Members of the Mahoning Valley Chapter, SAR were joined again this year by the Mahoning Chapter of the DAR for an “Honor Your Patriot” recruitment drive for their respective organizations. This is the third year we are represented at the fair where all 3 counties Mahoning Valley Chapter encompasses take part and two counties of the Mahoning Chapter DAR come through the gates. Canfield Fair has a yearly attendance over 200,000 people.
Compatriots of the Northwest Territory Chapter in collaboration with John Hancock Chapter, SAR honored three area Patriots on Saturday, September 8 in Pandora, Ohio. Patriots John Morehead, Israel Hubbard, Jr., and Hezekiah B. Hubble were memorialized for their Revolutionary war service.
John Morehead was a private in Capt. Philip Shrawder’s Company of Rangers serving on the western frontier of Pennsylvania during the war. Israel Hubbard, Jr. was a private serving four periods with his local Massachusetts militia from 1775 through 1778. Most noted was his statement from his pension application of his witnessing the surrender of General Burgoyne British troops to General Gates after the Battle of Saratoga. And Hezekiah Hubble was a private in the New Jersey Continental Line from 1775 through 1780. He saw action in the Battles of Springfield (NJ) and Brandywine and Monmouth (PA) among other duty during the war.
Morehead is buried in the Cholera Cemetery, just east of Gilboa, Putnam County, Blanchard Township, Ohio and Hubbard is buried in the Malahan Cemetery Putnam County, Riley Township, Ohio. Hezekaih Hubble was buried just across the county line in Allen County, Richland Township in the Hubbell Cemetery on Shifferly Road, North of Rockport, Ohio.
Assisting with the ceremonies were the combined veterans color guard and fire squad of Putnam County, the Jr. ROTC Army unit from Kenton High School and the Ohio Society Color Guard. Local area DAR from Findley and Lima along with the Vice President General of the Central District, NSSAR, Timothy Ward, Ohio SAR State President Shawn Cox and Wm. Tony Robinson, Sr. President of the Ohio Society Children of the American Revolution were in attendance.
The Riley Township Trustees used this opportunity to restore the Malahan Cemetery by resetting markers, adding a split rail fence and placing a marker on the site. The cemetery was originally a family cemetery that over time was abandoned and came under the care of the trustees. Putnam County pioneers dating from the early 1830’s through 1870’s are buried in this pioneer cemetery. Some may say what connection does this have to Williams County. If you investigate the early formation of NW Ohio County’s, you will learn that the northern parts of both Paulding and Putnam county’s were attached to Williams county until 1839. And, they fall into our local chapter’s service area for programs and activities.
The Northwest Territory Chapter, SAR is now working on leads in Fulton County, Ohio of three more area Patriots to be honored sometime in 2019. The chapter is excited to learn that one of the Patriots will be are first Navy Patriot serving on the USS Ranger.
On Friday July 20, 2018, The Early Settlers Association of the Western Reserve celebrated The City of Cleveland’s 222nd Birthday on the newly designed Public Square. When Moses Cleaveland’s surveying party landed on the shores of the Cuyahoga River, they surveyed the new Connecticut Western Reserve. The team divided the area into town lots and named it Cleveland after their leader, Moses Cleaveland, to be the new capital of the Connecticut Western Reserve.
Members of the Mahoning Valley Chapter are conducting an “Honor Your Patriot” recruitment drive at the Trumbull County Fair from today until July 15th at Building 18 with our sister organization Mary Chesney DAR chapter. This is our first year at this fair and they posted a photo of the Hub Scott flag collection on their facebook page. During the morning hours Gale Alan Ebie was swore in as a new member. While it is unusual for the Chapter to do so outside the meeting format since our next meeting will not be until fall we chose the venue to welcome him at this time. This is one of two major Fairs that Mahoning Valley participate in, the other will be at the Canfield Fair.
The Cincinnati SAR Independence Day celebrations began with assisting Celebrate America! at the Kings Mills Baptist Church on Saturday June 30th. The Howard Miller Memorial Flag Collection was displayed. The Nolan Carson Memorial Color Guard presented the Colors and fired a firelock salute. We also had a display table of Revolutionary War memorabilia and Compatriot Ed Bonniwell gave his Yorktown presentation.
The Cincinnati Chapter’s Nolan Carson Memorial Color Guard marched in both the Madeira Independence Day Parade on July 3rd and the Montgomery Independence Day Parade on July 4th. Camp follower Emma Hartman joined 11 compatriots [Lee Wilkerson, Color Guard Commander; Shaun Smith, Dan Schmitz, Ken Carpenter, Bob Bowers, Brad Jarard, Jack Bredenfoerder, Mike Gunn
Ed Boniwell, Clay Crandall, Chuck Rogers, George Stewart, Gregg Ballman, Jeff Hartman and Jacob Hartman] for both parades and distributed poppy bookmarks to the large exuberant crowds assembled along the parade routes. The Spirit of Patriotism is alive and well in America!
On July 1, 2018 the Cincinnati SAR Chapter celebrated the fifth ceremony and fourth annual Independence Day Celebration honoring those Fifty-nine Patriots who risked their lives for the freedoms and liberty we all enjoy today in these United States of America. At 1450 hours the following members reported for muster at the DAR/SAR Memorial at the north side of the Woodlands Section in Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum: Turner Lee Wilkerson, Color Guard Commander; Shaun Smith; Dan Schmitz; Ken Carpenter, President of the Highlanders Chapter; Bob Bowers; Brad Jarard; Jack Bredenfoerder, President Cincinnati Chapter; Michael Gunn, past President Cincinnati SAR; Ed Boniwell; Clay Crandall; Chuck Rogers; George Stewart; Gregg Ballman; and Michael Blum all in Revolutionary War uniforms. The Colors were Posted by the Color Guard.
Beginning with our Pledge to the Flag, the SAR Pledge followed: “We the descendants of the heroes of the American Revolution who, by their sacrifices, established the United States of America, reaffirm our faith in the principles of liberty and our Constitutional Republic, and solemnly pledge ourselves to defend them against every foe.” An invocation was given by our Chaplin and guests and presenters were introduced. Emcee Gunn then read the re-dedication of the memorial: “We, the members of the Cincinnati Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution Re- dedicate this marked Memorial to the glory of God and in the recognition of the memory of these honorable Patriots of the American Revolution.”
Then Wreaths were placed at the monument, by: Ohio Society Lee Wilkerson; Cincinnati Chapter Jack Bredenfoerder and Highlander Chapter Ken Carpenter, each accompanied by an armed compatriot in uniform. The names of selected Patriots on the memorial were announced, each accompanied by the ringing of a bell. Then a 21 gun salute by 18th century muskets was presented, following the process of the Revolutionary War times. The SAR Recessional queued the conclusion of ceremonies, followed by the Color Guard retiring the colors and a Benediction by our Chaplain Ken Carpenter.
On this special day we shall once again give remembrance to all those who risked to safeguard our liberties on and around the field of battle and may God bless the United States of America.
Submitted by Michael B. Gunn, Publicity Committee Cincinnati SAR
Archibald Willard Color Guard of the Western Reserve Society Sons of the American Revolution led the Gates Mills 4th of July Parade for our 22nd year.