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paper upon “The First Thanksgiving.” This was followed by a well rendered recitation by Mrs. W. S. Kelly, “The Landing of the Pilgrim Fathers.” “The Customs of the Early Puritans” was a carefully prepared paper full of instructive and entertaining matter regarding the Mayflower Colony, by Miss Prudence Kenner.
At the conclusion of this part of the program, a brief social was announced during which the tables were brought in and arranged for the feast. Robert Sessions then appeared, costumed in the official robes of Puritan times, and when the company were again seated, read the Thanksgiving Day Proclamation of Governor Bradfrod, issued in 1621. An interesting bit of drama was then enacted. Dr. Sutton and W. H. Shideler appeared upon the scene dressed in full Indian costume—the Doctor acting as interpreter for Massasoit, the Indian Chief. The "pow-wow” was well sustained by the Governor, the Interpreter, and the Chief, and resulted in an especial table being spread for the visitors.
The feast which followed was splendidly served and highly relished by all. The menu consisted of roast turkey, cranberry sauce, sandwiches, escalloped oysters, pickles, Puritan bread, pumpkin pie, angel food, nuts, raisins and coffee. After all had done ample justice to the refreshments, the program was continued. Thad Butler responded to the toast, "How I Came Over on the Mayflower.” Mrs. Frank Felter gave the story in her own language of the courtship of Miles Standish, and E. B. Heiney, in an original paraphrase of Hiawatha, told of the early settlers of Pennsylvania.
The names of charter members of Huntington Chapter: Nancy F. Powers Scott, Anna Sturtevant Hawley, Martha Kerlin Alexander, Ella Winstrode Griffith, Della Millar Heney, Louisa J. Hawley, Mattie Winter Kelley, Miss Dessie Moore, Mrs. Sarah McClaskey Sessions, Mrs. Emma Moore Baylor, Mrs. Clara V. Haley Wells, Mrs. Jessie Heiney Windle, Mrs. George J. Kimble Windle, Mrs. Sarah Frances Dick, Miss Rose Hibbitt Forman, Mrs. Adaline McClasky Maehan. -Mrs. Sarah McCLASKEY SESSIONS, Historian.
PILGRIM CHAPTER (Iowa City, Iowa) was organized on the 19th day of January, 1898, with thirteen charter members. The officers for the year were then appointed by the Regent, Mrs. Ella Lyons: Vice-Regent, Mrs. Adelia S. Carder; Recording Secretary, Miss Aline Holsin; Corresponding Secretary, Mrs. Fannie Ostartsman; Treasurer, Mrs. Elizabeth Cox; Registrar, Mrs. W. Marshall; Historian, Mrs. Kate L. Palmer. The same officers have been re-elected for the second year, with the exception of Registrar, Miss Cora Morrison having been elected to that office for the ensuing year. Our Chapter can also boast of having as a member a "Real Daughter," Mrs. Eliza A. Shrader, who was the daughter of Isaac Melvin and Abigail Dearborn, and was born at Portland, Maine, January 7, 1808. Her father enlisted in 1777, when little more than a school boy, under Captain Abishai Brown, Colonel John Robinson's regiment. The greater part of her life was spent near Marietta, Ohio, but for the last thirty years she has lived in Iowa City. Soon after becoming a member of our Chapter the National Society presented her with a beautiful gold Souvenir Spoon, and at Christmas the Chapter presented her with a beautiful picture.
Although the Chapter is still quite small and we have made but little noise in the world, we are not deficient in patriotism. When it became evident that war was unavoidable, our Regent, Mrs. Ella Lyon, called a meeting of the Chapter to consider the best method of helping to provide for the comfort of the "brave boys” who had gone at their "country's call.” For this purpose it was decided to give a “Patriotic Téa," at the home of Mrs. J. G. Lindsay, one of our charter members. The rooms were tastefully decorated with a profusion of flags and flowers. The costumes of the reception committee, the table decorations, and the refreshments were all arranged in the national colors. All had a pleasant time, and a neat sum was realized with which to help provide for the sick and wounded soldiers.
The past year has been one of both pleasure and profit. Our Chapter has increased in interest, also in members.
At each regular meeting an historical paper is read by one of the Daughters, sometimes followed by a discussion. Oc
casionally we have a paper on “Ancestry.” We are entering upon our second year with every prospect for a successful and harmonious career. We have a good literary program and our meetings are well attended.-KATE L. PALMER, Historian.
FORT MASSACHUSETTS CHAPTER.—The annual meeting of the Fort Massachusetts Chapter, of North Adams, Massachusetts, was held Saturday afternoon, January 14th, 1899. The reports of the different officers showed that the interest has greatly increased since our organization two years ago. Our Chapter has gradually grown and now sixty-four members are enrolled upon our books. The following officers were elected for the ensuing year: Regent, Mrs. Mary F. Richmond; ViceRegent, Mrs. Emily N. Walker; Treasurer, Mrs. Janet H. Pearson; Secretary, Mrs. Jeannie P. Goodrich; Registrar, Mrs. Annie R. Witherell; Historian, Mrs. Ęmily H. Might; Chaplain, Mrs. Elizabeth D. Thayer; additional members on Board of Management, Mrs. Arabella Barlow, Mrs. Clara Robinson, Mrs. Minerva Boss. The following members were elected to attend the National Convention, to be held in Washington, February 22d: Delegates, Mrs. Mary F. Richmond, Mrs. Annie R. Witherell; Alternates, Mrs. Emily N. Walker, Mrs. Elizabeth Thayer, Miss Stella Cady, Miss Ethel Whipple.
