Acton Boxborough Regional High School - Torch Yearbook (Acton, MA)

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5777, ' A 'Q gI.',?"f 'W' lil W" MISS ELSIE V. BIXBY fMrs. Walter Gordonj DEDICATION IN MEMORIAM 53' ,A We dedicate this year book to the memory d'f1iMiss Elsie V. Bixby lMrs. Walter Gordonj who patiently and wisely advised the pupils of Acton High School for ten years. She was not only a teacher, but a beloved friend. Miss Bixby will live long in the hearts of her pupils. e 3 vveegv? ????e?f? T-Q 2 Editor-in-chief , 4 Assistant Editors . Business Managers Girls' Sport Editors Boys' Sport Editors Faculty Advisors THE TORCH THE TORCH AVTUN HIGH SITIIOUII Acton, Mass. STAFF , CYNTHIA PRICE ,IRENE GRANBERG MABEL CHARTER MILTON LOCKE DEXTER KELLEY MARION McGUIRE PAULINE ALDRED JAMES MERRIAM ROBERT TAYLOR MISS M. TOWNE MISS M. BOORNAZIAN ,- .1 . T1 l IH ' H STA FF Ban-k Row: M. Towne Qlfaic-llltyi. R. Tzlylor. J. yl'PI'l'lIl1I!. M' .Tiocklx D. Ke-lley. M. nll0I'IllLIilll 1l":uu Front Row: U. Prim-, M. M1-Uuiro. M. f'hm'te-r. I. Grmxh.-rg, P. Aldrod. iiwyv ,yi 9 THE TORCH 3 EDITORIALS WHAT NEXT ? During the past year I have talked with a number of seniors concerning their near future. In general they are hopeful, confident that a way will open for them to accomplish what they wish. Those seeking a college education are impressed with the bulletin board announcements of scholarships and visiting days at various New England institutions.. A number of commercial course Seniors write on their future plan blanks their intention to take further business training. A few students mention commercial art, nursing, religion, or other occupations, and many are undecided In following up the written intention of Seniors by personal interviews, I find that they are still quite general in their plans. Only a few really see a way which they are sure is right for them. The majority, when asked exactly how they expect to carry out their plans, cannot think of the first step. Those who have not a distant goal are especially unfortunate, because they do not even know in what direction to take a step. This in itself is not bad, since it is sometimes better to wait before making a decision. The danger lies in waiting too long. One admires the spirit of ambition, the determination to be a success in an interesting line of work, but this spirit of ambition appears to be, in many cases, only a spirit. Carefree students, however, who today face the problem of getting a job next year, may still be the first to succeed if they possess one human quality, the ability to get along with people. It can be argued that students in high school are not experienced enough to select a life goal, and that, because of their youth, they do not know how to reach it. Why ask them to think out the next step? Why not ask the teachers, parents, and friends to do that? In real life most important personal decisions are made by yourself. True enough, others may furnish you with facts on which to base your decisions, they may an wer your questions or point out errors in your thinging, but certainly they cannot force you to do with your life what you do not wish. I make a plea to all students to get in the habit of thinking about their dis- tant life goal, and, at the same time, to decide on the next best step that will lead them in the right direction. The Seniors who have vague notions about the distant future appear now to be the most confident. I fear they will be rudely awakened. The few who have centered their thoughts on a definite future may not today seem so confident, but they are taking definite steps to solve their problem. As soon as they tart they will find help in abundance. Good luck to you all. RICHARD B. GREENMAN. - i....... TODAY! TOMORROW? Over the radio into millions of homes in the United States flashed the start- ling news! Airplanes over Madrid had showered death, destruction and painful in-g jury on the unsuspecting city! At the last report it had been estimated that over 400 were dead and countless unfortunate souls wounded. This is how men, living in a supposedly democratic world, are now occupying themselves. Killing their own countrymen! This so-called civilized world is certainly constructed in a very peculiar way. Any who will kill innocent men, women and children because a certain few have the lust for power, are lacking in will power and courage. You say that those who refu e to execute the orders given will be shot or placed in prison for an unlimited time. But I say, "What can half a dozen determined men do against thousands of people-just as determined-but determined in a constructive sort of way?" Today, over every country in the world loom dark, glowering war clouds. Mars constantly keeps his sword sharpened and shield prepared for use. As the sound of many disturbances reach his ears, he smiles. He thrives on wholesale slaughter and Ianguishes unless he is able to see the sufferings of war. Will the nations please him and slaughter or maim for life the young and old? It is despicable to wander through the corridors of the hospitals that care for the "living dead." The inmates here do not have to speak to express their views on conflict. Look at the stoop of their shoulders, the clenching of fists, and the smouldering glow in the depths of their unhappy eyes. Then, again, perhaps they 4 THE TORCH have no fists to clench, their eyes may be unseeing or their minds may be blank. This is what one man has done to another! Even the young do not escape the greed of the War God. In place of the happy times they would have had to remember, they have memories of the terrible incidents to which they were eye witnesses. Age we of this country to satiate the cupidity of a few with the lives of many. C. PRICE, '38. SCHOOL IS OVER I wonder if every Senior will feel the way I shall when graduation night comes. No more books, no more headaches worrying about studies and no more exams and late night studying. We shall be free to do anything we want for awhile. They say that when you leave school, the next thing is to look for a job. I don't think everyone's parents will make him start to work the day after gradu- ation. We shall have a few weeks of rest, when we can sleep mornings, and do anything that comes to mind. But there is something else that we must think of. Instead of just leaving books, we leave many happy hours, friends, and a period of our life that cannot be re- placed by anything else. No matter if we have fussed over lessons and about how the teachers have treated us, deep down in our hearts, we shall be sorry to leave "Dear Old Acton High" and all it stands for. So I think that on leaving Acton High, June 22, 1938, my heart will hold a bit of sadness as well as joy. F. HARRIMAN, '38, IS A HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION VALUABLE? The average youth of today has had at least a high school education. Is he any better prepared to face the future than a boy who left school at sixteen and now earns a moderate salary? Is the girl with a diploma any better off than the working girl or the one who was married at seventeen? Is four years of high school a waste of time? The minds of students are in a turmoil because of the uncertain future and the ever increasing number of unemployed. The future of a graduate is diffi- cult to comprehend. Five years from now may see him fighting in some foreign country, working on relief, standing in a bread line, or desperately trying to suc- ceed in business. Education is the basis of the earning power of any individual. The earning power in turn regulates the standard of living, which is the foundation of any civilized country. Regardless of political or social conditions, a high school educa- tion is unquestionably beneficial to any boy or girl. The standards of tomorrow depend upon the Youth of today. E. MacDOUGALL, '38, ARE THE SENIORS EASILY INFLUENCED? The Senior class had a loud discussion on the program for graduation in June. There were two main plans to select from, the old form with a speaker, or the panel-discussion idea, suggested by Mr. Greenman. In the panel-discussion there would be about seven or eight in a semi-circle on the stage, one of whom would act as the chairman. Each would give his views on a subject selected by them. It would be carried on almost like an informal debate. The chairman would an- nounce the ubject they were to discuss and call on one of the speakers. After the first speaker, another speaker might start right in with his ideas or his ar- guments against what the first speaker had said without waiting for the chair- man to call on him or, if nobody felt anxious to speak, the chairman would call on someone else. After all the speakers had spoken, the chairman would sum up what had been said and give his own ideas. At first the class seemed to favor this panel-discussion and the majority voted for it. Then we found that at least a two-thirds vote was necessary on such an important matter. After much voting a decision was reached against the panel- discussion. I It seems queer that the majority changed their votes to the other side so quickly. Were the pupils influenced by talk of the opposition? Were they afraid to accept the responsibility? Why was the Senior class so easily influenced after the majority had decided on the panel-discussion? These are the questions we are all asking ourselves and well we might! D. KELLEY, '38. .uf I THE TORCH GRADUATION PROGRAM WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 1938 Acton High School 8.00 P. M. ENTRANCE MARCH OF SENIORS March Militaire ,.........,........4.........,............................ HIGH SCHOOL ORCHESTRA INVOCATION THE REVEREND GLENN W. DOUGLASS SALUTATORY AND ESSAY Is the Constitution Practical? VINCENT J. SHEEHAN THE AMERICA I WANT RALPH E, SPINNEY GIRLS' GLEE CLUB Kentucky Babe ....,.. MIXED CHORUS Mastery .. ....,.., .. Estudiantina ....,.......,......,......................,......... .,. DOES PROPAGANDA CONTROL PUBLIC OPINION? Q LEONARD A. GODFREY, Jr. BLEEDING DEMOCRACIES ROBERT J. MONTAGUE MIXED CHORUS Fair Cuba .,..,............,...,.... To Thee, O Country .....,.. ESSAY AND VALEDICTORY . The Prevention and Care of Pneumonia CYNTHIA L. PRICE CLASS SONG Tune: Gold Mine in the Sky XVOrds: AUDREY GRALA, Class of 1938 PRESENTATION OF AWARDS AND DIPLOMAS FINALE MARCH HIGH SCHOOL ORCHESTRA RECEPTION IN SCIENCE ROOM 5 , Shubert ,. .. Geibel . . Verdi Waldteufel Fuentis , ..., Eichberg THE TORCH CLASS SONG QTune: Gold Mine in the Skyh There's a school called Acton High across the way Where we went, you and I, every day, There we shared together troubles and our joys, And we tried to be successful girls and boys. Now the time has come when we must graduate And go out into the world to meet our fate, For we know that we must go into the world And apply all the skills that we have learned. We are sorry we must leave this joyful place And not see every teacher's smiling face, So we say goodbye to friends who stay behind As we leave this dear old school of Acton High. So goodbye, so goodbye, Acton High. A. GRALA, '38 CLASS POEM We have dreamed of this day That seemed so remote And we hoped it would come e'er long But now that day--with its glory-has come And the thrill and the joy have gone. The joys of our school We will never forget They will dwell in our memories long And the scenes that we leave with a sigh of regret, With the classes to come-will go on. We've been guided so far By our emblem-the torch Never strayed from the motto "I'll try." And as we travel the long path of life We'1l continue to hold that torch high! Protected with Knowledge, Wit, and Good Cheer We will leave Acton High School today But extend as we go out last word of thanks To those who helped us win Qu! way, E. LEVERONI, '38 . -4' 51. ,a. 14 'John Irving Smith P J 4, ' 'Smitty' ' West Acton College Uourse. President N'311,-L1, Vivo-president, 131. Football 12, Il, -11. Basket bnll 11, 2, 3. Capt. 41. Rnsebnll 12, 3. 