Concho Valley Council No. 741

(Now the Texas Southwest Council)

San Angelo, Texas

Six Scout troops existed in San Angelo by May 14, 1922 and the Kiwanis Club agreed to sponsor the Boy Scouts of America by organizing a council.  By the end of the month the Kiwanis Club had appointed men to constitute the Council and to make application immediately to the national headquarters of the Boy Scouts in New York for a charter for the "Tom Green County Scout Council."

Mr. A. C. Dunn, deputy regional executive, working under James P. Fitch, Region 9 Executive, met with the Board of City Development and later with the Kiwanis Club in mid-July, 1922, to urge the group to hire a paid executive for the Tom Green Scout Council.  An executive had already been hired in Abilene to carry on the work there.

Apparently his request got nowhere as it was not until 1926 before a paid executive was hired.   The six troops, with membership ranging from twenty-five to thirty-two boys were:

Troop 2 - South Side Baptist Church - Rev. J. H. Garrett, Scoutmaster
Troop 3 - Methodist Protestant Church - Rev. J. A. Richardson, Scoutmaster
Troop 4 - Angelo Heights - Theron K. Wright, Scoutmaster
Troop 5 - First Christian Church  - Prof. A. C. Odom, Scoutmaster
Troop 6 - First Presbyterian Church - Dr. Ralph R. Chase, Scoutmaster
Troop 1 - It was mentioned in the papper that Troop 1 had been in San Angelo "more than a year ago" but, due to the fact that J. K. Griggs, the Scoutmaster, was not able to take time from his business, he was unable to continue as Scoutmaster.  Their troop still retained its identity and the boys retained their membership.  In other words, the troop was not meeting, but the troop charter was still in force!

The Scout registration fee was 50 cents.  The dues were from 25 to 50 cents a month and a uniform, including leggings, trousers, shirt and hat, could be purchased for $7.50.

Scouting was apparently still active in 1925 although no record could be found on any activity that took place in the paper.  The Kiwanis Club continued to discuss their support of the program and what they could do to make Scouting a valuable part of the San Angelo scene.

Council Formally Organized

So, in January of 1926, a concerted effort was made by the San Angelo Kiwanis Club to organize a first class council to serve the surrounding area.  Houston Harte, publisher of the San Angelo Standard-Times and president of the Kiwanis Club, appointed John Y. Rust, A. A. Glover, D. J. Burk, Dr. H. K. Hinde and Walter Gallemore, as a committee of the club to co-operate with the local Scout council headed by Clarence Starkie and Scoutmaster Edward F. Johnson. As a result of their efforts, sixty members of the Kiwanis Club were solicited and $1,170 was raised from the club members and $77 from four non-members for a total of $1,247 to be devoted to the work of organizing a council with a paid career man at the helm.

The Concho Valley Council, Boy Scouts of America, was formally organized on Thursday afternoon, May 20, 1926 by E. E. Voss, Deputy Regional Executive of Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico.  Voss told the group that the Concho Valley Council charter would come through in a few weeks at which time he hoped to return for the formal presentation.  An office was opened at 105 1/2 S. Chadbourn.

  Brice W. Draper
Brice W. DraperThe new council was composed of sixteen and one-half counties: Tom Green, Irion, Schleicher, Sutton, Kimble, Menard, Concho, McCulloch, Crane, Reagan, Cole, half of Runnels, Terrell, Pecos, Crockett, Upton, and Graner.  It was organized primarily through the efforts of John Y. Rust, Houston Harte, and H. C. Ragsdale of  San Angelo.   By February 18, Brice W. Draper, son of H. E. Draper, presiding elder of the Methodist Church, was employed to be the Scout Executive. He was transferred from the Nueces Valley Council of Corpus Christi.  Brice W. Draper served as Scout Executive of the Council until 1934, when he moved to Dallas, Texas.

