Gift from NYS Festival of Balloons

Our thanks to the Board of Directors and the festival committee of the Dansville Festival of Balloons for their very generous donation to the Dansville Area Historical Society.

Their support gives us a very good start toward funding a new roof for the Museum.

Gift from NYSFOB to DAHS 20151116_194141-1

Pictured with NYSFOB officer Mary Ann Holden are DAHS president Gerri Waight and DAHS board member Nancy Helfrich.

On this date: First Boy Scout Troop formed

July 27, 1915

Troop 1

First Boy Scout Troop formed in Dansville, NY.  Troop 1 included 14 boys when it was initially formed.  Over seeing the first Troop in Dansville was Scoutmaster Richard H. Rover who was assisted by Harold Fowler.  Tenderfoot Rank was earned by Robert Beecher, Harold Deuel, Elroy Wilber, Theodor McNair and Paul Clise.  The Boy Scouts first appeared in uniform during Sunday School at there chartered organization, Presbyterian Church, on Sunday Aug 8, 1915.

Patrol member for Owl were Robert Beecher, Howard McKay, Fred Welch, Donald Alverson, CLinton Hall, Elroy Wilber, Robert Stout and Donald Wilber.  Wolf, Theodor McNair, Wesley Wells, Kenneth Gardner, Robert Campell, Ralph Gibbs, Harold Barnard, Tom Lemen and Will Folts. Fox, Harold Deuel, Paul Clise, George Clise, Karl Hubbell, Theodor Acomb and George Thompson.

Original Boy Scouts of America emblem

Former BSA Troops from Dansville, NY

Troop 1 (1915-1918+) Presbyterian Church, Dansville, NY

Scout Master:
Richard H. Rover
A.I. Dennigan

The Dansville Express


Messrs. Harold Duell, Clark Loper and Howard McKay of Troop 1 Boy Scouts of Dansville rolled in their blankets and slept in the open air one night recently. They cooked their supper and breakfast over a campfire and took a cold plunge in the creek in the morning.


Troop 2 (1916-1918+) St. Patrick’s Church, Dansville, NY


Troop 39 (19??-1928+) St. Paul’s United Lutheran Church, Methodist Episcopal Church and St. Peter’s Memorial Church Dansville, NY


Troop 40 (1930-1951+) Presbyterian Church, Dansville, NY Troop nickname: Roosevelt Troop 40

Committee Chair (committeemen):
1937 Wilson Ullyette
- 1937 - Stewart Beecher
- 1951 - Charles Fitzgibbon
- 1980 - Phillip Murphy
Edward Brown - (1937 - Star Scout)
Donald Hatch - (1937 - Star Scout)
Fred Acomb - (1937 - Star Scout)

Donald Hatch - Recited Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, 1938 Memorial Day at Greenmount Cemetery

Richard A. Fox (1942?-1946?) - (1946 - Eagle Scout)

1929: Steuben Area Council Troop 40 was awarded with the 1929 Silver Bar along with 15 other troops in the council.  the Silver Bar is the highest honor awarded to any troop during any year. Troops rate themselves on Meetings, Attendance, Hikes, Advancements and News.  The highest score for each month is 100 points, and those who score 800 or better over twelve months are recognized by the Rotary Clubs with the Silver Bar Award.  Troop 40 ended up with 820 points

Troop 41 (pre 1933-1951+) Methodist Episcopal Church, Troop nickname: Genesee Valley Troop 41

Committee Chair (committeemen):
1937 Hyman Lapides
Lewis Lapides - (1937 - Star Scout)
John Wray 1937
Warren Bills - (1939 - First Class Scout)
Ralph Back - (1939 - Second Class Scout)
Richard Allen - (1939 - Second Class Scout)
Robert Trescott - (1939 - Second Class Scout)
William Trescott - (1939 - Second Class Scout)
Elwood Daniels - Pathfinding
William Teeter - Civics & Bird Study
Clarence VanDerwerken - First Aid
Paul Hines - Bird Study
Malcomb Newton - Bird Study
Donald Nice - Bird Study
Charles Roberts - Bird Study
Arthur VanDerwerken - Bird Study
John Wray - Bird Study

Troop 49 (?? – 1951 – 1980 – ??) United Methodist Church

- 1951 - LaVerne Maples
- 1980 - Jerry Culbertson

Troop 87 (?? – 1980 – ??) Daniel Goho American Legion Post 87

- 1980 - : Vernon Kline

District Commissioner’s – Dansville District – Steuben Area Council

1930 - John R. Blum



Current Boy Scout troops in Dansville, NY:

Troop 38 (Established in 1924) Troop nickname: Red Jacket Troop 38 (1928-1940+?)

Boy Scouts of America, Dansville, New York


Dansville Boy Scout Rescues Lad From Drowning at “Rocks”


Richard Nagle of Troop 38 in Line for Award of Heroism. Through a letter to Scout Executive P. L. Dunn, a Dansville Boy Scout la credited with saving a lad from drowning at the Rocks recently.  The Following letter explains the details:

                                                   17 Chestnut Ave.
                                                   Dansville, N. Y.
                                                      July 13, 1926

My dear Mr. Dunn:
I am writing to you to let you of the possibility of having another
life saving badge in the Steuben County. Council. Richard Nagle, a
first class scout from Troop thirty-eight of Dansville, last
Wednesday pulled Sylvester Hackett out of the "Rocks." Dansville's
public swimming pool.
I was at the place at the time but was not at the pool. From what I
am told. Hackett was standing on the edge of an eighteen inch cliff.
Accidentally he slipped and fall into over seven feet of water.
The boy could not swim and was unable to call for help. Nagle
fortunately saw him struggling. He took a surface dive and went in
and pulled Hackett to safety.
Hackett later said that he tried to call for help but was unable to
do so. He said that he didn't think he could have got out alone.
Richard is at camp now and you could get more details from him. I
thought probably you would like another Life Saving Badge in Steuben
County Council as would everyone else.
                                         Sincerely yours,
                                               John Holden

