Family Histories

Family Histories for the Rose and Kirkpatrick Families

Friday, July 31, 2015

Family Recipe Friday - Canning

These recipes were published in a community cookbook in Nowata, Oklahoma; not sure of the date, as the book is missing the cover and first few pages, but I'm guessing some time in the 1940's.  Summertime is canning time, so these recipes could come in handy right now.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Military Monday - Carter Elbert Rose, U.S.S. Wisconsin

While searching a new collection at for U.S. Navy Cruise Books 1918 - 2009, I was fortunate to find a photograph of my uncle, Carter Rose, aboard the U.S.S. Wisconsin.  The photo was taken some time between 1952 - 1954.  This is the first photo I've ever seen of him as a young man; he would have been in his mid-twenties at this time.  Some time in the next few years, he was invited to leave the military and spent much of his life as a transient.  He died in 2002 at the age of 74 in his hometown of Jacksonville, Florida.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Family Recipe Friday - Rhubarb Salad

I noticed there was fresh rhubarb in the grocery store this week.  It appears infrequently, so if you like it,  you grab it when you can.  This recipe is from Grandma's cookbook; it's one of those 70's style "congealed" salads.  But really good.

Rhubarb Salad

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

Heat rhubarb, dissolve jello into it and cool.

Mix other ingredients in a seperate bowl, then add to slightly thickened jello mixture.

Chill until firm.

*To cook rhubarb, trim away leaves.  Wash and remove fiberous strands on outside of rhubarb if necessary.  Slice stalks into one-inch chunks.  To cook, bring 1/4 cup water and 1/4 cup sugar to a boil.  Add rhubarb, bring back to a boil and simmer 10 minutes.  Let cool and store in refrigerator until ready to use.


Friday, July 10, 2015

Small Town Saturday - The Nowata Star

While searching through Google Newspaper Archives  I came across several issues of the Nowata Star published in the fall of 1943.  I was looking for information about my mother's family.  I found several ads for the grocery store my grandmother, Easie Stanfill, operated at the time.  She had been widowed just a couple of years earlier and had to take over operating the three grocery stores she and my grandfather had started in the 1930's.

 Looking at these newspapers gave a really glimpse into life in a small town at the time.  This was during WWII, so there were headlines about the war on the front page every day.

News about the draft was prominent.

The upcoming high school football game also made the front page.

The freshman class assembly (with my uncle, Eugene Stanfill, on flag salute) made the paper.

A Halloween party my grandmother gave was in the Society column!

Ration calendars were published periodically.

The calendar for church services were published weekly.

You could check to see what movie was playing at the town theater.

Eugene, Easie & Joyce Sue Stanfill, 1940's