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Columbia Post No. 6097 organized 65 years ago

The late Jack Williams was the first commander of VFW Post 6097. Literary groups and the Sallie Fields house, later the library, was in the news; Clarence Marshall had returned as School Superintendent, and the Columbia High School play, 'Strawberry Kate,' were all in the News just 65 years ago.

By "Jim"

The organizational meeting of Post No. 6097 was held 65 years ago yesterday - March 13, 1946. The charter, requested by fifteen veterans of Columbia and vicinity, had been granted by the national headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri. A national post extension officer was present to preside at the meeting until officers were elected and the post named. The national officer also discussed in detail pending legislation H.R. 127, the Adjusted Pay Bill for veterans, sometimes referred to as the cash bonus bill.

At this organizational meeting, held at the Courthouse, the following officers were elected:
Jack Williams, Commander
Mason Judd, Senior Vice Commander
Robert Davis, Junior Vice Commander
William Lee Walker, Quartermaster
Douglas Durham, Post Advocate
William Clayton, Richard Cheatham, and Wynn Shriver, Trustees.
At the next meeting, held on Monday night, March 25, three additional officers were elected:
Tommie Nankivell, Bugler
Robert A. Henderson, Officer of the day
Bryan Royse, surgeon
Other news from mid-March, 1946 editions of the News:

The Columbia Book Club met at the home of Mrs. Lewis Coffey on Guardian Avenue. Miss Allene Montgomery reviewed "in an impressive manner" Before the Sun Goes Down, written by Elizabeth Howard.

The Columbia High School Junior Class presented a comedy play, Strawberry Kate, on March 21st. The cast included Montra Corbin, Jean Dohoney, Alleyne Holladay, Catherine Marshall, and Elizabeth Lowe, among others.

CHS senior Jean Allison was selected by the faculty and senior class as the Good Citizenship representative from the girls of the class, and she was to be presented with a medal by the Jane Lampton Chapter of the D.A.R.

C.W. Marshall had returned to duty as Superintendent of Adair County schools after a year's medical leave of absence.

Joe Allison, recently returned home after three years military sevice, had bought the Nu-Art studio from E. Emerick.

Roy Owen denied rumors that he had sold the White Cash market, and in an Al Haig-ish moment, declared that he was (still) in charge of the store.

Enrollment was up at Lindsey Wilson College, with President Henry announcing fifty new students had enrolled for the new quarter (Lindsey had gone to the quarter system during the war), including fifteen discharged veterans.

The Miss Sallie Fields property, one block from the square on Burkesville St. and owned by S.F. White and Mrs. Willie G. Hopkins, was sold to S.F. Coffey who in turn sold it to A.C. Froedge of Breeding. At the time, the residence was being used as an office building, housing the Red Cross Chapter Room, the AAA office, and the Health Department.


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