This will be the last post about the Shaw-Stephens Post 103. In 1956 the name was officially changed from the Maplewood Memorial Post 103 to the Maplewood-Richmond Heights Memorial Post 103. The document concerning this (posted below) states that the post was originally chartered as the Maplewood Memorial Post 103. This seems to be inaccurate. According to a 1919 article from the Post-Dispatch (copied in my first blog post on this subject), the unit was organized as the Shaw-Stephens Post 103.
As I have mentioned earlier deciding what to keep and what not to was a difficult task. Our library doesn’t have much room for this sort of thing. I don’t either. As Tom Bakersmith mentioned in a comment on the first post, Maplewood once had many organizations like Post 103. Among them “The Moose, Garden Club, Historical Society, Fats and Leans, Renaissance Society, American Legion, Masons, and many more”.
Quite right, Tom. Most have disappeared without a trace. The Fats and Leans may be an exception thanks to the preservation efforts of Alan Brockschmitt, son of one of the members. Alan was kind enough to let me photograph his artifacts for our 2008 centennial book entitled, (I’m going to try and type the title from memory which almost never works) “the First one hundred Years, Maplewood Mo”. This book is still available at our Chamber of Commerce located at 2915 Sutton Ave. I have done a couple of posts on the F & L’s in the past. They can be linked to here. And here.
What follows and what was included in the two previous posts is as good a representative sample of the archives of the American Legion Post 103 in Maplewood as I could make. As I have mentioned before I have no private collection of historic Maplewood material. Everything I find or have gifted upon me I try to convince the Maplewood Public Library to include in our historic collection there. They usually do but I pretty much know what they can accept and what they can’t. On your next visit/s let them know how much you appreciate their commitment to the preservation of the history of our community.