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American Revolution gave an elaborate evening reception, the Daughters of the American Revolution being guests of honor.
The practical work of the Chapter for the relief of the soldiers shows rich results, the details will doubtless be given elsewhere; however, we will note 814 garments and made articles, with quantities of jelly, currantade, malted milk and numbers of air pillows, books, old linen, etc. $50.00 was also appropriated from the Chapter fund, and later a much larger contribution from the proceeds of four productions of an opera, given under the auspices of the Colonial Dames and the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Taken altogether the summing up” shows an active, earnest and helpful year.
The Janesville Chapter comes next in the order of organization. Ofthis (and the remaining Chapters) much less data has been received, but enough to show that it is continuing to be an object lesson to instill patriotism to the community at large. First, by giving one public entertainment each year, with features of unique and vital interest, hence never fails to secure a large and interested audience. The last entertainment covered an afternoon and evening, the former for children; essays were read on “The Life of Washington before the Revolution," a young girl winning the prize. The "living pictures" on both occasions were reproductions of the olden times.
The meetings on alternate months are held at the homes of members. It is inferred here has been little or no official change during the year, and the record, as a whole, indicates steady growth.
The Kenosha Chapter, Mrs. J. H. Kimball, Regent, is the third in date of organization in the State; for lack of a detailed report it may be stated that the Chapter has sustained its previous standard of excellent work on all lines.
· Mrs. J. H. Kimball is still Chapter Regent with little official change.
The brief report from the Beloit Chapter shows a year of unusual interest, as regards the regular program, with some special features, one the offering a prize to the High School senior class, for the best essay on “Why were our Ancestors victorious in the Revolution?" And at a large public gatherthe essays were read and prize conferred.
A fine flag and staff was presented to the city, and, July 4th, thousands gathered to witness the raising of the same with appropriate ceremonies. The Beloit Chapter advocates yearly rotation in office, but the result of the third election is not known further than the election of Mrs. E. F. Hansen as Regent.
The report of the La Crosse Chapter opens with a graceful acknowledgment of the honor conferred by the election of the Chapter Regent, Mrs. Angus Cameron, as a National VicePresident General.
Mrs Van Steerwick was elected Regent, and the other officers remained unchanged. The literary and social features of the regular program continued as previously reported, but the opening meeting of October was of unusual significance, owing to an elaborate dinner being given the Chapter at the residence of Mrs. G. S. Hixies. While October 25th, a prize reception was held at the Wanidschick Club house in honor of Lieutenant C. W. Zwegen, a survivor of the Maine disaster, and a former resident.
The active work of the Chapter later, included measures for the relief of the soldiers ; quantities of bed pads, old flannel, linen and water bottles, (the latter contributed by the Sons of the American Revolution) were sent to the Military Hospital at Chattanooga, the local companies having been sent to that point. A committee of Daughters of the American Revolution also enlisted public interest, with the result that the mayor called a public meeting to devise ways and means, with the result that a large sum of money was pledged monthly for the aid of the sick soldiers and their destitute families. The Secretary adds "The Chapter has not only given pleasure and benefit to its own members, but it has set in motion public and patriotic work, that no other organization seemed ready to undertake."
We are thus far in receipt of only the spring and summer data of the Oshkosh Chapter. At the last meeting before vacation season, the officers of the previous year were re-elected, and a Chaplain, Mrs. DeLong, and a committee of safety added. Mrs. Hough, the hostess, had arranged social features and also a display of many family revolutionary relics. The result of a later special meeting, was the sending of an expensive convalescent tent to the Second Wisconsin Volunteers, which was fitted up with chairs, tables, couches and as a library and writing room, and gave great satisfaction.
A later report speaks of continued good work, but contains the sad intelligence of the death of the active Vice-Regent, Mrs. Helen J. Soper, a woman of rare executive ability, of intellectual worth, and earnestly devoted to the interests of the Chapter, while deeply sympathizing with the broader issues of the work, as exemplified on National lines. Mrs. E. P. Sawyer, the Regent, has written feelingly of the loss the Chapter has sustained. The State Regent does not recall the previous death of a Daughter of the American Revolution official in Wisconsin.
We will now consider three new Chapters, two of which the State Regent had expected to have organized in the spring of '98.
The Stevens Point Chapter was organized June 4th, with a membership of sixteen; the exercises were literary and social, ending with a collation, the afternoon having an essentially patriotic coloring. The officers are as follows: Regent, Mrs. G. E. McDill; Vice-Regent, Mrs. W. W. Mitchell; Secretary, Miss R. G. Cate; Registrar, Mrs. N. Reton; Treasurer, Mrs. Orim Parmeter; Historians, Miss M. E. Tanner, Mrs. Jno. Strope; Board of Management, Mrs. D. W. Owen, Miss E. E. Smith, Miss Genevieve Webster.
