I’m sure there’s a story behind how Aunt Mayme (really my great grandmother’s aunt) ended up publishing a recipe for Green Tomato Pickle in a San Francisco newspaper. I have no idea what that story is.
Aunt Mayme was Olive May Rhodes. She never married but supported her nephew Homer on a schoolteacher salary in Texas. She liked going to the movies and collecting the free gifts given to encourage ticket sales. In fact, one of those free gifts – a candy dish – sits on my dining room table.
Money was always a concern. She often didn’t even have enough money to send a letter so I doubt she ever traveled to California.
My point is that you never know what you’ll discover when you put someone’s name into a newspaper search engine. Sometimes, you can even search for free if your library has a subscription to Genealogy Bank, Newspapers.com or Newspaper Archive.
In the meantime, enjoy Aunt Mayme’s recipe from 1913.
4 thoughts on “Aunt Mayme’s Recipe for Green Tomato Sweet Pickle”
Thank you very much for the tip about checking our local library for possible access to newspapers.com. I just did that, and unfortunately my library doesn’t subscribe. But I probably should. I’ve just been reluctant to fork over the dough! i wish my ancestry.com membership included access to it.
Ancestry’s subscription used to include it. Then they spun it into its own business.
Don’t forget about ChroniclingAmerica.loc.org as a free newspaper site!
That’s a great resource!