SEVENTEEN ATTEND JUNE MEETING
Twelve members, two prospective members and three guests met at Tom's Pizza and Steak House for our June meeting. For more pictures and information, click here.
MARKING OF LEWIS/LYLE HOUSE IN INDIAN MOUND
The Chapter marked the Lewis/Lyle House in Indian Mound, TN on Saturday, May 14th, a beautiful day though with a somewhat cool wind which blew most of the time. Nearly 40 people were present including the president of the Stewart Co. Historical Society and two guests who were staying at the house for the weekend. Homeowner Mandy Williams had set up a beautiful table full of excellent food and following the ceremony we all spread out among the rooms to enjoy it. Some people toured the house and some were interested in the family cemetery at the back of the house, but all were impressed with the beauty and the history of the place and with the Southern hospitality of Mandy and her friends who helped her in getting everything ready for us.
The Pictures of the marking are posted at this link until I can get them posted on our website; you can click on a picture to see a larger image, and you will need to use your "back" button to get back to this page from the marking pictures.
To see the program and the marker, click here.
CHAPTER RECEIVES HONORS AT STATE CONVENTION
Above, Chapter Second Vice President Mary Ann Claxton (center) receives the State Dame of the Year award from Chapter President Joy Bland (at right) with State President Lynda Logan at left. The chapter brought away 20 awards (well deserved!!) from the conference. For more pictures from the conference, click here. (This link goes to the state website; you will need to click your back button to get back to this page)
And don't forget our September meeting will be the 21st at Tom's Pizza and Steak House on highway 79 east of Paris. And this is our annual AUCTION meeting to raise money for our scholarship: be ready to bring goodies to sell, and money to spend!!!
Also September is when we need to pay our dues, so don't forget to bring your money for that as well, though I'm sure Geraldine would accept it any time before then!!!
meetings at Tom's Pizza & Steak
Paris, Tennessee, 11:00 a.m on 3rd Wednesday of:
Following our ritual, National Defense Chairman Geraldine Sykes, noting that yesterday was Flag Day, talked about the meaning of our flag, its representation of our country but also the symbolism in its design. The phrase "These colors don't run," coined after 9/11, embodies our nation's dedication to keeping this the "Land of the free and home of the brave."
Following her message, Suzanne Richter, chairman of the Scholarship Committee, introduced our scholarship winner, Aleece Passman (pictured at right). Aleece graduated 22nd in her class this year with a 4.0 average from Henry County High School where she was a member of the band and a leader in school and community activities. She plans to attend Murray State University in the Pre-Med curriculum to become an anesthesiologist.
Business at the meeting included a report by Mary Ann Claxton on the marking of the Lewis/Lyle House in Stewart Co. (click here for pictures of that event). Five members and two prospective members attended the marking. Also Registrar Stephanie Tayloe reported that Susan Gould's papers for membership are caught up in the backlog at National and it could be several months before they get to hers. Susan Pemberton's papers are nearing completion for the initial submission. Members also voted to invite two prospective members, Tina Cantrell and Amanda Kendall Wood.
Mary Ann Claxton, chairman of the nominating committee, presented the slate of officers for the 2017-2019 term and they were elected by a unanimous vote. They are: President: Joy Bland, First Vice President Pat Boals, Second Vice President Mary Ann Claxton, Chaplain Beverly Wood, Recording Secretary Suzanne Richter, Corresponding Secretary Vicky Henry, Treasurer Geraldine Sykes, Registrar Frances Spillman, Historian Berdie Maie Foy, and Librarian Stephanie Tayloe.
Chaplain Beverly Wood conducted a memorial service for two of our members:
Joan Harmon who died May 23, 2016
and Val Routon who died March 11, 2015.
Frances Spillman presented a really interesting program on "The Bedford Flag." When asked if we had heard of the Bedford Flag, none of us had and Frances admitted that before working on the program she had never heard of it either. But it is a fascinating part of our colonial history. The flag is preserved in the Bedford, MA Public Library and is the oldest complete flag known to exist in the U.S.
It is a cavalry flag (small and almost square in shape) and is believed to have been the flag carried by Bedford resident Nathaniel Page in 1775 to the battle at Concord Bridge. But it was an antique when he carried it. It was probably carried by Nathaniel's Father, Grandfather, and Uncle in various engagements: a 1737 document in the library names John Page as "Cornett of the Troop of Horse" which means he was a cavalry officer ranking just below Lieutenant and would have been the one to carry the flag.
By the weaving pattern we know it was made in the early 1700's. There was paint on the flag and the blue paint that is on it is called Prussian Blue and it did not exist before 1704. It would have been designed by the leader of the cavalry unit, so the Page family were not the ones who designed it.
There had been silver fringe around the edge of it originally, but Nathaniel's youngest daughter, Ruhama, said she took the fringe off to decorate a dress for a military ball. She later said she was never more sorry for anything than the loss of the fringe from the flag.
Frances concluded with the words from Emerson's poem "Concord Hymn:"
"By the rude bridge that arched the flood
Their flag to April's breeze unfurled
Here once the embattled farmers stood
And fired the shot heard round the world."
Was Emerson referring to the Bedford flag? There is nothing in his papers to show that he knew of the flag, but the poem's imagery does make you think of such a flag.
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Captain Charles Barham Chapter was organized by Mrs. H. Ansil
Boals on 8 December, 1979 at the Paris Elks Lodge in Paris,
Tennessee. Mrs. William Osceola Gordon, Tennessee State
President, installed the new officers.
Congratulations Captain Charles Barham Chapter!!! Recognitions and Awards, 2016 State Conference:
Library Committee - $100 donation
Electronic Imaging - $50.00 donation
Historical Marker Project - Placed 1
Outstanding Contribution to
Gravestone Preservation Pogram
Outstanding Contribution to the
National Defense Committee
Preservation of Graves - Replaced 9
Stones and $1000 spent
Maintaining a Chapter website
Submitting Articles to all three issues
of the Tennessee Dame
Appreciation for reporting to
Pocahontas Projects and
Appreciation for Early Bird Reporting
to State Chairman Pocohontas
Projects and Scholarship
Donation to the Tennessee State Room - $150 (tie)
Number of Pictures in the Tennessee Dame
newsletter - 14
Best Colonial Heritage Month Publicity from the
Colonial Heritage, Research and Records
AWARDS - SECOND PLACE
Society's Public Relations - Number of Pictures - 21
Society's Public Relations - Number of Square Inches
AWARDS - THIRD PLACE
Veteran Hours Donated - 20 hours
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