Archie Brown, 1950
Earned Eagle Scout at age 53
Scoutmaster, Troop 69
Twin Falls, Idaho
Warren Barry, 1950
Earned Eagle Scout at age 27
Scoutmaster, Troop 66
Twin Falls, Idaho

Two Scoutmasters Honored at Court

The Twin Falls Boy Scout district monthly court of honor was climaxed when Eagle Scout awards were presented to the two Scoutmasters shown with their wives.  Left to right are Archie Brown, Scoutmaster of Troop 69; Mrs. Brown; Warren Barry, Scoutmaster of Troop 66, and Mrs. Barry.

March 6, 1950, Twin Falls Times News (Twin Falls, Idaho), Page 3
1940 U.S. Census.  Archie Brown b. 1897
Warren Barry Obituary, 2011

Warren Barry Rotary Friend

Editors Note:  During World War II, Archie Brown had worked for the War Relocation Authority, the agency in charge of Japanese-American Internment Camps.  Archie Brown would continue in Boy Scouting for several more years after earning his Eagle Scout rank.  In 1957, he and the Scouts of the Ma-I-Shu Lodge, pioneered 58 miles of rough wilderness to form what is now called the Ma-I-Shu trail near Camp Bradley.

Warren Barry had been a Sergeant in the Marine Corps during World War II and fought in the South Pacific.  He became somewhat successful in later life and turned to flying as a hobby and was an instrument rated pilot.  He and his wife, Alma, explored the world.



George Fay, 1950
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 22
Troop 8
Joplin, Missouri

University Student Earns Eagle Scout

George Fay joined Boy Scouting in 1940 at the age of 13 and became a Tenderfoot in Troop 8, Joplin, Missouri.  In his 9 1/2 years of Scouting, he earned 36 merit badges and served as den chief for 2 years in Cub Scout Pack 1.  He earned his Eagle Scout rank at the age of 22.

At the time he completed his Eagle requirements, Fay had already earned his BA in anthropology and history at Missouri University and was studying for a PhD in Archaeology at the University of New Mexico.

February 10, 1950, Joplin Globe (Joplin, Missouri), Page 7
Fay graduated Joplin High School in 1945.



Judd W. Thompson, 1950
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 35
Scoutmaster, Troop 7
Ammon, Idaho

Two Receive Eagle Awards

A Boy Scout and a Scoutmaster shared honors at the monthly court of honor of the South Bonneville district held in the Ammon LDS church when both received the Eagle Scout award.  They were Judd W. Thompson, Scoutmaster of Troop 7, and Vaughn Anderson of Troop 12.

Equally proud were Mrs. Thompson, wife of the Scoutmaster, and Mrs. Justin Anderson, Vaughn's mother, as they received miniature eagle pins from Loran Summers, District Chairman.

January 4, 1950, Idaho Falls Post Register (Idaho Falls, Idaho), Page 14
Social Security Death Index.  b. February 2, 1914. d. 1986 in Bonneville County, Idaho



J.A. Thompson, 1950
Earned Eagle Scout at age 21+
Scoutmaster, Troop 5
Idaho Falls, Idaho
Delbert Park, 1950
Earned Eagle Scout at age 36
Asst. Scoutmaster, Troop 5
Idaho Falls, Idaho
J.D. Armstrong, 1950
Earned Eagle Scout at age 21+
Committee Chair, Troop 5
Idaho Falls, Idaho
Carl Day, 1950
Earned Eagle Scout at age 21+
Troop Committee, Troop 5
Idaho Falls, Idaho
Marion Ward, 1950
Earned Eagle Scout at age 41
Troop Committee, Troop 5
Idaho Falls, Idaho
Keith Larsen, 1950
Earned Eagle Scout at age 18+
Asst. Scoutmaster, Troop 5
Idaho Falls, Idaho
Jim Armstrong, 1950
Earned Eagle Scout at age 18+
Asst. Scoutmaster, Troop 5

Idaho Falls, Idaho
Merlin Clark, 1950
Earned Eagle Scout at age 18+
Asst. Scoutmaster, Troop 5
Idaho Falls, Idaho
Grant Tate, 1950
Earned Eagle Scout at age 21+
Scoutmaster, Troop 89
Idaho Falls, Idaho

24 To Receive Eagle Scout Awards At Court of Honor

IDAHO FALLS --  When one boy Scout in a troops wins the coveted Eagle Scout award, the entire troop is proud.  But when 22 Scouts of the same troop are ready for their Eagle badges at the same time, the entire Teton Peaks Council can boast.

Sunday evening, 22 boys and leaders from Troop 5, and 2 more from Troop 89 in the East Bonneville district, will receive their Eagle badges at the monthly court of honor.  Included in the honored are several fathers and sons who have worked side by side on their merit badge requirements.  It was pointed out that the record made by the troop is an enviable one.  Vernon L. Strong, Scout Executive, says this is the first time so many members of one troop have won this recognition in the Teton Peaks council and that he is quite sure the record is one of the best -- if not the best -- in the nation.

Receiving their Eagle awards will be Delbert Park (Asst. Scoutmaster), Robert Park, Glen Wahlquist, Max Quigley, Martan Larson, J. A. Thompson (Scoutmaster), Gerry Thompson, Dick Madsen, J. D. Armstrong (Troop Committee Chair), Joe Armstrong, Jimmie Armstrong (Asst. Scoutmaster), Carl Day (Troop Committee), Marion Ward (Troop Committee), Keith Larsen (Asst. Scoutmaster), Dick Thornuck, Barney Jolley, Reed Orrne, Merlin Clark (Asst. Scoutmaster), Jay Phippes, Sam Hammond, Russ Hildebrant, Vaughn Rock, all of Troop 5.  Grant M. Tate (Scoutmaster) and Ralph Cook of Troop 89.

January 11, 1950, Idaho Falls Post Register (Idaho Falls, Idaho), Page 16
Social Security Death Index.  Delbert Park b. 1913, d. 2004
Social Security Death Index.  Marion A. Ward b. 1909, d. 1990



Ralph Schultz, 1951
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 25
Scoutmaster, Troop 18
Wheeling, Illinois

Scoutmaster Ralph Schultz Earns Eagle Scout Award

WHEELING -- Ralph Schultz, Scoutmaster of Wheeling Troop 18, received the Eagle Scout Award at the recent Court of honor held at the Wheeling Community Hall, with his mother, Mrs. Ed Schultz Sr., and wife Luella.

Mr. Schultz and Troop 18 were highly commended by District Chairman Spoo as having one of the best programs and leader staffs and also on their speedy advancement of the Algonquin District.  Mr. Schultz announced that he plans to have at least 10 campouts in the coming year for his troop.

February 9, 1951, Cook County Herald (Arlington Heights, Illinois), Page 23
Social Security Death Index.  b. 1925, d. 1980 in Wheeling, Illinois.



Cpl. Eugene C. Smith, 1951
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 19
Asst. Scoutmaster, Troop 28 (Rapid City Air Force Base)
Weaver, South Dakota

Air Force Corporal Earns Eagle Scout Award

Air Force Corporal Eugene C. Smith, formerly of Corpus Christi, has won his wings, but he won't be wearing them on his Air Force blues.  These wings are reserved for the khaki of a Boy Scout uniform, for Monday night he was awarded his Eagle Scout badge, Scouting's highest award.

The 19-year-old corporal has been in the Air Force two years but he has been a Boy Scout for seven years.  Most recently, he has been Asst. Scoutmaster with the troop at Rapid City Air Force Base in Weaver, S.D. where he was awarded his Eagle pin.  He was a member of Explorer Post 6 here in Corpus Christi before enlisting in the Air Force.

Enlistment usually ends scouting for most boys but not Smith.  He became a member of Troop 108 at Cheyenne, Wyo, after his enlistment and now belongs to Troop 28 at Rapid City base.  He has won 36 merit badges, 15 more than the required 21.  Smith attended Corpus Christi High School and worked part time for the three years before his enlistment.

April 19, 1951, Corpus Christi Times (Corpus Christi, Texas), Page 23



Kenneth J. Faith Jr., 1951
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 23
Scoutmaster, Troop 41
Juniata, Pennsylvania

Scoutmaster Earns Eagle Scout
with Bronze Palms Award

Kenneth Faith, Jr., Scoutmaster of Troop 41, received his Eagle Scout with Bronze Palms award.  He also received merit badge awards in Hiking, Home Repairs, Photography, Airplane Structures, Aeronautics, Aerodynamics, and Airplane Design.

