Excerpts from Normal Magazine, February 1905
Vol. IX, No. 5
Potsdam Normal School
Published monthly during the school year by the Alumni of the Potsdam Normal School
Alumni Editor-in-Chief Frank L. Cubley, 92
Associate Alumni Editors Katherine Kellas 92; S. Pope Brown 91
Undergraduate Editors Katherine Hayes, Calliopean; Florence McCartney, Alpha; Geo. W. Sullivan, Roger Baconian; Albert M. Shaw, Francis Baconian
Advisory Committee F. H. Allen, 85; Nellie Bartlett Bond, 93; Julia E. Crane, 74; Julia T. Walling, 91; C. H. Simpson, 93
Local Association Secretaries: San Francisco Edith Barnum OBrien, 1013 Green Street; New York City Leonard J. Reynolds, 16 Court Street, Brooklyn; Watertown Margaret Lenahan, Watertown, NY; Chicago Emma Erwin Luck, 1204 Monadnock Block, Chicago; Boston Mary Helen Ellis, 8 Roseland St, No Cambridge, Mass.
The midwinter commencement at the Normal opened with the exercises of the graduating class at the town hall the 7th inst.
June, with its roses and sunshine, is generally associated in the mind with the festivities of the commencement period and there is just a suspicion of sympathy for the graduates who are compelled to step over the threshold into the frigid atmosphere of this cold winter. But they did not seem to mind it in the least, and stepped out with smiling and confident faces.
The exercises of the Primary department at Normal Hall on Wednesday were under the direction of Miss Clark, the principal of the department, and attracted a large audience which was greatly interested in the excellent program rendered by the children. A feature of the exercises was the music which was prepared by Miss Provin, Miss Chapin and Miss Birdsall of the Crane Institute of Music. The class chose for their motto: Learning is better than silver and gold and the graduates were: Amelia Maude Barney, Frank Gordon Barclay, Hazel Bovay, Earl Frederick Browe, Hector Edmond Cowan, Marion Theresa Grew, Mildred Lavina Hayes, Frank George Joncas, May Helen Keefe, Edwin James Lenney, Anna Margaret Lenney, Burnetta Sealy, Ada Lillian Stone.
Thursday afternoon another large audience gathered to witness the commencement exercises of the Intermediate department, which were also very interesting. The members of this class were: John William Barclay, Dennis Emmett Dullea, Maude Elliot French, Teresa Agnes Hatch, Florence Elizabeth Hunter, Mary Margaret Sullivan, Sallie Allen Wright, and they chose for their guiding legend the motto: We have reached the shore, but the ocean lies beyond. The music was prepared by Miss Botsford, Miss Selter and Miss Aubrey. The following was the program:
Orchestra Columbian Overture
Prayer Rev. J. L. Cann
Recitation Song of the Market Place Mary Margaret Sullivan
Part Song The Legend of the Bells, from Chimes of Normandy Boys Chorus
Recitation His Own Obituary Sallie Allen Wright
Part Song Come Gentle Sleep Girls Voices
Recitation How Salvator Won Florence Elizabeth Hunter
Recitation Babbitt Teresa Agnes Hatch
Chorus The Clang of the Forge
The Special Music Teachers:
The Special Music Teachers Class numbered but four, being the Misses Margaret Aubrey, Alzina C. Dains, Florence E. Chapin, and Beulah M. Selter.
Miss Dains was excused from participating in the exercises which were held at Normal Hall Friday afternoon, a large and appreciative audience attesting to the interest which this branch of the work always excites. The program was as follows:
Lesson Second Grade, Primary, Song, pitch and Rhythm drill, sight reading, writing from dictation. Teacher Beulah Selter
Duet Autumn, Mendelssohn, Margaret Aubrey, Beulah Selter
Lesson Fourth grade, Song, modulation, writing from dictation, sight reading. Teacher, Margaret Aubrey
Song O Night Unforgotten, Vannah, Florence Chapin
Lesson Ninth Grade, Minor Scales, cadences, sight reading, Four part song. Teacher Miss Chapin
The principal event of the week was, of course, the regular commencement exercises of the graduating class which took place at the Town Hall Tuesday forenoon, the program being as follows:
Prayer Rev. F. B. Cowan, A.B.
