October 21, 1921,
a group of interested young women assembled at the home of Mrs.
W.W. MacGregor to organize a Laredo
chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Their charter
March 25, 1922. The
chapter was named in honor of a great woman, Lucy Meriwether,
who was an ancestor of five of the founding members.
Among the honors
received over the years by Lucy Meriwether Chapter are two of special note. Mrs. Henrietta G. Hamilton was elected
State Historian in 1930. Mrs. Robert R. Henry won
first place in the nation with her chapter scrapbook in 1932. For
this achievement, she was presented with a gold medal by the State
Regent, Mrs. W.F. McFadden.
Several other accomplishments
during those early days are worthy of mention. In 1929, Miss Julia
Bell Deutz was instrumental in placing
a DAR monument in
to honor the
patriots who were killed in WWI. The
chapter places a wreath at the monument every Veterans’ Day in
memory of all Laredoans who have died
fighting for our country.
In 1936, Joyce Hopson of Laredo,
submitted by Lucy Meriwether Chapter, won the National DAR Good
Citizen Award. In 1967, Lucy Meriwether Chapter
submitted both the first
and second place Good Citizen Award winners in Texas—Jeanne
Campbell and Maria del Carmen Saenz.
This was the first time the first and second place winners
in Texas were selected from the same chapter.
If you are
eligible for DAR membership and are interested in our chapter,
we'd love to hear from you.
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update November 9, 2012