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If you are interested in more information about our chapter or about DAR, how to become a member, researching your Patriot ancestor, or you find an interesting program and would like to attend a chapter meeting, please contact our Chapter Regent, Martha Vogel, for the location of the meeting.

On February 21, 1896, a group of 17 women met under the guidance of Mary Phelps Montgomery in order to form the first Oregon Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. This chapter was named "Multnomah" to honor the great Indian Chief Multnomah, who lived on an island in the Columbia River, now known as Sauvie Island.

In 1914-1915, Mary Woodworth Patterson, the wife of the future Governor of Oregon, Isaac Lee Patterson, was the Regent of Multnomah Chapter. Each Regent still wears Mrs. Patterson’s original DAR insignia during her term. In 1929-1931, the Regent was Ruth Rose Richardson, a renowned Portland attorney. Through her efforts historical markers were placed throughout the state marking the graves of many founders and pioneers of Oregon. Under her leadership, Multnomah Chapter participated fully in the restoration of the three local DAR museums: Pioneer Mothers’ Memorial Cabin, Robert Newell House and Caples House. In 1970-1971, Multnomah Chapter purchased property on the river bank in Columbia City creating the Ruth Rose Richardson Memorial Park.

In 1985, a memorial drinking fountain, honoring Mary Phelps Montgomery, was dedicated by Multnomah Chapter in the foyer of the Portland Center for the Performing Arts.

In 1996, Multnomah Chapter NSDAR celebrated its 100th birthday with an afternoon tea marking the beginning of the OSSDAR state conference.

Each year Multnomah Chapter contributes a Ruth Rose Richardson Memorial Scholarship of $1,000.00 to a horticulture student at Oregon State University. The Leobold/Mann American History/Education Scholarship of $500.00 is awarded at Mount Hood Community College. Other awards given are for the American History Essay contest, Outstanding Teacher of American History, DAR Good Citizens and for outstanding work in American History. The chapter also gives recognition and awards at Chemawa Indian School for art, dance, and student travel expenses.

Certificate of Membership for Mary Phelps Montgomery, our Organizing Chapter Regent

Charter Members

Mrs. Mary Phelps Montgomery
Mrs. Anna Holbrook Withington
Mrs. Mary Hooper Holbrook
Mrs. Elizabeth Withington Ball
Mrs. Jane Lewis Chapin
Mrs. Mary Andrews Ladd
Mrs. Kate Stevens Bingham
Miss Eleanor E. Gile
Miss Gertrude E Heitshu
Miss Alice H. Heitshu
Mrs. Anna Atkinson Warren
Miss Bertha Stuart
Mrs. Jane C. Card
Miss Mayannah Woodward
Mrs. Katherine S. McCamant
Mrs. Elizabeth Van Winkle Anderson
Miss Elizabeth Van Winkle Anderson

Multnomah Chapter Officers

RegentMartha Vogel
Vice RegentDonna Brunstad
ChaplainDenali Porter
Recording SecretaryDenni Kjos
Corresponding SecretaryCoralie Stevens
TreasurerBeverly Przybylski
RegistrarTerri Potts
LibrarianAmy Bradshaw
CustodianBeverly Kirkpatrick
DirectorsSue Owen
Deanna Peterson
Marcia Rudick

Multnomah Chapter Meetings and Programs

We are presently working on the 2014-2015 schedule of programs, which will be added here this summer. Meantime, check out the wonderful programs we had during our previous year.

If you find an interesting program and would like to attend a chapter meeting, please contact Chapter Regent Martha Vogel, or Chapter Registrar Terri Potts, for the location of the meeting. We meet at a central and well-known downtown location which is accessible for mobility impaired persons. The facility has a free-to-guests parking garage for those who drive and for those who do not drive it is within a half block of TriMet's MAX (Metropolitan Area Express) Light Rail stop at King's Hill. We generally meet at 11:00 a.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month, except June, July and August. We hope to see you!