Overture Heavens Chorister, Beyer
Oration Count Leo Tolstoy as a Social Reformer Frances Belle Sayers
Oration The Women of the American Revolution Eva May Kimball
Oration The Rise of the University Alzina Christine Dains
Piano Solo Soriee de Vienne, Schubert-Listz Florence Marcella Calkins
Oration Milton, the Poet of the Reformation Josephine Ethel Williams
Oration Education as a Civilizing Power Mary Frances Day
Aria Robert, Thou whom I love,, Robert le Diable Florence Elizabeth Chapin
Oration Savonarola Maud Etta Waldo
Oration Books as Companions Mina May Thayer
Recitation Helene Thambre, E. S. Phelps, Elizabeth Anne Cooke
Sonatine for violin and piano Ant. Dvorak, Larghetto allegro Chloe E. Stearns, Florence M. Calkins
Oration Roland of Roncesvalles Stephanie Margaret Clark
Chorus The Pilgrims Chorus from Tannhauser Normal Choir
At the close of the program, Dr. Lewis B. Fisher, Ryder Professor of Pastoral Theology at St. Lawrence University, delivered a strong and able address, and presented the diplomas.
The following is the list of graduates:
Hazel Burroughs, Potsdam
Jennie Bushaw, Canton
Stephanie Clark, Potsdam
Mary Clarkin, Madrid
Alzina Dains, Potsdam
Mary Day, Morristown
Florence Freeman, Waddington
Ida Forbes, Racket River;
Nettie Gilmore, Norwood
Daniel Hourihan, Winthrop
Gertrude Jones, Potsdam
Eva Kimball, Chateaugay
Marion Krake, Hammond
Lillian Lawrence, Lisbon
Elizabeth Paupst, Potsdam
Frances Belle Sayers, Potsdam
Mina Thayer, Gouverneur
Elmer Vincent, Burke
Josephine Williams, Potsdam
Margaret Bayley, Malone
Ansel Crane, North Stockholm
Maurice Harrigan, Canton
Gertrude Hoage, Canton
Horace Ruggles, Westford, Vt
Maud Waldo, Watertown
PRIMARY AND KINDERGARTEN
Elizabeth Cooke, Ogdensburg
SPECIAL MUSIC TEACHERS:
Florence M. Calkins, Chaumont
The Clarkson Prize:
The awarding of the Thomas S. Clarkson Prize of $100 in gold is always an event of great interest and one which is eagerly awaited by the contestants. It is a prize worth striving for and is won by merit alone. The announcement at the close of the commencement exercises that the prize had been awarded to Miss Stephanie M. Clark was received with hearty applause.
The baccalaureate exercises were held at the opera house Sunday afternoon, Rev. Chas. E. Hamilton, D.D., of the First M. E. Church of Rochester, delivering the address. Taking for his theme Self and Service, he delivered a very eloquent and helpful sermon, which was listened to with the closest attention by the audience.
The usual class reception was held at Normal Hall Monday evening and on Tuesday evening Principal and Mrs. Stowell gave a brilliant reception to the graduates, faculty and invited guests.
The Spring term opened February 8.
Miss Stephanie M. Clark, the winner of the Clarkson prize, is teaching at Tuxedo, and was unable to be present at commencement.
The New York Association
Again the sons and daughters of St. Lawrence temporarily sojourning in the metropolis have met around the festive board and rejoiced their souls in the companionship of friends old and new. It was the 12th annual reunion and banquet of the New York Association of Potsdam Normal Alumni, at the hotel Marlborough, Friday evening, February 17th. Like all the reunions that have gone before it was a success. While the ancient pillars of the Association were on hand, since nothing on earth could keep them away, we noticed many new faces those of the younger graduates whose names are familiar to readers of the Magazine but who have recently joined the New York colony. Among them we noticed two recent winners of the Clarkson prize, Miss Florence Ray Curtis, 01, and Miss Stephanie Clark, 05.
