Custer’s last meal?

By John Owen | Apr 17, 2014

Just wondering.  Who is carrying the coolest shopping bag in Edmonds? Plastic bags are positively uncool. Brown paper bags lack distinction.

My wife shops carrying a scenic cloth bag advertising the "Puget Sound Bird Fest in Edmonds." Can anybody top that?

Mine is pretty cool, but is historic rather than ecological. The front page of the July 27, 1897, Seattle Post-Intelligencer is reprinted bearing the headline:

Latest News from the Klondike

Gold Gold Gold

Sixty-Eight Rich Men on the Steamer Portland

Stacks of Yellow Metal

The Steamer Carries $700,000

Special Tug Chartered by the Post-Intelligencer to get the news

Now that's a cool shopping bag, large enough to hold bulging sacks of gold dust. But our shopping bag often bulges with sacks of flour and sugar from IGA.

My journalistic background left me with a fascination for history in print.  When the Post-Intelligencer celebrated its 100th anniversary, research for an article I was asked to write unearthed an article buried at the bottom of a page printed in June of 1876.

It cited dispatches received from the Seventh Cavalry regarding a scrimmage by the troops under General Custer with Sioux warriors led by Crazy Horse near the Little Big Horn River.

That was it.  A two-inch note consigned to a remote corner inside the Seattle newspaper lacked any other details regarding winners or losers.

My research disclosed that a week later the headline on the first page of The Post-Intelligencer read:

Congressional Investigation Demanded

And there certainly was one because news of the demise of Custer and many of his troopers arrived in Washington, D.C. as the country was celebrating its 100th anniversary.

So, I have since been fascinated by ancient newspapers and ancient news.

I'm also fascinated by ancient food, and whether you were feeding miners in Alaska or horse troopers in Montana territory, this would be a popular dish.

Curried Cattle

2 pounds bottom round steak

1/3 cup cooking oil

1 onion

1 clove garlic

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

8 ounces canned tomato sauce

1 1/2 cup water

3 to 4 teaspoons curry powder

1 package frozen French style green beans

Cut beef into 1 1/2-inch cubes and brown in hot oil. Add sliced onion, mashed garlic, salt, pepper, tomato sauce and water. Simmer, covered, two hours.  Toss in the curry powder, add the partially defrosted beans and cook gently 10 or 15 minutes more.

You could cook this beef with two packages of green beans, instead of one.  As long as you have room in your snazzy shopping bag.

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