Behind the Lace Curtains – A Blog by Emily Mayer

  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Monday Mementos, Needleworks Part 4

    I don’t have a preference for big pieces or small pieces when it comes to needlework.  I enjoy them all, and have plenty of projects in all kinds of sizes and skills. I had purchased several smaller kits when I worked for House of Fabrics years ago and am now getting to finishing them.  This was a quaint one-Church by Continue Reading...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Sunday Dinner, Thanksgiving Leftovers Part 1, Sandwiches!

    One of the things I look forward to is the famous calorie bomb but oh-so-good Thanksgiving sandwich as a leftover the following day.  It’s simple-slather two pieces of white bread with Miracle Whip, add sliced turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce, put the top on with the second slice of bread and chow down.  We have these for a day or Continue Reading...
  • Celebrating History-November 10, 1917

    The effects of World War I were widespread and inclusive. No one and no industry was untouched. Articles printed in the November 10, 1917 issue of The Havre Plaindealer included price fixes for food and fuel, and Montana’s generosity in giving to the Red Cross. One of the young men sent to Washington state for training wrote to the Plaindealer: Continue Reading...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Friday Fun Day, Board Games

    My brothers and I loved playing board games when we were kids.  We played all kinds-Monopoly, Life, Clue, Sorry!  We had a good time!  I don’t play many of them today, I simply don’t have the time to dedicate hours to playing a game, but sometimes when Jamey’s family and I get together for a holiday celebration we play something Continue Reading...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Thursday Throwback

    One of Havre’s most beloved businesses-Buttrey’s Department Store, downtown Havre....
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Wednesday Work Day

    I’m still working on Christmas At The Cottage, moving things around and cleaning as I go.  Not the most exciting task, but oh, so necessary!...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Tuesday Tablesetting, Thanksgiving Table 2005

    I started hosting Thanksgiving dinner in 1999, after I purchased The Cottage.  It was my very own home, not a rental and not living with a relative.  My home, my kitchen.  I was excited! My tables back then were simple but properly set affairs.  For my Thanksgiving table in 2005, I used a simple brown tablecloth and coordinating napkins made Continue Reading...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Monday Mementos, Needleworks Part 3

    Here’s one of my favorite pieces of needlework.  It is called “Mill Pond” by Cathy Needlecraft, from an original watercolor by Rudy Ravasio.  I love scenes like this; quaint old buildings especially in an autumn setting....
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Sunday Dinner, Roasting the Thanksgiving Turkey

    There is a lot of advice that contradicts each other when it comes to preparing turkey for Thanksgiving.  Some say not to stuff them; we’ve stuffed our birds for generations without getting sick.  Others say basting is the way to have a juicy bird; I find covering it until the last hour of roasting, making sure there is plenty of Continue Reading...
  • Celebrating History-November 3, 1917

    The big story in the Havre Plaindealer’s November 3, 2017 issue was the exoneration of Hill County Attorney Victor Griggs. As you may recall, Mr. Griggs was accused by Montana Attorney General Sam Ford of not doing his job “maintaining” Havre’s red light district. Judge Mathews issued a very lengthy statement-the story was found on three pages throughout the paper-but Continue Reading...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Friday Fun Day, Attending Fundraisers

    Jamey and I enjoy attending fundraisers.  We love to support our community and contribute when we can.  There are all kinds of fundraisers here in Havre-events that benefit churches, fraternal organizations, business groups, and individuals who have health issues.  From museums to the arts and humanities, Jamey and I try to do our part making Havre and Hill County, Montana Continue Reading...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Thursday Throwback

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  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Wednesday Workday

    I’m still working on Christmas At The Cottage, but I’ve been sidetracked by all of the work it is taking gathering paperwork for my unemployment checks.  After two years of turmoil, particularly the past eleven months, chock full of backstabbing, meanness, stupidity, bullying and illegal moves, I left a position I not only pioneered, but loved for Hill County.  There Continue Reading...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Tuesday Tablesetting, Happy Halloween

    Happy Halloween, all!...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Monday Mementos, Needleworks Part 2

    Here is one of my favorite pieces.  I stitched this back in 1991.  It’s a Janlynn kit called Geese in Flight.  I enjoyed stitching it, though all of those French knots being uniform in size was a real challenge!...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Great Grandma’s Stuffing Recipe

    Here is the recipe I mentioned in my Saturday post about my Great-Grandmother Bunton’s stuffing recipe.  I never knew my great-grandmother.  My mother didn’t know her either, and my grandmother barely knew her before she passed away on March 12, 1924, a day before my grandmother’s 11th birthday.  Mom learned this recipe from grandma, who in turn learned it from Continue Reading...
  • Celebrating History-October 27, 1917

    Be looking for Behind the Lace Curtains-Sunday Dinner edition this week for the stuffing recipe! Most of the news in the October 27, 1917 issue of The Havre Plaindealer was related to the Great War. The price of coal was regulated by Dr. H. A. Garfield, the federal fuel administrator in Washington, D. C. Earlier in the year, Congress passed Continue Reading...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Friday Fun Day

