George A. Green Jr., 1920
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 23+
Union, Utah

George A. Green Jr. was a dedicated Boy Scout leader from the South Salt Lake City area.  Green served as U.S. forest ranger and fire guard for the Wasatch National Forest from 1916 to 1953.  He was an Eagle Scout and was honored with a Silver Beaver award, having served in Boy Scouting for 41 years at the time of his death in 1961 at the age of 73.

Green was the originator of the Union Fort Days celebration which began in 1947 and he established the Spruces in Big Cottonwood Canyon.  He trained thousands of Scouts and Scout leaders in fire fighting and other outdoor skills.

October 8, 1961, Salt Lake Tribune (Salt Lake City, Utah), Page 53

Editors Note:  We don't know exactly when Green earned his Eagle Scout rank.  Based on his age, however, we know that he was at least 23 years old in 1912.  From the article indicating that he had been with BSA for 41 years in 1961, we conclude he must have received after 1920.

 

 

Carl B. Bauder, 1920
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 22
Troop 56, Greater Cleveland Council
Cleveland, Ohio

Carl B. Bauder was born in Ohio on July 19, 1898 and was a Boy Scout as a youth.  During WWI, he served in Battery A, 135th Field Artillery Regiment, American Expeditionary Forces.  During that time he maintained regular correspondence with his Scouting friend, 1st Lieutenant Ralph F. Henn, who served at an arsenal stateside in Washington, D. C., during the war.

Upon his return from military service, Bauder became a Scout Leader with Troop 56 in the Toledo, Ohio area.  In 1920, he completed his remaining merit badges and was awarded Eagle Scout at the age of 22.  He worked as a clerk for most of his life and died on August 26, 1967.

Greater Cleveland Council Golden Book of Eagles
University of Michigan Archives

The correspondence between Bauder and his friend, Ralph Henn is available for research purposes.

Karl Haendiges, 1921
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 56
Troop 56, Greater Cleveland Council
Cleveland, Ohio

Karl Haendiges earned his Eagle Scout rank at the age of 56.

Greater Cleveland Council Golden Book of Eagles
1930 U.S. Census

 

 

John C. Palister, 1921
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 29
Troop 99, Greater Cleveland Council
Cleveland, Ohio

John C. Palister was born in 1892 and was 29 years of age when he earned his Eagle Scout rank in 1921. 

Palister had a long career as a scientist first with the Cleveland Natural History Museum and eventually with the American Museum of National History in New York.  He also served as the president of the Explorers Club in 1962-1963 and traveled worldwide exploring and lecturing..

Palister was an Entomologist and he was known world-wide for his work with butterflies, ecology, and habitat preservation.  Some of his earlier works in 1925 described a particular butterfly species found only in 1 single acre near Cleveland, Ohio.  In a 1957 article published in Sports Illustrated, Palister is quoted as having collected 100,000 different butterfly specimens including the following images taken from his personal collection:

       

Greater Cleveland Council Golden Book of Eagles
1940 U.S. Census
http://research.amnh.org/iz/staff/historical-staff
August 12, 1957, Sports Illustrated Magazine, Page 34
www.explorers.org

 

 

Judge Charles D. Frierson, 1921
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 43
Troop 9

Jonesboro, Arkansas

Judge Earns Eagle Scout

Judge Charles D. Frierson, 43, completed his Board of Review for the rank of Eagle Scout on January 7, 1921.

Eastern Arkansas Area Council Website:  http://www.eaac.org/council_history/eagletab.htm

James H. Yingst, 1922
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 21+
Scoutmaster
Alton, Illinois

Scoutmaster Earns Eagle Rank

James H. Yingst was awarded Eagle Scout rank on October 28, 1922.  He is Scoutmaster of the Alton Troop and secretary of the local retail merchants association in Alton.

