Thanks all for the memories of Grandma. I will work on the gluten free version of her scone recipe.
Rereading this reminded me to send the attached photos of Rockford University.
Sydney and Milan are preparing for their 9th season of synchronized figure skating. Their team competed at the National Championships in Rockford in February 2017 and I took the photos on a brief visit on the way to the arena. I couldn’t get the girls in the shot as they were with the team and the team schedule was too tight for a detour.
2018 championships were in Portland. Dave and Muffy got to see the team take fourth place. Medals are awarded for the top four places so the their team was on the podium!
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On May 14, 2018, at 09:25, Jim Canty <jimcanty> wrote:
Thanks for the great story about Mom!
I had always thought that Mom taught at Dominican College in San Rafael. In doing some Googling, I came across this 1889 ad for the College of San Rafael which was run by the Dominican nuns and later was called Dominican College and is now Dominican University. http://contentdm.marinlibrary.org/digital/collection/pssr/id/1xx
When Mom taught there, it was several years before the construction of the Bay Bridge and the Golden Gate Bridge and decades before the construction of the Richmond San Rafael Bridge. I always wondered whether she lived in San Rafael or found a ferry service from the East Bay to San Rafael.
Dad presumably was working at the then location of St. Mary’s College in Oakland at Broadway and Hawthorne. I have two doctors in the medical office building across the street and have noted that the old auto dealership building was torn down and there is now a huge construction project on the site. I have wondered what happened to the plaque that Dad had installed near the entrance on Broadway to the auto dealership building, commemorating the site of the old St. Mary’s College.
I vaguely recalled that the Oakland site for St. Mary’s was called The Brickpile. Googling turned up this website which has a photo of the plaque that Dad had installed in 1959 for “The Old Brickpile.” It has an interesting photo of the damage done by the 1906 Quake. Saint Mary’s College – Oakland – LocalWikixx
Saint Mary’s College – Oakland – LocalWiki
On Monday, May 14, 2018, 12:51:13 AM PDT, Barbara Wheeler <bcwgolf> wrote:
Today on Mother’s Day I am thinking of my mother, Maxine Ferguson Canty, who was born on May 1, 1905 in Macomb, IL, daughter of Frank Ferguson and Fanny May Corlett. Her parents were music teachers at Macomb Normal School in Macomb, IL. They had met in Rockford, IL, and Maxine grew up as an only child in Rockford, graduating from high school at age 16 and from Rockford College in 1925 at age 20.
After her graduation Maxine became alumni secretary of her college and met Tim Canty in about 1930 at a meeting of alumni secretaries in Canada. Tim was the Executive Secretary and founder of the Alumni Association of St. Mary’s College in Moraga, CA. They were married on August 9, 1933 at St. Leo’s Church in Oakland.
After her mother died in 1930, Maxine had moved to California with her father Frank. Maxine taught English at the College of San Rafael and received her Masters degree in English from the University of California at Berkeley in 1932. While awaiting my birth in 1934, my mother wrote a serial for the San Francisco Call Bulletin newspaper entitled, High School Tragedy. Soon followed the births of Patricia, Joan, Tim Jr, Jim, and Bob.
This photo was taken at Maxine’s apartment in Oakland on May 1, 1976 on her 71st birthday. She died 2 1/2 years later on Nov. 26, 1978.
For some reason I was thinking of the fact that Mom used to make Scotch Scones, so I made some this morning. My grandfather, Frank Ferguson, lived with us during the War from about 1941 until he died in Nov. 1943. He sold Watkins products door-to-door. For the scones I used a recipe from Mom’s Watkins cookbook. I remembered that Mom’s scones had sugar on them; these didn’t. So, I called my sister Joan tonight and she had a similar recipe, but with cinnamon sugar sprinkled on top. Here is the Watkins recipe with cinnamon sugar added:
4 T butter 2 cups flour Sift dry ingredients together. Blend in butter with pastry knife.
2 eggs 4 t. baking powder Add well-beaten eggs and milk.
1/3 cup milk 1/3 t salt Turn on to floured board. Roll 3/4 inch thick.
2 t sugar Cut in triangle shape. Brush with egg white diluted with water.
Sprinkle with mixture of cinnamon and sugar.
Bake 20 min at 450. (I used parchment paper.)
Hope you all had a Happy Mother’s Day.