Farmington High School - Laurel Yearbook (Farmington, ME)

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IQ The Laurel Board 52 Farmington School T219 Ll11fl1'Q Publislwd by The Laurel Board of Farlnington High School Farmington, Mai11e E ditor-i n-ch icf . Photography and Art Editors . . Alumni Editors Literary Editors . Business Managers A ssista 71 ts Class Editors ' Senior Iunior Sophomore Fresh man . Sch ool Calendar Typists ssi s ta 71 ts Exchanges . . The Laurel Board Avis Hopkins Verna Luce Ieanette XVaite Peggy lohnson Iohn Hodgkins Roderick Dyer Sylvia Hodgkins Diane Butler Barbara Crosby Blaine Robinson Arnold Akerley Sally Dingley Iudith Flint Stewart Goodwin Betty Ladd Dorothy Nottage David Luce Gearry Ranger Hazel Bosworth Sylvia Hodgkins Betty Metcalf Roberta Porter Goldena Thomas, Carolee Stewart Roderick Dyer Faculty .flduisor--Mrs. Marion Bryant E ,s With grateful acknowledgement we dedicate this issue of the " Laurel " to Mr. Leslie WVhitte1nore, who during his five years here has been a successful teacher, friendly home room advisor and inspiring dramatics coach. , DEDIC TI l :Si--I Supcrin- Arthur Grccn, I S tin nd Librarian, Charles Diehl, Principal and La 21 Bryant, linglixh Mrs. Ma riun ancl Math Science Goulll, Richard lo right .' d Neff tc' Sm S. ramatic I7 cl 311 Social Stuclics, Engl 511, ttcmorc, 'h VK csl ic L uclicsg Smlial SK cl Principal, Guirlancc, a n ss slant A ccfl , Walter R Secretary kins, Per rs. Leone M tcmlcnt Ed. Crozier, Ph y. Howard Y , Ph hcrts, and Coach: . Ed. 6 Ro Mary Louis Trcusurcr Sc hool 1: z: CV E U i. U E E c C 5 m x. S E C C T 'A E if U E E C U 2 aa 03 5 E 55 I R 93 Q 5. Marion Math, cry m li Theodore and English, Dorothy Saywa ral , French F5 M trial Amp Indus annaford, H fctcriag Franklin scott, Home Fc. and Ca Lin is rv .C E- :Z :- E .c U Ed c O E 11 and Guidance. rds, English, Scicncc, Ed wa Cl SS ection Class Officers Kneeling Uvff to rigbfl: W. Diehl '5-4, president: D. Ferrari '52, presidentg G. Wehber '55, presi- dentg D. Luce '53, president. Serond row: I. Morrill '53, secretary: E. Hawes '52, secretary: I. Welch '54, treasurer: A. Stewart '55. secretary: M. Cochran '55, treasurer: G. Wescutt '54, secretary: I. Howatt '5-l, vice president. Thirn' row: P. XVebber '53, treasurer: I. Gay '55, vice president: A. Lambert '52, treasurer: A. Smith '52. vice president: R. Dyer '55. vice president. 3' Q' Q. CLASS OFFICERS DAVID ARTHUR FERRARI College If you mmf kill time, work it to rleurh. Class Vice President 2, Class President 3-4, Band l-2-3--l, "Laurel " Board 2-S. Comment: Zealous liLIZABETH ANN I-IAWES College " Cr qu' on rlifferr est a rlemi l'OIIlf7l!.n " What one puts all is half uhana'one1l." Basketball l-2-3. Field Hockey 2-3, Captain -l. Student Coun- cil I. Orchestra 1-2-3--l, Girls Choir 1-2-3-4, Mixed Choir 1-2-3-4, Senior Play Cast Ll, Oliice Girl 3, Cheerleader 2-3-4, New England Concert Festival 2-3--l, I7.A.R. Candidate -l. Comment: Industrious STUDENT COUNCIL IUDITH PRENTICI2 FLINT College "'Wht11! fhrrz' whole days of zmziringl " Girls Choir l-2-3--l, Mixed Choir 2-3--l, Cheerleader I-2- 3--l, One Act Plays I-3. Secre- tary of Student Council 'l, "Laurel " Board -l. Senior Play Cast fl. I7.A.R. Candidate -l. Softball I, Class Secretary 2-5. Vice President. G..-LA. I. Comment: Intense LAURIS MILNBR BAILEY College Irllr huna',v im- the tool: of rhr devil! Art I-2-5--l, lntra-mural Bas- ketball I-2-5--l. Track -l. Win- ter Sports -l, Student Council -l. Senior Play Cast' -l. Comment: Waggisli Class of 1052 ALAN LAURISTON SMITII Industrial The journey of iz zhouxuud miles lu-gin: wilh one sl:-p. Vice President 1-3--l. Baseball l-2-5--l. Football -l, Basketball I-2-3. Comment: Lackadaisical A RTHU R LAFOREST LAMBERT Industrial A man of word: mul noi of 110:-11: ix like rr gfzrrleu full of wenlx. Art 1-4, Band 2-3, Treasurer -l, One Act Play 1, Mixed Choir l. Intra-mural Basketball I-2-3-4. Orchestra 1-2. Comment: Constant NADINE FOLGER College Brtfrr io do ir Ihrm wish it done. Student Council 2-3, Treasurer -l, " Laurel " Board 1-3. Fair Booth -I, One Act Plays I-3--l, Cheerleader I-2-3, Public Speak- ing 2, Carnival Queen Candi- date l, Senior Play Cast -l. Comment: Persistent CHARLES COURSEN MURRAY College The only time you m11sm'1 fail 1..f the hut time you try. One Act Plays I-3, I.V. Basket- ball l-2, Class President l, Student Council 2-3, Vice Pres- ident 4, Senior Play Cast -l. Manager of Ski Team 4. " Laurel " Board 3. Comment: Adroit DAVID LEWIS BOSWORTI-I Industrial No time is lfeing wasted while making n real friend. N.S.H.S.: One Act Play 1. Basketball I, Baseball l. F.H.S.: Public Speaking 3-4, Art 2-3-4. Senior Play Cast 4, Football 2, Basketball 2-3. Comment: Persuasive I-IAZEL MILDRED BOSWORTH Commercial Love is loz'e's reward. Class Secretary 3. "Cinderella " 3, Softball 2. " Laurel " Board 4, Mrs. Bryant's Secretary 4. Senior Play Program Commit- tee 4, Carnival Queen Camli- date 4. Comment: Conscientiuus THEODORE HERBERT BRADLEY Industrial In smooth wafer Gorl help mc! In rough water I will help myself. Football I-2-3. Basketball I-2-3. Track 1-2-4, VVinter Sports I-2, Interclass Basketball 1-2-3. Comment: Pensive KENNETH ALBION CHURCHILL Industrial Hear one man before you answer: hear several heforc you rlecule. Class Flower and Motto Com- mittee 1. Comment: Prudent DORIS LILLIAN CONLEY Commercial There is nothing worlh the wear of winning Bur laughter and love of friends. Camden: Basketball 1. Field Hockey I, F.H.A. I. F.H.S.: Field Hockey 2-3-4, F.I'I.A. 2-3-4, Fair Booth 3-4, Art 2-3--l, Interclass Basketball 2-3-4. Comment: Generous BARBARA IANE CROSBY College I say harsh things soothingly. " Barker " Exchange Editor 5, "Laurel " 3-4, Field Hockey 2-5-4, Girls Choir 1-2-3-4, Mixed Choir -l, Senior Play Cast 4, Basketball I-2-3-4, Softball 3--l, One Act Play I. Comment: Determined FREDA ALTHEA FARRINGTON College " Maybe" is very well, but "must is masler." Softball 2, Field Hockey 2, Basketball 3, Art 2-3-4. G.A.A. 1, Fair Booth I-2-3-4. Comment: Patient BARBARA MAY COVE General Being busy gives her pleasure. Lewiston: Basketball I-2-3, Softball l-2-3, Tennis 2, Art Club 3, Graduation Usher 3, Concessions 2-3, Minstrel I-2-3, Choral I-2-3. F.H.S.: Basketball 4, School Paper 4, Softball 4. Comment: Active CLARE RALPH GREENLAW Industrial The Gods hmr nu-n's hnmls hcjore their lips. Track l-2-4, Basketball I-2-3-4, Football I-2-3-4. Comment: Variable GLENNYS ALVERNA HALEY Commercial All who know their own minds do not know lheir own hrurrs. Fair Booth 2-3-4. Comment: Reticent VELORA MEDEA HARRIS College In the lips of him that hath nnrhrrsinmling, wisdom is found: hut a roa' is for thc' bark of him that is void of unr1'crsfumling. Oflice Girl 3, Usher at Senior Play 4. ' Comment: Earnest PHILLII' HERVEY HOBBS Industrial Have faith in lcsns and e'fc'rlml life is yours. Football 2-3, Co-Captain 4, AFI 4. Track 2-3-4, Basketball 3-4. Comment: Agreeable IOHN ELLIOTT I-IODGKINS College lmlge I1 man hy his qursfions rather Ihun his answers. Baseball I-2-4, Class 'Treasurer 2, "Laurel " Board 4. Basket- ball 2-3-4. Comment: Candid SYLVIA MAE HODGKINS Commercial Quicrndc is the most profitable of things. " Laurel " Board 3-4, Office Girl 4, Iunior Dance Committee 3, Senior Play Program Commit- tee 4. Comment: Intellectual VERNON ALBERT HODGKINS Industrial A fool demands mnvh, but hc's a grealer fool that gives if. Track I-2-3-4, Baseball 3-4, Intra-mural Basketball 3-4. Comment: Mischievous AVIS HELEN HOPKINS Home Economics Honor and profil lic not all in one sack. "Laurel " Board 3-4, Fair Booth 4, Field Hockey Manager 4. Comment: Reserved PEGGY LOU IOI-INSON Commercial Light heart li1'z'.f long. Class Treasurer 1, " Laurel " Board 3-4, Secretary G.A.A. 1. Girls Choir 1-2-3-4, Cheer- leader 1-2-3, Carnival Queen 2, Mixed Choir 2-3-4, D..-LR. Candidate 4. Comment: Imaginative GLENDA MAE LAMKIN College The wixhed-for rome: too lair. Class Treasurer 3. " Laurel " Board 3. " Barker " Staff 3, Girls Choir I-2-3-4. Mixed Choir 2-3-4, Orchestra 3-4. Band 3-4. Ofhce Girl 3. Carni- val Queen Candidate 3. Comment: Creative IULIANNE NVHITON LINCOLN General This lmxy ruorlfl and I will nruer agree. Field Hockey 4, Basketball 4, Art' 2-3-4, Softball 4. Senior Play Make-up Committee 4. Comment: Sportive VERNA IOSEPHINE LUCE College Om' who does not make any mistalqes, doe: not usually make anything. Softball 1-2-3-4, Basketball I-2- 3-4. Field Hockey 2-3-4, Cheer- leader 4, Fair Booth l-2-3-4. Art l-2-3-4, " Laurel " Board 4. Comment: Athletic ELIZABETH NETTIE. METCALF Commercial Of all had things lvy which nmnlqind are t'lll'.f8!1, Their own had temper: surely are the worst. Softball 2-3-4, Music 1. Art I-2-3-4, F.H.A. 1, " Laurel " Board 4, Basketball 2-3-4, One Act Play 1, Field Hockey 2-3-4. Comment: Keen ARTHUR HOWVARD MITCHELL Industrial When preparation meet: op- portunity it ix called luck. Baseball 1-2-3-4, Track 4. In- tra-mural Basketball 3-4. Comment: Eager YVAYNE LOUIS MOWATT Industrial I exprct that woman will he Ihr last thing civilised lwy man. Edward Little: Band I. Or- chestra l, Skiing 1. Woodstock: Orchestra l, Base- ball I. F.H.S.: VVinter Sports 2-3-4. Band 3-4, Football 3, Intra- mural Basketball I-2-3-4. Comment: Sports-loving LORAINE HANNAI-I NIES Industrial Plan not for gain, but sport. Who plays for more than he can lose with frleasflrr :takes his heart. Softball 1-2-3. Basketball 3. Captain 4, Art 2-3-4, Field Hockey Manager 4. Comment: Agile FRANCENA MAY OSBORNE College Siill achieving, still pursuing, Learn io labor and to wait. Field Hockey 3-4, Softball 3. Comment: Subdued FRED LEON PILLSBURY Industrial He that serve: Iwo 77lG5ft'l',f ha: to lie to one of them. Basketball I-2-3, Co-Captain 4, Baseball 1-2-3-4, Football 3. Comment: Sprightly GEORGE THEODORE PILLSBURY College This life will .roon he past: only whatlr done for Christ will last. Basketball I-2-3, Co-Captain 4, Track 4, Baseball 2-3-4. Stu- dent Librarian 4, " Barker " Staff 2. Comment: Composed ROBERTA LOIS PORTER Commercial Herclr to it and from it, Here's to it again. If you rlolft do if When you gel io if. You may nn-'er gc! to it To do il again. F.H.A. 1. Otiice Girl I, Orches- tra I-2-3, Fair Booth -l. Ac- companist Mixed Choir I-2-3, Accompanist Girls Choir I-2-3, Usher to Three One Act Plays I. Prompter Senior Class Play -l. "Laurel " Board -1. Comment: Hilarious ELIZABETH ADA ROBBINS Home Economics Undertake no more than you ran prdorm. Fair Booth 3--I, Graduation Usher 3, Senior Play Ticket Committee -l. Comment: Amiable BLAINE PRILAY ROBINSON Commercial Opportunity and duty are tu-'insi Shirlq either and you have neiiher. Winter Sports I-2, One Act Play 1, " Laurel " Board 3-4, Business Manager Senior Play 4 Comment: Engaging DAVID ALFRED RUSSELL Industrial If is impossible for a man who attempts to do many things, to do them all well. St. Mary's: Public Speaking l. Brookling: Arco Club 2-3. Comment: Perspicacious MERLE HARVEY SMITH ' Industrial Seek not to please the worlfl, but your own conscience. Band 2-3, Football I-2-3, Co- Captain -l. Comment: Affable DIANNE PATRICIA SOULE College Wlien 11 thing rz'u.rc's to be tr .mlljccv of ronfrwerxy, it ceases to be u :ubjcct of inrcl'c.rt. Girls Choir I-2-3-4. Mixed Choir I-2-3-4. F.I-I.A. 1. Fair Booth 3-4, Newspaper Staff 4, Art I-2-3-4. Public Speaking 3-4. Field Hockey 3-4. Comment: Diligent RACHEL LEA STEVENS Home Economics The temple' of our purest . thonghrr is silrlrrr. Winthrop: Glee Club I. F.H.S.: Art 2-3-4, Girls Choir 2-3, Fair Booth 4. Comment: Serene CAROLEE NADINE STENVART Commercial All are nur nwrry that Ifrlllfl' Iighfly. F.H.A. I, Softball 2-3. Fair Booth 3-4, Oiiice Girl 4. Girls Choir I. "Laurel " Board 4. Comment: Lively HARRIET ANN STURTEVANT College I'Il prom- more frm' llmn thou' who burr more running fo be srnnzgr. One Act Plays I-2, Cheerleader I-2-3-4. Winter Sports I-2-3-4. F.H.A. 3-4. Field Hockey -l. Senior Play Cast 4. Fair Booth 4, Girls Choir 2-3-4. Mixed Choir 4. Art I-2-3-4. Comment: Felicitous GOLDENA MAE 'THOMAS Conunercial I like writing with ll pm- roclqlv quill, Iwcuzrm- its feathers are 1111 eyes. Field Hockey 2. Art 3-4, Oliice Practice 3-4, Senior Play Cast 4, Interelass Basketball 4, " Laurel" Board 4. Comment: Gleeful ALBION FLOYD TRACY Industrial Where you l'tIlI,f :limb over you muxt creep under. Art I-4. Comment: Placid DONALD KEITH TURNER College Lvl every man do what he wa: marie for. Senior Play Cast 4, Football I-2-3-4, Art 3-4, Winter Sports 2-3g Co-Captain 4, Track 3-4, Class President 2. Student Council Treasurer 3, One Act Plays 1-3-43 Interclass Basket- ball I-2-3-4. Comment: Undisturbed II3ANIiT'l'I2 ELVA WAITIE Home Economics Never :Invert your own line of talent. Basketball 3-4, Girls State 3, Softball 2. Art I-2-4, News- paper 3-4. Comment: Artistic VVAL'l'liR EUGENE VVIQBBIQR Industrial Learn right at the outset not to play with the spoon before you take the medicine. Put- ting off an easy tiling malqes it lmrd, and putting off rt hard one makes it impossible. Arr 2-3. - Comment: Tranquil Class Oflicers Freshman Iunior President .............. ...,.....,............. C harles Murray Vice President ...... Secretary . ...........,, Treasurer ...... , ......... Student C onneil ,...., .....,, Sophomore Alan Smith Iudith Flint Peggy Iohnson Elizabeth Hawes President ,......... ....., .,.... D o nald Turner Vice President .... Secretary ........ Treasurer .,.......,..,.,. David Ferrari Iudith Flint Iohn Hodgkins Student Council ....... ....,,. C harles Murray Class Flower Class Colors Class Motto Nadine Folger President ...,...... Vice President .. Secretary ......,... Treasurer ......,..,... .. ... Student Council President .........,,.. ' IOYCE BEVERLY WRIGHT Home Economics Life is really simple, But men insist on making rt co in plicated. F.H.A. 1-4, Treasurer 2-3, Usher at Senior Play 4, Student Librarian -l. Comment: Gentle David Ferrari Alan Smith Hazel Bosworth Glenda Lamkin Nadine Folger Charles Murray Donald Turner David Ferrari Vice President ....., ....,....... A lan Smith Secretary ......... . Treasurer .,,,........... Student Council ,.,.., Class Insignia American Beauty Rose Green and Silver Elizabeth Hawes Arthur Lambert Charles Murray Iudith Flint Lauris Bailey Nadine Folger He who kills time, murders opportunity. 0 The LAUREL I Lauris Bailey ..,..., Fred Pillsbury ......,.. Albion Tracy ....... Clare Greenlaw ....., . Charles Murray ....... Iohn Hodgkins ....... Blaine Robinson Donald Turner David Bosworth Donald Turner David Ferrari ,... . George Pillsbury ......... Charles Murray ....... Phillip Hobbs ,.... SENIOR CLASS POLL Most Tallquliue Mos: Azhlerie Most Baslxful Biggest Flirt Best Personality Best Loolqing Best Dressed Cla s-.r Clown Best Dancer Mosl Talvfzted Most Capable Best N aiured Class Politician Most .1-lmbitions Donald Turner ........... ...... N oisiest Kenneth Churchill ......,.. ...,...... I 'Voman-lmter us. Man-hater .... ...... . George Pillsbury ......... Best-all-round Wayne Mowatt ....... .. Best Musician Blaine Robinson ..... ........,. Most Inueternte Gum-chewer .... Theodore Bradley Vernon Hodgkins David Russell ..... Iohn Hodgkins ....... Arthur Lambert ..... .. Most Absentmimlerl Most flrtive Best Speaker Most Studious Most Responsible 15 Diane Soule Loraine Nies Francena Osborne Judith Flint Glenda Lamkin Nadine Folger Glenda Lamkin Goldena Thomas Iudith Flint Ieanette NVaite Hazel Bosworth Freda Farrington Barbara Crosby Elizabeth Hawes Roberta Porter Sylvia Hodgkins Velora Harris Elizabeth Hawes Verna Luce Harriet Sturtevant Barbara Gove Diane Soule Avis Hopkins Hazel Bosworth 0 The LAUREL I NAME Rod Dyer Alden Small Ioe Besaw Richard Huart Dave Luce Diane Butler Francis Orcutt Larry Ellis Donald Watson Bernard Racklifle Louise Hinkley Gearry Ranger Arnold Akerley Ioe Landry Arthur Tyler Robert Hall Betty Withey Q Nora Harris J Marilyn Hardy Herbert Allen Bob Goding Arthur Conley H Donald DeRoche H Lawrence Cook J Paul Whittier Peter Webber . Marjorie Andrews Sally Dingley Gayle Taylor Kathleen Kershner Arlene Richard Arlene Merrill Phyllis Dunn Dorothy Gray Connie Hutchins Marion Iackson Nathalie Lovell Barbara Luce Helen Osborne Arlo White Arthuretta Welch CLASS OF 1953 Hollywood Parade PERSON Ieff Chandler Anthony Dexter Louis Iourdan Ricardo Montalban Iimmy Stewart Patricia Neal Iohn Wayne Iohn Derek Iohn Agar Burt Lancaster Betty Hutton Dennis Day Clifton Webb Bud Abbot Lou Costello Glenn Ford Andrews Sisters Audie Murphy Milton Berle Marx Brothers Van Iohnson Lex Barker Marjorie Main Esther VVilliams Rita Hayworth lane Russell Doris Day Iune Allyson Ian Sterling Gloria Swanson Ann Blyth Debbie Reynolds Diana Lynn Maureen O'Hara Eleanor Powell Ierry Lewis lane XVithers COMMENT " Give me the great outdoors! " " Valentino and Dexter: Dexter and Small " Parlez-vous francais? " " Tall and handsome." Shy type." Equally attractive." Both strong and adventurousf, Saturday's Heroes." Give me the infantry." Athletic type." Fiery blonds, acrobaticf' You could add Mario Lanzaf' Practical, thrifty type." is tc ns as tc sc ss cc sn " Always leave them laughingf' " Rough and hardy." " Always together and in harmonyf' 'l Small and obstinate." Always thinking of humor." as cc A humorous threesome with Lawrence Harpof' A girl in every port." Big and rugged." Men drivers." " Let's go for a swim. " Regal typef' " Hey, good-lookin! i' " Tall and attractive." " Shy and cutef' Venturesome blond, "Knows the score." " Commanding." - " Connie is blithef' " Life of the party." " Small and dynamic." Vigorous, stands her ground." Hep, hep to the music or hockey-stick." Where's Dean? " " Fun-loving, mischievous." sm u u 53 as is tr The LA UREL PERSON NAME COMMENT Thelma Schanck lean Simmons Tiny and sweet, knows all the answers." Roy Stewart Howard Keel Slow, Western drawlf, Carolyn Stevens Yvonne Poulin Simone Poulin Cecelia Rand Eleanor Nies Doris Pond Lloyd Porter Ray Magno Nadine Merchant Ianet Morrill Margaret Butterfield Loretta Cyr Stewart Goodwin Anne Baxter " Toni " Twins Nancy Davis Barbara Stanwyck Shelley Winters Dan Dailey Charles Boyer Ioan Crawford Arlene Dahl lane Wyman cr as Quiet and reserved." Not in movies, but always in pictures." Retiring, loyal and devoted to her friendsf Self reliant. Eleanor makes her own way Impulsive, not a very frigid ' winter.' " Tall and wise -in a sense." Smooth, sly, sophisticated type." Decisive-believes what she believes." Slow but confident." Quiet and reserved." Dale Evans " She wields a weighty wand." Lee I. Cobb " Powerful and commanding." CLASS OFFICERS President .......,....... .,..........,.,.......... D avid Luce Vice President ,.....,,. ..... R oderick Dyer Secretary ............ ........ I anet Morrill Treasurer ....,......... ...... P eter Webber Student Council ....... ,...... . Alden Small Larry Ellis Francis Orcutt CLASS INSIGNIA Class Flower ......................,.........,....... Carnation Class Colors ..............,.....,...,... Fuchsia and gold Class Motto .... " Less than our best is failure." 17 I The LAUREL NAME loyce Adams Wilfred Atwell Ianice Besaw Douglas Brownrigg Minnie Butterfield Shirley Cook Irene Cushman Edgar Davis William Diehl Harold Drake james Dyar Ioseph Fish lane Fortier Kenneth French Philip Gagne Carlisle Goodine Howard Greene Leo Grover Lois Guest Carolyn Hackett Donald Haney Sheridan Hargraves Charles Harris Catherine Hiscock Elaine Hoar Ioyce Hobbs Benjamin Howatt Iudith Howatt Myrtle Hoyt Terrence Keel Wendall Kolreg Elizabeth LaBree Elizabeth Ladd Roger Ladd Louie Manter Ross McCormick Autice Moore Elizabeth Osborne Lawrence Parent Quinn Parker Sally Pattershall CLASS OF 1954 Pipe Dreams and Realities DREAMS OF Boys! Happy-golucky A trip to Sun Valley His future lamily Growing Most everything Being a teacher Iealousy Controlling his blushing The second Arthur Godfrey A N. Y. businessman Getting knocked out Living in a castle Being a policeman Growing shorter Getting into politics Serving his country Overcoming sleepy spells The cottage for two Being murdered Major League star Roy Rogers the Second Accomplishing his homework Controlling her temper A man! " Deer " Pitcher of Boston Red Sox Being first woman president A teacher Getting somewhere His girl Spring A certain someone Pestering girls Being young again Chasing bubble gum chewers Having a memory Wonian athlete of F.H.S. Being an angel Being " The Thin Man " A man hater 18 ALWAYS SEEN Flirting Laughing Chattering Baby sitting with " double trouble Rushing around Giggling Preparing On the watch fa certain girl NV ith a blonde Bothering someone Concentrating Stirring up trouble Around town Directing traflic Throwing stuff Catching flies Reading war stories Trying to wake up Baby sitting Still alive Ioking Talking On the job Having daily " fits " Looking Doing boyish acts Making motions Talking Rolling her eyes Sneaking around By her Watching the snow fall With him Doing so Playing hide-and-go-seek Around brunettes Wondering At school Flying around On the plump side Studying The LAUREL NAME DREAMS OF ALVVAYS SEEN Brenda Perry Being Cherry Queen of New Picking cherries Vineyard Robert Pond Migrating to South America Driving Gloria Porter Gaining weight Eating Fred Pratt Being innocent fjust oncej Up to deviltry Donald Rackliffe N.B.C. radio announcer Broadcasting Alton Redlevske Lola Redlevske Irene Richards Beverly Robbins Regina Robbins Ronald Robbins Ann Schafer Raymond Seavey Roger Smith Iudith Soule Iudith Straw Mary Anne Tarbox Marianne Tardy Philip Tracy Ianette Walker Michael Walsh Raymond Vifebber Ioyce Welch Gail Wescott Elnora Wetmore Donald Whitney A Fiancee fEsther Williamsj The " Thing " Having dates Her 50th Vlfedding Anniversary Conquering the world Conquering Russia A " prof 'l Being an African Big Game Hunter Being a Ringling Bros. clown First date Training wolves The second Ava Gardner Roses His father's thoughts A nurse's unifomi Being a dentist Taking life easy Being a lion-tamer Getting A's Watching bathing beauties Looking for it At home Watching for the nrm With a weapon Studying hard Blushing Chasing cats " Acting out " Exercising Planning Acting Sniliing Popping corn Working late Having teeth trouble Staying after school Snapping her whip Trying hard A ballerina Practicing Leading star of The Children's Telling fairy tales Hour CLASS OFFICERS President ...,.,..,..,,................. 1 ......,.. William Diehl Vice President ........ .,,.... I udith Howatt Secretary ....,...,..... ...... G ail Wescott Treasurer ...........,...,, .......... I oyce Welch Student Council ......,. ...,.. R oss McCormick Fred Pratt CLASS INSIGNIA Class Flower ..............,....,. ...,........ B lack Orchid Class Colors .............................. Black and Gold Class Motto .,...... You can't undo what's done. 19 The LAUREL A CLASS OF 1955 A Walk in the Freshman Garden NAME Ioan RackliHe Bobby Roux J Stanley W'hittier I Beverly Deroche lohn Gay lean Tripp Hershel Hutchins George Beale Q Iohn Guest J Nancy Wells Herbert Walker Clyde Allen Gail Luce J D Philip Folger Ann Pillsbury Bill Pratt Mary Iane Sturtevant Bruce Wing Q Raymond Luce J Keith Parker J Doris Kelly Douglas Hodgkins Beverly Nies Billings Hannaford Leola Grover Gerald Webber Ieanette Hutchins H Shirley Benson Q Robert Oliver Olive Gilbert Iimmy Melvin j Roland Hargreaves Q Melvin Dumeny Q Betty Seamon FLOWER Morning-glory Moonflowers Violet Trumpet-vine Snapdragon Daffodil Mountain Laurel Chrysanthemum Goldenrod Camellia Crocus Forget-Me-Not Sweet VVilliam Poppy Bachelor Buttons Lily Canterbury Bell Pansy Bellflower Hollyhock Pink Crocus Narcissus Peach Blossom Yellow Violet Columbi nes Sunflower FRAGRANCE She makes dull places seem cheerful. They bloom at night. Bev is very shy until you get to know her. He's long and lanky, always blowing his horn. Plenty of pep! He is always acting "daHy ". A These boys have strong personalities that will make them leaders. She is very cheerful, and has a "real cute " smile. Iust a couple of " wild-flowers." Gail's flawless appearance reminds us of this symbol ot perfection among Howers. The crocus is the first of spring Howers, and Phil is a leader of our class. Ann is shy and reserved. Bill may give the impression of being the quiet type, but when you get to know him he really isn't. VVhen Mary Iane is around things are always P0PP"y"iHg- These boys are our class bachelors. Let's get going, girls. They'll make a good catch. Very attractive and pleasant to look at. Doug is one of the musical members of the class. The best things come in small packages. Although Billings is the brainy type, he is also interested in many activities. She may be quiet, but she's really lots of fun. That's really not his natural color, he's just blushing. lust as these Howers are used together in a bou- quet, so are these girls usually seen together. " lust peachy." Shy and quiet. Always clowning. You can see her as she beams toward the sun. a 20 The LAUREL O NAME FLOWER FRAGRANCE ls?