Share our heritage | Milesburg Boy Scout Troop No. 59

Milesburg Boy Scout Troop No. 59 marches in Millheim in 1952.
Milesburg Boy Scout Troop No. 59 marches in Millheim in 1952. Photo provided

Each Monday the Centre Daily Times will publish an installment in our “Share our Heritage” series, featuring photos from Centre County’s past. Today’s photos are from Laird Confer.

Confer shared photos of Milesburg Boy Scout Troop No. 59 marching in Millheim in 1952 and rafting to Harrisburg in 1952.

He sent an article about the rafting trip that was originally published in the Centre Daily Times.

“Eight members of the Milesburg Boy Scout Explorer Troop and their leader, Charles McKinley, who started to Harrisburg by raft June 5, arrived at the state capitol Friday.

“The boys are Max Cleaver, Laird Confer, Carl Bennett, Paul Noll, Elmer Letterman, Frank Lyons, Robert Decker and Robert Hockenberry.

“Riding in two rubber rafts and using a third for supplies, the group went down Bald Eagle Creek to the North Branch of the Susquehanna River at Lock Haven.

“They were delayed a day when one of the rafts struck a tree stump at Beech Creek. Mrs. McKinley had to go get the raft and return it to Bellefonte for repairs.

“The boys and their leader spent a half day in Williamsport when they attended church services.

“They spent nights on shore where they set up tents and cooked their meals. The boys were unable to fish in the Susquehanna River because they had to spend all the time paddling. The rafts would not have moved without being paddled after they got to the river.

“After a tour of the Capitol and other buildings, the party returned to Bellefonte Friday afternoon. Mrs. McKinley and Walter Uncapher, of Milesburg, went for them by car.

“Roy Cook, of Milesburg, was with them for three days.”

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