About Post 259
Excelsior Has First Military Funeral 1919
Shops Close, Flags Halfmast for Sailor.
For Clarence G. Clofer chief machinist's mate on submarine chaser killed in an explosion at Key West, Son of Lizzy Clofer, 301 Mill St. Excelsior, Mn. Clarence graduated from Excelsior High School in 1914.
Pictures by Marcus Maynard, Excelsior Legionnaire. (From a book "Happings Around Excelsior" Excelsior Library 343 3rd St, Excelsior Mn. and copy of a newspaper article, unknown origin.)
Local legend has it that during the early years, the Post meetings were held in individual's homes, businesses, and schools. Lizzy Clofer decided what the local Post needed was a permanent home, and in legionnaire fashion, donated her home for the purpose of what we call "American Legion Post 259", named in memory of her son Clarence.
Just in case you are not familiar with Clarence, he served in the Navy during World War I. On his way back to the United States at the end of WWI, his ship was lost at sea. Clarence Clofer was the first member of our community to lose his life during WWI.