41. Tort-h 131, Glee Club 11, 2, 3. 41, Junior und Senior Plays, .lunior and -Senior Protn. Essny, A, A. llnnre, Orchestral 141. liootlalooks, personality. ull rolled into one. By Smitty, our President. we eunnlwnys be won. Leonard Albert Godfrey "Ozzie" West Actor College Course. President 1111, Vice-president 141. President A. A, 141, Torch 12, 31, Student 1'onnt-il 1131, Footbnll 12, 41, Bus- ketbnll 12, 41, linsobnll 1l1. Hssny, Glee l'lnb 141. f11'l'lll'Nl1'il 12, 3. 41, l'lny 121. Junior und Senior l'rom, A. A. Dunn-0. Slums. tirntlnntion lflssny. Uluss lllllSl1'l1lll, stutisties 1-any, Ozzie plays the modern way! Frances Mabel Stuart "Fran" West. Acton Uonnnereinl Course, Sevre- tury 141, Basketball 1l. 2. 3, 41, Glee Club 121, Plny 141, Junior und Senior Proni. A. A, Dunve. Frnn's kind wny :tml sweet smile Will win her it friend with every ntile. Robert Buchanan Taylor ' 'Red' ' East Acton General Course, President 121, Treasurer 141, Torch . 41, Glee 1'lub 111. -11. Junior and Senior Prom. kiliographer, A. A, llmn-v, Qruhestru 12, 31, Student -H, 41, Basketball 1L., 3, 41, nsehall 121, Plays 13, 41. DQ like Spiueh: A session '4 ot' jiunin' is Buvh's fjfbnneil 111, Football 12, , .I . delight- ' He takes life like music . . . always light. aulin Gertrude Aldred ' ' Polly' ' Boxboro NGeneral Course, Torch 141. -Glee Club 11, 2. 41, Bas- etball 11, 2, 3, 41, Hockey 12, 3, 41, Junior and Senior Prom, Play 131, A. A. Dance. A vivacious little lass Chn en vamp of her clans. 'Honor Students THE TORCH 7 Mabel Beatrice Charter "Mah" West Acton General Uourse. Torch 141. lion-key 131, Basketball 12. 41. Small in stature-great in personality. fym. , I QAM-ZW Elizabeth Davis "Liz" West Acton 1'cnmu-rt-iul Course, Basket- bnll 12, Il, 41, Hockey 13, 41, tile? 1'lnb 111. Play 121, Senior Prom, Slams. We hope Lizzie-'s bubble of niirti will never burst 1 . I C. Downey South Acton Course, Basket- I5, 41, Hockey 1 Senior Prom. Edna will bring her Edna Frances Downey South Acton Course, Basket- ', 3, 41, Hockey 13, Prom. na is her middle name. 'CQLX Amelia Exenia Gagnon "Amy" North Acton Commercial Course, Glee Club 12, 31. How qu' t s e people can bel i 5 sl 8 .. ., MW, , I ' I' wg Audrey Gertrude Grala ' 'Little Audrey' ' Boxboro Commercial Course, Glee Club 131, Play 141, Junior and Senior Prom. We hope "Little Audrey" is always in the moodl 'Irene Viola Granberg "Renta" South Acton Commercial Course. Secre- tary 11. 31. Torch 12, 41, Glee Club 12, 3. 41, Junior Prom, 'Play 131, A. A. Dance, Banquet. Quiet and sweet Alluring and neat. j . 1 - - u x I , 1 1 Le Forest Edwin Gray ' 'Los' ' Acton College Course, Football 141, Basketball 141, Glee Club 141, Essay, Orchestra 141. XVith us but a year. Adding harmony and cheer. l 'Florence Elizabeth Harriman ' ' Flossy' ' West Acton Commercial Course, Glee Club 111, Essay. We all envy her ability to study. I l MW? Russell Davis Hayward "Russ" South Acton ommcrcial Course. Vice- resident 111, Glee Club 1, 2, 3, 41, Baseball 11, , 3, 41, Play 121, Junior Prom, Banquet. Happy-go-lucky, full of fun, Always ready with a pun. -""',7.'6" . ' Honor Students THE TORCH 1' A541 Phyllis Maddelon Heckman ' 'Phil' ' Littleton College Course. Glee Club 141. Basketball 141. It didn't take us long to like Phil's gay personality. Virginia Cairns Hodgen "Gen" South Acton College Course, Glee Club 11, 2. Il, 41, Play 141. Jun- ior and .Senior Prom. Always with her home work done. And yet, Gen is full of fun. do-a, 144 '94-4 'Harry Merle Hollowell "Hank" North Acton Commercial Course, Senior Prom. Many words he uses not. But his opinion means a lotl 'Dexter Eugene Kelly "Dex" West Acton General Course, Football 11, 21, Baseball Manager 131, Torch 141. Glee Club 121. Play 121, President Student Council 141, Senior Prom. An optimist through and through For the brighter side we look to you. , far. H415 Harold James Knight "Hank" South Acton College Course, Football 12, 3, 41, Basketball 13. 41, Baseball 13, 41, Glas Club 11, 2. 3, f1. As an athlete he rates the best - Just one cha e he did the rest. 'NILJMW fHon: MM X vh,f1Q.5 C5A'9:l4YJd..n T H E T O R C H 9 1: 4 Roderick Da iel Edith Beverly Larsen ,,Jm?fD0ug:Vlgst Acton "Eadle" South Acton Connnereial Course, Basket- linll fl, 2. ll, 41. lloekey 112, Il. 41, Banquet. 'l'lio most-aot' tlieliest-al 'l'll:it's liatlie. Eleanor Joan Leveroni "Elie" West Acton Coniinerrial Course, 'Prens- urer 11, 231, Basketball ll, 2, Il, 41. Hockey 12, Il. Capt. 41. 'Forrli 131, Glee Club 41, 2, :i, 41, Pla,-S til, 41, Junior and Senior l,l'0lll. A. A. llanre, Bio- graplier. 'Phat All4Anieriean girl! Milton Roger Locke "Smokey" West Acton College Course. Footlnill 122, 3, 41, llaselmll 141. 'l'oreli 141. lilee Cluli K41, l'lays 113, 3. -11. A randld camera Inan is he, A professional pliiitog- wlier, he lioultl he. Q05 Jx Q40 o B Edward Glenn MacDougall "Shaver" West Acton llllllllllPl'K'llll Course. liaskrt- liall 123. 41, lllee Claili til. 41, Plays 123, 41, rlllllltll' and Senior Prom, Urvlies- Ira til, -11. Class ll'ill. One of the "l1ootlle hand" is Moe. llirv liitn a tronilione N-QW und wutrh hint ol WW MacDougall "Kay' ' West Acton General Course. Hom-key til, 41, Basketball 12, Cl, 41. lll-ze Club Cl, 41, Junior Prom. A, A. l1.un-e, Essay. wx Kathryn Louise Young Alllr'I"4'Il. it-rw ni- fled . ,i . , Wt Uoininerrial Course, Vice- president 131. lllee Club 112. 41, Orchestra 11, 2. Il. 41, Play t-11, Basket- liall fl, 15. 31. Ambition of tlie liner kind. A strong will, a strong lnind. 'Marion deSales McGuire ' 'Tootle' ' South Acton Coniinereial Course, Basket- liall tl. 2. Il, Capt. 41. Hockey lil, 41, 'l'urrli 141, Give Club fl, 11. Cl, 41. Plays 12, Il, 41, .lunior and Senior Prom, A. A. llunre, Essay, Class Will. llols of fun and plenty of plurk. Her personality w i l l '..l1l'lllg her luck. a I ft' V, E. '-I I 'James Asaph Merriam "Jim" South Acton College Course. Baseball 122. Il, 41, 'l'orrli 141, Glee Clulr Cl, 2. Il. 41, Football Illanap.:ort41, Senior Prom, Essay. Naturally nice . . . thut's Jiinniyl I V I! 'Robert Jones Montague "Monty" West Acton College Course, Plays 12, Sl, 41, lllee Club 11, 21, Urrliestra tl. 2, 3, 41, l'lllt1ll11lll 12, Il, 41, Basket- hall Manager 131, Junior Prom, A. A. llunee, Essay, Graduation Essay. Clays iliploniat is he, An engineer he will be. WWW Roger Warren Moore "Rog' ' Boxboro General Course, S e n i o r Prom. Artions s p e a k louder than words. 2f0lff5a5eJi IIKJ ,I "Honor Students 10 Majorie Eleanor Nelson "Midge' ' Boxboro Gent-rnl Vnnrse, Student t'nnnril tll. lim-key 1-U, llzisketlinll 422, 41. tilee Ulnh tl, 11, ZS. -tj. Essziy. A lnynl friend, il pnl thnt's trne. XY:-'re sure Alinlgt-'ll gn sinilin' tlirongh. 1 Q' ! ,. Joseph George Perry X ' 'Joe' ' West Acton l'lfllllll0l't'iIll Vnnrse. Basket- hnll 112. -H, Hive t'luli ill, Senior Prom, A friend in need. A friend indeed. 'Cynthia Louise Price "Cyn" South Acton College Fonrse. Vnledietor- inn, Bnskethnll fl. 2, ft, -U, llm-key 12, Il, Mgr. 4 7 . 'Porch 143, Seeret airy A. A. K-U. Plays QU. ZH, A. A. lhince. Graduation Essny. tJunior and Senior l'roin, The media-nl liehl is open wide. To one with your inl- enl the wnll will di- vide, George Adam Rltford, Jr. "Bud" West Acton General Vonrse. Fnotliaill 12. TU. Basketball. Q2l, lissziy. "A hit of nonsense nun' :intl then Is relished hy the heat nf InL'n." MAJ ffl J 'llonnr Students THE TORCH 1 . E r s s V . E l i r i K1 x I fifsfr-W-A 1 .1-' xllalph Edward Spinney "Bud" West Acton t'nllQ-ge Course. 'l'rensnx'er 127, Fnntlmll 12. Il, Capt. 45, lilee l'lnls 12, Ill. l'lnyS 12, ill. Ort-liestrn til. -U. , nninr Proln. A. A. llnnue. Ilil4l21l'2llllll'l', tiraulnntinn Hs- any. Like lil'Il?: ltife goes swinging: hy .... A power house trumpet. riding high .... ftvftfrf' Eleanor Lula Tate "Ellie" West Acton l'ulleg:e t'niii'm'. linsketlinll tli. lileu t'lnls fl, Ill. Play 1253. .lnninr Proin, A. A. ID:uu'e. 'Vrnly n dnnl personality. Viola Gertrude Thatcher "Vi" West Acton Unnmereinl Course, Basket- ball tl, 2, 3. -H. Hockey lil, Cl. 45. Glen- l'luli ff.. Il. -U. l'l:iy Q-U, Student Vonneil t-H. Yi's nhility tn play l'nt her on our tennis to stnyl fl' Af - ' li I' fy Alfred Whitney jjf' I' Cobleigh, Jr. x- 4' "AP ' Boxboro f fl General Course, S e n i o r l'rmn. Although n fnriner at henrt, lle always does his part. 'Vincent Joseph Sheehan "Vince" West Acton Unllegn Course, Snlntzitor- ish. Class lrlistory. tirntl- nation Essay. Witty, humorous. elf-vcr, Will he tail! . .NEVERI Z V . " Honor Students THE TORCH 11 CLASS HISTORY THE SHADOW At this time, the Class of 1938 is fast reaching its academic maturity. In the light of our hoped for success, this giant, the largest in the history of Acton, casts its shadow across four years of Father Ti'n1e's domain. This quasi-dark spot is not so dark, for when we examine its intricacies, we find that it is filled with the hope of future success and happiness and that it is embued with a pioneering spirit to attain that end. The Class of 1938 began its high school career under the watchful eyes of Miss Bixby and Miss Boornazian. It was first necessary to "Actonize" the several wel- comed members from Boxboro. The fact that we had six candidates for high honors during the first month of school proved our ability to adapt ourselves to the new routine of work. Our reception by the high and mighty Seniors gave us the rank and title of full fledged Freshmen, willing to do four years of hard work for the reward of graduation diplomas. By leading the class as president, John Smith followed the precedent established by his colonial predecessor. Those elected to assist in the administration of fresh- man activities lncluded Russell Hayward, vice-presidentg Irene Granberg, secretary, and Leo Roche, treasurer. Marjorie Nelson and Robert Taylor represented the class in the Student Council. After the customary summer vacation, we returned to our Sophomore year to flnd that Mr. Hough would no longer be here as our good friend and leader. His successor was Mr. Walter F. Hall. Our numbers were somewhat diminished, but we were still a Gulliver among all previous Sophomore classes. Probably our most noteworthy achievement as Sophomores was the presenta- tion of a play, which added several dollars to our wealth. Thus began our climb to social fame. Robert Taylor was elected to carry on as president. The other elected officers of the Class were George Downey, vice-presidentg Iris Hamm, secretary, Ralph Spinney, treasurer, and Frances Fairbanks and Leonard Godfrey as delegates to the Student Council. Records show that the Junior year of the Class of 1938 was so successful as to be enviable. The play, "A Bunch of Fun," prepared under Miss Boornazian, netted 9. handsome reward for the work involved. During our Junior year a new system of nominating and electing all class officers by ballot was introduced in all grades. Those elected in the Junior class were: Leonard Godfrey, president: John Smith, vice-presidentg Eleanor Leveroni, treasurer, and Irene Granberg, secretary. The Student Council members were Iris Hamm and Roderick MacDougall. Many members of the class hurdled an item