The Ottumwa Courier

Wapello County

March 4, 2014

Preserving a log cabin with a quilt

DRAKESVILLE — The Drakesville Park Board is asking for the community's help to preserve a very special piece of southern Iowa history.

In 1848, Mormon travelers built a log cabin just outside of Drakesville in exchange for medical care and supplies. George Lester and his family lived in that cabin for three generations. In 1963, it was donated to the city by Mr. and Mrs. Roscoe Goldizen, and volunteers numbered each log and moved the entire cabin to the city park.

Fast forward to 2014, and the cabin is in great need of repair. Drakesville Betterment Committee Chairman Susan Hopkins says there are many logs that need to be replaced, wooden shingles to be fixed and cement pillars installed to support the large, heavy logs.

"The cabin is a landmark. It's on the Mormon Trail, it's on the Scenic Byway," Hopkins said. "We just want to preserve that part of history."

The Drakesville Park Board has asked the Betterment Committee to help with fundraising to have the cabin repaired. Their first effort is through a Log Cabin quilt project. Volunteers are being asked to create 14-inch by 14-inch Log Cabin quilt blocks in a variety of color combinations. Once donated, they will be assembled into a quilt, which will be raffled off, possibly at the Davis County Old Soldiers and Settlers Reunion in July.

It takes 36 blocks to make a king-sized quilt, and all blocks donated will be used, Hopkins says. If there are extra blocks, she added, they will be made into another quilt, a wall hanging or tote bag.

Quilt blocks can be dropped off at Ray's Longbranch, Lines & Tines, Quick Time or Dr. Throckmorton's office, all on the oval in Drakesville, or can be mailed to "Save Our Cabin," PO Box 24, Drakesville, Iowa 52552.


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