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Gopher HIll Fall Cake, a Chocolate Lovers Special

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Ingredients

1 cup dates, cut fine
1 teaspoon baking soda
1-1/2 cups boiling water
1-1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup shortening
2 beaten eggs
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
Topping:
1 cup chocolate chips
1/3 cup sugar

Instructions

Cook dates with 1 teaspoon baking soda in water until unwrinkled, about 20 minutes. Let cool. In a mixing bowl combine shortening, eggs and sugar. Sift together flour, cocoa and 1/2 teaspoon baking soda and add to shortening mixture. Stir and add to cooled date mixture. Put all into a well greased and floured 9x13-inch pan. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and sugar. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes for 20-25 minutes.

Jill Fosdyck
Bettendorf



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1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rock Island Citizens Improvement Association held a special meeting to consider the proposition of consolidating Rock Island and Moline.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The home of A. Freeman, 806 3rd Ave., was entered by a burglar while a circus parade was in progress and about $100 worth of jewelry and $5 in cash were taken.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The million dollar dredge, Rock Island, of the Rock Island district of United States engineers will be in this area this week to deepen the channel at the site of the new Rock Island-Davenport bridge.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Argus "walked" to a 13-0 victory over American Container Corporation last night to clinch the championship of Rock Island's A Softball League at Northwest Douglas Park.
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