Saturday, February 6, 2010

Block 19. A Stitch in Time

by Terry Thornton

A stitch in time. . . Block 19 of the circa 1931 Friendship Quilt in the Museum of the Itawamba County Historical Society

ARMSTRONG,Halovie, Block 19

No documentation was found for Halovie Armstrong. She may be Lillian H. Armstrong, three-year-old daughter of Harry and Bessie Armstrong. On the 1930 census this farming family was listed as residing in Beat 3 on Fulton-Aberdeen Road: Harry T. Armstrong, 36, born in Texas, wife Bessie, 35, son William N., 13, and daughters Cathleen, 11, Joe Nell, 7, Bessie F., 5, and Lillian H., 3.

NANNEY, Ruth, Block 19

Ruth Nanney was the daughter of Dr. Newman W. Nanney and Vivian A. Nanney. Dr. Nanney's family is listed on the 1930 census of Fulton as residing on Robins Street. The household consisted of Newman W., 50, a medical doctor, wife Vivian A., 43, daughters Sybil 22, a high school teacher, Halovee, 19, and Ruth, 13.

RUSHING, C.E. Eld., Block 19

Reverend Mr. Elton Rushing, Baptist minister, is listed on the 1930 census in Beat 5 on Bankhead Highway Number 78. Then Mr. Rushing was 37 years old and his household consisted of wife Artie, 32, son Cutheron, 11, and daughter Mardene, 8.

RUSHING, C.E. Mrs., Block 19

Artie Rushing was the wife of the Reverend Mr. C. Elton Rushing, Baptist minister. In 1930, Mrs. Rushing was 32 years old and the mother of son Cutheron and daughter Mardene. See information above at Elder C.E. Rushing.

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

The 1930s Friendship Quilt featured in this series of articles is on display at the Bond's House Museum at the Itawamba Historical Society's complex at Mantachie, Mississippi (Corner of Church Street and Museum Drive). The old quilt has inspired the Society to offer the 2010 Friendship-Memory Quilt as a fund-raiser. The 2010 quilt is available for names to be embroidered on the squares and raffle tickets are now being sold for the quilt which will be quilted in a series of public quilting bees at the Society's meeting hall/auditorium at the Poteet Center in Mantachie. Stop by the Society to view the old quilt and to check on the progress of the new one --- your help is needed to produce a community friendship quilt!

Telephone 662-282-7664 for more information.

Don't forget the Society's webpage at There you will find general information about the Society as well as many links to digital files of the Society to assist research into your Hill Country roots.


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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