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Vol. 55 No. 1 Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. May, 1951 

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



The Band Concert 

The annual spring concert of the 
/Band was held in Faneuil Hall on Sunday 
afternoon, April 29, for an audience of five 
hundred. Although most of those present 
were parents and relatives of the boys, 
there were many graduates, and others 
whose interest in school music prompted 
their attendance. 

The boys as usual did their custom- 
ary fine job, showing well the results of 
months of training. The work of the 
soloists was unusually good, and more of 
our young musicians had prominent parts 
than has been the case in other years. 

Our band director, Mr Frank L. 
Warren, had brief comments to make 
from time to time, adding to the interest. 
One of the highlights was the introduction 
of Mr. Vincent Mottola, Boston attorney 
and music hobbyist. Mr. Mottola, direc- 
ted the band in his patriotic composition, 
"Onward to Win." 

Howard B. Ellis, '98, a former leader 
of our band w^as present, and led the boys 
in a military march. Mr. Ellis mentioned 
some of the historical associations of our 
band, including the musical activities of 
our boys in the Union army during the 
Civil War, and the participation of our 
group in the great Peace Jubillee, directed 
by Patrick S. Gilmore, after the war. 

Myron A. Pratt, '38, a graduate of 
the Ithaca Conservatory of Music, and 



now music supervisor of the Coxackie, 
N. Y. schools was present with Mrs. Pratt. 
He directed the band in a spirited number 
and it was a pleasure to have this younger 
graduate take an active part in our concert. 
The band played admirably for him. 

Eight of the boys played solos, with 
band accompaniment, and two brass quar- 
tets were featured. Although much of the 
concert was made up of formal composi- 
tions there was enough music of a lighter 
type to strike a nice balance, so that every- 
one thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon of 
band melodies. 

All in all, the F. T. S. Band of 1951 
may well be proud of its achievement at 
this concert, which was the fifteenth in 
succession to be played annually in the 
historic Faneuil Hall. 

The program, and roster of the Band 
follows: 

PROGRAM 

March— Royal Welcome Home 

Overture— Gypsy Festival Hayes 

Cornet Solo— My Buddy Kleffman 
Donald E. Richardson 

Bass Solo— Tramp Tramp Tramp 
Thomas Angelos 

Trombone Solo— Romance Bennett 
Bruce A. Graham 

Clarinet Solo— Long Long Ago 
Robert Fabello 



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Selection— Something About a Soldier 

Baritone Solo— Asleep in the Deep 
Richard A. Ostrander 

Trombone Solo— Wanderer Harlow 
William L. Glennon 

Bass Solo— Samsonion Polka McQuaide 

Joseph B. Mason 
Overture— Living Pictures Dalbey 

Overture — Determination Hayes 

Waltz— Ildica Rollinson 

Novelty— Farm and TradesSchool Has 
a Band 

March— Colonel Miner Rosekrans 

Star Spangled Banner 

Roster of the Band 

Mr, Frank L, Warren, Director 

Mr. Clifton E. Albee, Assistant 

Clarinets Trombones 

Robert O. Cain William H. Dillon 

Robert W. Closson William L. Glennon 

Donald S. Duquet Bruce A. Graham 

Robert Fabello William F. Sonier 

Roger A. Hopkins Altos 

Joseph C. Turner Frank H. Badger 

Alan C. Waldron Edward J. Darr 

Cornets S. Newcomb Graham 

David B. Balfour Robert A. Kidder 

Loren E. Cain Basses 

Kenneth W. Clayton Thomas Angelos 

Robert B. Gorrill J. Harold Darr, Jr. 

Frederick E, Harding Joseph B. Mason 

David E. LeVeillee Drums 

Teyet Ramar, 2nd David B. Britt 

Donald E. Richardson Walter E, Callaway 

Baritones Hans M. Christensen 

Richard A. Ostrander David W. Howard 

Frank C. Wing Joseph J. Magazu 

David W. Simmons, Jr. 

Model Airplane Building 
I put in a request slip a month ago 
for a model airplane kit. As soon as I 
received it I began building. I soon 
finshed the construction, and installed 
one of my small gasoline engines in the 
plane. Then I painted the plane green, 



and put a protective coating on to keep 
the fuel from eating into the wood. 

I prefer to fly my model planes, even 
though an unsuccessful flight may ruin the 
plane. By flying "U-Control" one can 
control the plane. By this method there 
is a control handle which is shaped like a 
"U". From this handle run two lines of 
strong thread, or fine wire, to the plane. 
These lines control the plane. In free 
flight one launches the plane and hopes 
for the best. There is no way to control 
the plane. 

My plane became wrecked in a wind- 
storm, so now I am waiting for another 
model to build. 

Samuel M Griswold 

The Bible Club 

We are having a contest in Bible 
Club. This is a trip around the world and 
Mr. Siemens has a large map on which 
our progress is shown. We can go as far 
as two thousand miles a week, so the con- 
test won't take too long. We get mileage 
credit for daily Bible reading, memory 
work, club attendance, and keeping up our 
Bible work book. I like Bible Club, and 
I am sure that the other boys do also. 

Frederick W. Davidson 

Woodworking 

I have worked in the woodworking 
shop for seven months, and I like this 
work very much. I have learned to use 
many tools, and to repair chairs, tables, 
benches and other furniture. I am at 
present making a lamp. This involves 
work on the lathe. I hope that the lamp 
will be a beautiful piece of woodwork. I 
have a sloyd class each day also, and have 
completed twelve of the models in the 
course. 

All of the boys in the upper four 
classes study sloyd, and it is safe to say 
that is a very popular study. 

Edward A. Atton 



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History Next in importance is the fuselage, or 

In our history class last term we studied body. It consists of a tail section, to 

the reform movement. Woman suffrage, which is attached the tail assembly, a center 

better working conditions, and abolition section to which the wing or wings are 

of child labor were some of the topics attached, and it generally contains the 

studied. cockpit or cabin, and a nose section which 

We also studied the history of the houses the power plant. 
Civil War between the North and the Fuel is stored almost anywhere in the 
South. Some of the generals and battles plane, in tanks, and the most used place 
were: Meade at Gettysburg, which the 's in the nose section. 
North won against Lee and Pickett of the Another important part of every 
South. Grant won three major battles, airplane is the undercarriage, or landing 
The war was just about ended when ^ear, of which there are several kinds, 
Sherman of the North took Atlanta and such as conventional wheel gear, tricycle 
then marched to the sea. The North wheel gear, ski gear, pontoon gear, am- 
ended the war in better condition than the phibious gear, to name a few. The only 



South. The South was divided in five 
military districts, with no power in Con- 
gress. Their cities were in ruins. After 
fourteen years new state governments 
were in power, but the negro problem 
was brought out and in the South it still is 
an issue. Most of the other problems have 
been solved. 

Alan C. Waldron 

The Inside Story 

An airplane is a craft, by means of 
which one may fly in the air. Here is an 
inside story of the airplane. 

The most important part of any air- 
plane are its wings. These surfaces, or 
planes, are the supporting elements of the 
ship. They are airfoiled. An airfoil is 
a streamlined section which, when moving, 
causes the air to flow over the top of the 
wing, making an area of low pressure; the 
air is also moving across the underside of 
the wing, forming a high pressure area; 
the resultant force is called lift. 

The next most important part is the 



time that the undercart is used is on the 
ground. Whenever possible it is retracted, 
or drawn into the fuselage or wings. 

Robert A. Kidder 

School Room Monitors 

Each month our class picks two boys 
to be school room monitors. Their job 
is to see that the school rooms are kept 
clean and neat. This month I am one 
of the monitors. We work after school 
afternoons, for about a half hour. We 
clean the blackboards, sweep and dustmop 
the floor, dust the desks and straighten the 
books. At the end of the month our 
teacher puts in a credit report for us, and 
we get extra points on the merit chart. 

Teyet Ramar II 

My Favorite Subject 
My favorite subject is English. To 
me this is a very fascinating study, and 
each day as the class progresses, more and 
more basic parts of the language are dis- 
cussed and learned. I especially need 
to learn the language well, for I work in 
the school printing office where a knowl- 



empennage, or tail assembly, consisting edge of correct grammar is very essential, 

of a rudder and fin assembly, or technically Today. I think everyone will agree that 

a vertical stabilizer and stabilizer and few school subjects are more worthwhile 

elevator assembly. These are streamlined, than the study of the English language, 
but not generally airfoiled. john A. McKee 



THOMPSONS ISLAND BEACON 



ti)omp$on'$ Tsland Beacon 

Publiihed Monthly by 

THE FARM AND TRADES SCHOOL 

Thompion't Island, Boston Harbor 

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TUITION FEES AND SUBSCRIPTIONS. 

Vol. 55 No. 1 May 1951 

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BOARD OF TRUSTEES 



Augustus P. Loring, Jr., President 

James H. Lowell, Vice-President 

Alfred C. Malm. Treasurer 

Merton P. Ellis, Secretary 

Howland S. Warren, Assistant Secretary 

Terra Expires 1952 
Gorham Brooks 

N. Penrose Hallowell 

Charles E. Mason 

Philip S. Sears 

Donald S. MacPherson 
Philip H. Theopold 

Augustus P. Loring, III 

Term Expires 1953 
Leverett Saltonstall 
John L. Batchelder 
Moses Williams 

William M. Meacham 
George S. Mumford, Jr. 
Frederic Winthrop 
Howard B. Ellis 

Term Expires 1954 
George P. Denny, M. D. 
Ralph B. Williams 

Edwin H. Place, M. D. 
Calvin Page Bartlett 
Thomas Temple Pond 
Mason Sears 

Joseph L. Pendergast 

The greatest need of the world to-day 
is the rebuilding of the Christian spirit of 
service, the basic development plan at our 
home school. Why not help a fine, worthy 
boy achieve his goal by making a financial 
contribution to America's best investment? 



The greatest real value in life is living 
with a purpose, the enthusiasm, determin- 
ation and persistent drive toward a worthy 
goal. The family, organization or indi- 
vidual with the ability of inspiring such 
effort constitutes the type of asset which 
cannot be measured in dollars. 

Our school has inherited material 
means and sound traditions which, com- 
bined with unusually high standards of 
personal guidance, makes possible a con- 
tinuous stream of quality results in our 
American way of life. 

One lad of ours came from a home 
torn with strife and deprived of a mother 
at an early age, a good boy, with none of 
the marks of inferior deportment but more 
like a ship which has lost its rudder in a 
severe storm at sea. He seemed to have 
lost his eagerness to excel at school. He 
appeared to have no useful purpose in view 
nor was he interested in the sports or other 
play of those about him. 

The life story of this youngster is Ion 
and full of interesting phases. The essential 
point is that, surrounded by an abundance 
offacilities and opportunitiy to develop 
his many latent talents under skilled and 
sympathetic guidance, this lad has grown 
into almost mature manhood of outstand- 
ing promise. He will certainly be a leader 
in his community, quite likely "a pillar 
of the church" and he will in turn inspire 
many others along the pathway of life to- 
ward great eternal good. 

This youngster is typical of the hun- 
dreds of boys who have been helped to 
live an active, wholesome, purposeful life 
and have gone out from our home-school 
equipped for leadership among their fellow 
men. Our alumni prove our product. 



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Topics in Brief Congress in Washington on April 19. His 

address was surely one of the greatest ever 
The play, "A Boy is King." was to be delivered before that historic body, 
given by the combined sophomore and 



junior classes on April 9 as an assembly 
entert'unment. The boys did a most 
excellent job. under the direction of our 
principal, Mr. Jakeman. He was assisted 
by Mrs. Jakeman. The stage settings, 
costumes and makeup, combined with the 
talent of the boys, gave us an enjoyable 
evening of entertainment. 

Work on the farm has progressed 
satisfactorily. At this season of the year 
there is naturally much to be done and 
the farm crews are busy making every 
moment count. The garden vegetables 
have been planted, the hotbeds utilized as 
usual, and an electric fence is being in- 
stalled about a double pasture. The boys 
in the poultry department are busy caring 
for more than nine hundred baby chicks, 
hatched in our incubator. 

The annual foul shooting contests in 
basketball completed a season in which 
nearly every boy took part, playing in a 
league in which each team played at least 
one game weekly. Basketball has grad- 
ually given way to early spring baseball 
and Softball matches, and, of course, the 
champion of all spring games to younger 
boys, marbles. 

The spring week of vacation began on 
April 15. During the week all of the boys 
enjoyed a day in town, one half of the 
boys on April 19 and the others two days 
later. Most of the playtime activities of 
the boys centered around softball, and 
many games were played. 

Many of us watched on television the 
impressive ceremonies as America's dis- 



Howard B. Ellis, '98, was here with 
workmen recently to make roofing repairs. 
Mr. Ellis has spent a lifetime in the 
roofing business, and for many years has 
conducted his own business. He makes 
periodic inspections here, and makes all 
necessary repairs without delay. 

Patriot's Day was observed as a holi- 
day. Although many of the boys were in 
town for the day, or home on vacation, 
those at the school enjoyed ball games and 
other sports, and a movie in the evening. 

Miss Helen M. Gresty was here on 
Friday evening, April 6, to conduct danc- 
ing classes. She brought with her, as 
dancing partners for the boys, girls from 
her church groups in Lynn. These fine 
dancing periods are very much enjoyed, 
and all of us appreciate the excellent work 
and interest of Miss Gresty. 

The boys have been at work getting 
both the tennis court and outdoor basket- 
ball court ready for another season of 
summer play. Both courts are very im- 
portant in our recreational plans, and both 
afford endless pleasure to the boys. 

Dorothy Caroline Snow arrived at 
the Boston Lying-in Hospital on March 
28, 1951. Congratulations to the parents, 
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Rowe Snow. 

The annual foul shooting contest was 
held during the month. In the varsity 
competition Wayne D. Suitor was the 
winner, with a score of 46 out of 50 tries. 
David E. LeVeillee won the Sears league 



tinguished and beloved hero. General tourney, while Frederick W. Davidson 
Douglas MacArthur addressed the national was the Nut League winner. 



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The following have won Varsity 
Football Certificates: 
Roger J. Alley 
Thomas Angelos 
David B. Balfour 
Robert W. Closson 
J. Harold Darr, Jr. 
Richard Fuller 
William L. Glennon, Jr. 
John R. Mason 
Joseph B. Mason 
Karl Mills 
Walter Ostrander 
Teyet Ramar, 2nd 
David W. Simmons, Jr. 
Wayne D. Suitor 

The following have won Varsity 
Basketball Certificates: 
Roger J. Alley 
David B. Balfour 
Robert W. Closson 
J. Harold Darr, Jr. 
Wayne D. Suitor 

At each of our religious services fine 
special music has been provided by both 
instructors and students. A string trio, as 
well as many other instrumental and vocal 
groups, have added much to our church 
work. Much solo work, both vocal and 
instrumental, has been done, and the fine 
efforts of our youthful musicians is much 
appreciated. Mr. Siemens, our minister, 
is a fine musician, and has given every en- 
couragement to our boys. 

Calendar, 90 Years Ago, April 1861 

As kept by the Superintendent 

14. All passed a pleasant Sabbath, 
though saddened by the account Fort 
Sumter in Charleston, S. C. was surren- 
dered to the wicked rebels. 

16. The Polka sunk at her buoy. 

17. Went to the city on business. 



Saw Dea. Grant who is feeble. Saw 
many troops in the city about to start for 
Washington. 

18. Self painted Lyman and Polka. 

19. Mild. Mr. S. G. Deblois, with 
some gentlemen came in P. M. Moved 
the piano up in School room and had 
concert. 

27. Mr. Sampson white washed in 
house. Washing machine came with oper- 
ator. All of the masons left tonight. 

Sloyd Class 

Each morning, at 10:45, the eighth 
grade has a sloyd class. Last September, 
when we began this study, we made draw- 
ings of the models we are now making. I 
am not one of the fastest boys in the class, 
but I am making steady progress. So far 
I have made five models. 

The first articles we make are quite 
simple. They include a pencil sharpener, 
a plant stick, and a plant stand. Then 
the work begins to get a little harder as 
we make a paper knife a n d a hammer 
handle. Each model introduces the use 
of a tool new to us. Now I am using a 
rabbet plane to make a picture frame. The 
coat hanger teaches us how to make a -'«»'*** 
mortise and joint. All of the boys enjoy 
this work in the sloyd class. 

Bruce A. Gratiam 

The "Alabama" 

The "Alabama" was a Confederate 
warship, and a terror to much northern 
commerce for two years. She captured 
over sixty vessels, with cargoes worth more 
than seven million dollars. Her com- 
mander is remembered as a man very 
considerate of captured seamen and pas- 
sengers. The famous warship was sunk 
by a Federal ship, the "Kearsage." 

The "Alabama" was built at Birken- 
head, in England, under very suspicious 
circumstances. Our minister in England, 



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Charles Francis Adams, called Queen 
Victoria's attention to the warship, but she 
only further proclaimed neutrality. After 
its construction it sailed to the Azores 
where it was fitted with guns and other 
war stores. Captain Semmes took com- 
mand, in 1862, and for two years raised 
havoc with Union shipping. 

The northern warships searched all 
the seas for the "Alabama", and finally 
trapped her in Cherbourg, France. In a 
battle, which was watched by hundreds of 
spectators along the shore, the "Alabama" 

was sunk. Frank J. Dow 

A Piece of String 

Flops around like cooked spaghetti. 
It has the appearance of a white, smudgy, 
undersized caterpillar. When unwound, 
it seems like veins in a wrist converging 
on one lone overworked artery. Com- 
pletely taken apart, like snakes unraveling 
themselves, it becomes four little straggling 
pieces of thread. 

Composite from English Papers 

A Music Festival 

On Saturday, May 5, our Band took 
part in the Northeastern Massachusetts 
School Music Festival. Orchestras, bands, 
and choral groups from every corner of 
this area attended the festival. Ideal 
weather prevailed. 

Our boys arrived at Marblehead in 
time to prepare for their audition. They 
played three selections for the adjudi- 
cator. Although they did not learn until 
several days later, their work was of a 
superior grade, and so graded by the judge. 
In fact, our boys earned the highest rating 
possible. 

After lunch the boys prepared for the 
parade and other outdoor activities. As 
planned, the parade began promptly at 
two o'clock and was extremely well organ- 
ized and directed. At the athletic field, 



where the parade terminated, recordings 
were made of each band as it passed in 
review. This music was used at a later 
hour for a radio broadcast which our boys 
heard. 

The massed band concert of five 
selections was a great success. It did seem 
to most that the work of the massed bands 
was the outstanding part of the festival. 
The efforts of the young musicians was 
fully enjoyed by a vast crowd which was 
present. The massed band music was 
broadcast that evening. 

As a fitting climax to a very successful 
day several of the bands executed drilling 
maneuvers, and our band took part. The 
boys did very well and were happy to 
receive a rating of "Excellent" for their 
marching ability. 

When introducing our band the 
speaker stated that our boys had attended 
the school music events year after year, 
and that The Farm and Trades School 
Band was "Always present, and ever 
faithful," This is a real tribute, of which 
we are proud. 

Additional Alumni News 

Myron A. Pratt, '38, graduated from 
Braintree High School and then was in 
the armed forces during World War II. 
After the war he enrolled at the Ithaca 
Conservatory of Music, receiving his col- 
legiate degree four years later. 

He then became music supervisor of 
the Coxsackie, New York, public schools. 
On March 15, 1951 the high school band 
gave its first annual concert. The printed 
program shows that the band played many 
varied compositions. School music in- 
structors from nearby communities acted 
as guest conductors. 

Congratulations are in order for Mr. 
Pratt. He has certainly done a fine job 
at Coxsackie. 



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Cbe Jllumni J1$$ociatton of Che farm and trades School 



John E. Kervin. '20, President IVERS E. Winmill '22 

Brighton, Mass. Roslindalc, 

Donald S. MacPherson '10, Treasurer 
WoUaston, Mass. 



Vice-President 
Mass. 



William C. Burns '37, Secretary 
No. Wilrainston, Mass. 
G. George Larsson, '17, Historian 
Hyde Park, Mass. 



Silas Snow, '94, and Mrs. Snow 
have returned to their home in Williams- 
burg. Massachusetts, having completed a 
26-State trip, covering nearly 11,000 miles. 
Good weather favored them on their 
tour. They report that they were greatly 
impressed with such engineering wonders 
as the Boulder Dam. The visit to Grand 
Canyon was the most thrilling experience. 
They attended a session of the Senate in 
Washington, at which time Senators Sai- 
tonstall and Lodge spoke. 

The stockyards of Kansas City, the 
vast ranches of Texas, the beaytiful and 
world-famous bridges in California, and 
the Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks 
were particularly impressive. The im- 
mensity of our great nation was indelibly 
impressed by the experiences of this won- 
derful trip. Mr. and Mrs. Snow enjoyed 
every minute of the tour, as did their 
companions. General and Mrs. Lunford. 

Charles F. Spear, '03, was one of 
a group recently honored by the Necco 
Company. Mr. Spear has the distinction 
of having been an employee of the com- 
pany for 25 years, and in the entire in- 
dustry Necco has the largest quarter cent- 
ury club. Mr. Spear lives at 72 Kirkland 
Street, Cambridge, Mass. 

Malcolm E. Cameron, '19, and his 
family are now at Sandown, New Hamp- 
shire. Mr. Cameron is busy, as he says 
"fixing" a large house and farm buildings 
which he has purchased. 

Frederick N. Frasier, '86, passed 
away February 27, 1951. He was in his 
79th year. He had lived for many years 
in Marshfield, Mass. 



The happy news concerning the arri- 
val of Elizabeth Louise Pickard, (7 lbs. 
8 oz.), on March 10, 1951, has been an- 
nounced by the proud parents, Mr. and 
Mrs. Arthur H. Pickard, (1934), whose 
home is at Alburgh, Vermont. 

C. Robbins Emery, '15, has been a 
steady performer on radio and television 
for thirty years, and has the distinction of 
having made more broadcasts than any- 
one in the field. At one time he was 
manager of WGI and WEEI, but gave up 
this executive work. 

His present daily program, the "Small 
Fry Club," is his most popular TV show 
and is on the Dumont Network. How- 
ever, radio listeners of a quarter century 
ago will never forget his very fine "Big 
Brother Club" program, which had an 
extremely large local following. It was 
this WEEI hour-long daily show which 
earned for him his radio name of "Big 
Brother." 

Another excellent series which he did 
was the "Rainbow House" weekly broad- 
casts, whieh were on the Mutual Network, 
and originated in New York City. He is 
married, and infrequent vacations find 
him at a little cottage in West Yarmouth, 
Massachusetts. 

Norman Cable was one of the 
University of New Hampshire students 
studying Hotel Management, who was 
chosen to help operate the Hotel Kenmore 
on April 7, as part of the college course. 

From Nashua, N. H. comes news of 
the birth of a son, Howard E., Jr., to 
Mr. and Mrs. Howard E. Jennison, on 
April 1, 1951. Congratulations to the 
proud parents. 




Vol. 55 No.'yj'rinted at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, M^s. M^c^ 1951 

Entered November 3, 1903 at Boston, Mass., as Second Class matter, under Act of Congress, of July 6, 1^74 



The New England Festival 
Our boys had the glorious expedience 
of taking part in the New England School 
Music Festival, held in Boston on May 
24, 25, and 26. Because of unfavorable 
weather on the first and second days, the 
original order of events was changed, but 
all scheduled parts of the festival were 
carried out, thanks to the complete coop- 
eration of the participating units. 

Our band was at the Boston Garden 
on the evening of May 25. The boys 
had the thrilling experience of hearing 
the All New England Orchestra, Chorus 
and Band under the direction of Arthur 
Fiedler, Francis Findlay, John D. Ray- 
mond and Edwin Franko Goldman. The 
selections which these units rendered were 
magnificient, and it was a great credit to 
the work being done musically in the 
New England schools. At this concert, 
which had an audience of many thousands, 
our boys had the distinct privilege of 
being one of the few units to give a play- 
ing and marching demonstration. With 
but an hour of notice the F. T. S. Band 
was introduced and gave a performance 
which was indeed creditable. 

On the following day, Saturday, the 
band played in the English High School 
and once again was praised highly by the 
adjudicator. In the afternoon there was 
a parade which terminated at Copley 
Square. Bands from all the New England 



states were in line, and the colorful uni- 
forms male a striking picture. The 
streets were lined with onlookers enjoying 
a spectacle which Boston has never before 
seen to the extent of this 1951 school 
music festival. 

Memorial Sunday Services 

Memorial Sunday services were held 
at our little south end cemetery on Sun- 
day morning, May 27. The exercises 
were simple, yet in the full dignity of the 
sacred occasion. The outdoor setting, 
amidst the beauty of nature, added much 
to the quiet beauty of the service. Each 
of the graves was decorated with a flag 
and a beautiful wreath of flowers. Music 
was furnished by a brass sexteite, com- 
posed of R. Barry Gorrill, Donald E. 
Richardson, Loren E. Cain, Teyet Ramar, 
2nd, Frank C. Wing, and William L. 
Glennon. 

PROGRAM 

Hymn-America 

School 

Flag Salute 

Robert W. Closson, William F. Sonier 
Prayer 

Mr. Siemens 

Poem — In Flanders Fields 
David V. B. Britt 



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Hymn— America the Beautiful 
School 

Poem — Love of Country 

Seventh Grade 

Reading— Crossing the Bar 

Joseph B. Mason 

Hymn— God of our Fathers 
School 

Poem— The Concord Hymn 

David E. LeVeillee 



Remarks 



Mr. Meacham 



History of the Graves 

John P. Richardson 

In Memoriam 

David W. Simmons, Jr. 

Teyet Ramar, 2nd 

Donald E. Richardson 

R. Barry Gorrill 

Decoration of Graves 

Loren E. Cain 

Bruce A. Graham 

William L. Glennon 

Frank C. Wing 

Hymn— Nearer My God to Thee 
School 



Benediction 



Mr. Siemens 



My Work 

Every morning I work in the cow 
barn. 1 like to work with the cows. Sam 
Griswold and I begin the cow barn work 
after breakfast. First we put the cows out 
to pasture. Then we clean the gutters, 
sweep the walks, clean the outside room, 
and put down clean sawdust for bedding 
for the cows. Every so often we give the 
bull pens a thorough cleaning. When our 
barn work is finished we do other farm 
jobs. 

Loren E. Cain 



Laundry Work 
For the past two weeks I have been 
working in the laundry. I have learned 
to iron, and how to run some of the 
machines. Each day we do the clothing 
from one of the dormitories. We have 
two large washing machines, an extractor, 
a dryer, and a fllatwork ironer. The 
laundry is a busy place. 

Edward A. Atton 

Playing Clarinet 
I am learning to play clarinet, and 
hope to be able to play in the band next 
year. I am taking lessons, and practicing 
regularly. There are three other boys in 
my room and they are all learning to play. 
One plays clarinet, another trumpet, and 
another trombone. On the clarinet I have 
learned most of the notes in the low reg- 
ister, but I can't play the high notes yet. 
They squeak. 

Arnold M. Sutterlin 

Kitchen Work 

Recently I had my work changed to 
the kitchen. I help the instructors there 
do many things. Some days I report to 
the instructors before breakfast, and on 
other days I report after breakfast. It is 
quite a job to have all the meals ready 
right on time, but we are never late. 

I like working in the kitchen, and 
have learned a lot there. 

Ralph H. Sherman, Jr. 

Playing Tennis 

One of my favorite sports is tennis. 
I like it because it is a fast game, and I 
never tire of playing. Two can play, and 
time isn't lost making up teams. Almost 
every boy here plays tennis, and the court 
is busy all day long, up to when it is al- 
most dark. Also, sometimes the boys get 
up early, before breakfast, to play. I 
hope to bf come a good player. 

Kenneth W. Clayton 



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Tournaments 

We are all looking forv\ard to the 
tournaments which we will have this 
summer. Nearly every boy gets in the 
tournaments. We have one every two 
weeks in basketball foul shooting, tennis, 
and horseshoe pitching. There is a div- 
ision made so that the older boys compete 
against each other in the senior tourna- 
ments, while the younger boys are placed 
in the junior. The winner of each tourn- 
ament gets a prize. All the boys enjoy 
the tournaments, and I hope we will have 
them all summer long. 

Roger J. Alley 

Working on the Farm 

Each afternoon I report to the farm. 
I find it pleasant work, and 1 like it. I 
think that of all the jobs at F. T. S. that 
the farm is my favorite. Working on the 
farm makes one strong and healthy. I think 
most of the boys would rather work on 
the farm than anywhere else. 

Robert P. O'Leary 

Adams House Work 

I work in the Adams House each 
morning helping Mrs. Meacham. FirstI 
empty the waste baskets, and then help 
clean the kitchen. After that I do diflferent 
cleaning jobs around the house. Then 
Mrs. Meacham has me do some errands. 
When I am finished I report to the sup- 
ervisor and help him. 

David W. Howard 

My Work 
Each day I go to the boat right after 
breakfast. First the other boys and I take 
the stringing out lines from the boat and 
bring the boat in close to the float. Then 
we shine the brass, wash the windows and 
see that the boat is clean and shipshape, 
ready for a trip. Oftentimes we scrub the 
decks. When the boat is all ready we do 
other jobs. Lately we have been working 



at the boathouse. There is always work 
of one kind or another about the boats 
and wharf, and it is work which 1 like 
very much. 

Robert Fabello 

Summer Sports 

There are many summer pastimes at 
our school and the boys enjoy them all. 
Seldom does a minute pass without hearing 
the clang of a horseshoe, or the sound of 
tennis ball against racquet, or a baseball, 
Softball or basketball in use. 

Competition in outdoor sports is keen, 
and the boys are glad to get in the^e 
games, after a winter of mostly indoor 
activities. 

I look forward to the summer sports, 
and I know we will have a very successful 
program. 

David V. B. Britt 

Additional Alumni News 
Congratulations to Merton P. Ellis, 
Class of 1897, upon his reappointment to 
the Board of Appeals of the City of Boston. 
Mr, Ellis has a lifetime of experience in 
the building trades, and Mayor John B. 
Hynes certainly chose the right man when 
he personally appointed Mr. Ellis to this 
important civic post. 

William G. Beadle, '12, kindly 
sent a set of clarinet reeds for our boys to 
use during their spring band concerts and 
parades. Mr. Beadle is both an excellent 
clarinetist, as well as an expert repairman, 
having been employed for some time by 
the Cundy-Bettoney company. His home 
address is 219 Grove Street, Randolph, 
Massachusetts. 

Our graduates with the Master Build- 
ers Association announce that the address 
of the Association after July 1 will be 69 
Kingston St., Boston, in a building lately 
purchased by Master Builders. 



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CDoisip$on'$ Island Beacon 

Published Monthly br 

THE FARM AND TRADES SCHOOL 

Thompion'i Itland, Boston Harbor 

A PRIVATE SCHOOL FOR BOYS OF EXCELLENT 

CHARACTER SUPPORTED BY ENCOWMENTS. 

TUITION FEES AND SUBSCRIPTIONS 



Vol. 55 No. 2 



June 1951 



Subicription Price 



One Dollar Per Year 



BOARD OF TRUSTEES 



Augustus p. Loring, Jr., President 

James H. Lowell, Vice-President 

Alfred C. Malm. Treasurer 

Merton P. Ellis, Secretary 

Howland S. Warren, Assistant Secretary 

Term Expires 1952 
Gorham Brooks 

N Penrose Hallowell 

CharlfS E. Mason 

Philip S. Sears 

Donald S. MacPherson 
Philip H. Theopold 

Augustus P. Loring, III 

Term Expires 1953 
Leverett Saltunstall 
John L. Batchelder 
Mo>e8 Williams 

William M. Meacham 
George S. Mumford, Jr. 
Frederic Winthrop 
Howard B. Ellis 

Term Expires 1954 
George P. Denny, M. D. 
Ralph B. Williams 

Edwin H. Place, M. D. 
Calvin Page Bartlett 
Thomas Temple Pond 
Mason Sears 

Joseph L. Pendergast 

The greatest need of the world to-day 
is the rebuilding of the Christian spirit of 
service, the basic development plan at our 
home school. Why not help a fine, worthy 
boy achieve his goal by making a financial 
contribution to America's best investment? 



Our school band has had nearly a 
century of continuous musical activity. It 
WHS in 1857 that a small group began the 
study of ensemble playing, and such was 
the progress made that two years hiter the 
boys paracled on the principal streets of 
Boston. This historic event has been re- 
cently commemorated by an issue of the 
famed c;ilendar series of The First Nation- 
al Bank of Boston. 

Year after year our band has taken 
part in educational school music festivcds, 
organized and directed by the music edu- 
cators of New England. It is the purpose 
of these festivals to provide opportunity 
to grade the work of each musical group, 
and prominent adjudicators listen critically 
to each musical unit. Over a period of 
twenty-five years these festivals have so 
influenced school music, especinlly in- 
strumental, that a remarkable degree of 
excellence has gradually been attained. 

Ihe F. T. S. Band this year has every 
reason to be proud of its achievement at 
the Northeastern Massachusetts School 
Music Festival, which was held in Marble- 
head on May 5. A rating chart of seven 
headings was used to evaluate the musical 
worth of each group. An overall rating of 
five classifications was possible, with the 
highest being "Superior." Our boys may 
proudly boast that they earned the highest 
rating possible. 

Our judge was kind enough to make 
many personal observations concerning 
our group. We were pleased with his 
remark that our boys really seemed to 
enjoy performing. This comes about 
through the fine spirit of the boys, and 
the realization they acquire in everyday 
living, that if a thing is worth doing, it is 
worth doing well. 

