Monday, December 24, 2012

Welcome to the World, Zachary Charles Spear, By Grandma MaryLou

On December 22nd, MaryLou Taylor Spear writes:

My son Daniel Taylor Spear and Kristi Moilanen are the proud parents of a baby boy--Zachary Charles Spear--born 8:02 p.m. December 22. Weighing 8# 10oz and 20 inches, has black hair and black eyes.

I am grateful all are well and doing fine, it is the greatest Christmas gift ever!

Bless us everyone. Much love to all,

Grandma Marylou

Kristi and Zachary

Daniel and Zachary Spear

Congratulations to Daniel and Kristi and little Zachary, and to Grandma Mary Lou!! With Great Grandpa Uncle Harold recovering from pneumonia in a nursing home--hoping to get home soon--may this quicken his recovery!

Merry Christmas!

Thought I would share a wonderful Christmas picture for the Baker cousin side:

This is a young Kathryn Margaret Wood Barron, clearly NOT happy with sitting on Santa's lap! A protective older brother Chic is standing closely by her side should she need his help.

Thanks for sharing this, Kathryn! Merry Christmas to all the Baker Cousins!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Holiday Recipes By Various Taylor-Bakers

Here are a few recipes to give us ideas when the icy rain and snow keep us homebound. Since my car literally slid into the lawn today, I decided to stay home most of the day and bake!

From Bryant Waller (B.W.) Taylor:
(Lloyd’s father)

Molasses Candy:

2 C. granulated sugar
½ C. corn starch or ¼ C. molasses
½ C. water
butter size of hickory nut (1 t.?)
Boil until it crisps in cold water (brittle)--270 degrees F.

Do not stir after it commences to boil--pour on buttered plates or tins to cool, then pull (with greased hands) until white. Then cut into bite size pieces on buttered tin to cool.

Barb Taylor, wife of Harold Taylor:

Oregon Salmon Loaf:
Lucille writes: “Best recipe I know of!”

1--16 oz. can red salmon
3 slices bread, cubed
2 eggs, beaten
¼ C. chopped onion (may use same in onion flakes)
¼ C. chopped green peppers
1 can condensed cream celery soup
1 T. lemon juice

Put in baking dish; 35-40 minutes at 350 degrees

Lilian Baker Howland, also known as Lilypickle:

Aunt Lil’s Brown Bread:

1 C. white flour
1 C. graham flour
1 egg
½ C. sugar
½ C. molasses
1 C. sour milk
1 t. salt
1 t. soda in ¼ C. hot water
Add raisins if you choose

350 degrees

From Ethel Baker Taylor:

Sugar Cookies:
These are the cookies that Bob and Nancy Taylor often cooked together. They are very close to a sugar cookie recipe from Aunt Lil B. Howland.

1 c. shortening 2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 c. sugar 1 tsp. vanilla
2/3 c. buttermilk (or 1 C sour milk)
3 c. flour--for drop cookies or 3 ½ -4 C. for roll
2 eggs, beaten 1 tsp. soda

Cream shortening and sugar, add eggs and vanilla, then add milk and dry ingredients alternately. Drop on ungreased sheet. Sprinkle with sugar. BAKE: 375 degrees for eight minutes

Butter Tarts:

Ethel’s daughter, Ruth, was also known for these tarts.

Butter, size of egg
1 C. brown sugar
1 egg
1 C. raisins
¼ C. coconut
1/3 C. chopped nut meats
1 t. vanilla
1 t. vinegar
Mix and fill ½ full in patty shells lined with ordinary pie crust. Bake 20 minutes at 350.

Lemon Sugar Cookies:

½ lb. butter
2 C. sugar
2 eggs
1 t. lemon extract (or vanilla)
2 ¼ C. flour
3 t. baking powder
½ t. salt

Cream butter, add sugar gradually and cream thoroughly. Add eggs one at a time and beat well. Add lemon, sift flour, baking powder and salt together. Add to creamed mixture and stir well. Chill dough, then roll out. 350 degrees--12 minutes

These recipes will get us started! Hope everyone enjoys the wonderful foods created, cooked and eaten this month!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Theo Carson’s Close Encounter By Pat Kinsella Herdeg

Theodore William Carson

Every once in a while, as I transcribe diaries and journals, I come across small nuggets of gold.

Delving into Emma Jane Carson’s journals is not for the weak-hearted because of the number of journals--more, it is the foolish who choose to begin, so you see where I stand!

To catch up on family genealogy, Emma Carson, daughter of William Carson and Jane Livingston, married Bryant Taylor (B.W.), and was the mother of Floyd and Lloyd, among other children.

Emma came from a large and close, loving family of Carsons. Emma had five brothers—Albert, Theodore, George, Edward and Harry. She had two sisters, Mary Elizabeth and Anna. Theodore was three years younger than Emma, so they were close in age, and close in actuality, as he often stayed overnight to help when Emma and Bryant’s children were young.

After Emma married, most of the Carsons remained in the area with the Taylors only a short buggy or train ride away.

On to my nugget of interest:

In her 1888 journal for December 5th, 1888, Theo's sister, Emma Carson Taylor writes:

"We were terribly shocked this morning to get a large letter from Anna (Emma’s sister) to Bryant telling us the sad news that Theo had accidentally shot himself last Friday, but was now doing as well as could be expected. We are waiting the result. We cannot help but cry ‘Oh God, spare him!’”

The twenty-five year old Theo was working for a year as a farm hand in a nearby town. He had not spent Thanksgiving with his family, but stayed on the farm. Orrin Taylor, brother of B.W.--again showing that the Carsons and Taylors were close as family friends-- was spending Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, with Theo who was two years older than Orrin. About three o’clock while they were shooting at a target, Theo tried to make sure his footing was good before taking aim and instead slipped, arms flailing to attempt to catch himself. With that, the revolver went off, the ball entering his head above his ear.

Emma then transcribes a letter from her father, William, who rushed from his home to help Theo. William writes to his wife Jane and his children; Jane and their children at home read the letter and then sent it on to Emma and Bryant:

“It is a great comfort to see him as well as he is, and there is a faint hope that he may come through it. I hope you will have grace to be resigned. It is a hard thing to bear, but let us put our trust in our Heavenly Father hoping for the best. All of you pray for him and for yourselves, and let us say ‘Thy Will be Done.’ If there is any change for the worst I will telegraph to you. I remain your Husband and Parent, Mr. Carson.”

By Sunday, two days after the accident, William again writes:

“He is just now eating breakfast, sitting up in his bed. If you were here and could see him, the pleasant look and smile on his face would do you good. He feels as we all do, that it was a very sad affair, yet he is so resigned to whatever the result may be that nothing seems to bother him, only as it seems to make others trouble. When I got here, he could not speak, but was sensible, and knew me. Pretty soon he could talk and almost the first thing he said to me was that it was all right with him, let the result be what it would, but how will Mother stand it?”

By Monday, Father again writes to his worried family:

“It really does look as if he is going to be around again in a very short time. The Dr. says that there is a possibility that if the ball is inside of the bone that it may remain there and never make him any trouble. So we will hope for the best, and put our trust in him who said to the singing waters peace, be still and there was a great calm.

Four o’clock and fifteen minutes, Monday a.m., Wm. Carson”

Theo and Eunice Carson, 1897

Theodore William Carson did live to tell about this accident with, as far as we know, no lasting side effects. He married nine years later, and lived to the age of 43. While not the longest life, he DID make it past this event in his young life.