ADA — Chimney Hill Daughters of the American Revolution met Oct. 9 at Ada Arts and Heritage Center.  The ritual was led by Regent Lou Ann Hoover, assisted by Joyce Gentry, Derrelyn Metz and Jessie Glover.

Billie Jean Floyd presented the P.A.S.T. performance players.  P.A.S.T. (Preserving Area Stories in Time) started with $1,000.  Patsy Cradduck started a momentum for a museum in Pontotoc County. P.A.S.T. was formed by a group of local citizens to establish an area museum, identify and preserve local historical sites, and promote historical education.

P.A.S.T. performance players presented the skit titled “Morning After,” about the Four Men Hanging:  The End of the Old West, portraying early settlers of Ada.  In April  1909, there was a hanging in the livery stable in Ada.  Gus Bobbit, a prominent farmer and cattleman was gunned down, four men were arrested and later hanged by a mob.  To this date, no one knows who were participants in the hanging mob.  No one from the mob talked about it to their family, wrote in a diary, or made a declaration on their death bed. It is the “best kept secret of the West.”

Prominent citizens portrayed in the skit were Mrs. Wintersmith who saw the need for a park and swimming pool, Mrs. Kerr who was the mother of Robert S. Kerr, Mrs. Hope who was president of the 20th Century Club and lobbied for East Central Normal School and Mrs. Lucas who was president of the 25,000 club which worked to encourage 25,000 people to move to Ada. She lobbied for East Central Normal School and put up a reward for the capture of Gus Bobbit’s killers.   

Hostesses were Karen Anderson, Michele Cook, and Suzanne McFarlane.   

Guests attending were P.A.S.T. performance players Billie Jean Floyd, Alberta Blackburn, Judy Hisaw, Ruth Ann Taylor, Derrelyn Metz, Greg Pearce, and Dr. Charles Barrick.  Members attending were Lou Ann Hoover, Carlene Benson, Marie Spears, Pat Christensen, Michele Cook, Karen Anderson, Phyllis Inslee, Vickie Lee, Sara Pritchett, Kathy S. Howry, Jessie Glover, Derrelyn Metz, Mary Murray, Erna Leach, Dana Hill, Glendeen Unsell, Debra Ross, Ruth Ann Taylor, Ann Klepper, Suzanne McFarlane, Billie Jean Floyd, and Joyce Gentry.

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Chimney Hill Daughters of the American Revolution met Nov. 12 at the Ada Arts and Heritage Center.  The ritual was led by Regent Lou Ann Hoover, assisted by Karen Anderson, Lorraine Hooker, Glendeen Unsell, and Derrelyn Metz.

Elizabeth Witherow presented the speaker, Bob Ardiana (retired military) and exalted ruler of the Ada Elks Lodge.  Ardiana presented a “History of the United States Flag,” with the help of his wife Anita, and Glenda Landry who presented different flags for the different flag eras.    Flags began in Roman times; the United States flag began at Jamestown 1607 to 1775.  In 1775 the flag adopted was the “Liberty Tree Flag”, a green pine tree on white background. About 1776 to 1777 the Continental Navy used the snake flag with the warning “Don’t Tread on Me.”

In 1776 Betsy Ross designed the 5 point star flag and reported she had sewn the first American flag.  On Jan. 1, 1776, George Washington ordered the Grand Union flag hoisted above his base at Prospect Hill.  It had 13 alternate red and white stripes and the British Union Jack in the upper left-hand corner.  On Feb. 14, 1778, the flag was honored by the first official salute.  The Act of April 4, 1818, provided for 13 stripes and one star to be added for each state.  Today the flag consists of thirteen horizontal stripes, seven red alternating with six white.  The stripes represent the original 13 colonies; the stars represent the 50 states of the Union.  The colors of the flag are symbolic: red symbolizes Hardiness and Valor, white symbolizes Purity and Innocence and blue represents Vigilance, Perseverance and Justice.

Hostesses were Betty Duty, Linda Leach, and Elizabeth Witherow.  Door prize was won by Arletta Good.   

Guests attending were Robert and Anita Ardiana, and Glenda Landry.  Members attending were   Lou Ann Hoover, Marie Spears, Joyce Gentry, Betty Duty, Elizabeth Witherow, Linda Leach, Phyllis Inslee, Lorraine Hooker, Derrelyn Metz, Mary Murray, Dana Hill, Letia Butler, Elaine Bearden, Arletta Good, June Sims, Erna Leach, Jean Kelley, Glendeen Unsell, Karen Anderson, Charlotte Hollis, Jean Elliott, Pat Lawley, Bonnie Dennis, Michele Cook, Debra Ross, Faye Perry, and Suzanne McFarlane.

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