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American Legion & Auxiliary

Clayton co. Iowa

Conceived in France at the close of the World War as a means of providing diversion and recreation for soldiers no longer needed in military service, the tentative organization of the American Legion quickly spread to America and the Legion became outstanding as a peace-time organization of ex-service men. During the early history of the Legion its major interest was in the work of rehabilitation. In recent years the interest of the Legion has centered around a program of community service, which has come to be known as the "Iowa Idea"......

The American Legion Auxiliary is closely associated with the Legion. Its program has been progressive and always in support of Legion activities.......
~excerpt from the 'Author's Preface'

American Legion Posts in Clayton county, Iowa 1919-1929

*512 Edgewood Edgewood
  106 Elkader Lemka Stendel
*501 Elkport Kottke
  373 Guttenberg Prairie La Port
   11 Jefferson Floyd W. Brown
  305 Marquette Marquette
  519 Monona Leslie H. Smith
  218 Strawberry Point Strawberry Point
  327 Volga City Volga City

*Indicates that the post charter has been cancelled
~source: The American Legion in Iowa 1919-1929; by Jacob Armstrong Swisher, 1929
~transcribed for Clayton co. IAGenWeb by Roseanna Zehner, November 2003 & updated with the excerpts from the 'Author's Preface' by S. Ferrall


Strawberry Point American Legion and Auxiliary

Strawberry Point Post No. 218 of the American Legion was organized in 1920 and received its charter on July 20 of that year. Among the first members of the organization were Meron Axtell, Arthur Baumgartner, D. G. Courtnage, Fred Birrer, A. R. Dittmer, Walter Fredrick, Carl Fults, A. C. Huebsch, Ben Kleinlein, Con Kleinlein, Henry Knake, Lloyd Kramer, Dave Hamlett, Leon Olinger, J. F. Reilly, Gusta Sherman, Howard Steward, Louie Schmidt, Stanley Sargent and Elwin F. Sargent.

The legion first held its meetings in the old Opera House until it burned in 1925. When the new bank building was built, a corporation known as Legion Activities, Incorporated was formed, and the old bank building was purchased for a permanent home. Legion meetings are held in the second floor meeting hall and the first floor is occupied by Meyer’s Jewelry Store.

Present officers of the American Legion are Lyle Jones, Commander; J. J. Hotz, Vice-Commander; Richard Allen, Adjutant; Meron Axtell, Chaplain; Ben Kleinlein, Sergeant-at-arms; and A.C. Fliehler, Corporal of the Guard. The post now has 137 members.

The legion Auxiliary received its charter on April 28, 1922. It is an active organization, meeting once a month in the Legion Hall.

Present Officers are: Mrs. A. R. Dittmer, President; Mrs. Judson Elliot, First Vice-President; Mrs. Lavern Dalen, Second Vice-President; Mrs. Edward White, Recording Secretary; Mrs. D. M. Newton, Corresponding Secretary; Mrs. Ben Kleinlein, Treasurer; Mrs. Mayme Alderson, Chaplain; Mrs. A. C. Fliehler, Historian; and Mrs. Calvin McCary and Mrs. Clyde Bollman, Sergeants-at-Arms.

~source: the Legion article was published in the 'Strawberry Point Centennial Thrills' booklet issued on the 100th Anniversary of the city of Strawberry Point, IA (1853-1953)
~transcribed by Terry Sargent for Clayton co. IAGenWeb

Post No. 218 of the American Legion at Strawberry Point elected the following officers at their meeting Thursday evening:
Commander - Darwin Newton
Vice Commander - Robert S. Hansel
Adjutant - Fred Reil
Sergeant-At-Arms - Don Miersen
Finance Officer - George Dunfrund
Chaplain - Meron Axtell
Historian - David Jones
~source: Clayton County Register, Thur., 14 July 1949 ~contributed by Reid R. Johnson


