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1924 Continued


This being the last issue of the current year, your Secretary feels that it is quite important that we make an appearance. Since writing the last notes I have had one letter and made one personal contact. The letter is from Abdun-Nur, who is in Agnes Memorial Sanatorium in Denver, Colo., where he is fighting off tuberculosis, and one would gather from his letter that it is going to be a winning fight for Abdun-Nur, although he had a temporary set-back sometime ago with the flu.

While in Hopewell, Va., recently I ran into Dick Bushnell, who is with Stone and Webster, acting in the capacity of a mechanical engineer on the expansion of the Atmospheric Nitrogen Corporation plant.- As for myself, on April 26, 1930, I married Mrs. Gladys Monahan of Syracuse and we are living at the address given at the end of these notes. We extend a cordial invitation to any of you who chance to be in Syracuse to call on us.

The parting shot for the current year is: let's crash through next year and have some good notes. Think it over while you are on your vacation, in case you are too  busy during the year. - FRED S. HUNGERFORD, Secretary, 1804 W. Genesee Street, Syracuse, N.Y.


Perhaps the news of the greatest moment at the present time in Course XIII was a note which I received from Ernie Stone announcing his engagement to Miss Muriel Estes. We have waited quite a while for such an announcement from you, Ernie.

Fred Ashworth dropped into my office the other day, and during the chat and during lunch I learned that Fred is pretty well rushed at the present time trying to supply the new cup defenders with all the necessary blocks and what not that goes to make a high class racing yacht. Fred has also become the owner of a sailing craft himself, and expects to be competing in the O class before long. Gubby Holt seems to be a hard man to locate, but Fred says he has left Chicago and is back in New York. - The only other three fellows of whom I have heard recently are El Thayer, Ed Russell, and Harold Young. El Thayer is still at Fore River, and Ed is still with the telephone company in Providence. Along with Fred we had the pleasure of a reunion one Sunday last fall at El's home in Weymouth. Young is back in California, but further than that I can't go at the present writing.

I've met a few of the fellows outside of the course recently. I saw Don Moore and Bud Robertson the other day. Don tells me that he is with the New England Power Association and Bud is with a firm of investment engineers, but thinks he will get back to flying. I also ran into Gene Cronin the other noon. Gene is a district manager for the Telephone Company with headquarters in Boston. As for myself I'm still with the Telephone Company and would be glad to see any of the fellows who might be around 125 Milk Street, Boston, in Room 308. - GORDON C. JOYCE, Secretary, 16 Grove Street, Malden, Mass.


Frank Fricker, in his yearly letter, relates that he has moved north again. The Ethyl Gasoline Corporation, for whom he works, has its New York office in the Chrysler Building, and Frank will use that as his headquarters for his travels around the eastern states. During the winter Frank was in Atlantic City, in charge of the Ethyl display on the Steel Pier. The display consisted of a special Delco-Light home lighting machine redesigned into a high compression job, and fixed so that it operated alternately on untreated and Ethyl treated gasoline. A tachometer and a wattmeter mounted on the front of the panel board show the increase in speed and power when using the Ethyl gasoline.

We have two engagements to report this time, but no weddings. Apparently everyone is waiting for June. Nesmith Thompson is to marry Miss Margaret Gray Scadding of Lowell, Mass. Miss Scadding is a graduate of the Ovenden School at Barrie, Ontario, and has studied textile design at the Lowell Textile Institute. The other engagement is that of Weldon Fairbanks Heald to Miss Phyllis Warde. - FRANK W. PRESTON, Secretary, W. Va. Pulp and Paper Company, Piedmont, W. Va.


At last Course VI is adequately represented. Ronald Martin has taken over the secretaryship that Elmer Knight was forced to relinquish because of his illness. Der Konvergenzpunkt promises to place all his facilities at the disposal of Ronald, and he bespeaks for him the cooperation of all Course VI men.

It is a matter of deep regret that Ronald must record in his first notes as Course VI Secretary, the death of his predecessor and friend, Elmer Knight. To his tribute to Elmer, we can but add a statement of our great sense of loss. In behalf of the Class, the Secretary has formally presented to Elmer’s parents an expression of its corporate sympathy.

Announcement is at hand of the engagement of Elizabeth Crane Tolman of Dedham to Howard R. Parker, and of Miss Joyce Cran of Merrow, England, to Thomas Henry Barry. – The Secretary was sorry to miss Don King when he called at the Office recently. – Philip W. Robinson writes that he has accepted a position with the Harbison-Walker Refractories Company of Pittsburgh, Penna. He is supervising the rebuilding of a kiln at their Templeton plant.

Mooney Owen, bereft of any Course XV notes, sends in his new address: 213 South Wesley Avenue, Oak Park, Ill. He notes the marriage of George Edmonds.

Arrangements are now being completed for the 1926 Dinner at the Engineers Club, Friday, June 6, a date long past when

this reaches the reader. It is to be the Class’s first big gathering since Senior Prom.

Count Colt has a son, L.B. Colt, Jr., born May 2, 1929. – C.B. McFarland is now located at 136 North Spring Street, Middletown, Penna. – J.R. Killian, Jr., General Secretary, Room 11-203, M.I.T., Cambridge, Mass.


I am extremely sorry to have to report the untimely death of Elmer F. Knight. After suffering for eleven months with his unknown sickness he seemed on the road to recovery. In fact, he was doing wonderfully well until Thursday morning, April 24, when he took a sudden turn, sank rapidly and passed away peacefully that evening. I was notified immediately and drove up to Orange, Mass., to attend the funeral. Bob Chidsey and I were pall bearers.

I am sure that all of Elmer’s many friends will be shocked to hear of his death. He was born in Booth Bay, Maine, June 4, 1903, prepared in the public schools of that town until his third year in high school, after which he moved to Orange, Mass., and graduated from Orange High School. He entered Technology in the fall of 1922, registering for the Course of Electrical Engineering.

He was very popular in the dormitories and served on the Dorm Dance Committee, the Junior Prom Committee, the Endowment Fund Committee, and Senior Week Committee. He was a Class Day Marshal, a member of Scabbard and Blade, of the Aeronautical Society, Mathematics Club, Electrical Engineering Society, and was active in track and baseball. He was Class Treasurer his Senior year.

After graduation he took a position with the New York Telephone Company and advanced very rapidly until his illness forced him to stop work. In September 4, 1928, he was married to Helen F. French at Orange, Mass. It seems a pity that a man with such a magnetic personality, such power to perform great things, with such a bright outlook for the future should be taken from us so early in life. We sincerely mourn his loss.

Since my last letter which was published in The Review, I believe in February of the present year, I have been transferred back from the Boston Office of Jackson and Moreland, to resume my work on the D.L. and W. Electrification. This is the first 3,000-volt multiple unit electrification ever attempted, and I find the work very interesting. Most of my work has been confined to the study and design of the Car Equipments themselves, and just now I am located in the Berwick Plant of the American Car and Foundry Company as an inspector on the installation of the Electrical Equipment. I find the work very interesting indeed, and certainly enjoy travelling around the country from place to place and meeting so many different people…

I wouldn’t be at all surprised if there were not other Technology men located in these parts, and if so, I wish that they
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