy eleven, captained by Wesley 

The Redskins fought hard in the first 
quarter and it seemed that they would 
score. The Navy defense held and there 
was no score. In the second quarter, just 
after the opening whistle, Bashaw went 
through tackle for 30 yards and the first 
score of the game. 

There was no more scoring until the 
last quarter. Both teanis were plaj ing the 
best football possible and a strong defense 
was given when either team got in the 
scoring zone. In the fourth quarter John 
Borsey made the game safe for the 
Redskins by scoring a touchdown on a 
line buck. 

The Navy team gave a good exhi- 
bition of forward passing, but not once in 


the game could the team score. The final 
whistle gave the Redskins a grand chance 
to cheer, for they had won 12-0, and the 
win earned for the team the 1939 Crosby 

Roland Hallberg 

A Moving Picture Show 

The program for Thanksgiving Day 
was finished by a moving picture show in 
the Assembly Hall. The pictures were 
provided by four of the Instructors who 
had birthdays during November. 

The films were concerned with Navy 
life. The first two were from the publici- 
ty bureau of the U. S, Navy. They por- 
trayed Navy life. Many types of Navy 
boats were shown. 

The third picture was a feature named 
"We're in the Navy Now". This was a 
comedy and Wallace Beery was the leading 
actor. This film was very funny and every 
one enjoyed it very much. 

We wish to thank the Instructors who 
made it possible for us to have this fine 
movie show. 

Stanley C. Morton 

Barn Work 

I take care of four calves and do other 
chores every morning and night. First I 
feed them their grain ration. Then, while 
I am wailing for milk, I clean the pens. 
As soon as the milk is ready I give some 
to the calves. Sometimes I help get hay 
from the haybarn. 

Earl W. Hooper 

The Clarinet 

We have a clarinet class of six pupils, 
and have a lesson every week. The clarinet 
is one of the most important instruments in 
the band, and very high and very low 
tones may be played, Our lesson book is 
the Klose Clarinet Method. 

There are seven main parts to the 
clarinet. The bell is on the lower end. 
Then there are the lower and upper joints, 
barrel, mouthpiece, reed, and ligature. 
Glendon L. Campbell 

Prizes Awarded 

Twenty- one of the boys were listed 
as award winners for the past six months. 
The names of those so honored are 
listed below. The Shaw prizes are 
substantial cash awards, given for the 
102nd time. The expense of the awards 
is borne by a legacy left by Mr. Francis 
Shaw, a former member of the Board of 
Managers. The Temple Consolation prizes 
are books given by Manager N. Penrose 
Hallowell, in memory of Thomas F. 
Temple, who gave them for many years. 
Mr. Temple was for many years a member 
of our Board of Managers. 

Shaw Prizes 

1 David G. Haeger 

2 Walter H. Johansson 

3 William P. Dufault 

4 Malcom C. Huston 

5 William C. Bassett 

6 Ernest Burns 

7 Stanley C. Morton 

8 Arthur W. Chase 

9 A. Martin Duquet 

10 Wallace A. Folkins 

Temple Consolation Prizes 

11 Walter W. Smith 

12 James J. Macdonald 

13 D. Carleton Reardon 

14 Wallace Chouinard 

15 Richard J. Nelson 

Honorable Mention 

16 Raymond L. Perry 

17 William D. Bernard 

18 Roland E. Fischer 

19 Charles E. Thompson 

20 Robert W. MacWha 

21 John V. Johansson 


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MuRD(JCK C. Moore 
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Vol. 43 No. 8 

December 1939 

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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 


Henry Jackson, M. U. 
S. V. R. Crosby 
G<irham Brooks 

N. Penrose Hallowell 
Charles E. Mason 
Robert H. Gardiner 
Philip S. Sears 
Walter B. Foster 
Karl Adams 
Leverett Saltonstall 
Charles Wiggins, 2nd 
Edmund Q. Sylvester 
John L. Batchelder 
Moses Williams, Jr. 
William Alcott 

William M. Meacham 

George S. Mumford, Jr. 
Merton P. Ellis 
Frederic Winthrop 

George P. Denny, M. D. 

Contributions may be mailed to 

Augustus P. Loring, Jr., Treasurer 

82 Devonshire Street, Boston 

A bit of humor and yet a very real 
example of the persistence of our gradu- 
ates came to light the other day. 

The President of one of Boston's 
biggest and best known sporting goods 
stores was talking with our Headmaster 
and said, "One of your boys is working 
at our store. His name is Norman some- 
thing-or-other. He has been pestering 
us for quite a while and the other day he 
came in again wbith his perpetual smile 
and consistent determination to work for 
us and said, 'Sir, may I start work now?' 

"Well, we were extraordinarily busy 
with Christmas business and loads of stock 
arriving daily and we did need more 
help, someone to pitch in and help move 
those goods and furthermore I figured the 
only way to get rid of this six-footer was 
to put him to work. So I said, 'Well, 
young man, if you are so anxious to work 
you just slip your coat right off and go to 
work.' He immediately took off his coat 
and went to work and he is still with us. 
What kind of a boy is he?" 

Well, after listening to that thrilling 
and true story of how to get a job and hold 
it, our Headmastersmiled andsaid, "Typi- 
cal of our boys— they don't hang around ^ 
waiting for jobs to come to them. They i 
find the place where work needs to be 
done and are instantly ready to do the 

"Your new, almost self appointed 
helper is Norman Chausse. You can 
depend upon it he will work and he will 
smile. He is dependable, intelligent, co- 
operative and in spite of any obstacles he 
will not quit." 


Topics in Brief 

By the time this issue reaches our 
readers we expect to be in the midst of a 
"moving piocess". Our dining room- 
dormitory-and kitchen building will have 
been finished. This fine, modern structure 
is a continued source of inspiration and 
pride to everyone at the School, and we 
can anticipate the tremendous satisfaction 
which all our friends are to receive when 
they view and inspect the building for the 
first time. The date for the dedication of 
the structure has not been definitely set, 
but will be very shortly. 

The main holiday of the month was 
Thanksgiving, at which time we enjoyed 
our usual bountiful roast turkey feast. On 
the Sunday preceding the holiday our min- 
ister. Rev. Lloyd Perrigo, gave a fine 
Thanksgivingsermon, and the true mean- 
ing of the day was instilled into the minds 
of all. As the holiday approached plans 
were made for two football games and a 
motion picture program. These events 
were carried through to a happy con- 
clusion, Charles A. Pecce, Mayor of 
our Cottage Row Government, read his 
proclamation of Thanksgiving to begin 
our holiday feast, and the real spirit of 
Ihanksgiving was not lost sight of, even 
in the midst of great revelry and sport. 

The Crosby Football competition 
drew to a very satisfactory conclusion on 
Thanksgiving Day. The Redskins, with 
Douglas M, Bashaw as captain, won the 
Crosby Shield, by defeating the Navy, 
captained by Wesley C. Gustafson. The 
interest in this final contest was very great 
and both teams strived for the victory. 
The Redskins scored both in the 2nd and 
4th periods, meanwhile holding their 
opponents from crossing the goal line. 

The final score was 12-0, the win 
earning championship honors for the 
Redskins for this season. The 1939 season 
was most successful in every way, and 
very much worth-while in every respect. 

The Pilgrim III was disabled for a few 
days early in the month because of diffi- 
culty with the engine's cooling system. 
It was repaired and it is now in first class 

Armistice Day, November 11, was 
celebrated by a full holiday. Many of the 
boys used the time for individual hobbies, 
while others played football or some other 

The farm crew has worked for several 
days repairing the roads about the Island, 
Tons of dirt and cinders were used to fill 
ruts and otherwise put the various roads 
into serviceable condition for the winter 

On Monday evenings during the 
month three of the classes have given pro- 
grams at our weekly assemblies. The 
Junior Class presented a play based on 
the esseniial requirements necessary to gain 
citizenship to our country; the Sophomore 
Class entertained with a varied program 
of songs and skits, and the Freshman Class 
devoted its period to a study of ancient 

All the boys enjoyed a day in town 
on either December 1 or 2 in order that 
Christmas purchases could be made. 

Cottage Row Government held its 
regular fall election on Nov. 17. Charles 
A. Pecce heads the new staff of officers. 


Many of our graduates have been 
following our football team, and thus we 
have had more than our usual quota of 
alumni visitors. We are always pleased 
to have our graduates visit us and ap- 
preciate the continued loyalty and deep 
interest shown by the alumni. 

Calendar 90 Years Ago, November 1849 

As Kept by the Superintendent 

27. Went to city for poultry. Hugh 
Mack who lives with Dea. Whitman of 
E. Bridgewater made us a visit. 

28. Cornelius Sweeney, James W. 
Cooper & Domingos Rodrigues, former 
pupils of the School came to spend 
Thanksgiving with us. 

29. Being the annual Thanksgiving, 
a good dinner was provided for the boys, 
suited to the occasion. James L. Raskel 
came and spent a short time. Mr. Warner 
with his father came to see his brother. 

The Farm and Trades School Bank 

Statement, December 1, 1939 

Savings Bank $1216.67 




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








November Meteorology 

Maximum Temperature 68" on the 

Minimum Temperature 28"^ on the 

Mean Temperature for the month 47°. 

Eleven clear days, ten partly cloudy, 
and nine cloudy. 

The Beacon wishes all its readers a 
Happy New Year! 

Our Sloyd Course 
When a pupil commences our Sloyd 
Course he works with simple tools. As he 
studies the course the work gets more and 
more difficult. It is expected that the in- 
volved processes will be accomplished 
with excellent results, and this is always 
the case. Naturally the more adept students 
cover the work more quickly than the 
slower boys. 

Boys with Sloyd Models 

In beginning the course the average 
pupil is untrained for such work and he 
must learn the fundamentals by working 
and practicing on small models as are re- 
quired in the course. Although some be- 
ginners consider these small models as 
almost a waste of time, they are essential, 
and must be worked out with great care if 
the more advanced work is to be pursued 
with any degree of success. 

The first model is the pencil sharpener. 
This gives the student essential practice in 
using a knife. Then follows oiher models, 


each a little more advanced, and each de- 
signed to give instruction in new wood- 
working principles. 

As the pupil advances though the vari- 
ous stages of the course lie begins to realize 
that with every new model there are 
problems to be solved. The work is graded, 
however, so that no new work is too 
difficult for the average pupil, but it certain- 
ly cannot be said that progress can be made 
without real attention to the smallest de- 

With each model in the course comes 
instruction in the use of a tool which has 
not before been used. The average 
number of tools which the pupil should 
be able to master at one time is two to 
three. The use of new tools regularly, 
adds interest and gives incentive to better 
work. If the pupil did the same work, 
and used the same tools over and over, 
his interest soon would lax. 

Our course of 22 models ranges from 
simple knife work to the tool chest. 
Included in the work done is the making 
of many handicraft projects, all of which 
have a permanent value, both as to educa- 
tional and practical use. 

Axel R. Hallberg 

Note: Our Sloyd Course was begun 
in 1891, and its foundation was supervised 
by Giistaf Larsson, the "Father of Sloyd". 
1^ Mr. Larsson was born near Skara, 

Sweden, in 1861. His sloyd training was 
completed by study with the famed Sloyd 
Instructor, Otto Solomon. 

Mr. Larsson came to America in 1888, 
and was soon engaged in introducing the 
Swedish Sloyd system to America. His 
early, fruitful years were spent in Boston. 
After instructing sufficient teachers in the 
art, and noting that they became firmly 
launched on teaching careers, Mr. Larsson 
travelled throughout our country lecturing. 

teaching and establishing Sloyd classes 

In 1907 he was engaged by the British 
Government to introduce Sloyd into 
India, and he established ten schools in 
that country. 

He died on July 23, 1919. 

The Jester's Comments 
— "Bobby" Duquet, be it known, scor- 
ed the first touchdown of his gridiron 
career on Nov. 30. Bobby is the smallest, 
and one of the youngest boys in school, 
so he merits recognition of his athletic 

— Bill Lawson noticed the Pilgrim III 
being towed and inquired from an 
instructor if the idea was to tow the boat 
to get the disabled engine started. Billts 
a sure enough landlubber. 

— The dumb waiter in the new building 
has aroused much speculation among the 
boys. Curtis James Nelson has the dis- 
tinction of being the first human passenger. 
His trip did not end with unrestrained 
joy, but he escaped unscathed after being 
stalled between floors. Such practice will 
be frowned upon decidedly as future of- 
fenders (if such there be) will regretfully 

— Bobby Ryerson and Billy Klailawere 
observed the other day sailing a small 
home-made vessel by theswimmingbeach. 
A spider was shanghaied and sent to sea. 
The little vessel, scarcely more than eight 
inches long, was watched for some time. 
Billy and Bobby waved it a fond adieu, as 
it sailed away on the ocean blue. What 
will the boys do next! 

