AMERICAN LEGION

Manuscript MS-148

1933-1948

SOURCE:  LaGrange Memorial Library, August 8, 1996

SIZE:  .4 linear feet

SHELVING UNITS:  2 volumes

PROCESSING:  FJC, III, August 1996; GEC, February 1999

 

HISTORICAL NOTE

The LaGrange unit of the American Legion was organized on November 21, 1919, and was named for Baxter L. Schaub, a Troup County serviceman who died during World War I.  In 1931, the Baxter L. Schaub post formed a women’s auxiliary headed by Mrs. T. Harvey (Nell Callaway) Nimmons.  At the time of its organization, the Baxter L. Schaub Auxiliary had the largest charter membership of any American Legion Auxiliary in Georgia.  The Auxiliary played an active role in LaGrange.  Members sponsored regular fundraisers, e.g. the “poppy sale”, to provide for the needs of disabled veterans and their families.  They fostered “Americanism” in the local community, an important goal of the American Legion, by forming a junior auxiliary for young girls in 1932 and observing patriotic holidays such as Flag Day and Armistice Day (Veteran’s Day).  The Baxter L. Schaub Auxiliary received several citations from the Georgia American Legion Auxiliary for its accomplishments. The Auxiliary was reorganized in 1938.

 

SCOPE AND CONTENT

The Baxter L. Schaub Auxiliary Collection consists of two scrapbooks that cover a period from 1933 to 1948.  They contain newspaper clippings related to Auxiliary meetings and activities, patriotism, and local veterans and servicemen.  Both scrapbooks include programs from meetings, newsletters, citations, and other related documents.  There are also photographs in the collection, most of which relate to the junior auxiliary. 

 

CONTAINER LIST

Scrapbook 1 (1933-42)

Scrapbook 1 contains photographs and newspaper clippings related to the meetings and activities of the Baxter L. Schaub Auxiliary. There are many articles concerning individual World War I veterans from Troup County and clippings about local people involved in local, state, and national American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary activities and events. One article spotlights famed World War I hero, Sgt. Alvin York, making a speech at LaGrange High School in 1941.There are handwritten lists of World War I service people, some killed in action and several obituaries of World War I veterans.  The scrapbook includes a list of ex-servicemen buried in Troup County and a list of Troup County servicemen who died during World War I.  There is an incomplete list of members of the Baxter L. Schaub Auxiliary, 1933-34.  There are also clippings concerning the success of LaGrange’s American Legion and Junior American Legion Drum and Bugle Corps in state and national competitions along with several  photographs of Washington, D.C., taken during an Auxiliary visit in 1935.

 

Scrapbook 2 (1943-48)

Scrapbook 2 contains newspaper clippings related to the meetings and activities of the Baxter L. Schaub Auxiliary and Troup County people in service in World War II.  Many are from the wartime magazine of the LaGrange First United Methodist Church, called the “Mentor.”  There are obituary notices and Prisoner of War notices for World War II service people from Troup County and clippings of local wartime marriages.  An article on the death of FDR tells of his being in LaGrange the day before his death. The scrapbook includes a program of a memorial service held for President Roosevelt in LaGrange.  A whole page is devoted to local businessman and WWI veteran, Charlie Joseph, on his death.  There is a complete U.S. Armed Forces Insignia and Decorations Chart.  Other items relate to World War II and State Legion activities.

 

PHOTO INVENTORY

Scrapbook 1

The individuals in photographs 1-15 were charter members of the Baxter L. Schaub Junior Auxiliary.

 

MS 148 ph 1; Barbara Bain; c. 1933; 1 b&w 2x3;

portrait; American Legion; auxiliary

 

MS 148 ph 2; Alberta Brooks; c. 1933; 1 b&w 2x3;

portrait; American Legion; auxiliary

 

MS 148 ph 3; Lois Anne Brooks; c. 1933; 1 b&w 2x3;

portrait; American Legion; auxiliary

 

MS 148 ph 4; Clara Frances Corley; c. 1933; 1 b&w

2x3; portrait; American Legion; auxiliary

 

MS 148 ph 5; Dorothy Duke; c. 1933; 1 b&w

2x3; portrait; American Legion; auxiliary

 

MS 148 ph 6; Margaret Dukes; c. 1933; 1 b&w 2x3;

portrait; American Legion; auxiliary

 

MS 148 ph 7; Nancy Holleran; May 1935; 1 b&w 2x3;

Nancy Holleran as a color bearer for the Massing of the

Colors at the Cathedral (LaGrange ?); American Legion;

Auxiliary

 

MS 148 ph 8; Frances Joseph; c. 1933; 1 b&w 2x3;

portrait; American Legion; auxiliary

 

MS 148 ph 9; Rosa Lee Joseph; c. 1933; 1 b&w 2x3;

portrait; American Legion; auxiliary

 

MS 148 ph 10; Marjorie Peach; c. 1933; 1 b&w 2x3;

portrait; American Legion; auxiliary

 

