Muffin Bacall Hester '39

"Aunt Dot was very much a part of everything at SMS and one of the reasons for my Father's decision to send me there was that he fell in love with her beautiful plaid cape!"

My memories of life at SMS are largely positive and also numerous. "Aunt Dot" was very much a part of everything and one of the reasons for my Father's decision to send me there was that he fell in love with her beautiful plaid cape!

I remember one day when I was complaining about the drabness of my lisle stockings and her answer (which I have never forgotten) was, "Don't worry about the character of your stockings, Muffin!" In a school of only thirty girls, Aunt Dot was involved in 'most everything.  

There were always prayers in the "Great Room" in the evening and the "General Confession" was frequently recited. It seemed as though transgressions were mentioned almost every night!
At the beginning of my senior year Judy Fiske Gross and I were scheduled to return early to help (?) Aunt Dot prepare for the school year.  But the 1938 hurricane interfered, decimating the Glessner woods and many other beautiful spots and caused all students to delay their return.  

At one point during my lengthy volunteer career at Emerson Hospital I was working on a shift with another SMS 'girl', Priscilla Jones.  It was during that time that we arrived at the conclusion that we must have gone to the same school, for we were constantly trying to achieve empty wastebaskets! I guess that feature was important in the 30's and I think I am still one of the frequent trashcan emptiers around the hospital!

The above may not be what you were looking for in terms of stories, but they are the memories that immediately come to my mind!
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THE WHITE MOUNTAIN SCHOOL

371 West Farm Road  •  Bethlehem, New Hampshire 03574  •  603.444.2928
Founded in 1886 and set in the beautiful White Mountains of northern New Hampshire, The White Mountain School is a coeducational college-preparatory boarding and day school for students grades 9-12/PG.

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