Bourne High School Alumni

Bourne, Massachusetts (MA)

Alumni Stories

To view the rest of your Bourne High School Classmates you must first

Bourne High Visitors To Washington In 1909 Shook The President's Hand

Class of 1909

Falmouth Enterprise, Friday, May 01, 1959, Page 7

Bourne High Visitors To Washington In 1909 Shook The President's Hand

Bourne High School senior class trip to Washington this past week recalled to some earlier graduates the very first Washington trip made by Bourne seniors, just 50 years ago.

For several years prior to 1909 the Bourne seniors had conducted a three day sale with the proceeds going to pay for an elaborate dance at graduation, free to all the townspeople.

In the spring of 1909, after the sale, Principal Lamprey suggested to the senior class that they use the. money raised to go to Washington. It cost twenty-five dollars apiece for an all expense week's trip. It was agreed that each senior should take along five dollars for spending money and should dress plainly, not trying to outdo the others.

Miss Marian Cousins, assistant principal, chaperoned the group, and one of the pupils still remembers her admonition, "Don't do anything to embarrass me," . . . and they didn't.

Those in the class were Raymond F. Babcock; Edward Browne; Alsop L. Douglas; John P. B. Ellis; Mary L. Gibbs (now Burrows) of Hyannis; C. Maurice Johnson of Pocasset; John F. Knipschild of Cataumet; Abble J. Nye who later married John P. B. Ellis, now of. Miami, Fla.; and Sarah W, Raymond of Bourne.

The group made the trip by train and by Fall River Line steamer. They stayed at the Riggs House opposite the White House in Washington. One of the highlights of the trip was shaking President Taft's hand of generous size.

Military Alumni

Military High School Alumni

Honoring Our Heroes

This area is dedicated to our alumni that have served or are serving in our armed forces!

Lost Class Rings

Have you lost your Bourne High School class ring? Have you found someone's class ring? Visit our Canalmen lost class ring page to search for your class ring or post information about a found ring.

Do you have a fun holiday story or a great family tradition? Share them with our fellow Bourne High School alumni! Submit your own stories, achievements and photos in our Alumni Stories section. Read other classmate’s stories and see what they have been up to over the years.

Happy Holidays!