Remembering the Staff, 1950s

Camp has begun, so it is time to revisit our “Remembering the Staff” series.  Every week while summer camp is going on, we will make a post showcasing the staff of different decades.  Remember, of course, that you can find all of the staff photos here:  You can also go to the Other Boxwells page to look at the first three camps.

Following tradition, this first week focuses the Rock Island staff.  Unfortunately, we don’t have a Rock Island Staff photo for 1959.  In fact, we don’t have any Rock Island staff photos past 1955! 1959, of course, was the last year of the Rock Island Boxwell.  By the time camp opened that summer, the capital development campaign for “new Boxwell” had just concluded.

Thus, perhaps the best thing we can show this week is a newspaper article from The Nashville Banner from June 10, 1959 on page 14 on what a great last summer was going to be had at the Rock Island Boxwell…

Banner article

This is basically the last newspaper article written specifically about Boxwell at Rock Island. Note Chester LaFever’s name. LaFever would become Stahlman’s first Program Director in 1960.

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