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Commerce in Hunt County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Bruce B. Williams American Legion Post No. 1

 
 
Bruce B. Williams American Legion Post No. 1 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 25, 2018
1. Bruce B. Williams American Legion Post No. 1 Marker
Inscription. The first American Legion Post in Texas was established at Commerce in 1919, the same year the veterans organization was begun nationally. Inspired by the funeral of Private Albert A. Barrow, who had served in World War I, Dr. W. B. DeJernett directed formation of a local veterans group. The first meeting was held in a building at Washington and Alamo streets (2 blks. W). Chartered on July 1, 1919 and named in honor of Bruce B. Williams, the first Commerce serviceman to die in World War I, the post has been a prominent leader at the state and national levels.
 
Erected 1982 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 7772.)
 
Location. 33° 15.03′ N, 95° 53.884′ W. Marker is in Commerce, Texas, in Hunt County. Marker is on Park Street south of Main Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located just to left of Commerce Public Library. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1210 Park Street, Commerce TX 75428, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Jernigin's Store (here, next to this marker); Commerce Post Office (a few steps from this marker); Historical Stop - Downtown Commerce
First marker to left of library (in bushes). image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 25, 2018
2. First marker to left of library (in bushes).
(about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Incorporation of Commerce (about 600 feet away); First Baptist Church of Commerce (approx. 0.2 miles away); Site of Early Commerce Schools (approx. 0.3 miles away); Site of Commerce Churches (approx. 0.3 miles away); Birthplace of Maj. Gen. Claire L. Chennault (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Commerce.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 6, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 6, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 38 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 6, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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