Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Carleton College Parents Day 1965 Football, Snake Dance, Tradition? Beanie Hats?

 In the fall of 1965, my parents, Paul H "Pete" Weaver with his camera, and Peg, arrived at Burton Hall. Here I am in a sweater and Eldon J Spencer my roomie, appears to be in a sport coat for the event, in our dorm room with a bay of windows facing east to Willis Hall.
Here I am with my tall lean frame, with a green frosh beanie, with my mom, Peg Weaver, walking from Burton toward Liard Stadium with the West Gym in the background.
 Here are a couple of football teams, red and white and maroon and gold. Somehow I thought Carleton was maize and blue.  Perhaps I was unconscious at the time as I have no memory of my parents visiting and taking these photos. Selective memory?
 My dad called this the frosh "snake dance" and a bunch of folks are dressed in white shirts  I did have that silly green beanie on, and really wonder if anyone else remembers this. I remember going to down town Northfield and winding through the Grand Theater...and maybe this was the time...:-) ??
Looks like some one is drumming for us to run down the field........lemmings...:-)??

Looks like the white shirted group is heading south. I see Musser in the background with the South Scoreboard..
 The Carleton Singing Knights have often been known for some ribald humor.  I had forgotten I had cross dressed here in a short skirt for the Parents Day Concert wearing a green beanie as a frosh. I had not yet come out to anyone, including myself so this is rather fun.  Dave Peterson with the crutch is also from Faribault and a year ahead of me at Carleton, behind us are Jeff Hoel and Jeff Beckwith I think..
 My dad labeled this is "KEYNOTES -girl's singing group."
 OVERTONES, Male singing group at Great Hall on Parents Day.
Carleton Singing Knights- Mike Okada,(guitar) John Williams, Jeff Hoel, Paul Kedrok, Tom Weaver, Dick Ryberg, Jim Norris (guitar), Jeff Beckwith, John Greenman
 Here is our fully assembled Carleton Singing Knights Group at the Parents Day concert in Great Hall.  Not sure about the red Knights Shirt routine....Knights here are Stu Kendell '67, Jeff Beckwith '67, Tim Gardner '67, Jim Norris (in red) '69, Jeff Hoel '68, Dick Ryberg '69, Tom Weaver '69, John Williams '68, Dave Peterson '68, John Greenman '68

Monday, November 25, 2013

1967 End of Summer Drive from Faribault MN to Anchorage Alaska. Lots of Gravel Road..THE ALCAN!!

 At the end of the summer working at the Frier's Shell Service Station at the corner of US Hwy 65 and MN 60 in Faribault, I was invited by Fred Neubert to drive with him and his wife Ellie to Alaska where he had a teaching job awaiting him.  So he purchased a Chevy 3/4 ton pickup and I took off the last two weeks of summer vacation, before heading back to Carleton College in the fall of 1967.
North Dakota bad lands, part of the landscape of the great plains.

Here is the big sky country of Montana on Hwy 2 .I recall camping outside of Havre and perhaps this is the setting on on our way across the great northern plains.
 This slide was labeled Jackson Glacier at Glacier National Park.  To get an update of how the glacier has changed over the years, check out

 Here is a hand written warning that the trail is closed beyond Trail Gunsight Pass - Dangerous Bear! Grizzly!

According to my notes with the slides, we left Faribault on Aug 18, 1967 and went to Beulah, ND for our first step at the house and Baptist Church of Uncle Rev George Neubert, on the plains of ND near the Garrison Reservior as I recall. Here are Ellie and Fred on the tailgate of the pick up in a campground at Glacier National Park in Montana.

This is a real slide I took of Lake St Mary's at Glacier Park.  Seems almost surreal. Wonder what the patches of ice look like these day of climate change...
Customs crossing US 89 and Canada 2, heading north...from Montana to Alberta....looks like a blue and white Oldsmobile in the parking lot. Wonder what this looks like now. 45 years later! 

Here in Dawson Creek, BC, is mile 0 of the Alaska Canada Hwy.ALCAN.

Mile 456 at Muncho Lake.  Getting used to the gravel road after 400+ miles.
Laird Hot Springs at Mile 496. Fred Neubert in the distance with a NY kid, the temp is supposed to be 110 degrees F.  I remember it was refreshing. 
Contact Creek at mile 558, where in 1942 the Alaska hiway opened up.  Here I am holding up the sign as part of my 20 yr old demonstration of sign lifting skills.

At mile 614 we came across a recent event with this VW Bus overturned after hitting the pothole in the foreground   Driving was a biologist with many animal skulls for research.  No notes of whatever happened..

Swift River bridge construction at mile 723.  

