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RockFORD CHAPTER.-With mingled joy and sorrow we celebrate the rounding out of another year of our existence as a Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Joy that, after the strain of such unusual circumstances as have existed in our country during one half the year, peace is restored and the condition of millions of people will in consequence be immeasurably benefited. Sorrow, that this peace and amelioration have been secured by the sacrifice of so many precious lives, some of whom were taken from our very midst. At the beginning of hostilities, the National Society resolved itself into a Hospital Corps, and by virtue of its perfect organization, and patriotic membership, was enabled to do a vast amount of good to the sick and wounded soldiers, and proved itself of great assistance to the government; thereby showing conclusively its inherent ability, and readiness to be of service to the country whenever the need may arise. The report of the work done by the Daughters all over the land may be found in the December number of the AMERICAN MONTHLY MAGAZINE, which will hereafter be found on file in the city library. I quote just the summary of the report of the garments received and distributed by the committee of the Daughters of the American Revolution Hospital Corps. Page 665. Of this work it was the privilege of our Chapter to do a considerable share. Early in the war our Program and Entertainment Committee planned the Colonial Tea, which was so great a success, and by which we raised nearly one hundred dollars for our work. This was expended for material for 125 hospital shirts, 21 sets pajamas and 37 ready-made negligé shirts; twenty-five dollars being sent to the War Fund Committee. In adition to these contributions from the Chapter, the Faithful Workers' Circle of Kings' Daughters sent through the Chapter 18 hospital shirts; the Ragazza 12 hospital shirts; a club of farmers' wives in the vicinity of Harrison 18 hospital shirts; the Political Equality Club a dozen, all of which is duly credited in the report of the National Society. Nor must we forget the timely generosity of Mr. Woolsey, of the wrapper factory, who made 36 of the shirts in his factory; the proprietors of the Swiss Laundry and Vr. Brumbaugh, who 'put them in sanitary condition for use. The Hospital Corps has disbanded as such, also the War Committee formed within the National Society, has ceased to be, but the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution continues to exist, ready to follow out the principles of its organization, whenever its services shall be required. Surely we have just cause for pride that we are a part of this great patriotic band of women.
We were most fortunate in being represented at the Seventh Continental Congress by our Regent and Vice-Regent, who gave us full and interesting accounts of the proceedings of that meeting. The Chapter also sent a delegate to the State Conference at Bloomington in April, which was a most enjoyable occasion, being an exchange of ideas in regard to the work of Chapters through the reports of the Regents. The delegates were most delightfully entertained, and a spirit of cordial hospitality seemed to pervade the entire population. It will doubtless be expected of this Chapter to entertain the Conference in the near future.
Our school work in February was most successfully planned and carried out by Mrs. Gregory, and we trust was conclusive of good results. Stereopticon views of Revolutionary towns, buildings and events were presented before the pupils of the eighth grades, which were described by their teachers. Ice cream and cake were served at the conclusion, by the Entertainment Committee. This year the Board of Managers decided upon a different method by which to assist in the education of the children in American history, and which we hope will prove as instructive and of as lasting influence as what has been done before. During the year two Chapter meetings have been held in addition to the colonial tea and the day of sewing for the Hospital Corps. At the first of these meetings, which was held with Mrs. George Blake, the program began a series of historical reminiscences, which were continued at the second, a thimble party at the home of Mrs. Emerson. Much credit is due to the chairman of the Program Committee, Mrs. Emerson, for the success of all the meetings of the year.
The Board of Managers have held nine regular and three extra meetings, at which the average attendance has been larger than in past years, and a genuine interest evinced in
keeping the organization up to the standard in point of numbers and patriotic purpose. By invitation of the Women's Relief Corps, the Chapter furnished the program for entertainment one evening during their fair. The program was arranged by Mrs. Armstrong, assisted by Miss Preston, and would doubtless have proved a great success had it not fallen on the evening on which the soldiers returned from the war, which event threw all else into oblivion. The president of the Women's Relief Corps has made grateful acknowledgment of our cordial response to their request. Since our last annual meeting the angel of death has come very near to us, by entering the homes of five of our members and bearing away loved ones from the family circle of each, leaving sweet memories, but sad and lonely hearts. One of this number, Mrs. Pamela
. Hyat, was until quite recently, a member of this Chapter.
We weep with those who mourn and feel a sense of kinship in their sorrow.
In closing this year of more than usual activity, do we not feel this Society has truly vindicated its right to exist? And have we not demonstrated that it is not a mere fad to belong to the Daughters of the American Revolution ?-CARRIE S. BRETT, Recording Secretary.
