Harry Ketchum was quartermaster of Post 307 at that time. Harry worked at Lawyers Coop. As employees returned home from the service, Harry signed them up as members. They added the name William H. Briggs from a World War II soldier who was killed in the American Invasion of Italy at Anzio. He was the son of William H. Briggs and a good friend of many members of the Post.
The Clinton L. Patchen - William H. Briggs Post 307 was organized by a few veterans wanting their own Post Home. They also chose to honor Clinton L. Patchen because he was a very close friend of several members. They were in the same outfit overseas and worked together. Clinton L. Patchen was a tool & die maker who ran his own business on Aqueduct Street across from Lawyers Coop Publishing Co.
History of Clinton L. Patchen - William H. Briggs Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 307
A few veterans of World War I bought land in the rear and side of the building for expansion. The first expansion was an addition to the back of the building. They remodeled the front of the building . Each time the Post Home was mortgaged for capital. Later, Urban Renewal bought the building on Chestnut Street. The Post then bought the building on South Union Street, which they remodeled to become one of the finest V.F.W. Homes in New York State. It was a supreme example of what a group of men and their wives could accomplish with determination, dedication and comradeship as they believed in each other and worked together.
Chartered: 28 April, 1942
In an unfortunate turn of events, the Post Home had to be sold due to tough financial times. The Post currently resides at 933 University Avenue, Rochester, New York renting from the 40-8 which hosts several American Legion and VFW Posts.