September 25, 2013:
Mental Health Care in America Before and After the American Revolution; Little Known Secrets, presented by David L Cutler, MD. Dr Cutler is formerly the Medical Director of Multnomah County’s Mental Health and Addictions Division and is currently an Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at Ohio State University. This talk will begin with Descartes, then proceed to Benjamin Rush (a signer), continue with Lewis and Clark to the Oregon Trail and to the Hawthorne Bridge and end at the Oregon State Hospital Museum in Salem.

October 23, 2013 (tour):
We have a wonderful field trip planned to the Maryhill Museum of Art with its unique setting high atop a hill in the Columbia River Gorge. Several years ago the museum was updated and some additions added, including a very nice lunchroom overlooking the gorge. A variety menu of light meals are offered in the form of boxed lunches. We will carpool to the destination leaving early in the morning and returning in late afternoon. It is about 100 scenic miles from Portland, just a beautiful ride! You may Google the October events and exhibits at Maryhill. Their permanent exhibits are the fabulous Vogue and other famous designer dolls from the 1950s: Theatre de la Mode” and a wonderful Native American Artifacts exhibit plus a section devoted to the Rumanian Royal Family. Hope you can all join us.

November 20, 2013 (third Wednesday):
Please mark your calendars as we are meeting a week earlier this month due to Thanksgiving. State Regent Ellen Hopkins will be visiting us and telling us about her plans for our State Society during her tenure. Please come and show your support for our State Regent!

December 18, 2013 (third Wednesday):
Christmas month we come together a week earlier. Our speaker is Nancy Watts, a quilter and teacher who has traveled to many places around the world. Her topic will be Mongolia where she traveled in 2011. There she stayed for an extended period, living with nomadic tribes and working with women to help them have a better quality of life. Her photographs tell a very interesting story of their lives and the items the women make. Nancy will bring some of these to sell for those interested in last minute holiday gifts. All the proceeds benefit these women and return back to their guild in Mongolia.

January 22, 2014:
My Oregon Connection will be presented by our chapter member, Donna Brunstad. Donna’s ancestors are originally from Maine and she has lived in many different places and will speak to us about this Oregon Connection. This is another attempt to engage our chapter by having our members tell us about their direct ancestor or an interesting family story.

February 26, 2014:
Multnomah Chapter’s 118th Birthday! Dress up to honor the occasion and wear your finest! We thought it would be fun for members to bring an heirloom from their family, or a short story from your family that has some history. You will all have a few minutes to come to the podium to tell the story or the history associated with the heirloom! We need you to be brief so that all will have ample time to present their story.

March 26, 2014:
Veterans’ Month. This year we will honor our female veterans and their infants by having a “baby shower”. Please bring a small gift/gifts fitting for a new baby. We will pack them into bags decorated for a baby. We will also accept regular toiletries and small gifts for male veterans, but this year we are concentrating on helping women. You have all year to be looking around at the SALES in various stores. Keep your receipts as your donation may be tax deductible if you itemize your taxes.

April 23, 2014:
Kimberly Howard, Trust Manager for the Oregon Trust, will visit and enlighten us about what this organization is all about. About the Trust: Supporting Oregon's culture makes practical sense. As an investment, it creates vibrant communities by strengthening the economy, improving education, and bettering our quality of life. We are you. The Cultural Trust is Oregonians sustaining, developing and participating in our arts, heritage, and humanities.

May 28, 2014:
Our annual meeting at the Caples Complex in Columbia City. Come visit the lovely, historic Dr. Charles Caples home and then be served lunch by the local Mount St. Helens Chapter. Our annual meeting will include the installation of officers for 2014-2016.

June 25, 2014 (tour):
An added field trip to Timberline Lodge. The plans for this will be finalized later in the year. More information to be forthcoming.