In acknowledgement of the above, Mr. Dunn answered as follows:

                                                     Hornell. N. Y.
                                                      July 17, 1926
Mr. John Holden,
27 Chestnut Avenue,
Dansville, N.Y.
Dear Mr. Holden,
Thank  you for calling our attention to the life saving feat of Scout
Richard Nagle. I read your letter at our Camp Gorton campfire. It
certainly did get a tremendous applause.
I am following it at once with our National Court of Honor to see if a heroism award or certificate may be secured.
                                          Sincerely yours,
                                                  P.L. Dunn

Richard is a first class scout of Troop 38 and has a long list of merit badges.


From Blue to Red


Troop 38 announces the adoption of a troop name. They have chosen that of the Red Jacket troop. It seems there is no other personage that holds the close affiliation with motives and ideals to the scouts as that of Red Jacket.

This famed Indian Chief spent the greater part of his years In the Genesee Country. He was a pacifier and a warrior. He straightened out differences between the red men and the white men when this territory was a virgin forest. He fought with the true blood of his ancestors for that which is right. With these characteristics as examples, members of the Red Jacket troop hope to carry on the scouting projects.  Thus with the adoption of this name, they have changed their characteristic blue neckerchiefs to that of bright red, the emblem of a fighting spirit, characterizing Red Jacket.

The Red Jacket Troops is one of the few in the country that has adopted a troop name.  They shall be known hereafter, not as Troop 38, but as the Red Jacket troop of the Steuben county council.

1928: Red Jacket Troop 38 planted 5,000 pine trees on the George Schwingel farm near Loon Lake.

1929: Steuben Area Council Troop 38 was awarded with the 1929 Silver Bar along with 15 other troops in the council.  the Silver Bar is the highest honor awarded to any troop during any year. Troops rate themselves on Meetings, Attendance, Hikes, Advancements and News.  The highest score for each month is 100 points, and those who score 800 or better over twelve months are recognized by the Rotary Clubs with the Silver Bar Award.  Troop 38 ended up with 940 points

Charles McLane, 17. son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred McLane. is the highest ranking Boy Scout of about 1.000 youths in the Steuben Council. A member of Red Jacket Troop 38 here, he has earned 58 merit badges.  Genesee Country Express, 1979 (A Look at History From the Files)

1934: Rochester Boy Scouts to Oppose Local Troop

Milton Shafer and his staff from Crusader Troop 200 of Rochester, sponsored by St. Boniface Church of that city, called on the staff of Red Jacket Troop 38 last night to make plans for an inter-troop meeting, a week from Friday at 7:30 p. K. of C. hall. The Crusader troop will bring 50 boys.

Red Jacket Troop was decisively defeated in the competitive events between the two troops at Rochester last fall, but is looking forward to a victory here. The events will include semaphore signaling, fire by friction, fire by flint and steel and the usual events that mark council and district rallies.

The Crusader troop has been strong for the past three years, winning practically all major events in the Rochester area. Meetings between the two troops have been brought about through the efforts of the Rev. J. R. Rauber of St. Mary’s Church here. (DANSVILLE BREEZE, DANSVILLE, NEW YORK FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 1934)

1940: St. Mary’s Church: The Red Jacket Troop 38, Boy Scouts, will begin their weekly meetings at the K. of C. Hall tonight. All members are asked to be present and also all others who wish to join. The meeting will be called at 7:30 p.m. (DANSVILLE BREEZE, DANSVILLE, N. Y., MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 1940)

1971: 38 from 38 Fly High On Air Force Base Tour – Members of Boy Scout Troop 38 were given a close look at military flying operations last weekend when they were guests of the United States Air Force at the base in Niagara Falls.

The thirty-eight boys and their ‘leaders arrived at the Falls on Friday night where they were billeted in reservists quarters. Meals were served through the regular Air Force mess facilities.

A highlight of the trip was when the scouts were given the opportunity to inspect a C-130 cargo plane from the tip of its radar equipped nose to its 30-foot high tail. The young visitors were permitted to sit in the pilot’s seat and experiment with the controls of this huge aircraft which is so versatile it can operate on a variety of fuels and requires only 3000 feet of runway to become airborne.

Another point of interest at the base, visited by the boys, was the section housing fire fighting apparatus and crash equipment. This safety equipment is on the alert not only for the Air Force operations but also for Bell Aerospace and Niagara Falls International Airport. All use the excellent 9000 foot runway at the base.

Side trips from the military installation included trips to the Aquarium and to the New York State Power Vista. The troop returned home on Sunday afternoon. Transportation was by St. Mary’s School Bus piloted by Edward J. Acomb.

Boys who made the trip were Kenneth Holmes, Charles Infantine. Robert Infantine Steve Infantine John Lauffer, Dennis Leven; Tom Leyden, Matt McConnell, Jay Morsch, Andy Rathburn, Mike Rathbum, Brent Rauber, Mark Redding, David Acomb, Doug Acomb, Doug Atwell, Marty Bailey, Brayton Baker, Paul Black, William Cramer, Edward Derowitsch, Ronald Domescek, Jim Drum, Mark Drum, Mark Duffy, Mike Dugo, Peter Fox, Mike Gould, Mike Sauerbier, Jim Sauerbier. Kieth Smith, Steve Smith, Mike Sweet, Jeff Tracy, Tom VanDurme, Mike Vogt, and Tom Fires.

