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(Neb.)-Chadron American Legion Post Celebrates 95 Years

By: Chris Fankhauser Posted at: 03/04/2014 10:55 AM

(Chadron)-Every Thursday, the American Legion Post in Chadron offers an evening dinner for a great price, and with some great company. This week, they have even more to offer. The American Legion Post #12 will be celebrating 95 years of the post this week at their Thursday evening dinner. Post #12 was one of the first American Legion Posts established in Nebraska, as indicated by the number assigned to the local organization.
According to Terry Cogdill, the post was named after Bill Dowling, who was the first Dawes County casualty of World War I. Jean Henkins has been a member of the American Legion Auxiliary for Post #12 since 1946. She said that Dowling was killed in France in 1918. According to Henkins, the post originally was located on West 2nd in Chadron, where the current day Bean Broker is. Henkins said when they first organized in that location, the women would do the cooking in the basement, and upstairs there was gambling with slot machines. In 1949, construction began on the current building on Bordeaux, and was completed in 1950.
Henkins has served several capacities with the local unit of the American Legion Auxiliary, including being the president for two separate terms, and then moved up into positions with the district as president, state president, and Northwest Division National Vice President. She said she has enjoyed every minute spent with the American Legion Auxiliary, and it “was a thrill.”
The American Legion itself was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. According to the web site www.legion.org, it is the nation’s largest wartime veteran’s service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans.
The Legion Program in Nebraska not only honors veterans, but also sponsors baseball teams and scholarships, and the Chadron post is very active in that area as well. The American Legion Baseball program first started in South Dakota in 1925, and by 1929, every state in the Union had a Legion Baseball program.
Those wishing to help honor the 95th Birthday of Post #12 in Chadron can join in for the Thursday evening dinner, beginning at 5:30 pm. The menu consists of oven fried chicken, mashed potatoes, salad, vegetable, cake and ice cream. Cost is ten dollars, eight dollars for college students with ID’s and $4 for children. Carry out is available and the bar is open. The Legion Post is located at 123 Bordeaux.
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