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Daughters of the American Revolution

Allamakee co. Iowa


The first Iowa chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in Des Moines, in 1893. The Postville chapter may have been the only local organization in Allamakee county, although women from all parts of Allamakee county likely belonged to the National D.A.R. or to chapters in neighboring counties. The Iowa D.A.R. website currently does not list a chapter in Allamakee county.


“Little Lucy Dougherty” Chapter is Organized in Postville Last Saturday Afternoon

“Little Lucy Dougherty” Chapter of the D.A.R. was organized in Postville, Saturday, May 9th, when the members met to organize a chapter. They met with Mrs. Hugh Shepherd, who very kindly opened her hospitable home for the occasion. At one o’clock a delectable two-course luncheon was served. The following members were present:

Mrs. Anna Dodge Kerr
Mrs. Adelaide Beucher
Mrs. May Hamilton Douglass
Mrs. Stella C. Kramer
Mrs. Martha A.C. Knight
Mrs. Lydia Newcomb McQuilkin
Mrs. Florence McQuilkin Musser
Mrs. Bertha Harris Orr
Mrs. Edith Orr Palas
Mrs. Harriet Clark Prior
Mrs. Esther Orr Swenson
Mrs. Edna McConnell Peterson
Mrs. Elthear C. Sloane
Mrs. Glessner Harris Webster
Mrs. Gertrude Prior Bachtell
Miss Ethel Gray

At 2:30 o’clock the meeting was called to order by Miss Addie M. Potter with the assistance of the organizing regent, Mrs. Martha A.C. Knight, acting upon authority from the national society and in accordance with the laws and regulations of the national society, organized the Little Lucy Dougherty Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, for patriotic, historical and educational purposes, and to perpetuate the memory and spirit of the men and women who achieved American Independence.

The following chapter officers were chosen for the coming year

Regent – Martha Amelia Chittenden Knight
Vice Regent – Florence McQuilkin Musser
Recording Secretary – Edith Orr Palas
Corresponding Secretary – Glessner Harris Webster
Treasurer – Edna McConnel Peterson
Registrar – Bertha Harris Orr
Historian – May Hamilton Douglass
Chaplain – Anna Dodge Kerr

Miss Potter presented the Chapter with a gavel made from a piece of wood nearly a hundred years old and made by an overseas veteran of the Rainbow division. The regent, Mrs. Knight, gracefully accepted the gavel for the chapter.

Miss Potter gave the chapter much, information along D.A.R. lines which will be very helpful in their future work. Much credit is due Mrs. Knight in her untiring efforts for the organization of this chapter, and we wish to offer our heartiest congratulations.

The title, Daughters of the American Revolution, cannot be purchased with silver or gold, There is only one way in which it may be obtained you must have the blood of an American patriot coursing through your veins- patriots who considered no sacrifice too great if it attained to Liberty and Independence.

The emblem of our society is the American Flag. As we look upon it we ever rejoice that we live under the teachings of one God; one Country and one Flag.

~Postville Herald, Thursday, May 14, 1925
~transcribed by Diana Henry Diedrich


The Local D.A.R.'s Meet in McGregor

Little Lucy Dougherty Chapter, D.A.R. held their annual business meeting Tuesday at the home of Mrs. Althear Sloane, at McGregor. The assistant hostess was Mrs. Edna Oehring. After a most elaborate luncheon served at one o'clock the program was disposed of and thoroughly enjoyed. Election of officers are:

Regent - Florence Musser
Vice-regent - Glessner Webster
Secretary - Edith Palas
Treasurer - Ednah Peterson
Historian-registrar - Bertha Orr

Those from Postville who drove over the the meeting were Mrs. May Douglass, Mrs. Webster, Mrs. O. Beucher, Mrs. Victor Williams, Mrs. E.H. Prior, Mrs. Chas. Kerr, Mrs. F.J. Miller and Mrs. Florence Musser.

