August 21, 2017

History of the Texas Society

On April 3rd, 1941, the Texas Society Daughters of Colonial Wars organized at The Woman’s Club of Fort Worth with Lillian Fuller McLemore (Mrs. Robert Henry) organizing President.

Our motto is “Love of Country Leads Me.” Our colors are red, white and blue — red for courage, zeal and fervency; white is for purity and rectitude of conduct, and blue is for loyalty, devotion, friendship, justice and truth. Our flower is the red Tudor Rose.

Our purpose of this society is to honor the memory and spirit of the men and women who assisted in the establishment, defense and preservation of the American Colonies.

At the first meeting on May 22nd, 1941, Mrs. A. L. Schuman, Councillor presented the Society with an olive wood gavel which she secured on a visit to Jerusalem.

The Organizing President, Mrs. McLemore died October 11th, 1973 and the last Charter member was Mrs. Eugene Tipton who died on May 31st, 1975. Mrs. Tipton was the first Historian.

All records were originally bound in red Russian leather and neatly kept. A historical scrapbook containing a pictorial and written succession of events of the State Society has been maintained.

Yearbooks are published by each administration with the By-Laws included. Elections are held every three years and the retiring president is presented with a pin.

Our programs have covered the history of the Colonial Wars, National Defense, Colonial Art and Music, and religious and social customs as well as programs on the National Projects. Resolutions pertaining to National Defense were drawn up and sent to the National Chairman. Members keep in close contact with our Legislators and Congressmen.

Lineage books are presented to the Texas State Archives and programs have been presented to the National Society for use by other State Societies. Our State Society has been awarded first prize in the National Historical Contest; second prize in Know Your State Contest and first prize in Publicity from National.

Our local project is a book scholarship begun with a gift of $500 from a member, Mrs. Grace Perkins. This was the nucleus of the Grace Perkins Scholarship fund for text books founded in 1960 and memorials and donations have added to this fund. Worthy or needy students from the last year of high school graduating class to junior colleges and universities have been recipients.

The Texas Society and members always support the National Society Projects; including the Frontier Nursing School, Children’s Fund, Christmas Fund, Swem Library, William and Mary College, Cathedral of the Pines, and Scholarship and Endowment funds.

Teaching of national history and our form of government is urged as part of the training for every child in school. Our Society has nominated teaches for the Outstanding American History Teacher Award and presented certificates and pins.

Many of our members have and now serve on National Committees of this organization and have and now hold State and National offices in other patriotic organizations. We are very encouraged in the increased interest in our Society and we have good prospects who are working on their papers. Since we are a State organization, our membership is scattered throughout Texas. We also have members that have moved to other states, such as Florida, Virginia, and Hawaii, whose membership remains with the Texas Society.

Over the years the Texas Society has enjoyed visits of our National Presidents and we have benefitted by their graciousness and enthusiasm, as well as knowledge of the National Society and its projects. The National Annual Assembly is held in Washington, D.C. in April of each year. Our delegates to the National meetings have made reports to the Society to pass on their enthusiasm and inspiration.

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