Blue-Gray Luncheon Thursday, November 9, 2017

Program and Speaker: Patricia (Pat) Rumpza, USAF Lt. Col (Ret),
WOMEN IN VIETNAM, Did we make a difference?
with special guest, LT. John Blankenship,
USN (former), from Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation

Reservations (paid in advance) must be made and paid by November 3, 2017. $33 each for Seabass, Chicken or Vegetarian. Submit your check with your meal choice payable to Dorothy Oksner.

Contact Mary Hall at or Dorothy Oksner at for further information, with Subject Line “Blue-Gray Luncheon.

Lorayne H. Snyder 1920-2017

Lorayne H. Snyder (1920 – 2017)

It is with deep sadness that we share the passing of Lorayne H. Snyder, age 96. She passed peacefully at home after a brief illness surrounded by her family on Thursday, April 27, 2017. She was born in Gilbert, Arizona on December 24, 1920 to Orland (Orie) and Ida Hadlock. She had one brother, Everett.

In 1924 at the age of 4, Lorayne and her family moved to California and settled in Ventura. She has been a Ventura County Resident for 92 years. She attended schools in Ventura and graduated from Ventura Senior High School, class of 1938 and two years later from Ventura College.

Lorayne met her future husband and the love of her life, Paul N. Snyder while in high school and they were married on January 28, 1940. They welcomed their only child William (Bill) Snyder in 1943. During their 69 years of marriage the two of them built (with little outside help) their home on Walnut Drive in El Rio where they lived until moving back to Ventura in 1966. They enjoyed bowling and belonged to several leagues. In addition to bowling, they enjoyed camping and fishing throughout the United States. She worked for the Automobile Club of Southern California (AAA) for several years and then went to work for The Southern California Gas Co., retiring in 1983. After her retirement Lorayne enjoyed the many years she spent as a volunteer for Community Memorial Hospital (CMH) working in the gift shop and the numerous cruises they went on, sailing to various ports around the world. They loved Hawaii and enjoyed taking their three granddaughters with them on a number of their trips and introducing them to the warm Hawaiian surf.

Lorayne was an active person and involved in many organizations. Her passion was genealogy and she spent decades researching her family history. She was admitted into the Daughter of the American Revolution (DAR) in 1969 and had the honor of being the Mitz-Khan-A-Khan Chapter’s oldest member. Lorayne held numerous Chapter, District and State offices over the years from Regent to Treasurer; In addition to the DAR she was admitted into the Daughters of Union Veterans of The Civil War (DUV) in October 2011. She was also a member of the Heritage Club and the Dames of the Court/Honor.

Lorayne was preceded in death by her husband Paul in 2009 and her brother Everett in 1985. She is survived by her son, William L. Snyder (Elaine) of Newbury Park, CA; three special granddaughters, Shannon Pineda of Camarillo, CA, Laura McCarter of Moorpark, CA and Cynthia Markus of Charlotte, NC; two step-grandchildren, Todd Jordan (Olga) of Pt. Hueneme, CA and Lynn Duffy (Scott) of San Diego, CA; nine great grandchildren; and her nephew, Tere Hadlock (Linda) of Fremont, CA.

Visitation will be held on Monday, May 1, 2017 from 3:00 pm until 6:00 pm, at Ted Mayr Funeral Home, 3150 Loma Vista Road, in Ventura. A memorial and celebration of Lorayne’s life will take place on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, 11:00 am, at Ventura Baptist Church, 5415 Ralston Street, in Ventura.

The family wishes to give a special thank you to her wonderful neighbors, to the Community Memorial Hospital ER and ICU doctors and nurses for their wonderful care during her stay, and to the Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurses/Hospice for their wonderful care during her final days with us.

