2019 MEETING ON THE 8th, 11:00 AT TOM'S PIZZA & STEAK
FEBRUARY MEETING ATTENDANCE UP
Seven members braved the freezing temperatures to enjoy a meal and colonial program, conducting chapter business in the process. Regent Geraldine Sykes called the meeting to order after our server had taken our lunch orders. Chaplain Joy Bland gave the devotional from James 5:9 - "Do not make complaints against one another, brothers, so as not to be brought to judgment yourselves." It is so easy for us to grumble and complain about "little things" when we really need to be praising God for all the myriad blessings we experience every hour of every day.
Following our ritual, National Defense Chairman Mary Ann Claxton talked about the Citizens' Military Training Camps which operated from 1921 to 1940 on about 50 military bases around the country. Mary Ann's uncle had attended one at Camp McClellan in Alabama in July of 1925, so reading from his certificate she said that subjects in the BASIC course included the military classes you would expect like Marksmanship, Musketry, Gunnery, and Firing, but also included Equitation and Hippology which is the study of the horse. At the time, we were only 7 years beyond World War I and horses and mules were still being used in the military. An interesting look at military training almost 100 years ago.
Secretary Frances Spillman read the minutes of the last meeting which were approved as read. There followed the Treasurer's report from Treasurer Beverly Wood (read by Regent Sykes) which accounted for various expenditures from the fall and winter and concluded with a sound balance to start the new year. Registrar Mary Ann Claxton reported that we do not
|have anyone working on papers
at this time.
Moving on to new business Regent Sykes noted the reports from committee chairmen which she includes in her Regent's report. Our chapter activities should bring several awards from the state meeting. Delegates to that meeting was the next item of business. Only two members were planning on attending, so delegates for the meeting will be Aline Roberts and Mary Ann Claxton. Also our chapter was asked to bring 5 door prizes for the meeting which were brought to the meeting and will be taken to the state conference by Mary Ann.
Regent Sykes also read a very nice thank you note from Carole Holt, National Chairman of the National Headquarters Committee thanking us for our donation.
Regent Sykes then said that she had printed out some call letters for the state conference in case anyone had trouble printing the form. A discussion ensued about that and similar forms which are e-mailed from state and/or national officers but which some members cannot open due to the incompatibility of files with older computers. Mary Ann offered to resend forms which come like that, putting them into a format that .will open on all the computers.
The last item of business was the need for programs for June, September, and November. First Vice Regent Aline Roberts agreed to present the September program, but other programs will still need to be worked out. Anyone with an idea or who would like to present needs to contact Regent Sykes.
Following the business Patriotic Education Committee Chairman Mary Ann Claxton presented the Colonial Education Kit and the accompanying program which she presented to 4th graders in Henry and Harrelson Schools this year. The kit contains items that colonial youth would have been familiar with such as a musket ball, clay marbles, gourds for use as bowls and spoons, quills for writing and samples of various animal furs mounted on a deer hide to let students feel what the different furs are like. Also included are sample clothes for students to model and two matching games based on colonial occupations and general colonial life. Mary Ann also presented the PowerPoint program which she shows to students which elaborate on the items represented in the kit display.
Following the program, the meeting was adjourned.
December Tea Well Attended
December 15th saw three chapter members join many others from local lineage societies for the annual DAR tea. Site for this year's tea was the
historic Mandle-Harding house, home of Ray and Noragene Harding. Decorations were beautiful and food was delicious. Music was provided by Inman School strings students and also by the Harding's beautiful antique player piano.
MARKERS PLACED BY OUR CHAPTERAt the Summer Board meeting in 2017 we were given forms on ten plaques and grave markers placed by our chapter. We were to check on each marker, note whether it is still in place, its condition, and current contact information. Also Mary Whyane Miles reported that the Union City chapter had marked three sites. Mary Ann Claxton worked on this project and located and/or has pictures for all but one of the markers which is in Union City. Below is a list of the markers that have been placed.
THE COLUMNS - (G. T. Ingram Home) Built 1860. A hospital during Civil War. Note: Elizabeth Ingram was a chapter member. She passed away in 1995 at the age of 102 and her home was donated to the Foundation. Location: W. McNeal Street, Bolivar, TN. Dedicated 12 MAR 1986
FIRST FREE LIBRARY - Jackson's First Free Library. Built by grant from Andrew Carnegie. Now The Carnegie Center for Arts. Location: 305 East College Street, Jackson, TN. Dedicated 10 NOV 1990.
GRAVE OF MALISSA WILSON HUMPHREYS - Malissa joined the Francis Billingsley Chapter and when the chapter disbanded transferred membership to Col. Gideon Macon Chapter. She maintained her membership until her death on 18 AUG 1990. Location: Maplewood Cemetery, Paris, TN. Dedicated 9 NOV 1991.
