Local: Organizations: Scouting: Lannon
compiled and edited by Michael R. Reilly, May
earliest Scouting activity in Lannon with documentation is Troop 25's formation,
though a Troop 10 was to have started it all in Lannon.
If a Troop 10 existed, it may have been formed prior to the creation of the
Potawatomi Area Council
(formed on April 23, 1931, serving
Waukesha, and parts of Jefferson, Dodge and Walworth counties). Milwaukee's Scout
Council only covered Milwaukee
County, and neither Council has any record of a Troop 10 in the Lannon
area. (The closest Troop 10 this Editor
could find was located for a time in the City of Waukesha. The earliest
nearest Troop to Lannon, was Menomonee Fall's Troop 17 organized on
January 1, 1933, by the Menomonee Fall's Rotary Club which itself had been
formed on April 28, 1928.) Note: the January 1, 1933 may have been the
troop's first recharter, since they were first chartered in March 1932.)
On May 11, 1935, Boy Scout Troop 25's
application for charter was filled out by a "Group of Citizens"
with Louis Gissal as its' "Group Chairman". According to
the application, the new troop would have regular meetings at the Village Hall
in Lannon on Mondays. The application lists Seth Pollard, age 34,
occupation - road contractor: Chicago, as the
new Scoutmaster, with Lester Golner, age 27, occupation - quarry office, and Millard Pollard,
age 19, no occupation listed, as the Assistant Scoutmasters. The Troop Committee consisted of Louis
Gissal, age 40, occupation - quarry superintendent, as Chairman, with A.P. Walter, age
38, occupation - real estate and livestock, and Herman
Gruetzmacher Jr., age39, occupation - stone cutter, as members. Troop 25 belonged to the
Potawatomi Area Council No. 651 Region 7, which was formed in Waukesha
on April 23, 1931, serving Waukesha, and parts of Jefferson, Dodge, and
Walworth counties. Richard Leland was the Scout Executive at the time of charter
which would expire on June 30, 1936, if not renewed. Each adult member or
Scouter, and Scout, the boy, had to pay a yearly membership dues of
$1.00, of which 50 cents was to cover a year's subscription to the publication
The first boys to join
Troop 25 were John J. Butina (age in yrs/mos. - 14/0, Benjamin
DeQuardo (age 13/6), Walter E. Fucik (age 12/10), Anthony J.
Grgich (age 17/2), David L. Grgich (age 14/10), Keith R. Gissal
(age 15/4), Arthur H. Gruetzmacher (age 14/11), Chas. F. Hilger
(age 13/0), John J. Miller (age 13/4), William J. Miller (age
15/6), Paul J. McCarty (age 16/11), Joseph Wagner (age 13/5), Joseph
A. Walter (age 13/2), and Richard R. Walsh (age 16/2).
application notes the following - "Note: How many of the boys are - Negro
(X); Chinese (X); Japanese (X); Mexican (X); Indian (X). Population of Town or
City if under 100,000 - 434. Is Troop in open country - Yes. How
many farm boys - 1."
In early June, 1935, William
(Bill) J. Miller, along with brother John J., received
badges at the Lannon Hall advancing them to the rank of Boy Scout in Lannon
The above was
from a typed listing, which may have been part of the official charter
application; a hand-written version also lists a George R. Baier
(15/1), Robert F. Baier (13/1), Earl F. Mathiak (16/1), Elmer
A. Mathiak ((13/1). This listing doesn't have all of the original (?) boys
listed, and the ages are older by 7 mos to 1 year; a bit inconsistent.
This hand-written list was probably a renewal listing (?) a year later (?) (Editor's
Note - These four boys did join the Troop on April 9, 1936, but again
the ages are inconsistent.). The Troop did
submit a renewal application on June 29, 1936 along with a "Dropped
Scout & Scouter Notice" indicating that John J. Butina and
L. Grgich dropped due to "lost interest" and Keith R. Gissal because
"work interfered". Assistant Scoutmaster Millard Pollard also
dropped due to "lack of time".
