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2014 calendar by Glade Park woman contains historical photos, pioneer recipes

Sharon Sullivan
Shirley Kelly holds a 2014 calendar that she has created including historical photos of the Grand Valley, "pioneer recipes," and other interesting tidbits.
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The $13 calendar can be purchased by emailing Kelly at gladewoman@juno.com or call 970-243-6391. Or you can mosey on up to the Glade Park Store, 16498 DS Road.

Longtime Glade Park resident Shirley Kelly grew up in England where as a young girl she imagined someday she would live in the American West.

She’s also a history buff who’s combined her interest in the past with her love of the West with a new 2014 calendar illustrated with historical photos, pioneer recipes, and random notations such as Annie Oakley’s birthday in 1860, on Aug. 13, or the Battle of Little Bighorn in 1875 on June 25.

“I’m absolutely fascinated with the history of the area,” Kelly said. “I worked closely with Michael Menard at the Museum of Western Colorado,” in finding photographs for the calendar. Images include Grand Junction’s first hotel in 1882; a log structure on Colorado Avenue between Second and Third streets; Ute Indians of the Grand Valley during the early 1800s; and various homesteaders.

Each month’s page includes a “pioneer” recipe, most gleaned from a 1863 cookbook, as well as Kelly’s original recipes from when she worked as a hunting camp cook for 15 years — there’s a photo on the calendar’s introduction page of Kelly tending a camp cook fire.

Old recipes include coffee can bread, rhubarb crumble and maple muffins. Kelly, 69, also describes how to prepare mince meat, pioneer winter stew and English plum pudding.

The calendars are currently being sold at the Glade Park Store, where “hunters like it for something to bring home and show where they’ve been and what it used to look like (in this area),” Kelly said.

The Glade Park woman is a freelance writer for “Countryside” magazine — where Kelly’s article on how to make sauerkraut from homegrown cabbage was recently published. She’s also written a book, “The Times They are a Changing,” a collection of poems, stories and pioneer recipes.

The 2014 calendar, titled “Grand Junction Past and Present,” is Kelly’s fifth. The cover shows a reproduction of a painting of settlers building a log cabin near the confluence of the Colorado and Gunnison rivers. The painting is by Grand Junction artist Lee Bowerman.

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