The Valley of the Meramec Chapter NSDAR met for the October meeting at the First Baptist Church in Union. Regent Debbie Hinz presented a program, “What Did You Do This Summer?”
At the Oct. 14 meeting, Hinz awarded Rosalie McGaugh with the Community Service Award. The Community Service Awards are an opportunity for chapters to recognize individuals in their communities for “outstanding unpaid voluntary achievements in cultural, educational, humanitarian, patriotic, citizenship or environmental endeavors.”
The District meeting was a success again this year. Funds raised for the state regents project through silent auction items and the literacy book raffle were appreciated. The chapter received an award for the most percentage of members in attendance.
McGaugh, chapter member, and Jim Cox, husband of chapter member Pam Cox, escorted several area veterans to Washington, D.C., on the Franklin County Honor Flight.
Hinz and Registrar Kathy Farrar displayed a table with information about the DAR at the Franklin County History Fair.
The November Thanksgiving and December Christmas meeting was held Saturday, Nov. 16, at Hagie’s 19 in Union. After the luncheon, a meeting was held, and Shari Knaust took the Oath of Membership.
On Nov. 10, the Valley of the Meramec Chapter NSDAR held a dedication ceremony of a DAR marker in honor of Hartley Sappington, Revolutionary War veteran, at the Sappington Family Cemetery in Washington. Hartley Sappington of Texas, a direct descendant of the chapter patriot who was named after him, gave a biographical sketch.
Hartley Sappington was born in Maryland in 1758 and was residing in Pennsylvania about 40 miles south of Pittsburgh before and during the Revolutionary War. He was a private in the Washington County, Pa., militia and served for a total of one year. His service included assisting with building Fort McIntosh and serving as a pilot on the Sandusky River on the ill-fated expedition in which Col. Crawford and several members were captured by Indians.
In 1806 he moved with his family to Missouri and settled in Franklin County along the Missouri River where he owned a farm. He farmed until his death in 1840, when he was buried in the family cemetery on the property.
A party was hosted for the veterans at Cedarcrest Manor nursing home in Washington. Members attending were Pam Cox, Rosalie McGaugh, Linda Feth, Yvonne Sprenger and Nancy Redhage. Twenty veterans at Cedarcrest and their families were served refreshments.
Other residents were invited and approximately 75 people were served.
Prospective members who are in the process of researching their patriot are invited to participate in all meetings and events in the chapter.
The Daughters of the American Revolution is a nonprofit, nonpolitical volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America’s future through better education.
The Valley of the Meramec Chapter NSDAR meets at the First Baptist Church in Union on the second Monday of the month at 11 a.m., except January and February. To contact the chapter, visit its website, www.mssdar.org/vmeramec/.