I found the pattern for this 10" Children's Delight quilt block at: http://www.quilterscache.com/C/ChildrensDelightBlock.html. I loved using this cheerful fabric.
In this diary entry, Lesta Alvord and other girlfriends are coming from Emporia for a picnic. Howard is Hattie's 19 year-old brother. Minerva is her oldest sister, and Rob is Minerva's husband. Frank is Hattie's date (and later becomes her husband). Rachel Evans later married Howard.
Saturday, August 19, 1916 -
"We were up early this morning and immediately when breakfast was over, we began to fly around packing the lunch and getting things in order. By nine o'clock, we had everything ready and began to dress. The kids were very excited about going early, so Howard took them and part of the eats up first. Then he came back for the rest of us. But Frank phoned that he was coming for me, so the folks went on, and about eleven Frank appeared. We were about halfway to town when we met Lesta and friends in Alvord's car. They wanted to come back and fix up a little, so we turned around and drove back. They brought a suitcase full of extra clothes with them, and by the time they were sufficiently primped, it was after 12 o'clock and the folks had left the chicken for me to bring. So we flew around, and finally Lesta was satisfied with herself and we sped back to town. The folks had begun eating but were saving space for chicken. Minerva and Rob, the kids and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas ate with us, so we had quite a picnic. It sure was hot, and I sunburned right through my waist.
"Frank and I went into the ballgame while the girls went down to Barrett's again. After we coaxed the girls to come up to the game, we all piled in Alvord's car and got back in time to see the last two innings and Plymouth win. When we went back downtown, Frank had gone to haul somebody else around, and there were nine girls piled in Alvord's car - we caused quite a sensation.
"At almost eight o'clock, the girls were getting ready to leave, and I was dying to get home and get dressed for the evening. Just as the girls were leaving, Frank came back. He had run out of gasoline on the way home and had had all sorts of trouble. We bade the girls good bye and good luck, and then we sped home, and I broke my record by bathing and dressing in twenty minutes. But we were just a shade too late. Rachel Evans was just finishing a reading in which she scored Frank in some way. Everyone smiled when we came in, but I didn't find out just what the joke was. The entertainment was splendid and although there wasn't a very large crowd out, the Lebo League had over $14 after paying their expenses and a fourth to the church here.
"We went down to the Restaurant and had some pink ice cream and ice water. Then we went to the town well and filled up. We drove by the dance hall, but the one light, one fiddle, and the little stuffy old Bank Building didn't look very inviting, so we came on home."
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