— Last Hallowe'en Henry Porter's 
unique personification of Little Boy Blue 
was so unusual that it is being planned to 
present him with a new horn very soon. 
Perhaps he will get one in his stocking at 
Christmas. Anyway, he has earned the 
name of "Little Boy Blue". 


Cbe n\mn\ Jlssociation of Cbe farm and trades School 

Howard B. Ellis. "98 President 

Dorchester, Mass. 

Harold W. Eowauds. 10, Treasurer 

Arlington, M^ss. 

Frank L. Washburn 

83, Vice-Presiden 

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

The Fall Meeting 

The regular fall meeting of the associ- 
ation was held on Wednesday, No- 
vember 8, at 40 Court St. President 
Howard B. Ellis, '98, presided. The at- 
tendance was good, and there were repre- 
sentations from both old and young classes. 
More than haif a century separated the 
graduating year of one of the older 
members in attendance with the Class of 

The finances of the Association have 
not been in a very healthy condition 
during the past few years, due to the gener- 
al business depression. It was decided to 
begin at once to strengthen the bank ac- 
count of the Association, and a notice to 
this efifect will be received soon by each 

The selection of a member of the 
Association, who will be recommended 
to a position on the Board of Managers 
for the ensuing year, was discussed. It was 
voted to pursue the course of last year, 
giving each graduate the privilege of voting 
by sealed ballot, 

The report of the Secretary, Merlon 
P.Ellis, '97, was of unusual interest. His 
comments on the building project, now in 
progress at the School, were appreciated. 
As a member of the Building Committee 
of the Board of Managers he was able to 
give a complete account of the new dining- 
room, kitLhen, and dormitory building 
now nearly completed. 

G. George Larsson, '17, Historian 
of the Association, gave a splendid summa- 
ry of the year's events as they concerned 
the School and its graduates. Mr. Larsson, 
whose father introduced Sloyd into this 
country, gathers considerable information 
from various sources, edits and compiles 
it, making a valuable contribution to the 
Alumni records. 

All graduates are urged to attend the 
meetings of the Association. The gather- 
ings are full of interest, and very much 
worth-while. We want a larger attendance 
at every meeting, and above all, desire 
more and more graduates to participate 
actively in the affairs of the Association. 

The following officers were elected 
for the 1939-1940 term: 

Frank L. Washburn, '83, President 
Clifton E. Albee, '21, Vice-President 
Merton P. Ellis, '97, Secretary 
Harold W. Edwards, '10, Treasurer 
G. George Larsson, '17, Historian 

John A. Bailey, '36, has been em- 
ployed during the past year as an elec- 
trician's helper. He lives at 77 Evans 
Street, North Weymouth. 

Eugene Proctor, '38, is a student 
at Thayer Academy, Braintree. He is 
taking the final year of high school work. 
Proctor, it will be recalled, was ttie Shaw 
Scholarship pupil last year. 

He is taking an active part in the musi- 
cal life of his school, being a member of 
the orchescra, band, and glee club. 

Vol.43 No. 9 Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. Jan. 1940 

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

Special Notice 
Our friends should see the School's 
window display in the window of the S. S. 
Pierce store at Copley Square. This is our 
exhibit for the 1940 Community Fund. 

New Building Completed 
Our readers will be gratified to know 
that our new building has been completed. 
The contractors, William M. Bailey & 
Co., after approximately five months of 
work, have left the Island, leaving us a 
building which is ideal in every way for 
our use. Kilham, Hopkins and Greeley 
were the architects. 

We know that many of our friends 
will want to inspect the building, and in 
anticipating the viewpoints which may be 
expressed, one finds difficulty in noting 
just which part of the building will arouse 
the greatest interest, or give the greatest 
satisfaction. The large, comfortable dining 
room, with its beautiful maple furniture, 
colorful draperies and other furnishings, 
will thoroughly please everyone. Those 
who are interested in the preparation of 
food will find the kitchen of much interest. 
Standard equipment is used, some of 
which is taken from our old kitchen. Most 
of the equipment, however, is new and 
has been installed by the contractor. The 
range and tier ovens have been purchased 
with special regards for our needs, and 
admirably suit our requirements. Pyrofax 

gas is used for fuel, and this fuel is re- 
garded as equal to or better than any other. 

Between the kitchen and dining 
rooms there is a smaller room for storing 
dishes, serving food, washing dishes and 
other kindred uses. Some of the equip- 
ment in the room includes a plate warmer, 
water cooler and a dishwasher of the latest 
design. Labor saving devices, not only 
in this room, but throughout the building, 
will make the work required much more 
pleasant to accomplish than it would be 
under ordinary circumstances. 

The main entrance leads to a hall 
where the faculty will gather. A private 
dining room, for the use of guests at 
special times, is located on the right of this 
reception hall. The main dining room is 
on the left. 

The basement, which is very well 
lighted, ventilated and comfortable in 
every way, has six rooms, corridor, boys' 
waiting room, lavatory, and an unfinished 
area. There is a room for the use of the 
dairy; another for vegetable preparation; 
a third room contains the heating, water, 
and lighting inlets and the hot water tank; 
another room is used for egg storage, and 
a fifth room is a storeroom for general 
food products. A large room in the 
center of the basement contains the neces- 
sary motors and equipment needed for 
the two refrigerators, one of which is 
located in the basement and the other in 


the kitchen. A dumb waiier will make it 
unnecessary to carry any heavy objects 
on the stairways. At the rear entrance 
there is a comfortable room for the boy? 
to congregate at mealtimes, and it will be 
unnecessary for anyone to wait outside in 
inclement weather. 

The second floor of the building is 
given over to dormitory rooms for 26 
boys and two instructors. Attractive fur- 
nishings give a homelike touch to the 
dormitory. Shower rooms and lavoratories 
are located on this floor. Visitors will find 
this part of the building of great interest, 
and the homelike atmosphere will be 
readily apparent. The maple furniture is 
new, and was purchased from funds 
supplied by an anonymous friend. 

A synchronized electric clock system, 
of Telechron design, is centrally controlled 
and dials are placed at convenient places 
in the building. A fire alarm system has 
boxes located at strategic points. 

There is much that could be written 
about this 60 x 80 foot, Colonial type 
brick fire proof constructed, building. This 
description will, it is hoped, arouse inter- 
est in the building to the extent that our 
friends will want to see it. We are confi- 
dent that visitors will rejoice with us in 
our good fortune in having such a grand 
structure, and that the inspiration and joy 
which we have received from the building 
project will become immediately apparent. 

The Scouts Christmas Party 
On December 22 Troop One held its 
annual Christmas party. The troop as- 
sembled in the gymnasium at 7:30. Ten 
of the youngest boys in school, who are 

Claus(Richard A. Martin) had arrived at 
the scout room, and the boys ended the 
snake dance near the scout room entrance. 
The troop committee members and the 
scoutmaster entered, being jovially wel- 
comed by Santa. The scouts followed, each 
one getting personal greetings from Santa. 
After all were seated members of the troop 
spent a short time guessing Santa's identity. 

Each member of the troop had previ- 
ously drawn a fellow scout's name, to 
whom he was to give a present. There 
were gifts for all. As each scout received 
his gift he opened it so that everyone could 
see it. 

There were plenty of refreshments 
consisting of sandwiches, pop corn balls, 
fruit punch, apples and candy. 

When the party ended everyone felt 
that the troop had had a fine time. 

Murdock C. Moore 

Winter Sports 

With the help of plenty of good cold 
weather, and snow, winter life at F. T. S. 
is to many the happiest period of the year. 
The most popular sport is skating, and 
several areas are flooded, so that cold 
weather usually means skating. The snow 
sports, such as skiing, toboganning, and 
coasting, are always greatly enjoyed. 

This liitle picture shows three of ihe 
not members of the troop, were guests, ^oys tobogganing. With the coming of 
The first activity was a snake dance around the first snow a slide is built on the front 
the main building. By this time Santa lawn. 


The Christmas Concert 

Every year we have a Christmas 
Concert, which takes place the Sunday 
preceding Christmas. This year the concert 
was given on December 17. "' 

The main part of the program was a 
play by Aileen Humphrey Yinger, en- 
titled, "There is Room in the Inn." The 
play was rehearsed under the direction of 
our principal, Mr. Ronka. New costumes 
were made by Mrs. Ronka, and were fine. 

The stage setting was that of an inn 
in Bethlehem. The innkeeper did not treat 
his wife too kindly, and he was cruel to 
his servant boy. He refused hospitality to 
those who appeared to be poor. He en- 
tertained wealthy people lavishly. Among 
those who had been turned away from the 
Inn were Mary and Joseph. The three 
wise men, who stopped at the Inn, told 
the innkeeper of his selfishness. This 
made a complete change in the inkeeper's 
mode of living, and he became devoted 
to his wife and he treated people less 
fortunate than himself, with kindness. 

Those who took part in the play 
included: Warren A. Danner, Charles 
Gilbert, Jr., William J. Mara, Jr., William 
P. Dufault, James E. McCarthy, James 
J. Macdonald, Robert G. Ryerson, 
Arthur L. Thibodeau, Murdock C. 

Tne Choir was especially good and 
sang a group of Christmas hymns. Two of 
the smaller boys sang a duet. The brass 
quartet played and there was a cornet solo. 
Miss Graham, one of the teachers, re- 
hearsed several of the boys who gave 

The Chapel was nicely decorated, 
the stage setting and beautiful costumes 
helping to create the proper Christmas 

The complete program of the concert 
was as follows: 


Selection "The Beautiful Star" 


Recitation "Call to Worship" 

Curtis J. Nelson 

Hymn "O Come All Ye Faithful" 


Recitation Glendon L. Campbell 

"Let Us Go Even Unto Bethlehem" 

Cornet Solo "Cantique de Noel" 

William N. Dodge 

Scripture Reading 

Linwood L. Meacham 

Selection "Merry Christmas" 


Recitation "The Blast of Nature" 

Clifton M. Dunn 
Duet "Away in a Manger" 

Robert P. Donnelly, Alan P. Stewart 
Brass Quartet "Christmas Hymn" 

William N. Dodge Ernest Burns 

Axel R. Hallberg George F. Connors 

Robert H. Stone 
Christmas Play 

"There is Room in the Inn" 

Hymn "Silent Night" 


Benediction Rev. Lloyd E. Perrigo 

The members of the choir were: 
Donald W. Lowery, Robert H. Stone, 
Joseph F. Harrington, Gerard W. Har- 
rington, William J. Robelen, James F. St. 
Coeur, George F. Connors, Wesley C. 
Gustafson, Walter H.Johansson, Charles 
H. Grant, Edwin W. Colby, Jr., William 
B. Pratt. 

The concert was line in every way, 
and those who took part deserve much 
credit for their outstanding work. 

Richard J. Nelson 


Cbompson's Island Beacon 

Published Monthly by 


Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor 




MuRDocK C. Moore 
Richard J. Nelson 

- - Editor 
Assoc. Editor 

Vol.43 No. 9 

January 1940 

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


Henry Jackson, M. D. 
S. V. R. Crosby 
Gnrham Brooks 

N. Penrose Hallowell 
Charles E. Mason 
Robert H. Gardiner 
Philip S. Sears 
Walter B. Foster 
Karl Adaros 
Leverett Saltonstall 
Charles Wiggins, 2nd 
Edmund Q. Sylvester 
John L. Batchelder 
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William Alcott 

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Contributions may be mailed to 

Augustus P. Loring, Jr., Treasurer 

82 Devonshire Street, Boston 

A Member of the Community 

For over a century this Boys' Town 
in Boston Harbor has been providing a 
home and education for selected boys. 
These boys are selected for character and 
worthiness. They are like the boys who 
are selected at collcj^es and universities 
for free scholarships — boys who have 
earned the privilege but who, because of 
adverse family circumstances, would other- 
wise be deprived. They are the type of 
boys who are picked by churches. Rotary, 
Kiwanis, Lions, Moose and other organ- 
izations for equalizing opportunity. 

We like to admit each new young citi- 
zen at the age of ten or eleven and then 
provide him with the opportunities of life 
for five or six years so that he may, in spite 
of family adversity, have a rich, full life 
and be prepared toencounter the problems 
of adult life. 

Penn, The Florist, a kindly gentle- 
man and a lovable man, gives us the 
following poem in his Penn-Trail Maga- 
zine. It expresses our idea of the real 
desire of most every human being and our 
school now more than ever before pro- 
vides this home for every boy. 

