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DAR chapter celebrates its 80th anniversary

The David Hill chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) celebrated its 80th anniversary March 22 at Cornell Estates Retirement & Assisted Living Residence in Hillsboro.

Thirty-one people from the local community and other chapters in Bend, Hood River, Eugene and McMinnville attended the luncheon.

Regent Ellen Hopkins, head of the Oregon state DAR, spoke about the organization’s current project to place commemorative markers at historically-significant locations around the state.

Organized March 1934, the David Hill chapter was named for David Hill, one of the earliest Euro-American settlers to come to western Washington County by wagon train, arriving in 1841 when the area was known as Twality.

The town of Hillsboro was named in his honor in 1850. He is interred at the Hillsboro Pioneer Cemetery.

The national DAR organization is headquartered in Washington, D.C. Members are women who can trace their family lineage back to someone who served in the American Revolution.

“The patriot doesn’t have to have been a soldier who actually fought in the war,” said David Hill chapter Regent Millie O’Connor. “It can be anyone who served, whether on the battlefield or helping the cause by providing supplies or aid.”

The David Hill chapter sponsors programs that honor veterans, assist armed forces families and provide educational programs for local schools. Information about joining can be obtained from Janice Heckethorne at 503-693-9429.



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