This is the official page of The Stoughton American Legion Post 59.
Each year quilters from the Quilting By The River Friends make quilts for veterans. The quilts are distributed, on Veterans Day, to all veterans in the VA hospital in Madison. Prior to the distribution, the quilts are on displayed at the Otis Sampson American Legion. This year, due to Covid and not being able to hold the display, the group has created a virtual quilt display.
Additionally, we are unable to distribute the quilts to the VA this year due to Covid. However, quilts are still being made for future distribution.
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Thank you to Zelm Chiropractic for your help on our annual Toys for Tots Drive!!
My adventures on how to- donate a toy to Toys for Tots! 🥰We’ll be collecting through the beginning of December. 🎄🎁
Thank You to everyone who came out for our drive-thru candy sale. We still have candy left. If you would like to order email: [email protected] and let us know what you would like and we will respond shortly.
The Candy is on it's way!!! Because of COVID-19 restrictions, we are accepting pre-orders at [email protected].
We are working on having a delivery day and also a drive-through afternoon at The American Legion to distribute the candy. We will have more information on this page and also our website when it becomes available. www.post59.us
Today at 4:00PM!! The 7th Annual Auxiliary Chicken & Biscuit Dinner. A little different this year with all the safety protocols in place. See details in the flyer.
It's time for our 5th annual Toys for Tots Drive!! We know this year hasn't been easy for many people. The Sons of the American Legion wants to make sure that we can put some smiles on the faces of some less fortunate children. With the Post 59 being closed, we are teaming up again this year with Zelm Chiropractic Centers in Stoughton and McFarland for drop off locations. We Thank them for their continued support. Please see the flyer for more information.
Interesting local history
Some Stoughton history that was honored today.
Paul Anderson Kraby was born in Toten, Norway, in 1889. He was one of nine children and immigrated to America at the age of 17. He lived with his uncle Albert Burull of Stoughton, WI who sponsored Paul and became a naturalized citizen. In 1917 he joined the United States Army and served in France during WWI. After the war, he returned to Stoughton, rejoining his American family, the Burulls. He became employed at the Mandt Wagon Works where his Uncle Albert worked. Paul was described as a man of strong and disciplined character, was kind, affable, generous, with a sense of humor, and always a gentleman. He married Clarice Torgeson and was supportive of her and stepson.
Life changed in the late 1920’s and early 1930’s bringing both hardships and evil to the Stoughton community. The 1929’s depression, the 1928 Prohibition, and the unusual drought conditions for farmers added to the already declining economy of no money and no jobs. This combination, including liquor, was, in many cases, disquieting for many residents and invariably brought new stresses and challenges to Stoughton’s small police force.
In 1934, Paul joined the Stoughton Police Department and began to help fight the growing evil and illegal activities evolving in the community. With his keen observations, he began to discover evidence of local crimes including bootlegging and theft. His discoveries while on duty, and his knowledge of the local participants in their illegal activities, ultimately led to his being ambushed and murdered around 1:15 a.m. on September 30, 1934 while he walked his beat near the A.E. Skinner Fuel Company, by the railroad depot on E Main St. An arrest was made, and the defendant, Joseph Pliner, was held in jail for seven weeks until a trial was held at which the defendant was found not guilty. Incredibly, Paul’s murder, with no satisfactory continuing hunt for justice, was quickly forgotten.
But, today, and every September 30th from here on, we will remember and recognize Patrolman Paul Kraby for his sacrifice. His service to the City of Stoughton will not be forgotten.
The Cub Scouts are selling popcorn at Stoughton VFW, Post #328.
Go support the local troops
73% of proceeds stay locally!
The Newsletter is back!! The September/October edition of the Legion Post is now online!! Click the link below to take you to our website where you can subscribe to the now quarterly Legion Post sent directly to your email address. Also, you can check out past editions going back to 2008!! Enjoy and Stay Well!
Current and past issues of The Post 59 Legion Newsletter.
