Farmington High School - Laurel Yearbook (Farmington, ME)
- Class of 1945
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Text from Pages 1 - 56 of the 1945 volume:
LAUREL BOARD ..... ....... 1
DEDICATION ...... .... 3
FACULTY .....,.... .... 4
SENIOR SECTION ..,.. .... 5
UNDERCLASSES ............... .... ....... 1 7
In H. S. NEWS FLASHES ...................... ....... 2 4
Student Council illlustrationl ...... ....... 2 5
Senior Play Cast Qlllustrationj .... ...,... 2 5
Girls' Glee Club flllustrationj ...... ....... 2 7
Boys' Glce Club fslllustrationj ...... ....... 2 7
,Football Clllustrationj ............ ....... 2 9
Orchestra flllustrationj ................ ....... 2 9
School Activities Qlllustrationj .... ....... 3 1
Boys' Basketball Clllustrationj .... ....... 3 4
Football ....................................... ....... 3 4
Basketball ..................................... ....... 3 4
Girls' Basketball C lllustrationj ....... ....... 3 5
VVinter Sports ............................. ....... 3 5
POETRY-by Rachel Luce ..... ....... 3 6
STUDENT VVRITING ........... ....... 3 7
ALUMNI ...................... ....... 5 1
ADVERTISEMENTS ..... ....... 5 6
It is with particular esteem and affection that
the Seniors of 1945 take this opportunity to pay
MR. RICHARD B. GOULD
for his guidance and understanding as a teacher,
his kindly and sympathetic friendship, and for his
fine example of American young manhood.
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Elizabeth Caldwell Westbrook Iunior College Shorthand, Typing, Madison
University of Maine, B. S. Accounting, Ofiice Practice
Emily F. Candage Colby College, B. A. Latin, Civics, Bluehill
Franklin E. I-Iannaford Gorham State Normal School General Math, Portland
Mrs. Lydia F. Iohnson Colby College, B. A. English I, II, Belgrade
Lillian Kelley Beal Business College Shorthand, Typing, Ionesport
VVashington State Normal School Business Arithmetic
Mrs. Emma D. McLeary Farmington State Normal School French, Spanish Farmington
University of Gen va, Switzerland
Warren Pearl Georgetown University Physical Education, Waldoboro
Colby College, A. B. Coach of Athletics
Iola H. Perkins Farmington State Normal School Supervisor of Music Gardiner
American Institute of Normal Methods
Freda Skillin F. S. N. S. College of Home Economics Home Economics Farmington
University of Maine
Mrs. Marah S. Webster Kents Hill Supervisor of Art Farmington
rthur Green, Supl.
Climb far -
Your goal the sky,
Your aim the star.
BARKER, EDWARD ELMORE College Preparatory
U EDDIE "
Motto: How will today's work appear tomorrow?
Usher at Iunior Prom 13 Basketball l, 2g Baseball Manager 25 Phys Ed.
Exhibition 25 English Assembly 25 French Assembly 35 Senior Play Com-
mittee 45 Tournament Booth 4.
" What sweet delight a quiet life affords."
BERRY, PAULINE STELLA Industrial
" RARRIE " STELLA"
Motto: Wealih I ask not, hope nor love, nor a friend to know me,' all
I ask, lhe heaven: ahozfe, and the road below me.
Magazine Contest lg Refreshment Committee, Senior Ball 3g Usher at Grad-
uation 3g Student Librarian 4.
" Command large fields, but cultivate small ones."
BESSON, GEORGE Industrial
Mono: In life ax in football'-the game is WON up front.
Football 1, 2, 4g Track 3, 4g Baseball 4g Clean-up Committee, Iunior Prom
3g Phys. Ed. Exhibition lg Adv. Committee, Senior Play 45 I. V. Basket-
" Let the farmer forevermore be honored in his calling, for they who
labor in the earth are the chosen people of God."
BRACKLEY, LAWRENCE CLYDE General-Commercial
" LARRY "
Motto: All thing: are difficult before they are easy.
Band Pencils lg Orchestra 1, 2, 3, 4: Fall and Spring Concerts 1, 2, 3, 45
Chairman of the "Schools-at-War" Program 3, 43 Usher, Iunior Prom lg
Usher, Sophomore Hop 25 Phys Ed. Exhibition 2g Victory Concert, " Any
Bonds Today" 33 Iunior Prom Committee 35 Nomination Committee 45
Dance Orchestra, Freshman Reception 45 BARKER Staff, Typist and mimco-
graphing 4: Clarinet Trio, Senior Play 49 Parents Night 45 Senior Play,
" Old Doc," Sound and Properties 4.
" Men of talent are men of occasions."
CARTER, IEAN ELIZABETH . Commercial
" IEANNIE "
Motto: Destiny leads the willing lm! drags Ihe unwilling.
LAUREL Board Z, 3, 45 Iunior Prom Refreshment Committee 35 Senior Play
Business Committee 45 Chorus 1, 25 Sophomore Hop Decoration Commit-
tee 2: Art 1, 25 Franklin Iournal Editor 3, 45 Magazine Contest 15 Girls'
Athletic Assn. 1, 25 Phys. Ed. Exhibition 1, 25 Assemblies 35 Franklin
County Fair Booth 25 Volley Ball 15 Quoitennis 1, 2, Field Hockey 1.
"Ambition is the germ from which all growth of nobleness proceeds."
CHITTICK, RUTH ALIDA Commercial
" RUTHIE "
Mono: I am not one of those who zlo not heliezff IYIIQIOU6' at frst right,
hu! I lselieife in faking 11 second look.
Usher at Iunior Prom 1: Glee Club 1, Z, 3, 45 Chorus 1, 25 Spring Con-
cert l, 2, 3: Fall Concert 1, 2, 35 County Fair Booth 25 Iunior Prom Com-
mittee 3: Qui Vive Club 1: Senior Play Cast 45 Sophomore Hop Commit-
tee 2: Phys. Ed. Exhibition 1, 25 Formal Concerts 1, Z, 35 Assemblies 2, 3,
45 Flower Committee, Graduation 35 Band 1.
" Your face is a book, where men may read strange matters."
COHOON, HERBERT CROWELL Industrial
" HERBIE ", " HERB "
Mono: Learning make: a man fl company for himself.
" Men are taught virtue and a love of independence by living in the
DAVIS, DOROTHY EDNA Commercial
" DOTTIE ", " DOT "
Morto: A kind heart if iz fountain of gladness, making everything in
it: vinnily freshen info rmiler.
Usher, Class Day 35 Usher, Graduation 35 Assembly 35 Decorating Com-
mittee, junior Prom 35 Usher, Senior Play 45 IaAUREL Board 45 Typist for
"1 rind that nonsense, at times, is singularly refreshing."
DOYEN, AVIS ELAINE Industrial
Motto: Come when yorfre called,
And do as you're bid:
Shut the door after you,
And you'll never be chid.
Public Speaking 1, 25 Art 15 Bzuucea 15 Program Committee, Sophomore
Hop 25 Usher for Iunior Prom 35 Decorating Committee, Iunior Prom 35
Senior Play Cast 4.
"Well-timed silence hath more eloquence than speech."
DULEY, NELLIE MARION General
Motto: Patience it bitter but the fruit if tweet.
Phys. Ed. Exhibition 15 Refreshment Committee, Iunior Prom 35 Librarian
35 Usher, Last Chapel 35 Advertising Committee, Sophomore Hop 2.
"A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions."
ENMAN, BEATRICE PHELMA Commercial
" BEA "
Morto: He always merry at ever you can,
For none delight: in a sorrowful man.
Chorus 1: Senior Play Cast 45 Iunior Prom 35 Sophomore Hop Chairman
2: Qui Vive Club 1, 25 Minstrel Show 33 Basketball 15 Dramatics 45 Phys.
Ed. Exhibitions 2, 35 Cheerleader I: Softball 25 One-Act Play Ig Usher at
Class Day 3g Usher, Graduation 3.
" His name in my ear was ever ringing,
His form to my brain was ever clinging."
FOSTER, PHILIP L. Industrial
" PI-llL "
Molto: Like :hips that .miled for sunny isle:
But never mme zo shore!
Glee Club 1, 2, 3, 45 Basketball I, 2, 35 Winter Sports 1, 2, 35 Orchestra
1, 2, 3, 45 Senior Play Cast 45 Sophomore Hop Dance Committee 25 Iunior
Prom Committee 35 New England Music Festival 15 Victory Concert 2, 35
Class Basketball Games 1, 2, 35 Student Librarian 45 Band l, 2.
" The fearless man is his own salvation."
GAGNE, IOHN THOMAS College Preparatory
" IOHNNY "
Motto: La honne fortune et Ia mafwaise sont necessaires a l'homme
pour le rendre hnhile.
Good fortune and had are necessary to man to make him capable.
Baseball I, 2, 3, 45 Hockey 1, 25 Vice President lg Student Council 2, 4g
Class President 3g Class Basketball 2, 3, 45 Iunior Prom Committee 35 Air
Raid Warden I, 25 Phys. Ed. Exhibition 25 Class Ring Committee 35 French
Assembly 35 Intramural Basketball 1, 25 Receiving Line at Iunior Prom 35
Last Chapel Chairman 35 Minstrel Endman 25 Sophomore Hop Committee
25 Senior Play Cast 45 Dramatics Club 45 Tumbling 25 Freshman Recep-
tion Committee 2, 45 Booth at County Fair 25 Editor-in-Chief of LAUREL
"I am a man, and whatever concerns humanity is of interest to me."
GREEN, DON Industrial
Molto: In life, as in sports, il's the teamwork that makes it zz sz1cce.s.r.
Madison High: Football l, 2, 35 Band l, 25 Orchestra l, 25 I V Basket-
ball I, 2.
Farmington High: Basketball 3, 45 Football 4: Basketball 3, 45 Track 3, 45
Winter Sports 3, 4: Music Committee, junior Prom 35 Senior Play Stage
Hand 45 I.At'Rvr. Board, Athletics Editor 4.
" Push on - keep moving! "
HAGERSTROM, ALICE ELIZABETH Commercial
" ALI "
Motto: A sorrow shured is hut half zz Zronhle,
But joy thafs shared is zz jov made double.
Secretary l: One-Act Play Usher I5 Minstrel 25 Student Council 35 Office
35 Student Librarian 35 Iunior Prom 35 Sophomore Hop 25 Senior Play
Cast 45 French Assembly 2: English Assembly 3.
"VVhatever is popular deserves attention."
HENDERSON. MILTON EUGENE College Preparatory
" MILT "
Molto: The heanty about u thirst for knowledge is that there is no
Orchestra I, 2, 3, 4: Glee Club I, 2, 3, -1: Chorus I, 23 Basketball I, 2, 35
Band l, 2: Class President 2, 4: Magazine Contest 2, 45 LAUREL Board 3,
45 Iunior Prom 3: Football lg Sohomore Hop 25 Nominating Committee
I, 45 Phys. Ed. Exhibition 35 Victory Concert 2, 35 Minstrel Endman 25
Senior Play Cast 45 Dramatics Club 45 Tumbling 25 Fair Booth 45 Class
Marshal 2, 3, 45 Freshman Reception Committee 45 Fall and Spring Con-
certs I, 2, 3. - ,.
" Oh, give us the man who sings at his work."
HUFF, MORNA IEANNICE Commercial
" HUFFY "
Motto: Oh, make the most of what we yet may spend,
Before we too late into the Dust descend.
Orchestra 1, 2, 3, 45 Girls' Glee Club I, 2, 3, 45 Chorus I, 25 Public Speak-
ing 1, 25 Fall and Spring Concerts I, 2, 35 Assemblies 1, 2, 3, 45 Literary
Editor of LAUREL 45 Phys. Ed. Exhibition 1, 25 F. H. S. and Waterville
High Concert 15 Iunior Prom Committee 35 Girls' Athletic Associationg
Senior Play Business Committee 4: Fair Booth I5 Parents' Night 45 Con-
certs 1, 2, 3, 45 One-Act Play Prompter 15 Sophomore Hop Committee 25
Student Council I5 Class Editor for LAUREL 25 Exchange Editor for LAUREL
35 Intramural Spors Z5 Formal Victory Concerts 2, 35 Public Speaking
Contest 1, 25 Second Place, Public Speaking Contest 2.
" Praise the sea, but keep on the land."
IALBERT, BARBARA THERESA Commercial
"RARE " BARBIE "
Motto: It's not how muah we have hut how much we enjoy, that makes
Orchestra 1, 2, 3, 45 Glee Club I, 2, 3, 45 Chorus I5 Concerts 1, 2, 3, 45
Senior Play Cast 45 Iunior Prom 35 Sophomore Hop Chairman 25 Qui Vive
Club 1, 25 Minstrel Endman 35 Fair Booth 2, 45 Treasurer 15 Band 15
Vice-President 3, 45 LAUREL Board 3, 45 Assemblies 3, 45 Art 2, 35 Bas-
ketball I5 Dramatics 45 Gym Exhibitions 2, 35 Cheerleader I5 Softball 2.
" There is something marvelous in music. I might almost say it is,
in itself, a marvel."
KELLEY, PHYLLIS MILDRED General
" PHYL "
Molto: I desire no future that will break the lies of the past.
Phys. Ed. Exhibition I5 Refreshment Committee, Iunior Prom 35 Assembly
35 Usher, Last Chapel 35 Usher, Graduation 35 Usher, Class Day 3.
" Work, as though work alone thine end could gaing
But pray to God as though all work were vain."
KENDALL, SCOTT LAWRENCE Industrial
' Molto: And wit that Iozfed to play, not wound.
Football 1, 2, 45 Baseball 1, 2, 35 I V Basketball 3, 45 Winter Sports 35
Hockey 15 English Assembly 35 Senior Play Committee 45 lunior Prom
Committee 35 Phys. Ed. I, 2.
"Dwell not too long upon sportsg for as they refresh a man that is
weary, so they Weary a man that is refreshed."
KENNEY, CHARLES FREDERICK Industrial
" FRED "
Morto: Sion! hearl, and open hand.
Boys' Glee Club 1: Refreshment Committee, Sophomore Hop 25 Basketball
2, 35 Class Assembly 2, 45 Phys. Ed. Exhibition 35 Iunior Prom 35 Senior
Play Cast 45 Senior Class Secretary 45 Nominating Committee for Class
" If I am faithful to the duties of the present, God will provide for the
KENNEY, FRANK LESTER College Preparatory
Molto: A ehnrfzfl :mile nzrzkes a dish u feasl.
Art l. 2, 3, 45 Chorus 2: Glee Club 4: Secretary 3: President of Student
Council 4: Business Manager, Senior Play 45 Advertising Committte, Soph-
omore Hop 25 Usher at Iunior Prom 35 Fair Booth 2, 4.
"Ambition can creep as Well as soar."
KOI-ITALA, MIRIAM ARLENE Commercial
" MIDDIE "
110110: Laugh if yon are wire.
Usher at Senior Play 45 Assemblies 2.
