The person who is arguably Minnesota’s most famous resident, the fictitious cooking icon Betty Crocker, was profiled in a Star Tribune feature (“Minnesota feeds the world,” Sept. 4). The story identifies the actress who portrayed Betty on television starting in the 1950s, but does not name the woman who was on the original WCCO radio broadcast, “The Betty Crocker Cooking School of the Air” in 1924. Her name was Agnes White. She was a home economist who later moved to California where she was an NBC radio personality for decades. In 1940, she moved to the rural San Diego County town of Valley Center where she lived and cooked until her death in 1979 at age 84.

Our local history museum features a major exhibit on the original Betty Crocker which includes photos, documents, hand-written recipes, a recording of a 1936 radio broadcast and, most notably, her original typed script for that first historic radio show.

Robert Lerner, San Diego; historian, Valley Center History Museum of San Diego County