of great expense by paying for their class rings. The class selected colors of blue and silver and levied dues of one dollar eighty cents, such dues to be paid by June, 1938, to make one eligible to at- tend the Senior Banquet and Picnic. The Junior Prom became an activity of pront, as well as of enjoyment, under the able direction of the chairman of the several Prom Committees. Although the expenses amounted to more than fifty dollars, a profit of thirty dollars was realized. Our feeling of inferiority to other students had entirely gone when we were flnally seated in Room 16, in charge of Miss Boornazian, our faculty advisor. This was the first occasion in our high school career which found the entire class in the same home room. Those chosen for class officers, by means of the ballot system of election, were: John Smith, president: Leonard Godfrey, vice-president, Frances Stuart, secretaryg Robert Taylor, treasurer, and Viola Thatcher and Dexter Kelley to the Student Council. The flrst of the many major Senior Class activities, the Senior Play, "Spring Fever," was held at the high school on one night. It was a success in enjoyment, in experience, and financially. Gifts were presented to Miss Billman and bo Mr. Green- man for their welcomed aid. The Senior boys were numerous on the first string football team, which lost many games by narrow margins while playing against much larger schools. Ralph Spinney was injured in a school game, so we held a benefit dance for him. Since this was a minor success financially, the class voted an additional sum to help de- fray his expenses. His accident brought out the real spirit of sportmanship and loyalty to a fellow classmate which motivates the Class of 1938. In basketball, the spirit to play fairly, but determinedly, manifested itself 12 THE TORCH throughout the season, even to the last game of the tournament. The first string team, composed of five seniors, also lost most of its games by small scores to much larger schools. Nevertheless, they put up a hard fight and, when playing against teams in their own class, proved to be sufficiently good to win the consolation finals at the Fitchburg tournament. The school received the trophy, a basketball player shooting for a basket, as a reward for the team's performances. The field hockey and Girls' basketball teams, composed largely of Senior girls, had very satisfactory seasons. Although organized sports for girls are comparatively new, the prospects point to keen competition for popularity between the boys' and the girls' teams. The Acton Athletic Association dues, now being paid 'by a large portion of the students, were changed from five cents weekly to fifty cents for September and ten cents monthly thereafter. In October, 1937, the Seniors conducted a dance, for the benefit of the A. A. A. from which a satisfactory profit was realized. Perhaps the most controversial issue thus far, concerned the type of graduation exercises to be held. Among the several proposals were essays, with and without an outside speaker, a panel-discussion, a debate, and a mock town meeting. Despite the efforts of the school authorities to encourage the panel-discussion, the class voted to present essays with no outside speaker. The essays in the graduation program are to be given by Cynthia Price, Robert Montague, Leonard Godfrey, Ralph Spinney. and Vincent Sheehan. In order to avoid interference among the several activities of the Seniors and the lower classes, the Senior Banquet and Prom will be held on the same evening, June 15, 1938. The chairmen of the Senior Prom Committees are Robert Taylor, music, Dexter Kelley, publicity, Frances Stuart, decorationsg and Cynthia Price, refreshments. To obtain increased revenue for the class picnic, it was proposed to reduce the amount spent for gifts and to have a food sale. It was hoped that these plans would help the class to cope with the added expenses due to the large number of members. The food sales made a profit of about twenty-four dollars. The class also voted that Senior dues of a diollar and Junior dues of a dollar eighty cents must be paid before enjoying the Banquet and Picnic. In former years, about ninety per cent of the Senior class was pictured in "The Torch." Failure to have one hundred per cent pictured was due to the inability of certain members to reach the studios of Purdy, official class photographer. This year, all members who are graduating will have photographs in "The Torch," thanks to Purdy's attendance at the school. Probably the most tedious activity of the year to both teachers and pupils was the writing and correcting of the Acton Essays. A sigh of relief echoed in Room 16 on the morning of March lst when all essays were handed to the teacher. On the following day the pupils' worry was assumed by those judging for the best ten. The relief of some of the students did not last, because those qualifying had only 'begun the fight. They have had to revise their essays from two to four times and to prepare for public presentation. Marjorie Nelson was adjudged winner of the contest and George Rifford was second. Wait until the Jolly Juniors are put to the test of essay writing! We all recognize and appreciate the counsel given by the faculty, who, al- though, at times bitterly opposed, intended to benefit us. It can easily be seen that the shadow cast by the Class of 1938 is not so dark as it might have been. Among the more immediate factors contributing to this light complexion is the fact that many memorable acquaintances have been made with teachers and fellow classmates. We know from tales related by our parents that many s-chool friendships have furnished happy, life long memories. VVe hope that these four years will furnish similar memories to us. Probably most of the brightness in our shadowy past is the result of the ever present hope for a happy and successful future. Although some pessimlstically assert that there can be little hope, no one can deny that there is reason for hope in that our future stations of life have been raised by our attendance at Acton High Sghool, We may also say that there is an opportunity for us to be a part of the greatest nation in the history of the world, if we but will it. Therefore, let us, upon graduating from Acton High, enter the world with the same pioneering spirit which has characterized our action in the past four years. Let us determine to be the patriotic citizens for which we have been preparing. One thing seems certain, that, ten or twelve or fifty years hence, we shall look back upon the years of our association in Acton High School and remember them as among the happiest, most enjoyable of our lives. V. SHEEHAN, '38. 1 R q 1- l j i Q ' 'V Ll- fe 7 THE TORCH "7 CLASS WILL We. the Class of '38, of Acton High School, Acton, Massachusetts, known the world over for our brilliancy and our talents, do hereby find ourselves about to "pass out quietly." Due to our early and sudden expiration we do therefore make, public, and declare this to be our last will and testament. TO THE SCHOOL, wc grant the aforementioned talents of our famous cla s with full' permission to reflect upon our future glory. Shamefacedly we leave with apologies, occasional scratches on the walls, desks, chairs, and floors. TO THE FACULTY, we leave tender expressions of grief for our occasional ob- streperous misdeeds. TO THE CLASS OF '39, we grant, as all other classes before us have done, our historic marks of superiority. - TO THE SOPHOMORES, we leave all that we have left -- HOPE --- a hope that you may reach the heights tio which your sister class has aspired and occasionally recall that. "You are the ones who make the rules" at Acton. T0 THE FRESHMEN, we bequeath safe advice from the depths of our experience and the realization that " a little learning is a dangerous thing" and yet a little is better than none. To Mr. Hall, our fondest hope that next year's seniors will be just a bit more agreeable. To Miss Billman, our hope that she will find the future Senior Play Casts as entertaining as we were. To Miss Boornazian, our hope that she will not be bothered by persistent hum- mers such as the ones in the present Senior Class. To Mr. Frank Braman, our hope for a class that will draw like Whistler and Corot. . To Mr. George Braman, our hope that in the future he will keep away from horses. To Miss Davenport, our hopes for success and happiness with the "girls in blue." To Mr. Dolan, our hope for a new group of athletes to fill the many vacancies we left. To Mr. Greenman, a history class that will appreciate his efforts to convey the educational values of the Panel Discussion and the Town Meeting of the Air. To Mr. Holt. a class that will have their experiments done on time. To Mr. Hopkinson, our hope for many successful years with the car which has so faithfully transported him in the past. To Miss-Jones, a hope that next year she will have an organized staff of office assistants. To Miss Leavitt, our hope that her "dishes" will continue to increase in popu- larity. To Mr. Moranr, our hope that his future Glee Clubs will enjoy singing "Loch Lomond" as much as we. To Miss Stolte. our hope that sometime in the future she will have a room adjoining the library. To Miss Towne, our hope for a clerk in the future to assist her in that terrible task, correcting compositions. To Mr. MacDougall, our hiope for someone in the future who will be as efficient as Franklin Charter. Robert Montague generously leaves his "pathetic poetic endeavors" to Irving Opsahl. Robert Taylor and Virginia Hodgen leave their "proficiency in art" to David Jenks. John Smith's "basketball technique" to John Anderson. Kathryn MacDougall and Eleanor Tate reluctantly bequeath their "mirror" to Barbara Jensen. The "loquaclousness" of Eleanor Leveroni and George Rifford is liberally left to Helen Buckley. Dorothy Coulter will receive "a permanent place on the detention list" gladly donated by Ralph Splnney. Nancy Starbuck will be the recipient of Audrey Grala's "charming pout." Florence Harriman's "enthusiasm to work" goes to Robert Newsham. Cynthia Price and Morjorie Nelson graciously donate their "excess avoirdupois" to Helen Pederson. By the benignity of Russell Hayward, his "humorous exclamationsn are left to Leon Claflin. 