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A blast from the past: Nellie Maxwell’s column provides recipes from 100 years ago

Collecting and sharing recipes has been a practice of mankind since cooking began. One longtime method of collecting recipes is through newspapers. Your hometown newspaper, the Gazette-Journal, has offered recipes since the early 1900s. Before the merger of the Mathews Journal and the Gloucester Gazette in 1937, creating the Gazette-Journal, the papers frequently printed syndicated food columns with recipes and household hints.

Among the longest-lasting columns was one written by Nellie Maxwell. They appeared first under the title of “Mother’s Cook Book” and later under the heading of “Kitchen Cupboard.” The oldest record on file of her column was found in a 1916 issue of the Mathews Journal. Her column was printed in the two papers until her death in 1936.

Nut bread recipe from 1921, made up 100 years later.

Her reach was so broad and so long-lasting that much information about her is available even today on the internet, from which we gleaned the facts here.

Miss Maxwell...

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