History of the Pittsburgh Chapter, NSDAR
In response to the invitation of Mrs. Julia K. Hogg, a number of ladies
assembled at her residence, Church Avenue, Allegheny, Pa., June tenth,
1891, to organize the Pittsburgh Chapter, Daughters of the American
Revolution. Mrs. Hogg had been appointed Regent by the National
Society which was organized in Washington, D.C., October
eleventh, 1890. The charter of the Pittsburgh Chapter is number
one, with seventy-four charter members, of whom forty are members at
this present date. (1910).|
In the interim between the organization of the Chapter and the meeting in October, Mrs. Hogg received the appointment of State Regent of Pennsylvania. She resigned the office of Chapter Regent therefore, and Mrs. Anne McDowell Price Childs (Mrs. Albert H. Childs) was elected, serving as Regent from October twelfth, 1891, to October eleventh, 1893. Mrs. Ellie Guthrie Painter (Mrs. Park Painter) was then elected, succeeded in 1895, October eleventh, by Miss Matilda Watkins Denny, Regent until October twenty-second, 1898, when Mrs. Painter again was elected, declining nomination for the office at the end of the year. Mrs. Edith Darlington Ammon (Mrs. S. A. Ammon) became Regent October eleventh 1899, by re-election, serving until June fourth, 1909, ten years, succeeded by Mrs. Rose Ingram Marsh (Mrs. Jos. W. Marsh), elected for two years. The other officers are Vice Regent, Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary, Treasurer, Historian, and with eight members constitute the Executive Board. The annual meeting for election of officers has been changed from October to the first Friday of June. The meetings were held at first in private houses, often at the residence of the Regent, but as the Chapter increased in numbers, it was found more convenient to meet elsewhere, except for special occasions and reasons. The regular meetings are held every two months, beginning in October, at the Twentieth Century Club. "America" is always sung to open the meeting, followed by a regular order of business, minutes, reports from officers, committees, and any other business necessary. A paper on some historical subject is usually read by the historian or other members. Three "Real Daughters" have been members; that is women whose fathers served in the Revolution - Mrs. Carver, Mrs. Burgett and Mrs. Masten.
The Chapter has been represented on the National Board, D.A.R., By Mrs. Julia K. Hogg, State Regent of Pennsylvania, 1891-1898; Mrs. Margaret Irwin Hays, Vice President-General, 1893-1894; Mrs. Rachel Larimer Mellon, 1901-1905, Vice President-General. Mrs. Edith Darlington Ammon was appointed by the President-General, Mrs. Scott, chairman of the National Committee on "Patriotic Education," April, 1909. The number of members admitted from June tenth, 1891 to June tenth, 1909 was seven hundred and forty-three. Members at that date, five hundred and fifty."
WHEREAS, Miss Matilda Wilkins Denny, Mrs. Maria Irwin Holdship, Miss Rebecca Shields, Mrs. Lydia Shields Jones, Miss Hannah Irwin, Mrs. Amelia Neville Shields Oliver, Mrs. Margaret Stevenson Denny, Miss Amelia Neville Oliver, Mrs. Henrietta Logan Scott, Miss Mary Patterson Semple, Mrs. Mary O’Hara Spring and Mrs. Annie Denny Corcoran, who are approved members of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, did, under the authorization of the National Board of Management on the 10th day of June, 1891, organize a Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, in the city of Allegheny, State of Pennsylvania, to be known as the Pittsburgh Chapter; and
WHEREAS, the following officers have been selected to wit: Mrs. Julia K. Hogg as Regent, Mrs. Annie Mc D.P. Childs as Secretary, Mrs. Ellie G. Painter as Registrar, Miss Kate C. Mc Knight as Treasurer.
NOW THEREFORE, the said members, and their successors and associates, are hereby declared to be a regularly organized Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, to be known as the Pittsburgh Chapter; and as such one entitled to all the privileges, and subject to all the limitations of the Constitution and By-Laws of the National Society.
Given under our hands and the seal of the National Society this 20th day of November, 1891.
JULIA K. HOGG, State Regent of Pennsylvania
CAROLINE SCOTT HARRISON, President General
MARY I. SHIELDS, Recording Secretary-General