Stevens Point Chapter

Stevens  Point  Chapter

National  Society

of the Daughters of the American Revolution

Stevens Point, WI

“On the Banks of the Wisconsin River”

  

In 1839 George Stevens was traveling north on the Wisconsin River to Wausau when he stopped at a point near today’s west end of Main Street near the Riverfront Arts Center. This site was called Stevens Landing and soon became Stevens Point. In 1850, the town of Stevens Point was created and in 1858 Stevens Point was incorporated and became a city.

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Forty years later the Stevens Point Chapter, NSDAR, named to honor George A. Stevens, was chartered on 4 June 1898. Alice Babcock Stilson McDill was the organizing Chapter Regent and was one of sixteen charter members.

Clara Z. Blake Mitchell became the chapter’s second regent in 1902 and would retain that position for thirty one years. During Mrs. Mitchell’s regency, the chapter in 1924 dedicated a community marker placed at the site of George Stevens’ landing spot. The chapter rededicated the marker in 2009, a remembrance of 85 years and continuation of the Point 150 Celebration.

The Stevens Point Chapter was honored to have Elizabeth Omans Stewart Seaward as its Real Daughter (the daughter of a patriot and a member of NSDAR). She was the daughter of Thomas and Mary Camp Peet Omans and granddaughter of Stephen Peet. Both Thomas Omans and Stephen Peet served in the American Revolution. Elizabeth joined NSDAR in 1902 as a Stevens Point Chapter daughter. She died on 9 March 1903 and is buried in the Forest Cemetery. The chapter marked her grave as a Real Daughter in December 1926. The chapter remembers Elizabeth with a birthday celebration at her grave site each year.

The chapter has continued to preserve history through programs on the Mayflower, the Polish Settlers in Jamestown Colony, Paul Revere’s Ride, Abraham Lincoln, the Battles of Lexington and Concord, Wisconsin in the Civil War, Ojibwa Indians and other historical programs.  In addition, the chapter has contributed funds for the Wisconsin Room at the National DAR Museum and locally to the Portage County Historical Society and the Waushara County Historical Society. While the chapter has always promoted Constitution Week, in more recent years the community has been able to view the chapter’s month long Constitution Week display in the downtown library’s window.

The chapter has contributed monies for historical preservation for the Bell Tower at Valley Forge, the local World War I Memorial and the Korean War Memorial in Plover. In addition the chapter donated funds to commemorate Wisconsin Revolutionary War Patriots near Portage. The Stevens Point Chapter has donated significant funding and continues an active participation in the restoration, preservation and maintenance of Fort Winnebago Surgeons’ Quarters in Portage, owned by the Wisconsin Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Chapter daughters have given thousands of volunteer hours to preserve ‘our jewel on the hill’.

The chapter has supported our Veterans at Tomah and King, provided needed items to the military during World War I, World War II, the Korean Conflict, Viet Nam, Kuwait and now our military currently serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

We have promoted education with sponsorship of high school senior’s applications for DAR Scholarships, monies to support the five DAR schools plus Bacone Indian College in Oklahoma. We promote interest in American History with support of the Christopher Columbus Essay and American History Essay contests in our area schools.

Being ever mindful of conservation, the chapter supported the DAR reforestation project in Wisconsin all through the 1930s and 1940s. We encourage ‘going green’ and saving energy in all ways possible. In recognition of our community’s commitment to conservation, our new goal is to annually nominate an individual for the NSDAR Conservation Medal Award.

Our service programs give annual recognition to a senior ROTC Cadet at UWSP, high school seniors as Good Citizens and a Community Service Award to a community volunteer.  The chapter makes donations to the local women’s violence abuse shelter.

Celebrating the past 110 years, the chapter continues to grow in membership and looks forward to another century of its commitment to patriotism, historical preservation, promoting education and supporting the local, state, national and world communities as we fulfill the mission of NSDAR.


