Oxford High School - Ravelins Yearbook (Oxford, MA)
- Class of 1936
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THE CLASS OF 1936 DEDICATES THIS YEARBOOK
- WITH DEEPEST SINCERITY TO
MISS HELEN KENNEDY
FOR THE ADVICE SHE HAS GIVEN US
THE HELP SHE HAS BEEN TO US IN OVERCOMING OBSTACLES
DURING OUR PAST FOUR YEARS.
Associate Editor .........
Business Manager .....
Advertising Manager .........
Writeup Committee ....... ......... D orothy Taft, Chairman
Girls' Athletics .........
Boys' Athletics .........
. ...... Robert Allen
OXFORD HIGH SCHOOL
When our class of '36 was beginning grammar school the first memories
of the high school were when we gazed in awe at the big brick building and
the mul'itude of older boys and girls about it.
This aspect lasted until we entered Junior High School when some of our
classes were held in the high school building. We came to know its intricacies
so by the time we were freshmen it was an old story.
Then began the making of memories, the lasting friendships with the
teachers in the rooms of that building which continued until in 1936. Then
with minds full of memories We attended its classes for the last time.
We leave, knowing that though another building will soon replace it we
will always think lovingly and respectfully of our school building-Oxford
High School as we leave it now in 1936.
HIGH HONORS IN THE ORDER OF CLASS STANDING
ROBERT ERNEST CHEN EY
MATTHEW LINZEE SANDS
EUGENE CHARLES SCHOFIELD
KATHERINE AUGUSTA CHAPMAN
MARY OLIVE WOOD
DOROTHY LOUISE BROWN
VINCENT CHARLES GILL
DORIS LILLIAN LAPAN
SARAH NANCY LAWSON
CATHRYN TERESA CHRISTIAN
KENNETH WILLEY CHAFFEE
DOROTHY MAY TAFT
AWARDS FOR 1935-1936
Washington and Franklin United States History Medal
Renssalaer Science and Mathematics Medal MATTHEW SANDS
Becker College Commercial Award DORIS LAPAN
Fletcher Prize-to the boy earning his letter who has the highest
scholastic average YARNO NESTA
Fletcher Prize-to the girl earning her letter who has the highest
scholastic average STATIA SHIVICK
Valedictory Medal ROBERT CHENEY
F A C U L 'I' Y
MR. FRANK SANNELLA: A.B., Bates, Principal, History, Vocational Education.
MR. EVAN C. RICHARDSON: B.S., Massachusetts State College, Chemistry, Biology, General
MR. THOMAS MCGOVERN: A.B., Holy Cross College, Commercial Law, Civics, Arithmetic.
MR. LAWRENCE MANSUR: A.B., M.A., Clark University, History, Mathematics.
MISS ANN WINTER: A.B., Wellesley, M.A., University of Wyoming, French, English.
MISS HELEN KENNEDY: B.S. in Ed., Worcester State Teachers College, M.S. in E., Boston College,
Bookkeeping, Arithmetic, Typewriting.
MISS MARIE WALSH: B.S., Boston University, Commercial Subjects.
MISS HELEN GAHAGAN: A.B., Boston College, Latin.
MISS MIRIAM MANNING: A.B., Marietta, English.
Junior High School
MR. WALTER BROWNING: A.B., Holy Cross College, History, Civics.
MISS AMELIA SNOW: B.S. in Ed., Worcester State Teachers College, Arithmetic, Hygiene.
MISS CLARA TURNER: Worcester State Teachers College, Penmanship, Geography, English.
MISS MARY HAND: A.B., Boston University School of Music, Music.
MISS MARGARET MCGINNIS: BSI, Massachusetts School of Art, Drawing.
MR. WILLIAM ELA: B.S. in Ed., Fitchburg State Teachers College, Manual Training.
MISS ROSE MASSEI: B.S. in Ed., Framingham State Teachers College, Sewing.
Advisers: Mr. Sannella and Miss Manning
President: Eugene Schofield
Vice-President: John Connor
Secretary: Dorothy Brown
Treasurer: Dorothy Taft
"We cang we will."
Blue and White
THE RAVELIN'S, 1936
ROBERT WILLIAM ALLEN
"After all is said and done,
I've sure had my share of fun."
Activities: Cross Country 2, 3, 4 CCaptainDg President of the
class 2, 3 3 Treasurer of Class lg President of Junto Club 23 Class
Gifts Committee 4g Cheer Leader 4, Dramatics 35 Press Club 4.
Impulsive . . . always in a hurry . . . quick to see a joke . . .
always saying something funny . . . never seen in one place very
long . . . has many friends . . . likes sports . . . has been a class
officer . . . not bashful .... nor backward in any of his actions
. . . likes to be dismissed early.
"I-las your toil in books consumed the midnight oil?"
Activities: Auburn High 1: Dramatics 1, 45 Dramatic Club
1, 43 Debating Club 1, Track lg Football lg Baseball 2, 3, 43
Radio Plays 4, French Club 2, 33 Press Club 4, Radio Club 33
Class Officer 2 CVice-Presidentb.
One of the most ambitious boys in the class . . . very busy,
always has something to do . . . seldom gets to school on time
and likes to be dismissed early . . . great participant in sports
. . . has argumentative ability.
MARIE DOROTHY BERARD
"As merry as the day is long."
Activities: Pencil, Pad, and Key Club 3, Junto Club 1, 23
French Club 3.
Nothing ever bothers her . . . likes gay colored sweaters . . .
and socks too! . . . always popping in at nine and one . . . gives
interesting oral themes . . . destined to be a secretary . . . that's
DOROTHY LOUISE BROWN
"The fairest garden in her looks,
And in her mind the wisest books."
Activities: Latin Club 1, 25 French Club 2, 3 CSecretary-
treasurerbg Ravelin's Boardl,2, 3, 4g Dramatics 1, 2, 3, ET2 Playsl
Dramatic Club 4g Class officer 3, 4 iSecretaryJg Radio Play 43
Honor Roll 1, 3, Junto Club 2 CSecretary-treasurerbg Graduation
Speaker. fi Ll-
Dorothy wears a smile that never comes off, not even in her
sleep . . . has many friends . . . very ambitious . . . always in a
hurry being busy as a bee . . . is a little chatterbox, talkative as
a parrot . . . good speaker. . . very naive but pleasingly so . . .
she can use her talking ability in her future profession, a teacher.
THE RAVELIN'S, 1936
MARY JANE BROWNING '
"A pleasant-spirited lady."
Activities: Leicester High 1, Glee Club 1: Dramatics lg
Debating Team lg Drum Corps lg Junto Club 2g French Club 35
Pencil, Pad and Key Club 3g Athletic Play 35 Press Club 4g Sen- ,
ior Play 4.
The personality girl with the everlasting smile . . . likes
sports and likes to knit . . . always laughs at the other person's
jokes . . . seldom in a hurry , , , has lots of friends . . . a good 1
ad-getter . . . likes to act in plays. '
MARGUERITE HELEN CAMERON
"Happy and gay all through the day."
Activities: French Club 1, 23 Junto Club 2g Dramatics 1, 43
Dramatic Club 4.
Marguerite is the smiling imp of the class . . . extremely
petite . , . and oh so coy . . . always makes eyes at the teachers
. . . smiles an ingratiating smile when she talks . . . inseparable
from her pal, Barbara . . . this next is a deep secret . . . Kit
pouts very prettily.
KATHERINE AUGUSTA CHAPMAN
"Diligence is the mother of good fortune."
Activities: Honor Roll 1, 2, 3, 45 Junto ,Club 25 Pencil. Pad
and Key Club 3, 43 Dramatic Club 43 Typing Award 3, 4g Honor
Speaker for Graduation.
Kitty is among our quietest ones . . . the pages of her books
are well thumbed . . . go to Kitty and ask her anything . . . she
can tell you . . . certainly deserves to be one of our honor
speakers . . . wanted . . . a boss for this perfect little secretary.
ROBERT ERNEST CHENEY
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"And still they gazed and still their wonder grew,
That one small head could carry all he knew."
Activities: Science Club 43 Honor Roll 1, 2, 3, 43 Junto Club
45 Junior Prom Committee 35 Stamp Club 45 Student Council 4.
Earnest as his name suggests . . . tall and lean boys seem
to run in our class . . . Bob's another . . . is very studious and
usually Quiet but has a catchy grin . . . Bob would be a shining
light in school, even more than he is but he's oh so-ooo bashful
. . . or is he . . . is an excellent speaker when he chooses to be
. . . can speak with notes or without . . . aspires to be a genius in
the electrical field . . . so, watch out . . . he might shock you.
THE RAVELIN'S, 1936
KENNETH WILLEY CHAFFEE
"On what seas shall be thy fate
We only know it will be great."
Activities: Junto Club 23 Stage Manager of Senior Play 4,
Science Club 4, Radio Plays 45 Honor Roll 3, 4, Baseball Man-
Ken is another of our tall, lean and silent boys . . . but not
too silent . . . usually gets a back seat . . . but what's the use . . .
the teachers still manage to see him . . . just wastes effort . . .
likes to jaunt around in his favorite antique . . . pardon, auto-
mobile . . . easily recognizable by its distinct noise . . . also, he
is another of those aeronautic fiends . . . you know . . . always
up in the air.
PAULENA OPAL CHICKERING
"Still waters run deepest."
Activities: Junto Club 2.
Paulena another of our quiet ones . . . did you ever see her
fingers pick at those guitar strings . . . many a morning her
bright smile . . . lighting up the girl's dark cloak room . . . al-
ways ready when we need help . . . the same smile winning for
her many friends.
CATHRYN TERESA CHRISTIAN
"Her good nature is like the sunshine,
Shedding brightness everywhere."
Activities: French Club 1, 2, Dramatic Club 45 Junto Club
23 Pencil, Pad and Key Club 43 Press Club 43 Radio Play 45 Dra-
matics 1, 4, Junior Prom Committee 3, Picture Chairman 4.
Shows immeasureable efficiency as one of the office girls . . .
never is seen talking . . . isn't it nice to be small? . . . when with
the rest of the "gang," hear her giggle . . . her feet never touch
the floor when she is walking . . . in the future, we expct to see
her as a successful stenographer.
ESTHER JANE CLEMENTSON
"But still her tongue ran on."
Activities: Latin Club 1, 25 French Club 2g Junto Club 25
Pencil, Pad and Key Club 3, 4g Dramatic Club 4, Radio Play 45
Plenty of pep . . . a joke for every occasion . . . bubbling
personality . . . loves to talk . . . wants to be a nurse . . . oh-oh!
are some pulses going to jump . . . as cheerleader, she leads the
kids with spirit and vitality . . . in other words, a swell pal and
JOHN FRANCIS CONNOR
"We don't want him any longer,
He is long enough."
Activities: Classical High School, Worcester lg Oxford High
School 2, 3, 45 French Club 2, 3, Latin Club 23 Dramatic Club 43
Radio Play 4g Class officer 4g Class Day Speaker 4, Honor Roll 2.
Johnny is another one of those strong, silent men . . . has a
good sense of humor . . . those rosy cheeks and that curly hair
. . . let the girls in on your secret, will you, Johnny . . . some-
times, he's the only one who knows what he's talking about . . .
all right blush . . . it's back in style.
