Abington High School - Abhis Yearbook (Abington, MA)
- Class of 1950
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'IWS 11661131 T03-1ii'5'615i'S:f5i3iY68BiT1 Sforekia '
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flnow more about the ole ZIGZAG, CROOKED AND BENT, back inthe good ole days
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Flite trains too. They stopped once for a single House, and'Ii' a feller ME
engineers twice to be polite.
gix times, one right after the other, because we kept ketching up with the cowgjf
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THE ABHIS 15
If someone were to stop you on the street and
ask, "Do you believe in Santa Claus?" you would
probably do one of two things: drop dead from
surprise or just stand and gape at whoever was
fool enough to ask such an absurd question. My
answer would simply be, "Yes, I do believe in
Santa Claus," for without believing in this immor-
tal old man there just wouldn't be any Christmas
as we know it.
CAROL OUELLETFB, '51
The Kind of Christmas I Should Like
I should like a nice white Christmas with a beau-
tiful Christmas tree decorated 'with lights, some
colored bulbs, and candy canes hanging from the
green hemlock boughs. g
I should like to find a lot of presents under the
tree, including checkers, a baseball glove, ice skates,
a toboggan and an electric guitar.
I should like a big turkey dinner with stuffing
and gravy and a big bowl of fruit.
I should like to help Santa Claus the night before
Christmas as he delivers many toys and fills stock-
ings by the fireplace with candy and fruit. I should
also like to help him wrap presents for poor
orphans who have poor Chrisrmases. I wish I had
a shop in which to make toys that I could give to
poor crippled or homeless children who have never
known a Christmas or Santa Claus. I would like
to make every poor child in the world happy. That's
the kind of Christmas I should like to have.
CARROLL MAY, '55
WHAT CHRISTMAS MEANS TO ME
To me Christmas is a day of joy and happiness.
It is the day when we are rewarded with thanks
for all our pains in selecting and wrapping gifts.
It is the day when we all go to church to thank
God in our way for His blessing.
Christmas is a day of peace and love. On this
day one forgets intolerance, hatred, and war. One
wishes everybody he meets a Merry Christmas. He
forgets the recent arguments with his neighbors.
All he remembers are the good things about him.
Christmas means a'tree all decorated in tinsel
and beautiful lights. It means little children writ-
ing letters to Santa Claus. It means putting pres-
ents under the tree on Christmas Eve and waking
up very early the next day to open them.
KATHERINE EDSON, '51
The Kind of Christmas I Should Like
I should like to have the kind of Christmas for
the whole world that as far as I can remember has
never been. I should like to have the world as
nearly completely peaceful as possible with no
countries occupied by any other people as a mili-
I should like all the fellows and girls who are
now in the services to be at home so that everyone
in the world could enjoy a real old-fashioned
Christmas. Instead of having everyone in the
country sending presents to their loved in far-off
countries, I would have them all sitting around the
Christmas tree enjoying what the little children
and they themselves were doing.
h Perhaps this is a lot of dreaming on my part, but
it surely would be the perfect Christmas for every-
JANET HUNTER, '51
MY HAPPIEST CHRISTMAS
One day before Christmas when I was about five
years of age, I went to Boston to see Santa Claus.
I wasn't sure about himg that is, I didn't believe
My mother bought the tickets and we went in.
There were hundreds of children in the store.
When I got up to the place where Santa was, I
told him what I wanted, but a little thing hap-
pened. I took a pull at a part of his whiskers.
That was the end of me and my visits to Boston
for a little while.
MARK LYDON, '55
The Kind of Christmas I Should Like
I should like to have Christmas this year a
happy one for everyone, with snow and plenty to
Cat and presents for everyone, and a big bright
tree in every home.
I should like to have everyone in my family
gather at my house and all go to church, then
return to my house and sing Christmas carols.
Then the elders would put the younger children to
bed and let them dream about what they would
like Santa to bring them. After the children had
gone to bed the older folks would wrap presents
and get the tree ready and prepare the turkey for
the next day. I would like to have one of the
older men dress as Santa and distribute the gifts.
The best present in all the earth would be to
have the war stop and have all the boys return
home and have this world a peaceful, loving one.
BETTY MCKENNA, '51
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WHAT CHRISTMAS MEANS TO ME
When I think of Christmas I first think of peace.
"Peace on earth, good will towardimenf'
This Christmas I would like to see the world
at peace. I would like to see the snow cover the
world like a thin blanket and hear church bells
ring in the distance.
This Christmas everybody should kneel down
and prayg pray for the men now fighting in Korea
and the men now confined in hospitals throughout
the world. Let us not forget the boys and men
who died so that we might live and be happy.
PAUL D'AMATO, '51
Christmas is rapidly approaching, but I fear it
will not be the Christmas we have been dreaming
Everywhere about us I can see the forced smiles
of people who are anxiously awaiting a word from
their sweethearts, husbands, and sons. They are
constantly whispering a silent prayer that these
boys may be returned home safely to them.
Soon gay red and green decorations will be in
every store window, street corner, and home. Snow
will be floating down from the sky and mothers
will be whispering to their children about that
fat, jolly-faced fellow known as Santa Claus.
Despite these outward signs of gaiety, hearts are
heavy and people continue their everyday responsi-
bilities with increasing depression.
I pray that our God above will bless all these
people, give them faith to carry on their duties with
easier hearts, and give them a new outlook on life.
I pray that all the boys fighting overseas to pre-
serve our democracy may he returned to us so that
they will never again miss Christmas at home with
their families and friends.
SHIRLEY PRATT, '51
The Kind of Christmas I Should Like
I should like to have a Christmas where every-
one could have a line dinner and warm clothing.
We do not usually think these things important
because most of us already have warm clothes and
very likely we shall all have a splendid Christmas
dinner. I am not thinking of us 'lucky Ameri-
cans" at this time. I am thinking of the people in
Germany, Russia and Poland, and many other for-
eign countries, who are starving and freezing. If
they could all have a fine dinner and warm clothes
the world would be happier. I would rather see
them having food and clothing than to get the
things I have looked forward to for Christmas.
HARRIET LEARNED, '55
MY HAPPIEST CHRISTMAS
The happiest Christmas I have had came when
I was four years old.
I got a cart from my grandmother. I can just
barely remember when my father used to pull me
around in it. I had it until two or three years
ago when two of my mischievous brothers got hold
of it and wrecked it.
The other thing that I got that year and liked
very much was a doll carriage. I played with it all
the time when I was not eating or sleeping.
PATRICIA DoNovAN, '55
THE GREATEST CHRISTMAS
The greatest of all Christmas presents would be
peace on earth and friendliness toward one's fellow
men. This present would be given by all and re-
ceived by all.
The millions of people who are suiering daily
under Communistic oppression would be free to
follow whatever creed they liked. The Korean sit-
uation would end and so would the slaughtering of
thousands of soldiers on both sides. Hundreds of
thousands of children would be warm and well fed,
and sheltered. Dictators would vanish from the
face of the earth and each country would be run
democratically with equal rights for everybody.
Atomic energy would benefit, rather than harm
mankind. Yes, if I had my way peace on earth
would be the greatest Christmas present.
JAMES KELLBY, '51
WHAT CHRISTMAS MEANS TO ME
To me Christmas is a time of joy and general
rejoicing. Christmas is the time when man should
love man, because of the love he has for Christ
who was born on this day. just as when on the
birthday of some close friend or relative we show
our love for this person, so should we show our
love for God by loving our fellow men.
Many people think that Christmas is for little
children only. This is only natural because on
Christmas Santa Claus comes with presents for all
the good little boys and girls. It is only natural
that little children should take without giving, but
where else can a mature person find so much joy
as when giving a gift to a loved one, rather than
receiving one? . ' .
To me, the love of man for man and God, the
warmth in the heart from giving, the sight of happy
smiling faces before the Christmas tree, are the
things that make Christmas.
' JOHN JOHNSON, '51
THE ABHIS 15
If I could have a pot of gold,
Mine to have and mine to hold.
I'd swap the gold for just one thing-
Not to fly, to swim, or singg
But that all the boys across the sea
Would again come home
And our world be free.
BARBARA RICHARDS, '53
'Way in the past on a clear frosty night
There appeared to some shepherds a wond'rous
T'was a beautiful star much larger than all
And it rested and shone o'er a Bethlehem stall.
Then some angels appeared quite near
And bade the shepherds have no fear
But follow the star so brightly gleaming
And lo! beneath it find their new king.
