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Cedar Falls Chapter NSDAR
Cedar Falls, Iowa


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Our Spoon

For centuries, a silver spoon commemorated a birth, special event, or even a death. The Cedar Falls Chapter owns a spoon from a charter member who felt that the chapter and DAR were important enough to her to have a spoon made.
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This beautiful spoon is marked with Cedar Falls Chapter DAR on the bowl of the spoon, and the letter “P” onspoon the front of the handle, and “09” on the back. After some investigating, it was learned that the spoon belonged to former charter member Lura Hubbell Phillips, who joined the chapter in December 1899. Lura received her teaching degree from Iowa State College and was a teacher of Physical Culture at the high school. She served the Cedar Falls Chapter as vice regent from 1901-1903, and registrar from 1906-1908. She then served as historian from 1909-1912.

The following line appears in the chapter minutes for September 9, 1909, "A bill for $1.25 for spoon, bought from H.L. Chase & Co. for Miss Phillips, was allowed and was ordered paid." About May 5, 1910, Lura married Henry H. Markley, widower of Mary Schenck Markley, the first regent of the Cedar Falls Chapter DAR. It is believed that Henry and Lura lived in Lumija, Chiapas, Mexico, from 1911 – 1917, and then moved to Florida. In October 1928, Lura Hubbell Phillips Markley transferred to the Ponce De Leon Chapter in Winter Haven, Florida. Lura died September 14, 1947. Her interment was held at Scott Morris Mausoleum, Lakeland, Florida.

The spoon traveled with Lura from Iowa, to Mexico, then to Florida. It was lost from the time of her death until 2005 but was recovered by an Iowa DAR member and returned to the chapter.

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Last Updated 6 October 2017
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