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Home Letter Volume 24, July 31, 1950 No. 7

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VOLUME 24             July 31, 1950                   No. 7

MONDAY: This day was given over largely to the great national game. The Red Soxs and the Giants played an exhibition game on the field where baseball was invented. Seventy of our group of all ages witnessed the spectacle. As this number included Jimmy, Ernie, and Duffy, those who remained at camp had a picnic lunch on the grounds. The sport fans dined in similar fashion at Fairie Springs. Our cars, a school bus, and the Hacker furnished transportation. Logistically in charge were Al Kerr and Bob Pickett.

BACK TO NORMALCY: It was windy and cold with brief rain and some clear weather on this Tuesday. There was another baseball game of a charitable rather than a commercial type. The All-Stars under Coach Evans defeated the Councilors under Coach Chiefy by a score of 15-l1. The benign impartial eye of Robert Pickett motivated all decisions. It’s rumored that the proceeds of this game will go to the fund for aged and disabled councilors.

THE TURTLE DERBY: For several days an energetic crew had been busy erecting the panoply so necessary for the “Sport of Terrapins”. There was a ring, a club house, a paddock, a grandstand, dashing entrances by cars full of questionable characters who had been honest campers and councilors until Al’s make—up transformed not only their features but their very characters. After several preliminary races liberally rewarded by candy prizes, the derby started. A syndicate composed of Ricky Donahoe and C. B. Alexander won the first prize of $1. It was a gala occasion witnessed by many guests.

A CLEAR AND WINDY WEDNESDAY: It was good sailing this day of which full advantage was taken. On the basketball court the Tigers boat the Boars 12—10.

COMINGS AND GOINGS: Wednesday was also change-over day. Campers Alexander (Peter), Carey, Fringer, Holton, Jones, and Williams left us for a softer life in civilization. Their places were ably taken by the two Michells, Teddy McKeldin, Eddie Ruestow, and Dave Sunderland. Our numbers are essentially the same as last month, hovering on the underside of 70.

CINEMA: The activities of a certain intrepid “Frontier Marshall” held us spoil—bound until the last shot was fired.

THURSDAY: This clear and windy day witnessed an exploratory trip to Mount Nebo, where the Director and the ULs prepared the way for subsequent trips. Dave Andrews survived the Nebo trip only to fall victim to a sharp clamshell to the extent of hospital installed stitches in his foot. Bob and Betty Pickett went on leave to search for a house in Boston. Their duties are ably performed by Betty’s sister, Sally, also a nurse, and her husband, Fred Boise. As the shades of evening began to fall Jack Cooper took his tent to sleep on the soft sands of Gravelly.


FRIDAY DAWNED: It was gratefully warm with a slight wind. A haunted house search went out, lead by Puffy and Blaise. The ghosts eluded the posse but it was a spirited expedition. Sundry addicts patronized the movie in Cooperstown. Sid Storke took his tent to Gravelly.

ROUND THE LAKE AND OTHER ACTIVITIES: Saturday came in clear and warm, an ideal day for a round-the—lake trip. This expedition set out under the control of Heb, assisted by Edo and John Rouse. They returned barely in time for supper, having saturated themselves with the literary and historical influences of the Glimmerglass. Meanwhile the rest of us were busy as so many bees with our various activities.

THE DRAMA: As a variation on the program of tent plays Maestro Al Kerr conducted a quiz show with all the props of a broadcasting station, assisted by Westy and Sandy Cochran. He gave out many questions and even more Tootsie rolls. In the grand finaly a camper known as “Little Bunny Kerr” won the jack pet. His uncle will soon go on trial for nepotism. Such presumptive skull—dugery to the contrary notwithstanding, it was an hilarious arid pleasant evening’s entertainment.

SUNDAY: Jule Reed preached at the start of the day. At its close Tent 8 -- Rusty Bolognino, Tony Clarck, Charlie Langmaid, Hunter Marvel, and David Stratton, with Councilor Cub -- went to town as a reward for their unnatural neatness. It rained a bit in the afternoon and evening. There was a sailing race in which newly arrived old camper Dick Fryberger narrowly defeated George Ruestow. The afternoon was also featured by a race of canoes and rowboats for a stone from Clark’s Point. The canoe paddled by George Ruestow, Peter Whyte, and Mark Smith came back with the first igneus evidence. After super the victors were carried in appropriate style to East Springfield where they were allowed to aat and drink to satiety.

SEDATE MOVIES: At 8 o’clock we saw two films, one admitting graciously the many favors conferred upon the human race by the Chrysler Corporation. The other in magnificent color reviewed the story of cheese in a most interesting fashion.

OF SERVICE TO HUMANITY: A banner class of fifteen have passed Junior Life Saving. They were most faithful in the long drills and classes. They are now qualified to administer skilled assistance to swimmers in distress. A real credit to the boys and to teacher Herb. The list: Andrew, Kerr, Newman,
Fringer, Marvel, R., Nice, Heuisler, McEwan, Reddington, Hill , Merrick S., Rozendaal, Schwartz, Webb, Whyte.

INSTRUCTION: Herb Eckert is also conducting daily classes in canoeing.

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