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On March 5, 1918, the Buena Vista Chapter was organized in Storm Lake, Iowa.  The chapter was chartered July 19, 1918 and had 18 members.  The original officers were Louise Thatcher Harrison  (Mrs. Albert E.), Organizing Regent and Regent; Lucile Thompson Spooner (Mrs. John E.), Vice Regent; Miss Alice E. Wilcox, Recording Secretary; Miss Edith Cooke, Corresponding Secretary; Helen McMakin (Mrs. S. P.), Treasurer; Ione Underwood Kerlin (Mrs. William W.), Registrar; and Miss Grace Clemons, Historian.


Two REAL granddaughters became members.  Lucy Robinson, granddaughter of Thomas Treat, and Lodisa Allen Stanton, granddaughter of Abel Allin held that distinction.


One of the early undertakings of the Chapter was a Colonial Fete.  All were prepared to perform dances of the Colonial period, play games of that time, and dress accordingly.  A flu epidemic postponed the Fete to spring, but the tickets sold for $1 each.  300 tickets were sold and the net money was divided evenly between the Red Cross and the French Orphan’s Fund.


The first Old Settler’s Party was held in the winter of 1920.  All the pioneers and their families were invited to a gathering to share stories about their treks to Buena Vista County and to bring some of the treasures they still had.  This continued for many years with as few as 20 or as many as 50 attending each year.  A commemorative plaque to these settlers was placed on the shore of Storm Lake in 1930 at “the most beautiful spot in the county”.  The boulder of gray granite holding a bronze shield still stands as a memorial to these pioneers.  The plaque reads  "1856-1926, Dedicated to the Early Settlers of Buena Vista County by the Buena Vista Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution”.

Our Chapter at Work
The Buena Vista Chapter abstracted all the names in the wills 1880-1900 in Buena Vista County.  These names were then alphabetized and  cross referenced in three volumes titled  "Abstracts of Wills of Buena Vista County, Iowa 1880-1900" . This was done because the 1890 census was destroyed in a fire in Washington DC and the names were lost.  These volumes were submitted to the Buena Vista Genealogical Library, the Iowa Genealogical Society Library, the Iowa Historical Society Library and the National Daughters of the America Revolution Library.


Sharon A. Braden
Iowa State Regent


National Motto

"God, Home, and Country"

National Theme

“Preserve the Past, Enhance the Present, Invest in the Future.” 


2014 - 2016 State Theme
Promoting Education
to Encourage Lifelong Learning

2014 - 2016 Scripture
"An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge."
Proverbs:  18:15





Buena Vista Chapter NSDAR worked to landscape the area around the Pioneer Rock. 

This chapter project received national recognition as the Third Place winner of the Conservation Chapter Contest and was awarded Second Place in the North Central Division Chapter Contest for 2015. 
before landscaping
after landscaping
ISDAR Scholarship winner
Buena Vista Chapter sponsored Corren Olson, who was awarded the ISDAR Scholarship for 2015.

Pictured are Chapter Regent Ruth Stark with Corren and his sister and father.
DAR Flag Retirement The Buena Vista Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution together with Boy Scouts of America Troops 103 and 104 and American Veterans held a Flag Retirement Ceremony Sunday October 19, 2014 at Scout Park in Storm Lake. Scouts with Flags
Buena Vista Chapter NSDAR awarded the NSDAR ROTC Certificate and Medal to Deni Lynn Peters for her demonstration of academic excellence, dependability, good character, adherence to military discipline, leadership, and a fundamental and patriotic understanding fo the importance of the Reserve Officers Training Corps. This was awarded October 15, 2014.
ROTC Award Pictured, left to right are:
Captain Thomas Gorman of the Buena Vista University ROTC program; Deni Lynn Peters, senior at Buena Vista University; Ruth Stark, of Buena Vista Chapter NSDAR.

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