New Member Induction, Chapter Meeting, September 16, 2017
At the chapter’s quarterly meeting three new compatriots were inducted into the Society. Also, Ed Gustkey, a longtime member-at-large, was inducted into the Fort Henry Chapter. Ed was the first compatriot to sign the charter application to reestablish the Fort Henry Chapter in 2014. The members were also pleased to welcome newly transferred compatriot Ken Fast of Moundsville and visiting dual member Ron Darrah from Indianapolis who was in Wheeling for his 60th Triadelphia High School class reunion.
Inductees, L to R: Ed Gustkey, John Hazlett, Frank Carenbauer & John Carenbauer
Frank Leonard Carenbauer, III; Patriot Ancestor John Nay; Sponsor Gary Auber
John Arbenz Hazlett; Patriot Ancestor William McKennan; Sponsor David McIntire
John William Carenbauer; Patriot Ancestor John Harper; Sponsor Gary Auber
Carl Edward Gustkey, V; Patriot Ancestor Edward Evans; Sponsor John Sauer
Fort Henry Days 20th Anniversary, September 2 – 3, 2017
Compatriots volunteering at the chapter’s table: L to R Ed Phillips, Tim Spence, Jay Frey, John Hargleroad, Dale Smith & Gary Auber
Combined Color Guard of Fort Henry, Ebenezer Zane (OH) and Geo. Washington (PA) Chapters with Marshall Univ. fife and drum corps (photo by Joanne Sullivan)
L to R: Ed Cromley, Randy McGill (Point Pleasent Chapter), Jay Frey, Alan Fitzpatrick
Presenting the Colors (photo by Joanne Sullivan)
Foreman’s Massacre 240th Anniversary Memorial Service, September 1, 2017
State Historical Marker, 21st Street, McMechen, WV
Flag on the grounds of the Foreman’s Massacre monument
This monument was placed by the Wheeling DAR in 1927 to mark the 150th anniversary of the massacre
Fort Henry Chapter members L to R: Jay Frey, Ed Phillips, vice president Dave McIntire, chaplain Tim Spence, genealogist Gary Auber, David Ervin, Gary Timmons
Color Guard, L to R: David Ervin, Bob Tomlinson, Ted Cox, Ron Barnes, Larry Perkins, Bob Grumblng, Randy McGill, Ed Cromley, Jay Frey, Rick Greathouse, Bill Lester, Gary Timmons
VPG Central District Robert B. Fish, Jr. addresses the memorial service attendees
Fort Henry Chapter president Jay Frey, Wheeling DAR Chapter regent Debi Smith, immediate past regent Joan McClelland
Rick Greathouse, president of the Daniel Boone Chapter, suggested holding the ceremony. He is a descendant of Jacob Greathouse who was among the massacre’s victims.
L to R: WVSSAR color guard commander Ed Cromley, Fort Henry Chapter president Jay Frey, McMechen mayor Gregg Wolfe, VPG Bob Fish, WVSSAR president Bill Lester
Fort Henry Commemoration Speaker Series, August 31, 2017
Pictured at the Capitol Theatre, starting point for the Fort Henry first siege “Walk and Talk” are L to R: Jay Frey, president Fort Henry Chapter; Debi Smith, regent Wheeling Chapter DAR; Debbie Jones, site manager WV Independence Hall and Randall Reid-Smith, Commissioner WV Div. of Culture & History. (Photo by Margeret Brennan)
Fort Laurens Memorial Service, July 29, 2017
Pictured at the July 29, 2017 Fort Laurens Memorial Service, l. to r. Bob Grumbling, Point Pleasant Chapter, Bill Lester, WVSSAR president, Bob Fish, VPG Central District, Jay Frey, president Fort Henry Chapter, Rich Greathouse, president Daniel Boone Chapter (photo by Calvin Hannah)
Patriot Thomas Brownlee Grave Marking Ceremony, May 20, 2017
Fort Henry Chapter member Mark Welsh honored his patriot ancestor by installing a military grave marker from the Veterans Administration at Old South Buffalo United Presbyterian Church cemetery north of Claysville, Pa. The ceremony was conducted by the George Washington Chapter (Washington, Pa.). Among the attendees were Fort Henry Chapter genealogists Gary Auber and Glenn White, along with president Jay Frey and compatriot David Ervin of Morgantown, who along with Gary Timmons, participated in the color guard. Compatriot Timmons is a member of the George Washington Chapter and a dual member of the Fort Henry Chapter and the Ebenezer Zane Chapter (St. Clairsville, OH). He organizes color guards for the local chapters.
Color Guard at the grave marking included members of the General Anthony Wayne, George Washington, Ebenezer Zane and Fort Henry Chapters.
