If you remember, I have been sharing with you the items that my cousin Beth had sent me, items from our common grandfather’s time as a ship’s cook.
Today, I have two menus from 1935, while Grandpie was working on the Matson S.S. Malolo.
From Tuesday, July 9, 1935, en route to Honolulu:
Hummm… Tonight, I think I’ll have the Fresh Lobster Cocktail, Fried Monterey Bay Abolone Steak, and Butter Cream Slices for dessert.
From the voyage en route to San Francisco, Saturday June 15, 1935:
Again, I am amazed at the amount and the variety of the foods offered: fresh Colombia salmon, “Chop Suey sundae” (raisins, dates, vanilla ice cream, flaked coconut, and chow mein noodles), Hawaiian poi, casaba melon, caviar, and Newfehatel cheese.
I can imagine that Grandpie and the crew ate very well!
I have to imagine, as Grandpie passed away from cancer when I was only six months old. I wish I had known him, but I like to think that his two sons, my dad, Charles Jr., and my dad’s brother, my Uncle George, are something like him. If so, he was a bit of a scamp with a twinkle in his eye.
But, there is a bit of a family mystery around him, too. But, more about that next time.