Oil Belt Council 1929 - 1932
Soon after that, the new board set the date for the second summer camp at Camp Martin for July 2 to 14, 1929.
First Six Eagles
Fitch told the group that they had a couple of options. The could go on a mail order basis with the regional office at Dallas and do without an executive, or they could merge into one council and have a local executive and office.
They decided the best plan would be to merge and agreed to do that even though they still had to worry about finances. Each council would be responsible for working out its own indebtedness. The two current executives would remain active and in charge of their current areas until the financial problems were resolved. Later, they could decide if one or the other executive would be the Scout Executive or hire someone outside of the two councils. They met again on February 12 at the Chamber of Commerce in Cisco to further work on the merger.
At the second meeting, February 12, 1932, the representatives were able to finalize the details of the merger. They selected the name Comanche Trail Council , which was suggested by Oswald Daughety, son of Dr. Jewell Daughety the Council President, for the new council. Guy N. Quirl, Scout Executive of the Oil Belt Council was selected to serve as the Scout Executive of the new council and Cliff Pouncey, Scout Executive of the Pecan Valley Council, was selected to serve as the Assistant Scout Executive. Guy Quirl moved his family from Eastland to Brownwood by March 1, 1932.
Pouncey resigned from his position in the fall of 1932. Will Tolbert of Brownwood was employed for two months to help to refinance the new council.
Brownwood offered to continue to provide free office space in the basement of the Brown County Court House, so the office was located in Brownwood, Texas, where it remains today.
By 1931, both the Oil Belt
Council and the Pecan Valley Council were experiences financial difficulties
due to the depression. James P. Fitch, Regional Scout Executive,
requested that the two Executive Board members of the two councils to meet
with him in Cisco, Texas at the Hilton Hotel (Conrad Hilton's first hotel).
Members of the two boards met and agreed to merge into one council in 1932..
The name selected for the new council was the Guy N. Quirl, Scout
Executive of the Oil Belt Council was selected to serve as the Scout Executive
of the new council and Cliff Pouncey, Scout Executive of the Pecan Valley
Council, selected to serve as the Assistant Scout Executive. Brownwood
offered free office space in the basement of the Brown County Court House
so the office was set up in Brownwood, Texas where it remains today.
Material for this page was taken from the book "The Camp Billy Gibbons Story", by Guy N. Quirl and Eldon Sehnert, April, 1989 and "Ninety Years of Service - A History of Comanche Trail Council 1910 - 1999," by Frank T. Hilton.
Last Updated: June 13, 2003
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