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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.



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