I found this 8-1/2" Eva's Delight block in 5,500 Quilt Block Designs by Maggie Malone. It is also known as Old Fashioned Pieced Block.
In these diary entries, Eva is Hattie's 25-year-old sister. She lives in Washington state and is married to George Wiley. Ruth and Mary are Hattie's older sisters who also live in Washington. Mary is married to Lester Johnson. Ted is one of Hattie's younger brothers, and Anna is her younger sister. The family is gathering together for a reunion. Eva and George have arrived by plug (the local train) to the nearby town of Quenemo, Kansas. Hattie's beau Frank continues to give her candy!
Friday, November 17, 1916 -"I have just been talking to Eva! That seems like a strange entry. She just called up from Quenemo. They had arrived on the plug. I had a nice letter from Lester this A.M., telling me that Eva and George were to start last Tuesday, so I was not surprised when she called and said it was 'Mrs. Wiley.' Ruth and Mary were to start in a few days with the children. Lester can not come, much to my disappointment.
Saturday, November 18, 1916 -
"Papa and Ted went to Emporia in the car this morning. About 5 o'clock, someone phoned for them from Emporia, saying that Papa said he couldn't get home tonight because he couldn't get the car fixed in time. He wasn't intending to have anything done to the car, so we thought he may have had some trouble.
"I was talking to Eva a little bit ago. She will come up tomorrow if someone goes after her; otherwise, she will come up Monday morning."
Sunday, November 19, 1916 -
"It has been ideal weather, but as luck would have it, Frank's car is still in the hospital. He even went to Melvern after it. They had phoned that it was all right, and when he got there, they had the engine all to pieces so he had to come back on the train.
"Papa and Ted got in about noon, had to come on low and intermediate most all the way. Seems too bad all the cars are out of commission just now when we want them. Of course, Papa didn't go to Quenemo, and Eva will come up on the train tomorrow morning. The kids were terribly disappointed and do not know whether they can stand to go to school tomorrow or not.
"Anna and I went to Sunday School this A.M. Then after dinner, Mother, Anna, and I went for a ride and called on Mrs. Sweezy and Schuyler.
"Frank came over in the buggy, arriving in time to get his share of the oyster supper due him on account of Wilson carrying Kansas. He gave me a lovely box of candy."
Aunt Eva's Rhubarb Cream Pie
6 cups chopped rhubarb
6 egg yolks
1 can Carnation evaporated milk
3 cups sugar
2 Tablespoons flour
Touch of salt
1. Mix all ingredients together and place in 2 unbaked 10" pie shells.
2. Bake at 425 degrees until crusts are brown; then bake at 350 degrees until set.
3. Top with meringue.
Add a pinch of salt to 6 egg whites; beat until stiff but not dry. Continue beating and gradually add 3/4 cup sugar, beating until all sugar is added and egg whites stand up in peaks. Spread on rhubarb filling. Bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes, until meringue is brown.
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