"So many worlds, so much to do,
So little done, such things to be."
KYES, VVILMA ANNIE
Morto: Fricfzdrbip is like lozfc ufilhoul il: wings.
Qui Vive Club l: Basketball l, 25 Volley Ball l, 25 Quoitcnnis l, 2: Chorus
I5 Public Speaking 2: Sophomore Hop, Decoration Committee 25 Class
Secretary 25 Nomination Committee 2: Phys. Ed. Exhibition 25 Usher,
Iunior Prom 2: Usher, Graduation 2: County Fair Booth 25 Iunior Prom
Committee 3g Girls' Athletic .Association 35 Assemblies 35 Senior Play Cast
45 BARRIER Staff 45 Typist for Inwniat. 4: Ofhce 4.
"Argument for at week, laughter for a month, and a good jest for ever."
MOORE, GENELLA RITA Commercial
I' NEI. "
Morro: Speaking without ifzinking is like shearing without aim.
Art 2, 5, 4: Usher, Iunior Prom 3: Usher, Senior Play 4: Refreshment Com-
mittee, lunior Prom 3: Office 4: Usher, Graduation 3: Usher, Class Day 3:
Assemblies 3: Magazine Contest 1, 2: Phys. Ed. Exhibition 2.
f' An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest."
MORLEY, LESLIE MAXINE College Preparatory
Motto: The man who rays, "lf mn? be done," ir liable to be inter-
rupted bv someone doing it.
Glee Club 1: Chorus I, 2: Orchestra 3.
"A smile is the whisper of a laugh."
NEIL, ROBERT WILLIAM College Preparatory
" BOB "
Motto: Life is too .rlzorf for ambirions thoughts minus action.
Baseball Manager l, 2, 3: Basketball Manager 3: Hockey 1: One-Act Plays,
Stage Hand 1: Minstrel Show, Stage Hand 2: Sophomore Hop Committee
2: Iunior Prom 3: Winter Sports 2, 3: Senior Play Committee 4: LAUREL
"It is the wise head that makes the still tongue."
PARADIS, IRENE LILLIAN Commercial
" RENE " V
Morro: In the crors Ihere is safety.
Chorus l: Basketball Manager 1: Advertising Committee, Sophomore Hop
2: Business Committee Senior Play 4: Vice President, Student Council 4:
Refreshment Committee, Iunior Prom 3: Usher, Senior Play 1: BARKER Staff
1, Decoration Committee, Senior Dance 3: Quoitennis 1: Qui Vive Club
1: Phys. Ed. Exhibition 2: County Fair Booth 2: Girls' Athletic Asso-
ciation 2: French Assembly 2.
" Those move easiest, who have learned to dance."
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PHILLIPS, PAULINE MARION li, ,WJ , Commercial
" POLLY " l
Motto: Some men are wise, some otherwise.
Chorus lg Basketball I, 2, -l: English Assenibly 3: Costume Committee,
Senior Play 4.
" The best armor is to keep out of gunshotf'
PLAISTED, BEVERLY ELAINE Commercial
'L BEV "
Motto: All thing: are caxy that are done willingly.
"Anything for il quiet life."
RICHARDS, ALBERT DEWEY College Preparatory
Motto: The best is none too good. I-Ie who will accept nothing but
the but usually gets it.
Chorus I, 2g Basketball Manager 4: Football 45 Magazine Contest, High
Boy Salesman 23 Minstrel Show, Interlocutor 23 junior Prom, General Com-
mittee 3: Bauman Staff 3, 4: Fair Booth 4: One-Act Play Ig Debating 2, 33
Public Speaking 2, 3, 4: Sophomore Hop, Properties Committee 2: Senior
Play Cast 4.
" The actions of men are like the intlex of a hookg they point out what
is most remarkable in them."
ROBINSON, ANNE PRISCILLA College Preparatory
Motto: Without love and laughter, nothing can he pleasant.
Chorus l: Senior Play Committee 4: Committee for Iunior Prom 33 Usher,
lunior Prom I: Fair Booth Z: Office 4: Trallic Oflicer 2g Assemblies 3.
"A loving heart is the truest wisdom."
SIMPSON, EUNICE R. College Preparatory
Motto: Good humor is one of the Ives! articles of dress one can wear in
One-Act Play lg Glee Club 1, 2, 3, 45 Orchestra 1, 25 Basketball 1, 2, 4:
Cheer Leading lg BARKER Stall 1, 4g Senior Play Cast 4g Fair Booth 4.
" Poets, beware! never compare
Women to aught in earth or in air."
SKWARA, ALICE MARIE Commercial
" TINY "
Molto: Delilfemffng is not delaying.
Art 1, 2, 3, 45 Co-Editor, BARKLR 3, Baiucmt Typist 45 Class Treasurer 23
Senior Play, Business Committee 45 Advertising Committee, Iunior Prom 39
Usher, Graduation 33 Usher, Class Day 33 Bonds and Stamps Collector 4g
Chorus Z: Student Librarian 3: Othce 4: Student Council Treasurer 4.
" He is wise who knows the sources of knowletle-who knows who
has written and where it is to be found."
STEWART, NATALIE MILDRED Commercial
" NAT "
Motto: I need more skill than I can tell
To play ihe second fddle well.
Basketball lg Chorus 25 Iunior Prom Waitress 35 Softball 39 Usher, Senior
Play 4: Costume Committee, Senior Play 4.
X "Oh grant me, Heaven, a middle state.
Neither too humble nor too greatg
More than enough for nature's ends,
With something left to treat my friends."
TAYLOR, IUNE BEVERLY College Preparatory
Motto: Good words withou! deeds
Are rushes and reeds.
Art 1, 2, 33 Field Hockey lg VVinter Sports l, 25 Chorus l, 25 One-Act
Play 1: Glee Club l, 2, 3, 45 Basketball 1, 3, 45 Softball 1, 3g Concerts
I, 2, 3, 4: Secretary Magazine Contest 25 BAIUQER Staff 2, 3, 43 End
woman, Minstrel Show 2: Sophomore Dance Committee 25 Fair Booth 25
Dance Committee, Iunior Prom 34 Secretary 33 Cheer Leading 3, 4: Nom-
inating Committee 3, 4g Senior Play Cast 45 Dramatic Club 4.
" Recreation is not being idle: it is easing the wearied part by change
TURNER, IEANETTE BROOKS Commercial
Motto: A hedge between
Keeps friendship green.
Chorus I, 25 Basketball 1, 2, 3: Vollcy Ball I, 23 Quoitennis 1, 23 Badmin-
ton Zg Field Hockey 25 Softball 3g Tumbling 3, Senior Play Cast 4.
" VVe always have time enough, if we will but use it alright."
VOTER, HAZEL CHRISTINE Commercial
" I-IUCKY "
Morro: True happiness
Consists not in the nrzrltizurle of friends,
But in their worth and ehoiee.
Chorus l, 2.
"Nicknames stick to people, and the most ridiculous are the most
WALKER, MAURICE VVINTI-IROP Commercial
" WALKER "
Motto: You cannot he lost on a straight road.
Student Council 35 Student Librarian 3, Magazine Contest, Room Leader 3,
lunior Prom, Tickets 3g Iunior Prom. Clean-up Committee 33 BARKER
Staff 3, 45 Senior Play Cast 43 Class Treasurer 4g Special Assemblies 3, 4.
" Higher, higher will we climb
Up the mount of glory,
That our names may live through time
In our country's story."
WEBBER, VIRGINIA MYRTIE Commercial
" GINNIE "
Molto: The laughter of girl: ix, and ever wax, among the delightful
sounds of earth.
French Assembly 25 Assembly 35 Decorating Committee, junior Prom 3:
Usher, Sophomore Hop 23 Playday 2.
"Gocl's rarest blessing is, after all, a good woman."
WEYMOUTI-I, BURTON RICHARD College Preparatory
" HURT "
Molto: Major rcrnnz mihi nascimr ordo,
Majus opus marco.
A greater main of events springs up before meg I undertake a more
diiicult task. I
Basketball l, 2, 3, 4g Track Z, 3, 45 Student Council, Vice President 39
Iunior Prom Committee 35 Sophomore Hop Committee 25 Assistant Busi-
ness Manager, LAUREL 35 Business Manager, LAUREL 43 Assemblies 2, 3, 49
Senior Play Cast 43 Air Raid Warden 25 Phys. Ed. Exhibition 25 Public
Speaking lg Freshman Reception Committee 3: Winter Sports 3, 43 Tum-
bling Zq Nominating Committte 2g Ping-Pong Tourney 2.
S' High aims form high character, and great objects bring out great
CLASS OF 1945
President .,,.. ........ M ilton Henderson
Vice President . . . . , Barbara Ialbert
Secretary .... ..,. F red Kenney
Treasurer ,,.... . . , Maurice Walker
Student Council . . . . Frank Kenney
Class Colors-American Beauty and White
Class Flower - Peony
Class Motto-The Promised Land always lies on the other side
of a wilderness.
Oh wad some power the giftie gie us,
To see ourscls as ithers see us!
It wad frae monie a blunder free us,
An' foolish notion.
- " To a Lame" by Robert Burns
af LAUREL ff
Some of Our " Days "
This morning at seven o'clock sharp, my
alarm clock rang as usual, and, as usual, I
turned over and shut the alarm oh' and went
back to sleep. At quarter past seven my father
calls, "Al--, Al--, Alan Keith! Gel out
of that bed." I 'K cheerfully " get up at fifteen
minutes later Cmore or less, usually morej and
dress and drag down the stairs. Then I eat
breakfast in three or four gulps and make a
" Bumstead getaway." I arrive at school a min-
ute or two before the tardy bell Qif I'm luckyj
and my school day begins.
Played the ouija board this noon. It told me
who would take me to the Prom. Every 'time
he passes I try to smile prettily at him.
VVhen I came down from Dramatics, the
freshman boys were gleefully passing around
my glasses and "making like " they had
machine guns. I'm getting used to it.
VVent to basketball practice this afternoon.
Mr. Pearl asked me when I was going to start
eating " wheaties " like Marie Derocbe.
This morning was the usual Saturday morn-
ing. I got up quite late and called Prillie. We
talked over everything from last night's basket-
ball game to the picture of some orchids in a
magazine. Finally we arranged to meet in
Mac's at eleven. Actually I met her somewhere
near the Old North Church around 11:15.
Ethel made us a couple of chocolate milks in
Mac's and we exchanged detailed accounts of
everything we hadn't been able to say over the
phone in front of our mothers. After a while
we went to the drug store and tried to get a
Film. No luck as usual. I guess we'll never get
VVhen I got home from school I found a nice
note on the kitchen table from Mom saying
that she and Dad were at town and that I could
do the chores. Happy thought, but oh so true
in reality. Not even time to decipher a letter
from my aunt and read the paper.
Reluctantly, I trod to the barn and toughened
up my already aching muscles fPhys. by
pumping a meager 75 gallons of water for the
cattle. Then, last but far from the least, I fed
the corn to about 800 hens and gathered the
eggs. Happily I made my way to the house
with a pail of eggs only to slip on the ice and
create a new fashion in scrambled eggs.
At the close of school I went home and came
to the decision that I would like to go horse-
back riding for a while. I rode until 5 o'clock.
It was a glorious ride with the brisk wind mak-
ing the trees sing to us as we passed. What
better place to enjoy a sunset than riding horse-
I came home and delighted myself with a
vegetable salad and a piece of graham cracker
pie. After washing the dishes I walked down
to the basketball game. I sat with some of my
friends and we cheered until I had hardly any
voice. Our boys won the game -- defeating
Wilton by three points.
The plow was out over Mosher Hill so we
are no longer snowbound. I took Ioy for a
horseback ride along the snowy road this after-
noon. Little roguel He was frisky and so
eager for a canter. I took several pictures of
the Percherons in the yard and my brother on
skiis. Hope they come out well. A letter from
my pen pal, Nancy Wood, in Connecticut. She
sent some swell pencil sketches of her horse.
The afternoon lags but is finally over. All
the girls are going home this afternoon so we
are all going together. Madge sits with the
peanut bowl in her lap and looks reproachful if
anyone takes one. I get my share though.
They all leave around five o'clock. Then I
have to start my homework, 1 stop for supper,
and then start again, muttering to myself if
the teachers in Farmington assign homework
like this, so help me, Illl quit school.
Saturday morning I cleaned my room which
had been a complete mess all week. Went up
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street for mother to do some shopping. Met
loyce and Ellie in Mac's. We gossiped a while
and then decided to go skating. Skating is one
of my favorite sports. Saw a lot of the kids
while at the pond and we played a game of
carom. Noticed that it was nearly noon so I
went home to lunch.
Finally collecting myself I dashed out the
door just in time to catch Prillie coming down
the street. I reached school in time for history
class and tried to think of a reason for being
late that would suit Mr. Iohnson. However, at
12:00 I was still sitting in Room I0 so you can
see my efforts were all in vain. After school I
hurried home to make myself presentable for
the basketball game tonight. We lost and had
to take the usual razzing from the " boy basket-
ball wondersf, Really, there are times when I
wish that I were 6' 3" and weighed.200 pounds.
I started off to school and had to wade
through two feet of snow until I reached the
road and found " Benson 'I and " Streeter "
waiting for me as usual. Had a bookkeeping
test this morning for which I wasn't thoroughly
prepared. VValked home this noon with
" Streeter," Avis and Ellie. They all waited to
see if I had any mail, but only the " Lewiston
Daily Sun." Came back to school and danced
with " Bensonf' Also played the Ouija board
and discovered that our team would win the
VVilton game tonight.
Classes began, a quiz in history which really
hit hard. Instead of going to Geometry, I got
excused to see my cousin Iimmy off and discov-
ered that Io had the same idea. Cheer-leading
practice after school, so off I go to get in prac-
tice for the game tonight. After supper I fin-
ished my work so I could get back to the game
between our team and Wilton and show the
fans what school spirit is really like. Boy, what
a game. ,
At last we are dismissed, and Dad in " Lib "
or " Mary " is patiently awaiting me. We
make a detour uptown for some errands before
going home. Dad goes to the grocery store
while I breeze into the Drug for or with some
After an afternoon snack and meeting the
4:00 mail bus, I once again make my way
through my room, to try to study.
The call for supper comes and the dishes are
put to bed. More studying presents itself.
Then I am free to curl up in my room in a
chair, with a book or one of my various other
hobbies, such as stamps, photography, match
covers, and drawing horses-and listen to my
After trying to complete the series of Achieve-
ment Tests, I was very happy to find that 3:30
was so near. But it seems that I was over-joyful
too soon for Miss Caldwell decided I should
stay for a half-hour and I couldn't argue her out
of the thought. After staying the required
length of time I went down town and had a
great big gob of grapenut gumbo with goose-
berry sauce. Going home immediately after
school Q5:30Q I did my daily chores of carrying
wood, filling the oil tank, and wiping the
dishes. After I had spent a long period of per-
suasion, my mother hnally consented to let me
go " over to the big city."