Three sections of the band were com- 
mended highly, namely the drum, bass 
and horn sections. The personal comment 
of our adjudicator was that the work of 



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these sections "was far superior to most 
groups of this age level." 

The judge was critical of the articula- 
tion shown by our trumpet section. We 
have been aware of this deficiency, which 
is traced to the fact that seven of tne eij^ht 
boys in this section huve played in the 
band for only a few months. We h;)ve a 
suspicion that, with the added training, 
the 1952 cornet section will be a feature of 
our band. 

Our judge spoke highly of our practice 
of dividing the solo work among several 
performers. We like to do this, because 
it gives more of our boys opportunity to 
develop their musicianship. 

The appearance of the band was most 
favorably commended upon. A personal 
note appended by the judge to his report 
was: "The band and director are to be 
congratulated on the fine display of musi- 
cal discipline." 

Particularly outstanding traits also, as 
noted by our judge, were the correct in- 
terpretation and understanding of the 
music played. The attention to details of 
expression marks was also very commend- 
able, and a strong factor influencing our 
high rating. 

All of us at the School are naturally 
very proud of the 1951 Band, and each 
member may well feel mighty happy that 
his study of music has resulted in such high 
attainment. Congratulations are in order 
to each member of the group. 

Topics in Brief 

The final assembly program of the 
school year was given by the graduating 
class on May 14, and the biographical 
sketches and accomplishments of each of 
the class members were of interest. A 
clarinettrio played "Send Out Thy Light," 
and a brass trio the theme from "Fin- 
landia." 



The freshman class gave a unique en- 
tainment on the evening of April 30. The 
boys explained a large relief map of our 
island, which they had prepared as a class 
project. Musical selections had an im- 
portant pnrt. The feature of the evening 
though, was a fashion show, in which the 
the boys had plenty of opportunity to 
treat with humor the actual counterparts. 

The recreation interests of the boys 
have centered around baseball and soft- 
ball as team games, and track and tennis 
for more individual play. The baseball 
league finds the Cardinals in the lead 
at this writing In softb:tll, the White 
Sox are ahead. The boys are playing two 
games weekly, and the schedule will be 
completed at Graduation, whereupon our 
summer schedule of games will commence 
in all sports. 

The tennis court is busy at almost 
every available minute. We could well 
use another court, such is the popularity 
of the game. Tournaments are held in 
this sport annually, and it is without doubt 
the most popular of our individual sports. 

The final link in the ll-section three 
million dollar bridge, connecting Long 
and Moon Islands was placed in position 
on May 23. 

We have watched, with interest, the 
construction of this three-quarters of a 
mile bridge. 

The bridge has a clearance of fifty 
feet at the high tides. It will provide for 
two lanes of traffic between the Boston 
owned Long Island hospital and the main- 
land. Boat service will be discontinued. 

The work on the bridge will be com- 
pleted in June. The highway approaches 
to the structure should be ready by mid- 
August, so at that time the bridge will be 
open for traffic. 



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Our minister, Mr. Robert Siemens, 
has concluded two years of work with us. 
He gave his farewell sermon on May 27. 
Mr. Siemens has worked steadily and con- 
scientiously for the religious welfare of our 
boys. We wish for him continued success 
as he goes forward in the service of the 
Church. 

Beautiful, though simple, memorial 
services were conducted 9t our cemetery 
on Sunday morning, May 27. Music was 
furnished by a brass sextette, and several 
of the boys gave recitations in keeping with 
the day. 

Our annual track meet was cancelled 
this year. We did hold the cross country 
race, but rain forced the cancellation of 
the other events. The holiday, May 30, 
on which we annually hold the track 
meet was rather wet and dismal. Tovards 
late afternoon the weather cleared and a 
picnic supper was held on the beach. In 
the evening the boys enjoyed movies. 

The island presents a lovely picture 
in May and June. The flower beds have 
been very beiutiful this spring, and color 
camera enthusiasts have had a good time 
pilot )graph"ng the tulip beds, which were 
a riot of color. 

The Rev. Theodore B. Hadley, '21, 
represented The Farm and Trades School 
at the Inaugural Service for James Rolland 
Crompton as the fifteenth headmaster of 
Tilton School, Tilton. N. H. on May 5, 
1951. Mr Haciley writes that it was a real 
privilege to represent our school, and that 
the inauguration service was most im- 
pressive. Several F. T. S. graduates have 
att nded Tilton School in past years, while 
other of our alumni h;ive been guests of 
that fanous s.hool. Thus the news of the 
inaugur.il is of much interest. 



The Snetind, a four masted schooner, 
which for some years has aroused a touch 
of romantic interest amongst our bovs 
has been removed from the Spectacle 
Island beach. It was deemed a menace 
to navigation. 

Our playground apparatus has been 
given minor repairs, and two new swings 
installed. The younger boys especially 
enjoy using the apparatus and it gives 
much pleasure throughout the summer. 

We have completed the construction 
of what is without doubt the finest swim- 
ming float which we have ever had. The 
float is larger than those we have had be- 
fore, and will be of much help in our 
swimming and water safety program, to 
be held during the summer months. 

The telephone booth at the end of 
the wharf has been repaired. It was dam- 
aged during a recent wind storm. Other 
damage resulted about the wharf, which 
now is in the process of repair, 

A group of youngsters from the boys' 
clubs of the Trinity Church in Boston 
held a field and track day at the school 
on May 5. A Softball game and beach 
picnic late in the afternoon were features 
of the outing, which was held under the 
supervision of Mr. Walter Braman. 

Calendar, 90 Years Ago, May 1861 

As kept by the Superintendent 

1, Wind fresh from west. Mrs. 
Morse went to the city. Self set trees. 
Launched the schooner Lyman. Sloop 
Belle came with 49 tons of stone. 

3. Planted 2^3 acres of potatoes and 
sowed one acre of barley. 

4. Went to the city with the Lyman. 
Rec'd. of Comeras & Co. of Mt. Wash- 
ington Glass Works, $39.28 for straw. 



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8 The first visiting day of the season. 
A i )odly number present. 

26. Mr. Foote from the Cambridge 
Divin'ty School present today. 

Making Rugs 

Many, many boys think that making 
rugs is an odd hobby. Well, perhaps it is. 
Yet it is a hobby which is followed by 
many people. Many retired fishermen 
become experts at rug making. 1 am not 
an old fisherman, but I like to make rugs. 
Right now I am making one from worn 
out neckties. The rug is getting larger and 
larger. 1 learned to make rugs at home, 
and my mothtr and I were beginning a 
large hooked rug when I left to come to 

F. T. S. William F. Sonier 

The Cabbage Butterfly 

At this season of the year, from time 
to time, we have noticed the many small 
v^hite butterflies. The habits of these 
butterflies are very interesting. 
t*^,.; This butterfly is known as the Cabbage 
Butterfly. It is a noted enemy of cabbage. 
The larva has also been found on cauli- 
flower, turnip, radish, mustard, mignon- 
ette, nasturtium, and other vegetable and 
flower plants. 

The cabbage butterfly has an large 
range that includes Europe, Asia, and 
North America. The species was intro- 
duced into the United States in 1860. 

In the mature caterpillar the head 
and body are pea green. The body has 
a narrow, lemonyellow dorsal band, and 
a narrow lateral band of similar color. 

In reality, these harmless looking 
bitterflies are really dangerous enemies 
of many species of plants, notably cabbage. 

John P. Richardson 

My Garden 
I have the good fortune to have a 
flower garden of my own this summer. 



After I got the soil ready I put a neat 
stone border around the plot. Then I 
was given seeds and told to plant them as 
soon as possible. Most of my plants are 
already up. Very soon I will transplant, 
and arrange the flowers in a neat design. 
I like the hobby of flower gardening very 
much. 

Will am H. Dillon 

Office Work 

For the past six months I have been 
office boy. When I began I was on duty 
in the afternoons. My first duty was to 
clean both offices, and the corridor. Then 
I emptied the wastebaskets. After every- 
thing was neat and tidy I delivered mail, 
and did other errands. 

Now I am on duty mornings. There 
is much more to do in the morning than 
in the afternoon. I deliver all sorts of 
equipment to the instructors who make 
requisition. I post the merit charts. Every 
few minutes there is an errand to do 
somewhere. Most of the time I am veiy 
busy. 

I like being ofiice boy very much, and 
I hope I don't get changed too soon. 

Alan C. Waldron 

My New Trumpet 

On April 29 my father attended the 
band concert at Faneuil Hall. After the 
concert he spoke to our band leader and 
made arrangements for me to have a new 
Conn trumpet and case. It wasn't possible 
to get one right away, but after a few 
weeks I heard that my new trumpet had 
arrived at the school. I was so happy, I 
think I was the luckiest boy in the world. 
My new trumpet is silver plated and plays 
beautifully. It has a fine case so that the 
instrument will be protected. I am very 
proud of my new instrument, and will be 
sure to take good care of it. 

David E. LeVeillee 



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Cbe Jllumni Jlssociation of Che farm and trades School 



John E. KerVIN. '20, President 

Brighton. Mass. 
Donald S. MacPhErson '10, Treasurer 
Wollaston, Mass. 



IVERS E. WiNMILL '22 Vice-President 
Roslindale, Mass. 



William C. Burns '37, Secretary 
No. Wilmington, Mass. 
G. George Larsson, '17, Historian 
Hyde Park, Mass. 



Sgt. William L, Littlejohn vis- 
ited us during the winter. He has for 
many years been a member of an army 
band. At his visit here he attended band 
rehearsal and displayed some of his wiz- 
ardry of the baritone horn, which he has 
certainly mastered in his years as an army 
musician. 

William M. Hall, '27, has been 
employed for some time as a salesman 
for a popular television receiver. He 
tells us that salrs are on a continual in- 
crease. He has studied instrumental music, 
and for many years has been regarded as 
an excellent trombonist. He lives at 72 
Webster Street, Medford, Mass. 

Darwin C. Baird, '45 has been for- 
tunate in obtaining the managership of 
the Park College book store and will do 
this work during his next and final year 
at Park College, Parkville, Missouri. He 
is majoring in Business Administration. 
He prepared for college at Mount Her- 
mon School. 

The regular May meeting of the 
Association was held at the Hotel Manger 
on May 16. Plans for the annual field 
day were made, and the committees ap- 
pointed to take care of the activities of 
that day. 

It was a great pleasure to meet once 
again so many of our graduates and for- 
mer students at the annual concert by the 
band in Faneuil Hall. The deep interest 
of our good alumni friends is much appre- 
ciated. 



Henry J. Porter, '45, has been 

employed as a television repairman, and 
is now with the Raytheon Corporation. 
His music has been oi much help to him, 
an(i he plays occasionally with bands in 
the Boston area. He lives at 7 Hancock 
Place, Cambridge, Mass. 

Robert P. Donnelly, '43, left re- 
cently for Milwaukee, where he is looking 
into the possibility of work on a newspaper 
there. If his plans materialize he will live 
there permanently. He was a recent visitor. 

Walter J. Ross, '44, is living at the 
Huntington Avenue "Y", and is em- 
ployed in a Boston restaurant. His 
hobby is photography, and he has done 
much good work in this field. 

Edward H. Strom, '50 writes from 
Camp Atterbury, Indiana. He sends his 
good wishes to all his friends, and writes 
that he would be very happy to hear from 
anyone at the school. His address is Pvt. 
Edward H. Strom, 11222725, Co. D, 
109th Infantry, 28 Division, Camp Atter- 
bury, Indiana. 

Frank N. Babick, '45, sends along 
word that he is now a sergeant in the air 
corps, and is stationed at a tiny base far 
out in the Pacific. A small group com- 
prise the entire personnel of the base, 
The work being done consists of charting 
the area. He expects that his work here 
will be finished in about six months. 

He has been fortunate in his military 
career by being chosen as a student at the 
army specialized training schools. He has 
studied courses which will always be of 
value. 




Vol. 55 No. 3 Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. July, 1951 

Entered November 3, 1903 at Boston, Mass., as Second Class matter, nnder Act of Congress, of July 6, 1^74 



Graduation 

Ideal June weather prev;iiled on 
Graduation Day, Thursday, June 7. and 
the exercises for the Class of 1951 were 
held amidst the beauty of the south lawn. 
We were indeed fortunate in having as the 
speaker for the occasion Dr. Richard M. 
Gummere, the Chairman of the Com- 
mittee on Admissions of Harvard College. 

The exercises began with the Class 
.Processional, with John P. Richardson, 
President of the Class of 1952, as marshall. 
Our good friend from the South Baptist 
Church in South Boston, the Rev. Morris 
A. Inch, gave the Invocation, which was 
followed by an overture "Determination" 
by the schoolband, Mr. Frank L. Warren, 
conductor. 

The class valedictorian was Donald 
S. Duquet, and the Salutatorian Frank C. 
Wing. Both spoke briefly. 

It was with extreme regret that the 
President of the Board of Trustees, Mr. 
Augustus P. Loring, Jr., was unable to be 
with us. Mr. Loring is making steady, 
although slow, progress from a serious 
illness. In his place the Vice President. 
Mr. James H. Lowell, introduced the 
speaker. Mr. Lowell first paid a sincere 
tribute to Mr. Loring for a lifetime of 
devotion to our school. He then told of 
the interest of Dr. Gummere in young 
people, and led us to anticipate a very 
worthwhile address, in which we certainly 



were not disappointed. 

Dr. Gummere named the essential 
qualifications which all young people 
must achieve. These included having 
active church connections, happiness in 
one's work, and the willingness to strive 
for the comforts and privileges of every- 
day life. 

These essential factors in successful 
living may be earned by adherence to 
definite principles, said Dr. Gummere. 
First of all one's education must never 
stop, and one should forever carry on, 
regardless of how far his formal education 
has taken him. Second, as Mr. Gummere 
pointed out, is the fact that one's work 
must never become boring, nor tiresome. 
Romance and adventure must be parts of 
everyday work and, above all, a worker 
nmst enjoy doing his job. Third, the very 
objectiveness of a job is of paramount 
importance, and Dr. Gummere stated that 
one should correlate in his work all pos- 
sible factors of everyday living. The fourth 
point brought out by the speaker was a 
call to our young graduates to develop a 
sense of humor, for this can always break 
all tension, and go far to make life worth 
living. 

Dr. Gummere summarized his address 
by a direct and fitting challenge to the 
class. It was for each boy to nourish and 
keep growing all his dreams and aspira- 
ations. As an example he pointed to the 



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visit of youthful Lincoln to the southern 
slave markets and the vision which resulted 
in the emancipation proclamation. 

We felt richly rewarded by this stirring 
address, and are indeed deeply grateful to 
Dr. Gummere for coming to us with a 
vital, living message. 

Headmaster William M, Meacham 
presented diplomas to the class of ten. 
It was a notable occasion, for it was the 
twenty-fifth class to be graduated under 
Mr, Meacham. Special diplomas for the 
completion of the sloyd course were given 
ten boys, and two juniors received cer^ 
tificates. Hans M. Christensen was named 
as the winner of the Shaw Scholarship for 
this year. The Shaw and Temple prizes 
for good citizenship were awarded, as also 
were the annual athletic awards. 

The exercises were concluded by a 
selection by the band. 

The program follows: 

PROGRAM 

Class Processional — Youth Victorious 
John P. Richardson, '52, Marshall 

Invocation 

The Reverend Morris A. Inch 

Overture — Determination 

Salutatory 

Frank C. Wing 

Band Selection— Chief of Staff 

Valedictory 

Donald S. Duquet 

Introduction of Speaker 

Vice President James H. Lowell 

Address 

Dr. Richard M. Gummere 

Chairman of Committee on Admissions 

of Harvard College 

Presentation of Diplomas and Prizes 
Headmaster William M. Meacham 

Finale — Gyral 



DIPLOMAS AWARDED 

GRADUATION 

Hans Marius Christensen 
Robert William Closson 
Donald Stanley Duquet 
Roger Allan Hopkins 

Eldon Joseph Lundin 
John Robert Mason 
Karl Mills 

Walter Ostrander 

George Henry Tangen, Jr. 
Frank Cushing Wing 

SLOYD 
Hans Marius Christensen 
Robert William Closson 

Donald Stanley Duquet 
Roger Allan Hopkins 

Eldon Joseph Lundin 
John Robert Mason 
Karl Mills 

David Wolflfe Simmons, Jr. 
Wayne David Suitor 
George Henry Tangen, Jr. 

JUNIOR YEAR CERTIFICATE 
David Wolfife Simmons, Jr. 
Wayne David Suitor 

Class Officers 

President 

Hans Marius Christensen 

Vice President 

Robert William Closson 

Secretary 

John Robert Mason 

Treasurer 

Donald Stanley Duquet 
Honor Roll — Spring Term 

The highest academic averages in each class group 
Junior Class 

David Wolffe Simmons, Jr. 
Wayne David Suitor 

Sophomore Class 

Donald Stanley Duquet 
Frank Cushing Wing 



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Freshman Class 

Joseph John Magazu 
William Lester Glennon, Jr. 

Eighth Grade, Division A 
David Van Buren Britt 
Robert Arthur Kidder 

Eighth Grade, Division B 

Joseph Bernard Mason 
Donald Robert Dockham 

Seventh Grade 

William Henry Dillon 

David Edmond LeVeille (Tie) 

Richard Anthony Ostrander (Tie) 

Sixth Grade 

Loren Ellis Cain 
Daniel Wayne Dockham 

Best Citizenship 

The best general conduct and effort 
in each class group 

Junior Class 

David Wolfife Simmons, Jr. 

Wayne David Suitor 

Sophomore Class 

Robert William Closson 

Karl Mills 

Freshman Class 

Donald Earle Richardson 
William Francis Sonier 

Eighth Grade, Division A 

Alan Coates Waldron 
Frank Jerry Dow, Jr. 

Eighth Grade, Division B 

David Bruce Balfour 
Leonard Bova 

Seventh Grade 
William Henry Dillon 
David Edmond LeVeillee 

Sixth Grade 

Ralph Howard Sherman 
Philip Harold Churchill 



Miss Ann Holt Mudge Becomes Bride 
of Linwood Law Meacham 

The congratulations and best wishes 
of friends here are extended Linwood L. 
Meacham, '41, on the occasion of his 
marriage to Miss Ann Holt Mudge on 
June 23. 

Miss Mudge is the daughter of 
Raymond C. Mudge, Commissioner of 
Finance of the State of Maine, and Mrs. 
Mudge, of 22 Manley Street, Augusta. 
She graduated from Middlebury College 
on June 18. Many times during the past 
year she has visited our school, and she 
has made many friends here. 

Linwood Meacham graduated from 
Vermont Academy in 1944. After serving 
in the U. S. Navy during World War II 
he attended Middlebury College, gradu- 
ating with the class of 1950. For the past year 
he has been associated with the William 
Eugene Hayes agency of the New England 
Mutual Life Insurance Company. 

The Rev. Wesley U. Riedel, pastor of 
the South Parish Congregational Church, 
in Augusta, ofificiated in the double ring 
ceremony which took place in the church. 
Mrs. Corwin V. Mudge, sister-in-law of 
the bride was the matron of honor, while 
Joyce E. Meacham, sister of the groom, 
was in the bridesmaid group. 

William M. Meacham, Jr., '37, was 
his brother's best man, and serving as one 
of the group of three ushers was Raymond 
Thomas, F. T. S. 1926. 

Following the ceremony a reception 
was held at the Mudge residence on 
Manley Street. Mr. and Mrs. Meacham, 
the newlyweds, left after the reception on 
their wedding trip. They are now at 
home, at 21 Kemper Street, in Wollaston, 
Massachusetts. 

All of us at Thompson's Island wish 
all good fortune to the happy couple. 



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Thompson's Island. Boston Harbor 

A PRIVATE SCHOOL FOR BOYS OF EXCELLENT 

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Vol. 55 No. 3 



July 1951 



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BOARD OF TRUSTEES 



AuiSustus P. Loring, Jr., President 

James H. Lowell, Vice-President 

Alfred C. Malm, Treasurer 

Merton P. Ellis, Secretary 

Howland S. Warren, Assistant Secretary 

Term Expires 1952 
Gorham Brooks 

N. Penrose Hallowell 

Chflrles E. Mason 

Philip S. Sears 

Donald S. MacPherson 
Philip H. Theopold 

Augustus P, Loring^, lO 

Terra Expires 1953 
Leverett SaltunstuII 
John L. Batchelder 
Mo-es Williams 

William M. Meachara 
George S, Mum-ford, Jj, 
Frederic Winthrop 
Howard B. Ellis 

Term Eipires 1954 
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Ralph B, Williams 
Edwin H. Place, M. D. 
Calvin Page Bartlett 
Thomas Temple Pood 
Mason Sears 

Joseph L. Pendergasf 



The greatest need of the world to-day 
is the rebuilding of the Christian spirit of 
service, the basic development plan at our 
home school. Why not help a fine, worthy 
boy achieve his goal by making a financial 
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Without presenting any new or quoted 
definition of Education in this article we 
wish to call attention to some of the really 
important educational features represented 
and written about, in this publication, 
the Beacon. 

Extra-curricular activities, those in- 
terests of participation other than the 
purely academic, the broad extra program 
whichbuildsconfidence, develops responsi- 
bility and engenders cooperative under- 
standing and appreciation, are in fact, and 
should be more generally recognized as 
the very foundation of all true education. 

In one recent issue of the BEACON 
we find eighteen articles written by our 
boys on a very wide variety of subjects. 
Every article indicates active participation, 
clear perception and real development in 
the lives of our lads at The Farm and 
Trades School. The following list of sub- 
jects from this one issue of the BeacoN 
covers only a fractional part of our total 
broad program of extra activity in addition 
to our college preparatory program of 
high scholastic standings. 

Beach Suppers 

Beautiful Thompson's Island 

The Printing Office 

Boiler Repairs 

Intramural Sports 

Our Barber College 

The Daily Schedule 

Laundry Training 

Hobbies 

Bible Club 

Our Movie Shows 

Varsity Football 

Landscaping 

Boston Harbor 

Boat Experience 

Christian Endeavor 

Being Office Boy 

Poultry Work 



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Topics in Brief tendered ^ifts from the class which showed, 

It was our privilege to have as speaker '" ^ ^"'^'^ ^^y- ^he appreciation of our 

at Graduation Dr. Richard M. Gummere, ^"^^ ^or the grand assistance she has given 

the Chairman of the Committee on Ad- ^^^ through the years, 
missions of Harvard College. The exer- 



cises for the Class of 1951 took place on 



Headmaster and Mrs. Meacham in- 



June 7. Mr. James H. Lowell, Vice ^^^ed the graduating class to supper on the 
President of the Board of Trustees, intro- evening of June 6. A buffet supper, served 



duced Dr. Gummere, who had a fine 
message for our boys. The diplomas were 
awarded the ten members of the class by 
Headmaster William M. Meacham. 

The Bacalaureate Service for the Class 
of 1951 took place on Sunday, June 3, 
at the South Baptist Church, South Boston. 
The sermon was preached by the Rev. 
Morris A. Inch, who had an inspiring 
message for the class. Special music was 
furnished by the school brass quartet, and 
the church choir. The class was much 



on the Adams House lawn, was very much 
enjoyed. This is an annual feature of 
graduation week, and very much enjo) ed. 

The Alumni of the school gathered 
here on June 2 for the annual field day. 
A large happy group was present to enjoy 
the festivities. Ideal weather helped to 
mjike the day a success, for all the events 
took place out-of-doors. 



Our band took part in a program at 

the Centennial Hall of the Jordan Marsh 

^ , ,. T 1 , Company on Saturday morning, June 9. 

pleased that Mr. Inch gave the message, u „,„„ ^t,,. <;^..i ^.,^ * ^f ^u / • j i • 

.^ , 1 . , f It was the tinal event or a youth friendship 

for three years ago he was in charge or our „,^^i, k^*.„^^„ <.u« ,.^ ^ i r 

J ^ ^ week between the young people of our 



religious services, and is held in high 
personal esteem by our boys. 

An annual graduation present from 
Mrs. Arthur Adams is the class excursion. 
For many years she has made it financially 
possible for each graduating class to enjoy 
an outing at a popular resort. This year 
the boys, together with Mr. and Mrs. 
Meacham and the teaching staff, went to 
Canobie Lake, where a happy time was 
enjoyed. 

The freshman class tendered a farewell 

reception and dance to the Class of 1951 swimming, life saving, and water safety 

on the evening of June 1. As guests we courses. Likewise, nearly all are taking 

were very happy to have Miss Helen M. part in the various tournaments of summer 

Gresty with us, who brought a group of sports. In team games softball takes the 

girls from her Lynn church groups, to act lead, it being by far the most popular of 

as dancing partners for the boys. The the warm weather sports, 
boys relied upon Miss Gresty to direct the It is certainly true that "the good old 

dance which she did with her customary summerdme" is eagerly anticipated by 

skill. At the close of the dance she was our boys— the season of many pleasures. 



nation, and tho-e of Latin America. The 
program was tape recorded, and broadcast 
the following evening. One of our boys, 
Richard A. Ostrander, introduced one of 
the band numbers, and dedicated it to the 
young people of South America. The 
broadcast was sent over the Voice of 
Freedom. 

With the completion of graduation 
week activities our summer program 
began. No time was lost in making all 
of our summertime facilities available. 
Nearly all of the boys are enrolled in the 



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Calendar, 90 Years Ago, June 1861 

As kept by the Superintendent 

7. Monthly visiting day. Present of 
Manasiers: Messrs. Bowditch, Kuhn, and 
S. G. DeRlois. 

9. Servicesin A. M. by the Reverend 
Mr. Ran, a Swiss clergyman. 

16. The Reverend Dr. Bowles came 
in the P. M. and performed the ordinance 
of baptism to the children of Mrs. Floyd, 
who has two sons here. 

23. Present: Mr. Stewart of the Cam- 
bridge Divinity Hall. 

30. Present: Rev. Charles Cleavland 
who is 89 years old. 

Alumni Day 

My father graduated in 1930. and I 
came to F. T. S. last year. On June 2 
Alumni Day was held. My father wasn't 
able to come, but I met some of his school- 
mates. Among these were Raymond M. 
Bean and Samuel O. Hall. After the 
day's activities I walked to the boat with 
them. 1 was glad to make such good 
friends on Alumni Day. 

Frank J. Dow, Jr. 

The New Float 
All the boys are very thankful to Mr. 
Thomas for building the new swimming 
float, which is much larger than the other 
swimming floats we have had. The new 
float has all new lumber on the top and 
front, and has ladders so we can get out 
of the water easily. The diving board is 
at one end. We go swimming at least 
twice a day and we like the new float. 

Philip H, Churchill 

Tournaments 

We are getting the three tournaments 
started for the summer, and the first series 
is now over. The tournaments are held in 
tennis, horseshoe pitching and basketball 
foul shooting. The boys 14 and over are 



in the senior groups, and the younger ones 
are juniors. It takes about two weeks to 
play each tournament, and then drawings 
are made for a new set of matches. The 
winners in each tournament get prizes. 

Edward J. Darr 

Award of Prizes 

Each six months the Shaw Prizes for 
excellence in conduct are given. They 
were given for the 125th successive period 
on graduation day. The ten highest boys 
received cash awards, while the next five 
received books. These book prizes are 
the Temple Consolation Prizes, and are 
given by our trustee, Mr. N. Penrose 
Hallowell, and are given in memory of 
Mr. Thomas F. Temple, who originated 
the idea of the consolation awards. Seven 
boys received honorable mention. 

The names of the winners are: 

Shaw Prizes 

Donald E. Richardson 

Ralph H. Sherman 

Roger A. Hopkins 

Alan C. Waldron 

John P. Richardson 

Robert W. Closson 

Earl R. Lehnherr, Jr. 

David B. Balfour 

Robert B. Gorrill 

Karl Mills 

Temple Consolation Prizes 

William H. Dillon 

Ralph F. Hopkins 

Hans M. Christensen 

Edward A. Atton 

William L. Glennon, Jr. 

Honorable Mention 

Loren E. Cain 

David V. B. Britt 

J. Harold Darr, Jr. 

William F. Sonier 

Walter E. Callaway 

Robert O. Cain 

David W. Simmons, Jr. 



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After Supper Entertainment 

There are more than two hours of 
davlighr after supper, and I think everyone 
will a^ree that they are the liveliest hours 
of the day. Usually we play softball, and 
very offen some of the instructors are on 
the teams. We have a good time playing, 
and no matter how warm the day is, there 
is always a cool breeze on the ball field. 
Some of the games are very close, while 
others aren't. Everyone has fun though, 
and we are alwa>s able to play a full 
game. As soon as the last out is made the 
welcome swimming signal is heard, and 
we finish our after-supper period with a 
dip. 

Teyet Ramar, 2nd 

Our Class Service 

The graduating class had charge of 
the church service on Sunday evening, 
June 3. I was chosen to give the talk, 
and others had parts to help make the 
service all it should be. Mr. Siemens 
helped us so that we were well prepared. 
My talk was based on the life of Moses. 
Walter Ostrander announced the hymns 
for the congregation, and Hans Christen- 
sen read the scripture. An instrumental 
quartet of Frank C. Wing, R. Barry 
Gorrill, Donald E. Richardson, and 
William L. Glennon played two favorite 
hymns, and Robert W. Closson played a 
solo. 

At the close of the service the class 
presented a gift to Mr. Siemens in appre- 
ciation of his leadership and friendship 
during the past two years. 

Roger A. Hopkins 

Softball 
Almost every night, after supper, we 
have a softball game. This is my favorite 
summer sport, and I like it better than any 
other sport except football, I have learned 
to play both of these games here, for when 



I came I couldn't play any sports at all. 
We have a good field to play on, and we 
don't interfere with those who want to play 
baseball, because the diamonds for both 
games are on diflferent fields. In April and 
May most of the boys prefer baseball, but 
as the weather gets warmer softball be- 
comes the more popular. 

Charles J. Laidlaw 

Summer Term 

We had our final test of the spring 
term on June 1. Then the summer term 
began. This term is the most popular 
among the boys, for it is vacation time. 
I here ^re many kinds of games and sports 
to enjoy, such as swimming, tennis, base- 
ball and softball. Those who like farming 
may spend much time on the farm, and 
especially during haying season. Then 
sometime during the summer all the boys 
have a vacation at home. Of course there 
aren't any school classes during the sum- 
mer term. Do you wonder that it is the 
most popular term? 

Richard A. Ostrander 

Night Swimming 
The last thing we do before we go to 
bed on each pleasant night is to go for a 
swim. Usually we have just finished a 
bail g:ime. There aren't many who don't 
like the night swim, especially if the day 
has been warm. After the swim we get a 
shower, and are then ready for a good 
night of sleep. Barry R. Fuller 

Alumni Field Day 

June 2 was a gala day for the Alumni 
of the School, for that was the annual 
home-coming date for graduates repre- 
senting classes as far back as 1882, and 
including a goodly representation of those 
from the very recent classes. 

The group arrived in two chartered 
boats shortly after 10:30 A. M., and was 
met at the wharf by the school band. 



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Che J\\mn\ Association of Cbe farm and trades School 



John E. KerVIN, '20, President 

Brighton, Mass. 
Donald S. MacPherson '10, Treasurer 
WoUaston, Mass. 



IVERS E. WiNMILL '22 
Roslindale, 



Vice-President 
Mass. 



William C. Burns "37, Secretary 
No. Wilmington, Mass. 
G. George Larsson, '17, Historian 
Hyde Park, Mass. 



Continued from the preceding page 
Accompanied by stirring martial music of 
the band, it did not take too long for the 
graduates and their friends to assemble at 
the north lawn. Here more music was 
enjoyed, and then a short welcoming 
period took place. Our headmaster, 
Mr. Meacham, urged all to use every 
facility of the School in having the best 
possible, happy reunion. 

The group then dispersed, using the 
time before lunch to visit once again the 
familiar haunts of boyhood days. All of 
the shops were inspected, and it seemed 
that every nook and cranny brought forth 
memories of experiences, grown rich with 
the passing years. 

There were some who brought with 
them guests who had not before visited 
our school. To these, the facilities of 
Bowditch House, and the excellent and 
comfortable living conditions provided 
for by the Hayden dormitories were of 
vast interest. As these visitors had an 
opportunity to further visit the depart- 
ments of our school they were impressed 
with the tremendous service to youth being 
given at The Farm and Trades School. 
This attitude is by no means unusual, for 
every graduate gets a keen delight in show- 
ing his friends our school, for he fully 
enjoys the overall impression F. T. S. 
creates. 

The Association had arranged with 
the school for the preparation and serving 
of a delicious lunch. The call to dinner 
w^as given at twelve noon, and an excellent 
meal was served on the lawn. The feature 
of the meal was, of course, the Golden 
Guernsey milk, fresh from our dairy. 
Baked beans, "best in the world," from 



our own bakery, was a main dish. 

After dinner the school boys were 
ready to engage the graduates in baseball 
and Softball. The baseball game was a 
masterpiece during the early innings, for 
Ray Thomas had his boys in top form. 
The graduates recalled the skill of days 
not too long past and seemed destined to 
win. Gradually, though, the schoolboys 
wore down the alumni, and eventually 
won the match. The softball game was 
strictly informal, and a lot of fun. 