-iergu Carnations Very clever, and very sweet. Tommy C0Cl1f11l1 Water Lilies This flower is hard to obtain, but worth the Robert Gray effort to obtain it. Noreen hlCC0l'111lCk Nasturtium She has a way of making others as happy as she is. lean Iackson Orchid Very sophisticated. Bettie Black Lilacs Their old fashioned sweetness adds a lot to our Anita Stewart class, Sidi? glllgijler VVood Violets These boys are the strong, silent type. Iune Toothaker Day Lilies lust as the lily decorates the fields, these girls Pauline Luce add color and sunshine to our class. V Donald Alexander David Grant Calendulas Strong, sturdy, and athletic. Lee Donahue leanette Smith Blecdillg Hellff Something, or someone is always worrying Ieanette. Scott Tohnan 1310011 Root If you don't notice them at first, be sure to take Donald Hardy ' a second look. It will be Worth while. Ethel Straw SUHWHOWCF She is lots of fun, and very lively. Beverly Paul Gardenia Like the flower, pale and fragile. Donna Sargent Marigold Donna is a very colorful member of our class. When things are dull, you can depend on her to brighten them up. George Al1dl'CW5 D1mdCliOHS These boys are full of fun, and always making LuCiL1S WVCbbC1' someone laugh. Illne Gray HOHCYSUCHC Iust as this is a sweet flower, Iune is a sweet girl. Muriel C0Cl11'8l1 Queen Amleas Lace It's fragile appearance is deceiving. Edith C0I'1lCy Sweet Pea Edith has a quiet, friendly manner that has won her many friends. Paul Di Stephano Clover George Merchant - Deborah Mallett Anne Denise McKenny Dorothy Nottage Rosalyn Howard Priscilla Ladd Lois Farrington Ralph VVyman Robert Metcalf Sandra Merrill Anita Butterfield Baby's Breath L.ady's Slipper Lily of the Valley Bluebell Tiger Lily Carnation Corn Flowers Mayflower Buttercup Quiet boys, but an excellent addition to our class. lust as this dainty flower is attractive in bou- quets, Debby adds charm to any group. This is a rare sort of flower, 'ust as she is a rare . 1 sort of girl. She is happy anywhere, at home with everyone. Rosalyn is a very musical girl. Her ability at the iano is a reat hel to several musical P' g 3 P organizations. "Covered with freckles," but sturdy. Spicy and quiet, but very nice. Plenty of "corn," especially their jokes. Sandy is very sweet and friendly. Anita and her friendly manner add a note of cheer to our class. Th eLAUREL NAME Sayward Ross Drew Stearns Shirley Hobbs Alfred Luce Roy Lilly Iolean Flint Donald Maxwell Donald Robbins Beverly Webber Bertha Mason Iohn Starks FLOWER . FRAGRANCE P. C Q Kiki and Tommy are as dependable is the pine me Oneb tree, found on the hills where they like to ski lonquil Once you have Shirley as a friend you mly be sure she is your friend forever. Poinsettias Red! Rose A A queen among Howcrs. Foxgloves These two Dons make a pair. Daisy Always happy and smiling. Geranium A gay color, with a quiet personality Zinnia Also a welcome late-comer. CLASS OFFICERS Pri:'ridcnz ,........,.......................... Gerald Webber Vice' Prc'sidc'nt ..... ..,...,....... I ohn Gay Secretary ............ ....,. A nita Stewart Trc'a.rurcr ............... ....... M uriel Cochran Student Council ...... ...,... P hilip Folger CLASS INSIGNIA Class Flower ,..... .......,. ,.......... ...... ,... P u r p le Lilac Clary Colors ...................,........ Purple and Silver Clair Motto ,..... " NVQ: may be few but we are all here to do our 22 part." SCEIOOI Calendar March '51 March '52 9 The LAUREL 9 DATE EVENT COMMENT March 1 Public Speaking Semi-finals NVinners-Q8 out of 165 D. Soule, D. Butler, S. Dingley, C. Given. I. Black, A. Lambert, D. Bosworth, G. Ranger. 9 Vic Dance Sponsored by " Class Trippersf, Held in Main Room. Profit about 151375. 9 Dual Ski Meet Defeated Kents Hill 200-180. 12 Baseball 30 candidates reported. 12 Spring Football 20 players present. 12 FHS Band Invited Strong Highis players to join them. 12 School Assembly--open to public Major Paul Cyr spoke interestingly of world espionage. 14 New England Music Festival Those attending it with Miss Iola Peakins were at Lewiston Mosher, B. Wheeler, P. Edwards, and B. Hawes. 1-l Visit to State Legislature Class of '52. Chaperoned by Principal Diehl. 16 Vic Dance Sponsored by school majorettes for uniforms. Profit 58.00. 20 Franklin All-Star Basketball K. Bailey, G. Alexander, K. Alexander played with the Southerners, who won 43-34. 20 Franklin All Faculty Basketball Coach Crozier played on the South Franklin game team that won 42-38. Z1 Visit to State House Seniors were chaperoned by Mr. Reed and Mrs. DeWo1fe. 22 Music Aptitude Tests Carrol Poulin gave school music tests and dem- onstrated several band instruments. 30 Vic Dance Put on by " Class Trippers 'i at the Community Center. Profit 152300. April ' 3 Orchestra and Band Concert Mr. Poulin again demonstrated some of the band instruments and conducted a question ' period. 4 Food Sale at Barker's Garage Sponsored by " Class Trippersf' Profit 153300. 6 Semi-Formal Dance at Theme: " April Showers " Community Center Sponsor: Class of '52 Orchestra: Bob's of Wilton Profit: 58.00 8 Rummage Sale Sponsored by " Class Trippers " and held in the old school cafeteria. Profit SS-10.00. 10 Party and Dance in FHS An FHA project to raise money for general use. Auditorium Profit 810.00 11 Public Assembly A singing trio known as the " Griffin Trio " put on a musical program in the Community Bldg. 12 Public Speaking Contest Ratings-Excellent: C. Given. Very Good: S. Dingley, I. Black, D. Bosworth, A. Lambert. Good: D. Soule, D. Butler, G. Ranger. 13 School Assembly Held in the Main Room to start the vacation. Some of the Public Speaking group gave their selections. U The LAUREL I DATE EVENT COMMENT April 13 Class Trip-Washington and Twenty-one students left Farmington by bus New York for Washington and then on to New York. 19 Spear Speaking Contest D. Bosworth won first place at the Spear Speak- ing Contest at Bates. 25 Baseball A scrimmage baseball game with Wilton ended in a scoreless tie 0-0. 27 Inter-class Track Meet Won by Seniors with 83 points. juniors made 25 points, Sophomores 20 and Freshmen 13. 28 State-wide Speaking Contests D. Bosworth and S. Dingley won first place in at U. of M., Orono their respective divisions. May 1 Baseball F.H.S. opened its regular season by downing Phillips 17-2, at Phillips. 1 County Speaking Contest C. Given won second prize in the County Con- test held at Strong. 2 Track Meet Skowhegan defeated F.H.S. in the First track meet of the season 72-45, at Farmington. 3 Baseball The Greyhounds won their second game of the season at Kingfield 8-4. 4 One-act Plays An evening of one-act plays was put on by the underclassmen of F.H.S., with Mr. Leslie Whit- temore coach. Freshmen -" Elmer and the Lovebug" by Beatrice McNeil. Cast Ianie Collier ....... ,.............. ..,..,.. M . Tardy Ieanie Collier .,,.,. ...... I . Besaw Susan Collier ...,.. ........ I . Soule Elmer Collier ......... ..,..,,. L . Parent Fannie Belle ........... .,......,.,..... I . Fortier Luke Lawson ......... ........ D . Brownrigg Hubert Brown ....... .......,.,...., T . Keef Millicent Carr ....,..............,....,......,.. L. Redlevske Sophomores - " The White VVilber Brown. Cast Mrs. Blake ....,.......,.....,...... Olhcer Ierry Nolan ....,.. Marion Blake .........,... Eleve Moore ......., Mrs. Frazier ............... Phantom " by P. Dunn S. Goodwin L. Hinckley D. Libby B. Luce Ethan Sharp .................. ..... A . Akerley The White Phantom ,... ............. L. Ellis Curtis Frazier ...............,.....,.,,............. G. Ranger Iuniors - " My Late Espoused Saint " by Frank Durham. 25 The LAUREL 0 DATE EVENT COMMENT hilly C5151 Phelie Dargan ................... ........ N . Folger Essie Caraway ........ ......,....... I . Flint Ambrose Dargan .........,......,.......,.,..... D. Turner Ebie Dargan ........,...................,.......,... C. Murray The juniors were chosen to represent F.H.S. in the County Contest. 8 Baseball The Greyhounds opened the Sandy-Andy League by defeating VVilton 7-5 at Wilton. 9 Hearing Tests Miss Elizabeth Kettel of the Farmington Public 9 10 11 12 15 16 17 18 A Triangular Track Meet Baseball Spring Concert State Music Festival Baseball Track Meet Baseball Commencement Program Plans Health Oflice conducted the tests at the high school. . Held at Hippach Field. Scores: Gould-81M pointsg Farmington-SQSQ pointsg Kingfield - 2 points. 1 Farmington won its second League game by edging Iay 8-6 at Iay. Farmington is now tied for First place with Livermore Falls. The Spring Concert directed by Miss Iola Per- kins featured the Orchestra, Girls Choir and Mixed Choir with many vocal and instrumental soloists. P. Edwards was named " Miss Music " of F .H.S. The Girls Choir and Orchestra went to Brewer by bus to participate in the State Music Festival. lay walloped Farmington 14-3 at Colby Field. Farmington outpointed Rumford 70 to 48 at Rumtord. Livermore Falls gained a win over Farmington in a ten-inning duel 12-11. The Class of 1951 voted to follow the traditional Class Night program of " Class Parts," but to present a morality play for their Graduation Band Ma orettes C The LAUREL 0 DATE EVENT May 18 County One-act Play Contest 18 Iunior Prom 19 Bates Relays at Lewiston 21 Career Day 21 1951 Laurel 22 Baseball 23 Championship T rack Meet Jayvee COMMENT Night program. This play. " The Road to Hap- piness." offers roles for a CLISI of 20. The Iunior Play Cast went to Strong to the County One-Act Play Contest. They received a rating of " very good." N. Folger received special recognition. The Iunior Prom was held at the Community Building. Profit 151100. Theme: Candlelight and VVine. The following boys placed in the meet: K. Bailey, R. Rackliffe, D. Turner, P. Hobbs, B. Rackliffe, E. Farrington, D. Patriquin. Other boys to make the trip were D. Ellis, R. Beedy. K. Alexander, G. Alexander, R. Eaton and D. Haney and Coach Richard Gould. F.H.S. placed Sth with a total of 10 points. Sponsored by The Franklin County Schoolmen's Club for all Franklin County High School jun- iors. Held at Farmington High School. 20 conference speakers gave their ideas about the different occupations. Dinner was served at the cafeteria by Mrs. Linscott. 500 1951 Laz1rc'I: were distributed to an eagerly waiting student body and advertisers. I. Rounds '51-Editor-in-chief, R. Marquis '51-head of Business Staff. VVilton Academy defeated F.H.S. in a Sandy- Andy League baseball game 4-3 at Wilton. F.H.S. won the Franklin County Schoolboy Track Meet by defeating XVilton with 34 points, Kingfield with 17 and Rangeley with 1492 points. Farmington had 71212 points. Cheerleaders I T h e L A U R E L DATE EVENT COMMENT May 24 Baseball Farmingtorfs baseball team ended its League 25 30 Iune 1 1 2 12 17 18 1951 Graduation Committee Exhibition Baseball First Annual Color Day Maine Poetry Fellowship Contest Award State Track Meet Baseball Season Closes' Baccalaureate Service Class Night play in last place upon losing a 9-1 ball game with pennant winning Livermore Falls. For the Faculty: Prin. Charles Diehl, Senior Advisor Richard Gould, Graduation Director Mrs. Marion Bryant. For the Seniors: Presi- dent D. Ellis, R. Eaton, A. Frary, A. Staples, I. Hosfelt, P. Edwards and R. Roux. An exhibition Memorial Day baseball game with Dexter ended in a loss for F.H.S. 16-9 at Dexter. All schools in Farmington participated in com- petitive games after a lengthy parade through town. The Blues captured the pennant by a narrow margin in the last event. All schools were divided evenly into Blues and Greys, which colors they will hold until graduation from.F.H.S. Leaders of the Greys were M. Welch and P. Heath. Of the Blues, P. Ed- wards and D. Ellis. Mrs. Althea Fortin '51 was awarded Hrst prize in the state for her poem " Arctic Owl." In this contest 18 high schools competed, with 150 entries. Mrs. Fortin has several other poems in the 1951 Laurel. Held at Colby College where Farmington made a good showing against stiff competition. Farmington ended its season with 7 wins and 5 losses. Captain P. Heath and F. Pillsbury have been leading hitters for the team this year. Held at Henderson Memorial Baptist Church, Rev. Eben Chapman of Old South Church spoke on the theme " Character in 3 Dimen- sions." Seniors furnished musical numbers as follows: Vocal quartet-P. Edwards, I. Hosfelt, I. Legere, I. Rounds. Vocal Solo-I. Sargent. Violin Obbligato- E. Mosher. Held at Community Center. Class Part: Will: F. Cole History: I. Legere Prophecy: I. Rounds Class Gifts: R. Langen, L. Violet The LAUREL 0 DATE EVENT COM MENT. Iune Music 19 Sept. 10 Graduation Exercises Class of 1951 F. H. S. Opens Senior Vocal Ensemble Senior Instrumental Ensemble Program presented was " The Road to Happi- ness," a morality play. Leading roles were P. Edwards, salutatorian, as the Graduate: R. Mar- quis, Passport Agent, M. Salo, valedictorian, Education: D. Ellis, president of class, Success, and I. Sargent, Happiness. 15 others took parts as Education's Guides. Taking parts in the musical numbers were seniors E. Mosher, R. Roux, I. Sargent, B. VVheeler, I. Hosfelt, with the Girls Choir and cast in final number. Awards presented by Principal Diehl were as follows: Becker College Key for excellence in com- mercial studies: M. Welch. Balfour Plaque for scholarship, loyalty and achievement: I. Legere. Lauriston A. Smith prize for best rank in re- quired studies during Senior year: E. Babb, P. Edwards. Arthur W. Perkins Latin prize for best Latin scholar in graduating class: A. Staples. Cora B. Cothren bequests to students of good character, scholarship, and deserving financial aid to continue education: A. Staples, M. VVelch, L. Racklifie, I. Legere. Albert E. Knowles prize for greatest improve- ment during four years in scholarship and char- acter: P. Stevens. Popularity plaques: D. Ellis, P. Edwards. Valediclorian award subscription for one year to " Readers Digest ,': M. Salo. American Association of French Teachers for highest rank in French for year of 1951: R. Huart '53. D.A.R. candidate award, certificate and medal based on qualities of dependability, leadership, service, and patriotism: I. Legere. Presentation of diplomas: Mr. Benjamin Butler. The largest Freshman Class in recent years num- bered 93 when registered. Total enrollment was 267. New teachers-Mr. Theodore Em- 0 Tl1e LAUREL O DATE EVENT Sept. 10 Football ll Alumni Football 14 Football 19-21 High School Fair Booth 22 Football 24 Photo Service 26 Field Hockey 29 Football Oct. 1 Frosh.-Soph. Football D R. T R 0 H Y COMMENT ery, mathg Mr. Harwood Steele, businessg Mr. Edward Iohnson, shop apprenticeg Miss Marion Edwards, biology and Englishg and Miss Norma Chaffee, languages. About 25 candidates turned out for football dur- ing pre-school practice. In the First game of the season for the Greys, combine, the alumni eleven won by a score of 42-6 under the Hippach Field arcs. Bucl-:sport shut out Crozier's Greyhounds 7-O. Volunteers from both the students and faculty were members of the crew who secured a profit of about 15110 for the General School Fund at the annual Franklin County Fair. Farmington High was again taken by 1 touch- down, as Mexico scored 13-7. Individual photographs were taken of the entire student body by a photographer from Rasbach. Coach Roberts' team made a promising start by tying Kents Hill Girls 1-1. Farmington travelled to Oakland and fought desperately, but came home defeated by Wil- liams 20-13. Our Underclassmen were taken over by Wil- ton's Frosh.-Soph. team 14-0. and Winter Sports Team ,, The LAUREL O DATE EVENT COMMENT Oct. 2 Class Elections Primary elections were done in formal manner 3 3 4 5 . 1 7 Cafeteria.Opening Recess and Sandwich Sale Musical Clubs Membership Football Rally Music Section Leaders at the Community Center for class offices. Blue, Grey, and Independent parties were run- ning. Hot lunches began Monday with an enrollment of 300, including outside schools. An idea to raise money was started today with the selling of sandwiches donated by parents for one weekly morning recess. There are 31 members in the band and 30 in the orchestra. There is hope that we may double at least the members in the band within a year or two. Of all musical groups, the mixed choir has the largest, with 41 members. In a tight battle we played to a 7-7 stalemate with Bridgton under the lights. F. H. S. cheerleaders, accompanied by Mr. Diehl, went to Lewiston High to see a rally and obtain some new ideas. On their return we held a rally in which the two coaches explained and demonstrated the rules and regulations of their respective sports, football and field hockey. Girls Choir: lst soprano-B. Hawes, I. Gray assistantg 2nd soprano-N. McCormick, A. Winter Carnival Queen and eww A T T E N D A N T S The LAUREL DATE EVENT Oct. . 8 F. H. S. Faculty Evening 8 12 12 15 15 16 "Frunlq1fn Iom'm1l" Sponsor of F. H. S. Weekly Activities Column Football Class Elections Results President ........,...,... Vice President ...... Secretary . ..,......... Treasurer .... . ......... Council Members ..,. President ...... ....... Vice President ,... .. Secretary ............. Treasurer .............. Council Members .... Field Hockey Home Economics Project U. of M. Dean's List COMMENT Mclienney ass'tg Alto-Iolean Flint, A. YVelch ass'tg Accompanist - R. Howard. Mixed Choir: Soprano--Iudith Flint, D. Butler ass'tg Alto--A. Butterfield, VVelch ass't3 Baritone-R. Roux, D. Hodgkins ass'tg Accompanist - R. Howard. Orchestra: Concert Master - B. Hawesg Principal second violin-G. Luceg Accom- panists-I. Tracy, S. Ross. Men of the Farmington High School faculty put on a Virginia baked ham dinner for their wives and women members of the faculty. Harwood Steele directed the affair. Under the direction of Miss Edwards, faculty advisor for the project. about 20 students are taking part in sponsoring the column. Editor -D. Butlerg Ass't Editor-M. Iacksong Art Editor-I. Waite, Reporters-B. Hannaford. S. Dingley, B. Gove, D. Soule, S. Goodwin and I. Besaw. Farmington played to a tie at the half but Old Orchard still shoved us aside 20-6. Freshmen: Sophomores: ' G. Webber VV. Diehl I. Gay I. Howatt M. Cochran G. Wescott A. Stewart I. Welch R. McCormick Iuniors: Seniors: D. Luce D. Ferrari R. Dyer A. Smith I. Morrill B. Hawes P. Webber A. Lambert F. Orcutt C. Murray A. Small L. Bailey N. Folger Farmington I-Iigh's Varsity ended Wilton's win streak by a score of 3-2. Our Iunior Varsity fought to a desperate 5-2 score but made a good showing. Mrs. Thais Linscottls Iunior Home Ec. Class is working on plaid shirts for veterans at Togus. 34 are enrolled. F. H. S. graduates on the University's high ranking list are Stanley Ellsworth '47, Ioyce Foss '46, George Greenwood '47, Elizabeth Keith '50 and Herbert VVave '42. , 4 The LAUREL I DATE EVENT COMMENT Oct. 17 Recess Activity A new coke machine has been installed to be enjoyed during off time. 18 Field Hockey Our girls were again victorious in a splendid 1-0 game at Augusta. 20 Football Crozier's machine again started at the touch- down margin with Iay 13-6. 22 Recess Activity Ice cream is now enjoyed at school, and recesses every Wednesday forenoon are to con- tinue. 24 Field Hockey As a finale of the undefeated girls, field hockey team, the " Blues " played the "Greys," with the " Greys" winning 2-1. This win gives the Greys a debit of 2 points toward the Annual Color Day. 27 Football Despite the longest run of the season by L. Ellis, Dover-Foxcroft Academy came out on top 19-6. 30 Frosh.-Soph. Football At lay, Coach Andersoifs men were taken 7-0 in a close contest. 30 Field Hockey Banquet Coach Roberts entertained her undefeated field hockey team at her home. Nov. 2 Freshman Day A parade led by the School Band through the streets of Farmington preceded Initiation Night at the Community Building with Pres. L. Ellis of the Student Council in charge. An informal dance followed. 5 Football Farmington's and I-Iallowell's football teams ended in a scoreless tie at the Hippach field. Capt. M. Smith suffered a face laceration. 5 Senior Play Rehearsals The play " We Shook the Family Tree 3' is now in rehearsal by the Senior Class. I. Flint has the leading role. 6 Football Iay's Frosh-Soph. football team played at the Hippach Field and won in the final seconds 13-12 over our Frosh-Soph. squad. 7 Fall Choral Festival B. Hawes, N. McCormick and D. Soule repre- sented F . H. S. at a Fall Choral Festival held 5 in Auburn. ' 9 Girls Choir Christmas Concert Iudy Flint, B. Crosby, P. Iohnson and A. Welch Committee have been selected to assist Miss Perkins with the plans for a Christmas Concert. 9 Rally for Wilton Game A rally, which started by marching around town and ending at the Community Building, was held to raise the school spirit for the annual Wilton vs. F. H. S. Armistice Day Game. The LAUREL O DATE EVENT COMMENT Nov. i 10 Football Farmington lost its annual football game to - VVilton at Colby lield by a score of 13-7. ll Book VVeek A bulletin board display and book exhibit in the F. H. S. Library were enjoyed by the stu- dents and faculty during this annual week. 13 Honor Roll Principal Charles Diehl announced the Honor 15 16 Freshman Party Driver's Program Roll for the First quarter of the year as follows: Se'nior.v: Second honors-H. Bosworth, D. Ferrari, I. Flint, P. Iohnson, A. Hopkins, S. Hodgkins, B. Hawes, E. Metcalf, I. Waite. juniors: First Honor-D. Butlerg Second Honors-R. Dyer, G. Ranger, A. Richard, Morrill, P. W'ebber. Soplzomolfs: Second Hon- ors-E. Davis, I. Fortier, A. Schafer, M. Tar- box, E. Wetmore. 'Frvshmcn: Second Honors -I. Flint, L. Hall, D. Mallett, A. Pillsbury, A. Stewart, and N. VVells. The Class of '55 held a party in Room 13. Dancing and games were enjoyed. The com- mittee in charge was I. Gay, B. Hannaford, N. McCormick, I. Flint and A. D. McKenne'y. .fl Safe Driver program was presented by the State Police at Farmington High School. Movies and actual driving tests were given by Co-Captains George and Fred Pillsbury D with Franklin County Tournament Trophy 1952 DRAMATICS 64 Elmer and the Love Bugw 66 My Late Espoused Saint 9' G4 The Wllite Pllantom GQ They Shook' the Family Tree 9' X -Q x f' wx X Q XX Q :QQ X x' sw . A Q N5 N N X 'wk XX :Sig SX - Q Fi N-RN x .X-SSYN -:xg Aix Nm A5 gi we 1 at K , ai2fwQ:i-I: T " A S Y vSif2i1f-iss, Q 21211 . X Lgxivqygxi, NQX TA K N NX X wvztzi. X X X X i E -.,N cw XX X xx X Q N S55 15 Qx Y jg . X XXX A ,x . 5 is 'XK:.iqx.::::,s 'S Sis s ig. K vyeff 0 x B X X ' Q k X Km L f X 5 1:N3. Q - vm? xv .gf X -, ik fx X -Y Q xxx S x XX, - :eibfxsiiii X - i .. ixsslzsa N x Q f x x.-A 'X Yi? Xrzriiig i Q Xm- .X x L T N9 . ' T35 Av , . -K QM . xA.x . M 5 v KSN? -- P: Q S 5 X ' x X X X N? . X X k .g A X X HIICG ups Cafeteria Staff Librarians Band Directors The LAUREL 0 DATE EVENT Nov. 16 Basketball Practice 19 21 26 28 30 30 Dec. 4 7 First Annual Awards Banquet First VVeekly Recess Sales Community Speaker Basketball Basketball Basketball Basketball Basketball COMMENT State Trooper Herman Boudreau. D. Turner, I. Fortier, and L. Bailey took the driving tests. 45 girls and 39 boys were out for Varsity and Iunior Varsity respectively. 18 boys were out for Freshman team. Parents and teachers united to honor letter and numeral winners of Farmington's football and Field hockey teams. Prin. Charles Diehl was master of ceremonies. Coaches Miss Mary Louise Roberts and Howard Crozier gave a summary of the season's activities and presented letters and numerals. Cliff Gove, editor of the Franklin Iournal, was the guest speaker of the evening. After the program the team members were guests of Iames Libby for the showing of " jim Thorpe, All American D at the State The- ater. Co-captains elected for 1952 were: Foot- ball-A. Small and L. Ellis. Field Hockey- S. Dingley and H. Osborne. Sandwiches, ice cream, coke and chocolate milk were sold to benelit General Fund. Miss Olive Whitliey gave a. summary of the " New York Herald Tribune " Forums which she has attended to the Problems Class and showed slides of her trip to Bermuda. The stu- dents also enjoyed the souvenirs and trinkets of her visits. Hallowell froze the ball in the last two minutes to win over Farmington 33-32. Iunior Varsity under Mr. Steele rolled over Hallowell's I. V.'s 27-11. Farmington High walloped Madison 56-24 here. The Iayvees won by one basket. At NVilton, the Farmington Freshmen won over VVilton's Frosh-Sophomores 20-13 in a prelimi- nary game. Farmington took Phillips High by a score of 40-36. Farmingt0n's Freshmen won over Wil- ton Freshmen 36-l8 in a preliminary contest. Farmington Greyhounds won over Wilton 40-38 on the Community Center court but the I.V.'s lost to Wilton 37-29. The Farmington Freshmen went to Canton to collect a win by a score of 41-22. A series' of dances was started after the Wil- The LAUREL O DATE EVENT COMMENT Dec. 7 18 21 Ian. 2 8 10 11 12 12 15 17 I8 19 I0 Harvard World Federalists Student Institute on World Federalism vs. F o r e i g n Policy X Iunior Rifle Club Alumni Basketball Basketball at Hallowell Freshman Basketball Y Girls Basketball League Game at lay Annual Play Day at F.S.T.C. Ski Meet League Game Basketball League Game XVinter Carnival Carnival Ball ton game with the High School .Dance Band furnishing the music. A few members of the Problems of Democracy Class took a trip to Boston with Mr. VValter Reed as chaperon. They attended different speeches and took a short tour of Boston. Dele- gates-P. Hobbs, C. Murray, D. Turner, Hodgkins. P. Iohnson, G. Lamkin and XV. Mowatt. The following young shooters from the high school belong to the Iunior RiHe Club: B. Han- naford, I. Guest, Q. Parker, I. Gay, P. Folger. R. Oliver and D. Alexander. The Greyhounds had a victorious evening over the Alumni: Boys-60-39, Girls-36-8. Hallowell again edged us out by the score of 33-31. Their Iunior Varsity whipped ours in the Preliminary. The F.H.S. Freshmen were taken at Rumford 40-27. Farmington kept at the top of the League by defeating Lisbon 60-33. The I.V.'s trimmed Lisbon also, 72-25. Skowbegan I.V.'s were taken by us 13-11 before the Skowhegan Varsity defeated us 24-16. A fast and furious game ended with Farming- ton on top 39-38. The Erst game was won by our I.V.'s 55-32. Nine groups representing eight schools took part in the schedule. Relays, Square Dancing, New Basketball Rules, A Round Robin, and a Tour of the Campus made up the program. Farmington placed 3rd at Hebron. F.H.S. defeated Livermore Falls 61-34 with the I.V.,s joining in with a 51-33 triumph. Girls game with VVilton. F.H.S. won by a score of 36-28. ln a close- guarding foul shooting contest lost by our boys 43-34, we fell in our standing to a tie with VVilton. Wiltonls I.V.'s won 59-46. The Bell Trophy was retained by F.H.S. scor- ing 81 points, with VVilton runner-tip with 34, Kingfield 6, and Rangeley O. Miss Autice Moore of the Sophomore Class was crowned queen at a semi-formal dance through a popular vote of the school. Other Industrial Arts Seniors Chemistry Experiment Home Nursing Class Office and Commercial Staffs The LAUREL I DATE EVENT COB-IMENT Ian. candidates and the queens attendants were H. Bosworth, senior, B. Nies, freshman, B. Vlfithey, junior. B. Ladd, last year's queen, crowned Miss Moore. 