William Nahm Sr., 1921
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 43
Troop 99, Greater Cleveland Council
Cleveland, Ohio

William Nahm Sr. was born in 1877 in Germany.  In 1921 he earned his Eagle Scout rank at the age of 43 with his son, William Nahm Jr. (also an adult). 

Sadly, Nahm died at age 46, just 3 years after earning his Eagle.  He is buried in Cleveland.

Greater Cleveland Council Golden Book of Eagles
www.worldvitalrecords.com

William Nahm Jr., 1921
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 19
Troop 99, Greater Cleveland Council
Cleveland, Ohio

William Nahm Jr. was born in 1902.  He would have been ~19 years old when he earned his Eagle Scout rank with his father in 1921.

Greater Cleveland Council Golden Book of Eagles
www.worldvitalrecords.com

 

Arthur Thorpe, 1927
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 30+
Scoutmaster, Troop 4 
Gastonia, North Carolina

Father and Son Receive Honors

GASTONIA, N. C. -- Scoutmaster Arthur Thorpe and Scout Alfred Thorpe, father and son, of Troop 4, Gastonia were awarded the rank of Eagle Scout at the same meeting of the Court of Honor of the Piedmont Council of the Boy Scouts of America. 

Son Alfred Thorpe joined more than a year ago and soon had his father in the movement as a Scout leader.

March 8, 1927, Gastonia Daily Gazette (Gastonia, North Carolina), Page 7

Scout Troop 4 in Gastonia, North Carolina (1927)

 

 

 

James P. Sharp, 1926
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 30+
Troop 29, Salt Lake Council
Salt Lake City, Utah

Scouts to Honor Father and Son

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -- James P. Sharp and his son, Le Grande Sharp of Boy Scout Troop 29 of the Salt Lake Council, will both receive Eagle Scout awards at the monthly court of honor to be given tonight at 7 o'clock in the council chamber of the city and county building.  

March 26, 1926, Salt Lake Tribune, (Salt Lake, Utah)

W. R. Grant, 1930
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 30+
Scoutmaster, Imperial Yuma Council
Yuma, Arizona

Father and Son Honored Together

WINSLOW, Ariz. -- For the first time in the Imperial Yuma council, a father and son received their Eagle Scout badges at the same time. Badges were awarded to W. R. Grant, scoutmaster, and his son Raymond Grant, a scout.  

June 6, 1930, Winslow Daily Mail (Winslow, Ariz.)

 

 

Charles H. Wilson Sr., 1930
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 30+
Sam Houston Council 
Houston, Texas

What A Winning Combination!

HOUSTON, Texas   Boy Scouts Charles H. Wilson Sr. and his son, Charles H. Wilson Jr., both of Sam Houston Council earned their Eagle Scout rank together.  

Sam Houston Council list of Eagle Scouts

Frederick Wanner Sr., 1932
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 41
Troop 1
Mt. Penn, Pennsylvania 

High Honors Awarded to 20 Scouts

READING, Penn. -- Nine Scouts who will receive the coveted Eagle Scout rank are members of Town Troop 1, Mt. Penn.  Two of their number, Frederick Wanner Sr. and Frederick Wanner Jr., father and son respectively.  

August 19, 1932, Reading Eagle, (Reading, Penn.), Page 2

 

 

Roy Passey, 1933
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 48
District Commissioner, Alpine District
Provo, Utah


Scout District Commissioner and Son
Receive Eagle Scout Honors

PROVO, Utah -- Boy Scout District Commissioner Roy Passey and son Richard received their Eagle Scout ranks in a well attended court of honor ceremony.  

Mr. Passey has a long association with Boy Scouts having served since 1921 as the Provo Troop 52 Scoutmaster, Troop Committee Chair of Troop 5, and recently as District Commissioner.  Local Scouts remember Mr. Passey especially for the swimming events he organized for the Boy Scouts each year.

May 16, 1935, Provo Daily Herald (Provo, Utah), Page 6
May 6, 1953, Provo Daily Herald (Provo, Utah), Page 10

William M. Sweet, 1933
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 40+
Troop 69
Syracuse, New York


Father, Son To Get Eagle Scout Award

SYRACUSE, New York -- William M. Sweet, Scoutmaster of Troop 39, and his son, William Jr., tonight will receive Eagle Scout awards at a court of honor and council fire to be held at Ram's gulch in connection with the annual rally of Onandaga Council.

The granting of these awards, the highest rank in the Boy Scout movement, will mark the first time in the history of the council that a father and son have received the rank at the same court of honor.

June 10, 1933, Syracuse Herald (Syracuse, New York), Page 3

 

 

Harry F. Kbelling, 1937
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 30+
District Commissioner
Park Ridge, Illinois


Father and Son Share High Honor

PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- One of the features of this Court of Honor will be the presentation of four Eagle Scout badges. It is not often that a father and son receive their Eagle rank together but at this Court of Honor, District Commissioner Harry F. Kbelling of Park Ridge and his son Frederick of Troop 3 of the Kiwanis Club of Park Ridge will receive this the highest rank of Scouting.

October 8, 1937, Daily Herald (Park Ridge, Ill.), Page 13

A. C. Wolf, 1937
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 30+
Scoutmaster, Troop 22
Oak Park, Illinois


Father and Son Receive Highest Award

OAK PARK, Ill. -- At the annual Golden Arch Court of Honor held in Oak Park, February 9, three Scouts and one Scoutmaster were awarded the high and exalted honor of Eagle Scouts.  The badge presentation was a bit unusual in that a father and son received their badges at the same time.  A. C. Wolf, Scoutmaster of Troop 22 and his son, Robert Wolf, both qualified for the award.  

No finer honor can come to these members of the Boy Scouts of America than this.  Truly they have made some real accomplishments and the honor given them was well earned.

February 12, 1937, Oak Parker (Oak Park, Ill), Page 34

 

 

Alma Lambson, 1937
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 22
Troop 42
Ramah, New Mexico

Eight Ramah Boys and One Leader Get
Eagle Scout Badges

RAMAH, New Mexico -- The largest number of boys ever to be inducted into the Eagle Scouts from one group in the Inter-Tribal district, Boy Scouts of America, were inducted Wednesday night at an Eagle Court of Honor held in Ramah.   Explorers receiving the awards were ...

Almie Lambson (far right), an adult leader from Troop 42, was also honored at the same ceremony.  Lambson completed his requirements 20 years ago at the age of 22 but joined the armed forces before receiving his award.  The Eagle Court of Honor was conducted by Alvin C. Clawson, neighborhood commissioner.

January 4, 1957, Gallup Daily Independent (Gallup, New Mexico), Page 1
Age obtained from obituary, born in 1915.

 

 

 

 

Walter L. Coyle, 1939
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 47
Walla Walla, Washington

Dad and Son Made Eagle Scouts

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Unusual in the ranks of Scouting, a father and son both received their Eagle Scout rank, highest in Boy Scouting, at the Blue Mountain Council Wallowa Lake (Ore.) Boy Scout camp this week.  The two recipients were Walter L. Coyle and Donald Coyle, both of Walla Walla.

Pictured to the left, Mrs. Coyle pins the Eagle Scout badge on her son.  Mr. Coyle, who had previously received the Silver Beaver award for distinguished service to boyhood, looks on and awaits his turn.  Another son, Clarence, received his Eagle award some years ago.

June 27, 1939, The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington), Page 43
September 20, 1939, Valparaiso Vidette Messenger (Valparaiso, Indiana), Page 3
Age verified using Social Security Death Index

 

 

David F. Ross, 1940
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 30+
Scoutmaster, Troop 8
Oakland, California


7 Scouts, Leader To Get Eagle Award

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Eagle Scout rank, highest award for achievement in boy Scout work, will be presented to seven Scouts and one leader of the Oakland Area Council Saturday night.  The recipients will be: Norman and Bob Hutchings, Troop 120; Don Harlander, Frank and Bill Brown, and Richard Strong, Troop 136;  Jack Hoffman, Troop 100; and Donald Ross and his father, David F. Ross, former Scoutmaster of Troop 8.  

The two combinations of brothers and one combination of father and son will make the award ceremony an unusual one.

October 20, 1940, Oakland Tribune (Oakland, Calif.), Page 26
October 24, 1940, Oakland Tribune (Oakland, Calif.), Page 7

Clement R. Gardner, 1944
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 37
Scoutmaster, Troop 38
Adams, Massachusetts 


Scoutmaster Earns Eagle Scout

ADAMS, Mass. -- Clement R. Gardner of Adams followed in the footsteps of his son, Clement Jr., 15, when he was presented his Eagle Scout Award just three months after his son had received his award. 

Mr. Gardner is the Scoutmaster of Troop 38 of Adams.

Age obtained from 1940 U.S. Census
February 10, 1964, North Adams Transcript (North Adams, Mass.), Page 12.  

 

Victor Lutz, 1943
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 39
St. Louis, Missouri

 Father Sons Get the Eagle Scout Award

ST. LOUIS --AP--  A 39-year-old father and his twin sons received the Eagle award, the highest honor in Scouting, in a court of honor ceremony last night believed by local executives to be the first of it's kind in Scouting history.

Victor J. Lutz dropped out of Boy Scout work in 1922 after becoming a first-class scout and earning three merit badges in five years.  His interest was re-aroused when his sons, Frank and Paul, aged 15, became scouts and a year ago he took over their troop as Scoutmaster.

"While the boys worked on merit badges, if I was interested in any particular one, I worked right along with them," Lutz explained.  He acquired 18 merit badges while his sons were earning the 21 necessary for Eagle rank.  The National Council of Boy Scouts estimates the Eagle award is bestowed on one of every 2,100 boys of Scouting age in America.

October 30, 1943, Joplin News Herald (Joplin, Missouri), Page 4

 

Gene Smith, 1943
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 30
Raymondville, Texas

FIRST IN HISTORY?

RAYMONDVILLE -- Gene Smith is the guy who didn't let his kid get the most of him.  Defying all modern platitudes holding that it is the children of today who raise their parents, Gene at least holds his own with son Walter when it comes to this Scouting business.  

Sunday night, Gene and Walter both were awarded the Eagle Scout badge, one of the highest ranks in Scouting.  The ceremony, in which Mrs. C. S. Smith, Gene's mother, pinned his badge on him, and Walter received his from his mother, Mrs. Gene Smith, was the highlight of the huge camp-fire ceremonies featuring the opening of the second Camp Peary encampment near Rio Hondo.

