Farmington High School - Laurel Yearbook (Farmington, ME)
- Class of 1952
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IQ The Laurel Board 52
The Laurel Board
Farlnington High School
E ditor-i n-ch icf .
Photography and Art Editors . .
Literary Editors .
A ssista 71 ts
Fresh man .
Sch ool Calendar
ssi s ta 71 ts
Exchanges . .
The Laurel Board
Faculty .flduisor--Mrs. Marion Bryant
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
nd Librarian, Charles Diehl, Principal and La
Mrs. Ma riun
lo right .'
Principal, Guirlancc, a n
Crozier, Ph y.
Dorothy Saywa ral , French
scott, Home Fc. and Ca
rds, English, Scicncc,
Cl SS ection
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.
DAVID ARTHUR FERRARI
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.
liLIZABETH ANN I-IAWES
" Cr qu' on rlifferr est a rlemi
" What one puts all is half
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.
IUDITH PRENTICI2 FLINT
"'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.
LAURIS MILNBR BAILEY
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.
Class of 1052
ALAN LAURISTON SMITII
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
A RTHU R LAFOREST
A man of word: mul noi of
110:-11: ix like rr gfzrrleu full of
Art 1-4, Band 2-3, Treasurer -l,
One Act Play 1, Mixed Choir l.
Intra-mural Basketball I-2-3-4.
NADINE FOLGER College
Brtfrr io do ir Ihrm wish
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.
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.
DAVID LEWIS BOSWORTI-I
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.
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-
In smooth wafer Gorl help
mc! In rough water I will
Football I-2-3. Basketball I-2-3.
Track 1-2-4, VVinter Sports I-2,
Interclass Basketball 1-2-3.
Hear one man before you
answer: hear several heforc
Class Flower and Motto Com-
DORIS LILLIAN CONLEY
There is nothing worlh the
wear of winning
Bur laughter and love of
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
BARBARA IANE CROSBY
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.
" 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.
BARBARA MAY COVE
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,
F.H.S.: Basketball 4, School
Paper 4, Softball 4.
CLARE RALPH GREENLAW
The Gods hmr nu-n's hnmls
hcjore their lips.
Track l-2-4, Basketball I-2-3-4,
All who know their own
minds do not know lheir own
Fair Booth 2-3-4.
VELORA MEDEA HARRIS
In the lips of him that hath
nnrhrrsinmling, wisdom is
found: hut a roa' is for thc'
bark of him that is void of
Oflice Girl 3, Usher at Senior
Play 4. '
PHILLII' HERVEY HOBBS
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.
IOHN ELLIOTT I-IODGKINS
lmlge I1 man hy his qursfions
rather Ihun his answers.
Baseball I-2-4, Class 'Treasurer
2, "Laurel " Board 4. Basket-
SYLVIA MAE HODGKINS
Quicrndc is the most profitable
" Laurel " Board 3-4, Office Girl
4, Iunior Dance Committee 3,
Senior Play Program Commit-
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.
AVIS HELEN HOPKINS
Honor and profil lic not
all in one sack.
"Laurel " Board 3-4, Fair
Booth 4, Field Hockey Manager
PEGGY LOU IOI-INSON
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.
GLENDA MAE LAMKIN
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.
This lmxy ruorlfl and I will
Field Hockey 4, Basketball 4,
Art' 2-3-4, Softball 4. Senior
Play Make-up Committee 4.
VERNA IOSEPHINE LUCE
Om' who does not make any
mistalqes, doe: not usually make
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.
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.
When preparation meet: op-
portunity it ix called luck.
Baseball 1-2-3-4, Track 4. In-
tra-mural Basketball 3-4.
YVAYNE LOUIS MOWATT
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-
F.H.S.: VVinter Sports 2-3-4.
Band 3-4, Football 3, Intra-
mural Basketball I-2-3-4.
LORAINE HANNAI-I NIES
Plan not for gain, but sport.