In the photo to the right, Scoutmaster Faith is on the far right side of the picture and is presenting an Eagle Scout award to James Frederick, SPL of Troop 41.

May 22, 1951, Altoona Mirror (Altoona, Pennsylvania), Page 28
1940 U. S. Census indicates Kenneth J. Faith Jr. was born in 1928 in Pennsylvania

Editors Note:  Technically, this award is for a bronze palm.  Faith was working in the Philadelphia Naval Yard in 1946 and we believe he earned his Eagle Scout rank after that time but the actual date is not known.



Johnny Pollard, 1951
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 21+
Scoutmaster, Troop 45
Raymondville, Texas

New Eagle Scouts Include Scoutmaster

Three new Eagle Scouts in Willacy County are Joe Ed Smith, left, Robert Dear, center, and Johnny Pollard, Scoutmaster of Troop 45.  Dear and Smith received their Eagle Scout honors on Friday night at a Court of Honor in Raymondville.  Pollard received his Eagle Scout badge last week at the District Recognition Banquet.

August 26, 1951, Valley Morning Star (Harlingen, Texas), Page 14



George Gray, 1951
Earned Eagle Scout at age 21+
Neighborhood Commissioner
Oakland, California
W. F. Voss, 1951
Earned Eagle Scout at age 21+
Scoutmaster, Troop 9
Oakland, California

19 Boy Scouts Receive High Awards

Eighteen Boy Scouts received Eagle awards and one an Air Scout "Ace" badge in the largest Eagle Scout court of honor  in the history of the Oakland Area Boy Scout Council.  George Futas of Squadron 1 received the Ace award.

The Eagle Scout awards went to <long list omitted> George Gray, neighborhood commissioner; W. F. Voss, Scoutmaster of Troop 9

November 4, 1951, Oakland Tribune (Oakland, California), Page 15



Glenn Cullum Jr., 1951
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 18
West Branch, Iowa

First Eagle Scout in West Branch Scouting History

WEST BRANCH -- The first Eagle Scout in the history of West Branch is Glenn Cullum Jr., 18, son of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Cullum Sr.  He received the award at a recent ceremony.  Cullum is attending Dubuque University where he is studying to become a veterinarian.

Glenn Cullum was originally born in Kansas.  He attended the National Scout Jamboree at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania last year and considers his extensive travel to 28 states, Mexico, and Canada an educational Asset.

January 2, 1952, Cedar Rapids Gazette (Cedar Rapids, Iowa), Page 9
May 3, 1951, Cedar Rapids Gazette (Cedar Rapids, Iowa), Page 19



Harry Edward Jones, 1952
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 55
Scoutmaster, Troop 29
Edison, New Jersey

Negro Scoutmaster becomes Eagle Scout At Age 55!

A mixture of Sioux Indian, German, Negro, and English, Harry Edward Jones was born in Philadelphia on May 3, 1897.  The eldest of 13 children, Harry has seven sisters and five brothers.  At age 55 in 1952, he became an Eagle Scout, after having starting as a Tenderfoot and working his way up through the ranks. 

Recipient of Scouting's highest award for adults, the Silver Beaver, Harry has been the Scoutmaster of Troop 29 for 34 years.  This troop, sponsored by the Neighborhood House of News Brunswick, was the first Negro Boy Scout Troop in Middlesex County.

While working on his Eagle Scout requirements, Jones was allowed to use the pool at the New Brunswick Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) for his Lifesaving requirement testing.  Jones was not allowed, however, to join the YMCA because he was a Negro.

May 21, 1970, South Amboy Citizen (Amboy, New Jersey), Page 5

Editors Note:  Jones had an incredible past as a musician.  He toured the country in 1938 with Cab Calloway and also played with Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Holliday, and Benny Goodman.  The New York Public Library has some of Jones' papers about his time as a Scoutmaster in archive available for research purposes.



Dr. Lorenzo G. Runk, 1952
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 43
District Committee, Moshannon District, Bucktail Council
Philipsburg, Pennsylvania

Local Physician Receives Eagle Scout Award

In 1952, Dr. Lorenzo G. Runk, a member of the Moshannon District Committee, received his Eagle Scout award as part of the annual Boy Scout Week celebration for Bucktail Council.  More than 250 Boy Scouts and leaders attended the annual father and son banquet in the V.F.W. building in Philipsburg.

From 1935 until the early 1950s, Dr. Runk maintained a private practice of medicine and obstetrics in Philipsburg.  During World War II, he was a lieutenant commander in the Navy.  In 1951, he was elected president of the Clearfield County Medical Society.  In 1955, Runk was appointed regional medical director for the state of Pennsylvania and served on the Public Health Legislation Committee of the state medical society.

February 12, 1952, Clearfield Progress (Clearfield, Pennsylvania), Page 1
Obituary indicates born May 15, 1908..



Roland Russ, 1952
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 51
St. Albans, West Virginia

Eagle Scout Awards to St. Albans Residents

Eagle Scout Awards were presented to three St. Albans residents last night.  Scoutmaster Roland Russ (left) received the honor from his wife as brothers Teddy Lane and Paul Lane receive their Eagle badges from their father and mother respectively. 

Also pictured (third from the left) is J. D. Treanor, district chairman of the St. Albans-Nitro-Putnam District Boy Scouts of America.

February 14, 1952, Charleston Gazette (Charleston, West Virginia), Page 13
Social Security Death Index.  Russ born in 1900 in North Carolina.



James Hodges, 1952
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 21+
Scoutmaster, Troop 517
Hartsville, South Carolina

Harstville Court of Honor Awards 3 Eagle Scouts

Receiving the Eagle Scout award during the first Court of Honor for the year at Hartsville recently were, left to right, Al Timmerman of Troop 514, James Hodges, Scoutmaster of Troop 517, and Bruce Byrd of Troop 517.  Awards were made by John H. Martin for the Scout Council.  A total of 278 awards were made during the program.

March 23, 1952, Florence Morning News (Florence, South Carolina), Page 15

Lance N. Powers, 1952
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 29 (for the second time)
Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 6, Appalachian Council
Beckley, West Virginia

Lance N. Powers, The Man Who Earned Eagle Scout Twice

Lance N. Powers was a Boy Scout as a youth during the 1930s.  He completed his requirements for Eagle Scout at age 14-15 and was in the process of compiling his paperwork for submission to the National Scout office in New York when his Scouting records were destroyed in a fire in 1938.

While the United States did not officially enter the war until 1941, World War II had actually begun years before and, by 1938, was already in full swing.  Hundreds of thousands of young men from all across the U.S. were volunteering and shipping out to England to help with the war effort.  We believe that Powers was caught up in this patriotic fervor and volunteered for the U.S. Navy in 1939 or 1940.

The following articles chronicle Lance Powers after his return to civilian life beginning in 1952.  By this time Lance Powers was married and the father of 3 children.  Somehow, he found himself returning to the program that he had loved as a boy as an Assistant Scoutmaster and expressed some desire to earn his Eagle Scout.  When he was told by his Scout Executive that all he needed to do was to have his former Scoutmaster certify that he had completed the requirements, he declined and began working "from the bottom" with his Scouts.

The rise from "the bottom" to Eagle was a meteoric one for Lance Powers -- probably because he had retained all of that valuable Scouting knowledge reinforced by his experience in the U. S. Navy.  After receiving his Star badge in February 1952, he was awarded his Eagle Scout rank just 8 months later.  It helps that Scouts in the 1950s did not have the same leadership requirements that would be added to the Boy Scout program more than a decade later.  Still, Powers managed to complete a lot of merit badges at a very rapid clip.

To the best of my knowledge, Lance N. Powers is the only Scout to have ever earned Eagle Scout twice.  BSA's willingness to allow Lance Powers complete Eagle Scout on his own terms paid off big for the boys of West Virginia.  After receiving his Eagle Scout award in 1952, Powers continued in Scouting for many years.  In 1954, he was involved in the district training effort.  By 1956, Lance N. Powers was District Commissioner and we see him periodically in the news mostly in award ceremonies for others.  In 1963, Lance Powers was recognized with 12 other Scouters with a Silver Beaver Award.

Lance N. Powers (Star)February 7, 1952, Raleigh Register (Beckley, West Virginia), Page 5

War Could Not Stop Scouting Zeal of Lance Powers

BECKLEY, West Virginia -- "Scouting Plus" is the term used by the Appalachian Council Scout Executive, Gus F. Walker, for Lance Powers, 27, of Beckley, who achieved the rank of Star Scout at the banquet held this week at the First Baptist Church.