21 Iunior-Senior Variety Plans are under way by both classes for this Show Plans major money-making project. Miss Mary Louise Roberts is the faculty sponsor. 22 League Game Our Freshman team won over Lisbon I.V.'s 28-16 and our Varsity won its Fifth League vic- tory at Lisbon 57-41. 23 Girls Basketball Rents Hill was defeated in both Varsity and Iunior Varsity games. Varsity score 36-28. 23 " Laurel " Photos Mr. VVoodman of Luce's Studio took various , group pictures for the yearbook. 23 Band Uniform Measurements A salesman from Ostwald Inc., Staten Island, N. Y., took measurements of the band and orchestra members for new uniforms. 25 Movies "Deep VVaters,,' a full length movie based on Ruth Moore's book " Spoonhandlef' was shown to the entire school at the Community Center. 31 Dual Ski Meet F.H.S. ski team defeated Kents Hill on a par- tially postponed meet that was finished with the score 391.75-315.98. Feb. 1 Basketball Crozier's basketeers traveled to Phillips and elouted them 66-39. F.H.S. Frosh were beaten by their Iunior Varsity in the prelim 39-26. l "Laurel " Photos Mr. Duane Hardy of Hardy's Studio took vari- ous group pictures for the yearbook. 2 VVilton Winter Carnival VVe again took VVilton on the snow at their own carnival. Scoring was F.H.S. 84, Wilton Acad- emy 56, and Kinglield 8. 5 League Basketball The Varsity and Iunior Varsity clubs went to ,- Preliminary Prize Speaking Livermore Falls to win 55-38 and 56-41 re- spectively, in the last League contest for Farm- ington. We Finished second place in the Eastern Division. With the English teachers acting as judges, the following competed this year, on a voluntary basis: S. Dingley, A. Welch, H. Sturtevant, G. Andrews. I. Gay, L. Guest, B. Hannaford, G. Ranger, I. Soule, D. Soule, L. Hall, D. Bos- worth and I. Gray. Winners to compete in the Finals March 28 are: S. Dingley, G. Ranger, I. Gay, D. Bos- worth, L. Guest, B. Hannaford, and I. Soule. fi 3? Q A X X X X . . Q ff. f V '-r 1' Xi 1 X52 Eg A . 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Our I.V.'s took the Hrst game with ease 20-6, but M.C.I. fought an uphill battle to win 31-30 in the closing seconds. Highest Honors: Seniors-H. Bosworth, B. Hawes, I. Hodgkins, S. Hodgkinsg Iuniors- D. Butler, A. Richard, Freshmen-B. Hanna- ford. Second Honors: Seniors-I. Flint, N. Folger, A. Hopkins, P. Iohnson, A. Mitchell, C. Murray, E. Robbins, I. Waiteg Iuniors-A. Akerley, R. Dyer, R. Huart, D. Luce, G. Ranger, P. Webber, A. VVelch, A. White: Sophomores-I. Cushman, I. Fortier, T. Keef, M. Tardy, E. Wetmore, Freshmen-G. Ber- geron, I. Flint, I. Gay, L. Hall, P. Hodgkins. Farmington won its first round of the tourney over New Sharon 72-35. Second stringers played most of the way. Rumford was host to 9 teams from Maine in which F.H.S. Snow Birds placed a close fifth with a score of 30857. F.H.S. quintet defeated Iay in the sellout night- cap 44-33. As a result, Farmington and Wil- ton will meet in the finals. A committee composed of D. Butler, chairman, M. Iackson, K. Kershner, and G. Taylor organ- ized a food sale which profited the Iunior Class 252580. It was held at Barkeris Garage. The Sophomore Class staged a unique program, formal style, night club effect, with all mem- bers participating. The 5-4's, a quartet consist- ing of B. Diehl, F. Pratt, E. Davis, and B. Howatt, furnished some melodious tunes that were enjoyed by all. A special Hawaiian num- ber was expertly given by Sally Pattershall. Master of ceremonies was W. Atwell. The F.H.S. dance band played for the dancing. 1530.00 was added to the class treasury. A 5--reel feature picture, "Brigham Young," was shown as a climax to school that ended for a week to give students and faculty a Vacation. QW ww - x - ffi' " 'Y x f z ' X A S Mwxx X X...x K ' www ww K VE Q 1 3 'wr xx NR Q QX XX S5 K -mg 5 1 , Qwgwww - -X WX Xxxwwxxiisgmx N X K Q QQ r X J , ' X 5 ww Q: .Nl The LAUREL O DATE EVENT ' COMMENT Feb 16 25 77 28 28 28 28 29 29 29 Tournament Trophy Ski Meet Basketball Basketball Basketball Basketball School Assembly Variety Show Plans Basketball It portrayed the problems of a religious group in pioneer time, who believed in the Mormon faith. Sponsored by English Dept. In the afternoon, Rangeley was taken out by lay for third place honors and Phillips won over Kinglield for the consolation. In a single con- test at night, before a full house of 1200, the Greyhounds upset speedy VVilton Academy to the tune of 43-36. Period scores in the tight battle were: 9-93 20-203 30-31, and 36-43. Coach Gould's " Snowbirds " did not fare too well in the two events that were completed at Kents Hill, but will be trying hard as they Hnish the dual meet next week. Farmington High's Iayvee squad made a trip to Strong and trampled their varsity 62-36. Next year's captain was chosen today with D. Luce capturing most of the votes. The Freshman squad took to the road to wind up their schedule by trampling Strong 56-36. As the '51-,52 basketball season closed, Coach Crozier stated that his cohorts were outstanding for a great deal of team work. A fiery campaign under Prin. Diehl was insti- tuted to secure band uniforms for F.H.S. Mr. Diehl, Mrs. Iames Flint, and Mr. Frank Adams were speakers and " pepper-uppers " along with selections from the Band. Arrangements and ideas are underway to pre- sent another successful Iunior-Seniori Variety Show. Planning committees are as follows: Seniors-D. Turner, chairman, A. Mitchell, B. Gove, N. Folger, I. Flint. juniors-A. Small, chairman, D. Butler, M. Iackson, S. Goodwin, A. Akerley, D. Luce, A. Richard, and G. Ranger. R. Magno and S. Dingley are chair- men of the stage committee. 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X Q s X 5 X .9 Xa .NA fferary Secfion It has taken me years of struggle, hard work and research to learn to make one simple gesture, and I know enough about the art of writing to realize that it would take as many years of concentrated effort to write one simple, beautiful sentence. ' Isadora Duncan, American ballerina I The LAUREL I SCHOLARSHIP By Diane Butler " VVhat a grind! I wouldn't be like him for a million bucks! " Those are the 'kind of remarks that make a student wonder whether good marks are worth the price. And yet, much more enters into scholarship than being on honor rolls, for if a person must give up all other activities and spend every minute on the books for the sake of an " A " grade-it just isn't worth itl Statis- tics show that those best fitted for college, those best in business, and in general life, are not the midnight oil burners who can't see beyond a Latin book. On the other side, however, let's not forget that most of us could spend more time on studies and still not be considered " grinds ". There's a lot of satisfaction in going into class well-prepared, and good marks can boost your morale plenty. If you have good study habits in high school-allotting your time more or less systematically-your life after high will be much better organized with less tension whether you choose college, business or a home career. ltis a good idea not to take mean remarks about grinds too seriously, also. Those that make the most talk against the hard-workers would usually like to swap places with the suc- cessful ones. It's a well-known fact that you can't please everyone. If, by plugging a little harder you can hit the honor roll, don't worry about those who try to make you unhappy about your success. Real grinds are few and far be- tween: but the good average all-round "B" student will always Bt into a happy, normal life. WILL THE HIGH SCHOOLS BE NEXTP. By Richard Huart Ex-President Herbert Hoover once said, " Next to religion, the greatest single factor for good in America in recent years has been sports." I wonder if Mr. Hoover would go so far as to say that today? The many arrests last year of the weak-willed college basketball stars and alleged Hxers, who were in on the bribery scandals, showed how dishonesty had entered into college sports. Fortunately, this corruption has not yet found its way into our high schools, the backbone of amateur sports. High Schools are a great deal closer to the parents of the players and to the people of the community and to the school leaders, than col- lege athletics. The players are home-town boys playing for home-town fans. This is an advan- tage for the most part. Most parents would chase a man out of town if he tried to bribe their sons. But even with this high sense of honor, too many dads are letting themselves be lured into practices that would bring our won- derful gymnasiums crashing down around our foul lines. In every town there are miniature examples of these practices, especially near tournament time which is rapidly approaching. There are some dads and community leaders who go to the games and bet. Not great amounts, but still they bet. Other dads, who were perhaps former athletes, or former coaches, or who have had some connection with sports, insist on sub- mitting their personal views on the matter of coaching. When they have their little discus- sions with the local coach, this question often arises: " Now, coach, just why isn't my boy Iohnny playing regularly? 3' Itis dads like these that unconsciously cause their boys to fall prey to a Sollazzo or a Weiseiiburg. Here are some suggestions on how to protect school sports in your town: 1. Don't bet on games. 2. Don't boo the referees and protest deci- sions. 3. Donit insist on winning teams at all costs. 4. Don't go " Big Time 'i with a coach who wants only to win and disregards the standards of sportsmanship and health. 5. Be a staunch supporter of your home townls athletic teams -not only with your pocketbook but with your presence. 0 The LAUREL O fauna: Jose oaaco AND HIS SPANISH BALLET The Boston Opera House was the scene of a bit of old Spain on December eighth, when Iose Greco and his Spanish Ballet presented a varied program of dances. This was their first appear- ance in Boston, and the troupe won a warm response from the audience. Their entertain- ment, which is a " review " rather than a " revue " of Spanish dance forms, greatly appealed to the filled house and many " Oles! 5' were heard as well as hearty hand applause. Iose Greco's group came to Boston direct from a successful engagement in New York. Pre- vious to coming to the United States they were acclaimed in Spain, France, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Switzerland-all in the few short years since they organized in Madrid in 1948! Naturally the ballet is built around Greco him- self. This young man, who is an Italian by birth and an American by naturalization, was greatly impressed, even as a small boy, by the itinerant dancers who chanced to perform in the little Italian village where he was born. When he first went with his mother to her native Spain, he spent countless hours around the inns and cafes watching the Flamenco dances. Greco came to New York when he was ten and im- mediately started a serious study of dancing. His first appearance Was in " Carmen." In 1941 came the 'turning point in his career - he became the great La Argentinita's dancing partner. They both shared a love of Spanish dancing. At the time of her death four years later, Greco had indeed reached great heights as a dancer. When he was invited to do a Spanish dance sequence for " Manotete ", a Spanish bullfighter motion picture, his ten- minute dance sequence was such a success that the audience demanded that part of the film be shown again after practically every performance. One of Greco's loveliest ballerinas is also his wife. She is Nila Amparo, an American of Spanish-Arab ancestry. Dark and attractive, she makes an ideal partner for Greco. She first saw Greco when he was dancing with La Argen- tinita. Afterwards she announced to her mother: " Today I have seen the most marvellous danc- ing that ever could be! " The real Spanish dance is definitely not ballet although the Greco company does a charming " Iuerga ", one of the classic 18th century Span- ish dances. Here we have the soft slippers, full skirts and some classic ballet steps. But it is in the Flamenco dances that the Spanish are really the best, for these are the traditional dances of Spain. The gypsies and Andalusia do these barefooted, but on the stage shoes are worn with small tack 'heads on the heels emphasizing the sound of the heel beats. I-Iandclaps, castanets and guitar are all used to accompany the stamping feet. Greco's " Rincon Flamence " has playfully been termed a " jam session " and that is a good description. The whole group takes part. Feet weave, fingers snap and bodies execute sharp agile turns to make a most effective scene. In the contemporary type of Spanish dance Greco has developed many creative ideas. His " El Cortijo " shows a lively dance that conveys the rhythm of horsemen on the " Campo ". But although the contemporary dances seem popular, it is the Flamenco that appeals to the majority of the audience. These numbers, danced with such authority by Greco, La Quica, a dancing teacher and coach, and the famous brother and sister team, Tersa and Iuanele Maya, who are Spanish gypsies, make the ob- server feel the real pulse of Spanish dance tradi- tion. Undoubtedly this group owes its success to the untiring work of Greco and his entire troupe. Hours and hours of practice are needed for such perfection. But more than the plan- ning and practice, lose Greco and his Spanish Ballet group appeal to the public because of their intense love of what they are doing. The sincerity and charm of the members are conta- gious. Small wonder that the Ballet is booked for one or two-week stands in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and on to Chicago and the West Coast! Diane Butler '53 9 The LAUREL 9 MY POLIO PAST l learned much from this book and really By Noreen Linduska enjoyed it. This was the author's first book I . l although she is now writing her second. The HMB' P0110 Pasta? by Noreen Lmduska was book was written in a very simple. appealing written for the Jur ose of tellinf eo le about i I P. 2, P P this disease which IS so vrevalent now, and k 4 1 particularly to show the actual feelings ot some! one who has had it. The author had an unusual type of polio, the bulbar type, which prevented her from speak- ing, swallowing, crying or even wrinkling her nose. As this was a very serious type of polio, there was not much hope given for her recovery. However, the Sister Kenny treatment, massages and exercises helped her a great deal towards recovering. , Once she accidently overheard doctors discus- sing her case and heard them say it would never be possible for her to walk without braces. She had always been decidedly set against wearing braces, and common to human nature, she tried harder than ever to try to do something that seemingly wasn't possible for her to do. VV ith unceasing hard work and practice, she was walk- ing without braces by the time she went home. This book tells the author's own story and was very well told, I thought, for autobiographical experience. She makes her friends, roommates, doctors and nurses, all seem very real. You are sympathetic with her on dithcult days and triumphant with her as she wins battles. way. lt gives the reader first-hand information from someone who really knows more " what it's all about Sylvia Hodgkins '52 LADY OF THE MOHAWKS By Margaret Widdemer Lady of the Mohawks is a book about the relationship between the white people and Indians during the settling of this country. lt's vividly illustrated as to the country and home of the Indians. You can get a clear picture of what you're reading, and it is easily understood after you get used to the lndian names. The two leading characters are Colonel Iohn- son and Molly Brant, who is an Indian. Colonel Iohnson is about thirty-two, a handsome and rugged man. He was trying to keep the Indian Confederacy of the Six Nations together. The Indians loved him as though he were a God. Colonel Iohnson tried to do everything for these people. ln fact, Colonel Iohnson married the daughter, Caroline, of Niclaus Brant, who was head of the tribe. However he had always loved Niclaus Brant's youngest daughter, Molly, as a daughter. but after she returned from school he realized he loved her as a woman. T0 R C H E S T R A 0 The LAUREL 0 Molly Brant had been sent to school to learn to speak English and to understand English ways. She hated it all and couldn't wait to be home and out of the English clothes. Molly was content at home but was always willing to help those who needed her. She was very wise for her age, just like her mother, who was Deyon- wadonti, " VVoman-who-is-two-women." Francois Ioncaire, a Frenchman, had been sent by his brother, who was an enemy of Colonel Iohnsonis, to the Mohawks to learn their ways. He was to be used as a way to kill Colonel Iohn- son, although he was innocent of this fact. The French were against the English and wanted trade with the Indians. Colonel Iohnson was the only person holding the Indians and English together. VVith him-out of the way the Indians would turn to the French. NVhile Francois was there, he too fell in love with Molly and asked her to marry him. Molly was undecided and told him to wait two years and then if he still loved her, she would marry him. During that time Molly became aware of Colonel Iohnson's love for her. If you want to know who won Molly and her love, which country kept friends with the Indians, read Lady of the Mohawks, by Mar- garet Widdemer. Hazel Bosworth '52 ROMMEL-THE DESERT FOX By Desmond Young Probably the purpose of this book is to inform the people about a man who had led a colorful but little-known-about life. And particularly to correct many erroneous opinions about him. Erwin Rommel came from an insignificant family in a small village in Germany. His father and grandfather had both been math- ematics teachers, so it was planned that he should be, also. Rommel, however, had not been born for such a minor and routine job. He was a small sickly boy until he was about fourteen. He had little interest in school, but did like to read and listen to his sister play the piano. As he grew older he was sent to a larger school but didn't do well enough to warrant his staying. VVhen he was nineteen he joined a Civilian Defense unit. He was unusually apt so was transferred to a group of military minded young men and trained to be a soldier. This was just before VVorld VVar I. Because of his mil- itary prowess, he became an oHicer and leader of a group of men in a comparatively short time. He fought in France mostly. After the war he taught at a university in Leipzig. As the threat of VVorld War II became ev- ident, Rommel began training men and prepar- ing with great anticipation. His rank rose rapidly during the next ten or fifteen years. He was finally made a Held marshal and placed at the head of the Afrika Korps. The Afrika Korps and Rommel became famous for their unusual military ability and were often believed to have supernatural powers. Rommel considered the safety of his men first and always led in his tank whenever they en- tered a battle. He soon, however, fell out of Hitler's favor because Hitler believed he was a member of the group of conspirators planning to assassinate him. Rommel was, therefore, dis- charged from military duty because of " sick- ness l'. While he was at home resting, two rep- resentatives from Hitler came and informed him that he was going to die. An hour after they were received, he left his home in an automobile and took a poison powder. So ended the life- of a great military genius. VV hen I had finished the book I felt that I had just learned about an enemy who had been an average person but had developed his one ability. In spite of myself I had formed a feeling of great respect for him. Desmond Young's style of writing abounds in local color. It is emo- tional but not excessively so. One might say that the author paints word pictures on every page throughout the book. Barbara Crosby '52 076646041 HOMEFRONT VS. BATTLEFRONT In this essay I am going to attempt to explain to you the dilference between our lives here at home and the lives of our men in the Service. You are going to see two different themes, the homefront and the battlefront. Pay attention now and read carefully. ' U The LAUREL 0 Mother got three meals today, did a washing and hung it out, spent a good part of the morn- ing on the telephone " gabbing " and the after- noon out canvassing the town with tickets for the Christmas Ball. After supper she was just too fatigued to wash the dishes, so she retired to the over-stuffed chair to catch up on her educa- tion--" Iohn's Other Wife." Iohnnie was a Private and green to the tech- nique of mass murder. He wasn't enjoying this man's war one bit and in the few quiet moments that he had Iohnnie would sit and think. He thought about home: VV as Mother baking mo- lasses cookies this Saturday morning? Was Dad going hunting in the early mornings now it was deer season? Tomorrow would be Thanksgiv- ing but Iohnnie would be with the men of D Battery eating K Rations on top of Heartbreak Ridge. Father had spent a terrifically hard day at the office--eight long hours. He came home, ate a nice hot meal including his favorite hot bis- cuits, and read the evening paper remarking, "I wish they would do something about this Cold War." He then had a Masonic Tour- nament to attend, arrived home around eleven and went upstairs to crawl in between two clean white sheets. Bill was just another G. I. He hailed from a small Midwestern town back in the U.S.A. Before the war Bill had been reporter on the town paper. Occasionally Bill remembered how he'd had to hustle to get a front page scoop. Today he killed his first foe. Bill is all " present and accounted for U physically but mentally? Will there be another front page scoop? Will Bill be able to step back and up to the role of ace reporter, his great ambition? Sister had a hard time getting up at eight this morning. And school was difficult too, all sorts of assignments. Still, she went to the movies tonight, completely disregarding her studies. When Sister came home she ate an enormous hunk of Mother's best chocolate cake and drank a large glass of fresh buttermilk. Lt. lack had a wife and a baby son whom he'd never seen. She wrote to him every day and he to her. She wrote of the baby's first step, first tooth, and his first words. Lt. Iack was tired of fighting. He wanted to go home and spend quiet, peaceful times with his family. But right now Iack's thoughts had to be " I'm re- sponsible for my men, all fifteen of them, even clumsy Hawkins who never does anything right." Little Brother was getting ready for bed. OOPS! He'd forgotten to brush his teeth or to take a shower. But why bother? He could always do it in the morning-if he got up in timeg if not, he could take it at Phys. Ed. Class. And, if not then, well, it wouldn't really hurt to miss just one day. Tom was a Captain. I-Ie'd been on the Front Lines for three months. How good it seemed to be standing under a hot shower. At times he'd wondered if he ever would see clean water again. Now he thought back to the nights and early mornings when he had gratefully washed his face and brushed his teeth in muddy water, in his battle helmet at that! Our men and boys, over there, are fighting and dying for the chance to enjoy just these simple everyday events in everyone's freedom. Are you one of these people back here on the homefront? How about you over there in the corner, you sitting at the desk, you walking, you riding down the avenue, you behind the counter? How about it? Nadine Folger ,52 ON SECOND THOUGHT In health class the other day, my teacher asked this