October 28, 1947, Alton Evening Telegraph (Alton, Illinois), Page 4

 

George Coddington, 1921
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 41
Scoutmaster, Troop 55
Buffalo, New York

October 30, 1921, New York Times (New York, New York).  Special addendum published by BSA.
Peter Grittie, 1924
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 25
Scoutmaster, Troop 13
New Castle, Pennsylvania

March 20, 1924, New Castle News (New Castle, PA)

 

George Francis Webb, 1924-1941
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 29+
Commissioner?   East Jordan District, Great Salt Lake Council
Sandy, Utah

George Francis Webb

George Francis Webb was born December 27, 1883 in Salt Lake City, Utah and worked as an accountant for the Utah State Road Commission.  He lived in the Sandy, Utah area and served as the Sunday School Superintendent and as a member of the local Stake Council until approximately 1941.  For a number of years he also worked "as a director of the East Jordan Boy Scouts of America program, during which time he attained the rank of Eagle Scout."

We don't know exactly when Webb earned his Eagle Scout rank.  Since he would have been 29 years old when the Eagle Scout award was created in 1912, we know that he earned as an adult.

June 13, 1952, Salt Lake Tribune (Salt Lake City, Utah), Page 36   (Obituary)


Editors Note:  Webb's obituary does say that he was a "director" of the East Jordan Boy Scouts of America program but it also misidentifies his district as a "council".  I'm guessing he was a commissioner of some sort -- this would be common for members of the LDS Stake Presidency.

 

 

Harold F. Stallsmith, 1925
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 21+
Assistant Scoutmaster
Cleveland, Ohio

Harold Stallsmith earned his Eagle Scout rank in 1925 as Assistant Scoutmaster in Cleveland, Ohio.  Harold Stallsmith was the son of E. F. Stallsmith, Boy Scout Executive for Northern Kentucky.  Harold Stallsmith joined the U.S. Flying Cadet Corp in 1930.

February 28, 1930.   Gettysburg Times (Gettysburg, PA).

 

 

F. C. Leavitt, 1925
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 35
Scoutmaster, Troop 629
Chicago, Illinois

Gains Highest Scout Honor in Three Years

Starting as a "Tenderfoot" Boy Scout in the South Shore district Troop 551 in October 1922, F. C. Leavitt rose rapidly, step by step, through the ranks until last Friday during the most publically attended public honor court ever held in the Southwest district.  He was presented with the Eagle Scout badge, the highest award in Boy Scouting.

Among the 1,735 Boy Scouts in the Southwest district, there are only 21 who are privileged to wear the Eagle badge. 

The presentation was made by A. R. Lowe, president of the Southwest council, before an audience of 1,932 people who filled the auditorium to capacity. 

Leavitt has not merely fulfilled requirements for receiving merit badges; he has so demonstrated his ability for, and interest in, Scout work that he has was made deputy commissioner for the Beverly Hills and Morgan Park subdistrict last January.  He was Assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 551 from October 1922 to April 1924, when he accepted a challenge from President Lowe to form a new Troop in the South Shore area.  Leavitt then organized Troop 629 which meets at Calvary M. E. Church and now serves as Scoutmaster.

October 20, 1925, Suburbanite Economist (Chicago, IL), Page 10

 


Editors Note:  In my humble opinion, BSA should do officially what this council president did personally.  BSA should encourage adults to earn their Eagle Scout badge and, as part of their leadership requirements, ask them to start new units, recruit Scouts, and serve in needed areas.  It's a win win situation for everyone.  Adults who do not want to be Eagle Scouts will not sign up for the program but may still serve in unit capacities as they do today.  Adult who do want a legitimate way to earn the rank of Eagle Scout know the requirements in advance and get a chance to improve themselves while improving Scouting at the same time.  It's a great deal. 

 

 

Bob Cameron, 1926
Earned Eagle Scout at age 19
Asst. Scoutmaster, Troop 9
Michigan
Joseph Ormondy, 1926
Earned Eagle Scout at age 19
Asst. Scoutmaster, Troop 23
Michigan
 

Scout Leaders receive Eagle Scout Awards

Bob Cameron, Asst. Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 9 and Joseph Ormondy, Asst. Scoutmaster at Troop 23 both completed the merit badges required for Eagle Scout rank just in time to receive their Eagle Scout badges from the patriarch of Boy Scouting, Sir Robert Baden-Powell himself.  Several thousand people were in attendance at the Michigan State Fair Coliseum for this award.

