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February 12, 2014

End of a 133 year tradition

(Continued)

It wasn’t until 1912 that news of a new armory was assured.

On May 23, 1912, The Centerville Journal reported the boys of Company E were assured they would have their own armory located on East Jackson Street. Iowa National Guard officials warned Centerville citizens that without an armory Company E “would be mustered out.”

On Thursday evening, Dec. 26, 1912, The Centerville Journal reported the new armory on East Jackson Street had formally opened. The story goes on to say the opening of the new armory “marks the realization of a dream that has been cherished by Capt. Ogle and the members of Company E for a number of years.”

By 1921, there was a push made to double the size of the armory on East Jackson Street by adding an additional floor.

On Oct. 26, 1921, the Centerville Daily Iowegian and Citizen published a story that said the expanded facility could be home to various other organizations in Centerville.

In the coming years, the Centerville armory would play host to many different events.

On Tuesday, Dec. 15, 1925, it was reported by the Southern Iowa American that a Community Auction Sale was planned at the armory for Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 2:30 p.m.

On March 21, 1934, a full-page ad appeared announcing the armory to be the site of a three-day Spring and Opening Auto Show sponsored by retail merchants and automobile dealers of Centerville.

An ad that appeared in the Saturday, Nov. 15, 1947 Centerville, Iowa Daily Iowegian publicized a military ball at the Centerville armory for Tuesday, Nov. 18, 1947. The event was sponsored by Company G, 168th Infantry, Iowa National Guard.

On Wednesday, Feb. 12, 1986, a full-page ad in the Ad Express-Iowegian announced the Cabin Fever Sale and Festival at the Centerville armory three blocks north of the Centerville Square at North 10th and Franklin streets for two days, Saturday, Feb. 15 and Sunday, Feb. 16, 1986.

On Thursday, April 14, 1949, the Centerville Daily Iowegian and Citizen reported a proposal for a new Centerville armory was taking shape. The site under consideration: North 10th and Franklin streets.

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