Meanwhile a series of races was held 
on the track. There were races for all age 
groups. Later in the afternoon picnic-type 
games and races were held on the lawn. 
There were generous prizes of cash and 
candy bars. The races were very much 
enjoyed, not only by the boys, but by the 
onlookers as well. There were stunts for 
visiting children too, which added to the 
merriment. 

Throughout most of the day old timers 
were reviewing memories of by-gone days. 
A few, who had not been back for some 
years, had a pleasant time renewing old 
friendships. It is always a thrill for old 
friends to get together once again, and 
indeed that is the big reason for calling 
F. T. S. men back to the campus. 

Shortly after four o'clock word was 
passed that the boats had arrived and were 
ready to begin the homeward trips. And 
with a rousing cheer by the schoolboys for 
the alumni, the trek to the wharf began. 
It was an admirable day, a happy 
annual event. Behind its success was the 
work of the committee for the day, as 
well as the efforts of others, who, in an 
informal way, helped keep things moving 
in an interesting manner. 




Vol. 55 No. 4 Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. August, 1951 

Entered November 3, 1903 at Boston, Mass., as Second Class matter, under Act o' Congress, of Jul> 6, 1>'74 



Our New Float 
Some may think that baseball, tennis, 
or even oiitdoc^r basketball are the best 
summer sports, but I choose swimming. 
This sport has been especially good this 
year because of the new float which was 
built just for swimming. It has a larger 
area than our other floats, and there are 
no ropes norcleats in the way. The diving 
board is at one end, and there are two 
ladders so that we can get out of the water 
easily. All of us are very grateful to Mr. 
Thomas and the others who helped build 
the new float. 

Ralph F. Hopkins 

Tournaments 

Every two or three weeks we have a 
new set of tournaments, and the winners 
get candy bars for prizes. There are two 
separate tournaments in eacti of three 
sports. Horseshoes, tennis and baskeibail 
foul shooting are the sports included. Most 
of the boys get in the tournaments, and 
they all like the fun of competing in the 
games. 

I am playing in the tennis tourna- 
ment for the first time, and like it very 
much. 

Arnold M. Sutterlin 

Swimming Classes 
As soon as school is over in June Mr. 
Thomas gets the boys interested in making 



improvement in their swimming skills. 
Classes are held for beginners, intermedi- 
ates, swimmers and advanced swimmers, 
junior life saving and senior life saving. A 
class is held each day, and during the free 
swim periods we practice what we have 
learned. So far, everyone has made much 
progress. We look forward to the time 
when we will receive our certificates, pins, 
and badges. Mr. Thomas is a Red Cross 
trained instructor, and teaches the courses 
oudined by the American Red Cross. 

David E. LeVeillee 

Special Work 

After school closed in June I was ap- 
pointed to be a special boy for the summer. 
That is, I help the supervisor on the many 
jobs he has to do. The first work I had 
was to be one of a group which launched 
the new swimming fioat and secured it in 
place on the south side of the wharf. Some 
of the other work I do is rake gravel, mow 
lawns, care for the flower gardens, and 
help keep the ball fields and horseshoe 
pits in good condition. 

Because this work is so varied it is 
liked by the boys. I hope to stay on this 
job for a long time. 

Thomas Angelos 

Boat Duties 
Every other morning I go to the 
wharf after breakfast, and get the Pilgrim 
ready for the eight o'clock trip. The boat 



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is brought to the float from the night an- 
chorage. Then the windows are washed, 
and the brass shined. 

There are lots of interesting things to 
do on the boat. For instance we are now 
repairing a rowboat which became dam- 
aged in a recent storm. When we have 
finished, the rowboat will look as good, 
and be as good, as when it was new, 

Receiidy we beached the Pilgrim, 
scraped the hull, and then painted the 
boat. 

I like boat work, and hope to have 
the job for a long time. 

Robert Fabello 

Beach Suppers 

During the summer months we nav? 
several beach suppers, usually on holiday 
evenings. We had one on August 2, and 
everyone had a good time. We get to- 
gether in groups of three or four and make 
small fireplaces. Then we light the fires, 
and after we have a good hot bed of coals 
we are ready to get our food. When 
cooking frankforts and bacon some of the 
boys wrap the bacon around the frankfprt, 
while others cook each separately. Some 
fry the meat in pans, while others put the 
weenies on sticks and roast. Either way 
they taste good. The rest of the menu for 
our last beach supper was cookies, punch, 
sliced tomatoes, cucumbers, rolls and ice 
cream. 

The beach suppers are always fun, 
and we are looking ahead to the next one 
on Labor Day. 

Loren E. Cain 

Fishing 

Fishing is enjoyed by many boys here 
at F. T. S. For bait most of us use sea 
worms, which we dig at low tide on the 
east side beach. Some have good rods 
and casting reels, but most of us use a 
fitted line which we buy for fifteen cents. 



Most boys fish on the ocean bottom where 
they catch such fish as flounder, sea perch, 
eels and crabs. We are having an informal 
contest to see who can catch the most fish 
this summer. One of the boys has sixty. 
I have caught twenty-eight. The fish that 
we catch are cleaned at the wharf, and 
we take them to one of the dormitories 
where the instructor cooks them for us. I 
like to fish, and consider it one of the top 
sports here. 

Robert p. O'Leary 

Sports Shot 
Quite soon the summer sports will be 
giving way to football. Basketball used 
to be just a winter sport, but now that we 
have an outdoor court this game is played 
the year 'round. This summer softball 
has been the most popular game, with 
tennis a close second. Most of the boys 
have advanced in the water sports classes 
and we have many junior life savers. 

Richard A. Ostrander 

Office Work 
Every morning, after breakfast, I go 
to the ofifice and help the instructors there. 
Later I clean the office, by sweeping tH^-^ 
floor, dustmopping, and emptying the 
waste baskets, Then I file whatever is in ^''' 
my tray. After that, especially on Mon- 
days, I fill requisitions for articles needed 
in the departments. In between times I 
do errands, and whatever tasks may be 
assigned me. 

Alan C. Waldron 

Football 

Although this is August, and there 
are plenty of hot days ahead, every time 
a cool day arrives one may see groups of 
the boys playing tag football, or just pass- 
ing. I think most of the boys are rather 
anxious to have football season begin. I 
know I am. 

Leonard Bova 



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Recreation 

My regular work this summer has been 
milking and helping on the farm. In 
between times I have liked playing sports, 
but swimming, most of all, has been my 
favorite recreation, I am sure that most 
of us have a desire to become excellent 
swimmers and divers, and we have plenty 
of chances to practice during the summer 
months. We have good coaching, and at 
least one of our swimming periods every 
day is for instruction. 

S. Newc<?m^ Graham 

Diving Lessons 

We have been given diving lessons 
this summer and we practice at every swim 
period. Some of the boys have enough 
courage now to do dives which, not long 
ago, they thought impossible for them to 
do. The diving board is certainly busy 
every time we go swimming. When the 
tide is high we dive from the piles at the 
end of the wharf, and this is real sport. 

Some of the boys have become very 
good divers this summer, and there are 
hardly none who can't do a straight dive. 

Kenneth W. Clayton 



Softball 

Today we had a Softball game. Harold 
Darr was captain of one team and he chose 
me as catcher for his team. Roger Alley 
was the other captain. We had ten men 
on a side, the tenth player being a short- 
fielder, who backed up the infielders. The 
players on both teams hit the ball hard 
and many runs were scored. We won 
the game, which lasted seven innings. 

Ralph F. Hopkins 

My Collection 
I am making a hobby of collecting 
autographed photographs of personages 
chiefly famous in the musical world. I 
never realized how much satisfaction can 
be had by writing for, and receiving, fine 



photographs of some of the world's great 
symphonic conductors, composers, and 
even very busy news men. My first photos 
I received were those of Arthur Fieldler, 
famed conductor of the Boston Pops or- 
chestra, and Maestro Arturo Toscanini. 
From that beginning I have devised a 
system for acquiring more pictures. A 
penny postal card provided all the space 
I needed for a message. 

To become statistical for a moment, I 
now have thirty-seven personally auto- 
graphed photographs in my collection, 
and I have high hopes of getting many 
more. In case any readers want to start 
this hobby, my advice is to write a courte- 
ous note and be patient. A reply will 
comedP* ■ 

Some of the photos I have received 
are those of Leroy Anderson, the famous 
composer, Charles Munch, the lately 
appointed conductor of the Boston Sym- 
phony Orchestra, and John Cameron 
Swayze, the well known newsman. 

If any of our readers follow this hobby 
I should enjoy corresponding and com- 
paring notes. 

Wayne W. Henry 

Hungry? 

If you are hungry I suggest you get a 
fishline and go to the wharf. If you are 
lucky you will get a strike, and if you are 
careful you will land a good size fish. Let 
us suppose that it is a flounder, about a 
foot long. You will clean it and take it to 
the kitchen. It will be fried to a golden 
brown, and you will be hungrier still as 
you watch the sizzling pan. It doesn't 
take long to cook the fish, and soon you 
will be feasting on fish fit for a king. 

William F. James 

—The varsity football team will open 
its 1951 football season by playing the 
Milton Academy seconds at the Academy 
on October 6. 



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Vol. 55 No. 4 August 1951 



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BOARD OF TRUSTEES 



Anfiustus P. Loring, Jr., President 

James H. Lowell, Vice-President 

Alfred C. Malm. Treasurer 

Merton P. Ellis, Secretary 

Howland S. Warren, Assistant Secretary 

Term Expires 1952 
Gorham Brooks 

N. Penrose Hallowell 

Charles E. Mason 

Philip S. Sears 

Donald S. MacPherson 
Philip H. Theopold 

Augustus P. Loring, III 

Term Expires 1953 

Leverett Si. Itonstt 11 
John L. Batchelder 
Moses Williams 

William M. Meachara 
George S. Mumford, Jr. 
Frederic Winthrop 
Howard B. Ellis 

Term Expires 1954 
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Ralph B. Williams 

Edwin H. Place, M. D. 
Calvin Page Bartlett 
Thomas Temple Pond 
Mason Sears 

Joseph L. Pendergast 



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boy achieve his goal by making a financial 
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Life Begins at Eighty 

Frederic R. Hafley o! the class of '88 
typed the following letter recently, and 
signed it with an obviously steady hand. 
This letter, one of many 1 cherish from 
this great alumnus through the past 25 years, 
is in response to a little prayer book be- 
longing to his brother Charles, also of the 
class of '88, I recently found in the school 
archives and mailed to him. Frederic, in 
his eighty-first year, and his brother 
Charles a year younger, are not only the 
grand young men of our loyal alumni but 
they are, as we would know from contact 
with them, and abundantly verified from 
other sources, highly respected and be- 
loved leaders in their community. These 
two brothers continue to operate a large 
and prosperous poultry farm and retail egg 
business in New Brunswick, N. J. 

The letter follows: 
"Dear Mr. Meacham: 

"Thank you for sending us the little 
book. Very recently Charles and I were 
speaking of it, and wondering what had 
become of it. At the same time, Father 
Osborne slave each of us a prayer book. 
Charles took it to sea with him all over 
the world. I took mine when I enlisted 
in the army. 

"The Beacon arrived today, and it 
was simply wonderful. It takes us back to 
our boyhood days, when we were just like 
these boys that write the articles; except 
that we didn't have the advantages that 
they have. 

"This litde magazine ought to be cir- 
culated among wealthy men and women. 
Once read it will circulate itself. Every 
article warms the heart. 

"I read with great pleasure of the 
coming of Miss Gresty, and bringingyoung 
ladies with her, to teach the boys to dance. 
It was the project of a fertile brain and 
properly managed —as I am sure it is — is 
as vital to the boys as food. To be at ease 



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in the company of the fairer sex is an ac- 
quisition that is necessary to a well-rounded 
life. 

"I was sorry to read of the death of 
Fred Neptune Frasier. He was born at 
sea. and because of that fact he was given 
the name of Neptune. I can remember 
him tell that he was born one degree south 
of the equator. 

"I will close with the opinion that you 
have set an example for the boys to emu- 
late, and the BEACON shows that they 
have been successful. 

"Our kind regards to Mrs. Meacham 
and yourself. 

Sincerely yours, 
Frederic R. Hafley." 

Topics in Brief 

Sunday, August 12 will be remem- 
bered for the fog which blanketed Boston 
Harbor. A party of four was marooned 
on our shores until rescued by the Coast 
Guard, and scores were fogbound in the 
outer harbor. One of the Nantasket 
steamers went aground in the fog and 
more than 800 were removed in small 
boats. The PiLGRIM III made our trips 
without incident. 

The boys have worked diligently on 
their flower beds with the result that their 
plot of flower gardens is a riot of color. 
Flower gardening is a hobby which main- 
tains its interest for a lifetime period, and 
happy is he who learns, while young, the 
many pleasures which this hobby will 
bring. Our boys are encouraged to have 
their own gardens, and expert instruction 
is given in their care. The flower garden 
area is a busy place from early spring until 
fall. At this time of year, when the gardens 
are in full bloom, the results are manifest 
in the gorgeous coloring of the blossoms 
of a wide variety of plants. 



The Long Island bridge was opened 
for general use on August 4. We watched 
the formal ceremonies which were high- 
lighted by a display by the city fireboats. 
On television some of us saw Messrs. 
Tobin, Hynes, and other city dignitaries 
as they delivered the important dedicatory 
addresses. 

A group from the Ruggles Street Bap- 
tist Church, of Roxbury, held an outing 
at the school recently. A Softball game 
was played, with our boys providing the 
opposition. For many years we have had 
a friendly contact with the Ruggles Street 
church, and are happy to make our fa- 
cilities available for this annual summer 
picnic. ^ 

A teacher, with three pupils, stopped 
at our wharf recently for the purpose of 
holding a class in water skiing. One of 
the pupils did rather well at the sport. 
We were amazed at the skill and dexterity 
of the teacher as he demonstrated the 
"hows" of this thrilling summer sport. 
We recommend it to the young and agile. 
Certainly we watched with considerable 
interest. 

Variety and abundance has been the 
pattern set by our farm in supplying our 
table with vegetables this summer. Corn, 
summer squash, cucumbers and tomatoes 
have been especially plentiful, and black- 
berries have been picked in quantity. 

The boat crew beached the PILGRIM 
recently. The boat was cleaned and 
painted, and now presents her usually 
neat and trim summertime appearance. 
Our launch, the WiNSLOW, was painted 
earlier this summer. This craft is often 
used during the summer months. Just now 
the boat boys are busy laying new planks 
where necessary on the wharf. 



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The boys have enjoyed the usual 
summer sports, with tennis being a big 
favorite. Swimming and water sports have 
been especially popular, and most of the 
boys have studied the Red Cross water 
safety courses. Softball is a game of which 
the boys never tire, and several games are 
held each week. We have admir;^ble fa- 
cilities for these grand games and, needless 
to say, these summertime sports are a big 
feature of our vacation program. 

Mr. Frank L. Warren, our band- 
ma^^ter, has resumed his weekly rehearsals 
with our band. He has every expectation 
of developing another fine band during 
the coming school year, and is enthusiastic 
over tiie possibilities. 

Fishing has been popular this month, 
and theboys have caught a large number 
of eels and flounders, along with smaller 
quantities of sea perch, mackerel and h;ike. 
During the best fishing periods the wharf 
is lined with our young disciples of Isaac 
Walton. A warm summer sky, an ocean 
breeze, an occasional swim, and good 
fishing luck, make for just about a perfect 
vacation period. 

Calendar, 90 Years Ago, July 1861 

As kept by the Superintendent 

7. No preacher here. The Officers 
of the Home officiated. 

17. George and Thomas Ford dis- 
charged to go to California with their 
mother. 

28. Present: George A. McClennan, 
a former pupil here, and his friend, Mr. 
Haskell. Both spoke to boys. 

The Grand Coulee Dam 

In school last year we had arithmetic 
problems dealing with the Grand Coulee 
Dam. We looked in our reference books 
and found that this dam is the the third 
largest in the world. The dam is 4306 feet 



long. 550 feet high, and 550 feet thick at 
the base. It irrigates 1,200,000 acres. The 
total cost of the dam was $168,000,000. 

Lattr we became interested in areas. 
We measured some of the places on our 
campus. Then we estimated other areas, 
such as the roofs on the buildings. 

William H. Dillon 

Some Early F. T. S. History 

The Farm and Trades School was 
founded in 1814, in the town of Boston, 
for then Boston was not large enough to 
be called a city. A private mansion, 
formerly the home of an early governor, 
was the first home of the school. In 1833 
the school moved to Thompson's Island. 
The i>land was named after David Thomp- 
son, who built the first house here in 1626. 
Myles Standish discovered and explored 
the island in 1621. Thompson's Island 
played an imporiant part during the Revo- 
lutionary War. The island helped support 
the first free public school in America, 
for it was rented as pasture land. i**«tii 

When the boys came to our island in 
1833 the first event was a prayer meeting, 
after which a few seeds were planted, fK 
setting the way for our Christian farm-home 
school, now in its 137th year. 

R. Barry Gorrill 

Swimming 
One of my favorite summer sports is 
swimming, and we have swim periods at 
least twice a day, and sometimes more, 
if the weather is warm. We really have 
fun on our new swimming float. Most of 
us like to surface dive, and nearly always 
we play some kind of water game, or hrive 
a diving contest. The temperature of the 
water has been very comfortable this 
summer, and all of us have had a grand 
time swimming. 

Delnard L. Moody 



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Swimming Awards 

Classes in swimming, life saving, and 
water safety were held during the summer 
months, under the direction of oursuper* 
visor, Raymond Thomas. Mr. Thomas 
is an accredited Red Cross instructor. 

Those who completed the courses, 
and received Red Cross certificates are: 

Swimming Beginner 

Barry R. Fuller 

Ralph H. Sherman 

Alan C. Waldron 

Edward J. White 

Intermediate Swimmer 

David V. B. Britt 
Kenneth W. Clayton 

Philip Churchill 

WiUiam H. Dillon 

Frank J. Dow 

Daniel W. Dockham 

Robert B. Gorrill 
Samuel M. Griswold 
Frederick E. Harding 

William F. James 

Delnard Moody 
Arnold M. Sutterlin 

Swimmer 

Thomas Angelos 

Leonard Bova 

Robert O. Cain 

Loren E. Cain 

Edward J. Darr 

Thomas F. Darr 

Robert Fabello 
Ralph F. Hopkins 
Robert A. Kidder 
David E. LeVeille 
Joseph B. Mason 
William F. Bonier 

Junior Life Saving 

Thomas Angelos 

Leonard Bova 

Robert O. Cain 

Edward J. Darr 

Frank J. Dow 



Robert Fabello 

William F. James 

Robert A. Kidder 

Charles J. Laidlaw 

David E. LeVeillee 

Joseph J. Magazu 

Joseph B. Mason 

Delnard Moody 

Richard A. Ostrander 

William F. Sonier 

Senior Life Saving 

Roger J. Alley 

Roger A. Hopkins 

Donald E. Richardson 

Joseph C. Turner 

Additional Alumni News 
Lieut. Leander E. Dorey, '23, 
sent us two interesting gifts. One was a 
box of Japanese photographs, and the 
other an excellently printed volume en- 
titled "Japan Today." The book, together 
with the photographs, gives us a compre- 
hensive study of Japan and its peoples. In 
the light of current world conditions it is a 
fine thing to have such material available 
for our boys. We thank Lieut. Dorey for 
his kindness. 

Percy BuCHAN, one of our Liver- 
sidge alumni, was recently honored at a 
retirement ceremonial party. In the 
Greenfield office of the State Department 
of Public Works he was presented a purse 
of money to which not only his associates 
contributed but also workers from the 
public utility and private tree companies. 
Messages of commendation from Governor 
Dever and Public Works Commissioner 
Callahan were read. Mr, Buchan is very 
popular in Franklin County and we join 
his friends there in wishing him a pleasant 
retirement. 



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Che JWmm JlssocUtion of Che farm and trades School 



John E. KeRVIN, '20. President IVERS E. WlNMlLL '22 

Brighton. Mas*. Roslindale, 

Donald S. MacPherson '10. Treasurer 
Wollaston, Mass. 



Vice-President 
Mass. 



William C. Burns '37, Secretary 
No. Wilmington, Mass. 
G. George Larsson, '17. Historian 
Hyde Park, Mass. 



Alan P. Stewart, '42, and Mrs. 
St-wart, are emploved for the summer 
months at the beautiful Y.M.C.A. Sandy 
Island Camp, in Lake Winnip saukee, 
N. H. Mr. Stewart will be^in a teaching 
career in September, he having graduated 
last June from the Fitchburg Teacher's 
College. 

William F. Kellaway, '49, was a 
member of the graduating class at Newton 
High School, and we note his name in the 
list of those receiving diplomas. 

Cyrus W. Durgin, '21, is writing 
a series of articles on his trip through rural 
Vermont, and they are mighty interesting 
reading. He is music and drama editor 
for the Boston Globe. 

Robert E. Lucien, '49, an army 
musician, had the honor of being graduated 
from Everett High School last June. Upon 
the activating of his National Guard unit 
he was compelled to leave school, and it 
was gratifying that it was seen fit to award 
the coveted diploma to him. 

Cecil A. Morse, '28, visited us re- 
cently. He and Mrs. Morse were on a 
circular vacation trip from their home in 
Texas to Maine and return. Mr. Morse 
is in the oil business in Texas, and we 
were much interested in his accounts of 
his work, and everyday life, in the Lone 
Star State. 

George Surry, '93, we regret to 
say, passed on recently. He was active 
in attendance at Alumni gatherings, and 
enjoyed visiting the School on the Field 
Days in June. He was a faithful friend of 



the Band, and attended the concerts of 
the boys regularly. 

We regret to announce the death, in 
New York on August 5, of HERBERT A. 
Pulson, of tr e Class of 1896. Mr. Pulson 
kept in touch with the School and alumni 
throughout his lifrtime, and was a valued 
member of the Alumni Association. 

A. Wallace Fitt, '47, has com- 
pleted a tour of duty with his National 
Guard unit, and is now continuing his 
work in the radio-television sales field. 
His father, Arthur W. Fitt, has opened a 
new jewelry store at 14 South Street in 
Milford, N. H. His Boston store was a 
popular meeting place for many of our 
young graduiites. Mr. Fitt cordially in- 
vites his F. T. S. friends to stop in and 
say "Hello" when they are in Milford. 

We have received an attractive card 
from Leslie L. Goddard '46, announc- 
ing the joyous arrival of a nine pound son, 
Gregory Earl Goddard, on June 30, 1951. 
Congratulations to the happy parents. 

Herbert P.Stearns, '43, has been 

in the army for nearly a year now. He 
recently wrote us a fine letter concerning 
his experiences in Korea. He spent three 
weeks in Japan, was ordered to a nearby 
island, and from there to Korea. On the 
island he learned the work of telephone 
installation and maintenance, in a school 
which was extremely well equipped. He 
landed in Korea on April 30, and through 
an error travelled throughout South Korea 
thus learning at first hand the geography 
of the land. His first w^ork was helping 
install the Chunju and Wonju phone line. 




^iis: , 

Vol. 5^No. 5 Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. Sept., 1951 

Entered November 3. 1903 at Boston, Mass., as Second Class matter, under Act of Congress, of July 6, 1^74 

US. Then we copy them in a notebook SO 
we can memorize our assignments. 

We have a six game schedule, and we 
are confident that the 1951 team will make 
a good showing. 

Robert Fabello 



Football Practice 

About three weeks ago ourcoach, Mr. 
Thomas, called for a group to get football 
equipment. Some of us were surprised 
to be included and very excited. On the 
following day we went to the field for our 
first practice session. Mr. Thomas told 
us what he expected from us. Aftersome 
exercises we were taught how to tackle 
and block, using the dummy. This is 
nearly five feet tall, filled with kopak, and 
weighs approximately 85 pounds. Every- 
one practiced tackling and blocking, using 
both the side body block and the shoulder 
block. A few could do very well, but 
most of us needed much coaching, because 
out of the squad of 23, only eight had any 
experience on last year's squad. 

During the last part of the practice 
the squad was divided so that we had two 
teams. We learned a few plays, and we 
liked this part of the practice. Not all of 
us will keep the positions we had but we 
had a chance to show what we could do. 

On the following day we had a short 
scrimmage session. In following practices 
the scrimmages were made longer. We 
have learned a few plays just about letter 
perfect now. We have blackboard drill 
at night and have the plays explained to 



Football Schedule 1951 
October 6. Milton Academy 2nd8 at the 

Academy. 
October 13. Hingham Frosh at F. T. S. 
October 20. Milton Sophs at F. T. S. 
October 27. Braintree Frosh at F. T. S. 
November 3. Weymouth Frosh at F. T. S. 
November 10. Randolph Frosh at F. T. S. 
November 17. Game pending at F. T. S. 

The School Band 

The boys in the band have been 
having rehearsals resularly, and the band 
has made a good start for the new school 
year. Last year the band was very suc- 
cessful in all its concerts, and this year the 
band hopes to do still better. The boys 
are learning many new pieces. 

We played our first concert last Sat- 
urday, for the Rotary Club of Boston. The 
Rotarians held an outing at the school on 
that day, and they were very pleased with 
the way we played. We played several 
selections, and all of them sounded well. 
If all our concerts are as successful as this 
one I'm sure we will have another great 
year for the band. 

Teyet Ramar 



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Learning to Swim 
Our swimmingteacher, Mr. Thomas, 
taught me to swim early this summer. I 
passed all my beginner's tests and am ready 
to try for the intermediate tests. It seems 
good to be able to dive from the wharf, 
and swim in deep water with the other 
boys. All these things seemed impossible 
just a short two months ago. Next year I 
will try for the advanced swimmer te?ts, 
and perhaps 1 can learn to be a junior life 
saver. 

Ralph H, Sherman 

Farm Work 
I now work on the farm and like it 
very much. I report to the barn each 
morning after breakfast. First I feed the 
pigs which takes about a half hour. Then 
I do other farm work, and the jobs keep 
changing day after day. This morning 
Mr. Steinhofif, Thomas Angelos and I 
dug post holes for a new pasture for the 
cows. This will be south of the orchard. 
We dug 45 holes. 

Leonard Bova 

My Hobby 

My hobby is collecting pennants and 
banners. I now have 65. The one I 
cherish the most is of the 1949 Rose Bowl 
game. In my trips with my father I watch 
for pennants and banners and buy those 
I like. 

I have such souvenirs from Maine, 
New York, Massachusetts, and many 
other places. I have many pennants of 
ball teams which I got at the games. Also 
in my collection are quite a few I obtained 
by trading with the other boys. 

Once I tried to wash a banner. When 
I started it was red and white. When it 
dried it was all out of shape, the colors 
faded, and the banner just about useless. 
So I learned not to wash them. 

Most of my banners are felt, with the 
insignia printed, and with a design at one 



end. Some have the letters sewed on, 
and these are the best. 

I play in the band, and so I have a 
chance to get banners when we go on the 
band trips. I have several of the music 
festival banners, and of the towns visited 
by the band. 

David E. LeVeille 

Vacation 

All of the boys were home from a few 
days to nearly a month during the summer. 
The vacations began as early as June 9, 
and continued until the latter part of 
August. I was the last one to have a va- 
cation, I thought the day would never 
come, as I saw the other boys going and 
returning. Finally the big day came, and 
I left on the one o'clock trip. I had a 
good time and enjoyed my vacation. Now 
I am back at school feeling well satisfied. 

Robert P. O'Leary 

Trumpet Lessons 
I have begun to take trumpet lessons, 
and I hope to learn to play well enough 
to join the band. One of my roommates, 
Loren Cain, plays trumpet and he helps 
me. Of course I can't play much now, 
but I hope to play some songs in a few 
months. 

Charles W. Henderson 

Laundry Work 

This summer I have worked in the 
laundry. Most of the time I have been 
an ironer, although once in a while I help 
on the washing machines or flatwork 
ironer. There are two others, Samuel 
Griswold and Kenneth Clayton, who 
work with me. We help each other. The 
hardest days are Mondays and Tuesdays. 
Towards the end of the week the work 
gets lighter and we sometimes get through 
earlier. 

Charles J. Laidlaw 



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Dairy Barn Work 

At five o'clock each morning I go to 
the bairv barn. I feed the cows beet pulp 
and grain. After this I feed the steers and 
heifers in the small pasture near the storage 
barn. I return to the cow barn and give 
the cows hay, after which I clean up. Next 
I milk my two cows, Jill and Cora. 

At six o'clock 1 start the pasteurizer, 
and it takes a half hour to pasteurize the 
morning's milk. Then 1 operate the sepa- 
rator, and when this is done I go to eat 
breakfast. 

After breakfast I wash the milk bottles 
and cans, and sterilize them. Later I fill 
them with milk. The pasteurizer is 
washed, and the parts sterilized by steam, 
and everything is left ready for use the 
next time. The last thing I do is deliver 
the milk. 

Arnold E. Hall 

First Impressions 

I have been here only one week now. 
When I first came I didn't think I'd like 
it very much, it seemed so strange. But 
now I like the boys and instructors because 
they are all very friendly. I have gone 
swimming many times, too. 

I work on the farm and I like the 
boys and instructors there. But the best 
friends I have ever had are my roommates. 

Philip H. Lane 

Football Practice 

One day a list of names was read and 
those boys went to the clothing room to 
get football equipment. Soon we were 
on the field doing calisthenics. Then we 
passed and kicked footballs around. Next 
we worked on the tackling dummy and 
learned sidebody and shoulder blocks. 
Then a first second team was made up. 
1, bting one of the smallest boys, was told 
to watch from the sidelines. On the next 
day we had about the same practice and 



I got a chance to play for awhile. Al- 
though I'm too small to play on the varsity 
this year I'm learning all the time and 
next year I may be on the team. 

William H. Dillon 

Beacon Article 
Beacon articles are sometimes the 
hardest things to write. The first thing is 
to decide on a subject. Then you wonder 
if someone else isn't writing on that same 
subject. If so, he'll do better than you 
and your work won't gee printed. I 
couldn't think of anything special to write 
so I wrote this paragraph. Next time it 
may not be so hard, and I can write a long 
article. 

S. Newcomb Graham 

Additional Alumni News 

Members of the Alumni Association 
are urged to save the evening of October 
27. This will be a truly significant occasion, 
as well as our annual get-together. Your 
secretary will soon mail complete inform- 
ation regarding this outstanding event. 

Eugene Proctor, '38, h a s been 
with the armed forces for over a decade. 
He has just completed four years of service 
in Japan. He may possibly be returned 
to that troubled area, but rather hopes his 
future service lies in Europe. He visited 
us on August 23, and we very much en- 
joyed his account of life in Japan, and of 
the Japanese people, whom he has grown 
to respect. At this time mail may be ad- 
dressed to him as follows: T. Sgt. Eugene 
Proctor, AF 20115S96, 1921-4, AACS Det., 
Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma City, 
Oklahoma. 

He was married last June, and we 
look forward to meeting Mrs. Proctor, as 
we hope that the happy couple will include 
a visit here as time and circumstances will 
allow. 



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Term Expires 1952 
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Philip S. Sears 

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Term Expires 1953 
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William M. Meachana 
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Editorial 

This is the time of year when the new 
school year starts and we are all looking 
forward to the great program of develop- 
ing every potential ability and talent of 
youth. 

In this age of vast resources, supera- 
bundance of knowledge, work relationship 
and the threat of armed conflict beyond 
present confines, educational institutions 
are confronted with challenges far in ex- 
cess of those of any previous generations. 

Our job is to provide the tools and 
the carefully organized program, the 
personnel and the leadership which will 
be adequate for the maximum building of 
our young people into well balanced adult 
personalities to take over the huge job of 
stabilizing a world of conflicts. 

Book studies are, of course, essential 
in this tremendous undertaking but this 
phase of education is only one of the many 
facets of an adequate educational program. 
Here at The Farm and Trades School it 
has long been recognized that the com- 
plete development of a boy must include 
all the elements of the talents, personality 
and the Christian spirit with which each 
youngster is by nature endowed. 

We do not claim absolute perfection 
but our product, our graduates, show by 
their able, good worksthat we are actually 
touching most of the points so essential to 
the education, training and happy living 
of our fine boys. 



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Topics in Brief 

Labor Day was observed as a holiday, 
of course, and the boys enjoyed the usual 
fall sports, even though the weather was 
cloudy and cool. The football squad got 
in a practice session. Many went on a 
hike around the beach, stopping en route 
for a swim. Supper was in the form of a 
picnic on the beach, the boys cooking 
their own meals, at small individual fires. 

The boys have had a grand time this 
last month before the new school year be- 
gins in September. Outdoor basketball, 
tennis, horseshoe pitching, and Softball 
have been enjoyed, and the swimming 
and water sports have been very popular. 
Tournaments have been conducted in all 
these sports, and the boys have had few 
idle moments. 

Our television set has given us excel- 
lent, care-free service, for the past two 
years, and the boys have watched with 
pleasure, many of the better programs. 
Especially during rainy weather has the 
set proved its worth. We have watched 
many history making events, and, of 
course, have seen many of the better 
known, purely entertaining programs. 
As may be expected, the big league baseball 
games also have their share of television 
devotees. 

Our church services this summer have 
been conducted by the Rev. D. Ross 
Brittain. We have enjoyed having both 
Mr. and Mrs. Brittain here for the Sunday 
evening services, and wish them Godspeed 
as they continue their work in the Christian 
ministry. 

Our farm has provided us with quanti- 
ties of fresh vegetables and fruits. To- 
matoes, summer squash, cucumbers, corn, 
radishes, and lettuce have been enjoyed, 



and blackberries, strawberries and pears 
h ave been harvested. This food has been 
served at our table, and has been relished 
by our boys, who had a large part in the 
growing of the farm produce. 

