Gang Mills Cooks
Eaton - lived in Hornby and was a great friend of my mother and her
three sisters, but especially close to my Aunt Ruth Harrison. Alice's
Elwyn, is married to my cousin and Aunt Ruth's daughter, Ethelyn.
Fannie Southard. who was my Aunt Ruth's sister-in-law, lived in Hornby.
She was known as Aunt Fannie to all of the neighborhood children and
almost always had a cookie jar full of all kinds of treats.
Iona Clark Benedict lived in Gang Mills her whole life. She lived
across the street from me all of the time I lived in Gang Mills. My
brothers and I treated her house as if it were an extension of our own.
She owned the Grove Diner with my Uncle Floyd and another couple. She
also owned the Erwin Valley Restaurant with my mother.
Lana Anderson Ballinger lived in or around Gang Mills and Hornby all of
her life. She was a restaurant manager for some of the time while I was
growing up we always loved going to her house. She introduced pizza to
my family, which began my life-long love of pizza.
Ruth lived in Hornby most of her adult life, but like her sisters, she
lived in Gang Mills during her growing-up years. She was an instinctive
cook who never measured anything. Whenever we went to visit, we would
be greeted by the aroma of some delicious creation she was making,
whether it be donuts, cookies, fresh bread. or sticky buns.
Thompson is Alice Eaton's oldest daughter and I think, if you try it,
you will find you'll be making her recipe for Cranberry Bread whenever
you can get your hands on fresh cranberries.
Parks and her husband Dave were dear friends of our family.
forget how they came and helped during the Hurricane Agnes flood. She
was a skilled cook and did a lot of baking. I know you'll just love her
Dilly Casserole Bread.
cousin Ethelyn (named for my mother) is the daughter of my Aunt Ruth
and Uncle Nate and she is her mother's daughter - she is a skilled cook
and baker. We woulndn't have the measurements for Aunt Ruth's recipes
if it weren't for her.
mother, Ethelyn Tunning, contributed most of the recipes in the Gang
Mills cookbooks. She worked as a waitress and a cook for
most of her
life. She raised three children by herself and was able to feed us
because she was an inventive and innovative cook.
Frances Mary Brooks Tompkins was my fourth grade
teacher. She could play the piano like an angel and was also a terrific
This picture of Julia Watson was taken when she
was graduated as a
chiropractor. She spent most her adult life in Gang Mills, raised 5
children, and was a thoroughly nice lady. She was also an accomplished
Cousin Phyllis was my Aunt Iona's daughter. She was famous for her
Banana Nut Cake.Phyllis had a heart of gold and would give you
shirt off her back.
Floyd Benedict was married to my Aunt Iona. He was such a nice guy and
a great baker. Be sure to try his fried cakes. They are like nothing
you can find today.
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