The first class in the morning is history in
which one of my "British Side " pals, gets into
trouble nearly every day. Example: Coca cola.
Geometry comes next. Everyone suddenly
finds that he has forgotten the propositions.
After stammering around we stumble up to the
blackboard and make a feeble attempt, but oh,
NVell today certainly was a day! Went to
school and forgot my Spanish paper. Gosh!
Did I hurry writing that assignment all over
again. VVent to Phys. Ed. Someone
coat and I couldn't find my sneakers.
practical jokersl I was late to Physics. I've
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just simply got to hurry more. Went to the
dentist with Edna, poor girl. This makes her
ninth filling in two months.
Between gulps of my breakfast I made a bet
with Lee on the girls' game with Wilton.
Knocked over a cream pitcher while shaking
hands on the bet across the table. Grabbed my
books and coat and dashed out the door with
Lee stumbling behind me. Thoroughly en-
joyed the combined antics of Goodspeed,
Churchill, Hodgkins, and Davis in history class.
Stayed in our home room during activity period
and very reluctantly watched Davis and Com-
mando Keith devour a complete bag of peanuts.
In typing class I at last got higher in a speed
test than Churchill did. Had to run and comb
my hair between typing and English classes as
Lawrence had redeemed himself by making me
look like a very close relative of " Ishkabibblef'
I have arranged the pamphlets and magazines
during my librarian periods, but if you think
they'll stay that way you're mistaken.
About five boys to one girl came down from
study hall to scan the latest Life, Seventeen and
others to see if they have missed anything.
Two freshmen, C. Grant and R. Towle,
would bc more than glad to provide entertain-
ment but as yet I haven't found the time to be-
come a really good audience.
After arguing my mother into walking to the
movies so I could have the car, I went to the
dance. The same people were there that always
are. After the dance Ilwent to Bonneyis, ate a
hamburg and went home. I went to bed and
wondered why I bothered to get up in the first
place. fVery dulll
I, Richard B. Hodgkins, do dedicate my
school day to wandering. Wandering is really
an art in itself. The definition of wandering is
to " move about without any special purpose."
My straying periods are third, activity period
.and sixth period. I really do feel kind of
foolish every time I pass Mrs. Bryant's room
and she gives me the old eagle eye. The place
to wander is the oflice. Here is the most likely
place where you will not get kicked out.
There is one activity period a week when I can-
not wander and that is Friday. On that day I
take Public Speaking. The last class we had,
Commando Keith and I got fooling and Mrs.
Iohnson bounced us. Well, that gave us three-
quarters of an hour to wander. I think there
is just one person who can wander better than
I can and that's Earl Goodspeed. Maybe
George Besson ranks third and there are quite
a few more who are apprenticing the trade. In
years to come there ought to be some excellent
Wanderers. I think every teacher should re-
spect a wanderer with admiration.
P. S. Funny they don'tl
That radiator still leaks in history class and I
have to keep my " dogs " up off the floor. To-
day, down in lab, we calculated densities and
boy, was I ever dense. Well, we won the game
with Wilton. What a team! Makes' me really
proud of good old F. H. S. I've got to sign off
now, diary, and find out how many Confed-
erates it took to make the Bull Run.
Our Daily Reminders
Errol Gray-With the feminine mind, more
logic, less argument.
Donal Stanley-There is a fairer sex in school
Millard Parlin - Let Dickie have your Spanish
Arno I-Iill-Have that history ready for class.
Richard Roy-Play to live, not live to play.
Herbert Duley-Check those tires daily.
Richard Lidstone-Try 30 miles an hour for a
Richard I-Ieminway-Don't keep clad waiting.
Bill Morley-Listen for that English assign-
lack Bell-Don't lose that Brooklyn accent.
Walter Nies-One rogue is usher to another
Glen Farmer-Visit Tarbox and Whittier's.
Ralph Clafiin - A little nonsense now and then
is relished by the best of men.
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Raymond Titcomb-Sweet is revenge, espe- Vivien Bachelder-VVider friendships, open-
cially to women. ing doors.
Eleanor Roberts - Think twice before you Elena Dickey - Dreaming dreams sews no
lean Brackley4Variety is the very spice of
Virginia '1'ardy-Wake not a sleeping wolf.
Virginia LeDrette-Speak a little "louder,"
Marie Deroche - " Easy does it! "
Helen Hawes-" Be always in time, too late
is a crimef,
Barbara Parlin- Which movie shall it be this
Avis Bacon -Make up your mind today.
Mavis Grant- Wary is the word.
Edna Prescott - Nothing great was ever
h' d 'tho t nthusiasm
ac ieve wi u e . Class Motto-Impossible is Un-American
Iohnson, Melville Ir.
Class of 1946
President .......,....,... Richard Hodgkins
Vice President ..., .......,.. I ack Bell
Secretary ..... ,..,. R achel Luce
Treasurer ...,... ...., B arbara Parlin
Student Council . . . .......... Ioyce Foss
Class Colors-Forest Green and Gold
SOPHOMORE CRIMES AND PUNISHMENT
G. l. haircut
Innocent expression Blushing
A little shy on his school work
Nurse at the hospital
Bright plaid shirt-tails flapping
His " fender-bender "
Being a half-pint
Wiggling his ears
" Sparking "
An art with string tying
An efficient oflice girl
An " incomplete "
Extemporaneous speech on "
and why I like 'eml "
One dull theme
One year in the infantry
Ten years at hard labor
Take out his main spring
High school Romeo
VVear a sweater
Wear Adler elevator shoes
A clinging vine
Stand-in for Bugs Bunny
Successor to " Mean little kid H
Free'n easy livin,
Get him a " steel cable "
" Don't fence her in ii
"Ground him! "
Student Crime Punishment
Luce, Leonard Snifiing Successor to Ferdinand
Lugar, Marie " Liking 'i for languages Another year of Spanish
Morrill, Robert Woman-hater Manager of an Escort Bureau
Neil, Richard Routine lst male cheerleader in basketball
Newell, Everett Cock of the walk " Coop " him up
Newell, Thelma Sentimentality Stoicism
Nichols, Lois Whispering Chronic laryngitis
O'Shaughnessy, Pauline Word wizard " live " talk
Paradis, Iohn Dancing Copy 100 times the motto-We're
not here to dream, to drift
Rackliffe, Doris Taste in music " Long-hair "
Raymond, Gloria Tardiness Be a timekeeper
Richards, Shirley Flirting A tall, dull husband
" Life of the party 'l
Take off his shoes
Staying that way
Stowe, Glen Arguing Politician
Suomi, Robert Swing and sway Goose-step
Thompson, Ieanette Parking Appearance in court
Towle, Maynard Yodeling Solitary confinement
Walker, Reginald Quietness " Hot-seat "
VVhitney, Lawrence Easy-going A farmer's son
Wing, Herbert Going steady Far from East Wilton
Class of 1947 Eleanor Compton -Athletics
President ,......,....,....,. Richard Green Altene Currier ,, Sweetness
Vice President .. . ...,., Stanley 'Ellsworth Kenneth Durreu-Resdessness
Secretary. .,..,... . . , Beatrice Fraser Beverly Farrington - Being Shy
T1 easui ei ,..,...... . . . Louis Collette Robert F-Omer - Clowning
Student Council .... Marie Iohnson
Class Colors-Copenhagen Blue and Wine
Class Flower - Forget-me-not
Class Motto - "Anything worth doing is
worth doing well"
By Their Deeds Ye Shall Know Them
Adria Adams - Day dreaming
Beulah Adams-Getting snowed in
'Coleen Ayer - VVriting notes to - Guess who
Walter Allen-Carrying " Funny " Books
Barbara Blanchard-Chewing the bows of
Harry Bachelder - Admiring a new freshman
4Carl Berry - Roguishness
Harriet Gage - Flirting
Lee Gray-Dreaming about a certain junior
Mary Gordon - Perseverancc
Robert Grover - Chewing gum
Rowena Hammond - Smiling
Doris Hardy-Writing unusual compositions
Raymond Kelly - Whispering
Bradford Moore - A new interest fThe
" Fairer Sex "Q
Sylvia Moore - Inconspicuousness
Eugene Mosher-Getting library permissions
Betty Noonan- Learning to jitterbug
Richard Paul-Making excuses
Pauline Porter - Talkativeness
Christine Stewart- Silence
Betty Trenholm -Working hard
Lawrence Webber - Noiselessness
Albert VVells - Seriousness
George Berry - Arguing
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Do You See Any Resemblances Between
Anne Deering and Sonja Hiene? -Have you
seen her on skates?
Elden Churchill, Charles Grant and Abbott 8:
Costello? - Their actions
Lawrence Farmer and Edward Arnold? -Are
Donald Kenney and Lil' Abner? -Long and
Lawrence Paine and Iohn Hodiak? -- That
Harold Kyes and Casper Milquetoast? -
Caroline Ellis and Hedy Lamarr? - Com-
Clifford Luce and Red Skelton? -Bashfulness
Lloyd Melvin and a cherub?-That angelic
George Stevens and Ioe Palooka? -His hair
Reginald Towle and Harry Iames? - That
" Hot " Trumpet
Leona Redlevske and Fritzi Ritz's little niece,
Nancy? - Her size
Ioe Welch, lack Spinney and two-thirds of the
Three Musketeers? - Companionship
Greta VVilson and Goldilocks? - Her hair
Iean VVhitney and Mickey Rooney? -Freckles
Mildred Whitney and " Shaky ',? - They were
both after Tracy
It was in the " Good Old Summer Time "
that we First began to think about " School
Days." VVe knew there would be a " Long,
Long Trail A-Windingl' before we would
graduate as Seniors, but we were "Iolly Good
Fellows." "Comin' in A-foot and A-car" we
shouted, "Is This the High School, Mister
At first " Readin', ,Ritin and 'Rithmetic "
gave us the feeling, "Don't Fence Us In," but
when we were settled we knew it wouldn't
"Always" be that way for we knew we'd be
" Together" for only four years.
This past year Iohn " Sinatra " Sjostrom had
"Ieanne with the Light Brown Hair " on his
mind most of the time. Beula Blanchard hasn't
had to sing "No Letter Today " since Law-
rence Brackley went into the service. " Connie
and lohnnie Were Lovers," Billy Gile sang "I
Walk Alone " but he seemed to be walking in
someone's direction. Since " He I' departed for
California a year ago, Elizabeth Russell has
been "Nobody's Sweetheart This Year." If
that feud between Iames Gordon and Frank
Look over Marcelle Tardy hadn't stopped, lim-
mie would have been going around singing, "I
Ain't Got Nobodyfl Ioan Craig's theme song
has been " Is I Is or Is I Ain't Your Baby? "-
How about that, Cecil?
Now as a " Perfect Year " comes to an end,
we blow " Taps " telling everyone "We'll Be
Seeing You " next year.
Adria Adams '48
Class of 1948
President .,...,......,........ George Berry
Vice President ...,. Robert Fortier
Secretary .,.... .,.. C onstance Huart
Treasurer .....,... . . . Barbara Blanchard
Student Council ,,............., Frank Look
Class Colors-Fuschia and Silver
Class Flower-American Beauty Rose
Class Motto-A good beginning is half
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F. H. S. beckons us into its improved interior:
new workshop, desk tops, floors, and lighting
Our new faculty members are Miss Elizabeth
Caldwell-Commercial, Miss Emily Candage
-Latin and Civics, Mrs. Erna Howard -His-
tory and Problems of Democracy, Mr. Franklin
Hannaford-General Shop and Mathematics,
Mr. Warren Pearl-Physical Training and
Total enrollment as of this date is 208, as fol-
lows: freshmen, 62, sophomores, 55, juniors,
49: seniors, 42.
Hotdogs, tilt-a-whirl, and the human pin
cushion are tops in entertainment at the Frank-
lin County Fair. High School booth turns in a
net proht of 1513-1.32.
Marilyn Benson, Ruth Gile, Richard Hodg-
kins, Richard Roy, and Alan Keith are to act
as a committee to select ring styles for the Iun-
ior Class rings. The style chosen may be either
a raised "F-" on plain gold or black onyx
Hanked on either side by the class numerals,
Our Five veteran cheer-leaders are out with
lots of pep-and Mrs. Lydia Iohnson. You
remember them-Iune Taylor, Ioline Wilson,
Marie Iohnson, Priscilla Frary, and Marilyn
A plane swoops low over F. H. S. and a little
later Capt. Goldberg of the Civilian Air Patrol
pays us a visit. While no organization was
started, many students became interested in the
plans he presented for future training for both
boys and girls in aeronautical activities.
Freshman Day and annual reception. Many
laughs and fun from the comically clad " green-
ies." Not to be forgotten-Elden Churchill
and Anne Deering in the " Old Gray Mare "
The First order for books in the High School
Book League goes in. Some 51 orders from 36
students. This League operates like the major
leagues with dividend books at four-month
intervals. The books are within student
budgets, at 35 cents each. Most popular choices
for this month were " The Bridge of San Luis
Rey," " National Velvet," and " They Were
" Scotty " Kendall, before entering the Serv-
ice, takes top honors for salesmen in the Crow-
ell Magazine Contest, a fine Harmon wrist
watch. Contest nets the school 317119. Voted
to use this sum toward a permanent honor roll
for F. H. S. servicemen.
Student Council elects ofhcers for the year:
Pres1'a'enz ........... Frank Kenney
Vice President ..,..... Irene Paradis
Secremry ,...... ,,.. M arie Iohnson
Treasurer ...,...... Alice Skwara
Miss Helen Dizney, local county nurse, is
meeting classes in Science of Home Living
once a week for an eight-weeks' course in the
study of personal hygiene and health habits.
Mrs. Marah Webster, our art supervisor, also
instructs these groups one day weekly in color
harmony, design in dress and home, etc.
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Testing Week! The " Iowa Tests of Educa-
tional Development " are given to all students
throughout the school. This is the time of
year for the teachers to get acquainted with the
educational development of each pupil so that
L' the proper instruction and guidance may be
better adapted to his particular needs, interests,
and abilities," '
Students in the musical organizations have a
new objective this year. Music emblems are to
be awarded to all students who achieve a desig-
nated number of points. These are to be
credited for participation in school programs
and concerts and also outside work such as
Scatcml fldl In rlghrjz .-X. Skwnm, M. Iuhnmn. lf. Kcnncy, I. 17Lll'.lliiS, I. lim
Huck ruw: U. Stnnlvy, I. lhxgnc. I.. Churclwill, lf. Look, R. HI'f'1lI1I
SENIOR PIAY Cl.'XS'I' -- "OLD DOC "
ml KIA-ft in Villllli A. Iimcn. .X, l'I.lgcrsI1'm11, li. Iulbcrt, B. l'.IlIH2ll1. P. lfmtu, I. Turner. VV. lxxcs
nding: H. VVcymuuth, R. Clmirtick. lfrcnl licnncy, lf. Simpwn, Mrs. Lyaliu lrmlmmun- -Cugnulm, M
clcmm, I. 'I'uy!nr, I. Uugnu. M. Walker
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work in church choirs and private study in
The annual Farmington - Wilton football
game. Score - Q Censoredj.
