George Washington Chapter Leadership Discuss Memorial Sign Project on WJPA

December 2, 2021

George Washington Chapter President Kurt Winter and Ron Miller provided a radio interview on WJPA radio with Pete “I Got the Beat” Povich on Tuesday, October 5, 2021 to discuss the chapter’s Revolutionary War Soldier Memorial Sign Project.


November / December 2021 George Washington Chapter Newsletter

November 15, 2021

November / December 2021 Newsletter Highlights

  • The December 2021 chapter meeting at the Union Grill in Washington on Saturday, December 4, 2021 at 11:30 AM.
  • 2022 membership dues deadline is November 30, 2021.
  • Awards presented to Michael and Nancy Sippey, Dorothy Bewick, Robert Frazier, Michael Pattison, and Thomas Carson.
  • Ken Cherry presented a program on explorer Christopher Gist.
  • $10,000 grant received from the Washington County Community Foundation for the cemetery signs program.
  • New Compatriots welcomed, including Gary, Christopher, & Alan Coates; Bryan Cunning; Arthur & Alexander Boyd Keys; Brandon & Michael Kuhlman; John Mathues; Joel Zupancic; and Hunter & Fisher Haight.
  • Wreaths Across America will occur on Friday, December 17th from 3 until 5 PM; Saturday December 18th and Sunday December 19th from 9 AM until noon at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies.

September / October 2021 George Washington Chapter Newsletter

October 2, 2021

Photo by Matt Briney on Unsplash

September / October 2021 Newsletter Highlights

  • The October chapter meeting to be held at Breezy Heights Tavern on Saturday, October 16, 2021 at Noon. Reservations deadline is Friday, October 8, 2021.
  • The annual picnic was held on Saturday, August 21, 2021 in partnership with local CAR and DAR chapter members.
  • Newest Compatriot Mark Pearson is welcomed to the chapter.
  • 2022 SAR dues need to be paid by the end of November 2021.
  • The annual Wreath Across America ceremony will occur on Saturday, December 18, 2021 at Noon at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies.
  • The 2024 NSSAR Annual Congress will be held in Lancaster, PA.

George Washington Chapter Color Guard Participates in 2021 Fort Henry Days

September 27, 2021

The color guard of the George Washington chapter participated in the opening ceremonies of Fort Henry Days on Saturday, September 4, 2021 in Wheeling, WV.


2021 CAR, DAR, SAR Chapter Picnic

September 5, 2021

2021 Picnic attendees – Cross Creek County Park

Members of the Parkinson’s Ferry Society-C.A.R. hold the dessert cake that all shared at the joint picnic.

President Kurt Winter presents Everitt and Karl Meer with their 10 year membership pin and certificate.

Brenda Biearman, Karen Neubauer, Regent-Susan DeLost of the Washington County Chapter-DAR present $500.00 towards the cemetery sign project to Ron Miller.


July / August 2021 George Washington Chapter Newsletter

September 4, 2021
The George Washington Chapter Betsy Ross Flag flew over the Washington County Court House on Flag Day.

July / August 2021 Newsletter Highlights

  • Joint CAR / DAR / SAR picnic held at Cross Creek Park on Saturday, August 21, 2021
  • National Cemetery of the Alleghenies Director Edward Hajduk presented at the June chapter meeting
  • George Washington Chapter participated in the Whiskey Rebellion Festival on July 10, 2021
  • Ron Miller describes new Revolutionary War grave sign program
  • Michael Merryman presented with a Lafayette medal certificate and 20+ oak leaf clusters
  • Gary Timmons presented with the PASSAR Medal of Distinguished Service
  • Louis Edward (Tim) Thomassy, Jr. installed as a new chapter member
  • Passing of Compatriot Rev. Dr. Roger Raymond Fischer on July 1, 2021
  • New member Lucas Andy Hillebrand welcome to the chapter
  • Fort Henry Days will occur on Labor Day weekend in Wheeling, WV

2021 Wreaths Across America Donation

July 21, 2021

Chapter check presentation to Wreaths Across America from donations that were received when the WAA mobile exhibit was in Bridgeville, PA. From L-R: WAA Location Coordinator Brynnly Schwartz, Gary Timmons, and Ron Miller


George Washington Chapter Participates in 2021 Whiskey Rebellion Festival

July 19, 2021

From L-R: Chip Zelch, A. J. Swerbensky, Gary Timmons, Kurt Winter, Ron Miller & Michael Merryman


George Washington Chapter Participates in 2021 Claysville Memorial Day Parade

June 14, 2021

Chapter Member Roger Wissinger Discovers Patriot Ancestor

June 14, 2021

After researching my family’s connection to early American history, I discovered that my fourth great-grandfather, Ludwig Wissinger, was a Revolutionary War veteran and is buried in the private Wissinger Family Cemetery in Johnstown, PA. I visited his gravesite and placed a wreath on his grave marker during the Wreaths Across America event.

While in the Continental Army, he served with the 3rd Battalion German Regiment of Maryland under the command of Col. Nicholas Hussecker and with the 3rd Battalion Bedford County Militia. He fought in numerous major battles, including the Battles of Concord, Trenton, Princeton, Brandywine, Germantown, and Sullivan’s Campaign against the Iroquois Indians. He also served at Valley Forge in 1778 under the command of General George Washington.

He received his discharge on July 20, 1779, at the age of 23. Eighteen years later in 1797, Ludwig helped to clear 300 acres of wilderness in Cambria County. He worked with Joseph Jones to lay out the city of Johnstown, PA. He built a new house at what is now the corner of Bedford and Penrod Streets and gave land near his home for the first schoolhouse.

He expired on May 6, 1842, at the age of 86. Ludwig, his wife Susanna, and 17 family members are buried in the family cemetery at the corner of Riffith, Ruby, and Penrod Streets. This site is now a national historic landmark.

Roger Wissinger

Pennsylvania Society George Washington Chapter