The Taloga Times. (Taloga, Okla.), Vol. 15, No. 46, Ed. 1 Thursday, June 6, 1912 Page: 6 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 House on South Green Street, Chicago.
CHICAGO— Miss Margaret Mur-
ray, Chicago's model boarding
bouse keeper, has retired from
business after conducting a
boarding bouse (or 50 years.
She la eighty years old, and baa as
much money aa she needs to keep her
for the rest of her days.
Fourteen men gathered t the little
farewell banquet she gave recently at
her boarding bouse, at 122 South Oreen
street, a dingy thoroughfare in the
heart of a manufacturing district
Moat of them were gray-haired and
old, some were wealthy and all were
well-to-do. They had been her board-
ers for terms ranging from 15 to 46
On that occasion, these boarders
toasted their retiring landlady in cof-
fee of her own brew, and called her
"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 best Judge the hold she
- bad upon her boarders by tbe term of
years each one haa been with her.
Hera la the Ilat of her boardera and
tbe 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 Are, 45 yeara.
Inspector John Wheeler of the Chi-
cago police department, who became
s boarder when he waa a patrolman,
Nell Mclntyre, architect, 29 years.
Edward Cooney, policeman. 21 years.
John Cassldy of the Central Trust
company of Illinois, 22 years.
Daniel O'Connor, broker, 20 years.
Timothy Daley, policeman, IS years.
Michael Daley, bis son, seventeen
years old, 16 years.
Edward Beal, buyer for a depart-
ment store, 15 yeara.
Dr. W. A. Qulnn. II yeara.
Dr. William H. McCarthy, It years.
Prank Hoy. 16 yeara.
Samuel Wilson. 16 yesra.
Dr. Charlsa W, Imwall. 16 yeara.
One perhaps might wonder why
there waa no boarder wbo had been
with her throughout tbe full 60 years
aba kept a boarding house. Miss Mur-
17 explained this at the banquet.
"Michael O'Flaherty." abe remark-
ad. feelingly, "was my first boarder. I
never knew a man who liked good
eoffee so well or could eat so much
boiled ham aa O'Flaherty. He aat at
my table three times a day for SO
yeara. It waa through no fault of his
owa that ha quit me. He died, poor
The food served at Mlaa Murray's
table seems to have woven a sort of
hypnotic spall about bar boarders.
Borne of them vent away—or triad to
. and la avoir la stance they came
fluttering back Ilka fascinated birds.
Some of bar boardera used to say
(hat, once a boarder with Mlaa Mar-
•y, always her boarder.
There waa Officer Timothy Daley,
for Instance. He began boarding with
Miss Murray 18 years ago. He dldat
want to leave her. but ha fell In love
The big policeman knew that It be
married he would have to leave the
boarding bouse because bis bride bad
declared flatly that she would not
marry htm unleaa he aet up house-
keeping. For a long time Officer Daley
debated with hlmaelf. matrimony pull-
ing on one side and Miss Murray's
cooking tugging on tbe other.
In this battle bla heart Anally won.
He married and left Mlaa Murray*a
boarding house to live la a cosy flat
of his own. A little son, Michael Da-
ley, bleaaed bla union. But In a few
yeara bla wife died. Right after the
funeral Officer Daley took hla baby
and went back to Mlaa Murray. He
baa been there ever elnce. and ao has
As a model boarding houae keeper
Miss Murray was no accident. She
fltted herself by yeara of study, experi-
ment and hard work. Ia her old age
she Is able to fotmulate certain rules
which, she saya. If lived up to rigidly
will enable other boarding houae keep-
era to achieve success. Here are
some of the rules:
Give everybody plenty to eat
Make the food plain aad good.
Make the table and houae homelike.
Don't run too much to atyle. A man
would rather have a thick. Juicy beef-
ateak than cut glaaa and fancy all-
Put everything on the table at once
and let tbe boardera help tbemaelvee.
Try to Plsase Them.
Cater to Individual appetites. If
one wanta hla ateak well done and
another vante It rare, cook their
Do your own marketing and make
marketing a study.
Maks good coffee. Bad coffee haa
been rooponslble for more boarding
house falluraa than any other oae
Do your own cooking.
Have your table linen aad dishes
Never serve any dtab that Is not aa
good as you know bow to make It If
slightly burned or faulty la aay re-
spect. throw It away.
