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  • In Honor of the Native Daughters of the Golden West Santa Cruz Parlor No. 26

    by Representative Sam Farr

    Posted on 2013-03-07

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    FARR of california in the house of representatives Thursday, March 7, 2013 Mr. FARR. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the 125th Anniversary of the Native Daughters of the Golden West Santa Cruz Parlor No. 26 (NDGW).

    For 125 years, Santa Cruz Parlor No. 26 has participated in the projects of the NDGW, some of which involve Civic Participation, California History and Landmarks including CA Lighthouses, Children's Foundation, Education and Scholarships, Mission Restoration, Pioneer Roster, Veterans Welfare, and the Native Daughters' Home.

    In the early years, Santa Cruz Parlor No. 26 raised money for a ``closed horse-drawn Carriage,'' as the county had no ambulance. By 1907 Santa Cruz Parlor was able to present an ambulance to Mayor Palmer and the members of the City Council. In 1939, a Wishing Well provided by the Santa Cruz Parlor and the Native Sons Parlor of Santa Cruz was dedicated with the funds going to help the NDGW Children's Foundation. These are only a few of the projects from the early years of the Parlor.

    As time went on the activities and reputation of the Parlor attracted a number of eminent local women. Among these were Truella Lund, who was the first Santa Cruz female police officer, and Margaret Koch. Her articles helped in the restoration and preservation of local historical buildings, including an adobe building which is part of the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park. Hulda Hoover McLean, niece of President Herbert Hoover and a respected local politician in her own right, joined Santa Cruz Parlor in 1950 and was an active member for many years.

    Santa Cruz Parlor No. 26 continues its mission through various community projects. Each year they contribute to the Walnut Avenue Women's Center in Santa Cruz and the Valley Christmas Project in Ben Lomond. Santa Cruz Parlor packs over 300 gift bags every year for the Veterans at the Palo Alto Hospital and the Veterans Center in Capitola. In addition to these contributions, Santa Cruz gives generous college scholarships to high school students throughout Santa Cruz County.

    In addition to its own projects, Santa Cruz Parlor also joins its District Parlors located in San Juan Bautista, Salinas and Monterey for a yearly benefit for the Native Daughters Home, and a Mission Restoration lunch fund raiser. Last year's funds provided assistance for the restoration of some of the historic statues located in the chapel of Mission Santa Cruz. In the past, funds from our Mission Restoration lunches have helped the nearby missions of San Miguel, Carmel, San Antonio, and San Juan Bautista.

    Mr. Speaker, I know my fellow members of the House will join me in congratulating the Native Daughters of the Golden West Santa Cruz Parlor No. 26 on their 125th anniversary. We thank them for the many activities that improve the community and promote our heritage, and wish them many more years of service.


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