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Lucy Standish - Newcastle Chapter NSDAR
Clarion, Iowa

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Welcome to Lucy Standish - Newcastle Chapter NSDAR

The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR or DAR) is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women's service organization. The Lucy Standish Chapter NSDAR was organized March 5, 1969, in Clarion, Iowa. The name Lucy Standish was chosen as a name for the chapter because of the number of her descendants among the organizing Daughters. Lucy Standish married Isaac Meachem, a soldier in the American Revolutionary War, at Williamstown, Massachusetts, on September 30, 1776.

They had ten children. Their son, Jabex Meachem, married Susan Terrill on September 10, 1809, and had seven children. Their son Alexander Hamilton Meachem was the founder of the family in Wright County, Iowa. Alexander married Henrietta Ingersoll on December 2, 1850. They established a home on a farm northwest of Belmond, where they raised a large family. At the time of its organization, descendants Icle Severson, Cloe Jenison, Lova McAlpine, Meredith Ersland, Michelle Ersland Door, Thelma Tegland Lindvall, Carrie Ann Richardson Olson, Gael Tegland Olson, Arline Jenison Richardson, and Cleona Leonard Tegland were members of the Lucy Standish Chapter NSDAR.

The Newcastle Chapter NSDAR was organized March 11, 1908, in Webster City, Iowa. When the first settler, Wilson Brewer, came to the place where Webster City now stands, he thought he saw in the beautiful meadowland, lying between the rippling little stream (called Brewer's Creek), and the tree-bordered Boone River, a likeness to his former home in Pennsylvania, which was called High Castle.  Because of the partial resemblance to that early home, Brewer adapted its name to the new situation and called his new home New Castle. The town name was changed to Webster City many years before, but the chapter decided to honor the original name.

The Lucy Standish Chapter NSDAR and the Newcastle Chapter NSDAR merged on April 14, 2001.

Drummer Boy at Shiloh Marker

During a summer night in 1867, in Webster City, people were awakened by a loud roll of drumbeats. A ragged youth was playing a snare drum and saying, "They told me to play. I am the drummer boy of Shiloh." He claimed to have played his drum at the Civil War Battle of Shiloh when he was just 10 years old. His father, Charles T. Olmstead, was a veteran of the Black Hawk War. The Newcastle Chapter NSDAR placed a marker near the graves of the Olmstead family in Graceland Cemetery in Webster City, Iowa.

Dragoon Trail - Hamilton County Marker

In their second sweep through Iowa, in 1835, the First U.S. Dragoons galloped into the area of what is now Webster City under the leadership of Colonel Stephen W. Kearney. Their challenge was to explore the area and map parts of Iowa. In 1936, the Dragoon Trail in Webster City was marked for its historic significance by the Newcastle Chapter NSDAR. The marker is located on the corner lot of the Kendall Young Library on Wilson Avenue in Webster City, Iowa.

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Last Updated 29 April 2017
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