Tasty wild raspberries at mile 832...mmmm

Whitehorse, the capital city of the Yukon Territory. Mile 912. The truck is seen down the block where we did laundry.  It was here I picked up a new 1967 dollar coin of the Centennial Set of Coins that each had an animal on it. 
Here are the 1867 - 1967 Alaska Purchase Centennial Coins that I picked up in Alaska along with the Canada animal set, 1 cent bird, 5 cent rabbit, 10 cent fish, 25 cent wildcat, 50 cent wolf and $1 goose. I enjoy the history of coinage....Queen E II and George VI too.

Mile 1000 on the Alaska Hwy with the St Elias Mts in the distance.

At mile 1016, we stopped for the night with lodging at Haines Junction..Note the truck parked by the building where we stayed. 

Here at mile 1221 is the end of the Alaska Hiway when we reached the Alaska Border...

20 Miles from Tok Junction this construction worker guy, did our second tire repair on the trip. He was a great professional as he repaired all the tires for the hiway construction crew!  
Here is the Matanuska Glacier we passed by on our way to Anchorage.

Found this slide labeled Babe Ruth World Series.  Odd, I have absolutely no memory of seeing this, Yet here is the photo with the Mountains in the background...

Downtown Anchorage AK in 1967.

I arrived three years after the Good Friday Earthquake of 1964.  South on the Seward Hiway there is a change in vegetation by the high tides (tsunami and other tides)
From Wiki "The most powerful recorded earthquake in U.S. and North American history, and thesecond most powerful ever measured by seismograph.[3] It had a magnitude of 9.2"

Seward Harbor with a Japanese Ship docked here. Drove South to Seward from Anchorage one day.

With Fred and Ellie staying in Anchorage for the next two years, I was on my budget trip now back to Minnesota for my 3rd year at Carleton College.  I stood by at the Anchorage Airport and flew to Seattle-Tacoma Airport for $50 stand by.   I then put out my thumb and went north to Canada and the trans Canada Hiway, Route #1.  

The Canada Hiway shares the Frazer River Canyon with two railroads, Canadian National and Canadian Pacific.  Note the tunnel. My notes say I got a ride from an electrician at this juncture. 
I was picked up by a guy from Huntington BC, who was looking for a honeymoon venue for after his upcoming wedding.  Here is haze from forest fires near Yoho National Park at sunrise.

 The Canadian guy with his VW Beetle I got a ride in

Takakkaw Falls or Yoho Falls, over 1000 ft drop 
 Emerald Lake in Yoho National Park

The author at Banff National Park, on my way to Alberta and Calgary.  In Calgary I got the longest ride of the trip, with a couple of guys who had a 1965 Chevy Impala with a reverb unit in the back seat where I slept on and off, as Bobby Gentry's hit song was played twice an hour!  ""Ode to Billie Joe" is a 1967 ode song written and recorded by Bobbie Gentry (born July 27, 1944), a singer-songwriter fromChickasaw County, Mississippi. The single, released in late July, was a number-one hit in the United States, and became a big international seller. They took my all the way to Winnipeg Manitoba....I just had a day trip from Kenora back to Minnesota to back it back for school in Northfield MN 

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Carleton Singing Knights - History and Stories - In the spirit of music, humor and Dacie Moses 1957 - today

Singing Knights Crest, 1984 back of Knights Handout, 12 pages given out at the 50th Anniversary gathering and concert Music Hall March 4, 2006. 

Tom Weaver here, Carleton Knight 1965-69.  It occurred to me that labeling all the photos in Dacie's home, and albums would add to the history and provide archives to see into the various iterations of the Dacie Moses House Experience.  Without the support of those who have gone before and after, my 4 years, it would be impossible to capture the essence and spirit that continues at 110 Union!  Thanks for your support and feedback and ongoing contributions....Tom W Nov 23, 2013

In the center of this photo, are two key figures in the growing legend of the Carleton Singing Knights. The first, Dixon Bond, '59 is looking down at the matriarch of 110 Union Street, to the second, Candace Moses, AKA"Dacie" to all of us.  This fall, I pulled down this photo from the north wall of Dacie's dining room and asked Dix to name the men here. Dix is the walking repository of Knights Lore and I sense it is very important to create a living story for this ever evolving tradition in a 21st century format.  So here is my intro to the Knights Blog page! 
 In 1958-9 the Knights circling Dacie L -R: Bart Campbell, Bob Parsonage, Wayne Penn, Tom Lowe, Dixon Bond,

