The Ten O'clock News
Newsletter of the Ten O'clock Line Chapter, NSDAR
Thank you to everyone who was able to attend our November chapter meeting! Mr. May gave a wonderful program. Our hostesses, Jan Tuck and Jackie Burke, provided quite a spread as well! Thank you, ladies!
I was once again able to participate in the Indianapolis Veterans' Day parade on the 11th. I did not walk with the Caroline Scott Harrison chapter this year -- I chose to spend the time with some of our Greatest Generation heroes in the Indy Honor Flight contingent. It was a wonderful opportunity to say thank you and show our appreciation.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and was able to spend time with family and friends. Always keep close in thought those who serve our country and cannot be with their families during these holidays.
To support the homeless veterans shelter, we have decided to collect an "Item of the Month" each meeting. The item of the month for December is warm hats! Of course, ANY donation is welcome. Since we won't be meeting in January or February, there will be TWO items of the month when we meet again in March... shaving cream and soap! If you aren't able to provide items, but would like to donate funds toward the purchase of these items, please get in touch with Phyllis Cooper.
There are plenty of events around Morgan County to help you fight off the winter blahs. Check out the Upcoming Events section below for some fun opportunities!
Our Amazing Daughters
Veterans Day Celebrations
Stephanie Resler participated in the Indianapolis Veterans' Day parade with the Indy Honor Flight organization.
Jackie Burke attended a wonderful Veterans' Day program presented at the Tabernacle Church School.
Rosie Seay and Donna King attended a Veterans Day ceremony and parade in Ft. Myers, FL. The parade of decorated golf carts, veterans, students, police officers, and firemen was led by a color guard. The guest speaker was a retired Colonel who had served in Vietnam. He gave a touching speech and recognized the veterans in attendance. The ceremony concluded with the playing of "God Bless the U.S.A".
Alexander Kelso Jr. was born in Augusta County, VA on March 30, 1758, the son of Scottish immigrants, Alexander Sr. and Mary Blair Kelso. His parents died at the time young Alex was 3 years old, rumored to have been slain by Indians. He then went to live with his uncle Hugh Kelso.
In 1775, Alexander, aged 17, was living in Waxhaw settlement, South Carolina. On November 1 of the same year, he was drafted into the South Carolina Militia. His regiment, under the command of Colonel Richardson, marched about 90 miles and secured a fort for the Americans without incident. Alex was able to return home in time for Christmas, but two weeks later he was drafted again, this time for the defense of Charleston.
In those times, a draft was for a particular engagement and the draftee could go himself or obtain a replacement to go in his place. Alex’s younger brother Hugh had just turned sixteen and he agreed to go to Charleston in place of Alex.
Hugh returned safely to Waxhaw in March 1776 and the two teenage brothers decided to head west beyond the Allegheny River where they would be less susceptible to the draft. They stayed in Greenbriar until August 1776 and then went to visit their Uncle Hugh in Rockbridge County, Virginia. They remained there until the spring of 1777. Alex moved further south into Bedford County, Virginia where his cousin Mary Blair Rice lived. He remained in this area for three years, and was once again drafted to serve.
He was one of 900 – the best horsemen and soldiers in Colonel Isaac Shelby’s unit – chosen to take part in the Battle of King’s Mountain….known by many historians as the turning point in the revolution. Thomas Jefferson later wrote "that memorable victory was the…turn in the tide of success which terminated the Revolutionary War with the seal of independence".
Alexander married Margaret Balch in late May 1781.
A year later, in the summer of 1782, Alex was drafted to fight the Indians, which would take him from his family on and off for the next 11 years, until the end of the Indian wars in 1793.
Alex and Margaret moved to Morgan County in December of 1828 with 4 of their 6 children, leaving their home in Tennessee, due to their opposition to slavery, which was becoming increasingly controversial in KY and TN.
He died September 2, 1835.
Alexander Kelso has no Ten O’clock Line descendants.
The National Defense Committee was established in 1926 to assist members in carrying out the patriotic, educational, and historical objectives of the National Society and to promote an enlightened public opinion. It has always advocated a strong American military defense.
The committee presents ROTC, Oustanding Cadet, Distinguished Citizen, and Youth Citizenship medals each year.
If you haven't already, take a few minutes to look through the National Defender, a monthly newsletter published by the National Defense Committee.
Contact our chapter National Defense Chairman Phyllis Cooper with any questions about this committee.
December Chapter Meeting
Saturday, Dec. 6th, 1pm
390 E High St
Mooresville Victorian Christmas
Saturday, Dec. 6th, 10am-4pm
Mooresville, IN, United States
Looking for something to do BEFORE our chapter meeting on Saturday?
Beautiful Mooresville, Indiana will be transformed into a Victorian town with many activities for the young and young at heart. There will be 3 trolleys this year to take you from here to there and back again. Kids can enjoy puppets, train rides, cookies, and possibly even a visit with Scrooge. There is so much to do and see in Mooresville!! Bring the whole family for a day of fun.
Martinsville Community Band Christmas Concert
Monday, Dec. 8th, 7-8pm
1109 E Columbus St
Come enjoy some of your Christmas favorites! Refreshments served. $3 per person. Free admission for children 5 and under.
All funds raised will be used to purchase sheet music and repair instruments.
4th Annual Martinsville Cookie Stroll
Saturday, Dec. 13th, 11am-4pm
Martinsville, IN, United States
Activities and free entertainment at various locations around downtown. Purchase a cookie passport in advance at Everything's a Canvas (96 N. Main St.).
Celebrate America! and Conservation
“The only time you look in your neighbor's bowl is to make sure that they have enough. You don't look in your neighbor's bowl to see if you have as much as them.” ~Louis C.K.
"There is one day that is ours. Thanksgiving Day is the one day that is purely American." ~O. Henry
"My cooking is so bad my kids thought Thanksgiving was to commemorate Pearl Harbor." ~Phyllis Diller