In 1909 Elizabeth Effertz, wife of Peter Effertz, made a hand-stitched quilt. Peter Effertz was a prominent citizen of Norwood and he served as a representative in the MN Legislature.
Elizabeth entered the quilt in the 1910 Carver County Fair and won 1st place. The Blue tag award is with the quilt. After the fair, she donated it to a church bazaar at the Church of the Ascension in Norwood. The quilt was won by Carl Klobe, her grandson.
Upon his death it was given to his daughter, Christina Klobe Ettel of Freeport, Minn. In 1970 she gave it to Tom Klobe, Carl’s grandson. Tom was actually related to both sides. He then took it to his home in Hawaii, where it has been until this spring.
In April Tom donated it to the Carver County Historical Society, and it is now on loan to the Willkommen Historical Society. The quilt has made a full circle, and will be on display through Stiftungsfest.
The Willkommen Heritage Center is open Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Other items on display currently are Bongards Creamery, Oak Grove Dairy, Oak Grove Center, Military, and various ball items.