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American Legion Post 487
Post History (5)
1953
April...A building chairman was appointed.  Location of the building was laid off at the lot.  Members helped on the concession stand at the baseball field.  planning committee was formed.  An attendance drawing was begun.  18 American flags were purchased to display in the downtown area on appropriate days.  Brackets were made for them to fit on the street light poles.  May...Wired congressman urging no cut in V.A. funds.  planning committee was disolved in favor of building committee.  June...Building specifications and blueprint by Charles Jay approved.  ground was broken for the Legion home on June 27, 1953. A "pay as you go" policy was adopted for the building program, the lot and quonset hut being paid for and $1,000.00 in building fund at this time.  July...Made a donation to the West Milton Library Film service.  September...Held a VJ Day dance September 2, 1953 at the Monroe Grange Hall.  November...Donated to the "Wooden Church Crusade," for building churches in West Germany along the "Iron Curtain". December...Sold Christmas trees between Scranton's Foodliner and Cool's dairy bar, made a total of $325.65.  the regular meeting was visited by Dist. 1st Vice Commander Lester Boyle.
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July...Estimated cost to continue and finish building project was in rough figures of $2500.00, with only $1500.00 in the treasurer.  A committee was appointed  to seek assistance from a loaning institution.  A report was given on Muscular Dystrophy, and was urged for the membership to get behind this worthwhile cause.  Motion was made and seconded to take this drive each year.  August...October 20, to Nov 11, acclaimed American legion week by Gov. Lausche.  This was the first meeting to be held in new Legion home.  Trustees were given power to locate a loan company.   A committee was formed to ake research of all cemeteries in the township to determin the location and names of all veterans of all wars.  September...A dinner was held at the West Milton Inn.  The M.D. drive reported $700.00, to be turned over to the chapter. November...Christmas trees were sold again as in the past at Scranton's foodliner.  Rental fee to be $70.00.  A letter was received from District Commander complimenting us on reaching our quota of 67.  December...Net profit form tree sales was $524.46.
1955
January...Motion made to send three boys to Boys Stae.  Legion to award pen and pencil sets to essay winners.  March...Voted to send a letter to the village Mayor, that the American Flag be displayed in the council room.  Attention brought to members that the grave markers in all cemeteries are in bad codition. April... Was informed by state that two boys from our local schools were to be sent to Boys State, the Rotary Club sponsored one, the Legion the other.  A letter from the school thanking us for our contributions of last year.  June...Report was given outlining am estimated cost of $1022.00 for completion of the new building, including the heating system.  July...Directors approved loan for $3000.00, at 5 1/2 percent interest, at the Citizens National Bank, for ten years.  August...$100.00 was made from the raffle, candidates from Boys State gave a full and interesting talk on their exsperiences and thanks for their opportunity to represent the post regarding the signing of the loan. October...Motion made to stimulate membership, that prizes of $15.00 and $10.00 be awarded tot he member with the highest number of new members to his credit.  November...M.D. drive reported totall collected $656.54.  Refreshments were served to Fireman for helping the post make this collection.  the post was advised by the J.Cees as a interested group in renting the new building when fully completed.  December...ticket raffle made $91.00 profit, Rex Worley donated $9.00 to bring profit to $100.00.
1956
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