HARVARD 1916 - REPORT III
PHILIP DUNCAN STEVENS
BORN at Malden, Mass., March 1, 1894. SON of Milan Fillmore and Minerva (Farnsworth) Stevens. PREPARED at Malden High School, YEARS IN COLLEGE: 1912-16. DEGREE: A.B.
WAR SERVICE: Enlisted April 29, 1918; Camp Devens, Mass., 301st Inf.; In France, July 25, 1918, to Nov. 29, 1918; Aug. 16, 1918, transferred to Headquarters Troop, 76th Division, Coporal.
ADDRESS: (home) 25 Phillips St., Malden, Mass.; (business) 201 Vassar St., Cambridge, Mass.
The fall after leaving college I went to So. Bethlehem, Pa., where I had secured a position as instructor in French at Lehigh University. Somewhat uncertain as to what success I might have in this new occupation, the way was made smooth by the kindly advice and counsel of my "Chief," Prof. Charles S. Fox, Ph.D., Harvard, a most genial gentleman and scholar. I was also fortunate in having for friends two of the finest fellows it has ever been my good fortune to meet, Allison Butts, of Princeton, and Barron Rex, of Lafayette. With them I kept bachelor's hall in a comfortable set of rooms and spent a very happy two years until our friendship was interrupted by the war.
In April, 1918, I went to Camp Devens and was assigend to the Co. B, 301st Infantry, Here I found many of my friends of boyhood days and I tried hard to make a good "doughboy" out of myself. In July, we left for overseas, crossing on the once palatial "Cedric," arriving first in England and then going to France. At Sain Amand I was captured by the "flu" and was detained in a French military hospital for a month. Here and later my knowledge of French proved valuable and made interesting a time that became irksome to many. Leaving the hospital, I was transferred to Headquarters Troop, 76th Division and made a corporal. Our division was not sent to the front as a whole, and it was not until after Armistice Day that our troops left the valley of the Cher. Before the end of December we were back in the States, our company being, I believe, one of the first to return.
For two years and a half I have been with the New England branch of H. J. Heinz Co., makers of the famous "57 Varieties," where I am fortunate in having as a mentor and friend, Fred Carrick, '06.
As a change from business, I greatly enjoy bowling, and when I succeeded in getting a "strike," I am as pleased as if I had just got a ten-case order.
Member: The American Legion
Harvard College Class of 1916 Secretary's Third Report By Harvard College (1780- ). Class of 1916, page 426. Google books