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Excerpts from “Normal Magazine”, March 1905

Vol. IX, No. 6

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 M. 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; Julie E. Crane, ’74; Julia T. Walling, ’91; C. H. Simpson, ‘93

Local Association Secretaries: San Francisco – Edith Barnum O’Brien, 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.


Alumni Banquet at Ann Arbor:

When we knew the New York Alumni were to feast together on the seventeenth of February, some of the bright ones among us conceived the happy thought of having a banquet of our own at the same time.  We found that Ann Arbor contained thirteen actual Potsdam Alumni, four who has been students at the Normal and four former residents of Potsdam.  Surely that was enough for a banquet, so after several conferences, the plans were made which were successfully carried out.  The Streibert home at 327 South Fourth Avenue, was thrown open for the occasion and at half past six of the eventful day the guests gathered.

After a pleasant hour spent in greetings and introductions, all were seated at two inviting looking tables.  As we were our own caterers, we did not try to compete with “them big hotels where they charge plates and let you live on smells”, but we made up in quality and quantity what we lacked in French names and variety of viands, and the Streibert meat and escalloped potatoes, the Proctor jellies, doughnuts and coffee, the Bond salad, the Klock-Higley cake and the cream, olives, nuts and other dainties contributed by the young men were above criticism and fully appreciated.

The place cards painted by Mrs. Dayton and lettered by Miss Proctor were things of beauty, and a joy to each possessor.  Mrs. Chatterton’s tiny girl and Mrs. Klock’s baby added a touch of home-i-ness to the scene which big banquets lack and which we all enjoyed.  After justice had been done to the menu and the infants had fallen asleep, Mr. Adam Walker, ’00, began his duties of toastmaster, an office which he most completely and delightfully filled.  He announced that our fraternal greetings had been sent by telegraph to the banqueters in New York and then began our feast of reason and flow of soul.  The first victim was Mrs. Woodard, who responded to a toast on “The Sandstone Village”.  Her remarks, like all that followed, were witty and well worthy a full report but as your space may be more limited than was our genius and brilliancy the following list of toasts will have to suffice:

“The Normal Faculty” – Myrtle Bond, ‘99

“The Alphas” – John Green, ‘03

“The Normal Offices” – Ethel Streibert, ‘03

“Normal Diversions” – D. E. Darrah, -04

“The Franks” – Carrie Proctor, ‘98

“The Medic” – Guy A Klock, ‘99

“How I used my Method” – W. L. Wallace, ‘03

“How I missed being a Normalite” – Howard Walker

“The Pupil Teacher” – Murial Streibert, ‘03

“The University” – Prof. G. O. Higley

“The Good old days of the Normal” – Mrs. E. D. Streibert, ‘72

Mr. Frank Higley with his sister, Miss Bertha, for accompanist, gave us two charming songs, while Mrs. Klock, nee Fearon, ’97, delighted us with several piano selections.  We all joined in heartily singing “Normal Bell” and various college songs.

One noticeable thing was that all our ladies were Alphas and all our gentlemen Franks, but the yells of the four societies were given with a will, as well as that strange mixture of sound known as the Normal yell.

Those present not already mentioned were Mrs. Dayton, Mrs. Higley, Mrs. Gertrude Chilton Chatterson, Marion and Grace Streibert.  Regrets were sent by Mr. Daghistan, who has now removed from Ann Arbor, Miss Milbank, who has finished her university course, Mrs. Proctor, who was ill and Mrs. Francene Swift Barber, ’72, of Ithaca, Mich.

One of the members was appointed to send a report to the Normal magazine and a committee was selected consisting of Carrie Proctor, John Green and Mrs. Streibert to arrange for a banquet in 1906, showing how well we all enjoyed this one, which may prove the beginning of a permanent P.N.S. Alumni Association in Ann Arbor.  Emily Dayton Streibert


Alumni Jottings:

Among the Faculty of the Antwerp High School we notice the following alumnae:  Alice Turnbull, Jennie B. Johnson and Therese D. Marsh

Mr. H. L. Daghistan is now in Milan, Mich.