WVSSAR 90th Annual Dinner and Meeting, April 21 & 22, 2017
The Fort Henry Chapter hosted the 90th annual dinner and meeting of the West Virginia State Society on April 21 and 22. The dinner was held at the W.E. Stone Memorial Clubhouse, Wheeling Park. Guest speaker at the dinner was David T. Javersak, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of History and Dean Emeritus, College of Liberal Arts, West Liberty University. His topic was “A Revolution of Principles.” On behalf of the WVSSAR, Central District Vice President General Thomas L. Payne presented Dr. Javersak with the Silver Citizenship Medal and Certificate in recognition of his contributions to the state’s knowledge and appreciation of history.
The annual meeting location was the historic Federal Courtroom located in West Virginia Independence Hall, 1528 Market Street in Wheeling.
Fort Henry Chapter Secretary-Treasurer Dale Smith receives a commendation for his work from WVSSAR president Bill Lester
WVSSAR Officers, l. to r.: 2nd VP and Fort Henry Chapter president Jay Frey, 1st VP and Secretary-Treasurer Joe Khare, VPG Central District Tom Payne, WVSSAR president Bill Lester
Fort Henry Chapter members at the annual dinner (l. to r.) Alden McBee, pres. Jay Frey, Gary Timmons, secretary-treasurer Dale Smith, genealogist Gary Auber, vice pres. Dave McIntire
WVDAR regent Mindy Davis with WVSSAR president Bill Lester at the annual dinner
Vice President General Thomas L. Payne presents the Silver Citizenship Award to guest speaker David T. Javersak, Ph.D. on behalf of the WVSSAR
Wheeling City Council meeting, January 3, 2017
Fort Henry Day Proclamation presentation
(Left to right) Chapter secretary-treasurer Dale Smith, member Gary Timmons, Jessica and Emily Keller of Fort Henry Days Living History, chapter president Jay Frey and chapter genealogist Gary Auber
Fort Henry Chapter/Wheeling Chapter NSDAR Holiday Luncheon, December 14, 2016
Pictured at the Holiday Luncheon are (l to r) Compatriot Gary W. Timmons, Bronze Citizenship Awardee David M. Weaver and chapter president Jay Frey. Timmons nominated Wheeling businessman and community volunteer Dave Weaver for the award.
(L to R) Chapter genealogist Gary Auber with his grandson Colin Gabriel Ladd who was inducted as a junior member, with chapter president Jay Frey
New Compatriot Samuel Louis White of Wellsburg and his sponsor Gary Auber
Junior member Colin Ladd gives the tricorn a try…dashing!
Naturalization Ceremony, November 4, 2016
Pictured at the Naturalization Ceremony reception are Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenburg, Chapter genealogist Gary Auber and Judge Stamp
Fourteen new citizens were sworn in by Senior Federal Judge Frederick P. Stamp, Jr. on November 4 in the Federal Courtroom in Wheeling. Compatriot Gary Timmons and Wheeling Chapter DAR regent Debi Smith delivered remarks. The guest speaker was Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenburg, president of Bethany College. The Fort Henry Chapter was represented by chapter genealogist Gary Auber.
Five New Compatriots Inducted at Chapter Meeting and Program, September 24, 2016
Our fall meeting was held in the Waddington Room at historic Oglebay Mansion. A tour of the Oglebay Mansion Museum led by curator Holly McCluskey followed an interesting and entertaining program presentation on the Occupants of Fort Henry by Compatriot Gary W. Timmons.
Oglebay Mansion was built in 1846 and acquired by Col. Earl W. Oglebay in 1900. Among the interesting artifacts that Holly pointed out are a pair of lanterns owned by Maj. Samuel McColloch, a Frederick Faris painting depicting the Second Siege of Fort Henry and a chest of drawers that belonged to Betty Zane. Oglebay Mansion Museum is the crown jewel of the Oglebay Institute and respository of many artifacts associated with Wheeling history. Special thanks to Museum director Christin Byrum for facilitating our meeting arrangements and tour.
Five new compatriots were inducted and welcomed into the Society. Congratulations to Kevin Chad Baker, Leo Francis Bolden, Shawn Patrick Kinneer, junior members Braedon Michael Wright and Logan Anthony Wright, grandsons of chapter genealogist J. Gary Auber.
(l to r) Chapter genealogist Gary Auber, Braedon Wright, chapter president Jay Frey and Logan Wright.
Tour of historic Stone Presbyterian Church Cemetery, September 8, 2016
Chapter president Jay Frey, chapter genealogist Gary Auber and Compatriot Gary Timmons led a tour of Stone Church Cemetery for the Wheeling Young Preservationists. Nineteen Patriots including two Revolutionary War colonels – David Shepherd and Moses C. Chapline – are interred in the cemetery. For photos of the tour click on this link: Stone Church Thanks to Joanne Sullivan for taking the photos of the tour and for posting them on the Wheeling Young Preservationists and Friends of Wheeling Facebook pages.
