Ken Tooke

About Ken Tooke

Ken is a graduate of The University of Texas with Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Archaeology and Cultural Anthropology. He also holds an Associate of Science Degree in Electronics and is a 12 year veteran of the United States Air Force. Married to the former Gretchen May Kimbro he has five children who bring much joy to his life.

Memorial Day Service Information

Memorial Day Service

Please join us on Monday, May 29, Memorial Day, 10:00 AM, at the State Cemetery (909 Navasota at East 7th ST.).  The Thankful Hubbard Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and the Patrick Henry Chapter of Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) cosponsor the special Memorial Day Service which is held at this time every year. This service was first begun in 1981.

Lieutenant General (Retired) Glynn Mallory, will be the featured speaker. LTG Mallory graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York in June 1961.

LTG Mallory commanded an airborne rifle company in combat, and two years later served as a brigade operations officer in Vietnam.  He commanded the Second Armored Division at Fort Hood, Texas.

He served as the Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of the Army, Deputy Director of Operations in the National Military Command Center on the Joint Staff, and as the Director of Operations, Mobilization, and Readiness on the Army Staff during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm.

He is a graduate of the United States Army Command and General Staff College and the Army War College.  Among his awards and decorations are the Distinguished Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, the Bronze Star with V and five oak leaf clusters, and the Purple Heart.  His final assignment was as the Commanding General of the Sixth United States Army and the Presidio of San Francisco, California.  He retired at Fort Hood, Texas in October, 1995.

SAR Compatriots, dressed as Soldiers in Revolutionary War Uniforms will participate in the service as the color guard and firing a musket salute honoring the deceased soldiers.

The service honors all those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service for our country, and especially honors Lt. Rankin and Sgt. Stephen Williams, both of whom fought in the Revolutionary War. (Sgt. Williams also fought in the War of 1812 and the Texas War of Independence.) Descendants of Lt. Rankin and Sgt. Williams will also be in attendance.

Seating is provided for elderly and mobility impaired people, all others are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

The rain plan will have the service in the Texas State Cemetery’s museum, which is entered from Navasota St.

This service is open to all who wish to attend.

1763 – Pontiac’s Rebellion Begins

Pontiac’s Rebellion begins when a confederacy of Native American warriors under Ottawa chief Pontiac attacks the British force at Detroit. After failing to take the fort in their initial assault, Pontiac’s forces, made up of Ottawas and reinforced by Wyandots, Ojibwas, and Potawatamis, initiated a siege that would stretch into months.

As the French and Indian Wars came to an end in the early 1760s, Native Americans living in former French territory found the new British authorities to be far less conciliatory than their predecessors. In 1762, Pontiac enlisted support from practically every Indian tribe from Lake Superior to the lower Mississippi for a joint campaign to expel the British from the formerly French lands. According to Pontiac’s plan, each tribe would seize the nearest fort and then join forces to wipe out the undefended settlements.

In April, Pontiac convened a war council on the banks of the Ecorse River near Detroit. It was decided that Pontiac and his warriors would gain access to the British fort at Detroit under the pretense of negotiating a peace treaty, giving them an opportunity to seize forcibly the arsenal there. However, British Major Henry Gladwin learned of the plot, and the British were ready when Pontiac arrived in early May, and Pontiac was forced to begin a siege. At the same time, his allies in Pennsylvania began a siege of Fort Pitt, while other sympathetic tribes, such as the Delaware, the Shawnees, and the Seneca, prepared to move against various British forts and outposts in Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia.

On July 31, a British relief expedition attacked Pontiac’s camp but suffered heavy losses and were repelled in the Battle of Bloody Run. Nevertheless, they had succeeded in providing the fort at Detroit with reinforcements and supplies, which allowed it to hold out against the Indians into the fall. The major forts at Pitt and Niagara likewise held on, but the united tribes captured eight other fortified posts. At these forts, the garrisons were wiped out, relief expeditions were repulsed, and nearby frontier settlements were destroyed.

In the spring of 1764, two British armies were sent out, one into Pennsylvania and Ohio under Colonel Bouquet, and the other to the Great Lakes under Colonel John Bradstreet. Bouquet’s campaign met with success, and the Delawares and the Shawnees were forced to sue for peace, breaking Pontiac’s alliance. Failing to persuade tribes in the West to join his rebellion, and lacking the hoped-for support from the French, Pontiac finally signed a treaty with the British in 1766. In 1769, he was murdered by a Peoria Indian while visiting Illinois. His death led to bitter warfare among the tribes, and the Peorias were nearly wiped out.

