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A Troop of Boy Scouts of America is formed in Jewell.
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This news article was published May 4, 1916
on the front page of The Jewell Record.

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Eleven Jewell Boys With Rev. Norstrad As Scout Master Started Movement Friday Night.   All Boys Invited To Join


     Last Friday night a number of Jewell boys met at the home of Rev. Martin Norstad to take preliminary steps towards organizing a Boy Scouts troop in Jewell.   Eleven boys were present.

     There has been some talk among various interested people for some time in regard to organizing a Boy Scouts troop here, and many of the boys have frequently urged Rev. Norstad to organize a troop and to serve as Scout Master.   Several of the parents have also urged the matter.   Rev. Norstad finally consented to do so and the meeting last Friday evening was the result.

     Rev. Norstad is to be Scout Master and the following named gentlemen have been selected as Scout Council, as required by the rules of the organization:  Gilbert Knudson, E. G. Clark, M. J. Severson, F. N. Taylor, W. F. Tepler, Wm. Anderson, W. K. Jackson, S. Louis Ostrem, Magnus Johnson, and Theodore Jacobson.

     The eleven boys who attended the first organization meeting Friday night were:   Tenner Jacobson, Gifford  Rullestad, York Johnson, Stewart Sidenstucker, Donald Severson, Raymond Lear, Victor Norstad, Irving Andersen, and Bernard Peterson.   Under the rules of the national Boy Scouts organization, eight boys constitute a patrol, and a troop consists of any number of patrols up to four.   The Scout Master has charge of one troop.   The first named eight boys of the above list constitute the first patrol, and they chose Tenner Jacobson as their patrol leader and Gifford Rullestad as assistant patrol leader.   The other three boys, Arlin Thompson, Harold Christensen and Berard Peterson, will belong to the second patrol, of which Arling Thompson is leader.   If enough boys join, a full troop of four patrols will be organized.   If more than 32 boys join, a second troop will have to be organized with a Scout Master in charge of the second troop.

     An application has been sent to the National Council of Boy Scout of America asking for a charter.   The next meeting will not be held until the charter is secured.   In the meantime all other boys in Jewell who wish to join are urged to hand their names in to Scout Master Rev. Norstad, and they will also be able to be charter members.   Five more boys are needed to make up the second patrol, and it is hoped that enough will join to make a full troop of four patrols.

     To join the Boy Scouts it is necessary that a boy secure the permission of his parents.   He is also required to be a member in good standing of some Sunday School.   The Boy Scouts will have the regulation uniforms of the National Boy Scout organization of America, each boy will also have a Boy Scout badge, and they will have a fine big troop banner and banners or flags for each patrol.

     The Boy Scout is not a military organiation in any sense of the word.  Each Boy Scout is required to sign the Scout oath which reads as follows:  "On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and to my country, and to obey the Scout law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight."   The Scout law requires a Boy Scout to be trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, cheerful, kind, thrifty, obedient, brave, clean and reverent.  The boys will be taught every manly virtue that will help to make them strong, clean, brave, well disciplined, manly, helpful, and self-reliant.   Given the training that the Boy Scout movement is calculated to give the boys of America, and given this training under the leadership of such men as their Scout Master, Rev. Norstad, and the men of the Scout Council named above, the boys of Jewell will without question of doubt be greatly benefited in many ways by the organization of the Boy Scout troop in Jewell.   Boys between the ages of 12 and 18 years are eligible to membership, and as many as care to do so are urged to become Boy Scouts.


This news article was published July 13, 1916
on the front page of The Jewell Record.


Mrs. C. A. Strong Offers To Build And
Equip Building For Jewell Troop
If Jewell People Will Buy
Them The Land


     Jewell troop No. 1, Boy Scouts of America, the troop numbering 24 boys recently organized in Jewell under the leadership of Scout Master, Rev. Norstad, and assistant Scout Master, Frof. Abrahamson, is to have a splendid home of their own before the year is over.   Present plans to this effect have been under consideration for the past two or three weeks and the project now appears to be a certainty.

     If the project goes through, as it is fully anticipated that it will, the Scouts of Jewell will have to thank for their good fortune Mrs. C. A. Strong, of California, and, aslo, the numerous public spirited citizens of Jewell.   And to the former, particularly, will the boys be very grateful, for it is Mrs. Strong who took the initiative in arousing interest among the Jewell people in the project and her individual contribution will equal or exceed that of all others put together.

     Mrs. Strong, who years ago resided in Jewell, in the early days of the town, has always maintained a deep interest in the welfare of the town, and has evidenced her interest in many very substantial ways.   Among other things, she has done a great deal in the way of improvements at Evergreen cemetery, building the two cement arches, cement curbings, flower beds, etc., and paid for and maintains the electrolier light at the town park.