1937/June 30 - Troop 25 is dropped from the active troop list
by the Potawatomi Area Council. Reasons for drop were due to lack of leadership,
without a Scoutmaster for at least 6 months and an Assistant Scoutmaster for
over one year.
1937/Feb. - James Kenneth Duncan, age 40,
applied for Scoutmaster position, succeeding Seth Pollard, on February 18,
1937. The application shows that James' present occupation was "WPA
Recreational Leader", address Box 76, Lannon, Wis., and that he had
prior Scouting experience - was an Assistant Scoutmaster for 2 1/2 years
(1923-24) in Adams, Wis. He also was Catholic, of English & Scotch
descent, and completed three years of high school. His application was
approved by Troop Chairman of Committee, A. P. Walter (Editor's
Note - there are two documents that show conflicting information as to who was
actually Chairman of Committee, Gissal or Walter.)
- Also around this time an application for Scoutmaster was filled out by Theodore
Golner Jr. but he never registered (?). The application shows he was 24
years old, was never involved in Scouting but was president of the Hi-Y at
high school for one year, occupation as laborer at local quarry. He is
listed as being Lutheran but not a church member, and living on Vail Ave. in
In December, 1937, a "Dropped
Scout & Scouter Notice" was filed with the Potawatomi Council
listing ALL of the above boys as dropping out of Scouting with the
reason for leaving being that the Council was dropping the Troop. The original
boys listed show they spent two years and 7 months in Troop 25; the other four
boys, one year and eight months. The Scouters' or adult Troop 25 members are
listed as James Duncan, Scoutmaster, Louis Gissal (Troop Committee
Chairman), Herman Gruetzmacher and A. P. Walter as Troop Committee members. The
Notice as mentions that James Duncan is not to be recommended if a position
was available due being "unreliable". The other three were
recommended, and list as being "out of town" (for Gissal) and a
"lack of time" for Gruetzmacher and Walter) as their reasons for not
continuing. Another page shows that Seth Pollard, the original Scoutmaster and
Lester Golner, Assistant Scoutmaster, dropped because they "moved out of
town". They were recommended for future open positions.
1938/Dec. - Boy Scout Troop 25 is
reorganized with Lannon State Graded School PTA as the sponsor.
Principal Philip Pejza submits the registration form to the Potawatomi Area
Council No. 651 Region No. 7. The Troop will meet in the Club Room at the old
school on Wednesday at 7:15 p.m. Two Patrols were initially formed: Eagle
Patrol consisting of Patrol Leader Gerald DeLany, Assistant PL Syd
scouters Myron DeLany, Francis Boyle, Melvin Golner, and
James Duncan (Editor's Question - Same person as above who was
Scoutmaster?); and the Wolf
Patrol consisting of Patrol Leader Jerry Walter, Assistant PL William
scouters Donald Cawly, John Walsh, Vernon Lemke, Carmon
Cirrillo, Louis Fischer,
Frederich Richard Fischer, Joseph Walsh, and Norman Wildt. Melvin Mathiak became
a scout in troop in March 1940 but dropped in February 1941 due to "Lack of
Interest ". Troop 25 was rechartered by the
School PTA at least through 1942.
Cub Scout Pack 62 - was originally
chartered by the Butina-Zimdar VFW Post 7989 circa August, 1956; the Pack (and
probably the Troop) originally met every 4th Monday at 7:00 p.m. at the VFW
Hall; later sponsored by Lannon
Lions, meetings held at Lannon Elementary School. According to the Potawatomi
Area Council Chartered Organization Listing c. early 1996, Pack 62 had 381
months of tenure; this translates into approx. 32 years or about 1965 which
may indicate that the Pac was inactive for around 8-9 years.
Boy Scout Troop 62
- was originally chartered by the Butina-Zimdar VFW Post 7989 circa April,
1957. It was disbanded circa May, 1984. It was at this time that Webelos from
Cub Scout Pack 62 who "bridged" over as Boy Scouts probably began
joining Troop 175 sponsored by St. James Catholic Church or went on to a Sussex
Cub Scout Pack 107
- sponsored by Lannon Fire Department, meetings held at Lannon Elementary
School. 1st chartered ?
