I have a very interesting Hallowe’en menu for you today. It is from the Lake Placid Club in the Adirondacks, in the year 1917. The club was founded by Melvil Dewey (1851-1831) – the man who developed the library classification system that bears his name. Dewey also founded the Lake Placid Club and the American Spelling Reform Movement – and not surprisingly the former became headquarters for the latter.
The menu for the ‘Annual Hallowe’en Frolic’ in 1917 was printed in the "Simpler Speling" style used at the resort.
This is the nicht o’ Hallowe’en
When a’ the witchy micht be seen
Lake Placid Club Simpler speling
Wensday 31 October 1917
Cream of tomato
Homini Post tosties
Broild sirloin steak
or Turki cutlets with peas
or Devild ham on tost
Creamd pocht egs
Egs to order
Baked potatos Au gratin potatos
Baked Hubbard squaſ au gratin
Ham or Lam or Veal
Letis Stri[ng] bean salad
Dry Butterd Milk
Whole wheat rols Tea biskits with huni
Pumpkin py Ginjerbred whipt cream
Maple sugar cake
Cotaj cheez with wafers
Tea Cofi Coco Butermilk Milk
Extra charj for all orders not on menu
I was unable, in the short time I tried, to find the ‘simple speling’ symbol representing the “ng” in the Stri[ng] bean salad. I was, however, able to find a simple recipe for string bean salad from the era – which is exactly the same as a simple string bean salad recipe today.
String Bean Salad.
Mix together four tablespoonfuls of olive oil, one half teaspoonful salt and one-quarter teaspoonful white pepper. Add slowly, stirring all the time, one tablespoonful of vinegar and stir until perfectly mixed. Pour this over one pint of boiled and drained string beans, add one teaspoonful finely cut chives and turn into the salad bowl. Garnish with a row of overlapping slices of red radishes or beets.
Newport Daily News August 7, 1913