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Boy Scout Troop's long history comes to an end

March 28, 2014

Probably the oldest Sussex area Boy Scout group, Troop 39, has disbanded recently because of lack of volunteer leadership and various other factors. This was revealed in a month's letter from the Sussex Lions Club, which for years has been a financial angel for the troop. Troop 39 even used the Sussex Village Park building, built by the Lions Club in 1973-74 on the highest point in the central par of the park.

How gar 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 their records has a prominent Boy Scout picture of Sussex boy,Victor R. Munz, at about age 12, and since he was born at W232 N6274 Waukesha Ave. in 1918, we can assume the photo was taken about 1930. He went on to be in the service in World War II, where he rose to captain with the U.S. Army in the South Pacific He was awarded three Purple hearts, plus a stack of other medals, and ribbons. He died in 1987.

Getting back to Troop 39 — which is about 75 years old, if not more — according to the Sussex Lions Club letter, the troop turned over some its equipment to the remaining Boy Scout units in the Sussex area,Troops 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 been turned out by Troops 39, 95 ad 175. Today this plaque is on display in the Quad Room of the Pauline Haass Public Library, and 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% to 2% of all beginning Boy Scouts ever gain this highest of scouting honors. Currently there are 166 Sussex Boy Scout Eagle troop Eagle scouts (in 54 years), an average of three a year.

Troop 39 had five Eagle scouts in 2010, and after 2010 as Troop 39 was dissipating, there were no more Eagle scouts from the unit listed.

Troop 39 produced 39 Eagle scouts in 47 years (1963 to 2010). There is a noticeable gap in names from 1981 to 1995.

The list of Sussex Boy Scout Troop 39 Eagle scouts includes:

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

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