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Homeletter Vol 22, July 27, 1948 No. 3

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Courtesy Larry Pickett

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VOLUME 22             July 27, 1948                   No. 3

WEATHER Monday ushered in our week, cloudy and overcast. There was some rain on Wednesday, giving place to a hot calm on Thursday, while the next day was such solid rain, that the Trenton Falls trip came in early, having omitted no less an observance than lunch, in their eagerness to seek shelter. The next two days proved to be clear and windy. We have a phenomenon at camp called “Thee Three Day Blow.” This one petered out in two days.

HEALTH Tony Clark is carrying on the measles tradition, although the infirmary was empty for several days. We are at present beset with a malady as mild, as it is universal. It consists of an upset of the digestional tract with the usual visible symptoms. The victim is unhappy for a day and then rises almost his old self. Councilors seem more prone to this disease. There are as many opinions about it as there are amateur medicos in camp. (To attain this figure, add boys, councilors, and other people in camp.) Your Editor will string along with Doctor Goodwin who happens to be Health Officer, as well as camp doctor. He avers that this is a bug which is not peculiar to Hyde Bay, or even to camps, but has assaulted all manner of people, and in all kinds of habitation. Tony Mathews was the first Hyde Bay visitor to the hospital when he abraded his head in the process of falling off a horse. He was pronounced quite all right, except for the superficial scratches. We sent him to the hospital just to be sure, as is our policy.

TRENTON FALLS A scouting trip, consisting of Bob Pickett and Heb, explored the famous Doubleday Field, where the pastime was invented. Waxter pitched to Crowley, while Doc Spencer distinguished himself about the keystone sack. In the evening a full program of wrestling bouts was run off by Mac Rienhoff, under the beaming approval of spectator, Edward P. Russell.

TRIPS Puffy and his tent spent Tuesday night on Gravelly. For the sake of varity, they went down and back by sailboat. On this same day a group went to Cooperstown to see the movies.

ADDENDA Bob brought back a tennis net from Utica on the Trenton scouting trip. It has already been installed by Tennis Councilor Terrill who had to resurrect and rebury one of the posts. This week has also seen the arrival of a plastic boat called the “Brown Derby.” So far it is unequipped with keel and seats, so boys go madly round and round, ending where they started, but dizzier. When this evolution has lost its charm, we will make it into a genuine boat.

FOLLOWING THE GREEKS Another series of tent plays was presented on Saturday. If you have actor Sons, in these productions, you will receive a program each. They were magnificent plays. A jury finally awarded Tent 3 the box of candy. An outstanding performance was turned in by Kenny Palmer, a veteran of last year’s troop. There was a real evening of fun. The small boys who were measled out last week were on deck this time with a stellar performance.

SUNDAY Al Kerr preached. Tents 3 and 6 finished in a tie for inspection. The motor boat trip was postponed due to rough weather.

ODDS AND ENDS The usual movie trip went off to town on Friday. A comet upset on Saturday, and camp was overjoyed to welcome its most distinguished annual visitor, Commodore Lord of the Hyde Bay Yacht Club. There were other numerous visitors, but for fear we might omit one by accident, we mention none by design. They are all welcome, even though anonymous in this publication.

LORD’S OTHER ROLES Our visitor, it should be said, is also President of the Turtle Derby Association, as well as an official of the drama group. He is hoaxer—in—chief and the founder, (and recently expelled President) of the Slob Salvage Company. On this high note I cease.


TRENTON FALLS Should read - A scouting trip composed of Bob Pickett and Heb explored the famous Trenton chasm on Monday and brought in such a good report that our first Trenton trip in two years set out on Thursday. The expedition was in charge of Bob Pickett with Heb, Puffy, Carroll and Bob Russell to help supervise nine boys. How they were rained in (counter clockwise to the fate of ball games) has already been mentioned. They reported the usual magnificent time in this unusual gorge.

MOUNTAINS Bob and associate councilors took a party of sixteen across the lake in motor boats and to the top of Rum Hill. This peak which rises high above the lake is officially known as Mt. Otsego. It is one of the many highest peaks in Otsego County. On the same day Bob Pickett and a gang checked our own mountain called Nebo where we have a shack and in other years have spent much time.

ATHLETICS The varsity lost a 3-2, 7 inning, game to Cooperstown on famous Doubleday Field, where the pastime was invented. Now reread Trenton Falls.

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