William Dixon Ivey Scrapbook page 1


The scrapbook has twelve pages, and all the pages look something like this:

William Dixon Ivey scrapbook page 1

The whole page wouldn’t fit on my scanner, so the bottom is cut off, but there are 31 photos on this page. They are numbered from 1 to 32. Number 16 is missing.

There are no dates or notations on any of the photos in this William Dixon Ivey scrapbook. Because of the way the photos are attached to the page, I had to scan the page with two photos showing, then flip those two up to expose the next two and scan again, etc. Then I cropped the scanned pages in order for you to have each photo on its own.

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Ivey Genealogy Information and Photos Scanned and Uploaded December 4, 2021

The first two photos were loose inside the scrapbook, with no number on them, as are on all the other photos.

0. Sidney Ivey

0. Does anybody know who this man is?

I believe he is a college friend of William’s, as he’s wearing a “Letter Sweater”. This same photo is also in the scrapbook on page 9. If you know for certain who this is, please let me know in the comments below. Thank you!

1. William Dixon Ivey in his Boy Scout uniform.

You’ll see that most of the photos from (at least) the first few pages of his scrapbook are focused on the Boy Scouts.

2. William Dixon Ivey in his Boy Scout uniform.

3. Orie Harvell Ivey with her two younger sons, Andrew and Sidney.

4. William Dixon Ivey in his Boy Scout uniform.

5. William Dixon Ivey in his Boy Scout uniform.

6. Orie Harvell Ivey, mother of William Dixon Ivey.

7. William Dixon Ivey in his Boy Scout uniform, crouched in the yard.

8. Sidney Ivey, riding a bicycle on the neighborhood street.

9. The three Ivey brothers next to a snowman that they built. The two other young people in the photo are probably relatives or friends.

William Dixon Ivey is on the top left, behind the snowman, about to throw a snowball. Brothers Andrew and Sidney are far left and center front – I’m not sure which is who.

Camp Zinn Boy Scout Camp

Researching online, I found the Boy Scout Camp where William would have gone. These photos were probably taken sometime between 1935 and 1937, when he was 15-17 years old.

I found that the current Boy Scout Camp for the Anniston AL area is Camp Sequoyah, which opened in 1972. So obviously, William did not go there as a teenager. Eventually I found Camp Zinn.

Here is what I found online about Camp Zinn:

The original campsite was purchased in 1930 by the Choccolocco Council, Boy Scouts of America, and maintained as a boy scout camp from 1931 to 1965 as Camp Zinn. This site was selected by General R.E. Noble and C.H. Young, Sr. for the Choccolocco Council. General Henry Zinn, who died in 1924, willed $10,000 for the purchase of the property.

Read more about it here: https://www.camplee.org/ Check out the History page and the Facilities pages, too! The large photo on this page https://www.camplee.org/upper-lake/ is why I’m positive that this is the same place. You’ll see the same dam in William’s photos below.

Here you can see how close Camp Zinn was to Anniston:

The location is now used as a Methodist Church camp, and has been re-named Camp Lee.

10. Overlooking the lake at Camp Zinn Boy Scout Camp.

11. Boys swimming in the upper lake at Camp Zinn Boy Scout Camp.

12. Three boys watching a boat go over the dam at the upper lake at Camp Zinn Boy Scout Camp.

Is there someone in the boat? Was William Dixon Ivey involved, and in a good position to take a photo? Or was he not involved and just happened to be in the right place at the right time? Did people get into trouble for this? So many questions…

13. Two boys watching water flowing over the dam at the upper lake, Camp Zinn Boy Scout Camp.

Is the boat down there? I don’t see it, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not there.

14. Cabin at Camp Zinn Boy Scout Camp.

15. Boys playing in the lake at Camp Zinn Boy Scout Camp.

16. Photo missing.

1937 Boy Scout Jamboree, Washington D.C.

The rest of the photos on this page, and on some subsequent pages of the scrapbook are from the 1937 Boy Scout Jamboree in Washington D.C.

Because William didn’t put any notes in the scrapbook, I googled “Boy Scout event Washington D.C. 1930s”, and this landmark event was the only possibility.

This was the first-ever Boy Scout Jamboree. It was originally planned for 1935, but was postponed for two years due to a polio epidemic. I can imagine that it was really exciting for all the boys involved, about 25,000 nationwide, to get to go to this event.

Read more about the Jamboree here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Scout_jamboree_(Boy_Scouts_of_America)

1937 Boy Scout Jamboree Poster
This poster was not in William’s scrapbook. There are many copies of it available online, so I borrowed it from a copyright-free library. Artist was Norman Rockwell.
17. William Dixon Ivey’s Boy Scout troop prepared to leave the Anniston AL train station for their trip to the 1937 Boy Scout Jamboree. I don’t recognize William among the visible boys.

18. Orie Harvell Ivey with younger sons Andrew and Sidney, on the train platform to wave goodbye to William as he leaves for the 1937 Boy Scout Jamboree.

19. Parents and families on the train platform waving goodbye as the train pulls out. Orie is far left on the platform.

20. Washington D.C. It took some research to find out that this man is Chief Scout Executive James E. West, one of the seven Boy Scouts USA leaders responsible for planning the 1937 Boy Scout Jamboree.

Here is a link with photos of all seven planners: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:BSA_leadership_at_the_1937_Scout_Jamboree-E._Urner_Goodman,_Walter_Head,_James_E._West.jpg

21. James E. West and National Personnel Director Harold Pote, Boy Scouts USA leaders.

22. A Boy Scout leader, not one of the seven at the head.

23. Boy Scouts lasso demonstration.

24. Boy Scouts walking across the Mall down from the Capitol Building, Washington, D.C.

25. Structure built by the Boy Scouts. They were selling tickets to it (or to an event there) for $1.50, which seems like a lot for those times. Note the Washington Monument in the background.

26. Fireworks. Probably the evening of July 4, 1937.

27. Boy Scout tents pitched in front of the Washington Monument.

28. Is this the mess tent, where William’s troop ate their meals?

29. Boy Scout leaders. The ones with the round patches on their right chest are national leaders.

30. Two of the Boy Scouts USA leaders. Center is Harold Pote.

31. Harold Pote.

32. Scouts from Comanche Trail Council from Texas at the 1937 Boy Scout Jamboree.

This Boy Scout council had an American Indian display at the event. The Comanche Trail Council was formed in 1932 from the west Texas counties of Stephens, Eastland, Erath, Comanche, Brown, Mills, San Saba, and Lampasas.

That’s all for today. Let me know what you think in the comments below. Thank you for reading!

Next Ivey Family post – more pictures of the 1937 Boy Scout Jamboree!

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