A Huge, Huge, Enormous Thank You to everyone who came out from our community and surrounding communities to support Post 59!
Our Brat Feed was an huge success!
Thank you to Fosdal Home Bakery for the yummy treats to get our day started! 🍩
Thank you to Veterans of Foreign Wars VFW for supporting us! 🇺🇸
Thank you to all of our volunteers! We could not have done it without you!
Tim Bohn & Sarah Bohn
Sherry Teigen Leick
Traci Williamson &Colin
Donna Strandlie & Roger
I apologize if I forgot anyone!
Drive Thru Brat Feed
🌭 🥤 🍺 ☀️
Don’t miss it
#legion_post_59 #localbusiness #supportsmallbusiness #veteranshelpingveterans #veterans
Join us now as we commemorate the lives that were lost on September 11, 2001. USS Constitution honors the bravery of the men and women that came together to help on that tragic day.
9/11 is not a day that will be forgotten.
To all our first responders, people who lost loved ones and for those who are forever changed by the events of that day we hold you in our hearts.
The night before.......
On this day... 19 years ago 246 people went to sleep in preparation for their morning flights. 2,606 people went to sleep in preparation for work in the morning. 343 firefighters went to sleep in preparation for their morning shift. 60 police officers went to sleep in preparation for morning patrol. 8 paramedics went to sleep in preparation for the morning shift. None of them saw past 10:00am Sept 11, 2001. In one single moment life may never be the same. As you live and enjoy the breaths you take today and tonight before you go to sleep in preparation for your life tomorrow, kiss the ones you love, snuggle a little tighter, and never take one second of your life for granted.
Original writer unknown.
You are not alone!
1STSGT has a message for you!
Please watch the entire video! And understand that you are not alone and you always have help available!
Authentic wins the Kentucky Derby!
Looking good this morning! Even has a brilliant smile!
Authentic was on his best behavior this morning.
Today is Derby day!
Don't forget to tune in!
Happy Derby day!
The Derby is this weekend!
We are sad we don’t get to celebrate the Kentucky Derby this year.
Here is the lineup 🐎
Who is your favorite?
Post Positions for the 146th Kentucky Derby
Stoughton High School Baseball is having a fundraiser!
Badger Honor Flight!
Today is National Purple Heart Day
Started in 2014, Purple Heart Day is observed on August 7 each year and is a time for Americans to pause to remember and honor the brave men and women who were either wounded on the battlefield or paid the ultimate sacrifice with their lives.
The Purple Heart has a noble heritage. It is the oldest award still given to combat-wounded veterans of the U.S. military. Established by George Washington in 1782 and originally called the Merit Badge, the Purple Heart has been awarded 1.8 million times to recognize the sacrifice and commitment of combat-wounded veterans.
On Friday we say good bye to a local hero and amazing man. It was an honor to know him. He will always be remembered!
If you are able please pay your respects.
Share Memories & Support the Family.
I know White Claw is very popular!
Have you ever tried Truly?
It’s similar to White Claw but they have a lot more yummy flavors.
Which flavor would you like??
Watermelon/kiwi 🍉 🥝
Black cherry 🍒
Tell me in the comments!
Land of the free and home of the brave! #freedom #veterans #proudamerican #legion_post_59
Blackhawk Credit Union Account for Graeme McCrosson
The McCrosson family’s lives changed forever on Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2019. Michele and her six-year-old son, Graeme, were in a horrible weather-related motor vehicle accident. Graeme was taken immediately to American Family Children’s Hospital (AFCH) and directly into a very long touch and go surgery. He suffered a severe traumatic brain injury. After many weeks in the Pediatric ICU and many more brain surgeries, he was transferred to the Medical floor of the American Family Children’s Hospital where another group of Angels along with his Top-Notch Trauma Team stayed by his side. His parents were there also, living at the hospital. They were at his side 24/7 along with his older sister, Jade, as school permitted.
