We are always pleased to receive new acquisitions. This year we had a call from
the secretary at the Timberlane school superintendent's office to let us know
that they had received a package from British Columbia.
Richard Sherwood, who is the son of the late Richard M. Sherwood
of Plaistow in the 1940s,
father's copy of The Jolly Eighth Journal, a mimeographed booklet published by
the eighth grade class of 1941 of Pollard Grammar School. He wanted to share
it with the present and future generations of Plaistow.
The 13 page booklet covers several topics including the class will, book reports
and a sketch of the classroom layout. The entire Jolly Eighth Journal is on
display at the museum, so please stop by
to look through it.
In this exhibit, we
have their report on a bus trip to Boston and the sites they visited, authored
by several class members.
A Bus Ride (Barbara Fulmore)
When the bus which was to take the seventh and eighth grades
to Boston arrived, a swarm of girls and boys met it halfway up
the street. When we were finally seated we found that the boys
had all the back seats and the girls were sitting three in a
seat, but no one minded being crowded. Before we left we were
counted to make sure that no one was being left behind in Plaistow.
We became quite used to being counted as the day went on. We
couldn't risk leaving anyone in Boston.
With three of our star singers; Marguerite, Bernadine, and
Cecile to lead us, we sang most of the way to Bunker Hill. What
we lacked in quality was supplied in quantity and we at least
enjoyed our music.
After a very busy day the bus started for home. We stopped
for our supper at a small eating house. I think our mothers
would have been amazed at the amount of food we consumed that day.
Even though we were seated differently than when we began the
trip in the morning, we made just as much noise.
After traveling through Lowell, Methuen and Haverhill, we
finally reached our own town of Plaistow.
Everyone agreed that the Boston trip was a BIG success.
Bunker Hill Monument (Ruth Cornell)
We had come all the way from Plaistow, N.H. to Boston, Mass.
Our first stop was at Bunker Hill to see and to climb the
monument. We were very excited and just as eager to get to the
top. When we reached the 294th step we were not so eager but
we were quite out of breath. We went up a circular stairway
at the top of which we discovered a shaft that went down to the
ground. Looking down made one dizzy and think, I must have
climbed nearly a mile. In the tower room was a small cannon hanging
upon the wall. Looking out from the barred windows one could see
very far over the city.
It was much easier to go down the stairs than it had been
to climb them.
Faneuil Hall Market (Raymond Doyon)
It seemed to me as we went through Faneuil Hall Market
that we saw all kinds of vegetables, fruits, fish, and meats
There were heads of many kinds of animals nailed above us
as we went through the main part of the building. As we walked
past one booth I heard a man say to his friend, Is this your
family, George? The other replied, I wish it were.
Everyone seemed to be interested in our group and many asked us
where we lived.
Customhouse Tower (Marguerite Dupras)
I had always liked elevators until Saturday. In going
up the first eighteen floors of Customhouse Tower I not only
lost my liking for elevators, but I felt as though I were losing
my breakfast as well. We had to change elevators and the second
one was much better than the first. When we got to the top we
walked around the tower on the platform which surrounds it.
|Bernadine Bergeron|| ||Barbara Fulmore|
|Walter Bryant|| ||Carlton Gaudette|
|Jean Clark|| ||James Hale|
|Marie Collins|| ||Gale Holmes|
|Ruth Cornell|| ||Richard Huntress|
|Herbert Daniels|| ||Richard Keezer|
|Raymond Doyon|| ||Alma Loring|
|Sybil Dunn|| ||Frederick Mercer|
|Marguerite Dupras|| ||Ralph Rowe|
|Audrey Faxon|| ||Richard Sherwood|
|Ralph Fowler|| ||Doris Wade|
From the top of the tower we could see cars parked on many
roofs, ships anchored in the harbour, and planes in the sky. We
had a splendid view of the airport. While we were watching we
saw two planes go down the runway, face the wind and take off.
Another interesting thing about the tower was the big red
search light which had a bulb larger than any that we had ever
Shortly after this, having seen all we wanted to, we went
down on the elevators, got on the bus and rode on to Franklin
Park where we ate our lunch.
Franklin Park (Richard Huntress)
The first thing we did upon reaching Franklin Park was to
eat our lunch. When we had finished Miss Crombie told us that
we could go anywhere in the park we wanted to until two o'clock.
I went to see the monkeys first of all. There was one big
one who lay on the floor with his hand under his chin. He looked
disgusted with the whole world. Then I went to the building where
the lions and tigers are kept. Some were pacing back and forth
and the others were lying around. I saw the elephants which were
very large. All of them had chains fastened on their legs and
attached to stakes.
It was nearing two o'clock so Jimmy, Edward, and I decided
to have a soda before going to the bus. While we were at the
fountain we heard a man say that a shower was coming. We hurried
to the bus and got there just as it started to rain. And did
The Museum of Natural History (Richard Sherwood)
As we entered the Museum we saw, directly in front of us,
a scene of the sea shore with stuffed sea gulls in the foreground.
We looked at rock and mineral samples which were in a room to the
side of the building. Suddenly one of us discovered a complicated
machine in a nook by the stairs. A guide told us how to operate it.
First we saw precious gems under ordinary light and then the
ulta-violet light was turned on. How the beautiful colors of the
gems shown and sparkled in the new light!
|Class of 1941 - Grade VIII
|Class Teacher|| ||Marcia Crombie|
|Class Colors|| ||Blue and Silver|
|Class Flower|| ||White Carnation|
|Class Motto|| ||"Follow the Stars"|
|Class Attendants|| ||Joan Lagasse and James LeGault|
|Class Marshal|| ||Ernest Mercer|
In order to enter the main room uptairs we had to pass
through the jaw bones of a whale which were many feet long. Overhead
was suspended a whale skeleton which was over forty-five feet
in length. The guide told us that whales grow over twice that size.
In the side rooms were many different kinds of fish and birds.
All around the main room were scenes of various animals in their
natural surroundings. They were so real one could imagine that they
were alive. In one side room was a complete fox family and on the
other side was a beaver's house which had been reconstructed. This
was one of the most interesting places we visited, I think.
Harvard Museum (W.B.)
In the afternoon we went to Harvard Museum. We started at
the center where the famous collection of glass flowers is kept.
Then we went to the rooms where they stuffed animals and I
became separated from the rest of the group and consequently, I
saw more as I could walk faster alone. I was able to keep ahead
of the man who was closing the room for the night. I was early
out of the animal exhibits, and also the exhibits of rock formations.
When I came back to the group it was time to leave.