John Y. Rust.      .. 
John Y. RustJohn Y. Rust served as its first president from 1926 to 1931 inclusive.  He was succeeded by Houston Harte who served through 1935.   We know that Sam Scheuber served as Council Commissioner through 1932.  Both John Y. Rust and Sam Scheuber received the Silver Beaver award in the early '30s for "Distinguished Service to Boyhood" from the Concho Valley Council.

The name "Concho Valley" was selected because much of the original territory of the council was in the valley of the 'general prongs' of the Concho River (Spanish for shells, found in the river).   The middle branch of the Concho River rises in Reagan County; the south branch rises in Schleicher County.  The north branch rises outside the territory and flows southeast to unite with the Concho River which is formed at San Angelo and continues eastward through Tom Green and Concho counties and joins the Colorado River.

The headquarters for the Concho Valley Council has been located in San Angelo since the council was organized in 1926.

Charter Members of Council

Charter members of the council included W. D. Holcomb, J. P. McAnulty, T. E. Gallemore, J. F. Sutton, John Parker, Earl Dunn, O. D. Wallace, J.T. Correls, H. P. Bybee, Clyde Hoyt, Fred Cox, Sam Jones, John Shepperson, Rev. Gaston Hartsfield, Rec. G. W. McCall, T. E. Broyles, Ted Hogan, Chase Holland, W. P. Barnes, John P. Lee, Sam Mchaffey, Scott Peters, George Neal, C. G. Dunklin, Jim Daniels, E. A. Baze and J. F. Simpson.

A Scout House Completed

On February 8, 1926, it was announced in the SAN ANGELO DAILY STANDARD that the Scout House in the Civic League park had been completed and Boy Scout meetings were being held there every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights.  Several local merchants had donated beaver board, doors, lattices, molding, hardware, paint, a wood stove, desk and thirty chairs to complete and furnish the building.  We know that Troop 3 met there on Wednesday night and Troop 1, under Scoutmaster Ed. F. Johnson, met there on Friday night.

Scouts at Ben Ficklin

It didn't take Draper long to get involved in the program.  On February 26, 1926, fifty-two Scouts were at Ben Ficklin to pass second class tests and practice Scoutcraft under the leadership of Draper.

The group of boys was divided into two groups and the game of "Crows and Cranes" was played, followed by an Indian dance with "blood-curdling yells."  J. W. Scheuber, Ed F. Johnson and Fred Cox tasted the meat and potatoes the Scouts had prepared over twenty-eight fires, all in three long lines.

In early March, a training course for adults was held for fifty men at the Elk's Hall to get men interested in promoting the Scout organization in San Angelo.  The patrols were Clyde Hoyt's "Roosters", the Ed F. Johnson's "Foxes", G. H. Odam's "Wildcats", Sam Scheuber's "Cuckoos" and Jean Cornelison's "Beavers."

Patrol Leader Training

Junior Leader Training, Christoval, Texas in 1928.
Junior Leader Training in 1928This event was followed by a Scout patrol leader's training conference on March 20 and 21 at Christoval with sixty Boy Scouts in attendance.  Involved with helping with the training of the youth were City Manager E. V. Spence, Dr. J. P. McAnulty, Rev. E. V. Evins, Rev. G. W. McCall, and Chief Parker of the San Angelo Fire Department.  By this time they had organized eight troops in town.

Neal Sanders was patrol leader of the "Roosters", J. T. Sorrells of the "Eagles", Norris Creath of the "Lions" and Charles Kirkpatrick of the "Owls."

Saturday afternoon the Scouts passed all Tenderfoot tests, studied and recited on two instruction sheets on leadership training, learned to signal, and made patrol totems with material gathered on the grounds.  After dinner they heard a lecture on First Aid, tied Tenderfoot bandages and attended a  campfire.  Taps was heard by a tired camp at 10:15.

Sunday morning, following calisthenic drill intermingled with lusty songs, they ate breakfast, heard a lecture on leadership ability, worked on second class tests, heard Chief Parker speak on ways they could help the fire department, procured a patrol mascot, ate a "huge chicken dinner" and continued work on their second class tests.  An inter-patrol field meet was held at 4 p.m. with contests in first aid, fire building, potato cooking, wall scaling and patrol unity.

