Sunday, June 28, 2015

Red & White Old Maids Puzzle Quilt

We shall visit today, yet another quilt, from my family collection of quilts. This too, is a quilt that was made by grt. grandma, Ann Elston Krout-Scearce. This one has so much character, I hardly know where to begin. This one I especially like, because it shows all manner of stitches, and varying skill levels.

This first picture clearly shows grt. grandma Anne's, laundry mark, in the form of the numbers 137. It is written in ink, not stamped.

The quilt is 76 x 90 inches, and is in the, "Old Maids Puzzle", pattern, and is sewn by hand with a knife edge. Red and white quilts were very popular in the 1890's but also in the1920's & 30's. I believe this one was made about the same time as her other quilts, for it too was machine sewn and hand quilted. I think it too was sewn on the new singer treadle sewing machine she purchased in 1924. The skill of the machine sewer remains as good as the other quilts in my collection that belonged to her. I think she used this quilt to teach others to quilt, be it students from the high school or a ladies sewing club.

There are a minimum of five different sewers stitches, used on this quilt the best being 8 to 9 stitches to the inch on a 1 inch grid, some others being as little as 4 stitches per inch and their grids all over the place.

Look closely, at the quilting of this block, and you will see how evenly, the stitch pattern is done.

Now compare it to this one, that is from another part of the quilt, and you will see that whoever did this, had very poor sewing skills.  If quilts could only talk!

As these pictures clearly show, many hands made swift sewing of this quilt, but as you can see, in the upper portion of the last picture, it was never quite finished.

I like to think of those ladies, sitting around this quilt, sewing away, while chatting about the latest news, or gossip. Sewing Circles were a very large part of the, "Social Network," of their day, and would have been a welcome break, for the ladies, in a small town like Mosier, or Hood River Oregon.

I insert this picture, of a group of unknown ladies, because it was among the pictures, of grt. grandma, Scearce. From the look of the clothes, I would say this picture dates in the late 1800's, to early 1900's. If the late 1800's, it taken when the family were living in Noblesville, Indiana. If 1911 or later, they were in Mosier and Hood River, Oregon. I thought this group, looked just like a Ladies Aid Society, or Ladies Sewing Circle. Sadly the identification on the back only says, "Mrs. Evans." Don't ask me who that is, since there were Evans' in Noblesville, Indiana and Mosier & Hood River, Oregon. The name rather being as common as Smith and Jones. Maybe someone out there, will recognize someone or this picture. If you do, please send a comment.

I wanted to place this picture here, because it shows the ladies that sewed this flag. It was a Service Flag, made to honor the boys of Mosier, that fought in WWI. On the back, the following is written: Dedication of the Service & Honor Flags,  May 13, 1918, Mosier, Oregon. Compliments of A.W. Ehrlich, Chairman of L L Board. This flag was made by the ladies of the Presbyterian Church, at Mosier, Oregon, according to a reference to it in a letter written by a family member at that time.

If you look at the service flag closely, behind the head of the fourth girl from the right, you will see part of the name. It is R.J. Scearce, the next name over, which she is blocking, is R.G. Scearce. These are Robert John and younger brother, Richard Gregg Scearce. Grandma Maryann Hanners, father, "Dick" Sceace, and his brother, "R.J."

It would seem that sewing in Mosier, was alive and well, at least it was in 1918. The flag looks very well made too.

Note: I checked my family tree records, and found that none of the quilts belonging to grt. grandma, Anne Scearce, could have been made in the 1930's, because she died in Hood River, Oregon, September 23, 1927. Thus by mere deduction, it places the age of the quilts, prior to 1927, the date of her death.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

New Kitchen Bar Stools

I love shopping a bargain, and it is so nice that they have discount stores here. It saves the hassle of looking on Craig's List, or shopping Yard Sales. Two things I am not overly fond of. Here on the Hilo side of the Island, they have a most wonderful Ross. It is very well cared for, and can always be counted on, for great name brand finds.