Have plenty of hot water la the
houae at all time*.
Have a certain hour for meals, aad
serve them promptly on tbe hour.
Keep your rooms clean, aad have
plenty of bedclothes la cold waether.
Have all men as your boarders or
all women. Never try to mix sea
aad women. As boarders they won't
mix. Men are preferable.
Mother your men. Darn their aoeka
and aew their buttons on, keep their
clothes 1a repair, aad attend to their
Permit ao liquor to be brought Into
Enforce good behavior, bat allow
your bearden plenty of liberty.
Let your boarders play poker If
they wsat to, bat stes tbe nas at
midnight, aad doat let them play for
high • takes.
Bo aa easy boa*. Make your board-
era your boya. Listen to their trou-
ble*. Olve them advice whoa they
aak it Remember the boarding bouse
la their home *■ well aa youra.
Miss Murray has given her beat
thought to her boardlag houae. She
haa turned hundreds of persons away
who aaked to become membera of her
family. She boaata that she never baa
had a dissatisfied boarder, aad nsver
lost a boarder except from death or
Hers was ao boarding bouse where
the "boarders yell when they hear tbe
dinner bell." She became knowo aa
the beat old-faahloned cook In Chi-
cago. Bach of har meala waa aa event
In the careera of her boardera, who
came to the table alwaya with amllea
of anticipatory Joy.
Mlsa Murray's boarding houae la a
modest two-story brick, with base-
ment wedged In between two big fac-
tory bulldlnga. It waa once In the
mldat of a realdence district, but Ita
neighboring realdences have been torn
down, oae by one. and replaced by
factories aad bualneaa houae* until
Mlaa Murray'a houae baa beea left
atranded high and dry, the one lonit
realdence of the neighborhood. But,
despite the dingy environment, Mlsu
Murray'a boarding houae haa pre-
served ita prestige
Brlik deaplte her four-aoore years,
aad with her motherly face framed by
aaow-whlte hair. Mlaa Murray aat the
other day after her retirement by one
of her front windows aad looked out
Into the street as If she wished on* of
her "boys" would swing open the Iron
gates of her small front yard aad
climb the front steps to suppsr.
"It's a lonesome world." she said.
"No one can know Just how lonesome'
I feel. Many mothers lose their sons
one by one. but mine have all gone
"Such a fine lot they were! They
were like own aona to me—alwaya
thinking of the thlnga I ahould like,
how to aave me work, how to make
Many a time I have lectured them.
Maay a time I have given them aound
advice. Not one of my boya ever went
wrong. Aad to think I ahould have to
turn them out lato the streets!"
It Isn't hard to explain Mlaa Mur-
ray'a Influence over ber boardera. She ;
radlatea bapplneaa and contentment
aad a sharp Irish wit gleams through
all her talk. The yeara have made har
"I waa bora la Ireland," aha con-
tlaued. "But I came to this country
whoa I waa a a mall child. My perenta
settled la Iowa aad later came to Chi-
cago. I learned to cook from my
mother. I started my firat boarding
houae fifty years ago at lit North
Union street la the heart of a rail-
road district Twenty-eight years ago
I bought my proeent houae.
"I have alwaya done my owa mar
ketlag aad my owe cooking. I think
that la chiefly reapoaslble for my
success. Most people think men are
hard to cook for. They are not I
have had no difficulty In pleaalng my
TO MAKE MOLASSES CAND1
Recipe That Cornea Direct Prom
Loulelana. the Home of Thla De-
Loulalaaa la rightly the home of mo-
las sea candy, for It waa right hers
(where sugar waa first raised In tha
United States, and molasses, sweet
and health giving, was first given to
the world) that molaaaea candy, or
"caadle tire," as the Creoles call It
had Ita birth. "Candle tire" parties,
or molaases candy pullinga. were
among the pleaaurable Incidents of
life among the early belles and beaux.
Take one quart of molaases, one table
spoonful butter, one pound granulated
sugar, two tableapoonfuls vinegar, one-
half teaspoonful soda and the Juice
of one lemon. Boll the molaaaea and
augar until It becomes thick when
dropped Into water. Add tbe 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 tins,
and aa aoon aa It begins to cool, suffi-
ciently, pull until white. Moisten the
handa, while pulling, with Ice water
or butter. The sticks may be single,
twisted, braided or flattened, accord-
ing to taate.
