Counting on a Cookbook



The Robbinsdale Library Club published a “Cook Book” which was printed by the Hennepin County Enterprise located in Robbinsdale. The cook book committee included Mrs. L. A. Bratager, General Chairman; Mrs. C. 0. Bergland, Mrs. C. W. Carter, Mrs. David Huston, Mrs. Ross Hazzard, Mrs. William Saunders and Mrs. E. N. Russ. Household hints in the Library Club cook book included “How to check your ice weight: in inches, the height x the width x thickness, divide the product by 30. Result is the weight in pounds. Stale bread if cut in slices, then laid together again, folded in a dampened napkin, slipped into a paper bag and laid in a hot oven for 15 minutes will come out like fresh bread. Where varnish has turned white, rub with alcohol and then with boiled linseed oil. Estimates of coffee for 100 women—three pounds; for 100 men— four pounds. To aid in whipping cream, add a drop of glycerine. The white of an egg dropped in lemonade is good for sick folks. Mud stains on black clothes—rub with a piece of raw potato.”

An indication of active local businesses as are the advertisements in the cook book which include:

Standard Oil Company—H. K. Quarve

Elmquist Shoe Store—next to Village Hall (on Broadway)

Wagner’s Cafe—4168 West Broadway

Plumbing—sewer, water and cesspool connections

Thomas J. Curry-394 7 Zane

Braun’s Bakery—4207 Webber Parkway

Insurance, all kinds at reduced rates—A. W. Landahl

Compliments of Mayor William G. Kranz

Dentist—Dr. W. L. Devaney, 4126 West Broadway

Dentist—Dr. H. J. Humble, Wiklund Building Dr. E J. Lillehei—4109 West Broadway, Wiklund Building

Robbinsdale Grocery—Frank Gfroerer—for better foods delivered to your kitchen

The cook book was so popular it was reprinted a few years later with the committee consisting of Mrs. L. A. Bratager, Mrs. Carl Jones, Mrs. G. H. Johnson, Mrs. Scott Wetzel and Mrs. J. S. Russ. The introduction included a recipe: “How to Preserve a Husband”

“Be careful in your selection. Do not choose too young. When once selected, give your entire thoughts to preparation for domestic use. Some insist upon keeping them in a pickle, others are constantly getting them into hot water. This may make them sour, hard and sometimes bitter; even poor varieties may be made sweet, tender and good by garnishing them with patience, well sweetened with love and seasoned with kisses. Wrap them in a mantle of charity. Keep warm with a steady fire of domestic devotion and serve with applesauce. Thus prepared, they will keep for years.”

1929 Rinso Advertisement

In May, Gene Shank attempted to set an endurance by refueling his new monoplane, “Miss Ranger” in the air.  The attempt failed when a rope tied to a five gallon can of oil lowered from the supply plane became entangled and threw “Miss Ranger” into a tail spin. Shank managed to right the plane and regain altitude after it had fallen within 100 feet of the ground.  The plane stayed aloft of Minneapolis for 52 hours.

Amy Robbins Ware and the Tea House she ran with her sister Edith in the 1920’s

On May 6th, Amy Robbins Ware passed away due to a cerebral hemorrhage. Amy was born in 1877 in her uncle’s T.B. Walker’s  art-filled home in Minneapolis.She began studying violin at age 8 and went into architecture after graduating from East Minneapolis High School in 1896. She added a bachelor of science degree in 1901 and a masters in arts in 1907 from the University of Minnesota studying everything from wood carving to design, drama to archaeology.She married a lawyer named J.R. Ware in 1907. Amy’s father gave the young couple a choice parcel of land they called the Orchards. Amy served as a nurse in France and communications instructor at Fort Snelling during World War I. Upon her return to Robbinsdale she published a book about her experience called Echoes of France. In 1926  Amy gained notoriety and acclaim after she wrote a series of articles regarding the prevention of war and the establishment of a world court.  A bugler sounded taps and detachment of soldiers from Fort Snelling served as pallbearers at her funeral. Amy Robbins Ware is buried in the family plot in Lakewood Cemetery.

A carnival was held in June to raise money for Playground equipment. Over 2,000 people attended. Entertainments were provided in the form of songs by Joseph Belgard, a Chippewa Indian and University Minnesota Student and a concert by the Robbinsdale City Band led by W.F. Grennell.

Adelaide Walker Robbins

On June 26th, Adelaide Walker Robbins, passed away in her home on Twin Lake. The sister of local lumber baron, T.B. Walker, Adelaide born in  Zenia, Ohio, in 1847. Her family moved Berea, Ohio 8 years later. in 1859, She entered Baldwin University at twelve. Two years later Adelaide volunteered as a nurse at Camp Chase and Tripler General Hospitals. She continued to serve until the end of the Civil War when she was granted “honorable discharge” by Dorothy Dix, chief of volunteer nurses. In 1855 Adelaide moved to St. Anthony, Minnesota and became a teacher at Marcy Elementary School. In 1869 she married Andrew B. Robbins and moved to Willmar where Mr. Robbins went to work with the Great Northern Railroad. The couple moved to St. Paul in the 1880’s. In 1890 the family finally settled  on the estate which Mr. Robbins platted on the west side of Twin Lake. In Robbinsdale they built many houses and planted carloads of trees. After Andrew Robbins died June 16, 1910. Mrs. Robbins worked with her daughters to maintain the family business and they continued platting and building houses . She stayed active in her later years as a member of College Woman’s club, Women’s Relief Corps, D. A. R.,  the Tourist club and the National Civic War Nurse association.

Looking West on 42nd in 1929. The building in the center is the old Nasset General Store. The first post office in Robbinsdale operated out of this store for over 20 years. The building was torn down in the 1960’s. The two buildings beyond it were demolished in 2017 to make way for a funeral home parking lot.

In December Robbinsdale voters turned down another Minneapolis Annexation scheme. Although the majority supported the merger the vote failed to gain the five-eighths necessary for consent.