Ain't Nothing Like Missouri Home Fried Chicken

+11 votes

Can't remember if I shared this c1910 photo of my Great Grandfather and his family having some 'take out' chicken on a Sunday afternoon.  In the photo we have my 3rd Great Grandmother, Sarah Jane Stevens (1840-1926).  Others are my great grandmother Luella Ricord, and my great uncles.  I guess this is why I luv chicken so much!

I wanted to share this family photo of Joseph Lee with the community. Location: St. Clair, Missouri. Date: c1910.
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WikiTree profile: Joseph Lee
in Photos by Scott Lee G2G6 Mach 2 (24.3k points)
What a n amazing photo of your great grandfather and family, they are all so amazing dressed in there outfit look like the are enjoying themselves

Thank You for sharing this wonderful photo
Do you still have that family recipe? They are sure are having fun. In fact I am getting hungry. Thanks for sharing.

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+9 votes
Best answer
My grandfather had a hat just like the gentleman on the left, and from the same time period. Must have been popular. He was in Texas at the time. All the boys in this picture seem to rather pleased! Not so the ladies.

I eat fried chicken in jeans so I have a place to wipe my hands. Yes, I am that uncouth, a true Southern country boy. (I just don’t do it when my wife is looking! Good behavior often comes from fear of the repercussions!!)
by Pip Sheppard G2G Astronaut (1.9m points)
selected by Logan Gavin
The 'gentleman' on the left with the hat is my grandpa Orie!  He owned orange and black watermelon trucks that delivered all of the watermelons to all of the Alpha Beta stores in Los Angeles in the 50s and 60s.  He started selling watermelons to a little store in L.A. that became Alpha Beta.  His first truck was a Model T...he carried so many melons on his truck that in order to get them back from the watermelon fields in the desert he had to back up the San Gabriel mountains in reverse to get over the hills! Believe or not!  My memories of this southern California 'Watermelon King', Orie Finiae Lee are found here

The little boy in the middle is Uncle Frank Lee, he owned a watermelon company too, tho smaller, and his main customer was the Piggly Wiggly chain in L.A. et al.  Although his company was smaller, he had the best looking trucks, all of them red and black...Diamond T's and Mac and Reo, all would be prized antiques today!

Thanks for your comment!

Scott, you have some wonderful pics in the website. Well done. I enjoyed looking though it.
Thanks Cuz!  I appreciate it very much!  Thanks for visiting The Chicken Coop! know why everyone knows why I like chicken!

Regards, Scott
+10 votes

Ah, beautiful St. Clair, Franklin County. My wife's father and his family were there for many years. Her great grandfather William Kitchell was a doctor in town for many years and her great uncle Sherwood Kitchell ran a funeral home for many years. 

by Frank Santoro G2G6 Mach 2 (20.5k points)
+6 votes
Oh wow, a family picnic.  Away from duties and a bit of free time with family.  Is this where the saying "finger lickin' good" comes from 'cause those guys will NOT wipe their fingers on their pants... the ladies are there.  Thank you for sharing this fun time with family photo.
by Nicole Duchesne G2G6 Pilot (844k points)
Hey Nicole, wouldn't the Colonel from an adjacent state have something to say about that "finger lickin' good" attribution?
Ah - but maybe that guy from the adjacent state took that attribution from a scene just like this one and claimed it as his own.  Could this be one of those "which came first, the chicken or the egg"?
Could be!
+6 votes

I Like The "Mo" collective prosperity, posterity and lad's pointed finger declaring, number one, heaven bound, fried chicken blessed, a moment painted in timeless light, taking a bucket and pie for the "Shoe Me" Golden Gate with Finger Licking Mighty Mighty Fine Delight. !

 I can taste the joy, opine the delicious aroma and the uplifting-ambrosial expectation that crispy goodness is eternal. 

C'est Bon Magnifique Family Treasure !   Th'xs Scott Lee 

by Gerald Baraboo G2G6 Pilot (937k points)
Jerry, your description of the photo made me hungry. To the stove!!
+5 votes
I can't think of anything better than family having a meal together, unless they are having chicken together. My favorite all time good. And you have an excellent picture.

Thank yo for sharing with your WikiTree family.
by Cheryl Hess G2G Astronaut (1.5m points)
+4 votes
My family is from the county next door.  Growing up, we had fried chicken every Friday night!  I miss those meals.
by Michelle Enke G2G6 Pilot (224k points)

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