QUILT HISTORY STORIES

                        

 ALTON, ILLINOIS

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

 

Illinois State Fair

Textile Department Winners

(1855 and 1856)

Susan Wildemuth, Atkinson, IL

1855                    Chicago, Illinois October 24-26, 1855

1856                    Alton, Illinois September 30 - October 3, 1856

1855

Illinois State Fair

October 24-26, 1855

Sponsored by Illinois State Agricultural Society

Chicago, Illinois

 

PREMIUMS AWARDED

TEXTILE FABRICS AND FINE ARTS, & c.

 

(This section is edited to contain only textile items.)

 

MITTENS.

Miss Susan W. Henderson, Jacksonville, first premium,                                           $3


COAT.

W. S. Bond, Chicago, first premium,                                                                       $5
To the same, for pants, first premium,                                                                      $5
To the same, for vest, first premium,                                                                        $5


DISCRETIONARY.

 

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Wm. S. Bond, Chicago, overcoat,                                                                                 Transactions.
Silliman, Seymour & Co., Chicago, umbrella,

Medal.
Joshua Rhodes, Chicago, rag carpet                                                                           Transactions.

E. C. Spencer, Osceola, Clark county, needle work                                               Transactions.


AMERICAN FABRICS.

WOOLEN CARPET.

TAPESTRY VELVET.

Beecher, Hollister & Wilkins, first premium, Diploma

HOSIERY.

John Fitch, Carrollton, Green county, first premium, Diploma

A second premium was awarded to Mrs. Lydia Clifford, of Chicago, Transactions

DISCRETIONARY.

(This section is edited to contain only textile items.)

Field, Benedict & Co., Chicago, fancy cassimere, Transactions.                               
Beecher, Hollister &, Wilkins, blankets, Transactions.

To the same, for table cover, Transactions.                                                               

NEEDLEWORK, & C.


EVIDENCE OF TASTE AND SKILL PLAIN NEEDLE WORK, BY GIRLS

UNDER FOURTEEN.

Mary Brown, Jacksonville, first premium                                                                 $5


BEST DARNING.

Cora E. Kennicott, West Northfield, Cook county, first premium,                             5


PLAIN SHIRT.

Mrs. Frederick Mechelke, Chicago, first premium,                                                   3  


PLAIN SHIRT, BY GIRL UNDER FOURTEEN.

Anna Brown. Jacksonville, first premium,                                                                 3
Mary Brown, Jacksonville, second premium,                                                            2


DOMESTIC QUILT.

Cora L. Warriner, Bloomington, first premium,                                                        5


WHITE DOMESTIC COUNTERPANE.

Augusta Hall, Fairfield, Wayne county, (informal entry,) first premium                      б

J. W. Skarpe, Chicago, second premium,                                                               5


CALICO QUILT.

Mrs. Ira F. Elrod, Bernadotte, Fulton county, first premium,                                   5

R. H. Howe, Louisville, Kentucky,                                                                            Transactions.


SILK QUILT.

Mrs. H. S. Pierpont, La Salle, first premium,                                                        $5


EVIDENCE OF TASTE AND SKILL ORNAMENTAL NEEDLE WORK.

Alice Fitz Simmons, Crystal Lake, McHenry county, first premium                        5


COLLARS, & C.

Mrs. H. Lowe, Joliet, first premium                                                                      2

 

 

EVIDENCE OF TASTE AND SKILL WORSTED EMBROIDERY.

Mrs. Robert Dunk, Chicago, first premium,                                                       $3
Mrs. James L. Gatea, Chicago, second premium,                                                2


ОТТОМОN COVERS.

Miss Sophia Maynard, Chicago, first premium,                                                    2


CUSHION, & C.

Julia Baird, Chicago, first premium,                                                                     2


LAMP STAND, & C.

Mrs. J. L. Galliner, Thornton Station, Cook county, first premium,                      2

Mrs. Urilla Swingley, discretionary premium,                                                      2


PAIR SLIPPERS.

Mrs. J. Bunn, Springfield, first premium,                                                             2


SILK EMBROIDERY.