question, " Which do you think has more effect on your life, your environment or your heredity? " An answer was quickly given, " Your environment! " Our teacher didnit altogether agree with us, and I have since found myself giving the subject considerable thought. I know people like to brag about their an- cestors whether one of them was a famous gen- eral or a horse thief, and often they brag more about the horse thief. Anyway I think that I have as good a genealogy as is possible to have, and what I am no doubt has depended a lot upon my heredity. The so-called local dynasty of Dingleys-Aus- tins-Morrills has much to be grateful to their ancestors for. They were always ready to answer their country's call. Our lineage has been traced to soldiers in King Phillip's War, the Revolu- 0 The LAUREL 0 tionary VVar, NVar of 1812, and the Civil VVar. An extraordinary proof of their devotion to our country was during the Revolutionary War in Old Ispwich when all the commoners, among whom was one of my ancestors, gave all their lands to pay the town debts incurred during the war. Then too, there has always been a great love for God in our family. This was shown by Iohn Alden and Priscillafs being willing to leave England and come to this country so that they might have freedom of religion. But also, one of my Quaker ancestors was arrested for rowing his boat on the Sabbath. My forefathers were always eager to increase their education. Mathematics " came very easy " to them. When my grandfather was quite young, many older pupils came to him for help on their problems. This is something I wish lid inherited more. Many of my maternal grandparents were teachers and seamstresses. Among the men. governors, ministers, farmers. stonecutters, law- yers, log-drivers, and army leaders are found. There is a story in our genealogy of a courageous sire who, though lighting for the Confederates, had it said of him. " Of all those who drew their sword in behalf of the ' Lost Cause' none for bravery or well earned fame can exceed Brig- adier General Zebulon York." Love for adventure was shown in this incident pertaining to two of my ancestors, Dingley and lordon. They set out to settle government tracts of land. Dingley. who was always ready to out- wit the other fellow, decided to play a prank on Iordon. They were staying at a tavern over- night. Dingley took some of the tavern's silver and put it in lordon's knapsack. The next morning they started off but were soon over- taken by the owner of the silver. Iordon had to return to pay his line. Dingley went on and became the first settler of Raymond, Maine. A little dishonesty broke out again when my grandfathers corn kept disappearing during the night. He decided to put an end to this, so he set a bear trap in the corn Held. The result was that my grandmother's father was caught in the trap! Our Scotch blood came out in the ancestor who helped dump the tea into the Boston Har- bor. That night when he returned home he told his wife that she could End plenty of tea to brew in his copper-toed shoes. Courage. endurance, and fearlessness are seen in the old story of lonathan Knowlton, one of the First settlers of Farmington. VVith no guide but spotted trees, through unbroken wilderness from Farmington to XVinthrop, a round trip of Hfty-two miles, he shouldered his bag of corn and took it to the mill. His wife Mary and her infant son were left alone for weeks in a log cabin. I don't know what I'd call this ancestor unless it is agile. One old grandmother, from an up- A R T G R 0 U P U The LAUREL 9 stairs chamber window, saw the cows in the corn. Thinking of nothing else, she jumped out of the window and drove the cows away. And another of our mannerisms is seen in an old grandfather, who loved to tell about his war experiences, expressing his feelings by large gestures with his cane. My ancestors were industrious and the hap- piest when they had no idle moments. One old grandfather at the age of ninety-four walked from Durham, Maine to Avon, none the worse for his tramp. An old grandmother at the age of eighty-Eve was able to ride a fiery steed with- out the use of a saddle. father York, known as twenty-one winter terms of school. He was a penmanship and music teacher and by trade, a stone cutter. In his spare time, he farmed. Also he was Iustice of the Peace and helped lay the foundation stone work of our present State House in Augusta. Yes, as I look back upon these ancestors, I can see that my heredity has affected my life. I realize I am what I am pretty much because of them. On second thought, I think I agree with my health teacher. Ianet Morrill '53 A great-great-grand Squire York, taught PREPARING TOMORROW'S ADULTS The period during high school is the turning point from children to adults, both physically and mentally. It is the time when all of the person's character and personality is brought out. This era of schooling has much bearing on the future, because this is where the student has a fine chance to Hnd himself and his abilities. Of course studies should come Hrst, before any activities. To have the diligence to do capacity work and do it as well as possible will prove to be a great asset to the high school student. Another important virtue is to get along with one's teachers and classmates in every way, by being friendly and cooperative. After knowing how one stands in his aptness to his chosen course, he then should select his extra-curriculum. It is desirable that all students have something compatible in school activities, to ease the mind from routine. However, before taking on any additional program, one should consider the amount of free time available, his abilities and purpose. If you're athletically inclined, the school 'you are attending offers you a chance to display your aptitude in its competitive games. Organized sports do much to improve character and social development, besides strengthening coordina- tion, and maintaining the good health of the body. Health isn't something to overlook, for it will show its effects later in life. The person who lives longer usually has exercised his body and followed the best living standards. Speaking and dramatic groups are available for those who have deftness in expression of the voice and acting. An active part in this field may be a stepping-stone toward a great success, for speech is necessary in all walks of life and the better trained the voice, the better the speaker, and consequently the better the leader. Usually the school has a newspaper and a yearbook staff that afford an excellent opportu- nity to display powers with the pen in express- ing ideas, view points, etc. Iournalism, becom- ing an author or a poet, frequently gets its initial push at this stage. Vocal and instrumental clubs also show their standings in high schools by sometimes turning out a professional-to-be entertainer. And no interest furnishes any more pleasure, and often profit, throughout life. W'hile taking part in your chosen activities don't neglect the students and faculty around you. By being helpful, courteous, and resource- ful, you inevitably will become well-known and might eventually become captain of the football team, president of the class, or chief organizer- all good training for leadership. Although high school is a very important occupation of ours, we can also be of use in our community. VVe can do good and no harm if we take an active place in the church, because We will find that to live a radiant, abundant life, we must have a faith: and to follow Him would make the road to happiness easier to travel. God gives the believer strength and courage to face problems more easily. Actually all of the studying, school activities, church activities, and other various interests can be too much,-although they may not, at times, appear so. ' Since we are young and energetic adolescents, sometimes, unfortunately, We Hnd something more enjoyable to occupy our minds, ' The LAUREL I nevertheless, we should have the intelligence to force ourselves, if necessary, to do right. It is true that school, its functions, and numerous other outside activities take up a great deal of our young lives, but they are powerfully inHuen- tial in directing us toward our goals. Securing an education today is all important. Even though we high school students must bear down during secondary schooling and get into the habit of making the best of ourselves, also something else must accompany those ef- forts: to do our best we must enjoy ourselves. Work and play go together, but there's a place for each. High school covers only a four-year period, but much can be learned or lost from those short years to prepare ourselves for our destined ambi- tions and goals. Gearry Ranger '53 WHAT YOUTH FACES How can we create a better world? That's what many people are thinking. Are we always going to have our lives corrupted by a war or wars? Is this a test to see what we're really made of? This test of endurance is really an education to us. I-t should make our lives stronger and more lasting. It should make more broad-minded people in the world. But in order to carry out these efforts we have to understand some of our present problems. We can't be a nation unto ourselvesg we have to have foreign relations, and we've got to produce a stronger unity among men. People are judged by their accomplishments, and the same should be true with a nation. But there must be justice among individuals and so na- tions must see that accomplishments are secured fairly. First we must strive for these in our own homeland before we try to recreate elsewhere in the world about us. Do we at home really understand the conflicts of the world? Perhaps we hear just one side of the problem, perhaps we respect the positions of leadership instead of the leader himself. A leader should have a spirit of service toward mankind and help to better the masses. But often, too often, he thinks only of himself. Probably every generation has felt that its prob- lems were too great for the intelligence of man- kind. But every generation has produced leaders capable of overcoming the obstacles in the path of progress. VVe must learn to profit by the past experience of the race. VVQ must be wary and distrust snap judgements. There are many defects in present day society which we must strive to eliminate. People say now as they will always, that aims such as these 'are impractical. Scientific facts of the past can accomplish much to apply scientific knowledge to this field. It is our duty to do something constructive, this earth should be a better place to live in as the result of our having lived. We must live the kind of life which will continue to our children and their children healthy minds and the strength to carry on our democracy. As we know the world of today is definitely a better place for the common man to live than that of a thousand years ago. The future, with our help, if it is along the right path, should be a greater improvement over that of today. After all, political and economic changes are important and necessary, but they would not be so important if changes could come about in the hearts of men. Possibly the only way to solve our problems will be by universal observance of the " Golden Rule ". If humanity as a whole reflected on, " Do unto others as you would want them to do unto you H, this turmoiled world would have a complete revolution. But no law can bring this aboutg the only thing is to make it easier for us to do good and unprofitable to do evil. The daily things of life are important, but more important is the man who lives them. The world will always need men who can think clearly and alCt courageously. Here is the op- portunity for the youth of today. Avis Hopkins '52 MY WEEK-END EXCURSIONS TO STRATTON My week-end jaunts to my father's camp in- clude some of the best times of my life. Camp Fleda is the name of the camp, which is located about four miles this side of Strattong this means a trip of about forty-three miles from Farm- O The LAUREL O ington. Not far distant from the camp is a brook Where we spend a good part of our time fishing. - Our crowd usually consists of Bernard Rack- liffe, lack Mastine, Alan Smith, Kenneth Churchill and myself, since we all enjoy the same sort of entertainment. A few days previous to these trips we get together to make plans for our eats and various other preparations, but in the midst, our conversation strays and nothing is planned till the last minute. Transportation is no problem, if a person doesn't mind riding in a '36 Ford, lending a hand at patching a tire, or using surplus energy at pushing or walk- ing three to six miles for gas. Upon our arrival at camp there is plenty of work to be done and each one does his share. There is water to be carried from the spring, supplies to be carried in from the car, wood to be chopped, beds to make, and the dinner to prepare. Preparing the meals is the most fun. VVe all try our luck at it, although our luck is none too good. By the time dinner is prepared all are ravenous. We all do justice to it, if it is no more than flapjacks. Bernard tries his culinary arts at fudge and coffee. The fudge is somewhat like cement, but we all eat our share and call it good. Bernard also makes the coffee for the crowd, sometimes it is so thick and black that you have to cut it with a knife and sink the sugar with an anchor. Nevertheless he prides himself at being a great cook. Kenneth, is none too good at cooking but does his share doing dishes. He and work don't agree, he can sit right down beside it and forget it's there. lack is the life of the party, stops all arguments, keeps things running smoothly, and is ready for any kind of sport. Alan is jack-at-all-trades, lends his hand at anything from chopping wood to sweeping the floors. Our day is spent in fishing, playing horse- shoes, cards and eating at intervals of every five minutes. By six-thirty we are ready for supper, which consists of beans, frankforts, rolls, milk, coffee, and pie. The entertainment for the evening is playing listening to the radio, singing songs and popping corn. Bed-time rolls around about twelve o'clockg from then on till three is story- cc ss, telling. Before going to sleep we all agree to be up before five-thirty and be out fishing at six- thirty, but to our surprise we awake to the clock's striking ten! I say "O heck! We still have time for fishing." There is quite a com- motion as we hurry around getting dressed, preparing breakfast and doing other chores be- fore we start out with our fish poles. The fish- ing sometimes is good and a fellow can catch his limit, which means we will enjoy a nice meal of brook trout for supper. These trips hold pleasant memories which I shall never forget. Maine holds many such pleasures as these, where one may escape from the turmoil and the too strenuous realities of life for awhile. Merle Smith '52 The following feature story is reprinted from the W011l8H,S Page of the .Ffllflkll-I1 lourmzl, courtesy of the editor, Miss Emma M. Mahoney. FHS SENIOR HAS MADE SCRAPBOOK OF FABRICS Avis Hopkins Is Student In Home Economics Class Students in Farmington High School home economics classes not only learn much about the problems and skills of homemaking, but some of them also find in the course an opportunity for artistic self-expression. Such a student is Avis Hopkins, senior, who as an extra project in her study of fabrics under the direction of Mrs. Thais Linscott, instructor, has made a clever scrapbook containing over 200 kinds of clothing materials. It took her approximately ten hours to make the book which is in eight sections, one each for cotton, linen, wool, silk, rayon, nylon, and plastic. The cover is made from tiny pieces of cotton, sewn together in crazy patchwork. On the pages of each section are pasted neatly pinked two inch squares of the various types of cloth, manufactured from the particular kind of Fibers. The cotton section, which is the largest in the book, contains 77- different samples of cottons, selected and arranged to show variety of design and harmony of color. I The LAUREL .0 The Final third of the book contains only old time fabrics. To introduce this section Miss Hopkins used various kinds of fabrics to fashion a " Gibson girl ". The white cotton shirt-waist has puffed sleeves, a high tight collar and a tiny ruching of lace. The long sweeping skirt and the matching parasol are of a gay figured delaine. The costume is completed with a Hat, beribboned hat, placed atop the Gibson girl's high pompadour. Miss Hopkins is fortunate in having two grandmothers, one, 91, who lives with the young seamstress and her parents at their Mt. Vernon home, and the other, 84, who lives just across the road. The scrap bags and attics in these two homes supplied the samples of dainty, Hower-sprigged delaines, small figured calicos and soft Han- nelettes, popular for making the " wrappers " of the 90's. Anyone who sees the book will be impressed with the neatness and attention to detail of the work which Miss Hopkins has done. For the Hopkins family, however, the book has an even stronger appeal. A swatch of heavy, white satin, with a delicate pattern traced in black, is all that remains of an aunt's dress, worn when she graduated, many years ago from Farmington Normal School. A piece of pin-checked gingham from a dress worn by Miss Hopkins' mother as a schoolgirl, a splashy, flowered Hannelette like a wrapper worn by one of the grandmothers when she was young and other samples from long ago cos- tumes of relatives all stimulate recollections of special occasions of the past and lend an added value to the book. HUMOROUS CUSS " In time your crushed foot will heal, but I can not guarantee how much or how little it will hamper' your future normal way of life." These words were spoken to Richard, telling him plainly the score, but his only answer was, " So long as it heals, Doc. So long as it heals." The human spirit is unbeatable. We have just seen that in Captain Carlson and Mate Dancy. And there is also-Richard. A brave man? Perhaps. But no different from anyone else. Other than being about six feet, six inches tall, he has a rugged build, and a happy outlook on life the same as you or I. What makes him different then? Nothing, so far as sharp con- trast goes, but, well, let me start at the begin- ning. Richard- it is not necessary to know his last name-always was a jolly person, doing his work day after day, but he never seemed to be Miss Avis Hopkins '52 and her Scrapbook of Old Fashioned Fabrics SN ' The LAUREL 9 able to get ahead. Part of his salary went for the grocery bill, part towards general necessities, and part towards the building of his new home, which he was completing with the aid of his wife. You would find him working on it long after he should have been in bed, so as to feel fresh for the next day's work at the garage. However, he always took time out once a week to enjoy himself so that life would not become a symbolic monotone. Even so, he did not seem to really be gaining very fast. I think perhaps this was what started the idea in his mind of going to Limestone to work on the airport. Not long after, this idea was put into motion and the wheels of time again turned, with Richard, his wife, andtbaby in Limestone earning an average pay of S95 a week but living in poor quarters, as a crowded air base offers little in that line. fCockroaches are not the best companions, even though not numerousj Have you ever had an accident that made your way of life impossible, or shall we say very hard to live? Probably 'half of you will say no. Some will say yes, but let me tell you anyway. lt was about two months after arriving at Lime- stone that it happened. A small child was walk- ing across the road when a sand truck-about three times as large as any you might see in this locality-came rolling down the road. Be- cause of its height, it is impossible for anyone in the driver's seat to see anything directly in front of him for about three to five yards. The child had been playing beside the road when she decided that she wanted to cross. The truck at that time was about five yards away. Richard was standing but a few feet away when the child started in front of the truck. With a quick run and a leap, he pushed the child clear of danger but not before the truck wheel had caught his foot, turned his ankle, and crushed it, -twisting it into a contorted shape. If you have ever studied biology you will know something about the human body, but did you ever have the opportunity to watch some one work with the human body, perhaps your own? This man did. At first they gave him sleeping' pillsg then it had to be drugs. Perhaps it was because of Richards sense of humor or perhaps it was his curiosity, but he refused to go to sleep. Shortly two nurses came in and prepared him for the operation. You look at the foot and wonder how nature can be so cruel. He's still lying there watching you as they give him a spinal injection. The nurse is there tak- ing his blood count. He's taken the hand pump away from her and is doing it himself, working the gauge to the necessary point and then let- ting it out again. He flinched a little that sec- ond time but it begins to take effect. He hands the handpump back to the nurse and looks at me as if to make sure everything is right. Humorous cuss! He hasn't said anything about his foot since he was brought here, and he's still talking to me just as if we were drink- ing coffee somewhere. He offered to help the nurse but there isn't much he can do in a prone position. The lights make a hazy atmosphere, but Richard seems to Find them interesting as his gaze drifts from the doctor to them and back again. Almost finished now-quite a job- isn't much he can do until it starts to heal- if it does. There! The cast is finished-hope gangrene doesn't set in-hate to have him lose his foot-what time is it getting to be- Lordl Six hours- Then they wheeled him out of the operating room to a ward where he went to sleep almost immediately after saying that he was hungry. It was three months before Richard was al- lowed to leave the hospital to join his wife and son at home. lt had been decided at the time of the accident that they should return there, where they could more easily live on the com- pensation provided from the accident insurance. But today, Richard is pursuing his normal way of life, perhaps not exactly as he wishes, but with comparative ease. His foot is still intact and slowly healing. Truly a hope fulfilled. " So long as it heals, Doc! So long as it heals." Betty Metcalf '52 BRINGING HOME THE CHRISTMAS TREE Oh, dear! Christmas is just around the corner and no tree. Please, Father, for the tenth time, when are you going to get one? Christ- C The LAUREL , 0 mas is three days away. Last year we did not get one until the day beforeg and then we wouldn't have had one, if I had not kept after you and gone with you. We walked knee deep in snow. You didn't like my company or so you said. Maybe I did get on your nerves, but we got a tree, didnit we? I love to go hunting for Christmas trees, but still after all these years, I cannot remember the different kinds of trees. " Remember when I would ask, ' What is the matter with this one? ' " You would growl, " It is a spruce. I want a I-ir I' " VVhy doesn't spruce make a good Christmas tree? D " Oh, they do for city folks who do not know one kind from another." . " Father, here is a good one." " It is not. It is too poorly shaped, if we are voinr to have a tree it is oinf to be a food .5 in 3 8 8 is Y! one. " Hey, wait for me." " Oh, for heaven sakes, what is the matter now? " "Inst a second, Father. I have some snow in my bootf, Then I would get hung up in some branches and again you would have to wait for me. The next thing I would know, we were right back where we started and no tree. " Then, Father, remember the year before last, when I got desperate? I dragged my aunt, who doesnit know any more about trees than I do, if as much, along with me. VVe were going to bring home a Christmas tree. We hunted and hunted. We got our boots full of snow. I was trying to be so very careful and get the best shaped tree we ever had. We found one, a big one that would reach the ceiling. Our rooms are nine and a half feet high. Our tree was two feet too tall. We somehow chopped it down. It looked like the work of beavers, and I think even they could do a better job." The best way to get it home was up the main road, and that was how we went. I held up the butt end, Auntie held up the top, the middle branches dragged. We were covered by the branches, and people told us later that we looked like a giant hedgehog coming. " Yes, Father, you took one look and nearly fell over back- wards. All you said was, " It is a nice shaped tree, but why did you get a cat spruce? " " Iust three more days until Christtnas, Father. Now, for the eleventh time, when are you going after the Christmas tree? " Ieanette Waite '52 MY MOST TREASURED GIFT: MY MUSIC There I was again, standing outside, trying to hear what came from within. The older pupils had disappeared inside and now were seated in rows according to voice parts and hold- ing the music which later held so much magic for me. Every Wednesday for more than