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SGT. FRANCIS M. GLYNN AMERICAN LEGION POST 132 HISTORY

The Franklin American Legion Post was started shortly after March of 1919 when the national organization of the American Legion was founded.
An organizational meeting was held in the Franklin Neighborhood House on September 12, 1919 to start a Franklin Post.  Twenty three attendees present signed the application for a charter.   The post is named after Sgt. Francis M. Glynn, the first local serviceman of World War I to die in service. He is buried in St. Thomas of Aquinas Cemetary at Ogdensburg, New Jersey.  


Shortly after WWII, Franklin residents supported the purchase of a one story home on Rutherford Avenue as the Legion Post building.  As membership increased and activities expanded a larger home was needed.  The building on Rutherford Avenue was sold in 1958 and a two story building was erected on three acres donated by the Katzenstein estate. *1

Sg. Glynn was a former well known first baseman of the Franklin Baseball Club.  Known as "Pi" or "Pie", he was a good natured happy young man well known among baseball enthusiasts.  He worked as a plumber for a number of years, and later worked for the New Jersy Zinc Company.  He was 26 years old when he passed away in a hospital in France. *2


*1 - Franklin Borough Golden Jubilee 1913-1663 Historical Journal Franklin, Sussex County New Jersey
*2 - The Sussex Independent, October 11, 1918.




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