New officers and memories of the founding of VFW Post 9619
When I write about our local VFW, I like to go back to the founding history, much of which I learned from Stan Kingsbury.
They were a bunch of Anacostia High School grads who went off to fight in World War II and returned home to Anacostia where they often hung out at the drug store on Good Hope Road. They got to talking about starting their own VFW. They tried and were turned down because there was already a post in Anacostia.
So, they applied to the Maryland VFW. On Nov. 4, 1947, VFW Post 96129 was chartered. Robert Burns was the first Ccmmander and those first meetings were at Strick’s Restaurant, corner of Branch Avenue and Naylor Road.
Sixty-nine years later they are still going strong, and have announced officers for 2016-2017.
James Holland is post oommander. Other officers are: Senior Vice Commander Todd Traynham, Junior Vice Commander Willie Evans, Quartermaster Lance Glover, Adjutant Willie Evans, Surgeon Robert Jackson, Judge Advocate James Higgingbotham, Chaplain Steve Alcott and Service Officer Todd Traynham.
The name of the Ladies Auxiliary to VFW Post 9619 has been changed. They are now officially Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary to VFW Post 9619.
Phyllis Cooks is president. Other officers are: Senior Vice President Rose Butler, Junior Vice President Shirley Bell, Treasurer Aileen Pierson, Secretary Karen Rooker, Chaplain Judith McCrone, Conductress Denyse Bennett, Guard Georgia Robinson, Patriotic Instructor Charlotte Thorton, and Trustees Judith McCrone, Denyse Bennett and Dolores Butler.
Victor Jakubowski is president of the Men’s Auxiliary. Other officers are: Senior Vice President Anthony Trunflo, Treasurer/Secretary Douglas Sater, Chaplain James Tarleton and Guard William Tennien.
John Scroggins of Silver Hill wants the names and addresses of former grocery stores in “downtown Suitland.” I was able to come up only with Safeway, which was at two different locations in Suitland. If you remember any others, email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I’ll put you in touch with him.
Sue Mason is searching for information about Russell “Buddy” Boggs, a heavyweight boxer who lived on Maple Road in Morningside back in the 1950s or ‘60s. Let me know if you remember him or know where he is, if indeed he still is.
The Morningside Parade on July 4 was better than ever and a lot of fun. I’ll tell you about it in next week’s column.
We had a little excitement on June 30 when Joint Base Andrews went on lockdown with the report of a shooter at Malcolm Grow. When I drove past the base on Allentown Road there were dozens of reporters and photographers along the way, hoping for a big story. However, the event turned out to be a drill. By 10:40 a.m., a sweep of the medical facility had been completed and the “all clear” was issued.
Suitland High Class of 1966 is celebrating its 50th reunion on Oct. 29 in Ocean City. Contact information is at Suitland66.classquest.com. Thank you to July Koch-Michael for sending this notice.
Crossland High Class of 1966 has an Aug. 6 reunion coming up. Email Phil Saverino at email@example.com.
Oxon Hill High Class of ‘76 plans an Oct. 7-8 reunion. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to OHHS76reunion.myevent.com.
Starting in 2017, McNamara and La Reine reunions will take place during pre-determined weekends in June. For the first year, they’re focusing on honoring graduating classes whose years end in 2 and 7. If you have questions, con- tact Bob Nolte, director of alumni relations, at email@example.com or 301-735-8401 ext. 111.
Coming up: yard sale, crab feast and Booth tour
Clinton United Methodist Women are hosting a yard sale on Saturday, Aug. 13, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Set-up time for vendors is 6 a.m. Tables are $15; call 301-868-1288. Leave a clear message with name and number, or you can email CUMYardSale@outlook.com. Also, they welcome back-to-school items such as as pencils, glue sticks, notebooks, binders, backpacks, or monitory donations. These will help two elementary schools: Brandywine and Waldon Woods.
John Wilkes Booth Escape route Tours will be held Sept. 10, 17 and 24. Bookings are now underway. Contact the Surratt House Museum at 301-868-1121. I have done this excellent tour three times and recommend it to you historians out there. It is essentially an all-day event, includes lots of commentary, plen- ty of photo ops, interesting people, and lunch.
St. Philip’s Parish is hosting its annual crab feast on Saturday, Aug. 13, from 1 to 5 p.m. in the social hall. The feast includes all-you-can-eat crabs, corn on the cob, hot dogs, chili, water and sodas. Beer will be for sale. Admission is adults, $40; ages 8 to 14, $20; and family (two adults and two children), $100. If you will be attending, email Suzy at firstname.lastname@example.org and let her know.
Happy birthday to Dessirae Johnson and Helen Jurney, July 15; Norma Wright and Gary Lewis, Jr., July 16; my granddaughter Claire Mudd, Michael Busky, Mike Fowler Jr. and former Morningside Police Chief Stephen Armhold, July 17; Russell Butler, July 18; Mike Fowler Sr. and Eddie Hall, July 19; Donna Buchin, Dorothy Gessner and Tina Nichols, July 20; Mary Hay and Jeff Frederick, July 21.
Happy 26th anniversary to my daughter Sheila and John Mudd on July 20.