HENRY — Nancy Gillfillan, honorary regent of the Chief Senachwine chapter, presented the program to chapter members at the Nov. 2 meeting held at the Meeting Place in Henry.
Attired as Civil War nurse Sarah Gregg and eventual matron of the Camp Butler hospital facilities in Springfield, Gillfillan read entries from Gregg’s diary covering her two-year service for the Northern forces.
Among interesting facts was that Gregg often had to forage for supplies for the wounded. One donation of sanitary supplies that she noted came from the Ladies Aid Society of Henry. Gregg also traveled to Vicksburg to return wounded Northern soldiers to hospitals in Illinois. She was also friends with the woman who had rented the Lincoln home in Springfield and “took tea” there often. Gregg’s diary also covered the murder of President Lincoln, whose funeral she attended in Springfield. Sarah Gregg is buried in Ottawa, Ill., her home prior to the war.
Gillfillan served as a substitute presenter when the original November speaker, Bryn Callahan with his Orphan Train program, had to cancel due to a conflict.
Regent Dolores Dace reported on the chapter’s Day of Service activities on Oct. 11 when members visited the Henry Cemetery for a cleanup day of various sites, including that of Elizabeth Wikoff, daughter of a Revolutionary War soldier, and graves of veterans from several wars. Flowers were presented and brief services and prayers were offered.
Members also donated to area food pantries.
Indian Affairs Chairwoman Lura Hamilton shared an article from “Remants of Bureau County History” covering a chiefs’ meeting involving the tribes’ decisions whether to participate in the Black Hawk War.
The Henry library hosted a Family Reading Night on Nov. 20.
Women’s Issues Chairwoman Carol Byrd is collecting supplies for the Oops! project (Operation Old Purses) collecting personal items for women who have fled abruptly to a women’s shelter.
The chapter cookbook, “Cooking Through the Seasons with the Daughters,” has already sold half of its first printing. Cookbooks are available at Gina’s Cut and Curl, the Meeting Place and Rio Vista.
On Veterans Day, Nov. 11, members held a service near the submarine memorial erected for Medal of Honor winner and Henry resident John P. Cromwell.
The group’s next meeting will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at the Lake Thunderbird clubhouse. Members are asked to bring a dish to pass. Everything else, including the meat, will be supplied. The program will feature the members honoring their own Revolutionary War ancestors by sharing information about those patriots, their duty and their homes. A brief ceremony will pay homage to those Americans who united to found a nation established upon freedom, equality, justice and humanity.