In 1851 Lucretia Allyn Gurney came to Oregon and settled near what is now Oswego. She passed this donut recipe down to her children and grandchildren.
“1 cup of sugar, 1 cup of milk,
2 eggs beaten as fine as silk;
Salt and nutmeg, lemon will do,
Baking powder teaspoons two;
Lightly stir the flour in,
Roll on pie-board, not too thin.
Drop with care the doughy things
Into the fat that briskly swells
Evenly the spongy cells.
Watch with care the time for turning,
Fry them brown just short of burning.
Roll in sugar, serve them cool.
Price a quarter for this rule.”
Source: Josephine County Historical Society & Junior League of Eugene