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Post 41  Berryville, Virginia

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CHARTER DATE: September 23, 1919

POST NAMESAKE: Captain Lloyd W. Williams, USMC America entered World War I to reinforce the battered French and British troops waging a desperate fight against.. Read more »

FIRST COMMANDER: Dr. Lewis M. Allen

NOTABLE MEMBERS: Frank M. Wray, Department of Virginia Commander (1925-26) Harold L. Scheuer, Seventh District Commander (1938-39) & Department of Virginia Vice.. Read more »

WHAT MAKES OUR POST UNIQUE: What comes to mind when you think of an American Legion Post? Many of us imagine an old-fashioned basement bar, smelling of cigarettes, and filled with aging men. However, this stereotype does not entirely apply to Lloyd Williams Post 41... Read more »

1919
Encouraged by Major Henry W. Carpenter, U. S. Marine Corps, some of the returning Clarke veterans had already started discussions about forming a local post of the new American Legion. They saw this as an opportunity to provide the returning veterans with a support group and at the same time involve them in community service. On September 12, 1919, fifteen men signed a charter application for an American Legion Post in Berryville. It was to be named in honor of Captain Lloyd W. Williams, the first Clarke County man killed in the war. Full story »
A temporary charter was issued on September 23, 1919 for Lloyd Williams Post 41 of The American Legion. Full story »
Major Henry W. Carpenter presided over the initial organizational meeting of the new post. Thirty veterans were present at the meeting and took part in the organizational work. Dr. Lewis M. Allen was elected the Commander of the new Lloyd Williams Post 41 of the American Legion. The other officers elected were Moses G. O’Brien, Vice Commander; Rice W. Levi, Sr., Finance Officer; and Leon D. Scheuer, Adjutant. Commander Allen was instructed to appoint a committee to draft a constitution and by-laws. A motion was also approved to make Mrs. Selina Ravenel Williams, widow of Captain Lloyd Williams, and Mrs... Full story »
The first fundraiser was a bazaar that netted over $500. This became an annual event for the next twenty years where citizens could do their early Christmas shopping. Full story »
The Constitution and By-Laws of Lloyd Williams Post 41 were approved on November 30, 1919. Members who joined the post prior to November 11, 1919 would be known as charter members. In addition to the fifteen signers of the charter application, another fifteen men were members of the post prior.. Full story »
1920
Lloyd Williams Post 41 held a public meeting at the Court House to discuss the construction of a Community Building in Berryville. The meeting was conducted by Dr. Lewis M. Allen, the commander of Post 41. The building would serve as a memorial to the world war veterans, provide a place for all organizations and activities in the county, and be the home of the local National Guard Company. Full story »
The American Legion Auxiliary of Post 41 was formed one year later in November 1920. The first president was Sara H. Elder. She was the wife of the Berryville postmaster and the mother of John Robinson Elder III, a veteran of World War I. There are no records available regarding whether or not it was officially charted by the Department of Virginia. Full story »
Post 41 formed a non-stock corporation for the purpose of handling the finances associated with acquiring a meeting hall and eventually the construction of a Community Building. Jetson Fields Spates, a veteran of World War I and a cashier at the Bank of Clarke County, was elected as president of the American Legion Post 41 Corporation. Full story »
Post 41 purchased two adjourning lots at the southwestern corner of North Church Street and Academy Street for $3,700. The Berryville Post Office is currently located on these lots. One of the lots was purchased from Judge H. B. Whiting and included a two story building that had been used.. Full story »
Lloyd Williams Post 41 held a lawn festival and river party at Castleman's Ferry. There were about a thousand present with plenty to eat, lots of fun, boat riding, canoeing, and swimming. Electric lights were installed on the grounds for the occasion. Free transportation was provided to and from Berryville. This event evolved into an annual two-day fall Bazaar and Parade that included a Friday night parade up Main Street, Saturday home demonstration and crafts contests, beauty contests, and exhibits. The torchlight parade included marching bands, floats for local businesses and organizations, military units, and fire-fighting equipment. It usually had.. Full story »
Robert W. Fuller, a World War I veteran and charter member of Post 41 died unexpectedly of appendicitis. Mr. Fuller was an extremely popular young man in the community and the Legion decided that he deserved a full military funeral. Since military funerals at that time were reserved for active.. Full story »
Post 41 purchased two adjoining lots at the corner of North Buckmarsh Street and West Main Street for $7,000. This was the planned site for the new Community Building. A small building referred to as the Legion Hut was constructed on one of the lots. Beginning in 1928, this location was used for the Post's annual yard parties and other events. The lots were sold in 1938 for $9,500. Mario's Pizza is currently located on one of the lots. Full story »
In the spring of 1929, Berryville was the spring training home of a minor league baseball team from Pennsylvania. In response to an invitation from the Lloyd Williams Post 41, the Wilkes-Barre Anthracite baseball team spent two weeks in Berryville preparing for its season in the New York-Pennsylvania League. The Legion felt the hosting of the team would benefit the community at large with some good advertising and help promote tourism in the area. The Anthracites arrived in Berryville on April 9, 1929 and was lodged at the Battletown Hotel. They played thirteen exhibition games against other minor league teams.. Full story »
Prior to 1929, family members of deceased veterans placed flowers and flags on the graves of veterans. This tradition started shortly after the Civil War. In 1929, and was known as Decoration Day. Post 41 started the honoring of deceased veterans with a simple service and the placement of flowers and flags on the graves. After World War II, this became Memorial Day and services were held at Green Hill Cemetery each year. Full story »
1930
Lloyd Williams Post 41 of The American Legion was issued a permanent charter. Full story »
Three hundred fifty Clarke County school children, Boy Scouts, National Guardsmen, and veterans of the World War, marched in the Decoration Day parade organized by Lloyd Williams Post 41. The parade moved through the streets of Berryville to Green Hill Cemetery where a community service was held by the Legion. The parade to the cemetery was discontinued in 1960. Full story »
Lloyd Williams Post 41 sent two rising high school seniors to the inaugural Virginia Boys State held at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. Since 1939, American Legion Post 41 has sent at least one local high school student to Virginia American Legion Boys State. Boys State did not operate during the war years 1942-1945. Our delegates are selected by Post 41based on leadership, character, scholarship, and service to their school and community. All expenses are paid by Post 41. American Legion Boys State is among the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction for U.S. high school students. It.. Full story »
From the beginning, the Post had a vision to build a memorial to their fallen comrades of the war. The vision soon took the form of a community building that would serve as a monument to their fallen comrades and at the same time provide a meeting place for the.. Full story »
1940
Over 5,000 people jammed Main Street to witness a giant parade and gathered on the Berryville High School grounds for a program designed as a welcome to returning servicemen, an Armistice Day program, and Victory Bond rally. The entire county turned out to witness this giant celebration and hear speeches from General George C. Marshall, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd, and Senator Harry F. Byrd. The event was organized by Lloyd Williams Post 41 of The American Legion. Full story »
Turkey Shoots were approved as a fundraiser in the Community Building. Only .22 caliber rifles were permitted. Full story »
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