40th American Revolutionary War Veteran found

40th American Revolutionary War Veteran Buried in Iowa, just discovered and documented. For the first time in perhaps 80 years or more, a gravesite of a Revolutionary War Veteran buried in Iowa has been discovered and documented. The entire story below is provided by Barbara MacLeish. Lee County, Iowa, Has Yet Another Revolutionary War Veteran by Barbara MacLeish To uncover a “lost” Revolutionary War Veteran buried in Iowa, it took one woman in Minnesota, and two women in southeast Iowa who searched through tall grass and library records, aided by others in Washington, California and Connecticut. Ebenezer Ayres died December 29, 1834 and is buried in Hickory Grove Cemetery, adjacent to the burial grounds of the Iowa State Penitentiary, on the north side of Fort Madison. Born in Fairfield Co., CT, March 2, 1761 and baptized at the First Congregational Church of Stamford April 12, 1761, his early life was to be dominated by the events of the Revolutionary War. He enlisted April 10, 1780 in Capt. Reuben Scofield’s company of the 9th Connecticut Militia regiment and served until January 1, 1781, with his brother John and brother-in-law-to-be, Gould Davenport. How could his service have escaped becoming a matter of [...]


Just a couple of updates to report today: Updated Awards to include Richard Doyle and his Meritorious Service Medal, Congrats again! Uploaded the CAR Summer Newsletter, check it out under the Media section. As always…more to come! And here they are already… June’s Newsletter has been added under the appropriate link, the last newlsetter has moved to the Media [...]


IASSAR FORUM We now have a forum! Please log in and check it out (if you aren’t a member you’ll be able to see but not post…but hey registering is fast, free, and easy!). Be sure to click on Categories at the top to see the list of currently available topics and feel free to request any additions as well. Let the discussions begin! Scott Rowley [...]

Moved things a bit…

Sorry to keep moving things around on everyone every few months but it all is in an effort to improve the site and navigation through the site.  I have moved the main menu over to the right side of the page as it allow for the rest of the page to expand out.  This improves the room and makes for easier reading, editing and creating new articles.  For those of you that login regularly you will also notice that you can’t see the login page here.  This has been moved under the main menu as “User Login” and then will take you to another page to login.  This was again due to space management.  You may notice that if you click on some things that were “broken” before that they are now fixed.  Two examples of this are Photos and Awards.  Feel free to click on them and see how they look now compared to before.  Now that I have some extra space to work with I will be updating more regularly as I don’t have to worry about webspace real estate.  As always, feel free to use the Suggestion Box for any feedback or suggestions. Thank you, Scott Rowley [...]

Presidents Update #14

I hope this update reaches all of our IASSAR members in a safe and “high and dry” situation. Iowans have certainly faced many challenges this past month.The devastation of the tornados in NE Iowa including Parkersburg and nearby communities was followed by tragic loss of life at the scout outing in SW Iowa and than the floods of 2008 and the impact they are having on our cities, families and farmers. I was proud to hear many reports of our members assisting and helping in different ways throughout the state. From sandbaggers in Cedar Rapids, Iowa City and Dubuque to IASSAR Compatriot John Carson, an out of state member from California who came to Iowa and assisted family members who considered themselves “lucky” to have only had 6 feet of water in the basement. Remembering the generous help they had received from IASSAR members such as Volney Smith and his church group during the devastation of hurricane Katrina, the President of the Louisiana SAR also offered to assist in any way we requested. Let our National Congress attendees John Scarpino, Bill Lees and Dean Swearingen know of anything you would like conveyed to the National Society. Let the Central Iowa [...]

Upcoming Events

IASSAR Compatriots, I hope this message finds you all healthy and happy. I wanted to let you know of a few events planned around the state that you are all invited to participate in. 1. There will be a Flag Certificate presented toHarmony Court Apartments, Location: 173 Bennett Avenue, Council Bluffs, IA. 51503 on July 2nd at 5:00 PM and a second one presented jointly with the Nebraska SAR in Bellvue, NE at 6:00 PM. 2. July 3rd, at 1:00PM we have been invited to participate in the dedication of the new Iowa Veteran’s Cemetery in Van Meter, Iowa. A free shuttle from the Van Meter High School to the cemetery is recommended. A story on the cemetery can be found in today’s (Sunday) Des Moines Register, Opinion section page 3 column by David Yepsen. The cemetery is off I-80 interstate , exit 113 that is west of Des Moines. 3. We have been invited by the DAR to walk in the Urbandale Parade on the morning of July 4th. Meet at 9:45 at the Urbandale American Legion Hall. 4., Wed. Aug 6th @ 6:15, we will be walking in the State Fair parade from the State Capitol west to [...]

Hints for a winning application

You are entering a contest against the best Eagle Scouts in the United States. You will have to do research, collect and organize facts about yourself, and compose the items required to complete the application. The Scholarship awards of the SAR are tax-free money which you have earned by your work in the BSA Scouting program and the considerable personal effort required to complete the Scholarship Admission. The two page Application Form 1. You must use the National Forms and they must be in the two-sided format. 2. Put your State Chairman’s name and information in the fields at the top of page 1. This is the only person you can mail the application to; David Shannon / 1105 S. 5th Avenue W. / Newton, IA 50208 / E-mail: dshann37@iowatelecom.net / Phone: (641) 792-1310 3. The forms can be downloaded from the national website. An additional feature is that you can type on these forms in the website then copy them to an Adobe Acrobat file in your documents (Version 4 or higher is required).4. These forms must be neat, Filled out completely, and accurate. You will need help from your parents and your unit leaders. It is suggested that [...]

The Arthur M. & Berdena King Eagle Scout Scholarship Award

This National award is open annually to all Eagle Scouts in the state of Iowa who are currently registered in an active unit and have not reached their 19th birthday during the year of application. (Calendar year, 1 Jan. to 31 Dec.) The year that the BSA Eagle was awarded is not restricted. College plans do not need to be completed in order to receive the cash scholarship. Three cash scholarship awards are given at the National level: First place winner – $8000; 1st Runner-up – $4000; and 2nd Runner-up – $2000. You may apply more than one time if you continue to meet the age requirements, but no more than $8000 total may be granted to any one Eagle Scout. Entrants must complete only one application for the Iowa competition and forward to the Iowa SAR Scholarship Chairman no later than December 1 of the scholarship year. (The application must be on the two-sided forms supplied by national) The scholarship committee of the Iowa society will review all of the Eagle Scout applications and select a winner by secret ballot before February 1 of the following year. The winners application will then be sent to the NSSAR national committee [...]
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