The Ten O'clock News

Newsletter of the Ten O'clock Line Chapter, NSDAR

October 2015

Regent's Message

Happy October!! As William Cullen Bryant wrote, "Autumn...the year's last, loveliest smile". Welcome to my favorite season! Crisp mornings, beautiful fall leaves, and hot spiced cider...these are a few of my favorite things! I hope each of you are enjoying the beginning of what will surely be a beautiful autumn season!

I was so happy to see so many of our chapter members at Fall Forum in September! We had a wonderful time (and enjoyed a delicious meal) together! I was honored to deliver Janice Bolinger's presentation about Paul Hadley, our state flag, and INDAR's role in the creation of that beautiful banner! We will have to convince Janice to present that as a program during our 2016-2017 year to celebrate Indiana's bicentennial.

Speaking of bicentennial....our chapter has partnered with the Morgan County Indiana Bicentennial Celebration Committed to honor Paul Hadley with a state historic marker to be placed in downtown Mooresville. I'm pleased to announce that the State of Indiana has approved the marker application! More info on this to come!

October 11 marked our organization's 125th birthday! In observance --- and to answer our President General's call to service, we will be doing some headstone cleaning in the Williams Cemetery at State Rd 37 and Henderson Ford Rd. this Saturday. We will meet at Ralph & Ava's Café in Mooresville at 11:00 for lunch and the business portion of our meeting. Then, off to the cemetery! Please plan on joining us! Buckets, soap, and brushes will be provided. Please wear appropriate clothing and bring gloves if you need them.

I was lucky to be able to join our Treasurer, Vickie Clark; and our Secretary, Angie Payne to represent the chapter at the Fall Foliage Festival's Customer Appreciation night. It was a busy night, handing out 400 snacks to the festival goers! (Thank you, Vickie Clark for the donation of snacks for the chapter) We were able to spread the word about the good things our chapter does for the community. We may even have some new members as a result!

We'll be having our genealogy workshop in November, so if you know anyone who may be interested in joining, but needing a little help with some proof documents, bring them to the meeting! We will have the experts there to help!

Many Blessings,


Our Amazing Daughters

Helping our Homeless Veterans

Please take a moment and review the HVAF wish list to determine the current needs for our homeless veterans. Please try to bring one (or more) of the wish list items to our next meeting. As always, your cash donation (so that Phyllis can purchase needed items) will also be accepted.

Thank you again for your support of our veterans!

Patriots' Corner

Christian Riddlespurger

Christian Riddlespurger was born in Austria/Southern Germany around 1715.

He was a Palatine, immigrating to Pennsylvania aboard a ship called the "Pink Mary" in September 1733. He settled in South Carolina where he married Elizabeth Uldrick, a union that would produce seven children. During the Revolution, Mr. Riddlespurger provided supplies to aid in the war effort. He died in Charleston, South Carolina in 1790.

Christian Riddlespurger's Ten O'clock Line descendant is Mary Jo Troxell.

Upcoming Events

October Chapter Meeting

Saturday, Oct. 17th, 11am

6 West Main Street

Mooresville, IN

Lunch and business meeting to be held at Ralph & Ava's Café, followed by headstone cleaning at the Williams Cemetery (highway 37 & Henderson Ford Rd. in Martinsville)

Members are responsible for the cost of their own lunches.

Buckets, soap, and brushes will be provided at the cemetery. Please wear appropriate attire and bring gloves if needed.

Veteran's Day

Wednesday, Nov. 11th, 12am

This is an online event.

Attend a service or parade honoring our Veterans!

DAR National site:

Indiana DAR site:

Username: Hoosier

password: 1816Indiana

Ten O'clock Line page:

Morgan County History & Genealogy page:

Little Orphant Annie by James Whitcomb Riley

Little Orphant Annie’s come to our house to stay,
An’ wash the cups an’ saucers up, an’ brush the crumbs away,
An’ shoo the chickens off the porch, an’ dust the hearth, an’ sweep,
An’ make the fire, an’ bake the bread, an’ earn her board-an’-keep;
An’ all us other childern, when the supper things is done,
We set around the kitchen fire an’ has the mostest fun
A-list’nin’ to the witch-tales ‘at Annie tells about,
An’ the Gobble-uns ‘at gits you
Ef you

Onc’t they was a little boy wouldn’t say his prayers,--
So when he went to bed at night, away up stairs,
His Mammy heerd him holler, an’ his Daddy heerd him bawl,
An’ when they turn’t the kivvers down, he wasn’t there at all!
An’ they seeked him in the rafter-room, an’ cubby-hole, an’ press,
An’ seeked him up the chimbly-flue, an’ ever’wheres, I guess;
But all they ever found was thist his pants an’ roundabout--
An’ the Gobble-uns’ll git you
Ef you

An’ one time a little girl ‘ud allus laugh an’ grin,
An’ make fun of ever’one, an’ all her blood an’ kin;
An’ onc’t, when they was “company," an’ ole folks was there,
She mocked ‘em an’ shocked ‘em, an’ said she didn’t care!
An’ thist as she kicked her heels, an’ turn’t to run an’ hide,
They was two great big Black Things a-standin’ by her side,
An’ they snatched her through the ceilin’ ‘fore she knowed what she’s about!
An’ the Gobble-uns’ll git you
Ef you

An’ little Orphant Annie says when the blaze is blue,
An’ the lamp-wick sputters, an’ the wind goes woo-oo!
An’ you hear the crickets quit, an’ the moon is gray,
An’ the lightnin’-bugs in dew is all squenched away,--
You better mind yer parents, an’ yer teachers fond an’ dear,
An’ churish them ‘at loves you, an’ dry the orphant’s tear,
An’ he’p the pore an’ needy ones ‘at clusters all about,
Er the Gobble-uns’ll git you
Ef you