Chapter # 1497 of The Daughters of the American Revolution was organized June 30, 191,1 and chartered July 19, 1922. The organizing regent was Alice Whitney Bascom who originally belonged to the Hands Cove Chapter of Shorham, Vt. Other charter members were Gertrude Mitchell, Eloise Burdick, and Caroline Dobbs. Organizing members were E. Wiley, G. Cook, M. Peck, M. Downs, I. Weed, C. Wickes, E. Crammond, E. Ross, E. Buttolph, L. Arthur, E. Simpkins, L. Jeffers, E. Ferris, E. Cummins, P. Wicker, A. Wheeler, A. Drake, C. Loderhouse, A. Hack, E. Beers, A. Royce, A French, and J. Will.
The objects of the society are to cherish , maintain, and extend the institution of American freedom, to foster true patriotism and love of country, and to aid in securing for mankind all the blessings of liberty.
As the minutes of past meetings and clippings from newspapers are read, one realizes what an active but unassuming part the Ticonderoga DAR has played in the local community. In the educational field, the chapter has donated many American Flags to the schools. The chapter gives an "Excellence in History" prize to the boy and girl with the highest average in history in junior high. They also sponsor the "The DAR Good Citizen Essay." The DAR magazine is presented to the public library and two local school libraries for reference material.
In 1932 seven elm trees were planted at the high school on behalf of the organization. In Essex County, the local chapter has helped find the graves of men that fought in the Revolution, and mark them. The Black Watch Library has a bronze marker in memory of the soldiers who fought in WWI, and there is a marker at the former Central School Park in honor of Lord Howe, both presented by the DAR.
They not only honor the dead but honor the living. In 1952 the Ticonderoga Chapter placed the name of Colonel Charles Morhouse of Ticonderoga on a plaque in Memorial Bell Tower at Valley Forge. In 1955, the "DAR Award of Merit" was given to John H.G.Pell expressing appreciation to a person who has made a vital contribution to the American way of life.
When the streets of our town were renamed, the DAR suggested Portage Road for the street previously named South Main Street, this was shortened to The Portage.
In 1927 the Ticonderoga Chapter of the Sons of the Revolution was organized. The following officers were elected: President E.C.D. Wiley, Vice President E.C.Haviland, Secretary W.W.Jeffers, and Treasurer A.E.Phelps. A committee composed of E.C.D.Wiley, H.J. Haviland and Mr. and Mrs. F.B.Wickes were instrumental in establishing the Sons of the American Revolution.
Over the years the DAR has presented many programs to promote and preserve true patriotism. Papers have been read, skits given and an annual silver tea and fair has been a favorite event. They have had food sales and card parties to raise money.
In conclusion, I present the DAR salute: "We the daughters of the American Republic, who find rest under their folds, do pledge our lives, our hearts and our sacred honor to love and protect thee, our country and the liberty of the American People forever".
(Marjorie Stewart,Ti Sentinel Sept. 22, 1971)
This series of articles is compliments of Ticonderoga Heritage Museum, located in the 1888 building at the entrance of Bicentennial Park.