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Post 109  Gary, South Dakota

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ABOUT THIS POST

CHARTER DATE: February 3, 1947

POST NAMESAKE: Elmer Peden and John Cole

FIRST COMMANDER: Chris Lovaas

NOTABLE MEMBERS: Aloysius (Tookie) Miller: State Finance Officer / Ralph Perkins: Children and Youth State Officer Read more »

WHAT MAKES OUR POST UNIQUE: The Peden-Cole American Legion Post 109 is very active and is a big supporter of the community. Its building is used for community events and the post members also own a lounge/cafe where they serve meals on Saturday nights. Read more »

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1910
Elmer Peden was the first soldier to die in uniform from the Gary community during WW I. He was stationed at Camp Funston at Fort Riley in Kansas and died there from the flue epidemic (meningitis) that took so many lives. This Flu Pandemic was one of the worst in recorded history and started in the continental United States. John Cole was the first Gary soldier to die in uniform during WW II, so the Gary, SD Legion organization was named Peden-Cole Post 109. ~ Gary Interstate, July 2015 Full story »
1940
October 12, 1944: A group of veterans held a meeting to organize an American Legion Post at Gary, South Dakota. Post name: Peden-Cole Post of the American Legion. Full story »
April 26, 1945: Motion made and seconded to buy set of colors. First grade wool at cost of about $75.00. Motion carried. May 24, 1945: New flag and colors received. Full story »
1950
November 4, 1954: Post reached its membership quote of 55. Full story »
April 16, 1959: Commander game report on Legion building. Size of 50 x 100 with 40 x 50 basement for fire trucks. Decided to dispose of old building for possible $6000.00. Full story »
April 16, 1959: Commander gave report on Legion building. Size of 50 x 100 with 40 x 50 basement for fire trucks. Decided to dispose of old building for possible $6000.00. May 14, 1959: Vote on motion to put up new building 50 x 100. Mortgage other Legion building and land. Borrow money so project can be started. Twenty members present at meeting. Fourteen votes in favor. Six against. Motion carried. Full story »
April 16, 1959: Commander gave report on Legion building. Size of 50 x 100 with 40 x 50 basement for fire trucks. Decided to dispose of old building for possible $6000.00. May 14, 1959: Vote on motion to put up new building 50 x 100. Mortgage other Legion building and land. Borrow money so project can be started. Twenty members present at meeting. Fourteen votes in favor. Six against. Motion carried. June 11, 1959: Report by Commander that Legion can borrow $10,000.00 from bank for the new building. Full story »
1960
July 11, 1963: Motion made and seconded to buy eight foot long monument for cemetery for $850.00. Motion carried. May 14, 1964: Motion made and seconded to buy small flags for veteran graves at cemetery. Motion carried. Full story »
July 13, 1967: Contract signed for new building. Brick red side and white roof for $28,430.00. November 18, 1967: Motion made and seconded to get new sign 16 x 24 American Legion for front of new building. Motion carried. Full story »
November 18, 1967: $25.00 check from Gary Historical Society for rent of both halls for the first annual Buffalo Feed. Full story »
1970
Motion made and seconded to buy 1931 Chev car for $300.00 from Robert Kelly. Motion carried. Full story »
November 12, 1970: Motion made and seconded to buy 1931 Chev. car for $300.00 from Robert Kelly. Motion carried. January 14, 1971: Motion made and seconded to have 1931 Chev car reconditioned at Joe's Body Shop for $547.50. Motion carried. Full story »
January 14, 1971: Motion made and seconded to have 1931 Chev car reconditioned at Joe's Body Shop for $547.50. Motion carried. Full story »
1980
Motion made and seconded to make pictures of post commanders and put on wall in 109 Club. Motion carried. Pictures were put up in the 109 Club in April 1984.) Full story »
February 14, 1985: Legion Auxiliary agreed to serve supper for the spring Legion Convention on April 11, 1985 at the Gary Post 109. Full story »
October 10, 1985: Pete Hanson, the only WW I veteran of Post 109 was presented with a wrist watch at the Hendrick's Minnesota Home. Full story »
Spring District Convention to be held at the Gary Legion with Gary Legion Auxiliary to serve the supper. Full story »
July 13, 1989: Motion made and seconded to order 50 new shirts for the dance and bingo crew workers. Motion carried. Full story »
September 9, 1989: Legion agreed to rent the dance hall to the Gary 8's Square Dance Club for their 40th Anniversary. Full story »
November 9, 1989: Motion made and seconded to pay Gary Senior Citizens $500.00 donation to help pay for their new building. Motion carried. Full story »
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