Memory Quilts memorialize veterans of Great War

ALLENWOOD — The Susquehanna Valley Quilt Guild will host the “World War I Centennial” quilt show from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Attendees can find the show as they exit Route 15 at Allenwood, go to First Street and the Warrior Run Area Fire Hall. Signs will be posted.

The show will feature 150 quilts, with 40 dedicated to the “World War I Centennial” theme. Several members successfully searched for photos and stories of their family veterans. A brief description accompanying each piece, allows a small peek into those veterans of the past.

Examples of WWI veterans include Williamsport’s John Ault, who trained troops for battle. Shipped overseas from Muncy, William Wertman narrowly escaped death when while shaving in the field, an enemy bullet shattered the hand mirror he held.

Another Muncy native was Ray Confer who endured the winter of 1918-1919 in France. Soldiers found a way to warm themselves by taking an egg to be boiled and waited in the residence. Earnest Arthur returned to set up shop in Muncy and continue his tailoring business. Herman Baylor would move to a farm near Halls Station.

On his post-war return home to Canada from Texas, Clarence McMichael stopped in Muncy to visit a friend and met his future wife. Near Hughesville, Harry Snyder returned to plant and harvest crops on his Wolf Township farm.

There will be photos and tidbits of information on Ray Fought, Leland Green, Frank Gardner and many others.

Three vintage Red Cross quilts made in 1919 at Jersey Shore, include more than 300 signatures of veterans from that area. Also displayed will be a woolen quilt taken to France and back by nurse Etta Neff Gooding, and a covering constructed of tobacco silks.

Attendees will be eligible for a Bernina sewing machine, a door prize provided by SVQG and Hoovers of Mifflinburg. There also will be vendors, quilters corner, a raffle quilt and lunch available.