Who plays for more than he
can lose with frleasflrr :takes
Softball 1-2-3. Basketball 3.
Captain 4, Art 2-3-4, Field
Hockey Manager 4.
Siill achieving, still pursuing,
Learn io labor and to wait.
Field Hockey 3-4, Softball 3.
FRED LEON PILLSBURY
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.
This life will .roon he past:
only whatlr done for Christ
Basketball I-2-3, Co-Captain 4,
Track 4, Baseball 2-3-4. Stu-
dent Librarian 4, " Barker "
ROBERTA LOIS PORTER
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.
ELIZABETH ADA ROBBINS
Undertake no more than
you ran prdorm.
Fair Booth 3--I, Graduation
Usher 3, Senior Play Ticket
BLAINE PRILAY ROBINSON
Opportunity and duty are tu-'insi
Shirlq either and you have
Winter Sports I-2, One Act
Play 1, " Laurel " Board 3-4,
Business Manager Senior Play
DAVID ALFRED RUSSELL
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.
MERLE HARVEY SMITH
Seek not to please the worlfl,
but your own conscience.
Band 2-3, Football I-2-3, Co-
DIANNE PATRICIA SOULE
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.
RACHEL LEA STEVENS
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.
All are nur nwrry that
F.H.A. I, Softball 2-3. Fair
Booth 3-4, Oiiice Girl 4. Girls
Choir I. "Laurel " Board 4.
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.
GOLDENA MAE 'THOMAS
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.
ALBION FLOYD TRACY
Where you l'tIlI,f :limb over
you muxt creep under.
DONALD KEITH TURNER
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-
II3ANIiT'l'I2 ELVA WAITIE
Never :Invert your own line
Basketball 3-4, Girls State 3,
Softball 2. Art I-2-4, News-
VVAL'l'liR EUGENE VVIQBBIQR
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. -
President .............. ...,.....,............. C harles Murray
Vice President ......
Secretary . ...........,,
Treasurer ...... , .........
Student C onneil ,...., .....,,
President ,......... ....., .,.... D o nald Turner
Vice President ....
Student Council ....... ....,,. C harles Murray
Vice President ..
Treasurer ......,..,... .. ...
' IOYCE BEVERLY WRIGHT
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
Vice President ....., ....,....... A lan Smith
Secretary ......... .
Student Council ,.,..,
American Beauty Rose
Green and Silver
He who kills time, murders opportunity.
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Lauris Bailey ..,...,
Fred Pillsbury ......,..
Albion Tracy .......
Clare Greenlaw ....., .
Charles Murray .......
Iohn Hodgkins .......
David Ferrari ,... .
George Pillsbury .........
Charles Murray .......
Phillip Hobbs ,....
SENIOR CLASS POLL
Cla s-.r Clown
Best N aiured
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 ....
David Russell .....
Iohn Hodgkins .......
Arthur Lambert .....
.. Most Absentmimlerl
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Betty Withey Q
Nora Harris J
Arthur Conley H
Donald DeRoche H
Lawrence Cook J
Peter Webber .
CLASS OF 1953
" Give me the great outdoors! "
" Valentino and Dexter: Dexter and Small
" Parlez-vous francais? "
" Tall and handsome."
Both strong and adventurousf,
Give me the infantry."
Fiery blonds, acrobaticf'
You could add Mario Lanzaf'
Practical, thrifty type."
" Always leave them laughingf'
" Rough and hardy."
" Always together and in harmonyf'
'l Small and obstinate."
Always thinking of humor."
A humorous threesome with Lawrence
A girl in every port."
Big and rugged."
" 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."
PERSON NAME COMMENT
Thelma Schanck lean Simmons Tiny and sweet, knows all the answers."
Roy Stewart Howard Keel Slow, Western drawlf,
" Toni " Twins
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."
