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Historic Marker to be Placed on Alpine Historical Society House – Oct. 8th, 2011

Historic Marker to be Placed on Alpine Historical Society House on October 8th, 2011

Post Date: 9-16-11

The De Anza Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR)  has received approval to place a commemorative/patriot marker on the former home of Alpine’s Dr. Sophronia Nichols. Her home now serves as one of the pioneer museum houses for The Alpine Historical Society.

The marker dedication ceremony will be held at the John DeWitt Museum and Library, 2116 Tavern Road, Alpine, on Saturday, October 8, 2011 at 10:30 in the morning. The program will include presentation of the colors by a unit dressed in full uniforms of the 1776 Continental Army—including a bagpiper. Several prominent legislative leaders are expected to attend this important event in Alpine. A replica of an 1880’s doctor’s buggy will be available for viewing and photos. The museum houses and barn will be open for touring. The Alpine Historical Society thanks the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians for their sponsorship of this very special event.

Several of Dr. Nichols’ descendants will be present including two great-grandsons, Joseph Sisson and George Anderson, and three great-great grandchildren. Tom Curtin, the great grandson of Dr. Nichols’ husband, Joel Nichols, will also be present.  An historical reenactment of Dr. Nichols’ life will be presented by her great- great- granddaughter, Donna Sisson.

Dr. Nichols is the grand-daughter of Reverend Joseph Thaxter who served as a chaplain for the American Revolutionary Army. She is being recognized as a person of historical significance. Dr. Nichols graduated in 1874 from the Boston University Medical School and held Homeopathic Medical Certificate #26 in the State of California in 1876.

Sophronia Nichols age 25

This event is the culmination of over a year’s work that took place to prepare the application and document Dr. Nichols’ genealogical connection to an American patriot of the Revolutionary War. Nancy Eggert-Boone, a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, coordinated the project with Carol Morrison, President of The Alpine Historical Society. Months of genealogical research was performed by Historical Society member Barbara Cater. Without Barbara’s efforts, this event would not have been possible. Carol Walker compiled the data and prepared the binder of required materials that was presented to the Daughters of the American Revolution for consideration.

The doctor's buggy

The Daughters of the American Revolution National Society was founded in 1890. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., it is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America’s future through better education for children. DAR members volunteer more than 250,000 hours annually to veteran patients, award thousands of dollars in scholarships and financial aid each year to students, and support schools for underserved children with annual donations exceeding one million dollars. Any woman is eligible for membership who is no less than 18 years of age and who can prove lineage from an ancestor who aided in achieving American Independence.

This event is open to the entire community; however, seating is limited so you are asked to RSVP to Carol Morrison at 619-445-2544 or send an e-mail to or Nancy Eggert-Boone at 619-227-1664.  Period costumes may be worn, but not necessary.

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