The Taloga Times. (Taloga, Okla.), Vol. 15, No. 46, Ed. 1 Thursday, June 6, 1912 Page: 4 of 10
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MODEL LANDLADY RETIRES
AFTER FIFTY YEARS
Boarders Who Had Been With Her for From
Fifteen to Forty-five Years, Give
Her Farewell Banquet
The Famous Little Boarding Houm on South Green Street, Chicago.
CHICAGO.—Mlsa Margaret Mur-
ray, Chicago's model boarding
bouse keeper, bai retired from
business after conducting a
boarding bouse for SO years.
Bhe la eighty years old, and bas as
mucb money as she needs to keep bar
for the rest of ber days.
Fourteen men gathered t the little
farewell banquet she gave recently at
her boarding house, at 122 South Qreen
street, a dingy thoroughfare in the
heart of a manufacturing district.
Most of them were gray-haired and
old, some were wealthy and all were
well-to-do. They bad been her board-
ers for terms ranging from 15 to 45
On that occasion, these boarders
toasted their retiring landlady io cof-
fee of ber own brew, and called ber
"the paragon of boarding house keep-
ers," "the most wonderful boarding
bouse keeper in the world," and "the
beat boarding house keeper In all his-
Boarders Seldom Left Her.
One may beat Judge the bold she
- bad upon her boarders by the term of
years each one haa been with ber.
Her* la the liat of ber boarders and
the number of yeara each stayed:
Caae Stewart, official of the Chica-
go £ Northwestern railway, who be-
came a boarder with Miss Murray be-
fore the Chicago Ore. 45 years.
Inspector John Wheeler of the Chi-
cago police department, who became
i boarder when be was a patrolman.
Neil Mclntyre, srcbltect, 29 yeara
Edward Cooney, policeman. 26 years.
John Cassldy of the Central Trust
company of Illinois, 22 yeara.
Daniel O'Connor, broker, 20 years.
Timothy Daley, policeman, 18 years.
Michael Daley, his son. seventeen
years old. IS years.
Edward Beal, buyer for a depart-
ment store, IS years.
Dr. W. A. Quinn, II yeara.
Dr. William H. McCarthy, If years.
Frank Hoy, 16 yeara.
Samuel Wilson, IS jresra.
Dr. Charlss W. Imwall, IS years.
On* perbapa might wonder why
there was no boarder who bad been
with ber throughout the full SO years
she kept a boarding house. Miss Hur-
ry explained this at the banquet
"Michael O'Flaherty," she remark-
ed, feelingly, "was my first boarder. I
never knew a man who liked good
•off** so well or could eat so much
boiled ham aa O'Flaherty. He sat at
my table three times a day for 10
yeara. It was through no fault of his
own that be -Quit me. He died, poor
The food served st Miss Murray's
tabls seems to have woven a sort of
hypnotic spell shout her boarders.
Bom* of them vent away—or tried to
and la every tnstancs they cams
•ottering back like fascinated birds,
■one of ber boarders used to say
that, once a boarder with Miss Mur-
X always bar boarder.
There was OIBcer Timothy Daley,
for Instance. He began boarding with
Miss Murray 18 years ago. He didn't
want to leave her, but he fell In love
The big policeman knew that If be
married he would have to leave the
boarding house becauae bis bride bad
declared flatly that she would not
marry htm unleaa be aet up house-
keeping. For s long time OIBcer Daley
debated with himself, matrimony pull-
ing on one side and Miss Murray**
cooking tugging on tb* other.
In this battle bis heart finally won.
He married and left Miss Murray's
boarding bouse to live In a cosy flat
of bis own. A little son, Mlchsel Da-
ley, blessed his union. But In a few
years his wife died. Right after the
funeral Officer Daley took hla baby
and went back to Miss Murray. He
bas been there ever alnce, and so bas
As a model boarding bouse keeper
Miss Murray was no accident 8be
fitted herself by years of study, experi-
ment and bard work. In ber old age
she Is able to formulate certain rules
which, she says. If lived up to rigidly
will enable other boarding house keep-
ers to achieve success. Here are
some of the rules:
Olve everybody plenty to eat
Make the food plsln aad good.
Make the table and houae homelike.
Don't run too mucb to style. A man
would rather have a thick. Juicy beef-
steak than cut glaas and fancy sil-
Put everything on the table at once
and let the boarders help tbemaelvss.
Try to Pltsse Them.
