Sewing Club Searcy AR 1941. What was a sewing club? Another question for the Sleuths?

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Thanksgiving is a perfect time to prowl around the house and look at old pictures and other memorabilia and find lots of memories to give thanks for.  I have done that for the last day or two and I found another treasure.

This picture was saved by my mother-in-law Wyndelene Holmes Duncan, who saved everything and actually labeled lots of the pictures.  This one does have some names on the back.  But she didn't name herself and I think she is the one at the very bottom in the middle.  And right behind her is the little boy named Rodger and nicknamed Dude.

 

Sewing club Searcy AR 1941

Now the names on the back are Janie Langley, Lattis Langley, Myrtle Garrison, Mildred Quattlebaum, Grace Quattlebaum and Lorene Cole.  There are many more in the picture but Wyndelene must have forgotten their names.  Don't you love the squint-into-the-sun look of them all?  I'll bet they made their outfits!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

 

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Mary Dunn

I am familiar with most of the names but the only one I knew personlly was Mildred Quattlebaum.  Anita will know her also when I jog her a bit.  Mildred was married to Clois who was Connie's brother.  Connie was father to Brenda and Sandra.  Clois and Mldred were parents of two daughters - maybe twins - I know Greta Kay and the name Martha Fay keeps ringing in my mind.

Nov 22, 2012 09:18 AM #2
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YES, Mary.  I do remember Greta and Martha Quattlebaum.....guess I never knew their parents.  As one of our classmates and he continues to be a good friend, Bryant Quattlebaum.....he's related to all of the Quattlebaums.  I had a few dates with Bryant, but never knew his parents.   I did know Connie and Reba Quattlebaum, they lived down the street from Red and Janie Langley before they (Red and Janie) built a house on Park Avenue.

Nov 22, 2012 11:14 AM #3
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I think it was in the mid to late 50's Clois and Connie built new houses next door to each other on South Main across the street from, but near the hospital.  Connie's family lived there for a number of years but Clois and Mildred moved away and back to Searcy several times over the years.

Sherry (Quattlebaum) Person, of course, would know Grace Quattlebaum (in the photo) as well as Mildred and all the others we have mentioned.

Nov 22, 2012 11:37 AM #4
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Mary Dunn

Don...Wherever you are..can you enhance the handwriting above the lady holding the baby.  It's too dim for me to read.

Nov 22, 2012 11:39 AM #5
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Anita Fuller

Don is hobnobbing with people from the U. of Arkansas School for Medical Sciences today.  I'm sure he'll be glad to enhance, when he gets back to his computer.   and now I do remember the Quattlebaum brothers building houses next to one another.   In my l957 phone book it lists  Rev. Clois Quattlebaum at 306 N. Cross, and Connie at RFD 4.  So what happened?  Guess we need to ask Sherry.

Nov 22, 2012 01:52 PM #6
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Mary, the name above looks like Grace when I put the picture up close.  Anita, I've been here long enough to remember some of those Q houses.  Didn't one of them build the house behind Adams Pest and it had an inground pool?  That house has been on the market several times since I have been in real estate.  Then I was thinking that he moved out Hwy 36 West and built two houses? 

I am surprised that I know or have heard of so many people since I have been in Searcy.

Nov 22, 2012 06:38 PM #7
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I love the idea of a sewing club.  My mom was in a community club that did some quilting...and they would make them and give to folks when their houses burned...when we were in Russellville my neighbor was still in a sewing club...our local church there had an active Dorcas club (which is like a sewing club but focuses on raising funds for missions).

Was your mother in law one of the Holmes that named the road in front of my house?

My daughter in law is in her second year med school at UAMS (gonna have a Doctor in the family)...smiles...the older we get the more we appreciate things like that...ha

So, are you going to start a sewing club, Ms. B...I want an invite if you do...smiles.  I wish we could see the dress of the little girl next to Dude.  It sure looks cute from what I can see.

Nov 22, 2012 07:02 PM #8
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Barbara...The house with the in-ground pool was the one Connie built.  As I remember the pool was not only in-ground, but also enclosed.  The house next door was the Clois Quattlebaum house.

When Sandra Quattlebaum and I were in the first grade, her family lived in one of those rock houses on West McRae.  I think there were at least two rock houses next door to one another.  I remember going to her birthday party at that house.  I remember the party so well because I won a book in some game we played.  It was the only thing I have ever won in my entire life.