HELEN CATHERINE DALEY
"Her friends are many:
Her foes, are there any?
Activities: Pencil, Pad and Key Club 3, 43 O. A. T. 3: Dra-
matic Club 4.
Charming . . . pleasing . . . lively . . . very reticent . . .
wears gay and colorful clothes . . . speaks in a questioning voice
. . . little is heard from her . . . but she is always willing and
eager to help.
CECEILIA VIRGINIA DEGNAN
"A smile will go a long, long way."
Activities: Brockton High School l, 2, 3: Basketball 1 CCap-
tainl, 2, 3g Hockey 33 Dramatic Club 1, 2, Pencil, Pad and Key
Club 43 Press Club 45 Dramatic Club 4.
A newcomer when a senior . . . has a blond, curly head that
tilts back and forth when she is talking . . . took part in several
activities here . . . active in sports at Brockton . . . when Matt
starts teasing her there are plenty of laughs . . . expects to join
the ranks as another stenographer.
GORDON EMERSON DIMOCK
"You have waked me too soon,
I must slumber again."
Activities: Junto Club 23 Dramatic Club 43 Press Club 45
Basketball Manager 45 Senior Play 43 Radio Play 4.
The messenger boy of Ravelin's . . . always busy . . . is an
honorary member of the one minute of nine club, sometimes one
minute after . . . great ambitions . . . contributes many ideas . . .
likes to argue . . . has a voice like that of Bill Childs . . . his one
weakness is sleep, and after school closes, we trust he will get
THE RAVELIN'S, 1936
HELEN CECELIA DONOVAN
"Smiles may come and smiles may go,
But hers goes on forever."
Activities: Pencil, Pad and Key Club 3, 43 Press Club 43
0. A. T. Award 3.
Without Helen's smile or her goodnatured ways our class
wouldn't be the same . . . always looking on the bright side of
everything . . . she likes to talk in study periods rather than in
class . . . but who doesn't . . . we hear she can sing, too.
EVA DORA DUMAS
"As busy as a bee."
Activities: Press Club 43 Science Club 13 Pencil, Pad and
Key Club 3, 43 Dramatic Club 43 Drawing Medals 1, 2, 3, 4.
Eva has an artistic temperament . . . usually is full of good
ideas . . . has fine taste in decorating . . . when she doesn't agree
the chances are she will say, "Oh I don't think so" . . . also an-
ogier of the class songbirds . . . but we don't hear her sing very
VINCENT CHARLES GILL
"By the work, one knows the workman." n
Activities: Honor Roll 1, 2, 3, 43 French Club 2, 33 Dramatics
1, 43 Student Council Vice-President 33 Radio Plays 43 Dramatic
Club President 4.
The Beau Brummel of the class is "B1inky" . . . possesses a
deep voice which combines with his masculine grace and charm
. . . this makes him the class pet . . . especially with the girls . . .
can be usually found winking at one particular girl, um . . .
enough said . . . contemplates further education . . . we all know
' ROSEMARY HERBERT
- "Let a smile be your umbrella."
Activities: J unto Club 23 Chairman of Junior Prom Decora-
' ting Committee 33 French Club 23 Latin Club 1, 23 O. A. T. Award
3: Dramatic Club 43 Pencil, Pad and Key Club 3, 43 Radio Play
43 Honor Roll 1, 2, 33 Ravelin's Board 3.
Full of life and full of fun . . . never idle . . . how does she
. keep those curls in place? . . . thinks for herself and others too
. . . she's always around the corner giggling . . . we wonder if
she giggles in her sleep.
THE RAVELIN'S, 193
ELWOOD FLETCHER JACKSON
"He may look serious, he may look shyg
But he's full of it-twixt you and I."
Activities: Dramatic Club 4.
Rather slow in his actions and speech . . . seldom noisy in
school but oh, outside . . . seldom gets to school early, he being
another member of the one minute to nine club . . . pet slogan,
"Watch the Fords go by" . . . a boat enthusiast and a fliend of
"Quiet persons are welcome everywhere."
Activities: Junto Club 25 Pencil, Pad and Key Club 4.
We see golden hair and blue eyes when we look at Annie
. . . she's just a mite . . . her smile appears like a Hash of light-
ning . . . also she's conscientious flook at her bookkeeping
marksl . . . she's silent as an Indian in spite of that gold hair
. . . sometimes she surprises herself as much as the rest of us . . .
speaking up good and loud!
DORIS LILLIAN LAPAN
She could argue still."
Activities: Science Club Secretary 13 French Club 1, 2. 31 z
Bookkeeping Award 39 O. A. T. Award 33 Pencil, Pad and Key 2
Club 3, 4: Press Club 3, 4 CSecretarylZ Athletic Club 4. E
If Doris isn't with Eleanor then she just isn't . . . she does- ?
n't cast a very big shadow . . . there's not enough to her . . . f
ever hear those infectious giggles of her's . . . her scarce oral 5
themes are good . . . but she doesn't think so . . . someday she J
will make a fine "Somebody's Stenogf'
GERTRUDE THERESA LaPLANTE Q
'How far the little candle throws its beams." A
Activities: French Club 2, Junto Club 25 Press Club 4g g
Pencil, Pad and Key Club 3, 4, O. A. T. Award 35 Dramatics 4. 2
Gert, the class midget . . . she can get a laugh out of any-
thing . . . and what a laugh . . . shh! she might be a newspaper
woman . . . so we have heard . . . ever see her when she wasn't
a good friend.
THE RAVELIN'S, 1936
SARAH NANCY LAWSON
"A smile for all, a welcome glad,
A care -free, jovial way she had."
Activities: Latin Club 25 Junto Club 2 CVice-Pres.hg Student
Council 4 CSecretaryJg Dramatic Club 4, Press Club 3, 43 Treas-
urer of Sophomore Classg Honor Roll 1, 2, 3.
A group of girls, with Sarah in the center . . . her southern
accent holding attention once more . . . has perfected the knack
of "throwing parties" . . . is the possessor of a generous smile
. . . rates high in scholastic ability . . . we hope yo'all make a
right smart nurse.
RITA MADELINE LYMAN
"Hang sorrow, care'll kill a cat,-
So therefore, let's be merry."
Activities: French Club 1, 2, 35 Pencil, Pad and Key Club
3. 4 tSecretarylZ Dramatics 2, 3, 4: Press Club 3, 43 Student
Council 33 Becker's Contest 3, Dramatic Club 43 Chairman Junior
Prom Committee 3, Bookkeping Award 3, Junto Club 25 O. A. T.
Award 33 Class Gifts 45 Ring Committee 3.
The seniors' silver songbird-always looks as though she
came out of a bandbox . . . the boys' idea of a "perfect date" . . .
"on with the dance" and a perfect dancer . . . it will be our loss
and his gain when she takes her pad and pencil as somebody's
MATTHEW LINZEE SANDS
"I am not only witty in myself,
But the cause of wit in others."
Activities: Student Council 2, 3, 4 CPresidentDg Junto Club
21 French Club 2, 33 Dramatic Club 4, Drawing Award 33 Press
Club 33 Radio Play 4, Chairman of Advertising Committee 33
O. A. T. Award 35 Honor Roll 1, 2, 45 Graduation Speaker.
Matt is tall and lean, like a willow . . . always arguing . . .
especially with teachers . . . is a leading figure in school . . . an
unusually interesting speaker . . . has recently become a chess
addict . . . hopes it will develop his mind . . . probably will be-
come a successful lawyer . . . so save your business . . . he might
EUGENE CHARLES SCHOFIELD
"Red hair never tops a slow wit."
Activities: Honor Roll 1, 2, 3, 4, President of Class 1, 43
Vice-President 35 Typing Award 39 Junto Club 23 Pencil, Pad
and Key Club 3, 4g Dramatic Club 4g Business Manager of Play
2, 3, 43 Dramatics 45 Student Council 4, Radio Play 43 Gradua-
tion Sneaker: Rave1in's Board 2, 3, 4.
Eugene's authoritative appearance does not encourage one to
get very familiar with him . . . at first . . . you have to know
him to really appreciate him. Resembles a young business ex-
ecutive . . . which is why he is always business manager of
school plays. His self-confidence and excellent speaking voice
make him one of the best speakers Oxford has ever had.
"Better be small and shine,
Than be tall and cast a shadow."
Activities: Commerce High School, Worcester 1, 25 Oxford
High School 3, 45 French Club Secretary 25 Dramatic Club 45
Pencil, Pad and Key Club 45 Radio Play 45 Class Marshal 35
Press Club 4.
Babs is one of our busy capable ones . . . small in body
doesn't mean being small in mind . . . we don't see how she can
carry so much in that head of hers . . . come on, cry some more
for us . . . as you did in the Radio Play . . . but don't make it so
real . . . someday we expect to read articles signed with her
"Good and true and jolly, too."
Activities: Pencil, Pad and Key Club 3, 45 Dramatic Club 4.
If you hear a giggle that's Lois . . . she always has a flash-
ing smile . . . or an encouraging word . . . if she keeps on
dancing . . . Ginger Rogers may be job-hunting . . . she plans to
be a stenographer, too.
DOROTHY MAY TAFT
"Her voice was ever soft, gentle, and low5
An excellent thing in woman."
Activities: Latin 1, 2 fSecretary7g Junto Club 25 Dramatics
13 Press Club 2, 3, 45 Radio Plays 45 French Club 2, 3 CVice-
Presidentbg Chairman of the Write Up Committeeg Honor Roll 35
Class Officer 2 CSecretaryJ, 3 , 4 CTreasurerJ.
The girl at the candy counter . . . rosy cheeks . . . freckles
. . . infectious giggle . . . quiet as the day is long . . . how does
she keep that sunny disposition, so many say "charge it" . . .
well-known voice over the radio . . . what a job . . . collecting
dues from our class, eh Dot?
ELEANOR RITA THOMPSON
"Always cheerful as can be."
Activities: Science Club 15 French Club 1, 2, 35 Junto Club
25 Typing Awards 3, 45 Bookkeeping Award 35 Pencil, Pad and
Key Club 3, 4CTreasurerJ5 Press Club 45 Athletic Club 4.
Everyone knows El's aptness at the typewriter . . . when
there is typing to do-let E1 do it . . . just loves to give-oral
themes Cor does she?J . . . her supply closet duties keep her
pretty busy . . . her inseparable companion is Doris.
THE RAVELIN'S, 1936
ANTOINE'IIl'E MARY VITKUS
"C1eanest of sports, best of friends."
Activities: Basketball 1, 2, 3. 4CCaptainDg Athletic Club,
President 43 Pencil, Pad and Key Club 3, 4.
The great athlete . . . her ability on the basketball Hoor
should get her a place in the Olympics . . . why does the school
bus have to take her away so soon after school? . . . someday
she hopes to be somebody's private secretary . . . we know she
MARY OLIVE WOOD
"Happy am I, from care I'm free.
Why aren't they all contented like me?"
Activities: Honor Roll 1, 2, 3, 43 Dramatics 2, 3, 4, Dramatic
Club 45 Junto Chairman 23 Commercial Club 3, 4 CPresidentJg
Press Club 43 Junior Prom chairman of Refreshment Committee
3: Class Will 4.
