First Scouts

Posted Thursday, May. 23, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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The first Boy Scout troop in the U.S. was not in Granbury, but was founded in Pawhuska, in Osage County, Okla., by the Rev. John F. Mitchell in May 1909. One of its original members was Clemmer Curtis.

My late wife, Eleanor Wade, was first married to U.S. Air Force Lt. Don Curtis, who died in service to his country in the Korean conflict, and was Clemmer’s son.

The Rev. Mitchell was a missionary priest sent by the Church of England to St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Pawhuska. He had been associated with Lord Baden-Powell, founder of the Scouting movement in England, and provided the new American Scouts with uniforms, manuals and badges.

This is all commemorated in the Osage County Historical Museum.

— Frank H. Sherwood, Aledo

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