Celilo Chapter History

National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

  

  Celilo Chapter was organized on October 12, 1978, in The Dalles, with State Regent Mrs. Thomas Brand conducting the organizational meetings.  She was assisted by State Vice Regent Mrs. Robert Chais. Mrs. Chester  Noble was appointed Organizing Regent. The name “Celilo” was selected.  It is an Indian name meaning “cleft in the bank.”  The name “Celilo” was also given to the waterfalls near The Dalles where the American Indians fished for salmon on the Columbia River.  The Celilo waterfalls was covered by The Dalles Dam backwater in 1958 and is now called Lake Celilo and is 24 miles long.

   In 1917 the Quenett Chapter was formed in The Dalles and then later and then went inactive.  While Celilo Chapter is located in The Dalles, members also come from Grass Valley, Hood River, Parkdale, Moiser, Dufur, Beaverton, Oregon and  the state of Wisconsin and Colorado.

   The Dalles area was inhabited by the American Indians thousands of years before white men came. The Indians called the area Win-Quatt, meaning a place encircled by rock cliffs. Lewis and Clark were the first white men in the area when they camped here twice while on their expedition.

   Fur traders came through in the 1810s and 1820s. Explorers, botanists, artists, writers, and adventurers all came to the "grand dalles of the Columbia." The first homes were built in 1838 by Jason Lee's Methodist missionaries. They established the Wascopum Mission here. Wascopum was the name being used by the Wasco Indians that were located here at that time. This mission along with Marcus Whitman's museum at Waililatpu near Walla Walla gave help to thousands of starving ill and desperate emigrants of the Oregon Trail.

   When the pioneers who came on the Oregon Trail arrived at The Dalles, they had two choices.  They could continue down the Columbia River rapids or to go by wagon around Mt. Hood via the Barlow Road. Wheel ruts created from the wagon travel can still be seen today.

   Today Celilo Chapter strives to fulfill our DAR objectives and is a very active chapter.  We have State Regent, Ellen Hopkins and District Officer, Linda Holcomb from our chapter.

 

Celilo Falls

Celilo Falls before it was covered by backwater from The Dalles Dam.

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