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LOCKNEY – The Buffalo Grass Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution met January 28 at the Senior Center in Lockney.
June Moosberg Sherman, Regent, called the meeting to order. The pledges to the American and Texas flags, the American’s Creed, and the Preamble to the Constitution of the US were repeated by all. For the “Flag Minute” Nancy Marble reported that many people fly the US flag incorrectly at night. After dusk, the flag must be fully illuminated. For the “Indian Minute” Sherry Heitzenrater discussed the colonists that dressed like Mohawk Indians when they threw all the tea into Boston Harbor on December 16, 1773.
Johnny Appleseed’s Hero was his father, Nathaniel Chapman. Sherry Heitzenrater spoke about Nathaniel Chapman’s commitment to the “Minutemen” and his presence at the Battle of Concord and the Battle of Bunker Hill. Later he joined the Continental Army in 1777 and served until 1780. He was made Captain over the wheelwrights and the carpenters and served at Valley Forge with George Washington.
Because Johnny’s dad fought for freedom for the colonies, Johnny was able to move freely around the country as an adult. At age 18 he and his half-brother left the home in Massachusetts and traveled the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania and canoed on the Ohio River. From 1797 until his death in 1845 Johnny planted and raised native apple trees from western Pennsylvania to the center of Ohio. He became a legend because his father was committed to fighting for a better life for Johnny, his entire family, and this great nation.
Those attending the meeting were Renee Armstrong, Susan Dunavant, Dorothy Hodges, Janis Julian, Nancy Marble, June Sherman, Virginia Taylor, and Sherry Heitzenrater. Janis served her delicious Almond Tea in cups featuring apples, and Sherry presented “Tea” sandwiches and cookies with tea leaves incorporated into the dough.
For more information about the Buffalo Grass Chapter of the DAR, or a question about genealogy, please contact June Moosberg Sherman at 806-652-3436.
The next meeting will be February 25 and all ladies interested in their American Revolutionary War roots are welcome to attend.