When to that distant stall they went
They found there three kings from the
And in the soft, sweet smelling hay
The little baby jesus lay-
A blessed gift whom God had sent
To help His dear people to repent
And to realize what the world could be
If everyone would live as He.
MARTHA CRANE, '51
When winds are quiet
And stars are twinkling rays of light,
When frogs and crickets are softly chirping,
And all the world seems at easeg
I think of
God and Love.
When winds are howling,
And heavy fog has shut from view the starry
When creatures great and small have ceased their
And all the world seems torn by storm,
I am secure in thoughts of
God and Love.
SHIRLEY PRATT, '51
This is the season when the purest snow
Falls from the heavens to the earth below,
Turning the countryside into a fairyplace
Of magical forms and silver lace.
This is the season when Christmas bells ring
Out their songs of the new born King,
Who showed the way to the people of old,
That they might find joy and love untold.
Now is the time when we all must heed
The teachings of Jesus and His plea
That we should love our fellowmen
That we may have peace on this earth again.
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VOL. XXX DECEMBER, 1950 No 1
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
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ABOUT CHRISTMAS .s...,
SENIOR COMMENTARIES ......
A.H.S. DIARY .,,......,......t....
SCHOOL NEWS ,.t.....
To all Abington High School alumni now enrolled in the armed services of their
country the ABHIS t ' ' '
s af gratefully dedmztes this issue of its magazine.
THE ABHIS 5
THE CRUSADE FOR FREEDOM
"I believe in the sacredness and ,dignity of the
individual. I believe that all men derive the right
of freedom equally from God. I pledge to resist
aggression and tyranny wherever they appear on
This is in part the pledge of the millions of
people in the world who have recently signed the
Freedom Scrolls, the pledge of free people every-
where who are praying daily that sometime, some-
how, in the future the world may live in peace.
From Labor Day until U. N. Day on October 24
the Freedom Crusade was carried on. The theme
of the Crusade was truth. Thousands of people who
signed the scrolls backed up their signature with
a voluntary contribution. With the money collected
several new radio stations will be operated, in the
western sector of Berlin, day and night, broadcast-
ing the truth to the enslaved people of the world.
This is an effort to stab the armor of the Iron Cur-
tain, an effort to win the war of propaganda being
fought at this time. It is true that not all of these
broadcasts will get through, but we know that a
large part of the information, folk music, and hope
will reach the communist people.
On October 24, U. N. Day, the Freedom Bell,
weighing ten tons and standing eight feet tall, was
presented to the mayor of Berlin. It is a symbol of
democracy's War against communism, a symbol of
our fight between the Big Truth of democracy and
the Big Lie of communism. Enshrined beneath
the bell are the thousands of scrolls bearing our
signaniresg the hope of free people everywhere.
No words more fitting could be inscribed on the
bell than those of a great American who stood for
freedom-Abraham Lincoln, "That this world,
under God, shall have a new birth of freedom."
As Christmas time draws near each of us thinks
more deeply of the love, peace, and purity for
which our Savior stood. We who live in a free
country should learn to think more of our free-
domg to realize that in order to gain world peace
each individual must strive to overcome his preju-
dices and petty dislikes. Above all, we must guard
and hold high the ideals of our country, America,
the land with a promise.
Thomas Wolfe writes, "So then to every man
his chance, to every man, regardless of his birth, his
shining golden opportunity - to every man the
right to live, to work, to be himself, and to become
whatever thing his manhood and vision can com-
bine to make him-this, seeker, is the promise of
It is for us, especially the youth of the rising
generation, to make this the promise of the world,
not of America alone. May we accept the Freedom
Crusade as a challenge and go forward, continually
putting aside evil and lies for those things which
are right and just, that some day our world may live
in peace and security.
MARTHA CRANE, '51
SHALL THERE BE WORLD WAR III?
Today the whole world is beginning to wonder
whether or not there is going to be a third world
war. Everyone hopes that there will never be one,
but the situation in Korea leads people to do se-
rious thinking about it.
It is a question of whether we should let the
Russians start a real war, or put her out of circula-
tion before she has a chance to get started. Many
people think we should bomb Russia and put her
leaders out of the war before she gets started. The
Democratic way of thinking is to let the other per-
son strike Hrst, which most people believe we
should not do.
We also have the problem of the Chinese Com-
munists. They could strike at any one of several
placesg for example, Burma, Siam, or Indo-China.
It would be quite easy for them to overrun these
countries if they could get a start because the coun-
tries ate so backward in their machinery and their
modes of living. These countries also have rubber,
oil, tin, iron, and gold, as well as enormous export
crops which the Communists in China desperately
need for barter with the enemy world. Altogether,
possession of Southeast Asia would give them food,
industrial materials, and a source of dollar ex-
change through exports.
If we are to keep' Chinese Communists and Rus-
sia from starting another war, we shall have to
show them that we mean business, instead of send-
ing polite little notes, telling them to stop lighting,
which they utterly disregard.
The main idea of Russia is to start little revolu-
tions around the borders of China and Russia,
therefore getting our troops over there to try to
stop them and thus draining our country of its
military power and leaving it exposed to Russian
attack. That is why the United Nations takes weeks
arguing about sending the troops, to make sure that
they really need them.
It will take a great amount of time and work be-
fore we shall be able to convince the Russian people
that they are in the wrong, but we all hope that
with the leadership of the United Nations' Coun-
cil we shall be able to turn their attention to more
constructive things than war.
MARLENE RANSOM, '53
4 THE ABHIS
As Christmas is not far away, it is fitting that we
say a few words here, concerning the most impor-
tant day of the year. Christmas is the day set aside
each year in commemoration of the birth of our
Lord. It should be observed in a manner befitting
such an occasion. During these days of Com-
munistic aggression much importance rests upon
our own ideas concerning Democracy and this gen-
eration's attitude toward Christian principles. Sev-
eral foreign nations have erased both jewish and
Christian doctrines from the minds of their youth.
As a result we are again engaged in conflict with
Here, in America, we have the opportunity to
follow the teachings of our churches, homes, and
schools. We should make a serious effort to uphold
and make secure these beliefs which are renewed in
our faith at this time each year. Each one of us
should strive to catch the true Christmas spirit, the
spirit of love. If we, as the leaders of tomorrow,
maintain these ideals, the world-wide merry Christ-
mas of our dream will some day become a reality.
MARJORIB KRISTIANSBN, '51
EDUCATION IN AMERICA
Few students at any school in America under-
stand the full meaning of education. As defined in
Webster's Dictionary, education is the act or
process of educating. It is also defined as a science
dealing with the principles and practise of teaching
and learning. James McNary once said, "Education
is a thing that will follow me through all the years
of my life, yet now is the time for me to learn."
Most students go to school because they have to
and not because they should. The young people
who do not have at least a high school education
find it ditiicult to obtain jobs in which there is
a promise of a higher position. Most jobs require
a college education and some a degree in the field
which the candidate wishes to enter.
Education is not an activity. It is a must for
every human being on this earth. Without it one
would not be as successful as he could be with it.
An education is the essential thing in life and one
cannot risk being without it.' That is why it is nec-
essary for everyone to have at least a high school
MARGARET Hows, '51
Often there comes to my mind a comparison
of advantages I have over those had by other youths
in other countries as well as in other places in my
own United States. just now I am thinking par-
ticularly of my school. What do I appreciate about
Abington High School?
Not long ago I listened to Salom Rizk as he
told of his life in Syria. He said that for a school
in his village there was a small charred one-room
shack, a leftover of the former school building
after the savages of World War I. In his village
school there was only one class, but he considered
the children who attended this school to be highly
privileged. He did not himself have this privilege,
because he could not afford twenty cents a month
The conditions of schools in many places in Eu-
rope today is worse than those which this speaker
described. Often it is not a one-room school but
no school whatsoever. The only way the children in
some sections of Europe have of learning is by
what they can acquire themselves.
In America the youth take for granted the privi-
lege of attending school. Today many young
people regard school as an obligation rather than
a privilege. When I think seriously of school, I
begin to realize this wonderful opportunity which
is mine for the taking.
As I look over Abington High from the front
I see the green grass, the freshly trimmed hedge,
the smooth, clean walks, the beautiful architecture,
the general construction of the red brick building,
the tall flag pole flying the American flag, the flag
of freedom, and behind it the symbol of freedom,
On the inside the outlook is bright. The clean
corridors, the offices, the classrooms, the practical
arts room, the science rooms, the cafeteria, the
beautiful auditorium, and other facilities demon-
strate the best in educational advantages.
