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Buena Vista Chapter DAR
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Welcome to Buena Vista Chapter

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.  The proceeds benefited 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 1926 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.”

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