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Home Letter Volume 29, July 25, 1955 No. 4

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VOLUME 29             July 25, 1955                   No. 4

BALLGAME DAY: We almost sent you a Home Letter saying just “Gone to the Ballgame” but our sense of duty finally triumphed. Later on, 80 of us will see Ted Williams and his team battle with Milwaukee. It is a perfect day, Clear, cool, sunny, actually 56 on our porch at the rising horn.

HEALTH: As the law of averages demands, we cannot always expect a perfect health record. No have recently had about 35 cases of a fortunately mild disorder. It is an internal upset which responds in 18 hours or less to bed rest, starvation diet and eventually hot tea and crackers. Betty has kept in close touch with our doctor who says that this is very prevalent in Cooperstown at the moment. There is no relationship between the disease and our food or water. It is definitely a “bug” and a rather benevolent one, at that. It is part of our policy to describe such things fully. There is nothing for you to read between these lines.

CHANGE: Tomorrow, approximately 21 boys will leave, but their places will be immediately taken. in fact, two or three have already “jumped the gun” to be with us, and some are staying over a few days at the parental convenience. Our creaking facilities are just able to care for these irregularities.

LAST MONDAY (OR JULY 18th): Clear and warm with a sailing breeze. The great annual “Trenton Falls” canoe trip set off under Bob Pickett and Heb Evans, assisted by veteran councillors Offutt, Jencks and Sargent. Councillors Webster and Dnnahoe.tooktheir tents to Gravelly for the night. Captain Wilber’s Panthers scored 7 points while the Rhinos, under loader Williams (Ray not Ted) , scored 3 points.

TUESDAY: The weather continued as described above. The residents of Gravelly returned to give place to Harry Bowdoin, George parker and Dick Kerr with their tents. The heart of Councillor Jack Garver, creator of our famous theater curtain, was gladdened by the arrival of Mrs. Garver and blonde daughter, Kristen. They were driven up by English exchange teacher, Dick Bradley who inspected our camp with interest.

ANOTHER GOOD DAY CALLED WEDNESDAY: Chenango went down to a softball defeat at the hands of our campers, 11 years of age and younger. The battery of Wilber to Babcock performed nobly. We had a movie about Korea, not up to our usual standard but rather interesting. John Smith, one of our most ancient campers, visited us with Mrs. Smith. The Trenton Falls trip rattled back into camp right on time, reporting a most pleasant experience.

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THEN THURSDAY: Much like Monday in the meteorological department. The championship in our local league was won by Captain Scharf and his Dolphins. The Barracudas under Captain Alexander and Coach Bowdoin were the victims. Captain Scharf hit a grand slam homerun. Councillor Red Banker utilized his Boston ingenuity to improvise a polo game to the amazement of the assembled camp and our patient horses. This day the Commodore arrived once more.

FRIDAY - REALLY HOT DAY: Heb assisted by Councillors Eaton and Donahoe made the circuit of Glimmerglass in a flotilla of canoes. The Jaguars 7, Coyotes 5 in softball. Hyde Bay 12, Chenango 6 in varsity baseball. Victory augmented by a fight talk and cheering, lead by Commodore Lord. In the evening our magnificent new lodge fireplace was opened with appropriate ceremony. A ribbon was cut with our blow torch, smoke poured out of the chimney, the campers cheered, and creators, Bob Pickett and Heb Evans, beamed with paternal pride. The afternoon passed pleasantly with aqua—planing and water—skiing. Hacker rides with no other purpose than pure pleasure were enjoyed in the evening.

SATURDAY: Duplicate Weather, (fast becoming standard equipment at Hyde Bay), The first half of the sailing race with a group of Cooperstown navigators began. Terminated on Sunday with a tie 64 1/2 to 64 1/2. There was a delicious rainstorm in the afternoon which continued far into the night. Jaguars 6, Panthers 3. This gave Coach Williams and Captain Foxall the watermellon, succulent substitute for the usual pennant.

ANOTHER DRAMATIC CYCLE: The third series of tent plays proved to be one of the best ever seen at Hyde Bay. Tent number 10 won by a narrow margin. All the plays were real dramas with excellent acting and magnificent scenery. Our new stage is really paying off. Voting for best actor and test actress is still going on. Several parents witnessed the production. Scenes ranged from the deck of “a slow boat to China” to the very depth of “Hades”. Some interesting “apron” acts between plays.

: A little cooler with an excellent breeze. Our church service was conducted by the Director. Tents 16 and 53A were rewarded for their immaculate habits with the usual trip to Cooperstown in the hacker. We saw splendid movies of a trip to India and the remarkable story of the origin and growth of the Grand Canyon. The latter so good, we repeated it.

FOR NEWCOMERS ONLY: Here is your health blank if it was not given to you at camp personally. Here is also an application for our insurance coverage. The modest fee of $240 covers you for this half of the camp season. We recommend it, although we do not profit from it.

MUSING, IF NOT AMUSING: Ought to be something more to say to fill this space. “Happy is the country which has no history.”


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