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On January 1, 1912, Grinnell Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution was officially organized under the direction of Mrs. Anson Marston of Ames, State Regent.  The nineteen prospective members present thus became charter members of the chapter.  Mrs. Marston gave an address to the new members telling of the aims and objectives of the National organization - historic, educational, and patriotic - toward which the work of the chapter should be directed.

Officers were elected and installed.  The members voted to name the chapter "The Grinnell Chapter of the DAR," and chose to adopt blue and white as the chapter's colors.

In the field of educational activities, the chapter became interested in contributing to schools and colleges.  After Dr. Edward A. Steiner of Grinnell and Grinnell College gave a talk before the group, they voted a gift of $24 to American International College, Springfield, MA, toward the Steiner Scholarship Fund.  An annual contribution was sent to this college for several years, as late as 1927.  Other schools receiving gifts were Martha Berry School in Georgia and Dorothy Sharp School.  Martha Berry School is now Berry College.

Annual contributions were made to the three DAR schools:  Kate Duncan Smith, Grant, Alabama; Tamassee, South Carolina; and Crossnore in North Carolina.  These schools are remembered each year by a money gift or by boxes of clothing or both, which are of great help to them.


Historic markers were placed in 1914: one for Grinnell's first building, a multipurpose building made of trees felled for that purpose.  This marker was dedicated by DAR on December 12, 1914, and is located on Broad Street, 1/2 block south of Highway 6. 


Another marker was placed on the Grinnell Memorial Stone located on the east side of the city park in 1916, facing the Grinnell family home.  The marker designates Joshua Bushnell Grinnell and family as the founders of the town of Grinnell in 1854.  It reads as follows:  This stone is placed opposite the site of the homestead of Josiah Bushnell Grinnell who founded this city in 1854.  This tablet is affectionately dedicated to the memory of himself and family by the Grinnell Chapter of the D.A.R. in the year of our Lord, 1916 (with a small DAR insignia).  Two principles were established in settling Grinnell: land was to be set aside for a college campus and no liquor was ever to be served.  Reverend Grinnell was a former Congregational Minister in New York City and an abolitionist who aided John Brown in maintaining an Underground Railroad.

In 1937 "The Pioneer Family" statue was made by Robert Neely and donated to the city of Grinnell by Grinnell Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution.  The statue is 12 ft. tall, made of cement, and consists of a father, mother, and child.  It has been placed in the Grinnell Community Center and can be viewed by entering on Park Street.  It was rededicated by the Grinnell Chapter and now has a plaque on the wall listing the statue's name, the artist's name, and the Grinnell Chapter DAR.

This marker, placed in 1982 by the Grinnell Chapter of the Daughters of The American Revolution, commemorates the 250th anniversary of the birthday of George Washington.  The location of this marker is near the entrance to the Mayflower Home, 616 Broad Street, Grinnell, Iowa.


This marker was placed on the property of the Mayflower Home located at 616 Broad Street in Grinnell, Iowa.  It is a bronze tablet on a native boulder.  It reads as follows:  "We the People" -- Bicentennial of the Constitution of the U.S.A.  September 17, 1987 Grinnell Chapter, DAR.









A headstone and marker were placed on the grave of one of our charter members, Miss Stella Ricker.  Three Real Daughters, DAR members who were the daughters of Revolutionary patriots, are buried in our county.  One of them, Deborah Hays, is buried in Hazelwood Cemetery.  On October 1924, a marker was placed on the grave for Elizabeth Hahn, a Real Daughter, buried in Chester Cemetery.  In August 1928, the grave was located and a marker placed on the grave of Mrs. Parizade Fisk Paine on her father's (S.P. Squire's) lot.  In 1934, a marker was placed for Mary Ludwick, a Real Daughter buried at United Brethren Cemetery, near Newberg.

Some years later the chapter learned of the grave of a Mormon child in a small cemetery west of Grinnell.  This grave was marked for Job Welling, the son of Job and Frances Welling who walked across Iowa in 1856, along the Mormon Trail, with the first company of handcarts crossing the plains from Iowa City to Salt Lake City.

Twenty-six members in 1974-75 were charter members:  Deliah Briggs Breed, Martha Onthank Brown, Bessie Campbell, Pearl Cessna, Maud Opal Cessna, Cleodora Hitchcock Grinnell, Grace Sue Hays, Rosa Deborah Hays, Georgiana Holloway, Nelle Winifred Holloway, Helen LaGrange, Blanche Lytle, Margaret Miller, Amy Noll, Alma Preston Procter, Helen Augusta Procter, Mary Procter Ramsay, Grace Noll Smith, Ethel Graves Yeager, and Estella Ellison Ricker.

The Grinnell Chapter merged with the Montezuma Chapter effective February 2007. The chapter name was voted to remain Grinnell Chapter as it had been organized for a longer period of time.  The Montezuma records have been moved to Grinnell and are being stored with the Grinnell Chapter records.  It is hoped that members from both communities will be able to work together in harmony for the benefit of NSDAR






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