Ira H. Bass

Ira Herbert Bass was Boys' Work Secretary in the years directly leading up to the decision to establish a permanent camping policy on Little Beaver Creek. Although unrecorded, it is highly likely that his successful management of the camping program helped convince the board to lay a permanent foundation for boys' camping going forward. His YMCA career started before Youngstown. In 1907 he was Boy's Work Director in the small town of Wilmerding, PA.[1] By 1908, he was Boy's Work Secretary in Steubenville, OH. At that time Edward B. Hendry was Boy's Work Secretary in Youngstown, assisted by Laurence Giles. Edward and Laurence were probably in charge of boys camping at that time.[2] Physical Director B.T. Pest was also taking the men of Youngstown camping around this time.[3] By 1912, I. H. was Boys' Work Secretary and took a group of 23 boys to Twin Lakes near Kent, Ohio for a two week camping trip.[4] Bass was apparently pasted up for promotion to General Secretary in 1914 when Edmund McDonald retired around June. The board chose Membership Director Marshall C. Gibson instead despite strong support for Bass.[5] That appointment did not last long, Lester C. Haworth was appointed the new General Secretary before the end of 1914. Perhaps sensing that the desired promotion was not probable in Youngstown, Ira accepted the job as General Secretary in Fostoria, OH and relocated there by the end of 1914 and stayed through 1916. Earl N. Hale succeeded him as Boys' Work Secretary.[6] B. T. Pest also left around this time to become Physical Director for the YMCA in Newark, NJ. By 1920, Thomas B. Pest would be Athletic Director for the New York, New Haven, & Hartford Railroad.[7]

References

1. a Int'l Committee of Young Men's Christian Associations, 1908. Year Book of the YMCA of North America for the Year 1907 - 1908. Association Press, New York, pp.56.
2. a Int'l Committee of Young Men's Christian Associations, 1909. Year Book of the YMCA of North America for the Year May 1, 1908 - April 30, 1909. Association Press, New York, pp.75.
3. a Youngstown Vindicator, July 18, 1912. Y.M.C.A Camp Paper. Vindicator Printing Company.
4. a Ed Enterline, 1934 (supposition). History of Camp Fitch. Enterline Archives.
5. a Youngstown Vindicator, June 18, 1914. Booming Bass. Vindicator Printing Company, pp.3.
6. a Int'l Committee of Young Men's Christian Associations, 1915. Year Book of the YMCA of North America for the Year 1914 - 1915. Association Press, New York, pp.300.
7. a The New York Times, May 11, 1920. Name Athletic Director. The New York Times Printing Company.
Print/export