Ecor Rouge Chapter

Daphne, Baldwin County, Alabama


Ecor Rouge was founded in 1953 by members who had been part of Fort Mims Chapter in Stockton.  The name they chose for their chapter means “Red Cliff” - for a triangular-shaped bluff which lies between Daphne, their home city, and Fly Creek in Montrose, an area rich in history.  The British, for instance, used the red cliffs for a hospital camp in the late 1770s.

The organizing meeting was held at the Masonic Temple in Foley, November 6, 1953, with the state regent, Mrs. John O. Luttrell, installing the officers.  Organizing members were from all over south Baldwin.

By 1954, Ecor Rouge Chapter had made Gold Honor Roll and met all requirements for the State Standard of Excellence.  By 1955 the membership had grown to 28.  Citizenship manuals were placed in Junior High Schools, clothing and Christmas gifts were sent to Kate Duncan Smith DAR School, citizenship pins were awarded in the schools, DAR Magazine subscriptions were given to the schools and subscribed to by members.  A picture entitled “Signing the Constitution” was given to the Fairhope School.  On October 10, 1955, fourteen members of Ecor Rouge transferred to members-at-large to become organizing members of Fort Bowyer in Foley, Alabama.

Members serving the state society included Mrs. J. Nelson Horner, second vice regent ASDAR; Mrs. Douglas Harrell, state librarian; and Mrs. Leo A. Dekle, corresponding secretary, first vice regent and ASDAR regent. Mrs. Dekle went on to become a NSDAR vice president general and continues to hold numerous state and national appointments.  Many other members have and continue to serve the state society as chairmen or members of committees.

Since its beginning, Ecor Rouge has endeavored to better their homes, community, and state society through  their projects and enthusiasm.  One such accomplishment was the organization of the Israel Shreve Society, Children of the American Revolution, until such time it was transferred to a Mobile chapter. 

The chapter recently observed its fifty years of excellence with an innovative celebration - a Book Fair - that promoted literacy and supported the local library.  With such forward thinking, Ecor Rouge will serve their community for many years to come.

Officers   2012 - 2014
Regent: Kay Braswell
Vice Regent: Laura Colquitt
Chaplain: Rennie Pitman
Recording Secretary: Ann Hopf
Corresponding Secretary: Benita Parnell
Treasurer: Glenda Gravlee
Registrar: Bernice Richardson
Historian: Barbara Sheils
Librarian: Robin McLain

For Membership questions, please email: Kay Braswell

Honored Daughter
Kate Duncan Smith DAR School
Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce
Alabama Society, NSDAR
National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution


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