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1913 Corry HS Yearbook - The Owl - Senior Trip

Contributed by Teresa Hughes

This is a series of pages being presented based on scanned images from the June 1913 Corry Owl, the yearbook for Corry High School. This feature covers pages 16 to 21, most of which is dialog concerning the Senior trip to Washington, DC. This feature concludes this yearbook.

The images have been scanned by Bill Klauk from the yearbook that was on loan from Teresa and Jack Hughes in March 2003. Unfortunately, these web page were never created at that time, except for a small number of pages. The yearbook was originally owned by the late Arthur Schaub. Art was Teresa's father-in-law's guardian. Art had a Dutch Boy paint and wall paper store on Center street in Corry until the early 1970s. In the summer of 1937 Art visited the Elmwood Home for Boys and met Charles Francis Hughes.  Art became Chuck's guardian and Chuck moved to Art's home in Corry.  While attending Corry High School, Chuck meet Clarice Capwell, daughter of Alice Bennink and Boyd Capwell.   They were married in 1945 and in 1947 Teresa's husband Jack Hughes was born. Anyone having any comments or questions on the material presented should contact Teresa Hughes directly.

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The great event in the history of the Senior Class was the “Washington Trip” which began April 15th and ended all the way from April 2lst to 23rd.

The morning of the 15th the depot platform was crowded with hundreds of people to make sure that every Senior got out of town for the week, that Corry might have some rest, after the “On to Washington” campaign was really over. The Sophomore girls also appeared, armed with boxes of candy for each Senior. That candy brought back many visions of home and thoughts of the girls throughout the trip.

[Picture: The Seniors in Front of the White House]

At 8:10 the train arrived and the class piled into the special car at the rear of the train and the trip was started. While the trip of fourteen hours was tiresome, the class was entertained by standing on the “back porch” of the train and also by watching the show staged by the Mt. Jewett and Johnsonhurg classes which had our own M. P. Club stopped, which is going some.

We reached Washington about ten o’clock in the evening and were conducted to the Hotel Winston on 1st Street, N. W. near Pennsylvania Avenue. Here we all retired for the night (?)

“The next day it rained.” However, we were able to visit the capitol building and go all through it. While we were in the city we went through the Capitol, the Government Printing Office, Bureau of Engraving, the Treasury, the White House, the Congressional Library, Post Office, Pan American Building, D. A. R. Building, Corcoran Art Gallery, Washington monument, Lincoln Museum, Botanical gardens, City Buildings, Smithsonian Institute, National Museum, Fish Commission, State, War and Navy Building. Pension Building, Zoological Gardens. We also visited Mount Vernon, Arlington National cemetery, Lee mansion, Fort Myer, Georgetown and Alexandria. There were many other buildings we saw which we did not have time to visit. In addition to this we met President Wilson, received an autographed picture of him, had our picture taken on the White House lawn, and through the kindness of Mr. James Place and Lieut. and Mrs. Olmstead, we were allowed special privileges in many of the buildings and saw a special drill at Ft. Meyer. Part of the class went on to Philadelphia for a few days before returning.

There seemed to be no limit to the amount of information that some of the members could absorb. A few stood around the guides with mouths wide open and took in history by the square yard. For the small sum of 25c a guide would take you through the rotunda of the capitol, statuary hall, senate, house of representatives, Supreme Court room, President’s room, seven miles of corridor, and about ten years of his own life. One evening was spent in the Congressional Library and the rest of the evenings were left for the individuals of the class to do what they pleased. Most of them saw the “Garden of Allah” while there.

The class was divided up at the hotel and given suites of rooms as far apart as possible. The seven boys in No. 320 were as lively a bunch as ever found. Here’s a program of one evening’s entertainment in 320.

About 10:30 p. m. Bosworth got back from a walk with —? and came upstairs to 320. Door was locked. Sound of snores inside. Snores refuse to stop. Bosworth goes down stairs for re-enforcements. None in sight. Goes up Pennsylvania Ave and at the corner of 12th and Penn. meets St. Pierre and Schaub. They return. 11:59 they arrive at 320. Clerk telephones. Re-enforcements pound on the door. 12:10 the door shows signs of weakening. Snoring stops. Zeke gets up and lets them in. Lights are switched on. Hammond and Wall sleeping soundly. Chairs piled on Hammond’s bed. Solo from Hammond. Wall pulled out of bed. Duet from Wall and Hammond. Re-enforcements decide to look up Scott. They leave 320 and take key with them. Find Scott just getting in from the Driscoll. 2:30 Bow, Scott, St. Pierre and Schaub return from a lunch counter. Enter 320. Anvil chorus of snores of Wall, Ewer and Hammond. Water cure tried. Successful. Everybody retires. Lights out. Hammond hit with a shoe. Lights on. Who threw the shoe?. Lights out. Schaub kicks Bosworth out of bed. Hammond is sleeping soundly. Six others do an Indian war dance on Hammond’s bed. Solo from Hammond. Bosworth does trapeze performance over Ewer’s bed. Bosworth slips. Solo from Ewer. Pillow fight. St. Pierre injured by the curtain pole. Who threw the chocolate creams? 4 a. m. Communication received from the office to the effect that there was too much noise in 320. Communication answered by Scott. All retire. 5:00 all sleeping. 7:00 telephone call to get up. Yes, it sure was some trip!

1912 Junior-Senior Reception
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Transcription of pages 20 and 21:


Class Motto.
“Nihil Sine Labore”

Class Colors.
Royal Purple and White.

Class Flower

Class Yells.
Rickala Stickala!
Kazoo Kazeen
We are the Class of the Lucky Thirteen
Corry. Corry!
Kazoo! Kazah!
Nineteen Thirteen
Rah! Rah! Rah!
Rip, Rah, Ray!
Rip, Rah, Right!
1-9-1-3 — Purple and White.
Rah! Rah! Rah! Rah! Rah! Reen!
C. H. S. and Old Thirteen:
Corry, Corry, Corry,
Bingteen, Bangteen,
Corry High School
Nineteen Thirteen!


Toast to 1913

Here’s a sigh for those who love us,
And a smile for those who hate:
And whatever sky’s above us,
Here’s a heart for every fate.
Here’s a toast from our hearts, my friends.
From heart to heart let it run.
Here’s to the class of old ‘13.
God bless them, every one.

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