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Vol. 58 No. 1 Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. May, 1954 

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

WBZ-TV Features Farm and Trades 
School on Saturday, June 5, at 12:30 P. M. 

Marking the 140th year of her great 
service to boys, our School will be shown 
at work in the broad program of activity 
for which the School is noted. 

Our alumnus, Bob Emery, '12, will 
take you on a tour of the beautiful Thomp- 
son's Island campus. 

The School Band, currently holding 
a Division I rating will be featured. The 
Band (America's First School Band) is 
observing its 97th anniversary. 

We hope you will see this TV program, 
and that you will ask your friends to tune 
in, for we know that they will be deeply 

The Boston Farm School Offering 

Third in a series of articles reprinted from paper 
titled as above, Vol. 1, No. 2, May 1859. 


This small but beautiful country is lo- 
cated near the central part of Europe, and 
is very remarkable for its sublime scenery. 
There are but few railroads in Switzerland. 
The country is so uneven, that they have 
to make tunnels through the mountains, 
else the cars could not run but a few miles 
in any direction. If you should go on 
the top of a mountain, you could see 
rivers, farms, houses, and cottages for 
many miles around. 

There are a ^reat many lakes and 

waterfalls which begin at the top of a high 
mountain, and come down roaring and 
dashing over rocks, and at last come down 
into a lake. If you should go there, and 
visit Thun, — which is about twenty-four 
miles from my native city, — you would 
see the glaciers glittering like silver in the 

The women in Switzerland work on 
the farm just as well as the men. The 
markets are not arranged as they are here. 
The people take all the products of the 
farms in baskets and stand along the 
longest and broadest streets. 

In my native city, there is a large and 
tall tower, that was built by the Romans, 
in which there is a large clock; and, on 
every quarter of the hour, an image strikes 
a bell with a hammer; and at every hour, 
there is another image at the top of the 
tower, which strikes another bell. In my 
native city, there is also a large house 
in which they keep all the cannons; and 
there are a great many suits of steel armor, 
and a great many helmets. The river 
Aar separates my native city. This river 
flows into the Rhine. 

When you go from Thun to Berne, 
you have to go on an open boat; and 
there are a good many rocks and islands; 
and the boatman has to take the utmost 
care to keep the boat from running on the 
rocks, because the current is very swift. 
Once there was a boat going down, and 


she ran on a rock, and foundered, and 
all were drowned. 

On one of the lakes there are two 
steamboats, that run from Thun to Inter- 
lachen. The sleds in Switzerland are not 
made as they are here. Basle is the only 
place in that country where they use coal. 
Basle is a very nice place; and it has a 
great many inhabitants, and a great many 
hotels to entertain travellers. The boats 
are not made as they are here; the bow 
of the boat is just like the stern, and they 
do not carry sail. 

In Solothurn, my native city, there 
are only two schoolhouses.— one for boys, 
and one for girls. These schoolhouses 
are heated by furnaces. The pipes carry 
the heat all over the schoolhouses. The 
scholars do not study grammar there; and 
they only attend to writing, ciphering, 
reading, and spelling; and they have a 
place there for gymnastic exercises. All 
the boys and girls there have to go to 
school after they are seven years old, and 
stay there till they are seventeen or eigh- 
teen; then they learn some trade. 

Frederick Ramseyer. 
Farm School, November, 1858 

Faneuil Hall Band Concert 

The eighteenth successive Annual 
Spring Concert of the Band to be given in 
Faneuil Hall, in Boston, took place there 
on Sunday, May 2, before an enthusiastic 
audience of several hundred, composed 
principally of parents of the boys, alumni, 
other friends of the band, and a sprinkling 
of professional musicians and music edu- 
cators. To say that the concert was a success 
would bean understatement of magnitude 
for the performance of the boys was truly 
outstanding, and a distinct credit to them 
and to their director, Frank L. Warren. 

The concert opened with the perennial 
favorite, Huff's "Show Boy" March. Then 

followed the performance of a diversified 
program of compositions, including many 
standard works in addition to solo presen- 
tations, novelty and descriptive numbers. 

The work of the soloists was very fine, 
and all received much praise for their in- 
terpretation, understanding and musical 
taste, as they played pieces which they 
had mastered during the winter months. 
Six boys were featured. 

Hon. Sumner G. Whittier, the Lieu- 
tenant Governor of the Commonwealth, 
was present and brought the greetings of 
Governor Herter. Lieut.-Gov. Whittier 
commented upon the glorious history of 
our 97-ye ir old band and congratulated 
the boys upon their splendid achievements. 
He was introduced by Clifton E. Albee. 

Howard B. Ellis, '98, was introduced. 
He has been present at every Faneuil Hall 
concert, is a past director of our band and 
has served our school as alumni represen- 
tative on the Board of Trustees. Mr. Ellis 
told of his warm interest in the Band, and 
congratulated the boys for their excellent 
work and manly appearance. It is always 
a great pleasure to have Mr. Ellis with us, 
and we thank him for his warm friendship 
and interest. He conducted the boys in 
a spirited march. 

Myron A. Pratt '38, was another of 
those introduced. He is a graduate of the 
Ithaca Conservatoryof Music and has had 
considerable experience in teaching both 
privately and in the public schools in New 
York. He led the band in the Seitz com- 
position "Salutation." 

W. Marshall Hall, '27, bandmaster, 
26th Division, MNG, was next introduced. 
On the day preceding the concert many 
of us had heard W. O. Hall's 26th Division 
Band in a radio broadcast and the boys 
were proud to play under his baton as he 
directed them in a military march. 

A group of seventeen, from the Esta- 
brook School of Lebanon, N. H. came 


to the concert, accompanied by their 
principal, Roger L. Holton, '30. Our 
Headmaster, Mr. Meacham, took pleas- 
ure in introducing the group, and after 
the concert acted as host on a trip to the 
Island where the visitors were shown 
about the school and enjoyed the evening 
meal in our dining room before leaving 
for their New Hampshire homes. 

Our band director, Frank L. Warren, 
had a busy afternoon as he conducted the 
concert, introduced guest conductors, and 
otherwise kept the program moving in a 
spirited and entertaining manner to the 
final number, Weldon's rousing march, 
"Gate City." 

The presentation of the F. T. S. 1954 
Band was an inspired occasion, and many 
were heard to comment that the overall 
performance of the band had never been 
surpassed, and seldom equalled. The 
boys appreciate the many kind, congratu- 
latory comments they received, and the 
praise given them is justthe right tonic for 
future accomplishments. We all deeply 
appreciate the interest of the hundreds 
who attended the concert, and the en- 
couragement they gave the boys is most 
important and heartwarming. 

The program, and roster of the 1954 
Band follows: 


March— Show Boy Huff 

Overture— One Beautiful D^y Hildreth 
Novelty— Gyral Bennett 

Cornet Solo — Technician Endresen 

Teyet Ramar II 
Selection— Sullivan's Operatic Gems 

Trombone Duet — The Pals Barnard 
William H. Dillon Richard A. Ostrander 

Clarinet Solo— Long Long Ago 

Robert Fabello 

Tuba Solo— Tramp Tramp Tramp 

Thomas Angelos 
Descriptive— Guess Conductor Yoder 

Norman W. Sellevaag, Soloist 

Farm and Trades School Has a Band 
Overture— Princess of India King 

March— Gate City Weldon 

Star Spangled Banner 

Roster of the Band 


Daniel W. Dockham 
Robert Fabello 
John A. Fritz 
Barry R. Fuller 
Larry E. Garside 
Frederick L. Krueger 
George D. McPeek 
Donald G. Oke 
Ronald A. Oke 
Harold L. Spurling 


Thomas Angelos 
William F. James 
John E. Lennon, Jr. 
Stanton H. Pearson 


Gerald L. Briggs 
David W. Howard 
Donald E. Robicheau 
Edward M. Walker 

Paul E. Parker 
David A. Pulsifer 


Bruce Alexander 
William H. Dillon 
Alexander D. Marinakis 
Richard A. Ostrander 
Ralph R. Schofield 
Arthur A. Sprague 


James E. Anderson 
Loren E. Cain 
Malcolm Cameron, Jr. 
John W. Cronin 
Thomas C. Cronin 
Albert K. Ellis 
Robert H. Grignon 
David E. Leveille 
Teyet Ramar, II 
Steven R. Wellington 

S. Newcomb Graham 
James P. LaGrassa 
Norman W, Sellevaag 
Carleton G. Skinner, Jr. 

A New Game 
I recently learned how to play a game 
called Keyword. It is a good party game 
for two or four players. Game pieces are 
colored letters, and the object of the game 
is to compose words. Points are scored 
according to the area on the game board 
where you are able to place your letter 
men. This game is very popular here. 
and all those who have learned to play it 
enjoy it very much. 

James P. LaGrassa 


Cbompson's Island Beacon 

Publiibed Monthly by 


Thompion'i Island, Boiton Harbor 




Vol. 58 No. 1 

May 1954 

Subieription Price 

One Dollar Per Year 


Calvin Page Bartlett, President 
Alfred C. Malm. Vice-President 
Howland S. Warren, Treasurer 
Merton P. Ellis, Secretary 
Bartlett Harwood, Jr., Assistant Secretary 

Term Expires 1954 
Gorbam Brooks 
Charles E. Mason 

Donald S. MacPherson 
Philip H. Theopold 
Augustus F, Loring, III 
Robert H. Gardiner 
A. Conrad Ericsson 

Term Expires 1956 
Leverett Saltonstall 
Moses Williams 
William M. Meacham 
George S. Mumford, Jr. 
Frederic Winthrop 
John Lowell 

Edward V. Osberg 

Term Expires 1957 
George P. Denny, M. D. 
Ralph B. Williams 

Thomas Temple Pond 
Mason Sears 

Lawrence Terry 
John Q. Adams 
Alton B. Butler 

Advi»ory Committee 
N. Penrose Hallowell 
Edwin H. Place, M, D. 
James H. Lowell 

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 Past — Where have we been? In 
this of a series of articles pertaining to the 
School and "what makes it tick" we would 
like to touch on the past with relation to 
the future. Since all human progress 
appears to be directly related to the human 
mind it is entirely pertinent to make an 
observation on this point. 

Man's mind is a complex power, diffi- 
cult to understand, and full of paradoxes. 
Men past middle age yearn for the "good 
old days" and too often say, "It was good 
enough for me". And yet the same person, 
which may in fact be typical of all of us, 
owns or covets every present-day conveni- 
ence of living. 

Our school, like many other similar 
good works, is not completely free from 
that paradoxical or contradictory thinking 
process. This world of ours continues to 
move forward. We cannot cling to the 
horse and buggy even though nostalgic 
thoughts beckon. In this day and age it 
is usually not too difficult to convince one 
that a Ford is preferable to a horse and 
buggy, especially unless other factors com- 
plicate the thinking. 

In the main our school through its 
140 years of glorious history has moved 
ever onward, a pioneer in many branches 
of present-day educational processes. 
There are still many things to be done in 
the vigorous plans for the future. Subse- 
quent articles in this column will call at- 
tention to some of those essential items of 


Topics in Brief 

Miss Helen M. Gresty has been 
actively interested in our school for nearly 
twenty years and she comes to us several 
times each year to direct informal dancing 
parties. She brings with her a group of 
girls from her church groups in Lynn. 
The boys had a very enjoyable time on 
April 22 when Miss Gresty conducted 
another of her always-happy dancing 

The Band, numbering 40, had a very 
happy experience on April 16, when the 
boys played for the Taleb Grotto, a 
Masonic group in Quincy. The boys 
enjoyed a fine dinner and were then 
treated to a concert by the Taleb Grotto 
band, Walter M. Smith, conducting. 
Later our boys played a concert during 
which Mr. Smith and Howard B. Ellis, 
'98, were guest conductors. Mr. Ellis also 
spoke briefly, telling a litde of the history 
of our 140-year old island school and 
97-year old school band. He also intro- 
duced to our boys several members of 
the Grotto band who are F.T. S. alumni. 

Our bandmaster, Frank L. Warren, 
is assistant director of the Taleb Grotto 
band, and it was largely through his efforts 
that the concert was arranged. Mr. 
Warren led the boys in a variety of com- 
positions, and told of many interesting 
incidents in the history of our school 

It was a great evening for our boys, 
who enjoyed themselves immensely as 
they performed for several hundred 
Masonic friends in the beautiful Masonic 
Temple in Quincy. 

We appreciate very much the gift of 
a public address system from Mr. Frank 
C. Grillo. This is something we have 
long needed for dancing parties and other 
indoor purposes. It was put in use almost 
immediately upon being received. We 

wish to add that this gift is but one of many 
kindnesses to us for which our good friend 
Mr. Grillo has been responsible. We 
thank him very much. 

We thank Merton P. Ellis. '97, for 
his gift of framed copies of the Pledge of 
Allegiance, and the Preamble of the 
Constitution, as well as issues of late peri- 
odicals, all of which were immediately 
put to use. 

Our maintenance department has a 
new item of equipment, a propane gas 
soldering unit. Much work that has 
hitherto been difficult becomes relatively 
easy with this unit. 

The semi-annual inspection of our 
steam boilers was made on May 6, and 
everything found to be in good condition. 
The boilers inspected were the two heating 
boilers, the laundry boiler and the boiler 
in the dairy. 

Baseball and softball take up the 
recreation time of the boys to a consider- 
able extent at this time of the year. Our 
two playing fields are in superb condition, 
and are being used every day. Teams 
for the baseball and softball leagues have 
been organized, and the games take the 
attention of almost all of the boys. 

The boys have entered with their 
usual enthusiasm upon the annual project 
of designing and caring for individual 
flower gardens. The plot of gardens is 
located on the east side of the front lawn, 
and it may well be imagined that it is one 
of the loveliest and most popular places on 
our island campus during the summer 

Our paint shop crew has just about 
completed the painting of the interior of 
Dormitory B. The boys are very proud 
of their fine job, and, of course, those 
who live in the dormitory are delighted 
with their "new look" rooms. 


The Easter Concert 

The Easter Concert was given on 
Thursday, April 15, and consisted of an 
Easter play, "Soldiers of the Cross," by 
Max William Koetter, selections by the 
choir and congregational singing of two 
beloved Easter hymns. Our staff member, 
Mrs. Dockham, assisted with the scripture 
reading and prayer. 

Eight boys made up the cast of the 
play, "Soldiers of the Cross," and each 
did an excellent job in portraying his part. 
The play was based on the gripping and 
dramatic times of the Crucifixion and 
Resurrection. It was an earnest, devout 
and consecrated Easter message, and the 
performance by the boys will long be 
remembered as a dramatic masterpiece. 

The stage settings, and costuming of 
the play represented much hard work and 
effort. The lighting effects were unusually 
good. Everything contributed to bring 
home the truth that soldiers of the Cross 
must never relinquish their fight for every- 
thing that is good and true. 

The program, cast of the play and 
names of choir members follows: 

"Soldiers Of The Cross" 
An Easter Play by Max William Koetter 
Scene: A Roman Prison in Jerusalem 
Time: Scene I. Morning of the Crucifixion 
Scene II. Early Easter Morning 

The Cast 

Longinus, Roman Centurion 

Norman W. Sellevaag 

Marcus, Roman Soldier 

Loren E. Cain 

Silas, whose son was healed by Jesus 

Carleton G. Skinner 

Three Followers of Jesus 
Hanan Larry E. Garside 

Simon Steven R. Wellington 

Zohar Stanton H. Pearson 

Heth, robber and murderer 

WilHam H. Dillon 
Samuel, Son of Silas Walter E. Grignon 

Assisting in the Production 

John E. Lennon 

David W. Howard 



Mrs. Dockham 
Hymn 201 

Crown Him With Many Crowns 
Scripture Reading and Prayer 
Choir Selection 

The Way of the Cross Leads Home 
Easter Play 

Soldiers of the Cross 
Choir Selection 

There is a Green Hill Far Away 
Closing Hymn 199 

Christ the Lord is Risen Today 

Mrs. Dockham 

members OF THE CHOIR 

Bruce Alexander William F. James 

Thomas Angelos Frederick L. Krueger 
Malcolm E. Cameron, Jr. Joseph S. Lombardo 

Daniel W. Dockham Alexander D. Marinakis 

John A. Fritz Robert H. Grignon 

George D. McPeek Paul E, Parker 

Banquet at Wolfeboro 
One of our undergraduates, Robert 
Fabello, appeared as clarinet soloist for 
the Annual Banquet of the Amy Cheney 
Beach Club, in Wolfeboro. N. H,, on 
April 19. The president of the Club, 
Mrs. Ella Lord Gilbert, is a noted music 
commentator, historian and teacher, and 
our readers will correctly surmise that the 
Club is devoted to the fine arts, and 
music in particular. Mrs. Gilbert secured 
the services of Carleton Rogers, noted 


photographer and lecturer, who had only 
recently completed a beautifully illustrated 
lecture on early Indian missions. The 
music for the program was composed 
largely of original, lovely Indian melodies, 
some of them hundreds of years old. 
Our lad received many congratulations 
for his interpretation of this Indian music, 
and had a fine time at the Banquet, as did 
his accompanist. Clifton E. Albee. Our 
band director, Frank L. Warren, made 
the arrangements for the trip. 

Wolfeboro brings pleasant memories 
to a great number of our alumni, for 
several of our graduates are also graduates 
of Brewster Academy, located in Wolfe- 
boro, and for many years our school 
band participated in the July Fourth 
celebration in the town. 

Thompson's Isle 

Come, come to Thompson's Isle, 

It's only a little more than a mile. 

You'll learn a very interesting trade 

For which later you will be paid. 

You'll work on the farm, and special, too 

As most of the boys always do. 

You'll have all summer to run and play 

Swim, fish or sleep all day. 

You'll love the adorable, cozy rooms 

That you sweep each day with overgrown 

So come, come, to Thompson's Isle 
Farm and Trades School on your dial. 

Douglas E. Boyd 

An Appreciative Letter 

April 14, 1954 
Dear Mr. Meacham: 

Thank you for your invitation to the 
band concert. I hope to attend and take 
some friends. 

John came to see me Saturday morn- 
ing. The improvement in his appearance 
and self-confidence was wonderful to see. 
The mirror he made for me is so perfect 

in workmanship that it seems incredible a 
fifteen-year-old boy could have made it. 

I knew John had unusual ability and 
I felt your school could bring out this 
ability but I never dreamed he could turn 
out anything so perfect in six month's 
time. Your instructors must be miracle 
workers. I read his article in your paper 
about his hobby of woodworking but did 
not realize he was creating such unusually 
fine articles. 

It is truly wonderful what you have 
done for this boy. I wish I were a wealthy 
person so I could give a lot of money to 
carry on further your worthwhile work. 

Please accept this small check. 

Sincerely yours, 


Land! Land! 

Land above all, 

Things on earth to love. 

Land on earth and beneath the sea; 

Land in Heaven is loveliest to me. 

Eugene A. Parker 

A Variety Garden 

A variety flower garden is one with 
many different kinds of plants. I had one 
last year and I enjoyed it very much. In 
the center there was a large Peace rose, 
and around that there were six giant mar- 
igolds. Outside the marigolds were twelve 
Mexican zinnias, with pansies planted be- 
tween each pair of zinnias. The border 
consisted of small dwarf zinnias, which I 
kept trimmed in the shape of a hedge. 
The stones about the garden were painted 
white, and around the garden plot there 
was a two foot path, which was kept 
weeded and raked. I received third prize 
for my garden. 

Edward A. Atton 

"Music training is a more potent in- 
strument than any other, because rhythm 
and harmony find their way into the in- 
ward places of the soul." — Plato 


Che B\mn\ Jlssociatiow of Che farm and trades School 

Alton B. Butlkr. '26, Pre.idem John Patterson '43 Vice-Preiident 

Newton, M«M. W. Medford, M>M. 

Donald S. MacPhbrson '17. Tre«»urer 
Wollaiton, Mati. 

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

Our sympathy is expressed to HARRIS 
H. Todd, '05, upon the death of Mrs. 
Todd on March 26. Funeral services were 
held from the Lally Funeral Home in 
Brookline, with a Solemn Requien Mass 
at St. Anthony's Church. She is survived 
by Mr. Todd and two sons, Harris H. 
Todd, Jr., and John V. Todd. 

IVERS R. Allen, '16, writes that he 
now has a new address, 72 Garfield Street, 
Laconia, N, H. He has kept in touch 
with the School since his graduation, and 
is always interested in learning of news of 
F. T. S., and the alumni association. 

W. Marshall Hall, '27, is a 
musical instrument salesman for the Hollis 
Music Company in Boston. He does 
considerable teaching also, giving instruc- 
tion on the trombone and baritone horn. 
A member of several professional musical 
organizations, we see him often at the 
Boston Garden and Mechanics Building, 
playing for such events as the Celtics 
games, and Flower Show. Mr. Hall has 
a son, Kenneth, who is a member of the 
Medford high school band. The Halls 
live in Medford, at 72 Webster Street. 

MuRDOCK C. Moore, '39, after 
service in the U. S. Merchant Marine as 
a radio operator during World War II, 
married and located in Maumee, Ohio, 
where he entered the printing business. 
He sends us copies of the newspaper and 
other periodicals which he helps produce. 
The Moores live at 105 Conant Street, 
Maumee, Ohio. 

Malcolm E. Cameron, '19, widely 
known as a top-notch entertainer, made 

three appearances on a Boston television 
station recently. His act, as usual, was 
done in true professional style and we 
prophesy that television will open the 
door to many opportunities for him. He 
lives at Sandown, New Hampshire. 

John H. Goodhue, '21, we note in 
the Boston press, has expanded his boat- 
ing business and now heads one of the 
finest organizations on Lake Winnipesau- 
kee devoted to assisting amateur 
yachtsmen. Mr. Goodhue has had a 
lifetime of boating experience, beginning 
on the School boats, and then on 
commercial boats at Wolfeboro. Later 
he operated a boatyard in this area, but 
returned some years ago to the Lake 
Winnipesaukee region. His address is 
Route 2, Laconia, N. H. 

Myron A. Pratt '38, informs us 
that he has a new address. He now lives 
at 250 Columbian St., South Weymouth. 
He is in the insurance business. 

Richard P. Allen, '50, is transfering 
from Northeastern to Emerson College, 
where he will specialize in advertising 
through the courses set up at that college 
in radio and television, as well as other 
media. He lives at 76 Meridian Street, 
Melrose, Mass. 

Robert E. Lucien, '49, while a 
student at Everett High School had his 
schooling interrupted when his National 
Guard unit was activated. Upon com- 
pleting his service period he went back to 
school and is now a student at Boston 
University junior college. He lives in 
Everett, at 34 Pleasant View Avenue. 

Vol. 58 No. 2 Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. June, 1954 

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

The Boston Farm School Offering 

Fourth in a series of articles reprinted from paper 
titled as above, Vol. 1, No. 2, May 1859. 


Lying is a great sin. A boy that will lie 
will commit many other sins. A person 
may think that a lie just once is a small 
offence; but, if he lies once, he will get 
into the habit of lying, and then he will 
commit other sins. A liar will often take 
what does not belong to him; because he 
will think that he can tell a lie about it, 
and get himself clear. If a person will 
always tell the truth, I know he will not 
take what does not belong to him, nor 
take God's name in vain, nor get intoxi- 
cated; but he will be happy and respected. 

The Bible says lying is an abomina- 
tion to the Lord; and it also has the 
account of Ananias and his wife Sapphira 
being struck down dead for telling one lie. 
A person that will tell lies can never be 
believed, or trusted to have any respon- 
sible office. He cannot be believed, 
although he may be telling the truth. 

Rufus King 
Farm School, April 20, 1859 Age 12 

What is a Boy? 

A person who is going to carry on 
what you have started. He is to sit right 
where you are sitting and attend to things 
which you think so important, when you 
are gone. You may adopt all the policies 
you please, but how they will be carried 

out depends upon him. Even if you make 
leagues and treaties, he will have to man- 
age them. He will take your seat in the 
Congress, assume control of your Cities, 
States, and Empires. He is going to move 
in and take over your Churches, Schools, 
Universities, Corporations, Councils and 
Prisons. All your work is going to be 
judged and praised and condemned by 
him. The future and destiny of humanity 
are in his hands, so it might be well to pay 
him a liittle attention now. 


The Memorial Service 
On Memorial Sunday, May 30, we 
held a simple, though dignified and rever- 
ent, service for those who are buried in our 
little cemetery located at the south end of 
the island. Because the weather was rainy 
the locale of the memorial service was 
transferred from the cemetery to our 

It has been the custom for many years 
for the president of the graduating class to 
direct this service and this year Robert 
Fabello was in charge. In addition to 
announcing the various parts of the service, 
he read a paper giving a history of those 
who lie buried in our cemetery. 

Mr. Meacham spoke briefly, giving 
to all a picture of the meaning of Memorial 
Day. All too often the real reason for the 
holy day are lost in the seeking for holiday 


Eleven of the boys took part in the 
service, and all did a fine piece of work 
in presenting poems, readings and musical 
selections in keeping with the religious and 
patriotic tone of the occasion. 

The program was as follows: 


Hymn — America 


Pledge of Allegiance 
Albert K. Ellis Steven R. Wellington 


Mr. Beauregard 

Poem— In Flander's Fields 

Carleton G. Skinner 

Poem — I Have a Rendezvous With Death 
Loren E. Cain 

Brass Quintet— God's Commands 

Teyet Ramar II Loren E. Cain 

Richard A. Ostrander Paul E. Parker 

Malcolm E. Cameron, Jr. 

Hymn— God Of Our Fathers 

Poem — The Concord Hymn 
Richard B. Pulsifer 


Mr. Meacham 

History of the Graves 

Robert Fabello 

In Memoriam 

David W. Howard and Trumpeters 

Hymn — Nearer My God To Thee 


Mr. Beauregard 


Yesterday I played Relievo for the 
first time, and it was a lot of fun. There 
were 24 boys in the group which went to 
the north end grove. We chose sides, and 

decided who was going out first. It was 
our team. After we were out quite a while 
we were called in, and decided to make up 
new teams and limit the time out to a half 
hour. This is long enough for the running, 
ducking, hiding, capturing prisoners, free- 
ing them and the other excitement of the 
game. Altogether we played for two hours 
and had a lot of fun. 

Albert E. Merrill 

An Attraction 

Our neighbors have a very attractive 
back yard. It is mostly lawn, with a neat 
fence, and flower beds planted along the 
fence. In the middle of the yard there 
is a large swimming pool, and there are 
very nice flower beds near the swimming 
pool also. This yard is so attractive that 
passersby stop to enjoy the beauty of the 

Gary D. Schoonmaker 

Bible Club 

A group of boys have joined a Bible 
Club which has been organized now for a 
year. We meet every week, on alternate 
Wednesday and Thursday evenings, and 
occasionally on Sundays. We are studying 
lessons from the Psalms. The Bible Club 
meetings are very pleasant, and no one 
regrets attending. We learn very much 
about the Bible, thanks to Mrs. Dockham, 
who gives her time to help us at every 

Ronald A. Oke 


Recently I have been changed to milk- 
ing. As yet I don't know very much about 
the dairy, but I am sure I like it and will 
be glad to learn all I can. Our cows are 
milked by machine and I help two other 
boys strip and then do certain work about 
the barn. Our herd is made up entirely 
of pure bred Guernsey cattle. 

Alexander D, Marinakis 



One day when I was in the fifth grade 
my chum and I were on our way to school, 
and we decided to skip classes that day and 
go to the County Fair, We had a great 
day at the Fair, and sta: ed longer than we 
should. Then, on the way home, we got 
lost. We invented all sorts of stories and 
then finally decided to say that we went to 
school all right and stayed late at a friend's 
house. Oh, boy, did we get in trouble. 
Our parents had been telephoning and 
looking everywhere for us. You can im- 
agine what happened to us, and then after 
that we had to stay in our yards for a 

Steven R. Wellington 

My First Visiting Day 
Although I have been here for three 
years I can still remember the first visiting 
days I had here. I was at the dock ahead 
of time waiting for the boat which was 
bringing my parents. They wanted to see 
all the buildings at the School, and I 
hurried them along so we could get to the 
ball game. I introduced my parents to 
some of the instructors and to my room- 

Henry T. Muiphy 

An Improvement 

Our dairy rooms have been painted, 
and the appearance is improved greatly. 
The color is battleship gray, and the dairy 
room boys did most of the work. The 
equipment shines like new, and with the 
new paint job, we think it is the best look- 
ing place at the School. We hope you 
visit tTie dairy rooms on your next visit 

William F. James 


I learned to play basketball this winter, 
and now that the outdoor court is in use I 
can play there during the summer. I was 

on the Nut League last winter, and hope 
to be on one of the Sears League teams 
next season. Maybe I will make the varsity 
team in my last year here. Many of the 
boys like basketball better than any other 
sport, and well they should because it is a 
great game. 

Douglas E. Boyd 

Extra Work 

My regular work is in the Power House 
and in my spare time I help the engineer. 
He has different maintenance jobs to take 
care of every day, and I have learned a 
great deal from helping him, and noticing 
how he does things. We have installed 
new outdoor lights, repaired motors, re- 
placed switches, checked the dormitory 
telephone lines, worked on the refrigera- 
tion units and many other things. We are 
now putting in a new steam line from 
Dormitory A to Dormitory B. 

Gerald L. Briggs 

My Dog 
My dog is a small white and black 
All-American mutt. You can tell him 
because he is smooth all over, loves to 
play, and can run and out jump any other 
dog. He is a good watchdog. The slightest 
unusual sound at night is a signal for my 
dog to rouse the neighborhood. The best 
kind of a pet, my dog can almost talk, 
and I love to keep my pet well-fed and 

Albert K. Ellis 


— If you are going to do anything per- 
manent for the average man you have got 
to begin working before he is a man. The 
chance of success lies in working with the 
boy. —Theodore Roosevelt 

— Fishermen never lie down on the 
job. Most anglers lie standing up with 
arms outstretched. SULLIVAN 


Cbompson's Island Beacon 

Published Monthly by 


Thompson's Island. Boston Harbor 




Vol. 58 No. 2 

June 1954 

Subscription Price 

- One Dollar Per Year 


Calvin Page Bartlett, President 
Alfred C. Malm. Vice-President 
Howland S. Warren, Treasurer 
Merton P. Ellis, Secretary 
Bartlett Harwood, Jr., Assistant Secretary 

Term Expires 1954 
Gorham Brooks 
Charles E. Mason 

Donald S. MacPherson 
Philip H. Theopold 

Augustus P. Loring, III 
Robert H. Gardiner 
A. Conrad Ericsson 

Term Expires 1956 
Leverett Saltonstall 
Moses Williams 

William M. Meachem 
George S. Mumford, Jr. 
Frederic Winthrop 
John Lowell 

Edward V. Osberg 

Term Expires 1957 
George P. Denny, M. D, 
Ralph B. Williams 

Thomas Temple Pond 
Mason Sears 

Lawrence Terry 
John Q. Adams 
Alton B. Butler 

Advisory Coramiltee 
N. Penrose Hallowell 
Edwin H. Place, M. D. 
James H. Lowell 

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? 

This column is devoted to a series of 
nine articles pertaining to The Present, 
The Past, and The Future of our School. 
In this issue we propose to mention some 
of the outstanding items of the past two or 
three decades. Space necessarily limits us 
to a mere outline by years. 

1926 Boys' Diet Modernized 

1927 Modern Cow Barn Built 

1927 Guernsey Herd Started 

1928 Band Entered First School 
Band Contest 

1928 *"Addition of a man who is a 
college graduate to teach the first two 
classes of school work." 

1929 Electric Line Connected 

1929 Poultry Houses Built 

1930 New Freight Scow 

1931 Chicken Hatchery Started 

1932 tOur Band Won First Prize- 
Waltham High School Band Second 

1933 Celebrated Our Centennial on 
Thompson's Island 

1934 New Boat— Pilgrim III 

1935 Athletic Program Expanded 

1936 Board of Trustees Increased to 
26 Members 

1936 Tideof Superintendentchanged 
to Headmaster 

1936 Francis Shaw Scholarship Be- 

1936 Adams House Built 

1937 Recreation Program Broadened 

1937 Boy Scout Troop Established 

1938 New Band Uniforms 

1938 Band to Burlington, Vermont 

1939 Bowditch House Built 

1940 Charles Hayden Scholarships 

1940 New Dairy Building 

1940 Liversidge Institute Merged 

1941 Boat WiNSLOW Recommiss- 

1941 Indian Graves Found 

1941 New Athletic Field Finished 


1941 Three Hayden Dormitories 

1951 1,500 Volumes of Library Re- 

1952 Water Line Repaired 
1952 Science Teacher Added 
1952 New Classroom Lighting 

*NoTE— Quoted from February, 1928 Beacon 
which has a long article on improvements recom- 
mended by the Headmaster. 

tNoTE— This item is noted in the June, 1932 
Beacon. This article goeson to say, "Bob Emery, 
who announced the events, then called on our band 
to execute a fancy drill which we did for the other 
bands and hundreds of visitors." 

