Piecing together the library’s display of quilts
The quilts are back! The wonderfully talented members of the Delaware Piecemakers Quilt Guild have once again graciously lent their quilts to the Delaware County District Library for a month-long display at the Delaware Main Library, 84 E. Winter St., to celebrate Nation Quilt Month. The quilts, draped artistically from the railing on the mezzanine enhance the Library with color, creativity and warmth.
The exhibit includes modern, traditional and antique quilts in a variety of familiar and innovative patterns and in a rainbow of colors. The quilters are from all over central Ohio, with many of them Delaware residents. As in past quilt shows, the Piecemakers have provided a numbered key to the quilts, detailing the pattern, date of creation and other interesting facts about each one.
You will have the opportunity to admire the handiwork of the Piecemakers through the month of March, so plan on dropping by the library soon. This display is a perennial favorite at the Delaware County District Library, and we are pleased to be able to provide an ideal venue to showcase these beautiful quilts for our community.
Who was Harriet Quimby?
I started my search for this answer with an old standard, The World Book Encyclopedia. Harriet Quimby was an aviator and journalist. Born in Arroyo Grande, Calif., she became the first woman to earn her pilot’s license in 1911, eight years after the first flight of the Wright Brothers. She was also the first woman to fly across the English Channel on April, 16, 1912. Her accomplishment received little media attention, however, as the sinking of the RMS Titanic on April 15 consumed the interest of the public and filled newspapers. On July 1, 1912, Quimby flew at the Third Annual Boston Aviation Meet near Quincy, Mass. During a flight with the meet’s organizer, William A. P. Willard, in her brand new two-seat Bleriot monoplane at an altitude of 1,500 feet, the aircraft unexpectedly pitched forward for reasons still unknown. Both Willard and Quimby were ejected from their seats and fell to their deaths, while the plane glided down and lodged itself in the mud.
Why are unidentified people named “John Doe?”
The John Doe custom was born out of a strange and long since vanished British legal process called an action of ejectment. According to West’s Encyclopedia of American Law, under old English common law, the actions landowners could take against squatters or defaulting tenants in court were often too technical and difficult to be of any use. So landlords would instead bring an action of ejectment on behalf of a fictitious tenant against another fictitious person who had allegedly evicted or ousted him. In order to figure out what rights to the property the made-up persons had, the courts first had to establish that the landlord really was the owner of the property, which settled his real reason for action without him having to jump through too many legal hoops. Frequently, landlords named the fictitious parties in their actions John Doe (the plaintiff) and Richard Roe (the defendant), though no one has been able to find the case where these names were first used or figure out why they were picked.
Why do we measure engine power in horsepower?
Early 18th-century steam engine entrepreneurs needed a way to express how powerful their machines were, and the industrious James Watt hit on a funny idea for comparing engines to horses. As noted in Historical Inventions on File, Watt studied horses and found that the average harnessed equine worker could lift 550 pounds at a clip of roughly one foot per second, which equated to 33,000-foot-pounds of work per minute. The standard for measuring mechanical horsepower, also known as imperial horsepower, of exactly 550-foot-pounds per second is approximately equivalent to 745.7 watts.
If you have a question that you would like to see answered in this column, mail it to Mary Jane Santos, Delaware County District Library, 84 E. Winter St., Delaware, OH 43015, or call 740–362-3861. You can also email your questions by visiting delawarelibrary.org or directly to Mary Jane at email@example.com. No matter how you contact us, we’re always glad you asked.