A group of Cub Scouts and their fathers from Troop 4, Morningside.
While the above image seems non-controversial, perhaps no artifact in our collection has generated more discussion and disagreements. For one, it was originally identified as a Boy Scout Troop -- we were immediately told by several people who saw it during the 2005 Morningside exhibit that it was, in fact, a group of Cub Scouts and their fathers.
Several former Scouts -- Ron Shirk, Larry Nickander, Jim Grunnet and Bob Reid (and his sister Betty), among others -- spent some time trying to identify people in the photo. They have done a pretty good job of identifying the boys, but strangely enough, nearly all the fathers' have the same first name: "Mister."
I'm joking, of course. But most kids of the era didn't address grown ups by their first names, so we had to look up names in city phone directories to get better information.
The date has been the topic of friendly debate. Based on their age at the time, many people in the photograph have done the math with their birth dates and come up with different years. For the purpose of this blog, I'm not even going to publish the date. Not even with the vague qualifier "circa." I'm not opening up that can of worms today.
My point is: this is a topic near and dear to people's hearts. Boy Scouts (and Cub Scouts) defined childhood years for a great many Edina residents.
Therefore, I was happy to receive a recent donation from Jim Grunnet, whose father Leslie served as scoutmaster for many years for Troop 4 in Morningside. The box of donations includes: lists of members, badges, Scouting projects and this bugle and bugle song book used by Jim.
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