Valley Scout officials believe this is the first time in the history of Scouting in the United States that such an event has taken place.

August 18, 1943, Brownsville Herald (Brownsville, Texas), Page 25

Editors Note:  It deserves some mention that Walter's name is actually Walter Gene.  In the Brownsville article cited here, the author had the names hopelessly mixed up and the story was difficult to follow.  I shortened Walter Gene's name to Walter for readability sake.  As you can see from the stories above since 1927, this was not the first time that a father and son were both awarded Eagle Scout awards at the same ceremony.  It would not be the last, either.

 

 

 

Sam Anderson, 1943
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 48
Troop 31
Madison, Wisconsin

MADISON, Wisc. -- Sam and Charles Anderson, father and son, have had a bet on for the last year and both have been going all-out to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout first and collect -- both in cold cash and in the opportunity for a little good natured razzing. 

The result?  Both won and neither paid off.  They tied.

Why?  Because father and son last week were awarded Eagle Scout ratings - the highest award in scouting - at a court of honor in the court house.  And the amount of the bet?  Fifty cents.

The occasion marks the first time that a father and son have been awarded Eagle Scout rating simultaneously in the Four Lakes Council of the Boy Scouts of America and one of the few times it has thus been awarded in the United States. 

Sam Anderson, 48, is a teacher of Manual arts and has been active in Troop 31 for five years serving as Troop Committee Chair in 1938-1939 and now Scoutmaster since 1942.  When his son became interested in Scouting, Anderson decided to "practice what he was preaching" and started down the long road toward Eagle scouthood.  That trip turned into a race with the father and son winning their Star and Life awards at the same courts of honor and going on to finish in a dead heat.

November 17, 1943, Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, Wisc.), Page 15
November 21, 1943, Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, Wisc.), Page 11

Editors Note:  Check out the story for Seaman Allan Gay.  He's an adult Eagle Scout as well and received his award in the same ceremony.

 

John Gow Jr., 1945
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 30+
Troop 76
Wallkill, New York


Boy Scout Feature

WALLKILL, New York -- A unique feature at the Boy Scout district rally and court of honor at the New Paltz high school recently was the awarding of Eagle Scout badges to John Gow Jr. and John Gow III, father and son.  Troop 76, Wallkill, won top place at in the contests staged at the rally.

March 2, 1945, Kingston Daily Freeman (Kingston, New York), Page 7

Robert H. McClurg, 1947
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 39
Troop 136
Cleveland, Ohio


Father and Son Earn Eagle Scout

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Robert H. McClurg Sr. and his son, Robert Jr. both earned their Eagle Scout rank together in a court of honor.  

Age obtained from 1940 U.S. Census
Greater Cleveland Council Golden Book of Eagles

Note:  There is a James McClurg on the Greater Cleveland Council Board of Directors.  A grandson, perhaps?

 

 

Charles Donnally, 1946
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 30+
Committee Chair, Troop 32
South Charleston, West Virginia

Father and Son Win Eagle Scout Badges

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.V. -- One of the last official acts of M. H. F. Kinsey before his retirement as scout executive of the Charleston Area Boy Scouts council was the presentation of Eagle Scout badges to a father and son at a special court of honor held at South Charleston high school on Friday night.

Charles Donnally and his 13-year-old son, Pat, received silver badges symbolizing the highest rank in Scouting.  They were presented by Mr. Kinsey to Mrs. Donnally who pinned them on the shirts of her son and husband.

Mr. donnally has a total of nine years of Scouting as a Boy Scout and Scoutmaster.  Holder of 26 merit badges, the Scouter is now Troop 32 Committee Chairman.  Pat joined Troop 32 on his 12th birthday, has 24 merit badges, and holds the position of bugler in the troop.

This is the first time that a father and son have received Eagle Scout badges at the same time in South Charleston.

November 19, 1946, Charleston Gazette (Charleston, West Virginia), Page 9

 

Rulon H. Bradshaw, 1946
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 30+
Columbus Ward Troop
Salt Lake City, Utah 


Son and Father Eagle Together

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -- Rulon H. Bradshaw, first counselor in the Columbus Ward, Salt Lake City, Utah earned his Eagle Scout rank with his son.  Bradshaw has been first counselor in the new ward since February, 1946.

November 28, 1946, Salt Lake Tribune (Salt Lake City, Utah), Page 20 

Joseph G. Jeppson, 1947
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 30+
Salt Lake City, Utah



Church President To Present Eagle Badges

SALT LAKE CITY. (AP)  Eagle Scout awards will be presented to City Judge Joseph G. Jeppson and his son Joseph H. Jeppson on Thursday by George Albert Smith, president of the Latter-Day Saints (Mormon) Church, who is also a member of the National Boy Scout council.

February 11, 1947 Ogden Standard Examiner (Ogden, Utah), Page 5

 

 

Charles Clementz, 1947
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 39
Secaucus, New Jersey



Clementz and Son Earn Eagle Scout

SEACAUCUS, N.J. -- Charles Clementz has been in the Scout organization for 15 years and has an outstanding record.   One of the unusual events of his Scouting past is the presentation of the Eagle Scout badge to Clementz and his son Hiley, 14. This was the first time in the history of Scouting in the New Jersey Council that both a father and son received Eagle badges in the same ceremony.

August 17, 1955, Greeley Daily Tribune (Greeley, Colo.), Page 15

Dane Roush, 1949
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 40
Troop 101, Roosevelt Council
Scottsdale, Arizona 


Father, Son Earn Eagle Scout

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Dane Roush and his son Alan, were made Eagle Scouts together in the same court of honor in 1949.

May 4, 1950, Scottsdale Progress (Scottsdale, Ariz), Page 6

Editors Note:  This article is actually about Robert Yount and his son David.  Please see the text of the article further down the page. 

 

 

 

Irl Carnes, 1947
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 50
Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 27
Neosho, Missouri

Father and Son Among Four Receiving
Eagle Scout Award

NEOSHO, Mo. -- Pictured are three Boy Scouts and a scout leader who received the award of Eagle Scout, the highest rank in scouting, Monday night during a Newt-McDon district court of honor in Neosho.  An unusual feature of the ceremony was the fact that a father and son, Irl Carnes and Bob Carnes, both received the award.

In the picture are, left to right, Bob Carnes of Troop 27, son of Mr. and Mrs. Irl Carnes; Gene Roberts of Troop 27, son of Mr. and Mrs. T. A. Roberts; Max Stark of Troop 36, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry J. Stark; Irl Carnes, Assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 27, son of James Carnes, Neosho.

Irl Carnes and Bob Carnes are, perhaps, the oldest and youngest ever to received the Eagle Award (Photo by Baker Studio, Neosho).

November 27, 1947, Joplin Globe (Joplin, Missouri), Page 6
Age Verified using 1930 U.S. Census (born 1897)


Editors Note:  lrl Carnes was born in 1897 and was 50 years old when he earned his Eagle Scout rank in 1947.  Irl's son, Robert (Bob) Carnes was born May 17, 1934 and would have been 13 years, 6 months old when he received his Eagle Scout rank. 

They may be the oldest/youngest combination at that point in time but they would not hold the honor very long.

For Neosho residents, you may remember Irl as the founder of Neosho Motor Company and a well known local racing enthusiast.

 

 

Tommy Thompson, 1948
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 30+
District Committee Member, Bad Lands District
Glendive, Montana

Glendive Father and Son 
Receive Eagle Scout Awards

BILLINGS, Mont. -- In a ceremony officially commemorating national Boy Scout week, Eagle Scout awards were presented to a father and son, an occurrence unique in the history of Scouting in Glendive.  Receiving the high scout honors were Michael Thompson of Troop 34 and his father, Tommy Thompson, a member of the Bad Lands district committee.  Commissioner E. A. Bump gave the awards to Mrs. Thompson who made the actual presentation to her husband and son.

A letter of congratulation from the chief scout executive was read to the newly designated Eagle Scouts by Milton Zimmerman of Billings, field executive.  More than 200 persons attended the dinner and awards ceremony.

February 14, 1948, Billings Gazette (Billings, Montana), Page 10


 

George A. Moyes, 1948
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 38
Troop Committee, Troop 1, Wells District
Salt Lake Council, Utah

Double Eagle Court of Honor Set April 13
for Scouting Father and Son.

SALT LAKE CITY -- A father and son who began Scouting together four years ago both will receive Eagle Scout awards April 13 at a Wells district court of honor.  Gordon A. Moyes, and his son, G. Robert Moyes, members of Troop 1, will receive their awards at the court of honor to be held at 8 p.m. in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Waterloo ward chapel.

Mr. Gordon has been a troop committee member since 1944, while his son has been a Boy Scout and junior assistant scoutmaster.  Both have qualified for more than the 21 merit badges required to become an Eagle Scout.  According to Ernest D. Kimball, district chairman, a number of other awards will also be presented at the court of honor.

April 4, 1948, Salt Lake Tribune (Salt Lake City, Utah)
Gordon Moyes Obituary, 1997

Editors Note:  This article was extremely popular and was reprinted in newspapers across the United States for several months in 1948.  Perhaps it was the picture and the look on their faces.  Whatever the reason, newspaper editors and the American public just loved this story.

Moyes remained associated with Boy Scouting for most of his life and died in St. George, Utah in 1997 at the age of 87.  His obituary mentions his service in Boy Scouts and his love of Scouting.


 

Henry C. Engh, 1949
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 36
Troop 181, Big Cottonwood District
Salt Lake City, Utah

Father, Son to get Eagles at 
Holladay Scout Court

A father and son team with a record of building fires with flint and steel in one second will receive two of Scouting's top awards Tuesday night.  They are Henry C. Engh and his 14-year-old son, Paul.  Both are members of Boy Scout Troop 181, termed the "record-breaking outfit" of Big Cottonwood District.

The elder Engh will receive a silver palm award to his eagle badge and his son an eagle award at the district's annual court of honor.  The eagle award is an unusual achievement for such a young man, said Doral Cutler, district scout commissioner, who will make the presentation.  The silver palm award calls for 15 merit badges more than those necessary for the eagle award, he said.

