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From: "juanita" <>
Subject: [ROOTS-L] WW II Memories
Date: Fri, 14 Oct 2005 19:06:58 -0500
Margarine is part of the "history" of families. I remember well
having to eat oleomargarine when it was white. Then the packets of
yellow were included and we had to mix it with the white lard-looking
substance. We had a dairy and my mother seldom had margarine on the
table. We separated the milk from our Jersey cows and used the cream
to make the butter. The skimmed milk went to the hogs. Today, I pay
nearly $3.00/gal. to buy skim milk. <smile> As for fat and
cholesterol, my mother-in-law, born in 1895, lived for 98-1/2 yrs.
and never thought about it. She ate what she wanted, or could afford
during the Depression and WW II.
I also remember the first sliced bread sold in grocery stores. My
Dad refused to buy it as he said he could read a newspaper thru a
slice, it was so thin. No one could bake bread like my mother. A
thick heel slice lathered with fresh butter...yum yum. I remember
too my grandfather lamenting about how lazy modern women were, to not
want to slice a loaf of bread. For awhile I was jealous of my school
friends who brought store-bought sliced bread sandwiches in their
lunch buckets. Not for long though...I loved the fried egg
sandwiches on homemade bread from home.
Thinking about modern women ... my granddad has his opinion about
women bobbing their hair too. That's another story.
The first television we owned is still in the family. My son has it
in his basement with his collection of other old memorabilia. It was
in 1955, a monster wooden cabinet with a round black and white TV
picture tube. We couldn't watch any programs after the 10 PM news as
the stations went off the air and all we had was "snow"or a test
pattern 'til the next morning. Most of our friends had TV's several
years before we did.
> X-Message: #10
> Date: Thu, 13 Oct 2005 17:17:26 -0500
> From: Don Bankston <>
> Subject: WW II memories
> How did we ever get from genealogy to margarine. !!!
> The margarine with the color pack was bad but it was a lots easier
> than leading the old cow to the barn, feeding her, milking her, going
> through the process you do before you "CHURN' the milk to get your
> butter, with a hand dasher. Skimming off the butter, washing it in
> water to get the milk out of it and then putting it in a press to
> shape it. Sure taste good and in those days there was no fat and
> cholesterol in butter. (How many people believe that).
> No TV to watch while churning, just those old radio show where you had
> to use your imagination as to scenery and what was happening. The
> first live radio show I remember seeing in a studio completely
> destroyed my interest of radio shows. You could actually see them
> slamming a fake door, ringing a buzzer for the door bell and after
> that, the imagination was not there anymore. Good thing someone
> invented TV.
> Remember the first TV's?? Cabinet was maybe 3 foot wide and 4 foot
> tall and had a screen maybe 4 X 6 inches, which looks lots like the
> portable ones they sell in discount stores today.
> Enjoy the good old days and the memories as that is most what we have
> in our OLD AGE, wonderful memories, when we cannot participate, go,
> and do as we did so many wonderful years ago.
> Don B