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Photo from the July 1942 Delaware County Advocate

Such a June day as James Russell Lowell once described favored the Chester Kiwanis Club on the afternoon of the 24th. The members took advantage of it with bathing, boating, peanut scrambles, shoe-kicking contests and so on. Several showed proficiency in balancing pencils on their chins while tottering over the terrain. Howard Miller covered himself with glory and sawdust by being the first to exhume, light and smoke a pipe buried in a large heap of sawdust. 

Chick Hummer had a lot of his own sawdust thrown right back at him, as the burrowing contestants tried to impede each other's progress.

Picnic fare was served under the big buttonwoods east of the lake. The Messrs. Medford had rigged up a marvelously ingenious and efficient contrivance for cooking hot dogs. It seemed to be a gasoline drum inclosing a plumber's furnace, mounted on a couple of General Price's best bricks. No patent pending so far.

The 25 pounds of frankfurters Bill Medford brought along were the most delicious we ever tasted. Bill himself was chief short-order cook and dispenser of mustard and relish. At the same time he kept pace with the hungriest, freckle-faced boy in disposing of his own provender.

Howard Miller was greeted with cheers when he arrived with a truck-load of milk, cream and chocolate milk drink. So busy were these gentlemen that they made the famous one-armed paperhanger look lazy.

Informal attire and hilarious activity notwithstanding, the eagle eyes of Texaco's Charles Cramer, Kiwanis president, and ex-president John C. Boyle, saw that the members behaved just as well as their wives and children. 

Photo from the July 1942 Delaware County Advocate
George Pedlow, Dr. John Miller, Harry Barnes, Adam Smith, Harry Deakyne and Charles Cramer, 
picking the winner in a "pop-ular" event, a blowing-up-paper-bag contest.

Photo from the July 1942 Delaware County Advocate
Lending a hand to chefs Medford and Buck in preparing rolls and "fixings" were four 
loyal Kiwanis daughters: Marjorie Black, Ruth and Joan Medford, and Doris Black. 
In the background is Mrs. C. D. Long.

Photo from the July 1942 Delaware County Advocate
Over the charcoal fire which kept the coffee hot hovered Chick Hummer, Dr. Rocco De Prophetis 
and Bill Boyd, roasting their hot dogs to suit themselves. In the rear Charles Hummer Jr. practices 
inflation of the rubber market.

Photo from the July 1942 Delaware County Advocate

Eager hands reach for the bottled cow. From left, C. L. Morris, Howard Miller the "milk man", Miss Marie Wahl, Mrs. Barry Morris and John C. Boyle.
In the foreground are Bobby Sullivan, Jack Boyle and Joe Sullivan, making away with their quota - at least the first installment. 

Photo from the July 1942 Delaware County Advocate
Like hounds after a rabbit Kiwanians Barnes, Cramer, Doc Miller, Deakyne, Smith, Bummer and Barry Miller dive in after a buried pipe. Apparently he who dives last dives best, for Barry Miller emerged triumphant. 

From The Delaware County Advocate - July 1942


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