Fort Henry Days, September 2, 2018

Color Guardsmen from three states and six chapters presented the colors at the 21st annual Fort Henry Days.


Pictured left to right, 1st row: Christopher Forshey, Ebenezer Zane Chapter, OHSSAR, Ron Bruce, Gen. Anthony Wayne Chapter, PASSAR, Nathaniel Black and Mark Black, Geo. Washington Chapter, PASSAR; 2nd row: David Ervin, Fort Henry Chapter, WVSSAR, Bob Tomlinson, Ebenezer Zane Chapter, Larry Perkins, Ebenezer Zane Chapter, Bob Grumbling, Point Pleasant Chapter, WVSSAR, Gary Timmons, Geo. Washington Chapter, Jay Frey, Fort Henry Chapter, Rick Greathouse, Daniel Boone Chapter, WVSSAR, Merle Tomlinson, Ebenezer Zane Chapter (photo by Joanne Sullivan)

Fort Laurens Memorial Service, July 28, 2018

Pictured at the Fort Laurens 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.

Flag Commendation Awarded to the City of Benwood

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.

Flag Day Dedication Ceremony, Ohio County Public Library

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

Four New Compatriots Inducted, June 9, 2018

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.


Memorial Day remembrance service and wreath laying at Wheeling Park, May 28

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.







Chapter Genealogist Gary Auber honored at WVSSAR annual dinner

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.