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ladies are enthusiastic in their loyalty to the Daughters of the American Revolution, and we near our first birthday under auspicious circumstances.-FANNY L. WITHERSPOON HARRIson, Regent.
GENESEE CHAPTER (Flint, Michigan) held its second annual meeting to-day, Friday, February 13, at the home of one of our members, Miss Olcott. Murky rain clouds suggestel the dark days of our brave ancestors, but once the threshold crossed, a patriotic spirit seized us. The house was most beautifully decorated with the Stars and Stripes, in various graceful and attractive drapings. The past year has been a success. Unity of purpose and spirit prevails, and we are beginning a new year with brighter prospects and increased enthusiasm. Our membership is small, but our prospects great.
The program of our year's work is largely colonial life. We meet the second Friday of each month. The meeting was called to order by our Regent, Mrs. Thompson, who is a descendant of Colonel Samuel Robinson, of Bennington fame.
The regular work was gone through with singing from the patriotic hymn, “My Country, 'Tis of Thee.” The Lord's Prayer repeated by all the members of the Chapter. Roll call was responded to by patriotic quotations and the further work finished, the election of officers for a new year began. All the old officers, save in one or two instances, were reelected. At a past meeting it had been suggested that an effort was being made to change the design of the American flag, so Friday the 13th was made a flag day. Poems and papers on the subject were read and discussed. The universal verdict was, “Don't change the old flag till I die.”—G. E. DAYTON MAHON, Historian.
ELIZABETH Ross CHAPTER (Ottumwa, Iowa) celebrate Charter Day and honor their organization and first Regent.Saturday afternoon, November 12, 1898, the ladies of Elizabeth Ross Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution
spent an enjoyable afternoon at the home of Mrs. J. C. Mitchell on Maple avenue, the occasion being not only a delightful surprise upon our hostess, but the second anniversary of Chapter Day. It was an ideal afternoon and everyone felt the enthusiasm of the occasion. For several days previous, numerous secret sessions and mysterious committee meetings were held, all to one end-the contemplated surprise.
Mrs. Mitchell was called from home for the afternoon. After her departure the Chapter took possession of her home. Flags in abundance and the blue and white of our Daughters of the American Revolution were used in decorating the parlors. Our hostess was summoned home and was greeted by almost the entire membership of the Chapter. The afternoon was spent in games, etc., a committee of ladies served refreshments, after which the Chapter sang "The Star Spangled Banner.” Mrs. Mitchell favored her guests with a guitar solo and was compelled to respond to an encore. Miss Holt, in behalf of the Chapter, in the following impressive words, presented our hostess with a gold, Daughters of the American Revolution spoon:
MY DEAR MRS. MITCHELL: Two years ago to-day a company of women, descendants of revolutionary heroes, gathered here at your bidding. At that time you organized them into a Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Then, they were a little band of twelve; now, their number is equal to the stars upon yonder flag. That was the birthday, and this room the birthplace of the Elizabeth Ross Chapter.
It is therefore fitting that this afternoon the Daughters meet here to do honor to you, the founder and the first Regent of the organization. You have worked early and late for its success.
You have enriched the lives of the members in many ways. You have fostered a truer and deeper patriotism.
Your position is unique. Regents will be many, but the founder is one, and the Chapter would serve its appreciation and regard with this spoon, which had its origin when your ancestor, Jerusha Henshaw, carded and spun the wool for her family. It is a link between the revolutionary past and the
unknown future. Past, present, and future cluster around this little souvenir. It is weighted with memories, loving memories of the last two years; it is freighted with the joy's of the present moment; it will carry with it as it passes to you, the assurance that the best wishes of the Elizabeth Ross Chapter belong to you and yours forever.
Mrs. Mitchell's response was as follows:
LADIES: My surprise and gratitude overcome me. I cannot find words to express what I want to say. I thank you all for your kindness to me.
The Chapter enthusiastically joined in singing the poem, “Daughters of the American Revolution” to the old colonial tune "Coronation." This splendid poem was composed by Mrs. John Bell Bouton.
Miss Frances Mills favored the company by reading the revolutionary poem, "Hannah the Quakeress.” Miss Mills is a charming reader, and her selection was most appropriate.
Song, "The Old Thirteen,” was sung for the first time in our Chapter by the following ladies: Mrs. F. B. Thrall, Miss Holt, Miss Fiedlar and Mrs. Siberell. The words of this song were composed for the Daughters of the American Revolution by Mrs. Evan Lewis Regent, Sarah McCalla Chapter, Chariton, Iowa, and the music by Mrs. Hayes, of the Chicago Chapter. The song was well received. The Chariton and Chicago Chapters may well feel proud of their talented composers.
