Thoughts about A.T.I.
By Donald A. McDonald, Class of 1948
I started in the '42 - '43 year as an Ag major. I started driving, but ended up staying in the room above the Greenhouse and Gym.
|I worked some in the Greenhouse and Poultry House part-time. I was paid the amount of unskilled help in those days, which was thirty-five cents per hour, which wasn't too bad since bread was selling for ten cents a loaf!|
We played basketball in the gym over the farm shop.
Some of the people and things I remember:
- Bill Long, who was the Farm Management and Agronomy teacher. He gave us a test once and most of us didn't know the answer (which was one amount), so he said we would get 30 points extra. Only two of us 130 points which was the most I ever got!
- Elmer Clapp was the Animal teacher. He limped on one foot. We had to help in the barn and take care of the cows one week.
- Evan Dana was the Crops and Poultry teacher. I worked some in the poultry house candling eggs.
- Franklin Hicks was the Technology teacher and I got my milk-testing license.
- George Hill was the Shop teacher and we did a lot of repair work on motors, especially tractors.
- Lottie Southworth was the English teacher and we had to learn to speak in front of other people.
- Most of the boys who drove, ate dinner in one of the cars and "shot the breeze".
The war started in 1939, so most of us boys didn't go that year. I started again in 1947 and finished in 1948. After finishing school, I bought one of my father's farms and have lived there ever since. My son, Robert, is running the farm now. Three of my children are now working at "ATC" (SUNY Canton) now; Janet Livingston, Denise Burrows and David McDonald.
~ Donald A. McDonald, Class of 1948
Lisbon, New York
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