The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on February 8, 1955 · Page 14
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 14

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, February 8, 1955
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FAO« FOURTEEN BL1THEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 1958 A Good Turn 45 Years Ago Responsible For Scouting in America. A "good turn" by an unidentified British Boy Scout in 19(09 to an American businessman who had lost his way in a London fog, led to the incorporation of the Boy Scouts of America in Washington, D. C., 45 years ago on Tuesday, Feb. 8. The late William D. Boyce. Chicago publisher, was so impressed with the helpfulness of the British Boy Scout, who declined his tip for the "good turn," that he accompanied the Scout to the office of Sir (later Lord) Robert Baden- Powell, founder of Scouting, learned about the program and brought a trunkful of pamphlets to America. Later, he incorporated the organization. On June 21, 1910, a'group of men representing 34 national groups interested in youth, started developing the organization and opened a temporary office in New York City. From that modest beginning the Boy Scouts of America has grown in 45 years until now it has active enrollment of over 3,660,000 boys and adult leaders. Since 1910 more than 22,750,000 American boys and men have subscribed to the Scout Oath and Law. First Decade: 1910-1919 President Taft became Honorary President of the new organization and at his invitation the first annual meeting of the National Council was held in 1911 in the White House. His successors in the White House have served as Honorary Presidents, and all have shown keen interest in Scouting. Colin H. Livingston of Washington, D. C., became the first President, an office he held until 1925. Daniel Carter Beard was National Scowt Commissioner, a post which he served until his death in 1941, Shortly before his 91st birthday. James E. West, a young attorney of Washington. D. C., accepted the invitation to be the administrative officer of the organization. Dr. West opened the first National Scoat Office at 200 Fifth Avenue. New York, on Jan. 2, 1911 with seven employees. Sixteen years later larger quarters were required and the National Office was moved to 2 Park Avenue, New York. Baden-Powell made a tour of the United States in Sept.,. 1910, explaining the program wherever he Vent. His timely visit gave great fcnpetui fo the organization work. The first of many National "Good Turns" came in 1912 when Bay Scouts promoted a campaign lor a safe and sane Fourth of July. Scouts rendered valuable service at Gettysburg, Pa., in 1913, aiding ttw Civil War veterans who gathered for the 50th anniversary of Wie famous battle there. ' Although a young organization. fts members gave a good account of themselves rendering aid in the wring floods in Ohio and Indiana. TOis and other civic service led Congress, in 1916, fo grant to the organization a Federal Charter which gives special protection to the name, insignia, terminology. Another Act of Congress protects ttoe Scout Uniform. Service in World War I nual Silver Buffalo Awards "for distinguished service to boyhood," in 1926. A big- Scout adventure came in 1927 when eight Chicago Sea Scouts sailed with the Borden-Field Mu> scum Arctic Expedition, north of Bering Sea. The 'following year Commander Byrd took a Sea Scout, Paul A. Siple of Erie, Pa., on his first Antarctic expedition and also in 1928 three Eagle Scauts accompanied the Martin Johnsons on a safari in Africa. The second decade closed Dec. 31, 1929 with an active enrollment Of 833,897 Scouts and Leaders. Third Decade: 1930-1939 In March, 1930, President Hoover launched a development program at a dinner in Washington attended by Cabinet officers, which commemorated the 20th anniversary. The Cub Scout program for boys of pre-Scout age was launched that year. In 1932 the Ten Year Pro' gram of growth was started, seeking to enroll at least one boy pf every four, keeping them in Scouting at least /our years. That year Ntys. Jacob H. Schiff presented to the organization the Mortimer L. Schiff Scout Reservation at Mendham, N. J., as itfe national training center, in honor of her son, a national leader in the movement for over two decades, and President at the time of his death in 1931. An American contingent of 406 Scouts and leaders attended the 4th