Friday, April 30, 2010

IT"S AT THE PRINTER!!!!! Silk Stocking Row !!!!!!

SOON........really soon, it will be here. Read the complete blog (click OLDER POSTS) at the end of the page to continue.

Book Release Date...................

My book is finally finished and will be released on May 20th, 2010
It is 450 pages and loaded with pictures!
The price will be $20.00 plus shipping and can be ordered directly from me.
If you have any questions, you may contact me at 712 263 2540 or

A few stores in Denison will be selling my book as well as Art's on Grand at Spencer Iowa.

This blog will tell you a little about the book - click on "OLDER POST" at the end of the first page to continue the blog.

Thanks so much for viewing this.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Here's a Preview of my Book!

Of course the name and location of the buildings and the name of the people will be included in the book ~ this is just a little sample.

The book will sell for $24.95 and will be released the middle of May 2010. There will be a special promotion to get it off the ground. (:

If you are interested in ording a book, you may write to

A PEEK Inside Silk Stocking Row - the book!

People and Places of the Past!

"SAMPLE" of Silk Stocking Row

1897, the first steam laundry was introduced in Denison by Mr. Wolcott of Chicago. It was located in the Welch building at the corner of Sweet Street (14th St) and Broadway.

The Tabor House was located on the corner south of the Balle Brodersen store. It was divided into sections and moved in 1917. More on page 396.

November 1893 – Mr. and Mrs. L.M. Shaw sent 300 “At Home” reception invitations to attend their “house warming” on November 24th from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. More than three hundred guests came. The Egermeyer Orchestra from Carroll played in the hall upstairs. The rooms were decorated with smilax and flowers. A caterer from Omaha served chicken salad, ice cream and confectionery. The Shaws entertained one hundred fifty young people the next day.

A "Sample" of the book!

Sewing tip 1887 ~ When mending in the evening, place a large sheet of white paper on the table. The light of the candle shining on the white paper gives extra light and is a great help for threading needles.

Removing Mud 1902 ~ Slices of raw potatoes are wonderful helps in removing mud stains. Potato takes these stains out of wood materials and will remove them from tan shoes. Just rub on the moist side, changing to a clean slice when soiled.

Cake Tester 1908 ~ I find a toothpick a very handy cake-tester. I keep a box on hand in the kitchen and when baking have several on the baking-table so that they can be picked up quickly. When one stopsIn the Windy Springtime. Keep the mouth closed and breathe through the nose, otherwise dust germs of all sorts find free access to the lungs and start irritations of the mucous membrane of the nose, throat, and bronchial tubes. This is what usually causes head colds, sore throats, and coughs in the spring – this bad breathing habit. Whirling dust inflames the eyelids. Bathe the eyes carefully in hot and then cold water at night. Do not let the children go to bed with eyes (or finger nails) uncleansed. to think, a broom straw is not a bit sanitary, besides pulling them out of the broom soon mutilates it.

Cold at Night? (1900) If your honey is not available – lie flat on your back with your arms by your side and stretched full length. Blood should circulate better and you’ll be warm. If it doesn’t work you might be dead. (Submitted by Joette Knapp – from my great aunt Elsie Knapp in New York). Joette said “this works”.

Butter ~ While the milking of your cows is going on, let your pans be placed in a kettle of boiling water. Strain the milk into one of the pans taken hot from the kettle, and cover the same with another of the hot pans, and proceed in like manner with the whole mess of milk, and you will find that you will have double the quantity of good rich cream, and get double the quantity of sweet delicious butter. (From a clipping dated 1845)

Beef or Mutton Drippings ~ If beef or mutton drippings are used in making a pie-crust, beat them to a cream with a teaspoonful of baking powder and the juice of half a lemon. This effectually removes all taste.

Cutting Bread ~ Heat the blade of the bread-knife before cutting a loaf of fresh bread. This prevents the usual breaking and crumbling of the slices. For cutting hot fudge, first dip the blade of the knife in boiling water.

How to make Whipped Cream (1900) ~ whip ½ pint of double cream (sometimes called “whipping cream by dealers) to a stiff froth and set on ice. Beat the whites of 2 eggs stiff; add 3 table-spoonful of powdered sugar. Stir the beaten eggs into the whipped cream just before serving and color with fruit juice, preferable cherry.

Strawberry Sauce (1900) ~ Rub ½ cup of butter and 1 cup of sugar to a cream; add the beaten white of an egg, and lastly, 1 cup of crushed strawberries. Serve in a sauce pitcher, to be poured over a pudding on the table.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Cover Design Work !

The cover for my book is below. The design work is by Seth A. Boggs of Perspective Blend. Seward, Nebraska He does such amazing work.

Monday, April 12, 2010


CHAPTERS (numbered in German)

Vorwort - Preface
Eins ---- The Games Children Played (games of children in early 1900's)
Zwei ---- Delightful Food Tips (food and cooking tips)
Drei -----A Pictures of Health Hints (health hints - you'll get some smiles here)
Vier -----Housewife's Tip (household tips - some useful, some funny)
Fuenf ---Priceless Nursery Rhymes (you might remember these)
Sechs ---Old Wives Tales & Folk Lore (a few good 'ol fables)
Sieben --Retail Therapy (advertisements of years ago)
Acht ----What's Cookin' Now (very old recipes)
Neun --- Historical Honey's (old photographs of an Iowan town)
Zehn --- The Life of the Party (house parties of the gay 1890's)
Elf ------ Strike a Pose ( Abodes of Denison residents)
Zworlf -- Keeping the Memories Alive (Memories of past and present residents of SSR)
Dreizehn - Freeze Frame (Several photo's of past Denison residents - and a few of retired people)

The book is around 452 pages with a couple pages at the end for your personal notes

I am a member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, so throughout the book it is favored by mentioning ladies holding membership in the early 1900's. Also a story of the beginning of P.E.O. Chapter CO in Denison.

The book begins and ends with a Bible verse - God was guiding my ideas in writing (or putting together this book).

The "authors" of this book are truly the people who lived in Denison and other villages 100 years ago - I am only putting their life style to pen and paper.

Before reading this book, please note that I have purposely left the spelling and terminology in its original form. I hope you will enjoy reading this as much as I have enjoyed compiling all the fun and informational history of our ancestors.

It is a joy for me to have remarks on the back cover from Eric Braeden, Film and television icon and Emmy award winning star of CBS's The Young And The Restless (Victor Newman).
Steffen Kaupp, visiting Instructor of German, St. Olaf College Northfiewld MN. from Konstance Germany and
Dr. Yogi Reppmann, Northfield, MN.
Please let me know if you are interested in my book -
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This was the first splash about Silk Stocking Row

The newspaper article in April 2010

Newspaper Article about Silk Stocking Row

This was an article in the Denison Review in April 2010 about the book Silk Stocking Row.