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Installation, Ceremony Articles from Middletown Journal 1941

Veterans Of Foreign Wars Will Organize

The recently organized Middletown post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, tentatively called the "Miami Valley Post" will meet Monday at 8 P.M. in the Sorg building for final organization and the election of officers.  All interested veterans and new members are urged to attend.


Also to be arranged at the meeting is the installation of the officers which is to be held Sunday September 28 in the American Legion. Armory Drum and Bugle Corps from Dayton Cincinnati Springfield and Hamilton are to be on hand that night it was said.


Hiram Fullen, chairman of the recruiting committee said dues are to be reduced temporarily for Monday's meeting.

Retyped from Middletown Journal Article 1941

Hiram Fullen New Commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars

First officers to head the new Middletown post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars were elected at the final organization meeting in the Sorg Building Monday night.
Hiram Fullen who has been active in the formation of the local post was chosen commander; Donald Paterson, senior vice commander; Amos Cole, junior vice commander; Earl S Bennington, chaplain; Leonard Owing, quartermaster; Crist H Thimson, judge advocate; Charles King, surgeon; Neil Ramsey, trustee for 18 month; and Jesse Music, trustee for 12 months.
It was announced the installation of officers would be held Sunday, September 28.  Plans for the ceremonies are incomplete, but it is planned to have a parade, a public meeting, music, and speakers, according to Fullen.

Middletown Journal: September 9,1941

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post Here is Formed Formally Sunday

Parade precedes Installation of Officers; Hiram Fullen assumes New Post as Head of Service Men


In a colorful ceremony witnessed by veterans and auxiliary members from several Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky cities, Miami Valley Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars was installed in the national guard armory Sunday afternoon. A downtown parade was included on the installation program.


The officers of trhe new post, led by Hiram Fullen, commander were sworn into office by Herman Rettig, Cincinnati, past district commander.  Thomas H Feltz, Hamilton, district commander, presided.  Harold Skinner, Toledo, past department commander, represented the state organization, while Harold Roth, past department commander of Kentucky spoke o behalf of the Bluegrass Veterans.


City Commissioner George Class spoke a representative of the commission. Fred J Schatzmann, acting city manager delivered the address of welcome to the visiting delegates.


Featured in the parade were drum and bugle corps from Springfield, Dayton, Cincinnati, Newport Ky., and Hamilton, and veterans groups from Columbus and Toledo and Connorsville and Wabash Ind.


Other newly installed officers of the local post are Chris Thimson, adjutant; Howard Thrusher, assistant adjutant; Leonard S Owings, quartermaster; Donald C Patterson, senior vice commander; Amos D Cole, junior vice commander; Chris Thimson, post advocate; Easl S Bennington, chaplain; Louis C King, surgeon; Lawrence Reynolds, officer of the day; Earl Shea, patriotic instructor; Ray Craft, post historian; Wheeler Farley, sergeant major; George Miller, quartermaster sergeant; Jesse Music, Neil L. Ramsey, James M Ross, trustees; James W Roberts, guard; Curtis Powell, sentinal; Lon Forest, Calvin Noe, color bearers; Albert E Duvall, bugler; service officer's duties will be performed by the commander; Chris Thimson, publicity chairman; Don Patterson, Americanization chairman; Alden Williams, sports and athletics chairman; Louis C King, membership chairman.


Thrusher, Ross, Thimson, Patterson, and Williams comprise the executive committee.

Middletown Journal:  September 29, 1941