CATHERINE GREENE CHAPTER (Xenia, Ohio).- This Chapter received invitations to meet Mrs. James G. Burns, Regent of the Daughters of the American Revolution, of Monmouth, Illinois, as on her return from the Continental Congress at Washington, District of Columbia, she was the guest of her mother and sister, Mrs. George F. Cooper, a few days in April.
The tastefully-decorated house, the great desire of the Chapter to welcome Mrs. Burns to her childhood home, the pleasant social hour, and delicate refreshments, all combined to make it a very enjoyable occasion, while we treasured the dainty little clusters of blue and white violets, tied with red ribbon, given to each departing guest.
During the year 1898 the Catherine Greene Chapter held two open meetings besides the literary meetings. Flag Day, June 14th, was appropriately celebrated by an old-time picnic at "Oakland Farm," the home of their Historian.
The ladies, with their guests, the Nathaniel Greene Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution, enjoyed the walk to the old spring, the drink of cool sparkling water, as it rippled over the stone, the fishpond, shaded by the waving willows, the magnificent view of the Miami Valley and the distant hills.
When supper was spread on the spacious lawn, all enjoyed the delicious repast, and Dr. C. M. Galloway responded to the toast, “Our Country's Flag.”
In October the Regent, Mrs. John Beveridge, issued dainty colonial invitations to the Chapter and a few lady friends for a reception commemorative of the siege of Yorktown, October 19th. The city of Xenia was profusely decorated with flags and bunting in honor of the great peace jubilee celebrated on that day; and the national colors contrasted beautifully with the artistic decorations of autumn leaves, while the burning candles added a rich glow to the scene at the cosy home of the Regent. She was assisted in receiving by the Vice-Regent, Mrs. Harbine, and others attired in quaint costumes of "ye olden time.” A most interesting program comprised an excellent paper on “The Spirit of '76," by Lonise Broadstone; the “New Star-Spangled Banner," sung by Mrs. Langhead, and Miss Elwell delighted all with her selections, “My Dance With the British on Christmas Eve," and "The French Lady in America."
Dainty refreshments were served and the souvenirs were photographs of the “Nelson House,” the last headquarters of Lord Cornwallis in America; and is still standing at Yorktown.- MARYBELLE HAWKINS, Historian.
ETHAN ALLEN CHAPTER.—The following is the report of the year's work: We have lost by death one member, Virs. Ruth Parker Albee, and have added six new names to our membership roll, which now numbers thirty. Two of these, Miss Jane Morton, and Mrs. Abigail Allen Rogers, admitted within the year, are "Real Daughters." At the suggestion of the Ethan Allen Chapter, the anniversary of the taking of Fort Ticonderoga, was celebrated May 10th, by a gathering at the Fort of fifty members from various Chapters in Vermont.
We have sent a petition to our representatives in Congress, signed by most of the Chapter members in the State, urging the purchase by the Government of the historic ground where Fort Ticonderoga stands.
A course of five interesting lectures on American History has been given by prominent citizens of Poughkeepsie under the auspices of the Chapter.
We have sent fifty dollars ($50) in money to the Daughters of the American Revolution War Fund, and made two hundred and fifty (250) cholera bands for the soldiers and eighteen, (18) aprons for nurses. We sent one barrel of reading matter to our Vermont soldiers at Chickamauga, and two barrels to the Massachusetts Volunteer Aid Association.
While the Chapter has not accomplished any great work in 1898, its members have worked together most harmoniously, and I am proud to say that the Ethan Allen Chapter is a recognized power in the community.
The officers for the ensuing year are: Miss Katharine E. Wright, Regent; Mrs. M. T. B. Chapman, Vice-Regent; Miss Sara F. Barnes, Secretary; Miss Susan D. Parker, Treasurer; Miss Ada B. Collender, Assistant Treasurer; Mrs. Clara A. Wright, Registrar; Mrs. Alice King McGilton, Historian. Delegates to Congress, Mrs. Katharine E. Wright, Regent; Miss Susan D. Parker. Alternate, Katharine E. Wright.
LIBERTY BELL CHAPTER celebrates its seventh anniversary, and while there are many things which we, as a Chapter, determined upon at the beginning of the Chapter year that failed of achievement, we can nevertheless look back upon our year's work with no small degree of satisfaction.
Our crowning ambition has been thwarted by circumstances over which we had no control, but which we met with great success, credit and honor. As time moves on, we are more and more convinced that we should erect a bronze tablet in Zion's Church to mark the hiding place of the Liberty Bell during the dark days of the Revolution, and one of such proportions and design as to be a mute but fitting tribute to our ancestors, our community, our patriotism, and last, but not least, our Chapter. Various ways and means have been suggested toward the fulfillment of our designs, but we have not been