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Excerpts from “Normal Magazine”, January 1916

Vol. XXII, No. 4

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

Corresponding Editor --  Dr. F. T. Swan, ‘93

Alumni News Editor – Miss Jennie Johnson 



Class Letters:


Class of 1873

36 Spring Street, Norwood NY, Nov 9, 1915

My dear Mr. Swan:

Your appeal to the class of ’73 with questions to be answered reached me in my home in Norwood, where I have lived for over forty years, and I think as happily as the majority of people.  I have my husband, one daughter and one granddaughter, who help greatly to make life happy.  My work is the usual kind of any housewife.  I have been a subscriber to the Normal Magazine from the first, and look forward to its arrival every month and enjoy it greatly; although I am such a “way back”, there are few familiar names.  Our class of eight members remained unbroken until this summer, when our hearts were greatly saddened by the going away of one of our best loved members, Charlie Townsend, whose memory and influence will never be forgotten.  There is sadness as well as gladness in the thought of the old Normal being torn down, as this means an advance and improvement, and of course, that is what the Normalites are all striving for.  With a greeting and best wishes to my (shall I say old) classmates and all others of our dear Alma Mater,

Sincerely yours,

Annie Weston Ashley

Class of 73


Class of 1875

2325 Piedmont Ave, Berkeley, Cal., Dec 13, 1915

Dear Class of 1875:

I have for so many years lived at this western edge of the world that I am entirely out of touch with the members of our class.  It will be a pleasure for me to hear of the welfare and whereabouts of those still living. 

I have for many years been a widow and for the past nine have resided in Berkeley, Cal,, where, at my home at 2325 Piedmont Avenue, I should be glad to welcome members of the class of 1875.  I suppose the idea of these letters is for each to tell something of herself.

After our graduation, Dr. McVicar sent me to teach in a newly established Normal school at Leavenworth, Kansas.  The Legislature closed the school at the end of the year and I then went to Cedar Falls, Iowa, where the State Normal School was to be opened, and was the only woman teacher there for two years, when I was offered a position in the State Normal School at San Jose, Cal., where I went in the fall of 1878 and where I taught three years until my marriage.

I have never lost my teacher’s enthusiasm, as I am sure my children and grandchildren will testify.  Since I have visited many lands, I sometimes think it would be delightful to be a teacher of Geography. 

I have traveled much, have seen our own continent from Alaska to Florida, and from Quebec to Lower California.  After our severe earthquake in 1906, with my son and daughter I spent a year in foreign travel , first visiting Europe and then circling the globe, making a delightful tour of Oriental countries, returning across the Pacific. 

In 1910-11 I spent another year in Europe traveling and studying.  Of all the countries visited I have perhaps felt the deepest human interest in the people and the problems of India, but I have found Italy most delightful in its art and history of art.

I have been twice in Potsdam since our graduation—once in 1889 and again with my daughter in 1904.  Since then I have heard nothing of the changes that have taken place. 

With kindest remembrances to all who remember me, I beg to subscribe myself,

Frances Webster Fish (Mrs. Lafayette I. Fish)


2102 Second Avenue So., Minneapolis, Minn., Dec 16, 1915

Dear Sir:

Your card is at hand asking if I will not send greetings to my classmates of ’75.  That I shall be glad to do, and more, I want to send greetings also to all the classes that have been since I was a girl in school in Potsdam.  I recall the day when I graduated and the loads of flowers we received as tributes of devotion from our friends.  One of the most beautiful among all my gifts was the great armful of roses which your father sent me because my father was employed by him.