Adults accompanying the group were Scoutmaster John Rauber, Assistant Scoutmasters Robert Hayes and Willard Cramer, and adult volunteers Stanley Mastin. Walter Kennel, and Robert Drum. (Genesee Country Express, 1971)

1979: Boy Scouts Earn medals Seven members of Boy Scout Troop 38 were honored during the presentation of Religious Emblem Awards during a ceremony in St. Mary’s Church Sunday morning.

The Ad Altare Dei Award was presented to Brian Bartalo, Chris Jaeger, Steven Powell, Michael Belanger and Charles Belanger. These scouts worked for more than a year to meet requirements under the direction of Carolyn Hitchcock who was assisted by Victor Gessner and Phillip Cox.

Mark Jaeger and Patrick Jaeger received the Pope Pius XII award. Their counselor, Scoutmaster John Rauber, said the award is a relatively new program and designed for older scouts who have already earned the Ad Altare Dei medal. The two Jaeger brothers earned the Ad Altare Dei while members of Troop 26 in Malone. They are the first in Steuben Area Council to receive the Pope Pius award.

All of the awards were presented during the ceremony by the Rev. Frances Davis and, the Rev. George Wiant. Requirements for the award included a field trip to St. Bernard’s Seminary in Rochester. Troop 38 is sponsored by Dansville Council 785, Knights of Columbus, and St. Mary’s Church. (Genesee Country Express, Thursday, October 4, 1979)

1980:  Boy Scout’s Survey ‘No-Numbers’

More than 200 dwellings in Dansville would be difficult to locate because house numbers are missing or not visible. This could seriously delay arrival of fire equipment, ambulance or police in an emergency situation when minutes count.

The number defects were detected by William R. Waterhouse during a recent survey of 64 streets in the village. A member of Boy Scout Troop 38. Bill planned and carried out the project with wholehearted approval of Police Chief Marc Vernam and Fire Chief David Wolf. It had been previously approved by the Thunderbird Advancement Committee of Steuben Area Council. Each scout, working toward the Eagle Award, is required to complete an extensive service project of this nature

Bill walked many miles over a 10-day period to make the survey. In addition he delivered a letter, explaining need for legible numbers, to each dwelling at fault Some residents were not aware they lived in unnumbered houses.

Response to the letters has been encouraging. A letter from Chief Vernam congratulated Bill and noted. “Since Bill started his house numbering awareness program, this department and the village clerk’s office have received many calls requesting house numbers or the correction of number difference. — Bill’s project shows true interest and concern for the community and his fellow Dansvillians.”

Bill was encouraged in this undertaking by his parents Mr. and Mrs. Richard W. Waterhouse of 19 Clinton St.

Photo Caption – BUSY PROJECT – Bill Waterhouse leaves one of the residences in the community that lacked a house number as he carries out an extensive survey on the ”location system” which sometimes can be confusing. (Page 16—Genesee Country Express, Thursday, March 13, 1980)


Chartered/Sponsored Organization
1929 - 1930: St. Mary's and St. Patrick's Catholic Church's
- 1946 - : Knight's of Columbus
- 1972 - : St. Mary's Church
- 1974 - : St. Mary's Church and Knight's of Columbus
- 1980+ - : St. Mary's Church and Knight's of Columbus
- 1983 - 1985: St. Mary's Church and Pinta Club
2014 - present: Catholic Family (St. Mary's Church)
- 1937 - Joseph Sonne
- 1939 - Charles T. McLane
- 1946 - James Cox
19?? Andrew Sauerbier
- 1951 - Clyde Smith
1972 - 1984+ John Rauber (eagle scout)
20?? David Knights
2014-2015 Marty Spoor
2016 James Cotton

Assistant Scoutmaster
1939 - Stanley Driscoll, Norbert C. Blum, Richard Schwan
1980-1981 Willard Cramer
Committee Chair (committeemen):
1937-1939 Harold A. Smith (Council President 1936-1937?)
1946 Charles McLane
1980 Paul Sauerbier
1981 Robert F. Hayes
1985 James Sauerbier
2015 David Knights

Committee Members
1939 - Rev. John A. Smith, Rev. Edward M. Scheid, Rev. Joseph Merkel, James J. Swift
1980 Andrew Sauerbier
2015 Jean Gridley

1980 Frank Gilligan
2015 Sarah Mehlenbacher

1980 Jack Vogt

Outdoor Program:
1980 Robert Drum (Norbert C.?)
1980 Stanley Mastin


Scout Members:
Andrew Sauerbier pre 1930
Charles McLane - (Pre 1929 Eagle Scout) 1929 - 58 merit badges
James Cox - (1930 - Eagle Scout)
James McDonald - (Pre 1930 Eagle Scout, 1930 - Silver Palm) May have been in Troop 40

Prior to 1939
Daniel Albert - (Pre 1939 Eagle Scout)
William Blum - (Pre 1939 Eagle Scout)
John Mahany - (Pre 1939 Eagle Scout)

James Albert - (1937 - Star Scout)
Donald Fries - (1937 - Star Scout)
Donald Wise - (1937 - Star Scout)

James Albert - (1939 - Eagle Scout) son of Mrs. Simon Albert
Donald Wise - (1939 - Eagle Scout) son of Mrs. Dwight Wise
James Kelly - (1939 - First Class)
Thomas Rauber - (1939 - First Class)
Lewis VanDurme - (1939 - First & Second Class)
Richard Cross - (1939 - Second Class)
James Huver (1939 - Tenderfoot)
Philip VanDurme (1939 - Tenderfoot)
Carl Hasbee (1939 - Tenderfoot)
Wallace Palmer (1939 - Tenderfoot)

