World War II on the Homefront

During World War II so many young men served in the armed forces, there was a labor shortage in the United States. In order to upgrade the railroad through Ely, Mexican workers were employed.

The Cedar Rapids Gazette ran this story on the front page, Sunday July 18, 1943. Click the articles to enlarge.


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Boy’s State Candidates Announced

The Ely American Legion is pleased to announce it has selected two young men to attend Boy’s State in June to represent the local American Legion Post. Hunter Gehrke of Solon and Jake Crumbo of Ely will attend the Iowa American Legion Hawkeye Boys State at Camp Dodge in Johnston, Iowa from the 14th to the 19th of June.

Iowa American Legion Hawkeye Boys State is a weeklong “Hands-On” experience in the operation of the democratic form of government, the organization of political parties, and the relationship of one to the other in shaping Iowa government. Through the Boys State objective of “learning by doing”, young men will learn more about city, county and state government in one week than they would in an entire semester of high school.


Hunter Gehrke is the son of Brad and Tina Elwood-Gehrke and is currently a junior at Solon High School. Hunter participates in cross country and is a four year letter winner in trapshooting. Hunter is interested in law enforcement and is currently taking college classes at Kirkwood in addition to his high school studies.


Jake Crumbo is the son of Chris and Wendy Crumbo and is currently a junior at Prairie High School. Jake is active in tennis and is a member of Business Professionals of America and the National Honor Society. Jake serves as a mentor at Prairie Creek School and has started his own company called Crumbo Crunch.


Annual Breakfast 2015

Many thanks to all those who attended and volunteered at the Ely Legion’s annual breakfast. You made it a great success!

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Our annual breakfast this year will be on the 12th of April. I know, right now you are saying “The Ely Legion Breakfast is always on the first Sunday in April” and you would be right. But this year Easter also fell on the first Sunday in April and we decided to defer to a higher authority. Make sure to stop out and bring your friends and neighbors. Tickets are always available at the door or from any Ely Legion member. Same great menu as last year; eggs, pancakes, potatoes, sausage, ham, coffee, juice, and milk.



How to Have Veteran Status Added to Your Iowa Driver License

A recent change in the law allow for all veterans to have a veteran status code added to their driver license or state identification. If can help the veteran provide proof of status without having to carry around a copy of their DD214 for those businesses that offer discounts and special offers for veterans. Check out the link below and make sure to get the status added the next time you need a new license.

More information from the Iowa DOT