The Daily Bugle Call
The newsletter was probably printed on a used mimeograph machine in camp and edited by a Scout who was not necessarily a member of the camp staff. Usually, the paper was delivered to the mess hall around noon, or sometimes in the evening, depending on how early the editor got out of bed that morning. You can tell that the machines were old, being as the rollers had been worn to the point that the paper usually came out of the machine crooked. You will see this in the several copies we have scanned for your enjoyment.
The newsletter was typed on a mimeograph stencil, using an old manual typewriter. The editor used blue correction fluid to cover up his mistakes. Spelling was not a priority, nor the grammar. At the end of each week, they would sell "bound" (stapled) copies of the newsletter for the week for 5 cents each. They even designed a special cover for these issues.
Clark Coursey, a Lone Scout from Rising Star, was the first editor of the Camp Martin Bugle Call in 1928 to1930. He was 17 at the time he put out the first Bugle Call. Coursey was a Lone Scout from 1926-1929, joining at the age of 15. In talking with his son, Pat Coursey, we found out that Clark Coursey saw the first plane to fly over Rising Star, and owned the first bicycle in town. He used to go visit his uncle in Oklahoma in the summer and work in his uncle's newspaper office while in high school. We feel that may have been where he gained his experience to work on the Camp Martin Bugle Call at Camp Martin. After graduating from high school in 1929, he moved to Brownwood and worked for the Brownwood Bulletin. While working at the Brownwood Bulletin, he joined Troop 4, in October 1930, as an Assistant Scoutmaster. In 1945, he bought the Brownwood Banner weekly newspaper from Jim White. In 1957, he sold the paper to the Brownwood Bulletin, which then ceased publication.
Other editors of the Bugle Call, over the years, were Travis Foster, Roy V. Fox, William Jackson, Collin Satterwhite and Wayne C. Sellers.
Here are some sample issues of The Bugle Call:
Vol. 1 No. 2 July 7, 1928 - The earliest issue of the Bugle Call for Camp Martin that we have. Talks about the camp band.
Vol. 1 No. 8 July 13, 1928 - Last issue of the Bugle Call prior to camp closing for season. Trip to Mason.
Vol. 2 No. 1 July 6, 1929 - The second year of the Bugle Call at Camp Martin. Names Camp Leaders and Directors.
Vol. 2 No. 9 July 13, 1929 - Last issue of Bugle Call for that summer at Camp Martin. Talks about Mason's entertainment.
Vol. 3 No. 4 July 20, 1930 - The third year of the Bugle Call at Camp Martin. Talks about Indian dances.
Vol. 3 No.8 July 23, 1930 - The third year of the Bugle Call at Camp Martin. Fourteen mile hike started and visitors in camp.
Vol. 5 No. 4 July 24, 1933 - Bugle Call at Camp Billy Gibbons. Gives history of previous camps of Comanche Trail Council.
Vol. 8 No. 7 July 24, 1934 - Bugle Call at Camp Billy Gibbons. Kunieh Camp Honor Society new members listed.
Vol. 9 No. 10 July 19, 1935 - Bugle Call at Camp Billy Gibbons. Where troops took hikes that day.
Vol. 9 No. 14 July 26, 1935 - Bugle Call at Camp Billy Gibbons. Three foot rise on river separates Scouts. Cooks fired.
Vol. 10 No. 2, July 21, 1937 - Bugle Call at Camp Billy Gibbons. Induction of new campers with ashes.
Vol. 10 No. 4, July 23, 1937 - Bugle Call at Camp Billy Gibbons. Challenge Night, Hikes and Lions Club Watermelon.
Vol. 10 No. 1 July 28, 1937 - Second Week Bugle Call at Camp Billy Gibbons. Meeting of Kunieh Camp Honor Society.
Vol. 10 No. 5 July 13, 1940 - Bugle Call at Camp Billy Gibbons. Story on another Turtle Race and Lions Club Watermelon
Vol. 1 No. 5 June 1, 1954 - The Bugle Call, newsletter of the Comanche Trail Council mailed to Scouters.
Vol. 1 No. 8 July 19, 1954 - The Bugle Call, newsletter of the Comanche Trail Council mailed to Scouters.
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