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American Legion Records

Identifier: M1356

Scope and Contents

Collection contains copy of letter signed by Rube Ekander and J. Frank Binder announcing the ground-breaking ceremonies; dated August 14, 1950; microfilm contains historical data on the founding of the American Legion nationally and of the local branch. Includes sketches of commanders, lists of officers, awards, activities, and photographs.


  • 1930-1961


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.


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Biographical / Historical

The Leyden, Chiles and Wickersham American Legion Posts consolidated and became chartered as the Leyden-Chiles-Wickersham Post 1 on August 20, 1931. The lodge was founded in memory of Private Leo T. Leyden, Captain Marcellus H. Chiles and Lieutenant J. Hunter Wickersham, all of whom gave their lives for their country during the first world war. Meetings were first held in a private residence located at 224 W. Colfax Avenue, Denver, Colo. before moving to the 17th Avenue Community Church as a permanent home. A movement for a new building began in 1945, and in August 1950 ground was broken for a more elaborate building at East 14th Avenue and Broadway, Denver, Colo. The cornerstone was set in April 1951, and dedication ceremonies were held on February 12, 1952 with National Commander, Donald R. Wilson officiating.


1 envelope

1 microfilm reels (35mm)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, American Legion, Leyden, Chiles, Wickersham, Post #1, 1971.


Originals retained by donors.

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Repository Details

Part of the Denver Public Library, Western History and Genealogy Repository

10 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy
Denver CO 80204 United States