    Last week, I mentioned that I enjoy doing needlework and that my mother had taught me this craft when I was a child.  It should probably not be a surprise that I still have  the first piece I ever embroidered.  This cute table scarf was stitched by me, with careful instructions from my mother, when I was six years old.  Continue Reading...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Thursday Throwback

    1946 Havre High Football team...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Wednesday Work Day

    Work continues preparing for Christmas At The Cottage.  People are getting excited, so I’d best get to it!...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Tuesday Table Setting No. 13, History Mystery Tea

    As I’ve blogged before, I hosted several teas celebrating Hill County’s Centennial back in 2012.  Had it not been for me, the milestone would have gone virtually unnoticed, and I was happy to host events and share the celebration with guests. One of my teas was around Halloween, so I called it the Hill County Centennial Celebration Halloween and History Continue Reading...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Monday Mementos, Needleworks

    I enjoy doing needlework.  My mother taught me to embroider at a young age, and although I’ve neglected this craft for a while, I’m picking it up again.  Most of the work I do is hoop work, but sometimes a stretcher bar is necessary or even a needlework stand is needed. I have a “giraffe” style needlework stand and it Continue Reading...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Sunday Dinner, Chicken Piccata

    Last week, I  mentioned I had several celebrity cookbooks in my collection.  Julia Child, Martha Stewart, Ina Garten, Ree Drummond, Paula Deen, Giada DeLaurentiis, Paul Burrell (the late Princess of Wales’ butler) and Lisa Vanderpump are among them, as well as White House chefs Rene Verdon, Walter Schieb and Vice President’s cook Russell Cronkhite.  So, it should come as no Continue Reading...
  • Celebrating History-October 20, 1917

    In case you’re wondering, yes there is a subliminal message in this week’s column.  I recently found out that Hill County Attorney Jessica Cole-Hodgkinson is claiming “illness” and the person who told me this indicated it was “cancer” for not doing her job, and I’m calling baloney.  She pulled the same stunt back in Polson when she was Lake County Continue Reading...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Friday Fun Day

    One of the greatest gifts my mother gave me is reading.  I’ve been a reader since about kindergarten, and Miss Joyce Kessinger was impressed at how well I could read when I was in her First Grade class.  I admit I was “teacher’s pet” that year, we got along splendidly. Mom was always buying me books and I still have Continue Reading...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Thursday Throwback

    Havre High Home Ec class, 1945. Yes, it is still important and yes, for girls and boys....
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Wednesday Workday

    Work is still ongoing with regard to after-storm clean up.  That snow sure beat up our trees, and I need to pull flowers and other dead plantings and prep the gardens for winter.  If only the darn wasps and hornets would leave or die off!...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Tuesday Table Setting No. 12, War of the Worlds Tea Party

    In 2013, I hosted a tea party celebrating the 75th anniversary of Orson Welles’ reading of “The War of the Worlds”, which was broadcast on radio stations nationwide.  I have a copy of that reading and played it throughout the tea party.  The reading took place in 1938, so naturally I wanted an authentic table setting for the period.  What Continue Reading...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Monday Mementos, Fiesta No. 5

    Happy Pumpkin was another Fiesta design offered through the Betty Crocker catalog.  I have only two pieces, this salt and pepper set.  They pair perfectly with the Fiesta Halloween Jumbo Chili bowl....
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Sunday Dinner, Sauce Dijon a la Provencal

    I’ve written about my (almost) obscene collection of cookbooks.  I have many local cookbooks put together by various groups as a fundraiser; cookbooks by famous authors (Martha Stewart, Ree Drummond, Ina Garten, etc.); White House cookbooks; a good start on the Foods of the World series by Time-Life books; Ideals cookbooks; ethnic cookbooks, the list goes on.  I also have Continue Reading...
  • Celebrating History-October 13, 1917

    Below was a great story.  The Montana Attorney General Sam Ford filing charges against the Hill County Attorney Victor Griggs for supposedly not doing his job prosecuting prostitution cases (the vast majority in Havre didn’t care), then sending one of his henchmen to town to make up trouble, then that person getting arrested himself, the Hill County Attorney calling bull Continue Reading...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Friday Fun Day

    Well, unless we decide to make it fun, we won’t be having much for a while because of the multitude of branches that still needs to be removed due to the Big Snow.  Not fun, but necessary!  So, we’ll be out pulling dead plantings and prepping the gardens/lawns for the winter....
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Thursday Throwback

    Snow sucks!  Snow storm, April 1955....
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Wednesday Workday

    Today we took out our old refrigerator that decided to die on us right after the big snowstorm a week ago and replaced it with a new one.  It was quite the fiasco.  Jamey had to take the doors off the old one to get it through the door, and thankfully our friend Brian Santiago helped Jamey bring in the Continue Reading...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Tuesday Table Setting No. 11, Happy Halloween Tea

