The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) dates back to 1899, organized to help veterans of the Spanish–American War and the Philippine Insurrection. Elwood’s first VFW post, No. 1421 – The Tinplate Post – formed in February 1926. But in 1932, it became the Harry E. Meade Post, honoring an Elwood soldier killed in action in Europe on Nov. 11, 1918, Armistice Day. The post reorganized in 1976 under the name, Elwood VFW Memorial Post 5782.
Walk into any of Updegraff’s three Elwood locations – all within a block of the other – and you’ll find yourself in the midst of a sea of home furnishings – sofas, chairs, recliners, tables, cabinets, bookcases, beds, lamps, desks, dining tables, clocks, accessories… everything!
Updegraff Furniture, in business for more than a quarter century, started small, explains Kelly Updegraff Cole, who owns the stores with her brother,D.J.
“D.J. opened a used furniture store on Ninth Street about 27 years ago and gradually got into selling new furniture,” Kelly said. “His first new furniture store was on B Street, next to the hospital.”