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Domestic Economy from The Bourbon News

As much as I love to cook – and eat – I was eager to share this find with you.  The year is 1882 and the title is Domestic Economy.  Have you ever watched The Great British Baking Show?  Once in each episode the bakers are given a very watered-down recipe – no oven temperature or time to bake, just enough to make them ask, how in the world do you make this?  Some of these recipes are the same.  But to cooks of that era I’m sure they knew exactly how to get the intended result.  The Soft Ginger Cake and the Cream Biscuits are calling my name – I will definitely try them!

The Bourbon News, Paris, Bourbon County, Kentucky

Friday, March 10, 1882

Domestic Economy

To always insure light dumplings, mix and let stand two or three hours before rising; cut into thin strips, roll in flour and boil twenty minutes.

Velvet Cream – Whites of four eggs beaten to a stiff froth; two teaspoonful each of sugar, currant jelly and raspberry jam.  Beat all together briskly.  Serve with or without cream.  With cake it is a delicious dish for dessert.

Soft Ginger Cake – One cup of molasses, one cup of sugar, one cup of sweet milk, half a cup of butter, one egg, two teaspoonful of baking powder, ginger and raisins to suit the taste.  Stir in flour enough to make a soft batter, not as thick as ordinary cake.  Bake slowly.

Parsley Sauce – Wash a bunch of parsley in cold water, then boil it for six or seven minutes in salt and water; drain it, cut the leaves from the stalks and chop them fine.  Have ready some melted butter and stir in the parsley; allow two small tablespoons of leaves to one-half pint butter.  Serve with fish and boiled fowls.

Cream Biscuits – Delicious little cream biscuits for afternoon tea are made by mixing self-rising flour with cream, which roll into a thin, smooth paste, prick, cut and bake immediately.  They should be kept dry in a closed tin box.  If the flour is not self-rising, salt it lightly and mix with a dessert spoonful of baking powder.

Ham Sandwiches – Chop the ham fine and season it with salt, pepper and mustard.  If the lean meat alone is used a little melted butter may be added.  Spread between thin slices of bread.  Cheese sandwiches are very nice; the cheese may be grated or cut in thin slices.  Mustard is added, or not, as pleased.

Snowdon Cake – This is a genuine Scotch recipe and is a great favorite with Scotch-American families.  Beat to a cream half a pound of butter, three-quarters of a pound of granulated sugar, the whites of six eggs, half a teacup of cream, and one pound of Bermuda arrowroot.  Add the beaten yolks of two of the eggs and a very little salt.  Bake in a mold one hour or more.

Mashed Potatoes – Pare and boil the potatoes, and, after every trace of the water has evaporated, mash them with you pestle, still in the kettle over the fire; they are naught if not kept hot.  Get out every suggestion of a lump and as you mash put in a generous quantity of fresh butter, and, if you have it, some cream, enough milk to make the potato rich and moist.  Salt it to taste and serve fresh and hot dish piled up and smoothed over in a hot with a little black pepper sifted on top.  Mashed potato which has stood on the stove for a while before serving is poor stuff.  If you want the top brown hold over it a salamander or a very hot stove lid – don’t put the dish into the oven, that only makes the contents watery.

Women’s Fashions From An 1896 Newspaper

It is one thing to have photos found in antique stores and try to guess the date they were taken, but another to have a newspaper spread of dated photos.  There have been many styles during the years, and some women adhered to them, always wearing the newest fashions.  Others were not lucky enough to have ready funds available for new clothes, and wore their dresses until they had to be replaced, fashion notwithstanding.  But seeing these photographs from the February 23, 1896, issue of The Courier-Journal of Louisville, Jefferson County, gives us a great example of what was in vogue for women’s fashion at that time.

And what a glorious time the late 1890’s were.  This was the era of the gigot or leg ‘o mutton sleeve.  At the beginning of the decade the bottom of the sleeve fit tight to the elbow, then a small puff to the shoulder.  Throughout the next six years the puff sleeve expanded and drooped, then expanded until it took almost a yard of material for one sleeve!.

from Dressed for the Photographer, Severa, 1995

‘The drooping sleeve persisted through 1893 and into 1894 but by 1895 had become much stiffer and wider.  Godey’s described the popular sleeve as wide and very flat on top with “a distinct inflation as they approach the elbow” (November 1895).  Such sleeves required about a yard of material each and were so heavy that the shoulder seam was lengthened somewhat to carry the weight.  By 1896 the sleeve had reached its apogee, extending almost horizontally from the shoulder.  The ideal by this time was to have no drooping lines in the upper sleeve, which meant that some internal support was necessary; this was accomplished by flatlining the super sleeve with a stiff crinoline or fibre chamois, a leathery fabric, before pleating into the armscye.’