In the rear of the school are our track and foot-
ball field, baseball diamond, and tennis courts for
the purpose of developing the student physically
as well as mentally. All these advantages exceed
not only those in many schools in other countries
but those in many schools in our own locality.
There is also in Abington High a respect for
teachers. Students do not fear teachers. The rela-
tionship between student and teachers is very in-
formal, teachers are friends who are doing their
utmost to train us to become better world citizens.
If each of us sat down and thought it over and
took all the wonderful features into consideration,
he would smile when thinking of our school. He
would realize that in this glorious land of ours
"God has shed His grace on us."
WILLIAM Cnoox, '51
THE ABHIS 5
AFRICA! LAND OF MYSTERY
It is a damp, humid day in midsummer. You, a
member of the safari of james A. Cahill, the well
known adventurer and explorer, are trudging deep
into the heart of the sweltering jungles of the Dark
Continent, exotic equatorial Africa. As the result
of the jumbled reports of a number of frightened
natives, you, an African agent for the Chicago Zoo,
in co-operation with Cahill, are stalking that most
ferocious of jungle beasts, a crazed gorilla,
It is near noon of the fifth day of the expedition,
which has reached the point where the incessant
routine marching will cease and the safari will
make preparations to accomplish the purpose of
the trek. The native bearers hurriedly pitch camp
in a fairly large clearing, like a wide shallow cup,
and within an hour and a half you are tramping off
into the jungle, with several strong blacks, all
equipped with picks, shovels, and the like. Some
distance from camp you find a suitable location and
set about the procedure of digging a great hollow
The broiling sun, high in the eastern sky, is a
branding-iron, burning intensely down with all its
barbaric force upon the hapless party of workers
toiling furiously in the noonday heat. The white
wide-brimmed Panama hat you wear is little, if
any protection at all, from this ball of flame which
is beating mercilessly down upon the murky
swamps and remote tropics of the Belgian Congo.
Your scorched sun-leathered face is moist with
dripping perspiration. The long hours drag lazily
by, the heat increasing with each hour and becom-
ing extremely unbearable. Fatigued, you pause mo-
mentarily to rest and watch, with unseeing eyes, the
negroes as they labor relentlessly in seemingly
effortless movements, their ebony black bodies pol-
ished in sweat to a jet-like sheen and their muscles
rippling and their sinews straining to the task.
You slave in the boiling sun throughout all that
afternoon, the dark jungle growth like a choking
wall all around you, literally steaming. Shortly be-
fore sundown a pit of great depth is completed,
the sides of which are leveled to an icy smoothness
with a relatively new hardening compound to in-
sure the safe imprisonment of the gorilla while in
captivity. Witli the natives' assistance you conceal
the opening of the pit with a quantity of dry tam-
bouki grass and underbrush suitable in appearance
to the locality, and with a few minor additions on
the following day it will be in readiness for the
It is after dusk when you wearily plod through
the grey-green gloom into camp, exhausted, bitten
by flies and a thousand voracious breeds of insects,
and your disheveled hair a snarled nest for crawly
vermin. You retire immediately to your tent, too
fatigued to eat, your thin cotton shirt, which is
drenched with oozy sweat, perfumed by an ex-
tremely repulsive odor. You bathe yourself rapidly,
recline leisurely on your cot, and relax to the low,
weird and somewhat languorous chant of the native
bearers and to the soft tempold shufiling of their
feet as they writhe and sway to the pulsing rhyth-
mic throbbing of the drums. This ritual continues
far into the night and you lie there within your
tent in silent but anxious anticipation of the mor-
row's activities. Gradually you drift off into a
deep slumber, incurred by the perpetual whirring,
Whistling, wheezing, buzzing, and peeping of bats,
insects, and other minute jungle creatures.
You arise before sunrise the following morning
to find no one stirring in camp and indulge in a
light but ample breakfast. Because you have noth-
ing of great importance to accomplish at the time,
you decide that a brisk stroll through the nearby
jungle would be highly refreshing and that you
would gain an opportunity to view at close range a
few of the many strange and weird inhabitants of
this beautiful, mysterious continent and to study
their habits. As you make your way over knotted
clumps of dwarfed brush and through the intricate
mesh of greenery, the sun, in all its golden splendor,
rises above the boundless veldts and jungles of Af-
rica's remote interior, a glittering contrast to the
background of pale blue sky. Tangled interwoven
vines criss-cross the heavens above into a tangled
canopy through which the brilliant rays of the sun
pierce, forming a sort of lattice-work pattern on the
jungle floor. The jungle is now reverberating with
the chattering of monkeys and the clamorous caw-
6 THE ABHIS
ing and screaming of macaws, parrakeets, and
countless other boisterous members of the animal
kingdom, -the cries of which are echoing and re-
echoing through the impenetrable thickets of this
As you are about to return to the clearing, the
usual tropical noises are abruptly stilled by the
agonized, shrill, almost inhuman shriek of some
terrified creature, which gradually tapers off into
a chortled gurgle! A tense unbearable silence fol-
lows. Suddenly there is a crackling and crashing
from within the underbrush and through the mat-
ted green foliage and entangled growth appears
the massive head and powerfully molded shoulders
of a huge gorilla! It emerges slowly from the
snarled mass of vegetation, and as you stand there
motionless in your tracks and gripped by a paralyz-
ing fear, you distinguish the ugly features and gro-
tesque crinkled countenance of the enormous hairy
monster, not fifty yards distant. One great bloody
paw tightly clutches the horrible, sickening re-
mains of a human arm, evidently wrenched brutally
from the socket of its recent owner. The explana-
tion is now all too simple. An unfortunate native
bearer must have unknowingly antagonized the
beast in some manner so as to achieve such fatal
results. As the animal, apparently insane with an-
ger, advances with murderous intent, you overcome
your horror and break out into a frenzied run for
camp. The gorilla rises to its full height, and as it
expands its mighty chest, the jungle resounds with
a ferocious thundering roar that strikes terror into
the hearts of all within hearing distance. Then the
hairy beast, its tortured mind maddened by your
intrusion on the scene, charges after you. You are
now running the most important race of your ca-
reer, a frantic dash for life! Presently you remem-
ber the pit! If you can reach the pit before that
insane monster reaches you, perhaps you can win
this desperate race. For a brief instant you halt,
turn, and rush into the jungle, at a right angle to
the direction of camp.
As you stumble blindly through the jungle thick-
ets, tripping constantly over concealed vines, horri-
fied, you hear the crashing and crunching of mighty
feet on the growth behind you, signifying the
steady gain of that clumsy monster, surprisingly
agile for his great magnitude.
The seconds appear as minutes, the minutes as
hours. You cannot keep this up much longer!
Could you have misjudged the position of the pit?
Suddenly an uncontrollable panic seizes you, a
sharp pain stabs you in the small of the back. You
are about to surrender to a horrible fate when mi-
raculously the pit looms ominously into view and
with renewed effort you cover the remaining yard-
age to your objective, clearing the pit with a final
burst of strength, the feared gorilla grunting sadis-
tically, not more than twenty feet behind. Almost
instantaneously the beast plunges through the con-
cealing underbrush and with a rumbling crash
plunges, howling, to the depths of the pit! The
gorilla is captured. You are safe!
WILLIAM GRooM, '53
First of all, let me tell you that Chris was an
artist who could draw almost anything that anyone
might ask her to draw. Inspired by her admiration
for anything beautiful, her artistic hands moved
like wildfire over canvas. Chris had always dawdled
on her school papers instead of doing the regular
work and sometimes had not done very well in her
It all happened right after Christmas when her
mother gave her that beautiful art set, complete
with special pens, paper and other seemingly end-
On the first day of school after Christmas vaca-
tion Christine's mother said she would have to go
shopping and did not know when she would be
Chris skipped back to school and boasted to her
chums about her new art set. She had an unusually
successful day in her studies and had just turned
the corner onto the street leading up to her house,
when, suddenly, disturbing her beautiful dreams,
came the sound of a siren! The thought struck her
-a lire engine! Chris did not think much more
about the subject until the red truck also turned
the corner, going in her direction. She smelled
She watched with eager eyesg then suddenly the
truck screeched to a stop! Men began yelling for
hoses and ladders, running frantically about. Finally
Chris came to her senses. Her house! They had
stopped at her house!
