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Post 312  Maple Park, Illinois




CHARTER DATE: February 25, 1926

POST NAMESAKE: Maple Park Post No. 312 The American Legion, Department of Illinois


NOTABLE MEMBERS: Founding Members: Commander: James C. Moore Vice Commander: Earl Sullivan Finance Officer: Dr. R. B. Main Adjutant: Harry L. Parson.. Read more »

WHAT MAKES OUR POST UNIQUE: Post 312 in Maple Park Illinois was formed in 1926. We are over 100 members strong with a keen sense of friendship and comradery. Members are from all branches of the service and date back to World War II. We.. Read more »

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On February 25, 1926, veterans of World War 1 met at Woodman Hall, Maple Park, IL, for the purpose of organizing a post of the American Legion. Fifteen veterans had been previously contacted by Wm. C. Mundt, state organization officer of the American Legion, and had signed an application for a charter. These 15 had to be new members and transfers from other posts could not be counted. Those present were: Dr. R. B. Main Vincent Guerin Harry L. Parson Paul O'Brien Michael Moore Fred Needham Wilfred Kelly Earl Sullivan Walter Butler Rose Clyne Roy Smith James C. Moore The.. Full story »
The first money raising activity was a dance at the Town Hall on April 9, 1926. Enough money was realized from this project to buy 12 Army rifles and 250 Poppies to be sold on Memorial Day. Full story »
On Memorial Day 1926, the newly formed post had charge of a very fitting Memorial service at the Town Hall. All of the school children participated and Rev. F. S. Porcella was the principal speaker. After the services at the Town Hall the firing team visited five local cemeteries and fired a salute at each, while the school children placed flowers on the graves of veterans. Upon returning to the Town Hall a very sumptuous banquet was served to all the veterans and their families under the direction of Mrs. R. S. Harter. Full story »
The first of the six famous Annual Legion Minstrel shows was given at the Town Hall in February 1927 and it was such a howling success that the members of the post felt that they could now purchase a permanent home. In July 1927 the old Baptist Church building was purchased from the trustees of the Baptist Church. Much time and labor was expended during the next months, cleaning and remodeling the "New Legion Hall.” All of this labor was donated and by the winter of 1928 the hall was in such condition that moving pictures were shown every week. Full story »
In August 1928 the first American Legion Homecoming was held. William Sanders was named chairman, and it was through his ability and hard work that this Homecoming was a very great success. With the proceeds from this first Homecoming a new roof was put on the Legion building and the entire interior was redecorated. All of this work was donated with Levi Hanson in charge, and was completed in the spring of 1929. During the next two years the hall was improved with a kitchen and a new player piano. These were financed by the annual Minstrel show which had.. Full story »
The large hall was becoming too much of a burden for the few remaining members to handle and the minor repairs we were able to make on it were not enough to keep it from falling into ruin. In May 1935 at a regular meeting the building was sold to James C. 'Moore, he being the highest bidder. From that time on the members met in the Town Hall. There was very little activity, but the charter was always kept in good standing with 15 members each year. During the years of World War II, much was done for the.. Full story »
On February 4, 1946, several members of the old Legion met with the new veterans of World War II, and a new slate of officers, all World War II veterans, was elected. From that time on, the Post has waxed strong and prospered at times with an annual membership of 125 or more each year. with an all time high of 137. Full story »
In 1956 a battle streamer of pride was added to the Post Colors when Past Commander Robert Berkes was elected Commander of the Kane County Council of the American Legion. Over the years our organization has contributed substantially to community projects. Full story »