Anna Ford Pursell was the Founding Regent of Pioneer Chapter, NSDAR in Boise, Idaho.
This Chapter has the distinction of being the first DAR chapter organized in Idaho. The event occurred at the home of Mrs. Pursell, November 14, 1908.
In an accounting of the Chapter's history in their Centennial book was penned a century before by Mrs. Purcell:
"Like an endless strand, the descendants of the Revolutionary fathers have woven themselves into the warp and woof of American life' and, spreading from ocean to ocean, have implanted true ideals of citizenship and right thinking."
Three members of Pioneer Chapter, Mrs. Otto Peterson, Mrs. S. W. Forney and Miss Clara Wood served on the State Committee to select a suitable memorial for the first elected State Regent. They chose one of the most loved spots in Boise, the wonderful rose garden centered in Julia Davis Park. Here the chapter presented a memorial tribute to the first elected State Regent. A stone bench was placed in the rose garden of Julia Davis Park as a loving tribute to Mrs. Pursell. Engraved on the front facing portion of the bench seat is the tribute which sums up the position this extraordinary woman played at the conception of the Chapter which her memory continues with the present Chapter. It reads simply:
"IN HONOR OF ANNA FORD PURSELL IDAHO D.A.R."
Note(from DAR Ramona Higer, May 2012):
Anna Ford Pursell was a descendant of Mary Chilton who was the first woman to step on Plymouth Rock and later married John Winslow. Mrs. Pursell had eleven lines traced to Mayflower passengers.
Anna was born February 27, 1860 in Maineville, Ohio. Her parents were Nathaniel and Mary Norton (Smith) Ford of Farmington, Maine. She married Charles W. Pursell on January 8, 1880 at Washington Court House, Ohio.