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Address: 125 Lawrence St., Westfield, WI
Sponsor: Marquette County Historical Society
Artist: June Schumacher
Log Cabin Quilt Design – Streak of Lightning Circa – 1880
The origin of the log cabin quilt pattern is difficult to pin down as it appears to have a very long history. Some Log Cabin folklore relates to the center square and how the quilt block is pieced together. The center piece was traditionally a red square and was believed to stand for the hearth of the house, as told by the quilters to others in the late 1800s. The "logs" - strips of material surrounding the center square alternate light and dark sides, representing the sunny side of a house and the side in the shade. Another meaning to the light and dark stripes is that the light side relates to happiness and the dark side to sorrow, of which life is filled.
Early Settler Women
The common quilt…at one time almost every child was born under one, and old folks died under them. Once they were necessary to the welfare of the family. Quilts provided a canvas for work-worn, beauty starved women.
Both murals can be found at the Marquette County Historical Society (MCHS).
Sallie Sheldon Hart October 17, 1835 – October 5, 1917
Sallie Sheldon Hart and her husband Lyman Hart were some of the first settlers in Packwaukee, Marquette County, Wisconsin. The quilted coverlet, made of silk and trimmed with lace, made by Sallie can be seen in the upstairs bedroom of the Nelson Cochrane house.
Lyman Hart was united in marriage with Miss Sallie Shelden. Sallie was the daughter of Simon S. and Nancy Hutchins Shelden, who settled in the town of Packwaukee about 1848. Her father was a native of Vermont. Her mother of New York, and from the latter State they removed to Michigan, coming thence to Wisconsin, settling in Packwaukee. Mr. Shelden was a shoemaker by trade but after coming to Marquette County followed farming. He died in April 1865 but his wife survived him a number of years. That worthy couple were the parents of seven children four sons and three daughters. Three of the sons served in the Union army during the late War Simon lived to reach home but died an hour afterward. George was killed in the battle of Corinth. Shepherd served through the war and participated in the celebrated March to the Sea under Sherman.
The union of Mr. Lyman and Mrs. Sallie Sheldon Hart was blessed with a family of six children; two sons and four daughters. The family had a pleasant home situated on section 2 in the town of Packwaukee where sociability abounded and the hospitable door stood open for their many friends. The farm comprised 160 acres.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Hart witnessed the entire growth of Marquette County and they numbered among the earliest settlers of Packwaukee. Mrs. Hart was the second woman of the village of that name. Many changes in the village had taken place during their life time and it was noted that they “had nobly borne their part aiding the community and its many enterprises.” They were numbered among the highly respected and esteemed citizens of Marquette County and they well represented the noble pioneers and prominent men and women. Mr. Hart served town as Treasurer for three years, and for years was a member of the School Board, at which time he did all in his power to advance cause of education. Sallie is buried in Oakhill (Nott) Cemetery.
Artist, June Schumacher, Hidden History Project director and MCHS board member, has designed two murals that are displayed on either side of the Museum’s Kerst Exhibit Building. The murals depict quilts and the early women settlers of Marquette County. One mural portrays settler families and the importance of quilts in their lives. The other represents a quilt block from a historic quilt that can be found in the Nelson Cochrane House.
Schumacher’s work can be found in numerous homes and businesses in Florida and Canada and many other locations around the country. After traveling for eight years as an itinerant muralist, Schumacher moved to Endeavor and purchased one of the oldest homes in the village. In the middle of renovating the home to her studio, a fire destroyed the home and all the artist’s possessions. Now Schumacher is a board member of the Marquette County Historical Society and working with the Montello Historical Society as Project Director of the Hidden History Mural Trail. She works closely with the Barn Quilt Mural Project in designing and implementing the county-wide Mural Trail.
Schumacher has rebuilt her Garden Gate Studio and again is available to create: Barn Quilts & Wall Murals; Trompe l’ Oeil – Murals, Faux finishes – walls, Floors & Furniture; Restoration & Historic Reproduction; Hand-cut Stenciling; Rescued Furniture – One-of-a-kind Pieces; and Yard and Garden Art. Studio open by chance or appointment.
Schumacher is also the Project Director for the Hidden History Mural Trail.