     When Mrs. Strong came to Jewell a few weeks ago for her usual summer visit here, she at once took up with Scout Master Norstad the matter of doing something to help the Boy Scout movement in Jewell.   For years she has been prominently connected with the Red Cross of America, and from her experience in this work combined with her always deep interest in everything that helps the boys, she has become deeply interested in the Boy Scout movement.   She had learned of the organization of the Scout troop in Jewell and came to Jewell with a plan in mind to help the movement here.

     After investigating the situation, Mrs. Strong came to the conclusion that the thing the boys most need is a home of their own, including grounds and a building with appropriate equipment of all kinds for their work.   She made a proposition that if Jewell citizens would provide the grounds, of adequate size and convenient location, she would contribute the money to erect and equip the building.

     Rev. Norstad, Wm. Anderson, B. C. Hansen, Theodore Jacobson, and Gilbert Knudson, and others were interested and have been negotiating for the grounds.   Saturday evening the success of the venture became practically assured when these men made a contract with H. K. Gronbech for the purchase of his entire plot of ground the width of the town park and extending west from the town park to the west line of Mr Gronbech's land.   The town recently bought for park purposes from Mr. Gronbech the land from the present west line of the park west to Deckor St., the street south from H. G. Peterson's residence.   The land bought for the Scout extends west from this street to Division St., appoximately three acres.   The contract price for the land is $1,500.   The plan is to deed about one acre of the ground to the Boy Scouts and to hold the balance for other public uses sometime in the future.   It remains to raise the $1,500 to pay for the land by public subscription among the people of Jewell, but it is anticipated that not a great deal of difficulty will be experienced in raising the money.

     As soon as the money is raised to buy the land and the acre is deeded to the Scouts, Mrs. Strong will begin the erection and equipment of a building and has already deposited a check for one thousand dollars towards the cost of the building.

     The plan is to put up a large one story subtantial frame building with good floor suitable for basketball playing and other athletic activities of the Scouts, and equip it with gymnasium furnishings, etc., cabinets for the various Scout collections, etc.   Possibly a cement swimming pool will be constructed upon the grounds.   Mrs. Strong's contribution will be not less than one thousand dollars, as the Record understands the situation, and if the requirements are more will probably considerably exceed that sum.

     The Boy Scout Council, of ten men, will meet at the town hall Friday evening of this week to make plans for the building proposition.   This will be a very important meeting and it is urged that every member of the Council be present.

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(Published July 20, 1916)


Soliciting Committee Named To Get 
Money to Buy Land On Which
They Have Option For
Boy Scouts


    The local council of the Jewell troop of Boy Scouts held a meeting at the town hall Friday evening to discuss the proposed project of building a home for the Scouts, the project that, as announced in the Record last week, has been made possible through the generosity of Mrs. C. A. Strong who has contribued already a check for one thousand dollars toward a building and who has promised further financial support.

     At the meeting Scout Master Rev. Norstad, Supt. E. G. Clark, Gilbert Knudson, W. F. Templer, and W. Anderson were name as a building committee.   Theodore Jacobson, M. J. Severson, Gilbert Knudson, Ed Gastren, and Will Loder were named as a soliciting committee.   The Scout council has secured an option on a tract of land belonging to H. K. Gronbech, located west of the town park, the cost proce of which is $1,500.   The soliciting committee plans to start work at once raising funds to purchase this land.   And as soon as the ground is secured the building committee will start the work of erecting a fine home for the Boy Scouts.


(News article published in the Jewell Record on August 10, 1916)
Option On Gronbech Land Is Extended To August 22nd.
Committee Hopes To Have Money Raised Then


     The movement, which has been underway the past three weeks, for the purchase of land from H. K. Gronbech to be deeded to Jewell troop No. 1, Boy Scouts of America, has made fair progress and promises to be a success.

     This movement for the purchase of this land was instigated by Mrs. C. A. Strong of California, when she was here on her annual visit about three weeks ago.   Being very greatly interested in the Boy Scout movement and wishing to assist the Jewell troop in a substatial way, she made the very liveral offer of erecting and equippping a suitable building for the exclusive use of the Boy Scouts, contingent upon the Jewell citizens purchasing and deeding to the Jewell troop suitable grounds of adequate size and convenient location.   The land decided upon for this purpose is owned by H. K. Gronbech and lays immediately west of the new part of the city park recently purchased by the town.

     The option on the land which the Jewell citizens contemplate buying expired last Saturday, but Mr. Gronbech very kindly extended the time to August 22nd, by which time the full amount of the necessary amount will undoubtedly be pledged, enabling the committee to conplete the purchase of the land and commence the erection of the new building.

