I’ve had a couple of requests recently to help solve two Old Mission Peninsula mysteries. I’m hoping one of you might be able to help us figure these out or maybe even offer some clues.
OMP MYSTERY #1 – THE CASE OF THE BEAUTIFUL BEDSPREAD
The first request comes from Julie Maxson, who was the director of the Peninsula Community Library during the time my mom, Mary Johnson, was on the library board.
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Julie has a lovely hand-made bedspread consisting of extremely detailed and beautiful needlework. The spread is ecru in color and has been carefully stored. Julie is planning to donate it for a Peninsula Community Library fundraiser (read more about the fundraising campaign to build a new library here).
She says the spread was made by a very skilled needleworker who lived on the Old Mission Peninsula, but has been deceased for at least 20 years. Whoever made the spread gave it to OMP resident Thelma Crawford, and Thelma gave it to Julie many years ago.
“I want to donate it for a library fundraiser and would like to know who made it,” says Julie. “I remember a grainy newspaper article about this woman. I know this is a long shot, but thought I would ask.”
Hopefully, not TOO long a longshot, Julie. Anyone know who made this gorgeous bedspread? Here are some photos.
OMP MYSTERY #2 – THE CASE OF THE MIGRANT WORKERS
The second mystery comes from Wendy Warren, owner of Warren Orchards – Between the Bays (they sell farm fresh fruits and veggies in season during the warmer months, as well as jams, jellies, pies, maple syrup, honey and more all year long – check out their website here).
Wendy received a call from the grandson of some migrant workers who worked on the Old Mission Peninsula in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Their names were Cleve and Estelle McCaslin. Their grandson is trying to figure out which OMP farm they worked on.
The McCaslins were a white family from Tennessee who brought their grandson with them to the Old Mission Peninsula. We don’t know if there were other children or grandchildren with them, but the grandson remembers driving out M37 and turning left. We’re not sure if the farm was on the left, or if perhaps they drove down another road to get to the farm.
Any ideas on which farm this might have been? If they turned left, it must have either been a farm along the west side of M37 (Center Road) or perhaps a farm on the west side of the Peninsula.
Thanks for your help with these two Old Mission Peninsula mysteries! Leave thoughts in the comments below at the bottom of this article.