History of the
Lamar Fontaine Chapter 33
of the
United Daughters of the Confederacy

 


Lamar Fontaine Chapter 33, UDC, is one of the oldest organizations of its kind in Brazoria County .

On May 4, 1895, 25 ladies from Alvin and the surrounding area gathered at the Alvin Immigration Office to organize an auxiliary with a 5-fold purpose:

         

  • 1.     To care for their Confederate veterans

  • 2.     To educate the children of these veterans

  • 3.     To perpetuate the memory of those who had lost their lives in fighting for their cause

  • 4.     To carry forward the history of Confederate patriotism

  • 5.     To bind together the descendants of the Confederate soldiers in inherited
         comradeship.

 

Thus on this day was created the Lamar Fontaine Daughters of the Confederacy Auxiliary to the John A. Wharton Camp of Confederate Veterans. Their motto was: “Benevolent, Memorial, Historical, Educational, and Social.”


In May, 1924, this auxiliary raised a monument to the 37 veterans of the John A. Wharton Camp buried in the Alvin Confederate Cemetery .
 

This group also erected a building known as the United Daughters of the Confederacy Hall, which was used for meetings and entertainment. Among the many projects and accomplishments of the society was the making in 1906 of a large Confederate flag, measuring 9 x 12 feet, and for years this flag was flown in the Confederate Cemetery on April 26, Confederate Veterans Day.


As the years passed, the veterans died, the widows died, and few of the daughters remained. In 1928, the charter, which had been granted to the chapter on March 21, 1896, was surrendered and the ‘most prized possessions’ were placed in the Texas Confederate Museum in Austin : the minutes book, the flag, the charter, and the Emma Gray Cobb gavel.


When the world had endured the changes of other and worse wars,  the UDC began to experience a new meaning as a historical and patriotic society. In August, 1946, as the Texas Division of the UDC made plans for its 50th anniversary, the Lamar Fontaine Chapter rose again with 12 charter members and papers of 10 members pending. The original number of 33 was requested, but the request was denied, and the chapter was given the number of 2142. In the spring of 1947, the request was made and granted that the ‘prized possessions’ of the original chapter be returned.

 

At Division Convention in 1947, the chapter was awarded a Golden Jubilee Plate for the highest percentage of new members (14). At this meeting, the chapter was also accorded special mention for assistance given in the organization of the John B. Hood Chapter of Pattison.


In 1949, another Golden Jubilee Plate was awarded the chapter at Division Convention for the best report. Also in that year the members set 75 iron markers on Confederate graves in the cemeteries at Alvin, Angleton, Baileys Prairie, Columbia, and Peach Point.


In 1950, the chapter was awarded a gavel for the best report and the largest number of new UDC magazine subscriptions. Also, in that year, the Betty Bingham Munson Chapter, Children of the Confederacy, was organized.


In 1951, 22 books were donated to the Confederate Library at the University of Houston and 33 were donated to the Southern Book Room in the Anderson Library.


In 1961, the chapter boasted a membership of 13 Real Daughters. Five dozen Confederate battle flags were purchased to mark the graves of Confederate Veterans in three area cemeteries on Confederate Veterans Day. Nine genealogies of Confederate ancestors were sent to the General Chairman of Records and Research. The chapter also initiated its scholarship award program in local schools.


In 1969, one member compiled and published Historical Records of Austin and Waller Counties.


In 1970, the chapter contributed toward the erection of the brick entrance to the Confederate Cemetery in Alvin.


In 1977, six Military Crosses of Honor were bestowed.

1980, Jefferson Davis Medals were presented to our two Real Daughters: Mrs. Grace Harby and Mrs. Jennie Hosford.


In 1981, The James K. Smith Chapter #755 Children of the Confederacy was organized by Ruby Schedule and the chapter presented a Jefferson Davis Medal to her for her work.


In 1990, on April 26, our two Real Daughters donated 10 live oaks trees to be planted in the Confederate Cemetery in recognition of Confederate Memorial Day. Also, in the spring of this year, a request was made that the original number (33) be issued to the chapter and on June 11, the charter was reissued under the number 33.
 

 
 


  

 

Copyright 2007 - Present by Lamar Fontaine Chapter 33 UDC
Created April 6, 2007          Updated September 25, 2008