American Legion, Leo Hanlon Post #55, 1919
Patrick Leo Hanlon Post, number fifty-five, was officially brought intoexistence when by Act of the Sixty-Sixth Congress of the United States, thenational organization of the American Legion was created. The post received itsstate charter on July 29, 1919. The national charter is dated April 10, 1921.Requirement for membership in The American Legion is that a veteran must havean honorable discharge from the military service of the United States.
The first meeting of the Albion Great War veterans was held in the G.A.R. Hallon East Erie Street on September 10, 1919. The meeting was called by comrade William Harton, who had been chosen by the state organization to be localorganizing chairman. At the second meeting of this newly organized post it wasnamed in honor of deceased comrade, Patrick Leo Hanlon. “Pat” servedas a corporal of Company G, 126 Infantry, 32nd Division, was one of the firstlocal men to be killed in action.
The post meets on the northwest corner of West Porter and Clinton Street, whenthe Woman’s Auxiliary also meets. The post makes an active effort to participatein community projects. It sponsors a Boy Scout troop, has sponsoredentertainment, helped veterans secure compensation for their service, andsupport G.A.R. veterans.
Commanders of the post include Joseph Leavy, 1919;Dr. Lawless and Dr. G.C. Hafford, 1920; Dr. G. C. Hafford, 1921; GeorgeSchumacher 1922-1923; Ralph Hartung, 1924; Herman Huber, 1925; Louis Wocholz,1926; Dieter Young, 1927; Harry Russell, 1928; William Kearney, 1929; CharlesMarkle, 1930-1931; and Charles Krebs, 1932.
American Legion, Patrick Leo Hanlon Post, No. 55. Lower row (L-R): Otis Sharp, Dewey Hagerty, Clare Boyd, Charles Krebs,(Post-commander), William Harton, Roscoe DeWeese. Middle row: Harold Bennett, Charles Miller, George Schumacher, Charles Markle, Peter Papadopolous. Upper row: Don Hubbard, Ray Bricker, George Wilkinson, Lester Seekel.
Auxilliary of Patrick Leo Hanlon Post No. 55 – American Legion. Front row (L-r): Bernice Thomas, Daisy Knight, Florence Wilkinson, Anna Decker (president), Evelyn DeWeese, Gladys Noakes, Lua Miller, Nina Starks. Middle Row: Edythe Attleberger, Milda Rieser, Ethel Hagerty, Florence McGormley, Edwina Strain, Myrtle Chauncey, Orpha Sptarks. Upper Row: Stella Kalenchuk, Flora Tabor, Dorothy Sutton, Emma Wochholz, Sadie White, Emma PRice, Neta West, Gertrude Dean.
Source: Frank Passic. A Pictorial History of Albion, Michigan; From the Archives of the Albion Historical Society. Dallas, Texas: Curtis Media Corporation. 1991.
Patrick Leo Hanlon Post No. 55
By George Schumacher
Patrick Leo Hanlon Post, number fifty-five, was officially brought into existence when by Act of the Sixty-Sixth Congress of the United States, the national organization of the American Legion was created.
The post received its state charter from the Department of Michigan, on July 29, 1919. Its national charter is dated April 10, 1921. The requirement for membership in The American Legion is that a veteran must have an honorable discharge from the military service of the United States, a part of this service having been rendered between April 6, 1917, and November 11, 1918.
As the men of America gallantly entered the military service of their country and valiantly fought throughout the battles that the world should be made safe for democracy, so also did they seek to express the epitome of their subsequent peace time service in The American Legion by inscribing upon their hearts and minds this Preamble of its Constitution:
“For God and country we associate ourselves together for the following purposes:
To uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America; to maintain law and order; to foster and perpetuate a one hundred per cent Americanism; to preserve the memories and incidents of our association during the Great War; to inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community, state and nation; to combat the autocracy of both the classes and the masses; to make right the master of might; to promote peace and good will on earth; to safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of justice, freedom and democracy; to consecrate and sanctify our associations by our devotion to mutual helpfulness.”
The first meeting of the Albion Great War veterans was held in the G.A.R. Hall on East Erie Street. On September 10, 1919. The meeting was called by comrade William Harton, who had been chosen by the embryo state organization to act as local organizing chairman. A first group of officers was selected as follows: Post Commander, Joseph Leavy; Post Vice-Commander, William Harton; Post Adjutant, Robert C. Baker; Post Finance Officer, Arthur G. Noble; Post Historian, Howell Van Gorden; Post Chaplain, Frederick Goodrich; Post Executive Committee: Grove Dunham, Louis Wochholz, Albert MacDonald.
At the second meeting of this newly organized post it was named in honor of our decreased comrade, Patrick Leo Hanlon. “Pat,” as a corporal of Company G, 126 Infantry, 32nd Division, was one of the first of our local men to be “killed-in-action” in the war.
The post owns its home on the northwest corner at the intersection of West Porter and South Clinton Streets, where regular meetings are held, as also are those of the Womans Auxiliary, and the latch string is always out for buddies to come and meet together.
The post endeavors to take an active interest and participate in all community projects. It sponsors a Boy Scout troop, has held various forms of entertainment in the past, has helped its own men to secure just compensation for war service and has assumed the role of true sons and grandsons to the G.A.R. veterans whose ranks are rapidly diminishing.
A list of the Commanders reads as follows:
Joseph Leavy, 1919
Dr. Lawless and Dr. G.C. Hafford, 1920
Dr. G.C. Hafford, 1921
George Schumacher, 1922 and 1923
Ralph Hartung, 1924
Herman Huber, 1925
Louis Wochholz, 1926
Dieter Young, 1927
Harley Russell, 1928
William Kearney, 1929
Charles Markle, 1930 and 1931
Charles Krebs, 1932
The officers for 1932 are: Post Commander, Charles Krebs; Post Vice-Commander, Dieter Young; Post Vice-Commander, George Wilkinson; Post Adjutant, D. Clare Boyd; Post Historian, George Schumacher; Post Chaplain, William Harton; Post Finance Officer, Harley Russell; Executive Committee: Charles Markle, Robert Baker, James Meek, Dr. George Hafford, Charles Miller.
Source: Krenerick, Miriam. Albion’s Milestones and Memories. Albion, MI: Art Craft Press. 1932. 93-95