Downingtown High School - Our Year Cuckoo Yearbook (Downingtown, PA)

 - Class of 1919

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THE CUCKOO number of the men are in the lumber business and go far back into the mountains to cut timber and haul it each day. As everyone was tired that evening, we all retired eaily. All arose early the next morning, and after a hasty breakfast set out with dogs and guns into the mountains. Soon we separated, three going in one direction and two in another. That day we saw no pheasants and no turkeys and were greatly disappointed. The following day was Wednesday, the opening of the rabbit season, so we decided to hunt rabbits. We found rabbits plentiful, but turned our attentoin to shooting woodcock. We had some great sport, as they would not fly far when scared up. No one seemed good enough a shot to hit any, no matter how hard he tried. In the afternoon we came to a covey of quail. We succeeded in getting but four out of the lot. It was great fun to watch the dogs when they would come near a bird. As soon as they smelled it. their tails would straighten and their bodies become stiff, pointing towards the bird. They would stand in this position until someone came to their aid. The following day (Thursday) was spent in the mountains hunting pheasants, but no luck, as usual. The natives said the pheasants seemed very scarce that year, due to so many enemies. That day, while crossing from one mountain to another, three of us came to a stream, knee deep with water and about 25 feet wide. We could not jump across, as there were no stones, and the nearest bridge two miles away, so we decided to wade. Everyone was wet up to the waist. We built a fire and dried our shoes and clothes. When we went to put on our shoes every pair split, as we had gotten them too near the fire and driven all the oil out of the leather, making it ery brittle. That evening we were informed that some wild ducks had stopped on a dam nearby. The next morning we proceeded to the spot and had some fine shooting. We succeeded in getting but one, as all the rest flew too high for shot to take effect. The remaining days of the week we hunted very little, but played pinochle at the hotel. We all left for home on Sunday, shortly before dinner. We had enjoyed the week’s outing very much. We hope for another trip soon, with more game to hunt. — -D.H.S.- — Jlalriut John E. Heffner, ’19. Andy Brown and his parents lived in Bristol, a small town situated in the western part of our State. Andy’s father was not in the best of health, and for this reason he was unable to work. As a result, Andy was compelled to leave school at an early age. and secure j employment in Bristol’s only manufacturing establishment, a large shoe factory. Here he obtained a position as office-boy. With the money thus earned he was able to support his parents comfortably. However, Andy was not destined to remain in such a position for any considerable length of time. He studied at evening assiduously, and in this way mastered the rudiments of knowledge. His perseverance and diligence won the respect of all those whom he met. In addition, he proved to be a capable office-boy. All of his friends predicted a brilliant future for him. During Andy’s second year with the firm the sales manager resigned. The firm was literally swamped with applications for the position, and, at last, they decided to hold a competitive examination. Andy had been anxiously awaiting such a chance, and decided to try for the position. He received the highest mark in the examination, and duly became sales manager. In this position he served the firm to the best of his ability. Andy was now holding a responsible

