My column about Connie Hansen’s death last week has sparked the memories of old-timers recalling her pivotal role in her husband’s success. This morning’s mail brought a lovely tri-fold brochure from one of George Hansen’s campaigns.
Printed on pale yellow paper with green type and a photo of a youthful Mrs. Hansen, it is a reminder of more simple times when campaigns were won hand-to-hand at county fairs and face-to-face at kitchen tables across Idaho, not in broadcast air wars.
Jim Harris, a former Ada County prosecuting attorney who practices law in Boise, came upon the brochure from one of Hansen’s early campaigns for Congress. The brochure could date as early 1964, when Hansen won the first of seven terms in the 2nd Congressional District, said Harris.
Harris worked on both the 1964 and 1966 campaigns. A clue on the brochure suggests 1966: a union label from a Washington, D.C., printers union, a place more likely to have been used by an incumbent.
“I knew her quite well — a great lady,” wrote Harris.
Hansen also was an excellent cook, who offered 14 recipes in the brochure with a charming introduction: “It is always a pleasure to share a recipe with a neighbor and it is my desire to become better acquainted with you, another Idaho housewife, by sharing some of my favorites. I have found much pleasure in serving them to my family and friends, and hope that you find them equally enjoyable.”
Simply titled, “Connie Hansen’s Favorite Recipes,” the collection offers recipes for light dumplings, spoon bread, pork chops and potato scallop, Chess Pie, applesauce cookies, children’s sugar cookies, Gem Cake, ham loaf, punch, scalloped potatoes, a fruit appetizer/dessert, cheese ball, hasty pudding and peanut butter cookies.
Good eating to you and yours.