The afternoon passed all too soon and the ladies dispersed to their various homes in pleasant contentment in having spent a most enjoyable afternoon and feeling that it is indeed a privilege to be a member of Elizabeth Ross Chapter.-MR3. F. B. THRALL, Secretary.
SAMUEL GRANT CHAPTER (Gardiner, Maine,) held its annual meeting January 18th, 1899, at the colonial home of the Regent, Mrs. Rice, and was most interesting to all present. Yearly reports were read and election of officers resulted in re-election of the Regent, Mrs. N. G. Rice; Vice-Regent, Miss Della Collins; Registrar, Miss Alice D. W. White; Treasurer,
Mrs. D. B. Claton; Secretary, Mrs. Euleta Wilcox. The guest of the day was Mrs. Austin Thomas (better known to our society as Mary Sawyer Foote), who read a most delightful address to the Chapter, touching upon the association of both herself and the Regent with the Mary Washington Chapter of the District of Columbia. The interesting part of the program was the presentation for the first time of a song to "The Flag,” the words of which were written by a talented member of the Chapter, Dr. Gertrude Heath, and dedicated to the Children of the American Revolution, and which it is hoped will be adopted by the members of the Society as one of its national songs.
The Chapter has framed its charter in woods from the old "Constitution" and placed the same in the public library. It has presented flag pictures bearing the names of the thirteen original States on the bars and a star containing date of admission for each other State to the primary schools of Gardiner,this being the beginning of the work of supplying all the schools in this locality. It also has just published in attractive booklet form its constitution, by-laws, list of members, roll of honor, &c.
Study of women in revolutionary times and information in regard to antecedents of Samuel Grant and members of his family in the Revolution occupy the Chapter in a literary way at present.
At the close of this meeting tea and cake were served, and a social half hour enjoyed.
Owing to the death of the father of our Secretary, the Regent writes this report. Miss Collins and Mrs. Connor were elected alternates to the Regent to go to the Congress. - NORA GRANT Rice, Regent.
JACKSON CHAPTER (Florida) met Wednesday, January 11, for election of officers The following ladies were elected: State Regent, Mrs. John G. Christopher ; Chapter Regent, Mrs. D. G. Ambler; Vice-Regent, Mrs. D. W. Fletcher; Secretary, Mrs. A. P. Fries; Treasurer, Mrs. W. N. Emery; Registrar, Mrs. J. S. Driggs ; Historian, Miss Elizabeth Long. The Chapter Regent, Mrs. Ambler, appointed Mrs. D. W. Fletcher her alternate to represent Florida at the National Congress in February.
There were seven new applications for membership, and the year opens with many bright promises of profit and pleasure. The Jacksonville Chapter wishes to extend to you and your able co-workers sincere wishes for a happy and prosperous New Year and very many such.-MARGARET C. Fries, Secretary.
MARTHA WASHINGTON CHAPTER.–A majority of the members of the Martha Washington Chapter were in complete sympathy from the very beginning with the movement to form a Daughters of the American Hospital Corps; and their Regent made a strong appeal in favor of earnest co-operation with it at the meeting of the District Daughters called by the State Regent, Mrs. Newcomb, early in May, for the purpose of supporting and upholding the Hospital Corps Committee. She laid the matter before the Chapter at a special meeting on the 14th of May, and it was immediately decided to appropriate $5.00 toward the Hospital Corps Fund.
At the regular meeting on June 7th, it was carried by una:imous vote that each member of the Chapter should be assessed ten cents a month for three months or until the close
Also that, until this fund was large enough, the Regent should be empowered to borrow from the Treasury of the Chapter a sufficient amount to pay for such work as she might deem responsible and proper to serve the purposes of the fund. This was done, and during the summer a quantity of work was given out to families of volunteers and paid for by the Regent and Treasurer, acting in unison.
Early in the season, Miss Fedora Wilbur and Mrs. Joh: R. Ludlow volunteered their services as clerks and did splendid work. Miss Wilbur, not feeling well, left the city for the summer, but Mrs. Ludlow remained at her post until late in the season, doing good service, and then she too succumbed io the intense heat and departed from the city. Soon after this, Mrs. H. P. Gerald returned from her summer outing, and
of the war.