Below are some Pineland Ski Club Pictures of Annual Ski
Carnival and Coronation. The ski carnival and skiing competitions
were held almost every year (I believe in March) provided snow
conditions were good enough. A Carnival Queen was chosen to represent
the event. From what I remember the Coronation was usually held
at the Town Hall after the competitions had been held and there was a
Ball and awards ceremony also. People would come from all around to
participate in the Carnival. I believe you had to be a member of the Ski
Club to enter the competitions. It was quite a tradition.
There were dues paid by all Ski Club
members who wanted to belong to the ski club and you got a Pineland Ski
Club patch which most members had sewn on their sweaters or ski jackets.
The Pineland Ski Club usually held weekly meetings during the winter
time up at the Town Hall. I remember watching
8 mm movie reels of some of the competitions and events
at these meetings. There was a secretary, treasurer, President and other
elected officers from what I remember.
I apologize for the quality
of some of these pictures. They
were some old slides I had converted onto a CD so I could load them onto my computer. Most all of these were taken during the 1950's & 1960's.
See if you recognize anyone?
L to R: Gertrude Percival, Warren Percival,
Merton Fox, Hazel Fox. Sign painted by Bill French - 1936.
First Carnival Queen 1928
Queen- Dorothy Bemis, Uncle Sam- Harry
Poor, Behind- Henry Hutchins, Hazel Fox.
Carnival Queens Past & Present 1976.
Front L to R - Eda
Roberts, Marjorie Campbell, Roberta Thurston, Queen
Leslie Mills, Mary Abbott. Sylvia Poor,
Frances Delong. Back L to R - Hean Peaslee, Dotty Jean
Learned, Barbara Glover, Elaine Gammon, Norma White,
Cynthia Bell, Gloria Howard, Virginia Bell, Juliette
White, Helen Lang, Barbara Pratt
Carnival Ball - 1927. L to R: Eunice Hawley, Dot. Campbell, Eva
Roberts, May Hall, Dr. Stanwood, Hazel Fox,
Marie Morgan (Queen), Grace Glines, Margaret Hall, Carrie
Morton, Mary MacNeil.
Front Row: Neil Bodwell, Doris French, Eda Perkins, Stan Fox,
Kathy Glines, Jean Glines.
Getting Ready for the march.
Crowning of new Carnival Queen
You can see the trophies on the table in
the background. The Carnival Queen would present the trophies to
the winners and would also give them a kiss as I
L to R: -Vickie Meisner,
Richie Davidson, Billy Simmons, and Bruce
Simmons getting ready for the ski events put on
by the Pineland Ski Club.
Bruce just learning. This is how I learned
to ski.. the Remington's taught me. I also remember a bunch of
us going to Louie Hall's Farm and packing the hill beside it and
some adults teaching us how to snow plow and herringbone up the
hill. How to do the stem christie turns, how to stop, and how to
get up if you fell. AND WE DID FALL! It didn't take too long
before we got the hang of it and almost every day we would find
a hill close by to practice our turns and stopping etc.
Somewhere in all this some good people in the town the Akers,
Percivals, Farringtons, Mills, and I'm sure many others decided
to put in a rope tow with several ski trails up on the east B
hill Rd. Talk about FUN! We all had a blast. These good people
donated many hours of their time to help us kids in all kinds of
sports and scouts and other stuff.
We used to make a lot of these snow jumps everywhere. We would
just look for a hill and put a jump on it. It was important to
work on your style points, distance, and of course a
Telamark landing just like the Olympic champions.
The Remington Clan
L to R: Clarence, Sonny, Robert, Tommy, Alan.
All active members of the Andover Pineland Ski Club. They held still
long enough for the picture but before and after it was probably
snowball fights and washing each others faces in the snow.
Clarence Remington loved to ski.
Every year the Pineland
Ski Club put on the Winter Ski Carnival and hosted ski
jumping and cross country events. The Winter Ski Carnival
and Ball was held after the events were concluded and a
Carnival Queen was selected and crowned each year. It was
all quite an event.
The bigger 40 meter ski jump hill
shown below was located
down on airport road where even before my time they used to have
an airport. There was also a 20
meter jump located next to the 40 meter one where a lot of High
School events were held. Ski Jumping was still quite popular back
then. This 40 meter hill was more for the adult competition. This
usually drew quite a crowd too if the weather was good. The little
hut you see in the picture sold food and drinks. A crowd of people
would come to watch.
I'm not sure who this is
but I think it may have been Stan Fox or Stan
Remington? This was the 40 meter hill down on
the airport in South Andover.
Someone maybe Clarence coming off
the jump and landing. In the picture above you can see
the landing hill of what was the "Mankiller" Jump on the
left side. The landing hill was as big as the jump and
hill on the 40 meter. Below is an old (bad) picture of
the Mankiller jump.
I never did ski on the Mankiller
Jump but looking at the picture it appears that it was a
wooden tower and jump that stood above the landing hill
that you see on the left in 2 pictures above. Someone
told me that Alan Bodwell held the record on the
Mankiller jump. This jump was right next to the 40 meter
jump down in South Andover off Airport Rd..
Actually Ski Jumps- plural. I'm
not sure what size they were. The one closest looks
like it may have been about a 20 meter jump?? I
don't remember these as they were not around in late 1950s
The jump above was located out
back of Historical Society Building. There was a
small gravel pit on the east side of the Historical
Society Bldg. We skied on this jump a lot when we
were kids. We even has night lights on it so we
could ski at night. We would go to Pineland Ski Club
meetings which if I remember right were held during
the week at night and after we would turn on the
lights and ski jump for awhile.
An alpine slalom event
held on the hill of Spidell's house across from what used to
be the old
picnic area. I think this is Vicky Meisner on the course