Organized February 26, 1913
Meetings are 2nd Tuesday of each month October -June.
|REGENT - Margaret Bader|
|VICE REGENT - Donna Hall|
|CHAPLAIN- Katherine Metzger|
|SECRETARY- Linda Mins|
|TREASURER - Sandra Mittelstaedt|
|REGISTRAR- Sherilyn Ward|
|HISTORIAN- Patsy Loschen|
|LIBRARIAN- Arline Miles|
|Maude Willis Smith (Mrs. M.B) Ella Maxwell Cook (Mrs. E.A.)|
|Mina Mullin Volk (Mrs. George W.) Ogla Martin McFarland (Mrs. V.E.)|
|Verna Stibbins Greenslit (Mrs. R.A) Avis Wilcox Stebbins|
|Elva Bennett Evans (Mrs. A.H) Jennie Reynolds Temple (Mrs. H.V.)|
|Eleanor J. Ridgway Eleanor Peale Baker (Mrs. B.B)|
|Annette Mallett Jacobson(Mrs. J.E.) Ella Ranklin Campbell (Mrs. A.P.)|
|Luella Reynolds Spencer (Mrs. Charles)|
Bonneville Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution of Lexington, Nebraska was named for Captain Benjamin Louis Eulalia Bonneville.
Captain Bonneville was a diligent wanderer. He was born in France in 1796, and when a small boy was brought to this country by his mother, his father being detained in France by Napoleon on account of having issued some offensive political pamphlets. Bonneville was appointed to West Point, graduated there in 1819, and was then named to the staff of General Lafayette, with whom he toured the United States, and afterwards went to France as his guest. He saw some service in the American Army on the Frontier, but wishing to engage in the fur trade, secured a leave of absence. He took a party of about one hundred with twenty-four horse wagons over the Oregon Trail in the spring of 1832. This was the first wagon over that part of the trail known as the cut-off between Independence, Missouri and Grand Island, Nebraska, thus connecting the two ends of the route destined later to carry immense travel across the continent.
Bonneville traveled over the whole northwest mountain region, including the Columbia River country, until the spring of 1835. The gallant captain was a conspicuous figure in the Seminole War, and later went with his command into Mexico.
Captain Bonneville died at his farm near Fort Smith, Arkansas on June 12, 1878.
Bonneville Chapter of the Daughter of the American Revolution was organized February 26, 1913 at the home of Mrs. E. A. Cook. A letter from Washington, DC appointed Mrs. B. B. Baker as organizing regent of the chapter. Charter members were: Maude Willis Smith, Ella Maxwell Cook, Mina Mullin Volk, Ella Rankin Campbell, Ogla Martin McFarland, Verna Stibbins Grennslit, Avis Wilcox Stebbinns, Elva Bennett Evans, Jennie Reynolds Temple, Luella Reynolds Spencer, Annette Mallett Jacobson, Eleanor J. Ridgway, and Eleanor Peale Baker.
In 1931, the Chapter became interested in marking the site of Turkey Leg Massacre, an Indian raid on a Union Pacific train west of Plum Creek, now Lexington. The idea was abandoned because of lack of funds. This project was revived in 1938. The regent, Mrs. C. C. Rosenberg contacted Mr. William Jeffers, president of the Union Pacific Railroad, who agreed to bring a Wyoming boulder to the site of the raid. The installation was done and bronze plaque, telling the story of the raid, was placed on the boulder. The premiere of the film “Union Pacific”, in Omaha, coincided with the dedication of the marker and the observance of the first “Plum Creek Days” celebration. The Bonneville Chapter rededicated the Turkey Leg Monument in July 2004.
During the years of World War II, the chapter members did Red Cross work, such as knitting, buying bonds, working at the North Platte Canteen, the USO, and the contributing to the blood plasma program. Nebraska State DAR adopted the crew of LCI #581, and the name Henry M. Hill, Lt. M3c was assigned to Bonneville chapter. Monthly letters were written to him and boxed food and small gifts were sent from time to time.
After World War II, the chapter began the task of copying tombstone records in all the cemeteries in Dawson County. The records of 35 cemeteries were completed in 1951. They were typed by chapter member, Mrs. Robert Zulauf. Three copies were made and bound.
Mrs. Ruby Hollingsworth worked for sometime platting and identifying graves in the oldest cemetery in Dawson County, The Evergreen Cemetery, a few miles east of Lexington. Where there were no markers, but the graves were identified, she persuaded local groups and the City of Lexington to place white wooden crosses with the name painted in black. These cemetery records have been typed and bound.
Today, Bonneville chapter has 46 members and we are a viable and active chapter. We have members who are presenting genealogical workshops, copying Genealogical Records, honoring our Flag, American History, our military and the goals and ideals of the National Society, 2 past State Officers, 1 Honorary State Regent, several State Committee chairman, and members who are enthusiastic about DAR.
|1913-1915 Eleanor Barker 1969-1971 LaDonna Doughty|
|1915-1916 Lue R. Spencer 1971-1973 Roberta Burmood|
|1916-1917 Ella Cook 1973-1976 LaDonna Doughty|
|1917-1918 Weir Smith 1976-1978 Marion Bates|
|1918-1919 Maude Betzer 1978-1980 Donna Heaton|
|1919-1921 Elva Evans 1980-1982 LaDonna Doughty|
|1921-1922 Delia Adams 1982-1984 Iona B McFarren|
|1922-1923 Annette Jacobson 1984-1986 Marcia Morgan|
|1923-1925 Olga McFarland 1986-1990 Cheryl Clark|
|1915-1927 Mina Volk 1990-1992 Sherilyn Ward|
|1927-1929 Elizabeth Fagot 1992-1994 Jacqueline Ohlmann|
|1929-1931 Joy Johnson 1994-1996 Jean Sands|
|1931-1933 Helen McKee 1996-1998 LaDonna Doughty|
|1933-1935 Sevilla Fagot 1998-2000 Sherilyn Ward|
|1935-1937 Opal Burnett 2000-2002 Jacqueline Ohlmann|
|1937-1939 Esther Rosenberg 2002-2004 Debra Hatfield|
|1939-1940 Joy Johnson 2004-2006 Margaret Bader|
|1940-1942 Marion Bates 2006-2008 Linda Mins|
|1942-1944 Ethyle Wisda 2008-2010 Margaret Bader|
|1944-1945 Fancis Meyer 2010-2012 Debra Hatfield|
|1945-1947 Weir Smith 2012-2012 Margaret Bader|
|1947-1949 Nina Miller|
|1949-1951 Olga McFarland|
|1951-1953 Helen McKee|
|1953-1955 Lille Zulauf|
|1955-1957 Joy Johnson|
|1957-1958 Francis Meyer|
|1958-1960 Bertha Sherrill|
|1960-1962 Lucy Bixler|
|1962-1964 Joy Johnson|
|1964-1965 Lucy Bixler|
|1965-1967 Ruby Hollingsworth|
|1967-1969 Lillie Zulauf|
|CHAPTER MEMBERS SERVING NATIONAL AND STATE SOCIETIES|
|Jacqueline Ohlmann - Nebraska State Regent|
Cheryl Clark - National Vice Chairman American
Women in American History
State Co-Chairman Lineage Research Committee
DAR Speakers Staff
|Margaret Bader - State Chairman American History Committee|
|Sherilyn Ward - State Chairman Conservation Committee|
|Linda Mins - State Library Committee|