    In 2015, I hosted a Happy Halloween Afternoon Tea Party and put some of my Halloween dishes and decorations to use.  A white linen-look hemstitched tablecloth served as the base (Walmart), with black woven circular placemats at each setting (Walmart).  On top of the placemats are Fiesta Tangerine dinner plates (thrift store), topped by cute owl salad plates with a Continue Reading...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Monday Mementos, Fiestaware No. 4

    Some of you might remember the Betty Crocker catalog, where one could buy some really neat items, most being exclusive only to that catalog.  One such offering was Fiestaware with designs on them.  My favorite was Black Cat, but I only got one piece before the catalog went out of business.  Here is my one and only Black Cat medium Continue Reading...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Sunday Dinner, Boston Baked Beans

    Last winter, I was working three jobs totaling 70 hours per week which left me tired and worn out.  I had no desire to cook anything and I missed out on one of my favorite things to cook-Boston baked beans.  These are the beans one has to start the night before, putting the beans out to soak, then get up Continue Reading...
  • Celebrating History-The Pepin Mansion

    Due to the severe snow storm and power outages, I was not able to get copies of The Havre Plaindealer I need in order to create my column, so there wasn’t one this week.  However, here is an oldie but a goody, one about the Pepin Mansion I wrote for the Havre Daily News several years ago.  Enjoy! The Pepin Continue Reading...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Friday Fun Day, Snow Days

    In my youth, my brothers and I would be out playing in that heavy heap of snow, making snowmen or throwing snowballs at unsuspecting neighborhood kids. I have absolutely NO ambition to go out and do anything!...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Thursday Throwback

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  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Wednesday Workday

    Holy catfish!  Yesterday’s winter storm sure gave us a wallop!  Over a foot and a half of heavy, wet snow which also broke many tree branches, including ours.  We really have our work cut out for us this weekend!...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Tuesday Table Setting No. 10, Homestead/Hospitality Snack Set

    Yes, I said “snack set”!  Snack sets get a bum rap.  Some people absolutely hate them, equating them with old lady luncheons at a church function.  Not so!  These little relics of the post-World War II era deserve some respect, and I’m on a mission to do just that.  I even have a Facebook page if you’re interested-Vintage Snack Sets. Continue Reading...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Monday Mementos, Fiestaware #3

    At the same time I bought my Fiesta Butterfly plates, I found this lone cute Fiesta heart bowl, obviously made for St. Valentine’s Day.  I can’t wait to use it for a special meal for my honey, Jamey!  St. Valentine’s Day is very special to us, so we like to celebrate in quiet but meaningful fashion....
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Sunday Dinner, Crock Pot Beef Stew

    Several years ago, I bartended at the local Elks Club and one of my shifts was Monday night.  Which of course in the autumn and winter means football.  I knew there would be hungry guys watching the game, so I would make a crock-pot soup or stew and bring some “fixins” to go with the meal.  One of the stews Continue Reading...
  • Celebrating History-September 29, 1917

    Autumn had just arrived and preparations for winter were in full swing in Havre 100 years ago. In war news, it was announced that all merchant vessels more than 2500 tons were being requisitioned for the war effort and prices for carrying government supplies was going to be regulated by the government, Montana was among the first contributing recruits for Continue Reading...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Friday Fun Day, High School Band

    When I was in High School, I played the trumpet in the band and participated in Pep and Jazz Bands.  Pep Band was the best!  We got to go to all kinds of games, and among my favorite was playing at home football games. Most of the time the weather was good, but there was more than one time that Continue Reading...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains: Thursday Throwback

    It’s time for some football!...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains: Wednesday Workday

    We’re still working on prepping the gardens and lawns for winter as well as preparing for Christmas At The Cottage.  We’d better hurry-the weather will change very soon and we’re not ready yet!...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Tuesday Table Setting No. 9, Joanne by Fine China (Japan)

    As you can tell, I love to go to thrift stores, rummage sales, the home department in stores, and I usually find some great items for the table and home décor.  Adding to my collections is fun, but I also pick up pieces here and there I mean to sell, if I can get the item(s) at a good price. Continue Reading...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Monday Momentos, Fiestaware #2

    One of the most coveted pieces of Fiestaware is what collectors call the “Unlisted Salad Bowl”.  It isn’t on any of Homer Laughlin’s price lists, but an ad from 1940 offers the bowl with matching salad spoon and fork for $1.00 and listed the color as yellow.  This is a difficult piece to find, and even harder in other reported Continue Reading...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Sunday Dinner, Banana Bread Delights

    My mother is an expert banana bread baker.  My brothers and I grew up with Mom baking it on a fairly regular basis.  It’s a great way to use up overripe (not rotten) bananas, heat up the house on a cold day, and offer a sweet treat for her family. When I was in Kindergarten, my classmates and I were Continue Reading...
  • Celebrating History-September 22, 1917