E. W. GROVE HIGH SCHOOL - Built in 1905. First privately endowed public high school. First high school in the nation to receive agriculture teaching funds under the Federal Smith Hughes Act, and had the first Future Farmers of America Chapter. Location: 215 Grove Blvd., Paris, TN. Dedicated 10 SEP 1994.
PARIS-HENRY COUNTY HERITAGE CENTER - Home of O. C. Barton built in 1914. Now a museum for cultural and historical activities to enhance the present and future. Location: 614 N. Poplar St., Paris, TN. Dedicated 14 SEP 1996.
GRAVE OF ELIZABETH MORGAN MCCUTCHEN - Elizabeth joined the chapter in 1980 and remained a member until her death on October 31, 1997. Location: Ridgecrest Cemetery, Jackson, TN. Dedicated 6 JUN 1998.
GRAVE OF PETER J. SWINK - Peter and wife Malinda operated the Stage Coach. Location: George W. Swink land on Tenn. Hwy. 18 at the north city limit of Medon, 12 miles south of Jackson and just south of the intersection of Riverside Dr. and Main St. in Medon. Dedicated 12 SEP 1998.
BEMIS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH PARSONAGE - Built by J. M Bemis, founder of Bemis Brothers Bag Company as a home for the first manager of the mill, J. B. Young. This home was occupied by members of the Young family until 1961, when it was given to the Methodist Conference to be used as a parsonage for the Bemis United Methodist Church. Location: Corner of 5th Street and Massachusetts Ave., Bemis, TN. Dedicated 14 SEP 2002 (marker says 11 NOV 2001).
ROBERT E. LEE ACADEMY FOR THE ARTS - Formerly Robert E. Lee School, it was built in 1893 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1988. Original brick building built in 1848 burned in December 1891 when it was City High School. In 1892 a movement began to rebuild it and it reopened in September, 1893. The name changed to Robert E. Lee School about 1910 and it remained a school until 1975. In 2001 the Robert E. Lee School Association took over the building and began restoration. In 2003 it became the Robert E. Lee Academy for the Arts. Location: 402 Lee St., Paris, TN. Dedicated 9 OCT 2011.
HENRY COUNTY COURTHOUSE - Built in 1896. West Tennessee's oldest working courthouse. Court - first held in Peter Wall's home in 1821. A log courthouse built in Clifty in 1823. Two story brick courthouse erected on this land in 1825 and replaced in 1852. The county's first murder led to the landmark "State vs. Grainger" case (1830) that set a precedent for self defense as the basis for appeal. During the Civil War, Confederate military units were organized here in 1860 and also 1861. Union forces occupied the courthouse in 1862. Troops were sent from here in WWI and WWII. Silver dollars donated by citizens are melted in the bell in the tower. Location: 101 East Washington St., Paris, TN. Dedicated 21 JUL 2012.
MARKERS PLACED BY UNION CITY CHAPTER
OLD CAMPGROUND CEMETERY - Established about 1833. Buried here are families who founded Obion County in 1824. Dedicated in 1984. Location: outside of Troy, Obion Co., TN.
BETHLEHEM CUMBERLAND PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH - Location: outside of Union City, Obion Co., TN on Bethelehem Rd.
REELFOOT LAKE - Location: was located at Air Park Inn on Reelfoot Lake, Lake Co., TN, but Air Park Inn has since been torn down and the marker has now been installed at Spicer Park in Samburg, Lake Co., TN. Dedicated 29 MAR 1985. Rededicated at the new location May 27, 2017.
MARKERS PLACED BY ISAAC DAWSON CHAPTER
MT. VERNON METHODIST CHURCH - Organized in 1823 in the log cabin home of John Bradshaw with Reuben Edmonston, Bradshaw's brother-in-law, and a few neighbors. Location: three miles west of Sharon, TN. Marker dedicated March 19, 1982.
NEW SALEM CUMBERLAND PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH - Organized in 1849, the building that is standing today was built in 1893, one of the oldest landmarks in Weakley Co., TN. Location: Sharon, TN. Marker dedicated October 28, 1989.
FREE PEDIGREE CHART FORM POSTEDI have been frustrated recently in trying to find free pedigree chart forms which could be filled out online and then saved to my computer. Sites let you fill out the form, but, though you can print it out, you can't save it, or they want money to let you save it. So I have created a 5 generation pedigree chart form in MS Word which you can download from this site, save to your computer, and use as many times as you want to. Blanks are provided in the form where you can type in the information - just like on other online forms - but you can save this to your computer, and even print out a blank form if you need to. This is the link to the form. If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail me (see Chapter Web Design e-mail link below)