Fort Henry Days Living History, Wheeling, September 3 & 4, 2016
Perfect late summer weather over Labor Day Weekend drew a large number of reenactors and spectators to Fort Henry Days Living History at Site One at Oglebay Park.
Members of the Fort Henry, Ebenezer Zane and George Washington Chapters joined forces to offer membership information and research materials to Fort Henry Days visitors. The Wheeling Chapter NSDAR also had a strong presence at the two-day living history event.
A combined SAR color guard opened the battle reenactment by presenting the colors for the singing of the National Anthem. The eight colorguardsmen included Jay Frey, (Fort Henry Chapter), Rick Greathouse (Daniel Boone Chapter), Bob Grumbling (Point Pleasant Chapter), Ron Miller and Gary Timmons (George Washington Chapter, PA), Larry Perkins, Merle Tomlinson and Bob Tomlinson (Ebenezer Zane Chapter, OH).
Among the visitors to Fort Henry Days were WVSSAR president Bill Lester and his wife, Ann.
Combined Color Guard: Fort Henry, Ebenezer Zane, George Washington, Daniel Boone & Point Pleasant Chapters (photo by Kari Cooper)
Wreath Laying Ceremony, Fort Laurens, Bolivar, Ohio, July 30, 2016
Chapter president Jay Frey and chapter genealogist Gary Auber represented the Fort Henry Chapter at the annual wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Revolutionary War Soldier. Compatriot Gary Timmons participated as member of the color guard.
Chapter president Jay Frey and chapter genealogist Gary Auber lay the Fort Henry Chapter wreath
WVSSAR Color Guard, left to right: Gary Timmons (George Washington PASSAR, Ebenezer Zane OHSSAR and Fort Henry Chapters); John Sauer, Rick Greathouse; Bill Lester; Bob Grumbling
WVSSAR participants at Fort Laurens: left to right Jay Frey (Fort Henry Chapter); John Sauer (Point Pleasant Chapter); Rick Greathouse (Daniel Boone Chapter); Bob Grumbling (Point Pleasant Chapter), Gary Auber (Fort Henry Chapter); Bill Lester (Capt. Ralph Stewart Chapter)
Participants at the Fort Laurens monument
Firing the salute
Parade of the Colors (WVSSAR president Bill Lester is in the foreground in green tunic)
Eight new Compatriots Inducted at Meeting and Program, June 11, 2016
The chapter met in historic First Presbyterian Church, the oldest structure in downtown Wheeling, completed in 1825.
Church Elder John Hazlett toured our group through the sanctuary and the Memorial Room, providing insights into the many beautiful features of the building and the history of the church.
The business meeting and program followed in Fellowship Hall. Eight of ten new compatriots were inducted into the Society by special guest Bill Lester, president of the WVSSAR.
Chapter officers were elected and then installed by President Lester.
A program was presented by noted historian David Javersak entitled “Why Paul Revere Rode.”
A number of compatriots enjoyed luncheon after the meeting in the Victorian Room of the River City Ale House.
New Compatriots, row 1: Fort Henry Chapter president Jay Frey, Glen Baker, Jr., Ray Baker, Keith Baker, Bill Crowl, Bob Mead, WVSSAR president Bill Lester; row 2: Glen Baker, III, Michael Traubert, Bob McColloch (not pictured: Kevin Baker, Shawn Kinneer and Michael Joseph who were unable to attend)
Chapter president Jay Frey with guest speaker David Javersak and WVSSAR president Bill Lester
Pictured at the luncheon following the June 11 meeting are (L to R) Rick Greathouse, president, Daniel Boone Chapter, Bill Lester, president, WVSSAR and Jay Frey, president, Fort Henry Chapter
Fort Henry Chapter officers: WVSSAR president Bill Lester, chapter president Jay Frey, vice president Dave McIntire, secretary-treasurer Dale Smith, registrar Brian Crawford, genealogist Gary Auber (not pictured genealogist Glenn White and chancellor George Spillers)
100th Anniversary Wheeling Chapter, DAR, May 14, 2016
Fort Henry Chapter president Jay Frey presented Wheeling Chapter DAR regent Joan McClelland with the Martha Washington medal and certificate for her outstanding support of the SAR.
Pictured with Regent Joan McClelland are color guardsmen Gary Timmons (Geo. Washington & Fort Henry Chapters), Bob Tomlinson (Ebenezer Zane Chapter), Jay Frey (Fort Henry Chapter) & Merle Tomlinson (Ebenezer Zane Chapter)
Wheeling Chapter DAR and West Virginia DAR officers
Fort Henry Compatriot Honored at WVSSAR Annual Meeting
Fort Henry Compatriot David G. McIntire (right) receives the WVSSAR Meritorious Service Award from Central District Vice President General Robert P. Cunningham, April 23, 2016.