     The committee in charge of the raising of the funds for the purchase of this land announce that they have secured pledges for about half of the amount.   Those who have not yet pledged any amount for this very worthy movement, should do so at one and hlep to make the project a big success.  The committee in charge of securing pledges consists of Theo. Jacobson, Gilbert Knudson, M. J. Severson, E. E. Gastren, and Will Loder.

   (August 24, 1916)

Every Man and Woman in Jewell and its Vicinity Urged to Attend
A Big Mass Meeting Monday Night at Town Hall


     The option which had been secured from Mr. H. K. Gronbech for the purchase of land for the Boy Scouts expired Tuesday of this week and only ?65 of the amount had at that time been pledged.   The option had originally been secured on the 7th of July for 30 days and an extension had been secured until August 22nd, but the committee soliciting money had met with rather poor success.

     Accordingly Monday night it was decided to call a meeting to be held at the town hall and as many as could be reached in the short time were asked to attend, probably four or five dozen.   Only 14 men turned out for the meeting, not a very encouraging showing.

     The matter was talked over Tuesday morning by the handful of men who attended the meeting and a committee was named to ask Mr. Gronbech for another extension of the option.   Rev. Norstad, J. L. Larson, and Atty. S. Louis Ostrem were the members of this committee and were successful in securing an extension for the option for another 30 days.

     It was also decided to call a general new meeting of all of the citizens of Jewell and vicinity to meet with the Jewell Commercial Club at its regular meeting next Monday night.   The families as well as the men are urged to attend this meeting, and all citizens, not only of Jewell, but also of the entire community are urged to be present.   It is hoped that the town hall will be crowded to its capacity so that the question can be thoroughly discussed and so that it may be found out whether or not the people of this community favor or oppose this project.   Rev. Norstad, who is Scout Master, will be present and will explain in detail the purpose of this movement and what it is hoped to accomplish.

     As has been previously announced, Mrs. C. A. Strong has deposited one thousand dollars in the bank in Jewell to be used in erecting a Scout building, conditional upon the people of the community buying a tract of ground from Mr. Gronbech and deeding the land to the Scouts.   There is about an acre in the tract and it will cost $???.   Mr. Gronbech will sell this tract only, or, if the people wish to do that, he will sell the entire tract, about three acres for $1,500.   If the entire tract were bought, the one acre would be deeded to the Scouts and the balance held in trust to be used later for other purposes, a part of it, possibly, for a hospital.

   The best way in which it can be determined definitely whether the people of this community are in favor of buying the one acre for the Scouts, or in favor of buying the entire tract, or are not in favor of buying any of the land, is to get the people together in a big mass meeting so that their wishes can be determined.   It is for this purpose that this mass meeting is called.   Every citizen of Jewell, men and women alike, and the people of the surrounding country as well, are urged to attend the Commercial Club meeting at the town hall at eight o'clock next Monday night, August 28th.   Come out to this mass meeting, everybody, whether you favor or oppose this project, so that the sentiment of the community can be determined.

Boy Scout Building Project Assured
(Published September 21, 1916)
     The committee in charge of raising funds for the proposed Boy Scout building have been busy the past week and now have $715 pledged for the project.   The price for the acre of land asked by Mr. Gronbech is $840 and the committee has enough of the remaining $125 needed in sight so that the project is now an assured certainty.   The option on the land expires Friday night of this week and the committee will close a deal with Mr. Gronbech for the one acre of land for the Scout building.
Mrs. Strong Buys Rest of Gronbech's Three Acre Tract
(Published October 5, 1916)

     Although the Boy Scout local committee succeeded in raising only the $800 required to purchase the one acre tract of ground west of the park from H. K. Gronbech that is required for the use of the Scouts, the town of Jewell is not going to lose the balance of that tract of ground after all.   Mrs. C. A. Strong, who was the one to start the Boy Scout building proposition and who has given one thousand dollars towards the building conditioned upon the people of Jewell giving the money for the purchase of the land, has now decided to give the additional money necessary to buy the balance of the ground.   The publisher of the Record, after some preliminary correspondence with her, received a telegram from Mrs. Strong Sunday instructing him to issue her check for fifty dollars to Mr. Gronbech to apply on the tract of land, and stating that she would forward a draft for the balance as soon as the deed and abstract of title are ready.   Mr. Gronbech has now sold for public purposes all of his land west from the town park, the entire width of the park north and south.   The town of Jewell first bought the tract west to Decker St. for park purposes, about three acres of land.   The town has this land on contract and will get a deed within a short time.   Mr. Gronbech gives the land sixty feet wide for the extension south of Decker St. as far south as the south line of the park and extending along what will now be the west line of the park.