February 3, 1949, Salt Lake Tribune (Salt Lake City, Utah), Page 14
Age obtained from his obituary in 1996

Editors Note:  Utahns may remember Henry C. Engh as "Hank the Petunia King".  He ran a greenhouse business and, for many years, sponsored large floats bedecked with flowers in the "Days of '47" parade.

 


 

Dr. George M. De Young, 1949
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 30+
Scoutmaster?, Catalina Council 
Roskruge, Arizona

Court of Honor For Scouts Set At Roskruge

More than 100 different Scout awards were presented at a Scout court of honor Wednesday in the Roskruge Junior High School auditorium.  E. G. Stowell, Scout Executive for the Catalina Council presided.  Dr. Chester H. Smith served as the master of ceremonies and delivered the welcoming address

The highlight of the program was the presentation of Eagle Scout awards to Dr. George M. De Young and his son, James, by Mayor E. T. Houston.  

The awards to winners in the window display contest held during Scout anniversary week were distributed by Ed Kleinerman and awards for troop advancement were made by Clinton Helbig.  Explorer Post 101 enacted three historical scenes, including a famous Indian dance.

February 22, 1949, Tuscon Daily Citizen (Tucson, Arizona), Page 10

 

 

Harold Hord, 1949
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 37
Scoutmaster, Troop 15, Piasa Bird Council
Milton, Illinois

Father, Son Get Eagle Award In Same Ceremony

For the first time in the history of the Piasa Bird Council, the Eagle Scout Award, highest given in the Boy Scouts of America, has been presented to a father and son at the same Court of Honor.

The event took place last Saturday night at Camp Warren Levis, where Eagle Scout badges were given to Scoutmaster Harold Hord of Troop 15 and his son, Edmond, of the same troop.

Hord has been Scoutmaster of Troop 15, sponsored by the Milton PTA, since February 1947.  Prior to that he served as Cubmaster of Pack 15.  He was Assistant Scoutmaster in East Alton, and was a Scout as a boy.  His son Edmond (Bucky) went through Cub Scouting, earning all of the ranks there, and graduated into Scouting in 1947.  He is 14 years of age.

A third Eagle Scout award was also presented to Don Schudel of Troop 15.

October 4, 1949, Alton Evening Telegraph (Alton, Illinois), Page 7
Age from 1940 U.S. Census

 

 

 

Virgil Olinger, 1949
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 31+
Scoutmaster
Norco, California

Father and 2 Sons Get Eagle Badges

Tonight Virgil Olinger and his sons, Austin (left) and Duane (right), will received their Eagle Scout badges at the court of honor at the Norco Legion hall.  Olinger's mother and Mrs. Virgil Olinger will there to pin the badges on their sons.  The presiding officer will be Judge O. K. Morton, senior judge of Riverside County Superior Court.

This is the first time in 29 years that a father and his sons have attained the highest honor thad can be given any Boy Scout and were presented their Eagles together,  Collectively, they have earned 82 merit badges although only 21 are required for the Eagle rating.

April 22, 1949, Corona Daily Independent (Corona, California), Page 1
April 25, 1949, Corona Daily Independent (Corona, California), Page 1
Age from 1940 U.S. Census

 

 

Gordon George Glissmeyer, 1949
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 40
Troop Committee Chair, Troop 173, Highland District
Salt Lake City, Utah

Scout Leader and 3 Sons Earn Eagle Scout

Gordon George Glissmeyer and his 3 sons, Floyd, Gerald (Judd), and Willard earned their Eagle Scout ranks together in a well publicized and spectacularly well attended Court of Honor recently.  Mr. Glissmeyer is the Troop Committee Chair for Highland District Troop 173.

A rare occurrence -- perhaps never duplicated -- the event drew the attention of the head Scout office in New York which honored the Glissmeyers for their notable achievement.

November 21, 1948, Deseret News (Salt Lake City, Utah)
April 8, 1955, Ogden Standard Examiner (Ogden, Utah), Page 15
Age established using 1940 U.S. Census

Editors Note:  This picture is actually from their Life Award ceremony.  The sons are up front: Floyd, Gerald (Judd), and Willard.  Father, Gordon, is in the rear right.  I'm still looking for an Eagle Ceremony picture.  The Glissmeyers moved to Ogden in 1949 and it is not clear whether they earned rank in Troop 173 or in another Troop in Ogden.  In 1955, George Glissmeyer became District Commissioner for Pine View District in Ogden.  He also ran a tire store in Ogden. 

I really dislike these neckerchiefs.  I'm sure they are interesting in color but, in black and white, they blend too much with the uniform to be distinguishable. 

 

 

Frank Sicurezza Sr., 1950
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 30+
Salt Lake City, Utah


Father and Son Earn Eagle Scout

Frank P. Sicurezza Sr. and son, Frank Jr. both earned their Eagle Scout rank together in 1950.  

This is recorded in the Greater Cleveland Council Golden book of Eagles.

Greater Cleveland Council Golden Book of Eagles


Robert Yount, 1950
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 41
Troop 101, Roosevelt Council
Scottsdale, Arizona 

Father, Son Earn Eagle Scout

For the second consecutive year, a father and son of Boy Scout Troop 101 received their Eagle Scout rank together.  The coveted rank was awarded to Robert Yount Sr., and also to his son David Yount, in the Camelback District Court of Honor.  And last year (1949), Dane Roush and his son Alan were made Eagle Scouts at the same time.

George Miller, Chief Executive of the Roosevelt Council, states that this is the first time in the history of the council that a troop has produced a father-son combination two  years in a row.

May 4, 1950, Scottsdale Progress (Scottsdale, Ariz), Page 6

 

 

R. H. Bailey, 1950
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 45
Scoutmaster, Troop 49
Brownfield, Texas

Brownfield Troop Awards 19 Eagle Badges
Scoutmaster and 2 Sons Included

Something unique in the history of South Plains Boy Scouting took place Tuesday night when 19 members of Brownfield Troop 49 were awarded Eagle Scout badges at the same Court of Honor....

The highlight of the evening was the awarding of Eagle Scout badge to Troop 49 Scoutmaster, R. H. Bailey and his 2 sons, Jerry and John Lee.  Bailey has been Scoutmaster since 1946 and received a standing ovation for his hard work and high achievement.

February 10, 1950, Morning Avalanche (Lubbock, Texas), Page 28.
1940 U.S. Census indicates Bailey was born in 1905.

 

 

 

Harvey J. Steel, 1950
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 31+
Organization Extension Chairman
Burley, Idaho 


Father and 2 Sons Earn Eagle Scout
Awards Together

BURLEY, Ida. -- ...  one of the unusual features of the recent camporee was a court of honor conducted around the camp fire when Harvey J. Steel and his two sons, Jim and LaVar of Troop 10, were awarded Eagle Scout rank together.  A father receiving his Eagle award at the same time as his two sons is an unusual event said Glen Tolman, Scout Executive.

Steel, organization extension chairman of Burley District, has been in Boy Scout work for 25 years.  During that time he served 12 years as Scoutmaster and has been a teacher in local Scout training courses.  He has also received the Silver Beaver award.  Mrs. Steel pinned the Eagle Scout medal on her husband and 2 sons.

May 31, 1950, Twin Falls Times (Twin Falls, Idaho), Page 18

James Wesley Dillon, 1950
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 42
South Charleston, West Virginia



Carbide Employee "Father of the Year"  
Earns Eagle Scout with 3 sons.

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.V. -- Wesley Dillon, who helped make Boy Scout history a year ago by becoming, at the age of 42, an Eagle Scout along with his three sons, became the Daily Mail's "Father of the Year" today.

Dillon is an employee of Carbide and Carbon Chemicals at South Charleston and lives there.  He was selected from annual nominations by Daily Mail readers for the southern West Virginia "Father of the Year" recognition.

June 17, 1951, Charleston Gazette (South Charleston, West Virginia), Page 9

 

 

Fred Kehret, 1950
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 39
Assistant Post Advisor
Bellflower, California
 

Father and 2 Sons to Get Scout Honors

BELLFLOWER, Calif. -- Three members of one Bellflower family -- the father and two sons -- will all receive Eagle Scout awards at a dinner meeting of Troop 89 in the Community Presbyterian Church social hall.  They are Fred Kehret and his sons, Don and Earl.

The presentations will be unique within Scouting.  The father is a Troop Committeeman and an Assistant Post Advisor. 

If mothers could achieve Eagle Scout ratings, Mrs. Kehret might win one too.  she belongs to the troop Mother's committee and, like her husband, has long been active in Scouting.

March 30, 1951, Independent Long Beach (Long Beach, Calif.), Page 25

F. Rodney Hasley, 1951
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 30+
Troop 488, South Salt Lake District
Salt Lake City, Utah


Special Eagle Scout Ceremony

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -- This week we give Valentines to ...  F. Rodney Hasley Sr. and his two sons: J. Richard and F. Rodney Jr., who were all presented with Eagle Boy Scout awards at a special ceremony recently.  

All are members of Troop 488 of the South Salt Lake District.

July 15, 1951, Salt Lake Tribune (Salt Lake City, Utah), Page 53

 

 

Orville M. Barber, 1951
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 40
Committee Member, Troop 15, Wasipinicon Council
Waterloo, Iowa

Father and Son to Receive Eagle Scout Awards

WATERLOO, Iowa --   Orville M. Barber will have double reason to be proud at next Tuesday's Boy Scout court of honor.  Both he and his 14-year-old son, Maynard O., will receive Scouting's highest honor, the Eagle award.  It will be the first time in the history of the Wapsipinicon council that a father and son have received the award at the same ceremony, and perhaps one of the first times in the country.

Barber, who is 40 years old and a maintenance welder at John Deere Waterloo Tractor Works, said he became interested in Scouting when his son became active in the program about two years ago.  He had 22 merit badges at that time from his earlier experiences as a Scout beginning in 1929.  He needed only three more, the life-saving, pioneering, and public health badges to be eligible to become an Eagle.  Today, Barber has 42 merit badges, having earned 19 in about two years' time.

In order to earn the various merit badges, (there are 112 of them) a scout must demonstrate certain skills basic to the subject of the merit badge.  To earn the merit badge for music, for example, one must be able to read music at a rate equivalent to a fouth grade music student, write an essay of not less than 500 words on the history of music, play a musical instrument, and other equally difficult accomplishments.

