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Joseph E. Mickelson, 1912-1964
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 27+
Vice President of Salt Lake City Council, Member of National Boy Scout Committee
Draper, Utah

Joseph E. Mickelson was a prominent businessman and Boy Scout leader in Draper, Utah, a small town located South of Salt Lake City.  Born in 1885, Mickelson founded Draper Poultry in 1923 with his 2 brothers and managed the firm until his retirement in 1963.  

Mickelson was very active in Boy Scouting where he served as Vice President of the Salt Lake Council for 4 years and as a National Boy Scout committeeman.  He earned his Eagle Scout rank and was also awarded Silver Beaver and Silver Buffalo awards.

June 15, 1964, Salt Lake Tribune (Salt Lake City, Utah), Page 23


Editors Note: 
We don't know when Mickelson earned his Eagle Scout award.  We know that he served his mission for the LDS church at age 19 in 1904 and was at least 27 years old when the Eagle Scout award was created in 1912.

On a very personal note, my mother was born and raised in tiny Draper, Utah.  Mickelson attended the LDS church in her ward and she remembers him from his callings as part of the Mt. Jordan LDS Stake Presidency for 15 years and as the owner/manager of Draper Poultry.  She relates that Joe Mickelson was a wonderful man and she was not surprised at all that he would be an Eagle Scout.  It never occurred to her that there would be an age restriction ever imposed on earning Eagle Scout. 

 

 

Capt. John Dixon Hubbard, 1912-1960
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 35+
California

Captain John Dixon Hubbard  "Oldest Eagle Scout In America" in 1960

John Dixon Hubbard was a mining engineer who was raised in the Santa Cruz, California area.  We know very little about John Hubbard except that, in 1914, he received the first degree of "Engineer of Mining" ever awarded by Santa Clara University and that his brother, Bernard, was the famous "Glacier Priest".  John constructed a house in the Santa Cruz mountains near Ben Lomond that still stands today.

When Capt. John Dixon Hubbard died in 1960 he was the "oldest Eagle Scout in America."  Having died at age 83, then, he must have been at least 35 when he earned his Eagle Scout rank.

Two scrapbooks of John D. Hubbard are available in the Santa Clara University Archives that reflect his interests in SCU, the activities of his brother, and in mineralogy.  The Hubbard Film Collection was deposited with the Human Studies Film Archives of the Smithsonian Institution in 1993.

August 19, 1960, Daily News-Miner (Fairbanks, Alaska), Page 1

 

 

W. H. Staten, 1912-1961
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 24+
Scoutmaster
Carter County, Kentucky

Spencerville Man Marks Scout Record

"I just like to help boys," said W. H. Staten, local scoutmaster and a veteran of 50 years in the Boy Scouts.

This white-haired scoutmaster is 77 years old, and has accomplished most of the awards offered in scouting, including the Boy Scout Statuette, Scoutmaster Golden Key, and the Eagle Scout Degree.

Working with scouts since he was 22, Staten had no opportunity to take part in the program when he was a child.  ...  Next weekend he plans to take his Boy Scout troop to visit Carter Caves in his old home state.  Of the 33 boys in the troop, 28 plan to go on the weekend outing.

Several parents are going along.  "We have $150 worth of groceries and the National Guard gave us enough tents for all of us," he said.

June 23, 1961, Lima News (Lima, Indiana), Page 16

Editors Note:  We don't know exactly when Staten earned his Eagle Scout rank.  His statement of having worked with Scouts since he was 22 places him associated with BSA in roughly 1910.  Since the Eagle Scout award was not created until 1912, he must have been at least 24.

 

 

 

Chief Go-Go-We-Osh, 1912-1957
a.k.a. Frank G. Smart

Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 18+
Odanah, Wisconsin

Ojibwe Chippewa Chief Go-Go-We-Osh of Odahah, Wisc, was born in 1894 near the La Pointe Agency on the Bad River Chippewa Reservation in Northern Wisconsin.  Go-Go-We-Osh was reported in 1957 to be the first Indian Eagle Scout and appears to have had a good relationship with Boy Scouting but the details of award are unclear.  Here is what we do know:

Boy's Life magazine published a pattern and plans from Go-Go-We-Osh for making an authentic Indian feather headdress similar to the one in his picture to the left.