President .......,....... .,..........,.,.......... D avid Luce
Vice President ,.....,,. ..... R oderick Dyer
Secretary ............ ........ I anet Morrill
Treasurer ....,......... ...... P eter Webber
Student Council ....... ,...... . Alden Small
Class Flower ......................,.........,....... Carnation
Class Colors ..............,.....,...,... Fuchsia and gold
Class Motto .... " Less than our best is failure."
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CLASS OF 1954
Pipe Dreams and Realities
A trip to Sun Valley
His future lamily
Being a teacher
Controlling his blushing
The second Arthur Godfrey
A N. Y. businessman
Getting knocked out
Living in a castle
Being a policeman
Getting into politics
Serving his country
Overcoming sleepy spells
The cottage for two
Major League star
Roy Rogers the Second
Accomplishing his homework
Controlling her temper
" Deer "
Pitcher of Boston Red Sox
Being first woman president
A certain someone
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
Baby sitting with " double trouble
On the watch fa certain girl
NV ith a blonde
Stirring up trouble
Reading war stories
Trying to wake up
On the job
Having daily " fits "
Doing boyish acts
Rolling her eyes
Watching the snow fall
On the plump side
NAME DREAMS OF ALVVAYS SEEN
Brenda Perry Being Cherry Queen of New Picking cherries
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
Mary Anne Tarbox
A Fiancee fEsther Williamsj
The " Thing "
Her 50th Vlfedding Anniversary
Conquering the world
A " prof 'l
Being an African Big Game
Being a Ringling Bros. clown
The second Ava Gardner
His father's thoughts
A nurse's unifomi
Being a dentist
Taking life easy
Being a lion-tamer
Watching bathing beauties
Looking for it
Watching for the nrm
With a weapon
" Acting out "
Having teeth trouble
Staying after school
Snapping her whip
A ballerina Practicing
Leading star of The Children's Telling fairy tales
President ...,.,..,..,,................. 1 ......,.. William Diehl
Vice President ........ .,,.... I udith Howatt
Secretary ....,...,..... ...... G ail Wescott
Treasurer ...........,...,, .......... I oyce Welch
Student Council ......,. ...,.. R oss McCormick
Class Flower ..............,....,. ...,........ B lack Orchid
Class Colors .............................. Black and Gold
Class Motto .,...... You can't undo what's done.
A CLASS OF 1955
A Walk in the Freshman Garden
Bobby Roux J
Stanley W'hittier I
George Beale Q
Iohn Guest J
Mary Iane Sturtevant
Bruce Wing Q
Raymond Luce J
Keith Parker J
Ieanette Hutchins H
Shirley Benson Q
Iimmy Melvin j
Roland Hargreaves Q
Melvin Dumeny Q
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
VVhen Mary Iane is around things are always
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
lust as these Howers are used together in a bou-
quet, so are these girls usually seen together.
" lust peachy."
Shy and quiet.
You can see her as she beams toward the sun.
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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
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
David Grant Calendulas Strong, sturdy, and athletic.
leanette Smith Blecdillg Hellff Something, or someone is always worrying
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 -
Anne Denise McKenny
Lily of the Valley
Quiet boys, but an excellent addition to our
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
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
"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.
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.
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.
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 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
March '51 March '52
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DATE EVENT COMMENT
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
14 New England Music Festival Those attending it with Miss Iola Peakins were
at Lewiston Mosher, B. Wheeler, P. Edwards, and B.
1-l Visit to State Legislature Class of '52. Chaperoned by Principal Diehl.
16 Vic Dance Sponsored by school majorettes for uniforms.
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.
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.
3 Orchestra and Band Concert Mr. Poulin again demonstrated some of the
band instruments and conducted a question
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
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DATE EVENT COMMENT
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.
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.
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
Mrs. Blake ....,.......,.....,......
Olhcer Ierry Nolan ....,..
Marion Blake .........,...
Eleve Moore .......,
Mrs. Frazier ...............
