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ton. The following named Regents have been appointed: Knoxville, Miss Emma Pease Howard; Chester, Mrs. Henry C. Cole; Pontiac, Mrs. P. W. Woodrow ; Prophetstown, Mrs. M. K. Haddenway; La Moille, Mrs. E. A. Rosine; Champaign, Miss Mary B. Willis.
I am in correspondence with Galesburg, Danville and several other places in the interest of organization.
The State Conference was held in Bloomington the first week in May. We had the pleasure of having with us Mrs. Adlai Ewing Stevenson, Honorary President General; Mrs. Daniel Manning, President General; Mrs. John N. Jewett, Vice-President General; Mrs. Henry M. Shepard, State Regent; and the twenty Chapters throughout the State were represented by Regents or their alternates.
Every arrangement had been made with the utmost care for the comfort of the delegates, who were the guests of the Letitia Green Stevenson Chapter, by its Regent, Mrs. Harvey C. de Motte. A large evening reception was held, to which all the members of our Society and many distinguished guests were invited. Later in the evening more than three hundred and fifty people were entertained at a banquet and many fine speeches were made under the supervision of Mrs. de Motte, who proved an excellent toastmaster.
The following day a business meeting was held from ten in the morning until five o'clock. Delightful reports were read from each of the twenty organized Chapters and several resolutions were passed for the advancement of the work in Illinois.
The Chapter gave a flag to the volunteer troops; furnished 1,249 articles for the hospitals, and supported the families of five soldiers during their absence at the front.
The Chicago Chapter, Regent, Mrs. Julia Booth Dickinson, has added 100 new members, making a total of 653 in all. It is supporting a Real Daughter of a revolutionary soldier and has taken care of her entire family during the extreme cold of the past winter.
The Chapter has offered two prizes during the past year for the best essay on the subject of "Influence of the Puritan Element in the Formation of American Character;" one being
a life membership in the Chapter and the other the annual dues for three years. The first prize was won by Mrs. Frank R. Fuller and the second by Mrs. Robert B. Farson.
In addition to the regular literary meetings of the Chapter and the observance of our National holidays, including Flag Day, a large reception was given early in the year in honor of our President General, Mrs. Daniel Manning.
In July a charming lawn fête was given at the suburban residence of one of our members for the benefit of the War Relief Fund, which deserves special mention for the completeness of its arrangements and the unusual beauty of the decorations. It is interesting to note that it occurred on the day when the news was received of the surrender of Santiago.
The war relief work in the Chicago Chapter was carried on with the greatest vigor, the total amount of money raised being nearly $900. The number of garments made was 2,065 and 1,511 magazines and books were sent to the invalid soldiers and sailors. But no statistics could convey the ardent enthusiasm and loving self-denial exercised by the Daughters of this and many smaller Chapters throughout the State.
The Shadrach Bond Chapter, Mrs. Laura M. Noyes, Regent, subscribed for the AMERICAN MONTHLY MAGAZINE for the reading room in the Public Library and the "Spirit of 76" for the reading room of the Carthage College.
Fort Dearborn Chapter, Mrs. William Holabird, Regent, until November, when her successor, Mrs. Nelson C. Gridley, was elected, held frequent literary meetings, and during the summer worked for the soldiers in connection with other patriotic women of their city.
In November when the State Regent visited the Chapter, a reception was given for her, at which time she gave a brief account of the work which had been accomplished in Illinois during the year. This Chapter furnished a flag on Flag Day to each child in the public schools.
The North Shore Chapter, Miss Le Bar, Regent, has a membership of thirty-seven, showing an increase of three. Mrs. William C. Egan was Regent during the war, and under her efficient management the Chapter took care of the families of the soldiers at Fort Sheridan during the absence of the regiments and sent delicacies to the invalids on their return. The Chapter also gave engravings and photographs to the public schools and paid the tuition for one year at a boarding school for two boys whose father died at Santiago.
The Rev. James Caldwell Chapter, Regent, Mrs. Fannie Bancroft Weir, has a membership of forty-five, showing an increase of nine. The Chapter presented a flag to the volunteer troops and later furnished many comforts to the convalescent soldiers.
The Chapter also placed the AMERICAN MONTHLY MAGAZine in the Public Library; also gave $15.00 in money, and 140. articles to the war relief work.
Mrs. Gates Strawn has been Regent until within a month, when her term of office having expired, Mrs. Weir was elected.
The Kewanee Chapter, Mrs. James K. Blish, Regent, has a membership of seventeen, showing an increase of four. The Chapter held its regular literary meetings as usual and in January voted $5.00 to the Lafayette fund.
