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