 

Nov 23, 2012 03:27 AM #9
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Debbie, your description of what a sewing club would do sounds like what I think they should do.  My sister-in-law, however, said they mostly played cards.  LOL  Since she wasn't born at the time this picture was made, I doubt that she remembers.  It may have turned into card parties later on.  Yes, the Holmes family owned the land up around where you live.  They built the big old rock house that you can see from Holmes Road.  There are lots of photos of the house with family.  I have had it on the blog a time or two.  Congratulations on the almost-doc in the family!  I PROMISE that if and when I start a sewing club YOU will be the first invitee!!!!

Mary, yes, the pool was enclosed.  The present owners are doing a complete renovation of the house and I hope the pool and covering can be kept.  The house has been through foreclosure two times and I hope it gets treated perfectly this time.  And I think it will.  When you say the Clois Q's built next door which house were you referring to?  The one on Spring, or the one on the entry to this one or the one facing Lincoln.  This one has a really big yard facing Lincoln.  I also think that the rock houses you mention on McRae were right there where we lived for years and years.  They are still there!

Nov 23, 2012 04:35 AM #10
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If I remember correctly, the Clois Q house was directly to the South of the Connie Q house.  They were quite close together and at the time they were built they were the only two house in that area.

Nov 23, 2012 04:48 AM #11
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 I'm not sure I should jump in here. You ladies are having such a good time reminising about the Quattlebaum clan. Bryant Quattlebaum could contribute a lot to this blog if he would.

Mary, per your request, Here's an enlargement of the name. 

 

Janie Lattas

 Looks like the name is Janie Lattas if that means anything to ya'll.

I had a conversation with Bryant once about the meaning of the name Quattlebaum.

It comes from a altered low German spelling of quattele (quail) and böm (tree) so quail tree if that makes any sense.  There is also a Quattlebaum cemetary. Read about it here.  

Nov 23, 2012 07:07 AM #12
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Don, you are getting "rusty" because I think she meant to enlarge the name over the woman holding the baby.  I am also sure that the names were put over the heads of the ones in the picture.  So there was Janie and then there was Lattas which is sure a strange name for a girl!   Barely showing up but appearing in ink under my magnifying glass is Grace, the tall girl with the baby.

Oh!  Now I figured it out.  You are not "rusty" but are just trying to get out of so many assignments!  LOL

Nov 23, 2012 07:26 AM #13
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Barbara, blame it on too much turkey.

I tried the negative effect which sometimes  works and I agree it looks like Grace.

Grace

Nov 23, 2012 07:51 AM #14
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Don isn't "rusty", his head is still in the clouds from all his hobnobbing yesterday.  He'll come down to earth soon, and enlarge the name over the WOMAN HOLDING THE BABY, as he was aked!!!!  LOL, Don.

Barbara, many blogs ago you had a picture of the Quattlebaum girls and their mother, taken at some "do" at my house on Arch St.  I think the reason for the blog was everyone wearing a hat and gloves in the picture.  If you can't recall it, Don can - if he's not mad at me and refusing to do my bidding.

Nov 23, 2012 07:52 AM #15
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Anita, Don is probably sleeping off the turkey right now but will find your picture later.  What was the big event for?

Nov 23, 2012 10:45 AM #16
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The woman on the right front row is Thelma Quattlebaum, she was married to Bonnie Quattlebaum

Nov 23, 2012 04:43 PM #17
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Mary Dunn

This is turning out to be a Quattlebaum/Langley club.  So, Marsha, what was Thelma Q's relationship to the other Q's we have already talked about?

Nov 24, 2012 03:30 AM #18
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Anita Fuller

I have a picture of a costume party held at the Joe Taylor farm (Jody's parent's, Barbara).  I'll try and find it and post, however I think Barb. has blogged it before.  Anyway, Bonnie Q. and Connie Q. were brothers, weren't they?  Were they twins?  (because of the names).....I do know that Thelma and Bonnie Quattlebaum were best friends of Joe and Myrtle Taylor.    My parents were at the costume party.

Nov 24, 2012 07:42 AM #19
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Anita...I am thinking you are on the right track about Bonnie and Connie.  I know Reva (Mrs. Connie) was a twin.  Ergo...twins marrying twins.

Nov 24, 2012 08:03 AM #20
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Anita and Mary, I thought I'd get a Q to come in and answer all these questions but so far they haven't shown ujp. 

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