Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post #854 [RG2042.AM]


RG2042.AM:  Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post #854 (Fremont, Nebraska)

Records:  1921-1935

Fremont, Dodge County, Nebraska

Size:  1.5 cu.ft.; 2 boxes


The VFW traces its roots back to 1899 when veterans of the Spanish-American War (1898) and the Philippine Insurrection (1899-1902) founded local organizations to secure rights and benefits for their service: Many arrived home wounded or sick. There was no medical care or veterans’ pension for them, and they were left to care for themselves.  In their misery, some of these veterans banded together and formed organizations with what would become known as the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. After chapters were formed in Ohio, Colorado and Pennsylvania, the movement quickly gained momentum. By 1915, membership grew to 5,000; by 1936, membership was almost 200,000.


This collection consists of records of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Larson Petersen post no. 854 at Fremont, Nebraska.  The records date from 1921 to 1935 and include minutes of meetings, correspondence, financial information and various items from the State and National VFW organizations.


Box 1


    1. Minutes, October 14, 1921-December 11, 1925

    1. Minutes, January 4, 1926-December 13, 1929

    1. Minutes, January 10, 1930-December 28, 1934

    1. Minutes (incomplete), 1935

    1. Rosters and miscellaneous membership, 1921-1935

    1. Post Inspection Reports, 1932-1934

    1. Headquarters – Department of Nebraska Memos and General Orders, 1924-1935

    1. VFW – U.S., Constitution and By-Laws and printed matter

    1. VFW – National Headquarters Memos and general orders, 1922-1933

Box 2


    1. National Headquarters – Memos & G.O., 1934

    1. National Headquarters – Memos & G.O., 1935

    1. “Foreign Service,” correspondence, etc., 1922

    1. Post Correspondence, 1921

    1. Post Correspondence, 1922

    1. Post Correspondence, 1923

    1. Post Correspondence, 1924

    1. Post Correspondence, 1925

    1. Post Correspondence, 1926

    1. Post Correspondence, 1927, Jan.-June

    1. Post Correspondence, 1927, July-Dec.

    1. Post Correspondence, 1928

    1. Post Correspondence, 1929

    1. Post Correspondence, 1930

    1. Post Correspondence, 1931

    1. Post Correspondence, 1932, Jan.-June

    1. Post Correspondence, 1932, July-Dec.

    1. Post Correspondence, 1933, Jan.-June

    1. Post Correspondence, 1933, July-Dec.

    1. Post Correspondence, 1934, Jan.-June

    1. Post Correspondence, 1934, July-Dec.

    1. Post Correspondence, 1935, Jan.-June

    1. Post Correspondence, 1935, July-Dec.

    1. Bank Statements, 1926-1929

    1. Bank Statements, 1930-1933

    1. Receipts/Invoices, 1922-1929

    1. Receipts/Invoices, 1930-1935

    1. “Powder River,” 1924

    1. Majestic Pictures, “Spirit of Lafayette,” 1925

    1. Majestic Exposition Shoes, 1927

    1. Silent Broadcasting, 1929-1931

    1. Silent Broadcasting, 1929-1931

    1. Bernardi Exposition Shows, 1932

    1. Miscellaneous printed matter

    1. Auxiliary roster of attendance, Dept. Encampment, June 2-4, 1929


Subject headings:

Veterans — Nebraska

Veterans of Foreign Wars. Larson Petersen Post No. 854, Fremont, Nebraska

Veterans of Foreign Wars. Nebraska Department


PJE                     03-03-1993

Revised TMM      08-06-2018

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