News Tribune Attic: Do you remember Duluth's Cousin Jack pasties?
Cousin Jack Pasty Inc., 1965 January 1965 Mrs. Hazel Toikka (left) folds vegetable-beef filling into pie dough while Mrs. Aletha Birno (right) holds a finished Cousin Jack Pasty in Duluth in January 1965. In the background are Mrs. Alvera Haltli ...
Cousin Jack Pasty Inc., 1965
Mrs. Hazel Toikka (left) folds vegetable-beef filling into pie dough while Mrs. Aletha Birno (right) holds a finished Cousin Jack Pasty in Duluth in January 1965. In the background are Mrs. Alvera Haltli and Mrs. Ella Isaacson. (News-Tribune file photo)
I can't find much in the files to accompany this photo of the Cousin Jack Pasty Inc. assembly line in Duluth. The only clipping is an excerpt from a January 7, 1965, News-Tribune article headlined "150 Manufacturers Produce in Duluth":
Having his pie and eating it too is Gil Gustafson, whose Cousin Jack Pasty Inc. last year made 50,000 vegetable-beef pies for retailers in a wide area and hopes to double its production this year. A major food store chain is among the customers. Eleven persons are employed in the manufacturing process, which utilizes special machinery and, according to Gustafson, "a genuine Cornish recipe that is at least 200 years old." He expects to hire more people as his expansion plans develop. "They look very promising," he said.
So, can anyone fill in some details about what happened to Cousin Jack Pasty Inc. in Duluth? Post a comment if you know more.
A Google search turns up several "Cousin Jack" pasty businesses, including Cousin Jack's Pasty Company in Eugene, Oregon, but none appear to have any connection to the Duluth operation of the 1960s.
And, it being the West Coast, the Eugene outfit offers variations on the traditional beef-and-rutabaga pasty that would be sacrilege to any true Northland pasty fan: Pesto-lamb, cheeseburger and more. As far as I'm concerned, those variations may be tasty... but they're no pasty!
- Andrew Krueger