MJG History

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The Major Jacob Gray Chapter, NSDAR, was formed on February 1, 1980, by Charlotte Strong Huntley after she determined that several eligible women were interested in DAR membership. Sponsored by the Prudence Hall Chapter, NSDAR, in North Little Rock, Arkansas, Charlotte and thirteen organizing members began a new chapter in Jacksonville, Arkansas. Charlotte would serve as the organizing regent and maintain the position until 1983. Unfortunately all photos, newspaper articles, programs, and the scrapbook from the first year have been lost.

Organizing Members:

Mary McMahan Coleman / Lorene Harrison Dupree

Charlotte Strong Huntley / Mary Allice Williams Jones

Orpha Herschell Kreitlein / Carolyn Yancy Little

Elaine Howard Payne / Mary Kerr Jones

Jeanne Ramsey Smith / Nina Boyce Stevenson

Mossie Munsey Tyler / Joan Tyler Zumwalt


Excerpts from Cabot Star-Herald on Friday, March 6, 1981:

“Mrs. Harold Johnson was the hostess for the February meeting of Major Jacob Gray Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution…Mrs. Emmett Jones presented the proclamation signed by Major James Reid of Jacksonville denoting February as American History Month…Mrs. Pollard reminded members to continue saving Campbell soup labels to help purchase school equipment…Mrs. Dorcus Tims presented the program and a discussion was held on programs available through the Little Rock AFB Family Services.”

Unknown Author(s). “DAR Meeting Held.” Cabot Star-Herald. 6, March 1981: unknown pages. Print.

Excerpts from Arkansas Gazette on Sunday, March 15, 1981:

“Major Jacob Gray Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will meet [for a] memorial to Sharred and Jacob Gray by Mrs. Merlin Little”

Unknown Author(s). “Club News.” Arkansas Gazette. 15, March 1981: unknown pages. Print.

Arkansas State Conference

March 26-38, 1981

90th Continental Congress NSDAR

The Major Jacob Gray Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution of Jacksonville was recently represented at the 90th Continental Congress in Wash, D.C by Mrs. Russell Huntley, Regent and Mrs., John Smith, Librarian and Mrs. Richard Denny Shelby, President General of the N.S.D.A.R., presiding. The week was highlighted by L. Bruce Laingen, former Iranian hostage and Charge De Affairs of the Iranian Embassy, speaking on Saturday afternoon and by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale speaking at the Banquet on Monday night. Mrs. J. Harold Stevenson of Jonesboro was elected as a Vice President General.

MJG Picnic

MJG Officers Sept 1981-1983

Regent: Charlotte Huntley

Vice Regent: Joan Zumwalt

Chaplain: Elaine Payne

Recording Secretary: Esther Nixon

Treasurer: Mary Alice Jones

Registrar: Carolyn Little

Historian: Craig Robinson

Librarian: Jeanne Smith

Constitution Week September 17-23 1981

Excerpts from Cabot Star-Hearld on Friday, September 18, 1981

“Mayor Glen “Pete” Clements signed a proclamation Tuesday, Sept 15 honoring the Constitution of the United States. Thursday, Sept 17 marks the 194th anniversary of the drafting of the Constitution by the Constitutional Convention. The DARs of America are trying to [promote and enlighten p[ublic opinion so that the entire country will know why they are grateful and proud to be citizens of the United States”.

Unknown Author(s). “Constitution Week.” Cabot Star-Herald. 18, September 1981: unknown pages. Print.

Yorktown Bicentennial

Excerpt from Daily News, Monday October 19, 1981

“Members of the Major Jacob Gray Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Jacksonville are participating with the rest of the country in recognition of the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Yorktown”

Unknown Author(s). “Jacksonville DAR Chapter Observes Yorktown Birthday.” The Daily News. 19, October, 1981: unknown pages. Print.

Christmas Luncheon


February as American History Month

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