Oran M. Roberts
United Daughters of the Confederacy®
Houston, Harris County, Texas
Oran Milo Roberts Chapter No. 440, Houston was chartered February 19, 1901 with 62 charter members. Chartering President was Miss Adelia A. Dunovant. By December 1901, the chapter enjoyed 315 members, which included many wives and and Real Daughters of our Confederate soldiers and sailors. The chapter sent 14 delegates to the Texas Division Convention in San Antonio, where Miss Dunovant was elected Division President. In 1910, membership stabilized at 232, meeting weekly, then the first and third Friday of each month.
The David O. Dodd Children of the Confederacy (C of C) No. 245 was originally organized in 1908 by Mrs. I. F. Neville under the name of Elizabeth Wharton Bates Chapter. In 1913, Oran M. Roberts Chapter reorganized the children's chapter with the name of David O. Dodd to honor the 16 year old drummer boy who was the first martyr of the War between the States. During the first 30 years of existence, the David O. Dodd, C of C, No. 245 was very active.
During the World War II years, 1941-1945, the chapter was very active selling war bonds, collecting clothing for veterans and their families, and the Red Cross. In 1943, the chapter purchased a total of $18,150.00 worth of war bonds. The name of Oran M. Roberts Chapter No. 440 is inscribed in the Memorial Book for the new cruiser USS Houston, and members were special guests when the USS Oran M. Roberts was launched at the Houston Shipbuilding Company to recognize their patriotic endeavor of selling so many war bonds.
The Chapter has been honored with two Division Presidents and many others who have also served the Division as officers and members of the Board. The Chapter has spawned six new chapters. Oran M. Roberts Chapter was politically active during its early years in local, state and national politics due to a membership which included family members of various legislators.
The Chapter has been responsible for many historic gifts to the Texas Confederate Museum; most notable is the vest of Oran Milo Roberts wore during his term as Governor of the State of Texas. The Chapter has conducted a Memorial Service for deceased members for all chapters in the Houston area for over 50 years.
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