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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
46th Annual Convention of the Texas Division
United Daughters of the Confederacy

Austin, Texas
13-15 October 1942

Oran M. Roberts Chapter, No. 440, Houston

[In Memoriam - p. 91]

Mrs. Susie Screws Garrett

[Chapter Report - p. 133-134]


Mrs. Earl Maughmer - President
Mrs. Laura Dennis - 1st Vice President
Mrs. W. T. Roberson- 2nd Vice President
Mrs. Fred Eberspacher - 3rd Vice President
Mrs. E. H. Hammack - Recording Secretary
Mrs. Inza Hobbs - Corresponding Secretary
Mrs. A. F. McClellan - Treasurer
Mrs. R. T. Hopkins - Historian
Mrs. E. P. Krick - Registrar
Mrs. Mary E. Calvert - Custodian
Mrs. B. B. Knolle - Recorder of Crosses
Mrs. A. B. Lawrence - Poet Laureate
Mrs. H. G. Sandland - Parliamentarian

Honorary Members:

Mrs. M. A. Zumwalt
Mrs. T. B. Herbert
Mrs. C. C. Cameron
Mrs. J. W. Wilkinson
Mrs. J. W. Sampson
Mrs. W. S. Webb
Mrs. Ethel Bruce
Mrs. Nannie Scott
Mrs. George McCaine
Mrs. J. J. Thrailkill
Mrs. Amelia Wallace
Mrs. George Perry
Mrs. Tom Wilson
Mrs. B. B. Knolle
Mrs. F. I. Neville
Judge Ewing Boyd
Hon. Lon Smith

Members at last report, 57; new members, 1; deceased members, 1; honorary members, 17; present membership, 42; per capita tax paid state division, $21; per capita tax paid General, $8.40; Texas museum tax, $1; Texas room tax $1; total tax and dues sent Treasurer, $37.70; total contributions to all funds, $399.38.

We have held nine business and seven historical meetings. Each one opened and closed with the usual rituals, pledges and music.

In October, we shared hostess privileges with our sister Chapters in entertaining the State Convention in Houston. Our Past President, Mrs. Lawson Pool, served as General Chairman for the convention. Our Mrs. H. G. Sandland, Chairman of District No. 1, received the Daffan Banner as a reward for the best District Report. Our Chapter assisted in furnishing flowers and Flags used as decorations for the convention programs.

November brought the usual participation in the Armistice parade with our Children's Chapter in decorated cars, afterwards serving at the Soldiers Service Bureau with other UDC Chapters. This occasion of mothering our boys in the armed forces, serving them cookies and coffee, brought to all of use a great personal satisfaction. Our Historical program for November included a biography of John H. Reagan and personal anecdotes from members whose ancestors fought for the South.

The annual Christmas Tea at the home of Mrs. J. W. Wilkinson, honoring our Division Officers and beloved Veterans, was held as usual. Gifts were presented to Confederate Veterans and Widows by the three UDC Chapters of Houston. The table centered a unique decoration of dolls and Flags of Allied nations gathered all over the world by hour hostess. The cakes were iced as individual Confederate and American Flags. Members of David O. Dodd CofC assisted us on the program and in serving.

On Robert E. Lee's birthday, January 19th, we awarded the annual Oran M. Roberts Gift Scholarship of $50 to Priscilla Tison, [1] Sophomore at the University of Houston. Papers on Stonewall Jackson and Maury were also given.

We brought happiness to the heart of the beloved mother of our Mrs. B. B. Knolle by observing her 88th birthday and the Chapter's 41st Anniversary at Mrs. Knolle's home February 26th. On this occasion, Mrs. Mary Calvert, [2] granddaughter of Oran M. Roberts, presented the Chapter a copy of the "Cactus" yearbook of the University of Texas, dedicated to Oran M. Roberts and containing his picture.

One of the highlights of our year's historical work was the interesting book review on Wave of the Gulf, graciously given to us by Mrs. C. C. Cameron, who not only charmed her audience, but the author, Mr. Jesse Zeigler, who was our honored guest at this time. Many interesting relics of the war were also on display. This date was also observed as the birthday of General Crenshaw, who was remembered with gifts, cards and flowers.