May 8, 1926, The Border Cities Star (Michigan)

 

 

Franklyn Parker, 1926
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 18+
Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 4
Hammond, Indiana

October 9, 1926, The Times (Hammond, Indiana), Page 3

R.H. Kingsbury,  1926
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 21+
Scoutmaster, Troop 1
Xenia, Ohio

April 28, 1926, Evening Gazette (Xenia, Ohio)

 

 

 

W. C. Goodman, 1927   "Dad"
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 60
Scoutmaster
Casper, Wyoming

One Young Eagle Talks to a New Eagle

Life breathes plenty sweet to those who keep through life the fresh and clean outlook of boyhood.  They become living proofs of the principle that happiness is an attitude of the mind.  Take W. C. Goodwin, left, chatting with Roger Winham.  Mr. Goodwin, of Casper, Wyo., is 74 years old, the oldest active Eagle Scout in the nation.  He has been in Scouting for 20 years and has been an Eagle for 14 years.  He ran 50 yards in 6 3/5 seconds when, one month short of 60 years old, he completed one of his Eagle tests.

In addition to the coveted Eagle Scout rank, Goodwin also holds the highest award in Scouting for distinguished service to boyhood, the Silver Beaver (pictured around his neck.)

Roger Winham, pictured to the right, is 14, has been a Scout for 2 1/2 years, and was awarded his Eagle badge Thursday night.  Winham is the senior patrol leader of Troop 19.

April 27, 1941, Arizona Republic (Phoenix, Arizona), Page 8
June 26, 1953, Billings Gazette (Billings, Montana), Page 22


 

 

Editors Note:  As we all must, Dad Goodwin passed away in 1953 at the age of 87 years old.  Dad's obituary in the Billings Gazette states clearly that Goodwin was still the record holder in 1953 for the oldest man to have earned Eagle Scout but this isn't quite true.  Goodwin may have been the record holder in 1927 but he lost the title in 1936 to Reverend Joshua H. Miller who earned his Eagle Scout in 1936 at age 70 in Irwin, Pennsylvania.  It seems that the excitement of Scouting and the opportunity to advance through your own efforts is not confined to young boys.  Uncle Dan knew this but BSA seems to have forgotten and relegated it's adults to "wanna be" status forever.

 

 

 

 

A. E. Fretwell, 1927
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 21+
Scoutmaster, Troop 3
Galveston, Texas


October 23, 1927, Galveston Daily News (Galveston, Texas), Page 10
Eugene Mitchel, 1927
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 21+
Troop Committee Chair, Troop 9
Put-Han-San Area Council, Ohio


Findlay Republican Courier December 9, 1935, Page 8

 

 

 

Frederick E. Baker, 1927
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 19
Troop 127
Seattle, WA

Seattleite Earns Eagle Scout

Born on February 1, 1908, Frederick Baker grew up in the "Green Lake" area north of Seattle.  Baker became a member of Troop 125 of Seattle in 1920 at the age of 12.  Baker completed his Eagle Scout rank requirements in 1927 at the age of 19 and became the 145th Eagle Scout in the Chief Seattle Council.  After his graduation from High School, he began working as a truck loader for the Western Dairy Products Co. but by 1929, he had taken a job doing something he loved -- working as a Field Scout Executive for the Boy Scouts of America in Seattle. 

By all accounts, Fred Baker had a successful career as a Scout Professional but not nearly as successful as his next enterprise.  In 1940, Baker would leave his job with BSA and launch his own advertizing and public relationships firm making a huge name for himself in this industry.  His time as a Boy Scout and BSA professional, however, were never forgotten and he remained associated with the Scouting program throughout his life.  He served as a member of the Executive Board for Chief Seattle Council for many years.  He was recognized with the Silver Beaver Award in 1943, the Distinguished Eagle Award in 1977, and the Silver Antelope Award in 1978.  Baker passed away in 1989.

August 15, 1989, The Seattle Times (Seattle, WA), Obituary

 

 

 

Albert H. Atwood, 1928   "Abe"
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 24
Troop Committee Chair, Troop 129
Crescent, Utah

Albert H. Atwood registered in 1916 as a Tenderfoot Scout in Crescent, Utah.  During his youth he served as patrol leader, senior patrol leader, and junior assistant scoutmaster.  Later, he became the Scoutmaster of Troop 129 in Crescent.  He earned his Eagle Scout badge in 1928 while serving as Troop Committee Chair at the age of 24.