Published in Ventura County Star from Apr. 29 to Apr. 30, 2017

From President Sue Ramsey:

I started working for Southern California (then Counties) Gas Co. in September 1967–50 years ago this year!  Lorayne worked in the Oxnard payment office.  While we didn’t work in the same building, we did know each other and had many phone interactions.  After SoCo and SoCal Gas merged in 1971, they eventually closed the main office where I worked and opened a new one in Santa Barbara.  For many years thereafter, we held Ventura Division ladies dinner reunions.  I believe the last one was on December 8, 1980, which sticks in my memory because it was the day John Lennon was killed.  That was the last time I’d seen Lorayne up until she showed up as a prospective member at one of our tent meetings in 2011.  I didn’t know she was coming and she didn’t know I was a member!  I had the privilege to initiate her as a member in January 2012.  Her ancestor was Pvt. Morgan Drum, Co. H, 132nd PA.  After his discharge in 1863, he and his family moved to the Los Olivos area of Santa Barbara County, CA.  Drum Canyon is named for him.

Lorraine & I at her initiation, January 13, 2012

Some of you may remember our field trip to Drum Barracks 2 years ago.  Her granddaughter Shannon Pineda & great granddaughter Amanda Pineda, also our tent sisters, drove Lorayne down to join us in Wilmington.  Many of the displays are on the second story but Lorayne was not to be deterred and insisted on climbing those stairs to take a look (with help of course).  She was a trooper, that’s for sure!!

I know you will join me in extending our sincere sympathy to Shannon & Amanda, as well as the entire family.

In Fraternity, Charity, and Loyalty,

Sue Ramsey

April 19, 2017 – Luncheon at the Sahyun

Tent 22 luncheon meeting at the Sahyun Library will feature the Civil War collection hosted by Sue Ramsey, President; and the Records Preservation being conducted at the library led by Dorothy Oksner. This is a potluck luncheon, so bring some tasty treats to share. The meeting will be from 11:30 to 1 with a tour of the library following lunch.

The Sahyun Library is located at 316 Castillo Street, near the corner of West Montecito St.  Take the Castillo Street off-ramp going south, and if coming from the south, take the Bath Street exit going north.  There is plenty of parking in the back.


February 10 Program

Our speaker will be our own Senior Vice-President, Debbie Kaska. Her talk is entitled, “Britain and the American Civil War.” As a preview, Debbie writes that “By 1860, Britain and the U.S. were partners in trade and had many common interests.  The split between the states, therefore, was of intense interest in Britain.  Both the North and the South wanted Britain on their side during the war.The talk is about critical decisions by both the Union and the Confederacy that ultimately resulted in Britain’s neutrality.” 
Also, Secretary, Cathy Jordan reports that she’ll have your new 2017 roster ready to hand out.

Janice Roberta Gibson Cloud

Janice Gibson Cloud

Janice Gibson Cloud

A full life. A colorful life. A beautiful life.

Jan died of ovarian cancer February 23, surrounded by her family and beloved cat, Wally. Up until a week before her passing, she was able to enjoy her favorite activities – her genealogy study group and lunch with her former students at IHOP.

Jan was born in St. Joseph, MO on March 16, 1937 to Hazel and Elwyn Gibson. Raised in Arkansas and Missouri, she attended Central High (Little Rock, AK) and graduated from Joplin High in 1956. Jan attended the University of Oklahoma, was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority, and studied voice with opera singer Dame Eva Turner. Since Music was not a practical degree for a woman at that time, she received her Bachelor of Arts in Education in 1959.

Jan found her way to California through a teaching job at a junior high in Riverside but soon realized that teaching children was not the profession for her. Fortunately for all of us, Jan headed north to Santa Barbara where she studied with Lotte Lehmann at the Music Academy of the West. Jan continued singing with the local Opera Workshop and performed in many operas over the years as well as teaching voice, both privately and at Westmont College.

In 1962 Jan married William Edmund Deluccia. During her marriage to Bill (d. 1993) Jan experienced life as not many do. It was passionate, exciting, and never dull. Jan was resourceful. She cooked salmon in the dishwasher, served escargot with snails from her garden, cooked – and yes – ate crow after Bill shot it off the power line (there is very little meat on a crow, she said), and she cooked a pot roast on the manifold of her car on one of the many cross-country road trips. Adventurous, practical, clever. That was Jan.

