Welcome to the Stouffville Legion Branch 459
When the Veterans of WWII returned home and began their lives as civilians, the “boys” felt that something was missing – Comradeship. Consequently, some of them took the initiative and decided to do something about it. Initially they met at Dr. Stanley Ball’s office and also at the Old Fellows’ Hall, which was located over a hardware store on Main St. Those ambitious WWII vets were supported in their cause by local veterans of the first war; in particular, Dr Stanley Ball, Del Jennings and Bert Lickorish. Branch 459 of the Royal Canadian Legion received its Charter on April 11, 1947.
Comrade George Abell served as the initial President.
That was just the beginning. The vets now decided they needed to build a permanent meeting place. Spurred on by their cause, they attended a village council meeting, presented their case, and were granted a piece of land on Main Street near the Ninth Line. After further consideration the location was moved to the present site with a donation of land by Win Timbers. “Dinty” Hodgins generously contributed money for the mortgage, Dr. Neil Smith served as Chairman of the Building Committee and the work began. Jack Barkey, Len Buckland, Fred Castle, Bert Clarkson, Jack Garrett, Bill Malloy, Harold Morden and Walt Smith were some of those who rolled up their sleeves and went to work. The result of their labour formally on the Ninth Line now continues at our present facility.
The Veterans Memorial Hall, today know as the Legion Hall, was the place to be in those days. It became a centre of comradeship and social activity within the Town. In order to raise funds to complete the building and pay off the mortgage, the Veterans organized and hosted Bingos, Street Dances, Horse Shows and Car Raffles. This ambitious group were constantly supported in their cause by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Royal Canadian Legion. The ongoing support from this hard working group of women continues to the present day.
Throughout the years there have been a few changes including structurally, new HVAC system and made wheelchair accessible. The makeup of the membership has changed since many veterans have passed on and are dedicated to continue the work of those who started it all.