Heritage Honor Roll

Every individual, group and business has a story worth telling. A legacy story can be presented in text and through photographs, home movies and other video and audio mediums. It can also be published in multiple languages and include hyperlinks to other Web sites important to the honoree. The Heritage Honor Roll may contain more than one legacy story for an individual or a group—or the legacy story may appear in more than one language—because members have opted to recognize different contributions of the same individual or group or wanted to share the story in their native language.

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About the Heritage Honor Roll

Within the Heritage Honor Roll, individual honorees are listed alphabetically by last name. If included, maiden names appear between parentheses and nicknames appear between quotation marks. Group honorees are listed by the first letter of the group’s name. If the name starts with the word “The,” such as “The Anderson Trio,” it is alphabetized under the letter “T.” If the group is commonly called “Anderson Trio,” it is alphabetized under the letter “A.” The name of the sponsor appears in square brackets following the honoree’s name.

If an exact date of birth or death—or formation or disbandment—is not known, we add “c.” to indicate it is an approximation. If the individual is still alive or the group is still active, we leave the field blank. The honoree’s occupation, field, industry or profession is listed last.

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To enable users to view all legacy stories, we preset the “Language” field to “-Any-.” To view all legacy stories on a specific honoree, add the honoree’s name in the appropriate field—individual or group– and click “Apply.” All legacy stories on that honoree will appear.

To find an individual or a group legacy on our Web site, type /node/ followed by its six-digit identification number as shown here: www.americansall.org/node/553031. The /node/number appears after the honoree’s information.

Last Name of Individual
First Name of Individual
Group Name

Moneignor Hugh O'Flaherty [Ancient Order of Hibernians] (February 28, 1898 - October 30, 1963) Catholic Priest at Vatican City

On October 30, 1963, Cahirsiveen, County Kerry, Ireland saw the largest outpouring of grief in more than a century as Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty was laid to rest. Although he was born in Kiskeam, County Cork, he grew up in nearby Killarney, where his father was the steward of the old Killarney Golf Club, Hugh retired to Cahirsiveen three years before his death and was regarded as one of their own.

Rihei Onishi [Kaeda Akiyama] (? - ?) Journalist and Rice Farmer

Rihei Onishi, a journalist for the Jiji Shimpo, a Tokyo daily newspaper, first came to the United States with his wealthy wine-merchant cousin, Toraichi Onishi, in 1903. They were impressed with the possibilities of growing rice in Texas and purchased approximately 300 acres of land to do so.

Rihei Onishi [Kaeda Akiyama] () ジャーナリスト・米農家


Sonia "Sarah" Shainwald Orbuch [Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation] (May 24, 1927 - September 30, 2018) Young Woman with the Soviet Partisans in WWII

Sonia Shainwald Orbuch (born Sarah) grew up in Luboml, a small market town 200 miles from Warsaw, Poland, with a thriving population of about 8,000, two-thirds of whom were Jewish. Her family lived near the center of the town on #37 Chelmska Street, near her many friends and relatives. Inside their modest home, Sonia grew up under the caring watch of her tightly-knit family. “My older brother, Shneyer, used to take care of me all the time . . . ”

Stephen Pekich [Theodore Pekich Family] (January 8, 1941 - ?) Publishing Consultant

Steve Pekich recently celebrated 52 years in the publishing industry. His career began as a production trainee on January 3, 1966 at Houghton Mifflin Company in Boston, and continued in a variety of management positions, including President of the Riverside Publishing Company, Houghton’s assessment subsidiary based in Chicago.

Rev. James William Charles Pennington [Allan Americans All] (c.1807 - October 22, 1870) Writer, Minister and Abolitionist

Born into slavery on the eastern shore of Maryland in 1807, James William Charles Pennington escaped from slavery in 1828 and settled for a time in New York and later became the first black student admitted to Yale, although he was not officially enrolled, and is reported to only have limited use of the library. Although ordained as a minister in the Congregational Church, he later served Presbyterian Churches in many states.

William "Bill" Pickett [Texas State Historical Association] (December 5, 1870 - April 2, 1932) Rodeo Cowboy

William (Bill) Pickett, rodeo cowboy, was the son of Thomas Jefferson and Mary Virginia Elizabeth (Gilbert) Pickett, who were former slaves. According to family records, Pickett was born at the Jenks-Branch community on the Travis county line on December 5, 1870. He was the second of thirteen children. He became a cowboy after completing the fifth grade. After observing herder dogs subduing huge steers by biting their upper lips. . .  

Dr. Susan LaFlesche Picotte [John and Carol LeFeber] (c.1865 - c.1915) Physician

Susan La Flesche Picotte was the first person to receive federal aid for professional education, and the first American Indian woman in the United States to receive a medical degree. In her remarkable career, she served more than 1,300 people over 450 square miles, giving financial advice and resolving family disputes as well as providing medical care at all hours of the day and night.

Zebulon Montgomery Pike [Texas State Historical Association] (January 5, 1779 - April 27, 1813) United States Army Officer and Western Explorer

Zebulon Montgomery Pike, United States Army officer and Western explorer, was born on January 5, 1779, at Lamberton, now a part of Trenton, New Jersey, the son of Isabella (Brown) and Zebulon Pike, a veteran of the American Revolution and a lieutenant colonel in the United States Army. After receiving some education in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, young Pike entered his father's regiment, the Third United States Infantry, as a cadet.

Chief Plenty Coups [Americans All] (c.1848 - March 3, 1932) Chief of the Crow Nation

Chief Plenty Coups was the last traditional chief of the Crow Nation because, after his death, it was agreed that no other Crow could match his achievements. Born into the Mountain Crow tribe, near Billings, Montana, the Crow Nation and many other major Native American tribes were enduring great hardships.

Honorable Ronald Wilson Reagan: Life Before Politics [Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum] (February 6, 1911 - June 5, 2004) Military Officer, Governor of California, President of the U.S.

On February 6, 1911, Ronald Wilson Reagan was born in Tampico, Illinois in a five-room apartment on the main street. Like most homes in town, it did not have running water or an indoor toilet. In addition to the main street, the town had a population of 820, a railroad station, two or three churches and a couple of stores.

Honorable Ronald Wilson Reagan: Political Career [Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum] (February 6, 1911 - June 5, 2004) Military Officer, Governor of California, President of the U.S.

As a result of his travels on behalf of General Electric (who had hired him as a home office goodwill ambassador), he became convinced that big business was not the problem in the economy, it was big government. As a result, more Republican groups began to extend him speaking invitations. In the fall of 1962, he officially joined the Republican party. In 1964, he acted in his final film, playing a villain for the first and only time in “The Killers.”