Aprons hold wonderful memories

| May 12, 2017

COSHOCTON – Aprons once had multiple uses and some were even saved for special occasions.

“I wore this in 1950 to my aunt’s wedding,” said Anna Willey. “I was 12-years-old and helped at the reception.”

Her grandmother crocheted that special apron more than 60 years ago.

“It has a lot of history behind it,” Willey said.

Willey brought it out to share with others at the May 12 special Mother’s Day Memories program at the Coshocton County Career Center.

Senior Center Co-Director Jamie Williams also had on a fancy apron that would not have been intended for everyday use.

“This one was my grandmother’s who I think had an apron of some sort on almost every day,” she said.

Williams had several of her great-aunt’s aprons hanging up at the senior center and even brought in a few that her mother used.

“When you saw my mom put this one on, you knew you were getting a haircut,” Williams said. “When she showed it to me I still remembered what she used it for.”

Roxanne Slaughter’s apron was made by her sister.

“She was quite the homemaker,” Slaughter said. “She made all different kinds of aprons in all sorts of colors. I didn’t use this one a whole lot though because I wanted to cherish it.”

Her apron and Joyce Shaw’s both were the style that went over their shoulders and tied at their sides. They also had big pockets in front.

“Mom always had Kleenex in hers,” Shaw said. “This one I have on is borrowed, but mom always wore one just like it.”

After sharing stories about their aprons, everyone who brought a recipe with them was invited to participate in a fun game planned as a way to exchange them.

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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