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Home Letter Volume 25, July 16, 1951 No. 6
HYDE BAY HOME LETTER
VOLUME 25 July 16, 1951 No. 6
MONDAY, JULY 9: The first trip down the Susquehanna set off, led by Dick Geist, assisted by Puffy and George Callard. The campers were mostly the “Calvert gang,” with some exotic elements. The day was fair and windy.
THE NEXT DAY: Tuesday followed hard upon the heels of Monday. It was warm and clear with little wind. The law abiding and peace loving among the campers organized a posse to capture, high on Strawberry Mountain, some dangerous bandits, Among the latter were such familiar faces as those normally displayed by Russell and deSibour. In the evening we saw a Life-Saving movie, furnished us by the American Red Cross.
WEDNESDAY: It was overcast and misty which did not deter a fleet of canoes from visiting the famous Sunken Islands (see Cooper’s Deer-slayer). As Commodore Walter Lord was with us, the traditional Eight Inch Regatta took place with all its attendant festivities. The very highest brass appeared in costume and makeup. Music played. The air was filled with excitement. The good ship, Miserable Me, owned and operated by Randy Barker, won the race. Their names were duly inscribed on the Commodore’s cup before that dignitary departed on Thursday. Swimming progress should be noted with Johnny Griffiths and Gil Cochran passing the “E” test, while Dyer Michell and Harrison Bilodeau were surmounting the “D” barrier. We regret to report that it began to rain in the afternoon.
MORE RAIN: Thursday saw no letup in the downpour. We took advantage of the moisture to witness a Red Cross movie on learning to swim. Two trips of two cars each took numerous boys through the nationally known Farmer’s Museum. At night we saw a short movie called The Quarterback.
The rain let up a little after supper, providing us with a magnificent rainbow. Somewhere near its foot we toasted marshmallows.
SATURDAY: The principal feature of this fair day was the first game of the baseball league, where the Plumbers fell before the Beezers in an extra inning game. The score was 14-12, Captain Dave Andrew winning over Pete Powell.
ANOTHER SUNDAY: While the Catholic boys went to Springfield again, McKim Williams took another lead to church in Cooperstown. The local pulpit was filled by Puffy. As an emergency measure, councilors worked most of the day raising the deck eight inches, which was made necessary by the untimely rise of the waters of the lake. Coach Bullock and Captain Williams of the “Meatballs” drove the “Crocks” under Robb and Jencks, from Doublemarsh Field to the tune of 12—7. Once more Graham Slaughter won the sailing, with Woody Hawks second. There was aquaplaning. McKim Williams with Tent 12, this time, won the privilege of the Hacker trip to town with the mail. The movie of the evening told the story of aluminum under the heading, The Curiosity Shop. An added feature was a Rod Cross film on boating.
HEALTH NOTE: Gil Cochran made our first camp visit to the hospital and later spent the night in the infirmary. He popped out in excellent shape in the morning. It was an earache. Joel Beak, for one night, has been the only other occupant of the infirmary so far.