Community Press Release – DAR

Local DAR Plans Grave Rededication

Three Oaks, MI – September 23, 2021

Rebecca Dewey Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution stationed in Three Oaks, plans a rededication of an American Patriot grave of James Selleck and his wife Chloe.  Services will be at the Allen (Red Mill) Cemetery on Elm St., Silver Creek Township near Dowagiac at 2 pm October 10th

The Selleck’s graves were in disrepair and lying in pieces.  Chapter Regent Kathleen Alton repaired the graves stones.  Chapter members researched for descendants and placed plantings of mums.  DAR of Michigan officers plan to be in attendance as well as Sons of the American Revolution and Children of the American Revolution.

The public is welcome to come honor one of our patriots of the American Revolution.  Questions about this event and the NSDAR can be directed to Rebecca.deweyto@gmail.com.


About the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Rebecca Dewey Chapter:

Chapter History – The Rebecca Dewey Chapter, NSDAR, Three Oaks, Michigan, was organized July 9, 1909, with a membership of seventeen.  It was chartered December 21, 1909, with fourteen members.  Since Three Oaks had secured the Dewey Cannon at the close of the Spanish-American War, it was decided to name the Chapter after Admiral Dewey’s great grandmother.  Rebecca Dewey Chapter NSDAR currently has 30 Members.

Dewey Cannon – This cannon, captured in the Spanish-American War by Admiral Dewey, was presented to Three Oaks when its citizens raised $1,400 for a memorial to the men of the battleship Maine. This was the largest contribution, per capita, of any community in the nation. “Three Oaks Against the World,” a local paper proudly boasted. This park was dedicated October 17, 1899, by President William McKinley, and others. Presentation of the cannon took place on June 28, 1900. Guest of honor was Helen Miller Gould, called the Spanish-American War’s “Florence Nightingale.” Thousands of people were in attendance on each occasion.

National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Rebecca Dewey Chapter
Contact: Kathleen Avery Alton, Chapter Regent
rebecca.deweyto@gmail.com
Three Oaks, MI 49128
Historic Marker “The Dewey Cannon”, Three Oaks, MI
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