Powers, who serves as Assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 6 in Beckley, completed qualifications for Eagle Scout as a youth but lost his records in a fire in 1938.  A veteran of World War II, he refused to have his achievements certified by a former Scoutmaster preferring to "start at the bottom" again with his Scouts.

Powers has one more rank -- Life Scout -- between him and the coveted Eagle Scout title.  His Troop and Scouts of the entire Appalachian Council will hold special ceremonies in observance of the 42nd Anniversary of Scouting at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Beckley Recreation Building.

Lance Powers Awarding 1June 23, 1952, Raleigh Register (Beckley, West Virginia), Page 3

Beckley Court of Honor. Assistant earns Life Award

Boy Scout Troops 6 and 89, Beckley, held their quarterly Court of Honor on Friday.  Several merit badges and 2 ranks were awarded to deserving and eager Scouts.

The highlight of the evening was the awarding of the Life Scout award to Assistant Scoutmaster, Lance N. Powers by Roy L. Smith, chairman of the review board.  Powers had previously completed his Eagle Scout requirements more than 13 years ago but, due to a fire, his records were lost and the application process was incomplete when Powers joined the U.S. Navy at the beginning of World War II.  Powers has been working the ranks from the very beginning with the Scouts of Troop 6 and expects to complete his Eagle Scout requirements for the second time later this year.

Shown after the ceremony are (left to right), Lance Powers, Jerry Beavers, Jonathan Beavers, and Roy I. Smith, chairman of the review board.

Lance N. Powers, Eagle ScoutOctober 19, 1952, Sunday Register (Beckley, West Virginia), Page 12

Assistant Scoutmaster Earns Eagle Rank

BECKLEY, West Virginia -- An Assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 6, and a member of Explorer Post 6 recently fulfilled one of the highest ambitions of Scouting -- that of completing requirements for Eagle rank.  Their awards will be presented today at the morning worship service at the First Baptist Church, the sponsoring institution for the Scouting unit.

The new Eagle Scouts are Lance N. Powers, 29, of East Beckley, and Thomas McManamay, 16, son or Mr. and Mrs. F. A. McManamay, of Calloway Heights.

For Powers, this ceremony had special meaning.  This is the second time the young man has completed the requirements for the Eagle award.  Before World War II, he was ready for Eagle rank when records were destroyed by a fire in Skelton.

Powers went off to serve his time in the United States Navy then but did not lose his interest in the Scouting program.  On his return to Beckley, he again became affiliated with a Scout unit -- this time as a leader -- and began working from "scratch" again to attain the high rank.  This was Powers' own desire as he could have had his earlier accomplishments certified by his former Scoutmaster.

He is married, the father of three, and is employed by Neville Maytag on Neville St., Beckley.

March 12, 1956, Beckley Post-Herald (Beckley, West Virginia), Page 7

Scout of Year Plaque Awarded

David Hindsley of East Beckley salutes a plaque on which his name is inscribed for being the Boy Scout of the Year for St. Mary's Methodist Church's Troop 131.  Holding the plaque is Lance Powers, District Commissioner, and looking on is Andy Ellison, the troop's explorer advisor. 

Hindsley received a Boy Scout of the Year medal for outstanding achievement, 100% attendance, and good conduct with the troop.  The boy received the award this week at the church.

Ellison told the group that Scout laws are the yardstick by which boys should measure their lives.


November 2, 1963, Charleston Daily Mail(Charleston, West Virginia), Page 2

Scouters Honored With High Awards

Thirteen Scouters of the Buckskin Council, Boy Scouts of America, last night received the highest award which can be given to a volunteer worker by a local council.  Some 400 persons attended the Scouters Recognition Dinner at the Civic Center where the presentations of the Silver Beaver Award were made.  John B. Hover, chairman of the Silver Beaver committee for the Buckskin Council, gave out the honors.

One Scouting official explained that the Silver Beaver Award is not a rank.  He compared the award to the honorary degrees which colleges give to honor outstanding individuals.  He said it is given for "outstanding service in leadership in Scouting, community, and the church."

The 13 recipients were:  Eugene L. Pleninger, Charleston; Lance N. Powers, Charleston; S. J. Broadwater, Charleston; Merl A. Aitken, Charleston; Kenneth F. Robbins, Cannelton; E. W. Pointer Jr., St. Albans; Arthur R. Pierce, Montgomery; Lowell C. West, Nitro; John W. Ayers Jr., Charleston; Howard B. Miller, Charleston; W. L. O'Neal, St. Albans.  E. V. Wickline, Lewisburg, was unable to attend and will receive his award at a later date.  Lawrence W. Dietz is out of the country and received his award before leaving.

Speaker for the dinner was W. B. Hubbell, regional scout executive of Region four, which includes West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio.  Also on the program were Kenneth R. Eakin, Council Scout Executive, and J. Alex Gettman, president of the council.



Jesse Mendoza, 1952
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 21+
Scoutmaster, Troop 7
Big Spring, Texas

Scoutmaster Honored with Eagle Scout Award

Big Spring Boy Scout Jesse Mendoza was honored yesterday after earning the highly coveted Eagle Scout award.  Shown with him are Dora Mendoza, his wife; his two daughters, Dora Jean and Ruth Ann; and his mother, Mrs. G. R. Mendoza.

Mendoza worked hard to achieve this award. As a youth, he was a member of Troop 7 under then Scoutmaster John R. Hutto. As often happens, however, life intervened and Mendoza found himself working to pay bills and raise a family.  When an opportunity to rejoin the Troop came up years later, Mendoza signed on to serve as an adult leader. When he got to be the Scoutmaster of the troop, Mendoza picked up his work and earned his Eagle Scout badge.

A very proud ex-Scoutmaster Hutto came back from retirement to present the prestigious award. 

May 8, 1952, Big Spring Daily Herald, Page 5 (Big Spring, Texas)



Paul D. Kimball, 1952
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 19
Ogden, Utah

Both Good Scouts

It was a family affair this week when Weber College student Paul D. Kimball (left) earned his Eagle Scout award.  It was presented by his father, Ernest D. Kimball (right), who is Boy Scout department chairman of the American Legion of Utah. 

Mr. Kimball is also a member of the executive board of Greater Salt Lake Council and holds several Scout offices.  His son has earned 28 merit badges.  Mr. Kimball holds the Eagle Scout award with three palms and has served for 15 years.

April 10, 1952, Ogden Standard Examiner (Ogden, Utah), Page 14



Arthur L. Sunday, 1952
Earned Eagle Scout at age 32
Explorer Advisor, Pine Burr Area Council
Biloxi, Mississippi
John E. Schaub, 1952
Earned Eagle Scout at age 37
Asst. Scoutmaster, Troop 213
Biloxi, Mississippi

3 Eagles awarded at Biloxi Court of Honor.

Three Eagle badges and two palms were presented Monday at the court of honor of Biloxi District, Boy Scouts, at Biloxi Community House.  Richard Graves (center), Troop 212, son of Dr. and Mrs. J. A. Graves; Arthur L. Sunday (right), explorer advisor and assistant district commissioner; and John E. Schaub (left), assistant scoutmaster of Troop 213 were all recipients of the Eagle Award.

The presentation was made by Judge Leslie B. Grant.  Mrs. Sunday pinned the badge on her husband.  Mrs. Graves pinned the badge on her son while Mrs. Peter Moran was the sponsor for Mr. Schaub.  Fred Minchell, Field Executive, Pine Burr Area Council, presided.

April 15, 1952, Biloxi Daily Herald (Biloxi, Mississippi), Page 12
Arthur L. Sunday was still alive in 2013 and living in Gautier, MS.  He was born in 1920.
Social Security Death Index.  John E. Schaub born November 27, 1915.



Paul Smith, 1952
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 21+
Tucson, Arizona

Tucson Scouts and Scoutmaster Receive Highest Award

The award of Eagle Scout was conferred last night upon eight Scouts and a scoutmaster at a public court of honor held at Mansfield junior high school. 

From the left are David and Jerry Thornburg, Jonay Ward, Coy Richards, Don Martin, University football Coach Warren Woodson who presented the awards on behalf of the Boy Scouts of America National Council, Scoutmaster Paul Smith, Bill Carroll, Allen Auger, and George Marks.

