Chapter History

The Nipissing Name

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Founding Members

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Lula Bryce Abbott

Gertrude Mae Brown

Sarah Woodruff Bryce

Mary Houghton Herrick

Mary Rood Johnson

Vera Lincoln Pinney

Edith Brown Rhead

Elizabeth Rood Bullock

Belle Lincoln Russell

Effie Bryce Sidebotham

Past Regents

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Lucy White Williams  

Vernelia Rood Taylor     

Lucy White Williams         

Vera Lincoln Pinney              

Fredericka Kay DesJardins  

Georgia Winship Rich         

Grace Lucille Phillips DesJardins

Kate Agnes Lincoln Rhead

Geraldine Graves Caley

Ada Heaton Winn

Geraldine Graves Caley  

Lillian Mae Eldred Taylor

Zetta Winship Stephens  

Ethelind White O’Rourke

Marjory Helen Stewart Kruth

Mildred Lowry McBride

Ella Beckwith Rinn

Katrarin Larned Fellers  

Lottie Kelch Stier

Ella Beckwith Rinn

Jean Turnbull Harrison

Jean Dockham Whitstock

Ethel Mina Davis Fick

Lillian Mae Eldred Taylor  

Lucille Rose Bainbridge Stewart

Marvel Abby Eldred Whittaker

Ruth Lillian Turnbull

Joanne Elizabeth Pask Rutzen

Leah Bessie Pohly Ledebuhr

Kathleen Rae Reamer Turner

Anita Hayes Kirk

Kathleen Rae Reamer Michalski

Anita Hayes Kirk  

June Phyllis Seddon Sillers

Madolin Ariel Robinson Barry

Marsha Ann Jewett

Judith Anne Mattila

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Lapeer County had a large settlement of Chippewa Indians that lived at a lake they called Mas-Qua-Wa Ne-Pis-Sing. Mas-Qua-Wa means cedar and Ne-Pis-Sing means lake. The early settlers called this lake with cedars, Nipissing. The name is now a business street in downtown Lapeer, which was formerly a part of their Indian trail, but the spelling was changed to Nepessing.

Mabel Hornby Kinietz

Kate Hart Lincoln

Neva Eugenia Louks

Belle Hart McCarthy

Minnie Edie Mix

Julia Abbott Slayton

Abbie Johnson Taylor

Vernelia Rood Taylor

Lucy White Williams

Mille Elvira Wilson

Julia Abbott Slayton

Lucy White Williams

Edith Brown Rhead

Millie Elvira Wilson

Gertrude Mae Brown

Belle Hart McCarthy

Vernelia Rood Taylor

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Nipissing Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, was organized on September 11, 1917, by the Michigan Regent, Mrs. William Wait. It was the state's 47th chapter. The chapter's Organizing Regent was Lucy White Williams. She was a veteran DAR member of the Louisa St. Clair Chapter for about 16 years. The organization meeting took place at Lucy's home and after the business portion, the gathering was moved to the home of Kate Hart Lincoln for a 4-course luncheon. Lucy's cousin, Julia Belle Abbott Slayton, a member since 1908, transferred from the Genesee Chapter. And founding daughter, Mabel Hornby Kinietz, transferred from the Nipissing Chapter to the Sarah Caswell Angell Chapter, in Ann Arbor, and back again in 1939.

Less than a month after the organization, on October 9th, the 17th annual DAR State Conference was held in Saginaw at the Warren Avenue Presbyterian Church. Ladies from all over the state were traveling by train to attend. This event was quite the occasion and it made the social pages of the Saginaw Daily News. "The welcoming of Nipissing Chapter of Lapeer, the baby chapter as it was called, will be given by Mrs. W. G. Doty and will be responded to by Mrs. Lucy White Williams. Mrs. George Thacher Guernsey, President General of teh National Society of the DAR will then deliver the main address of the evening."