At the close of World War I, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) was the only centralized veterans’ organization prepared to help returning soldiers re-enter civilian life and to assist the families of the deceased. The American Legion formed soon after the war in order to serve veterans returning from Europe. Minnesota’s department of the Legion answered the call, creating programs that assisted veterans and led the way for the organization.
Collage of Minnesota citizens and James-Younger Gang members, 1876. Top left to right: August Suborn (Oscar Sorbel), Joseph Lee Haywood, Sheriff Glispin, Bob Younger, Charlie Pitts (deceased), Jim Younger, Cole Younger , Clell Miller, and Bill Chadwell (center, deceased).
The six officials and volunteers, known as the “Madelia Seven,” who captured the Younger brothers outside Madelia on September 21, 1876. Left to right: George A. Bradford, James Glispin, W.W. Murphey, Charles A. Pomeroy, Benjamin M. Rice, S. J. Severson, Thomas L. Vought.