Olly's outstanding characteristic is jollity . . . she's never in
a hurry . . . always ready to help . . . figures things out for her-
self . . . we all look to her for executive help . . . a great pal and
"For he's a jolly good fellow."
Activities: Commerce High, Worcester, 1, 2, 3g Stamp Club
3, 4, Writeup Committee 4.
Great philatelist and chess player . . . rather talkative . . .
very impulsive . . . originates many ideas . . . doesn't like speak-
ing before a group . . . has a great deal of leisure time . . . a
friend of everyone.
THE RAVELIN'S, 1936
REV. JOHN J. LOFTUS
Welcome and Essay Teaching as a Profession
DOROTHY LOUISE BROWN
Song-On Mountain Heights Ritter
Essay Our Newspapers
KATHERINE AUGUSTA CHAPMAN
Song-Nightfall in Granada Bueno
Essay Oddities of the Law
EUGENE CHARLES SCHOFIELD
Vocal Solo-The End of a Perfect Day Bond
RITA MADELINE LYMAN
Essay The Development of Jazz
MATTHEW LINZEE SANDS
Awarding of Prizes
FRANK SANNELLA, Principal
Awarding of Diplomas
DR. ERNEST F. LeCLAIRE
Chairman of the School Committee
Song-A Dream Boat Passes By Lemare
THE RAVELIN'S, 1936
TEACHING AS A PROFESSION
By Dorothy Brown.
Can you explain the reason why the ideal
teacher can not be just a common ordinary
person? Most people think that if a person
has brains, possesses a good character, and a
pleasing personality, he can be a success as fl
teacher, but this idea is incorrect. Teachers
are born, not made. Just anybody cannot
become a famous author, and why could just
anyone become a success as a teacher? The
life of a teacher is not always as happy a one
as some people think it is. In quoting Dr. Her-
bert Palmer, he says that in teaching:
"Success is rare, the hours are long and
fixed, there is repetition and monotony every
day and the teacher spends his time among
people who are inferior to him. The pecuni-
ary gains are not considerable. There are few
prizes, and neither in school nor in college will
a teacher's ordinary income carry him much
above want. On the whole, teaching as a trade
is a poor and disappointing business."
And yet, Dr. Palmer, who wrote this para-
graph, said later on: "Harvard College pays me
for doing what I would gladly pay it for allow-
ing me to do." Without education our nation
Without good teachers, the coming genera-
tion will fail as a nation. In the face of the
great need of good teachers, some people say,
"Oh, I could be a success as a teacher because
I just love working with children." This is not
enough. What are the qualities that make a
One person has stated that, when out of the
class room, the most efficient teacher is a fifty-
fifty cross between a book-worm and a politi-
cian. Teachers should remember that they are
dealing with human beings, that the child
should be taught to help himself, and that they
fthe teacherj must be considerate and firm,
but fair. The teacher should be open-minded
and analyze the good and bad points in the
opinions of the pupils. The instructor should
always be interested in the subject matter so
that a similar feeling in the children's minds
will be drawn out. Every class period should
be held in a definite manner and a particular
goal should be arrived at. Each lesson of the
day should be related to the lesson of the for-
mer day in order that, in the minds of the chil-
dren, each fact may be associated with some
other relating fact. New ideas taught to the
children should be associated or likened to
some experience that they have had. The
teacher should be the guide and the adviser.
Every class period should create some prob-
lem situation that the children can think about.
Each question that is asked should be clear,
thought-provoking, and asked with the child's
view point in mind. The voice of the good
teacher is well modulated and not expression-
Teaching offers numberless advantages. It
offers interesting personal contacts, contact
with the youth of our country-the coming cit-
izens who will rule our nation in the next gen-
eration, contacts with other teachers, educated
people whose culture and friendship are valu-
able. Teaching offers opportunity for contin-
ued study. Business men consult books, but
the teacher must familiarize herself with the
history of the ages as well as current events,
or the pupils will despise her for their ig-
gorance. The science and art of teaching chil-
dren successfully challenges the power of the
most intelligent. Teaching also offers an op-
portunity for experimentation. As the science
of education is very young, the possibilities for
its advancement are unlimited. Few teachers
ever become famous, but every teacher has an
opportunity for training the leaders of our na-
tion. Many a mother hopes that her son can
become the President of the United States, but
the teacher deals with many boys and her
chances of training a leader are greater than
those of the mother. The principal rewards of
teaching are not financial but consist chiefly in
the satisfactions which come from services ren-
dered to the future generation.
Teaching has been hampered a great deal by
the remarks made about it by various maga-
zine writers. Once it was stated in the Atlan-
tic Monthly that "only prospective failures go
into academic work." This statement has never
THE RAVELIN'S, 1936 19
been, nor ever will be, true, yet it represents
the opinion of several circles. Teaching is one
of the oldest and most important professions,
but it has not always been looked upon as an
attractive one. Even in the early days of our
own country teachers were often slaves or
common servants. It is also believed that
teachers are usually impractical idealists, who
can't meet the complex problems of real life in
an effective manner. This has been illustrated
by the statement, "Those who can, dog those
who can't, teach."
Teaching is not only a business of vital im-
portance, but it is a growing enterprise. In
1900 there were only sixteen million children
in the schools of our nation and today we have
nearly twenty-eight million. Enrollment in
public schools has doubled and college and uni-
versity growth has been more than fifty per
cent in the last ten years.
Don't enter the profession of teaching un-
less you are sure you can fulfill its require-
ments. No one should enter it who does not
feel called to it by the spirit of divine guid-
ance. "It is a profession too holyg its sanctions
are too nearly divine and its objectives are too
spiritual in their nature to have its precincts
entered by the unworthy, the unprepared, or
the uninspired." But to those who are quali-
fied by nature for its exacting requirements
and who prepare themselves fully for its vari-
our services it offers reasonable financial re-
ward and a life of lasting satisfaction.
By Katherine Chapman.
Why do we need newspapers? The reason
is that people like to know what is going on in
their home towns and in the world. By listen-
ing to people gossiping on a street corner we
find that this desire to know other people's
business is a very common human character-
Ever since the world began people have been
anxious to get news. It was first carried by
the freemen of Rome who sold the news in the
form of letters. These news-letters at first
told only of political events but later they also
contained news about court trials and prom-
In Julius Caesar's time all the news of the
city was posted on a board where the public
could read it. Later it was collected by jour-
nalists and given in soap box orations, after
which a collection was taken.
In England in the 17th century news-gather-
ers wrote ballads about current events and
sang them in the streets.
Newspaper history in this country began in
1690 when Harris published the paper called
"Public Occurrences." It was condemned be-
cause of its criticism of the government. Ben-
jamin Franklin, who bought the "Pennsylvania
Gazette" in 1720 from Keimer, was famous as
a newspaper man. Franklin printed the first
almanac in 1732, which, although it was not
really a newspaper, contained facts about the
weather and wise sayings-the same material
we find in our newspapers today.
The first paper was printed to supply news
and not to entertain, or to criticize government.
Its second and only other purpose was to ad-
Our newspapers today have doubled their
original functions. Their function now is four-
fold: fiirst, to give the newsg second, to explain
and comment on current eventsg third, to print
entertaining and instructive material, and
fourth, to sell advertising space.
The first two functions are necessary. ele-
ments in keeping the people well-informed and
intelligent in regard to our government. The
press and the government react on each other.
The government uses the press to reach its
citizens and the press uses the government to
secure political news. The people's views and
votes are inHuenced by the paper which makes
the press very important to the government.
The newspaper influences the government in
more ways than by getting people's votes. Tab-
20 THE RAVE
loids and scandal sheets, by the way in which
they make heroes of criminals, make it neces-
sary to have a larger force of "G" men. Whom
do we find in the headings of our most popu-
lar scandal sheets? Robbers, kidnapers and
criminals of every type. Instead of a "rogues
gallery" exhibit we should be finding pictures
of those who have rendered noble service. This
practice of giving prominent place to crim-
inals not only has a bad effect upon the public
but it also robs those who deserve newspaper
space for recognition. Then too. if young peo-
ple read these papers they are likely to be in-
fluenced by the paper's views on questions, and
believe that crime is an easy way of making
The paper's policy is to agree with the sub-
scriber's beliefs. The faults of the press and
the people react on each other. The news-
paper is a mirror of life which reflects the joys,
sorrows. comedies and tragedies of all people.
In spite of the fact that newspapers have
been lowered in standard due to public de-
mand they still perform very useful functions.
The Sunday paper gives many additional
pages which appeal to various members of the
family. Some of its offerings in addition to
local and world news and pictures are the
comics, radio, stage, and screen articles, sports,
household ideas, fashions, and financial advice.
An intelligent reader, however, should be in-
terested in all of the sections. A person is not
well informed if he reads only sports or recipes.
The modern papers are divided into three
main groups: the non-partisan, the partisan
and those dealing in scandal. The Christian
Science Monitor is an example of a non-parti-
san paper. The Boston Herald and Boston
Post are partisan, representing the Republi-
cans and Democrats, respectively. The Tab-
loids such as the Daily Record and the Mirror
are the scandal sheets.
The partisan papers have the power to sway
people's votes by presenting only their party's
side of the question. If the people read only
partisan papers they are likely to become con-
fused and elect the candidate who was given
the best writeup, even although he might not
be the best one for office. Some papers are
bribed by the parties to support their nominees.
By doing this and by giving bad people good
characters the papers are going against their
first principle-presentation of the truth.
In order for the newspapers to be run suc-
cessfully the publisher must comply with the
customers' demands. If the people enjoy gos-
sip and the evil happenings of the world rather
than news of the good that people do, that is
what they will get. If one paper does not give
the people what they want another one will. It
is impossible to reform the press without first
reforming its readers. The paper must be
ready to tell the truth at all times regardless
of whether it is good or bad, because that is
what the people want. As it will take some
time before the newspapers can be reformed,
we, the readers, must in the meantime accept
them as they are.
ODDITIICS OF THE LAXV
By Eugene Schofield.
In spite of the fact that there are too many
laws in every state, there are not enough en-
forced laws in any state. Why have laws if
they are not going to be enforced? Why en-
force laws if, in one day, the enforcement of
these laws could cause any person among us to
be imprisoned for five years. There are, with-
out a doubt, enough laws broken by each one
of us, each day, to cause several years impris-
onment. These laws, however, are not en-
forced, which saves us.
Let me cite a case, which involves, for a peri-
od of twenty-four hours, a man in the largest
city in Pennsylvania. I am using the state of
Pennsylvania for an example, but our own
state, like all others, is equally guilty of hav-
ing strange statutory enactments,. Statutory
enactments are those appearing on the books
of a state, and are not to be confused with
common or constitutional law. To resume the
case of the resident of Philadelphia, let us look
in as Mr. Clark is walking into his bedroom
early in the morning. During his absence from
the room his wire-haired terrier had been mis-
using a volume of poems by Edgar Guest. In
puppy fashion the dog had made a bone of the
THE RAVELIN'S, 1936 21
book. His master picked up a bed slipper and
beat the pup, which caused the pup to cry.
