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Friday Foodie: Butterscotch

Today’s Friday Foodie feature come to us from the hand of Francis Eliza Chassell. In 1916, when she was 8 years old, she contributed her recipe for butterscotch candy to The Gillette Cook Book.[1]

Francis was born in Gillette and grew up on the family ranch. She taught in the county after graduating from Campbell County High School. After a couple of years, she decided to continue her education and attended Cornell College in Iowa, where she later married. Francis passed away in 2001.

A heavy wheat crop on the Chassell ranch in 1928. (WSA Kuska Neg 555, photo by Val Kuska)

A heavy wheat crop on the Chassell ranch in 1928.
(WSA Kuska Neg 555, photo by Val Kuska)

Francis’s father Harry J. Chassell was a long time Wyoming legislator serving in the House of Representatives 1909-1913, the Senate 1915-1923, and the House again 1933-1937. Chassell introduced the bill creating Campbell County, which he later represented, in 1911.¬†According to White Eagle, the publisher of the cookbook, Chassell remained grounded, despite his political career. “H.J. Chassell who helps his wife with a day’s washing, cleans stalls or brands calves, has served two terms in the legislature and one as State senator.”

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Butterscotch

Boil together a cup of sugar or maple syrup; 1/2 cup butter, tablespoon vinegar, 1/4 teaspoon soda. When syrup will snap when tested in water pour on buttered plates to cool.

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1. The Gillette Cook Book was reprinted in 1965 by the Campbell County Historical Society. Copies are still available through the Campbell County Rockpile Museum.

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