In 1972 Jan married Preston E. Cloud, Jr. (d. 1991). This began a new adventure that took her around the world with Pres’ career as a distinguished biogeologist. It also took her to places like the High Sierras with a 40-pound pack on her back, cooking over a fire pit and sleeping under the stars before there was such a thing as a comfortable air mattress. Through her travels with Pres she experienced the highlight of her singing career in 1980 when she gave recitals in Beijing and Nanjing, China. Jan was the first American singer to give such a recital in Nanjing and was very proud that her repertoire included songs in six different languages, including Russian and Chinese!

Jan enjoyed the connection to the scientific community through Pres, always eager to attend meetings of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. She had a thirst for knowledge, which led her into her ultimate profession and passion, genealogy. She was known to exclaim, “It’s worse than dope!” “It’s the greatest detective game!” “It’s so much more fun than doing housework!”

Jan was a leader, teacher, and mentor. She had a loyal following of genealogy students who attended her classes through SBCC’s Adult Education program, a career that spanned over 20 years. As friends have remarked, “Jan was an amazing person, a serious scholar of genealogy and a teacher who inspired rooms full of acolytes.” “Her passion for genealogy was sooo infectious!” And as another friend mused, “I take away a lot of what was shared in her classes, but honestly, one of the lasting legacies she imparted to me was the friendships that were made and still exist because of her class; most of us began as strangers, but that didn’t last long.”

Hand in hand with her teaching came her fierce love of and commitment to the Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society. Jan’s perseverance, visionary thinking and determination helped to create one of the strongest and most respected genealogical societies in California. For anyone who knew Jan, she was a force to be reckoned with and known for her persuasiveness. “Who can say no to Jan?!” Her deep knowledge of all aspects of genealogy, her perfectionism, her hilarious sense of humor, and her delightful stories earned her the respect and love of all who knew her.

Jan leaves a lasting legacy and passes her bright torch to her family: Sons Morgan De Lucia and Dante De Lucia (Ana Ojeda), daughter Amanda De Lucia (Viena Zeitler); step-children Lisa Cloud (Conor Hickey), Kevin Cloud, and Karen Cloud; grandchildren Nico, Julianna, Sofia, and Daniela De Lucia, Conor, Fiona, and Molly Hickey; dogs Rudy, Piccolo and Rosie; and her beloved cat, Wally.

Donations in Jan’s memory can be made to Dog Adoption and Welfare Group (DAWG), Animal Shelter Assistance Program (ASAP), and the Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society.

At Jan’s request, we will be having a party to celebrate her life Sunday, March 13, 3-5pm, at Rancho La Patera & Stow House, 304 N. Los Carneros Road, Goleta, CA.

Janalee Rae Erkel

Janalee was born in Los Angeles on August 14, 1939. She attended La Puente High School and worked at Hacienda La Puente Unified School District for over 30 years.

At the time of her death on January 18, 2016, she was living in San Bernardino and was buried at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier, California.

She was the great-great-granddaughter of Private George Frank Duntley, Co. I, 102nd Illinois Regiment. She joined the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861-1865, and was initiated into Betsy Ross Tent 40 in Huntington Park on February 20, 1952. She transferred to Laura Belle Stoddard Tent 22 on May 16, 1992. She was a member for nearly 64 years.

23rd Annual Blue-Gray Luncheon, Thursday, November 10, 2016

UDCA special traditional meeting and luncheon forDUV members and friends of Phoebe Yates Pember #2532, United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) and Laura Belle Stoddard Tent 22, Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War 1861-1865 (DUV) will be held on Thursday, November 10, 2016. The program will be presented by UCSB Professor of History and Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts, John Majewski. Dr. Majewski will talk about a book he is currently writing entitled Economic Creativity and the Coming of the Civil War. The luncheon cost is $32 with a choice of three entrees: Beef tenderloin, Halibut or vegetarian.  Contact Debbie Kaska at kaska (at) for more information on location and reservations.

DUV Tent 22 Luncheon & Meeting – September 9, 2016

It will definitely be a full agenda including new members initiation and presentation of the budget.  One of our two programs will feature a Power Point presentation by President Sue Ramsey.

