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Who are these Boy Scouts?



Since starting our series focusing on Radford University’s Farmer Photograph Collection, we’ve published several different scenes of individuals who lived and worked in and around Pulaski County.

These are the photographs of Rudolph and Theda Farmer, who worked as photographers in Pulaski from 1945 till about 1995. Upon his demise, Rudolph Farmer bequeathed his photo collection to Radford University and they are glad to have it. They would be happier still if more of the people in the photographs could be identified.

So far, we believe we have positively identified three individuals in three photographs in the Farmer Collection.

Margie Folden identified her husband Edwin Foldin and a fellow photographed in the same studio, likely the same day, whose name was Gene Via.

Earlier, a reader by the name of Elizabeth Crumbly, wrote that one of two golfers shown in a photo a few weeks back was Margaret Dyer Bushong. Mrs. Crumbly wrote that Margaret Bushong taught English at Pulaski High School and that she was her mother’s first cousin.

We at the Southwest Times are confident that these identifications are accurate. The main problem with identifying people in the photos is that many of those who could identify them are no longer with us. It takes a person of a certain age to be of any use in this endeavor. Luckily for us, many of our readers are of a certain age.

The next image from the Farmer Photograph Collection is less ancient than some of the others and for this reason, we have high hopes that some of these fellows’ identities may become known … with our reader’s help, of course.

Here we have a fine group of fellows if there ever was one. Happy, smiling and healthy lads who are proud to be part of that storied institution known as the Boy Scouts.

These scouts seem to be a specialized group as each one seems to be in possession of a pith helmet … Explorer Scouts perhaps?


These Boy Scouts have different troop numbers sewn onto their uniforms at their shoulders. One can make out the troop number 28 with “Fries VA” on the patch above and 182 with a “Roanoke VA” patch above it.

There are also several patches that read Camp Powhatan, which is a good indication of where this photo was taken.

The flag being held by the boys in front reads “Boy Scouts of America 1966.”

Yes that was a while ago but, even so, it is the most recent photograph of the collection we have yet printed.

So here’s hoping one of our readers can make a positive identification of one, or more, of the Boy Scouts seen in this photograph.

If so, email william.paine@southwesttimes.com or call (540) 980-5220 or just stop in. We like the company.



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