The Lincoln Chapter has a membership of twenty-six, showing an increase of one during the past year. This Chapter gave to the war fund the sum of $87.00. In October this Chapter sent to the Treasurer General $59.00 for the benefit of the soldiers and sailors, also $5.00 to the Lafayette fund. The Chapter has one Real Daughter and two life members. Mrs. David Gillespie was Regent until a few weeks since. Mrs. Adeline G. Bates is now Regent.
The Moline Chapter, Mrs. Charles H. Deere, Regent, sent $25.00 to Camp Thomas, Chickamauga. Twenty dollars also sent to the general Daughters of the American Revolution War Relief Fund. About the middle of November the State Regent visited Moline and was entertained at the home of the Regent, Mrs. Deere, and she has most happy recollections of the reception given for her by the Moline Chapter.
All the friends from Rock Island and Davenport Chapters were invited and most of them were present. The reception was unique, as the members of the Moline Chapter were in colonial costume and during the latter part of the afternoon much practical information was given in regard to national and State work. Before leaving the Regent held a business meeting and the members of Moline, Rock Island and Davenport Chapters were present.
The Warren Chapter, Regent, Mrs. Ida J. Burns, has a membership of thirty-one, showing an increase of seven. The Chapter, though laboring under serious difficulties, sent two nurses to minister to the needs of the sick in the Sternberg Hospital, Chickamauga Park, and they sent a box weighing one hundred pounds filled with sheets and shirts, quantities of linen and muslin for bandages and various other hospital supplies.
The George Rogers Clark Chapter, Mrs. J. M. Baker, Regent, has a membership of fifty-five, increase of four during the past year.
A small library of historic works was presented to the local library in the name and to the memory of General George Rogers Clark on November 19, 1897, and during 1898 an addition was made of three standard volumes on American history.
The war relief work was pursued under the former Regent, Mrs. Grace S. Davidson, and $15.00 in money and 578 articles were forwarded to the hospitals.
The Illini Chapter, Mrs. W. P. Parker, Regent, (former Regent, Mrs. Phoebe Sherwood), in addition to its ordinary work raised a very large sum of money-nearly a thousand dollars, besides furnishing 202 garments for the hospitals.
The Peoria Chapter, Mrs. Alexander Tyng, Regent, gave $20.00 toward the ice fund in hospital, Chickamauga, Georgia.
The Princeton Chapter, Mrs. Austin Reeve, Regent, raised $25.00 and furnished 279 articles for hospital use.
The Dorothy Quincy Chapter, Miss Cornelia Collins, Regent, established a Soldiers' and Sailors' Relief Society, assisted in giving a flag to the sailors, assisted in raising $600.00 and furnished to the hospitals over two hundred gar
As the Regent of the Chapter was absent from home on account of illness, Mrs. T. Dewey Woodruff took charge of the war relief work.
The Chapter also assumed expense of caring for a typhoid fever patient at a private hospital, furnished breakfasts and dinners to soldiers and sailors on departure and arrival and sent books and magazines to eight United States warships.
The Rockford Chapter, Regent, Mrs. John M. Barnes, has a membership of ninety-nine, showing an increase of three. The war relief work was carried on under the auspices of the former Regent, Mrs. H. W. Taylor, and 225 garments and $25.00 in money were furnished for the hospitals.
The Fort Armstrong Chapter, Regent, Mrs. James M. Buford, former Regent, Mrs. Annette G. Kimball, has a membership of forty-nine, showing an increase of twelve. The Chapter in addition to its ordinary work sent 161 articles to the hospital. During the visit of the State Regent in November, the Fort Armstrong Chapter gave a charming evening reception. A delightful paper was read by one of the members and several fine addresses made.
The Amor Patriae Chapter, Regent, Mrs. S. Williams, has a membership of twenty, showing an increase of seven.
The Chapter of Springfield, Mrs. Charles V. Hickox, Regent, the capital of our State and the historic town which was the home of Lincoln, was the first in Illinois and the second in the Union to make an organized effort in aid of the soldiers. Camp Tanner and Camp Lincoln, the large State camps were located there, and hardly had the troops arrived when, in May, the members of the Chapter gave an evening fête which was a very great success. The sum of $267.00 was realized, and was given to the First Illinois Volunteer Cavalry and the Fifth Illinois Volunteer Infantry for hospital purposes, and proved of inestimable value, coming as it did before government funds were available.
Later $25.00 was sent to the United States Daughters of the American Revolution War Fund and $70.00 was used for the sick soldiers in camp, so that in all this devoted Chapter of twenty-six members raised $362.70.
The large camps being located at Springfield gave unusual stimulus to work of the Chapter for the soldiers, but it would be impossible to describe the zeal of the members or to appreciate too highly their tender, personal ministrations.
Upon the return of the troops in the autumn the members of this Chapter, in connection with other patriotic women of