Warehouse Point, East Windsor, Conn. The Church, 1927.
Octavo (23 x 15.5 cm.), 92 pages. Includes table of contents. Advertising interspersed. Evident FIRST EDITION. A church cookbook with two hundred eighty attributed recipes, from the North Central Connecticut community of East Windsor. Meat dishes document the “international” interest of the 1920s: English Hotch Potch, Hungarian Goulash, Italian Spaghetti, Dutch Casserole, and (jarring though it always seems) Arabian (Pork) Chops. Elsewhere an effort to include local American regions crops up: Virginia Vegetable Soup, Philadelphia Cinnamon Buns, Vermont Canned Chicken. A reference to whole grain in baking seems evident in one recipe calling for “entire wheat.” ~ Warehouse Point is a historic neighborhood in what, since 1768, has officially borne the name East Windsor. The area had been known as Warehouse Point since the mid-1600s, when it functioned as a river transport station at the southern edge of Springfield, Massachusetts Colony. The Wesley Church at 55 Main Street – now Wesley United Methodist of East Windsor – prospers, its white clapboards, rounded chancel, stunning stained glass, historic organ, not to forget the bell dedicated in April 1900, all faithfully maintained. ~ The signature of the book’s original owner may have belonged to Ruth Ethel Humason (1893-1949) who, according to census records that place them in Warehouse Point, had a younger sibling named Ina Louise (1895-1982). The identification rests on the slender evidence that a handwritten recipe labeled “Ina’s Choc Frosting” is folded on a loose leaf within the pages of Junior Aid Recipe Book. ~ Shelfworn. Stapled in green wrappers, now soiled, with black lettering and a photograph of the church within a black border; back chipped and separated, save for four strips of white cloth tape applied by a previous owner. Some pages splatter-stained, and page fore-edges soiled, with chipping and marring of text. Owner’s name in ink on front cover: “Ruth E. Humason, June 3rd 1927.” Good only. Unrecorded. [OCLC locates no copies; not in Brown or Cagle].