August has been a month of activity 
for the boys, the summer program being 
on in full swing. Although the stress has 
been on vacation fun and pleasures, 
most of the boys have devoted spare time 
to the work on the farm. As might be 
expected, farm work with some boys is 
akin to a hobby, and during the summer 
vacation these boys have considerable 
opportunity to learn, from practical ex- 
perience, much standard agricultural pro- 
cedure. The younger boys, too, like a 
chance to do farm work. While their 
net accomplishments are perhaps of minor 
practical value, to them as individuals the 
gain is great, and they are encouraged to 
the utmost. 

Edward Rowe Snow came to the 
School on August 26 with a program of 
motion pictures, most of which he had 
taken himself. They dealt with interest- 
ing expeditions in and about Boston har- 
bor, and along the New England coast. 
Mr. Snow was conducting a historical trip 
about the harbor, and many of his group 
were interested in learning of our school, 
while others have been here several times 
and are growing to be old friends. Both 
his group, and our boys, surely found Mr. 
Snow's' moving pictures of much interest. 

The boys who work on maintenance 
have done a fine job in refinishing the 
floors in our chapel, gymnasium and 
classrooms. 

As the month of August came to a 
close the football squad began drilling. 
We will have five games at the School 
this season, and it is hoped that as many 



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as oossible will attend these games. The 
schedule will be found on ^mother page. 

One of the highlights of the summer 
season has been the evening softball games. 
Several times each week such informal 
games have been played, and ihe pastime 
is thoroughly enjoyed. The games are 
always followed by the fun of an early 
evening swim. 

Thespacious lawns about ourbuildings 
always present a beautiful appearance, and 
the work of mowing these lawns has been 
lessened by the use of a gana mower, 
toved by a t' actor. The softball field, 
baseball diamond and football gridiron 
arens extend from the flaepole to therfiprth 
end bank, which would surely be a prob- 
lem for hand mowers, but, with the power 
outfit this large area may always be kept 
in a truly beautiful condition. A small 
gnsolene powered mower is a big help on 
other lawns, and, of course, the small 
lawn plots are mowed by hand machines. 
Frequent rairifall this summer has kept 
our lawns luxuriantly green, and they have 
had to be mowed at shoit intervals. 

Calendar, 90 Years Ago, August 1861 

As kept by the Superintendent 

6. Monthly visiting day. Present of 
Managers: Messrs. Kuhn, Brackett, Wells, 
and DeBlois, 

25. Mr. Henry A. Brown, a former 
pupil, now picture dealer in Winter Street 
present today. 

27. Mrs. Morse's birthday. Gave 
boys play. All had a fine time in South 
End Grove. Mr. and Mrs. DeBlois here. 



basement rubbish barrel. Next I clean 
the bathrooms, sweep the halls and stMir- 
wavs and dust. When this is completed 
1 do extra work. For instance, once a 
week or so I wax and polish the stairways. 

David W. Howard 

A Washout 

During August we had much rain, and 
afterone particularly heavy downpourthe 
rain had made many large ruts and gullies. 
The next morning we went to work to fill 
in these places. We trucked fill from the 
beach and worked on back road, front ave- 
nue and the area nenr the wharf. It was 
a hard job, but finally we had the job 
done. 

Richard A. Ostrander 

First Impressions 

The Pilgrim HI slowly pulled away 
from the City Point landing, and made 
its way across Dorchester Bay to the wharf 
at Thompson's Island. The boat was filled 
with new boys who were coming to The 
Farm and Trades School. The boys were 
met at the school dock by friendly and 
courteous hospitality. 

The next day classes commenced. 
The schoolrooms were found comfortable 
and the work notboring. 

The meals at Thompson's Island are 
fine. There is always plenty of food. 
The dormitory rooms are in excellent 
shape. What work the new boys do does 
not get tiring. 

I think all the new boys feel that this 
is a fine school, because everyone shows 
warmth and friendliness. 

Robert E. lannini 



Dormitory Work Kitchen Work 

Everv morning after breakfast I report I work in the kitchen now, and I like 

to mv instructor in Dormitory A. I have it very much. There are three depart- 

re'^u'ar work to do. First I empty the ments of this work and the boys who work 

bathroom wa.te baskets, and then the in the kitchen rotate each week. This 



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week I do bakery work, next week I will 
be in the vegetable room and the follow- 
ing week I will be in the kitchen. 

The first job I do each morning is to 
clean the refrigerator. 1 sweep the floor, 
and then wash it. Next I wipe all the 
shelves. When this work is finished I 
wash whatever dishes there are to do. 
Then I go to the supply room and get 
whatever is needed for the day's work. 

I have learned quite a little about 
cooking and baking so far, and, as I said 
before, I like this work very much, 

Edward A. Atton 

My Arrival 

I came to F.T.S. on Septembers. I 
walked up tne gangway to the wharf and 
then was soon on the way up the gravelled 
avenue to Dormitory A. A truck carried 
UD my suitcase, along with all lUe ne\\' boys' 
luggage. I was soon on my way upstairs 
in B Building to room 7. I changed into 
some play clothes. Meanwhile I had met 
my roommates It was then dinner time. 
After dinner all the new boys, and some 
of the others, went on a beach walk. We 
covered about one half ofthe Island shores, 
and went swimming at one of the beaches. 
After the beach walk we went to the wharf 
for another swim. 

Kenneth E. Forster 

The Boiler Room 

The boys who work in the power 
house are getting things ready for winter. 
We have closed down the large boiler 
which has an automatic stoker. This 
boiler is being cleaned and will be ready 
for the boiler inspector when he comes 
in a week or two. We are now using the 
hand-fired boiler. This was installed in 
1909 by the Hodge Boiler Works. 

Each of our three boilers must be 
inspected, inside and out. Tubes, pipes, 
all connections such as elbows and valves, 
and in fact everything must pass a rigid 



examination. If everything is as it should 
be the inspector gives us an approval of 
inspection. If there is anything wrong he 
tells us what must be done, and when the 
repairs are made he will approve the 
boiler for use. 

Joseph B. Mason 

Our Backfield 
I think the school team will have a 
pretty fair backfield this year. For the 
past three weeks we have been drilling 
and soon we will be ready for our first 
game. The quarterback is Leonard Bova, 
Donald Richardson is fullback, Harold 
Darr left halfbick, and I am right half. 
The seconti team backfield is first-rate witn 
Jos^^ Turner, Edward Darr, Bruce 
Graham, and Joseph Magazu. The line 
is 2oing to be strong, and, with this to 
help, the backfield should come up with 
a record to be proud of. 

Roger .T, Alley 

Spare Money 
Some of the boys need to earn spend- 
ing money, and one of the ways this can 
be- done is by working on the farm in the 
summer. I have done this latelv. Some 
of the work done was getting hay, weeding, 
and cutting ensilage corn. We get paid 
according to our ability. We don't need 
much money, but in case we want to buy 
such things as combs, toothbrushes, films, 
or other sui-h things we can earn the funds 
and so keep ahead in our bank account. 

Edward J. Darr 

Writing Beacon Articles 
About once a month we are asked to 
contribute to the BEACON. We choose 
our own topics. Most of the boys write 
about their work, hobbies, school, sports, 
trips to town, band and sloyd. Some like 
to write, while others don't. As for 
myself, I enjoy writing for our school 

paper. David E, LeVeille 



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Che Jllutnni Jlssociation of Cbe Tariti and trades School 



John E. KerVIN, '20. President IVERS E. WlNMILL '22 

Brighton, Mas*. Roslindale, 

Donald S. MacPherson "10, Treaturer 
Wollaston, Mass. 



Vice-President 
Mass. 



William C. Burns '37, Secretary 
No. Wilmington, Mass. 
G. George Larsson, '17, Historian 
Hyde Park, Mass. 



John L. SlINGER, '17, is employed 
by a large real estate concern in Boston, 
He has charge of new construction, repairs 
and remodelling. He writes that his four 
daughters are married, and that he has six 
grandchildren. His address is 30 High 
Street, Randolph, Mass. 

John Goodhue, '21, has established 
a prosperous boat livery and repair yard 
at Gilford, Lake Winnipesaukee, N. H. 
Across the lake, at Wolfeboro, he has an 
interest in the Goodhue Navy Yard. His 
principal business is real estate, and he 
has promoted developments in the lake 
resort country of New Hampshire. His 
address is R. F. D. 4, Laconia. N. H. 

Ramsey C. Allen, '30, is a gradu- 
ate of Mechanic Arts High School, in 
Boston. He is now owner of a company 
dealing with ship stores and other marine 
supplies, in addition to beingNew England 
distributor for Mercury outboard motors. 
Still interested in farming, he holds a part 
interest in a New Hampshire poultry farm. 
His address is 143 Park Ave., Squantum, 
Massachusetts. 

Clyde W. Albee, '33, has been 
very busy as chief carpenter for the Boston 
Museum of Science. A planetarium, equal 
in size and facilities to any in the world, 
is assured and work on this project is un- 
derway now. The museum is thronged 
with visitors, and new exhibits, set up by 
Mr. Albee and his crew, thrill the on- 
lookers. 

Mr, Albee is a graduate of Franklin 
Union Technical Institute, was with the 



Seabees in World War II, is married and 
has one child. His address is 100 Reser- 
voir Ave., Revere, Mass. 

David H, Moore, '61, we note, is 
listed among the former teachers at The 
New England Conservatory of Music. 
Mr. Moore, who passed>on in 1926, was 
one of Boston's foremost musicians. He 
had the honor of being chosen as a charter 
memberof the Boston Symphony Orches- 
tra, and played with the orchestra for a five 
year period. A trombone virtuoso, he 
was active in musical circles throughout 
his lifetime. 

Edward CapaUL, '05, is the owner 
and manager of the very succesful Swiss 
Family Laundry. On a recent visit to 
the school he told of some of the problems 
of his work, especially following conven- 
tions in Boston, when his business is taxed 
to the limit doing expensive pieces for in- 
town hotels. He has always had a keen 
interest in our school, and takes delight in 
his occasional visits here. His address is 
4 Glenwood Place, Roxbury, Mass. 

Robert E, Dudley, '16, has for 
some years now been associated with a 
local automobile concern, as a salesman. 
He may always be counted upon for any 
type of committee work with our Associa- 
tion, and is one of our live wire boosters. 
He lives in Quincy, at 158 Spring Street, 

Joyce E. MeachamIs a graduate of 
Tenacre School, and Dana Hall School. 
She will begin her junior year at Middle- 
bury College in September. Thissummmer 
she has been employed as office worker 
for a Boston concern. 




Vol. 55 No. 6 Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. Oct., 1951 

Entered November 3, 1903 at Boiton, Mass., ai Seeoad Clait matter, under Act of Congresi, of July 6, If-H 



Augustus P. Loring, Jr. 

Augustus P. Loring, Jr., President of 
our Board of Trustees, passed away Oct. 
first. The funeral was held October fourth 
at the First Church on Marlboro Street, 
B )8ton. Mr. Loring had been ill several 
months but more recently had shown 
much improvement. 

Mr. Loring is survived by six children, 
Augustus P. Loring III, a member of our 
Board, William Caleb Loring, Mrs. 
Nathaniel D. Clapp, Mrs. Augustus H. 
Fiske, Jr., Mrs. Townsend Heard, Miss 
Jane Loring, and a brother, Caleb Loring. 
Mrs. Loring died about a year ago. 

Mr. and Mrs. Loring's families have 
been actively interested in the School for 
generations. Many of their ancestors in the 
Loring, Gardner and Bowditch families 
have served as members of the Board of 
Trustees, or Board of Managers as former- 
ly designated, since the inception of the 
School in 1814. 

Mr. Loring became Treasurer of the 
School in 1932 and was elected President 
in 1944 following the death of Arthur 
Adams. He has continually been an active 
leader and a warm-hearted, generous bene- 
factor in behalf of the school and its func- 
tions. Very often he made substantial 
contributions for items which would give 
pleasure to the boys or add effectively to 
the efficiency of the School. The new 
buildings and equipment added during 



his years of service as an officer of the 
Board were always great sources of pride 
and satisfaction to him. He saw the need 
for these facilities and was never satisfied 
until they were constructed and put into 
use. 

Thompson's Island Scenery 

Surrounding Thompson's Island are 
many interesting islands and landmarks. 
Although it would be much more interest- 
ing to actually see these places, perhaps I 
can describe them for you. 

We will begin at the south end of the 
island, Squantum is the nearest point of 
land. Here is located a large and im- 
portant air base, from which Naval planes 
land and take off. Squaw Rock is just off 
the southern tip of our island and this is 
a popular place for picnics. 

Moving towards the east we note the 
causeway to Moon Island, and then the 
island itself. This property is owned by 
the City of Boston. From Moon Island 
may clearly be seen a steady stream of 
traffic passing over the new bridge to Long 
Island, where there is a city-owned hospi- 
tal. A ship may sail eastward under the 
bridge, and this route is often called the 
harbor's "back door" to Europe. 

Moving towards the North we see 
Spectacle Island. Once this island was 
shaped like a pair of spectacles but it has 



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been filled in, changing its shape some- 
what. There are some large manufactur- 
ing buildings on the island, as well as two 
small dwelling houses. 

Looking further towards the North 
the main ship chnnnel is clearly visible. 
Here ships from almost all nations enter 
and leave the harbor. The last foreign 
ships 1 nt)ted were from Great Britain and 
Italy. 

Logan International Airport is in 
East Boston and we can see it easily. Com- 
mercial planes land and take off continu- 
ally and these make a pretty sight at night, 
with their powerful searchlights picking 
up the landing runways. 

To the West is located Fort Inde- 
pendence, on Castle Island. There have 
been many exciting stories of this fort, 
and among the former commanders is 
listed Paul Revere, The fort is not used 
now as such, but is a public park. South 
of this fort is City Point, the L Street baths 
and other well known bathing beaches. To 
the rear of the shoreline may be seen the 
important and larger buildings in Boston, 
including the John Hancock building with 
its tower and weather signals. 

I have made a complete circuit of 
Thompson's Island and listed a few of the 
important places to be seen. 1 hope I 
have given a slight idea of the varied and 
interesting sights. 

Alan C. Waldron 

Room Work 

The boys take care of their rooms, and 
most of the everyday cleaning is done be- 
fore breakfast. Most of the rooms have 
four boys, and the work is divided so that 
one sweeps, another dustmops, another 
dusts, while another cleans the rugs and 
empties the waste basket. It takes only 
a few minutes to get the rooms neat and 
clean. 

David W. Howard 



The British Observance 
The British Isles are trying to get 
American tourists interested in visiting their 
land and are giving many exhibitions in 
our country. Last week the boys in the 
seventh grade went to Exhibition Hall, in 
the Jordan Marsh store in Boston, to see 
some of the products of the British Isles. 
There were motor cars, motor bikes, art 
works, fashions, and many other interest- 
ing things to see. We also liked to see 
the Scotch Highlanders, London police, 
bagpipers and the Royal Guards. Our 
teacher, Miss Baird, took us and we are 
grateful to her. 

Loren E. Cain 

Being Monitor 
On September 4 I became a monitor 
on the first floor in Dormitory A. There 
are two of us, and we live in Room 1. My 
roommate is Charles Laidlaw. Our duty 
is to help the instructors in the dormitory 
by seeing that everything goes along well, 
and that the boys in the dormitory are on 
time for meals, school and work. There 
are four monitors in each dormitory, two 
on each floor. Although I have been 
monitor only a short time I am sure Iwill 
like it very much. 

William H. Dillon 

Dining Room Work 
The work we do here is like fun. I 
begin after breakfast to do my job in the 
dining room. Every morning the other 
boys and I hurry to see how fast we can 
get done. It doesn't take very long, and 
we have our job done long before the 
other boys do. One can really work if he 
puts his mind to it. 

Paul V. O'Leary 

— Our boys are enthusiastic flower gar- 
deners, and the competition for the Grew 
Garden prizes has certainly been keen this 
year. Prize winners will be known soon. 



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My Ambition 

We believe our readers will be interested in 
the following compositions, which were 
written by some of our eighth grade pupils. 

My ambition is to be a radio engi- 



I want to learn how to make fancy pastry, 
such as decorated cakes. Then I should 
want to show others how to do it. In this 
kind of work one must know exactly what 
he is doing, and why. My mother has 
neer. I've always liked to tinker with shown me how some pastries are made, 
radio equipment. At home I have many My ambition is to learn this business, and 
kinds of radio sets, and many tubes and have my own bakery. 



parts. I repair radios at home for friends 
in the neighborhood. 

Radio is interesting because of its re- 
markable feature of bringing enjoyment to 
the people. Its value either in times of 
peace or war can hardly be overestimated. 

I like radio work. It is fun to experi- 
ment and make new models. Working 
with radio can be a profitable career. 

Robert E. lannini 



Edward A. Atton 

When I finish school I am going to 
look for a good start on a dairy farm. By 
learning all I can, and saving my money, 
I will someday be able to buy a dairy farm. 
This is my ambition. I like this kind of 
work, especially because it is in the coun- 
try away from the crowded cities. 

I have worked on our farm, and have 
had a chance to work in the barns, in the 
I would like to be in the poultry gardens and, in fact, doing all kinds of 

business. I have helped in our poultry farm work. 

house. I put the eggs in the incubator. 

Later I took care of the baby chicks. I 

was shown how to clean the pens in the 

laying house and I did this work. I've 

fed our hens and gathered the eggs. This 

is the kind of work I like and my am- 
bition is to be in the poultry business. 

William H. Dillon 



About four years ago my father took 
me for an airplane ride. He showed me 
what the dials and buttons on the control 
panel were for. He named the advantages 
of plane travel and how good it is to know 
how to be a pilot. I watched the planes 
land and take off from the field near my 
house. Since then I have wanted to be a 
pilot. I know I have a lot of work to do, 
but by studying hard I will be able to learn. 
I like to build model planes and I find 
everything about aviation very interesting. 

Robert Fabello 

I would like to become a baker when 
I get older. I watch my mother bake and 



Leonard Bova 

My ambition is to be an athlete, 
playing baseball, basketball as well as being 
a runner. An athlete has many advan- 
tages, especially from the stdndpoint of 
good health. Also, he meets many well- 
known people. If I can become a good 
athlete I'll be in action all the time instead 
of lying around while my bones wither. 
I have liked the sports at this school, nota- 
bly basketball and running. 

David E. Leveille 

I have liked carpentry work all my 
life, and have had fun making things, A 
carpenter has to know his trade well so 
that his work will stand up. He has to 
know how to figure his labor so he can 
do a good job in a given time. This is 
not as easy as it sounds, because some 
days he cannot work. My ambition is to 
be a good carpenter. 

David W. Howard 



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Chompson's Island Deacon 

Puhliihed Monthly by 

THE FARM AND TRADES SCHOOL 

Thompton'i Island. Boston Harbor 

A PRIVATE SCHOOL FOR BOYS OF EXCELLENT 

CHARACTER SUPPORTED BY ENDOWMENTS. 

TUITION FEES AND SUBSCRIPTIONS 



Vol. 55 No. 6 



October 1951 



Subicription Price 



One Dollar Per Year 



BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

Aufiustus p. Loring, Jr., President 

James H. Lowell, Vice-President 

Alfred C. Malm. Treasurer 

Merton P. Ellis, Secretary 

Howland S, Warren, Assistant Secretary 

Term Expires 1952 
Gorham Brooks 

N. Penrose Hallowell 

Charles E. Mason 

Philip S. Sears 

Donald S. MacPherson 
Philip H. Theopold 

Augustus P. Loring, III 

Term Expires 1953 
Leverett Saltunstall 
John L. Batchelder 
Moses Williams 
William M. Meacham 
George S. Mumford, Jr. 
Frederic Winthrop 
Howard B. Ellis 

Term Expire* 1954 
George P. Denny, M. D. 
Ralph B. Williams 

Edwin H. Place, M. D. 
Calvin Page Bartlett 
Thomas Temple Pond 
Mason Sears 

Joseph L. Pendergast 



The greatest need of the world to-day 
is the rebuilding of the Christian spirit of 
service, the basic development plan at our 
home school. Why not help a fine, worthy 
boy achieve his goal by making a financial 
contribution to America's best investment? 



Some friends of ours just returned 
from a two-months trip to England and 
The Continent. They found conditions in 
the Scandinavian countries very mucli in 
order. In Belgium and Western Germany 
they report notable progress. 

England, they say, was very disap- 
pointing. The food was extremely scarce, 
the clothing shabby, public utilities ex- 
cessively limited in care and operation 
and many war-torn areas devoid of any 
obvious clean-up attention. 

Our friends were intent upon learning 
about conditions over there and they vis- 
ited all types of areas, urban, suburban 
and rural. They talked with townspeople, 
factory workers and farmers. The greatest 
disappointment was the general attitude 
of the people in England. There seemed 
to be little interest in making things better. 
The Government would take care of their 
bare necessities of life. The workers 
could go to the free medical center and 
easily get a free prescription for free medi- 
cine plus a medical order for two days ofi. 
from work. The medicine, not needed, 
could be thrown away and the two days 
vacation taken, which in fact was the in- 
tent and the practice. 

What a contrast to our way of life! 
Here at our tiny (157-acre) verdant spot 
surrounded by the beauty of Boston Har- 
bor our youngsters are happy, well fed 
and inspired with our great American way 
of life. The zest of accomplishment is 
clearly apparent in every lad. Each one 
strives to attain advancement in studies. 
He works to improve his vocational skills. 
Band achievement is the pride of practi- 
cally every boy. Football and the other 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



seasonal sports add tremendously to the 
joys and development of all. 

We should be everlastingly grateful 
for our America and our American way 
of life and constantly strive and pray for 
the incentives to individual initiative and 
tangible recognition of accomplishment. 

Topics ill Brief 

The Fall term of school began on 
September 4, with our academic teaching 
staff remaining unchanged. Our principal 
is Mr. Alan F. Jakeman, and he teaches 
the upper classes assisted by Mr. Albert G. 
Craz. Miss Jean F. Baird continues as 
teacher of the lower grades. 

All of the boys' interests now are cen- 
tered upon the coming football season. 
There are two school teams, a first and a 
second, and three teams playing an intra- 
mural schedule. Football will be king 
until December and each of our teams 
will play six or more games. 

The observance of the British Fort- 
night in Boston, celebrated as a public 
service by the Jordan Marsh Company, 
was rich in interest, tradition and infor- 
mation. It seemed to us who had the 
opportunity to see the exhibit, that a part 
of England had been magically transported 
to Boston. Our seventh graders accompa- 
nied by their teacher. Miss Baird, spent an 
afternoon at Centennial Hall and were 
impressed with the wonders of the British 
culture. A first rate effort at building 
good will and friendship between our 
nation and England, as well as creating 
interest in British trade was the generally 
accepted verdict of the exhibit. 

Our heating plant has been checked 
and made ready for winter service, and 
recently our main boiler was inspected 
and found to be in first class condition, as 



was the small unit used for our laundry. 
Our other boiler has already passed in- 
specton. 

Our farm has continued to supply us 
with quantities of fresh vegetables and 
fruit. The melon patch has given a bumper 
crop, and this tasty fruit is served almost 
daily. 

Mr. and Mrs. Earle P. Lowell, who 
have served our boys conscientiously for 
the past six years, left on October 1. Mr. 
Lowell will enter private business. Their 
home is at Indian Pond Road, Kingston, 
Mass., and they hope that their many 
Thompson's Island friends will stop and 
say "Hello" when in that vicinity. 

A new moving picture screen, a gift 
of the Class of 1951, will soon be in use in 
our assembly hall. The screen, a glass 
beaded type, will help make our weekly 
movies more enjoyable, we are sure. 

Through the courtesy of Donald S. 
MacPherson, Class of 1917, a member of 
our Board of Trustees, thirty of our boys 
had the thrill of watching the Red Sox 
defeat the St. Louis Browns on Sept. 14. 
It happened that Mr. MacPherson and 
his group from the Congregational Church 
of Wollaston, cooperated in making this 
outing possible for the boys, and of course 
it was a treat long to be remembered. 

The Rotary Club of Boston held an 
outing here at the School on September 8. 
Popular games and sports were enjoyed 
by our guests, who arrived by both public 
and private boat transportation. There 
were activities for all age groups, and all 
details of the day were in charge of effi- 
cient committees. Delightful weather did 
its part by helping to make the day just 
about perfect. The holiday ended with a 
catered supper, award of prizes, and a 
concert by our school band. 



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We are just beginning the construction 
of a shuffleboard court, to be located near 
the playground apparatus. This is a project 
which our maintenance staff is doing this 
fall, and the court will, we are sure, be 
one of the really big features of our recre- 
ation faciliticrs. 

Remaining Football Games 

October 13. Hingham Frosh at F. T. S. 
October 20. Milton Sophs at F. T. S. 
October 27. Braintree Frosh at F. T. S. 
Novembers. Weymouth Frosh at F. T. S. 
November 10. Randolph Frosh at F. T. S. 
November 17. Game pending at F. T. S. 

Calendar, 90 Years Ago, September 1861 

As kept by the Superintendent 

18. Mr. S. G. DBelois and about 40 
children and attendants from the Institu- 
tion for the Blind at South Boston visited 
us this P. M. They first gave a very in- 
teresting exercise in the schoolroom after 
which tney passed through the home ap- 
parently seeing and enjoying everything, 
and from thence rambled oyer the grounds 
until late in the P. M. when they returned 
home well pleased with their trip. 

29. Rev. Mr. Barnes of the Seamen's 
Church and associate, Rev. Mr. Taylor, 
came and officiated to-day. 

Transportation 

Did you ever stop to think of the im- 
portance of transportation as we know it 
today? This country has grown as trans- 
portation improved from the days of 
horseback, wagon and foot. Our modern 
methods include such conveyances as bus, 
automobile, train, airplane and steamship. 

As the railroad reached out from 
border to border the industrial and agri- 
cultural growth of our nation grew by 
leaps and bounds. Modern motor trucks 
have been of vital importance to industry 
also, but in no way as much as the rail- 
roads. Steamships have given us foreign 



markets for our manufactured products 
and have made our import and export 
trade of world-wide importance. Air 
travel has made not only our Nation seem 
smaller, but travel by air to almost any 
place on the earth can be done with 
convenience. 

Last summer I went to New Brunswick 
by bus. I compared the prices and found 
that the bus fare was twelve dollars, train 
fare twenty dollars and plane fare seventy- 
five dollars. Of course air travel saves 
time, and has many advantages, while the 
railroads give more comfortable and faster 
service than the bus lines. I think though, 
if time and expense aren't important, that 
one can see more of his country by bus, 
or by private car, than by any other way. 

Transportation today wouldn't be 
complete without noting the fine local 
systems, by means of which one can easily 
and quickly get from place to place. 
Electric street cars, busses, subway systems, 
and elevated railroads give adequate 
service. 

If we look ahead, who knows but 

what these present-day means of travel 

may ^ive way, at least in part, to atomic 

powered vehicles for land and sea, and 

rocket ship for air travel. All these are 

dreams right now, but they may become 

realities in the future. 

Robert B. Gorrill 



After One Month 
I have been at this School for one 
month now and like it very much. I am 
having a good time, and am on a football 
team and am learning to play in the band. 
I am in the seventh grade, and for work I 
help in the sewing room. I live in Dorm- 
itory A, and have three roommates. The 
monitors are John Richardson and Barry 
Gorrill. We have a good time in our 
dormitory, and the boys are very friendly. 

Albert K. Ellis 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



The New Boys 

Seventeen new boys came to the 
school in September. Our 1951 - 1952 
academic year began on September 4, and 
this new group quickly became adapted to 
school life. The names of the pupils, and 
their home towns follow: 

Robert Otis Andrews. Woburn, Mass, 
Albert Kingsley Ellis. Roslindale, Mass. 
Kenneth Ernest Forster, Dedham, Mass. 
John Chester Fouhy, Arlington, Mass. 
Larry Everett Garside, Dorchester, Mass. 
Kenneth Leroy Goodwin, Quincy, Mass. 
Charles Wilson Henderson, 

No. Bridi^ton, Maine 
RobertEmanuelelannini, Hinjjham, Mass. 
Frederick Leon Krucijer, Boston, Mass. 
Philip Henry Lane, Bath, Maine 
Ronald Albert Macdonald, 

Arlington, Mass. 
Paul Vincent O'Leary, East Boston, Mass. 
Daniel Wesley Perkins, Kittery, Maine 
David Alan Pulsifer, and 
Richard Barton Pulsifer, Stoneh:im, Mass. 
David Gossler Taggart, Marshfield, Mass. 
Charles Thomas White, Woburn, Mass. 

Additional Alumni News 
Ralph L. Gale is a musician in the 
Marine Corps, and is now completing 
training for duty in Korea, for which war 
'torn land he will soon sail. He was 
married in August, 1950. He is a corporal, 
and has high hopes of receiving sergeant's 
stripes. He has had many interesting ex- 
periences while a Marine^ including being 
on a nationwide "Truth or Consequence" 
radio broadcast. He anticipates being 
assigned to the First Division Band, in 
Korea. 

Congratulations to Warren M. 
LiNNELL, '38, who graduated with the 
Class of 1951 from the University of 
Miami. He is a veteran of World War 
II, and although living at a distance has 
kept in touch with us. His address is 



Box 2065, Hollywood, Florida. 

Wiley L. Bishop, '47, is now a 
corporal in the air force, and stationed at 
an Illinois base. Like servicemen every- 
where, mail means much to him, and his 
schoolmates might well drop him a line 
at 3345 Air Police Sqn., Chanute Field, 
Rantoul, Illinois. 

Ernest W. Austin, '00, sends us 
word that he contemplates a trip East 
during October and if possible will visit 
the School. Mr. Austin is an architect, 
with offices in the Huntington Bank Build- 
ing in Columbus, Ohio. He left F. T. S. 
51 years ago, and until moving to Ohio, 
was a frequent visitor here. However, it 
has been ten years since he last visited, 
and he looks forward with much pleasure 
to once again viewing the scenes of his 
boyhood days. 

George G. Larsson, '17, realized 
an ambition of long standing when he en- 
joyed a vacation trip to Sweden during 
this past summer. Mr. Larsson has for 
some years been a printing teacher in the 
Boston schools. He is very active in 
church work, and is past master of his 
Masonic Lodge. He lives at 3 Tacoma 
Street, Hyde Park, Mass. 

William G. Beadle, '12, sends 
best wishes to the 1951 football team. He 
hopes to be with us for one game at least, 
and we know he will enjoy his visit here. 
He is thoroughly interested in all our work 
at F. T. S, His address is 219 Grove St., 
Randolph, Mass. 

Paul L. Hamilton, '33, has written 
an interesting note telling of his work and 
family. He is both a master plumber and 
a master gas litter. He hasn't visited us 
lately, explaining that he is tied up all 
hours, and with a family of four girls he 
doesn't have much spare time. He lives 
at 17 Lexington Ave., Somerville, Mass. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Che JWmm Jl$$ociation of Cbe farm ana trades School 



John E. Kervin. '20. Pretident IVeRS E. WinMILL '22 Vice-Preiident 

Brighton. M.S.. RosUndale. Ma... 

Donald S. MacPhErson '10, Trea.urcr 
Wollaston, Ma»». 



William C. Burns '37, Secretary 
No. Wilmington, Ma... 
G. George Larsson, '17, Historian 
HydeParlt. Mass. 



George G. Hamilton, '31, is a 

captain in the Air Corps and is continually 
travelling, literally all over the country. 
He is due for promotion to the rank of 
Major soon. He is a graduate of both the 
Somerville high school and the University 
of Miami. His present address is Hq. 
SAC, I G Section. Oflfut AFB, Omaha. 
Nebraska. 

Louis A. ToWNE, '4.S, has com- 
pleted five years in the printing business 
and is now a journeyman printer. He is 
as enthusiastic over this work as ever. 
Since leaving the Navy following World 
War II he has worked in Milwaukee, and 
his adress is 601 N. 16th Street, that city. 

Edwin L. Marshall. '88, is associ- 
ated with the Homeland Tailors of Boston. 
We hear from him occasionally and he is 
as deeply interested in the School as ever. 
His home address is 24 Thatcher Street, 
Hyde Park, Mass. 

Frank L. Washburn, '83, is one of 
our grand older graduates who is ever 
interested in all phases of life at F. T. S. 
We have received a note stating that soon 
he and Mrs. Washburn will be leaving 
for their annual winter sojourn in Florida. 
May they have a glorious stay during the 
winter months! 

Edward J. Collins, '49, is in his 
senior year at Brighton High School. 
He is a valued member of the school 
band and orchestra, and to further his 
musical talent he is studying trumpet at 
Schillinaer House. His address is 722 
Commonwealth Ave., Boston 16, Mass. 

William J. Klaila, '41, has bought 
a home in Maiden, Mass., at 12 Kearney 



Street. He is employed in the steam 
fitting trade. He has two daughters. As 
may be expected, his home is a popular 
place with his F. T. S. schoolmates, and 
he is happy to have visits from his class- 
mates. 

Eugene S. Emerson, '39, has re- 
sumed his studies at Northeastern Uni- 
versity. It will be remembered that he 
suffered serious injuries in an auton)obile 
accident last year. He is married and lives 
at 811 Beacon Street, Boston. 

