October 15, 2018

First Woman on Church Council

Ancestry Tree

In addition to some of our member’s genealogy that were on display in September, we have a beautiful Ancestry Tree with the surnames of all those who have passed through our doors to their eternal resting place. Burials are dated from 1839 to the present. Deceased pastors are also remembered. Most of the names will be unfamiliar, but keep looking as there will be many names that you will recognize.

First Woman on PUCCChurch Council

My Aunt Linda Hoch was the first woman to be elected to the church council. She was a life-time member, who was a dedicated Sunday School teacher and leader of the Young People’s League. I remember her as working with the sweets; she was a candy-dipper at Scruggs Vandervoort Barney department store in downtown St. Louis. She studied to be a “practical nurse” which led to her caring for newborn babies and their mothers. Her attachment to these babies lasted for many years.

Here is one of her famous cookie recipes:

Aunt Linda’s Oatmeal Cookies

1 cup shortening

1 cup white sugar

½ cup brown sugar

1 egg

1-1/2 cups flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. cinnamon

1-1/2 cups quick rolled oats

¾ cup chopped nuts

1 tsp. vanilla

Mix shortening, sugar and egg. Sift flour, baking soda, cinnamon and add to mixture. Add oats, nuts and vanilla. Mix and chill for 1 hour. Roll to walnut-size and place on greased  cookie sheet. Butter bottom of small glass, dip in granulated sugar and flatten cookies (Mash flat). Re-sugar each time.

Bake 12 minutes at 350 degrees.