President of the Chapter, and the ladies with her accepted the sacred trust by rising.
The exercises closed with the singing of America and the benediction by Rev. R. H. Potts.
The members of the trained choir which rendered the music are as follows: Mrs. Walker, Mrs. Edwards, Mrs. Virnelson, Misses Claudia Old, Elizabeth Old, Reta Renn, Nellie Howell, Sadie Wilkins, Mamie Schroeder, Louise Wilson, Annie Blunt Ridley, Gertie Brooks, Janie Neely, Messrs. Arthur Hutchins, Kit Morse, Timothy Riley, Tom Hume, Johnson Neely, Raymond Pearce and Dr. Crossman.
Sketch of the Portsmouth Light Artillery.
Portsmouth has never had but one artillery military company.
It was organized in August, 1809, when John Tyler, the father of President Tyler, was Governor of Virginia, by Capt. Arthur Emmerson.
The State furnished its pieces, and one of them is now exhibited in the park of the United States navy yard.
The company was named the Portsmouth Light Artillery Company, and under its or