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head, Jamestown; Miss Harriett E. Briggs, Penn Yan; Miss Emma Harrington, Albion ; Mrs. James Whitfield, Ilion, Mrs. William B. Van Vliet, Johnstown; Mrs. Isaac Hunt, Adams; Mrs. Joseph King, Fort Edwards ; Miss Ruth Lawrence, Law
Of these Regents Mrs. James Whitfield, of Ilion, organized the Mohawk Valley Chapter with sixteen charter members.
Miss Jane M. Prescott, of Fredonia, January 2, 1899, the Colonel Benjamin Prescott Chapter, fifteen charter members.
Mrs. William Van Vliet, of Johnstown, January 25, 1899, the Johnstown Chapter, twenty-two charter members.
Mrs. Joseph King, of Fort Edward, January 27, 1899, the Jane McCrae Chapter, fourteen charter members.
Mrs. George Henry, of Granville. The twelve members have been accepted, but the Chapter it not yet organized owing to the illness of the Regent.
Mrs. Isaac L. Hunt, of Adams, whose name was given me by Miss Forsyth, appointed Regent in April, organized the Deborah Champion Chapter, October 25th, with thirty-four charter members.
I call your attention to this because the population of Adams is given as 3,302.
The meetings of the Johnstown Chapter will probably be held in the historic home of Sir William Johnson and the Regent of Jane McCrae Chapter owns the land where Jane McCrae met her tragic death.
Mrs. Carpenter, owing to the death of her husband, Captain Carpenter, has left Sacketts Harbor.
Mrs. Gladding and Miss Broadhead report progress.
Miss Lawrence hopes to report an organized Chapter during the Congress.
The Chapters formed this year are: Deborah Champion, of Adams; Colonel Benjamin Prescott, of Fredonia ; Gouverneur Morris, of Gouverneur; Johnstown, of Johnstown; Mohawk Valley, of Ilion; Jane McCrae, of Fort Edward.
The number of Chapters March 1, 1898, was fifty, making the total number of Chapters in New York State, February 18, 1899, fifty-six.
On the authority of the Registrar General the gain in New York's membership for 1898 is 656, including nine Real Daughters. The total membership is 4,233. New York State has the greatest number of Chapters and the largest membership list on the rolls. It is, therefore, the banner State.
So few deaths have been reported to me that I feel it would only be a partial list and therefore omit it.
New York is proud of its Real Daughters. The names of twenty-four have been reported by the Regents of New York City, Deo-on-go-wah, Fort Stanwix, General Nicholas Herkimer, Hendrick Hudson, Le Ray de Chaumont, Gansevoort, Willards Mountain, Tuscarora, Onondaga, Camden, Olean and Irondequoit.
May 18th a conference was held at the residence of the State Regent in Syracuse. Thirty-four visiting Regents and Delegates with the officers of the Onondaga Chapter represented thirty of the fifty organized Chapters. The meeting was called to order at 10 a. m. Answers to roll call were short reports of Chapter work. It is unnecessary to recapitulate the discussions as the proceedings, in printed form, were sent to the National Board, all State Regents and New York State Chapters.
Albany, Fishkill, New York City, Rochester, Utica and Kingston, have been visited and four Board meetings attended in the interests of the Society. It has been a great regret that all invitations could not have been accepted.
Since March ist, 1,026 letters have been received, 2,092 letters and documents sent out, 410 application papers and constitutions distributed.
All printed matter issued by Chapters, year books, programs, etc., have been placed on file in the State Library at Albany.
In this connection I would like to suggest that each Chapter forward to the State Librarian a typewritten historical article in reference to the name it has chosen and also copies of whatever publications may be issued in the future. The new interest in American Revolutionary History is shown by the many novels and historical works of that period which have been published this year. This re-awakening is attributed to the great influence of the patriotic societies.
I shall make only a brief reference to the magnificent war relief work as a full report has been printed and a copy will be given each Chapter: Total number of garments, handkerchiefs, sheets, pillow cases, blankets, towels and comfort bags, 25,750; Large consignments of delicacies and hospital supplies; Books, 11,959, besides several barrels and boxes not counted; Total number of hospital envelopes, 622; Total amount of cash, $9,199.40.
The following list will indicate the nature of the work accomplished by the Chapters:
Astenrogen Chapter, Little Falls.-Historical prizes given in the schools, graves of revolutionary soldiers decorated on Memorial Day, AMERICAN MONTHLY and Spirit of '76 placed on file in the public library and a contribution made to the Lafayette Monument fund.
Baron Steuben Chapter, Bath.—Contributed to the Lafayette Monument and Washington Statue funds and historical prizes in the public school.