Before she knew what she was doing, she found
herself running as fast as her nimble feet could
carry her. She reached the front lawn, stumbled
over hoses and under ladders and dashed to the
door. The key! Where was the key? No one was
at home to let her in. She sobbed, tears running
down her cheeks. Hurry! Hurry! Hurry! She must
find that key! She fumbled in her pocket for it. It
wasnit there! It must have fallen out while she
was running. The window! Try the window! Ah!
At last luck had turned her way.
As the window opened, she jumped in and stood,
paralyzed with fear. Her dog! Were was he? Sud-
denly she saw a small figure running toward her
and breathed a sigh of relief, but by the time she
had gathered the small creature up in her arms the
flames were licking her face. Then she spotted a
blanket and reached for it. As she did, it caught on
The thought came to her that she was trapped!
Trapped in a room full of flames, with no door
or window near. Was this to be her fate? She
could not die like this, she mustn't! She had a
happy future ahead of her, so she knew she would
have to take a chance and run through the ilames
to the window! With the dog whimpering in her
arms, she made a dash for ir, yanked open the
flaming window, and jumped to safety. As she
reached the front of the burning house, the side
which she had just left collapsed!
After it was all over, Chris, with her mother
and father and her dog, surveyed the ruins of what
once had been a very beautiful home.
Then Chris remembered her beautiful art set,
and looked at her hands. They were severely
burned. With her hands outstretched, she turned
to her mother and father, trying to hold back the
tears that soon splashed down harder than ever.
Her mother gasped, her father said nothing but
Later the doctor broke the news to Chris, men-
tioning something to the effect that it would be a
matter of months before she would regain the full
use of her hands, but she didn't seem to hear him.
She just sat and stared.
Chris could not cry any more.
JUDY GAFNEY, '54
THE SPELLING BEE
When the spelling bee was only three days away,
Sarah Chadwick had already studied practically
every word in the dictionary. Even though she was
only in the sixth grade, Sarah was the best speller
in her school. That was partly because there were
only twenty-four pupils in the school, and her
mother had taught her to read and write before
she went to school.
"It's going to be a hard job to win the spelling
bee with Timothy Squires and his sister Janie com-
peting against me," said Sarah to her mother as
she was studying words and thinking about the
light, fluffy snow falling outside.
"I know it's going to be hard, but do not be in
too much of a hurry. You'd better stop studying
for a while now, because I want you to go to town
and get some paregoric for Johnny's cold. Write it
down, so you won't forget what it is."
Sarah sighed and said in a tone of disgust, "How
can I write the old word when I don't even know
how to spell it? Who'd ever want to know that
After putting on boots and all of her other winter
clothes, Sarah trudged out of the house, angry to
think that her mother didn't want her to study so
that she could win the bee.
It was mid afternoon, and the sun was slowly
setting as Sarah shuflied along, trying to remember
the name of the medicine she had just secured.
"P-a-r-e-g-o-r-i-c-! What a queer name, p-a-r-e-
g-0-r-i-c. Mrs. Snow said that it would help Johnny
a lot. It ought to, I went through enough to get it."
It was two days later, and everybody was in a
dither, especially Sarah. There were only four other
children left besides herself, and it was her turn to
recite. The boy before her had just spelled separate
"S-e-p-a-r-a-t-e," said Sarah, quite sure of herself.
Suddenly the professor said something which
made everyone's heart sink. "Since there are no
more words in the speller, I will open the diction-
ary to any page and use those words. All right,
Timothy, spell paragraph."
8 THE ABHIS
"No, it's wrong. Sarah, it's your turn."
"Very good. Now it's Harry's turn. I want you
to spell paregoric. I know you've never heard of it,
but try, anyway."
"No, now let's see how Sarah can do."
"Pa-r-e-g-o-r-i-c," said Sarah, full of confidence.
"Correct! There was a roar of applause, and
Sarah rushed to her mother. There was not a hap-
pier girl than Sarah, and you can probably guess
Y NANCY SLAYTER, '53
LIFE AT A. H. S.
It is seven-forty-live in the morning and another
day at Abington High School is beginning. Right
now I'm doing a real bang-up job of wasting lif-
teen minutes as I am sitting on the bleachers talk-
ing over the news of the day with my energetic
friends and at the same time listening to an an-
cient record being played for the fourth time this
Now it is eight o'clock and after the "Star-Span-
gled Banner" has faithfully stumbled from the
loudspeaker I settle down to do the three lengthy
assignments which I told myself could so easily be
done in activity period. After a few minor inter-
ruptions, however, such as a general fire drill and
some announcements made by the principal, I
managed partially to complete one subject.
My ears are still clicking and my hands are
numb as I emerge from the typing room and again
expose myself to the dangers involved in "walk-
ing" in the A. H. S. hallway.
Now it's second period and I enter my beloved
French class. "Faites attention!" booms the instruc-
tor from behind his dark-rimmed glasses. I shudder
as his optical gunfire passes up and down the rows
to see that everything is just so. Now he moves to
the blackboard and starts writing sentences which
all look like Greek to me.
Failing to recall ever having any course in Greek,
I come to the startling conclusion that these are
French sentences. Managing to survive a few
verbal bombardrnents, I fight my way to English.
Here an utterly intriguing discussion of parricipial
phrases holds me entranced. But after forty-five
minutes of inspired discussion and undivided in-
terest, the bell rings and I tear myself away from
this captivating subject.
Next period--Algebra. The instructor enters,
marches to the windows, throws them open, turns
off the heat, closes the door, and we're off. The
teacher juggles chalk in the manner of an actor out
of a television set. His feats of skill with the white
objects soon make us forget the frozen ink in the
ink wells. Tomorrow I shall remember to bring
some anti-freeze to put in my pen. One member of
my algebra class can be depended upon to come up
with such a stupid question that it amazes me at
how calmly and patiently the teacher answers. The
teacher is spared many of these inquiries as the
words freeze and drop to the Hoot before they
reach him. As the time for the bell to ring nears,
we all close our books and prepare to sprint for
the cafeteria. After a few unofficial records for
the one-hundred-yard dash have been set, the line
forms for the hot lunch. This line is the scene of
more bribes than are seen in ten years of Boston
Following a couple of uneventful study periods,
I at last come to my last period of the day-Biol-
ogy. Thar's where you learn what makes you tick.
Sometimes we even delve into Chemistry. This
brings to mind the time when our teacher mixed
some green liquid, with a few innocent-looking yel-
low lumps of something that started with P . . .
A few minutes later, as the smoke cleared, the in-
structor explained what had caused the combus-
tion. The hydrogen combined with the oxygen
and was ignited by the heat from . . . at this
point she was interrupted by a student in the back
row. "So that's how they make the hydrogen
bomb!" he exclaimed.
Thus, a typical day at Abington High School
comes to a close with a bang.
RUSSELL WHEATLEY, '55
Reception of the Soldiers of Abington,
July 27, 1865, from the Civil Warm
A july 27, 1865
Dear journal: V
About live o'clock this morning, the peal of
church bells and the boom of cannon awakened
Carrie and me out of our sound sleep. For an in-
stant, both of us wondered what had happened,
and then suddenly all sleepiness was erased from
our minds, as another peal of church bells broke
through the morning air, and we remembered that
this was the longed-for and dreamed-of day of the
Soldiers' Reception. While Carrie and I washed in
the cold water at our brand new iron sink and then
slipped into our best white poplin frocks, our
long white cotton knitted stockings, and best high
button shoes, the sun's rays were already beginning
to break through the pink and gray dawn, promis-
ing us a beautiful day. X.
For breakfast we had the usual derestable corn-
meal mush and molasses CI don't see why Mother
won't use that new cereal and brown 'sugar I told
her aboutj , but it wasn't quite so bad this morning,
because we ate it so quickly. After breakfast, we
watched until eight o'clock from our bedroom win-
dows as people began going by and the big parade
THE ABHIS 9
began to assemble at Centre Abington. Father said
it wasn't proper for young ladies to be seen on the
streets before eight o'clock in the morning, so we
couldn't go out as early as Matilda and Caroline
Bates could. At eight o'clock, Father said we could
depart, Mother let Carrie borrow her pretty laven-
der parasol and gloves for the occasion and Lucy let
me use her yellow set. CI do wish Lucy would give
that set to me-I know she wouldn't miss it.J
On the way we met Sally Bicknell from North
Abington, whose father was in the parade, and
Sarah Donovan, whose father was also in the pa-
rade. The procession formed on the green in front
of Hatherly Hall and the big carriages with their
shiny leather seats rolled by us. Even at that time
of the morning there were many people in evi-
At quarter past eleven the parade came into
sight, led by the Chief Marshal and a brass band
from Weymouth. There was a floral procession,
too, with a chariot drawn by six white horses. In it
were thirty-six girls, all dressed in white and carry-
ing big bouquets of flowers. Many of the flowers
came from Grandmother Hobart's gardens, for yes-
terday I helped her pick some of the Damask roses
and the lovely foxglove and day lilies. Grandfather
Whitten drove the big chaise up from Hingham
with some of the sweetest Cinnamon pinks for Car-
rie and me to wear at our waists like the older girls.