Miss Alida B. Craig, -93, is at 205 West 80th Street, New York city.

Miss Pearl Tiffany is still teaching at Gloversville, N.Y., where she went immediately after her graduation in Feb. 1903.

Miss H. May Dayton is teaching at Ocean Grove, N.J.

Miss Mabel Wetherell, ’03, visited the Normal recently

Miss Edith A. Drury is at Alexandria Bay, NY

Miss Armitta Grimshaw’s address is 36 School St., Carthage, N.Y.

Louise P. Roberts is teaching at Beaver Falls.

We quote from the Port Leyden Press: “One of the state inspectors of schools was in town Monday and visited the High School.  He expressed himself as being particularly pleased with the work done by Miss Celia Roberts, the teacher of the first primary department.  Miss Roberts was a graduate of P.N.S. June 1901.

We notice that F. D. P. Clark is doing a live business in burying the dead at Lake City, Iowa.  His letter head advertises furniture of all kinds, embalmer and funeral director.

Miss Clara A. Foster, ’92, has accepted a position as teacher of music and drawing in the Classical High School, Palmyra, N.Y.

Miss Grace Foster is teacher of elocution in the Elmira Academy.

Miss Louise Reidell, ;01, of Rensselaer Falls, visited the Normal recently.

The Normal Alumni held a very pleasant reunion at the Sherman House in Chicago recently.

Frank L. Austin, Mass. Agricultural College at Amherst, has just been chosen by state experiment station to conduct a nine day official test on a herd of Holsteins near Worcester, Mass.  Frank received his state certificate last winter.  He is excused from college for this work.

Mrs. Alberta Wilson, formerly a teacher in the Potsdam High School. But who has been for the past year teaching in the Middlebury, Vt. High School, has been forced to resign her position there on account of illness and has returned to Potsdam.

Miss Madge Collins has accepted a position in the Yonkers schools for the coming year at a salary of $650.

Mr. Frank Wires, ’92, is manager of the Standard Oil Co., at Linton, Indiana.


Alumni Weddings:

FachneyDeRevere – Married on the 2d day of March at the home of the bride’s father, Dr. H. D. Brown, Mrs. Hattie Brown DeRevere to Mr. George L. Fachney of Massena, N.Y.

Smith – Ash – The marriage of Mr. Fred M. Smith and Miss Emma L. Ash occurred at Fort Wayne, Ind, recently.  Mr. Smith is a graduate of the Potsdam Normal and taught two terms at Parishville.  The Forst Wayne News says “The groom is one of Fort Wayne’s substantial business men and a progressive citizen.  The bride is one of Fort Wayne’s oldest and best known families.


Alumni Babies:

HeptonstallNew Rochelle, N.Y., Dec 18, 1904, to Mr. and Mrs. L. C. Heptonstall (nee Fenila Stocking) a son, Kenneth Stocking Heptonstall.


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 account to the date following each name:

Three dollars from Nellie Sheehan, Feb ’06; Alma Babcock Caldwell, Feb ‘05

Two dollars from Edith Drury, June ’05; Dr. E. J. Smith, Feb ’07

One dollar and fifty cents from O. H. Kibbe, Nov ’06; Rev. C. C. Townsend, ‘Feb 04

One dollar each from Mary E. Lewis, ‘Dec 06; L. J. Reynolds, ‘Feb ’04; Addie Benedict Cheney, Dec 05; Alida B. Craig, Jan ’07; Grace Goodale, Feb ’06; H. J. Tyron, April ’06; Edna E. Hobbs, June ’05; Mary Gonnelly Gilmore, Feb ’05; Eva E. Briggs, ‘Feb 05; Leva V. Sabin, Feb ‘07

Fifty cents each from Dennis Bromley, Dec ’05; F. D. P. Clark, Dec ’05; Maybell G. Bush, June ’04; Mary Clarkin, Jan ’06; Louis P. Roberts, Dec ’05; Lois E. Reidell, Jan ’05; Grace Parker, June ’05; Jane F. Butrick Cooper, Feb ’06.


