Mount Garfield Chapter
National Society Daughters of the American Revolution
Grand Junction, Colorado
The Mount Garfield Chapter NSDAR was organized in 1910, during the State Regency of Maria Eleanore Wheaton, the fifth State Regent. Frances Kent McClintock was the Organizing Regent. The application for Charter was approved February 22, 1910. There are 30 members listed as Charter Members.
The Chapter took its name, Mount Garfield, from the name given the promontory that stands above the valley that was named the day, in 1881, that the news of President Garfield’s assassination was received.
On the 26 of September
in 1881, the town site of Grand Junction was established. A DAR marker
on today’s Avalon Theater identifies the location of the developer, the
Grand Junction Town Company. In the early days of the Chapter, meetings
were at the Grand Junction Hotel LaCourt, the home of one of the
members. The DAR members planted trees at the Emerson School that had
been in the yard of Ralph Waldo Emerson. Mount Garfield DAR Charter
Member Lola Price rode the first passenger train into Grand
Junction. Her husband, Edwin, was the proprietor and editor of the
Grand Junction News, the first newspaper in town. A DAR
marker identifies the site of this early publishing enterprise.
years the Chapter has remained active in the community. Student history
essay contests, Good Citizenship Awards and scholarship competitions
have maintained association with the schools. With the local Veterans'
Administration Hospital, there have been numerous opportunities for
involvement with our honored veterans. County wide patriotic holidays
and parades have allowed us to show our patriotic spirit to the
community. Placing DAR Markers and transcribing local records are
helping preserve the local history.
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