Tent (Daughters of Union Veterans, Keturah Hoover, Tent #10– Chicago, Illinois)
was named in honor of Nancy Keturah (Homan) Hoover. Our namesake was born in
Southern, Ohio, in 1848. Margaret and Benjamin Homan were her parents. Tent #10
was organized in Chicago in 1905, and the charter members named the Tent in her
Keturah’s family members were pro-Union, but they lived in an area strong in
Southern sympathies. The Morgan Raiders of Kentucky were a well known threat to
the area, and Keturah was trained to use a gun to protect the home, as were many
of her friends.
Keturah is credited with saving the local newspaper building and presses “The
Register” from being destroyed by southern sympathizers, when she and a
girlfriend noticed some unidentified crates stacked around the building. She
reported the presence of these crates to her Father, who notified some other
townsfolk. The crates contained explosives, which southern sympathizers had
Keturah later married and had a daughter, Clara. She involved herself in
patriotic deeds and works until her death in 1926. Her last few years were spent
the Maywood Home for Soldiers’ Widows in Maywood, IL. She also involved herself
in politics, rallying for the passage of laws to assist soldiers’ widows. Her
daughter, Clara, served the DUVCW as National President in 1907-1908.
It is to both Keturah, and to Clara, to whom
we owe our Vision.
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Foxie's note: we do not have a photo of
Keturah Hoover anyone who might have one & would like to share we would be
grateful or even a photo of her daughter, Clara F. Hoover.