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Grinnell Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 5, 1927, Grinnell, Iowa GRINNELL HERALD PUBLISHED SEMI-WEEKLY Terms, (1.50 Per Tear in Iowa in Advance. IOWA. TUESDAY, APRIL s, mr. NUMBER 2 Anniversary We Forget" History Of Focht-Tennant Post, No. 53, American Legion Officers Foeht-TouMt Port W Poet Commander. Ralph L. Longley Vice Post Commander. Howard Dimit Adjutant, Russell C. George Finance Officer. Orrie F. Haag Historian. George A. Hyde Rev. Edward F. Bosworth Executive Committee. S. J. Ashing, Dr. J. G. Shultz. Lloyd L. Wells, Dr. E. E. Harris and C. M. Harris. A letter from John MacYicar, then secretary of the Iowa department of the American Legion, to B. J. Carney of this city under date of June 14, 1919 was the direct forerunner of the organization of Focht-Tennant Post No. 53 of the American Legion. Con- tained in this letter -srere literature regarding the aims and purposes of the new organization of World Wai veterans and the suggestion that an application for a charter from Grin- nell service men would be highly ac- ceptable to the state organization. The very same day Uncle Sam's mafl carried a reply petitioning for a char- ter, which was favorably acknowledg- 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 Bank, Thursday evening, July 10. 1919 at eight o'clock. After a short presentation of the purposes of the American Legion, the following officers were elected: Post Commander, B. J. Carney; Vice Post Commander. Paul P. Meyers; Post Finance Officer, L. A. Hopkins; Post James Ashing; Post Chap- retain, Azel McDrath; Post Adjutant. Sutherland. With the removal ot% from Grinnell before the nexameeting John Horn was chos- en to fill the adjutant's Originally chartered as. Grinnell post, the local organization later changed its name to Focht-Tennant post in honor of William J. Focht and George Tennant, the first Grinnell boys to fall on the fields of France. In reporting the initial meeting to the state organization Post Commander Carney enclosed a membership list which contained 116 names and stat- ed that "every effort is being made to increase this number to 200 in the near future." One of the first acts of the post af- ter its organization was the support- ing and aiding in the drive for funds for the Salvation Army, a work which it has faithfully undertaken each suc- ceeding year. Nov. 3 saw 165 mem- bers of the post getting together for the first social meeting in its history. This took the form of a banquet, serv- ed at the Masonic Temple by the Or- der of the Eastern Star, and was fol- lowed by a program of vaudeville and and other entertainment. At the suggestion of the Grinnell Commercial Club, the Legion took charge of plans for the celebration of the first anniversary of Armistice Day. Well organized and supervised, the celebration with its big parade, barbecue and dance proved a memor- able event in the annals of the city and won new respect and admiration for the local Legionaires. A week later, Nov. 18 and 19, the post, aided by a beauty chorus of town and college girls, presented the "Jollies of 1919" to a packed house in the Colonial Theater. Besides bol- stering the finances of the post ma- terially, the production revealed a fine line of histrionic talent among its membership. But Focht-Tennant Post's achieve- ments for 1919 were not to be con- fined to local services and successes- Late in July Post Commander Camev A FORWARD LOOK. (By Post Commander Ralph L. Longley) The Legion is primarily a "service organization" born out of the comradeship of service in a common cause and dedicated to service, first to the disabled veterans and their dependents and after that, ser- vice to the local community. The Legion and its Auxiliary are unceasingly working to fulfil! their obligation to those disabled soldiers for whom the war will never be end- ed. An ever increasing number are being taken care of by the government hospitals, but much of this care is rather perfunctory and lacks the personal interest and attention that go to make comfort and cheer. Our Iowa Auxiliary devotes most cf its attention to the KnoxviUe hospital, providing in a systematic manner special treats of food as well as entertainment to brighten the days. It has been suggested that this community with its wealth and talent might take the respon- sibility for one or more programs to be given at the Knoxville hos- pital. I hope that this can be arranged during the coming summer. The obligation for the care and comfort of the disabled does not rest alone on the shoulders of the Legion and its Auxiliary. A pilgrimage to Knoxville would prove valuable to all who have ever questioned the need of such work. Memorial Day will soon be here. It is primarily a day dedicated to the Grand Army of the Republic. Only a very few Civil War vet- erans remain. In view of the fact