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THE CUCKOO 25 that the United States should have had better sense than to declare war on Germany, who was prepared for war, while the United States was not. When Ned and Grace arrived home late the next afternoon with the mail they told the remark of Osmond about the United States declaring war. Their father said: “No American should say anything like that.” In the fall the neighbors were requested to come to the Strauss ranch for the round-up and branding of the cattle. Ned and his father helped in the round-up and his mother and sister in the house helped to prepare the meals. It lasted about three weeks. One night Ned couldn’t sleep, and got up and went outdoors to walk around a bit. He slept in the bunk-house with the men, although it was a better place than a good many poor homes in America. While he was out walking around he happened to look up at a tower on the house and saw a pole rising out of it. He watched it for a short time and saw someone pulling on a rope and he saw four wires rise to the top. One end of the wires was fastened to the roof and ran up to the top of the pole. He did not know what to think of it until he thought of an article in a magazine of secret wireless stations in America used by German spies to send messages to Germany. He went to bed and when he went home after the round-up he told his father of what he had seen. His father thought he had imagined it, and did not pay any attention to it. He told Grace, and the next time they went for the mail they slipped out of the house and saw it. When they got to El Paso they hunted up a Ranger named Billy Dixon. This Ranger had joined the United States Secret Service at the beginning of the war and had been hunting for this wireless station. He rode back with Ned and Grace and took two pack horses, carrying some boxes tied to their saddles. When they arrived at Ned’s home he asked for the use of a small cabin which was not in use. He took the boxes off the horses and opened them. They contained a wireless set and he set it up in the cabin. That night he caught a strange code message which was sent by some secret wireless station to the one at the ranch of Mr. Strauss. In a week he got fifty Rangers and made a raid on the Strauss ranch and captured several spies who lived in the tower. No one knew what would become of the Strauss ranch until one day a man rode into Nestor’s and gave Ned a letter. When Ned opened the letter he found that the Strauss ranch was given to him by the Government of the United States for his help, in capturing the spies. A glutting arip Loweu, H. Fisher. It was on a bright October Sunday that a party of five of us left Downing-town by automobile for a gunning trip to the mountains. We had all our luggage strapped to the running board of the car. This included our clothes, shoes and shotguns. We also took two large white and brown setter dogs with us. These slept on the floor of the auto for a greater part of the journey. Just before dark we arrived at a town called La Porte, which is the county seat of Sullivan county. The roads were very bad at this point, as they had had some snow a week previous. On this account we thought it advisable to go no farther. As we would have had to go deep into the mountains to find any game worth while, we decided to stay at the County Seat Inn for the night. The following morning (Monday) we proceeded to Franklin county, where we had been hunting the previous seasons. We made the trio without mishap and arrived at a small town named Rox-bury just in time to do justice to a good supper. This town is situated at the foot of a large mountain. Back of this mountain are several other mountains which have very narrow valleys between them. The town has a population of about three hundred people and has one hotel, at which place we stopped. A great

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THE CUCKOO 27 position. He received an excellent salary. by means of which he could support his parents more easily than ever. At the same time he was saving his money ‘'for a rainy day.” At the age of 21 years he was a prosperous young business man. In April, 1917, we declared war on Germany. In order to secure enough fighters, Congress passed the draft law. This law affected all men between the ages of 21 and 31. Andy Brown had reached his seniority only a few months previous to the declaration of war. He intended to ask for exemption from military service on account of the dependence of his parents upon him. Besides, he thought that he could render more aid to his country at home than abroad in the service of his country. Andy was notified by the local draft board to appear for examination, as his number was one of the first drawn at Washington. Simultaneously the news came to America that hundreds of our own soldiers and marines had given up their lives at Chateau-Thierry in order to save Paris from the onslaughts of the Germans. As soon as he heard this news, Andy changed his whole attitude toward the war. He decided that he could best serve his country by fighting side by side with other brave American boys, who were willing to lay down their lives for democracy. This decision meant much to Andy, but his parents were willing that he should join the ranks of Uncle Sam, and that settled the matter entirely. In a few days Andy was given the examination by a medical inspector, and passed. The next week he was to leave for Camp Meade. Before going he had a lengthy interview with the head of the factory, who told him that if he (Andy) ever came back his position would be open for him. Andy also made arrangements for the upkeep of his parents during his absence. His father said. “My son, I am proud of you. My prayer is that you shall return safely to your home.” The day came for the journey to Camp Meade. Along with Andy there were eight other young men. As the train left the station there were tears in the eyes of the great crowd who had come to give the boys a rousing send-off. Then, with a mighty cheer, the assemblage bade farewell to their patriotic sons. Andy arrived at the camp late in the evening. With several other comrades he spent the night in the temporary barracks. The next day he received his uniform and other military accessories. The officers at once recognized Andy’s ability and made him a corporal. Andy stayed at this camp for five weeks. Then, as a member of the 79th Division, he sailed for France. Further training was received at Chaumont. Here the division trained for almost five months. At the end of this period orders were received to go to the front. Andy’s squad of men was anxious to face the Germans. They were initiated into warfare at the battle of Soissons. This engagement was a very bloody one, but Andy and his comrades did not receive a scratch. The Germans were repulsed at this place. A few weeks later Andy’s men figured in the battle of Avignon. Although the Germans were defeated, they killed many of our men. Andy and Bob Miller, a private in Andy’s squad, were wounded, Andy being wounded in the left arm while carrying a sergeant to safety. The sergeant was mortally wounded. As for Andy, he had to be carried to the nearest base hospital. When he had fully recovered the war was over. He was sent home immediately and in March, 1919, secured his honorable discharge. As soon as he received his discharge Andy resumed his former occupation at Bristol. His parents are still living and are very happy in the home provided by their son. -••D.H.S. —

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