Chapter Activities and Projects

Dedication Dates & Marker Locations

28 Feb 1929      Mojave participated in the dedication ceremony of Madonna in Upland

25 Jun 1930     Site of first Orange Co. South end of Yorba bridge school house (Imperial Canyon Shopping Center) Imperial & E Santa Ana Canyon Rd. Marker placed first schoolhouse in OC built in 1867 – 4866 Olinda Street

28 Feb 1931    Los Coyotes House Commodore Stockton Campsite located on Old Trail between Los Angeles and San Diego (Los Coyotes Country Club)  ; Marking boulder was donated by Mr & Mrs Russell Evans ; Los Coyotes House – Malvern Ave & Lockhaven Dr in New Bellehurst, renamed La Buena Esperanza, pepper & palm trees

13 Feb 1932    Cedrus Deodar planted in Hillcrest Memorial Park memory of George Washington

11 Nov 1934   The Chapters real granddaughter, Mrs Acuff, passed Nov 11, marker placed on her grave, Loma Vista Cemetery

14 May 1937   Bronze plaque (now missing) Harbor Blvd. & Commonwealth commemorating the setting Ave., Fullerton of first survey stakes in city of Fullerton

11 Oct 1940    Date unknown Real Granddaughter marker Loma Vista Memorial Park, for Rachel Fayette Mann Fullerton Accuff

1944                memorial planting of Jacaranda trees at hillcrest park

Date unknown jacaranda tree planting Hillcrest Memorial Park for Mrs. Accuff

1953 – 58        Yorba Bridge brass plate replaced after being stolen

1963 – 64        Mayflower “iron” donated to DAR museum by outgoing regent Mrs Nancy Main

16 Jul 1966      DAR Marker to honor DAR Highway Park, Liberty, KY patriot John Fry for service on U.S. Highway 127 in the Virginia Militia

1970 – 72        Marker, flag, & pole placed Nixon birthplace & library

9 Jan 1972        Flagpole and bronze plaque Nixon Birthplace, Yorba Linda

March 76         sundial at Fullerton Arboretum in the “Eleanor Washington Spicer Rose Garden”

9 Oct 1976      Sundial marking Clark Cal State Fullerton Campus Victorian home

1976                Participated with District XII Fullerton Heritage House chapters to plant a rose garen in memory of Eleanor Washington Spicer

1978                Participated with three other San Juan Capistrano districts to mark the El Adobe Restaurant, an early stage stop

15 Oct 2001    Memorial bench and bronze Tri City Park, Placentia marker for Laurie Duston Musso (places during annual tree-planting ceremony)

2002 – 03        dedicating a bench & plaque honoring Regent Laurie Musso at Placentia’s Tri Cities Park

2005-08           Replacement of the sundial base with new concrete at Heritage House Cal State Fullerton Arboretum and rededicated by Jill C. Belanger


Medal of Honor 2007 William Zeitler

Willaim ZeitlerJill C. Belanger found William Zeitler playing the glass armonica at the Sawdust Festival in Laguna Beach. The sound of the glass armonica was mesmerizing. William agreed to play for our chapter meeting. The following year Jill Belanger researched him extensively, filled in the appropriate DAR papers, and the National DAR awarded William Zeitler the Medal of Honor in 2007. We once again asked him to play the glass armonica, which he manufactured himself at his studio, at our Mojave Chapter meeting where we presented him with the DAR Medal of Honor.



Lost 1896 DAR Certificate found

lost 1896 One of our members found a DAR certificate from May 7, 1896, for Mrs. Lucy Ripley Hills. Lucy Hills was the first daughter to become a DAR member from her ancestor Charles Warner (1762-1837), who was a private in Connecticut. We found out that “Luntz, J.” is a member of the Kawaiisu Chapter in Lake Isabella, California. On March 26, 2013, I was able to present JoAnne Luntz with this wonderful document at their chapter meeting. It was a wonderful bit of history that fell into my lap, and I was grateful to be able to get that back to a descendant of Lucy Hills!

Jill C. Belanger, Regent 2010 - 2014


Presenting a lost ROTC Award to our State Senator Lou Correa

ROTC medal for Lou CorreaIn February 2012, Mojave Chapter was contacted by State Senator Lou Correa and we were told how he was awarded an ROTC Cadet Award from our chapter when he was a teenager in high school. Over the years he had his award stolen. Lou Correa was wondering if we would be able to replace his stolen award as it really meant something to him. Mojave was thrilled to be able to present State Senator Lou Correa with a new Bronze medal with documentation at our regular February meeting.


Mojave members at State Headquarters

Christmas Tea at State HouseMany of Mojave members have been docents at our DAR State House Headquarters in Glendora, California. The Headquarters Administrative Committee actively participates in the maintenance and preservation of our historic headquarters building and grounds. The State Headquarters is open in December each year for a Christmas Tea. Open House and tours are held at various times throughout the year. The house and grounds are ideally suited for meetings, luncheons, teas, or overnight stays.


Memorial Day at Loma Vista Cemetery

Memorial Day flagsEach year Mojave Chapter goes to the Loma Vista Cemetery to help clean up graves and put crosses with the American flags on our veterans' resting places. The grounds look marvelous with all the places done up with white crosses, or the white Star of David, with red, white, and blue flags. For Memorial Day Mojave Chapter places a beautiful wreath of flowers with a DAR flag on the grave of the unknown soldier. It is quite a moving ceremony with all the Armed Forces being represented by the community.


Honoring our Daughters of the American Revolution

tree plantingEvery October Mojave Chapter remembers our Daughters with a tree planting ceremony. We invite the family of our members who have passed away during the last year to the Tri City Park in Brea to help us plant a tree in their honor. Our chaplain reads the biography of each Daughter and we ask if any family member would also like to speak. Then one of our members plays Taps on her trumpet. Next we have shovels to allow each family member, and chapter members present, to place a shovel of dirt around the tree. It really is quite a moving ceremony. We have had many families let us know that they continue to go to the park to keep the tree alive with the memories of their deceased family member.



Annual Awards Ceremony at Fullerton Library

awards ceremonyIn March Mojave Chapter has our annual awards ceremony at the Fullerton Library. We invite the city Mayor, school board officials, principals, school counselors, parents, and students to attend. The awards are presented to those students who are our winners of the DAR American History Essay Contest from 5th-8th grade. We also present awards to high school students who are winners of the DAR Good Citizens contest. Those students are remarkable as they are allowed to speak and tell us who they are, what they are involved in, and which college they are planning to attend. Afterwards we invite everyone to enjoy homemade cookies with tea or punch.



Mojave Chapter supports DAR Museum

MuseumMojave Chapter likes to support our National DAR Museum by "Adopting an Object" to be restored. In 2013 our chairman Lori Clem brought us loads of written information each month with pictures for our monthly newsletter, the "Monitor." At the regular meetings she would bring a poster with all kinds of information regarding lots of other museum pieces that need our donations to help with restoring them to their former glory. It was a wonderful delight to learn from her. Thank you, Lori!