May 27, 1952, Tucson Daily Citizen (Tucson, Arizona), Page 3



Major Clarence H. Steen, 1952
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 37
Scoutmaster, Troop 17 (Reese Air Force Base)
Greenville, Mississippi

Scoutmaster Gets Eagle Scout Badge In Korea

Major Clarence H. Steen, Scoutmaster of Troop 17 at Reese Air Force Base for almost two years, was recently awarded the Eagle Scout Badge, the highest Scouting award, during ceremonies held in Korea. 

Steen has been in Korea since December, 1951 serving with the 51st Fighter Interceptor Wing, a veteran Sabrejet unit.  He served with the 97th and 92nd Infantry Divisions in Europe during World War II.  By the time he returned home in 1945 he had been awarded two Purple Hearts, the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, and the Belgian Croix de Guerre.  In January, 1950, he became Scoutmaster at Reese where he also completed his work to become an Eagle Scout at age 37.  He first learned of his being raised to Eagle rating shortly after he arrived in Korea.  Major Steen's wife and three children live in Greenville, Mississippi.

June 15, 1952, Avalanche Journal (Lubbock, Texas), Page 11
Major Steen was born 9/23/1914 and died 7/22/2003.  He is buried in Fort Sill National Cemetery, Elgin, OK.



Loran Pyles, 1952
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 18+
Asst. Scoutmaster, Troop 3
Hamilton, Ohio

Assistant Scoutmaster Elevated to Highest Scout Rank

Assistant Scoutmaster Loran Pyles of Troop 3, United Presbyterian Church, was recently elevated to the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank in Boy Scouting.  He is the third Scoutmaster in Ft. Hamilton Council, Boy Scouts of America to achieve this distinction in 1952.  Mr. Pyles has been a Boy Scout since age 12.  He is a freshman at Miami University, Oxford.

December 10, 1952, Hamilton Daily News Journal (Hamilton, Ohio), Page 17

Editors Note:  Pyles definitely had an adult leadership position and he has the customary tie vs. neckerchief work by the youth.  Pyles was born June 22, 1934 and would have been almost 18 1/2 when he received his award.  There is a slight chance that he earned Eagle prior to his 18th birthday but then why would he register as an Asst. Scoutmaster?  Most likely, he did what most young men did when they ran out of time as a youth.  He either became an adult leader or joined Senior Scouting if available and continued there.  Either way, he was probably 18+ when he earned.



Victor C. McCollum, 1952
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 32
Scoutmaster, Troop 57
Lock Haven, Pennsylvania

Scouts Deliver Emergency Handbook
to 40 Million Homes

In 1958, America was in the height of the Cold War and American Defense agencies were very concerned about the possibility of a nuclear war.  The Office of Civil and Defense Mobilization actually prepared a "Handbook for Emergencies" that explained how families could prepare for a wide variety of emergencies.  They chose the Boy Scouts to distribute this important information to families all across the United States -- and the Boy Scouts did a bang-up job managing to recruit 4.5 Million Scouts and parents to coordinate, distribute, and hand deliver more than 40 million handbooks.

One Scoutmaster who organized his Scouts to distribute these handbooks was Victor McCollum, Scoutmaster of Troop 57 in Lockhaven, Pennsylvania.  He organized his 25 boys and another 25 from other Troops in the area and completed this distribution in a single day. 

Mr. McCollum has the distinction of having earned his Eagle Scout 6 years earlier as Scoutmaster when he was 32 years old.

October 11, 1958, Lock Haven Express (Lock Haven, Pennsylvania), Page 1

Editors Note:  This picture is McCollum's son, Craig, who participated in the handbook distribution organized by his father.  One odd thing here is that father and son are not in the same unit.  Father is in Troop 57 while son is in Troop 61.  Not sure what the story is behind that.  Perhaps another sibling in the family and a senior scout unit involved?



Allen M. Johnson, 1952
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 21+
District Commissioner, Upper Mohawk Council
New Hartford, New York

         Scout Leader Earns Eagle Scout Rank

UTICA -- Allen M. Johnson, New Hartford, district commissioner of Upper Mohawk Boy Scout Council (sic), who has obtained the high achievement in Scouting advance work in his 20 years of participation, was among four persons to be presented with an Eagle Scout badge by Robert Morris, head of the council advancement committee.

More than 300 Scouters, Explorers, guests, and parents witnessed the presentation during the court of honor in Utica Free Academy.  Johnson, who is the father of two sons, completed all phases of Scouting which led him to fulfill his requirements for the Eagle badge Tuesday night.

February 7, 1952, Syracuse Herald-Journal (Syracuse, New York), Page 3



Joe H. Donehoo, 1952
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 50
Atlanta, Georgia

Eagle Scouts at 12 and 50

John H. Boman, 12, and Joe H. Donehoo, 50, admire each others Eagle Scout merit badges at Atlanta, Ga.  John, one of the nation's youngest Eagle Scouts, joined the Boy Scouts on his 11th birthday.  He attained Eagle rating in a record 22 months. 

Donehoo joined the Scouts two years ago with his son Bill, then 12.  The two raced each other for Eagle honors but illness felled Bill and his dad won.

 December 21, 1952, Hutchison News Herald (Hutchison, Kansas), Page 33



Excell Segrest, 1952
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 39
Asst. Scoutmaster, Troop 27
Bangs, Texas

Excell Segrest is one of the thousands of dedicated Scouters from West Texas who, beginning in the early 1930s, volunteered their time and talents forever shaping the Scouting community we know today.  He earned his Eagle Scout ranks as Assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 27 in Bangs, Texas in 1952 at the age of 39.  Segrest became Scoutmaster in 1954, attended multiple National Jamborees, and became Honor Vigil in 1970.  He was awarded the Silver Beaver award in 1972.

To the right is a picture of Excell Segrest boarding the bus that would take members of the Llano Estacado Council from Texas to the 1969 National Jamboree in Farragut, Idaho.  For more information about Segrest and Scouting History in the West Texas area, please visit:

West Texas Scouting History     AND      Comanche Trail Council 1969 Jamboree



William J. Kirkhuff, 1952
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 21+
Scoutmaster, Troop 17
Providence, Rhode Island

Newport Scoutmaster Gains Eagle Scout Award

William J. Kirkhuff, Scoutmaster of Troop 17 at Trinity Church was among the 52 Boy Scouts and Scout Leaders who received the Eagle Scout Award, the highest in the Boy Scout organization, at an Eagle Scout Court of Honor held in Providence, Rhode Island on Monday evening.

Supreme Court Justice Jeremiah E. O'Connell, commissioner of Narragansett Council presided.  Chief Executive J. Harold Williams conducted the "ceremony of the book" in which each Scout receiving the award places a page containing his thoughts on reaching Eagle rank. 

January 6, 1953, Newport Daily News (Newport, Rhode Island), Page 4



Robert Kilroy, 1952
Earned Eagle Scout at age 27
Asst. Scoutmaster, Troop 34
Piedmont, Maryland
James Devine, 1952
Earned Eagle Scout at age 18
Troop 30
Westernport, Maryland
Ted Judy, 1952
Earned Eagle Scout at age 18
Troop 32
Romney, West Virginia

Adults Among Those Honored For Eagle Scout

Eight Boy Scouts of Potomac Council have been approved to receive Scouting's highest award, the rank of Eagle.  Those approved included 3 adults: Robert Kilroy, Theodore M. Judy, and James Devine.

Robert Kilroy, 27, of Piedmont is an Assistant Scoutmater with Troop 34.  Adults do not usually try for the Eagle Scout rank but devote their time to work on training awards.  In Kilroy's case, however, the man had most of his merit badge requirements met before entering the service in World War II.  After leaving the service, Kilroy received special permission to continue his Eagle Scout goal as he only had a few merit badges to fulfill.  He has been an adult leader with Troop 34 for the past several years.

Ted Judy and James Devine, both 18, are college students.  Judy is studying Forestry at West Virginia University.  Devine is enrolled at Potomac State College.

January 8, 1953, Cumberland Evening Times (Cumberland, Maryland), Page 13
February 13, 1953, Cumberland Evening Times (Cumberland, Maryland), Page 11

Theodore M. Judy was born April 12, 1934.  He was 18 before his Eagle Scout award date late in 1952.  It is likely that he and James Devine were Explorer Scouts that continued Scouting after they had gone off to college.  The dark explorer uniform, leggings, and lighter khaki merit badge sash in the picture are good indicators that Judy and or Devine started in Scouts and then signed up as Explorers to get under the age restrictions that would begin implementation that very same year.  This was a common and honorable practice that continued for another 20 years.



