Archive for November 28th, 2014

The Gold Mine in the Closet: Girl Scouts

November 28, 2014

There’s a photo in the gold mine with young girls dressed alike.  Girl Scouts, perhaps?

I find myself saying this a lot about this gold mine:  “See what you think.”

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If they are Girl Scouts, does that photo above relate to the photo below?  Both photos are taken on the front steps at the Lawton house on Edgewood in Gordonston.

Sugar's Aunt Margaret with her children Billy and Mary.

Sugar’s Aunt Margaret with her children Billy and Mary.


I found this reference to the Girl Guides, which became the Girl Scouts, by using

This is from the Abilene Reporter-News, October 2, 1960.

This is from the Pampa Daily News, March 12, 1942.

1913 – First khaki uniforms ordered, con-

sisting of middies and skirts and

voluminous neckerchiefs.

I also found this reference to the facts that led up to the formation of the Girl Guides. It mentions our friend, Miss Nina Anderson Pape, from the Pape School, but it doesn’t call her by name.

From the Abilene Reporter-News, October 2, 1960.

From the Abilene Reporter-News, October 2, 1960.

In March 1912 Mrs. Low visited her ancestral home in Savannah after an extended residence in England.  On her first night home she phoned an old friend who was headmistress of a girls’ school.  “Come right over.” urged Mrs. Low.  “I’ve got something for the girls of Savannah, and all America, and all the world, and we’re going to start it tonight.”

Here’s a link to my blog post about the Pape School by clicking here. The historical marker links Nina Pape as the headmistress of a girls’ school that is mentioned in the newspaper clipping above.

The photos from Sugar’s gold mine were taken before 1929.  We know this for certain because the Lawton family was not living in Gordonston in 1929.  Sugar’s cousin Mary, who is the little girl in the photo with her brother Billy and mother Margaret, was born in 1918, so let’s guess she was perhaps 10 years old at the most.

I’m struck over and over when researching women just how hard it is to find out anything about them unless they are linked to a man.  I find it very impressive that Juliette Gordon Low and Nina Pape were such strong individuals that their memory is linked to their achievements.

And all those little girls?  They had no idea they were making history.