Topics in Brief 

The Annual Banquet of the Graduat- 
ing Class was held on the evening of 
Thursday, May 6, in Bowditch House. 
This annual event is always outstanding, 
yet it did seem as though this year the 
Banquet was even more enjoyable than 
customary, if that were possible. The 
toastmaster was David Leveille, and he 
did a superb piece of work in introducing 
the after dinner speakers, who included 
underclassmen as well as faculty members. 
The Dinner itself was all that could be 
asked for, and was prepared by our kitchen 
staff, with the assistance of class members. 

Our tennis court has been put in first 
class condition, and as may well be im- 
agined, is one of the most popular places 
on the campus. All of the boys enjoy 
this sport, and many have developed their 
skill so as to be classed as excellent players. 
There is always a waiting line for the court, 
such is the popularity of the game with 
our boys. 

The annual class auction sponsored 
by the graduating class took place on May 
20. Almost every conceivable type of 
article which boys want was placed on sale 

to the highest bidder. Everyone had a 
good time, and the class treasury received 
a substantial boost. 

Our annual Memorial Sunday service 
took place on May 30, and because of 
inclement weather the program was given 
in our chapel, instead of at the cemetery. 
Robert Fabello, president of the gradua- 
ting class, was in charge. The service was 
impressive and those who took part did so 
most creditably. 

Track and field events are an impor- 
tant part of our spring recreation program, 
and each year a track meet is held on 
Memorial Day. The boys are grouped in 
several classes, according to age and ath- 
letic ability, so that competition is always 
between boys of as nearly equal athletic 
status as possible. Our track meet events 
include the cross country run, shot put, 
running high jump, running broad jump, 
and dashes. Needless to say, the track 
and field events are very popular with 
most of the boys, and good records are 
achieved each year. 

Our readers are well aware of the 
really superlative facilities we have for 
staging track meets and other athletic 

One of the summertime pleasures 
which the boys enjoy are the frequent 
beach and lawn suppers. The first of 
these took place on Memorial Day at the 
beach. Bacon, frankforts, rolls, relish, 
cake, ice cream and chocolate milk made 
up the menu. Cooking one's meal in the 
open always increases the appetite, and 
our kitchen people are always on the 
alert to see that the boys are well stocked 
with provisions. 

The Band attended two music festivals 
during the month, and we are happy to 
report that our group received the highest 


possible marks from the expert judges. 
The first festival was held at Fall River, 
and although the day was far from perfect 
from a weather standpoint, the Festival 
events were held as far as possible. The 
afternoon program took place in the 
armory, and consisted of a massed band 

On May 22 the band took part in the 
Central Massachusetts Festival at Webster. 
This was one of the finest festivals which 
we have attended, and fortunately the 
weather permitted the full scheduling of 
an excellent program, A truly spectacular 
feature was the exhibition given by hun- 
dreds of majorettes, led by champion 
drum majors twirlingfire batons. Our boys 
played for this marvelous drilling event, 
in addition to participating in all of the 
other divisions of the school musicfestival, 
which attracted thousands of young mu- 
sicians aud spectators. 

The first Friends' Day of the season 
was held on Friday, May 14, and as usual 
transportation was furnished by the City 
Point chartered public boats. Many parents 
and friends came to spend the afternoon. 

Our shuffleboard court has lately been 
painted and is now in active use. The 
popular game of shuffleboard is a recent 
major addition to our summer recreational 

The eighth graders gave an entertain- 
ment at the occasion of the regular weekly 
assembly on May 10. Skits, sketches and 
musical selections made up an interesting 
program, and nearly every class member 
took part. 

The clang of horseshoes is a familiar 
sound these days, and our two horseshoe 
pitching courts are almost continually in 
use. The weekly tournaments in this 

game, as well as in other summertime ac- 
tivities, interest all of the boys. 

The sixth and seventh graders com- 
bined to give a novel entertainment at a 
weekly assembly during the month. A 
miniature type of marionette show was a 
feature. Three of the boys enacted a clever 
skit and others performed instrumental 

Baseball and softball make up the chief 
recreational interests of the boys during 
the summer, and five teams in these sports 
have played an interesting schedule of 
games. We have admirable playing fields 
for these games, and every boy is en- 
couraged in every way to actively play on 
one of the five teams. 

Farewell, Old Faceful 

Everyone who has been at Thomp- 
son's Island is almost sure to be personally 
acquainted with our good warm weather 
friend, "Old Faceful." This water bubbler 
on the fountain under the Old Elm almost 
always guaranteed a faceful of refreshment. 
Alas! This week "Old Faceful" has been 
replaced with a modern bubbler equipped 
with a guard to prevent the action by which 
"Old Faceful" was named. So we say 
farewell to a tempestuous old friend, and 
hello to a more quiet, yet equally efficient 
thirst quencher. 

Memorial Day 

It was raining Memorial Day so we 
did not go to the south end cemetery. 
Instead we had a service in chapel. We 
sang hymns, and some of the boys recited 
poems. David Howard played the drum 
rolls and Teyet Ramar, Loren Cain and 
Malcolm Cameron played taps on their 
trumpets. Robert Fabello told the history 
of those who are buried in the little 

Donald E. Robicheau 


Honor Roll — Spring Term 

The highest academic averages in each class group 

Junior Class 

Ralph A. Hopkins 
David A. Pulsifer 

Sophomore Class 

William H. Dillon 

Robert Fabello 
Norman W. Sellevaag 

Freshman Class 

Albert E. Merrill 
Richard T. Castonguay 

Eighth Grade Division A 

Larry E. Garside 

James E. Anderson 

Eighth Grade Division B 

Howard E. Murphy, II 

Bruce Alexander 

Seventh Grade 

Malcolm E. Cameron, Jr. 

Donald E, Robicheau 

Robert H. Grignon 

Sixth Grade 

Walter E. Grignon, Jr. 
Richard B. Ayers 

Best Citizenship 

"A" Rank general conduct and effort 
in each class group 

Sophomore Class 

Edward A. Atton 
William H. Dillon 

Robert Fabello 
S. Newcomb Graham 

David E. LeVeille 
Norman W. Sellevaag 

Freshman Class 

Thomas Angelos 

Gerald L. Briggs 

Loren E. Cain 

John E. Lennon 

Albert E. Merrill 

Steven R. Wellington 

Robert W. Wright 

Eighth Grade Division A 

Alexander D. Marinakis 

Eighth Grade Division B 
Kenneth C. Alexander 
Howard E. Murphy, II 

Seventh Grade 

Robert H. Grignon 

Donald J. Oke 

Ronald A. Oke 

Donald E. Robicheau 

Sixth Grade 

Richard L. Sawyer 

Track Meet Results 

The track meet held on Memorial 
Day was another in a series of annual 
events which have been highlights of our 
spring athletic seasons. Following is a 
list of those who achieved the best records 
in each of the five classes. 

Varsity: William H. Dillon, First, 
38 points; David E. LeVeille, Second, 33 

Junior Varsity: Kenneth C. Alexander, 
First, 33 points; Alexander D. Marinakis, 
Second, 22 points. 

Seniors: Loren E. Cain, First, 38 
points; Joseph S. Lombardo and Steven 
Wellington tied for second, 21^ points. 

Juniors: Barry R. Fuller, First, 35 
points; John Cronin, Second, 33 points. 

Cubs: Robert H. Grignon. First, 39 
points; George H. Homer, Second, 27 

An Attractive Side Yard 
Our neighbors have an attractive side 
yard. It has a beautiful circular flower 
garden and four evergreen trees, one in 
each corner. The yard is cool looking, 
and has a nice green lawn. There are six 
or seven comfortable lawn settees placed 
conveniently, and painted with bright, 
gay colors. 1 think that it is a very nice 
side yard. 

John A. Fritz 


Cfte fllwmni }1$$ociation of tbe farm and trades School 

John Patterson '43 Vice-President 
W. Medford, Mass. 

Alton B. Butler. '26, President 

Newton, Mass. 
Donald S. MacPherson '17, Treasurer 

Wollaston, Mass. ^ 

Donald W. Lowery, '41, served 
with the U.S. Navy during World War II, 
and following his discharge worked for a 
banking institution. Later he was a sales- 
man for a household appliance concern. 
He then became a radio announcer and 
is presently with Station WSPR, in Spring- 
field, Mass. 

He is enthused with his radio work, 
which includes everything which a staff 
announcer is called upon to handle, such 
as general announcing, interviews, remote 
personality shows, sportscasting, news ed- 
iting and commentary. 

We wish him well with his career in 
radio, and who knows, one of these days 
when our school band is in Springfield, 
he may be announcing a concert by the 
F. T. S. Band. 

Leslie L. Goddard, '46, writes 
that he was unable to attend the Faneuil 
Hall band concert, much as he would 
have liked to. He certainly had a vaHd 
reason, and a happy one, for his absence. 
On last March 21 the Goddards became 
the parents of twin sons, Geoffrey Cal 
and Glenn Carl. Congratulations! 

Mr. Goddard is an apprentice sheet- 
metal trainee at the Portsmouth Navy 
Yard, N. H., and will complete the work 
in two years. He writes that his chosen 
trade is one of the best, and that he finds 
the work very interesting. 

The Goddards live at8 Goodrich St,, 
Kittery, Maine. 

Bruce E. Haeger, '46, has kept in 
close touch with the school since his 
graduation and we have lately received 
an announcement of his marriage to Miss 

William C. Burns. '37, Secretary 

No. Wilmington, Mass. 
G. George Larsson, '17, Historian 
Hyde Parli.Mass. 

May Jean Takacs, at South Norwalk, 
Conn., on April 17, 1954. He is an Air- 
man, Third Class, United States Air Force. 
Our congratulations and sincere best 
wishes are extended the happy couple. 
It is our hope that Mr. and Mrs. Haeger 
may visit Thompson's Island in the near 
future, when we may extend greetings 

We have received a graduation invita- 
tion from Samuel W. Wood, a former 
pupil here, who receiv^es his diploma from 
the New Mexico Military Institute at Fort 
Wingate this month. We congratulate 
him upon his achievement. It is always 
a pleasure to hear from former students 
and we thank him for writing. 

John P. Richardson II, '53, is one 
of those of our younger graduates who 
will graduate from higher schools this 
June. He graduates from Hingham High 

Lawrence J. McManus, a former 
pupil, has been a member of the U. S. 
Air Force for some time, and is presently 
stationed at a small outpost on an island 
near Japan. He writes frequently, and 
we are glad to hear from him. As we 
have noted before, letters to our men in 
the armed forces are received by them 
with much pleasure. We hope mail will 
continue to flow to Larry and our other 
young men whose addresses appear on 
this page frequently. 

His address is: A-3c Larry McManus, 
AF12432256, 511th ACOW GP, DeL 7. 
A. P. O. 48, care of Postmaster, San 
Francisco, California. 

Vol. 58 No. 3 Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. July, 1954 

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

Graduation Address 

By John E. Teger, Executive Director, 
Big Brother Association of Boston 

Note: Those who had the privilege of hearing 
this address at Graduation were deeply impressed by 
Mr. Teger's reliance on Faith, Hope, Sincerity, and 
Honesty of Purpose, as he developed a philosophy 
for living which undcuttedly made a profound im- 
pression upon our young graduates. He has kindly 
granted us permission to print his address. In this 
issue we present the first half, which is an overall 
picture of a boy's development. In the next issue 
Mr. Teger will conclude with helps for vital problems 
faced by American youth. 

When a man is asked to appear as 
speakerbefore a graduating class, he frankly 
wonders what he can say that will be of 
help to those who will be listeninii to him, 
and yes, whether he is the man to give 
forth with words of wisdom. I don't for 
one moment presume that what I will say 
to you will be anything else but, let us 
hope, thought-provoking. In that you are 
graduating, it is natural that our thoughts 
are of the future. Yet, it is helpful some- 
times in order to see the whole picture, to 
see the future more clearly, to take a glance 

Briefly, let's take a look at where you 
have been in your growing years. There 
was a time when your main concern was 
to be fed, fondled and burped occasionally. 
The world was your oyster. Then came 
the time when you found out that there 
were other people around . . . big towering 
people . . . adults . . . mother, father, aunts 

and uncles . . . and these people expected 
certain things of you, like, "Don't touch 
the ash tray . . . Don't squeeze the cat too 
hard . . . or . . . Don't bash baby sister 
with the cream pitcher." You found out 
that you had to abide by certain rules . . . 
Although you were allowed to break a few 
of them and maybe had to by way of 
growing up, in general, people expected 
you to play the game. People approved 
and liked you if you abided by the rules 
and were apt to give you a hard time if 
you didn't. Insofar as others your own 
age were concerned, for awhile you were 
not quite ready to share. If Johnny reached 
for your toy automobile, in all likelihood 
you would break his arm if you could. 
Fortunately, this didn't last too long be- 
fore you found out that people liked you 
to share and that being cooperative and 
doing things together, sharing, could be 
fun. Then came the period when you 
and the other boys began to team up. . . 
You had a real close buddy. . . You were 
full of activity. . .running, wrestling. . . 
You couldn't be held down. Girls, you 
had no use for. . . All they were good for 
was to tease and annoy. You will probably 
bear me out when I say that this attitude 
soon changed. 

Where are you now? Of course, it 
is hard to generalize. Each of you is very 
different and unique; yet in many ways 
very much alike. There have been ups 


and downs in your growing up and un- 
doubtedly there still are, but it adds up to 
the fact that you have been growing, be- 
coming responsible, developinginto men. 
You are now young adults, about ready 
to step out into an adult world; soon to 
have the freedom, the privileges, but also 
the responsibilities. You are planning to 
get a job or maybe some more training, 
all for the purpose of getting ready to take 
care of yourself and others. . . to feed 
yourself, to cloth yourself and keep a roof 
over your head. You are thinking about 
the service, wondering what to expect. . . 
Is there going to be another war?. . . about 
meeting the right girl someday. . . hoping 
to own a car. . . In general, you are won- 
dering what is ahead. You may be a bit 
unsure of yourself on one hand and ready 
to lick the world on the other. This is 
only natural, something we all experience. 
To try to tell you what is ahead, what you 
can expect and how to handle what is 
coming your way is a very difficult task. 
No man can really predict or give you a 
blue print, a rule for every situation. The 
best I can do is to share with you things 
which have become important to me, 
growing out of my own experience and 
the experience of others. 

You will meet people, as you proba- 
ably have already, who are unfair, who 
will try to take advantage of you, who 
will try to push you around. . . the sneak 
. . . the bully. . . unpleasant people. You 
are also going to meet, as you already 
have, people who are fair, straight forward, 
considerate, kind. . . people who coop- 
erate and want to see you get a break. I 
am sure you will find, as I have, that 
most people are the latter kind of people, 
people you can trust and have faith in. 
Keep in mind, however, that no one is 
all good or all bad. There is a little of 
each in all of us. The important thing is 
that the good is the mostest in the most of 

us. There are beacons along the way 
that give us direction, principles and 
values that are vitally important to us in 
our every day living. 

Integrity and Honesty 

I don't mean honesty strictly in the 
sense that we do not take that which does 
not belong to us or that we do not tell un- 
truths, important as these may be, but 
honesty in the sense that we do not mis- 
represent ourselves. . . do not try to kid 
others or ourselves that we are something 
that we are not. If we make a mistake, 
foul up, or are not all that we would like 
to be, we accept this fact and admit it. 
This does not, for one moment, mean 
that if we have flaws, if we are inconsid- 
erate or selfish, that we should be uncon- 
cerned or derive satisfaction out of the fact 
that at least we are honest about being 
inconsiderate or selfish, yet make no 
attempt to effect a change on ourselves. 
We must look ourselves squarely in the 
face and say, "Jim Smith, this I like about 
you, this I do not. All in all, I think you 
are a good guy, but I am going to see 
what I can do about making you an even 
better person." Be the kind of person 
you are, trying always to be a better person. 

(The second, and concluding half, of this Address 
will appear in our next issue.) 


The Graduation Exercises for the 
Class of 1954 were held on Thursday, 
June 10. Ideal weather prevailed, and 
the exercises were held amidst the lovely 
outdoor setting of the south lawn. 

John E. Teger, Executive Director 
of the Big Brother Association of Boston, 
delivered the address to the class of eight 
members. Mr. Teger's message was out- 
standing, and of vital interest. We thank 
him for coming to us. He was introduced 
by the vice president of the Board of 
Trustees, Alfred C. Malm, '01. 


Following the Processional, led by 
Loren E. Cain, '55, as Marshall, our good 
friend the Rev. Morris A. Inch delivered 
the Invocation. Mr. Inch is a former 
pastor here, and presently is the pastor 
of the South Baptist Church. 

The Valedictory was given by William 
H. Dillon, and the Salutatory by David 
E. LeVeille. Both boys did a fine job in 
delivering their messages. 

The diplomas were awarded by Head- 
master Meacham. Eight received diplo- 
mas of graduation, six for completion of 
the sloyd course and three for the post- 
graduate year. Many other special awards 
and honors were announced atthistimeby 
Mr. Meacham, and the names of those 
receiving these will be found listed on 
another page. 

Music forthe Graduation was furnished 
by the school band, under the direction 
of our bandmaster, Frank L. Warren. 
Four selections were played by the band. 

The program, and names of those re- 
ceiving diplomas, follows: 


Class Processional— Youth Victorious 
Loren E. Cain, '55, Marshall 


The Reverend Morris A. Inch 
Pastor, South Baptist Church 

Overture — Determination 


David E. LeVeille 

Band Selection — Litde Champ 


William H. Dillon 

Introduction of Speaker 

Vice President Alfred C. Malm 


John E. Teger. Executive Director 
Big Brother Associadon of Boston 

Presentation of Diplomas and Prizes 
Headmaster William M. Meacham 

Finale— Gate City March 


Edward Alexander Atton 
William Henry Dillon 
Robert Fabello 
Spencer Newcomb Graham 
David Whittier Howard 

David Edmnnd LeVeille 
Richard Anthony Ostrander 
Norman Wesley Sellevaag 

Edward Alexander Atton 
Loren Ellis Cain 

William Henry Dillon 
Spencer Newcomb Graham 

Richard Anthony Ostrander 
Ralph Robert Schofield 

Ralph Frederick Hopkins 
David Alan Pulsifer 
Teyet Ramar II 

Class Officers 

Robert Fabello, President 
David E. LeVeille, Vice President 
S. Newcomb Graham, Secretary 
William H. Dillon, Treasurer 

Class Motto 
"Onward and Upward" 

The class members made out appli- 
cations for admission to the Alumni 
Association, and soon will be voted to 


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Subscription Price 

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Calvin Page Bartlett, President 
Alfred C. Malm, Vice-President 
Howland S. Warren, Treasurer 
Merton P. Ellis, Secretary 
Bartlett Harwood, Jr., Assistant Secretary 

Term Expires 1954 
Gorham Brooks 
Charles E. Mason 

Donald S. MacPherson 
Philip H. Theopold 

Augustus P. Loring, III 
Robert H. Gardiner 
A. Conrad Ericsson 

Term Expires 1956 
Leverett Saltonstall 
Moses Williams 

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

Edward V, Osberg 

Term Expires 1957 
George P. Denny, M. D. 
Ralph B. Williams 

Thomas Temple Pond 
Mason Sears 

Lawrence Terry 
John Q. Adams 
Alton B. Butler 

Advisory Committee 
N. Penrose Hallowell 
Edwin H. Place, M. D. 
James H. Lowell 

The greatest need of the world to-day 
13 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 success and achievements of any 
organization, industrial, commercial, edu- 
cational, social, and all other branches of 
society, is directly proportional to the 
qualities of its personnel. One great Am- 
erican industrial leader recently said, 
"Take away my organization which I have 
carefully built through the years and I am 

Extremely vital factors in our work 
include the unusual location of our school, 
its very broad program of boy-developing 
features and consequent skills and leader- 
ship required, the high standards academ- 
ically and in character training, our 
responsibilities for the complete life and 
living of each boy, and the continuous 
struggle to live down the reputation of 
"Reform School" engendered many years 
ago. Our staflf of men and women has a 
tremendous responsibility and it isessential, 
therefore, that we continuously strive to 
get the best and most qualified people 
available for every department of our 

Our present high standard of person- 
nel, the long average length of service of 
our staff members, and the great devotion 
of the group to the happiness and devel- 
opment of every boy, argues well for the 
realization of our great ideal of helping 
each of our boys to attain the very best in 

The general rule for salaries of total 
costs in industry is about 60 per cent, in 
educational institutions about 75 per cent, 
in other professional services about 90 per 
cent. Our work at The Farm and Trades 
School, in fact, combines all of these 
types of services. Our salaries represent 
only about 50 per cent of our total current 

In obtaining and maintaining a qual- 
ified staff we must compete with many 
other professional and industrial organi- 
zations. The financial consideration is an 


important factor. We shall probably never 
be able to match salaries with the best of 
those other organizations. 

It is apparent that the nearest approach 
we can make to attaining financial equality 
for our staff would be to adopt a retire- 
ment plan. This would enable the School 
to attract and hold the best. Without this 
added incentive the immediate future looks 
very dim for recruiting men and women 
of qualities comparable to cur present 

Topics in Brief 

The Class of 1954 was graduated on 
June 10, and the exercises were held in 
the beautiful outdoor setting on the 
south lawn. The executive secretary of 
the Big Brother Association of Boston, 
John E. Teger, addressed the class. The 
eight graduates, and three juniors, left for 
their homes after the exercises. 

June 5 was a busy day here at the 
school. Two very important events were 
combined, the first being the assembling 
of the alumni for the annual field day of 
the alumni association, and the second the 
television program featuring our schol on 
WBZ-TV. News of the field day will be 
found on page eight. 

The television program of 45 minutes 
beginning at 12:45 was a top-notch success. 
Mr. Meacham and the Band left the 
Island so as to be at the studio shortly 
before noon. Bob Emery, '12, gave a 
few last minute instructions and the band 
boys had a brief period to go through a 
final rehearsal. 

The President of the Board of Trus- 
tees, Mr. Bartlett, and Mr. Meacham were 
interviewed by Mr. Emery and a twenty 
minute motion picture made at the school 
was shown. The band did a marching 
drill and made other appearances on the 

Without doubt this television show 
performed its hoped-for task, that of 
reaching a great number of people with 
the story of our school. Those who saw 
it became aware of the vast opportunities 
which our boys enjoy, and, frankly, many 
were amazed that our School provided 
such an ideal all-round education for its 

We thank the officials at WBZ-TV, 
and our alumnus Bob Emery, for the 
opportunity given us to tell the television 
audience of the work of The Farm and 
Trades School. 

An inspiring sermon w^as given the 
members of the Class of 1954 by the Rev. 
Morris A. Inch, at the occasion of the 
Baccalaureate Service of the class given at 
the South Baptist Church on June 6. Music 
for the service was furnished by the church 
staff, and by our brass quartet. We thank 
Mr. Inch for the warm, personal interest 
he takes in our boys. W^e appreciate very 
much the deeply reverent Baccalaureate 
Service he and his church staff prepared 
for the class. 

Eighty members and guests of the 
American Institute of Architects visited the 
school recently as a field trip of the group 
then holding a national convention in 
Boston. Their interest was centered upon 
the Main Building, which is understand- 
able, for it was designed by the noted 
architect Bulfinch, and erected in 1833. 
Many guests came from far distant points, 
and the harbor sail, our school and its 
unique location were of much interest. 
Acting as a guide was our good friend, 
Edward Rowe Snow, prominent Boston 
Harbor historian. 

The members of the graduating class 
directed the evening church service on 
June 6. David E. LeVeille was in charge, 
and gave an excellent talk. The singing 



of beloved traditional church hymns and 
instrumental music added to the service. 
The class was commended on the excel- 
lence of this service, which was the last 
one the members attended at Thomp- 
son's Island. 

As our readers are aware, the classes 
take turns in preparing the entertainments 
given at the weekly Monday evening 
assemblies. The final program of the 
year is given by the graduating class, and 
at this time the boys give a resume of their 
years at F. T. S. The Class Will and the 
Prophecy are outstanding parts of the last 
assembly. This year the final assembly 
took place on June 7. 

A traditional part of graduation week 
is the class outing, and this year the boys 
went to Canobie Lake on Monday, June 
7. The expenses for the trip were met by 
Mrs. Arthur Adams, as they have been 
for many years, and the class thanks her 
for her kindness. 

The boys had a grand time at Canobie 
Lake. The weather for the outing wss 
perfect. The management of the recrea- 
tion area promotes class outings and does 
everything possible to make such annual 
excursions memorable and pleasant. 

A farewell party for the graduating 
class was given by the freshman class on 
the evening of June 4. Miss Helen M. 
Gresty, church recreational leader from 
Lynn, was in charge and did hercustomary 
very excellent job in directing the games, 
stunts and dances. She brought wnth her 
a group of girls from her church clubs, and 
the young people had a gala time. Thomas 
Ansielos, president of the freshman class, 
directed the planning of the patty. Miss 
Gresty was delii^hted to receive as a gift 
from the freshman an article of furniture 
made in our sloyd room by class member 

Loren E. Cain. The evening was happy 
and pleasant in every way, and very much 

One of the happy events of Gradu- 
ation week is the Class Supper, when the 
graduating class and the academic stafTare 
guests of Headmaster and Mrs. Meacham, 
at Adams House. This year the class 
supper took place on June 9. When 
the weather is pleasant, as it was this year, 
the supper is served bulTet style, on the 

The Boston Farm School Offering 

Fifth in a series of articles reprinted from paper 
titled as above, Vol. 1, No. 2, May 1859. 

The Apple Tree 

God made this useful tree for the 
subsistence of man, and he made it to 
beautify the earth. It does not flourish in 
all climates; it flourishes best in the New- 
England and Middle States. They come 
over from England for our apples, because 
theirs are not as large and sweet as ours. I 
wish that the apple tree would grow in all 
countries; but it is God's wish that it should 

After the winter is over, the spring is 
come, the buds and leaves of this tree 
come forth, at first small and tender; but 
after a while they become large and strong, 
and then the beautiful blossoms come out 
which scent the air so sweetly. After a 
time, the leaves of the flowers fall off so as 
to cover the ground beneath the tree; and 
then the little apples begin to show them- 
selves. Many of them drop off; but those 
that remain on increase in size during the 
summer. But then they are very sour, so 
that nobody would eat them except some 
boys that will run the risk of being sick and 
die. As they increase in size, they become 
more sweet, and have nice little rosy 


Some trees are loaded down with so 
much fruit as to be propped up, to keep 
their branches from breaking down. 

Last of all comes harvest-time of the 
apples; then the young people meet to 
gather the apples. 

A man climbs up in the tree with a 
long cord attached to a basket, in which 
he puts the apples. When he has filled 
the basket, he lowers it to the ground. If 
an apple is bruised, it soon decays. When 
the apples are all gathered in, they store 
them away in some place where they will 
not freeze during the winter. 

We have many apple-trees on this 
beautiful island. 

Composed and written by your young 

Farm School, November, 1858 A. Dietrich 

ever, a tremendous monument to his 

Our boys who received the Charles 
Hayden Scholarships this year included: 

Edward A. Atton 

Gerald L. Briggs 

Loren E. Cain 

Albert K. Ellis 

Robert Fabello 

Spencer N. Graham 

Ralph F. Hopkins 

David W. Howard 

John E. Lennon, Jr. 

David E. LeVeille 

Richard A. Ostrander 

David A. Pulsifer 

Teyet Ramar, II 

Norman W. Sellevaag 

Carlton G. Skinner 

The Charles Hayden Scholarships 
Annually several of our boys have 
been honored by receiving a Charles 
Hayden Scholarship, and a certificate 
attesting to this is awarded each recipient 
at Graduation. 

Charles Hayden, the noted financier, 
had definite convictions regarding the 
training of young people. Environment 
was a most important factor, he believed. 
It was his belief that in the proper envir- 
onment young people could be fostered 
and trained so that their characters would 
be developed to their greatest possibilities 
for ultimate gain to mankind the world 

Mr. Hayden made provision in his 
Will for his vast personal fortune to be 
used for the betterment of youth. The 
Charles Hayden Foundation was organ- 
ized to serve this purpose and to supervise 
the trust. The Foundation has granted 
large sums to many schools, colleges and 
youth organizations. The investment Mr. 
Hayden has made in youth will live for- 

The Francis Shaw Scholarship 

The Francis Shaw Scholarship was 
established in 1936, by Miss Miriam Shaw, 
in memory of her father. This scholarship 

is awarded annually to an outstanding 
member of an upper class, and provides 
for a considerable part of the student's 
expenses for the year. William H. Dillon 
received the scholarship this year, and we 
congratulate him heartily. He richly de- 
served the honor. 

Francis Shaw was a member of the 
Board of Trustees of the School from 1889 
until 1923, a total of 34 years. He was 
devoted to every phase of the school work, 
but it was to the school farm that he di- 
rected his greatest efforts. 

Foremost among his hopes and wishes 
was that every F. T. S. boy should develop 
a stalwart and upright character, and to 
this end he worked diligently. 

The Francis Shaw Scholarship is a 
fine and wonderful tribute to the memory 
of a great man. 


ZU Jllumni Jlssociation of Cbe farm ana trades School 

Alton B. Butler, '26, President 

Newton, Mass. 
Donald S. MacPherson '17, Treasurer 
Wollaston, Mass. 

John Patterson '43 Vice-President 
W. Medford, Mass. 

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

Alumni Field Day 

The annual Field Day of the Alumni 
Association was held at the School on Sat- 
urday, June 5. The weather, which was 
rainy in the morning held the attendance 
down somewhat, yet there was a good 
turnout for the occasion, which is one of 
the moreimportant annual alumni events. 

All of the offtcers of the Association 
were present, and each assisted materially 
in directing the program for the day. 
Headquarters for the group was the gym- 
nasium, and the alumni and their friends 
went first to this hall. Inasmuch as the 
Band was rehearsing for a television ap- 
pearance at 12:45 of that day, it did not 
take long for the alumni to dispense with 
what other plans they may have had and 
go to the band hall. The hall and corridor 
accommodated as m a n y as possible. 
Practically every alumnus has been a 
member of the Band, and all are vitally 
interested. Thus Mr. Warren and the 
boys played hosts to all of the visitors at 
one time or another during the rehearsal. 
Rain had forced cancellation of the 
ball games, and other outdoor morning 
events. The alumni were served lunch in 
the gymnasium, and the school staff did a 
fine job in serving the tasty meal. A tel- 
evision set had been installed in the gym 
and after lunch the school program was 
viewed. Everyone, of course, was tre- 
mendously interested in this program and 
all were very happy that the 45 minute 
school progam on WBZ-TV was such an 
unqualified success. 

The weather cleared and the afternoon 
program of games, stunts and races was 
held in the out-of-doors. Events were 
programmed which interested all age 

groups. The traditional picnic games 
were enjoyed, such as the sack race, crab 
race, and many others. Comical events 
added to the fun. 

During the day one could notice the 
alumni wending their way through hal- 
lowed halls and places where joyous days 
of boyhood were spent. This is one 
activity which the old boys like to do. by 
themselves, or with one or two other old 
schoolboy pals. Then, too. often on 
alumni day the graduates bring friends and 
take particular delight in showing these 
friends the superior advantages which our 
boys enjoy. Those visiting here for the 
first time are really impressed with the 
numerous opportunities open to our boys 
and no one enjoys escorting visitors about 
the school more than the graduates. 

Alumni Day, 1954, was surely a grand 
day for everyone. The officers of the 
Association made up the Committee for 
the Day, and each of these men deserves 
special commendation for a job well done. 

The three graduates of the Class of 
1953 who remained with us for the post- 
graduate year left the School in June. 
They are working this summer, and all 
will return to school in September. Ralph 
F. Hopkins is working for a Boston print- 
ing plant and will attend Brookline high 
school this fall. David A. Pulsifer is em- 
ployed at a summer resort in Maine, and 
will attend Stoneham high school this fall. 
Teyet Ramar, II, is working at a summer 
camp, and will attend Brewster Academy, 
in Wolfeboro, N. H., in September. 

We wish these young graduates well 
in their selected assignments, and know 
that they will carry on their good work. 

Vol. 58 No. 4 Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. August, 1954 

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

A Belchertown Sentinel Reprint 

The following editorial from the Belchertown, 
Mass., Sentinel, of June 11, resulted from a visit to 
the School by a representative group of members of 
the Methodist Men's Club of Belchertown, led by 
our alumnus, Frederick S. Very, '33. The editorial 
gives an understandable impression from an expert 
observer and professional writer. 