The Lion Patrol edged out the Owls by 2 points.  Hundreds of cars carried spectators to the field meet and many of them expressed surprise at the knowledge the Scouts had gained during the conference.

A second Patrol Leaders conference was held at Christoval on April 17 and 18th and was aquatic in the most part, closing with a water carnival.

Districts Organized

The Ranch District was organized in April of 1928 with Roy Aldwell of Sonora as Chairman and Judge J. A. Whitten, Eldorado serving as Vice Chairman.  Other members of the district committee were Scott Peters of Crockett, Weaver Baker of Kimble and Prestias Nigbitt of Menard.  The following year, Maurice M. McMaster, professional Scouter from Kansas City was in charge of the Ranch and Farm Districts.

The San Angelo Standard-Times announced on December 7, 1930, that Waldo Williams was field commissioner of the Western District composed of the counties of Pecos, Crane, Reagon and Upton and that A. W. Boren of Brady was field commissioner of the Farm district of the counties of Concho, McCulloch and Menard.

First Troop in Sonora 1915As in most councils, there were troops active prior to the organization of councils. One such troop was active in Sonora, TX in 1915.   The photo was taken one day while the troop was practicing their first aid on the dirt road leading up to tAhe water works.   The road is still there today except that it is paved.

An story in the Dallas Morning News, March 22, 1914, recently discovered, told of two Boy Scout Troops in Ballinger in 1914 that were presented two large flags, 4x6 feet, as prizes, for their participation in helping to clean up Ballinger in the clean-up campaign fo the city.

In the meantime, the Southwest Council was organized in 1926 by John C. Campbell as the organization executive.  In late 1926 he joined the regional staff as deputy and M. M. Fulmer became the Council Scout executive.  In 1927 H. B. Palmer became the executive and continued through 1935.  The Council lasted for only ten years, until it merged with the Concho Valley Council in 1936, but during that time it was a very active council serving ten counties in southwest Texas. In 1936 this council was on direct service for a few months, then was joined with the Concho Valley Council.  Counties included Val Verde, Edwards, Kinney, Uvalde, Real, Dimmit, Maverick and Zavala.

The Concho Valley Council serves 23 1/2 counties in West Texas today with four districts and a staff of four Executives. The office has been located at many different places in the downtown area of San Angelo. For a list of where all the offices have been located since 1927 to HERE.

Internet Rechartering

Electronic recharting of a unit became a reality in the Concho Valley Council in the fall of 2005.  It was a Web-based method for units to renew their charters from any online location.  Units entered the information themselves.  When completed, the unit roster was submitted to ScoutNET and a Unit Charter Renewal Report Package was printed.  The unit then acquired the signatures for the application and sent it, along with the rest of the package, any  new youth and adult applications, and all fees to the council.

New Council Name

On February 11, 2012, the Concho Valley Council Executive Board voted to change the council name to Texas Southwest Council as a part of their strategic plan and to encompass the entire council as a whole.

Other Concho Valley Council Pages

| Presidents | Scout Executives | Other Executives  | Map of Council | Offices | Cub Scouts | Senior Scouts |
| Southwest Texas Council | Camp Fawcett | Camp Sol Mayer | Camp Louis Farr | National Jamborees |
| Wahinkto Lodge | District Award of Merit  | Eagle Scouts | Silver Beavers | Heroism Awards | Troop Awards |
| Spirit of the Eagle Award | James E. West Fellowship | Carr Award | Chase Holland Award | Bands |
| First Scout Troop San Angelo 1911 | 1914 Sonora Scout Troop | The Exhibition Troop | Knights of Zocahs |
| Newsletter - "The Scouter" | Kite Contests | Boy Scout Village | Panjandrum


 Material for this page came from "History of Region Nine, Boy Scouts of America, 1920-1967," by Minor Huffman and "Panjandrum, A History of Scouting in the Concho Valley Council 1911 - 1941," by Frank T. Hilton, 1990

Last Updated:  February 16, 2012
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