|Painting by Oscar Edmund Beringhouse|
“June 3 Passed through St. Joseph on the Missouri River. Laid in our flour, cheese, crackers and medicine, for no one should travel this road without medicine, for they are almost sure to have the summer complaint. Each family should have a box of physicing pills, a quart of castor oil, a quart of the best rum and a large vial of peppermint essence.” -Elizabeth Dixon Smith
What is the history of the common cracker? How did it get that name?
Hardtack or a sea biscuit is the forerunner of the cracker. It was originally called Pearson's Pilot Bread and was made out of only flour and water. Plain and certainly not the savory and salty saltine crackers that I love.
How did hardtack turn into a cracker? It didn't. Actually, biscuits turned into crackers. A baker burned a batch of biscuits. The biscuits "crackled" when he took them out of the oven, thus the name.
This gave Josiah Bent, the baker, the idea of producing what became our modern cracker. Eventually he sold his business to the National Biscuit Company. Do you recognize that name? It was shortened to Nabisco.
Some inkling told Glory she needed to share a secret in return. Her friend’s tone sounded so vulnerable. “No, I’ve always wanted to be just like my mother. She was a wonderful woman.”
She glanced at the sick man as she continued. “But I was really afraid I’d marry a man like my pa.”
Pikes Peak or Bust! Glory’s father catches a fever—gold fever.