Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Shanower Nuts

Claribelle Snyder (1895-1981) married Ralph Leo Shanower (1895-1979), my great-great uncle, on September 1, 1923, thus becoming my great-great aunt. She had been born in Bucyrus, Crawford County, Ohio, on January 16, 1895. The US Social Security Death Index gives an alternate birth date of January 15, one day earlier.

Claribelle and Ralph Shanower lived in Chesterland, Geauga County, Ohio, where he ran a service station for more than forty years. On September 18, 1925, the following Nut Bread recipe of hers was published in an unidentified newspaper. I suspect the newspaper was from the area around Chesterland, maybe a Geauga County paper; maybe the Painesville Telegraph in Lake County, Ohio; or maybe even the Cleveland Plain Dealer in Cuyahoga County.
Nut Bread.
Take 1 cup white sugar, 1 tablespoon butter, 1 egg well beaten, 1 teaspoon salt, 2 cups milk, 4 cups flour, 4 teaspoons baking powder, 1 cup chopped walnut meats. Cream butter and sugar, add egg. Sift flour and salt twice and add milk and flour alternately. Add baking powder in last half cup of flour, last add nut meats. Put in well greased bread pan, let rise one-half hour and bake one hour in moderate oven.
MRS. RALPH SHANOWER.                    
Claribelle Snyder Shanower died March 7, 1981, nearly two years after the death of her husband Ralph. I don’t remember ever meeting either of them, although I certainly could have. I don’t have any photos of Claribelle that I know of, but here’s one of Ralph, probably from the 1930s. I hope he enjoyed his wife’s nut bread.

Ralph Leo Shanower (1895-1979).

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