Kenneth M. Walley, '41, is em- 
ployed by the Dennison Manufacturing 
Company as a traveling mechanic. He 
keeps in contact with his classmates and is 
always interested in F. T. S. and its ac- 
tivities. His addressisSFairland St., Rox- 
bury 19, Mass. 

Warren A. Danner, '40, is manag- 
er of the popular Maple Arena in Brock- 
ton. This is one of the fine roller skating 
rinks in that area. Both Mr. Danner and 
his wife are roller skating professionals, 
and have won several regional champion- 
ships. They have a son. Daniel, about 
six years of age. 

Richard J. Nelson, '40. has left 
Boston to work as a chemical engineer 
with the General Aniline and Film Co. 
He will do research work at the Easton, 
Pennsylvania, plant of that concern. He 
is a graduate of Northeastern University, 
Class of 1951. 

Among our younger graduates, now 
in the armed forces, is JOHN R. Mason, 
Class of 1951. He is in the Navy, and is 
stationed at the U. S. Naval Training 
Center, Great Lakes, Illinois. 




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Entered November 3, 1903 at Eojion. Mass., as Second Class matter, under Act of Ccngress. cf JuK 6, U74 



Alumni Honor Mr. Kihlstrom 

On October 27 the graduates held a 
testimonial banquet in honor of Mr. B. Y. 
Kihlstrom, who for 32 years has devoted 
his life to the interests of the boys at The 
Farm and Trades School. This tribute to 
Mr. Kihlstrom had been planned for a long 
time, and the committee, headed by our 
president, John E. Kervin, '20, had the 
great pleasure of noting their hopes for a 
grand result realized to the fullest. 

George G. Larsson, '17, made the 
^presentation speech, a sincere and well- 
prepared address, at the close of which 
Mr. Kihlstrom received a wrist watch, 
suitably engraved, and a check to be used 
as he saw fit. The theme of the evening 
was a total, yet happy, surprise to Mr, 
Kihlstrom. It was good for those present 
to see our honored guest receive the trib- 
ute he so richly deserves. 

The setting for this gathering was the 
Boston Museum of Science and we 
thoroughly appreciate the kindness of Mr, 
Bradford Washburn, the director, for 
making possible to our group the entire 
resources of Science Park. Mr. Washburn 
delivered the address of the evening, ex- 
plaining the work and ultimate purpose 
of the great new museum. A foremost 



scientist of the times, Mr. Washburn gave 
all of us a touch of his infectious enthusi- 
asm for Boston's newest museum, and 
certninly the members of our Alumni 
Association were won to the cause of ihe 
Boston Museum of Science. 

Our Headmaster, Mr. William M. 
Meacham, spoke on current hnppening8 
at the school. The new school year, work 
of the band, the football season and other 
seasonal topics were discussed. Other 
speakers included the committee chairmen 
and officers of the Association v\ith their 
annual reports. 

Following the dinner mt-mbers of the 
museum staff conducted our group on a 
tour of the building. The principal ex- 
hibits were explained and demor;strated. 
It was not at all difficult to under>tand the 
slogan of Science Park, — "Science is Fun." 

Silent homage to the memory of 
Augustus P. Loring, Jr., president of the 
Board of Trustees, was paid. This great 
man, who did so much for The Farm and 
Trades School, will sorely be missed. 

Following is a list by classes of the 
names and addresses of those present. 

Honorary Members 

William M, Meacham 

Thompson's Island, Boston 

Bror Y. Kihlstrom 

Thompson's Island, Boston 

Please turn to page six 



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Visiting Days 
The boys are always ^lad when visit- 
ing days come. In the fall there are sever- 
al such days, usually on Saturdays when 
the football team plays. The boys usu- 
ally are at the wharf a little after 1:30. 
The Pilorim III arrives first, and brings the 
visiting football team. Then the other 
boats come, and these bring our parents 
and friends. We go with our parents to 
the dormitories, and then are on our way 
to the athletic field to watch the game. 
Almost everyone goes to the game, and 
those who don't stay in the dormitory 
rooms, where it is warm and comfortable. 
After the game we visit some of the de- 
partments and just about everyone likes to 
go to the barns and see the cattle. All too 
soon the boat is ready to leave for the 
return trips to City Point, at about 4:30. 

Arnold M. Sutterlin 

Ducks and Pheasants 

Among the wild life which we see at 
the school every day are ducks and 
pheasants. The ducks are often seen in 
small flocks swimming near the island, or 
wandering on the beach. Pheasants are 
usually seen in the fields or groves. It is 
a common occurrence to walk through a 
field and have a pheasant fly up from the 
the grass, sometimes right in your face. 
The pheasant is a handsome bird, and is 
generally regarded as an excellent game 
bird for those who like to hunt. 

Frederick E. Harding 

Our Bank 

Each of the boys has a bank account, 
and each time we deposit or spend money 
it is recorded in our bank book. Most of 
us don't have a large amount in the bank, 
and what we have we use for such things 
as postage, combs, tooth paste and brushes 
and other necessities. Some of us have 
hobbies, like airplane model building, and 



if we have money in the bank we can 
write a request slip to Mr. Meacham for 
permission to buy the models, or whatever 
we want. The mail boy goes in town 
each day to get us what we have per- 
mission to buy. Then, to pay our bills, 
we write a check and the amount is noted 
in our bank book with the correct balance. 
Our school bank is run just like a big city 
bank, so we learn how business is done in 
our bank at home. 

Albert K. Ellis 

Making a Shuffleboard 

The sport of shuffleboard is so popu- 
lar that we have decided to make a court 
here. Mr. Thomas and the maintenance 
crew are already in the process of getting 
the playing area ready. It is located 
nearby the dormitories, near Bowditch 
House. The approximate size is 52 feet 
long and six feet wide. The excavation 
for the project has been completed, and 
the gravel fill is almost finished. This 
foundation will settle during the winter 
months, and next spring a thick layer of 
cement will be laid. This cement, of 
course, is the playing surface. Those 
who know this sport say it will be the best- 
liked game at the school, and we all hope 
it will be. 

William F. Sonier 



Christmas Joy 
Christmas morn is nearing. 
With shoppers here and there. 
They are going to do some cheering, 
And sing carols in the square. 

We hear the bells in the little church, 
Give out their friendly tune. 
We'll dance and sing, and laugh with joy, 
We know that Santa's coming soon. 

Loren E. Caia 



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The Grew Garden Prizes 

Sixty-three years a^o, Henry S. Grew, 
a trustee of our school, began giving cash 
awards for those who achieved excellence 
in flower gardening. After his death his 
daughter, Mrs. S. V. R. Crosby, continued 
this practice. This year ten boys received 
cash prizes and ten more were given honor- 
able mention. 

Those who received cash prizes were: 

1 John P. Richardson 

2 Joseph C. Turner 

3 Edward A. Atton 

4 William F. Sonier 

5 Alan C. Waldron 

6 Leonard Bova 

7 Joseph J. Magazu 

8 Thomas Angeios 

9 Bruce A. Graham 

10 Charles J. Laidlaw 

Those who received honorable men- 
tion were: 

11 Loren E. Cain and 
Ralph H. Sherman 

12 David W. Howard and 
Edward J. White 

13 Edward J. Darr and 
Thomas F. Darr 

14 Robert B. Gorrill 

15 Frank J. Dow 

16 Arnold E. Hall 

17 William F. Dillon 

An Interveiw with Mrs. Guiney 
Mrs. Guiney is a member of our 
kitchen staff here. Previously she oper- 
ated tourist cabins in the Maine woods. 
Here she had a thrilling experience. 

One night while all were asleep a 
bear came from the woods and woke 
everyone when he smashed the kitchen 
window. His idea was to get the jar of 
cookies on the cupboard shelf, and after 
much commotion and damage he suc- 
ceeded. He crushed the can, forcing the 
top off. 



Meanwhile Mrs. Guiney and her son 
had arrived at the scene of the crime. 
The bear went into the woods, and Mrs. 
Guiney's son tracked him. He finally 
cornered the bear and shot him. The 
following morning he went to get the 
carcass and found that the bear h^d 
wandered quite a distance before he died. 

I say that both Mrs. Guiney and her 
son were lucky that the bear didn't take a 
notion to attack them. 

William L. Glennon 

An Interview with Mr. Thomas 

Our supervisor and coach, Mr. Ray 
Thomas, graduated from a public high 
school, but says he received most of his 
education at The Farm and Trades School. 
He graduated in 1926. 

When he first came to the school he 
was in the sixth grade and worked in the 
sewing room. Later he worked in the 
carpentry shop, which, he says, was the 
best training he received at F. T. S. 

When he was a pupil here there were 
no ball games with other schools. Neither 
were there any Hayden dormitories. Mr. 
Thomas told of many changes for the 
betterment of the boys which have been 
made since his school days here. 

As a boy Mr. Thomas was fond of 
reading, especially adventure stories and 
historical novels. His most exciting ad- 
venture here was when he met Babe Ruth. 

For the past 18 years he has been our 
supervisor and coach. Before that he 
was a farm instructor and night watchman. 
He has been married for 15 years. 

Roger J. Alley 

Christmas Night 
Listen, boys, and you will hear, 
Santa and his fleet reindeer. 
Up to bed like a streak of light, 
A Happy Christmas and a Merry Good 
Night. 

Arnold E. Sutterlin 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Dompsoit's Island Beacon 

Published Monthly by 

THE FARM AND TRADES SCHOOL 

Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor 

A PRIVATE SCHOOL FOR BOYS OF EXCELLENT 

CHARACTER SUPPORTED BY ENDOWMENTS. 

TUITION FEES AND SUBSCRIPTIONS, 



Vol. 55 No. 7 



November 1951 



Subicription Price 



One Dollar Per Year 



BOARD OF TRUSTEES 



James H. Lowell, Vice-President 

Alfred C. Malm, Treasurer 

Merton P. Ellis, Secretary 

Howland S. Warren, Assistant Secretary 

Term Expires 1952 
Gorham Brooks 

N Penrose Hallowell 

Charles E. Mason 

Philip S. Sears 

Donald S. MacPherson 
Philip H. Theopold 

Augustus P. Loring, III 

Term Expires 1953 
Leverett Saltonsfal! 
John L. Batchelder 
Moses Williams 
William M. Meacham 
George S. Mumford, Jr. 
Frederic Winthrop 
Howard B. Ellis 

Term Expires 1954 
George P. Denny, M. D. 
Ralph B. Williams 

Edwin H. Place, M. D. 
Calvin Page Bartlett 
Thomas Temple Pond 
Mason Sears 
Joseph L. Pendergast 



f* 



The greatest need of the world to-day 
is the rebuilding of the Christian spirit of 
service, the basic development plan at our 
home school. Why not help a fine, worthy 
boy achieve his goal by making a financial 
contribution to America's best investment? 



Maine Man Cites Profits in Trees is 
the title of a two column article by Haydn 
Pearson in the Boston Herald July 5, 1951. 
The first paragraph says, 

Thousands of city men dream of a 
little home in the country with a cow, 
chickens, and garden,' said Stephen L. 
Jacobs. 'And if you'll add to that any- 
where from 100 to 300 or more acres of 
of woodland or fields ready to be set with 
young trees, it can conceivably make an 
excellent combination for a man who re- 
tires with a modest income. It costs 
money to live in the country, just as it 
does in the city. But if a family raises 
much of its own food, it reduces the cost.' " 

Being so closely allied to our own 
program of life development, the headline 
caught our eye. Reading on, we found 
the article packed with interest. The 
really important part is the portrayal of 
the life of Stephen Jacobs, a young man, 
who as a boy in Hingham dreamed of a 
life career in forestry. He graduated from 
Hingham High School, entered the forest- 
ry School of the University of Maine, spent 
three years in war service, returned to the 
University, receiving his degree in 1947, 
and started in his chosen life-work. He 
married a Maine girl - "Mrs. Jacobs is 
charming and friendly and has her hands 
full redecorating their new home and 
caring for Richard 6, Larry 4H. ^nd 
Charlie 3." Stephen is now head of a 
Forest Management Center for the non- 
profit New England Forestry Foundation 
in Buxton, the first Foundation Center in 
Maine. This young man is a pioneer in 
his field, "A live-wire, friendly go-getter 
who has already made a name for himself 
and created much good will for the Foun- 
dation." 

We can be especially proud of the 
fact that this great young American and 
his fine family belong to our School 
Family. Stephen is the son of our late 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



beloved Alfred W. Jacobs, '10. Mrs. Through the courtesy of the American 

Alfred Jacobs recently wrote speaking of Petroleum Institute represented by Charles 

her two sons, Stephen and Foster, Foster, we had the privilege of seeing two 

"They are both tine boys with fine outstanding motion pictures on October 6. 

families of whom I am proud. I would One of these films,"24 Hours of Progress," 

give a great deal of credit for their good graphically showed our Nation at work 

character and success to the Farm and through each hour of each day. The 

Trades School, for their father was always other film, "Man on the Land, " showed 



an example of all that is worthwhile and 
line. And he, in turn, always gave the 
School great credit. He was, indeed, 
such a fine husband and father," 



how man has obtained today's high 
standard of living from Nature and the 
land. Our boys found both films very 
much worth-while. We thank Mr. Foster 



It is very apparent that the attributes for arranging the showing for our group, 
of sterling character, able leadership, and 

civic achievement so well exemplified in Football is king during the fall season, 

their parents are continuing through the as far as our boys are concerned. The 

sons and being used to further the happi- school team has played fourgames. Two 



ness and great good to others. 

Topics in Brief 

The boys had their customary gala 
celebration of Hallowe'en. The party 
was held in our gymnasium, and began 
by a bufTet supper at six o'clock. Later 
an entertainment was given, during which 
many of the boys took part in short skits, 
songs and playlets. Following the enter- 
tainment the gymnasium took on a carni. 
val air as the boys took their turns at per- 
forming Hallowe'en stunts and games, 
old and new. The party lasted three hours, 
giving everybody ample opportunity to 
participate in all of the events. 

Several members of the Lyndette 
Club, of Everett, visited the school recent- 
ly. They were escorted about the school 
by Clyde W. Albee, '33, whose sister, Mrs. 
Bertha Spada, is secretary of this Womens' 
club. The visitors enjoyed a happy after- 
noon and for most of them it was their 
first visit here. The club made a welcome 
and much appreciated gift to our Chapel 
fund. 



ended in tie scores while the other two 
were won decisively by our team. The 
younger boys have played much of their 
series of games, and of the three teams 
neithei" has shown to have a decided 
advantage over the others. 

Alice Rowe Snow, mother of our 
good friend and noted historian and 
lecturer, Edward Rowe Snow, observed 
her 83rd birthday in a novel way on Oct. 
21. She was an honored guest on a his- 
torical tour of Boston Harbor and the 
last stop on the tour was our school where 
an informal, yet lovely, birthday party was 
held in Chapel Hall. Mrs, Snow enter- 
tained with selections on the zither, and 
Mr. Snow showed more of his excellent 
movies. A beautiful birthday cake was 
cut by Mrs. Snow. She received a lovely 
card and check from her adventure-loving 
friends. Among the guests was Dorothy 
Caroline Snow, eight months old grand- 
daughter making the first of what we hope 
will be many visits to our school. 

Our best wishes are extended to 
"Mother" Snow, as she is affectionately 
known, and may she have many more 
happy anniversaries. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Calendar, 90 Years Ago, October 1861 

As kept by the Superintendent 

10. Messrs, Bowciitch, Weld, and 
S. G. DeBlois made a visit to the Island. 
Miss Julia Barker and Frank C. Marshall 
were married here this P. M. about 3 P. M. 
by the Rev. D. M. Barrows of Neponset. 
As soon as convenient after the ceremony 
all took their departure to Neponset in 
our yacht "Lyman." 

17. News of a batde at Harper's 
Ferry. 

18. Visiting day. Not many present. 
Rainy. Present of the Managers: Messrs. 
Bacon, Weld, Kuhn, Storer. and S. G. 
DeBlois. 

Put up furnace in boys' dining room. 

19. Left the Island at 8 A. M. and 
after attending to various matters in Boston 
took cars via Fitchburg for Troy, N. H. 
thence by carriage to Dublin. 

Continued from the first page 

Robert R. Kitching 

Thompson's Island 
Frank L. Warren 

170 Allston St., West Medford 

1896 
John E. Bete 

11 Grant St., Greenfield 

1897 
Merton P. Ellis 

18 Elm St., Milton 

Elbert L. West 

8 Maine Ave., Somerville 

1898 
Howard B. Ellis 

42 Warren Ave., Milton 

1904 
Walter D. Norwood 

18 Angier Circle, Auburndale 



1912 
William G. Beadle 

21 Grove St., Randolph 

1915 
Byron E. Collins 

23 DollofTAve.. Beverly 
Charles O. Rolfe 

36 Highland Park Ave., Roxbury 

1917 
Walter L. Cole 

24 Langsford St., Gloucester 

Carl H. Collins 

2 Mayflower Road, Arlington 

G. George Larsson 

3 Tacoma St., Hyde Park 

1919 
Russell A. Adams 

7 Andrews Road. Wollaston 
Warren F. Noyes 

Chester. N. H. 

1920 
Frederick E. Munich 

474 S. Maple Ave.. Glen Rock, N. J. 

James A. Carson 

6 Thornton St., Derry Village, N. H. 
John E. Kervin 

56 Parsons St., Brighton 
Daniel E. Smith 

11 Park St., Arlington 

1921 
Clifton E. Albee 

Thompson's Island, Boston 

Harold B. Buchan 

51-01-39th Ave., Long Isl. City. N.Y. 
Luke W. Halfyard 

59 Morgan St., Melrose 
Richard H. Hanson 

7 Grenville Road, Watertown 
John H. Schippers 

24 Vale St., Roxbury 



THOMPSON S ISLAND BEACON 



1922 
Robert J. Buchanan 

55 Montfern Ave., Brighton 
David E. Lon^ 

202-07 104th Ave., Mollis, N. J. 
Edward J. Robertson 

33] Broadway, Cambridge 

1923 
William F. Anderson 

3 St. John St., Jamaica Plain 
Clarence P. Hobson 

67 Aster Circle, Weymouth 
S. Leo Whitehead 

78 VV. Chestnut St., Wakefield 

1924 

Russell Long 

269 Pleasant St., E. Walpole 

J925 
Ivers E. Winmill 

122 Florence St., Roslindale 

1926 
Alton B. Butler 

73 Halcyon Rd. Newton Center 
Henry Gilchrist 

191 Cambridge St., AUston 
Raymond Thomas 

Thompson's Island, Boston 
Arthur R. Turner 

7 Elliot St., Norwood 

1927 
Howard S. Costello 

33 Cedar St., Maiden 
Jack Hobson 

72 Taunton Ave., Norton 
James E. Hughes 

24 Falkland St., Brighton 
George O. Poole 

73a Lawrence St., Medford 

1928 
John Belham 

15 Duncan Road, Rumford, R. I. 
A. Conrad Ericsson 

90 Elm St., Cohasset 



1929 
Henry A. Schramm 

21 Whitcomb Ter., So. Weymouth 

1930 
Horace A. Taylor 

685 Worcester St., Wellesley 

1931 
Kenneth James 

225 First St., Melrose 
Wendell J. Combie 

652 Hyde Park Ave., Roslindale 
Wendell Gilchrist 

42 Harding Terrace, Dedham 

1932 
Richard L. Bolingbroke 

36 Dalrymple St., Jamaica Plain 
Benjamin F. Middleton 

2 Cleveland St., Roxbury 
Ernest D. Newton 

32 Orchard St., Medford 

1933 
Clyde W. Albee 

100 Reservoir Ave., Revere 
John A. Fitzgerald 

52 Berkeley St., Somerville 
Frederick S. Very 

R. F. D. 1, Belchertown 

1934 
Clayton E. Cheever 

20 Lookout Ave., West Natick 
Walter G. Fitzgerald 

52 Berkeley St., Somerville 
William S. Wilson 

48 James Lane, Levittown, N. Y. 

1935 
Harold F. Bent 

32 Main St., Gorham, Maine 
Walter A. Bishop 

166 Exchange St,, Millis 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Cbe fliumni Jissociation of Che farm and trades School 



John E. Kervin, '20, President IVERS E. WinMIll '22 

Brighton. Mass. Roslindale, 

Donald S. MacPhersoN '10, Treasurer 
Wollaston, Mass. 



Vice-President 
Mass. 



William C. Burns '37, Secretaiy 
No. Wilmington, Mass. 
G. George Larsson, '17, Historian 
Hyde Parit, Mass. 



1936 
John A. Bailey 

39 Birch St.. North Abington 

Elvin C. Bean 

64 Willetc St., Wollaston 
Francis D. McAuliffe 

128 Everett St.. Arlington 
W. Chester Parsons 

186 Ceiitral Ave., Needham Heights 

1937 
Charles F. Averill 

25 Hood Ave., Rumford, R. L 

William C. Burns 

197 Federal St., No. Wilmington 

Edwin L. Smith 

Arthur Woods Ave., Burlington 
Charles M. Mason 

9 Hunt Ave., Braintree 

1938 
Raymond M. Bean 

34 Lisle St., E. Braintree 

1939 
Howard M. Colpitts 

9 Paul Revere Road, Arlington 
Wesley C. Gustafson 

76 Cypress St., Brookline 

1941 
Donald W. Lowery 

42 Ripley St., Maiden 
Linwood L. Meacham 

21 Kemper St , Wollaston 

1943 
James Patterson 

78 Seminole St., Mattapan 
John Patterson 

36 Warren St., West Medford 



1944 
Walter J. Ross 

316 Huntington Ave., Boston 

1945 
Gerard W. Harrington 

30 Medfield St., Boston 

1947 
Harold D. Lowery 

160 Clifton St., Maiden 
Stephen J. Zevitas 

14 East Brookline St., Boston 

1948 
Paul W. Horton 

160 Clifton St., Maiden 

1949 
Robert E. Lucien 

34 Pleasant View Ave., Everett 

1950 
David B. Furbish 

58 Roberts St., Maiden 
Theodore L. Jones 

128 Hillside Road, Watertown 
Robert K. McCann 

362 Upham St., Melrose 
Wayne D. Suitor 

69 Orange St., Waltham 

1951 
Hans M. Christensen 

55^2 Waverly St., Belmont 
Robert W. Closson 

78 E. Lenox St., Roxbury 
Roger A. Hopkins 

16 Ashland St,, Maiden 
Walter Ostrander 

1 Richfield St. Dorchester 
Frank C. Wing 

65 Grady Court, East Boston 




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Thanksgiving Day 

Everyone had a fine time on the 
Thanksgiving Day holiday. There were 
twa main events, and the boys looked 
forward to both with eager anticipation. 

The Dinner was surely all that one 
could wish. Essentially a religious feast, 
all of us were both thankful and humble, 
grateful that we could once again share in 
the blessings of the season. Seventeen of 
our boys have brothers here, and the 
seating plan of the dining room tables was 
arranged so that they could be together. 
Our kitchen department outdid itself in 
preparing and serving the traditional roast 
turkey dinner, with all the other good 
food which accompanies this main dish. 

The times are indeed difficult, and 
even our youngest boys are aware of the 
serious conditions which exist everywhere 
on the earth. Deep in the hearts of all 
our boys is the full realization that being 
free Americans— free to worship and live 
daily as our conscience dictates, — is indeed 
a cause for full Thanksgiving. With all 
of the fun and gaiety of the holiday, there 
was deep and heartfelt thanks for our rich 
blessings. 

The annual Harvard-Yale football 
game was played in the morning. This 
was a real thriller all of the way, with fine 
play evident by both teams. The score at 
the half favored Harvard 12-0, but in the 
second half stellar play resulted in 13 



points for Yale, and that team won by 
the margin of a single point. The weather 
was ideal for the game. Both teams had 
their share of supporters and enthusiasm 
ran high. 

The opposing captains were Harold 
Darr, Harvard, and Roger Alley, Yale. 
Many thought Harvard would win because 
of its fast backfield. It seemed that this 
might be so for the scoring in the first half 
was on brilliant runs by Turner around 
left for H 70 yard touchdown dash, and by 
Harry Darr, who streaked 40 yards for 
another touchdown. In the second half 
Yale ^ot abreak when EdDarr intercepted 
a pass for a touchdown, and Alley con- 
verted. Then, in the final period, Joe 
Magazu slipped around left end for a nine 
yard touchdown run that won the game. 
Final score, Yale 13, Harvard 12. 

Ordinarily the younger boys also play 
a football game on this holiday, but this 
year this game was not played. Instead 
the boys played on the following day, and 
their parents and friends were here to 
watch the game. 

The schedule of the holiday activities 
was completed in the evening when an 
entertainment of moving pictures was 
e ijoyed. 

All of the boys had a fine time, and 
Thanksgiving 1951, will be remembered 
as a thoroughly enjoyable holiday. It was 
a wonderful day. 



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Honor Roll — Fall Term 

The hiihest academic avcrafies in each class grou0 
Junior Class 

Roger A. Hopkins 

Sophomore Class 

Joseph J. Magazu 

William L. Glennon, Jr. 

Frederick E. Harding 

Freshmen, Division A 

Joseph B. Mason 
Bruce A. Graham 

Freshmen, Division B 

Robert A. Kidder 
Alan C. Waldron 

Eighth Grade 

William H. Dillon 
David E. LeVeillee 

Seventh Grade 

Loren E. Cain 
Daniel W. Dockham 

Sixth Grade 

Philip H. Churchill 
Larry E. Garside 

Best GitizensHip 

The best general conduct and effort 
Id each class group 

Junior Class 

Roger A. Hopkins 

Sophomore Class 

William F. Sonier 
Robert B. Gorrill 

Freshmen, Division A 

Donald E. Richardson 
Robert O.Cain 

Freshmen, Division B 

Ralph F. Hopkins 
Alan C. Waldron 

Eighth Grade 

EcJ^rd A. Atton 
Leonard Bova 

Seventh Grade 

Albert K. Ellis 
Carroll E. Youn^ 



Sixth Grade 

Philip H. Lane 
Philip H. Churchill 

Football 

I have been here for three months, 
and during this time we had the football 
season. I was on one of the club teams, 
Middlebury. Altogether, there were 13 
players on the team, and William Dillon 
was captain. Joseph Turner, who played 
on the varsity, coached our team. There 
were three teams in our league, and each 
team played six games. Although our 
captain couldn't play the last games because 
he hurt his leg, we won the championship , 
losing only one game out of six. 

Philip H. Lane 

Getting Ready for Christmas 
On Friday, December 7, I went in 
town to do my Christmas shopping. I 
bought nine gifts. I also received some 
for myself. These I brought back to the 
school. 

While in the stores I saw some things 
I liked for myself and got them. I got a set 
of Christmas lights, some tinsel decorations 
and a star, for the top of the Christmas 
tree we have in our dormitory. 

That night I decorated the tree, and 
wrapped some of the presents. Afe.,the 
same time carols were being played over 
our public address system which sounded 
very nice. 

Frank H. Badger 

Improvements 

I think that most of the boys well re- 
member the work we were doing a year 
ago, and the banquet we had. Fortunately 
we do not need to put in another water 
line this year, for which we are all thank- 
ful. This year there are many minor, 
although important, repairs being made. 



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Part of the main barn has been rewired so 
that the lighting will be improved. A new 
set of Unhts has been installed near the 
wharf, improving the lighting very much 
in that area. A new electric line has re- 
placed the one on the wharf. New outdoor 
lights have replaced the worn-out ones at 
the corners of the Main Building and 
Gardner Hall. 

William F. Sonier 

My Day Over 

I went to town to do Christmas 
shopping recently. I left City Poiht about 
ten o'clock and went home. I had a real 
good dinner. Then I went in town and 
bought a few presents. I also looked at 
the beautiful Christmas scenes in the store 
windows. The displays at Filene's and 
Jordan Marsh's were very pretty. 

Larry E. Garside 

Playing Football 

I am' in the sixth grade and early in 
September I was chosen on one of the 
club football teams. We practiced after 
dinner each day. Finally the day of our 
first game came, and we lost. Before the 
season ended we won some games, and 
had a good time in every game. I like to 
pby very much and hope I can be left 
guard on the varsity when I getold enough. 

Philip H. Churchill 

Christmas Carols 
We have a public address system, 
which consists of an amplifier, microphone, 
and two large trumpet speakers. We use 
it several times a year. It is powerful e- 
nough so it can be heard in high winds or 
when planes are flying directly overhead. 
At this time of year Christmas carols are 
played each evening and we enjoy them 
very much. Before Christmas we hope 
to make recordings of our choir, and also 
our band playing Christmas music, and 



play them each evening. I am sure that 
the boys will enjoy hearing them. 

Loren E. Cain 

Christmas Firsts 

The first window lighting took place 
on Beacon Hill, in Boston, in 1893. , One 
candle was lighted. Now most people 
put lights in their windows and everyone 
enjoys the cheerful glows of the holiday 
lights. 

The custom of singing carols on 
Christmas eve also began on Beacon Hill. 
It was in 1908 that small groups of singers 
strolled from place to place singing wher- 
ever windows were lighted. 

The first Christmas card was printed 
in America. Louis Prang did this in 1893. 
It was done by multicolor lithography, a 
process which he perfected. 

Frederick L. Kreuger 

Shopping Days 

December 7 and 8 were shopping 
days. One half of the boys went in town 
on one day, and the other half on the day 
following. We -left the island at 9:45. 
Most of us who live nearby went home 
and visited our relatives and friends. Then 
we went intown to buy presents and see 
the holiday sights in the big stores. We 
have a lot of fun, and enjoy the day very 
much. We come back loaded with gifts, 
candy and fruit. 

Arnold E. Sutterlin 

Thoughts of Football 
Although football is over for this year 
we remember the good times we had, both 
when we drilled and when we played. 
We began practice during the last week in 
August. Our first game was with the 
Milton Academy freshrn,?tf, and the score 
was 6-6. At the end of the season we had 
a record of two wins and two ties. Two 
of our games were cancelled. 

Thomas Angelos 



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A PRIVATE SCHOOL FOR BOYS OF EXCELLENT 

CHARACTER SUPPORTED BY ENDOWMENTS. 

TUITION FEES AND SUBSCRIPTIONS 



Vol. 55 No. 8 



December 1951 



Subicriotion Price 



One Dollar Per Year 



BOARD OF TRUSTEES 



Calvin Page Bartlett, President 

James H. Lowell, Vice-President 

Alfred C. Malm. Treasurer 

Merton P. Ellis, Secretary 

Howland S. Warren, Assistant Secretary 

Terra Expires 1952 
Gorham Bmoks 

N. Penrose Hallowell 

Churl -s E. Mason 

Philip S. Sears 

Donald S. MacPherson 
Philip H, Theopold 

Augustus P. Loring, III 

Term Expires 1953 
Leverett Salton«tall 
John L. Batchelder 
Mosss Williams 
William M. Meaoham 
George S. Mumford, Jr. 
Frederic Winthrop 
Howard B. Ellis 

Term Expires 1954 
George P. Denny, M. D. 
Ralph B. Williams 

Edwin H. Place, M. D. 
Thomas Temple Pond 
Mason Sears 

Joseph L. Pendergast 



The greatest need of the world to-day 
is the rebuilding of the Christian spirit of 
service, the basic development plan at our 
home school. Why not help a fine, worthy 
boy achieve his goal by making a financial 
contribution to America's best investment? 



Thoughts of a Football Player 

One Saturday recently our team was 
playing a visiting team. The opponents 
were big, husky fellows, especially the 
line men. We were gaining ground but 
our drives into their line were almost 
always stopped. The wind was blowing 
too hard from the outer bay for accurate 
passing. End runs were making our best 
gains but the visitors were blocking some 
of our end plays. I was calling the plays 
and doing my share of ball carrying. On 
my last end run I was hit hard and made 
no gain so I decided to keep our backfield 
driving into our opponent's middle. 

Suddenly our coach called me out of 
the game and while a substitute was 
playing my position coach "gave it to me" 
for running line plays instead of end runs. 
He said, "Can't you see they're blocking 
every one of our drives into their line? 
Their ent^s are playing in close and their 
backs pre in the center. Those end spots 
are great wide open spaces. Drive your 
pljys wide around both ends." 

I tried to argue my point of insisting 
on line drives but Coach would have 
nothing of it, I was sent back in and we 
set up a campaign of end running. I was 
amazed at our own power when we a- 
dopted this strategy. Our gains were 
consistent and long. We won the game by 
a big score. 

I guess that's what preachers, teachers, 
instructors, coaches and parents are for — 
to show us the way to take advantage of 
our greatest assets of life and develop our 
best power for the success of our team, 
our own service to man-kind and the 
advancement of the plan of our Creator. 



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Topics in Brief and fishing trawler collided in the main 

We had our customary very fine ^^'P channel, resulting in the death of 

Thanksgiving Day observance. The feast ^^ "^ '^^ 17-man crew of the trawler. The 

of turkey was, of course, the highlight. ^^^ ^^* "^^'^^ ^"d visibility good. The 

All of us. from the youngest boy to the harbor was lighted by brilliant flares 

oldest adult, realize something of the dropped by planes, and we watched, wiih 

seriousness of the times and it was with sorrow, as coast guard, police and private 

reverence and gratefulness that we held ^^^^^ attempted rescue work, 
our Thanksgiving Dinner. 



The traditional holiday football game. 
Harvard vs. Yale, was held in the hue 
morning, and in the evening we enjoyed 
a fine movie. 

The sophomore class give a very 



Fall term examinations were held for 
all of the classes during the week beginning 
November 26, and the work of the winter 
term began on December 3. 

