Post 58 American Legion
Post 58 is located in Stayton, Oregon the gateway to the Santiam Canyon of the Cascade Mountains. Post number 58 was formed on May 3, 1928. Hershal Clark, Commander; Leo Susbauer, Adjutant and George J. Boedigheimer. The post resided at 363 W. Divison, Sublimity, Oregon. Which is now an open field.
On May 3rd, 2013 the post will celebrate it 85th birthday.
On April 5, 1949 the Starr Theater held its Grand Opening. Post 58 provided a color guard to present the colors and led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance for the 1000 people who attended.
On May 13, 1999 the Post was sadden to hear that George J. Boedigheimer, 92, of Salem, died. He was born in Sublimity, OR. He was a retired farmer, an Army veteran of World War I and the last surviving charter member of American Legion Post 58.
Over the past years Post 58 has helped the Stayton/Sublimity community in numerous ways. From sponsoring a float in parades to sponsoring the Canyon Crusher’s AAA Baseball team.
Since 2008 a program called “Pictures for Santa” has provided the community hundreds of pounds of canned foods. Each child receives a free picture with Santa in his sled with reindeers in exchange for canned foods.
On March 6, 2013, Charles Henry, Post Adjutant, was honored by Post 58 for 50 continous years of service to the American Legion, Community, State and Nation. Cole Henry his grandson, also a Post 58 member, presents the award.
Cole Henry (L), Charles Henry (R)
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The March 1919 Paris Caucus set in motion The American Legion.
The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization. Focusing on service to veterans, servicemembers and communities, the Legion evolved from a group of war-weary veterans of World War I into one of the most influential nonprofit groups in the United States. Membership swiftly grew to over 1 million, and local posts sprang up across the country. Today, membership stands at over 2.4 million in 14,000 posts worldwide. The posts are organized into 55 departments: one each for the 50 states, along with the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, France, Mexico and the Philippines.