The women listed in the top photo –

Top four – Miss Eula Haidison, Miss Lowle Braly, Miss Ella Steel, Miss Lena Hawkins

Middle three – Miss Vera Kerchival, Mrs. P. D. Houston, Jr., Miss Lois McClure

Bottom three – Miss Olivia Davis, Miss Clarice Braly, Miss Josephine Houston

1853-1903 Golden Wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Matt Goff – Daviess County

The Messenger Inquirer, Owensboro, Daviess County, Kentucky

Sunday, April 5, 1903

A Golden Wedding

Mr. and Mrs. Matt Goff, two of the most highly respected old people of the county, celebrated their golden wedding last Sunday at their beautiful country home near Sorgho.  They are a wonderfully preserved couple.  Mr. Goff is seventy-six years old, but is as active as most men who are twenty years younger.  Mrs. Goff is sixty-eight and has lost but little of the grace and none of the cheerful brightness of her former years.  Mr. Goff was born at Taylorsville, Kentucky, and Mrs. Goff, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Onan, at New Castle, Kentucky, both removing to Daviess County in their youth.  On the morning of March 29, 1853, they mounted their horses, accompanied by a number of their friends, who adopted the same mode of travel, and rode to St. Alphonsus Church, where their lives were united and their destines made one.  It was a happy wedding and was followed by a happy married life.  They have always lived on the farm they now occupy, and will make it their home until they are called from earth.  They have three daughters, Mrs. J. I. Molohar, of Henderson; Mrs. Edward Stiff, of Calhoun, and Miss Edna Goff of Sorgho, and three sons, Mr. T. S. Goff, of Aveline Kansas, and Messrs. Robert and Sid Goff of Sorgho.  The celebration of their golden wedding was not elaborate, only their children and a few of their neighbors being in attendance, but the presents received were numerous and handsome.  Both declared that they enjoyed their fiftieth wedding anniversary with as much zest as they did their first, which was not doubted by any of

those who saw them as they caressed and smiled upon each other.

Death, Birth and Marriage – In the March 23 1895 Frankfort Newspaper

The Frankfort Roundabout, Franklin County, Kentucky

Saturday, March 23, 1895

Deaths of the Week

A Rich Harvest for the Grim Reaper

Bryant – Mrs. Puss Bryant died Wednesday night at her home on East Main Street, after a brief illness, aged about 80 years.  The deceased was a sister-in-law of Mrs. Isabel Montgomery, with whom she has made her home of late years, but was formerly a resident of Council Bluff, Iowa, to which place the remains were shipped Thursday afternoon for interment.

Gallery – Mr. Mike Gallery died Friday night of last week at his home, a mile and a half from the city, on the Versailles Pike, after a protracted illness.  He was a native of Ireland but came to this county when a young man and by toil and economy had accumulated considerable property.  He was an honest, hardworking man, correct in all his dealings and leaves two sons and one daughter, as well as a large number of friends to mourn his death.  His funeral took place Sunday afternoon from the Catholic Church.

Cromwell – Mrs. Lizzie Jessee, wife of William Cromwell, Esq., died Thursday morning at 2:30 o’clock after an illness of five weeks with typhoid fever.  The deceased was a daughter of Col. George M. Jessee, of Henry County, had been married less than two years and leaves to her broken-hearted husband a bright little boy of four months old.  Of a lovely disposition which drew to her the hearts of those with whom she came in contact, having just located in a bright new home and with everything which made life to her worth living, the silver cord was loosened all too soon and a large circle of devoted relatives and friends are overwhelmed with grief for her loss.  Her father, mother, sisters and brothers, who had been constant and devoted in their attentions during her illness, were with her when the end came, and now that all is over will return to their homes with hearts bowed under an exceeding weight of woe, the grandmother taking with her little Willie, – too young to realize his terrible loss – will be tenderly cared for and nurtured as was the loved one who is gone.  The grief-stricken young husband, whose heart and home are thus shattered, has the sympathy of a large circle of friends and of those who sorrow with him.

The funeral took place yesterday morning at 11:30 o’clock from the residence on South Shelby Street, the services being conducted by Rev. W. B. Taylor, of the Christian Church, of which the deceased was a member.

