The North American Frontiersmen




Acting Editor

Smoke Signals

July/Aug 2011

This is a repeat of our "Special Addition" seen between the last issue and this one.


Have several items to cover in this issue "so listen up folks". Can you see Ole paying attention to me, that day I'll buy 100 Lotto tickets.

No. #1

We now have an on-going "Territories" map that shows the United States with each state that maybe "clicked-on" to see who of the NAF lives there. This map is located on the North American Frontiersmen website at Contacts.

By using your cursor & clicking on the state - you will find information for NAF contact member along with the NAF Chief Factor's information.


Some folks would rather not have their names shown for one reason or another. The NAF respects their concerns and has not shown all the members for the different states. We are sure you understand and may contact the "Chief Factor" with your requests.

You probably wonder why the NAF sent out a "test" on email addresses, well here's the reason why. Several of your addresses bounced a few times. I looked them up to see who they belonged to and have assigned those names to our Officers to get this corrected. How's that for assigning duties and getting these couch spuds off their tail-feathers.


No. #2

For the last 5-6 weeks we have been regrouping your association to function with the least amount of effort. We have redirected some of the officers duties, lightening the load on a few and loading those with less work, hell that's fair. You saw the duty changes in our last posting. For those that missed it those duties will be seen in the June/July Smoke Signals.

One of the biggest debates has been a "Quarterly" North American Frontiersmen Newsletter" sent to each and every member with information from the Captain, Treasurer Report, Chief Factor Report, upcoming events and if there's room a short article or two. The reason I brought this up is we need a name for the Newsletter; one not used by other groups, easy to remember, catchy and so on. Hey I'll start the name contest.

  • "Hello the Camp"
  • "Waugh the Camp"
  • "Welcome Friend" - (I know they stink).

What's your ideas for a name? Send your idea to the Captain at:


No. #3

New marching orders for your Officers and one pee-on (guess who).
NAF Captain duties will be:
  1. Oversee the operation of the NAF.
  2. Make sure we stay within the "Guide-Lines" setup and not break any of our rules.
  3. Help where he is needed whether its accounting, membership or providing articles for the NAF Newsletter or NAF On-Line magazine.

NAF Treasurer/Newsletter Scribe duties will be:

  1. Depositing the membership funds collected and keeping an accounting of those funds.
  2. Assemble the Newsletter with information gathered Quarterly from the Officers, using some of the on-line magazine articles available. Then mail the newsletter out.
NAF Chief Factor duties will be:
  1. Gathering the membership forms and information needed for membership that comes in. Sending the information to the Elders, and sending the funds to the NAF Treasurer.
  2. Answer inquires on membership and make contacts on possible new members promoting the NAF.
  3. Work with the State Factors and gather additional Factors.

NAF Elders duties will be:

  1. Review the possible new member's information, make the call - yes or no, and set what ranking he qualitifies for.
  2. Keep everyone from killing each other.
NAF On-Line Editor duties will be (pee-on):
  1. Keep the membership list current that's located on our site map, add new member information once approved by the Elders.
  2. Edit the on-line magazine for bi-montly issues.
  • And keep these guys talking, now that's the big ONE ???


No. #4

Your North American Frontiersmen Officers now have their own personal email addresses associated with this Association (makes them check their emails this way). These email addresses are list on each year of the index for your on-line magazine as well as on the North American Frontiersmen website.

New contact addresses for the four Officers:


May all past/present Associations/Organizations have a great future and get folks out and about within their groups. No matter whether its the AMM, NAF, NMLRA, or a local association/group we all need to promote our "living history", National and local events to keep this way of life alive. Get the young folks away from the video games and off the couch, lead them to the outdoors folks. They'll thank you once they see what they are missing, believe me - move em outside.

Thank you for your time. Buck


Here's a little History Lesson

Ask any Marine. Just ask. He will tell you that the Marine Corps was born in Tun Tavern on 10 November 1775. But, beyond that the Marine's recollection for detail will probably get fuzzy. So, here is the straight scoop:


In the year 1685, Samuel Carpenter built a huge "brew house" in Philadelphia. He located this tavern on the waterfront at the corner of Water Street and Tun Alley. The old English word tun means a cask, barrel, or keg of beer. So, with his new beer tavern on Tun Alley, Carpenter elected to christen the new waterfront brewery with a logical name, Tun Tavern.  

Tun Tavern quickly gained a reputation for serving fine beer. Beginning 47 years later in 1732, the first meetings of the St. John's No. 1 Lodge of the Grand Lodge of the Masonic Temple were held in the tavern. An American of note, Benjamin Franklin, was its third Grand Master. Even today the Masonic Temple of Philadelphia recognizes Tun Tavern as the birthplace of Masonic teachings in America.

Roughly ten years later in the early 1740s, the new proprietor expanded Tun Tavern and gave the addition a new name, "Peggy Mullan's Red Hot Beef Steak Club at Tun Tavern." The new restaurant became a smashing commercial success and was patronized by notable Americans. In 1747 the St. Andrews Society, a charitable group dedicated to assisting poor immigrants from Scotland, was founded in the tavern.

Nine years later, then Col. Benjamin Franklin organized the Pennsylvania Militia. He used Tun Tavern as a gathering place to recruit a regiment of soldiers to go into battle against the Indian uprisings that were plaguing the American colonies. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and the Continental Congress later met in Tun Tavern as the American colonies prepared for independence from the English Crown.  

On November 10, 1775, the Continental Congress commissioned Samuel Nicholas to raise two Battalions of Marines. That very day, Nicholas set up shop in Tun Tavern. He appointed Robert Mullan, then the proprietor of the tavern, to the job of chief Marine Recruiter -- serving, of course, from his place of business at Tun Tavern. Prospective recruits flocked to the tavern, lured by (1) cold beer and (2) the opportunity to serve in the new Corps of Marines. So, yes, the U.S. Marine Corps was indeed born in Tun Tavern. Needless to say, both the Marine Corps and the tavern thrived during this new relationship.

Tun Tavern still lives today. And, Tun Tavern beer is still readily available throughout the Philadelphia area. Further, through magazines it is advertised to Marines throughout the world.


  Located on the waterfront at the corner of Water Street and Tun Alley was "Tun Tavern" Philadelphia PA.



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