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The Algona tJpper Des Moines, Algona, Iowa, May 6,1937 AUXILIARY PROGRAM Hotel 9:30 a. m,—Registration, Algona. 10:00 a. m.—Call to order—Mrs. Martha Whlsler, Eighth District commltteewoman. Opening. Welcome—Mrs. O. H. Graham, county chairwoman, Kossuth county. Response—Mrs. Leo Laird. Rockwell City, District Vice Committeewoman. Reading of Minutes and Treasurer's report. Greetings from the Eighth District's fourteen county chairwomen. Remarks—Ernest E. Condon, District Commander. Address—G. M. Brown. Department Commander. 14:00 noon—Luncheon for Department and District officers. 1:30 p. m.—Call to order. Address—Mrs. Bess Lainson, Department President Special Music—Algona. HAGG POST 90 HISTORY TOLD BY HISTORIAN (By Glen Raney, Htatorimn) Han Post No. 90, American Legion, waa organized June 22, 1919. At a meeting at the O. A. R. Hall In the afternoon of Memorial Day. May 1919, a committee, consisting of Chester Falkenhalner, Emory Saward, C. F. McCormlck and Arthur Moulds, was appointed to take charge of the organisation of the Post. The name of Hags Post was chosen, as Carl T. Hagg was the first to be killed In action from Algona. The first officers were: C. B. Laird, Commander; M. G. Norton, Vice Commander; C. F. McCorm- lck, Adjutant; Emory Seward, Finance Officer; Ed Adams, Historian, and Wilbur Zeigler, Chaplain. The Post has sponsored and supported many worthy enterprises, among which are: Boy Scouts, Junior Baseball, Drum and Bugle Corps, Airport, dances, plays, pictures, bands and orchestras, pageants, and in addition, it has had charge of Memorial Day services since it was organised. It is active in the care of undernourished school children; furnished food, clothing, and toys for the needy at Christmas time; entertained the different civic clubs of the city; taught Americanization through the schools; cooperated with the Safety Council, and assisted In policing at the county fairs. This Post has been willing and eager at all times to assist anyone or any group or club in all times to assist anyone or any group or club in all worthy enterprises and has received many citations for these services. This year of 1937, shows a membership of 106. ID. LOWE SENDS CITY'S KEYS TO "Take Me Out To The Ball Game" At Rockwell City Rockwell City and Twin Lakes Post No. 105. have been hosts to the State Junior Legion Baseball teams of Iowa, for the past four years. These tournaments have grown year by year both in attendance and Interest. The people of this community are already looking forward to the 1937 state tournament with expectancy. The first tournament held In Rockwell City In 1933 found teams from Cedar Rapids. Burlington. Hurt and LeMars, competing for state honrs. Cedar Rapids won this tournament. Over 3500 persons attended these games. In 1934, Junior Legion Baseball teams from Allison, Bancroft, Indianola and Burlington won th'lr district tournaments and the right to play In the state finals at Rockwell City. Allison finally won this tournament Teams from Cedar Falls, Council Bluffs, Rockwell City and Clinton competed In the 1935 tournament At the end of the round robin series it was found that Cedar Falls and Council Bluffs were tied for first place, consequently a play-off game was necessary with Cedar Falls winning the final game and declared the winner. Last year, or 1936, teams from Bancroft, Eldora, Council Bluffs, and Muscatine played in the state finals with Bancroft winning this tournament Morry Shadle, sports editor of the Council Bluffs Nonpareil says, "Legion players and visiting officials and fans were given the best possible treatment by Rockwell City fans. They turned their homes over to the boys and supported the tournament better than could be expected from a community twice its si»e." Several gomes of the ournaments were not decided until the 13th inning, indicating the qual- ty and type of plays. Any base- jail fan should plan to attend the 1937 state tournament and see the result of Legion Interest in Junior Legion Baseball over the state of Iowa. IN APPRECIATION We, the members of the convention committees, acknowledge with sincere thanks and appreciation the HntteesH of the Haggard Jk Waller FnbUriiinE Company i.i making pwwibte this souvenir convention edition of the Alicona Upper De* Moines. Thta line exprwwion of good win on thelf part doe« wueh ** Insure the success of the convention and the conferences, and, in but another demonstration of tiie continuous and whole-hearted support which the Atcona Upper Des Moines and the Kossuth County Advance have freely given tile American ' Legion and the Auxiliary in the I P**t. 1 We afco acknowledge the generosity of the business and pro- feaianal men and women of Alton* in contributing to the advertising in this Issue. With such loyal support, Hagg Post and Unit can go forward to greater heights in the future, and win "carry on" in the beat Interesta for service to the entire community. Itatton O. Norton, Chairman Convention Executive Committee Officers and members of Hagg Post No. 90 are more than anxious to greet and welcome to Algona on May llth, the conference of the American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary of the Eighth District. We shall nnd we do tender to the conference the united resources of an enthusiatlc past anil a friendly city. Much haa transpired since the last conference of the Eighth District held in Algona In 1930, and we shall be very happy to renew the many friendships then an<! there made . The record of the Eighth District Is one of achieve ment and advancement. May 1 express the hope that this recori will be broadened and extended at this conference. Hagg Post Is proud of its record it Is proud of its humble contribution to a splendid community o which It is un Integral part It is particularly proud of having contributed one of Us favorite com- radea, R. J. Laird, for distinguished service in a broader field. I sincerely hope that you will enjoy and derive benefits from this conference at least commensurate with the pleasure that Is ours In acting as your hosts during your •toy (n Alcoa*. BRIEF HISTORY OF FJGHTH DISTRICT AMERICAN LEGION (By Bay Murray) The first State Convention of the American Legion was held at Des Moines on September 4 and 5. 