Los Gatos Chapter

Los Gatos, California

The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is a non-profit, non-political volunteer service organization made up of approximately 175,000 members with 3,000 chapters. These chapters are located in all fifty states and in many countries around the world. On October 11, 1890, eighteen women met to officially organize the NSDAR for historic, educational, and patriotic purposes. Since that day, over 800,000 members have been admitted into membership.

Early History of the Los Gatos Chapter DAR

Los Gatos Chapter DAR was organized November 19, 1929. The organizing regent was Mrs. Harry B. Payne. The chapter had the distinction of holding its organizing meeting in the home of famous writer Ruth Comfort Mitchell (Mrs. Sanford Young). In choosing the name Los Gatos Chapter, which when translated in Spanish means “The Cats,” the founders sought to perpetuate the memory of the founder of the City, Jose Hernandez. In 1840, Hernandez and Sebastian Peralta had obtained a land grant from Mexico; it contained several thousand acres on which the city of Los Gatos now stands. While exploring the holdings from the Pacific Ocean to what is now Santa Clara Valley, the party had heard the screaming of wild cats, which led to the name Los Gatos. Upon having discovered water and fertile land, Hernandez built his adobe in Los Gatos.




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