National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

Charity Stille Langstaff Chapter

Fulton, Callaway County, Missouri

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Celebrating Our 100th Anniversary

October 27, 1907--October 27, 2007

Please enjoy our slide show of this special occasion.

State Regent, Patrick Henry, Charity Stille Langstaff Regent

Missouri State Regent Mary Lynn Tolle and Charity Stille Langstaff Chapter Regent Betty McAtee
posed with "Patrick Henry" at the Charity Stille Langstaff Chapter 100th Anniversary Celebration.


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


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.

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Music: "Yankee Doodle" is the most famous of the Revolutionary War songs. Tradition says that the song had its origin when New England Colonial troops joined forces with the British soldiers in the French and Indian War. The British had derogatory lyrics depicting the slovenly appearance of the Colonial troops compared to their own brilliant uniforms. By the time the Revolutionary War occured, the American soldiers had much more complimentary lyrics and the song served as what we would now call their theme song. It has been estimated that there are as many as 190 versions of the song. (Midi file sequenced by Barry Taylor)

The music is courtesy of the Lesley Nelson Folk Music Site: Popular Songs in American History.

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