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faithful service, we entered the last regiment, the t'Advanced Seventh" with
Captain Oechsler for our valiant leader!
Now it is a fact long suspected, that "all teachers have eyes in the back
of their heads," but Captain Oechsler proved this, on the day when she was
washing the blackboard, and it was all wet and shiny, and she told a boy be-
hind her to "sit down and behave." without ever looking around at all, so
of course she has eyes in the back of her head, and knowing this. we just had
to behave every minute and l'in sure she will tell you we always did!
This year has been filled with pleasure, for though we had to travel faster
to finish the work assigned to us, our teacher was always sympathetic and
made the work interesting.
XVe have become more like a family than a class, in fact a stranger hearing
some of our Usquabblesy' would be sure that we were a regular family! And
our teacher has been more like a mother than a paid instructor. Didn't she
take l1e1' own mirror from her closet, because we couldn 't all get in there at
once, and place it in the cloak-room so the whole class could 'tprimp?" Those
who didn't possess combs used rulers to smooth their hair. And didn't she
put the 'tsensen in "censor" when we had our two class newspapers, the
'tBrite-lite" and "Y-Da-wake," so that we learned many interesting family
secrets about each other in those "personal" columns? And couldn't she
make the laziest of us sit up straight, not by using the ruler on us, but by just
putting it down our backs?
Our time was not all spent in hard work, we enjoyed many dramatizations,
Hlld our Minstrel Show made quite a hit with the audience, "there was scarcely
a thing they didn 't l1it us with." But the greatest social event was the Grand
Military Ball, given by all the Eighth Regiments, of whom we were members.
This is an annual event in honor of the Fulton soldiers who have advanced to a
higher army in High School. At this ball, our company presented a highly
classical drama, entitled, 'tMadame Princeton's Beauty Parlors," and our
dramatic ability was so great that we had to dodge the theatrical managers for
weeks, to keep from being forced to become Broadway stars, but we preferred
to finish our term of enlistment.
Ill regard to the personal qualities of the class, I will say that they are,
perhaps, rather "extreme" and very "particular," for instance-Betty Idoine
and Lillian Knorr are extremely bright, and particularly lucky at never being
caught out of order.
Helene and Maxine Cosgray are extremely alike and they particularly like
the same young man.
VVilliam Mcllwaine and Murray Friedman are extremely fond of discussing
the Civil VVar, and particularly, when it won't bother the teacher, which is
when she out of the room.
Waltei' Linsell and Lillian Laycock are extremely fond of their pretty
dimples. NValter has three particularly good ones and Lillian has two good
ones, and a particularly fine one she made herself by falling against the
Virginia McCreery is extremely stylish and particularly fond of going to
the dentist's during school hours. How she must hate school, to prefer the
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called Miss f'Marker"-because she marked the stars on our test papers,-but
I secretly felt that Miss "Starrer" would have been a more appropriate name.
After a year here we were advanced to the Third Regiment, and continued our
interesting and instructive training under another fine captain. It was while
in this Third Regiment that I recall the tricks of Maxine and Helene Cosgray,
our "mascot.te twins," who frequently changed seats and answered to each
other's names to the bewilderment of the teacher, and the pleasure of the
The next year, when we reached the Fourth Regiment, we felt quite grown
up and "soldierly." Serious things began to happen, such as "love affairs,"
mostly with whomever sat near you, or wore the prettiest clothes. One sus-
ceptible member of this class divided his attentions equally among the girls,
giving each a share of his affections. lVhen it came my turn, he showed
his feelings by offering me pencils, candy or pennies, and by dropping them
down the back of my neck, if I refused to accept them. His last offer was a
book of Thrift Stamps, and when I "spurned" this, he turned his attentions to
the next girl, and I have always wondered who finally did get that book of
Thrift Stamps. Near the end of this year certain mothers received notices to
appear before the commander-in-chief for council! They came with fear and
trembling, wondering what crime their children had committed and whether
they were to be "court-martialed' and shot at sunrise! But, oh! the "grand
and glorious feelin," when these particular mothers learned that because of
efficient performance of duty, their children's term of enlistment was to be
shortened one year, in other words, the twenty-seven members of this present
class were to form a "picked companyy' of their own and learn to work and
think in 'fdouble quick" time, So, in September, 1919, under the efficient
leadership of Captain Weyburne. our company assembled, being called the
Here we received our first uniforms, consisting of bathrobes with hoods,
woolly shoes and wristlets, for we had to get used to the cold air which circu-
lated through the "barracks" all the time. Also we were given "chow" in
the shape of cocoa, if cocoa has any particular shape!
