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Home Letter Volume 32, July 21, 1958 No. 4

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VOLUME 32             July 21, 1958                   No. 4

WEATHER: The first of the week was cloudy but very comfortably warm. Then came what we call, at Hyde Bay, a three day blow, A strong cold wind off the lake drove us off of the water into various land sports which will be chronicled later.

BANNER EVENT: For the first time in our history, we had a wrestling meet with another camp. Our opponents were the boys of Len—A—Pe who had defeated us in baseball the week before by a narrow margin.  Surrounded by the entire camp applauding, shrieking and cheering, Hyde Bay emerged the victor by a score of 24 to 15. The heros of the occasion deserve mention. Dave Jasper, at 65 lbs.; won by a fall. Alex Wise lost a decision in the 75 lb. class. Brad Damon, at 85 lbs., scored a splendid victory. Archie Coupe made short work of their 95 pounder, with a fall in less than two minutes. His laudable example was followed by Jim Hill at 105 lbs., while Kinni Hawks won a decision, at 115 lbs., by a wide margin. The visitor’s best wrestler, an Indian of the Seneca tribe, defeated Butch Dell after a brilliant bout. In the next weight, Art Brooks struck a ###### who decisioned him, 9-4. The tide continued to run against us in the 145 lb. when Dave Rodgers succumbed to an excellent wrestler. The same fate befell Charlie McManus, but none of them were thrown. The final bout in the unlimited class was a thri11in encounter between Harry Bilodeau and a formidable visitor. Our man put the meet safely on ice by a score of 7—0. We owe this extremely pleasant contact to Charlie Classen who had a friend at Len—A—Pe.

SPECIAL BUT USUAL: The tent plays added another star to producer Schwartz Galaxy. As usual, parents of actors will get copies of the program. To the others, we can say that the offerings ranged from Ancient Egypt, produced by tent #15 to a re—enactment of the Boston-Presley riot. There was a georgeous spectacle by Tent #17, featuring guest stars Kristen Garver, Jeffie Downs, Suzzie Carlton and Sandy Pickett, who served as diminutive escorts for the gigantic Emperor Schwartz. Pete Stanley's tent displayed not only several live chipmunks but a “Harvey” of that species who stalked invisibly across the stage. They called him “Irving”. Tent #15 won.

BASTILLE DAY: Bob Pickett with councilors Eddie, Charlie, Bill and Frank led out the first Trenton Falls trip. They returned on Wednesday full of wild tales of adventure and a certain desire for slumber. The Sunken Islands were again invaded by a flotilla. We practiced softball and wrestling assiduously.

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BASTILLE PLUS ONE: A hot clear afternoon. A lot of water skiing. Hyde Bay defeated Chenango in softball with Johnny Johnson the hitting star. Jeff, with three sailboats, circumnavigated the Sunken Islands. The tents under the reign of councilors Stanley and Boyce spent the night on Gravelly.

WEDNESDAY: A storm ended as most storms have through—out history. There was another Sunken Island trip. In the afternoon, councilor Dick also led up Shadowbrook a Seabee operation. This noted stream is now almost free of logs. There were sailing classes taught by Jeff, with land drill in rope tieing, and maritime maneuvers under supervision a circling S T. There was wrestling practice. The day closed with an enthusiastic viewing of “Frogmen” at the theater.

CAME THURSDAY: Chenango won sweet revenge 14—9 in baseball, in spite of the pitching of Kinni Hawks and Dougie Coupe. Our first Nebo expedition under Dick Carlton and assistants spent the night on that summit.(For the novices among Hyde Bay parents, this is a mountain top of fifty wooded acres, nine miles from camp.) Eddie Brown, after a night in bed, went with his tent to sleep, on the Ground on Gravelly.

HIKING FRIDAY: Jack and Walter led a hardy group to Natty Bumppo and back. There was a movie trip to town and the previously chronicled wrestling meet.

WINDY SATURDAY: An adventurous Up—the—lake trip went to Cooperstown by trailer and, late that afternoon, back across mountainous waves with ponchos raised aloft for sails. Art Brooks and his crew did the revolving canoe trick just off camp. Most of the rest of the camp participated in a Hare and Hounds chase, after which the successful participants were rewarded with candy bars.

WHERE THE BLUE BEGAN: This applies neatly to Sunday which cleared and warmed a bit to permit our usual outdoor supper. Jack Garver conducted our services with an excellent talk on the use of language to impart pleasure and pain. Tents #1 and #8, who won inspection, postponed their town—trip due to rough water. The Senior watermellon was eaten by softball winners, the “Highballers”. The afternoon was largely consumed by a tournament on our miniature golf course under the supervision of old pro Garver. The day closed with two fine movies on fossils and ducks respectively. After that a fire shed its welcome heat to a group on the beach.

TESTS: Daily did “D”. Sweepe swam same. King conquered “KC” (the K is silent). Alliteration attracts addled adults. Directors ditto.

BOILER PLATE: “Uneasy lie the heads of all who rule. His most of all whose kingdom is a school.” May I substitute camp for school; based on reason not rhyme. It was 46º when I arose at six this day to build fires in our fireplaces. Oh well! Napoleon only slept four hours per night.

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