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Post 298  Marion, Iowa




CHARTER DATE: July 31, 1920


WHAT MAKES OUR POST UNIQUE: On November 19, 1919, forty former servicemen met at the WRC hall in Marion. Allen McElwain was in charge of the meeting. A constitution and by-laws were drawn up and $12.00 a year was charged for expenses. On November 24th.. Read more »

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On November 19, 1919 forty former servicemen met at the WRC hall in Marion. Allen McElwain was in charge of the meeting. A constitution and by-laws were drawn up and $12.00 a year was charged for expenses. Full story »
From 1919 to 1921 A. R. McElwain was elected as Commander Full story »
On November 24th a Charter was granted with 14 members. In the minutes of the meetings a decision to not name the post was made, so the Post became “The American Legion Post #298” in the Department of Iowa. However, close examination of this document shows the controversy was not complete as in the upper portion it says Wm Penn Post you can see that had been scratched and MARION was written in. What a.. Full story »
120 wives attended a meeting on December 7th, with interest to starting an Auxiliary Unit to the Post. They purchased the first American Flag for the Post. Full story »
The Memorial Hall was built in 1899 for the Robert Mitchell No. 126 Women’s Relief Corps. The Marion Post used this building for their meetings from 1919 to 1921. Full story »
August 1st, 1920 the Charter was signed by the National Commander. In September the Post held their first annual street carnival in Marion Full story »
In 1921 the first Post Home was purchased. The old Dearborn Hotel was purchased for $9,500. Later an additional $10,000 was spent remodeling the Hotel. The Dearborn Hotel was built in about 1902. In 1917 the name was changed to the O’Heron Hotel. Later the name was changed to the New Dearborn Hotel. It was purchased by the American Legion in 1921. Full story »
April 28, 1922 the Auxiliary Unit was chartered with 63 members and 5 Gold Star Mothers. Full story »
In 1923 the Post purchased two Bingo stands at the Marion Fairgrounds {now the Indian Creek Club} and used the stands for the street carnival Bingo. A new Ford car was raffled on the 4th of July. A game hunt and dinner was held later this year. Full story »
In 1930 the athletic park was purchased and plans were completed for a swimming pool. The Auxiliary helped by purchasing stock each year for expenses, they later gave all the stock to the Post as a gift. The pool was dedicated Aug. 30th. with a cost of about $30,000. Many hours were spent each year getting the pool ready, cleaning and closing it at the end of the season. The pool was 17,000 sq. ft. in size; an addition was added in 1957, making the pool 22,000 sq ft. The post took over sponsorship of a Boy Scout Troop and.. Full story »
A.R.McElwain elected as Second District Commander Full story »
In 1940 the post paid off their mortgage on the building, burned the mortgage and celebrated with their wives at a dance. The post become very active in civic affairs, community services, rehabilitation of veterans in hospitals and homes, carnivals, county fairs, corn festivals, corn husking, old settlers, parades, etc. Full story »
1942 – 1945 No meetings were held, no records were kept, no conventions were held during WWII. Full story »
1945 Gilbert Gordon was hired and put on a salary as the Marion’s Veterans Club Manger and Bookkeeper for over 25 years. A. McElwain was Post Adjutant for over 30 years. Membership dues were paid for all World War II veterans who had been honorably discharged. The post initiated over 210 World War II Veterans. We performed many community functions. The Post and Auxiliary help purchase $800 worth of band uniforms for the Marion High School. The legion contributed $80 to the Marion playgrounds. The post purchased 100 stacking chairs for the Marion Public Library. Full story »
In 1953 all Marion discharged Korean War Veterans were honored, with a membership to the post and dinner was provided by the Auxiliary. Another 40 acres were purchased next to the swimming pool, to be known as “Legion Memorial Park”. Preparations began on plans for a Rodeo; money was raised by benefit dances, stags, and lunches. First year, 3 days attendance was 12,000. The 2nd and 3rd years were larger and were called “Fiesta Days”. There were parades and Queens. The Post 2nd remodeling was done to the front of the dance hall, new glass block front windows were installed.. Full story »
1954, the legion placed new street signs on all Marion streets corners. A Can- Can was preformed at the vets’ hospital. 1955, Young and Hansen started a Legion sponsored Jr. Rifle Club; Collins joined them later, they served on the committee for over 20 years. In 1958 the 1st annual rodeo was held at Legion Park In 1959 the Legion Post donated and erected a cement base with appropriate plaque, pole and flag, at “Oak Shade” cemetery. Many members helped the Marion Police department with their annual safety check, also honoring several retiring policemen. The Publicity Chairman had a weekly.. Full story »
In 1962, The American Legion Memorial Pool and Park was purchased by the city of Marion for $4,000. Earlier value had been placed at between $500,000 and $1,000,000. June 15, 1965 Congressman John Culver proclaimed Marion as “Flag City USA”; Legionnaires placed flags on 22 light poles, up town and business houses. In November 1967 the Marion Legion Post and the Auxiliary published their first newsletter. In 1969 a Veterans Memorial, “Freedom Flame”, was erected in the Marion City Park”, it honors all veterans. The plaque “1919-1969” was the 50th anniversary of the American Legion. Katz Salvage installed a new.. Full story »
This building located on 12th Street and 6 Ave. was next to the Legion home, the New Dearborn Hotel. It was one of the 1st brick homes built in Marion, about 1843. It was torn down about 1969 to make room for the newer Legion addition. Full story »
In 1970 a new Club room, on the first floor of the Post home was added, remodeling was completed, and a basement dinning room addition was also added. A new plaque with all the names of the Post Commanders and the years they served were installed in the club room. Estimated cost was $25,000. A corner stone was put in place and mementos were placed behind it. In 1972 the Post sponsored a 10 mile race. In 1978 an annual WWI banquet was held with 90 people in attendance. Mr and Mrs. Hoover were presented a plaque for having performed.. Full story »
This photo was taken about 1970, before the top 2 floors of the hotel were removed. A basement was added near this time. Full story »