Ellis – Mrs. Philipa Ellis died at the home of her son, Mr. Thomas Ellis, on the South Side, at 4 o’clock Monday morning, aged 86 years.  The deceased was formerly from Shelby County and had only recently removed to this city.  The remains were taken to her old home Tuesday morning and interred at Mt. Tabor Church.

Glanton – Mrs. W. A. Glanton died at the home of her husband in Eddyville on Tuesday and the remains were brought here for interment, the funeral taking place from the Christian Church Thursday morning.  The deceased was formerly Miss Sullivan, of this county.

Noel – Mr. Silas M. Noel, an old and well-known resident of this county died Thursday morning at 6 o’clock, at his home just below Leestown, after a lingering illness, aged about 65 years.

His funeral took place yesterday afternoon from his late residence and the remains were laid to rest in the family lot in the cemetery.


Ireland-Jillson – Mr. George T. Ireland, of Pleasureville, and Miss Mary Jillson, youngest daughter of Mr. R. B. Jillson, were married Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock, at the residence of the bride’s parents on High Street, in the presence of a few friends and relatives, Rev. W. B. Taylor officiating.  The newly wedded couple left shortly after the ceremony for a short bridal trip but will return to the city today and take rooms with the bride’s parents for the present.


Dean – In this city on Friday, Marth 15th, to Mr. Gus Dean and wife, a son.

Herdon – In this city on Friday, March 15, 1895, to Judge W. C. Herndon and wife, a son – John Presley.

Thomas – In Augusta, Georgia, on Thursday March 14th, to Mr. Landon A. Thomas and wife, a daughter – Ellen Polk.

Birthday Celebration of Civil War Veteran

The Kentucky Advocate, Danville, Boyle County, Kentucky

Thursday, July 20, 1911

Old Soldiers

Civil War Veterans at Perryville Celebrate the Birthday of a Comrade.

Last Friday at Perryville there was a gathering of gray-haired men that should go down in history.  The occasion was the sixty-eighth birthday of Mr. G. M. Hardy, and it was a reunion of the remnant of the Civil War veterans at that place – gallant men who were in their prime when the great battle of Perryville was fought, October 8, 1862.

One by one the warriors who took part in that strife are starting on their last long march, and the world-spent comrades left behind will not be long in joining the ranks.  Powder and gun-shot and battle-cry seemed far removed from the gentle old men who circled the board, but the fire in their breasts only smoldered, for camp tale and war story stirred them like a bugle call, and many reminiscences and personal experiences of those by-gone days made them forget that the snow was on their temples and the spring of youth was gone from their feet.  Of the memories awakened some brought laughter, but many a tale there was that brought tears for a fallen comrade, or one, who later on, dropped out of the ranks and started along, silently, on that long, lonesome march.  The day was one never to be forgotten by the grizzled veterans and their wives, who were once the girlish sweethearts of these ‘soldier boys.’

Not many years from now there will be another reunion, not of the little handful, but of a larger number and it will be in the ‘land that is fairer than day.’

The veterans who enjoyed the elegant dinner and helped Mr. Hardy to celebrate his birthday were Messrs. I. L. DeBaun, aged 81; Captain Whitehouse, 77; E. Harmons, 67; J. H. Minor, 70; L. A. Pipes, 69; J. W. Isom, 68; Napoleon Gabhart, 66; W. R. Myers, 66; Nelson Dunsmore, 73.  Mr. and Mrs. Herman Mayes delighted the guests with old time music and songs.

Mr. and Mrs. C. Upton Shreve Forfeit Golden Wedding Celebration Due to Poor Health

The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky

Sunday, January 26, 1902

The Golden Wedding Anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. C. Upton Shreve

Celebration Will Be Prevented, But the Venerable Couple Will Recall How the Freezing of the Ohio Delayed Their Marriage

Mr. and Mrs. C. Upton Shreve, of 1618 Third Avenue, left last night for Pass Christian, Mississippi, where they will spend the rest of the winter.  Mr. and Mrs. Shreve’s departure will prevent the celebration of their golden wedding on January 28, an event to which their friends have looked forward to for some time with the greatest interest.  Mrs. Shreve has been in very bad health for some months, and it was upon the advice of her physician that the proposed celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of their marriage was given up.

Mrs. Shreve was Miss McCandless, of Cincinnati, a daughter of Mr. James McCandless, of that city, and a niece of Judge Wilson McCandless, of Pittsburg, who was a very intimate friend of President Buchanan, and who himself refused the nomination for the presidency.  She is a granddaughter of Commodore Truxton, of naval fame, for whom the gunboat Truxton was christened a few months ago at the Norfolk shipyards.

