Wilbur Harold Shaft was born in 1888 on a farm in Adams Co., IN, located near the Wells Co. line. His parents were George Putnam Shaft and Delia/Della Ellen Reed Shaft. In 1920, George moved his family to Riverside, CA. There, Wilbur met and married Izetta Wanda Cobb (b. February 1, 1900 in Kansas) on December 25, 1922. Their only child, Harold Arthur Shaft, was born in Riverside in 1927. In March 1931, Wilbur and family moved to a farm in Martin County, IN. In 1936, they moved to a farm in Wells Co., IN after selling their Martin Co. farm to the government when land was being purchased for the Crane Naval Ammunition Depot. Wilbur, Izetta and Harold spent the remainder of their lives in Wells Co. and are buried there.
My grandma, Izetta Cobb Shaft, made a quilt that has cream-colored blocks
embroidered with the names of the friends they left behind in Martin
The quilt is large; 11 blocks wide and 12 long, interspersed with red
diamond-shaped pieces. It appears that each person signed their block,
the signature was embroidered. The title embroidered on the quilt says
1935, so it must have been started prior to their move. Please note,
The only name I recognize on the quilt is that of Jessie Carr. She used to come visit us when I was quite young and was a wonderful person. I have no further information on anyone listed on the quilt, or on Jessie Carr.
I hope these names will be of help to someone in their genealogy search.
by chance any of you reading this are researching the Shafts, I'd be
delighted to exchange information with you.
This title is on the top edge of the quilt:
Martin County Friends of Wilbur, Izetta and Harold Shaft - 1935
Left to Right Across:
Row 1: Mr. & Mrs. Opher Fish, Clinton McCarter, Mr. & Mrs. Marion O. Porter, Iva Vern Porter [both Porters on same name block], Mr. & Mrs. Isaac Dove, Mary Courtney, Luther Corbin, John T. Allen, Edgar McArtor, Mr. & Mrs. Obe Ritchey, Grandma Ritchey, Beulah Waggoner
Row 2: Miss Alice Priscilla Fish, Lillian & James Max McCarter, Ray Lee Porter, Martha Dove, Fred Courtney, Iva Corbin, Ola Allen, Sarah J. McArtor, Vincent Ritchey, Grandma Lamb, Zelma Waggoner
Row 3: Mr. Junior Fish, Wm. Osborn, Roy Obe Porter, Helen Dove, Bertha Courtney, Albert Corbin, Mabel Allen, Alirn McArtor, Olive Ritchey, Mr. & Mrs. Wm. Ritchey, Mrs. Al Fortner
Row 4: Miss Opel Wills, Kate Osborn, Mr. & Mrs. W.E. Morgan, Harold Hamilton, John Inman, Verna Mae Corbin, Carl Allen, Doris McArtor, Ralph Ritchey, Hayden Ritchey, Mr. & Mrs. Eli Hardwick
Row 5: Mary Chinn, Keith Osborn, Bobbie Freeman, Mr. & Mrs. Wesley
Row 6: Mr. & Mrs. Will Dove, Ada Osborn, Eph Williams, Dr. Hays, Marie Inman, Nina Corbin, Robert Allen, Mr. & Mrs. Will McArtor, Mr. & Mrs. Harold Ritchey, Ruth Webster, Elmer Hardwick
Row 7: Mr. & Mrs. Charles Dove, John Brammer, Hester Williams, Nora Hays, Junior Inman, Bessie Boling, Johnny Allen, Blanche McArtor, Roy Harp, Mr. & Mrs. Henry Stuffel, Helen Hardwick
Row 8: Mr. & Mrs. Emil Kail, Verna Brammer, C.B. Garrett, Lena Hays, Asbury Holt, Maynard Boling, Noah Allen, Normshu McArtor, Susie Harp, Elmer Stuffle, Clair Hardwick
Row 9: Caleb Carr, Mr. & Mrs. Kirby Kutch, C. Garrett, Mr. James Garrett, Charlotte A. Holt, Anna Boling, Margaret Allen, Mr. & Mrs. Paris McArtor, Billy Harp, Mr. & Mrs. Burley Stuffel, Hazel Hardwick
Row 10: Jessie Carr, Zelma B. Kutch, Rolla V. Garrett, Mrs. Maria Garrett, Rebecca J. Williams, Lois Boling, Helen Allen, Eli Walls, Mrs. Cathern Girdley, Mr. & Mrs. Charles Tittle, Floyd Hardwick
Row 11: Leland Sargent, Wallace Summerville, Hildred Garrett, Mr. Ray Garrett, Holt Williams, Jasper Sargent, Nellie Allen, Bernice Walls, Fred Toon, Mr. & Mrs. Orley Ellis, Mr. & Mrs. Eph Fortner
Row 12: Mrs. Hazel Sargent, Ruth Summerville, Lena Haney, Mrs. Pearl Garrett, Ethel R. Williams, Edna Sargent, From Nellie C. Sims 1936, Donald L. Walls, Golden Toon, Mr. & Mrs. Lilburn Ellis, Mr. & Mrs. Clyde Webster
Judy Breedlove firstname.lastname@example.org
USGENWEB PROJECT Volunteer
Assistant Coordinator, Herkimer/Montgomery Counties, NY
Researching: Shaft/Shaff, Putnam/Putman, Doty, Toby, Watkins