During the dinner many of our school songs were sung, and considering the early training of most of the congregation in the staid and solemn ways of Potsdam, a degree of mirthfulness prevailed.
The afterninner program was as follows:
Toastmaster Mr. George A. Taft, 88
Our Guest Mr. John F. Quigley
Our Loyal Sons Hon. Geo. H. Cobb, 86
The New Department Hon. Augustus S. Downing
Northern Lights Legal or Otherwise Hon Dennis B. Lucey, 83
Song Miss Clara E. Beudry, 01
The St. Lawrence Boy in New York Hon. Charles F. Murphy, 96
Reminiscences and other things Hon Edwin A. Merritt, Jr.
Mr. Taft made an admirable presiding officer. He had little to say, said it well and stopped when he was through. Therein lies much virtue.
Mr. John Quigley had been delegated to extend the right had of fellowship to the guest of the evening, Senator George H. Cobb and present him to the Association. Now, if there is one time that a man can make a good speech it is when he is called upon to speak in praise of a dear old friend. That was the situation and those who know our John know how sympathetically and gracefully he said just the right thing in a way peculiarly his own.
Senator Cobbs response was eloquent and scholarly, witty and wise by turns. He confessed that he was greatly touched by the reception extended to him, although admitting that in his political life he had often been touched before.
Mr. Downings explanation of the method by which the State Department of Instruction proposes to raise the standard of scholarship in the state Normal Schools and the reasons for this action was very interesting and instructive.
Hon Chas. F. Murphy referred briefly to his own experiences as a poor boy in the city and expressed the hope that his action in the legislature would meet the approval of the boys and girls from the north county who know him best.
Hon. E. A. Merritt, Jr. in a few vigorous sentences exposed to view some of the choicest bits of frozen truth it has been our pleasure to hear in many a day. While his remarks might not perhaps be considered complimentary to the methods employed at the Normal when he was a lad and possibly at a later time, they were perfectly clear and lucid. The speaker seemed to have clearly in mind what he wanted to say and to feel relieved when he had said it. His demand for ventilation in the old school building should meet with instant approval.
Miss Beaudry was in excellent voice and to our mind never sang more charmingly than on this occasion.
The following officers were unanimously elected; President Leonard J. Reynolds; Secretary and Treasurer Geo A. Taft; Chairman Executive Committee Thomas P. Gorman.
Among those present were the following: Mr. and Mrs. E. P. Baltz, Alice Baldwin, Josephine Besio, Clara E. Beaudry, Carrie A. Bissell and mother, Dr. C. H. Bonney, Mrs. Madge Bruner Boshart, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Carr, Robt. Clark, F. W. Clark, Stephanie Clark, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. H. Cobb, Madge Collins, Mary H. Coolidge, Gen. N. M. Curtis, Miss Curtis and guest, Florence R. Curtis, Mabel Cousins, Mr. and Mrs. H. G. Curran, Comr. A. S. Downing, Grace M. Dayton, Elizabeth M. Drake, Lorena Frost, Ella Fife, Thos. Gorman, Jas. M. Graves, Grace Goodale, S. E. Gunnison, Mr. and Mrs. L. C. Heptonstall, E. H. Hale, Elizabeth Hale, Agnes Hale, Ethelyn Harper, Ethel Hubbard, Dr. C. H. Leete, Mabel Maynard, R. A. McDonald, Alma L. McCrea, Gen E. A. Merritt, Hon. E. A. Merritt Jr., Hon Charles F. Murphy, Ruth Murphy, Kate L. Matteson, Mr. and Mrs. P. B. Mann, Dr. and Mrs. H. A. Newton, Mrs. I. L. Nightengale, . E. OBrien, Dr. and Mrs. W. C. Phillips, Dr. Stanley Pike, Florence Pike, May Porter, Mary L. Phelps, John Quigley, L. J. Reynolds, Lolo Saunders, Dr. T. B. Stowell, A. D. Stetson, Dr. E. J. Smith, W. P. Smith, G. P. Smith, Dr. F. T. Sawn, Edith Taft, Mr. and Mrs. G. A. Taft, Elizabeth M. Tansey, Sadie Tansey, Vera M. Tryon, Mr. and Mrs. H. I. Tryon, J. D. Thompson, L. W. Tuller, Mrs. Harriett Aiken Tupper, M. M. Wagner, S. H. Woodard, N. Belle Whitney, Kate Bascom White, Henry A. Watkins, Supt. J. E. Young.
