Arrival of Carl B. Kern
The following three articles appeared in Dayton newspapers in 1909
announcing the arrival of Carl B. Kern to the Dayton Y.M.C.A.
Reception Planned for Charles Kern, the New Boys' Secretary of
Next Friday evening at 6:45 every boy who belongs to the Boys'
department of the Y.M.C.A., together with any boys who are interested
in the Hustling club, are urged to be present at a reception to be
given for Charles Kern, the new boys' secretary.
Mr. Chamberlain, the chairman of the boys' work committee and the
other members of the committee, and Mr. Bard the president of the
Y.M.C.A., will be present and want to see the auditorium of the new
building filled with boys. The dormitory quartet will sing and
refreshments will be served in the boys' building.
Mr. Kern has been Boys' Work director at Ploughkeepsie, N.Y.
Previous to this time he was assistant to M.D. Crackle, secretary of
the West Side Boys' club of Cleveland. He then spent three years at
the Springfield Training School.
Boy's Director of the Y.M.C.A.
Carl B. Kern, the new boys' work director of the Y.M.C.A.,
reproduced from a photograph taken by The Daily News staff
photographer a few hours after his arrival in Dayton. Mr. Kern
succeeds Blake G. Godfrey, and took active charge of the work
Carl Kern Arrives
Successor to Blake G. Godfrey as Boys' Work Director of Y.M.C.A.
Assumes His Duties.
The new boys' work secretary and successor to Blake G. Godfrey, Carl
B. Kern, arrived in the city Monday evening and will enter upon his
new duties, Wednesday. He comes somewhat earlier than he expected
because of the opening of the winter work and the somewhat onerous
task that has fallen upon Physical Director W.E. Rice since Mr.
Godfrey went away. He will familiarize himself with the conditions
of the department immediately.
It is his intention to deviate very little from the policy of the
man he succeeded. Mr. Godfrey and the new secretary have been
friends, thoroughly, understand the methods of each other and are in
accord on the essential features of boys' work. The clubs and Bible
classes organized by Mr. Godfrey will continue as before.
Entertainments will be given from time to time in order to interest
the boys and occupy them. The summer camps will be planned as
The new secretary comes to Dayton thoroughly equipped for the
position and is well experienced in boys' work. Nine years work
among boys has made him adept in handling youngsters in the right
way. He began his training as assistant under B. F. Crackel of
Cleveland, the most famous boys' work secretary in the country.
Later he went to Springfield, Mass., and took a three years' course
in the International Training School of that city. He was appointed
boys' director of Poughkeepsie, N. Y., upon his graduation and
has held the position for two years up to the time that he was called
His labors in Poughkeepsie have been very fruitful and he has
personally accomplished much. When he first assumed charge there the
boys' department was in the process of reorganization and the
membership was comparatively very small. Largely by reason of his
constant efforts there are now 226 boys who are members of the
association. His resignation was accepted by the board of directors
with deep regret. He left with the good will of the other
secretaries and all the boys.