Phantom " by
Ethan Sharp .................. ..... A . Akerley
The White Phantom ,... ............. L. Ellis
Curtis Frazier ...............,.....,.,,............. G. Ranger
Iuniors - " My Late Espoused Saint " by
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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
A Triangular Track Meet
State Music Festival
Commencement Program Plans
Health Oflice conducted the tests at the high
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
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
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18 County One-act Play Contest
18 Iunior Prom
19 Bates Relays at Lewiston
21 Career Day
21 1951 Laurel
23 Championship T rack Meet
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
The Iunior Prom was held at the Community
Building. Profit 151100. Theme: Candlelight
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
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.
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24 Baseball Farmingtorfs baseball team ended its League
1951 Graduation Committee
First Annual Color Day
Maine Poetry Fellowship
State Track Meet
Baseball Season Closes'
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
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-
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.
Will: F. Cole
History: I. Legere
Prophecy: I. Rounds
Class Gifts: R. Langen, L. Violet
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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
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.
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.
D.A.R. candidate award, certificate and medal
based on qualities of dependability, leadership,
service, and patriotism: I. Legere.
Presentation of diplomas: Mr. Benjamin
The largest Freshman Class in recent years num-
bered 93 when registered. Total enrollment
was 267. New teachers-Mr. Theodore Em-
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19-21 High School Fair Booth
24 Photo Service
26 Field Hockey
1 Frosh.-Soph. Football
ery, mathg Mr. Harwood Steele, businessg Mr.
Edward Iohnson, shop apprenticeg Miss Marion
Edwards, biology and Englishg and Miss Norma
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-
Our Underclassmen were taken over by Wil-
ton's Frosh.-Soph. team 14-0.
and Winter Sports Team
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2 Class Elections Primary elections were done in formal manner
Recess and Sandwich Sale
Musical Clubs Membership
Music Section Leaders
at the Community Center for class offices.
Blue, Grey, and Independent parties were run-
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
8 F. H. S. Faculty Evening
"Frunlq1fn Iom'm1l" Sponsor of
F. H. S. Weekly Activities
Class Elections Results
Vice President ......
Secretary . ..,.........
Treasurer .... . .........
Council Members ..,.
President ...... .......
Vice President ,... ..
Council Members ....
Home Economics Project
U. of M. Dean's List
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
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
D. Luce D. Ferrari
R. Dyer A. Smith
I. Morrill B. Hawes
P. Webber A. Lambert
F. Orcutt C. Murray
A. Small L. Bailey
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
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.
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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-
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
27 Football Despite the longest run of the season by L.
Ellis, Dover-Foxcroft Academy came out on top
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.
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
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.
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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
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
George and Fred
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16 Basketball Practice
First Annual Awards Banquet
First VVeekly Recess Sales
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
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-
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-
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Harvard World Federalists
Student Institute on World
Federalism vs. F o r e i g n
Iunior Rifle Club
Basketball at Hallowell
Freshman Basketball Y
League Game at lay
Annual Play Day at F.S.T.C.
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.
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 F.H.S. Freshmen were taken at Rumford
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
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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
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
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.
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7 School Rally for Tournament Various talks by the faculty and students on
First Semester Honor Roll
Franklin County Tournament
at Community Center
State Ski Meet
Iunior Class Food Sale
Club 354 Party
their particular sports were presented. The
cheerleaders joined in to pep up the student
body in anticipation of a victory in the near at
hand County Tourney.
M.C.I. invaded Farmington's court this after-
noon to obtain both victory and defeat. 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.
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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.
Blue and Grey teams, both girls and boys,
played for points for Color Day. Blue teams
were victorious by close margins in both con-
tests: Girls-12-llg Boys--16-11.
The Laurel goes to press.
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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
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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
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
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
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-
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.
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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-
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
Diane Butler '53
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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
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this disease which IS so vrevalent now, and
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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
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.
