Hostesses were Dorothy Le Guin and Kathy Barr. Delicious pie and coffee were enjoyed by members prior to the meeting.
The meeting was called to order by Vice Regent Nancy Davis who led the DAR ritual. There was no President General Message or National Defense Message.
Secretary Charlotte Ann Sims read minutes of the March meeting. These were approved as read.
There was no old business or new business.
Program for the afternoon was given by Kathy Le Guin Barr.
“The Overland Stage Road” a brief history of our parish east and west route in the early days of this area was the topic.
We have a rich and interesting history when we take time to research it. This route started about 1860 and was very active for approximately ten years. This route was used to transport travelers and mail delivery. There were stations about every ten to fifteen miles. The coaches could travel 100 to 125 miles per day. Nine passengers in the coach and five riding on top were known to happen, which was considered overloaded.
The trails were dangerous with the threat of Indian warfare. Coaches were suspended and mail had to be delivered via a water route by the Panama Canal.
In the early 20th century, the federal government decided to establish the Dixie Overland Highway from Savannah, Georgia to San Diego, California. This Dixie Overland became Highway 80 as we know it. The road was mainly dust, dirt and gravel.
One interesting occurrence on the Dixie Overland Highway was escapades of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow from Dallas, Texas to Arcadia, Louisiana.
Present day location south of Highway 80 and Illinois Central Railroad track west of Rayville is named Overland Stage Road and a very nice residential spot in Richland Parish.
This information was found on the internet.
All enjoyed this program.
No other business, the meeting was adjourned.
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Boeuf River Chapter NSDAR met Monday, September 15, 2008 in the home of Nancy Davis. Members enjoyed delicious refreshments prior to the meeting.
Regent Angela Hales called the meeting to order and led the DAR ritual.
Treasurer Dorothy Le Guin gave her report and Secretary Charlotte Ann Sims read the minutes of the last meeting in April.
Several matters of business were presented. Among those items were meeting dates, programs and hostesses. Dues remain the same. It was noted that the CAR in our area is inactive.
Constitution Week in September is always recognized and observed by Daughters of the American Revolution. Ann Grantham gave this program. All of our documents that framed our great country need to be a reminder, especially as we might tend to forget what they mean to us all.
Our government, the greatest in the world, which was planned and put into existence many year ago, still protects the citizens. Very brave men met and worded these for the greater good to future generations. We should be extremely grateful.
On September 17, 1787 a group of Statesmen felt the need to produce standards and rules for then and they still fit the citizenry. They went into effect March 4, 1789. Legislative powers, executive powers and judicial powers covered the different areas as they saw needs to separate government.
The Bill of Rights was an amendment written in 1787 also. The last amendment was 1980 which lowered voting age to 18. Our history is so interesting and these documents make for protection and freedom as we know it today.
No further business, the meeting was adjourned.