James Robert Baird
James Ernest Ball
Thomas Daniel Brooks
Donald James Cope
Alonzo Leonard Lacey, Jr.
Scott Wesley Mitchell
Ethan Manuel Schumacher
Ronald E.H. Woodaman, PhD
November Service Anniversaries
Benjamin Crocker Works - 48yrs*
Junior Edens - 12yrs
James Simpson Cooper - 4yrs
Grant Alexander Cooper IV - 4yrs
Austin Trevor Martin - 1yr
Price Edward Martin - 1yr
William Travis Martin - 1yr
David Roy Wheeler - 1yr
23 Oct 2015 Warrenton, VA
Since the First Friday in Warrenton was rained out, the fourth weekend in October was chosen as a substitute. Friday evening President Bill Schwetke set up our display beneath the statue of John Marshall, next to the court house. Our camp was quickly overrun by re-enactors from the Hessian Regiment von Huyn under the command of Kapt'n Ben Williams, shown seated in the picture. President Schwetke was forced to sing songs in German celebrating the Hessian Regiment before he was paroled and allowed to distribute license plate applications.
25 Oct 2015 Warrenton, VA
Though there was no activity on Saturday, 24 Oct, on Sunday afternoon there was a Halloween Parade and a good crowd. More license plate applications were passed out and several people learned about the Culpeper Minutemen and the participation of local hero John Marshall.
21 OCt 2015 Culpeper, VA
A meeting was held in the Culpeper Tourism Office to discuss plans for a Culpeper Minutemen Statue as a center piece of a Revolutionary War Walk in Yowell Meadow Park. Lon Lacey and Bill Schwetke represented the CMM, Cat Schwetke represented the Fauquier Court House Chapter DAR, Karen Quaintance of the Culpeper Tourism Office also represented the Culpeper Minute Men Chapter of the DAR, and the meeting was chaired by Paige Read, Culpeper's Director of Tourism.
19 Oct 2015 Yorktown, VA
Today the SAR conducted a memorial service at the tomb of General Thomas Nelson in Yorktown, then marched in the Yorktown Victory Day Celebration. The SAR Color Guard had sixteen uniformed participants, including four members of the CMM: Mike Lyman, Andrew Lyngar, Lance Lyngar, and Bill Schwetke. Cat Schwetke also attended and took the pictures in this report.
SAR Color Guard Marches in the Parade at Yorktown. Front row, left to right: National Color Guard Commander Dave Hoover, Virginia SAR President Reverdy Wright, Virginia SAR Color Guard Commander Darrin Schmidt. CMM past President Lance Lyngar can be seen over President Wright's shoulder carrying a musket; the other CMM participants are hidden back in the ranks.
17 Oct 2015 Inn at Kelly's Ford, Remington, VA
The CMM 2015 Community Awards Meeting was held today at the Inn at Kelly's Ford in Remington, VA. Thirty people attended: 13 CMM members, 7 wives, a prospective member with his wife, and eight honorees and family members.
Four New Members inducted by Jim Bayne.
Tom Brooks and Bill Mutziger both received the SAR Military Service Medal.
Adam Thomas was awarded the SAR Fire Safety Commendation Medal. Adam Thomas is a member of the Little Fork Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company. On the night of June 19th, 2015, Adam’s car was hit by another car, which had run a stop sign. Though seriously injured Adam extricated himself from his car to respond to the cries for help from the driver of the other car. In his efforts to aid the other driver he eventually collapsed due to his own injuries. When Little Fork Fire & Rescue arrived on the scene Adam directed them to the other driver, who was seriously injured and trapped in her car. The other driver was extracted and air evacuated.
Adam was taken by ambulance to Fauquier Hospital where it was determined that his L-5 vertebrae was shattered. He was air transported to Fairfax INOVA for surgery. The surgery was successful and Adam has begun the long process of rehabilitation.
Despite his own severe injuries and intense pain Adam had put the welfare of another citizen above his own. The Culpeper Minutemen of the SAR are proud to recognize Adam Thomas for his exceptional actions with the SAR Fire Safety Commendation Medal.
