This presentation quilt was pieced and quilted by the TEL Sunday School class of the First Baptist Church, Stephens, Arkansas. The ladies charged 10 cents per petal. Each petal bears the name of one person or one family and, in all, the quilt contains 574 names (some are repeated). The quilt was presented to Pastor Fred Hays Ward. Ward was a Southern Baptist minister. He was born in Columbia County, Arkansas, in 1885. In 1911, he married Fannie Boswell, and soon after was ordained by First Baptist Church, Arkadelphia. He graduated from Ouachita College in 1924 with an A. B. degree. From 1916-1920, Ward served as instructor and dean at Mountain Home College in Baxter County, Arkansas, and from 1933-1935 as field secretary at Central College in Conway (Faulkner County). He pastored several churches during his lifetime, including ones at Lewisville, Ashdown and Stephens. He died in 1977 and is buried at Stephens.
Archivists, "Stephens-Ward Quilt, 1937" (2022). Guides and Finding Aids. 148.