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The Champoeg Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR or DAR) was organized by 15 women in Newberg, Oregon, on February 8, 2001. The chapter was officially confirmed by the National Society on April 14, 2001, under the leadership of Organizing Regent Shirley H. O’Neil. Since that time, Champoeg Chapter DAR has had several Regents who have all led Champoeg in a positive and forward direction.

SIGNIFICANCE OF THE CHAPTER NAME – CHAMPOEG

Most historians agree that the name is of Native American origin. In the early history of the Pacific Northwest there was a great Indian village by the name of Champooick, which had long been established on the eastern bank of the Willamette River when the first white men saw it in 1811. A possible combining of the Indian word “cham” which is a common Kalapooian prefix and “poeg” which means a certain root that the Indian found there and made great use of, may be the Indian’s original basis.

The Hudson’s Bay Company established a trading post in this area called Champoeg. On May 2, 1843, a historic meeting was held at Champoeg at which early trappers and settlers of the Willamette Valley met to organize a provisional government and remove Oregon from the domination of the Hudson’s Bay Company.

On July 5, a written constitution was approved and the officers, elected in May were sworn in. This was the first American Government on the Pacific Coast.

-From a talk given at the charter meeting of Champoeg Chapter DAR by Carol Ward Wilson, Past Vice President General & Oregon Honorary State Regent.

 

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