Mr. Shreve was born January 12, 1828, and his birthday was first named as the day for the wedding to take place.  But on January 12, 1852, the Ohio River was frozen and Mr. Shreve was unable to reach Cincinnati at the appointed time.  The marriage was postponed until January 28.  Even by that day the Ohio was still frozen, and Mr. Shreve then went to Frankfort by stage.  From there he went to Lexington by the only railroad in the South at that time, and thence to Covington by stage, where he crossed the river on the ice.  The wedding took place at 10 o’clock a.m. January 28, 1852.

Mr. Shreve was born in Cincinnati, but when he was three years old his parents moved to Louisville.  He was graduated at St. Mary’s College, in Marion County, which was conducted by the Jesuits, and afterward entered the Law College in Louisville, being one of the first students to be enrolled in that institution.  He was president of the Eureka Coal Company, of Washington, Indiana, for many years and general cashier of the firm of Shreve & Brannin.  Several years ago he retired from the mercantile business and has since been living at his home at 1618 Third Avenue.

Mr. and Mrs. Shreve have six children who are now living.  They are Mrs. Tracy Underhill, who was Evelina Shreve; Mrs. T. P. Satterwhite, Jr., who was Minnie Shreve; Mrs. William Trabue, who was Elizabeth Shreve; Thomas T. Shreve, of Ferguson, Missouri; Charles U. Shreve, Jr., of the New York Herald, and L. L. Shreve, of Detroit.  Miss Sallie Shreve, who was the eldest daughter, died in her early youth.

It was greatly regretted by Mr. and Mrs. Shreve, as well as by all their friends, that they were unable to celebrate their golden wedding.  However, on Friday night an informal reception was held at their home, at which only relatives and intimate friends were present.  If Mrs. Shreve’s health permits they will spend a number of weeks at Palm Beach before returning to Louisville.

At one time, Mr. Shreve, with Mr. Preston Woolley, edited a weekly paper in Louisville called The Ron Ton.


Excerpts From The Evening Bulletin

The Evening Bulletin, Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky

Monday, July 25, 1898

Jasper M. Hixson

Death Saturday Afternoon of an Old citizen Whose Parents Were Among the First Settlers of Mayslick

The venerable Jasper M. Hixson died Saturday afternoon about 3 o’clock at the home of his grandniece, Mrs. Mattie Taylor, 1001 Second Street.  Deceased had been very feeble for some time, as a result of infirmities of old age.  Sometime Friday night he got up and dressed himself and in walking about the house fell down the stairs.  He sustained no serious injuries, but the shock was such that it hastened the end, and he peacefully breathed his last at the hour named.

Jasper Morris Hixson was a son of Nathaniel and Anna (Morris) Hixson and was born May 21, 1813, while his father was in his country’s service under General Shelby in the war then in progress.  His parents were among the first settlers of Mayslick.  He was married twice, but leaves no children.  His wives were sisters, daughters of Jack Metcalf.

Mr. Hixson was one of the early members of the Mayslick Baptist Church.  In 1849 he was one of the Mason countians who went to California, where he remained for years.

The funeral occurred this morning at 10 o’clock at the Mayslick Baptist Church, Rev. J. W. Porter, of this city, officiating, after which the remains were laid to rest in the cemetery at that place.


Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Gill entertained last Friday evening with a lawn party, in honor of their niece, Miss Willie Watson, and her guests, Miss Bessie Felix, of Ashville, N.C., Miss Lucy Chappel Power, of Augusta, and Miss Bessie Peed of Mayslick.  Twenty-five couples of Maysville society folk were in attendance.  The old Gill mansion is a beauty within itself and with the lawn strewn with Chinese latterns, and the house brilliantly lighted, it presented a most charming scene.  There was fine music.  Elegant refreshments were served, and at morn, it was with regret ‘Home, Sweet Home’ was heard.


Pearl Smith, a son of the late R. K. Smith of Brooksville, is in the list of sick and wounded soldiers brought last week from Santiago by the steamer Seneca, and now at New York.


Have you tried Chenoweth’s orange phosphate?  Made from the fresh fruit, at Chenoweth’s soda fountain; 5 cents per glass.


Charlie Owens, a twelve-year-old boy of Augusta, fell a distance of fifteen feet, and it is thought was fatally injured.


The next re-union of the Confederate veterans will be held at Charleston, S.C.


Mr. John McIlvainey is seriously ill at his home on Limestone Street.