MOSSAR Harry S. Truman Chapter Color Guard Photo Gallery
DAR Centennial Day for the Independence Pioneers Independence Pioneer Chapter Celebrating 100 Years of Service Midwest Genealogy Center Independence, MO June 4, 2014
The MOSSAR Color Guard is shown here participating in the Independence Pioneer Chapter Celebration of 100 Years of Service at the Midwest Genealogy Center in Independence, MO on June 4, 2014. Since its inception on Feb. 26, 1914, at the Independence home of Emma Robertson Gentry, the patriotic organization has lived up to and, in some instances, exceeded the tenants of the National Society of the DAR: supporting education, promoting patriotism and preserving history. On June 3 – which has been proclaimed DAR Centennial Day for the Independence Pioneers – the 193-member chapter reflected on its past, present and future at its 100th Anniversary celebration at Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee’s Summit Road, at 2:30 p.m.
Chapter member Susan Bowman presented a brief history of the chapter, which received its charter on Nov. 16, 1914. Following her presentation, dignitaries received a copy of her book, ''Independence Pioneer Chapter Celebrating 100 Years of Service.'' Adding to the enjoyment is a DVD chapter member Christy Waller produced, highlighting chapter achievements set to music. It encompasses pictures from the Independence Pioneers chapter, as far back as we can go, stated newly elected Regent Linda Dimon.
Other anniversary highlights included recognition of 55-year member Frances Feldhausen, who now lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and plans to be in attendance; The presentation of an American flag that flew over the U.S. Capitol; Five full display cases telling the history of the chapter’s 100 years of service and the future of the National Society; Recognition of past chapter regents and several proclamations. Linda Sehrt, a past chapter regent stated that the Independence Pioneers has been visible throughout Independence this entire 100 years. The Independence Pioneers is the second largest chapter in Missouri and has accomplished some wonderful things in the areas of education, patriotism and historic preservation.
Since most of the 23 charter members were from pioneer families, the fledgling chapter selected Independence Pioneers as its name, and its members quickly manifested a deep and sincere interest in the activities of the DAR by compiling early tombstone records and Jackson County marriage records to 1860. And the Independence Pioneers has been going strong ever since. The Independence Pioneers has placed many markers around the city, including such sites as the Truman Memorial Building Fountain, the Santa Fe Trail, Wayne City Landing, Adair Park, Independence Courthouse and many other area landmarks. The Independence Pioneers still remains visible after 100 years of service.
(L - R) Compatriot Richard Matthews; Compatriot John K. Stewart; Compatriot Alvin L. Paris; Major General Robert L. Grover; Loretta Paris, (Adam Yeager DAR Chapter);Compatriot Jesse R. Lybarger; Compatriot James L. Scott, Western District Commander; Major General Bob Corum, MOSSAR Color Guard Commander; and Compatriot Jack Quint.