John S. Campbell: A Founder of Post 77 and Malt-O-Meal
Oct 20, 1912
Today is the 131st birthday of John Campbell. In 1912, John founded Northern Light Milling Company with his older brother. The Owatonna-based business sold flour and a new breakfast food called Malt-O-Meal.
Jane Goodall and Floyd Parsons: “War Brought Them Together and Peace United Them”
May 10, 1919
A popular song during World War I, “I Don’t Want to Get Well,” told the story of a hospitalized soldier smitten with the nurse who cared for him. In wartime France, life would imitate art for two future Legion members.
Next week is the start of the one hundred-and-second Steele County Fair. The second county fair took place in September 1919, ten months after the end of World War I. With most soldiers back home by then, the fair was the perfect opportunity to celebrate..
The history of American Legion baseball dates back to July 17, 1925 when the South Dakota Legion created the first baseball program in the country. Minnesota Legion posts started to sponsor baseball teams in 1926, but Owatonna did not have a team until 1928.
Owatonna’s Post 77 has been sponsoring local baseball teams for ninety-two years. Some had losing records. Others had winning records. But every team tried to “keep a stout heart in defeat” and keep their “pride under in victory.
When the Legion was founded in 1919, membership was limited to World War I veterans. Another world war twenty-two years later again raised the question of membership. And it was far from inevitable that World War II GIs would join the Legion.