Friday, October 21, 2016

Family Recipe Friday~For a Nice, Suitable Meal

Have you ever wondered what types of food your ancestors may have eaten? If they lived near or could travel to a store, what may have been available to them? Were there recipes showing how they cooked their food? A search of newspapers in the area your ancestors lived may help answer some of those questions.

The Watchman and Southron (Sumter, SC)
Wed., April 20, 1892-pg.6 image

Ducker and Bultman, a store in Sumter, South Carolina let their customers in April 1897  know that their list of foods "will enable housekeepers always to know where something nice and suitable for a meal, at this most difficult season for them, can be procured."
   It goes on to say that fresh meat is hard to come by just at this season.

As I look at the lists of foods available I think about my people who lived in or near Sumter. 
Most of them were farmers and grew their own produce and had  animals for meat.  Perhaps the "difficult season" brought them into town to feed their families.

  Did they see and follow the recipes for Ham and Bacon Breakfast Bread A La Epicure? Did they ever stop by for the fresh crackers and sliced cake? 
Did my ancestors go to Ducker and Bultman for a nice, suitable meal?  Ah, questions that may never be answered but the information in the paper gets me thinking about experiences they may have had.

Have you discovered interesting ads, recipes or other social history items in the newspapers from where your ancestors lived?
I would love to read about it. Please leave a comment below.

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  1. That's a great newspaper clipping. I have an old clipping from an ancestor who made & sold herbal medicines. Little slips of paper can be fascinating!

    1. Adds so much to understand the times they were living in, doesn't it? Thanks, Colleen!

    2. Adds so much to understand the times they were living in, doesn't it? Thanks, Colleen!