MS 148 ph 11; Mildred Peach; c. 1933; 1 b&w 2x3;

portrait; American Legion; auxiliary

 

MS 148 ph 12; Emily Smotherman; c. 1933; 1 b&w 2x3;

portrait; American Legion; auxiliary

 

MS 148 ph 13; Alice Whatley; c. 1933; 1 b&w 2x3;

portrait; American Legion; auxiliary

 

MS 148 ph 14; Helen Young; c. 1933; 1 b&w 2x3;

portrait; American Legion; auxiliary

 

MS 148 ph 15; Ruby Lehmann; c. 1933; 1 b&w 2x3;

portrait; American Legion; auxiliary

 

MS 148 ph 16; Junior Auxiliary Summer Camp at Young’s

 Mill; July 1933; 1 b&w 3x5; group photo of Junior Auxiliary

at summer camp (list of names of those who attended next to

photograph); American Legion; auxiliary

 

MS 148 ph 17; Junior Auxiliary Standing in Front of

Courthouse(?); c. 1934; 1 b&w 8x10; group photo of

Junior Auxiliary standing in front of courthouse(?) (list

of members next to photograph); American Legion; auxiliary

 

MS 148 ph 18; Baxter L. Schaub; c. 1915; 1 b&w 8x10;

portrait; American Legion; auxiliary

 

MS 148 ph 19; Ida Leila Schaub – First President of

Baxter L. Schaub Auxiliary; c. 1933; 1 b&w 6x8; portrait;

American Legion; auxiliary

 

MS 148 ph 20; Mrs. Loyd Bradfield – Second President

of Baxter L. Schaub Auxiliary; c. 1933; 1 b&w 2x4; portrait;

American Legion; auxiliary

 

MS 148 ph 21; Mrs. R. M. Young, Sr., 1933 and 1934

(President?); c. 1933; 1 b&w 5x7; portrait; American

Legion; auxiliary

 

MS 148 ph 22; Mrs. R. M. Young, Sr.; c. 1933; 1 b&w

3x4; Mrs. Young standing in front of a fence; American

Legion; auxiliary

 

MS 148 ph 23; Auxiliary Wreath – Tomb of Unknown

Soldier – Washington, D.C.; 1935; 1 b&w 3x4; Auxiliary

wreath laid at Tomb of Unknown Soldier in Washington,

D.C.; American Legion; auxiliary

 

MS 148 ph 24; Amphitheater – Arlington National

Cemetery – Washington, D.C.; 1935; 1 b&w 3x4;

Amphitheater – Arlington National Cemetery –

Washington, D.C.; American Legion; auxiliary

 

MS 148 ph 25; The Capitol at Night; 1935; 1 b&w 3x4;

photo of the Capitol building taken at night; American

Legion; auxiliary

 

MS 148 ph 26; Mt. Vernon; 1935; 1 b&w 3x4; photo of

Mt. Vernon; American Legion; auxiliary

 

MS 148 ph 27; Arlington Cemetery; 1935; 1 b&w 3x4;

tourists walking through Arlington Cemetery; American

Legion; auxiliary

 

MS 148 ph 28; Arlington Memorial Day; 1935; 1 b&w 3x4;

soldiers standing at Arlington Cemetery; American Legion;

auxiliary

 

MS 148 ph 29; Services at Arlington Memorial Day; 1935;

1 b&w 3x4; photo of crowd attending the Memorial Day

service at Arlington Cemetery; American Legion; auxiliary

 

MS 148 ph 30; Junior Drum and Bugle Corps – LaGrange City

Pool; 1935; 1 b&w 8x10; group photo of Junior Drum and Bugle

Corps at LaGrange City Pool; American Legion; auxiliary

Scrapbook 2

 

MS 148 ph 31; unidentified woman standing in front of

a car; c. 1944; 1 b&w 3x5; unidentified woman standing

in front of a car; American Legion; auxiliary

 

MS 148 ph 32; unidentified woman in military uniform;

c. 1944; 1 b&w 3x5; unidentified woman military uniform;

American Legion; auxiliary

 

MS 148 ph 33; American Legion Birthday; March 1948;

1 b&w 8x10; American Legion officers cutting birthday

cake; American Legion; auxiliary

 

MS 148 ph 34 and 35; (l. to r.) Annette Freeman, Ann Sanders,

Ralph Crawford, and Peggy Cofield looking across the Square

In Macon, Georgia; June 1949; 2 b&w 8x10; Annette Freeman,

Ann Sanders, and Peggy Cofield standing in front of Ralph

Crawford who is in his car; American Legion; auxiliary

 

RELATED ITEMS

American Legion – Drum and Bugle Corps Scrapbook, MS 110

Silver Cup Trophy the LaGrange Junior Drum and Bugle Corps won

at state American Legion competition in Augusta, Georgia, June 1940

 

TRACINGS

Troup County Servicemen

World War II

Societies – Patriotic