The Spinning Wheel DAR Chapter was chartered
December 20, 1898, and Marshalltown Chapter DAR was chartered
February 3, 1903. The two chapters merged on March 6, 1964, as
Spinning Wheel Chapter.
The chapter first selected the name "Dorothy
Quincy" for no particular reason, but when it was sent in, were
informed there was already a chapter by that name. The husband of Mrs. Elizabeth Root Spears
suggested "Spinning Wheel" and it was unanimously adopted, simply
because the chapter liked it. The spinning wheel was a common
hand or foot-driven tool in the colonial era which helped spin yarn
Marshalltown, Iowa, where the chapter resides,
was so named because it was nearest the center of the county of
Marshall, and said county was named Marshall in the year 1849 in
honor of John Marshall, Fourth Chief Justice of the United States.
Marshall County Courthouse
Marietta, located approximately five miles
northwest of Marshalltown, became the first county seat of Marshall
County in 1851. After several elections and court battles, Marshall
(now Marshalltown) became the county seat and on December 31, 1859,
the records from the courthouse in Marietta were brought to
Marshalltown. The old courthouse in Marietta was later moved to
Marshalltown and served as a store and residence. The Spinning Wheel
Chapter DAR marked the old courthouse site on June 14, 1976, with an
inscribed bronze plaque mounted on a native stone. The marker
is located in the south segment of Timmons Grove County Park located
on State Highway 330, approximately 2 miles south of Albion.
First Log Cabin in Marshalltown
In 1851, Henry Anson built the first log cabin
home in Marshall - now known as Marshalltown. Anson was one of those
residents who was active in the effort of getting the county seat
moved from Marietta to Marshall. The site where his log cabin stood
was marked with an inscribed bronze plaque by the Spinning Wheel
Chapter. The marker is located in Marshall County at 112 West Main
Street in Marshalltown, Iowa. A bronze plate on the wall between the
Shallmar Restaurant and a jewelry store marks the site where the old
log cabin once stood.
Memorial: American Legion Building
Frank Lewis Glick, the son of a Marshalltown
businessman, was killed at Belleau Woods, France, in World War I. As
a memorial, the American Legion building in Marshalltown was named
in his honor. The Spinning Wheel Chapter DAR placed a bronze tablet
with an engraved inscription inside the American Legion building on
May 18, 1929.
Cabin Honoring Pioneers
The William C. Ruddick log cabin was built
around 1856. The Spinning Wheel Chapter DAR selected the cabin as a
symbol honoring the pioneers who came to Marshall County. The site
was marked June 8, 1996. The cabin and marker are
approximately 15 miles northwest of Marshalltown. From
Marshalltown, drive west on either Summit Street or West Main Street
to State Highway 330. Turn right on State Highway 330 and drive
north to County Road E-29. Turn left (west) and drive about 4 1/2
miles, then turn right (north) on County Road S-52 and drive another
4 miles to County Road E-23. Turn right onto a gravel road and drive
east less than a mile to Mormon Ridge Road. The Ruddick log cabin is
in the southeast intersection.
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