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Oran M. Roberts

Oran M. Roberts

Chapter 440

United Daughters of the Confederacy®

Houston, Harris County, Texas

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of the
34th Annual Convention of the Texas Division
United Daughters of the Confederacy

Austin, Texas
2-6 Dec 1930

Oran M. Roberts Chapter, No. 440, Houston
Chartered February 20, 1901 (sic)

In Memoriam [p. 99]

Mrs. [Josephine] Edna Backus, 94 Stanley Street
[Died: 15 Dec 1929, Harris Co., TX]

[Chapter Report - p. 206-207]

Members at last report, 122; members demitted, none; new members, 20; honorary members, 11; present membership, 142; per capita tax paid Division, $28.40; per capita tax paid General UDC, $28.40; Texas museum tax, $1.00; Texas room tax, $1.00; total tax sent state treasurer, $58.80; total contribution all funds, $139.70.


Mrs. Betty Kaufhold, 4104 Greely - President
Mrs. Effie Nevill - First Vice President
Mrs. Estelle McCaine - Second Vice President
Mrs. J. P. Rodgers - Third Vice President
Mrs. Earl Maughmer - Recording Secretary
Mrs. Viola Heiman - Corresponding Secretary
Mrs. F. C. Nolen - Treasurer
Mrs. T. B. Herbert - Historian
Mrs. Lawson Pool - Registrar
Mrs. Annie Kennedy - Custodian
Mrs. H. G. Sandland - Recorder of Crosses

Honorary Members

Mrs. E. B. Bates
Judge Ewing Boyd
Mrs. A. Bruce
Will Dryer
Hon. Daniel E. Garrett
J. W. Neal
Hon. Lon A. Smith
P. D. Studdert
Miss Florence Thornton
H. Wilkins
J. W. Wilkinson

Our Chapter observed Sabine Pass Day with a dinner for the Veterans, afterwards taking them to the Harris County Home, with refreshments and entertainment for the benefit of the inmates of the Home.

Our Mrs. Knolle served on the committee to seek financial relief for the needy Confederate widows deprived of their pensions.

One of our members, Mrs. Ola Beaubien, had the honor of being appointed State Press Agent, by General Summers.

Our Mrs. Staples served on Resolutions Committee during Convention of 1929, later being appointed to remain on that work by Miss Daffan.

On Armistice Day 1929, we decorated three large flats for the parade, also assisted the American Legion in selling poppies.

This Chapter strenuously protested against the use of Confederate Veterans’ bodies for medical purposes. Also against the demolishing of the Old Land Office building in Austin.

Two pictures were presented to us, in memory of Dr. William Erwin, by his son, Mr. Tom Erwin. These pictures, the “Inauguration of Jefferson Davis” and “The Battle of Gettysburg” will be hung in the Museum at Austin at the Convention in 1930. We will be honored by the presence of Mr. Tom Erwin and his mother during this occasion.

During the Christmas holidays we observed the yearly custom of a Christmas tree for our Veterans at Mrs. J. W. Wilkinson’s home. Our Children’s Chapter also gave them a Christmas party at Dick Dowling Camp.

In January 1930, during the exhibit in Houston of the Grand Central Art Galleries, members of the Chapter served as hostesses.

A Confederate Cross for the grave of Mrs. Will Lambert, in Glenwood cemetery, was procured through the efforts of Mrs. Staples. Mrs. Staples also procured from the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Camp Albert Sidney Johnston, a nice set of table service, for Dick Dowling Camp.

In February, members of our Chapter, who serve on the Organizing Council, motored to Conroe to assist in organizing the Lafayette Burns Chapter.

On Washington’s birthday, our Children’s Chapter, David O. Dodd, provided George and Martha Washington, and another member, for a tableaux presented by the Americanization Council.

We assisted our Auxiliary Chapter, David O. Dodd, C. of C., in presenting two pictures of Southern Heroes, and two books of historical value to two schools in Houston. Our chapter also presented two books to the Andrew T. Brisco school, on this occasion.

Our Memorial Day program, presided over by Mrs. J. W. Willkinson, was broadcast over radio, and brought especial praise from Mrs. Bashinsky, President of General UDC.

At one meeting our Children’s Director received 53 certificates for new members. Since that time 40 applications have been mailed.

Our Chapter gave $5.00 to a needy widow, we have given our Veterans a monthly birthday dinner, entertained them at historical meetings and cared for them in sickness, in health and honored the memories in death, with flowers and wreaths of honor.

At the last election of officers, Mrs. M. E. Davis and Mrs. Jane Rogers were made Honorary President for Life.

We are proud to have in our Chapter, Mrs. B. B. Knolle, First Vice President Texas Division and Mrs. J. W. Wilkinson, Historian Emeritus.

The Oran M. Roberts Chapter has fulfilled all obligations and pledges, amounting to $272.26.

We conclude this report with words of love and praise for the untiring loyalty and faithfulness of the one who made it possible, Mrs. A. J. Staples, our retiring President.