Crane Normal Institute Notes:

A fine program of Piano and Song Recital given at the Millersville, Pa Normal School, is just received.  The program shows a high grade of work and reflects much credit up on Miss Annie C. Clark, ’99, who is in charge of the vocal music in that school.

The work of Miss Maud DeGan, ’02, in Columbia, Penn., is calling forth much favorable comment.  The quality of tone, accuracy of pitch and readiness in reading at sight, are specially mentioned by those who have heard her classes.  Miss DeGan has unusual musical gifts and her pupils would certainly be held to a high standard.

Miss Mildred Holmes, ’01, has been spending some time in North Carolina.

Miss Charlotte Dove, ’02, has her work as supervisor of the music in district No. 17.

Miss Blanche King, ’04, writes from Marshall, Minn., where she has charge of the music and drawing in the schools.  The Superintendent of these schools is Merton Fobes, and he has eighteen teachers under him.  Miss King speaks in the highest terms of the schools and the way in which they are conducted, and enjoys her work accordingly.  She has charge of the choir in the Congregational church, and is planning to give a sacred concert at an early date.  Miss King gave an operetta about Thanksgiving time, with children selected from the first five grades, which proved a great success.

Mr. Alfred Hallam, Mt. Vernon, N.Y., spent the afternoon of Feb 22 in Potsdam consulting with Miss Crane regarding a course of study for public school music teachers, for the Chautauqua summer school.  The course will include conducting and choral practice by Mr. Hallam; method and song interpretation, Miss Crane; sight singing and elementary theory, Mr. Bird; ear training and pedagogy, Miss Alchin.  Pupils who visit Chautauqua to take this course will have the opportunity to study privately with any one of these teachers, or with Mr. Sherwood, Mr. Duff, Mr. Starnes, Mr. Marcossan and will be able to attend lectures, concerts, or avail themselves of many other advantages offered at Chautauqua.  Circulars giving full particulars of the new course will be out soon.

Miss Lucy B. Reynolds, ’04, is teaching in Grande Isle, Vt., and has just attended a Teacher’s Convention where she read a paper on “Music in Country Schools”.  At the same convention she sang a solo.

Miss Margaret Garrity, ’94, in charge of the music at the Plattsburg Normal School writes in her own enthusiastic way of the work in this field.  She has been in New York visiting schools and gave a most intelligent report of what she had heard.

Miss Therese Marsh, ’03, in charge of the music in the Antwerp schools, writes of her pleasure in her work.  One eighth grade is doing so well as to be a real delight.  As eighth grades are often a trial this is worthy of special notice.  Miss Marsh is very busy with both private and school work.

A letter from Mrs. Shutts of Whitewater, Wis., says: “Miss Walbridge is gaining friends wherever she goes.  Last Friday, at the Lincoln Memorial service, she had charge of the music and it was excellent.  Her pupils did her much credit.  We enjoy her greatly in our own home.  She knows some of the dear old Potsdam friends, and I keep the Potsdam papers for her and she drops in any time for them.”  Prof and Mrs. Shutts will be remembered by many of the alumni who will congratulate Miss Walbridge on her good fortune in having such a delightful home to “drop in to”.  Miss Walbridge belonged to the June class ’04, and has charge of the music in the city schools of Whitewater.

Miss Erva Skinner ’02, is another fortunate one, as she has found in Amsterdam two of the former faculty of the Normal School, Mrs. Trapnell and Mrs. Blakeslee, who have showered her with kindnesses and made her most welcome in their homes.


Undergraduate Department

School Notes

Prof. Jas. M. Graves, who resigned his position here about two and a half years ago to take a course in advanced mathematics in the Columbia teacher’s college returned to the Normal last Monday to resume the work in elementary mathematics, which place was made vacant by the death of Prof. Bailey.  Prof. Graves is a very popular man here and he was greeted with a ringing of cheer when he appeared in the Normal Hall on that morning.