two years I stood outside that door and listened to all the songs that the choir sang, waiting for my chance to be in that group. Most of the songs I could sing by heart, and the rest I was content just to hum. Then at last the big day came- pupils in my class were given a chance to 'try out for the open- ings in the choir. It must have been my lucky day, because having one empty chair fsopranoj and -ten candidates, I managed somehow to Fill that vacant chair from that Wednesday on. After that each week I sang with the choir. I learned the meaning of co-operation among parts. I learned the musical signs written in the music, but most of all, I was singing as I had wanted to do for so long. In the fifth grade I moved across the river to a new school, and because I had the same music director, I was allowed to belong to the choir, made up of sixth, seventh and eighth grade students. It was at this time that I began to take violin lessons. I loved this also, as it gave me more time to be with music, but it never took or can take the place of singing for me. As soon as I had learned enough I joined the orchestra. In the seventh grade the choir gave an operetta in which the eighth grade members took the leads. What a thrill it gave me to take part in a larger production! I sang in the artist's chorus and none were as happy as I. 9 The LAUREL In the eighth grade I played one of the leads in the operetta. Also that year I started attend- ing the State and New England Audition Fes- tivals with the orchestra. Since that time I have attended live State and four New England ones. On entrance to high school I joined the or- chestra, the mixed choir and the girls chorus. Since that time I have been in several concerts and other musical programs. My musical educa- tion all the time was mounting. The summer before I was a junior I took voice lessons. I had to give this up. however, because my teacher was a vacationist and soon had to leave for her regular duties in the fall. In my junior year, a Music Appreciation course was offered in the high school. Many of my music loving friends and I jumped at the chance to learn more about music. During that course I learned many of the other sides of music besides just the performing of it. VVe learned and felt from the music the feeling of the composers. VVe learned about the beginning of music, the types, and how it was made to sound as it did. YVe took apart the orchestra and choir and learned as might say " what makes it tick." Every year a New England Concert Festival is held somewhere in New England with can- didates from all New England states. It has been my good fortune to be able to attend for three years. In that time I have had the priv- ilege of singing under the superb direction of Dr. Hoggart and Dr. lohnny Richmond. The former is a Fred VVaring director and the latter has trained under Mr. VVaring and now is choir director at Lafayette College. XVhat they have taught me about singing cannot be related as it would take so long, but two particular items which they both stressed were how to get clear diction and how to sing ever so softly. These are issues which 111OSt directors work on con- stantly. Singing in a group of three hundred selected voices is quite different from singing in a group of thirty-live people who sing just for something to do. The night of the concert is thrilling. The hall Qwhich is usually hugej swells with the music and all else is still, as the chorus come to an almost hushed silence. The end comes with a blast of horns, and then there is a complete lull before the wave of applause strikes. Before you are done, the music has moved you so deeply that the departure of new friends has you almost weeping by the end. NV hat you have learned, however, will not depart but will stay with you for many a year. Many people enter high school and leave with- out ever having taken part in any type of musical activity. They may think that they haven't the talent or the time to put into music, but what it adds to their enjoyment and cultural background of one of the line arts, can easily pay you for the time spent. In the future I may not be so close to music as I have been during my school years, but P U B L I C W U TheLAUREL 0 what I have learned and enjoyed in music can never be taken away from me. You see I'm on the inside now, looking out. Betty Hawes '52 mxmd7Mw TEENAGERS - THEN AND NOW A topic that is almost always under discussion is the modern teenager. This group includes lqidx from the ages of twelve to twenty. They are a mixture of today and yesterday in wearing apparel, but in their choice of entertainment, talk and actions they are a group entirely by themselves. No one compares with this group and probably no one wants to. This modern group wears faded blue jeans or dungarees, and dadis discarded shirts with bobby socks and devices they call shoes. On their heads are various styles of hats. They might be older brother's sailor hat or dad's old, faded, wrinkled felt or a homemade affair manufac- tured from old remnants from the attic. Back in the l900's, teeners dressed quite dif- ferently. Mom gasped if daughter showed her ankle. much less her knee. Their jackets, blouses and sleeves were very snug in fit. Their figures resembled the ungraceful and unlovely hourglass. This was the day of the high and close-fitting collars of silk and muslin. A broad- brimmed sailor hat was a favorite for a warmer day. and the " Chanticleer " type set the barn- yard fowl upon the heads of dainty women. The tail feathers drooped at the back with the head erect ready to announce his presence. VVays of conversation have also changed some- what. Today we gather ou street corners, in the corner drug store or anywhere the gang happens to be. The following conversation was overheard at the drug store: " Let's have some ground meat between two flaps and some red coloring." 'K Def, but I'd like some breath blowers on mine and I'll have a coke." U Yeh, me too. VVhat didya get on your report card? ii " Oh, I hauled down a C in everything. Did good, huh? " " VVow, look at that dish strolling by. Some cut-out, say, boy? " This conversation goes on and on and then the two leave, jump into a hopped-up Model T and off they go. VVay back then, they sat very care- fully in grandma's over-stuffed chairs and talked grown-uppish. The following might have taken place on a day in the l900's. e " Good afternoon, Miss Applebeef' " Good afternoon, Henry. This is a surprise. VVon't you sit down? N : S' Yes, thank you." " Ionathan, will you bring some tea, please? H " Certainly, ma'am." S T A F F 0 The LAUREL 5 I " Well, Henry, how is your work progress- ing? " " Oh, just fine. I plan to go to France in Iuly to further my study." " Oh, do you? How exciting! " Uonathan brings in the tea. They talk casually while sipping tea.j " Would you like to play Chinese Checkers, Henry? " " With pleasure, Miss Applebeef' We are forever trying out silly ideas like dous- ing half a bottle of Newberry's best ten-cent perfume on to see whose man we can hook or having an atomic hair-do or wearing something " out of this world." Our young men of today have an old jalopy to run around in, or if they are lucky they might get dadls convertible. The boys of yesterday never fastened their overshoes. They walked around with them Hap- ping, a practice which got on the nerves of some mothers. The girls, as well as the boys, wore raccoon coats which were called Tom-boy coons. The girl's hair was cut in a boyish bob or a wind-blown affair. Tinted hair was quite common then, too. And an essential thing in every girl's wardrobe was the middie blouse. As far as the cars were concerned, the teeners were unlucky. During the winter the cars were stored in the garage. They were brought off their blocks in the spring after the snow had entirely disappeared. As the cars weren't used in the winter-time, whenever a guy wanted a date, he asked his girl to go walking with him. It is almost impossible to go by foot nowadays! It is always the car. The wife goes to see Mabel, goes to a club meeting or just goes. The hus- band goes to work, goes to play poker or just goes also. For the poor old car it is go, go, go all the time. I suppose teeners will always -be a problem, and the next generation will recall the way we dressed or acted and laugh at us the way we laugh at the past. Glenda Lamkin '52 CATS By Ima Katt When I think of cats, I think of two green eyes, four furry paws, and a long tail, in assorted sizes and colors, such as grey-brown, orange, black and white. Some even have a bluish tinge. There are many different types of cats- Persian, Angora, Maltese, Siamese, etc. Then there's the plain old mongrel cat, who has no fancy pedigree or recorded lineage and whose maternal great-grandfather may have bunked in Phillips, Maine, while his paternal great-grand- mother may have basked in Florida sunshine. This may be going to extremes but is entirely possible. This type of cat I have just spoken of C like mongrel dogsj often makes a better pet than the pedigreed feline. Let's discuss the latter type of cats. We have several of them at home, Five to be exact. Each one has a different name and all are differently colored. First there's Sizzette, our only female cat. She's black, orange and white. All the rest of our cats are " Tom " cats. Therels Dusty. He's sort of a peach color with white paws and stomach. And Teddy. He's dark orange and the typical alley cat, but very affectionate, as all our cats are. Then there are the two old " Toms," Muffy and Mischief, whose name we've changed to Sylvester. This name suits him very well as he has long tiger-colored hair and tries to be very dignified. The only trouble is that Muffy has to squabble with him once in a while, and when they squabble, you will hear the darndest yowls and screeches. However, most of -the time they get along very well. All except Sylvester are very good mousers, also usquirrelersn and "birders" too. Every once in a while, one or the other of them, will go out and catch something, not because he is hungry, but rather to make him feel a little less guilty about sleeping all day-or so I think. The only time they really hunt is when there are some kittens to feed, and then they really bring home the bacon. I like our cats very much, and I donit think I would ever swap or sell one of them, as they are like broken parts of an old car-hard to replace. Lauris Bailey '52 LITTLE SISTER VS. LITTLE IODINE lim sure Iodine, the little girl in the funny paper, can think up no more mischief than my sister. 9 The LAUREL O It always seems strange how she's sick until itis too late to go to school. " Get up, Diane. It's time you got ready for school." In a weak voice comes the reply. "I don't Want to go to school today. I'm sick." Then in a whisper, " Of school." An hour later instead of lying in bed sheis jumping up and down on it. ' She throws rocks at the windows and when confronted with her misdeed will tell you that someone told her to. It goes something like this. " Why did you break the window? " She takes in a deep breath, sticks her head in the air and with an attitude of, I'm not so dumb, answers, "So I could see out better." Using this logic, the housewife's task of washing win- dows should soon be over. Iust pick up a brick and heave it through the window. Like all kids my sister likes to play cowboys. She's what you might call a real actor. First she's coming down the road with Little Beaver bringing up the rear. No sooner has she gone by when she'1l come back riding the white stallion, " Silver ". . Then the subject of bullets comes up. Maybe just making a noise was all right for kids in the nineteenth century, but in these hectic times it takes more than noise to please them. Good soft tomatoes are " real " nice. Also eggs serve the purpose. So if you go into your garden and Find your tomatoes gone or into the henhouse and discover your eggs missing, don't look for bats when we still have brats. That's my sister. Oh, she has her good points. NVell, one or two anyway. Theodore Bradley ,52 I BELIEVE IN SANTA CLAUS When I walk down the street of Freedom, U.S.A. during the Christmas season, my heart seems to have an extra warm glow. The streets are paved with glittering gems, the stores all have dreamland appearances and most important of all people's faces are radiant with a cherubic childlikeness. Is there any other time that our old neighbor with the sour disposition has a saintly smile? And the music surrounding me -" Silent Night ", " Hark The Herald Angels Sing U, and even " Frosty the Snowman "-all seem from the Heavenly Choir. As the Christmas season approaches each year, a very special feeling seems to enclose my heart. And considering how everything is adorned and directed to enhance the spirit of Christmas, I guess everyone else seems to get the same feel- ing of giving as I. It doesnit matter what one gives, it is the principle behind the gift that counts. For countless years people of all races, creeds and religions have enjoyed this spirit. Although it may have been different in appearance, it is the same spirit,-the spirit of " Santa Claus." It seems that even during a world crisis that feeling of giving is still in people's hearts There isn't another experience in this world which can make one so completely happy as that of giving. If only the Santa Spirit of giving could last the entire year, what a Utopia this world of ours would bel Have you ever thought of the gifts Santa leaves us? Even tho they are less tangible than the ones we unwrap from colorful paper, they are nearer to our hearts. What greater thrill than watching a child opening, " just what he wanted." Or a dad opening the bookmarks which his little daughter made him in Sunday School! If everyone would believe in " Santa Claus " like the innocent child and all kind, unselfish people celebrating Christmas in their hearts, we could attain the dream of our freedom-loving nation - One World. I believe in Santa Claus, don't you? David Ferrari '52 A TWO HUNDRED FIFTY WORD THEME A two hundred fifty word theme seems a tre- mendous task for an overnight assignment and yet, the words add up quickly after you get started. I End my big weakness in writing such a theme is the fact that I stop every half-page or so to count the words. For instance, I've just added these, and I Find I've already written sixty- three. That means that I have put on paper sixty-three two-hundred-Hftieths of what I shall need. It takes a good deal of time to choose a sub- ject, for in an open theme it's an excellent idea to write about something of which you have 67 O The LAUREL 0 quite a bit of knowledge. In that way you do not find yourself searching wildly for words to express the little you do know. If I should write about Einsteinis theory, my theme would amount to an encyclopedia reprintg whereas if I should describe my favorite birds or dogs I could be both original and enthusiastic. I could compare my " almost " cocker spaniel with any thoroughbred of the breed, and I'll guarantee that my dog would come out on top. That's the big -advantage of writing. You may be wrong, but at least it gives you a chance to express your opinions. A famous statesman once said that he'd " rather be right than be President." I'd make that a simpler statement and say, "I'd rather write than be President," that is, if I hoped to be in a position of importance sometime in my lifeg for there is no question but what the written word carries tremendous power. Iim afraid I'm not too ambitious, though, in fact, my big hope for the moment is to get just those two hundred fifty words. Heavens, you don't suppose live gone beyond that number! Two hundred ninety words! This has gone far enough! - Diane Butler '53 Sdn!! Stow " THE FENCE " Once, many years ago, out in the middle of a sparse XVestern plain, dotted with gopher holes more or less inhabited by rattlesnakes, there lived an old ex-prospector. Now the only reason he was an ex-prospector. was that he had decided to raise cattle. He had bought a few head on the " Pay-you-whewI-can 'I plan, and had decided to become a rancher. He had great plans for himself. He could see himself standing in the yard of a great ranch house with miles and miles of nothing but miles and miles all covered with cattle stretch- ing out behind it. In reality. the only thing he owned that could be reckoned in miles was about twenty miles of six-gauge barbed wire. As he stood there looking at the grassland, he got the idea of fencing it. This would keep his cattle from straying after the fall round up. The more he thought of the idea, the better he liked it. But there was a catch. He had no fence posts, and as there were no trees, he could not cut them. This problem had him stumped for a couple of days, but finally he came up with a brilliant idea. Since this land would have to be fenced only during the fall round up 'when the temperature hovered around freezing, everything would be all right. He went ahead with his cattle idea and in a few years he was a prosperous cattle owner. Come fall, tho, he still had to build his fence, only this time he had the solution. After a few days the fence appeared stretch- ing across the plain in a neat line. Now to the casual observer, this was just an ordinary fence. But to you and me, upon further investigation, those miles and miles of fence posts were noth- ing more nor less than rattlesnakes-frozen stiff, their tails sharpened and noses blunted from being pounded as they were driven into the ground! ' Lauris Bailey '52 THE TRUTH, THE WHOLE TRUTH, AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH " Doubts? Are there any doubts in my mind about myself? Am I an impostor? Am I really crazy about horses? Do I really like to ride? " Daphine paused a minute, not quite sure what to do next. Finally she found the courage to speak the truth. " No, I'm not really a horse rider, kids. I was just pretending. It's true. I'm scared stiii' of horses! I've never been on one before in my life. Oh, golly. . someone say something. . . . don't just stand there. My little game is over. I don't care what happens to me now." All the girls were standing around her. They didn't mean to hurt her. They just wanted it straight. It seemed to Daphine that she was having a horrible nightmare, but no, this was no night- mare. She had been living in a world of fantasy. She had found it easier that way ..... until now. Until an unexpected " All Truths Day " jumped at her and brought her back to reality. " Oh, how I wish I had just been myself all along instead of trying to be someone else bigger 0 The LAUREL 0 and better only to make myself smaller and littler in the end. I just don't know what to do!" What would you do in her case? Let me explain. Daphine was the only daughter of well-to-do parents in New York. She was what I call a " home girl." That is, her parents kept her at home most of the time. She wasn't allowed to go swimming, she couldn't go roller skating, horseback riding or ,play tennis with the kids. Her parents just didn't want their little girl out running around with the crowd, when actually it would have been better if she were allowed to live a normal teenage life in some social group. But her mother saw to it that she was kept busy at homg playing the piano, painting or sculptur- ing. This built up in Daphine the desire for a different type of life. So at the close of school, in Iune, Daphine suggested she go away to a summer camp. Her parents thought this was a good idea, as it would give her something to do during the summer vacation and would per- haps expand her education. Arrangements were made and finally, Dra- phine stood alone in front of her cabin watch- ing her parents' car drive out of sight. Her mother's words rang thru her head-" Sign up for dramatics and arts and crafts, dear." " Dramatics and arts and crafts! Who wan-ts to take those? Oh sure, some of the campers will take them." After she had unpacked her clothes, she headed across the lagoon to the assembly hall. She decided she would sign up for some other exciting activity. Arriving at the hall, she found the majority of the girls were taking tennis, and a girl who introduced herself as Viriginia Cros- well, better known as " Ginger ", inquired if she were going to enter riding. " Why, of course," Daphine replied uneasily. " Oh, good. I'1l see you there. Okay?U Ginger replied. "Sure" All the girls seemed so poised and so sure of themselves, and how Daphine envied them. Daphine's first day at camp was the day she signed up for trouble. It was the day she signed up for riding and tennis. " All the other girls do, so I'm going to, too " was Daphine's thought. Daphine did, however, sign up for arts and crafts and dramatics and did very well in them. But there was a real knack to riding and tennis that really had Daphine scared silly. These two dreaded classes were held twice a week. Every- time during the month she found some excuse so that she wouldn't have to go. She had a headache, a toothache, suddenly became home- sick, or had something that had to be finished in arts and crafts. Oh, she gave the girls all kinds of excuses. There was a huge tennis class so she found her way out of that by say- ing she couldn't be bothered to wait for a court . . . . she could play tennis when she got home. But there was still riding. The girls kept after her. " When are you going to show us some of the expert riding you've been telling us about? " " Oh, I don't know, I'll see next week." Yes, little white lies kept Duffy safely from exposing her real self. She continued going to arts and crafts and continued lying her way out of riding. There was just one day and one night left. That last day when she awoke she heard the girls laughing and talking down in the rec' room. She crawled out of bed and went to investigate. She found it was " All Truths Day ". It seemed that on the last day of camp everyone was busy asking her friends questions she had never thought to ask about before, such as Wha't's your real name? All I ever knew was Ginger. Where do you live? What's your address? What's your phone number? Got any handsome brothers? Tell me about your family. Are you coming back to camp next year? There were simply loads of questions! So the counselors decided it would prove interesting to originate an " All Truths Day " by which every camper was to " tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truthf, Not only about such questions as I have already stated but any- thing one camper had a right to know about his fellow campers. ThuseDaphine was caught. Questions after questions werejfired at her. There was no way out. She was torn 69 . The LAUREL 9 from her dreamland and confessed. She told the whole story of her parents, odd ideas and how she wasnit allowed to have fun with the kids and that was why she wanted to go to camp. That was why she tried to deceive them so they would accept her as one of them. Duffy was all broken up about it. She realized she had made a foolish, juvenile mistake. But she can thank her lucky stars that the campers were true sports. They understood and didn't take it out on her. And one of the girls encouraged, as she waved goodbye, " You can come back next year and start out on the right foot." Peggy Iohnson '52 PARADISE One clear cold Saturday morning in October I decided to go hunting. I followed the woods road. I went through two beautiful stands of lir. I was so busy admiring them that I didn't notice I was off the trail. When I did find out I was in a part of the woods I had never been in before, I didn't mind because gray squirrels were plentiful. By the time the sun was overhead I had twenty squir- rels and one rabbit so I decided I'd eat. I cleared away all the leaves on the ground and built a fire on the dirt. I roasted two squirrels and ate both of them. After I cleaned them upiI decided to lie down and rest awhile. I guess I fell asleep because when I got up it was about two o'clock by the sun. I stooped over to pick up 1ny game and gun when I saw the biggest bear track I had ever seen. The tracks came up to where I had left my game' but it wasn't there now. He had cleaned up every bit of them. I decided to follow his tracks thinking of what fun it would be to be able to go home with a bear instead of a few squirrels and a rabbit. I followed the tracks for about an hour. Then I heard a splashing up ahead. I walked very slowly and quietly. I came to a clearing and what I saw held me spellbound. There was a beautiful blue lake, in it was a man swimming, and huge trout were jumping around. I strained my eyes to get a better look because it was getting dusky. There were deer, bear, fox, and many other animals and birds. They all seemed to be living in one large happy family. It was then the man saw me. He came over, but when he saw my gun he shrank back in fear. However, I reassured him I wasn't going to shoot so he came over. We talked awhile and then I asked him to guide me back. He said 'he would so we started back. In about an hour I was in my own back yard. I thanked him and told him I would come back and see him sometime, but he said he didn't think I would. For the last three years I have tried to End the place, but I haven't been able to. Even