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.
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
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.
The DAR Insignia is the property of, and is
copyrighted by, the National Society of the Daughters
of the American Revolution.
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May 24, 2014.