Scally, Edward Schoffner and A.C. Walsh for the new Post to be formed in Stockton. All are asked to attend the next meeting to be held Sunday July 8-1917.
On Sunday July 8-1917 the meeting was called to order by Comrade Brewer and Comrade Will at the Imperial Hotel. Those attending were Comrades Brewer, Will, Bilyeu, Hannaford, Bileski, Clary, Caldwell, Pritchard, Scoffner and several others. A motion was made by Brewer and seconded that F. A. Will, be elected Chairman. Motion carried. Chairman Will appointed Comrade Brewer as Adj. and Comrade Hannaford to act as Quartermaster. F.A. Will announced the purpose of the meeting was to organize a VFW Post in Stockton. All were in favor of it. Adj Brewer was instructed to send for a Charter and to notify Sacramento we were ready to start. Adj Brewer was also instructed to get news of the new post being formed in the newspapers. Comrades Will and Bilyeu were appointed as a committee to go to Modesto and while there to interview c.c. Parks and A.C. Walsh on getting a Post started in Modesto. Adj Brewer also was to arrange for transfers for the Comrades of Stockton from the Sacrament Post. The next order of business was the name to be given the Post. Comrade Bileski proposed Over Seas Post, Comrade Will proposed Manila Post. EJ. Hannaford proposed Foreign Service Post. W.R. Bilyeu proposed Luneta Post. He made quite a plea for the name. We all knew and remembered the good times we had on the Luneta in Manila, Philippine Islands. It being the pleasure park and road in Manila and the gathering place in the afternoon and evenings for the people and soldiers, sailors and marines to meet their friends. The army bands would give concerts for the enjoyment of all. All other names were withdrawn and Luneta Post was the name chosen. After a few short talks by other Comrades the meeting was closed to again assemble downstairs to drink a toast to the new post.
On Aug 7-1917 a newspaper item from Modesto, FA Will and W.R. Bilyeu of Stockton were in Modesto today conferring with c.c. Parks regarding securing a delegation to attend the formation of a Post of Veterans of Foreign Wars at Stockton next Saturday evening in the South Hall Record Building. The meeting is scheduled to take place at 7-30 PM. According to Will there are many ex soldiers who have seen foreign service that are eligible to membership and the new Post should start off with a large membership. A fine entertainment and banquet will follow the installation which will be under the direction of the Sacramento Post of the VFW.
On August 9th word was sent to Sacramento that Luneta Post was ready for institution and that Comrade Brewer had been appointed National Aide-De-Camp. The Post had been given the number of 52 by headquarters. Notice was also sent that Luneta Post # 52 would be instituted Aug 11-1917 and that those members residing in Stockton would want transfers to Luneta Post. Sacramento granted the transfers of Comrades Will, Bileski, Ford, Norman, Brewer and Pritchard. The transfer of Comrade Hyde was held up as he had left with the Army having reenlisting and was being shipped away. The request was made by Commander elect FA Will and Adj elect Brewer that It Landsdale Post visit Stockton and institute the Post and install the officers. Word also having gone to Wooten Post # 69 of Benicia to attend.
On Aug 10-1917 Adjutant elect Brewer put the first piece in the newspapers of the new post as follows.
Foreign War Veterans will have a Post
Branch of Patriotic Organization to be installed in Stockton Saturday night.
Veterans of Foreign Wars a patriotic organization, made up of veterans who have seen service on foreign soil is to install a Post in Stockton, Saturday night at South Hall Record Building. Major Taylor of Lt Landsdale Post # 67 of Sacramento will be the installing officer. Following the ceremonies a banquet will be served. There are about 30 men to start with including Veterans of the Spanish American War who saw service in the Philippines, Cuba and other foreign soil. All ex soldiers who have seen service are eligible to membership. At the conclusion of the present war the boys who go abroad will be taken into the organization. FA Will proprietor of the Imperial Hotel is one of the prime movers in the local Post and will be chosen Commander. Other prominent men interested include Dr. F.M. Caldwell, F.H. Bileski, Louis M. Ford and C.E. Moorehead.
On Aug 11-1971, Sat., Comrades J.W. Dotto, F.S. Stieger, G.W. Ochsner, G.A. Fray, John Gubel, P.H.E Gatyin and W.H. Taylor made a pilgrimage to Stockton and Officially instituted Luneta Post # 52 and duly installed the officers. Comrade Taylor as Aide-De-Camp and National Deputy in charge of Organizations performing the work. Commander Max Distler and several Comrades from Wooten Post # 69 of Benicia with their colors were present. Members of the new post are as follows by transfer from Lt. Landsdale Post # 67 Sacramento: