History of Rebecca Galloway

Who was Rebecca Galloway?

    Rebecca Galloway was born October 7, 1791, near Lexington, Kentucky.  She was the daughter of James Galloway, who had been born in Pennsylvania in 1750.  He served in the Revolution for nearly two years as a soldier and hunter, providing meat for his regiment.  In 1798, the Galloway family came as some of the earliest settlers to the northern area of Greene County, Ohio.  The family built a two-story log cabin about a mile from the large Indian village of Old Chillicothe, which is now called Old Town.  It is located between Fairborn and Xenia.

    A frequent visitor was the great Shawnee chief, Tecumseh, who lived near Old Town.  As Rebecca was growing up, she would entertain Tecumseh by the hour, helping to improve his English and reading to him from the Bible and her family's large library of books.  Their friendship eventually blossomed into love.  Tecumseh asked Rebecca's father for her hand in marriage.  In 1808, marriage at age sixteen was not unusual for a young woman, nor was it unusual for a widower to seek the hand of such a woman, but this courtship was different.  After long consideration on both sides, it was decided that such a match could not possibly work.

    Before he kissed her a sad farewell, Tecumseh promised that his warriors would give humane treatment to those captured by the Indians in battle.  This promise was kept as long as he lived.  Tecumseh, Chief of the Shawnees, became one of the most remarkable men of his race.  He fell in battle on October 5, 1813, at the age of 45.  That same year, Rebecca married her cousin George, bore six children, and lived out her life in a home five miles east of Xenia.  She died in 1876 and is buried in Woodland Cemetery in Xenia.  The original Galloway cabin is now part of the Greene County Historical Society's complex of buildings in Xenia.

 

A Glimpse into the early history of the Rebecca Galloway chapter:  Excerpts from diaries dated from February 1971-1978

    The following diary excerpts were written in first person and begun in 1970 by Mrs. Charles Meadows, Organizing Regent.

    "I began as a dream in the minds of many people.  In August of 1970, Mrs. Charles Meadows was asked to be organizing regent.  I needed a name and after much discussion Mad River, Fairborn, and Nathael (sic) Greene were suggested.

    My next meeting was November 3, 1970, with my size growing slowly but surely.  My name was important.  It should be connected with the history of my birthplace, Fairborn, during the years 1776-1825.  At this meeting, again with much discussion, the names Fairborn, Tecumapese, and Rebecca Galloway were voted on by those present.  Names were sent to the organizing secretary general for approval.

    Fairborn was not approved because it wasn't chartered until 1825.  The name Fairfield couldn't be used because Ohio now had another town by that name.

    December 1970.  This was a busy month and I almost got lost in the Christmas rush, but through a telephone meeting I was given a name...Rebecca Galloway.  I am past the required number of 12 members, but several applications have been returned and have to be redone.  Just to make sure I was big enough, Mrs. Bush sent in papers for her mother, Mrs. Carrie Bohn, and Mrs. Anne Robbins, a friend of Mrs. Meadows, transferred from member-at-large.

    January 25, 1971.  Mrs. Large from the office of the Organizing Secretary General called and wanted all necessary paperwork done immediately so I could be confirmed at the February 1 National Board meeting.  IMPOSSIBLE - My answer "We will try!"  Forms arrived on January 27.  All members were contacted at all hours of day and night.  Paperwork back in mail in less than 24 hours.

    February 1, 1971.  My last few members were to be approved on the morning of February 1 at the Board meeting in Washington.  In the afternoon session of the board meeting, I, Rebecca Galloway Chapter, was confirmed.  Mrs. Dongees came to Fairborn from Xenia and following a detailed time schedule called on the telephone and installed officers.

    July 1, 1971.  Now we rest awhile - oh, the yearbook.  Material was gathered and assembled by Mrs. Meadows.  Miss Kreitz, daughter of Mrs. Elaine Kreitz, typed the stencils and Mrs. Bush ran the stencils and assembled the yearbooks.  Cost:  No more than $3.00.

    October, 1971.  I need a money-making project.  Will try a booth during 3rd of July celebration.

    November, 1971.  My membership is now 19.

    December, 1971.  My membership is now 21.

    February, 1972.  I am now one year old and have earned the Gold Honor Roll.  My membership is now 26.

    April 11, 1972.  This month we planted 50 trees as part of our Bicentennial project -- planting 200 trees by 1976.  Rebecca Galloway received the following awards: (1) Gold Honor Roll (2) Only National Membership Award in State of Ohio for greatest membership 10 (3) Ohio State Membership Award, $10.00 (4) Yearbook, 1st place (5) Press book, 3rd place, Scrapbook, honorable mention (6) Advertising 6th place.  Wow! What wonderful awards for our first year.  We are on our way.

    May 9, 1972.  Mrs. Meadow was a delegate at the 81st Continental Congress.  The Chapter gave her a surprise corsage when she arrived in Washington.  The Rebecca Galloway Chapter was recognized even at National Headquarters for out Gold Honor Roll and exceptional press coverage.

