Deed to Camp Billy Gibbons
COUNTY OF SAN SABA
COMANCHE TRAIL COUNCIL, INC., BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA, is a private corporation duly organized and existing under and by virtue of the laws of the State of Texas. It is a part of the parent organization that operates under a charter granted by the Congress of the United States.
It was formed for the purpose of promoting, encouraging, supervising and administering the educational and recreational program of the Boy Scouts of America, and particularly the program of the Boy Scouts of the Comanche Trail Council, which is comprised of the following counties in Texas: Brown, Comanche, Eastland, Erath, Lampasas, Mills, San Saba and Stephens.
For many years it has maintained a camp, known as Camp Billy gibbons, located on Brady Creek, in San Saba County, Texas, and on lands originally owned by W. H. (Uncle Billy) Gibbons, and more lately owned by his late son, J. E. Gibbons. Within recent weeks, on account of the happening of certain events, it has become necessary for the Comanche Trail Council, Inc., Boy Scouts of America, to abandon such camp and since that time it has been seeking a suitable place for the establishment of a permanent home for camping and recreation.
John W. Gibbons is a resident citizen of San Saba County, Texas. He is the only surviving son of the late W. H. (Uncle Billy) Gibbons. W. E. (Uncle Billy) Gibbons was a pioneer citizen of this area of Texas. During his lifetime W. H. Gibbons became interested in the Boy Scout movement and ws particularly pleased to have the Boy Scouts of the Comanche Trail Council establish a camp on his property, and he took much pride and pleasure in such camp and in the Boy Scout movement generally. The said John W. Gibbons has fro many years been interested in the Boy Scout movement and has been an active member of the Comanche Trail Council. At the present time he is Vide President of such Council.
The said John W. Gibbons immediately recognized the need of the Council for the Boy Scout camp. Out of the abundance of their generosity he and his wife, Mrs. Jennie May Gibbons, immediately offered to give unto Comanche Trail Council, Inc., Boy Scouts of America, the lans hereinafter described, to the end that it might become the sole owner thereof. The Council is more than pleased to accept this fine gift for and on behalf of the great Boy Scout program.
This gift and grant of the lands hereinafter described is being made by John W. Gibbons and his wife, Mrs. Jennie May Gibbons, because of their interest in boyhood and the future citizenship of this nation, and because they fully understand and appreciate the high ideals, training and program of the Boy Scouts of America, and they verily believe that this gift and donation will be of much encouragement to the Boy Scout program, which, after all, has for it purpose the teaching and training of young boy in self-reliance, courage, honor, patriotism, good sportsmanship, loyal citizenship, and may other kindred virtues. Then, too, the said John W. Gibbons is anxious that this camp be established on lands now owned by him, and formerly owned by his illustrious father, W. H. (Uncle Billy) Gibbons, to the end that the Gibbons name might be forever linked and identified with this great and noble program. John W. Gibbons verily believes that his father would be pleased with this gift and after al is said and done, this act on this part constitutes nothing more than the lengthening of the shadows of the noble life of Uncle Billy Gibbons.
NOW, THEREFORE, KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS:
That we, John W. Gibbons and wife, Jennie May Gibbons, of the County of
San Saba, State of Texas, for and in consideration of our interest in,
and natural love and affection for the Boy Scout program, and for Comanche
Trail Council, Inc., Boy Scouts of America, a private corporation organized
and existing for the purpose of fostering, promoting and carrying out the
Boy Scout movement and program, and to the end that the Boy Scouts of the
Comanche Trail Council might have a permanent camping ground along the
banks of historic Brady Creek, and in the hope that such area might be
retained in the natural state so that happiness, enjoyment and contentment
might be realized by generations yet unborn, have Given, Granted and Conveyed,
and by these presents do give, Grant and Convey unto Comanche Trail Council,
Inc., Boy Scouts of America, a private corporation with its domicile and
principal place of business in the City of Brownwood, Brown County, Texas,
and to it successors and assigns, all those certain lands and premises
lying and being situate in the County of San Saba, in the State of Texas,
and being more particularly described as follows:
together with all and singular the rights and members and appurtenances to the same in any manner belonging.
TO HAVE AND TO HOLD the above described premises, together with all and singular the rights and appurtenances thereto in anywise belonging to the said Comanche Trail Council, Inc., Boy Scouts of America, a private corporation, its successors and assigns, forever.
The above described premises abut and adjoin Brady Creek and we hereby give, grant and convey unto the Comanche Trail Council, Inc., Boy Scouts of America, all riparian rights owned and held by us in such Brady Creek by reason of our having been the owners of the lands hereby conveyed.
It is distinctly understood that this grand, gift and conveyance is being made by Grantors, and accepted by Grantees, with the understanding that the lands hereby conveyed are to be used by Grantee, its successors and assigns, for and on behalf of the Boy Scouts of America, and in furtherance of its camping and recreational programs; therefore, it is further understood that if such premises are not used for such purposes, but are used for other and different purposes, then such other use of such premises shall constitute a breach of this conveyance and immediately upon such other use being made of such premises all the right, title, interest and estate vested in Grantee, it successors and assigned, hereunder will immediately cease and determine and the full title will immediately revert ot and vest in Grantors, their heirs, executors and legal representative.
It is understood that the failure of Grantee, its successors or assigns, to hold or have the annual Boy Scout Encampment on the premises herein conveyed for a period of three successive years shall constitute prima facie evidence that said premises have been abandoned for Boy Scout purposes and upon the happening of such an occurrence the title and possession of said premises will immediately revert to and vest in Grantors, their heirs, executors and legal representatives.
It is understood, however, that the Grantors herein expressly reserve for themselves, their heirs, legal representatives and assigns the right ot use such premises for ranching and grazing purposes.
It is further understood that the Grantee herein, its successors and assigns, shall have the right of ingress and egress to such property and for that purpose there is hereby conveyed unto such Comanche Trail Council, Inc., Boy Scouts of America, the free and uninterrupted use, liberty, privilege and easement of passing in, along and over the Cavern road coming from the east to a point north of the land conveyed, which is the entrance into the north and south Oakdale Pasture, thence along the east line of the fence of the north and south Oakdale Pasture to the land conveyed, and this is a covenant and grant running with this conveyance.
It is further understood and agreed that this conveyance is being made upon the premise that the Grantee herein will erect a suitable monument ot eh memory of the late W. H. (Uncle Bill) Gibbons, and that the name of the camp established upon such premises will always be known as "Camp Billy Gibbons".
EXECUTED in triplicate originals this, the 22 day of Aug., A. D. 1947.
J. W. Gibbons
THE STATE OF TEXAS
BEFORE ME THE UNDERSIGNED AUTHORITY, a notary pubic in and for San Saba County, Texas, on this day personally appeared John W. Gibbons and Jennie May Gibbons, his wife, both known to be to be the persons whose names are subscribed to the foregoing instrument, and acknowledged to me that they each executed the same for the purposes and consideration therein expressed, and the said Jennie May Gibbons, wife of the SAid John W. Gibbons, having been examined by me privily and apart from her husband, and having the same fully explained to her, she, the said Jennie May Gibbons, acknowledged such instrument to be her act and deed, and she declared that she had willingly signed the same for the purposes and consideration therein expressed and that she did not wish to retract it.
GIVEN UNDER BY HAND AND SEAL OF OFFICE, this the 22 day of Aug. A. D. 1947.
H. B. Brown
J. Edward Johnson
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