100 Years Ago Today: The Battle of St. Quentin Canal

Americans of the 30th Division go “over the top” on the morning of September 29, 1918.

100 years ago today members of the United States, British and Australian armies smashed through the Hindenburg Line on the St. Quentin Canal. It was the first full breach of the Hindenburg Line and, along with other attacks of the Grand Offensive along the length of the line, Allied success convinced the German high command that there was little hope of an ultimate German victory.

Joseph Dvorak and Charles Noska of Ely took part in the Battle of St. Quentin Canal and their participation in the fighting is why the Ely American Legion is called the St. Quentin Post.

American soldiers rest after breaking the Hindenburg Line at the St. Quentin Canal.

A detailed description of the battle can be found here.


Fall Fest is September 29!


Fall Fest Pre-Season Cornhole Tourney at the Ely Legion

Don’t miss the fun. Saturday, September 29th is the Ely Fall Fest Cornhole Tournament at the Ely Legion.

Teams of two will compete against each other in a double elimination tournament on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at the Ely American Legion from 11 am – 6:30 pm. Cash bar and barbeque available throughout the event.

Cost: $30 per team

Teams: 2-person teams

Awards: Cash awards to 1st and 2nd place

All to benefit Ely Parks and Recreation.

A limited number of teams will play. Sign up now before it is too late!

Sign up here.


2nd Annual Prelude to Fall Fest Chili Dinner/Cook Off

Ely Parks and Recreation is hosting the 2nd Annual Prelude to Fall Fest Chili Dinner/Cook Off on Sunday September 16th!

This event is FREE and open to the public! Come enjoy a bowl of chili and some delicious cornbread at the Ely American Legion from 5:00 – 6:30pm. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite chili! Vote by placing $1.00 in the contestants tin – you can vote as much as you’d like and for as many different batches of chili as you want! All proceeds from votes will directly benefit Ely Fall Fest and Ely Parks and Recreation. The Legion will also be running a cash bar – soda, beer, liquor etc.

If you are interested in participating in the Chili Cook Off, please contact Callie at callie@elyiowa.com. The contestant with the most amount of votes at the end of the dinner will win a trophy and Fall Fest t-shirt!

We are also looking for individuals who are interested in bringing their favorite cornbread dishes, shredded cheese, sour cream or crackers!


Meet Son of Ely and WWII veteran Norbert Krob

Ely born Norbert Krob will be in town on September 1 and will be available to meet at 10:00 am at the Ely Library. Lt. Norbert Krob served the duration of World War II and was the commander of a tank company that fought all the way across Germany and into Czechoslovakia. He was decorated with the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. Mr. Krob is 99 years old and usually resides in Florida. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet and talk to one of the diminishing number of veterans of the Second World War and America’s Greatest Generation.

Visit Krob’s store in Ely to get a copy of Mark Krob’s book Called to Serve: The Krob Family in the Second World War.