Contributed by Charles Swain

Charles Swain
Corning, NY
Generations, Grandfathers, Grandmothers, Handmade, Immigrant, New york

This blanket came from my grandparents home in Elmira, NY. My grandfather’s family emigrated from England and settled to farm in Yates Co. in the 1830s, the next generation moved on, including to Elmira. My grandmother grew up in Lycoming Co. PA, the daughter of Swedish immigrants, she was the first in her family to attend college—Elmira (Women’s) College.

They met, married and raised their family in Elmira. They also spent summers in Hector, NY, over looking Seneca Lake—where they farmed and gave their kids a place to sail.

My grandmother may have made this blanket (honestly, I don’t know, although she had a college degree, she—as most women of her generation - was supposed to be well versed in the “domestic arts”  and she was a skilled seamstress).

They loved this part of the world and imbued that love to future generations.

P.S. My maternal grandparents, their name was Wright.