I had been keeping my eye out, for some new bar stools, for my kitchen. It's not that my present bar stools are worn out, it's just after 30 years, I'm sick of looking at them. I will say, that whoever made them, made them sturdy. I think an elephant could sit on them, and they wouldn't be harmed.

Here they are, in all of their wooden grandeur. I shall send them out to the garage, or give them away to friends. Their day had passed. See the dark chocolate floor, and the dark chocolate cabinets, and that nasty black granite?! That too, will soon be history, and I can hardly wait.

I found these adorable bar stools at Ross. Just compare those dull old brown things, to these bright cheerful, orange and red, stools. They made me smile, just seeing them. Then I looked at their price, and had reverse sticker shock. Now I had already shopped for bar stools, at the new Pier One Imports, they just opened a few months ago. They wanted 129.00, for some dark, heavy, wood, with dark fabric numbers, that were so out dated, they looked like they belonged in a Tiki Lounge from the late 70's.
These beauties at Ross, were just 44.95, for the red stool, and 49.95, for the orange stools, respectively. I couldn't believe my good fortune. I snapped them up immediately. They are going to go a long way towards cheering up, my tropical kitchen.

I don't know what everyone's thing is about browns, or the need to make their homes, into the dark hole of despair! I love color, and I came to the tropics to enjoy color, so I shall make my home as bright and cheerful as I possibly can. I think these sweet little stools, will really help.

The best thing of all, is that they are very comfortable. The seats are adjustable with a shock in the middle, they swivel sweetly, and will slide under the bar, out of the way. No more trying to sweep up food crumbs, from around all those wicked chair legs either.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Lavender Sheep At Black Sheep Gathering 2015

I am so excited by the things my daughter has done, and am especially proud of her involvement, with the fiber arts. This weekend, June 19th through the 21st, you will find her in Eugene, Oregon, at the fairgrounds there, for it is the 41st Annual Black Sheep Gathering. She with a host of vendors, sheep raisers, and instructors, will be displaying their wares, and their animals, as well as giving classes, on the ancient art of carding and spinning their fibers.

There will be fleeces and yarns, in every hue of the rainbow, and fun, food, and laughter for everyone. So if you are anywhere near Eugene, Oregon this weekend, you should go check it out. The entrance and parking is free. I guarantee you will have loads of fun, and maybe come away with some darling yarn, from my daughters booth.

Here is her booth, at Black Sheep Gathering. Doesn't it look so inviting?! It makes me want to hurry right up, and touch all of those delicious skeins. I'll bet they are as soft as a downy duck, or at least a fluffy lamb.

I couldn't help it when I saw this picture, I had to put it here. These are some real Lavender Sheep, well, at least they are sheep in a lavender field.

Now this is a little on the pink side of lavender, but was just too cute of a sheep to pass up. Doesn't it look like they even put lipstick on it?! I just want to give this sheep, a big hug.

There is something about this picture, that just makes me want to walk right into it. These sheep on a shady lane, just look so peaceful, on their quiet stroll in the countryside. Aren't those lambs delightful?!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Octogon Or Spider Web Quilt

I just love old quilts, I love how they look, I love how they feel, and  I especially love knowing, that someone in the family, had the patience and skill, to make such a beautiful artistic item. When I get frustrated with one of my modern sewing projects, I stop and take a look at my old quilts, at all the tiny little stitches, and remind myself, of the patience and love, that was put into their making. They sewed every little stitch by hand. So I should stop complaining, when all I need to do is thread the serger, or replace a dull needle, on one of my machines.

I call this my Yellow Octagon Quilt, for lack of a better term. I do not know old quilt patterns well enough, to tell you what the name of this pattern is. I wish I knew. This quilt belonged to Grandma Mayann's, grandma, Anne Elston Krout, who married Harry Marshall Scearce. Tho this one does not carry the mark 137. It measures 75" x 81".

Like her other quilts, I believe grt. grandma Anne, made this one some time between 1924 in Mosier or Hood River, when she bought her new Singer treadle sewing machine, and her death in 1927, in Hood River, Or. Grandma Maryann couldn't tell me much about this one. She just told me she never liked it, so kept it in a bag, on the upper shelf of one of the bedroom closets. A part of me was just delighted, because that is why the quilt is in such great shape. However, another part of me felt rather sad, because this quilt never got to fulfill its destiny, which was to keep them warm on a cold winters night. I think it is just beautiful.

