International Mother’s Day Shrine receives a signature quilt to display

GRAFTON—A piece of history has made its way home, to the International Mother’s Day Shrine, to be shown in the Grafton historical memorability collection.

According to Mother’s Day Shrine Committee member Larry Richmond, a depression era 1933 signature quilt was recently donated to the Shrine.

“The quilt, which originally belonged to Rev. and Mrs. Eugene Dick has been given to the Shrine by their grandson, George Hartshorn, who is from Belton, Texas,” shared Richmond.

He went on to explain that the quilts were usually produced for fundraisers.

“Individuals would pay to have their name embroidered on the quilt, and then the quilts would be raffled off,” he revealed.

According to Richmond, there are hundreds of names on the quilt from individuals from all walks of life, including Eddie McClintic Suddarth, the first women from Taylor County to be elected to the WV House of Delegates. She was also the first woman from Taylor County to be elected to a public office.

Dick was a former minister of the West Main Street Methodist Episcopal Church from 1932-1933, and upon being assigned to a new ministerial appointment, the church offered the signature quilt as a gift.

The quilt passed down to his daughter, Madge (Dick) Hartshorn. She then passed the quilt down to her son George.

“It was fitting that the quilt was donated back to the Shrine,” noted Richmond. “Today the West Main Street Episcopal Church congregation is part of the Church of the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, the combined Andrew’s Methodist, which is the Mother’s Day Shrine, St. Paul’s, and St. John’s Methodist congregations.”

He also revealed that Dick not only attended, but was part of the Consecration Service for the new Church of the Good Shepherd Methodist.

Currently, Shrine staff member, Mary L. Wagner, along with the assistance of her daughter-in-law, Kelly Willis, is in the process of alphabetizing the signatures on the quilt, so that an index may be printed.

Richmond said he is unsure when the quilt will be on display, because the Mother’s Day Shrine board will have to meet to decide how they would like to present it, and then make arrangements to obtain a rack of their choosing.

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