Sunday, December 16, 2018

Honoring William Cannon, Only Patriot Buried in Oregon.

Every year we honor William Cannon, the only Revolutionary War Soldier buried in Oregon with a wreath during our Wreaths across America program. Above, Michael Tieman, Lewis & Clark chapter President, Oregon SAR Vice President and member of the Oregon SAR Color Guard does the honors of laying the wreath.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Wreaths across America Oregon SAR Color Guard Musket Volley

Willamette National Cemetery.
Our Chapter was busy this afternoon laying wreaths on the graves of America’s veterans and firing a volley in honor of their service.   The money we raise on the sale of wreaths goes to the ORWM fund. This is our third year with the Wreaths across America.


Thursday, November 1, 2018

Oregon Revolutionary War Memorial (Patriot Muster Roll) Book

Is Your Patriot In The Muster Roll Book?

Just Published Nov. 1, 2018

We have gathered the names and some bios of the Patriots from the current membership lists of the Oregon SAR and DAR rolls and compiled them into a paperback book for sale now on

This full color paperback book also includes the history of the Memorial along with information on our Partners.

The size is a convenient 8.5" x 5.5" is 161 pages and contains more than 1500 Patriots and some bios. This is the first Volume, which will be updated each year at this time and all of the Patriot names you see in this Volume will be engraved on the walls of the Memorial.

Order yours NOW at for $30.79 +SH. 100% of the proceeds go to help fund the Oregon Revolutionary War Memorial.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Memorial Day Volley

Memorial Day 2018 in the Beaverton Veterans Memorial Park. As we do every year, we participate in the ceremonies by shooting a musket volley to remember and honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Memorial Day Monday, May 28, 2018

Please join the Sons of the American Revolution, Lewis & Clark Chapter Color Guard as they honor with a rifle volley those men and women who died while serving in the Nation's armed forces.

Monday, May 28 at 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM PDT.
Veterans Memorial Park, SW Watson Ave, Beaverton, OR

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Final Two Soldier Sculptures Completed

Final casting of Militia Soldier (Rifleman) and the Minuteman.

If you are a member of the Sons of the American Revolution or Daughter of the American Revolution you can purchase a Patriot sculpture with the name of your Patriot ancestor engraved on each. These are 14" versions of the 6' soldiers cast in bronze on the memorial by artist Michael Tieman.

There are three sculptures, the Minuteman, Militia soldier and the Continental soldier (pictured to the left). These sculptures are cold cast in bronze/resin one at a time by the artist, ready to hang with a wood back and a metal plate engraved with the name of your Patriot. If you would like one of these and you do not have a Patriot, the nameplate will be engraved with the type of soldier. Collect all three.

Each sculpture is $100 plus $15 S&H. The Memorial will receive $50 from each sale.  Contact Michael at for more details.

- Compatriot Michael Tieman
Images and sculptures ©2017Michael Tieman


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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

General Francis Marion shows up in Marion County

May 2, 2018, marks the 175th anniversary of the vote at Champoeg to form Oregon's first provisional government. To commemorate this, the Marion County Commissioners held a meeting at Champoeg Visitor Center. Lewis & Clark Chapter President, Michael Tieman, appeared as General Francis Marion, a fierce adversary of the British in South Carolina during the Revolutionary War. Marion County was originally the Champooick District and was created on July 5, 1843. On September 3, 1849, the territorial legislature changed the name of Champoeg County, as it was then called, to Marion County in honor of General Marion.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Compatriot Grier R. Ingebretsen 1942-2017


Cancer has taken our Compatriot Grier R. Ingebretsen on December 25, 2017.

Grier was very involved, active and committed to the Sons of the American Revolution holding offices and leadership positions in our own Lewis & Clark Chapter as well as in the Oregon State Society.  He loved to be part of a Revolutionary War Era Color Guard proudly marching in parades and local events.  Grier was proud of his heritage, patriotic and a real history buff, devouring history books. Black Powder shooting was his latest interest, adding some fine-looking trapper attire for good measure.

Grier’s passion and all-consuming dream was the Oregon Revolutionary War Memorial to be placed in Beaverton’s Veteran’s Memorial Park.  He had the vision, spearheaded and championed the project but has failed to see it to completion, leaving the final work to those he left behind.  We must not let him down.

The Lewis & Clark Continental Color Guard sent him off to his final destination with a musket volley. Even the pouring rain and wind could not stop us from giving our friend and compatriot a final salute.

Thank you, Grier, for all you have done and your friendship and passion for the SAR. You will be missed our friend. We have the watch. 

Grier was born in Seattle, Washington 27 Nov 1942 to Evelyn Bell Taylor and Shirley Buehl Ingebretsen.  Shirley worked for Boeing Aircraft as an inspector and was also a barber.  Grier passed away December 25, 2017

Grier was very proud of ancestors from the Grier side and of his strong Oregon pioneer heritage as well as that of proven Revolutionary War patriots who were present at Bunker Hill and wintered at Valley Forge.  His Ingebretsen side arrived from Norway in 1885.  
The family moved to Oregon City after WWII and Grier attended local schools, graduating from Oregon City High School in 1961.  The Ingebretsen’s were very active and dedicated to the Oregon City Christian Church and Grier was proud to have helped build several churches in that area.  After high school Grier joined the Navy and prepared to see the world.  Unfortunately, his father’s illness required him to return to assist the family and his Naval career was cut short.  He served as a Machinist Mate on the Richard S. Edwards, a Sherman Class Destroyer.

Grier held many jobs during his high school years and beyond and often pointed out buildings where he was once employed as a young man.  After time spent working in the Oregon City Mill, he apprenticed in floor covering industry.  Skills learned there included wall papering for large hotels, all kinds of flooring, tile and counter tops.  He went on to own his own carpet stores several times, was wholesale tile rep and carpet rep with experience in every facet of the industry.  Grier would often point out homes, buildings, schools, businesses remembering how his skills were used to beautify those facilities.
Grier identified a niche that was a need for installers to take on the smaller jobs and for the past 30 years maintained a steady business. He did not advertise, and word of mouth recommendations kept him very busy all those years.  Grier was working well into November 2017 and had jobs lined up into 2018.  He was busy and active.

Grier was a long time active member of Bergfreunde Ski club and has many friends and experiences from those amazing days on the mountains. 

Grier played the clarinet at Oregon City High School and advanced to be part of a Navy band with special privileges and fun weekend events.  The clarinet was pressed into use many years later as he joined Portland’s own One More Time Around Again Marching Band.  Other bands soon followed, and he was very committed and supportive of the Beat Goes on Marching Band.  When unable to continue marching and playing, Grier marketed the TBGO band 24/7 and excelled in fund raising with TBGO reaping those benefits. 

Grier is survived by his wife Patti, sister Carinda Ingebretsen, son Erik Ingebretsen, step sons Steve and Tim Waitman and 3 grandchildren, Caleb Ingebretsen, Amy and Megan Waitman.  He is also survived by 3 cousins Coleen Ivey, Paulette Ingebretsen and Nadean Newgard.