14 THE TORCH Dexter Kelly and Leonard Godfrey bequeath their "aptitude for public speaking" to George Robinson. Gloria Wamboldt will be happy to receive the "extreme height" of Joseph Perry and Mabel Charter. Frances Stuart's "smile" is bestowed upon Eleanor Byron. Marion Sargent will be glad to get the "Downey Twins" "efficiency in dancing." James Merriam bequeaths his "broad-minded views" to James Nelson. The "gaiety" of Elizabeth Davis and Marion McGuire is cheerfully left to Lillian Bulette. The renowned "athletic ability" of Edith Larsen and Viola Thatcher is modestly left to Janet Spinney. Edward MacDougall's and Pauline Aldred's "way with the teachers" to George Gilbert. Roger Moore's "tranquil utterances" are quietly left to Guy Bragdon. The Hgentlemanly composure" of Roderick MacDougall and LeForest Gray is bequeathed to Walter Anderson. Frederick Conquest will rejoice in the "extensive vocabulary" generously left to him by Phyllis Heckman and Vincent Sheehan. The "scholastic ability" of Harry Hollowell and Milton Locke is graciously left to Robert Clapp. Irene Granberg's and Alfred Cobleigh's "tranquility" to Eleanor Brackett. The "football inclination" of Harold Knight are whole-heartedly left Kenneth Webb. Joseph Walther will receive Amelia Gagnon's "bookkeeping knowledge." In due testimony whereof, set by the heart, hand and seal of the Class of 1938. witnessed by the most outstanding class of Acton High, we declare this to be our last will and testament on this memorable 15th day of June in the august year nine- teen hundred thirty-eight. We nominate and appoint Miss Margaret Boornazian of Acton High School, executrix. E. MacDOUGALL, Notary Publicg M. McGUIRE, Lawyer, J. MERRIAM, Attorney at Law. WITNESSES: Mickey Mouse ..Dopey,, Abdul Bulbul Ameer CLASS PROPHECY One evening, ten years after graduating from Acton High School. I was seated comfortably by the flreside, wondering how my old classmates had fared in the world since 1938. Gradually, I slipped into the arms of Morpheus, and as though at the command of a genii, visions moved before me, and I saw a towering ediflce in the center of a metropolis. Here in the studios of a prominent broadcasting company, I saw Eleanor Tate and Alfred Cobleigh rehearsing their gags for the next program for which Roger Moore was the announcer. Presiding over a great clinic in the same building, I saw Edward MacDougall, an internationally famous doctor. Among his corps of nurses were Mabel Charter and Elizabeth Davis. The view shifted to the executive office, where sat Russell Hayward at the manager's desk, dictating to Phyllis I-Ieckman, his private secretary. These visions faded away and I saw clearly before me the entrance to a cos- mopolitan nlght club. Entering, I was greeted by a vivacious hat-check girl, none other than Eleanor Leveroni. At the same time, I was cheerfully hailed by Anna Downey, the cigarette girl. To add to the surprises of the evening, I was entertained by Frances Stuart, the specialty singer. Then, across the misty, revealing screen, there appeared a massive hotel. Step- ping smartly alcross the lobby in the immaculate uniform of a bellhop, was Milton Locke. Here autograph seekers mobbed Leonard Godfrey, the current idol of cinema romance. Above in the mezzanine, I saw Katherine MacDougall busily engaged in hairdressing, and, assisting her, Robert Taylor, a promising young barber. With the passing of this scene, the dining room of the same hotel appeared before me. As a charming waitress turned my way, I saw she was Edna Downey. Conversing busily over their food, sat Marion McGuire, the well-known scientist, and John Smith in clerical collar and coat. Again the scene changed, and before me, in Madison Square Garden, lay a panorama of the World's Greatest Circus. The antics of Dexter Kelly, clown extra- ordinary, had the crowd in stitches, while Edith Larsen, beatiful bare-back rider. 3 915579 . ,EQ - 1.1 .Y , THE TORCH 15 led the parade. Aloft on the flying trapeze, George Rifford thrilled the audience, while Harry Hollowell, clad in a tiger skin, performed miracles of physical strength on the tanbark. Prominent in the parade was Ralph Spinney, fourth flutest in the German Band. The outline of a college gradually loomed before me, and I found Vincent Shee- han presiding in the library, while nearby, Roderick MacDougall poured over heavy volumes of law. In a class-room, Amelia Gagnon, the teacher of bookkeeping, was happily occupied in her life's work. As these scenes faded away, I saw a large tennis court and crowds of people cheering the tennis champion, Irene Granberg. On a street in California, a little doughnut stand was revealed, swarmed with eager customers. Here, Cynthia Price, charmingly dispensed her home-made product. In a cosy cottage by the seashore, Pauline Aldred and her husband, James Mer- riam, shoe factory employee, joyously romped with their two strapping youngsters. The lilting tones of a soprano came to my ear from an opera house where Viola Thatcher held an audience spellbound by her music. As the song died away, Virginia Hodgen, a sweet and alluring debutante, came before me. Her dress, an exquisite portrait of grace and poise, was designed by Marjorie Nelson. Quick revelations in my clairvoyant dream showed Florence Harriman as a travel- ing saleswoman, convincing customers of the value of her merchandise with forceful. flourishing words. Harold Knight,star reporter,was terselyrappingvivid headlines over telegraph wires while his gum-chewing photographer, LeForest Gray, dozed in a swivel chair. Robert Montague, a 'bachelor possessing millions, was donating funds to charity. Audrey Grala was a prima donna of the ice ballet. Joseph Perry, mag- nate of the poultry industry, rolled through Central Park in a chauffered Cadallac. Just as a collison with a baby carriage seemed imminent, my involuntary warning shout roused me from my reverie of dreams and I awoke to a new and glorious dawn, with feelings of happiness and satisfaction at the success of my old classmates. A. GRALA, '38, R. MONTAGUE, '38. p SLAMS Mr. Hall ' Mr. Hall, our superintendent. because you are a rabid swing fan, we give you this picture of your idol, the King of Swing, Benny Goodman. We hope you will treasure it always. Miss Billman Miss Billman, we give you this chicken feed to quiet your Ubarnyard folk" when they start doing their "stuff," Miss Boornazian Miss Boornazian. our class advisor, we leave you this plan for a budget so that future classes will not have our difficulties. Mr. Frank Braman Mr. Braman. our art instructor, we present you with this lock and key so that in future years the art supplies may be used exclusively for art work. Mr. George Braman Mr. Braman, because you gave us our nautical decorations as proof of your love for the sea, we present you with this miniature lighthouse as a symb-ol of good luck. May its beacon be your guiding star. Never part with it. Miss Davenport Miss Davenport. our new coach, we leave this goodluck charm so that you may have as good luck with the girls as Miss Jones. Mr. Dolan Mr. Dolan, our coach, we give you this book of New Jokes to amuse the under- classmen. Mr. Greenman Mr. Greeman. our history teacher, please accept this stamp with an "A," so that some pupil in the future may obtain the seemingly impossible. Mr. Holt Mr. Holt, our "Bug Catcher," we give you this diagram for a simple telephone running from the laboratory to the kitchen so that you may save many needless footsteps in the future. Mr. Hopkinson ' Mr. Hopkinson, a grand man, we give you this "A" for your untalling loyalty to A. H. S. I a 16 THE TORCH Miss Jones Miss Jones, keep this package of Sensen handy to give to your garlic eaters. Miss Leavitt Miss Leavitt, we give you this credit book to keep track of your many charge accounts. Mr. MacDougall Mr. MacDougall, our janitor, we leave this new broom as we notice the old one is all shot. Mr. Moran Mr. Moran, we give you this box of Bayer's Aspirin to take after orchestra prac- tice. We feel sure you will find them very useful. Miss Stolte Miss Stolte, our dramatist, we leave you this book on "How to Give Interesting and Clever Dramatic Readings." Miss Towne Miss Towne, here is a book on "How to Ski, in Ten Easy Lessons." We've noticed that you had quite a bit of trouble on skiis. Pauline Aldred Polly, we give you this bottle of beauty tonic so that you may obtain Franny Stuart's good looks and quiet ways. Mabel Charter Mabel, we give you this marriage license, for we hear you are soon to wed. Alfred Cobleglh Alfred, with this tractor you may enjoy all the advantages of scientific farming that have been taught you by Mr. Ericson. Elizabeth Davis Lizzie, we give you this red truck. We understand a certain somebody from Maynard has one like it. Anna and Edna Downey To the twins we leave these bits of ribbon, red for Anna, and blue for Edna. Amelia Gagnon Amelia, we give you this map of Acton so that you will know that Chelmsford lsn't the only place in the world. Leonard Godfrey Ozz, we give you this tin saxophone to amuse yourself between acts of plays. Audrey Grala Phoebe, we give you this hatchet so you can carry on your caveman activities in Boxboro. Irene Granberg Renie, this little car will take you anywhere you wi h. Le Forest Gray Lee, we give you this new pipe to take the place of your old one,hoping that you will not not use lt as long. Florence Harriman Tootsie, we leave this ball of varigated yarn with which to turn out some more intricate tatting designs. Russell Hayward Russ, we leave you this doll to make love to, guaranteed not to cross you. Phyllis Heckman Phyllis, in case of engine trouble, just wind up this alarm clock spring and place lt under the hood of your car. We guarantee it will get you to the nearest garage. Virginia Hodgen Virgie, we give you this Romeo so that yours may be a perfect romance. Harry Hollowell Harry. the class baby, we give you this rattle so that you may have some form . of athletics. Dexter Kelley Dex, we give you this cake of your favorite violet scented soap to use when you get through work on the railroad. Harold Knight Hank, we understand that you are always eating before dinner, so to you we give this "Oh Henry" bar. Edith Larsen Eadle, our quiet little girl, we give this check to put you through Staley School of Expression. Eleanor Leveroni Elie, we leave this picture of the Seven Dwarfs in case y0l! 1030 your popularity. THE TORCH Milton. Locke 17 Smoky, our class photographer, we give you this magazine on photography. We hope that some day you will become an expert photographer. Edward MacDougall Moe, we feel sure you'll know what to do with this diamond. Katherine Ma.cDougall Kay, we give you this magnifying glass to look into those mysterious letters. Roderick MacDougall Jug, this package of hair dye is just the thing you need. James Merriam Jimmie, we give you this beet so you can appreciate the color of your blush. Marion McGuire Marion, we give you this -bucket to dip your mop in. Robert Montague Monty, we give you this can of baby food in case you run short some noon time. Roger Moore Roger, here is a ticket to California. Go West, young man, and grow up with your country. Marjorie Nelson Midge. there's something about a soldier 1- what can it be? Joseph Perry Joe, we give you this fly paper to help you catch a sweetheart. Cynthia Price Cynthia, our future M. D., we present this dictionary to you so that you may look up medical terms. George Rifford Bud, this song sheet will aid you in serenading Miss Billman. Vincent Sheehan Vincent, we give you this deilciency card to show you what it feels like to get one. John Smith Smitty, we leave you this curler for that front "lock" of hair. Ralph Spinney Bud, we leave you this toy trumpet to help Ozz out. Frances Stuart Franny, our class beauty, we give you this make-up set so that your beauty will be permanently assured. Eleanor Tate Ellie, we give you this can of sardines. We understand fish is brain food. Robert Taylor Red, we leave you this picture of your idol, Walt Disney. Viola Thatcher Vi, we leave you this set of filing cards to keep you in practice. E. DAVIS. '38, L. GODFREY, '38. CHOICE TITLES Dr. of Charm and Personality ..... . . ....... Edith Larsen Prof. of Bluff-ology Prof. of Work-ology .. Dr. of Flirt-ology .,,... Dr. of Modesty ,..,....... Dr. of Loiter-ology ..., Prof. of Quiet-ology .. Dr. of Car-ology ........ Prof. of Farm-ology ,. Dr. of Goat-ology ......... Prof. of Gagage-ology Prof. of Shy-ology ............. Prof. of Rhythm-ology Katherine Ma Ralph Spinney Roderick MacDougall Elizabeth Davis Mabel Charter cDougall, The Twins .. .........................,.,....... .... R oger Moore Phyllis Heckman Alfred Cobleigh Le Forest Gray George Riiford James .Merriam Ralph Spinney 18 Best looking girl ..,., Best looking boy ....... Best girl athlete ..,.,.... Best boy athlete ........ Best girl dancer ......., Best boy dancer .,...,. Class baby ..,....,..4,... Class sheik ....,..... Most original ..,.. Wlttlest ...,..............., Sweetest girl ............., Favorite sport ...A ....,... Most popular girl ..,.., Most popular boy .,..,... Best dressed girl ........, Best dressed boy ....,. Laziest .,.....,..,,......... Class musician ....,.. Happy-go-lucky .,.........,, Nuisance .......,...,...,.......... Jolliest ..,........,...........,...,. Most likely to succeed ,..... Best actress .............,.... Best actor .....,.. ........,..... Favorite pastime ...,. Most studious .....,. ..... Most sophisticated ...,., Class vamp ....,..........,......,. Favorite author ,,,....,...,......... Favorite screen actress Favorite screen actor .. Pessimist .........,,........,,.....,. Optxmxsts ......,..,.............. Faculty pets ...,., ..... ....,..,.,. Most talkative girls ..... Most talkative boys .... Most accommodating girls ....,. Most accommodating boys ...,. . Gigglers .......,......,...,,.,..,,.....,... Dreamers ..,.,.,.,...... .......,..,... Man haters , ..,..,..., Woman haters ......., THE TORCH STATISTICS Frances Stuart John Smith . . . ,..,. Viola Thatcher ,. , Edward MacDougall . ,......,,, Pauline Aldred Robert Taylor Harry Hollowell Robert Taylor Robert Montague Eleanor Tate Irene Granberg . ..,.4.....,,......, Basketball Eleanor Leveroni John Smith Irene Granberg Robert Taylor Russell Hayward Leonard Godfrey Russell Hayward Robert Montague Marion McGuire ., .,..,,.. Cynthia Price Marion McGuire Robert Montague Dancing Vincent Sheehan Irene Granberg Pauline Aldred . ...... Shakespeare Sonja Henle Gary Cooper Robert Montague Russell Hayward, Dexter Kelley .. Pauline Aldred, Milton Locke . Eleanor Leveroni, Pauline Aldred Russell Hayward, Edward MacDougall Eleanor Leveroni, Irene Granberg John Smith, Joseph Perry Eleanor Leveroni, Marion McGuire Virginia Hodgen, Eleanor Leveroni . ,... Florence Harriman, Virginia Hodgen .. ....,.........,,....,.......,.. Vincent Sheehan, Harry Hollowell I A POST GRADUATE LOOKS BACK I put my bottle of fountain pen ink into a corner of my desk, took up a pencil and looked around uneasily. I felt out of place with the Class of '38 and missed my pals of the "Good old Class of '37." I looked sadly on my Senior year, realizing that I could never recapture the good times, the hilarity, the big- ness of "just being a Senior." In less than a week, however, I saw that my stay was not going to be as uncomfortable as I had anticipated. Already I was eating lunch with some girls who kept me in spasms of laughter. Last year, as a Senior, I said, "That Junior class makes me sick-so silly- no dignity-the girls do nothing but giggle!" This year I found that the reason I had said that was because I was just a Senior-with inflated ego. I found the girls, whom I had thought silly, were really lots of fun, and those I had known only by name, became real individuals. Last year I thought I'd never be able to look at another sandwich and en- joy it. This year, I've been buying my lunches occassionally and, as noon hour is always a time for hilarity, I can look a sandwich straight in the eye and anti- cipate its goodness. THE TORCH 19 A warm feeling comes over me when someone says, "Hi, Libby." I feel as ifdlbwere a part of things and not the "left-over" from last year that I thought e. Sometimes I'm very much amused at the genuine concern the students have over simple matters. Then, I think back-whew! I've been through it all once! I've lost sleep over little things and argued heatedly for hours with the rest. Now, as I look back, I see the folly of independent fyouth. If I had curbed my tongue and hushed my thoughts, I would have more self-respect today. I blush, when I remember how silly I was to fuss over a little rule. Yet, classes will do that, for a Senior will always feel worldly wise. If one stopped to think-one would be so much wiser, really! So, I am not sorry that I came back to take a Post Graduate course. I have learned more this year than I did last. As a Senior I refused to have my eyes opened-and as a P. G. I have slowed up and found many friendships that were undreamed of. Moreover, I have found a peace of mind that still surprises me. E. REED, '37. LAUGHTER OUT OF THE GROUND V The national resources of the world have often been called "laughter out of the ground" by poets, because they are the means of bringing convenience and comfort to mankind. A person would find it very difficult to live if there were no minerals. Just think of all the uses of iron, in buildings, cars, trains, boats, airplanes, bridges, and hundreds of other things. Salt, which is needed in the diet, is a mineral. Gold, silver, lead, copper, and coal are just a few of the minerals. No Wonder they are called "laughter out of the ground." Scientists know that natural mineral resources will not last forever. Now they are trying to find substitutes for minerals. Did you know that Henry Ford plans to make cars out of soy beans? Sometime just sit down and think how life would be without minerals. R. CREELEY, '43. AS A COUNTRY GIRL SEES BOSTON Trotting down the streets of Boston on a bright Saturday afternoon, the country girl doesn't see Bunker Hill, the Old South Church, or Faneuil Hall. In- stead, she sees the narrow streets with cars parked on both sides, and the nar- rower sidewalks crowded with people, a hundred different nationalities. There is hardly enough room for one to stand and talk, especially during the big shopping days of the year. Walking down Winter Street, she is suddenly astonished to find herself walking on Summer Street. Standing on the curb, waiting for the yellow light, she sees a great mass of people crossing in the middle of blocks and appear- ing diagonally from all corners. Taxi cabs dash in and out, dodging other cars. She hears the roaring of motors and the newspaper boys yelling the latest news. She sees not only the well built areas but the old dilapidated buildings of another district, a part of Boston which everyone sees, but about which very few tell. E. LARSEN, '38. SPRING SKIING Every spring the headwall of Tuckerman's Ravine becomes a haven of dreams for many real ski fanatics who gladly drive hundreds of miles to obtain the near- est thing to "Alpine Skiing" in the East. Tuckerman's Ravine is the most beautiful place imaginable in the spring time. The steep slopes form a huge natural bowl backed by Mt. Washington's tower- ing majesty. Here King Winter has performed one of his greatest miracles, the transformation of a dingy, barren, and unsightly slope into a dazzling, sparkling fairyland, of soft, billowy snow, and crystalline ice formations. Skiing in the ravine is superb. There is every type of slope conceivable. Not only experts, but amateurs may find whatever pitch they desire and may ski under conditions best suited to their ability. For the tyros the more gentle lower slopes, I 20 THE TORCH for the intermediates, the higher slopes, and then for the experts, there is the real thriller, the actual headwall, which rises almost vertically over a thousand feet. But is spring skiing worth the trouble? That is the question that rises in the minds of many people. From my own personal experience, I say "Yes." I feel that the beauty of the mountains, the mildness of the weather, the thrill of skiing, and the valuable exercise one receives is Well worth distance and small expense to enjoy it. The crowds, numbering up to three thousand people, that flock to the ravine any week-end in March, April, and May, show that I am not alone in my opinion. L. GODFREY, Jr., '38. ' BENNY THE GOGD And so it came to pass that on the night of May first, in the year of our Lord, one thousand nine hundred and thirty-eight, a great throng of music lovers gathered in a quaint building in the heart of Boston Town, namely Symphony Hall, to listen to the immortal classics being "beat out" by that inimitable master of swing, the one and only king of the clarinet, Benny Goodman. The house was sold out three weeks in advance, and only by writing for a ticket as many months be- fore, was I able to receive admission. It may be mentioned, in passing, that on the night of the twenty-ninth of said month, Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt was slated to lecture. There were a few people there, but no one had found it necessary to write in even a day ahead of curtain call to arrange for seats. One may decide to go to a concert by some great orchestra the night of the show, but if one did this on Sunday, May first, the only thing he would have seen were closed doors- It's just the two trumpet kings, Gordon Griflin and Harry James, the one and only drummer, Dave Tuff, the immortal Stasy on the ivories, Browney with that hot trombone, Herman Shirlztner and a new one from Tommy Dorsey's band, Bud Freeman on the tenor sax, and last, but not least, the only Benny Goodman burn- ing out a "hot lick" on the clarinet. But this is just why I had to pay 53.50 for a fairly good seat to listen, not to that sentimental gentleman of swing, not to the sweetest music this side of heaven, and his three brothers, but to that great Professor of Swingology and his class of fourteen masters, Benny Goodman. R. TAYLOR, '38. LAMENT Fair Algebra whose ins and outs Fill my poor head with many doubts, How glad I'll be, come June again, To leave behind your fuss and pain. In vain I strive with X and Y, With two unknowns and little 11 ipil Yet here or there, without a doubt. Some ghastly error will creep out! To set at naught all, all my labor, And leave me a 60 paper. V. HODGEN, '38. We extend our sincere appreciation to our advertisers, whose kindness and gen- erosity have made possible this year book. Our readers, we honestly believe, will patronize the various concerns here represented. THE TORCH 21 GRADUATION Most seniors agree that a peculiar feeling overtakes them on the verge of gradu- tion. Through the first three years we go merrily on, first as very green freshmen, the butt of practical jokes and wise cracks. Next we are Sophomores, a rather inter- mediate state. As Juniors, we awake and begin to take a very lively interest in such activities as the "Junior Play," or the "Junior Prom." Now finally as Seniors "sitting on top of the world," we suddenly feel a little bit uncertain. Out of the rosy mist of unreality and future events, graduation begins to loom large and is suddenly very near. That which we thought a pleasant but distant occasion is at hand. Committees are chosen. and at last completely reconciled to fate, the Seniors plunge into preparations for this final and greatest high school event. Another year and we may be in college, or working, and far removed, in many cases, from the happy associations of the past years. Little wonder that we stop a moment and feel a sensation of loss that somehow seems all too imminent. But soon, we are on again in a whirl of preparation for the final "Iiing." . V. HODGEN, '38. "YES DARLINGH Detective O'Malley sat at his desk at Police Headquarters, in one hand he held a half eaten banana, and in the other, the telephone receiver. Every once in a while he stopped his conversation to take a bite of the fruit. Apparently he was talking to his wife, because at intervals -he would grunt, "Yes, dear," or "All right, darling." Finishing the conversation, Det. O'Malley tipped his chair back and planted his feet on the desk. The banana gone by this time, O'Malley leaned over and took a large pear from the bowl that stood on one corner of his desk. He then picked up the "Thrilling Detective Stories" magazine, sighed, and turned a page. Suddenly the door opened and young detective, Pat Kelly, entered. "Say Chief," he shouted, "there's been a murder down at the 'Sportsman Club' ,..,,.. Rodney VanNorton 'has been murdered in cold blood!" The chair crashed to the floor, O'Malley grabbed his hat and tore out of the office. shouting after him "Don't leave this room 'till I call, I may need you." Detective 0'Malley arrived at the clubhouse in five minutes flat. Tearing inside he pushed the crowd aside. "One side you guys ,, don't touch a thing ,, all right every- body go along and mind your own business." 