    The entire Havre community extends a Happy 100 Years Young birthday to Bernice Marie Ragnvald Hoveland Hardy, who was born in Havre on September 23, 1917. A dinner was given in her honor by her loving family, and we salute Mrs. Hardy on her very special day. I am humbled she loves to read this column and hope they bring Continue Reading...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Friday Fun Day, Game Shows

    Game shows are something Jamey and I get a kick out of, being 80s children and growing up with them.  We don’t watch every day, but often catch Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune.  I’m especially good at Jeopardy!...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Thursday Throwback

    It’s hunting season!...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Wednesday Workday

    I’m still working on cleaning out the Library, and some of my attention has shifted to getting the lawns and gardens ready for winter.  Trees and shrubs need to be trimmed, flowers pulled, flower pots cleaned and stored, and other things put away for the season.  Lots of work to do before the first snow flies!...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Tuesday Table Setting No. 8, Fiesta Butterfly

    Over the Labor Day weekend, I was cruising through Herberger’s and lo and behold, found something to buy on the clearance table!  I found some Fiesta Butterfly luncheon plates and a heart-shaped Fiesta bowl that said “Buy us!”  So, I did and bought the usual 6 plates.  Because if I didn’t, I would be kicking myself later that I didn’t Continue Reading...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Monday Mementos, Fiestaware No. 1

    A huge part of my collection consists of dishes, and Fiestaware is one of many.  I love my Fiesta!  It was made in 1936 by the Homer Laughlin China company until 1973, when it went on a hiatus until 1986 when it was reintroduced, no doubt to the new interest in all things Art Deco.  The concentric rings are a Continue Reading...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Sunday Dinner, Easy Party Lasagna

    Sometime in the 1990s, a cooking demonstration event was held at the Northern Armory Gym.  These used to come to Havre on a fairly regular basis, but none has occurred since that time.  For the first few customers, cookbooks were given out.  I didn’t get one, but my good friend, Lynne Mahan, had one and gave it to me, saying Continue Reading...
  • Celebrating History-September 15, 1917

    As the war raged on in Europe, adjustments were being made here in the United States. A second quota list was released and The Havre Plaindealer printed the names of the enlistees in its September 15, 1917 issue who were due to report to American Lake, Washington on Saturday of the following week for training. Major General Henry A. Green, Continue Reading...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Friday Fun Day, Festival Days

    This weekend is the annual Festival Days celebration in Havre.  After years of marching in the parade for a variety of entities, I pretty much stay away from it.  Mostly because of the wasps, they love to congregate where a bunch of people are, and they always manage to find me! One of the events I rarely miss is the Continue Reading...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Thursday Throwback

    St. Jude School Girls’ baseball team, 1920s....
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Wednesday Workday

    Work continues on putting things away in the front part of The Cottage, in preparation for (hopefully) Christmas At The Cottage.  This is not an easy task, as the Library has become a “catch all” for a bunch of things associated with my business-paperwork to file, books, etc.  So, here’s hoping to getting it done soon!...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Tuesday Table Setting No. 7, Old Country Roses

    My Grandma Mayer had a piece or two of Royal Albert’s Old Country Roses.  I always thought it was a lovely pattern, and longed to add some pieces to my collection. In 2014, I attended the annual Montana History Conference in Helena.  I had a Macy’s gift card that I thought I would spend, so I drove to Macy’s and Continue Reading...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Monday Mementos, Oil Lamps 3

    I come across Seaweed oil lamps every so often and find them interesting.  Here is an amber one with a textured bowl.  They usually find themselves on the piano in the Entry.  ...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Sunday Dinner, Meatloaf

    One of my favorite movies is A Christmas Story.  I have it on DVD but it is now tradition in my home to watch 24 Hours of A Christmas Story every year.  I don’t care if I’ve seen it 1,000 times, it’s still funny and evokes fond memories of youth. One of the scenes involves dinner, and it’s clear brother Continue Reading...
  • Celebrating History-September 8, 1917

    In The Havre Plaindealer’s issue of September 8, 1917, there was a follow up article on the front page about the send-off for soldiers given by the women of Havre: “LOCAL SOLDIER BOYS GIVEN FOND FAREWELL “Not until Wednesday did the people realize the nearness or actuality of the European war, when Havre sent forth its first five percent of Continue Reading...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Friday Fun Day, Needlework

    My mother taught me to embroider when I was a young girl.  I still have the first piece I ever embroidered, in fact, I have my mother’s, too!  I still enjoy embroidery work of all kinds, and also enjoy crocheting and tatting. I still think it is important to learn these crafts.  I’ve been to Hearst Castle and marveled at Continue Reading...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Thursday Throwback

    Summer Fun, Great Northern Montana Stampede Program, July 4-7, 1917....
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Wednesday Workday

    Jamey has been working on one of the lilac bushes in the back yard.  Unfortunately, little suckers have been taking over the area and need to be tamed.  So have some “volunteer” trees that need to be trimmed. That’s the goal for this autumn-get those trees cut away before the snow flies!...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Tuesday Table Setting No. 6, Old Britain Castles