Robert Warren King, 1952
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 21+
Scoutmaster, Troop 13, Eel River District
Bull Creek, California

Eel River Scoutmaster Presented Eagle Scout Badge

Troop 13 Scoutmaster Robert Warren King, received his Eagle Scout badge last Tuesday evening at the Eel River District Court of Honor, Boy Scouts of America.  C.S. Morris, Jr. presented the badge.  Advancement Chairman Rider Wisting of Loleta presided over the ceremonies.

Shown in the picture are Mrs. King, Scoutmaster King, and Rider Wisting.

January 16, 1953, Humboldt Standard (Humboldt County, California), Page 9

Editors Note:  Gosh this Scoutmaster looks young.  I'm suspicious that the Scoutmaster is actually on the right side of the picture.  There does appear to be something white that might be a medal on his left breast pocket.



David R. Speer, 1953
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 18
Prairie Valley District
Tipton, Indiana

Eagle Scout Receives Badge

David Speer, 18 year old college freshman at Ball State Teacher's College receives the sterling silver badge of an Eagle Scout from his mother at a recent court of honor for the Prairie Valley District.  A Scout since the age of 9, Davie has earned 34 merit badges in pursuing his goal -- the highest in Scouting.  The coveted badge bears an Eagle.

December 30, 1953, Tipton Tribute (Tipton, Indiana), Page 1

Editors Note:  David Speer was born October 25, 1934.  If the date of the article is correct, he would have been 19 when he received his badge in 1953.  Sadly, he passed away in 2004.

He looks like Matt Damon, doesn't he?



Kenny Booth, 1953
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 38
Scoutmaster, Troop 147
Richland, WA

Scoutmaster Gets Eagle Scout Honor, Award Made by Son.

RICHLAND, Wash., June 29, 1953 -- Kenny Booth, Scoutmaster of Troop 147, was presented his Eagle Scout badge by his son, Robert, at the summer court of  honor held at the Richland community house last week.

The presentation of the award by a son to a father is the first in  the history of Scouting in the atomic city.  Booth has been active in scouting work for several years and recently saw his son receive his Eagle award.  Booth will be assistant scoutmaster for the Richland group attending the national jamboree at Los Angeles next month. 

June 29, 1953, Spokane Daily Chronicle (Spokane, Washington), Page 29


Editors Note:  Is that cool or what? 




Floyd Orson Shipley, 1953
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 39
Scoutmaster, Chesterfield Ward Troop
Chesterfield, Idaho

Four Scouts & Scoutmaster Receive Eagle Badge

BANCROFT -- Four young men and a Scoutmaster received the coveted Eagle Scout award here recently.

The four boys were Kenneth Tolman, Martin Wistisen, Bosco Tolman, and his brother Norman Tolman.

Scoutmaster Floyd Shipley is a member of the Chesterfield Ward.

February 16, 1953, Idaho State Journal (Idaho), Page 3
Find-A-Grave memorial page for Floyd Shipley.  b. May 19, 1913, d. 2008


Floyd Orson ShipleyEditors Note:  Floyd Shipley came to the Chesterfield area in 1940 and raised 5 sons and 1 daughter there.  He remained an avid Scouter throughout his lifetime.  His memorial page/obituary (linked above) specifically calls attention to his love of Scouting, his achievement of Eagle Scout, and the fact that he was a Scoutmaster for many years.  He is buried in the Chesterfield Cemetery.  Chesterfield, Idaho is now a "ghost town" in SE Idaho and quite the popular tourist location.  For an interesting journey into the history of Mormonism in that area, visit Historic Chesterfield.




Ezra A. Stevens, 1954
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 73
Troop Committee Member, Utah National Parks Council
Provo, Utah

73 Year Old becomes OLDEST Eagle Scout ever

Ezra A. Stevens was a Scouter in the Provo, Utah area.  Stevens was a member of the Provo Riding Club and sponsored hundreds of rides and opportunities for Scouts to interact with horses just as most families were moving away from farms and into the cities.  Stevens, and his horse, Ginger, were as well-known on the streets of Provo as practically any other figure.

Ezra Stevens was born in 1880 and would have been 32 when the Eagle Scout rank was created in 1912.  He joined Scouting as an adult volunteer sometime probably in the 1920s.  We don't know why he did not accomplish this feat earlier but, in 1954, Ezra A. Stevens completed all of the required merit badges and earned his Eagle Scout rank at the age of 73.  As far as we know, he is the oldest man to ever earn Eagle Scout rank.  At the time of his award, he was a member of his wards Troop Committee.

On July 4, 1960, Ezra A. Stevens had the honor of carrying the American Flag while riding upon his horse Ginger at the head of the Provo Utah Fourth of July Parade.  A few hours after the parade, Ezra succumbed to a heart attack while visiting friends in nearby Springville.  He was 79 years old.  Droves of people attended his funeral including at least 3 generations of Scouts.

July 5, 1960, Provo Daily Herald (Provo, Utah), Page 4.
July 13, 1960, Provo Daily Herald (Provo, Utah), Page 1



Grady Pennington, 1954
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 23
Scoutmaster, Troop 12, Greater Gastonia District, Piedmont Council
Gastonia, North Carolina

Eagle Scout Award goes to Ministerial Student

The October session of the Court of Honor for the Greater Gastonia District of the Piedmont Council, Boy Scouts of America, was held in the city court room in city hall at 7:30 last night.  Scouts from Cherryville, Bessemer City, High Shoals, Harden, Dallas, Ranlo, and Gastonia appeared before the court for advancement awards.

The special feature of the meeting was the presentation of the Eagle Scout badge to Grady Pennington, Scoutmaster of Troop 12 of Gastonia.  Pennington, who became a Scout in 1943, is now a ministerial student at Gardner-Webb College.  The Eagle Scout badge was presented to him by his wife, Rebecca Blackburn Pennington.

October 12, 1954, Gastonia Gazette (Gastonia, North Carolina), Page 7

Editors Note:  Pennington's age is calculated from the reference to his entrance into Boy Scouting.  In 1943, a boy had to be 12 years old to become a Boy Scout.  Pennington, then, must be at least 23 years old when he earned his Eagle Scout rank.  Even if this method were not accurate, Pennington is married which does sort of indicate that he is likely older than 17...




Darrell L. Tuttle, 1955
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 24
Asst. Scoutmaster, Troop 15
Ogden, Utah

Darrell Tuttle Earns Eagle Scout Rank

Darrell L. Tuttle, 24, was made an Eagle Scout at a recent Court of Honor.  He has been Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 15, in the Sixteenth LDS Ward for three and one half years.  He has been active in Scouting for seven years.  He holds 31 merit badges and is only the second Eagle Scout in his troop.

February 3, 1955, Ogden Standard Examiner (Ogden, Utah), Page 26



Kenneth Kline, 1955
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 18
Troop 1
Timberville-Broadway, Virginia

Eagle Scout Brothers

Kenneth and Larry Kline, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Paul G. Kline of Edom, became Eagle Scouts at an impressive ceremony staged by the Timberville-Broadway Boy Scout Troop 1.  Scout leaders said it is very rare for brothers to be elevated to the Eagle Scout rank at the same Court of Honor.  Kenneth is 18 and larry is 16.

Daily News-Record, Harrisonburg, Virginia, July 16, 1955



Allen Hildebaugh, 1955
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 27
Post Advisor, Explorer Post 71
Algona, Iowa

2 Algonans Receive Eagle Scout Honors

Two Algona Scouts were among those honored Sunday, February 13, in ceremonies of the Prairie Gold Council area, held at Buena Vista College, Storm Lake.

They were Allen Hildebaugh, left, and William Laing, both of Algona.  Hildebaugh is an Explorer Scout advisor with Post 71 and has been in scouting for two years.  He is a soil scientist with the Soil Conversation Service.  William is an Explorer Scout with Post 71 as well.  Both were honored for receiving the coveted Eagle Scout award.

February 17, 1955, The Algona Upper Des Moines (Algona, Iowa), Page 1.
1940 US Census, Guthrie, Iowa



Melvin Priller, 1955
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 36
Oregon, Illinois

Scouts and Scoutmaster
Become Eagle Scouts.

A candlelight ceremony for the installation of five Eagle Scouts in Oregon (Illinois), was held Friday night.  Four Scouts and Scoutmaster Melvin Priller, 36, received the rank of Eagle during a public court of honor.  Scoutmaster Priller, the Scouts, and their parents are shown during the ceremony.