Barber said his main purpose in winning the additional merit badges was to set up a spirit of competition between leaders and scouts.  He said that once the boys were started doing the activities necessary to win the badges they would develop useful interests and keep from becoming delinquent.  In addition, he feels that winning of the badges provides an education in itself.  The subjects range from fishing to carpentry.

Maynard, who is 14 years old last December 26, will be one of the youngest boys ever to receive the award.  He has earned 28 merit badges and is thinking about going into Air Scouting.  He was one of the Scouts from the council who attended the Valley Forge encampment in the summer of 1950.

Both Barbers are members of Scout Troop 15, which is sponsored by Grade Methodist Church and has Bill Butterfield for Scoutmaster.  The elder Barber is one of the five committeemen for the troop.  Barber estimates that he spends the equivalent of three full months of eight-hour days per year working with the troop.

April 8, 1951, Waterloo Daily Courier (Waterloo, Iowa), Page 13


Editors Note:  If you look closely at the picture, you might catch the name of the staff writer who penned the article -- Perry Mason.  This award was given in 1951 -- a full 6 years before the "Perry Mason" TV series starring Raymond Burr was in production.  Few people remember that the character of Perry Mason was the hero of several 1930s novels, was the main character in several full length movies in the 1940s, aired as a 15-minute radio show for a time, had his own comic strip, and frequently is referenced in movies and songs.  We don't know if this Perry Mason is a fictional name or if he just got lucky.

R. A. Menlove, 1951
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 30+
Scoutmaster, Troop 192
Salt Lake City, Utah

Father, Sons to Receive Eagle Rating

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -- Proof of Scouting fervor will be in evidence Sunday when Boy Scout Troop 192 tops a 10-year record for Eagle Scout awards.  Ten Scouts and their Scoutmaster will be honored at a special court of honor. 

The Scoutmaster is R. A. Menlove and right along with him will be his two sons, Paul and Howard, also winners of Eagle rank.

Other new Eagles in the troop are Gary Benson, Lew Funk, Gordon Peck, Elnar Bergstedt, Jimmy Woolley, John Hutchison, James Hellstrom, and Allen Smith.  

February 25, 1951, Salt Lake Tribune (Salt Lake City, Utah), Page 26

 

 

Albert Cerna Jr., 1951
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 30+
Explorer Post Advisor
San Antonio, Texas

Father and Son Both Qualify For Eagle Scout Awards

SAN ANTONIO, Tex. -- Scouting festivities this month disclose, among other things, a father and son challenge which wound up in both getting Eagle badges.

The son, Albert Cerna III, is one of the three Boy Scouts who received Eagle awards Sunday between halves of the Central Catholic and Corpus Christi Academy football game at Alamo Stadium.  Albert's dad is Albert Cerna Jr. and he will be one of the adult Scouters to get Eagle Awards Nov. 27 at Central District annual dinner along with James O'Connor, Father Gerald Vera, Martin Kaplan, and Ernest C. Noce. <need links>

The whole thing started when Pop Cerna, an Explorer Scout leader, ribbed his son about delay in getting an Eagle badge.  The boy issued a dare stating, in effect, that he could qualify ahead of his father.  They've been working away at it for months and the final verdict was a draw, since both completed the tests at the same time.  The next competition will be for Eagle palms.

November 12, 1951, San Antonio Express (San Antonio, Texas), Page 13

Editors Note:  I like the way that this article balances the awards between father and son.  Sometimes, newspapers show too much of the spotlight on the father and the son is left in the shadows.  This writer has done a great job of presenting both evenly.

I also like the separate Eagle Award ceremonies.  Both had their ceremonies with their peers, at different times, and in different places.  When I run BSA, I will make this policy after I bring back the opportunity for adults to again earn Eagle.

 

 

 

Everett Emerson, 1951
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 30+
Explorer Advisor, Troop 35
Burlingame, California


Dad and Son Now Eagle Scouts

BURLINGAME, Calif. -- The 30-year-old ambition of Planning Commission Chairman F. Everett Emerson has been realized.  Today he is an Eagle Scout.  The highest scouting rank was conferred upon Emerson jointly with his 14-year-old son Richard at recent ceremonies held by Troop 35.  Emerson, who has been active in local scout circles for many years, is the explorer advisor for the explorer crew of Troop 35.

October 9, 1951, San Mateo Times (San Mateo, California), Page 2

William Warner, 1952
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 30+
Explorer Advisor, Troop 9
Lewiston, Pennsylvania


Father and Son Honored At Camp

LEWISTON, Penn. -- The Juniata Valley Council Camporee was an impressive backdrop for the presentation of Eagle Scout awards to William Warner and his son Gordon, both of Lewistown.  The father is an Explorer advisor and the son is a member of Troop 9, Lewiston. 

The awards were presented by Randall Leopold, Council President, and represent the highest award in Boy Scouting.

June 16, 1952, Huntingdon Daily News (Huntingdon, Penn.), Page 1

 

Albert Zion, 1953
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 47
Portland, Oregon


EAGLES ALL

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Albert Zion (center), 47, of Portland, Ore., congratulates his 2 sons, Robert, 16 (left) and Allan, 13, following the presentation of Eagle Scout awards to the three. 

Albert Zion, father, also has the Silver Beaver Medal.

February 25, 1953, Bakersfield Californian (Bakersfield, California), Page 8
1940 U.S. Census, Portland, Oregon
U.S. Social Security Death Index

Editors Note:  This picture resonated incredibly well with the American public.  Newspaper editors across the United States printed and reprinted this picture and very short article. 

Aside from this picture and article, however, we don't know much about Albert Zion.  He was born in 1905, may have been living in Memphis, Tennessee in 1935, and was found in Portland, Oregon in the 1940 U.S. Census.  He passed away at the age of 62 in 1967.


Ray Lillywhite, 1953
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 41
Troop 101
Madison, Wisconsin

Dad, Son, 3 Others Become Eagle Scouts

MADISON, Wisc. -- These five senior scouts from the Four Lakes Council, including a father and son team, received Eagle Scout awards, the highest grade in scouting, Saturday night at a combined Ship of Honor and dance at the Naval Training Reserve Center.  

About 200 persons were in attendance at the presentation and dance.

Left to right in the picture are Thomas Combs, Troop 7; Ray Lillywhite, Troop 101; John Gruber, Ship 573; John Hamel, Ship 502; and Legrand Lillywhite, Troop 101.  Ray Lillywhite is Legrand's father.

April 13, 1953, Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, Wisconsin), Page 9

Editors Note:  Ray Lillywhite may have been only 41 when he received his Eagle award but he already had a very prestigious set of accomplishments and would go on to achieve many more.  Lillywhite graduated from University of Utah where he was student body president.  In 1937, he was appointed as Executive Director for the Utah Retirement Pension System at the age of 25.  During WWII, he served as a fighter director in the Pacific theater of operation.  A few years later, Lillywhite became the Executive Director for the Wisconsin Retirement System and served as commanding officer for the U. S. Naval Reserves for 11 years while living in Madison.  At the time of his award above, he was also President of the National Council on Teacher Retirement.  After 28 years of public service, Lillywhite joined the board of directors at Allied Capital Management and worked there for another 22 years until his retirement at age 80.  The national Lillywhite Award is established his honor to benefit people who have had distinguished careers in financial management and employee benefits. 

Not bad for an 41 year old Eagle Scout, eh?

 


Eldred C. Shupe, 1953
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 48
Council Commissioner
Clarion, Iowa

Father and 2 Sons Made Eagles

CLARION, Iowa -- Three hundred persons attended an unusual Boy Scout court of honor ceremony at the Clarion courthouse Friday night when a father and two sons were made Eagle Scouts. 

The father is Eldred C. Shupe who was a member of Troop 47 from 1916 to 1919, and who has been council commissioner from January this year to date.  The sons are Larry Shupe, a student at Iowa State College, Ames, and Dean Shupe, a student at Clarion High School.  The Eagle Scout badges were presented by Peter De Jong, area scout executive of Mason City.

May 11, 1953, Mason City Globe Gazette (Mason City, Iowa), Page 9

 

Ira Rostron, 1953
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 38
Springville, Utah


Father, Son Reach Scout Goal Together

SPRINGVILLE, Utah -- To Mrs. Ira Rostron of Springville, Mother's Day 1953 will be one of the memorable dates of her life.  Her son Ralph, and husband Ira, were made Eagle Scouts together in Court of Honor ceremonies. 

The father-son combination is in itself unusual, but for father and son to work together up through the ranks making their records almost identical is the thing that has made this fete especially treasured by the whole Rostron family.

"Scouting is one of the greatest works a boy can engage in, but to do it, he needs his father's and mother's help.  If you fathers don't go with your boys they will go without you.  You will have lost an opportunity and you may lose your boys."  These words, according to Mrs. Rostron, which were spoken at a court of honor by Ernest Strong, president of Kolob Stake, started Ira Rostron thinking seriously along the lines of Scouting.  

He had watched his son Ralph, in his merit badge program and had taken the boys on several field trips to study birds, animals, and nature.  He thoroughly enjoyed taking his own four small sons and their friends to the canyons with him to camp or fish but to become actively involved in their projects with them was a new thought, a challenging one. 

According to Mrs. Rostron, "Ira began to wonder just how he could join the Scouts because he used tobacco.  Scoutmaster Cutler gave him the needed encouragement and the chance to overcome his habit.  He gave up the tobacco to become a team with Ralph and work for the Eagle rank together.  The merit badges were sometimes harder for Ira than for Ralph, but with determination they made the grade."

May 12, 1953, Provo Daily Herald (Provo, Utah), Page 4  (Credit: Evelyn M. Boyer)



Dr. Robert Savage, 1953
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 30+
Scoutmaster & Council Executive Board, Hawkeye Council
Monticello, Iowa

Dr. Robert Savage becomes Eagle Scout with son, David.

MONTICELLO, Iowa -- Dr. Robert Savage, a Monticello veterinarian, has something of a distinction in that he and his son, David, became Eagle Scouts at the same time in 1953.  Dr. Savage also received the Silver Beaver award in 1959.

Dr. Savage became interested in first aid, science, and animal care through scouting before he was graduated from high school in Spencer, his home town, and went on to Iowa State for bachelors and doctor degrees of veterinary medicine.  "Scouting," he said, "broadens the perspective of boys to the world around them...  It helps a boy become more resourceful."