Atwood, better known as "Abe", (third from the left) was a school superintendent and school teacher.  He was also a dedicated volunteer Scout leader and quickly moved into district and council operations.  In 1932 he was elected to the executive committee of the East Jordan district of the Salt Lake City Boy Scout council.  In 1933, he became the chairman of the district Court of Honor -- the body responsible for advancement and approval of ranks in the years before this functionality was handled by the units.  In 1934, Abe began his life-long hobby of collecting wildflower seeds -- possibly as part of his Scouting activities in the meadows of the nearby Wasatch and Uintah mountain ranges.  Atwood also served as District Commissioner of the Bingham district from 1935 to 1938.

Sometime in the early 1940s, Atwood moved to Hayward, California where he taught mathematics in the local school district.  He brought his Scout experience to his new home as well and served as a neighborhood commissioner in the Oakland Area Council beginning in 1946.  He was also an active Scout leader with the youth program of the LDS church in Hayward.

Beginning in 1947, Abe was on the organizing committee and a ring-master for the 1948 Oakland Council Circus -- a huge and immensely popular 3-day Scouting extravaganza that increased visibility of Scouting to tens of thousands of people in the San Francisco bay area and eventually became a "Scout-O-Rama" large enough to require the Oakland Coliseum. 

The picture to the left is from the 1948 Oakland Area Council Circus "Grand Entry".  In this year, the event was held in the Oakland Municipal Auditorium and drew more than 40,000 visitors. 

In 1948, Abe Atwood was appointed as District Commissioner of the Southern District of the Oakland Area Council.   In 1950, Abe had the honor of being 1 of only 30 people from the Western United States invited to attend the National Woodbadge training course.  1950 was a big year for Atwood where the news finds him serving as the Jamboree Scoutmaster for the Oakland Area Council trip to Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, organizing the "Miwok Experience" for older Scouts, as well as serving as the LDS Church commissioner for the state of California.  In 1951, Abe Atwood was elected to the executive committee of the Oakland Area Council Southern District.  

April 17, 1949, Oakland Tribune (Oakland, California)
December 3, 1948, Daily Hayward Review (Hayward, California), Page 10
August 9, 1951, Daily Hayward Review (Hayward, California), Page 24
2012 personal correspondence with Steve Atwood

 

Editors Note:  As a Cub Scout growing up in Fremont, California, I participated in this event from 1969-1972 .  All of the Scouts in the Council sold tickets to the Scout-O-Rama and virtually all of us were involved in some way as well.  I remember selling the tickets and the way that the excitement built up as we got closer to the actual day.  I remember the Scouting displays and the enthusiasm of the boys who were on hand to demonstrate their skills and talk about their experiences.  One year, I was part of a 50 foot long yellow/red Chinese Dragon that wound it's way through the coliseum.

 

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Clare Newell, 1928-1949
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 22+
Asst. Scoutmaster, Troop 35
Deforest, Wisconsin

Clare Newell started Boy Scout work in 1918 when he was 12 years old.  Living in tiny DeForest, Wisconsin, Newell rode the train to Madison once each week to attend Scout meetings because there was no troop in his area.  DeForest is only 20 miles from Madison but, for a 12 year old in 1918, this distance may as well have been 100 miles.  After 1 year, young Clare found the extra effort, time, and money too dear and he dropped from Boy Scouting.

In 1928, Clare Newell finally got the chance he was hoping for.  A Boy Scout troop was formed in DeForest.  By 1928 he was already 22 years old but he quickly signed up as Assistant Scoutmaster and began participating in the activities that he loved.  Later, he served on the committee for Troop 35.

Clare Newell earned his Eagle Scout rank sometime between 1928 and 1949 as an adult leader.  During this time Newell had also been awarded several training awards and had been invited to attend one of the first Wood Badge sessions representing scouters from the great state of Wisconsin. 

In 1949, Clare Newell was serving as Pack Committee Chair for Cub Scout Pack 335 in DeForest as well as the Explorer Advisor for Post 435.  Clare Newell was the proud father of 2 sons, Kent and Alan, who planned to grow up to be Eagle Scouts just like their father.

September 26, 1949, Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, Wisconsin), Page 8