Gold Country “Auburn Chapter” SAR Excerpts from the Placer Herald

Thanks to Compatriot Mike Holmes for these excerpts from our chapter’s past. These come from the Placer Herald and refer to our original name, the Auburn Chapter, SAR.

18 September 1926

Exercises of unusual interest will occur at the Placer Union High School on Friday afternoon at 2:30, when the Auburn Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution, will celebrate the 139th anniversary of the completion and signing of the Constitution of the United States.

A short address will be made by S. C. Porter, now secretary-manager of the Sacramento Chamber of Commerce, and who was for many years a resident of Washington, DC, where he was a close student of federal political affairs.

This will be followed by music and an appropriate programs by the student body of the high school..
Auburn is unique in having a local chapter of such a patriotic organization as the SAR, as practically all other chapters are located in cities of over 10,000 population.

H. C. Shenk, of Pittsburg, PA, who at one time was president of the Pennsylvania Society of the order, is responsible for the local group, and E. T. Robie was its first president.

The general public is invited to attend the high school meeting and take part in the exercises.


25 December 1926

The Auburn chapter, Sons of the American Revolution, spent the 153rd Anniversary of the “Boston Tea Party”, by a dinner meeting held last week.

Members of the society from Lincoln, Roseville, Loomis, Newcastle, Auburn, and Applegate were present, together with numerous guests.

The Anniversary was also made the occasions to dedicate a new US flag and an Auburn chapter flag of the society. Dr. John F. Engle delivered a stirring patriotic address, followed by the unfurling of the flags to the strains of “The Star-Spangled Banner”.

The SAR is an order organized for patriotic purposes and has a large membership throughout the East. Auburn is the smallest city on the Pacific Coast with its own chapter and membership is drawn from all parts of the county. San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento, and San Jose are the only places where local chapters are maintained.

The society here was organized three years ago through the efforts of H. C. Shank of Pittsburg PA, a prominent member of the National Society, and who annually comes to this city for a period of two or three months during the summer. E. T. Robie was its first president, while P. B. Goss,is its present presiding officer, with Paul Ochler, Vice-President and H. T. Dyer secretary.