Cliffside scouts dedicate cabin
Cliffside, Oct. 24. — The Cliffside Boy Scout Troop and a large number of interested friends gathered at the Scout Cabin Friday evening for the dedication program which took place at 7 o’clock. Mr. Gerard Davidson, Scoutmaster, had charge of the program, welcomed all the visitors and introduced the speakers of the evening. Mr. J. J. Tarlton, Superintendent of county schools delivered the dedicatory address. There were also interesting and encouraging talks by Mr. H. C. Beatty, superintendent of Cliffside public schools; Mr. C. S. McCall of Forest City, county chairman of the court of honor; Mr. Chas F. Gold of Rutherfordton, scoutmaster of the Rutherfordton Boy Scouts, Mr. J. D. Brown of Cliffside, chairman of the local troop and Mr. B. B. Goode, of Cliffside. Mr. J. D. Brown, chairman together with Mr. G. C. Shuford and Mr. B. B. Goode comprise the local council.
The cabin was built by the Cliffside Mills for the use of the Boy Scouts of Cliffside. It is a handsome structure of the log cabin type and contains three rooms. It is well and strongly built of choice pine; is equipped with running water. The furniture is hand-made and is in keeping with the architecture of the cabin. The window hangings were made and donated by the Haynes Mill at Avondale. One of the most attractive features of the house is the great stone fireplace and chimney, which is of ample proportions to accommodate huge logs. The great strong andirons were made and donated by the Spartanburg Foundry Co. A big iron pot hangs from a crane in the fireplace. Book shelves on each side of the fireplace are well supplied with books donated by the residents of Cliffside. Mr. B. B. Harris of Columbia, S. C., kindly gave a generous cash donation. A friend sent a six-foot rattlesnake skin with rattlers to add to the nature study collection. Displayed all about the cabin are articles of handicraft made by the scouts. On the grounds is a fine flag pole donated by the Cliffside Mills. The Jr. O. U. A. M. is donating a beautiful flag, which the scouts take pride in hoisting and lowering at the proper time. A large official scout emblem of wrought iron is placed on the outside of the chimney on the south side of the cabin.
At the close of the program, Mr. Davidson spoke in behalf of the scouts and expressed grateful appreciation to the officials of the Cliffside Mills for the splendid cooperation and interest shown by the erection of this fine building.
Mr. R. M. Schiele of Gastonia, Scout Executive of the Piedmont Council was an especially invited guest, but owing to previous engagements he and Mrs. Schiele could not attend.
Article researched and prepared by Joyce Atkinson Hunter.
Although he doesn’t remember the dedication, Grover Haynes, Jr. remembers the cabin when it was brand new.