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Last Man’s Club

NUGGET #12

Last Man’s Club: On March 15, 1938, 31 veterans of World War I had a dinner at Kane Inn (q.v.) on West Lane for the first meeting of the Last Man’s Club; each March 15—the anniversary of the founding of the American Legion—members met at a table set for 31 people — when a member died, his plate was turned upside down and a toast was drunk in his memory: “To our dear departed comrade, may God and this club preserve his memory”; at 1989 meeting, Thomas Shaughnessy (q.v.) was The Last Man.

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