now nobody believes I saw this place. They all say I was dreaming, and I'm beginning to believe I was too. George Andrews '55 BACKFIRE Sir Henry chuckled to himself. Yes, he had been very smart when he had challenged the Duke de Gregory to a duel. For years the Duke had tormented him, lied to him, and even swindled him. He certainly had reason to get even with the man. ' But this was not the Hrst time he had tried to. Twice before he had burned Gregory's crops and land. He had been caught neither time. As he approached the Duke, he congratulated himself again on his craftiness. He had ob- served, over the years, that the Duke had a strong afiinity for bright colors. " Choose your weapon, Sir! " he cried. Then he smiled to himself as the Duke looked the guns over carefully and then chose the brown, red and gold one-the one with the iammed firing pin. " Hadn't you better check your gun? " asked Henry. " It might be empty." The Duke checked itg it was fully loaded. " All rightf' he said. " 10 paces, turn and fire! " " 1 " fOf course everything would be all right. He was just nervousj. " 2,3,4,5 " fAfter all, what could go wrong?l f'6,7,8,9', fHe had planned everything so carefully. There could be no slip-upj. " IO! " As Sir Henry spun around, he sud- 0 The LAUREL I denly realized his gun would not cock. Well, at least he would not be shot, as the Duke's gun would not work either. They would make-up, go home and get drunk together, and then Sir Henry would plan once more to get even with the Duke. But no, the gun in Gregory's hand was not the colorful revolver he had taken, but a dull black one! Suddenly Henry realized he had been tricked. The Duke had suspected treach- ery and had changed guns. All this he thought of in the second before the gun went 05, and after that he thought no more. William Pratt '55 THE SUN WILL ALWAYS SHINE It had been raining steadily for three days now. No shelter could be found anywhere. The village was in ruins from that last bombing. Not even one hut remained standing. But the problem of no food bothered Chiang the most. There hadn't been any for so long that he could hardly remember what it tasted like. And yes- terday he had finished the last of the rain water, but he thought he could catch some more. Chiang was a very heart-sick nine-year-old. He wished that he had someone to talk to, but everyone had Hed when the first of the bombs started to fall. Everyone but Chiang and his parents. His parents had been very sick at that time and Chiang had stayed with them. He was with them when they died. "I wish that I could have just a little more strength," he thought. And with that, he fell asleep. Tired, discouraged, hungry, and lone- some for a voice that might never come. Meanwhile, an American regiment was hop- ing fbut doubtfulj for a village, even a ruined one, in which they could find some sort of crude shelter, for some of their wounded men really needed attention. It seemed as though they had walked a hundred miles, but twenty miles for tired and wounded men seem like a hundred and twenty. Soon a scout came running back to report, "A deserted village just ahead, Sir. It's in ruins, but better than none. Iust about five minutes from here, Sir." Cheered a great deal at the thought of a place to at least sit down, the battered regiment stumbled on into the night. Little did they know then, that within twenty-four hours, they would have a lonesome little nine-year-old boy running to keep up with them. - Chiang woke up with a start. VV here did this fine, warm, wool blanket come from? Who were all these strange men lying silent on the damp ground? VVas he himself? Or someone else in a faraway land. "Hi there, fella. VVhat did they leave you behind for? " asked Private Iim Donahue, a young man of twenty-five from Portland, Oregon, .who wished that he were at home in Portland with his wife. "Are-are you an A--American? " asked Chiang in a small, shaky voice. "I sure am, but come on, tell me why they left you behind? I' said Private Iim. So Chiang told his short, pitiful story-a story that shows its face all over Korea. After Chiang Bnished, Private Iim seemed to be very deep in thought. Then he jumped up the was one of the lucky ones who werenlt woundedj and said, "Fil be right back Ioe Qthat's what he called Chiangj you sit tight right where you are." Private lim had known that his leader would let him, and he knew that his wife Barbie would love Chiang, and he knew -that he himself would love him, but what if Chiang didn't want to. VVhat if Chiang didn't want to do What? Why, let Private lim and Barbie adopt him of course. " Ioe! Hey Ice," shouted Private Iim, " come here a minutef, "I come quick Mister lim," answered Chiang. " Sit down. No, here beside me. How would you like to go far, far away, to America and be my little boy? 'I asked Private Iim to a pair of questioning eyes. Then he explained the whole plan to him. To look at Chiang you wouldn't think he was the same boy as the one of the dark rainy night before. Vlfith face aglow and trusting eyes, he looked at Iim and said, "I guess that I'd like that pretty good, Mister Iim. I guess that most always the sun will come after rain." " Drop the ' Mister Iim ', Ioe. It's just Dad to you." Anita Stewart ,55 0 The LAUREL 9 SW Kents Hill ........ ,.... l to 1 Wilton .,,... ..,....., 3 to 2 "BULLY" FOR US! M.C.I. ...l.... ...,.. 0 ro 0 Each girl stood erect, each held her stick Cony ....................................i ...... 1 to 0 steady as she waited for the bully, each held her Wilton ..,.............,......,,,,..,.....,...... 2 to 2 eye steady and gleaming, each tried hard for a natural smile. The camera clicked and the hockey team's picture was recorded for the year book. But this was not just a routine picture. Indeed, it was a very special picture, for it was the first undefeated girls hockey team F.H.S. girls ever had. And here is their story. Twenty-five girls, including these eleven, had competed for this Varsity squad. These had begun the season in a half-hearted manner, as it was the only fall sport for girls.- But the new coach had different and better techniques. She taught these girls the real way to play hockey. It got so every girl playing, looked forward more and more toward practice each night. Hurrying to practice, the girls would change into their gymnasium clothes, grab their stick and a ball, and race toward the hockey Held. Every girl took three laps around the field, no corners cut or it would mean an extra lap. All the girls helped to get the Field ready for a game - cut the grass, mark and measure the field. Each night they would practice drives, flicks, scoops, dodges, and dribbling. When the coach arrived, she would have them line up in a single line, dribble up the field and drive back to the next girl in line. Then she would have them form a circle with her in the center, from which she would pass to each girl, and each time around it would be a different kind of a pass. This done she would split her girls into two teams with one team at each end of the field. Here they would practice their corners, long and short. The forwards on the twenty-five yard line, with the defence players between them and the goal, would try to work the ball in and get a goal. If the guards got the ball and took it over the twenty-five yard line first, there would be a reward in store for them-" coke " for each defence player, or if a goal were scored, a " coke " for each offence player. Thus it came about, that for the first time in its history, F .H.S. had an undefeated girls hockey team-with this enviable record: credit These girls certainly deserve all the they got if not more, Sports Night and banquets included, because they had to work hard and did work hard and faithfully, for their un- defeated season. Arthuretta Welch '53 THE NOON-HOUR BASKETBALL GAME Some noon, when you have nothing better to do, go over to the Community Building, and watch one of those so-called basketball games. You will either be bored to death or die laugh- ing. It all depends on your sense of humor. This is what you will see. There will be from ten to Fifteen boys on the lower half of the court. They will be quite evenly divided, from four to seven players on each team. Some will be bare-backed and some will be wearing " T " shirts. Most of them will have sneakers, but a few will be in their stock- ing feet. Once in a while, some brave-hearted soul will change into his shorts, but this is con- sidered to be bad judgement by the majority of the group, as shorts give little protection against floor-burns and wall-abrasions, which are inev- itable. Another common little " accident 'l in the game, is to have one's toes stomped on so often that they become only ugly, swollen lumps, so I almost always wear sneakers. When I donlt, I average -to play only one game every second day, leaving one day between games to recuperate. As there are no referees, we have made a "man's" game with much unintentional but careless fouling. From the style used by some of the players, hook shots etc., you would think they were ex-pros. These are the "self-devel- oped" players. Many easy shots are missed while crazy shots taken back by the center line Float through. Some of the boys are quite good players, hav- ing played I. V. ball, but there are always a few who know nothing about the game, save only that the ball is supposed to go into the basket. When told that they have " double dribb1ed" 0 The LAUREL 0 or " traveled " and that they are supposed to give up the ball, they only give us a disgusted look, grab the ball and continue playing, think- ing all the time how clever they were to have avoided being fooled by that stupid trick we tried to pull on boys as smart as they. So we say nothing but continue playing and try to get even by working some simple play successfully on them to make them look as dumb as we think they are. All in all, we have a pretty good time, as it is good healthy exercise with only a broken toe or fmger now and then. Lauris Bailey '52 WESLEY MARCO, OUR SKI INSTRUCTOR' Sometimes a professor looks like a bullfighter and sometimes a bullfighter looks like a profes- sor, butour ski instructor looks like a ski instruc- tor. Wes is short, dark-complected, and rather slight, and I have never seen him in anything but black ski pants, a black parka, and a black ski cap. My Hrst question was about his earlier days on skis. VVes was looking up at the slope from the door at the hut of the Capt. Iohn Abbot Titcomb Memorial Ski Slope, where we sat. His eyes glowed and he was radiant with enthusiasm, as he commenced eagerly on his favorite subject, skiing. " I was born and brought up in Bath, Maine," he began, " but I wasnit bitten by the snow-bug until 1937. In fact, I never had a pair of skis on until I was twenty-two, and that was in a foot and a half of powder at Bridgton, Maine. I'd travel a good many miles to find that same snow today," VVes concluded, as he peered at the ice-covered slope. However, VVes' background for teaching is excellent. " Yes, I spent a couple of weeks with I-Iannes Schneider at North Conway, N. I-I.," he replied to my inquiry, " and later I went back there to teach for Hannes. I also took some lessons from Toni Matt. For a whole week we practiced slalom on blue ice. He's a good skier." VV hen asked about the techniques he taught, Wes sipped some coffee and gave me the works. "I teach a combination of Alberg and the .flllair techniques. The .4lbc'1'g has good basic fundamentals for all types of skiing, and the Allais puts in the punch and drive that good racing style needs." Although Wes has never said so himself, he is a commendable teacher at that type of skiing. " What places have you taught? " was my final question. " VVhile I was at Bridgton, I helped manage the slope at Pleasant Mt., and I also had my Hrst job as a teacher there. After Bridgton I worked for Hannes Schneider for a few vaca- tions while working in Westbrook. From there I moved to Bath, and now I travel to Farming- ton every week-end." There's some talk of Wes, moving to Farm- ington to live. "I have often thought of that and have given it much consideration," said W'es, " but I can't afford to leave the good job that I now have at the Bath Iron Works. I have a big family -to support remember." This then is our ski instructor. And whether permanent resident or week-end visitor, Farm- ington is grateful to him for the spirit he has given our community in this wonderful sport. Peter Webber '53 'V' 2nd place in the New England Regional Stu- dent Writing Contests sponsored by " SCHO- LASTIC MAGAZINES" and HQUILL and SCROLL " Class - Interview ICE-FISHING - A FAVORITE WINTER SPORT Being a young fellow and full of pep and steam, besides living in a locality that is abound- ing with small ponds, some of them containing Fish, I could not help but take an interest in ice- Hshing, which is a favorite Maine winter sport. I do not wish to say, however, that Maine is the only state in which this sport is participated, for there are many others all over the country. Perhaps before I go on I should give you an idea of the equipment that is required or that which will make your trip more enjoyable. First you must- have an ice chisel. The ice chisel should be five feet long. The blade itself may have a slight V shape or may be square. The 0 The LAUREL 9 blade should be sharpened only on the front side, leaving the back of the blade straight up and down. ' It might also be a good idea to bore a hole through the upper end of the chisel handle and tie a string of some kind through it, making a solid loop. Slide this over your hand and you will be less apt to lose your chisel while cutting the holes. I say this because many a fisherman has come away from a pond or lake leaving his chisel at the bottom. I am no exception. Next you should have fish traps and bait. Fish traps can be bought for twenty cents although I do not recommend these. Buy those that cost at least a dollar. You are surer of getting traps of a better quality. Traps with reels on them are very good. Be sure to get good line and plenty of it. Each trap, for this locality, should have at least twenty feet. Be- sides line all you will need is a hook and sinker, but take along extras. For bait, shiners are very commonly used, but I prefer tomcods. They are tougher than shiners and can be used more than once if you can take them off the hook without injuring them more than you have already. Although I beg you, dear fisherman, not to do it, for I am a very close friend of the tomcod. They will live in dry moss for days if it is wet enough. Upon reaching the pond or lake, test the ice by cutting a hole near the shore. This is a much safer way than cutting a hole after you are out in the middle of the lake. Perhaps you recall the old saying: Do not fear the bridge that bends, but beware of the one that doesn't. This may possibly be so, but a bridge is one thing and ice is another. If the ice bends, stay off! If it cracks continuously do not be too alarmed. Usually this is a sign that it is freez- ing. It is fun to chop a hole about half way through the ice, fill it with water and put your fish in it as you catch them, if you do. I did this once. In the early afternoon there came a blinding snowstorm. I forgot about the holes and fish until I began to gather my equipment for the journey home. Did you ever try hunt- ing for Hsh covered over with a drifting snow? I found the fish after a while, but now I put them where I'll be sure to find them, snow or blow. Usually in this locality there is some snow on the ice, but sometimes there is not. Often in December, and sometimes in Ianuary there isn't any snow. This makes hiking back into ponds much easier, for you do not need snowshoes. But when you do get on the ice look out! This brings to my mind an incident that I shall always remember. Dad, his cousin, and myself were fishing on Indian Pond located within the limits of North New Portland town- ship in Somerset County. We had been on the pond quite sometime when one of our flags went up. I raced from our fire, on shore, to where the trap had been set. I had the fish almost up to the bottom of the ice when up went another flag about fifty feet away. I yanked the fish up through the hole, flung him on the ice, and began running toward the second trap. That was where the fun really began. For as I neared the trap I stepped upon some chips of ice which had chanced to land there when the hole was cut. When I stepped on these, out went my feet from under me and down I went, hard! Did you ever have the experience of having the wind knocked out of you? Having this happen is bad enough to be sure, but what about those other two fellows over by the fire? Were they rushing out to help me up? Did they yell and inquire as to the nature of my health since my fall? They certainly did not. They stood around their cheery little blaze and laughed! Yes, laughed! Not chuckled, but laughed! What did I do about it? I went over by that cheery little fire and laughed with them, after I got my breath back of course. There wasn't anything else to do. I didn't get the second fish. I haven't any proof, but I think when I hit the ice it created such a disturbance of the water, probably much like a tidal wave, that the fish was either torn loose from the hook, or was simply torn to shreds by the raging water. There are many different kinds of fish caught through the ice. Of these, I believe the pickerel is sought after the I11OSt, not because they are better eating or a better game fish, and certainly 9 The LAUREL 0 not because of their beauty, but because they are far more abundant. I hope you will not think of the pickerel as being like a dead limb that has been lying at the bottom of the lake collecting mud. He is by far a much gamer species than a muddy, dead limb. You may haul in ,the line when it feels as though there were nothing on it except the sinker, and find a Hsh that will weigh five pounds! Then again you may pull up your line expecting a five- pounder and discover a one-pounder. These are the kind of fish that keep you guessing. The hornpout, better known in some states and localities, as the catfish, is very seldom caught through the ice. I know of only two cases where this has happened. I haven't been around very much so there probably have been others without my being notified. Salmon, trout, and togue are also very readily taken from inland waters during the winter months. These are really the game fish of them all as far as inland fishing in Maine is concerned. There is but one fault with them. They do I10t multiply quickly enough, so many waters are closed to the taking of these fish. I hope I have not made ice-fishing sound too complicated to you. I am sure that anyone, ladies as well as men, will enjoy this favorite winter sport, whether they are fire-lovers, or have a yearn for the cool, crisp breeze drifting down an inland waterway in the frosty months of December through March. Francis Orcutt '53 BASEBALL'S MOST EXCITING YEAR- 1951 Soon the South will again ring with the sound of balls hitting the newest model Louisville Sluggers and snapping briskly into the crisp new fielders' gloves. Florida, California, and Arizona will again be the scenes of invading major league ball clubs as they start their annual spring train- ing grinds. The new season will bring on many new topics of interesting baseball conversation. Already there are several events of interest in the airg such as the retirement of the great New York Yankee center-fielder, Ioe DiMaggio. 1952 will have to be an extremely outstanding year indeed, to surpass the previous year for thrills. Certainly it will be nigh on to impossible to top the thrilling National pennant race of the year before. That heated finish saw the blazing New York Giants reach up and slash the Brook- lyn Dodgers from the sunspot. It would be equally difficult to outdo the sensational streak of the white-hot Chicago VVhite Sox, a bunch of lads thrown together as the scrap from nearly every team in the American League. There were so many singular occasions during the year that it would be impossible without writing a book, to describe them all. So now I will tell in detail the handful of major events that occurred in the Major Leagues from April, 1951 to the drafting of Ted Williams by the Marines in january of this year. The first big " headline-hog " was the mirac- ulously stunning National League pennant race. Last year, during spring training, the Giants were favored to cop the Hag. The team Leo Durocher sent on the Held on opening day went something like this: Westrum, a long ball hitter with a batting average of about 230, catcher, Monte Irvin, miserably out of place at first base, aging Eddie Stanky, now managing the St. Louis Cardinals, second baseg Al Dark, his protege, shortstop, Hank Thompson, an unstable line drive hitter at third, and an outfield com- posed of Bobby " The Flying Scot I' Thomson, Whitey Lockman, and Don Mueller. These, along with hurlers Larry Iansen, Sal Maglie, Iin Hearn, and Sheldon Iones were favored to win the pennant. The Giants won their first two games, and then, to the surprise of the base- ball world, lost eleven in a row! Meanwhile, the Brooklyn Dodgers under rookie-manager Chuck Dressen, were showing themselves to be a powerful aggregation of long-ball hitters. Until August they were noted for giving up seven or eight runs to the oppo- nent, but getting that many plus themselves. They had but one or two first class pitchers. Preacher Roe won his first eleven games and ended up losing but three. He has been rated as the second best left handed pitcher in the majors fVVarren Spahn of the Braves is firstj. Don Newcombe pitched well after he recovered from a sore armg Clyde King, a relief pitcher, Carl Erskine, and Ralph Branca also pitched U The LAUREL 3 " good enough to pass " in some spots. The murderous array of power hitters they started with consisted of Roy Companella, the league's most valuable player, catcher, home run hitter Gil Hodges, first base, Iackie Robinson, second base, Pee VVee Reese, shortstop, Billy Cox, third base: and the finest all around outfield in the major: Duke Snider, Carl Furillo and Cal Abrams, with Andy Pafko taking Abrams place when he came from the Cubs. For the first four months of the season the Dodgers pounded their way to the top, clubbing enemy pitchers without mercy and taking most of the league's individual batting honors for that part ofthe year. As an example, one night in the first of Iuly they were trailing the Cardinals 9-0 in one of the middle innings. I remember dozing off then and when I awoke Duke Snider had just hit a bases-loaded-triple making the score 9-9! Naturally, since it was Iuly, the Dodgers went on to win. However, Iuly to the Dodgers was like Augustus' reign to the Romans. It represented the peak to be rapidly followed by the decline. Their pitching weak- ened rapidly in August, and Snider, Reese, and Hodges plunged into simultaneous slumps. That, along with the great spirit and fire dis- played by the onrushing Giants, now blessed with the presence of 20 year old center fielder VVillie Mays, spelled " finish " for " Dem Bums ". In the middle of August the Dodgers were leading the pack by ISM games. A month later it was down to about 6 games, and as the last week got under way, Brooklyn led by the skin of their teeth. Finally, after the dust cleared, the Giants had turned back the Braves twice, and the Dodgers tied it up on the last day on the strength of a fourteenth inning home run by Iackie Robinson against the Phillies. In that same inning Robin- son made what one sport magazine called the " catch of the year ". Then the playoff. It was destined to be two out of three, and the Giants won the first one. Then the Dodgers and rookie Clem Labine came back to shut out the brash upstarts, 10-0. In that final, historic game everyone knows how Bobby Thomson hit the best home run he'll ever hit, off Ralph Branca, to give the Giants their hard earned pennant. Over in the American League excitement was also plenty fierce last year. The Yankees quickly jumped into the lead, but it switched often 'throughout the year between them, the Red Sox, Cleveland Indians and White Sox. The VVhite Sox provided the big thrill in the junior circuit by hauling a magical winning streak from the hat. It lasted through May and Iune and was finally stopped by two home runs off ex-NVhite Socker Gus Zernial's bat in Phila- delphia. An entirely pick up team consisting of cast offs from all over the league, they wrecked the leaders by defeating all comers in their great surge, including their old Nemesis, the Red Sox. However, the Chisox soon faded from the picture and the pennant scene shifted to the Yankees, Indians and Red Sox. The Red Sox never were quite the threat they were predicted to be, clue to the slump of Walt Dropog the declining, and eventual retirement of Bobby Doerrg an improved but inadequate pitching staff, constant injuries to Stephens and Bou- dreau, and a catching crew not good enough to suit the Farmington Flyers. The only ray of hope to the Bosos came through the mid-season, nothing short of sensational, clutch hitting of Clyde " The Clutch " Vollmer. The Red Sox very seldom got higher than third place. The Cleveland Indians, with a superman mound staff of comebackking Bob Feller the great but not up to par Bob Lemon, Mexican Mike Garcia, and steadily improving Early W'ynn, were favored to win the pennant. Lou Brissie, wounded World VVar II hero, came from the Athletics to turn into an effective relief pitcher. But Cleveland's hitting was de- pressing. Luke Easter was hampered with leg trouble all year and Larry Doby cowered nerv- ously under pressure. The only bright side on the Indian offensive was the hitting of little, probable 1952 second baseman on the all-Star team, Bobby Avila. Dale Mitchell, whom I predicted would one year bat four hundred, wound up batting under three hundred last year. The Yankees had somewhat the same team that won the 1950 World Championship. The main difference was that the outstanding players 0 The LAUREL 0 that year were to some extent Hops the next year. Yogi Berra, the American League's most valuable player, still was catcher, but not up to his achievements of 19503 Iohnny Mize, Iohn I-Iopp, and Ioe Collins alternated a-t Hrst base: Ierry Coleman started the campaign at second, but because of lack of strength was used only sparingly in the latter part of the seasong Rizzuto kicked on at short, but slipped dismally behind his 1950 pace at the plate, third base was held down by sensational rookie Gil McDougald, only three hundred hitter on the club, and Dr. Bobby Brown, with one or the other sometimes play- ing second. The outlield was fairly good on the average and excellent in the clutch: Gene Woodling in left, with All-American football star Iackie Iensen Filling in, Ioe DiMaggio, a pillar of strength in center, with Hank Bauer and famous rookie prospect Mickey Mantle, playing right Held. The bulk of the Brown Bomber's strength was in their pitching. The big three, Allie Reynolds, with two no-hitters closest foesj Vic Qagainst the Yankees two Raschi, and Ed Lopat, won 59 games between them. Backing them were rookie Tom Mor- gan, ex-Senator Bob Kuzava, and ex-Brown and Tiger Stubby Overmire. The Yankees clinched the pennant with Rey- nolds' no-hitter against the Red Sox on -the last day of the season, and went on to sack up the Giants in the YVorld Series, 4 games to 2. The Series, however, was anti-climatic. The year's most valuable players' awards were given to two catchers, Yogi Berra of the Yankees in the American League and Roy Companella of the Dodgers in the National League. The batting champions were Ferris Fain of the Philadelphia Athletics in the Amer- ican League and, of course, Stan Musial of the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League. Home run leaders were Ralph Kiner of the Pittsburgh Pirates in the National League and Gus Zernial of the Athletics in the American. 