News Article published February 17, 1916
More images of Ellsworth in the 20th century teens,
Trinity Lutheran Church
Although this West Trinity Luthern Church building
was constructed in 1882, the congregation of this church joined with the
Lutheran Church of America in 1917, when this picture was taken.
|On April 12, 1900, the Ellsworth Chronicle published this
program which would be given in the Norwegian language.
Lincoln Congregational Church, East Trinity
Lutheran Church and West Trinity Lutheran Church are three churches with
linked history. In 1890, West Trinity became a member of the
United Norwegian Lutheran Church of America and located in Ellsworth, becoming
Trinity Lutheran Church. Over the years the church was enlarged
and redecorated, the basement being put under the building in 1920.
In 1952, the cornerstone was laid for the new structure. See
a later view of this church.
Ellsworth to start a Troop of Boy Scouts
(published February and March of 1917)
(You may click the above image to see the
February 1, 1917 article providing the text below,
about starting a Boy Scout Troop in Ellsworth.)
Boy Scouts to Organize
Meeting Held Last Friday When Fourteen Members Were
A movement has been
started in Ellsworth for the organization of a troop of Boy Scouts.
Last Friday afternoon a meeting was called at the Bennett hardware store,
at which time the matter was taken up, and fourteen boys signified their
intention of becoming members. Rev. Welch is promoting the
idea, and will, in all probability act as scout master when the organization
is completed. Another meeting has been called for Friday afternoon
of this week, when it is expected that they will have their orders from
headquarters and the final steps may be taken in the organization.
Boy scouts are organized in patrols and troops.
A patrol consists
of eight boys, one of whom becomes patrol leadr, and another, assistant
patrol leader. As fourteen boys have already signed up it is
desired to get two more, so that they may have two patrols, and eventually
it is hoped to get the full three patrols to form a troop.
Every troop has,
as a leader, a man who is known as a scoutmaster. He receives
a commission annually from the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
In Rev. Welch, the boys will have an ideal scoutmaster, as his interest
in the boys is firm, and his influence for the best in all things.
The age at which
boys may become members is from twelve to eighteen, the most impressionable
years in his citizenship training, when the boys are in greater danger
of being lost from good citizenship than after they have attained their
The following boys have signed
up to become members:
C. Arch Williams
There is a call
for this scout movement, because the boys of this day, in even as small
a place as Ellsworth, do not have the chance, as did the boys of the past,
most of whom grew up in the country, to become strong, self-reliant, resourceful
and helpful, and to get acquainted with nature and out-door life, without
special guidance and training. Therefore, this movement brings
the boys together in patrols and troops, and seeks to cultivate in them
courage, loyalty, patriotism, fellowship, self-control, courtesy, kindness
to animals, usefulness, cheerfulness, cleanliness, thrift, lpurity and
honor. It believes that with such training, American boys will,
as men, be leaders in progress, peace, and all things right and good.
Scout Objective and Scope
The scout movement
is not military in thought, form, or spirit, although it does instil in
boys the military virtues, such as honor, loyalty, obediance and patriotism.
The uniform the patrol, the troop, and the drill are not for military tactics;
they are for the unity, the harmony, and the rhythm of spirit that boys
learn in scouting. It is in the wearing of the uniform and
doing of things together, as scouts, that they absorb the force and truth
of the scout law which states: "A scout is a friend of all, and a brother
to every other scout."
The movement stands
for patriotism, the patriotism that causes the boy to love his country,
and instead of boasting about it, serve it by being a good citizen.
The movement aims
to supplement the various educational agencies, and to promote the ability
in boys to do things for themselves and others. It is not the
aim to set up a new organization to parallel in its purposes others already
established. The opportunity is afforded these organizations, however,
to introduce into thier programs unique features appealing to interests
which are univeral among boys. The method is summed up in the term
Scoutcraft, and is a combination of observation, deduction, and handiness,
or the ability to do things. Scoutcraft includes instruction
in First Aid, Life Saving, Tracking, Signaling, Cycling Nature Study, Seamanship,
Campcraft, Woodcraft, Chivalry, Patriotism and other subjects.
This is accomplished in games and team play, and is pleasure, not work,
for the boy. All that is needed is the out-of-doors, a group
of boys, and a competent leader.
do, something to think about, and something to enjoy with a view always
to character building; for manhood, not scholarship, is the first aim of
The Boy Scout movement has
long been recognized as a community asset. It is the community's
opportunity to reach the boy for good citizenship. The organization
of the local council and the progress of its activities, as related to
scouting, is evidence to the boy who knows the scout program, that the
community is interested in him; not only interested in his education (compelling
him to attend the public school in order that he may be proberly trained
for his citizenship duties later on), but interested in his play also,
when that play wholesomely and happily contribues - as it does in the scout
program - to his physical, mental and moral development. scouting, makes
an asset of the
The local council, through
scouting, makes an asset of the boy; it makes him cooperative with the
community's interest; it places a value on the minority years of his citizenship
life; it gies him something to do. It teaches him to do things
for himself; it makes him self-reliant, courageous, and manly; and the
community's interest in the healthful, normal, moral development of the
boy, as such, holds out to him its laurel wreath of approval and works
The Scout Motto
The motto of the Boy Scouts
is BE PREPARED, which means that the scout is always in a state of readiness
in mind and body to do his duty and meet any emergency.
The Scout Oath
Before he becomes a scout,
a boy must promise:
On my honor, I will do my best;
1. To do my duty to God and my country, and
to obey the scout law;
2. To help other people at all times;
3. To keep myself physically strong, mentally
away, and morally straight.
View more articles
about Scouting in Ellsworth.
This image came from a postcard mailed in July of 1917.
The Skunk River (in a dry season) heads south towards
the railroad bridge.