Sunday, August 5, 2012

Melba Fawley's favorite recipe

In the late 1960s and early 1970s the Wilmington News-Journal did a series of articles in which a local person was featured along with a favorite recipe.  Here's one starring Melba Fawley from August 1970.  The definition of "easy" has changed since 1970.  Transcription follows.
Melba Fawley - Wilmington Ohio News-Journal Clipping August 5, 1970 

Her Favorite Recipe

COOL LEMON PIE – Mrs. Stanley Fawley serves a cool lemon pie to summertime visitors. The tea service was sent from England from the Rev. Marvin Schamaun, past New Vienna Methodist Church pastor and his wife. The painting was done by daughter, "Peggy" when she was still in high school.

Mrs. Stanley L. Fawley of near New Vienna leads a busy life.  In addition to raising three talented children, Mrs. Fawley is a registered nurse at Clinton Memorial Hospital and she is active in community affairs.

Mrs. Fawley is submitting a summertime favorite, frozen lemon pie which, she says, "is the sort of little gooey you serve to all the women ... the men like it, too."  The recipe is easy, she added, but "unless you have a big mixing bowl, don't double it."

Mr. Fawley is a farmer and an active member of New Vienna Lions Club.  He also drives a school bus for the East Clinton Local School District.

Stanley Jr., the Fawleys' oldest son studied at Wilmington College after he graduated from East Clinton in 1966 until he received his bachelor's in 1969.  He is now, with his wife (the form Brenda Wood of Wilmington) living in New Haven, Conn., where he is studying at Yale Divinity School for the ministry.

Their daughter, Margaret Jo, is on the work-study program at Wilmington College since her graduation from East Clinton in 1969.  She's working as a ward-clerk and nurses aide at Clinton Memorial.  Peggy is interested in history and currently majoring in art and education.  She has been painting since her high school days.

The youngest Fawley, Marvin, graduated from East Clinton in June of 1970.  He will enter Wilmington College in the fall.  In high school he was active in 4-H and FFA.

Mr. and Mrs. Fawley, who have lived all but six months of their 23 years of married life at their farm near New Vienna (those six months were spent in Port William) have been active in the New Vienna United Methodist Church.  Mrs. Fawley is the past president of the Wilmington District Women's Society of Christian Service of the United Methodist Church.  In 1962 the Fawleys were named Family of the Year by the Wilmington District Methodist Church.

Mrs. Fawley is a member of the Farm Bureau Women's Committee of which she was county president in 1966-68 and the Clinton County Registered Nurses Association.

She says her "fun job" is working as the secretary of the board of trustees of Wesley Glen retirement home.  "I like to listen to the big businessmen talk about spending four and five million dollars," she notes.  The retirement home is located on Turkey Creek, a wooded area near Graceland Shopping Center in Worthington.

Asked if her training as a registered nurse helped her handle this job, she answered, "Not when they're talking about four and five million dollars!  At those times I mostly keep quiet, but there is a health center in connection with the retirement home.  My training helps me in matters concerning the health center.  I was one woman against 10 men trying to get them to put all electric beds in the health center, I felt pretty successful when half the beds they put in were electric."

She says that working on such a project is a good experience because it "gives you a lot better understanding of what goes into such a project."

3 egg yolks, well beaten
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 t grated lemon rind
1/3 t salt
1/2 cup sugar

Mix above ingredients in saucepan and cook over low-medium heat until slightly thickened.  Cool.

3 egg white, stiffly beaten
1/2 pint whipping cream, whipped (may use 3/4 cup chilled evaporated milk, whipped)

Fold in egg white and whipped cream.  Pour into chilled graham cracker shell and freeze.  This is better if made at least 24 hours before serving.  May be stored for several days in freezer.  May be garnished with a sprinkling of crushed graham crackers before freezing.

1 1/2 cup finely crushed graham crackers
1/3 [cup, presumably] melted butter (or margarine)

Mix gently and press firmly into a 9 inch pie plate.  Chill.

Note: Stan Fawley Sr., died in 1979.  Melba later married Orville Harner whose first wife, Anna Louise died in 1978.  Melba was diagnosed with cancer in 1982 and passed away September 18, 1982.

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