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Pages of History: Roughing it: Scouting trip up the Smith

From the pages of the Crescent City American, September of 1931.

Assistant Scoutmaster Oliver Morton took members of the American Legion Troop No. 27 on an overnight outing trip up the Smith River Saturday. The bunch camped at the Walker swimming hole and enjoyed a real outing. 

Eighteen boys were in the party and no prepared food was taken along. Each boy was required to build his own fire and cook his own food. This feat was performed with a skill that would put most grownups to shame. To pass this test a boy is given one match and required to build a fire. Try it sometime if you think it is easy!

Those to enjoy the trip were Buck Gurney, Jim Peterson, Rocky Peterson, Spud McNamara, Ivan Moffit, Willis Perkins, Hale Clark, Buddy  Berg, Eugene Hoar, Alex Yackamouth, Edwin Berri, Joe Dodd, Robert Morton, Lester Wilson, Ivan Peterson, Billy McConaha, Albert Schultz, Gordon Dye and Scoutmaster Morton. 

Smith River news

• Mrs. Grace Hight entertained the Sewing Club at her home on Tuesday afternoon in honor of Mrs. Barbara Pennock of Point Arena. The time was pleasantly spent together in needle work and visiting.

At the close of the afternoon delicious refreshments were served to the guests: Martha Ulrich, Teresa Tyron, Frances Westbrook, Stella Haight, Cecelia Tyron, Ethel Goodlin, Myrtle Hight, Henrietta Woodruff, Zelna Maris, Pearl Frevert, Mae Westbrook, Roberta Westbrook and guest of honor Mrs. Pennock.

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