Here is a good picture of the back of the quilt, showing the intricate stitching. This quilt too was machine pieced and hand quilted, 10 & 11 stitches to the inch, her grids being 1 to 1 1/4 inches apart.
I always stand rather in awe, when I see just how tiny and even her stitch-work was.

Here is a closer view of the back, which is covered with a thin cotton cover, with a cotton thin batting in between.

UPDATE: I found a pattern on the internet which called this pattern, "Spiderweb," it is a variant, but I believe it is the closest pattern, to our design.

This is a quilt dated from the 1930's that I found online. It is similar, but doesn't have the cut off corners, so that the block remains square.

This one is also from online, and is considered a spiderweb pattern, its fabrics date from the 30's to the 50's.  It too has not cut the corners, so the block is square.

I think this quilt, most resembles the pattern of our old family quilt. It too is considered spiderweb. This one has the corners done, the same way as ours. It has fabrics dating from the 30's.

None of these quilts have the little octagon piece in the center, so it may well be, that our family made up their own variant of the spiderweb. I may be prejudiced, but I think ours is a much prettier example of this pattern, than the ones I found online.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Farm of Gottfried Zimmermann

 Just when I thought, I didn't have any pictures of Gottfried and Caroline Zimmermann, I came across these.
They are rather poorly enlarged copies, and are not the originals, but they will have to do.

                                     This is Dorothea Caroline Thieme, wife of Gottlfried Zimmermann.

This is Gottfried Friedrich Zimmermann.  They do look rather grim, don't they?! They were devout Lutherans.

This is the Gottfried Friedrich Zimmermann Farm near Wilson, Wisconsin. You may have noticed the two m's on the end of his name. This is how the name was originally spelled, but somewhere along the line, they dropped the second m.

Gottfried Friedrich Zimmermann was born November 20, 1799 in Gruenrade, Brandenburg, Prussia, and died March 16, 1873 in Wilson Township, Sheboygan County, Wisconsin.  He married Dorothea Caroline Thieme March 16, 1825.  She was born March 11, 1806 in Gruenrade and died October 23, 1885 in Wilson Township, Sheboygan County, Wisconsin.

Most of Gottfried's & Dorothea's children, were also born in the city of Gruenrade. That part of Germany was given over to Poland, after World War II.

According to a profile of their son Frederick, Gottfried was a shepherd in Germany. However, Gottfried's application for emigration states that he was a lawman. Gottfried was given permission, to emigrate with his family, in March of 1848.

According to his son's profile and the Sheboygan County Historical Research Center, Gottfried and his family left Germany in 1848 on the sailing vessel "Howard", commanded by Capt. Paulsen. After more than a 5-week voyage, they landed at the port of New York. The family traveled the Hudson River to Albany New York, then to Buffalo by train, and then by boat on the Great Lakes to Sheboygan County, Wisconsin. The trip from New York to Wisconsin took 15 days.

The family settled on a farm in Wilson Township, Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, purchasing a quarter-section of land. Two years later they added 120 acres to the original farm. The picture above, is of that farm.

Pictorial Stroll Up The Family Tree Cont...

We continue on with our stroll up the family tree, with more pictures of the Roberts home in Edgar, Wisconsin.
Here is one in the side yard of the home in Edgar. It is of Dale, and her younger brother Stephen. Looks like she is wearing glasses, and holding a Teddy Bear. She told me, about how she worked in her Grandpa Zimmerman's garden, pulling bugs off the plants, and dropping them into a can of kerosene. Her grandpa is actually in the far right of the picture, but he moved, so is too blurry to see. Plus the cameraman cut him in half.

Matie also told me, she used to cross this bridge, when she was young, with a bucket, to fetch home beer for her Grandpa Zimmerman, from a tavern in the town. You can see her house. It is the first one on the right.
The lady with the young child, is not identified, but is probably Grandma May, with Dale aka Matie.