I was in Potsdam last year for half a day, but it was Sunday, so all I could see were the buildings and grounds.  When I come again probably I shall not recognize the buildings even, as I understand many changes are to be made.  Others live in my old home – others occupy my old place.  I wish them well, all of them.  We are fairly glad to know we once had a place there.  For myself you may say that I am still living in the home I have had here for nearly thirty years.  Two of my girls are married.   One is Dr. Canfield’s wife at Willmar, Minn., and has twin boys so alike you can not tell them apart and the other is Mrs. Philip Rust of New York City.  The third will locate soon, I do not know where.  You can cut out all of this which you do not care to use for your Magazine.  Ever and always I shall be glad to see and hear of any, and from any, whose lives have one chapter of “Potsdam Normal”, for it is sure to have been a pleasant and helpful chapter.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all, including the editor.

Mrs. J. G. Palmer (Harriet E. Hamblin)

2102 2d Ave So., Minneapolis, Minn.

N.W. Phone South 639S


To the class of ’75:

“Nothing should be done hastily but the killing of fleas,” wrote one of my classmates, Mahlon Wagnor, in my autograph album.  If I send Christmas greetings for the next Normal Magazine, as requested, I shall need to disobey that proverb.  I hope you may understand there is still a warm place in my heart for all of the Class of ’75.  ‘It’s a long way’ – back over the forty years to that one of ’75, yet I still remember you with interest, and am often reminded of many pleasant, sometimes unpleasant, happenings.

Only about six of the class I have ever met.  Miss Francis Farmer and I found each other on a street car in this city, little over a year ago, and since then have privileged to talk over not only our class, but many Potsdam Normalites, and may I add, it was always to the credit of each, and above all, credit to our Alma Mater – The Potsdam Normal School.

May this Christmas season bring to you the real Christmas spirit, and may the coming year have in store for you all, some of its richest and choicest blessings is the sincere wish of your former classmate.

Nettie Dayton Dawley (Mrs. W. W. Dawley, Class of ’75)

512 Walnut Ave, Syracuse, N.Y.

December 11, 1915


Correspondence –

Sunny Crest, Highland Park, Los Angeles, Cal., Jan 4, 1915 (sic)

Dear Potsdam Normalites:

It would seem unfortunate if no chronicle of the doings of the California branch of the Alumni during the eventful year of 1915 should appear in the columns of our magazine, so here is a little resume.

You had a full account of the banquet held Jan 15, at which Mrs. Warren Mann was the guest of honor.  Throughout the year it has been alluded to as the best yet, and Mrs. Mann’s address as too good to have missed.  Before she started eastward there was another large and happy gathering at the beautiful new home of Mr. and Mrs. B. W. Reed on Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood.  July 9th we met in Westlake park for our annual picnic.  Mr. and Mrs. Roy Stowell, Miss Sue Bidwell, Mr. and Mrs. (Sisson) Safford, and Miss Helen were some of the visitors present.  August 7th a large company gathered for luncheon at Christopher’s in honor of the Misses Kellas.  As the writer was in San Francisco at the time, she can not give her personal experience but was told the Normal spirits ran even higher than the mercury which was seeing what it could do about that time.  When she asked if the president of the Aristocratic Emma Willard School and the preceptress of our Alma Mater laid aside their dignity, the reply was, “Not quite—but they looked as if they wanted to”.  Other visiting alumni were: Dr. Frank Ballou and Mrs. Ballou, and Mr. and Mrs. Roy Stowell.  Mrs. J. W. Miller and daughter, Marjorie, of Spokane, were also present.  Mrs. Miller was visiting her sisters, Mrs. Stowell and Mrs. Kellogg.  Miss Marjorie is attending the University of Southern California and is living with the Stowells.

Later in the year, informal afternoons were enjoyed at Dr. Stowell’s with the worthy editor of this magazine, his wife and daughter as the center of attraction, and at Mrs. Laverty’s when the Kieffer’s were visiting her.

The more formal affair that was planned for August in the Northern district was abandoned as so few responded, but a happy evening was spent with Mrs. Lura Jones Kieffer at the Uplands, Berkeley, when Dr. and Mrs. Stowell, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Stowell, Rev. Mr. and Mrs. Story and Miss Ethel, and the Reed family who were her house guest, were present.  Other “Normal” guests of the Kieffers during the summer were Miss Julie Walling, Miss Sue Bidwell, and the Laverty family.

