Archive for March 10th, 2010

Ef You Don’t Watch Out

March 10, 2010

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Herbert C. Hoover’s come to our land to stay
An’ fill the cups an’ saucers, an’ keep the wolf away,
An’ shoo the prices off their perch, an’ loosen up the hoard
Of them that harbors foodstuffs so we can’t pay our board.
An’ all housewives in the land, when the supper things is done,
They set around the kitchen fire, an’ don’t have any fun.
A-listening to the waste tales ‘at Hoover tells about,
An’ the H.C.L. ‘at gits you
Ef you

Onct they was some people wouldn’t save a scrap,
An’ when they went to bed at night ‘thought a hil o’ pap.
They all began to holler an’ they all began to bawl,
An’ then they turned the kivvers down an’ went out in the hall;
An’ they seeked food in the pantry, the cupboard an’ the press,
They seeked food on the shelves an’ everywheres, I guess,
But all they ever found was this, tater skin scooped out,
Er the H.C.L.’ll git you
Ef you

An’ one time they was some people ‘ud allus laugh an’ say
What’d they care for H.C.L., so as they had good pay.
An’ onct when they had company, an’ folks what knows was there,
They mocked ’em an’ they shocked ’em, an’ they said they didn’t care!
An’ while they was a-eatin’ all the food in sight,
They came to two Great Big Giants, which they was ‘bleeged to fight.
One was named Starvation, an’ t’other Famine-Drought,
An’ the H.C.L.’ll git you
Ef you

An’ Herbert C. Hoover says ‘at when the soil is rich,
An’ ready for the plowin’ an’ harrowin’ and sich,
An’ you know the country needs you to go an’ “do your bit.”
An’ show that you are “on the job” an ain’t a-goin’ to quit.
You’d better mind your president an leader true an’ dear,
An’ help the po’ an’ needy ones ‘at cluster all about,
Er the H.C.L.’ll git you,
Ef you

— Exchange.

The Daily Times – Dec 11, 1917

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Food conservation
Is the cry all day;
Mother’s eating iron bolts
And father’s chewing hay.

Henry’s ate the tablecloth,
The carpet on the stairs;
There’s nothing left for Mary Ann
Except to say her prayers.

Georgie’s stewing up the broom
To make a saving soup;
Willie’s out before the door
Gnawing off the stoop.

Reginald has made a hit
By cooking all his boots;
Door-knobs take the place of eggs,
And chandeliers of fruits.

Helen’s eating shredded wheat;
You’d hardly call it food.
I would call it — what’s the use?
I mustn’t be too rude.

The remedy is plain to see,
Although ’twill be a bore —
We’ll have to cut out eating food
Until we’ve won the war.

— Springfield Union.

Reading Eagle – Dec 15, 1917


How did they entertain you last evening?”


“I don’t understand you.”

“They didn’t serve a thing to eat.”

— Philadelphia Bulletin.

The Pittsburgh Press – Oct 24, 1917

You Aren’t Really Gonna Throw That Slice of Bread in the Trash, Are You?

March 10, 2010

The Pittsburg Press (Sep. 2, 1917) has a whole “cookbook” section in the paper, along with recipes,  nutritional charts and tons of articles about not wasting food etc.

It also includes the following letter from Herbert Hoover:

Here are two articles lecturing the reader about wasting milk and bread:


Half a cup of milk — whole, skimmed, or sour — a seemingly trifling matter — hardly worth the trouble to keep or use.

In many households quite a little milk is wasted — left uncovered in glasses — regarded as useless because the cream has been skimmed off — allowed to sour — poured down the sink or thrown out.

Now, if every home — there are 20,000,000 of them — should waste one the average one-half cup daily, it would mean a waste of 2,500,000 quarts daily — 912,500,000 quarts a year — the total product of more than 400,000 cows.

It takes a lot of grass and grain to make that much mild and an army of people to produce and deliver it.

But, every household doesn’t waste a half cup of milk a day? Well, say that one-half cup is wasted in only one out of a hundred homes. Still intolerable — when milk is so nutritious — when skim milk can be used in making nutritious soups and cereal dishes — when sour milk can be used in bread making or for cottage cheese.


A single slice of bread seems an unimportant thing. In many households one or more slices of bread daily are thrown away and not used for human food. Sometimes stale quarter, or half, loaves are thrown out.

Yet one good-sized slice of bread — such as a child likes to cut — weighs an ounce. It contains almost three-fourths of an ounce of flour.

If every one of the country’s 20,000,000 homes wastes on average only one such slice of bread a day, the country is throwing away daily over 14,000,000 ounces of flour — over 875,000 pounds, or enough flour for over a million one-pound loaves a day. For a full year at this rate there would be a wasted of over 319,000,000 loaves.

As it takes 4 1/2 bushels of wheat to make a barrel of ordinary flour this waste would represent the flour from over 7,000,000 bushels of wheat.

Fourteen and nine-tenths bushels of wheat on the average are raised per year. It would take the fruit of some 470,000 acres just to provide a single slice of bread to be wasted daily in every home.

To produce this much flour calls for an army of farmers, railway men, flour-mill people. To get the flour to the consumer calls for many freight cars and the use of many tons of coal.

But some one says, a full slice of bread is not wasted in every home. Very well — make it a daily slice for every four or every 10 or every 30 homes — make it a weekly or monthly slice in every home — or make the wanted slice thinner. The waste of flour involved is still appalling — altogether too great to be tolerated when wheat is scarce.

Any waste of bread is inexcusable when there are so many ways of using stale bread to cook delicious dishes.

Since you now feel too guilty to waste any milk or bread, here are a couple of the recipes from same “cookbook” section of the paper:


Three large tablespoonfuls of butter; melt; stir in a large tablespoonful of flour and one-half teaspoonful of dry mustard; 1 cup of milk; stir until a thick gravy; then stir into this 1 cup of flaked salmon; season well with salt, pepper and paprika; one-fourth teaspoonful of tabasco sauce, and, the last thing, pour into this one-half cup of catsup; serve on hot toast or on toasted crackers.

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1 cupful grated cheese.
1 cupful chopped English walnuts.
1 cupful bread crumbs.
2 tablespoonfuls chopped onion.
1 tablespoon butter.
Juice of half a lemon.
Salt and pepper.

Cook the onion in the butter and a little water until it is tender. Mix the other ingredients and moisten with water, using the water in which the onion has been cooked. Pour into a shallow baking dish and brown in the oven.

The Pittsburgh Press – Sep 2, 1917