My Desire 
By Thomas Cotton 

I do not care for mansions grand, 

Or castles by the sea. 
Give me a little plot of land, 

And a home built just for me. 

A place that I can call my own, 
Where wild flowers bloom in spring, 

Where everything is nature grown, 
And where the wild birds sing. 

I do not care for wealth or fame. 
Or crowns upon my head, 

I only want an honest name. 
To follow me, when I am dead. 


Topics in Brief 

"There Is Room in the Inn," a 
Christmas play by Aileen Yinger was given 
by a group of the boys on Sunday evening 
December 17. The Christmas spirit of 
unselfishness was portrayed, and the theme 
of the play will be long remembered. 
This was the feature of our Christmas 
Concert. Readings, vocal and instru- 
mental selections and singing by the choir 
completed the program. More than thirty 
boys took part, and the Concert was very 
much enjoyed. 

The month of December was given 
over to the jobs of the Christmas season. 
The boys take keen delight in making gifts 
for their friends, and the Sloyd room is 
indeed a busy place during the holiday 
season. The boys make those things they 
wish to, and the older pupils surprise their 
friends with such articles as sewing cabi- 
nets, chests, trays, piece bowls and other 
similar woodworking projects. The smaller 
boys produce simple things such as bread- 
boards, pen trays, coat hangers, paper 
knives and other small Sloyd articles. 
Those who receive these as presents are 
greatly pleased, for they have something 
made by the giver, and such is the training 
received that all these gifts show superior 

The happy, traditional custom of carol 
singing on Christmas Eve was continued 
this year. A group of boys and instructors 
went about the school singing the familiar 
carols. After caroling the group was in- 
vited by Headmaster and Mrs. Meacham 
to have refreshments and all had a pleasant 
visit at the Adams House. 

On Christmas morning Santa Claus 
(Frederick S. Very, '33) arrived at nine 
o'clock and shortly after was very busy 

distributing gifts. There were presents for 
all. It took more than an hour for Santa 
and his corps of assistants to deliver the 
large number of gifts. 

President Arthur Adams provided a 
program for the School on Christmas 
afternoon. Miss Pearl Young entertained 
with musical selections on the Theremin, 
an instrument which produces a lovely 
musical tone, the pitch of which is gov- 
erned by the player's hands acting upon 
a metal rod which is connected to a set 
similar to a radio receiver. Miss Young 
invited many of the boys to try to play 
the instrument and several gave good 
accounts of themselves. Selections on the 
electric guitar and piano completed her 
part of the program. Magic and jokes 
were provided by Mr. Jesse Kelly. Mr. 
Kelly had several odd stories to relate and 
he performed some tricks which still mysti- 
fy the younger boys. We appreciate deeply 
the kindness of Mr. Adams in generously 
providing this entertainment for us. It 
was thoroughly enjoyed. 

By the time this reaches our readers 
we expect to be completely moved into 
our new building. A friend, who wishes 
to remain anonymous, for the present at 
least, has made it possible for us to have 
new furniture throughout the building. 
Most of the furniture has been installed in 
the building, but there has been some de- 
lay in the matter of tables for the dining 
room. The dedication of the building 
will take place very soon, and we are 
certain that our friends will rejoice at our 
good fortune in having such a fine 
building in furthering our work with boys. 


Everyone at the School takes this 
opportunity to thank the Alumni Associ- 
ation for the pound box of chocolates he 
received on Christmas Day. This is pro- 
vided for by the Richard Bell Candy Fund, 
and is an annual holiday treat. 

On New Years Day we were privi- 
leged to hear an illustrated talk by Mr. 
Gordon K. Hurd, who took us on a trip 
from Medford to Yellowstone National 
Park and return. 

Basketball season began following the 
Christmas holidays. The younger boys 
are organized in a five team league. An- 
other group of older boys make up a four 
team league. The best players comprise 
the varsity squad. Another team, the junior 
varsity, is recruited from the younger lads. 
Each of these eleven teams plays at least 
one league game each week. 
Calendar 90 Years Ago, December 1849 

As Kept by the Superintendent 

25. This being a holiday the boys 
were supplied with a good dinner, with 
pies, cakes, etc., and a handsome Christmas 
tree was loaded with presents for each 
person on the Island. 

The produce of the past year has been 
estimated at 65 tons Hay, 9 bu. Barley, 4 
bu. Beans, 175 bu. Turnips, 175 bu. Beets, 
790 bu. Carrots, 1,000 bu. Potatoes, besides 
squashes, pumpkins, melons, green peas, 
beans and corn, cabbsges, tomatoes, as- 
paragus, etc. 

The present number of boys is 89; of 
whom 28 have both parents living; 12 
have a father; 33 have a mother; and 16 
are orphans. 

Honor Roll— Winter Term 

Junior Class: Murdock C. Moore, 
84.2; Wesley C. Gustafson 83.8. 

Sophomore Class: Charles A. Pecce, 
90.5; Winthrop Davidson 89.0. 

Freshman Class: William P. Dufault, 
89.3; William J. Klaila 89; Ralph E. Pratt, 

Eighth grade: Francis H. Daniel, 89; 
William J. Mara, 88.6. 

Seventh grade: Robert P. Donnelly, 
90.5; Malcolm C. Huston, 89.3. 

Sixth grade: Clifton M. Dunn, 87.3; 
William J. Robelen, 86.3. 

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

Junior Class: Wesley C. Gustafson, 
Harold K. Malmgren. 

Sophomore Class: Warren Danner, 
Charles A. Pecce. 

Freshman Class: William J. Klaila, 
Donald W. Lowery, William L. Schlegel. 

Eighth Grade: William J. Mara, 
Arthur L. Thibodeau. 

Seventh Grade: Robert P. Donnelly, 
Earl W. Hooper, Walter W. Smith, 
Arthur B. Stilphen. 

Sixth Grade: William J. Robelen. 

The Farm and Trades School Bank 

Statement, December 31, 1939 

Savings Bank $1277.47 





Boys' Deposits $626.47 

Trading Co. Deposits .... 617.31 
Cottage Row Deposits . . . 3.24 

Photo Company Deposits . . 43.43 

Surplus 114.36 


December Meteorology 

Maximum Temperature 57'' on the 

Minimum Temperature 6" on the 

Mean Temperature for the month 34°. 

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


An Accomplishment in Sloyd 

There are few accomplishments which 
give the satisfaction that a pupil receives 
when he completes the Sloyd course at 
F. T. S. It takes two years of daily class 
and shop work to satisfactorily do the pre- 
scribed course. Every year, at Graduation, 
special diplomas are awarded those who 
have finished the Sloyd course. 

The final model made in this course 
is the tool chest. This is the largest Sloyd 
project, measuring 30x14^/2 inches, the 
standard size for a tool chest. It is a 
handsome and very useful chest, which 
the maker prizes. 

At work in a Sloyd class 

The tool chest is worthy of a de- 
tailed description. It is made from cypress, 
a soft yet durable wood. Oak trimmings 
add to the attractiveness of the model. 
The sides and ends are dove-tail jointed. 
The cover is made of five separate pieces, 
four of which are used for the outside edge. 
The panel in the cover is raised, adding 
to the attractiveness of the finished model. 

An optional part of the chest is a till. 
Half blind dove-tail joints are used in 
making this part of the chest. Most of 
the boys like the till, as it can be utilized 
for the convenient keeping of small 

After the tool chest has been com- 
pleted many pupils like to have their 
names painted on the center of the cover 
panel. There are always boys or faculty 

members at F. T. S. who have considerable 
talent, so that this lettering is done with 
almost a professional touch. 

The tool chest is a prized model, and 
is so well made that it lasts a lifetime. 

Axel R. Hallber^ 

The Jester's Comments 

— Late every evening Harold Malmgren 
needs to have his bed warmed. Thus it 
is that several have noticed Dick Martin 
proceeding through the hall with a hot 
water botde. "Marty" may imagine he is 
practicing as a male nurse and that he is 
getting hot svater to ease strain from hard 
labor; yet the general opinion is that 
Malmgren's bed is cold, hence the hot 
water bottle. Ugly rumors! 

After the above was written it was 
learned that "Marty" decided to use the 
hot water bottle himself. Malmgren was 
out of luck! Yet, as it was proved, not so 
unlucky, for on that night, which was 
bitterly cold, the bottle broke, and the 
water froze. Unpleasant truth! 

— Visitors who wonder at the size of 
Wesley Gustafson may rest assured that 
he is no fugitive from a circus side show. 
"Gussie" stands about 62 inches, and ap- 
pears almost as broad. Yet, after re- 
moving numerous sweaters and jackets, he 
assumes quite a normal shape. "Gussie" 
makes most of the trips on the boat and 
believes in good anchorage. 

— Donald Lowery has the distinction of 
being 1940's gift to 'boner" basketball. 
Donald scored a field goal after the game 
had been underway foronly a few seconds. 
But, alas, he shot the ball into the wrong 
basket, thus scoring for the opponents. 

— Did you ever realize that yawns were 
contagious? The Juniors do. Murdock 
Moore, the "yawniest" boy ever, has his 
whole class yawning five minutes after 
school opens. Not even the teacher is 


Cbe Jllunini Jlssociation of Che farm and trades School 

Frank L. Washburn, '83, President 

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

Clifton E. Albee, '21, Vice-President 
Thompson's Island 

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

Gommitees For 1940 


Frank L. Washburn, '83. Ch. 
William Alcott, '84 
Francis A. Curtin, '35 
C. Archie Graves, '07 
Arthur H. Pickard, '34 


Robert E. Dudley, '16. Ch. 
Chester W. Buchan, '23 
Waldo L. Waters. '30 


Clarence W. Loud. '96, Ch. 
Augustus N. Doe, '75 
Charles E. Nichols. '06 

Alumni Fund 

Alfred C. Malm, '00. Ch. 
Walter B. Foster, '78 
Luke W. Halfyard. '21 
Harold W. Edwards. '10 
Alfred W. Jacobs, '10 

Bell Fund 

Will F. Davis. '79, Ch. 
Henry A. Fox. '79 
James H. Graham. '79 


Norman F. Morse. '85, Ch. 
Howard B. Ellis. '98 
Frederick W. Pearson, '78 

James Smith '66, a loyal alumnus, 
Beacon subscriber and frequent corre- 
spondent, died in Plant City, Florida, in 
July. Mr. Smith was very active in com- 
munity affairs and had been Mayorof his 
city. We were recently notified that a 
part of his real estate and personal proper- 
ty assessed at approximately $2,000.00 was 
left by legacy to The Farm and Trades 

Raymond H. MacQuesten, '25 

designed our window display for the 1940 
Community Fund. It is on display at the 
S. S. Pierce Copley Square store. It is a 
masterpiece of art. 

Howard F. Lochrie. '16. is Sales 
Managerforthe General Foods Company 
250 Park Avenue, New York City. 

John Goodhue. Jr. .'21. was a recent 

visitor. He is the owner and operator 
of the Goodhue Boat Yard in Braintree. 
He is also with other enterprises, all of 
which keeps him very busy. His mail 
address is Arborway Drive, East Braintree. 

A. Conrad Ericsson. '28, works 

for a South Boston metal corporation. 
Recently he arranged for the School brass 
quartet to be in a Christmas program at 
his Church, in Cohasset. His home is in 
that town, and mail addressed to him at 
North Main St., Cohasset. will reach him. 

Clyde W. Albee '33 is listed in 
the December issue of "The New England 
Naturalist" as Assistant in the Installation 
and Preparation Department of the Boston 
Society of Natural History. 

Frederick S. Very. '33, has re- 
turned to his former position with the 
Buck Printing Company of Boston. His 
home address is 31 Gordon Steet, Allston. 

David R. Harris '36, has returned 
to Washington, D. C, and his address 
there is 317 Crittenden Street, N. W. He 
visited us during the past summer, and 
spoke interestingly of his contacts in the 
nation's capital. 

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

The First Dinner 

Tuesday, January 23, will be remem- 
bered as a red-letter day in the history of 
our school, for at one o'clock on this day 
we served the first meal in our new 
building. We were privileged to have with 
us many members of the Board of 
Managers, and Alumni representatives. 
The transition from the old dining room 
to the new was made in the morning, with 
almost unbelievable smoothness, and the 
first dinner, with its main dish consisting 
of chicken, was very much enjoyed. 

