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Rare Bisbee Arizona Antique Church Cookbook
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Rare Bisbee Arizona Antique Church Cookbook
Rare Bisbee Arizona Antique Church Cookbook
Rare Bisbee Arizona Antique Church Cookbook
Rare Bisbee Arizona Antique Church Cookbook

Rare Bisbee Arizona Antique Church Cookbook

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Here is an antique cookbook from Bisbee Arizona - specifically the Ladies of the Covenant Presbyterian Church. Unfortunately, the first few pages are missing (including the title page no doubt) so I am not sure of the date, but from from recipes, construction of the cookbook, and ads from area merchants and stores, I would guess the 1920's into the 1930's. A long description so please let the page load fully and click on the description button for all the details!

This cookbook is sort of like a board book--the pages are thicker than construction paper and have held up (for the most part) over the decades with the exception of one page that has a crease and if you bend the page, it is ready to break off from the page.

The cookbook measures about 5 1/2 inches wide by just over 7 inches with about 100 pages---and remember, the first page (or two) are missing. Book is heavily foxed (discolored pages from age). The first page has an old price in pencil at the top corner of the page. There is some wear and rubbing to the covers from age, use and storage. Some wear to the edges of the pages too. The pages are at least 96% free of any marks, stains or writing. Held together by two metal rings.

Chapters include: Beverages, Breads, Cakes & Fillings, Candies, Fish & Omelets, Frozen Foods, Jams - Jellies - Conserves, Meats, Pickles, Pies & Puddings, Sandwiches & Fillings, Sauces, Salads, Soups, Vegetables, Misc. There is an average of 4-5 recipes per page. Recipes have the name of the contributing cook or 'tested recipe'.

A little bit of cooking history from the old west!

And just so you know..

The history of Covenant Presbyterian Church is almost as old as the history of Bisbee itself. Much of that history is anecdote and legend, but nevertheless accurate in its essence.

Bisbee, unlike many other mining boom towns, survived due to the discovery and production of copper. People of various nationalities flocked to the area. Many were rough and tough and seemingly lacked regard for things of culture and religion. Individuals took the law into their own hands.

However, there were some who desired those institutions which made a "camp" a home. A library was built and Rev. J. G. Pritchard, a Presbyterian minister from England, was hired as librarian. His duties included being chaplain of the copper company. In 1888, Rev. Pritchard helped organize the Union Church, out of which also grew several Protestant congregations.

A Sunday School missionary sent from New Mexico, together with Rev. Pritchard, worked with the Presbyterian contingent and on March 8, 1900, a group of 20 persons meeting in the Library Hall, met for worship and voted to organize "The Presbyterian Church of Bisbee," later to become Covenant Presbyterian Church.

Within months of formal charter of the congregation, the Session began corresponding with officials of the Copper Queen Mining Company to secure property on which to construct a church building. William Dodge and D. Willis James, staunch Presbyterians, negotiated a purchase for two lots next door to the Copper Queen Hotel for a total of $12,000. The lots became the property of the company which was then known as the Copper Queen Consolidated Mining Company. Permission was given for the church to construct a building.

Funds were sought, members contributed, and in early 1902, construction began. Mr. Dodge and Mr. James provided much of the financial resources necessary for the completion of the building, apparently as a loan. Stained glass windows were installed in March of 1903.

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