Westwood High School - Chipmunk Yearbook (Westwood, CA)

 - Class of 1919

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Some Advantages of Our High School IN years we are young, neither do we deceive ourselves about all beginnings being diflicult. Thanks to the local school board, all our reasonable needs have been generously provided for. A commodious building, centrally and prominently situated, will be used ex- clusively for high school purposes, as soon as our growth requires it. The steam heating, electric light- ing and plumbing throughout the building are modern and superior in every respect. The library is being added to constantly and already contains many of the most essential reference and reading books. The science laboratories and other equipments are meeting our necessary requirements. Our course of study has been broadened so as to meet the needs of our enlarged constituency. This in turn necessitated increasing the number of members of the faculty. Our graduates and near-graduates meas- ure well above the average in scholarship, character, and general ability. Our school, in fact, is standing on the tiptoe of exceptancy to know whether the State University will say "Well done, thou good and faithful servant,” and reward us with a place on its roll of merit—its accredited list. A well-lighted gymnasium, provided with dressing rooms, lockers, and bath, has afforded unusual faciliiies for winter athletics. A series of intramural games among the students themselves and with local teams, have afforded many of the advantages of interscholas- tic contests with few of the disadvantages. The Westwood High School is unique in that it furnishes practically all text-books and supplies free. It is doubtful also whether many, if any, high schools of our size offer so much free evening school work. Has nature’s environment of forest and mountains ever appealed to you as an educational asset? ‘I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help." Have the "high places’’ lost all their signi- ficance as an inspiration for the weary and discouraged and as the dwelling place of the Most High? Have the tills clad in "snows that fall a trifle whiter” no lesson n purity? "The groves were God’s first temples." Must our worship be ever in a chapel and never in a grove? Who shall say but that the distant pines, whose verdure merges almost imperceptibly with the “skies a trifle bluer.” hold thetr lesson of devotion to purpose? Is there not a "Great Stone Face” resident in our own majestic mountains, which is casting a benign influence upon us? May it be given us to realize our advntages both the unseen and the seen. A. H. VOEGELEIN. 4 12

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The Lo YOUNG man with his burro and prospecting out- fit had just crossed a meadow in a valley among the hills of the northern end of the Sierra Nevada Mountains He had unpacked his food and blankets, picketed his burro and made camp beside a clear spark- ling spring under some tall pines. lie had begun to prepare his evening meal when he chanced to look up and see a tall, haggard old man leading a jaded burro toward him. He immediately arose and greeted the stranger and, finding that the latter was out of grub," invited him to share his food. The young man soon learned that the old stranger’s name was Tim London and that he was a prospectoi Lke himself and Tim learned that the young man's name was John Roland but that he was called Jack. When London had warmed up he began to talk. ‘ Bill Walters ai.d 1 were partners. We had prospected together over most of this country and we were about to start for Montana when we happened through here. That night we decided to look a little farther, so early next morning we started up that mountain you see over there. "We had crossed some rocky ground and had started up some steep rocks near the top when Bill f?ll about ten feet to the base of the rocks. I climbed down and found that he had sprained an ankle a"d that he was jarred up quite a bit. ‘T pulled off his boot, helped him on his burro and took him down to a small stream of water. I fixed him up the best i could and made camp. A sprained ankle meant that Bill must be quiet for several weeks, so we camped there. "For the next two weeks 1 hunted around among the hills looking for gold. One day 1 passed four clear, cold, deep mountain lakes, in which were many fish. I returned to camp by a longer, more round-about way and I saw two more clear mountain lakes. But then §t Mine were no traces of gold. I went almost every where, north, south, east and west, but no gold. •'One day Bill got out his boot because he wanted to try to walk around a little. One of the boots was torn where a rock probably cut it near the sole so he set about mending it while I made breakfast. A little later Bill called me and I went to see what was the matter. lie showed me a small piece of gold about the size of a grain of wheat that he had found wedged into the sole just below the cut. It must have stuck to his boot when he fell from the rocks. I went there im- mediately and there, at the base of the rock where Bill had sprained his ankle, was the gold. “I dug up some dirt and found nuggets, some as large as hen’s eggs and others as small as to be merely specks. "The following month Bill and I had sunk a shaft only about ten feet deep and we had taken out about a hundred thousand dollars worth of gold. Most of the gold we dug was put into a heavy box, which we k» nt just inside the mouth of the mine. “One day about noon the earth began to shake. Bill and I hurried down into the meadow so that no ro k= would roll onto us. The next day the earth rocked and swayed. The third day the earth stopped quaking and Bill and 1 started back to our mine. But no mine could we find. Almost everything was changed, the large rocks that had been near our mine had shifted and as 1 later found out, only two of the six lakes I had seen one day were to be found. “Bill and I spent years and most of our money bunt- ing for the mine but we never found a speck of gold near there again. “Well, whoever finds it will have about one hundred thousand in gold already dug and a lot waiting to be dug. “I guess I’ll turn in. Good night. JENS JACOBSEN “21.”

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