Independence, Inyo County, California

American Legion  Hist

Site Home Law Office Independence Contents Search


By T. Eugene Barrows

One evening, soon after our arrival in Independence, I was invited by Walt Turner to attend an American Legion meeting. I went and liked the fellows I met and the programs of the American Legion. I joined Mt. Whitney Post No. 265. This began many years of interesting work in the American Legion. Besides the other Post sponsored community activities, I was particularly interested in the Boys’ State and School Awards programs.

I became involved in the activities of Mt. Whitney Post. Nina joined the Mt. Whitney Auxiliary and later served as Unit President. In 1958 I served as Post commander. By this time I was getting involved in the activities of the 27th district of the American Legion. The district includes the Posts of Mono and Inyo counties and the Posts in that portion of Kern county east of the Tehachapi mountains. I served as 27th district commander in 1965, and the following year I served as 3rd area commander. Each year since 1966 1 have served on a state or national commission of the American Legion. The work has been enjoyable and the time and effort has been rewarding.

Ray Lusher sponsored me as a member of Inyo-Mono Voiture No. 1165 of the 40 et 8, an honorary organization of the American Legion. Inyo-Mono Voiture owns the best 40 et 8 train in the state. It consists of a “locomotive” with tender, a gondola, box car and caboose. When assembled it is over 90 feet long, and when on the highway, no more than two units can be hauled together. We haul the others with our pickups. It has been a big attraction in many parades. Our train has traveled as far away as Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Sacramento, Reno and many smaller places. In parades it carries large pictures on the sides of the train showing some of the beautiful scenic country of Inyo and Mono counties and we pass out folders of descriptive literature. This train has taken many prizes throughout the state. I have served as Chef de Gare of our Voiture and as Grand Conducteur in the state organization.

In 1964. the World War I veterans of the United States organized to improve conditions for all World War I veterans. As only those who served in World War I can belong to this organization, our membership grows less each year. Many of these veterans are “forgotten men” in hospitals. nursing homes and many live in substandard conditions. Many are lonely, without families, needing companionship and care. Two Barracks of World War I Veterans were organized in lnyo county, the Big Pine-Bishop and the Lone Pine-Independence Barracks. I joined the Lone Pine-Independence Barracks No. 415. The function of our Barracks, is largely social and looking after the needs and welfare of our Buddies. We meet in the daytime, in the homes of members, and each meeting is followed with light refreshments and companionship. The average age of our membership. now, is above 80 years.  I am one of the youngest and am currently the commander.

{*Copied without permission from Saga of Inyo County ©1977 by Chapter 183, Southern Inyo American Association of Retired Persons.}


This Web Site brought to you through the courtesy of
the Law Offices of Kirk K. Livermont

For questions and information about the Law Office of Kirk K. Livermont send mail to
LawOffice  @  Livermont.COM

(Legal advice is not provided by way of EMail.)

For questions and information about Independence send mail to
Independence  @  Livermont.COM
Send mail to Web  @  Livermont.COM with questions or comments about this web site.
Last modified: March 10, 2008

Note:  You must include something in the subject line to identify your EMail as not being Spam.

(If you do not receive a response within two business days, then try again as your EMail may have been filtered out.)