Boy Scout Troop 107
- sponsored by Lannon Fire Department, meetings held at Lannon Elementary School.
1993/12/28 - Lannon Boy Scout Troop 107, chartered by the Fire Department, was
formed in Spring of 1993 as an extension of Cub Scout Pack 107. Keith Klein was
the first Scoutmaster and backer from 1993 until 1998 when Bill McCarley III
took over. Virgil Dawson,
president of Lannon Stone Products paid for a troop equipment truck.
Cub Scout Pack 175 - sponsored by ?,
meetings held at St. James School and sponsored by St. James Parish. Chartered
c. 1978. Cub Pack 175 begins its 3rd year. Source: Sussex Sun.,
Tuesday, Sept. 16, 1980, page 8.
Boy Scout Troop 175 - sponsored by
Lannon Lions Club at one time, now sponsored, as of early 1996 (?) by St.
James Parish. 1st chartered c. 1971
Junior Boy Scout Troop 343
of Lannon school; still in existence? Sussex Sun, October
15, 1985, page 9.
Early Boy Scout General History
1910 - The Boy Scouts of America was incorporated on February 8 under the laws of
the District of Columbia by W. D. Boyce. On June 21, a group of 34 national
representatives of boys' work agencies met, developed organization plans,
and opened a temporary national headquarters in a YMCA office in New York.
In September, Robert S.S. Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting, visited
America and interpreted the program. President William Howard Taft accepted
the office of honorary president; Theodore Roosevelt became honorary
vice-president and chief Scout citizen; Colin H. Livingstone was elected
president; Mortimer L. Schiff, Milton A. McRae, and Benjamin L. Dulaney,
vice-presidents; George D. Pratt, treasurer; Daniel Carter Beard, National
Scout Commissioner; Ernest Thompson Seton, Chief Scout; and John Sherman
Hoyt, Jeremiah W. Jenks, William D. Murray, and Frank Presbrey, members of
the Executive Board. James E. West was appointed executive officer.
1911 - The National Council office was established at 200 Fifth Avenue, New York,
N.Y., on January 2, 1911, with seven employees. The first annual meeting was
held at the White House, Washington, D.C., and was addressed by President
Taft. The Scout Oath, Law, badges, and fundamental policies were adopted.
The first awards for heroism were presented by the National Court of Honor.
Membership to date, Scouts and Scouters, 61,495.
1912 - By now Scouts were enrolled in every state. Scouts mobilized for the first
of a series of national civic Good Turns, including the promotion of a safe
and sane Fourth of July. Other community Good Turns began. Sea Scouting for
older Scouts was started. Boys' Life was purchased to become an official BSA
magazine. Membership during the year, Scouts and Scouters, 97,495. Total
members to date, 126,860.
1913 - The first local council charters were issued to first-class and
second-class councils. Local supervision was facilitated by dividing the
United States into eight districts-the forerunner of *12 regions. Scouting,
the official magazine for Scouters, was started. Boy Scout Week was
observed. A registration plan for Scouts was adopted. Scouts demonstrated
the motto ''Be Prepared'' in first aid during spring floods in Ohio and
Indiana. Scouts rendered service at the 50th anniversary of the Battle of
Gettysburg reunion of veterans. The first Children's Book Week was observed.
Membership during the year, 115,364. Total members to date, 188,964.
* Since then, there exists the National Council,
then 300+ American local Councils, with many larger ones further divided into
Districts with Boy Scout Troops, Cub Scout Packs, Arrow of Light Lodges,
Explorer Posts, etc. under them.
Reference Sources: "Lannon History: Village
of Lannon - Golden Jubilee 1930-1980" edited by Fred Keller; "Yesteryear
in Sussex", by Fred Keller; "Yesteryear in Sussex:
Revisited", by Fred Keller; "The First 150 Years:
Lisbon-Sussex, Waukesha, County, Wisconsin", compiled and edited
primarily by Fred Keller; "Sussex Lions Club, 27-A2, Sussex, WIS.,
U.S.A., 50 Years: 1939-1989", compiled and edited by Fred Keller;
"Sussex Fire Department 60th Anniversary Book";