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Stratford organizations,   pp. 142-160

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Stratford Organizations
Stratford American Legion
Stratford American Legion Club House located in the village park.
From The Stratford Journal, October 22, 1920:
The meeting held at the town hall last Saturday night by
the ex-servicemen was well attended and Stratford will have
an American Legion Post. All final arrangements were made
and the boys are expecting the arrival of their charter. It was
deemed advisable to elect only officers enough to go ahead
with the organizing and the balance of the officers required
will be appointed later. This will give those who come in later
a chance to hold office and will give the Post a larger number
to select from, therefore placing men in positions where they
will do the most good. As is the custom the organization is
named in honor of one who made the supreme sacrifice and it
was voted unanimously to call this the Andrew T. Hakedish
Post. A meeting is called for Tuesday, October 25 at the
Village Hall and every member is requested to make a special
effort to attend and bring a comrade. All ex-service men are
cordially invited to meet with the Legion whether they are
members or not. Plans will be made to observe Armistice
Day, November 11, and the boys plan to get a couple of drill
teams in shape for that day. If it is possible the plans of the
National Headquarters regarding the distribution and presen-
tation of service medals will be carried out on November 11 th.
The Stratford Journal is glad to offer its columns to the
American Legion as it has all other organizations in and near
Stratford and has made arrangements for some interesting
reading matter which explains the American Legion What it
is and W-h-y it is. It is surprising the number of people (and
some are ex-service men) who have little or no idea what this
great organization is. Last week the official report credited the
organization with 9,605 Posts. Over one-half of the men who
served in the American forces are now members of the Ameri-
can Legion. (There are approximately 8,400,000 ex-service
men.) Those who are interested will find something of interest
each week in the Journal.
From Stratford Journal, Jan. 1, 1932
The New Legion Home
Andrew T. Hekedish Post, American Legion has com-
pleted its club house at the southern end of the village park.
The building is a one story structure. It is designed to
represent a log cabin. A portion of the site was secured by
grant from the Stratford Village board and the remainder by
lease from the C. & N. W. Railway.
"It has always been a dream of our Post to own its own
home" said Chas. Raugh, post-adjutant.

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