Quilt with the names of Presidents Rutherford B. Hayes and
James A. Garfield in the center,
both Ohio boys.
Dated 1884, made in Cardington, Ohio
Collection of the Ohio Historical Society
There is little doubt as to whom the quilt was made for.
On the reverse is a giant label:
Mrs. A.G. St. John
And on the front near the Presidents' names is inked
"Captain Jas. St John," Amanda St. John's son.
Main Street in Cardington, about 1900
Battle of Perryville from Harper's Weekly
"We have a prosperous little band...a membership of about fifty and names still coming in...We are contemplating piecing an album quilt and all soldiers wishing their names, company and regiment put upon it to pay us ten cents a name. When completed, it will be put up at auction and sold to the highest bidder, the money to be placed in the relief fund."This sounds very much like Amanda's quilt, although between the contemplation and completion the quilt's purpose changed and it was given as a gift.
The strips between the piecework may look like a print but
each is inked with names and regiments.
Cardington is near the center of Ohio