Abbot Academy - Circle Yearbook (Andover, MA)

 - Class of 1943

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Immobilized Besides being waitresses, buying war stamps, and wearing rayon stockings, we have had rigorous training in air raid drills with lieutenants, door holders, and special routes to our shelters. There we have sat surround- ed by black-out devices while our lieutenants checked up on shoes and coats. But our most important defense activities have come on Wednesday night when we studiously attended regular defense courses of our own choosing. In First Aid we learned how to treat injuries and to take care of victims of accident before the arrival of the doctor. This included knowl- edge and use of pressure points, arti- ficial respiration, treatment of shock, poisons, bandaging, splints, and the transportation of injured persons. The infirmary was the scene all fall of experimentation in Home Nursing. Abbot should produce many candi- dates for the Nurses Aid this summer with the expert bed making, tempera- ture taking, and general care of pa- tients which have been mastered. With the Red Cross drive in the new year for surgical dressings, the Home Nurs- Vim, Vigor and Victim ' Even edges! " [42]

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fun and frolic which were found at the party in Davis Hall to which old girls again escorted new. Not only new faces but also new customs had appeared with the open- ing of a new school year. To meet the shortage of help, each girl was as- signed a task in the dining room- setting the table, serving the meal, or clearing — and all year the duties were rotated according to a clever plan devised by our dextrous Miss Coolidge so that the load was evenly distributed. The " Dawn Patrol " was by far the most popular assignment! Another early morning innovation was the giving of the " News " in chapel on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings instead of on week nights in the dining room. The job fell, as usual, to underclassmen and one-year Seniors. You haven ' t really been at Abbot until you have faced this terror, onlv to find that it ' s fun! Seniors set the pace the first few days and then the regulars took over. To Yvonne and Miss Roth, all that is left of Q.E.D. for the present, goes the credit for the excellent quality of the news this year. Dawn Patrol News Prelude Corridor stunts lighted up several Saturday nights during the fall, and we laughed long and hard at the antics of Abbey, Sherman, and the various wings of Draper. Brains were wracked for ideas and then came the dash four flights up to find the neces- sary costumes. At Hallowe ' en the Day Scholars came through with what is said to have been one of the best entertain- ments ever. And we are not ones to quibble, for the Minstrel Show will not soon be forgotten. After the scramble for cider and doughnuts we relaxed on the floor to watch a skit entitled " A Teacher ' s Life " which was pre- sented by some " strange traveling players " who had just " happened " in. Abbot rolled in the aisles at the faculty ' s annual presentation; no more need be said. Doing Defense Deeds Diligently, we dedicated half of our Wednesday night study period to this form of war aid, and in little and big things the war claimed time which in other years has been spent in other ways. [41]



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" It flapped its wings! " ' Alto Stratvs or Cirrus? " ing group turned to this very practi- cal and direct form of war aid. Motor Mechanics was a course in which we learned how to be grease monkeys. The mysteries of flat tires, Many hands, light icorh battery troubles, and automobile en- gines were unfolded before us and no longer loomed as unsolvable prob- lems. Our Airplane Spotting group learned to distinguish between P40, P39, Fly- ing Fortresses, Liberators, and other planes, and they put their knowledge to practical use by doing actual spot- ting for the town of Andover. On Saturday mornings during the spring they covered the spotting center for three hours, and once they enjoyed the thrill of spotting twenty-seven planes in half an hour ' s time. The Weather Class solved the mys- teries of the sky, clouds, and winds. They learned which clouds are nim- bus, which cumulus. They were taught to recognize favorable winds and to forecast thunderstorms. As weather predictors they should be invaluable aids to the airplane spotters. The " Protection-Production " Plant was conducted for the girls below the Senior-Mid Class. They [43]

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