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May 11, 2010 > Crazy Victorian quilt reveals history

Crazy Victorian quilt reveals history

By Alissa Gwynn
Photos By William Mancebo

Cindy Scott is the proud owner of a "Crazy Victorian quilt." That is, she inherited her great-great grandmother's historic 152 year old quilt and will be displaying it at the Wildflower Show in Niles.

Scott's great-great grandmother, Anna M. Jones, owned the property where Lake Elizabeth and Washington Hospital are located. Jones's husband, Simeon Stivers, was brought to Yerba Buena Island in 1846 by his adoptive uncle. Stivers and Jones were part of the first Mormon pioneer families in the area. Today, Scott is one of two living descendents of this family.

"I'm really glad to have the opportunity to show her [Jones'] artwork, to honor her. It's one of those things that if your house was on fire, you'd grab it. It's irreplaceable," said Scott. The quilt, although unfinished, has beautiful embroidery and fabric. In addition to the aesthetic quality, the history of Fremont and even the United States is revealed through the quilt's various ribbons; there are ribbons from the time when Mission San Jose turned ten years old (1896), the Odd fellows Association (1896) and also when Cleveland was running for president.

The quilt has survived through the Great Depression, the Civil War, and other fascinating times during history. Its story reveals so much about how times have changed, and Scott says, "it's a gift; it's been a mystery to look into."

In addition to the Wildflower show, Scott has displayed her quilt at Lake Elizabeth for a Mormon anniversary event and the Oakland Museum.

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