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The city of Central has another addition to the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail.

Published: March 14, 2016

The city of Central has another addition to the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail. Sponsored by the Pickens County ATAX Commission, the pattern is called Iowa Star. The block was installed on the side wall of the Helping Hands Thrift Shop located at 105 West Main Street in Central.

The Iowa Star was published in Old Fashioned Quilts 1935. The other name Texas Ranger was published in the American Woman Magazine 1902. Both blocks were popular in the early 1930's. There is nothing known about the quilt maker. The quilt was found at a garage sale in the Central area by Jo Steadman. “It had a warm worn look that attracted me to it, I always wonder about the story behind old things, who were the people that made this hand stitched quilt”. Mrs. Steadman describes herself as a “homemaker, who loves going to garage sales and thrift shops, old worn loved things have always caught my eye, wondering where they have been and who used them”. For many years she has been volunteered in the book section of Helping Hands. She and her husband have lived in the Central community for more than 50 years, both volunteer at the Central Museum and enjoy sharing the stories of the house and its contents with visitors.

This property has a long and varied history in the Central area. After the death of his father, Robert Morgan in 1884, Francis Burt Morgan and his new wife, Eugenia Frances Robinson, built a home here. In 1950, their daughter, Mattie Mae Allen, had a building constructed by Newton Summey Lumber Company to house Dixie-Home Stores, Inc. She leased it for 10 years at $200 per month.

A 1926 advertisement for the Dixie Store stated, “We are now in the Merck building just down the street from our former location. We still have the cheapest prices and the freshest and cleanest line of groceries in Central, and you are the ones we are here to please and not our competitors.” In 1927, an advertisement book for the Community Fair lists J.L. Stewart as the manager. A 1955 advertisement in the Central High School yearbook says that Dixie home Super Market has served the ‘people of Central since 1926.’

In 1955, Winn-Lovett Stores purchased the 117 store Dixie Home chain and changed its name to Winn-Dixie. The Winn-Dixie store left Central in 1962.

Helping Hands of Clemson, Inc. provides emergency shelter and foster homes for abused and neglected children from across the Upstate of South Carolina. Both boys and girls of all ethnic backgrounds are accepted from birth through age twelve. The children come to Helping Hands through DSS placements and as a result the organization has become one of the state's largest emergency shelters. The majority of children come from Anderson, Greenville, Oconee, and Pickens counties and stay until DSS can reunite them with their families. If family reunification isn't possible, DSS will attempt to place the children with other relatives and foster families. Helping Hands is dedicated to providing children with a safe and loving environment.

For more information, click on www.uhqt.org