Thanks to the generosity of a Montezuma family, the Blakely-Stevens Post 169 of the American Legion now has a building site for their purposed new legion post.
The grandchildren of the late Cloyd M. and Francis Carl, Scott, Kevin and Kerri Carl, donated two acres of the original Henry F. Carl farm to the Montezuma American Legion and Auxiliary family in a brief late afternoon ceremony on Thursday, June. 10.
The two acres are directly east of the MidAmerican building at 705 E. Jefferson St. on the north side of the road. The site, which is staked with markers, is currently being used for agriculture purposes.
“We grandchildren are donating these two acres on behalf of our grandfather, Cloyd M. Carl, who was a Montezuma American Legion and VFW member for many years,” Kerri told the gathering of 25 plus legion and auxiliary members at the site of what will be the new home of the legion hall. “Our hopes are that this will help the Montezuma American Legion build a new home and the Montezuma American Legion will be around for many more years to come.”
“The Montezuma American Legion and Auxiliary cannot begin to thank Kerri, Kevin and Scott Carl, the grandchildren of Cloyd and Francis Carl, for their generosity in providing this two acres for a building site of our purposed new legion post,” said Ron Hensel, Montezuma American Legion Commander. “Cloyd, being a veteran, and his wife, Francis, a long-time member of the Montezuma American Legion Auxiliary, along with her daughter and Francis’ granddaughters being members, makes this very special.”
Hensel said once the building is constructed on the new site, a plaque honoring Cloyd and Francis will be placed in the new legion hall.
Kerri said the gift was a way for her family to say ‘Thank You’ to those who have served this great country of the United States of America in the past, present and future.
“Thank you for your service,” Kerri said on behalf of her and her brothers, Scott and Kevin.
“We Legionnaires and members of the Auxiliary say, ‘Thank You’ to the Carl grandchildren for such a wonderful and heart felt way of honoring your grandparents,” noted Hensel. “Their legacy will live on in recognition of this ground and building.”
Hensel said the Montezuma American Legion and Auxiliary will now begin the task of raising funds for the building through fundraising, grants and donations.
“It is hoped that the building can be used by community groups and members of the greater Montezuma community,” said Hensel.