Neighbour collected buttons

From our January 2014 issue

By Jean Jamieson – Salmon Arm, B.C.

In my hometown of Yorkton, Sask. during the ‘40s, there lived a quaint old lady across the road from us on Tupper Avenue by the name of Mrs. Meekmaw.

She was a memorable dear old soul and her lifetime hobby was collecting buttons. She not only collected them, but designed and fashioned them into articles for her home.

The first time I went to see her, she greeted me at the door to her small hallway and drew the heavy curtains in the doorway to her small parlour, which had numerous button designs on.

Once inside, the walls were all covered with pictures made of buttons, and cushions, even the robe she was wearing was fashioned with pictures of birds and flowers.

It must have taken her many hundreds of hours to do this intricate work. When we moved away my mother sent me over with a box of buttons we had accumulated over the years for her.

A few years later the Toronto Star Weekly featured a story on her and had taken many pictures of her home. It was a wonderful tribute to such an artistic lady.