Welcome to Pike County Chapter DAR
Assembled at the home of Mrs. W. P. Stark on February 10, 1911, a number of loyal and enthusiastic members of NSDAR met with Mrs. Robert B. Oliver, MSSDAR State Regent, for the purpose of organizing a secondary chapter in Louisiana, Missouri. Organized with 17 members and chartered with 36 members, the chapter was the only one in Louisiana after 1924. The State Regent was given Honorary Member status.
Challenged to become an influence for patriotism and community improvement, the first chapter project was to erect a stone wall with ornamental gateway and Sexton's office in the city's Riverview Cemetery (shown in the postcard image at left). The chapter is currently restoring the cemetery banner and gates. A Cemetery Association to provide perpetual care of 57 graves was established and relinquished to the City of Louisiana in 1966.
The site of Old Buffalo Fort, one of ten forts authorized in 1812 by Governor Benjamin Howard of the District of Louisiana to protect the pioneers from the Indians, was marked in 1917. A granite marker was placed in Clarksville's City Park where part of the original Lewis & Clark Expedition camped during heavy ice when returning from exploring the upper Mississippi River. Other historic sites and graves of Revolutionary soldiers have also been marked.
The chapter has planted trees; cooperated in establishing a city park; been active with the Red Cross in World War I and II; and recognized as a Commemorative Community for the 50th anniversary of the ending of WWII and the Korean War. Currently in cooperation with the Girl Scouts, flags are placed on Veteran's graves in seven cemeteries for Memorial Day. It is the custom of the chapter to provide a DAR marker to the family of each deceased member.
A DAR Good Citizen from Louisiana High School has been sponsored each year since 1938, and Clopton High School was added in 1950. Observing Constitution Week; sponsoring American History Essays; supporting the Veterans, and especially Tamassee DAR School, are some of the chapter's activities. An ongoing project is to complete the cataloging of cemetery inscriptions in Pike County by township. To date, there have been ten volumes completed.
Items from chapter members have been donated to Arrow Rock, Roslyn Heights, and to the National Society. During the State Headquarters, Roslyn Heights, Restoration Phase I over $1,600 was raised by the chapter. The first chapter member to serve the MSSDAR State Board was in 1914. Since then four others have served, with Anne Keller serving as State Regent, 1998-2000. Other MSSDAR positions held by chapter members include Vice Regent; Chaplain; Recording Secretary; Registrar; and Treasurer. Chapter members have also served as District Director and as Chairman or Vice Chairman of several State and National Committees. One member, State Honorary Regent Anne Keller, serves on the Tamassee DAR School Board of Trustees and is Chairman of the Tamassee Advisory Council. Several members reached 50 years or more of service and the chapter is privileged to have had two members reach 75 years of service to God, Home, and Country.
A Flag Day observance with surrounding chapters was initiated in 1952, and continues with a different chapter as hostess each year. The Pike County Chapter luncheon crossed state lines in 2003 as Illinois chapters were invited to attend a special celebration with the Administrator of the Tamassee DAR School.
The Pike County Chapter meets the 1st Wednesday at 2:00 p.m., or the 1st Saturday at 9:30 a.m., from September through June. Meeting times alternate to give working members an opportunity to attend. Meetings are held at a local church in Louisiana. More information about the chapter may be obtained by contacting Anne Keller.