Monday, July 7, 2014

Pilgrim Daughter History


Until the summer of 1926, the Somers Congregational Church had only one women's circle, The Ladies Aid.  By then, the membership of the Ladies Aid had grown considerably, and due to the size of the group and the fact that many of the young mothers, who found it necessary to bring along their babies and small children, it was decided to form two circles, the younger members to make up the new group.

Mrs. Winnefred Fenske was president of the Ladies Aid at that time and a very active church worker.  She called a meeting of the group in September of 1926.  A meeting was held at the parsonage with the Pastor and at this meeting the group was divided and officers were elected.  Mrs. Edith Christensen was the first president. One of the first projects was piecing a Friendship Quilt with the name of each member embroidered on a block.  This was presented in January 1927 to one of the members, Jessie Jensen, now deceased, who was very ill at that time.

Charter Members

Buechner, Dagmar
Bush, Gladys
Chermak, Mary
Christensen, Edith
Christensen, Johanna
Cogell, Lucille
Friedrich, Caroline
Gardinier, Evelyn
Haigh, Irene
Haigh, Mildred
Heide, Ida
Helding, Laverne
Jensen, Annie
Jensen, Jessie
Johnson, Clara
Lauer, Myrtle
Smith, Frances
Smith, Nell
Tabbert, Alice
Tabbert, Ethel
Tabbert, Katie
Wilcox, Bertha

Yule, Lillian

(Source:  Research by Myrtle Johnson)

Down through the years, the group has worked hard helping the church financially as well as spiritually, and will continue to do so as long as they are able.  We, the young mothers, who formed this Pilgrim Daughter circle, have now become the grandmothers. 

Quilt, Friendship 1927


This Friendship Quilt was on display in the vestibule of the Somers Community Church, United Church of Christ, located on Highway E in Somers, Wisconsin.  The quilt dates back to 1927.  Looking carefully at the stitching of the names, it should be noted that they are all in the same handwriting.  It appears the names were penciled in and the squares were likely sent home with each lady to be completed.  This quilt was a gift for one of the members, Jessie Jensen, who was very ill.  It was presented to her in 1927.  She passed away the following year.  The quilt was passed on to family where it was stored in a trunk in the basement of the home of Lillian and Vern Woltersdorf for about 50 years.  Lillian was Jessie's sister.  After Lillian's death, Vern rediscovered the quilt in late 2002.

1927 Friendship Quilt
Quilt made for Jessie Jensen, Somers, Wisconsin
Made by the Pilgrim Daughters organization and members of the Somers Community Church, Somers, Wisconsin


1927 Friendship Quilt name chart
Prepared by  Myrtle Johnson, Somers, Wisconsin
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Quilt Story - Who were the ladies who made the quilt?


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Washington Grade School




Washington Grade School
Highway E west of Highway 31
Somers, Wisconsin




Washington Grade School,  Somers, Wisconsin
Grades 6, 7, and 8
1961-62

Top Row, Left to Right:
Priscilla Young, Calvin Martin, Linda Berg, Donnie Becker, Mrs. Cummings, Jerome Springer, Susie Goodman, Bobby ?, Linda Andersen

2nd Row from Top, Left to Right:
Dennis Sadowski, Jimmy Martin, Kent Mayes, John Jankowicks

3rd Row from Top, Left to Right:
Jane Englehart, ?, Larry Andersen, Delores Martinez, David ?, David Capps, Lillian Chrstianson

Botton Row, Left to Right:
Debbie Johnson, Marty Mattieg?, Linda Majerko, Jerry Springer?, Gloria Martin, Greg Phiefer, Susie G?


Need Help
We need help confirming the missing students and/or spelling of names.  Please email your response to somershistory@wi.rr.com.  Thank you.