Mr. William C. Davis, Normal, Harvard 04 is now teaching in Nutley, N.J.
Miss Helen Lindsay, who is teaching in the High School in Wilbur, Washington, writes that she is enjoying a delightful winter there. They have had no weather below zero and but little snow.
Miss Harriet Leiser, 02, is teaching in the High School at Newport, New York.
Mr. W. H. Holden, 01, is in Bozeman, Montana
Mr. Albert M. Haley, is in Newton Falls NY where he has taught since his graduation.
Miss Tina Rutherford, 01, of Hammond, visited the Normal recently.
Mr. Arthur H. Le Hand, a former Normal boy, now located in Mexico City, has recently embarked in the business of railway and mining supplies, under the firm name of A. H. De Hand & Co.
Miss Grace McGovern died at her home near West Stockholm, Thursday morning, Feb. 3. Miss McGovern was a Normal graduate, and had been for about two years teaching in the Austin neighborhood.
Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Scott (nee Miss Jessie L. Young, 00) are living at 108 Part Ave, Utica, NY. Mr. Scott is representing Kibbs Brothers Co., of Springfield, Mass., one of the largest manufacturers of confectionery in the country. His route is on the main line of the New York Central from Albany to Syracuse, and over to Oswego; also on the Mohawk & Malone from Utica to Malone.
Maurice L. Adams, formerly of Potsdam, who has been living in Aspen Colorado, with his mother, has now secured a position as teacher in Santa Barbara, Cal, and he and his mother have removed to that place. On account of his health Mr. Adams found it necessary to move from the cold and mountainous district in Colorado to a milder climate.
The New York Press has the following regarding Mrs. Nellie L. Ward, formerly Miss Nellie Dowsey of Potsdam: Mrs. Nellie L. Ward, a pupil of Leo Kofler, is undoubtedly the most sought for vocalist in that musical suburb of New York called Flushing. She has scored most flattering success on numerous occasions, and has been in demand at musical entertainments in the Methodist Episcopal and Reformed churches, also at receptions and memorable occasions and entertainments in Masonic Hall. Mrs. Ward has been studying steadily for two years with Mr. Leo Kofler and is a pronounced artist. She has a very large compass, a truly musical temperament, great expression and warmth of tone and gives evidence of very thorough training. A brilliant future is predicted for this vocalist.
Wm A. Torrance has formed with others a teachers agency known as The Chautauqua Teachers Agency with headquarters at Jamestown, N.Y. Mr. Torrance still retains his connection with the Grammar school and acts as treasurer of the agency.
Sudden Death of Henry Grant Humphry
The news of the death of Mr. Henry Grant Humphry, which occurred in Watertown Friday morning, Jan 20th, was a shock to the people of this community where he was so well and favorably known. He was at one time a student in the Potsdam Normal School and had many warm friends and admirers among the Alumni of this institution.
His recent marriage with Grace Sisson Safford, who has in recent years been closely linked with the social life of the young people of our village, gave to this community an additional interest in his career. That the happy united life of this young couple should have been so soon and sadly terminated is one of the inscrutable providences which we shall have to wait to understand. Deep and universal sympathy is felt for the widowed bride in her unspeakable sorrow.
He was universally esteemed and was deemed a bright, progressive business man with a good future ahead. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. A. F. Humphrey, of Copenhagen, and was born in that village in 1866. For many years he was general agent for the Stimpson Computing Scale Company of Detroit, and traveled all over the United States and Canada. For the past seven years he was associated with Harvey C. Smith in Watertown in the scale business. Two years ago the firm took charge of the real estate boom at Massena, for the Massena Real Estate Col, and last March he located in Watertown definitely.