MOLLY REID CHAPTER (Derry, New Hampshire), Mrs. G. W. Bingham Regent, has entered upon its fifth year with a membership of fifty. It has the proud distinction of having upon its rolls the names of three "Real Daughters." They are: Mrs. Martha Mason, of Wolfboro, New Hampshire, born in 1812; Mrs. Sarah Hersey, of Wolfboro, born in 1813; and Mrs. Emily Allen, of South Lee, New Hampshire, born in 1821. They are sisters, daughters of John Piper, of Tuftonboro, New Hampshire, who entered the Revolutionary Army at the age of sixteen. He was twice married, and was the father of twenty-one children. He died at the age of seventyone, and nineteen grown-up children followed him to the grave. Our meetings are always well attended, and many papers of great interest and historical value have been presented during the past year. Arrangements have been made for marking the birthplace of Molly Reid, whose maiden name was Woodburn. This will be done with appropriate exercises when spring opens. Since our last meeting, in January, Death has for the first time entered our Chapter, and has removed one of its most beloved members, Miss Maria Parsons. She was the Treasurer and one of the charter members. Her sweet and gentle presence will be greatly missed from our Chapter, but chiefly from her home, where she was
“As one who held herself a part
Against the household bosom lean."
"That life is ever Lord of death,
-MARY LATHAM CLARK, Historian.
WENONAH CHAPTER was chartered by the National Board February 3, 1898. The Chapter was organized with the following officers: Mrs. Mary H. Yale, Regent; Mrs. Martha W. Snow, Vice-Regent; Mrs. Lethe B. Morrison, Recording Secretary; Mrs. Augusta C. Rising, Corresponding Secretary; Mrs. Kate W. Kinney, Treasurer; Mrs. Agnes M. Warfield, Registrar; Miss Charlotte A. Prentiss, Historian; Mrs. Anna B. Blake, chairman Committee on Ways and Means; Mrs. Frances L. Bell, chairman Program Committee. The list of chaiter members is completed with the names of Mrs. Charlotte C. Buffum, Mrs. Mary D. Dyar, Mrs. Mary W. Gregory, Mrs. Ruth H. Van Sant, Mrs. Sarah D. Wilberton, Mrs. Emeline C. Hodgins, Mrs. Ella K. Booth, Mrs. Frances E. Lake, Mrs. Emma H. Norton. The most notable event of the year was the visit in May to the Chapter of Mrs. Eli Torrance, of Minneapolis, the State Regent, and Mrs. Charles E. Smith, of St. Paul, the State Organizer of Children's Work. Mrs. Yale most hospitably entertained the distinguished guests at a dinner at which the officers of the Chapter were also present. At the regular meeting of the Chapter held at Mrs. Bell's, the State Regent formally presented the charter to the Chapter and
gave an interesting and valuable talk in which she outlined the work of the National Society as well as that of local Chapters. She also called our attention to the project of the Continental Hall, in which she is deeply interested. Mrs. Smith also imparted some of her own enthusiasm to us as she told us of the work of the Children's Societies, and showed the value of these Societies in implanting early in the child's life a love of country. A general discussion was entered upon regarding the work to be done here and the work for our soldiers and for the Cubans. Delightful music, a stirring reading of Browning's "Heroic Ride" and the singing of “America” by all present closed formally a charming afternoon. Light refreshments and social visiting followed. Soon after this Wenonah Chapter began the active work of preparing comforting supplies for our soldiers in camp, our interest being especially strengthened by the fact that Wenona was already represented by two companies. About this time, however, a large Red Cross Society was organized in the city and it seemed best to merge our work in that, which was accordingly done.-CHARLOTTE PRENTISS, Historian.
CALIFORNIA CHAPTER, although one of the youngest of the Daughters of the American Revolution, is as full of enthusiasm and patriotism as her older sisters on the Pacific Coast. The first meeting of the present year was held at the home of Mrs. Voorhees. The Chapter gathered around a table on which “The Peace of Utrecht" was signed, and outlined their plan of work and historical research. During the past summer San Francisco has been the center of so much' military activity, and the coming and going of so many troops has required so much of all here, that the meeting was largely occupied with reports of work done in and for the “Red Cross.” Not only has the Chapter responded officially to the call for money, but all of her members have been more or less actively engaged in its work. The Regent, Mrs. Moody, was the hostess of the second meeting. A letter was read from the Georgia State Regent, asking contributions of ten cents from members to purchase and preserve "Meadow Garden Farm," the old