American Legion Records
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.
- Binder, J. Frank, (Person)
- Ekander, Rube (Person)
- American Legion.Leyden Chiles Wickersham, Post No. 1 (Denver, Colo.) (Organization)
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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 microfilm reel
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift, American Legion, Leyden, Chiles, Wickersham, Post #1, 1971.
Originals retained by donors.
- American Legion. Leyden, Chiles, Wickersham, Post No. 1 (Denver Colo.) -- Archival resources.
- Microfilms Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Veterans -- Colorado -- Societies and clubs -- History. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- World War, 1914-1918 -- Veterans -- Colorado -- Societies and clubs. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
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