Tuesday, October 24, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: October 24

October 24, 1904 – Mrs. Charles Warren Fairbanks, known for being the wife of a vice presidential candidate (running with Teddy Roosevelt) as well as the president-general of the Daughters of the American Revolution, a powerful social and patriotic body, was the guest of honor at a luncheon given today by the Colonial Chapter of the D. A. R. of Minneapolis at Donaldson’s tearooms. Mrs. Fairbanks arrived this morning in the private car of C. H. Ackert, and will leave tomorrow night. Tomorrow Mrs. Fairbanks will attend the state conference of the D. A. R.

Mrs. Charles Warren Fairbanks1

While Mrs. Fairbanks laughingly admits that she is her husband’s political confidante and adviser and that she is always the first to hear his speeches, she denies that she is a critic of them, the inference being that she does not think they need criticism. She has not accompanied Mr. Fairbanks in any of his campaigning, but has been traveling in the interests of the D. A. R.

In Minnesota she will endeavor to enlist aid for the project of a Continental Hall. This has been a cherished project of the D. A. R. from its foundation, but since Mrs. Fairbank’s capable hand has been on the helm, a site has been purchased in Washington for $50,000, and the foundations, costing $27,000, have been laid. Contracts have been let for the erection of the walls and the roofing of the auditorium at a cost of 100,000. These funds have been raised already and enough more is in sight to put the auditorium in condition for the Continental Congress of the organization to use in April 1905. It is expected that the cost of the building will be $300,000.

The Minneapolis Journal; “Mrs. Fairbanks in Minneapolis. Guest of Honor at Luncheon Given by D. A. R. Is Greatly Interested in the Building of Continental Hall at Washington—Great Progress Made in the Project Under Mrs. Fairbanks’ Direction and Administration.”; Oct. 24, 1904; p. 6.


The Memorial Continental Hall in Washington, D.C. is the national headquarters of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).

The Memorial Continental Hall2

Memorial Continental Hall was commissioned by the DAR in 1902 to be used as a headquarters, assembly hall, and meeting place for DAR conferences. Architect Edward Pearce Casey designed the building, and construction occurred between 1904 and 1910.




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