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Bears made from Grandma Neill's bedspread

My mother had five teddy bears made from my late Grandmother's chenille bedspread. Pictures of the bears are linked to below

Bear Images: Where did I get them?

In answer to the emails, the bears were made by "From the Heart," located in Galesburg Illinois' historic Seminary Street District.

My Grandma Ida Laura Neill, 1910-1994 (nee Trautvetter) was born in Wythe Township, Hancock County, Illinois, and died near Carthage, Hancock County, Illinois. She was the daughter of George and Ida (Sargent) Trautvetter and married Cecil R. Neill in 1935. The bears were a great way to preserve and share her bedspread.

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