1 One tall, dark, young fellow whom O'Ma1ley had pushed aside, shoved back and said. "Say who do you think you are ,the King or somebody?" O'Malley stopped with a jerk ,,.,,.. "Just a minute, young fellow, come along with me, we may need you." The young fellow growled, "Aw nuts, I gotta scram ,.,,,,,, I gotta date." With this he turned and hurried away. O'Malley sent one of the young cops after him, but he was gone. The whole case was turned over to O'Malley when he arrived. He studied it for a couple of hours and then returned to Headquarters. "Kelly," he said, "I'll give 22 THE TORCH the glory to you, go down to the clubhouse and get William VanNorton, for the murder of his brother Rodney. Don't stand there ,.,...,. MOVE! ! " Kelly obeyed- The arrest was made. Kelly and the other detectives hurried back to Head- quarters and into O'Malley's office. "Say Chief," Kelly asked, "What's the idea? VanNorton confessed, but how the devil did you know that he was guilty? You must be getting smart all of a sudden!" "Elementary, my dear Kelly, elementary. Let me explain. The floor of the smoking room in which Rodney VanNorton was murdered has a white linoleum floor. Right? Well, by the door that leads to the stables I noticed some -heel marks made with red clay. The print was made with Firestone rubber heels. William Van- Norton had a pair of sport shoes on today with Firestone rubber heels. He had been out to the stables to look over the new polo ponies he had just bought. The small inlet, where they put the unshod ponies, has a soft floor of red. dirt that is wet down each noontime. Evidently William VanNorton had stamped his feet upon entering the clubhouse. He then had 'had an argument with his brother about a debt he owed which Rodney refused to pay. This argument resulted in murder." "But Chief," interrupted Kelly, "what about that young Ned Black who was so tough when you first arrived at the scene of the murder. Wasn't he in on it?" "He was," answered O'Malley, "but he didn't play his part very well, he was just a little too tough and wanted to attract attention. A murderer never does that: he stays out of the picture as much as possible. I knew at the beginning he had nothing to do with it. He had on riding boots. They don't have rubber heels." There was a lot of back slapping and congratulations for O'Malley who insisted, "It wasn't anything. I"m just not afraid of anything and that's why I solved the murder so quickly .,..,,., " The 'phone rang shrilly .....,.. 0'Mal1ey answered grufly, "Hello" ,,,,,, followed by a very soft, "Yes darling." B. COULTER, '40. APRIL IN VIRGINIA I saw spring in Virginia once Its beauty captured for a single week in April. Nature's first wild snatching at new life was over, Replaced by a tranquil sunny growth Setting the music to a new and breathless score. The dogwood hung in wreathing glory, Judas' flery glance, glaring from each mountain, Fiercely clashing with the sifted softness of the red earth. ' E. REED, '37. THE TORCH 23 ALUMNI 1927-1937 Since 1927 there have been 295 students graduated from Acton High School. Many of the recent graduates are in business schools and colleges, but still more are engaged in gainful occupations. 1927 Number in class, 14 J. Gates, Engineer Girls Married, 8 R. Holland, Business Insurance F. Clifford, Secretary 12. Whitney, Extension Service G. Braman, Manual Arts Instructor 1928 Number in class, 22 A. Davis, Jr., Bookkeeper Girls Married, 5 W. Toohey, Poultry Farming At home, 2 E. Heath, Factory C. Byron, Office M. Wamboldt, Clerk .R. Perkins, Truck Driver 1929 Number in class, 26 ' R. Jones, Engineer Girls Married, 10 L. Feltus, Operator At home, 3 G. McGovern, Weston's Baker E. Jones, Teacher 1930 Number in class, 25 Girls Married, 5 R. Johnson, Middlebury M. Duggan, Pharmacist ' College 1931 Number in class, 26 Girls Married, 7 At Home, 1 Batchelder, State Dept. Granberg, Waitress Callanan, Teacher Hagen, Business College . Coombs, Secretary Hagen, Tufts Medical School FJPSFU S F' 42222525 Qrwgagia -1P'4--m gi ng'-xcbqgg-1 6.101-v-mop 5Q',55":"'1" 'U'-Puls 0 cb Mez P-2 assi? ri 5-1'-:QQ N 35 og 9 F053 gp- PJ 53 5' 5' "I O 9 A1932 1933 Number in class, 28 Girls married, 5 D. Willis, Housework A. Haynes, Insurance Salesman W. Berglind, Radio Factory S. Hill, Farming W. Bursaw. Oil Business C. Callanan, Teacher J. Edney, Extension Service D. Roche, Registered Nurse S. Hager, Poultry Farming J. Whitcomb, Insurance TU Z cn if o F Fi no 0 5' 5 ,... c ..- Q 5 F459 Condon, Insurance Costello, Clerk Jones, Office C. Cunningham, Truck Dispatcher P. Duggan, Clerk N. Perkins, Truck Driver A. Flagg, Farming R. Sanborn, A. and P. Manager R. Tompkins, Cushman's Baker A. Massle, Teacher A. Sadler, Harvard College M. Parks, Optical Adjuster M. Heath, Secretary L. Reynolds, Truck Driver L. Ineson, Office M. Soares, Office R. Thompson, Insurance T. Callahan, Factory A. Parker, Office I. Dunn, Holland Motor Co. D. Peppard, Springfield College H. Feltus, Tree Surgeon W. Thompson, Boston University R. Flint, Office J. Kullesus, Farming x M. Middleton, Teacher THE TORCH 1934 Number in class, 36 H. Hilton, Poultry Farming Glrls married, 2 C. Tuttle, Fitchburg Normal At home, 7 M. Ineson, Office J. Anderson, Clerk A. Johnson, Tufts College C. Callanan, Englneer E. Kelly, Office R. Brown, Duke University R. Liebfried, Bettlnger Corp. E. Hagen, Jackson College C. Laird, Fitchburg Normal R. Slsson, Acton Motor Co. E. Oelschlegel, Boston University J. Hager, B. U. Medical W. Sims, Franklin Institute C. Thompson, Boston University L. Tolman, Middlesex Laundry 1935 Number ln class, 28 P. Robbins, Paciflc Mills Girls Married, 4 E. Grala, Tree Surgeon At home, 4 E. Sheehan, Fitchburg Normal J. Farrar, Clerk A. Smart, Mill Worker E. Parker, Santa Clara College A. Nelson, A slstant Engineer G. Raymond, Winter Hill Motor Co. L. Wood, Fitchburg Normal E. Gates, Fitchburg Normal 1936 Number in class, 30 D. Feltus, Optical School At home, 5 C. Gallagher, Jr., Northeastern B. Jenks, Boston University O. Hill, Teaching E. Callanan, Student Nurse J. Rifford, Business College A. Leveronl, Burdett College W. Holland, Office M. Coolidge, Fitchburg Normal M. Smith, Gordon College L. Cunningham, Jr., Garage D. Jefferies, Student Nurse A. Middleton, Office G. Tate, Gordon College E. Fairbanks, Secretary if , . 1937 Ntmber in class, 31 F. Charter, Post Graduate Gi-ills married, 2 A. Hayward, Burdette College At' home, 7 L. Hayward, Office A. Anderson, Farming E. Reed, Post Graduate R. .Dunivan,,I-Iousework H. Wamboldt, Strong's Market E. Durkee, University of Chicago R. Noll, Staley School S. Bondelevitch, St. Anslem's P. Webb, Telephone Operator J. Fallon, Trade School R. Piper, Jr., Post Graduate A. Gilbert, Cushing Prep School M. Whitcomb, Simmons College SIX YEARS Six years. I have left them in a place Of dim lights, and long corridors, And restless, ever restless classes.. Six years. . While the bud of life is molded Scanned by frosts, wounded often And beautifully expanded by warm suns. Six years. A Ofwhich 'not all are happy memories l Of love, and friendship, and sun's warmth y But some of battles won and lost, the same of friends. Six years. Through which, as through the day, We must endure the heat 'before the cool. And then to say at dusk, I'm grateful, I appreciate. W ' S' ' ' R. J. MONTAGUE, '38. Tlllfl TORCH 25 SENIOR PLAY On December 22, 1937, the Cla-as of '38 presented a three-act play entitled "Spring Fever" in the high school auditorium. An attentive audience was amused by the antics of the enthusiastic chemist, Milton Locke: the frantic Senior, John Smith: and an ambitious artist, lfldward Macflougall. Wise cracks constantly pop- ping out from the ever-typing newspaper girl, Frances Stuart: the dispairing efforts of the lillltllZl1lY. Virginia llodgeug and the serious attitude of Virgil Bean. pro- fessor of the college, Roderick lVlat-Dougall, brightened up the evening's entertain- ment considerably. Eleanor Leveroni and Viola Thatcher, college girls and inti- mate friends of Howard and Vic, had much to do with the success of the play The relatives of some of the students, Audrey Grala, Marion McGuire and Robert Montague, furthered the plot by their kind efforts to aid the young people. Robert Taylor, as Ur. llixon, the l'resident of Brookfield College, gave a splendid per- formance. 'l'he entire Senior class wishes to extend its heartiest thanks to Miss Hillman and Mr. Greennuin, who tirelessly coached the cast: to Mr. George llramau for the construction of the excellent stage background: and to all who helped make the play an success. SICNIUR I'l,.XY Ilrlclt How: ll tireenmnu H'o:l1-lll. ll, Blonl:i:ue. ll. 'l':l5lor, J, Smith. ll, Xlxlcliougilll. lf, Klux'- lloiignll. Xl l.oclte, lf, liillman tt'o:iclil, l"l'oul Hou: XI Xlctiuire. Y, lloilueu. ld, l.exel'oni. Y, 'l'lmtclie1'. I". Stuart. A, liralu. 26 THE TORCH THE SENIOR PLAY The Senior Play, it was a sketch Which we did all enjoy. Howard Brant, who was John Smith His honor did employ. He wanted so to graduate And wear a Cap and Gown. To march with his sweetheart, The prettiest girl in town. He wanted to go to Europe With his Aunt Maude you see And that's the reason He needed his degree. M. Locke, who was the joker Was just suited for the part. He owned a. chemistry plant And his explosions were an art. F. Stuart, who was the typist, Pretty, young, and fresh, Filled the play with humor With her wisecracks and her jests. But wait, here comes Professor Bean, The funniest of them all. And when Aunt Maude spied him She was riding for a fall. She fell in love with the poor old gent. What a pathetic sight! She grabbed him off and married him And I think it was for spite. She wanted to show those college girls She still was in her prime, So she said within herself I'l1 make old Prof. Bean mine. It ended very happily For everyone was paired. This Senior Play was a success So everyone declared. - E. TATE, '38. BIG BROTHER I have a. big brother, He is now seventeen, He's the biggest pest I've ever seen. And when he's out walking And I want to go somewhere, I have to hunt all over town, Just like you comb your hair. He may be down to Granberg's, He may be down to Locke'sg Cause when I try to find him, I'm surely on the rocks. VV. MONTAGUE, '4 3. THE TORCH 27 ESSAY CONTEST The ten best Acton essays chosen from the many written by the Class of '38 were presented Monday evening, April 25, in the high school auditorium. This contest was inaugurated four years ago, when Mr. Carlos B. Clark, who has done much for Acton High School, offered a silver shield in memory of his brother. On this are engraved the names of winning contestants. The program was as follows: 1. The Acton Fair: A Review . . . ,. , .... ...,,. L eonard Godfrey 2. The Development of Acton's Water Supply .,..., Florence Hl1l'I'imaI1 3. Fire-fighters of West Acton . ,,.. .. ,....,.,. . ...,..,.. ....., J