Farm and Trades School Should Be 
Much Better Known 

I have heen sadly remiss not to have 
written lon^ before this about the very 
enjoyable and instructive "field trip" I 
took on Saturday, May 15, as a guest of 
the Methodist Men's Club. The events 
of the day were chronicled in this paper 
on the 21st, but I should have expressed 
my appreciation immediately, instead of 
dallying around with other stuff. 

Before I accepted the invitation, which 
proved to include a fine ride with an ex- 
cellent member of the General Court, I 
was so woefully ignorant that I had never 
heard of Thompson's Island in Boston 
Harbor or of The Farm and Trades School 
that owns it. 

Yet the school has been serving boys 
for 140 years and has one of the most 
unique set-ups that I have ever seen. Its 
very location gives it an atmosphere you 
will not get anywhere else. The school's 
own boat chugs up to the pier to take its 
visitors and personnel over to the school, 
and the boys in charge of the craft take a 

pride in their seamanship, let me tell you. 

It is a private school, well endowed, 
and provides education of the traditional 
type, as well as agricultural and trade 
"laboratories" for worthy youngsters who 
cannot be cared for in their own homes, 
because of some such condition as that of 
sickness or death which has handicapped 
the parents. It is not a school for delin- 
quent kids, and is in no way a detention 

A fee is charged for attending, but 
exceptions are made — evidently quite a 
few exceptions — when there is proved in- 
ability to pay. The full course takes the 
boy through, as I remember, two or three 
years of hi^h school, and those who want 
to get a regular high school diploma finish 
their course "on the mainland." The early 
elementary years are not covered at the 
school, either. Seems to me the youngest 
are about at the sixth-grade level. 

An excellent school farm and several 
types of shops teach the boys to do many 
things with their own hands and also cut 
down on the living expenses. The academic 
subjects are taught by qualified and pretty- 
well-paid teachers, and the extra-curricular 
activities include a 40-piece band (there 
are only 60 boys in the school!) athletic 
teams, and so on. The band, proudly 
advertised as "The Oldest School Band 
in America," has been on the upbeat for 
97 years! 


One fact struck me as odd and a little 
sad. The school does not have its full 
quota of boys. It has actually shrunk in 
size in late years, for a strange and par- 
ticularly "Modern-American" reason. If 
a child in a welfare-aided home stays at 
home, his folks get money for his care. If 
he goes to the Farm and Trades School, 
this money for his care naturally stops. 
Some parents care more for this money 
than for a better chance for their children. 

Farm and Trades School is now non- 
sectarian and can take boys from anywhere 
in the Commonwealth. Needless to say, 
if many schoolmen are as ignorant about 
it as I have always been, there will not be 
many applications from outside the Boston 
area. There is no folder or other adver- 
tising, at least not at the school! 

However, a letter t o Headmaster 
William M. Meacham on Thompson's 
Island, Boston, Mass., should enable any 
interested adult to learn how to enroll a 
boy in a place where he can go ahead to 
a tine and useful citizenship. 

Here is a place for one of those kids 
who have a hard time getting along because 
of home conditions which are not good 
for him— conditions caused by illness, 
overcrowding, or what have you. Getting 
out onto the island and into the healthful, 
lively, and thoroughly lovely atmosphere 
there would give him the start he might 
not otherwise get. The kids are independ- 
ent, alert, and very self-reliant. And what 
a friendly bunch! 

There is nothing fancy about this 
school. No ivy towers and memorial 
carillons, though architect and public lead- 
er Charles Buliinch of Boston was active 
in planning the original buildings there. 
It could do with a lot of new equipment, 
but is doing well with what ithasuntilmore 
may come its way. Yet it is modern and 
comfortable. I should be glad to have a son 
of mine there. Guess that's the real test. 

By the way, schools like this are very 
scarce. I don't know of another like it in 
Massachusetts. Kurn Hattin in Vermont 
is quite similar. If you know a boy who 
needs a new break, a boy of good char- 
acter who isn't getting the right start why 
not suggest The Farm and Trades School. 

Graduation Address, Part Two 

By John E. Teger, Executive Director, 
Big Brother Association of Boston 

Note: Those who had the privilege of hearing 
this address at Graduation were deeply impressed by 
Mr. Teger's reliance on Faith, Hope, Sincerity, and 
Honesty of Purpose, as he developed a philosophy 
for living which undoubtedly made a profound im- 
pression upon our young graduates. He has kindly 
granted us permission to print his address. In the last 
issue we presented the first half, which was an overall 
picture of a boy's development. In this August issue 
Mr. Teger concludes with helps for vital problems 
faced by American youth, aptly titled "Justice," 
"Dignity," and "Compassion." 


Demand fair treatment for yourself 
and others. Do not judge any person 
unless you know the facts. Consider no 
person at fault or guilty unless that person 
has had a fair hearing by you or by those 
you authorize to weigh the facts carefully 
and judge. Don't accept hearsay or gossip 
at face value. If Joe, no matter how well 
you like him says to you, "Bill Jones 
starves his dog," check your impulse to 
say, "Bill Jones is a cruel man," until 
you find out where Joe got his information 
and if it is true. Should you see Mack 
walking down the street with Mr. X., whom 
you possibly know to be dishonest because 
of a personal experience you have had 
with him, don't tinge Mack as being a 
dishonest person just because he was with 
Mr. X. Judge Mack on his own merits 
as you would want to be judged yourself. 
Don't be stampeded. . . think things 
through carefully yourself. God gave you 
a mind to use to the best of your ability. . . 
use it yourself. . . don't let others try to 
use it for you. 



We hear a great deal about this dignity 
of man. What do we mean? Let me try 
to tell you what I think it means. . . that 
each of us is mighty important, that each 
of us, regardless of how small we may 
seem to be in relation to the total universe- 
the stars, the sky. . . being one of mil- 
lions. . . is still very significant. Every 
man has in him wonderful powers to think 
creatively, to build creatively. Every 
man is a vital part of God's plan. Every 
man, each of us, deserves respect and con- 
siderate fair treatment. No man has a 
right to look down on another or consider 
himself basically superior and another in- 
ferior. No man has a right to talk to or 
behave toward another in a manner in- 
ferring that he is God's chosen and the 
other person a slob. . . even if the other 
person may be a slob. We may have real 
justification for not liking some people, 
but no justification for treating them like 
dirt. We sometimes have to look beyond 
the surface and see what lies beneath the 
person's potential for good and creative 
living and how we in some small way can 
help this to be expressed. 


Understanding what makes the other 
fellow tick. Why is he lonely? Why is 
he a grouch? What are his feelings and 
needs? Being able to appreciate the other 
fellow's problems; to be kind, considerate 
and helpful because you make somebody 
feel good and you feel good yourself; to 
feel warmly and tenderly towards others. . . 
to put others' happiness before your own 
at times; to care not only for your family 
and your neighbors, but people you may 
not even know. . . people who suffer 
wherever they may be. 

You are not going to find things all 
peaches and cream, nor life all discourag- 
ing. You will meet disappointments, 
possibly in not getting the job you want, 

the girl you want or the friend who lets you 
down. At times the cards may seem to be 
stacked against you and at times they may 
be. It will be only natural for you occas- 
ionally to feel, "What's the use?" Stick 
to it. . . Do the best and most honest kind 
of living you can. Although we all get 
tired and drag our feet at times, don't 
crawl. Walk straight and when necessary, 
run a litile. Don't let people push you 
around, but don't push anyone else around. 
Whatever your job may be, work your 
hardest and do your best. Derive most 
of your pride and satisfaction not out of 
the boss' or a fellow worker's pat on the 
back, as important as this is to us, but out 
of the knowledge that you are doing a 
good job, the best you know how at the 
time. Be interested in what is going on 
around you, be concerned. Voice and 
act upon your honest convictions. If the 
going gets rough and you feel like giving 
up, give it another and another try and 
there is every chance in the world that 
you will come out on top and be a stronger 
person for it. Don't try to solve all the 
problems, your own or the world's, at 
once. Do whatever you can in the time 
allotted you and hope that the fellow who 
follows you will do his share. Be patient 
with the world, with those about you and 
with yourself. Don't expect too much of 
yourself all at once. You don't become 
a man overnight or in three easy lessons. 
It takes a lot of living and a lot of learning. 
Growth and maturation is a gradual, ex- 
citing process. Know when to laugh, 
particularly at yourself now and then. 
There is nothing to be afraid of. It was 
said by Franklin D. Roosevelt at a time 
of great crisis, "There is nothing to fear, 
but fear itself." The odds are all in your 
favor if you go with courage, faith and 
a willingness to pull your own weight in 
the boat. God bless you. 


CDompson's Island Beacon 

Publiihed Monthly by 


Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor 




Vol. 58 No. 4 August 1954 

Subscription Price 

One Dollar Per Year 


Calvin Page Bartlett, President 
Alfred C. Malm. Vice-President 
Howland S. Warren, Treasurer 
Merton P. Ellis, Secretary 
Bartlett Harwood, Jr., Assistant Secretary 

Term Expires 1954 
Gorham Brooks 

Charles E. Mason 

Donald S. MacPherson 
Philip H. Theopold 

Augustus P. Loring, III 
Robert H. Gardiner 
A. Conrad Ericsson 

Term Expires 1956 
Leverett Saltonstall 
Moses Williams 

Will am M. Meacham 
George S. Miimford, Jr. 
Frederic Winthrop 
John Lowell 

Edward V. Osberg 

Term Expires 1957 
George P. Denny, M. D. 
Ralph B, Williams 

Thomas Temple Pond 
Mason Sears 

Lawrence Terry 
John Q. Adams 
Alton B. Butler 

Advisory Committee 

N. Penrose Hallowel! 
Edwin H. Place, M. D. 
James H. Lowell 

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 Future — Where are we going? 
This series of articles having to do with 
the present, the past and the future must 
necessarily outline the needs by which long 
experience and present day thinking are 
known to be essentials. 

In the previous issue of the BEACON 
we commented briefly upon tfie first re- 
quirement for a first class organization 
and specifically mentioned one of the 
basic reasons for the outstanding accom- 
plishments of our school, its personnel. 

The other day our greatest living 
statesman, Herbert Hoover, in a speech 
at the celebration of his eightieth birthday 
in his home town in Iowa, clearly em- 
phasized the dangers of communism and 
its closelv associated isms. Mr. Hoover 
asserted his faith and optimism in America 
and our democratic freedom, but. he 
stated in no uncertain language that we 
Americans must be alert to the dangers 
which are threatening us by communism 
and the trends in governmental policies 
of the twenty year period prior to the 
present administration in Washington. 

Communism, the direct antithesis of 
Christianity, is the number one enemy of 
our way of life. It is our privilege and 
our duty to those who are to inherit our 
America to do everything possible to fur- 
ther this faiih by which we have been so 
richly endowed. All of the good things of 
life have come to us by the grace of God. 
There can be no compromise. 

Farm and Trades School graduates 
are well known for their active participa- 
tion in the Church life of their communi- 
ties. The School needs to modernize its 
plant by going forward at this time with 
the long projected plans of a Chapel. 
This should be our part in the program 
of advancement for an ever stronger 
America. A chapel entirely dedicated to 
the work of God should be made a part 
of our little home-school community. 


Topics in Brief 

The boys are having their summer 
vacations at home. The vacation periods 
away from the school are spaced through 
the summer months so that there are 
always enough boys at the school to 
carry on the summer program. 

During the vacation period tourna- 
ments have been held in many sports, 
and most of the boys have been partici- 
pants in one or anorher of these 
recreational events. Tennis was by far the 
most popular of the tournament games, 
although horseshoe pitching was a favorite 
of many. 

The farm is producing a most ample 
supply of fresh vegetables and our table is 
lydened with lettuce, radishes, summer 
squash, beans and other vegetables. The 
tomato and corn crops give promise of 
being exceptional. 

Summertime visitors to the School 
are always impressed with the beauty of 
our island campus. It seems remarkable 
to some that our flower gardens, lawns, 
hedges, walks, trees, playground areas 
and other places of natural beauty are 
cared for entirely by the boys. Certainly the 
boys acquire a wealth of practical know- 
ledge, which will be of lifetime value. 
Competent instruction and supervision, 
plus the desire of the boys to learn this 
t>pe of work, is the answer. 

A blackberry patch south of our or- 
chard has given us berries in considerable 
quantity this summer, and we have 
enjoyed this delicious berry in many ways 
such as in cake, pie and ice cream. The 
boys have picked the blackberries in their 
spare time, and most of the yield has been 
served an hour or two after being brought 

to the kitchen. With cream and sugar it is 
hard to name a more delicious taste treat. 

Our paint shop department is busy at 
this time painting the exterior woodwork 
of the power house building. Much of the 
work has been finished and the "new 
look" of the building is very pleasing. 
The basement woodwork is painted battle- 
ship gray while the upper floor exterior 
trim is painted white to harmonize with 
the other buildings on our island campus. 

Swimming has been the most popular 
of many summer sports during the month. 
Classes in Life Saving and Water Safety 
are being held, which are attended by 
most of the older of our boys. Upon 
completion of the courses Red Cross cer- 
tificates and emblems will be awarded. 
Our supervisor, Raymond Thomas, is a 
certified A. R. C. instructor and conducts 
these courses. The classes are held daily. 

Our band director, Frank L. Warren, 
has been conducting weekly rehearsals 
during the summer months and when 
classes begin early in September the band 
will be off to a good start. The record 
earned by the group last year was one of 
which we are all very proud, and we know 
that the 1954-1955 band will carry on the 
good work. 

One of the mid-summer adventure 
trips of the Harbor Ramblers included 
an excursion to Thompson's Island. Led 
by Edward Rowe Snow, the group toured 
our island campus and then held a short 
meeting in our chapel, after which Mr. 
Snow showed some of the motion pic- 
tures he has taken on similar outings. 

The Harbor Ramblers is an informal 
association composed of those who enjoy 
the adventure and romance of early 
harbor history of which Mr. Snow is an 


authority. Excursions and field trips are 
held often during every month of the year. 

The boys all have opportunity to 
keep up with their favorite television 
programs. We are looking forward to the 
Channel 2 presentations, which will begin 
in September, and if the authorities of this 
new station are able to carry on as they 
hope, we know that many of this new 
station's programs will rapidly become 
favorites. Educational in scope, and 
supported by private subscripton, the 
station will be free of "commercials" and 
able to televise fine programs. It will be 
operated in cooperation with a number 
of Greater Boston's leading universities. 

Friends' Day in July took place on 
the tenth, at which time a good number 
of the boys' parents were here. 

A Trip to Washington 

A 1912 graduate of the school, "Big 
Brother" Bob Emery, announced that 
there was to be a contest in which thirty 
winners would be flown to Washington on 
a gala one day excursion. This contest was 
run in cooperation with the Big Brother 
Association and Mr. Emery. Each con- 
testant wrote a composition on "Why I 
Would Like to Visit My Nation's Capitol." 

When the winners were announced, 
to my great astonishment and pleasure, 
my name and that of Howard Murphy 
were on the list. I could hardly wait until 
June 17. 

We were at the airport with our par- 
ents bright and early on the day of the trip, 
We boarded a constellation plane of the 
Eastern Air Lines, accompanied by Mr. 
Emery, several members of the Big Broth- 
er Association, and many newspaper 
reporters. While en route to Washington 
we were served cocoa and cookies. 

It took about two hours to reach the 
nation's capitol, and upon landing at the 

airport we were told of the plans, which 
included a sightseeing tour in a large 
touring bus. Because we didn't want to 
get lost in the big crowds we did not go 
inside the public buildings, but we saw 
them from the bus, and a guide explained 
the purposes and uses of each building. We 
alighted at both the JefTerson and Lincoln 
Memorials and were thrilled with these 
wonderful tributes to two great Americans. 
We visited the tomb of the Unknown 
Soldier. Later we went to the National 
Zoo, where we had a tasty picnic lunch. 

At 4:30 we boarded another plane for 
the trip back to Boston. We landed at 
New York where we saw the skyline and 
had the principal buildings pointed out to 
us. Then the trip to Boston was resumed, 
and on this flight we were served an extra 
special dinner by the stewardesses. At 
Logan Airport we said good by to Mr. 
Emery and thanked him for a trip which 
we will never forget. 

Loren E. Cain 

The Boston Farm Schcol OfTering 

Sixth in a series of articles reprinted from paper 
titled as above, Vol. 1, No. 2, May 1859. 

What I Love to See 
I love to see a man who does not 
drink strong drink. He will generally be 
neat, and will not chew that filthy weed 
called tobacco. A man that drinks does 
not stop to consider that the money he 
spends in drink during the year would 
buy his family many comforts. 

I love to see a boy who is kind to his 
playmates; not only kind, but one who 
will not cheat or lie to them. How many 
a little quarrel has been caused by a boy's 
lying to or cheating his playmate! Perhaps, 
in a game of marbles, one tells the other 
he cheats. Then from that proceed hard 
names, and sometimes hard blows. 

My minister once told me a story 
about two boys, Billy and John, They 


were playing a game called "pins." They 
played peaceably for a while; when John 
told Billy he cheated. Then Billy told 
John that he lied. John, being a boy of 
violent temper, became angry, and com- 
menced beating Billy. When they were 
parted it was found that John had knocked 
out Billy's eye, and just because they were 
not kind to one another. 

I love to see a little boy or girl who 
will treat animals kindly. How sad a sight 
it is to see stones thrown at the pretty 
harmless birds! They never did us any 
harm. We should love them; for they 
are cared for by God. It says in the Bible 
that a sparrow shall not fall to the ground 
without God's notice. 

I love to see a boy try to do the work 
that is given him to perform, rather than 
to see the one who says, "I can't." I once 
heard an anecdote of a little boy. His 
mother had taken him outwith her, while 
she purchased a few articles. When she 
got through she brought her little boy a 
toy. The storekeeper, in doing up the 
parcel, tied the string in a hard knot. As 
he was on the way home in the omnibus, 
he tried several times to untie the knot, 
but did notsucceed. A gentleman, noticing 
how diligently he worked, offered kindly 
to assist him by cutting the string. The 
little boy replied, and said, "No, sir; I 
thank you: I belong to the 'Try Company.'" 
Who would not rather be a member of 
the "Try Company," like that litde boy, 
and "try" to be what every one would 
"love to see?" Who would not rather see 
a temperance-man than a drunkard? What 
a difference between them! The drunkard 
is miserable. His home, if he has any, is 
out of order, with old hats in the windows, 
and every thing looking neglected; while 
the sober man's house looks neat and 

C. S. Bartleft 
Farm School. April 20, 1859 Age 12 

Additional Alumni Notes 
A recent visitor to the school was 
F. Russell Metcalf, '23. It has been 
some time since he last visited, and he 
was amazed and tremendously impressed 
with the prooress F. T. S. has made in re- 
cent years. He is a graduate of Tilton 
School and studied for three years at 
Boston University. He has been married 
for nineteen years, and has a son, William 
Stanley, age 14. 

He moved to Connecticut thirteen 
years ago and recently the Metcalfs pur- 
chased a new home off Salem Road, in 
Ridgefield. Mr. and Mrs. Metcalf and 
their son are active in the work of their 
church, the First Congregational Church, 
of Ridgefield. 

Mr. Metcalf is sales representative of 
Flannery and Associates of Pittsburg, a 
concern dealing with store planning fix- 
tures. He has been with this company for 
many years. 

George H. Bruce, '45, has finished 
a session of summer courses at the 
University of New Hampshire. He writes 
that it was an interesting and profitable 
summer, and he made friends with many 
foreign students from France, India, and 
Canada. Scholastically he received six 
credits of A, giving both his morale and 
average a good boost. He is at present 
working for the University service depart- 
ment, which job he will hold until classes 
resume on September 20. 

While in the army he earned 18 credits 
of the Russian language, and he is con- 
sidering majoring in languages. There is a 
possibilty that he may be eligible for a 
scholarship to the Sorbonne for his master's 

His address is 2 Madbury Court, 
Durham, New Hampshire and no doubt 
he would be pleased to hear from his 
F. T. S. schoolmates. 


Che B\mn\ J!$$ociat1on of Che farm and trades School 

Alton B. Butler, '26, President 

Newton. Mass. 
Donald S. MacPherson '17, Treas 

WolUslon, Mass. 

John Patterson '43 Vice-Preside 
W. Medford, Mass. 

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

Theodore L. Jones, '50, has re- 
ceived the signal honor of being the first 
candidate from this area to pass the 
examinations for the new Air Force 
Academy, to be opened at Colorado 

Mr. Buchan was born in Manchester, 
England, on March 23, 1881. He came to 
this country as a boy, and lived in Boston 
and Waltham before moving to Bernard- 
ston during World War 1 when the 

Springs, Colorado, this fall. His mother Waltham Watch Company, where he was 

kindly sent us notice that Ted had been 
accepted and enclosed the of^cial notice 
from the academy authorities. We thank 
her for the fine testimonial she wrote 
stilting that F T S had given her boy the 
training which enabled him to achieve 
this goal. 

Ted was a student here for five years, 
and had an outstanding career, winning 
many honors, including the prized Shaw 
Scholarship in his final year. He excelled 
in music, dramatics, athletics, photography 
and woodworking. After leaving us he 
continued his education at Watertown 
high school, and Northeastern University, 
where he is currently a sophomore. He 
has earned his high school and college 
expenses by working in a super market. 

We are proud of the achievements of 
this young graduate and wish him con- 
tinued success as a cadet in the Air Force 

The new Air Force Academy will 
rank equally with West Point and Ann- 
apolis, and the first class will be composed 
of 300 young men. 

Percy Buchan, a former Liver- 
sidge student, became a member of our 
Alumni Association some years ago. We 
regret to announce his death on August 6, 
at his home in Bernardston, Mass. He 
was, until his retirement three years ago, 
a veteran employee ofthe Commonwealth 
as a tree inspector. 

employed, set up an auxiliary plant in 
Greenfield. After the war Mr. Buchan 
decided to remain in Bernardston, where 
he had purchased a farm, and entered the 
employ of the Commonwealth. 

Mr. Buchan, who was tax collector 
for Bernardston for 16 years, is survived by 
his wife, son and daughter and brother, 
George of Waldoboro, Me., F. T. S. '97. 

One of our very latest benedicts is 
Raymond S. Metcalf, '21, who was 
married in July. We hope that Mr. and 
Mrs. Metcalf may include Thompson's 
Island in their "must" list for an early 
visit. Mr. Metcalf is a graduate of Tilton 
School and did further study at North- 
eastern University. For the past seventeen 
years he has been employed in the Everett 
plant of General Electric, in the Control 
Department. He is currently working in 
the gas turbine division in the develop- 
ment and perfecting of super jet motors. 
The Metcalfs live in Cambridge, Mass. at 
19 Prentiss Street. 

Joseph B. Mason, a former pupil, 
is in the U. S. Navy and is having an 
interesting time as his ship, the carrier 
"Lake Champlain," is on duty in the 
Mediterranean waters. He is a radio man 
aboard the carrier. 

We are always happy to receive news 
of the alumni, and thank those who 
thoughtfully keep us so informed. 

Vol. 58 No. 5 Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. Sept., 1954 

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

The Boston Farm School Offering 

Seventh in a series of articles reprinted from paper 
titled as above, Vol. 1, No. 2, May 1859. 

The Ocean 

What a vast expanse of water it is! 
The Pacific Ocean was first discovered by 
Vasco Nunez de Balboa, who was in 
search of gold, and saw its waters from 
the top of a high mountain. He entered 
it in full Spanish costume, bearing the flag 
of his nation; and took possession of it in 
the name of his king. 

The ocean is full of animals; and 
among these are the coral insects, which 
have long feelers projecting from them; 
and with these they catch the lime and 
other substances, which, by the strong 
tide of the ocean, are forced to float. It 
takes them many generations to get one 
of these coral islands made; and, after 
they are above the water, other substances 
float alon^, and they also help to form 
the island, which, if a ship should run 
against, would not only be strong enough 
to keep itself from breaking, but possibly 
break the ship. 

On a calm and pleasant day, look at 
the ocean. How beautiful it looks to see 
the water sparkle where the sun shines on 
it! Let us look at the ocean on a cold, 
stormy, and boisterous day. Look at the 
vessel as she ploughs her way through the 
great waves! The sailors think that she 
will go to the bottom every moment; and 

they tremble with fear, and every one ex- 
pects a watery grave. 

In many places, the depth of the 
ocean cannot be found. The greatest 
depth that has been sounded is about two 
miles. "The sea is His, and He made it." 
The ocean is divided into five distinct 
parts; viz., Arctic, Atlantic, Antarctic, Pa- 
cific, and Indian Oceans. 

The Pacific is eleven thousand miles 
long, and seven thousand miles wide. 
The Atlantic is eight thousand miles long, 
and three thousand miles wide. The other 
oceans are not as large. 

Composed and written by 

David H. Moore 
Farm School. April 20, 1859 Age 12 

School Begins 

The new boys came here on Septem- 
ber 6, and that evening we had a beach 
supper. Later we went to Chapel for the 
first Assembly of the year. Mr. Meacham 
read the class lists, department schedules 
and told us that he expected we would 
have the best school year ever. Classes 
began on the following morning. We 
discussed our courses with Mr. Rose, were 
assigned desks, and finally we were issued 
our textbooks. We have many new boys, 
and I am sure that they will fit in well 
and be very happy. 

Frederick L. Krueger 


Hurricane Preparation 

On Tuesday August 31 a hurricane 
named Carol by the Weather Bureau 
struck New England. We all did every- 
thing possible to make things safe against 
the terrific winds which were forecasted. 
I was one of those who helped the boat 
instructor. We put extra lines on the 
Pilgrim III, to make her secure. The 
gangway was derricked high so as to keep 
it clear of the predicted abnormally high 
tide. The WiNSLOW and freight barge 
were beached. Lin Meacham's boat was 
taken care of. When we were a8 certain 
as we could be that damage would be re- 
duced to a minimum we left the wharf, 
hoping that what we had done would not 
have been in vain. 

Next we went to the storage barn and 
closed every door and window. We put 
packages of new shingles against the big 
doors for support against the wind. We 
braced the doors in every way we could. 
When the storm hit in all its fury we 
found that our work had been successful. 
The boats and wharf equipment weathered 
the hurricane with only reasonable to be 
expected damage. The barns withstood 
the storm well, the principal damage being 
to the roofs. The same story could be 
told about all of the buildings on the 
island. It was sad, though, to see so 
many lovely shade trees blown down and 
others badly damaged. 

Thomas Angelos 


Football season has arrived. In fact 
the boys hurry theseason by playing during 
the last weeks in August, although it is just 
tag football. When Labor Day arrives, 
though, the varsity gets to work preparing 
for its season, when seven games will be 
played. There are 22 boys trying for the 
first team. Those who don't make the 
starting lineup will be on the second team, 

and will get plenty of action. Our first 
drills were on fundamentals, dummy drill 
and learning the correct stance for the line 
and backfield. Mr. Thomas is our coach 
as he is assisted by Mr. Burckes. 

Arthur A. Sprague 

Summer Vacation 

The summer passed by more quickly 
than any other in my estimation. It was 
my first summer at F. T. S. I worked on 
the farm as much as I could, milking, 
haying and doing other farm work. I 
took time, though, to play tennis, softball, 
go swimming and have other recreation. 
I was home for 29 days during which I 
also worked some, but saw the Red Sox 
four times and went to several movie 
shows. Altogether, I had a good summer. 

Albert E. Merrill 

A Fishing Trip 
When I was on my vacation I went 
fishing many times. One trip I will 
never forget was one afternoon when I 
went with a friend in an outboard motor 
boat. We set out from Hough's Neck, 
Quincy and went to a spot near Pig Rock. 
We were just beginning to catch fish 
when the wind came up and it began to 
rain. We decided to get to shore, but 
alas, we could not start the motor. We 
tried to row, but found that there was 
only one oarlock. Just then a lady cruised 
by and towed us to the Quincy Yacht Club. 
After we thanked her I phoned my grand- 
father and he drove to Quincy and brought 
me home. That was one fishing trip I 
was glad to see come to an end. 

James E. Anderson 

Being a Monitor 

After a boy has been at the School 
for a while, and is in the upper classes, 
he has a chance of becoming a monitor. 
Everyone likes this work, because it is a 


very responsible duty, and the monitors 
earn special privileges. Last week, when 
room assignments were announced for the 
new school year, my name was included 
in the monitor's list to my great surprise 
and pleasure. I have a good roommate 
and we are monitors on the second floor 
of B Building. 

There are twelve monitors, four in 
each dormitory, and their duty is to help 
the supervisor in each building. 

Steven R. Wellington 

What to Write 

I came into the classroom this after- 
noon and had English the first period. 
Our assignment was to write a composition 
for homework. Although everyone else 
could think of a subject, I couldn't. During 
study period I wondered what I would 
write, and what I could have as a title for 
my theme. After school I did my home- 
work, except the theme. Later on I looked 
at my English book and that didn't help. 
So I decided to write on the subject of how 
hard it is to select a title and write a theme. 
This is the result. 

Daniel W. Dockham 

A Trip to Plymouth 

One day last summer a friend called 
me and asked if I would like to go to 
Plymouth, Mass., and be his guest at a sea- 
shore dinner being given by the railroad. 
Of course I wanted to go. We had a good 
ride to Plymouth on the train, and then 
had a seafood dinner. After this we went 
to Carver, which is a small town about ten 
miles from Plymouth. At Carver we went 
on a ride on the Edaville Ridlroad. This 
is a well known ride and goes through 
some of the Cape's big cranberry bogs. 
We next returned to Plymouth, and as we 
had time, we went swimming. We stayed 
in the water so long that we had to hurry 

to get the train back to Boston. I thanked 
my friend for his treat, for I had a wonder- 
ful day. 

Carl H. Fletcher 


Last year our teacher, Miss Baird, 
gave the sixth graders bird books. I was 
very glad to get one. The books answer 
many questions about birds, and tells how 
valuable they are. For instance, the worse 
enemy of man are the insects, and these 
are the chief food of birds. We often see 
land birds eat insects, but did you ever 
stop to think that ducks fly low over the 
water and catch insects? Not only for 
their friendliness and beauty should we 
like the birds, but because they help 
destroy our chief enemy. 

Richard L. Sawyer 

A Lesson 
Recently a friend and I learned a 
lesson. We were returning from a bicycle 
trip to the Blue Hills. My friend suggested 
a race to a street up ahead. It was an in- 
tersection. He beat me easily, but found 
he couldn't stop. To his horror and mine 
a car whizzed across the intersection and 
missed him by inches. He shook like a 
leaf, and I didn't blame him. The rest of 
the trip home was uneventful. Both of 
us were careful, for we had learned a 
good lesson. 

John W. Cronin 

My Wardrobe 

After I had been strongly urged several 
times, I decided to clean my wardrobe. 
I found things for which I had been search- 
ing for over a month. In my wardrobe I 
had clothes, skates, books, shoes, stamp 
collection, a small chest, fishing equipment 
and many other things. I threw away 
what I didn'twantand arranged my things 
neatly. Now I can find what I want. 

Frederick L. Krueger 


Cbompson's Island Beacon 

Published Monthly bT 


Thompson's Isiand. Boston Harbor 




Vol. 58 No. 5 

September 1954 

Subscription Price 

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Calvin Page Bartlett, President 
Alfred C. Malm. Vice-President 
Howland S. Warren, Treasurer 
Merton P. Ellis, Secretary 
Bartlett Harwood, Jr., Assistant Secretary 

Term Expires 1954 

Gorham Brooks 
Charles E. Mason 

Donald S. MacPherson 
Philip H. Theopold 

Augustus P. Loring, 111 
Robert H. Gardiner 
A Conrad Ericsson 

Term Expires 10F6 

Leverett Saltonstall 
Moses Williams 

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

Edward V. Osberg 

Term Expires 1957 
George P. Denny, M. D. 
Kalph B. Williams 

Thomas Temple Pond 
Mason Sears 

Lawrence Terry 
John Q. Adams 
Alton B. Butler 

Advisory Committee 

N. Penrose Hallowell 
Edwin H. Place, M. D, 
James H. Lowell 

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 Future of the School is as solid 
as America itself. This great service to 
youth initiated 140 years ago and progress- 
ively improving its work generation after 
generation, has become a home school 
surpassed in quality by none. 

The praises others sing about our 
graduates and the official reports which 
come from many sources constitute abun- 
dant proof of our product. Among 
yesterday's reports was one pertaining to a 
1954 graduate who has been invited to 
continue his collejle preparatory education 
at another well known private school, 
all expenses Paid by that school. 