We Californians have often told you that the latchstring was out and this year we were rewarded by having it pulled, and though some of you only reached some of us over the telephone wire, we were thankful for that connection, but the fireside visit in our own home with the Cubley’s and the happy evening with Louise Walling Brown and her husband, when we found that twenty-two years separation had not lessened our friendship, will always be among brightest memories of the many unusual meetings of 1915.

Just the next day after several of us had been together in our home, Mrs. Stowell, phoned me that they had found the bungalow for which they were looking and had purchased it.  They were moved before Christmas to 2702 Hobart Boulevard.  I haven’t been out there yet, but when I tell you that they are going to entertain the University Faculty and their wives next Friday evening, about one hundred in all, you will judge that their rooms are spacious and their hearts as large as ever.

Our banquet arrangements for this winter are not completed but we have seen each other often enough this year, so we ought to need no introductions when we do meet.  We shall miss the bright smile and cheery greetings of Mary Woodworth, but the lesson of her patient, silent enduring of physical suffering will not be forgotten.

If some read this and say, “Why, we were in California! We’ll have to ask you to write an account of your trip for you forgot to pull our latchstring.  We wish more of you had come, but there are some attractions left and we’ll hope to see you yet.

Most sincerely,

Fannie Burnap Laverty


Normal Magazine Notes:

Miss Eva Bennett of New York City was the guest of Miss Edith Austin during the holidays.

Miss Ruth Salls of WeehawkenN.J. spent the holidays with Mr. and Mrs. H. T. McGary.

Miss Margaret Howe of Flushing, Long Island, has been the guest of her sister, Mrs. W. H. Hand of Potsdam.

Miss Marguerite Gurley of Ithaca was a guest of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. William E. Gurley in Bay Street for the holidays.

Miss Helen Dewey is teaching in Mannsville, N.Y.

Miss Marjorie Hawley is very pleasantly located in Schenectady, and Miss Louise Hall in Cedarhurst, Long Island.

Mr. Roy J. Waite, who is teaching at a military school at Poughkeepsie, spent the holidays at his home in Potsdam

Miss Gladys Hawkins, a new member of the music faculty of the Kansas State Normal, appeared in a joint recital with George Keenan, violinist, in Albert Taylor Hall Tuesday evening, October 19.  Miss Hawkin’s playing is virile and convincing and awakens in the listener the feeling which Miss Hawkin’s possesses in so marked a degree, that of aliveness.  We have seldom heard a young player who makes so direct an appeal or who’s work bears such an individual impress; though Miss Hawkin’s played before a school audience composed largely of farmer boys and girls, she never once descended to the pianists trick of playing clap-trap bric-a-brac sort of pieces to carry her audience.  She held to her high ideals and played the best in pianoforte literature, for Miss Hawkins’ slogan is “Never Stoop to your Audience.” – Music News, Chicago.

Congressman Bertrand H. Snell left Monday, Jan 3d, for Washington, Where he will go to represent the Thirty-first district with the opening of Congress next Monday.  Mr. Snell will have apartments at the Shoreham.  He will occupy room 350 in the office building for the House of Representatives.  Eight of his former classmates at Amherst College, residing at different places throughout the country, have signified their intention of seeing him sworn into office.  Mr. Snell is the first member of his class, 1894, to go to Congress.

Miss Anner Everett, who has been supervising music in the Johnstown, N.Y. schools, has been confined to her home during the vacation because of illness.  Miss Everett will take a month’s leave of absence in order to recuperate.

Stanley H. Sisson left last week for New York City where he will meet the Cornell Glee Club, which gives its first concert at the Waldorf Astoria.  The club will then make a long trip, taking in Pittsburg, Wheeling, Cleveland, St. Louis, and many of the western cities.

