Tingley Centennial: 1883 ~1983
TINGLEY AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY HISTORY
The Tingley American Legion Auxiliary, Dewey Unit #516, was organized August 3, 1921, with the following charter members:
|Ethel ALEXANDER|| Clara BALL|| Helen BOYD|
|Luella BRECKENRIDGE|| Anna HENDERSON|| Bertha HOGUE|
|Lena JOHNSTON|| Letitia JOHNSTON|| Pauline BOYD LYNAM|
|Elvie RICHARDS|| Ellen ROUSH|| Mae SMITH|
Most of the Unit's projects carried out today had their inception with these charter members, more than sixty years ago.
Veteran-made Memorial Poppies are sold on the last Saturday in May to help finance the aid given to veterans and their
Each Memorial Day, Memorial sprays assembled by the Unit members are placed on veteran graves in the local
cemetery and in several other Ringgold County cemeteries.
We still remember our hospitalized veterans and their families
at Christmas time.
Home-made cookies are regularly sent to the Veteran Hospitals, more than 160 dozen being
sent in 1981-1982.
Several projects such as the Poppy Poster and the Poppy Essay contests had to be abandoned when
we lost our secondary school in 1959 and our elementary school in 1980.
The basket dinners held for so many years on the
Legion's birthday, Washington's birthday, and Armistice Day have faded into history, nor do we any longer sew carpet rags.
In 1947, the Unit sent its first delegate to Iowa Girls State and has sent a girl each year since with the exception of
three years. An interesting note is that the first girl was sent for $25.00. The fee in 1982 was $90.00.
In 1948, a
Halloween celebration headed by the Tingley Unit was begun and it is still  observed, but because of its growth, it has
become a total community project.
One member, Edith McINTOSH, served as Fifth District president in 1935-36. Twilla
LININGER was District Historian one year, and another year she was District Vice-President in charge of membership. She
and Editha OBERMEIER have held District Chairman positions in recent years.
Submitted by Editha OBERMEIER
Dewey Unit President, 1983
SOURCE: Tingley, Iowa Centennial: 1883 - 1983. p. 109. PSI, Inc. Belmond IA. 1983.
Courtesy of Mount Ayr Public Library, September of 2011
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, September of 2011