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Regent. The Secretary further reports, “Our hope is that with the beginning of next year we may be able to work in harmony with the State Regent." This Chapter includes in its membership some of the most brilliant women in the State.
The Charter Oak Chapter, of Faribault, was so named from the fact that two of its members are lineal descendants of Joseph Wadsworth, who is supposed to have concealed the Charter of Connecticut in the famous oak. Miss Stella Francis Cole was appointed Regent, and the first meeting of the Chapter was held February 9, 1898. Later five more members being added, the charter was applied for and the date of organization changed to September 29, 1898. The Chapter has assisted in a reception to the returning soldiers; has offered a prize to the member of the Senior Class of the High School, who shall write the best essay on the early history of Minnesota; and means are now being considered for the erection of a monument to Alexander Faribault, the founder of the city in which the Chapter is located, and a man of great distinction in the early history of Minnesota. This Chapter is composed entirely of young ladies.
Wenonah Chapter was organized January 27, 1898, with eighteen members; Mrs. W. H. Yale, Regent. It now has a membership of twenty-three. Eight meetings were held during the year. On May 11th, a reception was given the State Regent and Mrs. Charles E. Smith, State Director of Children Societies, at which time a fine literary and musical program was given and the charter presented. During the summer the Chapter took up work for our soldiers, and this winter they have been enjoying carefully prepared literary programs at each meeting. The first annual meeting was held January II, 1899, at the home of Mrs. F. A. Rising, at which time Mrs. Rising was elected Regent for the ensuing year. The Chapter has sent $20 as its contribution to the Lafayette monument to be erected in Paris in 1900.
The Distaff Chapter, of St. Paul, was organized at the home of Mrs. John Quincy Adams, April 7, 1898, with a membership of nineteen, and already enjoys the distinction of being one of the most prosperous Chapters in the State, having a membership of fifty-one. The Regent, Mrs. Charles E.
Smith, has had much experience in and has a great love for patriotic work. She also serves as State Director of the Children Societies of the American Revolution. The motto selected by Mrs. Adams for the Chapter was, "The torch of patriotism is lighted at the hearth-fire." The Chapter charter is framed in wood from Mt. Vernon, a gift from its Regent. The Chapter decided that the work done should be of a practical character, and the Cubans were selected as the first beneficiaries, clothing being made and sent to them through the Red Cross Society. On the breaking out of the war with Spain hospital flags and supplies were furnished the Minnesota volunteers. The appeals from the Hospital Relief Corps of the National Society were promptly responded to and nurses' outfits were prepared in the same manner. A contribution of Sio has also been made to the Franco-American Memorial fund.
Fergus Falls Chapter, of Fergus Falls, completed its organization January 30, 1899. The Regent, Mrs. James A. Brown, is eminently fitted to carry out the work so auspiciously begun by the twelve members, who count among their number women of distinguished ancestry. This Chapter was enthusiastically welcomed at the meeting of the delegates to the National Congress, held in Minneapolis, February 4, 1899, at which meeting it was represented by its Regent. Respectfully submitted,
ANNA M. TORRANCE,
Madam President and Members of the Eighth Continental Congress: The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Missouri, with its sister societies throughout the country, has during the past year demonstrated its right to live as an organization-an organization composed not of
sentimental women glorying in achievements of dead ancestors, but of active patriots.
Missouri was, we believe, the first State in the Union where the Daughters of the American Revolution organizations framed and passed throughout the State patriotic resolutions relative to the impending war. April 15, 1898:
Resolved, That the Missouri Chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution are requested to unite in a plan for systematic work for the care and comfort of the sick of our Army and Navy, in the impending struggle with Spain for the independence of Cuba, and the cessation of inhumanity toward the people of that unhappy island.—Mary H. L. Shields, State Regent.
The above resolution was received and passed by every Chapter in the State. With this point of view and the Daughters of the American Revolution as leaders, every woman's organization in the State joined hands and worked for the cause presented.
The St. Louis Chapter, the oldest in Missouri, led in active work. Its Regent, Mrs. Western Bascombe, and its Treasurer, since elected Regent, Mrs. Dellafield, despite the heat of the city, stood at their posts the entire summer dispensing material aid. This included garments for hospital, delicacies for the sick and a sum of money approximating a thousand dollars. Added to this the Regent brings in her hand a hundred dollars as a contribution to the Continental Hall fund.