She’ll be sharing information about her trip to the DUV convention in Springfield, Illinois. Plus, we’ll also have the pleasure of hearing from three of our new members as they introduce us to their Civil War veterans. As Debbie Kaska says, “This is actually one of our favorite programs!  Our Civil War Veterans are what brings us together and it’s a chance to honor them.”

Something new!  Starting this fall, our tent will have the opportunity to participate in several programs that support our veterans. I’ll be speaking briefly about these projects but since we have so much happening next Friday, I’m attaching a document for you to read prior to the meeting that provides more information. I hope you’ll choose to help with one or more of these projects.

Beginning in September, we’ll be joining forces with the Mitz-Khan-A-Khan Chapter of the D.A.R. in Ventura and the San Buenaventura Women’s Club to collect items for the 60 men and 4 women currently living in the Veterans Home of California-Ventura.

It’s been wonderful to send a check to these veterans each year but by donating items on their wish lists, we can be more actively involved in their lives.

Since the first donation is scheduled for Friday, November 18th, we should start collecting items at our September meeting.

22nd Annual Blue-Gray Luncheon, Friday, November 13, 2015



A special traditional meeting and luncheon forDUV members and friends of Phoebe Yates Pember #2532, United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) and Laura Belle Stoddard Tent 22, Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War 1861-1865 (DUV), featuring Treasures of the William Wyles Collection, UCSB, with speaker Danelle Moon, head of Special Research Collections, UCSB Library, The West Coast’s largest collection of records, manuscripts, diaries, photos and more, devoted to the Civil War and the Westward Movement.  Special guest appearance by Mr. William Wyles accompanied by Neal Graffy, author and Santa Barbara historian.


Sherburne, Benjamin F., Cpl. – Battery G, 2nd IL Light Artillery

BFSherburneBenjamin Franklin SHERBURNE was born 4 January, 1836 at Canandaigua, Ontario, New York, son of Hezekiah SHERBURNE, a veteran of the War of 1812, and wife Mary HERRICK, both New York natives.

Benjamin was enrolled as 1st Corporal in Battery G (Capt. Stolbrand) of the 2nd Illinois Light Artillery on 16 September 1861 in Springfield, Illinois and was honorably discharged from the Marine Hospital in Chicago, Illinois on 12 May 1864 due to illness contracted during the war.

During his time in service, his regiment traveled extensively and was involved in many important campaigns in Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Louisiana. Battery G was also in the “Horizon” shipping tragedy.

On 1 May 1863 while crossing the Mississippi, a steam transport ship, the Horizon, attached to Battery G, was sunk; but not by the Rebels. Army correspondence on page 215 of Julian K Larke’s “Life, Campaigns and Battles of Gen. Ulysses S Grant” relates: “The steamers, which a few nights before had run the rebel batteries at Vicksburg and Grand Gulf, were then used to carry troops from Bromly’s plantation to Bruinsburg. Among others the Moderator and Horizon were thus used. The Moderator on her return trip, met the Horizon coming down the river, having on board one hundred and fifty thousand rations and a full battery of artillery. Whether it was owing to the fog or the carelessness of the pilot has not been ascertained; but somehow the two vessels collided, and the Horizon, rations and battery, sank in deep water and disappeared from mortal vision. Every horse on board was drowned. Every gun lies fathoms deep in water, rations were ruined, and I regret to add that two or three soldiers found a watery grave. At this juncture the loss is almost irreparable.”

The battery regrouped at Memphis and rejoined the regiment on 30 June for the last 5 days of the Siege of Vicksburg and in time for the surrender of Vicksburg on 4 July. The battery remained on duty at Vicksburg until November of that year.

It is not Screen Shot 2015-09-07 at 1.52.08 PMknown if Benjamin Sherburne was at the Horizon military disaster but he was not one of the soldiers lost.

After convalescing following his discharge he moved with his family to Iowa. He married Sophronia BISHOP (born 25 September 1848 at Lexington, Carroll, Indiana) on 29 April 1867 in Clarksville, Butler, Iowa. They had 5 children who lived to adulthood.

Benjamin Franklin Sherburne died on 23 December 1919 at Waterloo, Black Hawk, Iowa.