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The Jean Espy chapter was organized November 14, 1901, and their charter was granted January 19, 1902.


The Fort Madison Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, was named for Jean Espy, heroic great-grandmother of the Revolutionary period, who molded bullets, baked "corn-dodgers," and tended the wounded while the young women handled the guns at McClure's Fort, in North Cumberland County.  She had twenty-one descendants serving in the Revolution.  This chapter has had five descendants of the Espy family as members.

Over the years, the members of the Jean Espy DAR Chapter have placed three markers to help preserve history:


Grave of Kalawequois

Location: On the side of Mississippi River Road just off US Highway 61, about 1/3 mile north of Montrose in Lee County.

History: Kalawequios was an Indian princess of the Sac and Fox tribe. Her grave is marked by a bronze inscribed plaque mounted on a granite boulder near a gated driveway. She died in 1837.


Lone Chimney Monument

Location: At Ft. Madison in Lee County at 4th Street and Avenue H.

History: Old Ft. Madison, a military post, was built in 1808 but had a life of only 10 years.  In 1813 it was evacuated and burned by the garrison.  In 1908, a Lone Chimney monument with a bronze tablet was erected on the site where the old fort stood. On September 24, 1988, it was rededicated, commemorating the 100th anniversary of Old Fort Madison


USS Maine Memorial

Location: At the entrance of the Cattermole Memorial Library at 614 7th Street, Fort Madison. This is the second plaque for the USS Maine in Lee County.

History: The USS Maine was an American battleship that was sunk while anchored in Havana Harbor.  In 1916, the Secretary of the Navy gave this plaque to honor the men who went down with the ship. 









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