American Legion

A Legion Post Was Organized 30 Years Ago

On April 20, 1920, ex-soldiers and ex-sailors met at the I.O.O.F. Hall in Dike for the purpose of organizing a Post of the American Legion in Dike. Members who signed the temporary charter to be known as charter members of Dike Post 471 of the American Legion of Department of Iowa. On the charter are the following names: Louie Christoffersen, C. J. Longskov, Elmer Rathman, Leo Krumlinde, Louie Henningsen, Marius Andersen, Mert Murphy, Elmer Tobias, L. A. Wood, Robert Knudsen, George Grunnett, A. F. Deadrick, H. C. Henningsen, Ervie Bauer, Nels Juhl and Edward Ove. The first officers of the Dike Post were: Commander, Edward Ove; Vice Commander, L. A. Wood; Adjutant, C. J. Longskov; Finance Officer, Elmer Tobias; Historian, H. C. Henningsen; and Chaplain, George Grunnett.

The organization grew and sponsored many worthy projects. Perhaps the most outstanding event in the history of the organization to date was the purchase of the Legion Hall. The Dike Post received $3800 as their allotment share of the Grundy County Memorial Fund, which was distributed to towns in the county which had organized Legion Posts. With this fund the local Post purchased in 1929 a one story brick building, the former Buol Furniture Store building.

The citizens of Dike, wishing to do something to honor the men of the community who had served in World War I, voted a $5000 bond issue, and this with $500 contributed by the Dike Fire Department, was used in remodeling the building. The dedication was held Dec. 29, 1929, at a big banquet. Officers of the post at that time were Martin Martinusen, Commander; James Campbell, Vice Commander; Tom Hansen, Adjutant; Elmer Tobias, Finance Officer; Dr. R. M. Cullison, Chaplain; Harry Thuesen, Historian; and Sigfred Stage, Sergeant-at-Arms.

The present officers of the Dike Post are: Commander, Paul Sires; Vice Commander, Harland Billman; Adjutant, Roer Stage; Historian, Woodrow Parker; Finance Officer, E. P. Tobias; Chaplain, Harold Madsen; Sgt.-at-Arms, Leonard Posekaney; Executive Committee, Paul Sires, Willis Lynn, Harold Madsen, Alvin Sloth and Gerald Bruns.

All present officers are World War II veterans with the exception of the Finance Officer, E. P. Tobias.

--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 25 May 1950, Dike Golden Jubilee Section of the Grundy Register