Looking Back to 1916: Graduation at Milton 100 Years Ago
by The Milton Measure on Friday, June 10th, 2016
Graduates’ Day dawned in a pouring rain. However, this let up about seven-thirty, and by nine o’clock the sun was out. The morning was given over to a ball game between the 2d team and the grads who were so inclined, a tennis match with St. George’s and the exhibition of school equipment and activities. We must make special note that the 2d team won their game, although they got no hits off. S. M. Felton, the former Harvard pitcher.
At one o’clock a stand-up lunch was provided in Forbes House. Tennis and gold were then in order till the St. George’s game at two-thirty. Since the game was well played and as we won, it was thoroughly satisfactory to all Miltonians. As a soothing finish to the day’s exertions, tea was served at the Lane’s.
While the Graduates’ Association held its annual meeting in the schoolroom, the boys had their spread in Forbes House. Their meeting over, the Grads adjourned to the main dining room to feast.
The toast-master, Mr. Albert Bigelow, ‘99, after putting his hearers in the right mood by an anecdote, introduced Mr. Field as the first speaker.
Mr. Field spoke first of the regretted absence of Messrs. Lane, Harding and Le Sourd. After reading a message from each of these gentlemen, he went on to speak of the growth of the school and of its prospects. He spoke of its attitudes and sentiments, as a credit to the school in things both important and unimportant. He told of its religious feeling which, while not so emphasized as in Groton or St. Mark’s, is strong.
The next to speak was Mr. John F. Perkins. He ran on some time in a humorous vein, and then turning to more serious topics spoke of the good work of school teachers in general, and of Mr. Field in particular. He closed by calling for a regular cheer for Mr. Field, which was given with a will.
President Lowell was then introduced and cheered. He talked of the value of education which gave a man the faculty of working with other men and of using his powers where they would do the most good.
The lantern was then brought in and Dr. F. B Grinnell gave an illustrated lecture on the work of the American doctors in stamping out the typhus epidemic in Servia. Both the pictures and the explanation were interesting. He described and illustrated the nature of the country and showed the wretched buildings used as hospitals.
On behalf of the Graduates we wish to thank Miss Packard and others for their labors towards making the dinner a success.
Short URL: http://miltonmeasure.org/?p=8215