He is survived by his parents, a brother, Dr. H. W. Humphrey of Adams, and two sisters, Mrs. F. L. Cubley of Potsdam, and Mrs. F. P. Smart of Santa Barbara, California.
Crane Normal Institute of Music
Miss Jessie Ackerman, 01, writes from Richmond, Va., where she is teaching in Virginia Union University. She sends an interesting program of a musical and literary entertainment, for which she prepared all the music. The entertainment was given to collect money to pay for new hymnals, and succeeded in its object. She says the chapel seats eight hundred; that she has organized three quartets and a chorus. She teaches five music classes, and two classes in penmanship each day, and gives piano lessons after school hours. Dr. McVicar was president of this school when taken with his last illness.
A note from Mrs. Maria Thomas Brown 00, brings her very pleasantly to memory. Her present home is in Rochelle Park, New Rochelle, NY.
Miss Leora Nims 97, who has been teaching music and drawing at Palmyra, NY., returns the coming term for post-graduate work. Miss Nims taught first in Bath, Maine, where she made for herself and the school a fine reputation. Miss Clara Foster 92, takes her place at Palmyra.
Miss Elizabeth Cameron, 01, now teaching at Asheville, N.C.spent her Christmas holidays with Miss Sara Cole, 01, at Atlanta, Georgia. Miss Cameron wrote to order music teacher manuals for her method class.
Miss Mary Fox, 02, has charge of the music in the public schools of Herkimer and is very happy in her work. She has just taken advantage of an opportunity to visit schools and recognize much inspiration and many good suggestions as the result of her visit.
Miss Beatrice MacGowan, 03, is having excellent success in her work at South Orange, New Jersey. She is enjoying the opportunity of studying musical compostition in New York, and has written several songs which are highly commended by eminent critics.
Mrs. Helen Bridge, 97, teacher of music in the Oneonta Normal School, has been granted a leave of absence of two weeks to visit schools in New York and Washington. We hope to hear a full report of her visit.
Deans Potsdam, Jan 2, 1905 To Dr. and Mrs. E. V. Deans, a daughter.
Moyer New York, Jan 11, 1905 To Prof. and Mrs. F. E. Moyer, (nee Abbie Howe) a son, Donald Howe.
Hankins Malone, Jan 16, 1905 To Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Hakins (nee Zira Lewis) a daughter,
Avery Philadelphia, N.Y, Jan 18, 1905 To Mr. and Mrs. Mark W. Avery (nee Eva Wellington) a daughter, Madge Wellington
Smith-Whitmarsh Jan 1905 Miss Jennie Whitmarsh of Canton, NY to Mr. John Smith of Amsterdam, NY
Roll of Honor:
The following subscriptions have been received since the last issue of the Magazine. We acknowledge the same with thanks, and credit the amount to the date following each name:
Three dollars from M. Ethelyn Harper, March 08
Two dollars and fifty cents from J. Frank Stanton, May 07
Two dollars from C. G. Drake, June 05; Chas. F. Murphy, Feb 07; Henry W. Scott, Dec 06
One dollar and fifty cents from May Stephenson Hendrickson, March 05; Ida B. Clark, Feb 06; M. J. Hazelton, March 06; H. May Dayton, Feb 06; Adelaide Sweet, July 06
One dollar from Frank L. Austin, June 06; Alice M. Reynolds, July 06; D. J. Crowley, Jan 04; Frances P. Hedges, Jan 06; Carrie Hayes Boynton, June 06; Flora Hackett, Feb 05; Grace Seabury, June 06; Edith Farrington Kingston, June 05; Harriet E. Leiser, July 05; Mary Connelly Gilmore, Feb 03.
Fifty cents from Willard Bartlett, July 05; Lena Rogers; Eleanor Havens Whitford, July 05; Alice Collister, July 05; Mrs. Ann Roberts, Oct 06; Elmira Grew, Nov 05; Ida O. Slater, July 05; Harriet Isham, Dec 05; Minnie G. Church, June 05; H. T. Daghistan, Feb 06; Mrs. John Holland, Jan 05; Helen Lindsay, Oct 04; Ella Harrigan, June 05; Pearl Tiffany, Feb 06.
