The Lieut. James Sheppard Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently was honored with a memorable gift to the chapter from Doug Moyers, husband of longtime DAR member Nettie Moyers, who died in 2010.
Mr. Moyers donated research materials, awards, medals and historical articles to the chapter. Mrs. Moyers’ medals and awards during her service to DAR have been beautifully framed, along with those of her mother, Mrs. Ida Gay Walling, and are hanging now in the Genealogy Room at Magness Library in memory of Nettie. The framed presentation includes 30 pins, medals and awards that represent state and national chapter medals, 25- and 50-year membership medals, Ex Chapter Regent medal, service and attendance medals for national events, and ancestor bars.
According to the DAR website, www.dar.org, the national society was founded on Oct. 11, 1890, during a period which was “marked by a revival in patriotism and intense interest in the beginnings of the United States of America.” Unable to join men’s organizations, a group of pioneering women formed their formed their own organization and the DAR has been carrying the torch of patriotism ever since.
Since its founding in 1890 the DAR has admitted more than 800,000 members, one of those being Nettie Moyers.
Nettie Angeline Walling Moyers was born on Sept. 6, 1920 and died April 4, 2010 at the age of 89. Daughter of the late Alonzo Nelson and Ida G. Walling, Mrs. Moyers was a homemaker, a member of the Presbyterian Church, the Lt. James Sheppard Chapter of the DAR, and the National Society of Magna Charta Dames. She was preceded in death by her twin sister, Lonnie Walling Easton, and was married to Douglas Moyers of McMinnville.
Those who would like to view Nettie Moyers’ DAR memorabilia can visit the Magness Library Genealogy Room during regular business hours.
Editor’s note: DAR member Kathy Rone contributed to this story.