By Wanda A. Landey, Wanda A. Landrey
A descendent of 1 of the pioneering boarding apartment households, Wanda Landrey searched the massive Thicket area of East Texas to discover survivors of the boarding condominium period and to gather their tales and recipes. half nearby heritage, half cookbook, Boardin' within the Thicket is a nostalgic tour-de-force evoking an period now long past, yet was a ordinary a part of frontier tradition and event. whereas a pleasant and custom-made background, Boardin within the Thicket additionally deals a uniquely attractive sequence of dishes drawn from the menus of the boardinghouse kitchens, from Mrs. Badders Steamed Fruitcake, Aunt Phein's Bread Pudding, and out of date Fudge to Fried Frog Legs, Creamed Stewed Onions, and nation sort Baked Fish. Illustrated with interval images. A descendant of 1 of the pioneering boarding residence households, Wanda Landrey searched the massive Thicket to discover survivors of the boarding residence period and to assemble their tales and recipes. Wanda Landrey is a historian, author, and researcher who lectures at the tradition of the gigantic Thicket sector of Texas. She holds B.A. and M.A. levels in heritage from Lamar college. Boardin' within the Thicket obtained a quotation from the San Antonio Conservation Society and was once chosen to be between these featured in the cookbook, better of the easiest from Texas II.
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Other noteworthy gatherings at the hotel occurred when court was in session, generally twice a year. It was then that the circuit judge Page 4 and jurors, as well as a host of curious spectators, stayed there. One of the most memorable times was when the Sapp habeas corpus hearing was held in 1915. This hearing created interest throughout the state after a series of murders occurred in the Big Thicket involving two well-known Beaumonters, Emory Eran Sapp and his younger half-brother, Louis Sapp.
Their only source of food was the wild hogs and game that his father Warren brought in. Deer were plentiful, Page xiv he remembers, as were bear that fattened on the oak-tree mast. " For Uncle Yank, eighty years away from that great spread, that was not hyperbole. Outsiders didn't take to Thicket fare as well as Uncle Yank. A man by the name of George Caplen passed through the Thicket in 1887 and gave another view of eating in that area: "Their diet would by no means please the stomach of an epicure.
If travelers wanted lodging at the Commercial, he was happy to oblige them. If they wanted to stay somewhere else, why, his livery stable would provide them with round-trip transportation. After all, he was flexible, for a reasonable fee. In addition to assisting Grandma at the hotel, he grew vegetables which he conveniently sold to her for the hotel kitchen. I never could understand just exactly how Grandpa Bradley could bring himself to charge his own wife for food that he was going to actually eat later.
Boardin' in the Thicket: Reminiscences and Recipes of Early Big Thicket Boarding Houses by Wanda A. Landey, Wanda A. Landrey