Several Groesbeck cousins are collaborating to transcribe and annotate great great grandmother Elizabeth Thompson Groesbeck's journal. In the course of gathering materials, cousin Karen M discovered the following recipes and receipts among her Grandfather Nicholas Groesbeck Morgan's papers:
These licenses and recipes belonged to Elizabeth Groesbeck
and assured her rights to create and use the compounds.
Securing soap recipes in this manner was not unusual in Elizabeth's time.
G. W. Jackson and Company's Universal Washing Compound. The Baltimore company issued these certificates as a way to cut down on the infringement of their formula, which is included on this imprint dating from 1867.
Elizabeth's Family Right was dated February 1, 1868.
My Grandma Emily Rufi Frazier (1886-1972) was a famous soap maker. After our family moved from her Woodruff, Utah home in 1951 she continued to make and supply our family with her soap. I remember it as a dirty milk color. She set her boiled and brewed concoction in 9 x 13 dripper pans. After they set up she cut the soap into squares. My parents washed our laundry with those bars of soap. Upon the advent of the automatic washing machine, they shaved the bars and continued to use the soap to wash our clothes.
That's Emily's automatic washing machine in the front left corner of her kitchen.
Her sons Elmer and Glenn Frazier, seated to the left, appear to be watching
their wives and mother work at the kitchen sink
and drainboard in the mid 1960's.
My parents, Glenn and Helen Rex Frazier (1913-1982), and I,
used a twin tub wringer washing machine to do the family wash in the 1950's.
This 1961 photo is of Helen hanging up her clothes
on the backyard umbrella clothes lines.
White whites was extremely important to Helen.