News: Abbotsford, Wis. (2 Feb. 1928)

Contact: Marsha

Surnames: Hansen, Leiders, Ziebarth. Ketcham, Meredith, Murphy, Fleischman, Kaufman, Luhrsen, Lyons, Smultzler, Johnson, Shereda, Rork, Ruth, Amacher

----Source: ABBOTSFORD TRIBUNE (Abbotsford, Clark Co., Wis.) 2 Feb. 1928


Last Thursday evening the business men of Abbotsford were invited to a supper as guests of the Chas. F. Hansen Post of the American Legion of Abbotsford, Wisconsin.

Nearly fifty men responded and sat down to the bountiful repast. A. Leiders was the chef, with Henry Ziebarth as assistant, and H. T. Ketcham, Jack Meredith, Geo. Murphy, Joe Fleischman and Louis Kaufman acted as waiters. And such a feed. One would had to have been there and eaten to really appreciate the meal.

After all had eaten to their fullest capacity Louis Luhrsen, commander of the local post acted as toastmaster and introduced the following speakers, each responding with words very fitting to the occasion.

J. E. Lyons, mayor of Colby; Herbert Smutzler, Adj. of Colby Post; Harold Johnson, Com. Of Owen Post; V. F. Shereda, Mayor of Owen; G. V. Rork, of Owen; and Father H. S. Ruth, State Historian of the American Legion and Episcopalian minister of Ashland. Hans Amacher responded in a few well-chosen words for the business men.

Father Ruth was the main speaker of the evening and held the close attention of the listeners for about an hour, with a very smooth and intelligent talk mostly about the American Legion, saying it "originated when the first American Service man entered the world war, and would exist until the last "Buddy" was resting in his grave."

Father Ruth told many interesting and worth while things the Legion has already brought about and of many things on their program for future accomplishment. One of the greatest, we believe, is the establishment of the Rest Camp near Tomahawk, and the reforestation of the large tract of land obtained there.

And on and on, from one accomplishment to another, of helping the boys in hospitals, helping get the compensation for the cripples, of the amount of good the small sum of the price you pay for a poppy does to the boys in hospitals who make them and it is the only way they have of getting any money whatever. And *** Note: The rest of the article was cut off.



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