Springfield (Ill.) SAR Chapter
Springfield Chapter HistoryThe Springfield Chapter Sons of the American Revolution serves Sangamon and Menard Counties. At present, we have over 65 members. The Chapter’s Charter was approved February 22, 1897 as the Illinois Society’s first chapter. The Springfield Chapter is one of the oldest continuous SAR chapters in the nation.
The Founders of the Springfield Chapter SAR were: Walter Chambers Bradish, born 1873 died 1960; Walter Horace Bradish, born 1848 died 1906; Andrew Mears Brooks, born 1831 died 1920; Kennedy Brooks, born 1856 died 1928; Frank Lockwood Hatch, born 1869 died 1951; Charles Philo Kane born 1850 died 1908; Joseph Wampler Vance, born 1841 died 1927.
Just a couple of the interesting facts concerning the founders of the Springfield chapter:
*Kennedy Brooks was a PhD educator. Surprisingly, he was murdered in a dispute with a tenant over chickens.
*Joseph Vance fought in many Civil War battles, became a General and played a critical role in the reformation of the Illinois National Guard after the Civil War.
The Springfield Chapter has enrolled hundreds of members in its 112-year history. These dedicated men were all part of an effort that has kept the chapter active for over a century in a cause they firmly believed. Springfield Chapter members are justly proud of their patriot ancestors and through their actions have been true to the cause of protecting and defending our great republic. One major activity of the Springfield Chapter throughout its history has been to mark the graves of Revolutionary War Patriots buried in Sangamon County. Other activities of the Springfield Chapter are: 1) our Outstanding Citizenship Award Luncheon, 2) our Eagle Scout programs, 3) help and assist American's veterans through our veteran’s programs, 4) show support and honor law enforcement officers through our law enforcement program, 5) encourage patriotism through participation in veteran and historical ceremonies and 6) preserve American history from destruction; that effort mainly includes the preservation of battlefields and buildings.
The Illinois Society hosted the National Congress in Springfield in 1929. The only known picture from the July 1929 National Congress is of the Color Guard. The drummer boy in the picture is 12-year old William Hughes Diller. Hughes Diller became a member of the Springfield Chapter in October 1941. Hughes has been a member of the Springfield Chapter for 67 years. He has held every office in the chapter and has served as chapter president several times, the last time being 2000-2002.