Grinnell Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 5, 1927, Grinnell, Iowa GRINNELL HERALD PUBLISHED SEMI-WEEKLY Per Tear in Iowa in APRIL mr. NUMBER 2 Anniversary We History Of No. 53, American Legion Officers Port W Poet Ralph L. Longley Vice Post Howard Dimit Russell C. George Finance F. Haag George A. Hyde Rev. Edward F. Bosworth Executive S. J. Dr. J. G. Lloyd L. Dr. E. E. Harris and C. M. A letter from John then secretary of the Iowa department of the American to B. J. Carney of this city under date of June 14, 1919 was the direct forerunner of the organization of Post No. 53 of the American Con- in this letter literature regarding the aims and purposes of the new organization of World Wai veterans and the suggestion that an application for a charter from nell service men would be highly to the state The very same day Uncle Sam's carried a reply petitioning for a which was favorably ed by the state secretary June 16, 1919. At the call of B. J. Carney the proposed service men's organization held its first meeting in the assembly room of the Grinnell Savings Thursday July 10. 1919 at eight After a short presentation of the purposes of the American the following officers were Post B. J. Vice Post Paul P. Post Finance L. A. Post James Post Azel Post With the removal from Grinnell before the John Horn was en to fill the Originally chartered as. Grinnell the local organization later changed its name to post in honor of William J. Focht and George the first Grinnell boys to fall on the fields of In reporting the initial meeting to the state organization Post Commander Carney enclosed a membership list which contained 116 names and ed that effort is being made to increase this number to 200 in the near One of the first acts of the post ter its organization was the ing and aiding in the drive for funds for the Salvation a work which it has faithfully undertaken each Nov. 3 saw 165 bers of the post getting together for the first social meeting in its This took the form of a ed at the Masonic Temple by the der of the Eastern and was lowed by a program of vaudeville and and other At the suggestion of the Grinnell Commercial the Legion took charge of plans for the celebration of the first anniversary of Armistice Well organized and the celebration with its big barbecue and dance proved a able event in the annals of the city and won new respect and admiration for the local A week Nov. 18 and 19, the aided by a beauty chorus of town and college presented the of 1919" to a packed house in the Colonial Besides stering the finances of the post the production revealed a fine line of histrionic talent among its But Post's ments for 1919 were not to be con- fined to local services and Late in July Post Commander A FORWARD Post Commander Ralph L. The Legion is primarily a born out of the comradeship of service in a common cause and dedicated to first to the disabled veterans and their dependents and after vice to the local The Legion and its Auxiliary are unceasingly working to their obligation to those disabled soldiers for whom the war will never be ed. An ever increasing number are being taken care of by the government but much of this care is rather perfunctory and lacks the personal interest and attention that go to make comfort and Our Iowa Auxiliary devotes most cf its attention to the providing in a systematic manner special treats of food as well as entertainment to brighten the It has been suggested that this community with its wealth and talent might take the for one or more programs to be given at the Knoxville I hope that this can be arranged during the coming The obligation for the care and comfort of the disabled does not rest alone on the shoulders of the Legion and its A pilgrimage to Knoxville would prove valuable to all who have ever questioned the need of such Memorial Day will soon be It is primarily a day dedicated to the Grand Army of the Only a very few Civil War erans In view of the fact that the 1926 convention of the Iowa Legion recommended that a special observance be made the week preceding Memorial in cooperation with other patriotic and civic it is planned through special exercises and sonal calls to honor these The American Legion has always appreciated the work of the Boy Scouts and has offered to sponsor a troop in southwest believe that true self reliance and the spirit of service are taught best to the Grinnell needs to have more boys enrolled as Through the efforts of Grinnell will soon have a civic flag of unique design for display on the curb flagstaffs in the business This welcome banner will be displayed on occasions having no patriotic This is directly in line with the Legion's work of instruction on proper respect to the Stars and Stripes of the community History Of No. 53, American Legion with a business meeting in which the following officers were Post B. J. Vice Com- Carl John Finance Arthur Harry Rev. E. W. Executive Ralph P. L. Paul Ed Bump and C. A. Business members adjourned to the Grinnell Washing Machine factory for a dance which netted the post a nice financial had received a letter from the state finance officer asking the local ization to sign a note for as its quota of the guarantee fund necessary for preliminary expenses of the national organization until A. manent organization could be held in Minneapolis Nov. 11 to 13. A note for this signed by B. J. ney and Russell George was ed to the state department the ing The New 1920. was opened j Subsequent winter meetings had i athletic events as attendance j ions a post basketball team i j made a creditable showing against j i other teams in the In April the Legion voted to rent rooms in tbe j I Morse building as a permanent post I j These were later furnished at J j a cost of and thrown open fcr j i general inspection at an informal open i i house during the i I The cost of outfitting the i home was re- 1 i from Inside j er home talent production was j successful from the of I i both entertainment and i j i i Prior to the Legion j had held a French memorial service in which E. M. Lebert of the college who had served as an official in- j with the United States j j ine presented ol honor from the French government 10 all gold star The address of the occasion was delivered by lain An athletic and Armistice Day dance were the other highlights of the Officers elected at the annual ing Jan. 3, 1921 Post John H. Vice Leslie David Finance Arthur Rev. E. W. Harry Knapp and cutive Committee B. J. Carl Harvey Harold Evans and Harry Harvey Adkins was elected to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of James Ashing was elected to cutive Under the management of an athletic carnival was held in the Colonial March 9 which ed in the usual prosperous tion and boosted the cause of clean athletics in the Another Bren Jollies of 1921." held the boards on April 23 29, meeting the same favorable as its Memorial Day was given n im- this year when the cooperating with the G. A. 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