National Register of Historic Places

Ferdinand Branstetter Post No. 1, American Legion

Van Tassell

Date Added to Register

Tuesday, September 30, 1969

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Ferdinand Branstetter Post No. 1 of Van Tassell has not only the distinction of being the first American Legion Post organized in Wyoming but this little post was the first to be organized in the United States. The first meeting of the Post was held June 28, 1919. A motion was made and carried that the Post be named in honor of Ferdinand Branstetter. He came to Wyoming from Nebraska about 1914 and filed on a homestead south of Van Tassell. Inducted into the service during World War I, he was one of the first from the Van Tassell area to fall in action. In 1921 the Van Tassell Post held Memorial Day Services and through the years many impressive ceremonies were conducted by the members of the Post. Post No. 1 assumed the caretaker responsibilities for the Van Tassell Cemetery for many years. The Post was also responsible for many improvements in the community. The structure that originally housed the Van Tassell American Legion Post is no longer in existence.

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