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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
52nd Annual Convention of the Texas Division
United Daughters of the Confederacy

San Antonio, Texas
18-21 October 1948

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

In Memoriam [p. 38]

Mrs. T. B. Herbert

[Chapter Report - p. 149-151]


Mrs. Roy T. Hopkins - President
Mrs. F. C. Nolen - 1st Vice President
Mrs. Fred Eberspacher - 2nd Vice President
Mrs. R. P. Stoltje - 3rd Vice President
Mrs. H. G. Sandland - Recording Secretary
Mrs. E. H. Hammack - Corresponding Secretary
Mrs. A. F. McClellan - Treasurer
Mrs. R. A. Whatley - Historian
Mrs. W. E. West - Registrar
Mrs. Laura Dennis - Custodian
Mrs. W. T. Roberson - Recorder of Crosses
Mrs. Berta Schultz - Chaplain
Mrs. W. W. Lowery - Poet Laureate
Mrs. Robert S. Martin - Parliamentarian
Edna Kathleen McClellan - Mascot

Honorary Members:

Mrs. Earl Maughmer
Judge Ewing Boyd
Mrs. J. W. Sampson
Mrs. Ethel Bruce
Mrs. W. S. Webb
Mrs. W. T. Roberson
Mrs. E. C. Brock
Mrs. Margaret McCutcheon

Members at last report, 57; members demitted, 1; new members, 16; deceased members, 1; present membership, 74; honorary members, 7; tax paid Division (50 Cents per member), $30; tax paid General (20 cents per member); $9; Texas Museum tax, $1; Texas Room tax, $1; total tax and dues sent treasurer, $53; total amount paid all founds, $70.50.

All meetings opened with the reading of the Ritual, Salute to the flags, and closed with a dismissal by the Chaplain and singing Dixie. We have held nine meetings followed by the Historical program as outlined by the Historian General. On Memorial Day, we had members from the other three chapters meet with us at the Fist Methodist Church on April 26th to pay tribute to our dead. Mrs. J. W. Wilkinson was the principal speaker. After the services, flowers were placed on Confederate graves and sent to the sick, among them being our own Mrs. Kathryne Wilcox.

We observed the birthdays of Gen. Robert E. Lee and Gen. Thomas Jackson, also Sidney Lanier.

Three delegates to the Texas Division at Dallas, also sent three delegates to the District 1 Convention at Beaumont, March 30th. Mrs. Swinford, Chairman of the Convention, donated the balance from the two District meetings ($30) to the Battleship Texas Fund, we shared in this honor.

Had 61-hours in Red Cross work making surgical dressings for Cancer patients. Gave a bedside radio to the cancer patients at Jefferson Davis Hospital. Also gave 24 bats of fruit, candy and cookies for other patients there. Sent warm clothing to inmates of a Convalescence Home.

Have sent a subscription to the UDC Magazine for one year to the Houston Heights Library and to the Park Place Library and to one school.

A book, The Face of Robert E. Lee [1] was given to Miss Aubrey Hester [2] as a prize for the best essay out of 20 submitted on the topic, "The Great South a Necessity to a Great United States." The Loving Cup was awarded to the Albert Sidney Johnson Junior High School.

We have 74 bona fide members which places us on the Honor Roll. We visited the sick and sent flowers to the bereaved.

There are 19 subscriptions to the UDC Magazine. We donated $2 toward the purchase of Military Crosses; $5 to Gonzalas Warm Springs Fund for Polio Victims; $5 to an Old Ladies Home (a new project); $1 to the World War II Home for Veteran Families. These last three were given by Mrs. Frank J. Campbell honor the Oran M. Roberts Chapter. Gave two books to the Library. Sent our State Treasurer $70.50 for pledges and donations.

Had our Installation on May 27th. Mrs. J. W. Wilkinson, the only remaining Charter Member of the Chapter was given special recognition in honor of her 80th birthday recently. She received many presents and good wishes.

The David O. Dodd CofC with Mrs. R. P. Stoltje as leader, paid their per capita tax on 16 active members. They assisted in the CofC Convention held at the San Jacinto Battleground where three members of this chapter were elected to state office.


Ayrand, J. L. (Jewel), Mrs.
Beard, L. L. (Lina), Mrs.
Bendt, Martha, Miss
Beville, Frank, Mrs.
Bottler, Will, Mrs.
Bray, Irma, Mrs.
Branum, W. C., Mrs.
Brown, B. F., Mrs.
Brown, Frank, Mrs.
Buchanan, J. E., Mrs.
Buckley, Jim, Mrs.
Bush, W. M., Mrs.
Campbell, Frank, Mrs.
Clarke, W. F., Mrs.
Cook, Irma, Mrs.
Cotton, Edna May, Miss
Cotton, Katherine, Miss
Cotton, George E., Mrs.
Cotton, Marguerite, Miss
Crawford, Lillian, Mrs.
Crowell, W. F., Mrs.
Davis, C. M., Mrs.
Dennis, Laura, Mrs.
Eberspacher, Fred, Mrs.
Elliott, Alfred, Mrs.
Foote, Margret, Mrs.
Foster, Ralph, Mrs.
Gazette, Frank, Mrs.
Gordon, E. H., Mrs.
Guild, May, Mrs.
Hammack, E. H., Mrs.
Harris, Para Baker, Mrs.
Heinan, Viola, Mrs.
Heyne, W. C., Mrs.
Hobbs, Inza, Mrs.
Huston, Louise, Mrs.
Jackson, Ira, Mrs.
Johnson, G. C., Mrs.
Joines, A. C., Mrs.
Knolle, Maud, Mrs.
Korn, E. P., Mrs.
Kucera, C. M. (Kathryne), Mrs.
Kurtz, P. M., Mrs.
Laurence, A. B., Mrs.
Lawrence, C. V., Mrs.
Lawery, W. W., Mrs.
Martin, R. S., Mrs.
Muery, L. J., Mrs.
Miller, Ray, Mrs.
McClellan, A. F., Mrs.
Neville, Effie, Mrs.
Newsome, Mattie, Mrs.
Nolan, F. C., Mrs.
Pool, Elizabeth, Mrs.
Poole, F. M., Mrs.
Pruitt, Mrs.
Roberson, W. T., Mrs.
Robinson, H. C., Mrs.
Sandland, H. G., Mrs.
Schultz, Bertha, Mrs.
Shepherd, R. E., Mrs.
Sink, Claude, Mrs.
Smith, Gaylord (Tillie), Mrs.
Stevenson, P. E., Mrs.
Stoltje, R. P., Mrs.
Thayer, Isabella, Mrs.
Triplett, Myrtle, Mrs.
Turner, Claud, Mrs.
West, W. E., Mrs.
Whatley, R. A., Mrs.
Wilkinson, J. W., Mrs.

[1] Meredith, Roy, The Face of Robert E. Lee in Life and in Legend. (New York, NY: C. Scribner's Sons, 1947).

[2] Aubrey Lee Hester was born on 15 July 1932 and was married ca. 1957 to Wynn Monroe Estes.

[3] Edna Kathleen McClellan was born on 11 Jan 1941 in Harris Co., TX, and was the daughter of Arthur Frederick McClellan and Ruth Henry. She was married, ca. 1962 to Louis Anderson Walton, III and they were divorced in 1977.

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