Dr. Savage was in the army for three years before he came to Monticello in 1946 and started his practice.  A former scoutmaster and vice-president of the Hawkeye Council, Dr. Savage is at present on the Council Executive Board.  Dr. Savage also served as Cubmaster while his boys were in Cub Scouting.

"I am truly honored to have this opportunity to grow closer to my son, earn his respect, and to stand with him in this mutual achievement.  We are blessed that Scouting provides incentive for all boys to grow, no matter how old."

January 20, 1963, Cedar Rapids Gazette (Cedar Rapids, Iowa), Page 23

 

 

A. Slater Cox, 1953
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 47
Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 19
Mt. Dora, Florida

Floridians Make Scouting History

MT. DORA, Flo. -- 12-year-old David Cox and his father A. Slater Cox, of Troop 19 in Mt. Dora, made Florida history yesterday receiving their Eagle Scout ranks in the same ceremony.  David has advanced at every court of honor he has attended and is the youngest Eagle Scout in all of Florida.  Mr. Cox is the Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 19.  

Mrs. A. Slater Cox said that the father-son team had worked on their Eagle Scout requirements together.  Mr. Cox had wanted to join Boy Scouts as a youth but there was no troop in the area at the time.  She felt that this partnership in Scouting had created an incredible bond between David and his father.

April 26, 1953, Panama City News Herald (Panama City, Florida), Page 12
Billion Graves Record

Editors Comment:  There is a Slater Cox bridge on the west side of Mt. Dora, Florida.  If you know the history of the bridge and whether it is named after this Eagle Scout, please let me know.

 

C. Ross Sundbergh, 1953
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 39
Salt Lake City, Utah 



Salt Lake Man earns Eagle Award

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -- C. Ross Sundbergh, district manager of the U.S. Gypsum Co. and father of three sons active in Scouting, became an Eagle Scout earlier this year -- an unusual accomplishment for a grown man.  Mr. Sundbergh is also an  auxiliary policeman in Salt Lake.  In this regard, he is not only in the home building business but also an outstanding "civic builder" as well.

April 7, 1954, Montana Standard (Montana), Page 1
Age verified by Billion Graves

Larry Ransford, 1953
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 44
Spirit Lake, Iowa



Father and Son Receive Cherished
Eagle Scout Awards

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa -- An Eagle Scout court of honor Monday night saw the Boy Scouts highest award go to a father-son combination -- the first time such a presentation has been made in the history of local Scouting.  Mrs. Ransford, wife and mother of the recipients, received a miniature Eagle and an American Beauty Rose.

February 21, 1963, Spirit Lake Beacon (Spirit Lake, Iowa), Page 14
Age verified via U.S. Census in 1940.  

 

Elmo Hansen, 1954
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 46
District Advancement Chair, Alpine District, Utah National Parks Council
American Fork, Utah

Father and Son Gain Eagle Scout Rank in Same Night

AMERICAN FORK, Utah -- It is not often a father and son receive Eagle Scout awards at the same time but such was the happy occasion for Peter Hansen, 15, and his father, Elmo Hansen this week.  Mrs. Hansen had the honor of pinning the Eagle medals on her son and husband.

Floyd Loveridge, Scout Executive of the Utah National Parks Council, was a speaker.  He stressed the importance of working closely with boys and commended the example shown by this father in interesting himself in his son's achievements enough to strive for the same goal.  Mr. Hansen for years has been affiliated with Scouting and at present is the advancement chairman for the Alpine District.  This is probably the first time in this district a father and son have achieved this rank simultaneously.

November 25, 1954, Provo Daily Herald (Provo, Utah), Page 5.  (Credit: Dena S. Grant)
Age verified using Social Security Death Index


Editors Note:  Elmo Hansen is not the first father-son combination to earn Eagle Scout in the Alpine District.  That honor would go to Roy Passey, 21 years earlier in 1933.  In 1955, Elmo was in attendance for the awarding of a bronze palm to his son, Peter, where another Father-Son ceremony would occur for Walton Foulger.  Elmo Hansen continued to serve for many years in the Alpine District before passing away in 1987.

 

 

Charles F. Seaman, 1954
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 53
Troop 10
Greenfield, Massachusetts

A Family Affair: Grandfather and Grandson 
Earn Eagle Scout Together

GREENFIELD, Mass. -- Charles F. Seaman, left, and his grandson, Herbie Klaiber, 14, of Greenfield, Mass., celebrate their Eagle Scout awards made on grandpa's 53rd birthday.  

July 1, 1954, San Mateo Times (San Mateo, California), Page 25


Editors Note:  This is the only known case where a Grandfather and Grandson earned their Eagle Scout ranks together but, sadly, we don't know much about this family.  This picture and associated caption played across the Associated Press wire service for a short time but included only the minimal details displayed here. 

I was able to track down an obituary for the brother of Charles Seaman but nothing on he or his grandson.


H. A. Callaway, 1954 "Ted"
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 45
Scoutmaster, Troop 27
Clyde, Texas

Clyde Scoutmaster Becomes Eagle 4 Years Behind Son

CLYDE, Tex. -- The Boy Scout Troop here has a new Eagle Scout.  He is 45 year old Scoutmaster H. A. (Ted) Callaway.

It started back in the late 1940s.  Callaway and his oldest son, Jerry, challenged each other to try to achieve the Eagle rank.  Callaway says he did it to help spur Jerry ahead in the Scout work.  The system worked and Jerry completed his requirements -- 4 years ago.  So, what took Dad so long?

The answer is simple.  Callaway is a pretty busy man.  He runs his plumbing business, participates in Masonic and Eastern Star activities, operates a 60 acre farm, serves as a school trustee, keeps hogs, and serves on the Volunteer Fire Department in Clyde.  He does all this in addition to serving as Scoutmaster for the past seven years.  Callaway says he didn't have too much trouble earning the merit badges but the hardest badge to earn was National Government.  "That took a lot of studying," he admits.

What does he plan for the family future?  Well, more Scouting apparently.  Mrs. Callaway is one of 3 Den Mothers in Clyde.  Son Jerry, now 20, is an Assistant Scoutmaster with a Troop in Forth Worth.  The Callaways have 1 more son, Morris, currently a Lion in Cub Scouts.  Morris will take his Tenderfoot test in September.  "I'm going to make an Eagle out of him, too" said Callaway.

August 23, 1954, Abilene Reporter News (Abilene, Texas), Page 13


Editors Note:  Did you catch the reference to "Lion"?  Few people remember that Lion was once a rank in Cub Scouting and perhaps even fewer realize that "Tiger" is a relatively recent rank.  The Scouting program changes periodically to suit the needs of the population at the time and the needs of BSA. 

On a different topic, I sometimes receive comments from modern Scouters that allowing adults to earn Eagle Scout in the past was a mistake because the requirements are too easy for adults.  This story really brings out the fact that, even if these the requirements are harder for boys than adults, the responsibilities of fathers earning a living and supporting a family easily balance out the difficulty factor.  I have seen other references to a different set of requirements for adults but have not located any to date.

 


Walton E. Foulger, 1955  "Walter"
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 44
Alpine District, Utah National Parks Council
American Fork, Utah

Father and Son Receive Eagles From Mom

AMERICAN FORK, Utah -- Unique in the annals of Scouting in the Alpine District, and the second such occasion, was the conferring of the rank of Eagle Scout on a son and his father during the annual stake Court of Honor on Sunday night.  The high honor came to David Foulger and his father, Walton E. Foulger.  David received his Eagle badge with an appropriate congratulatory kiss from his mother, while to Mr. Foulger's mother, befell the honor of pinning her son's badge.

Another signal honor in this court of honor was the pinning of the bronze palm to go with his Eagle Scout badge upon Peter Hansen by his mother, Mrs. Elmo Hansen.  Within this past year, Elmo Hansen, who is district advancement chairman, had the honor of being the first son and father to qualify simultaneously for the Eagle award.

February 10, 1955, Provo Daily Herald (Provo, Utah), Page 5
Age verified by
Billion Graves


Editors Note:  An interesting coincidence can be observed at the Billion Graves link above.  A man buried with 2 wives?  No, this isn't polygamy -- these are separate wives with the same name and different marriage dates.

 

George Howard Sr., 1955
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 35
Lakewood, California


Eagle Awards for Lakewood Scouts

LAKEWOOD, Calif. -- Eagle Scout awards were presented Thursday night to (from left) Lee Hanna, 13, Wayne Martin, 15, Russell Graves, 13, and a father-son team.  George Howard Jr., 13, and George Howard Sr., 35.  The Howards studied together for the awards, made at Bancroft Junior High School.

March 11, 1955, Long Beach Independent (Long Beach, California), Page 7


Editors Note:  With the bright white belt, dark blue uniform, and "Able" stripes on his visible right sleeve, Wayne Martin in this picture appears to be a Sea Scout.  It is hard to tell given the picture quality but it was not uncommon for Sea Scouts and Air Explorers to earn their Eagle Scout rank as well as the Quartermaster and Ace awards available in their programs.


 

Jack Scott, 1954
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 30+
Black Warrior Council
Alabama 


Father and Son Earn Eagle Scout

ALABAMA -- Jack Scott and his son, Jackie Scott, both earned their Eagle Scout rank in 1953.

Black Warrior Council List of Eagles.

Paul J. Manor, 1955
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 30+
Post Advisor, Post 75
Ellensburg, Washington


Explorer scouts and Adviser Pass
Eagle Scout Board

ELLENSBURG, Wash. -- Seven members of Explorer Scout Post 75 and their adviser recently received their Eagle Scout awards, highest award in Scouting, at the First Presbyterian Church in Ellensburg.  In this prestigious group was a father-son team consisting of Paul J. Manor, long term mentor and adviser for Post 75, and his son Paul E. Manor.  

Mr. Manor has been the leader of these seven boys since they were Cub Scouts.

February 23, 1955,  Ellensburg Daily Record, (Ellensburg, Washington)

 

 

William Bowling, 1955
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 30+
Scowego District Committee
Dunbar, West Virginia


Scout Honors Go To Father, Son

DUNBAR, W.V. -- The Eagle Scout Badge was awarded to father and son during special services held recently at the First Baptist Church.

