Community Press Release – DAR

Grave Rededication in Dowagiac

Eau Claire, MI – October 15, 2021

The Rebecca Dewey Chapter of Three Oaks met Sunday, October 10th at the Allen Cemetery in Silver Creek Township, Dowagiac for the grave rededication of American Revolution patriot James Selleck and his wife Chloe Rider Selleck. The event was a culmination of over three years of research by Chapter Registrar Mary Ellen Drolet, Treasurer Teri Showalter, and Chapter Historian Carol Kent, along with the physical repairs of the broken headstones completed by Regent Kathleen Avery Alton and her husband David. Honored guests included State Historian Pamela Pillow Hotary and State Director Christy Moore Saniga. Visiting Regents from the Benton Harbor/St. Joseph Algonquin Chapter Sylvia Fagal and Elizabeth Kraatz of the Lucinda Hinsdale Chapter. Chapter President of the Col. Westnedge Sons of the American Revolution, Stephen Wales and President Geoffrey Hickock from the Sons of the Revolution of Michigan gave greetings. The Dowagiac VFW Post 1855 provided the Colors, taps and salute. C.A.R. of Michigan representatives included State President Mr. James Kraatz, and Miss Deborah Ditz, President, Ki-ka-ma-sung Chapter.  

Cookies, cider, and fellowship were enjoyed by all. For further information about NSDAR, contact 

See photo below.

Grave Rededication at Allen Cemetery, Photo submitted by DAR

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
Three Oaks, MI 49128
Historic Marker “The Dewey Cannon”, Three Oaks, MI
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