During World War II the Post and Auxiliary took it upon themselves to provide Christmas parcels containing food, smokes and articles of clothing, playing cards, etc., for the boys in service.
The Post gave its full measure of support to the legislative program which the national organization sponsored to provide a "Bill of Rights" for the benefit on the men in service and a program of rehabilitation after their discharge. The Post also provided a meeting place for the local Post of War Dads and for Ladies' Clubs for the purpose of knitting for the servicemen, for Nurses' Aid courses, for the County Defense Council and the Fire Warden Schools.
From its very inception the Post has taken full charge of the burial of service men who died overseas, as well as comrades who answered the last call of the Great Commander here at home. During World War II it provided a committee to call upon the families of men who were killed in service, helping to spread gently the message contained in the telegram which invariably began: "It is with deep regret that the War or Navy Department announces"---and to offer what consolation and assistance it was possible to give in that tragic moment.
A burial crew, consisting of a color squad of four men, a rifle squad of nine men, six pallbearers, a commander, chaplain and two buglers, a complement of over twenty men has always been provided.
The Post also sponsored a band and later a drum and bugle corps for many years and back the Juvenile Band and later the Jasper High School Band, financing their trip for appearance at a number of state conventions.
An annual event dating back to 1921 is the Thanksgiving Eve Turkey Dinner. This event has always been well attended and has been the high spot in the membership drive each year. It has been held in various places, including the Jasper Bakery Warehouse, Tivoli basement, and the Rustic Tavern. In recent years, however it has been held in the new spacious Legion Home.
Another Affiliated group, the 40 & 8,was organized in 1924 and has been active in promoting the interests of the Post. It has especially aided in membership drives and is now sponsoring a Nurses' Education Aid program which is helping a dozen or more girls to pay their way through nurses' training.
Dubois County Post has always been a favorite host for district conventions, both the old Third and the present Eighth District. The first one was held on August 25, 1923. This event established the Post's reputation for hospitality. In later years many state and national figures accepted invitations to attend Jasper convention bids. These included National Commander Paul V. McNutt and almost every State Command and Adjutant.
As previously stated, the first club room of the Post was in the Haberly Building on the Square. Since then the headquarters of the Post have been in the fillowing places: The Melchior Building, the Zurich Building basement (popularly known as the DUG-OUT), the Ideal Building, and the Rustic Tavern. Now we are very proud of our spacious, modern Post Home located at 1220 Newton Street.
It was while located in Reising's Store that the Post made history during the great flood of 1937, by serving as an outpost for relief supplies for Ohio River flood sufferers.
In 1939 a lot was purchased from Victor Fierst near the corner of 13th and Newton and immediate steps were taken to build a new home. It was dedicated on Armistice Day of 1939. During the following year the lots on both sides of the Home were purchased. The mortgage on the new home was burned on the following Armistice Day, November 11, 1940. This home was incorporated in the present home and enabled the Post to carry on in business while the new home was under construction.
During the fifty years of the Post's existence, a number of its members have been called to higher posts of duty in the Legion. Among these are Charles E. Scales, Albert Rumbach, Harold Reker and C.U. Gramelspacher, who served as District Commanders. The latter, C.U., affectionately known as "Gramy," advanced from District to Southern Vice-Commander and then to the top spot of State Commander.
George Litchfield and Harold Reker served as Southern Vice-Commanders. John H. Wuchner, after serving several years as Post and District Chaplain, was elevated to the high and important post of State Chaplain. Many other members have served successfully and efficiently on various state and district committees.
The present American Legion Home was dedicated in 1950, when C.U. Gramelspacher was Commander. Other Officers and distinguished guests were Susan Buckler, President of Post 147 Auxiliary, Herbert Thyen, Mayor of Jasper, Lt. Governor of Indiana John Watkins. The first manager of the Legion Club in the new building was William Luegers and Paul Hoffman, the Chairman of the Building Committee.
The success of the Legion Club as a center for entertainment, recreation and civic activities was enhanced by the selection of good managers and watch full House Committees.
In 1950 a Voluntary Liquidating Trust Fund was started up to pay the enlarged building off along with other pledges. This was met by the many American Legion members of Post #147 who loaned money, including all of the many small and the large offerings for help. The Post thereby saved money and the building was paid off sooner along with all the pledges, and in 1964 the mortgage burning ceremony was held at Post 147 with all indebtedness paid. Members who served on the Voluntary Liquidating Trust Fund were: Ed Jones, President; Harold Reker, Sec. Treasurer; and members Paul Hoffman, Linus Bohnert and Clem Eckstein. Following the death of Clem Eckstein, Othmar Bockelman was appointed to serve on the Trust Fund.
