1899 CHELSEA CHURCH HEIRLOOM RETURNED TO JO DAVIESS COUNTY

1899 CHELSEA CHURCH HEIRLOOM RETURNED TO JO DAVIESS COUNTY

This photo of the Chelsea Methodist Church in Nora Township and its members was taken in 1890-1899, at the time the Bawden-West families were members.

WARREN, IL – On Saturday, October 13th at 1:00 p.m. the Warren Township Public Library will host a tea in honor of Pat Schultz of Nora Springs, Iowa and her donation to the city of Warren of a Red Work Quilt Top. This was orig-inally gifted by the congregation of Chelsea Methodist Church in Nora Township to Jesse and Edith West Bawden in 1899 as they prepared to leave Scales Mound and move to Howard County Iowa. The Baw-dens are the grandparents of Pat’s deceased mother-in-law.  The large white cloth embroidered in red features a drawing of the church in the center block along with the names of many ministers. Some 200 embroidered signatures, from church and family members, are featured in the addi-tional 25 blocks. Most of the fami-lies represented lived in Rush, Warren, Scales Mound, Nora, Eliz-abeth and Stockton townships. Pat has done considerable research in Jo Daviess County and is anxious to share what she knows as well as learning addi-tional information from area resi-dents. A retired teacher, Pat is the former Executive Director of Wright on the Park, Inc., a non-profit organization that restored the Frank Lloyd Wright National Bank and Historic Park Inn in Mason City, Iowa. The quilt will be at the library on Saturday, but then moved to the Warren Community Building for permanent display. The Warren Township Public Library is located at 210 Burnett Avenue in Warren. The public is welcome, no reservations are nec-essary, and there is no charge.

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