Helen (Sullivan) and Larry McIntyre, c1938

Helen (Sullivan) and Larry McIntyre, c1938
Helen (Sullivan) and Larry McIntyre, c1938

About Lawrence F. McIntyre and Helen M. Sullivan

About Lawrence F. McIntyre and Helen M. Sullivan

Lawrence Francis McIntyre born, January 2, 1913, was named John Francis McIntyre on his birth certificate. But, by the time he was baptized at St. Malachy Church in Chicago on January 19, 1913, his given name was Lawrence. Helen Mae Sullivan, born on March 11, 1914, moved with her parents and older brother to 18 N. Latrobe before she started elementary school. Larry and Helen were married on November 26, 1937 in Chicago Illinois at St. Thomas Aquinas Church. They lived on the westside of Chicago at various addresses, moving back to 18 N. Latrobe c1949 and lived there until 1967 when they moved to the northside of the City. Larry retired from the Weil Pump Company in the 1980s and Helen retired from Home Federal Savings in the 1970s. They were original owners of their condo on Lake Michigan. Larry loved to stand on his balcony overlooking the lake and enjoy the sun. Helen liked the freedom of hoping on a bus to go downtown or a quick walk to the grocery store. She never learned to drive so Larry would often chauffeur her around. When he died in 1995 (February 28) she said she had lost her "best friend." Helen enjoyed her condo on Lake Michigan and was able to live independently until her death on September 29, 2008. For information about Helen Sullivan McIntyre prior to her marriage, go to the Sullivan/Madigan Genealogy Blog. And for information on Lawrence McIntyre prior to the marriage go to the McIntyre/Walsh Genealogy Blog.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

McIntyre Everyday Meals - 1950s

I suppose we had typical meals at home for the mid-twentieth century.  The menu didn’t change much week to week, but it was always good, especially the gravy.  Some classic meals include:

-        Center cut pork chops with bone, applesauce was always served with it
-        Hamburger patties, ketchup on the side
-        Ham slice, with pineapple rings occasionally
-        Meat loaf
-        Chicken breasts on the bone

These entrees were almost always served with mashed potatoes, gravy and frozen vegetables.  The reason the gravy was so important is the meat was always well done so the flavor was in the gravy.   In the 1950s and 1960s, we didn’t eat much canned or fresh vegetables.

On Fridays, we always had a meatless meal.  Some regulars included:

-        Spaghetti made with Campbell’s tomato soup and Velveeta cheese
-        Tuna-noodle casserole with peas and cream of mushroom soup
-        Fish sticks
-        Salmon patties

On the weekends, when there was more time to cook, we would sometimes have:

-        Ground beef, tomato sauce, and noodle casserole – with the ubiquitous Velveeta cheese
-        Boiled smoked butt with sauerkraut or cabbage and boiled potatoes
-        An occasional roast beef

Except for company, I don’t remember ever having a salad before a meal, but we ALWAYS had some sort of dessert.  Helen wasn’t a baker, so it was mostly store bought cookies and cakes, not many pies.  Favorites were:

-        Chocolate chip cookies
-        Sara Lee banana cake with cream cheese frosting
-        Chocolate pudding, often with nuts
-        Ice cream on occasion

All of the above, except for fish sticks and salmon patties, are still favorites!

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