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We filed into the church kitchen at Bethel past a long table piled with more delights than the eye could take in. At the center of the table was a huge platter of smoked sausages, a regional specialty from nearby Lockhart. These were densely packed, all-beef sausages smoked with the abundant post oak that covered the surrounding countryside, usually served with no sauce — though there was a bowl of red stuff sitting next to the platter for those who like their sausages wet. Singers and spectators crowded around long tables inside and outside, their plates filled to spilling over with homecooked food: macaroni and fruit salads; vegetables of every shape, size and color; biscuits and cornbread; pies, cakes, and cobblers.
P “Doris Hanks, of Luling, is my dad, Curtis Owen’s, first cousin. She is known far and wide for her buttermilk pies. ” Beverly Owen Coates, seconded by her brother Tom Owen 18 so ut hw e st t exas v v v Beverly’s Egg Custard Pie 6 eggs, beaten 2 cups sugar 2 tbsp. flour 1 pint half-and-half or milk (I use 1% milk) 1 tsp. vanilla extract Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix all ingredients and divide mixture evenly and pour into 2 9-inch pie shells. Sprinkle with nutmeg. Reduce heat to 325 when putting pies in oven.
M. Owen as a member of the 1900 Round Top Singing Convention, with many Owens named thereafter in listings of attendants and officers that spanned fifty years of singings. A note from the 1901 minutes announced the noble intentions of the early organizers in the Preamble to the convention’s Constitution and by-laws: [T]o bring about a more perfect union between the lovers and users of sacred music, to revive and establish the old so ut hw e st t exas and time honored songs of Zion, cause a return to the first principles of Sacred music, kill out denominational prejudice, destroy vocal sectarianism, create a greater vocal interest among all classes and honor God with the gifts He has bestowed upon us through the theme of Sacred songs.