Clark, if prosecuted as deserved, might have
been fined the sum of two hundred dollars and
imprisoned for one year. An hour or so later
the wire-haired terrier whined to go out. Clark
opened the door and, after the passage of the
dog, closed it, leaving the dog "at large, unat-
tended, unmuzzled, and in the street." By this
act Mr. Clark violated four ordinances of the
city. A moment later, he broke a well-known
nuisance act by assisting his son in flying a
At the usual time Clark started for work and
while walking along he lit a cigarette. In his
course of journeying he passed by a public
square. He must either stop smoking or avoid
the public souare. Again he offended, he en-
tered the public square smoking, which was
punishable by a five-dollar fine. Lighting a
cigarette later in the forenoon, he used the last
one in the package and threw the package
into a wastebasket without destroying the rev-
enue stamp. If Clark had been properlv penal-
ized for this act, he would have lost fifty dol-
lars and gone to prison for six months. If
this act were strictly enforced, I think the
"Prisoner's Song" would be hit number one
until there weren't any men left to imprison.
Taking out an hour for lunch, Clark walked
toward a restaurant. Along the way he was
asked by a tobacconist, from whom he had just
purchased some smokes. to drop a letter in the
nearest mailbox. This letter contained a lot-
tery ticket, and even though he was ignorant
of the contents of the letter. if he had been
discovered there would have been a penalty of
one thousand dollars Hne and two years in con-
On Clark's return to his business he or-
dered his clerk to distribute hand bills, by
which he broke another ordinance of his city.
This disregard for the law should have cost
him twenty dollars.
At closing time, Clark returned home to find
his son, Robert, struggling to carry a veloci-
pede from the porch to the sidewalk. Running
up the steps and gathering the boy under one
arm and the velocipede under the other, he
placed the child astride the vehicle. He had
caused his son to break a civic ordinance for-
biding the pedaling of velocipedes on public
That evening he entertained a friend. When
the friend departed, Clark found that he was
weary. He discovered that the house was grow-
ing chillyg all day there had been a hint of the
season's first snow. Even after Clark had gone
to sleep he couldn't abide by the law. By mid-
night the snow had fallen and ceased, leaving
a white blanket upon the sidewalk.
When Clark awoke at eight o'clock the
next morning, he had broken a law while
sleeping. He had failed to remove the snow
from his sidewalk within six hours after it had
ceased to fall.
You law abiding citizens may graphically un-
derstand the total delinquency of Clark, a type
all too common in our unhappy land. Within
a single twenty-four hours he had committed
crimes and misdemeanors for which he should
have paid a penalty of 52,895.67 in fines, and
five years in a penal institution.
Therefore, it seems fair to conclude that in
the course of a single year, which should, if
there were such a thing as law enforcement in
this nation, have penalized him to the extent
of S2,052,919.55 in fines and 1825 years in im-
Let me add that in some states it is illegal
for a man to kiss his wife on Sunday, and that
in other states a farmer could legally graze his
cattle in public squares.
I believe by now you have seen the dis-
crepancy in our law enforcement. Let us hope
in the near future that these laws may be na-
tionally revised so that there may be more at-
tention placed upon the few really important
Perhaps, too, if the statutes were revised,
people would have more respect for law and
those laws really in need of enforcement
would find public favor.
22 THE RAVELIN'S, 1936
THE DEVELOPMENT OF JAZZ
By Matthew Sands.
Since prehistoric times, musical expression
has afforded an outlet for man's emotions. From
the cave man to the average American of to-
day, moods have been expressed by music and
rhythm. At first, this music was Simply the
beating of a drum, to which was added a series
of four or five notes that were sung continu-
allv for hours, either individually. or by groups
when the prehistoric man was caught in the
throes of some emotion,-,' perhaps collective
groaning in times of imeiase hunger. From
these simple beginnings has come our modern
music with its complicated' melodies, counter-
points, and elaborate orchestration of instru-
ments and voices.
With the beginning of music probably civili-
zation began. Music is natural, and laws of
mob psychology and sociology state that people
living collectively fall to music as a means of
synchronizing common thoughts and impulses,
and so it is no more than natural that as Amer-
ican civilization grew out of its independence
it should turn toward music. Having no music
of its own it started by borrowing the Euro-
pean arts. But, Americans being essentially a
revolutionary people soon grew tired of the
old masters and a pause in music interest oc-
curred. It was during this pause that our ul-
tra-modern music, which had been developing
in the American negro, was allowed to come
forth and present America with its music-
During the later years of the nineteenth
century the negroes, naturally a musical race,
after their release from enslavement began to
fnrm their own quarters in cities, and subse-
quently began to form little bands or orches-
tras of their own composed of a few cheap
homemade or remodeled relics of instruments
on which they played, with their only bond the
common knowledge of the same tune. Each
member of such bands would, in an endeavor
to secure recognition, alter his instrument ofa
learn the use of tongue devices such as treble
tongue, in such a manner as to publicise its
unique characteristics. The extensive use of
wind instruments, because of their volume and
versatility in small numbers, drove out the
small stringed instruments, the banjo being the
only survivor in the long struggle.
When the music first played bv these negro
bands came into the public eye, in the first
years of the twentieth century, it was called
Ragtime, and it retained that title for about
fifteen years before being popularly known as
Jazz. In Memphis where these bands first ap-
peared they soon popularized the style of mu-
sic known as Negro Blues. In this music as in
nur present day Swing Music, between the
verses or vocalized sections of the song, the
various instruments would, in turn, give their
interpretation, the player endeavoring to se-
cure a unique effect which would mean popu-
laritv. These Negro Blues were seldom writ-
ten in music form and even then only by ne-
gro composers. The only notable example of
such a composition was the Memphis Blues,
which was also interesting in that it had a mi-
nor strain sprinkled throughout.
The other maior type of strictly American
music originated with a few negro and white
bands in New Orleans which began at almost
the same time as those in Memphis, but whose
essential trait was the simultaneous competi-
tion of the instruments in a group.
Although never copied extensively, these
general types brought forth many characteris-
tics of present day Jazz. The development of
this music was spread by touring ragtime
bands started first as a commercial enterprise.
It wasn't long, however. before such leaders
as Art Hickman and Paul Whiteman, because
they recognized the possibilities of such music,
started to calm down the unreliable Memphis
"take your turn" style, and the New Orleans
"altogether" manner, by getting elaborate in-
strumental music written by Grofe, a famous
composer and arranger. In these orchestra-
tions the spontaniety of each member was sac-
rificed for miraculous effects in beauty of mel-
ody and volume.
' Supplementing this work of Whiteman and
.Q'ofe, George Gershwin produced in 1924, the
most beautiful and only truly successful piece
of modern music, in which he incorporated all
of the jazz essentials into a beautiful melody,
even eliminating the monotonous fox-trot bass
time. This well known piece of work is his
"Rhapsody in Blue," whose success has never
been duplicated, though many attempts have
THE RAVE-LIN'S, 1936 23
been made by great American composers.
From then on through the efforts of White-
man-now known as the jazz king-many con-
temporaries such as Berlin, Kearns, and Ham-
merstein have glorified Jazz, which has one-
hundredfold justified itself by opening such
wide fields in instrumental interpretation and
modification. And so, through Ragtime, Jazz,
and Swing Music, the Americans have devel
oped something strictly their own-their mu-
sic-something of which they can be justly
By Eugene Schofield.
This is station O.H.S. operating on the short
Before starting the program, we wish to
thank our sponsors, who are our parents, teach-
ers, school committee, superintendent, and
friends. Through their efforts it is possible to
present the following program:
Advice to Undergraduates ........ John Connors
Class History .................................... Vincent Gill
Class Prophecy ........ ............ H elen Daley
Class Will ............. ................. O live Wood
Class Poem .............................. Cathryn Christian
Class Song ............................ Paulena Chickering
Class Gifts ........ Rita Lyman and Robert Allen
The entire cast welcomes all friends of the
school. We feel that this program will show
that your faith in Station O.H.S. is justified.
We hope that it will show you that this station
is producing a program of which you can be
Your announcer, in behalf of the cast of
the studio, thanks the audience for all it has
given to the programs sponsored by us for the
past four years.
The last of this series of programs will take
place Wednesday evening at eight o'clock from
the same studios, by the same cast. I now turn
the microphone over to the first of our enter-
24 THE RAVELIN'S,1936
THINGS THE UNDERCLASSMEN SHOULD KNOVV
ADVICE TO UNDERGHADUATES
By John Connor. X
1. That teachers are generally kind to dumb
animals and will help them at anytime if they
desire to be helped.
2. That it doesn't cost very much to be on
the honor roll all the time in the four years of
high school and it is cheaper in the long run.
The only trouble is that most of us get out of
breath in the long run, and get on the honor
roll only part of the time.
3. That the Seniors, in general, think that
you should know where you are going and
what you are going to do when you get out of
high school, and that you should take the cor-
rect subjects during your first three years in-
stead of trying to take five for even sixj sub-
jects in your last year.
Now don't even think of passing notes in
school, at least not until the depression is over,
because note passing is just a waste of paper
and the height of extravagance.
Now, while we are speaking of detentions, I
want to tell you that detentions are a waste of
time. You may do something wrong for one
minute, let us say, and you suffer the conse-
quence for one hour and the pupil always gets
the worst of the "bargain" So just bear in
mind that, "You can't win."
There is an old saying that "haste makes
waste," and I want you to remember it when
you are starting to run up the stairs next year.
If you run up the stairs in school you will get
caught and have to go back and walk up them
again. So again I say, "haste makes waste."
Of course I could go on like this indefinitely,
but I know you wouldn't want me to, so I will
turn to a few specific problems of the under-
classmen and, as a giver of free advice and
therefore the one naturally to be consulted, I
have received many letters. I now will read
you a few excerpts from some of them.
The first letter was from a boy in the senior
class. In it I was asked whether I thought it
was a good idea to come in the school window
instead of the school doors. This boy further
stated that he thought it would solve the traffic
problem of this school if we did this . . .
Well. of course, this plan has possibilities and
it might solve the traffic problem of the school,
but I wouldn't advise you to do it, because you
are likely to get a detention or expelled from
the school, but if there were no teachers nor
tattletales around I think that it would be quite
the right thing to do-just watch out for the
teachers and your own necks.
Another letter from a freshman said that all
the people in the school do not always read
quite the correct things during studv periods,
and asked me to advise these pupils how to
spend their study periods.
That seems to be quite a problem but you
should realize that study periods are for study
and not for pleasure as most of us know. You
should look upon the matter in this way. If
you read the wrong things during study peri-
ods, you will have to do more homework, so
you don't gain anything by wasting your study
periods and you lose that much time at home
in which you might enjoy your reading to a
Another pupil wrote to me asking about
throwing papers out the windows instead of in
the waste baskets. They figure that it is much
easier to do it that way and it saves time, they
Well, of course, I agree that it saves time
and is much easier but who is going to pick
up the papers outside the school. You can't
let them blow all over Oxford and let the peo-
ple know what silly things you write. So I
think you had better use the waste baskets.
