John L. Heimsoth, left, receives a 70-year certificate of continuous membership presented by Post Commander C.B. Shaw Tuesday, Aug. 8 at Galloway-Martens American Legion Post 343 in Stover. (photo by R. D. Fish)

John L. Heimsoth, Jr. of Stover was honored Tuesday, Aug. 8 at Galloway-Martens American Legion Post 343 of Stover for 70 years of continuous membership in the American Legion.  John L. Heimsoth, Jr. of Stover was honored Tuesday, Aug. 8 at Galloway-Martens American Legion Post 343 of Stover for 70 years of continuous membership in the American Legion.  Post Commander C.B. Shaw presented Heimsoth the American Legion Certificate of Continuous Membership, signed by National Commander Charles E. Schmidt and National Adjutant Daniel S. Wheeler. The certificate acknowledges Heimsoth for being “a longtime and dedicated member” of the post for 70 continuous years, adding that “such record of consistent loyalty … merits the honor of being cited as an outstanding contributor to the programs of the American Legion.” Post Adjutant Al Williamson also noted Heimsoth is one of three surviving “paid-for-life members” of the Stover post. There were originally seven such members, whose dues are paid monthly by the chapter. The other two surviving “paid-for-life” members are Alfred Hicken and Warren Wilson. After the presentation ceremony, Heimsoth commented, “I haven’t done anything for the post in the last 30 years, but during the first 40 years, I sold a lot of hamburgers!” Heimsoth was referring to the local post’s tradition of serving hamburgers at the American Legion food stand during the Stover Fair. After his 40 years of activity, World War II veteran Heimsoth said he was happy to turn his duties over to “you younger guys.”