This wonderful glimpse of our Chapter’s history was found in a file cabinet that is passed from regent to regent:
Fiftieth Anniversary, Kinnikinnik Chapter, NSDAR, January 14, 1964
Early History and Reminiscences
“Mrs. Norman M. Campbell was appointed organizing regent of Kinnikinnik Chapter, N.S.D.A.R. on January 21, 1914. So energetic was she that by January 31 of the same year fifteen members had completed their papers and the chapter was organized on that date at the home of Mrs. Berne H. Hopkins. Mrs. Frank T. Steven, whom many of you will remember, was recording secretary at that time.
Chapters in the D.A.R. are required to have a historical name and the name Kinnikinnik was chosen as it’s beautiful green foliage and red berries were significant and loved by early Colorado pioneer, much as the trailing arbutus of New England. It also typifies everlasting life with its continuous growth.
Mrs. Winfield Scott Tarbell was State regent at the time Kinnikinnik was organized and presented to the chapter its gavel, made from wood at Mt. Vernon. Mrs. Elizabeth Cass Goddard, who was the inspiration for Zebulon Pike Chapter, the first in Colorado, presented a flag to the chapter.
Kinnikinnik Chapter, while not neglecting worthy community projects, has always adhered to and supported the purposes of the National Society. These are educational, historical and patriotic.
In the beginning the initiation fee was $1.00 and the dues $3.00 –quite a difference from the inflation of today.
Not long after its organization Kinnikinnik Chapter was plunged into war work for World War I. Much work and many hours were given to Red Cross activities. Garments were collected for relief in Belgium and France. Mrs. Campbell headed the Liberty Bond Drive. During the flu epidemic of 1918 Kinnikinnik members gave their services as nurses in homes and hospitals. One member, Mrs. Russell Hunter went to Cripple Creek to help there.
In 1920-21 the chapter contributed 75 books to be sent to remote sections by the college. Crippled children’s funds, milk funds for the undernourished, Thanksgiving baskets, help for the Indians, scholarships and history have been major projects through the years. Money was also provided for the Pueblo relief Fund during the disastrous flood of June 1921. Another interesting contribution was one to the Auto Club in 923 to help plant trees on the new paved road to Broadmoor.
In 1925-26 during the regency of Mrs. Frank Brown a scholarship fund was established at Colorado COllege. this is still existent and had helped a number of you men and women to secure an education. the D.A.R. owned schools along with the Approved schools and scholarship funds provide an education for over 8000 youth annually.
It is impossible to mention all of the D.A.R. projects in which the chapter has played an active part during the years. The Ellis Island committee was always a strong one. There we helped provide clothing, occupational therapy and care for the immigrants ans were the only organization allowed to work at the hospital. Americanization, with the teaching manuals for citizenship has helped the foreigner learn about our country. Only recently the Ford Motor Company ordered 50,000 of the D.A.R. Manual for Citizenship for its workers. National Defense substantiated by our many publications has always defended our Constitutional form of government and the American way of life. World War II highlighted numerous activities for members including hospital duty, Red Cross, entertainment of soldiers. these were climaxed by the Blood Plasma Fund in which Colorado led all of the states.
Conservation had been and is an important part of the total program. Kinnikinnik chapter has landscaped school grounds, provided reforestation in Colorado through the Penny Pines Project. Human conservation was emphasized during the depression days.
Stimulating interest in American history has been provided since 1930 with the country-wide history medals for junior high students and the history awards at Senior High Schools. Mrs. Loring Lennox promoted state-wide interest in the Junior American Citizens’ Clubs and Mrs. C. Franklyn Brown in the junior membership of our own society. The good citizen project for senior high school girls has been participated in through the years and the teas for them and their mothers have always been enjoyable to say nothing of the Savings Bonds awarded the state winners.
I would be remiss not to mention our work with the American Indian to help his health, citizenship and education. St. Mary’s School for the Indian Girls and Bacone college for Indians had been foremost. The chapter work was spearheaded by Miss Dorothy Buren and no mor fitting memorial could have been given her than the recent $150 scholarship established at Bacone College.
Emerson has said that his is but biography. The strong personalities and characters of D.A.R. members, locally, in the state and natioanlly had a great influence as ideals have been translated into actions. Mrs. F.A. Friedline should be mentioned as a chapter regent who also became a state regent. Other early names that you will remember as regents are Mrs. Vanderhoof, Mrs. Charles Sisam, Mrs. Robert Bruce Wolf, Mrs. Charles C. Mierow, Mrs. Liddle, Mrs, Little, Miss Lillian Johnson and then those with whom you are acquainted personally. I believe Mrs. Lennox is the only regent to have serviced in the office at two different periods.
My first recollections with the chapter began about 1930 when Mrs. A. Thomas Boyd was the State Regent. Mrs. Boyd will always be remembered for the D.A.R. work and her church devotion. She never failed to convince her audience whether in National Defence or beautiful prayer. Mrs. Tarbel, who as state regent helped the chapter in its organization, typified the energy of many. People used to say they came to State Conference just to hear her. Mrs. Clarence H. Adams was State Regent when I was chapter regent. Her charm and graciousness along with her brilliant mind and keen wit inspired all of us. A tract of 60 acres of englemann spruce on the west side of Berthoud Pass lives on in her memory. It is impossible to list all of the fine women who made up the D.A.R. in yester year.
The Nation as a whole owes much to the D.A.R. in preserving its history. One just has to look around and see the beautiful Madonnas of the Trail, the historic markers, the restoration and preservation of historic houses and sites to be grateful. We are proud of our membership and association in such a Society. Let us strive to build on the fine leadership and accomplishments of the past fifty years. Kinnikinnik Chapter has played a large part in the D.A.R. story. “All of this I saw, part of it I was.”
Lucile H. Latting, Mrs. Howard A. Latting”
Honorary State Regent, Past Vice-President General N.S.D.A.R.