Looking Back


Miss Miller’s, Frye street, potato soup: Three potatoes, one quart milk, two slices onion, two tablespoons butter, two tablespoons flour, one and one-half teaspoon salt, one-fourth teaspoon celery salt, one-eighth teaspoon pepper, speck cayenne, one teaspoon chopped parsley. Cook the potatoes until soft. Scald the milk with onion. Mash the potatoes and the milk and put through a strainer. Add the butter and flour well creamed together and stir until well blended.

Mrs. O. P. Frost’s, Hampden Corner, graham cookies: One cup sugar, one egg, one-half cup lard, two tablespoons molasses, four tablespoons milk, one small teaspoon soda, and a little salt. Stir up a stiff batter with graham. Roll out in flour.

50 Years Ago, 1957

Fuel oil and gasoline distributors in the Twin Cities are receiving notification that prices on their products are to increase one cent a gallon. Up to the time of the increase, which already is in effect for some distributors, fuel oil has been selling for 15 cents a gallon but will now cost 16 cents a gallon. Range oil will also go up and will now cost 17.5 cents a gallon.

Damage estimated at $30,000 was caused by a fire which swept the Rumford Steam Laundry on Chaplain Street, destroying an extra heavy amount of laundry which was ready for delivery to customers.

25 Years Ago, 1982

Farmington residents were startled early to hear strange sounds and find things not quite as stable as usual. Around 7:45 a.m., several residents began feeling what later was known to be an earth tremor. Dogs reportedly became frightened, dashing around wildly and barking furiously for no apparent reason. Reactions to the earth tremor were varied around the area. Some thought the rumble and shaking were caused by heavy trucks on the highways while others thought a strong wind was blowing. The tremor was reportedly felt in parts of Industry.