During the month, Prin. Iohnson, Mr.
Gould, Mrs. Bryant, and Miss Caldwell have
planned a system whereby the students of our
school will receive point or credit awards for
participation in extra-curricular activities.
Mrs. Pearl has offered to coach girls' basket-
ball this season. 46 girls have signed up and
practises will commence soon for the initial
game with lay.
News reporters for the Franklin lournal
" F. H. S." column were chosen this week.
These girls are to keep the townspeople posted
on the doings at F. H. S.: Dorothy Comstock,
Pauline O,Shaughnessey, lean Carter, lean Rob-
inson, Elsie Currier, and Alice Skwara-Elsie
Currier to he chief reporter.
Farmington ends its football season by win-
ning its last two games. The Greyhounds
edged Winthrop out 12-7 and swamped Kents
Hill 45-0. Final standing-Wins 2, Losses 4,
Are your fingers crossed? Rank cards, no,
rank sheets, out for the first quarter of the new
ranking schedule. What'd she say on yours?
Aw, lemme see.
Parents Night. Mom and Dad note our im-
'provements and chat with the teachers. A pro-
gram at the Community Center is topped off
by the one-act play, H Elmer and the Lovebugfi
starring Earl Goodspeed, Ruth Gile, Ioyce
Streeter, and Marie Iohnson.
Corinne Hardy and Rachel Luce, both jun-
iors, win the awards in the Nutrition Week
projects-Corinne the best essay and Rachel
the best poster. Nice going, girls. And right
handsome fand healthfulj baskets of fruit.
Mrs. Erna Howard as faculty sponsor organ-
izes the weekly Stamp and Bond Sales with
Lawrence Brackley flater succeeded by Frank
Kenneyj as general manager. Solicitors for the
various classes are: freshmen-Elden Churchill
and Beula Blanchardg sophomores-Maynard
Towle and Herbert Wing, Marie Iohnson and
Iohn Cutler, juniors-Richard Hodgkins and
Ioyce Streeterg seniors-Barbara Ialbert and
Alice Skwara. Ioyce Foss handles the ordering
and checking. Sales for this first week get off
to the start of 152054.70
Some of our Commercial students have al-
ready achieved awards in their work.
For Complete Theory Certificate for knowl-
edge of shorthand principles-Miriam Koh-
tala, Pauline Phillips, Beverly Plaisted, Irene
Paradis, VVilma Kyes, Ieannette Turner,
For Order of Gregg Artists for shorthand
penmanship-Dorothy Davis, Genella Moore,
Pauline Phillips, Rachel Luce, Beverly Plaisted,
Mavis Grant, Virginia Tardy, Maurice Walker.
For Order of Artistic Typist: for accurate set-
up of official Gregg test-Beverly Plaisted,
F. H. S. opens its basketball slate by winning
at Livermore Falls 37-30. The team looks good
and Coach Pearl looks forward to a champion-
Miss Ruth Griffiths of the Normal School
presents the orchestra and glee clubs a Distin-
guished Service citation from the Music War
Council of America. F. H. S. and W. G. Mal-
lett School share honors as the first schools in
the state and among the first five hundred in
the nation to receive such an award.
All students, in order of classes, are invited
by Mrs. Bryant to the library for Activity Peri-
ods to hear the " Old Carols of Christmas "
and Dickens' " A Christmas Carol " from RCA
Victor recordings. Quite a Christmas-y week!
Marie Iohnson, under Mrs. Webster's direction,
decorated the boards with a border of Christ-
mas bells and a Christmas scene.
GIRLS' GI.IiIi CLUII
Scalcml llcft In righljz H. Gage, Ii. Iilancliarcl, A Adamr, A. Bacon, M. Whitnu, I. Iiracklcy, I. Craig
Ii. Rumcll. I. Fnrticr
Sncuml row: H. Farrington, Ii. Dickcy, M, Williams, I. Rolwinmn, C. Ellis, I. Strccler, P. Frary, R. Chit-
tick, T, News-ll, li. Compton, E. Prescott, M. HufI
'I'hir4l row: F. Marble, P. Putter. I. Frm, Ii. Iilanchzml, I. Thompson, A. Deering, M. Tarcly, I. Tavlor
E. Rubcrts, I. VVhitncy, S. Richards, M. Iohnson I
Back mw: M. Bradley, Ii. Norman, P. O'Shaughncascy, B. Trcnlinlm, B. Parlin, M. Luce, E. Simpson
Ii. Stcvcns, P. Murray, M. Gaskell, R. Gilt, C. Huart
IQOYS' Gl.I-'Ii CI,I'lI
Suatvcl llr-fr lu riglrrjz KI. fiI'l'L'IIXY1lll1l, S. lfllswlirtli, I". Kk'I'll"IL'X, M. I'I!.'II1lC'I'5lll'l, A. Kuitll, R. Roy, M.
cumml row: C. Grant. XY. Gill-. R. Paul, R. 'I'mvIu. II. Iilanclrzml, Ii. Clrmmlspx-ul. II. Stanley, I. Siustmln.
Ilack ww: R, Cin-cn, I.. Wliitmg, I.. Kllrurclnill, I.. Ilavix, R. Mfnwill, Ii. Clmrcliill, R. Ilryant
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The Senior Class present as their annual play,
" Old Doc," the immortal story of the small
town doctor, and thereby httingly dedicated to
the late Charles, W. Bell, who was in reality the
" Old Doc " of Farmington and
County. Iohn Gagne plays the lead, with Mil-
ton Henderson and Iune Taylor in the major
supporting roles. Profit to the class, 35100.55
At the Christmas assembly, the radio sketch
given by the English 3-A class is just what we
need for the cheery Christmas spirit. Dick
Hodgkins is Old Santa, Christmas tree and all
QThanks to Mr. Iohnson and Richard Lidstonej
and Alan Keith and " Yours truly " finish off
with " Super Sudsf, Two weeks' vacation and
Merry Christmas to all.
Here we are right in step with the little New
Year. May he grow in stature beyond the Old
The cafeteria reopens and hot lunches are
again being served to a larger group than ever,
approximately 40 students a day. Miss Skillin
plans thenourishing menus enlarged this year
to two dishes. Our Home Ee. girls prepare
and serve the lunch with Mrs. Linnie Hawes
" at the helm." A sample menu for a week
looks pretty good, eh?
Monday-Scallop potato, fruit juice
Tuesday - Vegetable casserole, carrots
Wednesday-Corn chowder, raisin salad
Thursday- Macaroni Sz tomatoes, fruit jello
Friday-Vegetable soup, fruit juice
The Home Ec. girls are the cynosure of all
eyes today in their new dresses, wools for those
who have had sewing before and silks or cotton
for those beginning. Very "good-looking "
were an American Beauty wool with white an-
gora buttons, hand-made, a twopiece yellow
wool, a two-piece navy skirt and jerking a
black wool jumper with white ship motifs on
the pockets. I
Five more cheer-leaders added to our troop
:along with Iohn Bell, Frank Kenney and Curtis
Berry. They are Eleanor Stevens, Ieanette
Thompson, Anne Deering, Shirlie Richards,
and Ioyce Streeter.
And with Tournament Time coming two
especially peppy new cheers:
Victory! Victory! That's our cry!
V -I-C-T-O-R-Y !
Will we win it?
You're doggone right!
Fight! Fight! Fight!
Go hack! Go back! Go back to the woods!
You haven't! You haven't! You havenit got
You haven't got the rhythm! You haven't got
You haven't got the team that Farmington
The Seniors repeat their performance of
" Old Docv at the Forster Memorial Building
at Strong on a 50-50 money basis. Net profit
to class is 2525.00 Several voiced the opinion
also that several of the cast did an even better
job than in their initial appearance.
The gift of the Class of 1944 arrives from the
shop of our local carpenters and builders, the
O. P. Stewarts. This is a long-awaited maga-
zine rack for the library that will relieve the
congestion of the former combination maga-
zine-catalog shelf. It is good-looking, complete
with name plate and a practicable addition to
The Greyhounds, after a previous win over
their arch-rivals, the VVilton Eagles, go over to
Wilton and defeat them again 38-35. This puts
the Greyhounds leading contenders for the
tournament as the Academy boys are the de-
Approximately 30 high school students are at-
tending a weekly dancing class conducted at
the North Church by Miss Maloney of Port-
land. These classes are held each Wednesday
at 8:30 when ballet, ballroom and tap dancing
are all taught. This opportunity is one long
FC JOTBA LL
Front row Lleft to rightjz Ii. Gray, I.. Churchill, R. Morrill, G. lit-sson, U. Green, Scot Kendall, D. Rich
ards, R. Hodgkins, R. Green
Second row: G. Stowe, Ii. Goodspeed, S. lillsworth, M. Iohnson, VV. Richards, I. Bell, I.. Gray M
Towle, C. Kendall, A. Keith , E
Back row: H. Wing, L. Hrooks, Couch Warren Pearl, I.. Davis, G. Farmer
Seated lleft to riglltlz H. Gage, I. Fortier, C. Huztrt, M. Luce, I. Craig, li. Roberts, ll. Blanclmrrl
Second row: R. lirvant, E. Prescott, S. Richards, I. Foss, R. Chittick, Ii. Dickey, M. Hufl, B. Farrington
Third row: H. Blanchard. I. lirackley, M. Gaskell, A. Deering
Back row: S. Ellsworth, G. Berry, R. Towle, M. Henderson, IJ. Stanley, VV. Gile, I. Gordon .
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awaited by many high school students who are
making the most of it.
The General-Commercial Senior English
class participates in the National V-Mail Letter
Contest sponsored by This Week magazine.
The letters were written to an overseas friend
on the subject-" What we here at home are
doing to bring you back sooner." A joint
student-teacher committee selects the letters of
Wilma Kyes, Alice Skwara, and Morna Huff
to be sent.
Oh! Oh! Ranks again. And this time for
the first semester. Good news or bad? Well,
anyway, here are those 'L tops 1' on the beam:
5 Honors Alice Skwara
4 Honors Iohn Gagne, Burton Weymouth
6 Honors Rachel Luce
5 Honors Madelyn Luce, Ioyce Streeter
4 Honors Mavis Grant, Corinne Hardy
5 Honors Norman Ferrari
4 Honors Stanley Ellsworth, Ioan Fortier
3 Honors-Rowena Hammond, Doris Hardy,
Marcelle Tardy, Adria Adams, Barbara Blan-
chard, Eleanor Compton, Iean Whitney
Although the Greyhounds have no organized
winter sports team several of the boys made up
a team for the Iay carnival. Don Green takes
lst place in the 100 yd. snowshoe dash and Znd
in the cross-country snowshoe race. Lawrence
Whitney is 4th in the dash.
Stamp and Bond Sales today are 153036.45
Wilton carnival and our boys place 2nd in
the meet. Don Green wins first honors in both
snowshoe! dash and cross-country. Richard
'Green places 2nd in the 100 yd. ski dash and
four of the team get 2nd in the medley relay.
Boys competing in the winter sports are R. Mor-
rill, R. Green, D. Green, S. Ellsworth, R.
Hodgkins, B. Weymouth, L. Whitney, and W.
We congratulate Herbert Wing '47 on his
successful and thoughtfully mature essay sub-
mitted in the Anti-inflation campaign sponsored
by the Price Panel of the local Ration Board.
Herbert's First prize is 33. Three other sopho-
mores and two juniors also wrote essays. Mad-
eline VVilliams '46 wins the second prize of SZ.
The Iuniors get their class rings and are they
a proud-acting lot!
" How Blue the Night! " is the theme for the
Iunior Prom, the most important social event
of the Class of 1946. Romantic setting, Ed-
ward Little Swing Band and all provide the
atmosphere for this gala occasion. Guest
patrons and patronesses are Prin. and Mrs. Mel-
ville H. Iohnson, Supt. and Mrs. I. Arthur
Green, Mr. and Mrs. Emery Mallett, and Miss
Iune Taylor of the Senior Class is chosen to
represent her class and our school as candidate
for the 1945 D. A. R. Pilgrimage to Washing-
ton,- D. C. These candidates are all chosen on
the basis of their qualities as good school citi-
zens, i.e. loyalty, honesty, reliability, and coop-
eration. Congratulations, Iune. fln our school
this choice comes three ways-Faculty, Stu-
dent Council, and Senior Class.j
The Greyhounds sweep through the annual
Franklin County Basketball Tournament in
great form and ability to take top honors. The
boys won over Stratton, Strong, and Kinglield
by good margins. Coach Pearl's tireless effort
in producing this team shows plainly and he
deserves much credit as well as the boys for
their deserving record of 18 wins against 3
FEB. 25 '
Rachel E. Luce '46 wins the first prize of
153.00 for her poem, "Winter's Austere Song,"
submitted in the First contest for Maine high
schools sponsored by the Poetry Fellowship of
Maine. This entry was one of 60 from 14
Maine high schools.
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We are greeted in the library by the " Dance
of the March Winds! i' The handiwork of
Marie Iohnson and Pat Murray. Thanks, girls.
The Hrst allotment of books arrives from the
Student Guild, which we are patronizing this
second semester instead of the League. The
books seem better bound and the service is
much speedier than the League's. The teacher's
dividend book is a nicely bound volume of
john Masefield's Midsummer Night.
Everett Newell takes over as chief reporter
for the Frflnklin lournal " F. H. S." news
The beginning of aptitude tests for the sen-
iors under the direction of Mr. Fred Miller, a
guidance adviser from Cambridge. The tests
are to be "followed up U by personal confer-
ences. If the plan is sufficiently successful, this
opportunity may be extended to other classes
The Greyhound champions are the guests of
the Rotary Club together with their coach,
Warren Pearl, Principal Iohnson and Supt.
Green. A fine supper is followed by films of
the I943 VVorld's Series and Oflicers Training
The Seniors elect a committee to select their
class gift, namely, Pauline Phillips, Barbara
Ialbert, Don Green, Ieanette Turner, and Bur-
ton VVeymouth. N
The General and Commercial groups of
freshmen and seniors today received their
names from the Letter Exchange Bureau. Cer-
tainly some interesting letters in prospect, for
Guadalupe Orozco G-16
QGirl, 16 years of age,
San Cristobal, L. C. Chis. Mexico
Leo Kynaston B-17
6 Bryntirion Terrace
Llangollen, North Wales
Himie Iones B-18
St. Iohn's Episcopal School
Robertsport, Cape Mount County
Liberia, West Africa
The Greyhounds are again feted by the
American Legion, with chef Alton Bonney
serving a line chicken dinner. Coach Pearl re-
ports on the Waterville-Portland basketball
championship game he attended at Waterville.
A tall, strong veteran of three major cam-
paigns visits F. H. S. today. This man, Sgt.
Morris of the U. S. M. C., is a recruiting ofiicer
and spoke to all boys of 17, unable to Hnish
their schooling before their 18th birthday, who
are thinking of enlisting.
