Chapter History


History of Sashabaw Plains Chapter

On October 9, 1984, a group of Independence Township women met to formally organize a new DAR chapter. Mrs. James B. Green, organizing regent, had worked diligently to bring this about.

This chapter was named for an historical area of land in the southeast portion of Independence Township. In the early 1800s, this land was so highly regarded by the Indian Chief Sashabaw that he bestowed his name upon it and the small stream meandering through it. Sashabaw's tribe used the area for its abundant hunting and fishing and shared its wealth with the early settlers.

The settlers retained the name Sashabaw in its purity out of their esteem for the friendly and protective chief. The name is still prevalent in the township and some descendants of the early settlers have been and are DAR members.

Links for Local History and Historical Societies

The History of Independence Township and Clarkston
The History of the Village of Ortonville
The History of Holly
Oakland County Pioneer and Historical Society
Burton Historical Collection at the Detroit Main Library
Michigan Pioneer Records