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Oatmeal Cookies 

From Laura Dell Phares

1 cup fat

1 cup sugar

2 eggs, beaten

1/4 cup milk

2 cups oatmeal

2 cups flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. Cinnamon

1/4 tsp. Salt

1 cup raisins

Cream fat. Add sugar gradually and work until creamy. Add other ingredients and drop by spoonful in buttered pan. Bake at 375 degrees.

These cookies are still made by my family. My cousin Mary Reynolds writes, these are “our oatmeal cookies! I add chocolate chips.” As a young woman in the 1920s, Mary’s mother, Ethel Mae Smoot collected a book full of recipes from old family members.

A little genealogy.
Laura Dell Phares was born 1866 in St. George West Virginia, daughter of Jasper Phares and Harriet Jane Kalar. “Della” move with her parents to Salinas California in 1880. There she meet Alabama born, Felix Grundy Norman, Jr., and they married i n 1884. They had two daughters, Zoe Jane and Mary Catherine. Della died in 1960 in Santa Barbara California.

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