American Legion Post 147 has chosen commanders from veterans of five wars. The first Commander of Post 147 was Victor Salb a veteran of World War I. Edwin J. Seng was elected as the first commander from World War II veterans and Roland Horney was the first of the Korean veterans to be elected commander. Two past commanders, C.U. Gramelspacher and Otto J Schaaf, had the honor of being elected to four terms each. William Weber sets the record of serving for 5 terms.
The following is a list of the names of Commanders who served Post 147 through our 89 year history. The years listed indicate the date of the completion of each respective term of Office.
1. 1920 V.M. Salb2. 1921 Charles E. Scales3. 1922 Charles E. Scales4. 1923 Grover E. Salb5. 1924 Albert Rumbach6. 1925 Rupert Klueh7. 1926 Edgar P. Hoffman - resigned 1-6-1926 for county office, succeeded by
Harry Schutz 8. 1927 Hobart McDonald9. 1928 Theodore H. Dudine10. 1929 Adolph E. Haller11. 1930 Clarence Brown12. 1931 Homer E. Jones13. 1932 William F. Dudine - resigned 8-1932, Candidate
for Judge succeeded by John Wuchner 14. 1933 Dr. F. C. Jones15. 1934 Victor F. Sturm16. 1935 Edwin J. Kuebler17. 1936 C. U. Gramelspacher18. 1937 C. U. Gramelspacher19. 1938 C. U. Gramelspacher20. 1939 A. J. Reising21. 1940 James Wallace22. 1941 John Wuchner23. 1942 Joseph Hennessy24. 1943 Otto J. Schaaf25. 1944 Otto J. Schaaf26. 1945 Otto J. Schaaf27. 1946 Otto J. Schaaf28. 1947 Edwin J. Seng29. 1948 Edwin J. Seng30. 1949 Albert s. Russell31. 1950 C. U. Gramelspacher32. 1951 Paul Hoffman33. 1952 Edward F. Jones34. 1953 Glen Gramelspacher35. 1954 Glen Gramelspacher36. 1955 Harold F. Reker37. 1956 Claude Miller38. 1957 Richard Krodel39. 1958 Charles H. Nolan - resigned 4-30-1958, transferred job to Norwalk, Ohio, succeeded by Herbert Beck 40. 1959 Robert Gunselman 41. 1960 Leo Hief42. 1961 Karl J. Himsel43. 1962 Claude Miller44. 1963 Aloysius M. Schuler45. 1964 Roland Horney46. 1965 Lester Armstrong47. 1966 Jerry Huls48. 1967 Othmar Janet49. 1968 William Hedinger50. 1969 Lowell E. Glendening51. 1970 Otto Kress52. 1971 William J. Krodel53. 1972 Dennis Critchlow54. 1973 James Weisheit55. 1974 Jack T. Brandt56. 1975 Robert H. Hedinger57. 1976 Gerald L. Elliott58. 1977 William e. Weber59. 1978 William P. Kress60. 1979 Robert L. Buehler61. 1980 William M. Hopf61. 1981 Dr. Thomas L. Eversman62. 1982 Dennis L. Davis63. 1983 Dennis L. Davis64. 1984 Michael K. Temple65. 1985 David L. Davis66. 1986 Edward F. Jones67. 1987 Edward F Jones68. 1988 Harold F. Reker69. 1989 William Duvall70. 1990 William Duvall71. 1991 Ambrose Buechlein72. 1992 Ambrose Buechlein73. 1993 Ambrose Buechlein74. 1994 William E. Weber75. 1995 William E. Weber76. 1996 William E. Weber77. 1997 William E. Weber78. 1998 William E. Weber79. 1999 Tom Bohnert80. 2000 Tom Bohnert81. 2001 Tina Fuhrman82. 2002 Tina Fuhrman83. 2003 John Birk84. 2004 John Birk85. 2005 Aloysius Schuler86. 2006 Aloysius Schuler87. 2007 Dennis Davis - passed away in office,
Term completed by Aloysius Schuler88. 2008 Daniel B Lawson
89. 2009 Phil Freeman90. 2010 Phil Freeman91. 2011 Leroy Blemeel92. 2012 Leroy Blemeel
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