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Catalog Number 01320
Object Name Bedspread
Description Coverlet. Woven, fringed, colors: blue, green, brown and white. For history see coverlet #1191
Biography of Weaver, as told by his daughter.
Mr. D. Stephenson was born July 12, 1823 in Huddersfield, England, Yorkshire County. He came to American in 1849 and settled in Springfield, Ohio where he apprenticed to a weaver for two years. He then decided that he wanted to work for himself, so journey down the Ohio River on a boat to St. Louis, took another boat up the Mississippi River to Keokuk - then to Burlington, Iowa then took a stage coach to Fairfield. He located in the 200 block of Burlaford (?) where he set up a weaver's shop in 1852. He did his own work til the Civil War, then his business increased so much that he hired a helper. People came from miles, traveling with horses, as the railroad was not built til 1857 to purchase the coverlets after staying all night. Mr. Stephenson had brought his loom with him from Ohio, and the flying shuttles that he used were brought from England by an uncle. At first, he put his name, the date of weaving, and Fairfield, Iowa around the edges for a border, but later, put this in the corner of the coverlet. He made his own designs on paper first, and he would make any design that you desired. He was the only weaver in the this state. In 1877 the demand for coverlets was over, so Mr. Stephenson and his family moved to a farm, three miles north of Fairfield. He died July 19, 1892
Source Kimberly, Ms. E. Grace, estate of
Received Date 12/08/1959