|Herbert Clark Hoover (August 10, 1874 - October 20, 1964)|
U.S. President (31st) 1929-1933
At the Herbert Hoover Museum in West Branch, Iowa there are several personal stories of memories of Hoover's efforts to feed the hungry in Europe. One man, Eric Sonneman* (December 1, 1910 - 2004), tells of a day in his childhood -- he like many other children had little or no food on many days. The children were always hungry. Often their only food was grainy and brown rolls made with flour mixed with sand in order to stretch the quantity of the flour. And milk that was so diluted with water that the color was blue. One day his teacher came into the classroom and told the children that they would be getting a tin plate and cup and that they should scratch their name in the plate and cup. And soon other teachers would be bringing in "Hoover Rolls." He did not know what "Hoover
~ ~ ~
Herbert Hoover's career moved on and many felt that he was not the best president ever but in fact history may look a little more favorable as time passes. Read about his career http://www.biography.com/people/herbert-hoover-9343371#synopsis as humanitarian, secretary of commerce and as the 31st President of the United States of America, Herbert C. Hoover (1929–1933).
~ ~ ~
*While researching information about Eric Sonneman, whose story lead to my discovery of "Hoover Rolls" I came across a post by his daughter Toby Sonneman who writes of one of his favorite things during his later life in Chicago, Illinois -- rich delicious "S" cookies. "A hundred years of S-Cookies"
http://tobykitchen.wordpress.com/2010/12/01/a-hundred-years-of-s-cookies/ shares the story of and the recipe for a sweeter treat that Sonneman came to enjoy. His mother brought the recipe with her when she and his dad (Toby's grandparents) fled Nazi Germany in 1940. Sweet recipe and sweet story. I'll be making these cookies this Thanksgiving in honor of Eric Sonneman - a man who remembered our Iowa born president - Herbert C. Hoover. Thanks, Eric for sharing your story, and Toby, thank you for sharing yours. Stories make history memorable.