Post 25 Newport, New Hampshire

Post 25

Newport, New Hampshire

Post 25 Newport, New Hampshire

About This Post

Post Namesake
Claude J. Brewster
Notable Members
Maurice Downing Louis Willett Harold Aiken Peter Anastos Oliver Zullo Peter Lovely Anthony Kulesza Samuel Edes Ralph Stockwell Charlie Jobes Milo Brill James Wright Harold Campbell Howard Harvey Nat Daimont Jake Daimont Clinton Corliss Benjamin Zakauskas Daniel Fortune Merton Sargent
What Makes this Post Unique
This Post is the successor owner of an 1847 pre-Civil War cannon still in use for patriotic holidays.

HISTORY

1910

Claude J. Brewster Post No. 25: The First Year

Jul 17, 1919
The Claude J. Brewster Post No. 25 was formed on July 17, 1919 and officially named on September 18, 1919. The Post was named after Private Claude J. Brewster, the first Newport man to die in France. He enlisted in Company M, 1st NH Infantry in 1914, and served in Mexico during the US conflict with Francisco “Pancho” Villa. In 1917 Newport’s Company M was mobilized and transferred to Company M, 103rd Infantry, 26th Division..
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Claude J. Brewster Post No. 25:  The First Year
1919: A Year of Challenges

1919: A Year of Challenges

Sep 18, 1919
In the words of first Post Commander Harold Shepard: At the time the Post was organized we were all pretty young, none had too much experience in such affairs, not much money to do with, and most had just gotten out of the service and had not gotten their feet really planted back in civilian life. While as we look back we can see many things we could of done and some things we should..
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Armistice Day 1919

Nov 11, 1919
Armistice Day celebrations were organized by Newport’s Welcome Home Committee. Captain Olin H. Chase [Spanish War veteran] was Chief Marshal of the parade, with Tyler L. Barker [of the old militia] and Dr. Peter Ladieu from Norwich University as assistant marshals. Nelson’s Cadet Band led he parade, followed by one hundred and fourteen servicemen, followed in turn by two automobiles with the nearest relatives of men who lost their lives in the World War. Members..
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Armistice Day 1919

1920

Claude J. Brewster Post No. 25 Fife, Drum and Bugle Corps

Claude J. Brewster Post No. 25 Fife, Drum and Bugle Corps

Oct 1, 1927
Newport’s American Legion Fife, Drum and Bugle Corps had their first practice in October of 1927. They officially adopted bylaws and elected officers in March of 1928. The first officers were Captain Earl Stevens, Lieutenant (fife section), Nat Daimont, Lieutenant (trumpet section), Harold G. Fairbanks, President Frank P. Hutchinson, Secretary and Treasurer M. J. Downing, and Directors Clinton Corliss, Charles F. Aiken, and Cleon L. Johnson. Delford R. Graves was the instructor. Enthusiasm was so..
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First Legion Minstrel Show

Feb 15, 1928
The minstrel show was the first form of musical theater originating in America. Beginning in the 1830’s and based on an imitation of black music and dance, these shows reached the height of popularity in the 1860’s. Despite their often negative parody of African American life, they continued to be popularly produced into the 1950’s. From the early 1900’s the minstrel show was a popular form of entertainment in Newport, and were offered by several..
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First Legion Minstrel Show
Legionnaires Recondition Newport's Honor Roll

Legionnaires Recondition Newport's Honor Roll

May 1, 1928
The Honor Roll, south of the Town Hall along Main Street, was erected by the Newport Board of Trade about two months before the Armistice was signed. According to John McCrillis, chairman of the Memorial Committee, the Roll of Honor was never intended to be a permanent monument, but was designed to encourage those men who were still expected to enlist. At one time townspeople objected to this site, suggesting the Common as a better..
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Newport's Drum Corps Meet President Hoover

Sep 29, 1929
On the way to the American Legion Convention in Louisville, Kentucky the Drum and Bugle Corps met with President Hoover at the White House. Kneeling from left: James Wright, Earl Stevens, Ted Corliss, Albert Heneault, Harry “Doc” Brown, Wilfred Snow, Richard Donovan, John Brooks, Harold Bagley, Charles Aiken, Sam Edes, George Conroy. Standing behind them, from left: William Brown, Maurice Downing, Dewey Hastings, Amos Shepard, Mr. Nichols, Benjamin Burr, Costos Economu, Dell Graves (not in..
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Newport's Drum Corps Meet President Hoover
Newport NH Drum Corps at the Eleventh National Convention of the American Legion

Newport NH Drum Corps at the Eleventh National Convention of the American Legion

Oct 3, 1929
Roster of the Claude J. Brewster Post Fife, Drum and Bugle Corps attending the National Convention in Louisville, Kentucky Drum Major: Milo H. Brill Instructor: Delbert R. Graves Drum Section: Maurice J. Downing, Robert F. Wilkins, James Wright, Harold J. Wiggins, Leonard F. Dudley, Earl K. Stevens, Leland L. Riley, Frank P. Hutchinson, Fred Brown, Clinton Corliss, Edward L. Kelton, Albert Henault. Fife Section: Robert A. Shedd, Jesse Bagley, Harold Bagley, Amos Shepard, Richard P...
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1930