World Scout Jamboree in Go- dollo, Hungary, in 1933 which brought 21,000 Scouts together from 46 countries. Scouts rendered outstanding service in relief work throughout the depression. The radio call from President Roosevelt on Feb. 10, 1934 for a "National Good Turn" resulted in the collection of 1,812,284 items of clothing, household furnishings, foodstuffs find other supplies for the needy and distressed. In 1935 when the 25th anniversary was observed, ihe membership passed the one million mark. The ten millionth copy of the "Handbook for Boys" was presented to President Roosevelt at the' While House in 1935. He was the first to become President a record as an active Scout Leader, having served a£ a founder antf President of the Boy Scout Foundation of Greater New York, and member of the Troop Committee of the Warm Springs, Ga., Troop. First National Jamboree At the invitation ol President Roosevelt, t-hc Boy Scouts of America held its first National Jamboree in Washington, D.C. in the summer of 1937. with 27.232 Scouts and lead- I ers camping on both banks of the | Potomac River. i From this camp, and American , Contingent of 814 Scouts and leaders went to VoscJenzang, the Neth- DEN SIX, TACK 223 — (First row) Bobby Seny, Charles CronJj, Wayne Johnson, Charles Harker, Jr.; (second row.) Dick Richardson, S. J. Hardin, Herman Turner. Mrs. Floyd Seay is den mother. Corning, N.Y. During 1947 the basic requirements were realigned, tested and authorized, putting equal emphasis on Scout spirit, participation and Scout craft or skills. In 1949 in Line with other progressive moves, the entrance ages were lowered by one year as follows: Cub Scouting to 8 years of age; Boy Scouting to 11 years of age and Exploring for young men beginning at 14. The Sixth World Jamboree, first since 1937, brought together 32,001) Scouts from 38 countries in Prance in the summer of 194T with the United States contingent including 1,151 Scouts and Leaders. In Feb. 1948 and Feb. 1949 Presi-, dent Truman received twelve outstanding Boy Scouts at White House who presented him a "Report to the Nation" of Scout service to communities throughout the nation. It included everything from simple usher service at charity entertainments to aiding blood banks, traffic surveys and collecting millions of pounds of food for 'the hungry here and abroad. In February 1949 the organization launched its Crusade to 'Strenghen :he Arm of Liberty" to give more joys a richer experience in Scouting through better trained adult -olunteer leaders. As the fourth decade closed Dec. 31, 1949 there were 2,379,515 boys and leaders enrolled. Into (he Fifth Decade Pn-hUlent Truman personally opened the Second National Jamboree which brouht 47,163 Scouts and Leaders to historic Valley Forge for a week of camping together in July 1950, when the Government honored the Boy* Scouts pf America with a commemorative postage stamp. The Crusade to "Strengthen the Ann of Liberty" ended with a 33 per cent gain in membership and goals were met in leadership program. In 1951. the United States was represented at the 7th World Jamboree at Bad Ischl. Austria by 700 Explorers. At this great con* clave 13.000 Scouts represented 59 countries and colonial possessions. In May, 195] Join: M. SchHT of Oyster Bay, N. V. succeeded Aniory Hough ton as President of the Boy Scouts of America. Expanded development at the Philmont Scout Ranch at Cimarron, New Mexico, made possible new leadership training possibilities. The Ranch now attracts over 10,000 Explorers each Summer from all parts of the nation for wilderness camping. The three-year program. "Forward on Liberty's Team," was was launched in 1952. That year Boy Scouts distributed more than a million posters and 30 million Liberty Bell doorknob poster in the Get-Out-The-Vote Campaign which saw a record turnout of more than.60 million voters. The Tlii rd Niitiotml Jamboree was held at the Irvine Ranch n^ar Los Angeles in July 1953 with Pi o, 45,401 Scouts and leaders from all over the nation and 21 other nations taking part. In 1954. at, the request of President Eisenhower, their Honorary 'resident and. National Executive ioiu'd member since 1948, the entire membership of the organization undertook an extensive educational and technical conservation program. As 1954 drew . to a close the I National Office of the Boy .Scouts of America moved into its own new building on U. S. Highway No 1. a few miles from New Brunswick, N. J. The 45th birthday in February, 1955, finds the. organization with over 3,660,000 boys and adult leaders. WEN TWO, PACK FOUE — (Front row) Vaughn Jerome, Victor Stilwell, Bill Nelson, David Sudbury; (second row) Hank Demon, Todd Carter, U. W. Mullins, Jr.. Den Chief Sam Tune. Mrs. R. A. Nelson and Mrs. N. J. Jerome are den mothers. Council Head Salutes Scouters Long Distance Schooling MIAMI, Fla.