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.
In 1933, the 34th Texas
State Conference was held in Mineral Wells, at the Baker
Hotel, with the Ralph Ripley Chapter hosting.
In 1939, Mrs. E. N. Jerry was the chapter's first delegate
to the Continental Congress in Washington, D.C.
In 1961, the Ralph Ripley Chapter presented new silk flags
with 50 stars to all of the local schools.
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.
In 2003, we were honored to have Mrs. Doris Gibson, State
Chaplain, as our new associate member.
The Ralph Ripley Chapter has honored its three oldest
members, Mrs. Mae Dee Cladborn, Mrs. Rose Sparks, and Mrs.
Ruth Stoker. They were presented with corsages and a
certificate for their individual accomplishments. They were
honored in the local newspaper with a write-up and their
picture. Their ages range from 91 through 98.
The Ralph Ripley Chapter stays active in the community
helping Scout programs, participating in the Veterans Day
celebration, presenting flags to the Mineral Wells schools,
and honoring the oldest veterans that live in Mineral Wells.
Our meetings and programs are featured in an article each