Dr. Stowell attended the alumni banquet of the P.N.S. which was held in New York Feb 17, and gave an interesting report of it in chapel.

Miss Olive Giles was sent as a delegate from the Y. W. C. A. to the state convention held in Rochester, Feb 23-26.

Dr. Percy Bugbee, principal of the Oneonta Normal School, visited our Normal on Feb 27 and addressed the school.

Prof. Bond  has organized a third physics class which recites after school.  At present, the class is doing advanced experimental and laboratory work in electricity.  It has been organized by Prof. Bond who in connection with a few other science teachers are looking toward the extension of physics to a two year’s course.

Mr. F. L. Cubley addressed the Y. M. C. A. recently.  He gave a very helpful and instructive talk on the best way to attain success.  It was much appreciated by all who heard it.


Roger Baconian

Our open meeting will occur Mach 10

On Friday evening February 24, the society was divided into the minority and majority and a very exciting parliamentary debate was held.  Mr. Anderson extolled points of law from Roberts Rules of Order remarkably well and through his decisions made the minority hold strictly to the question.  The majority carried the resolutions through in thirty seconds less than the time allowed them.  These debates are very beneficial and more work of this kind should be encouraged.

Messrs. Norris and Baker are soon to become Rogers.

Mr. H. Ward Pearson has returned after an absence of four years and will continue to work with Prof. Hathorne.  Ward looks well as ever and will be with us in society occasionally.



The Franks and Calliopeans enjoyed an informal “spread” in their hall after the grand public debate.  The new Calliopean group picture now adorns the walls of the hall.

The Calliopeans are rejoicing because the Clarkson prize was won by one of their number, Miss Stephanie Clark.

The work of the society this quarter is on the modern period; the questions for debate being the social and political questions of the day.

Miss Hobbs, a former Calliopean president, attended the Grand Public Debate.

Miss Agnes Gates has been called home by the serious illness of her father.

The Frank Socieity have established the custom of presenting the Calliopean Grand Public Debater with a medal and chain.  Miss Louise Stowell is the happy recipient of the first medal.

The Calliopean Society extends congratulations to the Roger Baconians and Alpha Societies on their recent victory at the Grand Public Debate.


Francis Baconian

Work is progressing finely under our new president, Mr. Chas. Dukette, and new kinds of work are being introduced from which we hope to derive much benefit.

At a recent meeting, Mr. Theron Clark was elected a member of the F.B.S.

One of our members, Mr. Howard Lockwood, has been for some time confined to his home by an acute attack of rheumatism, but is now thought to be rapidly recovering.

We think the four societies are very much to be congratulated upon the treat they have secured for themselves gratulated upon the treat they have secured for themselves and the student body, in making arrangements to hear Dean Southwick, of Emerson College of Oratory deliver one of his Shakespearian readings.



A letter of greeting was recently received from Miss B. Elizabeth Strong, class of ’99, a former member of the society, who now occupies a lucrative position in Binghamton.

The sympathy of all Alphas is extended to Miss Mary Mooney in her present bereavement.

The society held no meeting Saturday evening on account of the lecture which was to have been given by John Temple Graves.

At a recent meeting the society was highly favored by a recitation entitled “The Crooked Mouth Family” given by Miss Garvin, who was not long since one of the society’s loyal members.

The Alpha roll has lately been increased by the addition of two new names, Sallie Wright and Florence Hunter.

After the Grand Public exercises the Rogers and Alphas held an enjoyable banquet at the Albion house.  During the evening, those present were highly entertained by toasts given by Mrs. Fox, one of the organizers of the Alpha Society, Dr. Swan, an old-time Roger, Miss Kimball and Mr. Dutcher.  Other guest of honor were Miss Adams, Miss Fuller and Miss Leith.