In 1914, Mrs.
Florida State Regent, asked Mrs. W. H. Hickok to organize a chapter of
the Daughters of the American Revolution in Winter Haven, Florida, and
appointed her Organizing Regent. On a Thursday afternoon,
16, 1916, nine ladies assembled at "Badger's Nook," the home of Mrs.
Helen Hickok, to organize the thirteenth chapter of the Daughters of
the American Revolution in Florida and the first chapter in Polk
County. Mrs. M. W. Carruth, the current State Regent, was
to conduct the business of formal organization.
As Organizing Regent, Mrs. Hickok had the privilege of naming the
chapter. She called it "Ponce de Leon" after the famous
explorer. She was the first chapter regent and served for
years in three terms. Mrs. Hickok was later elected Honorary
Mrs. W. H. Hickok, born Helen Ives in Prescott, Wisconsin, traces her
lineage to Zephaniah Hull, a drummer boy in the Revolutionary
War. His father, Samuel Hull, and grandfather, Caleb Hull,
served in the war.
Helen received her education in the Prescott Public Schools; she began
teaching at age fifteen. After teaching for eight years, she
married William H. Hickok. In 1912, Mr. and Mrs. Hickok moved
Winter Haven, Florida, which had been their winter home. In
early years, Winter Haven was a small town of about twelve hundred
people. Since Helen was the only Daughter in Winter Haven at
time, she had the daunting task before her. Her dedication
hard work made it possible for the Ponce de Leon Chapter of the
National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution to become
a reality on March 16, 1916.
Contact Regent for details on the monthly meeting.
Membership in DAR is
very rewarding. To become a member, a woman must be at least
18 years old and be able to prove blood descent from a person who
rendered patriotic service during the American Revolution. If you think
you are eligible, come to one of our meetings or send an e-mail to our
regent, Doris Vickers.
Many of our members are willing to help you
find ways to document your lineage.
We're anxious to meet you and have
you be a part of our chapter.
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