Jessie Martin loves to decorate for the holidays
by Margaret Anderson
Special to The Star
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Jessie Young Martin enjoys holidays and decorating for them. She especially likes Christmas, Easter and Halloween, when she decorates her home inside and outside.

This Christmas will be no exception.

Her outside decorations include a sleigh, lights and garland on an iron bridge near her home. Her husband, Jack “J. M.” Martin, who died three years ago, built the bridge. They had been married 54 years when he died of cancer.

Her inside decorations include Christmas trees in each room and four in her sunroom, with a newly-purchased train running one of the trees. She built shelves in that room for her snow village houses, which are displayed.

Jessie said she’s considered having an open house at Christmas, but can’t seem to find the time for it.

“All my life, I’ve loved decorating,” she said. “I’ve always loved keeping house and staying home with my children. I’ve kept two of my grandchildren ever since they’ve been born. One of them will be 16 on Dec. 24.”

Jessie was born in Piedmont. Her parents are the late Leanna (Goss) and Carl Young. Her siblings are deceased. They are Mable McFry, Ed Young, Carl Young Jr., Clyde Young, Robert Young and W. E. Young.

Her son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Tina Martin, live in Gadsden. Her son, Jeffery Martin, lives in Piedmont. Her oldest son, Daniel McFry, was 19 when he was killed in a jeep accident during World War II in Germany.

Her grandchildren are Cole Martin, Morgan Martin, Sonja Cook and Tabitha Martin. She has four great-grandchildren.

Jessie is a member of Northside Baptist Church. She enjoys crocheting, quilting and working outside.

She recalls her childhood in Vigo, when her chores included gathering firewood and helping her mother clean their home. Her mother let Jessie help her make French fries and cornbread.

“She would let me help her a lot,” said Jessie. “She was a good cook. I don’t think I’m as good a cook as she was.”

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Baked Beans

1 lg. or 2 sm. cans pork and beans (I use Snowboat)
1 med. bell pepper
½ c. light brown sugar
½ c. syrup (I use Yellow Label)
1 T. mustard
¾ c. ketchup
1 med. onion

Bake at 400 degrees for about 1 ½ hours.

Cornbread Pudding

½ c. chopped onion
1 c. chopped celery
1/3 c. butter or margarine
1 cornbread (about 6 cups)
4 slices bread, torn into small pieces
1 t. dried sage
½ t. black pepper
3 c. chicken broth
2 eggs, beaten

Bake at 450 degrees for about 30 minutes or until golden brown.

Pistachio Cake

1 box yellow cake mix
1 box instant pistachio pudding
½ c. Crisco oil
1 c. water
4 eggs
1 t. vanilla flavoring
½ - 1 c. chopped nuts (optional)

Blend all ingredients together except eggs. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well. Then add vanilla flaring. Grease and flour pan. Bake 25-30 minutes at 350 degrees.


1 – 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese
1 box confectioner’s sugar
1 stick butter
1 t. vanilla flavoring

Mix all with mixer. Put chopped pecans on top, around and in the middle.
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