Monday, July 22, 2013

September 22, 1956 A Beautiful Morning, Company for Supper, 212 For Dinner and A Bus Ride to Town

Chase and Sanborn coffee ad, Ladies Home Journal, Sept. 1956

Dear Mother & Daddy,

"It is a beautiful morning after being cold much of the week.  There have been so many colds around since the cold days started and now Ann has one.  She was awake most of last night with a stuffed up nose and coughing.

We had company for supper and they stayed late last night so we're all kind of lazy this morning.  The man who is teaching B's classes (while he works on curriculum) is married and has a 6 year old girl.  She and Ann had a big time.  I had invited Mildred Wells and her little boy but he was sick so they couldn't come.  Bob had to have someone to play with so we invited a neighbor boy to eat with us too.

B is on the program committee for the Philosophy of Ed. Society which meets in the spring at Easter time.  The chairman has called a meeting for today and tomorrow near Champaign.  They wanted him to come and stay all night but he didn't want to and besides we had promised to go to a pot luck supper tonight.  He'll try to get back before 6:00 tonight and then go back tomorrow and have to hurry back for a reception at 3:00.  B was disgusted about the meeting being called but can't get out of it.  The reception is for new faculty couples and we have to take the couple we had here last night.  We have to introduce them around and be their hosts.

My big dinner will be over Tuesday night.  We have all worked so hard, and have had to make some quick changes on things so we were afraid there wouldn't be many there.  But we have 212 reservations and that's the most that have ever come to one of these things.

Bob grumbles about piano but enjoyed his first lesson.  They all had fun.

Will you go through your Olson stuff and send me a shipping tag.  A friend gave me an old 9x12 rug and I don't have a tag to tie on it.  It ought to give you a lot of poundage.

I made rolls for supper last night.  They were the first ones I've made in ages and turned out real good.  I used one of the recipes Beulah gave me this summer.

The children still like school.  We are lucky about them going to the University training school because they won't take but just so many in each room.  There are about 26 in each room, I think.  The public schools here are terribly crowded.  Normal is building another grade school in the north end of town.  It's to be ready next year.

Ann's hair looks real cute.  It isn't very curly because she was too impatient for me to take the curlers out but it is soft and the ends turn up.

Woman's Day, Oct. 1956
I've done pretty well on my sewing this week.  Both of my dresses are almost ready to wear.  The "wash and wear" one is real pretty with the red trim on it.

B will have the car today so I'll have to take the kids to Bloomington on the bus for Bob's swimming lesson.  So I'd better get moving or I won't get my beds made."

                Lots of love,


Milnot Rolls

Mix 3 cups flour, 2 tsp. sugar and 1/2 tsp. salt.  Heat 1 can Milnot & enough water to make 2 cups.  Add 1/2 stick butter and 1 T sugar.  Soften yeast in 1/4 cup warm water.  Mix all together.  Add 1 cup flour and knead until smooth.   Form into rolls, let rise & bake at 375 for about 10-15 minutes.  Brush with melted butter while still hot.  


  1. What is Milnot Ann? Is it a type of evaporated milk?

  2. Yes, it's evaporated milk, used in the same way as Pet Milk, Carnation, etc. It seems to work well in rolls and sweet rolls, but I've never used it as whipping cream etc. It doesn't taste or look like milk:-)

  3. That recipe sounds so delicious! (I really want to freshly made Okanagan peach jam and butter all of some of these classic rolls). I always keep a can or two of evaporated milk to hand. It's saved the day, and played the starring role, a good many times in various dishes over the years.

    ♥ Jessica

    *PS* Thank you very much for the fantastic 1950s street photography link, dear Ann. They have a somewhat grittier, journalistic feel to them (than Foncie's work, I mean), and tell such captivating stories without saying a single word. I adored pouring over them today, my sweet friend, thank you again.


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