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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-
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
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. '
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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
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
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
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-
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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
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
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
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
I don't know what I'd call this ancestor unless
it is agile. One old grandmother, from an up-
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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
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,
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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
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
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
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-
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ington. Not far distant from the camp is a
brook Where we spend a good part of our time
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
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-
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
Avis Hopkins Is Student In Home Economics
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
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.
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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
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 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
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.
" 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-
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
Avis Hopkins '52
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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
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
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-
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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
" VVhy doesn't spruce make a good Christmas
" 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
" Hey, wait for me."
" Oh, for heaven sakes, what is the matter
"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
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.
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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
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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
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."
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" Well, Henry, how is your work progress-
" 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,
" 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
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
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
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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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
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
- Diane Butler '53
" 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
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
" Oh, how I wish I had just been myself all
along instead of trying to be someone else bigger
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and better only to make myself smaller and
littler in the end. I just don't know what to
What would you do in her case? Let me
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
"Sure" All the girls seemed so poised and
so sure of themselves, and how Daphine envied
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
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
" 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
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
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
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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
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
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
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
" 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-
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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
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
" 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
Anita Stewart ,55
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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:
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-
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
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
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"
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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
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
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
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
" 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
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
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blade should be sharpened only on the front side,
leaving the back of the blade straight up and
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-
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
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
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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-
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-
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
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" 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
The Yankees had somewhat the same team
that won the 1950 World Championship. The
main difference was that the outstanding players
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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
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
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
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
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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
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
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-
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.
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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-
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
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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
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
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
But after they control the wheels, it's suspended
A president should be a man of courtesy and
After spending fifty billion more to improve on
last year's tanks.
Or one who always shows his thanks in just a
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
Oh, a life of ease and travel is what they adver-
But when he asks for size nine shoes, they give
him number fives.
His food is a pack of everything from iodine to
lust where in seven continents do they fi-nd the
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.
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Brother now, oh what a man, so smart he says,
He plans to be no less, he says, than the greatest
All women ask for equal rights in work and
But never do I think I'll hear of their paying
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
Some husbands say they can't aFford the powder
for their nose.
Hooray for the balding idiot that invented
It can always be a gift of peace to appease an
lt may be kids get kind of tired of hearing
" 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
He asks, " Should I exert myself when Tom will
do my work? N
Forever change, forever change through industry
Itis little wonder we ourselves aren't changed
from sane to daft.
There's little sense that you can Find upon this
But truth no less that lives as proof in this
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.'
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But instead you say, " As good as pie."
And then heave a great and happy sigh.
Goldena Thomas '52
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
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
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
The moon gave way to the coming sun.
Harriet Sturtevant '52
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
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
1594? - 1952
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Winston Archer-Employed by Lewis Archer,
Grace Bachelder-Mrs. Robert Butterfield,
Evelyn Barker-Mrs. Lloyd Brackett, Industry
Barbara Beale-Mrs. Richard Titcomb
Audrey Bosworth-Mrs. Albert Bergeron
Marion Bradley-Mrs. Herbert Mague, Little-
Richard Bradley--U. S. Army
Leonard Brooks Ir.-Employed by L. Brooks
Ralph Bryant--U. S. Air Force
Scott Butterfield - Bellevue Hospital, New
Lawrence Churchill-Mechanics School, Ana-
Louis Collette-U. S. Air Force
Dorothy Comstock-Mrs. Harold Iudkins
Iohn Cutler-Employed by Farmington Water
Katherine Davis - Mrs. Almont Burbank,
Stanley Ellsworth--Michigan State University
Norman Ferrari-U. S. Army
Ioanne Fortier-Mrs. Richard Pinkham, Hy-
Beatrice Fraser-Forster Mfg. Co.
