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.

Patrick Henry Supporting Veteran Families

The greatest blessings that we have had this year are the privilege to sponsor several Veteran families for their Christmas Dinner and celebrations.  This past weekend, Patrick Henry Chapter of the Texas Society of the Sons of the American Revolution joined with the Andrew Carruthers Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and Central Texas Returning Hero’s delivered Christmas Dinners to several Veteran Families in Travis and Hays County.  The Christmas Dinners have been generously donated by Chris Walsh General Manager at our Wimberley HEB Store.
DAR Ladies with gift baskets

 left to right: Joyce Jarman, Lindsey Baker, Kelly O’Shieles, Rebecca Dark & Gretchen Tooke

One such family is the Holden family of Wimberly.  Stefani is an Air Force veteran who is taking care of her three grandchildren.  Saturday, we were very honored to gift Stefani and her family wrapped presents for their tree, gift cards to movies and Toys –R- Us, and a wonderfull Christmas meal provided by Chris Walsh at HEB.

Holden Family with Gifts

Wrapped Presents for the Holden FamilyPatrick Henry Chapter in partnership with the DAR and the CTRH have donated Christmas toys for the children and ATM gift cards for a dozen veteran families in Hays and Travis Counties.  To learn more how you can help these families please let us know.  We are hoping to expand this program so that we may help more families in the coming year!


Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1789

Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1789 – President George Washington


“WHEREAS it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a DAY OF PUBLIC THANKSGIVING and PRAYER, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:

“NOW THEREFORE, I do recommend and assign THURSDAY, the TWENTY-SIXTH DAY of NOVEMBER next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish Constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted;- for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge;- and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

“And also, that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; – to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness unto us); and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

“GIVEN under my hand, at the city of New York, the third day of October, in the year of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine.”

washington sign



Signed: George Washington

Source: The Massachusetts Centinel, Wednesday, October 14, 1789


Operation Ancestor Search


            The Patrick Henry Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution have a very successful Operation Ancestor Search program established at Fort Hood.  We have served over 150 wounded warriors in the past 14 months.  These warriors are served by volunteers from this chapter and Alexander Hamilton in Georgetown.  

            In January, 2017 we are going to branch out and offer OAS to the VA hospital in Temple.  I expect this addition to surpass the operation at Ft. Hood.  The fact is, we need volunteers.  We will be holding OAS meetings once a week (2 at Ft. Hood and 2 at Temple VA).  We need to add to our volunteer force to accomplish this expansion.  If you have any interest in Genealogy, and giving some meaningful help to wounded warriors, this plan is tailor-made for you.

            Training on is fairly simple.  It takes a few practice runs and you are ready to go.  You have expert help on site to assist you and the wounded warriors assigned to you.  You cannot fail and you cannot cause any damage. 

            We need a few members (and spouses too!) to commit to a few hours a month for the OAS program.  Each session lasts about two hours and the travel time is about the same.  Right now we meet on the 1st  Tuesday and on the 3rd Wednesday, depending on the schedule for the Wounded Warriors at Ft. Hood. I will try to avoid Fridays when scheduling the VA.  We often stop for lunch.  We can car pool to save money. 

            If you can give the chapter 4-5 hours a month, these programs will be successful.

If you can do more, even better.  You can pile up points for yourself and for the chapter doing veteran service.

Please contact me, Jeff Gammon 512-861-5782