Following dinner three members of 
the student body spoke briefly, telling in 
their words, just what the new building 
meantto them. Those who spoke included 
Murdock C. Moore, representing the post- 
graduates; Charles A. Pecce, representing 
both Cottage Row Goverment, of which 
he is Mayor, and the Class of 1940, of 
which he is president; and William J. 
Mara, Jr., who represented the younger 

President Arthur A dams, of the Board 
of Managers, told of the eld dining room 
as it was forty years ago, and the vast im- 
provements made since then. He said that 
the development ofthe school demanded 
the new building, and he congratulated 
the building committee on its splendid 

Vice-Pres. Edward Wigglesworth, the 
building committee chairman, was invited 
to speak concerning the work connected 
with the planning and actual construction 
of the building. He paid tribute to our 
Headmaster, William M. Meacham, who, 
Mr. Wigglesworth related, had accom- 
plished much of the detail work in con- 
nection with the project. 

The other members of the Board were 
introduced, as were the alumni representa- 
tives. The occasion, informal through- 
out, was concluded by the singing of "God 
Bless America". 

The Managers and guests spent a 
pleasant hour inspecting the building, and 
were exceedingly pleased with the entire 

Guests present on this occasion were: 
Arthur Adams 

Edward Wigglesworth 
Augustus P. Loring 
Philip H. Theopold 
Alfred C. Malm, '00 
Gorham Brooks 
Mr. and Mrs.Walter B. Foster, (78) 
Philip S. Sears 
John L. Batchelder 
Moses Williams, Jr. 
William Alcott, '84 

George S. Mumford, Jr. 
Merton P. Ellis, '97 
Howard B. Ellis, '98 


Our Sunday School Contest 

Each Sunday morning when we have 
Sunday School we have a contest in Bible 
knowledge. Our minister, Mr. Perrigo, 
gives two questions and those who can 
find the answers in the Bible before the 
time limit gain points for their team. The 
School is divided into two teams, called 
the Gold and the Blue. I belong to the 
Gold team and we are ahead, although 
the Blue team has a good chance to win. 

Curtis J. Nelson 

During the past few weeks there has 
been good ice and Henry Porter and I 
played a kind of hockey game every after- 
noon. He won a few times, and then I 
began to win. We enjoyed this game 
until yesterday, when Porter fell on the 
ice and hurt himself. He had to stop 
skating for a few days. 

Arthur B. Stilphen, Jr. 

Sixth Grade Plans 
While we are eating, the boys in my 
class make plans for the day. Usually 
Clifton Dunn says, "iMeet me at the gym". 
He always makes plans, but he never keeps 
them. The other boys, Curtis J. Nelson 
and Gerard Harrington, make a great 
many plans, and scheme all sorts of things. 
But when we leave the dining room they 
forgot all the schemes and do something 

William J. Robelen 

Visiting Hour 
The boys who live in the new 
building have visitors each evening. Boys 
who do not have rooms in the new 
building enjoy visiting with their friends. 
Usually we listen to the radio, talk, or 
sometimes play games. Some of us go 

visiting every time we have an oppor- 
tunity, and the dormitory is certainly a 
busy place during visiting hours. 

Robert P. Donnelly 

The Point System 

In our printing class we have been 
studying the point system. This is the 
system of measurement that all printers |A 
use for everything except paper. There ^ 
are 72 points in an inch. Type is measured 
by points, so that 24 point type is I3 of an 
inch from nick to back. Leads, furniture, 
brass rules, and other materials used in the 
printing ofhce are measured in picas. A 
pica is 12 points thick. 

Malcolm C. Huston 

Our Assembly 
Our class, the seventh grade, gave a 
play entitled, "Signing the Declaration of 
Independence", last Monday. Wellman 
Bonsey played Jefferson's part; Glendon 
Campbell, Franklin; Robert W. Duquet, 
Adams; Robert Donnelly, Sherman; and 
Henry J. Porter, Livingston. The play 
opened with a speech by Jefferson. The 
other characters then entered into a period 
of discussion and finally agreed to work 
unitedly for independence. 

Glendon L. Campbell 

Our Music Class 

Every day, at five o'clock, we have 
a music class of beginners, Mr. Albee is 
our teacher. There are four boys learning 
to play the alto horn. They are: Clifton 
Dunn, William Robelen, Curtis Nelson 
and myself. We first learned about the 
treble clef and then we beg m to practice 
tones on our instrument. We are learning 
now to play simple pieces. 

Gerard W. Harrington 


The Nut League 

This seems like a strange title, but it 

isn't. It is the name of our basketball league. 

There are five teams in the league, the 

Cocoanuts, Walnuts, Chestnuts, Peanuts 

and Beechnuts. We have good close 

games. Most of the boys in this league 

have never played before, and nearly all 

i of them are small boys. The Cocoanuts 

^ have not lost a game this season. Ralph 

E. Piatt is the captain. The Beechnuts, 

captained by Donald W. Lowery, are in 

second place. I play for the Cocoanuts. 

Walter W. Smith 

Our Game 

Last Saturday a group of beginners in 
basketball came from the Trinity Church 
and played a beginners team which we 
organized. Our team didn't have much 
practice. The visitors were much taller 
than we were. We lost, but everyone had 
a good time. One of the visitors shot a 
goal into the wrong basket and scored 
two points for us. The final score was 
Trinity 18, F.T.S. 4. Our lineup was: 
Henry Porter, if; William Robelen, rg; 
Robert Duquet, rf; Robert Donnelly, c; 
Clifton Dunn, Captain, Ig; Gerard W. 

Harrington, substitute. Robert W. Duquet 

The Game of Spy 

One of the games which has become 
popular with the boys lately is the game 
of "Spy". This can be played by either 
two or four players. A large board, made 
up of small squares, is used. Each player 
has twelve men, including two secret 
policemen and a spy. The object is to 
move your men through the route marked 
on the board; whoever gets his "spy" into 
one of the colored boxes at the end of 
the board wins. Each man has a certain 
value, and a man must be of a higher 
value in order to make a capture. Police- 
men may only capture spies. This game 

gives hours of fun. Wellman E. Bonsey 

The Dishwashing Machine 
We have a new dishwashing machine 
in the new building. Itis CHtirely diflferent 
than the one we had in the old dining 
room, and is much better. The old 
machine was operated by a motor which 
rocked a basket, containing the dishes, 
back and forth. The new machine washes 
by water being forced onto the dishes with 
great pressure. By pushing a lever the 
dishes wash, and by changing the position 
of the lever the dishes rinse. The temp- 
erature of the water is controlled by a 
steam valve. The machine is entirely 
closed in, while the old one was not. 

James Patterson 

Winter Farm Work 
The boys who work on the farm in 
the afternoon have many varied jobs to 
do. Some are helping to build a semi- 
permanent garage in back of the storage 
barn. Others bring freight from the wharf 
to the storerooms. Butchering takes time, 
and many of the boys help in this work. 
Manure is hauled from the barn and piled 
by fields where it will be used as needed. 
Some of the boys are helping repair 
machinery, while others work on the 
woodpile sawing wood into lengths for 

fireplace use. Earl W. Hooper 

Our Glass Program 
Last Monday night the sixth grade 
gave a program based on the Geography 
of the North Central States. William J. 
Robelen was the announcer. He first 
introduced Darwin Baird, who told some 
interesting things about Chicago. Gerard 
Harrington spoke about the agricultural 
products. Clifton Dunn told about mining 
in the North Central States. Curtis Nelson 
told about the manufacturing of many 
products. Darwin Baird concluded the 
program with a piano solo. 

Clifton M. Dunn 


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Published Monthly by 


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Richard J. Nelson 

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Assoc. Editor 

Vol. 43 No. 10 

February 1940 

Subscription Price 

One Dollar Per Year 


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 


Henry Jackson, M. D. 
S. V. R. Crosby 
Gdrham Brooks 

N. Penrose Hallowell 
Charic* K. Mason 
Robert H. Gardiner 
Philip S. Sears 
Walter B. Foster 
Karl Adams 
Leverett Saltonstall 
Charles Wiggins, 2nd 
Edmund Q. Sylvester 
John L. Batchelder 
Moses Williams, Jr. 
William Alcott 

William M. Meacham 

George S. Mumford, Jr. 
Frederic Winthrop 

George P. Denny, M. D. 
Clarence W. Loud 

Contributions may be mailed to 

Augustus P. Loring, Jr., Treasurer 

82 Devonshire Street, Boston 


Established 1814 Thompson's Island Boston, Mass. 
By Headmaster William M. Meacham 

This school has been operating 126 
years, 107 of these on its 157 acre farm 
property, Thompson's Island in the city 
of Boston in Dorchester Bay near South 
Boston. It has continuously provided a 
year round home to 100 well recom- ^ 
mended, worthy boys of Greater Boston, 
a wholesome farm environment, swimming 
and other summer camp facilities, trades 
and academic training, clothes, medical 
needs and other incidentals. We do not 
exclude boys from outside this area if 
there are vacancies not filled by Boston 
boys. Last year 89 of our boys came from 
Greater Boston. 

Our boys are selected with a view to 
providing for boys of good character from 
homes broken by death or other causes 
and who would not otherwise have the 
normal opportunities of life. We do not 
accept delinquent boys. Our complete 
course of study extends six years, from 
the sixth grade in school through the 
third year of high school. We prefer to 
have boys enter at the age of ten or eleven 
for the entire six years through the ado- 
lescent period because we find that real 
development can be and is made during 
that continuous period. The Island location 
is especially good because of the many 
facilities here and because it keeps the boys 
from the harmful influences of congested 
areas. Yet we are so near the mainland 
that ten minutes takes us to Boston and 
provides opportunity for rather frequent 
visits to relatives, athletic contests, band 
festivals and many other worthwhile 

The complete cost per boy for his 
living, clothes, medical, education, music, 
sports, entertainment and other incidentals 
for the entire year is reasonably low. The 


average expenditure is approximately $700 
per boy for the entire twelve months. 
This is less than half the cost of tuition and 
board at many schools for nine months. 
This comparitively low figure is made 
possible by careful, economical manage- 
ment and by the fact that every boy learns 
to do many things by working in the 
various departments. Part time every day 
w . is devoted to work under competent men 
and women in cooking, sewing, and 
household duties for the younger boys, 
and their rotating in the various depart- 
ments of woodworking, printing, en- 
gineering, power boat operation, care of 
registered herd of Guernsey cattle, poultry, 
vegetable production and fruit raising. 

Our entire program is so organized 
that each boy has four hours of study, four 
hours of practical work and four hours of 
play. The play time includes all athletics 
with school teams and intra-mural teams for 
every boy, a school band of 40 boys 
(America's first boys' band and three 
Boston Symphony Orchestra members 
started here), a Boy Scout troop. Cottage 
Row Government with its Mayor, Alder- 
men and other city officials, swimming, 
skating, snow sports, photography and 
many other hobbies and individual inter- 
ests. We are proud of this program of com- 
plete development and happy experience 
for our boys because it gives every boy a 
rich opportunity for normal development, 
a happy life and a preparation for 
adult citizenship unequalled in any other 

Parents, relatives and local organi- 
zations are encouraged to help with the 
expenses of each boy. Not more than 
half the expenses of a boy is ever paid. 
The boys are really worthy, needy boys, 
boys who given normal opportunity de- 
velop into fine, useful citizens but who 
if permitted to continue in their home 
community situations with little or no 

guidance would in many instances be 
likely to develop into undesirable citizens 
and even expensive menaces to society. 

Our current expense budget for 1939 
was $69,900. The actual expenditures 
were $68,884.40. The income was from 
the following sources: 

Permanent funds and trusts . $32,744.39 

Printing and Woodwork . . 328.03 

Board and Tuition . . . 11,317.64 

Community Federation . 11,532.00 

Donations 1,751.00 

Deficit 11,211.34 

Total $68,884.40 

Our four-story Bulfinch main building 
built in 1832-33 provides the major part of 
our housing accommodations. Additions 
and other buildings have been constructed 
from time to time. The most recent 
building, Bowditch House, was completed 
in 1939. This is a two-story fire-proof 
brick building, houses 26 boys and provides 
dining room and kitchen for the entire 
school. The Charles Hayden Foundation 
helped financially with this building but it 
was necessary to draw heavily upon our 
permanent funds. This reduces our 
annual income but it seemed the only 
thing to do in order to properly provide 
for these fine, worthy boys. We need 
funds to complete our building program 
and to make up our annual deficit. 

This school has done a grand job in 
providing for boys these 126 years. It has 
taken good boys from improper environ- 
ment, given them a chance in life and 
turned out hundreds of valuable citizens. 
More than 95 percent of our graduates are 
excellent citizens and seldom does one be- 
come a problem to society. 