"Chief Go-Go-We-Osh has done everything from playing football with Jim Thorpe to being the Chippewa Indian interpreter on all Senate and House hearings on Indian affairs.  He is a renowned lecturer on Indian costumes and relations.  He also is very interested in Boy Scout work and has earned 52 merit badges.  He was the first Indian to receive the Eagle Scout Badge.  He has a Bachelor Degree from Northland College, a Masters Degree from St. Paul's College, and a PhD from Georgetown University in Washington D.C."

April 23, 1957, Pampa Daily News (Pampa, Texas), Page 3
June 1951, Boy's Life Magazine

Editors Note:  Go-Go-We-Osh appears to have had an excellent relationship Boy Scouting and I found stories about the chief inducting the local District Executive into the Chippewa Tribe.

 

 

Rev. W. G. Muhleman, 1912+
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 30+
Scoutmaster?
Alden, Iowa

Alden Pastor will receive Scout Award

Rev W. G. Muhlemann, pastor of the Methodist Church at Alden, will be given the Veteran Scout award at the area meeting in Newton Tuesday evening.  He has done active Scout work for the last 30 years. 

Rev. Muhlemann has the distinction of being the first Eagle Scout in Iowa, the first Scoutmaster, and organizer of the first troop in the state.  While in camp with Ernest Thompson Seton, lecturer on woodcraft and Indian lore, Rev. Muhlemann earned the name "Badawa" by which name he is now known to Scouts.

In 1911, Rev. Muhlemann was pastor of the Methodist Church at Alden where he organized the first troop  in the state.  Several years ago he returned to the Alden church and soon reorganized Boy Scout work.  During the World War in 1917-1918, he served in France as an army chaplain.

Waterloo Sunday Courier, Waterloo, Iowa.  January 25, 1942, Front page.

George E. Crockett, 1912+
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 47+
Scoutmaster?
Preston, Idaho

Oldest Eagle?

Hailed as the oldest Eagle Scout in the world, 74-year-old George E. Crockett of Preston, Idaho, will celebrate his golden wedding anniversary with his wife Monday.

Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City, Utah.  February 27, 1939, Page 9

Editors Note:  I doubt that Crockett's wife was named Monday but his age in this article helps to establish his age when he earned Eagle Scout.  Crockett would have been 47 years old in 1912 when BSA created Eagle Scout.  He may have been the oldest Eagle Scout for quite a while but it was not to last. 

 

 

Dr. Edwin F. Stewart, 1913
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 37
Scoutmaster
Fair Haven, New Jersey

Dr. Edwin F. Stewart, of Oswego, N. Y. was born on February 10, 1876 and grew up sailing and hunting throughout the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River region.  Stewart joined Boy Scouts in 1910 and became one of the very first Scoutmasters in the United States. 

Dr. Stewart served admirably as Scoutmaster and was included in the Boy's Life "honor roll" in May 1913 which mentioned specifically that "headquarters" welcomes adult participation earning merit badges. 

Stewart earned his Eagle Scout award on March 11, 1913.  He was 37 years old.  Stewart received his Silver Beaver Award in 1941.

At the time of his death in 1955, Dr. Stewart was 79 years old, employed as a borough public health officer, and had been an active Boy Scout volunteer for 45 years.

February 13, 1955, Lebanon Daily News (Lebanon, Penn.), Page 6
February 14, 1955, Ontario County Daily Messenger (Canandaigua, New York), Page 1
May 1913, Boys Life Magazine

 


Editors Note:  If you are out searching yourself for similar information on this man, please be aware that the Ontario County Daily Messenger article referenced above says specifically that Stewart was the second Eagle Scout in BSA with his award being made in 1912.  This is inconsistent with the Boy's Life reference to him on the honor roll in May 1913 and we believe it is in error.

Also, please note the spelling for Scout Master above.  The picture is from Boy's Life Magazine and reflects the original spelling for this term.