Here we have built around a superb 
home enviroment with every phase of a 
boy's life, development and education 
given careful thought and attention. This 
ever-present and emphasized broad pro- 
gram has produced pioneer projects, many 
of which have been universally adopted 
in American Education. 

Ourph\sical education development 
and sports program has for its keynote 
participation by every boy. Intramural 
spo'tsin every season including swimming 
and winter sports, provide unlimited 
opportunity in this deyaitment. Our 
Varsity Teams in recent years have estab- 
lished an enviable reputation as "The 
Litde Giants of Good Sportsmarship." 
We had our own "Little League" years 
before the rest of America caught on. 

Our need now is a new gymnasium 
or field house. This is a must in present 
day educatton. We have a tiny room 
over the laundry, built for a woodwork- 
ing shop long before the days of basket- 
loall, which v\ e call our gym, and it is 
here that our own eight intran ural teams 
practice and play, and the varsity team 
gets its drill here. Visiting teams smile 


at our "piano box" facility and some re- 
fuse to play here because of its inadequate 
size. Some day this ntu?h needed modern- 
ization will come. We hope it will be 

Topics in Brief 

Destructive Hurricane Carol arrived 
on Tuesday, August 31, and within two 
weeks, on September 11, her sister Edna 
continued the devastation. New England 
suffered property damage in excess of 
$500,600,000.00 from Carol. Hurricane 
Edna also caused damage i n untold 
millions. Weather bureau warnings for- 
tunately kept the loss of life relatively low, 
although the hurricanes exacted a sad toll 
of victims. Here at the School we prepared 
for all eventualities. The most serious 
loss was the destruction of many shade 
trees, and wind damage to many more. 
After observing, and reading much about 
the staggering loss by wind and flood to 
communities all around us we may well 
indeed consider ourselves very fortunate. 
Along with millions of other residents of 
New England, we were withoiit electric 
lights or power, and telephone service, 
although, fortunately, for comparatively 
short periods. The public boat landing 
at City Point, which we use, was practi- 
cally demolished and we used other very 
inconvenient facilities. In brief, none of 
us will ever forget Carol and Edna, and 
we will always be mindful of the good 
fortune we had in escaping with actually 
minor damage and inconvenience. 

Labor Day was observed by football, 
swimming and a beach picnic supper in the 
evening followed by the first assembly of 
the new school year. It was a busy day 
tor 2II, as a group of the new boys arrived 
that morning, preparatory to beginning 
the new school year with us on the follow- 
ing day, Tuesday, September 7. 

The song books used for our weekly 
assemblies have been replaced by the new 
edition of the same volume. The old 
books had been used for several years, and 
the new edition includes the same numer- 
ous popular chorus songs, favorites with 
F. T. S. boys for two decades. 

The fall season brought the king of 
sports to most boys, football. The varsity 
team has an interesting schedule and the 
boys are naturally much enthused over the 
prospects for this season. Seven games will 
be played. The younger, less experienced 
players, will be grouped on intra mural 
teams, and will compete for the Crosby 
trophies. The intra mural games are 
by no mems treated lightly, and the boys 
are organized into well playing unit^ which 
play a game weekly under Coach Thomas, 
who supervises this league. 

Nothing is so pleasant on a clear day 
than to sit at our wharf and watch the sail- 
boat races, which are held often by the 
yacht clubs in Boston Harbor and adjacent 
waters. This water sport is becoming more 
popular year after year and at times it 
seems as though the entire Dorchester Bay 
is filled with sailing craft of all sizes and 
types. As the sailors pass by our wharf 
an occasional word of greeting is expressed, 
for we have many friends numbered 
among these amateur sailing enthusiasts. 

The boys are enjoying a series of fine 
moving pictures, which are shown weekly, 
on Saturday nights. We are able to have 
the product of the major Hollywood film 
studios, and strive to show movies worth 
seeing, from both an artistic and entertain- 
ment viewpoint. Often a film which is 
of rich educational value is shown, in ad- 
dition to the regular films procured strictly 
for recreation use. Movie night is a 
weekly highlight with all the boys. 


A Friend's Day was held on August 
14, at which time some of the younger 
graduates took an opportunity to visit us. 
Of course there was the usual number of 
boys' parents hereto enjoy a perfect sum- 
mer day. Some of the parents brought 
guests who were completely interested in 
the School. 

Our Band 

The Farm and Trades School Band 
is the oldest school band in America, and 
was organized in 1857. In almost one 
hundred years the band has had only four 
directors, and, needless to say, each of the 
leaders did a magnificent job. The pres- 
ent band director is Mr. Frank L. Warren . 
We lost ten of our best players last 
Gradur^tion, but already some of the new 
boys are learninsl t'> play and the band will 
be at full strength by next spring. Mavbe 
the band will even be larger tlian u^ual. 

The band has investe-d in six new trum- 
pets, and the new instruments will add to 
the tone quality of the band. 

Carleton G. Skinner 

My Experience 

I am now in my fourth year at this 
School. I have lived in Dormitory A 
since I came here with my brother, who 
gradu-ited last year. I was in the sixth grade 
when I came and am now in the ninth 

In the years that I have been here I 
have worked in many places such as the 
din'ng ro'^m, sewing room, ofifice, kitchen 
and farm. I liked the farm best of all, 
especially in the middle of the winter. 

For recreation I have played all the 
major sports, such as football, basketball, 
baseball and tennis. I ^'lso h;ive learned t^ 
swim, I have a stamp collection and like 
to listen to the rad'O and watch ttlevisic.n. 
This year I am playing drums iii the band. 

The best fun of all for me is coasting 
and Other snow sports. The front lawn 
slope, and other places are used for skiing. 
We build a toboggan slide also. The 
avenues are used for coasting. 

I will graduate from F. T. S. in 1956. 

Richard B. Pulsifer 

Power House Work 
Last Monday I was assigned Power 
House work. I didn't think I'd like it, 
but now I do. On my first day Mr. Baxter 
helped me and we kept the fires all right 
with the steam pressure as it should be. 
On the second day while I was alone I 
had trouble and the pressure dropped. 
Mr. Baxter worked the rest of the morn- 
ing on the fires showing me again how to 
take care of them. On the next day one 
of the more experienced boys stayed with 
me. Now I can take care of the fires all 

Alexander D. Marinakis 

A Trip to Northern Avenue 
During the hurricane of August 31, 
19.S4, the public landing at City Point 
was demolished. Our boat trips were 
made to City Point when we could tie up 
at the wall, which depended on wind and 
tide. Tt e other trips were made to the 
public landing at the Northern Avenue 
bridge. I will tell you sbrut one trip I 
made to this landing, which is alonj^side 
an auxiliary Coast Guard station. 

We went around the buoy off Casde 
Island and passed Fort Independence and 
saw where Governor's Island used to be 
before it was levelled for the Logan Inter- 
national airport. Further up, as we went 
by the Boston Naval Base we saw many 
aircraft carriers. I hen we could smell 
the fish pier and saw the fishing fleet tied 
up. This fish pier is famous the world 
over. We passed Commonwealth Pier 
also. We saw the Provincetown and 
Nantasket boats lying at their berths. 


On the return trip 
who was pilot, chanced 

Mr. Steinhoff, 
to look out a 
side window and there hardly thirty feet 
away, and coming on our starboard, was 
a battleship. It didn't take us long to 
widen the thirty feet. It was some ex- 
perience to see that battleship so close. 

Stanton H. Pearson 

1954 Varsity Football Schedule 

October 2 

Milton Sophs at F. T. S. 

October 9 

Thayer Acad. 2nds at F. T. S. 

October 16 

Newton Sophs at F. T. S. 

October 23 

Milton Acad. 2nds at F. T. S. 

October 30 
Braintree Frosh at Braintree 

November 6 
Matigon J. V. at F. T. S. 

November 13 
Weymouth Frosh at F. T. S. 

My Vacation 

I went on my summer vacation from 
June 19 until July 5. I spent most of the 
time in Saugus, where I stayed with friends. 
I had a wonderful time. Some of the 
things I did was riding in an outboard 
motor boat, learning to ride a bicycle, 
and going to the movies. 

One of my experiences was learning 
to ride a bicycle. 1 had never ridden one 
before. I borrowed one from a friend. I 
first got on by bracing and supporting my- 
self by a fence. After a few tries I did 
pretty well, and after some more practice 
I could ride as well as any of the other 
boys. I took a bike ride through the 
town, and was glad I knew how to ride. 

Harold L. Spurling 

Life Saving 
This summer I took the course in 
Water Safety and Life Saving. The first 
lesson was land drill, but from the second 
lesson on most of the work was in the 
water. We learned many different holds 
and how to help people who got into 
diflficulty while swimming. Artificial res- 
piration was an important lesson, and 
our teacher, Mr. Thomas, saw to it that 
each of us could do this requirement per- 
fectly. The final test was on a Saturday, 
and I remember it well, because the water 
was very cold. We all passed and are 
now proud to say that we are Junior Life 
Savers, and have the badges awarded by 
the American Red Cross. 

Gary D. Schoonmaker 

Additional Alumni Notes 

Alumnus Joseph L. and Mrs. Pender- 
gast have recently moved into their new 
home which they built just up the street 
from their former residence. The new 
address is 95 Hanscom Avenue, Reading. 

A Quincy Patriot Ledger Reprint 

A-2C Donald S. Duquet, brother of 
Atty. Robert W. Duquet of South Brain 
tree, received his new Air Force rating 
at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississipp 
where he is attending electronics school 

A graduate of Farm and Trades school 
class of 1951, and Braintree High School 
class of 1953, Airman Duquet made his 
home with his sister, Mrs. Elaine Brodie 
of 33 Jersey Avenue, Braintree. He is the 
son of Mrs. Alfred Tolman of Ocean 
Grove, N. J., and the late Asa M. Duquet. 

Airman Duquet is the youngest of five 
brothers: A-IC Asa M. Duquet, Navy 
veteran of World War II, presently sta- 
tioned at Otis Air Force Base, Falmouth; 
Attorney Duquet, Navy veteran of World 
War II, and Richard and Kenneth Duquet 
of Baltimore, Md., Korean war veterans. 


Be mmm Jfssociatlon of CM Tarm ana Crades School 

iN B., "26, Presid 
Newton, Mass. 

iLO S. VIacPhsrson '17, 
Wollaston, Mass. 

John Patterson '43 Vice-President 
W. Medford. Mass, 

William C. Burns, '37, Secret 
No. Wilmington, Mass. 
G. George Larsson, '17, Histo 
Hyde Park.Msss. 

Richard A. Ostrander. '54. work- 
ed this summer at Sandy Island Camp. 
The camp director and his assistant are 
Huntington School staff members. They 
were impressed by our young ilraduate to 
the extent that they planned with Hunt, 
ington officials for him to take competitive 
examinations for a scholarship. As a 
result of the examinations our young 
graduate won a full scholarship for the 
year, with the understanding that good 
work will result in a renewal. Congratu- 
lations to Richard Ostrander for his good 
work of the summer, which in turn led to 
this exceptional educational opportunity 
at Huntington School. 

Harold W. Edwards, TO, is one ot 
many who have written expressing interest 
in the football team, and inquiring about 
the 1954 schedule. We hope he may see 
one of the games this f dl. but he and Mrs. 
Edwards expect to soon depart on a trip 
to California, and he may be unable to be 
here in person, although his thoughts on 
Saturdays will be with the F. T. S. foot- 
hail team. The Edwards live at 2 Edna 
Place, New Rochelle, New York. 

Godfrey Meyer, '97, is often seen 
in Boston's leading music stores. For 
many years Mr. Meyer has operated his 
own metal plating business, and does a 
considerable share of fine plating, espec- 
ially silver, for Boston establishments. He 
has constantly maintained a deep interest 
in the school, and in the 57 years since 
his graduation has noted with great satis- 
faction the steady and gradual growth of 
his Alma Mater. 

Robert R. Kitching, an instructor at 
the School for more than a quarter of a 

century and an honorary member of the 
Alumni Association for many years, re- 
cently made a vacation trip to the West 
Coast. While there he visited WILLIAM 
H. Manson and Harold K. Malm- 
GREN, '39. Both were extremely pleased 
to Wflcome Mr. Kitching to their homes 
where they asked innumerable questions 
about F. T. S. It has been suggested 
that, inasmuch as there are several grat;- 
uates in the West coast area, that an 
informal alumni club be formed there. A 
really wondeiful idea. 

One of our many successful musician- 
graduates, W. Marshall Hall, '27, 
has decided to devote all his time and 
energy to his musical interests and is now 
teachii g and playing full time. He is 
associated with the Hollis Music Company 
of Boston as an instructor and plays pro- 
fessionslly with many prominent Boston 
groups, as well as directing a National 
Guard band Vv'hich has been playing 
weekly radio concerts. His son, Kenneth^ 
plays with the Medford high school band. 
The Halls own their home in Medford, 
at 72 Webster Street, and welcome visits 
from F. T. S. schoolmates. 

James L. Angelos, '49, enjoyed a 
vacation trip by plane to Mexico this 
summer. He had long wished to take his 
mother on a really special excursion, and 
the trip to Mexico was the answer. On a 
recent visit to the School he brought more 
than fifty photographs, in color, showing 
some of the more interesting places he and 
his mother visited. Mexico is a lovely 
country and those who saw the pictures 
made a mental resolution to sometime visit 
that land. 

Vol.58 No. 6 Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. Oct., 1954 

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

Our Plan For Complete Development 

By Headmaster William M. Meacham 

The basic importance of The Farm 
and Trades School lies in the opportunities 
created iiere for the complete living and 
happy development of boys through the 
adolescent ages, from the age of about 
ten, before the youngster starts his all- 
important period of natural growing up 
into manhood, and extending through 
those most critical changing, formative 
years into the early teens. The complete 
life program should be, and here is, built 
around the boy and young man in order 
that his present and future will produce 
for him, his family, his community, 
America and for God's great, good plan 
the fullness and wholesome leadership to 
which mankind was born and is blessed. 
Here is the home school encompassing 
not just the arc of formal education but the 
whole circle of boyhood experience and 

Formal school education today has 
a generally accepted pattern or combi- 
nations of patterns, especially that group 
of courses leading to and through the 
American college. Variationsin thispattern 
are as extensive as the individual school 
systems and the persons directing or 
teaching. The quantity of recorded knowl- 
edge and the possibilities of yet unknown 
facts is so vast as to make it humanly 
impossible for any one person to assimilate 

Special Notice to All Alumni 
The Annual Dinner of the Alumni 
Association will be held on Friday eve- 
ning, November 5, at the Hotel Conti- 
nental, in Cambridge. The Dinner 
Committee has made great plans for the 
evening and every alumnus should make 
every effort to be present. The Hotel 
Continental is one of the finest hotels in 
this area and the graduates are assured a 
most pleasant, wonderful, evening. 

more than a tiny fragment of available 
learning. Our school follows a well recog- 
nized pattern and also rounds out a boy's 
life in every direction. 

The World was given by God and 
mankind has inherited the privilege and 
responsibility of its management. Our 
aim on Earth is to live happily in the 
spiritual, intellectual and material things 
about us, in peace with our neighbors and 
to propagate and develop another gener- 
ation qualified to carry on this great plan 
of life. Wars, crime and other man-made 
infringements constantly beset us. Presi- 
dent Eisenhower is one of the many leaders 
who firmly believes and fervently practices 
Godly religion as the ultimate saving of 
our American way of life, and indeed, of 
the World. General Matthew B. Ridgway 
has said, "But the struggle for freedom is 
never ending. Today we need that same 
Please turn to Page 4 


The Boston Farm School Offering 

Eighth in a series of articles reprinted from paper 
titled as above, Vol. 1, No. 2, May 1859. 


This is the pleasantest of all seasons; 
for then you see the grass just peeping it8 
head above the ground, where it has so 
long been hidden from our sight; and we 
hear the songs of the little birds, after their 
long absence from us in the warmer 

Now the beautiful flowers begin to 
put forth their leaves; and soon they open 
their fragrant blossoms, and fill the air 
with their sweetness. I love to look at the 
first flowers of spring, they are so pretty 
and cunning. 

In spring the earth is clothed in green; 
the trees put forth their leaves. How much 
better the trees and grass now look than 
they did in winter, when they seemed 
dried and withered, and appeared to have 
no life in them! 

In spring we see the litde Iambs frisking 
about in the sunshine, or nibbling the fresh 
green grass. The birds pick up their bills 
full of grass and clay, and build their 
nests, where they lay their eggs and hatch 
their young. 

The trees open their buds and blossoms; 
and soon we see the litde apples, pears, and 
plums, and we think how nice they will 
be when they are ripe. How sweetly the 
air smells when the trees are filled with 
blossoms! What month is so pleasant as 
sweet and sunny May? 

Composed and written by 

Henry W. Dana 
Fa m School. April 20, 1859 Age 11 

A Trip to Maine 
A week after I got out of school I 
went with my mother, father and brother 
on a vacation trip to Maine. We visited 
a friend who has a camp in that state, 
located on a beautiful lake. His son had 

a speed boat with a 25 horse power John- 
son motor. We didn't use this motor very 
often, but instead used his father's five 
horse power motor. One day I was in the 
boat and 1 broke the cotter pin. I saw 
that I would have to row to the camp, but 
found there were no oars. I was stranded. 
Luckily another outboard motorboat came 
along and 1 borrowed a pair of oars. When 
I got back to the camp we fixed the motor. 
I had a good time on that vacation trip to 

William H. Horn 

Milk Tanker Ride 

While I was on my vacation I went 
with my uncle and cousin to Saco, Maine, 
to get a milk tanker, which is a large re- 
frigerated truck used to transport milk. 
We arrived in Saco and had something to 
eat. Then we left for the United Farmers 
milk depot near Boston. We drove for 
fifty miles and stopped for a rest. Later, 
as it began to get dark, my uncle turned 
the lights on. Altogether there were about 
25 lights on the tanker. We arrived at 
our destination in good time and one of 
the men there gave us each a quart of 
chocolate milk. The ride in the milk 
tanker was fun, and I hope I can have 
another such trip soon. 

Richard B. Ayers 

Getting Freight 

I am usually dismissed from class just 
in time to help with the afternoon freight. 
I go to the wharf and soon the Pilgrim 
arrives. If there is freight the boat captain 
signals for the truck. There are enough 
boys to help so that it doesn't take much 
time to load the freight. Sometimes I 
help the mail boy if he has packages to 
take to the office. I like this after school 

James L. Fennessy 


Introducing Myself 
My name is John Stanley Krzyza- 
nowski and I am a new boy here. I was 
born in 1939 in Vilno, Poland. When I 
was four years old my family left Poland 
and went to Germany where I lived for 
seven years, many of them war years. In 
1951 I came to America on a ship from 
Bremen. I was eight days at sea. I went 
through the English channel. I'll never 
forget seeing the Statue of Liberty and 
the great skyscrapers of New York. I 
finally arrived at Baldwinville. Mass., and 
lived there a few months, and then I came 
to Boston, Now I am at Thompson's 
Island in the seventh grade. It is very 
nice here, with football teams, printing 
presses and many other things to enjoy. 
The boys are all friends of mine. 

John S. Krzyzanowski 

Pledge of Allegiance Revised 
Very recently the Pledge of Allegiance 
has been revised. I thought of this as I 
looked at a beautiful colored print of the 
Pledge which is framed and hung in our 
classroom. The two words "Under God" 
have been added, and this week President 
Eisenhower told of the devotion which 
all true Americans have to God. The 
revised Pledge now reads: 

"I pledge allegiance to the Flag of 
the United States of America and to the 
Republic for which it stands, one Nation 
Under God, indivisible, with Liberty and 
Justice for all." 

George D. McPeek 

A Boat Trip 

After hurricane Carol had broken up 
the public landing at City Point some of 
our trips were made to Northern Avenue, 
near South Station. One day I had to 
see Dr. Kennedy and left on the Pilgrim 
at one o'clock. On the way to Northern 
Avenue we passed the Army Base and saw 
a number of ships. The fishing fleet was 

tied up at the fish pier and I never realized 
how many boats were working at this 
business. We got to Northern Ave. and 
I left for the doctor's office. Later that 
afternoon I was at City Point but the boat 
couldn't land anywhere because of the high 
winds, so I went to Northern Avenue and 
the boat met me there. 

Gerald L. Briggs 

Radio Advertisements 

The radio, and television too, are 
very effective advertising media. We all 
know what a "commercial" is, and know 
that it gives us the latest news in clothing, 
food, health, transportation, household 
appliances, and almost every commodity 
which is sold in the country. You and I, 
and practically everyone has benefited 
from radio advertising, without which, it 
is estimated, one fourth of the business- 
man's income would be lost. The big 
corporations especially, find nation-wide 
radio and televison advertising to be a 
necessity. While we may not realize it, 
most of us depend upon these advertising 
"commercials" for ideas on getting things 
we want. 

Richard T. Castonguay 

An Unusual Hobby 

One of my friends has an unusual 
hobby, that of raising snakes. His father 
got him started on this hobby, for on a 
hunting trip he found some and brought 
them home. Both the father and son 
became very much interested and grew 
to like raising the snakes. Personally, I 
don't like this hobby. Every so often I 
visit my friend and watch him care for his 
snakes. He feeds them white mice. He 
has many kinds including some which are 
usually poisonous, but they have been 
taken care of so that they are now non- 

Arthur A. Sprague 


CbORip$on'$ Island Beacon 

Publiihed Monthly by 


Thompson's Island. Boston Harbor 




Vol. 58 No. 6 

October 1954 

Subicription Price 

One Dollar Per Year 


Calvin Page Bartlett, President 
Alfred C. Malm. Vice-President 
Howland S. Warren, Treasurer 
Merton P. Ellis, Secretary 
Bartlett Harwood, Jr., Assistant Secretary 

Term Expires 1954 
Gorham Brooks 
Charles E. Mason 

Donald S. MacPherson 
Philip H. Theopold 

Augustus P. Loring, III 
Robert H. Gardiner 
A. Conrad Ericsson 

Term Expires 1956 
Leverett Saltonstall 
Moses Williams 

William M. Meaohfioi 
George S. Mumford, Jr. 
Frederic Winthrop 
John Lowell 

Edward V. Osberg 

Term Expires 1957 

George P. Denny, M. D. 
Ralph B. Williams 

Thomas Temple Pond 
Mason Sears 

Lawrence Terry 
John Q. Adams 
Alton B. Butler 
Advisory Committee 
N. Penrose Hallowell 
Edwin H. Place, M. D. 
James H. Lowell 

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? 

Continued from Page 1 
spirit of dedication, thatsame faith in God 
and in our country which brought America 
to where it is today. If we can be true to 
this faith, then America can face the future 
with unshakeable strength, sure of itself 
and of its destiny to help in building a 
better world." It is upon this premise 
that the education of youth should and must 
be founded. Our goal continues to be to 
give boys that solid foundation of complete 
development which we would all like for 
our own children. 

The education of the young includes 
everything with which, and every person 
with whom, they come in contact. To 
the extent that the adults provide the good 
factors and relieve them from the unsavory, 
to that extent will a right generation be 
developed. Some comic books are com- 
monly known to be of harmful influence. 
There are other unfavorable influences 
much more harmful in many homes and 
communities. Certainly we should keep 
the bad printed matter away from children, 
but vastly more important, we should 
take youngsters away from those bad 
environments. Boys' Clubs, youth organ- 
izations and summer camps are extremely 
helpful but only partial solutions. The 
home school must go far beyond those 

The home school for normal, well 
adjusted young boys should make maxi- 
mum provision for every facet of develop- 
ment. In studying the scores of factors 
in the operation of the complete home 
school the physical and the mental 
development essentials should be exam- 
ined but even more important, attitudes 
and responsibility, and Godly character 
development should be at the top of the 
list. It is well known in business and 
industry that employee success and failure 
is to a much greater extent dependent upon 
personal attitude than upon technical 


knowledge, abilities and skills. The person- 
al equation is highly essential. The 
character and purposefulness of its gradu- 
ates is the ultimate criteria determining the 
extent of usefulness and quality of the 
home school. 

These factors are important in the 
success of this home school service to youth: 

1. Spiritual 

Adult Example 
Religious Teaching 
Christian Environment 
Church or Chapel Facilities 

2. Attitudes 

Development of Responsibility 

Mail Boy in Town 

Trades, Maintenance, Marine, Farm 

Monitor System 

Assembly and Other Programs 



The Band 

Boy Scouting 

Getting Along With Adults 

Getting Along With Other 

Working Under Direction 
Sampling. Experience, Incentive 

Toward Future 

3. Right Living 

Example of Good Adults 
Example of Other Good 

Contact With Other Good Sports 

Teams and Bands 
Visiting Party Groups 
Visiting Families, Friends 
Away from Debasing Environments, 

Effects of Liquor 
Away from Street Life, City 

Congestion Influences 

4. Good Home Life 

Happy, Complete Living 
Devoted Adults of Good Character 

to Look Up to 
Living With Little Children 
Good, Ample, Well Cooked Food 
Regular, Well Balanced Hours and 


Orderliness and Cleanliness 
Physical Care of Person 

5. Opportunity to Learn About Physical 

Work With Animals and Plant Life 
The Natural Working Laboratory 
Abundant Farm Equipment and 
Mechanical, Electrical, Automotive 
Trees, Shrubbery, Lawns, Flowers, 

6. Appreciation of Art, Natural Beauty, 

This Unique Landscape, Ocean, 

Good, Interesting Reading Material 

in Abundance 
Good, Varied Audio-Visual 

Good Music 
Interesting, Instructive Trips 

7. Continuity of Boys' Life 

Adventure, Scouting, Berrying, 

Swimming, Sports — Intramural, 

Arts, Crafts 

Boys' Club Type Activities 
Abundant Responsibilities 

8. Hobbies, Other Special Interests 

Photography, Collections, Bird 

Electronics, Automotive, Model 

Animal Pets, Flowers, Fishing 
Astronomy, Music, Art 
Indoor Games, Outdoor Games, 

Beach Walks 
Water Sports, Snow Sports 
Writing for Publication 

9. Formal Education 




10. Every good product deserves a good, 
continuous publicity program and 
sales force. Henry Ford, General 
Motors, Father Flannigan, and all 
other highly successful good works 
have recognized and utilized this 
first principle of advancement. 



Topics in Brief 

Hurricanes Edna and Carol caused 
much damage here, as we reported in our 
last issue. We have pretty well cleaned up 
the debris left by these storms, although 
some of the larger trees which were felled 
have not been fully sawed and carted away. 
The removal of the stumps of these trees is 
anotherjob which will take some time, for 
their removal is not an easy nor quick job. 
Everyone has been commended highly 
for the fine spirit and cooperation shown 
in the vast amount of extra work which 
these hurricanes entailed. 

The first Friends' Day of the new 
school year was held on September 17- 
Inasmuch as this was the first opportunity 
for many of the new boys to have guests 
here it was a busy day. The boys' parents 
took the opportunity to meet the instructors 
and learn at first hand how their boys 
were fitting in their new school life. Some- 
one once made the apt and- pleasant 
comment that the pupils and parents 
constituted one large happy family, and 
this is evident on visiting days. One can 
follow easily along through the years also, 
and note the fact that these friendships 
formed here are lasting, as can be noted 
at alumni gatherings, especially on the 
annual Field Day. 

The boys take considerable pleasure in 
decorating their rooms with pictures which 
they frame in our sloyd room. There is 
much excellent work being done there in 
this line, and for pictures, besides those of 
friends and family, the boys often secure 
beautiful colored prints made by the al- 
most unbelievable fine modern processes 
in the graphic arts field. 

There have been some improvements 
made on our outdoor basketball court this 
summer, and the boys have very much 

enjoyed this sport which was made avail- 
able for summertime play only recently. 
Tournaments were held for foul shooting, 
and these matches were very popular. 
There is scarcely a moment when the court 
is not being used by the boys. It is certainly 
a fine addition to our recreation facilities. 

Many of our boys are interested in 
photography, and some have developed 
considerable skill in doing their own photo 
finishing. There is a certain satisfaction 
in tjking good pictures, of course, but the 
real fun is in getting the film in the dark 
room and processing it, eventually coming 
up with pictures which the photograplier 
has completed without assistance. With so 
much activity about us, cameras are seldom 
out of use. and it is not uncommon to 
have photos of school activities in circula- 
tion only hours after the shutter on the 
camera has been snapped. 

Many of the boys take considerable 
pleasure in stamp collecting. This is a 
hobby which is worth while in many ways, 
and one which the boys may continue into 
the adult age. Occasionally some of the 
graduates correspond with our boys who 
collect stamps and help them by supplying 
duplicates from their collections. Many 
newspapers and magazines feature this 
hobby and the boys enjoy reading the 
sections on philately. 

Football season has arrived, and to 
most of the boys this is the favorite time 
of the year. The weekly games are looked 
forward to eagerly, and the competition 
in the intra mural league this year is bound 
to be keen. The school team looks prom- 
ising, and we expect a good record by the 
boys. The varsity will play seven games as 
usual, while the intra mural league teams 
will play at least that many. There will be 
additional games, such as the big Thanks- 
giving Day contests. 


1954 Football Schedule and Scores 

October 2 

Milton Sophs at F. T. S. 

Score: F. T. S. 37 Milton Sophs 7 

October 9 
Thayer Acad. 2nds at F. T. S. 

Sccre: F. T. S. 20 Thayer Acad. 2nds 

October 16 
Newton Sophs at F. T. S. 

Score: F. T. S. 12 Newton Sophs 26 

October 23 
Milton Acad. 2nd8 at F. T. S. 

October 30 
Braintree Frosh at Braintree 

November 6 
Matignon J. V. at F. T. S. 

November 13 
Weymouth Frosh at F. T. S. 

Snatch Ball 

After supper it is daylight for a little 
while and we have been playing Snatch 
Bail, In this game whoever is "It" holds 
a ball while everyone else tries to snatch 
it from him. He prevents this by passing 
the ball to another player. The ball passes 
quickly from one player to another. When 
the ball is dropped that player becomes 
"It" and the game begins again. We always 
have fun playing Snatch Ball. 

Walter C. Grignon 

Night Supervisor 

Every other Saturday night another 
boy and I take the night supervisor's duty. 
Each of us makes four rounds, and visits 
strategically located places once every 
hour, so that if any trouble should develop 
during the night we can quickly notice it. 
We have a watchclock which records the 
exact time of our visit to each place. 
Our last duty is to call any of the boys 
who get up early, such as the milkers and 

power house boy. Loren E. Cain 


None of us will forget the big hurricane 
called Carol. We knew it was coming, 
but certainly we didn't realize how fright- 
ful the winds would be. as they tore across 
the island. It was certainly a big storm, 
and maybe we won't see another like it in 
our lifetime. We had a busy time getting 
ready for the storm, and afterwards it 
took a week to clean up. We aren't finished 
yet, for there are still treestumps to dig up. 

Joseph F. McDonough 

My Vacation 

After Graduation, summer vacation 
started. I went to the farm as often as I 
could. I worked in the vegetable garden 
and on the strawberry patch. In the middle 
of July I went home. My family was 
moving, so for the first two days I helped 
with this job. I went fishing almost every 
day I was home. It rained so much there 
wasn't much else to do. I went to a good 
movie show and saw "Apache." I went 
swimming a few times at Wright's Pond 
and the Cambridge pool. In the evening 
I watched television. I had a good sum mer 

John W. Cronin 


Football is the best liked sport at 
F. T. S. Everyone plnys, and the varsity 
and Crosby league teams play at least one 
game every week. The varsity has had 
good teams year after year. When we 
start each September more than half the 
boys don't know much about the game, 
but Coach Thomas develops a winning 
team every season. In 1952 we were un- 
defeated and in 1953 we only lost one 
game. All of the varsity games are played 
on Saturdays. 

Paul E. Parker 

— It pays to cooperate. Remember 
what happens to the banana when it leaves 
the bunch. It gets skinned! 


Che Jllumni Jlssociatlon of Che farm ana trades School 

Alton B. Butler, '26, President 

Newton, Mass. 
Donald S. MacPherson '17, Treasurer 

WoUaston, Mass. 

John Patterson '43 Vice-President 
W. Medford, Mass. 

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

Edward V. Osberg, '24 recently 
received advancement to superintendent 
of tiie National Polychemicals Company. 
The plant has a 50 acre tract in Wilmington 
and the first building was erected two years 
ago. The second building is well along 
in construction. Mr. Osberg has been a 
member of the School's Board of Trustees 
for the past two years. He and Mrs. Osberg 
were here for the Thayer Academy foot- 
ball game on October 9. 

