Library displays historical quilt with Waldoboro link

Sep 12, 2019
Photo by: Jean Lawrence A quilt created by Esther Mero Jameson with corners left open for a four-poster bed.

WALDOBORO — The Waldoboro Public Library, 958 Main St., is currently displaying a quilt from the collection of the Waldoborough Historical Society. It was made by Esther Mero Jameson before her marriage to Moses Augustus Newbert of North Waldoboro in the mid-1800s.

Esther M. Jameson Newbert was the grandmother of Esther Soule Gross (1904-1992), a well-known local genealogist, who in her later years lived just up the road from the library on Main Street. Gross lived in Waldoboro all her life and wrote the book "Father’s Farm," which depicts her early years as a girl living on Bremen Road and is available at the library.

Gross was very active in the Meenahga Grange #555 in Waldoboro and gave the quilt to grange friends Lillian and Ronald Dolloff. The Dolloffs, later realizing its historical significance, gave it to the Waldoborough Historical Society. The quilt is one of the oldest in the museum’s collection and is the only quilt with space left for the corners of a four-poster bed. Gross told in her book that young girls were given a specific number of quilt tops to have finished by the end of each winter. The tops were put away and when an engagement was announced, the ladies of the village would gather to help with the hand quilting.

The society and the library have worked together over the years under the leadership of Fred and Ann Bischoff to hang locally-made quilts for the public to enjoy. Such collaboration supports the dissemination of Waldoboro’s history.

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