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Leominster DAR Chapter Installs New Member, Plans Meeting for September

August 26, 2018

LEOMINSTER -- Capt. John Joslin, Jr. Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution recently held an installation for one of its newer “oldest” members, Norma Smith Schofield, a direct descendant of the chapter’s namesake, Capt. John Joslin Jr.

Schofield resides in Leominster and was treated to a gathering of some chapter members, fellow residents and family members where tea and cupcakes were served at Manor on the Hill.

She was also recently honored with the Boston Post Cane pin for being the oldest living resident in Leominster.

The Capt. John Joslin Jr. Chapter was organized on Nov. 14, 1901, by Martha Joslin England, a fifth-generation descendant of Capt. John Joslin Jr., who had a remarkable service in the Revolutionary War. He led a company of Minutemen assigned to Col. John Whitcomb’s regiment, answering the alarm of April 19, 1775. He was commissioned in 1776 and served in the Continental Army for three years. During his service, he marched to Bennington, Vt., where Gen. Burgoyne was defeated. He served in several other battles including Monmouth.

The Leominster chapter has been in continuous existence since its founding and has 61 members from many surrounding communities.

The next meeting is Saturday, Sept. 8, at 11 a.m., at Thayer Memorial Library, 717 Main St., Lancaster. The program will be “Constitution Jeopardy,” prepared by Vice Regent Brenda Morse as emcee. The chapter welcomes interested community residents to attend the program.

For more information, contact Regent Cathy Eska at 978-290-0118.

DAR is a nonprofit, nonpolitical volunteer women’s service organization. Women 18 years and older who can prove a lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution are welcome to apply for membership.

For more information, visit www.dar.org .

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