Recently Evan Johnson, the great- great grandson of Samuel Church Smith one of Carlsbad’s town founders sent a transcribed letter to the historical society regarding the crazy quilt donated by his mother Mary Evans Johnson. The letter was written by Lillian Smith Reeder, daughter of Samuel Church Smith to her daughter Lucille. Below is a small excerpt from the letter and 2 recent photos of the quilt. The Crazy quilt is a prized acquisition of the society, and is prominently displayed. This recent letter adds much to our understanding.
For more information on Samuel Church Smith or the Crazy Quilt, or an up close look at the displayed quilt, please visit the historical society.
“When my mother ( Clarissa Boone Smith) was taking care of her invalid mother, and visiting her relatives in Clarksville, Mo., in 1884, the craze for crazy quilts was at its height among her friends and relatives. As my mother was very fond of doing embroidery and fancy work of all kinds, this appealed to her. She soon had her quilt underway from bits of silk and pieces of embroidery contributed by her friends. …. The red velvet flower & bud, also green leaf appliqued on black beaver was on a hat belonging to my mother’s trousseau. The black velvet with squares of red dots in brocade was a piece of his( SCS) wedding vest. “