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Jim Hughes – Mr. Scouting of Troop 1, Wichita Falls – Part 1

In every young boy’s life there is always a role model; someone they look up to, to take them in a positive direction. If they did not cross paths with Jim Hughes, then they may have had the enticement to go in the other direction.

This is the beginning of a series of articles about Jim Hughes, who is affectionately known as the long stand out with Troop 1, Wichita Falls.   His dedication, tenacity to serve, and his time freely given to something he truly loves, has had an (more…)

A Biography of Wade H. Bartlett (1930s)

Wade Bartlett was born May 23, 1905. He joined Troop 4 and earned Tenderfoot on March 20, 1917. He joined Troop One in 1920 at the age of 15, and passed his Second Class on July 9, 1920.

Wade was appointed acting Scout executive on January 1, 1924 at the age of 18 and was named Scout Executive (Pro-tem) on July 1, 1924. When the Wichita Area Council hired Frank B. Creighton as Scout Executive in 1924, Wade returned to Troop One as Assistant Scoutmaster, where he stayed until 1930.

Wade graduated from Wichita Falls High School in 1923 and entered University of Texas at Austin on an Eagle Scout scholarship. He received a B.B.A. in Economics and an M.B.A. in Economics in England at Manchester University. He served in the U.S. Army in WWII. He retired from American National Insurance Company in Galveston, Texas in 1962. He returned to Wichita Falls in 1978 and died here on July 8, 1995 at the age of ninety. Wade Hampton Bartlett was the great uncle of Troop One Eagle Scouts Randy Huff (Class of 1964) and David Huff (Class of 1966).

Jim Hughes – Mr. Scouting of Troop 1, Wichita Falls – Part 2

In the first article on the story of Mr. Jim Hughes, we looked at the man behind the name. A man deeply passionate about the Scouting movement and personally getting as much out of the enjoyment of working with the kids involved in Troop 1, Wichita Falls, as the kids whose lives he touched.

It has not just been Mr. Hughes who has touched the lives of thousands of kids in the Wichita Falls area. It is the movement of scouting itself, and that it has lasted for 100 (more…)

A Biography of W.R. “Bill” McClure

William Ralph McClure or W.R. “Bill” McClure as he was often known, was born on August 28, 1903 in Shreveport, Louisiana. His father was Ralph William McClure(1879 to 1950), who was a Katy Railroad Freight Clerk. His father served on the Troop One Committee from 7-1-1919 until 6-30-1921.

The family moved to Wichita Falls in late 1910 or early 1911 and first lived at 1405 17th street. They later moved to 2105 Joline Street.

In his early years, he was called Will. He joined Boy Scouts on April 10, 1917 in Troop 7 (sponsored by First Methodist Church) (more…)

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