As the caption says, this is another view of S.B. Roberts home, in Edgar, Wisconsin.  Her grandpa, William Frederick Zimmerman is the man standing there. I don't know what the dogs name was?!

Here is a fine portrait of  her father, Stephen Benedict Roberts. It must have been in a very fine frame at one time, but suffered severe moisture damage, and is in one no longer. Fortunately the damage, is only around the edges.

I believe this portrait, of William Frederick Zimmerman, was taken at about the same time, as the one above, and by the same photographer. We know it was taken prior to Stephens death in 1904. It too has suffered water damage around its edges, and is no longer in its frame. Why his isn't colorized, I don't know?!

This is a very small tintype of Aunt Carrie Zimmerman, and her younger sister, on the right, our Grandma May. Carolyne sometimes spelled Caroline, aka Carrie Ellen Zimmerman, was born September 2, 1861, in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. She was the eldest of  the 10 children, born to William Frederick Zimmerman & Bridget Bowe.

Bridgett Bowe, was born November 25, 1842 in Dublin, Ireland, and came with her mother from Ireland, about 1852. They came on a ship to New York Harbor, then went to catch a train to Wisconsin, for her mother already had family, living near Beaver Dam. While waiting on the train, Bridgett's mother felt rather ill, so Bridget got off the train, and went back into the depot, to search for some tea, for her mother. When she returned, the train had switched to another track, and she was lost. She said, " I got down on my knees, and prayed, and God directed me to the right coach, and I found mother."

I have not been able, in my research to date, to figure out who the mother of Bridgett Bowe was?! I do know that Bridgett was a devout Catholic. So all of her six girls, were raised Catholic. However, her husband was a Lutheran, so the four boys, were raised Lutheran. Not long after the youngest child was born, in 1881, Bridgett came down with Tuberculosis. In the last few years of her life, she was too ill to attend Mass. When she died, June 10, 1887, in Birnamwood, Shawano Co., Wisconsin, the local Parish Priest, would not allow her, to be buried in the Catholic Cemetery, because she had not attended Mass. This angered her daughters so much, they left the Catholic Church, never to return. When the family moved to Edgar Wisconsin, they had her disinterred, and took her with them, and had her reburied in the cemetery in Edgar.

This tintype of William Frederick Zimmerman was taken in the early 1860's. He fought in the Civil War, as a Union soldier. He was born March 1, 1837 in Stettin, Germany - now Szczecin, Poland, since WW II. He was the son of, Gottfried Zimmermann of Prussia, who emigrated with his wife, Caroline Friedrich Thieme, and their children, to Milwaukie, Wisconsin, in 1848. They had 9 children.

Pictorial Trip Up The Family Tree

Today being a drizzly day, I thought I would take some time, to go on a little pictorial trip, up the family tree.
I thought I would start with Great Grandpa, Richard Gregg Scearce, aka Dick, and wife, Wanda Dale Roberts, aka Matie.

Here is a picture of Dick, about the year 1918. This was taken when he was in college, at the University of Oregon, in Eugene. Dick was born November 20, 1898 in Noblesville, Hamilton Co., Indiana, to Harry Marshall Scearce & Anne Elston Krout. But we are not going up his tree yet.

This is grt. grandma Matie, as she was known to family, but was know as Dale by all others. She was born Wanda Dale Roberts, March 31, 1900 in Edgar, Marathon Co., Wisconsin to Stephen Benedict Roberts, & Mary Ann Zimmerman, aka May or Mae.

Tragedy stuck her family when she was very young. Her father dying after surgery, for a bleeding ulcer, in 1904. Her mother, along with her grandfather, William Frederick Zimmerman, came on the train, first to Eugene, Oregon about 1913, and then to Hood River, Oregon, in 1914. Encouraged to do so by her older sister, Caroline, aka Carrie, whose husband Amos Rouget, was helping in the building of the Power Dam, at that time.

This is her mother, Mary Ann Zimmerman-Roberts, who was known lovingly as, Grandma May, sometimes spelled Mae. She was born, August 31, 1863 in Birnhamwood, Shawano County, Wisconsin to William Frederick Zimmerman & Bridget Bowe.

