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Native quilt on display
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A Native American quilt, made in the 1940s and consigned to the Ponsford Red Owl during World War II, is now on display at the Hubbard County Historical Museum.

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Storeowners Ted and Mary Colgrove allowed residents to sell items at the store as a means to earn additional income during the war era. Price: $10. But it did not sell.

In 1948, the Colgroves sold the store and asked the consigner, "Mrs. Clark," to pick up the quilt. Having no use for it, she sold it to the Colgroves for $7.50.

The Colgroves purchased the Osage Country Market in the 1950s.The quilt has remained in the Colgrove family since then.

It was seldom used except during cold winter nights, when it was retrieved from the family trunk. Sleeping under the quilt was considered a privilege, according to Janet Colgrove Carpenter.

The Hubbard County Historical Museum is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday until the end of September.

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