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Grand Army of the Republic, Post 41 Records (MS-14)

Identifier: MS-14

Scope and Content

The records of the Kyle Post 41 of the Grand Army of the Republic consist mostly of eight minute books spanning the years 1881-1930. In addition to accounting meeting proceedings, these volumes trace the growth and then eventually declining ranks of the post until its demise in 1930. Financial records include a cash book (1900-1913), treasury record (1914-1922), an expense ledger (1882-1893) and accounts and expenses (1883-1898).

An officer's roll and quarterly record (1885-1890), miscellaneous loose materials, including bills, reports and correspondence, and one book, The Army Canteen (1900) comprise the remainder of the collection.


  • Creation: 1881-1930


Restrictions on Access

There are no restrictions on accessing materials in this collection.

Restrictions on Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

History of Kyle Post 41 of the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.)

Kyle Post 41 of the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) served Wapakoneta, Ohio. The post formed prior to 1881, first meeting in Wapakoneta's music hall and later moving to their own hall in the southwest portion of the courthouse early in 1882.

In accordance with the principles of the national organization found in April 1866 at Springfield, Illinois, the local members were bound by oath to uphold the ideals of fraternity, charity, and loyalty. The G.A.R. was primarily a military organization whose ritual and procedures adopted a military flavor.

The national organization's growth peaked in 1890 with 409,489 dues-paying members who represented approximately 40% of the Union veterans. The G.A.R. was influential in securing the Disability Pension Act of 1890 and was responsible for the institution and observance of Memorial Day.

By the 1920s the Kyle Post had begun to experience a decline, primarily due to member deaths. Beginning in 1925, the post regularly invited members of its auxiliary, the Woman's Relief Corps, 195, to attend its meetings. Only two agreed to donate all G.A.R. property and holdings to the Woman's Relief Corps. Upon the death of Commander Wentz November 5, 1930, Kyle Post 41 ceased operation.


1.5 linear feet

Language of Materials



Collection consists of minute books, financial records, officer's roll, and miscellaneous loose materials. Post 41 served Wapakoneta in Auglaize County, Ohio.

Statement of Arrangement

Arranged by record type.

Other Finding Aid

The finding aid is available on the Wright State University Libraries' Special Collections and Archives web site at

Acquisition Information

The collection was transferred to Special Collections and Archives, Wright State University Libraries, by Leonard Pyles, Veterans Services Officer for Auglaize County, in accordance with a pre-arranged dispersal schedule, in September 1975.

Related Material

MS-12, Grand Army of the Republic, Post 83 Records.

SC-319 Grand Army of the Republic, Post 3 Records

Processing Information

Processed by Connie M. Porcher, May 1979. Volumes cleaned by Karis Raeburn, and finding aid reformatted, June, 2014.

Guide to the Grand Army of the Republic, Post 41 Records (MS-14)
Finding aid prepared by Connie M. Porcher, May 1979
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Finding aid written in English

Revision Statements

  • 2020 Apr: Finding aid revised by Lisa Rickey, April 2020.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Wright State University Libraries
Special Collections and Archives
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy
Dayton OH 45435-0001 USA