Today in History: Legion to Form ‘Covered Car’ Society | New
A local Car of the 40 Houses and 8 Horses Societies will soon be organized in Cadillac, according to the plans of the local officials of the American Legion. The Society of 40 Houses and 8 Horses is the so-called “box car” organization that spans the country in collaboration with the American Legion. It is the playground of the Legion and corresponds to the Masonry Sanctuary and other ancillary degrees of various kinds. The Societie was formed to perpetuate memories of fun in France and all ritualistic work contains allusions to French phrases learned by soldiers in France. The Box Car Society was formed in Philadelphia about a year ago when members traveled to the National Convention in Cleveland in box cars. The idea took hold that the company was incorporated and departments formed in each state. Members wear a French hairy horizon blue hat during their meetings and the member badge is a bronze boxcar on a blue ribbon. The presiding officer is called Chef de Gare and the national commander is the Chef de Chemin de Fer. About 50 members were introduced to the State Legion convention in Kalamazoo this week, among the “prisoners of war” being the National Commander, John Emery; Department Commander Paul Martin and Cadillac Station Warrant Officer Ray E. Bostick.
Objects thrown into the stands during football games at Veterans Memorial Stadium could cause the pitcher to be ejected from the game, officials from public schools in the Cadillac area said today. Supt. William D. Smith said more supervisors will be put in the stands in an attempt to control the problem. He said the items are mostly paper, but even these can be dangerous with sharp folded edges or heavily padded. A campaign to eliminate the problem was launched today in all schools and Smith said he wanted to bring the problem to the attention of parents.
A parent called because she didn’t like her sophomore crossing town with an elderly person for something to eat. Another parent called, fearing that their child might not even be able to eat lunch. Overcrowding at Cadillac High School is easily evident during lunch breaks. Sitting in the building’s cafeteria just doesn’t allow the school to feed all of its students, forcing some to cross the street to a pizzeria or cross town for food. The cafeteria accommodates 200 students. There are three 30-minute lunch breaks. And there are currently 1,130 students in the high school, a building designed to house 915. “Obviously the pressure to get in and out is tough,” said Superintendent Fred Carroll. “Chaotic,” high school principal David Williams said, describing the rush for lunch. Seniors Kate Bodwin, Mandy Daniels, Lisa Leineke and Jaime Goodrich are used to it. “Sometimes you have to wait 20 minutes for your food,” Leineke said. “So you only have seven minutes to eat it.” Girls don’t like to feel rushed, but they’ve been doing it for so many years that they “got used to it,” Daniels said. They each carry large bags of books to avoid stopping at their lockers between classes, which they say is nearly impossible if you want to be on time. The four of them eat in the cafeteria every day except Wednesday when there are two longer lunch periods. It was then that many students went to the restaurant for lunch.