El Paso de Robles Chapter History

El Paso de Robles
INventive
In the year 1769, by order of Carlos III, an expedition was formed to explore and claim the territory now known as California for the Spanish Crown, under the leadership of Portola, who was to establish presidios, and with Father Junipero Serra to establish missions. The expedition started in the south near what is now the San Diego area and traveled up the coast north towards what is now the San Francisco area.

Along this historic trail called El Camino Real, The Highway of the King, were founded the 21 missions that make it one of the most historic highways of our country.

Midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, the expedition passed through a beautiful valley shaded by large, live oak trees, and they called it "El Paso de Robles," meaning, "The Pass of the Oaks," and from this, our town received its historic name.

 
 
INnovated
The El Paso de Robles Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was officially organized on February 25, 1950. Mrs. Marie Appleton had been appointed by the Executive Board of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, as Organizing Regent for a new chapter of the DAR in Paso Robles. The chapter was sponsored by the Los Padres Chapter of San Luis Obispo. Seven local members of Los Padres would transfer their memberships to the new Paso Robles Chapter.
 
At the first meeting DAR California State Regent Mrs. Charles Haskell Danforth assisted by DAR California Organizing Secretary Mrs. Reginald Parry conducted ceremonies. Mrs Estell Marquart past Regent of Los Padres Chapter presented a gavel to the new chapter. Mrs. Danforth spoke to the group the objects and aims of the Daughter of the American Revolution.
 
El Paso de Robles Chapter Founding Officers 
Regent Mrs. Appleton
Vice Regent Mrs. Hatch
Recording Secretary Mrs. Elliot
Corresponding Secretary Mrs. Adams
Librarian Mrs. Anderson
Treasurer Mrs. Raitt
Historian Mrs Trager
Chaplain Mrs. Elliot
 

 
El Paso de Robles Chapter Past Chapter Regents
Marie Appleton 1950-1951
Ruth Hatch 1951-1953
Grace Lyle 1953-1955 
Margaret Hahl 1955-1957
Eleanor Martin Page 1957-1959
Josephine Pastorino 1959-1961
Josephine Wellbanks 1961-1963
Irene McConnell 1963-1965
Josephine Wellbanks 1965-1967
Josephine Pastorino 1967-1969
Edna Slayton 1969-1971
Helen Marshall 1971-1972
Margaret Hahl 1972-1974
Madeline Hannel 1974-1979
Gwendolyn Elliot 1979-1981
Margaret Hahl 1981-1982
Mary True 1982-1985
Margaret Hahl 1985-1987
Kathrine Belshaw 1987-1989
Norma Mann 1989-1991
Virginia Cassars 1991-1994
Bonnie Valko 1994-1996
Genevieve Viescas 1996-2006
Joan Dodson 2006-2008
Marietta Gilway 2008-2012
Donna Cohen 2012-2016
Janet Waters 2016-2018
Anne Edgecombe 2018-2022 
 
El Paso de Robles Chapter is an active chapter honoring our ancestors who fought for our nation’s independence; we are committed to volunteer service. Our chapter works as a team, while we learn about one another and our ancestors.
 
El Paso de Robles Chapter is an active chapter honoring our ancestors who fought for our nation’s independence; we are committed to volunteer service. Our chapter works as a team, while we learn about one another and our ancestors.

El Paso de Robles Chapter celebrated 70 years as part of the DAR on February 25, 2020. We are honored to contribute to the DAR and North County communities through historic preservation, education, and patriotism while making lifelong friends.
 
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