Mrs. H. Park, Chicago, first premium, first premium                             $3 and   

                                                                                                            Transactions


SOFA CUSHION, EMBROIDERED.

Dora Brunning, Chicago, first premium,                                                              2


MANTILLA, EMBROIDERED.

Mrs. Jane Woods, first premium,                                                                       2


TOILET CUSHION.

Mrs. Dr. Roberts, Decatur, first premium                                                           3
Mrs. S. Francis, Springfield, second premium,                                                   2

SILK BONNET.

Mrs. H. Fontain, Chicago, first Premium                                                          5

Mrs. Kavanagh & Miss Ryan, Joliet                                                                3

Informal entry, by error of clerk, awarded by special committee


DISCRETIONARY.

 

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Miss Sarah Wright, Naperville, pair slippers, by girl five years old,                     2
Cornelia Bartlett, Aurora, leather work,                                                             5
John C. Maxcy, Springfield, suspenders, (informal entry,)                                  2

 

 

 

1856

Illinois State Fair

September 30 – October 3, 1856

Sponsored by Illinois State Agricultural Society

Alton, Illinois

 

PREMIUMS AWARDED

 

NO 51.

 

(This section – No 51 is not complete – some of the entries are missing – I will try to complete it when I find a complete Transactions (1855-1856) book)

 

The best fleece of middle wool, W. B. Hundley, Alton, first premium — diploma.
The best fleece of merino wool, H. S. Latourrette, Canton, Fulton county, Illinois,
first premium — diploma.
The best ten yards of satinet, first premium — diploma — H. M. Armstrong & Co.,
Springfield, Illinois.
The best rag carpet, first premium — diploma — Mrs. Elizabeth M. Miller, Upper Alton,
Illinois.
The best pair of woolen fringe mittens, second premium — medal — Mrs. E. C. Dewey,
Jacksonville, Illinois.


NO. 52. HOUSEHOLD FABRICS.


The best woolen carpet, 25 yards, Calvin A. Reese, Alton, Illinois — $5.
The best double carpet coverlet, Mrs. J. D. Blackburn, Paris, Edgar county, Illinois -
$5.
The best 10 yards jeans, Miss Henrietta M. Earnest, Springfield, Illinois — $3.
The best woolen blankets, H. M. Armstrong & Co., Springfiild, Illinois — $3.
The best 10 yards kerseys, H. M. Armstrong & Co., Springfield, Illinois — $3.
The best pair woolen stockings, (knit,) Mrs. Ursa Brown, Jacksonville, Illinois — $2.
The best worsted knit stockings, Ann Griswold, Bluffdale, Greene county, Illinois.
The best stocking yarn, H. M. Armstrong & Co., Springfield, Illinois — $2.
The best foot mat, Miss Mary Robinson, Alton, $3.


NО. 53.  NEEDLEWORK.

 
The best evidence of taste and skill in plain needlework, by a girl under fourteen
years old — $5 — Miss Annie Brown, Jacksonville, Illinois.
The best specimen of darning or repairing, first premium — $5 — Mrs. H. J. Patter-
son, Alton, Illinois.

Second best specimen of darning or repairing — $2 — Mrs. Dr. H. C.
Johns, Decatur, Illinois.
The best specimen of darning or repairing, by a girl under fourteen years old, first
premium, Miss Cora E. Kennicott, West Northfield, Cook county, Illinois.
The best pair of knit hose, first premium — $2 — Miss R. L. Chapin, Waverly, Morgan
county, Illinois.
The best pair of fancy hose, for children, first premium — $2— Mrs. Benjamin L.
Dorsey, Alton, Illinois.
The best domestic counterpane, first premium— $5 — Miss E. P. Louther, Alton, Illinois.
Second best domestic counterpane — $2 — Mrs. L. H. Mathews, Alton, Illinois.

The best (Part of this is missing – will add the rest when found, so transcribed as is) and skill in ornamental needlework — $2 — Mrs. Dr. Frederick Humbert. Upper Alton, Illinois.
A medal was recommended to Mrs. E. M. Mallory, of Caseyville, Illinois, for
worked ottoman cover, and the same was allowed by executive board.