When her husband died in 1904, he left a very prosperous business, yet the loss of him was too much for Grandma May, and she had to go into a sanatorium for a while. Her children, Dale and Stephen, were taken in by relatives. This made Dale a very sad, and angry child. I do not know how long May was in the sanatorium, but Dale was 13, when the family took the train out West. She did not like this change either, as she had to leave most of her family, and all of her friends behind in Edgar.

This is Grandma Mays husband, Stephen Benedict Roberts. He was born, July 25, 1858 in Westport, Dane County, Wisconsin to Thomas Isaac Roberts b.May 22, 1816 in Bryn Isa, Denbigh, Denbighshire, Wales & Margaret Jane Salasbury aka Maggie b.December 09, 1822 in Henllan, Denbighshire, Wales.
Thomas & Maggie Roberts were married at St. Davids Church, November 9, 1851 in Liverpool, England. Their first born son, John was born there in 1853, but in 1854, they took ship from Liverpool, and emigrated to Wisconsin.

This is Mary Ann Zimmerman & Stephen Benedict Roberts, possibly on their wedding day, which took place, July 2, 1884 in Clintonville, Waupaca County, Wisconsin. Stephen was a man of some prestige in the towns of Pelican Lake, where he was Post Master, and Edgar, where he was a Town Councilman, and business owner, where he was a partner of C.C. Delong, in a drygoods store.

Here is an interior shot of his store.
Here is an exterior shot of the old store. Grandma May, is on the far left, and her daughter Dale, is next. The two women, are not identified, but are most likely a couple of Mays sisters. The man so dark, you can barely discern him, is Mays father, William F. Zimmerman. He has his hands in his pockets. The other two men, are also unknown, but are most likely family of some sort.

NOTE: Ben Straubs date for this photo is incorrect, for Matie identified herself, as the girl in this photo, and her mother to her left, and Grandpa Zimmerman to her right.  The picture must have been taken c.1911 -13.

This is the new brick store, that was built in 1900. The old store was not sold, but used for overflow, and storage.

This is the home of S.B. Roberts & Grandma May Zimmerman-Roberts, in Edgar, Wisconsin. It is also the house that Matie spent her childhood in. I do not know who the girl in the hat is, but the girl in the middle in Matie, and the little boy next to her, is her younger brother, Stephen Forest Roberts, aka Forrie. I believe the person standing and waving, in the window, is Grandma May.

Another view of the home in Edgar, Wisconsin.
Interior view of the home in Edgar.
Another interior view of Maties childhood home.
As you can see, they were people of wealth and standing in their community. It must have been very hard, for them, to leave Edgar, and move West. At least they didn't have to do it by wagon train.

The Tile Mural Store

I wanted to share with you, this great company that I found on Amazon.

Since we are in the process of doing a complete remodel of our kitchen, I wanted something special for the tile back-splash, behind my stove. I went on Amazon, looking for decorative tile, and found this company: The Tile Mural Store. They are out of San Antonio, Florida. I know, I know, I did a double take on the state too. I thought there was only a San Antonio, Texas, but nope, there's one in Florida too.

Anyway, this company makes the most beautiful tiles, you can imagine. What's more, the tiles made it all the way to Hawaii, in under a week, and not a single tile was broken, or even scratched. Now you will pay for the quality, but if you live on the Mainland, the postage won't give you a stroke.  I am so delighted with them, I wanted to share them with everybody.

They haven't been installed yet, in fact, they just came in the mail Friday. I laid them out on a table in my shop, so I could get pictures. There are twelve tiles, mine are 4" x 4", but you can order them in 6" x 6" size too. They come in all different styles, but I chose this one called: The Octopus Garden, because my kitchen has a tropical feel. I would have said themed, but I try not to do that with my decor, since I prefer a rather mixed decor, rather than a themed one. Even if  I decide not to put it behind the stove, this is going to make a great addition to my kitchen.

Believe me, they look even better, than they do in the picture.