-l.-tt — Three brothers who use an airliner to get to school put Grandpa's two-mile walk to the little red schoolhoiise to shame. Eduardo, Alberto and Rodrigo, of David, Panama, have completed their tenth 2,330-mile round trip between Panama and Miami since September. 1949. They have traveled tin average of 23,300 miles each to get to school. Eduardo is a student at the University of Alabama. Alberto is enrolled • at Spring Hill College, Mobile. Ala., and R.odrig,o is a cadet at the Staunton, Va., Military Academy. "The record you made in the progress of Scouting in our Council during 1964 made me proud to serve as your president. I also consider it a distinct privilege and honor to be asked to serve in the same capacity during 1955. There is no organization in our country contributing more to our youth than the Boy Scouts. "May I be more specific consenting the year just passed. Under the leadership of I. N. Aniof we had our most outstanding season at Camp Cedar Valley—over 700 Scouts and leaders in attendance. "We added 564 new members during the year. This placed us in the top three in our Region of 32 councils in percentage of membership gain. "Our most outstanding effort was in ending the year with a no- net drop in units. It IS my understanding in our Region only one other Council achieved this goal. and there will be no more than 25 Councils of the nearly 540 in our country. "These are records 6f which we may justly be proud and take cognizance. '•Therefore, I wish LO tii^e this opportunity to express my personal appreciation to every Scout- el and to the professional staff of our council— Most Sincerely, » Ben T. Laney Council President Inflation? MONAHANS. Tex. Wi — Former sheriff F. I. Dyer paid SI.GOO for 80 acres recently. In 1931. he acted as auctioper when the same tract sold for $37.50. Right Up His Alley DETROIT id'i — Jamos H. Lincoln. H newly elected councilman, called Public Works Commissioner Samuel G. Gentile on the carpet 10 Inquire: "Is it your policy to improve a man's alley the minute he is elected to City Council?" "I was in office less than a week when a crew showed up, cleaned the alloy back uf my house and re- stoned it." Lincoln -said. "It wlU take me three years to explain this j to my neighbors,' 1 Gentile told Lincoln being a. councilman didn't count; that no one in his department knew the alley \viis Lincoln's when H was fixed up. Last SeptrmbiM- Boy Scouts distributed a million fire prevention I posters. The Boy Scouts of America j erhmds for the Fifth World Jam-' placed their full resources at the'boree. • service of the Government in 1917 j While long-term and short-term when this country entered the first j camping ha.-i been a feature of World War. Then began a tremen- Scouting since its earliest days, dous demonstration of boy-power, this activity received new impetus in 1938 through the gift made by Waite Phillips of the Philmont Sf.'out Ranch near Cimarrou, New! Mexico where each summer him- '. dreds of seasoned Scout campers i twined and organized for service. Scouts sold 2,350,977 Liberty Loan Bonds totaling $147.878,902; War Stamps to value of $53,043,698; .located 20.758.660 board feet of walnut and the equivalent go for rugged Rocky Mountain of a hundred carloads of fruit pits i camping experiences. used in gas masks. Over 30.000,000 pieces of Government literature were distributed. Service in other ways included food and fuel conservation and the growing of thousands of Boy Scout War Gardens. The active membership at {he close of the first decade. Dec. 31. 1919. was 462.060 Scout? and Lead- Second Decade: 1!W(M92» The First World Scout Jamboree Several thousand Boy Scouts and i Sea Scouts rendered valiant aid' during the New England hurricane | in Sept. 1938. In 1939 and 1940 Boy Scouts ren- = dereci notable service to officials at the Golden Gate Exposition and at the New York World's Fair. At the ; latter, Scouts lived in their own , camp adjacent to the Federal Build- j ing. The third decade's close saw the .,,.,, ' active membership on Dec. 31, 1939 was held in England in July. 1020. | aa J(357<g93 b anc] leaders It attracted Scouts from 37" conn- F(mrtl n * rtp . 