1952 will -be starting without Ted Williams, Don Newcombe, Gerry Coleman, and Lloyd Merriman of the Cincinnati Reds, because of the war, and Ioe DiMaggio, Bobby Doerr, and VVally Moses because of retirement. All and all, it will have to be a great year to beat out '51 for excitement, thrills and interest. David Stewart Goodwin '53 feaeaud KNOWLTON'S CORNER AND THE CARRIAGE TRADE x' In the days of the horse and buggy, Knowl- ton's Corner, in Farmington, along with other sections of Maine, was the scene of a lively and prosperous industry, carriage building. Here were several shops where the general building of carriages was done, as this was the most im- portant means of earning a living in this vicinity. Upon consulting several ancient Franklin Iournals, but more especially Mrs. Ruth Hiltz, my neighbor, who has lived in Knowlton's Corner since childhood, and also Mr. Bert Smith nearby, and Miss Irma Knowlton now of Farm- ington, I have found that the most prominent names in this industry in this locality at the time were those of Ben Lowell, Levi Smith, Isaac Knowlton, Frank Knowlton and his son Dana, Henry and Ioe King, Walter Knowlton and his son Arthur, Sam D. and " Buggy Sam " Knowlton, Albert Morrow and sons Earlon and Gilbert, Fred, Van and Newell Knowlton, and Iohn Knowlton. The home of Ben Lowell housed the shop where the general manufacturing of carriages and the building of heavy wheels were done, with the exception of the upholstery work. This was done by Levi Smith, who did all the upholstery work throughout the neighborhood, in his two-and-a-half story trim shop. He was the only one in this vicinity to specialize in one type of work. Isaac Knowlton was another who did general work in carriage manufacturing. Frank Knowl- ton and his son Dana made an average of forty wagons a season, selling most of them in China. And approximately fifty wagons a year were manufactured by Henry and Ioe King. Ong of the largest shops was that of Walter Knowlton. Here the wood was steamed and bent to Ht the many wagon designs. Walter 0 The LAUREL 9 Knowlton was one of the men who could handle any process in wagon manufacturing. He was a skilled blacksmith, if any iron work were needed, he could make it on the spot. He was ably assisted by his son Arthur, who was also a very skilled toolmaker. As -the grass is always greener in other places and the carriage business began to decline, Arthur went to Lewiston, where he was employed by Wade and Dunton. This was the supply firm which furnished the hamlet with necessary materials to use in the carriage business. For several years Walter Knowlton did repair work on any wagons that were in need of repair, but after the tragic death of his wife, he lacked the courage to go on with his work and moved to Farmington, where he continued to make tools until his death in 1932. The shop across the road from W'alter Knowl- ton's, owned by Albert Morrow, was the place where " Buggy Sam " Knowlton lived. As there were two Sam Knowltons, one was called " Sam D " and the other " Buggy Sam ", as he made the first buggy wagon ever made here. Albert Morrow married " Buggy Sam " Knowlton's daughter Mabel. He did a lot of blacksmith work for the other shops, employing Hiram Hiscock as a full time blacksmith. Usually around fifty wagons were built in his shop, and these were sold in the vicinity of Madison. Albert Morrow had the help of his two oldest sons, Earlon and Gilbert, who did the painting and striping work. They used the upstairs of the shed for this work, where great care was used that no dust arise, as that would spoil the finish of the wagons. Fire nearly destroyed Albert Morrow's shop in May, 1901, but it was discovered in time by Mrs. Walter Knowlton, who gave the alarm, to which all -the neighborhood responded quickly, getting the fire under control. Mrs. Albert Morrow had the quick presence of mind to start the pump which filled a large storage tank with water, thus enabling the men to put the fire out quickly. , A chemical fire extinguisher was also used to a good advantage by the neighbors. On the so-called cross road which connects the Knowlton's Corner road with the Gilman District Road, which is now the River Road, lived Sam Knowlton. He also was a general manufacturer of wagons. There still stands the shop that he used in which to Finish his wagons. That farm now belongs to Don Smellie, who uses that building to house his tractor and other farm machinery. Sam Knowltonis son Charles usually worked around in the different shops where he was needed most. , The next place on that road was the home of Fred, Van and Newell Knowlton, where again the general building of wagons was carried out for a time. They eventually left the homestead and moved to Farmington, where Fred and Van ran the Exchange Hotel, and Newell Knowlton was an insurance man. Coming back from that road and moving on toward North Chesterville you came to the Iohn Knowlton place, where there were several shops used in the building of wagons. A large two- story-and-a-half shop was used to assemble the carriages on the lirst floor, the second Hoor was used for the paint, varnish and stripe shop, and the upper floor was for storage. Across the road from that was the red black- smith shop, where Ed Farmer did the black- smith work for Iohn Knowlton, until Iohn Knowlton's daughter married Ioshua Collins, who was a blacksmith. As the story goes, a child could come out of the blacksmith shop with a ring made from a horse-shoe nail or could wait around for his favorite horse to be shod, when the iron work for the carriages was at a stand- still. Another shop beside the road was used to store the finished product until the time came to rake a string of wagons to market. A string of wagons consisted of four wagons tied together and hauled by one horse. Sometimes two horses were used and then more wagons might be hauled to market or maybe they were of a heavier type. Iohn Knowlton manufactured an average of fifty wagons a year. Here at the Iohn Knowlton shop his son Alge- roy assisted him with his work until his death. Many other people were also employed there. From this Iohn Knowlton comes the name Knowltorfs Corner, as his ancestors were the first to settle here, therefore all the Knowltons were more or less related to each other. 0 The LAUREL I Many different types of wagons were manu- factured in these shops. The Concord was the one used when one wanted to go for a ride. This was a one-seated affair with a small body on the frame, a very light wagon. The beach wagon was a "sturdier-built" wagon, which could be used as a two-seater and as a baggage wagon when the back seat was removed. Usu- ally a box of groceries could be slid under the seat and also a bag or two of grain could be carried in it. Another type of wagon was one with a shorter body, with the back seat held in by a clamp, thus making it easier to remove the back seat. The phaeton was a one-seated wagon similar to those one sees at the Horse Shows when the horses are shown in the harness. It had hard rubber tires and wire wheels with a deep body and the seat sitting on the body, not in it. This was usually used for Sunday riding and of course was shown by a very spirited horse. A few top buggier were made and these were very handy as the top would keep QH either the rain or the sunshine. These were mostly used by professional people, but one of my neighbors has told me that she went to Farmington High School in a top buggy. The last people to use them as a means of transportation were the Home Comfort Stove people. The two-seated surrey was the family wagon for Sunday driving. It was a very sturdy affair with a fringed top that covered both seats. This top was very nice when the sun shone, but with a shower it was also a very sure means of getting very damp. The seats in this type were sta- tionary. The other type which was always in great demand was the baggage wagon, a very long body with a stationary seat, which could be used to carry milk to the creamery and to haul grain and groceries. This was a farm wagon. The wooden parts of the wagons were made of hickory and ash. Many different pieces of iron were bought in straight pieces and bent in the blacksmith shop to fit whatever part they were used for. A good quality of paint was used to withstand the elements, Devoe being the most popular brand. Each shop had its own individual strip- ing design, which was its trade mark. If the wagon was to be a fancy affair, more lines of striping were put on it. Striping was a very thin line of colored paint in various designs. Last of all a good coat of varnish was applied and then the wagon was ready to be assembled for the road. The wood for the construction of the wagon was cut to Ht the various parts necessary for the assembling, and the seats had to be steamed and bent to Ht. The irons were then put on the gears and these were set on a wooden horse to paint, stripe and varnish. The circle was then clipped to the forward axle and the rear axle was clipped to the front one, after which, the wheels were attached. By then the seat was usually finished at the upholstery shop and was bolted on, as also was the dash. The shafts were then snapped or bolted to the gears, depending upon the method used by a particular shop, and the wagon was then ready to be sold. Many wagons were sold wholesale, but many of the builders sold their carriages in one partic- ular place. Albert Morrow had his place of sales at Madison and vicinity. Iohn Knowlton sent his to Leeds, Chases Mills and Stricklands Ferry, where a ready sale was always available. Frank Knowlton sold his wagons in and around China fMainej. Walter Knowlton created his wagons and shipped them to Lewiston. Plain wagons usually sold from sixty-Hve to seventy-five dollars. The fancier ones sold for seventy-five to ninety, and the really fancy ones, including the baggage wagons, went for ninety to a hundred dollars. Around 1904 the Stanley Steamer was in- vented and a few venturesome men began to try this mode of transportation. This was the real beginning of the decline of the carriage business. but not until 1915 was the manufacture of wagons discontinued. Several of the shops still had extra parts, which were sold in sections of the state to repair wagons. As time went on and more automobiles came to take the place of the horse and buggy, the work in the shops began to decline. Albert Morrow lost his large shop by fire in 1915. WValter Knowlton sold the main part of his shop to a neighbor, who built a barn out of it. Time 0 The LAUREL ' deteriorated the trim shops of Levi Smith and Dana Knowlton. Ioshua Knowltonis shop still stood until the Knowlton Homestead burned in 1934. Then the shop was torn down to use as repairs on the property, which the owners bought adjacent to the home place. E The only surviving descendant of the Knowl- ton family still living at Knowlton's Corner and on the original Walter Knowlton place is Mrs. Ruth Collins Hiltz. ' lst place in the New England Regional Stu- dent Writing Contests sponsored by " SCHO- LASTIC IVIAGAZINES 3' and the " BOSTON POST 'l Class- Historical Article poezhg Pomruass PROGRESS In a thousand years of progress we have lapsed a thousand three, Like a man who wants fresh apples, but who kills his apple tree, They say we must have progress or backwards we will go, Of course we plan to reap our crop before the seeds we sow. Q They say we'll travel faster than a thousand miles an hour And convert our baby's kiddie car to fast atomic power. The caveman kept himself alive without ma- chines to thresh, And his simple hides kept out more cold than skirts of silken mesh. Now take these frozen foods today they keep so fresh and new- What I wonder here is this-where did the taste go to? The cheerful housewife of today can't End a thing to dog Machines prepare her meals so far her job is just to chew. A little now on poli-tics to show you my idea- Many a man can speak his mind when he has a glass of beer, Give a man a platform and a little money .too And he'll promise you your money back in- scribed in sky pink blue. OHicials always want, it seems, a cleaner better nation, But after they control the wheels, it's suspended animation. A president should be a man of courtesy and thanks, After spending fifty billion more to improve on last year's tanks. Or one who always shows his thanks in just a simple frown, Instead of smiling instead of down. when your tax goes up I do not mind the guy too much who tires to jump the draft, But I detest the common crook that deals in crime and graft. A nice young man who comes of age can really start out right- Iust give this guy a new M 1 and teach him how to fight. Oh, a life of ease and travel is what they adver- tise, But when he asks for size nine shoes, they give him number fives. His food is a pack of everything from iodine to chess - lust where in seven continents do they fi-nd the gooey mess! Kid sister likes a guy next door and won't give him a chance, For three weeks in succession now she's asked him to a dance. 9 The LAUREL Brother now, oh what a man, so smart he says, and clever He plans to be no less, he says, than the greatest soldier ever. All women ask for equal rights in work and matrimony, But never do I think I'll hear of their paying alimony. VVell, maybe in the years to come. we'll change a lot of thingsg If the female wants the pocketbook, just let her buy the rings. They say it costs a fortune now to buy them silken hose, Some husbands say they can't aFford the powder for their nose. Hooray for the balding idiot that invented bubble gum, It can always be a gift of peace to appease an angry chum. lt may be kids get kind of tired of hearing parents say, " My fa-ther would have tanned my hide, had I behaved this way "3 But a kid's idea of life today is one of ease and shirk - He asks, " Should I exert myself when Tom will do my work? N Forever change, forever change through industry or craft, Itis little wonder we ourselves aren't changed from sane to daft. There's little sense that you can Find upon this written page, But truth no less that lives as proof in this atomic age. Donald Watson '53 CONFESSIONS OF A BABY-SITTER The telephone rings. You answer it. Could be a date to " baby sitfl A voice says, " Sit with Ioe for me? i' Cagily you answer, " I will see." " Little Ioe is in his bed. Not any bother," so they said. The folks are gone, you settle down. The house is still, without a sound. Then all at once there comes a yell And Ohl how things do Hy pell mell. When you go to see what's the trouble You get a rattle that bends you double. You trip and fall all over his toys Wishing for girls instead of boys. Ioe sits and laughs to him some joke. And you think, Oh my! Oh what a dope After a fashion he goes to sleep. VVhile you say, " Another kid I won't keep., The telephone rings. Itis your best beau But who should holler? Little Ioe. He wants a cookie, a glass of milk. And as per usual they get spilt. Once again he seems to sleep. You in your studies now are deep. VVhen all at once little Ioe appears. Bringing you next to the verge of tears. Little Ioe yells, " Hey, lookit, look! " Behind the head you expect a book. Darling Ioe stands on his head. And seconds later he's back in bed. Again your studies you begin And think, " To kill him would be a sin.' After a time car lights you spy Iust as you are ready to Hy. Mother says, " How was the little dear? " You think, " You'd know if you were here.' I The LAUREL 0 But instead you say, " As good as pie." And then heave a great and happy sigh. Goldena Thomas '52 THE CROWD Let's go out with the gang tonight: VVe'll ride by sleigh in the full moonlight, We'll sing to the strumming of Ioe's guitar, And follow close the brightest star. Everyone will try his best To be happy and gay, cheer up the rest. We may seem silly and a little bit loud, But that's the way it goes with the crowd. Doris Pond '53 WINTER STORM I looked and knew what was coming For the sky was bleak and grayg The sun must have known it also, When it vanished at midday. Softly at Hrst then louder, Came a roaring through the pines, Tearing at branches in fury, Disrupting majestic lines. Then snow! How slowly it started, Spitting like a warning cat, Till unleased in all its fury, It made the landscape flat. Abetted by wind that howled, Snow mounted throughout the night. The snow plows tried hard to clear it, But soon conceded the Fight. By dawn the air was clear again But drifts were still shoulder high, For snow pays us a long visit When it takes leave of the sky. Diane Soule '52 WINTER MOON The moon rose slowly one winter night, It rose like a beau-tiful silver light, It covered the land with its frosty ray, It fell on the roof where the white snow lay. The houses were dark, the air was still, And the stream was frozen down by the mill, All was quiet, not a sound was heard, Not even the chirp of a winter bird. In the early dawn the moon slipped down, Took its last look at the waking towng As the smoke from the chimneys rose one by one, The moon gave way to the coming sun. Harriet Sturtevant '52 CHRISTMAS It isn't just old Santa Who makes Christmas gay. . . It isn't just the holly Or gifts of the Day. .. It isn't just the pine tree Or candlelight glow. . . It's thoughts of our friendship, As days come and go. Simonne Poulin '53 OUR SANDY RIVER Where can you Hnd in the land of the pine A more picturesque river than this Sandy of mine? From the Rangeleys, it flows over many a rock To meet Kennebec at old Norridgewock. Swollen by rains, in the spring of the year, It covers much that man holds dear. Over intervals, roads, and garden wall, It stops at nothing,. big or small. In. summer diminished to a large-sized brook, It leaves long beaches and sandy nooksg It spells its name over many a lea, As it winds its merry way to the sea. Moonlight or sunlight gives a glow That far surpasses the light on snow. Summer or winter its beauty's not lost Whether fringed with leaves or white hoarfrost. Ianet Morrill '53 Aiumm' 1594? - 1952 0 The LAUREL ' 1947 Winston Archer-Employed by Lewis Archer, New Portland Grace Bachelder-Mrs. Robert Butterfield, Farmington Falls Evelyn Barker-Mrs. Lloyd Brackett, Industry Barbara Beale-Mrs. Richard Titcomb Audrey Bosworth-Mrs. Albert Bergeron Marion Bradley-Mrs. Herbert Mague, Little- ton, Mass. Richard Bradley--U. S. Army Leonard Brooks Ir.-Employed by L. Brooks Sr. g Ralph Bryant--U. S. Air Force Scott Butterfield - Bellevue Hospital, New York City Lawrence Churchill-Mechanics School, Ana- conda, Indiana Louis Collette-U. S. Air Force Dorothy Comstock-Mrs. Harold Iudkins Iohn Cutler-Employed by Farmington Water Dept. Katherine Davis - Mrs. Almont Burbank, Wilton Stanley Ellsworth--Michigan State University Norman Ferrari-U. S. Army Ioanne Fortier-Mrs. Richard Pinkham, Hy- attsville, Md. Beatrice Fraser-Forster Mfg. Co. Marjorie Gaskell-Aetna Life Insurance Co., Portland Benjamin Gay--U. S. Air Force Richard Green-Bowling Green University, Ohio Roberta Howard-Mrs. Reynold Avery, Phil- lips Donald Hutchinson-U. S. Air Force Marie Iohnson - Cornell University, New York City Melville Iohnson Ir.-U. S. Army Leonard Luce-Fred O. Smith Mfg. Co., New Vineyard Marie Luger - Mrs. Earl Brown Ir., West Farmington- Robert Morrill -Teacher-Coach at Stratton High School Richard Neil--Employed with Marcus Neil, Lumbering, Strong Iohn Newcomb Ir.-Head Herdsman of Ier- sey Farm, Manchester, New Hampshire 84 Lewis Newcomb-Marbleis Model Cleaners Thelma Newell-Oliice of Capewell Mfg. Co., Hartford, Conn. Pauline O,Shaughnessy - Currier Insurance Agency Doris Racklilfe-Mrs. Henry Lizottc, Auburn Gloria Raymond - Mrs. Iames Toothaker, Lew- iston Shirley Richards - Mrs. Harold Roberts, Springfield, Mass. VVilliam Richards-G. H. Bass Co., Wilton Eleanor Stevens-Mrs. I. Edgar Paradis, West Farmington Glenn Stowe-U. S. Air Force Jeanette Thompson-Mrs. Robert Stevens, Bridgton, Maine Maynard Towle-McLeary Hardware Co. Lawrence Whitney - U. S. Coast-Geodetic Survey Herbert Wing-U. S. Army George Greenwood-U. S. Air Force Reginald Walker - Employed by Linwood York Robert Suomi-Commando Hotel Staff, Cam- bridge, Mass. 1948 Adria Adams - F.S.T.C. Beulah Adams -iMrs. Cecil Libby, West Farm- ington ,A Charles Adams-At home, Fairbanks Iohn Adams-U. S. Army Colleen Ayer--Mrs. Raymond Titcomb Carl Berry-Deceased Dec. 24, 1951 George Berry-Employed by Harold Spear, P. A. Barbara Blanchard-Mrs. Lee Wilson Beulah Blanchard --New England Telephone Co. Elden Churchill -U. S. Navy Ioan Craig--Maine General Hospital, Portland Anne Deering-New England Telephone Co. Kenneth Durrell-U. S. Army Caroline Ellis-Mrs. VVilliam Savage Beverley Farrington-Mrs. Leo Karkos, West Farmington Robert Fortier-K. Sc H. Foster, Contractors, Wilton 0 L The LAUREL 0 Harriett Gage--Central Maine General Hos- pital, Lewiston William Gile--G.S.T.C. Charles Grant-U. S. Navy Lee Gray-Horn Motors Robert Grover-U. S. Navy Rowena Hammond - Mrs. Harold Swain, Chicago Doris Hardy-X-Ray Technician, Tulsa, Okla- homa Constance Huart-Mrs. Iohn Cutler Alice Karambelas-Information desired Hazel Kelley-Mrs. Rodney Burwood, Sump- ter, South Carolina Cecil Kendall-G. H. Bass Co., Wilton Donald Kenney-G.S.T.C. Harold Kyes- Kyes General Store, Allens Mills Frank Look-U. S. Army Clifford Luce-U. S, Navy Katherine Marena-Mrs. Theodore Tracy Ir., West Farmington Lloyd Melvin-U. S. Army Blanch Merrill-Mrs. Lee Stewart Sylvia Moore-I. I. Newberry Co. Eugene Mosher-Employed by VValter Mosher Elizabeth Noonan--Mrs. Iohn Adams, North- way, Alaska Clifford Paine-U. S. Navy Helen Pillsbury-Mrs. Kenneth Iames, Liver- more Falls Hope Pillsbury-Mrs. Vance Bryant, Liver- more Falls Leona Redlevske-Mrs. Robert Bean Ieanne Robinson-Ieanne Wing-Employed in Cambridge, Mass. Virginia Rossier -- F.S.T.C. Elizabeth Russell--Teaching in East Milli- nocket Iohn Sjostrom-U. S. Air Force Durwood Stevens--U. S. Army Marcelle Tardy-Mrs. Iohn Bell Ir. Reginald Towle-U. S. Army Theodore Tracy Ir.