Boxwell at Rock Island, 1949-1959

Rock Island was a very different Scout camp from the Old Hickory Lake Boxwell. For starters, it was just one camp--not a reservation of multiple camps. Further, it had very few of the modern facilities at the current Boxwell. There were no permanent structures, such as a dining hall, trading post, or camp office, save for one building, the kitchen.

Given the length of time between the closing of Rock Island and today, photos and details are constantly fading into the mists of history. Thus, there is no way to confirm if the "missing years" below actually even have staff photos at all. However, as is often the case with history, the historians learn new things all the time. If you have a photo we don't or we have some information incorrect, let us know.

Included below are not only photos but our best list of Boxwell Staff for these years. These names are compiled from The Nashville Banner and The Tennessean. The papers did not list the names of Scouts who attended as earlier years had done and the Council does not have these records. The staff lists here are based upon those names printed in the paper and other available information. These lists will be updated as more information is researched.


Rock Island Staff, 1949-1959

Missing: Rock Island Staff, 1949 Missing: Rock Island Staff, 1950 Rock Island Staff, 1951 Missing: Rock Island Staff, 1952 Missing: Rock Island Staff, 1953 Rock Island Staff, 1954 Rock Island Staff, 1955 Missing: Rock Island Staff, 1956
Missing: Rock Island Staff, 1957 Missing: Rock Island Staff, 1958 Missing: Rock Island Staff, 1959 Rock Island Staff Ike the Cook Rock Island Rock Island Latrine Waterfront
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1949 | 1950 | 1951 | 1952 | 1953 | 1954 | 1955 | 1956 | 1957 | 1958 | 1959

1949
Ward Akers—Camp Director
Dale McWhorter (adult)
Talmadge Miller (adult, professional)
Tillman Newsum (adult)
Reeves Little (adult)
Floyd Laney (adult, professional)
Craig Ayers (adult)
Floyd V. Pearce (adult)--Handicraft
Joe Womack—WF director
Capt Clyde Wooten—Rifle
Hill Grimmett—“angling”
Henry Fitts—Killed, 18, July 1949
Billy Lambert—counselor
Ben Holder—counselor
Dick Carney—counselor
Bernard England—counselor
Roland Downing—WF Staff
Comer Jackson—camp carpenter(?)
Walter Whitaker—cook
Ike Davis (wheeling, WV)--cooks
(staff of 30/34)

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1950
Reeves Little—Camp Director
John Bouchard, Jr—Camp Counselor
Sgt. Andrews—Rifle
George Rutledge—WF staff
Fritz Crane—WF Staff
Bill McWhorter—camp counselor
Barry Goad
John Parish
Craig Ayers—DE for Columbia
Tommy Cox*
Clinton Pearsons*
Jim Shackelford*
Gary Cohen*
Charles Bonney*

*--unclear whether these were staff or not

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1951
(staff week began June 11)

Clarence Jung—Camp Director
Bobby Chaffin—Waterfront Director
Bernie England—WF Staff
Don Fuqua—WF Staff
Bill Shapard—WF Staff
Dusty Miller—site leader
Tom Pedigo—site leader
Bill McWhorter—site leader
Jack Bouchard—site leader
Raymond Sain—site leader
Wayne Murdock—site leader
Army sergeants—rifle instructors
John Malone—Jr. Staff, rifle
Arthur Spining—Jr. Staff, rifle
John Whaley—archery
Louise Hines—camp clerk
Bill Gilliam—supply man
Gordon Campbell –Commissary Director
F. V. (Cueball) Pierce—Handicraft Director
Pete Stout—Commissary/Handicraft staff
Ray Gilson—Commissary/Handicraft staff
Joe Thompson—Commissary/Handicraft staff
John Parish—advancement/Scout skills
Max Malone—advancement/Scout skills
Jesse Coles—Advancement/Scout skills
Don Miller—advancement/scout skills
Bobby Owens—camp quartermaster
Joe Criner—bugler
Ike—“the popular cook”
Jim—the dishwasher
Mrs. Jean Murdock—meal planning
Mrs. Tom Pedigo—dietician
Berry Goard (Barry Goad)—kitchen staff
Jimmy Thompson—kitchen staff
Fritz Crane—kitchen staff
Stanley Marshall—kitchen staff
Charles Johnson—kitchen staff

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1952
June 29-August 11
Clarence Jung—Camp Director
James Mauldin—Program Director (wk1)
Bob Davis—Ass’t CD (wk1)
Richard Parker—Ass’t CD (wk1)
Earl Mitchell—Ass’t CD (wk1)
Floyd “Q-ball” Pearce—Handicraft Director
Barry Goad—Kitchen Dir
Roland Oldham—kitchen staff
Bill Haralson—kitchen staff
Henry Willoughby—kitchen staff
Graham Biles—Kitchen staff
Jimmy Tippens—kitchen staff
Bobby Chaffin—Waterfront Dir
Gordon Blaylock—WF staff
Harvey Howard—WF staff
Bobby Owens—WF staff
Tom Pedigo—Campcraft (AY)
Raymond Sain—Campcraft (AY)
Bernard England—Campcraft (AY)
Bill McWhorter—Campcraft (AY)/Site leader
John Parish—Campcraft (AY)/Site leader
Assistant Site Leaders
Thayer Martin
Virgil Stephens
Ray Harris
Walter Anderson
Bobby Wood
Wlliam Shown, Jr.
Nelson Ross
Sgt. Hatfield—rifle range
Sgt. Lewis—Rifle Range
Trading Post/Handicraft
Clayton Mallory
Don Miller
Tommy Hedgecoth—camp clerk
Howard Cox—camp caretaker

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1953

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1954

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1955

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1956

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1957

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1958

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1959

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