Marjorie Gaskell-Aetna Life Insurance Co.,
Benjamin Gay--U. S. Air Force
Richard Green-Bowling Green University,
Roberta Howard-Mrs. Reynold Avery, Phil-
Donald Hutchinson-U. S. Air Force
Marie Iohnson - Cornell University, New York
Melville Iohnson Ir.-U. S. Army
Leonard Luce-Fred O. Smith Mfg. Co., New
Marie Luger - Mrs. Earl Brown Ir., West
Robert Morrill -Teacher-Coach at Stratton
Richard Neil--Employed with Marcus Neil,
Iohn Newcomb Ir.-Head Herdsman of Ier-
sey Farm, Manchester, New Hampshire
Lewis Newcomb-Marbleis Model Cleaners
Thelma Newell-Oliice of Capewell Mfg. Co.,
Pauline O,Shaughnessy - Currier Insurance
Doris Racklilfe-Mrs. Henry Lizottc, Auburn
Gloria Raymond - Mrs. Iames Toothaker, Lew-
Shirley Richards - Mrs. Harold Roberts,
VVilliam Richards-G. H. Bass Co., Wilton
Eleanor Stevens-Mrs. I. Edgar Paradis, West
Glenn Stowe-U. S. Air Force
Jeanette Thompson-Mrs. Robert Stevens,
Maynard Towle-McLeary Hardware Co.
Lawrence Whitney - U. S. Coast-Geodetic
Herbert Wing-U. S. Army
George Greenwood-U. S. Air Force
Reginald Walker - Employed by Linwood
Robert Suomi-Commando Hotel Staff, Cam-
Adria Adams - F.S.T.C.
Beulah Adams -iMrs. Cecil Libby, West Farm-
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,
Barbara Blanchard-Mrs. Lee Wilson
Beulah Blanchard --New England Telephone
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
Robert Fortier-K. Sc H. Foster, Contractors,
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Harriett Gage--Central Maine General Hos-
Charles Grant-U. S. Navy
Lee Gray-Horn Motors
Robert Grover-U. S. Navy
Rowena Hammond - Mrs. Harold Swain,
Doris Hardy-X-Ray Technician, Tulsa, Okla-
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
Harold Kyes- Kyes General Store, Allens Mills
Frank Look-U. S. Army
Clifford Luce-U. S, Navy
Katherine Marena-Mrs. Theodore Tracy Ir.,
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-
Clifford Paine-U. S. Navy
Helen Pillsbury-Mrs. Kenneth Iames, Liver-
Hope Pillsbury-Mrs. Vance Bryant, Liver-
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-
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
Lillian Trenholm-- Mrs. Ernest Perkins, Bethel
Albert Wells--U. S. Army
lean VVhitney -F.S.T.C.
Mildred VVhitney--Thayer Hospital, Water-
Harold Allen-U. S. Navy
Blaine Atwood--U. S. Army
Elaine Beal -Flood's Shoe Store
Eleanor Beal-Portland Maine General Hos-
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.
Richard Iohnson-U. S. Marines
Betty Kershner--Husson's Business School,
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-
Kathleen Lovell -Mrs. Lloyd Huntoon, Range-
Iohn McCormick--U. S. Air Force
Iohn McKenzie-U. S. Air Force
Ierlean Meader-Mrs. Al Bowen, Greene
Wilson Miles-Fairfield Auto Supply Co.,
Thomas Newell-North Anson Reel Co.,
Prentice Nile-Employed by Fred E. Blanch-
Layton Patriquin-U. S. Army, Korea-miss-
ing in action
Patricia Richards-Lynn General Hospital,
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.
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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-
Calvin Tyler-Granite Quarry, North Iay
Ioan Webber- Wheaton College, Norton, Mass.
Lillian Webber-Mrs. Clarence White, Mount
Ianette Wright - F.S.T.C.
Richard Wright-U. S. Navy
Lawrence Yeaton-Employed by Milford Beal
Elaine Adams-Mrs. Albert Wells
Iames Adams - Maine Maritime Academy,
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
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,
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.
