Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are a lunchtime staple for many Americans.

Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are a lunchtime staple for many Americans.
It's a classic enjoyed by both children and adults. Last week was the official National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day, so some residents at Oak Pointe Assisted Living Community in Neosho celebrated by making the popular sandwich.
Residents cook or prepare something to eat once each week and in honor of the day, last week they made PBJ sandwiches.
Activities Manager Cheri Brazelton began by reading a few statistics and history of peanut butter to the gathered group from On Pointe, the facility's monthly newsletter.
The first recorded mention of peanut butter and jelly on bread occured in 1901 when Julia David Chandler when she published the recipe for the first time in the Boston Cooking School of Culinary Science and Domestic Engineering. According to Chandler, "The combination is delicious and as far as I know, original."
In 1922, Joseph Rosefield, owner of the Rosefield Packing Company, devised a way to prevent peanut butter from separating. For the first few years, Rosefield allowed another company to market his new peanut butter product under the brand name of Peter Pan but in 1932, he ended the partnership and marketed his own product, which he named Skippy.
"Who was around in 1922?" Brazelton asked the residents and one said it was the year she'd been born.
Sliced bread came onto the market in 1928 which made sandwich making easier. The peanut butter industry helped make PBJ sandwiches popular in lunchboxes everywhere.
Each resident was provided two slices of bread along with peanut butter and jelly. Honey was also available to add to the sandwiches. Preparing the sandwich brought back memories to the residents.
"I was raised in the Depression," Ruth Yost stated. "If you got a peanut butter sandwich back then, it was a real treat."
She also remembered that sometimes sandwiches were made from peanut butter and butter, saying it helps to spread. Butter could also be used in place of jelly if none was available. "You're too young to have of it," she said to the younger staff members present.
Brazelton said the cooking group is a regular activity. "We do hands-on cooking once a week," she said.
Residents who participated in making PBJ sandwiches were Nancy Davenport, Shirley Brendle, Ruth Boyer, Ann Ball, Sally Wirth, Ruth Yost, Ollie Mayhill, and Natalie Armstrong.
Several residents enjoyed the completed sandwiches which were made in the early afternoon, after lunch. "This could be our afternoon snack," Natalie Armstrong said to the group. "It is after lunch."
Visitors are encouraged to attend, including other senior citizens who live elsewhere in the community.
Oak Pointe Assisted Living Center and Memory Care Community offers private rental apartments and a variety of services. Oak Pointe is located at 2601 Oak Ridge Extension in Neosho. To arrange a tour or for more information phone (417) 281-2072.