(Dacie)  , Bob Bonebrake  and Jerry Schwanbeck
 I drafted the support of Polly Nason McCrae and Barbara Mauk from the class of '62, to name the folks on this color photo from 1959-60.  Roy Moses died in July of 1960 and we surmised the date of this photo and the names, Knights standing L -R, Tom Beech '61, John Beal ' or George Sweazey, 62, Larry Dry '61, Parker Palmer, '61, Bill Brown '62, Walter Soderlind '60, John Schwartz '62, Larry Gregg '61. Sitting:  Jay Austin, _____, Dacie and Roy Moses, Norma Austin and Liz Gardner '61, who had been dating Tom Beech at the time. Note from Barbara "Jay was the manager of the Carleton bookstore and the sponsor of the Knights. He was also the director of the Northfield Men's chorus that practiced at Dacie's house for years. Roy sang in it and it was great entertainment for him as he became blind. Dacie always prepared coffee and treats and then went off to the library to work."
Please add comments below and I will edit and update and give credit to the source.

1982 Dacie's Dining Room Table,  John Stout '62 front left at the table, with red shirted woman?_____,Lee Mauk '63,  standing Joyce Lanahan (Fischer) '64  Dacie in gray dress. Peter Baird '63,  Jim Lammers '63, Cecil Hutton, white shirt and bow tie. Thanks to Barbara & Lee Mauk for the ID's here for their era. 

1967 Album At 110 Union Street, Dacie Moses House. L-R John Williams, Mike Okada, Jeff Beckwith, Paul Kedrok, Tom Weaver, Jim Norris, Jeff Hoel, Dacie Moses, Dick Ryberg, Dave Peterson, John Greenman. 

Saturday, November 16, 2013

1965 Pelican Lake Milestones for the Weaver Family Cottage on Sunset Beach

"Pete" Weaver, 1965, AKA Paul Henry Weaver MD, took the photographic slides that I recently scanned in for my blog.  Here is a rare spontaneous photo of perhaps Peg taking this photo of him on the front porch with the windows facing the lake, with his ever present pipe. (note the little lid on it held down by magnets, so the ashes won't jump out and burn holes in the fashion materials he is holding!) Actually there are many instances of his burning holes in clothes from errant burning coals-ashes from his pipe.

My mom Peg Weaver in 1965, still with her auburn, reddish hair, working on her favorite hobby in the 60's, collecting and identifying mushrooms. In fact in 1970 she co authored a scientific publication through the Bell Museum at the U of Minnesota, that I will add later. 

Unique to this Sept 1965 gathering was the coming together of both Jack and Jim's fiancées, Nellie Jane Williams from Monmouth IL with red haired Jack Weaver on the left, with Melanie Marie Brick, from Weston-Westport CT on the right with Jim Weaver on the right.  I am the taller brother in the middle, holding Jack's Alsatian, German Shepard puppy, who I believe he named Budweiser after his favorite beer, back in the day.  PHW took this photo at the Pelican Lake cottage back woods near the parking spaces I recall. Photo by PHW
(Note: Jim and Melanie Married the next year, Aug 20, 1966 in Westport CT (As Jim went to Yale in the 60's for his PhD program in Physics, after graduating from Carleton in 1962, and he met Melanie in the east, as she was a graduate of Vassar which had some connection to Yale at the time as I recall. Jack was best man, and Jack and I hitch-hiked and took a Burlington train from Chicago to Winona, and then hitched to Faribault. Jack and Nellie married July 19, 1969 in Monmouth IL, where Jack had attended Monmouth College.   Nellie graduated from Western Illinois University in 1969 in Speech Communications. The author, Tom, served as best man at this wedding) 

Jack Weaver with his car, Ford? with Illinois plates. , with I remember a Fender (Jazzmaster??) Guitar in the truck with me perhaps supervising loading or unloading in back of the cabin. My parents new white Chrysler Station wagon is in the background. 

Nellie Jane Williams and Jack (John Eicher) Weaver by his car Pelican Lake 1965 by PHW

The front porch with its many windows overlooking Pelican Lake to the NNW, was the big social gathering and eating place at the cottage.  I had forgotten about the presence of cigarettes back then and noticed Jack and Nellie (checkered shirts) in the front each have one in their hands.  Melanie and Jim are in the left back, with me (with my mouth open :-)) between Peg, my mom and Nellie on the right. Photo by PHW 1965 Sept

Other spontaneous images on the porch.  Jack, Melanie and Jim. Looks like drinking coffee..

Melanie and Jim wrestling on the porch. More coffee! 

Me taking a home movie (wonder if that is somewhere?) of Nellie and Peg on the porch.

Tom (me) Nellie and Jack, having food and coffee on the front porch, Photo by PHW