American Legion

Canandaigua Post 256

454 North Main Street

Canandaigua, NY 14424

585-394-3790

post256@alny256.com


History of Post 256

                                     
   2016 - 17      Donald Grundke

   2014 - 16      Jeremy Marshall
   2013 - 14      Bradley Fisher
   2011 - 13      Ron Evans
   2010 - 11      Gerald D. Luzum
   2009 - 10      Robert Fredericks
   2006 - 09      Thomas M. Irland
   2004 - 06      Gerald D. Luzum
   2003 - 04      Walter Kurzejeski
   2001 - 03      Irene C. Madru
   2000 - 01      Charles W. Pelton
   2000              George VanWaes
   1999 - 2000  Edward Poinan
   1998 - 99      Calvin Nichols
   1997 - 98      Ralph A. Calabrese
   1995 - 97      Charles K. Weiner
   1993 - 95      Leslie W. Marshall
   1992 - 93      James D. Herendeen
   1990 - 92      Roderick W. Bray
   1987 - 90      James D. Herendeen
   1986 - 87      David Hartwig
   1984 - 86      Maurice J. Oberdorf
   1982 - 84      Harold L. Hagadorn
   1981 - 82      William L. Clutter
   1979 - 81      Douglas M. McWilliams
   1978 - 79      Walter Kurzejeski
   1977 - 78      Richard Myles
   1975 - 77      Lester W. Pollock
   1974 - 75      Leigh Whitbeck
   1973 - 74      Donald B. Trumbull
   1972 - 73      William H. Bartosch
   1971 - 72      Richard L. Milton
   1970 - 71      Raymond E. Posman
   1969 - 70      Charles E. Allen
   1968 - 69      Stanley J. Lewandowski
   1967 - 68      Stanley Glazier
   1966 - 67      Robert E. Kingston
   1965 - 66      G. Robert Taylor
   1964 - 65      Andrew B. Halbert
   1963 - 64      Gordon E. Stahl
   1962 - 63      G. Frederick Schutz
   1961 - 62      R. Clifford Trumbull
   1960 - 61      Robert E. Mulheron
   1959 - 60      James E. O'Connell
   1958 - 59      Donald B. Trumbull
   1957 - 58      Sherman H. Beeman
   1956 - 57      Thomas A. Haygood
   1955 - 56      Robert L. Grieve
   1954 - 55      John F. Mulheron
   1953 - 54      Francis M. Curran
   1952 - 53      William J. Devereaux
   1951 - 52      William H. Carter
   1950 - 51      Elbert L. Smith
   1949 - 50      Stephen P. Wallace
   1948 - 49      Sesto Vecchi
   1947 - 48      Claude F. Saeger
   1946 - 47      Frank F. Darling
   1945 - 46      Walter C. Benham
   1944 - 45      Samuel Kay
   1943 - 44      Arthur T. Poole
   1942 - 43      John R. Stickney
   1941 - 42      Leon J. McCarthy
   1940 - 41      Burrall T. Cappon, Sr.
   1939 - 40      George E. Hopkins
   1938 - 39      James P. Knapp
   1937 - 38      Thomas L. Smith
   1936 - 37      Leo A. Boyle
   1935 - 36      Robert E. Spencer
   1934 - 35      William B. Johncox
   1934              Leon G. Warters
   1933 - 34      Francis E. Morris
   1932 - 33      Dr. Louis C. Webster
   1931 - 32      JohnE. Peck
   1930 - 31      Ralph Denby
   1929 - 30      George W. Drstadt
   1928 - 29      Arthur R. Munson
   1927 - 28      Thomas D. Kennedy
   1926 - 27      T. Harland Evans  
   1925 - 26      James F. Hobbins
   1925              George S. Mather
   1924 - 25      George R. Jones
   1922 - 24      Clifford E. Murphy, Sr.
   1920 - 22      Chester S. Hall
   1919 - 20      F. Ellis Parmele  




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The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic, mutual-help war-time veterans organization. A community-service organization which now numbers nearly 3 million members -- men and women -- in nearly 15,000 American Legion Posts worldwide. These Posts are organized into 55 Departments -- one each for the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, France, Mexico, and the Philippines.

The original Canandaigua American Legion was chartered in the summer of 1919. It was located in what's known as the "Red Jacket" building at 33 N. Main Street in Canandaigua, until 1946 when they relocated to 454 N Main St. 

The post moved into to the former McKechnie home. The original owner, Alexander McKechnie came from Scotland and amassed his fortune in beer making and the ownership of lake steamboat lines.  The home was built around 1855-60, and cost an excess of $100,000 to build. Alexander died in 1889 and his son Fred, donated the home to the American Legion in 1946. 

Unfortunately the building was destroyed by fire August 18, 1960. 

The current post was built in 1961 on the same site as the McKechnie building.  The Legion has persevered through the 'years, thanks to the many dedicated members.  We are 450 members strong and still growing. Legion members volunteer and sponsor numerous community projects, as listed on the reverse side. We are a patriotic and proud group of people dedicated to supporting the veterans of past wars and conflicts, as well as our active duty men and women.

The table on the right provides a list of Post Commanders, who since 1919, have served Post 256. On behalf of all members we thank each of them and their surviving families for their unselfish dedication and commitment. Their legacy lives on as leaders of the American Legion and Canandaigua Post 256.


To learn more about the rich history of The American Legion at Posts located across the entire United States of America, visit http://www.legion.org.
 

For more information about Canandaigua Post 256 and to learn how you can help, please review our website pages. You can also call (585) 394-3790 to request a tour of our facility, or send us a message at post256@alny256.com. One of our Post Officers or Board members will respond. We look forward to hearing from you!

PAST COMMANDERS
THE AMERICAN LEGION
CANANDAIGUA POST #256

ONTARIO COUNTY
SEVENTH DISTRICT
DEPARTMENT OF NEW YORK