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California Society SAR Through the Years


All the property, records, and accounts of the California Society were destroyed in the great earthquake and fire of April 18, but fortunately the duplicates of all the application
papers are filed in the Registrar General’s office. The Society evidenced its patriotism on September 1 by following its usual custom of celebrating “Peace Day,” the anniversary of
the Treaty of Peace at Paris, September 3, 1783.
The California Society has elected 20 members during the past year, its roll now numbering 420. The Treasurer reports receipts aggregating $1,732.25 and a balance on
hand of $1,220.66.
The California Society has offered a prize to the member who brings in the most new members during the year. The prize to be a badge of the Society or the remission of dues
for three years.  
A banquet was given by the Society on February 22, when a movement was launched to erect in California a monument to George Washington. A subscription fund was started and a committee was appointed to solicit contributions.
George C. Sergeant, President of the Society, reminded the diners that there was no monument to George Washington within the state and that the perpetuation in stone of
the memory of the great American Patriot on the Pacific Coast was greatly to be desired.  He predicted that it would be easy to arouse public interest in the project, and that there would be no lack of funds.
There were more than 100 Sons and Daughters of the Revolution and invited guests at the banquet, which was an elaborate affair given in the white and gold room of the Fairmont.
The honor guest was Prof. Henry Morse Stephens, who delivered an address after the dinner on the subject “George Washington, the Great Peacemaker.”
The California Society has changed the date of its annual meeting to April 19. The admission fee of members accepted from other State Societies and from the Children of
the American Revolution has been reduced from five to two dollars. Washington’s Birthday was celebrated by a banquet at the Hotel St. Francis, San Francisco, when there
was an opening address by George C. Sargent, President of the Society, and formal address by David Starr Jordan, President of Leland Stanford University, on “The United
States as a World Power.”
The California Society celebrated the anniversary of Washington’s birthday by a banquet at the Hotel St. Francis, San Francisco, when addresses were delivered on “Mary, the
Mother of Washington,” by Mrs. C. Elwood Brown; on “Washington as a Statesman,” by Gov. James N. Gillett, and by James F. Tuttle, Jr. and Dr. Clarkson N. Guyer, of the
Colorado Society.
The Society, in cooperation with the Daughters of the American Revolution, has issued a circular calling public attention to the law of the state, approved March 18, 1909, relating to the desecration, mutilation, or improper use of the flag of the United States.