Abbot Academy - Circle Yearbook (Andover, MA)

 - Class of 1923

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Page 42 text:

T h e Abbot C i.rcle 192 3 portion of a J|t£torp Tn the year 4023, a party of explorers, headed by the heirs of the Houses of Holmes and Flagg, noticing a queer mound in the vicinity of the city of Andover, dug away a castle and excavated a long sought hall of learning, called Abbot Academy. The structure was of brick, still in good condition. To all appearances everything had shrunk but there was still to be seen a queer circle which identified the place to the discoverers. One building was entered by a winding staircase, from which extended many narrow hallways. It was finally judged that the earth had covered the buildings in the year 1923 after the departure of the noble class of ' 23. A number of queer relics were found in one part of what was once the main building. A number of odd figures on presumably stiff paper representing females standing on queer boards, caused much puzzling. Under the pictures in hiero- glyphics was written " Intervale. " Nothing was gained by studying these prints except that the queer boards were a part of some ancient sport and that by the ex- pression on the was surmised that much enjoyment was had. One of the adventurers found an ancient journal, unfinished, yellowed and faded by age, which was written by a student at the institution during the years 1919-1923. Much time was spent in attempting to decipher the hieroglyphics and only after much difficulty, were certain parts translatable for the language was very queer and little understanding could be gained by perusing the sheets. A few extracts are here quoted : " Sept. 1918: — Registered today. Saw loads of girls, but don ' t know yet who ' s in my class. Funny looking bunch, it seems to me. " Nov. 1918: — Only eight in the class, but although we ' re a small class in num- bers, our minds are ' most as big as the Seniors ' . Four of us got on the Honor Roll. " May 1919: — Our elocution class spoke pieces before the school. Was scared to death but the congratulations afterwards were fine. " Oct. 1919: -— Juniors now. Elected our first officers. A great, exciting occasion ! Chose our class colors and flower, too. " Nov. 1919: — Had our class picnic at Pomps. Hot Dog! Sang songs and walked around the pond. Swell eats. 38

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The Abbot Circle 19 2 3 parting S ong O Alma Mater, as we part, Our hearts go out to you In firmer, stronger loyalty, And, hoping ever to be true, Because we have our thoughts of you, We go, with loving heart. But ere we turn, O school so dear, To go where new life calls, We leave this symbol of our love, That still within thy cherished walls There may be proof, whate ' er befalls, Of memories lingering here. Charlotte P. Hudson

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The Abbot Circle 19 2 3 " Nov. 1920: — Now we ' re Junior-Mids, and are slowly advancing in classes, but seem to diminish in respect to knowledge; when we were Preps, the less we knew, the more we thought we knew — now the more we know the less we think we know. It ' s tumble! Had our picnic again at Pomps. Saw a snake climb a tree. " Jan. 1921: — Sleighride to Corner Cupboard. Late back at school. Fun. " Oct. 1921: — Our class is huge, this year. The picnic was at night — " mirabile dictu. " Ate lollypops most of the time and old and new girls gave stunts. During study hour we surprised the Seniors and sang to them under their windows. Thrills galore! " June 1922: — Our class gave three plays; comedy, fairy story, serious scene. Seniors invited as our guests and sat in front rows. Much singing back and forth. " May 1922 : — My first Abbot Prom is over! and it was grand an ' glorious. Jim was darling! Our class decorated the hall with streamers and festoons. Much gaiety. Carried chairs back and forth until my back was about broken. Sympathized with poor, underclass kids who had to sit in the organ loft. " May 1922: — Never dreamed a Banquet could be so marvellous. There were loads of toasts. " B.B. " and " Kit " were darling. Seniors came and sang to us. Most of us wept buckets. Senior Parlor given to us! It was too sad for words! Much weeping and wailing! We ' re almost Seniors, now! " Oct. 1922: — Senior privilege of going on our picnic in trucks was fully appre- ciated. Grand food and many stunts. We came back by moonlight and sang. " February 1923: — Intervale is over! Our tired brains are rested. Much food consumed and we nearly broke our necks skiing and trailing. " Here all decipherable extracts ended but here and there were found such strange expressions as " the play was scrumbunctious " and " that secret, sacred banquet will. never be forgotten, " and " every Prom gets better and better ' ' . Then at the end of the journal were found these words " I ' ve graduated — but can ' t talk about it. Words fail me. " . It was decided, upon consultation, that this document be placed in the City Museum as the portrayal of boarding school life of the time is considered of value. Many other relics were found which are all carefully preserved. A book will soon be published telling of this famous excavation, which will be of interest to many descendants of Abbot Academy alumnae.

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