Prior to 1972
William Cramer (Pre 1972 Eagle Scout/Bronze Palm)
Michael Johnson (Pre 1972 Eagle Scout)
Stephen Smith (Pre 1972 Eagle Scout)
Mark Redding
Tom Leyden
Tom VanDurme
see 1971 below...
Ronald Domescek (1972 - Eagle Scout)
Daniel Hayes (1972 - Eagle Scout)
Douglas Acomb (1972 Sr. Patrol Leader - Life Scout)
Rick Johnson (1972 Sr. Patrol Leader - Life Scout)
David Acomb (1972 Patrol Leader -Star Scout)
Peter Fox (1972 Patrol Leader -Star Scout)
Charles Infantino (1972 Patrol Leader -Star Scout)
Robert Infantino (1972 Patrol Leader - Life Scout)
James Sauerbier (1972 Patrol Leader - Life Scout) 1974 Camp Gorton Honor Camper of the week
Mike Gould (1972 - Life Scout)
Mark VanDurme (1972 - Life Scout)
Mike Rathburn (1972 - Life Scout)
Jim Drum (1972 - First Class)
Randy Mastin (1972 - First Class)
Mat McConnell (1972 - First Class)
Andy Rathburn (1972 - First Class)
Brent Rauber (1972 - First Class)
Mark Redding (1972 - First Class)
Mike Sauerbier (1972 - First Class)
Steve Infantino (1972 - First Class)
Mark Josette (1972 - First Class)
John Lauffer (1972 - First Class)
Mike Vogt(1972 - First Class)
Tom VanDurme (1972 - First Class)
John Duffy (1972 - Second Class)
Tomas Leyden (1972 - Second Class)
John Smith (1972 - Second Class)
Ken Holmes (1972 - Second Class)
Don Kinny (1972 - Second Class)
Jim Lemen (1972 - Second Class)
Matt VanDurme (1972 - Second Class)
Doug Atwell (1972 - Second Class)
Mark Duffy (1972 - Star Scout)
Mike Dugo (1972 - Star Scout)
Dennis Leven (1972 - Star Scout)
Matt Rathburn (1972 - Star Scout)
Mike Henchen (1972 - Star Scout)
James Basta (1972 - Star Scout)
Mike Sweet (1972 - Star Scout)
Terry Sauebier (1972 - Tenderfoot)
Roger Howard (1972 - Tenderfoot)
David Johnson (1972 - Tenderfoot)
Rick Wolf (1972 - Tenderfoot)

James Sauerbier (1974 - Eagle Scout) Camp Gorton Honor Camper of the week (son of Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Sauerbier
Randy Mastin
Bill Nunsell
Matt Rathburn
Mark Redding

1975 James Sauerbier - youth represenative speaker at Bishop's dinner

William "Bill" Waterhouse
John Schleyer
Tom Snyder
Nick Chiumento
Chris Hamsher
Ken Esserine
Herb Mower
Joe Snyder
Chris Jaeger
Steve Powell
Mark Pfuntner
Troy Pfuntner
Jon Bennett
Brian Bartalo
William Waterhouse (1980 - Eagle Scout)
Brian Bartalo (1980 - Life Scout)
Steve Powell (1980 - Life Scout)
Jeff Spencer (1980 - Life Scout)
Mark Pfuntner (1980 - Star Scout) Camp Gorton Honor Camper of the wk
Craig Howe (1980 - Star Scout)
Troy Pfutner (1980 -  Star Scout)
John Schleyer (1980 - Star Scout)
Ken Esserine (1980 - First Class)
Nick Chiumento (1980 -Second Class)
Chris Hamsher (1980 - Second Class)
Chris Jaeger 1980
Mike Rittenhouse (1980 - Second Class)
Robert Welch (1980 - Second Class)
Chris White (1980 - Second Class)

William Waterhouse (1980 - Eagle Scout) earned Bronze and Gold Palms
Patrick Jaeger - (1981 - Eagle Scout)
Christopher Jaeger - (1981 - Eagle Scout)
Brian Bartalo - (1981 - Life Scout)
Craig Howe - (1981 - Life Scout)
Mark Pfuntner - (1981 - Life Scout)
Troy Pfuntner - (1981 - Life Scout)
John Schleyer - (1981 - Life Scout)
Chris Hamsher - (1981 - Star Scout)
Kenneth Esserine - (1981 - First Class)
Steven Jaeger - (1981 - First Class)
Steven Rauber - (1981 - First Class)
Christopher White - (1981 - First Class)
Gregory Beardsley - (1981 - Tenderfoot)
Michael Beardsley - (1981 - Tenderfoot)
David Hamsher - (1981 - Tenderfoot)
Stephen Leven - (1981 - Tenderfoot)
Michael Guy - (1981 - Scout)
Peter Hillier - (1981 - Scout)

Chris Halbert
Ray Caron
Andrew Sanderson
Rob Canuti
Joseph Cox
Thomas Knapp
David Whiteman
Steve Jaeger
James Lungu
Richy Scott
Daniel Miller
Dave Hamsher
Chris Hamsher
Thomas Linzy
Paul New
Adam Northrup
Toby Pfutner
Jon Martina
David E. Werth Jr.

