A quilt, dubbed the Golden Wedding Ring Quilt, recently was donated by the Hargreaves family of Bakersfield to the Ceres Historical Society for display at the Ceres Historical Society Museum. The hand-pieced, hand-quilted heirloom was completed in Stockton on Sept. 27, 1935, to celebrate on that day the 50th wedding anniversary of Seth F. and Alice Switzer Moon. The quilt was made by their daughter Lorena Moon Caulkins, born March 10, 1890, in Blaine, Ore. The Moons married Sept. 27, 1885. Soon after Lorena’s birth the Moons moved to Ceres. Lorena graduated as one of 15 graduates of the Ceres High School class of 1912. Also in the class was her future husband, Asa Caulkins and his sister Mary Faye Caulkins (later Davis). Other family names embroidered on the top of the quilt are Frazier, Lady, Barker, Brown, Bonnie and Caulkins. The quilt was donated by Bakersfield residents Bruce Hargreaves, Anne Hargreaves Lee, and Lora Hargreaves Kendrick, all great-grandchildren of Seth and Alice Moon.
After display for several weeks at the Ceres Community Center, the quilt will return to the Ceres Historical Society Museum on Fifth Street.
Many Caulkins family members remain in the Ceres area, primarily the Ralph and Dorothy Caulkins family, now six generations on Caulkins land. Ralph and Dorothy look forward to celebrating their 73rd wedding anniversary on July 11. They still live in their home where Ralph was born on June 15, 1925.