Betty Ann Barr Boilesen
Cottage Cheese - Don't
take it all!
By Doug Boilesen, son
of Betty Ann Barr Boilesen
When Betty Ann was
growing up on their farm near Elba, Nebraska in the 1930's, according
to her, "Nobody else made their own cottage cheese. All my
girl friends lived in town. But they loved to come out to our
farm and eat the cottage cheese that my mom made. They thought
it was so good, but I was embarrassed and hated it when my mom
Betty's younger nephew,
Sonny Vogt, however, loved his grandma's cottage cheese and could
never get enough. Cottage cheese was "always served"
when Betty's brother Chris and Hilda Vogt ate with them and Sonny
was known for his phrase "Don't take it all!" when cottage
cheese was on the table.
My mother was always
proud of her Nebraska pioneer heritage and life on a farm was
part of her upbringing so their garden and their chickens and
cows and pigs were the sources and all part of the process for
gathering, preparing and eating their daily meals.
At some point my grandmother
stopped making her own butter and cottage cheese in addition to
buying more things from the store in Elba. I'd be interested in
when adn what those off-the-shelf products were. (I know toast,
eggs, bacon and oatmeal were common breakfasts for them but cereal
comes up in some of Betty Ann's stories, e.g., Rice Krispies,
Shredded Wheat and Corn flakes).
1931 Shredded Wheat magazine
It also would have
been fun to have tasted Grandma's cottage cheese, especially since
it now has a place in our family lore regarding how much everyone
seemed to like her cottage cheese, especially "Sonny"
who could never get enough.
World War I Cottage Cheese
poster encouraging U.S. citizens to consume cottage cheese as
an alternative to meat products - USDA and WikiMedia Commons
Frank ('Sonny') E. Vogt (son
of Chris and Hilda Vogt) March 4, 1934 - April 16, 2008