The Enoch Crosby Chapter NSDAR was formed and held their first meeting on April 8, 1926, at the home of Mrs. Fannie B. Hughson. A letter from the National Corresponding Secretary gave official appointment to Mrs. Hughson as Organizing Regent. Mrs. Nash, New York State Regent, was present and outlined the historical, patriotic, and educational aims of the National Society.
During the first year the membership was 48, the second year, 67, and by June 1, 1929, there were 101 members. The selection of a name for the chapter was not difficult. All agreed that the DAR might honor the local patriot and spy of the Revolution, Enoch Crosby, by naming the chapter after him. To this day we honor the man in his quest for freedom and independence.
At the seventh chapter meeting on October 26, 1926, several members presented a gavel to the chapter made from a maple tree on the farm where Enoch Crosby lived. The gavel is still in use today at all the chapter meetings.
Meetings not only included official DAR work but also assistance to community projects. Citizens of the county erected the Putnam County Memorial Building in Carmel and the chapter took an active part in its completion. The chapter was given the use of one of the rooms in which to hold meetings and the first recorded meeting there took place September 12, 1927. The Hudson Valley Council was entertained at the Memorial Building on June 18, 1928, and over 200 were present.
In 1932 Mrs. Stephen Ryder of Carmel was elected regent. That spring the blue spruce tree was planted in front of the Memorial Building. During the next two years the New York Scenic and Historic Preservation Society made it possible for the chapter to secure 15 roadside markers for Putnam and southeastern Dutchess counties. One marker placed north of Brewster honored Fanny Crosby, the blind hymn writer.
In 1936 the chapter secured its Charter, #1888, and incorporation began. The Enoch Crosby chapter is the only chapter chartered in Putnam County. Throughout the years this chapter has continued with meetings of interest, the June luncheons and this year we commemorate our 80th anniversary. We have noted, with sorrow, lost members. All were loyal, active and understanding. It was their devotion which has influenced the chapter to go on, with courage and perseverance.
Historic Putnam County, where Carmel and Brewster are located, had a significant role in the Revolutionary War, so it is little wonder that Enoch Crosby DAR chapter members have become fascinated with local history.
Below is a picture of some of the Charter Members of the Enoch Crosby Chapter, in period costume, taken on the steps of the Carmel Court House, July 5, 1926.
First row left to
right: Mrs. Anderson Travis, Grace W. Wheeler, Ruth Townsend, Ida
Blake, Mrs. Edwin J. Ritchie
The following is a more complete list of our charter members: