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Local troops celebrate Girl Scouts’ centennial


Nancy G. Abbott can remember how different being a Girl Scout was in the 1960s.

“That was back when we had to dress up,” she said. “We had to wear the white gloves. We had to wear hats.”

She and a few dozen other women spent Saturday afternoon reminiscing during the Jefferson County Historical Society’s memorial to the Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary.

To commemorate the milestone anniversary, the society created a display of old uniforms and memorabilia and invited troop leaders and Scouts to celebrate the day.

“They were my uniforms. They came to me through attrition,” said Eunice J. Wescott, Henderson, the exhibit’s organizer.

One uniform was from the 1920s but was in still in presentable condition. Mrs. Wescott said it came to her in that condition and she left some uniforms in boxes for years. She lost only the “pantaloons” that went with a basketball uniform.

“A lot of you are familiar with these uniforms,” she joked. “Some of you wore them through the years.”

Mrs. Wescott was a Girl Scout from 1948 to 1952. All of the women in the room had been in her Adams troop over the years.

“She always made sure we went to a nice restaurant,’ said Susan C. Richmond, a member of Mrs. Wescott’s original troop. “We had a lot of life lessons.”

Candy A. Kotlowski was another member of the original troop. Her mother and daughter also learned many life lessons as Girl Scouts, and Ms. Kotlowski noticed how much the organization changed through the years.

“My mother was a member of the first Girl Scout troop in Adams,” she said. “I think (my daughter) did more than we did. They had more opportunities, but she also had Eunice as a leader.”

The women traveled to Niagara Falls, Boston and even Mexico under Mrs. Wescott’s leadership. They learned how to dress and practiced manners. They accumulated dozens of patches over the years, which some women wore Saturday.

“They felt like they learned about life and responsibility,” Mrs. Wescott said.

Before the exhibit was unveiled, she shared stories about the lessons learned and anecdotes about how she began as a troop leader.

“I’m so glad we had a good turnout,” she said. “I hope we beat the Boy Scouts.”

Historical Society Executive Director William G. Wood said he was happy Mrs. Wescott chose the museum as the antique uniforms’ new home.

“We’re always looking for things that have a place in our history,” he said. “Once they’re lost, they’re gone forever.”

The exhibit is on the second floor of the historical society museum, 228 Washington St.

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