Simeon L. Nickerson Post 64 at a regular meeting on June 2, 1930 with 57 members present voted to elect delegates and alternates to the Twelfth State Convention to be held at Williamstown, Ma in July. Elected as Delegates were Joseph Dutra, Forest E. Thomas and Norman Bryden. Convention Alternates elected were Clifton McCrillis, Carl Kendall and Howard Shurtleff. On July 7, meeting minutes recorded by Adjutant Leslie Maranville reported on a vote that…”reservations made with Ralph Mason, Chm’n Housing Committee of the Dept. Convention be cancelled and notice of same be sent Comrade Mason.” Commander McMahon called the August 4 meeting to order at 8 .m. with 30 members in attendance. During the meeting, very interesting reports were heard from the delegates to the Dept. Convention. The delegates were Comrades Bryden, F.E. Thomas and Dutra. A package of printed material, brought back from the Williamstown Convention, was discovered recently in the file storage area of Post 64. Included in the package was an envelope compliments of Hart’s Drugs, a Delegate ticket to the Thursday, July 24 American Legion Banquet at the Idewild Hotel and a ticket to the American Legion Ball for Friday evening July 25, which was held in the Lasell Gymnasium at Williams College from 9:30 p.m. to 3 a.m. Also in the package was the program of events for the 1930 Twelfth Annual State Convention, which was hosted by Post 152 of Williamstown. The program contained a three page history of Post 152 from its inception up until the July 1930 Convention. And, a final report about the Convention from the Department of Massachusetts was included in the found package. An incidental business card for Taconic Park in Williamstown promoted its swimming pool, over night camps and picnic grounds....(Photo and compilation By Historian Bob Lessard)

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