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Vintage Recipe Box 3 – White Tin Box

VRP003 - White Tin Box

Information about this vintage recipe box:

Dates from the 1950′ to 1970s (can’t find exact decade) Tin Recipe Box, made by Ohio Art Company in Bryan, Ohio

The recipe box holds standard 3″ x 5″ index cards.

Colors are red, white & tan.

The design includes a grinder, coffee pots (a couple of different ones), hanging kitchen utensils, various fruits, pots and pans, and salt and pepper shakers.

Marked “Ohio Art Co. Made in USA, Bryan Ohio” on the bottom

The box measures approximately 5 1/8″ long x 3″ deep x 3 3/4″ tall.

The seller shared the following information with me:

These recipes came from Shelby Ohio Richland County (Shelby, Richland County, Ohio) estate of a veterinarian we cannot remember his name we are going to ask the auctioneer that done the sale and see if he has the family’s name and when we find out we will sure let you know.

I purchased this box from a lot sale on eBay which contained 8 vintage recipe boxes made of wood and tin. Below are links to view the other vintage recipe boxes purchased within this recipe box lot.

Old Fashioned Cream Pie

Based on the clues in the box, I believe the owner was Merridelle Ruth DePUE Sowers who is the daughter in law to Goldie LEWIS Sowers.

Persons mentioned in this recipe box and their contributions to the recipe box are listed below. Information for each person was found using

As you can see, the owner of this box collected a lot of recipes from family and friends.

Adelaide OLSON Lanker

Mrs. Lanker was Adelaide Olson who was born in New York in 1919 and at some point in her life moved to Ohio, where she passed away in 2001.

I do not see a relation to the original owner of this box.

She was baptized at the Bethany Lutheran Church in New York in 1920. Her parents and older siblings were born in Norway and it appears she was the first Olson born in the United States.

I found records on Ancestry that show she was a Navy veteran during World War II!

Arlene ____

  • Apple Dumpling

B Royer

  • Peanut Butter Pie
  • Zucchini Casserole

Betty Robertson

  • Salad Dressing

Corrine Elizabeth GREER Coe

Corrine was born in 1918 in Ohio and passed away in 2002 in Ohio. She was the wife of James W. COE and the daughter of Harvey Carl GREER and Lelah C. NICHOLS.

  • Pudding Cake

Connie Cahill

  • Breakfast Casserole
  • Glazed Pork Chops

Daryl ____

  • Apple Slices
  • Garlic Cheese Spread

David ____

I wonder if this is Reverend C. David Wright, husband of Mirian listed below. I have no other clues to who David could be.

  • Fruit Pie

Doris Marie SCHWAB Hessler

At this time I do not see a relation to the box owner.

Doris was born in 1904 in Ohio and passed away in 1992 in Ohio. She was married to Clarence HESSLER and what the daughter of George SCHWAB and Olive May BORDNER.

  • Strawberry Sherbet Freezer Jam

Dottie ____

  • Apple-Walnut Cake

Eleanor Noel – Mans N. Jour

  • Peanut Butter Pie

Elsie DAWSON Stockmaster

At this time I do not see a relation to the box owner.

Elsie was born in 1914 in Ohio and passed away in 2005 in Ohio. She was married to Theodore Frank STOCKMASTER and was the daughter of James Phillip DAWSON and Mabel Fern COX.

  • Pecan Pie

Frances Shaffer

  • Shink’s Pickles

Gail ___

  • Kansas Cuke Salad

Goldie Rhee LEWIS Sower

She is the owner of Vintage Recipe Box 001 and the mother of Dr. Harry Lewis SOWERS, who married Merridele DePUE.

  • Grape Butter
  • Grape Juice

Hammer ?

  • Rhubarb Cream Pie

Hazel ____

  • Rhubarb Strudel

Helen Hines

  • Coffee Cake

Jane _____


I THINK this is Betty Jean RHINEHART. If so, she is the daughter of James Harold RINEHART and Mary Ada BROCKLESBY. James was the son of Silas C. RINEHART and Emma Della QUAY, who were Merridelle’s grandparents. This would actually make them cousins, and not niece / aunt. I will continue to search to see if I missed a Jean or if I am wrong about who the owner of the box actually was.

On the meatloaf recipe, there is a notation of (Sister) (Jean) which makes me question if there are two Jean’s (one a relative and one from church) or if they are the same person.

  • Aunt Jean’s Pickled Egg and Beets
  • As Good as Mashed Potatoes
  • Chocolate Pie
  • Gourmet Potatoes
  • Lemon Pie
  • Meatloaf
  • Jean’s Open-Faced Peach Pie
  • Jean’s Pie Crust
  • Jean’s Pie Crust
  • Salmon Casserole
  • Sister Lizzie’s Shaker Sugar Pie
  • Sugar Cookies
  • Summer Squash Casserole

Jean Fulton

Jean Elizabeth HANSMANN Fulton is the wife of Joseph Fulton. 

