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Spring 2018

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SPRING 2018 27 Fox Valley compatriots in uniform were Fox Valley Color Guard Commander Jon Fixmer (below, with tricorn) and ILSSAR Color Guard Commander Mike Campagnolo. Also present was Fox Valley Chapter President Harry Reineke IV (with bow tie). General Joseph Bartholomew Chapter With shock, sadness and a heavy heart, the General Joseph Bartholomew Chapter received notification of the death of William T. Anderson in Leesburg, Florida on Dec. 7, 2017. Anderson was a charter member of the chapter, charted on Oct. 21, 1975, and a relative of Gen. Bartholomew. He was supportive and encouraging of our chapter and, over the years, served the chapter in many roles, including president and vice president. In 2016, he received the chapter's Good Citizenship Certificate for his 40 years of devoted leadership and service. He is survived by his wife, Norita, two children and two grandchildren. Lewis and Clark Chapter Fifty-five members of the Holy Family Parish at Cahokia, Illinois served the American side during the Revolutionary War, John Reed recently told members of the Lewis & Clark Chapter. Speaking at the SAR chapter's Presidents Day dinner at Lotta Watta Creek in Fairview Heights, Reed, the church historian whose family has been part of the parish since 1740, said that the names of those Revolutionary War veterans are inscribed on a plaque near the cross on the parish grounds, where the men are buried. Priests from Quebec came to the Cahokia area in 1698, Reed said. They continued down the Mississippi River as far as Arkansas but came back in January 1699 and began to build a small log church. "That church was finished and dedicated May 14, 1699, which makes Holy Family the oldest continuous Catholic parish in the United States. There are a couple parishes that began before us, but at one time or another they were suppressed as parishes." The church on the grounds today dates from 1799, Reed continued. It is recognized as a National Historic Landmark. "The building we have now is about 85 feet long and about 35 feet wide. The first one was one-third the size of that one." The construction is post-on-sill, Reed said. "It means you put a rock ledge all around, you put a flat board on top of it, and then you put the logs upright, as opposed to what we see in log cabins. This is a particular French style of building." The French cut timbers for the church from black walnut trees that were standing on the grounds, according to Reed. "These beams were standing as living trees the last time, before last year, that there was a total solar eclipse. That was 575 years ago. These trees were alive when Columbus came to the New World." The mortar that fills the gaps between the posts is composed of sand, dirt, rock, pig hair, horse hair, human hair—anything that will stick together, Reed said. George Rogers Clark came to Cahokia in the summer of 1778, during the Revolutionary War, with two purposes, Reed said. First, he was to convince the large gathering of about 5,000 Native Americans in the area to fight on the Colonists' side, or at least to not fight for the British. "Eventually, Clark convinced them to not fight at all. The other thing Clark was supposed to do was to recruit as many members as possible of our parish to fight with the Colonists. Quite a few did join up and march with him to Vincennes and eventually to Detroit." Clark was at Cahokia eight days, Reed said. He had only eight militiamen with him, and he housed these men in a stone building behind the original Holy Family church. The building, which had been the priest's home, was about 20 feet long and 15 feet wide. It had been abandoned for many years, and most of the roof was gone. "To impress the English, Clark named the building Fort Bowman," Reed said. "It was the westernmost fort of the American Revolution." What's left of Fort Bowman lies under the altar in the present church and can still be seen through a trapdoor, Reed said, adding that the parish intends to install a Plexiglass panel in the floor to make viewing more convenient. The parish has established a museum for artifacts of its 319-year history. These items were stored for many years in cardboard boxes in the basement of the rectory. "One of the first things we found was a Bible that was printed in Paris in 1564," Reed said. "We didn't even know we had this. We also have the original chalice the priest used for Mass that came with the missionaries from Quebec, so we know that's at least 1698." The parish loaned the chalice to Pope John Paul II to use in the Mass at the Edward Jones Dome when he came to St. Louis in 1999, Reed said. For more information about Holy Family Parish, including visiting hours for its church and museum, visit www. . Springfield Chapter Springfield Chapter President Drew Robinson presented the SAR Law Enforcement Medal and Certificate to Chatham Police Officer Ryan Pearce on Dec. 12, 2017. The presentation took place at the Chatham Village Trustees meeting. Officer Pearce's wife, Kim, and Illinois SAR President Toby Chamberlain took part in the award presentation before a standing-room-only crowd. Officer Pearce is a member of a Homeland Security National Law Enforcement Task Force that uses the internet to catch sexual predators. IOWA SOCIETY The Iowa SAR Board of Managers approved Jodi Ann Freet, Iowa DAR State Registrar 2016-18, Iowa C.A.R. Senior State Registrar 2016-18, for the Martha Washington Medal. The Iowa Society is proud of our working relationships with the DAR and C.A.R. and is grateful for the many potential applicants that both of these organizations send our way. Recently, Freet was instrumental in assisting in the approval of three new members—Alan, Mark and Ronald Hughes. What makes these three new compatriots unique is

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