Also, a first premium of $5 to Mrs. D. Bates, of Pittsfield, Pike county, Illinois, for worked mantilla, allowed by executive board.
Miss Lydia Sayward, of Upper Alton, Illinois, lace cape and edgings— commended. [NOTE. — The regular first premium under this head was awarded to a jewelry case,
by Mrs. Dr. Frederick Humbert, of Upper Alton; but the article being removed, contrary
to rule of the society, the committee awarded premium as above.]
The best evidence of taste and skill in ornamental needlework, by a girl under 14
years old, first premium — $5 — Miss Ella Patterson, Alton, Illinois.

Second best еvidence of taste and skill in ornamental needlework— $ 2 — Miss Agatha F. Humbert, Upper Alton, Illinois.
The best worked collar, first premium — $5— Mrs. O D. Vedder, Whitehall, Illinois.
Second best worked collar — $2 — Mrs. Mary Buell, Upper Alton, Illinois.
The best needleworked handkerchief, first premium — $5 — A. Ritchman, Highland,
Madison county, Illinois.

Second best needleworked handkerchief — $2 — Miss Mary C. Sneed, Godfrey, Illinois.
Best needleworked infant's dress, first premium — $5 — Miss Ann Wilson, Berlin,
Sangamon county, Illinois.
Best needleworked skirt, first premium—$2 — Miss Mary E. Hamlin, Alton, Illinois.
Best evidence of taste and skill in worsted embroidery, first premium — $2 — Mrs. M.
M. Van Deusen, Springfield, Illinois.
Mrs. E. N Wilson, Winchester, Illinois, piano cover — commended.
Best evidence of taste and skill in worsted embroidery, by girl under 14 years old,
first premium — $2 — Mary F. Washburn, Bloomington, Illinois.
Committee recommended a second premium of $l to Miss Sarah Wright, of Naper-
ville, Du Page county, Illinois, for worsted satchel, which was allowed by executive
board.
Best worked chair cover, first premium — $2 — Mrs. Wm. McMahan, Alton, Illinois.
Best crotchet work, first premium — $2— Mrs. Sarah E. Davis, Alton, Illinois.
Best pair slippers, first premium — $2 — Mrs. Allen Withers, Bloomington, Illinois.
Committee recommended a second premium of $1 to Miss Carrie Close, of Decatur,
Illinois, which was allowed by executive board.
Best embroidered dress, for child, first premium — $ 2 — Mrs. S. Francis, Springfield,
Illinois.
Committee recommended a second premium of $1 to Mrs. W. Stewart, of Alton,
Illinois, which was allowed by executive board.
Beet made fine shirt, first premium — $ 2 — Mrs. E. L. Gillham, Exeter, Scott county,
Illinois.

 

NO. 57.  MISCELLANEOUS – METAL, WOOD AND STONE.

(This section is edited to contain only textile items.)

 

One Worked handkerchief, Mrs. Mary Bull, Upper Alton, Illinois--$2.

One pair lady’s white satin slippers, L.B.W. Stewart & Co., St. Louis, Missouri – Commended.

One pair fancy brocade satin slippers, L.B.W. Stewart & Co., St. Louis, Missouri—

Commended.

One white moss velvet bible cushion, Mrs. E. M. Mallory, Caseyville, Illinois -- $2.

One pair worked pantaletts, Mrs. E.D. Andrews, Troy, Madison county, Illinois --$2.

One lot gold embroidery, Andrew Reinbolt, St. Louis, Missouri—Commended.

One case millinery goods. A.G. Hough, St. Louis, Missouri –medal.

One knit bedspread, A. Rockwell, Jacksonville, Illinois-Commended.

One crochet table cover, T. Homan, Alton, Illinois--$2.

 

 

Source: Illinois State Agricultural Society.  TRANSACTION OF THE ILLINOIS AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY. Springfield: Illinois State Agricultural Society (1855-1856) 1857 (Volume II).

 

Transcription by Susan Wildemuth – Atkinson, Illinois

 

Special Note: Thank you to Jane at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield, Illinois for pointing me in a direction. 

 

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