So, all in all, I think that you will be very
good students, and Oxford will have a model
school if you follow the advice that I have
given you, but always remember that free ad-
vice does not cost anything until you start us-
THE RAVELIN,S, 1936 25
By Vincent Gill
On September 12, 1932, another class-this
time one of sixty-two members-entered high
school. Our class was destined to be the fa-
mous class of '36. We went through the trials
and tribulations of all freshmen and after a
few weeks found ourselves fairly well straight-
ened out. On September twenty-third with
the help of Miss Burke, our class adviser, we
elected our class officers. They were: Presi-
dent, Eugene Schofield, Vice-President, Alva
Javeryg Secretary, Mary Shivick, Treasurer,
Robert Allen. We elected Clarence Gallant,
who later resigned, as our representative to the
student council. He was replaced by Donald
Hamilton. Our Ravelin's reporter was Doro-
thy Brown. Mary Shivick made the girls' bas-
Now I will describe for you a typical fresh-
man. He must not be over four feet tall, must
have red hair and wear a grin from ear to ear.
He must, of course, have brains and get A in
all his subjects. He must be a sheik and a
good dancer, as we all were. Now don't tell
me you know who it is! None other than our
dignified senior president.
Are we getting good? Freshman class puts
on play in town hall, much to the delight of
upper classmen. Those taking part were: Cath-
erine Christian, Dorothy Brown, Dorothy Taft,
Matthew Sands, Donald Hamilton. Eugene
Schofield, Vincent Gill and Olive Wood. We
have the honor of being the only class who ever
did this. Olive Wood and Francis Lanlante
treated us to manv laughs in a little sketch that
they put on, and Francis played the harmonica.
Alva Javery and Louis Surprise were on the
baseball team. and the latter was also on the
track team. During the year we had many
assemblies with interesting speakers, Mr. San-
nella being the most constant lecturer. June
twenty-third we were given a rest. and I think
the school and faculty were as glad of it as we
September 11, 1933, we started on another
leg of our journey and. if the truth were
known, we were rather glad to get back. This
year we had forty-eight members and our class
adviser was Mr. Ambrose. We elected Robert
Allen, president, Haig Aroian, vice-president,
Dorothy Taft, secretary, Sarah Lawson, treas-
urer. October 18, Ravelin's Board was organ-
ized and we had three of our class members on
the staff. Now, we are getting up in the world,
Oxford High buys movie machine! November
21 we had movies with our own machine.
Our Student Council members were Mat-
thew Sands and Mary Shivick. December 30,
we came back to a "new" school. We had some
new typewriters and the school had just been
The "Junto Club" was formed with the ob-
ject of increasing knowledge of public speak-
ing, writing, and progress of the world. Marv
Shivick and Antoinette Vitkus made the girls'
basketball team. Alva Javery was the only
baseball letterman from our class. The team
had a very good season under their coach, Mr.
Chaffee. Oh yes, I almost forgot. Our typical
freshman has grown an inch and a half.
What puzzled me all year though, was the
fact that Marguerite Cameron was in Room 3
two or three nights a week. It couldn't be be-
cause Mr. Ambrose was in there. Well, an-
other unsolved mystery. School closed June
28 and were we glad to leave!
School opened September 10, 1934, and we
found ourselves reduced to 38 members. We
elected Robert Allen, President, Eugene Scho-
field, Vice-President: Dorothy Brown. Secre-
tary, and Dorothy Taft, Treasurer. The Stu-
dent Council members were: Matthew Sands.
Rita Lyman and Vincent Gill. We organized
a dancing committee with Rita Lyman as
chairman, but don't embarrass us by asking if
we can dance. November 1 the play "Action"
was put on and was a big success both finan-
cially and as a dramatic production. The Jun-
ior class was well represented in this, having
Dorothy Brown, Rita Lyman, Olive Wood,
Mary Browning, Emile Raymond, and Robert
Allen taking part.
March 1 we held the Junior Prom in the
Memorial Hall. The hall was well decorated
with the crystal ball and different colored
streamers hung from a ring in the center. We
hope the Seniors had a good time. The busi-
26 THE RAVE
ness managers were Matthew Sands and Eu-
gene Schofield. They deserve a great deal of
praise for a fine piece of work. February 18,
Midyears started, and did we study? On Feb-
ruary 21 they ended and we all heard a sigh
of relief, but we did not feel so good after see-
ing our reports. The baseball team enioyed a
very successful season under Mr. Chaffee, the
coach. Haig Aroian was the only one from our
class who was on the team- this year. School
closed June 28 much to our delight.
September 9, 1935, we started the last leg of
our journey with our ranks now reduced to 36.
Now we are "dignified" Seniors-maybe. We
elected Eugene Schofield, President, John Con-
nor, Vice-President, Secretary, Dorothy
Brown, Treasurer, Dorothy Taft. Twenty sen-
iors were on the Ravelin's Board this year. The
Senior class took over the magazine drive and
it was a howling success. Thanks for the help,
underclassmen. The Red Cross drive was giv-
en over by the town to Mr. Sannella, so 'chalk
up another victory for O. H. S. The Student
Council members were Matthew Sands, Presi-
dent, Vincent Gill, Vice-President, Sarah Law-
son, Secretary, Eugene Schofield, and Robert
November 8, 1935, the high school presented
the play "Adventure Bound." The members
of our class taking part were: Dorothy Brown,
Cathryn Christian, Marguerite Cameron, Rita
Lyman, Esther Clementson, Matthew Sands,
and Vincent Gill. The play was a success as
our plays always are. Miss Winter deserves
the credit for the success of the dramatic
part of it. Eugene Schofield and his helpers,
Marguerite Hale and Russell Proctor, deserve
much credit for the financial part of it. Won-
der of all wonders, Oxford High goes on the
air! Seniors get first chance before the "mike."
The first play put on by Oxford High at
W.O.R.C. was called "The Hamilton-Burr
Duel," with Haig Aroian as "Uncle Dan", Dor-
othy Taft, "Anna May", Eugene Schofield as
"Billie", Barbara Smith, "Mrs. Hamilton", Gor-
don Dimock, "Van Ness", Elwood Jackson,
"Pendleton", Kenneth Chaffee, "Joe," the ser-
vant, John Connor, "Doctor Hosack," and Vin-
cent Gill, "Alexander Hamilton." The cast
worked well with Miss Winter and both de-
serve a great deal of credit.
Our star athletes have been Allen, Aroian,
and Miss Vitkus.
There were several other radio plays during
the year, other. classes getting a chance to ap-
pear before the "mike" We had many inter-
esting assemblies, some of them being held in
the town hall. Our years at O. H. S. are near-
ly over, but we hope to have a glorious end to
four short years.
May 21, 1936, the Senior Class of Oxford
High School presented the three-act play, "Af-
ter You, I'm Next." The cast included:
"George," Gordon Dimock, "Marie Delmon,"
Mary Browning, but due to an accident the
part was later taken by Esther Clementson,
"Paul Delmon," Vincent Gill, "Mary Jones,"
Gertrude LaPlante, "Henry Jones," Matthew
Sands, "Pansy Delbor," Rita Lyman, "Phil
Young," Haig Aroian, "Pat," Eugene Schofield,
"Kate O'Reilly," Olive Wood, "Camille," Mar-
guerite Cameron, "Peaches," Dorothy Brown,
"Mrs. C. U. Later," Catherine Christian. The
Stage Managers were: Kenneth Chaffee and
John Connor. The Business Managers were:
Eugene Schofield and Robert Cheney. Miss
Winter, the coach, deserves a great deal nf
credit for working so hard to put over a good
performance. It was a great success too. The
whole senior class cooperated and the entire
play was one of the "high lights" of the year.
THE RAVELIN'S,1936 27
By Helen Daley.
"Oh dear! Here it is December 31, 1956, and
another year has passed away. I am very
lonely tonight. I wish I had something inter-
esting to do.
"Oh! I know! That salesman who came to
the door with magic glasses said all I had to do
was to put them on and wish for something
and I would get what I wished for. I'll put
them on now and wish to see all the members
of my class of Oxford High School-the Class
of '36. My goodness! Twenty long years have
passed since then. I wonder what roads my
classmates chose to travel on. Now let me get
these glasses adjusted and I'll make my wish.
Let's see what happens.
Why-why-I really do believe this is a
courtroom scene. Yes, it surely is. There is the
judge seated at his desk. Say-his face cer-
tainly does look familiar! He looks like-yes,
it is! It's none other than Gordon Dimock! So
Gordon finally became a judge. Imagine that!
He has grown much stouter than when he
graduated from Oxford High! But outside of
that he looks the same. He seems to be very
much interested in the case before him. Those
two people who seem to be both speaking at
once have familiar faces. Goodness! Every-
one seems to be interested in the case by the
way they are leaning forward in their seats.
Oh! the judge is speaking. He says: "The
court grants damages to you, Olive Wood,
from James Zarr, on the grounds of taking
away trade." Why for heavens sake! That
can't be Jimmy Zarr and Olive Wood can it?
But it is! It seems Jimmy had set up a lunch
cart in competition to the suppers Olive was
giving. Olive is looking very well.
I guess the court is adjourned for the peo-
ple are all filing out of the court room. The
lawyer of the case seems to be very friendly
with Olive. I wonder who it is. Goodnight!
it is Ceceilia Degnan! A lawyer at last. And
look at that nice looking officer. He has a very
familiar face. Let me see. Who can he pos-
siblv be? Why it is Elwood Jackson! He cer-
tainly makes a fine looking officer, to say the
least. Oh! my! These glasses are getting rather
blurred. I guess I had better wipe them.
There! Now! I can see better. Say-this is
a different scene. It is backstage of a very big
moving picture stadium. Look at all those
pretty chorus girls! They are very much in-
terested in their director who is looking them
over to see if their measurements are correct.
They seem so engrossed in him I think he
must be something special. I wish he would
turn around so I can see him. Well, well. It
is John Connor! 'Can you imagine? And I
always thought he was bashful. According to
this, he isn't.
These glasses certainly do some queer
things! The scene has changed right before
my very eyes! It is on a big steamer which is
just arriving in Hawaii. Hawaii! What a beau-
tiful place. I always did want to go there.
Look at that young couple on board the liner.
They are honeymooners who are coming to
spend their honeymoon in Hawaii. They cer-
tainly do seem engrossed in each other. Hold
everything! It's Lois Stone and Robert Allen!
Can you imagine that! And I thought that the
man Lois would marry would be a certain Bob
from Southbridge. But here she goes and
marries a Bob from her own class! Some
strange things do happen! The boat has an-
chored and they are just descending from the
liner. Look at those pretty Hawaiian girls.
And what is this? A Spanish Senorita is step-
ping from the ship also. She certainly is get-
ting quite a welcome. Now she is dancing and
singing for the visitors of Hawaii. That girl is
dressed like a Senorita and she has dark hair
and eyes. but how like an American girl she
looks. Why she is an American girl! and she
is posing as a Spanish Senorita. It's a class-
mate! I know it is! It is Rita Lyman! Well,
I never thought Rita would end in Hawaii as
a Spanish Senorita.
Owooo! The scene has changed again. I
can't tell just where I am, but I see a huge field
with two airplanes surrounded by people. Oh!
Now I see what it is all about. These are two
passenger planes which are about to take pas-
sengers on a trip. There are the pilots. Gra-
cious now! One of them is Kenneth Chaffee!
Who is the tiny girl standing near him? She
must be the hostess, from the way she is
dressed I guess she is. She seems too thin to
be Esther Clementson, but I guess it is. Sure!
that's who it is. It's Esther! My, how thin she
is. I hardly recognized her.