 Stevens Point Chapter, NSDAR, organized June 4, 1898. Charter Officers:

Charter Officers
Charter Office Charter Member
Organizing Regent Alice Babcock Stilson McDill
Organizing Vice Regent Clara Z. Blake Mitchell
Organizing Secretary Ruth Gray Cate
Organizing Treasurer Elzura P. Stone Parmeter
Organizing Registrar Marion Claflin Reton
Organizing Historian Mary Ella Tanner Croswell
Organizing Librarian Jennie Gregory Strope
Charter Members
Charter Members Charter Members
Alice Babcock Stilson McDill Jennie Gregory Strope
Jessie Lucas Stilson Elzura P. Stone Parmeter
Mary Ella Tanner Marion Claflin Reton
Ruth Gray Cate Genevieve Webster Crowell
Clara Z. B. Mitchell Dora Webster Owen
Eva J. Chapin Maple Edna E. Smith McCorkle
Cynthia Jane Culver Chapin Genevieve Stilson McDill
Edith A. Chapin McClure Mabel Taylor Crawford

The Stevens Point Chapter honors and pays tribute to their sister daughter who was a Real Daughter, Elizabeth Louetsie Omans Stewart Seaward.

Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas and Mary Peet Omans, was born on 5 August 1825, in Eaton, Madison County, New York. Her mother Mary Peet Camp, widow of Dr. Abner Camp married Thomas Omans on 11 February 1822 in Leeville, Madison County, New York.

Elizabeth Seaward submitted two applications of membership to DAR at the same time (not uncommon in the early days of the Society, but not acceptable today). One application was filed on the line of her father, Thomas Omans and the second on the line of her grandfather Stephen Peet.

According to information taken from Elizabeth Seaward’s application her grandfather, Stephen Peet, was a sea captain who resided in Newburgh, New York and served at West Point for the majority of the Revolutionary War. His wife was Elizabeth Gurnee.

Thomas Omans, born 8 April 1760, Elizabeth’s father, enlisted in 1775 at the age of fifteen while a resident of New Bedford, Massachusetts. His service spanned the duration of the Revolutionary War, his pension details six enlistments. He served under Colonels Sprout, Crane, Pope and Hatheway, and General John Sullivan. During his terms of service he built forts, guarded harbors, transported troops and saw action in the battle of Rhode Island. He was first orderly sergeant of the company known as “Cushing’s Lions”. A requirement of the recruits in this unit was that every member be ‘upwards of six feet in his stockings”. Thomas Omans was allowed pension on his application which was verified 8 October 1832, when he was living at Eaton, Madison County, New York. He died there at the age of 81 on 8 May 1841.

Like many of the Real Daughters, Elizabeth’s father was well into the second half of his life when she was born. She would have been able to recount stories from the Revolutionary War from both her father and her grandfather.

In 1843, at the age of eighteen, Elizabeth Omans married Moses Stewart. Moses Stewart died 6 August 1871 in a barge accident while heading south to Florida. Moses is buried in Little Prairee, Arkansas. Following the death of Moses Stewart, Elizabeth married Joseph Stevens Seaward. In the late 1880s, Elizabeth relocated to Stevens Point and remained a resident for the remainder of her life.

It was during this time that Elizabeth Seaward became acquainted with members of the Stevens Point Chapter. She submitted her applications for membership to NSDAR which were received 2 September 1902. After her verification, she was presented a Real Daughter Gold Spoon by NSDAR and the Stevens Point Chapter presented her with a Real Daughter Silver Spoon. She died at the home of her daughter, Helen Baker, in Stevens Point at 6 o’clock AM on 9 March 1903.

Her obituary states Elizabeth Omans Stewart Seaward was ‘a gentle, kind-hearted, sympathetic and patient woman and those who knew her speak of her feelingly. Regret at her departure is superseded only by the pleasure in the thought that she is at rest…”  (Stevens Point Journal, March 9, 1903)

Following her funeral, Elizabeth was buried in Forest Cemetery. The Stevens Point Chapter paid for perpetual care of her grave site and marked her tombstone with a Real Daughter bronze plaque. The chapter continues to honor her place in our chapter history as well as that of our country. We are in communication with her descendants, some of whom are DAR daughters in other states.


STEVENS  POINT CHAPTER

NSDAR

5040WI

2010-2012

Theme:

Be a Prism

in the circles of

DAR

and shine your light on education,

patriotism,

and

historic preservation



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Prism reflecting light



Scripture:

“Let your light

so shine before all,

that they may see your good works..."
Matthew 5:16 

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