Maria Rodgers Martin and the Mississippi Oak Leaf Quilt

By Sam Sagastume Maria Rodgers Martin was born into slavery in Tennessee, then brought to Cass County is 1842 at the age of 11. While enslaved, she worked as a children’s nurse and as a seamstress who also made quilts. Two of the quilts were a Mississippi Oak Leaf, which is featured at the bottom of the blog, and possibly …

Tornadoes of 1912

By Sam Sagastume On June 15, 1912, southern Cass County, Missouri experienced the most destructive storm it had ever seen. Two tornadoes ripped through the area. One was in Drexel, ending northeast of town, and the other in the southeast part of Cass County and the northeastern part of Bates County. Lacking the life-saving weather-tracking technology of today, residents of …

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