The English I-C division attend " For Whom
the Bell Tolls " in a group as a part of their
study in Movie Appreciation. They report as
follows: it was an extraordinary motion pic-
tureg the acting was superior although they
think Gary Cooper did not play his role con-
vincingly enoughg the lighting, especially the
silhouettes and cave scenes, added greatly to the
effectiveness of the movie, there was one defi-
nite lack-more emphasis on the ideals and
reasons behind the Spanish revolution.
The Sophomore Hop is held at the Com-
munity Center with Gordon Howe and his
Blue Romancers providing the music. The
class colors of Copen blue and wine are a Hne
setting for the theme song, "Candle-light and
Wine." The F. H. S. faculty are the patrons
Our Iunior Red Cross Drive closes with vol-
untary contributions of 154720. By classes our
percents are as fcglows, with the lower classmen
leading the list: freshmen, 100225 sophomores,
l00fff,, juniors, 95245 seniors, 28'fff,. The
school participation was 861.
Over a thousand people pack the Community
Center to see the All-Star game and attend the
Victory Ball. The Greyhound champions
emerge as Hnal victors with a score of 46-26.
Committee members, Mr. Dearborn and Dr.
Weymouth, present the awards-billfolds to
the All-Stars and blue jackets with letters to the
Greyhounds. Plans are to make this an annual
event with the tournament champions meeting
the county All-Stars.
Slzortlzand awards, based on 5-minute dicta-
tion and transcription, have been won as fol-
60 words - Irene Paradis, Wilma Kyes,
Pauline Phillips, Morna Huff, Dorothy Davis,
Ieannette Turner, Mirjam Kohtala.
80 words-Pauline Phillips, Morna Huff.
Competent Typist: awards, for 10-minute
speed tests with Five errors or less have been
won as follows:
30-word certificates-Vivian Bachelder, Ruth
Cile, Alice Skwara, Ieannette Turner, Maurice
Walker, Virginia Tardy, Lawrence Brackley,
lean Brackley, Reginald Walker, Evelyn Barker.
40-word certificates - Maurice Walker,
VVilma Kyes, Morna Huff. Genella Moore,
Alice Hagerstrom, Dorothy Davis, Irene Para-
dis, Miriam Kohtala, Ieannette Turner, Beverly
50-word certificates- Madelyn Luce.
This year's public speaking contest was spon-
sored by the school and prizes offered and won
as follows last night at the Community Center:
lst prize of 255 in the humorous selections to
Marion Bradley for H Beechnuts Ng lst prize of
S5 in the serious-dramatic selections to Ruth
Gile for " After the Air Raid wg a 2nd prize to
Glennis York for "Futility.', Ruth is named
by the judges-Miss Stella Clifford, Mrs. Ael-
fred Flagg, and Rev. Merle Conant-to repre-
sent the school with her selection at the Lydia
O. Spear Contest in Augusta May 1.
MARCH 31 -APRIL 4 .
Off to New York go 16 of our Senior Class
with Mr. and Mrs. Sayward Ross as chaperones,
namely, Frank Kenney, Edward Barker, Ruth
Chittick, Eunice Simpson, Dewey Richards,
Burton Weymouth, lean Carter, Irene Paradis,
VVilma Kyes, Genella Moore, Milton Hender-
son, Iune Taylor, Alice Hagerstrom, Beatrice
Enman, Barbara Ialbert and Iohn Gagne.
Others in the party are.Lawrence Churchill '46
and Mrs. Albert Iohnson and her friend, Miss
This Week magazine announces the grand
and state winners in the National V-Mail con-
test. Scholustic Magazine judges nominate our
own Morna Huff '45 as state winner for Maine.
The American Legion Auxiliary is again
sponsoring the Americanization themes project
and announce the following winners: first,
Rachel Luce '46, second, Dewey Richards '45,
and third, Mavis Grant ,46.
We are back from our Easter vacation and
enter the last stretch of the year. Two of our
teachers are having a little longer vacation as
Miss Perkins is visiting in Florida- Mrs.
Keith Calef, nee Erma Mosher, F. H. S. '36,
substitute--and Miss Skillin is attending a
meeting of Home Economics teachers in Keene,
VVe are looking forward to baseball, spring
dances, graduation, and bravely hoping final
exams won't come. Once again we close-and
the LAUREL goes to press.
SCHOOL OF TODAY
School is work,
School is play,
School is happily living
From day to day.
School is lessons,
Study and hooks,
Delving for knowledge
In hidden nooks.
School is friendships,
Fun, and good times,
With new friends, old friends,
And people of all kinds.
School is a wealth,
A score of things,
French verbs, syntax,
History dates and kings.
Wonderful school days!
Will they become a blur,
When they aren't days to come
But days that were?
Ioyce Streeter -'46
Seated fleft to rightj: R. Morrill, R. Hodgkins, L. Davis, I.. Churchill, D. Stanley
Back row: XV. Nies, R. Roy, B. Wcymuutli, ID. Green, R. Titcmnlw, Coach Warren Pearl
Coach: Mr. Pearl Manager: Glen Stowe
Asst. Manager: Alan Keith
GAME SCORE UriTsT.xND1No PLAYER ox
Frzrmirzgtorz Opponent PLM'
Mexico U 21 Richard Green
Kents Hill 6
Kendall scored on third
play of the game
'Skowhegan 0 - 14 Kendall and Besson
VVilton 0 - 35 Hodgkins
Madison 0 - 13 Towle and Collette
VVinthrop 13 - 6 Churchill
Kents Hill 45 - 0 Whole team
Because of the lack of experienced players,
Farmington started the season poorly. The
team improved rapidly, however, as is shown
.by the fact that in the second game of the year
we tied lients Hill 6-6. and the last game of
the season. again with Kents Hill, turned out
to he a slaughter with Farmington winning
Coach: Mr. Pearl Manager: Maynard Towle
.Xt Livermore Falls 37 - 30
At lay 45 - 17
At Skowhegan 39 - 21
Fairlield 23 - 36 'li
At Rangeley 22 - 10
At Madison 39 - 50 'F
lay 37 15
Rents Hill 58 - 34
Livermore Falls 38 - 35
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Seated Cleft to rightjz D. Comstock, M. Deroche, E. Simpson, I. Taylor, R. Gile, I. Wilson
Back row: P. Frary, II. Blanchard. C. Huart, M. Tardy, V. Tardy, M. Bradley, E. Compton, E. Russell
XVilton 37 - 33
At Mexico 48 - 32
Rangeley 49 - 15
At Fairheld 32 - 68 3'
Skowhegan 31 - 26
At VVilton 38 - 37
Mexico 33 - 24
At Kents Hill 43 - 18
Madison 45 - 25
694 526 'I Loss
Stratton 62 - 23
Strong 44 - 21
Kingfield 57 - 25
Although but one regular from last year's
team returned, the Greyhounds enjoyed a very
successful season. With Hodgkins and Church-
ill at guards. Davis at center, and Morrill and
Stanley in the forward positions. we finished
the regular season with a 15-3 record.
In the annual Franklin County Tournament,
our opponents, Stratton, Strong, and Kingheld,
were subdued rather easily to give Farmington
Next year's team should be even better, since
no regulars and only two substitutes will be
Coach: Mr. Gould
Although a winter sports team was not or-
ganized, a small group of boys participated in
In the First meet at Iay the team placed third
among the seven schools taking part. D. Green
placed lst in the 100 yd. snowshoe dash and
2nd in the snowshoe cross-country. L. Whit-
ney placed 4th in the 100 yd. ski dash. R.
I-Iotlgkins. L. VVhitney, B. Vxfeymouth, and D.
Green placed 4th in the medley relay.
Results at the VVilton meet were better, how-
ever. with the team placing second. D. Green
placed lst in the 100 yd. snowshoe dash and
lst in the snowshoe cross-country. R. Green
placed 2nd in the 100 yd. ski dash and 3rd in
the 100 yd. snowshoe dash. B. VVeymoutb, R.
Green, L. NVhitney, and D. Green placed 2nd
in the medley relay.
Others who competed in one or both meets
were R. Morrill, S. Ellsworth, R. Hodgkins, VV.
Gile, I. Gordon, and G. Greenwood.
The LAUREL is honored to devote this page of its 1945 issue to the poetry of Rachel E. Luce
'46, for her outstanding work in creative writing.
WINTER'S AUSTERE SONG
QPrize poemj "'
The clear-cut pallid moon rides high-
She is convoyed by a daring silver star
Upon a sea that is bluer than
The daylight brings. The world is meek and far.
The Padesoy islands toss and shift
From pillowed floating knolls and placid moors
To stoic monsters of the deep
NVith lighted edges rhythmic on their shores.
The friendlcss moon grins down and is
Unheeded by the everchanging drifts.
She hears the Winter's austere song-
Unsaddled wind that rudely, grayly, lifts.
A stallion white-insane with snow-
With fiery breath of ice and frosty eye,
He stamps in swirls from writhing drifts,
His neigh meets angry winds and rises high.
Above the crust and glowing road,
A nameless stream, stark white, the cruel moon
Rides on and laughs at shivering trees
Below the hill. Wild voices brag in tune.
'First prize, three dollars, from 60 entries submitted
by 14 Maine high schools in the first creative project
sponsored by the Poetry Fellowship of Maine, 1945.
C Honorable mention? "'
Again the April tune for you
With fragrant cups set just for two?
Or empty shores where bitter lie
Old anguishes that you and I
Have known to haunt our avenue?
If disillusion can subdue,
Or tears corrode the April new,
Of shallow love, I will not try
I don't regret the heart I knew
For this will be a clouded view,
When youth and you have both passed by.
Yet Q- am I sure I shall not cry,
If you come bearingbranch of rue,
I' C11 Honorable mention in the rondeau writing proj-
-ect of the members of the Maine Poetry Fellowship for
the 1945 winter seminar.
QD Honorable mention in 1945 anthology of National
High School Poetry Ass'n.
Not when the valley echoes die,
While crimson trails a misty sky,
You speak to me. The cypress weighs
Upon my heartg no more the Mays
Of spring's full flush. What can belong
To me but your unspoken song?
MASTERPIECE OF FLAME
Scarred is the valley, masterpiece of Flame-
Widowed branches droop, stoic at the sight
Of Haming ribbons raveled in the ashes
To the wailing of a somber keen.
Smoky incense, rising from the dark soil,
Gives impressions of the specter Death.
From the hillside, peaceful woodlands
Cringe aghast at charred comrades.
Tomorrow, sun and rain and air will
Remember this and will soothe the weariness.
But years will pass before the Shadow
Becomes Life once more.
The call of lark is haunting wings
From silent incense of the woodg
Sun is brushing low against
The cellar base where once there stood
A naked kingdom. Stones are dead,
And roses wild have conquered here
Where some young lad sat by a door,
Saw passing hours, knew not this year
Of hearts inured to grief and storm,
Knew not the careless mind half-grown,
Knew not the trespasser who stalked
Across the years that we have known.
Will some one find again the trail
Across the pasture in a day
Of crowning oaks and call of lark,
When we and hate have passed away?
This quaint carved bottle dipped with scent
Of lavender and snuggled deep
Within a rosewood box, was meant
To rest with grandma's wedding cake,
By wisps of candle fog and lace.
Even Patience, finding her romance,
Her flowers, fading, touched her face
With sweet perfume and smiled again.
Bright is the ring of words
When the right man rings them.
Robert Louis Stevenson
AN OLD-TIME AMERICAN'
URING the early part of the Civil War
there lived in the small farming com-
munity of Bingham, Maine, a young man and
his wife who were fortunate in having five
young sons. The low rambling farmhouse
was flanked with pine trees, the smell of which
permeated the house along with the fragrance
of freshly baked bread. The large kitchen with
its huge stove was the scene of many happy
evenings for the family. The father, Cyrus,
would rise before daybreak every morning,
build the fire and go out into the barn to do
the chores by lantern light. Meanwhile, his
wife, Abbey, would busy herself with the
morning's work, the care of the children and
endless other tasks known only to the farmer's
wife. After the chores were done, the father
would yoke his oxen to go out to plow the
gently sloping fields which bordered the build-
ings. The older boys would oftimes follow
their father into the fields and he would give
them the privilege of riding on the plow.
Their days were filled with contentment, peace
and happiness in spite of the horrors of the
Civil War which was raging then in the South.
Then one day the pattern of their lives was
changed. The dark clouds of war settled down
around them. One morning as Cyrus was till-
ing the mellow sod he was besieged by his
troubled thoughts. While he and his beloved
family lived in peace and happiness, others
were struggling to free themselves from the
shackles which bound them. He began to
realize that his sons could not know the free-
dom and contentment that he had always
known until slavery in America should perish.
Although the sun was high in the sky he un-
yoked the oxen and drove them to the barn.
From the window his wife saw his approach.
Her heart tightened with fear for she intuitively
knew that something was wrong. She hurried
a story or an experi-
lifc. This incident,
ago, makes me really
uncle, for I truly feel
" At some time every child hears
ence which impresses him for
which my father told me so long
proud that Cyrus Gilbert was my
he is a real American.
to the door shouting hysterically, "What's the
matter? Are you hurt? " Cyrus, gently calm-
ing her fears and assuring her that he was all
right, led his oxen to their stalls and then led
his wife into the spacious kitchen, motioning
her to sit opposite him in one of the comfort-
able rocking chairs. Then in a calm but reso-
lute voice he proceeded to explain to her the
reason for his strange behavior. "Don't be
alarmed, dear," he said, " but this morning
while I was ploughing in the fields, I began to
realize that though we are far removed from
the battlefields, the future of our country and
all the people who live in it depends upon each
and every one of us. ,I cannot ignore this and
continue living with a clear conscience, know-
ing I did not do my partf, At this point one
of the boys climbed upon his knee and as he
stroked his curly hair he said, " Abbey, I know
that I must go for some time in the future this
child will look into my face with wondering
eyes and say, KFather, where did you fight in
the War of the States? ' l'
Next morning mid his wifeis concealed emo-
tion he said good-bye to the home and family
he loved so well. He went directly to the town
officers entrusting them with the financial care
of his family promising to repay them upon his
return. Then with sober heart he made his
way to Skowhegan, a distance of nearly forty
miles, on foot. He was immediately accepted
into the Great Northern Army in which he
served for three long years.
I am sure if you could visit the homes of his
grandchildren you would find enshrined in
their hearts the memory of their grandfather-
a real, old-time American.
Glennis York l46
" EASIER " SAID THAN DONE -
HERE is a man on our street who has a
pair of horses and who does odd iobs
with them. One winter when he hauled wood
for our neighbor, I rode back and forth to the
woods with him. This was several years ago,
and I used to think it was quite simple to drive
horses. He had only to cluck a " coupla 'l times
and the horses would start, they obeyed every
command as if they knew what were coming.
On hills they stopped and rested by themselves.
It was just as if they could read his mind.