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
Edna Luce Pillsbury- Mrs. Verdell Pillsbury
Iames Rand-U. of M.
Ieannine Redlevske- Mrs. Iohn Piekarczyk,
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,
Anthony Skwara-Wilton Lumber Company
Marilyn Stinchfield-First National Bank, Bos-
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-
Dean Wiles - F.S.T.C.
David Yost-Employed by Harry Ellsworth
Guy Alexander-U. S. Navy
Keith Alexander-Employed at the Northeast
Katheryn Allen--Pratt Sr VVhitney Aircraft
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,
Iean Black-Rumford Community Hospital
Georgia Cochran-Mrs. Prentice Nile
Fred Cole-Employed at Charles Garage, Mt.
Helen Conley - Deceased
Guy Davis-U. S. Air Force
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Clarita DeWolfe-Thomas Business College,
Robert Eaton-U. S. Navy
Priscilla Edwards - F.S.T.C.
David Ellis-U. of M.
Earl Farrington-Norrwock Shoe Co., North
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,
Norma Haney - State Theater
Paul Heath-Employed by Frank Ladd, Lum-
Claude Hodge-U. S. Air Force
lean Hosfelt-Central Maine General Hospital,
Ruby Langen-Mrs. Sherman Tracy
Ioan Legere-Mrs. Willard Douglas
Cecil Libby- H. P. Hood and Sons, West
Ioseph Linscott -F.S.T.C.
Eleanor Lovell-Raytheonis Mfg. Co., Brain-
tree, Mass. 1
Richard Marquis- Antony N. -Williams Corp.,
Myron Moore-U. S. Air Force
Elizabeth Mosher - F.S.T.C.
David Patriquin-Thomas Business School,
Richard Paul-Maine Consolidated Power
Basil Powers - Las Glas Inn Staff, Fort Lauder-
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,
Pearl Smith-Rumford Community Hospital
Donna Sommers-1VIrs. Lewis Barker A
Anne Staples-Rumford Community Hospital
Paul Stevens- Employed by George Densmore,
Dennis Straw-U. S. Air Force
George Swain-Las Olas Inn Staff, Fort Lau-
Dwight Tuttle-'g Howard Iohnson's" Staff,
Lawrence Violet - F .S.T.C.
VVallace Watson - Horn Motors
Mildred Welch-Air Base Waitress, San An-
Barbara Wheeler-Eastern Nazarene College,
Glenwood White -Employed by Kenneth Hoar
Hilda VVhitney - At home
Leon NVyman-Franklin Iournal Office
Richard York -U. S. Air Force
MANY "LAURELS" AGO
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
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
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
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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
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
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
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
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
Vincent Pottle '09
Ben Stinchlield '10
Colby College, Waterville
Vivian Ellsworth '10
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
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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
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
Tomato Soup Crackers
Salmon Loaf Mashed Potato
Lemon Ielly Sponge Drops
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
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
To keep to the Wright
Driving a " Lizzie "
Martha Emery Musician
Some good man's wife
" 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' -
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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
L tackle .,......
R tackle ...,....
L guard .......
R guard ..,.,...
, Caroline Sweet
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 .... ,.
. .....,..,..,. Anna Austin
Most Masculine .......... . .......... " Tom " Morton
Most Emphatic ......
Philip Hines and
. ...........,,. Lucile Keith
Most Moderate ........ ............... S tanley Keene
Most Flirtatious ..... ....... M ary Morrell and
Best Read .................................... Clifford Oliver
1934 - Members o
Club are as follows:
Miss Perkins' Boys Glee
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,
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
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
Farmington High School has 247 blue stars
on its World War II Hag and 10 gold stars for
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
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.
MARION S. BRYANT
The High School
March 7, 1952
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
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. ,... .
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 .......
West Farmington .
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 ......
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
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.
York Brothers ,.....
G 81 B Sporting Goods Co
H. P. Hood 81 Sons .....
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