February 21, 1955, Dixon Evening Telegraph (Oregon, Illinois), Page 2.
FindAGrave Marker for Melvin



Marlin Snyder, 1955
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 20
Asst. Scoutmaster, Troop 9
Mason City, Iowa

Eagle Awarded to Marlin Snyder at Court of Honor

Marlin Snyder, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Snyder, Monday night became an Eagle Scout.  He was awarded the honor at a ceremony held at Harding School.

Snyder enterered scouting as a Cub Scout in 1944.  He is now the Assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 9, Mason City.

 March 29, 1955, Mason City Globe Gazette (Mason City, Iowa), Page 12




John W. Price, 1955
Earned Eagle Scout at age 47

Pleasantville, Idaho
Khalil Scott, 1955
Earned Eagle Scout at age 29
Asst. Scoutmaster
Pleasantville, Idaho

Two Leaders Win Scouting's Top Badge

In the National Court of Honor held in Malad, recognition was given to Pleasantview Scoutmaster John W. Price (47) and his Assistant, Khalil Scott (29) for having earned the coveted Eagle Scout rank.  Scout Executive Zeldell Hale of Pocatello was in attendance.  Dr. Thomas W. Richards, District Commissioner for the Malad District, Tendoy Council, presented the awards.  Zendell Hale presented the Eagle Challenge.

September 23, 1955, Ogden Standard Examiner (Ogden, Utah), Page 18



George W. Biggs, 1955
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 29
Post Advisor, Post 121
Mullens, West Virginia

Biggs Gets Highest Rank

Post Advisor George W. Biggs (center), the first adult to receive his Eagle Scout rank in the 27-year history of Mullens Boy Scout Troop 121, receives a congratulatory kiss from his wife, Mrs. Jean Biggs, for his accomplishment.

George's accomplishment is unusual because of his age.  He is 29, married, and the father of a son.  In every day life he works as an electrician at the Mullens Shops of the Virginian Railway. 

Since resuming his Scouting career after a lapse of several years, George has served as chairman of the troop committee and presently is advisor to Explorer Post 121.  He holds the Arrowhead Award for outstanding leadership.

Following closely in George's footsteps along the route of Scout advancement are three other adults -- Scoutmaster Walt Carr (right) and his assistants: Charlie Kidd and R. W, Kirby.  These three attained their Life Scout rank this month.

October 24, 1955, Raleigh Register (Raleigh, West Virginia), Page 2




Henry Fletcher, 1956
Earned Eagle Scout at age 21+
Sea Scout Advisor, Sea Scout Ship 3
New Castle, Pennsylvania
Dan Ryan, 1956
Earned Eagle Scout at age 21+
Scoutmaster, Troop 3
New Castle, Pennsylvania

Award Eagle Scout Pins

Institution representative Rev. Robert H. Mayo is shown pinning the Eagle Scout award on Sea Scout Advisor Henry Fletcher of Ship 3, while other Eagle Scout recipients: Boy Scout Thomas Willing of Troop 3, Sea Scout William Hemming of Ship 3, and Dan Ryan, Scoutmaster of Troop 3 look on.

These awards were made after a dinner at the 1st United Presbyterian Church on the corner and Albert and Glen-Moore street.

...February 22, 1956, New Castle News (New Castle, Pennsylvania), Page 9



Rev. Forrest Hubbell, 1956
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 52
Scoutmaster, Troop 281
Cincinnati, Ohio

Scout Great To Appear On Radio Show

ON THE AIR SUNDAY -- Temescal District Scouts will be heard on Radio Station KFI in Los Angeles this Sunday appearing on the "Scout Broadcast of the Air" program.  Pictured (seated) is the Rev. Forrest Hubbell of Corona, who has been active in Scouting for 51 years.

During this program, Rev. Hubbell will be honored as the oldest Eagle Scout in Temescal District.  He became a Lone Scout in 1914 at the age of 12 years and reached the rank of Eagle Scout as a Scoutmaster in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1956 at the age of 54.  From 1924 to 1954, Rev. Hubbell served as Scoutmaster for 11 troops, 10 of which he organized himself.  Presently, Rev. Hubbell is serving as chairman of the Organization and Extension for new units in Temescal District.

 March 25, 1965, Corona Daily Independent (Corona, California), Page 9
Troop 281, Cincinnati Ohio Scoutmaster List



Mike Treshow, 1956
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 30
Scoutmaster, Troop 51
Provo, Utah

Wins Eagle Badge

Mike Treshow (right), Scoutmaster of Troop 51, Provo Community Church, is congratulated by Dr. H. J. Brown (left), committee chairman of the Provo District, after he was presented with an Eagle Scout Badge.  The presentation highlighted a recent troop Court of Honor held around a campfire in Rock Canyon.  A total of 17 Scouts received awards at the ceremony.

Treshow was from Southern California and grew up surfing the beaches of the Pacific Ocean as a youth.  He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.  In 1953 Mike became an air pollution consultant for US Steel.  He also taught classes concerning air pollution at BYU.

 Mike joined the faculty at the University of Utah in 1958, where he was a much loved and highly regarded professor of botany for 35 years.  For years he was the keeper of Red Butte canyon's ecological research station, and oversaw research there.  Mike's internationally recognized studies of gaseous pollutants were integral to the discovery and identification of acid rain and the early discovery of the depletion of the ozone layer.

Mike loved the outdoors, and believed skiing the Wasatch was second only to surfing in the Pacific. Mike spent all of his free time up the canyons near Salt Lake, and authored texts about the flora there. He was an avid member and past president of the Wasatch Mountain Club. Mike opened one of the first retail establishments on Snowbird's plaza, the Timberhaus, which expanded to Park City and Vail. His greatest pleasure was skiing, hiking and boating with his children.

Mike was an avid Boy Scout, and was awarded the Silver Beaver for his leadership in Scouting.

August 13, 1956, Provo Daily Herald (Provo, Utah), Page 15
Mike Treshow Obituary

Edtors Note:  Some believe that Scouting in Utah and Idaho is 100% LDS.  While the percentage is extremely high, it is not quite 100%.  Treshow is a good example of a successful troop in Mormon country.  There are many other troops as well -- we just need to look.



LambRobert A. Lentz, 1956
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 32
Scoutmaster, Troop 39
Burlington, North Carolina

Wife Awards Eagle Scout to Scoutmaster Husband

Robert A. Lentz, Scoutmaster of Troop 39 in Burlington, was presented the Eagle Scout Award by his wife, Betty, in a recent ceremony.  Lentz, a graduate of Boyden High School in Salisbury, served 32 months in the Army seeing action in the Philippines and returning home in 1945.  He graduated from North Carolina State College in 1950 with a degree in Engineering and is now a mechanical engineer at Western Electric.

Lentz was a Scout as a boy and has been Scoutmaster of Troop 39 for the past four years.  He is a member of Macedonia Lutheran Church, a member of the church council, and a Sunday School teacher.  He and Mrs. Lentz and their three children live in Burlington.

 December 10, 1956, Burlington Daily Times News (Burlington, North Carolina), Page 25
Robert A. Lentz Obituary

Pictures provided courtesy of the Preston Lentz family.

Editors Note:  After earning his Eagle Scout rank in 1956, Bob Lentz continued as Scoutmaster for Troop 39 for another 9 years.  After his tenure as Scoutmaster, he continued to be very active in Boy Scouting and in his church.  For his outstanding service to youth in both Scouting and in the Lutheran Church, Lentz was honored with the Silver Beaver award and the Lutheran Lamb award.

Robert Alexander Lentz was a true Boy Scout even in his death.  When he passed away in 2011, his family asked that friends and family make memorials to Hospice & Palliative Care of Alamance-Caswell or to the Old North State Boy Scout Council in lieu of flowers.  Many of his Scouts were in attendance at his funeral.



Russell Ries, 1957
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 18
Troop 57
Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Scouting's Most Coveted Award

The Eagle Scout badge was presented to Explorer Scout Russell Ries, 18, at a Troop 57 awards ceremony Sunday at St. Dominic's parish hall.  The presentation was made by Field Commissioner Roman C. Mahnke (left).

Sheboygan Press, February 12, 1957, Page 7.

Editors Note:  According to the rest of this article text, a young man named Roman Baumgart received merit badges on this very evening.  Roman Baumgart would go on to earn his Eagle Scout rank 7 years later as an Asst. Advisor in 1964 becoming one of the last to ever earn Eagle Scout as an adult.

Also, please note that the article says both Ray Ries and Russell Ries. 



