Friday, February 5, 2010

Block 18. A Stitch in Time

by Terry Thornton

A stitch in time. . . Block 18 of the circa 1931 Friendship Quilt in the Museum of the Itawamba County Historical Society

SPRADLING, Delcie, Block 18

On the 1920 census of Mantachie is farmer William Spradling age 51. Listed with him are wife "Delca" Spradling, age 52, daughter Lessie 16 and sons Willie 14 and Mitchell 11. Also in the household is a brother-in-law to Mr. Spradling, John Bennett. Delcie may be Delcie Bennett Spradling.

SPRADLING, Rena Francis, Block 18

Rena F. Spradling is listed as the two-year-old daughter of Omer D. and Dellie L. Spradling of Mantachie. The farming family in 1930 was enumerated along Tupelo-Guntown Road as Omer D. Spradling, 26, Dellie L., 25, Omer R., 6, Billie B., 4, and Rena F., 2.

WOOD, Mr., Block 18

This is either Walter Wood farmer of Beat 3 who lived on the Dorsey-Cardsville Road or Walter Wood merchant of Fulton.

WOOD, Mrs., Block 18

This is either Ethel L. Wood, wife of Walter Wood, a farmer from Beat 3 or Lucindia Wood, wife of Walter Wood, a merchant in Fulton.

If you have additional information about any of the names on this quilt square, please post a comment below. Your help is needed to "write" the story of this almost eighty-year old quilt.

A stitch in time . . . The 2010 Friendship-Memory Quilt

Contact the Itawamba Historical Society to subscribe to the 2010 Friendship-Memory Quilt. Have your name or the names of your loved ones or of your business embroidered on the king-sized quilt being prepared by members of the Society as a fund-raising project. Your donations are appreciated --- and your assistance will help keep the time-honored community spirit of friendship quilts alive and well in the Hill Country.

Telephone the Society at 662-282-7664 for details.


Family information from Memories from Itawamba County: A Friendship Quilt circa 1931 --- A Stitch in Time by Terry Thornton with assistance from Members of the Itawamba Historical Society, Itawamba Settlers, Quarterly Journal of the Itawamba County, Mississippi, History and Genealogy. Winter 2009, Pages 143-61.

Square from 1931 Friendship Quilt photographed by Terry Thornton, September 3, 2009, Bond's House Museum, Itawamba Historical Society, Mantachie, Mississippi.

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