A B Davis High School - Maroon and White Yearbook (Mount Vernon, NY)

 - Class of 1950

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A B Davis High School - Maroon and White Yearbook (Mount Vernon, NY) online yearbook collection, 1950 Edition, Page 33
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lfllf' Seated behind the mayor's desk at City Hall were two men. both of whom were mayors. 0ne's face was that of Mount Vernon's William Hart Hussey: the other. a younger face, belonged to our own Clifford Storms. The corridors of City Hall echoed with eager footsteps on De- cember T. 19-19. Once more the members of OUR TOWN CLUB had taken command of the inner workings of the government of the city of Mount Vernon. From the fourth floor fire alarm system to the basement dental clinic, interested students explored City Hall. Behind the impressive doors of the Wlater Bureau, the student commissioner poured anxiously over charts showing the serious- ness of the current water shortage. Two floors above, within the confines of the Department of Public Wforks, "officials" for the day appraised the plans for the housing projects under con- struction on Site A. Davisites recorded in the official ledgers of Mount Vernon everything from marriages, in the ofhce of the City Clerk, to deaths, in the Bureau of Vital Statistics. For one day Mount Vernon was really f'Our Town." It was one afternoon five years ago that one hundred fifty Davisites filed into the audi- torium on the Hill Top for the first meeting of Our Town Club. Advised by its founder, Mrs. Walter Addis, the members visited City Hall for the first time on December 7, 1945, but over night A DAY AT THE DENTAL CLINIC Olflflfl Our Town Club had become the largest and most popular club at Davis. A tradition of efficiency grew up over the years among the elected and appointed uofficialsf, The best example of this took place during the first Our Town Day in 194-5. So seriously did the Commissioner of Public Works take his responsi- bility that he arose at dawn and was supervising garbage disposal at the city incinerator at the early hour of six-thirty. No wonder that our municipal employees were impressed by the 'fofficialsw for the day! But back again to this year! Across the street from City Hall a student commissioner learned Mount Vernon's methods of law enforce- ment at the Police Department. A Davisite ac- companied the fire chief in his bright red sedan to the scene of a minor blaze. Farther south in 'fOur Town" the 'fSuperintendent of Schoolsw and the "President of the Board of Education" saw for the first time the other side of our school system. From Bronxville to the Bronx, from Yonkers to Pelham, members of Our Town Club saw and ran the City of Mount Vernon, while their official acts were carefully recorded by the photographer of the uDaily Argusf' whose editor, in turn, loaned these photographs to the 6fMaroon and Wfhitef' Some day in the future the green curtain of the voting booth will be before us. It will be our responsibility to choose the people who will direct our city government. Who will be better prepared than a member of Our Town Club, who has seen and worked in City Hall, to choose the future officials of the City of Mount Vernon? Although December 7 was the biggest day on the club calendar, members met every two weeks during the year under the supervision of its new adviser, Miss Rouget. Movies, speakers, and other means were used to bring 'fOur Townw closer to club members. Many members realized for the first time that although they had lived here all their lives they had never witnessed the inner workings of the government of their own home town. As one member admitted rather sheepishly, 'GI saw Congress in session, but I had never been inside City Hall, before joining Our Town Club." 29

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