David Stoy, 1957
Earned Eagle Scout at age 18
Old Trails District
Uniontown, Pennsylvania
Earl Riffle, 1957
Earned Eagle Scout at age 18
Old Trails District
Uniontown, Pennsylvania

   Three Students Earn Eagle Awards

Three Students, two in college and one in high school, received Eagle Scout rank -- highest in Boy Scouting -- at ceremonies Monday night at Asbury Methodist Church here.

David Stoy is a freshman in pre-law at Penn State University. 

Earl Riffle is a freshman in Engineering at Penn State University.

Uniontown Evening Standard January 2, 1957, Page 19 




L. E. Timmons, 1957
Scoutmaster, Troop 1
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 30+
Bushton, Kansas

Like Son, Like Father

The old adage was reversed to "like son, like father" at Bushton.  It was Eagle Scout Darrell Timmons' turn to beam with pride when his father, L. E. Timmons completed the requirements for and received the Eagle Scout Award.

The Eagle Scout Award, the highest award in Boy Scouting, was presented by Lloyd Shepard, Cheyenne District Scout Executive while Mrs. Timmons looked on. 

The elder Timmons has been active in Scouting for 20 years and was already the holder of the Silver Beaver Award.  "I would have gladly given back my Silver Beaver for just the chance to work on my Eagle Scout rank.  I am truly blessed that BSA allowed me to work on my Eagle.  " said Timmons.

October 27, 1957, Hutchison News (Hutchison, Kansas), Page 27

Editors Note:  I agree.



Ralph Beaumont "Beau" Latham, 1957
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 18
Troop 5
Amarillo, Texas

Climax Of Scouting Career

Beau Latham, 18, receives his Eagle Scout award from his mother, Mrs. R. B. Latham Jr., at the Troop 5 meeting Monday night in San Jacinto Methodist church.  Beau has been a Boy Scout for four and a half years.

Amarillo Globe Times December 31, 1957, Page 4




Robert "Bobby" Crespino, 1957
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 18
Troop 1
Greenville, Mississippi

Eagle Scout Badge for Football Star

Mrs. J. Crespino pins an Eagle Scout badge on her 18-year-old son and All American Football star, Bobby Crespino.  The Eagle badge, highest award in Scouting, was presented him by Troop 1 of Benoit.  Johl Leveck, veteran Scoutmaster of Troop 1 is on the right.  Crespino has been a member of Troop 1 for six years and has 26 merit badges.

Greenville Delta Democrat Times, January 21, 1957, Page 1

Editors note:  Bobby Crespino would go on to play as a tight end for Ole Miss.  Crespino was drafted in the first round of the 1961 NFL draft and played in the NFL for the Cleveland Browns and the New York Giants.  Crespino passed away in 2013.  From his birthdate, Bobby was almost 19 when he earned his Eagle Scout badge.




Charles W. Jackson, 1958
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 45
Asst. Scoutmaster, Troop 80
Beckley, West Virginia

Scoutmaster Earns Eagle Scout.

Scoutmaster Charles W. Jackson, 45, of Troop 80 was awarded his Eagle Scout award on Sunday evening.   Mr. Jackson has been a leader with Troop 80 for 5 years and was presented the award by his proud wife.

Beckley Post-Herald, Beckley, WV, October 27, 1958.  Page 12.



Hazen Dean, 1958
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 59
Scoutmaster, Troop 24
Owensboro, Kentucky

Hazen A. Dean, Scoutmaster of Troop 24 in Owensboro, Kentucky joined Boy Scouts at 1913.  He earned his Eagle Scout award as an adult in 1958 at the age of 59.

Hazen Dean is a legend in Kentucky.  He served as Scoutmaster of Troop 24 for more than 50  years.  He was the first Kentuckian to earn the "70 Continuous Years of Service Award" in 1983 and is also the recipient of the Silver Beaver Award.  Through his leadership, 86 boys achieved the coveted rank of Eagle Scout, the most in the USA at that time.

A portion of the BSA Camp Wildcat Hollow in Russellville, KY is named after him and this national monument was erected his honor and still stands in Owensboro, KY.

Wikipedia:  Hazen A. Dean



Merlin Douglas McMannes, 1958
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 41
Scoutmaster, Troop 14
Mason City, Iowa

Scoutmaster Wins Eagle Scout Award

M. Douglas McMannes, Scoutmaster of Troop 14 in Mason City  has become the second Mason City Scoutmaster to earn the Eagle Scout Award.  It is unusual for an adult to earn the merit badges required for being an Eagle Scout.  Before becoming Scoutmaster of Troop 14, McMannes served as an Assistant Scoutmaster with Troop 14, Scoutmaster of Troop 9, and a committee member of Pack 3.

McMannes is a veteran of World War II having served in the U. S. Army as a Staff Sergeant.  His wife presented the award with his mother attending.

May 6, 1958, Mason City Globe Gazette (Mason City, Iowa), Page 32
Locate-A-Grave Record for Merlin Douglas McMannes (1917-2002)



John Altenburg, 1958
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 18
Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 93
Stephens Point, Wisconsin

John Altenburg Earns Eagle Scout

John Altenburg, 18, Assistant Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 93 was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest achievement in the Boy Scouts, at a father-son banquet at the church on Wednesday evening.

The new Eagle Scout joined Cub Scouts in 1948 and has been active in Scouting ever since.  He has been Assistant Scoutmaster of the troop since October 1956 and is also a member of Explorer Post 93.

Stevens Point Daily Journal February 13, 1958, Page 1




James Kerr, 1958
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 31
Scoutmaster, Troop 61
Avon, Mississippi

Avon, Mississippi Scoutmaster Gets Eagle Badge

AVON - A local Scoutmaster finds great satisfaction and a feeling of achievement in advancing and learning with his boy scouts.  Attaining the coveted Eagle Scout rank while leading a troop of 18 scouts was a high achievement for James Kerr, scoutmaster of Troop 61, sponsored by the Riverside High School, Avon.  Kerr received his Eagle rank last week.

Scouting was a boyhood interest for Kerr when he became a Boy Scout at the age of 12 years with the Avon troop.  After leaving the scouts as a boy with the rank of Second Class Scout, he later returned as an adult leader filling the position of "Neighborhood Commissioner and Committeeman" which he held for three years.

While serving as Scoutmaster for the past two years, his interest in the Boy Scout program and in the boys themselves resulted in his being selected to represent the local district at a Scout encampment at Philmont Ranch, New Mexico.

The Scoutmaster said, "it was at Philmont that I learned a great deal about scouting."  He recalled, "we attended school and studied the history of the Boy Scouts."  Continuing, he said, "they taught us  how to instruct boys in Scout activities and how to be a better leader and Boy Scout instructor."

His wife and family accompanied him on the troop to Philmont Ranch.  Commenting on the family trip he said, "the families lived in 'tent city' for the one and a half week stay."  There were various programs and meetings that included the entire family, Kerr pointed out.

Jimmy Kerr, his 11 year old son, is a second class scout in the Avon troop.  Kerr also has a daughter, Debra, who is four years old.

Kerr mentioned that his troop has completed construction of a troop hut on Lake Lee.  He said "getting the boys outdoors is the greatest part of scouting."

Kerr is employed as a parts salesmen with Goyer Automotive Supply Co. and is a native of Wayside, Mississippi.  He spends the greater part of his spare time working with his 18 boys who make up the Avon troop.

February 17, 1958, Greenville Delta Democrat (Greenville, Mississippi), page 8  (Written by Earl W. Harnish)
James Kerr Obituary (b. 1926, d. 2011)

Editors Note:  Here are two snippets from James Kerr's obituary in 2011:

"He served in the European Theater England, France, Germany and Austria with the Black Panthers of the 66th Infantry Division and 69820 Quartermaster."

"Mr. Kerr was an avid supporter of the Boy Scouts Of America. At the age of 21, he became scoutmaster of Troop 61 at Avon, Miss. and later scoutmaster of Troop 49 at Second Baptist Church, He helped 11 boys of Troop 49 to become an eagle scout. He served on many Boy Scout Committees and as Roundtable Commissioner. In 1957, he was honored as Scoutmaster of the Year and later was asked to go to Philmont in New Mexico to represent the Delta Area Council BSA.  In 1958, at age 31, he became an Eagle Scout himself as an adult.  James was awarded the coveted award 'The Silver Beaver.'"



