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LGAR Headquarters

After many attempts at obtaining a National Headquarters for at least 100 years now, we can now call the Military Museum on the campus of the Ohio Veteran’s Home our new “Headquarters.”  The Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic has had a long and close association at this location.  Well into the 1920’s the annual appointment of an “Entertainment Committee” was made to participate in all holidays and special events.  At least one visit was made yearly by our Ohio Department President to present gifts of cash as well as donations of thousands of items.  On June 2, 1922 the General M.F. Force Circle #86, LGAR was instituted at the home, and in April 1976 we instituted the Robert Burns Brown Circle #103, thus recognizing the two men most influential in establishing the Ohio Veteran’s Home.  We were honored to include Commander Brown’s daughter, Margaret Brown Kearney, as a member of our organization.  Over the years we have left visual evidence of our support in the form of such things as the 1930 pillar at the entrance gate, the bandstand, and a bronze plague presented on the occasion of the home’s 50th anniversary in 1938.

The LGAR Headquarters room is patterned from a late 1880’s LGAR meeting room, which was/is based upon the original Grand Army of the Republic meeting rooms, with stations for the Altar, Senior Vice President, Junior Vice President, Chaplain, Patriotic Instructor and head table (desk) for the President, Secretary & Treasurer.  The stations on loan in the room are from an original G.A.R. Hall.  Other furniture pieces in the room include locking display cases and book shelves, file cabinets of archival material that consists of genealogy for all LGAR members detailing their Civil War Veteran that they joined under, and original chairs that came from the LGAR Swissvale, PA Veteran’s Home.   Additional items include pictures from 1881 to present of LGAR Officers & members, a display of badges used through the decades, framed charters, photo albums and scrap books, a collection of proceedings from 1881 to present, original dyes & stamps and an original set of the “Bugle Call” our national newsletter, and much more.  It is the intent of local members in Ohio to participate at the Museum when there are special events/weekends, to be present during their successful Civil War Living History weekend during summer, and to assist visitors with questions, genealogy assistance or education.

Ohio Veterans Home, Military Museum, LGAR National Headquarters
3416 Columbus Avenue, Sandusky, OH 44870
419-625-2457 x1447

Support the Ohio Veterans Home and the Military Museum by attending the
Living History Event on the 21-23 of August 2015.
For Registration information contact:
Elizabeth Rock, National Secretary, LGAR
Email:  OctagonLR@aol.com

in memory of Lee Ann teller

Lee Ann Teller, 72, Kokomo, passed away at 6:02 p.m., Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, at her residence. Born Jan. 4, 1943, in Connersville, she was the daughter of the late Leland Mitchell Handley and Ruth Evelyn (Love) Handley. She was a 1962 graduate of Connersville High School. On June 8, 1963, at the Central Christian Church in Connersville, she married J. Alan Teller, and he survives. She and Alan owned and operated Blue Ribbon Laundromats in Kokomo for 16 years. She was a member of Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War 1861-1865, Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic, D.A.R. Mary Penrose Wayne Chapter in Fort Wayne, Order of the Eastern Star #346 of Connersville, Allied Order of the Grand Army of the Republic Central Region Association, the Society of Indiana Pioneers, Ladies Auxiliary of the Sons of the American Revolution and Beta Sigma Phi. Survivors include her husband of over 51 years, J. Alan Teller, Kokomo; one son, Jerry “J” Alan (Katie) Teller II, West Middleton; one daughter, Teresa Ann (Martin) Boike, Noblesville; one brother, David D. (Pamela) Handley, Strongsville, Ohio; grandchildren, Devin L. (Rachel) Howe, Kokomo, and Alexander L. Teller, Kokomo; and one great-grandson, Bentley A. Howe, Kokomo.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Ellers Mortuary at Webster Street Chapel in Kokomo, and also from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. prior to services Wednesday at Showalter Blackwell Long Funeral Home in Connersville. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14, at Showalter Blackwell Long Funeral Home, 920 N. Central Ave., Connersville. Reverend Randy Gentry will officiate. Burial will follow in Dale Cemetery, Connersville.

Memorials may be directed to Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War with checks payable to DUVCW, mail to DUVCW, c/o Margaret McCellan, 300 S. Meeks Avenue, Muncie, IN 47303 or to Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic, make checks payable to LGAR, mail to LGAR c/o Carolyn Agosto, 4710 Eby St., Merriam, KS 66203. Envelopes will be available at the mortuary.

You may read Lee Ann’s obituary at www.ellersmortuary.com where you can sign the guestbook, order flowers or share a personal message to the family

Meet the National President

Judy Rock

I am honored to be serving as the National President of the LGAR. I will do my best to continue to make this organization grow and prosper. If we all work together this will be an easy task.

I have been a member of the LGAR since the National Convention in Buffalo, N.Y. in 1987.  I was initiated by PNP sister Lynne Bury during her first term as National President and was honored to have her install me as the National President 24 years later. I joined the organization under my great uncle Alonzo A. Aldrich who was a private in the 22nd MI Volunteer Infantry.  I have since discovered several ancestors that served including my great grandfather John W. Minnie, who served as a corporal in the 5th MI Volunteer Infantry and another great uncle that served with the 7th MI Volunteer Infantry at the angle in Gettysburg during Picket’s charge.

My husband, Ervin and I have been married for 46 years. We have 3 sons, who married wonderful young women, 3 grandsons and 2 granddaughters.  Our family has been active in Civil War reenacting for 30 years and attended the 125th anniversary battles and plan to attend a few of the 150th anniversary battles.

History has been a passion of mine since I was in grade school, so I guess this is a perfect place for me.

I look forward to working with you and visiting as many Departments as possible, Please send me your annual meeting schedules as soon as possible so I can create a schedule for myself.

What’s New?

Preview and print the new 2013-2014 National Brochure. Be sure to your contact information in the area provided on the back.

Need a quick copy of a Membership Application?  Preview and Print the application or send one to prospective members.


Supplies can be ordered from the National Treasurer Carolyn Agosto by mailing requests to 4710 Eby St., Merriam, KS 66203 or by email at cagosto8@gmail.com

Checks should be made payable to "National Organization, L.G.A.R."

Forms and Report Blanks

Below you will find several links for the Report Blanks that are necessary for the organization as a whole. If there are any questions or concerns please contact the National Secretary.

ChaplainCircle Election │  Credentials │  Department Election │  Historian │  Patriotic Instructor │  Per Capita Tax │  Registrar │  Veteran ServiceInventory

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