A Tribute To A Patriot Colonial Dame And Constitutionalist
I would like to say a few words in honor of a quiet but strong supporter of the Constitution who has passed from us last week. Her name is Henrietta Jaeger. I hope all Oath Keepers shall long remember her name.
Henrietta Jaeger was the mother of James Jaeger, who is a very strong supporter of the Oath Keepers message and mission. I know that many here are aware that James Jaeger has a history of supporting Oath Keepers by involving Oath Keepers in the production and distribution of his Constitutional documentary films.
It was in July of 2010 that James invited Oath Keepers to present the premiere of his newest documentary film, Cultural Marxism. We did that premiere at the Emerson Cultural Center in Bozeman, Montana. Since then James Jaeger has happily invited Oath Keepers to help produce Molon Labe, a film about the Second Amendment, and Midnight Ride, a film about martial law and the Constitution’s view on the four types of martial law. James Jaeger is inspired to make such films by the writings of G. Edward Griffin (author of The Creature From Jekyll Island: A Second Look At The Federal Reserve“) and Dr. Edwin Vieira, Jr., author of “Constitutional Homeland Security“, “The Sword and Sovereignty“, “By Tyranny Out Of Necessity: The Bastardy of Martial Law“, and “Three Rights“, among others.
It is apparent to me that James Jaeger drew much from the upbringing of his mother, Henrietta Jaeger, for his interest in the Constitution reflects her own passion for the document. James is a man who believes in his work, and I’m a man who believes that James’ work is very important to the American people.
Henrietta Jaeger, in fact, has helped James do a number of films on the Constitution — for one reason. Henrietta believed fervently in the Constitution and was proud that her son cared as deeply as did she. It has been with her help that James’ series on Constitution-related themes has been completed. Back in February of 2013 I wrote a letter of thanks to Henrietta Jaeger, in which I stated my personal appreciation for her contribution to James’ work —
I want you to know that as an aging old war veteran, I am deeply indebted to your generous support of James’ work. In a world gone mad, James’ work is extremely important for those struggling souls who seek knowledge of what has happened to our country and indeed our entire world. There is a spiritual as well as physical value in James’ mission to mark for all time the precious truth of this nation’s founding, its traditional culture, and its spiritual heritage. Rare indeed is a man like James. Even rarer is the gift of knowledge and vision which James has built for his and your legacy. I salute you for your patriotic and spiritual motive in supporting his work.
I mention the foregoing to bring light to just that one side of Henrietta Jaeger’s patriotism. But she was much more active than just helping James finance his productions. As James was thoughtful to send me Henrietta’s obituary, I would like to share and invite all readers here to note the many ways in which Henrietta was active in societal, cultural, and patriotic endeavors by reading this obituary for her.
Henrietta Starr Malloy Jaeger passed away peacefully at 90 years old on Sunday, February 21, 2016 at her home in Devon, Pennsylvania.
Born on December 18, 1925 in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Gilmore Malloy, Henrietta grew up in Philadelphia and graduated from Friends Select School.
She later attended the University of Pennsylvania and majored in architecture and interior design. She received her B.F.A. Later, joining Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority, Henrietta served on its Board of Directors while writing commentary for their annual fashion show from time to time.
In 1949, Henrietta married Eugene Adam Jaeger, a recent medical school graduate from Jefferson Medical College who later became a well-known psychiatrist and neurologist. After relocating to the grounds of the Norristown State Hospital, Henrietta Jaeger became president of the Norristown State Hospital Women’s Auxiliary.
Moving to Devon, Pennsylvania in 1959, Henrietta was a dedicated volunteer at The Devon Horse Show every year. In addition to her love of horses and activities in many other charities, she was on the Thomas Jefferson Hospital’s Women’s Board; The Valley Forge Historical Society’s Women’s Committee; and went “bassetting” with the Sky Castle French Hounds.
In later years, Henrietta became a founding member of the Women’s Committee for Big Brothers of America; The Emerald Ball for Inglis House; the Tri-City Swim Meet; the Franklin Institute’s women’s committee and The Historic Yellow Springs Committee.
A champion of the Arts, Henrietta was a member of the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Players Club, the Main Line Playhouse and Plays and Players, where she also did a bit of acting. In 1958 she won the Norman Townson Award for her oil painting, The Fishes and between 1975 and 1995 she wrote three plays that were produced to good reviews in the Philadelphia and Main Line area.
Between 2007 and 2015, Henrietta executive-produced seven feature-length documentaries on the U.S. Constitution, among which were FIAT EMPIRE and ORIGINAL INTENT featuring Rep. Ron Paul, Pat Buchanan and Edwin Vieira (brother of Meredith Viera) and many others. FIAT EMPIRE went on to win the Telly-Award.
In 1972 Henrietta founded the popular Main Line Antiques Club and later was a co-founding member of The Main Line Antiques Show. She was also co-chair of The Philadelphia Flag Day Association and a senior member of The Union League of Philadelphia (founded by Abraham Lincoln) and a long-time member of The Orpheus Club of Philadelphia. A member of The Daughters of the American Revolution, Henrietta served for many years on the “Lineage Committee” of the National Society of Colonial Dames of America. At 88, she became president of the National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century.
Henrietta’s interest in the Judeo-Christian heritage of our nation may stem from her Quaker-ancestors who arrived in Philadelphia around 1683 and served the new government in four Continental Assemblies (George Wood in the first Assembly of 1683; John Bethel in the 1706 Assembly; Moses Starr in the 1750 Assembly and Francis Parvin in the 1755 Assembly).
In 2011, at age 85 no less, Henrietta wrote a book entitled Five Strolled Into Madness which was published by Publish America. The book chronicles her family life in the Greater Philadelphia area and describes what it was like to live on the grounds of the Norristown State Mental Hospital while her husband did his residency.
Henrietta is survived by three children, James Rudolph Jaeger II, Lorraine Jaeger Sterling, Eugene Adam Jaeger, Jr. and five grandchildren, Whitney Sterling Michaels, Kiel Matthew Sterling, Bryn Leigh Sterling, Warren Barto Jaeger, Pierce Adam Jaeger and one great-grandaughter, Katherine Starr Michaels.
A memorial service will be held at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Wayne, PA on Friday, February 26, 2016 at 1PM. The family will be greeting friends and relatives in St. David’s Episcopal Chapel after the service. A private family burial will follow the memorial service at a later time.
This world shall miss Henrietta Jaeger, but her example shall be a light for the paths of we the living. May each of us carry as much responsibility for traditional American values and cultural mores as did this dedicated Patriot, and remember her fondly as a great American who understood, and truly cared.
James, we lament your loss. Oath Keepers is proud to have worked with you and your mother. We’re with you, Bro, and we join you in missing your mother.
Elias Alias, editor