Westfield State University - Tekoa Yearbook (Westfield, MA)

 - Class of 1909

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1969 WESTFIELD .v0R.u.iL. ' r own, but as the place was entirely fitted up with "red" and no other color was prominent. so the poor girl became color blind. We next heard about our old friend Elean Pfeiffer. who in memory of Dickinson Hall life had built a lodging house for those wayfarers who might be "Afraid to go home in the dark." Septa Lynn we found had finally her dearest wish granted- that of being a doctor. and she had so pursued her studies that in 1920. she was a great surgeon. famous the world over. Septa was ever a cut-up. so we knew she nmst be just in her element. As for Elaine Holt and Helen Stockwell what more could be expected when one saw how fond they were of the house cat at Dickinson Hall. than that they should hetake themselves off to some distant land. no matter what the name. tfor no matter how simple, Helen never could pronounce it.Ql where they kept a home for houseless cats. with no thought for anything outside the care of their pets. XVe paid strict attention when we heard one of the beauties of our class mentioned. XVhat could have happened to her? VVhy she had become a photographer and connected with her es- tablishment was a picture gallery. .showing the likenesses of countless numbers of men. for was there ever a fellow any girl might know, whose picture was not in Anne Halfpenny's collee- tion 'Z And Anne not only knew the name but was well ac- quainted with every gentleman in her or any other girl list. Ruth Nocke and Helen Lewis. we were told. had started a private railway line between Springfield and XVestfield by which Normal girls could arrive at and leave school every imaginable hour. No need to say that the line had become immensely popu- lar with the school girls. all of whom gave up the public street railway for that convenient one of two old lYestiield Normal school girls. And Louise Arnold? lVe certainly expected her to be a prima donna by that time. but a far different course l1ad been adopted by her. After leaving Normal school. she had gone to Simmons where she pursued a study of domestic science. in order that she might later introduce it into her favorite school in life. 11a1nely Clark l'niversity. Now we found what had happened to good natured Kather- ine Dowd. From the time ef our psychology days we knew Kate

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6 TVES T FI E LD .YOR.UAL. 1909 had thrown it down again as worthless. but its magic lay in the fact that the old man. ninety years of age. with the beard way down to here a11d nowhere was not to emerge until 1920. unless someone utttered a wish while holding it. and how could I help but chance upon this good fortune when there had been a con- stant wish in our inmost thoughts for weeks. The old 111311 was so grateful for his deliverance that he pro111ised to tell us all about the future of our classmates as they would be in the year 1920. So we opened our notebooks which we always carried with us in order to be ready to jot down problems of algebra or geo1net1'y which might present themselves. XYe now began to liste11 to the future of Class '09. and the first person we heard of was the one and only boy of our class. Benjamin T. Riley. And what a strange fate had over- taken him. He had married Lizzie Battenburg who had always been a favorite with the Normal girls. and the couple had set up a great millinery establishment where the latest styles in hats were always to be procured. XVe were not very much sur- prised at Ikey's becoming a "Benedict" for he always was fond of Lizzie. But we did receive a shock when we found that Grace Howard was in the insane asylum. whither she had gone soon after leaving Normal. Those strong nerves which had sustained her so many nights in her vigils on the second floor. and her trips down the pike had at last failed her. and she was sent to Northampton a sad wreck of monitorship. at Dickinson Hall. XYhat a different fate had befallen her roo1111nate. Ruby Cowing, Immediately after graduation she had settled down to a quiet life as a shepherdess. tending her Hherd' with the great- est of care and devotion. XYe paid close attention at the mention of the word Ma- honey. What had become of fun-loving. ever-smiling happy-go- lucky Florence? XVhy the saddest ,of fates possible for her. She had always been fond of a trombone. so had organized a brass band. with herself as leader playing the trombone. But she became so fond of it and had the band play so much. that she strained her vocal chords until they became quite useless and oh! so sad to relate had become quite dumb! Another great affliction had befallen one of the other girls. Antoinette Charest. She had set up a telephone exchange of her

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8 IVESTFIELD NORMAL. 1909 could tell funny stories, and we could never forget what a Hhowl- ing" effect they had upon us, and the teacher especially, so we could not be very much astounded when we found she was with Will S. Monroe, who with his increase in years was becoming somewhat sarcastic, and this was kept down somewhat by using all her wit and humor on him. Vle had to sing praises of Kate for the good work, and our one wonder was if she told him any stories like, '4NVas your grandmother a monkey?" And the Kearney sisters! 'Why, Miss Katherine is a grand opera singer fulfilling the promise of her youth, while Miss Mary is a speaker on "NVoman's Rights." She gave a lecture not long ago at Dickinson Hall, the monotony being broken by songs and speeches. Once in a while they combine their talent, giving interesting lectures on the American authors, whose lives they became interested in while at school, and one night while Miss Kearney was singing, in the most touching part, one in the au- dience in the front row, heard a low voice about two seats from her say, "Crescend!" Miss Kearney, "Crescendo !" and turned in time to see Ethel Corrie in an excited manner giving directions. Ethel we understood had supplanted the former instructor at XVestfie1d Normal school and paid special atten- tion to the '4Crescendo," so could not control her emotion at the concert. Imagine our delight at the success of May Dooley and Irene Horrigan, who after working patiently for a few years had in- vented a novel design in a spread of high colors. Although it was closely observed and the different parts tested beyond the strength of the material, yet it was not necessary that they should be granted a copyright as no one ever had the courage and endurance to imitate their example. Their invention practically abolished that old form of spread that we used about ten years ago. But wonder upon wonder! Could we believe our ears when he said Catherine Higgins was in a convent. IVho would think that the slight coniinement she endured while at school would have given her such a taste for seclusion. But I suppose she thought she might just as well do penance continually. as she had practiced doing it at intervals so faithfully.

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