Brian Bartalo - (1984 - Eagle Scout) 11 years? in Troop 38
Rick Carberry - (1984 - Life Scout)
David Werth Jr. - (1984 - Life Scout)
Stephen Leven - (1984 - Star Scout)
Peter Howe - (1984 - Star Scout)
Tom Acomb - (1984 - Star Scout)
Tom Knapp - (1984 - Star Scout)
Adam Northrup - (1984 - Star Scout)
Dan Miller - (1984 - First Class)
Pat Harris - (1984 - First Class)
Brian Weiler - (1984 - First Class)
Tom Humphrey - (1984 - First Class)
Doug LaBell - (1984 - Second Class)
Tom Linzy - (1984 - Second Class)
Chris Halbert - (1984 - Second Class)
Zachery Walker - (1984 - Second Class)
Rob Canuti - (1984 - Second Class)
Andy Sanderson - (1984 - Second Class)
Rich Scott - (1984 - Second Class)
Jeremy Daly - (1984 - Tenderfoot)
Chris Nixon - (1984 - Tenderfoot)
Rob Harris - (1984 - Tenderfoot)
Chris VanAuken - (1984 - Tenderfoot)
Jamie LaBell - (1984 - Scout)
Steve Wamp - (1984 - Scout)
Dan O'Connor - (1984 - Scout)
Imran Qureshi - (1984 - Scout)
Kurt VanDerwerken - (1984 - Scout)

Stephen Jaeger 1985 a principal speakers at Diocesean Committee on scouting



Troop 73 (Established in 1938)

Chartered Organization
- 1980 - present: St. Paul's Lutheran Church
- 1951 - William J. Huver
- 1980 - Richard MacDonald
- 2014 - present Terry Young

Bill Fisher (1951 - Eagle Scout)



Dansville Boy Scout news:

1917: DANSVILLE SAYS GOODBY TO 54 SOLDIER BOYS Band Plays ‘The Girl I Left Behind Me” as They March Away.

DANSVILLE, July 17—(Special). — Fifty-four Dansville boys voluntarily marched away yesterday with flying colors and the band slaying “The Girl I Left Behind Me,” to en train for Buffalo and the unknown future as soldiers of the 74th regiment.

Of these 18 were ‘enlisted soldiers clothed in khaki. The 33 recruits were In citizens’ clothes. Besides these 54 volunteers there are 29 others, cavalrymen, infantrymen and men of the aviation, marine and hospital forces; five in the officers’ reserves, one In the signal corps, the latest additions being Dr. J. C Dorr in the medical corps, and Dr. W D. Conklln of the officer reserve medical training corps.

In accordance with the proclamation of Mayor Stiegler Monday was a half holiday. The big industries closed their doors. On Main street a grandstand was erected in front of the post office and it was trimmed with flags. The Stars and Stripes floated from buildings and houses. The Dansville band donated Its services.

The veterans of Seth N. Hedges post, G. A. R . cheered the future soldier and were represented on the grandstand by their commander, Oscar Woodruff of the Dansville Express. Seated with him were Mayor Joseph Stiegler. Robert Pratt, attorney of the village, chairman, the village trustees and the orators of the day, Sireno F Adams esquire, Jonathan B. Morey and Rev. Leo G. Hofschneider Inspiring words were spoken ending with Father Hofschneider’s counsel and benediction.

A fine new flag was presented to the Dansville boys by Ira Allen, a blind veteran of the Civil war. The line of march was formed with the G. A. R. men leading, followed by the band, the newly enlisted men. the recruits and the fife and drum corps of the Boy Scouts. Troop 1 and 2 Boy Scouts, the men of the Power Specialty company and the Blum Shoe Manufacturing company. The marchers paraded up Main to the Breeze block, then back to Perine, whence the soldier hoys were taken In autos to the Lackawanna station. (BUFFALO EVENING NEWS: TUESDAY, JULY 17, 1917.)

DANSVILLE GIVES 74TH RECRUITS BIG SEND-OFF – Mayor and Band Heads Delegation to Buffalo With 75 Young Patriots.

Seventy-five recruits obtained In Dansville for the 74th infantry arrived in Buffalo at 1 o’clock yesterday afternoon The new men of the local regiment arrived via the Lackawanna coming in special car, accompanied by Mayor Streigler, a committee of Dansville business men and the Dansville band.

The departure yesterday of the recruits from Dansville was made a civic holiday, all business being suspended and the whole village turning out to do honor to the soldiers-to-be who were given a great send off by their townfolk. There was a parade, speeches and final good-byes.

The recruits and the Dansville escort were met at the Lackawanna station at the foot of Main street by a detail of the 74th infantry In command of Lieutenant Frank H. Bloomer with wagon train for their baggage and the Dansvillians were taken to the Connecticut street armory. They went through Main street to Niagara and thence to the armory, the Dansville band playing patriotic airs.

The Dansville men will become regular soldiers by this evening and will “begin the  grind” tomorrow as part of the local regiment. (BUFFALO EVENING NEWS: TUESDAY, JULY 17, 1917.)


1927: Steuben Area Council members from Dansville are B.H. Knapp (Council Vice President #2 of 3), A.E. Maloney, W.J. Braman and Simon Albert (Evening Tribune-Times, Tuesday, December 13, 1927)

1932: Looking Backward: John R. Blum, scout  commissioner of the Dansville district has appointed Thomas Donoghue as a deputy commissioner. Mr. Donoghue is a member of the Steuben Council, an active member of the local board of review and one of the committee of Red Jacket Troop. Genesee Country Express And Advertiser, Thursday April 9, 1942

1930: Steuben Area Council Championship – Red Jacket Troop 38 is determined to take the Inspection honor.

