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Troy Chapter DAR 65 year member honored

Posted on Monday, January 21, 2013 at 8:59 am

The Troy Chapter DAR met on Dec. 6, 2012 at the Elsberry Health Center to honor their 65-year member, Velma Sanders.

Pictured above: Velma Sanders, honored for 65 years as a DAR member.

Velma was honored with a certificate for her 65 years of DAR service. Velma became a member in 1947 through her Revolutionary War ancestor, Dudley Stephens of Virginia. In addition to her certificate, Velma was presented with an orchid corsage, which is the official DAR corsage flower since the DAR was founded in 1890. Velma’s daughter, Bobbette Shipman, was in attendance for her mother’s recognition.

In addition to honoring their member, the meeting was also the annual Christmas cookie exchange. The Troy DAR ladies brought plenty of cookies to exchange and had plenty to share with the residents of the Health Center. It was a festive affair with the Health Center decorated for Christmas, the ladies in their Christmas shirts and vests, Christmas cookies on the table, and one member playing the piano.

Other activities for the Troy chapter in addition to their educational, historical, and support for Veterans, was a program given in October by Margaret Carr of the Ft. San Carlos DAR chapter. Margaret gave a great in depth program on the battle of Fort San Carlos in the colonial village of St. Louis, which was the Revolutionary War battle west of the Mississippi River. The British attacked the watchtower of the fort with cannon and men brought from St. Genevieve on May 26, 1780. The watchtower was located at present day intersection of 4th and Walnut in St. Louis.

In November, Cathy Schoppenhorst, of Marthasville gave a program on Benjamin Sharp, a Revolution War soldier and his slave, William Kunze. Kunze was a talented chair maker and Cathy had a chair frame of one of his chairs to display.

The Troy chapter has welcomed new members Debbie Haas through ancestor Avery Mustain, of Virginia and sisters Eileen Baker and Darlene Davidson through ancestor Benjamin Manifold, Jr., of Pennsylvania. Plans are underway to honor the high school Good Citizens of Lincoln County and Veterans at the annual brunch in April.