Post 457 of the American Legion was named for Seeley B. Parish. He served in World War I in Company I of the 307th Infantry. He died of pneumonia in a hosptial in France on November 20, 1918 - just 9 days after the signing of the Armistice. Seeley was the brother of Nellie (Parish) Eacker, the wife of Charles Eacker, a well respected farmer, funeral director, Justice-of-the Peace, Town Superviosr and businessman in the Town of Phelps.
Post 457 held its first meeting on October 3, 1919, in the Phelps Town Hall. Seventeen men were present- Stephen Anagnost, Charles Burtis, Stuart Caves, Frank Courtwright, Oliver Crothers, James Cudebec, John Demattis, George Fish, Albert Greenwood, John Hennessey, Francis Henry, Maxwell Humphrey, Edward Lynch, Len Rhodes, Russell Vincent, Thomas Welch, Bernard Yahn. The following officers were elected: Maxwell Humphrey, Commander, 1st Vice Commander, Stuart Caves; 2nd Vice Commander, Thomas Welch; 3rd Vice Commander, Russell Vincent; Adjutant, Oliver Crothers; Financial Officer, James Cudebec. annual dues were set at $2.00. Elizabeth VanWinkle, an Army nurse, became an early member of the Post.
Seeley B Parish American Legion Auxiliary Unit 457 was formed on December 9, 1946. The Legion has every reason to be proud of it's Auxiliary. Auxiliary members are always anxious and willing to co-operate in every Legion activity.
Seeley B Parish American Legion Sons of The American Legion Squadron 457 was formed on July 19, 1984. The Legion has every reason to be proud of it's Sons of Legion Squadron, which gained statewide recognition because of it's programs of service.
Scholarships and Community Projects
American Legion Post 457 Family sponsors various scholarships for the further education of our children. We also sponsor and financially assit many worthy community projects and programs initiated by the Nation American Legion
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