Ashby and Sons of Leavenworth, Kansas, was the name of the company that made the feed that went into this upcycled apron. The waist is gathered on each side and left flat in the middle. A very wide 3 1/4-inch waistband was made from fabric cut from the top of the sack. The ties are made from a different feed sack -- the differences can be seen in picture number eight. The ties are very long so that some wearers can bring them around front to put in a bow or knot.
The fabric is thin and has a looser weave than most feed sacks. There are very faded red marks in a few places on the apron (see photo nine), probably from someone washing it with another fabric. It was like that when found in a Leavenworth antique store.
The apron front shows a country scene with trees at the top. Underneath is a blank area surrounded by a latticework design.
Underneath this design is the feed ingredient list:
Corn Meal, Shorts, Bran, Meat Meal, Oat Flour, Oil Meal, Buttermilk Powder, (Ikton) Organic Sulpher Compound Extracted From Crude Petroleum Oil, 1 % Each Charcoal, Calcium Carbonate (From Limestone), Bone Meal and Salt.
These words follow:
Protein 20 %
Nitro. Free Ext. 45%
At the bottom are the words:
Ashby & Sons
- Bemis - Kansas City -
The analysis numbers add to greater than 100 because they are not all nutrients and are in different ingredient categories. The feed in this sack appears to be a calf starter feed. Bemis was a company based in Kansas City that made feed sacks for a variety of companies. The company's building still stands in the West Bottoms area and was scheduled to be made into a parking garage.
In the book, "History of Leavenworth Kansas" (by Jesse A. Hall and Leroy T. Hand, published in 1921 by Historical Publishing Company of Topeka, Kansas) the following is written about the mill:
"In the winter of 1879-1880, Thomas Ashby built a mill in Big Stranger two miles east of Springdale. It was run by steam power. It was a saw and grist mill. It was well and favorably known. It was built in the midst of what was perhaps the finest white oak forest in Kansas. So thick were the trees that it was necessary to clear out some 15,000 feet of the timber before the mill could be erected. Mr. Ashby and his sons continued to run the mill till 1893 when when he moved to Leavenworth, where he continued in the milling business at a location between Tenth and Eleventh on Shawnee street. He moved to the present location between Fifth and Sixth on Oak street in 1898 and is operating the grist mill there at the present time."
The apron waist is 23 inches.
The length is 28 inches.
The ties are 39 inches.
This apron best fits sizes medium to 2 extra large.
Cold water wash and line dry are recommended to prevent further fading.
* Please keep in mind this apron was created from an authentic vintage cloth sack. While the apron is described as accurately as possible, there may be age marks that are not described due to the vintage quality. Also, finding some or many seeds caught in the fabric is quite common. The bags have been washed at least once and many seeds have already been removed, but a few or several may remain.
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