A campus mystery began on October 2nd! Half-eaten apples and carrots, hay, hoof prints, and some droppings started to appear around Washington Academy. Strange noises where heard over the intercom system, posters about a missing horse were found posted and many of our students and teachers wondered what was going on.
During our homecoming pep rally, they got the answer! The Washington Academy mascot, Rowdie, had lost his horse Charlie. Thankfully our school secretaries, Tammy and Kelly, managed to catch the horse in the office...He apparently enjoyed Mr. Reynold's Moxie that he had left on his desk. If you did not know that Rowdie has a horse, you are not alone. This was a surprise to many in the pep rally audience last Friday. Rowdie typically appears on campus without his trusty steed, but decided to bring good old Charlie out to celebrate homecoming this year!
Rowdie named Charlie after one of WA's first headmasters, General John Curtis Caldwell's horse, Charley.
The History Of Rowdie's Horse Charlie
As stated by Kathy Harmon (74), Washington Academy Alumni Association Treasurer at the annual Trustee Tea this past summer, "General John Curtis Caldwell was the Preceptor of Washington Academy in September 1855, 63 years after the school was founded. He set aside his books at the outbreak of war and was followed by a number of WA students.
His splendid Civil War horse Charley, survived injuries during the war, and was later sent back to East Machias to live out his remaining days. It was told that for many years after his burial, when Decoration (Memorial) Day came around, the grave of Charley was never overlooked by the soldiers. Though the exact site cannot be identified, his remains are believed to lie in close proximity to Washington Academy."
We were happy to have Rowdie and Charlie (WA Alum, Emily Hawkins 13' and her horse Chrome) join us for homecoming and celebrate a bit of WA history! The pair led the parade, carrying the Raider flag, and led the football team onto the field under the Friday night lights!
Above: Rowdie and Charlie (Emily Hawkins, 13' and Chrome)