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Post 1760 History

Geronimo Post 1760 Charter
Geronimo Post 1760 Charter

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1760 was chartered in Mesa, Arizona on November 19, 1929. Then known as Geronimo Post 1760 (under a different namesake) the newly formed charter elected their first post commander to be, James E. Coberly. The initial years for the post progress was slow and had low interest. A few years later in 1936 another well organized effort was made for the post, this time under the commandership of Merlin Shumway. It was under Commander Shumway’s administration that the namesake for Post 1760 was changed to Dode Morris in honor of Joseph Smith Morris, who was better known as “Dode” in the area (pronounced ‘doh-dih’). At the time it was believed Dode was the first citizen of Mesa killed in action during World War I. This was in fact false as another Mesa veteran, Marion Rogers was killed in action 17 days before. Regardless of who was killed in action first, both those men and an unknown amount of other Mesa veterans made the supreme sacrifice for our country.

Mesa Journal-Tribune
Mesa Journal-Tribune – Friday, May 15th 1936

The following year Post 1760 hosted the 1937 VFW Convention. And through the years Post 1760 held meetings in schools, churches, homes of members or any place where the members could congregate. In 1946, Post 1760 leased the basement of the Passey-Gurtler building on W. Main. This was the first regular meeting place since the founding in 1929.

Then in 1948, Post 1760 bought the property on the northeast corner of 1st Avenue and S. Macdonald. In 1951 construction was started on a hall adjacent to the main building. And officially the post paid off their mortgage with a “Mortgage Burning ceremony” on March 17, 1956. Post 1760 resides in the very same building you see today as a result of many years of work by the entire membership of Post 1760.

Post 1760 has remained active long enough to be one of the five oldest VFW Posts in the state of Arizona.


~ Oldest Active VFW Posts in Arizona ~

Post 541 – 1921 – Prescott

Post 720 – 1921 – Phoenix

Post 1433 – 1926 – Glendale

Post 1704 – June, 1929 – Globe

Post 1760 – November, 1929 – Mesa

 


Contributing references:
– Alice Jung, Manager at Mesa Historical Museum
– Diane Rudermann, Secretary at VFW Dept. of Arizona
– William H. Pogue, Past Commander Post 1760

 

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