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Marion-Linn Chapter DAR
Marion, Iowa


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Chapter History

The Marion-Linn Chapter DAR was organized April, 18, 1928. Mary Hollingsworth was organizing regent, then served as regent, and later became honorary regent. The chapter was named in honor of two famous men, General Francis Marion, a Revolutionary War hero, "The Swamp Fox," and Dr. Louis Linn, a beloved pioneer doctor.

The following officers were appointed by the regent:

  • Vice Regent, Miss Daniels
  • Recording Secretary, Nellie Lothian
  • Corresponding Secretary, Bertha Owen
  • Treasurer, Alberta K. Sigfred
  • Historian, Anna Hewitt
  • Registrar, Mary L. Parkurst
  • Chaplain, Ida G. Bowman
  • Press Correspondent, Grace Christie Koppenhaver

The Marion-Linn Chapter was the first chapter to donate to the Iowa Period Room in Memorial Continental Hall in Washington, D.C.

In 1988, when the Francis Shaw Chapter in Anamosa, Iowa, disbanded, many of the members joined the Marion-Linn Chapter. The following is a history of the Francis Shaw Chapter:

The Francis Shaw Chapter, DAR was organized in October 1899 and was one of the first chapters west of the Mississippi River. Through the efforts of Helen L. Shaw and other ladies whom she inspired with her enthusiasm, an active group was formed. During the first meeting, the chapter name of "Francis Shaw" was selected.

The Shaws were prominent in the early history of the thirteen colonies during the American Revolution. Francis Shaw, Sr., received a large parcel of land near Gouldboro, Maine. His son, Francis Shaw, Jr., resided most of the time in Boston and was active during the Revolutionary War by securing the help of the Indians for the colonies. He rose from the rank of captain to major and finally to colonel.

The chapter organized with a membership of twenty-seven, with Miss Shaw elected regent. It was an office she held for seven years. The chapter was a social and literary organization, however, in 1900, it slowly changed to an organization of an opportunity to work for a worthy project appealed to every member.

Largely through the fundraising efforts of the Francis Shaw Chapter DAR, the Anamosa Public Library was built. The total cost of the building was $11,000.00, and was opened to the public on August 1, 1903.

The building today still stands and is used as the local police station.


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