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Burnt Sugar Cake; 1935 My Favorite Recipe

Burnt Sugar Cake Submitted by Mrs. Alex Guertin Cake1/2 cup butter1 1/2 cups granulated sugar2 eggs2 1/2 cups flour3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder1 cup milk2 tablespoon caramel syrup1 teaspoon vanilla Cream butter and sugar, add egg yolks, beat well. Sift flour and baking powder, add alternately with milk. Add caramel syrup and vanilla. Fold in siftly beaten egg whites and bake in layers in a moderate oven for 20 minutes. Frosting1 1/3 cups sugar1 egg1 TBL butter1 TBL caramel syrup2 TBL creamCombine and let come to a boil. Remove from heat and beat to right consistency. From the column "My Favorite Recipe." Cheney Free Press January 1935. Like ...

News from 1935: All-School Operetta

This advertisement was on the front page of the Cheney Free Press for several weeks in January 1935, inviting residents to attend the all-school presentation of the operetta, Chonita in the Cheney High School auditorium (known known as the Fisher Building.) As we celebrate the museum's 80th birthday, we are looking back to see what was going on in depression era Cheney in the year the museum collection was started. Join our celebration by making a donation to support our all-volunteer museum. Donate Now

1st Items in the Museum: 1870 Waterbury Clock

Two of the most important things we do are sharing the stories of the people and the items in our collection, and taking care of those items so they will be here for future generations. Preservation is not glamorous, it is proper shelving, acid free boxes, and cool dry rooms which keep these old items from rusting, cracking, fading, and getting damaged. Your donations pay for the materials to properly store our collection items like this 1870 Waterbury clock which was donated to the museum in 1935. It belonged to William and Rachel Cramer, and we believe it was given to them as a wedding present. They brought the clock with them from Indiana by ...

Martin & Hubbard Creamery Opened 125 Years Ago

One hundred twenty-five years ago in 1890, Frank M. Martin and Willis P. Hubbard opened the first creamery in Cheney. Frank Martin sold his share to Frank Fellows a few years later to go into the grain warehouse and milling business. You can help to ensure that we can keep telling the stories of our history by making a donation to the museum today. Click Here and make a donation to make sure we have many more birthdays to share with you. 

1935 Rebekah Lodge

Clubs and lodges were an integral part of residents lives in 1935. The two largest organizations were the Odd Fellows and the Masons. The Cheney Free Press acted as the social media forum of the day, and news about the election and installation of new officers in clubs was front page news. Rebekah banner in the collection. Morning Star Rebekah Lodge #24 installed the following women in January 1935: Mrs. Ruth Johnson, Grand Noble; Mrs. Lillian Fish, Vice Noble; Mary Barton, Secretary; Mrs. Nellie Webb Reuter, Financial Secretary; Mrs. Lucretia Bottorff, Treasurer;  and Mrs. Verna Kleiner, Trustee. The men of IOOF Lodge #21 also ...

Looking Back – 125 years ago

One hundred twenty-five years ago, the winter of 1890 brought heavy snow and a series of cold snaps in January and February with minus twenty-three degrees on January 5th. Settlers suffered losses of livestock and game animals. Like this story? Support our all-volunteer museum with a small donation here. 

1st Items in the Museum: Fluter Iron

This year we will celebrate the Cheney Historical Museum’s 80th birthday. Our exhibit highlights the first items in the collection, and I will be sharing some of those with you to show the diverse collection we strive to preserve. This fluter iron was brought to Cheney by Elizabeth Wezzig Ballinger in 1879. Elizabeth was born in Germany and came to the United States when she was about 13 years old. She was living in Nevada when she met Isaac Ballinger and at the age of 19 she married the 28-year-old and settled into married life. The couples’ son George was born in Nevada, but he was still an infant when they packed up their worldly proces...

1935 Women’s Relief Corps Officers

The museum committee of the Tilicum Club was organized in 1935. Throughout the year we will be looking back at life and events in Cheney 80 years ago to give a new perspective on our lives today. Following a covered dish luncheon at the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) hall, the General George Wright Post #8 of the Women's Relief Corps held their installation of new officers. Mrs. Bill Waters acted as master of ceremonies during the installation of the following officers: Love Davis, President; Anna Ottomeier, Senior Vice President; Myrtle Nelson, Junior Vice President; Carrie Andrews, Secretary; Emiline Jones, Treasurer; Nora West, Conductor; Ida ...