that the 1926 convention of the Iowa Legion recommended that a special observance be made the week preceding Memorial Day. in cooperation with other patriotic and civic organizations, it is planned through special exercises and per- sonal calls to honor these men. The American Legion has always appreciated the work of the Boy Scouts and has offered to sponsor a troop in southwest Grinnell. "We believe that true patriotism, self reliance and the spirit of service are taught best to the youth. Grinnell needs to have more boys enrolled as scouts. Through the efforts of Focht-Tennant post, Grinnell will soon have a civic flag of unique design for display on the curb flagstaffs in the business districts. This welcome banner will be displayed on occasions having no patriotic significance. This is directly in line with the Legion's work of instruction on proper respect to the Stars and Stripes of the community service. History Of Focht-Tennant Post, No. 53, American Legion with a business meeting in which the following officers were elected: Post Commander, B. J. Carney; Vice Com- mander, Carl Child; Adjutant, John Horn; Finance Officer. Arthur Mc- Murray; Historian. Harry Knapp: Chaplain. Rev. E. W. Cross; Executive Committee. Ralph Little, P. L. Garri- gan. Paul Meyprs Ed Bump and C. A. Barnes. Business finished, members adjourned to the Grinnell Washing Machine factory for a dance which netted the post a nice financial r3- turn. had received a letter from the state finance officer asking the local organ- ization to sign a note for as its quota of the guarantee fund necessary for preliminary expenses of the national organization until A. per- manent organization meeting- could be held in Minneapolis Nov. 11 to 13. A note for this sum, signed by B. J. Car- ney and Russell George was forward- ed to the state department the follow- ing day. The New Tear, 1920. was opened j Subsequent winter meetings had i athletic events as attendance attract- j ions and. a post basketball team i j made a creditable showing against j i other teams in the vicinity. In April the Legion voted to rent rooms in tbe j I Morse building as a permanent post I j home. 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 summer. i I The cost of outfitting the i home was defraved "or re- 1 i ceipts from "The Inside Inn." anoth- j er home talent production whiea was j successful from the of I i both entertainment and finances, i j i i Prior to this, however, the Legion j had held a French memorial service in which E. M. Lebert of the college fac- ulty. who had served as an official in- j terpreter with the United States Mar- j j ine corps, presented ol honor from the French government 10 all gold star families. The address of the occasion was delivered by Chap- lain Robb. An athletic and Armistice Day dance were the other highlights of the year. Officers elected at the annual meet- ing Jan. 3, 1921 were: Post Command- er, John H. Horn: Vice Commander. Leslie Swisher; Adjutant, David Suth- erland; Finance Officer, Arthur Me- Murray; Chaplain, Rev. E. W. Cross; Historian, Harry Knapp and Exe- cutive Committee B. J. Carney, Carl Child, Harvey Adkins. Harold Evans and Harry "Watson. Harvey Adkins was elected to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Sutherland. James Ashing was elected to t'ae exe- cutive committee. Under the management of Harrv Watson, an athletic carnival was held in the Colonial March 9 which result- ed in the usual prosperous termina- tion and boosted the cause of clean athletics in the community. Another Bren production. "The Jollies of 1921." held the boards on April 23 29, meeting the same favorable leception as its predecessors. Memorial Day was given n im- pressiveness this year when the Le- gion, cooperating with the G. A. R. and Spanish "War veterans introduced a new type of'parade and the special service at the cemetery marked by the decoration of the three wane crosses symbolical of the sleepinc soldiers made the supreme sacrifice in the Civil. Spanish-American ami "World ars The body of Thomas F. Clynch, brought from France, was interred this same day with due lailitary r'.tes (Continued on page 4. this PIT'S HERE AT LAST is green; leaves are springing; Easter is knocking at the door. v Are You Ready? H JH _ 1 You can't tune in with the season until j- your Clothes are right. ket us bring you in touch by giving your CLOTHING the Expert Touch which it needs. Our Cleaning and Pressing Service Is Not Surpassed, It Will Be A Pleasure To Serve You. Phone 88 GRINNELL CLEANERS The Fashion Successes of the Spring Carefully Chosen For Easter- The Important Occasion in the Calendar of Style! CASTER! That most joyous day of days on the Spring Calendar will soon be here. In anticipation of this wonderful Fashion Event we have gathered great collections of exquisite creations. MANATT CO.
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