Dave, one of our two chapter genealogists, was recognized by WVSSAR president-elect Bill Lester for his work on behalf of the State Society in researching the Tetrick Collection’s status and accessibility at the West Virginia University Library.
Joint DAR/SAR Holiday Luncheon, December 16, 2015
Five new Compatriots Inducted
At the Joint Holiday Luncheon of the Wheeling Chapter, DAR and the Fort Henry Chapter, SAR five new Compatriots were welcomed into the Fort Henry Chapter membership. Fifty-one guests enjoyed a fine meal and a photographic presentation of Wheeling images from 1915 by vice regent Jeanne Finstein, and a history of Edemar Mansion, now the Stifel Fine Arts Center, by site director Rick Morgan. Guests contributed toys for families of local veterans.
Stifel Fine Arts Center formerly Edemar Mansion, built by Edward W. Stifel, Sr. 1910-14
Compatriot John A. Hargleroad, III
Patriot Ancestor Conrad Plasterer
Sponsor Gary W. Timmons
Compatriot Robert Noel Foreman Patriot Ancestor Thomas Atkinson Sponsor Gary W. Timmons
Compatriot John Franklin Gilbert, III
Patriot Ancestor William Howe
Sponsor Robert B. Fish, Jr.
Compatriot Stephen Clifford Love, MD Patriot Ancestor Ebenezer Brady Sponsor Brian L. Crawford
Compatriot Mark Edwin Welsh
Patriot Ancestor Thomas Brownlee
Sponsor Gary W. Timmons
Battle Days, Point Pleasant, WV, October 4, 2015
Pictured in the SAR color guard at Battle Days, October 4, 2015, are Compatriots Gary Timmons (bearing the Pennsylvania state flag) and Merle Tomlinson, president of the Ebenezer Zane Chapter, St. Clairsville, OH (bearing the green and white chapter flag)
Monument commemorating the Battle of Point Pleasant
Chapter president Jay Frey pictured with NSSAR President General Tom Lawrence, Battle Days, Point Pleasant, October 4, 2015. Frey placed a wreath at the memorial service on behalf of the chapter.
Color Guard, US Army 116th Brigade Combat Team, successors of the August Co. Militia who fought at the Battle of Point Pleasant, October 10, 1774, pictured at the memorial service, Battle Days, Point Pleasant, WV, October 4, 2015
Tour of Shepherd Hall (Monument Place), September 19, 2015
Compatriot John Edward Osborne is inducted into the chapter at historic Monument Place, September 19, 2015
Mrs. Jeanne S. Carter and chapter genealogist David G. McIntire presented a program on Col. David Shepherd and Moses and Lydia Boggs Shepherd, and a tour of historic Monument Place, September 19, 2015
Fort Laurens Wreath Laying, Bolivar, Ohio, July 25, 2015
Fort Henry Chapter genealogist Compatriot J. Gary Auber lays a wreath on the chapter’s behalf.
Fort Laurens participants; Compatriot J. Gary Auber is at the far right of the photograph.
Fort Henry Chapter Organizational Dinner, Ocober 23, 2014
Pictured at the Fort Henry Chapter organizational dinner are chapter president Jay Frey, First Lady Billie S. Brock and NSSAR President General Lindsay C. Brock, October 23, 2014, Wilson Lodge, Oglebay Resort, Wheeling.
Charter member David H. McKinley with Junior Member Davey McKinley and Annie McKinley
Wheeling DAR Chapter vice regent Jeanne Finstein, Charter member Dr. Dan Joseph and Debbie Joseph
Guests Larry Perkins, Ebenezer Zane Chapter; Vickie Robinson and W. Anthony Robinson, Vice President General, Central District
Guests Joan M. McClelland, regent, Wheeling Chapter NSDAR; Cheryl Brown, Pack Horse Chapter, NSDAR, 2nd vice regent, WVDAR
Combined Color Guard, left to right: Don Brown, Capt. James Neal Chapter (WV); Larry Perkins, Ebenezer Zane Chapter (OH); NSSAR President General Lindsay C. Brock; Gary Timmons, George Washington Chapter (PA); Ted Cox and Ronald Barnes, Capt. James Neal Chapter (WV); Jack Coles, Point Pleasant Chapter (WV)
WVSSAR president Steven D. Hart presents the Chapter Charter to president Jay Frey at the organizational dinner.
Installation of chapter officers, left to right: George L. Spillers, chancellor; Brian L. Crawford, registrar; L. Dale Smith, II, secretary-treasurer; David G. McIntire, genealogist; J. Gary Auber; genealogist, Jay Frey, president