TROOP 33
HISTORY 1920's
Boy Scout Troop 33; First Lutheran Church; DeKalb, Illinois

The Roaring 20's

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THE TIMES:
America in the "Roaring 1920's"
DOLLARS PEOPLE HISTORY
1920 Income
  $1,236
 ($23.75/week)

1920 House
  $2,878

Gallon of Gas
  $ .18

- Charlie Chaplin
- Buster Keaton
- Rudy Valle
- Al Jolson
- Babe Ruth
- Red Grange
- Jack Dempsey
- Charles Lindberg
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- First Talkies
- Penicillin Discovered
- First Radio Transmission
- King Tut's Tomb Found
- Stock Market Crashed 1929

U.S. PRESIDENTS
  + Woodrow Wilson
  + Warren G. Harding
  + Calvin Coolidge
  + Herbert Hoover

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DEKALB IN 1925

A photo of what DeKalb looked like when Troop 33 was originally chartered in 1925. This photo looks northeast from 4th and Main St (Lincoln Hwy) with it's barbed wire mills. Look closely just right of center and you can see the train station. The large factory below it has been razed and is now the location of the downtown McDonalds.

Click here for full size photo.

Note: Main Street was changed to Lincoln Highway in 1930.



    1920's Timleline

1920's TIMELINE:
YEAR NOTE
1925 DeKalb County Council established in 1925.
In 1925 five Scout troops were established in DeKalb.

+ Troop 1 - date? - sponsor?
+ Troop 2 - date? - sponsor?
+ Troop 3 - May 1925 - First Lutheran Church - DeKalb

Original Scoutmaster - Charles Osenberg.
(later changed to Troop 33)
+ Troop 4 - Sep 1925 - First Methodist Church - DeKalb
+ Troop 5 - date? - Ellwood School - DeKalb

. 1926 Sept 1926 - John MacQueen donates 27 acres of land north of Kirkland, Illinois to DeKalb Rotary Club. Given in trust, the land is used as a camp for Boy Scouts in DeKalb County.

Our Scouts attend Region 7's Third Annual Patrol Leaders Council and take home the trophy for best delegation.

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1928 In 1928 DeKalb County Council merges with St Charles area to form the Chief Shabbona Council containing two districts:

+ Kishwaukee District - established for DeKalb County
+ Fox Valley District - established for central Kane County

In 1928 "Troop 3" is officially changed to "Troop 33"

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TROOP 33's ORIGIN (Troop 3)

GOING FROM TO IN 1928.

In those days they didn't allow any troops to use the same number within a council. After merging two councils there were two Troop 3's. The other Troop 3 had an older charter which allowed them to keep their number.

For Troop 3 in DeKalb, we had to change our number, and the boys didn't like it. They were proud to be Troop 3 and didn't want to take the three off their shirts. In those days embroidered patches were harder to come by so the troop kept a box of threes on hand. They decided to keep their three and add another right next to it. That's when we became Troop 33. At least that's the way the story's been told.

They were proud to be Troop 3 and doubley proud to be Troop 33.




The measurement of this plaque is roughly
about 12"x16". The plaque reads:

THIRD PATROL LEADERS CONFERENCE

REGION 7
ELGIN, ILLINOIS

1926 BEST DELEGATION
WON BY DEKALB COUNTY COUNCIL

We were Troop 3 DeKalb back in those days.
Our troop number changed to 33 in 1928 when Chief Shabbona Council was formed.

Several of our boys represented the troop to bring the plaque home.



 

Key Adult Leaders in the 1920's
Year Scoutmaster Chairman
1925 Erwin Charles Osenberg
1926 Erwin Charles Osenberg
1927
1928
1929
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CAMP ROTARY MACQUEEN

In September 1926, John McQueen of Kirkland donated land north of Kirkland, Illinois along the Kishwaukee River to the DeKalb Rotary Club. The land, given in trust to the club, was used to establish a camp for Boy Scouts in DeKalb County.

Totaling 27 acres, the Club built and maintained an outdoor swimming pool, six cottages, a mess hall, administration building, a halfway house, and six wooden screened-in shelters. It became known as Camp Rotary MacQueen, and served as a Boy Scout camp until 1977. This same property was sold to the DeKalb County Forest Preserve and today is known as MacQueen Forest Preserve.

Images of patches from Camp Rotary MacQueen


Topographic map of Camp Rotary MacQueen


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1920's SCOUT HANDBOOKS:
HANDBOOK NOTES

Handbook
2nd Edition
1921-1927
The Scout Handbook in use when Troop 33 started in 1925 was the 2nd Edition, which is pictured left. The 2nd edition was printed from 1921 to 1927. Click here for more information.


Handbook
3rd Edition
1927-1940

The 3rd edition of the Scout Handbook was in use from 1927 to 1940 and its cover is pictured left. Click here for more information.

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Do you have photos or stories of Troop 33's history?

E-Mail
Cliff Golden
cliffgolden@yahoo.com

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