What is a "Real Daughter"?

A Real Daughter is an actual daughter of a patriot who was a member of the National Society during her lifetime. Continue to read about South Dakota women whose fathers helped achieve American independence.

By Effie W. Thoms, reprinted from the Daughter of the American Revolution Magazine, May 1937

For eleven years, South Dakota held the unique position of having state regents, but no chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution.  Members of the National Society in South Dakota were members at large or members of chapters in other states. Mrs. Walter Burleigh of Yankton was the first State Regent.

Eleven years later, May 1, 1905, Paha Wakan, the first chapter, was organized at Vermillion with fifteen members.

 By Kathleen Block, Paha Wakan Chapter of Vermillion, South Dakota

History in South Dakota begins with the Civil War times rather than the Revolutionary. Daughters of the American Revolution will not be seen wandering through cemeteries looking for their ancestors’ graves or copying records in courthouses. Even the Civil War in 1864 in Vermillion, South Dakota, was not always uppermost in the settlers thoughts. South Dakota was not a southern state and neither was it a northern state. It was just a territory created on March 2, 1861, encompassing North and South Dakota and some of Wyoming and Montana, the area “left out” when Minnesota became a state and Minnesota territory no longer existed. Settlers were absorbed in trying to build shelters for their families and to prove up their homesteads. At the time of the Census of 1860 fewer than 1,000 settlers lived in South Dakota and half of them were concentrated in the southeast corner. Hamlin Garland in the poem, “Dakota,” dated 1885, describes the rest of the territory:

No voice in all that wide careen Of boundless surf and upflung swell That broke a-bloom; no trace was seen Of Hand of man – no shadow fell.

Edith Scott Magna, President General, NSDAR

Fate has decreed that I am the first President General to use flying as a method of transportation to facilitate the demands of my office and to save time. I have flown so much during the past two years that I take it as a matter of course – and have long since ceased to treat it as an adventure, or as a courageous feat. One day I read an article in an air magazine entitled "Flying Becomes Nonchalant” – but it had become just that to me before I saw that caption. My friends and secretaries still scan the headlines for crashes after they know I have taken off for some point – as for myself, I have no fear and never consider it. I use airplanes because they are fast, clean, and as safe as any mode of transportation when handled properly, under expert, intelligent, self-controlled operators.