We are proud of our work and the 
results attained with the resources available. 
Words cannot adequately describe the 
work. It must be seen to be appreciated. 


It is little less than amazing, this work 
which goes on quietly right at Boston's 
front door. It has been called by some 
Boston's Boys' Town and that is not far 

Topics in Brief 

On January 9 we had the pleasure of 
enjoying a fine program arranged by 
Malcom E. Cameron, '19. Mr. Cameron 
gave his annual performance of mystifying 
tricks of magic. For more than an hour 
he kept the boys interested as well as 
amused with a show that was second to 
none. The boys had anticipated his visit 
with enthusiasm and they were not disap- 
pointed, for Mr. Cameron, assisted by 
Mrs. Cameron, provided an entertainment 
that will long be remembered. 

The musical part of the program con- 
sisted of trumpet duets and trios by 
Howard B. Ellis, '99, Benjamin White 
and Elmer Webster, all members of the 
Omar Grotto Masonic Band of Boston, 
of which Mr. Ellis is conductor. Howard 

B. Ellis, Jr., assisted at the piano. Every- 
one enjoyed the trumpeters very much. 

We take this opportunity of thanking 
Mr. and Mrs. Cameron and Mr. Ellis and 
his friends for providing this splendid 

On Saturday, January 6, Mr. Walter 

C. Fannon, a South Boston scoutmaster, 
and our Band Director, Mr. Frank L. 
Warren, arranged the program for the 
Music Festival to be given by Mr. Fannon's 
scout troop. Our Band will play several 
selections which we know will be received 
very favorably by an anticipated large 
audience. This event will take place in 
the South Boston High School auditorium 
on Febuary 20, and a varied and inter- 
esting program is assured. 

On Tuesday, January 23, the day 
that we had our first dinner in the new 
building, the boys began using the old 
dining room as a place for general recre- 
ation. Of course it will be some time 
before this room is remodelled completely 
but for the present we shall use it as often 
as possible. Its use as a recreation room 
fills a need which has long been apparent, 
and the room will be a source of great • 
pleasure and satisfaction to the boys. 

The boys have enjoyed a vacation 
from classes extending from December 22 
until January 2. Many of the boys spent 
part of this time at home. All of the boys 
were here to observe Christmas Day. 
During this period basketball season got 
underway, and conditions were favorable 
for outdoor winter sports. 

On New Years Day basketball and 
hockey games took place. For the first time 
in many years an organized hockey game 
was played between the Faculty and Boys. 
The Faculty team won. Ice hockey has 
been played steadily, and this game as 
well as other ice games, has been popular 
this winter. There are several skating 
areas, and this sport is participated in by 
nearly all of the boys. 

The annual Sears Basketball series got 
underway during the month. A schedule 
of 38 games will be played. Four teams 
in the Sears league are competing for the 
silver shield awarded each year by Manag- 
er Philip S. Sears. Mr. Sears also provides 
individual trophies for the best player in 
the five positions. The smaller boys are 
grouped in another league of five teams 
and have an interesting program of games. 
The varsity is playing weekly and giving 
a good account of itself in competition 
with Y. M. C. A. and church teams. 


Ten of our boy took part in the pag- 
eant and parade held by the Community 
Federation at the Mechanics Building on 
January 22. This was an impressive cere- 
mony, held to launch the 1940 campaign 
for funds. We are a participating agency 
in the Community Federation 

Our boat trips have been run regularly 
every day, though without some difficulty 
due to ice conditions. We have not been 
icebound, mainly because of government 
and city boats keeping the ice broken so 
that it could float out to sea. From the 
southern end of the island to Squantum, 
where there is no boat travel, the ice has 
formed so that it has been possible to cross 
to Squantum during the latter part of the 

The farm crew has been busy this 
month making repairs on farm equipment. 
The sprayer has been overhauled, and is 
now in first class condition. Work has 
also been accomplished on the tractor and 

There were three assemblies held 
during the month. On January 8 the 
eighth graders gave a variety program of 
readings and musical selections. A week 
later, on January 15, the seventh graders 
presented a play based upon the signing 
of the Declaration of Independence. The 
sixth grade gave a geographical sketch 
based on the North Central States. At 
each Assembly, which are usually held 
weekly, the Band gives a short concert. 
Headmaster Meacham speaks briefly, and 
makes various announcements. The as- 
sembly period is opened and terminated 
by singing. 

A number of the boys have formed a 
Bible study group and meet weekly with 
our minister. Rev. Lloyd Perrigo. These 
weekly discussion periods have proved 
very helpful to the boys. 

Moving pictures are always popular 
with the boys, and we are having a regular 
weekly program. The films are varied 
and are supplied by the Y. M. C.A. motion 
picture bureau. 

During the month the School basket- 
ball team played four teams, and won 
decisively over each. On January 6 the 
Quincy Baptist quintet was defeated 45-42; 
on the thirteenth the Trinity Church lost 
toF.T.S. 10-13; on January 20 the Ruggles 
Baptist group lost 50-44, and on January 
27 the Y. M. C. A. team lost 13-32. The 
Junior varsity and the varsity second team 
have both played contests with Church and 
Y.M.C.A. teams. 

Calendar 90 Years Ago, January, 1850 

As Kept by the Superintendent 

1. Total boys, 89. Two of these are 
between six and eight years old; nine, 
between eight and ten; forty, between ten 
and twelve; thirty, between twelve and 
fourteen; six, between fourteen and fifteen; 
and two fifteen years of age. 

12. A warm rain which carried off 
the snow. 

13. The Superintendent read a dis- 
course from Abbott's School-boy— subject 
"Other Worlds". The girls returned to 
their school. 

24. M. Grant, J. I. Bowditch and 
S. E. Brackett, Esqrs., of the Board of 
Managers made a visit to this institution. 
The teacher, Mr. Marden, left the Island 
for a week's vacation. 

January Meteorology 

Maximum Temperature 52" on the 

Minimum Temperature 8'' on the 

Mean Temperature for the month 28°. 

Fifteen clear days, five partly cloudy, 
and eleven cloudy. 


Che >iiunini >issociation of Cbe Tarm and trades School 

Frank L. Washburn, '83, Presidei 

Roxbury, Mass. 
Harold W. Edwards, '10, Treasu 
Arlington, Mass. 

Clifton E. Albee 

'21, Vice-President 

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

Clarence W. Loud, '96 Elected 

On the oc- 
casion o f the 
annual meeting 
of the corpora- 
t i o n of The 
Farm and 
Trades School 
on January 30, 
Clarence W. 
Loud, '96, was 
elected to the 
Board of Man- 
agers. The Al- 
lunmi Associa- 


Clarence W. Loud 
tion was requested last year to nominate 
annually one of its members, who would 
be an alumni representative on the Board 
of Managers. The nomination was 
reached by secret ballot, all the graduates 
having an opportunity to vote. 

Mr. Loud was born in Fort Scott, 
Kansas, March 14, 1879. He came to 
Boston in 1887, and entered the School 
during that year. He graduated in 1896, 
and soon after entered the employ of 
Alfred Bowditch, a managingtrustee, who, 
at that time, was Treasurer of the School. 
For 42 years he remained at work in this 
office, serving under Alfred Bowditch, and 
later his nephew, IngersoU Bowdiich until 
the death of both employers. 

He then engaged in real estate man- 
agement f)n his own account, having an 
office at 104 Hanover Street, Boston. 

Mr. Loud has been both President and 
Treasurer of the Alumni Association. He 
has served on many committees, and has 
been a valuable member of the Association 

in many respects. Other organizations of 
which he is a member include the Boston 
Real Estate Exchange and the Building 
Owners' and Managers' Association, 

He is married and has three children, 
Mrs. Francis D. Fane, Miss Edith Loud 
and Clarence W. Loud, Jr. He is a mem- 
ber of the Central Congregational Church, 
Newtonville, and lives at 23 Eddy Street, 
West Newton. 

Russell Adams, '19, visited us 
duringthe month. Mr. Adams is employed 
by the Eastern Massachusetts Railway Co. 
He was impressed by the strides forward 
which the School has made. 

Thomas C. Kenvin, '38, has earned 
distinct success as the drum major of the 
Maiden High School Band. His show- 
manship has been particularly evident at 
the athletic meets staged by the school 
teams during the fall and winter. He also 
acts as drum major for other bands. 

John R. MacDonald, '35, is living 
at Weston, Mass., and is employed in the 
Wellesley Dairy. He spends much time 
on his drawing, at which art he is espec- 
ially adept. 

Howard M. Colpitts, '39, is at- 
tending Wakefield High School. He was 
a recent visitor and told of his activities in 
school. He is working part-time in a store 
in his town. He has continued his mem- 
bership in the Boy Scouts, and has trans- 
ferred to the troop in his town. 

Weston O. Page. '38, has been a 

visitor here several times this fall. He 
speaks interestingly of his school work 
at Lexington High School, where he is a 
Senior. He takes an active interest in all 
phases of school life. 

Vol. 43 No. 11 Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. March 1940 

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

A Printing 

Five Hundred Years of Printing 

This year marks the 500th anniversary 
of the birth of printing. This great in- 
vention, as we know it today, is generally 
credited to John Gutenburg, a German, 
in 1440, although there were methods of 
printing by impression as early as 4000 B.C. 

Our School was the first in America 
to include printing in its course of study. 
It was in 1881 that this subject was added 
to the curriculum, and this pioneer course 
is nearing its sixtieth birthday. The study 
of printing has grown by leaps and bounds 
and most school systems in our larger 
towns and cities include this course. 

Innumerable articles will be published 

OflBce Scene 

during the year in honor of the 500th 
anniversary of this most cosmopolitan and 
international invention. Although the 
Germans perfected the invention every 
nation had a part in its development. 
The observance this year is world-wide. 
John Gutenburg is most famous for 
his 42 line Bible, a work which is greatly 
prized. A copy today would cost the 
purchaser about a third of a million 
dollars. Gutenburg's printing shop must 
have been a type foundry, ink manu- 
factory, machine shop, and printing 
office combined, for all authorities agree 
that he made, or supervised the making 
of, all equipment he used. 


Living in Bowditch House 

When I was told that I was to be one 
of the fortunate boys to live in Bowditch 
House, I was very much pleased. I cannot 
describe the great change in living there 
and in the Main Building. 

The dormitory rooms in Bowditch ac- 
commodate six boys, excepting two which 
have room for four. All the furniture is 
new. The beds are especially good. The 
dressers are of a unique pattern, as one of 
the drawers opens into a desk. Chairs and 
rugs complete the furnishings, excepting 
for personal things, such as radios. The 
furniture is made from maple, and is very 
attractive. The bedspreads and curtains 
have a nautical design very pleasing to the 

There are two instructors who have 
rooms in the building. They settle all 
problems and are in charge of the boys 
who live there. 

The boys in each room are responsible 
for the cleanliness of the room. We take 
turns each day sweeping and cleaning. 
Each boy makes his own bed. 

The essential diflference in living in 
Bowditch and in living in the Main 
Building is that each Bowditch pupil lives 
individually and depends on no one but 
himself for his everyday needs, while in 
the Main Building the boys are given 
more supervision and have litde of the 
freedom which the Bowditch boys enjoy. 

Naturally everyone in Bowditch 
House is pleased with the many advantages 
it offers. 

Axel R. Hallberg 

A Seventh Grader's Day 

Reveille awakens me every week day 
at 6:15. I get ready for breakfast, and 
have a half hour or so to spend in the recre- 
ation room. When it is almost 7 o'clock, 
I go to the Bowditch House for breakfast. 

After breakfast, at 7:35, I go to school. I 
finish at n:30. Dinner is at 12:00, and after 
dinner 1 help in the dining room for an 
hour. From 1:30 until 5:00 is free time, 
and I can do whatever I wish. At 5:00 I 
return to the dining room and help set the 
tables for supper. Supper is at 6:00 and 
after supper it is my duty is to clear some 
of the tables. At 7:30 I can go to bed, or 
if I wish, I can play basketball or play 
games in the recreation room until 9:00. 
At 9:00 everyone must be in bed. 

Henry J. Porter 

Horse Barn Experience 

For several weeks one of my part time 
jobs each day was working in the horse 
barn. Two other boys also worked with 
me. We had three horses and a pony 
to feed and water. Each day we gave the 
horses a good cleaning with a curry comb, 
and then brushed the horses until their 
coats shone. We cleaned each stall every 

Glendon L. Campbell 

A Birthday Party 

On March 1 we had a birthday party 
in honor of Mr. Meacham's birthday. It 
was begun in the Gymnasium, where we 
had a picnic supper of sandwiches, fruit 
punch, ice cream and cake. The next part 
of the program was held in the Assembly 
Hall. Moving pictures were shown, 
followed by a number of stunts and 
sketches. I thought the best part of the 
show was the German Band, although all 
the acts were good. Mr. Meacham re- 
ceived some books as a gift from the In- 
structors and Henry Porter, one of the 
small boys, was chosen to be messenger 
and deliver the books to Mr. Meacham. 