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This fall the dressing had to be hauled out
of the barn, so I was elected a committee of
one by popular vote of my father, whereupon
our neighbor obligingly allowed us the use of
his team. I sat on the seat like a king on his
throne only not with quite the same success. I
clucked for ten minutes, more or less, but still
we sat there. The horses never moved. I
could-a been in Italy just as well as Farming-
ton. They ignored all commands forward, so
I screeched with all my might, in refined lan-
guage, it being Sunday, and we began to move
at the terrific rate of two and one-half miles per
The next problem was to get the cart backed
into the shed. I got the horses backing in the
general direction of the shed and turned around
to see if I were going to make it. I did, but
not to the door. Instead, theiside of the shed
splintered the whole length of the casings. I
tried this maneuver from the seat many times,
missing the mark each time. Finally, I got
down and lcd the horses by the halter into the
shed and got the cart loaded.
I then started out to spread the dressing on
the Helds. There was just one little obstacle.
This was getting down a hill, which had been
plowed across, not up and down to make nice
ruts, but bumps. Remembering how my
friend had said " Easy there ,' and how the
horses had, oh, so cautiously, picked their way
down the hill, I said, " Easy theref, But not
so you'd notice it! Immediately they struck
into a gallop and away we went down what
seemed at that time the side of a mountain.
The wheels were conveniently placed on the
cart so they went up and down in the ruts and I
did likewise. The body must have been put
on with tacks and hairpins for the back of the
side boards kept hitting me in the back and
knocking me practically under the horses' feet.
All my "VVhoasl " were of the smallest conse-
quence in the world.
Well, we finally reached bottom. And I fully
realized that driving horses is no " cinch U but
takes more than just watching to acquire ex-
perience. If you don't believe it, you try it.
Lawrence Churchill '46
THE HARD WAY
AVE you ever had the experience of try-
ing to get on a horse, to stay on a horse,
and to stop a horse for the first time? Well, I
found all three to be very great accomplish-
ments, but from my experiences I found the
first of these-getting on a horse for the first
time-was by far the worst. This proved to
be an experience I never shall forget.
I put my foot in the stirrup and tried to get
up on the horse as Roy Rogers does it in the
movies, but was the result the same? No! In-
stead of landing nonchalantly on the horse, Roy
Rogers style, I found myself sitting on a rock
beside him while the horse looked on with that
cool, amused expression only a horse can wear.
After nursing my injuries, I looked the situ-
ation over and decided that I had tried mount-
ing from the wrong side of the horse. This
time I knew I had it right. I put my right foot
in the stirrup and gave a mighty heave and
there I was! I reached for the reins. Imagine
my surprise when I confronted the horse's tail.
Fortunately the horse was the quiet " dead head
type " and only looked at me as much as to say,
" You fool, you're on back side to."
This was almost more than I could bear. It's
had enough to look stupid to a fellow human,
but when a horse begins to show you up, let
me tell you, you feel like a donkey!
I thought I would do a right about face in
the saddle without dismounting. I twisted and
turned and approached the accomplishments of
a contortionist, but all in vainl It 'could not be
done! By this time my clothes were twisted
result of my fall was causing me a
good bit of discomfort. I knew that if I ever
myself in a riding position on that
horse I'd surely never be able to ride that day.
slid to the ground over the horse's
rear, gave a last, longing look into the creature's
eyes, and went to the house completely discour-
Corinne Hardy '46
WHY FELLOWS QUIT FOOTBALL
NE thing that annoys me Cand quite a
few othefs I don't mentionj is those
prima donnas"ih:ft are always late for football
practice. They may never he late for a date or
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for a dance but for football practice-always.
They slow things down. If there were more of
us so we could get along without them they
would come on time, but it takes twenty-two
men for a scrimmage, and though we should
have thirty at least, we have only twenty-five
out for football.
There are those fellows too that are so wise.
These " prima donnas " have an answer for any
criticism the coach may make. "I couldn't
help it 'i -"I slipped 'i or some other excuse.
Instead of throwing a good block they dive and
their man gets away and makes the tackle, then
they say they slipped!
I suppose everybody knows that football
teams have manaers. Well, anyway, they do.
Now the managers of our football team get let-
ters, or expect to, but with every privilege there
goes responsibility, and for the manager this
should mean heating hot water for showers,
doing odd jobs and keeping the clubhouse
clean. Now it seems to me that our managers
take turns in being absent, so usually we have
no hot water and maybe you can guess how a
fellow feels if after at least two hours of practice
there is no hot water to remove sweat and smell.
Last but not least there are those who are
continually "borrowing" I don't mind mak-
ing loans but usually you don't know that Pat
is going to wear your stockings until you see
them on him, or that Mike is going to use your
towel until you End it damp.
Sure it's fun, but it could be more sol
George Besson '45
Clarence Hiscock F llC
U. S. S. - L. S. M. 166
clo Fleet Post Ollice
San Francisco, Calif.
fPrize letter, "'
lust lately I've been thinking a lot about this
" all out " war effort we hear so much about. I
never have found out the exact meaning of
those words " all out," but the past two years
have taught me a great deal about them.
You see, we've been doing much more as far
as the war effort is concerned the last couple of
years. We've reserved a day for the sale of
bonds and stamps, and with the money we have
received from them we've purchased three jeeps
and a Held ambulance. Last year the total
amount we raised from the sale of bonds and
stamps was l55320.70, but we already have a
good start for this year-352702.00 Then last
year, too, we held Scotch Auctions for the bene-
Ht of the Red Cross. You'd have enjoyed them
a lot, Bud, because some mighty surprising
things were auctioned off-for example, a
puppy, a quart of cream, and believe it of not,
a full pound of sugar. We had drives for the
Salvation Army and local War Chest too.
Oh, yes, I can't forget to mention that Farm-
ington High was among the first 500 schools
in the nation to receive the Music War Council
citation. VVe were also the first school in the
state to receive this honor.
You'd really be proud of good old F. I-I. S.,
Bud, and believe me, we'll keep on doing what
we can to bring all you fellas back sooner.
"State prize for Maine in National V-Mail contest, in
reply to " What wc here at home are doing to bring
you back sooner."
HOW TO KEEP PRICES DOWN
CPrize Essayj "'
HIS problem of inflation is one of the big-
gest problems that faces the United States
today. Only we the people can solve it! You
ask the question, " Are there not any ceiling
prices?" The answer is yes. But unfortu-
nately everyone doesn't heed them. Also as we
buy more and more goods which we could do
without, prices just naturally rise. Another
thing is that more people are earning more
money, thus they buy more. If more money
were saved instead of being spent foolishly, it
would help price control very much. When
people like an article, they all buy it as long as
they have plenty of money. In this way it be-
'First prize essay, three dollars, in the community
project connected with the anti-inflation campaign,
sponsored by the Price Panel of the local Ration Board.
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comes hard to get until the price is tremendous.
This results in people's wanting more wages.
This keeps repeating until it results in inflation.
VV hen the soldiers come back from overseas
and return to civilian life, they won't have much
money with which to start. If prices are sky-
high, whom will they blame? Yes, it will be
you, because you are the ones who have started
inflation. Have you ever stopped to think that
your boy may come home to this? Now that
you think about it, doesn't it make you feel a
little guilty? After all we don't need a new
suit just because someone else has one. It's no
sign that we should buy one.
Ceiling prices should all be observed. If you
go into a store and there are no ceiling prices
listed, you should ask to see them. If your
storekeeper has made a mistake in them, he
should be reminded and the mistake corrected.
But if he is disobeying the ceiling prices on pur-
pose, he should be reported to the nearest ration
Black market is very tempting when you
haven't had a steak for a long time and are all
out of points. But you are paying more than
ceiling prices, and the meat is usually unin-
spected. This meat may be very unhealthy to
eat. Then maybe you want a little gas to
cruise around on. You have been earning good
money so you can afford to pay a dollar or two
per gallon. But did you ever stop to think that
the gas may be " high-jacked " from some
essential users, or even may be taken from the
Many second hand articles now cost more
than when they were new. If you don't need
them, why buy them? And if you don't buy
so many high priced things, the demands lessen.
Thus the prices go down instead of up.
If you save your money now, it will not only
help to keep prices down, but a dollar in the
future may have four or five times the value of
one now. Did you ever stop to think that in
the future you can buy more and better things?
I.et's all do what we can to prevent inflation
and follow these rules: flj don't buy unneces-
sary thingsg C21 donit pay more than ceiling
prices: f3j save your money and don't waste
it, fill don't patronize the Black Market. If
everyone follows these rules, it should help to
keep prices down. Why have a depression
when it can be prevented? You won't regret
it in the future if you follow these rules now.
So let's all follow them to the best of our
Herbert Wing '47
THE CURSE OF THE CHINA PIG
SAT in Doc Blaine's outer office listening
to the uniform ticking of the old office
clock. I glanced at my watch. It was 2:30. It
had been almost twenty minutes since the nurse
had put her head out the door and said only a
few minutes more. I picked up a magazine
and tried to read but my thoughts were else-
where, so I tossed it back on the bookcase. I
leaned back in my chair and studied the words
on the other office door.
Dr. P. W. Blaine
The words kept racing through my mind.
Dr. P. VV. Blaine, Physician and surgeon. But
my case was a mental one, not a physical one.
How could Doc Blaine help me? We had been
friends for many years now and Doc under-
stood all emotions from love to hatred, he was
the only chance to help me overcome this thing.
Suddenly the ofhce door opened and a little
old man came out followed by the nurse. He
was a mysterious looking character with snow-
white hair, bushy eyebrows and bright blue
eyes. He wore an old faded blue suit and a
shabby overcoat. He nervously turned his hat
in one hand. But as Doc called after him in
an admonishing tone, " Now you be sure to
follow my directions,', the old man meekly
promised. Some way I was comforted.
Then the nurse motioned for me to come into
the office. I slowly got up from my chair and
for a split second I wanted to call the whole
thing off. But my feet kept walking into the
office. Doc was smiling behind his desk. He
stopped though when he saw the worried look
on my face.
Doc was a middle-aged man with soft gray
eyes and light brown hair with an occasional
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gray one here and there. His face was kind
and understanding - the face of the true
" Have a chair, Dave," he said and motioned
for me to sit down. "So you're going to be
rich in a few days, Dave. Gosh, I wish I had
an uncle to leave me 558,000 when he diedf,
" It is pretty nice," I confessed, " but remem-
ber I don't get the money if I go insane. Re-
member-my wife gets it then."
VVe both laughed and Doc informed me I
had been insane ever since he had known me.
Then Doc got serious and asked me what the
trouble was. " It can't be your Aunt Hannah,"
he asserted. "Everybody knows her trouble
came on as the result of a fallf,
So then I began to tell him what had hap-
pened three nights before. "I was returning
home from the office. It was pouring rain and
thundering and lightning continuously. I was
walking along Commerce Street when in a
Hash I saw a dark figure run across the street
crying "Fire! Fire!" I started running too,
and sure enough, a house down the street was
all ablaze. Instantly a crowd gathered. Some-
one called the fire department. There was a
line of men formed and they started passing
some of the furnishings from the house. I
stepped in line and for twenty minutes I passed
books, chairs, clothing, dishes and countless
senseless things. Finally someone passed me a
china pig. I laughed and said, 'What a thing
to save from a fire! I I handed it to the man
next to me but he refused to take it.
" ' What's the matter? ' I asked him. ' Come
on, take it, quick. You're holding up the line.'
But the man refused to touch it.
" ' Haven,t you heard? I he snapped. 'This
is the home of that crazy guy from Persia and
there is a curse on that china pig you hold there
in your hand.'
"I glanced at the little creature. It was the
cutest toy pig I ever saw. It looked almost real.
"I told the man he was crazy and I didn't
believe in curses. lust then a fireman came
running up to us and said the man from Persia
and his whole family had perished in the fire.
He told us not to bother with any more of the
stuff. We obeyed willingly enough and the line
immediately broke up. The man next to me
said in a low voice almost a whisper, ' The curse
is-whoever has the pig in his hand after its
master's death will have to keep it, and within
four days he will go insane and die.'
"I told the man my mind was too strong to
believe in such junk, but I would keep the pig
and see what happened. A
"I took it home and showed it to my wife.
When I related to her what the man had told
me she grew white with fear and told me to
get rid of it as quickly as possible because she
knew the wife of this man from Persia and it
was all absolutely true. Then she gave me a
second look, this time more strange than the
L' That same night I took the china pig and
went to a tea shop, ostensibly for lunch. But
when I finished I left the china pig in my chair
and quickly hurried away. When I arrived
home an hour later I found my wife just taking
off her fur coat we had had such an argument
over. She said she had been next door to see
how old Mrs. Graves was. When I went into
the bedroom and started to undress, there on
my dresser was the china pig. I was frightened.
The next day I took a taxi over Britain Bridge
and threw the china pig into the river, but
when I reached home near supper time and
opened the ice-box door for a bite, there to my
horror was the china pig. I called Nora, my
wife. She, too, was frightened and appeared
very upset. The afternoon of the second day
I took the china pig and threw it into the back
of a junk cart, determined to be rid of it. But
upon reaching home, I found once again that
china pig sitting on my dresser. Overcome by
fear, I threw the pig on the floor where it broke
into a thousand pieces. I swept them up in a
dustpan and threw them into the waste. But
that night when I went into my bedroom there
again was the china pig.
" So, Doc, lim frightened and I've only one
day to dispose of the cursed thing before I go
insane and die."
Blaine scratched his head and smiled.
" Well, I'll tell you, Dave. When I was a boy
I used to be pretty good at solving mysteries.
I tell you what you do. Take the china pig
and again dispose of it. At least that's what I
want you to tell your wife, but you will really
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give the pig to me. Go home and tell your wife
you've taken care of it this time for good but
don't tell her what you did with it."
" But, Doc," I interrupted, "I canit let you
have the china pig because you'll go crazy and
die as I am supposed to.',
"Nonsense!" he cried, " go home quickly
and bring me the pig and come to my office
I did what Doc had asked me to do but the
next morning I found another pig on my
dresser. And I immediately told Doc what I
had found. Doc smiled and said, "lust as I
thought. You see, Dave, someone has been re-
placing the china pig. We now have two china
pigs instead of one-the one I have and the
one just put in your bedroom. And, Dave, if
you will go into the toy shop on Tenth Street
ou will find a few pigs there like this one. A
few pigs your wife didn't buy to replace those
you destroyed. Yes, you see, Dave, your wife
wanted you to think you were crazy and if you
could be made crazy your wife would be a very
I went home sad and speechless. Five days
later, though, Doc Blaine was found dead in his
office and beside him lay a china pig.
Madeline Williams '46
THE STORY OF SNOWUS AND FROSTE
SNOWUS, a handsome lad of Ithaca, was very
much in love with a beautiful maiden named
Froste. Now they were going to be married
but Froste's parents were much opposed to the
idea, frequently, however, the couple met
One night they planned a meeting, but Tat-
leous, a cloud nymph, overheard the conversa-
tion and set about to make trouble. Hastily
she related what she had heard.