Fred P. Thayer, '03 has for many 
years been employed as a linotype oper- 
ator for the Boston Globe. He has kept 
in touch with the school and alumni 
association ever since he left the school a 
half century ago. He wrote recently 
wishing the football team a successful 
season. Mr. Thayer lives at 21 Glendale 
Road, Quincy, Mass. 

William T. Warfield, '47 is a 
member of the USAF and his duties have 
taken him from this part of the country. 
Just recently he wrote the news that he is 
now based in Springfield and plans to visit 
us in the near future. He is married and 
the Warfields are making their home at 
152 Locust Street, Holyoke, Mass. 

Herbert E. Gove, '26. has been 
employed by the Schuster Woolen Mills 
in East Douglas, Mass., for the past 25 
years. He is married and has three 
daughters. The Goves own their home 
in East Douglas. 

William L. Littlejohn, '36 is a 
technical sergeant in the USAF. He visited 
us recently and told of his new assignment. 

which will take him to Africa. He is a 
military policeman and has had many 
varied experiences while performing his 
work, including that of being made a 
civilian sheriff in a southern state during 
a time of emergency. When Sergeant 
Litdejohn and his family are located in 
Africa we will be glad to print their address. 

Edward A. Atton, '54, enlisted in 
the U. S. Coast Guard in July. He was 
here for the October 9 football game, and 
said that he enjoyed his Coast Guard 
training, and found little difficulty in 
accustoming himself to service routine. 

George J. Zevitas, '42, has for 
some time now been working in food 
service concerns and looks forward to the 
time when he may operate his own bus- 
iness. He is at present employed in a 
restaurant in Post Office Square, Boston. 
His home address is 2 Hewes St., Roxbury, 

WiNTHROP Davidson, '40, was a 

recent visitor. He has been in the U. S. 
Navy for some years now. His present 
location is U. S. N. C. B. C. Dispensary, 
Davisville, Rhode Island. 

Robert E. Lucien, '49, was a 
member of a National Guard unit when 
it was activated, thus causing him to post- 
pone his formal education. When his 
service period was finished he took up 
his schooling again and prepared for 
college. He is now attending Boston 
University. His address is 34 Pleasant 
View Avenue, Everett, Mass. 

Vol.58 No. 7 Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. Nov., 1954 

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

Boy of the Month 
Stanton Henry Pearson, Boy of 

the Month for October, came to the school 
on January 5, 1953. His home is in 
Stoughton. A member of our freshman 
class, he is IS years old, is a shade over 


Stanton H. Pearson 

six feet in height and weighs 192 pounds. 
As may be inferred, he is one of our bigger 

In his nearly two years with us he has 
had experience working in several depart- 
ments at the school, including dining 
room, kitchen, landscaping, and farm, 
besides helping out part-time in other 
departments. At present he is one of the 
power house boys. His very special interest 
is farm work and landscaping, involving 
a tractor, and in the picture he is seen at 
the controls of the "H" tractor, the largest 
of the three on our farm. 

He plays tuba in the school band, 
takes an active part in class activities and 
may be counted upon to do his share in 
all school functions. He was on the 
junior varsity in football last year, and 
this year is on the varsity. He plays all 
sports, although his favorite is football, 
which he learned to play here. 

Amongthe honors which he hasearned 
are listed a Grew Garden Prize, a major 
athletic trophy, a minor athletic trophy, 
performance with the Band at three school 
music festivals. Star rank in Boy Scouting, 
acting monitor, and a part in the cast of 
a major dramatic presentation. He lives 
in Hayden Dormitory C. 


It was Hallowe'en. Everyone was 
excited! We all went to the gym to get 
ready for the party. We sat in the hay 
that was piled on the floor. There were 
"punkins" all around. The lights were 
decorated, and there was black and orange 
paper everywhere. 

First we had supper. There were 
sandwiches, doughnuts, cider, pickles, 
celery, and "punkin" pie for everyone. 
I had seven cups of cider. I was really 
satisfied when I finally finished the meal. 

Next we had an entertainment. Some 
of the boys had skits, some said poems, 
and some sang a song. I had a poem. It 
was called "Columbus." I made it up. 


The boys that didn't make up a poem 
were given one by Mr. Albee. My poem 
goes like this: 
In fourteen hundred ninety-two, 

Columbus sailed across the blue, 

With the Pinta, the Nina, and the 

Santa Marie, 

He discoved America; YesSiree! 

On Hallowe'en ghost ships appear, 

You'll see them round again this year. 
With two edged swords and armor 
They'll be like phantoms in the night. 

After the entertainment was over, the 
instructors set up the games. There were 
several kinds of games. One game was 
throwing bean bags through holes in a big 
piece of ply wood. There were diflferent 
scores for each hole. We also had bobbing 
for apples. I got two. We had such games 
as ring toss, darts, hammer game, and a 
balloon game. 

Everyone had a wonderful time at the 

Ronald L. Zisk 

Hallowe'en Games 

When the games started at the Hallow- 
e'en party, the first game I went to was the 
hammering game. That game is the one 
with the nail and the hammer. You put 
the nail into a log a little way, then you 
see how many strikes it takes to get it all 
the way into the log. It took me 7 strikes 
to get it in. 

The game I liked best was the dart 
game. I got 185 points. 

I thought it was a nice party. 

Charles J. Brooks 

My Dog 

My dog had an experience a while 
ago which proved to me that he could 
think. He went with me into the shed, 
where he had never before been allowed 

to go. I noticed him quivering as he watch- 
ed a wood bin. Presently a mouse hopped 
in plain sight. Then from the kitchen 
came the faint odor of hamburgs cooking. 
He darted from the shed to the kitchen 
and begged for some hamburg, which he 
got. He then raced back to the shed 
where he ate the meat, at the same time 
keeping on guard for the mouse. 

Richaid T. Gastonguay 

The Boston Farm School Offering 

Ninth in a series of articles reprinted from paper 
titled as above, Vol. 1, No. 2, May 1859. 

The Orphan 

Speak kindly to the Orphan; 

Thus check the falling tear 
Of heart-felt grief and anguish. 

That makes the heart to fear. 

Let sympathetic tones awake 

And early call to life 
In him the higher virtues, — 

A shield from envy's strife. 

Yes, bless the Orphan lonely; 

Nor let the bitter tears 
Of unrequited love bedim 

His young and sinless years. 

Remember, no dear mother's hand 

Is here to watch and guide 
The tender yearnings of his soul 

O'er Life's dark, fitful tide. 

How sad his way, and lonely, 

Bereft of parents dear, 
Unless the hand of tenderness 

Extends, his path to cheer! 

To look above, bid kindly 

The heart's affections warm. 

And learn of Him who holds the power 
The bursting heart to calm. 

V. B. S. 

A Train Ride 
When 1 came to F. T. S. I came by 
train with my mother. Our first stop on 


the Boston & Maine was East Kingston, 
N. H. The next stop was Newburyport, 
Mass. The third and last stop was Salem, 
Mass. There were many interesting sights 
to see along the route. When the train 
arrived in Boston we took a taxi to the 
Public Landing at City Point. 

Richard L. Sawyer 

1954 Football Schedule and Scores 

October 2 
Milton Sophs at F. T. S. 

Score: F. T. S. 37 Milton Sophs 7 

October 9 

Thayer Acad. 2nd8 at F 

Score: F. T. S. 

T. S. 
20 Thayer Acad. 2nds 

October 16 
Newton Sophs at F. T. S. 

Score: F. T. S. 12 Newton Sophs 26 

October 23 
Milton Acad. 2nd8 at F. T. S. 

Score: F. T. S. 20 Milton Acad. 2nd8 

October 30 
Braintree Frosh at Braintree 

Cancelled, Rain 

November 6 
Matignon J. V. at F. T. S. 

Score: F. T. S. 32 Matignon J. V. 14 

November 13 
Weymouth Frosh at F. T. S. 

Score: F. T. S. 26 Weymouth Frosh 6 

My Euphonium 
I play the euphonium in the band. 
This is a double bell instrument, with five 
valves, and is capable of producing both 
the tone of the baritone horn as well as 
that of the trombone. The parts usually 
written for the instrument are harmony, 
obligato and melody. The instrument I 
use is a beauty. It is silver plated, with 
gold bells, and was presented to our band 
by the Rotary Club of Boston in 1947. 

Paul E. Parker 

He Fooled Me 
I would like to know how Mr. 
Cameron did the rope trick. He took the 
rope and cut it, put it back together again. 
Then he made the knot slide back and 
forth. The handkerchief trick was solved 
I thought, because he certainly had 
substitute ones in his little bag. But the 
bag was empty. He cut the handkerchief 
in half, put it together, made it larger, 
then smaller and finally produced it as it 
was loaned him. How did he do it? He 
fooled me, and everyone else, I think. 

William H. Horn 


I came to this School in September and 
tried out for the football team. I began 
practice with the team on the second day 
I was here. Hitting the dummies was fun, 
but the most fun were the scrimmage 
sessions between the first and second teams. 
We learned several plays before our 
opening game with the Milton Sopho- 
mores. We won this game 37-7. Since 
that game we have won four and lost one. 

William E. Stewart 

Our Glass Election 

October 20 was an important day for 
the sophomores, for we held class elections, 
voting by secret ballot. Mr. Rose took 
charge and explained the conduct of the 
election. Nominations were taken for 
each class office, and then the voting 
began. When the ballots were counted 
it was found that Loren E. Cain was 
elected president. Other results of the 
election were: Albert E. Merrill, vice 
president; Albert K. Ellis, secretary; and 
Steven R. Wellington, treasurer. 

Frederick L. Krueger 

How About It? 
The boy who does his best today 
will be a hard man to beat tomorrow. 


CbompsoH's T$latid BeacoR 

Published MoDthly by 


Thompioa's Island, Boston Harbor 




Vol. 58 No. 7 

November 1954 

Subicription Price 

One Dollar Per Year 


Calvin Page Bartlett, President 
Alfred G. Malm. Vice-President 
Howland S. Warren, Treasurer 
Merton P. Ellis, Secretary 
Bartlett Harwood, Jr., Assistant Secretary 

Term Expires 1954 
Gorham Brooks 
Charles E. Mason 

Donald S. MacPherson 
Philip H. Theopold 

Augustus P. Loring, III 
Robert H. Gardiner 
A. Conrad Ericsson 

Term Expires 1956 
Leverett Saltonstall 
Moses Williams 
William M. Meacham 
George S. Mumford, Jr. 
Frederic Winthrop 
John Lowell 

Edward V. Osberg 

Term Expires 1957 
George P. Denny, M. D. 
Ralph B. Williams 

Thomas Temple Pond 
Mason Sears 

Lawrence Terry 
John Q. Adams 
Alton B. Butler 

Advisory Committee 

N, Penrose Hallowell 
Edwin H. Place, M. D. 
James H. Lowell 

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 Beacon is a unique publication 
as a continuous school announcement of 
news and the current issue is number 7 
Vol. 58. No. 1., Vol. 1, was printed in 
May, 1897. This well may be, and almost 
certainly is, the oldest school publication 
in America. With the exception of one 
period we believe the BEACON has been 
going out from our school printing office 
regularly every month since its inception. 
When the present Headmaster came to the 
School in November, 1926 he found that 
the Beacon was behind schedule five 
issues. This was soon brought up to date 
and since that time has been in the mails 
every month as issued. 

The Beacon purports to be a monthly 
publication by and about the boys at the 
School for the boys and their families and 
friends. It is in fact a monthly newspaper 
without paid advertising. The feature 
articles are written by the boys. The 
teachers look over this copy to avoid 
"murdering of the King's English." The 
Alumni supply a page of material about 
the "Old Grads." The Headmaster writes 
an editorial and the Printing Instructor 
actually edits the publication. Approxi- 
mately twenty-five boys perform various 
parts in putting out each monthly issue, 
from gathering news, writing material, 
setting type, making up pages, running 
the press, stitching, cutting the paper, 
operating the addressograph machine and 
taking the finished copies to the Post Office 
in town for mailing. Thus the Beacon 
plays an important part in our plan of 
Boy Development. 

Now we are about to run a new 
feature in the Beacon under the caption 
Boy of the Month. This should be of extra 
value in our program of happy, con- 
structive living, real recognition of special 
effort, and interesting to every reader of 
our superb little paper. 


Topics in Brief 

We had a gala Hallowe'en party on 
the evening of November 1, inasmuch as 
Hallowe'en this year fell on a Sunday. A 
bufifet supper was served in our gymnasium, 
consisting of sandwiches, doughnuts, pick- 
les, cider, pumpkin pie and other Hallow- 
e'en favorites. Following the supper an 
entertainment was given, during which 
most of the boys and some of the instructors 
had a part. Then followed a series of 
games, stunts and contests in which every 
one participated. The festivities took 
nearly three hours, and was without a 
doubt one of the most successful in our 
long series of annual Hallowe'en parties. 

We were treated to an exceptional 
entertainment of magic on Tuesday, 
October 19, when Malcolm E. Cameron, 
'19, father of two of our pupils, came to 
present his well known magic show, Mr. 
Cameron is widely known as one of the 
best professional magicians on the stage 
today, and we marvelled at his skill and 
dexterity, as he completely mystified us. 
He is tops as an entertainer, and fortunately 
has the rare ability to mix humor and 
magic in just the right proportions. We 
thank the Camerons for bringing to us an 
entertainment which we will long re- 
member. Mrs. Cameron had an important 
part in the show. 

Interest in football has been held high 
during the season. The ichool team has 
another highly successful season almost 
completed, and the intra-mural teams are 
having a good weekly schedule of games. 
Many of the graduates, and other friends 
of the school, take the opportunity to 
visit us on football dates, and their interest 
in the team is appreciated. 

Men have been at work recently 
repairing damage to our roofs caused by 

hurricanes Carol and Edna. The work is 
supervised by Howard B. Ellis, '98, who 
has spent a lifetime at this work, and who 
has taken care of our roofs for mote than 
a quarter century. 

Five members of our staff were present 
at the Annual Alumni Dinner, held in 
Cambridge on November 5. The Alumni 
Association is a well-knit organization, 
and those at the school take pleasure in 
being invited to participate in its social 
affairs. This Dinner was a very happy 
event, long to be remembered as out- 

Our winter supply of coal was de- 
livered recently. Workmen trucked the 
coal from the wharf to the Power House 
in a matter of two days. We can recall, 
when, not too many years ago, it took 
nearly two weeks to do the same job, 
using horse-drawn carts. 

The class of 1955 held an election 
recently with the following result: 
Loren E. Cain, President 
Albert E. Merrill, Vice President 
Albert K. Ellis, Secretary 
Steven R. Wellington, Treasurer 

We are indebted to Bob "Big Brother" 
Emery, '12, of WBZ-TV, for a pictorial 
account of Hurricane Carol, as it aflfected 
the broadcasting station. Sixteen large 
photos give a graphic description of the 
damage done. We are glad to have these 
photos to add to our collection of hurri- 
cane pictures. 

It was our privilege to see the motion 
picture "The Story of Colonel Drake" 
on October 23. This is a remarkable 
movie, in technicolor, of one of the great 
industrial achievements in the history of 
our country, that of the drilling of the 
first commercial oil well. 


We recommend this film highly be- 
cause of its story of Americanism, — the 
fact that a man had a dream and the will 
and initiative to make that dream come 
true. America has never lacked for such 
men, and as long as we have freedom to 
invent, explore and compete we shall go 
on building a better, stronger nation. 

A Package From Home 

Every so often each of the boys re- 
ceives a package from home. The oflfice 
instructors notify the boys by putting a 
notice on the bulletin board. After supper 
those who have packages report to the 
office. Before leaving with the package 
a post card must be made out and put in 
the mail so that the package will be 
acknowledged without fail. Then the boy 
goes to his dormitory and looks over what 
is in the packajje. Maybe clothes and 
perhaps some candy and comic books. 
From this you may realize why one de- 
lights in getting a package from home. 

Robert H. Grignon 

Morning Routine 
Each weekday morning we are called 
at 6:15. We have until seven o'clock to get 
ready for breakfast and clean our rooms. 
We have breakfast at seven and return to 
our rooms after the meal. The dormitory 
supervisor comes through each room 
checking it, and after room inspection we 
go to our classes. It is a busy time, even 
though it is the first hour of the day. 

Daniel W. Dockbam 

Quite a Dog 
One day last summer a little brown 
puppy dog was found soaking wet near 
the east side of the island. No one saw 
how the puppy got there, but it must have 
had a long swim. Mrs. Burckes saw the 
puppy and it wagged its tail so that it 
seemed as though it might fly ofT. Both 
Mr. and Mrs. Burckes tried to discover 

who owned the puppy, but were not 
successful. The puppy was adopted by 
them. Ithasanappropiate name, "Gypsy", 
and is a favorite of everybody here. 

The puppy has learned how to hunt 
pheasants, and when Mr. Burckes goes 
hunting she helps him. When duck season 
starts Mr. Burckes hopes that Gypsy will 
develop into a real good bird dog. I 
don't know her breed, but I think that 
Gypsy could be called an All-American 

There are several other dogs at the 
school, and all of them are friendly and 
are good pets. 

Alexander D. Marinakis 

Bobbing for Apples 
We had many games to play at 
Hallowe'en and some stunts. The one 
which most of the boys liked best was 
Bobbing for Apples. There was a huge 
tub almost filled with water, and several 
apples floating in the water. I think that 
all who tried got an apple. I had two 
turns and got two apples. Some really 
got wet, too. But it was a lot of fun 

George E. Hodson 

Origin of Football 
Have you ever wondered how the 
game of football came about? About900 
years ago some English boys were playing 
on a beach when one of them turned up 
a human skull. Because it was thought to 
be the skull of a Dane the boys began 
kicking it. Soon sides were chosen and 
goals set up. Each team tried to kick the 
skull by the other team's goal. The idea 
of the game has never changed. Each 
team wants to gain ground. Football 
today is like a war almost. A team can 
take to the air, or stay on the ground. If 
one studies and watches the game he can 
become an expert at following the plays. 

Harold L. Spurling 


Campus Work 

Each morning I report to the super- 
visor after breakfast. My first job is to 
put the Flag up. Then I clean the 
basement in C Building. The rest of the 
time I spend in doing important jobs 
which need to be done. During the 
summer I took care of the flower gardens, 
mowed lawns, trimmed hedges, kept the 
tennis court and other play areas in good 
condition and did many other jobs. This 
fall I have helped take care of the football 
equipment. I have worked on the field 
some days. Each Monday morning I 
take the football players' towels, socks 
and whatever else is to be washed to the 
laundry. I like my job very much because 
the work is different day by day. 

Daniel W. Dockham 

Alumni News and Comments 

Eliot Bernard, '38, we regret to 
announce, passed away on September 29, 
1954, at the Veterans' Hospital at White 
River Junction, Vermont. He had been in 
ill health for three years, and had been in 
the hospital several times for treatment of 
a rheumatic heart. He is survived by Mrs. 
Bernard and three children, the oldest 
eight years and the youngest three months 

In a letter to us his mother writes that 
Eliot often expressed the desire to visit the 
School but his time was limited to week 
ends, and his home and work kept him 
confined to Springfield and Rutland, 

The sympathy of the Alumni Associ- 
ation, and indeed everyone connected 
with our School, is extended the family. 

LiNWOOD L. Meacham, '41, has 
just been elected to membership in the 
Boston Rotary Club. His Rotary clasiifi- 
cation is Life Insurance Broker. This 
means in Rotary that as the Manager of 

the Life Insurance Department of the 
General Insurance Company of Patterson, 
Wylde and Windeler Lin is the one 
member representing that branch of busi- 
ness in the Boston Rotary Club of over 400 
members. His father. Headmaster William 
M. Meacham. has held the classification 
of Education Trade Schools for 25 years 
in Boston Rotary and is a Past President 
of the club. 

Robert W. Sanborn, '50, left 
September 17 on the USS United States 
for London. He soon began his college 
work at the famous University College 
of the University of London. His courses 
include psychology, epistemology, meta- 
physics and social anthropology. We hope 
to have a letter from him soon telling of 
his college and social life in London. All 
we know at the moment is that he is "lo- 
cated in a flat with two chaps and is still in 
a fog." 

The Annual Dinner 

The Annual Dinner of the Alumni 
Association took place on Friday evening, 
November 5, at the Hotel Continental in 
Cambridge. Nearly one hundred were 

Alton B. Bulter, '26, President of the 
Association, was Toastmaster. Previous 
to the Dinner he headed the very efficient 
committee which planned the event. 

It was a pleasure of the Association to 
have several guests present. These included 
the treasurer of the School, Howland S. 
Warren, Dr. Arthur Miller and two mem- 
bers of his staff. 

Three Honorary members of the Asso- 
ciation were present. They were William 
M. Meacham, Headmaster, and B. Y. 
Kihlstrom and Robert R. Kitching, long- 
time instructors at the School. 

Several who graduated nearly sixty 
years ago were present, and they added 


Che JHumni Jlssociatioa of Che Tarro and Crades School 

John Patterson '43 President 

W. Medford, Mas*. 
OoNALD S. MacPherson '17, Treasurer 
Wollaston, Mass. 

William C. Burns. '37, Vice-Presi 
No. Wilrainiton, Mass. 

George O. Poole '27, Secretary 
Medford, Mass. 
G, George Larsson, '17, Historian 
Hyde Parlt.Mass. 

Continued from the preceding page 

an inspirational tone, for it is certainly 
true that the "old-timers" are the back- 
bone of the Association. It was most 
gratifying to have the older boys with us. 
Eighteen of those present represented 
the classes of 1953 and 1954. Each of 
these was introduced. We may have no 
fears as to the future growth of the Alumni 
Association when such outstanding young 
men seek admission year after year. They 
were happily accepted intothe Association. 
We hope to have them in attendance at 
every Alumni gathering, and may each 
be active workers for the Association and 
F. T. S. 

Mark C. Baird, who has been in 
charge of the School farm for nearly three 
decades, was enthusiastically voted Hon- 
orary Membership in the Alumni Asso- 
ciation. Mr. Baird counts as friends most 
of our Alumni membership and it is a 
distinct privilege to have him listed as a 
brother alumnus. 

Speakers at the Dinner included 
Headmaster Meacham, who spoke of 
current happenings, all of which vitally 
interested t h e graduates. The School 
treasurer, Mr. Warren, brought greetings 
from the Trustees and told of his long 
interest in the School. Dr. Miller sooke 
of the study being made at the School by 
his committee. Edward V. Osberg, '24, 
who had much to do with the preliminary 
plans for the Dinner and who worked 
hard to make the party such a grand 
success, was introduced and spoke of the 
good work the School is doing and has 
done for 140 years. Raymond Thomas, 
'26, coach at the School spoke briefly 
thanking the graduates for their financial 

support of the extensive athletic program. 
The report of the Secretary, William 
C. Burns, '37, was read. Mr. Burns was 
given a vote of thanks for his good work 
as secretary from which position he is 
retiring to become Vice President. The 
newly elected president is John Patterson, 
'43, and George O. Poole, '27, will be 
the new secretary. 

G. George Larsson, '17, who has 
been Historian of the Alumni for decades, 
gave his usual excellent report. We all 
appreciate the loyalty and deep interest 
which Mr. Larsson has shown our Associ- 

Donald S. MacPherson, '17, our 
treasurer, gave a complete resume of the 
Association funds and commented briefly 
on each. Those who have promoted the 
Richard Bell Fund over the years were 
gratified to learn that this fund continues 
its steady growth. 

Clifton E. Albee, '21, introduced the 
newly elected members of the Alumni 
and took considerable pleasure in so doing. 
He also introduced Attorney Robert S. 
Duquet, '43, who only recently became 
admitted to the Massachusetts Bar. 

The School movies, taken by WBZ- 
TV technicians under the direction of 
Bob Emery, '12, last June were shown. 
To many, these films were the highlight 
of the evening. 

The Dinner menu was excellent and 
the hotel management cooperated in 
every way to insure the comfort of our 
members, for which we are appreciative. 
The Association owes a vote of thanks, 
too, of course, to the Committee which 
planned the very happy and successful 

Vol 58 No. 8 Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. Dec, 1954 

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

Boy of the Month 
George Edward Hodson, Boy of 
the Month, came to the School last Sep- 
tember 6, and is a member of our sixth 
grade. He is eleven years old, weighs 88 
pounds and is nearly five feet tall. One 

George E. Hodson 

of our younger and smaller boys, his in- 
terest and diligence, together with a keen 
sense of humor and sparkling personality, 
have earned for him the admiration and 
respect of his schoolmates. His home is 
in West Mansfield. 

Although he has been with us for only 
three months he has already had ex- 
perience working in three departments, 
namely the dining room, poultry, and 
farm. He likes to drive the horses and take 
care of the chickens. His life ambition is 
to become an Inspector for the U. S. 

Department of Agriculture, and thus he 
tikes special interest in farm work. He 
is pictured on "Blackie," one of our two 
horses, and a favorite of all the boys. 
George and "Blackie" have done many 
jobs together. 

George plays guard and substitute 
back on one of the intramural football 
teams. He likes all sports, especially 
football, basketball and swimming. He is 
■A member of the Bible Club, and only 
recently passed his Boy Scout Tenderfoot 
tests. He is a good singer, and is learning 
to play trumpet. He lives in Hayden 
Dormitory A. 

The Boston Farm School Oflfering 

Tenth in a series of articles reprinted from paper 
titled as above, Vol. 1, No. 2, May 1859. 

No one could have a more valuable 
present than a good education. I cannot 
see why every man, who thinks of the 
bene^ts of a good education, does not try 
hard to attain it. If a boy will attend 
school and to his studies, and not play 
truant, when he becomes a man he will 
live a better life than a man who has little 
or no education. I have seen men loafing 
about the streets with old pipes in their 
mouths, and unable to get any thing to do 
to support their families. Such men gener- 
ally goto the poorhouse. 


If a man wants to get a place in an 
office or in a bank, he must have a good 
education, or else he cannot get the situ- 
ation. Can an ignorant man get a vote 
for any office of his state, or can he, be 
elected as a Senator to Congress? No; 
the educated men are the ones who are 
wanted to fill the important offices of the 
State, not the ignorant men. 

Composed and written by 

Edward Finnegan 
Farm School. April 20, 1859 Age 13 

Intramural Champions 

The champion football team of the 
intramural league was Georgia Tech, 
captained by Steven R. Wellington, the 
right halfback of the team. The players 
on Georgia Tech were: 

Donald J. Oke, re 

Howard E. Murphy, rt 

James L. Fennessy, rg 

Paul G. Johnston, c 

John Krzyzanowski, Ig 

William H. Horn, It 

David L. Stewart, le 

Carl H. Fletcher, qb 

John W. Cronin, Ihb 

Steven R. Wellington, rhb 

Gary D. Schoonmaker, fb 

Basil T. Veglas 

Donald E. Robicheau 

George D. McPeek 

Richard B. Ayers 

The Lion and Big John 
At our Hallowe'en we had a play 
named "Lion Tamer Wanted." There 
was a sign which announced the play 
tacked on the front of the screen. John 
(Big John) Krzyzanowski came on the 
stage and sought the lion tamer job. There 
were shrieks and moans and Big John's 
clothes were seen being thrown from the 
lion's cage. Soon everyone could see that 

Big John wouldn't be a good lion tamer. 
Richard Sawyer came by and saw the 
sign. "Just the job for me," he said. He 
went boldly into the lion's cage and 
subdued the wild beast. The lion was 
played by Joel Robbins. It was a very 
funny play. 

Willard J. Boulter 

Honor Roll — Fall Term 

The highest academic averages in each class group 
Sophomore Class 

Albert E. Merrill 

Loren E. Cain 

Richard T. Castonguay 

Carleton G. Skinner 

Freshman Class 

Carl H. Fletcher 
James P. LaGrassa 
Eighth Grade Division A 

Robert H. Grignon 
Malcolm E. Cameron, Jr. 

Eighth Grade Division B 

James A. Clough 
Thomas C. Cronin 

Seventh Grade 

Walter E. Grignon, Jr. 
George D. McPeek 

Sixth Grade 

John D. Cameron 
Ronald L. Zisk 

Best Citizenship 

A" Rank general conduct and effort 
in each class group 

Sophomore Class 

Gerald L. Briggs 

Loren E. Cain 

Richard T. Castonguay 

Albert K. Ellis 

William F. James 

John E. Lennon 

Albert E. Merrill 

Paul E. Parker 

Gary D. Schoonmaker 

Chester G, Searles 


Carleton G. Skinner 

Arthur A. Sprague 

Harold L. Spurling 

Steven R. Wellington 

Freshman Class 

Daniel W. Dockham 

Larry E. Garside 

Alexander D. Marinakis 

Howard E. Murphy, II 

Stanton E. Pearson 

Eighth Grade Division B 

Donald J. Oke 

Ronald A. Oke 

James A. Clough 

Seventh Grade 

James L. Fennessy 

Sixth Grade 

John D, Cameron 

George E. Hodson 

Ronald L. Zisk 

Vacation Fun 
Last summer I spent my vacation at 
Martha's Vineyard. During the first week 
1 went swimming and fishing. I visited 
my brother over the weekend at a small 
place at the northern end of the island. 
He and I went spear fishing. We had a 
good time. When we were getting ready 
for bed that night a friend of my brother 
came to the house and showed us what he 
had caught. It was an ocean bass weighing 
47 pounds. What a beauty! 

Barry R. Fuller 

Glass Meetings 
We have recently elected the class 
ofificers of the Class of 1955. Mr. Rose 
gave us instructions as to parliamentary 
procedures and we conduct our meetings 
in strict accordance with the rules. In 
our class a majority on a quorum consisting 
of twelve is needed to pass any action. 
The class president presides at all meetings, 
and does not vote unless his vote is needed 
to decide a tie. 

We have four class officers, the pres- 
ident; vice president, who takes the chair 
in the absence of the president; the treas- 
urer who records the financial business of 
the class, and the secretary who keeps a 
record of all class meetings and reports on 

Loren E. Cain 

A Plane Trip 
Before I came here I lived in Denver. 
My mother and I came to Boston by train 
to visit relatives. I went back home to 
Denver by plane, and my mother stayed 
in Boston. It was a very interesting flight. 
While I was on the plane I met a man 
who lived in Denver. I found out that 
he worked for the same company as my 
father. He got oflf the plane at St. Louis 
and I went the rest of the way to Denver 
without his companionship. 

George D. McPeek 

I have an ambition, that of becoming 
a magician. My father has been a pro- 
fessional magician for many years and has 
travelled all over the Eastern United States 
with his act. He has bought me the equip- 
ment that I need in getting started. The 
first show I gave went off all right, but I 
was very nervous. Later I performed at the 
Brockton Fair before 200 people and was 
entirely free of stage fright. 

Malcolm E. Cameron, Jr. 

Warning— Don'/ Gossip 

A man's reputation is not in his own 
keeping, but is at the mercy of the tongues 
of others. The throwing out of malicious 
lies against anyone leaves a stain which no 
after-refutation can wipe out. To create 
an unfavorable impression, it is not nec- 
essary that certain things be true, but that 
they have been said. — SELECTED 


CDompson's Island Beacon 

Published Monthly by 


Thompsoa's Island, Boston Harbor 




Vol. 58 No. 8 

December 1954 

Subicription Price 

One Dollar Per Year 


Calvin Page Bartlett, President 
Alfred C. Malm. Vice-President 
Howland S. Warren, Treasurer 
Merton P. Ellis, Secretary 
Bartlett Harwood, Jr., Assistant Secretary 

Terra Expires 1954 

Gorham Brooks 
Charles E. Mason 

Dona>ld S. MacPherson 
Philip H. Theopold 

Augustus P. Loring, III 
Robert H. Gardiner 
A. Conrad Ericsson 

Term Expires 1956 

Leverett Saltonstall 
Moses Williams 

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

Edward V. Osberg 

Term Expires 1957 

George P. Denny, M. D. 
Ralph B. Williams 

Thomas Temple Pond 
Mason Sears 

Lawrence Terry 
John Q. Adams 
Alton B. Butter 
Advisory Committee 
N. Penrose Hallowell 
Edwin H. Place, M. D. 
James H. Lowell 

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? 

We believe that "character" is the 
quality of human life so akin to Godliness 
as to be the key note of successful, happy 
living, not only in each of our own little 
orbs but throughout the world. 

The question is sometimes asked why 
we use the phrase, "A Private School for 
Boys of Excellent Character." There are 
two reasons. One is that "character" is 
the quality around which our whole pro- 
gram is built. Secondly, and we must face 
the fact, many of the uninformed public 
hesitate to consider our school for their 
boys or recommend the School to their 
friends because they have heard it as a State 
School for wayward boys, in words spo- 
ken all too often, "a reform school." 

The nearest answers to these extremely 
detrimental impressions from literally 
thousands of people are: 

1. There was a school for delinquent 
boys on Rainsford Island about fifteeen 
years. That school in recent years be- 
came unsuccessful and was abandoned. 

