The Graduating Class
Hope Farm Junior High School
the teachers of the Junior High School
in token of our appreciation
gratitude for their constant interest and help
this book is affectionately dedicated
by the class of 1923
|Blue and Gold|
Chester C. Anthony
|He's the gentleman of leisure
And never, never, tries to please you.
|Mary N. Boehnel|
Vice-President J-III Class
|Mary is short and wise
And very apt to criticize.
President J-III Class
|There's a young Miss who tips the scales
To weigh the highest she never fails.
|Fayette F. Hoyt|
Chairman Justice Committee
|Fayette can Oh! so serious be
When up in the choir she sings high C.
|Martha M. Lange|
|She uses paper by the reams
And still sees Algebra in her dreams.
|Our chubby and smallest tot
When asked where his book is says, I forgot.
|Ruth M. Myers|
Sec. - Treas. J-III class
|We wonder whether she's ever sad
This girl who is blessed with the gift of gab.
|To be at the head of your class
Follow George's example and pass.
Chairman of Assembly Committee
|Christine is efficient in sewing
But sad to say, not in growing.
| It was three
years ago that our class entered the Jun-ior High School as the J-I class.
At first, graduation day seemed a long way off but the years have so
quickly pass-ed that we cannot realize our school days at Hope Farm are
The J-I class was started with a great many resolu-tions for better behaviour, and with the help of Miss Haight's fierce eye, dictionary copying, scrub pails and brushes our resolutions were partly kept. Never to be forgotten were the evenings after school when we played janitor sweeping the floor on our hands and knees with a brush, and then the familiar voice saying, "Now do it over and do it right." Then too, were the days when we were used as statues in the corners of the classroom, the only drawback to this being that our faces were toward the wall. There was a reason. We were not very bad, but very seldom good.
| Sad to say both
boys' and girls' teams lost every basket ball game which they played, even
though we did have many cheers and songs to cheer the players. How-ever
our "spirit" being of the finest, walked around dressed in white, and even
paraded at an important meeting which the Staff was
Our class work was exceptionally fine as was shown by the brilliantly colored stars on the Honor Roll. If anyone managed to get a purple star he was considered a sure genius. As a result nearly every member in the class passed the final examinations and became J-II class members.
The J-II class was started with thirteen pupils and with the thought of studying hard. Even though this was an unlucky number we managed to do our work satisfactorily, although it was a difficult task since we had a new Prin-cipal, Science teacher, and a different class teacher.
The J-II year was a very busy year. We, being the head of the school, had to shoulder all this year's problems, get everything under way, and start the new year right. Our old spirit showed itself again, although not in the form of a ghost, and we were soon making new rules for the Junior High School and supplying the committees with competant chairmen.
It was our class who first enjoyed the annual trip to The Poughkeepsie Savings Bank and Star Printing Shop. This was our privelege as we were taking care of the Hope Farm Bank in Arithmetic class. We enjoyed seeing posters from the Thrift poster contest, the great vaults with their time clocks, adding machines, and the general working of the bank. During the day our lovely faces were put in a picture. Judging from the results the man's camera must have been ruined.
| Toward the end
of the year the J-II class prepared a supper for the J-III class, but as
there were only two people who graduated it seemed such a pity to waste
the good food, so we invited ourselves and had a grand
Our class picnic was held on the third of June and while at the picnic Mr. Fink thought it necessary to give a practical demonstration of first aid to a dislocated shoulder.
Again our examinations were successfully passed and we entered the ninth year.
The first thing we thought about was our importance as the J-III class. Then to live up to our reputation we adopted a motto, "Begin Right Away and Keep It Up" and having to live up to our motto we elected class officers and settled down to a year of hard work.
