Sons of the American Revolution, Ohio Society Activities

George Rogers Clark Constitution Day Luncheon

The George Rogers Clark Chapter celebrated the 2018 Constitution Day with a luncheon program at the Springfield Marriott on September 15th.  A remembrance of the founding of the United States of America and the 231st year of the adoption of the U.S.Constitution was presented by former Ohio SAR President (and former Chapter President) Terry Whetstone.  Chapter President Randy Young and Southwest Ohio Society chair Elwin Spray joined former Chapter President Paul Schenck, who served as the sponsor, in welcoming new member Compatriot Dennis William Jesse.  Of special note was that Compatriot Jesse’s ancestor’s service included that of a Continental Marine, a rarity of service within the chapter.  President Young presented Compatriot Paul L. Rueger with Supplemental Ancestor certificates — six — in recognition of his successfully proving his descent from additional patriots.

The Constitution Day program was presented by Compatriot Robert E. Grim (former Ohio Society Genealogist and former Southwest Ohio Society chair) of the Chillicothe Arthur St. Clair Chapter on General George Armstrong Custer.  Compatriot Grim made the presentation on the Ohio native in the Civil War era uniform of a two star general (with GAR markings), complete with cavalry style hat and high boots.  Compatriot Grim (who is a Past Commander-in-Chief of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War) took the life of Custer from Ohio, through the Civil War, and, after his death in the Dakotas, continued with the lives of others involved in the Little Big Horn campaign.

Compatriot Whetstone concluded the meeting with a moment of silence honoring the life of Compatriot Paul Wilkie (former Vice President General and former Ohio Society President).
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Former Ohio SAR President (and former Chapter President) Terry Whetstone assisted George Rogers Clark Chapter President Randy Young in presenting to Compatriot Paul L. Rueger six Supplemental Ancestor certificates.


Former Ohio SAR President (and former Chapter President) Terry Whetstone with Constitution Day luncheon speaker Compatriot Robert E. Grim, who spoke on the life of Ohio-native General George Armstrong Custer.

Mahoning Valley Chapter, SAR and Mahoning Chapter, DAR participate at the Canfield Fair.

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.

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Russ Wentz in the SAR section. The tent was latched due to the high winds and heavy rain on Wednesday evening. Photos by Phil Bracy.

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Mahoning Chapter DAR Treasurer, Autumn McDonald and Mahoning Valley Chapter member Russ Wentz pose in front of the DAR section of the tent.

Northwest Territory SAR Honors Area Patriots.

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.

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Fort Laurens Historical Site

The Ohio Society, Sons of the American Revolution gathered on July 27 and 28th for its Summer Executive meeting, Board meeting and annual Memorial Service.  Ohio SAR President, Shawn Cox , State Officers and committee members were honored to host the President General of the National Society, Warren M. Alter.  At the Board of Management meeting, held Saturday, the 28th at the Firehouse Grille, Zoar, Ohio, he shared his vision for the Society moving forward.  He later shared remarks at the Ft. Laurens site.  Since Fort Laurens is the only American Revolutionary fort in the state of Ohio it was a great pleasure to have him with us to honor those who died in defense of the fort.
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From Left to Right, Ohio Society President Shawn Cox, Mahoning Valley Chapter President, Phil Bracy and President General of the National Society, Warren M. Alter. Photo by Scott Davis.

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Mahoning Valley Chapter President Phil Bracy presents the Chapter wreath to honor those who fell at Ft. Lauren’s at the memorial site.