Members -

Archer, S. R., Mrs.
Arnold, Margaret, Miss
Arthur, Tom, Mrs.
Ayers, J. K., Mrs.
Baker, J. Mayes, Mrs.
Barnette, J. B., Mrs.
Bartlett, H. A., Mrs.
Bauguss, M. C., Mrs.
Beaubien, D. M., Mrs.
Bentley, P. G., Mrs.
Binford, Haynes, Mrs.
Birkman, C. H., Mrs.
Blohm, G. E., Mrs.
Bono, F. N., Mrs.
Brady, S. E., Mrs.
Bray, G. W., Mrs.
Brooks, J. M., Mrs.
Browne, Drew, Mrs.
Bruns, J. C., Mrs.
Bybee, Charles, Mrs.
Campbell, A. M., Mrs.
Campbell, S. J., Mrs.
Carlysle, M. D., Mrs.
Carter, C. S., Mrs.
Chatham, W. L., Mrs.
Clark, W. F., Mrs.
Cole, W. J., Mrs.
Collier, R. F., Mrs.
Cook, L. W., Mrs.
Cox, I. A., Mrs.
Davidson, J. L., Mrs.
Davis, Mary, Mrs.
Davis, Polly, Miss
Day, L. L., Mrs.
Dean, Nela, Miss
DeLon, W. C., Mrs.
Dirr, F. A., Mrs.
Dortic, Catherine, Miss
Dwyer, C. L., Mrs.
Dwyer, W. E., Mrs.
Eberspacher, Fred, Mrs.
Erwin, C. A., Mrs.
Flynn, Jack, Mrs.
Fox, S. S., Mrs.
Gallatin, H. H., Mrs.
Gant, T. J., Mrs.
Giessler, C. A., Mrs.
Gilbert, Chas. E., Mrs.
Gilbert, Elizabeth, Miss
Gilbert, Gertrude, Miss
Godboldt, S., Mrs.
Gordon, C. C., Mrs.
Grafius, W. N., Mrs.
Guild, Charlie, Mrs.
Hamlett, Dora, Mrs.
Harrington, H. F., Mrs.
Harris, E. G., Mrs.
Harris, G. B., Mrs.
Harris, Mary, Mrs.
Hedrick, Jesse, Mrs.
Heiman, B. J., Mrs.
Heinesy, Tom, Mrs.
Herbert, T. B., Mrs.
Hill, L. L., Mrs.
Holcombe, O. F., Mrs.
Hope, G. G., Mrs.
Howard, J. W., Mrs.
Howard, T. M., Mrs.
Humphrey, W. S., Mrs.
Hunter, B. J., Mrs.
Hyndman, John, Mrs.
Jackson, C. E., Mrs.
Jackson, R. H., Mrs.
James, Frank, Mrs.
Jones, R. W., Mrs.
Kaufhold, F. L., Mrs.
Keenan, W. S., Mrs.
Kennedy, Miss
Kennedy, C. P., Mrs.
Kessler, P. J., Mrs.
Knolle, B. B., Mrs.
Krick, E. P., Mrs.
Lane, P. E., Mrs.
Lawrence, A. B., Mrs.
Long, Harris, Mrs.
Markley, Doc., Mrs.
Marrett, F. J., Mrs.
Martin, T., Mrs.
Maughmer, Earl, Mrs.
McCaine, George, Mrs.
McLean, Sadie R., Miss
Monroe, R. H., Mrs.
Mullinex, S. O., Mrs.
Myers, F. W., Mrs.
Nevill, F. I., Mrs.
Nichols, Merritt, Mrs.
Nolan, F. C., Mrs.
Pattillo, H. P., Mrs.
Perry, George, Mrs.
Ponnish, F. J., Mrs.
Pool, Lawson, Mrs.
Powers, I. T., Mrs.
Pybus, F. R., Mrs.
Quinn, J. J., Mrs.
Reynolds, C. A., Mrs.
Rice, H. B., Mrs.
Roberts, E. C., Mrs.
Robertson, Josie, Miss
Rogers, J. P., Mrs.
Rogers, J. T., Mrs.
Rogers, S. L., Mrs.
Rudersdorf, John, Mrs.
Sandland, H. G., Mrs.
Sayre, F. A., Mrs.
Scherfius, H. E., Mrs.
Schneider, John, Mrs.
Schultz, M. D., Mrs.
Scott, John F., Mrs.
Shepherd, R. E., Mrs.
Shultz, W. B., Mrs.
Simon, T. F., Mrs.
Smith, E. F., Mrs.
Smith, Warren, Mrs.
Smith, Wm. R., Mrs.
Snelling, L. I., Mrs.
Souter, T. N., Mrs.
Sparks, Mary Estelle, Miss
Staples, A. J., Mrs.
Stephens, R. S., Mrs.
Stitt, B. N., Mrs.
Tarver, Charles, Mrs.
Taylor, R. A., Mrs.
Thompson, J. M., Mrs.
Tolbert, Willie Lee, Miss
Townsend, H. E., Mrs.
Turner, Claude, Mrs.
Vaught, T. C., Mrs.
Wallace, Robert, Mrs.
Watson, C. E., Mrs.
Whiff, L., Mrs.
Wilkinson, Elsie, Miss
Wilkinson, J. W., Mrs.
Williams, Annie, Miss
Wilson, Tom, Mrs.
Winfree, J. E., Mrs.
Wood, Martha Alice, Dr.
Woodward, W. H., Mrs.
Zumwalt, A. C., Mrs.

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