PB-John McAlmont DAR members hear tales of life on the river


Ed Thompson was the featured speaker for The Pine Bluff-John McAlmont Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution meeting held recently at the Pine Bluff Country Club.

Helen Campbell, program chair, introduced the speaker.

Thompson’s “Tales of the River” held the group spellbound as he related stories of his life and work on the Mississippi and Arkansas rivers.

Thompson was born at Memphis. As a young man, he moved to Earle to care for a farm that he owned. When he was 24 years old, his first job was working on the Mississippi River with the Corp of Engineers in the Memphis District.

Thompson moved to Pine Bluff in 1951. He worked for the Federal Compress, Pine Bluff Warehouse and then started his own business. He fell in love with Pine Bluff and had no desire to ever leave the area.

Wanda Bateman was a special guest at the meeting.

Norma Caldwell called the meeting of the Daughters of the American Revolution to order with the DAR Ritual assisted by chaplain, KarLynn Roberts. The Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag was led by Joannye Crabb. Eva Marie Pearson led the American’s Creed and Jennifer Lowrey led the singing of the National Anthem. Claire Holmes led the salute to the Arkansas Flag.

The chair of the National Defense Committee, Lela Murray, presented her report. The flag minute was given by Sandra Poore. The conservation report was given by Mary Dotson. Sharon Wyatt gave the treasurer’s report. Donna Davis, chair of the Celebrate America Committee, reported 358 hours of volunteer service for the month of September.

Chapter officers for 2013-2014 include Caldwell, regent; Poore, vice regent; Brenda Doucey, second vice regent; Melissa Poe, recording secretary; Susan Brown, corresponding secretary; Wyatt, Donna Davis, treasurer; Linda Schultz, Susan Railsback, registrar; Marjorie Zuber, historian; Jennifer Lowrey, librarian; Teri Bethge, parliamentarian/protocol; and Poore, DAR flags.