Texas Society DAR-Major Francis Grice


Texas Society
Daughters of the American Revolution

Major Francis Grice
Wichita Falls, TX




Regent Mrs. Edward McRae (Susan)
1st Vice Regent Mrs. Michael Bruckner (Susan)
2nd Vice Regent Mrs. Joe Thompson (Eloise)
Chaplain Mrs. Erwin Soell (Margaret)
Recording Secretary Mrs. Gary Gregg (Bessie)
Treasurer Mrs. Kenneth Meaders (Sarah)
Registrar Mrs. Lita Watson
Historians Ms. Linda McNeely and Mrs. DeWayne Pearson (Delores)
Librarian Mrs. John Webb (Judy)


Meetings will be held at Woman's Forum; 2120 Speedway; Wichita Falls, TX 76301 and catered by Secret Garden Tearoom.
Luncheon cost is $12. E-mail for reservation.

21 September, 2002: Americana Collection Slide Show 15 February, 2003: Famous Colonial Women
19 October, 2002: What's new in the Genealogy Library? 15 March, 2003: Presentation of Armed Services Award.
16 November, 2002:A Woman's Role in World War II and MSU Scholarship Recipients Honored 19 April, 2003: A Dream Becoming Reality
14 December, 2002: A Medley of Christmas Music 17 May, 2003: Outstanding ROTC Cadets Honored, American History Awards, Memorial Service
18 January, 2003: Good Citizens from Area High Schools Honored 9-13 July, 2003: 112th Continental Congress, Washington, D.C.

Chapter History

In the 135th year of our Independence, a small group of women gathered in a new town on the Texas prairie to organize a DAR chapter.  These pioneers chose to honor their ancestors who, with countless others, made that freedom possible.

Mary Margaret Grice Burnside (Mrs. S. H.) served as the first regent and members chose to name the chapter after her ancestor, Francis Grice, a Philadelphia ship builder.  He served in the Quartermaster Department of the Army, where he attained the rank of Major.  Captured by the British in September 1777, he received his release in 1780.

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, which celebrated its centennial year in 1991, is service oriented.  Organized to perpetuate the memory of those who achieved American Independence, it also promotes enlightened public opinion and fosters true patriotism and love of country.

One member of our chapter, Mrs. John Esten Hall, served as State Regent in 1961-64.  Two other members served as state officers: Mrs. E. T. Duff, State Treasurer, 1949-52; and Mrs. Jay Norwood, State Curator, 1973-76. 

Interest from our scholarship fund at Midwestern State University has benefited students for 70 years.  This chapter awarded the first scholarship in the history of the school.  Principal currently amounts to over $10,000.

To encourage outstanding students, the chapter presents awards each year to DAR Good Citizens from Wichita Falls high schools, as well as to students from nearby communities.  The chapter also honors top ROTC students annually.

For many years, we have participated in naturalization services for new citizens, distributing hundreds of copies of the DAR Manual for Good Citizenship.  Each year our chapter cooperates with the Texas DAR in presenting Military Recognition Awards to two Sheppard Air Force Base personnel.

Every other year, the chapter honors the Regent with a seated Colonial Tea, to which members invite friends from the community.

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