On October 27, 2019, six Sierra Foothills Chapter members, including Regent Marie Hurst Lewis, and two HODARS enjoyed a National Day of Service project at the Catheys Valley Cemetery. First Vice Regent Lynn Talbot shared the history of the area pioneers on the 167th anniversary of the arrival of the Cathey Wagon Train on October 27, 1852.
Two Daughters of Revolutionary Patriots, Frances Gresham Hammond and Mary Deaver Cathey, were honored with a chapter member placing a red carnation on each grave, as Lynn told about each of them. Also honored with a red carnation were a Captain from the War of 1812, and a young soldier killed in Iraq in 2009.
Lynn then demonstrated how to use smart phones to add memorials, photos and or GPS coordinates to FindAGrave memorials. Afterwards chapter members with smart phones wandered the cemetery, looking for veteran’s graves, looking for the memorials on the FindaGrave website, adding or updating any information that was lacking, such as a photo, or GPS coordinates.
Members without smart phones were provided red carnations to place on veteran’s graves and area pioneer graves, and the many stones that showed the DAR insignia.
We learned a lot about a nearby community, and the pioneers that settled there. We also were able to Rise and Shine for DAR and our community as we updated Catheys Valley Cemetery memorials on FindaGrave for others to use, especially adding GPS coordinates. It was a good day.