The Captain William Sanders Chapter, NSDAR, Port Arthur, Texas was named for the Revolutionary Ancestor of our Founder and first Regent, Stella Corcoran White when she organized the chapter in 1937.

Mrs. Stella Corcoran White joined DAR on April 21, 1924. She was a member of the Colonel George Moffett Chapter in Beaumont, Texas. When Mrs. White and a few other members of that chapter discussed having a chapter in their home town, Port Arthur, she began to to talk to people and write letters to learn what it would take.

The National Board of Management appointed Stella White as Organizing Regent of the new Port Arthur chapter. 

The organizing meeting was held on October 7, 1937. Guests were the Texas State Regent; Miss Marion Mullins, the immediate past State Regent and (then) present Vice President General of NSDAR; Mrs. Maurice Clark Turner, State Treasurer; Mrs. Crestman, past State Corresponding Secretary. Members of the Colonel George Moffett Chapter in Beaumont in attendance were Mrs. Rush Norvell, Organizing and Honorary Past Regent, and Mrs. Wallace B. Livesay, Chapter Regent.

 The following officers were elected:

Regent           Mrs. Carl White
Vice Regent Mrs. George A. Cobb
Secretary Mrs. George Davis
Treasurer Mrs. T. W. Hughen
Chaplain  Mrs. C. E. Earheart
Registrar Mrs Benjamin Freeman
Historian Mrs. L. B. Abbey

There were seventeen charter members. While some transferred from Colonel George Moffett  and other chapters, others were new members. Charter members were:

Mrs. L. B. Abbey Mrs. Chandler Hoag
Mrs. Charles S. Atwell Mrs. T. W. Hughen
Pearl Atterbury Mrs. H. B. Paggi
Mrs. G. A. Cobb Mrs. Parsons Pilcher
Mrs. George Davis Miss Rebecca Washington Smith
Mrs. R. F. Dorsch Mrs. Royal R. Sutter
Mrs. C. E. Earheart Mrs. Carl White
Mrs. Benjamin Freeman Miss Dora Young
Miss Lucille Hastings

Chapter growth reached a peak in the early 1980s with 140 members. In 2005, we have 49 members.

We celebrate Constitution Day with library displays, programs, and luncheons with surrounding chapters. We donate books to the genealogy section of the Port Arthur Library and we are strong in giving scholarships. We honor our Good Citizens from the local schools.  

Our main interest is education and we give twenty scholarships each year to students chosen from five area high schools. In her will, Mrs. White provided a very generous endowment fund to be used solely for scholarships. 

We meet monthly on the second Tuesday at 2:00 p.m.

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