The father, William Bowling, served for several years as Scoutmaster of the Baptist Troop of which son, Edgar, is a member.  Elder Bowling is now serving as institutional representative and as chairman of Camping and Activities committee for the Scowego district.  Mrs. Bowling presented the badges to her son and husband.

March 16, 1955, Charleston Daily Mail, (Charleston, West Virginia), Page 4

Robert L. McWilliams, 1955
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 30+
Van Nuys, California



Scout Wins Regional Science Fair

VAN NUYS, Calif. -- Robert N. McWilliams, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. McWilliams, today has been notified that his marine biology collection has won second place in a seven state regional competition sponsored by Future Scientists of America Foundation.

This has been a big year for McWilliams.  Earlier he became an Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor which awarded the same rank to his father and he has since been admitted to the Order of the Arrow in Scouting.

July 3, 1955, Van Nuys Valley News, (Van Nuys, California), Page 5

 

George A. Kurthy, 1955
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 44
Troop 4, Alamitos District
Los Altos, California


Father, Son to Get Eagle Scout Awards

LOS ALTOS, Calif. -- A father and son team will receive Eagle awards at the Alamitos District Boy Scout Court of Honor on Thursday.  They are George A. Kurthy and his son, Richard.  Both are members of Scout Troop 4, sponsored by Burns Memorial Church.

Another adult, Carl Watson, of Troop 49 will receive a bronze palm for the Eagle award he already holds.

August 17, 1955, Long Beach Press Telegram, (Long Beach, Calif.), Page 14

Dr. Kenneth Braman, 1955
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 46
Post 55, Lakewood District
Long Beach, California


Dad, Son Will Get Eagle Pins

LAKEWOOD, Calif. -- A Lakewood father and son will receive their Eagle Scout awards together in ceremonies at Bancroft Junior High School.  The Eagle pin, scouting's highest honor, will be presented to Dr. Kenneth Braman and his son, Barry (13), a member of Troop 55.  Dr. Braman is an adult leader in Explorer Post 55.

Scoutmaster Leonard Stone of Troop 64 will receive a triple silver palm for his Eagle pin.

November 10, 1955, Long Beach Press Telegram, (Long Beach, Calif.), Page 65

 

Thomas M. Spencer, 1956
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 46
Scoutmaster, Troop 5, Grant Lake District
Miami, Oklahoma
Garland Tharp, 1956
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 39
Asst. Scoutmaster, Troop 5, Grant Lake District
Miami, Oklahoma

Scouting is Family Affair:  2 Father-Son Teams
Awarded Eagle Scout Medals by Eagle Sons

Two father-son combinations received Eagle Scout awards Monday night at the Troop 5 Court of Honor at the First Methodist Church.  The Eagle award, highest to be attained in Scouting, went to Thomas M. Spencer Jr., and his son, Jack, and to Garland Tharp and son, Wayne.

Already unusual, another interesting aspect of the ceremony was that the adult awards were made by other sons who already had advanced to the Eagle rank.  Eagle Scouts Thomas M. Spencer III and Larry Tharp presented to Eagle Medals to their fathers at the same time.  The awards for Jack Spencer and Wayne Tharp were presented by their mothers while fathers looked on proudly.

Thomas M. Spencer Jr., and Garland Tharp are Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster, respectively, of the First Methodist Church troop.  In addition to their responsibilities supporting family, running a Boy Scout Troop, and supporting other Scouting functions, both adult leaders were required to pass the same tests as boys who qualify for Eagle awards.  

August 28, 1956, Miami Daily News (Miami, Oklahoma), Page 1
Garland Tharp age determined from obituary
Thomas M. Spencer age determined from obituary


Editors Note:  Thomas M. Spencer Jr., a member of the Cherokee nation, continued in Scouting as an adult leader for a total of 37 years before passing away in 1979.  Garland Tharp owned a dairy farm in Miami, Oklahoma and later sold the dairy to Meadow Gold corporation.

 

Harvey Westbrook, 1956
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 30+
Scoutmaster, Troop 28
Mira Loma, California

Scoutmaster Westbrook and Son Earn Eagle Scout Award

A father and son were awarded Eagle Scout badges at the same time in the fall Court of Recognition in Corona, Calif.  They are Harvey Westbrook, Scoutmaster of Mira Loma's Troop 28, and his son, Terry.

Terry is a ninth-grade honor student and serves as Senior Patrol Leader in his Troop.  Both he and his father have earned thirty merit badges each, and both belong to the Brotherhood of the Order of the Arrow.  Mr. Westbrook also holds the Arrowhead  Honor and the Scouter's Award.  Mr. Westbrook is employed by Hunter-Douglas in Riverside, California.

Mrs. Westbrook will soon be active in Girl Scouting as a Brownie Troop Leader, since daughter Tricia Lyn has just reached the age to join.

September 12, 1956, Corona Daily Independent (Corona, California), Page 1
October 12, 1956, Alton Evening Telegraph (Alton, Illinois), Page 20

 

Roy Bush, 1956
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 39
Stuarts Draft, Virginia



Three in Family Earn Scout Awards

STUARTS DRAFT, Virgina -- Roy Bush and his sons, James and Jon, all received Eagle Scout awards at a Boy Scout court of honor in Stuarts Draft, Virginia.  Mr. Bush is the Scoutmaster.

November 15, 1956, Long Beach Press Telegram, (Long Beach, California), Page 69


Editors Note:  See the next story for more information about Roy Bush.
Reuben Draheim, 1957
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 41
Port Edwards, Wisconsin



Father, Son Awarded Eagle Scout Rank

PORT EDWARDS, Wisc. -- Reuben Draheim, 41, and his son, David, 14, achieved the highest Boy Scout rank at the same time.  

They were given Eagle Scout ratings at a Court of Honor in Port Edwards.

December 21, 1957, Manitowoc Herald Times (Manitowoc, Wisconsin), Page 1

 

  

February 11, 1975, Anchorage Daily News (Anchorage, Alaska), Page 5

 

 

Gilbert Estorga, 1956
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 36
Cubmaster, Pack 153, Rio Bravo District
El Paso, Texas

Father and Son Get Scout Honor

EL PASO, Tex. -- An El Paso father and his son yesterday shared the unusual experience of receiving their Eagle Scout awards from their wife and mother.  In a candlelight service at St. Francis Xavier Hall, Mrs. Gilbert Estorga Sr., pinned the badges on her husband and son, Gilbert Jr.

Young Estorga began the family Scouting activities in October 1950 when he joined the Cub Scouts.  Gilbert Sr. began his volunteer duties as Assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 153 in February 1951.  Mr. Estorga is now Cubmaster of Pack 153.

Other Scouts who also received the Eagle Award in  yesterday's ceremonies are: Jesus Rios, Saul Saucedo, and Marcello F. Garcia.  Mr. Garcia is the Troop 153 Scoutmaster.

November 27, 1956, El Paso Herald Post (El Paso, Texas), Page 3


J. Reed Rowley, 1956
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 38
Troop 32
Orem, Utah

Father, Son Among Those Gaining Eagle Scout Rank

Two Scouts and a father received Eagle Scout rank at the Court of Honor held recently for Troop 32 in the Orem Third Ward chapel.  J. Reed Rowley Sr., and his son, Jerry, received the Eagle badge, along with Tommy Told.  Both boys are 13 years old and are enthusiastic scouts.

An unusual feature of the evening was the presentation of a mother's pin to Mrs. Rowley by her son Jerry, and the presentation of a pin to the boy's grandmother, Mrs. Maude G. Rowley by her son, J. Reed Rowley.  Mrs. Told was also presented with the mother's pin by her son, Tommy. 

Pictured left to right are Jerry Rowley, J. Reed Rowley, and Tommy Told.

December 5, 1956, Provo Daily Herald (Provo, Utah), Page 6


Melvin Godfrey, 1957
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 48
Post Advisor for Post 52 and Scoutmaster for Troop 52
Ogden, Utah

First Eagle Scouts in Troop 52

OGDEN, Utah -- Three Eagle Scout badges -- the first ever to be given out for Troop 52 in the newly formed Ogden Twenty-second Ward -- went to a father and son team and a close neighbor.  

Earning Scouting's highest award are Gary M. Godfrey (left), his father Melvin A. Godfrey (center), and Gerald Yearsley (right), son of Mr. and Mrs. Grant Yearsley.

Mr. Godfrey is Explorer leader and acting Scoutmaster of Post and Troop 52, Ogden.

July 31, 1957, Ogden Standard Examiner (Ogden, Utah), Page 12
Age from 1930 U.S. Census


Melvin Gadd, 1957
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 31+
Troop 159
Midvale, Utah


Father and 2 Sons Earn Eagle

MIDVALE, Utah -- Utah Governor George D. Clyde awarded 19 Eagle Scouts to members of Midvale Troop 159 Sunday night.  The governor praised Scouting work.  The new Eagles include Melvin Gadd and his two sons, Lynn and Douglas; Scoutmasters Lester Petersen and Garden Jensen; Howard Kempton ...

September 30, 1957, Salt Lake Tribune, (Salt Lake City, Utah), Page 28

Robert H. Parker Sr., 1958
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 30+
Troop 199, Tidewater Council
Virginia


Father and Son become Eagle Scouts

VIRGINIA -- Robert H. Parker Sr. and his namesake son, Robert H. Parker Jr. earned their Eagle Scout rank together on July 14, 1958.

See Tidewater Council Eagle Scout List

 

Episcopal Bishop Wilburn C. Campbell, 1958
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 47
Troop 13, Long Rifle District, Buckskin Council
Charleston, West Virginia

Episcopal Bishop and Son Earn Eagle Scout Together

CHARLESTON, W.V. -- Arthur Campbell, 14-year-old son of Wilburn C. Campbell, Episcopal Bishop of the West Virginia Diocese, beamed as his mother pinned the Eagle Scout badge on her husband.  Arthur had just received the same honor a few minutes before but the pride in the achievement of he and his father just would not subside.

Bishop Campbell was a Boy Scout in 1922 and had earned almost enough merit badges to reach Eagle.  He resumed his Scout work when his son joined Boy Scouts in 1950 and has been an active Scouter ever since.  