The first problem to consider was a way to earn money to cover our expenses for the year. Instead of hav-ing one sale at the end of the year we decided to divide our sale into small ones and hold several throughout the year, and as it was near the time for the Annual Fair we thought it would be a good idea to begin with a "Hot Dog" sale on the day of the fair. Judging from the stuffed appearance of the visitors the hot dogs were a huge success. As it grew colder we used our old friend the oil stove and gave a number of cocoa sales after school hours. These were well patronized as we always gave the sales when it was below zero. Then spring came and as cocoa was not in demand, we gave a Progressive 500 Card Party, charging ten cents admission. All the expert card players attended so our card party was a success both socially and financially.
Not satisfied with only a concession stand at the fair we entered some candy in the foods exhibit and our efforts were rewarded by our winning the second prize.
| During our
three years in the Junior High School the plays which our class produced
were numerous. Starting in the J-I class with "Snow White" our ability to
portray dif-ferent characters was continued through three years till our
Rhetorical Play was given. Among our many productions were; "School Days,"
an original farce in one act, portray-ing life in Hope Farm School; a
dramatization of old English Christmas customs given at Christmas time in
our J-II year; "Masque of Pomona," in which our class had the leading
parts; a dramatization of the first chapter of "The Other Wise Man," as
our part of the Christmas performance in our J-III year, and "The Foam
Maiden" given on St. Pat-rick's Day. We are proud of our list of
Early in the year we observed Better Speech week. Every morning during the week a new rhyme appeared on the bulletin board including a gentle hint to use better Eng-lish. At the close of the week we buried Poor English with due honors at the back of the school. Chester wailed with anguish as he hated to part with his old friends, "aint" and "aint got none.".
This June when we graduate our school days at Hope Farm will be over, but we will always remember the many pleasant times we have had on Hope Farm together.
|Extracts from the Diary of a 1923 Class
|Dec. 15, 1950 - I was told while at tea that my
old class-mate, Howard Mountcastle was now Professor of Mathemetics at a
school for pygmies. They said that the position was promising. I should
like to see him.
|Dec. 17 -- Snow stopped falling but news never
R - - - - heard from a relative in England, who told him to ask me if I ever knew Chester Anthony. He said that he was the wealthiest caddy in England.
|Dec. 19 -- Attracted by a great noise, while out
walking, I stepped into the hallway of a building and found out that it
led to a huge chicken yard with a great many chickens standing around. Who
else was the owner but prim, bashful, George Pritchett of the 1923 class
at Hope Farm. I asked him how the business was. He said it was not so good
now but was very promising.
|Dec. 20 -- I can hardly believe that there are
just five days before Christmas. Took "J - - - -'s" children to see Santa
Claus and then to the circus. Discovered that
|Martha Lange is amusing the children in the
circus. She is now deaf and dumb. Both the children and Martha look-ed so
happy that I thought I would not disturb them.
|Dec. 26 -- One of my friends who visited me this
after-noon brought the president of M - - - - - college, who told me that
Florence Erhardt, our 1923 class president was teaching there and doing
|Dec. 30 -- Attended Ice Carnival. Saw Florence.
She likes her work and enjoys herself very much.
|Jan. 3, 1951 -- Saw an art circular from Italy.
Noticed another girl from the class of 1923 has become famous. Fayette
Hoyt made a name for herself by painting cats. She is expected to visit
New York next fall.
|Jan. 5 -- While on my way to Connecticut I
noticed in a paper that Ruth Myers has made use of her brains and will
power. She is the superintendent of a nurse training school for colored
girls. Will wonders never cease.
|Jan. 6 -- I just saw a Hope Farm Annual. Hope
Farm has increased a great deal since 1923. There are twelve childrens'
cottages, two schools, and two houses for the teachers. Mary Boehnel of
the class of 1923 is now a housemother in one of the large new
The three years in Junior High School have greatly increased the athletic
ability of our class. When we were first promoted to the J-I class we had
a hard time learning the fundamentals of all the games. Basket-ball always
was the big thought in our minds, although volley-ball and base-ball had a
share of our attention. We did not have a full basket-ball team in our J-I
year, therefore we did not win any of the basket-ball games, but we did
keep our spirit well in front. Our cheers were very popular, and on the
whole we did not mind losing the games, but hoped to do better in the near
We played the other classes a few games of base-ball, and along that line we did better work.
