Alice McGee Alexander; Martha Willis Campbell; Marion Reeves
Wright; Eloise Brown Bridges; Miss Lillian Nelson; Agnes Brown
Butler; Emma Lee Willis Trammell; Carrie McGee Wright; Annie Kate Doyle; Alice McGee Bennett; Martha Elizabeth Cook; Miss
Ethyl McGee; Alice Wright Dickinson
The Dorcheat Chapter was named for Dorcheat Bayou, a south-flowing stream of water serving as the chief means of transportation for an area 100 miles wide. Water travel was possible from the Red River north to Lake Bistineau and on into the Dorcheat Bayou to a point within two and a half miles of Minden. This navigation was possible six months out of the year. This was in the early 1800s.
The Bistineau Chapter was organized February 27, 1955, at Ringgold, Louisiana, during the State Regency of Mrs. William E. Hicks of Shreveport. Mrs. Raphael Bloch was the Organizing Regent of the Chapter with a required minimum of 12 members. These 12 members were:
Mrs. Raphael Bloch; Mrs. E.S. Woodard; Miss Jessie Nell
Wimberly; Mrs. Albert Clark; Miss Mary A. Wimberly; Mrs. John
H. Stephens; Mrs. M. H. Waller; Mrs. C. J. Frye; Miss Palma
Clark; Mrs. V. W. Fletcher; Mrs. Lamar Herbert; Mrs. J. K. Hill
The Chapter name was taken from the Lake Bistineau, which forms a portion of the Bienville Parish western boundary, which played a vital role in the early history of the Ringgold area. Early spellings of the lake's name were Lake Bistino, Bestino, and Bistiano; likely the English settlers' spellings of the Caddo Indians' dialect term for "Big Broth." The French influence is probably responsible for the present spelling, Bistineau.
In 1989 Bistineau Chapter merged with the Dorcheat Chapter to form the Dorcheat-Bistineau Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.
Today the Dorcheat-Bistineau Chapter remains active with 50 members
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