CHAPTER HISTORY (Centennial 1909-2009)
The patriotic women of Warrensburg met at the home of Mrs. Mary Tuttle McCluney on December 12, 1908, for the purpose of organizing a chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. They received their charter April 9, 1909*. The charter members were Mary Tuttle McCluney , who also served as first regent, Charlotte Tuttle Smalley, Alice K. C. Griggs, Myra Jane Stewart, Janette W. Clark, Beulah Elizabeth Brunner, Laura L. Runyon, Mabel Elizabeth Dryer, Lucy A. Busher, Lilla S. Christopher, Jennie V. D. McAllister, Elbertine Baldwin, Fanita B. Houts, Elmira Grover Gilkerson, and Mary Elizabeth Bullard. The name Warrensburg Chapter was chosen after the name of the town, which was named after Martin Warren, a Revolution Solder. The chapter has consistently pioneered in the historical, patriotic, and educational affairs of the community as well as in state and national activities.
Many members have served at the state and district level. The chapter has marked the graves of Martin Warren, Revolutionary Solder, Verlinda Ray Rice, a Real Daughter (distinction of honor given to DAR members whose fathers were patriots in the Revolutionary War), and Anna Ewing Cockrell, First Missouri State Regent who is buried in Sunset Hill Cemetery in Warrensburg.
The chapter supports the objectives of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution of Education, Patriotism, and Historic Preservation. The 1838 courthouse is still standing and is the original courthouse of Johnson County. It is currently owned by the Johnson County Historical Society. One of our late members, Mary Miller Smiser, was the driving force to obtain and restore this courthouse. In 1980-82 she pushed for and obtained a building next to this courthouse in which to house a museum and library dedicated to the preservation of Johnson County history. The library was named Mary Miller Smiser Heritage Library in her honor.
The Warrensburg Chapter is one of 14 chapters located in the west central district of the Missouri State Society, Daughters of the American Revolution.
Meetings are the second Friday of the month from Sept. through June, except for December. Meetings are usually with lunch at a local restaurant, at 12:00 Noon.
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Our chapter is currently sponsoring the reorganization of a Children of the American Revolution chapter. It will be the Private Martin Warren Society of the National Society Children of the American Revolution. The new society will be serving the youth in Warrensburg, Missouri, and surrounding areas. Our group is named for Private Martin Warren, a Revolutionary War patriot whom the city of Warrensburg was named.
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