Camp Lewallen, Missouri, Fred Lewallen obit

Billie Harris - Jun 24, 2008

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In a newspaper dated 11/3/1939, the name of which was not given me, appeared an article on Camp Lewallen in Missouri.   It is the official camp of the Southeast Missouri Area Council of Boy Scouts, located on St. Francis River 70 miles west of Cape Girardeau.   It was dedicated and the article states that the ceremonies were held in the presence of 250 men and women from virtually every point in the district who were giving their support to the program of youth advancement.   Dr. W. W. Parker, president of the Council, dedicated the 263 acre site and its extensive improvement.   It sates in part:   “Members of the Lewellen family, who gave a big portion of the tract to the Southeast Missouri Area Council, were introduced. L. L. Lewallen, whose farm was a part of the tract, died recently.   Those introduced were his son, Supt. Fred Lewallen of the Chaffee public schools and his daughter.”

Then from the internet:


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History of Chaffee School System

Staff Article in The Chaffee Leader Newspaper

The first school was established in 1905 but the first success was not experienced until September of 1907 when 134 pupils were enrolled.   In 1908, the enrollment increased to 157 and the pupils had to be divided into morning and afternoon sessions.   The first building was in the third block of gray avenue.   It was a wheat grainary and was supplemented with a frame building directly across the street on Gray.

In 1909 Miss Finley and Miss Hicks secured public subscriptions to begin first library.   In that same year construction was started on the corner of Elliot and Fourth of a new grade school.   Since then the building has been added to various times and again this year another sizable addition is being constructed.   O.E. McGee was Superintendent and it was during his tenure that Chaffee had one of Missouri's finest football teams.

In 1916 the three story high school building was erected on the corner of Yoakum and Fifth.   In 1921 a gymnasium was built but later destroyed by the tornado.   A new and completely modern gym was erected in 1937 and in 1940 the Manual Arts building was finished.

Fred Lewallen became superintendent in June of 1935.   He established the Parent-Teachers Association and worked hard for the revival of football and band.   Mr. Lewallen has been Superintendent for 21 years seeing the schools work down through the years performing the important job of educating our children.


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Fred Lewallen (03/09/07)
Fred Robert Lee Lewallen, 81, passed away Tuesday, March 6, 2007, in Cape Girardeau. He was born in Anniston, Mo., Sept. 9, 1925. His family moved to Chaffee, Mo., in 1935. His late father, Fred Lee Lewallen, was superintendent of schools in Chaffee from 1935 to 1962, and his late mother, Chilton Ruth Lewallen, was a grade school teacher until 1962...


Camp Lewallen
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Camp Lewallen

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Owner Greater Saint Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America
Location Silva, Missouri
Country United States of America
Founded 1935
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Camp Lewallen is 580 acres of Boy Scout summer camp property owned and operated by the Greater Saint Louis Area Council. It is located in Silva, Missouri. Camp Lewallen opened in 1936. The property includes the Roy Jarvis Dining Hall, the towering Mount Logan, Scoutcraft, nature and voyageur areas. The Trading Post overlooks the pool for you to relax and have a snack. At the shooting sports area scouts have the chance to shoot a shotgun, .22 rifle and bow and arrow. At Lake Potashnik, Scouts can canoe, row, fish and kayak. Originally a part of the Southeastern Missouri Council, the Greater Saint Louis Area Council took over operation of the property and its programs in 1993. The staff of the camp operates the weeklong Boy Scout Residential Camp with dining hall cooking. The 2008 director will be T.J. Foley.[1]