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Coles County, IL



Merry Mixers Club Friendship Quilt

Dorans, Coles County, Illinois

Contributed by Michael Markwell whose says:
"My sisters and I inherited a “friendship” quilt which, after examining it closely and consulting with one of our elder cousins, we have concluded was assembled by a “ladies aid” group who gathered in the rural community of Dorans, Illinois in the mid-to-late 1930’s. My cousin was not yet 9 years old at the time and is uncertain if the Merry Mixers Club met weekly or monthly for a shared meal, quilting and socializing
. (We unfortunately did not think of asking her mother, who was one of the participants, for more information before she died last year at the age of 93.) I thought the names on the quilt might be of interest to other researchers."

Merry Mixers Club
Friendship Quilt

quilt

Members of the Merry Mixers Club
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Mary Alta AMES

Maxine CAMPBELL

Pearl CAMPBELL

Christine CLAW

Ina FELTNER

Clarice FLOYD

Ella FLOYD

Maude GREEN

Edna HITE

Nell HOLTGREWE

Josephine HOMANN

Mabeline HUBBARD

Hulda JONES

Esther MILLER

Blanch MORRIS

Lois OGEE (Ozee)

Myrtle ROCHE

Maude SEAMAN

Nellie SEAMAN

Etta SHADOWS

Christine WEBER

Christine WILCOXIN

Katherine WILHELM



Merry Mixers Club Friendship Quilt

contributed by Chuck Ozee
DrCKO at comcast.net


Etta Shadow
Mary Green
Maude Swayze
Nellie Daniels
Nell Ozee* (My grandmother)
Ella Floyd*
Lois Ozee* (My aunt)
Bessie Swayze
Blanche Morris
Christina Weber
Florence Seaman
Irene Knollenberg (nee Ozee, my aunt)
Thelma Swayze
Mollie O. (Mary Elizabeth Ozee, my great-aunt)
Maude Green*
Dora Andres
Esther Miller*
Katherine Wilhelm*
Christine Clow*
Hilda Jones*
Myrtle Roche*
Christine Wilcoxen*
Edna Hite*
Margaret June Ozee (my cousin)
Eva Adams (my great-aunt)
Josephine Homann*
Nellie Seaman*
Nell Holtgrewe*

* On both quilts.

I remember some things about this group told by my grandmother. The club consisted of local ladies who got together from time to time to have a quilting bee. I don't think it amounted to much more than that. My mother told me that it was going on while she was dating my father in 1939, but disbanded within the next couple of years.
Not all names on the quilt were members. For example, Margaret June Ozee was born in 1932, so she would have been too young. Mollie Ozee, my grandfather's sister lived in California, my great-aunt Eva Adams likely would not be that inclined. My grandmother was a member, but I didn't see her name on the other quilt. It's my guess that those with names on both quilts likely were members and other names were "fill-in" names for the number of squares in the quilt.



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