The town’s many fraternal organizations have long been a vital part of the community. Membership in the Knights of Columbus, the Elks Club, the Masons and the local American Legion was not only common, it was expected in the era following World War II.
The camaraderie found in these organizations provided entertainment and a familiar cohesiveness for returning veterans similar to what they experienced in the armed forces.
“We didn’t have television yet, and even the professional sports teams weren’t drawing the crowds they draw today,” said Al Thomas, owner of Alfred D. Thomas Funeral Home and a longtime member of local Post 114 of the American Legion, as well as the Kiwanis Club. “Back then we went down to the Legion Post to kid around with the guys, play a little ping-pong. …There was not that much to do otherwise.” Read more in the Nov. 7 issue of the Milton Times or subscribe to our e-edition…