This year we started manual, made interesting Japanese books and wrote
prize essays on f'Roosevelt" and the "Advantages of Being in the Army."
The year flew by and we were ready for the next regiment, the "Advanced
Sixth," under Captain Yeslin. This. also, was a wonderful year, and we en-
joyed our many dramatizations, and our nature study, followed by a fine bird
play, in which we each impersonated in costume, "some little birdf'
Each day we were becoming more versed in the "tactics of peaceable
warfare" and soon we had our first real "skirmish" with the "enemy." It
was called the "Battle of the Verbs," and we were greatly victorious! YVe
fought many battles of this kind with different adversaries, and always de-
feated them, until finally there came a day-but why recall ancient history?
lVhy mention what brings blushes to the cheeks and tears to the eyes? Suffice
to say, "VVe met the enemy and We Were theirsll' However, our foe was most
generous, and healed our wounded pride with gifts of "lolly pops" and other
' ' sweeties, "
And now, We come to the real history of this class. After six years of
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Norman Levey is extremely popular with the ladies and they are particularly
popular with him. XVhen he recites he looks at the ceiling and "thinks" UD
and when he is not reciting he looks at the girls and "winks,"
Madeline Levi is extremely plump and round, but as she is also particu-
larly sweet, we like to have her 'round, especially as she is the class "baby"
Louise Koss is extremely angelic and particularly fond of history. She
differs from the rest of us, because it makes her ill to miss a test. and it makes
the rest of us ill to take one.
Lawrence Hill is extremely fond of HH cocoa, always asking for a second
cup, and he particularly dislikes unnecessary exercise when it's hot weather-
or cold weather-or any kind of weather!
Elizabeth Dougherty is extremely fond of trying to make us believe she is
a Hman-hater," but she is particularly embarrassed and blushes when we catch
her "napping," for she always gets in about H40 winks" at. some boy during
Mary Hartman is extremely bright and healthy, and a particularly good
candy maker, so young men with "sweet teeth," take notice.
Jane Trost is extremely neat and particularly fond of making the girls
jealous by wea1'ing a different dress nearly every day.
Mable Kirkbride is extremely fond of fudge, and that is what makes her
so particularly sweet.
Nancy Morrison is extremely fond of talking aloud and 11ot particularly
afraid that Miss Oechsler will keep her promise and "tie her mouth shut."
Martha Tom is extremely clever at writing personal verses and stories
and particularly fond of making funny faces and "monkey-shines."
Rebecca Lane has extremely blond curls, which makes her extremely popu-
lar with the boys, but she is particularly fond of whispering and sitting on her
seat t.urned up, which doesn't make her particularly popular with the teacher.
Miriam Peters is extremely fond of doing fancy dancing and particularly
anxious to finish school and become a movie star, as all the movie managers
are begging her to. .,
Mildred Schwyn has extremely red cheeks, evenifor these 'tpaint-up" days
but they must be natural for they get particularly red when she recites.
Mason Holt is extremely fond of a particular sweater, and particularly fond
of twisting the extreme end of it while reciting.
Franklyn Quale is extremely good-looking and particularly fond of the
ladies, and his nice, shiny, smooth hair.
Franklin Clark is extremely pleased to get a Hdouble A" whether he de-
serves it or not, for he particularly likes to show his sister he can.
Joseph Friend is extremely fond of making "spit-balls" and particularly
anxious to Iinish the thousand Captain Oechsler ordered him to make. And
last and least, myself-but I am so "extremely particular" that I don't want
to tell you how particularly extreme I am.
So, with the history of the first advanced class of Fulton School. As the
time draws near when we are to receive our "honorable discharge," I know we
shall all regret leaving dear old Fulton, our commander-in-chief and our good
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