    Many years ago, I was a member of a local political women’s club.  We met in each other’s homes, conducted business and enjoyed each other’s company and treats.  One of those meetings took place in the home of Elinor and Louis Clack.  Louis, as soon as we women showed up, left the scene.  Elinor was a gracious hostess and served Continue Reading...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Monday Mementos, Oil Lamps 2

    One of my favorite events is the Chouteau County Country Christmas.  Communities throughout Chouteau County host special events the first weekend in December. My favorite is in Virgelle, where the open the doors for a weekend of antiques shopping and baked goods galore. One such Country Store shopping excursion netted me this beautiful Depression glass green oil lamp.  I saw Continue Reading...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Sunday Dinner, Salisbury Steak

    When I organize a Sunday dinner, I can put together an elegant, fancy repast or choose simple meals that evoke memories past. One of the things Jamey and I talk about is the great food we had for school lunch.  We both went to Lincoln-McKinley School (named after two assassinated Presidents), and back then each school had its own kitchen Continue Reading...
  • Celebrating History-September 1, 1917

    Havre’s unions were getting ready to host a Labor Day celebration in Havre 100 years ago. This article was found on the front page of The Havre Plaindealer’s September 1, 1917 issue: “LABOR DAY WILL BE FITTINGLY OBSERVED “Arrangements Completed for Big Celebration “The trade unions of Havre have made arrangements for the biggest Labor Day demonstration ever staged in Continue Reading...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Friday Fun Day, Country Road Driving

    One of the things Jamey and I love to do is travel.  Sometimes, however, the extent of our travels are simply driving down country roads in our beloved home county and just being out on the prairie, out at Fresno, through the Bear Paw Mountains or even taking a trek 20 miles east to Chinook, Montana, one of Montana’s quaintest Continue Reading...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Thursday Throwback

    Summer fun in Havre, Montana, circa 1920s style! St. Jude Rectory and School can be seen in the background....
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Wednesday Workday, Clearing out the Cottage Library

    Work started this week to clear out my Cottage Library. This is where a lot of work takes place, so the place is a mess.  It has also turned into a catch-all, which I hate. The goal is to switch a couple of things around in preparation for Christmas At The Cottage, set for December.  I have not decorated in Continue Reading...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Tuesday Table Setting No. 5, Hill County Centennial Tea

    Had it not been for my efforts, Hill County would have had a dismal, unremarkable Centennial year.  I wrote an article that was published almost daily in the Havre Daily News, about half-way through, I added an “Old Ad of the Week” featuring advertisements found in the old local newspapers, I opened my private home for house museum tours, organized Continue Reading...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Monday Mementos, Oil Lamp 1

    It should not come as a surprise to learn that we have an extensive collection of oil lamps in our Cottage.  Westerners in particular have a love affair with them.  This part of the country was one of the last to be settled and even during the homestead boom, this area was still relatively sparsely populated.  Electricity and gas were Continue Reading...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Sunday Dinner, Ham It Up!

    We enjoy roasting a ham in our Cottage.  It’s great for Sunday dinner, and the leftover possibilities are practically endless.  We usually purchase a bone-in ham and stud it with sliced pineapple with a maraschino cherry in the middle.  The juices from the fruit mix with the saltiness of the ham making the most remarkable gravy.  Of course, mashed potatoes Continue Reading...
  • Celebrating History-August 25, 1917

    With the heat, the Chautauqua just ending, harvest still in full swing and the upcoming Labor Day weekend, there really wasn’t much in The Havre Plaindealer’s August 25, 1917 issue. Wheat crops were paying well, but warnings were issued to safeguard next year’s crop due to the war effort. One of the things I love most about the Havre area Continue Reading...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Friday Fun Day, Havre Elks Club

    We live in rural Montana, so there aren’t a lot of choices when it comes to Friday night activities.  We usually go to dinner and check out what’s going on at the Elks Club (we’re both members), then go home.  Not very exciting, even to us.  Havre doesn’t have night clubs and even if it did, that probably isn’t the Continue Reading...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Thursday Throwback

    The Chuckwagon, July 20, 2014.  She was torn down Monday, August 21, 2017, Eclipse Day.  The building, along with several others, were WPA projects back in the 1940s....
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Wednesday Workday, Gardening

    Today, I will be deadheading my flowers.  This keeps the blossoms coming and the plants looking full and lovely, and not thin and scraggly. Later, when I water, I will also feed my poor plants.  This year has been so hot, with little natural rain, that they aren’t doing as well as they should be.  But then, a lot of Continue Reading...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Tuesday Table Setting No. 4, Titanic Set

    For another tea party celebrating Hill County’s centennial, I organized a party in memory of the Titanic.  Let’s face it-over 100 years later, the ship and its people fascinate us and not just Jack and Rose.  I saw Titanic at the movie house, bought it on VHS when it was first released, and now have it on DVD.  Do you know Continue Reading...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Monday Mementos, Lighting Edition 4

