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Oran M. Roberts

Oran M. Roberts

Chapter 440

United Daughters of the Confederacy®

Houston, Harris County, Texas

of the
21st Annual Convention of the Texas Division
United Daughters of the Confederacy

Austin Texas
24-26 October 1916

Oran M. Roberts Chapter, No. 440, Houston

[Chapter Report - p. 106-107]

In Memoriam

Mrs. Martha Hoover


Mrs. J. W. Wilkinson - President
Mrs. B. B. Knolle - 1st Vice President
Mrs. H. S. Hatch - 2nd Vice President
Mrs. Sydney S. Huston - 3rd Vice President
Mrs. S. A. Brown - 4th Vice President
Mrs. F. I. Nevill - Recording Secretary
Mrs. W. W. Taylor - Corresponding Secretary
Mrs. R. H. Ames - Historian
Mrs. A. F. McClellan - Treasurer
Mrs. M. E. Davis - Registrar

Begs leave to report as follows:

This has been a most interesting and successful year; starting out on the waves of dissension we have steered our way into the harbor of Peace and Harmony. Although our membership list contains only 114 names, it has more active, interested workers than in many years. 21 new members have come to fill the vacancies caused by transfers to the new chapter recently formed here [Jefferson Davis Chapter 1637]. We have lost only one member by death and have a number of applications for membership on file.

Our sick have been remembered with flowers and visits and our dead honored with wreaths and flags. Have paid all dues and pledges. Have held 12 regular, five called and 12 historical meetings full of interest and pleasure, the social feature being stressed by holding our historical meetings in the homes of members where the Veterans are always welcome guests. Have observed all memorial days with appropriate ceremonies and have presented 12 Crosses of Honor. The birthdays of Generals Lee and Jackson, jointly observed with R. E. Lee Chapter, with open house and interesting programs. Also jointly celebrated the natal day of Jefferson Davis with a beautiful roof garden party. Splendid addresses, music and refreshments. Held joint exercises on Memorial Day and decorated the graves of our dead.

Two of our members, Mesdames Knolle and Nevill, were honored by Dick Dowling Camp, U.C.V., having been appointed chairmen of Flag Day to raise funds to send our Veterans to the Birmingham Reunion and under their direction the sum of $900 was made; enough to pay all expenses of every Veteran who desired to go, 38 in all. These same two ladies were again honored by Dick Dowling Camp, U.C.V., being selected as Sponsor and Matron of Honor to the reunion. A reception was given the Veterans and Miss Libbie Wade, their sponsor, and her attendants, and flowers and candy presented to them.

Several beautiful affairs were given, one especially to be remembered, a Halloween party and Historical Meeting combined, at the handsome home of our beloved president, Mrs. J. W. Wilkinson. We also presented flowers to Mrs. McAdoo at the reception given here recently in her honor.

Assisted Dick Dowling Camp, U.C.V., with their annual celebration of the Battle of Sabine Pass, and gave a fruit and post card shower to one of the members, Richard O'Hara, one of, if not the only survivor of that battle on his 80th birthday.

Gave a benefit matinee at the Majestic Theater with Mesdames Knolle and Nevill as chairmen, assisted by members and friends, thereby realizing the sum of $325 to swell our chapter funds to $386.40, and are pleased to end our 5 delegates to this convention at chapter's expense. $28 was raised during the Texas Woman's Fair by Mrs. Ames, chairman, lunch stand and $33 by a candy and cake sale. Mrs. Jno. Hyndman, chairman. We assisted our Veterans at each meeting with their programs.

Members at last report: 107; Members Demitted, 14; New Members, 22; Honorary Members, 4; Present Membership, 114.

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