MAKING FRUIT FILLED CAKE
New Recipe With Pull Inatructlons
Thst Make Suceses Within Rsaeh
For the layers, cream one-half pound
of butter and one pound of sugar, add
six well-beaten eggs, one pound and
oae ounce of llour, one-half pint of
milk and two even teaspoonfuls of
baking powder. Beat vlgorouely and
bake In round Jelly cake pans. For
the filling boll one pound of sugsr
with water enough to dlasolve It un-
til It threads. Pour alowly Into tas
whites of four eggs, which have been
beatea to a stiff froth, beatlag stead-
ily all the time. When all the ayrup
haa been conaumed add one-quarter
pound of shredded citron, one-quarter
pound chopped figs, one-half pound
of ralalna, seeded snd cut fins, aad
oae pound of blanched and chopped
almonda. stirring tbe fruit Into ths
Icing gradually. When all has been
thoroughly blended, spread between
tbe layers aad on the top and aldea of
the cake Aa tbia la rich cake It
should be cut Into smsll slices and
served with fruit punch.
NOT THE D
"What luck did you have with that
fellow who advertised to make you
"I found after I had paid him that
I was shorter."
As to Coping.
"Drink Is the worst evil with which
we have to cope."
"Yes, and isn't it remarrkable that
so many people Insist on coping with
Later the Better.
Hubby—Understand me, madam,
your extravagance will have to ceaae,
sooner or later. •
Young Wife—Very well. We'll
make It later.
FOLDING TABLE MOST HANDY
"Cooney liked his ateak well doas:
Iaspector Wheeler liked his so rare
that the blood follows the kalfe, Doc-
tor Qulaa liked It pounded before
eooklag, Beal liked It with Just a little
melted butter for gravy, Tim Daley i
liked browa gravy aad pleaty of It j
It dlda't take much longer to **ad tbe
meat to tbe table the way they want-
ad It aad It didn't coat aay more"
Dldat Want Any Women.
"Why dlda't you take In women aa
board*r*T" Mlaa Murray waa aaked.
"M*a aad women doa't mix well la
a boardlag house." aho replied. "If
men don't care1 for the womea they
doa't like them arouad, and If thsy
do care for them there are sur* to be
ua pleasant complications. I decided
at the outset to have only men as
boarders. They are aot so fussy as
"Did you always keep your board-
era' cloth** In order?"
"Oh, yea. What's darning a few
socks or doing a little patching? It
dlda't amount to anything, aad It sort
of rested me after the eooklag. The
boys dlda't want me to do It la fact
they complalaed a good deal about It
at first but I made them behave them-
selves about that aa I did about every-
"You acted aa their guardlaa. then?"
"In a way. yea. I treated them Just
aa though they were my chlldrea.
They bad all the liberty they wanted,
but I saw they dlda't abuse It—aad
they never triad to. Moat of my board-
era came to me when they were Just
startlag out la life They were away
from borne aad there were a great
maay temptattoaa arouad them. If I
saw aay of them discouraged or dis-
heartened or gettiag a little too giddy
I Just waited until there waa a chsncs
aad talked over things with them.
After each a talk tbe yonag fellows
would atop to thtak, aad whan they
rialliii that 1 waa worrying about
Ukeia tber would atralgbtea ap aad do
better last bsssass of fay latere* la
them I savor tried to ran my boys,
bat I waa ted them to understand die-
tlaetly that saythlag that weat wroai
was hard oa sm."
la Great Convenience In Small Apart-
ment When Space Muet Be
For the amall apartmeat where
every Inch of space must be econo-
Ised, there Is no piece of furniture to
equal tbe folding table which when
closed may b* placed almoat flatly
agalnet a wall. When opened thia ta-
ble ihows a fiat surface covered with
baise or morocco, oa which a tea tray
may be set or a four-handed gam* of
cards be played. Through Its ceater
this top is Invisibly hinged and has
two flat lids, one of which, whoa
raised, dlacloses a shallow box con-
taining an entire sewing equipment.
