Anyone having an interest in local history, genealogy, or quilts will want to be sure to attend the upcoming quilt show on Nov. 11 and 12. The show will be held by the Newcomerstown Quilting Bees at the Christ United Methodist Church on Oak Street in Newcomerstown.
The show will feature an array of antique, collectible, and contemporary handmade quilts. One particular quilt is sure to be a big hit with local residents, especially if they have family ties to the Newcomerstown area that extend back 90-plus years ago.
The quilt is on loan to the Quilting Bees by its owner, Dean Kees, a former Newcomerstown resident who now resides in southwestern Ohio. He said it was obtained by his mother nearly 40 years ago at a farm auction in Port Washington. She reportedly recognized the quilt as one that was made by the Centenary M.E. Churchs Sunday School class (Epworth League) in 1916.
The autograph quilt was reportedly done by having each family in the church to contribute a quilt block with each persons name signed on it. The signatures were them embroidered at a cost of 10 cents per name as a fund-raiser for the class.
Local residents that have family ties to the Centenary Church will most likely see their familys name, and perhaps even see their grandparents actual autograph. Among some of the 180 names were Stocker, Taylor, Hill, Bond, Dorsey, Decker, Kees, Casteel, Murphy, Craigo, and Glazer. Many of these families resided in the vicinity of what was then known as Mudsock (previously listed on early maps
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as Bernice), a small area located south of Newcomerstown on Route 258 (then known as Route 21, south).
The church is no longer in existence, the building being demolished years ago. The churchs cemetery, maintained by the Salem Township trustees, is located nearby and many of the same family names are noted on some the cemetery stones.
The Quilting Bees will have its show on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. The admission cost is $5 with proceeds going to the Newcomerstown Public Library. A lunch stand will be provided, and a raffle will also be taking place for a Kenmore sewing machine, a hand made hanging quilt ladder, and a $25 gift card from Walmart. Tickets will be available at the library or at the quilt show for $1 each or six tickets for $5. The winning tickets will be drawn during the quilt show on Saturday, Nov. 12.