Having moved from Portland, Maine, Mrs.
Edith Pride Elliott organized a new DAR Chapter in St. Cloud
in 1946. The first meeting was held December 16, 1946, with
twelve members. It was decided at this time to call the new
chapter "The Soldier City Chapter," pending approval of the
National Board of the NSDAR. This name was selected as St.
Cloud was settled in 1909 by Soldiers of the Grand Army of the
name of "Soldier City" was short-lived. A letter from National
indicated that this name was being used by another chapter.
The newly formed St. Cloud Chapter then called a special
meeting to choose a new name. Mrs. Elliott suggested that in
keeping with the "Soldier City" theme, the name should be an
American Revolution ancestor of one of the members of
the Chapter. Joshua Stevens, an ancestor of Mrs. Elliott, was
chosen as the new name for the Chapter.
Joshua Stevens was born in 1743 at
Falmouth (now Portland), Maine, and served at the siege of
Boston in 1775 and also in the Bagaduce Expedition in