This loom according to the information we have is over one hundred years old (@1851). It was hand made, hewn of native materials and pegged together. A few parts have had to be replaced but were made as near like the original as possible. It was purchased by Mrs. Saray Strable of St. Charles, about 1895 from Mrs. Will Scrivner of near Bevington, Iowa. Mrs. Scrivener had come into possession of this loom from her mother Mrs. Jane Hardy of Patterson, Iowa. It is known that clothing worn by the Hardy family in the 1840s was woven on this loom. After Mrs. Strable bought the loom she wove many yards of carpet for friends and reletives. The standard carpet was a yard wide, and a hard days work was 10 yards. For this she received pay of 10 cents per yard. Carpet warp or chain as is was called, cost about 20 cents a pound, in 1895 and $1.25 in 1951 when this loom was donated. She also wove stair carpet which was popular of that day. A fee of 8 cents a yard was received for this carpet of 24" width. Later rugs became in style. These were made of various length, width and colors. The rags used in these rugs were cut in wider strips than those used in carpet. Mrs. Strable continued to weave rugs until her last illness. No record was kept as to the number of rtugs or the yards of carpet woven on this loom by Mrs. Strable, but would be in the thousands as she had 85 rugs on hand at the time of her deathe, that had been woven in the last six months. Mrs. Strable lived her entire life near or in St. Charles, Iowa departing in love in February 1951 at 80 years old.