On This Day, March 6

On this day–March 6, 1980–E. E. Murrey, Jr. died. Edward Ennis Murrey, Jr. was a longtime treasurer for the Middle Tennessee Council, following in the footsteps of his father. Murrey was only 65 years old at his death. He had born in Marshall County and attending the University of the South. He served in WWII, though details on his service were not included in his obituary. He was founder of Volunteer Savings & Loan Association and served as is president until it merged with Security Federal in 1976. He had three children, two daughters and one son. He and his father serve as the namesake of the now defunct Camp Murrey.

On This Day, February 1

On this day, February 1, 2006, Percy Dempsey passed away. Dempsey himself was a long time Scouter in Middle Tennessee, specifically coming out of the Trail of Tears (Murfreesboro) district. With a life stretching 89 years, Dempsey had a lifetime involvement in Scouting. Over 40 boys reached Eagle under his tutelage. He also had a long history with Woodbadge, first attending MT-2 back at Rock Island, and later serving on the staffs of MT-21 and MT-24 through 34. He was Scoutmaster for MT-30 and Quartermaster for most of the others. He was a recipient of the Silver Beaver and served on the Executive Board of the Council for several years. The Percy Dempsey Camporee Area was named in his honor as part of the 1994 Capital Development Campaign.

Percy Dempsey in the 1980s as SM of MT-30.

On This Day, January 28

On this day, January 28, 1949, the Nashville Council was officially reorganized into the Middle Tennessee Council. This reorganization was the culmination of a number of changes instituted by Ward Akers since joining the Council in September 1947, including new districts and new district executives. The Council now served thirty-five counties through twelve districts. This reorganization will also led to a new Boxwell later that year.

Ward Akers
A photo of Council Executive Ward Akers and his dogs circa 1973. Akers served as Council Executive from 1947 to 1975.

On This Day, January 25

On this day–Sunday, January 25, 1959—the Capital Campaign for the Old Hickory Lake Boxwell kicked off. The kick-off was a potluck dinner at the Tennessee Air National Guard hangar at Berry Field. The goal of the campaign was $891,000 to build a new multi-camp site on Old Hickory lake. E. B. Stahlman, Jr. chaired the campaign.

E. B. Stahlman
Council President Portrait

On This Day, January 21

On this day–Saturday, January 21, 1984–Boys Will Be Men: Middle Tennessee Scouting Since 1910 by Wilbur F. Creighton, Jr. and Leland Johnson was reviewed after being published at the end of 1983. Johnson was a professor at Vanderbilt. Creighton was not only the president of Creighton Foster Construction, but the son of Council President Wilbur F. Creighton, Sr. and an attendee of the Linton Boxwell. Boys Will Be Men is as much memoir as it is history.

Boys Will be Men
A review of Creighton and Johnson’s history of Middle Tennessee Council