Photo supplied by Shirley Boris
Lodema Strickland Tent #56 is located in Wayne County, NY and was founded June 10, 1921. The tent is named for a woman whose husband and son fought for the Union in the Civil War. Lodema's husband, Nelson F. Strickland, was a Captain in Company B, 9th NY Heavy Artillery. He was wounded during the war and discharged. Their son, D. Sherman Strickland, was a Private in Company A, 111th NY Infantry. He was killed July 2, 1863 at Gettysburg. Lodema performed a great deal of patriotic work in her lifetime, and is buried at the Freewill Cemetery in Walworth, NY.
Monthly meetings are held at the United Church of Christ in Ontario, NY. Some of the activities this tent participates in include supporting the Veterans Medical Center in Canandaigua, NY and the New York State Veterans Home in Oxford. Members also set up an annual display in the Ontario Town Hall and Library common room, and conduct a Memorial Service at the Furnaceville Cemetery in Ontario, NY at 2PM on the Sunday one week before Memorial Day. 2007 will mark the 79th year the tent has conducted this Memorial Service.
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