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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

February 11, 2015 meeting at Brunswick Electric Company

The Brunswick Town Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will hold their meeting on Wednesday, February 11, 2015, at Brunswick Electric Company, 795 Ocean Highway (Rte 17), Shallotte, NC at 10 AM.  Our program will be by Michael Elliott of All American Parachute Team on “Therapy in the Air” for Vets.  Michael helped President George H. W. Bush celebrate his birthdays with two tandem parachute jumps.  He will show equipment and a film on some of their experiences.  He will be accompanied by Louise Cantrell who has used this program to help her heal.  For more information contact regent, Jackie Craft  at (910-755-7563) or registrar, Cindy Sellers  at (910-457-6988).

Tuesday, January 20, 2015


On Wednesday, April 1, 2015, The General Davie Chapter, NSDAR, will be hosting an Afternoon Tea honoring our State Regent Peggy Troxell.  It will be a wonderful time to celebrate with our State Regent as she nears the end of her term. 

Find the white gloves and plan to attend!!  The Tea will be held at Hill House, 900 South Hill Street, Durham, North Carolina from two until four in the afternoon.  In mid-February, we will be sending an invitation to each regent in North Carolina and we would like for each regent to forward the information to each member of her chapter.  We would like to have R.S.V.P.s by March 25.  A regent can respond with compiled information from her chapter or a member can respond individually. 

Fran Ferrell, Regen
General Davie Chapter, NSDAR

Saturday, January 17, 2015

January 14, 2015 DAR Meeting "Happy Birthday to our 39 Year Old Chapter and to Miss Helen Taylor"

Regent Jackie Craft introduced Gwen Causey, Kathy Miller and Pat Tucker at the January meeting which was held at St. James Plantation. These ladies made a trip to the Crossnore School in Crossnore, NC and were able to take a tour of the entire facility. Pat Tucker gave a report of her experience explaining what a wonderful facility it is for children from a young school age through high school to be educated and live there in cottages.

Happy Birthday to the Brunswick Town DAR Chapter celebrating 39 years this month.

Happy Birthday to Miss Helen Taylor who is 
98 years young this month.

“NSDAR Memorial to the Pioneer Mothers of the Covered Wagon Days”

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) established a national committee known as the National Old Trails Road Committee that later became an association in 1911-1912. The group wanted to recognize the contributions of pioneer women with a statue to be erected in each of 12 states along the National Road. 

The sites were chosen with the help of the president of the National Old Trails Road Association, a then-little-known Missouri Justice of the Peace named Harry S. Truman, a future president and a power force in this NSDAR project. Bethesda, MD, starts the trail from the east.  And going west we have: Beallsville, PA; followed by Wheeling, WV; Springfield, OH; Richmond, IN; Vandalia, IL; Lexington, MO; Council Grove, KS; Lemar, CO; Albuquerque, NM; Springfield, AZ; and Upland, CA

There are 12 identical statues, in 12 locations from Maryland to California tracing a historic travel route from covered wagon days.  The Madonna of the Trail is an 18 foot tall tribute to the pioneer mothers who traveled west and as one writer describes “with their crazy husbands.”

The Madonna of the Trail is a pinkish, stony-faced pioneer Mom, in a long dress and bonnet, strutting westward with a rifle on one arm, an infant on the other, and another little cruncher grasping Mom's skirt.

Nearly all of the five-ton pioneer Moms face west, although construction projects have re-positioned some of them.  The Bethesda statue faces east though, because …as many said at the time, we can't turn our backs on Washington!

The front of the Madonnas have the same message, NSDAR Memorial to the Pioneer Mothers of the Covered Wagon Days”.  The back of the statue has the words, “The National Old Trails Road”, and the sides of the statue have information related to the individual states,

The first monument was dedicated July 4, 1928 in Springfield, OH.  Within 9 months, all 12 Madonnas were in place and dedicated.  (Can you imagine getting a project like this accomplished in this day and age?)  Truman dedicated each and every one of the statues. Here are some of his comments at various dedications: the intrepid women,” his own grandmothers included, “who endured the bone-wrenching weariness and difficult travel”“They were just as brave as or braver than their men because, in many cases, they went with sad hearts and trembling bodies. They went, however, and they endured every hardship that befalls a pioneer.” 

Information posted and organized for presentation during the January meeting by Norma Eckard, who was unable to attend the meeting.

There were 12 locations presented at the January meeting by 12 DAR members. Each member had information prepared by Norma Eckard to be read at the meeting. There was a map indicating each location and distance from each other on display.  Bethesda, MD, starts the trail from the east.  And going west we have: Beallsville, PA; followed by Wheeling, WV; Springfield, OH; Richmond, IN; Vandalia, IL; Lexington, MO; Council Grove, KS; Lemar, CO; Albuquerque, NM; Springfield, AZ; and Upland, CA.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Wreaths Across America 2014 - On Saturday, December 13th, a large crowd attended the laying of the wreaths on the graves of our fallen soldiers at the Wilmington National Cemetery. There were 12 members from our chapter in attendance.

DAR Brunswick Town Chapter at Wreaths Across America
         Pat Elsaesser, Martha Blacher, Kathy Miller, Betsy Hamer, Bonnie Becmer, Harriet Barlowe,Annette Clark, Connie Hendrix,
         Pat Gooding, Pat Tucker, Joan Hall, Fran Carlsen, Carol Jutte
Wilmington National Cemetery

Brunswick Town Chapter
 DAR Regent Jackie Craft laying a wreath.
Sons of the American Revolution in
period costume


  Attendees after the ceremony helping lay the wreaths.

Nancy & John Pardini came from Calabash
to participate in the wreath laying.




Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Community Service Award Winner for 2014

Phyllis Wilson, Herbert Pritchard and Kathy Miller at the December DAR meeting
Herbert Pritchard, Southport resident was selected by the Brunswick Town Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution as the 2014 recipient of the Community Service Award. DAR members, Kathy Miller, Community Service Chair, and Phyllis Wilson, NC State Public Relations Chair presented Herb with the certificate and pin at the December 10, 2014 DAR meeting held at Island Way Restaurant in Oak Island, NC.

Herb is an artist who paints oil portraits for families that have lost a loved one in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. This is a special project and mission in Herb’s life to “Remember soldiers who died in recent wars.” He recently offered to paint portraits for families of suicide victims that have returned to the US after serving their country in these two wars. Herb paints a portraits for the families of these men and women, and gives it to them as gifts. He has done this for many appreciative people and will perform this service for anyone in the country who asks. What a unique and beautiful tribute for those who have sacrificed so much.

Herb does not charge a fee and will ship the portrait anywhere in the United States.   If you would like to contact Herb you can e-mail him at or by phone at 910-253-3240. All that is needed is attach a photo in jpeg format and provide your contact information. Herb has painted portraits for 45 families.

Herb volunteers with Lower Cape Fear Hospice and; LifeCareCenter in Brunswick County. His background in counseling and psychology brought added skills and talents that were helpful with all the patients he serves, especially in relating to those with special needs. Herb also volunteered with Southport/Oak Island Counseling Service, Southport Elementary School kindergarten, Hope Harbor Shelter and Stephens Ministry.  Herb’s patriotic contributions to the memory of fallen soldiers and his volunteer positions has earned him this distinction in his community.

The is a portrait painted by Herb Pritchard of
 Specialist David J. Payne USA Army, brother 
of Diane Payne Doyle. Diane lives
in Big Bear Mountain, CA.

                                    "Reprinted with permission by the StarNews."