Post 238 Shrewsbury, MA., 01545, Massachusetts

Post 238

Shrewsbury, MA., 01545, Massachusetts

Post 238 Shrewsbury, MA., 01545, Massachusetts

About This Post

Post Namesake

Sgt/1c Raymond Stone, A charter was applied for and granted and on November 20, 1919 the Post was called the Ray Stone Post, in honor of Sergeant/1c Raymond Stone who died at Rich Field, Waco, Texas, December 3, 1918. Enlisted16 ... READ MORE

Notable Members

Commander, Frederick W. Smith; Vice Cmdr, Albert J. Daniels; Adjutant, Bernard Knowlton; Finance Officer, Harlow A. Shepard; Historian, Robert E. Marston; Chaplain, Rev. Smith; Sgt/Arms, Henry O. Eaton. The first meeting was held on this date in the lower floor ... READ MORE

What Makes this Post Unique

Temp Charter Date: 11/20/1919, this date was so important to the Town of Shrewsbury, that it was included in the 1919 Annual Town Report, page 27, with the names of the Officers of the Post and the first meeting held ... READ MORE

HISTORY

1910

Original Petitioners for Charter

Oct 10, 1919
Positive Date unknown. There were 50 Shrewsbury Veterans who signed petition for Legion Membership, listed by first name, middle initial and last name.
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Original Petitioners for Charter
History 1919-1927

History 1919-1927

Nov 20, 1919
The first meeting of Ray Stone American Legion Post 238, was held in the lower Town Hall, in November 1919. After a while the meetings moved to the hall over the old Town Fire Barn,but found it inadequate, so moved back to the lower Town Hall. 1926. Our first outing was the summer of 1926, we camped out at Mount Monadanock in East Jaffrey, NH. A big ball game and all kinds of good food..
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History 1919-1924

Dec 31, 1919
New Years eve 1919-1920 a Military Ball was held with all wearing our service uniforms. Many people turned out as the interest in the Town was very loyal to her servicemen. We changed our Military Ball to Minstrel Shows that ran from 1920 to the 1930s
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History 1919-1924

1920

1919 Town Report

1919 Town Report

Jan 15, 1920
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Ray Stone A.L. Post 238 Charter

Aug 10, 1920
Receiving their Temporary Charter on Nov. 20, 1919, the Post received
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Ray Stone A.L. Post 238 Charter
Original Petitioners for Charter of Auxillary Unit of Post 238

Original Petitioners for Charter of Auxillary Unit of Post 238

Jan 10, 1923
There were 31 original signers of the petition for Auxillary Unit of Ray Stone Post 238, Department of Massachusetts.
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American Legion Post 238 Auxillary granted Charter

Mar 15, 1923
31 Ladies signed petition for membership in the Auxillary of Ray Stone A.L. Post 238.
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American Legion Post 238 Auxillary granted Charter
Memorial Day Programme

Memorial Day Programme

May 30, 1924
This is the 56th Anniversary of the founding of Memorial Day by the G.A.R. The program lists the various participants and their duties during the day. The parade starts on Boylston Steet and proceeds to the northest entrance to the cemetery. The Civil War Veterans' lot of the Unknown Dead, is just inside and to the SE of the main gate of the Cemetery, where the Women's Relief Corps No 36, will conduct their services...
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History 1919-1934

Jan 20, 1928
1928 The Town was having numerous automobile accidents, people were taken to the hospital in private cars by volunteers. The Post realized what a handicap it was for the Police Department, so the Post organized an Ambulance Drive. Our members went door to door for contributions, and with the proceeds,bought the first ambulance for Shrewsbury. The State Conventions had become very popular and the Post always had a large delegation and had a wonderful time..
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1930

Legion Home, #2-School

Legion Home, #2-School

Aug 31, 1934
The Board of Selectmen at a Special Town Meeting held on August 31, 1934 were authorized to negotiate a lease of the Land and building known as the No. 2 school-house property to the Ray Stone Post No. 238 of the American Legion. Now therefor, We P.H.Prouty, V.W.Heath and W.E.Brigham, Selectmen of Shrewsbury, do by virtue and by the foregoing vote,make and enter this indenture on the twenty fourth day of September 1934, between the..
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Dedication Exercises of Post 238 Quarters