Bronx Chapter, Mount Vernon.-Confined its work to war relief.
Buffalo Chapter, Buffalo.—Requires special mention for its very large membership, and its great success in educating the foreign population of Buffalo by illustrated lectures on American history. These lectures were delivered to audiences of over six hundred people and in a hall where there were no seats. This Chapter is very large, and its meetings are held in the auditorium of the Twentieth Century Club.
Camden Chapter, Camden.-Two "Real Daughters;" raising a fund for a monument to revolutionary soldiers buried in Camden.
Catherine Schuyler Chapter, Belmont.—This enthusiastic Chapter was saddened in December by the death of Judge Ward, the husband of its most efficient Regent. Previous to the death of Judge Ward, a most interesting meeting to commemorate "the landing of the Pilgrims" was held at the residence of the Regent.
Cayuga Chapter, Ithaca.-Many new members added and weekly historical readings held, historical prizes presented in the High School and six revolutionary graves marked.
Chemung Chapter, Elmira.-Numbers fifty-four and sent a contribution to the Lafayette monument.
Deo-on-go-wa Chapter, Batavia.–Of its nineteen members, nine are Mayflower descendants; has two "Real Daughters" and is marking revolutionary graves.
Fort Stanwix Chapter, Rome.—Has one “Real Daughter;" did much effective war relief work.
Gansevoort Chapter, Albany.—Has one “Real Daughter,” Mrs. Alfred B. Street, whose husband was a well known poet. War relief work.
General Nicholas Herkimer Chapter, Herkimer. One of the three "Real Daughters” died this year. Historical prizes to the schools. Raised $500 by an entertainment.
Fort Green Chapter, Brooklyn.-$100 to the Prison Ship Monument fund.
Fort Plain Chapter, Fort Plain.—A young and active Chapter which confined its work to war relief.
Hendrick Hudson Chapter, Hudson.—The most important work of this Chapter is the opening to the public of a library of thirty-two hundred books. Members of the Chapter act as librarians.
There are now six hundred patrons.
This Chapter has also published a book “Mary and I Europe.” With the proceeds, a building fund has been established. One “Real Daughter" is on the membership list.
Irondequoit Chapter, Rochester - This is one of the largest and most active Chapters in the State, and I would like to call attention to its record in the war report. One “Real Daughter,” Mrs. Rochester Pitkin, is an honorary member. Gave a banner to the State Industrial School, a flag to the Children of American Revolution and a free lecture by Mr. Elsworth to the Public School children.
Kanestio Valley Chapter, Hornellsville.—The report says: “We are only a year old but very enthusiastic and accomplishing good work.” As the report of war work was sent too late for that report I mention it here. Luncheon for 200 soldiers and $10.00.
Keskeskick Chapter, Yonkers.-Raising money for a revolutionary monument.
Knickerbocker Chapter, New York City.-A most successful Loan exhibition was held, instead of the annual reception, to obtain money for the Lafayette Monument fund.
Le Ray de Chaumont Chapter, Watertown.—This Chapter stands unique in having seven “Real Daughters,” three being sisters. Fifty revolutionary graves were decorated with flags and flowers on Memorial Day. Assistance is being given to a free library.
Mahwenasigh Chapter, Poughkeepsie.The official residence of Governor George Clinton was purchased and furnished; is now used as the Chapter home.
Mary Washington Colonial Chapter, New York City.This Chapter is working with great zeal in many directions. Just at present its chief objects are the Reubena Hyde Walworth memorial fund, and the restoration and preservation of Fraunces' Tavern.
Mary Weed Marvin Chapter, Walton.—Has carried out a most attractive year's program in New York State history.
Melzingah Chapter, Fishkill.-In addition to the monument placed by this Chapter last year, it has had given into its keeping a monument to the memory of General de Lafayette, which was presented in June last, by Lafayette Post, of New York City. The monument was placed near the Brinkerhoff house where Lafayette was ill for many weeks. This celebration will long be remembered by the Chapter and its guests.
Mohawk Chapter, Albany.—This Chapter, with the Gansevoort Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Philip Livingston Chapter, Sons of the Revolution, gave a magnificent reception to the President General.
Mohegan Chapter, Sing Sing.—Is very progressive; its study subject for the year has been Historic New England.
Olean Chapter, Olean.-Studied Colonial History; had a very fine Loan exhibition.
Ondawa Chapter, Cambridge.--Raised $50.00 for the Continental Hall fund. Miss Helen M. Wright has designed a marker for revolutionary graves. A Chapter of the Children of the American Revolution has been organized.
Oneida Chapter, Utica.—Is a large and progressive Chapter; was particularly active in war relief work.