to the DAR and to Comfort Wood Chapter
to the DAR mission objectives of historic
preservation, education, and patriotism.
Photo courtesy http://www.whartoncountycourthouse.com
The newly restored Wharton County
an 1888 design by famed architect Eugene Heimer.
Comfort Wood Chapter was
organized April 20,
1914, in Wharton, Texas.
Comfort Wood was born in 1755 at Little Compton, Rhode
Island. She was the daughter of George
Wood, an officer in the Revolutionary War. In
1775, she married Billings Grinnell,
also an officer in the Revolution. Mrs.
Annie Soule Gifford, one of the original
chapter members, was a direct descendant of Comfort Wood.
The chapter honored Mrs. Gifford by choosing the name "Comfort
Wood" because of her efforts in keeping the chapter alive
during its growing pains. She was a faithful
member until her death in 1954. The Organizing
Regent of Comfort Wood was Mrs. H.A. Cline.
Charter members were Mrs. Cline, Mrs. G.C. Gifford, Miss
Annie Gifford, Mrs. Burton H. Hart, Misses Genevieve and Dora
Powers, Mrs. J.J. Ward, Mrs. R.H. Waelder,
Mrs. Arthur LeBebre, Mrs. H.M. Odom,
Mrs. Edith D. Muehs, and Miss Eleanor
For information about membership
in Comfort Wood Chapter, NSDAR, contact Ann Gleason at