Sons of the American Revolution
1902 Report of Iowa State Society
The number of members at the date of the last report was=147; Gained upon application-20, Gained upon restoration-1, Total membership=168; Loss by death 3, Loss by resignation 3, Loss by transfer 1,=minus 7, Present membership 161.
A steady, though small, gain in membership annually, made in the face of considerable losses, is a source of satisfaction to our compatriots.
A chapter has been organized within the year at Wapello, Iowa, and is in a healthy condition. Five chapters have been organized in Iowa, and they are promoters of prosperity wherever the members are active and earnest Ben Franklin Chapter, of Des Moines, is the most active, as well as the largest. It has a membership of forty compatriots, and meetings have been held in October, November, December, January and March, at which papers of much merit and more than passing interest were read upon such topics as "The Surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown," "The Campaign for the Conquest of Canada," "Valley Forge," "Battle of Cowpens," "Jesuit Explorations and Discovery of Iowa." The compatriots are urged to bring ladies, and they come gladly. By giving these meetings at the houses of compatriots a social character, their popularity and success are assured and "eligible" are interested.
A bi-monthly bulletin has been started by the Secretary, called "The Old Continental," of which four issues have been circulated. The expense has thus far been borne by the Society. News items having relation to the Society in general and the Iowa Society and its compatriots in particular have been published in each issue, with the Revolutionary Records of each ancestor referred to in the new applications, with selections touching upon Revolutionary topics. "The Old Continental" is believed to have demonstrated its usefulness.
The preparations for the annual meeting and banquet, to have been held February 21, were practically complete when the action of the Board of Health in reference to smallpox rendered it necessary to postpone the meeting, and the date for the same was fixed for April 17, that date being substituted for April 19, or Lexington Day, for the convenience of the compatriots from distant points.
The efforts of the D. A. R. to secure from the Legislature of Iowa an appropriation to buy ground hallowed by the ashes of a Revolutionary soldier and to erect a monument over his unmarked grave have been seconded by this Society, and the appropriation has been secured.
The Iowa Society fervently cherishes our motto of "Libertas et patria," and commends it to all compatriots.
Elbridge D. Hadley, Secretary
(A National Register of the Society, Sons of the American Revolution, 1902)
Submitted by Cathy Danielson