The Lawrence Van Hook Chapter,
Maquoketa, Iowa, was organized on May 23, 1970.
Lawrence Van Hook was a
Revolutionary War Patriot who is buried in nearby Andrew, Iowa.
Lawrence served from New Jersey. He was born in 1755 in New
Jersey and died in 1854 in Jackson County, Iowa. A marker was placed
on his grave by the Addie Merrill Lee Chapter in 1960.
One of the chapter projects is to
lay a wreath on his grave, in remembrance, each year as part of the
Andrew Memorial Day activities.
Jackson County Courthouse, 1848 - 1861
Two towns in Jackson County were
disputing in the early 1800s as to where the county courthouse
should be located - in Bellevue, a town on the Mississippi River, or
in Andrew, a town more centered in the county about 14 miles
southwest of Bellevue. The courthouse was moved between the
two towns several times until it was finally placed in Maquoketa
where the county seat is today. For almost 20 years it had its day
in Bellevue where it not only serviced as the courthouse, but also
the town hall, public school, and the Bellevue Lodge. The site
was marked by the Lawrence Van Hook Chapter DAR in 1979. The
marker is located in Jackson County at the town of Bellevue in U.S.
Highway 52. The DAR marker is on the front of the Elementary School
Building on the corner of State and Third Street.