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Anon sends AC Fair Chronology requested by Howard Keltner

Ask, and ye shall receive> Howard Keltner, while watching the successful loading of the VFW Monument, if anyone had a chronology of when things happened at the old fairgrounds. Many of the answers below are to questions he asked. But on the references to the first reference to the VFW Post, Mr. Keltner has information he remembers of the VFW Hall which predates the one at 413 Fairground Street . . . it was on property owned by . ... Click on headline for that information, and maybe another picture or two, today.

By Anon

1946: VFW Post 6097 acquired 80% ownership of Memorial Park, month/day not known.

1947: VFW Post 6097 acquired complete control of Memorial Park with purchase (from Dr. O.P. Miller) of the remaining 20% of outstanding stock, Saturday, May 10.<

1947: Memorial installed Tuesday, August 12, and dedicated Armistice Day, November 11.

1949: the earliest specific reference to a Post Hall appeared in the November 2, 1949 edition, in a brief announcement about another group meeting "at 2:00 o'clock Sunday [November 6th] at the *V. F. W. Hall." (Prior to that there were occasional mentions of the V.F.W. members meeting in the court house and above the Lerman Bros. store in the Russell Building.) HOWEVER, it isn't clear from scant newspaper references if the "V.F.W. Hall" heretofore mentioned were a rented building, a structure put up by the group specifically as a Post Hall, or otherwise, as I found no mention in the News, through 1964, of the construction or dedication of such a building.

1952: Ground for swimming pools broken Saturday, March 28.

1953: The pool opened Friday, June 10, almost a year after the originally projected opening date of early July 1952.

(One of the first events held there was a Bathing Beauty contest, open to all unmarried female Adair County residents aged 16 to 25.) - Anon

* "V.F.W. Hall" - Howard Keltner remembers that, prior to the VFW Hall at 413 Fairground Street, the post met in a building owned by Mr. Elmer Bryant, next to his home. It was on the site where the Adair County Extension Office is today, at 409 Fairground Street. - EW


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