Allen-Schiffern Post 199

Post History

The Tarkio American Legion post came into existence when 24 men responded to the call from National Headquarters of the American Legion to organize a post in Tarkio. The posts charter members were: R.R. Gowdy, C.M. Withrow, Floyd Withrow, A.B. Higdon, B.D. Guthrie, M.E. McAdams, J.B. Bywaters, L.L. Grimm, Paul Duncan, Leo Funderburk, Don Harvey, M.H. Hall, Jr., E.M. Wanger, D.J. Thomas, Jr., J.W. Travis, C.E. Benham, Milton Blodgett, E.S. Coe, J.W. Wood, F.B. Withrow, E.C. Gowdy, W.C. Holmes, A.E. Legge, and J.S Miller.

The first meeting was held on January 20th, 1920 at the City Hall in Tarkio. M.H. Hall, Jr. was elected as the first commander. Regular meetings were held on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month.

On March 29th, it was voted to amend the local constitution and change the name of Post 199 from the Tarkio post to the Allen-Schiffern Post 199. This was in honor and memory of Sylvester Allen and Roy Schiffern, members of Company A, 139th Infantry, who lost their lives in the Battle of the Argonne Forest. Private Sylvester Allen was killed instantly by a burst of high explosive September 29th, 1918 near Baulny. Private Roy Schiffern was wounded in action September 28th, 1918 in Montrebeau Woods. He was captured and died a few days later in a German prison camp at Rastatt from lack of food and medical attention.

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