The members of the Mount Garfield Chapter, NSDAR, welcome you to our website! We look forward to meeting you and introducing you to what we do, how to join us, and resources to research your own family history, celebrate patriotism, champion education, and promote historic preservation. If you would like more information on the Mount Garfield Chapter, NSDAR, please contact us or visit the Colorado State Society, NSDAR, Website or the National Society Website.
The Mount Garfield Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR or DAR) was organized in 1910, during the State Regency of Maria Eleanore Wheaton, the fifth Colorado 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 from 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 September 26, 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 held 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 Chapter 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.
Over the years, the chapter has remained active in the community. Student history essay contests, DAR 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. Countywide 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 regional history.