The National Society
Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR
or DAR) is a non-profit, non political,
volunteer women's service organization.
The Lawrence Van Hook Chapter, Maquoketa,
Iowa, was organized on May 23, 1970, and is
named in honor of Captain Lawrence Van Hook
who was a Revolutionary War patriot that was
born in New Jersey and served from that
state. He was born in 1755, and he died in
Jackson County, Iowa, in 1854. Nearby
Andrew, Iowa, is his burial site. A marker
was placed on his grave by the Addie Merrill
Lee Chapter in 1960.
In remembrance, the chapter
lays a wreath on his grave each year as part
of the Andrew Memorial Day activities. As
part of the DAR Day of Service in 2015,
members cleaned his gravestone.
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, on the Mississippi
River, or in Andrew, centered in the county
about 14 miles southwest of Bellevue. The
courthouse was moved between the two towns
several times. It was finally placed in
Maquoketa, Iowa, where the county seat is
today. For almost 20 years, the courthouse
had its day in Bellevue, where it served as:
the courthouse, 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, on U.S.
Highway 52. The DAR marker is on the front
of the Elementary School building on the
corner of State and Third Street.
In 2016, the Lawrence Van
Hook Chapter applied for an NSDAR Special
Projects Grant to benefit the Jackson County
Iowa Historical Society. The NSDAR awarded a
$10,000 grant for the historic preservation
of the narrow gauge railroad depot from
LaMotte, Iowa. The depot was moved by
flatbed truck to the grounds of the Jackson
County Historical Society in Maquoketa,
Iowa. The depot was in service from 1911 to
1936, for the Chicago, Milwaukee & St.
Paul Railroad, a branch line of the
Milwaukee Road Railroad.