|Howard M. Wilson ca 1920|
In this month celebrating the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts what better time for Sepia Saturday to have a weekly theme about "scouts." In my childhood in Mt. Vernon, IL, I spent a number of years first as a Brownie then as a Girl Scout, but I realized that, sadly, I have no pictures of those wonderful years I spent with my friends in all those great activities that taught us young women many important life lessons. I don't even have the badges I earned, I don't know what ever happened to them.
I do, however, have this blurry photograph of my paternal grandfather, Howard Mathis Wilson in some type of scout uniform. Grandpa was born 12 Apr 1909 in Bonnie, Jefferson County, IL so I'm guessing this picture would have been taken about 1919-1920. I don't have any information about Grandpa's scouting experience, but he looks quite serious and is using the proper three finger salute.
Incidentally, my youngest son spent a few years in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts and enjoyed all the experiences the Scouts offered, but he went on to other activities. His oldest son who is seven is enjoying his first year of Cub Scouts and my youngest grandson, age four, tags along on many of the activities. I have saved all of my son's badges in hopes that my grandsons might want them someday.
For more scouting stories and adventures check out this week's Sepia Saturday.