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H Y D E B A Y
CAMP FOR BOYS
COOPERSTOWN, N. Y.
HYDE BAY HOMELETTER . FIRST ISSUE . SEASON OF 1933.
AT IT AGAIN.
Every member of the staff(teachers) and the council has been with us before. We start out seventh season with Mr. Toownsend for his sixth year,Mr. Hartzell for his fifth Mr. Marrian and Mr. Russell for their third years, making up our faculty. We sorely miss the Dunnings and Mr. Dresser. It is good to see Mrs. Russell back for her second year. The Russells have moved down to the spot where the Dunnings cleared the forest and built their cabin three years ago. Tim Pitts is the only member of the council of last year who is not with us. We have reluctantly released him to the Bankers League - we wish it were only an option. Our veteran of veterans is George Poore, Head Councilor after five seasons at Hyde Bay. Charley Classen has been a councilor for three other years. Doug Wise has two years to his crdit. Jack Young is starting his second. Cooper Walker was here for a week or two last year. Leslie Exshaw is taking the piano for its fourth ride under his guidance. Hammy Welbourn is progressing from three years as a camper and a year as Junior Councilor to a sort of associate professorship. Fanny Payne will be a few days late for his third seson. He is having some football injuries repaired.
Page Smith, who was the first camper ever enrolled, is back after an absence of two years. Of course, the Pickett boys and Donny Tag have been here since the camp was founded. Ian Gordon, Prescott Huidekoper are three yer campers. Dicky Hynson will be in later for his third season. Jake Classen and Herbert Smelser are here for their second yea. The list of second year boys will be swelled in August by Hugh Benet,Brad Jacobs,Frank Beury,Sandy Howat and ruce Campbell. Bruce's brother Mac is a new boy. This list also includes Larry Harper,coming up for August, Gary Black , expected hourly now,and on the ground Ernest Jenkins two sets of brothers in the persons of John and Walter Koppleman and Grank and Billy Lynn, Jimmy Randel, Charley Turner, and Andrew Tummbull[sp?] prospect for August. There are several others who are not definite enough for me to announce them now. Their names will appear in other issues.
Fielder and Prudence are in the kitchen for the fifth time, hostages for the due appearance of that food for which they are famous. Our garden is wrestling with the dry weather with the Golden Bantam corn winning a decision. The nightly trips to Shadow Brook Farm for the milk are as popular as ever. In fact we have to limit the load to six and driver.
Rocket and Niger are back for their second season. Topsy has joined them as a new camper with more life than the older ones. We may add a fourth in August if the demands call for it.
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A load of elder statesmen went to the movies while the rest of the boys attended to the annual initiation of new boys. Sherry's is still Sherry's and the talkie hero still comes out ahead in the end.
A real male of thee species came along Saturday after dinner. The big motor boat came ashore, one tent felt enough breeze to straighten out the hooks which hold it to the pole, hooks which required a vice to bend back to form. Ten floors were covered with the water which whipped beneath the sides. In other words it was a real "Otsego". We needed the rain and enjoyed the wind.
Herbie has a new big motor for the little boat which throws up a fine column of spray. As usual he is very generous with rides for all. It makes the aquaplane a more lively board. Some have even fallen off rounding a turn, more properly angling a turn. Herbert came up a few days early to paint up and get organized. Our motor boat is in the water with the Sea Horse astern all dressed in a new coat put on by Jack Young, the demon painter of Hyde Bay.
Simon L. Classen, driving his slaves with toungueandlash ( Iroquos word meaning pep)promises the court for Monday afternoon. It has been given full beauty treatment including face- lifting.
Our Prometheus, Captain Hartzell, has already constructed some of his masterpieces on the beach. After a winter of research in the Sanskrit ( Indian word meaning without darkness) he is full of the love of the fire-worshipers and seems in top form for a good season of pyrotechnical prowess.
The true fans lead by the tireless Marrian, Dean of Hyde Bay Golfers,have come in"pleasantly tired"from the Otsego Club on one or more occasions. Again the club will be open to Hyde Bay campers for golf and tennis.
Some take them and some can take them or leave them alone. The date of Mr. Russell's annual appearance has not yet been set. Charles Classen has spoken reminiscently of the one he nearly took several years ago. Mr. Townsend wears a Roman helmet for the rite. The Director takes them regularly because his wife makes him. Normaley reigns in the morning hours.
Visiting parents number the Gordons, who left Bruce, brother to Ian for a few days, Lynns, Kopplemans, leaving sons. Mr. Huidekoper with quite a load of boys,Mrs. Walker,who drove up with Cooper and had some mechanical difficulties en route,Mrs. Munger,very briefly,leaving Eddie, and Mr. and Mrs. Smelser with Herbert on July First. We hope this augurs well for frequent visits from parents. We enjoy and welcome them.
Propaganda forgotten,it has been cool an clear with but one rain and no unpleasantly hot day. The nights are clear , cold,and starry causing sighs from love#lorn councilors. ( If ther are any ?) sturdy lake breeze. Good camping weather unpopular with the farmers.
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