BARTLESVILLE — Thanks to the collaboration of a property owner, the Bartlesville Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution and the Boy Scouts of America, the site of Bartlesville's first U.S. Post Office was rededicated on Mother's Day this year, which was May 8. That wasn't the end of the story, however.
An engraved stone marker was added to the post office monument Sunday afternoon, Nov. 27, to honor three Boy Scouts who provided the labor to improve the historic site. The three Scouts — one from Wynona, one from Bartlesville, and one from Pawhuska — were all members of Troop 43, based in Pawhuska. Troop 43 belongs to the Cherokee Area Council and is affiliated with St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Pawhuska. The Scouts performed their labors to complete their requirements for Eagle Scout projects.
The Scouts who were honored for their work are Samuel "Sammy" Myers, 19, of Wynona; Levi Holley, 17, of Bartlesville; and Kameron Long, 17, of Pawhuska. Their Scout leaders are Bruce Hendren and Adam Long. Levi Holley turned 17 this week, on Wednesday, Nov. 30, which is the official publication date for this news story.
Myers is the son of Steven and Lori Myers. Holley is the son of Cynthia and Johnnie Holley. Long is the son of Crystal and Adam Long. The marker that was placed Sunday at the monument site credited Myers with working to create 100 feet of trail and install a bridge. The marker credited Holley with setting benches in concrete, and Long with creating 250 feet of trail.
Debra Cook, who was regent of the Bartlesville Chapter NSDAR when the Bartlesville First Post Office Monument Trail project was planned and carried out (she is now the honorary regent), explained that the Daughters of the American Revolution contacted the local Boy Scouts of America office, which recommended Troop 43 for the project.
Scout leader Bruce Hendren said the Cherokee Area Council contacted Troop 43 and asked if the troop would be interested.
"I was so glad to have the opportunity to build the bridge and 100 feet of trail as my Eagle project for the public to enjoy," Myers said in a statement. "It leads up to an important piece of history for the state of Oklahoma and the town of Bartlesville."
Myers officially became an Eagle Scout in November of 2021. Long and Holley have not yet officially received the Eagle rank, but they have completed their project requirement. Myers graduated earlier this year in Wynona and is now attending Oklahoma Panhandle State University.
Long, a student at Pawhuska High School, voiced satisfaction in working together with others to achieve an objective.
"I enjoy just helping everybody work and watching everybody come together as a team instead of going off and doing their own thing," he said.
Holley, a student at Bartlesville High School, expressed gratitude for the help that the scouts received as they worked to complete the Eagle Scout project work.
From this point forward, wherever the three young men go and whatever they do in life, their names will be recorded on a stone marker in what is now an out-of-the-way corner of Bartlesville, between an apartment complex and a Dollar General store, as testimony to their service to the community.
The memorial can be accessed by a wooded trail between the Madison Village Apartments, 3105 E 4th St., and the Dollar General, 13009 E Frank Phillips Blvd.
This article originally appeared on Pawhuska Journal-Capital: Pawhuska Scouts honored for their labor at historic site