Almost every one was promoted into the J-II class. When just a few months
of school passed the basket-ball season came again. In the J-II year we
did not have a full boys' team, but our three strong players, Chester,
Louis, and William did their best. True to our vow that we would do
better, we won the first series of games. Soon enough the next series
began, and to our sorrow we lost it, thus making it a tie between our
class and the J-III class. A time was set upon when the tie game was to be
played, and not one member of our class failed to be present. Every time a
ball went into our basket the hall resounded with cheers. After all our
effort to win this game we lost it, thus losing the pennant for the year.
Our girls' team also worked hard this year but lost the pennant. However the opposing teams had a hard task to win a game from our girls, but they did it, so we lost both pennants for the year.
This year the pupils not having a high standing in their studies were not allowed to play basket-ball until they brought their marks up. As a result some of the classes had no basket-ball teams this year.
The first thing our class did in the way of athletics was to pick a volley-ball team to play a series of games with the J-I and J-II classes. Each team was to play three games. The team that won two out of the three games would have to play the other class. The J-II class won the series of games.
The men and the boys played a series of volley-ball games which the men won.
The J-III won the girls' pennant from the J-I girls. The J-II girls did not have a basket-ball team. No basket-ball games were played for the boys' basket-ball pennant as there were not enough boys in the Junior High School.
A great many improvements have been made in the school since the beginning
of this term.
School was started with a new system for school work. The J-III class was
to have two new subjects, millinery and childrens' games and stories. The
school work for the Junior High School was also arranged in a different
way, giving children who liked manual work more of that kind rather than
academic work. At the end of the year two diplomas will be given, an
academic diploma and a manual diploma.
No classes have been permitted to work on the third floor because there
was no fire escape in case of fire, but the school had become so crowded
this year that a fire escape was built and two rooms were remodeled on the
third floor. One room was used as a library and class room for children
who needed help in certain subjects; the other room was used for a new
sewing room for the Junior High School.
The Hope Farm Fair given this year was a great improvement over last
Each chief was given a teacher for an advisor and two helpers who were chosen by the Junior High School.
Two new exhibits were added to the fair, a cottage exhibit, and a nature exhibit. In the cottage exhibit, the
|cottages competed against one another for the
largest and most artistically arranged exhibit of fruits, vegetables,
honey and anything they could produce as a cottage. In the nature exhibit
each grade exhibited pictures of birds, flowers, leaves, science
apparatus, and everything in general that related to
The J-III class had a concession stand at the fair, which has never been done before, and sold "Hot Dogs."
A special prize was given to the chief who produced the best exhibit. This prize was won by the nature exhibit.
There is a different plan for the choosing of next year's committees. Each committee is to be chosen just before school closes and is to work through the summer to produce a better exhibit.
The school bank has been greatly improved. The J-II class which does the
banking in the arithmetic classes made desks for the use of the children
who were banking, elected their own tellers and officers, and did the work
of a bank themselves.
This year the Junior High School bought the die for a seal which each
graduating class can have made into a pin. In order to raise money for the
die, the Finance Committee made and sold twenty dollars worth of bonds,
half of which mature in one year and half in two years. These bonds pay 6
per cent interest.