Our Band has been having regular 



fine entertainment at the weekly assembly rehearsal periods, and most of our new 

on November 12. An adaptation of students, who came in September, are 

Edgar Allen Poe's "The Masque of the studying an instrument, and making good 

Red Death" was presented under the progress. Few of our boys fail to take 

direction of our principal, Mr. Alan F. advantage of musical instruction, and 

Jakeman. All agreed that the boys did a those with ambition and talent become 

superlative piece of wotk in staging the very competent performers. Although 

play. The costumes, stage settings and the band as a unit often plays for school 

lighting were particularly well done. events, the individual members provide 



music for our church services, assemblies, 
entertainments and, in fact, almost all of 
our school functions. 

Usual holiday events of the season 



On the eve of November 15 Head- 
master and Mrs. Meacham were presented 
with a beautiful vast of flowers by the boys 
and instructors. It was just 25 years ago 

that Mr. and Mrs. Meacham came to ^ere enjoyed on Armistice Day. A 

Thompson's Island to begin a lifework football game, movies and television shows 

devoted to The Farm and Trades School gH contributed to the pleasures of the 

and its boys. holiday. 

The football season was concluded Nineteen boys attended the Shrine 

during the month. Two intra-mural games Circus, held in Mechanics Building, on 

were attended by the boys' parents and November 19. The boys were thrilled 

friends, and all enjoyed watching the by every act staged by this circus, which 

younger boys perform. It appears that grows in popularity with each succeeding 

there is much fine talent among the year, 
smaller boys, which foretells continued 

success for the varsity, which this year was The freshman class gave an enter- 
undefeated although two of the games tainment consisting of short humorous 
ended in tie scores. sketches and musical selections at the 

weekly assembly on November 19. The 

A major sea disaster resulted at 5:30 sketches were written by the boys and 

P. M. November 28 when an oil tanker were much enjoyed. 



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This fall, for the first time, our ath- 
letic association sponsored a refreshment 
booth which operated on the days when 
visitors were here for the football games. 
Many have requested such a booth, and it 
was very successful, the proceeds being 
used to purchase a set of new jackets for 
our basketball team. 

Calendar, 90 Years Ago, November 1861 

As kept by the Superintendent 

3. During all last night and up to 
8 o'clock this morning the wind has blown 
with great violence from the southeast. 
The ship "Maryanna" was wrecked near 
Boston Light and several persons lost. Sad 
indeed to be wrecked in sight of home 
and the friends they love so well — after a 
long voyage. 

Great anxiety is felt for the expedition 
under Com. Dupont which sailed a few 
days since from Hampton Roads. 

11. The23rdRegt. Masp. Volunteers, 
left for the seat of war. Rufus King, a 
former pupil here, is drummer for the 
Right Flank Co. 

13. Good news from Com. Dupont 
and General Sherman's expedition ar- 
rived at Port Royal and captured the 
place. 

14. Good news from Kentucky. 
Union troops under General Nelson were 
victorious over rebels under Humphrey 
Marshall. 

15. James Henry Partridge and 
Thomas Burroughs, two former pupils 
here, visited us to-day. 1 he latter is on 
his way to join the I7th Regt. Mass. Volun- 
teers. 

16. Went to city. Got turkeys, etc., 
for Thanksgiving. 

21. Thanksgiving day. Present of 
the Graduates: William Albert Jackson, 
Bernliard Doherty, William H. Cremins, 
Theodore Underwood, Alfred Dietrich. 



Last year twenty were present, many of 
whom are now in the armies of the 
Union. 

25. Lowering, approaching rain. Men 
wrought in old and new barns. 

An Interview with Mrs. Bagnell 

Mrs. Bagnell was born in Ellimont, 
Pennsylvania. At the age of five she 
went to Europe and returned after two - 
and a half years. When she was nine she 
again went to Europe, this time staying 
for three years. She made a third trip later. 
She graduated from high school at the age 
of 15. She studied nursing for three years 
and for the next 22 years did part-time 
nursing. 

Mrs. Bagnell came here April 3, 1947 
to take charge of our laundry. She is the 
next oldest of twelve children, and her 
father was a missionary. She has travelled 
in every state except seven, and she very 
mucti likes to meet people in distant states. 
She has also been in much of the eastern 
Canadian provinces. 

During her years in Europe she learned 
four of the languages spoken there. The 
schools there were only for the well-to-do 
children. At the age of nine the boys be- 
gan serious training for eventual military 
service. ^^^ 

Mrs. Bagnell has always enjoyed 
crocheting, knitting and gardening. She 
is a widow, and her four sons were all in* - 
the armed forces during World War II. 

Kenneth C. Clayton 

An Interview with Mr. Frizzle 

Mr. Frizzle is the engineer at our 
school, and has been here since April. 
1949. He is a third class engineer and his 
last work was engineer at the New England 
Conservatory of Music. 

He has had much experience as a steam 
fitter, as well as doing all kinds of repair 



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work in the enjlinecing and electrical 
trades. For some time he was chief eng> 
neer of the Brandon Hotel in Brookline, 
and much of his experience has been 
gained in hotel work. For several years 
he was engineer of a hotel in Washington, 
and during some of this time he owned a 
houseboat where he and Mrs. Frizzle lived. 

He owns a farm in Maine and eventu- 
ally expects to take over the operation of 
the farm himself. He has always liked 
agriculture, and has done some farming. 

He had an exciting exoerience once 
when he was in Canada. In 1917, when 
the city of Halifax was blown apart he 
was fifty miles away. He was standing in 
a doorway, leaning against a post, when 
the explosion occured giving him a terrific 
shock. His first thought was that something 
had gone amiss in the boiler room. 

His work has taken him into many 
states and Canadian provinces. He rather 
likes Florida, and expects to make that 
state his vacation home. 

Roger A. Hopkins 

Winter and Spring Terms Calendar 

December 

Friday December 7: Half of boys 
in town. 
.^ip^ Saturday, December 8: Half of boys 
in town. 

Sunday, December 16: Christmas 

;ant. 

Saturday, December 22 — Tuesday, 
January 1: Christmas Vacation. 

Tuesday, December 25: Christmas. 

January 

Tuesday, January 1: New Years' 
Day. 

Wednesday January 2: Winter term 
begins. 

February 

Monday, February 18: Basketball 
Tournament Week. 

Friday, February 22: Washington's 



Birthday. King Phillips' War. 

Tuesday, February 26— Friday Feb- 
ruary 29: Term Examinations 

April 

Saturday, April 12— Sunday April 20: 
Vacation. 

Sunday, April 13: Easter Sunday. 
Easter Pageant. 

Friday, April 18: Half the boys in 
town. 

Saturday, April 19: Patriots Day. 
Half the boys in town. 

Sunday, April 27: Faneuil Hall Band 
Concert. 

May 

Saturday, May 3: State Music Fes- 
tival. 

Saturday May 17: New England 
Music Festival. 

Saturday, May 25: Pre-Memorial 
Sunday. 

Friday, May 30: Memorial Day. 

June 

Monday, June 2— Friday, June 6: 
Term Examinations. 

Tuesday, June 3: Trustees Meeting 
and lunch at the School, 

Saturday, June 7: Alumni Day. 

Sunday, JuneS: Baccalaureate Service. 

Monday, June 9: Class Ride. 

Tuesday, June 10: Graduation. 

Dining Room Work 

I begin work right after breakfast. 
Five of the boys clear the tables, wash the 
dishes, set the tables for dinner, and sweep 
the floor. When this is done we do extra 
work as is needed. When the dining room 
and serving rooms are both clean, and 
everything ready for dinner, we are dis- 
missed. It usually takes two hours to 
finish this work, and then we can do as 
we please. 

Daniel W. Dockham 



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Che fllumni dissociation of Che farm and trades School 



JOHS E. Kerviv, '20, President IVERS E. WiNMILL '22 

Bri<<hton Mass. Roslindale, 

Donald S. MacPhERSON '10. Treasurer 
Wollaslon, Mass. 



Vice-President 
Mass. 



William C. Burns '37, "Secretary 
No. Wilmington, Mass. 
G. George Larsson, '17. Historian 
Hyde Park, Mass. 



Frank N. Babick, '45, was one of 
a ^roup wh'cb received commendation 
from President Truman for participation 
in t'le recent Atomic Energy Commission's 
Project Greenhouse, aicordin^ to a news 
item in a local paper. Our graduate hus 
completed courses in U. S. Armv technical 
schools, and is a sergeant in the Air Force. 
His home address is 65 Summer Street, 
New;on Centre, Mass. 

James A. Carson, '20, we are glad 
to report, was present at our annual dinner 
in October. He has made slow, but sure, 
recovery from very serious injuries sus- 
tained in an automobile accident some 
time ago. He lives in Derry Village, N, H., 
at 29 Ihornton Street. 

William N. Dodge, '40, has gone 
to California where he hopes to secure 
work in the machinist trade. He visited 
us just before he began his drive West, 
and sent us souvenir post cards from points 
en route to the coast. 

Henry A. Fox, '79, our grand old 
graduate, retains a deep interest in all 
phases of our school life on Thompson's 
Island. A retired Chief of the Boston 
Fire Department, he now has time to 
accomplish many things he has looked 
forward to doing, notably renewing old 
friendships. He doesn't get about as much 
as he would like, and seldom takes in 
evening social events. For many years 
he has lived at 14 Alaric Street, West 
Roxbury, Mass. 

George O. Poole, '27. is doing a 
valued work in contacting his F. T. S. 



schoolmatfs, and personally keeping them 
in touch wilh Alumni happenings. He 
may always be depended upon to arouse 
intere.-t in our Association, and the success 
of our meetings can, in no small way, be 
attributed to him. He lives at 73a Law- 
rence St., Medford, Mass. 

Wayne D. Suitor, '50. attends 
Waltham high school. He has been a 
frequent visitor here during the fall season, 
along with many otheryounger graduates. 
His address i>. 69 Orange Street, Waltham, 
Massachusetts. 

Cecil A. Morse, '28, corresponds 
frequently with his friends at the School. 
He is a worker for a Texas oil concern. 
His address is 4n E. DeFee Ave., Bay- 
town, Texas. 

Harold B. Buchan, '21, has for 
the past 25 years been in the marble busi- 
ness. He was with us at our annual dinner 
and meeting on October 27, making the 
trip from New York especially for the 
event. It was the first alumni event he 
has been able to attend in many years. His 
address is 51-01-39th Ave., Long Island 
City, N. Y. 

Frederick E. Munich, '20, is an- 
other of our graduates who made a special 
effort to be present at our annual dinner, 
he making the trip from New Jersey. He 
hascorresponded regularly with us through 
the years, and it was good that he could 
again be with us. He is employed by the 
Western Union Telegraph Co., and lives 
at 474 South Maple Avenue, Glen Rock, 
New Jersey. 




Vol. 55 No. 9 Printed at The Farm and Trades Schrol, Boston. Mass. Jan., 1952 

Entered November 3, 1903 at Boiton, Mais., at Second Class tnatter, under Act of Congress, of July 6, 1?74 



News in Boston Papers 

At a regular meeting of the Board of 
Trustees of The Farm and Trades School 
held in the Directors' Room of The New 
England Trust Company today Mr. Calvin 
Page Bartlett was elected President of the 
Board to fill the vacancy caused by thie 
death of President Augustus P. Loring, Jr. 

This famed home-school on Thomp- 
son's Island dedicated to the education 
and development of boys of excellent 
character has been extremely fortunate 
since its inauguration in 1814 in having 
men comprising its Board of Trustees who 
are devoted to the welfare of youngsters 
and each one a leader in the community. 

Mr. Bartlett is the third President of 
the Board of this school during the past 
fifty years. He has been a member of the 
Board since 1944 and a member of the 
Executive Committee. 

Mr. Bartlett is the son of Ex-Governor 
John Henry Bartlett of New Hampshire, 
a graduate of Yale and Yale Law School. 
He is a member of the law firm of Hill, 
Barlow, Goodale and Wiswallat 53 State 
Street. Mr. and Mrs. Bartlett and their 
two children live in Lincoln. He is the 
President of the Portsmouth (N. H.) 



Trust Company. 

At this meeting Mr. Howland S. 
Warren reported for the Executive Com- 
mittee recent legislation enacted in the 
State Legislature enabling State aided 
children to be enrolled in such home- 
schools as The Farm and Trades School. 

Mr. T. Temple Pond reported for 
the Construction Committee the recent 
signing of a contract to lay a new water 
pipe line across from Squantum to Thomp- 
son's Island at a cost of approximately 
$54,000.00. 

Many items of current activity were 
reported by Headmaster William M. 
Meacham. including another highly suc- 
cessful football season. The varsity team 
was undefeated but was held to a tie by 
two teams, Milton Academy JV's 6-6, 
and Milton High School Sophomores 
20-20. 

Note: This article appeared in Boston 
newspapers Tuesday, December 4, 1951. 

The Saints' Return 

"The Saints' Return," a Christmas 

Fantasy in one act was given as the feature 

of our Christmas concert on December 16. 

Nine of the boys made up the cast, and 



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each did an outstanding piece of work. 
The play itself was a delightful fantasy. 
Saints, who were distressed at the sin on 
the earth, decided to return to a beautiful 
haven, located half way to Heaven. Here 
they pondered whether they should con- 
tinue to Heaven or return to their earthly 
duties. They are influenced by two earthly 
refugees who also arrive at the half way 
house. All decide to return to earth where 
they once more resume their work of 
strivinsifor peace on earth and good will 
towards all men. 

A choir of fourteen voices sang the 
Christmas anthem, "Sing We Noel," as 
well as several familiar carols. The work 
of the group was excellent and worthy of 
much praise. 

The cast of the play, and the members 
of the choir were as follows: 

PROGRAM 
Hymn 407— O Come All Ye Faithful 
Congregation 

Invocation 

Carol 214— O Little Town of Bethlehem 

Congregation 
Christmas Prayer 

Anthem— Sing We Noel 
Choir 

Christmas Play "The Saints' Return ' 

Carol Medley 

Choir 

Hymn 406— Hark the Herald Angels Sing 
Congregation 



The Saints' Return 
A Christmas Fantasy by Esther W. Bates 

THE CAST 

Joseph B. Mason 



CHOIR ROSTER 
Roger J. Alley Donald R 

Thomas Angeles 
Leonard Bova 
Robert O. Cain 
J. Harold Darr, Jr. 
Frederick W. Davidson 
Daniel W. Dockham 



Saint George 
Saint Bridget 
Saint Theresa 
Saint Martin 
Saint Elizabeth 
Saint Francis 
Saint Nicholas 
Old Man 
Young Woman 



Dockham 

Arnold E. Hall, Jr. 

Roger A. Hopkins 

William F. James 

Charles J. Laidlaw 

Joseph C. Turner 

Edward J. White 



Bruce A. Graham 

Robert A. Kidder 

David E. LeVeillee 

Joseph J. Magazu 

Edward J. Darr 

William F. Sonier 

John P. Richardson 

Robert Fabello 



An Interview with Mr. Steinhoflf 

Mr. Steinhofif was born in Racine, 
Wisconsin, on the banks of Lake Mich- 
igan, about sixty-five miles north of 
Chicago and twenty-five miles south of 
Milwaukee. 

He lived on a large dairy farm and 
walked a mile to school each day. When 
he advanced to high school he rode six 
miles each day to get to school. His fa- 
vorite sport at that time was roller skating. 
He also liked swimming. 

While he was in his teens he joined 
the Navy and served four years. He 
started as an apprentice seaman and ad- 
vanced to first class radioman. His service 
took him across much of the Pacific and 
to South and Central America. Much of 
his duty was on small boats. 

Mr. Steinhofif came to Thompson's 
Island in 1949 with his wife and son Jerry. 
He has been an instructor here for three 
years, teaching the boys about general farm 
work. He has just recently been trans- 
ferred to another department and is now 
captain of the PILGRIM III. 

Frederick E. Harding 

My Work 
1 work in the serving room every 
morning. This is an important job be- 
cause everything used for breakfast comes 



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though the serving room, and the dishes We always have a good time. On the 
and food must be checked to see that every south end beach there are several big boat 
table in the dining room is tuken care of floats and we play all kinds of tag games 



right. After breakfast I help clean the 
serving room and vshen this is done my 
work is finished. 

David G. Taggart 

Movies 

Every Saturday night we have a 
movie show. The pictures are all kinds, 
westerns, historical, comedies, and some 
dramas. The show usually lasts about 
two hours. The first picture is a cartoon, 
or short travel story, and we all like these 
very much. Sometimes we have had 
sport pictures, too. I am sure all of the 
boys look forward to Saturday night and 
movies. 

Edward J. White 

Farm Work 

When I first came here my job was 



on chem. Usually we tell stories too. We 
usually spend about two hours on a beach 
walk, because we stop quite often. Most 
of the time planes are taking off or landing 
at Squantum and it is exciting to watch 
them. At this time of year there aren't 
many small pleasure boats in the bay, but 
we see Naval and other small craft. All 
of us like beach walks. 

Carroll E. Young 

Middlebury Team 

There were three teams in the intra- 
mural football league this year, and of the 
three Middlebury was the best, and won 
the championship. About the best player 
in the league was our captain, William 
Dillon. We were sorry when he got hurt 
and couldn't play. But even without him 
we did all right by winning the big game 



on the farm, I like this kind of work which made us the 1951 champs. 



very much. Every afternoon I cleaned 
the cow barn and fed the cows. Some- 
times I helped get freight, and did other 
jobs. 

I have begun to take trumpet lessons 
and hope to learn to play in the band. 

Joseph S. Lombardo 

Clarinet Lessons 
Every week our Bandmaster, Mr. 
Warren comes and I go to band rehearsal 
to get a lesson on the clarinet. I am 

making good progress, although I must Yesterday we saw the championship 
say it isn't easy. Robert Fabello is my football game between Los Angeles and 
teacher. Now I can play the third part Cleveland. There are many good shows 
of quite a few of the easy band pieces. I on TV and we are glad to have the chance 
also take violin lessons. to see them. 

Barry R. Fuller Edward J. White 



Now we are interested in the basket- 
ball season and soon the Sears and Nut 
League series will begin. 

Robert O. Andrews 

Television Shows 
One of the popular things to do when 
we have time is to watch television. At 
Christmas time there were some wonder- 
ful shows, and we enjoyed them very 
much. On Saturdays and Sundays the 
boys like the movies and football games. 



Beachwalks — To achieve success a man must attend 

Almost every Saturday or Sunday we strictly to business and keep a little in ad- 
go for a beach walk with our minister, vance of the times. 



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Term Expires 1953 

Leverett Saltonstall 
Moses Williams 

William M. Meacham 
George S. Mumford, Jr. 
Frederic Winthrop 
Howard B. Ellis 
John Lowell 

Term Expires 1954 
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Ralph B. Williams 

Edwin H. Place, M. D. 
Thomas Temple Pond 
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Editorial 

Our school was founded 138 years ago 
for the purpose of giving good, normal 
boys an opportunity to live happily and 
well, and develop their many potential 
talents in the broadest possible manner. 
No other school in America has continued 
to fulfill the same fundamental objectives 
over so long a period of years. 

We believe every youngster ought to 
have a good home, good food, good fun, 
ample opportunity to develop every phase 
of his mind, body, and soul for the good 
of himself, his community, and his God. 
We believe he should have the sympa- 
thetic guidance o f men aud women 
devoted to those ideals commonly called 
"The American Way of Life." We stress 
the home-life atmosphere and all that the 
American home stands for. 

Many nice things have been said 
about our home-school. Not only are the 
compliments appreciated but also we feel 
a deep responsibility in striving to live up 
to the words of praise. 

Recently we considered many appli- 
cants for a vacancy on our stafT. One of 
those rejected wrote as follows: "I was very 
enthusiastic about your school in all its 
aspects; it seemed to have an aura of charm 
and dignity and individualism all of its 
own. " 

We must let nothing diminish this 
great idealism of service to youth. 



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Topics in Brief piles of gifts. It took about an hour, and 

December brings the glorious Christ- 't is safe to say that no more wonderful, 

mas season, and this year as in all years, ^^^ happy, time takes place during the 

the observance was wonderful and beauti- entire year. For the boys, it is one of 

ful. Our church services during the 'hose rare, wonderful experiences, never 

month were based on the Christmas theme, to be forgotten. 
with the singing of the lovelv traditional 



carols. On December 16 a religious fanta- 
sy, "The Saints' Return," was most compe- 
tently enacted, and the boys deserve much 
praise for a fine piece of work. At this 
Christmas concert the boys' choir held an 
important part, and the rendition of 
"Sing We Noel, " was especially praise- 
worthy. 

Each of the dormitories held a 



Our Sloyd room was a busy place 
during the month, as the boys worked 
eagerly to finisii gifts for the holiday. Very 
fine articles of woodwork are made, and 
those who receive these as Christmas gifts 
are high in their praise of the excellent 
workmanship. The younger boys make 
small items, perhaps napkin holders, 
while the older, more experienced boys 
turn their hands to making trays, lamps, 



Christmas party during the month, as did Jewelry chests and other models, all ideal 
the instructors and Boy Scout troop, ^s Christmas gifts. 



Each of these was much enjoyed. At 
the boys' parties much of the planning 
and preparation was done by the boys 
themselves, which added to the fun and 
festivity. 

The traditional carol sing was held 



The boys went to town for a day 
during December, so that they could make 
Christmas purchases. They were very much 
impressed with the holiday sights, and it 
seemed as though even the very smallest 
stores and shops outdid themselvesin deco- 
on the evening of December 23, when 24 rating for the season. The big depart- 
of the boys visited the dormitories singing ment stores were a thrilling sight to the 



the beloved songs of Christmas. Ihe 
group ended their tour at the Adams 
House and were entertained by Mr. 
Meacham and his family. A pleasant 
social hour of games, singing and refresh- 
ments was enjoyed. 



boys, some of the settings being truly mag- 
nificent. 



Christmas vacation began on Dec. 22 
and continued until January 2, when the 
winter term began. Those who remained 
at the school enjoyed winter sports of 
Santa Claus arrived on schedule on skating, coasting, skiing and basketball. 
Christmas morning and was met at the 

boat by a royal escort, including a picked Our hearts were warmed by the nu- 

band. Much fun was had as the procession merous greetings we received at Christmas 
paraded to the main building. In a very from our graduates. It is true that this 
few moments our Assembly Hall was ready season of the year arouses happy, grand 
for Santa's grand entry. His identity re- memories of the Christmas seasons spent 
mained a secret until he unmasked. We at the School and the graduates never 
were much surprised to find Santa none forget those wonderful times. Some send 
other than Bill Meacham, Jr., assisted remembrances of fruit and candy to the 
by his sister Joyce. Soon Santa, with sever- boys, and these kindnesses are certainly 
al assistants, was busy distributing huge warmly appreciated. 



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Our winter vacation ended on New 
Years 'Day, and the boys devoted much 
of the day playing basketball. This game 
is extremely popular and is played daily 
through the winter months. In the 
evening moving pictures were enjoyed. 

Our paint shop department has been 
busy during the month redecorating the 
front stairways and halls of the Main 
Building. Other important interior work 
has also been completed. 

The boys have had a good share of 
winter outdoor sports, coasting, skating, 
skiing and other popular sports being en- 
joyed. A moonlight skating party was a 
highlight. 

Calendar, 90 Years Ago, December 1861 

As kept by the Superintendent 

6. Very mild. Calm. Went to city. 
Ellen and Sarah went. Saw Dr. Clarke. 
Got cough mixture, lining to stove, and 
lot of bundles for boys. 

7. Robert Parrott, graduate, and now 
member of 6th New Hampshire Regiment 
visited us this day. 

19. Mornipg beautiful. Rowed self 
over in small boat. Reg't of Cavalry 
came in from Readville, passed through 
several streets and collated on the 
Common, returned to camp in P. M. 

Joseph Stockbridge and James Finn- 
igan came to the Island. 

25. Christmas. Made but little pa- 
rade this year. Boys skated, slid, etc. but 
had no tree. 

31. Moderate. Self went to city in 
morning. In attempting to come at night 
got aground and had to wait three hours. 

My Work 

Every morning I report to the dining 
room before breakfast when it is my turn, 
i eat with the waiters and then start working 



in the serving room. After breakfast I go 
to dormitory inspection and then report 
back to the dining room. I am one of 
the dining room crew and our job is to 
wash the dishes, set the tables for dinner, 
and see that everything is clean and neat. 
It t^kes about two hours for us to do our 
work. 

Kennetti L. Goodwin 



Sewing Room 
Once every week the boys' clothes are 
sent to the sewing room from the laundry. 
Here they are looked over and mended 
as needed. Then they are folded neatly 
and returned to the dormitories. I help 
by folding the laundry, packing the baskets, 
and finally doing the delivering. 

Albert K. Ellis 

An Interview with Mr. Albee 

I began the interview by asking Mr. 
Albee if Gutenberg invented printing from 
movable type. The answer I received 
was that the Chinese printed in this way 
as early as the eleventh century. Because 
their alphabet had thousands of characters 
printing was difficult and little progress was 
made. Then I was told that Johann 
Gutenberg, in Germany, thought up the 
plan of assembling type to form a page 
and making many impressions from the 
form. Then the type form was broken 
up and used to form succeeding pages of 
the job being printed. 

The first book printed by Gutenberg 
was probably a religious work, the In- 
dulgence of November 12, 1454, issued by 
Pope Nicholas. He soon gave his at- 
tention to the printing of tlie Bible, the 
moat famous of which is the 42-line Maz- 
arin Bible. 

In the very short space of fifty years 
printing grew throuiihout Germany so 
that ihere v\ere more than titty printing 



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companies, an(1 numerous presses in Italy, 
France and England. In 1536 printing 
was done in Mexico, and in 1638, at 
Harvard Collei^e, was done itie very first 
printing in what is now our country. 

Mr. Albee went on to say that the 
birth of printinii occurred just when the 
world was Coming out of a long perod of 
stagnation, called the Dark Ages. Printing 
led to the edjcation of the masses, and 
great world progress was made. Consider 
how important printing is today, in any 
field, and some idea of its importance 
will be realized. Education, business, and 
everyday lite too, could not be conducted 
without the art of printing, 

R. Barry Gorrill 

My Ambition 

I hope to be an athlete when I grow 
up. I haven't much choice between track, 
baseball or football, for I like them all. 
In fact, I like all sports. Not only the 
really popular ones but sports such as 
mountain climbing and cross country 

hiking. David G. Taggart 

Our Shoe Repair Shop 
Last summer I learned how to repair 
shoes, and for several weeks I was the 
cobber. All of the equipment is kept in a 
cupboard in a corner of the woodworking 
shop. The tools used the most are cobbler 
hammers, nail clippers, knives, files, awls, 
and screwdrivers. There is a set of shoe 
lasts, from size AVz to size 9, which fit 
most of the boys' shoes. One part of the 
cupboard is for stock, and we always have 
a supply of soles, heels, rubber cement, 
shoe nails and other stock. 

Thomas Angelos 

Prize Aw^ards 

Each six-month period cash prizes 
are given to those ten who stand highest 
in excellence of conduct. These prizes 
were first awarded sixty-three years ago, 



and they were given for the 126th time 
recently. They were originally given 
by Francis Shaw, and are now made pos- 
sible by a legacy left by Mr. Shaw. 

Books were presented the next five 
in rank. Mr. Thomas F, Temple origi- 
nated this prize, and they are given now 
by our trustee. N. Penrose Hallowell, in 
memory of Mr. Temple. 

The next eight in standing received 
honorable mention, Tiie prize winners 
were as follows: 

Shaw Prizes 

William F. Sonier 
Donald E. Richardson 

Edward A. Atton 
Roger A. Hopkins 

Jost'ph B. Mason 
Philip H. Churchill 

Alan C. Waldron 

Leonard Bova 
Ralph F. Hopkins 
David W. Howard 

Temple Ci nsolation Prizes 

Robert B. Gorrill 

J. Harold Darr, Jr. 

John P. Richardson 

William H. Dillon 

Roger J. Alley 

Honorable Mention 

Roberto. Cain 
Richard A. Ostrander 
William L. Glennon 

Loren E. Cain 

Donald R. Dockham 

Joseph J. Magazu 

Edward J. Darr 
S. Newcomb Graham 

—The major winter sport is basketball. 
The varsity squad wiil again participate in 
the small school tournament, to be held 
in February. The intra-mural leagues 
play at least one game weekly. Nine 
teams give each boy opportunity to play, 
according to his age and ability. 



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Che Jllumni Jlssociation of Che Tarm and Crades School 



John E. Kervin, '20, President Ivers E. Winmiul '22 

Brighton. Mass. Roslindale, 

D IN *LD S. MacPherson '10, Treasurer 
Wollaston, Mass. 



Vice-President 
Mass. 



William C. Burns '37, Secretary 
No. Wilmington, Mass. 
G. George Larsson, '17, Historian 
HydcPark, Mass. 



Richard E. McPhee, '48, has been 
for some time in Germany, where he is an 
army musician. He has had many notable 
experiences in Europe, and his musical 
life is a happy one. He would be iilad to 
hear from his friends at F. T. S., and mail 
should be addressed as follows: Corporal 
Richard E. McPhee, R A. 21291619, 2nd 
Con. Band, A. P. O. 46, care of Post- 
master, New York, N, Y. 

Thomas F. Killeen, '34, after grad- 
uating from high school, commenced 
work with the Standard Duplicating 
Machine Company, in Everett. He was 
three years in the armed forces. After 
returning to his former position he was 
transferred to Texas for two years. Re- 
cently he has been made branch manager 
of the Pittsburgh, Pa., office of the con- 
cern. Mr. and Mrs. Killeen have a son, 
Lyndon Bruce, SH years of age. Their 
address is494 Serpentine Drive, Pittsburgh. 

Will Frank Davis, '79, is located 
at 16 Club Way, Hart.dale, N. Y. Al- 
though advanced in years, he still enjoys 
taking part in journalistic work, and re- 
tains his life-long interest in the publishing 
field. Although no longer able to attend 
Alumni events, he remains much inter- 
ested, and would be happy to hear from 
his many F. T. S. friends. His address is 
16 Club Way, Hartsdale, N. Y. 

Willard G. Schroeder, '24, has 
for m-Auy years been located on the West 
coast. He writes that he hopes to visit New 
Eniiland before too long, and will most 
certainly stop and visit his alma mater. 
He may be reached at 9202 Linden Ave., 
Seattle, 3, Washington. 



Howard E.Keith, '24, is working 
at a defense plant at Hartford, Conn. 
His eldest son, Howard, Jr. is working 
with him. Mrs. Keith is keepingthe home 
fires burning at Wolfeboro, N. H., caring 
for the two daughters, Priscilla and Cyn- 
thia, both Brewster Academy students and 
the two young sons, twins, Charles and 
Norman. 

Ernest Burns, '42, is the proud 
dad of a bouncing baby son, Alan Joseph, 
born last September 4. Our belated con- 
gratulations to the happy parents! Their 
home is at 81 Brook Street, Wollaston, 
Massachusetts. 

Ralph L. Gale, trombonist with a 
Marine band in Korea, sent via his mother 
a gift of candy for the boys at the school 
for the Christmas season. This kind and 
thoughtful gift is much appreciated. 

Gale at Christmas time was promoted 
to the rank of Sergeant. Congratulations! 

Paul F. Swasey, our headmaster 
from 1922-26 sends greetings to his friends 
at Thompson's Island. As an honorary 
member of the Alumni Association he 
keeps in contact with important school 
happenings. The Swaseys live at Spring 
Green, Tunstall, West Virginia. He holds 
a college teaching post and operates his 
own farm. 

Leslie L. Goddard, '46, attends 
the New Hampshire Technical Institute, 
studying automobile theory and mechan- 
ics. He works nights at the Portsmouth 
Navy Yard. He is married, and they live 
at 171 Austin Street, Portsmouth, N. H. 




Vol. 55 No. 10 Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. Feb., 1952 

Entered November 3, 1903 at Boitoa, Mass., as Second Class matter, under Act of Congress, of July 6, 1^74 



A Visitor from Greece 

Mr. Theodore D. Litsas, Assistant 
Director of the American Farm School 
in Thessalonica, Greece, visited our 
school on February fifth. There is great 
similarity in the farm program of the two 
schools. It is our understanding that the 
founders of the school in Greece based 
the plan on our school when they started 
that one on the banks of the Aegean Sea. 

In the war they lost the major part of 
their farm machinery, cattle and house- 
hold goods in raids by the Germans. 
Then one night the guerrillas came down 
from the mountains and took 40 of their 
boys. About two weeks later the lads 
returned unharmed. 

While here Mr. Litsas visited with 
one of our boys, Alexander Marinakis, 
talking in the language of their native 
land and in English. 

Mr. Litsas was introduced to us by a 
letter from Mr. E, Henry Seften of the 
United States Department of Agriculture, 
Foreign Student Section, Extension Ser- 
vice, in Washington. Mr. Seften was a 
member of our staff in 1932-33. 

Our Headmaster Honored 

Our Headmaster was elected to the 
Board of Trustees of the Fisher School 
February 2. This is a professional school 
for secretaries established in 1903 located 
at 118 Beacon Street. The School offers 



abroad educational program for men and 
women. Their Glee Club has attained 
real recognition in recent years. 

The First Steam Locomotives 

In 1826 Colonel John Stevens, a dis- 
tinguished inventor of Hoboken, New 
Jersey made the first experimental steam 
engine to run on rails in America. It was 
run on a circular track on his estate, but 
was never put to practical use. 