Froste's father, upon hearing this, set out to
slay Snowus. After having arrived at the meet-
ing place he was about to slay Snowus when
Iupiter, looking down out of the heavens and
taking pity on him, snatched him up into the
Snowus, lonely for Froste and very sad, be-
came very weak and died. His body was dis-
solved and he was dropped out in the form of
Hakes, later called snowHakes.
Now Froste on earth was very sad and she
longed for her loved one. At last she lay on
the ground and prayed to the gods to die. At
last Deathylie granted her wish and she sank
into the ground, chilling it with her cold body
as she descended. This later became known as
Every year when winter rules the earth, snow-
flakes drop out of the sky, frost freezes the
ground, and Snowus and Froste are said to be
meeting each other.
George Berry '48
OH, why can't I sleep? Sleep just one night
without hearing the crash, bang, and rattle of a
large, hot, and noisy kitchen. Couldn't I just
close my eyes and peacefully rest and still not
be dressed in a stiff black and white uniform
carrying shiny silver trays.
My heavy eyelids droop - they are nearly
shut. Slowly walks across my half-sleeping
mind, the eleven people I must serve each day.
First the frail old lady with a cane, who insists
on having her Salisbury steak well-done. Then
the man who always must have more lobster.
"Goodmorning, goodafternoon, and goodeven-
ing! " again and again each day. My eyelids
flutter, open, and then close. Bright red lob-
sters rise from their white platters and step gin-
gerly along a pathway to the dining-room.
Fried clams waltz crisply behind, then halibut,
haddock and tuna swim lazily by in golden
parsley butter. Now the vegetable salads ap-
pear. Carrots tall and straight march along,
red tomatoes bounce merrily after and then
green lettuce comes crunching close behind.
'K Oh, yes, Goodevening, sir. Yes, it is a lovely
day for sailingf, Rattling silverware-clink-
ing ice glasses-swishing, swinging doors.
" One bacon and eggs Csunny-side-upj. Two
ham omelets. Coming uplv My head is
twirling - order slips, more order slips -
breakfast, luncheon, and dinner-oh-why
must people eat? My shoulder aches from
heavy trays, my arms are tired from pushing
door after door open. Couldn't I sleep-a
while-and forget this tiresome work, until
Ioline Wilson '46
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TO BE A SCHIAPERELLI HAT!
I wisl-I I could be a fascinating hat, well-
known as the " Wartime Creation " of the
unique i designer, Schiaperelli. l'd have a
fuchsia brim twelve inches wide, so that if it
rained my mistress could turn me down and let
the rain drip off. She could also turn me up
when the wind blew to give the hurricane effect
or use me for a shopping basket upon occasion.
On the crown, four inches high, l'd have a yel-
low nest with wine birds that would move their
heads to predict the weather. Oh, yes, I almost
forgot, I'd have a brilliant red feather that
would curve down around from my back to
my mistress's double chin.
To continue, I would like to be bought by
Mrs. Van Cherry Cherry. You know, one of
those fabulous hat lovers. The First day she
wore me, I know she would do the most
devastating thing. She would jab a pin right
into my back. I would get my revenge though.
While she was sitting with her admirer,
lid act just like a jumping box. I'd push my
luscious feather right into his handsome face
every time she turned around. I believe it
would irritate him so and he'd give her such
mortifying looks that even my gorgeous birds
If my mistress walked down the street,
all of the men would look at me with
disgust. I believe the critics would squeal too,
for I would be simply the cynosure of all eyes.
But I wouldn't mind.
lust being " me M isn't too bad, but oh, to be
a Schiaperelli hat!
Ieanne Robinson '48
I WISH I WERE
I wrsu I were a revolver. Now wait! Don't
get the idea that I want to kill peaceful ani-
mals. I certainly don't wish to be as ruthless
and cruel as that. I would like to be owned
by a man who would know how to use me
and care for me.
I wish to be a reliable and constant compan-
ion to my owner. Not a thing to be tucked
away and then to be brought out on special
occasions either as a show piece or to perform
some ignoble act, such as putting to rest an ever
faithful but old and useless animal. Neither
do I wish to be used merely for target practice.
Oh, horrible thought! Leave this for a revolver
with less high and ambitious ideas.
I wish to state here that I would have no part
in being the kind of revolver to be tucked under
a pillow by a squeamish old maid to be pulled
out at the slightest noise, with my owner's not
possessing the remotest idea of how to use me.
To belong to a cocky young swain is far from
my ambition too. I loathe the sight of young
fellows whose one idea with a revolver is to go
around shooting it hit-or-miss with no aim or
purpose-an idea probably picked up from the
Saturday night VVestern shows.
The policeman on the beat I should scorn as
readily as the others. How purposefully he
would carry me around, but how very seldom
Nct one of the above type of owners would
appcal to me. My mind runs on a much higher
level. I wish I were the most important of all
fire arms-the revolver of a professional
Doris Hardy '47
an SD,wuuLptiu.e new
fto Dickens' " Breaking of the Wine Cask "Q
SMALL weatherbeaten sailing vessel
which some minutes before had sev-
ered unseen away from its mooring, swung
around in the mid-day sun to suit the wind's
desire and clumsily gained momentum straight
toward the destitute district of the sea-port
town. Now it lay capsized, still trembling
from the shock of the crash, partly beneath an
old wooden dock, partly in the shadows of the
dingy warehouse and surrounding buildingsg
partly in the struggling sunlight, and partly
submerged in the polluted water. Its cargo of
fruit and merchandise was strewn everywhere,
balancing on and wedged among the splinted
wreckage: rolling on the dock in tar and
gravel, bobbing about at the surface of the
waterg and quite vast quantities of water-
soaked bakery products and fruit were netted in
the sails, half submerged beneath the water,
amid swarms of tiny minnows. This may have
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been the loot of some smugglers, but it made
very little difference to the inhabitants of this
At any rate the response came in great mul-
titudes, not unlike an immigration of rats. Per-
haps the first to respond had been the deadest
old "codger," the warehouse watchman, who
was startled from his doze atop the hogshead.
Yes, he got the first orange, but, close at his
heels, appeared whiskered men and haggard
women, dirty and ragged, followed by still more
destitute children, running, wailing, falling,
reaching, striving, and fighting, not as foes but
related strangers, crazed in greed. They clam-
bored and tumbled among the wreckage to get
the food, clung to the sail, and those who were
unfortunate were pushed into the water for
the sake of more room. Everything edible was
devoured-devoured clean from the obstruc-
tion it lay upon-and the " vermin " returned
to their ratholes, wondering if their beady eyes
would ever witness another feast. Certainly
the four who had not returned from the onrush
would not. Nevertheless, the watchman re-
sumed his doze contentedly, warmed by the
same sun that shines upon the rest of the world.
Richard Neil '47
THE OLD COUNTRY STORE
IT is Saturday evening and you enter the store
perhaps to get a loaf of bread and a spool of
thread or an ax handle. You lift the dilapi-
dated, weather-beaten latch and throw your en-
tire strength against the weighted door. It
slowly creeps open, then shuts as slowly 'as it
opens. You have entered. The air is a mixture
of tobacco smoke and the unique smell of the
new work clothes piled high upon the tables.
You wait in line for your turn, which may
come tonight and may not. Around the only
stove there are four men sitting, maybe you
know them. There are two oldish men sitting
near at hand, one on an unopened crate of
oranges, the other on a nail keg. They are
deep within their checker game. You get a loaf
of not too freshly made bread, then walk around
to the thread counter. The light is not good
over here. A bulb has been burned and no one
has replaced it. As you see this, you also notice
a spool of twine attached fast to the ceiling, bot-
tom side up, with the end of the twine run
through two or three pulleys to make it more
convenient for the storekeeper when he wraps
Here comes " Lye." He has one arm with a
hook in the end of it-that is why he works
here. You notice the graying waves of his hair
as he stoops to pull out the drawer of thread.
You want a certain shade of green. He has
four shades but not the right one. You choose
the nearest to the sample that you have. You
move slowly towards the door. The foggy
smoke swirls through to escape as you go out,
then slowly settles again as you latch the door.
Genella Moore '45
CHRISTMAS MORNING AT OUR HOUSE
CHRISTLIAS morning at our house is always a
delightful morning of madness. First comes
breakfast, which is enjoyed by none because of
too much candy eating before that hour.
After the biggest portion of the food has been
cleared away there is a wild scamper to the liv-
ing room. My younger cousins, never satisfied
with anything this early in the morning any-
way, are having a delightful quarrel with one
All this time Aunt Cora and mother are dec-
orating or undecorating the tree.
" VVell, I don't think that bell looks so well
way up on that branch as it does on this one,"
or " Cora, youire certainly not going to decorate
the top as much as you did last year, are you? "
Out in the dining room the men are still sit-
ting around the table telling " deer " stories.
No one believes them but they are interested
just the same. All this continues until the mid-
dle of the morning.
Then it happens. The room groans as its
furniture is torn and its rugs pushed up. What
a scramble to see what Santa Claus has brought!
The bedlam is quieted only when dinner is
served at twelve-thirty. Then all gather at the
table while father asks the blessing on our
Robert Suomi '47
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"PLL STAY IN MAINE "
You suggested that I should come to the city
and find work and share your apartment. Sure,
I bet I could find a job with good wages in no
time at all, but I can't leave Maine. You see,
Maine is my home, always has been. I was
born here and have always lived here. No, I
could never stay away from Maine for long.
I'd miss the early morning's sun streaming in
the window while I gulped down my break-
fast. And after a busy day I'd like to see the
redness of the sky in the west as old "Sol,'
sinks to rest behind the mountains. What
would I do if I had to see your gray, smoke-
filled skies whenever I glanced out of the win-
dows, instead of our blue skies and forest-cov-
And there is the matter of the 'A great out-
doors." In the winter there are weekends on
the farm skiing, and the skating parties, and
waking up on a cold, frosty morning to see
everything covered with a fresh white blanket
of snow. I would miss the night breeze that
rustles over the meadow in the summer, the fire-
flies winking and flirting. with one another.
No, thank you, maybe I'll come for a short
visit with you until I get tired of the noise and
humdrum of the city. Then Iill come back to
the quietness of Maine, my home.
Marie Lugar '47
AT the foot of a hill by the shore of a peace-
ful lake is Grandfather's summer camp nestled
in a grove of pine trees. This log camp of
Grandfather's has an oversized living-room de-
signed just as he wanted it with model sail-
boats, stuffed animals and of course numerous
pairs of antlers mounted on the knotty pine
walls. The old-fashioned fireplace is made from
rocks that Grandfather has gathered from here
and there. Iust point to any stone in the fire-
place and he can tell you just where it came
from. On the mantelpiece above the fireplace
are several quaint objects that Grandfather is
quite proud of. There is an odd pair of hand
carved black-walnut candlesticks, and a very
old pewter coffee-pot. Over in the corner by
the window stands an old " grandfather " clock
that solemnly ticks the hours by. And of
course Grandfather's camp wouldn't be com-
plete without an overstuffed barrel-chair by the
reading table where he can sit enjoying his
pipe, and read the latest 'K Hunting and Fish-
ing." Ioyce Foss '46
A GENTLEMAN of elephantine proportions
came rolling down the street like a lugger un-
der full sail. His flaming red face was nearly
submerged in the enveloping fat about his
shoulders. A shiny black derby was perched
at a precarious angle on his head. Over his
enormous frame was stretched a black, well-
groomed suit, looking as if it would burst its
seams at the slightest provocation. In one ham-
like fist was clutched a stout cane that bent
alarmingly whenever he imposed his weight
upon it. Now and then as he braked to a halt
in front of store windows, he would tap his cane
nervously on the pavement.
George Greenwood '47
REPORTS FROM READING DAYS-
PRO AND CON
I enjoyed the essay Time to Light the Fur-
nace by Christopher Morley. The author's
writings are humorous and rather true to life.
I like writings that are funny, especially during
war time. We need something to take our
minds 03 our troubles.
Wilma Kyes '45
reading Walt Whitman's
the Learn'd Astronomer,
Noiselefs Patient Spider.
These showed his feelings for Nature and the
last one had a spiritual quality.
Pauline Phillips '45
I also enjoyed
When I Heard
Miracles, and A
VVhat little I read in Iohn Broufn's Body soon
convinced me to stop. I think it was written
for older people. On the other hand, Edgar
Allan Poe's The Raven is very readable, Words
within a line often rhyme giving it a swinging
melody. The poem is easily understood. The
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book The Delaware gives an exact account of
life along that river - simple facts that are
often humorous. Examples: "Gangsters held
a healthy hatred for each other " and " The
police force realizing the hopelessness of inter-
fering had hastily moved off to patrol the most
distant section of their district."
Maurice Walker '45
I read The Devil ana' Daniel Webster by
Stephen Vincent Benet. It was interesting and
on the weird side. Although it is highly
imaginative, it shows you how the people of
New Hampshire worshipped Daniel Webster
and had faith to believe he could do anything,
even prevent that most dreaded misfortune, the
foreclosure of a mortgage.
lean Carter '45
I chose In Schoolday: by Iohn Greenleaf
Whittier and enjoyed it much. I found it
quite typical of today. An example of its time-
lessness is the carvings and drawing on the
desks. We are reminded nearly every day by
our teachers to watch our pencils. Another
example was the little girl and boy romance.
He uses some very picturesque description too
as in the first stanza:
Still sits the schoolhouse by the road,
A ragged beggar sunning,
Around it still the sumachs grow,
The blackberry vines are creeping.
After reading this poem I feel quite sure I
should like to read more of Whittier.
Pauline Berry '45
VVe read parts of three works by Washington
Irving. I didn't like any of them. There was
too much description and too little action for
me. As the period ended, we were starting on
Mark Twain's About Barbers, which seemed
George Besson '45
Shirley O'Donal read aloud to our group.
She read My Financial Career by Stephen Lea-
cock, A Tulip Garden by Amy Lowell, Nature?
Friend by William Davies, and Miracles by
Walt Whitman, which I liked best. He brings
out the working people, and their happiness,
as in I Hear America Singing. He tells of how
he thinks the trees, the ocean and the people
and their work are like miracles. I like Walt
Whitman more every time I read one of his
Vivien Bachelder '46
The Devil and Tom Walker by Irving is
based on a story said to have taken place in
Boston about 1727. The story is largely legend
and is extremely good reading. The author is
rather " long winded " in respect to long sen-
tences and description, but he writes vividly
making Tom, his wife, and the " Black Woods-
man " very real. Anyone who likes to read
legends of early days will find this such as he'll
Ruth Gile '46
As I finished reading Alexander Pushkin's
beloved poem Autumn, I acquired a sincere ap-
preciation for Russian writers. They have
breathed into their writings their frustrated
hopes and prayers from long years of oppression
and hardship. Only since Russia's recent
awakening have her poets injected any humor
into their writing. This Russian autumn is
typical of any autumn-the frozen road, the
last lingering leaf and frozen pond could be our
own American autumn.