1936: Steuben Area Council Camporee – Red Jacket Troop 38, Boy Scouts, of Dansville covered itself with glory at the Steuben Area Council camporee held in Maple City Park, Hornell. Friday, Saturday and Sunday by winning the tug-of-war in the championship events Saturday afternoon. In the games preceding the championships Red Jacket Troop won in fire by flint and steel and water boiling.  The 1,500 scouts in attendance included a large representation from Dansville’s three troops. Red Jacket 38, Roosevelt 40 and Genesee Valley 41.

(Dansville Breeze, MONDAY, JUNE 29, 1936)

1939: Steuben Area Council consisted of 4 Districts; Corning, Bath, Hornell and Dansville.  Representing Dansville at the Commissioners Meeting in March of 1939 was T.W. Donoghue.  Two provisional Troops were unanimously endorsed to participate in the New York’s World’s Fair.  Boys would be selected from the entire (Council) area. (Dansville Breeze, Wednesday, March 15, 1939)

Ralph W. Clements: chairman of local Scout Board of Review, said he liked to see boys advance to First Class rank but derived greater pleasure in seeing the boys continue their advancements.  He presented a Life Scout Award to Richard Applin.  This award is in recognition of 10 merit badges, 5 of which were in required subjects.  (Dansville Breeze, Tuesday, April 11, 1939)

Boy Scout Board Of Review Meets – Dansville—A meeting of the Boy Scout Board of Review was held Monday night at (the Library. Vincent Blakely, assisted by Robert Cook, Stephen Lanphear and Calvin Knapp, directed the meeting.

Sixteen advancements were approved. They were: Ralph Back, Richard Allen, Robert Trescott and William Trescott of Troop 41, Second Class. Warren Bills of Troop 41 and Louis VanDurme of Troop 38, First Class; Elwood Daniels of Troop 41, Pathfinding; William Teeter of Troop 41, Civics; Clarence VanDerwerken, Troop 41, First Aid; Paul Hines, Malcomb Newton, Donald Nice, Charles Roberts, William Teeter, Arthur VanDerwerken and John Wray of Troop 41. Bird Study. (GENESEE COUNTRY EXPRESS AND ADVERTISER, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 1939)

1946: Leaders Plan Scout Activities Chairmen for the Boy Scout activities of the coming year will be named and a program for the next four months in Red Jacket District of the Steuben Council will be drawn up at a meeting at Bryant Hotel, Wayland, this evening.

Kenneth Davis, Wayland, district committee chairman, will appoint leaders of the following committees: Finance, camping and activities, organization and extension, leadership training, advancement, health and safety.

After the various chairmen have named their committees, they will go into various conferences to plan activities of the Red Jacket Scouts for June through September.

Attending from Dansvllle were to be Charles T. McLane, Edward Morsch, Norbert Blum, Jack Lee, Wiliard Morris, Lewis Bradley, Ray Finch, C. E. Moose, John Schwingle, John Greer, William Huver, T. W. Donoghue, Charles Reinholtz, Richard Campbell.  (DANSVILLE BREEZE, DANSVILLE, N. Y., THURSDAY, APRIL 25, 1946)

Set Weekend Camp At Hornell Park Amory Houghton, national Boy Scout organisation president, will attend a three-day Steuben Area Council Boy Scout camporee at Maple City Park, Hornell, starting Friday, June 28.

The chief Scouter of the land will be on hand to award advancements to boys of the area at a court of honor scheduled for 8 pan. Saturday. A camp fire hour will follow with demonstrations of Scout lore and amusing skits.

Nearly 1,500 boys and their leaders are expected to attend from the Dansvllle area Red Jacket District including Springwater, Wayland, Canaseraga, North Cohocton, Atlanta and Dansvllle as well as from Bath District, Corning District, Kancadea District and Southern District.

The camporee will open at 1 p.m. Friday with some troops arriving on Saturday. Equipment will be carried by individual troops as well as food supplies.

Among features of the camporee will be swimming and movies Saturday morning, demonstrations and contests in the afternoon, a parade at 7 p.m. and a court of honor and council camp fire in the evening. Church service arrangements have been made so that every boy may attend a church of his own faith Sunday morning.

Emblems are to be given to each at the boys present to be worn on the right pocket of the uniform to signify through the year the attendance at the annual affair. (DANSVILLE BREEZE, DANSVILLE, N. Y., June 20, 1946)

Lawrence Parka, chairman of the Camping and Activities Committee of Red Jacket Scout District, has announced that there will be a picnic and meeting for scoutmasters and others interested in scouting, at Glendale, near Springwater this Thursday evening at 6:30 o’clock.

The Red Jacket District comprises the communities of Cohocton, Springwater, Atlanta, North Cohocton, Wayland, Canaseraga, Swains and Dansville.  The purpose of the meeting this evening, is to review plans for the Red Jacket Camporee which will be held at Glendale, September 13, 14 and 15, and to afford Scoutmasters an opportunity to make suggestions regarding the program.

The theme of the Camporee will be a demonstration project, with one or more demonstrations to be given by each troop. This part of the program will give the scouts actual experience, and also enable them to learn various phases of scouting from other troops presenting demonstrations. Parents and friends will gain considerable worthwhile Information from the demonstrations which will be given by the boys.

