|Title||American Legion Parade July 20, 1953|
|Object Name||Transparency, Slide|
|Description||Colored transparent slide of the American Legion Parade on Main Street, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Winnebago County.|
Parades & processions
|Copyright||Oshkosh Public Museum|
|Cataloged by||Radig, Dan|
Colored transparent slide of the American Legion Parade on Main Street, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Winnebago County.
The image is from the parade for the 35th State convention of the American Legion held in Oshkosh, which was held at from the July 18th-20th of 1953 . The picture shows a clown in a barrel with a color guard marching behind. The parade was held on July 20, 1953. The picture was taken on Main looking Southwest toward Marion Rd. Hirtz's Bar is in the background
The Oshkosh post was organized in September of 1919, when World War I veterans petitioned for a charter. Shortly after that the post was given it's charter "The Oshkosh Post #70, The American Legion" . The Ladies Auxiliary was formed in 1922. The name was changed to "Atley H. Cook Post #70" in honor of the first veteran to lose his life in service of his country in WW I.
Atley H. Cook was born in Oshkosh, WI on April 9, 1894, the son of William and Amy (McIlroy) Cook. In 1917 he was serving as a member of the 2nd Recruit Company, Coast Artillery Corps at Fort Totten, New York when he died of disease on May 26, 1917. He was the first soldier from Oshkosh to die during World War I. His body was shipped back to Oshkosh for burial shortly after.
The year 1947, the name was change to "Cook-Fuller Post #70, The American Legion" in honor of WW II veteran Earl Brice Fuller.
*Note: The slide images are sharper than they appear in the scans.