Our Patriot Ancestors

Pvt. Zebulon AlphineMassachusetts
Pvt. John AlstottPennsylvania
Pvt. Conrad BechlePennsylvania
Antoine BordelonLouisiana
Pvt. Benjamin BrewerPennsylvania
Pvt. John BrinkNew York
Col. William BronaughVirginia
Leonard BushVirginia
Pvt. John CaffeyMaryland
Peter CarterVirginia
Philip ChelfVirginia
Pvt. Thomas ClearwaterNew York
William CoffinNorth Carolina
Pvt. John ColeMassachusetts
Pvt. Philip CorrellPennsylvania
William CrowVirginia
Pvt. Mathew CushingVermont
Pvt. Elisha De WolfConnecticut
Sgt. John DickSouth Carolina
Pvt. William DonaldsonVirginia
Pvt. Benjamin EgglestonMassachusetts
Thomas FarrMassachusetts
Pvt. John FeatherlyNew York
Capt. Peregrine FitzhughVirginia
John ForqueranVirginia
Peter Forqueran, Sr.Virginia
Ensign John GearhartPennsylvania
Pvt. Truman GibbsConnecticut
Philip GloverMaryland
Pvt. William GoochNorth Carolina
Sgt. Josiah GoodaleMassachusetts
George GrahamVirginia
Henry GuthrieVirginia
Caleb HallVirginia
Leonard HallVirginia
Pvt. Charles HansfordVirginia
Pvt. Mathias HarterPennsylvania
Pvt. Josiah HaskellMassachusetts
Fifer William HaskellMassachusetts
Pvt. Abijah HawkesMassachusetts
1st Lt. William HaynieVirginia
Pvt. Samuel HeadleyNew Jersey
Pvt. Samuel HindsVirginia
James HoggNorth Carolina
Pvt. Silas HolbrookMassachusetts
James Holley, Sr.Virginia
Andrew Hoover, Jr.North Carolina
Andrew Hoover, Sr.North Carolina
Benjamin HoppingNew York
Samuel JacksonPennsylvania
David JarrattVirginia
Cpl. Isaac JohnsonVirginia
Pvt. Cornelius JonesNew York
Abel Judson, Jr.Connecticut
Hugh KennedyPennsylvania
Pvt. John KernPennsylvania
Capt. John KeyesConnecticut
William KirkVirginia
Pvt. Isaac KleberPennsylvania
Fifer Asa LakeVermont
Christian LaufferPennsylvania
Capt. William LeeVirginia
Sgt. James LeedsNew Jersey
Pvt. Nicholas LossingNew York
Col. William LuckettMaryland
Pvt. Benjamin Marsh, Jr.Massachusetts
Pvt. Patrick McGeePennsylvania
Pvt. Benjamin MillerVirginia
Evan MorganSouth Carolina
William Morris, Sr.Virginia
Pvt. Abner NashMassachusetts
Pvt. Thomas NorthMassachusetts
Pvt. Elias ParmenterMassachusetts
Pvt. John PattenVirginia
James PelotSouth Carolina
Col. Francis PeytonVirginia
Sgt. Silas PhelpsConnecticut
William PottsNew Jersey
Lt. Col. Levin PowellVirginia
Capt. John PutnamMassachusetts
Andrew RayVirginia
Capt. Turner RichardsonVirginia
Dudley Roundtree, Sr.Virginia
Pvt. Job RowleyConnecticut
Pvt. John RowleyConnecticut
Pvt. Peter Rush, Jr.New Jersey
John Sargent, Sr.New Hampshire
Pvt. John SeeVirginia
Capt. Rhodes ShanklandDelaware
Pvt. Leonard Claybourne ShoemakerVirginia
Lt. Matthew SmallVirginia
Zedekiah SouthNew Jersey
Capt. Jonathan SpearMassachusetts
Pvt. Ichabod S. SpencerConnecticut
Pvt. Solomon StansburyMaryland/North Carolina
Cpl. Joseph StevensNew York
Anthony StreetVirginia
John TateVirginia
William Utley, Sr.North Carolina
Leonard VandergriftDelaware
Pvt. Nathan WarnerPennsylvania
Mathias WeaverVirginia
Capt. Constant WebsterMassachusetts
Capt. Ebenezer WebsterNew Hampshire
2nd Lt. James Whaley, Jr.Virginia
James Whaley, Sr.Virginia
Sgt. Nathaniel WhiteNew York
Lt. James WylieSouth Carolina
Adam Yager, Sr.Virginia
Pvt. Adam ZumwaltVirginia

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