Veterans honored during McCloud Heritage Quilt Show

Shareen Strauss
At the McCloud Heritage Quilt Show held during the Apple Harvest Festival on Saturday, a special presentation was held to honor local veterans with hand made quilts by June Chichizola. Left to right, representing veteran David Minear was his niece Amber Shedd-Davis, quilter Chichizola, veterans Jim Tyhurst, Ron Berryman and Jim Scudder are shown with their quilts.

The McCloud Heritage Quilt Show has found its home in the McCloud High School gymnasium on the Saturday of the Apple Harvest Festival.

More than 300 people wandered through rows of quilts during the day.

Special guest speaker Patricia Knoechel talked about her internationally known sister, Eleanor Burns’ book, “A Quilt in a Day,” and showed some of the completed projects.

A special presentation was held in the afternoon to honor 12 local veterans with quilts. June Chichizola from San Carlos made four of the quilts. The other eight quilts were made by private people from the area.

Those honored were: Vietnam Army veterans Lloyd Worley, Michael Rorke Sr., David Minear, Nick Nicholas; veterans George Steel, Walter Ligon, and Marvin Coole who all served in the USAF in Korea and Vietnam; Army veteran Paul Castillo, Korea; Bill Jett, who served on an Army destroyer in Vietnam; Ron Berryman, who served in military intelligence in Vietnam; Jim Scudder, who served with the Coast Guard in Vietnam; and Jim Tyhurst, who served with the Navy in both Korea and Vietnam.

Quilter Marilyn Black, who helped make the veteran quilts, said, “I can’t do much anymore but I can make a quilt. I want to do my part to support my town, my country, and my friends. These are good men.”

Jim Tyhurst, age 87, said, “Thank you for recognizing and honoring the veterans. Some of us have had no recognition. My dad was a World War I veteran. I am honored to be here and happy that they will continue to do this.”

Veteran Nick Nicholas said, “This is the fist thing as a Vietnam vet that has ever been given to me. This is heartfelt. I am honored to be honored.”

Vendors and crafters lined the walls. Hourly door prizes were given out along with gift baskets and quilt raffles.

Quilters from all over were represented. Eight local guilds had tables to raffle off quilts. They were Chico, Siskiyou Humane Society, Siskiyou County Quilters Guild, Sun Country Quilters from Red Bluff, Blooming Baskets Quilters’ Sew-ciety of Redding, Shasta Lily Quilt Guild of Mt. Shasta, Roseville California Quilters Guild, and Scott Valley Quilters.

The first two years of the quilt show were at the McCloud Community Church, which it outgrew. The next two years the quilt show was outside on Main Street. Last year and this year the show has filled the high school gymnasium with more than 100 quilts displayed.

Quilt show coordinator Kenna Edwards said, “Each year our quilt show grows bigger. I am so thankful for all the volunteers that help set up and take everything down. We couldn’t do this without all the community support.”

There was an entry fee of $2 for the quilt show. All the proceeds go to help support the McCloud Heritage Junction Museum.