Mahoning Valley Chapter, SAR Honors Mahoning Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution

The Mahoning Chapter of the American Revolution gathered for brunch to celebrate their 125th Anniversary at the Holiday Inn on July 28th. Mahoning Valley Chapter Sons of the American Revolution were invited and presented two awards. John Dalbec, Trustee of the Chapter made presentations on behalf of the Ohio State Society and Mahoning Valley Chapter. The first award was given to Sarah Keeler, Regent of the DAR Chapter for Ohio Society President, Shawn Cox and State officers sending congratulations and recognition of the many community works performed by the Daughters of the American Revolution chapter. Mahoning Valley chapter awarded its Community Service Award which recognizes the contributions of the DAR chapter promoting Patriotism, Education and Service to the Community. Highlights of the festivities were: Welcome remarks by Regent Keeler, remarks by Nancy Schirm Wright, Regent of the 
Ohio Society Daughters of the American Revolution and Keynote speaker Honorable Judge Robert Rusu who spoke on the American Dream and shared his  immigrant grandparents story.
The Mahoning Chapter of the DAR was founded on April 18th,1893 by Mrs. Rachel Wick Taylor.
It was the second chapter organized in the State of Ohio by the Daughters of the American Revolution.
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Trustee John Dalbec of the Mahoning Valley Chapter, SAR presents Mahoning Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution Regent Sarah Keeler with two awards on the 125th Anniversary of their founding.

City of Cleveland’s 222nd Birthday

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.
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Mary Artino and her son Joe placed a wreath at the statue of Moses Cleaveland. They are direct descendants of Moses Cleaveland. Western Reserve Society Sons of the American Revolution posted the colors at this event. L to R: John Cimperman (ESA President), John Franklin, May Artino, Joseph Artino, Galen Swab Dan Ruminski, and Lee MacBride.

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Jill Herrick presents the 2018 Herrick Award to Dan Ruminski (left). Dan has done a great deal to promote Cleveland, as the Storyteller of Cleveland history. His goal is to entertain while promoting Cleveland nationally, rebuild Cleveland pride, and overcome outdated and uncomplimentary stereotypes. Dan is very deserving of the Herrick Award by promoting the rich history of Cleveland. Congratulations, Dan!

Mahoning Valley Chapter conduct an “Honor your Patriot” recruitment at Trumbull County Fair.

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.


Chapter President Phil Bracy, presents to Gale Alan Ebie his membership certificate after being sworn in with Larry Koval looking on. Photo by Scott Davis


Part of the Hub Scott flag collection at the Trumbull County Fair. Color Guardsman Larry Koval joined us for the occasion. Photo by Phil Bracy.

Cincinnati SAR Celebrates Independence Day

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!


59 Revolutionary War Patriots Honored by Cincinnati SAR on July 1, 2018

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


Photo by Christine Smith, picturing the musket squad in the “Mourn” position in honor to the 59 named here and all those who’ve risked to safeguard our liberties on and around the field of battle.

Gates Mills Ohio 4th of July Parade 2018

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.


Left to right: Lee MacBride, Galen Swab, Fred Watkins and Claude Custer


On this bright and sunny day, a large crowd was on hand for our Nation’s 242nd Birthday. The color guard led the parade up the main street of Gates Mils past the Town Hall, Library, stores and restaurants, and then across the bridge over the Chagrin River.


The Color Guard passes the reviewing stand next to the Chagrin Valley Hunt Club, and Lee MacBride with the color guard gave a “Colonial present colors” to the judges. From here they turn the corner and proceeded to the Polo Field.


Left to right: Lee MacBride, Galen Swab, Fred Watkins and Claude Custer


Color guard commander, John Franklin, gets a ride with the Gates Mills Fire Chief, Tom Robinson.


At the Polo Field, Western Reserve Society 4th Grade Essay Chairman, Fred Watkins, presented a SAR Certificate of Outstanding Citizenship to Gates Mills 4th Grade student, Saatvic Rangu, for his essay on “What the 4th of July Means to Me.” Saatvic Rangu led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance to commence the events.


R to L: John Franklin, Lee MacBride, Saatvic Rangu and Clark Langmack – master of ceremonies, Fred Watkins – Past WRS President, Galen Swab and Claude Custer.

The Cleveland Kiltie Band and the Mayfield Heights High School Marching Band played patriotic music for all to enjoy.  Organizational Floats and owners of antique cars received honors. The children enjoyed it all, including a balloon man.  What a great day!

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