QUILT HISTORY STORIES

                        

 SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS

 

Illinois State Fair

Textile Department Winners

(1853 and 1854)

Susan Wildemuth, Atkinson, IL

1853                    Springfield, Illinois October 11-14, 1853

1854                    Springfield, Illinois September 12-15, 1854

 

1853

Illinois State Fair

October 11-14, 1853

(1st Annual Fair and Cattle Show) 

Sponsored by Illinois State Agricultural Society

Springfield, Illinois

 

 

PREMIUMS AWARDED

 

MISCELLANEOUS.

(This is an edited list of Miscellaneous Items, limited to the textile items)

 


Miss Ellen Smith, McLean, lot jeans — first premium, $3.
Miss H. L. Langston, Sangamon, lot jeans — second premium, $1.
Mrs. P. Talbot, Sangamon, socks — first premium, $2.
Miss Anna L. Holmes, Morgan, socks — second premium, $2.
Mrs. D. Colburn, Sangamon, socks — third premium, $1.

E. S. Cox, Sangamon, water rotted hemp — premium, $5.
Mrs. R. Clark, Menard, silk socks, &c. — premium, $2.
Miss M. A. Parsons, McLean, one fancy work stand— premium, $2.

H. M. Armstrong & Co., Sangamon, one pair blankets — diploma.

H. M. Armstrong & Co., Sangamon, three pieces satinet — diploma.

H. M. Armstrong & Co., Sangamon, kit tweeds — diploma.

H. M. Armstrong &. Co., Sangamon, lot knitting yarn — diploma.

Miss C. L. Woodbury, Sangamon, best silk embroidery — premium, $3.
Miss C. L. Woodbury, Sangamon, cravat — premium, $2.
Miss E. M. Merryman, Sangamon, embroidered cushion — premium, $3.
Miss E. M. Merryman, Sangamon, best worsted work — premium, $3.
Miss H. W. Dean, Sangamon, second best worsted work — premium, $3.
Miss E. M. Merryman, Sangamon, ottoman cover — premium, $3.
Miss Law, Macoupin, lot worsted work — premium, $3.
Mr. J. H. Currier, Sangamon, best articles of needle work— diploma and $3.
Mrs. J. H. Currier, Sangamon, best collar, &c. — premium, $3.

E. M. Mallory, St. Clair, lot of regalia — diploma and $5.
Mrs. Lowry, Sangamon, crochet baskets — premium, $2.

Mrs. Wm. Stadden, Sangamon, design needle work – premium, $2

Mrs. John Todd, Sangamon, bed quilt, box work — premium, S3.
Miss M. J. Constant, Sangamon, piano stool cover — premium, S2.
The Blind Children at Jacksonville Institution, worsted and bead work —
diploma and $5.
Mrs. Converse. Sangamon, woolen quilt — premium, $2.
Mrs. Converse, Sangamon, woolen quilt — premium, $1.
Ellen Smith, McLean, silk quilt — first premium, diploma.
Mrs. Price, Morgan, silk quilt — second premium, $4.
Mrs. H. H. Jackson, Logan, calico quilt — first premium, $3.
Mrs. Price, Morgan, worsted quilt — premium, $2.
Miss Ann Miller, Sangamon, calico quilt — second premium, $2.
Miss M. J. Kyle, Sangamon, calico quilt — third premium, $1.
Miss Eastman, Sangamon, white worked quilt — premium, $2.
E.R.Wiley, Sangamon, a suit of gentlemen’s clothing — premium, $10.

E. R.Wiley, Sangamon, a suit of boy's clothing — premium, $3.

J. H. Adams, Sangamon. two hats — premium, $5.

G. L. Laage, Adams, one case hats — premium, $5.

 

1854

Illinois State Fair

September 12-15, 1854

Sponsored by Illinois State Agricultural Society

Springfield, Illinois

 

PREMIUMS AWARDED

 

HOUSEHOLD FABRICS.


Best double carpet coverlet

Mrs. L. Holland, Springfield, Sangamon county — premium, $3.
Best pair of cotton wove stockings

Mrs. J. W. Priest, Springfield, Sangamon county — premium, $2.
Best pair of linen wove stockings

 Mrs. J. H. Currier, Springfield, Sangamon county — premium, $2.
Best ten yards of jeans

Susan Reed, Springfield, Sangamon county — premium, $4.
Best pair of woolen blankets

Mrs. H. Converse, Sangamon county — premium, $4.
Second best, Mrs. P. Tolbert, Springfield, Sangamon county — premium, $1.
Best ten yards flannel

Mrs. J. W. Priest, Springfield, Sangamon county — premium, $4.
Best woolen carpet, fifteen yards

Mrs. Colby, Petersburg, Menard county — premium, $4.
Best rag carpet, fifteen yards

Mrs. George Williams, Christian county — premium, $4.
Second best .carpet

Mrs. William Boyd, Springfield, Sangamon county — premium, $1.
Best pair of woolen knit stockings or socks

Mrs. P. Tolbert, Springfield, Sangamon county — premium, $2.
Second best, Mrs. Sarah B. Withers, Bloomington, McLean county — premium, $1.
Best pair of linen knit stockings

Mrs. Mary Priest, Springfield, Sangamon county — premium, $1.
Best pair of cotton knit stockings

Mrs. L. M. Currier, Springfield, Sangamon county — premium, $2.
Best pair of woolen fringe mittens

Mrs. Deborah Colburn, Lick Creek, Sangamon county — premium, $2.

