Pictured at the Fort Laurens fortlaurens.org/annual memorial service on July 28 are WVSSAR members Bob Grumbling, Rick Greathouse, Ed Cromley, Jay Frey and Gary Timmons (not pictured Bill Lester).
Located in Bolivar, Ohio, Fort Laurens is the only Revolutionary fort site in the state.
The annual service commemorates the patriot solidiers who perished during the siege by the British and their Native American allies.
Among the attendees were NSSAR President General Warren Alter and Central District Vice President General Tim Ward.
Fort Henry Chapter Flag Chairman John A. Hargleroad III and chapter president Jay Frey awarded a Flag Commendation to the City of Benwood on June 18. In 2017 the city installed a 100 foot high flag pole in Benwood City Park that flies a 50 foot by 30 foot US flag. Lighted at night the flag is clearly visible to motorists travelling on WV Route 2 and OH Route 7 at day and night.
L to R: Benwood mayor Edward Kuca, police chief Frank Longwell, Jay Frey and John Hargleroad, June 18, 2018.
On June 14, Flag Day, the Ohio County Public Library hosted a noon Dedication Ceremony to recognize the Fort Henry Chapter and the Wheeling Chapter, DAR for their gifts of a United States and a West Virginia flag for the auditorium.
The Color Guard of American Legion Post 1 presented the colors for the Pledge of Allegiance.
Mary Jo Guidi, Regional Coordinator for US Senator Joe Manchin, presented a message from the Senator along with a US flag, which has been flown over the US Capitol, as a gift to the Library.
Wheeling attorney Joe Blaylock, an amateur vexillologist (flag expert) delivered a presentation on the history of the development of the US flag.
A singalong of patriotic songs was led by Richard Morriale (Yodeling Dick Brooks) of Wheeling.
(L to R) Erin Rothenbuehler, Library Adult Programming and Publicity, Dottie Thomas, Library Director, Fort Henry Chapter president Jay Frey, WVDAR vice regent Debi Smith
At the spring quarterly meeting, special guest Central District Vice President General Robert B. Fish, Jr. inducted four new members into the Society.
Pictured (L to R) new compatriots Robert Lohr Fisher of Moundsville, George Stockton Hazlett, David Martin Weaver and David Martin “DJ” Weaver, Jr.
VPG Fish also inducted the slate of officers elected at the meeting: President James H. Frey, Vice President and Registrar David G. McIntire of Morgantown, Secretary-Treasurer L. Dale Smith II, Genealogist J. Gary Auber and Chaplain The Rev. Timothy A. Spence.
Guest speaker Compatriot David P. Ervin of Morgantown delivered a fascinating presentation on the Continental Army in the Upper Ohio Valley.
Left to right: wreaths presented by the Fort Henry Chapter, the Wheeling Chapter DAR and the Geo. Washington Chapter (PASSAR).
Pictured left to right: Fort Henry Chapter president Jay Frey, Geo. Washington Chapter vice president Michael Merryman, WVSSAR chaplain Bob Grumbling, WVDAR vice regent Debi Smith, Ebenezer Zane Chapter secretary Larry Perkins, George Washington Chapter secretary Gary Timmons
For the third consecutive year the Fort Henry Chapter and the Wheeling Chapter DAR jointly hosted a memorial service and wreath laying ceremony on Memorial Day at the flag pole in Wheeling Park. Joining in supporting the event were members of the George Washington Chapter (PASSAR), the Ebenezer Zane Chapter (OHSSAR) and the Point Pleasant Chapter (WVSSAR). The event was suggested by Fort Henry Chapter member John Hargleroad who was manager of Wheeling Park in 2015 when the first ceremony was held.
Compatriot J. Gary Auber received the WVSSAR Meritorious Service Award from State Society president William H. Lester at the annual dinner on May 18, 2018 in Vienna, WV, hosted by the Capt. James Neal Chapter. Gary has served as chapter genealogist for the past two years during which time our membership has tripled. His contribution to that achievement was recognized with the award.
J. Gary Auber (far right) is pictured with (L to R) WVSSAR president William H. Lester, guest speaker Travis Henline of Wheeling, WVDAR vice regent Debi Smith of Wheeling
At the annual election of WVSSAR officers, Compatriot David G. McIntire was elected secretary, and Compatriot James H. Frey was elected first vice president.
Welcome to the Fort Henry Chapter
National Society, Sons of the American Revolution
Wheeling, West Virginia
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The Fort Henry Chapter is the fastest growing chapter in the West Virginia State Society. In 2016 we welcomed 18 new members and in 2017 we added another 18 compatriots to our membership and this year we have welcomed four new compatriots.! Since the chapter was chartered in 2014 our membership has tripled!
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Wheeling Suspension Bridge (1849)
West Virginia Independence Hall (1859) and Francis H. Pierpont Statue
Madonna of the Trail (1928) Wheeling Park