One of the surprising features of this war, through which we have passed, a war which ranks with the crusaders, has been the eagerness with which the trained nurses entered the field of hardships, leaving oftentimes positions which they had occupied for years, full of responsibility and remuneration. Notably in this band of women was Irene Toland, a young and beautiful woman. Dr. Toland was so impressed with the thought that duty called her to offer her services to her country as a nurse (having in the past fought with yellow fever for her own life) that she gave up a pleasant position and was among the first to join the ranks of Army nurses. She left us full of eager interest in the cause. Her letters written to us
were full of enthusiasm-one of them from Key West reads thus: “A week ago I went to the bedside of an officer ill with yellow fever. I felt so interested in him that I hunted up his record and found him to be Lieutenant B-, a brother of Mrs. N-, a member of the St. Louis Chapter, and also I found out that his wife is a Daughter. For days his life has hung on a thread. The first sign he has given of life was yesterday when he looked at me and said 'I'm glad a woman is nursing me, now I shall get well.' Lieutenant B, now Captain B-, has visited us and he repeats, 'I got well because an angel in the shape of a Daughters' nurse looked after
Our nurse was faithful indeed, but she overrated her strength. She was ill for a few days and on the 16th of August her spirit passed away. Her name is enrolled with those who died for her fellow-men.
The St. Louis Chapter has fairly earned the title “Mother of Chapters in Missouri,” five active Chapters having grown from this one.
Alton, Illinois, is counted as one of St. Louis' suburbs, hence the Alton ladies eligible to our Society first joined the St. Louis Chapter. During the last few months their number and strength has so increased, that they have bidden the mother good-bye and are now an independent Chapter in Illinois.
The Hannah Arnot Chapter is composed entirely of young ladies. These young ladies guided by their Regent, Miss Tattle, have helped in all good work of increasing our war stand and have met every other week, studying the history of the United States. Mrs. Josephine Cobb, the daughter of one of our Congressmen, is the newly-elected Regent. She also represents the Hannah Arnot Chapter at the Eighth Continental Congress.
The Colonel John Lacey Chapter, after brave and successful efforts on the part of Mrs. David MacAdam, Regent, is well established at the beautiful suburban town of Kirkwood. The fifth Chapter which acknowledges St. Louis as first is the Laclede Chapter. Mrs. Edwin De Wolf is the Regent provided for this organization.
Recognizing that St. Louis is the selected seat of the World's Fair, which will help celebrate the centennial of the Louisiana purchase, and that Missouri is the very heart of that purchase, the Laclede Chapter has set about in earnest to study the history of this purchase. A series of lectures are being given by the Chapter which are both interesting and profitable.
It goes without saying that the Elizabeth Benton Chapter has done well its part in the busy days of the war period. Its women have been generous and faithful and its delegate to this Congress, Mrs. Dockery, brings with her a handsome contribution to the Continental Hall fund. Their Regent, Mrs. Joseph Van C. Karms, is a woman respected and beloved throughout the State.
The Osage Chapter, composed of the cream of Sedalia women with its same Regent at the helm, Mrs. Mary Tulle McCluney, is making forward strides and in the right direction. Neither has the St. Joseph Chapter failed to improve its opportunities. Its Regent, Mrs. Samuel M. Nave, is a beautiful magnetic woman and a social power in the city. Last, but not least, is that jewel of a Chapter at our State Capital, the Jane Randolph Jefferson Chapter. Its members are of the wo derful kind which a capital, whether of State or a Nation, always brings together. Its Regent, so beloved by its members that she is reëlected year after year, is Mrs. Florence Ewing Towles, a daughter of one of Missouri's most prominent sons.
The appointed Regents, Miss Mary Fee, at Cape Girardeau, and Mrs. H. M. Chapin, at DeSota, are still struggling to bring a Chapter into being. That success will eventually crown their efforts we have no doubt.
With this report we close the most eventful year of our Society's record. War with its sorrows has swept over us. Our sons have gone forth to battle and returned to us unharmed. Our women have been faithful and true. The Army and Navy of our country have met with no defeats, nor will they so long as her sons and her daughters are true to their mission and work out their destiny in the future as in the past under the guidance of Almighty God. Respectfully submitted,
MARY H. SHIELDS,