Sally, Sarah, Carrie and I watched the parade as it
passed us and went through Washington Street,
Centre Avenue, and Plymouth Street on its way to
Island Grove. After it went by us, we took the
short cut and ran over to Island Grove to be there
in time to watch the procession over again. By
the time we got there, we were all hot and thirsty,
but we couldn't get a drink anywhere. Sarah had
tripped and fallen and had a big grass stain on the
hem of the new pink dress her grandmother had
just finished for her the night before. '
When the parade finally did get to Island Grove,
all the soldiers stood around and fired their guns.
Then the parade split and people sat around in
little groups to hear speeches. The four of us sat in
the shade of some pine trees, away from everybody
else. By this time we were so hungry that nothing
mattered until we had had something to eat.
Finally, after what seemed like an eternity, the
speeches were over and the people began forming
the long lines to the tent where all the tables were
Carrie and I had to go home for dinner because we
weren't allowed to eat with all the grown-ups at
the banquet. CLucy stayed though, because she's
going to marry William Hathaway and he could
get tickets for both of them. It must be wonderful
to be a lady like Lucy.D Sally's mother catne to get
Sally and Sarah to take them home for dinner too.
Father almost wouldn't let us go back this after-
noon for the singing and the games, but Mother
said occasions like this didn't happen very often and
we ought to be allowed to go back if we wanted to.
Finally Father said he supposed it was all right only
we would be terribly over-tired tomorrow and have
horrid dispositions all day long.
When we did get back to Island Grove, they
were having speeches and songs, and after these
there was a band concert. About half-past five
Grandfather Whitten came after us to take us
home, but Lucy didn't get home until nearly half-
past nine. Carrie went to bed almost as soon as
we got home, but I stayed up to write in my jour-
nal. We had a wonderful day and I'll remember it
all the rest of my life.
P. S.-Father said there were nearly fifteen thou-
sand people at Island Grove today. I truly never
saw so many people in all my life and I don't know
when I've had such a good time or been so tired.
Written on this twenty-seventh day of
july, in the year of our Lord one thou-
sand eight hundred and sixty-five.
CYNTHIA WHITING, '51
'All names, deter, placer and eventr taken from
"I-Iirtory of the Town of Abington" by Ben-
jamin Hobart. Chapter XXXVII, Page: 332-
The night was dark and still. The world had
never seemed more serene. I lay patiently awaiting
the Hrst signs of the weather man's prediction. A
breeze gently stirred the leaves, lulling me to
While the church bells were striking twelve, I
was awakened by a soft tap on the door. Fright-
ened by the weird sound, I groped to a window
and cautiously peered into the darkness. A voice
softly called my name. It was a friend.
My friend and her family asked me to ride to
their cottage at the beach, where the surf was
expected to be high.
An hour later as we approached the beach the
wind began to howl. Two policemen, dressed in
shiny black slickers, ordered us to detour. The
rough surf, flooding the street and hurling huge
stones in the air, splashed viciously over the sea
wall. The center of Brant Rock appeared as a
street in Venice. The steps of stores and cottages
disappeared in the torrents rushing down the main
After parking the car, we headed for a water-
front cottage, struggling against the powerful
winds. The spray soaked the porches of the homes
like a heavy downpour. Mountains of surf dashed
against the sea wall, rising as high as the telephone
wires. The swirling ocean glowed like phosphorous
After arriving home again, we found it just as
peaceful as it had been when we left. It was as if
this odd experience were a dream and I had just
JANET HULTMAN, '52
THE BEGINNING or THE END
The night is quiet. The moon hangs, abnormally
bright, in the sky, seemingly waiting. The earth is
transformed by the moonlight. Places which by
day are plain, ordinary, and uninviting, become,
when touched by Luna's silver sheen, places of
rare beauty. The night is so quiet that to the lonely
watcher out for air the sound of a single falling
leaf is greatly magnified. Below him lies one of
America's largest cities. Its gleaming lights seem
to be intruders in the light of the moon. The young
man stops to view the panorama before him. From
far off in the autumn sky comes a low roaring.
From the same direction the sound of coastal ack-
ack guns rolls across the countryside and little
orange flashes pin-point the horizon. The roaring
increases in volume, like a blast from a giant blow-
torch. It passes over the city and gradually fades.
Suddenly, from the midst of the cluster of sky-
scrapers, a blinding, bright orange ball suddenly
appears and grows larger and larger, noiselessly,
as the force which keeps the sun shining is sud-
denly unleashed on the metropolis.
The young man stands, fascinated, oblivious to
the terrihc heat, by the spectacle before him. A
sudden rush of sound and shock waves knocks him
like a tenpin down the opposite side of the hill.
He comes to rest in a bush, moves slightly, and
then lies still. .
Hours later he stirs, crawls out of the bush. and
staggers to his feet. He is conscious of the burning
sensation over his face and hands caused by the
radiation he has absorbed and which will in time
cause his death. His clothes are scorched and tat-
tered. He climbs to the top of the hill. Below him,
where once stood a great city, now burn hundreds
of fires, whose light and smoke blot out the sink-
ing moon. All around him the trees have been
stripped of their gaily-colored leaves. On the hori-
zon glowing spots testify to the recurrence of the
event in other great cities. The watcher turns and
walks slowly down the hill to be swallowed up by
the dark woods.
'In the east an increasing glow heralds the arrival
of a new day, a day which will dawn upon a ruined
earth, upon destruction caused by men who could
not learn to live together in peace. It is the begin-
ning of the end of civilization.
ORIN CUNNINGHAM, '51
A HAWAIIAN PENPAL
My penpal is a Hawaiian girl. She is fifteen years
old and a junior in a very modern high school in
the center of Honolulu.
Except for a few subjects, her high school course
is the same as ours. One thing that is not true of
our school is the fact that in her school such sub-
jects as Art and Music are required. The school
publishes a weekly paper in which there are many
interesting things. It resembles slightly one of our
small daily papers. My penpal's school has a foot-
ball team, which is very lucky, for it plays all home
games in the stadium at Honolulu.
When my penpal explained the way in which
she lives, she made it very clear that Hawaiians
live in much the same way as any of us do. In
fact, some of their homes are very modern in de-
sign. She lives close to Honolulu Bay and goes
swimming all the year around. Recently her class
went on a beach party to the Bay. In ocean sports,
which are naturally their chief sports, she indulges
freely and she is a very good swimmer. Every year
in Hawaii, a week is set aside as Aloha Week. This
is a very festive occasion, unmatched in the United
States. Each day during Aloha Week there is a
special event. One day there is a parade and ban-
quet, and the next a regatta, and on another sports
events, and so it goes all through the week. This
holiday provides some of the beautiful scenes of
--p THE ABHIS 11
My pen pal is very proud of her land and often
speaks of its beauty. I do not believe that she is
being boastful or over proud in doing so. Her let-
ters only prove to me that Hawaii is truly a
ALAN DAMON, '53
"WHERE TO TURN"
I am a sixteen-year-old student in high school
and at present a junior. You, the reader, will un-
doubtedly make the remark, "So what?" But before
you do, I should like you to read that first sen-
tence again. After having done so, perhaps you
can enter somewhat into my trend of thought, that
is to say, you sense the fact that the sentence may
have a double meaning. Yet it remains insignifi-
cant to you. To me, however, it has a meaning
which can only be got through analysis. This I
shall endeavor to perform.
At present the world is being slowly but as-
suredly lowered into a whirlpool of war and chaos.
