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Mount Vernon cherry wood gavel presented to Organizing Regent Caroline McWilliams from the Minnesota State Regent.

On the handle are engraved these words:

Presented to
Nathan Hale Chapter
November 30th 1895
Eliza T. Newport

The original charter of the Nathan Hale Chapter NSDAR is stored at the Minnesota Historical Society in St. Paul. The chapter’s organizing meeting was November 30, 1985, and the this charter was signed by the National Society on January 20, 1896.

(Used with permission of the Minnesota Historical Society.)

The charter members were:

Caroline E. Nason McWilliams (Regent)
Frankie K. Schurmeier (Secretary)
Florence Bodley Davenport
Angeline Aspinwall
Alice Elizabeth Cornish
Alice F. Olmstead Cornish
Ella Nason Burrows
Isabelle Turnbull Rice
Lillie Caldwell Polk (Treasurer)
Elizabeth Brady Fee
Alice Ebba Andrews (Registrar)
Kate Hudson Sawyer
Francis H. Love Alexander (Chaplain)
Emily Bruce Sanborn
Nellie Grace Sanborn
Anna Harrison Comstock Mann
Mary J. Johnston
Cora Gray Brill (Vice Regent)
Laura McGaw Cowen (Corresponding Secretary)
Eliza Mann Smith (Historian)