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Title American Legion Parade
Catalog Number P2008.2.87
Object Name Postcard, Photographic
Description Photographic postcard showing the American Legion Parade at Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Winnebago County.
Date 7/4/1927
Subjects South Main Street
Parades & processions
Leach Company
Fraternal organizations
American Legion
6th Avenue
Horse drawn vehicles
Street railroad tracks
Spanish American War
Floats (Parades)
Copyright Oshkosh Public Museum
Collection Found in Collection
Catalog date 2008-06-18
Cataloged by Radig, Dan
Medium Cardstock/Photographic Emulsion/Photographic Paper
Notes Photographic postcard showing the American Legion Parade at Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Winnebago County.

Pictured here is horse drawn coverd wagon with a banner that reads "The Boys Of '98 Remeber The Maine The War With Spain" float for the July 4th parade held by the American Legion in 1927. The truck is covered tissue paper flowers and is riding down South Main St. The parade headed north down South Main St. over the bridge. It was a three-day event with the parade held on Monday the 4th. The parade started on Oregon St. & proceeded to South Park Ave., onto South Main St. to Main. There were over 100 businesses & manufactures floats entered in the event. Later that after a reenactment of the Civil War naval battle the Monitor & Merrimac was fought in Lake Winnebago with sinking of the Merrimac by dynamite.

From a series of 34 different cards.

same as: P2008.2.88

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.

Elmer Leach was born on June 28, 1861 in Oshkosh. He was the son of Alonzo Leach & Paulina Neff Leach. On March 1, 1887, Elmer Leach asked permission of the city to build a building at the corner of Bond (Brown St.) and Pearl Ave. The factory was actually built West of the corner at 62 Pearl Ave. The firm went under the name of the Oshkosh Logging and Tool Company and sometimes The Oshkosh Lumbering and River Association. In the year 1889 Elmer Leach's firm took the name The Oshkosh Logging Tool Co. Over time the Oshkosh Logging Tool Company absorbed his biggest rival in the city, The Sanford Logging Tool company, a firm Mr. Leach worked as secretary for as a young man and was also a share holder. In 1904 the Oshkosh Logging Tool Company was incorporated and in 1923 the firm's name was changed to The Leach Company. The building picture here was built in 1904 at the corner of South Main & 6th Ave. A new building was constructed at Harrison Rd. on the former George Sell farm in 1961-62 and the old building was razed in 1966. The first garbage trucks "Packmasters" were built in 1932, prior to that they built cement trucks as well as logging supplies.
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