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#15

Little Dutch Girl
4 x 4 quilt block

The Little Dutch Girl, a favorite traditional pattern, was one of the blocks on a Georgia Bonesteel sampler quilt made by Mary Harris Johnson of Landrum in the late Seventies. 

 

Her daughter Martha J. Walker sponsored this quilt block in memory of her mother and in honor of Ruth Farrar, a long-time friend of her mother’s and one of the co-founders of the Landrum Library Quilt Club in 1980.  The club is now known as the Landrum Quilters.

 

The block hangs on the Johnson Building which was built in 1963 by Martha’s parents, Mary and Tommy Johnson, and houses both professional offices and retail space. 

 

Both of the Johnsons were very involved in the life of the Landrum community. Tommy Johnson served as the Landrum Town Clerk and Treasurer for several years and was named Landrum Citizen of the Year in 1992.  His civic involvement included membership on the Spartanburg County Board of Education and the Spartanburg County Board of Commissioners. Mary Johnson, an active member of First Baptist Church of Landrum, helped establish the church nursery along with Ruth Farrar and served on numerous committees including the building committee for the fellowship hall.

 

Mary and Tommy Johnson started the Landrum Insurance and Real Estate Agency in 1952, and the business continues to serve the Landrum area today under the management of Bob Walker, Martha’s husband, who represented the Landrum area in the State House of Representative from 1992 - 2008 and now serves on Spartanburg County Council.

 

Martha Walker was a math teacher for 29 years, including 23 years at Landrum High School.  She is author of Landrum Schools Through the Decades, published in 2016.

 

Hung October 2013

Funded by Martha J. Walker and the Mary F. Kessler Fund/Polk County Community Foundation, Tryon, NC