Pomeroy Washington Downtown National Historic District

Historic District Downtown Building Inventory

The former American Legion Post #38 building, 2021, hiding behind a Downtown Revitalization tree

American Legion Post #38 (Site ID 26)

By 1922, the current 20'x60' structure housed the G.F.G., and by 1930, the American Legion Hall. The Pomeroy American Legion Post #38 was organized circa 1920. The American Legion added a concrete block addition to the back of the building and excavated a basement for use as a hall in 1948-49.

At the time the District was nominated, an antique store occupied the building. In about 2009, the antique store moved to the A.D. Fox & Son Building. This building is currently occupied as a residence.

The one-story brick and concrete block building has a raised parapet covered with stucco. Void of decorative detail, the building has been modified by covering the pilasters and original window openings with vertical boards, and placing seamed metal awnings over the openings. The original transom windows and recessed entrance doors are intact.

Description and Cultural Data based on
research by Donovan & Associates

The sign on the former antiques store

As of Fall, 2021, it didn't matter that the lovely tree obscures the store's sign since it's used as a residence, not a business.

From the December 20, 1956, issue of the E-W:

Legionnaires Get Silver Star Pins

Eric Wood, Karl Krouse and Lenn Dompier were awarded silver stars at the regular American Legion post meeting Monday evening for securing 10 or more 1957 memberships.

Commander Dompier announced that the January 7 meeting would be the last one at which he would preside. At that time a commander will be elected to finish out the rest of the year.

A report was read from State Patrolman Doyle Pounder explaining the school patrol picnic each year and thanking the local post for its financial help in the event.

A letter was read from the school directors thanking the post for the flags recently given to the grade and high schools.

Lester McKeirnan, chaplain, asked for permission to send sick veterans in the community a plant at Christmas time. Authorization was given.

The post and auxiliary party will begin at 7 p. m., tonight, December 20. Refreshments of sandwiches, cake and coffee will be served at the beginning of the evening. The children present will present a skit. All post and auxiliary members and their families are invited.

From a March, 1957, issue of the E-W:

Display Of Flags On 14 Holidays Is Goal Of Post

Flags to be displayed outside of Pomeroy residences on patriotic holidays is the goals of the local American Legion post.

The project was suggested several meetings ago by a member who thought that many persons living in Pomeroy would like to display flays on holidays; there are 14 days in the year when it is customary to have a display of flags.

At Monday's meeting of the post it was decided to go ahead with the project and the plan was outlined as follows:

The Legion would order half a dozen or so flags as samples and then make a canvass of the town to see how many persons would be interested in purchasing the flags. The correct number would then be ordered. The flags to be sold at cost, with no profit to the post, would run from $4,00 to $8.00, complete with holder.

The post has no idea how the plan will be received in Pomeroy, but decided that the project would be well worth a try. The plan is in keeping with the Americanism program, part of which was the buying of flags this fall for the new grade school and also replacements for the high school and Holy Rosary school.

When buying a flag, the purchaser would be given a free wall poster which carries flag information and the days flags should be displayed.

It was voted to have a committee composed of Richard Keatts, Freddy Strain and Ed Wells, lay out the town in sections and from this map, further plans for the canvass would be made at the next American Legion meeting to be held Monday, March 18.

Guests at last Monday's meeting was Walter Nelson, 7th district commander from Colton; Richard Daly, vice commander, Palouse, and "Mick" Mikkelson, Boys' State chairman, Rosalia. Mikkelson announced that this year's Boys' State would be held at Pacific Lutheran college, Parkland, as the dormitories at Central Washington College of Education, Ellensburg, would be in the process of being redecorated when the event would be held this summer.

An April 4, 1957, story in the E-W informed the community:

Photo of Legionnaire Jerry Hodson of Pomeroy cutting anniversary cake

CUTS BIRTHDAY CAKE—Jerry Hodson, oldest living member of Thomas Jackson Graham Post No. 38 of the American Legion, was given the honor of cutting the birthday cake at the observance of the Legion's 38th birthday anniversary last week. Hodson, a longtime member of the post and former commander is a naval veteran of World War I. Aside from other Legion activities, another important event in his life took place this week—on Monday he married his first couple after becoming justice of the peace for Garfield county two weeks ago.

Following up on the story on flags above, readers of the E-W saw this on 4/4/1957:

Captains Named For Flag Project

During the next week the flag sale canvass of Pomeroy will be carried out by members of the American Legion.

The purpose of the project is to sell a flag to as many residents as possible so they can display them outside their homes on the patriotic holidays and also local special occasions.

Each team will have flag samples and will take orders on a 25 per cent down basis. There is to be no profit made by the post in the venture. Two different flags will be offered, one for $4.00, the other for $8.00. Both have holders.

The town has been divided into twelve sections and block captains appointed for each. The captains will ask Legionnaires in their respective districts for help in the canvass.

It was also announced at Monday's meeting that persons living in the country would not be canvassed but it was hoped that many of them would also order flags by contacting Ray Munns, Harold Shepherd or any other Legion member.

From the September 21, 1972, issue of the EW:

John Roberts Is New Legion Post Commander

Pomeroy American Legion post has installed John Roberts as post commander as its first regular meeting of the fall.

District Commander Dwane Hatch was the installing officer. Officers installed were the following Legionnaires: John Roberts, post commander; John Carlson, senior vice commander; Dan Daigle, junior vice commander; Gilbert Dickson, adjutant; Judge Pat McCabe, service officer; James McCabe, finance officer; and John Capwell, chaplain.

Plans were made for the coming events of the post. October will be the Boys' and Girls' Staters program. November will be the month for the Annual Crab Feed and the Annual Turkey Shoots. A masquerade Halloween Dance is also being planned.

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