Ebby was cook on a river towboat. They ran barges on the Mississippi and Ohio rivers; the work was hard and they ate well. Supplies would be radioed in a couple of hours before passing and then transferred from pilot (supply) boat to towboat without slowing. When Ebby’s biscuits were done, all work stopped except the wheelhouse.

I met Ebby in her nineties after she had retired to the family farm near Paducah. She was hoeing her vegetable garden in bonnet and apron when we arrived. She cooked every meal during our three day visit. By unanimous request, we had biscuits every meal.

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