The Elbridge Gerry Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR or DAR) was organized December 20, 1920, with 17 members signing the charter that day. The name of the chapter was not chosen until almost two years later. Elbridge Gerry is the name of two men. The first “Elbridge Gerry” was the famous American patriot and a signer of the Declaration of Independence, Governor of Massachusetts, and Ambassador to France, who died as Vice President of the United States. The other “Elbridge Gerry” was of lineal descent to him and became known as the “Paul Revere of Colorado,” when on August 19, 1864, two Cheyenne Indians came to his ranch to warn him of an impending raid on settlements and ranches by 1,000 Indians. Gerry rode his horse 65 miles to Denver with the news. Messengers were promptly dispatched to the threatened localities and thus prevented harm to the settlers and ranchers.
The Sterling Chamber of Commerce asked the Elbridge Gerry Chapter, NSDAR, to take the lead in marking spots of historical interest in the locality. When the local museum was built, Elbridge Gerry Chapter contributed the first $25 toward the cost of building it and contributed the first of many pioneer relics placed there for safekeeping. The following are historical markers which have been placed by the chapter in Logan County, Colorado.
|First Schoolhouse in Logan County Tablet||1926|
|First White Settler’s House in Logan County Marker||1930|
|Pioneer Stockmen Tablet||1929|
|John Wesley Iliff – Cattleman of the Plains Marker||2014|