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costume. The decorations, program, toasts and Thanksgiving supper combined to make it one of the finest entertainments ever given in the city.
Our Chapter has sent $5.00 to the Hospital Corps, besides large quantities of supplies and $98.31 sent by Mrs. Adeline Meachan, one of our members at LaGrange. We have sent $2.20 to the Meadow Garden fund and $5.00 to the Lafayette Monument Fund.
Our Chapter is very enthusiastic and expects to celebrate Washington's birthday in fitting manner. All the officers and Program Committee are very faithful and prompt in the performance of duty. We expect to be represented at the coming Congress, Washington, by Mrs. J. S. Brown, of LaGrange.
The Regent of the New Albany Chapter, Mrs. Mary E. Cardwill, reports:
In January, 1898, a few ladies of revolutionary ancestors met by invitation at the home of Mrs. Mary E. Cardwill to discuss the feasibility of forming a Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Miss Cardwill had been appointed prospective Regent of a prospective Chapter in New Albany by State Regent Mrs. C. C. Foster, sometime before, but had been unable at long range even to discover what material she had to work upon. One other lady, however, in the city, had before this meeting become a member of the National Organization upon Miss Cardwill's solicitation. The meeting in January proved to be one almost of enthusiasm and another meeting was appointed to be held at the same place in February. At this second meeting Mrs. Sarah H. Henton, a member of the John Marshall Chapter, Louisville, was present and gave an interesting talk. A few application blanks which the Regent had on hand were distributed, and another meeting appointed for March. At the March meeting a preliminary organization was formed, the prospective Regent appointing the officers, who were to be also the officers in the Chapter, which it was determined to form as soon as the requisite number of national members could be obtained.
Before the April meeting, nine sets of application blanks
had been forwarded to Washington, seven of these were accepted by the National Board in April. Four more applications were sent before the May meeting. At that meeting, held with the Misses Hedden, the acceptance of seven of the applications by the National Board was announced. Three more sets of papers had been approved by the National Registrar, so that there was a centainty of the requisite number for the organization of the Chapter in June. It was decided that such action should be taken, and at the time chosen to be in commemoration of the battle of Bunker Hill. The meeting was held at the home of the prospective Secretary, Mrs. Helen Mar Fawcett, but the organization was unanimously postponed until October, because several ladies who especially wished to be charter members, had not been able to have their papers approved. This June meeting was the last one held by the preliminary organization and was a delightful literary, musical and social event.
At all the preliminary meetings historical papers or relations were read, patriotic songs sung and there were other exercises held, such as those we expected to hold in our Chapter meetings.
During the summer four more applications for membership in the National Society were made and in September six of the seven applicants having been approved by the Registrar, were accepted by the National Board.
October 15, 1898, the New Albany, Indiana, Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution was formed with eighteen members. The meetings were held at the home of Miss Annabella Smith, a few miles in the country, on ground which was a part of the original grant to George Rogers Clarke and his soldiers. No name was given to the Chapter, though it is hoped that one will soon be found.
December 30th a special meeting was held in the evening and called the charter meeting. At that time the charter was presented to the Chapter by the Regent. The members dressed in colonial costumes. A limited number of guests were invited, and in addition to the fine literary and musical program, a supper was served, making the evening a notable social event.
The meetings of the Chapter are held usually the third Saturday afternoon in each month. The meetings are opened with the Lord's Prayer said in concert, after which "America" is sung. A business meeting is followed by literary exercises and music, and sometimes at the close light refreshments are served.
The Chapter has no work outside of the Chapter to report. The failure to organize in time made work as a Chapter for the War Relief Committee impossible, but this was really unnecessary since the work was accomplished through other organizations or by individual effort.
Before this report is read a committee will be appointed in the Chapter to look up graves of revolutionary soldiers in the vicinity, and other work of a like broader scope inaugurated. The Chapter hopes to be an active and useful one.
Since its organization two members have been added and a third is awaiting certain acceptance at Washington. The officers and members are: Regent, Mary E. Cardwill; ViceRegent, Mrs. Frances Rice Maginness; Secretary, Mrs. Helen Mar Fawcett; Registrar, Miss Fannie M. Hedden; Historian, Mrs. Martha T. H. Gwin; Treasurer, Miss Anna E. Cardwill; Mrs. Annie Evans, Miss Estelle Kinder Sowle, Miss Emma D. Dewhurst, Miss Mary Annabella Smith, Miss Susan Eleanor Hooper, Miss Theodosia C. Hedden, Mrs. Anna White Greene, Mrs. Margaret Mitchel Johnson, Miss Carrie B. Webster, Miss Alice L. Greene, Miss Anna M. Fitch Bragdon, Miss Clara Kimball Bragdon, charter members. Chairman Program Committee, Miss Theodosia C. Hedden.
