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Archive for June 3rd, 2017

Originally published in The Seattle Daily Times, June 3, 1927

Carbon monoxide fumes fatal as Hobart lads change shoes in closet; Race to don clothes saves third playmate

Diplomas presented graduates while pair was trapped; absence overlooked in excitement

Hobart school students and teachers outside school entrance, 1927-1928.

Hobart school students and teachers outside school entrance, 1927-1928.

Death followed the fall of the curtain at the graduation entertainment of the grade school at Hobart, fifteen miles east of Renton, last night, when two 10-year-old school boys were overcome by carbon monoxide gas in a small closet where they were changing to their street clothes after the performance.

The dead boys are Donald Knutson, son of Mort Knutson, and Stillman Swanson, son of Mrs. John L. Swanson, a widow. The Knutson boy has been living at the home of his grandmother, Mrs. Christina Colton, since the death of his mother some years ago. (more…)

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Cawl: Soul food from Wales

Originally published in the Jan-Feb 2016 issue of NINNAU, The North American Welsh Newspaper

By Janet Watkins Masoner

DENVER — With snow on the ground, and my winter coats at the front of the closet, my thoughts turn to my favorite Welsh comfort food, cawl (cowel). Every family has its own version of this age-old concoction that consists of broth, meat, and vegetables. And every Welshman will tell you their mam’s cawl is the best in the world.

Dating back to the 14th century, cawl is recognized as one of the national dishes of Wales. It originated during the winter months in the southwest of Wales with lamb and leeks as basic ingredients, and then swedes (yellow turnips), carrots, and cabbage. Potatoes didn’t go into the pot until over two hundred years later at the end of the century. (more…)

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