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The Dover Museum hosting ‘Trunk Showing of Quilts’

Aug 29, 2017

Jo Crabb will be displaying her Trunk O’Quilts at The Dover Musem on Sept. 10 at 1:30 p.m.

Crabb, a Mt. Pleasant resident, recently displayed her quilts at a juried show in Kansas City, Mo. She uses unusual fabrics as well as traditional patterns in her creations. She has taught quilting classes in the Kansas City area.

Crabb will display her “Hobo Quilt” at the museum. New London has a long interesting history with respect to hobos. The placement of the section house near the depot contributed to this traffic. Madelyn Eckey Schmaker included reference to hobos from her childhood days. Her memories of the railroad are posted in the depot for all to read and enjoy.

Adding to this narrative are Milton and Ivy McDonald, David Ekstrand’s grandparents, who had a house near the railroad tracks. Ivy’s cooking and huge garden were a draw to all the hungry men. Ekstrand remembers Milton going up and down the tracks erasing the directions to their house. One year, he became so frustrated he painted his house a different color. Doris, Ekstrand’s sister, remembers that it worked to deturr the men for about two weeks.

Tales of an American Hobo by Charles Elmer Fox is available as a pdf file and on the internet. The origin of the word hobo like so many American concepts is unknown. What is known is that the word appeared after the Civil War and is often associated with the Depression. Milton did tell that many of his “visitors” would offer to weed the garden, paint or repair in return for the generous tasty meal they were provided.

What is most interesting that this tradition resulted in another creative beautiful addition to quilting and its interpretation of history.

During the quilt show at The Dover Museum, there will be time for questions and refreshments will be served. Admittance to the program is free, but donations are always appreciated.

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