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  • Area author Eldon Ooton donates quilt to Flora Library

  • This Friday, Eldon Ooton of Effingham donated a handmade quilt to the Flora Public Library.


    This wasn’t Eldon Ooton’s first time at the Flora Public Library.


    Ooton first came to the Flora Library as an author. He wrote “What Did You Do in the War?”, which was a history that he said he wrote for his children and grandchildren.


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  • This Friday, Eldon Ooton of Effingham donated a handmade quilt to the Flora Public Library.
    This wasn’t Eldon Ooton’s first time at the Flora Public Library.
    Ooton first came to the Flora Library as an author. He wrote “What Did You Do in the War?”, which was a history that he said he wrote for his children and grandchildren.
    “It wasn’t my fault,” Ooton says, “Donna here, it was her fault, you see, I wrote a few books. She wrote me a letter or called me or something to come down with some books to sell them.”
    Ooton is a veteran of WWII and the Battle of the Bulge. He was a member of the 84th Infantry Division, which he says has more monuments than any other. “I’m called a
    ‘Liberator’ because our Division liberated two concentration camps,” Ooton said.
    Originally, Ooton is from Clay County too. “I’m from Hord,” he says, “But I haven’t lived there in 60 years now.”
    Many of the quilts, bedspreads and throws that Ooton has made have been donated to different causes.
    “I’ve made 30.” Ooton says he always makes them out of ties. “Oh yeah, that’s what got me started. After my wife died, I was going through the cedar chest and I found 25 or 30 ties I was saving for her to make a quilt for me.”
    The quilts have made decent money for the organization’s Ooton’s given them too as well.
    The Battle of the Bulge group got one of his quilts and Ooton said their raffle brought in around $2,200. Shelbyville got one to benefit their statue of Abraham Lincoln and made around $3,200. Teutopolis American Legion got one and it brought in $900. Louisville got one for their parks and Ooton says they got $700.
    “What we’ll probably do is raffle it this summer during the summer reading program,” said Library Director Donna Corry.
    “However you do it serves me,” Ooton said. “Send me a ticket. I put ‘em in my scrapbook.”
    “It costs me about $100 to make a quilt and my three kids, they don’t care at all,” Ooton said. “I’m spending money and they’re tickled to death.”
    “I’m happy you see. I’m an extrovert,” Ooton went on. “I’m happy all the time, but you’ve got to give stuff away to be happy. There’s a lot of miserable people because they’re wanting to get something. You’ve got to give something away to be happy.”
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