Susan Carrington Clarke Chapter

Meriden, CT
Connecticut Daughters of the American Revolution
Organized October 1, 1895

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Meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday or Friday of
September, October, November, December,
February, March, April, and May

Susan Carrington Clarke
     'Swifter than a weaver's shuttle the years have slipped by since that beautiful
day, October 1, 1895, when twenty-four Daughters of the American Revolution
met the recently elected State Regent,
Miss Susan Carrington Clarke, in the stately
home of
Mrs. N.L. Bradley on Colony Street, and organized into a new Chapter.
Miss Susan Carrington Clarke little realized that with that brief ceremony she was
re-incarnating her own spirit of patriotism, and perpetuating her own name in this
little body.
    Miss Clarke appointed as Regent, her old friend,
Mrs. Kate Foote Coe, wife of
Judge Andrew J. Coe of Meriden. Election of necessary officers followed, Mrs. Coe's
consent to act as Regent was gained, and the next morning the newspapers
announced the birth of a new D.A.R. chapter with charter members as follows:
Andrew J. Coe,
Regent; Mrs. Levi E. Coe, Honorary Regent;Mrs. H. Wales Lines,
Vice-Regent; Miss Fannie L. Twiss, Registrar; Mrs. Hannah S. Holbrook, Recording
Mrs. Charles L. Rockwell, Corresponding Secretary; Miss Alice S. Porter,
Treasurer; Mrs. Robert L. Peck, Historian; Miss Lucy A. Peck, Mrs. N. L. Bradley,
Mrs. S.J. Hall, Miss Jessie M. Schenck, Mrs. Frank L. Hamilton, Mrs. Edgar J.
Doolittle, Mrs. Philo Huntley, Miss Edith L. Bevins, Miss Jennie D. Wood, Miss Kate
H. Hamlin, Miss Nettie L. Bowen, Mrs. Charles F. Linsley, Miss Harriet V. Strong,
Mrs. Edwin A. Mayne, Mrs. Frank M. Chapin, Mrs. Frank D. Smith, Miss Ella I.

    From Chapter Manual by Mrs. Coe: "This Chapter was the last one organized by
Miss Clarke and while its members were still deliberating the matter of a suitable name,
on the 21st of October came the news of her death, and at a meeting called immediately
it was unanimously voted that the new Chapter should call itself the Susan Carrington
Clarke Chapter in loving memory of her who had been most friendly while the
organization was forming."
    Six members attended Miss Clarke's funeral in Middletown, where with many
representatives of other societies they were received in the A.K.E. house, placed at
their disposal by its members, who also were guards of honor at the funeral, a last
tribute of respect for one who had generously aided them.
    From the fraternity house a long procession of women, led by the Regents of
Wadsworth Chapter of Middletown and Susan Carrington Clarke Chapter of Meriden,
marched across the street to the services in Miss Clarke's home, which is now
"President's House" of Wesleyan University.
    Although a native of Rhode Island, Miss Clarke spent her life in Middletown with
her aunt, Mrs. Samuel Hubbard, wife of the Postmaster General under President Fillmore,
and was a charter member, first Treasurer, and an ex-Regent of Wadsworth Chapter.
Also, in February 1892, the first delegate from Connecticut to the Continental Congress
of Daughters of the American Revolution.'

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