Frank Pellizzari, Jr. 1937
Frank Pellizzari, Jr.'s
1937
Jamboree Journal
Frank Pellizzari, Jr. 1999

Wednesday, June 23, 1937 -

The Breckenridge Boy Scouts left for Brownwood at around 8:15 p.m..  Arrived at Brownwood at 11 o’clock.  We then had to wait at the railroad station until about 12:30 a.m.  Then we started checking in our baggage and boarded the train for Ft. Worth.

Thursday, June 24, 1937 -

Arrived in Ft. Worth this morning at around 6 o’clock, and while still on the train we got our orders and instructions on what to do in Ft. Worth.  Then by 9 o’clock we got off the train.  When off the train, we had our picture taken by a Star-Telegram newspaper cameraman.  Then we split up in groups of 5 or 6 and had breakfast.  Some went on the Black Stone Hotel to see and hear a radio broadcast; others went to different parts of Ft. Worth.  We all reported back at 10 o’clock and done some drilling for about 30 minutes and we were all given numbers, which took the place of our names for the roll call on the trains.  We left Ft. Worth at 3:30 p.m. for Washington; at 5:30 we ate supper.  After we left Ft. Worth, we went through Dallas, Gladewater, Longview, and got at Texarkana at 9:15.

Friday, June 25, 1937 -

Then we woke this morning, we had passed Arkansas and Missouri, and the air was sure chilly.  We had breakfast at 6:30.  then at 7:35 we were in Bismarck.  Then to Desoto at 8:20.  And at 9:00 we were in St. Louis, Missouri.  On leaving St. Louis, we went through a tunnel that was a mile and half long.  Then we crossed the Mississippi on a bridge named ______.  We got  in at Indianapolis, Indiana at 4 o’clock.  While eating supper we passed the Ohio line.

Saturday, June 26, 1937 -

We reached Washington at 11 o’clock this morning.  Then we got to our camp site, we had to set our tables, then we ate.  After dinner we started putting up our wigwams but it started raining. When it stopped raining we finished putting the teepees up.  We ate supper at 7 o’clock.  Then we took a shower and went to bed.

Sunday, June 27, 1937 -

After breakfast this morning we had to be inspected by some doctors to see if there was anything wrong with us.  After dinner we walked to the Washington Monument and while waiting to get in to go to the top, it started raining.  We finally got on top of the monument.  It is said on a clear day you could see 4 different states, but being cloudy we could see just Washington, D. C.   Then we went to Lincoln’s Memorial.  After seeing this we started back to camp.  Today’s trip covered nearly or more than 10 miles.

Monday, June 28, 1937 -

When we got up this morning it was misting.  We had breakfast at 7:45.  After breakfast we moved our teepees and painted them, and boy were we all sunburned!  Tonight we had a regional meeting and sung Texas songs.  Then our troop took a hike by the Potomac River and watched the ferry boats pass by.

Tuesday, June 29, 1937 -

This morning after breakfast we had a moving picture taken of our troop in their Indian costumes by a Paramont cameraman.  This afternoon we went to a baseball game between Washington and Boston.  After the game we went to camp and ate supper.

Wednesday, June 30, 1937 -

Last night at rained so much that some of us had to move in the kitchen to sleep.  Then again this morning we had another regional meet and were told that tonight we were to go to the Arena to see Mr. West.  All the Scouts in Washington, D. C. were there.  From 25 to 30 thousand Scouts were there, and some from Europe, Asia, and S. America and some of the small islands.  The Jamboree was officially opened today.

Thursday, July 1, 1937 -

This morning after breakfast we went on a ferry boat, the name being City of Washington and went to Mt. Vernon.  The views were very beautiful all along the river on the way down.  Then there we saw Washington’s home, gardens, carriages, and the old and new tomb of Washington.  Then we left for camp again, for we stayed at Mt. Vernon only 30 minutes.

Friday, July 2, 1937 -

This morning after breakfast we went into town and started out looking at the governmentbuildings.  We started first with the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, where all the money isprinted.  There we saw bills from $1.00 to $100,000.  Then we also saw stamps from 1 cents to $5.00.  The life of the money we were told is 30 days.  During this time it was checked, recorded, and etc.  Then we went to Smithsonian Institution and saw the “Spirit of St. Louis,” the “Winnie Mae.”  There was so much to see there that we didn’t have time to see it all.

Then we went of the Dept. of Justice and were shown around by a G-man, who explained andshowed us everything.  We were all finger-printed, and our records were filed.  This was done in case something happened to us, if we were so badly injured that we couldn’t be identified.

Then we went to the Capitol and Mr. Garrett, the representative from Eastland, showed usthrough all of the Capitol.  We each sat in the Speaker Bankhead’s chair and also Vice-President Garner’s.

Then we also went to see the Congressional Library.  Then we back to camp.

Saturday, July 3, 1937 -

This morning after breakfast we went to the Ford’s Theater, where Lincoln was shot.  Then went across the street and saw the home in which he died.  Then we went to the White House and went through it.  Then we went to the War and Navy Dept.  After diner we went to Carnegie Art Gallery.  There we saw famous masterpieces, statues, rugs, and etc.

Then we went to the new Smithsonian Institution and saw everything that you could care to see.

Tonight my patrol went to a show and saw a newsreel of our troop in their Indian Costumes doing a dance.

Sunday, July 4, 1937 -

After breakfast our troop went to church.  After we came back, we had dinner. After dinner some of the boys went trading, while others stayed in camp.

Then that night we all went to the Arena for Convocations.  Several Scout leaders spoke to us and preachers from different churches.

Monday, July 5, 1937 -

We had as our guest for breakfast this morning Ralph Hubbert, the greatest Indian dancer in the U.S.

After breakfast it started raining and rained to about 3 o’clock.  Tonight we had a big fireworks display at the arena and all the Scouts were there.

Tuesday, July 6, 1937 -

This morning after breakfast we did some Indian dances.  After that some of the boys went to town to see some more buildings, including the Archives, where documents of all kinds were kept.  After walking around town awhile, we came back to camp at about 2 o’clock.

We didn’t do anything until after supper.  Then we took down our teepees to move out to the Arena for Wednesday, the day that we were to put on our display.  Then we put up some pyramid tents to sleep in for the night.

Wednesday, July 7, 1937 -

We didn’t do much this morning but sunned our headdresses.  Then after dinner we went to the Arena, where we practiced for our Indian dances.

That night we gave our dances.  We first went on the field and marched around.  Then went off and came on again and gave our dance.  Then after the dances, all the Indians attacked thecowboys.  Then there was a big fight, but we cooled down and sang Texas songs.

Thursday, July 8, 1937 -

This morning after breakfast all the Scouts in Washington went to town and lined up onConstitutional Avenue and about 9:31 President Roosevelt came by in a car, guarded by G-men.  Then came Uncle Dan Beard and Mr. West, followed by Congressmen.

After dinner we went to Arlington Cemetery and saw Lee’s Mansion, (and) the Tomb of theUnknown Soldier.  Then we came back to camp for supper.

Friday, July 9, 1937 -

Today was the last day in Washington, so this morning we all packed all of our equipment so as to be ready to leave after dinner at about 4:35.  Then at 4:35 we went to the Union Station and got on a train and at 5:35 we were pulling out of Washington and were at Maryland at 6:15, and at 6:30 we ate supper.

Saturday, July 10, 1937 -

We were up at 6:15 to eat breakfast.  By 9:20 we had crossed 7 of the 11 states on the way back home.  We got at St. Louis at 1:30, had to change trains, and were on our way home again at 2:00.  (The train arrived back in Brownwood the morning of July 12, 1937.)


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