Log Cabin, Pineapple variation

June, 2009

Log Cabin, Pineapple variation

Anna Hazel Burmeister

Circa 1894
Waukesha, Wisconsin
Ardis and Robert James Collection, 1997.007.0933

Anna Hazel Burmeister was no stranger to determination or accomplishment. She was born on a farm in rural Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, to German immigrants William and Sophie Mueller Burmeister. Anna became a dressmaker in Waukesha and shared a business with her sister, Elsie, a milliner. When Anna entered the quilt you see here in the 1894 Wisconsin State Fair, she won first place in the Log Cabin Quilt Division, receiving a premium of $4.

By December, 1905, Anna had moved to Chicago and gained work as the head of a department in the dressmaking section of Marshall Field's department store. While there she decided to pursue a career in dentistry. She attended dental school at Marquette University in Milwaukee and graduated in 1912 as one of the first female dentists in the United States.

A May 26, 1912, Milwaukee Journal article quotes Burmeister:

"It has been hard work. The money didn't come easy and my course took a lot. But I did no more than other girls have done and can do. All that is required is the determination. I made up my mind to get my dental degree and I went after it with all the power in me."