"Of course, I always regretted not getting the badge," Bishop Campbell said.  "And when Arthur got into Boy Scouting a couple of years ago, I tossed a challenge to him.  I told him that if he would get his Eagle badge before 15, I'd go after those other merit badges and get Eagle too.  Some months ago, he told me I'd better get on the ball or he would be standing there alone."

Campbell, a man who has received multiple college degrees and risen to eminence in his profession, will "get one of the biggest thrills of my life" with the Eagle badge.  "I'll be standing up beside my son, Arthur, when he receives his Eagle badge.  That's what makes it really meaningful to me," said Campbell with a huge smile on his face.

May 17, 1958, Charleston Daily Mail (Charleston, West Virginia), Page 10
May 20, 1958, Charleston Daily Mail (Charleston, West Virginia), Page 17


Editors Note:  I must agree with Bishop Campbell.  Standing on the podium with my son when he received his Eagle Scout rank was one of the biggest thrills of my life.  I also like how this story provides a son's perspective on his father earning Eagle Scout.  The expressions on each family members face are simply priceless.  What father would not relish the opportunity to earn such respect from his wife, son, and well-wishers?


 

George T. Tucker Jr., 1959
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 42
Troop 28
Orem, Utah

Posthumous Eagle Award Made in Orem
Son Accepts for Father

OREM, Utah -- Boy Scout Eagle awards were made Sunday evening to a father and son -- the father's award being posthumous -- during a Court of Honor at the Orem Twelfth Ward.  The Posthumous award to George T. Tucker Jr., Scoutmaster of Troop 28, who was killed in a traffic accident last month, was presented to his son, Terry, by Floyd Loveridge, Utah National Parks Council Boy Scout Executive.

The Eagle award was presented to Terry himself, high school senior and member of the troop, by Jack Lewis, Boy Scout Commissioner, Orem District.  Last year, Terry was the first scout in Troop 28 to ever be awarded the Duty-to-God award.

June 12, 1959, Provo Daily Herald (Provo, Utah), Front Page
July 7, 1959, Provo Daily Herald (Provo, Utah), Page 6
Find-A-Grave Project for George T. Tucker
Find-A-Grave Project for Terry Tucker


Editors Note:  George Tucker would have been proud of his son.  Terry, the oldest of 5 children, served a mission in the LDS church just a couple of years after his father's tragic death and then attended BYU where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education and a Masters Degree in School Administration.  Terry had a long and successful teaching career of 31 years serving youth and retired while teaching at Pleasant Grove High School.  Terry is known across Utah for his talents in music and clogging.  He died in 2007 after a courageous battle with kidney cancer at the age of 65.


 

Morrison George, 1959
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 48
LaPushTaw District Chairman
Paris, Texas
Bill George, 1959
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 18
Troop 5, Assistant Scoutmaster
Paris, Texas

Father, Son Receive Eagle Scout Awards

PARIS, Tex. -- An unusual presentation was made Monday night when Judge Tom Beauchamp presented the Eagle Scout award to Morrison George and his son, Bill.  Don Knecht, district executive of the LaPushTaw District, says the highest award in Scouting is seldom presented to adults and only when unusual leadership and an outstanding record as a Boy Scout are apparent.  The presentation of Eagle Scout ranks to two adults, father and son, is almost unheard of.

Bill George, 18, son of Mr. and Mrs. Morrison George, has been a Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Explorer, and Troop Leader.  Since graduating high school last year, Bill has been serving as Assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 5 in Paris.  

Morrison George completed most of his Eagle requirements as a Boy Scout and through the past years has spent much of this time as a Scout leader.  He has served as Pack and Troop Committee Chair, Scoutmaster, Institutional Representative, District Scout Training Chair, and is presently the LaPushTaw District Chairman.  He has also received two distinguished awards in the field of training: Scouters Key and Woodbadge.

August 11, 1959, Paris News (Paris, Texas), Page 1 and 6


Art Howe, 1959
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 30+
Troop 157, Assistant Scoutmaster
Muscatine, Iowa

Father, Son Receive Eagle Badges

MUSCATINE, Iowa -- Eagle Scout awards were presented to Assistant Scoutmaster Art Howe and his son, Randy, at the annual banquet of Troop 127 of the Boy Scouts of America at the First Methodist Church.

Scoutmaster David Stanley presided over the presentation of awards with Lowell Titus, District Scout Executive, presenting the Eagle Scout Awards to Howe and his son.

Earlier in the banquet, the Howes had raked in the merit badges with Randy Howe receiving Safety, Personal Fitness, Public Health, Firemanship, Soil and Water Conservation, and Citizenship in the Home.  Mr. Howe received Safety, Soil and Water Conservation, and Citizenship in the Home, Citizenship in the Community, and Citizenship in the Nation. 

February 17, 1959, Muscatine Journal and News (Muscatine, Iowa), Page 2


 

Tab Allen, 1959
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 40
Bend, Oregon

Tab Allen Family To Have 3 Eagles By Tonight

CORONA, Calif. -- A Corona police officer and his 2 sons today are completing plans that will make every male in the family an Eagle Scout before bedtime.  The three are Patrolman Tab Allen, 46, and his sons Ben, 21, and Dennis, 15.  Dennis will  be initiated into the highest rank Scouting has to offer tonight at the Temescal District Court of Honor.

The father, closely connected with scouting for many years, received his Eagle Scout rank in 1959 while a resident of Bend, Ore.  The honor came during the 10 years that Allen served as Scoutmaster of a Troop in that city.  Ben, a member of his father's troop, received his Eagle rank at the same time at the age of 16.

Tab says the hardest thing he had to face in reaching the Eagle rank was running a mile in five minutes or less.  "if you don't think that's a job at 40 years of age, just try it," he declares.  Tab also says his wife, Lena, never objected to the hours he had to spend away from home while heading a Scout troop.  "She thought it was real good," he says.  "It got us out of the house."

September 23, 1965, Corona Daily Independent (Corona, California), Page 1

 

Norman Willard, 1959
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 44
Committee, Post 171
Fredericksburg, Virginia


Post Advisor, Son Reach Eagle

FREDERICKSBURG, Vir. -- Norman F. Willard and son George received their Eagle Scout awards yesterday.  Norman operated a gift shop in Virginia adn later worked for the U.S. Postal Service.   Willard served as a Boy Scout leader for 27 years in New York, Virginia, and Massachusetts.

February 10, 1959, The Free Lance-Star (Fredericksburg, Virginia)
Norman Willard Obituary, July 12, 2012

DaFoy LaMar Riding, 1960
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 36
Scoutmaster
South Salt Lake City, Utah


Scoutmaster and 2 Sons Get Eagle Badges

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -- A South Salt Lake Scoutmaster and his 2 sons received Eagle Scout awards at a recent court of honor.  Scoutmaster D. L. Riding, and his two sons LaMar, 14, and Kenney, 13, were presented the awards.

June 9, 1959, Salt Lake Tribune (Salt Lake City, Utah), Page 28
DeFoy LaMar Riding Obituary, January 21, 1996

 

Julian Robinson Jr., 1960
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 45
Scoutmaster, Grant Eighth Ward
Salt Lake City, Utah
Julian Robinson III, 1960
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 19
Grant Eighth Ward
Salt Lake City, Utah

Salt Lake Father and 4 Sons Earn Eagle Badges Together

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -- A father and four sons received Scouting's highest award Sunday on the eve of the 50th Anniversary of Boy Scouting in America.  Eagle Scout badges were given to Scoutmaster Julian L. Robinson and his sons Julian Jr., Paul C., George E., and Reed F. Robinson.  

It is believed this is the first time in the state, and possibly the nation, that Eagle awards were simultaneously presented to so many members of one family.  the event brought congratulatory letters from U. S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Utah Governor George D. Clyde. 

Mr. Robinson said he has spent 30 years completing the work necessary to attain Eagle rank in the Scouting movement.  His son Reed, however, made the grade in two years.  "I guess he decided to set the pace," said his father.  At the Court of Honor, young Julian also received a Duty to God award and another brother, Glen S. Robinson, 11, was presented his second class award.

February 8, 1960, Salt Lake Tribune (Salt Lake City, Utah), Page 14
Julian L. Robinson Jr. Obituary, September 19, 1991


Editors Note:  This award is significant on multiple levels.  Not only are there 4 sons earning their Eagle Scout rank with their father, 1 of the sons is actually an adult as well.  I suspect young Glen S. Robinson would soon earn his Eagle Scout award as well.


Preston Bushman, 1960
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 40
Troop 44, Troop Committee
Provo, Utah

Provo Troop 44 Has 12 New Eagle Scouts

PROVO, Utah -- Scouts of Troop 44, Provo, really celebrated National Boy Scout week Sunday evening when 12 members of the troop received Eagle Scout rank at a special court of honor, one of the largest numbers ever to become Eagles at one time in a single troop.

Eleven of the 12 were Scouts in the troop, and the 12th was the Chairman of the Troop Committee, Preston Bushman, who received his Eagle badge along with his son, Norman.  Others included Roger Mitoray, Mavin Williamson, Joel Wright, Cliff Pace, Charlie Harris, Clayton Black, Ricky Nelson, Richard Elliot, Ronald McKee, and Reed Ostlund.  

Norman Bushman and Preston Bushman are pictured here in the back row on the right side.

February 10, 1960, Provo Daily Herald (Provo, Utah), Page 7


Richard Hurley Sr., 1960
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 30+
Scoutmaster, Troop 6, Teton Peaks Council
Idaho Falls, Idaho
Eli Kobayashi, 1960
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 46
Committee, Troop 6, Teton Peaks Council
Idaho Falls, Idaho

Local Boy Scouts Score Big -- 10 Eagles!!

IDAHO FALLS, Ida. -- The Annual banquet for Boy Scout Troop 6 and Explorer Post 106 Wednesday evening at Trinity Methodist church was high- lighted by the presentation of 10 Eagle Scout Awards.  Troop 6 is the oldest troop in the Teton Peaks Council having been continuously registered for 39 years.

Scouts who received Eagle badges were Eli Kobayashi and son, David, Gary Dillon, Gary Nagashiman, Bob Heffner, Steve Ebersole, Richard Hurley Sr. and son, Richard Jr., Scott Reed, and Richi Edwards.  

