Chapter DAR was organized April 21, 1900, with 19 members.
Augusta Dudley Carlisle Paine was appointed by the National
Society to organize the chapter, and a charter was granted
July 3, 1900.
Paine was a member of Lucretia Shaw Chapter, New London,
Connecticut. She became a member at large to organize the DeShon
Chapter. She was the first resident DAR member of
The chapter was named for Mrs. Paine's great-grandfather, Captain
Daniel DeShon, born
in New London, Connecticut, in 1754. He was of French Huguenot
extraction; on the maternal side, a lineal descendant of Elder
William Brewster of Mayflower fame.
He was conspicuous in the Revolutionary War as Captain of the letter of Marque "Old Defence"
owned by the State of Connecticut. History says of him,
"No braver man to defend a coast or harass an enemy can be
found at any period of our country's history."
Mamie D. Eisenhower DAR
Mamie Doud was born in Boone, Iowa,
November 14, 1896, and lived there nine months with
her parents, John and Elivera (Carlson) Doud.
On July 1, 1916, she married Lt. Dwight D.
Eisenhower - the same day he was promoted to First
Lieutenant in the Army. After an illustrious Army
career through World War II, Eisenhower was elected
the 34th President of the United States and Mamie
became first lady. Mrs. Eisenhower's restored
birthplace has an inscribed historical marker placed
in the yard by the DeShon Chapter DAR on November 2,
The marker is located at the Mamie
D. Eisenhower birthplace at 709 Carroll Street. From
Highway 30, turn north at the four-way stop, which
is Story street. Proceed north on Story Street to
Mamie Eisenhower Avenue. Turn left (west) and go
three blocks to Carroll Street. Turn north and go
three and one half blocks. The house is on the left
side of the street.
Dragoon Trail in
The Dragoon Trail stretched from the
Missouri line to the northern Iowa border as the
first U.S. Dragoons under Colonel Stephen W. Kearney
followed their assignment of exploring and mapping
the state of Iowa in the mid-1830's. Boone was one
of the Iowa towns on the Dragoon Trail route. On
June 14, 1938, the Iowa Society DAR dedicated and
placed an inscribed historical marker on a boulder
to mark the trail.
The marker is located on Division
Street. From Highway 30, turn north on Story
Street and continue north to Mamie Eisenhower
Avenue. Turn left (west) and drive nine
to Division Street where you will see the marker in
a grass triangle.
DeShon Chapter is working to
restore a brick one-room schoolhouse near Boone that
held classes from 1888-1933. It is a unique structure
made of three layers of brick manufactured in the area.
The DeShon Chapter has teamed with the Boone Community
School District to get youth involved in this project.
Work has begun on the restoration and plans are underway
to continue work in the Spring of 2008.
UPDATE July 2012: DeShon Chapter, in conjunction with the Boone Community School District, continues with their Cole School restoration project. This schoolhouse near Boone is only one of three brick schoolhouses left in Iowa. Classes were held from 1888-1933. It is a unique structure made of three layers of brick manufactured in the area. Up to now, all the brick has been repaired and re-pointed, the limestone foundation resurfaced, a new cedar-shingle roof has been installed, window sills and a door step set in place, and electricity run to the building. Still in need of replacement are the six windows and door, the building of a vestibule inside, and the laying of a new floor. Below is a painting of Cole School by J.D. Speltz. The prints were used as a fundraiser by the Chapter. A limited amount of prints are still available and can be purchased by contacting members of the DeShon Chapter.