Best netting or fringe work

Mrs. E. K. Colton, Postville, Logan county — premium, $2.
Best worsted knit stockings

Mrs. William Brown, Jacksonville, Morgan county — premium, $2.
Best yarn stockings

Mrs. J. W. Priest, Springfield, Sangamon county — premium, 82.
Best woolen shawl

Mrs. M. H. Allen, Springfield, Sangamon county— premium, $2.
Best hemp cordage

E. S. Cox, Springfield, Sangamon county — diploma.
Best hosiery,

Mrs. G. M. Chambers, Jacksonville, Morgan county — diploma


NEEDLE, SHELL AND WAX WORK.

(This section is edited to contain only textile items)

 

Best evidence of taste and skill in plain needle work,

Mrs. M. M. Vandusen, Springfield, Sangamon county — premium, $5.

Best made plain fine shirt

Miss J. Silvestire, Springfield, Sangamon county — premium, $2.

Best made plain white shirt, by girls under fourteen

Miss Laura Hough, ten years old, Springfield, Sangamon county — premium, $3.
Best plain domestic worsted quilt or spread

Mrs. W. W. Warren, Jacksonville, Morgan county — premium, $5.

Best white domestic counterpaine

Miss E. Hay, Springfield, Sangamon county — premium, $5.

Best white domestic knotted counterpaine

Margaret L. Gatts, -Springfield, Sangamon county — premium, $5.

Best calico quilt, patchwork or otherwise

Mrs. F. Bone, Petersburg, Menard county — premium, $5.

Best silk quilt

Mrs. S. B. Withers, Bloomington, McLean county — premium, $5.

Best needle worked collar and handkerchief

Mrs. J. C. Currier, Springfield, Sangamon county — premium, $2.

Best needle worked veil

Mrs. I. S. Britton, Springfield, Sangamon county — premium, $2.

Best needle worked dress for child

Miss Mary Winsor, Bloomington, McLean county — premium, $2.

Best evidence of taste and skill in worsted embroidery

Miss Anna M. Sym, Springfield, Sangamon county — premium, $3.
Best ottoman cover, worsted embroidery

Miss Eva Hurst, Jacksonville, Morgan county — premium, $2.

Best chair cushion and back

Mrs. C. R. Post, Springfield, Sangamon county — premium, $2.
Best pair lamp stand mats

Miss Virginia Stevenson, Jacksonville, Morgan county — premium, S2.
Best pair of slippers

Miss M. E. Lowry, Springfield, Sangamon county — premium, $2.
Best evidence of taste and skill in silk embroidery

Mrs. C. M. Smith, Springfield, Sangamon county — premium, $3.
Best mantilla

Mrs. A. Starne, Sangamon county — premium, $2.
Best handkerchief case, toilet cushion or portfolio

Miss Jaue L. Seely, Springfield, Sangamon county — premium, $1.
Best silk bonnet

Mrs. Emily Miller, Griggsville, Pike county — premium, $5.

 

DISCRETIONARY PREMIUMS

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

 

Cotton batting, twine, etc.

Parmenter & Huggins, Bunker Hill, Macoupin county — diploma.

Embroidered dress robe

Mrs. A. Woempner, Springfield, Sangamon county — premium, $2.
Knit slippers

Mrs. E. Lowry, Springfield, Sangamon county — premium, $2.
Satin vest

Miss Jane Boyd, Springfield, Sangamon county — premium, $2.
Crochet bed robe

Mrs. A. Woempner, Springfield, Sangamon county — premium, $5.
Sleigh riding hood

Miss Frances Wiley, Springfield, Sangamon county — premium, $3.
Single coverlet

Mrs. Mary H. Allen, Springfield, Sangamon county — premium, $4.

Bosom

Mrs. J.C. Currier, Springfield, Sangamon County— premium, $3.

Mantilla

Miss Libby McClure, under fourteen, Jacksonville, Morgan County— premium, $2.
Silk purse

Mrs. I. S. Britton, Springfield, Sangamon county — premium, $3.
Woolen knit socks for children

Miss Hetty Israel, Jacksonville, Morgan county — premium, $2.
Exquisite white knit quilt

inmates of blind asylum, Jacksonville, Morgan county — premium, $5.
Elegant bead work and mats

inmates blind asylum, Jacksonville, Morgan county — premium, $5.

 

Source:  Illinois State Agricultural Society.  TRANSACTIONS OF THE ILLINOIS AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY. Springfield: Illinois State Agricultural Society (1853-1854) 1855 (Volume I). 

 

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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