February 11, 1960, Idaho Falls Post Register (Idaho Falls, Idaho), Page 16
Eli Kyumatsu Kobayashi, Find-A-Grave Marker


Editors Note:  Please visit Troop 6, Idaho Falls for a simply stupendous Troop history by Cheryl Siedelmann.


B. R. Devenish, 1960  "Tonny"
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 39
Troop 64
Springville, Utah

Eagle Scout Rank Becomes Family Affair

SPRINGVILLE, Utah -- Mrs. B. R. Devenish of Springville was presented with a pendant, on which three small silver eagles were mounted Sunday evening by her husband.  The eagles represented the three Eagle Scout awards which the men in her family have earned.

At the Court of Honor held that evening, her husband, B.R. Devenish and their son David, 13, had both been given their Eagle badges.  Another son, Roy, 15, had earned his Eagle in February.  Roy also has a palm.

Mr. Devenish has long been active in Scouting and is currently chairman of the Springville Troop 64 committee.  Mr. Devenish is an employee of Union Pacific Railroad and enjoys hunting, fishing, and camping with his sons.

November 25, 1960, Provo Daily Herald (Provo, Utah), Page 5


Glen S. Shields, 1960
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 33+
Pleasant Grove, Utah

Dad, Son Gain High Honors In Scouting

PLEASANT GROVE, Utah -- Glen S. Shields and son, Val Shields, were awarded gold palm badges and certificates at the court of honor held at the Timpanogas Stake House Wednesday.

Mr. Shields and Val have been working together for the past year and a half.  They received their Eagle Scout badges together last year and their bronze palm badges last June.

Mr. Shields has been active in scouting for 18 years.  Val, 15, is a sophomore at Pleasant Grove High School.  He was chosen as a staff officer at Maple Dell Summer Camp last summer.

December 24, 1961, Provo Herald (Provo, Utah), Page 22


 

Eldon Bitter, 1961
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 30+
Provo, Utah

Father, 2 Sons Receive Eagle Awards

PROVO, Utah -- Eldon Bitter and his 2 sons, Seth, 14, and Donovan, 13, received Eagle Scout Awards in the West Sharon LDS Stake, Fifteenth Ward Court of Honor.

December 12, 1961, Provo Daily Herald (Provo, Utah)


 

Fred A. Keetch, 1962
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 41
Post 2021
Pleasant Grove, Utah

Eagle Father, Eagle Son

PLEASANT GROVE, Utah -- Eagle Scout badges were awarded to both Fred A. Keetch and his son, Fred S. Keetch at a recent Timpanogos Stake court of honor.  Mr. Keetch and his son  are members of Explorer Post 2021, in the Pleasant Grove Second LDS Ward.

February 4, 1962, Provo Daily Herald (Provo, Utah), Page 14
Age verified using U.S. Census, 1940, Lehi, Utah


John A. Ellison, 1962
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 43
Troop 35
Provo, Utah

 

Quartet of Eagles Includes Son and Father

PROVO, Utah -- Receiving Eagle Scout awards recently in the West Sharon LDS Stake were 4 very excited, dedicated, and deserving Scouts.  They were, front, from left: John A. Ellison and his son, Donald E. Ellison; back, left, Dale C. Johnson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl W. Johnson, and Bryce K. Taylor, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul H. Taylor. 

All are members of Troop 35, Provo 17th Ward.

June 3, 1962, Provo Daily Herald (Provo, Utah), Page 24
Social Security Death Index, 1985


 

Robert M. Weagraff, 1962
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age ~40
Organizational Chairman, Skanowunde District, Colonel Drake Council
Titusville, Pennsylvania

Local Eagles Honored, Includes Father, Son Team

These seven Titusville Boy Scouts, to the left, are among 24 in the Colonel Drake Council, Boy Scouts of America, who achieved the rank of Eagle Scout during the past year.  These Scouters were honored at the sixth annual Boy Scout Recognition Dinner Thursday night in the Oil City VFW Club, under the sponsorship of the Oil City Junior Chamber of Commerce.

Pictured to the left are: front row, John C. Savage, William E. and Robert D. Kingsley.  Back row: Roland B. Marsh, Charles Buser, Robert M. Weagraff Jr. and Robert M. Weagraff Sr.  The Weagraffs are father and son.  Remarks at the recognition dinner were made by Ned H. Dearborn of Titusville, president of the Colonel Drake Council.  Each mother was presented with a rose. 

February 17, 1962, Titusville Herald (Titusville, Pennsylvania), Page 2
U.S. Census, 1930, in Venango County, Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Veterans Burial Card, 1971



Editors Note:  Weagraff died at a very young 49 in 1971 after an illness.  His funeral mass was very well attended by family, friends, and fellow employees at Sylvania Electric Corporation.  Titusville Boy Scout Troop 92 provided usher services and other assistance at the funeral.

 

John S. McKinnon, 1962
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 49
National Parks Council
Orem, Utah

Four Gain Rank of Eagle Scout

OREM, Utah -- Eagle Awards went to four Scouts and Scouters at a court of honor held recently in the West Sharon Stake.  

Scouts Eldon McKinnon, son of Mr. and Mrs. John McKinnon of the Lakeview Ward, and Scott Lunceford, an Explorer Scout from the Orem 14th Ward, received their Eagle Awards first from their very proud mothers.  Two additional Eagle Scout awards went to adult leaders Edward Hone, Scoutmaster in the Orem 14th Ward, and John McKinnon, of the Lakeview Ward.  John McKinnon and Eldon McKinnon are father and son, respectively.

October 7, 1962, Provo Daily Herald (Provo, Utah), Page 26
September 8, 2000, John S. McKinnon Obituary, Deseret News


 

William Keller, 1963
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 45
Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 340
Phoenix, Arizona

Scouting Turns into Family Affair

Bill Keller, 16, will get his Eagle Scout award Tuesday.  So will brother Dick, 15, and brother Ron, 14.  And guess who else.  Their
45-year-old father, William.

The family affair is believed unique in Arizona.  It happens at a court of honor for Troop 340.  The father is an Assistant Scoutmaster of the troop.  Scouting begins at home, he advised, and his three sons started hopping.  "Earn your merit badges or no camp," suggested dad.  "But once they got over the hump they started working on me," he said.

More than 25 years ago, the father was trying for his Eagle Scout award but a severe sinus condition prevented his gaining a required Lifesaving merit badge.  With the sinus cleared up and his sons nagging him, dad won the necessary badge.  While others in her family have been winning merit badges, Mrs. Keller has been sewing them on uniforms.  The badges add up to 133.

The Keller rise through Scouting ranks isn't over.  There are seven other children in the family.

January 27, 1963, Phoenix Arizona Republic (Phoenix, Arizona), Page 15

 

Marvin J. Ashton, 1963
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 48
First Assistant for the LDS Youth program
Salt Lake City, Utah

Ashtons, father and son, receive Eagle Scout 
'wings' at honor court

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -- A  hundred percent of the male members of the Marvin J. Ashton family now are Eagle Scouts.

Supt. Ashton, 48, first assistant in the general superintendency of the YMMIA, and his son Steve, 14, received their "wings" at a recent Parley's First Ward Court of Honor in Salt Lake City.  An older son, John, now serving in the Southwest Britain Mission, earned his Eagle award some years ago.

"My purpose in going along with Steve was to create a little family competition and encourage him," Supt. Ashton said.  "I believe that we should take the time to go along with our boys in their activities.  It's a find thing for fathers and sons to work together," he said.

"It takes a lot of time, but we find time for the things we want to do," Supt. Ashton pointed out.  He noted that working together toward the Eagle rank had brought about a closer relationship and better understanding between father and son.

The big stumbling block for Supt. Ashton was lifesaving and swimming.  "they were tough for me when I was a Scout," he recalled.  "That's why I didn't get any higher than the Star rank."

He took special lifesaving and swimming instruction for three or four months to prepare to pass the merit badge test.  Steve outstripped his dad in this.  Swimming and Lifesaving were some of the first merit badges he earned.

Supt. Ashton had to pass about 10 merit badges to qualify for his Eagle bringing his total badges to 36.

February 15, 1963, Desert News (Salt Lake City, Utah)


Marvin J. Ashton, LDS Quorum of the 12 Apostles

Older LDS Scouters may have a difficult time recognizing this man from the newspaper picture above but the photo to the right should make it easier. 

At the time of his Eagle Scout award, Marvin J. Ashton was the 1st Superintendent of the Young Mens Mutual Improvement Association for the LDS church.  A few  years later, Ashton would be assigned as the president of Deseret Industries.  Eventually, Ashton would become a member of the LDS Quorum of the 12 Apostles and remain in that capacity until his death.

As an adult, Ashton received many more Scouting awards as well including the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, Silver Beaver Award, and the Silver Antelope Award.


 

William E. Black, 1965
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 40
Troop 63, Comanche Trail Council
Breckenridge, Texas

Father and 3 Sons Earn Eagle Scout Ranks

Troop 63 Boy Scout leader William E. Black and 3 of his sons, William R. Black Jr., Walter E. Black, and Henry J. Black earned their Eagle Scout ranks in 1965.

West Texas Scouting History Website


 

Ned Veater, 1965
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 42
Troop 708, Alpine District
American Fork, Utah

Scout Duties Busy Utah Family of 5

Scouting is a family project for the Ned Veater family of American Fork.  The Veater children -- four sons and a daughter -- have grown up with the Boy Scout program.

Dale, 17, was several months old when his father first assumed Scoutmaster duties.  Mr. Veater is now Scoutmaster of Troop 708, in the Alpine District, committeeman, and a member of the district training committee.

Mr. Veater and Dale completed their Eagle Scout requirements together.  Both are members of the Order of the Arrow and both attended the National Scouting Jamboree at Valley Forge, Penn.  Two other sons are also Boy Scouts.  Ballard, 13, is a life scout and Gaylon, 11, is a second-class scout.

Mrs. Veater is serving her fourth tour of duty as a Cub Scout den mother, this time with her 9-year-old son, Royce.  Each of the older boys has served as den chief.

Pictured are Mr. and Mrs. Ned Veater in the rear supervising their four sons, Royce, Ballard, Dale, and Gaylan on their Boy Scout projects.  Making it a complete family affair is tiny RaShelle, in the rear, here held by Mr. Veater.

May 30, 1965, Salt Lake Tribune (Salt Lake City, Utah), Page 9
Ned Veater Obituary