November 5, 2014
From the photo archives of the Boston Public Library, we get this postcard:
Post card from the archives of the Boston Public Library: “Boyhood Home of President Wm. McKinley, Lisbon, Ohio. Now Part of Columbiana County Boy Scout Reservation. Built in 1808.
From the Boston Library’s Flickr files, we learn a little more:
Boston Public Library
File name: 06_10_016732
Title: Boyhood home of President Wm. McKinley, Lisbon, Ohio. Now part of Columbiana County Boy Scout Reservation, built in 1808
Created/Published: Tichnor Bros. Inc., Boston, Mass.
Date issued: 1930 – 1945 (approximate)
Physical description: 1 print (postcard): linen texture, color; 3 1/2 x 5 1/2 in.
Subjects: Historic buildings
Collection: The Tichnor Brothers Collection
Location: Boston Public Library, Print Department
Rights: No known restrictions
Is this historic building still part of a Scout camp?
According to Buckeye Council, BSA, the home is still part of what is now Camp McKinley. It’s the home of the camp ranger.
Camp McKinley is located in Columbiana County, near Lisbon, Ohio. The 300 acre camp has been owned and operated by the Boy Scouts of America since 1934.
Camp McKinley is the Buckeye Council’s most historic camp. The modern history of the area began back in 1807 when Ohio was a new state of only three years. Gideon Hughes, a local businessman, built a blast furnace in “new Lisbon” to supply the needs of the settlers heading west. The remains of the Rebecca Furnace are still visible on the camp property. Mr. Hughes also built a stone “mansion” across from his furnace. The house, known as the McKinley homestead, was the home of President William McKinley’s grandparents for a number of years. President McKinley no doubt spent many summers wandering the hills of the present Camp McKinley. The Stone House is now the residence of the Camp Ranger.
President McKinley slept here, as a boy.
Scout camp ranger’s house does not seem to you to be a respectful enough use of a president’s boyhood home? Buckeye Council has preserved the home at least in its exterior appearance.
Another of McKinley’s boyhood homes is now a bank parking lot.
November 4, 2014
1929 photo of Babe Ruth, with Robert W. Johnsey, a Dallas Boy Scout.
An old library photo?
A Facebook page called Traces of Texas posted this photo, with this explanation:
Babe Ruth and a Dallas boy scout, In 1929, the era’s most famous, revered, and idolized American sportsman, George Herman “Babe” Ruth, came to Dallas to speak on behalf of the Circle Ten Council and promote scouting to local businessmen. After delivering a rousing speech to a packed house, a Dallas Morning News photographer asked him for a picture. The Babe motioned to a Scout to join him. And for young Robert W. Johnsey, that must have been the highlight of his life.
Where did Traces of Texas get those details, and the photo?
I can find data bases that list a Robert W. Johnsey from Dallas, born in 1916, and dying in Dallas in 1995. Without paying the fat fees demanded, I learn that one database said he died having never married. Right age, but is that the right guy?
Then I find notes for a France Ray Mead Johnsey at Find A Grave. It says she died in 2004, preceded in death by her husband Robert, who died in 1995.
Interesting little mysteries.
Anybody Remember a Robert W. Johnsey from Dallas, Texas? Can you give us more details?
Babe Ruth returned to Dallas in 1947. Dallas Observer noted: On July 6, 1947, it was announced that George Herman Ruth would be coming to Dallas on July 9. The occasion: an appearance during a double-header at Rebel Stadium in Oak Cliff on behalf of the American Legion junior baseball program. That Wednesday would be known, according to the ad that ran on Page Four of The Dallas News, as Babe Ruth Day in Dallas, featuring “the immortal and beloved” ballplayer who’d been gravely ill only six months earlier. Tickets for his appearance at the ballpark ran one dollar, 30 cents for students.
November 2, 2014
Philmont caption: A view of the Philmont sky this weekend! The Tooth of Time is visible in the lower right corner. We have a Canon 5D Mark II with a 16-35 2.8 lens. The exposure was 30 seconds. Bryan Hayek took the photo.
Milky Way viewed from the National Scout Ranch at Philmont, New Mexico.
August 25, 2014
This is why experienced Scouts, the better Scouts, don’t use their flashlights at night.
No one wants to miss this light show.
Philmont Scout Ranch night sky. Philmont is home to some amazing views. Photo by Kaitlyn Chaballa.
One can get similar views all across northern New Mexico, of course.
July 11, 2014
Of course you know how to fold a flag. Right?
A group of Nashville Boy Scouts demonstrate for some Cub Scouts and a local news program, the proper methods.
Did they get it right?
Joshua Maxwell is a reporter with Nashville’s NBC affiliate, WSMV Channel 4; Scouts come from Troop 1914.
Published on Jul 2, 2014
My first on Air segment with WSMV Channel4. The Boy Scouts are teaching me and some Cub Scouts how to fold the American Flag.
May 22, 2014
This may become a series.
Found a good infographic today, on how to identify poison ivy — the bane of every Boy Scout and Scouter west of the Mississippi, and east of the Mississippi, too.
From TreksInTheWild.com, via Daily Infographic
Poison ivy leaves turn a beautiful scarlet in the fall. This beauty prompted English ship captains dropping off colonists in New England to take the potted vines back to England.
It is my experience that, while everyone can become allergic and react to poison ivy, no one reacts on first serious exposure. If you’re in the woods, it’s good to know what this stuff is, and avoid it.
If you’re exposed, wash it off. Wash your clothes with some sort of oxidant (oxygen bleach for colors, or chlorine bleach if you don’t care); I use a 3:1 solution, water to chlorine bleach, to shower with after serious exposure. The active chemical, urushiol, remains active until it is reacted chemically or by ultraviolet light — and so a young Scout who gets some ivy sap under his fingernails can continue to spread the exposure everywhere he scratches, until his hands are really washed clean.
Study the poster, learn to identify the stuff. There’s a lot more to say.
April 13, 2014
1932 photograph of U.S. Army Col. Theodore Roosevelt III, being greeted in St. Paul, Minnesota by a group of Boy Scouts. Minnesota Historical Society collection.
Found it at the site of the Minnesota Historical Society.
Col. Roosevelt, the son of President Theodore Roosevelt, is nearly center, in civilian clothes. He would go on to command troops at the Battle of Normandy on D-Day, winning the Medal of Honor, awarded posthumously. His father would later be awarded the Medal of Honor. Is this the only father-son MoH duo?
MHS records identify Col. Roosevelt and 13 other people in the photo, mostly the Scouts; alphabetically, they are: Baker, Curtis; Baker, Robert (brothers?); Haas, Frank; Hagman, R. J.; Jungwirth, Robert A.; Kehne, Clyde; Menz, C. J.; Nyman, David; Polanick, Alexander; Robertson, Donald; Roosevelt, Theodore [III]; Sommers, Charles; Torgerson, Gordon; White, Charles.
It would be interesting to know what the event was in 1932 that brought Roosevelt to St. Paul. It would be interesting to know what happened to those Scouts.
Update: Mr. Higginbotham found an account of Roosevelt’s trip in the April 1932 issue of Boys’ Life (see comments). Roosevelt was on his way to the Philippines, where he served as Governor-General, a post held earlier by William Howard Taft, Leonard Wood, and Henry L. Stimson, among others. Roosevelt was a member of the National Board of Boy Scouts of America; Scouts saw him off from New York, and greeted him at stops all the way to Seattle, where he boarded ship for the Philippines.
Account of Col. Theodore Roosevelt III’s trip from New York to Seattle, in 1932 — with Scouts meeting him at almost every stop. Boys’ Life, April 1932, page 58.