Osuhola Chapter of NSDAR holds last meeting of year

Published 12:30 am Sunday, May 26, 2013

The Osuhola Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution at its meeting held May 20 had members display their “Personal Heritage Treasures.”

Betty Berry presented a tin-type picture of her ancestor, who was the owner of property in what is now Mobile, Ala. She also showed Certificates of Membership in the Mobile Society granted her as his descendant.

Lois Mitchell displayed pictures of her late husband in his World War II uniform. She also had a picture of his group unit. Another treasure was a picture of her mother sitting in Lois’ grandmother’s lap.

Georgine Holcombe slipped a tiny gold band from her finger. The engraving was still visible. It had belonged to her husband’s grandmother.

Dr. Lynne Alexander’s treasure was a small stool made by her father. He had engraved his initials on the bottom.

Ann Kennedy related the story of losing all of her treasures in a house fire, which started in the attic. After much searching and sifting of ashes she recovered the wedding rings of her mother and her grandmother. They have been reworked, and she wears them.

Peggye Huddleston displayed a gold DAR pendant with the national DAR numbers of her mother, Adele Bogy Smith; her daughter, Denise Morris Cummings; her granddaughter, Christina Morris Royce; and herself. Also among her treasures was a charm bracelet started for her in 1954 and a family heirloom “Courter’s Broach” dating back to 1851.

Margaret Ryals showed a butter mold, which had belonged to her husband’s family. When helping her describe its use, Maxine Jordan related what life was really like on a dairy farm. The other ladies joined in the discussion and talked about the “not so good ol’ days,” which included walking long distances to school, chopping cotton, household chores and the lack of refrigeration.

Following the program the group was reminded that June 14 is Flag Day. Members were encouraged to tactfully remind local business owners that tattered flags should be retired and replaced.

The group discussed current articles in the National Defender, including the homeless situation of returning veterans; the Sequester; the burial of an unclaimed veteran’s body in Alabama; the 71st reunion of those who flew in the Jimmy Doolittle raid over Tokyo; and the fact that the military is now in the process of testing female-specific body armor. Previously females have worn armor designed for males.

Members attending were Holcombe, Mitchell, Ryals, Berry, Jordan and Huddleston. Kennedy, whose papers are pending, was a guest.

The chapter meeting was adjourned for the summer months until reassembly, which will be the third Monday in September.