Mr. Robert Warren Merrell was an auto mechanic who ran his own shop on the West side of Gilbert Road in what is today the historic district. He was the third Mayor of the Town of Gilbert and active in organizing our legion post. He was also an avid hunter and sportsman and the Gilbert Historical Society has a number of records and photographs of him. He passed away April 24, 1932 at age 44 and is interred at the Mesa City Cemetery in Mesa Arizona.
Mr. Robert L. Mitchell was a business man engaged in selling furniture a business his family was engaged in in Cincinnati Ohio. His goal was to open the west as a market. He was also an avid hunter and one of the primary organizers of Post 39 and applying for a Charter. Mr. Mitchell died in January of 1934 peacefully at his home. His funeral services were held on Thursday January 25th at American Legion Post 27 Mathew B. Juan.
Date of Charter Application October 7, 1935
Temporary Charter Granted December 3, 1935
Charter Granted June 16th, 1949
Groundbreaking for Current Building February 8, 1950