Miss Clara Funk and Mrs. Harriet U. Steele have been added to the roll since the organization.
Mrs. Lavinia H. Fowler, Regent of the Spencer Chapter, reports:
The Spencer Chapter has no great deeds to relate or wonderful events to describe, but there is a little leaven at work and I am happy to report a healthy growing condition. Two new members have been added since our last report, now having fifteen members. We call ourselves a history class. We meet once a month and study Indiana history. We observe Flag Day and the Fourth of July; at these meetings the children are invited and are given part in the program.
Our annual meeting is February 25th, George Rogers Clarke Day. At this meeting guests are invited, especially our husbands and sons. We are still looking after the revolutionary graves. I made a journey last fall to visit our real son, who is very old and is confined to his bed with a broken hip, will never sit up again. While his mind is weak from age, yet he told me the story very clearly of the battle of “The Cowpens" just as his father pictured it to him. A number of our ladies take "The Spirit of '76" and receive much help from it. We also take the "Indianion,” which guides us in our history class.
But it with pleasure I refer to the war work. We are proud that Spencer Chapter has a representative on the field, Miss Mary Craig, Fort McPherson, Georgia. She writes us thrilling letters of her work. We contributed two boxes of things necessary in hospital work and some luxuries to McPherson and Chickamauga. Both were officially acknowledged.
Mrs. Harriet McCoy, Regent of the Renssaeler Chapter, reports thirty-one members, interesting meetings and much work planned for the coming year.
The Vanderburgh Chapter, of Evansville, reports through the Secretary, Mrs. Jennie S. Sonntag:
The Vanderburgh Chapter, of Evansville, is in a strong and growing condition. The membership to date is twenty. Regent, Mrs. Lucy B. Walker ; Vice-Regent, Mrs. Francis H. Roach ; Secretary, Mrs. Jennie S. Sonntag; Treasurer, Mrs. Mary Van H. Ingle; Historian, Mrs. Helen Ames; Registrar, Dr. Francis Cantrall.
The study of the battles fought during the years 1778-1779 has been pursued with much interest. Our Regent, who was appointed a delegate to the National Congress, will be unable to attend. Her alternate, Mrs. Francis M. Roach, expects to take her place.
Mrs. Hawkins, Regent Brazil, did efficient work in securing and placing an immune nurse.
Mrs. Brown, the Regent at Fort Wayne, is inclined to give up her work.
Mrs. Latta, of Goshen, appointed Regent, is in California in poor health. She gave $25 toward the war fund, but has not been able to enlist others.
Mrs. Bogeman, of Poseyville, reports herself unable to secure a Chapter thus far, though there are more than enough eligible ladies.
Mrs. Machan, of LaGrange, and Mrs. Brown, of that place, have joined the Huntington Chapter "temporarily.” Mrs. Machan has raised $117.99 for various purposes of the war work. The Huntington Chapter stands credited with $98.31 of this. Mrs. Machan is an invalid, and her energy and good will are beyond praise.
Mrs. Hayes, of Lawrenceburg, is still trying to secure a Chapter and strongly hopes to be able to do so in the coming year.
Mrs. Stormont, of Princeton, has been much fettered by affliction in her family.
I am disappointed that there is yet no Chapter formed either in Bloomington or Ellettsville.
Mrs. Major has not yet secured her twelve in Shelbyville.
Mrs. Fraser is quite willing to give up the work in Warsaw. There are very many clubs and societies in Warsaw. There is hope of a strong Chapter in Richmond. Respectfully submitted,
SARAH F. ATKINS,
Madam President and Members of the Eighth Continental Congress: In presenting my report for the current year, I extremely regret that I can say nothing materially different from what was set forth in my last year's showing. Yet I do not feel entirely discouraged as to the success of our cause in this part of our great country. I feel sure the time will come when some one who is to be my successor in the office of State Regent for Indian Territory, will have the satisfaction of sending up reports that will be occasion for great pleasure