LOUISIANA PURCHASE CHAPTER NSDAR

Chapter History

On October 7, 1916, the Louisiana Purchase Chapter NSDAR was organized at the home of Mrs. Rachael E. Reppy Donnell. Mrs. Albertise Coon Reppy was appointed regent. Mrs. Cora Herndon Painter, State Regent, was present for the occasion. The name originally selected was DeSoto-Jefferson Chapter, but that name was rejected by the National Society. The current name, Louisiana Purchase, was then chosen and approved. The name “perpetuates the memory of the event which doubled the area of the United States and extended the boundaries of the young republic beyond the Mississippi.”

The organizing officers:

    • Regent – Mrs. Albertise Coon (John H.) Reppy
    • Vice-Regent – Mrs. Lillian Word (Charles C.) Mitchim
    • Treasurer – Mrs. Jessie Bissell (Kirkwood) Jones
    • Recording Secretary – Mrs. Blanche Farris (Claude) Jarvis
    • Corresponding Secretary – Melesin K. (J. E.) Sowles
    • Registrar – Mrs. Ella Armstrong (H.W.) Farris
    • Historian – Charlotte E. (Merrick) Sowles.

Other charter members:

    • Mrs. Rachael Eva Reppy (Robert E.) Donnell
    • Mrs. Margaret McCormack (R. E.) England
    • Miss Ella Frissell
    • Mrs. Margaret (William) Muse
    • Mrs. Irene Slawson (Willard P.) Huskey
    • Mrs. Rachael P. Whitehead (Samuel A.) Reppy
    • Mrs. Edith L. Reppy (Theodore) Walther

Click here for the history of the Kings Trace Chapter, Hillsboro.

An active Missouri State Society chapter, Louisiana Purchase Chapter NSDAR presents DAR Good Citizens awards to senior class students selected from each of Jefferson County’s high schools for demonstrating the qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism in their home, school and community. We sponsor genealogical workshops, present flags to various youth organizations and schools, participate in local parades, support our veteran organizations and DAR schools through donations.

Recent Civic Projects include:

Commissioning a portrait of Thomas Jefferson (2004)

Relocating the flooded El Camino Real trail marker in Kimmswick (2008)

In 2012, the Louisiana Purchase Chapter NSDAR was named MSSDAR Chapter of the Year. In 2013, we won first place at the national level in the Historic Preservation Committee Contest for its project Stonebrook: Preserving the Modern House in Stonebrook Forest.”

Throughout the year, our chapter meets in local historical and educational sites, to conduct business and enjoy programs of educational, patriotic, or historical interest.