Compiled by Donald G
January 20: The village schools have closed and due to the
shortness of the winter term a private school has opened for those who wish to
attend at the academy and taught by Miss Inez Stewart. January 27:
The second of the series of lectures being given at Gould Academy occurred January 19th.
The subject was “Combustion” which was scientifically illustrated
March 3: The
winter term of Gould Academy opened last Tuesday. March 17: West Bethel: Only about half of our Gould Academy students could attend school this
week due to prevalent coughs and bad colds
April 24: A business college course of exercises is
introduced into Gould Academy by Mr. (Prof.) Hall. Ceylon Rowe
has given ten dollars towards a replenishment of books in Gould Academy
Library. Funds are being raised for that purpose. Students of Gould Academy had a surprise sugar party and
sociable Thursday. First event of the evening surprised the principal. Misses
Farwell, Pride and Grover had taken a paper through the village and raised over
$50 for the (Academy’s) library. The reading room “promised well last year”
reaching above expectations. All the magazines and papers promised for this
year have been received except the “Atlantic” and Youth’s Companion. “For these and this last
token of good will we are indebted to the kindly interest of Bethel people and their generosity.
May 15: Bethel: Mrs.
Jacob Horton of Bethel who is about to leave for California has made a valuable contribution
to the zoological collection at Gould Academy. It is a collection of over 750
different kinds of eggs including those of turtles, snakes and even a humming
bird’s egg. Her fine collection of specimens is now in the cabinet and opens
for viewing. The Gould Academy Athletic Association has just finished grading
and fixing a nice lawn for croquet. The popular Newport game will be a favorite with the
ladies. The association’s new flying rings have been in use this week; good
hard muscle is expected as a result of their use. Rev. Mr. Barton preaches the
baccalaureate sermon to the graduating class next Sunday. May 29: Gould Academy: A successful term closed
Thursday with an examination in the morning and graduation exercises in the
evening. The Bethel Water Company has voted to give water to the two public
schools in town and to Gould Academy.
[Special to the Oxford County Advertiser.]
Gould Academy Alumni Association. For
some time it has been thought by the students of Gould Academy, that it would
be an excellent plan to form an alumni association, in order that at least once
a year, a reunion might be held of those scholars and classmates, who have gone
out from the Academy from year to year.
heretofore, no steps have been taken to carry out this plan, until at the close
of the last term, when through the
efforts of Prof. Hall, the two classes of ‘90 and ‘91 met at the Elms House and
formed such an association , electing the following officers: President, B.L.
Bryant; vice President, Maude Kimball; secretary, Alice Pride; treasurer,
Arthur Wiley. But we find that no accurate account has been kept for the last
twenty years, of the various classes. Partly because of the frequent changes of
teachers, and partly because there has been no organization upon whom this duty
this reason we would ask, that all those who can give us information regard to
any of the se classes, of who they were composed, and as far as possible their
business and address at the present time, not only would confer a great favor
upon the present officers, but would help to carry out a work, which we hope
will be of some use to the institution., and productive of many pleasant
gatherings in the future.
each one, for the moment, lay aside their many busy cares, and , in your
thoughts wander back to the many pleasant and profitable hours spend at the Old
Academy, and consider , whether or not, it would be pleasant to meet again, the
same boys and the same girls, only of “older growth,” with whom you enjoyed so
many happy days. This is what we are
striving to do, and we trust that we shall not be disappointed, but shall
receive the cordial aid of all the former students. Kindly address all
communications to the president at Bethel.
Note in the
advertisement above, printed in August 1891, that the academy calls itself “Gould Academy” although its official name remained “Gould’s Academy.”
September 8: West Bethel: Several scholars attending Gould Academy from West Bethel are boarding at home. September
11: Bethel: Gould Academy has
opened with every indication of a prosperous term. The Senior Class has showed
great energy and tact in the management of the school ride and picnic Monday.
The outing’s description covers its trip to “Peake’s Hill” at sundown, a corn
roast and marvelous views of the river valley and mountains.
October 13: The second annual field day of the
Interscholastic Athletic League was held at the (Oxford) county fair grounds Saturday
afternoon. The schools represented in the league are Bridgton Academy, Gould Academy, Hebron Academy and Norway High School. The program consisted of track
and field events.
27: Gould Academy students entertained the village
people in A.S. Bean’s Hall (in West Bethel) with a mock trial and other presentations.
4: North Newry: Genie Littlehale is to return with Maenette to Bethel to attend Gould’s Academy.
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