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Catalog Number 00049
Object Name Quilt
Description Pieced silk, embroidered. Made by Aunt Becky Young from gift blocks furnished by various corps of the Women's WRC. Ella Frick was chairman of WRC at the time of donation.
circa 1894. 71 x 74.25 inches. blocks made separately, three-dimensional flowers, fans, cartwheels, butterflies. names of various Womens Relief Corps (WRC) groups. each backing square a differente fabric. Burgundy cotton applied to part of back., Edges unfinished.

Transcription of Letter in Donation File:
These silk and wool blocks were presented to Aunt Becky Young by units of the Woman's Relief Corps in Iowa and by her fashioned into a quilt. The quilt was still unbound at the time of her death in 1906.

White quilt with red stitchery was presented to Aunt Becky Young by the Clinton Coprs #10.

These quilts were in the possession of Mrs. Belle Bolton, daughter of Aunt Becky Youn at the time of her death in 1936. The family presented them to Tent #6, Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War. This Tent had been organised in 1916 under the name "Aunt Becky Young Tent" as a memorial to her. The Tent members in 1936 during the Preseidency of Mrs. S. Ella Frick, decided the quilts should become the property of the State for their safe-keeping and because their historical association made them of interest to the people of Iowa. The Committee of Aunt Becky Young Tent memers:, S. Ella Frick, Mrs. George E. Himes and Mrs. Charles H. Richard delivered them to Curator Ora Williams, March 20, 1940.

The story of Aunt Becky Young is in the Historical Library (John F. Trow & Co. Pub 1867). Briefly it is this. Born in Ithaca, NY ---Sarah A. Graham, she was about seventeen at the the opening of the Civil War. Evidently a widow,, as Sarah Palmer, in June 1862 she became a Regimental Nurse with the 109th New York, going first to Baltimore with this unit that contained many Ithaca boys. Because of her youth, she demurred at the honor of being called "Mother" by the sick soldiers, so, Dr. French suggested "Aunt Becky" and thus she was known throughout the three years service near the front and her long life thereafter. Marrying David C. Young (April 6, 1867) a contractor probably of Ithaca, they came to Des Moine in 1868 and continued to reside here until her death on their wedding anniversary April 6, 1906.

The Nation recognized her service by awarding her a monthly pension of $20.00 under a Special Act of Congress, approved July 31, 1896. Payments were made up to April 4, 1906.

In May 1898 she helped sponsor the Iowa Sanitation Commission which served our Spanish War soldiers much as the Red Cross now serves. She was made Preident of this organization. She wrote of her war experiences and this biography is in our Historical Library.

Crocker Post #12 and the Woman's Relief Corps #27 passed resolution s April 18, 1908 eulogizing the life and service of Sarah A. Young, best known as "Aung Becky"
Source Frick, S. Ella
Received Date 03/20/1940
Collection Women's Relief Corps