About Our Post
Post 3446 History Page 2
The first real Post canteen was a rented building on West Market Street
that is currently Jerry’s Café and Bar. At that time, the building wasn’t
large enough to accommodate the Post business meetings, so the members
held their monthly meetings on the second floor of Deitz’s Shoe Store,
which has since been razed to make way for the First National Bank.
After renting, the membership purchased a building on Depot Street to
serve as the Post canteen; the post continued to meet above Deitz’s Shoe
Store. This building was sold to the City of Orrville and demolished to
increase the size of the parking lot.
In 1960 the current Post Home property was purchased and construction
began on the building. The initial general contractor was a member and
recent Post Commander, Rocco Frangiosi. The building was completed the
following year and has remained the home of Post 3446 since 1961.
The building was originally a 40 by 80 foot space containing, a cloak
room, office, canteen, kitchen, and a small meeting hall with limited
storage space. Over the next 4 decades, it has been expanded to add
additional floor space in the main hall, larger storage spaces, and
additional kitchen area.
The most recent addition was a memorial vestibule attached to our front
entrance. The vestibule was provided by Don Dreher to serve as a memorial
to his brother, Richard E. Dreher, an Air Force Captain who was killed in
action on March 27, 1972 during the Vietnam War.
Minor renovations and modernizations are ongoing and most of the effort is
provided by our members who seem to possess just about every skill
necessary to accomplish whatever task arises.