500 School Children Enjoy First Boat Ride of Season
SUNDAY morning THE DEMOCRAT AND LEADER, DAVENPORT, IOWA JUNE 4, 1950 500 School Children Enjoy First Boat Ride of Season 9s v V-v . 60 X ; 1 I , i2sxxssl :Cfc2 r 1. - K . 1 rSr S:.--m ...... xtL-ar- lit fewU Afv J """SI x. " x ; in ..n I I n 1 . A A ( K'Afvi ' I S - " iiwiiiiii , I ' 'S - - CP . HAPPY "SAILORS" MAKE A LANDING Approximately 500 Quad-city school children, their mothers and some of their teachers, inaugurated the river excursion season Saturday. afternoon with a trip down the Mississippi. Not without incident, the excursionists were grounded on the Rock Island levee for several minutes and then delayed in mid-river for a half hour below a tardy openjng Crescent bridge. WIND-SWEPT TOP DECK POPULAR Despite a cool wind blowing off the river Saturday, the top deck of the Steamer Avalon was a popular gathering place for many of the kids. Many would have liked to go. up higher, but a ' watchman stationed at the stairway recited the maritime law forbidding such a venture to each "gang; CAPTAIN AND THE KIDS Captain Charles Hall was a popular man on the boat. Wherever he went a swarm of children followed him to hear him bark his orders to the ' crejv. This picture shows him on his platform on the foredeck supervising embarking . operations in Davenport. , 4 fSj A. - " ..'4 VVHSv-c X5S;'iCBfS' :i AND NOT A SEASICK CASE IN THE BUNCH A statistician could have kept himself busy Saturday estimating the gallons of soft drinks and the bushels of popcorn consumed by the 486 passengers. But the boys and girls weren't worrying. The day was theirs and so was the boat and three and a half hours was an awful short time in 'which to spend a life at sea. THEY KNEW SHE WAS COMING But they didn't know where. Nearly 300 passengers who waited for the bolt in Rock Island chased the elusive gangplank up and down fee waterfront for a half hour while the crew man- ; ii2 id aged to beach it with all the ability of the U. S. Navy. They JUST CRUISING NO SNOOZING All that talk finally set the plank down after having to move several about romances aboard ship must have seemed a little cx- of the cars from the levee. aggcrated to Mary Lou Gaffery. left, and her sister Kath leen. The two girls, students at Holy Family school, dis- covered later that most of the "men" on the boat were", building a stag line around a dance floor downstars. Downstairs they could compete with anybody.