National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

The Marietta Chapter NSDAR held their monthly meeting on April 5 at the Chapter House. There were 14 members and five guests in attendance. Jane Morris and Martha Tipton were hostesses. They served a luncheon of salad, muffins and blackberry cobbler with ice cream.

Darlene Gage, who portrayed actress Isabelle Farnsworth, presented a program describing a career in the theater. She described a career that began with singing in minstrel shows. Then she started traveling with a vaudeville group. They could have up to 12 acts like dancers, jugglers, plate spinners etc. She performed skits from popular plays. Farnsworth moved to New York to advance her career. She went to open auditions and got a job with a traveling troop. Edwin Porter who worked for Thomas Edison was in the audience. He was working on vita scopes, single framed photos, and making a movie ” The Great Train Robbery.” Edwin offered her a part in the movie and she jumped at the chance. It was a great success. “Birth of a Nation,” was her next movie. She met Lillian and Dorothy Gish who were from Springfield, Ohio, her home town. The three ladies became friends. Theaters were called nickelodeons because admission was only 5 cents. They showed lantern slides to fill the time when they switched reels. Lantern slides covered subjects like etiquette. Please remove your hats etc. Movies were silent so narrative was written in subtitles. Subtitles included instructions on when to laugh or applaud. Piano music accompanied and matched the tone of the narrative. Bigger productions had orchestras. In 1929 sound was added to film and they were called “talkies.” The portrayal was entertaining and educational.

Regent, Anita Shumake introduced Katie Hall. She was the recipient of the Good Citizens Award. Hall was accompanied by Mary Beth Schultz, Belpre High School Counselor, and her aunt and uncle, Candy and Curtis Hall. Hall’s goals are to attend Marietta College, then culinary school and to eventually run her own business. Some of her accomplishments are being vice president of the senior class, president of the National Honor Society, October, 2013 student of the month at Belpre High School. She is in the top 10 in her class, a cheerleader for four years, a member of the Spanish honor society, honors in track and field, a volunteer at safety town and a girl scout. The topic of Katie’s winning essay was “Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility to Preserve It.” She said to study our history and learn from what went wrong as well as what went right. We should learn about our family’s history and pass that on as well.

Hall will be honored May 16 on achievement day at Belpre High School. Zachery Husk who was our Marietta College Scholarship recipient was unable to attend the celebration.

Regent Anita Shumake opened the business meeting with rituals. Chaplain, Opal Miller led the prayer. Mary Cornwell, recording secretary read minutes from the March 14, meeting.

The next meeting will be held at the Chapter House at noon on May 3.