Local ROTC Awards Presented

Compatriots and Friends,

Each year the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) awards the ROTC Medal to foster the principle of the “citizen-soldier,” exemplified by the Minutemen of Revolutionary War days. This award is presented by an SAR Chapter, State-level Society, or the National Society to ROTC or JROTC cadets who are selected for having a high degree of merit with respect to leadership qualities, military bearing, and general excellence. The recipients are selected by the Commanding Officer of the ROTC or JROTC unit.

SAR Bronze ROTC Medal

SAR Bronze ROTC Medal



















A very special thanks to go to ROTC Chair Phillip Mullins and to all of our volunteers helping with our program.  Without them the deserving Cadets in our local High Schools and Colleges would go without the recognition they deserve!

University of Texas Navy ROTC        Max Miller

University of Texas Army ROTC        Henry Shoenfelt

University of Texas Air Force ROTC  Strauss Scantlin

Akins High School                               Robert Hites

Travis High School                              Joseph Burton

Del Valle High School                         Phil Mullins

Bastrop High School                            Bobby and AJ Wohel

Westwood High School                       Jim Clements

Bowie High School                               Gary White Sr.

Reagan High School                            Wayne Courreges

Hutto High School                                Adrian Williams

McNeil High School                             Adrian Williams

Wayne Courreges and ROTC Cadet during Awards at Reagan HS

Wayne Courreges and ROTC Cadet during Awards at Reagan HS

80 Days and Counting – 2017 National Congress


“The SAR Congress You’ll Not Want to Miss!”

July 6 – 13, 2017 – Knoxville, Tennessee

 TENNESSEE SAR extends a special invitation to attend “The Congress You’ll Not Want to Miss!”  The 2017 SAR Congress begins in 80 days, Thursday, July 6 to Thursday, July 13, in Knoxville.

Knoxville is a great American city, centrally located in the Eastern United States.  New York City, Tampa, New Orleans, Kansas City, Green Bay and all points between are just a long day drive to Knoxville.  And, there is an airport.  Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Knoxville was established in 1786, a year before the US Constitution was adopted.  It was established as the Territorial Capital in 1790, and became the first capital of Tennessee in 1796.  The majestic Tennessee River and the University of Tennessee anchor the heart of the city which is located just minutes from the most visited of the 59 specially designated National Parks – Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2016 had more than 10 million visitors.

Steeped in rich early American history, one of the foremost Genealogical Research Libraries specializing on the westward migration is located three blocks from the host hotel, as are nearby museums, art galleries, and one of the most exciting outdoor downtown districts in the country, Market Square.  Miss this Congress and you’ll miss one of the best! 

We are told that registration will be available on the SAR website within another week.  So, make plans to attend, today. 

For more information, please contact Host Society 2017 SAR Congress Chair Rick Hollis | 615.812.2648 m |



ExCom/Foundation Meeting – Host Hotel

FRIDAY, July 7

Golf Scramble – Three Ridges Golf Course – Knoxville

GUIDED TOUR 1:  Overmountain Men

[Sycamore Shoals at Fort Watauga, Amis Mill and Home, Crockett Tavern]

Cocktail Reception with Heavy Hors d’oeuvres and Tour – East Tennessee History Center


GUIDED TOUR 2:  Born in the Backwoods

[Cumberland Gap and the Museum of Appalachia]

Host Society Reception and BBQ – Historic James White Fort

SUNDAY, July 9

SELF GUIDED TOUR:  Frontier History and Natural Beauty in Cades Cove

Final Trustees Meeting – Host Hotel

Color Guard Parade from Hotel to Church

Memorial Service – First Baptist Knoxville

Ladies Tea – First Baptist Knoxville

General Society War of 1812 Reception and Tour – Blount Mansion

Genealogy Seminar – Host Hotel

MONDAY, July 10

Color Guard Breakfast

Color Guard Presentation of Colors to Open Congress – Host Hotel

Opening and Second Sessions of Congress – Host Hotel

Youth Luncheon – Convention Center

Minute Man Awards Presentation / Awards Ceremony – Host Hotel

TUESDAY, July 11

SAR District Breakfast Meetings – Host Hotel

Third Session of Congress – Host Hotel

VPG/GWEF, PG Luncheon – Host Hotel

First Lady’s Luncheon – Cherokee Country Club

Voting for SAR Officers – Host Hotel

President General Banquet – Convention Center

Special Guest Speaker – Historian and Pulitzer Prize Winning Author Jon Meacham

Color Guard Command Change Ceremony – Convention Center


Closing Session of Congress – Host Hotel

New Trustees Meeting – Host Hotel

GUIDED TOUR 3:  Ssshhhh!!!  America’s Secret City [Oak Ridge]

Installation Banquet – Convention Center


ExCom/Foundation Meeting – Host Hotel