     There remained approximately three acres of land extending west from this exension of Decker St., and of this tract the Boy Scouts have bought the east one-third.   They will erect a building and equip it with gymnasium equipment, etc.   Citezens of Jewell and vicinity contributed the $840 required to buy the ground, Mrs. Strong gave one thousand dollars towards the building and has promised more if needed.

   And now Mrs. Strong is giving the $660 required to buy the balance of the tract.   What this land wil eventually be used for is of course uncertain at this time.   Mrs. Strong undoubtedly has some public project in mind and what it may be only the future will develop.

     This latest gift from Mrs. Strong adds further to the already large debt of gratitude that the people of Jewell owe Mrs. Strong.   Her public gifts to Jewell have extended over a long period of years and have been very liberal and generous.   In the early days of the town her husband, then in business here, ranked as one of the leading public spirited men of the town, and long time residents of Jewell who are familiar with the early day history of the town tell how he then gave freeely toward every public purpose.   After his death Mrs. Strong moved from Jewell to California, but her husband's body rested in the cemetery here and her interests have never forsaken her former home.  Through all the years she has been generous to Jewell and in recent years her public gifts to the town have been very large.   By her contributions to various public purposes in Jewell, Mrs. Strong is erecting monuments of affection and gratitude to the memory of herself and of her husband that will forever be cherished by the citizens of Jewell.


(Published October 19, 1916)

H. G. Peterson will start Work at Once Building New Boy Scouts Home costing $935.

   The building committee in charge of plans for the new Boy Scouts home that is to be built in Jewell held a meeting Monday afternoon and let the contract for the erection of the building.   The Scout home wil be 24 x 48 feet, 12 feet high to the eaves, whith a high peaked roof, sloping from all four sides and affording a high ceiling for gymnasium work.   The building is to be of clay blocks, stuccoed over of the outside.   It will be well lighted with the entrance and two clusters of large windows on the east, two large windows on the south, and one large window on the north.   The contract price is $935.   H. G. Peterson got the contract and work is to be started at once.

Work Begun On Boy Scout Building
(Published October 26, 1916)

     The members of the Boy Scouts organization were all working like beavers last Saturday afternoon helping to unload the sand that is being used in the construction of their new Home.   Contractor Peterson has started work this week erecting the building and its construction will be pushed just as fast as possible so as to have the building enclosed before the weather gets too cold.



This news article was published  by the
Jewell Record
on September 8, 1927:


     The opportunity is now presented to re-organize a Boy Scout troop in Jewell.   The Scout organization has been inactive for some time, due to the fact that there was nobody available to act as Scout Master.   Now Rev. Underwood, pastor of the Christian Church, has consented to take that place.   His work will make it possible for him to meet with the Scouts once a week, on Saturaday nights.

     Accordingly, if there is in Jewell and vicinity, a sufficient number of boys, between the ages of 12 and 18, disirous of taking up Boy Scout work, a troop will be organized.   Boys wanting to join should leave word at the Record office during the coming week, not later than Saturday of next week.   Whether or not a troop will be organized depends upon the number of boys reporting.


(This article published March 21, 1974.)

Good Turn Day starts Saturday, March 20

     Prairie Gold Area Council Boy Scouts of America, Cub and Boy Schouts of Districts 2, 3, and 4 will conduct their annual Good Turn Day material drive for the handicapped workers at Wall Street Mission Goodwill Industries commencing Saturday, March 30.   This nationwide Good Turn Day is one of the highlights of scouting activity in Jewell, Ellsworth and Randall.

     Scout organizations participating are those in District 2, 3, and 4 of Prairie Gold Area Council.   This manner of handling is a change from the practice followed in the past.   It was made necessary by the enlargement of the area covered by the Council.

     Cubmaster Donald Romp, Jewell; Scoutmastr Alan Spohnheimer, Randall; and a representative from Ellsworth will lead the Cub Scouts with the help of Den Mothers, who will deliver an empty Goodwill Scout Bag to every home in these towns of Saturday, March 30.

    One week later on Saturday, April 6, the Boy Scouts with Scout Master Spohnheimer in charge, will return to the homes to collect the filled bags and boxes of clothing and other items for storage at a central collection station from which the Goodwill trucks will pick them up.

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The group of Scouts that once started in Jewell as Troop 20 eventually became known as Troop 520.

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Some Scouts from Troop 520 (formerly known as Jewell's Troop 20) stand in front of the Jewell Scouthouse.

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Troop 520 goes camping nearby in Hamilton County.

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