Tbe other side Is fltted with a com-
plete writing desk set In sdditlon to a
blotter pad next to which are aunkea
groovea for pens and pencils and at
tbe two upper corners wells for Ink
If You Are a Trifle Sensitive
About the alxe of your shoes, you caa
wear a etze smaller by shaking Alien'a Foot*
Ease, the antlaeptlo powder. Into them
Just the thing for Dancing Partiee aad for
Breaking In New Shoes. Sample Flee.
Addreu Allen 8. Olmsted, Le Boy, N. Y.
The Cat—Come on dowa aad m
show you a beautiful road.
The Bird—A dark one, I suppoae,
and colored red.
_T**« the <£. , .
CHILL TONIC. Tua know what Tom are labia*,
/be formula la plalaly printed on mrjr botUe,
I'm formula la plainly printed on mnr b
ibowin* ti u slmpiy Quinine and Iron la a taai
form, and tbe moat effectual iona. For §
peo laand children. 10 aanta
Taught by Experience.
Okes—Is there a green grocer near
Owen*—No; they're alt wise."
If too cannot afford lOe rtgars,
LEWIS' Single Binder straight Bo
of si Ira quality tobacco.
Agriculture supports nearly i9.000r
000 of the Inbabltaata of the Oermaa
The most stubborn eoatlrenees yields,
gently ami naturally, to the persusalrs actios
of Usrteld Tea.
Tomato** and Ch***a.
Delicious ar* rounds of crouton*—
brsad fried to a golden brown in but'
tor, apread thickly with anchovy paste
sprinkle 1 with finely chopped pimen-
to* Another apread I* a vary thick
itew of tomatoes, slmost the consist-
sncy of a past*, sprlnkl* with grated
shoese of the ordinary American ari-
•ty. Tbe tomatoes should be-highly
•easoned and quite rich with butter.
If hot chocolate is liked at tea tlm*
lb* flavor I* Improved by adding a
Irop of vanilla or a dash of brandy.
Pok* Weed Balad.
Just as aoon as the common poke
weed begin* to project It* stout atom
above the grouad and opea Ita leave*.
It I* la condition for aa Ideal aprlag
ealad. Only the tenderest tip* of the
wood ahould be used and tbeae should
be cleaaaed and cooked like aay other
greea Drain aad pack the cooked
vegetable lato Individual cup*, aad
wbea It I* cold, tura out the molded
form* aad *erv* with French dre**iag
ar mayoaaalae on lettuce leave*. Pok*
weed la alao delicious used like spla-
Te Hsmovs Can Tope.
Fruit caa top* have aa aaaoytag
habit of atlcklag.
Have two strips of coarse aandpa-
per aa lach wide aad eight loch** loag
la the kltohoa.
mold the atrip of aaadpaper arouad
Ibe caa top aad give It a twist; It will
When greea shadea have beoome
(adod, they caa be mewed by rubblag
[ham with a rag aqueaasd out of Uh-
London is the healthiest capital of
Against So Man jr Surgical Op>
•rations. How Mrs. Bsthuns
and Mrs. Moore Escaped.
Slkeston, Mo.—"For seven years I suf-
fered everything. I was la bed for four
or five days at a time
every month, and so
weak I could hardly
walk. I cramped and
had backache and
, it'i M ilhlJii
so nervona and weak
that I dreaded to aaa
anyone or have any.
one move In the room.
Tbe doctor* gave ma
medicine to ease me
at thoae times, snd ssid that I ought to
hav* an operation. I would not listen to
that and wbea a friend of my husband
told him about Lydia E. Piakham's Veg-
etable Compound and what It had dona
for his wife, I waa williag to take It
Now I look the picture of health and feel
like it, too. Icandomyownhoaaawork,
boo my garden, and milk s sow. I caa
i visit when I
in j and
aad walk aa far
aa any ordinary woman, any day in the
month. 1 wish I could talk to every
suffering woman and girt"—Mrs. Dbma
Bethuna. Sikeaton, Ma
llurrayville, III.—"I have taken Ly-
dia E. Pinkham'a Vegetable Compound
for a vary bad case of female trouble
and It made me a well woman. My
health was all broken down, the doctors
ssid I must have an operation, and 1 was
ready to go to the hoapital, but dreaded it
ao that I began taking your Compound.
I got along ao well that I gave ap the
doctors and waa aav*d from tho opera-
tion."—Mrs. Ckaeles Moons, K. B.
No. I, Murrayville, III
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