Ralph Ripley


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On June 23, 1920, Mrs. Frances Mullman was appointed by the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution as the Organizing Regent to organize a chapter in Mineral Wells, Texas. The chapter was founded on June 18, 1921. It was named after Ralph Ripley, a soldier in the American Revolution, who was a grandson of Governor William Bradford and an ancestor of Mrs. Mullman. Charter Members included:  Mrs. Frances, Mullman, Mrs. Ernest Eslick, Mrs. J. H. Campbell, Mrs. J. W. Crutcher, Mrs. W. F. Wright, Mrs. M. A. Reese, Mrs. Paul P Scott, Mrs. Cornelia Crocker, Mrs. J. H. Agnew, Mrs. W. W. Fleming, Mrs. J. W. Henderson, Mrs. W. E. Huster, and Mrs. Robert Williams.

In 1933, the 34th Texas State Conference was held in Mineral Wells, at the Baker Hotel, with the Ralph Ripley Chapter hosting. In 1937 a Colonial Tea was held in the home of Major and Mrs. E. N. Jerry. Seventy people attended and were greeted by members in colonial costume.  Guests included the Weatherford Texas DAR chapter. This tea later became known as the George Washington Tea. In 1939, Mrs. E. N. Jerry was the chapter's first delegate to the Continental Congress in Washington, D.C.

In 1953 a regional meeting of Divisions I and II was held at the Seybold Guest Ranch (now the Double J Hacienda and Art Ranch) outside Mineral Wells.  Thirty-nine chapters and 157 members attended. In 1961, the Ralph Ripley Chapter presented new silk flags with 50 stars to all of the local schools. In 1971 a 50-year certificate was presented to Mrs. Owene Peeler Crutcher who was the only living charter member.

In 1992, the Ralph Ripley DAR Scholarship was established to present a Mineral Wells high school senior girl with a scholarship. She is chosen by her peers and a faculty member. This project was established by Shirley Marcotte. In 2003, the scholarship was changed to the Shirley Marcotte DAR Scholarship to honor Shirley Marcotte for all her hard work in establishing this worthy project.

Our members stay active in the community helping Girl and Boy Scout programs, participating in the Veterans Day celebration, presenting flags to the Mineral Wells schools, honoring the oldest veterans that live in Mineral Wells, and informing the community regarding events involving patriotism and historic preservation. Our chapter meets the first Saturday of each month. We encourage guests to join us.


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Last updated May 24, 2014.