The New Era - All about Sweet Home since 1929

Woven in memory of a well-lived life


July 7, 2021

A TAG on the quilt tells its story as it hangs in the SHHS Library.

When Sweet Home High School students enter the school library this fall, they will be greeted by a remembrance of a teacher well known to many of their older relatives: Myrtle Gates.

Gates taught vocal music and English at the high school from 1951 to 1976, when she retired.

According to her daughter, Margaret Donivan, Gates decided "to make the ending more pleasant" when she retired in May of 1976 by creating squares for a quilt.

"That year, during the last week of school, after books had been turned in, she cut muslin squares, bought 12 packages of 'fabric' crayons, and gave them out t...

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