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Publication Date

Spring 6-30-1932



"Why We Flunk"

"The Ten Commandments of Good Dress"

"Service in memory of Mr. Whittemore"

"When I Was a Girl at Framingham", by Edith Savage, Class of 1901.

By request, I am writing a little about our F. N. S. as I knew it when I was a girl here, many, many years ago. If 1' should tell you all I remember, I should have to write a volume. I belonged to the Class of 1901, and because of the “01" we were known as the “Naughty Ones." We were a very active and loyal group, and to this day are proud of our record in supporting Biennial and other interests of the school. Our total class enrollment was 194, of which number 79 were seniors, 88 juniors, 12 specials, and 15 Saturday specials. Only six of the seniors belonged to the Household Arts Department, which was then a young course at our school. The two main de- partments gave a two-year course only. The special courses were for one year. Much emphasis was placed on out- door exercise. We could walk, or play games, such as golf, tennis, tether or volley ball. Can you imagine us all dressed in long, heavy skirts and starched shirt-waists with high collars and long sleeves, trying to participate in these out-door games? In some ways I believe the members of ’01 were quite modern. For instance, we were told that we should be interested in self government so that many rules would be unnecessary. We had a course for “emergencies,” in which we learned how to meet the troubles of home and school, as far as health was concerned. We had a course in manual training. The commuters had a large room for recreation and lunch. They could buy at cost, soup, cocoa, rolls, and fruit. We 'had dances after Glee Club concerts. The seniors had one formal dance. A peep at the assembly hall would have surprised you. Everywhere were desks and seats, for the hall was used not only for opening exercises but through the day as a “Home Room.” The first floor was filled with children of the Practice School. There was no Wells Hall. Dormitory life was regulated very care fully for us. Crocker and Normal Halls were the only dormitories. Teachers lived in our midst and had more or less super- vision over us. How they stood us has ever remained a question to me. We all seemed to live a happy, comfortable sort of life, made good friends, and at the last hated to leave. Now we have memories of those days, which mean much to us. I can only wish that all who have likewise attended this old school may have as pleasant memories as I have at this time when I take this hasty glance back at my old school days.

- Edith Savage


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