Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Tuesday, January 21, 1936

Cold but plesant
Shovelled paths and done chores-
got corn from corn house and filled can with grain from barn for hens-
Baked oat flake cookies* and made butterscotch pudding
Rec'd a letter from Christine-
Mother has been a little uneasy and resented me some what all day-
Thinks I am here to watch her-

Iliff Sr. and Iliff Jr. ca. 1950

*Irene's "oat flake" cookies are what we would call oatmeal cookies & were a favorite of my father's when he went to visit her for a few weeks every summer. My father, Iliff Willard Dolton, Jr., was the only child of her only child, the a fore mentioned Iliff Willard Dolton, Sr. (Jan 3, 6, 12, 16, 18, 19). As I have mentioned, I do not have Irene's recipes, but I will share with you the recipe I use when making oatmeal cookies which my dad also likes quite a bit.

Tisha's Oatmeal Cookies (modified slightly from the Quaker Oats lid)

  • 1/2 c. plus 6 T. butter, softened
  • 3/4 c. firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 c. granulated sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 1-1/2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 t. Baking Soda
  • 1 t. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 t. ground ginger
  • 1/4 t. fresh ground nutmeg 
  • pinch of salt (optional)
  • 3 c. uncooked oats (quick or old-fashioned)
  • 3/4 c. dried cherries (cut in half) or dried cranberries
  • 1/2 c. chopped pecans or walnuts
Pre-heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, beat brown sugar, granulated sugar, & butter on medium with electric mixer until creamy. Beat in eggs & vanilla. Mix in flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, & salt. Mix in oats, cherries, and pecans. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto cookie sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light golden brown. Remove to wire rack & cool. Store tightly covered.


  1. The 'thing' your father is standing on is called a stone boat. It was used to haul stones from the field after they went through the rows picking them up. At this time your grandfather would have been using a horse to do this.


Thanks for visiting this flashback to 1936. I'm sure Irene would be pleased! We'd love to hear from you.