of the Week”
In 1989, Mrs. Dwight (Lila) Wuster of Walnut, Iowa was
named “homemaker of the week” by the Atlantic, Iowa Journal
Herald. Both she and
her husband were raised in the Dawson, Nebraska area and moved to
Iowa after Dwight left his work with the Dawson Bank and was hired
by the bank in Walnut.
Lila was known as the candy lady. She and her mother, Mrs. Pearl Ulmer, would take several days off from work and make double batches
of candy for Christmas. After
moving to Iowa, Lila created a money making project for the United
Presbyterian Church ladies annual bazaar.
Dwight enjoyed helping in the project and after the
church ladies ceased to make candy to sell they continued privately
to satisfy orders for friends and customers who used the candy for
gifts. This year ('89)
they made over 80 pounds and 40 different kinds.
She made dipped candies, chocolate covered cherries, turtles,
mints, fudge and candies in molds. Lilah says she uses her
imagination and trys different things and kinds.
The following are three of her secret recipes.
Not so secret since the paper printed them!
Many of her really special recipes for candy were gone when
she passed away as she would not share them for fear of competition
in candy sales.