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Hamilton County Journal, October 22, 1894

D.A.R. Holds Annual Meeting

Webster City Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution Holds Its Annual Meeting and Elects Officers.

Mrs. F. E. Willson Regent

List of Year’s Accomplishments of Society.

Webster City’s chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution held their annual meeting yesterday at the home of Mrs. Varick C. Crosley. The occasion was a most enjoyable one providing many features of especial interest to the nineteen members of this group of local women, whose Americanism dates from the birth of the republic itself.

The yearly election of officers was held with new officials elected as follows:

Mrs. F. E. Willson, regent

Mrs. Robert F. Beck, vice regent

Mrs. Varick C. Crosley, secretary

Miss Jessie McMurray, treasurer

Mrs. Murray McMurray, registrar

Mrs. Elston F. King, historian

The yearly reports of the treasurer and secretary were read, which revealed a measure of patriotic service in this society during the past year that stands as an example of earnest zeal.

Outside their work as an organization, the individual members have been identified with the Red Cross, the women’s committee of the Council of National Defense, and similar war relief activities. Many have sons and relatives in this last great war for world freedom. Surely, the spirit of the revolutional fathers lives today in their daughters undimmed.

Year’s Accomplishments

Very briefly the year’s accomplishments are listed, as follows:

16 sweaters

19 helmets

26 scarfs

35 pairs of wristlets

55 fitted housewives for the sailors on the American battle ship, Iowa

The adoption of a French orphan, with the payment of a sum of money for its support, and the sending of a Christmas package to him.

A box of clothing sent to the Dorothy Sharpe school in the south, where poor white children are being educated.

36 property bags for the Webster City Red Cross.

The purchase of war savings stamps, a liberty bond and also a smileage book, the latter being sent to a soldier at Camp Cody.

Each member subscribed $1 to the national organization, for the purchase of $100,000 worth of Liberty bonds, which will later on be devoted to some patriotic purpose.

25 Iowa postcards have been purchased, in the fund being raised for an Iowa flag.

Mrs. Whitley and Miss Call Speak

Following the reports, Mrs. F. E. Whitley and Miss Myra Call entertained the group in a most delightful manner with brief sketches of their enjoyable trip to Washington, D.C., where they attended the first national convention of the women’s committee of the Council of National Defense, later going to Philadelphia for the national meeting of the commission to secure permanent peace, which was followed by a leisurely trip through the Valley Forge country.

Transcribed and contributed by Janelle Graham Martin. Also submitted to Iowa Old Press.