The Stourbridge Lion is the only one 
of four English built locomotives brought 
to America in the 1820's about which 
much is known. On May 13th, 1829 the 
Lion arrived at New York by boat. The 
locomotive made a trial run at Honesdale, 
Pennsylvania on August 8, 1829, driven by 
Horatio Allen, a civil engineer of the 
Delaware and Hudson Canal Co., but 
was found too heavy for the track and 
was converted to stationery use. 

In 1829, Peter Cooper, a New York 
ironmaster built the Tom Thumb which 
was the first American built locomodve to 
run on a common carrier railroad. It 
was given a trial run on the Baltimore and 
Ohio in September of that year. August 
25, 1830 added a colorful chapter to the 
American Railway history when the Tom 
Thumb had a race with a horse-drawn car 
in which the latter won. 

The Best Friend of Charleston was 
the first locomotive to haul a train of cars 



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in regular service. It was built at the West 
Point Foandry, in New York City. On 
December 25, 1830, it was placed in service 
on the South Carolina Railroad, now the 
Southern Railway System. 

The West Point, a sister locomotive, 
was placed in service on the South Car- 
olina Railroad on July 15, 1831. 

A locomotive built by Phineas Davis, 
named the York, on July 12, 1831 made 
its first run on the Baltimore and Ohio 
Railroad, and was placed in regular service 
at Baltimore shortly afterwards. 

On August 9, 1831, the DeWitt Clin- 
ton, the first locomotive to be operated in 
New York state, built at the West Point 
Foundry, made its very first run on the 
Mohawk and Hudson Railroad from the 
town of Albany to Schenectady, N. Y. 

The John Bull, built in England, was 
delivered to the Camden and Amboy 
Railroad on August 31, 1831, and was put 
in regular service at Bordentown, New 
Jersey on November 12, 1831. This was 
the first locomotive to run on what is now 
the Pennsylvania Railroad System. 

Robert B. Gorrill 

Our Band 

Our band is the oldest boys' band in 
America and was started in 1857. We are 
very proud of the band. I am in the sixth 
grade and play third clarinet. My favor- 
ite piece is the Footlifter March. Another 
favorite is the Energy Overture. 

Barry R. Fuller 

Making Boat Trips 

Each afternoon when there is varsity 
basketball practice I substitute for Joseph 
Magazu on the boat, a job which I like 
very much. We leave the wharf at 4:45 
for the public landing. There we get the 
mail boy and other passengers. There is 
sometimes freight to be transported. In 
abouffwenty minutes we are ready for the 



return trip. A form called a Boat Report 
is filled out listing passengers, members of 
the crew, freight and time of trip. 

The last job we do is to string out the 
boat, that is make it secure for the night 
between the wharf and breakwater. 

Kenneth W. Clayton 

Our Assembly Program 

The sixth grade recently gave an as- 
sembly program with stars as the theme. 
Star charts were made of blue transparent 
paper, illuminated by a lamp. Some of 
the stars we talked about were Taarus the 
the Bull, Ursa Major, Ursa Minor, and 
others. We then sang "Twinkle Twinkle 
Little Star." Our clarinet quartet played 
the " Star Lullaby", and the trumpet duet 
played "Stars of the Summer Night." 

Joseph S. Lombardo 

Learning to Play the Guitar 

I have a guitar which I am learning 
to play. The first things I learned were 
how to string, tune and hold the instrum- 
ent. Then I learned the names of the 
parts of the instrument, and how to use 
the pick. I practice scales, the names of 
the notes and their time values. So far I 
am making slow progress, but hope I can 
learn to play eventually. 

Frank J. Dow, Jr. 

My Work 

I have a very important job. which is 
the dining room. I wash the dishes after 
dinner every day, clean the tables, and 
help get everything ready for supper. 
There are three other boys who work with 
me, and it takes us about an hour and a 
half to do our work. 

Robert O. Andrews 

My Record Collection 
My record colleetion is not a large 
one, but of course to me it is very valuable. 
Most of my records were made by the 



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Victor company, but I have many by 
Columbia and other companies. My re- 
cordings are interesting to listen to, and 
are both interesting and enlightening. 
Most of my music is classical, although I 
have a few popular songs. I have many 
selections by the Boston "Pops" Orchestra 
which are simply fascinating to hear- 
Symphonies, suites, overtures — they are 
all part of a collection of which I am 
proud. 

Wayne W. Henry 

Tying Up a Job 

Yesterday in printing I tied up a type 
form. This was the first time I have done 
this. The job was in a chase and first I 
put the quoins and furniture in their cases. 
Then I took a ball of twine and with the 
right hand drew the string around the 
form, starting at the left hand corner. To 
make it secure each layer had to overlap 
k pthe preceding one. After the job was 
tight the end of the string was tucked be- 
tween the layers of string, leaving one end 
loose. No knots we'-e tied. The type 
was put in a galley awaiting distribution to 
the type cases. 

Frederick L. Krueger 

Band Rehearsals 

Every Saturday morning Mr. Warren 
comes to rehearse the Band. Some of 
the pieceswehave learned are "Victory" 
by Paul Yoder, "Magic Garden" by Karl 
King, and the "Syncopated Clock" by 
Leroy Anderson. Most of the pieces we 
learn are played at Assemblies, and some 
will be played at our Faneuil Hall concert, 
and at the school music festivals. I play 
third clarinet and like it very much. 

Arnold M. Sutterlin 

Basketball 

I never used to like to play basketball, 
but I like the game very much now. I 
play on the "Peanut" team of the Nut 
League, and Loren Cain is the captain. 



He is a good captain, too. We won seven 
games, and lost three, and are the 1952 
Nut League champions. 

Philip H. Churchill 

Making a Tie Rack 

Recently I made a necktie rack in 
Sloyd. The wood used was mahogany, 
ten by five inches in surface size, and five- 
sixteenths of an inch thick. Two small 
blocks, one at each end, support a bar for 
holding the ties. Above the bar is en- 
graved an initial or simple design. 

The first step in making the tie rack 
is to plane the surfaces of the wood and 
get the stock square. A pattern of the 
design, or initial wanted is made, and the 
extra wood removed with a hacksaw. The 
design is made with a sharp knife or other 
tool, and finished by filing and sandpa- 
pering. 

Next a Va inch chamfer is made on 
the front surface with a plane and knife. 
A veining gouge is used to vein a line an 
eighth of an inch inside the chamfer. The 
blocks are then made ready. They are 
rounded more on the top that on the 
bottom and fastened with screws. The tie 
bar is made, and screwed to the blocks. 

The tie rack is then completed, except 
for the finish. To do this the model is 
first oiled, then the the wood pores are 
filled with wood filler. Two coats of shellac 
and pumice polish give the tie rack a 
beautiful finish. After putting in two screw 
eyes the model is ready for use. 

Alan C. Waldron 

About Our School 

I haven't been here very long, and al- 
ready I like F.T.S. very much. There is 
always so much to do. The boys are all 
very friendly, and the instructors always 
are willing to help us over the very rough 
places. I am getting along good in my 
Bchoolwork and like sports and the band. 
I am a seventh grader. Carroll E. Young 



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Pnbliihed Monthly by 

THE FARM AND TRADES SCHOOL 

Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor 

A PRIVATE SCHOOL FOR BOYS OF EXCELLENT 

CHARACTER SUPPORTED BY ENDOWMENTS, 

TUITION FEES AND SUBSCRIPTIONS. 

Vol. 55 No. 10 February 1952 



Subscription Price 



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BOARD OF TRUSTEES 



Calvin Page Bartlett, President 

James H. Lowell, Vice-President 

Alfred C. Malm, Treasurer 

Merton P. Ellis, Secretary 

Howland S. Warren, Assistant Secretary 

Term Expires 1953 
Leverett Saltonstall 
Moses Williams 

William M. Meacham 
George S. Mumford, Jr. 
Frederic Winthrop 
Howard B. Ellis 
John Lowell 

Term Expires 1954 
George P. Denny, M. D. 
Ralph B. Williams 

Edwin H. Place, M. D. 
Thomas Temple Pond 
Mason Sears 

Joseph L. Pendergast 
Lawrence Terry 

Term Expires 1955 
Gorham Brooks 
Charles E. Mason 

Donald S. MacPherson 
Philip H. Theopold 

Augustus P. Loring, III 
Robert H. Gardiner 
A. Conrad Ericsson 

The greatest need of the world to-day 
is the rebuilding of the Christian spirit of 
service, the basic development plan at our 
home school. Why not help a fine, worthy 
boy achieve his goal by making a financial 
contribution to America's best investment? 



The Alumni Page is the place for 
news about our graduates but when some 
outstanding event or honor appears in the 
life of a leading citizen of the community 
we notice that the big city papers often 
give editorial space and congratulations. 
Now, two of our leading alumni 
citizens have recently participated in an 
event in Brooklyn, N. Y. which is so un- 
usual as to warrant special notice and 
many of our readers will rejoice with them. 

Harold W. Edwards TO, Purchasing 
Agent of Lever Brothers Co., and a 
member of our Board of Trustees until 
his recent transfer to New York, had 
attained the Masonic position of District 
Deputy Grand Master of the 6th Massa- 
chusetts District. 

David E. Long '22 was a teacher on 
Long Island many years and more recent- 
ly has been in business there and very suc- 
cessful. "Dave" has been very active in 
Masonry through the years, working upi^^:* 
"from chair to chair" and was then elected v^ 
Master of his Lodge, Long Island Lodge, "^^^ 
No. 382 F. & A. M. at the Brooklyn 
Masonic Temple. 

There being a high Masonic Officer 
in the area in the person of R, W. Harold 
W. Edwards he was brought in for the 
induction ceremony and to bring greetings 
to the new head of the Lodge from his old 
Boston friends. 

Both of these outstanding alumni im- 
mediately wrote to their Alma Mater tell- 
ing of this joyful event. "Dave" in his 
usual modesty did not let us in on the 
forthcoming news when he recently came 
to Boston to attend the Alumni Dinner. 

In his letter to us the New Master of 
the Lodge says, "Harold was received in 
my Lodge with all the honors given to a 
Past District Deputy Grand Master. It 
was unusual to have one at an Installation 
from another Grand Jurisdiction". (Note: 
In Masonry a Grand Jurisdiction is State, 



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a Grand Officer is a State Officer.) 

Congratulations to both of you men 
in achieving such hij^h position in the 
Masonic Fraternity and for your great 
success in the business world. All of us 
who are members of the great family of 
your Alma Mater rejoice with you. 

Topics in Brief 

The farm crews have done a good job 
in rebuilding the west side dike. Timbers, 
planks and rocks were used to support the 
framework of the dike, which had become 
weakened because of the recent severe 
storms. Other work on the farm has in- 
cluded the repairing of some of the roads. 

The paint shop crew is doing a fine 

job in redecorating our kitchen. The 

refrigerators have been cleaned and 

painted and work progresses well in the 

kC^ main kitchen. 

— ^ The boys have enjoyed a fine series 

of weekly entertainment movies during the 
winter months. The shows are held each 
Saturday evening, and are anticipated 
with much pleasure. We have had several 
films of historical significance, which have 
been most worthwhile. 

The boys devoted a considerable part 
of their recreation time to basketball during 
January. Nine teams have played at least 
one game weekly, and every boy is given 
full opportunity to participate in the sport. 

The varsity first team, and the junior 
varsity, are well started on the 1952 season. 
We have good teams this year, and their 
overall record may prove superior to the 
average achievement of our teams of other 
years. 

The Sears League is playing an inter- 
esting series and it is too early yet to name 
he winner in this league. Most of the 



games have been won by very close scores. 
There are four teams in this league. 

The Nut League is composed of the 
younger boys, and its schedule has been 
watched with enthusiasm. The smaller 
boys take their basketball seriously and to 
them the Nut League games are just as im- 
P9rtant as the big games which the varsity 
plays. The teams are named Peanuts, 
Walnuts and Butternuts, and to date the 
Peanuts are leading the league. 

Hobbies play an important part in the 
life of every boy, and here there are 
almost unlimited opportunities for the de- 
velopment of worth-while hobbies. One 
of our boys only recendy demonstrated 
some scientific deductions he had reached 
through tests with a colony of white mice. 
Another has been hard at work making a 
handsome cedar chest. Another devotes 
much time to the building of radio re- 
ceiving sets. Music, photography, wood- 
working and making collections of all 
kinds have their devotees. 

The Boston press and radio have 
through the years been very kind to our 
School and the excellent publicity is always 
very much appreciated. Recently Mr. 
Buffum of the "Yankee Almanac" radio 
program described in detail the work of 
our school and closed his remarks with a 
list of some of the achievements made by 
the school during the past 138 years. 

An entertainment of music and come- 
dy was given by our freshman class on 
January 28. This assembly program in- 
cluded two novel skits as well as vocal and 
harmonica music. As in the case with all 
of our assembly programs, the boys did a 
first-rate job and their good work much 
enjoyed. 

The boys in the seventh grade enter- 
tained us with a performance of the play 
"The Spooky Cabin" on January 14. 



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This play was written especially for boys, 
and our younsisters really enjoyed the re- 
hearsing and preparing of the play. An 
added feature was a clarinet quartet made 
up of class members. 

Mr. Albert G. Craz. one of our aca- 
demic teachers, was pleasantly surprised 
on January 21, when one of his classes 
gave the weekly assembly program. A 
mock trial, a classroom sketch and musi- 
cal selections were enjoyed. The high- 
light of the program, however, was the an- 
nouncement of the birth of Lynda Con- 
stance Craz, all of six pounds and nine 
ounces, at the Carney Hospital on January 
3, 1952. The class pleasantly honored 
Mr. and Mrs. Craz, as well as approved 
the name selected for the new arrival. 
The Beacon adds its congratulations. 

Winter Sports 
This winter we have had good weather 
for outdoor sports. There has been much 
skating, coasting and snowball throwing. 
Coasting is the most popular sport I guess, 
although toboganning, skating and skiing 
are well liked. We had a good time one 
night when we had a moonlight skating 
party. Hockey is a well-liked game, es- 
pecially with the older boys. The front 
avenue is used for coasting and the sleds 
are always in use. Most of the boys like 
our winter outdoor sports. 

Loren E. Cain 

The Main Ship Channel 
The main ship channel leading to the 
Boston docks is about a mile from our 
island. In this channel boats from all over 
the world may be seen. From my room 
I can see right now a large oil tanker, a 
smaller fishing trawler, and a powerful tug 
towing a barge. At one side of the 
channel is a siren fog signal which we can 



hear easily. During the night we can easi- 
ly see the red and white lights on the bell 
buoys. 

Albert K. Ellis 

The Sears League 
Each year the boys who are not on 
the school team are chosen for either the 
Sears or Nut leagues. The Sears league 
this year has four teams, quite evenly 
matched. We play one game each week, 
and each team plays nine games. We are 
now at the half way point, and it is a very 
close race. The teams practice hard and 
try to win every game. But someone has 
to lose, and the loser ought to take the 
loss with a smile and be a good sport 
about it. 

Teyet Ramar H 

Repairing a Dike 

The farm boys have lately been re- 
pairing the west side dike. We used logs 
and rocks to support the framework, and 
give the dike strength. We used the drag 
to move some of the bigger rocks. 

Just after we finished this dike job 
we had a severe storm, with high winds 
and heavy seas. The dike held very well. 
Mr. Baird said that the dike would proba- 
bly have been a complete wreck, except 
for the work which we did on it, 

Roger J. Alley 

Outdoor Fun 

Very often I go coasting in my spare 
time. 1 enjoy this very much. I like to 
go racing down the front avenue and watch 
the scenery go before me. Most of the 
time I coast right to the wharf. 

Some of the other boys and I recently 
built a snow tunnel and we had fun crawl- 
ing through it. We would have made it 
longer, except that we stopped work to 
begin building the forts for the Feb. 22 
snow battle. 

Richard B. Pulsifer 



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Basketball 
In the Sears League there are four 
teams. The team I am on is in first place 
rii^ht now, and I hope we win the series. 
I enjoy playing each opposing team. We 
have a game every Tuesday. The four 
captains are Joseph Turner. Teyet Ramar, 
Robert Fabello and Arnold Hall. Each 
game is played to the best of each player's 
ability. Here is hoping that the best team 
wins the championship. 

Robert O. Andrews 

Kitchen Work 
You might think that kitchen work 
would be a dull job, but it isn't. The 
work is divided in four parts. There is 
the bakery, the kitchen, the vegetable room 
and the fourth week we help the dietitian. 
The first one to report is the kitchen boy, 
who goes to work at 6:30. He helps with 
r^ breakfast. The bakery boy reports at 7:30 
' and helps with desserts. The vegetable 
room boy helps prepare the vegetables for 
the noon meal. The one who helps the 
dietitian gets the supplies from the store- 
room and brings them to the kitchen in- 
structors. 

David W. Howard 

D Grade 

Our conduct system rewards those who 
do well, and punishes those who don't. 
For example, every three months every- 
one starts with 100 merit marks. Five 
are added every day for good conduct. 
But if a boy is reported for inattention, 
tardiness, or some other fault, he loses 
some of his merit marks. When he loses 
so many that he goes below 35 marks he 
is in D Grade. All his privileges are taken 
from him, and he is called upon to do all 
sorts of extra jobs. It is not a comfortable 
grade to be in, and he begins to behave 
himself so he can get back to 35 marks. 
I myself have been in D Grade and know 



what it is. It is a good grade to get out of 
quickly. 

Robert E. laninni 

Sliding 

This morning some other boys and I 
went sliding on front avenue. We had a 
good time for awhile, and then decided 
to play guinea pig on sleds. This was all 
right, except that the snow got soft and 
slushy. We packed snow on the barest 
places. We had good sliding then but the 
melting snow finally hahed our fun. 

Kenneth L. Goodwin 

Sloyd 

The term "Sloyd" comes from the 
Swedish word slojd, which means "to 
strike a blow." It is a Swedish method of 
woodworking. I like Sloyd and at the 
present time I work in the sloyd room. 
Here many pieces of furniture are repaired. 
As a ninth grader I have a sloyd period 
each day, and am now making a swinging 
picture frame. Most of the boys like sloyd 
work, and many are expert at the work. 

Robert A. Kidder 

A Good Lesson 

I learned a good lesson last Christmas. 
Many of the instructors told me, as well 
as the other boys, to be sure and say 
"Thank You" for the gifts received. Our 
minister, Mr. Bareiss, told us especially 
about this and gave some examples. It is 
a good thing to be courteous and thank 
people, at Christmas and at every other 
time, for gifts. If we can't thank our 
friends personally then we ought to write 
short letters and mail them promptly. 
Our teacher also kept after us and I think 
that we all wrote thank you letters, al- 
though maybe not as quickly as we should 
have. 

Alexander D. Marinakis 



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Cfte mmm Jl$$ociation of Cbe farm and trades School 



John E. Kervin. '20, President IVERS E. WiNMiLL '22 

Brighton, Mass. Roslindale, 

Donald S. MacPherson '10, Treasurer 
Wollaston, Mass. 



Vice-President 
Mass. 



William C. Burns '37, Secretary 
No. Wilmington, Mass. 
G. George Larsson, '17, Historian 
HydeParli, Mass. 



"It's aboy," announced Mr. Meacham 
at the noon meal on February 3. Three 
little words which brought the joyful news 
that James Ryan Thomas, 8 lbs. 11 oz., 
had arrived at the Carney Hospital. We 
at the school were thrilled by the news, 
and we know that the hosts of F. T. S. 
friends of Ray and Mrs. Thomas want to 
share in the congratulations. The litde 
redhead is doing fine, as are the parents! 

The Class of 1951 

The members of the Class of 1951, 
their addresses and school or work are 
listed below. 

Hans M. Christensen, Bristol County 
Agricultural School, Segregansett, Mass. 
Attending Bristol County Agricultural 
School preparing for life vocation. Par- 
ticipated in the Small School Basketball 
Tournament with the "Aggie" team and 
sings in the Glee Club. 

Robert W. Closson, 78 East Lenox 
Street, Roxbury, Mass. Is engaged in 
his vocation of woodworking. 

Roger A. Hopkins, Thompson's Is- 
land, Boston 4, Mass. A post graduate 
at F. T. S. A member of the Band and 
the varsity basket ball team. 

Eldon J. Lundin, 19 Digby Avenue, 
Brockton, Mass. A student at Brockton 
High School. 

John R. Mason, 276 Cambridge St., 
Boston, Mass. Is in the Navy aboard a 
Destroyer Tender. 

Karl Mills, 43 Conwell Ave., West 
Somerviile, Mass. Attending Somerville 
High School and singingin the Glee Club. 

Walter Ostrander, 1 Richfield Street, 
Dorchester, Mass. Is working in a shipping 
department. 



We have not recently heard from the 
other three class members, Donald Duquet 
Henry Tangen and Frank Wing. 

William E. Brewer, '38, a reserve 
officer in the Naval Air Corps, was in- 
volved in a plane accident on February 2. 
Fortunately none of the crew of four was 
injured. In a routine training flight the 
twin engine plane, piloted by Lieutenant 
Brewer, crashed into the Neponset river, 
shortly after leaving the runway at the 
Squantum base. Rescue was effected 
promptly. 

Lieut. Brewer had a notable record 
during World War II. He served on the 
carriers Yorktown and Lexington, and, as / 
a pilot, shot down three Jap planes and 
took part in strikes at both Iwo Jima and 
Okinawa. He lives at 52 Salem Street, 
Woburn, Massachusetts. 

Robert W. Sanborn, '50, is in his 
final year at Maiden High School, where 
he has been very busy achieving good 
grades and taking an active part in many 
school activities. The annual play staged 
by the senior ciass was a great success, and 
Bob was quite convincing as the romantic 
young lover. He is publicity manager for 
the high school dramatic club, and works 
part-time for the local paper in which he 
has a weekly column of high school notes. 
He plans to begin college work in the fall, 
studying journalism. 

Albert E. Wilder, '39, is building 
a house for himself and family in Billerica, 
Mass. He is employed by the Gamewell 
Co. in Newton Upper Falls. 




Vol. 55 No. 11 Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. March, 1952 

Entered November 3, 1903 at Boston, Mass., as Second Class matter, under Act of Congress, of July 6, 1S74 



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Notice of Faneuil Hall Concert 

Our friends are most cordially invited 
to attend a concert by our Band in Faneuil 
Hall, on Sunday afternoon April 27, at 
two P. M. This will be the sixteenth con- 
secutive Spring concert to be given at 
Faneuil Hall and we hope that we will 
have a record attendance. 

Each of the annual concerts has been 
worth while and this year will be no ex- 
ception. The boys are preparing a varied, 
interesting program of music to fit every 
taste. No further invitation than this is 
necessary for admission to the hall. 

The one purpose of the concert is to 
give the Band the opportunity of showing 
what has been accomplished this winter. 
The boys have been preparing the music 
for this concert for many months. We 
all hope that you will be present and note 
the results of conscientious music study. 

In May the Band will participate in 
the great school music festivals. The ex- 
penses of these festivals, as well as the 
Faneuil Hall concert, are met by contri- 
butions, and should you care to send a 
small gift to the School for the use of the 
Band it will be gratefully received and 
acknowledged. Please do not make any 
contributions at Faneuil Hall. 

We appreciate very much the always 
faithful interest of the hosts of friends of 
our Band. We certainly do hope that you, 
and a group of your friends, will be with 



us at Faneuil Hall on Sunday afternoon, 
April 27. 

The Snowball Battle 

The snowball buttle, or King Philip's 
War, was held on Washington's Birthday, 
Feb. 22. The armies were chosen a week 
earlier and were captained by John P. 
Richardson for the Settlers, and Joseph C, 
Turner for the Indians. Each army had 
five officers besides its leader. 

A heavy snowstorm came just in time 
to make strong forts. These were twelve 
feet square, and six feet high. Each army 
built its fort as strongly as possible, and at 
night sprayed them with water so that 
they froze. 

On the afternoon of the battle final 
instructions were given and promptly at 
two o'clock the first period began. One 
army attacked and fought to get small sacks 
which the otherarmy was defending. The 
attack was in the main unsuccessful, as the 
fort withstood every assault. 

In the second period the other fort 
was attacked. More progress was made 
in the assault and greater damage was done 
to the fort, yet not enough points were 
scored to make too much difference. 

After an intermission came the big 
period. This was the free for all when 
the sacks were placed midway between the 
two forts. The object was to capture the 
sacks, and keep them in possession in the 



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fort until the end of the period. This 
final period was vigorously fought, with 
the Seitlers having the edge. Yet the 
Indians might have won if they had been 
in possession of just one sack, which de- 
cided the victor. 

Each army watched eagerly as the 
points were counted and then the losing 
army, the Indians, cheered the winners. 
The Settlers cheered the Indians also. 
Then both sides went to the gymnasium 
where cocoa, doughnuts and fruit were 
ready for all the boys. 

It was a great battle, and all of the 
boys who took part will never forget King 
Philip's War of 1952. 

David A. Pulsifer 

Dairy Barn Work 

My work is in the dairy barn, I think 
it is the best work at the school, at least 
for me. I report to the dairy at six 
o'clock. At this time the milkers are at 
work and my business is to take care of 
the milk as they bring it to the dairy 
room. I pasteurize the milk and when 
this is done I go to breakfast. My work 
usually makes me late, and I eat just after 
the other boys have left the dining room. 

Leonard M. Bova 

A Railroad Accomplishment 

In the depression years of the 1930'8 
the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific 
Railroad was one of the most run-down 
rail systems in America. Trains ran be- 
hind schedule and the morale and spirit 
of the train crews was very low. The 
railroad owed a sum of $330 million. You 
could have bought a thousand dollar bond 
for only $40. The shares had very little 
value. 

The railroad appointed a new board 
of directors. John D. Farrington was ap- 
pointed to head the roads' rehabilitation. 
He started working for the railroad in the 



early part of 1936. By 1951 he had lowered 
the debt from $330 million to about $84 
million. He is now president of this im- 
mense railroad which serves fourteen west- 
ern states. 

Today the Rock Island operates new 
high speed trains which shows that de- 
termination and hard work get results. 

Robert B. Gorrill 

Nut League 

The basketball season for the Nut 
League has come to a close. There were 
three teams. I was on the Peanuts, and 
the captain of the team was Loren Cain. 
Our team got ofT to a good start winning 
our first four games. Then the other teams 
began getting better and better and we lost. 
Yet we won the championship by winning 
seven out often games. After the schedule 
was finished we chose up again for another 
series. Loren Cain and Philip Lane are 
captains of the Eagles and Globetrotters, >- 
and each team has won two games. The 
deciding game will be played next week. ^^^ 

Frederick L. Krueger 

Farm Work 

Each morning after breakfast I go to 
the barn and report for farm work. Usu- 
ally the first thing to do is to go to the 
kitchen with the truck and get the garbage 
for the pigs. On the way to the pig pens 
we stop and get several cans of water. We 
have five big pigs and six smaller ones. 
The big ones get grain and the small ones 
get garbage. 

After the pigs are fed we go to the root 
cellar where we keep our winter supply of 
vegetables. There we get whatever vege- 
tables are ordered by the kitchen. 

The next job is to clean the dropoff. 
We load the truck and drive to the manure 
pile. After the dropoff is cleaned we get 
a hose and wash the truck. 



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After these essential daily jobs are 
done we do other work. The past few 
mornings have been spent building a trail- 
er. We are using the wheels and body of 
the old truck. There were some repairs 
to be made before the body was finally 
bolted in place. 

Robert Fabello 

A. Band Trip 

On March 8 our Band left the Island 
on the five o'clock trip to play a concert 
for the Blue Room Club, which is made 
up of engineers who belong to the Masonic 
Lodge. The concert was held in the 
Dorothy Quincy Suite of the John Han- 
cock Building. We made the trip in a 
chartered bus. 

Soon after arriving we sat down to a 
fine dinner. Our good friend, Mr. Howard 
B. ElHs, '98, who belongs to the Club, 
was our host and saw to it that we had 
plenty to eat. 

After dinner we set up the stage and 
played for a half hour. Then we were 
excused while the Club held a business 
meeting. After this we returned to the 
stage and completed our concert. Mr. 
Ellis was invited to be a guest conductor. 
Before leading us in the "Our Director" 
March he gave a short speech telling about 
our school, which he himself attended 
over fifty years ago. He is also a former 
leader of our band, and is at present a 
member of the Board of Trustees. 

After the band concert there was a 
vaudeville show. There were five acts 
and all were so good that it would be hard 
to pick out the one we thought the best. 
I think, though, that the "Good Humor 
Man" from the television "Big Show" 
was the most entertaining. He was funny! 

It was a fine trip, and I am sure that 
all of the band boys had a good time. 

Thomas Angelos 



Honor Roll — Winter Term 

The highest academic averages in each class £roup 
Junior Class 

Roger A. Hopkins 

Sophomore Class 

William L. Glennon, Jr. 
Joseph J. Magazu 

Freshmen, Division A 

Robert A. Kidder 
Ralph F. Hopkins 

Freshmen, Division B 

Edward J. Darr 
Teyet Ramar, 2nd 

Eighth Grade 

Richard A. Ostrander 
William H. Dillon 
David E. LeVeillee 

Seventh Grade 

Frank H. Badger 

Frederick L. Krueger 

Loren E. Cain 

Sixth Grade 

Philip H. Churchill 
Richard B. Pulsifer 

Best Citizenship 

The best general conduct and effort 
in each class group 

Junior Class 

Roger A. Hopkins 

Sophomore Class 

Kenneth W. Clayton 
William F. Sonier 

Freshmen, Division A 

Donald E. Richardson 
Ralph F. Hopkins 

Freshmen, Division B 

Edward J. Darr 

Wayne W. Henry 

Eighth Grade 

Leonard Bova 

Kenneth E. Forster 

Seventh Grade 

Albert K. Ellis 
Frank H. Badger 

Sixth Grade 

Richard B. Pulsifer 
Robert O. Andrews 



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BOARD OF TRUSTEES 



Calvin Page Bartlett, President 

James H. Lowell, Vice-President 

Alfred C. Malm, Treasurer 

Merton P. Ellis, Secretary 

Howland S. Warren, Assistant Secretary 

Term Expires 1953 
Leverett Saltonstall 
Moses Williams 

William M. Meacham 
George S. Mumford, Jr. 
Frederic Winthrop 
Howard B. Ellis 
John Lowell 
Term Expires 1954 
George P. Denny, M. D. 
Ralph B. Williams 

Thomas Temple Pond 
Mason Sears 

Joseph L. Pendergast 
Lawrence Terry 
John Q. Adams 
Term Expires 1955 
Gorham Brooks 
Charles E. Mason 

Donald S. MacPherson 
Philip H. Theopold 
Augustus P. Loring, III 
Robert H. Gardiner 
A. Conrad Ericsson 
Advisory Committee 
N. Penrose Hallowell 
Edwin H. Place, M. D. 
Philip S. Sears 

The greatest need of the world to-day 
is the rebuilding of the Christian spirit of 
service, the basic development plan at our 
home school. Why not help a fine, worthy 
boy achieve his goal by making a financial 
contribution to America's best investment? 



A page from the Boston Sunday 
Herald, August 22, 1897, was recently 
sent to us by an appreciative parent of two 
of our young graduates. This page was 
headed, "Farm School Boys' City Gov- 
ernment." By six full columns of printed 
materials and pictures the "Herald" clearly 
portrayed some of the basic interests of 
this pioneer program. 

Several items of basic interest are 
noted. The lads, aided and abetted by 
understanding adults at the School, con- 
structed neat cottages like tiny homes. 
The boys had all of the ofificers of a city 
government. During the course of time 
some of the leading officials, including the 
Mayor, developed unsavory control verg- 
ing on corruption. So-o-o, the voters 
(the student body) decided to elect an 
honest "slate," which they proceeded to 
do. 

Another please of this little boys' town 
pictured in the article was the Audubon 
Hall and their many pet animals and 
birds. 

This all brings to mind, not only the 
interests of boys of yesteryear, but the 
fundamental ideals and aspirations of boys 
of to-day, yes, even the goals of all 
peoples of all times. From earliest child- 
hood we gaze at the heavenly bodies and 
wonder about things beyond our reach. 
Our religious beliefs and faith naturally 
follow. Is there any one at any age who 
does not yearn to build, to construct, yes, 
even to invent? And as for our four-footed 
friends, colorful, singing bird life, and 
the thousands of plants and fllowers all 
about us, there is no end to our desire of 
knowledge about all of these vital, living 
things. 

And then we want to live together, 
happily, peacefully, usefully. This item 
is the one which should bring about sub- 
lime and supreme happiness but, alas, 
there are always a few in the body politic 



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who develop extreme parasitical tend- 
encies and constantly harass the good 
people. Sometimes a degree of relief can 
be attained by a change of political leaders. 
However, there is always the necessity of 
laws and judicial restraints. Thorough 
indoctrination of the Good Life, is the 
most important process of developing 
ideal citizens of the world in which we 
live. 

Topics in Brief 

One of the pleasant annual events to 
which we all look forward is the birthday 
party and entertainment. For many years 
this has been observed on Mr. Meacham's 
birthday. This year a tasty buffet supper 
was served in the gymnasium. Later in 
the evening the instructors and boys com- 
bined to give an entertainment in our as- 
sembly hall. Skits, songs and instrumental 
music made up a varied program which 
was enjoyed. Mr. Meacham received a 
briefcase from the instructors in honor of 
his birthday, while Mrs. Meacham was 
presented a corsage. 

