I found the pattern for this Postage Stamp block in The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt by Laurie Aaron Hird, but I enlarged this block from 6" to 9" finished.
In this diary entry of my grandmother's, she is 20 years old and living on the farm near Olivet, Kansas. Her brother Howard is 18 and going to high school (pre-college) 95 miles away in Manhattan. Orv is a hired man about my grandmother's age. Lesta Alvord is a friend from high school.
My dad explained to me how the mail was delivered. A tall iron post with a hook was located right along the railroad tracks in Olivet. Without even stopping, the train could go slowly by the iron post, and the postman on the train's mail car could hang the incoming mailbag on the hook. Then someone from the Olivet post office would bring the mailbag to the post office to be sorted. The reverse would be true for outgoing mail.
Monday, January 19, 1916 -
"I have just finished a much delayed letter to Howard. It seems like they come in as fast as I can answer them, though. Orv just whistled as he brought the mail awhile ago, so I went down to let him in. I got a note from Lesta and an invitation to a surprise party for Griffie Friday night. Carrie is getting it up. This hasn't been a very eventful day. It's like Orv says, we sleep all night and are dead for sleep all day. But still I have kept on the go pretty well all day, too. But we didn't get up until horribly late. There has been a cold south wind blowing all day, and it has sleeted some."
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