Chapter History

Columbia River Chapter History

The Columbia River Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution was formed March 17, 1949, in the home of Mrs. J.D. Dixon.  The Washington State Regent, Mrs. Swem, attended this meeting with such fanfare that a tour of the town of Pasco was given.  The TriCity Herald also showed up to take pictures and write an article about the new organization.

Founding Daughters of the Columbia Basin Chapter were:

Columbia River Chapter Founding Daughters

Seated are Mrs. AJ Swift, Mrs. Merle Melot, Mrs. Swen, and Mrs. George V. FitzPatrick; standing are Madams JD Dixon, Henry J. Naimy, R. Thomas Halbush, BE Hammond, William Boice,  and Catherine S. Osterhage.

Mrs R. Thomas Halbush as Organizing Regent

Catherine S. Osterhage as Vice Regent

Mrs. B.E. Hammond as Chaplain

Mrs. George V. FitzPatrick as Secretary

Mrs. Henry J. Naimy as Treasurer

Mrs. William Boice as Registrar

Part of the process of creating a DAR chapter was to determine a name for the chapter and explain why that particular name was chosen.

We chose Columbia River as the name of our chapter because this mighty water has dominated our local since the beginning of history. Indian tribes from miles around clustered its banks to spear salmon on which their very existence depended. The Columbia was the highway upon which Sacajawea led Lewis and Clark on their expedition. The river, because of its unlimited water supply was chosen as the site of the Richland Atomic Plant on which hinges the beginning of the end of our modern civilization. To sum up, the Columbia River represents not only history in the past, but our hope for a better civilization. Therefore, we want to be known as the Columbia River Chapter. (Mrs. G.V. FitzPatrick, Chapter Secretary)

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The Columbia River Chapter of the DAR was established March 17, 1949. The chapter's first scrapbook proudly stores minutes from that meeting and a pictured article that was published in the TriCity Herald.

The Columbia River Chapter of the DAR was established March 17, 1949. The chapter’s first scrapbook proudly stores minutes from that meeting and a pictured article that was published in the TriCity Herald.

Columbia River Chapter celebrated their 65th anniversary in 2014.

Columbia River Chapter celebrated their 65th anniversary in 2014.