|Log cabin variation: Blmgtn Historical Society|
The first quilt I saw was a delightful log cabin variation. There is a half block at the end of every other row, so the blocks do not line up across. I love the reds and pinks that flow throughout the quilt.
But the quilt that totally caught my interest was a lovely Album Quilt dated 1893. The center block has the name Agnes Pond, who was from an early Bloomington family, and went to serve in South Dakota as a missionary. The quilt was made by the women in her mission and given to her as a gift.
|Agnes Pond Album Quilt: Blmgtn Historical Society|
Another block is penned with the words:
Indian Women's Missionary Society
1893 Yankton, S.D.
Each block has a name written in the center. What lovely penmanship!
Who were these women? Why was the quilt made? I took quite a few photos, and we wrote down the names as best we could decipher them. Off I went on a mission! Could I find the women on the internet using a geneology web site?
I couldn't stop looking, and one exciting find led to another! The women are all from South Dakota, and most were Native American. I found many in the 1900 census, and more in the land ownership records. According to the 1900 census, most of the women could not read , write, or even speak English. But here are their names, recorded for us to find over 100 years later. There are also two men listed who were missionaries.
I hate to set it aside for the weekend, but next week I'll be hot on the trail again. What interesting discoveries lie ahead?
|Indian Women's Miss. Society block|