Merrell-Mitchell Post 39



Merrell-Mitchell Post 39
206 North Gilbert Road
Gilbert, Arizona 85234

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, his family was engaged 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