    February 11, 1973.  I am two years old and doing fine.  I think Mrs. Meadows is getting tired.  An amendment was passed to change terms of officers from three to two years.  Elections will be held in May with installation in June.

    March 19, 1973.  Rebecca Galloway received National recognition award for 100% participation in the National Bicentennial project.

    April 10, 1973.  Our yearbook won first place.  We made the Gold Honor Roll for the second time.

    May 8, 1973.  Mrs. Meadow presented Mrs. Bush with a gavel for meetings to be passed on to each succeeding regent.  Mrs. Huprich and Mrs. Bond were accepted by National as new members.

    November, 1973.  We now have 35 members.  We have nine applications for membership.

    January, 1974.  Meeting cancelled due to violent ice storm.

    February 12, 1974.  Founders Day.  Husband-wife dinner.

    February 11, 1975.  Fourth anniversary dinner at WP-AFB Officers Club.

    May 14, 1975.  Installation of officers.  New member Kathryn Arthur.

    July 9, 1975.  Donna (Huprich) Tessneer has volunteered to embroider our quilt patch for DAR quilt at Waldschmidt house.

    November 12,1975.  It was decided a Regent's pin at $33.25 will be purchased to be passed from one Regent to the next.  New member Marguerite Cox.

    March 15-16-17, 1975.  How proud we were to co-host the State Conference in Dayton at the Biltmore Hotel.  We all wore our Bicentennial outfits and received many compliments.  The State knows Rebecca Galloway is an active group!

    May 30, 1976.  Jean Huprich drove a convertible in the Enon Memorial parade.  July 3.  We borrowed a large farm wagon from Kathryn Arthur and placed antiques on it the carry out the Americanism theme.  Our members rode on it in the Enon Parade and won first place and a beautiful trophy.  Our July celebration of our Bicentennial burst forth in all its glory!

    July 4, 1976.  We took our float to Fairborn and participated in its parade.  Again we were greeted by cheers.  Joyce Dennis placed a DAR marker on the grave of her Revolutionary War Patriot, George Ater, near Clarksburg, West Virginia.  Three hundred relatives attended.  DAR Dedication service was held.

    July 28, 1976.  Jane Felker placed a DAR marker on the grave of her Revolutionary War Patriot, William Finch, at Old Armstrong Chapel, Indian Hill, Cincinnati.  The DAR Dedication service was used.

    September 18, 1976.  People to People Day at WP-AFB.  Our booth with DAR literature was manned by Jane Felker, Jean Huprich, and Lillian McCool in their Bicentennial outfits.

    September, 1976.  A pewter mug will be purchased in our name and date of founding on it to be presented to the Waldschmidt House for the remodeled Tavern Room.

    October 13, 1976.  The Powder Horn and Pewter Mug were presented to Mrs. Cook for Waldschmidt House by Lillian McCool.

    November 10, 1976.  Meeting was held in the Knob Prairie United Church of Christ in Enon.  Five kernels of corn were at each place to remind us of the rationing of five kernels of corn per day per person at Plymouth the first winter.  We agreed to donate $5.00 each for four Park Hills High School students to attend Presidential Classroom in Washington, D.C.  We have three new members, Mabel Ark, Jeanette Carey, and Deborah Gunn.

        There are now 128 chapters in Ohio.  The President General's project is to paint a mural on the ceiling of the East Wing of the House of Representatives (cost $150,000), National has restored Independence Hall in Philadelphia (cost $200,000).  The Bell Tower at Valley Forge is a DAR project.

    December 8, 1976.  Meeting cancelled due to extremely bad weather.  In December, Evelyn Seifert, Veteran Chairman, Marguerite Coy, and Lillian McCool took 17 bed bibs and 26 dozen cookies to Brown Hospital.

    January 12, 1977.  Mrs. McCool welcomed three new members, Jeanette Carey, Mabel Knight, and Isabelle Matthews.

    February 9, 1977.  Wow!  What weather!  Everything closed - even businesses.

    March 9, 1977.  Members were asked to bring cupcakes and magazines to the next meeting for veterans at Christel Manor.  President Carter responded to letter from Mrs. McCool opposing "Amnesty."  He is still supporting it.

    April 30, 1977.  The names of Becky Bush and Marti Riddle were presented for membership and approved.  Becky is a C.A.R.

    End of year 1977.  Regent Jane Felker wrote in Diary: "Since most of the important events are recorded in the minutes of our meetings, I have decided to write a summary of events rather than writing monthly accounts in this Diary."

    March, 1978.  Rebecca Galloway, Daniel Cooper, and Jonathan Dayton hosted the three-day C.A.R. Conference in Fairborn at the Holiday Inn.

    July, 1978.  Flag Day luncheon held at Stockyard Restaurant in Dayton.  Mrs. Harold Miller, niece of Orville and Wilbur Wright, was guest speaker.

    1979.  The Chapter presented the DAR Conservation Medal to Mr. Harold Thornberg, Principal of Black Lane School, Fairborn, for his work as Conservation Chairman of the Bicentennial Committee of Fairborn."

These are but a few of the many highlights in the early history of Rebecca Galloway. 

February 2, 1991

Happy 20th Birthday

 

 

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