Boy Scouts Save Lives of Three Youths

Submitted by Janet K. Currie.


Youths Stricken Violently Ill After Eating Sumac Berries

Three youths, poisoned by eating sumac berries and wild parsnips, were seriously ill today after having been carried and dragged more than three miles along a railroad Saturday afternoon to medical aid by two young Boy Scouts.

The tree youths, Howard Spears, 11, Roger McCardle, 11, and Addison Scholls, 12, all of Tomlinson avenue, are confined to their homes today, seriously ill.

The boys were discovered staggering along the Baltimore and Ohio railroad tracks near the Twin Bridges, three miles east of Moundsville, by Hugh Buzzard, 12, and Robert Risinger, 12, two Boy Scouts who were also hiking along the railroad.

Violently ill, exhausted and suffering from cold and exposure the youths, as a result of the efforts of the two young scouts, reached medical aid in time to thwart more serious effects of the poison and today were alive to tell their story.

The boys had left their homes early Saturday morning for a hike along the railroad, intending to return home about noon. One of the boys noticed the sumac berries growing on a sumac tree along the railroad and ate some. He informed his companions that they were good and all three feasted on the berries. Later they ate some wild parsnips. They continued on their hike along the railroad and just a short distance from the two bridges became violently ill.

When the Buzzard and Risinger boys discovered them, the youths were vomiting and staggering along the tracks, very ill. The two boys removed their coats and made beds for them along the railroad. After resting for nearly an hour, the homeward trip was started, the two boys carrying and dragging their companions along the railroad.

On the outskirts of the city, they left the Scholls boy in a railroad tool house in the care of the Risinger boy while Ella B. Buzzard and Jack Higgins, whom they met along the railroad, helped Hugh carry the other two boys to the Buzzard home where Dr. W. P. Bonar was summoned. They then returned to the tool house and brought the Scholls boy to the Buzzard home where they received medical aid. Charles Spear, father of the Spears boy, was notified and he later took all three of the boys to their homes.

The Buzzard boy is the son of Mr. And Mrs. Carl Buzzard while the Risinger boy is the son of Mrs. George Risinger. Young McCardle is a son of Willis McCardle. The Scholls boy is the son of Mr. And Mrs. J. L. Scholls of Tomlinson avenue.

From Moundsville Echo, about 1929

Submitted by Janet K. Currie, Cookeville, TN