191'J at which time. Matthew A. Tinley of Council Bluffs, who had served overseas as colonel, commanding the 168th Iowa Infantry of the Rainbow or 42nd Division, was officially named first State Commander. It was here decided that the Legion's State Organziation would fallow congressional districts and at the first caucus of the old 10th District, Clement J. Welch of Denison was appointed district chairman. Among others who attended that first caucus and who took a prominent part in the district's organization, were VV. H. James -.if Boone. William Denims of Estherville. Ray Murray of Buffalo Center, Dr. Tom Lucas of Forest City. Fred Hudson of Pocahonta.*. R. J. Laird of Algona. Jim Barton of Fort Dodge, and Merlin Williams of Jewell. In September, 1920. James Barton of Fort Dodge was elected State Adjutant, and served in that office until 1925, when he was named National Adjutant, a position which he held until llttT.. when he was again promoted to become president of the Legion Publishing Corporation, editing the American Legion Monthly and the National Lcgionaire. On Barton's leaving Iowa. Dr. R. J. "Skin" Laird of Algona was named State Adjutant which position he still holds. The 10th or present 8th district has thus held the office of State Adjutant ever since the first year. when John MacVicar of Des Moines was the incumbent. For this reason the district has never named a candidate for the office of State Commander. The year, 1921, should be remembered for the return and burial at GlidJen of the body of Merle Hay. one of the first three Americans killed in the World War. This year was, also, notable for a cleanup campaign of all War Risk Insurance cues tot disability claims, BRIffHETORYOF HAGG POST NO. 90 LADIES AUXILIARY (By Mrs. Fred Bartholomew) Hagg Unit No. 90, American Legion Auxiliary, was organized in May, 1920, 17 years ago, by Mrs. Otto Falkenhainer. Ethel C. Morgan was elected the first president and there were 32 names on the application for a charter, three of these being Cold Star mothers. Before the state and national organizations were a working reality, the Unit activities were confined ta the needs of the immediate locality. One outstanding public- ceremony was the planting of trees in the Athletic Park. April 28. 1922, in memory of our eight Gold Star heroes. Much credit is due to one person in particular for the growth and development of the Unit. That person is Mrs. F. H. Webster (now of Humeston, Iowa) a Gold Star mother, for ten years, Mrs. Webster gave untiringly of her time and effort serving as Unit President She was instrumental in organizing the Kossuth County Auxiliary, served as its chairman, and the first meeting was held in Algona in 1923. She was at one time State Rehabilitation Chairman and State Chaplain. Our Unit semis contributions to the following yearly: Educational Fund. Christmas Cheer, Child Welfare National Defense. Dimes for Disabled. Supply Shelves at Veter- ns' Facilities, Party Supplies imaK- azines, cards. etc.> to Facilities Red Cross. Christmas Seals. Flout. Relief, and School Lunch Fund. Poppy Day Our major annual project is the Poppy Sale. These poppies are sold on our streets the Saturday before Memorial Day and all profits are used to carry on our local welfare work. In 1934. our Junior Auxiliary was organized. The past two years. tin- Unit has conducted drives fur old clothing We now have two adopted war orphans to whom we send money and clothing whenever notified For many years we have distributed baskets at Christina time to the nee.ly veterans, ami have also sponsored llirl Scout and Camptire groups. ton.Mlectomies. dental care. etc. Alsona has entertained the District rontercnce three times in the past -f.'-l, I'. 1 '-'- 1 * and liOl. the mopping- "P snuad spending •\ugust -ti and 27 at t-ort IHnlRe. All Iowa disahletl men were contacted at this time and siven an opportunity of presenting their claims for compensation. The First Pistrlct conference was Held at Fort Dodge «n M-»' V" !.)•>•> uvd started a membership contest with the llth district that gave, during the y.-ar. t.. those two districts, aim-si a.-, many members as the other nine di-tricts had ( .ut together. With a list of Legion notaDli-s-. headed hy men liUe Barton and Uiird. the Eighth lUstrid can well be proud of its contributions to the Who's Who of the American Legion of Iowa. FRANK MILKS Frank Miles, DM Moines, la the editor of The Iowa Leglon- aire, the official bi-monthly paper of the Iowa Department He la the oldest editor in point of service of a veteran's paper, a speaker of note, and one of the most popular men in the state. He will speak at both the afternoon and evening sessions. JAMES BARTON James "Jim" Barton, Fort Dodge, preceded "Skin" Laird aa Department Adjutant before his promotion to the office of National Adjutant. Recently, he has been promoted to the office of General Manager in charge of the publication of the American Legion Monthly. Welcome Eighth District Legion and Auxiliary Beer Cigarettes Billiards Carl's Billiard South Side of State Street Welcome Legionaire Buddies All roads lead to.. The pause that re/resAes JB 1<0 66 You can laugh at distance or long hours ut the wheel, if y^u stop new an«l then for the pause th;it ivfrcxhes with ice-cold Coca-Cola. Along highways and byways it's always ready for you— ice-cold. Coca Cola Bottling Co. Humboldt, Iowa Look for^tkc £a«&Uiar red cool*?