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Jan Burrows describes Daughters of the American Revolution's efforts to beautify and preserve a historic site.

On Oct. 8, 2022, Champoeg Chapter participated in the Daughters of the American Revolution National Day of Service.

Oct. 11, 1890, the DAR was founded as a women's service organization to promote education, preserve history, and support patriotic endeavors.

Champoeg Chapter has been working with a local family on their private pioneer cemetery for several months. In May of 2022, the Oregon Commission of Historic Cemeteries awarded Champoeg a grant to repair aging headstones and place an interpretive sign at the Goodrich Worden Cemetery just outside of Dayton. In August, Historic Preservation Northwest straightened and repaired six headstones.

The chapter has a long connection to this private cemetery, as through the years, several members of the chapter have been descendants of Carmi and Peggy Goodrich.

In 1935, the chapter placed two medallions on Peggy and Carmi's gravestone, honoring the fact that they are a Real Son and a Real Daughter of the American Revolution.

The Goodrichs were one of the first families to come with Sam Barlow across the now-famous Barlow Road, which forged an overland route around Mount Hood as opposed to the more costly and dangerous float down the Columbia River. The Goodrichs brought 11 of their 13 children with them. Their daughter, Lydia Goodrich, married Gilford Worden in Dayton, and today, descendants of these marriages are still using the donated grounds that Carmi set aside as a family cemetery.

On our National Day of Service, seven Champoeg DAR members and three HODARs (husbands of DAR) gathered with tools in hand and cleaned the headstones at the Goodrich Worden cemetery. D/2 was used to clean and refresh all grave markers. Soft bristle brushes were used to scrub away dirt, mold, mildew, algae, lichen and air pollution. With much elbow grease and lots of TLC, the old cemetery is looking loved and cared for.

Currently, the interpretive sign is still seeking additional funding. Once the sign is fully funded and made, a few member volunteers will install the interpretive sign. A date will be set for a dedication ceremony once the sign is installed.

All women 18 years and older are welcome to seek membership into the NSDAR. If you have a Patriot that helped secure the cause of independence of America, DAR is open to you. Check out the public page at

To reach Champoeg Chapter, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We would be pleased to get you started on membership.

Jan Burrows is registrar of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Champoeg Chapter.

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