On Confederate Memorial Day, April 26th, services were held at the First Presbyterian Church, Houston, with tributes brought for loved ones by the UDC and flowers place din the wreath of remembrances by of CofC President, Margaret Cloud. Afterwards we decorated Veterans graves with flags and flowers.

With the installation of officers in late May an interesting historical program was included. This lovely party was held in the home of a member who has photostatic copies of every paper relative to the war, even her application papers are photographed and framed.

We have registered five new members.

During the year we have accomplished these projects:

a. Furnished requested information to History students at Jefferson Davis High School on the history of the Confederate Flag and true meaning of the phrase, "War Between the State."

b. We gave a sketch of J. E. B. Stuart's life to this school's history teacher, requesting it be used in class.

c. Presented a framed picture of Jefferson Davis, value $8 and a volume of Wave of the Gulf by Jesse Zeigler, value, $3.50, to the Stephen F. Austin High School, Houston.

We have three subscriptions to the Bulletin.

Bought flags from American Legion for marking graves.

Distributed 30 sketches of J. E. B. Stuart's life among our membership.

We have given 170 hours in Red Cross classes, 45 hours in cutting and sewing. We have done other phases of Defense Work, which has been reported.

Our Chapter purchased two $100 Defense bonds. One member has purchased $5,000 worth. Membership is 100% on war bond purchases.

We visited the sick. Remembered the birthdays of our Confederate Widows, sent cards and flowers to shut-ins and as usual donated to the Cheer Fund for Confederate Home.

Pledges Paid - Randolph Relief Fund, Julia Bounds Scholarship, Muse Scholarship, Stone Memorial Scholarship, Christmas Fund for Confederate Home.

Local Contributions - Community Chest, Navy Mother's Club, President's Ball for Crippled Children, Its for Soldiers and Red Cross, Red Cross, Scholarship at University of Houston, Defense Bonds, Flags, Convention Expenses, Miscellaneous expenses, $137.12; total expenditures, $399.38.

New Members

Lee, Paul, Mrs.


Baugess, M. C., Mrs.
Bender, J. K., Mrs.
Bevell, Frank, Mrs.
Binde, Martha, Miss
Bray, J. W., Mrs.
Brown, Frank, Mrs.
Buckley, Jim, Mrs.
Calvert, William, Mrs.
Cotton, G. E., Mrs.
Dennis, Laura, Mrs.
Eberspacher, Fred, Mrs.
Elliott, M. E., Mrs.
Guild, Charles, Mrs.
Hammack, E. H., Mrs.
Hobbs, R. Ivan, Mrs.
Hopkins, R. T., Mrs.
Hyndman, John, Mrs.
Joines, A. C., Mrs.
Kennedy, C. P., Mrs.
Krick, E. P., Mrs.
Larimer, C. R., Mrs.
Lawrence, A. B., Mrs.
Marrett, F. J., Mrs.
Maughmer, Earl, Mrs.
McClellan, A. F., Mrs.
Nolan, F. C., Mrs.
Pool, Lawson, Mrs.
Roberson, W. L., Mrs.
Rogers, Jane, Miss
Sandland, H. G., Mrs.
Simon, L. F., Mrs.
Sink, Claude, Mrs.
Shepherd, R. E., Mrs.
Stevenson, J. E., Mrs.
Thrailkell, J. J., Mrs.
Turner, Claude, Mrs.
Wadell, H. A., Mrs.
Whatley, R. A., Mrs.
Williams, J. C., Mrs.


[1] Priscilla Almeda Tison was born on 23 June 1934 and was married to Oliver Lee Lobella.

[2] Mary Evelyn Roberts was born on 28 Aug 1894 in Austin, Travis Co., TX and was the daughter of Robert Pinckney and Matilda Evelyn "Tilley" (Grammar) Roberts. She was married to William Calvert. She died on 12 May 1943 in Houston, Harris Co., TX.

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