Along with the physical world, many private lives
are being torn apart, never to be rebuilt. These
troubles which are plaguing the world at present
are far from being all the troubles which have been
so successful in disrupting my life as well as the
lives of my fellow students. The majority of us
were born in the heart of the depression and our
families were constantly besieged by financial prob-
lems. This financial crisis lasted in most cases until
about '38. "At last!" thought most Americans, "we
can begin to spend time with our children, educate
them, and enjoy them." Oh! how childish and pre-
mature their dreams were. In '38 and '59 a fiend
appeared on the face of the earth in the form of
Hitler and he was joined by many willing confed-
erates. Then began their march of conquest, lust,
and murder in Europe and Asia. The repercussions
were to be felt in America as well as in the other
three corners of the world. In most cases our fath-
ers were torn from us to aid in the defense of our
nation for a period of almost five years. The end
of the great period of suffering gave our young
and hopeful hearts a short breathing spell. In 1945
I overheard my mother predict trouble, not to men-
tion war, with Russia. This prediction brought in-
expressible fear to my heart. I tried vainly to con-
sole myself with the thought that if we did go to
war with our ex-allies, they at least were good
Christians and flike ourselvesj merciful. Oh, so
little did I know! Oh, so much I was to learn!
Within two short years all my hopes Cas well as
those of my fellow-studentsb were but flimsy craft
in this whirlpool, ready to be sucked under to de-
We, in high school, have no more than four
short years in which to strengthen ourselves before
being swept into this giant whirlpool, either to
swim or to drown. In order to prepare ourselves
we must receive help and consultation. To whom
can we turn for this help? Shall it be our parents
who have been so busy during these great crises?
Our teachers who so often give us reason to doubt
their wisdom? Our churches and religions which
were developed for peoples and situations hundreds
of years ago? Our government which is becoming
so corrupt? These are only a few of the heart-
sickening questions which confront a sixteen-year-
old today. How shall they be answered?
Can you now perceive a double meaning in that
sentence? I turn to you, the reader, for an answer.
Where are we, the youth of America, to turn for
confidence to take that first and last step?
CHARLES T. Nssatrr, '52
"I DON'T KNOW"
One day as two teachers were conversing one
queried of the other, "What three words do you
think high school students most often use?"
After much deliberation, the fountain of intelli-
gence perplexedly answered, "I don't know."
Yes, next to the three little oft-used words of
endearment these three gems of ignorance rank
second. They are used in innumerable places by
various types of persons, but we are chiefly con-
cerned with their status within the walls of A.H.S.,
where our teachers are endeavoring to cram our
craniums with knowledge.
First, we have the carefree person, who, al-
though when leaving class acts like a zephyr, to put
it mildly, always manages to breeze into the next
one late. When an interrogation travels in his di-
rection he gives a frisky little laugh, and non-
chalantly answers, "I don't know," then goes back
to filling the ink well with paper.
12 THE ABHIS
Another person closely associated with "Care-
free Charlie" is the space taker who sits in class
Monday and Tuesday and recalls the events of the
precious week-end and on Wednesday, Thursday
and Friday dreams of the week-end to come. He is
the guy who thinks the only book worth carrying
is the little black one. "Spacetaker Suzie" never
bothers to say, "I don't knowf, She just shrugs her
shoulders and heaves a heavy sigh. Don't be misled
into the belief that all students belong in one of
these two classes. Oh no, we also have the intellec-
One such person is the faker who sits with an
intelligent gaze on his face and when asked a
question, frowns until his forehead looks like a
newly plowed Held, scratches his head, wildly grasps
a pencil, and begins to tap out a private code,
wriggles in his seat as though he were reclining on
his pia mater, and then with everyone on the edge
of his seat, "Frankie Faker' answers slowly and
almost inaudibly, "I don't know."
Still another would-be intellectual is the strong
masterful type who can never say enough. All
during the class his hand is extended in the air
until you feel like hanging a coat on it. When he
does get his chance he bounces up and "speels" olf
until he becomes unwound. Although you would
never catch him saying "I don't know," everyone
might be better oif if he did.
These are only a few of our future rcitizens. Let's
be thankful that there are some serious-minded
students willing to learn all they can, that it may
serve as a foundation when they take over the
reins of government. Life would, however, be
monotonous if we did not have a few "I don't
GERTRUDE SPILLANB, '52
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S CRUISE
It was July second and Dominion Day in Can-
ada, when my mother and father and I were trav-
eling into Montreal, Canada. We hoped we would
lind lodging for the night. As we were driving
over the majestic Jacques Cartier Bridge, a gateway
to Montreal, my father sighted the docks and ware-
houses on the beautiful St. Lawrence River. He
thought we might enjoy a cruise to Quebec that
night rather than the drive to Quebec the next day.
We supposed that there wouldn't be much
chance of getting reservations for the cruise, as it
was nearly five o'clock and on a long holiday week-
end. But, when we reached the ticket office of the
Canada Steamship Lines, to our great surprise we
got the reservations.
The boat was to sail at six o'clock. That gave us
an hour to look at the sights of Montreal. At Mc-
Gill University we saw the students playing cricket.
We saw the old market district and the new mod-
ern city. The horse-drawn victorias were an un-
At six o'clock we came back to the boat, the
"Tadoussac." It was a large boat about four hun-
dred feet long, with four decks. Below the bottom
deck were the engine room and a garage-like room
for the freight and the many automobiles. The bot-
tom deck, above the engine room, was called the
C deck. This deck consisted chiefly of staterooms
and small shops. The next deck up, or B deck, as
it was called, held only staterooms and other minor
rooms. The A deck, which had a few staterooms,
was used chiefly for recreation. There was a large
modern hall used for dancing, movies, plays and
games. This hall was next to a bar and luncheon
room. All decks had large and spacious ramps or
outdoor decks on which the passengers could enjoy
evening air. The three hundred staterooms were
modern, neat and compact.
Our reservations included only the stateroom and
recreation. Food and automobile storage were
extra. Our food was delicious. We ate with two
very interesting men. One lived in Murray Bay,
P. Q. He was a stockholder in the Canada Steam-
ship Lines and proved very interesting in telling us
of the company. The other was a man originally
from Belgium and now living in Montreal. He
told us much about the French Canadians, their
customs, and their way of living.
After dinner we toured most of the boat. At
eight o'clock we went to a real dance in the hall
on the deck. It seemed unbelievable to me. An
ordinary dance with a real orchestra and a French
choral group from Montreal-on a boat! It was
exciting, entertaining, and a lot of fun. I really
enjoyed watching those little French people dance.
One of the men we were with in the hall was a
teacher of chemistry and English in a Montreal
high school. We learned that there are very few
American cigarettes in Canada and that those are
very expensive. The Canadians smoke their own
In the course of the evening there were midget
horse races and various other games.
After the dance I went outside on the ramp and
enjoyed the cool night air. The moon was full
and shone brightly down through the silhouette of
the trees and across the beautiful St. Lawrence.
The boat made two stops during the night. Even
in the middle of the night the boat was bustling
with activity. One was at Sorel and the other was
at Trois Rivieres. It was two o'clock when I climbed
into my bed after that busy evening.
The boat had reached Quebec. When I awoke
on Sunday morning there were two masses for
those wishing to attend. Breakfast was then served.
It was eight o'clock when we left the wonderful
"Tadoussac" at Quebec.
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A. H. s. Diary
Sept. 6-Footsteps and heavy hearts were turned
toward A. H. S. where teachers waited with
open books and renewed strength.
Sept. 8-The football squad has become fully
acquainted with its new coach COh! my achin'
Sept. 9-They say death and taxes are inevitable.
Methinks they forgot the sickening regularity
Sept. 12-By now everyone has congratulated
Mr. Bolduc on his new "bundle of joy."
Here's hoping she "measures up symmetri-
Sept. 15 -Boys with deep voices are warned that
certain unscrupulous Glee Club oiiicials are
armed with lead pipes and over-sized fish-nets.
Sept. 21 -Overheard in Mr. Dennis's class.
Mr. "D": Didn't anyone get that answer but
Miss Curtis? t '
Dick Devlin: I was close.
Mr. "D": How close?
Dick: Three seats away.
Sept. 25-Those Latin II pupils are happy be-
cause of Edict 5678 which states, "'No student
shall be given more than 50 lines a night to
translate." Will wonders never cease!
1-The windows on the second floor are not
to be opened wider than six inches. Teachers
have been disappearing!
5-It has been rumored that Coach "We'll
be out here till midnight" Kelly is building
his home in Abington. All kidding aside-
the boys in green are doing well. Here's wish-
ing them and Mr. "K" a very successful year!
11 -Overheard in Mt. Morey's class: E
Mr. Gordon, why do we celebrate Co-
Gordon C pondering a momentj: Oh! because
we get out of school.
