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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, Beverly Przybylski, 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

RegentBeverly Przybylski
Vice RegentVina Dreke
ChaplainJennell Atkinson
Recording SecretarySharon Sebbio
Corresponding SecretaryHelen Asplund
TreasurerKathy Norton
RegistrarTerri Potts
HistorianKelly Wiggins
LibrarianDeanna Peterson
CustodianKelly Wiggins
DirectorsSusan (Sue) Owen

Multnomah Chapter Meetings and Programs

If you find an interesting program and would like to attend a chapter meeting, please contact Chapter Regent Beverly Przybylski, 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 23, 2015; 11:00 a.m:
The Oregon Black Pioneers. Some of our members attended the exhibit “A Community on the Move” at the Oregon Historical Society this May where we discovered how black families coped with the Vanport flood, its effect on their businesses, and how they were affected later with urban renewal programs throughout NE Portland. Other issues in Portland black history was presented in the exhibit. It was a very enlightening morning. For our first meeting this fall we have invited Willie Richardson, Board President and Kimberly Moreland, Secretary and Chair of African American Historical Places. They will to talk to us about their organization and present a power point presentation.

October 28, 2015; Time TBA:
Our annual field trip will be to the Old Aurora Colony Museum in Aurora, Oregon. Curator Patrick Harris will lead a tour of this wonderful original museum which houses many artifacts owned and used by the early inhabitants of this Christian communal society which was lead across the Oregon Trail in l855 by Dr. William Kiel, a German immigrant. He wanted to establish a “second Eden.” You will see how Dr. Kiel skillfully helps to establish businesses and political and social relationships with his surrounding neighbors through food and shared economic interests. We will have lunch nearby at the Langdon Golf Club.

November 18, 2015 (third Wednesday); 11:00 a.m:
Chapter member Susan Frost will talk about her distant great uncle, Richard III. This past March she traveled to England to present a paper and to join in the festivities of this ancient monarch. It sounds like a very interesting program!

December 16, 2015 (third Wednesday); 11:00 a.m:
Retired Lieutenant Colonel Angelica (Angel) Pilato will join us and speak about her experiences during the Vietnam War. Our chapter is a partner in the Vietnam War Commemoration; 2016 marks the 50th year anniversary. She will present a power point program and have with her copies of the book she wrote which she will sign and sell for members. The title is: “ANGEL'S TRUCK STOP (a memoir)”. A woman’s love, laughter, and loss during the Vietnam War. This will be just in time for those last minute gifts that you were looking for and couldn’t find!

January 27, 2016; 11:00 a.m:
Continuing with honoring Veterans from the Vietnam War we have a special day planned to honor all who gave service during this time to our country. Mr. Gary Mortensen, CEO of the Stoller Vineyards in Dayton will be our guest along with two or three Veterans who served during this time and they will talk briefly talk about their war experiences. Mr. Mortensen is involved in a program to promote the health and well being of Veterans from the Vietnam War.

February 24, 2016; 11:00 a.m:
Come and celebrate our 120th birthday of Multnomah Chapter DAR. We are the oldest chapter in Oregon. Our guest speaker is Natalie Linn, a collector and authority on Native American baskets. She has appeared on The Antique Road Show, The History Detectives, and served as a guest speaker at numerous universities and colleges. She is bringing a collection of baskets from various tribes to show you and talk about their origins. Members are welcome to bring baskets and she will be happy to give you her opinion of the tribe and approximate value. It will be a fun day!

March 23, 2016 11:00 a.m:
Traditionally this month we provide service to our Veterans who we will continue to honor by brining gifts for aged Veterans as well as baby items for new enlisted mothers and current servicemen's wives called "Operation Diaper Bag." A list of acceptable items will be provided to you at the first of the year.

Our program will be "History of the American Red Cross" which was started in the USA by Clara Barton on May 21, 1881. This organization has been instrumental and dedicated to helping people in need throughout the world. Its national office is in Washington, DC just next door to National DAR. Jessica Chapman, the regional program manager will be coming our as guest speaker.

April 27 2016; 11:00 a.m:
Our own new member, Vina Dreke will tell us all about her patriot ancestor, Captain Asa Douglas Senior (1715-1795). Vina recently, this past summer made a trip back east to learn about this man who served with Ethan Allen at the siege of Fort Ticonderoga. She had a wonderful time at the festivities that were planned to honor her ancestor. She will share with us her experience there and the celebrations honoring those veterans!

May 25, 2016; 11:00 a.m:
Join us for our annual meeting at the historic Caples House Museum complex in Columbia City. While here, take a few minutes to visit properties owned by Multnomah Chapter—the Ruth Rose Richardson Memorial Park and Pixie Park. We will meet in the Knapp Social Center where we will have a memorial service for any chapter members who passed during the previous year, have our business meeting and receive annual reports, and install our newly elected officers. Plan to come and tour the Dr. Charles Caples residence where an early medical practitioner lived and treated patients. A lovely doll museum also exists on the premises. We will be treated to a delicious lunch served by the Mount. St. Helen’s Chapter.

Our program will be a brief talk by Mr. Gayle Arthur, (spouse of Anita Ordway). He will share his experiences on a ballistic missile submarine during the Vietnam War. This has become a current event because of the debate in congress regarding upgrading this important fleet of vessels. This will conclude our series of visits from servicemen active during this period in our history.

June, Date and time TBA:
We're planning a day trip to Fort Clatsop National Monument and the Maritime Museum in Astoria. Fort Clatsop was the winter Encampment (Dec. 1805-March 1806) for the Corp of Discovery. Here you will view a replica of where Lewis and Clark lived during that long, wet winter. A park ranger will be there to talk with us. After we have lunch, we will visit the Columbia River Maritime Museum and then head back to Portland.

Our Patriot Ancestors

Pvt. Zebulon AlphineMassachusetts
Pvt. John AlstottPennsylvania
Pvt. Conrad BechlePennsylvania
Antoine BordelonLouisiana
Pvt. Benjamin BrewerPennsylvania
Pvt. John BrinkNew York
Col. William BronaughVirginia
Pvt. James BrookshireMaryland
Leonard BushVirginia
Pvt. John CaffeyMaryland
Peter CarterVirginia
Philip ChelfVirginia
Pvt. Thomas ClearwaterNew York
Benjamin CoffinMassachusetts
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
Russell JonesNorth Carolina
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
Nathaniel MeekerNew Jersey
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
Moses RenfrewVirginia
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
Matthew StanleyNew Hampshire
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
William WhitleyKentucky
Lt. James WylieSouth Carolina
Adam Yager, Sr.Virginia
Pvt. Adam ZumwaltVirginia

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