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.

Pictures from Memorial Day

Pictures from Memorial Day at the State Cemetery 2017

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Back Row – Left to Right Darrin Hutchinson (Alexander Hamilton Chapter-Georgetown) Lane Redwine (Alexander Hamilton Chapter-Georgetown) Nathan Smith Alex Smith Jim Scott (Alexander Hamilton Chapter-Georgetown) Bob Jordan Ray DeVries (Alexander Hamilton Chapter-Georgetown) Henry Shoenfelt Shiidon Hawley Stu Hoyt (William Hightower Chapter-New Braunfels) – State Color Guard Southern Commander Tom Jackson (Robert Rankin Chapter-Houston) Don Chandler (William Hightower Chapter-New Braunfels) Gary Chapel Front Row – Left to Right Robert Hites – Chapter Color Guard Commander Jim Clements – Chapter President Stan Trull (William Hightower-New Braunfels) Richard Fawkes Not pictured but included in the event were John Knox, Wayne Courreges, and Kenny Tooke (taking the picture)

Back Row – Left to Right
Darrin Hutchinson (Alexander Hamilton Chapter-Georgetown)
Lane Redwine (Alexander Hamilton Chapter-Georgetown)
Nathan Smith
Alex Smith
Jim Scott (Alexander Hamilton Chapter-Georgetown)
Bob Jordan
Ray DeVries (Alexander Hamilton Chapter-Georgetown)
Henry Shoenfelt
Shiidon Hawley
Stu Hoyt (William Hightower Chapter-New Braunfels) – State Color Guard Southern Commander
Tom Jackson (Robert Rankin Chapter-Houston)
Don Chandler (William Hightower Chapter-New Braunfels)
Gary Chapel
Front Row – Left to Right
Robert Hites – Chapter Color Guard Commander
Jim Clements – Chapter President
Stan Trull (William Hightower-New Braunfels)
Richard Fawkes
Not pictured but included in the event were John Knox, Wayne Courreges, and Kenny Tooke (taking the picture)

Memorial Day Coverage

Compatriots and Friends,

Yesterday members of the Patrick Henry Chapter, the Alexander Hamilton Chapter, and the William Hightower Chapter met at the State Cemetery for our annual Memorial Day program.  The following is the news coverage from that event. 

From Statesman.com

From Kvue.com

20170529_110145More pictures to come from the event in later posts.

 

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.