Who We Are

parade2Abendschone Chapter NSDAR, Eureka Springs, Arkansas

The Abendschone Chapter NSDAR was founded December 3, 1951, in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Our chapter area covers Eureka Springs, Holiday Island, Berryville, Green Forest, and Beaver, Arkansas, as well as Eagle Rock and Golden, Missouri.

Abendschone, means “Beautiful Evening,” and was selected as the name for this chapter to honor Reinhold Abendschone, a Revolutionary War patriot. Four of the organizing members were direct descendants of Reinhold Abendschone of Pennsylvania.


May Obenshain Fuller

One of those, Ruth Fuller Cross, was a member of Abendschone Chapter NSDAR for 57 years until her death January 30, 2009, at the age of 99. She was a member of DAR for 79 years. The others were Ruth’s mother, May Obenshain Fuller, Dorothy Fuller Mathews, and Beula Pitts McBee (May’s niece). Obenshain is said to be the “Americanized” version of the name Abendschone.

Fanny Henderson Russ organized the chapter and was the first chapter regent. She was the grandmother of our member, Stella Bucknam. Ten of the thirteen founding members served as regents of the chapter, until 1975.

We invite and welcome you to attend any of the Abendschone Chapter NSDAR meetings or events, meet our Daughters, and explore what we do. Abendschone Chapter NSDAR meets the second Thursday of the month (subject to change) from September to June.

Chapter Officers

Our board members, led by the chapter regent, work in concert with chapter membership and committees, and with support from other Arkansas chapters, the Arkansas State Society (ASDAR), and the NSDAR.

Regent Phyllis Jones
Vice Regent Dana Sue Busch
Chaplain Laurie Willis
Recording Secretary Donna Wenger
Corresponding Secretary Fayette Schmutzler
Treasurer Sue Eddy
Registrar Colleen Cook
Historian Margaret Scobee