According to Central Pennsylvania Clinic, a Mennonite girl named Emma Horst made the quilt in 1936, when she was 12 years old.
In 1991, she donated the quilt to a benefit auction for the Clinic for Special Children in Strasburg, where two of her great-grandchildren were successfully treated for a deadly disorder called Maple Syrup Urine Disease.
It sold for $1,000 to Frank and Maggie Allen. Frank Allen wrote a 1989 Wall Street Journal story on that clinic that triggered half a million dollars in donations, according to LNP records.
This spring, the Allens donated the antique quilt to a benefit auction for a similar clinic in the Belleville area called Central Pennsylvania Clinic, A Medical Home for Special Children and Adults.
This time around a board member bought the quilt for $15,000, with plans to have it displayed at the clinic.