Fox Valley Chapter 2004 Photos & Events


This page contains the 2004 Fox Valley SAR photo gallery and a listing of our events. The photos are shown in reverse chronological order followed by the chapters events.

There are additional 2004 photos. For example, there are 12 photos of the grave marking commemoration of Revolutionary War soldier, John Gowdy, and 6 photos of the wreath laying ceremony for Revolutionary War soldier John Cook.

Finally, check the Activities section for some additional 2004 photos.

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Photos from Dinner Meeting at the Hilton Hotel in Naperville on November, 21 2004:

Social Time Stephanie Taylor On the left: Members and guests take advantage of social time prior to meeting. On the right: Stefanie Taylor of the CAR with her dad on the left and John Ruskamp. Stefanie gave a talk and photo show on the just opened WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Bruce Talbot and Son Lombard Group On the left: Board Member Bruce Talbot and son Skip. Bruce manages our Law Enforcement Commendation program. On the right: Lombard Village President William Mueller, Don Parrish, medal winner Officer Jerry O'Meara and Ray Byrne, Lombard Chief of Police.
Win Williams Chuck Win Ken Don On the left, Win Williams, Editor of the SAR Magazine, gave a talk on George Washington at Fort Necessity. On the right, Program Organizer & Chapter Officer Chuck Sener, Win Williams, ILSSAR President Ken Griswold and Chapter President Don Parrish pose for camera.

Photos from Cantigny on October 9, 2004:

Group Photo Camp Scene On the left: A group photo on a crisp bright blue October day. Later the whole Vasquez family arrived. On the right: A typical camp scene. There were several dozen tents. Men, women and children were in costume. The re-enactors camp out at Cantigny the whole weekend.
British Marching British Firing On the left, part of the British contingent marching toward the field of battle. About 100 re-enactors were involved. On the right, the British fire at our Revolutionary soldiers. Cantigny has a large flat field so it is hard to capture the whole scene.

Photos from the 114th Congress of the ILSSAR in Springfield on May 8, 2004

Bradley, Parrish and Dyrud Long Knife Chapter On the left: Ken Griswold took this classic shot of Stephen Bradley, Don Parrish and John Dyrud at the Fox Valley dinner meeting on April 18th. On the right: the Long Knife Chapter receives their chapter charter and flag set at the end of the business meeting.
Hutson,Neet and Griswold Jane Bradley On the left, Knight Essay Award winner Michael Hutson receives his award from Duane Neet as new President Ken Griswold claps. On the right, Jane Bradley receives the Martha Washington award as her husband, President Stephen Bradley, presents her with a bouquet.

Award Given at the CAR Presidential Banquet in Arlington, Virginia on April 24, 2004:

SAR Traveling Banner Award Past President of the Illinois Society of the Children of the American Revolution, John H. Ruskamp, received this prestigious award from the SAR president at the 2004 National CAR Convention in Arlington, Virginia. The SAR Traveling Banner award is presented to the State Society of the CAR which transferred the most new members to the SAR in the past year.

Photos from Dinner Meeting at the Hyatt Hotel in Lisle on April 18, 2004:

Don Parrish Burton Showers Fox Valley Chapter President Don Parrish greets the 33 members and guests, and points out that today is the 229th anniversary of Paul Revere's ride. Chuck Sener included Longfellow's poem in the program. ILSSAR Historian Burton Showers explains the terrible conditions that the American POWs from the War of 1812 lived in while in the Dartmoor Prison in England. He led the project to memorialize the more than 200 who died there with two stone markers containing all of their names.

Officer take Pledge Bruce Talbot and John Ruskamp Chapter Officers Chuck Sener, Mike Johnston, Don Parrish, Robert Baird and John Ruskamp take the oath of office from ILSSAR President Stephen Bradley. Here Don receives the President's gavel. New Member Bruce Talbot receives a rosette from Registrar John Ruskamp.

Mike Johnston and the Nickells Family Men in Uniform Chapter VP and Historian Mike Johnston presents a Medal and Certificate to recognize top Eagle Scout Chris Nickells in his parents presence. Stephen Bradley, Chris Nickells, Don Parrish and NSSAR VP John Dyrud pose with a Nickell's family heirloom used in the Revolution.

Photos from the Children of the American Revolution convention in Naperville on March 6, 2004:

Jim Liptrap and Bob Baird Jim Liptrap and Don Parrish Fox Valley Chapter Organizing President Jim Liptrap, who now lives in Spring Texas, with another original Chapter member from 1982 and current Chapter Treasurer Bob Baird. Jim was also photographed with the current Fox Valley Chapter President, Don Parrish.


