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The Daughters of '98

The membership of the Daughters of '98, Auxiliary of the United Spanish War Veterans, is composed of daughters, granddaughters, great granddaughters, legally adopted daughters, stepdaughters, foster daughters, daughters in law, grand daughters in law, nieces and grand nieces, cousins of anyone eligible for membership in the United Spanish War Veterans, who have reached the age of five (5) years.

Its objects are to bind closer together the descendants of the United Spanish War Veterans, to perpetuate the memory of those who carried the flag to victory in 1898, to endeavor to hold high the standards of the organization, and to encourage the aims and aspirations of the United Spanish War Veterans.

By resolution approved at the National Convention held in Kansas City, Missouri, August 23rd to 28th, 1947, the Daughters of '98 were granted certain legal rights to function. Substance of the Resolution is as follows: "Two or more Forts shall be grouped and called a Department. The newly formed Department will then proceed to form a National Fort. The local Forts shall function through their Departments, the Departments through their National Fort, and the National Fort will function under the direction of the National Auxiliary, U.S.W.V."

On August 30th, 1960, the National Fort, Daughters of '98, Auxiliary, USWV, was granted a charter by the National Auxiliary, USWV. The charter was presented to National Fort Captain Ada Knect by the National Auxiliary President Kathleen Galvin.

The National Fort consists of 14 officers, some of whom are elected and some appointed.

Cadets participate in services held on February 15th [The date of the sinking of the U.S.S. Maine] Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Flags and Banners are carried in the Massing of Colors. Floral Tributes are placed. Many cities have Hiker Monuments were ceremonies are conducted at special times.

The Spirit of 76' will live forever in the hearts of the Daughters of '98. We pledge ourselves to always revere the founds of this great land, and to preserve the memory of our fathers, the United Spanish War Veterans. God bless those sisters who are still with us. In your golden years may you find consolation in knowing that the Daughters of '98 will assist you as long as the need exists.


National Fort Officers, 2012 to 2013

The following are the National Fort Officers for the year 2012 to 2013.

Fort Captain
Fort Adjutant
Johanna McGrath
520 East Main Street, Bradford, Ohio 45308
Berna M. Reinwald
32028 Mount Vernon Rd, Rockwood, Michigan 48173


Forts of the Daughters of '98

The following is a listing of the active local Forts of the Daughters of '98.

Palmetto Fort No. 90
Columbia, South Carolina
Watervielt Fort No. 168
Watervielt, New York


Membership in the Daughters

The following are the types of membership available in the Daughters of '98.

    Hereditary Membership. The membership of the Daughters of '98 is composed of daughters, granddaughters, great granddaughters, legally adopted daughters, stepdaughters, foster daughters, daughters in law, grand daughters in law, nieces and grand nieces, cousins of anyone eligible for membership in the United Spanish War Veterans, who have reached the age of five (5) years.

    Real Daughters. Any prospective member submitting proof of membership qualifications and lineage that shows they are a Daughters, Daughters-in-law, or step daughter, of a veteran of the Spanish American War, the Philippine Insurrection, or the China Relief Expedition, may be granted a Real Daughters membership, with all the same rights and privileges as any other member. Furthermore, Real Daughters shall be exempt from payment of all recording fees, per capita dues, and special assessments.

The Dues. When a Sister first joins the Order the total cost for membership is four dollars ($4.00), this covers the Annual dues ($2.00), and the Initiation Fee ($2.00). The yearly dues after this initial fee are two dollars ($2.00) per year, this cost covers your Membership card, and a subscription to the National (The National Son) Newsletter. Membership Dues should be made out to the "Daughters of ‘98."

The Application. To join the Order a paper application with the necessary documentation of your ancestry must be completed and submitted to the Fort. The following link will take you to a PDF Application.

Membership Application

Where do I sent the Application? All applications for membership should be mailed with the necessary dues to the "Daughters of '98, 32028 Mount Vernon Road, Rockwood, Michigan 48173"

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