On Jan. 16 Dorothy Q Chapter, NSDAR celebrated its 124th Chapter anniversary.
Dorothy Q Chapter was authorized on January 16, 1898 and was the 8th Chapter in the State of Indiana to be organized. The organizing members in Crawfordsville were Josephine Tuttle Thomas, Chapter Regent, Martha Lowes Williamson, Chapter Vice Regent, Sophia Crane Ristine, Chapter Secretary, Jane Rose Campbell Anderson, Chapter Treasurer, l. Belle Sprague, Chapter Registrar and Lillian Whitney Blair, Chapter Historian. Charter members were Susan C Tuttle Ristine, Katherine Elizabeth Tuttle Thomson, Elizabeth Williams Ristine Olive, Mary F. Campbell Crane, Mary Ellen Johnston Campbell, Sadie Britton, Mary Taylor Alexander, Caroline Amelia Crane Briggs. By the end of the year 1898 there were 36 members. During the third meeting a committee was appointed to look up the graves of the Revolutionary Soldiers buried in Montgomery County that had no stones, so that stones could be secured and the graves marked. We know of 24 graves and we currently mark 19 graves with wreaths during the Holiday Season. We are still trying to locate the other graves.
The name Dorothy Q was submitted and accepted by the members. Dorothy Q was taken from the poem by Oliver Wendell Holmes entitled “Dorothy Q, A Family Portrait”. Dorothy Quincy Jackson was his great grandmother. A young picture of Dorothy Q hung on the wall in the Jackson home in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Holmes had always admired the picture of his great grandmother which bore the slash marks from sabers of the Redcoats who had taken over the family home during the Revolutionary War. The picture was repaired, but the slash was always visible. We are in the process of obtaining a print of the portrait to hang in the DAR House. In 1926 an agreement was reached with Isaac C. Elston to purchase his home for a meeting place for the DAR members. The House is in the care of the Elston Memorial Foundation Board today which is made up of DAR members. Dorothy Q is very proud of its home and we do have tours available. The House was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on April 15, 1982. Any female descendent may apply for membership if she is at least 18 years of age. She shall prove direct bloodline descent from an ancestor who aided the fight for American Independence. She must provide documentation for each statement of birth, marriage and death. We are in the process of obtaining a new website which will have all the information concerning Dorothy Q Chapter, NSDAR.
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