Be Prepared for the 21st Century

1947 to 1950

The original Troop 37 application for a charter as a Boy Scout Troop was signed September 26, 1947, and filed with Otetiana Council October 17, 1947.  The first batch of applications for membership by Scouts were all dated October 10, 1947.

Jack Dailor [Jack and his friend Al Hasselwander were the first two Eagle Scouts in Troop 37.  Jack went on to be an Assistant Scoutmaster and Scoutmaster in the 50's and 60's.  AL Hasselwander became President of Rochester Telephone.] Al Hasselwander and I were the best of friends. Al and I were Scouts at Troop 19, Tay House. When I went to Aquinas Institute for 9th grade in the Fall of 1947, I was a Life Scout and a Patrol Leader. I wanted to go out for football at Aquinas and asked the Tay House Scoutmaster, Jack Stern, if I could let my Assistant Patrol Leader run the patrol during the football season, through, say, October, but Stern said something like ‘if you can’t do the job we will find someone who could.’ I was ticked off and quit Tay House.

Meanwhile Al went to the Junior Catholic Seminary (9th grade through college sophomore) at St. Andrews. As a junior seminarian, he wasn’t allowed to participant in outside groups, so he had to quit Tay House. When Troop 37 was started in the Fall of 1947, Al called me and said ‘there’s now a Scout Troop at our parish.’ As Troop 37 was sponsored by St. John the Evangelist, Al’s parish, he was permitted by the junior seminary to participate in the troop. Al and I went to see the troop, which had 55 kids who knew nothing about Scouting, and several leaders, many of whom knew a lot about outdoors, camping, hunting etc. but few had any Scouting experience. So Al and I joined the troop and started getting it organized into patrols etc. I wanted the troop to succeed in part so we could compete with Tay House in an inter-troop rally and I could get back at Jack Stern and his snub.

[Note: Jack Dailor's application to join Troop 37 is dated November 28, 1947 about two months after the troop was organized.  The application was signed by his mother, Mrs. Francis E. Dailor. According to his Transfer Credit Certificate, he completed two years in Troop 19 -- Scouting started at age 12 in that era -- and had advanced to the rank of Life in June 1947.  Alan C. Hasselwander signed his application to join Troop 37 Dec. 5, 1947. He was 13 and was a Life Scout from Troop 19.  His application was signed by his father, Claude Hasselwander, who had been on the Committee of Troop 19 and who went on to join the Troop 37 Committee.  Al lived at 85 Middlesex Road and Jack lived a couple houses away, at 102 Middlesex. 50 Scouts were registered by the end of Troop 37's first charter year.]

Overcoming opposition [from Kevin O'Brien, an Eagle Scout from Troop 37]: My dad, Francis O’Brien, was one of the founders of Troop 37 and was on the original troop committee. My mom said that Msg. Sullivan, the pastor of St. John the Evangelist Church, was dead set against having a troop there. But my dad appealed to one of the younger assistant pastors there, who was more sympathetic to starting a troop. Two of my older brothers were members of the troop. [Note: Rev. Walter E. Fleming may have been the young assistant pastor Mrs. O'Brien was think about.  He was Troop 37's first Institutional Representative and, in pictures of the time, appears to be about 30.  Dan O'Brien, Kevin's brother, joined Troop 37 in 1949. In addition to Fr. Fleming and Mr. O'Brien, the Original Troop 37 'Charter Committee' was Harry Miller, Claude Hasselwander, Walter May, Don Corbett Sr., Gene Sage, and John Clarcq.

Walt May [Mr. May is still a member of the Troop 37 Committee in 2009]: I was a member of the Scout troops at Sacred Heart Cathedral and at Holy Rosery Church. I didn’t progress much but had a lot of fun. I graduated from high school in 1939 and went to the University of Rochester, graduating in 1943. I joined the Navy and served until 1946. When I got back from the Navy, Troop 37 was being organized. I was a member of the first troop committee. The first Scoutmaster was Richard Nothnagle.  When the second scoutmaster, Eugene Sage, became ill, the troop was faced with being dissolved and so I became Scoutmaster. I recruited Lou Langie Jr. to join our troop, rather than Tay House, when he graduated from Princeton in 1949. Right after that I was recalled to active service with the Navy for two years.

Exploratory trip to Massawepie: (From Walt May): In 1950, the Scout Council was considering purchasing Massawepie. Lou Langie Sr. was the Chair of the Otetiana Council Board. I, along with Lou Langie Jr. and a group of Troop 37 Scouts, including Jack Dailor, went up to the property in September and camped there. We reported our observations about the property when we got back, although I doubt that had much of an influence on purchasing the property. The Council bought it shortly after our visit. [Note: In September 1951, Otetiana Council purchased 2,850 acres of Massawepie property from the Sykes family for $105,000.]