All week I've been side tracked by the Indians Women's Missionary Society Album Quilt that is in the collection of the Bloomington MN Historical Society. I seem drawn back to the computer like a magnet to search just one more name out. Then you should hear me Whoop Whoop when I find someone.
Most of the signatures are those of Native American women from Wahehe, S.D. many of whom were married to Canadian Frenchmen. Names also include Presbyterian Missionary J.P.Williamson and his wife, the Native American pastor and his wife, and missionary women who were school teachers in the Mission School. One document I found mentioned how this Women's Missionary Society supported the work of the Mission 'with their needles' and brought in half the yearly income for the mission.
The quilt was donated to the Historical Society by the Pond family, one of the earliest families in Bloomington. Edward and Mary Frances Pond were missionaries with Rev. Williamson in South Dakota at one time. The signature of their daughter, Agnes Pond, is on the quilt. The 1900 census has Mr. & Mrs. Pond back in Bloomington, MN but Agnes and her sister were still at the mission in South Dakota. I wonder if this quilt was a going away gift to Mrs. Pond when she and her husband returned to Minnesota.