2. Our school has never had a real 
publicity department so it is assumed there 
must be some reason for keeping it quiet. 

Parents of prospective candidates for 
admission call the school, and say, "I 
just heard that The Farm and Trades 
School is a school for good boys. I always 
supposed it was a place for bad boys. My 
boy is a good boy and I don't want him to 
go to a school for bad boys." 

We recendy read the following quo- 
tation which is definitely common knowl- 
edge among all employers: "The most 
important quahty in an employee is not 
skill; it is character. A man of good char- 
acter can acquire a skill; a man without 
character rarely becomes a desirable and 
profitable employee in a legitimate busi- 


Topics in Brief 

Thanksgiving Day was a glorious 
holiday. The Feast was all one could 
desire, and we are sure that even our 
youngest boys realized the religious sig- 
nificance which has marked every Thanks- 
giving since the early days of our nation's 
history. Our tables were bountifully 
ladened with the traditional roast turkey, 
surrounded by a variety of vegetables, 
fruits and candies. 

In the morning the younger boys 
played football. The weather conditions 
did not permit using the football field for 
the game, and the boys played on a sub- 
stitute area. This Army-Navy game was 
hard fought and resulted in a 6-0 victory 
for Navy, captained by Robert Grignon. 
Fred Krueger led the Army team. 

The big game of the season, Harvard- 
Yale, was postponed until the following 
weekend. This was a thriller, and one of 
the best games we have had atthe Thanks- 
giving season. Arthur Sprague led the 
Harvard team to a 15-12 victory over 
Yale, captained by Albert Merrill. It was 
either team's game until the last quarter 
when Harvard gained a slim lead and 
held on until the final whistle. 

A fine motion picture was shown in 
the evening, closing a busy and happy 

Our band director, Frank L. Warren, 
was injured in an automobile accident 
early in November, but is now happily 
on the road to a complete recovery. The 
Band will play two concerts soon, one for 
the Baptist Social Union on December 6 
and again on the eighth, when the boys will 
participate in Boston's famous Christmas 
Festival on Boston Common. We will 
report on these concerts in our next issue. 

The football season is drawing to a 
close, and basketball will soon take over 

as King of the winter sports. The gym- 
nasium floor has been varnished, the 
basketball court relined and a few minor 
repairs made so that the hall is in good 
condition for another of our always vigor- 
ous, exciting and interesting basketball 

The fall term of school ended on 
November 18, and examinations were 
held on the following four school days. 
The winter term commenced on Monday. 
November 29. 

Christmas is a busy season here, and 
there is a general tone of excitement, 
gayety and surprise, intermixed with the 
work of rehearsals for the Christmas 
religious drama, choir practice for the 
concert, addressing cards, going in town 
for shopping trips and the other hundred 
and one busy things associated with the 
season. It is certainly a joyful time. Truly, 
memories of a Thompson's Island yuletide 
are life lasting. 

We had another in a long list of top 
notch football seasons again this year. Of 
the six games which the varsity played the 
team won five and lost one. A seventh 
game was cancelled because of rain. The 
younger boys on the intra mural teams 
likewise had a good season, playing their 
weekly schedule of games. Our facilities 
for playing this sport are admirable, and 
the teams are furnished with excellent 
equipment, and, of course proper super- 
vision and coaching under the direction 
of our coach, Raymond Thomas. 

It was our pleasure to have an out- 
standing motion picture on November 27. 
Victor Hugo's masterpiece, "Les Miser- 
ables", as brought to the screen, received 
the highest endorsement from Parent's 
Magazine, a prime reason for its listing 
on our weekly film programs. 


This film is historically highly accurate, 
and the mode of living in those times, to- 
gether with the costuming and, of course, 
a fine cast, made the film outstanding. 

The picture gives a good description 
of the social system of the 19th Century 
France, when private property was re- 
spected above human needs and law above 
justice. The film was powerful and under- 
standing, and very much worth while. 

A Reprint 

From the Brockton Enterprize, Nov. 16, 1954 

Three Brockton boys are members 
of the Farm and Trades School football 
team of Boston, which completed a success- 
ful season Saturday afternoon by defeating 
Weymouth Freshmen. 25-6. 

They are Loren E. Cain, 15-year 
old son of Mrs. Helen Cain, 51 West 
Rosseter street, who has played with the 
team five years; Joel Robbins, 14-year 
old son of Mrs. Chester Robbins, 634 
Montello street and Bill Stewart, 14, son 
of Mrs. Ethel Stewart, 11 Tribou street. 

Cain was the starting right guard on 
the team which sustained only one defeat 
while winning five. All of the club's 
victories were achieved by one-sided 

A member of the school's graduating 
class, Cain joined the team when 10 years 
old and was one of the youngest players 
ever to see football action at the school. 
An all-round athlete, he has starred in 
swimming, teinis, track and basketball. 
When not competing in sports, Loren 
plays trumpet on the school's renowned 
band, which is the oldeijt boys' school 
band in thf country. 

Cain has been a regular lineman the 
past four years and played a key role as 
the team compiled an undefeated record 
in 1952. Loren'sbrother, Bob, graduated 
in 1953. 

Robbins and Stewart are attending 
the school for their first year. Both were 
reserve linemen who played every game. 

Farm and Trade is a year-round 
private school for boys of unblemished 
character. The school has an enrollment 
of 65 boys from New England and New 
York. They get a college preparatory 
training plus practical and theoretical 
knowledge of some trade. 

The football team, which often ranks 
among the best Class D schools in the 
state despite its small enrollment, plays 
second teams of high school varsity 

Reading Classes 

Those of us who are slow readers are 
being given extra help. We have books 
which are made up so that the reading 
speed and comprehension of the reader 
are determined. After a winter of this extra 
help we slow readers should be able to read 
at an average speed, and be able to 
remember what we read. 

In the lower grades, if a pupil reads 
slowly he holds the class back, and most 
always the teacher skips by him and lets 
the better readers do most of the work. 
The slow reader doesn't get much help. 
He doesn't improve. A slow reader also 
takes so long to do his home work that he 
doesn't have much time for recreation. 

We are glad that we can have this 
help, and our teacher has told us that 
reading speed and ability can be devel- 
oped through study. We hope to become 
good readers. 

Larry E. Garside 

How Did He Do It? 

Mai Cameron, one of onr graduates, 
came down and gave us a good magic 
show. He did a lot of tricks. The one 
which baffled me the most was one he did 
with jewelry. He borrowed three rings 


from the instructors and asked Christopher 
Routenberg to help him do the trick. Mr. 
Cameron first put the rings in a handker- 
chief and asked Chris to drop them into 
a glass which had some water and magic 
powder in it. What do you suppose 
happened to the rings? They disappeared! 
But Mr, Cameron found them, each one 
securely locked in a set of strong boxes. 
The owners were glad to get their rings 
back, and each ring had a rose attached 
to it. I liked all the tricks but best of all 

I liked this ring trick. Richard L. Sawyer 


One of the departments I wanted to 
work in is the Printing Office. On Labor 
Day evening there was an Assembly, at 
which time Mr. Meacham announced the 
department work for the new school year. 
To my surprise and happiness he read my 
name as that of a printing office boy. 

My work consists of setting type, and 
many kinds of jobs are done in the 
printing office. I learn how to feed presses, 
operate the paper cutter and stitching 
machine. I help the printing instructor 
with the lessons for the sixth and seventh 
graders who come in the printing office 
each day. 

The big job which we do is the 
Beacon. We get each issue out on time 
and we concentrate on the paper if it seems 
as though we may be late. This is the 
58th year that the school paper has been 

Another job I have is to see that the 
printing office is clean and neat, for we 
always want to be ready to receive vistors. 

Steven R. Wellington 

Paint Shop Work 

I have been working in the paint shop 

since September and I like it very much. 

Our instructor has taught us many things 

such as how to mix putty, set glass, and, 

of course, how to paint. We have accom- 
plished very much, I think, in the short 
time I have been a member of the paint 
shop crew. We have finished a room in 
the main building and are now redecora- 
ting the dining room. I have found out 
that I can do many things that 1 never 
thought I could learn to do. I wouldn't 
trade my job for any job here. 

Gary D. Schoonmaker 

Wreckage Hunting 

As you know, we have had some 
violent storms this season. After each 
storm there are unusual and interesting 
things to be found on the beach. One 
day I went with a friend to see what we 
could find. We took our cameras and got 
several good pictures. There were parts 
of several small boats washed high on the 
beach, and on a plank we could easily see 
the name of a once-proud crnft. Almost 
all of the wreckage was the result, 1 think, 
of the two hurricanes. My friend and I 
had a pleasant hike, and returned to the 
dormitory in time for supper. 

Carleton G. Skinner 

Additional Alumni Notes 
Clyde W. Albee '33, has built 
many outstanding exhibits for the Boston 
Museum of Science, where he is chief 
carpenter. This fall an unusual piece of 
his work has attracted wide attention. 
This is a bee hive with plate glass windows, 
so that visitors can observe these remark- 
ably efficient insects in action, — building 
honeycombs, rearing young, returning 
from flights to the Public Gardens, and 
their other marvelous life actions. Tlie 
observer can learn much from this exhibit, 
such as the identity of the queen bee and 
her function, and likewise of the workers 
and drones. 

Our readers, who have not seen this 
bee colony at work, will find a trip to 
Science Park of tremendous interest. 


Che n\mti\ }l$$odatio« of Cbe Tarni and Crades School 

John PaTTERSOV '43 Preaidem 

W. Medford, Mass. 
t>3l*ALD S. MacPhersoN 'IV. Treaau 
Wollaston, M»»». 

Archie V. N. Beeman. '24, wiih 
Mrs. Beeman and five of their six children, 
visited the School on November 26. It 
was a pleasure to renew friendships once 
again v^ith Mr. and Mrs. Beeman. Mr. 
Beeman has been a subscriber to the 
Beacon, and has held a deep interest in 
every phase of his alma mater, through 
the years, even though his family and 
business have kept him pretty close to 
home, and restricted visits to F. T. S. 

After leaving F. T. S. in 1924 he 
made his home in Philadelphia, and 
entered the electrical trade. Later he 
formed a partnership and opened a an. all 
shop. Tnen he decided to go into business 
for himself and the Beeman Electric Motor 
Company was born. By hard work the 
company prospered and today he employs 
eleven workers. The shop is located at 
211 North 3rd Street, in Philadelphia. 

Mr. and Mrs. Beeman are the proud 
parents of six wonderful children, five of 
whom were here for the visit. The oldest, 
Joseph, 16, is a member of theFrankford 
high school football team in Philadelphia 
and stayed home to play in an all im- 
portant late season championship game. 
Those who were here were Dorothy 15, 
Theodore 14, Katherine 13, John 12, and 
Betsy 11. 

Our readers may correctly surmise 
that the Beemans are pretty busy with 
family life. Yet Mr. Beeman has found 
time to be active in the Masonic Lodge, 
is a committeeman in the local Boy Scout 
Troop, and a Deacon in the Heidelberg 
Evangelical Church. We neglected to 
ask Mrs. Beeman her personal interests, 
outside of her family, but are quite sure 

I C. Burns. '37, Vice-Pr 
No. Wilrain<ton, \4as«. 

George O. P.>0LE '27, Secretary 
Medford. Mass. 
G. George Larsson, '17, Historian 
Hyde Park, Mass. 

she is an active worker in school and 
church activities. 

We were glad to have the Beemans 
visit us. It was a pleasure which we hope 
will be repented before too great a time 
has elapsed! 

The Beeman home is at 6116 Bingham 
St., Pniladelphia, Pennsylvania. 

Theodore L. Jones, '50, is hard at 
work at the Lackland A. F. B. doing 
preparatory work which will equip him to 
become a Cadet in the newly authorized 
Air Force Academy. He writes that it is 
expected that one half of those accepted 
will be dropped, nnd he doesn't intend to 
be included in that category. 

He writes that the living accommo- 
dations are excellent and the food of the 
highest quality. He is quartered with two 
boys from the South in a dormitory quite 
like those at F. T. S. 

He has been at the air force base now 
for nearly a month and is undergoing 
exactly the same basic training which all 
air force enlistees receive. He expects 
this basic training to be entirely to his 
advantage when actual training as a Cadet 
begins. He is a busy young man. 

He would be glad to hear from his 
Thompson's Island friends. His address 
is Theodore L. Jones, AF 11293489, 
Flight 1142, P. O. B. 1524, Lackland 
Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. 

George O. Poole, '27, alumni 
secretary, is about to prepare an accurate 
mailing list of all alumni. If you know of 
graduates whose addresses are not on the 
alumni list, won't you kindly send this 
information to your secretary, whose 
address is 73A Lawrence Street, Medford. 

Vol.58 No. 9 Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. Jan., 1955 

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

Boy of the Month 
Howard Elvin Murphy, II, Boy 
of the Month, came to the School in 
September, 1952. He is sixteen years of 
age, weighs 145 pounds and is 5 feet, 8^ 
inches tall. He is a member of our fresh- 
man class, and lives in Scituate. 

Howard E. Murphy, II 

In the two and a half years he has been 
a student here he has had a wide variety 
of experiences in many departments, 
including the kitchen, dining room, 
dormitory, maintenance, laundry, boat 
and farm. On occasions he has substituted 
for the night supervisor, an extremely 
responsible assignment which he has 
handled well. As may be seen, he has 
had a generous sampling of many work 

experiences and he prefers the farm work 
to that of any other department. He 
plans to attend higher schools and major 
in animal husbandry. 

He is one of a group of student 
librarians and enjoys this work thoroughly. 
Books are a hobby with him. He is 
treasurer of his class and has a reputation 
of being ready and willing to do more 
than his share in class and general school 

He has played on the intramural 
teams in both softball and football. In the 
1954 football season he was a valuable 
lineman on the champion team. 

He had the honor of being one of 30 
winners from this area in the WBZ-TV 
"Big Brother" Bob Emery contest held 
last June. The group enjoyed a historical 
excursion to Washington, D. C. by air. 

He lives in Hayden Dormitory B, and 
since last September has been one of the 
four monitors in that dormitory. 

The Boston Farm School Offering 

Eleventh in a series of articles reprinted from paper 
titled ai above. Vol. 1, No. 2, May 1859. 

Rum and Tobacco 
Rum is a very bad enemy to man. It 
does no good, but it does much harm to 
every one who drinks it; but it weakens 
the flesh, and hurts the mind; and it makes 
the one who drinks it almost crazy. A 
good man or boy will not drink rum for 
it is not good to drink. 


I have agreed not to drink rum or 
any other liquor; and I will stick to my 
promise as long as I live, and then I shall 
be a temperance-man if 1 live long enough. 

Many who drink rum will chew 
tobacco; and all but those who love 
tobacco will say that it is a filthy weed. 

I hope the time will soon come when 
every one who drinks rum will turn aside, 
and say, "No: I will not be a drunkard 
any longer; but I will be a temperance 
man." I would advise all boys to be 

Composed and written by 

T. J. M'Namee 
Farm School. April 20. 1859 Age II 


The continent of Australia is nearly 
three million miles in area. It is slightly 
smaller than the land area of the United 
States, so you see it is a big country. The 
capital city is Canberra, and visitors are 
sometimes amazed to find it so like our 
own national capital of Washington. A 
big industry in Australia is agriculture. 

There are many strange little animals 
on the continent, such as platypuses, kan- 
garoos and Koala bears. Some unusual, 
and native birds are the lyrebirds, emus, 
and the kookaburras. 

George E. Hodson 

Spelling Lessons 
We have a spelling work book for 
each boy in the seventh grade. Each week 
we have a new list of words to master. On 
Monday we copy the new words and on 
Tuesday we study them, and learn the 
meaning of each word. On Wednesday 
we have a spelling test and on Thursday 
we have a spelling match on the new 
words and some words in other lessons 
which we have failed on. When Friday 
comes we have a final test on the week's 

Richard L. Sawyer 

A Nice Gift 

Our teacher. Miss Baird, gave each 
of the boys in the seventh grade a globe of 
the earth. We use it for history and 
geography. It is large enough so that 
even the smallest countries show up clearly. 
It is interesting to see just where Formosa 
is located and how the communists plan 
to eventually capture that island. 

On the top of the globe there is a 
world time dial which tells the time of any 
location in comparison to the time of any 
other. On the base there is embossed 
pictures of means of transportation, such 
as trains, ships, trucks, planes and busses. 

Joel C. Robbins 

I go to the farm every morning after 
breakfast and help wherever I can. This 
morning I worked in the cow barn. I 
brushed and currycombed the cows. Then 
I put hay in the bull pens. I helped sweep 
the barn and my work was finished for 

the morning. Kenneth Ford 

The Poultry Show^ 
Our poultry instructor, Mr. Kitching, 
took six of us to the poultry show on 
January 20. We went to Mechanics 
Building and when we got in the halls 
we were surprised to see so many present. 
There were a great many booths and 
exhibits, and those which I liked best were 
the incubators where the eggs were cracking 
and being hatched. I had fun with the 
baby goats and the ponies. It was a good 

trip. Thomas J. Walker 

The Nut League 

Basketball season has begun, and we 
have ten teams playing. The oldest boys 
play on the varsity first or second teams. 
The next best players are on the four Sears 
league teams, and the new boys and those 
who can't play too well are on the four 
Nut League teams. I play in the Nut 

League. Willard J. Boulter 


The Christmas Concert 

"There is Room in the Inn," a re- 
ligious play in one act by Aileen Hump- 
hrey Yinger was given by a cast of nine 
boys as the principal feature of our 
Christmas Concert, jiiven on Sunday, 
December 19. Each of the boys gave a 
superb performance and deserves praise 
for his fine work. 

The play portrayed admirably the 
age-old story of Christmas, that of giving 
of one's self for the benefit of others. The 
principal character, Jotham, had a hard 
and selfish heart and as innkeeper catered 
only to prominent and wealthy patrons. 
The play showed his transformation to an 
innkeeper whose only thought was to 
serve both poor and rich alike. The play 
taught the valuable lesson of life— that 
each of us can do tremendous good in 
helping others. We must never under- 
estimate our potential for good. 

A choir of sixteen sang two Christmas 
hymns, and their music added much to 
the program. Readings, a Christmas pray- 
er, and congregational singing of Christ- 
mas carols completed the concert. 

The program follows: 


Hymn 2n— Silent Night, Holy Night 

Poem — Let us go even unto Bethlehem 
Chester Searles 

Hymn 407— O Come All Ye Faithful 

Scripture Reading and Prayer 
Harold Spurling 

SELECTION~The First Noel 

The Christmas Play— 

There is Room in the Inn 

Selection— Away in a Manger 

Hymn 217- Joy to the World 

Choir Members 

Thomas Angelos 
James L. Fennessy 
Walter E. Grignon Jr. 
William H. Horn 
Philip G. Johnston 
George D. McPeek 
Ronald Taurazas 
Thomas J. Walker 

John D. Cameron 

Barry R. Fuller 

George E. Hodson 

William F. James 

James P. LaGrassa 

David L. Stewart 

Basil T. Veglas 

Ronald L. Zisk 

"There is Room in the Inn" 
A Christmas Play by Aileen H. Yinger 

Time — Christmas Night 
Place— An Inn at Bethlehem 

The Cast 
Jotham, the innkeeper 

Carleton G. Skinner 

Mary, his wife Steven R. Wellington 

David, a servant boy 

Christopher A. Routenberg 

Guests at the Inn 

Ibzan Alexander D. Marinakis 

EH Albert K. Ellis 

Zorah Arthur A. Sprague 

The Three Wisemen 

Caspar Stanton H. Pearson 

Melchior Joseph S. Lombardo 

Balthasar Larry E. Garside 

Assisting in the Production 

Loren E. Cain 

John E. Lennon 

Daniel W. Dockham 

My Record Player 

I have had my record player for more 
than a year now, and enjoy it very much. 
I have a good collection of records, some 
popular, some band, and some classical. 
My player has three speeds, so I can play 
all the popular size records. Once I took 
my record player to class and played a 
Beethoven record which our teacher had. 

Ronald L. Zisk 


Cbompson's Island Beacon 

Published Monthly by 


Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor 




Vol.58 No. 9 January 1955 

Subscription Price 

One Dollar Per Year 


Calvin Page Bartlett, President 
Alfred G. Malm. Vice-President 
Howland S. Warren, Treasurer 
Merton P. Ellis, Secretary 
Bartlett Harwood, Jr., Assistant Secretary 

Term Expires 1956 

Leverett Saltonstall 
Moses Williams 
William M. Meaoham 
George S. Mumford, Jr. 
Frederic Winthrop 
John Lowell 

Edward V. Osberg 

Term Expires 1957 
George P. Denny, M. D. 
Ralph B. Williams 

Thomas Temple Pond 
Mason Sears 

Lawrence Terry 
John Q. Adams 
Alton B. Butler 

Term Expires 1958 
Gorbam Brooks 

Dona'ld S. MacPherson 
Philip H. Theopold 
Augustus P. Loring 

Robert H. Gardiner 
E. Francis Bowditch 
Myron A. Pratt 

Advisory Committee 

N. Penrose Hallowell 
Edwin H. Place, M. D. 
James H. Lowell 

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? 

Moses Grant appears in the first 
complete alphabetical list of 119 partici- 
pants in the Boston Tea Party of the 
night of December 16, 1773 as assembled 
by the well known Historian, Edward 
Rowe Snow, in his latest book, Amazing 
Sea Stories Never Told Before, which is 
just off the press. 

Several of Mr. Snow's books have 
illustrated portions devoted to The Farm 
andTrades School and ourlsland, especial- 
ly notable in his first book, Islands of 
Boston Harbor, which is now out of print 
and the First Edition is a real "collector's 

The name, Moses Grant, caught our 
eye in perusing this latest masterpiece of 
our good friend and neighbor because a 
large, framed portrait of Moses Grant, 
one of the founders of the School, hangs 
above the entrance doorway to our great 
assembly hall. 

Our Moses Grant was a member of 
the Board of the School from 1833 to 1862 
and Vice President of the Corporation 
most of this time. Because of the dates, 
other known points of interest, the name, 
and especially the fact that so many of the 
families of colonial Boston and de- 
scendants of those old families have been 
and still are closely associated with the 
affairs of the School, it is practically 
certain that this Moses Grant was the son 
or grandson of Moses Grant of Boston 
Tea Party Fame. 

The Farm and Trades School has in 
so many ways been tied to, wrapped up 
in, and in fact a part of the history of 
Boston, and indeed a real part of the 
development of America as we know it 
today. We are still building on the firm 
foundation of those sturdy pioneers of 
yesteryear, being one of the few home 
schools in America with a well rounded, 
broad program of living and development 
for every boy. The quality and excellent 


citizenship of virtunlly every, alumnus of 
the school during the 140 years of service 
proves the superior judgment and foresight 
of those great Americans who have brought 
this institution into being and fostered it 
through good times and bad. 

Topics in Brief 

We received hundreds of greeting 
cards during the holidav season and were 
thrilled at being remembered by so many 
alumni, former instructors, and friends of 
the School. The F. T. S. family is 
large and certainly enthusiastic for every 
phase of life at Thompson's Island. We 
take this opportunity to thank those who 
sent cards and to wish each and every 
one a very Happy New Year. 

Our Band had the pleasure of giving 
a concert for the Boston Baptist Social 
Union at the occasion of the December 
meeting of the Union, at the George 
Brown Hall of The New England Con- 
servatory of Music, on Monday, Dec. 6. 
Mr. Leslie G. Rawding, President of the 
Union, arranged for our boys to be present 
and we thank him for his interest. The 
Band did a fine job and was called upon 
to give several encores. 

Christmas was a happy and joyous 
season at the School. Days in town for 
shopping, rehearsals for the Christmas 
concert, holiday parties, making gifts, 
wrapping and mailing holiday packages 
and the thousand and one other activities 
which make for an F. T. S. Christmas 
were all part of our Christmas season. No 
one who ever spent a Christmas season at 
Thompson's Island will ever forget the 
wonderment and joy of the holiday season. 

Our Band was one of many musical 
groups which participated in the great 
City of Boston Christmas Festival, an 

event which extended throughout the 
month of December. The boys played a 
concert of Christmas music on historic 
Boston Common. 

Santa Claus, in the person of Teyet 
Ramar II, '53, arrived at the School 
early Christmas morning and the distri- 
bution of huge piles of gifts took some 
time, even though Santa had Headmaster 
Meacham and six of the boys as assistants. 
Each boy received a gift from F. T. S., 
and many from friends of the School, so 
that every boy was well remembered. 

"There is Room in the Inn," a relig- 
ious play by Aileen Humphrey Yinger, 
was superbly enacted by a cast of nine 
boys, and formed the main part of our 
annual Christmas Concert. The cast and 
three others who helped with the stage 
planning, deserve high praise and com- 
mendation for their outstanding work. 
The Concert, which was held on Dec. 19, 
was also featured by our sixteen voice 
choir, which sangseveral Christmas hymns. 

Fred Foye, editor of schoolboy sports 
for the Boston Traveler and Yankee Net- 
work, arranged for our school to be 
represented on his Christmas Night pro- 
gram. Mr. Albee of our staff, with pupils 
Steven Wellington, Albert Merrill. Loren 
Cain and Christopher Routenberg were 
on the program telling of our School and, 
in particular, Christmas Day on Thomp- 
son's Island. 

Howard B. Ellis, '98, has been here 
for several days with his crew of roofers 
repairing damage caused by the two 
hurricanes. Temporary repairs have been 
made permanent, and shortly all hurricane 
roof damage will have been taken care of. 

For many years Mrs. Arthur Adams 
has kindly provided funds for an enter- 
tainment at the School on Christmas Day. 


This year we had the technicolor movie, 
"Stars and Stripes Forever," the story of 
the highlights in the life of John Philip 
Sousa. With two thirds of our boys study- 
ing instrumental music, and the Band so 
popular, this film naturally was very well 
liked. We thank Mrs. Adams for her 

The Radio Show 

On Christmas Night Mr. Albee took 
Albert Merrill, Loren Cain, Steven Well- 
ington, and me to the Yankee Network 
building, for we were going to tell about 
Christmas on Thompson's Island on the 
weekly Fred Foye program. 

When we got to Kenmore Square we 
had a little lunch and then went to meet 
Mr. Foye. He was delayed, and so when 
he met us it was nearly time tor the 
show to begin. He took our names and 
seated us in a row, so we could step to a 
microphone when he signalled. 

The announcer, Ed Young, and Mr. 
Foye, and other guests, were seated at a 
large table on which there were two micro- 
phones. When there was about a minute 
to go we were warned and sat waiting. Then 
the program began. One by one we were 
introduced and told our story. There was 
no time to prepare written speeches to be 
read, and I guess the program was better 
without thtm. Evrryone spoke well, and 
in what seemed to be a very short time 
the program was over. 

We had a tour through the main 
studios after our broadcast and saw the 
big pipe organ, the largest in any radio 
studio anywhere. We were each given a 
two pound box of chocolates. Then we 
left the station and went to a restaurant 
where we had a good dinner. We got 
back to the School in time to see the 
Chribtmas movie, "Stars and Stripes For- 
ever." We sure had a good time. 

Christopher A. Routenberg 

My First Band Trip 

Last Sunday I went on my first band 
trip. We left the island at 1:45 and left 
City Point on a chartered bus for Freedom 
House in Roxbury. The Roy Scouts of 
District One were having their annua] 
show. We played an overture, "Gypsy 
Festival," the hymn, "America" and 
"Show Boy" March. There was an 
award of prizes. We left at four o'clock. 

Philip G. Johnston 

Dormitory Work 
My work each morning is to clean 
the dormitory. First I do the bathrooms, 
then sweep the corridors and stairs. After 
this I do whatever is most needed, such as 
waxing the corridors, or washing walls or 
windows. There is always plenty of work 
in the dormitories. 

Walter E. Grignon. Jr. 

Church Services 
We have a church service every Sun- 
day evening. Our minister is Mr. Beaure- 
gard, who is a student at Gordon Divinity 
School. We first sing several hymns, 
accompanied by several of the band boys. 
Then we have a scripture reading and a 
prayer, followed by a sermon by Mr. 
Beauregard. The service is ended with a 
prayer and hymn. 

William H. Horn 

A Bus Trip 

I live in Springfield and when the 
day to begin Christmas vacation came I 
found out that I was going home by myself. 
Mr. Baird took me to Park Square where 
the bus depot is and I got on the Spring- 
field bus. I had a good ride and when I 
got to Springfield my mother was waiting 
for me. I returned by myself, too, and 
Mr. Thomas met me and drove me to the 
boat landing. 

Charles J. Brooks 


When we awoke Christmas morning 
we found a stocking on our bed filled 
with fruit, candy and a novelty, among 
other things. After breakfast we did 
necessary work and at nine o'clock we 
went to the wharf to meet Santa Claus, 
who was Teyet Ramar, II, a graduate. 
He came to Chapel and soon we were 
receiving our gifts. It took about an hour 
to give them out. In the afternoon we 
played with games we got for Christmas 
and after supper we listened to a radio 
program that four of the boys were on. 
Then we had a Christmas movie, "Stars 
and Stripes Forever." This was a wonder- 
ful picture. As you can see, we had a 
grand time on Christmas. 

Richard B. Ayers 

Our House Party 

The boys in Dormitory B had a good 
time at their Christmas party. We had 
several guests, including Mr. and Mrs. 
Meacham. Mr. Baxter acted as Santa 
Claus and kept the party moving and we 
had a lot of fun. We had drawn names, 
so everyone received a present. After the 
gifts were given out we had refreshments 
of ice cream, cake and tonic. We had 
the best party ever. 

Wesley W. Searles 

A Maine Vacation 
Last summer I spent two months at 
Aggasiz Village, a boys' camp located at 
Thompson's Lake. It is about 150 miles 
from Boston. We had swimming, canoe- 
ing, spear fishing, archery, baseball, 
bowling, volleyball and many other sports 
and activities which I liked. On Sundays 
we had tournament day, when we had 
races and games. We made many trips 
to Indian Village and Pioneer Village. At 
the camp we had a radio shack, arts and 

crafts center, our own newspaper and 
museum. I had a fine time at the Village. 

Joha S. Krzyzanowski 

Christmas in Sweden and Norway 

In Sweden and Norway, at Christmas 
time, the children wear long white robes, 
and carry a long stick with a bright star at 
one end. They march throuiih the streets 
singing carols and dance about a Christmas 
tree in the village square. They place 
sheaves of grain outside their homes for 
the birds. I think the people in those 
countries have a nice way of celebrating 
Christmas. Don't you? 

John D. Cameron 

Kitchen Work 

My job every morning is to help the 
instructors in the kitchen. When I am 
early boy I pour the milk and get other 
food ready for breakfast. After the meal 
I take the kitchen laundry to be washed, 
and then I help get the vegetables ready 
for the dinner meal. When this is done 
I help clean the kitchen and do other 
work which the instructors want done. 

George D. McPeek 

Saxophone Lessons 
A year ago, in January, I received a 
saxophone for a birthday present. I took 
lessons at home and when I came to the 
School last Labor Day 1 found I couldn't 
play well enough to join the band. So I 
have been getting lessons here and have 
made much progress. I think I will be a 
regular member of the school band this 

James L. Fennessy 

Additional Alumni Notes 
Walter J. Trenholm, a Liver- 
sidge graduate, is located at 320 West 
Newmark Avenue, Monterey Park, in 
California. He is Manager of the Mon- 
terey Park Chamber of Commerce. 


Che J\\mn\ jflssociatiow of Cbe Tarni ana trades School 

John Patterson '43 Pre.ident William C. Burns. '37. Vice-President 

W. Medford. Ma.s. No- Wilrain*ton. Mass. 

Donald S. MacPherson '17. Tresmrer 
Wollaston. Mass. 

George O. Poole '27, Secretary 
Medford. Mass. 
G. George Larsson, '17, Historian 
Hyde Park. Mass. 

Many of the graduates sent Christmas 
cards, but probably none was more ap- 
preciated than that sent by FRANK W. 
Wallace. '81. Mr. Wallace left us 
almost three quarters of a century ago, 
and is, of course, one of our oldest living 
graduates. He retired from his work with 
the Boston & Maine Railroad several 
years ago, and makes his home at 114 
Wildwood Ave., Arlington, Mass. 

Darwin C. Baird, '45, and Mrs. 
Baird, sent holiday greetings from their 
home at 1550 Orange Avenue. East Del 
Pasa Heights, California. They hope 
that circumstances will permit them to 
visit Thompson's Island soon. Our readers 
may recall that Darwin is a Lieutenant in 
the U. S. A. F., and has been flying in 
the West Coast patrol for the past year. 

