..I posted this back in 1999.I checked backed for awhile but had a follow up in June and just saw it!I am reposting this message.Please email me at my private email address as well as answering on the forum since I don't look too often:
Hello. My name is Charlene Curley and I am doing my own genealogy. I 'sort of' collect books and especially old cookbooks. I came across an 'Imperial Cookbook' dated 1890 that I have had in my bookcase for quite sometime. Inside are quite a few recipes from newspapers and clippings pinned into the book. In it I found one page of a diary dated 1893 and 1894 and signed Miss Kate Pettus. Also a piece of paper that is addressed to Miss Sallie Pettus, City. The return has a Santa on it and says if undelivered, return to The Fair Co., Somerset, Ky. There is also a brochure dated 1941 from Berea College in Kentucky and a envelope type written to Miss Lillian L. Petters, 515 N. Main St., Somerset, Ky. Quite a few peoples names written on pieces of scrap paper with what look like orders for 10 gallons of this and that. A few blank counter checks from 1st National Bank of Somerset, Ky 193_ are used as scraps.
This looks like it might have been the Pettus family cookbook. If this might be something that relates to your family please let me know.
There were also a newspaper clipping from the Cincinnati Post that was later maybe 30's.