Miss Ruth Sisson has recently been elected to the Rossini Club of Portland, where she is teaching piano and harmony.  The club is one of the most active in the country and has had an energetic life since its beginning in 1831.  Many of the noted harpist, violinists, pianists, etc, in Portland and thereabouts are members, and fine programs are given each week by the members.  Miss Sisson was required to play before an examination committee of twelve members.

Miss Clifford Burroughs of the Amsterdam City Hospital, for exceptional class and ward work, was awarded an extra three day’s Thanksgiving vacation, which she spent at the home of her sister in Suffern, N.Y.

Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Maynard of Gale, N.Y. announce the engagement of their daughter, Emma Louise, to the Rev. James S. Carney of St. John’s Waterbury, Conn. 

The engagement of Miss Merle Amelia Howk of Watertown and Harold Crary Jebo of Potsdam, has been announced.  Mr. Jebo is supervisor of music in the schools of Gardiner Maine.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles I. Olmstead announce the engagement of their daughter, Ruth M. to Proctor Pratt of Massena.  Mr. Pratt is a former student of Clarkson college, now connected with his father, W. L. Pratt, in the lumber and contracting business at Massena.  Miss Olmstead was a member of the Class of 1915 at the Crane Institute.

Those of our graduates who visited the Normal recently are: Misses Estella Seymour, Lena O’Driscoll, Albena Bonno, Grace Roach, Emilie Doud, Margaret Lynch, Bernice Bartholomew, Gertrude McCormick of Rome, Carrie Russell of Schenectady, Muriel Heaton of Mannsville, Edith Wright of Millerton, Mr. Walter Manning and Mr. Cornelius Murray of Columbia University, Mr. Levi Royce who is teaching near New York, and Mr. John Connelly of Rome, N.Y.

Among those of our graduates who spent the Christmas vacation at their homes in or near Potsdam, we notice the following: Miss Dorothy Putman, Plainfield, N.J.; Miss Lorena Reynolds, Wellesley College; Miss Ethyl Byrns, Vermont; Miss Helen Wheeler, Syracuse University; Miss Carrie Wheeler, Columbia University; Mrs. Mabel Martin and Anna Condon, Edwards, NY; Mr. Arthur Wilbur of Columbia University; Mr. Theodore Barnett of the University of Michigan.

Anna B. Phillips changes her address to Huguenot Park, Staten Island.

Agnes McHugh Keefe sends her usual renewal from Albany, Oregon.

Pauline H. Forrester sends her renewal from Chippewa Bay, NY and adds “I am teaching the first, second and third grades at Evan’s Mills and enjoy my work very much”.

Anna M. O’Grady renews her subscription from 108 Morris Street, Ogdensburg, NY

Belle Miller writes from New Woodstock, NY: “I am sure no Christmas present will give me more pleasure than did the arrival of the Normal Magazine yesterday.  Enclosed you will find one dollar for a year’s subscription”.

A renewal subscription has been received from Priscilla E. Chambers of Hawthorne, N.Y.

Mrs. Anna Washburn sends a new subscription from Columbus, Kansas.

Irene Dowling is teaching in Fine, NY.  She renews her subscription by payment in advance.

Gladys A. Page is teaching her third year at Good Ground, having the third and fourth grades.  She says: “I look forward eagerly to receiving each month’s copy”. 

Violet F. Lehman sends “Best wishes for a bright and prosperous New Year,” and also her renewal check from Mamaroneck, N.Y.

F. H. Tichenor asked to have her address changed to 1021 East Ocean Ave., Long Beach, Cal., and also for a statement of account.  We congratulate good friend Tichenor that he can spend his time rusticating in such a beautiful city and yet have enough left with which to square up his eastern accounts.

Grace Morgan Smith sends the following cheer from 43 Spencer St., Winsted, Conn.: “Dear friends, enclosed find my check for the coming year’s magazines.  Send New Year’s greeting to one and all.  Have looked for letters from the class of 1904.  Best wishes for the success of the Magazine.”

