Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), Grinnell Chapter

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US-GCS DCL Coll-253 Row E Organization

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Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), Grinnell Chapter



Dates: From 1912 --

Quantity: 16 assorted boxes described below

4 − 10 ½ x 12 ½ x 5 grey document boxes
1 − 10 ½ x 12 ½ x 4 grey clamshell box
2 – 10 ½ x 12 ½ x 1 ½ grey box w/ separate lid
2 – 13 x 13 ½ x 4 grey 3-ring clamshell binder box
1 – 10 ½ x 8 ½ x 3 grey box w/ separate lid
2 – 18 x 14 ½ x 3 blue/grey box w/ separate lid
1 – 18 x 14 ½ x 3 grey box with separate lid
1 – 13 x 12 x 2 ½ grey 3-ring clamshell binder box
1 – 12 x 13 x 2 ½ buff 3-ring clamshell binder box
1 – 11 x 15 x 3 blue/grey drop-front box w/ separate lid

Arrangement: see “Container List” below

Background Note: DAR items combined from both the estate of DAR member Elizabeth Ann (Anne) Bohstedt and from the DAR Grinnell Chapter via Gail Bonath. According to a commemoration card describing the first organizational meeting (included in this collection), the organizing date of the Grinnell Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution was January 1, 1912, when the State Regent, Mrs. Marston of Ames, Iowa, came to Grinnell for the first meeting of twenty-six ladies. The Organizing Regent was Mrs. Cleodora Hitchcock Grinnell. The officers installed were Regent: Mrs. George Grinnell (Cleodora); Vice-Regent: Mrs. D. H. Snook (Edith); Recording Secretary: Miss Margaret Miller; Corresponding Secretary: Miss Pearl Cessna; Treasurer: Miss Helen LaGrange; Registrar: Miss Georgiana Holloway; Historian Miss Amy Noll. The chapter’s chosen colors were blue and white. A quote from the commemoration card indicates one of the items of business: “Mrs. Grinnell discussed the future work of the local chapter. The most noted historical spot in Grinnell is the old J. B. Grinnell homestead. She made the announcement that a philanthropic citizen of Grinnell may buy the place and give it to the Grinnell Chapter to have always as a ladies’ club house for Grinnell.” As it turned out, this hoped-for event was not to be. Charter Members of the Grinnell Chapter of the DAR were Deliah Briggs Breed, Martha Onthank Brown, Bessie Campbell, Maud Cessna, Myrtle Pearl Cessna, Cleodora Hitchcock Grinnell, Grace Hays, Rosa Hays, Georgiana Holloway, Nelle Holloway, Helen LaGrange, Blanche Lytle, Margaret Miller, May Noll, Alma Proctor, Helen Proctor, Mary Proctor Ramsey, Estella Ricker, Grace Noll Smith, Edith Leffingwell Snook, and Ethel Graves Yeager.

Note: News clippings that appear in scrapbooks and minutes have been copied. For these, see Box #3 of the collection. In addition, portions of the collection, such as scrapbooks, some of which contain news clippings, have been digitized and saved in DCL’s Digital Archives. When this is the case for an item (items listed below), information for digital access is added to that item description.

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Name of Preparer: L. Cabelli
Date of Preparation: 02/14/2017; 01/29/2022; 08/12/2023

Veronica Ruse 08/14/2023

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