Sons of the American Revolution, Ohio Society Activities

Muskingum Chapter’s 125th Anniversary – DAR and SAR Celebrate

The Color Guard of the Ohio Society SAR assisted the ladies of the Muskingum Chapter of the DAR in honoring the Chapter’s first Regent, Fanny Russell Brush.  The recognition was part of the Muskingum Chapter’s 125 Anniversary.

Early in the morning of Saturday, October 13, 2018 members of the Muskingum Chapter climbed the hill at Woodlawn Cemetery to mark the grave of Fanny Russell Brush.  They were led by the Color Guard of the Ohio Society SAR. Colors were presented by SAR Chapters from the Putnam, Marietta and the Franklin Chapters of the SAR.  Led by Steve Frash, the colors were carried by Dan Bebee, Don Miller, and Steve Kelley.  The Bag Piper William Conroy IV is also an SAR member with the Marietta Chapter.

Fanny Russell Brush, DAR #1541, organized the Muskingum Chapter in July 1893 with eleven other women of the County. The meeting was held at the Young Women’s Christian Association building in downtown Zanesville. The 125th Anniversary luncheon was held in the same building, now a restaurant and event place called Bryan’s Place.  A bronze marker recognizing Mrs. Brush was placed on her family headstone.

There were ninety in attendance including the leadership of the Muskingum Chapter DAR, Stephanie Valent, Regent, State Regent Nancy Schirm Wright, DAR VPG Sandy Mitchell McCann and numerous local elected officials including the Honorable Jeff Tilton, Mayor of Zanesville and the Honorable Jim Porter, Muskingum County Commissioner.

Veteran Flyers Start New Tradition


(l-R) Steve Frash, Steve Kelley, Ed Clendenin of the Texas SAR, and Bob Hill.

The Ohio Society Color Guard presented the Colors at the 2018 Bomb Groups Joint Reunion held in Downtown Dayton on Saturday, September 15, 2018. The Group of 300 represented ten Bombardment Groups in the European Theater during World War Two.  There were fifty Army Corp Veterans who flew the Bombers present.

The oldest veteran present was Al Hintenach from Catonsville, Maryland. He was 103 spy years old. He flew with the 376th Bombardment Group.  He thought there was a lot of fuss about his service but he appreciated the chance to talk with old friends and people who remembered the B-24.

The SAR Color Guard presentation started a year ago with Ed Clendenin, a new member of the Texas SAR. He and his wife Pat thought that the reunion needed to step up its patriotic display.  Knowing that the reunion was going to be in Dayton, Ohio, Ed used the SAR Color Guard Contact list and asked the Ohio Color Guard Commander Steve Frash about availability.  Commander Frash agreed immediately and Ed’s wife, Pat began sewing Ed a uniform!

Ed Clendenin dressed in simple period clothing, his patriot was part of the minutemen of Massachusetts. From the Ohio Society, Steve Frash dressed in Pennsylvania 8th uniform leading the compliment. Steve Kelley of the Benjamin Franklin Chapter was in Continental line uniform and Bob Hill of Hocking Valley Chapter was in Dragoon Calvary uniform complete with bear fur helmet.

The reunion attendees were very pleased and excited by the presentation and were asking Ed to organize next year’s Color Guard Presentation in Dallas Texas. A new tradition has started for the Bombardment Groups Veterans.

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!


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