A. Wallace Fitt, '47, went into 
active service in the U. S. Army from 
his National Guard unit. His enlistment 
period ends in March, and he is about 
ready now to sail home from the Far East. 
We hope to have a more complete 
account of his Army experiences in an 
early issue. 

W^e have received a pleasant note 
from Mrs. Blanche Mason, mother of John 
R. '51, and Joseph B. Mason. She 
writes that both boys are doing well in the 
Navy, and had the pleasure of spending 
the Christmas holidays together in Geneva, 
Italy. Both have been in the Navy some 
time now, and have seen service exclusive- 
ly in Atlantic and Mediterranean waters. 

We have received a copy of the 
"Pony Express", official publication of 

Quincy High School, and were pleased 
to note therein references to BrUCE A. 
Graham, '53. He has recently been 
elected treasurer of the high school band, 
in which he plays trombone. He was 
one of a group which took the Driver 
Education course and received his license. 
Included in the list of students' favorite 
sayings is one by Bruce. It would seem 
that he is a busy young man at Quincy 
High, where he is a senior. 

S. Newcomb Graham, '54, is a 
junior at Quincy, and like Bruce, plays in 
the band and takes part in as many school 
activities as time permits. Both work 
after school for the Essay Manufacturing 

We have received a letter from Mrs. 
James E. Barnett, in which she states that 
her son. James, a former pupil, is now in 
Japan. He joined the Air Force a year 
ago, and is a radar man. The family 
continues to live in Sellersburg, Indiana. 

William H. Dillon, '54 is a junior 
at Cambridge Latin School. His ability 
as a trombonist has made for him many 
friends, and he plays in the high school 
band and a community band. He lives 
at 61 Dana Street, Cambridge. 

Teyet RamAR II, '53, attends Brook- 
line High School. He was a member of 
the school's champion football team. 
Currently his interest is in the school band, 
in which he plays cornet. He has an after 
school job in a local drug store. He lives 
at 16 Fuller Street, Brookline. 

News of alumni, for use on this page, 
will be appreciated. 

Vol. 58 No. 10 Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. Feb., 1955 

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

Boy of the Month 
Steven Ray Wellington, Boy of 
the Month, is a member of our graduating 
class, and came to the School in September 
1953. He is sixteen years old, weighs 115 
pounds, and is five feet five inches tall. 
He lives in South Weymouth. 

Steven R. Wellington 

He has had work experience in 
several departments, including the dining 
room, kitchen, laundry, farm, dairy and 
printing office. He is pictured operating 
the 14 by 22 Colts Armory press in our 
printing office. 

Academically he may be found at or 
near the top in his class standings. In 
conduct he has never been out of "A" 
group, and has won three Crosby Conduct 
Prizes, first, second and third. 

He is a valuable member of the school 
band, playing first trumpet. He has been 

a member of the casts of three major 
religious dramas, and in class programs 
and activities he may be counted upon to 
take a leading part. He is class treasurer. 
Last summer he won first prize in the 
Grew Garden Competition. 

He plays all sports, and has won 
major letters in football and basketball. 
He is a good baseball and tennis player 
and likes water sports. Basketball is his 
favorite game. 

He has many hobbies, and when 
pinned down, selected woodworking as 
his favorite. He has completed his sloyd 
course and is currently making articles of 

Next year he will continue his edu- 
cation, getting ready for college. He has 
set his goal upon becoming an architect, 
and knowing him as we do we expect he 
will be one of the best in the field. 

The Boston Farm School Offering 

Twelfth in a series of articles reprinted from paper 
titled as above, Vol. 1, No. 2, May 1859. 


I think that farming is the best business 
that a young man can do. He can have 
oxen, cows, horses, sheep, pigs, &c. It 
he is a temperate man, he will have 
enough to do all the time, besides attending 
to his wife and children, if he has any. 

In the spring the farmer will plough 
the ground and sow the seeds; and in 
summer he takes his workmen, and goes 


and dig8 around the plants, which were 
once seeds; and in autumn he will t&ke 
his workmen, and go and gather his 
fruit, and put it in his barn; and in mid- 
winter he will not send his son to go and 
beg, as some people do. In summer 
many people are in the rum-shop spending 
their money, which they ought to buy 
bread or anything they wish for. In the 
winter the good farmer can have plenty 
of corn and vegetables for his family. So 
you see the farmer is not in want of things 
that other people are. 

Another reason why I think that 
farming is the best business that a young 
man can get is. that, when a friend visits 
him, he can take him out and show him 
his nice farm, and his oxen, cows, horses, 
his fat pigs, and a lot of chickens, ducks 
and turkeys. 

Sometimes the farmer is troubled by 
the crowg and blackbirds, coming and 
eating up his nice corn, which he vulues 
so highly. I think that a gun would be 
handy then. 

Another reason why I think that 
farming is the best trade that a young man 
can get is because he can have a good 
home and mannerly children. Many 
young men who live in the city have not 
good homes and mannerly children, as 
most all farmers have. 

Composed and written by 

Joseph Partridge 
Fa m School. April 20, 1859 Age 11 

The General Motors Show 
Last week we had a show on the 
progress of electricity given by two rep- 
resentatives of the General Motors Corp. 
The lecturer first told us of the need for 
scientists and electrical engineers, and 
urged all those who liked this work to 
make it their career. A great future awaits 
good men, thoroughly trained, he said. 

The men gave many demonstrations. 
The first was on high fidelity and the latest 
recording method of using two micro- 
phones and two amplifiers, which make 
the recordings almost lifelike. Next the 
principle of radar was shown, and how 
radar waves act when intercepted and 
deflected. They showed how to cook 
without a hot stove. 

The most exciting demonstration was 
on the jet engine. Model planes propelled 
by jet expulsion bombs were used. These 
model planes have been clocked at 180 
miles per hour. 

They closed the show by briefly 
summing up the needs in this country for 
scientists and engineers. Then we were 
invited on the stage to see the equipment, 
and ask questions. It was an interesting 
and wonderful show. 

Steven R. Wellington 

Aeronautical Engineer 

1 would like to become an aeronauti- 
cal engineer for my interest lies in that 
field and in the tests we took last fall my 
aptitude is best in the fields of science and 
mathematics. The reason I will study 
aeronautical engineering is that this science 
is very important and widely expanding. 
There is a great need for engineers in this 
field, as we found out by lecturers from the 
General Motors Corporation, who gave a 
science show here recently. 

Albert E. Merrill 

Working on Special 
John Lennon and I both work on 
Special each afternoon. We do many kinds 
of maintenance work, landscape garden- 
ing, and seasonal jobs, such as shoveling 
snow and sanding walks. We have just 
finished painting the lawn settees, the back- 
boards for the outdoor court and the diving 
board. Lately we repaired and painted 
the C Building lockers. 

Arthur A. Sprague 


Gullivers Travels 

The part 1 like best in this story was 
Gulliver's seizure of the enemy's fleet of 
ships. First he went to his house and 
ordered a great quantity of the strongest 
cable and bars of iron. He wound the 
cables together to make them stronger, 
and twisted the iron bars together in threes, 
binding the ends into a hook. 

Then he returned to the waterfront, 
took off his shoes, stockings and coat and 
walked into the sea. He arrived at the 
fleet of ships and everyone aboard were 
frightened and jumped into the water and 
began swimming to shore. He cut the 
anchor ropes and bound theships together. 
While he was doing this the enemy shot 
arrows at him. About two hundred hit 
him in the f;ice and hands. 

When the ships were bound he began 
bringing them towards shore. The crowd 
shrieked and cried in despair, making a 
noise almost impossible to describe or 
conceive. Then he heard the crowd yell, 
"Long live the most puissant Emperor of 

This part of the story was interesting 
and exciting, and is the part I remember 

Donald E. Robicheau 

A Good Future 
I am going to prepare myself to be a 
steam and diesel engineer. I can get the 
experience and training I need in the U. 
S. Navy, and when I am of draft age I 
will join the Navy. For civilian work I 
would like to be an employee of the Boston 
Edison Company, as that company is 
growing and will always need trained men. 
Gerald L. Briggs 

The Father of Fishermen 
Izaak Walton was an Englishman 
who became the world's most famous fish- 
erman. He studied the fish so that he 

knew their habits, where they ate, what 
temperature water they liked best, and 
how deep they stayed in water of varying 
temperatures. In fact, he knew just about 
everything about English fish. He under- 
stood bait and knew many tricks such as 
how to keep worms fresh all day, and 
where the best fishing places were. 

John W. Cronin 

What I Want to Be 
When I graduate from high school I 
would like to do general painting and 
carpentry work. Very good wages are 
paid to skilled workers in these fields, and 
there is plenty of work. If I become a 
good carpenter I will be able to build my 
own home. My instructor, Mr. Anstey, 
has taught me very much about painting 
and carpentry and I do both here at the 

Gary D. Scboonmaker 

What I Hope to Be 

The goal which I am striving for is to 
be an aviation engineer. First 1 will grad- 
uate from this school, and finish high 
school in town. Then I would like to go 
to Wentworth, or some other school 
which teaches aviation mechanics. After 
this training I would work as a mechanic 
and save my money until I had enough to 
build a small air strip and buy one or two 
planes. I would gradually build from this 
beginninguntil I owned a transcontinental 
air line. 

Alexander D. Marinakis 

A Beach Walk 
Recently I went on a beach walk with 
some other boys. As we were walking 
along we saw a flock of ducks. They flew 
away. Later we saw eight pheasants. On 
our return we saw two owls perched in a 
tree. We tried to get closer to them, but 
they flew off. 

Joel C. Robbins 


Cbompson's isiand Beacon 

Published Monthly by 


Thompson'! Island, Boston Harbor 




February 1955 

Vol. 58 No. 10 

Subscription Price 

One Dollar Per Year 


Calvin Page Bartlett, President 
Alfred G. Malm, Vice-President 
Howland S, Warren, Treasurer 
Merton P. Ellis, Secretary 
Bartlett Harwood, Jr., Assistant Secretary 

Term Expires 1956 
Leverett Saltonstall 
Moses Williams 

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

Edward V. Osberg 
Term Expires 1957 
George P. Denny, M. D. 
Ralph B. Williams 

Thomas Temple Pond 
Mason Sears 

Lawrence Terry 
John Q. Adams 
Alton B. Butler 
Term Expires 1958 
Gorham Brooks 

Donald S, MacPherson 
Philip H. Theopold 
Augustus P. Loring 

Robert H. Gardiner 
E. Francis Bowditch 
Myron A. Pratt 
Advisory Committee 
N. Penrose Hallowell 
Edwin H. Place, M. D. 
James H. Lowell 
Charles E. Mason 

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? 

Honorable John J. Connelly 
Presiding Justice 
Boston Juvenile Court 
Boston, Massachusetts 

Dear Judge Connelly: 

I am deeply impressed by your Annu- 
al Report, copy of which I have just 
received. Your "Statement on Delin- 
quency" is so important that everyone 
should read it again and again, and make 
application of the basic principles you 
have so lucidly enumerated. I am having 
your wise message re-printed in our school 
paper the BEACON, which I trust meets 
with your approval. 

Your statement pertaining to leaders 
of youth with laissez faire philosophies 
and pseudo philosophy of excuse masquer- 
ading as a science in the guidance and 
leadership ot youngsters resulting in apathy 
and confusion contains the crux of the 
problems confronting the youth of our 

Respectfully yours, 
William M. Meacham 


The delinquency statistics for 1953 
compiled by the Boston Juvenile Court 
do not show any startling numerical in- 
crease in cases. A certain percentage of 
the cases revealed personal and environ- 
mental conditions that were most disturb- 
ing. These cases were usually serious in 
nature and reflected inadequate parental 
interest and control, school maladjust- 
ments, absence of religious activation or 
complete rejection of church influence by 
parents as well as children, total lack of 
wholesome play interest, and bad com- 

The condition and attitude of child- 
ren and the serious nature of their offenses 


before the court leads to but one conclus- 
ion: that we adults are confused and | or 
apathetic and | or neglectful about our 
children. In the Juvenile Court it is evi- 
dent that in some degree or other we, in 
our varied relationships to children, do 
suffer from one or all of these defects. 

What has caused this confusion, apathy 
and neglect? What are we to do about 

In regard to the first question, it seems 
we still are sufifering from the effects of 
over thirty years of laissez-faire philoso- 
phies regarding the education and general 
welfare of children. After the first world 
war a new, popular, and intriguing exper- 
iment was foisted upon the educational 
system of this country by some leaders in 
the 6eld of education. It was "progressive 
education." Its fundamental tenet was that 
discipline externally imposed upon child- 
ren should be abolished. Whatever dis- 
ciplines or activities existed in the system 
were to be selected by the children them- 
selves. In other words, the result was no 
discipline and very little constructive edu- 
cational activity for.the majority of child- 
ren who became involved in the progress- 
ive education technique. This system failed 
to understand the true dependent nature 
of children upon adult leadership, and 
resulted in immature children choosing 
the curriculum. It practically abolished, 
for all intents and purposes, the leadership 
of teachers. This method of education 
failed to recognize that there are but too 
few children who have the personal capa- 
cities and also have behind them the solid 
preschool and continual parental and 
home training that wonld enable them to 
respond to such a system of education. 
The vast majority of children subjected to 
such an educational system merely in- 
dulged their immature whims and were 
denied the value of an appreciation of 
standards, ideals, disciplines, and adult 

leadership, which are the proven ingredi- 
ents of youth education. In short, the 
wisdom of the ages was neglected for the 
fads and fancies of the day. The result 
was that parents and teachers became con- 
fused about their roles, whereas children, 
through the disorganizing influence of 
such a system, became undisciplined. 

At this same time, equally popular 
and vocative, came child psychology and 
psychiatry, and some of its leaders rec- 
ommended no discipline and no curbs 
upon children's behavior. This group's 
directions and counseling of parents, edu- 
cators, the police, courts, and agencies, 
in fact of the entire community, was 
couched in such language that it would be 
necessary for a person related in any way 
to children and their education to have at 
least a college degree to understand them. 
They were bold in describing children as 
merely "a bundle of conditioned reflexes" 
and, implicitly at least, denied that they 
were more than animality and denied 
that they were possessed of a soul. Some 
of these scientists went so far as to term 
religion "a medevial superstition." They 
called mother love "an Oedipus com- 
plex." They explained criminal behavior 
as a natural phenomenon resulting from 
repressions and inhibitions of natural 
desires. They blamed heredity, glandular 
imbalance, society, parents, police, courts, 
and everything and everyone but the 
criminal himself, because they denied a 
capacity for individual responsibility. 

These laissez-faire philosophies were 
spawned, aided and implemented in 
growth by the first world war, followed 
by the "roaring twenties," and followed 
closely by a disastrous depression and a 
second more total world war. In our 
opinion, the confusion that exists in the 
world today can be attributed, at least in 
part, to these philosophies. 

Apathy is generally a resultant of 


confusion, because apathy is an inability 
or unwillingness to act because of uncer- 
tainty. For example, because of their 
experience and common sense, leaders of 
our youth are prompted to lead children 
through discipline and training so that 
they may meet the goals of their life, but 
they hesitate to do so because of a pseudo 
philosophy of excuse which masqueraded 
as a science. 

We must dispel the confusion, change 
apathy into action — an action based upon 
a sure knowledge that children need lead- 
ership and that the leadership must set the 
course and fix the standards as guideposts 
along the road to manhood and woman- 
hood — and we must not neglect to per- 
form our duties and thus preserve rights 
in every level of our society. 

The North End, the smallest and the 
most congested section, because of stable 
Italian family life and firm control of child- 
ren, has the lowest delinquency rate. 

The parts of the jurisdictional area of 
the Boston Juvenile Court that furnish the 
great majority of the cases of delinquency, 
waywardness, and neglect are parts of 
Roxbury and the South End. Here too 
many poorly maintained multiple-tenem- 
ent buildings, shoddy rooming houses, 
heterogeneous and shifting population, 
unsavory adult life, inadequate parents, 
and general environmental shiftlessness 
combine to make it most difificult for many 
children to grow up with the security and 
protection that are necessary to develop 
well-adjusted men and women. 

Topics in Brief 

Our Band participated in the Annual 
District Show of District one of the Boston 
Council of Boy Scouts on January 23, at 
the Freedom House, in Roxbury. Several 
old friends of the band were on hand to 

greet the boys. As usual, the boys did a 
fine job and were glad to cooperate in 
making the district show a grand success. 

On January 27 we had the privilege 
of seeing a fine science show sponsored 
by the General Motors Corporation. The 
program was brought to us through the 
interest of our alumni-trustee Donald S. 
MacPherson, '17. We were told by the 
lecturers, Donald Gordon and Leonard 
Selden, that these General Motors educa- 
tionalscienceshows have been seen and en- 
joyed by millions all over our country. 
The show which we saw was "Preview 
of Progress," and certainly was an a- 
mazing demonstration of scientific miracles 
from the research laboratories of America. 

January was unusual because there was 
very little snow. The skating was excellent 
and hockey was king of our outdoor 
sports for the month. Many games were 
played, and our ice skating areas were 
popular places during play hours. 

We have ten basketball teams, each 
playing one game weekly. The varsity 
first and second teams have done well, 
everything considered, and the boys hope 
to further improve their play over the final 
month of the season. 

The Sears League, of four teams, has 
had a grand season to date and the interest 
runs high. The younger, less experienced 
boys are members of the four team Nut 
League, and they likewise are enjoying 
an exciting season, 

A noteworthy accomplishment in the 
field of book publishing has come about 
through the series distributed at very mod- 
erate cost by the Teen Age Book Club. 
Many of our boys have subscribed to this 
service to youth, which well merits the 
support of both aduhs and teen agers. 



Chemistry is very important in this 
country todny, and always will be. The 
science of chemistry results in discoveries 
which may slow down the death rate from 
sickness, and many comforts in everyday 
living will continue to result from studies 
and experiments, making life happier in 
many ways. Most important, an atomic 
war mny be prevented. 

I plan to finish high school, and go to 
college to prepare myself for a career in 
chemical engineering. 

Basil T. Veglas 

My Future 

I hope someday I can become a 
scientist. This will be a wonderful career. 
The country needs scientists in this age. I 
know that it will take study and work for 
me to have this kind of career. 

As a hobby I will study magic and 
become an entertainer. I might be able 
to earn extra money that way. 

My father has been an entertainer all 
his life and has given me lessons. 

Malcolm E. Cameron, Jr. 

Additional Alumni Notes 

Hello to a new arrival in California! 
Cynthia Louise Baird, all eight pounds 
of her, moved in recently. Cynthia 
arrived on January 21. 1955 at 3:00 A. M. 
Her parents, Lieut, and Mrs. Darwin C, 
Baird are receiving the good wishes of all 
their friends to which we at Thompson's 
Island add our sincere congratulations. 

Since the above was written more 
good news has reached us. The Bairds 
will shortly move to New England and 
we will soon publish more news of this, 
together with their new address. 

David W. Howard, '54, worked 
at Camp Wyanoke last summer and began 
his junior year at Winchester high school 

last September. He enjoys school life, is 
a member of the school band and is on 
the hockey squad. He will return to Camp 
Wyanoke next summer. He lives at 10 
Lawson Road, in Winchester. 

Your secretary, George O. Poole. 
'27, of 73a Lawrence Street, Medford, 
reminds us that it is time for the alumni to 
take care of the matter of annual dues and 
subscription to the Bell Fund. Merton 
P. Ellis, '97. honorary chairman of the 
Bell Fund is at work currently on the 1955 
end of that project. If you haven't taken 
care of this matter why not do so now, 
by contacting your alumni secretary. 

Algine B. Steele. '95, has had a 
life-long interest in his Alma Mater and 
wrote only recently inquiring about his 
classmates, with whom he would like to 
correspond. He is "hovering close to 80", 
as he says, and has been a semi-invalid 
for some time. He makes his home with 
his sister and her husband at 8 Palmer 
Hill Avenue, Reading, Mass. 

He recalls vividly his school day 
experiences at Thompson's Island, and 
mentions briefly the first issue of the 
Beacon, the burning of the Nahantboat 
in '92, theFourth of July balloon ascension 
from Boston Common which ended in 
tragedy and hundreds of other events 
which happened either on or near, the 
Island. He played clarinet in the school 
band and was mailboy for some time. 

He was a charter member of the 
Alumni Association, and in the formative 
years of the Association as we know it 
today, he was secretary. He recalls the 
first meetings held at the School, in 
Gardner Hall, in the mid 1890's. 

He was a pupil at the school for seven 
years, from 1888 to 1895. We were glad 
to hear from him and very much interested 
in his reminiscences. 


Che mmm JI$$ociatio« of Cbe farm ana trades School 

John Patterson '43 President W 

W. Medford. Mass. 
1>0!«ALD S. MacPherson '17, Treasurer 

WoUaston, Mass. 

Cecil A. Morse, '28, corresponds 
regularly with us and is very much 
interested in everything pertaining to 
F. T. S. He has for some years worked 
in the distilling section of a Texas oil 
concern, and as a hobby has been closely 
connected with local school and college 
athletics. This fall he was official statis- 
tician for the play offs in the high school 
football tournament. He is married and 
lives at 409 E. DeFee Avenue, Baytown, 

M-Sgt. Eugene Proctor. '38, has 
been in the U. S. Army for th-rteen years, 
and spent "two full hitches" in Japan. 
He is now located at 211 Hopkins Blvd., 
Biloxi, Miss., about a block from the Gulf, 
three blocks from the shopping center of 
Biloxi and a mile from Keesler Air Force 
Base. He was sent to his new assignment 
to be an instructor, but is now working as 
supervisor of the Tests and Measurements 
Section. His work is rather deep in the 
field of Education, but is very intriguing 
and very different from any other assign- 
ment he has had. 

His hobby has always been music, 
and he is a member of a 40 voice Male 
Chorus, which is very popular in the area, 
having a weekly radio program, an 
occasional television appearance and gives 
frequent concerts at civic affairs. He has 
been married for nearly four years. 

We regret to announce the death of 
Harris H. Todd, '05, on January 26, 
1955. He is survived by two sons. Harris 
H. Jr., and John V. Todd, to whom we 
express our deep sympathy. 

Mr. Todd kept in touch with his F. 
T. S. schoolmates since leaving the school 

I C. Burns. '37, Vice-President 
No. Wilmington, Mast. 

George O. Poole '27, Secret 
Medford, Mass. 
G. George Larsson, '17, Histoi 
Hyde ParlcMass. 

fifty years a^o. He was in the employ of 
the Wright and Potter Company for 38 
years. His home was at 31 Gardner 
Street, AUston, Mass. 

Funeral services were conducted from 
the Lally Funeral Home in Brookline on 
January 30. 

John Belham, '28, has been ap- 
pointed Sales Manager for the General 
Fittings Company, of Providence, Rhode 
Island. We heartily congratulate Mr, 
Belham upon his promotion, and know 
he will do an outstanding job in his new 
position. He is married, and the Belhams 
live at 15 Duncan Road, Rumford, Rhode 

Lawrence J. McManus, a former 
pupil, writes to thank us for sending the 
Beacon, to which we say that it gives us 
pleasure to send each issue to our men in 
the armed forces, wherever they may be 
stationed. McManus has been stationed 
at a tiny outpost north of Japan for some 
time. It is very cold there, with heavy 
snowfall at this time of year. He writes 
that security measures have been tightened, 
and that the station is on continual alert. 
He hopes that no circumstances arise 
which keep him from returning home this 
September, for he will be "sure glad" to 
see the shores of San Francisco. He has 
used his movie camera to record the 
scenery and customs of the lands where 
he has been stationed and visited, and 
hopes to have time to show them to us 
when he leaves the service. 

A. Wallace Fitt, '47, we note in 
the press, arrived at San Francisco from 
Korean duty on Feb. l^. Welcome home, 

Vol. 58 No. 11 Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. March, 1955 

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

Boy of the Month 

Albert Kingsley Ellis, a mem- 
ber of our graduating class, isthe Boy of the 


Albert K. Ellis 

Month. He is sixteen years of age, six 
feet tall and weighs 150 pounds. He was 
born in Roslindale, and has been a pupil 
here for four years. 

In his years with us he has earned 
good academic grades, and has taken an 
active part in all class functions. He is a 
Charles Hayden Scholarship winner. He 
is secretary of his class this year. He 

plays baritone in the school band, is a 
member of both the scout trooo, and 
Bible Club, and is a monitor in Hayden 
Dormitory A. 

He has the distinction of being on 
the Conduct prize list every term since he 
has been a pupil here. He has won a 
Grew Garden Prize each year also. He 
plays all sports, and has won both intra- 
mural and varsity insignia in football. 

He has had work experience in many 
departments including the sewing room, 
Adams House, dining room kitchen, 
laundry, dormitory, farm, office and boat. 
He likes the boat work the best, and hopes 
to continue his education so as to become 
a marine engineer. 

He likes dramatics and may always 
be counted upon to have a prominent 
part in class entertainments. He has been 
in the casts of two major religious dramas 
staged by the academic department. 

He is interested in many projects and 
has many hobbies. He likes Sloyd and is 
now finishing the course. He is a moving 
picture camera enthusiast and can give an 
entertaining program of school activities 
with pictures he has taken here. He is 
developing a likeness for radio repair 
work also. 

Next year he hopes to go to Hunting- 
ton School and then attend either the Coast 
Guard Academy or the Merchant Marine 


The Boston Farm School Offering 

Thirteenth in a defies of articles reprinted from paper 
titled at above, Vol. 1, No. 2, May 1859. 

Christopher Columbus 

The life of Columbus is full of interest 
and peril. The son of a wool-carder of 
Genoa, he had but a poor chance of 
getting an education. While he was in 
Lisbon, he married the daughter of 
Palestrello,— a deceased navigator of great 
eminence; and by this he came into 
possession of a great many valuable 
nautical papers, which proved to be of 
great value to him. 

He then made a voyage to Iceland, 
and some leagues beyond into the ice 
plains of the polar circle. 

Queen Isabella of Spain fitted out 
two small ships for him; and Columbus, 
with the aid of some of his friends, fitted 
out one more; and in these he set out on 
his discoveries. 

After he had been at sea for a good 
while without seeing any land, the sailors 
became mutinous, and threatened to kill 
Columbus if he did not go back; and 
Columbus said, that, if they did not see 
land in three days, that he would go back 
to Spain. On the evening of the third 
day, the perfume of flowers from the 
shore was wafted to them on the evening 
breeze, and they thought that land was 
near; and the next morning they saw the 
green forest stretching along the horizon; 
and, as they came nearer, they heard the 
songs of birds. How great must have been 
the joy of Columbus as he stepped on the 
shore, and took possession of that beauti- 
ful island in the name of the sovereigns of 
Spain! After that, he sailed south, and 
discovered the islands of Cuba and Saint 
Domingo, where he was told of the gold 
bearing regions. 

He then returned to Spain, and was 
received with great honors. There were 
many of the Spaniards who were jealous 

that a foreigner should receive such honors, 
and they thought they would deprive him 
of having the new world called after him 
so a Florentine, by the name of Americus 
Vespucius, in company with one of the 
men who had sailed with Columbus, came 
across, and discovered the western part of 
South America; and he gave such a 
glowing account of his discoveries, that 
the new world was called "America" 
after him. 

After that, Columbus made three 
other voyages to the West Indies, and 
established settlements there. In August, 
1498, he discovered the continent at the 
mouth of the Orinoco River: this he also 
supposed was an island on the coast of 
Asia; and he lived and died in ignorance 
of the brilliant discovery which he had 
made. Before he departed on his fourth 
voyage, he was made High Admiral of 
the New World. While he was on his 
third voyage, some jealous men made 
false statements to the king and queen, 
and Columbus was brought back to Spain 
in chains; but, when the Queen found out 
how it was, she let him depart on his 
fourth voyage. When Columbus came 
home from his fourth voyage, he found 
the queen was dead, and his enemies had 
power; and he who had added a new 
hemisphere to the Spanish realm was 
allowed to sink to the grave in obscurity 
and neglect. Columbus died at Valladolid 
on the twentieth day of May, 1506. 

Composed and written by 

A. S. Ackers 
Farm School. April 19, 1859 Age 13 

Mysterious Happenings 

From earliest history Man has been 
curious concerning the mysterious happen- 
ings about him. The early pioneers of 
science, handicapped by ignorance and 
superstition, made little progress. But, as 



man's power of observation and reason- 
ing increased, accompanied by an irresist- 
ible urge to solve the mysteries, scientific 
knowledge accumulated more and more 
rapidly. The past century has brought 
more scientific discoveries than all the 
previous centuries of history. Today there 
are thousands of trained scientists actively 
engaged in research. Each issue of every 
science journal brings news of important 
discoveries, and with each discovery in 
science comes new questions to be solved. 

Richard T. Castonguay 

My Future 

I would like to be an apprentice at 
the General Electric Company. For this 
I will need trigonometry, algebra, geome- 
try, mechanical drawing and as much 
other mathematics as I can learn. The 
apprentice courses teach the worker what 
he needs to know in order to be an engi- 
neer, construction worker or one of many 
other important experts at General E- 
lectric. It is not easy to become an 
apprentice, but I will try to reach the goal. 

John A. Fritz 

Study Hall 
We have a compulsory study period 
every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 
nights. Anyone failing is required to 
attend until his marks are passing. The 
teachers take turns in supervising the study 
hall. A few of the boys who are slow 
readers also meet at night forspecial help. 

John W. Cronin 

John Winthrop 

John Winthrop was born in 1588 near 
Groton, sixty miles northeast of London, 
in a region famous for the rise of puri- 
tani^m. At the age of fifteen John went 
to Trinity College, Cambridge, to study. 

Winthrop was a man of intelligent 
character and influence. When in 1629, 
the puritan leaders secured a charter for 

the Governor and Company of the Mass- 
achusetts Bay in New England they 
decided to undertake emigration on a large 
scale and to transfer the management of 
the company to America. In looking 
about for a fit person to send out as a 
governor the choice fell on Winthrop. 
After a really tempestuous passage of 87 
days and the death of seventy out of two- 
hundred cattle the party landed at Salem. 
Winthrop was a shrewd, patient, un- 
selfish ruler. He was elected governorup 
to the time of his death in 1649. 

Gary D. Schoonmaker 

What I Hope to Be 
I would like to be a member of the 
armed forces, and hope to someday be an 
officer in the U. S. Coast Guard. The 
duties of a coast guardsman are many, 
and exciting and I would like to learn how 
to do what those men do every day. 
Besides, I like boats and life on the water. 
The U. S. Coast Guard has a very im- 
portant part in our national defense. 

Paul G. Johnston 

Adams House Work 
One of the jobs I had was to help in 
Adams House every morning after break- 
fast. I began by emptying the waste basket, 
and then I did whatever Mrs. Meacham 
wanted done. One morning I might 
clean the sitting room, another morning 
wax the kitchen floor and another time 
perhaps vacuum the halls. Usually it took 
me an hour to do the work. 

Donald E. Robicheau 

The Birds 

What do the birds do 
When a cat goes by? 

They fly, fly, fly. George E. Hodson 

— "The reason there are so few good 
talkers in public is that there are so few 
good thinkers in private." TiME 


Cbompson's island Beacon 

Published Monthly by 


Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor 




Vol. 58 No. 11 

March 1955 

Subscription Price 

One Dollar Per Year 


Calvin Page Bartlett, President 
Alfred G. Malm. Vice-President 
Howland S. Warren, Treasurer 
Merton P. Ellis, Secretary 
Bartlett Harwood, Jr., Assistant Seerttary 

Term Expires 1956 
Leverett Saltonstall 
Moses Williams 

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

Edward V. Osberg 
Term Expire* 1957 
George P. Denny, M. D. 
Ralph B. Williams 

Thomas Temple Pond 
Mason Sears 

Lawrence Terry 
John Q. Adams 
Alton B. Butler 
Term Expires 1958 
Gorham Brooks 

Donald S. MacPherson 
Philip H. Theopold 
Augustus P. Loring 

Robert H. Gardiner 
E. Francis Bowditch 
Myron A. Pratt 
Advisory Committee 
N. Penrose Hallowell 
Edwin H. Place, M, D. 
James H. Lowell 
Charles E. Mason 

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? 

Over a period of years we have often 
been asked how we can year after year 
give our boys such superb academic train- 
ing and at the same time give every boy 
such a broad program of vocational, avo- 
cational and living essentials. College 
records, records of our graduates in other 
schools and the superb citizenship of our 
alumni prove our point. 

