Organization of the Local UDC Chapter
by Bobby Mitchell
The following information was extracted by Bobby J. Mitchell from The Holly Springs Reporter. The newspaper is on microfilm in the Marshall County Library.
On March 2, 1899, a notice was published in The Holly Springs Reporter by Miss Lyda Pryor, that a meeting would be held the next day, Friday the 3rd of March at the Hancock Hotel, for the purpose of organizing a chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.
The March 9th, 1899, Holly Springs Reporter carried a notice that the ladies interested in the Daughters of the Confederacy had met on March 3rd, and chosen as their name, the Edward Cary Walthall Chapter. They conducted no other business, deciding to wait for more members. About 30 ladies attended.
The April 13, 1899 Reporter had an article listing the officers for the new Edward Cary Walthall Chapter, UDC:
Miss Lyda Pryor, President
Miss Elsie Featherston, 1st Vice President
Mrs. F. A. Tyler, 2nd Vice President
Miss Cornelia Craft, Recording Secretary
Mrs. R. H. Tunstall, Corresponding Sec.
Miss LeWare Hancock, Treasurer
Mrs. Lillie McDowell, Historian
Membership requirements were also listed. Membership was open to: Widows, wives, mothers, sisters, nieces and lineal descendants of men who served honorable in the Confederate army, navy or civil service or who loyally gave material aid to the cause, and also women and their lineal descendants, wherever living, who can give proof of personal service and loyal aid to the southern cause.
At the April 18, 1899 meeting of the Edward Cary Walthall Chapter, the Secretary presented the Chapter Charter, which she had recently received. The chapter was chartered with 35 members.
Editor's Note: The Edward Cary Walthall Chapter still exists and is as vibrant as ever today.
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