    When I was a little girl, I spent a lot of time with both of my grandmothers.  One grandmother liked simple things, the other liked fancy things.  One grandmother didn’t care for knick-knacks (they were “dust catchers”); the other’s home was awash with them.  I  loved them and their styles both, but some things stand out in my mind. Grandma Continue Reading...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Sunday Dinner, Crock Pot Pork Chops

    Whoever invented the Crock Pot should get a medal.  From the White House, and make it real official.  Working people everywhere have put their Crock Pots to good use, and it comes in really handy during the hot summer months, too, when you’re sick of eating salad, chilled soups and cold sandwiches.  Put a meal in the Crock Pot, set Continue Reading...
  • Celebrating History-August 18, 1917

    Apparently, people were taking it easy either attending the Chautauqua or trying to escape the heat by going to the mountains 100 years ago, as with both last week and this week, there isn’t much news in The Havre Plaindealer. In war news, those who were ranching sheep were encouraged not to slaughter them, but to keep them for breeding Continue Reading...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Friday Fun Day, Music, Music, Music!

    Both Jamey and I enjoy music, and when we first started dating, we often went to the local concert series.  Music of all kinds was enjoyed by both of us, and we are sad that this is no longer a local option. Sometimes we go to Kicks at Six on summer Tuesdays and Sounds on the Square summer Wednesdays, but Continue Reading...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Thursday Throwback

    How’s this for a throwback?  Dr. Almas’ calling card.  Dr. Almas was a beloved Havre doctor who delivered many a Havre baby.  Calling cards are precursors to today’s business cards.  ...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Wednesday Workday, Gardens 2017

    This year has been an exceptionally hot and dry year.  I tried to grow a beautiful flower garden and planned on a Victory Garden, but that one never panned out and that’s probably for the best.  My flowers are not doing all that great, but then a lot of people’s flower gardens aren’t as spectacular as years before. This year, Continue Reading...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Tuesday Table Setting No. 3, Grandma’s Plaid Dishes

    When I was a kid, we always went over to Grandma Mayer’s home for holidays.  Auntie DD would have been preparing for days, and always made a big spread-turkey and stuffing, roast beef, ham, gravies, mashed potatoes, salads and desserts of all kinds.  Grandma had eight children and many either lived in Havre or a short distance away (relative to Continue Reading...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Monday Mementos, Lighting Edition 3

    Of all of the electric lamps and lights that are in my collection, two pair and a single one are especially dear to my heart.  One was given to me as a child-a lamp that also had a doll with it.  It was a 70s thing, and it was given to me by my Auntie DD.  Grandma O’Donnell gave me Continue Reading...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Sunday Dinner, Roasted Chicken Edition

    I would never admit this to my mother, but I enjoyed Martha Stewart on television.  She had three different shows going at one time: “From Martha’s Home” and “From Martha’s Garden” were on HGTV; “From Martha’s Kitchen” was on Food Network.  Both channels are part of Scripps.  However, her legal woes got her off the TV (as did other network Continue Reading...
  • Celebrating History-August 11, 1917

    There wasn’t much news in the August 11, 1917 issue of The Havre Plaindealer outside the upcoming Chautauqua performances in Havre. In the meantime, there were come gatherings reported in the Society column. “Shanks-Stocklyn “On Tuesday evening at the bride’s apartments in this city occurred the marriage of Guy V. Shanks and miss Emily J. Stocklyn. Rev. E. J. Huston Continue Reading...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Friday Fun Day, Let’s Picnic!

    I love picnics! When I was a child, my mother would fry up some chicken, make potato salad and get some chips and pop, and Dad would take us to the beautiful Bear Paw Mountains so he could fish and we could enjoy a picnic.  Those were wonderful childhood memories, but I never lost my love for picnics. Nowadays, Jamey and Continue Reading...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Thursday Throwback

    Boone’s Drug Store, probably sometime in the 19-teens.  The Cottage’s original owner’s establishment, located on the southwest corner of First Street and Third Avenue.  The New You Hair Salon, J. M. Donovan Designs in Fine Jewelry, Ruff Realty and the exit from Havre Beneath the Streets is now located here....
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Wednesday Workday, Grandma’s Hostess Set

    It took a little time, but here is my Grandma Mayer’s silver plated hostess set all polished, shiny and ready for service.  The set consists of a tea pot, coffee pot, covered sugar and milk jug.  I don’t know what happened to the matching tray; it disappeared long ago.  I found the one they are on at a local thrift Continue Reading...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Tuesday Table Setting No. 2, Homestead Edition

    Back in 2012 for the Hill County Centennial, I organized several tea and dinner parties to commemorate the event as well as other events reaching a milestone anniversary.  One party I organized was for the 150th anniversary of the Homestead Act.  I chose lime and yellow gingham dinner plates purchased at Herberger’s for the setting along with contrasting salad plates in Continue Reading...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Monday Mementos, Lighting Edition 2

