Sunday, July 20, 2014
On July 18, 2014 officers and members of the Empire State Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (ESSSAR) met at the Trackside restaurant in the old Utica, NY train station to consider the creation of a new chapter to be called the Thousand Island chapter, based in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties. The meeting went very well and all are hopeful that the resolution will be approved September 6, 2014 at ESSSAR at Ft. Niagara. Seated L to R around the table in the above photo are; Mark Friden, Bruce Coyne, Parks Honeywell, George Gydesens, VP Central Region ESSSAR, Duane Booth, President ESSSAR, Tom Dunne, President Saratoga Battle Chapter ESSSAR and Joel Bixby. Mark, Parks, Joel and I are current members of the ESSSAR and will become members of the 100 Island chapter, if approved.
I became a member through my mothers ancestor, Joseph Calkins. Parks guided me through the application and with records my aunt Elizabeth Ann Calkins Barron had amassed and some I had to find, it was a simple and straightforward process.