Troop 111 Celebrates 75 Years

The Bonner County Daily Bee has a nice feature article about Boy Scout Troop 111 which is celebrating its 75th anniversary:

Troop 111 now has about 30 members according to scoutmaster Laszlo Suto, who said some scouts have moved to more conveniently located troops, including Cocolalla, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and two troops that meet at different Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints buildings.

Between them, the local Boy Scouts represent a tradition that goes back to 1916, when Troop 1 was formed by Rev. W. G. Asher at the local Christian Church. The Pend d’Oreille Review newspaper reported that 50 boys wanted to join, but troop size was limited to 32. By 1919, another troop was formed in Laclede.

In the spring of 1921, two local Boy Scouts used their life-saving skills when one of the first airplane flights out of Sandpoint ended with a watery landing in Lake Pend Oreille. Pilot John Van Alste of Goldendale, Wash. , was fished out of the lake by scouts Hudson Livingston and Edward Thomason. That same year, Sandpoint troops were reorganized, resulting at least three groups here and additional troops in Bonners Ferry.

Read the rest of the article at The Bonner County Daily Bee.

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