Chapter History


Eel River Valley Chapter, NSDAR, entered a prize-winning float in the 2019 Fortuna Rodeo Parade. The float aimed to remind the public that DAR members participated in World War I as nurses, World War II as Rosie-the-Riveters, and in NASA. The rear of the float featured a young student seated at an antique school desk with a member instructing him. Riders on the float reported much applause as they wound down the parade route. The float had previously participated in Ferndale’s July Fourth parade.
2019 Eel River Valley DAR Parade Entry
  Photo courtesy Catherine Culver
Five members of the Eel River Valley Chapter, NSDAR, attended the 2018 California State Society DAR (CSSDAR) Conference.
Eel River Valley Members at the 2018 California State Conference   Photo courtesy Virginia Howard Mullan
The Eel River Valley Chapter, NSDAR, joined the Rancho Cordova Chapter, NSDAR, to collect and donate kitchen supplies to veterans.
                   Photo courtesy Virginia Howard Mullan
Past regents of the Eel River Valley Chapter, NSDAR, receive certificates of appreciation.
Past Regents 2016
Photo courtesy Virginia Howard Mullan
Volunteering at the Humboldt Ice Rink in Fortuna.
Photo courtesy Virginia Howard Mullan

Times-Standard October 6, 1991

New DAR Chapter Begins in Fortuna - The new Eel River Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution held its first meeting September 29.

Louise Perkins is the chapter's organizing regent. Her officers include Margaret Rodrique, vice-regent; Christine Hill, secretary; Leona Mackley, treasurer; Marjorie Jenny, registrar; Evelyn Deike, historian; Edith Geitner, librarian; Jane Bower, chaplain; and Elvie Thomas, parliamentarian. There are 35 charter members in the chapter.

A special presentation was also made in honor of the late Margaret Foster of Fortuna. A special grave marker was presented in honor of the 50-year DAR member.

The new chapter has been organized during the DAR's 100th year, said Joy Thomas, state organizing secretary. Members, she said, "share a common bond of loyalty to our country" and are dedicated to emulating the nation's founding fathers and preserving and perpetuating the ideals brought forth from the American Revolution.

Among the services provided by the DAR, she said, are scholarships to high school students and honors for elementary school students who prove themselves to be good citizens.

The new chapter will be officially confirmed at the state convention of the Daughters of the American Revolution later this month.


Humboldt Beacon August 15, 1991

DAR - Fortuna will soon have the honor of becoming the home of a new chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

At an informal gathering held at Rohner Park and hosted by the Redwood Genealogical Society, it soon became apparent there are enough members who can qualify for membership to guarantee the formation of a local chapter of this worthy organization.

The NSDAR was founded on October 11, 1890. Its more than 204,000 members are women who can trace their ancestry back to someone who provided a service to America during the Revolutionary War. However, it is not an organization that dwells on pedigree, but rather one that unites people with common interests and concerns.

According to one of the society's publications, its objectives are historical - to perpetuate the memory and spirit of the men and women who achieved American independence; educational - to carry out the injunction of Washington in his farewell address to the American people, "to promote, as an object of primary importance, institutions for the general diffusion of knowledge, thus developing an enlightened public opinion..."; and patriotic - to cherish, maintain and extend the institutions of American freedom, to foster true patriotism and love of country, and to aid in securing for mankind all the blessings of liberty.

To these ends, the DAR honors young people for achievement, offers scholarships, supports two schools for Native Americans and schools for under-privileged children. These are only a few of the services the National Society, in its 100 years of existence, has provided to this country.

The period between October 11, 1990, and October 11, 1991, has been designated as the Centennial Jubilee Year of the NSDAR. The chapter formed here in the Eel River Valley will have the distinction of being the "last ever" to bear the title of Centennial Chapter.

When discussing possible names for the chapter, it was asked if there was a special Revolutionary War soldier who might be honored. "Oh," one woman whispered, "there are so many."

As the meeting drew to a close, prospective members were busily filling out forms and looking for their ancestors' names in the books provided by the NSDAR.


Eel River Valley Chapter, NSDAR, Charter Members

Jane Bower   Sheryl Rodrique Culver
Evelyn Deike   Rebecka Deike
Winnifred Dunn   Paulette Coberly Eneim
Ferne Garbutt   Edith Bernice Geitner
Melody Geitner   Virginia Haley
Doris Hamilton   Jessie Hanson
Katherine Harvey   Nancy Hightower
Christine Hill   Martha Hoffman
Jackie Hunt   Marjorie Jenney
Barbara Kees   Leona Mackley
LouAnn McAnulty Miller   Jeannette Mullane
Lillian Natt   Louise Williams Perkins
Janet Rogers   Margaret Rodrique
Gladys Roll   Carol Deike Solus
May Stroup   Elvie Thomas
Melanie Rodrique Watson   Margaret Perkins Wright


National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

California State Society Daughters of the American Revolution