The month of February was a happy 
one for those who enjoy winter sports, and 
certainly our boys fall in that category. 
Plenty of ice and snow gave all ample 
opportunity forcoasting and skating. To- 
bogganing and skiing also had their follow- 
ers. 

Everyone at the School is indeed very 
grateful to the Alumni Association for the 
Washington's Birthday remembrance of a 
pound box of delicious chocolates. This 
annual gift is made possible by the Bell 
Fund, of the Alumni Association. 

The traditional snowball battle, or 
King Philip's War, was held on February 
22. The game this year was one of the 
best ever held, and plenty of snow and 



perfect weather were very helpful factors. 
The Settlers, captained by John Richard- 
son won over the Indians, led by Joseph 
C. Turner. 

The sixth graders did a fine job in 
giving a resume of the principal stars and 
constellations on February ILIn addition 
to telling of the stars the boys entertained 
with musical selections, both vocal and 
instrumental. 

Basketball continued to hold the inter- 
est of the boys during the month. The 
Nut League finished its season, with the 
Peanuts, captained by Loren Cain, winning 
the championship. This league is made 
up of the younger boys, and they immedi- 
ately chose teams for another series of 
games. The Sears league is heading for 
its final games, as is the school team. 

The sophomore class entertained at 
the regular weekly assembly with a pleasant 
program of orchestral music. The boys 
played three selections, a waltz, march and 
characteristic novelty. A vocal quartet 
was also featured. Of special interest was 
a demonstration of studies made of white 
mice by one of the boys, who has devel- 
oped a rather fascinating hobby with the 
mice. 

On February 18 the Freshman class 
had its turn in presenting the weekly as- 
sembly entertainment. The boys presen- 
ted two skits, and did a fine job on both. 
Musical selections rounded out the assem- 
bly program. 

Our religious services are being di- 
rected this winter by Mr. Richard Bareiss, 
a student at Gordon Seminary. Mr. 
Bareiss has kept a sustained, high interest 
in our church and Sunday school program 
by much hard work and effort on his part. 



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aided by our staff members and many of 
the boys. 

A New Pet 

Frieda is a German Shepherd puppy 
who belongs to Mr. Thomas. When she 
first came three months ago she was quite 
small, but she has grown to be a big dog. 
She likes the boys and will come when 
cnlled, and likes to play. She likes to 
chase almost anything that moves, and will 
push a basketball all over the gym. I think 
that she will grow up to be the Queen of 
the Island. 

Carroll E. Young 

A Master Naturalist 
J. J. Audubon, who later became 
known as an outstanding naturalist and 
artist, was born on the island of Haiti. 
Captain Audubon, his father, took the boy 
to Nantes, France, so he could attend 
school. But life in a classroom was notto 
his liking, for he would much rather wan- 
der through the woods with a pad of 
drawing paper, upon which he would 
sketch birds and other wild life. 

Later his father took him to America 
where he soon became very happy. He 
lived with friends in the town of Mill 
Grove, Pennsylvania. 

No matter how hard he tried, he 
couldn't seem to paint well scenes of birds 
in flight, although his general painting of 
natiire subjects gradually drew much praise. 
However, his eye couldn't catch the exact 
movement of the flying birds. One night 
he had a dream in which a way came to 
him. Early next morning he bought 
leuiiths of different gauge wire. Then he 
took his gun and shot a kingfisher. By 
putting the wire through the joints of the 
bird he could pose his subject in just the 



right way. He used this method to make 
the world famous Audubon paintings of 
birds in flight. 

Alexander D. Marinakis 

Recordings 

Each Monday night we have an as- 
sembly program and we make a tape re- 
cording. All of the boys in the band like 
to hear themselves on the recorder. It 
is good and clear, and we hear how well 
we play some pieces, as well as tell the 
parts which need more rehearsing. 

Albert K. Ellis 

Room Work 

We have three dormitories, and moat 
of the rooms are for four boys while 
others are for two. Every morning 
before breakfast is the time we clean our 
rooms. I live in Dormitory A with three 
other boys in room 8. We divide the 
work so that it doesn't take us long to get 
our room clean. One cleans the rugs, 
another sweeps, another dusts while the 
fourth boy dustmops. In a very short 
time our room is neat and clean. 

Arnold M. Sutterlin 

Explorers 

In the sixth grade we are studying the 
early explorers, navigators, and adven- 
turers. Now we are learning about Marco 
Polo. He and his father had a wonderful 
and profitable journey to visit the Great 
Khan of China. They lived seventeen 
years in China, where they learned much 
of the culture and everyday life of the 
Chinese people. They returned to their 
home city, Venice, in 1295, and soon a 
war broke out. Marco was put in prison 
for a year. During this time he wrote the 
book telling of his adventures in China. 
The book was read by Christopher Colum- 
bus, and is still very popular. 

Our next study will be the life of 



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Columbus, and I am sure that we in the 
sixth grade will like knowing more of this 
great explorer. Robert O. Aidraw $ 

Our Seventh Grade Band 
We have ten boys in the seventh 
grade, and they all play in the seventh 
grade band. We have four chirinets, two 
trumpets, two alto horns, a trombone and 
tuba. When it became our turn to have 
the assembly program we decided to have 
a band concert. We played a march, 
chorale, waltz, and a novelty piece. The 
announcer was Carroll Young. Loren 
Cain played a trumpet solo, and each of 
us gave a brief history of either an instru- 
ment or famous orchestra. Everyone liked 
our seventh grade band concert. 

On the next day we had a good time 
as we listened to a tape recording of the 

music we played. Daniel W. Dockham 

Washington's Birthday Gift 
On Washington's Birthday, February 
22, we had our snowball battle. After the 
fight we were all given a pound box of 
chocolates, a gift of the Alumni Associ- 
ation. All of us were very glad to receive 
this present, and wish to thank the gradu- 
ates. Edward J. White 

Starling of the White House 

We in the seventh grade are reading 
about Colonel Edmund W. Starling who 
joined the White House Secret Service 
Detail during Woodrow Wilson's firstterm 
and remained through Franklin Delano 
Roosevelt's third term. 

His record as personal bodyguard to 
Wilson won him the position as head of 
the secret service in the White House, 
protecting five successive presidents, Wil- 
son, Harding, Coolidge, Hoover and 
Roosevelt. 

His boyhood home was in Hopkins- 
ville, Kentucky. His father was a colonel. 



From babyhood the people called him 
the "Little Colonel." In his boyhood he 
had some very exciting adventures, and 
after he took up his White House duties 
he had many more. 

"Starling of the White House" is a 
very good book and we seventh graders 
like it very much. David G. Taggart 

Basketball 

I have been playing basketball this 
winter, and like the sport very much. 
When the season started I was on the 
Kangaroos in the Sears League. My 
captain was Teyet Ramar. I was a sub, 
and scored only seven points. Then the 
Nut League had a post season series and 
I was elected a captain. So fur I have a 
total of 24 points. Like most of the other 
boys, I never tire of basketball. It is a very 

exciting sport. Philip H. Lane 



The Jester's Comments 

Every winter we look forward to the 
big King Philip's War. Imagine how good 
it would be if the Indians dressed in color- 
ful blankets, had their faces painted more 
brilliandy, and wore plenty of feathers. 
Then after the battle the losers should be 
much less independent than they are now, 
and show more respect to the winners. 
The settlers' war outfit of dungarees, heavy 
shirts and boots need not be changed. 

In case these improvements are made 
I wish to be on the Settlers' army, which 
should conveniently win. 

William F. James 

— The above will cause some argument. 
We asked the advice of Captain lannini, 
who declined comment, as he was busy 
playing trombone serenades for Willy 
Dillon. Sergeant Marinakis likewise had 
nothing to say, as he practiced Indian war 
rhythms on his drum so as to confuse the 
enemy next Washington's Birthday. 



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Che B\mn\ Association of Cbe farm ana trades School 



John E. Kervis, '20, President Ivers E. Winmill '22 

Br'Khton, Mass. Roslindale, 

Donald S. MacPherson '17, Treasurer 
Wollasion, Mass. 



Vice-President 

Mass. 



William C. Burns '37, Secretary 
No. Wilmington, Mass. 
G. George Larsson, '17, Historian 
Hyde Park, Mass. 



Maurice E. McAllister graduated 
in 1950 from Chester high school, Chester, 
Vermont. He joined the armed forces, 
and became a qualified parachutist. On 
December 7, 1951 he left the West Coast 
for Japan, as a replacement for the war in 
Korea. His address is: Corporal Maurice 
E. McAllister, 22874735, Co. F, 187th 
Airborne R.C.T., A. P.O. 51, care of the 
Postmaster, San Francisco, California. 

William G. Beadle, '12, in renew- 
ing his subscription to the Beacon writes: 
"The articles are so vividly portrayed, all 
I do is relax, read the BeacON and it seems 
as though I am a boy at the School again. 
The editorials are of intrinsic value and 
ring with sincerity. In short, the BEACON 
has no compeer in its field." 

Mr. Beadle, who lives at 219 Grove 
Street, Randolph, Mass., has always been 
vitally intereste.d in his Alma Mater. We 
thank him for his comments on our school 
paper for they are much appreciated. 

We have received a fine letter from 
Chester W. Magee, a recent student here. 
He is in the Navy, and writes from aboard 
ship in the Mediterranean, where his ship 
is on a cruising mission. He has visited 
ports in Itnly, Spain, France and Gibral- 
tar. He writes that he has seen cities which 
were hit hard during the war and the havoc 
is unbelievable, even five years later. 

His letter is chiefly a tribute to his 
training here and he says in part, "Thanks 
to the wonderful training, teaching and in- 
struction I received at F. T. S. I have 
never felt out of place in the Navy, and in 
two years I have a perfect record. At 
school I learned to take orders and to 



carry them out, to accept responsibility, 
and to stand on my own two feet." 

Donald S. Duquet, '51, is a stu- 
dent at Braintree high school in his junior 
year. One of five brothers, all graduates 
of F. T. S., he lives at 26 Central Street, 
South Braintree, Mass. 

Richard P. Allen, '50. will gradu- 
ate from Melrose high school in June, and 
plans to begin college work at Northeast- 
ern University next fall. He has taken 
an active part in many school activities, in- 
cluding the Melrose band, in which he 
plays clarinet. His address is 76 Meridian 
St., Melrose, Mass. 

Theodore L. Jones, '50, is pho- 
tographer for the Watertown high school 
yearbook and writes that he has the use 
of the school's Speed Graphic camera, 
with the Strobe flash unit, and that it is 
certainly a pleasure to use such an outfit. 
He graduates in June, and has applied 
for admission to Northeastern University 
next September. He lives at 128 Hillside 
Road, Watertown, Mass. 

Frederick E. Munich '20, in re- 
newing his Beacon subscription, writes 
that he and his mother have recently re- 
turned from an automobile tour south to 
Florida and return. A camera enthusiast, 
he took over 200 colored slides to add to 
his already extensive collection. 

Frank C. Wing, '51, is a junior at 
English high school, in Boston. He was 
a recent visitor. He plays baritone horn 
in the school band, and enjoys other school 
activities. He lives in East Boston, at 65 
Grady Court. 




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The Easter Concert 

An inspiring religious play, "Simon 
the Cross Bearer," formed the basis of our 
Easter Concert. The simple and lovely 
story of the re-birth of Christian love in 
the hearts of Simon and his family made 
an admirable text for the Easter season. 
All of the action of the play took place in 
the carpenter shop of Simon in Jerusalem. 
The theme of the drama is summarized 
in the closing line, "We must help all 
others all along our way to believe in a 
living Christ and a glorious cross!" The 
play was written by Dorothy L. Marshall. 

The cast did an exceptionally fine 
piece of work, each member showing the 
result of painstaking and careful coaching. 
The stage setting and costumes were ideal- 
ly suited for the play. Those who took 
part certainly deserve high praise. 

Two selections were given by our 
choir and this music gave the added touch 
to make the religious service one certainly 
ideal for the Easter season. 

Our minister, Mr. Bareiss, gave the 
invocation and prayer, and Joseph C. 
Turner read the scripture passages. 
Congregational singing of Easter hymns 
completed the service. 



Invocation 



PROGRAM 



Mr. Bareiss 



Hymn 201 

Crown Him With Many Crowns 

Scripture Reading 

Matthew 28: 1-10, 16-20 
Joseph C. Turner, Reader 

Easter Prayer 

Anthem— Lift Your Glad Voice 
Choir 

Easter Play, "Simon the Cross Bearer" 

Hymn — Now the Day is Over 
Choir 

Hymn 199 

Christ the Lord is Risen Today 

Benediction 

The Play Cast 

Simon, the Cyrenian 

John P. Richardson 
Zara, his wife Bruce A. Graham 

Rufus, their son Philip H. Lane 

Polinus, a Roman Soldier 

Donald R. Dockham 
The Stranger Robert Fabello 

Members of the Choir 



Roger J. Alley 
Thomas Angelos 
Robert O. Cain 
Edward J. Darr 
J. Harold Darr, Jr. 
Arnold E. Hall, Jr. 
Roger A. Hopkins 



William F. James 

David E. LeVeille 

Joseph J. Magazu 

Joseph B. Mason 

Charles B. Tinker, Jr. 

Charles T. White 

Edward J. White 



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A Band Trip 

On March 8, which was a Saturday, 
the Band went to the John Hancock 
Building to play for the Blue Room En- 
gineers Club, a Masonic organization. As 
soon as we got to the building we were 
taken to the hall where we were to play. 
In a short time we sat down to a fine 
dinner. After the meal we went to the 
stage and got ready to play. 

Our bandmaster, Mr. Warren, in- 
troduced each piece. After awhile he 
asked Mr. Ellis, one of our graduates who 
formerly led the band, to be our leader. 
Mr. Ellis told of his days at the School 
over fifty years ago, and then we played 
a march with him as leader. 

After the band concert there was an 
entertainment. We took our chairs from 
the stage and sat right in the front row. 
There was a wonderful banjo player, a 
comedian, a hypnotist and other enter- 
tainers. We had a fine time watching the 
show. 

The members of the club enjoyed 
having us with them and asked us to come 
again. We sure hope we can go. 

Edward J. White 

Dining Room Work 

About the first job the smaller boys 

get is being a dining room boy. This is 

my work after dinner every day, and after 

supper. Sometimes I help clear tables, 

sometimes I wash or wipe them and most 

of the time I help set the tables for the next 

meal. The reason I like this job is because 

it is easy for me, and I get a lot of time to 

play ball, because it doesn't take long to 

do dining room work. 

Richard B. Pulsifer 

The Clarinet 
1 am learning to play the clarinet and 
practice every day. Whenever I can, I 
go to band rehearsals and am learning how 



to read music. We have eleven players 
in the clarinet section and I hope I can be 
the twelfth. The older players are always 
willing to help me. I like to hear the 
boys play clarinet solos as as they do in 
Assemblies and at church services. Some- 
day I may be able to play solos. 

Philip H. Churchill 

Laundry Work 
Every morning after breakfast I help 
take the clothes to the laundry. We do a 
different building each day. At the laun- 
dry the clothes are sorted three ways, white, 
light colored and dark. After the sorting 
is done the clothes are put in the washing 
machines. The white clothes are washed 
for twenty minutes and given four rinses. 
Then they are extracted, that is put in a 
machine and wrung almost dry. After ex- 
tracting, the clothes are sorted, for some 
must be rough dried while others are iron- 
ed. The dark clothes are given the same 
treatment, except that they are not washed 
quite as long as the whites. Woolen 
sweaters are not put in the dryer, but are 
hung up on racks to dry, for this treatment 
keeps shrinkage at a minimum. 

William H Dillon 

Four Commonly Known Planets 

A most fascinating study is the science 
of Astronomy. To become familiar with 
this subject one must aquire a general idea 
of our solar system, which consists of the 
planets which revolve around the sun and 
make up our solar system. 

The planet Mercury is nearest to the 
sun and is far too hot for man to survive 
if he were suddenly transported there. 
This planet is 36 million miles from the 
sun. Venus is often called "Earth's sister" 
because it is approximately the same size 
as the earth, 8000 miles in diameter. It 
is believed that Venus has an atmosphere 
circulating about it. 



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Our planet, the Earth, is about 93 
million miles from the sun. The moon 
is a satellite and completes a circuit around 
the earth every 27 and a third days. 
Mercury, Pluto and Venus have no moons 
but the other six planets in our solar 
system do. Some have many moons. 

The fourth planet we will discuss is 
Mars. This is called the red planet be- 
cause of its reddish color. This planet 
has two moons and is 141 million miles 
from the sun. Mars is believed to have an 
atmosphere and abundant water, which 
runs from north towards south in canals. 

I believe that most of the nine plan- 
ets in our solar system support some form 
of life and that soon contact between plan- 
ets will be a reality. 

Robert E. lannini 

An Orchid 

About three weeks ago I sent a request 
for a Hawaiian Beauty Orchid. When 
my plant came the directions told me to 
plant it in a four inch pot and not to water 
it too much until it began to grow, and to 
avoid excessive heat or cold. It will take 
two months to sprout and a year to bloom. 
It will have from ten to fifteen blossoms 
at all times. One of the instructors has 
interested me in flowers and I have about 
fifty. Every summer we have a flower 
garden contest and I won third award 
last year. This year I hope to win first 
award. 

Edward A. Atton 

Farm Work 

During the past month the farm boys 
have been busy getting the fields ready 
for planting. The boys like this because 
it gives them a chance to use the horses. 
Most of our work can be done by the 
tractors and trucks, but some jobs are just 
right for the horses, such as plowing cer- 
ain areas. Before we went on the fields 



we checked the equipment and oiled it. 
Some worn parts were replaced. The 
fields have now been plowed and har- 
rowed and are ready for planting, although 
as yet we have done no seeding. 

Another important job was to get the 
hot beds ready. We filled them three 
fourths full of good soil, and then placed 
a layer of manure over this. The hotbeds 
have already been seeded and soon will 
come the job of taking care of the plants. 

Robert Fabello 

A Contest 

Mr. Bareiss has arranged a contest for 
us. He first divided the boys in two groups 
with grades 6, 7, and 8 in one group and 
the older boys in the other. Then he told 
us that we would be given credit for ac- 
complishing the following: attend weekly 
Christian Endeavor meetings, do daily 
Bible Reading, memorize Bible verses, 
and learn the weekly Sunday School 
lessons. 

Miss Bairdmade very attractive charts 
in the form of thermometers and each 
week Mr. Bareiss marks each boy's work 
on these charts. Some of the boys have 
already got their thermometer well up 
with contest credit. 

The winner of each group will go to 
summer camp for one week, and there 
will be a beach party for all those who do 
reasonably v/ell in the contest. 

Barry R. Fuller 

Dormitory Work 

This winter I have been regular dormi- 
tory boy in both B and C Buildings. I 
sweep the stairways and corridors, clean the 
sitting rooms, bathrooms and do other 
everyday cleaning. When the weather is 
good I help wash windows and do other 
such work. Every so often I wax the corri- 
dors and stairs. I think the dormitory is 
a good place to work. 

Charles T. Wliite 



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James H. Lowell, Vice-President 

Alfred C. Malm, Treasurer 

Merton P. Ellis, Secretary 

How land S. Warren, Assistant Secretary 

Term Expires 1953 
Leverett Saltonstall 
Moses Williams 

William M. Meacham 
George S. Mumford, Jr. 
Frederic Winthrop 
Howard B. Ellis 
John Lowell 
Term Expires 1954 
George P, Denny, M. D. 
Ralph B. Williams 

Thomas Temple Pond 
Mason Sears 

Joseph L. Pendergast 
Lawrence Terry 
John Q. Adams 
Term Expires 1955 
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Chnrles E. Mason 

Donald S. MacPherson 
Philip H, Theopold 

Augustus P. Loring, III 
Robert H, Gardiner 
A. Conrad Ericsson 
Advisory Commiltee 
N. Penrose Hallowell 
Edwin H. Place, M. D, 
Philip S. Sears 

The greatest need of the world to-day 
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home school. Why not help a fine, worthy 
boy achieve his goal by making a financial 
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We had an unusually outstanding re- 
ligious service at the School Sunday after- 
noon March 9. Wesley C. Gustafson '39, 
brought the church choir of which he 
is a member and their minister. Reverend 
William L. MacDuffie. 

We all assembled at 3:30 in Chapel 
and our guests were escorted in by Mr. 
and Mrs. Meacham. In introducing our 
alumnus Mr, Meacham spoke of the a- 
chievements of Wesley, his attaining a de- 
gree at M.I.T., his present work as an 
engineer, and his good work in the Church 
and Choir. Wesley conducted the 
program of singing and other religious 
parts of the service with precision and in 
a most interesting manner. He made 
reference to the many opportunities he 
found here as a boy and left no doubt in 
the minds of all that he feels strongly the 
many benefits of his first Alma Mater. 

We were deeply inspired by the sing- 
ing of the choir and impressive testimo- 
nies of the young people. 

Rev. MncDuffie, when a student at 
Gordon College 26 years ago, was the 
pastor here for a year. His sermon on 
the "AEF" of life gave us much food for 
thought. It was, in fact, a powerful 
message. The "A" stands for ambition, 
the "E" for effort and the "F" for faith. 
With these three, Mr. MacDulifie ex- 
plained, we can go far in attaining a 
happy, useful life. 

At the close of the service the group 
of 22 visitors was taken on a tour of the 
buildings and our campus. Mr. MacDuffie 
noted the many changes since he was last 
here 26 years ago. They commented 
that they would like to come again, to 
which a hearty invitation was promptly 
extended. They decided that the next 
visit to this gem spot must be in apple 
blossom time. 



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Topics in Brief 

The Easter Concert on April 13 was 
indeed inspiring as our boys enacted the 
religious Easter play, "Simon the Cross 
Bearer," by Dorothy L. Marshall. Five 
boys made up the cast and each did su- 
perlative work. Our fourteen voice boys' 
choir sang two sacred selectionsand earned 
much praise for the fine work. 

On Saturday evening, March 8, our 
band was invited to play for the Engineers' 
Blue Room Club, a Masonic organization. 
The concert was given in the John 
Hancock Building in Boston, and several 
hundred club members were present. 
Our boys appreciate very much the many 
compliments which they received for their 
musicianship. The boys enjoyed an 
excellent catered dinner and an enter- 
tainment of professional talent. Several 
of our graduates are members of the 
club and it was good to meet them at 
the concert. 

As may be imagined, the spring season 
is an active one for our farm crews. The 
hotbeds, gardens, preparing the fields for 
field crops and other seasonal work has 
kept everyone busy, and the work has 
been kept on schedule. Farm work has 
a special appeal to nearly all boys, and 
even our youngest lads are eager to be on 
the farm when they can. 

Linwood L. Meacham and Mrs. 
Meacham went on a memorable trip to 
the West coast last fall, and made a series 
of colored slides. During the month 
these pictures were shown to us in 
our assembly hall. It was a very pleasant, 
entertaining evening, and we enjoyed 
the fine pictures and the word descriptions 
given by Mr. Meacham. 

The eighth grade entertained with an 
assembly program during the month. In- 
cluded were a cornet solo, comedy sketch, 



vocal duet, trombone duet, and a clarinet 
solo. 

Saturday night is movie night here, 
and our boys look forward with much 
pleasure to the weekly shows. Our pro- 
grams are carefully selected with a view 
of presenting top entertainment films of 
the major producers, edited for school 
use. The films occasionally have a strong 
educational value also, particularly in the 
field of history. We often have an op- 
portunity of showing travel and industrial 
films, and these are often noteworthy. 
Typical of these films was "Golden 
Journey," shown recently. 

One of the early spring hobbies en- 
joyed by boys everywhere is marble 
playing, and our younger boys have been 
busy with this recreation this month. 
Many types of games are played and some 
of the boys become quite skilled in this 
pastime. The boys may be interested in 
knowing that national championships are 
decided in this sport annually at Wild- 
wood, N. J., with the youngest champion 
on record, aged 12 and the oldest age 14* 

Twenty-five of the boys had a note- 
worthy experience on April 5 when they 
attended a baseball school at Fenway Park. 
Star players of both the Boston big league 
teams demonstrated the right way to play 
the game. In the afternoon the boys saw 
the inter-city series game played between 
the Braves and Red Sox. 

We joined with countless thousands 
across the Nation on Easter Sunday 
morning, by holding a sunrise service. 
The weather was not ideal, being on the 
verge of rain, but there was no doubt that 
the stirring Easter message was even more 
firmly inculcated in our memories as we 
all worshipped, led by our minister. 



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Mr. Bareiss. Our brass quartet assisted 
with accompaniment for the sinjiing of 
five Easter hymns, and one of the boys 
played a trumpet solo. 

My Work 

Every morning I have the job of 
clearing eight tables after breakfast. I 
scrape the dishes, stack them, and carry 
them to the serving room. Then I wash 
the tables, sweep the floor, and as soon as 
the dishes are washed I set the tables for 
dinner. If the other boys aren't finished 
I help them. Then we are all dismissed. 

Riaht now things are a little different 
because the paint shop boys are painting 
the walls and have their ladders and e- 
quipmentin the room. The tables are ar- 
ranged a little differently so as to leave 
room for the painters. 

Kenneth L. Goodwin 

The Nut League 

There were three teams in the Nut 
League this winter and every week each 
of the teams played a game. The captain 
of the Walnuts was Daniel Dockham, and 
the captain of the Butternuts was Edward 
White. I was the captain of the Peanuts. 

The Peanuts won the first few games 
they played, and this was a good thing be- 
cause it got harder jmd harder to win. 
The other two teams finished tied for 
second place, and the Peanuts were the 
league winners. 

After the schedule was finished we 
chose up again for another series. The 
teams were called the Globetrotters and 
Eagles. The Globetrotters won the first 
two games, and the Eagles won the next 
two. The fifth game was won by the 
Globetrotters. Philip Lane was the cap- 
tiiin of the Eagles and I was the otiier cap- 
tain. 

Loren E. Cain 



Basketball 

This year, as in the past several years, 
we had four teams in the Sears League. 
They were the Wildcats, Joseph Turner, 
captain; Kangaroos, TeyetRamar, captain; 
Bears, Robert Fabello, captain; and the 
Wolverines, Arnold Hall, captain. 

Each team played nine games, and it 
didn't seem that either team had the ad- 
vantage, excepting maybe the Wolverines, 
who had the tallest players. This team 
won the first two games, but were stopped 
by a one point score. If we could have 
looked ahead then we could have seen 
how the Season would end. 

At the end of the regular season the 
Wildcats and Wolverines were tied, with 
the Kangaroos next and the Bears in last 
place. A week was given the two top 
teams to get ready for the one playoff 
game for the championship. 

The playoff game was very exciting. 
The Wildcats jumped away to a 9-2 if ad 
in the first quarter and led 19-7 at the half. 
It seemed as though the Wildcats woufS 
win easily. During the third period the 
Wolverines led in the scoring, and in the 
final period this team outscored the op- 
ponents 14-8. The Wildcats, though, 
were fighting all the way, and with the 
early lead they built up, held off the 
Wolverines. The final score of this 
championship game was 31-26. 

It was a good season, and every 
player did his best. We give the Wildcats 
credit for playing good basketball. They 
deserve the honor of being the Sears 
League champs. 

Frank H. Badger 

Butchering 

Ever so often the farm boys help to 
butcher a pig or cow. We first fill the 
water tank in the basement of the storage 
barn. Then a fire is built and the water 
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the animal, inthis case a pi^, is butchered. 
When the water is boiling we fill a wooden 
tub. The water is cooled to 148 degrees. Af- 
ter rubbed with rosin, the pig is placed in 
this water uutU the hair starts to slip. Then 
the animal is removed, placed on a table, 
and the hair scraped clean, The carcass 
is hoisted through a trap door to an upper 
floor, where it is dressed and left to hang 
for two days. It is then brought to the 
meat cutting room, where it is cut up and 
packed for storage in our deep freezer. 
This butchering job teaches us many things, 
such as the names of the various cuts of 
beef and pork, and this knowledge we can 
use for a lifetime, even though we never 
do butchering as a trade. 

Robert Fabello 

Band Practice 

Every Friday night our bandmaster 
gives us a good drill. We first practice 
new music and then we review the pieces 
v^e have learned. There are forty boys 
in the band and we have already played 
one concert this spring. . Our next big 
concert is at Faneuil Hall on April 27. 
After that we hope to go to the school 
music festivals. 

David W. Howard 

School Work 

Our sixth grade teacher, Miss Baird, 
does many things to make our lessons 
interesting. Whenever we study foreign 
places in geography she has pictures of 
those countries, and of the leading men 
and women. In history we are learning 
about the Near East. We are also learning 
about some of the famous early explorers. 

Larry E. Garside 

Rossini's ••William Tell" 
The great composer Rossini composed 
the opera "William Tell," and the over- 
ture is often played, although the complete 



opera is seldom performed. The over- 
ture is quite wonderful, and because the 
last section is used as a radio "theme" on 
popular programs many people think it is 
the whole piece. This last section is fast 
and brilliant, but a look at the score of 
the complete overture shows that it is 
almost as Berloiz called it, "A symphony 
in four dramatic movements." The four 
parts are called Morning, Storm, Calm, 
and Finale. Someday, if you want to 
hear music with a punch, listen to the 
complete overture. Don't concentrate 
on just the last movement. 

Wayne W. Henry 

Additional Alumni Notes 
Philip Howard Averill, all of 7 lbs., 
2 ozs., arrived on March 13, 1952, and 
the proud parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles 
F. Averill, '37, are proclaiming that he is 
"just what we wanted, a son." We offer 
our congratulations to the parents, whose 
home is at 25 Hood Avenue, Rumford, 
R. I. Mr. and Mrs. Averill have another 
son, Charles F., Jr. 

Ramsey C. Allen, '30, has for some 
years operated a ship fitting business, at 
12 Commercial Wharf, in Boston. At the 
recent Sportsmens Show his booth was a 
major attraction as he featured the latest 
in outboard motors from one of the lead- 
ing makers in the country, of which he is 
the New England distributor. 

Theodore Fuller Miller, ex '09, 
is the proprieter of the Millers Forge and 
Cabinet Shop, of Mendham, N. J. He 
has in mind a visit to the School in the 
spring. He writes that he owes all of his 
training to the School, where he acquired 
the knowledge he continues to use in his 
life work. 



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John E. Kervin, '20. President Ivers E. Winmill '22 

Brighton. Mass. Roslindale. 

Donald S. MacPhERSOn '17, Treaturer 
Wollaston, Mass. 



Vice-President 
Mass. 



William C. Burns '37, Secretary 
No. Wilmington, Mass. 
G. George Larsson, '17, Historian 
Hyde Parl^.Mass. 



John BelhAM, '28, is employed by 
the General Fitting Company and recently 
was instructed to give a series of lectures 
at the Massachusetts Trades School, ar- 
ranged for by the school's representative, 
Mr. Costello. Mr. Costello was none 
other than his F. T. S. schoolmate, 
Howard S. Costello, '27. Needless 
to say. this series of lectures was a huge 
success, as two alumni from a quarter centu- 
ry back, combined to do a line job. 

Clarence H. Colburn, '21, has a 
new mailing address. Box 1412, Rochester, 
N. H. He has been a farmer since com- 
pleting the agricultural course at the 
University of New Hampshire and during 
the past 25 years has worked in the Lake 
Winnipesaukee region of New Hampshire. 

Frank J. Dow, '32, has moved to 
Danbury. Conn. His address there is 24 
Holley Street. For some years he has 
been a chef, and continues to be employed 
in this work. 

The engagement has been announced 
of Miss Priscilla Alden Sherman to Mr. 
Stephen Virgil Bogue, son of our alumnus, 
Dr. Robert H. Bogue, '04. 

We hear often from Staff Sergeant 
Frank N. Babick, '42, who is now at a 
Texas post. He has recently been assigned 
to motion picture work, and was the lead 
player in an army instructional film. 

The Master Builders Association is 
mighty proud of its new home on Kings- 
ton Street in Boston, and it has every 
right to be, for the building is ideally 
suited for the work required. Our alumni 



who belong to this association are Norman 
F. Morse, '85, Merton P. Ellis, '97, 
Howard B. Ellis, '98 and Joseph L. 
Pendergast, '16. 

James A. Carson, '20, was happy to 
be present at our Alumni Dinner at Science 
Park. His many friends were glad to see 
him in such good physical shape, for he 
sufifered a most serious automobile accident 
not too long ago. He lives in Derry 
Village, N. H., at 6 Thornton Street. 

Clarence H. DeMaR, '03, the il- 
lustrious rumer known as "Mr. Marathon" 
will not compete in this year's running of 
the B, A. A. marathon. He is simply 
sitting this one out, and expects to bc'^ack 
in future races, even though his age or 65 
might belie this hope. Knowing Afr. 
DeMar as we do, his further participation 
is very likely. Mr. DeMar is a printer, 
employed by the Boston Herald, and his 
home address is 249 Forest St., Reading, 
Mass. 

William G. Beadle, '12, spent an 
afternoon at the school recently inspecting 
and repairing our clarinets so that the 
instruments would be in top shape for the 
Faneuil Hall concert. Mr. Beadle has 
been for many years in the employ of a 
Boston musical instrument manufacturer 
and is a first class workman. We are 
grateful to him for assisting us. 

WiLLARD H. Perry, '10, has for 
many years been chief engineer of the 
Huntington Ave. Y. M. C. A. building in 
Boston. A member of the Blue Room 
Club, he was on hand to greet our Band 
when our boys gave their annual concert 
for that group on March 8.