Plans will be completed at the meeting, for a picnic for all area cub scouts and their parents, which will be a feature of the Saturday afternoon, September 14th Camporee program. Following a picnic lunch each pack will present a five-minute stunt which will be followed by evening camp fire. (GENESEE COUNTRY EXPRESS AND ADVERTISER, DANSVILLE, N. Y„ THURSDAY, AUGUST 29, 1946)

Troop 38 was Chartered by the Knights of Columbus in the Red Jacket District (Scout Commissioner (1937 -? 1946) : Tom Donoghue of Dansville) of Steuben Area Council.  Scoutmaster: James Cox

Troop Committee: Charles McLane (Chair), Jacob Fries, Edward Brogan, Harold Smith and Norbert Blum.

1949: Scouts to Gather For District Rally At H.S. Gymnasium Area Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts will gather tomorrow night at the Dansville Central School gymnasium for the Red Jacket District Scout rally, to begin at 7:30 pan.

Participating will be about 90 Scouts from Dansville, Wayland, Atlanta, Canaseraga and Cohocton. Demonstrations will follow the opening ceremony and formal review.

The Cub Scouting demonstration will include exhibits, and giving of the Cub sign, Cub promise. Law of the Pack, Pack Yell, Pack Song.

After a Scout song test, a patrol of five Scouts will solve a first aid problem provided by the director of the event. Another patrol of six Scouts will then give a knot-tying exhibition.

Designed to provide laughs tor the crowd is the dressing race. Scouts will dispose of articles of their clothing at 20 foot intervals, then return on the same course and don them again. They will be judged on appearance at the race’s conclusion.

A Morse signaling test will be conducted, followed by demonstrations on making fire by bow and drill, and by flint and steel.

A troop yell contest, a bugling contest, shoe scramble and Court of Honor are concluding events. Lawrence Parks of Wayland is Rally chairman. (DANSVILLE BREEZE, DANSVILLE N. Y., TUESDAY, MAR. 1, 1949)

1951: Wester Honored For Scout Work – William A Wester of Dansville recently was presented a Boy Scout Statuette in recognition of his service as Red Jacket District Commissioner of Steuben Area Council for the past two years.

The award was given by Lawrence A Parks of Wayland, district chairman of the Red Jacket District, before many Scouters of the area. Wester is leaving March 13 for Fort Devens, Mass., where he will report for service with the 1170th army service unit. He holds a reserve commission as first lieutenant.

As District Commissioner, Wester has been responsible for the training and guidance of the unit leaders of the District area in program planning, unit operation, defining unit relationships, cooperation with local Civil Defense organization and conducting monthly Scout Leaders’ round tables.

A nominating committee has been named to choose Wester’s successor. The  committee Includes Kenneth P. Davis of  Wayland, Dr. Charles A Calder and Robert A. Gray of Dansville. They will report a t the next district meeting, March 14 at Cohocton Methodist Church. (DANSVILLE BREEZE, DANSVILLE. N. Y., TUESDAY, MAR. 6, 1951)

Hundred Scouts Due for Camporee – MORE THAN 100 Red Jacket District Boy Scouts from six villages are expected to pitch their tents for A camporee at Dansville Fish & Came Club this weekend.

The three-day outing will get under way at 4 p.m. Friday, and wind up after the noon meal Sunday.

Scouts will pitch their own tents on the game club grounds, and cook their own grub. A lively program has been mapped out by George Lyman of Wayland, District Commissioner.

It will include a tour of one of the Dansville industries Saturday, and a big campfire Saturday night.

Campfire Program

Senior Scouts will give Scouting demonstrations around the campfire, and each Troop will give a demonstration.

Cub Packs have been invited to bring picnic lunches to the camp, fire, with the dinner bell to sound at 5 p.m. Each Pack will present a skit or demonstration around the campfire.

Best news of all is that Paul Lehman of Wayland will be present, when the fire is burning low, to tell about the Wild West, about Buffalo Bill and Rattlesnake Gulch.

Mr. Lehman is the author of many Western novels, and is an authority on Western history.

To Church on Sunday

On Sunday, Catholic boys will attend services at St. Patrick’s Church, while Protestant boys will attend the Methodist Church.

Present for the camporee will be Scouts from Dansville, Wayland, Springwater, Cohocton, Canaseraga and Atlanta.  (DANSVILLE BREEZE, TUESDAY, MAY 1, 1951)


Scout Council Camporee Set For Next Month The annual spring Camporee of the Steuben Area Boy Scout Council will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 3- 4-5, at Camp Gorton on Waneta Lake. Theme for the event will be “Golden Jubilee of Scouting in America,” and special program features will observe the 50 years of service.

Each of the three districts will have their own Camporee spot at the 436-acre camp with the Red Jacket District holding forth on the Hilltop campsite; southeast district will have the area directly behind the equipment building; and the western district will use the south field.

Each district has planned their own program with district and troop campfires set for Friday night and field event competitions on Saturday. Closing ceremonies are scheduled Sunday afternoon.

On Saturday evening, there will be a Council Campfire in which ail three districts will participate. Church services will be conducted Sunday morning for all faiths followed by the council competitions between the district winners to determine the council championships in signaling, knot tying and first aid.

It is expected a total of 1,500 scouts from 55 troops will participate in this annual event.  (DANSVILLE BREEZE, Tuesday, May 24, 1960)

1972: Dansville Boy Scouts part of the Red Jacket District

1981: Steuben Area Thunderbird District – For his 55 years of service to Scouting, Andrew P. Sauerbier, a Troop 38 Committeeman heading the advancement program, was given special recognition. Through the years he has served as assistant scoutmaster, scoutmaster, and Troop Committee chairman.


