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LaGrange DAR celebrates 90 years

The LaGrange De LaFayette Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) celebrated 90 years of service to the community, including area veterans past and present.

The local DAR gathered Saturday to recall the history of the chapter, which was formed in March 1923 with 12 members. The organization presented its Woman in History Award to Indiana State Senator Sue Glick and hosted Indiana State Registrar Charlotte Blair.

The chapter was organized after Lillian Ganiard was asked to organize a county chapter by the state regent in 1922, with Ganiard named regent at the 1923 organizational meeting. The chapter’s name was chosen as the county and town bears the name of the home of General LaFayette. The first regular chapter meeting was held September 10, 1923.

In 1929, the chapter planted a maple at 408 N. Detroit Street, which still stands at that location today. They also planted tulip trees at the courthouse.

The chapter continues to work to recognize and honor those who served not just in past wars and conflicts, but present day, as well. The chapter has placed DAR markers on the graves of several patriots around the county. They also host a veteran’s appreciation luncheon every year since 2008 for Veterans Day. They participate in the annual Memorial Day observances at both Riverside Cemetery in Howe and at Greenwood Cemetery in LaGrange.

Since 2011, a chapter representative has attended county veterans’ funerals or graveside services to express the chapter’s appreciation for their military service.

Current officers for the LaGrange de LaFayette Chapter are: Sharla Thompson, regent; Sandra Klausing, vice regent; Charla Fought, chaplain; Linda Trowbridge, recording secretary; Sara Wisler, corresponding secretary; Amber Taylor, treasurer; Deb Muntz, registrar; and Ann Bricker, historian.