ADA — Chimney Hill Daughters of the American Revolution met March 14, 2006, at the Ada Arts and Heritage Center. The meeting was led by vice-regent, Lou Ann Hoover, assisted by Glendeen Unsell, Joyce Gentry, Karen Anderson and Katherine Howry.
Derrelyn Metz introduced the speaker, Gila Peterson.
Peterson is a retired Oklahoma State Trooper who graduated from Byng High School in 1970 and attended East Central University. She entered the Department of Public Safety in February 1979 and with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol in May 1979. Her’s husband, Pete Peterson, is Pontotoc County Sheriff. Mr. and Mrs. Peterson have two daughters, Kristen and Kaitlyn. She gave a brief history of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol: it began in 1937 as a semi-military organization when the Governor of Oklahoma was William “Bill” Murray. Thirty-one troopers have been killed in the line of duty. Ardmore is our area troop headquarters. In the late 1960s the first male African American became a trooper. The Highway Patrol academy accepted women as troopers in 1977-78. Mrs. Peterson entered the second school with women accepted in 1979. She applied to the Highway Patrol school, there is a testing process and she was accepted. The academy was very hard, and 60 people started with 52 making it. April 19, 1995, she was attending a class in Oklahoma City, when the Murrah Building was bombed, and she worked the incident. She told several stories about her time with the Highway Patrol, some sad and some very happy. She said if you have a chance, please thank your Highway Patrol Troopers because they have a very difficult job. She said she was very honored to serve the people of Pontotoc County and Oklahoma: it was her dream and she was able to fulfill it. She said “reach for your dreams.” A person can call *55 and a trooper will come to their assistance.
Kathy Howry gave the defense report about “Light Money.” After the Revolutionary War, war debt was paid with Light Money, money from the lighthouses. The lighthouses marked our dangerous coastlines for safe shipping. All states relinquished ownership of lighthouses to the Federal Government Aug. 7, 1789, and the United States Lighthouse Service was established Oct. 9, 1852. Cape Henry was the first Federally funded lighthouse.
Metz reminded the members of PAST (Preserving Area Stories in Time). PAST is raising money with a cook book; Ann Klepper is the director. The money raised is going toward a Pontotoc County Museum.
The next meeting was scheduled April 8 at 1:30 p.m., at the Ada Arts and Heritage Center, and was to be a Guest Day Luncheon. The scheduled speaker was Cynthia Meyerson, Oklahoma City, Book review of “1776.”
Hostesses were Erna Leach and Ann Woolley.
Phyllis Inslee won the door prize. Guests attending were Mrs. Gila Peterson and daughter, Kaitlyn. Members attending were Lou Ann Hoover, Marie Spears, Phyllis Inslee, Jessie Glover, Carlene Benson, Glendeen Unsell, Dana Hill, Ramona Dennison, Derrelyn Metz, Kathy Johnson, Letia Butler, Katherine Howry, Karen Anderson, Michele Cook, Joyce Gentry, and Betty Duty.