 

Dr. Alfred C. Kinsey, 1913
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 18+
South Orange, New Jersey

Dr. Alfred C. Kinsey was a biologist and a professor of entomology and zoology.  He founded the Kinsey Institute for Research for Sex, Gender, and Reproduction in Indiana and is best known for his research on human sexuality.

Born on June 23, 1894, Kinsey participated and camped with the local YMCA during his youth.  He loved the outdoors and planned to seek employment with the YMCA after completing his education.  He and his parents joined the Boy Scouts when a troop was formed in his community.  Kinsey earned his Eagle Scout rank in 1913 at the age of 18-19 years old. 

At the time Kinsey joined Scouting there was no concept of an "age limit".  Kinsey never served as an adult leader -- he was just a Scout learning and enjoying the Scouting program.

Source:  Wikipedia

 

 

Dr. Louis Orren Wetzel, 1915
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 42
Scoutmaster, Field Scout Commissioner for Indiana
Logansport, Indiana

In 1910, Dr. Louis Orren Wetzel founded the first Scout Troop in the state of Indiana.  His approach to recruiting was classic -- he advertised in the Logansport newspaper.  In a matter of days, 84 boys had responded and the Logansport Boy Scout Troop was formed.

Born in 1873, Wetzel had been a surgeon with the U.S. Army serving in the Spanish American War.  He was a very great man and highly respected by his Scouts.  Wetzel earned his Eagle Scout rank because he felt that it was important for a Scoutmaster to be able to prove that he could do anything that he would ask his Scouts to do. 

In the photo to the right, Wetzel can be seen prominently in front of his troops on the steps of city hall in Logansport, Indiana.

As with many Scoutmasters who earned Eagle Scout rank in the early years, Wetzel is mentioned and quoted multiple times in Boy's Life Magazine.

September 11, 1915, Fort Wayne Journal (Fort Wayne, Indiana)
May 1912, Boy's Life Magazine

 

Arthur "Pie" Myer, 1916
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 29
Scoutmaster, Troop 1
Bakersfield, California

 A highly significant figure in the history of the San Francisco Bay Area Council, Arthur Myer earned his Eagle Scout rank in 1916, at the age of 29, as Scoutmaster of Troop 1 of Bakersfield, CA. 

 Myer has the honor of being the first Eagle Scout in the state of California.  He received the nickname "Pie" from his fellow Scouts because of the favorite foods he loved to make on Scout campouts.

 After service in World War I, Myer returned to the San Francisco area and became Scoutmaster of Troop 17, a position he held for forty-two years until 1965 helping more than 400 boys earn their Eagle Scout rank.  

Myer received the Silver Beaver Award in 1934, helped organize Royenneh Lodge in 1944, and received the sixty-year veteranís award in 1974.

For more information about Pie Myer, please visit San Francisco Bay Area Council History

 

Louis Harold Cutler, ~1917
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 23+
Scoutmaster
Springville, Utah (and surrounding area)

Louis Harold Cutler was born in 1894.  He taught school, worked for the Civilian Conservation Corps, and at the time of his death was employed at U.S. Steel company.  Cutler was a veteran of World War I.  

Cutler was involved in the Scouting program for 43 years and was the Scoutmaster for 12 different troops.  In total he was associated with more than 3,000 boys in 2 generations of Scouting.  Cutler set the National Parks Council record for the most Eagle Scouts in 1 year when 20 of his boys grained that rank in Bingham, Utah.

Cutler earned a treasure trove of different Scouting awards including Eagle Scout, Silver Beaver (1948), Eisenhower Award, Scouters Key, and the LDS Scouting Award.

Cutler would have been 18 when the Eagle Scout rank was created in 1912 but we know that Cutler earned his Eagle Scout rank as an adult because his obituary dates his involvement with the Boy Scout program beginning in 1917 when he would have 23 years old.  He died in 1960 from Cancer.

August 21, 1960, Provo Herald (Provo, Utah) ,Page 4
http://www.utahscouts.org/openrosters/DocDownload.aspx?id=62727