Glennis York '46
The short story which I read and greatly en-
joyed was The Naughty Boy by Anton Chekov,
one of Russia's best known writers. I enjoyed
this because it wasn't the typical story of gloom
and misery but a truthful and human story
about a courted young lady's little brother-a
subject of universal and fervent interest.
Chekov has pictured the extortionate little ras-
cal who will be recognized by practically every
big sister and prospective brother-in-law in this
wide world. In the end he is justly punished,
and the story concludes with the lovers pulling
the scoundrel's ears.
Robert Masterman '46
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WHAT THE IDYLL OF "LANCELOT
AND ELAINE " HAS MEANT TO ME
THE idyll " Lancelot and Elaine " has meant
several things to me. The most outstanding
one is the fact that love is not to be taken and
used as a joke because it can have a sad ending.
There is also the fact that loyalty to one's mas-
ter or duty in life comes first and loyalty to
love next as shown by the ending of " Lancelot
and Elaine." I also enjoyed reading some of
the experiences one has to go through some-
times. I also recall the fact that reputation, if
it is strong and clean, can aid one very much
in his life.
Everett Newell '47
MY BIGGEST PROBLEM
My biggest problem has followed me all the
way from my first year of grade school to my
fourth year in high school, this problem is
All of my teachers have had a hand in try-
ing to teach me to read-with no success. I
can tell how to pronounce about as many hard
words as most students, but when it comes to
reading them right off, I have to hesitate be-
tween every word or two and look at them a
few seconds before I can find out what they
This problem holds me back in school work
and also cuts out much entertainment, because
I don't get all of the books and magazines read
that I would like to if I could read them in less
I-Ierbert Cohoon '45
-Is Ah, Yes, These Women!
My biggest problem is one that has stumped
experts and morons alike, made life miserable
for rich and poor, and has classified itself as a
nuisance. My problem-you,ve guessed it-
I find that I don't understand them. One
day they will be as friendly as a puppy, the
next, they'll give you such an icy look even a
dog would feel low. Ah, yes, these women!
What makes them " tick "P
I've often wondered if they have hearts.
They never show it. They're either gabbing
about someone else or snooping around to get
the lowdown on them. Then too, if they meet
the one they're talking about, they're as friendly
as a cat full of warm milk. Are they human?
You can't expect to get a date unless you're a
Charles Atlas with a Boyer profile. What do
they want? And what do they find in the
anemic " swooner-crooner "F
lt's often been said and repeated that " you
can't live with them and you can't live without
them." What chance has a guy like me to
Iohn Gagne ,45
by Pearl Buck
THE story began in the home of Ling Tan,
an average, peaceful Chinese farmer and his
family. By this time the cruel invader Iapan
was known and talked of in even the remotest
countrysides of China's good earth. The valor
and hope of these people was backed by an in-
tent belief in-The Promise-of the men of
K' Ying l' and " Mei ', fGreat Britain and Amer-
icaj to send help to them. They lived by this
Nearly all the narrative was woven around
Lao San, the third son of Ling Tan fand the
most adventurousj who was with the Chinese
Army, Mayli, a modern Chinese girl who
grew up in Mei and understood their ways,
and the love of the two for each other and their
Hght for China.
The story of the Chinese-American and
British fight against the Iaps in Burma was told
in facts more accountable than any war news
in the daily papers at the time of the Burmese
push. Men and women steadily trudging over
the long, winding Burma road, meeting a hope-
less battle, but never once stopping, created a
story that made me wish we could help China
even more. China's courage persevered even
after " the promise " was broken and forgotten.
The author, Pearl Buck, was born into an
American missionary - to China - family.
She lived a great many years in China,-even
learning to speak Chinese before learning her
'A' LAUREL 'A'
native tongue, English. All of Pearl Buck's
writings are excellent examples of the principle
that an author must write about what he knows.
Pearl Buck's " The Good Earth " won her the
Nobel prize. Her manner of writing is out-
standingly sincere, with a slight Havor of Bibli-
cal style. Above all, China is exactly as Pearl
Buck presents it. She deftly takes you into
Ling Tan's household, with its trials, changing
with the seasons, and its earthiness. This story
brings China and America to a closer under-
standing and sympathy. I highly recommend
" The Promise."
Marie Iohnson '47
PATTERN OF MY MIND
I want to be a poet,
To play with thoughts,
Turning them into golden words,
Brim full of sentimentg
Giving common deeds,
Their moment of transient glory.
Letting the white sheets of paper,
Show the pattern of my mind,
Somber or gay-
It matters not what mood.
To have beautiful phrases
Drop from my pen
As drops the silvery rain.
Is this Ambition-
To be a poet and perhaps have
One slender volume
For all this hard work?
Mavis Grant '46
Love, they always tell us,
Accounts for all our woes,
For all my idiosyncrasics - - -
- - - - I'm the one who knows.
I saw him coming toward me
One morning bright in May,
In turned-up trouser legs of blue
And coat of light twilled gray.
My first impression was that he
Was cocky and high-strung-
But who was I to know
That my hrst love afIair'tl begun.
We've fought, we've laughed, we've whimpered,
Over childish little sports,
Like blonde and curly-headed boys,
With notions of all sorts.
If trouble does not interfere
With love in any way,
I think " this love " that I have met
Is really here to stay.
Barbara Ialbert '45
Long, long, ago
When our country was young,
In some forms of government
We had no tongue.
But we did build a church
And a school was madeg
And this was when really
The foundation was laid.
A little log school house
Was built in a clearing,
And it wasn't very long
Before children were appearing.
One thing they learned
In this little log school-
The words from the Bible
Called the " Golden Rule."
And fine men and women
The schoolmasters made,
For in this log school
Our foundation was laid.
For it was these children
Of past generations,
Who made us a place
Among the other great nations.
Madeline Williams '46
THE STOUT DAM
As I step along the singing dam,
That Nature has built for use,
To walk by the wild and foaming blue,
Gushing on and over the sluiceg
And when I stand on the slippery edge,
VVhere the water is very low,
Thinking of what it has withstood,
As the years both come and gog
The dam stands out in my memoryg
But the maps-they never show,
How the ponds of old New Vineyard
Flow down to the rivers below.
I fear not that the dam will wear,
With the wind and the rain and the storm,
For it is made of granite rock,
That defies both change and form.
Beatrice Enman '45
AFTER CLOSING HER TYPEWRITER
Q Robert Frost style,
My large oak desk is covered still,
And there are letters that I did not finish
Upon it, and there may be one or two
Envelopes yet to be addressed.
For I am done with oflice work for now.
The quiet of deserted rooms hovers there still,
The quiet of sleep: I am drowsing off.
I cannot forget the awe which I felt
On First seeing hundreds of envelopes to be addressed
Stencils to be cut, letters to be typed.
But I am nearly asleep now
And I know of what my dreams will be made:
Magnified letters, stacks and stacks,
Large envelopes, small envelopes,
Addressed and unaddressed,
But all to be filled.
My fingers still feel the pressure of my pen,
The smooth, cool keys of my typewriter,
The sharp, straight edges of letters to be folded.
For I have spent much time
On letter writing-I am over-tired.
There were nine thousand envelopes to address,
Carefully fill and lay aside
To be tied for the mail.
For all which were not neat and correct
At once fell into the wastebasket.
You can see what troubles my sleep-
Perhaps on his cushion beside the hearth
My kitten also dreams of work,
Of mice that were caught, of mice which escaped,
And of mice yet to be caught. I wonder.
Alice Skwara '45
ANSWER TO COFFIN'S " AMERICA
WAS SCHOOLMASTERS "
America is factories,
America is trains,
Assembly lines with planes growing,
And golden Western grains.
America is foundries,
Workers in masses,
Corner drug store and high school,
Where once were grasses.
America is fighting men,
With loved ones at home,
But America ir school teachers
From Maine to Western foam.
They guide us through the haze,
And pray we may be great,
School days too soon are over-
We know not of our fate.
George Besson '45
I love to see the springtime
When all the sky is blue.
I love to see the country lanes
Covered with misty dew.
I love to see the flowers
VVhile blooming in the light,
I love to see the petals fold
When the day becomes a night.
I love to see the rain
And after that the sung
It always seems to me
That life has just begun.
Lois Nichols '47
Across the white canopied forest,
The northern trapper trudges,
Each step forming a crisscross pattern
In the soft, light snow.
He knows his land: the lakes,
Each stream, each hill, every mountaing
He is king of his great wooded paradise.
Cold and frosty breezes nip
Against his sturdy, strong body.
He knows the cold, clean, tang of the
Sparkling, silver ground as it rushes to
Him from every direction.
The pine and fir and cedar blend into
The frosty air.
His breath twists out before him
In a crooked, smoky path.
Now he stoops at a trap
Finding a large brown beaver waiting for him,
In his awkward way he stumbles
Through his awful kingdom
From trap to trap.
He loves his work, he knows his strength,
A mighty trapper is he.
Ioline Wilson '46
Four things a student should learn to do
If he wants to tease his teachers true:
To chew gum very thoroughly,
To whisper to his classmates merrily,
To wiggle in his seat most terribly,
To trust his luck and act unbearably.
Herbert Cohoon '45
it Member - Left Iune 12, 1938
'I' Member - Left April 6, 1943
S. Peter Mills Ir.
Iames Young Ir.
A. Thomas Clark
Iames Conway '
G. Tyler Currier Ir.
M. Haldon Lovejoy
Melvin Pri", le
G. Flint Taylor
W. Earl Hennings
Robert McLeary Ir.
C. Eastman Sawyer
C. Robert Tyler
W. Edward Callahan
G. Alden Littlefield
E. Dalton Hardy
Iohn Linscott Ir.
C. Robert Pinkham
F. Carlton Wade
Lemert VVade Ir.
G. Raymond Chittick
George Colburn 1'
Warren Foss 1942
Roland Hackett Ir.
R.. Stewart Whittier
Lawrence Barker - Coast Guard
Ellsworth Barry Ir. - Army
Carroll Collins - Army
Wendell Collins - Army
Erwin Currier - Navy
T. Earle Foster - Army
Robert Foster - Army
Harold Grant - Army
Ralph Gray - Army
Gordon Gould - Navy
Margaret Hamlin - Army Nurse
Arlo Hennings - Army
Maurice Lane - Army
Frederick Lovejoy - Navy
Robert Marquis - Army
Walter Masterman -- Army
Aletha Porter - Wacs
Carroll Sprague - Army
Gale Webber - Army
Helen Whitney - Waves
Edward Dingley - Army
Earl Ellsworth - Army
Francis Gagne - Army
Frederick Hall - Army
Glenn Heath - Army
Albert Henderson Ir. - Navy
Paul Hodgkins - Army
Richard Iones - Army
Chester Keene - Army
Maurice Kennedy - Army
George Morrill- Army
Willis Olson - Army
Richard Pinkham - Navy
Stanley Robash - Army
Edward Simpson - Navy
Charles Sinskie Ir. - Army
Dudley Stewart - Navy
Lawrence Wheeler - Army
Missing in action
Harland Bryant - Army
Colby Chandler - Marines
Donald Collins - Navy
Harold Farmer - Navy
Naomi Farmer - Spars
Norman Foss - Navy
Iohn Hagerstrom - Navy
Philip Hoyt- Marines
Kenneth Hunt - Army
Howard Iackson - Navy
Harold Iudkins - Army
Earl Knapp - Navy
Robert Luger - Army
Donald Lunny - Army
Maynard Phillips - Army
Robert Richards -- Army
Russell Robbins - Army
Edward Robinson - Army
Cecil Sawtelle - Army
Fred Simpson - Army
Robert Starbird - Army
Carroll Vining - Army
Carlton Walker - Army
Herbert Wave - Navy
Robert Wells - Army
George Whitcher - Army
Thomas Adams - Maritime Academy
Richard Austin - Navy
Albert Bergeron - Navy
Charles Besson - Merchant
Earl Bosworth - Army
Glendon Croswell - Army
Herbert Davis - Navy
Carl Durrell - Army
Bernard Goding - Army
Richard Higgins - Army
Raymond Hiltz - Navy
Gordon Hunt- Army
Everett Kennison - Army
Carroll McGary - Navy
I. Edgar Paradis - Army
Donald Parlin - Navy
Herbert Parlin - Navy
Robert Parlin - Navy
Maurice Paul- Navy
Robert Pinkham - Navy
Robert Stevens - Navy
Neal Tardy - Navy
Ronald Wade - Navy
Iames VVaugh - Navy
Louis Wright - Army
Stanley Compton - Navy
Frank Dingley - Army
E. Vernon Gray - Army
Reino Hill - Army
Clarence Hiscock - Navy
Richard Hobbs - Navy
Carlton McGary - Navy
Mahlon Moore - Army
Nelson Paradis - Army
Erland Rackliffe - Army
Frederick Rollins - Army
Donald VVells - Army
Lawrence Wright- Army
Virginia Ashley - Colby
lane Austin -U. of Maine
Mary Barker - Boston
Avis Carter - Coburn's Mill
Mabelle Comstock -Chadbourne's Mill,
Barbara Day-U. of Maine
Vance Dearborn-U. of Maine
Caroline Dingley-C. M. G.
Pauline Frost -Working in Boston
Beverly Green-F. H. S., P. G.
Eleanor Hammond-Me. School of Com.
Claire Hiscock-Working in Portland
Loraine Hosmer -Cadet Nurse
Esther Hoyt-U. of Maine
Gloria Ialbert - Magoni's
lean Linscott-F. S. N. S.
Barbara McManus-N. E. Furn. Co.
Dorothy Newcomb-At home
Mary Pinkham-U. of Maine
lean Robinson -F. S. N. S.
Ella Mae Sawyer-At Forster Mfg. Co.
Doris Stanley-U. of Maine
Ienny Mae Stevens-F. S. N. S.
Ioanne Stewart-F. S. N. S.
Eleanor Tozier-VVorking in Washington
Lucille Tuttle -Colby
Shirley XVebber-Working in Rhode Island
Flora Wells-VVorking in Lisbon
Marion Wheeler-U. of Maine
Edith YVhittier - Campbell's
Alice Adams-Me. Gen. Hosp., Portland
Carlene Ames-C. M. G. Hosp.
Betty Alexander - Bath
Roberta Barker - Nation-wide
Verne Craig - Burdett
Glenn Cutler-Machine Shop
Geneva Dill-Laselle Ir. College
Eunice Hammond-U. of Maine-
Phyllis Harris - Brackley's
Mildred Heath - Married
Iayne Hodgkins-Me. Gen. Hosp., Portland
Euleta Kennedy- Married
Dorothy Locklin-At home in Turner
Ruth Metcalf-Morton Motor Co.
Patricia Mosley - Married
Virginia Pinkham - Married
Madeline Pond -A. 8c P.
Margaret Preble -U. of Maine
Thelma Pressey-Forster Mfg. Co.
Mary Russell-Nurse at Newburyport
Eletrice Stewart-Tarbox Sc Whittier's
Laila VVave-Working in Springfield, Mass.
Virginia VVells - Married
Earl Wilbur - Coca-Cola Bottling Plant,
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