12 - Z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z
24-In assembly, Salom Riske gave an in-
spirational talk-after this the school for-
mally received the U. N. Flag. Also the Jun-
iors had tests, after which Mt. caught sev-
eral dashing to lunch. Vfhat a track team
we'll have if they put food at the other end!
26-Everyone goes to lunch by class. Ah,
well, let them have their fun. Remember,
comrades, the revolution is coming soon.
Oct. 27 -The fire alarm went off twice today. Not
that I think there's anything fishy, but I no-
ticed teachers taking down the names of pu-
pils laughing or with a gleam in their eyes.
Oct. 31 -Some boys gathered at Lantern Lane in
order to keep oil the streets and out of
trouble. Never again will those boys endan-
ger their lives by all gathering in one house.
CThose girls just won't stay awaylj
Nov. 1-A black day for A. H. S.-Miss Hill's
smile will be absent for some time as the
result of an operation-Gus Berry is ill and
won't be able to play in the Rockland game.
Too bad, Gus!
Nov. 5-Girls and boys who scratch their heads
were eyed suspiciouslyg we had a lecture on
alcoholg the physics class escaped homeworkg
there was a rally for the game and an ovation
Nov. 4 - We did it again! Poor Rockland -score
was 7-6 CWhew! only three cases of heart
failure reportedl .
Nov. 9 - We listened to the last broadcast of edu-
Nov. 11-It has just been discovered that after
Ray there will be but one more Star Ale
Murphy. What will become of the boys in the
cellars of A. H. S.?
Nov. 12 -"Pupils of Mr. Bolduc's geometry class
are not to carry open compasses through the
corridors," reads the latest report from the
Nov. 13 -Yours truly has decided to buy a new
red sweater to match his new report card.
Nov. 14-Mr. Gianoulis is missing in action
Challways between classes? after keeping his
Latin class after school.
Nov. 16 - We received our preview of Thanksgiv-
ing. What a feed!
Nov. 17 -Report cards! Familiar cry: "But,
teacher, my recitations ..... "
Nov. 18-Woman's Club Play-Say, what an
actor that Mr. Gianoulis is!
Nov. 20-Well, this mess has to be turned in to-
day. So long, until next time!
P. S.-Nov. 25-The turkey tasted great today.
CWe'll take care of Whitman next yearlb
Anyway, the senior Thanksgiving Dance was
CHARLES Nnserrr, '52
20 THE ABHIS
As we, the ABHIS reporters, board the sight-see-
ing bus at Abington High School our guide in-
forms us that today we shall visit the graduates of
1950. First, we shall head for Bridgewater State
Teachers College, where Martha Ball, Berry Rich,
Anne Trask and Sally Stephenson are aspiring to
their great ambitions. Turning toward the north-
west, we find that joan Schmidt, now Mrs. Harry
Todd, is keeping house for her husband in Alaska.
Now we start back east, and stop for a few min-
utes in Chicago, where Pat Gafney is studying at
Returning to New England, we stop at North
Adams State Teachers College for a chat with
Eleanor Angeley. An hour's ride southward brings
us to Amherst, where Barbara Gates is industriously
studying her math at the University of Massachu-
setts. Pausing on our way to Maine, we talk to
Paula McKeown who is studying at Framingham
State Teachers College. From Framingham we fol-
low out noses to Andover, where we see Halfback
Richard Sanderson playing football for Phillips
Andover Academy. Then we continue on our way.
Arriving at Nasson College, in Maine, we listen
in to the freshman class meeting at which Nancy
Lake presides as president. A few miles to the
north is Bates College, where jill Durland is study-
ing hard. As we feel in the mood for a boat ride
we board the "USS United States" and see "Skip-
per" john North who joined the Merchant Marine
soon after his graduation. After our conversation
with him our boat brings us to our destination-
Boston. There we call on "Doctor,' Richard Mur-
phy who is training at Boston College Medical for
a medical profession. Down the street is Massa-
chusetts General Hospital, where Hermine Fliege
is working hard to become a nurse. After talking
to Hermine, we ride down to the Vesper George
Art School, where Wayne Pratt is studying art. A
little further on we find "Chef" Richard Merrill at
famous Fanny Farmer's Cooking School. Up the
street is the Boston Trade School, where Shirley
Mahoney is learning the art of hairdressing. A few
miles away is Bentley School of Accounting. We
surprise Hal DeCoste and Billy Parsons as they
count on their lingers. Nearby is Aetna Life Insur-
ance Company, where "Billy" Colburn is a secretary.
In Cambridge Norma Manslield is counting the
class money at Lesley College. Nearby Donald
Parks has a job at the Brown and Durell Clothing
Company. Swinging through Medford, we see
Tufts College, where live Merrill Holman and
Gordon Sanderson. At jackson, Maude De Coster
is trying hard to master her Russian.
Rolling toward home, we stop off at Auburndale
to visit joan Peterson, who attends La Salle junior
College. We follow the road to Quincy, where
Bob Schofield is tasting ice cream for Hendries Ice
Cream Company. In training for nursing at Quincy
City Hospital are Irene Reardon and Cherine
From Quincy we go to Canton, where Anne Bur-
gess is working at the Mae Mont Factory. A short
ride from Canton brings us ro Brockton, where we
find several graduates. Studying at the Williams
Business School are Dot Holbrook, Carol Waite,
Carol Ward, Marjorie Gaffney, Joanne Leitch and
Neila Driscoll. At Brockton Edison learning the
life of Reddy Kilowatt is Verna Bicknell. Driving
a truck for the Pearson Appliance Company is
Burt Moquin. Working at the Alden Products
Company are Betty Collum and Brad Gilman. In
the center of Brockton packing bundles at the
Brockton Public Market are Dale Carmichael and
Clarence Lovell. As we leave Brockton we see Sally
Kiely studying to be a nurse at the Brockton Hos-
We take a road that leads us to Hanover, where
Kenny Redding works for the Calo Cat Food Com-
pany. We leave Kenny and head for Whitman
where working for Standard Products Company is
Helen Harris. Newly-married Ruth Cheverie, now
Mrs. Ralph Chapman, occupies an apartment in
Whitman. On the outskirts of town we find
Robert Sartna dressing turkeys at the White Hol-
land Turkey Farm. We go through Abington to
Rockland. Phyllis Duncan is spraying perfume on
her customers at Carroll Cut Rate. Up the sidewalk
is Grant's where Marie Gobeille is handing a par-
cel to a customer. Working at the Plymouth Rub-
ber Company are jimmy Sabin and Art Perham.
We approach North Avenue which will take us
to North Abington. Many graduates work at New
England Art. Among them are Sue Gilpin, Lor-
raine jacobs, Luella Mace, Mary Sanna, and George
Across the street at the Quigley Shoe are Mary
Srnith and jean Carroll. In the center of North
Abington Shirley Cass is working at the Home
Town Cleaners and John Ruzycki for the Atlan-
tic Card Company. Down by Harwood's Corner
Dale Dean is working with his father as a car-
penter. We lind Ruth Ball and Helen Cahill at
As our journey comes to an end we stop at
Abington High and talk to Dave Mulready, who is
working on the new Junior High. In Center Ab-
ington William Carey is also at home. Helen
Skillings, now Mrs. Robert Titus, lives in Abing-
ton. Catherine Smith, who joined the W.A.F. soon
after graduating, is now located on Cape Cod.
MARGARET Howe, '51
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THE 1950 FOOTBALL SEASON "1'L"""K
Abington 20-Randolph 0
Abington opened its football season with a
decisive victory over Randolph. The green and
white scored once in eagh period with Dick Devlin
turning in a terrific running performance.
' Abington 20-Christopher Columbus 0
The Abington grid machine made it two in a
row with john Gilbride and "Mighty" Leo Arnold
blasting the way to paydirt.
Hingham 21 -- Abington 7
The Green Wave received its initial defeat from
Hingham. Dick Devlin scored for the losers with
an 87-yard jaunt.
Stoughton 45 -Abington 13
Abington High was overpowered by Stoughton
largely because of Dick Klim's one-man offensive.
Leo Arnold and Dick Devlin scored one touchdown
Abington 13 - Plymouth 12
Bob Mattsonis goal proved to be the margin of
victory in Abington's win over Plymouth in a real
thriller at Shiretown. Devlin and Gilbride each
scored a touchdown.
Abington 26- Bridgewater 0
After being held to a 6-0 lead in the hrst half,
the Kellymen opened up with an aerial barrage
with Lanky Jim Kelley and Gordon Bates receiv-
ing, to snow Bridgewater under.
