201 NORTH 3rd STREET


The American Legion, the nation's largest congressionally chartered veterans organization, dates to 1919 when those being discharged following World War I held organizational meetings in Paris, France, and later in St. Louis, Missouri. Today the American Legion has some 18,000 local Posts in all states of the union and several overseas locations. .

The Department of Missouri also dates to 1919 as a state organization within The American Legion. The Legion's national headquarters is in Indianapolis, Indiana, with another headquarters located in Washington, D.C.

The American Legion was formed to speak for America’s veterans and to provide an instrument for them to provide further service to the United States through their local communities. Allen - Schiffern Post 199 is named in honor of Sylvester Allen and Roy Schiffern who lost their lives in the Argonne Forest in France during World War I while serving with Company A, 139th Infantary.

The citizens of Tarkio, Missouri enthusiastically supported the effort to create an American Legion Post in their community, and providing use of the City Hall for the Post's first meeting on January 12, 1920 and providing more than twice the goal set for funding the Post meeting hall construction in a Tag Day conducted on February 14, 1920. The first Commander of Post 199 was M. H. Hall, Jr.