and Vice President Teddy Mills discusses the Lewis & Clark
Expedition and the lives of Expedition members, including Meriwether
Lewis, William Clark, Sacajawea, blacksmith John Shields, and carpenter
Patrick Gass. Gass was the last survivor of the Expedition, dying at
the age of 98 in 1870. The Expedition traveled just under 4,000 miles,
leaving St. Louis on May 14, 1804, and returning on September 23, 1806.
The Expedition spent the winter of 1805-06 at Fort Clatsop, near the
mouth of the Columbia River.
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.
Lewis & Clark Chapter President and State Registrar, Michael Tieman (right), receives Distinguished Service Medal
for his work on behalf of The Oregon Society of The Sons of the American
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
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
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
Color Guard manning the small booth and showing
pieces of our Learning trunk. Compatriots Grier Ingebretsen,
Mark Robertson and Michael Tieman.
Our Color Guard spends the Saturday night before Halloween with the Ghosts at the Lone Fir Cemetery in Portland. Ghostly guides escorted almost 2,000 visitors on 45 minute tours to meet some of the cemetery's residents and hear the unusual circumstances surrounding their untimely departures.
We were part of the free community History Fair with interactive displays, snacks and information about our Sons of the American Revolution and Oregon Revolutionary War Memorial. As you see in the above photo, we brought along pieces of our Learning Trunk, items we take into schools, organizations, and public events to teach about the Revolutionary War and the people who lived in that time.