It was 1925 and Calvin Coolidge was sworn in as the country's 30th president. The Chrysler Corporation was founded, according to peoplehistory.com. F Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" was published and the site where Mount Rushmore would be built was dedicated, it stated.
In Elgin that year, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Athea Lodge chartered the Boy Scouts of America Troop 10.
Troop 10 has been active for 90 years, making it Elgin's oldest Boy Scout Troop. The Troop is part of the Three Fires Council, Great Bear District and has members from across the city.
"We did whatever we could to keep it going," Troop leader Frank Scheid said of the group's history. He helped organize the Troop's 90th anniversary celebration held at Lords Park Saturday that drew current Boy Scouts, alumni and city leaders.
"I believe the reason we've been around is scouting matures boys, they learn leadership skills, responsibility and being on their own," he said. "The biggest thing is getting younger kids interested in scouts."
The Troop has 14 members, with three members working on their Eagle Scout badges, Scheid said. Over its history, the Troop has had about 35 members who achieved the Boy Scout's highest rank, he said.
Karl Barth and Michael Dykstra are alumni who each became Eagle Scouts. Barth graduated college last year with a degree in engineering and Dykstra is an Elgin Community College graduate who is continuing his studies. The two came to Saturday's celebration.
"It takes a lot of work," he said of obtaining the rank. "It was important to know our Troop had a high rate for Eagle Scouts. For me, it allowed me to accomplish anything I set out to do," he said.
The Troop's history is tied to the Izaak Walton League of America, which took over from Oddfellows and became the charter organization in 1945. Troop 10 works with the League in doing environmental projects, from water clean ups to helping with the annual Fishing for Fun, said Kim Naylor, a Troop leader.
She credits the Troop's longevity with strong leadership.
"The leaders have played a role in keeping it going and passing onto new leaders," she said, adding some Troop leaders have stayed on even after their sons have aged out of the Scouts.
Tom Stewart and Sue Gehrig are two of those leaders. The two friends were leaders in the early 1990s. Gehrig was part of the Boy Scouts for 20 years. There were some gaps where membership was low but there was always strong leadership that helped the Troop preserver, Stewart said.
The Troop's legacy can be found in different areas around Elgin. Boy Scouts from Troop 10 participated in environmental projects, including helping clear portions of what became the Fox River Bike Trail, Stewart said, whose son, Scott, is a special education teacher in the Elgin area.
"It was interesting, the stuff we found," Gehrig said, whose son, Shaun, lives in Plano and runs a truck stop. The leaders were as enthusiastic as the Scouts, she said. "We had as much fun as the boys did."
The Troop's celebration included receiving a city of Elgin declaration at a city council meeting.
"It was wonderful to get recognized by people you look up to in the community," Naylor said. "You don't see a lot of kids at city council meeting. It was very good to be a part of," she said.