No School is Complete Without a Good Cook

by

Cindy Stewart
Kittson County Enterprise
Volume 116 Number 13
March 29, 2000

Even the salesmen visiting the Humboldt School didn't wantto miss a meal.

According to one staff member, and something that was unknownto the cook, they deliberately planned their deliveries around noon hour.

The cook at the time, Hazel Lofberg, probably knew whatwas going on. And even if the salesmen liked her cooking, she said she didn'tthink the kids always liked her cooking.

"You know how kids are, they didn't always enjoy thefood when they went to school, but after they graduated, they would tellme they sure liked the food," she said.

Lofberg was the cook at the school from 1955 until 1959,and then again from 1965 until the building closed in 1991. She rememberspreparing many meals at the school, all from scratch!

"We cooked everything there, nothing was hauled infrom other places. We even made our own buns and cinnamon rolls," Lofbergremembers.

There were two cooks at the school for the majority ofthe years, except for 1991 when Lofberg was the only cook.

She remembers Mrs. Hughes as the first cook at the schooland also Alice Giffen and Doris Karol.

When Lofberg first started, the kitchen was in the basementof the school. Things improved in 1955 when a new kitchen was built.

"They modernized the school in 1955 and we got allnew equipment and a nice dishwasher and a new kitchen in the new part ofthe school," she said.

Lofberg said back then the school received a lot of commodities,like hamburger, cheese, orange juice and other products.

The food came from the government and was distributed toschools, hospitals and nursing homes to help alleviate the cost of food.

"We used to get so much cheese and we also got a lotof frozen cherries that came in big pails. We made many cherry dessertsbut the kids didn't always like that," she remembers.

The worst commodity, she said, was canned grapefruit thatdidn't always go over well with the students.

When the school closed, the district employed only onecook for 65 students. Lofberg said once the school closed she missed seeingthe students and teachers on a daily basis, but she said she won't misslooking at the school in such terrible shape.

"Ireally was glad to see it go," she said.t;Ireally was glad to see it go," she said.