Old Spanish Trail
National Society Of the Daughters of the American Revolution
Henderson, Nevada

The Old Spanish Trail Chapter

Old Spanish Trail Regents 

Susan Hoge, 2017

Margaret Hendrickson 2014-2017

Judie Keller, 2014-2016

Sherry Kniffin, 2014

Jamie Cornell, 2008-2012

Carolyn Schmalz - 2006-2004

Barbara Hunter, 2004-2006

Maryyl McQuatters, 2002-2004

Jerrie Pearson, 2000-2002

Margaret Farwell, 1996-2000

Carol Farwell , 1994-1996

                                                                      OUR HISTORY

    Our Chapter was originally founded in Paradise Township, Nevada (NV), on October 15, 1966, the chapter was disbanded on October 16, 1971.  The chapter records of the Paradise Township, Old Spanish Trail Chapter were destroyed accidentally, making the disbandment difficult. However, we do know that the 1966 Founding Regent was Eva Kerby Gillhouse.

    The chapter was reorganized July 29, 1994, and chartered October 15, 1994, in Henderson, NV., which was the 130th anniversary of Nevada's Statehood. The members of the 1994 chapter were Organizing Regent Carol Bowers Farwell, Isabel Haven, Vice Regent and chaplain, Mary Heenan, Treasurer, Fairy Ryerson, Recording Secretary, Joanne Nelson, Historian, Laura Garvin, Librarian, Beverly Blackford, Registrar, Sara Brown, Mrs. David R. Howser and Jeanne Smyth. 

    Old Spanish Trail Chapter is proud to have had three members serve the NV State Society
as Regent:

                                            CAROL BOWERS FARWELL
                                            MARY GRIFFITH TOLENO HEENAN
                                           *KIMBERLY PATERSON WHITFIELD

                     * Mrs. Whitfield is the only chapter member to have held a 
                                                 national vice-chairmanship.

    Our chapter currently has over 50 members and continues to grow! We are proud to say that our chapter is involved in multiple projects that support the National organization. 

      Did you know that our NAME The Old Spanish Trail is actually a 1,120 mile route between Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Los Angeles, California, which was traversed by Spanish padres in the 1700's and later by traders and settlers. In 2002, The Old Spanish Trail was designated as a National Historic Trail. 

The Old Spanish Trail Chapter supports Native Americans
by supporting their schools and youth camps, and promoting
NSDAR Scholarships!

Native American Minute:

Did you know that a baby girl born in a teepee in 1865 would become the first Native American woman doctor? She studied at the Woman’s Medical College in Philadelphia and was the first Native American to receive government assistance for higher education. She returned to her Omaha reservation, eventually establishing the first private hospital on a reservation and making inroads into public health issues - especially fighting practices that spread TB. She served an area covering 450 sq. miles with 1,300 Native American and white residents. After her death in 1915, the hospital was renamed in her honor and today is on the national historic register. Today it serves as a drug and abuse treatment center. Her name? Susan La Flesche Picotte.

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