Greene County Arkansas
Centennial Edition Section 4
Monday, August 29, 1983, Paragould Daily Press Section 4, Centennial Edition -7
Heritage Quilt weaves thread of history into art
| In an attempt to
document local history in a homey and personal way, a group of
women gathered last fall to plan the making of a
Members of the committee were
chairwoman Cissy Lieblong, Clara
Garrett, Virginia Hunt, Harriett Rog-
ers, Naomi Toler, Helen Welch and
Mary Lou Williams.
Their original idea was to accept 20
12-inch quilting squares, but they later increased that number to 25 so that all those who submitted blocks could have them included in the quilt. Toler, Rogers and Hunt put the blocks together and Wayne Breeds, owner of B & W Woodcraft in Para- gould, built the shadow box for its permanent display in the Greene
The following information, describ-ing each block (from left to right and top to bottom), was compiled by Lieblong:
* The moving of the county seat
from Gainesville to Paragould by Bonnie Smith of Paragould. This appliqued block shows a wagon drawn by horses, moving the safe from Greene County's first county seat, Gainesville, to its present loca-tion in Paragould.
* The Conwell home by Zula Clifford Lofton of Paragould. This block shows Lofton's home at 301 W. Poplat St. It was built by Henry Hammons for his sister, Cherokee Conwell, in the late 1800s. In 1918 Lofton's mother, Bertha Clifford, bought the house. Included on the block is information supplied in the deed to the home.
* A train by Naomi Lewis Toler of
Paragould. This block, done in appli-
que, represents the dependence of this area on the railroad industry. Her late husband, Carl Toler, worked for Missouri Pacific Railroad.
* Electticity coming to O'Kean by
Hazel Martin Rickey of O'Kean. Rickey said she had a strong memory of the excitement generated by lights
coming on in her community for the
* Reynolds Park by Cissy Mahan
Lieblong of Paragould. This block,
done in raised applique, depicts a nice afternoon at the park.
| great-great grandson of original
* The Centennial logo by Gerta
Stimson Jernigan of Paragould. Jerni-
gan operates the Stitching Post in
Paragould and did this block in
* The sawmill west of Light by
Evangeline Cupp Cothren. This cross-stitch block signifies the impor-tance of the timber industry to early Greene County. Cothren's grand-father, J. E. Newberry, did business at the sawmill, located about one mile west of Light.
* A farm house by Virginia Tyner
Hunt of Center HIll. Hunt submitted
this block of her grandfather's home
in the Spring Grove Community,
sowing a cotton patch in the front
yard, tire swing, clothes line and out-
* Wildlife of Greene County by Jackie Ralph Sample of Paragould. Many of Sample's family have enjoyed hunting, and the counted cross-stitch block shows a duck, deer, racoon, squirrel, quail and rabbit.
* Grandmother's flower garden by
Lena Canamore Johnston Box of Paragould. This is a block of a popular old quilting pattern used in early Greene County. Box is a voracious quilter herself.
* The Futrell for Governor railroad
box car by John Hitchcock of Para-
gould. Hitchcock said he had never
done any needlework before but did
this embroidered block to represent
his vocation. He worked for the Mis-
souri Pacific Railroad from 1925 until
1934. He was a ticket agent on the day that a special, 20-car train made the trip from Paragould to Hot Springs for Futrell's pre-primary election day rally. Hitchcock said that 2,000 persons rode the train, which took 14 hours to make the trip.
* A map of Greene County by Marge Payne Ford. This cross-stitch block shows many of the communities in the county, along with cropland, Crowley's Ridge and the railway, centered around a church.
* The Centennial logo by Helen
Sparks Mickey. The block is done in
cross-stitch with piecework.
Transcribed by: PR Massey
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