History

Troop History submitted by Lee S. Fleishman
Boy Scouts of America
At
Temple Oheb Shalom
(Eutaw PlaceTemple)

    The history of scouting at Temple Oheb Shalom greatly predates the 60th anniversary of Troop 97, which we are proudly celebrating here tonight. It is documented at the Headquarters of the Baltimore Area Council that Troop 122 of Baltimore was organized in December of 1918 (see figure 1) and had continuous registration up through May 1947 when it was disbanded due to World War II. When the Troop applied to be rechartered late in 1948 that number, 122, had been assigned to a different troop; hence, we became Troop 97. Otherwise, if it were not for WWII, we would be celebrating a 90th anniversary. There are continuous annual records of Troop 122 at Scout headquarters from December 1923 through May 1947. Some names on the 1923 record are Troop Committeemen Leonard Hecht, Leonard Goldheim, and Moses Wiesenfeld; Scoutmaster  Sidney Spear was followed by Joseph Isadore Cohen who was a West Point graduate and an infantry captain in the USArmy. (I'll bet that troop could come to attention!) Names that come to mind from the late 1930's and early 1940's are Scoutmaster Edwin Ottenheimer, assisted by Alvin Stolker and Jack Emden. Mr. Ben Schuman was chairman of the Troop Committee; his sons Bob and David were scouts in the troop, as were the Sandler brothers Robert, Henry, and Leonard, and their cousin Donald. There was George "Jay" Fay, Kevin "Buddy" Oppenheimer, Daniel  Fader, Sidney Robinson; Lee "Sonny" Fleishman and his brother Bob with neighbor Carl Freedman, Daniel Eichberg and Leonard Bachman. The Troop had three Patrols, nominally of eight boys each; Beaver, Flying Eagle, and Flaming Arrow. Boys had to be 12 years old before becoming  a Tenderfoot Scout in those days. Some of the Scouts of about 1936 are shown in the photo of figure 3. The Hopkins sweatshirt without a head is Edwin Ottenheimer. Jay Fay is kneeling to his left. Robert Sandler is at the top of the pyramid. Jack Emden is over Robert's right shoulder and  Alvin Stolker is over his left shoulder. Henry Sandler is kneeling at the lower right. There was a patrol leaders meeting at the home of Scoutmaster Edwin Ottenheimer when the radio in the  background announced the attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7th, 1941. Streetcars were used to transport the Scouts to the weekly meetings at Eutaw PlaceTemple (at Lanvale Street) and were how we got to camps and hikes. We would ride streetcars to Gwynn Oak Avenue and Liberty Heights Avenue and walk out Liberty Road to Campfield Road for day hikes in the woods along  wynns Falls. We also look the streetcar to Mount Washington for day hikes in what became the Bonnie View Golf Course and is now houses.The historical marker shown in figure 2 in the vicinity. We would take the streetcar to the end of Edmonson Avenue and walk out Baltimore National Pike to a cabin in the Patapsco State Forest Reserve (later Patapsco Valley State Park). There were also hikes and campouts in Druid Hill Park. Can you imagine that! Our summer camp was at Camp Linstead on the Severn River for Broadcreek was unheard of in those days. (Now a residential neighborhood, Linstead-on-the-Severn, near Severna Park, Md.) The scouts went to Camp Linstead as individuals rather than as a troop. A lot has changed in the intervening decades, except we still say "On my honor I will do my best......"

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