Lorraine Klaes
Press-News photo by James Cross

Lorraine Klaes of New Haven is sharing a quilt of happiness in the "Quilters Corner" at the Mitchell County Historical Museum at the CRC in Osage.

A quilt tells a story.

Sometimes that story is of sadness, or of hard times, or of happiness or simply of a time long forgotten.

Lorraine Klaes of New Haven is sharing a quilt of happiness in the "Quilters Corner" at the Mitchell County Historical Museum.

"The quilt is hand-embroidered," said Klaes. "I did the quilt for my parents 50th anniversary.

"Each quilt block tells a piece of the story of their life together."

Klaes’ parents were Erna (Rogers) and Harold Schultheis. Emma was the daughter of Bert and Minnie Rogers.

Arranged in six rows of five, each quilt block tells the story of their 50-plus years together as husband and wife.

The couple was married October 2, 1928.

Highlights on the quilt include embroidered outlines of homes they lived in around Osage, including on Highway 9 and Oak Street in town, the names and dates of each child's wedding day and spouse and names of all their grandchildren.

Harold graduated from Osage High School and Cornell College. Erna went to Immaculate Conception High School and Iowa State Teachers College, Cedar Falls.

Harold was a realtor in Osage. His office is the current location of Kolbet Realtors. Emma mother was a schoolteacher in different schools.

Klaes said she enjoyed making the quilt for her parents’ golden wedding anniversary and is happy to share it with everyone at the Museum.

The Mitchell County Historical Museum is located at 809 Sawyer Drive, just inside the Cedar River Complex, Osage.

The Museum is open daily from 1-5 p.m. and by appointment.