On June 23,
1920, Mrs. Frances Mullman was appointed by the National Society of the
Daughters of the American Revolution as the Organizing Regent to
organize a chapter in Mineral Wells, Texas. The chapter was founded on
June 18, 1921. It was named after Ralph Ripley, a soldier in the
American Revolution, who was a grandson of Governor William Bradford
and an ancestor of Mrs. Mullman.
Members include: Mrs. Frances, Mullman, Mrs. Ernest Eslick, Mrs.
J. H. Campbell, Mrs. J. W. Crutcher, Mrs. W. F. Wright, Mrs. M. A.
Reese, Mrs. Paul P Scott, Mrs. Cornelia Crocker, Mrs. J. H. Agnew, Mrs.
W. W. Fleming, Mrs. J. W. Henderson, Mrs. W. E. Huster, and Mrs. Robert
In 1933, the
34th Texas State Conference was held in Mineral Wells, at the Baker
Hotel, with the Ralph Ripley Chapter hosting.
In 1937 a Colonial Tea was held in the home of Major and Mrs. E. N.
Jerry. Seventy people attended and were greeted by members in colonial
costume. Guests included the Weaterford Texas DAR chapter.
This tea later became known as the George Washington Tea.
In 1939, Mrs.
E. N. Jerry was the chapter's first delegate to the Continental
Congress in Washington, D.C.
In 1953 a regional meeting of Divisions I and II was held at the
Seybold Guest Ranch (now the Double J Hacienda and Art Ranch) outside
Mineral Wells. Thirty-nine chapters and 157 members attended.
In 1961, the
Ralph Ripley Chapter presented new silk flags with 50 stars to all of
the local schools.
In 1971 a 50-year certificate was presented to Mrs. Owene Peeler
Crutcher who was the only living charter member.
In 1992, the
Ralph Ripley DAR Scholarship was established to present a Mineral Wells
high school senior girl with a scholarship. She is chosen by her peers
and a faculty member. This project was established by Shirley Marcotte.
In 2003, the scholarship was changed to the Shirley Marcotte DAR
Scholarship to honor Shirley Marcotte for all her hard work in
establishing this worthy project.
Ralph Ripley Chapter stays active in the community helping Girl and Boy
Scout programs, participating in the Veterans Day celebration,
presenting flags to the Mineral Wells schools, honoring the oldest
veterans that live in Mineral Wells, and informing the community
regarding such things a patriotism and historic preservation.
The Ralph Ripley Chapter meets the first Saturday of each month with
places designated in the yearbook. For information contact Mrs. William P. Lampley.
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