Major Isaac Sadler - La Belle Vue Chapter, DAR
In January 1911, the State Regent of Nebraska Society Daughters of the American Revolution, asked for the organization of a new DAR chapter in the Omaha area, primarily for daughters of Daughters. The new DAR chapter was organized March 1, 1911, and chartered as Major Isaac Sadler Chapter on November 18, 1912 and Organizing Regent Blanche I. McKelvy named the chapter after her patriotic ancestor, Major Isaac Sadler. With few exceptions, the members of this young new DAR chapter were women under forty years of age. They were full of enthusiasm and eager to do their part for Historic Preservation, Education, and Patriotism. At the March 1912 meeting, Mrs. William A. Dilworth, a charter member, presented the chapter with a gavel made from a Cherry tree grown at Mount Vernon, which she purchased in Washington, D. C.
In 1992, the Goldenrod Chapter, merged with Major Isaac Sadler. Goldenrod Chapter was organized October 18, 1959 and named for the Nebraska state flower.
La Belle Vue Chapter was organized with twenty members December 5, 1998. Ms. Susan Henshaw was organizing regent. La Belle Vue, was named for the city of Bellevue, which was the oldest community in the state of Nebraska. Bellevue began it's growth during the fur trade in the early 19th century, which was greatly enhanced by the Native American agency tribes of Pawnee, Omaha, Otoe, and Missouri.
In October 2004 the National Board of Management approved the merger of the Major Isaac Sadler Chapter, with the La Belle Vue Chapter. With 30 remaining members, Major Isaac Sadler no longer had the people power to maintain a board of directors, so after considering their options, chose to merge with the five-years-young La Belle Vue Chapter because of their quick growth and enthusiasm. The members felt it important they maintain their rich history, and requested La Belle Vue adopt their name. La Belle Vue felt it equally important to keep their name. This young new chapter was proud of their quick growth and accomplishments. Both chapters agreed to preserve their history by combining the two names into one and adopted the name: Major Isaac Sadler - La Belle Vue Chapter, DAR.
"The most persistent of all legends in Bellevue’s history is that which purports to explain the community’s name. It is said that sometime between 1805 and 1807, the intrepid fur trader and entrepreneur on the Missouri River, Manuel Lisa, climbed to the top of the largest hill, Elk Hill. When confronted by the breathtaking view of the Missouri Valley area, he said “La Belle Vue,” meaning “The Beautiful View.” Bellevue has carried the name since." *
*From: Jerold L. Simmons (Ed.), La BelleVue: Studies in the History of Bellevue, Nebraska, (Marceline, MO: Walsworth Pub. Co., 1976), pp. 20-21.