Rochelle Chapter

National Society Daughters of the American Revolution
—Rochelle, Illinois—

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Thanks to the generous support of the Rochelle community, the Rochelle Chapter was able to place wreaths on all 163 known veterans graves
at St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery as well as dedicated wreaths at Trinity and Lawnridge cemeteries as part of the nationwide "Wreaths across America" project.

The Rochelle Chapter, NSDAR, is named after the city in which it was founded
and also includes the Rochelle area towns of Amboy, Ashton, Chana, Creston, Davis Junction, Dixon, Franklin Grove, Kings, Malta, Monroe Center, Oregon, PawPaw, Steward
and Stillman Valley.

Chapter History

The Rochelle Chapter, NSDAR, was organized May 19, 1900, just 10 years after the organization of our National Society in 1890. The Rochelle Chapter, NSDAR, was organized by Mrs. Frank (Josephine Waite) Barker. Mrs. Barker had been interested in the progress of the National Society and through friends had kept in touch with the work being done in Illinois.

The State Regent at the time, Mrs. Waite Talcott of Rockford, Illinois, was invited to Rochelle, which resulted in the organization of the Rochelle Chapter, NSDAR. Mrs. Barker was fittingly appointed by the State Regent to be the first Regent of the Rochelle Chapter, NSDAR. The charter membership of the chapter was twenty-two, being one the largest initial memberships in the State. An interesting fact is that the chief topic of that first meeting in 1900, was the possibility of raising funds to help build Memorial Continental Hall, our national headquarters located in Washington D.C.

In 1992, the chapter placed a DAR marker at the gravesite of Mrs. Barker in Lawnridge Cemetery in Rochelle.

Barker House

The home of Josephine Waite Barker, 1906.

Chapter Officers

Regent Laurie Perry
Vice Regent Debby Katzman
Chaplain Mary Lou Kator
Recording Secretary Mandy Aldridge
Corresponding Secretary Bea Chaplin
Treasurer Becky Danner
Registrar Sarah Flanagan
Historian Holly Campion
Librarian Judy Schermerhorn
Parliamentarian Danette Hayes
Barker House Tour

Chapter members were invited to tour Josephine Barker's newly restored home by the current owners.


Chapter meetings are held from September through May. Our programs focus on historical topics, genealogy, and volunteer efforts. We welcome visitors and prospective members. Contact us with any DAR or chapter questions.

September 10, 2022 Julie Woller: “For the Fun of it”
September 17-23, 2022 Constitution Week
October 8, 2022 “Ogle County States Attorney Office on Women's Issues”
October 10, 2022 NSDAR National Day of Prayer
October 11, 2022 NSDAR National Day of Service
November 12, 2022 Carol Chandler: “Prisoners of War in IL”
December 10, 2022 Sherri Taylor: “1850 Census”
December 17, 2022 “Wreaths Across America, Daysville Cemetery, Oregon IL;
Woodlawn Cemetery, Creston IL”
December 18, 2022 “Wreaths Across America, Rochelle IL Area Cemeteries”
February 11, 2023 “American Red Cross Blood Center”
March 11, 2023 Michelle Glen: “Rochelle Rescue Mission”
March 29, 2023 “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day”
April 8, 2023 Sue Paulin: “Master Gardening;”
May 13, 2023 Will McLachlan: “Estate Planning”
June 10, 2023 “Chapter Annual Meeting”

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Website last updated May 8, 2022

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