1. NOTE -Some photos in this gallery have a large amount of text in the captions. I imported this text from a short document I wrote in January 2016 about my grandmother's quilting club in the 1930s.
THE BUSY BEE QUILTING CLUB
My maternal grandmother, Nellie Wells Barrett (1883-1973), was a part of a group of ladies who, in the middle years of the 1930s, gathered on a regular basis to meet and quilt. At that time my grandparents were living about four miles northeast of West Plains, on what is now County Road 2570. They had moved from their home on St Louis Street about 1933 to rent the farm, which over the years has been referred to by our family as ‘the old Davis place’. They lived there until about 1940, when they bought a farm in the Dripping Springs community.
My mom and her seven siblings had been born between the years 1905 and 1920, and thus it was that by 1935 all but the baby of the family, young John, had married and moved away from home. Perhaps it was partly for companionship that Grandma Nell sought the company of other women who lived in the area to gather for gossip, a cup of tea, and a little socializing, while keeping their hands busy with the time-honored tradition of quilting. No doubt there were many chores that kept her busy from dawn to dusk, but she knew she needed to be around old friends occasionally to keep her mind from fretting too much about the cares of the day.
The purpose of this paper is to preserve a bit of Howell County history that dates to eighty years ago. Towards an added benefit, I was hopeful that perhaps the descendants of those quilting club members might be able to re-connect with one another, and re-new an old friendship. However, I’ve been thus far disappointed in that respect. With names of children and grandchildren I found in several obituaries, and the resources of Facebook on the internet, I’ve been unable to find anyone out there of this current generation who responded to queries about their grandmother’s and great-grandmother’s quilting interests.