-Forster Mfg. Co., East Wilton Lillian Trenholm-- Mrs. Ernest Perkins, Bethel Albert Wells--U. S. Army lean VVhitney -F.S.T.C. Mildred VVhitney--Thayer Hospital, Water- ville 1949 Harold Allen-U. S. Navy Blaine Atwood--U. S. Army Elaine Beal -Flood's Shoe Store Eleanor Beal-Portland Maine General Hos- pital Robert Bean-Farmington Dowel Products Adelbert Beedy-U. S. Navy Myron Bergeron - F.S.T.C. Clyde Cain -Information desired Albert Cole - Employed R. A. Hall, Mt. Vernon Fred Collins-Custodian F.H.S. Estelle fLambertH Collins-Mrs. Fred Collins Louise Davis--U. of M. Carl Goding-U. S. Army Ramona Hammond - F.S.T.C. Milton Hill-U. S. Army Elinor Horton -Mrs. George Remillard QU. of M., Richard Iohnson-U. S. Marines Betty Kershner--Husson's Business School, Bangor Granville Knowles-U. S. Army Edwin Kohtala-At home, Vienna Caroline Ladd-U. S. Wacs Lloyd Lake-U. S. Air Force Roy Lamkin-Lamkin's Poultry Farm, Ches- terville Kathleen Lovell -Mrs. Lloyd Huntoon, Range- ley Iohn McCormick--U. S. Air Force Iohn McKenzie-U. S. Air Force Ierlean Meader-Mrs. Al Bowen, Greene Wilson Miles-Fairfield Auto Supply Co., Fairfield Thomas Newell-North Anson Reel Co., North Anson Prentice Nile-Employed by Fred E. Blanch- ard Layton Patriquin-U. S. Army, Korea-miss- ing in action Patricia Richards-Lynn General Hospital, Lynn, Mass. Roland Roux-U. S. Air Force Richard Russell-U. S. Navy Anna May Small-Mrs. William E. Shardlow Ir., West Farmington Allan Smith-U. of M. Gaynelle Smith-Bursar's Office, F.S.T.C. 0 The LAUREL 0 Lillian Smith-Mrs. Edward Hand, Temple Aura Straw-Mrs. William Daye Ir., Iay Phyllis Taylor-Employed by Mr. Kenneth Welker, Geneva, Uhio Helen Tracy-Nurses Aide, Franklin Memo- rial Hospital Calvin Tyler-Granite Quarry, North Iay Ioan Webber- Wheaton College, Norton, Mass. Lillian Webber-Mrs. Clarence White, Mount Vernon Ianette Wright - F.S.T.C. Richard Wright-U. S. Navy Lawrence Yeaton-Employed by Milford Beal 1950 Elaine Adams-Mrs. Albert Wells Iames Adams - Maine Maritime Academy, Castine Clare Bailey-F.S.T.C. Nancy Barker-Westbrook Iunior College Ioyce Berry-Mrs. Guy Buck, Iay Carl Brinkman-Bowdoin College Paul Brinkman-Bowdoin College Nancy Connors--VVestbrook Iunior College Kenneth Fraser-U. S. Marine Corps Ianet French-Mrs. Keith Seely, Stratton Beverly Grant-Mrs. Hollis Rackliffeh Ioseph Green-Bates College Edwin Hamilton -- F.S.T.C. Walter Hemingway - International Paper Company, Livermore Falls Ronald Hiltz-U. S. Navy Lester Hutchinson - StoWe's Taxi Neil Iohnson-Morton Motor Company Corrine Keach --Gene's Restaurant, Skowhegan Lorene Keach-F.S.T.C. Elizabeth Keith-U. of M. Chestine Kennedy-Mrs. Robert Alexander Iune Kershner--Emery's Store Marcia King-Woolworth's, Sanford Gloria Lamkin-Westbrook Iunior College Stella MacDonald - Mrs. Myron Foss, Portland, Maine Lyndon McMackin - Seabees Iohn Mastine-U. S. Navy George McCormick-U. S. Navy Betty McCully-Mrs. Reino Hill Robert McCully-Franklin Farms Products Iane Metcalf-U. of M. Albert Mitchell - F.S.T.C. 86 Roxie Moody--Mutual Life Ins. Co., Boston Gordon Morrow - F.S.T.C. Lucy Mosher- F.S.T.C. Ioyce Petrie-Mrs. Donald Emery, East New Portland Edna Luce Pillsbury- Mrs. Verdell Pillsbury Iames Rand-U. of M. Ieannine Redlevske- Mrs. Iohn Piekarczyk, Webster, Mass. Leo Rioux-Farmington Dowel Products Ianet Savage--Mrs. Harland White, Winthrop Galen Sayward-Bowdoin College Dale Sinski-Sinskie's Motor Mart Alice Staples--College of Our Lady of Mercy, Portland Anthony Skwara-Wilton Lumber Company Marilyn Stinchfield-First National Bank, Bos- ton Loraine Sturtevant-College of Practical Arts and Letters, B.U. Iohn Tarbox-U. S. Air Force Harriet Thompson-Mrs. Robert Fortier Everett Vining--Wentworth Institute, Boston Priscilla Webber--Mrs.. Edward Farmer. Ches- terville Dean Wiles - F.S.T.C. David Yost-Employed by Harry Ellsworth 1951 Guy Alexander-U. S. Navy Keith Alexander-Employed at the Northeast News Katheryn Allen--Pratt Sr VVhitney Aircraft Co., Conn. Iohn Ayer-Eastland Hotel Staff, Portland Esther Babb-U. of M. Kenton Bailey-Employed by Holmes Bailey Louie Barker-Employed at Lambert's Garage Hazel Baud-Peoples National Bank Frank Beal-U. S. Air Force Richard Beedy--U. S. Navy Marilyn Bergeron-Mrs. Freeman Hayten, Maywood, California Iean Black-Rumford Community Hospital Georgia Cochran-Mrs. Prentice Nile Fred Cole-Employed at Charles Garage, Mt. Vernon Helen Conley - Deceased Guy Davis-U. S. Air Force U The LAUREL 0 Clarita DeWolfe-Thomas Business College, XVaterville Robert Eaton-U. S. Navy Priscilla Edwards - F.S.T.C. David Ellis-U. of M. Earl Farrington-Norrwock Shoe Co., North Jay Althea Woodcock Fortin-In Rhode Island Lorraine Redlevske Foss-At home Irene Foster -Nursemaid, Winthrop Anne Frary -U. of M. Lillian Goding-Douglas Aircraft, Hartford, Conn. Norma Haney - State Theater Paul Heath-Employed by Frank Ladd, Lum- bering Claude Hodge-U. S. Air Force lean Hosfelt-Central Maine General Hospital, Lewiston Ruby Langen-Mrs. Sherman Tracy Ioan Legere-Mrs. Willard Douglas Cecil Libby- H. P. Hood and Sons, West Farmington Ioseph Linscott -F.S.T.C. Eleanor Lovell-Raytheonis Mfg. Co., Brain- tree, Mass. 1 Richard Marquis- Antony N. -Williams Corp., Boston Myron Moore-U. S. Air Force Elizabeth Mosher - F.S.T.C. Ramona Newell- David Patriquin-Thomas Business School, VVaterville Richard Paul-Maine Consolidated Power Company Basil Powers - Las Glas Inn Staff, Fort Lauder- dale, Florida Lillian Rackliffe - F.S.T.C. A Richard Racklilie-U. S. Navy Ieanne Rounds - F.S.T.C. Rita Roux-Mrs. Iames Gilbert Miriam Salo-Peoples National Bank Inez Sargent - Employed by Harold Spear, P. A. Pearl Smith-Rumford Community Hospital Donna Sommers-1VIrs. Lewis Barker A Anne Staples-Rumford Community Hospital Paul Stevens- Employed by George Densmore, Vienna Dennis Straw-U. S. Air Force George Swain-Las Olas Inn Staff, Fort Lau- derdale, Florida Dwight Tuttle-'g Howard Iohnson's" Staff, Boston Lawrence Violet - F .S.T.C. VVallace Watson - Horn Motors Mildred Welch-Air Base Waitress, San An- tonio, Texas Barbara Wheeler-Eastern Nazarene College, Quincy, Mass. Glenwood White -Employed by Kenneth Hoar Hilda VVhitney - At home Leon NVyman-Franklin Iournal Office Richard York -U. S. Air Force MANY "LAURELS" AGO Beginnings In November, 1904, appeared the first num- ber of a new high school paper called " The Laurel," from the press of The Knowlton 8: McLeary Co. QThere had been two previous attempts at a school paper i.e. " The High School Solecismf' first published in December, 1881-a quarterly whose publication was sus- pended in 18833 and the " High School Whit- tlings," a monthly publication that made its first appearance in November, 1891 and was also short-lived, about two years., The board of editors of the First " Laurel " was as follows: Editor-in-chief ..,...... ....... Do rris Presson Associate Editors Literary ................. ..... H ilda M. Packard Alumni ,...... .,..... B ertha C. Wade Harold S. Pratt Glendora M. Field Personalities .......,..,...,...., George A. Webster Business Mgr. ............ Donald W. Greenwood Athletics ..... Exchanges ...... Notes and Quotes 1907-The third animal reception and banquet of the Farmington High School Alumni Associ- ation was held at the Exchange Hotel, Wednes- day evening, Dec. 26, 1906. There were sev- enty-eight graduates and ten invited guests pres- ent. The opening hour was spent in social con- versation, during which musical selections were 9 The LAUREL furnished by Misses Bertha Wade, Priscilla Al- den and Mr. Maurice Wade. The company then repaired to the dining- room, where a fine banquet was served by Land- lord Knowlton. At a late hour the president, George L. Pratt '96, arose to give the address of welcome to a former principal, Mr. D. L. Whit- marsh, but in customary absence of this gentle- man, the address was omitted and the toast- master, Mr. Perley F. Caswell, of the Class of 1903, was called upon. Mr. Caswell introduced the following speakers in a bright and witty manner: College Fun, I. Clarence Matthieu '03 The Aesthetics of Life, Supt. A. H. Coar Women at College, Iohn D. Whittier '03 President Wooley, Helen King '04 Some Impressions of Harvard, F. Burnham McLeary '03 Farmington's Expectations of the College Man, Ex.-Supt. W. G. Mallett Things I've Learned from Teaching, Helen A. Whittier '03 A College Faculty as the Student Sees It, Blinn W. Russell '00 A Bates' Patriarch, Maude Lovejoy '04 The Souvenir Post-Card Habit, Ioseph N. Marcous '02 Three Months of Dartmouth, Almon C. Barker '06 Miss Cutts then proposed a toast to the alumni in foreign lands, which was heartily responded to by all. 1912-STUDENTS IN HIGHER INSTITU- TIONS OF LEARNING Harvard College Graduate School Perley C. Voter '05 Wellesley College Gladys Brown '10 Ethel Lake '10 Doris Lake '11 Lena Niles '06 Mt. Holyoke College Rowena Flynt '10 Marguerite Holman '09 Cora Presson '08 Gray's Business College, Portland Hurley Pooler '11 Raymond Small '11 88 Bowdoin College Harold Gilbert '09 Frank Knowlton '11 Seward Marsh '08 Vernon Marr '10 Lyde Pratt '08 Raymond Verrill '10 Luther Whittier '09 University of Maine Clarence Dunlap '07 Harold Fish '11 Ernest Webster '08 Benn VVhitney '07 Bowdoin Medical School Eugene Hutchins '10 Bates College Sherman Gould '10 Pratt Institute, New York City Luella F. Russell '11 Simmons College, Boston Mabel Stevens '11 Iean Longfellow '08 Wesleyan University, Middletown Ira Hiscock '10 Boston University Vincent Pottle '09 Ben Stinchlield '10 Colby College, Waterville Vivian Ellsworth '10 Smith College Vodisa Greenwood '10 Farmington State Normal School Bettie Marden '06 Ethel Perro '10 Olive Craig '11 Fannie Holley '11 Grace Packard '11 Frances Porter '11 Mary Campbell '11 Mary Flint '11 Eloise Huart '10 Stella Packard '11 Mabel Titcomb '10 Alma Clark '10 Lora Gould '10 1916-The Laurel Board welcomes cordially its Hrst foreign exchange, the Tsing Hua journal from far-away China. The depth of its contri- bution and its seriousness are suggestive of an institution more advanced than the high schools of the United States. In addition the following have also arrived: The Vexillum ...,.....,......,..,........,... Boston, Mass. The Bulletin ................ Montclair, New Iersey The Bowdoin Orient ....... ..... B runswick, Maine 0 The LAUREL 0 The Oracle ..... ......,.... B angor, Maine Oak Leaves . ...,...., Vassalboro, Maine The Review ..............,.,................... Lowell, Mass. Carlisle Arrow .......,...................... Carlisle, Penn. On Friday evening, September 22, a party of about thirty students, mostly Iuniors and Sen- iors, chaperoncd by Miss Marguerite Holman, took a straw ride to Crowell's Pond for a corn roast. - JOKES Dr. Downes, to boys who have been throwing dried peas around the room: " In time of peas, prepare for war." Mis: Howard: "I cannot go on with this lesson until that Small boy gets settled." 1919 - An event such as has never been known before in the history of Farmington High School, took place on the evening of May 5, 1919, at Hillcrest, when the Boys' Basketball Team, the School Board, and the Faculty, were served a splendid banquet as the guests of the members of the Girls' Basketball Team. Letters were awarded to each member of both teams, by Principal Shibles. Emery Mallett, Captain of the Boys' Basketball Team, proved a very witty toastmaster. On Arbor Day the school assembled in front of the building to observe the yearly custom of planting a vine. At the same time two trees were set out in memory of- the two heroes of Farmington High who have given their lives for theirqlcountry, Lieutenant Thaddeus Roderick and Corporal Daniel Gould. ' The students studying Domestic Science de- lightfully entertained the Faculty at a luncheon Monday, Iune 2, at " The Cottage." By the scholars the following menu was prepared and served: Tomato Soup Crackers Salmon Loaf Mashed Potato Tea Biscuit Lemon Ielly Sponge Drops Coffee 1921-The Sophomore Class presented the French play, "Barbe Bleue," in High School Hall Friday evening, March 11. The program began with a cornet solo by Benjamin Butler. Verne Flood then told the story of the play for the benefit of those not acquainted with French. Those taking part were I. Bradley Hodgkins, Ferne Goding, Flora Tarr, Eleanor Cohoon, Darrold Nickerson, Thelma Richards, Magdelaine Moreau, Marjorie Thomas, Edward Campbell, Carroll Hackett, Maud Yeaton, Louis Sears, Frances Larcom, and Rosella Bergeron. The entertainment closed with the singing of " La Marseillaisef' The receipts went for the benefit of the Near East Relief. SOME SENIOR STATISTICS Name Ambition Favorite Partime Rose Besaw Stenographer Flirting Orlando Small Farmer Running the car Henry Greaton None P Running his Ford down High St. Martha Emery Phy. Ed. teacher Studying Elsie Morton Old maid Walking with Bobby Bernice Millett Opera singer Whispering Tolman Gay Name Rose Besaw Orlando Small Henry Greaton To keep to the Wright Driving a " Lizzie " Apparent Age Twenty years Innocence Sentimental Knowledge Six years Romantic Romantic Future Old maid Nobody knows Garage owner Martha Emery Musician Doubtful Some good man's wife Minister Elsie Morton Bernice Millett Tolman Gay Favorite Song " Iazz Baby " " Gee, I Wish I Had a Girl " " A Sweetheart of My Own " "There's a Little Bit of Bad in Every Good Little Girl " " In the Evening by the Moonlight " . " Call Me Up Some Rainy Afternoon " " Oh Helen i' - 89 0 The LAUREL 0 1924-This year for the first time in the his- tory of the school, Farmington High School has a debating club. The club organized in Sep- tember with William Mills as president, Kath- leen Bailey as vice president, and Elizabeth Taylor as secretary and treasurer. Since so many of our girls are so ardently wishing for a football team, we, the Editorial Board, suggest the following lineup: Fullback ........................ Bertha Martin L halfback .,...., .........,... E sther Small R halfoack ,.,.,....... ..... B ettie Merchant Quarterback ............ Lucile Whitcomb End ....,....,..... .........., E dith Stanley End ......,..,.. L tackle .,...... R tackle ...,.... L guard ....... R guard ..,.,... Center ......,.,,. , Caroline Sweet Florence Hewey Emma Bailey Evelyn Backus Ruth Iordan Lucie Voter 1930- " Ye Merrie Stenos Club " held an inter- class typing contest on April ll, in which all of the Iuniors and Seniors taking typing partici- pated. The winner of this contest received a small silver cup as a token of excellent work. The fortunate person was Vivian Russell, who is certainly proud of all that it symbolized: speed, accuracy, and scholarship. SOME " IDISTINCTIVE SOPIIS " Most Collegiate ..,.. Most Athletic ...... Most Talkative .... ,. Bauer Small Thomas Roderick . .....,..,..,. Anna Austin Most Masculine .......... . .......... " Tom " Morton Heartiest Laugh Most Emphatic ...... Philip Hines and Anna Austin . ...........,,. Lucile Keith Most Moderate ........ ............... S tanley Keene Most Flirtatious ..... ....... M ary Morrell and Glenn Wellman Best Read .................................... Clifford Oliver 1934 - Members o l Club are as follows: George Chapman Iames Whitten Flint Taylor Iohn Titcomb Miss Perkins' Boys Glee Nelson Austin Warren Voter Laurence Luce Charles Chapman Robert McLeary Bert Blanchard George Crosby Earl Hennings Melvin Preble Edward Stanley Atherton Ross Carleton Robinson David Whitten Iay Pratt Farmington High Schol for the First time in several years was able to have a Cross Country team of which to be proud. The team, under the able coaching of Mr. Dinsmore, was able to win four of the seven meets. The team also placed third in the County Meet. Co-captains Paul Metcalf and Iames Young vied for honors, both Hnishing in all meets among the leaders. 1939-March 30. High School talent stars in the Blue and Grey Minstrel, a riot of fun and laughter. " The Barbershop Quartet," consist- ing of Ruggy Dow, Bob Foster, Bussy Hender- son, and Glenn Heath, proves a hitg while the original' skit, " The Girlfriend of the Whirling Dervish," causes a good many side aches. Let's give Buddy Luce a hand. He directed the show. April 21. FHS produces two state champi- ons! At the University of Maine Speaking Con- test, Phyllis York wins first place in Original Oratory, while Pat DeWever runs off with top honors in Serious Reading. Orchids to you, girls! Ian. 27. Boom! Boom! Boom! Heap big vic- tory. Princess Blushing Rose fMiss Tarrj and her warriors bold f the Sophomores and Iuniorsj defeat Princess Laughing Water CMrs. Bryant, and her band fSeniors and Freshmenj in Crowell Publications Magazine Contest. Win- ners Catlllll ice cream! 1942-The first year of organized Physical Ed- ucation for Girls comes to a close, under Mrs. Edith Iosselyn. Officers of the Girls Athletic Association QGAAD formed to carry out a pro- gram for certificates and letters were Mary Pinkham, Martha Millett, Iane Austin, Ruthada Lewin, Morna Huff, Roberta Barker, ancl3lean Collins. 4 Feb. 20, 21. Annual Franklin County Basket- ball Tournament is held in the new Farmington Community Center. FHS defeats Rangeley- and 0 The LAUREL O lay to win first place. A major attraction was the new scoreboard, part of which was the Sen- iors' class gift. 1945-Nov. 27. Corinne Hardy and Rachel Luce win the awards in the Nutrition Week projects-Corinne the -best essay and Rachel the best poster. Nice going, girls. And right handsome Qand healthfulj baskets of fruit. Also, Herbert Wing wins the First prize essay Qthree dollarsj in the community project con- nected with the anti-inflation campaign, spon- sored by the Price Panel of the local Ration Board, with his essay, "How to Keep Prices Down." Farmington High School has 247 blue stars on its World War II Hag and 10 gold stars for the following: Harold Kinney '36 George Crosby '37 Robert VVatson '38 Lester Small '38 Leon Hemingway '38 Arthur Russell '40 Earl Sawyer '41 Gordon Collins '43 Lawrence Comstock '43 Benjamin Berry '41 AN OPEN LETTER TO FHS ALUMNI My dear Alumni, We have had fun doing this last section- reading, choosing, editing such items as we hoped might interest the various age groups who have known THE LAUREL. In perusing an ancient newspaper article here, I find that that First November, 1904 LAUREL was a monthly publication. That eventually changed to a biannual, and again, in 1928, I believe, to the annual yearbook. F.H.S. has no complete file of THE LAUREL. In fact, it has very few 'back issues. QThey just "disappear."j Therefore I should like to do this service for my favorite activity -give my personal file of twenty-live years to the school, to be compiled in bound volumes together with such intermittent issues preceding " my time " as I have been able to salvage. Here is where you come in. I feel there must be old Laurcls tucked away in this community -in trunks, closets, attics, etc. Won't you dig them out and help us to complete a Hle that will have at least one issue for each year of the CThere should be several of as the monthly issues were book's existence? those early ones rather meager as to quantityj We have no issues whatever for the following years: 1904 - 1905 - 19063 1908 - 1909 - 19105 1917 - 1918g 1923: 1926. If you will get these to me, we will see what can be accomplished. Devotedly yours, MARION S. BRYANT The High School March 7, 1952 upportin atron ln behalf of the student body and school officials, the LAUREL BOARD of Farmington High School acknowledges with sincere thanks the loyalty, gener- osity, and financial assistance of these friends and neighbors of our school: A. and L. Cash Market .. Adams Funeral Home .. Al's Frozen Custard ...... Armand's Socony Service Babb's .,.....,.........,.......... Wayne W. Backus ..,.,. Bacon's Taxi ............,....., Bailey's Furniture Co. A. G. Barker ....,............. J. W. and W. D. Barker .. G. H. Bass and Co. ,.... . Beedy's Barber Shop .,.... Black's Barber Shop ...... Fred A. Blanchard .......... Bonney's Lunch .............. Brookside Filling Station Brown's Jewelry Store .. Burgess Shoe Store ,..... F. L. Butler Co. .......,,.. , F. W. and B. Butler ...... Carsley's Store ........ Carter Milling Co. ,... . Class '53 Class '54 Class '55 Coca Cola Bottling Co. .. Cole's Beauty Shop ........ Cram's Jewelry Store .... Currier Insurance Agency Curtis Gardens ..,............. Gordon Davis ................ Davis Funeral Home ,..,.. Davis and Rolfe ....... Strong Farmington Farmington Farmington Farmington Wilton Farmington Livermore Falls Farmington Farmington Wilton Farmington Farmington Wilton Farmington Wilton Farmington Wilton Farmington Farmington New Vineyard West Farmington . Farmington Farmington Wilton Farmington Strong Farmington Farmington Wilton The LAUREL Dill's Men's Shop ....,,.. Farmington Dr. Dana C. Dingley ..... Farmington Don's Flower Shop ..,... Farmington Earle's Barber Shop ..... Farmington Emery's ...................,.... Farmington Exchange Hotel ,..,.,. Fo,-mington Farmington Dowel Products .... For-mington Farmington Farmers' Union ............,..... .... F ormington Farmington Motor Sales and Service Farmington Farmington Oil Co. .......................,....,..,..,....,.. Formington Farmington Welding and Radiator Service ...... .... F ormington First National Bank .........,..........,....,.,..,....., .... F ormington Flo's Place ,,.,.,,....,....., Strong Flood's Shoe Store ...... Farmington Forster Mfg. Co., inc. ........ Strong Foster-Whipple Co. ..................,.. Farmington Franklin County Savings Bank Farmington Franklin Farms Products ,....,....... .... F qrmington Frary Wood Turning Co. ..... Wilton Gagne's General Store ..,.... New Vineyard Arthur A. Gordon ......,,..., Farmington Falls Leon Grant ............ Formington Grant-Jones Co. .... Farmington Leroy Hammond ..... Farmington Hardy's Pharmacy ...... Farmington Hardy's Studio ......... Farmington Dr. J. F. Harris .......,....... Farmington Harris Sporting Goods .... Farmington Hidden ACI'eS ............,.....,.....,.....,.......,.......,....,............ Fqrmingtgn Hodgkins Store .............,.............,,....,.......................... Temple Currier C. and Joseph F. Holman, Attorneys at Law .. Farmington Horn Motors ....,.........,.................,...................,............. Farmington Howard's Rexall Drug Store .... ..., F at-mington Jacobs' Market .......... Wilton Joe's Market ..................... Farmington Falls Jordan's Cash Market ..... West Farmington M. E. Knapp and Son .,......,........ .... F armington The Knowlton and McLeary Co. .... .... F armington Kyes Agency ............................,.... .... W ilton Edgar H. Kyes ...... Allen's Mills T I1 e L A U R E L Lambert's Garage ......... ...... F armington Lambert's Shell Station .... ....,. S trong Lamkin's Poultry Farm .... .,.... F armington L. R. Lewis, Druggist ........... ....., S trong Livermore Falls Trust Co. ,..... Livermore Falls Dr. Fred Lovejoy .......,.... ..., . Farmington A. S. Lowell ,.......... ...... W est Farmington Luce's Studios ...... ..,. . Farmington Magoni's ......................,....,.....,...,.. ...... F armington Maine Consolidated Power Co. ..... ...... F armington Maine Garage ...........,......,.....,.,... ...... F armington Falls Maine Skewer and Dowel Co. .... . .... Farmington Marble's Model Cleaners ...... ....,. W iltan F. L. McLaughlin ......,....,..... ...... F armington Wilfred Mcleary Co. ........... .... . Farmington Metcalf Wood Products Co. .... ...... W est Farmington Midtown Variety ..,............,.......,,..., ...... S trong Mills and Mills, Attorneys at Law .,.... ...... F armington C. B. Moody ........................,......... ...... F armington B. D. Moore ,......,,.. .. Farmington Morton Motor Co. ...,., Farmington Mark Mosher .,....... .. Farmington J. J. Newberry Co. .... ...... F armington Newman Motor Co. .... .. .. Farmington New York Store ...,...... .. Farmington Parker Spring Camps ............,..,.. ...... F armington Pearson's Sporting Goods Store ..... .... . Farmington Peoples National Bank .......,..... ...,.. F armington Dr. W. M. Pierce .......,... . .... Farmington Probert's Market ,.... .,..,. S trong Ranger's Feed Store .... ...... F armington Ray's Market ........... ...... F armington Red Store ........,.,......... ...... F armington Richvale Farm .,........,,... ...... F armington Riverside Greenhouses ..,.,. ...... F armington Dr. E. E. Russell ..,.....,.. .,..,. F armington Russell's Service ........ ...... F armington Sinskie's Motor Mart .,,.. ...... F armington Fred O. Smith Mfg. Co. .... ...,. ..,... N e w Vineyard Harvey R. Smith ......,.......,............,. ....., F armington Harold Spear, Public Accountant ...,..... ...... F armington 94 I - '-T'l1e LAUREL Starbird Lumber Co. State Theater ..........,.... Stearns Furniture Co. C. W. Steele Co. ....,... . Stewart's Lunch ......,...............,... Stoddard House, Magoni, Prop. Stowe's Taxi ..............,..........,. Strong Wood Turning Co. Tague Real Estate Ex. Tarbox and 'Whittier ..... . Titcomb's Dairy .........., Lindsay Trask ...,...,.... Triangle Bus Line .... Tripp Appliances ...... Frank N. Vanderhoff, Real Estate ....... H. Norton Webber, Portland Press Herald Rep. ...,.,. . Weber Insurance Agency Western Auto ..,.................. Gerard S. Williams ..... Wilton Hardware ...... Wilton Lumber Co. .... . Wilton Trust Co. ..... . Wilton Woolen Co. Win's .................,..... York Brothers ,..... BUSINESS ASSOCIATES G 81 B Sporting Goods Co H. P. Hood 81 Sons ..... 95 Strong Farmington Farmington Farmington Farmington Farmington Farmington Strong Farmington Farmington Farmington Farmington Farmington Wilton Farmington Farmington Farmington Farmington Farmington Wilton Wilton Wilton Wilton AIIen's Mills West Farmington Auburn Lewiston AUTOGRAPHS I


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