Curiosity and persistence led a woman searching for family history to a treasure likely to elicit memories of World War II for many local residents. Bonnie Heenan of Gassville tracked down a quilt last week with close ties to her own family as well as many others.

Such is the power in a quilt sewn in Mountain Home 56 years ago bearing names such as Shiras, Bodenhamer, Dunbar, Dearmore, Hackler, Hurst, Pratt, Fletcher, Anglin, Gregory, Tipton and many more.

The year was 1944. Home Demonstration clubs in the Mountain Home area joined forces to raise money to support the war effort. Each club, in charge of a quilt square or two, sold opportunities, for 10 cents each, to have the name of a serviceman embroidered on the quilt. Once pieced together, the patriotic quilt of 30 squares and 720 names was given away in a drawing. Chances to win cost 20 cents.

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