    The Elks Club in Havre used to host several women entrepreneurs who set up a table and sold a variety of goods, mostly jewelry but also other things like thermal totes.  One of the sellers was Roxanne Mangold, a lady whom I’ve known since childhood.  She was selling Cookie Lee jewelry but also other things and brought in the cutest Continue Reading...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Sunday Dinner, Pork Roast with Ginger-Peach Glaze

    When I moved into my first apartment in 1991, my mother took me grocery shopping to set up housekeeping.  She taught me what to look for, compare prices and brands, and how to use coupons.  As we were going through the aisles, she picked up a Kraft cookbook that said it was free if we bought 3 Kraft items, so Continue Reading...
  • Celebrating History-August 4, 1917

    There was a lot of local news in The Havre Plaindealer’s August 4, 1917 issue. The 1917 Chautauqua schedule was the biggest news, with pictures of leading speakers and entertainers filling the front page, as well as a large advertisement with admission fees included and an encouragement to purchase a season ticket to avoid paying single admission tickets which were Continue Reading...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Friday Fun Day, Let’s Watch a Movie!

    Jamey and I watch a lot of movies.  He likes action ones, and I love period dramas.  We both enjoy a good comedy, but fail to understand all of these “reboots” and often don’t watch them.  Why, when we can enjoy the originals? We rarely go to the movie house.  The last time we went it was for Star Wars Continue Reading...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Thursday Throwback

    Here is the south side of the 300 block of First Street, now Town Square.  It was taken circa 1914....
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Wednesday Workday, Polishing the Silver

    It should not come as a shock that I like pretty things.  Some of those pretty things are silver, mostly plated, and need polishing and maintenance every now and then.  I don’t mind-it usually isn’t hard, just time consuming, and oh, so pretty and shiny when done! I keep a binder with loose-leaf paper, with each piece or set having Continue Reading...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Tuesday Table Setting No. 1, Jane Ray Edition

    Let me just admit it-I LOVE DISHES!!  It shows in my collection.  Some I purchased to keep, others I purchased to re-sell to raise funds for the house museum.  All at some point in time are used (that’s what they are for) and I truly enjoy creating beautiful table settings either for my guests or just for fun. Yes, I Continue Reading...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Monday Mementos, Lighting Edition 1

    There are several different lighting fixtures found in our collections.  Some are elegant, others plain, and others still are whimsical.  We have a lot of electric lights and oil lamps from days of yore. All are useful and necessary.  If the lights are on, we’re home and up doing something.  It is not unusual to pass by our homes in Continue Reading...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Sunday Dinner Memories and Steak Salad Edition

    Sunday Dinner.  Those two beautiful words mean so much to many families around the world.  During the Colonial era in America, people were supposed to rest on Sundays-no work, little play and pretty much read the Bible. Dinners consisted of meals that would take a while to cook in ovens while they cooled-even ovens weren’t allowed to be heated because cutting wood Continue Reading...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-New Laptop and Uplifting News

    I recently purchased a new laptop computer, and the transfer of the massive amount of data on my old laptop, found in e-mails and on my thumb drives is now complete, as is copying everything on to an external hard drive.  Next up is copying everything to a cloud service, so I can access information from anywhere when I need Continue Reading...
  • Celebrating History-Wife Swap and Trying to Escape the Heat

    Here is the column for July 28, 2017: A couple of weeks ago, I had included a bizarre article about wife swapping. The parties involved refused to speak to local newspapers, but the mother of one of the women thought it appropriate to speak to the St. Paul Dispatch. A copy of that article was printed in the July 21, Continue Reading...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Tribute to The Gentleman of Avalon

    One sunny summer day in 2008, a shy and gorgeous tuxedo cat was hiding in the lilac trees between The Cottage and The Mansion.  It didn’t take much coaxing from me to get him out of the bushes, and we instantly bonded.  He was hungry, in need of love and a good home, so of course we kept him! I Continue Reading...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Madrid Depression Glassware

    It should come as no surprise that I love antiques, especially glassware, china, and the like.  Among the collection are several pieces of Depression glassware, and the Madrid pattern has long been a personal favorite.  It was manufactured by the Federal Glass Company from 1932-39 and offered the pattern in amber, green, pink, crystal and Madonna blue, the blue being Continue Reading...
  • Celebrating History-January 13, 1917

    The mentioned J. A. Mayer is my great-grandfather, Jacob Mayer.   There were a few articles regarding local businesses on the front page of The Havre Plaindealer’s January 13, 1917 issue. “CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IN ANNUAL MEETING “Directors Chosen Tuesday for the Ensuing Year “At its annual meeting in the secretary’s office, last Tuesday, the Havre Chamber of Commerce chose Continue Reading...
  • Celebrating History-January 6, 1917

    I have been writing a column for the Havre Daily News about Havre and Hill County’s history since 2012.  My column appears weekly in the Friday paper, and I enjoy selecting articles from old newspapers to share with readers!  One of my 2017 Resolutions is to post that column weekly on my blog as well, and there sometimes may be Continue Reading...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Our Cookbook Collection