Nov 11, 1934
Assemble at Town Hall at 2:00 PM. Form and Parade to new quarters (old #2 School), led by Canterbury Street School Drum Corps and etc.
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Dedication Exercises of Post 238 Quarters
Legion Hall Photos from 1934 and 1950

Legion Hall Photos from 1934 and 1950

Nov 11, 1934
Take a look at these two images of the Shrewsbury Legion Hall at the corner of Main St and School St. The first was taken in 1934 and the second was recorded in 1950 including the Legion Hall addition. Prior to being the host for the American Legion, this building was known as Shrewsbury school number 2.
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1940

1940s, population - 7586

Jan 1, 1940
War is coming, already in Europe. The Post had continued with regular meetings, participated in Legion Conventions, Post dances, suppers and many other functions thru the late 30s and early 40s. The Post had many members, some in the service by 1943, when it was decided to publish a monthly newsletter of happenings in Town for them. January of 1944, the first edition of the " Shrewsbury Bridge, the Bridge from us to you" was..
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1940s, population - 7586
The Shrewsbury Bridge, a news letter

The Shrewsbury Bridge, a news letter

Jan 20, 1944
The first edition of th "Shrewsbury Bridge the bidge from Us to You" was published and sent to our Sons' and daughters, who are serving in the Armed Forces of the U.S There were 14 Issues from Jan 1944 thru Nov. 1945.
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Shrewsbury Bridge, Issue 14

Nov 22, 1945
The news letter the Shrewsbury Bridge issue its last issue, more to follow
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Shrewsbury Bridge, Issue 14

1950

Addition to Legion hall

Addition to Legion hall

Feb 12, 1950
The construction
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Past Commanders Club

Apr 6, 1953
Ray Stone Past Commanders Club was formed on April 6, 1953 with P.C. Harlow Shepard as Cmdr., P.C Ken Beaman, Secy/., and P.C. Lslie Clark as Treasurer. The first banquet was held at Legion Quarters,2 School St., on April 20, 1954, headlined by Tom Dowd of the Boston Red Sox as guest speaker. A Ham Dinner was provided by the Auxillary of hte Post for a ticket cost of $ 2.00
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Veterans Memorial Hall

Veterans Memorial Hall

Sep 15, 1954
Veterans Memorial Hall, North Shore School, Parker Rd., Shrewsbury, MA., was dedicated and presented a bronze Plaque by the Shrewsbury Veterans Council in September, 1954. in picture, l-r Anthony P. Grosso, Commander, Worcester County Council, A.L., Camillo J. Corazzini, Commander, District 2, Worcester County Council, A.L., Edward DeJoinville, Walter J. Swift, Jr., V.F.W. Post 1628, James L. Birnie, Commander, Victor R. Quaranta, A.L. Post 397, Frederick T. Layden, Commander, Ray Stone, A.L. Post 238, Phillip..
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Shrewsbury Barracks, No. 1105

Nov 14, 1957
The WW 1 Legion members of Ray Stone Post 238 joined the organization " Veterans of WW 1 in the USA " as Shrewsbury Barracks, Department of Massachusetts, No 1105 on Nov 14, 1957. Commnder Kenneth E.Beaman, Clayton E. Smith as Adjutant. Listed by First, Middle and last names were the 50 Legionaires who petitioned On January 31, 1958, the Barracks 1105, formerly requested of Post 238, the use of the hall for their meetings..
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Shrewsbury Barracks, No. 1105

1960

Sea Exploring Post 59

Sea Exploring Post 59

Nov 30, 1962
Ray Stone American Legion Post 238, has been granted a Charter to carry on the Exploring program for Character Building, Citizenship Training and Physical Fitness subject to the provisions of the Constitutions and Bylaws and rules and regulations of the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America. This charter was originally granted in 1961, when Russell Wall was Commander and Arthur L.W,(Bud) Larson, Jr., ex Navy, were Legion representatives, to the Ship 59. By..
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