Silver Good Citizenship Medals presented to Jim Bayne and Lon Lacey
11 Oct 2015 Stevensburg, VA
This afternoon fifteen workers from the Culpeper Minutemen Chapter NSDAR, the Culpeper Minutemen Chapter SAR, and family members, performed grounds maintenance on the cemetery on the Oldaker Farm including the grave of Betty Washington Lewis, sister of George Washington and wife of Fielding Lewis. The work party included three CMM participants, Len Cowherd, Bill Schwetke, and Ben Works.
Betty Lewis was George Washington's younger and only sister. She died in 1797 while visiting her daughter, Betty Lewis Carter, at Eastern View Plantation, where she was buried. The grave was deeded to the Culpeper Minutemen Chapter of the NSDAR who placed the current memorial over her grave in 1927.
The work party cut down low hanging limbs from a nearby cedar tree and cleared weeds and overgrowth. With 15 busy workers and machinery furnished by Gerry Schuck of Bugles Across America the work was quickly accomplished.
10 Oct 2015 Arlington National Cemetery
President General Tom Lawrence, accompanied by his wife, Mickey Jo, present the National Society wreath to the Honor Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown in Arlington National Cemetery. Escorting them are George Washington Chapter President Dwight Whitney and Virginia SAR 2nd Vice President Mike Elston. photo by Ernie Coggins
Today President General Tom Lawrence presented a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown in Arlington National Cemetery. Also participating in the presentation were the First lady, Mrs. Mickey Jo Lawrence, Virginia SAR 2nd Vice President Mike Elston, George Washington Chapter President Dwight Whitney, and the Virginia SAR Color Guard under the command of National Color Guard Commander Dave Hoover. This is an annual event organized and executed by the George Washington Chapter. The CMM were represented by Past President Lance Lyngar, Jim Mitchell, and President Bill Schwetke; who all participated in the color guard.
10 Oct 2015 Warrenton, VA
CMM President Bill Schwetke attended the October meeting of the Fauquier Court House Chapter of the DAR this morning. The program was a short talk, then question and answer session by Mayor Powell L. Duggan of Warrenton. President Schwetke presented greeting from the CMM and invited the ladies to apply for Culpeper Minutemen license plates - several took applications. This DAR chapter is also making great progress with their effort to duplicate, with walks and runs, the mileage marched by the four Fauquier County companies of the Culpeper Minutemen to Great Bridge, which they track on a poster map. Next month the FCHC/DAR will co-host with the CMM a Genealogy Workshop in Warrenton, Saturday, 7 November.
7 Oct 2015 Blacksburg, SC
Two CMM members, joined by their wives, participated in the celebration of the 235th Anniversary of the Patriot victory at Kings Mountain. On 7 October, 1780, Patriot Militia, including the "Overmountain Men", surprised and decisively defeated Torry Militia led by British Major Patrick Ferguson. Thomas Jefferson called this victory "The turn of the tide of success", because it reversed a string of British victories that had demoralized the patriots. Over one quarter of the Loyalist force was killed, including their commander, Major Ferguson; the remainder were wounded or captured. Patriot casualties were comparatively light. The CMM representatives were President Bill Schwetke, with his wife, Cat, and past PG Lindsey Brock, with his wife Billie.
Jack Paul Bess, Jr.
April 20, 1965 - October 3, 2015
The CMM mourn the loss of Paul Bess, CMM President, 2008, and a member of the CMM 1992-94 and 2006-13, who died in Winchester Saturday. His online obituary and a link follow:
Jack Paul Bess, Jr., 50, of Linden, Virginia and Tangier, Virginia
died Saturday, October 3, 2015 in the Winchester Medical
Mr. Bess was born April 20, 1965 in Roanoke, Virginia, son of
the late Jack Paul Bess and Bennie Chesser Bess.
He worked for the Department of Defense and had served in the
National Guard during Desert Storm.
He was a member of many historical organizations, including the
Sons of the American Revolution; the Society of the War of
1812 in Virginia; and the Jamestown Society.
Surviving are his wife, Monica Janette Schlegel Bess; and a
brother, Michael David Bess, of Kingsport, Tennessee.
Services will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Tangier Island
Health Foundation, PO Box 788, Irvington, Virginia 22480; or
the Tangier Volunteer Fire Department, 16344 Main Ridge Rd.,
Tangier, VA 23440.
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