By: Sally Garoutte
The entry is dated Thursday, January 29th, 1846, and reads “All the people attended the quilting at Mrs. Montgomery’s.” This brief notation would be very easy for historians to slide right over it. However, three biographers of Sutter chose to quote or mention the entry in their books. After coming across this reference in the third book, I found myself totally plagued with the questions” who is Mrs. Montgomery? and How could she be having a quilting in January 1846? I have since found quite a number of bits and pieces of information about this woman – and about the quilting party. Much of her eventful life took place under two other names, as she was married twice more. This paper will concentrate on the Montgomery years.