The American system of education 
has become so specialized and depart- 
mentally pin-pointed that any complete 
program of developing a child's life 
appears to be incomprehensible to most 
people. The definite result of that per- 
fected American system of single track 
education has developed for us in our 
many communities, especially in the large 
cities, the current hordes of juvenile 
delinquents. This is being talked about 
by everybody but nobody is doing any- 
thing about it. Oh yes, there are some great 
workers who are "nibbling away" at it 
but we are not yet ready to adopt a proven 
method of giving boys and girls of in- 
adequate homes a chance to live, be loved, 
be wanted, be guided and firmly directed 
through the maze of life. 

Under date of March 2, 1943 the 
late Charles Wiggins, Harvard graduate. 
Headmaster of Noble Greenough School, 
and a member of the Board of our school, 
wrote a letter in which he made this state- 
ment, "My hat is off to you and your 
gallant crew and I only wish we had many 
Farm and Trades Schools throughout this 
country, being run by a flock of Meach- 

The person mentioned in that letter 
is purely incidental but here on Thomp- 
son's Island is one school which for 140 
years has proven its worth. A thousand 
such schools in this area, with boys taken 
from incompetent homes, would make 
New England the Mecca of outstanding 


young people and the model for the 
Nation. This, of course, is assuming that 
the schools would be operated with the 
same high standards which have long been 
established here and that the same broad, 
complete program of living and develop- 
ment featurei be maintained. 

One more point in the proof of high 
standards has just been presented to the 
Staff. An outside group is making a series 
of surveys and tests at the School and all 
the boys have been given exhaustive 
academic tests. Sixty boys were enrolled 
at the beginning of these tests in September. 
Thirty of these have an IQ of 105 to 126. 
The National average is 100. All but five 
of these 30 boys were shown to have an 
academic achievement above the grade 
they are in at the School, and only oneoi 
the five boys has been at our school two 
years or more. That one boy was rated on 
these tests as being one tenth of a year, 
roughly one month, below the grade in 
which he is currently placed at the School. 

Yes, a thousand such small home 
schools as ourg, with its complete, well 
rounded program of boy life, where the 
folks love boys and want them, and at an 
early age taking boys out of incompetent 
and incomplete homes and out of homes 
where both parents are away most of the 
time would solve the major part of the ju- 
venile delinquent problem before it started. 
This would, of course, put many of the 
institutions and agencies for "problem 
children" out of business. Our generation 
is not ready to do the obvious. 

Topics in Brief 

We appreciate very much the good 
words written about the Beacon which 
appeared in the March issue of "Island 
Echoes," the Long Island Hospital pub- 
lication. Editor Charles Marvin gave a 
litile of the history of our school paper, 
stating that almost certainly it is the oldest 

school paper in America, which, as far 
as we can determine, is true. We will be 
glad to hear of any school paper, pub- 
lished previous to 1897, which would 
outdate our Beacon. Our first issue was 
printed in May, 1897. 

February was a mild month, and the 
traditional snowball battle on Washing- 
ton's Birthday could not take place. The 
boys spent the day in basketball practice 
and games. In the evening a top-notch 
movie was enjoyed. 

The Music Educators National Con- 
ference was held in Boston in late Feb- 
ruary, and was attended by Clifton E. 
Albee, of our staff. Music work being 
done in the schools was discussed and 
demonstrated through lectures and num- 
erous clinics. It was a privilege to attend 
the Conference, and to meet music edu- 
cators from far and wide. The excellent 
work in music accomplished by our school 
in music is well known, and the attain- 
ments of our Band are a matter of record 
on the books of the school music festival 

The Alumni Association, through the 
Richard Bell Fund, made its annual gift 
to everyone at the School on Washington's 
Birthday, of a pound box of chocolates. 
We at Thompson's Island all thank the 
Alumni Association for this present, given 
in memory of Richard Bell, agraduate who 
for many years was an executive of the 
Walter Lowney Company. 

Some of the boys who are interested in 
poultry attended the Poultry Show, held 
in Boston recently. This has grown to be 
a major show, very much worth attending. 

The boys had a really good basket- 
ball season. The varsity has played a game 
every week, many of them away from the 


school. The team did not make an im- 
pressive record in tiie win column, but all 
of the games were well played and the boys 
had a good season sportwise. 

The Sears intramural league went into 
its final game of the season before the 
champion team was decided. Next month 
we hope to have a season summary of 
this league, together with the names of 
those on the championship team, the 
Wolverines, captained by Loren Cain. 

The younger boys, who make up the 
teams in the Nut League, have finished 
their season. The Coconuts, captained 
by Harold S. Spurling, are the 1955 

Roger Williams 

Roger Williams (1604-1684). an 
American colonist and the founder of 
Rhode Island, was born in London, and 
educated at Charter-house School and at 
Pembroke College, Cambridge. While 
still a college student, he became bitterly 
opposed to the ceremonies cf the Episco- 
pal Church, and as a protest joined the 
Puritans. He emigrated to Massachusetts 
in 1631, and was immediately ofTered the 
position of pastor of a Boston Church, 
but declined on the ground that the 
congregation had not publicly announced 
its separation from the church of England. 
He then accepted pastoral works in a 
church at Salem, but the enraged Bos- 
tonians soon caused his removal. 

Plymouth next invited him to serve as 
pastor, and for two years he preached 
with great zeal, meanwhile earning his 
living by working as a carpenter and 
farmer. In August, 1633, W illiams again 
began to preach in Salem, but in 1635 
was convicted of heresy by the colonies 
general court. Among the charges were 
his declarations that the Indians, even 
though heathen, should have been paid 
for their lands, that a v^icked person 

should not be compelled to worship God, 
and that men should have full liberty of 

In January, 1636, Williams fled to the 
site of the present city of Providence, R. 
I., where he founded a settlement that 
became a refuge for the persecuted of 
several nations. 

He had much to do with the Rhode 
Island colonies' early success, and was 
especially active in developing friendly 
relations between the colonists and the 
Indian tribes. 

Loren E. Cain 

My Work 
When I first came to Thompson's 
Island I worked in Dormitory B. Then I 
was changed to dining room, a job which 
I liked very much. Later I became office 
boy and I also liked this work. After 
awhile I became a dining room boy again 
and then had a change to Dormitory A. 
In a year and a half I have had quite a 
change of jobs which has given me a good 
opportunity to learn how to do many 

Walter E. Grignon, Jr. 

Band Rehearsals 
Every Saturday morning our band 
leader, Mr. Warren, comes and we have 
a band rehearsal. We usually play two 
or three pieces we know well, and then 
work on some new selectior s. We finish 
by playing two or three marches. We are 
getting ready for a concert which we will 
play for the Blue Room Club, a Masonic 

Ronald A, Oke 


Gulliver as of now is in the land of 
Brobdingnag, where the people are like 
giants to him, and everything in propor- 
tion to the people. Gulliver knows the 
language and ways of the people. He lives 


with the king and queen, and has a nurse, 
Glumdalditch. Later he has his own 
house, with chairs, a table and a bed 
which a carpenter made for him. 

The greatest danger which Gulliver 
ever met was from a monkey. This 
monkey put Gulliver in a pocket and 
carried him to the roof of Gulliver's 
house. The monkey sat on the ridge iind 
began feeding him like a baby. People 
began climbing to save Gulliver, and the 
monkey let him drop on the ridge. 
Gulliver sat three hundred yards from the 
ground, expecting to be blown away by 
the wind. But an honest footman got 
Gulliver safely to earth. The monkey 
was killed. 

Robert H. Grignon 

My Vacation 
My last vacation was in August. I 
spent a week in Brockton where I went 
fishing. We fished at Cohituate, East 
Bridgewater and Lake Winnicunit. At 
the lake I caught my first Big Mouth Bass. 
While rowing under a low bridge I saw 
a long piece of fishing line which 1 pulled 
in and found a nice black plug on the end. 
This was the first plug I ever used, and I 
had good luck with it. Besides fishing I 
went to the movies, dug clams and did 
many other things. 

Donald E. Robicheau 

The Auction 

Last week we had an auction to raise 
money for the athletic association. Every 
one was urged to contribute things to be 
sold to the highest bidder. There was 
much food, including several home made 
cakes. Other things sold included radios, 
books, games, clothing, boots, skates and 
novelties. I bought a nice pin for my 
mother. There were some good bargains 
and the athletic association made some 
money for the treasury. 

Richard B. Ayers 

1 am in the eighth grade and am in my 
first year in Sloyd. I have made several 
models so far. The first model is a pencil 
pointer and this is made with only a knife. 
It is a carved pie.e of wood with a piece of 
fine sandpaper glued to it. Each succeeding 
model teaches us the use of a tool new to 
us. The final model is a large tool chest. 
The experience and knowledge we gain 
from sloyd will be very valuable to us in 
later life. 

Malcolm E. Cameron, Jr. 


For the past few years I have been very 
much interested in astronomy. I am 
going to study this science, and eventually 
I will own a telescope. Perhaps I may 
discover some heavenly body unknown at 

There are two kinds of telescopes used 
in astronomy, refracting and reflecting. 
The University of Chicago has the largest 
refractor and California Tech has the 
largest reflecting telescope. 

Dona'd J. Oke 

A New Home 

Before I came here I lived with a 
wonderful family in Everett. It was really 
home to me. Last visiting day my friends 
came and told me that they had moved to 
Billerica and described the new home 
they had purchased. It is practically new, 
and has four rooms on the first floor, two 
upstairs and a full basement. Everything 
in the house is modern. 

There is a pleasant yard, with good 
lawns, and an outdoor barbecue. What 
I like best, though, is the outdoor swim- 
ming pool. It is seven feet deep, and 
every four hours the water is automatically 
changed and purified. In the winter the 
pool can be used as an ice skating rink. 

Carl H. Fletcher 


Cbe B\mn\ fl$$ociatioii of Che farm ana trades School 

William C. Burni. '37, Vice-Pretident 
No. Wilroiniton, Mas*. 

John PaTTBRSON '43 Pre.ident 

W. Medford. Mmii. 
OoiiALD S. MacPhbrson '17, Tro»«Brer 

WolUiton, M«»t. 

William L. Glennon, '52, visited 
us recently. He joined the U. S. A. F. as 
a musician soon after his F. T. S. gradu- 
ation, and has been located at a Texas 
base. When visiting us he was on a 
furlough, and by the time this reaches our 
readers he will be at a new base in New- 
foundland. His address now is 596th Air 
Force Band, APO 862, Newfoundland. 
In August, of last year, he was married to 
a girl he met in Texas, and his wife will be 
with him at his new post. He has been 
in the Air Force two years and ten months, 
and makes his home in North Reading. 

He has had opportunity to make 
intensive study in Music. His hobby is 
reading, and he has done research work 
in history. He has not yet decided what 
field he will enter when he leaves the 
service. We wish the Glennons a happy 
and interesting time in Newfoundland. 

Daniel E. Smith, '22, heads his 
own carpentry and wood products finish- 
ing plant in Medford. He has made 
substantial progress in this field, and his 
plant is one of the best equipped in this 
locality. He has made it possible for our 
sloyd department to receive much fine 
lumber, and we appreciate his kind 
interest. Mr. and Mrs. Smith make their 
home in Arlington, at 44 James Street. 

Richard E. McPhee, '48, is attend- 
ing the New England Conservatory of 
Music, majoring in piano. He has con- 
- siderable talent, and should go far in a 
musical career. He is an excellent trom- 
bonist, and does some professional work 
on this instrument. His home is at 12 
Epping Street. Dorchester, Mass. 

George O. Poole '27, Secretaiy 
Medford, Mass. 
G. George Larsson, '17, HUtoriaD 
Hyde Park, Mass. 

For nearly two decades one or more 
of our graduating class members hsve 
been invited to work for the season at a 
prominent summer camp. We will not 
take the space to name all of these young 
alumni, but know that they, and our other 
readers, will be impressed and pleased by 
the tribute written about them by the camp 
director, an educator in one of New 
England's finer preparatory schools. He 
writes in part: 

"It has been our experience that boys 
from The Farm and Trades School are 
far more cooperative, tractable and capa- 
ble than others who are older. 

"We are particularly impressed, not 
only with their willingness to take hold 
of their responsibilities, but also with their 
ability to work. Perhaps they are not so 
sophisticated as other boys their age, but 
certainly they are not so 'spoiled.' It ia a 
delight to work with boys who have as 
realistic an approach to life and its re- 
sponsibilities as do these lads. 

"Sometimes, I think that we are in- 
clined to mistake sophistication as being 
psuedo-maturity. I would not be too con- 
cerned that you are not developing certain 
social 'graces.' That can well come about 
later in life. What you people at The 
Farm and Trades School are doing in 
developing integrity, character, and sound 
work habits in your lads deserves the 
highest commendation." 

Robert H. Stone, '42, has been 
employed by the Raytheon Manufacturing 
Co. for some time. While here he became 
interested in electronics and has followed 
this field since his graduation. He is 
married, and the Stones live at 49 Edward 
Road, in Watertown. 

Vol. 58 No. 12 Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. April, 1955 

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

Boy of the Month 
John Edward Lennon, Jr., our 
Boy of the Month, was born in Cambridge, 
is sixteen years old, stands a shade over six 
feet and weighs 157 pounds. He came to 
the school in September, 1952, and has 

'mmm ^p 

John E. Lennon 

maintained good average academic grades 
in addition to being a leader in extra 
curricular activities. He is a member of 
the graduating class. 

He has been a consistent winner of 
the Shaw Conduct Prizes, has been on 
the varsity football and basketball teams 
for the past two years, has played tuba in 
the Band for two years and is a Hayden 
Scholarship winner. He is a monitor in 
Hayden Dormitory C. He is active in 
class affairs, and may be counted upon to 
help out in any way he can. He has been 
in the cast of a major play, and has acted 
as stage manager in others. 

He has had experience in many work 
departments, including the sewing room, 
dining room, laundry, farm, dairy, power 
house, maintenance, boat, and mail. 
His favorite work is maintenance and he 
has had a hand in completing some fine 
projects in this department, including the 
building of benches for the varsity locker 
room, a table for beach suppers, and just 
recently he rebuilt 24 steel lockers for his 
dormitory locker room. 

His hobbies are woodworking and 
athletics. He has nearly finished his sloyd 
course and prefers to spend his spare time 
in the sloyd room. In athletics he plays 
all sports, but football is his favorite. 

He plans to finish high school and 
then study mechanical engineering at 
Northeastern University. 

Special Band Concert Notice 
So many friends of our School are 
deeply interested in our school Band that 
we proudly announce that the annual 
spring concert of the Band will take 
place on Sunday, April 24, in Faneuil 
Hall, Boston. The concert will begin at 
two o'clock. 

Those who have attended these con- 
certs have had an enjoyable afternoon. 
This year we hope that more and more 
of our readers will make this a "Must" 
on their engagement calendar. We would 
be happy to have the largest audience ever. 


The purpose of the concert is to give 
the Band an opportunity to show what 
has been accomplished in music study 
during the winter months. The boys will 
please you by their versatility in presenting 
a wide variety of compositions, all of 
which have been carefully studied and 

The Band will participate in the re- 
gional and New England school music 
festivals in May. and the expenses of 
these festivals and this Faneuil Hall con- 
cert are being met by small contributions 
from our friends. Ptrhaps you would 
like to help out. If so, a check mailed to 
the Band Fund at the School will be 
much appreciated and promptly acknow- 

Please keep in mind the announce- 
ment of this annual concert. No further 
invitation is necessary. May we see you 
at Faneuil Hall? 

The Boston Farm School Offering 

Fourteenth in a series of articles reprinted from paper 
titled as above. Vol. 1, No. 2, May 1859. 

The Sea 

I would liveby the Sea,-the deep, deep Sea; 

For when the Storm King bends his bow, 

And the high-bounding wave 

Leaps madly 'gainst the shore, — its crest 

Now towering, now falling at my feet. 

In such majestic grandeur, — 

In it I read the might and majesty of God; 

For this I would live by the Sea. 

But when the winds breathe soft and low. 
Or when they brethe not, and the waves 
Walk softly, they bring to my charmed ear 
Tones of such melody, my rapt spirit 
Fain believes them stray notes from 

Which bring holy thoughts, pure hopes, 
And my warring passions lull to peace. 
From this I read that God is love; 
For this I would live by the Sea. 

V. B. S. 

The four teams in the Sears League 
play every Tuesday night. I am center 
on the Panthers. The final game of the 
season decided the championship, and 
was played between the Panthers and the 
Wolverines. It was a very close game, 
and the Wolverines won. 

Edward M. Walker 

Nut League 

This year I was elected one of the 
four captains in the Nut League. Each 
team played a game weekly for nine 
weeks. I had a good team, and we were 
undefeated. When the engraving is done 
on the Nut League cup it will say "1955 
champs. Coconuts." The cup is kept 
with the other trophies so we can see it 
whenever we want to in the years to come. 

Harold S. Spurling 

Making a Card File 
One day our teacher asked if some- 
one would volunteer to make a box for a 
card file for the Teen Age Book Club, so 
I took on the job. I got the wood from 
our sloyd instructor and planed it to size. 
Then I drilled holes and nailed it together. 
I set the nails and filled the holes with 
sawdust and glue. On the next day I 
scraped away the excess filling, sanded 
the box and oiled it. Then I shellacked 
it. A day later it was ready for the class- 

Robert H. Grignon 

My Experience 

I have been here for three and a half 
years, and I like the School very much. I 
have learned to play softball, tennis, 
football, basketball and other sports. My 
hobby is stamp collecting, and I have 
almost 2,000 stamps. I am in the ninth 
grade, and work on the farm, a job which 
I like very much. 

Richard B. Pulsifer 


The Easter Concert "Thy Son Liveth" 

Our religious services at Christmas A Religious Play by Maryann Manly 
and Easter have long been famed as truly 
outstanding, and this year the Easter con- 

cert ranked well with the best which our 
academic department has produced. A 
cast of five sophomores presented the 
Easter play, "Thy Son Liveth," by 

Scene— A room in the house of a Sadducee 
Place— A city in Judea 
Time— About 50 A. D. 

Azel, the Sadducee 

Carleton G. Skinner 

Maryann Manly. The play was deeply Gaius, the Greek Physician 

spiritual and told of the attitudes and be- Loren E. Cain 

liefs of the people of Judea in the year ^acchaeus, the Wayfarer 

50 A. D. The religious theme strengthens 

Steven R. Wellington 

and helps in times of tragedy, which Hannah, the Woman Albert K. Ellis 
almost all of us encounter at some time. The Boy, Son of Azel Basil T. Veglas 
Throughout the play one could sense the 

development and retention of the deep 
faith upon which Christianity is based. 
The cast did an admirable piece of work 
and the play brought the Easter message 
to us in a beautiful and thoughtful manner. 

Albert E. Merrill conducted the 
worship service and Thomas J. Angelos 
gave an Easter poem. The choir sang 
two selections, both of which have grown 
to be traditional Easter hymns. 

The program, and the names of those 
taking part, follows: 

Assisting in the Production 

John E. Lennon Arthur A. Sprague 

Choir Roster 

Willard J. Boulter 
Charles J. Brooks 
James L. Fennessy 
Kenneth D. Ford 
Walter E. Grignon, Jr. 
George E. Hodson 
William H. Horn 
Richard L. Sawyer 

Philip G. Johnston 

Alexander D. Marinakis 

George D. McPeek 

Donald E. Robicheau 

Edward M. Walker 

Harold L. Spurling 

Thomas J. Walker 

Malcolm E. Cameron, Jr. 

A Little History 

A most interesting period in Benjamin 

Franklin's life was when he drew up a 

plan for a Union of the Colonies. It was 

argued many times in debates, and many 

difficulties were finally overcome before 

his plan was unanimously agreed upon. 

But when copies of it were sent to the 

provinces it was not adopted. So another 

Beneath the Cross of Jesus plan was conceived whereby the colonies 

Choir were to meet and order the raising of 

The Easter Play— Thy Son Liveth troops, building of forts, and to draw on 

„ , . TT^ T ;,,^^| the treasury of Great Britain for the 

Selection nc i^ives: ... . 

ociccii^ii expense, which was afterwards to be re- 

°^^ funded by an act of Parliament taxing 

Hymn— Christ the Lord is Risen Today America. 

Congregation Richard T. Castonguay 


Hymn— Crown Him With Many Crowns 

Poem— Ring Happy Bells! 

Thomas J. Angelos 

Scripture Reading and Prayer 
Albert E. Merrill 




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Rotary the world over is a way of life 
based on the motto "Service Above 
Self." The total good which has been 
accomplished through this international 
orgnnization is far beyond any possible 
tabulation. This is the fiftieth anniversary 
of Rotary and a special commemorative 
stamp is on sale at all U. S. Post Offices. 
There are also commemoratives issued by 
several other countries. 

Several years ago an industrial leader 
in Chicago gave up a $30,000.00-a-year 
salary to take over the management of a 
large corporation which was bankrupt. 
The story is a dramatic one but in brief he 
saved the company and within three years 
it was prosperous and paying substantial 
dividends. His first move was to apply 
his Sunday School teaching mode of life 
to the business. Specifically he turned to 
the Book of Jeremiah and found the 
answer. He jotted down the four rules 
found in this Book and injected the plan 
into his organization in every department. 

The four rules he called the Four Way 
Test and these rules are: 

Is it the truth? 

Is it fair to all concerned^ 

Will it build good will and better friend- 

Will it be beneficial to all concerned? 

This Four Way Test has become un- 
iversal in Rotary and it has been officially 
brought into many of the States' high 
schools in America. 

The man who first codified and put 
into business practice this Four Way Test 
is the well known industrialist, philanthro- 
pist and churchman, Herbert Taylor, of 
Chicago. He is currently President of 
Rotary International. 


Topics in Brief 

An interesting project has been com- 
pleted by our sixth graders, that of the 
study of rhyme and meter in poetry. 
Many original poems were written by the 
youngsters, and some of ihese are printed 
elsewhere in this issue. We hope that this 
"Poet's Corner" may become an occasion- 
al feature of the BEACON. 

A very pleasant afternoon was enjoyed 
on March 13, when a group of over fifty 
entertainers from Brockton gave us a two 
hour program of fun and frolic. We wish 
we could list the names of those in the 
cast, but such is not possible. The group, 
representing a veterans' organization, gave 
a well balanced program of music, songs, 
dancing, stories and sketches. We apprec- 
iate very much their coming to us with 
this fine entertainment. 

The annual Easter Concert was given 
on Thur>day evening, March 31. A re- 
ligious play, "Thy Son Liveth," was en- 
acted by a cast of five and special music 
was turnished by a choir of sixteen voices. 
All of those taking part did a fine job and 
desrve commendation for their excellent 

Our boat, the PiLGRiM III, was out 
of service for a few days this month because 
of engine trouble. Our transportation 
needs were met by the friendly coopera- 
tion of our Spectacle Island neighbors and 
a commercial boat chartered for our use. 

Our School Band played a concert for 
the Engineers Blue Room Club at Brown 
Hall in The New England Conservatory 
of Music building on the evening of March 
12. This Masonic group has arranged for 
our boys to play for them annually for 
many years, and these are always happy 
occasions. The boys enjoyed a fine dinner 

and an excellent entertainment. As its 
part in the evening's program the Band 
played an hour's concert, of varied band 
compositions which were well received. 
Several members of the Engineers 
Club are alumni of our school, and we 
were glad to meet them once again. 
Howard B. Ellis, '98 directed the band 
in a favorite composition and spoke briefly 
about the work of the School. 

The basketball season ended on 
March 21 when two class teams played 
the windup game of what was a very fine 
season. The last varsity game was played 
on March 19, and was a victory for our 
boys. The Sears League championship 
was won by the Wolverines, captained 
by Loren E. Cain. Harold S. Spurling 
led an undefeated Nut League team to 
the season's victory in that lea^iue. 

Paul Parker and Steven Wellington 
led the varsity in scoring. High scorers 
in the Sears league included Stanton 
Pearson, Loren Cain and Gary Schoon- 
maker. The leading scorers in the Nut 
League were Michael Tervo, John 
Krzyzanowski, and Harold Spurling. 

The annual foul shooting contests 
were won by Steven R. Wellington, 
Daniel W. Dockham, 
ind William H. Horn, 

varsity group; 
Sears League, 
Nut League. 

Final term examinations for the 
winter term were given during the week 
of March 21, The spring vacation week 
will begin on Monday, April 4. 

Ten of the boys attended the annual 
Sugar Party of The Vermont Association 
of Boston, at New England Mutual Hall, 
on March 26. The boys helped by waiting 
on tables, and then enjoyed maple syrup 
on snow, a taste treat if there ever was one. 
Our boys have had a part in this annual 


party for more than thirty years, and it is 
always a pleasant event. 

We hatched 1097 chickens this spring, 
the final hatch being on March 28. A total 
of 1293 eggs were set and 82 tested out, 
leaving 1211 eggs of which 1097 hatched, 
giving us the excellent percentage of 84% 
hatched. Our Petersime incubator was a 
source of much interest to many of the 
boys who watched this important phase of 
our poultry work. With more than a 
thousand baby chicks, our brooder house 
is a busy place these days. 

Our paint shop has finished painting 
the basement rooms in Bowditch House, 
and is currently at work doing the exterior 
window trim on Dormitory C. 


Winter now has come and gone, 

It is time for Spring, 
The swell, sweet time 

For little birds to sing. 

The flowers will come out again, 
The trees will bud their best, 

Sheltering the secret 

Built by Robin Red Bresst. 

Charles J. Hrooks 

The Robin 

I have seen a robin's breast 

As he was flying from the west. 

He had a worm tucked in his bill. 
To feed his babies to the fill. 

He taught his babies how to fly 

One baby fell and began to cry. 

Willard J. Boulter 

Skinning a Deer 

Last fall two of the instructors went 
on a hunting trip and brought back two 
deer and a fox. When they skinned the 
animals I helped. First we started at the 
legs and worked toward the head. We 
were very careful and it took us about an 
hour to do the job. The skins were sent 
in town to be processed into gloves. 

Richard B. Ayers 

Nut League Basketball 
We had a Nut League game today 
and our team played the best it has all 
season. Soon we will have a foul shooting 
contest. This will finish the season and 
we will get started on baseball. 

James L. Fennessy 

Sixth Grade Poet's Corner 

The Robin 

I have seen a robin's vest 

While he was perched upon his nest. 
I hope he gets a lot of rest 

So he will look his very best. 

Gregory F. Ford 

A Little Robin 

Little robin red breast 

You look sweet upon your nest. 
With three eggs all blue, 

Your vest was pretty when you flew. 
George E. Hodson 

Spring Beauty 
Daisies in the meadow white; 

Tulips in the garden bright; 
Mot^'er Nature at her best 

Everywhere from East to West. 

In the springtime by the brook. 
Nature is in every nook, — 

She puts upon the earth a vest 
Of eternal beauty at its best. 

Christopher A. Routenberg 

The Kite 
The farmer's boy likes to fly his kite. 
Up in the sky where it's blue and bright. 
He must stop his fun when there's work 

to do, 

But he's back again when his work is 


Phillip G. Johnston 


Honor Roll — Fall Term 

The highest academic averages in each class grout 

Sophomore Class 

Richard T. Caston^uay 
Albert E. Merrill 

Freshman Class 

James P. LaGrassa 

Larry E. Garside 

Eighth Grade Division A 

Michael Tervo 
Robert H. Grignon 

Eighth Grade Division B 

James A. Clough 

Joseph S. Lombardo 

Thomas C. Cronin 

Seventh Grade 

Kenneth D. Ford 
Walter E. Grignon, Jr. 

Sixth Grade 

Ronald L. Zisk 

George E. Hodson 

Christopher A. Routenberg 

Best Citizenship 

"A" Rank general conduct and effort 
in each class group 

Sophomore Class 

Thomas Angelos 

Gerald L. Brings 

Loren E. Cain 

Richard T. Castonguay 

Albert K. Ellis 

William F. James 

John E. Lennon 

Albert E. Merrill 

Paul E. Parker 

Carleton G. Skinner 

Arthur A. Sprague 

Steven R. Wellington 

Freshman Class 

Larry E. Garside 

Alexander D. Marinakis 

Howard E. Murphy, II 

Stanton E. Pearson 

Eighth Grade Division A 

Robert H. Grignon 

Eighth Grade Division B 

Donald J. Oke 

Ronald A. Oke 

James A. Clough 

Seventh Grade 

Richard L. Sawyer 

Sixth Grade 

William J. Boulter 

Gregory F. Ford 

George E. Hodson 

John Park 

Stamp Collecting 

Stamp collecting is one of the most 
popular hobbies with many boys at F. T. 
S. Famous people the world over also 
collect stamps, and former President 
Roosevelt had a wonderful collection. 
He once said, "A stamp collection makes 
a person a better citizen." We all know 
that every country issues stamps, and every 
stamp represents some item of history. 
Stamp collecting also teaches geography. 
Some stamps are very valuable and 
collectors are always on the watch for 
them. At the School we get most of our 
stamps by trading duplicates. 

John S. Krzyzanowski 

Sew^ing Room 

Every morning after breakfast I report 
to the sewing room in the main building. 
First I empty the waste baskets in the 
incinerator near the power house. Then I 
do dormitory work. When this is finished 
I help in the sewing room. All of the boys' 
clothes come to the sewing room from the 
laundry. We mend and sort, and deliver 
the clothes to the dormitories. 

Kenneth D. Ford 

— A foolish man may be known by six 
things: Anger without cause, speech with- 
out profit, change without progress, in- 
quiry without object, putting trust in a 
stranger, and mistaking foes for friends. 



Che HHwini Association of Che farm and Craaes School 

John Patt«rson '43 Pretident William C. Burns. '37. Vice-Pre»ident 

W. Medford, Man. No. Wilroin£ton. Masi. 

OoNALD S. MacPhERSON '17, Treaenrer 
WoUaiton, Mait. 

Georce O. Poole '27, Secretary 
Medford, Mass. 
G. George Larsson, '17, Hiatorian 
Hyde Park, Mass. 


An excellent photograph appeared in 
the Nashville "Banner" of Monday, 
February 7, depicting FRANKLIN S. 
Harris, '40. at work in the laboratory 
of the Hermitage Feed Mills. He is a 
graduate of the University of Tennessee 
and is a nutritionist. He is married and 
he and Mrs. Harris live at 303 East 
Tennessee Ave., Oak Ridge, Tenn. 

George D. Russell, '24, served 
sixteen years in the U. S. Army. He 
retired a chief warrant officer in 1947. He 
and his wife are now living in Meredith, 
N. H. 

John R. Mason, '51, and Mrs. 
Mason are proudly announcing the arrival 
of a daughter, Linda, on January 26, 1955. 
John is in the U. S. Navy, and has seen 
considerable duty in Atlantic waters. Now 
that Linda is at home he hopes that his 
Navy duties will not take him too far 
afield from Boston. The Mason home is 
at 299 Cross Street, Maiden, Mass. 

MuRDOCK C. Moore. '39. is one 
of our many graduates who has done well 
in the printing trade. After service in the 
merchant marine as a wartime radio 
operator he and Mrs. Moore went to 
Maumee, Ohio. Here Mr. Moore entered 
the printing business, and he has been in 
the same shop now for several years. He 
sends us occasional samples of his work. 
The Moore family lives at 105 Conant 
Street, in Maumee. 

Since reading in a recent issue news 
of his schoolmate AlGINE B. STEELE, 

'95. Howard B. Ellis, '98 took a trip 
to North Reading and had a pleasant visit 
with Mr. Steele. Old times were dis- 
cussed at length and both enjoyed every 

minute of their get-together. Although 
six decades have passed since these "old 
timers" were at Thompson's Island, both 
have retained a close, warm interest in 
the School through the years. 

John J. Goodhue, '21, we note, 
has expanded his flourishing boat building 
and repair facilities on Lake Winnipesau- 
kee, N. H. For many years he was 
located near Boston but decided to return 
to his home locality, where the Goodhues 
have long been noted for all types of boat 
service. His address is Gilford. N. H. 

Leslie R. Jones, '06, has had a 
notable career as a newspaper photogra- 
pher with the Boston Herald. We note 
his excellent work almostfrom day to day. 
Mr. Jones has many pleasant memories 
of his many years in newspaper work, but 
none approach those of his association, as 
a cameraman, with the Boston Red Sox, 
in 1946, when the Sox were league cham- 

Rev. Theodore B. Hadley, '21 
is as busy as ever as pastor of two churches 
in southern New Hampshire. He is most 
ably assisted by his lovely wife. The 
Hadleys, who live in Hampstead, N. H. 
have long hoped to visit F. T. S. but 
have been forced to postpone this trip 
because of the pressure of church work. 

Luke W. Halfyard, '21, has for 
many years been chief engineer of Ferdi- 
nands, the large Roxbury department 
store. He is recuperating at present from 
a period of ill health and we are glad to 
say that he appears to be in practically 
tip top condition once again. The Half- 
yards live at 59 Morgan Street, Melrose,