It was next to the announcement of the until-then secret marriage of Howard Chandler TURNLEY, head of the Kato Brewing Company in nearby Mankato, Minnesota, to Muriel Inetta (nee WINDOW) Keane Hanford, the former Ziegfeld Follies and Peacock Girl that the Muriel Cigar is supposedly named for, and formerly the wife of (1) actor-comedian Emmett KEANE, and (2) her "butter 'n' egg man" Arthur S. HANFORD, Jr., of Sioux City IA's Hanford Creamery family and founder of Hanford Airlines, which after his death became Mid-Continent Airlines for which MCI, Kansas City's international airport, was named.
Muriel is a distant cousin of a very dear friend and two of my grandchildren. She was born in Burlingame KS in 1892 and died in Florida in 1965, six weeks after appearing on the Mike Douglas Show as the oldest living Ziegfeld Girl.
And that's all I can tell you about "Little Muriel" (as we call her). The dear friend above has first dibs on putting her story in Blogland, but when she does I'll be sure to link to it here.
Until then, have fun seeing how much groceries cost in Mason City IA at the beginning of 1936.
Coffee: 15 and 17 cents a pound!
Even so, it took careful shopping to feed a family
well when our grandfathers only made $10 week.
"Store-bought" was reserved for food a family couldn't
grow in their own garden and preserve for the winter.
America was still recovering from the Great Depression,
so finding an orange in one's stocking on Christmas
morning truly was a long-hoped-for treat!
I'm guessing the Brazil nuts, peanut brittle,
ribbon candy and mixed nuts (still in the shell,
no doubt) were overstock from the holidays
that Diamond Bros wanted to be rid of ASAP!
Hope you're having a great Easter weekend!