Chapter History

The Chico Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution was officially organized on March 17, 1922. The original 15 members were: Annie Lund Meriam (organizing regent), Agnes Meline, Mrs. B.E. Crouch, Mrs. J.R. Case, Etta Chiapella, Mrs. Raymond Steel, Mrs. Fetzer, Mrs. Studley, Mrs. Eastman, Mrs. Welty, Mrs. Garsice, Mrs. Mackay, Dorothy Mackay, Mary Sears, and Miss Barney.

During our first year, we assisted four other new California chapters in purchasing and presenting a flag to the battleship USS California. They also purchased local history books that were later donated to the National Society and promoted patriotism whenever the opportunity arose.

During the 1920's, members participated in annual essay contests, state projects, teas, grave markings, and tree plantings. They distributed naturalization literature and the proper use of the American flag. Their participation in the Armistice Day parade earned them second prize!

Three of our members, Mary Ogden Nelson, Mary Sears, and her sister Elizabeth Edwards, were "real granddaughters," whose grandfathers themselves aided in the Revolutionary War. We recently placed special markers on our real granddaughters' graves. 

In 1996, the Willows Chapter merged with the Chico Chapter to the mutual benefit of both organizations. The Willows Chapter NSDAR was officially organized on February 19, 1919, and provided many services and projects to local communities. 

The Willows Chapter served the community by placing commemorative plaques on historic sites, including the Bayliss Library to commemorate the only Carnegie Library to be built in a rural area in all of the United States. They were best known for their generous $1,000 scholarships to a deserving graduating high school senior in Glenn County for 20 years running! 

Honoring Chico Chapter Daughters

Chico Chapter Daughters are active, well-rounded individuals, who contribute in many ways to the communities in which we live, as well as to our National and State Societies. Chico Daughters are medical professionals, civic leaders, teachers, clergy, professors, business professionals, secretaries, homemakers, past elected officials, authors, artists, and retirees.

Chico Chapter NSDAR can boast of several authors and artists over the years: 

  • Alzada Carlisle Kistner, author of "An Affair with Africa";
  • Helen Turner Carlisle, author of "Song for Tomorrow": A Collection of Poetry, and Music From 
           the Carousel; 
  • Michelle Shover, author of "Vera McKeen of Yankee Hill";
  • Dorothy Morehead Hill, author of "Indians of the Chico Rancheria", and "Maidu Use of Native
           Flora and Fauna", donating her extensive and sensitive Native American collection to California
          State University, Chico; 
  • Janet Turner, internationally recognized printmaker, who donated her exquisite print
          collections to California State University, Chico, which created the
          Turner Art Gallery and Museum to hold the collection.

Additionally, several Chico Daughters have been honored by our local communities:

  • Frances Balaam was named "Woman of the Year" in 2000 by Beta Sigma Phi.
  • Dorothy Hill was inducted into the Educator’s Hall of Fame in 1996, and was named "Woman of 
          Distinction" in 1990 by Soroptimist International.
  • Agnes Carroon was voted "Volunteer of the Year" in 1997 by the California Association of Health
  • Elmeretta Brown was inducted into the Chico Sports Hall of Fame in 1984.

    Chico Daughter, Jennifer Lasell was honored as the "Outstanding Junior Member" in 2006 by the California State Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.