2004 Events - Fox Valley Chapter

Here was the schedule of chapter events in 2004. Clicking on the location, links you to the MapQuest web site for details on how to reach that location.

Photos from these events are available in the Photo Gallery.

  • April 18th - "Spring Dinner Meeting" - Hyatt Hotel in Lisle.
    The featured talk will be by Burton Showers, the Historian of the ILSSAR on American POWs from the War of 1812 who died in England in Dartmoor prison. There will be remarks by Stephen Bradley, President of the ILSSAR. In addition, a medal will be presented to the Outstanding Eagle Scout and Fox Valley officers will be installed for 2004 thru 2005.
    All SAR, DAR and CAR members and their guests are welcome to attend!!
    5:00 - 5:30pm Cocktails
    5:30 - 6:30pm Dinner
    6:30 - 7:00pm Installation of Officers and remarks by President Stephen Bradley
    7:00 - 7:30pm Recognition of Eagle Scout Christopher Nickell
    7:30 - 8:30pm Guest Speaker Burton Showers, ILSSAR Historian
    8:30 - 9:00pm Social time
    The cost for dinner is $30.00 for adults and $12.00 for children.
    Make checks payable to: Fox Valley Chapter, SAR and mail to:
            Dorothy Morriss
            900 Hill Ave.
            Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

  • July 3rd at 1:30 - "Marking of Patriot Grave" - East Batavia Cemetery in Batavia
    Our chapter will join the Kane County Genealogical Society, the DAR, the City of Batavia and the Batavia Historical Society to honor the memory of John Gowdy, a soldier of the Revolution. A memorial stone will be dedicated by his original grave stone. All Fox Valley chapter members will want to make an extra effort to attend this very special event. For more details contact, Mike Johnston, the Chapter VP and Historian.

  • October 9th - "Revolutionary War Battle Recreation" - Cantigny Park in Winfield
    This is the classic opportunity to see how Revolutionary War soldiers lived in camp and see a re-creation of a battle with over 100 re-enactors. We will have an informal picnic starting at noon and concluding by 1:00pm. This will give us time to explore the encampment and see the battle around 2pm. You are welcome to bring friends and family. There is no cost for this event except for the parking fee at Cantigny Park. To find the Fox Valley SAR compatriots take the left (north) parking lot and drive to the end (east). We will have a picnic table with the SAR table flags. To see a map (pdf file) of Cantigny, click here. This is a great opportunity to meet fellow compatriots and to see a recreation of a battle of the Revolutionary War. You can either bring food and drink with you or you can purchase them at Cantigny. See you there.

  • November 21st - "Fall Dinner Meeting" - Skylight Rooom at the Holiday Inn in Naperville.
    The featured talk will be by Win Williams, the Editor of the SAR Magazine. Win is an interesting speaker with a vast knowledge of the SAR and the Revolutionary War period.
    All SAR, DAR and CAR members and their guests are welcome to attend!!
    5:00 - 5:40pm Cocktails and social time
    5:40 - 6:45pm Dinner
    6:45 - 7:10pm Welcoming comments and Chapter overview
    7:10 - 7:15pm Presentation of Law Enforcement Medal
    7:15 - 7:30pm Visit to WWII Memorial by Stefanie Aven Taylor of the CAR
    7:30 - 8:30pm Guest Speaker Win Williams, Editor of the SAR Magazine
    8:30 - 9:00pm Social time
    The cost for dinner is $30.00 for adults and $16.00 for children 12 and under.
    Make checks payable to: Fox Valley Chapter, SAR and mail to:
            Dorothy Morriss
            900 Hill Ave.
            Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

2004 Events - National and Illinois SAR

Here are some of the events of the NSSAR and the ILSSAR scheduled in 2004 and 2005. Go to their websites (National SAR or Illinois SAR) for more details.

  • May 7 and 8, 2004 - Annual State Meeting - in Springfield
    Springfield Hilton, 700 East Adams, (217) 789-1530
  • July 3 thru 7, 2004 - NSSAR National Congress - in Pittsburgh
  • August 20 and 21, 2004 - Board of Managers Meeting - in Decatur
    Decatur Holiday Inn Select, U.S. route 36 West & Wyckles Road, (217) 422-8800
  • November 5 and 6, 2004 - Board of Managers Meeting - in Bloomington
    Bloomington Radisson Hotel, 10 Brickyard Drive, (309) 664-6446