Cater to individual appetites. If
one wants his steak well dons and
another wsnts It rare, cook their
Do your own marketing and make
marketing a study.
Make good coffee. Bad coffee baa
been responsible for more boarding
houae failures than any other one
Do your own cooking.
Have your table linen aad d Is bee
Never serve sny dish that Is not as
good as you know bow to make It If
altghtly burned or faulty In any re-
spect, throw It away.
Have plenty of hot water In the
bouse at all timea.
Have a certain hour for meals, and
serve them promptly on tb* hour.
Keep your rooms clean, and have
plenty of bedclothee In cold weather.
Hava all men as your boarders or
all women. Never try to mix aes
and women. As boarders they woa't
mix. Men are preferable
Mother your man. Darn their socks
and s«w their buttons on. keep tbelr
clothes In repair, aad attend to their
Permit no liquor to be brought Into
Enforce good behavior, bat allow
your boarders pl*aty of liberty.
Let your boarders play poker If
they wast to. bat Mo* the earns at
midnight, and dont tot them play for
Be an easy boas. Make your board-
ers your boys. Listen to tbelr trou-
bles. Olve tbem advice when they
aak It Remember the boarding bouae
U their home aa well aa yours.
Miss Murray haa given ber best
thought to ber boarding bouse. Bh*
has turned hundred* of persona away
who asked to become members of ber
family. Bhe boaata that ahe never bas
had a dl*aatlafl*d boarder. and n*vsr
lost a boarder *xc*pt from death or
Hera was no boarding bouse where
the "boarders yell when they hear the
dinner bell." She became known as
the beat old-faahloned cook In Chi-
cago. Each of har meals was an event
In the careera of her boarders, who
came to the table alwaya with smiles
of anticipatory Joy.
Miss Murray'a boarding bouse la a
modest two-story brick, with base-
ment wedged In between two big fac-
tory bulldlnga. It waa one* In tb*
midst of a residence district, but Its
neighboring residence* have been torn
down, on* by on*, and replaced by
factories and business houses until
Mlaa Murray'a houae baa been left
stranded high and dry, the one lomt
residence of the neighborhood. But,
deaplte the dingy environment, Mian
Murray'a boarding house haa pre-
served Its prestige
Brisk despite her four-score years,
and with her motherly face framed by
snow-white hair, Mlaa Murray sat the
other day after her retirement by one
of her front wlndowa and looked out
Into the atreet aa If ahe wished one of
her "boys" would swing open the Iron
gatea of her email front yard and
climb the front steps to suppsr.
"It's a lonesome world," she said.
"No one can know Just how loneaome
I feci. Many motbera lose their sons
on* by on*, but mln* have all gon*
"Such a fine lot they w*r*l They
were Ilk* own eona to me—alwaya
thinking of th* things I should Ilk*,
how to sav* m* work, how to mak*
Many a time I have lectured them.
Many a time I have given them sound
advice. Not one of my boya ever went
wrong. And to think I ehould have to
turn them out Into the streets!"
It Isn't hard to explain Miss Mur-
ray's influence over ber boarders. Bhe
radiatee bapplnesa and contentment
and a sharp Irish wit gleama through
all ber talk. The years have made ber
"I waa born In Ireland," ahe con-
tinued. "But I came to this country
when I was a small child, My parenta
settled In Iowa and later came to Chi-
cago. I learned to cook from my
mother. I started my first boarding
house fifty years ago at IS! North
Union atreet In the heart of a rail-
road district Twenty-eight years ago
I bought my present bouse.
"I have alwaya done my own mar-
keting and my owa cooking. I think
that le chiefly reaponaible for my
success. Most people think men are
hard to cook for. They are not I
have had no difficulty In pleasing my
"Cooney liked hla steak well done:
Inspector Wheeler liked his so rare
that the blood follows the knife, Doc-
tor Qulnn Uked It pounded before
cooking. Beal liked It with Juat a little
malted butter for gravy, Tim Daley
liked brown gravy and plenty of It
It didn't take much longer to aend tbe
meat to the table the way they want-
ed It and It didn't cost any mora."
Didn't Want Any Women.
"Why didn't you take In women as
boardersT~ Miss Murray waa asked.