Grace M. Utley sends her renewal from Lynbrook, NY.

Albert M. Shaw is still holding down his job and making his home at 2252 Terrace Heights Ave, Los Angeles, Cal.


Alumni Weddings:


The marriage of Miss Cissie Lillian Stallwood to Theodore Richard Roth was recently solemnized, the ceremony being performed by the Rev. Jabez Stallwood, assisted by Bishop Burt of Buffalo, in the parsonage of the First Methodist Church at Oswego.  The bridge was gowned in white chiffon taffeta, trimmed with cluny lace.

The ceremony was attended by the immediate relatives of the bride and groom, together with many friends from Oswego and from out of town.  Following the ceremony, the bridge and groom left on an extended wedding tour, after which they will be at home at Franklin Mass.  The bride and groom are both graduates of Syracuse University and the wedding is a culmination of a romance started during college days.

Miss Stallwood is well known in Potsdam, where she was a resident during her father’s pastorate in the local Methodist Church.



Wm May, Jr., of Knight’s Valley, and Miss Irene Safley, of Calistoga, Cal., were married last month.  Mr. May holds a responsible store position.



John Maynard, formerly of this place, and Miss Ethel Hodge, of Watertown, were married at the home of the bride on Wednesday, Nov 24, 1915.  They will reside at 805 Jay Street, Watertown

Mr. Maynard is a graduate of Clarkson Tech and is engaged in State engineering work. Miss Hodge is a former resident of Potsdam and a graduate of the Normal.  Both young people are well and favorably known in Potsdam



Announcements have been received here of the marriage of Miss Alfaretta McCall, of Milwaukee, Wis., to Dr. Harold Lockwood of this place.  The marriage was solemnized in Milwaukee Dec 22.  Dr. and Mrs. Lockwood are now on a wedding trip, after which they will make their home here, where Dr. Lockwood has recently opened dental offices.  Mrs. Lockwood is a graduate of the Crane Institute.



Miss Blanche B. Barnett, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. C. A. Barnett of this village, was united in marriage to Carl A. Vogt, of Jersey Shore, N.J., at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Ogdensburg, Tuesday, Dec. 28, by Father Brown.  Miss Ethel Byrns and Theodore Barnett, brother of the bride, attended them.  A wedding breakfast was served at the bride’s home on Market street upon their return to Potsdam Tuesday, and they left in the afternoon on a wedding trip to New York, Atlantic City, and Philadelphia

Miss Barnett was born and brought up in Potsdam and graduated at the Normal in 1911.  For the past four years she has taught in Rome, where she met Mr. Vogt, who is a civil engineer, graduate of Lehigh University and an employee of the New York Central lines. 

Mr. and Mrs. Vogt will make their home at Jersey Shore, N.J.



Miss Mildred Lyman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred H. Lyman, of Whippleville, and Ernest R. Rogers, of this place, were married at the home of the bride’s parents in the former village Tuesday evening.  A large number of friends and relatives were present at the ceremony. 

The bride is a graduate of Franklin Academy and the Potsdam Normal School, and is popular with a multitude of friends among the younger people of Malone and vicinity.  Following her graduation from the Potsdam Normal she was engaged as a teacher in the Malone grades, having charge of the primary department in the Raymond Street School

Mr. Rogers is a former resident of Bathurst, N.B., and has recently been connected with the Racquette River Paper Company.  The couple will make their home here in Potsdam.


Alumni Births:

Dr. and Mrs. Del B. Salmon of Schenectady are rejoicing over the birth of a daughter, born December 29, 1915.

A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Chapin Collins, Potsdam, N.Y., Jan 2, 1916Mrs. Collins was Miss Bernice Dupree.

A daughter, Elizabeth Brownell, was born to Mr. and Mrs. George Wellings, Tuesday, November 30, 1915.


