Gladbrook Auxiliary 100th Birthday

Mavis Nelson, a 73 year member and Maxine Schoel, a 78 year member of Unit #127, viewing a painting by Mrs J.O King donated to theLegion in memory of her son Earl killed in WWI, called ‘Pharaoh Horse’. it hung on the south wall of the old Legion Hall until 1988 when the building was torn down to make room for the new Memorial Bldg.
Gladbrook Commander Ron Busch (left) is presenting Legionnaire Loren Frericks with his 50th year certificate.

The Gladbrook American Legion hosted a 100th birthday party for the Gladbrook American Legion Auxiliary on Mon., March 16th, at the Memorial Building. The delicious ham dinner was catered by Hometown Family Market. Everyone enjoyed birthday cake. The tables were decorated with lighted red and blue fruit jars and patriotic sparklers. Guests present were 3rd District Jr. President Jordan Sherman, Tama County President Jolene Denbow and Commander Ron Busch, Department President Kelly Elliott, and National ALA President Nicole Clapp. NP Nicole told about her travels and everyone enjoyed trivia questions like how many poppies were distribute in 1946, 24 million and in 2018- 3.6 million poppies were distributed. She also talked about her project of health and well being for our veterans, military, and their families. President Jordan talked about her project of collecting shower items, and adult coloring books and pencils for the IVH and pop tabs. Unit President Jeanne Paustian read a 100 year history of the highlights of the Gladbrook Auxiliary that was written and printed in the Northern-Sun Print. Terri Luehring compiled a video of pictures on the history of Unit 127 starting with the Charter, first President, floats, Memorial Services, flag raisings, carpet rags, poppy wreaths and distributions, Mothers Teas, foodstands, “Homecoming in America’s Heartland”, etc. The video ended with all singing “Happy Birthday”. Gladbrook Legion Commander Ron Busch honored 50 year members: Al Card, John Eilers, John Putney, Jack Sass, Lynn Handorf, and Loran Frericks. The evening ended with singing “God Bless America”. Many enjoyed viewing a table of memorabilia of the past 100 years.