The party was very good, and we en- 
joyed it very much. 

James Patterson 


The Snow Fight 

On February 22, for the first time in 
three years, there was enough snow for 
an old-fashioned snowball battle. This 
battle is to commemorate the birthday of 
George Washington. Heavy snowfalls 
left great quantities of material from which 
were built two magnificent forts. General 
"Bob" MacWha's army constructed a huge 
rectangular fort on the north lawn. General 
Warren Banner's army built a circular one 
near the flagpole. Both were within snow- 
ball range of each other. 

Gen. MacWha's fort was considered 
by many as the best because it was well- 
packed and larger. General Banner's 
fort was higher and smaller and it was 
believed that it would fall under the first 
hard attack. 

The day of the batde dawned, and 
each side spent the forenoon putting the 
finishing touches on the forts. Last minute 
instructions were given the staffs by the 
commander of each army. The rules of 
the fight were talked over and preparations 
completed before the zero hour. 

The armies met with the officials 
shortly before two o'clock. At this hour 
the signal "Charge" was given. General 
MacWha, whose army was to make the 
first charge, rushed towards the area of 
the opponents. The defenders fought 
valiantly, and their fort resisted all attacks, 
although it seemed the enemy would break 
through the snow barricade. The period 
ended with both sides inactive excepting 
for a few skirmishes here and there. 

The small sacks, which represented 
points to be captured, were then placed in 
General MacWha's fort. General Banner 
and his army prepared for their charge 
while the opponents got in position to 
defend their fort. Many thrills made this 
period the most exciting of the battle. The 
attackers knew that a successful charge 

would mean much towards a final victory, 
while the defenders were determined to 
repulse the attackers. The older boys at- 
tacked the fort under cover of an incessant 
barrage of snow balls fired by the younger 
boys. Thrill followed thrill, and just as 
it seemed that the attackers might break 
through the fortress, valiant fighting kept 
the defenders in possession of their fort. 
The period ended with neither side gain- 
ing an advantage. 

The third and final phase of the con- 
flict followed. Both armies were de- 
termined to make the most of the "free- 
for-all". The small sacks, representing 
points, were placed on "No man's land" 
and both armies charged for them. Skir- 
mish followed skirmish, and as the sacks 
were captured they were taken to the forts. 
Finally all the sacks were in the possession 
of one side or the other and General 
MacWha found he needed a very few 
points for a victory. General Banner, 
realizing that victory was his if his side 
could protect the sacks, called his men to 
defend the hard-earned points. Although 
the opposition fought valiantly the winning 
points were too well protected and as the 
signal to cease war was given General 
Banner and his men gave a cheer which 
rocked the battlefield. 

A victory party followed the fight. 
General Banner and his men went to the 
gymnasium where the trophies of war were 
served. Cocoa, candy, fruit, and dough- 
nuts were relished. "To the victors belong 
the spoils" was true, but the losers were 
also invited to the Gym and joined in the 
fun and the "eats". 

Those who have seen the annual snow 
battle here over a period of the past sever- 
al years agreed unanimously that the 1940 
fight was the best they had seen. Certain- 
ly those who participated knew they had 

been in a battle. Murdock C. Moore 


Cbompson's Island Beacon 

Published Monthly by 


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MuRDocK C. Moore 
Richard J. Nelson 

- - Editor 
Assoc. Editor 

Vol.43 No. n 

March 1940 

Subscription Price 

One Dollar Per Year 


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 


Henry Jackson, M. D. 
S. V. R. Crosby 
Gorham Brooks 

N. Penrose Hallowell 
Charlc<i E. Mason 
Robert H. Gardiner 
Philip S. Sears 
Walter B. Foster 
Karl Adams 
Leverett Saitonstall 
Charles Wiggins, 2nd 
Edmund Q. Sylvester 
John L. Batchelder 
Moses Williams, Jr. 
William Alcott 

William M. Meacham 

George S. Mumford, Jr. 
Frederic Winthrop 

George P. Denny, M. D. 
Clarence W. Loud 

Contributions may be mailed to 

Augustus P. Loring, Jr., Treasurer 

82 Devonshire Street, Boston 

Let's Give the Boy the Help 
He Needs. 

(Contents of a letter recently written 
by the Headmaster.) 

I appreciate your thoughtfulness in 
sending me the Herald clipping of 
Wednesday, March 6, 1940 of Angelo 
Patri's article "Boys Need Constant Help 
— Boarding School if Parents Cannot." 
This is exactly the service The Farm and 
Trades School has rendered these 126 

Patri says, "When the child who is 
left alone all day begins to go wrong, it is 
time to place him where he can be at- 
tended to and helped to go right. The 
boarding school ofifers the best solution 
for his difficulty." He goes on to advise 
the working mother to find an inexpensive 
boarding school, and if she cannot find 
one, "then a boarding home can be 
certainly found." There are some who 
would take issue with Mr. Patri but I am 
confident that this child expert is right on 
this point. (1 would suggest getting him 
before he begins to go wrong.) 

You will be interested to know that 1 
received in the same mail a letter from a 
former Melrose boy, Weston Page. He 
completed the post graduate year at our 
School last June and is now a senior at 
Lexington High School. The letter 
indicates that he is not finding it too diffi- 
cult to adjust himself in new surroundings 
after seven years with us. Lexington is 
entirely new to him. He says in his 

"I find that what you told me in differ- 
ent Sunday School lessons is very true, that 
life is a hard road and many hardships are 


found on it, and also many opportunities. 
I am going to Church three times each 
Sunday and try not to miss a time. I 
would like to know if it would be possible 
for me to bring down my Young People's 
group some Sunday afternoon to give a 

"I received four B's and one A in my 
last report card thus placing me on the 
honor roll for the term. Out of 185 Seniors 
about 30 are on. 

"A great accomplishment to my satis- 
faction, however, was being voted to a 
member of the Student Council, a body 
that runs most of the affairs of the school. 
There are 15 Seniors and 5 Juniors on the 
Council, and I think I was very lucky to 
get on. They usually pick someone who 
has been at Lexington High two or three 

Topics in Brief 

A group of the boys are studying the 
prescribed Red Cross course in First Aid. 
This is a valuable course, and our teacher, 
Raymond Thomas, always has more appli- 
cants for the course than he can properly 
teach. The younger lads must wait their 
turn. Most of the boys who graduate are 
proud possessors of the certificate issued 
by the American Red Cross to those who 
complete the course. 

The annual snow battle, for nearly 
four decades a famed part of our 
Washington's Birthday celebration, took 
place this year under ideal conditions. 
Two old-fashioned blizzards provided 
plenty of snow and the boys made snow 
forts which withstood all attacks. A free- 
for-all rush gave General Warren A. 
Banner's army, a victory by seven points 
over General Robert W. MacWha and 
his army. A visitor on the day, and one 
who watched the battle with much interest 

was Alfred C. Malm, '00, assistant treasur- 
er of the school, and a member of the 
Board of Managers. 

Our Scout troop invited the School to 
a program of entertainment during Boy 
Scout Anniversary Week. During this 
program the Chairman of our troop com- 
mittee, Carleton W. Stiles, presented 
Star Scout Certificates to four of our 
scouts. George F. Connors, William N. 
Dodge, Murdock C. Moore and Albert 
E. Wilder were so honored. These boys 
have earned the highest rank yet achieved 
in our troop. Our Boy Scout Troop is 
young, and we hope that greater honors 
may be earned as the years go by. 

The Annual Alumni Dinner was held 
on Feb. 28, at the Hotel Lenox, with an 
attendance of 42. Frank L. Washburn, 
'83, newly-elected president, was intro- 
duced. A full account of the gathering 
may be found on the Alumni Page. 

The National Youth Association is 
sponsoring an American youth Symphony 
Orchestra to be trained by Leopold 
Stokowski. Candidates are being selected 
country-wide. One of our young cornet- 
ists, William N. Dodge, wasinvited to an 
audition before Arthur Fiedler, director 
of the Boston Pops Orchestra. Although 
our young musician was of the youngest 
age permitted an audition, Mr. Fiedler 
congratulated him on his high musical 

A group of our boys had the privilege 
of broadcasting from Station WCOP on 
February 24. This was the program of the 
International Friendship League, of which 
league several of our boys are members. 
The boys spoke of letters they had re- 
ceived from young people of high school 
age in foreign lands. The program, of 


one half hour in duration, was given over 
to the boys and a round table discussion 
was held. Murdock C. Moore was 
chairman. Musical numbers were given 
by William N. Dodge and Robert G. 
Ryerson. Mrs. Marjorie Ronka, a member 
of our staff, arranged for the program and 
worked with the boys in preparing a fine 
broadcast which resulted in high praise 
for all concerned. Others who took part in- 
cluded Frank Anderson, Arthur W. Chase, 
William Dodge, Linwood L. Meacham, 
Robert G. Ryerson, David A. Wilson, 
William Schlegel, and Albert E. Wilder. 

Nearly all the members of our Boy 
Scout Troop attended a special service in 
the Old South Church on February 11, 
Scout Sunday. Music for accompaniment 
to the singing and special numbers was 
furnished by our troop brass quartet. The 
twelfth scout law, "A Scout is Reverent", 
was emphasized. The service was fine in 
every way. In the evening, in our Chapel, 
our scout troop assisted with our Sunday 
evening service. 

The Sears League basketball schedule 
has been completed, and on the final day 
of play the Antelopes, led by Richard 
John Nelson, won the coveted Sears 
Shield. The season has been one of great 
interest. The smaller boys, grouped in 
the Nut League, still have some games 
remaining on their schedule, while the 
Varsity will finish their games with the 
return contest with Gordon College. 

A group from the Trinity Church, 
Copley Square, Boston, was here on 
February 3, to play our boys in basketball. 
Boys from three age groups were organ- 
ized into as many teams. Our senior 
varsity won, also our junior varsity. The 
cub team from Trinity won over our 

smallest boys. The school team played 
three other games during the month losing 
to the Ruggles Street Baptist Church team 
and to the Braintree five; but winning over 
the Village team from the Boston Y. M- 
C. A. 

There were three assemblies held 
during the month. On Feb. 5 the Juniors 
gave a pantomime based on Whittier's 
"Snowbound". A week later the Sopho- 
mores gave a fine play on Lincoln, while 
on Feb. 26 the Freshmen presented a 
splendid program of familiar words and 
their derivations. 

A considerable part of the main 
building has been re-wired during the past 
year, and this very important work is 
being continued at this time. 

Our Band was to have taken part at 
a music festival at the South Boston High 
School auditorium, but the program was 
deferred because of the weather. The South 
Boston Boy Scouts, who are staging the 
festival, have set March 20 as the new 
date, and our Band will be present to 
assist in what is always a fine evening of 

The Farm and Trades School Bank 

Statement, February 29, 1940 

Savings Bank $1277.47 

Cash 83.40 



Boys' Deposits $598.34 

Trading Co. Deposits .... 649.38 
Cottage Row Deposits . . . 3.31 

Photo Company Deposits . . 42.39 

Surplus 67.45 



Che ijluinni JJssociation of Cbe farm and trades School 

Clifton E. Albee, '21, Vi 
Thompson's Island 

Frank L. Washburn, '83, President 

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

Annual Alumni Dinner 

The Annual Alumni Dinner took 
place on February 28, at the Hotel Lenox, 
Copley Square in Boston. There were 
42 members present, includingthree under- 

The Association was fortunate in 
having a fine room off the main lobby of 
the hotel. For the first hour of the pro- 
gram the graduates enjoyed an informal 
get-together in the hotel lobby. Experi- 
ences of the past were retold with great 
zest, and surely the older "boys", who 
have been graduated for a half century or 
so, retain deep, happy memories of their 
boyhood days on Thompson's Island. 

After a fine steak dinner Robert H. 
Dudley, '16, Chairman of the Entertain- 
ment Committee introduced William 
Alcott, '84, a member of the Board of 
Managers. Mr. Alcott, representing the 
Board, paid special tribute to the Bowditch 
family for over a century of service to the 
School. Mr. Alcott emphasized the fact 
that no school could have a finer group 
of distinguished gentlemen serve as its 

Frank L. Washburn, '83, who is the 
President of the Association, spoke and 
had interesting thoughts for the members. 

