Mary Martin Elmore Scott Chapter
Huntsville, Texas

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A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE
MARY MARTIN ELMORE SCOTT CHAPTER
DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
 

The chapter was organized March 16, 1916, at 1428 Cedar Street (now Eleventh Street), the childhood home of Mae Wynne McFarland who was the Organizing Regent. Present at this meeting were: Mrs. T. C. Gibbs, Mrs. W. S. Gibbs, Mrs. Mary Elmore Hill, Mrs. W. C. Jones, Mrs. M. E. Curtis, Miss Lila Hill, Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Lewis, Mrs. Annie Hearn Hill Wood, and Mrs. McFarland. Of the sixteen charter members, six were descendants of Mary Martin Elmore Scott, the name chosen for this chapter. On April 24, 1916, the new chapter was given the National Number 6,076-TX. Membership began to grow and the ladies began to practice the objects of the National Society: historical, educational, and patriotic. 

In 1918, this chapter made fifty dozen handkerchiefs, many dozen knitted sweaters, mufflers and socks and sent to soldiers of World War I. The chapter purchased $650.00 in Liberty Bonds. This was quite a feat for such a young chapter. But this was only the beginning of things to come. This chapter has met the honor roll, given scholarships, presented Americanism Medals, Good Citizen Pins and Certificates, Medals of Honor, ROTC Medals, participated in Veteran activities, and given Awards to Teachers of American History. The chapter observes Constitution Week, Arbor Day, celebrated its Silver Anniversary, Golden Anniversary, 75th Birthday and in 2006, its 90th Birthday. Members attend Dogwood Regentís Council, Fall Forum, State Conference, and Continental Congress. Flags have been presented to schools and public buildings and books have been donated to libraries. Families of deceased members have donated individual genealogical research materials to the Johnnie Jo Sowell Dickenson Genealogy Room at the Huntsville Public Library.

The chapter gives two scholarships: the Mary Bush Smither, established in 1969, to be given to a Walker County Girl attending Sam Houston State University; and the Virginia Strickland Krieg, established in 1998, given to a high school graduating senior.

This chapter has grown from the 16 members to a membership of 124.The chapter has been led by 34 former regents, many of the regents serving more than one term. We have had one member who served at Texas State Regent: Mrs. Mae Wynne McFarland, 1920-1922. Many members have served as State Chairman.

            Mary Martin Elmore Scott Chapter continues to serve God, Home and Country.

Johnnie Jo Sowell Dickenson - 2006

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