Lt. Cdr. Edward G. Kelley, 1958
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 35
Squadron Commander, Air Explorer Squadron 62
Virginia Beach, Virginia

Lt. Cdr. Edward G. Kelley enjoyed Boy Scouting as a youth and attained the rank of Life Scout before he enlisted in the U.S. Navy.  He fought in WWII with the Navy, and also served in Korea and, later, Morocco during the Vietnam war while part of the Naval Reserves.

On March 26, 1958, after many years of serving his country (as well as the youth involved in Boy Scouts), Lt. Cdr. Kelley was awarded his Eagle Scout rank while serving as the Squadron Commander of Boy Scout Air Explorer Squadron 62 located in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  He was 35 years old.

Kelley's son, Mike, has created this Edward G. Kelley memorial page to honor his father and let others know of his accomplishments.  Please visit this link and review the details and personal stories Mike Kelley has made available to all of us.  These words coming from the Kelley family mean so much more than I could ever express on my own and are well worth the visit.

Editors Note:  As of May 5, 2013 the link above is mostly functional but the Eagle Scout certificate and email functions are no longer active.  Mike Kelley, if you are reading this, please contact me.  I would love to get a copy of your father's Eagle Scout Certificate posted or linked from here.



Hobert Holstein, 1958
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 19
Explorer Scout, Troop 200
St. Albans, West Virginia


Hobert Holstein Jr., 19, of St. Albans, was advanced to the rank of Eagle Scout at ceremonies of the recent scouting exposition at the St. Albans Nitro and Putnam Districts.  Hobert is an Explorer Scout in Troop 200, sponsored by the St. Francis Catholic Church of St. Albans.  He has been active in Scouting for eight years.  He is shown with his mother.

March 29, 1958, Charleston Daily Mail (Charleston, West Virginia), Page 2

Editors Note:  There is no indication that Holstein was an adult leader.  He is likely another older Scout enjoying his time in Boy Scouting (see the 24+ merit badge array on his chest) with a desire to continue to advance.



Sterling Clouse, 1958
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 31
Scoutmaster, Troop 16
Safford, Arizona

Two Earn Eagle Scout Awards

Safford (Special) -- Two Eagle Scout badges were awarded at court of honor ceremonies here.  Sterling Clouse, scoutmaster of Troop 16, and Wade West, also of Troop 16, were awarded the badges.

Clouse, formerly a Scout in Virden, N.M. completed the merit badges required while serving as Scoutmaster.  Already two other members of Troop 16 have qualified for the rank, highest in Scouting, and Clouse believes he will have three more candidates after the first of the year.

November 20, 1958, Phoenix Arizona Republic (Phoenix, Arizona), Page 26



Frederick Klumpp, 1958
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 19
Senior Scout
Youngsville, New York

Frederick Klumpp, 19, and his brother Wayne, 14, were awarded their Eagle Scout rank in December 1958.

January 2, 1959, Middletown Daily Record (Middletown, New York), Page 26



Robert Reid, 1959
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 18
Yucca Council
White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico

Eagle Scouts at White Sands Missile Range

Army Chaplain Maj. Joseph V. Watterston, left, presents Eagle Scout certificates to William Walsh and Clark Shadle at Court of Honor ceremonies at White Sands Missile Range.  Robert Reid, not shown in the photograph, was the third Eagle Scout winner.  Reid was not available as he is attending the University  of New Mexico.

Chaplain Watterson is Institutional Liaison Representative between the New Mexico Yucca Council of the Boy Scouts of America and the more than 75 Boy Scouts -- sons of WSMR personnel residing on base.  Eagle Scout is the highest rank in the Boy Scouts.

Las Cruces Sun News September 20, 1959, Page 9



Rev. Edwin Halcrow, 1959
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 71
Redwood City, California

75-Year-Old Eagle Scout
Earns College Degree

Some of Edwin Halcrow's 20 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren were on hand Sunday to see him, in cap and gown, receive his Associate in Arts degree at College of San Mateo.  Halcrow is 75 years old.

After a career which has included seaman, minister, and newspaper owner, Halcrow resolved to finish college as "my own personal experience in geriatrics."  He graduates with a high B average.

"I've seen so many people grow old and just deteriorate."  Halcrow said.  "I don't want to do that."

That's why Halcrow, when he was 71 years old in 1959, decided he had been a Star Scout long enough and resolved to pass his tests -- including running a mile in 6 minutes, 35 seconds -- which was the last remaining requirement for him to become an Eagle Scout.

June 17, 1963, Gettysburg Times (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania),
June 17, 1963, San Mateo Times (San Mateo, California), Page 19

Editors Note:  This story is awesome because it clearly shows that people have a desire to achieve well after their formative childhood years and that their family and peers respect that achievement regardless of when they earn it.



Jack Sherick, 1959
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 18
Troop 5
Butte, Montana

Butte Youth Receives Highest Award

The highest award the Boy Scouts of America can confer on one of its members was given Wednesday night to Jack Sherick, 18.  He received the Eagle Scout emblem during a National Eagle Court convened in the courthouse with Chief Justice James T. Harrison presiding.

Sherick, a member of Troop 6 and an Explorer Scout, is a 1958 graduate of Butte High School and a member of the freshman class at Montana State College, Bozeman. 

Before the court convened, Sherick was chatting with Chief Justice Harrison when the Chief Justice reached into his pocket and pulled out an obviously aged Eagle scout badge and ribbon.  It seems that the Chief Justice himself holds the rank of Eagle Scout and is very proud of it.  It was conferred upon him in a ceremony some 40 years before like the one at which he presided Wednesday. 

"It is showing it's age," he said, looking fondly at the emblem.  "So, I suppose, am I.  But neither time nor anything else will change my firm faith in the principles and character building qualities of Scouting."

Montana Standard September 20, 1959, Page 31.



Gordon Zdana, 1959
Earned Explorer Silver rank at age 21
Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 149
Brookhaven, Pennsylvania

Scout Leader Is Given Explorer Silver Award

BROOKHAVEN -- Gordon Zdana, a member of the U.S. Air Force, was presented with a silver Explorer Scout award by Webb Edwards, Scoutmaster of Troop 149 at the morning service of the First Church of God, last Sunday.  Zdana is Assistant Scoutmaster of the troop.  The award received is equivalent to the Eagle Scout Award.

Zdana is en route to Pease Air Force Base in New Hampshire.  Mrs. Zdana and their infant daughter will accompany him to his new assignment in a few weeks time.  A companion lapel pin and red rose were presented to Mrs. Zdana by Scoutmaster Edwards.

May 2, 1959, Chester Times (Chester, Pennsylvania), Page 18
August 28, 2008, Dover Post (Dover, Delaware).

Editors Note:  While only 21 at the time of his award, Gordon Zdana remained in the United States Air Force and made it his career.  He was a veteran of the Korea and Vietnam wars and retired at the rank of Master Sergeant while assigned to Strategic Command Headquarters, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska.  After his retirement, he was very active in the VFW and American Legion.

I know that this is not an Eagle Scout award.  If BSA wants to characterize the award as equivalent, however, I'm going to respect that and note that the medal actually does have an Eagle on it...  Regardless, Zdana is another good example that adults were allowed to earn rank in multiple programs within BSA.  Some historians have attempted to characterize Adult Eagle Scouts as minimal and localized to a few councils.  This view is simply not supported by the historical record.



John Watts, 1959
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 19
Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 44, Alamitos District
Long Beach, California

This Badge Stays In The Family

Al Watts, Scout Commissioner for the Alamitos District, pins his prized Eagle Scout badge on the shirt of his son, John Watts, 19, Assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 44.  At left is Mrs. Watts.

This Eagle medal is the same one presented to the elder Watts 30 years ago by the late Adm. Richard E. Byrd.  The presentation was at Alamitos District Court of Honor in Stanford Junior High School.

November 20, 1959, Press Telegram (Long Beach, California), Page 14



Ralph Robert Coleman III, 1959
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 18
Troop 85
Brilliant, Ohio

Brothers Win Eagle Scout Awards

Ralph Robert Colman III, 18, and James Joseph Coleman, 16, were presented Eagle Scout Awards at a Court of Honor held at Harding School auditorium  in Steubenville this week.  The Eagle Scouts are shown with their father, Ralph Robert Coleman II of Brilliant, Scoutmaster of Troop 85.  Ralph is presently in the U.S. Navy stationed at the electronics technician school at Great lakes.  He was graduated in 1959 from Brilliant High School.  James is a junior at Brilliant High School.  Both youth are active in Scouting, community, and school activities. 

Steubenville Herald Star December 5, 1959, Page 11.