By Compatriot George Stewart, Chapter Historian

ErtelMr. Earl E. Ertel was one of the leading young business men of Clermont County, Ohio, who attained more than local prominence in both commercial and political circles. He was a man of versatile talent, whose business activity and energy combined with great intellectual ability, was the salient features of his successful career. Mr. Ertel was a member of the mercantile firm of Flinn & Ertel, of Loveland, Ohio, this association having existed for many years. He was also connected with the Reading Iron Company, of Reading, Pa., as a salesman, with offices in the Pickering Building, in Cincinnati. Mr. Ertel , in addition to his many other business interests, did some journalistic work for the local papers and for the “Commercial Tribune.” He was a native of Clermont county, his birth having occurred in Loveland, Ohio, June 13, 1883, and was the son of Benjamin F. and Erma (Prather) Ertel. Mr. Earl Ertel was a descendant of German ancestors, his paternal great-great-grandfather, who was a noted physician, was born in Germany, and came to America when a young man, locating in Pennsylvania. On June 21, 1911 he was united in marriage to Miss Mabel B. Blair of Madisonville, Ohio. She was the daughter of William H. Blair, former Hamilton County Commissioner. Mr. Ertel, as an intelligent citizen, always took an active interest in politics, giving his support to the Democratic party. In 1913 he was elected to the office of State Representative in the Ohio General Assembly. Fraternally, Mr. Ertel was a member of Masonic order of Loveland and the Modern Woodsmen of America. He was also a member of the Loveland Board of Education, and took an active interest in school affairs. He was a regular attendant of the Methodist church and gave liberally to the support of that denomination. He became a member of the Sons of the American Revolution in 1930 and was elected the Cincinnati Chapter President in 1936. His application indicates he had no children. Mr. Ertel passed away due to a heart attack in 1937. He had a younger sister, Alma M. (Ertel) Walker. She married Dr. O.D Walker and the had one child, Maxine. When Maxine Walker passed away in 1984, her will had a specific bequest that directed $12,500 be given to the Cincinnati Chapter SAR in memory of Earl E. Ertel. Due to complexities in settling the estate, the Cincinnati Chapter did not receive the money until May 1986. Jesse Andrews, then the Chapter’s Finance Committee Chairman, worked with Nolan Carson (lawyer, past president and soon to be President General) and thought it best to allow the Finance Committee to make decisions on how the fund would be used. They also decided that “only the interest/dividends generated from the invested principle be used for worthy purposes.” The management of the fund has changed over the years but eventually became codified in the Chapter’s Constitution and By-Laws.

Sources: History of Clermont and Brown Counties, Ohio Volume ll 1913, and credit go to Col. (Ret) Don McGraw Jr. for his research and guidance.

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Cincinnati SAR receives top awards at 2018 Ohio Society Meeting

The Cincinnati Chapter received many of the top awards at the recent Ohio Society SAR Annual Meeting in Dublin, Ohio. These awards are truly a testament to the dedication, hard work and commitment of the compatriots of this outstanding chapter.

Chapter awards received were the First Place Membership Award and the Distinguished Chapter Streamer. The chapter also received first place awards in three youth contest categories: The Americanism Elementary School Poster Contest; The Sgt. Moses Adams Memorial Middle School Brochure Contest; and The George S. & Stella M. Knight Essay Contest. These three entries will represent the Ohio Society in the corresponding national contests at the National SAR Congress that will be held in Houston, Texas this coming July. Congratulations to Cincinnati Committee Chairmen Dr. Ralph Edgar Bonniwell and Zachary T. Haines for your hard work, dedication and your committees’ winning entries!

Several outstanding Cincinnati compatriots also received Individual honors. These awards included:
Donald C. McGraw, Jr.
-The Samuel Hubbard Scott Laureate Award
-Past State President Distinguished Service Pin

John H. Bredenfoerder
-The Patriot Medal
-The Silver Color Guard Medal
-The Spirit of Volunteerism Certificate

Michael B. Gunn
-The State Meritorious Service Medal

Turner Lee Wilkerson III
-The Silver Roger Sherman Medal
-The Spirit of Volunteerism Certificate

Michael J. Blum
-The Silver Roger Sherman Medal

Kenneth G. Carpenter
-The Silver Color Guard Medal

James D. Schaffer
-The Distinguished Service Certificate
-The Spirit of Volunteerism Certificate

Paul M. Wilke
-The Distinguished Service Certificate

Franz B. Ott
-The Third Place Sponsorship Certificate

Clayton L. Crandall
-A Sergeant Commission in the Fort Laurens Regiment

Huzzah! Huzzah! Huzzah! Cincinnati!

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May 11 2018 Naturalization Ceremony

Cincinnati SAR President Jack Bredenfoerder, Highlanders SAR President Ken Carpenter, Compatriot Jerry Knight and ladies of the Clough Valley and Cincinnati DAR chapters welcomed 68 new US Citizens at a naturalization ceremony held at St. Veronica’s School in Mt. Carmel on Friday, May 11th. The Honorable Stephanie K. Bowman officiated.


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Cincinnati SAR Awards JROTC Medal at Diamond Oaks High School

Michael B. Gunn, Ph.D.
Past President, Patriot Graves Chair CCSAR

The Cincinnati Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) presented a JROTC Certificate and Bronze Medal at the 2018 Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) Recognition Program.

The JROTC ceremony was held at the Diamond Oaks Career Center on Tuesday April 24 at 1700 hours.

Compatriot Michael Gunn in full Revolutionary War Era uniform to presented the bronze SAR JROTC medal and certificate to Army JROTC Cadet C/PFC Jonathan Carter.


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Former Cincinnati and Ohio Society President is named the Ohio Society SAR Samuel Hubbard Scott Laureate for 2018

Former Cincinnati and Ohio Society President, Colonel. (Ret.) Donald C. McGraw, Jr. was presented the Samuel Hubbard Scott Laureate Award at the Ohio Society’s annual meeting on Saturday, May 5th in Dublin, Ohio.

Colonel McGraw served with distinction as Cincinnati SAR President (2012, 2013, 2014) and Ohio Society President (2016, 2017). In his military career Colonel McGraw spent 14 months in 2005 and 2006 as the Director of Operations, CJ-3, for Combined Forces Command – Afghanistan and spent the remainder of his commissioned service as the Director for Afghanistan Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He retired from the U.S. Army in July 2009 and is currently the President and General Manager of Planet Products Corporation in Blue Ash, Ohio.

Established by the Ohio Society in 1979 the Samuel Hubbard Scott Laureate is the highest personal recognition bestowed by the Ohio Sons of the American Revolution. Presented at the Ohio Society’s Annual Meeting in the second quarter of the calendar year, the award is presented to the Ohio Society Member who has worked continuously to promote the Ohio Society and its mission of historic, educational and patriotic recognition of the American Revolution. The recipient is chosen by all living Laureates who review the service of selected nominees.

Congratulations Don!

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Live Oaks JROTC – Cadet Captain Chris Combs

Compatriot Daniel Schmitz presented Army Cadet Captain Chris Combs with the SAR JROTC Award at Live Oaks annual awards ceremony on May 2, 2018.

Congratulations Cadet Captain Combs!


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Hamilton High School JROTC – Cadet Henry Wysong

Compatriot Daniel Schmitz presented Navy Cadet Henry Wysong with the SAR JROTC Award at Hamilton High School’s annual awards ceremony on April 25, 2018.

Congratulations Cadet Wysong!


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