Alumni Deaths:

Dr. Charles C. Hotis

Dr. Charles C. Hotis, 42, fainted and dropped unconscious during a dance at a leap-year party at the Carthage Club at 11:45 o’clock Tuesday night, Jan 4, and died a half-hour later without regaining consciousness.  Dr. Hotis was taken from the ballroom floor and attended by Dr. H. E. Phelps, Dr. C. F. Adams, and Dr. D. W. Belmat, who said that death was due to heart disease.  Dr. Hotis was a graduate of the Potsdam Normal school and the Buffalo Dental College.  He was president of the Jefferson Co. Dental Society and the Carthage Club, and was prominent in business and social life of the village.  He was born in Redwood and went to Carthage twelve years ago.


Dr. Wm W. Dawley

Dr. William W. Dawley, pastor emeritus of the First Baptist Church in Syracuse, and well known in Potsdam, died in his home here Tuesday.  He married Miss Nettie Dayton of this place by whom he is survived, together with two daughters and two sons.

Dr. Dawley was a scholarly man, a beloved pastor, an eloquent lecturer and an author of some note.

(Ed. Note) – The editors of the Magazine sympathize with Mrs. Dawley whose class letter, received to late for publication last month, appears this.


Ida May Horr

The funeral of Miss Ida May Horr, who died suddenly at her home, No. 112 Park Street, Watertown, was held Jan 7, at the Stone Street Presbyterian Church.  Miss Horr was taken ill after she arose and death followed within a few minutes.  She had taught in Watertown twenty-five years, and at the time of her death was in charge of the fourth grade at the Cooper Street School.


Louise Stewart Horr

The death of Louise Stewart Horr, wife of Dr. Arthur G. Ward, professor of modern languages in the Albany Normal College, occurred at her home in Albany, Monday, December 20.

Louise Horr, was born in St. Joseph, Mo., Oct 12, 1873, the daughter of Charles and the late Jennie Horr of Carthage.  She went to Carthage with her parents when very young and received her education in the Carthage schools, coming them to Potsdam and graduating from the Normal here in 1893.  She then taught for several years in Clayton and Carthage when she married Dr. Ward, who survives her, together with two children and her father.  She was a woman of great personal charm, a warm and devoted friend.


Ada MacVicar Carman

On Nov. 8th, at her summer home in Fennville, Michigan, occurred the death of Ada MacVicar, wife of George N. Carman of Chicago, Ill.  Mrs. Carman will be remembered as the daughter of the late Dr. Malcolm MacVicar, first principal of the Normal.


Honor Roll for December

$.50 – Hazel M. Taylor, July ’15; Letty M. Tiffany, April ’16.

$1.00 – Mrs. Mary C. Hand, May ’16; Vinnie A. Bancroft, June ’16; Laura Hill, Helen Cowie, Albena Bonno, Mrs. C. M. Eggleston, Katherine V. Bowen, Anna H. Knauz, A. M. Shaw, Charlotte E. Haas, Gladys Page, July ’16; Jessie L. Packard, Sept ’16; Hazel C. Ladd, John Hemenway, Mabel Hall, Mabel L. Waggoner, Mrs. Ida H. Richardson, Oct ’16; Etta M. Ballou, Florence M. Wheater, Irene M. Harvey, Priscilla E. Chambers, Irene Dowling, Nov ’16; Mrs. Louise W. Brown, Dec ’16; Mrs. Belle R. Paulson, Feb ’17; Myrtle G. Bend, May, ’17;

$2.00 – K. J. Snell, June ’16; Ruth M. Elsey, July ’16; Mrs. Gertrude S. Peck, Feb ‘17