Milo H. Brill

Jul 17, 1930
Milo H. Brill was the third commander of Post No. 25 and leader of the Drum and Bugle Corps.
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Milo H. Brill
Milo H. Brill Trophy

Milo H. Brill Trophy

Jul 17, 1930
The Claude J. Brewster Post No. 25 and the Newport Drum Corps created the Milo H. Brill Trophy in memory of their fallen comrade. It would be awarded to the best drum corps appearing at the annual State Legion convention. The trophy is twenty inches tall and constructed of granite and bronze with an ebony base. A bronze shako [a tall cylindrical military cap] and baton topped the trophy. This trophy is presently housed in..
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Newport’s Drum Corps Leads the New Hampshire Delegation at the National Convention in Boston, Massachusetts

Oct 7, 1930
For the second year in a row the forty members of the Claude J. Brewster Post No. 25 Drum Corps were the official New Hampshire Drum Corps at the National Convention, this year in Boston. To help cover travel expenses, two days before their departure the Newport Board of Trade sponsored a reception, inspection of the Corps, and benefit dance at the Town Hall. Following their arrival in Boston, they were selected to escort General..
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Newport’s Drum Corps Leads the New Hampshire Delegation at the National Convention in Boston, Massachusetts
Sunshine Town's Legion Team

Sunshine Town's Legion Team

Jul 17, 1931
The American Legion Junior League Baseball Team won the New Hampshire District 6 Championship in July, having won all the games they played.1 They lost to Manchester at the State Championship in September. Shown here are, in back Nat Daimont (manager), Mac Rowell, Don Follansbee, Ken Woodward, Vic Charles, Frenchy Roy, Bob Gould, William “Pop” Hughes (Coach). Front: Hooker Trow, Chris Hasevlat, Ros Fenno, Lloyd “Ozzie” Osborne, Bob Graves, Frank Winter, Phil Powell, Dick Brown.
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10,000 People Attend the Second Annual Legion Labor Day Jubilee

Sep 7, 1931
Gov. John G. Winant was among the thousands of people who attended the Legion’s September 7, 1931 Labor Day celebration. Ten thousand people flooded the streets of Newport, many arriving on a special excursion train from Boston. The biggest event was a ten mile marathon from Claremont to Newport, featuring thirty-two runners, and won by Boston Marathon winner Jimmy Henigan of Medford, MA. Andre Champollion’s widow presented the Champollion Memorial Trophy to the wining marathon..
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10,000 People Attend the Second Annual Legion Labor Day Jubilee
Rear Admiral Reginal Rowan Belknap

Rear Admiral Reginal Rowan Belknap

May 30, 1932
Rear Admiral Reginald Rowan Belknap was the featured speaker of the 1932 Memorial Day celebration in Newport. The son of Rear Admiral George Eugene Belknap, he was born in Newport in 1832. His distinguished Naval career began in 1894, he served in World War I, and retired in 1927. At one time he made two cruises on the Constellation (built in 1797) which was the sister ship of the Constitution (“Old Ironsides.”) Admiral Belknap urged..
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Legion Sponsored Air Circus

May 13, 1934
The Legion sponsored a weekend performance of the New England Air Circus Association, which opened the season at Parlin Field. An aerial parade began the festivities, with seven airplanes flying in formation over Newport and Sunapee. Aerial bombing by local pilot Percy Osborne and balloon bursting were followed by the thrill of the day: Ensign Larry Ruch of the U. S. Naval reserve did twenty-one tail spins from an altitude of 6000 feet, breaking his..
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Sons of the American Legion

Sons of the American Legion

Jun 13, 1936
The Sons of the Legion organized in June of 1936. The first officers elected were Captain Arthur Breault, Jr., 1st Lieutenant Paul Douglass, 2nd Lieutenant James Brady, Adjutant Frederick Aiken, Treasurer David Chase, Sergeant-at-Arms Sevarin Rodeschin, Chaplain Francis Edes, and Historian Curtis Chase. The Executive Committee was comprised of Andrew Hastings, Wallace Brady and Donald Bagley. Ninety Legion members and prominent Newport citizens attended a banquet to benefit Newport’s Sons of the Legion squadron. Proceeds..
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18th New Hampshire Annual Convention in Newport

Sep 10, 1936
Plans to host the 1936 New Hampshire American Legion Convention began immediately after the September 1935 vote for Newport as the convention site. The Post was required to show Legion organizers that Newport had the facilities to host the large number of people expected to attend. In December 1936 the Brewster Post created the American Legion Convention Corporation. The officers were President Samuel Edes, Vice Presidents Harold P. Shepard and Harold G. Fairbanks, Treasurer Curtis..
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18th New Hampshire Annual Convention in Newport