Abington 7- Rockland 6
It was a muddy, hard-fought battle which A.H.S.
won over her arch rival, Rockland. Mattson again
provided the margin. john Gilbride' scored the six-
pointer. Charmes was outstanding for the losers.
The team kept their promise to Capt. "Gus"'Berry.
Canton 26 - Abington 6
Canton proved to be too powerful, as had been
expected, but as a consolation john Gilbride scored
the second tally to be scored against Canton this
Whitman 13 - Abington 7
Abington closed its football season on Thanks-
giving Day in a hard fought tussle with Whitman.
In the first period Whitman led off on the first play
with a touchdown. The point after by run was
good. Abington ran back the kick to the 18, Gor-
don Bates knelt near the sidelines in 'a clever play
and caught the pass and carried it to the Whitman
18-yard line, to the amazement of the befuddled
W.H.S. team. Then after one or two plays Thomp-
son threw to Bates for the score. Mattson kicked
the point and the score was tied, 7-7. The second
period was predominated by Abington. In the
third period Whitman ran back an Abington punt
to score. The game continued in an even sided
battle and Whitman edged out the victory.
WILLIAM CRooK, '51
22 THE ABHIS
MR. KELLY .
Mr. john Kelley, our new coach and our only
new teacher this year, is a native of Somerville,
Massachusetts. During high school he played three
years of varsity football. After graduation, he at-
tended Boston College during his Freshman year,
playing on the Freshman eleven. He then attended
Notre Dame University at South Bend, Indiana,
and for three years played guard on the Big Green
During the recent World War, he was a captain
in the Field Artillery, and a member of General
Patton's Third Army in the European Theatre.
After the war Coach Kelley lived in St. Peters-
burg, Florida. For three years he coached football
and baseball at Admiral Farragut Academy. He
was also head line coach at St. Petersburg High
Along with coaching at Abington High School,
Mr. Kelley also teaches Civics.
Mr. Kelley stands five feet ten inches tall and
weighs one hundred ninety pounds. His favorite
foods are T-bone steak and Idaho potatoes. For
interests outside of sports he likes to read military
Naturally has favorite color is "Kelley" green.
He prefers western pictures and detective stories.
His favorite actor and actress are john Wayne and
Betty Hutton, respectively.
When asked how he liked Abington High
School, Mr. Kelley replied, "Fine school-excel-
lent spirit." Here's hoping Mr. Kelley likes our
school and its spirit well enough to remain here
with us! Under his able leadership our boys have
had a very successful season on the gridiron.
V STUDENT COUNCIL
The student body of Abington High School has
chosen Richard Berry as president of the Student
Council, Gordon Bates, Vice President, janet Hult-
man, Secretary and Raymond Murphy, Treasurer.
The council has recently joined the National
Association of Student Councils. To signify his
membership each member has received a pin.
During Education Week the council broadcasted
plays, depicting the lives of famous educators, over
the loud-speaking system.
One of the future projects of the council is to
send clothing to a girl in Kentucky.
GIRLS' DEAN COUNCILS
As in past years the Girls' Dean Association is
one of the most progressive organizations in the
school, boasting the active memberships of every
girl in the senior high classes.
Miss Hill, Dean of Girls, and her Dean's Coun-
cil, comprised of Kathleen Reardon, Marjorie Kris-
tiansen, Carol Ouellette, Claire Devlin, Marie Sulli-
van, Mary Coughlan, Mary Lou Strange, Marlene
Ransom, Mary Reardon, Janet Hultman and
Bertha Ransom, have planned a program of
monthly assemblies, consisting of sports, movies,
discussions, and speakers, all of which will aid
the girls in the selection of careers, and the
development of their abilities and general person-
Each year the association sponsors a dance, the
proceeds of which are used to buy athletic equip-
ment for girls' gym classes, and the field hockey
and basketball teams. Some of the money is used
for the hired speakers and movies.
.The Cheerleaders have done a capable job of
arousing school spirit this year. They have added
several new cheers and songs. Through the efforts
of these girls, transportation was provided, which
made it possible for many students to attend the
out of town games.
The head cheerleaders are Claire Devlin and
Carol Ouellette. Marjorie Kristiansen, Margaret
Howe, Ruth Swan, Bertha Ransom, Mary Lou
Strange, Virginia Maimaron, Janet Hultman and
Mary Coughlan comprise the rest of the cheerlead-
ers who have led our school in urging the team
on to many victories.
NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY
The National Honor Society is Continuing its
impressive work of previous years under the cap-
able leadership of the following officers: President
John johnson, Vice President Henry Wrightington,
Secretary Margaret Howe and Treasurer Bruce San-
Recently the society held a profitable dance,
entertaining the young people of Abington and the
surrounding towns. The Hanson Grange Orches-
tra provided the music.
The members intend to render their profits to-
ward a colorful induction ceremony in the spring.
They are also discussing numerous activities to be
held throughout the year for the enjoyment of the
THE ABHIS 2 3
The newly-elected ofiicers of the Strawberry
Valley Teentimers are: Co-presidents Charles But-
ler and Shirley Thayer, Vice President Ann Mc-
Pherson, Recording Secretary Cynthia Murray,
Corresponding Secretary Mary Lynch and Treasurer
The members of the Teen-Timers' Club are try-
ing to prove to the people of Abington that a
place of recreation is needed for the youth of the
town. In the past few years members of the club
have done much hard work in striving to reach
their goal. They have sponsored dances, and last
year even held a talent show in order to raise funds
for the building of a youth canteen in Abington.
We're hoping that this year's members will con-
tinue their good worlc and will soon reach their
The officers of the Science Club are: President,
Cynthia XVhiting, Secretary, Claire Devlin, Treas-
urer, Mary Cheever.
Recently the club sponsored a Hallowe'en Dance
which was very successful.
Sometime in the future the members areplan-
ing a field trip to the Herald-Traveler Building.
They are also discussing the possibility of a
Science Fair Exhibition in the spring. .
HOME ECONOMICS CLUB
The newly-elected officers of the Home Eco-
nomics Club are: President, Lorraine Waters,
Vice President, Ann Merrill, Treasurer, Lillian Pe-
ters, Recording Secretary, Janet Soper, Correspon-
dence Secretary, Helen Westberg.
The aim of this club is to interest the girls of
Abington High School in all the phases of home-
making. The girls also have discussions at the
meetings, when they bring up such problems as
dating and pet peeves.
The club members have also planned a few field
trips of great interest, one of which is to the Avon
The purpose of the Dramatic Club is to give
pupils, interested in Dramatics, a chance to exercise
their ambitions and abilities and to learn to speak
with ease before an audience.
In the near future the club plans to present sev-
eral short comedies. Recently the club sponsored a
two-hour movie, "The Count of Monte Cristo,"
which was greatly appreciated by all.
The ofiicers of the Dramatic Club are: President,
Paula Hickey, Vice President, Shirley Pratt, Secre-
tary, Mary Coughlan, Treasurer, William Crook.
GIRLS' GLEE CLUB
Officers of the Glee Club are: President, Mar-
garet Howe, Vice-President, Bertha Ransom, Sec-
retary and Treasurer, Marjorie Kristiansen. Richard
Hathaway, one of our talented students, is accom-
panist for the group.
Under the able supervision of the director, Miss
Bernice Gove, the Glee Club participated in the
Twilight Community Concert by singing "O Holy
Night," with Lorraine Keyes as soloist.
. THE BAND
During the football season the Abington High
School, Band, under the direction of Miss Bernice
Gove, played school songs at many of our games.
At a recent meeting the members elected the
following ofiicers: President, Roger Bolinder,
Vice President, Donald Angeley, Secretary, Judy
Gaffney, Treasurer, George Whalen.
The band aids the school by playing at rallies,
and it is now practicing Christmas Carols which it
will play in a Yuletide Assembly.
MARJORIB KRISTIANSEN, '51
JANET HULTMAN, '52
BERTHA RANsoM, '52
Two Little Boys
One was born 'neath a roof of gold,
The other was born in a house so old.
One was warm and seemed to be gay,
The other was cold and hungry each day,
One longed for love and someone to care,
While the other had love and some to spare.
One learned of greed and spite and hate,
The other to give and trust in fate.
The one who was born 'neath a roof of gold,
Couldn't buy love with his wealth untold.
And the one who was born 'neath a humble sky
Was blessed with the love that wealth can't buy.
CAROL OUELLEHE, '51 -
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