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Priscilla Alden Chapter NSDAR
Carroll, Iowa


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Priscilla Alden Chapter History

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The Priscilla Alden Chapter NSDAR was formed in Carroll, Iowa, in February 18, 1904, less than 14 years after the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution was organized. A group of women, who were eligible for membership, met at the home of Mrs. Culbertson to organize the chapter. "Distaff" was chosen as the name of the chapter, but the name was changed to "Priscilla Alden," because another chapter had already chosen the name "Distaff."

In August 1904, the chapter by-laws were adopted and the charter was granted on August 9, 1904. Priscilla Alden Chapter became the 23rd in the state of Iowa.
Early meetings were held either in Glidden or Carroll. Dinner meetings were held at 6:00 p.m. and could be delayed when the train between the two towns was late. The hostess served three courses at dinner, with the meeting held afterwards. The ladies then visited and did fancy work. An annual Washington Party and June Flay Day picnic was held in the early years of the chapter.

The Priscilla Alden Chapter history is extensive. The following lists a few highlights:
  • A 1913 project was to report to the proper officials, the condition of the toilet room adjoining the ladies' waiting room in the Northwestern depot. The District Superintendent of the C&NW wrote to the chapter and promised improvement of the room.
  • The chapter ladies worked for signers for the petition of adoption of the Iowa Banner in 1919.
  • On May 13, 1922, the chapter regent read the tribute at the funeral of Merle Hay. The chapter was given seats of honor and the chapter regent helped the mother of Merle Hay write the obituary.
  • A tree was planted at the Carroll City Park on April 14, 1923, to honor Real Granddaughter, Mrs. Phelps. A second tree was planted in the Glidden City Park, honoring Merle Hay.
  • In 1979, historical artifacts and furnishings from the log cabin in Graham Park (located in Carroll, Iowa) were donated to the Carroll County Historical Society and moved to the Carroll County Historical Society Museum.
  • In 1987, eleven members of the Denison Chapter joined the Priscilla Alden Chapter when the two chapters merged.

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