BANGS — Mission accomplished.
That’s how Bob Contreras, chaplain for American Legion Lynn Snow Post 308 in Bangs, sees the completion of a project to display what’s believed to be the first gavel ever used in the club on a wall inside the post.
Frames and Things of Brownwood made a display case which contains the gavel, a photo of the post’s namesake, Lynn Snow, and information about Snow. Snow entered the Army in 1918 and died of tuberculosis in 1924. He is buried at Mukewater Cemetery.
Contreras explained how the 83-year-old gavel, which had been in the possession of Snow’s granddaughter in California, ended up back in Bangs.
On Nov. 29, 1935, post adjutant Jim A Gilbert told Snow’s widow that members had voted to name their newly formed American Legion Post in honor of her husband. In a later ceremony, post members presented the woman with the original gavel used for legion ceremonies.
“Fast forward 83 years and Lynn Snow’s granddaughter, Pam Erwin, discovered this gavel while cleaning out her attic, preparing to relocate from California to Pennsylvania,” Contreras said.
Erwin contacted the Bangs American Legion post and offered to donate the gavel. The post accepted Erwin’s offer “is now proudly displayed in a fine wooden case inside the legion hall,” Contreras said.
“Everybody’s very, very pleased,” Contreras said.
The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization. The American Legion is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization with grass-roots involvement in legislation, Contreras said.
In the fiscal year ending in June, the Lynn Snow Post 308 has provided five students with college scholarships totaling $3,000, provided Bangs senior citizens meals and contributed a total of $51,790 to the following organizations: Bangs Cemetery Association, the Salvation Army of Brownwood, West Texas Rehabilitation Center, Good Samaritan, the Bangs Food Pantry and several area fire departments, The ARK, CASA and Toys for Kids, Contreras said.
The post is located at 205 West Hall in Bangs. It hosts It hosts BINGO every Monday and Friday at 7 p.m., a community musical the third Saturday of the month, and the post members meet at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of every month. For more information, call 325-752-9971.