ohn Smith 4. From Peace Pipe to Tomahawk ,,,. ..... Marjorie Nelson Music: Piano Solos ........... ...... M eltha Walther Boys' Glee Club 5 Merchants of Acton .......... .......... ,.....,...... . . . . , Robert Montague 6. Education Marches On . ..,. ,. .,.,. . . ....,.., Marion McGuire 7. Evangelical Congregational Church of Acton ..,.. .,.. , , LeForest Gray 8. Cellar Holes Record History .. ........,..,..... .,,.. G eorge Rifford Music: Vocal Solos ,,.....,.,.............................. ....... .,.. D o rothy Bond , ,. ,. ,, U Earl Harriman 9. The Faulkner Family Develops South Acton .. James Merriam 10. Old Roads of Acton ...,.........,.......... .... .......,..,.. , , ,Kathryn MacDouga1l Music: Girls' Glee Club Trumpet Solos .,..... ..,. .........,..,....,..,.....,......,........................, .... J a m es McAvenia Judges: Mr. Frank C. Johnson, Superintendent of Schools, Ayer, Miss Gertrude H. Rideout, Concord High School, Concord, Rev. Matthew A. Vance, Maynard The judges awarded Marjorie Nelson the first prize for her essay, entitled, "From Peace Pipe to Tomahawk." George Rifford received second prize for his, which was entitled, "Cellar Holes Record History." Honorable mention was given to James Mer- riam and Kathryn MadDougall. This year, for the first time, a tlrst and second prize of five and three dollars, respectively, were given. . I F vm MEADOW Red blurs of misted maples by the gate, Gold poplar tassels swinging on the wallg The new turf grows the greenest by the brook And bluets, like small stars, shine in the grass, All Heaven turned upside down,-but the dun cows Munch in content, tranquilly unaware That they are pasturing in the nrmament. H. CREELEY, '40. SUNSET Dash of red, Dash of pink, A dash of purple too, A forerunner, foretelling of the night, Glows in the western blue. C- HOWE, '43-. 28 THE TORCH U1,.tw-.HUA ,ay 1 . in A Lew ly' S'l'l'lJI'1N'l' t'Ul'Nl'lI, Bark Row: V. l'nllnn:in. li. Jules. Middle Row: R, Vreelcy, N. Nichols, M. Nl'llilro1nb. J, Kr-miie. A. llzxgrii, C. Hollmvell. Front Row: 15. Gilbert, V. Tllatt-hur, Il. Hopkinson Clfzwiilty Advisory, Ib, Kelley, B. Jensen. STUDENT COUNCIL At the first meeting of the Student Council, on October 13, 1937, Dexter Kelley was elected president, and Viola Thatcher, secretary. At that time Mr. Hall ex- plained the purpose of the Council and suggested that it settle to the best of its ability any questions arising during the year. The members have tried hard to make rules and regulations to improve the standing of the school. At the recommendation of the Council, the School Committee voted to permit the school to join the National Honor Society. To become a member of this Society a student must have a high standing in scholarship and school citizenship. It is the feeling of the Council that this Honor Society will be an inspiration to the future students of the Acton High School. The Council is grateful to Mr. Hopkinson for his faithful and wise guidance. GLEE CLUBS The Girls' and Boys' Glee Clubs met regularly every Thursday under the direction of Mr. Richard B. Law, who later in the year accepted a position elsewhere. Mr. J. E. Moran of Newton capably took over the position as music supervisor. The girls and boys sang in separate groups and together at the Senior Essay Contest. Both groups will sing at commencement exercises in June. THE TORCH 29 ORCHESTRA Under the direction of Mr. Moran the orchestra has improved greatly during the past year. It has played for the Senior Essay Contest and will play at Graduation. The members play the following instruments: Marion Sargent and Florence Lawson, pianog Alfred Granberg, Joseph Walther, Robert Creeley, Raymond McAvenia, and Roderick MacDougall, violin, Robert Montague, Ralph Spinney, James M-cAvenia, and Robert Rimbrach, trumpetg John Smith and Leonard Godfrey, saxophoneg and Ed- ward MacDougall, trombone. I AGRICULTURAL CLUB Program 1937-1938 Oct. 20. The Dairy Industry in Massachusetts ,.,..,..... L. T. Tompkins, Mass. D. of A. 27. Types and Breeds of Dairy Cattle Nov. 3. Selecting and Judging Dairy Animals J. E. Harper, Mass. Guernsey Breeders' Asso. 9. Judging Contest , . ...... ....................................... ,,... ...,....,..,.,., , M r . Harper 17. How Milk Is Secreted by the Cow ..,,,..................... L. Black, Stow High School 24. Care and Management of the Milking Cow Dec. 1. Feeding and Care of the Dairy Calf ..,..,.........,.,,, H. A. Brown, County Agent 8. Care and Management of the Dry Cow 15. Goats ............................,...............................,, Member, Goat Breeders' Association 22. Examination Jan. 5. Agronomy-Its Field and Importance R. W. Donaldson, Specialist in Agronomy, Mass. State College 15. Types of Soil and Management of Each 19. ' 26 2 Composition of Soil ..... ........................ .... .....,. , . . . ,.,..,..,....., Biology Teacher . Sources and Importance of Organic Matter in Soil Feb. . Sources of Nitrogen and Potash and What Each Does for the Plant 9. Sources of Super-phosphate and Lime and What Each Does for the Plant 16. Soil Testing Demonstration and What It Shows R. Young, Agronomist, Waltham Field Station Mar. 2. Essentials in Potato Growing Movie: 1. Limestone for Ailing Clover 9. ' 16. Examination 23. A B C of Farm Credit R. E. Moser, Extension Economist Mass. State College 30. What Insurance Has to Offer You R. E. Moser, Extension Economist Mass. State College Apr. 6. The Economic Importance of Insects W. D. Whitcomb, Entomologist, Waltham Field Station 2. Save the Soil .,,..,.....,...,.,.........,,..,.,,. G. E. Erickson, Club Agent 13. Lite History ot' Insects 20. Structure of Insects ,.......................,..,., . ...... ........ .................... B i ology Teacher 27. Beneficial Insects May 4. Control of Orchard Pests .. .,....,.. ..........,... ...... ....,, J . C 1. Handy, County Agent 11. Control of Vegetable and Flower Pests P. W. Dempsey, Waltham Field Station 18. Control of Shade Tree Pests ..,..,.....,....,.......,...........,....,......,, Local Tree Warden 25. Examination Together with the above course, a Dairy Calf Club was formed and several mem- bers purchased calves. The boys of this course tapproximately thirtyy met every Wednesday under the supervision of Mr. Frank Braman. I0 'I' II IC 'I' 0 R C' H GIRL S' SPORTS REVIEW I ll.I.lh IIIWIQICY I1Il Ir Iilulll, If vluvmx I44:lwIuv, If l.vxll'mul l1':lpI:1l11I. IC lmum-5 ,X lmum-5. II Sln:ll'I l I Imam, Y l'lmllI-Iulu. If I.:nl'w-rn U Xvlxl-ru. I3 Vlmlll-l'. Y, 'llllnll-l1wl'4 I' .XIlII'mI, I-I liuxl- 1 Ill - Iklzuusagl-rl, Xl Xllliuu' FIIVIIIJ HOVKICY Ilw ll04'lIl'j' SUIISUII prmw-rl vm-rv sllvvn-sr-I'11l lust ym-ur. A large- group nf girls Ixivwl fur' rvgulnr pusitimms un ilu- varsity. Must ut' Illl'lll utte-mlvrl Ill'1lt'Il0f' Fvgll Illlj :ml t'4m4'l1 .Imac-s Iullml it vvry 4IiI'l'ir'11lI In pivle l'05.1'llIRll'S. 'l'Iw Illlill S4'Iv'!'Il4lIl rs als fnlluws: Ililllllllll. IG. Ilvvvlwulli. ma If: A. llnwlln-y, I. i.3 IC. lluwlwy, V. wg Ii :nrt I I.: lfl, Il2ll'Sl'll. l, xv.: l'. .Xhlra-rl. lx l1.1 V, 'l'l1:ltvl1vr, 1-, lug If Pric-+-. I. l1.3 M 14, u Xlmllllla-.11 1,3 In IIIIVIS. I 1,3 X, I'll1.uIm-Illu Lg' 4- In Iln- work ul' tlwir vznpanlsll- :mal vl'I'ic-if-nt IIIIIIIEIQIUIY F. l'l'iw, tho vursitx pl xxeml LZIIIIIUS wllll ilu- IUHIIHXYIIIPQ In-an f'um'm'mI Slllw-wsl mm' AIIIXIIZIVII Aslllzmrl WI-stun IIIHI Opp. A, ll, S. II ll I 0 1 Il I 0 2 0 ll.-XSKI+l'I'I3AI.Il llu- llrst ww-le lu .l2Illll1Il'j' hrou llt ull! I Slllllll nt IIIDIUXIIIIIIQIX fiftx ll I-Z 2 H I I ' .' 2 ',' b' ,Q,I'S Xilvr twu IUIIIIIS luml In-vu vllusvn lmm 4-zlvll class with the- oxcvplimx ut' tlw .IIllll0l'S Ill ll1t1"1ml1r:ll l4lIII'Il2lIIIl'llI wus lxvlul 'I'llv Wllllllllg' Ivlllll l'awe-iw-ml gnlql lmgkmbullg Ilu- IVRIIIIS ww-rv I-zlplulm-ml Iwi l'lI'0SlllIlZllI. Rl. Wznlllla-Vg Suplmlxlnrv, If 'I'ulmun lunim: N,Sl:u'lrll1-leg :mrl Svuim: M, NI4'lllIll'l'. THE TORCH 31 The contests were very exciting. The Senior A team, which won, was composed of the well-known stars: Downey Twins, E. Larsen, M. McGuire, V. Thatcher, and K. Macllougall. The Senior B team won second place. The squad at this point was cut to thirty in preparation for games with Subur- ban schools. The girls practiced faithfully and hard under the able supervision of Miss IG. Jones. The Senior A team, noted for its excellent sportsmanship, was picked for the varsity not because it had won the intramural tournament, but be- cause of its past records and actual ability. With M. McGuire again captain of the team, it marched through a successful season, meetin,2.' defeat but twice. E. Davis captained the second team which was made up of E. Leveroni, R. Smart, V. Tolman. t'. Price, V. Piuolehto and P. Aldred. This team lost only one game, Before the close of the season they lost their faithful coach, Miss Jones, but were glad to welcome Miss E. Davenport who has ably filled the position. The games played: Opp. A. H. S. Southboro , , .. .. 13 26 Com-ord U H I 5 41 Maynard , ,,,k, 18 21 Southboro ,,,. , 13 17 Marblehead . ., . 30 19 Johnson H, ,,4,.,V 27 24 Concord .. ,.. . . ,..,.. . ,.,... ,...,..... , ,.. 13 18 Maynard , .,,., ..., . . 15 27 The season closed with the game with Maynard on the home floor. The first and second teams received letters. All girls should be complimented on their excel- lent work and fine sportsmanship. BASKI'I'l'liAIiL TEAM lim-It liow: t'. Price N, Stnrluut-k, M. Aldred. li. Coulter. L. Briggs. B. Richardson. M. Leveroui. lil. lmvoroni. Middle Itoxr: II. IH-dn-rsou thlnnutferl. V. Pinolt-hto. R. Sinnrt, F. Stuart. E. Davis. B. Jeusuu. lil. l4i':u-in-Il. S. Farley, A. Whitman, A. Mauro, M. Unrley. E. Davenport ft'ouch7. l-'rout How: E. Downey, l'. Aldred. lil. Larsen, M. Mt-tluire. V. Thatcher, K'. Mat-Dougull. A. Downey I2 'I' II IC 'I' O Ii C II BOYS' SPORTS REVIEW tDI'Il UOAVII Fm' Your yt-airs svn-1':tl Ill1'IllIlt'I'S ut' mu' 1-lass IIZIVLI multi- iu rlusv t'uutuc't with our ui:u'h. Mt: llulatu, Our xlsstnt-iattitmti with him has hw-u vm-ry vtijuyathltu Out' c'uzu'h. ht-vzttisv ut' his plt-ztsiug: IN'I'HllIlllIIIY. gmail IlIllIltil', zttui IlIIlIUl'SI2lIIfIIII2 ut' buys, knows how tu luring nut tht- Iwst thztt is iu :1 t'vIiuw, lftu' that iw-zisun Avtuti tt-nuts allways ztvt- :1 rt-tuttzltit-I1 Illil' In-ing gum! sports zuul gmail zttliivtvs, Altliuupgii 4IIII'Ill,L1'Ulll'2ISStN'IilIItlIl with Ali: Imlziu wt- hztvt- haul smut- ul' the- httst time-s ul' our Iivts, we haw- ZIIVVZIXS just ziqceptul thvui withuut thinking ut' tht- tuuuuut ut' wurlt, titut- :tual vin-rgy thztt Mt: Ilolztu has sztrwitit-wi thztt we might hzivtf 1 gout! titur-. Iluwt-vvr, :ts our high st-Iiuul t2lI'f-'UI' clrztws tu zi Clusty 11:4 seniors, ww Iw- Laiu tu rt-tuiuis :mutt ww tt-1-I just :1 tritle- pfuilty tm' having :lt-ct-pts-ti so tuut-h ut' at Iwi'- wu's tiiuv without t-vvu at thziuk you. Su thv Svuifu' buys ut' tht' Vlztss ut' 'IIA vxtt-url thou' livztrttvlt A1I'2lIlIIltIl'2lIItI thautks tu at uiztu who has wurketl :tual satcwitit-I-ti tux' us. uut just its at tt-:tt-lu-r. uut just :ts as cum-Ii. hut :is :tu 2lII-'I'tllIIItI wumlr-rtui t'vIluw. that our svluuui lttt- IIIILLIII hw just at IIIIIUIlltll'1'tIl.1UY2tIlIi'. I.. GUIIIVIIICY, .It'., 'IBN l"tNt'l'I1.XI.I, Hut-It Ituut It Xwxxxliztuu, It, Ilratvitvtt. 