Sophie White at Silver Bay

SB Horace Mann Yearbook 1910

Jeremy Butler discovered these images from New York City’s Horace Mann School’s yearbook in 1910 and ’11. His grandmother, Sophie White Wells, is in the back row, far right. The images are from College Day, when each school’s delegation performed a skit or songs for the other YWCA Conference attendees, on the lawn in front of the Inn. Jeremy adds, “Both my grandmother’s and grandfather’s families were heavily involved with the YMCA and YWCA in the early 20th century. In fact, my grandfather, F. C. Wells, went to Beijing as a representative of the YMCA in 1911.”  Thank you, Jeremy!

SB Horace Mann Yearbook 1911

On Sale Now


The Dark Side of Silas Paine, 200 pages of Silver Bay stories & images, sold like hot cakes at the Lutheran Summer Conference, especially after the plug by Chip Devenger, and a small supply has been accepted on consignment at the Gift Shop in the Inn.

If you’re not at Silver Bay, you can mail a check for $14.50, which sum includes mailer & postage, to Kihm Winship, 8 E. Austin St., Skaneateles, NY 13152, and your copy go out in the mail. You can also pay via Paypal, to; be sure to include your mailing address.

Every copy comes with a complementary/complimentary bookmark from Jamie Jordan at the Paperweight Design Studio of Jacksonville, Florida, a crackerjack index by Laurie Winship, and a softcover designed by Kristina Henson.




I have no idea why these four women are lined up in front of another woman who is holding what appears to be a sword, and why they are in dark dresses while everyone else appears to be wearing white. But I am fairly sure they’re not going to be executed, because I would have read about that.

Governor Hughes Visits, 1909

SB Hughes Reception Line

The reception line of YMCA men awaiting the arrival of New York Governor Charles Evans Hughes.

SB Hughes plus Escort

Governor Hughes, in a dark suit, strides up to the Inn; I am fairly certain the man with the white side whiskers and his hat in his hand is Richard Cary Morse, for whom Morse Hall is named.

SB Governor Hughes

The reception line, which has fallen in behind the Governor, sings “Onward Christian Soldiers” as they pass in review, while the Governor greets men on the podium.

One of the lines from the Governor’s speech that day was “The striking feature of our present-day life is the constant search for reality.” These images are from a trove of Jesse Sumner Wooley postcards up on eBay.