Family Histories

Family Histories for the Rose and Kirkpatrick Families

Friday, April 11, 2014

Family Recipe Friday - Rhubarb Salad

Rhubarb is in my supermarket right now; there are just a couple of weeks every year when you can actually get fresh rhubarb around here*.  I found this recipe in my grandmother's cookbook; it might be a nice addition to an Easter lunch or Sunday supper.  This is kind of a "retro" recipe, like all those gelatin salads from the 60s and 70s.

Rhubarb Salad

2  - 3 ounce packages raspberry gelatin
2 cups cooked rhubarb, with juice
1 cup pineapple chunks
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped pecans

Heat rhubarb, dissolve gelatin into it and cool.

Mix other ingredients in a separate bowl, then add to the slightly thickened gelatin mixture.  

Chill until firm.

Rhubarb is very tart and not sweet at all.  This recipe doesn't specify it, but I think if you are cooking the rhubarb prior to using it in this recipe, you should prepare it as follows:

Wash the stalks and cut off the ends.  Cut the rhubarb stalks into 1 inch slices.  Put into a saucepan and cover with water.  Add about a cup of sugar for every pound of rhubarb.  Cook over low heat until the rhubarb becomes slightly mushy and soft, about 10 - 15 minutes.  

*You can usually find frozen rhubarb, already cut into chunks, in the supermarket.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Sentimental Sunday - Alabam School, Madison County, Arkansas

 These are photos that I found in an old album that belonged to my grandmother.  She taught school at Alabam in Madison, Arkansas in the early 1920s.  I believe these are pictures of the school, teachers and students.  The quality isn't great, but I love them, especially the pictures of the children.

School house

Teachers - Grandma is second from right on bottom row


Thursday, April 3, 2014

Family Recipe Friday: Deviled Eggs

It's Spring at last, and that means Easter is coming soon and Easter means Deviled Eggs. I don't think I've had an Easter without them, although it's usually my mother who makes them. This is the basic, classic recipe.  I've seen a lot of variations, but you can't beat this one. 

 6 eggs
1/4 cup  mayonnaise
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon yellow mustard
1/8 teaspoon salt
Pinch of black pepper

Place eggs in a single layer in a large saucepan and cover with about two inches of water.   Heat to boiling, then cover, reduce heat to low and cook another one or two minutes.  Remove pan from heat and leave covered for at least 15 minutes (or more).  Rinse eggs in cold water.  

Carefully crack eggs and peel while running under cold water.  Slice the eggs in half lengthwise and scoop out yolks.  Place all yolks in a bowl and allow egg whites to dry on paper towels.  Mash yolks with a fork until crumbly, then add mayonnaise, vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper and mix well.  

Put egg whites on a platter, then add the yolk mixture to each one.  Sprinkle paprika on top for garnish.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Workday Wednesday - Employees of Stanfill Grocery Picnic at Grand Lake

 The employees of Stanfill Grocery & Produce in  Nowata, Oklahoma enjoyed a picnic for their families at Grand Lake o' the Cherokees in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains in northeastern Oklahoma.  This is probably between 1939 - 1941.  My grandparents, George and Easie Stanfill, the owners of the store, are second from the right in the back.

 The back of this photo says "wives of Stanfill Gro. employees."  Grandma is the lady being hugged.

George Stanfill (second from left) and employees.  George died in August of 1941 at age 39, leaving Grandma to run the business until her remarriage several years later.
  Presumably, these are the children of the store employees.  My mother and her brother are the two taller children in the back row. 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Old Photographs

I found hidden treasure, at least to my eyes, this weekend when visiting my parents.  My mother came across a photo album she thought I had seen and had copied all the photographs from, but there were actually dozens I didn't have any pictures of - so this is like Christmas!  I spent the remainder of the weekend copying pictures and downloading them to add to the family records. 

These are my mother's grandparents, Sarah and Farl Stroud, on their farm in Madison County, Arkansas, probably late 1910s - early 1920s.  I find it so amazing to look the faces of these people I am so closely connected to but never knew.  To get a little glimpse into their lives. The picture below shows my grandmother (far left), Sarah and Farl's daughter, with some friends - love this.  Since I never knew her as a young woman, it's wonderful to see these images.  So often, old pictures are so posed and stuffy and somber - how nice to see a group of young women laughing and having fun together.

I'm so thankful to have these - I really wish I had more for other branches of the family tree.