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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
44th Annual Convention of the Texas Division
United Daughters of the Confederacy

Dallas, Texas
22-24 October 1940

Oran M. Roberts Chapter, No. 440, Houston

[Chapter Report - p. 156-157]


Mrs. Lawson Pool - President
Mrs. Earl Maughmer - 1st Vice President
Mrs. Laura Dennis - 2nd Vice President
Mrs. C. R. Larimer - Recording Secretary
Mrs. H. G. Sandland - Corresponding Secretary
Mrs. A. F. McClellan - Treasurer
Mrs. M. C. Bauguss - Historian
Mrs. Erma Bray - Registrar
Mrs. W. T. Roberson - Custodian
Mrs. T. B. Herbert - Recorder of Crosses

Honorary Members:

Mrs. M. A. Zumwalt
Mrs. J. W. Wilkinson
Hon. Lon Smith
Judge Ewing Boyd
Mrs. Edith Rudersdorf
Mrs. J. J. Thrailkill
Mrs. George Perry
Mrs. J. W. Sampson
Mrs. W. S. Webb
Mrs. Ethel Bruce
Mrs. NannieScott
Mrs. George McCaine
Mrs. Amelia Wallace
Mrs. F. I. Neville
Mrs. T. B. Herbert

Members at last report, 56; new members, 3; honorary members, 16; present membership, 60; per capita tax paid state division, $28; per capita tax paid General, $11.20; Curator tax, $8.40; Texas museum tax, $1; Texas room tax $1; total tax and dues sent Treasurer, $49.60; total contributions to all funds, $87.50.

The Chapter, composed of 60 members, four of which are new members for this year, has held two meetings per month - one business on the 1st Thursday and a historical meeting on the 3rd Thursday. Nine business and four historical meetings were held this year. The customary Memorial program was directed by the Historian at Hermann Park in April.

Installation of officers takes place at the September meeting each year with a special program

A yearbook was compiled at the beginning of the administration by the Program Committee.

An essay contest with the subject, "The Fundamental Causes of the War Between the States," was sponsored in the city schools last year and will be again this year, with a silver cup as the award. The Chapter also presented a handsome picture of Jefferson Davis and his cabinet and a copy of the "History of the Daughters of the Confederacy" to the Robert E. Lee School at Goose Creek. In line with this type of work, the Chapter voted recently to appropriate $50 as a scholarship in the University of Houston with a Committee to workout the details of presenting it.

The Chapter participated in the Armistice Day parade last year. A Red Cross Chairman has been appointed to coordinate the efforts of members with that of the Houston Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Several copies of the "History of the Daughters of the Confederacy" [1] have been purchased, some presented to school libraries and other retained by members. The Park Place Library was the recipient of one of these volumes, also a map of the Jefferson Davis Highway.

Radio programs have been sponsored on the 4th Tuesday of each month.

Many attractive social affairs are given each year by the Chapter, one of which was the compliment to Mrs. Katherine Wilcox, recently elected Treasurer-General. The Christmas party is also one to which members look with pleasant anticipation, at the home of Mrs. J. W. Wilkinson.

Much philanthropic work has been undertaken, including baskets of fruit and groceries to less fortunate Daughters, and monetary donations to several.

The Chapter has subscribed to several copies of the General Bulletin to be used by the President and Historian.

Two beautiful silk flags one of the Confederacy and one of our Lone Star State, have been made and presented to the Chapter by a member, Mrs. A. J. Staples, who has moved to Louisiana, but who is still interested and devoted to Confederate ideals.

The Chapter has cooperated with the other two Chapters in Houston whenever a joint program was given and has assisted the David O. Dodd Chapter CofC.

Our Chapter, represented by Mrs. H. G. Sandland, assisted the Division President, Mrs. Dowda, in presenting the Albert Sidney Johnston saber to the outstanding student at A&M College, which was an outstanding feature of the Mother's and Dad's Day program. Our First Vice President, Mrs. Earl Maughmer, was local Chairman for the Marker erected by the Texas Division at the San Jacinto Battlegrounds and presided at the luncheon which followed.

Two Crosses of Honor have been awarded.

The sum of $283.66 has been given by the Chapter in benefits and donations: State pledges and dues amounted to $69.80; flowers sent, $24.85; literature purchased, $10; Bellaire School for Girls, $10; Community Chest, $5; Administration expenses, $44,41. In all the Chapter boasts of a checking account of $372.35, and a savings account of $101.50 to date.

The Chapter President, Mrs. Lawson Pool, and other members, recently attended the Confederate Veterans' Reunion in Washington, DC.

New Members

Calvert, William, Mrs. (re-instated)
Cotton, G. E., Mrs.
Hobbs, Inza M., Mrs.
Roberson, W. T., Mrs.


Baugess, M. C., Mrs.
Bender, J. K., Mrs.
Bevell, Frank, Mrs.
Bray, J. W., Mrs.
Brown, Mildred, Mrs.
Buckley, Jim, Mrs.
Burch, J. K., Mrs.
Carter, H. P., Mrs.
Carter, N. S., Mrs.
Dennis, Laura, Mrs.
Dortic, Katherine, Miss
Elliott, M. E., Mrs.
Foote, Alfred, Mrs.
Garrett, Susie S., Mrs.
Gilbert, Elizabeth, Miss
Gilbert, Gertrude, Miss
Guild, Charles, Mrs.
Hammack, E. H., Mrs.
Herbert, T. R., Mrs.
Heyne, W. C., Mrs.
Hinsley, Ben, Mrs.
Hyndman, John, Mrs.
Jackson, A. L., Mrs.
Jones, A. C., Mrs.
Kennedy, C. P., Mrs.
Knolle, B. B., Mrs.
Krick, E. P., Mrs.
Larimer, C. R., Mrs.
Lawrence, A. B., Mrs.
Machin, H. L., Mrs.
Mack, J. C., Mrs.
Marrett, Ruby, Mrs.
Maughmer, Earl, Mrs.
McClellan, A. F., Mrs.
Monroe, R. H., Mrs.
Neville, F. I., Mrs.
Nolen, F. C., Mrs.
Pool, Lawson, Mrs.
Roberson, W. T., Mrs.
Rogers, Jane, Miss
Rudersdorf, Edith, Mrs.
Sackett, L. W., Mrs.
Sandland, H. G., Mrs.
Scherffius, H. E., Mrs.
Shaffer, Clara V., Miss
Shaffer, Marie, Miss
Simon, L. F., Mrs.
Sink, Claude, Mrs.
Shepherd, R. E., Mrs.
Staples, A. L., Mrs.
Stevenson, J. A., Mrs.
Stevenson, P. E., Mrs.
Thrailkell, J. J., Mrs.
Turner, Claude, Mrs.
Waddle, H. A., Mrs.
Whatley, R. A., Mrs.
Williams, J. C., Mrs.
Wilson, Tom, Mrs.
Wright, Roxy, Mrs.
Zumwalt, A. C., Mrs.


[1] Poppenheim, Mary B. History of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. (NP: Richmond, Garrett and Massie, Inc., 1938, p.226). There is no copy of this book in the Houston Public Library System. However, in 1955 there was a revised printing of the book and it was expanded to 3 volumes and a copy of this set can be found at the Clayton Library for Genealogical Research, Houston Public Library. [HPL: 369.175 H673 USA]

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