Honor Roll for January

$1.00 – C. E. Brush, Mrs. S. P. Brown, Feb ’16; W. N. Clark, May ’16; Mrs. Amy Norton Wilson, ‘June 16; Mabel J. Cousins, Pauline H. Forrester, Anna M. O’Grady, Belle L. Miller, Violet F. Lehman, Grace M. Utley, Bertha J. Brown, July ’16; Mrs. Henry J. Zeus, Elizabeth Briggs, Oct ’16; Grace B. Smith, Nov ’16; Grace Morgan Smith, Belle Beeman, Dec ’16; Mrs. Agnes McHugh Keefe, Lucille Kissell, Lottie Campbell, Florence Agnew, Jan ’17; Mrs. Gertrude Bridge Barbour, Feb ‘17

$2.00 – F. E. Baum, Dec ’16; Mrs. Cora L. Bochoven, June ’17; Mrs. C. E. Bowman, Mrs. Lola S. Babcock, July ’17; Carrie A. Bissell, Oct ’17; Mary A. Waldo, Feb ‘18

$5.00 – Frank E. Burnap, Nov ‘20


Crane Normal Institute of Music

Miss Genieve Taylor, now teaching at the State Normal School at Dillon, Mont. writes most interestingly of her work.  She finds the plans different than in Minnesota, for while there, she had students for a twelve weeks course who were supposed to have been prepared for the music before entering the Normal.  In Montana she has a longer course and is expected to give them their musical training as well as methods.  She has a good orchestra and glee club in the Normal and two small orchestras in the public schools.  She writes that the mountains are lovely and that she is enjoying driving a Ford all over the country.  She mentions a Miss Dorchester who is teaching there, who I imagine, is a former graduate of the Normal, Miss Dillie Dorchester.


At the Primary section of the Wisconsin State Teachers Association, Miss Helen Foxgrover gave a demonstration of some of the work which she is doing in the Milwaukee Normal SchoolMiss Potter, who was formerly Inspector of Primary Grades in the State, wrote a very appreciative letter regarding these exercises.  The Milwaukee Normal School has started a class for supervisors of music and sends out an interesting circular.  Miss Foxgrover writes of their fine equipment in the way of pianos and orchestral instruments.


Miss Adelaide Linnell writes from Lincoln, Maine, where she is very happy in her work as supervisor in the schools there.  The Grammar School, which has an organized league, has purchased an Edison machine and she is trying to solve the problem as to just how she can select the records to use to the best advantage.  Here, as in many places over the entire country, there is need of educating the taste of the people as well as that of the children, and she writes that she little thought, when we were discussing the question in methods class, that she would so soon have such a problem to decide for herself.  The children are responsive and interesting to work with and such questions are sure to be solved satisfactorily in time.


Miss Anner Everett has been home for a few weeks, needing rest from her work.  In a letter from the Superintendent of Schools in Johnstown, in answer to the questions as to whether she should send a substitute, Mr. Ackley speaks highly of her work, and while he regrets her absence, says that if it had to be, this is a convenient time as they are having Regents examinations.  He says that she has started many good things which he will be interested to see work out.  Miss Everett expects to be back at her work by the first of February.


Miss Blanche Donovan, who is now in her second year’s teaching at Millinocket, Maine, speaks of her great interest in receiving the Normal magazine, and that every time it comes, she promises herself to write to her friends in Potsdam, but this is the first letter that has reached the Institute.  Miss Donovan’s people have moved to Bradford, Mass., only an hour’s ride from Boston, which she feels will be a very advantageous move in every way.  She reports that the town in which she is working is a milling town, and a very busy one, so she has a great variety of children to deal with in the schools.  The census shows an attendance of 1500 children, so she is able to teach in all of the schools each day but not to see every grade.  She goes two days a week to the High School.  A very unusual condition which she finds is that the girls have very sweet voices and the boys are hardly able to sing a tone.  This is so unusual as to be a remarkable condition.  She says she thinks it is sort of an epidemic and it certainly seems something that is not at all necessary.  She says, ”This town affords very little high class talent for the benefit of these growing children and since the best cannot be secured in any other ways, I secured an Edison Diamond Disc Machine for the High School.  The other grades in the building will share its many treats and the machine will be paid for by entertainments given by the pupils.”  She is starting a lecture and story course in connection with the recitals given through the records, telling something of the lives and works of the musicians, and the students are most enthusiastic.  When she returned in September she found her salary had been raised, and as she plays the organ and directs the choir in one of the churches, her salary is increased to a very desirable figure.


