||Edwin B. Worthen Collection
|Date of photo
||Members of the Watapah Canoe Club, 1900.
"The story behind this picture illustrates one great change which has taken place since 1900. On those days boys, and girls too, made their own amusements. We used our heads and our feet. We asked no one for playgrounds, for supervisors or money. We had the energy and will to carry through our own ideas - and got an amazing amount of healthy fun out of doing it. We went canoeing - good fun - but why hire canoes? We were all just out of High School and at work so we clubbed together and built a boat-house at Concord to hold 32 canoes. Did most of the work ourselves at night and on Saturdays. For a number of years, until we were married and babies took up our time, we spent many hours and holidays on the river. Seven trips down river to the Merrimac, to Newburyport and along Plum Island to Ipswich. Up river to Lake Cochituate and down the Charles to Waltham. Those are samples. And remember: no automobiles to whisk us to Concord in 10 minutes and home again in the evenings. Instead, bicycles, the electric cars or horse and carriage, or walk!
I have no quarrel with the present generation of young people, except the "Thumbers." I am disgusted at them. We who walked so much in our youth can't understand why boys now-a-days are too lazy to walk. Where are the boys today who can walk a mile in 11 minutes, who will walk to Nagog and back in a day, or take the afternoon train to Worcester and walk all night to be at work at his job in Boston the following morning? Are there any boys and girls today who would walk to the Shawsheen River, skate all evening and then walk home again?* We did all those things and much more like them, just for the joy of doing them. No wonder I don't like thumbers.
The boys in the picture are from left to right: Arthur Redman, Bill Barrett, C. Edward Glynn, Fred Hannah of Medford, William H. Ballard, Kenneth Redman, Walter Ballard, George F. Smith and Edwin B. Worthen.
(*Track team - Lester Redman, Roger Greeley, Howard Nichols, Ted Worthen, F. J. Spencer, R. Moakley, Ed Holloway, A. F. Turner - practice before breakfast then go to work.)"
||Ballard, Walter C.
Ballard, William H.
Barrett, William "Bill"
Glynn, C. Edward
Redman, Arthur P.
Smith, George F.
Worthen, Edwin B.
Worthen, Edwin B., Sr.
||Lexington Field and Garden Club
Mount Vernon NH
||Watapah Canoe Club, ca 1900