Department of Instrumental Music:
The many friends of Mr. Arthur Haskins will be glad to learn that he has fully recovered his health and has resumed his work in our school.
Mr. H. Ward Pearson, who has had a very successful three years and a half experience in teaching, has returned to complete his course, after which he expects to continue his studies either in Boston or in Europe.
Miss Grace Waters, 04, is teaching in Carthage and Lowville. We wish her much success.
We are pleased to again welcome Miss Livonia Giles, who returns to continue her studies in the department.
Our society loses one member by graduation this term, Mr. Horace Ruggles. On account of his rare musical talent and his loyal support of society he has been a valued member and will be greatly missed.
The officers for the ensuing quarter are: President C. S. Kukette; Secretaries, H. C. Lockwood and L. H. Coit; Chairman of Gen. Com. Robert McCormick.
We are glad to welcome back for next term Messrs. K. D. Bryson, J. M. Alexander and F. D. Scruton, who have returned to continue their courses after a years absence.
We wish to congratulate the Rogers and Alphas for the success at the Grand Public debate, yet at the same time feel that we may justly feel proud of the work done by the representatives of the Calliopean and Francis Baconian Societies.
Mr. Everett Bacon, who was with us last term for a time, has since Congress convened, been engaged as one of the clerks in the House of Representatives at Washington.
The officers for the first quarter of the new term are as follows: President: E. A. Anderson; Critic: L. M. Cleland; Gen. Com. J. C. Crowley, H. F. Davis, C. M. Sullivan; Treas. Maurice May.
A large number of meetings have been held this quarter and much benefit derived from the work done under the leadership of our president, A. F. Crane.
The newly elected officers of the Calliopean society are: President, Miss Brainard; Vice President, Miss Curtis; Cor. Sec. Miss Stowell; Rec. Sec. Miss Stewart.
Four Calliopean members of the A class are located for the remainder of the year: Miss Clark at Tuxedo Park, Miss Paubst at Lisbon, Miss Thayer at Gouverneur, and Miss Jones at Canton. We congratulate the schools that have secured the services of these loyal Calliopeans.
Miss Drury has recently been initiated into the mysteries of the society.
The Roger-Calliopean Union held in Roger Hall drew a large and enthusiastic audience. As usual, the interest centered in the debate on the question: Resolved, that the open shop is for the best interest of the country. The affirmative side was upheld by Mr. Smith and Miss Daily; the negative by Mr. Cleland and Miss Reynolds. The decision was in favor of the negative.
We are glad to learn that Miss Veitch is improving in health and will soon be in school again.
Miss Ena Allen, who was obliged to miss last terms work on account of illness, enters with the new term.
The Franks and Calliopeans had an enjoyable spread in society hall after the Grand Public debate. Among the alumni present were Miss Hobbs and Mr. Hill. These with other members of the two societies responded to a fine list of toasts, Mr. Coit, the Frank president, being toast master. Everyone went away feeling they had each secured a large share of the fun which is served on all such occasions.
The newly elected officers for the first quarter of the spring term are: Miss Hart, president; Miss OMalley, vice president; Miss Gebhardt Rec. Sec.; Miss Hazel Curtis, Cor. Sec.
We are sorry to lose several of our prominent members who are members of the present graduating class. Among them are Misses Day, Bushaw, Kimball, Cooke, Freeman and Lawrence. Misses Day, Lawrence, and Cooke have already gone to take positions.
The Alpha-Calliopean Union of this term was very successful. The farce Maidens all forlorn was especially taking.
Our union with the Franks of Jan 21 was most enjoyable. The debate was on the question of municipal lighting for Potsdam. Mr. Coit and Miss Briggs upheld the affirmative and Miss Marks and Mr. Crary the negative. The debate was well contested but won on the negative. The program closed with a laughable Trial in a country Justice Court. The costumes were very unique and characteristic.