The Christian Waldschmidt Homestead at Camp Dennison, a Civil War training cam near Milford, was the location of a joint DAR meeting including nine chapters on Saturday, May 6. Six members of Waw-wil-a-way chapter and a CAR member attended.
The Waldschmidt Homestead is owned and operated by the OSDAR with many members donating time and money. The home was built in 1804 by Revolutionary War veteran Christian Waldschmidt, who earlier had established the first paper mill in Ohio. The home is beautifully restored and features outstanding furnishings and artifacts. See firstname.lastname@example.org for information to visit.
A memorial service was held for 15 ladies who have passed since the last meeting a year ago. Waw-wil-away remembered its members Joyce Ann Main Patton and Juel Phillips Fling.
After refreshments contributed by each chapter an interesting and informative program was given by retired Judge Joe Newlin on “Women in the Civil War.” Eighty women were wounded or killed in the Civil War. They served in the capacities of soldiers (disguising themselves as men), spies, factory workers, making uniforms, assisting with the Underground Railroad and helping with construction projects. Some were camp followers cooking, washing, mending and loading muskets.
Members bid on silent auction items with the money going to the upkeep of the Waldschmidt Home.
The next meeting of Waw-wil-a-way will be June 3 at 11 a.m. with a tour of the Paint Creek State Park dam and nature center. Bring a sack lunch with drinks provided by Janet Florence.
Submitted by Jane Stowers.