Murrey Cabin Dedications
Seen here are two pages from the 1974 Dedication Ceremonies booklet. The booklet was the program the Council provided for all the new buildings to be dedicated as a result of the 1972 Capital Development Campaign. And there were quite a few buildings! Not only Camp Craig, but the cabins at Stahlman and Parnell, the Health Lodge, and the Trading Post/Handicraft buildings at Stahlman and Parnell. Quite a list.
Also included are the original six Cabins at Murrey. There are 8 cabins at Cubworld today, with the 2 large ones built after the ’72 Campaign. Of the remaining six small cabins, five were all funded by the 1972 campaign monies.
So, what’s the mystery? Look at these pages. Unless our count is wrong, these pages dedicated not six but FOURTEEN cabins. That’s right, 14! And so there’s no question about this, the Parnell, Stahlman, and Craig Program Director cabins are not on this list.
Five of these cabins were clearly built (see below). What happened to other nine cabins?
Cabin #3–Dr. Walter R. Courtenay Cabin
Cabin #4–Harvey and Marie Freeman Cabin
Cabin #5–Dr. J. T. Derryberry Cabin
Cabin #6–Dr. and Mrs. E. K. Bratton Cabin
Cabin #7–James H. Stilz, Jr. Cabin
Pages 4 and 5 out of the Dedication Ceremonies program from July 1974.
Ittabeena… Snowy Day
Before there was Fehrmann Training Center, there was Akers’ Cabin. And before there was Akers’ Cabin, there was Ittabeena. Whatever the name, anyone familiar with the Reservation knows the location.
We outlined some of the history of the Cabin back in July 2014 after the Reunion. It is worth noting that the original cabin was built mostly from scratch by the ranger staff in 1967, renovated somewhat with the 1972 Capital Development Campaign, and renovated to the Training Center with the 1994 Campaign. Home now to weddings, wedding receptions, staff meetings, Scoutmaster suppers, Council Committee Meetings, and yes, actual training, at this point in time, it was strictly off-limits to staff. Period. Things have clearly changed!
Thus, there’s nothing really special about these two photos. Simply a view of the newly completed Cabin at the end of 1967 in the snow.
The newly completed Akers’ Cabin in 1967.
The newly completed Akers’ Cabin, 1967. Part 2.
Rock Island T-shirt
After a brief hiatus, we’re back! One of the areas of Boxwell history we haven’t dealt with too much, but we need to explore more are t-shirts. While staff hats have been a staple of the staff uniform continuously since 1976, t-shirts go back much further.
The shirt this week is the Rock Island staff t-shirt. As you can see, it is pretty simple. A white shirt with a blue and red logo in the middle. No staff hat accompanied this shirt, but all staff did have to wear this shirt (or one like it). This is a tradition that would carry on to the “new” Boxwell in 1960.
We’re going to be putting out the call for Boxwell t-shirts this year. So, start digging up your old shirts and photographing them. We’ll be trying to set up something similar to the Staff Hat Project (http://www.virtualboxwell.org/spex_staf_hat.php).
A Staff T-shirt from a Rock Island Staff member, Bob Alley.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from VirtualBoxwell!
To celebrate, we give you the photo you thought you might exist, but were never quite sure about: Tom Willhite as Santa Claus. We don’t know who the gentlemen is on his knee, but that is Tom Willhite dressed in season appropriate attire for a Council Christmas Party in the 1980s.
Your holiday is now complete. You’re welcome. Have a great holiday and we’ll see you in 2018.
Tom Willhite as Santa Claus as a Council Christmas party
1999 Reunion Campfire
This is an admittedly bad photo. It is grainy and demonstrates the limits of technology in the late 1990s. Digital photography was in its infancy, so low light photos often looked this. Sorry.
That said, this photo is part of our recent nostalgic trip through Staff Reunions. For the last two weeks, we’ve looked at photos from the 2009 reunion. This week we jump back 10 years to the 1999 reunion. You can of course see all those photos on our Flickr account.
The photo here is of the 1999 Reunion Campfire at Camp Stahlman. You’ll note that the cross tie stage is still here. It would burn down in the not-too-distant future. On the stage is none other than Stahlman legend Web Webster. Web had served the meal earlier in the day and stuck around to MC the campfire.
Web Webster at 1999 Reunion campfire, Camp Stahlman Friday Night Campfire Area