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Fred H. Keller | Retrospect


Sussex Boy Scout Troop 39 is no longer viable

This is the earliest known Sussex Boy Scout photo is of Victor R. Munz, who was born in 1918.

This is the earliest known Sussex Boy Scout photo is of Victor R. Munz, who was born in 1918. Photo by:

Possibly the oldest Sussex are boy scout group, Troop 39, has disbanded recently because of lack of volunteer leadership and various other factors. This was revealed in a set of letters from the Sussex Lions Club, who for years have been a financial angel for Troop 39.Troop 39 even used the Sussex Lions Club 1973-74 built Sussex Village Park building on the highest point int he central part of the park.

How far back does Troop 39 go? Well, lifetime local resident Jennie Schmidt, who had boys in the club, can remember it being a viable organization in the 1940s. then there is the Sussex-Lisbon Area Historical Society Museum which in their records has a prominent boy scout picture of a Sussex boy, Victor R. Munz, at about age 12, and since he was born in 1918, we can assume the photo was taken in about 1930. He went on to be in the service for WWII, where he rose to captain with the South Pacific U.S. Army. He was awarded three Purple Hearts, plus a stack of other medals and ribbons, eventually dying in 1987.

So Troop 39, which is at least over 75 years old, if not more ... according to the Sussex Lions Club letter, the troop turned over some of its equipment to the remaining boy scout units in the Sussex area: Troop 95 and 175.

Since 1960, 54 years ago, there has been a plaque displayed in the Sussex community of all the Eagle Scouts that have turned out by Troops 39, 95 and 175. Today, the plaque is on display in the Quad Room of the Pauline Haas Public Library, and it is up-to-date for 2013, with the 2014 winners set to be added as soon as the brass labels are available. Nationally, only about 1-2 percent of all beginning boy scouts ever gain this highest of scouting honors.

Currently there are 166 boy scout troop Eagle Scouts (in 54 years), an average of three a year.

Troop 39 had five Eagle Scouts in 2010, and then as Troop 39 was disbanding after 2010, there are no more Eagle Scouts from that unit listed. Troop 39 produced 39 Eagle Scouts in 47 years (1963 to 2010). However, there is a noticeable gap in names from 1981 to 1995.

A list of Sussex Boy Scout 39 Eagle Scouts includes:

1963, John Brisk; 1965, Dave Mattila, Carl Westerdale; 1966, John Magnusson, Charles Schuldt Sr.; 1973, Steve Schuldt; 1978, James Wakefield; 1980, Clifford Hall; 1996, Brad Kasprczak; 1997, Brian Klein; 1998, Chris Schanz; 1999, Michael Buehler; 2000, Jeff Behm, Jason Held, Chuck Schuldt Jr., Erik Haunfelder; 2001, Chris Lauderback, Dan Binder; 2002, Alex Carus, Dale Myszewski, Kevin Behm; 2003, Tyler Howard, Kyle Gavin; 2004, Greg Behm, Bryan Konyn, Ryan Haunfelder, Ian Read; 2007, Timothy Clausing Jr., Brian Chester, Justin Buschke, Anthony Anderson; 2008, Christopher Luebke, Zachary Emberts; 2009, Kyle Vogt, Kyle Meidenbauer, Kory <DP>Sonneman; 2010 Ryan Hintz, Richardo Sparrow; Anthony Bretzel, Jared Bazil.

 

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