April 23, 2021 WVSSAR Awards Dinner, Parkersburg Country Club
At the annual awards dinner, Eagle Scout Ethan Robey received his trophy, medal, certificate and $100 prize from WVSSAR president John Turley and his medal, patch and certificate from Fort Henry Chapter president Jay Frey. Ethan submitted the state’s winning essay in the Arthur M. and Berdena King Eagle Scout Essay Contest.
December 18, 2019 DAR/SAR Holiday Luncheon
The annual holiday luncheon was held at the Stifel Fine Arts Center. Guest speaker was Travis Henline, museum project manager with Wheeling Heritage who spoke about his work on the feasibility of creating a Wheeling Heritage Center.
New member Andrew P. Gamble, a student at American University in Washington, DC, was inducted at the meeting.
Chapter president Jay Frey awarded the Martha Washington Medal to Wheeling DAR Chapter regent Debi Smith in recognition of her outstanding service to the Fort Henry Chapter. In particular Debi was acknowledged for her leadership in partnering with the Fort Henry Chapter for the 2017 Fort Henry Commemorative Speaker Series, the Foreman’s Massacre memorial service on September 1, 2017 and the Zane memorial service on September 7, 2019, part of the Wheeling 250 observance.
President Frey was honored by Compatriot Gary W. Timmons with the Silver Citizenship Award given by the George Washington Chapter, Washington, PA. Frey was recognized for his leadership of the Wheeling 250 Committee.
Wheeling 250 Parade, September 7, 2019
Zane Memorial Service, September 7 , 2019
Pictured above is the Color Guard comprised of SAR members from the following chapters:
Benjamin Franklin, Columbus; OH
Capt. James Neal, Parkersburg, WV
Col. James Wood II, Winchester, VA
Ebenezer Zane, St. Clairsville, OH
Fort Henry Chapter, Wheeling, WV
Gen. Adam Stephen, Martinsburg, WV
George Washington, Washington, PA
Hocking Valley, Hocking Co., OH
Point Pleasant, WV
Compatriot Larry Perkins served as color guard commander and Compatriot Ed Cromley was commander of the musket unit.
Also participating in the ceremony were the Pack Horse Ford DAR of Martinsburg, WV and the Wheeling Chapter DAR, which co-hosted the event with the Fort Henry Chapter.
Fort Henry Days, August 31, 2019
Color Guardsmen from three states and six chapters presented the colors at the 21st annual Fort Henry Days.
Fort Laurens Memorial Service, July 28, 2018
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.
Flag Commendation Awarded to City of Benwood
June 18, 2018
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.
Flag Dedication, Ohio County Public Library, June 14, 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.
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.
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 2018 Wreath Laying Ceremony
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 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.
DAR/SAR Holiday Luncheon and Member Induction, December 13, 2017
At the annual Wheeling Chapter DAR and Fort Henry Chapter SAR holiday luncheon four new compatriots were inducted into the Society.
The event was held at the Stifel Fine Arts Center. Guest speaker Ted Duddra gave a presentation about Fort Laurens, Ohio’s only Revolutinary War fortification, located in Bolivar. The luncheon was catered by DAR member Debi Smith and her husband, Greg who is pictured below.
125th Anniversary, Washington Co., PA Chapter, DAR, October 7, 2017
Color Guardsmen from the Fort Henry, Ebenezer Zane and George Washington Chapters posted the colors at the 125th celebration of the founding of the DAR chapter of Washington County.
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.
Fort Henry Days 20th Anniversary, September 2 – 3, 2017
Foreman’s Massacre 240th Anniversary Memorial Service, September 1, 2017
Fort Henry Commemoration Speaker Series, August 31, 2017
Fort Laurens Memorial Service, July 29, 2017
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.
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.
Wheeling City Council meeting, January 3, 2017
Fort Henry Day Proclamation presentation
Fort Henry Chapter/Wheeling Chapter NSDAR Holiday Luncheon, December 14, 2016
Naturalization Ceremony, November 4, 2016
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.
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.
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.
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.
100th Anniversary Wheeling Chapter, DAR, May 14, 2016
Fort Henry Compatriot Honored at WVSSAR Annual Meeting
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.
Battle Days, Point Pleasant, WV, October 4, 2015
Tour of Shepherd Hall (Monument Place), September 19, 2015
Fort Laurens Wreath Laying, Bolivar, Ohio, July 25, 2015
Fort Henry Chapter Organizational Dinner, October 23, 2014