HISTORY OF HARMONSON-REDD POST 63
Norton American Legion Post 63
Harmonson-Redd Post 63, of the American Legion Department of Kansas was organized in the fall of 1920 with a bearing date of October 15, 1920, Harmonson- Redd post 63 opened with 17 Charter Members: R.N. Tinney, Med G. Bower, Ray Ambrose, O.H. Morehead, John Rasure, Robert W. Hemphill, David L. Browne, Floyd Johnson, Russell Knapp, Ivan Snyder, Harold Stoddard, Roy Wynn, V.K. Lloyd, Guy Madden, L.C. Ward, M.G. Stover and W.H. Hazelton. Application for a Charter was received by Med G. Bower, and together with Robert W. Hemphill obtained the signatures of the above charter members to said application. The post at first met in the auditorium hall. A ladies auxiliary was organized the last of the first year and met in the same hall with the Legion and at the homes of its members.
On May 10, 1920, plans were gotten under way for the purchase of a lot and the erection of a club house thereon. Money was raised therefore by benefit performances given by the Legion and the Auxiliary, and by popular subscription. The building was ready for occupation in the summer of 1922, and has been used by the Post since that time. The total cost of the building and lot was in the neighbor hood of $14,000.00, although due to the fact of donation of labor and materials the exact cost is not ascertainable.
After the Norton County Court House was destroyed by fire December 1, 1926 the club house was rented to the County for use as a court house and is being used as such at the present time, and will be used until the new court house is ready for occupancy. The post was unable to pay for the entire building, due in part to failure of all subscribers to pay the full amount of their subscriptions to same, and place a mortgage on building in the sum of Four Thousand Dollars to finish paying therefore and to pay losses incurred in promoting a roundup. The money received from the county for rent is being applied on this indebtedness and same will have been very largely reduced by the time the county moves into the court house. The post reserved the use of part of hall for a meeting place at the time of the renting same to the county. The county has been permitted to build a brick vault on the south side end of the building and will be the property of the post after the county vacates the building.
Harmonson-Redd post has been active locally in all projects backed by the State and National Organization of the Legion. It has furnished a meeting place for the G.A.R., and has assisted the G.A.R. in the celebration of Memorial Day. Within the past year the G.A.R. has surrendered its charter and Memorial Day this year will be in charge of the Legion. The Legion has celebrated Armistice Day on the 11th of November, and has attempted to look after the needs of disabled service men and has furnished a funeral escort for service men and members of the G.A.R. buried here. It was taken an active interest in Boy Scout work and has been responsible for the organization of Junior Baseball in Norton. Last year the Norton Junior Baseball Team won the District Championship and went to Emporia to the State tournament, but were eliminated there. The Legion has considered itself a service club functioning in some respects on the same basis as Rotary, Kiwanis and Lions Clubs, and as such has taken an interest in all community problems and projects. It has during the past winter held one dinner meeting a month and one other meeting a month without a dinner. The regular post meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month.
The officers of the post for the current year are Robert W Hemphill, Commander, David L. Browne, Vice commander, Roscoe Tasker, Adjutant, Med G Bower, Finance Officer, Floyd Kirk, Historian, F.D. Kennedy, Chaplain and Ralph Butler, Sergeant at Arms. The Hall has been renamed the R. M. Tinney Hall of the American Legion for Dr. Ray Tinney one of the charter members, who died last fall, and who was one of the largest contributors of money to the building fund of the hall and the largest contributor in time during his life of any member of the post to post activities.
This statement prepared for deposit in Corner Stone of New Court house, which is to be laid April 30, 1929, by Robert W. Hemphill.
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