The Case of the Missing Clock

Surprises and the chance of solving “mysteries” are some of the advantages of working at the Archives.

When I get to work in the morning, I cannot help but think that maybe it will be the day when I will find somewhere a picture of the class of 1867, or I will discover a book with John Kennedy’s grades, when he attended Nobles Lower School, in 1925.

Realistically, most days do not bring such treasures, but when I do come across a “treasure,” it usually keeps my curiosity engaged for a long time. Quite a while ago, I was checking out a scrapbook. The original owner of the book is unknown and there are no dates to help along, but I would place it somewhere in the late ’70s. There were a few pictures particularly intriguing, showing men on the flat bed of a truck, unloading stones?! A caption said “Stones and clock from Volkmann School Building.”

The clock looks both beautiful and of large proportions, not an item for a mantelpiece, but for the side of a building. I have worked at Noble and Greenough since the late ’70s, so why have I never seen it?

Asking around brought a possible answer and another picture.

Mark Harrington, who has been here even longer than I, revealed that sometime in the ’80s, a student had come across the broken marble still showing the “Fortiter Fideliter” motto and had taken a photo for one of Mr. Swayze’s photo classes.

The question remains: what has happened to the clock?

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2 Responses to The Case of the Missing Clock

  1. Patricia Heys says:

    In the second photograph the clock metal frame circling the numbers appears to be damaged, misshapen and separated from the central section. Maybe it had rusted and weathered in the open air and had reached a sad demise…

  2. Patricia Heys says:

    Having been intrigued by this mystery myself I spent several hours following up some ideas via the Internet and to no avail. I’m sorry to notice that no one did better.

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