10401940 tries including 301 Scout.s and 5V T , <m / ^ !•**»-Ji»9 adult leaders from the United f , "', f lhe EmriCrB ? nricyf Sei "^' C States. Since then the Boy Scouts of i^ OIp ; s ^ n *f ""opted for older America hnci a prominent part in, St ™ ls ' Mpil ' wte nf mobilizing Sen- furthering world-wide aspects of i '?'" Scoutfl to rendcr idd in times ol Scouting • Cll - sa - s[ers . a "d severe storms were Scouts' served as aides and J ^eloped. The entire resources of guides at the Limitation of Armsi the Bo * v S(?olUs of America .were Conference in 1921. O'.iNt-.'.mlinp ! ' )lat ' ( ' ci ;tt t!lf? service of the Gov- i civic service included MI-L-M con" , '''''""^"i with the declaration of , servation and a.ssistaju'i? at i)]p Knickerbocker Theatre di.MistPi- ;it Washington, D. C.. nnd Hoods nt Pueblo, Colo., and Sun Antonio. Texas. In 1923 the Lone Scouts ol America, comprising mostly nmil tmyx merged with the Boy Scouts '<>( America. Where there are insufficient boys in rural areas to form a Scout i lense Bonds ami Stamps Posters Unit, a boy may become a Lomvitir raid posters nnd other Govern- Scout, carrying on his pronrnm j incut, literature; collection of alu- with the aid of an adult Friend S minimi, waste paper arid rubber and Counselor. There are sever;,!} They served as Government Di.s- thousand such members today. I pal ,. h }ir:in ^ itm , he]pCT{ harvest. . Boy Ki-ruits HI Honolulu and Pearl j Hsu-bur rendered valiant services i immediately following . the Pearl j H.irbor Hltiitrk. • It is r.siimaiod that over four million men iii the Armed Forces were once Boy Soout,s or leaders. . DUMMI; the war years Scout serv- iiu.'liidrd the distribution o\ DC- In 1922 the Boy Scouts interim-; cn>pfi in addition to raising victory tional Bureau was established in ]-udcn.s "t-iorj London. Today there are 58 Boy sivtJ 'nino ,-„,-,, IL .I C i, ,1 /Scout Associations restored bv en ^ ,'J (JL'Zf^ ri«^ rG £": , the Boy Scouts Internationa! Bu- q " t it, * m "L H * reau with a total membership in I ,! ','""f "'<* * c ft ''^fiivcd. \ 1952 of 5,561,993 boys and adult' hl W(ll]f ^'Pnd.ship Fund from : leaders • v ' )llllll:il '.v iiffs of Seont.s and lead- • The'second World Jamboree j,,i m ln hel ' J rf * Mre Scouling in the j 1924 brought together 6,000 Scouts! *' !tr Iorn natlons wns inau R urated. | In a cnmp outside Copenhagen ( rll ° Flind - whlrh Ifl44 - ]las mflfl(! '> Denmark, with ftfi Scouls from the! * vailal)|p Ul Scoiit,tii(- in other coun- ; United Status. The Third World-"''^ CHfih nnd supplies lo rehabil-: Jamboree marked the "Coming ofJ'V*' 6 ancl build their national orga- •Age" of Scouting In 1929. It was"i' PWa - tlions the largest encampment held to In 194:i Dr - James E. West, havlnR served as Chief Scout Kxrctilive for 32 years, became the Chief Scout' and Dr. ElbcrL K. Fretwcll became I Chief Scout Executive for five and ' a half years, until Sept. 1948 when , Dr. Arthur A. Schuck nssumod the i duties of the highest administrative [ oftlcc In the movement. Walter W. Bend ol SI,. Louis, who i -served as President of the National Council from 1926 to ItMfi was sue-! ceeded by Amory HoughUm ol date with 50,000 Scouts at nirken- head, England, with 1,300 Scouts and leaders from the United States Service in Disasters In 1925 Scouts gave outstanding aid in' the Illinois tornado, California earthquake nnd Louisiana fire, and the following year In the Florida hurricane nnd the Arkansas flood. President Coolldge shared In Ihe presentation of the first ol the an- HAPPY On Your 45th Anniversary BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS CELEBRATE WITH US BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA Our hnls arc off! Off lo (lie over .'iliBd.OOO Cub Seouls, liny Scouls, Explorer Scouts, and adull lenders who are "liuildinji for a heller Tomorrow." Give your Boy ihe opportunity lo build physically, menially, and morally, by (Micouraninf; him in Scouting. The Scout Oath: "On my honor, I will do my best lo do my duly lo (lod nnd my country, and lo obey Ihe Seoul To help other people at nil limes, To lieep myself physically strong, mentally awake nnd morally straight." Martin s Mens Store "EVERY THING FOR MEN AND BOYS"

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