~Postville Herald, Thursday, May 13, 1926
~transcribed by Diana Henry Diedrich


Who is "Little Lucy" Dougherty?

"Little Lucy" Dougherty she was called in old Fort Dayton, where Charles Doughterty, Assistant Commissary General of the Continental Army, took his little daughter for protection after the war, when the Indian uprising along the Mohawk River threatened every family in the valley with death. There were other children in the fort and merry times they had, notwithstanding the dangers lurking outside, and the privations which were felt by their elders only added to the zest of living for the little folks.

She was a lithe, lightfooted lass and could outrun all her companions, an accomplishment that was to stand her in good stead before many weeks. As the Indian depredations grew less frequent, the children were allowed to go outside of the fort, though not out of sight, as it was known that the savages were still in the vicinity. One day, however, tempted by the blackberries which hung ripening from the bushes, the children wandered far afield. Suddenly, several Indians, who had been in hiding sprang out upon them. Almost paralysed with terror, the children were easily caught, all except Little Lucy, who ran as she had never ran before and reached the fort in safety. It was more than a year before the other children were recovered by their parents and not all of them then.

In the fort at the same time as Little Lucy Dougherty, there was a bright-eyed and sunburned lad from New Hampshire, named Josiah Tucker, who had been so fired with the patriotic enthusiasm when the shot from Lexington was heard echoing around the world that he begged to be allowed to go to war in the little company of which his schoolmaster was captain, and was nightly drilling on the village green of their home in Salisbury, N.H. His brother, Dr. John Tucker, was already enlisted as surgeon in the company. The stern Puritan father had said, "the battlefield is no place for a boy of eleven," but Josiah, though in the main an obedient son, felt the patriotic fervor burning in him until his filial obedience was forgotten, and one night he stole away and joined his brother and schoolmaster at the camp.

Because of his unusual size and manly bearing the boy was given a gun and knapsack and took part in many important battles of the Revolution. He always gloried in the fact that he was present and played his little part in the raising of the first American flag unfurled in battle, at old Fort Schuyler, August, 1777, when the battle of Oriskany was fought, the engagement believed by many authorities to have been the decisive battle of the Revolution.
After the war was over Josiah found refuge with other patriots in Fort Dayton (now Herkimer, N.Y.) and there met his future wife, whose father, after the war was over, had moved to German Flatts, and started the first school for white children in the Mohawk Valley, until the depredations of the Indians had driven them into Fort Dayton. When conditions warranted, the people moved back to their cabin homes and the young Josiah married the Little Lucy, now grown to 15 years of age, moved into the town of Frankfort, built a cabin, cleared a home in the forest, and became, in time the father of eighteen children.

Mrs. Lucy Tucker was possessed of unusual qualities as a nurse and in that sparsely settled country, where doctors were seldom available, the services of "Little Mother Tucker" were in great demand in cases of sickness and especially in cases of childbirth. And it is said, that she always found a way to leave her own numerous brood to meet emergencies in the families of her nighbors, near or far. It is told of her, also, that she was wont to ride from her home, on horseback throught what is now the city of Utica to the older town of Whitesboro, with a bag of grain across the pommel of her saddle, carrying it to the mill to be ground. This she did for years and sometimes a week after the birth of a child. In spite of her strenuous life, Lucy Tucker lived to a good old age, always cheerful and happy. Though slight and small of person, she was very strong and used to walk four miles every Sunday to her favorite church, the Methodist, and seemed never to know what it was to be tired. The closing years of her life the old lady spent with her seventeenth child, Julia tucker, in the city of Utica.

This child, Julia Tucker, married Nicholas White, a prominent citizen of Utica, and her daughter became a Daughter of the American Revolution and in process of time was made State Regent of the organization and lived in the Mohawk Valley and under the very shadow of old Fort Schuyler.


~The Pioneer Mothers of America; Third Volume; pg 431-433; by Harry Clinton Green & Mary Wolcott Green; 1912

~transcribed by S. Ferrall


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