1. I":tl'lv5, It. -It-uks. W Sit-rrixuu, ti Smith. I" tlvlwitlt-gt-I Niltltllt- Ituu: .I. XI.'t'l'i'lvu tNI:-n.nQt-it, XX Ilurt-tu. I I'-:It-lwulu. I'. Xiliittftuuh. It rut-I-in-5. lt XI:tvIttul1:tII. td Htlhtrt, If XItNiI't .I l':tlIttu:tu. Il. Imlull ltlmviir. I't'unt Ituwg tl, Smith I, tJu4It'l't-5. II Mt-ittztgttt-. II. Sytlnut-5 ttktyutztiut. NI 1.4-4-Iw It 'l',t5Iur. II Knight. I. timy THE TORCH 33 FOOTBALL The record of the 1937 season shows eight defeats chalked up against no wins for Acton. This record, however, does not tell the entire story. In every encounter it was a case of Acton not having reserve strength enough to withstand the pressure of four ten minute quarters. Despite the handicap of few reserves, Acton played some games that deserve praise, namely, the contests with Weston and Wayland. Both of these teams were ln high standing among high schools of their class when the season closed. If one were to mention the outstanding players in Acton's cause it would be a matter of mentioning the veterans headed by Captain Spinney. The names immed- iately come to mind in recalling the games played are H. Knight, J. Smith, L. God- frey, and R. Montague of the backfleld, and R. Spinney, G. Gilbert, R. Taylor, and M. Locke in the line. The others showed signs of promise as the season progressed and should profit by the experience gained this year. Coach Dolan deserves credit for fielding as good a team in spite of the limited reserves. It is very evident to anyone, who saw one game or all eight played by Acton this year, that the future of football for Acton High School is very futile unless a greater number of boys have interest enough to come out and try for the team. There is as much football material in Acton as in any town of like population, yet the boys have failed to show interest enough, in recent years at least, to try for the team. Without competition it is difficult to keep the spirit of the team at the proper level to win games, and without reserve strength it is impossible to win a majority of the contests. BASKETBALL V To make this article interesting it would be wise to start at the end of the basketball season and come back to the beginning. Or it would be better not to mention at all the earlier conflicts we held on the courts. It may be remembered that as the season wore on, the Acton quintet became more and more skilful in handling the sphere. It also may be remembered that dur- ing the flrst week of March about ten boys representing Acton journeyed to Fitchburg to enter into the tournament. The first game resulted in defeat against the Ashby foe, who later won the class B finals. The second meeting, with a team running under the scrib of W. Boylston, proved to be a little different. Ed. MacDougall, our high-scoring left forward, came through with 17 points of the 26 made. The re- maining baskets were made by Capt. Smith, Knight, Godfrey, and yours truly. When the final curtain came down, we found ourselves qualified to enter into the finals the following night. The score board read, Acton 26, West Boylston 23. It wasn't long before the time rolled around when back to Fitchburg went the golden clad quintet of Seniors to meet a Hollis outfit. Yours truly had his eye on the basket and sank several from mid floor while Ed slackened his usual pace and dropped about eight points. "Hank" Knight failed to score, but played his best de- fense game of the season, which was tops. Capt. John Smith came up with a brace of hoops, while his running mate, "Butch" Godfrey, carved a few more notches on his gun. When the adding machine was dug out and scores totalled up the rejoice- ful throng of followers from Acton soon found Hollis on the short end of a score of 28 to 18 and saw Coach Dolan stride out on the floor to receive a trophy for our 34 THE TORCH eiiorts. May it be added in passing that the trophy Tewkshury received for winnin, more than a dozen games in the Lowell Sub-League was identically the same as the one we got for winning two. Note should be made that on the second day of the three-day tourney, a bus load of about forty pupils tripped to Fitchburg and saw their boys come out ulieud. The support of the school is to be admired. To those who were unable to be amongst the crowd and to those who may be a victim of short-memory, the scores may be glanced over in the space below. Opp. A. II. S. St. Joseph ., ,. ...11 40 17 16 Johnson , ,,,. .. .. , Willllillf-rton M .. 20 8 Lawrence Catholic High 31 20 MGUIUGI1 . ,.. .......... .... , 13 15 Chelmsford . ,..... ,.... . ...., 13 14 Wilmington , , 15 14 Methuen , , ..... . .. 33 16 Howe ...,. ..,. . .. . . 28 16 Lawrence Catholic High , .. 14 21 Chelmsford ,, . ... . . ... 28 19 Johnson ,., , 15 10 Tewksbury . . 27 14 Howe ........... 15 10 Tewksbury .. . ,. 15 10 'w HASKE'I'BAllIl TEAM Bur-k Row: ll. dill1'D0llLZllil. ll. Jenks. F. Oelsclllegel. Il. Gray, R. Bl':u-ks-H. Middle Row: XV. Anderson. P, Whitt-onih, XY. Stevens. J, Nichols, I. l'f-nlvrson. lx. ilnpp, .l. tall nnnn, R. Ilolxuitilozu-lib. Front. Row: J. Perry, fManngerJ. R, Taylor, Il. Hmlfra-y. .l. Smith, E. Mzu'llong:1ll, H. Knight. ve. THE TORCH 35 BASEBALL After a rather disheartening season last year, Acton withdrew from the Sudbury Valley League and entered the Wachusett League, composed of seven teams: West- ford. Pepperell, Groton, Lunenberg, Littleton, Ayer, and Acton. In looking over the squad at practice it was soon learned that many positions would be open to competition. Russ Hayward, for three years "Ace" pitcher, was elected captain for the 1938 season. As the time rolled around for the initial tilt of the season with Ayer. Coach Dolan was still in doubt as to the first team line-up. The first game proved to be a decisive victory for Acton, winning by a 6-3 score. After the first inning when Ayer scored two runs on two hits, Captain Hayward was complete master of the situation, allowing only two more hits in the rest of the game. During the nine innings he was credited with fourteen strike-outs. Acton will field an inexperienced team, however, but it makes up in hustle and fight what it lacks in experience and they should be well up among the leaders when the decisive contest begins. With these two attributes, hustle and fight, Acton should have a season that can be looked upon with some degree of pride and pleasure. BASEBALL TEAM Burk Row: l". 04-lst-lllvgel, G. Smith. R. Brackett, J. Nelson. XV, Merriam, lb, Jenks, K, Downie, Middle Row: R. Montague thlunagerl, W. Anderson, U. Flint, W. Stevens. J. Callunnn. L. Jules. R. llolun tt'oru-lil. Front Row: J. Merriam. H. Knight, lt. Huywnrtl ttlnptainl, J. Smith. E. Mau-Dougnll, lfl, Mt-NHT. 36 THE TORCH BOYS' 'ISASKICTBALL TEAM First Tvzun SUCCESS Success at last! Acton has finally won a trophy in basketball. In the four years that I have played basketball here, three times in the last few minutes of games, we lost the chance of winning a trophy. I have heard of other such cases in previ- ous years. In 1935 Acton tied Johnson for first honors in the Lowell Suburban League. After the play-off Acton came trailing along a poor second. One of the worst "breaks" that happened to an Acton team was the game lost to Woodbury last year at the Fitchburg Tournament. VVith three seconds to go Acton led by two points, but the Woodbury center had the ball. He let it go from three- fourths the length of the floor, the ball went through the rim and tied the score. Acton lost in the overtime. The winner of this game played in the finals. There are 'many other cases that could be mentined. Two years ago Acton lost the consolation final in an overtime game. This year the club went to Fitchburg with the spirit that it would come back with something and it did. Acton was de- feated by Ashby in the first game, but came back fighting, won the next two games and climbed to the consolation, the first basketball trophy Acton has ever won. J. SMITH, '38. 'I' H F 'l' O R C' H '51 Six l'.'l'li.Xl.I. 'l'l'1.X NI Vim! ln ml X msgil' 's .. lb-r 'fm 'SR R lQ X XXINI U FUN VIIXNNIXH NVIIUUI1 'Vzllwll In l'lZ5ll THE TORCH JOKES P. H.: fAfter the crashl But I turned the way I signalled. Man: I know it. That's what fooled ine. Merriam: Did you know McNiff was almost kicked out of school for cheating? Flint: How come? Merriam: He was caught counting his ribs in a biology exam. Harriman: I'd like to be a mounted policeman. Espie: That's no better than being an ordinary policeman. Harriman: Sure it is. If there's any trouble I can get away faster. Mr. Holt. Some flsh travel long distances. Can anyone give me Farley: Sure, a goldfish. It travels around the globe every day. Locke: Say, Ma, I got 100 in school today! Mother: That's fine, dear. What was it in? Locke: 50 in physics and 50 in geometry. WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF: M. McGuire stopped laughing? M. Locke lost his camera? Seniors stopped arguing? A. Grala forgot to be stubborn? Cupid caught up with V. Sheehan? P. Heckman's "Baby Austin" decided to grow up? G. Rifford stopped sneezing? C. Price had straight hair? M. Charter took up law again? H. Knight's voice went soft? S-Stands for Seniors - this story will relate E --For Energy that all of us hate N-Stands for No - our most favorite phrase I - For lntelligence - a few deserve praise O-For Obedience - a pill hard to swallow R-- For the Rules we hardly ever follow. C -Stands for Class that we try to be L- For Love there's plenty you see A-For Athletics we Seniors stand first S-For Satisfactory - in which we are worse S-For Sorry and now you ask why? 'Cause this spring we all say good-bye. an instance 7 THE TORCH 39 SONG AND MOVIES "Things To Come", ,,,,,,,,, 4.,,,,,,,,, , , ,. 1:30 Dismissal "Yes, My Darling Daughter" ...... N. Starbuck "Every Day's a Holiday" ....... ,... ,... 0 h Yeah! "I Was Doin' All Right" ,,,,,,4,, F. Oelschlegel "Elephant B0y" ......,....,..........,..... .. ,.,, E. Harriman "Forty-Eight Hours to Live" ,,,,, .,....,. . Week-ends "Let Them Live" .......,........ ,..,.... ....., ..........,, S e v enth Grade "Thunder in the City" ..........,..,.... ,..... . ., I Filing to Assembly "Room Service", ................,.......,....... . Bringing Down Teachers' Trays "Let That Be a Lesson to You" ...,. .. ,....... ..... . .. , W. Merriam "Death Takes a Holiday" ,.................. ..,, P . Heckman fwith her carl "Nice Work If You Can Get It" ,..,... .... .... ....,.... ..,...,..., J . M e rrlam "Man-Proof" .. .... . . ,...,,.......,......., ....... . ,..,.....,,. V. Hodgen "Thrill of a Llfetime"... . .... ....,,, E. Gowen "They Don't Forget ,.., ......., Detention List "Ten Pretty Girls" .,... ,....... a nd John Smith "Happy Landing" .... . On Time for Busses "Stranded" ..4..........,...,... Newcomers to Sch00l "Nothing Sacred ".l, .. ,.,.. ........,...4,...., .,... E . McNiff "Hitting a New High" .,... .. .....,..... Downey Twins "The Bolted Door" ....... .,................., ....,......... L0 C kers "The Untamed West" ..,........ ..,.4.......,4.,l,...... T he Junior Class "A Strange Loneliness" ,,......... ............. ........,. S c hool Vacation "Am I, In Another World" ..... ......., R . Moore and A. Cobleigh "Alibi Baby" ,.......,..,........... ,.....,.........,....,...........,..... G . Rlfford "Did An Angel Kiss You" .,... .,... ...,...,,....,............,, I . Gran-berg "Fooling Myself ................,........ ..., N ot Getting on the Honor Roll "I'd Rather Be Right" ..,.......,,, . . ........,..,.,...................,.. L. Godfrey "I Can't Be Bothered Now" ..,,,. ............,...,........, S hirklng Lessons "More Power to You" .......,..... .....,..,.,,, C lass Officers "Thanks for the Memory" ....... ..., ...,. O f School Days "The Camera Doesn't Lie" ,.... . ..... Graduation Pictures "You're An Education" .,...,.,. .,............, ..,,... 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