The Chapter at Reedsbury was organized on Flag day, June 14th, hence the exercises were appropriate for that occasion, and ended with social cheer. The name Fay Robinson was adopted, an ancestor of the Regent, Mrs. R. P. Perry; the remaining officers are as follows: Secretary, Mrs. Della Dennet; Treasurer, Mrs. A. R. Ryan;,Registrar, Mrs. W. K. Ramsay. The meetings the first year are to be held quarterly.
The Portage Chapter, named Wanban, was organized November ist, 1898, at the residence of the Regent, Mrs. A. C. Flanders, with the following officers: Vice-Regent, Mrs. M. C. VonOstrand; Registrar, Mrs. E. J. Edwards; Secretary, Mrs. L. A. Holden; Treasurer, Mrs. L. B. Latimer; His
torian, Mrs. C. M. Rodine. An address by Mrs. L. A. Holden followed. The exercises were in the form of a reception. Great interest prevailed, and the members met with more of a home feeling, owing to some preliminary work, first by observing Flag day, with exercises in which the children of the Daughters of the American Revolution took part, and later proceeding in a body to decorate the grave of a revolutionary soldier, who rests in Old Fort cemetery.
The plans for work and methods in general, are to be in harmony with the spirit of the National Constitution, and sister Chapters. Passing to points with the neucleus of Chapters under the furtherance of a Regent, much disappointment has been expressed in some quarters, that the requisite twelve members have not been secured when promised. Others express the opinion that there are too many other interests to admit of the probability of securing a Chapter in the near future, and are willing to resign. A list of Chapter Regents is appended: Mrs. Virginia Foulkes, Fon-du-lac; Mrs. D. A. Olin, Racine; Mrs. T. H. Woodward, Eau Claire; Mrs. G. C. Ginty, Chippewa Falls; Mrs. Chas. S. Morris, Berlin; Mrs. Geo. D. Cline, Hudson; Mrs. H. J. Bamford, Plymouth; Mrs. Geo. W. King, Kewannee; Mrs. J. W. Dunham, Depere.
Two resignations only have been sent to the State Regent, Mrs. Bertin Ramsay, of Appleton, on account of continued absence abroad and Mrs. Charity Rusk, who has ceased to be a resident of Wisconsin, having removed to Asheville, North Carolina.
It has been difficult to arrive at correct conclusions, when so distant from the scene of action, but the impression has been received that the live issues growing out of the war have overshadowed revolutionary claims, and for the time being proved an obstacle although the patriotic impulse must have been quickened.
The State Regent desires to make grateful acknowledgment of the offer of assistance proposed by Mrs. Angus Cameron, a National Vice-President General, and Mrs. F. H. Brown and associate officers of the Milwaukee Chapter, and also the prompt coöperation of the Regents of Chapters in accepting the greater responsibility, which her continued absence made inevitable. The reflex influence of the great drama of action, which the war opened out, has been felt even "across the sea," and the magnificent work of the Daughters of the American Revolution, in behalf of the soldiers, has warmed the hearts of their countrywomen, and called forth expressions of appreciation from all.
Trusting that the Daughters of the American Revolution year just opening will yield rich results, this necessarily imperfect report is, Respectfully submitted,
ELLEN M. H. PECK,
State Regent. Berlin, Prussia, February 15th, 1899.
Madam President and Members of the Eighth Continental Cozgress: Herewith I submit to you my second annual report as State Regent Daughters of the American Revolution for the State of Washington.
No new Chapters have been formed during the past year, but additions have been made to the Chapters already existing.
Mary Ball Chapter, of Tacoma, has now fifty-four members. Rainier Chapter, of Seattle, has twenty-eight members.
The absorbing events during the past year have added great interest to our meetings and much aid has been given the Red Cross and Emergency Corps by our members, who thought it was wiser to join with them than work alone.
Here on the Pacific Coast we stand face to face with the Asiatic problem. When we have seen our soldiers take ship at our own wharves and steam away to the Philippines or to Hawaii, the glory of our Revolution becomes dimmed for a time by the deeds of the present and the bravery of our own Boys in Blue, and the work done for their aid and comfort seems just as patriotic as that performed by our grandmothers of a hundred years ago.
In each of the cities of Spokane and Walla Walla a sufficient number of eligible women have been found to form a