Now let me see. What does that sign say?
Bar X Ranch. What is this? My glasses must
have changed scenes again because here I am
28 THE RAVELIN'S, 1936
out West on one of the wide open ranges. Look
at those horses! Look at those cow girls. Now
if that girl on the big black horse would only
slow up for a second maybe I could get a look
at her. Presto! Chango! I know her face is
familiar. Who is it? It is Marie Berard! She
is walking into the house which must be oc-
cupied by the owner of this ranch. Look at all
those children! One, Two, Three, Four, Five,
Six! Don't tell me they belong to Marie! Sure
enough! They are calling her Mama so they
must be hers. Well, will you look at them jump
on their ponies and ride. They sure do know
how anyway. Look at that big fat man. He
must weigh three hundred! Marie is talking
very crossly to him and her fist is being shaken
at him. Did she call him Vincent? Why-
why-it's Vincent Gill! He and Marie must
have married and moved out west to raise a
family and conduct a ranch.
Here I see a funny little man with a big
black beard! Isn't he comical? Are my eyes
deceiving me? He is actually taking his beard
off! Oh-oh-my, it is only a false one! He is Il
thief who is hiding from the law! He is run-
ning as fast as he can! But look! a tall fellow,
exceptionally tall, with fiery red hair, is run-
ning after him. Can it be possible that is Eu-
gene Schofield? It is! The tall fellow is Eu-
gene. How could anyone possibly grow so tall?
What did you do to yourself to grow so tall,
Schofield? Well, anyway, Eugene will cer-
tainly get a reward for catching that thief!
The scene has changed again. What's this?
a broadcasting studio. Let me see. Who is
the girl standing in front of the microphone?
And the other four girls there. One is playing
the piano, two play guitars and the other one
must he the singer. Let me look closer. Per-
haps I'll recognize one of my classmates out of
that crowd. Well, low and behold! The singer
is Helen Donovan. How well she sings. And
the piano player is-now let me see-oh, I
know-Dorothv Taft! Yes! Yes! it's they-
Paulena Chickering and Katherine Chapman
playing guitars. Now isn't that lovely? They
all teamed together and look at the job they
Now I find myself looking in on a scene at a
newspaper plant. There are two girls there
who are busily typing. They seem to be girls
whom I have seen before. Yes, I must have
seen them before because they are Eleanor
Thompson and Antoinette Vitkus. And who is
that man who seems to be very busy doing
bookkeeping? Blond hair, tall, blue eyes,-
there were very few blond fellows in my class,
it must be-oh, yes. it is! Robert Cheney! He
always was a star bookkeeper back in Oxford
My but these glasses do change scenes quick-
ly. Here I am looking around in a hospital. I
wonder if I will find any of my classmates
here. Whoops! A collision. A nurse and doc-
tor iust bumped into each other. They are
laughing and talking. Well, call me a taxi!
Why should they be angry at each other! It's
Haig Aroian and Sarah Lawson. It seems Haig
is a specialist and Sarah is his head nurse.
What's this? It looks like a woman's meet-
ing. There is one woman who has succeeded
in getting all the other women to listen to her,
so she must be good. Oh, I see what this is. It
is a woman's club which is choosing a girl to
represent "Miss Personality," and "The Tallest
Girl in the State." They have selected both.
Miss Personality looks a bit old to me, but I
guess there are no young girls allowed in this
club meeting. Miss Personality must be at
least 37 and goodness she certainly is younger
looking than than. Oh, there is the woman
who is the head speaker. Her features are
familiar but she seems exceedingly stout. Well,
can you imagine! It is Rosemary Herbert! And
look who Miss Personality is! It's Dorothy
Brown! And the tallest girl in the state is, oh,
give me some water quick! It's none other
than Gertrude LaPlante! Gert, how did you
Well, from the looks of this scene I must be
in Italy. What's this? The foreign minister to
Italy is talking to an artist! I never knew the
foreign minister had to come all the way to
Italy to speak to an artist. Aren't there enough
in the United States? But look, he seems very
friendly with her. Maybe he knows her.
Whoa! The foreign minister to Italy is Matthew
Sands! And the artist is Mary Browning!
Some of my classmates certainly did travel a
The scene is changed again. Here I am in
New York. A sensational murder has been
committed and there are two women detect-
ives in the case. There they go into the police
headquarters now. Let me see. It's Doris
Lapan and Catherine Christian! They certain-
THE RAVE!LIN'S, 1936 29
ly are doing splendidly in the work of being
Now, look at that theatre. I wonder what
I'll find in there? Oh! An operetta! That op-
era singer standing there talking to her maid
looks familiar. They both look familiar! They
are familiar! The opera singer is Eva Dumas
-and her maid is Annie Lang!
It's late. I guess I'd better go to bed. Oh-
Another scene. Where is this? A fashion
Those two models are rather familiar! Good-
ness! They are both the same size. I ought to
know them! One is Marguerite Cameron and
the other is Barbara Smith But what are they
doing modeling? They are a little bit too old
to be models. I can't understand it. Oh How
stupid of me. I know! They are both stylists
who design the clothes for the smart women of
the day! They are modeling their own de-
signs because they are short of models today!
My glasses refuse to show any more scenes.
My but I am tired! I certainly couldn't have
spent a more unusual evening. And was it
sweet to look back on the class of '36 and see
how well everyone has done. They have all
We, the class of "36," knowing the tears
which are falling from the brilliant eyes of the
underclassmen and our dear, dear teachers,
caused by the thought of our parting, wish to
reciprocate by giving, not bequeathing, ffor
we are far from deadl some of our most cher-
ished qualities and our personality.
To Mr. Sannella: Three cheers and a Senior
Class that is conventional.
To Mr. Richardson: Some made to order ex-
cuses, so he will have the type he wants when
To Mr. McGovern: The titles, The Well-
Dressed Man, and The Good Sport.
To Mr. Mansur: A less limited vocabulary,
hm, decidedly so, otherwise, you have our
stamp of approval.
To Mr. Browning: Another Maybasket, next
year, as good as the one hung this year by the
Junior High girls who have such a crush on
To Miss Kennedy: A permanent job at Ox-
ford High School, so that our children will
have the pleasure of knowing her.
To Miss Manning: A new Ravelin's staff that
will get their work in on time and perfectly
To Miss Winter: Twenty-six hours a day in
order that she may have at least two hours to
To Miss Walsh: Two confidence girls to take
the place of Doris Lapan and Eleanor Thomp-
To Miss Gahagan: A poker face to be worn
when LaMountain makes a wisecrack.
To Miss Snow: The position as model of
poise and dignity for next year's senior class.
To Miss Turner: Another step up the ladder
of success to a higher grade.
To Miss Hand: At least eight altos as good
as the four seniors she had this year.
To Miss McGinnis: A good recommendation
as the best poster designer in the world.
Having given over the cream to the faculty,
we now turn to our dear neighbors, the under-
classmen, who, incidentally, will improve with
age, and we leave them several of our most
cherished possessions which will add to their
prestige and fame.
To the Junior Class we say, "Thanks for the
lovely evening, April 13, and lots of success
for next year."
To Roland Racine: Eugene Schofield's posi-
tion as Jack-of-all-trades.
To Cookie Walker: A chance to prove that
all-around athletes may also be at ease in the
drawing room. Oral themes are helpful,
To Marguerite Hale: Dorothy Taft's work at
the candy counter and remember, no credit.
To Enid Carlson: Dorothy Brown's ability
to please this year's Junior boys.
To Ruth West: A typewriter, so that she can
practice during vacation.
To Warren Whaley: Matt Sands' place as
Senior poet laureate.
30 THE RAVE
To Roslyn Shapiro: A chance to show what
that lovely disposition can do.
To Curtis Tarbell: Opportunity to settle down
to work and come out with banners flying like
our modest Bob Cheney. If you can't settle
down, the modesty will be all right, Curt.
To Ellen Christensen and Ruth Farrar: The
honor of each being the other's good friend like
Lois Stone and Helen Daley.
To Paul Stoll: An appointment as the Sen-
ior Sunny Boy QSunny spelled s-u-n-n-yl to
take the place of Johnny Connor.
To Ernest LaRose: The job of fulfilling my
desire to thumb rides for the next ten years.
To Victor Bergeron: Jimmy Zarr's stamp
collection. fDon't get stuck up, Vic, I mean
with the stampsl.
To Ruth Prouty: Esthyr Clementson's great
pleasure in stealing a last minute chat in the
dressing room at nine o'clock.
To Alva Javery: Plenty of zip for next
year's athletics so his name will again be the
by-word of all up and coming athletes.
To Elizabeth Piette: Rita Lyman's Joe Pen-
To Ruby LaPearl: The position as Oxford
High's pep gatherer so she can get a little lung
power for dramatics.
To Richard Grady: A chance in one more
year to play Fred Astaire with Marguerite
Cameron as Ginger Rogers.
To Rogernette Paige: Cathryn Christian's
love of a good time and good things to eat.
To Wayne Olney: Inspiration to organize I1
group of Black Shirts in Oxford High School:
that ought to be easy, you have a schnozzy one.
To Marion Noles: Antoinette Vitkus' loyal-
ty to the girls' basketball team.
To Rita LaMountain: The job of keeping the
boys in their places in the school bus. I don't
think you need any help, do you?
To Marion Lyon: Barbara Smith's ability to
bring in ads for good old Ravelin's.
To John Kalita: Jackson's way with the
girls: you have us guessing by your strong, si-
To Ernest Johnson: Bob Allen's ability to
drive with one arm.
To Pauline Gendron: Position as maestro of
the music hall and tea dances. Don't get bored,
To Joseph Dumas: Big ears so he can be the
senior Clark Gable.
To Ursula Donovan and Catherine Stone:
The pleasure of praising Ireland now that
Helen has to leave to toot the horn of the land
of the Shamrock elsewhere.
To Olive Coonan: Annie Lang's love of de-
tail so that her oral themes may be longer.
To Florence Clouthier: Our praise for the
way she years her clothes.
To Rita Butler: Full fledged membership in
the Muskrat Gang.
To Joseph Brodeur: Gordon Dimock's plan
of letting the girls he takes out pay for their
own icecream cones.
To Edward Boutillette: Haig Aroian's mas-
terfulness with the women, and his ability to
take it when they refuse to take him seriously.
To Rita Berard: The ability to overcome
Marie's greatest flaw of being late at one o'clock
nearly every day.
To Albert Bell: Anything to make him talka-
tive so that he may become the Huey Long of
Oxford High School and entertain the Senior
Class with a filibuster.
To Florence Barlow: The realization of Gert
LaP1ante's desire to get a license before the
senior year is out.
To John Walker: The job of convincing the
seniors, in his twenty minute theme, of the val-
ue of seeing America first.
To the Sophomores as a whole, we suggest
that they let themselves go and paint the school
in bright colors next year.
To Warren Chaffee: A chance to outgrow
his romanticism for the senior girls of '36, in
the two years he has left.
To Statia Shivick: Ceceilia Degnan's sophis-
ticationg you'1l find it useful, Statia.
To Clara Snyder: Appointment as President
of the Secretaries' League: With so much prac-
tice, you ought to be a "wow," Clara.
