For the Record...A Page Dedicated to our History
|Department of Mississippi
American Legion Auxiliary
The Historian's page on this Web site will be dedicated to all of our members who have gone before
us. Since the Department of Mississippi's inception on May 29, 1922, ladies of the Auxiliary have
made their mark and have left us models to follow and ideals to uphold as we serve veterans, children
and youth, and our communities.
Needless to say, this page will be an ongoing project, adding more history as it is rediscovered. Your
input will be invaluable. Please contact the Department Historian with any information you can in
telling our story to its fullest.
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Mississippi History Snippets
Aug. 5, 1920
The first Unit in Mississippi was formed, when 17 ladies of Jackson met to organize Henry H. Graves Unit 1.
Jan. 11, 1921
Records show the first Unit organized in Mississippi was in Brookhaven. Other Units organized in the same year included
Columbus, Louisville, Crystal Springs, Corinth, Friars Point, Holly Springs, Morton, Indianola, Charleston, Jackson,
Pelahatchie, Senatobia, and Tunica.
June 3, 1921
Mrs. G. S. Stovall of Vicksburg was appointed temporary secretary to organize the Department.
May 15, 1922
A call for organization sent to National President Mrs. Lowell F. Hobart.
May 29, 1922
Department of Mississippi was organized; Mrs. Stovall was elected President; 14 Units represented. Nine delegates
chosen for National Convention in New Orleans
Aug. 21-23, 1923
First Annual Convention (first official convention) held in Biloxi; Mrs. Rucks Yerger of Gulfport was elected second
Shortly after state convention, the Laurel Unit presented the Department a Mississippi State Flag, followed a few months
later by the Auxiliary Banner. Capt. Tom J. Grayson of Biloxi presented a regulation United States flag, in honor of his
daughter Betty Grayson, which completed the Department’s “Stand of Colors.”
Because of membership gains, Mississippi had front row seats at the National Convention in Omaha, Neb.
First record of District Presidents was recorded (eight in all). The Department was presented with a gavel, made by a
patient at the US Veterans Hospital #74 in Gulfport from the wood of a nearly 100 year old tree on the property.
National Convention held in Philadelphia, Penn. From the year’s history report: “For the first time, the Department took
active part in the National Parade, having a float, an automobile, and a number of marchers…attracting favorable
attention. At the ‘States Dinner,’ the Mississippi table attracted great attention because of its unique and original
“The work of 1926 was crowned by the Department winning the Oliphant Trophy, making first place in the renewals for
1927 membership by Jan. 1, 1927 (102% membership increase…the next highest nationally was 60.3%...thus
Mississippi has accomplished what no other Department has so far done.”
Poppies were first made by “uncompensated patients” at the Veterans Hospital in Gulfport, at the suggestion of Mrs.
Adalin Macauley, National President, following a visit to the facility.