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The Waubonsie Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, was organized October 12, 1914, with Kate Evan Tharp elected as the first chapter regent.  There were 24 charter members.


The Waubonsie Chapter is named after Chief Waubonsie of the Potawatomi tribe.  In the Indian treaty with the Iowa government, he gave 5 million acres of Potawatomi tribal lands for the settlement in Iowa. Chief Waubonsie, along with the other Potawatomie Indians, lived for a time in what became Mills and Fremont County. He completed his life in "Waubonsie Village," just north of the Fremont County line and west of the present town of Tabor.

Chief Waubonsie



The Waubonsie Chapter has placed markers at locations in the area signifying important events or people in history.

Site of the First School Building in Clarinda

In 1927, the Waubonsie Chapter placed an engraved plaque on a boulder on the campus of the Middle School in Clarinda. This plaque marked the first school building in Clarinda, which was built in 1854 on what is now the Middle School campus. The 26th President, Theodore Roosevelt, spoke here in 1903 during his term of office.

Tribute to Glenn Miller

In 1954, the Waubonsie Chapter placed a bronze plaque inside the National Guard Armory in tribute to Clarinda's hometown son, Glenn Miller. The plaque proclaimed the National Guard Armory would be henceforth known as the Glenn Miller Armory. This was in commemoration of his patriotic response to his country's call to arms during World War II and the contributions to his world of music. Miller lost his life in that war, and the Armory was named as a monument to the "man and his music."  The Armory is located at 701 East Washington Street in Clarinda.

Phoebe Tillman Loy - Daughter of a Patriot

Phoebe Tillman Loy was born July 15, 1787, in Anderson County, Virginia (now Tennessee), to Tobias and Catherine (Sharp) Tillman.  She married Jacob Loy in July 1804, in Campbell County, Tennessee.  She died August 11, 1873, in Clarinda, Iowa (Page County), before DAR was formed.


Her father was Tobias Tillman, who fought in the Revolutionary War with the North Carolina Militia, under Captain William O'Neal's "Company of Mounted Men."  He was also in Colonel Butler's Regiment of the North Carolina Line and served several short tours as a Minute Man.


The Waubonsie Chapter marked her grave site in 1922.


   Phoebe Tillman Loy











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