Recently, The Cora Stickney Harper branch of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution sponsored a local DAR American History Essay Contest and the Good Citizen Award contest. Southport Middle School’s Hannah Spurr will be going to the State Competition after being successful at the local level.
Other local winners from Southport Middle School are Tim Norfleet, Karen Evans, Sydney Starnes, Lisa Guan and Adriana Garcia. A gathering at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall in Fort Pierce was the location of a tea celebration to all student participants for their achievements.
About the Cora Stickney Harper Chapter of DAR
During the year 1913, Mrs. Charles Harper worked to organize a chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Fort Pierce, Florida. At the same time she was a member of a Miamichapter and was appointed Organizing Regent by the Florida State Regent, Mrs. Glenville Fissell.
The records state, “Through Mrs. Harper’s untiring efforts, records of American Revolutionary Ancestors were found and verified so that the required number of ladies signed the chapter register on June 14, 1914, at the home of Mrs. F. R. Horton.”
The chapter was first named Aiseehatchee Chapter, the Indian word for Indian River. However, on November 1, 1914, the year of the acceptance of the charter, Mrs. Harper died while kneeling at the communion rail at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. The sense of personal loss was so great that at the November 1914 chapter meeting, the new chapter voted to change the name from Aiseehatchee to Cora Stickney Harper to give permanent honor to its founder.
The Florida Daughters of the American Revolution, almost 9,000 strong with 102 chapters statewide, all promoting the threefold purpose of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Those objectives are exactly the same today as when the National Society was organized in 1890: historical, educational and patriotic
REF: Cora Stickney Harper branch of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Website
REF: St. Lucie County School District, LucieLinks (Newsletter) Feb/12