Bob Dias, who was born in McCloud, found his grandmother's old, tattered and worn cookbook 20 years ago when he was going through boxes containing photos and books of his family during the years they lived in McCloud. He went through the book with his father, who knew all the authors of the recipes in the book.
A former McCloudite drew a large crowd to the Rustic Blu store in McCloud on Saturday with his republication of the 1957 McCloud’s Junior Women’s Cookbook.
All 75 copies were sold out immediately.
Bob Dias, who was born in McCloud, found his grandmother’s old, tattered and worn cookbook 20 years ago when he was going through boxes containing photos and books of his family during the years they lived in McCloud. He went through the book with his father, who knew all the authors of the recipes in the book.
“I was able to gain a small glimpse into the lives and families of those who lived in McCloud during the 30s, 40s, and 50s,” Dias said.
“I knew that one day I would share this book with others in my home town.”
With his wife Karen, Dias self-published and printed recipes from the old cookbook and added pictures from McCloud high school yearbooks and from the McCloud Heritage Junction Museum to show more of the history from that era.
“When possible, we were able to include a short biographical comment or photos about the authors as well as reflective photos of the same period. They should bring back many memories,” Dias said.
Rustic Blu held a reception with snacks made from the old recipes in the book on Saturday.
The price of the book is $25. Dias said that it costs $12.50 for the ink, paper and binders for the republications and the other $12.50 is going to the McCloud Cemetery Association to help maintain the cemetery where his mother is buried.
President of the McCloud Cemetery Association, Milt Shrader, attended Saturday’s event to give a talk about the cemetery, its history and its upgrades, and to invite people to help in the annual cemetery cleanup day on Monday, April 1.
“Like many families from early McCloud, we all have moved on over time,” said Dias. “Though our love for McCloud and the people who live there has never left. A visit to McCloud today can be somewhat heartbreaking if one views the rail yards and the old mill site from the perspective of yester-year. But then, McCloud was never defined by the railroad or the lumber mills, but by the true character of the people who live here and the love they have for their community and each other. That will never be lost.”
The Junior Women’s Club of McCloud was a civic organization created by women leaders of McCloud. Other groups in McCloud at the time included the St. Joseph’s Guild, McCloud Garden Club and the American Legion Auxiliary, which are all still active and thriving.
Dias will print up more of the McCloud’s Junior Women’s Cookbooks and bring them to the Rustic Blu, which will be the only place he will be selling them. Contact the store at (530) 853-4141 to find out when they will be in.
“To be honest, some recipes sound wonderful and then there are some I was reluctant to try, which makes the book even more fun,” Dias said.