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DAR Logo Champoeg Chapter, NSDAR
Newberg, Oregon

Our History  ~  Our Scrapbook

The name Champoeg was chosen for our Chapter to commemorate the district where settlers voted to establish Civil Government in the Oregon Country in 1843. Over 150 years ago the Champoeg district was home to early settlers, farmers and traders. During the first part of the 1800s it was the center of commerce and trade in the Willamette Valley. It's thought that the name Champoeg comes from the Indian village "Champooick" which was located on the east bank of the Willamette River.

At Champoeg on May 2, 1843, a majority of votes favored organization of a provisional government for Willamette Valley residents. This was the first American government on the Pacific Coast.
A 620-acre State Park now encompasses the original Champoeg district. The Oregon State Society DAR owns and operates the Robert Newell house Museum, Pioneer Mother's Memorial Cabin, Butteville School and the Butteville Jail.
  Champoeg Chapter will celebrate its 15th Anniversary in 2016. Fifty five members actively pursue the DAR objectives of Historic Preservation, Promotion of Education, and Patriotic Endeavor. Members also give their time and talents to support DAR Schools, veterans, active military personnel and our local community. 

Champoeg members Donna Singer, Lynnette Roberts, Jan Burrows, Karen Garst and Jane Welp honored WWII Naval Veteran, John McGuigan at the City of Sherwood Veteran Day Ceremony November 11, 2015.  Chief Warrant Officer (97) John McGuigan saw every major navel campaign in the South Pacific aboard the North Carolina. Champoeg was proud to present him with the 125th Anniversary DAR Challenge Coin. October 2015 Champoeg members commemorated the 125th Anniversary
of NSDAR by collecting Bob's Red Mill Soup Mixes for the Sherwood Senior Center's Meals on Wheel's program.  In addition to the soup mixes, a check for $200.00 was also given.

Eduardo Contreras USMC with Lois Streimer and Karen Garst in background

Members Karen Garst and Lynnette Roberts presenting Kenneth Sandquist of the American Legion Post 56 of Sherwood, a Certificate of Appreciation for his participation in the  Vietnam War
 at 2014 Sherwood Veterans Day Event

Regent Jan Burrows thanks Vietnam Veteran Jim Peterson with a handshake and a "Welcome Home Solider!" Champoeg Chapter NSDAR with Vietnam Veteran Jim Peterson.
Jim was presented the flag for his valor, service and scarifice at
the November 2014 chapter meeting.

Ron and Karen Garst Veterans Day Sherwood 2014

Madison Moriello who is the daughter of Champoeg Daughter Shelley Moriello. Madison is the 2014 state 8th grade winner of the American History Essay Contest. In the picture she is receiving her award from State Regent Ellen Hopkins and State Chairmen of American History Eleanor Fuhrer.

Champoeg Jr. Member Sandra Wagner and her daughter as we honor Sandra as she prepares for the birth of her second daughter. 

On May 10th, 2014, just one day before the 100th Anniversary of Mother's Day, Champoeg Chapter DAR dedicated a headstone to mark the final resting place of Madame Marie Dorion, one of Oregonís truly amazing mothers.  After three years of tireless work by Champoeg DAR members Lois Streimer, Diane Root and Kris Nelson and the combined help of St. Louis Catholic Church members, the marker has become a reality. 

The dedication took place in the lovely St. Louis Catholic Church with about 190 people in attendance. The day was marked by noted speakers; Ellen Hopkins, 2012-2014 Oregon State Regent DAR; Connie Lenzen, Genealogical Council of OR, Genealogical Forum of OR and Oregon Catholic Historical Society; Diane Root, Kris Nelson and Lois Streimer, Historical Preservation Committee, Champoeg Chapter DAR; Jennifer Gobin-Bailes 3rd Great Granddaughter of Marie Dorion; Jane Kirkpatrick, Oregon Author of Tender Ties, a story about Marie Dorions life; ending with a blessing by Father Jeffrey Eirvin from Sacred Heart- St. Louis Catholic Church. 
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In May 2014, Champoeg Chapter presented Wendy Hackman the DAR Distinguished Citizen's Award for her outstanding service to the community in the CERT program  (Community Emergency Response Team). Wendy has donated more than 500 hours a year to help and train others to be prepared in case of a natural disaster. We thank her for her service and commitment to our community.
Champoeg Chapter DAR presented Howard Britain for flying the flag. Here Flag Chairmen Lynnette Roberts, presented Howard with his certificate. March 2014
Daughters Lynnette Roberts, Lois Streimer and Regent Karen Garst at the 2013             Sherwood Veterans Day Ceremony  DAR Members at Sherwood Veterans Day Function
Volunteer Ron Taylor from PT 658 joins ladies at the Sherwood Veterans Day table to help raise funds to "Save The PT Boat".  Ron Taylor Pt 658
Champoeg DAR members honored 94 year old retired Chief Warrant Officer John McGuigan for his 31 years of Naval service.  Mr. McGuigan saw every major naval campaign in the South Pacific during WWII on board the USS North Carolina.
Honoring John McGuigan
Champoeg Chapter Honors Veteran John Hurt for his proper display of the American Flag in April 2012.  Flag Chairmen Norma Deuel makes the presentation. 
Honoring our Veterans
Serving in the Community by sharing lunches with the local food bank for "Operation Pack-A-Backpack". 2011

We invite interested women to visit our meetings. Please contact our chapter regent to let us know you're coming.


We will look up your ancestor in the latest DAR Patriot Index. It lists names of Revolutionary War Patriots that DAR members have used as a basis for membership. It is not a complete list of patriots but is very extensive. Submit your inquiry by e-mail to Lois Streimer, our Registrar.  Please provide as much information about your ancestor as possible... name, date of birth and death, and spouse's name. Please use "Patriot Lookup" in the subject line of your email.

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