Gower was about 44 years old, 6 feet 2 inches tall, and worked in the shoe department at a clothing store, according to the files.
In a letter dated July 21, Gower wrote a letter to "Scout Parents," according to the files.
"Your Scout sons may have told you by now that I will not be going on the Canadian trip with them - an announcement I made at the close of yesterday's troop meeting," he said. "I have been putting off some needed surgery but it should not be prolonged any further, so I've decided to spend my 1972 vacation in surgery and in recuperation."
"This will not affect, in any way, the boys' Canadian trip," he wrote.
Gower signed the full-page letter, "Hoping to remain friends."
Royce Lee Adkins, a then-28-year-old student at Marshall University, left the Scouts in fall 1971 after he was asked to resign on the basis of information and personal interviews with young men who made statements, including one who alleged inappropriate touching.
"Gentlemen," Adkins wrote to the Tri-State Area Council on Nov. 2, 1971, according to the files, "For personal reasons I find it necessary to resign from all phases of the Scouting program."
A description of Adkins said he was about 5 feet 10 inches tall and had black eyes and black hair.
The files said his hobby was he liked to make and wear Indian costumes and ceremonial gear. "His work is good," Adkins' filed noted.