To Evy Carlson and Helen Campbell: The
job of painting the picture of the high school
to be hung in the Main Room.
To Robert Powers: A milk truck of his own,
so it will be more convenient for pleasure ev-
ery P. M.
To Donald Mahoney: Paulena Chickering's
ability to be a good listener.
To Margaret Carlson: Kenny Chaifee's car
in case he has not already given it to her.
THE RAVELIN'S, 1936 31
To Joe Mainville: A chance to become the
world's best chess player.
To Virginia Davis: The pleasure of driving
the next year's seniors on all their field trips.
And to the Freshmen: A bunch of grand fel-
lows when they get to know what it's all
about, we leave them instructions to be given
by Johnny Connor.
To Yarno Nesta: Vincent Gill's book, "How
the Hero Commands an Audience," to be stud-
ied in all spare minutes so the Freshmen will
also have a Robert Taylor or a Clark Gable.
To Edward LaMountain: A little less vigor-
ous year, so he won't have to be absent so
To Jean Campbell: Sarah Lawson's southern
drawl, to be used to handle the boys, it's quite
necessary now that women must stand up for
their rights as the supreme beings.
To Marion Flagg: A cafeteria so she won't
have to walk so far for lunch.
Roger Vancour: A mug of beer to be
drunk to the tune of Ach de Lieber Augustine.
What we are really trying to bring into view
is the haircut.
To Joseph Houle: The appointment as Mr.
S1:innella's private spokesman at school assem-
To Mildred Beardsley: Katherine Chap-
man's ability to absorb her studies.
To Frances Kemp: Rosemary Herbert's gift
of gab and an audible giggle so she can paint
the drab classes red.
To Beatrice Beaudette: The opportunity of
reviving the spirit of Joe and Bateese, so that
our chief Hill Billies, Gill, Germain, and Piette
will be well equipped when they apply for an
audition before Major Bowes.
Every year the graduating class forgets one
very good friend, so this year we will break
away from the usual, and
To Bunny Siddall: A few more girls to bal-
ance the front of his car the next time the
Commercial Club goes to the Worcester Tele-
gram and Evening Gazette, and thanks for ev-
To the Commercial Club: New ideas on how
to build up the treasury as large as we had it
this year so that they may go on many field
trips during school hours.
To the Dramatic Club: A recording of a song
by Eva Dumas to be used as the theme song to
open and close the meetings.
To the Girls' and Boys' Athletic Clubs we
give several trips to great athletic events.
To the Social Usage Club: Emily Post's lat-
est book to add to its library.
To the Science Club: Success in inventing
new sound effects for the next Senior Play.
To the Stamp Club: A market for their most
valuable stamp so that they may have their
picture in next year's Ravelin's.
To the Public Speaking Club: Copies of the
famous speeches and orations made by the sen-
iors during this year's assemblies.
To the Press Club: A press and all the fix-
ings so next year's paper may be printed here
To our aged friend, the High School: All our
class reports and scholastic records so that they
may show the present and future students
what can be done by a class so vigorous, so
mature, yet so "kiddish," so smart, yet not
supercilious, so good, and yet so bad.
Given this twenty-second day of June in the
year of our Lord, 1936, drawn up at Montrose
Dairy, witnessed by Elmer, Jack Benny, and
the Man on the Street: and sealed by the hand
THE RAVELIN'S, 1936
By Cathryn Christian.
Seniors stand in cap and gown
Diplomas in our handsg
We feel downhearted at leaving
For new and distant lands.
All stand in the receiving line
Trying hard to smile g
Friends offer congratulations
That live for a long, long while.
When graduation is over
And our life in high school ends,
We think of the love at home-
Our parents and our friends.
We thank our teachers and principal
For all that they have done,
Because of help they have given,
Our victory tonight is won.
To the members of the class
We give a fond goodbye.
May each one earn successg
May we keep our standards high.
Just a last word of farewell,
Classmates, to each of youg
We wish each other the best of luck,
In everything we do.
Most ambitious girl Dorothy Brown
Most ambitious boy Eugene Schofield
Girl most likely to succeed Dorothy Brown
Boy most likely to succeed Matthew Sands
Most studious girl
Most studious boy
Best looking girl
Best looking boy
THE RAVELIN'S,1936 33
Song "Melody from the Sky"
Actor Robert Taylor
Actress Claudette Colbert
Book "A Tale of Two Cities"
Program "Your Hit Parade"
Robert Allen Paulena Chickering
Expression: "I see." Expression: "Perhaps"
Hobby: Chauffeur. Hobby: Collecting newspaper clippings.
Ambition: A second Jack Dempsey. Ambition: To be a good cook.
Haig Aroian Cathryn Christian
Expression: "Okey Doke-" Expression: "Is that so!"
H0bb5f2 Dancing. Hobby: Driving a car.
Ambitlont A doctor. Ambition: Marry a rich man and live in
Marie Berard great luxury'
Expression: uS0,'S0'n Esther Clementson
Hobby.: Swlmnlmg' , Expression: "You know."
Ambition: Clerical worker in an office. Hobby. Collecting dogs.
Dorothy Brown Ambition: Nurse.
Expression: "Well, after all-"
Ambition: An English teacher in high school.
Hobby: Raising dogs.
Mary Browning Ambition: To teach mathematics or sciences.
Expression: "Everything's Hunky Dory."
Hobby: Fishing. Helen Daley H , , , ,,
Ambition: Madame Schumann-Heink's suc- Expression: I dont believe lt-
cessor' Ambition: To be a first class typist.
Expression: "It made me so mad!" Ceceilia Degnan
Hobby: Dancing. Expression: "Stop it."
Ambition: To be somebody's little some- Hobby: Canoeing on the ocean.
thing, Ambition: Lawyer.
Kenneth Chaffee Gordon Dimock
Expression: "Oh shoot it." Expression: "For cripes sakes."
Hobby: Making novelties. Hobby: Sleeping-
Ambition: Aviator. Ambition: HaSn't any-
Katherine Chapman Helen Donovan
Expression: "How nice." EXP1'9SSi0f15 "Oh, Gee."
Hobby: Hiking. Hobby: Swimming-
Ambition: A radio actress. Ambition: Travel.
Robert Cheney Eva Dumas
Expression: "For crying out loud." Expression: "Rosemary, hold that bell."
Hobby: Philatelist deluxe. Hobby: Collecting pictures of boats.
Ambition: Enjoy life. Ambition: A radio singer.
34 THE RAVELIN'S, 1936
Vincent Gill Eugene Schofield
Expression: "Who said that?" Expression: "Oh Kay!"
Hobby: Raising pigeons. Hobby: Flying.
Ambition: Aeronautical engineer. Ambition: Radio announcer.
Rosemary Herbert Barbara Smith
Expression? HHHS the Candy man Come Yewn Expression: "Did you get a letter, Kit?"
Hobby: Hobby: Dancing,
Ambition: Interior decorator. Ambition: Novelist.
Elwood Jackson Lois Stone
Expression: "Emacularious." Expression. ffwait a minutev
Hobby: Speed boating. Hobby. Hiking. '
Ambition: To be a surgeon. Ambition. To go to Hawaii.
giggefsicglgagg' Ky Dclillnigrldssligffxl "No more credit."
Ambition' Bookieeper Hobby: Reading'
' ' Ambition: To be an osteopath.
Expression: "Rowdy Dow." E19al'101' Th0U1PSOI1
Hobby: Dancing. Expression: "Another day over."
Ambition: Private secretary to a lawyer. Hobby: Traveling.
Ambition: Private secretary to a lawyer or
Gertrude Laplante doctor
Expression: "Who Cares?" '
i'iI?,?ilZZ'.n1?ei'3L2i1. Afgoinette Vmffls ,,
xpression: Not really?
Sarah Lawson Hobby: Dancing.
Expression: "Ah! Is that so?" Ambition: To become a private secretary
Hobby: Collecting wild flowers. and marry the boss.
Ambition: A nurse.
- Olive Wood
Rig Lymin , It v Expression: "Fer Heaven's sake."
xpression. Aw, Gee- H bb . H k
Hobby: Dancing. Ao b.y.' I cqlsegvor ' h J Add
Ambition: To travel all over the world. m mon' 0 e greater t an ane ams'
Matthew Sands James Zarr
Expression: HCfimiHY.S3keS-H Expression: "Chess Chumpf'
Hobby: Amateur Radio. Hobby: Philatelist deluxe.
Ambition: Aide of Doctor Goddard. Ambition: Successful journalist.
THE RAVELIN'S, 1936 35
By Robert Allen-Rita Lyman.
To Marie, who lives on a farm,
We give this club to keep her from harm.
To Eva, who is our singer,
We give this contract, success to bring her.
Matthew, who writes many poems,
May have this book to show we're for him.
To Barbara, whose charm is a wealth,
We give this reflector for her own natural
To Olive, who has had much practice in the
We give these quints to be sure she's kept
To Dot, who is one of our quiet girls,
We give this necklace, she's one of the
To Red, who has many freckles
And has always come up to par,
We give him these high-powered spectacles
So ahead he may look far.
To Bob, who is always on the go,
We give these binoculars for the Burlesque
To Bob, who loves to pitch horseshoes,
We give this brush to shine off the blues.
To Rita, our friend who likes to fool,
We give a traveling bag,
Equipped with all the beauty aids
So she'll not be likely to lag.
To Lois, who loves old-fashioned dances,
We give this "collar" with which to bring
To Eleanor, who types very fast,
We give this regulator so her speed will last.
For Gertrude, who is so small,
Here's a "builder-upper" to make her tall.
To Esther, whose love for dogs is an obses-
We givesthis one to add to her collection.
Helen, who is so very frank,
Deserves this medal to give her rank.
To Elwood, who drives a Ford car,
We give a Chevy which is better far.
To Ann, who is known as a sport,
We give this gun to hold up the fort.
To Catherine, who's very efficient,
We give this key, that's suflicient.
For Mary, who knows how to dress,
We have this iron-to keep her clothes in
To Katherine, who is very studious,
We give this lamp, her honors aren't dubious.
To Dot, who has a turned-up nose,
We give this jump-rope so she'11 be on her
Paulena is a quiet girl
And has very little to say,
So we give this little horn
To blow the time away.
To Kenny, whose hair has a curl,
We give this bat to protect him-and his
36 THE RAVELIN'S, 1936
To Haig, who is often called 'Tarzan',
We give him his mate, begging his pardon.
Rosemary, who's going to leave our little
Can have this bus so she will come down.
To Ceceilia, whose blush is very effective,
We give this powder to act as protective.
To Sarah, who's from West Virginia,
We give this plane in hopes to be seein' ya.
Helen, who loves bookkeeping,
May have this car, a job she'l1 be seeking.
To Johnny, whose blush is so brilliant red,
We give these pins for those curls on his
To Dimmy, who can't keep awake,
We give this alarm clock, for his teachers'
To Annie, who is some saver,
We give this bank, it's in her favor.
To Marguerite, who is so tiny,
We give this polish to keep her shoes shiny.
For Doris, who is so very thin,
We have a punching bag to keep her in trim.
For Jimmie, who is some chess player,
We provide this guard to see that he plays
To Vincent, who lives on Federal Hill,
head. We give this memo to remember us still.
