Ralph Humphreys Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, recently celebrated its 110th anniversary at Nick’s Restaurant.
The chapter regent introduced special guests: Mrs. C. Ray Phillips, past historian general, NSDAR, and honorary state regent, Mississippi, and presently serving as chairman of the governing board at Rosalie, in Natchez; Mrs. Erwin C. Ward, past vice president general, honorary state regent, Mississippi; and Mrs. Joe Box, past chapter regent 1978-80; and Emy Lou Horrell.
Other past regents introduced to give a highlight during their time of office: Mrs. James A. Barnett, 1972-74; Mrs. Joseph Odom, 1976-78; Mrs. Thomas Quaka, 1980-1982.
Past regents, not present were Elizabeth Steen, 1988-1990; Mrs. Larry Huff, 1990-92 and 2002-2004; Mrs. Charles Nause, 1992-1994; and Mrs. Charles Keck, 1994-96, 2002-2004.
The chapter was organized January 8, 1902, as the Jackson chapter. Organizing regent was Mary T. Howe with 18 other charter members. Later, the members changed the name to Ralph Humphreys in honor of Col. Ralph Humphreys, a hero of the Revolution, and grandfather of Gov. Benjamin Grubb Humphreys.
Six of the charter members served as chapter regent. The last to serve as regent was Henrietta Mitchell Henry (1935-36), and she served as state regent, 1922-23.
After a brief history of the chapter was given by the chapter regent, lunch was served.
Mrs. C. Ray Phillips installed the new officers for 2012-2014. They are: regent, Mrs. Charles Keck (Karen); first vice regent, Mrs. James M. Baird (Jane); second vice regent, Mrs. J.T. Noblin (Larry); chaplain, Mrs. Larry Huff (Buena Lee); recording secretary, Claudine McKibben; treasurer, Mrs. Billy Walker, (Sylvia); assistant treasurer, Mrs. Joseph Odom (Jo); registrar, Mrs. Charles Quaka (Catherine); librarian, Mrs. Dale McKibben (Margaret); curator, Mary Belle Douglas; parliamentarian, Mrs. Hannon Tannehill (Caroline); directors, Mrs. James A. Barnett, (Lucy), Mrs. James E. Griffith, (Susan), Elizabeth Steen, Mrs. Jimmy Oglesby, (Jeanne), and Mrs. Walter G. Johnson (Bettie).
After the installation of officers, 110 candles lit, and happy birthday sung, members enjoyed refreshments.
Other members present were Bettie Ruth Johnson, Mrs. Julian Noel, Lois T. Kennedy and Ruth B. Tant.
Shown are scenes from the celebration.