Post 108 Pagosa Springs, Colorado

Post 108

Pagosa Springs, Colorado

Post 108 Pagosa Springs, Colorado

About This Post

Post Namesake
Mullins-Nickerson Post. Private Lester Wane Mullins, USMC, was killed June 11, 1918 in the Battle of Belleau Wood, France, during WWI and was the first casualty from Archuleta County. Mullins is buried in a military cemetery at Chateau Thierry, France. ... READ MORE
Notable Members
ACKNOWLEGMENT: When Ronald Willett joined Post 108 in 1974, the Post had no records of any kind. No one could tell Ronnie how the Post got its name, its building, what the Post did, or was supposed to do. Over ... READ MORE
What Makes this Post Unique
Our Post is focused on continuing to serve the Pagosa Springs community. The Post provides an Honor Guard for funerals for our Pagosa veterans. The Post provides a color guard for local Pagosa civic and community events. The Post annually ... READ MORE

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HISTORY

1920

Lester W. Mullins Post 108 of the American Legion is Organized

Owing its heritage to the Civil War Grand Army of the Republic's Post 104, General Ed Hatch Post, Pagosa Springs, which was formed in the late 1800s following the Civil War, more than 30 ex-servicemen met in the court house Wednesday evening at 8:00 for a charter in the American Legion. The Legion is an organization to which all who took part in the World War are eligible. Rev. J.D. Leach presided. The constitution of..
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Lester W. Mullins Post 108 of the American Legion is Organized

Commander's Roll Call

Serving as Post Commanders since the origin of Post 108 have been the following: 1920 Reef Egger, 1921 J.E. Moore, 1922 Eugene Hatcher, 1923 O.I. Ashburn, 1924 Riley S. Hill, 1925-37 Post dormant, 1938-39 C.B. LaVale, 1940-44 Post dormant, 1945-46 Carl Eaklor, 1947 Jerry Sheridan, 1948 Thomas R. Ford, 1949-51 Harry (Bud) Patterson, 1952 V.A. Poma, 1954 George (Sonny) Alley, 1955 John B. Chavez, 1956 Ralph Yamaguchi, 1957 Tony Vasquez, 1958 Ray C. Gibson, 1959..

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Fire Destroys Post 108 on First Birthday

A major fire wiped out the Legion's first birthday party planned for February 18. A masquerade party had been planned. All was lost.
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Armistice Day 1921

Armistice Day 1921

A National Salute to Armistice Day was sponsored by Post 108
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1922 Year in Review

Post began sponsorship of rodeo (lasting 1922-48), Post band organized, Sponsored boxing matches and movies
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Three Act Play Sponsored by Legion

The Lester W. Mullins post of the American Legion will present a three-act comedy "All a Mistake" at the Liberty theatre on Monday, April 23, for the benefit of the post. From The Pagosa SUN
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Legion Buys Pool Hall

In 1924 the Martinez Pool Hall was purchased by the Post, remodeled, and became the Post's new home.
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Post 108 Goes Dormant 1925-37

There was not an active Post from 1925-37.
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1930

Post 108 Re-Organizes

U.S. Black, Telluride, commander of the 5th district, and P.H. Leimbach of Mancos, sub-district captain of sub-district 16 of the department of the American Legion, accompanied by Paul Snyder and William F. Moore, of the Trujillo-Sheets post of Durango, assisted the Archuleta county veterans at a meeting last Friday evening in reorganizing a post. Ernest Smith was elected temporary commander to serve until a regular election is held and a charter granted, which will take..
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1939 Year in Review

Obtained headstones for war dead, Started grave registration for veterans
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1940

Post 108 Goes Dormant 1940-45

There was no Post activity from 1940-45.
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Attention Veterans World Wars 1-2

Veterans of World War No.1 and No.2 in this area are asked to be present in the court room at the Court House in Pagosa Springs Saturday evening, May 12th at 8:00, at which time it is hoped that Lester Mullins Post 108, American Legion can be reorganized. Pagosa Springs is the only town in the state of Colorado with and inactive American Legion Post, so let's have a lift. Ernest E. Smith From The..
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American Legion Will Hold Installation Here on Sunday May 27th

There will be a public installation of the newly elected officers of the Lester W. Mullins Post of the American Legion, at 8:00, Sunday evening, May 27th at the court house. Past State Commander Thomas of Denver, will be present for the ceremony, which will revive the post which for the past six years has not been active. The following officers will be installed: Commander Carl Eaklor, Vice Commander Tom Mee Sr., Vice Commander Harry..
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Post Obtains Permanent Home for $175

Post Obtains Permanent Home for $175

From 1920 to 1946 the Post met, at various times, in the Courthouse, Hatcher Building, Martinez Pool Hall, and the Masonic Hall before finding its current home site at 287 Hermosa Street, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147. The property was purchased from Obbie L. and Grace M. Sanders; Lot 15 in Block 29 of Pagosa Springs, Colorado, for $175. The Post building, itself, was constructed in 1909 as a schoolhouse in O'Neal Park on Upper Piedra..
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1947 Year in Review

Bowling tournament sponsored
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1948 Year in Review

Sponsored rodeo (1945-48), Signed rodeo over to Red Ryder committee (1948)
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1949 Year in Review

Post holds BINGO games.
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1950

1950 Year in Review

Placed gum ball machines in businesses for money raising, Sponsored replica of Liberty Bell, Donated funds to school band uniforms
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Minstrel Show by Legion

The American Legion Post of Pagosa Springs sponsored a Minstrel show at the Liberty Theatre. The show was produced by the Chama Legion Post. From The Pagosa SUN
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1953 Year in Review

Formed Little League baseball
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