By Paulena Chickering.
fTune "Whispering Hope"J
We are the Seniors of Oxford High
Forced this sad night to part,
We bid our classmates good-bye
And wish them a friendly start.
Through English and History we strayed-
When on four years we look back,
To sports and games we played
Beneath the Orange and Black.
Farewell, farewell, farewell,
We say adieug
Fare thee well, farewell.
We wish to thank all our teachers
For the lessons they have taught.
Their kind guidance will aid us
Through each muddle and knot.
May our classmates remember-
The promise of friendship fulfill,
Let us cherish and follow
Our motto, "We can, we will!"
THE RAVELIN'S, 19315
Adviser: Miss Walsh
President: Roland Racine
Vice-President: Harry Walker
Secretary: Enid Carlson
Treasurer: Marguerite Hale
THE RAVELIN'S, 1936
Adviser: Miss Gahagan.
THE RAVELIN'S, 1935
Adviser: Mr. McGovern
President: Yarno Nesta
Vice-President: Edward LaMountain
Secretary: Jean Campbell
Treasurer: Marion Flagg
THE RAVELIN'S, 1936
THIS S'l'l'lDlf1N'l' COUNCIL
President: Matthew Sands
Vice-President: Vincent Gill
Secretary: Sarah Lawson
Eugene Schofield Roland Racine
Robert Cheney Wayne Olney
Warren Chaffee Freshmen
Kathryn Lane Yarno Nesta
This group composed of the class presidents and other selected members
represents the student body and has worked under the guidance of Mr. San-
nella to improve school conditions. Some of the measures they have passed
on are: the establishment of the monitor and joint system of passing, and the
student leadership of general assemblies.
THE RAVELIN'S, 1936
PENCIL, PAD AND KEY CLUB
Adviser: Miss Walsh
President: Olive Wood
Vice-President: Gertrude LaPlante
Secretary: Rita Lyman
Treasurer: Eleanor Thompson
THE RAVELIN'S, 1936
Adviser: Miss Winter
President: Vincent Gill
Vice-President: Esther Clementson
Secretary-Treasurer: Enid Carlson
THE RAVELIN'S, 1936
THE PRESS CLUB
Adviser: Miss Manning
President: Matthew Sands
Secretary: Doris Lapan
MEMBERS OF THE CLUB:
THE RAVELIN'S, 1936
Through the great effort and leadership of Miss Gahagan, the girls' bas-
ketball team deserves much credit for their work, winning four games out of
the eight games played. The coach and the girls have spent much time and
worked very hard but they feel well repaid. It has not been all work, for they
had good times going out of town to play.
One player, Antoinette Vitkus, captain, will be lost through graduation.
The team will lose a valuable player but we hope to have a good team next
Members of the squad are:
Antoinette Vitkus, Capt. Marguerite Hale, Capt.-elect Madelyn Williams
Marion Noles Beatrice Beaudette Gladys Coonan
Statia Shivick Marion Lyon Rita Butler
Ursula Donovan Elsie Bellows Vivian Frink
Games were played with Charlton, Rutland, Holden, and North Brookfield.
Girls receiving letters are: Antoinette Vitkus, Marguerite Hale, Statia
Shivick, Marion Lyon, Ursula Donovan, Elsie Bellows, and Rita Butler.
Through the tireless efforts of the coach, Mr. Richardson, and the splen-
did cooperation and team spirit of the members of the squad, the basketball
team enjoyed a very good season. The experience and knowledge gained this
year by the squad will be of a great benefit another year, for the majority of
the team will be available for another season.
The boys played with Webster, Westboro, Rutland, Holden, Spencer,
Charlton and North Brookfield besides the Alumni and Faculty games.
The following boys received letters:
Harry Walker, Captain Wayne Olney
Gordon Dimock, Manager Edward LaMountain
Alva Javery Yarno Nesta
Curtis Tarbell Francis Walker
Haig Aroian Albert Bell
THE RAVELIN'S, 1936
The boys' baseball team at present is at the head of the Worcester County
Western League. Mr. McGovern as coach has given much time and effort to
put the team in top place. The season has been featured by the pitching
of Alva Javery. The league schedule includes two games each with Rutland,
Holden, Leicester, Spencer, Charlton and Auburn. In addition, practice games
with Westboro and Shrewsbury were played. Last but not least, this team
will go down in history as having defeated Webster for the first time in four-
The following are lettermen:
Alva Javery Warren Chaffee Edward LaMountain
John Kalita Harry Walker William Stevens
Edward Boutillette John Surprise Paul Stoll
Kenneth Chaffee, Mgr. Joseph Brodeur William Stevens
THE RAVELIN'S, 1936
The Cross-Country team under the coaching of Mr. Richardson took
part in five meets. The boys ran once against Sutton and Hopedale, twice
against Holden, and in the Interscholastics at Hopedale.
The following received letters:
Robert Allen, Captain Francis Walker
Robert Desmaris John Kalita
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Parking-Gas and Oil
38 Exchange St.
KESSELI Sz MORSE COMPANY
Builders' and Masons' Supplies
TILE AND FIREPLACE woRK
242 Canterbury Street
COMPLIMENTS OF COMPLIMENTS OF
YOUR DRUGGIST E. S. DIMOCK8zSons
E. T. HATCH Milk-Cream
OXFORD MASS. OXFORD MASS.
McCARTHY'S MOTOR SALES
No. OXFORD, MASS.
Chevrolet Sales and Service
TOWING SERVICE AND GENERAL REPAIRING
Day Phone 189-2 - Night Phone 136-3
C. McCARTHY, Phone 16-2
COMPLIMENTS OF COMPLIMENTS or
A NORTH OXFORD
I and ce . Flowers and Vegetables
Tel. 26-3 - Tel. 26-12 LEWIS E. BROWN
OXFORD MASS. NO. OXFORD MASS.
COMMERCIAL PRESS, INC.
248 ELM STREET
Store: 265 Main Street, Southbridge
The CARLETON WOOLEN MILLS, Inc
Say It With Flowers
H. F. CARSON
Greenhouse Tel. 24-3
T W I N C I T Y
Cleansers and Dyers
Day and Night Service
GAS, OIL AND REPAIRS
CHARLTON CITY MASS. OXFORD MASS.
THIS BOOK WAS PRINTED BY
THE OBSERVER COMPANY
8z SONS, INC.
CHAFFEE BROTHERS COMPANY
L U M B E R
Building Material of All Kinds
Everything Needed In the Construction
of a Home.
OXFORD Tel. 85 MASS.
COMPLIMENTS OF COMPLIMENTS OF
OLD MILL TAVERN T. M. CHICKERING
GOOD FOOD Private Livery
Choice Drinks, Dine and Dance Tel. 171-2
NO. OXFORD MASS. OXFORD MASS.
PAPPAS NORTH OXFORD
FILLING STATION SOCIAL CLUB
smokeless Stoves Excellent Food-Choice Drinks
Guaranteed No Smell .
ACCESSORIES Dine and Dance
Easy Payments LETS G0
ROCHDALE MASS, MAIN ST. NO. OXFORD
LEICESTER KNITTING INC.
OXFORD HEIGHTS HERBERT LANGER
G Sheet Metal Work
DODGE AND PLYMOUTH RANGE OIL
SALES AND SERVICE Tel. 98-2
Tel' 262-11 New Location
Corner Main St. and Sutton Ave.
WEST AUBURN MASS. OXFORD M ASS.
Blackstone Washers - Conlon Ironers
WEBSTER AND SOUTHBRIDGE GAS
AND ELECTRIC COMPANY
"A Part of the New England Power Association."
OXFORD GRAIN CO.
Grain, Hay, Fertilizer, Coal
and New England Coke.
Sporting Goods Co. N. M. PERRY,Pr0p.
557 Main St. Route 20
WORCESTER MASS- NORTH OXFORD MASS
OXFORD FRUIT FARMS
W. A. GREENE, Prop.
J A C K S O N
SALES AND SERVICE
BONNIE VIEW FARM
MILK AND CREAM A
Federal Hill Road
S. M. SHAPIRO
COMPLIMENTS OF COMPLIMENTS OF
STORE Y 0 U R
Shoes For the Entire Family Personal Cl0thieI'
AT LOWEST PRICES
121 Mm St, z. MAURICE SHEA
JOFFE, Mbit. S Phone Webster 938R
. . Apples, Sweet Cider Turkeys
Francis E. Cassidy Tel' 329M '
CHARLES W. AVERY
Harness and Repairing
AWNING AND MATTRESS WORK
s MECHANIC STREET
WEBSTER FLORAL CO.
John Delisio, Prop.
Phone 935R and 935 W
464 SCHOOL STREET WEBSTER, MASS.
Q: NICHOLS JUNIOR COLLEGE
5: DUDLEY MASS
R conf? PHILIP w. JOSLIN
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I N S U R A N C E
Training For Business OXFORD MASS.
One and two year courses that
prepare for superior positions
Finance - Accounring
Ex u ive Sc re arial
fiT2iTffll1'ZLTf,hrc ...4 COMPLIMENTS OF
Co-Educational Moderate Fees
Opportunities for pan-time employment
Smdfor Catalog ofvlnmh JM' Stock Manufacturers and
BECKERd COLLEGE Building Lumber
oun e in lll'l
WCRCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS CHARLTON MASS'
A union of Post lnstuure and Becker College
FRED H. LULLMANN
If Funeral Director
Q1 Chapel and Complete Arrangements
fl Calls Answered Anywhere, Anytime.
1: Main and Church Streets OXFORD, MASS
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KRINTZMAN DUSTING CO.
NORTH OXFORD, MASS.
COMPLIMENTS OF S AUL GREEN
Card Clothing, Belting and
Woolen Mill Supplies
Tel. 219 Tel. 224-Sutton Ave.
OXFORD MASS. OXFORD MASS.
BENJAMIN F. HAMILTON
Dealer in Gulf Range and Fuel Oils
TRUCKING OF ALL KINDS
OXFORD Tel. 85 MASS.
OF ALICE POULIN, Prop.
BOSTON STORE PERMANENT WAVING
OXFORD, MASS Fremont St.
E. A. LaMOUNTAIN
MEATS, GROCERIES AND VEGETABLES
CLOVER FARM STORE
NORTH OXFORD MASS.
ALDRICH MANUFACTURING CO.
CHARLTON CITY MASS
BEST WISHES TO
Rear of Town Hall
Tel' 69 CLASS OF 1936
DUFF 8: DEWEY
OXFORD MASS. CHAS. J. LEAHY
L. L. BIGELOW, CONTRACTO R
Builds Q U A L I T Y Homes
Building, Repairing, Painting and Cement Work
J. CARRGLL BRO
T0 CLASS OF 1936
19 ELM STREET WORCESTER, MASS
A. G. 'DAVIS
OXFORD NEWS Paffvmze
JAMES DUXBURY Our
DAVID N. TAFT MANUFACTURING
BUY WHILE YOU LIVE
Oxford Granite and Marble Works
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MAIN STREET OXFORD, MASS.
QUEENSBURY COMBING COMPANY
135 GOLD STREET WORCESTER, MASS.
COMPLIMEN TS OF
M. S. WALKER
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