Dansville Cub Scouts

Current Cub Scout pack is Pack 71 (St. Mary’s Catholic Church)

- 1980 - : Ronald Wolf
- 2010 - present: Terry Young

William Waterhouse

PACK 71, Dansville, New York

Former Cub Scout Packs

Pack 41 (Dansville Rotary)

Dansville Scouts Take Top Honors At Cohocton Rally Cut Scout Pads 41 of Dansville was awarded. first prize in the Scout Week display in the window of The Geo. W. Feck Co. store.

Dansville’s Cub Scouts, accompanied by Packmaster Robert Holbrook and Assistant Packmaster Lloyd Mahoney, put on a military drill that drew rounds of applause.


- 1980 - : Phillip Murphy

Pack 87 (Daniel Goho American Legion Post 87)

Cub Scout news


Cab Scout Charter Night Slated Dec. 2 The newly formed Cub Pack sponsored by the Dansville Rotary Club will hold the first meeting on Thursday evening, December 2 at the high school gym, it was announced by Walter J. Blum, chairman of the Rotary Club Community Service Committee.

It is expected at that time that the Charter will be presented by a representative of the Steuben Area Boy Scout Council to John C. Ouderkirk Jr., Rotary Club president.

Mr. Blum said that five dens have been completely organized and a re holding weekly meetings. The theme for the month of November is “Hobbies.” (Genesee Country Express & Advertiser DANSVILLE, N. Y. THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 1948)


1915 Poster

Foster Wheeler Energy Corporation – exhibit Grand Opening

The Dansville Area Historical Society is proud to present an exhibit on Foster Wheeler.


The Grand Opening will be Sunday, October 18, 2015 from 2:00 pm till 4:00 at the Dansville Area Historical Society Museum located at:

14 Church Street, Dansville, NY 14437.

Foster Wheeler Office building 1 DSCN0088-300x225  Foster Wheeler Energy Corp sign DSCN0096

George Weidman is the vision, inspiration and driving force behind this project.  He was a long time employee of Foster Wheeler.  Our exhibit fills an entire room at the museum.  Items on exhibit include those from our collection as well as items on loan from local individuals.

Come share your memories with use and former coworkers and the Grand opening of the Foster Wheeler exhibit.


On this date: Kings Daughters Home opened

September 24, 1919

Kings Daughters Home in Dansville, NY was an assisted living facility for older independent adults for more than 90 years.  Over the years many of school children from Dansville Central School would sing Christmas carols from the staircase while the residents would surround them on the first floor near the tree.  Friends and family would also go trick-or-treating during Halloween.  However in the spring 2011 the King’s Daughters Home would be forced to close due to lack of money to operate sufficiently and was auctioned off on September 19th 2012.  A separate auction for contents will be held on October 8, 2012.

26 Health Street
Dansville, New York 14437

Originally built as Dansville Seminary to provide a higher education for older children, this 3 story brick building was finished in 1860 at a cost of $12,000.  In 1890, the new Owner Dr. George L. Ahlers along with Dr. Frederick R. Driesbach converted it into the Dansville Medical & Surgical Hospital, which would be the first hospital in town.

On this date: The debut of “Dansville Turns 200” appears in Genesee Country Express

March 19, 1992

“Dansville Turns 200” was a weekly newspaper column that ran in the Genesee Country Express from March 19, 1992 to January 28, 1996. In 201 installments, each representing one calendar year, the history of Dansville, New York was told, from its earliest white settlement to the celebration of the village bicentennial. Included in each article was a summary of the major events of the world, the nation, and the region for the year being covered, to try to give some perspective to what kind of world surrounded Dansville at the time. This project was the end result of many hundreds of hours of research, spread out over several years; and I received plenty of help. Among those to whom I owe thanks: Richard Eades, the high school teacher whose local history course set me on this path; the late historian Wilfred J. Rauber, who was of tremendous help to me during my initial researches in the mid-1980’s; Teresa Canuti and the other employees at the Dansville Public Library, for their helpfulness in my endeavors there; and for the editors of the Genesee Country Express, for allowing me access to their back issues, and, of course, for publishing my column. And many thanks to all who provided encouragement and compliments on what was, from beginning to end, a labor of love.

David Gilbert

Community Program: Antique Woodworking, by: David Palmer

The Dansville Area Historical Society


 Community Program

Thursday, April 2, 2015

At 6:30 p.m.

North Dansville Town Hall

14 Clara Barton Street

Dansville, NY 14437


Antique Woodworking


Presented by:

David Palmer

 To continue presenting programs, donations are greatly appreciated.

 Thank You

 Come and join us!!!!!

Community Program: Early Women Physicians of the Genesee Country

The Dansville Area Historical Society

Invites you to our Community Program

Early Women Physicians of the Genesee Country

Harriet Austin

Presented by:

Jane Oakes

 To continue presenting programs, donations are greatly appreciated.

 Sunday, March 8, 2015

At 2:00 p.m.
North Dansville Town Hall
14 Clara Barton Street
Dansville, NY 14437

Become a member of DAHS in 2015

The Dansville Area Historical Society appreciates new members at any time.  Our 2015 membership drive has just started.  Our non-profit group, established in 1961, grew out of an idea with the Dansville Women’s Civic Club. Indeed, the first donation to the new society was a $10.00 check from the high school’s Junior Historical group.  In 1968, the Village Board offered the former St. Patrick’s rectory to the society: the Dansville Area Historical Society Museum became a reality.

DAHS operates your Museum at 14 Church Street, accepts and preserves artifacts, sponsors programs for all ages, and participates in community events.  No fees are ever charged.

Joining the Dansville Area Historical Society will bring you our newsletter and support history in our area.  You can click on the Membership Form below, fill out and return the form. All donations are tax deductible.  Thank you very much!


Download form here: 2015 Membership Form