Elkader American Legion & Auxiliary

At a regular meeting of Lemka-Stendel Post, No. 106, American Legion, Elkader, Iowa, held last evening at the K.C. hall, the following officers were elected for the year 1925:
Wm. G. Allen, Post Commander
Dr. E. S. Stong, Vice Post Commander
H. L. Meyer, Finance Officer
Edw. Hahn, Adjutant
Ed Aronson, Chaplain
Albert Holden, Sergeant-At-Arms

Executive Committee:
Ben Leonard
Ernest F. Seifert
G. H. Schmidt
L. L. Sickel
Dr. P. R. V. Hommel
~source: Elkader Register, Thur., November 27, 1924 ~contributed by Reid R. Johnson

The American Legion Auxiliary elected and installed officers for the coming year at a meeting at the Vets club last Monday evening. The officers elect were: President - Mrs. Gertrude Colvin
Vice President - Mrs. Anna Saur
Chaplain - Mrs. Helen Taylor
Sergeant-At-Arms - Mrs. Roma Eischeid
Asst. Sergeant-At-Arms - Mrs. Ruby Frye
Secretary - Mrs. Elaine Syverson
Treasurer - Mrs. Greta Freitag
Historian - Mrs. Ann Johns
Poppy Chairman - Mrs. Clara I. Leonard
After the election the installation took place with Mrs. Ann Johns, a past president, as installing officer.
~Clayton County Register, Thur., 21 July 1949 ~contributed by Reid R. Johnson


St. Olaf American Legion & Auxiliary

The St. Olaf American Legion held its regular meeting Thursday evening. Russell Leeman, World War II veteran, was elected Commander of the post. Other officers were:
Adjutant - Arthur Wiker
Finance Officer - Oscar Thompson
1st Vice Commander - Tov Torsrud
2nd Vice Commander - Fred Rugland
Chaplain - Philmon Embretson
Sergeant-At-Arms - O. V. Embretson
Color Guards - Robert Hulverson, LeRoy Larson
Service Officer - Don Houg
Historian - Tov Torsrud
Executive Committee - Harvey Busch, Walter Rugland, Harry Wold.

The St. Olaf American Legion Auxiliary held its regular meeting Thursday evening at the Legion hall. The following officers were installed by Elsie Fuelling, past president:
President - Miss Hilda Fuelling
1st Vice President - Mrs. Effie Rugland
2nd Vice President - Mrs. Louise Rugland
Secretary - Treasurer - Mrs. Gladys Embretson
Chaplain - Mrs. Helga Torsrud
Sergeant-At-Arms - Mrs. Rose Koehn
Historian - Mrs. Betty Orvis
Executive Committee - Mrs. Mabel Knuth, Mrs. Leona Vogt, Mrs. Ella Thompson.

Miss Ruth Engelhardt, who attended Girls State at Grinnell, gave a report on her trip
~Clayton County Register, Thur., 21 July 1949 ~contributed by Reid R. Johnson


Service Star Legion officers - 1925

The December meeting of the Service Star Legion was held last Friday evening at the Woodman Hall. Officers for 1925 were elected as follows:
President - Mrs. Louise Becker
Vice President - Mrs. Julia Stebor
2nd Vice President - Mrs. Kate O'Brien
Secretary - Mrs. Claude Firman
Treasurer - Mrs. Mary Bente
Historian - Mrs. Rose Miller
Chaplain - Mrs. Eva Prouty

The secretary and treasurer reported work done during the past year. Money for State and National organizations expended as follows:

Blind Veterans Home, Baltimore, $25.00. This is a national home and Vocational Training School, training blind veterans to be self supporting.

Disabled Veterans State Hospital at Knoxville, $25.00. This hospital has 450 occupants at present.

Forget-me-not sale, $33.00. Sent for Iowa's ex-servicemen's fund.

Poppy Sale, $40.00. Local or state relief as needed.

Hostesses at this meeting were three local members assisted by Mrs. James Matthews, Sr., of Farmersburg, who is a Gold Star Member of the Elkader Chapter.

After the program and business meeting refreshments were served.

Ex-servicemen are always welcome at the meetings or to drop in after the meetings for coffee and sandwiches.
~source: Elkader Register, Thur., December 25, 1924 ~contributed by Reid R. Johnson


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