"Men and women don't mix well In
a boarding house," ahe replied. "If
men don't care1 for the women they
doa't Uka them around, and If they
do car* for th*m th*r* are aura to be
unpleasant complications. I decided
at the outset to have only men ss
boarders. They are not so fussy as
"Did you always keep your board-
ers' clothes In orderT"
•Oh, yes. What's darning a few
socks or doing a little patching T It
didn't amount to anything, and it sort
of rested ms after the cooking. Tbe
boys didn't want ms to do It In fact
they complained a good deal about It
at first but I made them behave thsm-
s*lv*s about that aa I did about every-
ro MAKE MOLASSES CANDU
Recipe That Comae Direct Prom
Loulelana, the Home of THIS De-
Loulalana la rightly tbe home of mo-
lasses candy, for It waa right her*
(where sugar waa first raised in the
United States, and molassos, sweet
and health giving, waa first given to
the world) that molasses candy, or
"candle tire," as the Creolae call It
had Ita birth. "Candle tire" parties,
or molasses candy pullinga. were
among the pleasurable Incidents of
life among tb* early belles and beaux.
Take one quart of molaases, one table
spoonful butter, one pound granulated
sugar, two tablespoonfuls vlnegsr. one-
half teaspoonful soda and the Juice
of one lemon. Boll the molasses and
sugsr until It becomes thick when
dropped Into water. Add the vinegar,
lemon and butter. Boll until it har-
dens when dropped into water, stir in
a small half teaspoonful bicarbonate
of soda, and pour Into buttered Una.
and aa soon as It begins to cool, suffi-
ciently, pull until white. Moisten the
hsnds, while pulling, with ice water
or butter. The sticks may be single,
twisted, braided or flattened, accord-
ing to taste.
MAKING FRUIT FILLED CAKE
New Recipe With Pull Instructions
That Make Success Within Rsach
For the layers, cream one-balf pound
of butter and one pound of sugar, add
six well-beaten eggs, one pound and
one ounce of llour, one-balf pint of
milk and two even teaspoonfuls of
baking powder. Beat vigorously and
bake in round Jelly cake pans. For
the filling boll one pound of sugar
with water enough to dissolve it un-
til It threads. Pour slowly into th*
white* of four eggs, which have been
b*aten to a stiff froth, beating stead-
ily all tbe time. When all the ayrup
baa been consumed add one-quarter
pound of shredded citron, one-quarter
pound chopped figs, one-half pound
of raisins, seeded and cut line, aad
one pound of blanched and chopped
almonds, stirring tbe fruit into ths
Icing gradually. When all bas been
thoroughly blended, apread between
the layers and on the top and aides of
tbe cake. As this la rich cake It
should be cut Into small altces and
served with fruit punch.
NOT TH* DISIR6D RESULT.
"What luck did you hav* with that
fellow who advertised to make you
"I found after I had paid him that
I was shorter."
As to Coping.
"Drink is tbe worst evil with which
we have to cope."
"Yes, and Isn't it remarrkabl* that
so many people Insist on coping with
Later the Batter.
Hubby—Understand me, madam,
your extravagance will have to cease,
sooner or later. •
Young Wife—Very well. We'll
make It later.
If You Are a Trifle Sensitive
About the else of your shoes, you eaa
wear a size smaller by shaking Allen's root*
Ease, the anilseptlo powder, into them
Just the thing for Dancing Psrties aad for
Breaking In New Bhoes. .Sample .Pres.
Address Allen 8. Olmsted, Le Boy, H. Y.
Tb* Cat—Come on down and ril
show you a beautiful road.
The Bird—A dark one, I suppose,
and colored red.
M r _ Jon know what 701 ere Mklif.
a'be formula la plainly printed on mnr bottie,
ibovlni It la alaiply yainlne and Iron lu a uii«)cm
turn, and tbe amt effrctoal form. Foe imta
peo le and children. 60 aanta
Taught by Bxperlence.
Okes—Is there a green grocer near
Owen*—No; they're all wis*."
FOLDING TABLE MOST HANDY
Is Or*at Convenience In Small Apart
m*nt When Spac* Muat Be
For the email apartment where I
every Inch of space must be econo-
ls*d, there Is no pteca of furniture to
equal tbe folding table which when
closed msy be placed slmost flatly 1
against a wall. When opened this ta-
ble shows a flat surface covered with
balsa or morocco, on which a tea tray
may be set or a four-handed game of
cards be played. Through Its center
thla top Is Invisibly hinged and has
two flat lids, one of wblcb, whan
ralsad, discloses a shallow box con-
taining an entire sewing equipment. !
i Tbe otber side Is fitted wftb a com- 1
: plete writing deak set In sddltion to a ,
i blotter pad n*xt to which are sunken I
I grooves for pens and penclla and at
tbe two upper cornera wells for Ink
If ron cannot afford Wo cigars, smoke
LEWIS' Single Binder straight So made
of extra quality tobacco.
