ABOUT OUR CHAPTER
On October 26, 1907, Mrs. John A. Hockaday gathered fifteen
ladies together for the first meeting of our chapter. The Charity Stille Langstaff
Chapter was named for an ancestor of the Organizing Regent, Mrs. Hockaday.
Charity Stille Langstaff's husband, John Langstaff, served as a Private and also as
a First Lieutenant during the Revolutionary War in New Jersey where his surname
was originally Longsdorf.
During the early years, Charity Stille Langstaff Chapter members established a
scholarship at Westminster College, sponsored a young man at the School of
the Ozarks, maintained a ladies' restroom at the Callaway County Courthouse,
and helped establish a County Hospital. They also worked for a bond issue for
the "new" high school on Center Street and for the improvement of Hillcrest
Cemetery. They helped with the placing of markers along the State highways to
identify the Old Trails. The chapter donated toward the purchase of a DAR
ambulance during World War I and contributed toward the new School of the
Ozarks in Southwest Missouri.
Currently, Charity Stille Langstaff Chapter NSDAR has 48 members. Our chapter
continures to "Show DAR in Missouri" by promoting the DAR
goals of historical preservation, patriotism, and education. We are dedicated to
community service. We have our own scholarship fund to honor a Callaway
County student who attends William Woods University and Westminster College,
both located in Fulton. Callaway County students receive the DAR Good Citizen
award and American History Essay Contest awards for grades 5 through 8.
Constitution Week is celebrated with the Mayor of Fulton signing a proclamation
to honor country's most precious document. One of our recent events to preserve American history
was the grave marking of Peter Pinnell, a Revolutionary War soldier, who is buried
in Crawford County and whose descendants are members of our chapter.
The Daughters of the American Revolution is a service organization in which each member
is a lineal descendant of a patriot who gave aid or served as a soldier in the Revolutionary War. Facts about
DAR and information about joining DAR are available at the National Society DAR web site. Further information about DAR is available at: National Society DAR and Missouri
State Society DAR.
Our meetings are held on the second Saturday of September,
October, February, March, and May. Each meeting includes devotions, patriotic
exercises, the President General's message, a National Defense report,
Constitution Week report, the History Moment, the Indian Moment, and a program
of patriotic, educational, or historical interest. We also attend the annual Flag Day Picnic
at Roslyn Heights, the Missouri State Society DAR headquarters in Boonville, as
well as MSSDAR Cameo Society events. Please contact us if you are interested in joining DAR and would like to attend one of our meetings.
Regent: LaTisha Pitzer Dew
1st Vice Regent: Helen Weber
2nd Vice Regent: Jane Griffith
Chaplain: Betsy Cline
Corresponding Secretary: Poe Schell
Recording Secretary: Nelta Cherry
Treasurer: Juanita Clingman
Registrar: Registrar Lori Harris Franklin
Historian: Barb Huddleston
Librarian: Marj Lubbers
TRIBUTE TO OUR PATRIOTS
We honor our Revolutionary War Patriots whose sacrifices led to the freedoms
we enjoy in the United States of America. Please view our "Tribute to Our Patriots" PDF file. To view this file you must have Adobe Reader on your computer which you can download for free.