Primus’ American Legion membership hits 60-year mark

He’s not the only one with longevity at the club; there’s another six with 60 years in

by Joni Astrup

Associate editor

For 60 years, Ervin Primus of Elk River has been a member of the American Legion.

Ervin Primus
Ervin Primus

He joined after serving in the U.S. Army in the 1950s.

“I just figured it was such a good organization to belong to,” he said. “They do a lot of good for the community.”

Primus was born in Elrosa, Minn., and grew up on a farm, first in Meire Grove and then near Melrose and Sauk Centre.

He would have been drafted, but joined the Army when a group of young men from Sauk Centre was called up. “A unit from Sauk Centre was leaving in two weeks,” Primus recalled. “I had my notice to go get my physical. I thought I might as well go with them; I might know a few people.”

Primus ended up at Camp Rucker, Ala., where he took care of the officers’ quarters, was a Jeep driver and worked as a cook and a baker. One of the things he remembers most was the heat and humidity.

He also went on maneuvers at Fort Hood in Texas.

After leaving the service, Primus joined the American Legion in Sauk Centre.

Over the years, he worked for Land O’ Lakes, farmed, worked in the dairy business, worked in construction building homes and was an Elk River school custodian.

He has been retired for 22 years.

Primus is a current member of the Elk River American Legion, where he has served on the honor guard. His wife, Rose, is the chaplain with the Elk River American Legion Auxiliary.

He and Rose have three daughters, five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

American Legion members hit 60 year milestone

The following men have been American Legion members for 60 years and are part of the Elk River American Legion.

•Clinton A. Benson

•Merle Kratzke

•Harley Marohn

•Murray McNair

•Roger Otsby Jr.

•Ervin Primus

•Gerald Stewart

Source: Elk River American Legion