Sarah Copus Chapter, Ashland, Ohio
Daughters of the American Revolution
Founded October 16, 1920
The chapter was organized October 16, 1920, at the home of Mrs. Helen Myer Miller. The first President General, Mrs. Edward Lansing Harris of Cleveland, and the first Ohio State Regent, Mrs. William Magi Wilson were present at the organizational meeting.
The name of the chapter, Sarah Copus, was chosen to honor a pioneer, who as a child tried to “warn her family of the danger from approaching Indians.”
The chapter has been very busy since its inception. In 1923 the Conservation committee started planting the “Avenue of Elms.” The trees were planted yearly between Ashland and Mansfield, Ohio. According to records, “The marking of the Great Indian Trail, three miles north of Loudonville, was the outstanding achievement of local moment. A large boulder with a bronze tablet was unveiled September 24, 1925 by the Sarah Copus Chapter. This trail passed by the springs at Wolf’s Mill where many travelers quenched their thirst while journeying on this highway, which dates back to 1764 and was 240 miles long from Fort Duquesne near Pittsburgh, Pa. to Sandusky, Ohio on Lake Erie.”
In 1932 a Memory Garden was dedicated at Ashland Cemetery and five years later a bronze plaque was added. Each year a service is held in May, usually the day before Memorial day, and a white carnation is place in a large wreath for each deceased member of the chapter.
Todays Sarah Copus Chapter continues it heritage of service to community and promotion of patriotism. The chapter supports DAR Schools, promotes local conservation, gives scholarships, honors veterans in nursing homes, presents American flags and Good Citizens awards and is currently donating to The President Generals Project, DAR museum, and other local, state, and national organizations.
The chapter meets in different places around Ashland, members homes, a meeting room in Lutheran Church, and in a meeting room in the local library.
Sarah Copus meets on the second Wednesday of the month.
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