Clarence W. Loud, '96, Alumni nom- 
inee to the Board of Managers this year, 
and who was duly elected to the Board last 
January, was next introduced. He ex- 
pressed his deep appreciation to the associ- 
ation members for selecting him for this 
high honor. 

Lieutenant E. W. D. LeBlanc, '97, of 
the Boston Police Department was asked 
to address the group. Lieut. LeBlanc 
spoke on the value of the training given 

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

boys at The Farm and Trades School 
for these past 126 years. He pointed out 
that Farm School boys perhaps forget the 
privileges they have enjoyed in their boy- 
hood, and that continual appreciation is 
due the Board of Managers. 

Raymond Thomas, '26, gave a half 
hour program of motion pictures taken at 
the School during the past year. These 
fine films held complete attention. There 
were scenes of the boys at work and play; 
of the buildings, farm and general activi- 
ties. The construction of Bowditch House 
was shown from the turning of the first 
sod until the completion of the building. 

Music was furnished by a brass quartet 
from the School composed of William N. 
Dodge, '40, Robert G. Ryerson, '40, 
James J. Macdonald, '41 and George F. 
Connors, '39. Several selections were 
played and many comments were received 
praising the boys on their fine appearance 
and good musicianship. 

Our Bandmaster, Frank L, Warren, 
who was a guest of the Association, was 
next called upon, Mr. Warren told of his 
early contacts with Thompson's Island, 
and then spoke of the band at the present 
time. The interest of the graduates in the 
welfare and progress of our school band is 
intense and Mr. Warren's remarks were 
followed with much interest. 

Headmaster William M. Meacham 
was the next speaker. He confined his 
remarks to the school at the present, and 
spoke of contacts which may ultimately 
result in great benefits to the school, in 
the not too distant future. Mr. Meacham 
stated that progress, development and 
growth were essential and that our School 
was endeavoring to improve always in its 



efforts to serve worthy, needy boys — the 
identical type of lads for whom the School 
was founded in 1814. Mr. Meacham had 
many interesting comments and sidelights 
which he related much to the satisfaction 
of the gathering. 

It was deeply regretted that President 
Arthur Adams, of the Board of Managers, 
was unable to be present. Pres. Adams 
sent a telegram of regret from Washington. 

The attendance of 42 was smaller than 
we like to have it. During this winter the 
weather has been unfavorable for such 
gatherings, and those who live out-of-town 
find it extremely inconvenient to travel, 
especially in the evening. Conditions 
being as they were, the committee felt, 
that the attendance was good. 

Robert E. Dudley, '16, Chester W. 
Buchan, '21 and Waldo L. Waters, '30 
comprised the committee which planned 
the dinner, and to these gentlemen goes 
the credit for a pleasant, happy evening 
for the Alumni. 

View from the Schoolroom Window 

Looking out towards the North from 
our schoolroom window one can see many 
things. The most prominent are the snow 
forts, both quite large even though they 
were built three weeks ago. Then there is 
the flagpole, which was broken at the first 
joint by the blizzard on February 19. 
Cottage Row is easily seen. The flower 
gardens, hedge and playground are quite 
near. The view is completed by Boston 
Harbor's main ship channel in the 

Arthur B. Stilphen, Jr. 

Moving Pictures 
During the past few months we have 
had a showing of moving pictures every 
week. Many of these come from the 
Motion Picture Bureau of the Y. M. C. A. 
The films from this bureau are very good. 

and are chosen from lists of films for high 
school students. Scientific, industrial, and 
films of general instructive nature are 

We have pictures of purely recreation- 
al interest, most of which come from film 
libraries in Boston. 

We have had some motion pictures 
showing national parks of the country. 
These are issued by the Department of the 
Interior in Washington. Other government 
pictures show life in the Army, Navy and 
C. C. C. camps. 

Stanley C. Morton 

Calendar 90 Years Ago, February, 1850 

As Kept by the Superintendent 

10. Religious exercises conducted by 
the Superintendent. 

Mr. Dickinson went to the city and 
returned on Monday, 11th, bringing with 
him James Love, who is admitted into the 
School. The present number of boys is 

15. William H. Furman, a colored 
boy, from New Bedford was received into 
the school, making the number one 

24. Received a visit from Alderman 
Grant who addressed the boys. 

Our Bulletin Board 

In the seventh grade schoolroom there 
is a bulletin board, and our teacher. Miss 
Graham, sees that many interesting 
things are posted there. There are pictures 
and articles on the war being fought in 
Finland, and another set about the war in 
China. There is a newspaper clipping 
about the rich natural background of the 
state of New Mexico. Two maps of the 
United States, one by Arthur B. Stilphen 
and the other by Earl Hooper are also 

Malcolm C. Huston 

Vol. 43 No. 12 Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. April 1940 

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

Our boat, Pilgrim III, a familiar sight in Dorchester Bay, as it 
makes several daily trips from the School to the mainland. 

Band Notes 

Our boys are eagerly anticipating the 
school music festivals to be held during 
May in Lawrence and Wellesley. During 
these festivals thousands of pupils from the 
public and private schools of New England 
meet, and it is an inspiration to all to take 
part in these great festivals. Our readers 
know that communities finance their 
school music groups. Our boys are de- 
pendent entirely upon contributions from 
friends, such as our Beacon readers, trusting 
to their generosity. 

On April 26, at eight o'clock, the boys 
will give a full evening concert at Faneuil 
Hall in Boston. This will be the fourth 
annual concert that the boys have given in 

this historic hall. A capacity audience 
will greatly please the boys. No contri- 
butions will be accepted at the door. 

We hope that our many friends will 
give our boys their whole-hearted support. 

Our readers are cordially urged to 
attend both the Massachusetts and New 
England Music Festivals. On May 11, at 
Wellesley, the school orchestras, bands 
and choral groups of this state will have a 
festival, and two weeks later the out- 
standing groups of New England will hold 
a festival at Lawrence. This New England 
festival will be of two days duration, al- 
though the final day, Saturday, will be 
the most interesting, for on that day there 
will be held the outstanding events. 


A Rotary Club Luncheon 

On April 3 the members of the Band 
attended a luncheon of the Boston Rotary 
Club, and took part in the program. The 
invitation extended the Band by the club 
was secured through the efforts of our 
Headmaster, William M.Meacham, who 
is a Rotarian. 

We left the island at eleven o'clock and 
went to the Hotel Statler by bus. Upon 
arrival there we went to the main ball 
room of the hotel and formed on the stage. 
We made everything ready so that we 
could play a concert for the Rotarians. 

Mr. Meacham then asked the boys to 
choose a table at which to sit during the 
luncheon. There were thirty or more 
tables, each table seating eight. Two boys 
sat at some tables, and one at the others. 
This was done so that the Rotarians could 
ask questions about the School. Each of 
those present received a pamphlet de- 
scribing the School, and as these were 
read many comments were made and the 
boys were asked to explain some points 
more thoroughly. 

Those who had birthdays during the 
month were seated in the center of the 
room at a special birthday table. Three 
of our boys, David Haeger, Winthrop 
Davidson and Robert Pecce sat at this 
larger table. 

After the dessert was served, the Club 
president, Dr. Daniel L. Marsh, gave a 
fine talk on birthday remembrances. He 
then introduced the guests at the head 
table. Among these guests were: Charles 
A. Pecce, Mayor of Cottage Row, who 
typified the average F. T. S. boy; Mr. 
Frank L. Warren, director of the Band 
and Mr. Clifton E. Albee, the assistant 

Mr. Meacham also sat at the head 
table and was introduced as a member of 
the team which had charge of the program 
for that meeting. 

The secretary of the club, Paul W. 
Kieser, then gave his report. The visiting 
Rotarians were introduced, and a book 
written by the club president was given to 
Reuben A. Mark, member of the Brook- 
ings, South Dakota, Rotary Club. It is 
the custom of the Boston Club to give a 
book each week to the visitor whose home 
club is located furthest from Boston. 

The Northland College choir was 
introduced and sang several selections. 
This music was very fine, and enthusiasti- 
cally received. 

As the choir left the stage Mr. 
Meacham took his place at the speaker's 
platform and asked the members of the 
band to go to the stage. He then talked 
briefly about the School, stating some of 
the more important facts about F. T. S. 

Our band director, Mr. Frank L. 
Warren, then led the boys in the ever- 
popular "National Emblem" March. This 
was followed by a selection of favorite 
melodies from the Gilbert and Sullivan 
operas. A trumpet duet, "Ida and Dottie" 
was played by William Dodge and Robert 
Ryerson. The fourth and concluding 
number was the "Barrel Polka", presented 
with novelty effects. 

The boys were very happy over the 
response of the club members who hearti- 
ly applauded each selection played. 

President Marsh thanked the com- 
mittee for the fine program and made one 
or two other very brief announcements. 
The meeting was closed by the club 
singing "The Star Spangled Banner", to 
the accompaniment of the Band. 

The members of the Band enjoyed 
the luncheon immensely. We were very 
well treated and in our opinion Rotary is 
a club in which friendship and good 
fellowship are outstanding. Their jovi- 
ality and friendliness made us feel at 
complete ease. We had a happy time. 

Murdock C. Moore 


The Easter Concert 

The Easter concert this year look 
place on March 24. The outstanding part 
of the proaram was the Bible play "Even 
Unto Death", which was superbly pres- 
k^ ented by a cast of nine. Musical se- 
;# lections were given by the Choir, together 
with instrumental and vocal pieces by indi- 
viduals. There were recitations by the 
younger boys. 

The play, "Even Unto Death", by 
Marjorie G. Stephens, had the following 
cast: Timna, a little maid of Caiaphas, 
William Mara, Jr.; Akan, a servant of 
Caiaphas, Linwood Meacham; Justus, a 
Roman soldier, James J. Macdonald; a 
Priest, Winthrop Davidson; Peter, a dis- 
ciple of Jesus, Frank L. Anderson; a 
Scribe, Murdock C. Moore; Zibeon, a 
lame beggar, Russell L. Letson; another 
Roman soldier, Arthur L. Thibodeau; 
and the ministering angel, William H. 
Britton. It was staged and directed by Mr. 

The setting of the play is in Caiaphas' 
reception room. The time for the trial of 
Jesus draws near, and His followers are 
denying that they know Him. They have 
been bribed and blackmailed so that they 
testify against Jesus, but Timna and Justus 
remain loyal followers. 

The play told a beautiful story simply 
and was very impressive. Those who took 
part deserve much credit for their fine 

The entire program was as follows: 


Selection Face to Face 


Invocation Rev. Lloyd Perrigo 

Hymn Crown Him With Many Crowns 

Recitation He is Risen 

Robert P. Donnelly 

Baritone Solo Come Unto Me 

George F. Connors 

Scripture Reading 

Robert H. Stone 


Beneath the Cross of Jesus 

Vocal Duet The Man of Gallilee 

Joseph F. Harrington, Charles Gilbert 

Recitation Miserere, Alleluia 

Glendon L. Campbell 

Brass Quartet Calvary 

William N. Dodge Robert G. Ryerson 
Axel R. Hallberg George F. Connors 

Recitation Easter Sacraments 

Alan P. Stewart 

An Easter Drama Even Unto Death 


Mr. W. M. Meacham 


Christ Arose 



Rev. Lloyd Perrigo 
The members of the choir were: 
Donald W. Lowery, Robert H. Stone, 
Joseph F. Harrington, Gerard W. Har- 
rington, Charles Gilbert, Jr., William J. 
Robelen, George F. Connors, Wesley C. 
Gustafson, Walter H. Johansson, Charles 
H. Grant, Edwin W. Colby, Jr., William 
B. Pratt. 

Richard J. Nelson 

New Building Work 
Every day I have duties to do in 
Bowditch House. I sweep the halls, empty 
the waste basket and do other cleaning. 
My job is also to keep the stock room 
neat and clean. Later in the afternoon I 
pour the milk into 10 quart cans from the 
large 40 quart cans which come to the 
refrigerator room from the dairy. 

Earl W. Hooper 


^bomp$on'$ Island Beacon 

Published Monthly by 


Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor 




MuRDocK C. Moore 
Richard J. Nelson 

• - - Editor 

• Assoc. Editor 

Vol.44 No. 12 

April, 1940 

Subscription Price 

One Dollar Per Year 


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 


Henry Jackson, M. D. 
S. V. R. Crosby 
Gorham Brooks 

N. Penrose Hallowell 
Charleo E. Mason 
Robert H. Gardiner 
Philip S. Sears 
Walter B. Foster 
Karl Adaros 
Leverett Saltonstall 
Charles Wiggins, 2nd 
Edmund Q. Sylvester 
John L. Batchelder 
Moses Williams, Jr. 
William Alcott 

William M. Meacham 

George S. Mumford, Jr. 
Frederic Winthrop 

George P. Denny, M. D. 
Clarence W. Loud 

Contributions may be mailed to 

Augustus P. Loring, Jr., Treasurer 

82 Devonshire Street, Boston 

The end of our school year is ap- 
proached at this season and marked by 
intensified preparation for the music 
festivals. It is difficult to say which feature 
of our program is most important but The 
Farm and Trades School without an ex- i 
cellent band would be about as different 
as springtime without robins. 

