February 5 would have been my grandfather’s 138th birthday. I recently came across this article about an award he (Frank Martin Brodhead, 1882-1951) received from the Boy Scouts of America in 1948, three years before he died of congestive heart failure.
It must have been a happy and gratifying evening for him and the family. The article is crumbling from age, so I photocopied it after taping the top and bottom edges. The bottom edge is a bit damaged. Missing info (bottom left): “Personnel of Troop 15 enacted a first aid skit and also demonstrated fire-making by flint and steel.” Bottom right: “Troop 15 is a “purple star troop” by virtue of the “red star” inspection rating won in a ten-year period. To qualify for the inspection, the troop had to meet certain requirements in administration, activities, and neatness of personnel.”