The school has always been heated by its own heat-ing plant. It was found
that the school could be heated at much less expense by running a line
from Main House to the school and heating the school that way. Men were
hired and an underground pipe was laid. The new heating
|system worked perfectly and besides costing less
saved the fire man a trip to the
It has always been the custom for the J-II class to go to see the Poughkeepsie Savings Bank and the Star Print-ing Shop. Besides the trip to Poughkeepsie the other Junior High School classes made trips to different towns. The boys went to Rhinebeck this summer to see the county fair and the girls at the head of the fair committees went to Millbrook to see a church fair so they could make im-provements on our fair. They saw many different things and while in Millbrook went to a jitney supper. The Junior High School walked into Millbrook to see Antigone given by the Bennett girls, and the J-II class has made weekly trips to the Millbrook Library. For besides taking care of the bank they have taken over the library and get new books from Millbrook for the children every week.
|Masque of Pomona
|Junior High School
Ninth and Sixth Grade Girls
|May Pole Dance
Junior High Athletic Picnic
Mock Athletic Meet
|Hope Farm Fair
Memorial Day Fair
|Progressive Five Hundred Card Party
||--- G.C.C. and Intermediate Glee Clubs
Why we do not get 100 per cent in our examinations.
|Why is the Industrial Revolution
Because we should be grateful for our grand-fathers.
Why was the Westward movement important?
If people did not move west the east would be like a packing house.
What is inertia?
The inside of a cup or a bottle.
Who was Haley?
Haley was the man who helped Newton get his law passed.
|Florence - Miss Benedict, why do we need
Miss Benedict - To use in place of handkerchiefs.
|Teacher - Can any of you children tell me why
the flag is only half-mast today?
Small Boy - Yes, teacher, I know. It's because there's a knot in the rope.
Martha - Miss Benedict, where is heaven?
Miss Benedict - Around the corner.
Ruth (to her brother) - There are visitors here today, Alfred. You had better wash your face or they might recognize you.
Biology Teacher - What is the economic value of the army worm?
Chester - Why don't you call it cootie and be done with it.
|Miss Stillman - Now, I ask you.
Miss McKelvey - Whenever you get ready, we'll begin.
Miss Benedict - There ain't no such animal.
Miss Gross - Stop talking about other people.
Miss Probst - And so forth and so on.
Miss Zehr - God bless you.
Mr. Fink - This is what I mean..
J-II Class - When will the pictures be ready for us to
J-III Class - We forgot.
Sept. 11 -
Oct. 4 -
Nov. 3 -
Dec. 5 -
Jan. 1 -
Feb. 10 -
G.C.C. re-elected officers.
Chiefs of Hope Farm Fair went to Millbrook for Fair and Jitney supper.
Hope Farm Fair.
J-II Bankers went to Po'keepsie.
Hallowe'en Dance - First dance at school.
J.H.S.A.A. meeting - School seal.
J-III cocoa sale.
Volley Ball game - J-II vs J-III. J-II's won.
First quarter examinations.
Armistice Day Dance.
Report cards - (ninth grade no joke).
Better Speech week.
Hope Farm Fair Chiefs' Supper.
Thanksgiving play -- Masque of Pomona.
Christmas plays - Christmas vacation.
New Years Resolutions.
Mock Athletic Meet.
Mar. 8 -
Apr. 10 -
May 1 -
June 14 -
|School closed - Everybody had the
Hurrah!! Quarantine over.
Joint Concert - G.C.C. and Intermediate Glee Clubs.
J-III card party
May Pole Dance
J.H.S. went to see Bennett Play.
Out door play - Masque of The Sun Goddess
|When you're up, you're up,
When you're down, you're down,
When you're up against the J-III's,
You're - up - side - down.
1-2-3-4-3-2-1-4, Who are we for?
Who are we going to yell for?
J-U-N-I-O-R - III. That's the way we spell it,
Here's the way we yell it,
Junior - III. Junior - III. Junior - III.
Oh - - - is a jolly good fellow.
He always will satisfy us.
If anyone should try to steal him,
We'd make the most terrible fuss.
Fuss, fuss, fuss, fuss,
We'd make the most terrible fuss, fuss, fuss,
Fuss, fuss, fuss, fuss,
We'd make the most terrible fuss.
| To our
class teacher, Miss Probst for her many helpful
To Mr. Fink for his much appreciated help.
To the Science class for printing the pictures.
And to every one who has helped us, we wish to extend our thanks.