Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution was organized November 13,
1906. The seventeen charter members included: Mrs. Lorie M. Rickey
Cook, Mrs. Elizabeth Fisher Harwood, Miss Hallie Berdo, Mrs.
Clelland White, Mrs. Martha Clarissa White Wilson and Dr. Ida Holson Bailey who was elected as the first Chapter Regent.
We celebrated our
100th Anniversary in 2006 with a banquet and a presentation with our
State Regent, DiAnne Lerud-Chubb. Several of our ladies are in their
90s or older and they add a wealth of information when we discuss
our program, "Remembering Our History."
The June meeting
is held in the Central Park with a
flag retirement ceremony. It has been widely attended as many
people have had flags that needed to be disposed of properly.
The Boy Scouts have been instrumental in disposing of the flags.
Our chapter invites
individuals and groups of bikers to our Parade of Thunder.
Bikers adorn their bikes with flags with the lead bike displaying a very
large flag. The event has grown significantly over the last 4 years
with other counties joining us in our parade and program.
Since 1912, the
DAR has also sponsored the log house/cabin located in Sunset Park in
Washington. The DAR members were instrumental in helping to move
the log cabin from the southwest corner of the county to its present
location. Many people have donated money and items for the cabin
which help visitors to visualize how hard life was in the past.
This year, the DAR will open the cabin by appointment for visitors
and teachers who would like to bring their classes to see what life
was like in earlier years.
Log Cabin in Sunset Park
Inside of Log Cabin
The log cabin was built in 1840 by Alexander
Young in Washington County. His sons, Rovert and Hueston Young,
gave the cabin to the Washington DAR Chapter in 1912. On August 14,
1973, the cabin was placed on the National Register of Historic
Places. It was marked by our chapter on June 2, 1974.
Day, the DAR sees that flags are placed on veterans' graves at the
two local cemeteries. At this time, more than 1,000 flags are used.
The Boy Scouts and local people help to set out the flags each
year. The American Legion is now helping with the purchase of the
In 1938, the Washington Chapter DAR planted a Ginkgo tree to honor George Washington and to beautify the city of Washington,
Soldiers Buried in Washington County
Timothy Brown was born April/May 30, 1762, in New Jersey. He
died January 3, 1852, in Washington County, Iowa. Burial was
originally in a pioneer farm cemetery known as Todd Cemetery where
it was discovered in 1903 by the editor of the Washington
Democrat who recognized that Brown was a Revolutionary War
soldier who had served under General Washington for three years.
His body was then moved to Soldier Circle in Elm Grove Cemetery in
Washington, Iowa, where reinterment services were held October 19,
1903. In 1908, a monument, paid for by the Iowa State Legislature and
local citizens, was dedicated in his honor. The Washington Chapter
DAR is responsible for perpetual care.
Samuel Lewis was born in 1776 in Ireland or Maryland. He
died December 21, 1851, in Washington County, Iowa, and was buried in
Hillcrest Cemetery at Brighton, in south Washington County. The
Washington Chapter added a boulder on his grave with an inscribed
bronze plaque that read: "Samuel Lewis, Revolutionary War Soldier
1766 - 1851." This dedication was performed June 14, 1957.
Iowa State Regent
"God, Home, and Country"
“Preserve the Past, Enhance the
Present, Invest in the Future.”
2012 - 2014 State Theme
Hands of Friendship
Working Together to Build Membership
"Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak, for your work
shall be rewarded."
2 Corinthians 15.7