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Yaquina Chapter DAR History


Yaquina Chapter DAR was organized 3 September 1963. Tillamook Chapter members, Helen Batchelder, Francis Doyle and Louise Goodrich were instrumental in forming our Yaquina Chapter.

There were seventeen charter members including three Junior Members. A "Confirmation Luncheon" was held at the Devil's Lake Yacht Club in 1964 with officers from the Oregon State Society DAR and from Tillamook Chapter DAR.

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Yaquina Indians
Yaquina Indians*
Yaquina Indians*
The name "Yaquina" was chosen for the new Chapter which was then meeting in Oceanlake, which has since been incorporated into Lincoln City. This location was where a historic battle between the Yaquina and Rogue Indians in the early 1850's took place near Devil's Lake and the "D" River. It was the habit of the Yaquina Indians to gather each fall at the "D" River for the fall salmon run to enter the river and go up Devil's Lake. They would wait at the mouth of the river.

One morning they discovered the Rogue Indians there, fishing on what the Yaquinas considered their own fishing grounds. A fierce battle ensued. Later the Rogue Indians were granted some fishing rights at the site.

The Lincoln County Historical Society in their Book I, states that many relics were discovered from that battle when the Devil's Lake Public Campgrounds were being constructed.

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Yaquina Chapter meetings were held in members' homes for many years, but are now no-host luncheon meetings in local restaurants. The Spouting Horn Restaurant in Depoe Bay is a favorite, since it is about half way between our most northerly and southerly members who still live in Lincoln County. It is owned by our Daughter, Betty Taunton.

* Drawing reprinted with permission from "The Indians of the Yaquina Bay" by E. Wayne Courtney, republished in 2006 by the Lincoln County Historical Society, Newport, Oregon.





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Julia Meggison
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