Agriculture supports nesrly 19,000,-
000 of the Inbsbitants of the Oerman
The moot stubborn eoatlreneas yields,
gently an<l naturally, to the persuasive actios
of (iartield Tea.
"You acted aa th*tr guardian, then?"
"In a way, yes. I treated them Just
as though they were my children.
Tb*y had all tb* liberty tbey wanted,
but I saw th*y didn't abuse It—aad
tbey never tried to. Moat of my board-
er* came to me when tbey were Just
starting out la llfs. They were away
from home aad there were a great
many temptations arouad them. If I
saw say of them discouraged or die
heartened or getting a little too giddy
I Just waited until there was a chance
aad talked over things with them.
After such a talk ths young fsUows
would stop to thlak. aad wton th*y
rsgllnl that 1 waa worrying about
them ther would stralgbtea np aad do
better Juat because of fay latersat In
ikaa. I Mvsr triad to rua my hoy*,
but I waa tod them to understand dl
tiaetly that anything that wont wrong
Tomato** and Chssa*.
Delicious ar* rounda of croutons—
braad fried to a golden brown In but-
ter, spread thickly with anchovy paste
sprtnklel with finely chopped pimen-
tos. Another spread Is a very thick
stew of tomatoea, almost the consist-
sncy of a paata, sprinkle with grated
sbeese of tbe ordinary American vari-
sty. The tomatoes should bejilghly
seasoned and quite rich with butter.
If hot chocolate la liked at tea time
Ibe flavor la improved by adding a
Irop of vanilla or a daab of brandy.
Poke Weed Salad.
Just as soon as the common poke
weed begins to project Its stout stem
abov* th* ground and open Ita leave*.
It Is la condition for an Ideal spring
salad. Only tbe tenderest tips of tb*
w«*d sbould be used snd thee* should
he cleansad and cook*d Ilk* any other
green Drain and pack th* cookod
v*g*tabl* Into Individual cups, and
when It Is cold, turn out the moldad
form* and sarv* with French dressing
or mayonnaise on lettuce leave*. Poke
wood I* also dollcloua used Ilk* spin-
Ts Remove Can Tepe.
Fruit can tops have an annoying
habit of sticking.
Have two strip* of , coarse sandpa-
per an Inch wide aad eigbt Inches long
In the kitcbea.
Fold tbe strip of sandpaper around
Ibe can top and give It a twtot: It will
Wb*n green shad** hav* b*oom*
faded, tbey can be renewed by rubbing
them with a rag squatted out of Uh-
London is the healthiest capital of
Agiinst So Many Surgical Op-
erations. How Mrs. Beltane
and Mrs. Moore Escaped.
Sfkeston, Mo.—"For seven year* I suf-
fered everything. I waa in bed for four
or five days at a tim*
every month, and so
weak I could hardly
walk. I cram pad and
had backacb* and
baadache, and waa
so nervous and wesk
that I dreaded to sse
anyone or have any-
one mor* In the room.
Tb* doctor* gav* ma
medlcin* to **** m*
•aid that 1 ought to
have an operation. I would not listen to
that, and when a friend of my husband
told him about LydiaE.Pinkham'*V*g-
•tabl* Compound and what it had don*
for hi* wife, I was willing to take it.
Now 1 look thepicturaof health and f*el
lik* it, too. I can do my owa housework,
bo* my garden, and milk a cow. I can
entertain company and eajoy them,
can visit when I choose, i
aad walk as far
aa any ordinary woman, any day in the
month. 1 wish 1 could talk to every
suffering woman and girt"—Mrs. Dema
Bethunb, Sikeston, Ma
Murrsyville, IIL—"I havs token Ly-
dia E. Pinkbsm'a Vegetable Compound
for a very bad case of f*mal* trouble
and It made me a well woman. My
health was all broken down, the doctors
■aid I must have aa operation, andlwss
ready to go to the hospital, but dreaded it
so that I began taking your Compound.
I got along so wall that I gavs up th*
doctors and wsa savsd from ths opera-
tion."—Mrs. Charles Mooks, R. B.
No. I, Murrsyville, IIL
"•H In Vreneto
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