Oakwood Cemetery Ceremony

November 12, 2016

On October 29 members of the James A. Garfield Camp assisted the A.C. Voris Camp with a ceremony celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Oakwood Cemetery’s Civil War monument.  This monument honors the 29 men from Cuyahoga Falls who died during the war (special thanks to Paul Huff of the A.C. Voris Camp for the photo!)



From Left: Ted Dudra, Mark Britton, Harold George, Gerald Payn, Paul Huff, Tom Vince, Chris Gunvalsen, Ken Freshley, The Reverend Jerome Lukachinsky, Gage Georgeff and Jon Silvis.

Upcoming Events

October 16, 2016
  • October 29: Ceremony at 10 am commemorating the 150th Anniversary of Oakwood Cemetery’s Civil War monument in Cuyahoga Falls (2420 Oakwood Drive, Cuyahoga Falls).
  • November 5: Dedication of historical marker at 11 am honoring General Quincy Gillmore  at Lakeview Park in Lorain, Ohio (1800 West Erie Ave., Lorain). 
  • November 12: Meeting at the Chagrin Falls Historical Society Building at 10 am (87 East Washington, Chagrin Falls)
  • November 19: Ceremony honoring President Garfield at 2 pm at Lakeview Cemetery (12316 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106)
  • December 3: Annual Meeting at 10 am at the Cleveland Masonic Auditorium


September and October Meetings

August 13, 2016

The Garfield Camp will be meeting September 10 at 10 am at the Brunswick Library (33649 Center Rd., Brunswick, OH 44212).

In October, the Camp will meet October 8 at 10 am at the Fairview Park Library (21255 Lorain Rd., Fairview Park, OH 44126).



Welcome to the Camp Daniel Brady and Robert Stofko!

July 18, 2016

The Garfield Camp would like to welcome Daniel Brady and Robert Stofko to the camp!  Daniel’s great-great-grandfather, Peter Brady, served as a private in Company A of the 3rd New Jersey Infantry.  Robert’s great-grandfather, Lemuel Stillions, was in the 97th Ohio Infantry, serving as a private in Company A.

GAR Highway Sign Rededication Ceremonies

June 15, 2016

On May 21 members of the Garfield Camp participated in ceremonies to rededicate GAR Highway signs on Route 6 in Avon Lake, Sheffield Lake and Bay Village (special thanks to Paul Huff of the A.C. Voris Camp for the photographs!).


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From left: Garfield Camp officers Jon Silvis, Tim Graham, Bill Stark,  Pete Hritsko,

Ken Freshley, Mark Britton, Dept. of Ohio Commander Shawn Cox and

Dept. of Ohio Junior Vice Commander James Crane


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Judy and Pete Hritsko, Dept. of Ohio Senior Vice Commander and National and Dept. Of Ohio GAR Highway Officer

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Pete Hritsko with Dennis Bring, the Mayor of Sheffield Lake


Pete Hritsko with Debbie Sutherland, the Mayor of Bay Village

Memorial Day Events

May 18, 2016

James A. Garfield Camp members will be attending the following events on Memorial Day, May 30:

Woodland Cemetery Ceremony (6901 Woodland Avenue, Cleveland), 10 am

Chagrin Falls Parade, 10 am

Lakeview Cemetery Ceremony (12316 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland), 10:30 am

Cuyahoga County Soldiers and Sailors Monument Ceremony (Public Square in downtown Cleveland), 1:30 pm


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Welcome Newest Members!

February 26, 2016

The Garfield Camp would like to welcome Marcellus Gilreath and Hugh Roberts to the Camp!  Marcellus’s great-greatgrandfather was Benjamin Perry Gilreath who served in Company A of the 1st Tennessee Scouts and Guides.  Hugh’s great-greatgrandfather, William Dickerhoof, served as a musician in Company E of the 61st Ohio Volunteer Infantry.

Photos from the Annual Meeting

February 4, 2016

The Garfield Camp held its annual meeting on December 5, 2015 at the Masonic Hall in Cleveland.  At the meeting the 2016 Camp Officers were installed by Department of Ohio Commander Shawn Cox.

Dave and Mark2016 Camp Commander Mark Britton receives the Camp

Commander’s Badge from his father, Camp Treasurer Dave Britton.

New camp members were also initiated.

New MembersFrom left: 2015 Camp Commander Pete Hritsko; new members

Robert Cvetichad, John Hofstetter, Gilbert Sanow III, Scott Derr;

and Department of Ohio Commander Shawn Cox.

Welcome to the Camp, Scott Derr!

December 18, 2015

The Garfield Camp would like to welcome Scott Derr as a member.  Scott’s ancestor, Private John H. Bullock, served in the 9th Ohio Independent Battery.  Welcome to the camp Scott!

Welcome to Our Newest Member, John Hofstetter!

December 12, 2015

The Garfield Camp would like to welcome John Hofstetter to the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.  John’s Great-Great Grandfather Milton Holder served as a private in Company G of the 58th Indiana Volunteer Infantry.  John’s Great-Great-Great Grandfather Isaac L. Skinner served as a musician in Company D of the 23rd Illinois Volunteer Infantry and his Great-Great-Great Grandfather David Furnas served in Company I of the 85th Indiana Volunteer Infantry as a sergeant and later served as Quartermaster Sergeant of the regiment.

Welcome to the Camp, John!