Jean was born in 1928 in Ohio and I have not found further information on Jean. I wonder if there is a connection to the family and this is who they call Aunt Jean or could she be Sister Jean.

Ham Salad for Sandwiches

Joseph “Joe” Fulton

I believe this is the Joe Fulton I found from Willard, Ohio and is not related to the original owners of this recipe box.

  • Chicken Velvet Corn Soup (assuming since on same paper as Egg Drop Soup)
  • Egg Drop Soup
  • Grape Pie
  • Pie Crust
  • Potato Soup (Jewish) (assuming since on same paper as Egg Drop Soup)
  • Split Pea Soup (Jewish) (assuming since on same paper as Egg Drop Soup)

Leah K___

  • Freezer Strawberry Syrup

Marsha Adams

  • Nauvoo County Pie Pastry
  • Never Fail Pie Crust

Martha ____

  • Martha’s Meringue

Mike Bell

  • Sausage Breakfast Casserole

Mirian Wright

  • Old Fashioned Cream Pie

Mrs. Van Buren

  • Rhubarb Cake

Olive River

  • Meatballs With Sour Cream Sauce
  • Party Potatoes

Pat Flenner

  • Zucchini Casserole

Pat Parton

  • Apple Crisp

Patty ____

  • Potato Soup

Below are the recipe found in Vintage Recipe Box 003:

Appetizer Recipes

Oyster Cracker Snacks

Bread Recipes

Muffins Reuben

Breakfast Recipes

Breakfast Casserole

Cheese and Grits Casserole

Make-Ahead Breakfast

Sausage Breakfast Casserole

Beverage Recipes

Grape Juice

Condiment Recipes

Aunt Jean’s Pickled Egg and Beets

Freezer Strawberry Syrup

Garlic Cheese Spread

Grape Butter

Salad Dressing

Shink’s Pickles

Sloppy Joe Mix

Strawberry Rhubarb Freezer Jam

Sweet Dill Pickles

Dessert Recipes

Apple Cobbler

Apple Crisp

Apple Dumplings

Apple Slices

Apple-Walnut Cake

Chocolate Pie

Coffee Cake

Fruit Pie

Grape Pie

Jane’s Apple Crisp

Jean’s Open-Faced Peach Pie

Jean’s Pie Crust

Jean’s Pie Crust

Lemon Pie

Magic Meringue

Martha’s Meringue

Nauvoo County Pie Pastry

Never Fail Pie Crust

Old Faithful Sugar Cream Pie

Old Fashioned Cream Pie

Open-Faced Peach Pie

Pat a Pie Crust

Peanut Butter Fudge

Peanut Butter Pie

Peanut Butter Pie

Pecan Pie

Pie Crust

Pudding Cake

Rhubarb Cake

Rhubarb Cream Pie

Rhubarb Cream Pie

Rhubarb Strudel

Sister Lizzie’s Shaker Sugar Pie

Sugar Cookies

Taffy Dip

Tapioca Cream

Tapioca – Double

Vinegar Pie Crust

Dinner Recipes

Apricot Chicken

Chicken Casserole

Eggplant Casserole

Glazed Pork Chops

Meatballs With Sour Cream Sauce


Salmon Casserole

Summer Squash Casserole

Sweet and Sour Pork

Vegetable Pizza

Zucchini Casserole

Zucchini Casserole

Salad Recipes

Ham Salad for Sandwiches

Kansas Cuke Salad

Side Dishes

As Good as Mashed Potatoes

Baked Cabbage

Barbequed Baked Beans

Calico Beans

Corn Casserole

Gourmet Potatoes

Grandison Potatoes

Party Potatoes

Soup Recipes

Chicken Velvet Corn Soup

Chicken Velvet Corn Soup (Chinese Cantonese)

Egg Drop Soup

Frozen Soup Stock Cubes

Potato Soup

Potato Soup (Jewish)

Split Pea Soup (Jewish)

“Sister” Vintage Recipe Boxes

You can find gold and red recipe box made by Ohio Art Company on Etsy.



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Friday 20th of September 2019

Oh my goodness! I knew Meridelle and many of the people mentioned from her recipe box from my church growing up. I just asked my mom for Arlene’s apple dumplings and was looking on Pinterest and came across this! What a small world! I am so excited right now!


Monday 23rd of September 2019

I love this and will be in touch to see if you can help me fill in some blanks we have. THIS IS SO COOL!

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