    The cookbook collection of the High Line Heritage House Museum is vast and broad.  Ethnic cookbooks, holiday cookbooks, cookbooks that highlight one ingredient, decade cookbooks, tea party cookbooks, celebrity cookbooks, Crock-Pot cookbooks, historic cookbooks-they are all in the collection.  What I especially love collecting are cookbooks put together by local groups and sold as a fundraiser for whatever cause they Continue Reading...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Happy New Year and Other Resolutions

    A happy new year is extended to you from Avalon!  Our celebration here was, as always, low key and quiet.  We left loud and raucous parties behind us in our twenties and are perfectly happy to spend New Year’s Eve at home with our cats.  Jamey made his annual shrimp scampi and it was delicious! With the new year comes Continue Reading...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-The Cottage Cats

    I’m not the only one who lives in The Cottage.  My lifelong companion, Jamey, lives here with me and so do five adorable cats.  I guess you could say we run a cat house! When Jamey first moved in with me, I had seven cats-Mackie, Skinny, Shorty, Buddy, Pippie, Smokey and Mr. Tux.  Sadly, we lost four of them in Continue Reading...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Historic Home Dreams

    Living and working in Havre’s two oldest homes is a dream come true for me.  I grew up on the north side of Havre, Montana, between the tracks and the river.  We are referred to as “river rats”, and not always nicely.  The house we lived in amounted to a one-bedroom shack, and I listened to my mother longing to Continue Reading...
  • Celebrating History-September 16, 1916

    The Fifth Annual Hill County Fair was underway this week 100 years ago.  A large article was on the front page of the September 15, 1916 issue of The Havre Daily Promoter.  It reads, in part: “HILL COUNTY FAIR MAKES FINE BID FOR PATRONAGE “Women Farmers make Magnificent Display of Agricultural Products.  City and Rural Schools in Competition.                 “Let Continue Reading...
  • Celebrating History-Missed column for September 9, 1916

    The Labor Day weekend threw me for a loop as far as trying to get things done.  This article was supposed to be published in the Havre Daily News on September 9, 2016, but I missed the deadline.  So, here is a bonus article-enjoy! News wasn’t that great in the Havre newspapers 100 years ago, as two locally prominent and Continue Reading...
  • Celebrating History-September 2, 1916

    Havre’s many labor unions were busy preparing for the upcoming Labor Day Celebration this week 100 years ago, and it was no small affair.  The September 2, 1916 issue of The Hill County Democrat outlined the many events plus prizes donated by various Havre businesses to the winners. The events included a grand parade with cash prizes for the best Continue Reading...
  • Celebrating History-August 26, 1916

    There really wasn’t much in the newspapers 100 years ago this week.  An announcement that the Hill County Fairgrounds would play host to car races the coming Sunday was printed in the Hill County Democrat’s August 26, 1916 issue.  Races for light cars, big cars and free-for-alls were scheduled, and the drivers included Jerry Wanderlich, King Kelly from Chicago, Captain Continue Reading...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Welcome to My New Blog!

    My website has recently been redesigned, and I couldn’t be more pleased with Heather DePriest of Montana Grafix!  She’s done a fantastic job!  When she first proposed a new website designed for smart phones, I knew I needed to convert and waited a year.  Now, the new and improved site has e-mail capabilities, visitors can book a tour on my Continue Reading...
  • Celebrating History-August 19, 1916

    The big news this week was the arrival of Congressional candidate, Jeanette Rankin, who was running on the Republican ticket. All three Havre newspapers ran a story about the event.  This article announcing Miss Rankin’s visit appeared in The Havre Daily Promoter’s August 14, 1916 issue: “MISS RANKIN WILL SPEAK “Miss Jeanette Rankin, candidate for congress, will be in Havre Continue Reading...
  • Celebrating History-August 12, 1916

    The Chautauqua was a hit so far in our city 100 years ago.  All three newspapers carried glowing reports about the presentations and attendance.  This article was on the front page of The Havre Plaindealer’s August 12, 1916 issue: “HUNDREDS ENJOY THE CHAUTAUQUA “All the Numbers Prove Interesting the Entertaining “Hundreds of Havreites and many visitors to the city have Continue Reading...
  • Celebrating History-July 29th and August 5th, 1916

    Most of the local news in the past couple of weeks centered around the upcoming Chautauqua and candidates for public office.  The year 1916 was an election year, too, and many Hill County citizens were running for the various open offices. Business was also brisk.  This article was published in the July 29, 1916 issue of The Havre Plaindealer: EXPRESS Continue Reading...
  • Celebrating History-July 23, 1916

    Havre, for the most part, was taking a break between the two big events of the first Great Northern Montana Stampede that had just finished, and the upcoming Chautauqua.  The courts, however, were filling that void by naturalizing many new American citizens.  Canada, Norway, Russia, Great Britain, Austria, Sweden, Denmark and Germany were our newest citizens’ place of birth, most Continue Reading...