Since America's first boys' band was 
started here in 1857 almost every boy at 
the School has learned to play a musical 
instrument. The total number has been 
comparatively small" because in these 83 
years the enrollment of the School has 
been limited to about 100 but in the aggre- 
gate many have learned to appreciate 
good music. Several excellent musicians, 
including band leaders and three Boston 
Symphony Orchestra members started 
their musical careers here. 

Human life and music are practically 
inseparable therefore music should have a 
vital part in education. Our school was 
a pioneer in this thought and took the 
lead on that memorable day 83 years ago. 

When we claim pioneer honors in 
music we must pause to give credit to the 
Greek schools of more than two thousand 
years ago. The school curriculum then 
consisted of reading, writing, music and 
gymnastics for the boys. The girls were 
given gymnastic training only. The music 
teacher was known as a citharist, and the 
instrument used was a seven-stringed lyre. \ 
The important function of musical edu- 
cations was "to sooth, purge, and harmo- 
nize man within and make him fit for 
moral instruction." 

In the stress and turmoil of present- 
day conditions is it strange that we claim 
for music a place at the top in our edu- 
cational program? 


Topics in Brief 

Our Band had the opportunity to take 
part in a world-wide broadcast, via short 
wave radio station WRUL, on Saturday 
March 16. This was the program of the 
International Friendship League, and was 
heard in 86 countries. Our boys furnished 
the accompaniment foi' the singing, and 
William Dodge, ourcornetist, played the 
Danish National Song, "King Christian". 
The members of the League for the most 
part are high school students, and corre- 
spond with other young people in foreign 
lands. On this broadcast greetings were 
sent by about fifty young people to their 
foreign friends. Following the radio 
program cablegrams were received from 
Europe, and it was a thrill to hear them 
read to the audience. The program has 
since been rebroadcast by transcription on 
two different occasions. The Boston press 
stated that the hookup was the most ex- 
tensive ever taken in short wave radio. 

Many of the boys not in the Band 
attended the broadcast, the arrangements 
being made by Mrs. George R. Ronka, 
who is the sponsor of our International 
Friendship League group. 

A group of our boys had the fine 
privilege recently of attending the grand 
flower show held in the Mechanics Build- 
ing; another group enjoyed the motion 
picture "Pinochio", at an intown theatre. 

The basketball season has been 
completed. It provided a schedule of 
f games in which 74 boys took part. The 
Varsity played ten games with Church and 
Y.M.C.A. teams and won eight. The 
second team also played, as did a team 
composed of the younger boys in school. 
These games with outside teams were very 
well played. 

Manager Philip S. Sears annually 
gives a silver shield to the team winning 

the championship in the Sears League. 
This league is composed of four teams, 
the boys for the most part being a little 
younger than the members of the Varsity. 
In this league the Antelopes, captained by 
Richard J. Nelson won the championship. 

The "Nut" league, made up of five 
teams with the younger boys as players, 
had a fine season. A twenty game schedule 
was played, at the conclusion of which the 
Walnuts, captained by Wellman Bonsey 
and the Beechnuts, captained by Donald 
Lowery, were tied for the championship. 
A playoff game was won by the Beechnuts. 

The leading scorers for the season 
were: Varsity, Richard A. Martin; Sears 
League, Gerald Connor; Nut League, 
Donald Davis. 

The Agriculture classes gave a fine 
program on March 4. The boys il- 
lustrated the method of judging cattle, and 
used a Guernsey chart for this purpose. 
Ralph Pratt gave an excellent talk giving 
his reasons for deciding to specialize in 
agriculture. Some of the boys gave musi- 
cal selections. 

A group of about forty students from 
Gordon College were here on March 7 
for the annual Gordon — F. T. S. basket- 
ball game, which our boys won 31-16. 
We enjoyed having this fine group as our 

The week of March 25 was vacation 
week, and the Spring term began on April 
1. During vacation week the boys had 
ample time to work on various hobbies. 
Our old dining room, transformed into a 
permanent recreation room, was a busy 
place during this week, especially with the 
stamp collectors, whose numbers have 
suddenly become greatly multiplied. 


Scout News 
Our Scout troop comprises twenty- 
one members at the present time. As soon 
as those now second class work into first 
class rank, so there will be enough leaders, 
a group of 12 and 13 year old boys will be 
invited to join as tenderfoots. The maxi- 
mum number in a scout troop is thirty-two. 
Our troop is now in the fourth year. The 
roster of the troop at present is: 

Star Scouts 

George F. Connors 
William N. Dodge 
Murdock C. Moore 
Albert E. Wilder 

First Class 

Stanley C. Morton 

Second Class 

Ernest Burns 
Glendon L. Campbell 
Donald L. Davis 
David G. Haeger 
Roland Hallberg 
Franklyn S. Harris 
George W. Harris 
Malcolm C. Huston 
Walter H. Johannson 
James J. Macdonald 
David A. Wilson 


Asa M. Duquet 
G. Wallace Hardy 
William J. Klaila 
Linwood L. Meacham 
James F. St. Coeur 

The Jester's Comments 

— Pugno, the Latin word for fight, attracts 
Bill Dodge's attention, for that worthy 
lad has been practising the manly art of 
self defence. Since the days of the old 
Romsns good fighters have been in de- 
mand and Bill intends to make a place 

for himself. Let's hope it isn't a quiet 

— Bob MacWha, the Thompson's Island 

Romeo, is always on the lookout for new 

companions. The following conversation 

took place at the supper table: 

MacWha (to new student), "How's 

your sister?" 

New boy, "I have no sister." 
MacWha, "What good are you!" 

— Never seen: 

Francis Daniel hurrying. 

Cliff Dunn in a quiet atmosphere. 

Bill Dufault neglecting his lady friends. 

Bob MacWha working. 

Shoe stores to accommodate Ray Perry. 

Alan MacLean in an industrious mood. 

Bill Schlegel forgetting to play cribbage. 

David Wilson with a grouch. 

— Every so often we get to thinking 
about names. Did you ever realize that 
a corner, or even corners, may get 
burns? A fisherman might catch a stone, 
but he would have done a dodge in moor- 
ing too close. In a chase a boy named 
brown might grant the prize to a porter, 
a hardy lad, but the law might change it. 
Maybe you can't figure this out. If 
you have trouble ask George Harris. 'Tis 
said Bucky once won a race by a nose. 

What I Like Best at F. T. S. 

I came to the School on April 6, and 
have been asked to write about those things 
which I like best here. 

So far what I like best is playing the 
game of marbles. This is marble season 
and I have a good time playing, "poison" 
and "ringer". I also like going in the 
recreation room to read a good book or 
play a game. I also enjoy going on beach 
walks with the other boys, We find all 
sorts of interesting things on the beach. 
Howard B. Snell 


Calendar 90 Years Ago, March, 1850 

As Kept by the Superintendent 

4. Edward McManners went to live 
with Mr. Edw. Thatcher, a farmer in 

16. Received a visit from Geo. F.Law- 
rence, a former pupil of the school. 

17. A sermon was read by the Super- 

24. Deacon Grant addressed the boys. 
26. The carpenters commenced work in 
the clothesroom. 

The Farm and Trades School Bank 

Statement, April 1, 1940 

Savings Bank $1277.47 

Cash 77.69 








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


Printing OflBce Machinery 
The machinery in our printing office 
consists of two printing presses, a stitcher, 
a paper cutter, a proof press and a puncher. 
The presses and stitcher are powered by 
an electric motor. The other machines 
are hand-driven. 

The smaller press is an 8x12 Chandler 
and Price, This is one of the most widely 
used presses and is patterned after the 
famous Franklin Gordon press. This 
machinery is busy much of the time, as it 
can handle nearly all the work done in 
our printing office. The large press is a 
Colts Armory 14x22. This is one of the 
best presses made. It is used for larger 
jobs such as the Beacon and school bulle- 
tin. Visitors often ask how much work 
each press can do. This depends almost 

entirely upon the operator. A beginner 
has to work very slowly and be extremely 
careful. The size of paper being, fed to 
the press also determines the proper press 
speed. I think that an average of be- 
ginners and advanced boys feeding the 
presses would show that about 1000 pieces 
of paper are printed for every hour that 
each press runs. 

The stitching machine is a Boston 
Wire Stitcher, No. 4. It is very useful 
and is utilized in the production of much 
of our printed material. It can stitch both 
"saddle" and "fiat"; that is, material which 
opens in the center such as this Beacon, 
and calender pads which are stitched flat. 
It will stitch approximately one-half inch 
of paper. 

The proof press is used principally for 
proofing long columns of type before the 
type is made into pages. It has a flat bed 
and a roller which makes the impression. 

The paper cutter is a Brown and 
Carver cutter with a 26 inch blade. The 
blade is operated by a hand lever. Practi- 
cally all our paper is cut in our shop so 
that this machine is used consistently. 

The punching machine is utilized for 
loose-leaf book paper, and for programs 
which are to be bound together with a 

The machinery in our printing office 
enables us to print most anything that a 
small printing office handles. All School 
printing is done in our shop, as well as 
some work for friends in town. 

Stanley C. Morton 

March Meteorology 

Maximum Temperature 60° on the 

Minimum Temperature 14° on the 

Mean Temperature for the month 33°. 

Eleven clear days, nine partly cloudy, 
and eleven cloudy. 


Cbc Hlumni flssociation of Cbe Tarm and trades School 

Frank L. Washburn, '83, President 

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

Clifton E. Albee, '21, Vice-President 
Thompson's Island 

Carl G. Weeks, '29, writes from 
Fort Monroe, Virginia, where he is an 
enlisted electrical student. His letter is 
well written and very interesting. Part 
of it follows: 

"On February 1st I received orders 
which sent me here as an enlisted electri- 
cal student. Fort Monroe is the "hub" 
of the Coast Artillery, and the Coast 
Artillery school located here is one of the 
best in the Service. If I complete this 
course I will be eligible for a staff sergeant's 
rating as soon as there is a vacancy corre- 
sponding to the place I make on the eligi- 
bility list. The course will be over about 
September 1st. 

"Since I could not finish college I am 
naturally delighted at my present oppor- 
tunity. And, as I have said before, de- 
lighted also with those things I learned at 
F. T. S. Whether a soldier or civilian, I 
have found the experiences at the School 
to have been almost invaluable. At present, 
in our machine shop work, I find my F. 
T. S. training of great value." 

We feel certain that he would appreci- 
ate a letter from his classmates. Address 
him at Fort Monroe, Virginia. 

William F. Reagan, '37, is a stu- 
dent at the Bendey School of Accounting. 
He visited us recently and spoke of the 
great interest he is finding in his advanced 

IVERS E. WiNMILL, '23, is a member 
of the Boston Police Department. He is 
attached to the traffic division, and is on 
duty at a busy intersection in downtown 

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

Frederick W. Pearson, '78, was ill 
during part of the winter. He was un- 
able to attend the Alumni Dinner in 
February, much to his regret, for he is 
very much interested in the Association, 
and may always be counted upon to be 
among "those present" at every alumni 
gathering. We wish for him a very 
speedy, complete recovery. 

Robert E. Dudley, '16, is a very 
active member of the Alumni Association. 
He has served on many committees and 
is now chairman of the Entertainment 
Committee. He visits the school frequent- 
ly and is very much interested in every- 
thing pertaining to F. T. S. 

For years he has been employed as a 
confectionery salesman. His home is in 

Randolph S. English, '37, is a 
student at the Leiand Powers school, 
where he is specializing in languages and 
public speaking in preparation for a 
career as a radio announcer. He has been 
heard on the radio, and has been fortu- 
nate in having some original scripts per- 
formed. His address is 6 Copeland 
Terrace, Maiden, Mass. 

Harold W. Edwards '10, former 
President of the Alumni Association and 
present Treasurer, is Master of Russell 
Lodge of Masons in Arlington. The 
second officer of the Lodge, Senior War- 
den, is Rev. John Nicol Mark. 

Mr. Edwards lives in Arlington, at 
54 Temple Street.