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Scouts Sew A Flag


By: Jim Hughes
BS Flag

Boy Scouts started in the United States in 1910. In 1913, four units were organized in Wichita Falls, Texas as Troop 1, Troop 2, Troop 3, and Troop 4. It was difficult in those days to stay together because of adult leadership and a place to meet.
In early 1913, the Scouts of Troop 1 decided they needed an American Flag. They set out to make one because they had no money to buy one. They hand-cut strips of white and red cloth. The strips were tacked together and then sewed together on a sewing machine. The field of blue was all one piece. The stars were hand-cut and sewed on the field randomly. The flag measures 50 inches high and 68 inches long. When finished they hand-sewed the date of June 3, 1913 along the edge of the blue field.
This flag was saved over the years and recently encased. Our many thanks go to Bob Hardy (past Scoutmaster) and Tim Horner for building the case. Thanks, also, to Quality Glass Co. who donated the plexiglass. The Flag is now proudly displayed over the fireplace in the Scout Hut. The installation took place on May 6, 2016 prior to our 100th Anniversary and Reunion to be held June 10-12, 2016.

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