This is the second year’s work in Southampton, NY for Miss Mary Flansburg.  In a letter just received, she speaks of the difficulties they have had in their 7th and 8th grades with children who have entered from other schools without music.  They find that it has been best to excuse those who were not musical enough to make up the work.  This is a problem that confronts teachers all over the country, and unless there is some opportunity for grading in the classes, Miss Flansburg’s plan certainly seems the only one that can be adopted.  It certainly is not fair to the children who are able to do advanced work, to hold them back for the few who can gain little or nothing for themselves, while they can almost destroy the work for the others.  Miss Flansburg has just given a cantata entitled “The Brownie’s Band” in which the children of the first six grades were used.     There were several solos sung by the children, one by a boy in the fifth grade who had, at first, seemed quite deficient, but who has proven to possess a charming voice.  A patriotic entertainment is now in the process of preparation.  Miss Flansburg has been able to continue her voice lessons with Prof. Hughes, who formerly taught in Utica.


Spelman Seminary at Atlanta, Ga., has employed several of our graduates, -- Miss Estelle Wood, Miss Minerva Hayt, and now Miss Eleanor Stevenson is there.  Some Normal graduates have been in the same school, amongst whom is Miss Brill who is still working there.  Last summer Miss Stevenson was invited to go to Maine, but eventually decided to stay at Spelman where she is doing excellent work.  There are many interesting things in connection with the work at this school, and all who have been there have seemed to enjoy it.  Miss Stevenson sings a good deal, and all who knew here, will remember her pleasing voice and know how much it must mean to those who listen to her.


The connection between the Crane Normal Institute of Music and Southern California seems to be a close one.  For several years there have been many Los Angeles High School students here, and for still longer, many of our graduates teaching in that city.  Just a present, Miss Beryl Jeter, Miss Helen Shepardson, Miss Mary Haynes and Mrs. Olga Harrangue Sutherland complete the list, but we sometimes had several others.  Miss Maud Degan’s marriage did not take her entirely out of the work but at present she is traveling with her husband and her work is being divided amongst Miss Blythe, Miss Haynes, and Miss Mason who teach at the same school.


Miss Jeter’s work is at the Boyle Heights Intermediate School.  She says they have some very fine changed voices in the higher grades so that they have been able to do a little four-part work.  They gave, as a Christmas program, a scene in a Saxon Castle on Christmas Day.  All the music was old carols.  Lines were written to connect the songs a make a play consisting of both solos and choruses.  The German and Spanish departments each put on a scene, using the national costumes, and the whole program was given twice, once for the schools on each side of that section of the city.  Work is now being done on “The Walrus and the Carpenter”, which will be given by the Boy’s Glee Club in February.  She is planning a Mother Goose play for commencement but as yet has not worked it out definitely.  A very interesting plan is being tried out to give all the children of the school an opportunity to hear the Victrola concerts.  All children who have no recitation at a given period are invited to the music room, and a different period is chosen each time.  This makes an attendance on one hundred or more at a time.  At one program, the story of “Peer Gynt” was told and Suite I played.  Miss Jeter writes that she, Olga and Helen are together often.


Calliopean Society Notes

The regular meeting of the Calliopean society was called on Saturday evening, January 8, by our newly elected President, Miss Margaret Wells.  The other officers selected by the society were the following:  Vice President, Ethel Hewlett; Treasurer, Irene McLaughlin; Corresponding Secretary, Blanche Loucks; Recording Secretary, Vera Dexter; Chaplain, Bessie Berry; Chorister, Margaret Mercer; Librarian, Ruth McCollum.  After the discussion of business a fine time was had by all.