I found this 12" State Fair Sunflower quilt block in the book Kansas Spirit: 15 Historical Quilt Blocks and the Saga of the Sunflower State by Jeanne Poore. After I bought the book and was reading through it, I discovered that my cousin, George R. Pasley, is featured in the article "Finding the Beauty!" This block is also very similar to part of a block pattern found here: http://www.quilterscache.com/S/StateFairVariationBlock.html
January 29 is Kansas Day, the day Kansas became a state in 1861. Republicans always meet in Topeka, the state capital, on that day. My grandmother's father, Fred H. Woodbury, was county treasurer for Osage County from 1900-1905 and later was state representative and state senator.
Thanks to my cousin, Merry Lu Pasley, for sending me the first day of issue stamp commemorating the Kansas sesquicentennial on January 29, 2011.
Saturday, January 29, 1916 -
"May phoned me this A.M. that coasting was in order now on Bob's hill and wanted me to tell Beck and come up tomorrow P.M., and perhaps we would go up to her house and make candy afterward.
"Papa is in Topeka today and night attending the Annual Banquet, so our family is slightly reduced. It has been pretty cold today and is snowing at intervals.
"I hope it will be decent enough for us to go to Church in the A.M."