Graeme has now “graduated” to the Central Wisconsin Center. With Covid-19 isolation measures in place, only the parents are allowed to visit during this Rehabilitation period. This facility is also wonderful! He is progressing very well as he is getting a variety of therapies daily. These therapies include Physical, Occupational and Speech, not to mention dietary and other disciplines caring for him. Once therapies are completed each day there is a only a short window of time where Graeme is awake and alert enough to “visit” with Mom & Dad. He works so very, hard with therapies all day, every day! Hardships are plentiful as Graeme has not been able to attend school, nor play with his friends or very close cousins. All favorite activity of theirs remain now idle for Graeme.
His dad, Curtis, thankfully was able to go back to his job full-time. Unfortunately, Mom, Michele, lost her job due to the Pandemic outbreak. This has caused a hardship on several fronts. A two-income family was reduced to barely half of what they were accustomed to.
Michele and Curtis are very Thankful for the American Legion Post 59 and Auxiliary Unit in Stoughton. Since Curtis is an Afghanistan Veteran and Legion member, and Michele, a life long Auxiliary Unit member, this American Legion Family has had their “Back.” The Legion Post and Honor Guard, SAL & Auxiliary have been very generous to the McCrosson Family.
No one knows what the future has in store for Graeme and his family. To help them prepare for the many unknowns to come, the American Legion Auxiliary had been planning on holding a Spaghetti Dinner with Raffle fundraiser in September. However, at this time that plan has been put on hold until a later date due to the Covid-19 virus. The Auxiliary has also been instrumental in setting up a special fund at the Blackhawk Credit Union in Graeme’s name for those “many unknowns to come.” The fund account information follows.
To make donations Checks should be made payable to: Graeme McCrosson Fund
(ACCOUNT #231335 must be noted on the check)
And can be sent directly to:
Blackhawk Credit Union
Graeme McCrosson Fund
1525 Hwy 51/138, Stoughton, WI 53589
OR can be dropped off at the Stoughton branch or any Blackhawk Credit Union branch.
Please be sure to note Account # 231335 on your donation.
We send our healing thoughts and prayers to them during this life changing and challenging time! Graeme’s family is very grateful and thankful for all donations.
Wisconsin Veterans Museum Press Release
One of our very own volunteers is a talented photographer and has shared these great pictures for our entire community to enjoy.
Thanks Tim Bohn!
A dream come true! 😋
The Fair Food Drive-Thru gives Wisconsin foodies the chance to enjoy their Wisconsin State Fair faves despite canceled events.
What days and times are you most likely to hang out at the legion?
With a goal for the organization to “Be Relevant,” Stoughton VFW Post 328 member Jason Johns was named State Commander of the Wisconsin Veterans of Foreign Wars last month, and
Happy 4th of July!!
Public Health Madison & Dane County
Effective at 8:00am on July 2, 2020, Public Health Madison & Dane County is issuing order #7, which limits gatherings and prohibits indoor dining and service at bars.
These are some of the items that have changed with this order related to gatherings, bars, and restaurants (see the order for all requirements):
👉 All indoor gatherings are permitted with 10 individuals or fewer not including employees. Individuals must maintain physical distancing. (Section 2.a.)
👉 All outdoor gatherings are permitted with 25 individuals or fewer not including employees. Individuals must maintain physical distancing. (Section 2.b.)
👉 At restaurants (defined in order), indoor dining capacity reduced to 25% of approved seating capacity levels. (Section 5.b)
👉 Bars (defined in order) may provide takeout (no indoor dining). (Section 5.b)
👉 Bars and restaurants are permitted to provide outdoor seating, with physical distancing. (Section 5.b)
“For the past week, Dane County has seen a sustained, high number of cases. After consultation with our contact tracing team, gatherings and visits to bars and restaurants continue to be implicated in interviews with cases,” said Janel Heinrich, Director of Public Health Madison & Dane County. “We are acting now to immediately curb this increase in cases and protect the health and safety of our community.”
See the news release for more information: https://bit.ly/3infBab
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